Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Can you make out what's going on in this photo? He's ironing. In scuba gear. Underwater.
OK, I just have to comment on this. Do these people have nothing better to do? More importantly, don't they have real ironing to do? If they love to iron that much, I have rather a large pile staring at me as I write. I can even fill the bath for them. What a bloody stupid idea. I mean, what would be the point of ironing underwater? And, come to think of it, how haven't they all electrocuted themselves? (On closer reading, I find that they remove the cables for safety reasons. Oh good, that means that whatever they are ironing will really be ironed well now doesn't it?)
Apparently the activity (does it really qualify as a sport?) is called Extreme Ironing. I would have thought that referred more to shirts that were a bit fiddly, or dangerously balanced ironing boards, but it appears that it's underwater ironing. If you think I've gone a bit too far with this post, see their web site It states -
Welcome to the 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.
"Danger sport"? What? I know getting your hand caught when you're collapsing the ironing board can be a bit painful, but it hardly comes with a health warning. Next thing we know it'll be featured in the 2012 London Olympics.
The world record was held by a group of Aussies, (typical), but has just been cruelly snatched from them by the British team. The challenge was to iron one item in a ten minite time frame, although the quality of the ironing wasn't judged. Ten minutes to iron one thing? Obviously the "ironing" part of extreme ironing isn't really the point.
Oh, and the people who do this are called "ironists". How fab. I can add that to my list of titles - wife, mother, writer, blogger, chauffeur, chef, ironist. If you don't like ironing, will that now constitute some sort of prejudice- - anti-ironism? I can just see them taking a class-action lawsuit out against anyone who dares write anything ridiculing them. Err. Ahem. (Slinks off...)