Wonder of the Day: Dominoes


A domino is a flat, thumb-sized rectangular block with one side blank and the other bearing from one to six pips or dots. A complete set of dominoes consists of 28 pieces. Also called bones, cards, tiles, stones, or spinners, these black and white rectangles can be used to play a variety of games. Many people enjoy lining up the dominoes in long rows and then knocking them over. Others find the idea of a chain reaction fascinating. Today’s Wonder of the Day explores a concept called the Domino Effect, which says that when one event causes another to change, this can continue until the entire system is thrown out of balance.

In the world of business, the Domino Effect can have positive and negative impacts. For example, if a CEO announces a new policy, this may lead to a rise in employee morale or a decrease in sales. Conversely, if the CEO is fired, it may affect a company’s reputation and lead to lower productivity.

The Domino Effect can also be applied to personal behavior. If someone eats healthier or spends more time exercising, they might feel better as a result. The same can be said for a person who starts to read more books or write more often. These changes in behavior can create a chain reaction, and they can have a positive impact on the rest of their life.

When it comes to the Domino Effect in the workplace, employees and managers should be sure that all employees understand the company’s values. One of the most important of these is “Champion Our Customers,” which means that Domino’s listens to its customers and responds to their concerns. In order to do this, employees need to be able to speak up about any issues they have at work.

Domino’s recently took advantage of the Domino Effect by running a tongue-in-cheek campaign during the 2018 World Cup. The company’s campaign featured clips of Jimmy Bullard, a former England footballer who didn’t make the team and decided to stay at home to watch the games instead. This campaign helped to boost the company’s reach while generating buzz.

In addition to blocking and scoring games, dominoes can also be used to play positional games. These games involve placing a domino edge to edge against another in such a way that the adjacent ends match either the number of pips on each domino or some other specified total. The most common extended sets include double-nine (55 tiles), double-12 (91 tiles), and double-18 (190 tiles).

While the pips on dominoes allow for different games, they can also be used as a tool to help players keep track of their scores. Each time a player adds a tile to a line of dominoes, they must ensure that the two matching ends are touching fully. This ensures that the next domino that is played will be a double and not a single, which can have different consequences in the game.