Bowling has a rich history. Most people don’t know that bowling traces its origins way back to the ancient civilizations of Egyptians and Romans. The sport, as we now know it, was popularized in Britain during the Middle Ages. It subsequently gained popularity within the upper classes and the royalty. It was at the turn of the 20th century that the game became widely available to the masses. As with other sports, the technology boom of the 20th century has had a significant effect on the sport of Bowling. The modern bowling experience differs greatly to what our ancestors at the turn of the 20th century enjoyed. Here are some of the major changes that have shaped modern bowling.
The introduction of automated pinsetters
During the earlier years of the 20th century, bowling alleys employed young boys as manual pinsetters. These pinsetters had to reset the bowling pins, clear out the fallen pins from the lanes and return the bowling ball to a player. In 1936, the first mechanized pinsetter was invented. And over the years it has been improved to automate the entire pin setting process. This has increased the average speed of a bowling match, making it a more enjoyable hobby to participate in.
The improvement of bowling balls
During most of its existence, wooden bowling balls made from hardwood trees were used for bowling. This finally changed in the 1930s when rubber balls were introduced to the sport. In the 1970s, plastics such as polyester became the most popular material in the manufacture of bowling balls as they led to higher scoring matches. The modern bowling ball, which is made from urethane resin, was introduced in the 1990s. Urethane resin balls can be customized for different bowling lane surfaces and players. Professional bowlers regularly have their bowling balls custom made to fit their bowling style.
One of the simple, yet profound, development in bowling has been the introduction of automatic scoring. Prior to this, bowlers had to individually keep their scores through notebooks and pencils. Professional bowling tournaments had to hire dedicated scoring staff. With the invention of the mechanical pinsetter, and technological advances in the computing industry, modern bowling now has automatic scoring. While this does not seem to be a major development, it has actually increased the widespread appeal of the game as bowlers do not need to understand how the scoring works before taking up the sport.
The bowling lane evolution
Bowling lanes have traditionally been made from wood. This made them expensive to set up and maintain as wooden lanes were not durable. In the 1970s, synthetic lanes were introduced which were cheaper to install and more durable than their wooden predecessors. Modern day bowling lanes can be made from a wide variety of customizable synthetic materials. With the different oiling techniques employed, each bowling alley has its own unique character which makes modern bowling very interesting. The reduced cost of setting up and maintaining a bowling alley has been attributed as the main driving force behind the popularity of bowling. Most major cities have at least one bowling alley in every neighborhood.
By embracing changing technologies, bowling has become a more enjoyable and accessible sport. The Wow Alley best demonstrates this with its elegant space design, craft beer and wine bar, food menu, comfy seating, music, and much more!
Kids just looooove ice cream. And this is highly understandable considering that even adults love ice cream too. If you’re planning to give your kids an ice cream treat, it helps if you know about the best ice cream flavors out there. Now you may not know this but there are some wild ice cream flavors around the world. Do you know what they are? Had you tasted any? Check some of them out below.
Jellyfish Ice cream
Now this is one wild ice cream flavor. And what makes it so wild is that it’s dangerous. Or at least, Jellyfish are. Jellyfish are one of the most dangerous marine animals. Their stings can cause death within seconds. This particular ice cream flavor contains Jellyfish protein. And don’t worry, it won’t kill ya! It is quite expensive though. A serving goes for $150 or more. And guess what, it glows when you lick it! If you want to take a ride on the wild side of ice cream then this is the holy grail.
Hot Pepper Ice Cream
Hot and ice may not always go together but this ice cream flavor makes it happen. The hot pepper ice cream is sweet but hot at the same time. These contrasting flavors will keep your taste buds on the edge as you savor your cold treat. This particular flavor, however, may not be ideal for small kids. They just might not be able to handle the hot pepper flavor. But can you?
Octopus Ice Cream
Yes, you read that right. There is something like octopus ice cream. And yes, it is manufactured using real octopus. Trust the Japanese to create ice cream flavors from virtually any plant or animal. For example, they have other wild flavors such as eel, tuna, and even horse meat. And now you must be wondering, what does an octopus ice cream taste like? Well, we’re not brave enough to try. How about you?
Garlic Ice Cream
When you think about ice cream, your mind drifts to sweet flavors that you might find in candy or cakes. But you’d be wrong in this case. There is actually a garlic flavored ice cream and you can find it in California. Now we don’t know how it tastes but sounds like this will require all your strength to slurp it up. But it could be spicy in a tasty kind of way. What do you think? You can also enjoy standard ice cream flavors with just a dash of garlic.
Vegetable Ice cream salad
Vegetables have for a long time been used in ice cream flavors. For example, beans, lettuce, and even avocado have been used in various flavors. However, you can also get a vegetable ice cream salad – a combo of various vegetable flavors ranging from goat cheese to cucumbers, grape fruit, walnuts, and more. Now that sounds like a salad that your kids would love to eat. The only question you need to ask yourself is – is this ice cream a desert or a main course?
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Next time you want to throw your son or daughter a birthday party that they’ll never forget, take it to the bowling alley. Bowling parties can be a hit without having to spend much time and money on planning. We’ll take a look at a few cool food suggestions, games and decorating ideas for bowling parties:
Get the right supplies
First things first, figure out where you are going to get all the supplies you’ll need for your party. This includes items like cups, napkins and decorations for your party. You may also want to rent a bowling game, some small trophies for the kids and a bowling balloon.
Make your invitations cool and creative to increase the party attendance. You can do your own personalized invitations. Simple things like adding a bowling sticker on the invitations or a fun message will excite your guests and make them look forward to the party.
Bowling party decorations
When choosing your decorations, one thing you have to consider is the location of your party. Generally, you won’t have lots of places to decorate at the bowling alley. But if you are doing the party at home then you’ve got unlimited opportunities to decorate.
Bowling t-shirts for your guests
One thing you can do to get the guests excited is to give them matching bowling t-shirts. They will feel like they are part of a team. Look for inexpensive bowling tees and add a bowling pin on each. You can even write the child’s name on the bowling pin. If you will be celebrating the part at a bowling alley, giving guests matching t-shirts will make it easy for you to spot them especially if the event is on a day when the alley is crowded.
Best food and snacks for bowling parties
If the party is in a bowling alley, you may be required to buy food at their concession stand. Some bowling alleys allow you to come with snacks during your event. You can narrow down your food choices to only healthy snacks such as grapes, slices of apples and wheat crackers. If you will be throwing the bowling party at home or in a private garden, then you have lots of options on what to serve. You can serve hotdogs, popcorns, French fries and so much more. One good idea would be to serve your guests drinks inside a bowling pin sipper cup.
Choosing party favors
You obviously want to send your guests home with some cool favors that complement the theme of the party. There are so many bowling party favors that you can find online at a good price. A few ideas include: bowling pin sipper cups, candy and lollipops with cool shapes, trophies for the winning team and mini bowling games.
Start planning the bowling party early enough so that you don’t miss out on any aspect we’ve mentioned above. Remember that you don’t have to spend a lot on making this party work for you. Handmade decorations and homemade food can really help you to cut down on costs.
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