Talk about weird obsessions David G. Schwartz, who runs the Gaming Studies Research Center at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, is really into casino carpets. As he says on his Web site (http://gaming.unlv.edu/): “In my quest to launch casino carpet hermeneutics as a legitimate academic discourse, I delivered a paper on it at an academic conference. … Casino carpet is known an exercise in deliberate bad taste that somehow encourages people to gamble. In a strange way, though, it's a ...

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