A SPORT AS OLD AS…?
According to the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, a British anthropologist discovered in the 1930's evidence of bowling items in an Egyptian grave. Evidence suggests that bowling dates back as far as 3200 BC – around the same time that some of the first forms of the written word were discovered on cuneiform tablets. It’s that old!
FIRST WOOD, THEN RUBBER...
During the early 1900's, bowling balls were actually made of wood and later, a heavy rubber. Around 1960, bowling ball manufacturers used polyester resin for the first time, enabling the production of plastic balls with bright, swirled colors.
NO GIRLS ALLOWED 😳
The American Bowling Congress was a gentleman’s club (no ladies allowed!) and it wasn’t until 1917 that women got their own governing body, the Women’s National Bowling Association.
But the ladies have come a long way! Kelly Kulick was the first woman to win a title on the Professional Bowlers Association tour in 2010.
THEY JUST KEEP GETTING BIGGER! 😮
Guinness World Records confirms that the largest bowling center in the world is Inazawa Grand Bowl in Japan, featuring 116 consecutive Brunswick Bowling wooden lanes on a single floor, which are being replaced and upgraded with Brunswick Pro Lane™ synthetic lanes in early 2010.
Las Vegas is home to the second largest bowling alley – and right next to them in Reno lies an actual bowling stadium.
NINE PINS? ONLY IN
Nine-pin bowling is currently banned in every state except for Texas. Nine-pin and ten-pin bowling have been known to Texas since the 1830’s, where is was a lot more difficult to bowl a strike with a wooden ball.
Nine-pin bowling is a bowling game played primarily in Europe.
IT’S 48, NOT 300
When you bowl an optimal strike, the ball itself only hits four pins. A right handed bowler’s ball actually connects with the 1, 3, 5, and 9 pins (sometimes the 8 pin) – and a left hander’s ball will contact the 1, 2, 5, and 8 (or 9) pin.
Theoretically, if you bowled a 300, you’d only hit 48 pins. Think about it. 😎
Each pin is set 12 inches apart from each other. For an optimal strike to be thrown in the first place, you’d need to throw your ball to hit the pocket at six degrees.
The pins that are set in the pocket weigh roughly three and a half pounds – but as long as the pin tilts at least 9 degrees, you’re in great shape. All pins that tilt at least 9 degrees will fall.