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Extreme Ironing

posted by Chris Valentine

Exterme Ironing is a new “sport” invented in England that combines the inherent excitement of ironing with “extreme” environments.

Extreme Ironing

Created by Phil Shaw way back in 1997, Extreme Ironing has become popular enough that it’s now practiced in Australia, Japan, and Germany. There’s even an annual Extreme Ironing World Championship.

Considered either an “extreme sport” or just performance art (or both), Extreme Ironing is described by the official site as

the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.

(Note: The official site seems to be down – Extreme!!)

Check out these photos of Extreme Ironing in different, bizarre locations:

Extreme Ironing - Suit and SnowExtreme Ironing By DiversExtreme Ironing In IraqExtreme Ironing on M1 MotorwayExtreme Ironing on BikesMountaintop Extreme IroningExtreme Ironing on RapidsExtreme Ironing on SkiisUnderwater Extreme Ironing

In 2002, the First Extreme Ironing World Championship was held in Germany. The contests took place in various environments, like an urban setting, a river, forest, or climbing wall. The teams from Great Britain took home gold and bronze medals. In 2008, 72 divers ironed their clothes underwater at once, setting a record. That record was broken a year later by 86 divers. There was another attempt to break the record in Key Largo on June 12th, 2010, but the internet does not have the results of that event. (So NOT extreme! Come on, internet…)

Thanks to Brie and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

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