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One Man's Passion Project to Curate the World's Airport Carpets

Journalist George Pendle travels a lot so he sees plenty of airports. He never really noticed the carpets of these transportation hubs, however, until his flight from Newark to London was delayed. After spending hours staring at the floor, inspiration struck.

"Patterns leaped out at me, hidden messages whispered in my ear," he told CNN. "By the time I boarded my plane I was a changed man."

Pendle began collecting pictures of airport carpets in the early 2000s. He launched his website, CarpetsforAirports.com in 2009. He describes himself as the CEO and summer intern of the website. On it, you can rotate a globe and view various carpet swatches from around the world. A detailed critique of each design is featured next to the corresponding images and ambient space music plays quietly in the background.

So far there are over 100 carpets to observe with 200 more waiting to be cataloged. "We try not to rush our aesthetic judgments at Carpets For Airports," Pendle notes. "A carpet can take us weeks, or even months, to fully appreciate."

Travelers are welcomed to submit their own pictures of airports. One of the most famous contributors is Hannibal star Hugh Dancy, who is friends with Pendle.

The journalist has an overflowing love for carpets, but it doesn't extend to other types of flooring. When asked about wood or tiled floors, Pendle replied, "Who can explain the evil that men do?"

Pendle is not the only one who has an affinity for airport carpets. The teal carpeting that once graced the floors of Portland International Airport was so beloved that it inspired socks, tattoos, and beer. Unfortunately, that famous carpet was removed earlier this year.

"This was a national, no, international tragedy. The old carpet was a masterpiece, a nod to both Russian neo-Suprematist artist Kazimir Malevich, and the 1970s arcade game Pong," Pendle said.

Luckily, there are still plenty of unusual carpets left in the world. Using CarpetsforAirports.com, fans of creative flooring can find new inspiration.

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Bleat Along to Classic Holiday Tunes With This Goat Christmas Album
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Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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Cheese Wheel Wedding Cakes Are a Funky Twist on an Old Tradition
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If there’s ever a time you have permission to be cheesy, it’s on your wedding day. What better way to do so than with a pungent wedding cake made of actual wheels of cheese? According to Elite Daily, cheese wedding cakes are a real option for couples who share an affinity for dairy products.

One of the trailblazers behind the sharp trend is Bath, England-based cheese supplier The Fine Cheese Co. The company offers clients a choice of one of dozens of wedding cake designs. There are bold show-stoppers like the Beatrice cake, which features five tiers of cheese and is priced at $400. For customers looking for something more delicate, there’s the Clara centerpiece, which replaces miniature wedding cakes with mounds of goat cheese. Whether your loved one likes funky Stilton or mellow brie, there’s a cheese cake to satisfy every palate. Flowers are incorporated into each display to make them just as pretty as conventional wedding cakes.

Since The Fine Cheese Co. arranged their first wedding cake in 2002, other cheese suppliers have entered the game. The Cheese Shed in Newton Abbot, England; I.J. Ellis Cheesemongers in Scotland; and Murray’s Cheese in New York will provide cheese wheel towers for weddings or any other special occasion. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from clearing out the local fromagerie and assembling a cheese cake at home.

[h/t Elite Daily]

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