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   coolcat  Wednesday Mar 30 06:32 PM

Mar 30 2011: Thunder cat!

Smokey, a gray and white tabby cat and owner Ruth Adams, in Northampton , England.

For cat lovers, there is nothing more soothing than the sound of their pet purring with contentment.
But when Smokey kicks off, it’s time to reach for the ear plugs.

A gray-and-white tabby by the name of Smokey has cat-apulted to fame with purring so loud it has been recorded at a potentially record-setting 73 decibels.

A British community college says it has a recorded a house cat whose lawnmower-like purr hit 73 decibels, 16 times louder than the average feline. Northampton College in central England said Wednesday, March 30, 2011, that it had dispatched a music team with specialist sound equipment to record 12-year-old Smokey. The recording has been submitted to the Guinness World Records.

Undertoad  Wednesday Mar 30 06:52 PM

And your username matches the content... thanks coolcat!

infinite monkey  Wednesday Mar 30 09:46 PM

As I looked at this, I heard Gaines meowing his little head off. I thought "i got your decibels right here!" But purring? He's a laid back purrer. He's Mr Cool, if you know what I mean, coolcat.

Thanks for the picture and story.

monster  Thursday Mar 31 12:01 AM

A weird purr too. I love cats' purrs, it's such a comforting happy sound.

casimendocina  Thursday Mar 31 07:32 AM

I love it when a cat sits on your chest and their purr reverberates through your chest cavity. Would the rib cage be able to the amount of purring that that cat generates though?

monster  Thursday Mar 31 07:47 AM

pussies... vibrations....

NO! NO! Don't go there!

glatt  Thursday Mar 31 08:17 AM

A chart is always helpful. So this cat is three times as loud as a normal conversation.

Undertoad  Thursday Mar 31 11:30 AM

The problem with measuring sound is that the db chart is a futz. They measure the cat at 6 inches away and they measure the lawnmower from 10 feet and the 737 from a hundred yards. It's a valid measurement but we can't compare properly.

monster  Thursday Mar 31 11:36 AM

fresh ginger root, grated
three sticks celery, diced
fresh garlic, crushed
half pound sliced mushrooms
half pound snow peas
soy sauce

Skin and shred the meat, stir fry all ingredients, serve on a bed of rice noodles

...well it sure as hell feels like Friday....

Clodfobble  Thursday Mar 31 02:21 PM

Originally Posted by Undertoad
The problem with measuring sound is that the db chart is a futz.
Not to mention the fact that the decibel scale is not linear, but logarithmic. Sound intensity roughly doubles with every 3 dB.

glatt  Thursday Mar 31 02:24 PM

So those numbers at the bottom of the chart are wrong?

Clodfobble  Thursday Mar 31 02:52 PM

It's hard to say what they mean by "relative loudness." It seems to indicate doubling intensity every 10 dB, which is wrong. An additional 10 dB is ten times as loud. Here's a good rundown of everything you never wanted to know about it.

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