It is often stated that if the earth were the size of a cue ball, it would feel smoother than one. No less a scientific giant than Neil deGrasse Tyson has referenced this “fact” in his excellent book The Pluto Files (p. 39). But is this true?
The answer is a big NO. This “fact” has become a scientific urban legend, passed along without being examined. Debunking it takes us on a wild goose chase to billiard halls before finding truth in the mountains of Colorado.