Why a cat always lands on its feet

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  • Published on Mar 20, 2019
  • In 1894, a French scientist used a camera to solve a physics problem.
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    Étienne-Jules Marey was a French scientist and inventor who analyzed how things moved. He developed a way to photograph multiple stages of movement onto a single glass plate, a technique called chronophotography. Later, when Kodak introduced celluloid film, Marey swapped the glass plate for a roll of film that moved in between exposures. This technique formed the basis of cinematography, and it’s how he recorded the stages of a cat righting itself in midair. He published his findings in Nature and demonstrated how the cat splits its body in two and uses the inertia of its own body weight to spin around.
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Comments • 1 677

  • Vox
    Vox  7 months ago +1404

    Which photos should Darkroom examine next? Let us know in the comments!

  • Zavier Goswell
    Zavier Goswell 10 days ago +1

    No one:
    Me at 3 am: how cat fall

  • Alton
    Alton 18 days ago +1

    D:

  • Noah Durling
    Noah Durling 19 days ago

    but the question is can i do this?

  • Panteleimon Ponomarenko

    Anything major to be made/discovered is guaranteed to be made by a French Scientist

  • Dusk Taker
    Dusk Taker 19 days ago

    They must have dropped like a bazillion cats for this video... Especially the kittens

  • Nathaniel Garcia
    Nathaniel Garcia 21 day ago

    What about mufasa 🤣

  • Nickan Zohrevand
    Nickan Zohrevand 21 day ago +1

    So can I do that too?

  • yağmur
    yağmur 22 days ago

    Why are all of the interview footage bad in quality? If it is because they facetime people, can't they just write the transcript of the interview and get a good footage with it?

  • The Vision Alpha Legend
    The Vision Alpha Legend 23 days ago +1

    i think they are spiderman, their spidey senses are tingling

  • Kenn Ermino
    Kenn Ermino 23 days ago

    Cats are so cool.
    😎😎😎😎

  • zeppelin 911
    zeppelin 911 29 days ago

    Meu

  • sydney_ lived
    sydney_ lived Month ago

    Well duh, cats have powers.
    They’re demons.

  • Golden Sheep
    Golden Sheep Month ago

    What happens if I drop a cat off of a tall building?

  • -BTS loving piece of trash-

    Dang. My cat just fell off my desk, and landed on her back. She is okay. I checked my recommended and I saw this video. What a coincidence...

  • A -10 Thunderbolt
    A -10 Thunderbolt Month ago

    I dropped my cat and it landed on his back?

  • Ipan Bontang
    Ipan Bontang Month ago +4

    The real questions is why cats always climb to highest place

  • Tara N
    Tara N Month ago

    My cat fell once and he landed on his back is it broken

  • ZzeusPlayz
    ZzeusPlayz Month ago

    Just ask milo

  • BAD BOI
    BAD BOI Month ago +2

    I came here to find out why the cat lands on his feet, not to find out how a 100+y/o camera works

  • Cypress
    Cypress Month ago

    I tried this 💀

  • Agnes Toljamo
    Agnes Toljamo Month ago +1

    my cat says otherwise- he's super clumsy

  • Dynamic [Josh]
    Dynamic [Josh] Month ago

    How? :
    The cat uses gravity

  • Shehryar Palijo
    Shehryar Palijo Month ago

    This Video still doesn't answer WHY a cat always lands on its feet. It answers HOW a cat always lands on its feet.

    • skycat04
      skycat04 4 days ago

      Good point... there must be some dark secrets behind the "why"... and cats love to keep their secrets...🤫

  • tommy greeneyes
    tommy greeneyes Month ago

    From what i know about these parasites they have this type of liquid aluminum in there ears somewhere thats why they are explosive in microwaves lol

  • Dumpling salt
    Dumpling salt Month ago

    Plot twist:
    *they are air benders*

  • glossy bella
    glossy bella Month ago

    *a camera*
    ddDDddDDddDddDddDD

  • Eco_Man YT
    Eco_Man YT Month ago

    No, the cat has bad internet

  • Highflyer
    Highflyer Month ago

    They have mighty beans on their paws

  • Wiggity waggity
    Wiggity waggity Month ago +1

    so...what made him drop animals in the start?

