Domino is a small, flat, rectangular block used as a gaming object. The individual dominoes are often referred to as bones, pieces, men, tiles, or cards. They are found in many types of games, ranging from simple blocking and scoring to elaborate layouts that use the whole set of dominoes. The most common commercially available domino sets contain 28 dominoes, although larger sets are commonly used in games that require longer dominoes or for players who wish to play more complicated dominoes.
Domino art can be simple or elaborate – straight lines, curved lines, grids that form pictures when they fall, stacked walls, or 3D structures. Some artists even create entire rooms, complete with furniture and other decorations, using dominoes.
The term domino comes from a Latin phrase meaning “falling together.” A game played with dominoes involves placing one domino on top of another, and each subsequent domino must be positioned exactly where it should be to create the desired effect.
Creating such an effect is an exciting challenge, and it can also be a great way to pass time. Some people enjoy building towers or pyramids with their dominoes, while others like arranging them in long rows to knock down. The possibilities are endless.
Many different materials are used to make dominoes. Traditionally, European-style dominoes are made from bone, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (mother of pearl), ivory or a dark hardwood such as ebony. They feature contrasting black or white pips that are inlaid or painted. More recently, sets have been produced from stone (e.g. marble, granite or soapstone), other woods (e.g. ash or oak), metals (e.g. brass or pewter) and ceramic clay. These sets have a more unique look and feel than their polymer counterparts, and are typically more expensive.
A major obstacle to Domino’s success was the company’s high turnover rate among its employees. When Domino’s new CEO, Dave Brandon, was brought in to replace Doyle, he made it a priority to listen to employees and address their concerns. He implemented a relaxed dress code, new leadership training programs and college recruiting systems.
While these changes were intended to improve employee morale, they had a secondary benefit: they made it easier for Domino’s to reach its goal of becoming the world’s leading pizza delivery company.
The physics of the domino effect explains why so many little dominoes can cause such a big change. When a domino is standing upright, it has potential energy, which is stored based on its position. When it falls, much of this energy is converted to kinetic energy, which causes other dominoes to fall. In fact, it takes more energy for a single domino to fall than it does for all the other dominoes in a chain reaction to fall. This is because gravity plays a much stronger role in a single domino than in the chain of events that results from several dominoes falling simultaneously.