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PQQLK9
10-13-2004, 07:45 PM
What happened on this day -- in 1865,
John Wesley Hyatt patented the very first billiard ball. He won $10,000 in a contest to see who could come up with a workable substitute for the ivory balls that had been used up until then.

Paul_Mon
10-14-2004, 03:45 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote PQQLK9:</font><hr> What happened on this day -- in 1865,
John Wesley Hyatt patented the very first billiard ball. He won $10,000 in a contest to see who could come up with a workable substitute for the ivory balls that had been used up until then. <hr /></blockquote>

In a related incident the following day Hyatt’s lead engineer Federico Agnir was accused of stealing the cue ball for his private collection. To date the whereabouts of that original ball are unknown.

Barbara
10-14-2004, 06:10 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Paul_Mon:</font><hr>
In a related incident the following day Hyatt’s lead engineer Federico Agnir was accused of stealing the cue ball for his private collection. To date the whereabouts of that original ball are unknown.

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Actually Paul, it was rumored that the engineer devised a way to insert a metal wire into the cue ball, for some type of experiment with bar boxes.

Then, 137 years later, his great-, great-, great grandson, also named Federico Agnir, found the cue ball and cracked it open to find the metal wire, therefore explaining the wobbles of the bar box ball and the reason why it doesn't drop into the channel with all the other balls.

See? It's been all Fred's fault since the beginning!

Barbara~~~LOL!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Leviathan
10-14-2004, 06:25 AM
I played with that ball at Bailey's last night!

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