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EVERYTHING BOWLING, ALL THE TIME


TOUCH FOR VIDEO TOUCH FOR VIDEO CARPE DIEM


Congress made it official on Nov. 20, 2013: Hannah Diem is indeed the youngest bowler ever to bowl a per- fect game. Diem achieved the feat at age nine that Sunday, Nov. 17, in the final game of her Youth/Adult league session at Liberty Lanes in Largo, Fla. Almost exactly a year


Harvey brought Diem onto his show after learning that she had become the youngest bowler ever to bowl a perfect game.


BOWLING WITH GALILEO


So, a bowling ball and a feather walk into a vacu- um chamber. Alright, we know. You’ve heard that one before. But have you seen what happens next? That is where the BBC’s Brian Cox comes in. Cox toured NASA’s Space Power Facility in Cleveland,


TALK SHOW HOST STEVE HARVEY GETS SCHOOLED BY NINE-YEAR-OLD BOWLING PRODIGY, HANNAH DIEM.


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later, on Nov. 21, 2014, Steve Har- vey made sure the rest of the world knew about it. Diem appeared on the Steve


Harvey show that day during the show’s stint at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. She explained that she began bowling at age six and cur- rently bowls three leagues. She also


confessed that she “almost didn’t bowl that night” because “I wasn’t feeling good.” We’re pretty sure she is glad she did. Diem attempted to give Harvey some pointers, but she probably did not anticipate that he would have as his equipment an oversize beach ball and giant, inflat- able “pins.”


Ohio, a structure built in the 1960s to “test spacecraft in the conditions of outer space.” According to Cox, it is “the world’s biggest vacuum chamber,” and testing there is conducted by “pumping out 30 tons of air” until there is less than an ounce of air left inside. At this point, you are thinking, “Oh, well, those are the perfect conditions under which to demonstrate Galileo’s ‘law of falling bodies.’” Yes, exactly! And that is precisely what was done during Cox’s visit to this Cleveland facility. Just as Galileo is said to have done from the Leaning Tower of Pisa in 1589, when he al- legedly dropped objects of varying weights to demon- strate that all objects accelerate at the same rate regardless of their mass, Cox witnessed the spectacle of a bowling ball and a feather being dropped simulta- neously in NASA’s Cleveland vacuum chamber. The result is something to behold.


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