Today I learned of Eddie Gaedel, the shortest player to ever play in a Major League Baseball game. Standing 3’7”, Gaedel made 1 plate appearance and drew a walk on four pitches. At age 36, he was beaten to death on his way home from the bowling alley. sabr.org/bioproj/person/e…
That, in 2009, that largest home in Los Angeles County was Spelling Manor, a 73,500 sq ft mansion that included a swimming pool, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a beauty salon, three rooms just for wrapping gifts, and a doll museum with over 1,000 dolls on display. people.com/celebrity/go-i…
Over-arm bowling in Cricket was declared legal only in 1864. wisden.com/stories/archiv…
The game of bowling is derived from a game called Skittles, which is believed to have been played in Ancient Egypt as early as 3300 BCE. The sport is still popular in Ireland and the UK today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski…
Today I learned of a 1970's gameshow called Bowling for Dollars, which actually was a franchise of locally produced shows all across the nation. The use of each cities local celebrities and citizens gave it a homey feel. The show was created by the creator of Romper Room, which had the same franchise format. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow…
There has NEVER been a perfect game in an officially sanctioned game of the New England/Canadian Maritime candlepin version of bowling - the highest such score has been 245, attained twice heraldnews.com/article/20…
In 1930 a British anthropologist discovered bowling by ancient Egyptians bowlingmuseum.com/Visit/E…
Bowling can be traced as far back as 3,600 BC sportlegacy.net/bowling/h…
Grizzly Bears are strong enough to smack a human's head off, crushing crushing a bowling ball with their jaws, and running 35 mph mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Prince was an amazing ten pin bowler who wore furry knee high boots to the bowling alley and could throw a strike at will. themalestrom.com/intervie…
There is another version of bowling called Candlepin youtube.com/watch?v=mA9qh…
A sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky swallowed eight Corvettes, causing millions of dollars worth of damage cnn.com/2014/02/12/us/nat…
In addition to performing β€œEndless Possibilities”, the theme for Sonic Unleashed, Bowling for Soup vocalist Jaret Reddick has also been the current voice for Chuck E. Cheese since 2012 wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaret_…
Jaret Reddick, vocalist for Bowling for Soup and songwriter for Phineas and Ferb, has been the current voice actor for Chuck E. Cheese since 2012. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jar…
The song 1985 isn't by Bowling for Soup. It was originally written and preformed by SR-71. youtube.com/watch?v=-sy8u…
The term "rubber match" comes from 16th century lawn bowling, where a team can be eliminated if they "rub" against the white target ball rubbernews.com/article/20…
The song 1985 by Bowling For Soup is actually a cover, the original being released a year earlier by SR-71 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Bowling began in Germany as a religious ceremony: a Kegel (club), representing a heathen, or sinner, was placed at one end of a runway, and a stone was rolled at it. Knocking over the kegel meant that you had cleansed yourself of sin. britannica.com/sports/bow…
Queen Elizabeth the II of the United Kingdom, now aged 91, is a big fan of Nintendo's game console Wii. After watching her grandson play it during Christmas one year, she asked if she could have a go. Apparently she was a "natural" at Wii Bowling, and she became quite fond of the console wired.com/2008/01/queen-e…
Queen Elizabeth II was a big fan of Nintendo Wii. She saw her grandson playing and joined in. She was apparently a 'natural' at Wii Bowling. gamespot.com/articles/que…
The Phineas and Ferb theme song was done by the band Bowling for Soup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
On July 9, 1776 after George Washington had his troops gather in Lower Manhattan to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a mob went to Bowling Green and beheaded a statue of George III of Great Britain; the body was sent to Connecticut to be melted down into musket balls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about Salina Turda, a massive Roman salt mine in Transylvania which contains an underground theme park and other tourist attractions including a lake, mini golf course, and bowling alley. The salty air down there is apparently very good for asthma. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
The world record for most perfect games of Wii Sports Bowling played is held by John Bates, an 85 year old who played 20,000 games perfectly over a period of seven years. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The concept of swing bowling, an essential tool for a fast bowler in cricket was invented by the American Cricketer Bart King. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
The NY Yankees beat up a drunk bowling team because they were hurling racial slurs at Sammy Davis Jr. as he played the Copacabana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
The current voice actor for Chuck E. Cheese is Bowling for Soup's lead singer journaltimes.com/business…
Nintendo converted old bowling alleys into light gun shooting ranges in 1973. In 1974 the system was shrunk down to an arcade cabinet and featured films of cowboys that the player could quick draw against. This became the basis for the NES Zapper games like Wild Gunman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
