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Extreme ironing

extreme ironing n.

A pastime in which participants iron a few items of laundry while
engaged in an extreme sport or some other dangerous activity.

Example Citations
You read right: extreme ironing -- part sport, part spectacle. Press
garments while kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking or doing any
other outdoor activity you like. (Since extreme ironers must wait for
the invention of solar- and battery-charged irons, they heat their
irons with portable gas burners, campfires and generators.)
--Bryan Rourke, "Pressing concerns," The Providence Journal (Rhode
Island), May 22, 2004

The sport was born seven years ago when a young man named Phil
Shaw ... and his roommate, Paul Cartwright, did ''a spot of ironing whilst
rock climbing,'' Mr. Shaw said, while skiing the French Alps and after
scrambling to the tops of tall trees in the Black Forest of Germany.

Now, countless handkerchiefs and pillow cases later, and after
stretching to the corners of South Africa, Japan, Croatia and Chile,
extreme ironing is coming to the United States, hoping to appeal to
the spin-cycle superhero, the wash-and-wear wonder woman in all of us.
--Pam Belluck, "Get Out Your Boards: Extreme Ironing May Soon Be
Hot," The New York Times, May 21, 2004

The ironmen and ironwomen who partake in this "spoof sport" (1996)
are called "extreme ironers," "extreme ironists," or simply "ironists."
It's something you have to see to believe, so check out the Web
site of the Extreme Ironing Bureau:

Earliest Citation
Extreme ironing is described on its website as "the latest danger
sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with
the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt".
--"Strike while ironing's hot," MX (Melbourne, Australia), April 18,

On the Web

See Also
extreme beer:

extreme gardening:

extreme life:

extreme tourism:

off-road skating:


Subject Categories
Culture - Clothing:

Culture - Sports and Recreation:

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