Which came first, the ball or the pins? Is it masochism or bullying? Is there still something to laugh and cheer on, or should we rather empathize and stop this abuse immediately? These are the questions that the world of comics and cartoons seems to have raised, by bringing the good old game of bowling to a more human level.
The earliest known forms of bowling date back to ancient Egypt, with wall drawings depicting bowling being found in a royal Egyptian tomb dated to 5200 BC. and miniature pins and balls in an Egyptian child’s grave about 5200 BC.
In 1366, the first official mention of bowling in England was made, when King Edward III banned it as a distraction to archery practice.
A painting from around 1810 shows British bowlers playing a bowling sport outdoors. It shows a triangular formation of ten pins chronologically before it appeared in the United States.
On 9 September 1895, the modern standardized rules for ten-pin bowling were established in New York City by the new American Bowling Congress.