Domino is a small, rectangular block used as a gaming object. It has a line down its center that divides it visually into two squares, and each of these squares is marked with an arrangement of spots, or “pips,” similar to those on dice. A domino is normally twice as long as it is wide, and it is usually made of a material that feels substantial in the hand. Dominoes are commonly made from polymer, but they can also be made of materials such as silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (mother of pearl), ivory, ebony, or other natural woods.
Some people enjoy using dominoes to create intricate designs with straight or curved lines of dominoes, or grids that form pictures when they fall. Domino art can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be, and some people even compete to see who can create the most imaginative domino reaction or effect before a live audience of fans.
Others use dominoes to play games that involve laying down one piece and then knocking it over. The most popular domino game is called a positioning game, and it involves placing the pieces edge to edge in such a way that they form certain totals or numbers. Each piece has a number, and the player takes turns placing them in a row until someone is unable to continue and the game ends.
While the majority of dominoes are sold in sets for positioning games, individuals can buy them separately to use for other purposes. Generally, these are not as easy to use as a full domino set, but they can be fun to try.
For example, some people like to play dominoes with friends or family members by creating a large layout and then seeing if they can get all of the pieces to fall. Then, they can use the leftover pieces to make other structures, such as towers or pyramids.
Domino is also a term that is used to refer to an event, such as a natural disaster or a terrorist attack, that has the potential to cause widespread destruction. For example, a tsunami is often described as a “domino effect” because it can trigger a chain reaction that causes much larger and more dangerous waves to crash into shore.
Domino’s began as a small pizza restaurant in Michigan in 1967, and the company has since grown into a global franchise with over 16,000 locations worldwide. The company has been innovative in finding new ways for customers to order their pizzas, including through mobile apps and text messages. In addition, Domino’s has been focused on listening to its employees and customers. This focus has helped the company to improve in several areas, including its reputation as a great place to work and its customer service. The company has also implemented changes in its corporate culture, such as relaxing the dress code and establishing leadership training programs.