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Really, really play pool with floating
billiards balls in a little watery pool.
currents near the pockets, with little
that let the balls dop in with a splash. I
think this would be an outside fountain-
type pool game, but it would be waist
and would look (sort-of)
like a normal
pool table until you noticed it was full of
water and the balls were floating.
Be especially cool if it was a "black-hole"
sort of pool table with just one hole in
the center that sucked the balls down
whether you wanted it to or not...unlike
I suppose if the hole was lit up and the
balls were the nine planets, you'd have a
real theme going.
If it freezes. [contracts, May 13 2005]
pool table pool
I knew I'd seen this somewhere. Turns out it was my own annotation. [waugsqueke, May 13 2005]
HB archives: "Air Pool"
Circa 2003. [lostdog]'s version of this idea using a cushion of air rather than water. [bristolz, May 15 2005]
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||are you proposing a 'pillow" of water similar to that in air hocky tables? seems like a good start of an idea.
||what would you use to give the balls enough vhoosh to travel across the water? sounds like explosive devices are required (or hamsters of course)
||hmmm, trained water voles?
||trying to dress a ball with a skirt might prove tricky.
||My father's father's brother's son's wife's father created air hockey. I haven't seen a cent. [+]
||Baked in the movies, Star Trek V, The Final Frontier. Featured a 'pool' table, with balls floating in water on a recessed tabletop.
||This could also be construed as a pun, you realize.
||How do you get over the problem of gravity (between the balls themselves, not between each ball and Earth)? When I eat Cheerios and have only a few left that float on the surface of the milk, the uniformly sized orbs tend toward each other or the edge of the bowl when they are near enough. I imagine this could either be an obstacle causing masses of "sticky" billiard balls, or an interesting challenge, unique to this version of the game.
||How about a pool of mercury?
||[XSarenkaX] - I think that when you propose something like this, you have to accept that the game changes - thats the beauty of it. Personally, I think this is a cool idea. Mercury could be a solution, although you need to make the balls have some ability to sink, since you dont want to recreate a pool table. You might need to re-define the idea of pockets because of the liquid overflowing..
||Your "Star Trek V" reference saddens
me greatly, my friend. Thank you; I'll
rent the movie (again). There is no
mind-meld which can cure my
blacken'd woe. Let us not lose
perspective and drown our hamsters
over a silly game. We shall drown our
sorrows instead with the creature
known to the locals only as "Kha-Nyou."
It is decreed. Now, play! Or the
enigmatic she-ensign known to the
locals only as
"Nurse Chapel" shall die...
||how about molecular pool? You use an
an electron microscope to play on a tiny
||Use plutonium! ka-BOOM@#$%@#%
||How about useing a pool que that sucks up water and forces it out over a short time to keep the balls rolling through the water's resistance. Like a really long turkey baster pool que.
||//you need to make the balls have some ability to sink//
||How about velcro (fuzzy-side) balls paired with velcro (crispy side) "sockets" attached at the appropriate areas (corners and sides) of the pool? Does wet velcro still work well?
||I've had velcro sealing pockets on swimming trunks, so apparently.
||Meatballs are the favorite meal of "Kha-
||//How do you get over the problem of
gravity (between the balls themselves,
not between each ball and Earth)? When
I eat Cheerios and have only a few left
that float on the surface of the milk, the
uniformly sized orbs tend toward each
other or the edge of the bowl when they
are near enough.//
This is a
surface-tension effect, not a gravity
effect. The gravitational force between
two Cheerios 1inch apart is about 10e
-15 Newtons. This would accelerate
the two Cheerios towards eachother at
about 10e-12 metres per second-
squared. They would therefore collide
after about 158,113 seconds, or 43
hours, by which time they would be
Please note that this
calculation assumes that you are eating
your cereal in a vacuum, with zero-
viscosity massless milk. I am assuming
that one Cheerio weighs 1 gram, and I
disregard relativistic effects.
||Thanks for the info basepair. I thought the physics of Cheerios sounded a tad suspect, but then started realizing why I find it so difficult to get off the sofa.