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

And and AND? He had a cat.

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

Here he is readying the stool he'll stand on...

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

...selecting the right cue...

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

...chalking it thoughtfully...

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

...and...

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

BAM.

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

But.

Billiard prodigies: they're just like us!

They read comics...

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

...need naps...

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

...and have cats!

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

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

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