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Irishman Alexander "Hurricane" Higgins, 61, may have been a world champion snooker player, but he was best known as a world class hellion with an unquenchable appetite for women and drink.

His bad boy reputation (he had a foul mouth and once headbutted a referee over a disputed call) ruffled the sensibilities of other snooker enthusiasts.

Snooker is, after all, a billiard game played in staid private clubs by men in vests with cherry wood pipes, but sponsors and television networks loved the attention Mr. Higgins's antics attracted.

Mr. Higgins is widely credited with elevating snooker from an obscure parlor game to an international tournament sport.

Ivy Bean, 104, erased doubts that senior citizens were incapable of enjoying the social network revolution when she made headlines two years ago by becoming the oldest Facebook user.

She quickly gained nearly 5,000 friends and embarked on to new terrain: Twitter. There, she dispatched 140 character messages to her more than 56,000 followers.

An example: @ivybean104 Its friday today fish and chips day.

Her new found fame even got her an invitation to No. 10 Downing St., the residence of the British Prime Minister. She later tweeted she even got to use the PM's private loo.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 28, 2010; 8:16 AM ET
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro , The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Gordon Brown, billiards, facebook, pool, snooker, twitter  
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