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Dominoes and the Domino Effect


Domino (plural dominoes) is a small rectangular block used as a gaming object. It is made of wood or a plastic material, and has a surface that is blank on one side and marked with an arrangement of dots, resembling those on dice, on the other. The value of a domino is determined by its “rank,” which indicates the number of pips it has on both sides, and is usually indicated by an arrangement of dots in the middle of each face of the domino.

Dominoes can be stacked on end in long lines. When the first domino in a line is tipped, it causes the next domino to tip over and so on. Very complex designs can be made with the stacking of dominoes in this way. This simple principle is the origin of the phrase “domino effect,” referring to any action that leads to greater–and sometimes catastrophic–consequences.

Lily Hevesh, a domino artist who creates incredible setups for movies, TV shows, and events, says she started playing with dominoes when she was 9. She enjoyed setting them up in a straight or curved line, flicking the first one, and watching the entire chain reaction of each subsequent domino fall. Hevesh has worked on team projects involving as many as 300,000 dominoes.

When she was a freshman at university, Hevesh realized her love for dominoes could be applied to art. She started a YouTube channel where she posts videos of her domino creations. Now, her domino art is exhibited around the world and has earned her millions of viewers.

She has also been featured in numerous publications. The New York Times wrote about her in an article called “Domino Art Is Dominoes of a Different Kind.” The Huffington Post featured Hevesh on its “30 Under 30” list of influential young artists.

In business, the Domino’s strategy has been to listen to employees and make decisions based on their input. This philosophy is reflected in the company’s core values, including Championing Our Customers. Domino’s has implemented policies such as a more relaxed dress code, new leadership training programs, and a college recruiting system.

Domino’s has a large library of third-party tools that can be integrated into its platform. Its catalog includes certified partners, third-party IDEs, and data sources. The platform is free to use and available on any device.

In games, dominoes are placed edge to edge against each other so that the exposed ends match: a one’s end touches a two’s, a three’s end touches a four’s, etc. Points are awarded when the exposed ends total a multiple of five. A player goes out when he or she plays all of his or her dominoes. The most common domino sets are the double-6, double-9, double-12, and double-15 sets. The domino set that is chosen depends on how many players are participating in the game. If there is only one player, the double-6 set is most commonly used. If there are two players, the double-9 or double-15 sets may be used.