Wonder of the Day: Domino


Domino is a widely popular board game and building material used for multiple purposes, from recreational play to artistic endeavors. Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Juan who asked “What is the domino effect?”

When playing dominoes, each domino must touch an adjacent domino in order to continue its chain. Each domino features a number on one or both sides that determines its value or rank; higher numbers mean more valuable dominoes. Players take turns placing one domino against another until reaching one of the ends of their chains and must cease play; the first player who completes all their dominoes wins the game.

Each domino typically measures twice its width; however, depending on the set used they may be shorter or longer than this. Some sets even feature more precise dominoes in size and shape – though these sets have become less popular over time. In addition to traditional blocking and scoring games, dominoes are also often used in positional games where each player takes turns positioning an edge-to-edge domino against another such that adjacent faces show matching numbers or form some specified total; should someone play one without matching values then other players can “stitch up” ends until everyone plays something suitable if necessary a domino hasn’t got its intended value so “stitching up” ends by way of stitching up an incomplete domino end or otherwise “stitching up”.

A domino can be made from various materials, including bone, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (mother of pearl), ivory, dark wood such as ebony or natural stone (hickory or acacia), metal, ceramic clay or other. They typically feature glossy surfaces coated in polymers to give a glossy appearance while protecting from scratches. Furthermore, some sets are constructed out of natural stones, other wood species (such as hickory or acacia), metal, ceramic clay or other substances.

At its core, dominoes are designed for children’s entertainment; however they can also be transformed into stunning works of art by professionals like Lily Hevesh. She specializes in domino artwork for movies, TV shows and events like Katy Perry’s album launch event; creating exquisite displays that take days or even minutes for each domino to fall perfectly naturally! Her masterpieces require many hand movements for success and require precision timing so they fall naturally over time.

While Hevesh works on her pieces, she also creates test versions in her garage and films them slow motion so she can make any necessary corrections quickly and precisely. Her intricate domino designs range from straight lines, curved lines, grids that form pictures when they fall, and 3-D structures such as towers and pyramids. Planning ahead is essential to creating successful domino art projects! Hevesh asserts that gravity is one of the key ingredients to creating a domino cascade, since its pull causes each domino to fall and set off a chain reaction. When applied to fiction writing, this principle can help authors craft scenes that run counter to what most readers would consider logical. If a character acts immorally, for instance, domino effects could provide motivation and reasoning against continuing this behavior from other characters in the scene.