Domino’s Pizza – A Fun Way to Learn
Domino is a small rectangular block, usually black or white, with blank or marked ends that resemble those of dice. Dominos are stacked edge to edge in long lines, and when one is tipped over, it causes the others to fall over in turn, creating complex patterns. The word domino is also used to describe a game played with these blocks, or to refer to a country expected to react politically in a particular way in response to events in another (domino theory).
In addition to being fun for kids to play, dominos can be an effective tool for teaching probability. A good example of this occurs when players use a domino set to learn about the chances of rolling doubles in blackjack. A simple strategy of counting the number of pips on each end of a domino allows the players to predict which side of the board a dealer will hit. This helps them increase their bankroll over time, increasing their odds of hitting the right spot.
Dominoes are most often made from bone, silver lip oyster shell (mother of pearl), ivory or a dark hardwood such as ebony. The pips are inlaid or painted and typically have a value of one through six. A typical domino set has 28 unique pieces. Larger sets are also available, and may include a number of contrasting color combinations such as ivory with black pips or white with black pips. Several other natural materials are also used for domino sets, including marble and granite; soapstone, a type of chalk rock; other woods such as hickory, ash or oak; and metals such as brass or pewter.
While Domino’s pizza is its core business, the company has expanded into other food offerings as well, including sandwiches, salads and pasta. It has also invested heavily in technology, such as new ways to order a pizza, including by text or using Amazon Echo devices. In fact, half of the workers at Domino’s headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan are employed in software analytics, helping to drive innovation that benefits customers.
To make sure her creations work properly, Hevesh makes test versions of each section before putting them all together. She films these tests in slow motion, allowing her to correct any problems quickly and accurately. She even creates a YouTube channel to showcase her spectacular domino installations, with more than 2 million subscribers.
Domino is a popular word to describe a series of events that leads to greater–sometimes catastrophic–consequences. It’s an apt word to use in the context of a disaster, as it can refer to both natural and man-made tragedies. But it’s also a powerful word to describe the effects of strong leadership, as we’ll see in the next Wonder of the Day. If a leader is able to keep the company’s culture and values in place, it can help the organization overcome challenges and remain successful over time. To do this, the leader must keep the company’s vision in sight at all times, and make sure everyone knows what that vision is.