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Domino Stacking

Another novel and unusual use for dominoes is domino stacking, where you try to balance as many domino tiles as you can on top of one another but with all of them being ultimately supported by one single vertical tile.

Like domino toppling, it takes a lot of patience, perseverance and dedication to master the skill of domino stacking. You need a steady hand and a lot of painstaking concentration to balance each tile precariously on the next. Once completed, though, they do look pretty impressive. Try it yourself and see how many tiles you can manage to do.

The Guiness Book of World Records has recognised domino stacking records since 1986  The first stacks made consisted of a few dozen tiles but then progressed to hundreds and now they are numbered at over a thousand.

However, there are a number of rules that must be followed in the pursuit of domino stacking and to be recognised officially:

  • All the tiles must be of standard commercial size and weight. The minimum size allowed is: 39mm x 19mm x 7mm (1 9/16 inch x 3/4 inch x 1/4 inch.
  • The initial bottom tile in the stack must be standing vertically upright and supporting all the others.
  • The other dominoes balancing on the vertical upright tile, must be placed horizontally.
  • There must be no adhesives used.
  • Once completed, the stack of dominoes must remain standing for at least one hour afterwards.

Current World Record

Sinners Domino Entertainment stacked 1,055 dominoes in Budingen, Germany on 12th August 2014



There are also recognised World Records for stacking dominoes on top of one another within a short set time limit, like 30 seconds, and 1 minute. Speed domino stacking records are obviously much lower than the untimed one but still impressive given how swiftly they must be built, although speed domino stacking formations don't have to be balanced on one single tile.





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