Bowling Facts

Bowling Facts
Bowling is a throwing sport in which a ball is thrown towards pins in an effort to knock them down and earn points. There are a variety of different types of bowling including ten-pin, nine-pin, five-pin, candle-pin, and duck-pin. Bowling can be done outdoors or indoors, but the most popular is done indoors on flat wooden surface inside a bowling alley. Bowling dates back to Ancient Egyptian times, with balls made of grain husks, leather, string, or porcelain having been found dating back to 3200BC. Today bowling is popular around the world, as a competitive sport and as a leisure sport.
Interesting Bowling Facts:
The goal of the bowler is to roll his ball down the lane, knocking out as many pins as possible.
When all the pins are knocked down on the first roll, the player gets a strike.
When all the pins are knocked down on the second roll the player gets a spare.
When a bowler gets three strikes in a row this is called a turkey.
When a bowler gets four strikes in a row this is called a ham bone.
A wild turkey is the name for six strikes in a row, and a golden turkey is nine strikes in a row.
A game with a score of 200 or more is called a Deuce.
Bowling balls can weigh between 6 pounds and 16 pounds.
The bowling balls made in the early part of the 1900s were made of wood. Later they were manufactured with heavy rubber. In the 1906s they began to be made with polyester resin.
During a game, a bowler is allowed two balls in ten frames each. The highest score wins.
When a bowling ball goes into the gutter on either side of the lane it is called a gutter ball.
The first indoor bowling alleys were opened in New York City in the 1840s. The very first was Knickerbocker Alleys.
Connecticut banned nine-pin bowling in 1841 to try and curb gambling. Ten-pin bowling was created to bypass the law.
The National Bowling Association was founded in New York City in 1875 in an effort to standardize ten-pin bowling rules.
In 1895 the American Bowling Congress tool over the rule-making of bowling, as the National Bowling Association could not agree on rules.
Japan is home to the largest bowling alley in the world, with 141 bowling lanes.
The first bowling games to appear on television were aired in 1950.
Women began bowling in the 1880s despite it being socially unacceptable to do so.
The first bowling tournament for women took place in St. Louis, Missouri in 1917. 100 women took part in the historic event in women's bowling history.
Bowling is considered to be a healthy exercise and activity for people. It makes the body use muscles it might not otherwise use. It makes the body stretch and lift weight. Bowling is one of the sports still suitable for much older people.
Many movies have focused on bowling including Kingpin, Alley Cats Strike, and The Big Lebowski.


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