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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Flat Earth Society

No self respecting blog is complete without a piece about Extreme Ironing.

Extreme Ironing you ask? Well Extreme Ironing might just be the coolest sport that didn't make it into the Olympics this year.

Started over a decade ago by UK knitwear factory worker Phil Shaw, it requires four simple criteria: a man, an iron, an ironing board, and a crazy natural environment that makes people think, holy crap I can't believe he's ironing on that thing! Shaw calls extreme ironing "the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt."

First taken on board (no pun intended) by Rock Climbers, EI got taken up by Base Jumpers, canoeists, cyclists, snorkelers, skiers and the list grew and grew, with the help of small digital cameras and the viral Internet.

The 'sport' gained international attention after a documentary entitled Extreme Ironing: Pressing for Victory, was produced for Britain's Channel 4 by Wag TV. The program followed the British team's efforts and eventual Bronze and Gold placings in the first international extreme ironing contest in Germany.

A side-story looked at the rivalry between the EIB (Extreme Ironing Bureau) and a breakaway group called Urban Housework who were trying to establish their own extreme sport based around vacuum-cleaning. The film later aired on the National Geographic Channel.

So Ladies, next time your Knight tries to dodge the housework by going off *bonding* with his mates in some far flung environment...he no longer has an excuse.

Me?...well, while i am an experienced climber, the thought of buckling an extra 20 pounds of metalwork to my back on an ascent has thankfully not crossed my mind, settling instead, as a recent scramble up Ben Cruachan in Scotland suggests, to pack extra food and useful equipment and just goof around safely on the summit.

Sir D (who will do the ironing and hoovering later, when he's been out in the sunshine on his mountain bike) of O


  1. A Proper British Sport! Rates up there with the Silly Twit Olympics and Cheese Rolling.

    Just got back from 12,000 feet in the Colorado Rockies myself. Too bad you hadn't shared this with me before then...I would have taken my hotel ironing board and iron for a ride!

    Nice Pic Sir D! Can't tell if you're a Scottish Troll, Serial Killer, Wise Sage or Tim the Tool Man's Next Door Neighbor?

    SIr Hook Who Puts Extreme Before Ironing Every Day of Warrick

  2. Color me all of the above...:))

    anyway you even Know where the ironing board is kept??

    Sir D ( whose even been known to iron his boxers ;) of O

  3. Believe it or not...yes I do. I do not ask Lady Allwinky to iron my clothes, that is what I pay the Dry Cleaners to do!

    Sir Hook Who Supports Capitalism Above Ironing of Warrick

  4. ironing, what is this ironing you speak of??

    cool picture, by the way Sir D

    Lady Suz,
    who does hoover, but does little ironing...Sir B can iron his own boxers...

  5. There is not a lot more attractive than a man who irons...

    Lady T (who doesn't)

  6. ooohhhh a man who cooks...

    wow! makes the kitchen hot!

    don't know which I love more, getting in the kitchen and creating together
    or walking in from work and having a beautiful and tasty meal with my husband
    or cooking over an open fire with an ale in hand

    Lady Suz, fanning herself at the thought