Ruth Adams called on Northampton College in central England to measure the purring sound of her gray-and-white tabby cat, Smokey, aiming for a Guinness World Record.
The result, she told The Associated Press in March, was 73 decibels, many multiples louder than the average cat’s purr and about as noisy, according to the AP, as “busy traffic, a hair dryer or a vacuum cleaner.”
According to cat-ologists, Smokey’s purring could reflect either extreme happiness or extreme stress.
Just stay out
At a medical board hearing in Manchester, England, anesthesia consultant Dr. Narendra Sharma was accused of placing the hand of a sedated female patient underneath the operating table so that he could fondle his own private parts using a “stranger’s” touch.
Two medical workers claimed to have seen him, one of whom said she saw Sharma “exposed.”
Sharma explained later that his pants had inadvertently fallen down during one procedure because a previous patient had kicked loose the tape holding them up.
He didn’t event
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Police in Roseville, Mich., arrested a 24-year-old roofer and charged him with reckless driving after he hit four cars.
He had noticed that his brakes had failed but unadvisedly tried to drive on, anyway, by extending his left leg out the driver’s side door and braking “manually” — yes, as in “The Flintstones.”
According to police, the man was completely sober.
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