Over the centuries, bowling has, of course, evolved. In Germany, bowling was so popular among the gambling kind at one point that the government passed laws regarding how much money you could bet on a yard game. (We imagine they did this to cut down on how often bowling games led to fisticuffs.) Over time, it evolved more and began to look entirely different from the games played across Europe. In fact, things took a decidedly uppity turn when none other than Henry VIII banned the lower class from bowling and imposed hefty levies on private lanes. Of course, even Henry VIII’s game was significantly different from what we play today — primarily because they still bowled outside. And it wasn’t until 1511 that Martin Luther set a rule on the exact number of pins needed to play. As bowling evolved further, different parts of the world began putting their tweaks on the game.