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The skinny: Artist demands fame, and he demands it now

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Artist demands fame, and he demands it now

Andrzej Sobiepan is pretty sure he has the chops to be a great artist but didn't want to wait until he died to get famous. Sobiepan, a student at the Wroclaw Fine Arts Academy in Poland, had a piece that he was proud of, and he decided it should be displayed at the National Museum. Rather than ask anyone else if they agreed, he took it in and put it on display. "I decided that I will not wait 30 or 40 years for my works to appear at a place like this," Sobiepan told TVN24. "I want to benefit from them in the here and now." It was three days before anyone noticed. The museum has since removed it from the gallery, but still has it on display. Now it's in the cafe and will be auctioned.

Physical fitness

Memphis comes up short in Zumba

Organizers in Memphis decided to take advantage of the big new fitness craze and see if they could break a world record for the biggest Zumba workout in the world! The event was planned for the Raleigh Springs Mall as part of the Get Fit Memphis campaign, and to break the record, they would need more than the 2,012 participants who set the record in Britain last year. We can do it! So when the day came, they were ready to watch the room fill up. Instead 150 people showed up. So, only 1,863 short of the record. But it takes a lot of perk to organize an event like this, so organizer Telisa Franklin was undaunted. "We didn't do it, but we're going to try again," she told the Commercial-Appeal. "Let's just have fun." Ever the optimists.

Statue statutes

Any found E.T is probably Margaret's

It took E.T. about three months to get home. Margaret Wells, 76, of Cosham, England, reported that the replica of the 1980s movie character that was in her yard was stolen in September. It never called, but police contacted her last week to tell her they found him. The replica was made by her daughter. "There's only one in the whole of England and that's mine," she told the Portsmouth News. "I knew E.T. would come home." It was a rough trip, though. "He's lost a finger and looks a bit roughed up. But he had a smile on his face."

Open house

No breaking in, just entering

A customer walked into the Wells Fargo Bank in Sacramento on Monday morning before regular business hours. Not too big a deal, but it caused some concern, because no one had unlocked the door yet. Which meant that someone forgot to lock it when the bank closed on Saturday. So far, the bank officially doesn't want to talk about it. At all.

Compiled from wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

The skinny: Artist demands fame, and he demands it now 01/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 5, 2012 7:45pm]
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