February 12, 2008
Bowling Research: Final Draft
Through the generations oil has become a broader term from it being used in for cars to it being used in our hair. In the dictionary oil is directly defined as “any of a large class of substances typically unctuous, viscous, combustible, liquid at ordinary temperatures, and soluble in ether or alcohol but not in water: used for anointing, perfuming, lubricating, illuminating, heating, etc.” Together this definition makes the word oil even broader with the use of the words “a large class.” One could go down a list of applications that require oil, but only one of these applications is a sport, that requires oil to make the game more challenging and difficult, the sport being referred to is tenpin bowling. Oil has effected bowling in numerous way thought out history. How is oil affecting modern day bowling? Oil on lanes has produced more competition, more styles, and has now effected who will come out on top.
The sport of bowling dates back to thousands of years ago. “Ancient Egyptians invented the sport of bowling around 5200 B.C. The only source for this claim however, is a small skittles game discovered in the 1930s by British archaeologist Sir Flinders Petrie in the tomb of a child near the town of Naqada, some 10 miles north of the famous touristic center in Luxor. Petrie, who practically invented modern Egyptology, dated the material between 3500 and 3000 B.C. The purported bowling equipment is on display at the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, England.(1)” Writing hadn't been invented when the Egyptian child was buried with his bowling set, so there was no description of how...