Earth vs Cue Ball

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.

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