Bowling Alley Screen When You Get a Strike
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Bowling Alley Screen When You Get a Strike refers to a series of memes referencing celebration animations typically shown on TV screens at bowling centers when a player manages to score a strike. The trend received significant spread on Reddit in mid-May 2019.
On May 6th, 2019, YouTube user KeyZ posted a video titled "1700s Sea Shanties 10 Hour" showing a 3D-animation of a pirate holding a microphone and dancing next to a boombox, with the video gaining over 130,000 views in two weeks. On May 9th, 2019, YouTube user A Guy (previously Kraken Gaming) commented "The screen at the bowling alley when you get a strike", with the reply gaining over 690 likes in one week.
On May 20th, Redditor apoplax used the joke in a post to /r/dankmemes subreddit which gained over 32,500 upvotes in 19 hours (shown below).
In the following hours, multiple similar memes were posted in /r/dankmemes and other subreddits. For example, on the same day Redditor paxton99 made a post which gained over 29,400 upvotes in 15 hours (shown below, left). On May 21st, 2019, Redditor JamesBald007 posted a version of the meme which garnered over 40,600 upvotes in seven hours (shown below, right).
NSFW Bowling Animation
NSFW Bowling Animations refers to a series of NSFW and offensive animations that parody stereotypical animations that play at bowling alleys when a player gets a spare or a strike. In April 2022, one particular animation in which a bowling ball ejaculates inside a bowling pin with a strong enough force to send it flying into other pins and knock them down achieved notoriety on social media, with users making memes and jokes referencing it.
 YouTube – Kraken Gaming's Comment
 Reddit – Arrr no good
 Reddit – thicc gorilla
 Reddit – Striiiiiike
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