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The skinny: Cat with the world's loudest purr?

Different strokes

smokey's purr is as soothing as a Boeing 737

A pet cat is believed to have the loudest purr in the world — as loud as a lawnmower. Most cats purr at around 25 decibels, but 12-year-old Smokey's powerful purrs average 80. Measured close-up, her purrs reach an incredible 92 decibels, equivalent to the noise of a lawnmower, hair dryer or a Boeing 737 coming in to land. Owners Ruth and Mark Adams of Pitsford, England, say Smokey's deafening purrs make it impossible to hear the TV or radio when she is in the room, and they struggle to have phone conversations. Diana Johnson of Northampton Cats Protection, who has met Smokey, said: "I have never heard anything like her purr in my life. It can drown out your conversation." A spokesman for Guinness World Records said: "The Guinness World Record for the loudest scream by a human is 129dB. If Smokey the cat is able to purr at over 80dB it would be an astonishing feat."

Girl meets world

Mom gives birth in hospital elevator

A Kansas newborn could be well equipped to face the ups and downs of life: She was born in a hospital elevator. Alyssa Lynn Leming arrived as her parents rushed through Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Crystal Leming says it took just an hour from the onset of severe contractions to the arrival of the 5-pound, 11-ounce girl nicknamed Ellee for her unusual arrival. Leming told the Lawrence Journal-World she and husband Patrick just couldn't reach the delivery room in time. When the elevator door opened, Leming says she asked the assembled staff, "Can somebody please catch her head?"

Dial 911

Strict pizza diet is a lifesaver

A pizza-heavy diet may have saved an elderly Memphis woman's life. Delivery driver Susan Guy told WMC-TV that Jean Wilson has ordered pizza every day for three years. On Monday, Guy said her boss told her Wilson hadn't called in three days. Guy insisted on checking on her. When no one came to the door, Guy asked a neighbor whether he had seen Wilson and then called 911. Police broke the door down and found Wilson on the floor. She had fallen Saturday and couldn't get to a phone to call for help. Wilson was listed in noncritical condition at a hospital.

Blue light special

Shoplifting suspect says he lost a bet

A man picked up for shoplifting at a southern New Jersey Walmart had an unusual motive: paying off a bet. Irwin Krakow, 58, of Millville told police he lost a wager that came with two ways to repay: stealing $50 worth of stuff or running naked through the street. Krakow, who reportedly regretted choosing shoplifting, lamenting the fine would be less for the nudity, is charged with stealing a USB card, two spoons, a nutcracker, decorative tree and T-shirts.

Compiled from Times wires and other news sources.

The skinny: Cat with the world's loudest purr? 02/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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