Top 25 Obscure sports: Bo-taoshi & Extreme Ironing

Bo-taoshi is Japanese for “pole-pulldown”, and as far as intensity is concerned this sport is hard to beat. Each team has 150 people that are divided into 75 attackers and 75 defenders. The goal? Knock down the other teams pole. By the way, the number for 911 in Japan is 119.

According to the Extreme Ironing Bureau this is “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.” Originating in England it is now a world wide phenomenon that has taken place underwater, on mountainsides, and while parachuting.


HT: List25


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  • Orange

    Bo-taoshi looks brilliant. I wonder if we could start some school teams up.

    • Rodger T

      A good thought OJ, but unfortunately it looks rather rough ,so I would imagine the thought of it would have the Tinkerbells that run the system,cowering behind their soy lattes .
      They still break out in a cold sweat over the idea of Bullrush returning.

  • thor42

    Hmmm…. if “extreme ironing” can be a sport, how about “extreme bathroom cleaning”…….? :)

  • cows4me

    No wonder extreme ironing is little known sport, fuck the extension cord must cost a fortune.