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Curling is Cool Day
Q: What did one curling stone say to the other?
A: I won’t take you for granite!
~ Curling humour 😆
"Hurry hard", curlers of the world! Believed to be one of the world's oldest winter team sports originally played on frozen lochs and ponds, Curling has seen an intense surge of popularity after the last few winter Olympics! Known as the ‘Roarin’ Game’ for its distinctive ‘roar’ of the granite curling stone as it travels over the ice, it has also been described as "chess on ice" for the necessary strategy and teamwork. After the first recognized curling clubs were formed in Scotland, it became widely popularized in the 19th century and exported to Canada, United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand. Curling stones are fashioned from Scottish granite, traditionally fashioned from the Blue Hone and Ailsa Craig Common Green granite taken from the island of Ailsa Craig. The first Rules of Curling were drawn up in Scotland and formally adopted by the Grand Caledonian Curling Club, formed in Edinburgh in 1838. Four years later, following a demonstration of curling on the ballroom floor of Scone Palace near Perth during a visit by Queen Victoria, the Queen was so fascinated that she gave permission for the Club’s name to be changed to the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. The blue, red and azure of this tartan represent the target area; and the gold, maroon and navy reflect the RCCC brand." Roar! 🥌 🥌 🥌 🧹
Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard. Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granitestones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game usually consists of eight or ten ends.
The curler can induce a curved path by causing the stone to slowly turn as it slides, and the path of the rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with brooms who accompany it as it slides down the sheet, using the brooms to alter the state of the ice in front of the stone.
From the Scottish Register of Tartans:
"The Grand Caledonian Curling Club was established in 1838. By 1842 the new national association had obtained Royal patronage and has ever since been known as The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC). The Royal Caledonian Curling Club tartan was created in 2013, the RCCC’s 175th anniversary year. Colours: blue, red and azure represent the target area; gold, maroon and navy reflect the RCCC brand."
For more the physics of curling, click the curling stones!