The art of domino toppling: A natural for video

Domino toppling

By Kathleen Atkins

Who hasn’t built a simple tower of sticks or blocks or cards and then — after an appreciative pause — knocked it over? You’re likely to have a hard time finding someone in the world who can’t be fascinated by things falling down.

But consider the pastime of domino toppling, in which structures rise for the specific purpose of falling apart spectacularly. For some people, it’s a competitive activity — painstakingly building complex constructions, simply for the pleasure of watching something collapse in prolonged and intricate ways. Play the video




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