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Crazy snooker?
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I went to visit my parents yesterday. My parents' house has a cellar. There are three things you need to know about this cellar.

1. It contains a snooker table.
2. It is considerably cooler than the rest of the house.
3. It is prone to flooding.

Now, since yesterday was a hot day, and since I hadn't actually seen the cellar since it was most recently redecorated after the previous flood, we decided that that would be a good place to go and sit and chat.

While we were down there, I decided that I felt like hitting a few snooker balls around, since I hadn't done so for years, so I ended up having a game against my sister and then a game against my dad.

Now, this snooker table has never been the pinnacle of hi-tech sporting precision. The table has never been quite level, and the cues have never quite been straight. Needles to say, this makes precision, inch-perfect positional play a little on the tricky side. Not to mention actually potting the balls. (Of course, it does provide a wonderful excuse for bad play from someone who hasn't picked up a cue in years.)

However, yesterday, I discovered that a new "feature" had been added to the snooker table since I last played on it, presumably in the aftermath of the last flood (or the one before, or the one before...) In addition to the cues that aren't quite straight, and the table that isn't quite level, we now boast a set of balls that aren't quite the same size. This is hilariously obvious when you try to form the reds up into their triangle at the start,and amused me greatly. I am convinced that my parents are well on their way to making their fortune by creating the snooker equivalent of crazy golf.

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Heh. Had to look that up, I've only ever played pool myself. And, er, wow, that's a creative setup!

I keep thinking that snooker would be more interesting with random magnets hidden under the table (and magnetic balls, obviously), for Spacewar-style slingshot play.

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