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Bowling Factoids: Trivia to Bowl You Over

Bowling Facts Sure To Bowl You Over Jill Harness • Monday, December 21, 2009 at 3:43 PM • 0  Some scientists say that bowling has existed since Egyptian times and that one of the earliest Egyptian pharaohs was uncovered with primitive bowling pins and balls in his tomb. Others dismiss these findings, but historians agree the sport has existed in some form or another since at least 300 AD in Germany. Needless to say, the sport has come a long way in the last millennia. In fact, it is now the most popular sport outside of soccer (football) worldwide and there’s even an active movement to make bowling an Olympic sport. A Sport of Soldiers and Kings The sport was referenced in writing for the first time when the English King Edward the III banned his troops from lawn bowling in order to prevent their being distracted from archery practice. While the game is now considered to be largely blue collar, Henry VIII is said to have been a fan of the game and used cannon balls in sport. Source Evolution of An American Classic Meanwhile, Germans continued playing a traditional outdoor version of the sport known as skittles, which used heavy balls to …

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