The Domino Effect

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Many children love to play with dominoes. They like to line them up in long lines and then flick them over. As each domino falls, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the rest of the tiles to tip over as well. This has given rise to the term “the domino effect,” which describes a series of events that starts with one small action and ultimately leads to greater–and sometimes catastrophic–consequences.

A domino is a thumb-sized rectangular block with one side blank or bearing from one to six pips or dots. 28 such dominoes form a complete set. The pips help to identify the domino’s number. Most dominoes are white, but they can also be black, red, blue, or green. They can also be inlaid or painted with other colors. Dominoes are often made of wood, but they can be manufactured from other materials as well, including clay and glass.

The word “domino” and the game are named after the Italian city of Naples, where they were first popularized. They may have originated as early as the 17th century, though the exact origin is unclear. They were probably based on earlier games such as catapult and archery that used wooden or clay targets. The word itself has a long history, and it originally denoted both a garment (the English word is jacket) and the playing piece itself. The word may have been derived from an earlier sense of the word “dominant”—used to describe a long hooded cloak worn together with a mask during carnival season or at a masquerade.

Domino’s founder, Dominic Monaghan, opened the company’s first franchise in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1967. The restaurant quickly became a national icon and grew rapidly. One of the reasons for this growth was the company’s emphasis on listening to customers. David Brandon, the company’s previous CEO, and his successor, Doyle, emphasized this value and implemented new changes such as relaxed dress codes and new leadership training programs. They also refocused on locations near colleges to attract students, who were their core customer base.

Another factor in Domino’s success was its focus on efficiency. Monaghan focused on reducing wait times and increasing the speed of delivery to customers. He also streamlined the production of pizza, which increased the amount of money the company could make per pie.

Lily Hevesh, who creates stunning domino art on her YouTube channel, Hevesh5, started playing with dominoes when she was 9 years old. Her grandparents had a classic 28-piece set, and she loved lining them up in straight or curved rows and then flicking the first one to start the chain reaction. She has since gone on to create some mind-blowing domino setups for movies, TV shows, and events, including the album launch for pop star Katy Perry. When creating her designs, Hevesh follows a version of the engineering-design process. She begins with a theme or purpose for the installation and brainstorms images or words that might be appropriate. She then uses a computer software program to draw a plan for the dominoes and then creates a 3-D model of the layout using Legos.