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“Note, to-day, an instructive, curious spectacle”*…


Domino builder Hevesh5 spent 25 hours over eight days building the pattern with 15,000 dominoes. The entire structure takes less than two minutes to come down as the chain reaction works its way along three separate paths at three different heights…

More at “Watching 15,000 dominoes fall in a triple spiral will make your day.”  And here it is in reverse:

* Walt Whitman


As we line ’em up and knock ’em down, we might spare a thought for Frank Hornby; he died on this date in 1936.  A visionary toy designer, he created the Meccano construction set (in 1901), a toy that used perforated metal strips, wheels, rods, brackets, clips, and assembly nuts and bolts to allow kids to build unlimited numbers of models.  A huge success, it spawned a monthly magazine– and U.S. competition (e.g., the Erector Set).  He introduced Hornby model trains in 1920 (originally clockwork and eventually electrically powered with tracks and scale replicas of associated buildings); the “Dinky” range of miniature cars and other motor vehicles was added in 1933 (spawning such competitors as Corgi, Matchbox, and Mattel’s Hot Wheels).




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September 21, 2016 at 1:01 am

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