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Here are some things you may not know about curling


So if you are like us, you really like watching curling, but... you're always just a tiny bit confused about it.

So we did some extensive google searches to find where the heck it came from, and what those stones and brooms and things are... so you don't have to.

You're welcome.

We all know Canadians really like curling, and they tend to win a lot... but the sport actually originated in SCOTLAND in the 1500s.

It was part of the FIRST Winter Olympics way back in 1924. After 1924, Curling didn't resurface as an official Olympic sport until the 1988 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.


ICYMI, this guy is the "bad boy" of curling:

The game used actual straw household-style brooms until the 1960s, when curlers slowly began to switch to the curling BRUSH.

Curling stones (AKA "rocks") are almost all made out of granite specifically from an island off the coast of Scotland called Ailsa Craig. This type of granite is even less-water-absorbent than your everyday kitchen countertop granite and very, very hard.

During the game, team captains are expected to sort out most disagreements on their own, without involving the ref. So if you accidentally run into a stone and knock it out of place, your captain has to suss it out with the other captain. This setup is called "a gentleman or gentlewoman's sport."


And that hard-to-explain name? The sport is called "curling" because a player "curls" - or spins - the stone as he or she releases it.

The scoring is a bit more complicated, and requires a lot of diagrams, so we're just going to leave you with this gif of Circa reporters falling over as they attempt to curl [watch video for more]...

ICYMI: Curling is a lot harder than it looks!

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