Billiard Balls

He looks at the Billiard Balls as he walks around the table scoping out his pattern.

He looks at the billiard balls, thinks there’s an easy run out pattern. He chalks up gets down on the shot, Shoots. Ka-blue-eeee!

Have you ever seen A Cue Ball explode?

Doesn’t that put some extra suspense and excitement in the game?

Would you like to find out how this happened in the year of 1865?

Read on to Discover the Truth!

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Exploding Billiard balls would make it impossible to make a Billiard. A.K.A. (Carom). Wouldn't it?

I was doing research when I came across the information about the exploding Balls. I will reveal this information in detail shortly. The above question lead me to wonder if you know the definition of “A Billiard”. I decided to provide a definition here.

The definition to me has always been a ball deflecting off another and striking another. (target) like a Carom. (Three Cushion Billiards)

I did a search on

Most of the online dictionaries including Webster’s referred to it as the singular of Billiards. The first result on the page defined it as an adjective and stated see also Carom.


Below I provided Wikipedia’s definition.

A billiard is a dynamical system where a particle alternates between motion in a straight line and specular reflections with a boundary. When the particle hits the boundary it reflects from it without loss of speed.

Billiard Balls Carom. You can get full details on the definition right here because this text is a Link! (Page will open in new window.

Imagine lining up and bearing down to make a shot. You have that 13 ball in your sites. You release your stroke, it all feels good. The ball is rolling down the table and BOOM!

What do you get?

Messed up billiards balls.


I’m not sure what happened to the ball pictured.

I’m sure by now you are ready to hear about the exploding Billiards Balls.

Discover How J.W. Hyatt made this possible in the year of 1865.

This came from, wouldn’t you know? Wikipedia again.

In 1865, John Wesley Hyatt patented a composition material resembling ivory (Celluloid) for a billiard ball (US50359), winning $10,000 prize from Phelan and Collender of New York City for the best substitute for ivory. This was the first U.S. patent for billiard balls. Unfortunately, the nature of celluloid gave them a tendency to occasionally explode, adding additional spark to the game but ultimately making this first plastic impractical for such use.

There you have it!

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