Build your own makeshift "quarantine pool table"

After just a week being cooped up in his apartment, YouTube's "Average Pool Player" Rollie Williams has found a way to entertain himself using objects he already had. He jokes, "I converted our dining room table into a pool table and all it cost was my relationship with my roommates."

Want to make your own "quarantine pool table"? His video tutorial will show you how. But, keep in mind, you'll need to already be in possession of billiard balls. As he writes, "What kind of absolute lunatic doesn’t have a full set of billiard balls in their apartment?"

In this time of staying at home and not being able to go outside, it's important to make the best of things. When that doesn't work, it's okay to make yourself a pool table. We made a DIY pool table out of a blanket, our kitchen table, some tape, clamps, rope, string, metal rods from a set of shelves I had in my room, and a set of billiard balls my dad gave me for Christmas a few years ago.

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Pool and bowling trick shot artists join forces for some mind-boggling tricks

Florian Kohler (previously), aka Venom Trickshots, teamed up with bowling trick shot master Jason Belmonte for some pretty astonishing billiards-bowling hybrid tricks. Read the rest

Snooker champ plays VR snooker, falls over because it feels so real

San Francisco's Computer Museum boasts a state-of-the-art virtual reality pool program that feels so real that the tester, snooker champ Ronnie O'Sullivan, falls over after trying to lean on the VR table. Read the rest

Great explainer on how glass top pool tables work

Ever since transparent pool tables came on the market, I was curious about how they worked. Elite Innovations' designer Craig Nottage explains. The trick? Vitrik:

The playing surface is called ‘Vitrik’, it is a patented technology by Elite Innovations. It is a coating and mesh multi-layer combination, fixed to the glass, which allows the balls to roll silently at a near identical rate to a standard cloth table, plus spin(English) can be applied. It’s highly durable, completely non-toxic and is 96% transparent. Please view our video to see our table in action, you will see that the balls indeed behave as they should.

The Vitrik™ playing surface is durable and will give years of game play, but when it needs to be recovered eventually (just as cloth tables do), please contact us to have it recovered. We offer a 12 month warranty on the playing surface against workmanship. Warranty does not cover wear and tear, or misuse. Only balls supplied by Elite Innovations can be used on the Vitrik surface – though others will not affect the physical properties of the surface, other balls may leave significant, highly visible, burn marks.

Some people learned the hard wayafter shelling out $75K for one of these babies.

Bonus video: table underlit with colored LEDs:

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Pool trickshot artist proves his shots aren't fake with live audience

Florian Kohler, aka Venom, may look like an unassuming guy, but he's one of the greatest living pool trickshot artists. Tired of claims that his videos are faked, he gathered an audience and compiled his five most viewed trickshot videos. Read the rest

The messy fight to stop California's pool diarrhea signs

California pools must post a dizzying array of warnings, the best of which is "Persons having currently active diarrhea or who have had active diarrhea within the previous 14 days shall not be allowed to enter the pool water." Turns out there was a messy fight behind the now-ubiquitous nanny-state signage. Read the rest

Jumping into a pool of 25 million water beads

Mark Rober teamed up with The Backyard Scientist to see what happens when you fill a pool with 25 million water balls then try to jump in. Read the rest

Ferrets enjoy dip in a peanut pool.

We should all be this happy on Christmas Day. Read the rest

Raccoon doesn't like his friend swimming

Wayland appears to be a bit of a wet blanket when it comes to having fun.

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Raccoon tries to 'save' brother from refreshing swim in pool

Waylon the raccoon sure would feel a lot better if his brother Willie were back on dry land.

Video: billiards trick shots

Amazing trick shots by Ziemowit Janaszek. Read the rest