Dominoes are small, rectangular blocks with two groups of spots on each side. They are used to play a variety of games. Some people like to stack them on end in long lines and knock them over. Others use them to make intricate designs.
Dominoes also can be used to help children learn number recognition and math skills. Many people enjoy playing domino games with friends and family. They can be played indoors or outdoors. In addition, a variety of games can be played with dominoes, including scoring and blocking games.
One of the most popular domino games is called bergen. In this game, each player draws a hand of seven dominoes. Each domino has a value written on it. The values are usually based on the number of pips on each side, but some have blank sides and can be valued at whatever the players choose. Then the players take turns playing a domino onto the table, positioning it so that it has at least one end touching another domino with a number showing on its face or a blank side. The player who is first to complete their line wins the game.
In business, the concept of domino is often applied to how a company can grow rapidly by concentrating efforts on one important area and using it as the momentum that moves other areas forward. For example, when Charles Schwab was CEO of Bethlehem Steel, Ivy Lee taught him a technique that she called “the main domino.” She instructed him to rank the tasks on his to-do list each day, focusing on the most important task first. This task would receive his full attention until it was completed. Then, he could move on to the next item on his list. Over time, Schwab became one of the wealthiest men in the world and his steel company went on to become a global leader.
The word domino comes from the Latin “dominium,” meaning “to dominate.” It’s also the name of a popular chain of pizza restaurants. The restaurant chain is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and employs over 40,000 people across the United States. Domino’s is also a pioneer in technology, offering new ways for customers to order their pizzas, including by texting an emoji or speaking to devices such as Amazon Echo.
Dominoes are made from different materials, but they’re usually made to resemble clay or ceramic tile. They’re normally twice as long as they are wide, which makes them easier to stack after each use. Many people have fond memories of playing with dominoes as children. Some adults even prefer to set them up and knock them down as a form of relaxation. But what’s behind this physical phenomenon that allows a single domino to tip thousands of others? Watch the video above to find out.