What do you get if you combine a turkey with a ghost? A poultrygeist!
It's that time of year again, and although Thanksgiving isn't as big a holiday here in Australia as it is in the States, that doesn't mean you shouldn't still celebrate. Come on down to AMF Bowling for a fun game, a hearty gourmet meal and a turkey of your own.
What is a turkey and why is it called that?
In ten pin bowling, a turkey is three strikes in a row. This may seem like a completely random name for a bowling manoeuvre, and while there is no definitive answer as to why it's called that, most people think it has something to do with prizes from back in the day.
Late eighteenth 18th and 19th-century bowling alleys rewarded grocery items to players who did well in the game. Especially popular were meat prizes such as ham and, you guessed it, turkeys, particularly around Thanksgiving time. If some lucky lad or lady was to get three strikes in a row, they'd have themselves a turkey!
How can you get a thanksgiving turkey, minus all the cooking?
Instead of stuffing and slow-cooking a bird, celebrate Thanksgiving with a game of bowling and, if you're very skilled, a turkey of your own. To capture this elusive bird, however, you will first need to know how to bowl a strike.
There are many things to keep in mind when aiming to hit down all 10 pins. Speed and accuracy are very important. You'll get the best results, though, from the angle at which you approach the pins. With the help of professional bowler Yoshimi Kitaoka, Sports Japan conducted an experiment to figure out the best angle for knocking down all pins.
The answer was a resounding three degrees, or just to the side of the front pin. This space is what is known as the pocket. All you have to do is hit this part and you're almost guaranteed to score a strike.
Got it? Great! Now go do that three times.
Reasons to be thankful
In light of this lovely holiday, we've thought of a few reasons to be thankful:
- The new Star Wars movie is coming out very soon.
- Christmas is nearly here, which means presents and parties galore.
- Sweet, sweet burgers.
- Without this holiday, we wouldn't have jokes like this: Why can't you take a turkey to church? Because they use such fowl language.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!