Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Extreme ironing

Okay, so the female protagonist in my WIP practices yoga. And Chris, my male protagonist, would be a runner. Yin and yang, you know? But then I thought, how about a more interesting sport? So I googled "obscure sports," and sure enough the internet delivered. I discovered the U.S. Association of Rock Paper Scissors and the World Finger Jousting Federation, among many others. But I think my favorite obscure sport has to be Extreme Ironing. Their website, called the Extreme Ironing Bureau (heh, heh), calls extreme ironing "the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt."

There's synchronized extreme ironing cycling:

Underwater extreme ironing:

And mountain climbing extreme ironing:

On second thought, I think I'll just leave Chris as a runner.


PJ Hoover said...

Confirmation that everyone can be good at something - if only they know what it is.

Jim D said...

I just want to say that I've got more pressing things to do with my life than extreme ironing (and frankly, if it was me in that last picture -- I'd wind up flattened about 1000 feet below)

Jim D

Sara Latta said...

Flattened, perhaps, but oh, so wrinkle-free.

caraf said...

I'm not sure if it counts as a "sport" or not, but there's always the Air Guitar World Championships (http://www.2camels.com/photos/air-guitar-world-championships.php). I have a friend who attends these events regularly and declares them weirdly awesome.

Sara Latta said...

Wow, you've got to appreciate the dude with the Hello Kitty, um, what is it, breastplate? And the guy wrapped in Saran wrap and wearing a surgical glove on his head.

I don't get out enough.