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April 10th, 2008:

Extreme Ironing

In the realms of extreme sports extreme ironing may not seem either extreme or a sport.  But the people who do it are deserving of admiration, or at least a disbelieving shake of the head!  I know that I have enough trouble ironing in the living room, as far as a I’m concerned anywhere not indoors is an extreme ironing location.

underwater ironing

Photo Credit: Deb Lord-Webster, via [^]

The Geelong Advertiser [^] has an article about the recent world-record for underwater extreme ironing set in St Leonards on the Bellarine Peninsula.  Apparently there were 72 people underwater ironing all at the same time.  In the interests of participant safety they were all equipped with special underwater irons – they had the power cord removed!

More information on Extreme Ironing can be found on the Extreme Ironing Bureau web-site at [^].  The web-site is the self-proclaimed home of extreme ironing:

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