Friday, February 17, 2012
Booty: A Game of Bumpers With You, Sir...
For centuries, bumpers or as it was later known, pool, was a favorite sport among the wealthy and elite. Most people, not just the male of the upper-crust species, were partial to betting - if not addicted to it - and as anyone who plays these days knows, pool is a great game to bet on. You don't even have to be playing to lay down the coin. Many of our seafaring heroes were as wild about the game as monarchs like Charles II, Louis XIV and most of the English Georges. Horatio Nelson famously played quite well, even lacking an arm. I understand that wasn't the only thing he was good at despite his so-called "handicap".
Not a one of those gaming enthusiasts could have imagined the device pictured in action above. From Dman3150 on YouTube via the first mate, I offer a gyroscopic self-leveling pool table in action aboard the cruise ship Radiance of the Seas, and in dirty weather no less.
Warning: if you are prone to seasickness, watching all 1:29 minutes of this curious footage might not be the best idea.