Oddities News Archive - April 26, 2009

The founder of a specialized day-care center in Madison, Wis., says her yoga classes for dogs at the site have been a surprise success. Ruffin' It Resort owner Renee Brantner Shanesy said the so-called doga classes offered at the hotel and day-care center for dogs have resulted in a waiting list for those wanting their canines to get some stress relief, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Saturday. It was just kind of a trial-and-error thing -- let's see how it is in the Madison market.

Some of the nearly 10,000 applicants seeking to be part of a public art display in London say they are ready to pose naked for the sake of art. Glass artist Rachel Elliott said if she is selected to be part of the Trafalgar Square art project being organized by sculptor Antony Gormley, she plans on

Pop star Rihanna likely does not care that a Sanskrit tattoo on her right hip is misspelled, the New York artist responsible for the body art says. Tattoo artist Bang Bang said he inked the Good Girl Gone Bad star's tattoo based on a necklace pattern and doubts the spelling error would be of major consequence,

A former University of Texas at Austin art teacher says she left her post after a conflict over a painting of a gerbil having a bit too much fun with itself.

Artist Tara Strickstein says her new Art Chicago exhibit entitled Jelly Roll: The Spectacle combines wrestling with jelly products. The 31-year-old artist said her installation at Chicago's Artopolis event, which runs May 1-4 at the Merchandise Mart, will include an interactive display of jelly wrestling and a sweet shop counter, the Chicago Sun-Times said Sunday. Strickstein's unique exhibit combines her learning experiences at the School of the Art Institute, the University of Chicago and the French Pastry School. I was trying to figure out a more reliable way to make money, Strickstein said.

An Idaho man believes the divine sign created in his backyard is worth at least a few earthly bucks on eBay. Paul Grayhek, 52, Coeur d'Alene, listed the rock formation he calls Hand of God Rock Wall on the Internet auction sight and had a high bid of $250 as of early Sunday, CNN reported. The formation looks like a 9-feet tall hand and appeared in Grayhek's backyard after a rockslide.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.