lords, priests and superheroes

vintage dominoes laid out in cross shape over faded instructionsNovember 11, 2015

In French, “domino” once referred to a type of black and white hood worn by Christian priests in Europe. (That word most likely derived from the Latin word “dominus,” meaning master, or lord.) Over time, a “domino” came to refer to a hooded masquerade costume with a half mask and two openings for eyes. Eventually, a domino meant just the mask itself. For example, the superhero characters of the Lone Ranger, Zorro and Batman’s sidekick Robin wear domino masks. Now visualize a domino tile with one white spot on either side (the 1-1 tile)–see the resemblance? Although dominoes are played as a traditional game all over the world, many people have more fun lining them up on end and watching them fall in a cascading motion.

A complete stranger has the capacity to alter the life of another irrevocably. This domino effect has the capacity to change the course of an entire world. That is what life is; a chain reaction of individuals colliding with others and influencing their lives without realizing it. -J.D. Stroube, Caged by Damnation

Hope can be imagined as a domino effect, a chain reaction, each increment making the next increase more feasible. -Jerome Groopman

Of course I have played outdoor games. I once played dominoes in an open air cafe in Paris. -Oscar Wilde

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