World's Wackiest Competitions
From the Wife-Carrying Competition in Finland to the worldwide sport of extreme ironing, the spirit of competition is alive and well outside the world of the more … traditional … sports.Filed under:
Extreme ironing is part extreme sport and part performance art. The competition involves taking an ironing board to a remote location and ironing clothing. It all started in 1997 in Leicester, England, by resident Phil Shaw when he wanted to go rocking climbing instead of doing house chores … so he decided to combine them. It has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with participants vying for the most extreme locale -- ironing on mountainsides, in streets and even underwater.
Please forgive us, this gallery is really popular.
We sent a note to our support staff about the glitch you just experienced. Please click the button below to reload your content.
You May Also Like
Cultural traditions that make the least sense often make for the best festivals. Here are the wackiest -- and most fun -- festivals we could find.
Think relying on a groundhog's shadow to predict the end of winter makes little sense? Check out even stranger celebrations from around the world.
Thank you! your flag was submitted.
Shake off your winter chill and visit the sunny and sandy beaches of ...
Just 8 miles apart, Spain and Morocco may be coastal neighbors, but ...
Are you ready to be awed? Check out our picks for the new 7 wonders of ...
Savor winter magic at one of America’s oldest winter carnivals, heat ...
Sangria, running of the bulls, Picasso, churros and Penelope Cruz are ...
More Travel Inspirations
See before and after photos of Robert Irvine’s biggest restaurant transformations.
Learn the fundamentals of cooking with Cooking Channel’s tips and videos.
Do you have what it takes to live in Alaska? Tour Alaskan Homes on HGTV.