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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Interesting unusual and fun facts about billiard

Here are a some facts about billiard that I have put together for you:

-Billiards or Pool evolved from a lawn game similar to croquet played sometime during the 15th century in Northern Europe (probably in France)

-There are 15 colored balls in billiards, 7 “solid”, 7 “striped” and the black 8-ball

-Billiards was the first sport to have a world championship (1873)

-In 1765 A.D., the first billiard room was built in England. Played there was One-Pocket, which was a table with one pocket and four balls

-Throughout most of the 1800’s, the chalk used on the new leather cue tips was carbonate of lime, better known as blackboard chalk

-In the course of play, one day a visiting military cadet remarked that first-year cadets at this particular academy were known as “snookers”. When the cadet missed a particularly east pot, a remark was made “Why, you’re a regular snooker”!

-The word “cue” is derived from the French queue, meaning tail. Before the cue stick was designed, billiards was played with a mace. The mace consisted of a curved wooden (or metal) head used to push the ball forward, attached to a narrow handle

-Pro player and trick shot specialist Paul Gerni is nicknamed the “Ambassador” and speaks six languages

-The term “scratch”, as applied to a pocketing of the cue ball, was derived from the penalty assessed for such a foul. In pool’s early days, the score was often kept on a chalkboard. When a player pocketed the cue ball, his opponent “scratched” a point off the shooter’s score

-At times, including during the Civil War, billiard results received wider coverage than war news. Players were so renowned that cigarette cards were issued featuring them

-What were cue balls originally made out of? Ivory · Is the proper way to "jump" the cue-ball to hit under it with your cue, causing it to pop into the air? NO! Popping the ball up in the air by hitting underneath it with your cue is actually considered a foul by most common rule sets. The proper way to "jump" the cue ball is to hit down on it with the butt-end of your cue "jacked up" (raised) in the air

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