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An exclusive doggie day-care facility, and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

An exclusive canine "social club" that functions as both an upscale kennel and a place for dog owners to sip coffee and check on their pets via iPad kiosks is opening in New York City's East Village. A yearly membership in the Ruff Club costs $149, and daycare rates start at $29 a day. But money isn't the only barrier to entry, says Joe Coscarelli at New York. After completing the strict application process, owners will also have to take their four-legged friends in for a 90-minute temperament test, "effectively making dog ownership in New York City more complicated than having a preschooler."