2131 books go down

Only in Seattle (well, it could have happened in Portland, too). . .

On May 31, the Seattle Public library, with the help of many volunteers, successfully created the world’s largest domino chain of falling books—2131 of them. As the YouTube site notes:

The Seattle Public Library launched the 2013 Summer Reading Program by setting a new world record for the longest book domino chain!

The books used to make this domino chain were either donated or are out of date and no longer in the library’s collection. They are now being sold by the Friends of Seattle Public Library to help raise money for library programs and services.

No books were harmed during the filming of this video.

h/t: SGM

21 Comments

  1. jesperbothpedersen1
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Looks amusing.

  2. Notagod
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    That was fun! But, they must have been under the influence of the christian to have put that many books in danger.

  3. Posted July 26, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Seems to me that there should be some really interesting physics lessons in a domino fall about potential and kinetic energy….

    b&

  4. Taylor M. Brown
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful!

  5. jdhuey
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    A concept that just doesn’t work with a Kindle.

    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted July 26, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      Oh, that was paper books! How quaint.

      • Marella
        Posted July 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

        If it wasn’t for the HUGE number of books that I want to read that are not available on Kindle, this would be true, unfortunately we’re not in the paper book free world just yet.

  6. AdamK
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    And then some poor schlub had to reshelve them all.

    • Marta
      Posted July 27, 2013 at 7:58 am | Permalink

      Nah. They used donated books that were either already part of, or destined for, the library’s Friends book sales.

      They did have to pick ’em all up, though, but that would have been done by the volunteers.

  7. michaeljefisher
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Shhhhh !

    P.S. 2131 is the 321st prime number

    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted July 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      I think there is a theorem that goes there are no uninteresting numbers. If you find one, that would be the first one and that would be interesting in itself…

      • jesperbothpedersen1
        Posted July 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

        I think the number 4 in itself is boring. But if you combine it with a 2 it makes perfect sense. Which in a way is interesting, so I guess you’re right.

        There are no absolute uninteresting numbers.

      • Posted July 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

        It’s actually a pretty good introduction to some modern high-power math.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interesting_number_paradox

        b&

  8. Nwalsh
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    At the finale there was a sidebar taking you to an explanation of how the Canada US border was established. Most interesting too.

  9. Marella
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Cool.

  10. docbill1351
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    The only book I saw going down was Meyer’s “Darwin’s Doubt.”

    Down the tubes.

  11. Bric
    Posted July 27, 2013 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Hmmm as a former public librarian I tried to fit this into S R Ranaganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science:

    Books are for use.
    Every reader his [or her] book.
    Every book its reader.
    Save the time of the reader.
    The library is a growing organism.

    just don’t see it

    • Marta
      Posted July 27, 2013 at 8:00 am | Permalink

      You really don’t?

  12. Posted July 27, 2013 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    That’s fun!

  13. Posted July 27, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    This reminds me of the amazing video made by Type Books in Toronto, “The Joy of Books,” on Youtube.

  14. Greg Fitzgerald
    Posted July 27, 2013 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Anyone else notice that “The Fall” was the first book in the chain? Love it.


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