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Best bowling video ever has drawn more than 5 million views, 6,000 comments — and they’re mostly positive

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Monday, October 4, 2021 8:00 am
The cover picture for the Veritasium video “How Hidden Technology Transformed Bowling.”.

If you have not seen it, may I introduce you to the best bowling video ever. If you doubt that, watch it and judge for yourself.

Veritasium’s “How Hidden Technology Transformed Bowling” has drawn more than 5 million views in being live for only a matter of days.

Since Veritasium has more than 10 million subscribers, that many views is understandable.   

But then I saw that there were more than 5,000 comments and started reading through them, and was astonished to see that they were almost universally positive, and rather than making fun of bowling, expressed appreciation for the technical side and complexity of bowling that they never knew.

To me, it made the argument for visible oil I’ve long made, which would start conversations and questions that could be answered by showing people “How Hidden Technology Transformed Bowling.”

Here is how Veritasium describes the video on YouTube:
“Bowling has been reinvented many times over the past seven thousand years but especially in the last 30. This is the fascinating physics of balls, oil, lane and pins. A portion of this video was sponsored by Salesforce. Go to https://salesforce.com/veritasium to learn more. Huge thanks to Steve Kloempken and all of Storm Bowling for letting us visit and get a glimpse into the crazy world of bowling. Huge thanks to legends Chris Barnes and Pete Weber for taking the time to bowl with us. Huge thanks to Creative Electron for their help with getting the bowling balls X-rayed. Check out their work here: https://creativeelectron.com/ Thanks to Ron Hatfield and James Freeman for their help with research. Check out their great book, Bowling Beyond the Basics: https://ve42.co/HatfieldFreeman Thanks to the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) for their help with accessing archival data and footage. Special thanks to Rod Cross for physics consultation. Thanks to Bill Guszczo for giving us the idea to make this video in the first place.”

If you're any kind of serious bowler and have not watched that video, do it.