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"Ouija" Sounds rather occult doesn't it? [Jun. 23rd, 2010|11:46 am]
Mark Rimmell
It's actually a name, trademarked by the Kennard Novelty Co. in the early 1890s, taking the French for yes and the German for yes. So I guess we've all been pronouncing it wrong. It was marketed as "Amusing, Scientific and Instructive" by William Fuld who also is credited with the invention of the return pool table. Just think about that next time you sink the cue ball down the pub and hear it rolling through the hidden mechanism under the slate, before being delivered to the little opening at the end of the table and into the hand of your opponent.

[User Picture]From: _hedgewytch_
2010-06-23 11:23 am (UTC)
That's very cool ;) thanks for that
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[User Picture]From: pinkwitch2000
2010-06-23 10:26 pm (UTC)
But what word will the cue ball spell out as the spirits whisk it along its etherial plan back to the box?
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2010-06-23 11:26 pm (UTC)
The message used to be "Don't beat the really big skinhead with the facial tattoos, he's not a good loser." I used to drink and play pool in some quaint places.

Mind you I haven't played in years so it is more probably "You're crap at this, go play cribbage with the other old men."
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-24 01:15 pm (UTC)


Mark, to the best of your knowledge - is this any relation to the Kennard's department store that used to be in Staines in our childhood (pre Debenham's) ?

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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2010-06-24 04:41 pm (UTC)

Re: Kennard's

Wouldn't of thought so... this was a US company.
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