A small rectangular wood or plastic block with a line down the middle and a surface bearing a pattern of dots resembling those on dice. A domino also refers to a game played with such blocks, typically in which the goal is to knock over all of them.
Lily Hevesh started collecting dominoes as a child and enjoyed setting them up in straight or curved lines, flicking the first one and watching the whole line fall. Her passion for dominoes turned into a career, and now she has more than 2 million YouTube subscribers who watch her create mind-blowing domino setups. She follows a version of the engineering-design process to create each of her creations, and she often starts with an idea or theme that she wants to use as a jumping-off point.
Domino’s is an American pizza chain founded in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1960 by Tom Monaghan. The company grew rapidly after its inception, and by the end of 1968 it had 200 locations. The key to the success of Domino’s was Monaghan’s emphasis on listening to customers, an idea that he instilled in his employees. This value was reinforced by new CEO Dominick Doyle when he began to focus on improving the company’s culture, including its workplace environment and recruiting system.
Another key to Domino’s success was its strategy of putting restaurants near college campuses, which allowed it to reach the core audience of young people who liked fast food and wanted to have the ability to place their orders online or by phone. This helped the company to develop a reputation for speedy delivery, which ultimately made it popular in a variety of communities.
In addition to its core pizza business, Domino’s now has several other divisions. These include Domino’s Delivery, Domino’s Catering, and Domino’s Pizza Online. The company has a long-term goal of becoming the largest global pizza chain, and it is also focused on delivering on its commitment to environmentally friendly practices.
Like playing cards, of which they are a variant, dominoes have two square ends, each marked with an arrangement of dots (called pips) that identify them as either a blank or a tile having a particular number of spots. The value of each side, which is determined by the number of pips, is used to determine the rank or “weight” of the domino. A higher-ranked domino is usually considered to be heavier than a lower-ranked one.
Many different kinds of games can be played with dominoes, but most involve blocking or scoring points by laying down matching dominoes in a row. In the simplest case, a player begins play by drawing seven dominoes for his hand. He then plays any domino from his hand that can be placed on the top of a matching domino, beginning with the highest double or the highest single-number domino. Other rules may apply, such as a requirement that the player must play from his hand or a penalty for breaking a rule.