My last trip to a billiards hall was a really strange one. I went with my friend Dylan and we were staying in Boise, Idaho with his dad. Bored, we went into town to play pool. It got late and being young guys we didn't really want to just go back home. So we saw this girl scraping her window out in the parking lot and she was parked next to our car. I asked her real nice if she knew of any place we could go that might still be open that had pool tables.
Out of the blue this car pulled up blocking my car from being able to back up. The doors popped open, and four guys with tattoos, spiked hair, chains (I saw a baseball bat too) hopped out and they asked the girl, "Are these two guys botherin' you, Wendy?" At that point I knew I needed to be very careful about what I said. Anyway, she said that we were just looking for information and they settled down and then we went on our way. But I never forgot that situation. How on a flick of a switch things can go wrong, and it doesn't matter if you are "right" or "wrong" because no one cares. I call that the "hidden pockets of civilized society" where we all live under this illusion that the law protects us but in fact, violence can occur in a matter of seconds and oftentimes you will be on your own.
So back to the "magnetic cue ball" thing. I always assumed that maybe the cue ball was a slightly different size or weight, but never bothered to follow-up on it. Then last night I saw this amazing video that does a breakdown of exactly how a cue ball always comes back to you when the other colored balls stay sunk. How you might ask? In one word: magnets. The cue ball has a thin layer of iron in it just below the white surface, and a strong magnet in the machine pulls it to one side so that it avoids the ramp that channels all the other balls into the storage box.
And that's not the only secret in this video. Watch and learn, friends.
Oh and in case you wanted to know, I changed up my blog a bit. It was looking kinda stale after five years of blogging (that seems like a lot LOL). Thanks for reading all those words. :)