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Driving a sheep dog

In honor of the Emmy’s and carpet’s role in entertainment, I thought we’d visit an unconventional instance of the fuzzy-side-up on the big screen, especially to lighten things up after last week’s not so warm-and-fuzzy post.

Everyone thinks of the cinematic classic, “The Big Lebowski,” by the Coen brothers, when taxed to conjure floor covering references in entertainment. But what about an equally lauded, comedic masterpiece by the another set of Hollywood siblings, the Farrelly brothers? This is possibly the most creative use of carpet in Tinsel Town.

This carpeted van carries Harry and Lloyd from Providence, R.I. to the Colorado state border, then back east again, one-sixth of the way across the country in the wrong direction.

1994’s instant classic Dumb & Dumber may not be about an elegant Persian that leads to adventures of violence and love, but it uses the quintessential floor covering as a vehicle — literally — that goes far outside the box.

Props to the prop designer. Strangely, there is no carpet inside the van, though.

"I spent my life savings turning my van into a dog. The alarm alone cost me $200."
"Hey, chicks love it. It's a shaggin' wagon."

Aside from the obvious prop appropriation genius that goes along with this movie, I also love it because I have a personally autographed copy of the movie by Lloyd Christmas himself.

No, spanks a lot to YOU, Jim Carrey.

Way to go New Line Cinema. You put out an awesome movie that makes carpet look creative.

-Emily