By RAPHAEL G. SATTER
The Associated Press
updated 3/30/2011 4:06:02 PM ET 2011-03-30T20:06:02
LONDON — No need to bell this cat: 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.
The British community college that measured the sound said it peaked at 16 times louder than that of the average cat. By some estimates, that is about as noisy as busy traffic, a hair dryer or a vacuum cleaner.
The 12-year-old, ordinary-size feline first came to national attention last month when her owner, Ruth Adams, decided to run a local competition for the most powerful purr. That led to a local radio show appearance, and from there, media coverage snowballed, with the tabloids full of headlines like "Thundercat" and "Rumpuss."
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42337180/ns … ?gt1=43001
wow,what a cool cat...bet he wakes his owner every morning with that loud motor....
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