VidComp: Satisfying Dominoes, You Can Thank Us Later

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VidComp: Satisfying Dominoes, You Can Thank Us Later

What is more satisfying than watching perfectly, meticulously placed pieces of plastic (and sometimes wood or even books!) cascading against one another in a rapturous downpour of echoing clicks, a thousands times more potent than a crisp summer rain?

Well, without getting too poetic, one might say, “Oh, dominoes? Yeah.”

You can thank us later…

VidComp: Satisfying Dominoes, You Can Thank Us Later

The name “domino” is most likely from the resemblance to a kind of carnival costume worn during the Venetian Carnival, often consisting of a black-hooded robe and a white mask.

Although dominoes first appeared in Italy during the 18th century, how Chinese dominoes developed into the modern game is unknown. It is thought that Italian missionaries in China may have brought the game to Europe.

Now a worldwide phenomenon, one of the most popular uses of dominoes is the domino show, which involves standing them up on end in long lines so that when the first tile is toppled, it topples the second, which topples the third, etc., resulting in all of the tiles falling.

The practice even gave birth to an ominous common phrase, the “domino effect,” or the idea that small events cause similar small events, leading to an eventual catastrophe.

Come on, have you really seen anything more satisfying? Who cares about a baby humpback whale swimming majestically beside its enormous mother (where the yo momma so fat jokes at when you need them?)? A kitten meowing for the first time? I’d like to see you stand a bunch of kittens side by side and knock them over. That’s not satisfying at all…