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The Birth Of Curling March 27, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Fiction, Humor.

Curling fascinates me.

It’s the only Olympic sport that gives out-of-shape middle-age men (who  train by playing poker, drinking beer, and smoking cigars) a shot at taking home a  Gold medal . . .  after downing a case of Golden Lager.

Who invented Curling?   The Scots, of course . . .

On a cold winter’s day in 1541, four Scotsmen finished a round of 18 holes at St. Andrews. (F.N. 1)

Par for the course (F.N. 2), these avid golfers visited the 19th Green to hoist a few shots of single malt Scotch before heading home for a heavy, hardy, manly meal of Haggis. (F.N. 3)

Hours later, the foursome stumbled outside the pub and spied a frozen tea kettle sitting in the middle of the icy parking lot.  Despite their inebriated condition, or perhaps because of it, the four Scots took turns swinging at it with their irons.

Eventually, as the sun rose over the highlands, one of the golfers, Ian Anderson MacGregor, exclaimed, “Ach, mon, this wee frozen kettle is curling away on the thin ice of the new day.” (F.N. 4)

Curling is now an Olympic sport. 

Golf is not. (F.N. 5)


1.  Golf has been played on the links at St. Andrews since 1400 A.D.

2.  Puns intended

3.  Trust me, you do NOT want to know.

4.  Ian Anderson MacGregor’s great, great … great grandson borrowed the exclamation when writing the lyrics (and title) to Jethro Tull’s “Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day.”

5.  Golf (and Rugby) will join the Olympic line-up during the 2016 Summer Games.

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OK, guys . . .

Fact or Fiction . . . the absolute Truth or a Tall Tale for April Fool’s Day?

Related posts:  Invent a new Olympic Sport (WP Prompt) * April Fool’s Day Contest


1. kent chapman - March 27, 2010

This has got to be true! ( It sure sounds like the truth anyway)

2. Mitzi Swift - March 28, 2010

I agree, sounds like something that really happened. TRUE

3. Ben - March 28, 2010

Mmm . . . Haggis . . . .

4. Ben - March 29, 2010

The first report of a curling match is from 1541, so I will say this is true.

And I find vegetarian haggis much more palatable.

5. Joanne - March 31, 2010

I don’t know why, but this is Fiction.

6. nrhatch - April 1, 2010


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