If you aren’t heading down to your local bowling alley and playing a few games, then you are missing out. August 8 is National Bowling Day, and there is no better way to celebrate than to look at some custom bowling balls you wish you could take to the alley. But first, consider the origins of this exciting day.
The sport of bowling is perhaps one of the oldest still around today, with archeologists finding evidence tracing back to ancient Egypt in 3,200 BC. Though it is hard to tell how it was actually played then, there was also evidence of the sport in 300 AD Germany, where historian William Pehle pointed to evidence of its prevelance. Interestingly enough, bowling went through a tough time in England in 1366 when King Edward III forbid the sport and it did not return until King Henry VIII brought it back many years later. Now, there are bowling alleys all around offering automatic 10-pin games for people to enjoy.
To celebrate the growth and history of the sport, National Bowling Day is celebrated every second Saturday of August. Why this day? Who knows. Before you head down to the alley though, here are some bowling balls to be jealous of.
You may not know who this guy is, but his inspired design makes it clear he knows how to enjoy his time the right way. Presumably, he doesn’t bowl perfect 300 games, but at least he has fun while he rolls that beautiful ball down the lane.
Few things are more universally appreciated than zombies, so if you are going to get a custom ball it would make sense you would select something like this. Not only are you bowling with a zombie-inspired ball, but you also get to feel like you are carrying the severed head of a dead zombie. Ok…that is a little gross maybe.
While this might not be a custom ball on its own, it was broken to reveal a hidden ball inside with the name “Sara.” Who is this mysterious Sara? Is she some sort of bowling goddess or is the truth much more sinister? Either way, this is probably not a bowling ball you want.
Some might pass this off as a design anomaly, but it’s probably safer to just accept this was Cthulhu inspired and get on with bowling. If you pick it up, don’t act strange. Just continue as usual. Who knows? Maybe you’ll bowl your best game ever!
Of course, none of these would be as cool as making your own custom design. Perhaps pull from a childhood favorite and slap this guy on there:
Or, if you are a younger generation, maybe you could go with one of these instead:
Regardless of whether you have a custom ball or not, gather up some friends this Saturday and head down to the local bowling alley. It’s not like you have anything better to do.