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Interesting Bowling Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably been bowling before and most likely have a grasp of what bowling is. However, not many people know these fun facts about bowling that will make you want to head to Mid County Lanes as soon as possible!

  • The earliest known forms of bowling date back to 3200 BC in ancient Egypt.
  • King Henry VIII of England loved to bowl and banned bowling from lower class citizens of England.
  • Bowling began as a religious ritual to cleanse people from their sins in Germany.
  • In 1948, two bowling lanes were built in the West Wing of The White House as a birthday gift to the president at the time, Harry S. Truman.
  • The National Bowling Association was established in New York City in 1875 in order to establish standardized rules for for ten-pin bowling.
  • In bowling, three strikes is called a “turkey,” six strikes is a “wild turkey,” and nine strikes is a “golden turkey.” Also, four strikes is a called a “ham bone.”
  • It is required that bowling pins be 15 inches tall, but there is no minimum weight for a bowling ball.
  • The largest bowling center in the world is located in Inazawa, Japan and has 116 lanes.
  • According to the United States Bowling Congress, bowling balls can have up to 12 holes, as long as it can be demonstrated that each hole has a use.

To learn more about bowling or practice bowling with your newfound knowledge and appreciation, contact us!


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