The hidden oil patterns on bowling lanes

Every bowling lane has a hidden oil pattern. In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards finds out what that means. Help us make more ambitious videos by …


  1. I always knew oil had a huge effect on the ball but, not being able to see the patterns and such, I never did get it… Now, if only there were special glasses and such that can show the oil patterns, that would be a great help…

  2. I was once bowling and kept throwing the ball at the centre but towards the end it just changed directions and went to the gutter while my sister's almost gutter ball suddenly spinned around went for strikes. I couldn't believe what was happening. Cause I always thought you always have to aim at the center/throw straight. So it was all about the oil! The time before that in the same bowling alley I kept aiming the centre and got good results so I was so confused how my skill suddenly changed.

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