05/10/2012 07:06 BST | Updated 05/10/2012 11:19 BST

Splits Craze Is The New 'Planking' (PHOTOS)

It's the new craze that's sweeping the nation, folks! Well, when we say "the nation", we mean China. But where China goes, others soon follow (that's how we eventually got the wheel, you know.)

The craze in question? It's the quest to perform the perfect splits - and super-bendy men, women and dogs (well, one dog, at least) have been posting their efforts on the internet for all to see. So it's basically the new "planking" - except it's a little trickier. And it's far more likely to tear your trousers.

The trend began after one flexible student posted a snap of herself mid-splits on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo. And before too long, everyone was doing it.

Want some inspiration before you give it a go? Take a look at this little lot...