“All fights are resolved when one EXTREME irons. Strange… but true.” – Kym, Founder of Extreme Ironing.
According to Wikipedia, before heading into the mainstream, extreme ironing was used by the band Monster Magnet in the video for their song “Negasonic Teenage Warhead” from their album Dopes to Infinity(1995) (this usage was most likely unintentional, as the video features the band members performing perfectly ordinary activities on asteroids).
However, purists of the sport will claim that it was started in 1997 in Leicester, East Midlands, England by resident Phil Shaw in his back garden. Shaw came home from what he recalls as a hard day in a Leicester knitwearfactory. Preferring the idea of an evening out rock climbing, he decided to combine the two activities into a new extreme sport.”It is the wish of XTREME Ironing that this sport soon enter the list of approved sports by the International Olympic Committee and we have dedicated ourselves to the pursuit of this cause.