Curling: Rocks on Ice

Hard-core U.S. sports buffs might scoff at the game of curling — that is, if they've even heard of it. Imagine grown men playing a sort of shuffleboard on ice, with brooms and a big rock. One man slides the rock down the ice and his teammates charge ahead of it, sweeping furiously as it approaches a series of concentric circles with a bull's-eye in the middle. Even the name sounds slightly nutty. Wasn't that something women did to their hair?

Just don't say that to. the Scots, who invented the game almost 500...