13,799 Dominoes and Beyond

I spent a good chunk of the holidays making and setting up dominoes. Since it was (apparently) the second longest domino run in history, it took over 9 minutes to fall. I let each domino represent 1 million years, and it still took 306m to go from the big bang to modern day. In order to make sure this was all as stressful for me as possible, as they all fell I narrated the universe’s history and exploded things. Check it out:

Since publishing this yesterday its gone kind of insane. Its had 40k views, blew up on reddit (and upon demand, I’ve made a subreddit), and my subscriber number doubled. By Jove, even Hevesh5 – the most subscribed-to domino artist on YouTube – said good things about it!

Thank you to everyone for all the support and encouragement!

Anyway, there are so many things that I just couldn’t include in this video, but wanted to share somehow. So here are some of my favourites:

  • Since these dominoes take ‘only’ 555 seconds to fall, it is 800 Trillion times faster than real life.
  • When I say “to make that timeline, there aren’t enough dominoes in the universe” I mean: if you wanted to continue my timeline to stretch all the way from now until the heat death of the universe, you’d need more dominoes than would fit in the universe. Never-mind how you get the matter to make them.
  • With a single scrape from a piece of sand-paper to that last domino, you would wipe away the last century or so. Our entire lifetimes; from starstuff to sawdust. Poof.

A bunch of people have already asked what the next video will be about. I’m so glad people are so excited to learn about science. This is great, you folks. Anyway, without giving too much away, I will say that for the next video I had a great metaphor idea that I wanted to do… but to do it I would have to build a digital camera.

From scratch.

So I did.

Next month, it’s gonna get weird!


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