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In 1953 A Two-Year-Old Played Billiards Better Than You

And and AND? He had a cat.

1. In 1953 LIFE published a tiny article about a tiny billiards prodigy, Renske Quax, of Haarlem, in the Netherlands.

2. Here he is readying the stool he’ll stand on…

Photo by Nat Farbman. © Time Inc. Via LIFE photo archive.

3. …selecting the right cue…

Photo by Nat Farbman. © Time Inc. Via LIFE photo archive.

4. …chalking it thoughtfully…

Photo by Nat Farbman. © Time Inc. Via LIFE photo archive.

5. …and…

Photo by Nat Farbman. © Time Inc. Via LIFE photo archive.

6. BAM.

Photo by Nat Farbman. © Time Inc. Via LIFE photo archive.

7. But.

8. Billiard prodigies: they’re just like us!

9. They read comics…

Photo by Nat Farbman. © Time Inc. Via LIFE photo archive.

10. …need naps…

Photo by Nat Farbman. © Time Inc. Via LIFE photo archive.

11. …and have cats!

Photo by Nat Farbman. © Time Inc. Via LIFE photo archive.

Photo by Nat Farbman. © Time Inc. Via LIFE photo archive.

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