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Nice rack.
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Billiards and pool balls with cylindrical ferrous cores that align when an electrical connection is made in the battery powered rack.
By pushing a button on the rack when the balls are in the right position for breaking, small electro-magnets lining the inner surface of the rack cause the balls to spin in place until aligned, this would make tiny divots beneath each individual ball and keep them from moving as the, (now de-electrified) rack is raised allowing for a perfect rack every time.

Not to be confused with http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0272211/
Which likely features many nice racks. [Shz, Mar 24 2006]

Or this http://www.xipi.net...ndom_cable_mess.jpg
less than attractive rack. [Shz, Mar 24 2006]

Or these yummy... http://www.dineout-...h-bigislandribs.jpg
(warning, may cause drooling) [Shz, Mar 24 2006]

ah, I see now. just ignore me... http://www.twainquotes.com/billiards3.jpg
[po, Mar 24 2006]

wiki talks about a red ball and two white ones but I don't see that it matters. http://en.wikipedia...#Beginning_the_game
ah yes, and one white ball had a white dot so that you could distinguish between the two. [po, Mar 24 2006]

snooker! now you're talking real skill. http://news.bbc.co....nvolved/4225390.stm
[po, Mar 24 2006]


       billiards! do you mean snooker?   

       there are only 3 balls in play in billiards if memory serves me right.
po, Mar 24 2006

       keep em spinning....+
xenzag, Mar 24 2006

       I'd like to see this in action.   

       <slips a boiled egg into the rack> [+]
skinflaps, Mar 24 2006

       might make cheating easier
wakeNbake, Mar 24 2006

       I've never heard of a three ball pool game [po].
I think snooker is another word for billiards. But that might be wrong, if the game is on anything larger than a bar table I may as well be playing golf.

       snooker is played with <counts fingers> 15, 18, 21, ahem, 22 balls   

       billiards as I know/knew it, was a just a black ball and two white ones.
po, Mar 24 2006

       Impossible, but interesting.   

       In the best rack, the balls are touching each other, literally, as much as possible. If they were touching each other, there is no way they could all spin.
sophocles, Mar 24 2006

       Divots in my pool table? Are you out of your frakkin' mind? -
ato_de, Mar 24 2006

       [UB] Nope. Imagine just 3 balls, all touching each other in a triangle. Spin one, and the other 2 will spin, but they'll spin in opposite directions, breaking contact, and pushing them apart.
sophocles, Mar 24 2006

       [sophocles] I get that the balls would have friction between them as they align, but this would be very slight compared to the attraction. They may break contact and push apart but they should draw together when they have finished turning.   

       [ato de] The jury is still deliberating.   


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