The episode: “Gamera vs. Barugon,” ep. 304
The riff: Giddily cooed by Joel as one of the movie’s unsavory characters strokes a giant opal that he has just stolen away.
The explanation: Brunswick, as it turns out, has been a major bowling supply company for over a century. They make practically everything that a person needs to bowl, and many things that a person assuredly does not need in order to bowl. As with any hobbyist past time taken to the extreme, it becomes hilarious when viewed from the outside. Check out this list of awesomely complicated Brunswick bowling balls with names like “Nexxxus” and “Meanstreak,” or this even funnier review site for said bowling balls.
Novelty factor: I think we’ve all probably bowled at some point, but who among us has really looked at the brand name of our bowling balls, besides those who bring their own to the lanes? I’ve never heard of the company, and my career high game is like 140. Coincidence?
American life on the threshold of the golden 60s!