A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 18, 2019
“Why did man invent curling?"/"To convince women sweeping was a sport.”

Curling is a sport that involves sweeping. A riddle was posted on Reddit—Jokes on January 27, 2016:

Q: Why did man invent curling?
A: To convince women sweeping was a sport.



Wikipedia: Curling
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 granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones, with each player throwing two. 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 player can induce a curved path, described as curl, by causing the stone to slowly turn as it slides. The path of the rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with brooms, who accompany it as it slides down the sheet and sweep the ice in front of the stone. “Sweeping a rock” decreases the friction, which makes the stone travel a straighter path (with less “curl") and a longer distance.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/MedicAlert January 27, 2016
Why did man invent curling?
To convince women sweeping was a sport.
COMMENTS
Joby05
Mission failed.

Twitter
Samantha Dowd
@samanthadowd935
Why did man invent curling? via /r/Jokes
To convince women sweeping was a sport.
6:28 PM - 27 Jan 2016

Twitter
Jake
@jakejezek
I’m convinced curling was created to convince women that sweeping is a sport.
8:41 PM - 30 Jan 2016

Twitter
Joke Authority
@JokeAuthority
Why did man invent curling? To convince women sweeping was a sport.
6:28 PM - 1 Feb 2016

Twitter
Mr. Drinks On Me #TeamIndia
@Mr_DrinksOnMe
Why did man invent curling?
To convince women sweeping was a sport.
12:10 PM - 12 Jun 2016

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/MedicAlert September 6, 2016
Why did man invent curling?
To convince women sweeping was a sport.

Reddit—Cleanjokes
Posted by u/kickypie June 17, 2019
Why did man invent curling?
To convince women sweeping was a sport.

Posted by Barry Popik
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