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.