"Curling has been described as the “Roarin’ Game”, with the “roar” coming from the sound of a granite stone as it travels over the ice. The exact origins of the game however, are unclear, lost in the mists of time.
Paintings by 16th century Flemish artist, Pieter Bruegel (1530-1569) portrayed an activity similar to curling being played on frozen ponds. (Click here for more info and to see these paintings.) The first written evidence appeared in Latin, when in 1540, John McQuhin, a notary in Paisley, Scotland, recorded in his protocol book a challenge between John Sclater, a monk in Paisley Abbey and Gavin Hamilton, a representative of the Abbot. The report indicated that Sclater threw a stone along the ice three times and asserted that he was ready for the agreed contest. What is clear, however, is that what may have started as an enjoyable pastime of throwing stones over ice during a harsh Northern European winter, has evolved into a popular modern sport with its own World Championships attracting fans and large television audiences." For more on the history of the sport of curling, visit: http://www.worldcurling.org/history-of-curling.
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