The most difficult and rare score to get in 10-pin bowling is not 300, but 292. This requires hitting the first 11 strikes, then rolling exactly 2 pins on your final roll, which is extremely difficult. bowlingdigital.com/bowl/n…
Those who wish to read "The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls" (a prequel to "The Catcher in the Rye") must check in with two forms of identification with the librarian at Princeton University and are then supervised while they read the story behind closed doors of a special reading room. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Bowling lanes have different oil patterns - most recreational facilities use "house patterns" to make it easier for the average bowler to knock down more pins by funneling the ball toward the center of the lane. pba.com/OilPatterns
The Biltmore Estate is the largest privately owned home in the US and is located in North Carolina. It was built for George Vanderbilt in 1895. It has 178, 926 sq. ft of floor space, 250 rooms including 43 bathrooms, a bowling ally, and an indoor swimming pool. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
In Western Australia there is a giant abandoned American military base that is a slice of 60's Americana. Bowling alleys, baseball fields and signs telling you to drive on the right hand side of the road. abc.net.au/news/2015-09-0…
In the 1960s, Wham-O made a "giant" Super Ball, roughly the size of a bowling ball, and dropped it from a 23rd story window as a promotional stunt. It destroyed a parked car on the second bounce. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
In 1964 professional bowler Don Carter was the first athlete to earn a $1 million contract in any professional sport. The bowler, known for his mastery of the right-handed backswing, signed the endorsement deal with bowling ball manufacturer Ebonite International. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
The song 1985 by Bowling For Soup is actually a cover and was originally written and recorded in 2003 by the band SR-71 for their 2004 Album Here We Go Again. cover-vs-original.com/son…
At the age of 17, Allen Iverson was sentenced to 15-years in prison after participating in a brawl at a bowling alley. He was only released due to a pardon by the Virginia Governor after a Tom Brockaw interview caused a public outcry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
In 2014 a Lincoln, Nebraska, mother called 911 when she emerged from the bathroom to find her 3-year-old son missing. Moments later Lincoln police received a call from a nearby bowling alley to report a toddler happily playing inside the iron claw machine. people.com/crime/missing-…
Today I learned of Kolmanskop - a former diamond mining town in the Namib desert. It was home to over 1000 people with amenities like a ballroom, bowling alley and a hospital. It was completely abandoned by 1954 and since then, has been slowly invaded by sand. businessinsider.com/kolma…
A grizzly bear's bite is estimated to be strong enough to crush a bowling ball en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gri…
Today I learned of the Versailles House, a home being built in Florida that will have 11 kitchens, 14 bedrooms, 32 bathrooms, a 30-car garage, a bowling alley, an indoor roller rink, five total pools, a video arcade, a two-story movie theater, a fitness center, a 20,000-bottle wine cellar, and 2 tennis courts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
Today I learned of the World Games, a competition with sports left out of the Olympics, such as bowling, ultimate and competitive ballroom dancing. Highlights from the 2017 Games include the Netherlands winning the gold in Korfball, and Germany thrillingly making up a 3-1 deficit to claim gold in Fistball. theworldgames.org/edition…
There are scented bowling balls and, contrary to rumor, the creator came up with them because bowling pro shops are stinky places. companyweek.com/company-p…
The bowling alley featured in The Big Lebowski was seized via eminent domain, torn down, and turned into an elementary school articles.latimes.com/2002…
The animation segment in Bowling for Columbine that followed Matt Stone's interview was made to look like it was by the South Park creators, which angered them and led to Michael Moore being parodied in Team America: World Police en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Boston Red Sox OF Mookie Betts bowled a perfect 300 at the World Series of Bowling - in the same week he was awarded an MLB Gold Glove. si.com/mlb/2017/11/13/red…
Left-handed bowling shoes are a thing β€” there's a sliding shoe and a braking shoe. liveabout.com/what-to-loo…
In the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, skateboarding will be included for the very first time as an Olympic game. Bowling was also suggested but didn't make the final 5 additions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/202…
14 years ago a flock of Yorkshire sheep learnt to roll over 3m long cattle grids in order to eat the plants in the local gardens and graze on the village bowling green. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/39…
The White House has a bowling alley, which was added at the request of Richard Nixon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…

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