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12 Satisfying Videos of Dominoes Falling

Much like a delicious meal, domino shows take a very long time to prepare and are finished in the blink of an eye. But (also like a delicious meal) the payoff is often worth it—few things are as satisfying as watching a line of dominoes collapse. To that end, we've compiled some of the more elaborate and unique chain reactions out there for your enjoyment.

1. A very tall tower 

The Guinness World Record for highest domino structure belongs to builders Michael Hoermann and Philipp Zimmermann. The duo used two cranes, 8044 dominoes, and a lot of patience to build a 10-meter-tall tower. Their first attempt boasted a whopping 18,000 domino pieces, but the structure toppled prematurely and the team had to start over. 

2. Starry night 

It took 7000 dominoes and 11 hours to create, but in the end, YouTube user FlippyCat created a masterpiece. Or at least, the domino version of van Gogh's masterpiece, Starry Night

3. The largest pyramid 

German builder Kevin Pöhls successfully built the largest domino 3D pyramid in the world, but not before knocking over his first attempt, comprised of 14,000 pieces. The final product included an impressive 15,022 pieces.

4. A variety of tricks 

YouTube users Hevesh5 and Millionendollarboy combined efforts to create a compilation of domino tricks. They include extra materials, including marbles, popsicle sticks, and masking tape, to create a truly novel spectacle. 

5. Musical dominoes

A-Trak and Tommy Trash’s music video for Tuna Melt puts the mesmerizing power of dominoes to work. The pieces, which get mixed in with toast, fall throughout an apartment in elaborate set-ups.

6. The Simpsons 

YouTube user BerserkerBerlin created an impressive compilation of domino mosaics featuring the entire Simpsons family.

7. Rainbows and cartoons characters 

Another video supplied by YouTube user Hevesh5: The artist, along with ShanesDominoez, SuperMarMarMan1, and Builder Bros, created this impressive set-up for the Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center. The team placed the 30,000 pieces in just two days.

8. The most domino pieces fallen 

From 1998 to 2009, Endemol Netherlands held Domino Day, during which teams came together to break the Guinness World Record for most dominoes toppled by a group. The event was televised and almost always successful (2007 was a failure). The last attempt knocked down more than 4,491,863 pieces, and is still the record holder today.

9. Dominoes throughout the year 

Sinners Domino Entertainment created a complex labyrinth of dominoes that managed to break three Guinness World Records, including most dominoes toppled underwater by a team. Various mosaics and props represent the holidays and seasons in a year (a ghost for Halloween, a beach ball for summer, etc). In total, 472,209 pieces were knocked over.

10. Comics and cartoons 

This themed event took a week to prepare and two days to clean up. There were 155,555 pieces set up in total. 

11. Giant outdoor dominoes 

Station House Opera kickstarted the 2013 Metropolis Festival with 7000 breeze blocks falling through Copenhagen for almost two miles. The giant blocks were placed on streets, sidewalks, and in locations such as the National Museum, Copenhagen Cathedral, and the town hall.

12. The domino effect 

A domino can knock over another domino about one-and-a-half to two times its size. University of Toronto’s Professor Stephen Morris demonstrates how a tiny domino can knock over a much larger piece via chain reaction. 

BONUS: Popsicle sticks 

Dominoes aren't the only material you can use to create an entertaining chain reaction. By weaving popsicle sticks together, you create a tension in the wood. Releasing the weave converts the sticks' potential energy into kinetic energy, making them burst apart. 

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State


Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website HowMuch.net, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

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There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
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A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.

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