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Why I Love the Internet, Reason #437

Posted at 5:03 PM on September 6, 2006 by Valerie Kahler
Filed under: The blog

As evidenced by websites like The Surrealist Compliment Generator and Cats in Sinks, there really is something for everyone on the intarweb.

Here's a new delight I stumbled upon recently: Extreme Cello Playing!

Extreme Cello Playing was born after three cellists from Sheffield read about, and watched on television, the sport of "Extreme Ironing", in which contestants iron clothes in locations such as up mountains, up trees and under water.

The intrepid cellists figured if a household task could be an extreme sport, why not music-making? Their latest feat of derring-do was a 12-day tour of 42 English Cathedrals. Specifically, the rooftops. By the way, they're not in it for the fame and fortune and future lucrative endorsement deals. Each event has been a fundraiser - for the Sheffield Cathedral Choir, a local elementary school and lately Shelter, a charity that benefits the homeless and Aspire, which provides support for people with spinal chord injuries.

This cellista salutes their good work.