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Bus Snooker

Liven up the old game
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This game is identical to the traditional game of snooker (US note: similar to Pool) in every respect, except that it is played on the top deck of a double decker bus, being driven at speed on a route containing many roundabouts and simulated bus stops. The driver (a neutral) is encouraged to brake and accelerate fiercely at every opportunity (which should present no problem to the average London bus driver).

The table would have to be fastened down. The windows should be blacked out, and dingy lighting provided to accurately emulate the traditional snooker environment.

Other possibilities for bus sports would include ping pong (for the more active) or darts (for the brave).

Mickey the Fish, Jul 19 2000


       Being an American, I'm unaware of the intricacies of the game, but wouldn't the accelerations be like tipping the table so that all the balls roll into one pocket?
bookworm, Jul 19 2000

       I think that's the point.
eagle, Jul 19 2000

       Oh. I thought this was intended semiseriously, as a way to increase the challenge of the game.
bookworm, Jul 19 2000

       You are crazy man. I like bus, I like snooker but where is bus snooker? Can I play?
Abraham, Aug 21 2000

       How about bowling?
nick_n_uit, Nov 10 2000

       It would have interesting effects on boxing or karate as well. Imagine trying to time your punches to take advantage of extra momentum when the bus brakes...
baf, Nov 10 2000

       How about fly fishing?
JoshW, Apr 20 2001

       Ice sculpture with chainsaws?
Aristotle, Jul 24 2001

       Monocycle basketball would be a bit more challenging as a bus sport and more could join in.
mkirksmith, Dec 11 2001

       Willie Mosconi (the greatest pool player ever) did a publicity stunt for billiards by playing pool on the top of a double decker bus while driving around Chicago (i think).
sanwogawoga, Nov 27 2002

       In the US, snooker is sometimes known as "bumper pool," right? The table has a handful of knob things bolted in the center of the table. . . ?
Mungo, Mar 04 2004

       Nope. That would be 'Bar Billiards'. Snooker is the one with 15 reds, 6 assorted other colours, played on a table with long sides and small pockets.
st3f, Mar 04 2004

       If it was your shot, wouldn't you be able to stand around and wait until a red went into the pocket of its own accord? Or would you have an incentive to pot a red quickly before a colour goes in? I can see tactical complexities.
kropotkin, Mar 04 2004


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