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Dice Lab's 120-Sided Die

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In the '80s and '90s, the 12-sided die was the ultimate talisman of nerd-dom. Ownership entailed having a use for one—likely to join other nerds for a dungeon-based role playing game or to illustrate probability principles too arcane for six-sided dice handed out in math class.

The Dice Lab, developer of the 120-sided die, has yet to come up with a purpose for its creation. This state-of-the-art implement of Fortuna comprises the aforementioned number of faces, each a right triangle filed into a 0.2-pound, 2-inch sphere. Its true name could triple as a polygon, chemical or dinosaur: disdyakis triacontahedron.

Described as the "ultimate fair dice allowed by Mother Nature," it's a marvel of both mathematics and pointlessness but as one of d120's creators, Robert Bosch, told The New Yorker, "It's just a cool object, a beautiful object. I really love it, but it's not Earth-changing."