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Strange Sports - Extreme Ironing

Updated on August 14, 2012

Uh-oh. Those shirts are looking pretty wrinkly. You're going to have to iron them. Better grab your iron, ironing bored, and...

ROCK CLIMBING GEAR!

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What? No, that's not right. I'm sorry, what I meant to say was...

PARACHUTE!

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That's ridiculous! It should be...

SCUBA GEAR!

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Okay, what the heck is going on here?

What a view!
What a view! | Source

This wacky past time you see is known as Extreme Ironing. Extreme Ironing was invented back in 1997 in Leicester, Midlands, England by a man name Phil Shaw. Shaw was already a rock climbing enthusiast when he decided to combine the two activities after coming home late from work one day. He knew he had chores to do, but much preferred the idea of rock climbing to unwind after a hard day. Instead of ignoring his other responsibilities, he decided to just bring his clothes, iron, and ironing board with him.

Pretty responsible and an excellent example of multitasking if you ask me!

It wasn't until 1999 when Shaw, or rather "Steam" he dubbed himself at this point, decided to take his show on the road and recruit others and share his idea of Extreme Multi-Tasking ...er, Extreme Ironing. Shaw traveled all over the world including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and Fiji.

After meeting a German tourist in New Zealand the "Extreme Ironing International" group was formed along with the German Extreme Ironing Section.

In 2003, the documentary Extreme Ironing: Pressing for Victory was aired on Britain's Channel 4. Because of this documentary, the sport finally began to gain real international attention, even intriguing British rowing champion Sir Steve Redgrave who attempted to back Extreme Ironing as an Olympic event!

Hey, with some of the official Olympic sports we already have, why not?

Extreme Ironing can be and pretty much has been performed everywhere. From Mount Rushmore to Mount Kilimanjaro. While ice climbing and while scuba diving. From South African gorges to the coast of Egypt. Wrinkled clothing have seen more extreme scenery than I have!

Might need some extra fabric softener...
Might need some extra fabric softener... | Source

Extreme Ironing members even have a place to gather online.The Extreme Ironing Bureau at ExtremeIroning.com describes the activity as:

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

There they have a whole load of topics and pictures for enthusiasts to share. They even have their own shopping forum where you can pick up your own Extreme Ironing book, DVD, or calender today!

Extreme Ironing has also inspired other extreme sports such as Extreme Vacuuming and Extreme Cello, but they've yet to achieve much public recognition yet. What a shame.

Perhaps that's all we need to do to get through our usually mundane chores. Perhaps we too just need to take our chores to the extreme. I think I'm going to go create some extreme dish washing! Wish me luck.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Your introductions is hilarious!! I can't believe this actually exists. I learn so many new things on hubpages ^_^ voted up and funny.

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      MissyGear 5 years ago

      Well Jaye, it's not like they have anything to plug it into. But one must wonder what the end result is supposed to be if they aren't really ironing.

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      MissyGear 5 years ago

      Extreme hammoking...I wanna get in on this! Thanks for the comment, Basics.

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      tmbridgeland 5 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

      Did not even have to read this to start laughing. Thanks.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      How does one iron (with an electric iron) underwater without "extreme electrocution?"

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      Liam Hallam 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

      I'm not sure it classifies as a sport but why not take up a hobby and have some fun. Nice hub alothough I hope you have permission from the sources for the photos CF

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Missy. I can hardly type for laughing, this is so funny, it could only have been a Brit who invented it. if anyone want´s to train up for this extreme sport..get over to my place, I have a whole load of crumpled clothes. I have a friend who was one day relaxing on his hammock when he suddenly decided to pull the rope linking it to a tree, really really hard, the hammock swung so much it almost tipped him onto the ground..he declared this to be " extreme hammock´ing" And he´s Spanish..so doing daft things isn´t only the reserve of us Brits. Really enjoyed this hub, voted up funny and interesting :)

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I don't know what to think of this, but it's damned funny.....You never know, with all the really CRAZY stuff people are doing.......I could believe anything ...but not know if they're kidding or serious!!! Know what I mean??? Look at some of the stupid sh** people do......!!!

      This is a great hub!.....UP+++

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Missy,

      This is so hilarious! I have never heard of such a thing!? This really takes place as an extreme sport? Where I have been the past few years? LOL Funny hub Missy! I liked your introduction!