World weird sport: CURLING

Introducing Curling sport! Curling was invented in Scotland during the 16th century and was originally an outdoor sport. Early curlers would select smooth river stones and slide them across lochs and ponds  frozen by the cold Scottish winter. The aim was to bring your stone to rest as close as possible to a certain mark, a bit like in bowls or bocce.

Once the stone was thrown it could be helped along by sweeping the ice ahead of it with a broom. Vigorous sweeping melted the ice for a moment, reducing friction and straightening the path of the stone, which tended to curl based on spin out of the hand.

But that isn’t why the sport is called curling. In Scots the word “curr” means a soft murmur. The name of “the roaring game” refers to the sound made by the sliding stones.

Who’s House?

Contemporary curling has moved indoors onto carefully crafted rinks. These absolutely flat sheets of ice have target-shaped rings painted at either end. The target is called the house and its centre point is called the button.

The other equipment has also been modernised, including special shoes, ice brushes and standardised stones, which are made of polished granite and have a handle on top so they can be rotated clockwise or anticlockwise as they’re delivered.

A professional match consists of ten ends (rounds) and is played between two teams of four. The team members are known as the lead, second, third and skip (captain), and usually deliver in that order.

After each end the team closest to the button gets one point for every stone closer than the other team’s best effort. The team with the most points in the match wins. Curling is known for good sportsmanship and a team that feels it cannot win will usually concede by shaking hands.

The only known film about curling is a Canadian comedy called Men With Brooms.

Sources: Youtube, Google Images, History of Curling

 

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