  • Ethan Bravin
    Ethan Bravin Month ago

    Buttered toast always lands on the buttered side, so if we drop a cat belly first while strapping buttered toast on top, what would happen?

  • TheCreeperDude1234
    TheCreeperDude1234 Month ago

    Oh i though the Dogs could do it so i threw My dog outside of the Window and now its dead 🤔

  • FLR Films
    FLR Films Month ago

    why can you turn around while sky diving

  • Rita Tran
    Rita Tran Month ago

    *_mufasa didn’t land on his feet_*

  • MTNinja
    MTNinja Month ago +1

    Pretty bad title ‘why they do’ why is because the cats don’t want to get hurt. The correct title would be ‘how’.

  • Toppu
    Toppu Month ago

    _drops animals on the ground_

    *PETA wants to know your location*

  • Zaahid Muhammed
    Zaahid Muhammed Month ago

    Vans r secretly cats

  • cupcake queen
    cupcake queen Month ago

    Finish off the sentence:
    What if the cat__________________________?

  • xXAnimeStar CutiepieXx

    My cat landed on her back once and thought she was safe until she rolled off the wall she landed on trying to get onto her feet

  • can this hamster hit 1000 subs with no vids??? ?

    Was the scientist alitity?

  • DuwyBob
    DuwyBob Month ago

    Will this work with human

  • I got jams
    I got jams Month ago +1

    the real answer is theyre just the animal version of vans

  • Zibani Baruti
    Zibani Baruti Month ago +10

    1:50
    am I the only one who laughed when the chicken fell 💀

    • jxminct
      jxminct Month ago +2

      I honestly felt sorry for the chicken

  • Batang RakistaPH
    Batang RakistaPH Month ago

    The real question is why catgirls loves pat

  • Yo Yo
    Yo Yo Month ago +46

    You could just ask cats how they did it

    • JH Anime Piano
      JH Anime Piano Month ago +2

      Maria
      Good idea im gunna ask my cat now

    • Maria
      Maria Month ago +5

      Yeah duh. Why didn't anyone try that?

  • Raptor
    Raptor Month ago

    I dropped my cat on the bed and it landed on its side , now i feel bad

  • andrew17798
    andrew17798 Month ago

    What if your cat doesn't have feet............................

  • Molkri
    Molkri Month ago

    *No aminals have been harmed in this video*
    *The person who commented this is a kindergarten*

  • Glowner
    Glowner Month ago

    If you forcibly throw a cat onto the ground it wont have enough time to correct itself

    • Jayden Jr
      Jayden Jr Month ago

      Glowner lol. I mean you are right because if you put a lot of force while throwing a cat your making the cat go even faster because you threw the cat quickly while putting A lot of force. Also, a cat can’t correct its self that fast unless you throw it off a building or a high place. So you might as well do it off a short distance

  • cheeki breeki
    cheeki breeki Month ago +12

    Nobody:
    Not a single soul:

    Alinity's cat:

  • Lumis
    Lumis Month ago +1

    M I L O

  • Felix John Reguerra
    Felix John Reguerra Month ago +1

    So animals were harmed in the making of those films??

  • Laundry Basket
    Laundry Basket Month ago

    Well mine doesn’t, should I be worried?

  • Kvas
    Kvas Month ago

    haha fluffy boy
    chunky boy

  • Fickle Fred
    Fickle Fred Month ago

    No cat were harm during the making of the video.

  • Nurp Nurp
    Nurp Nurp Month ago +2

    So is this why alinity throw her cat to see if it will land on its feet

  • kaustubh yerkade
    kaustubh yerkade Month ago

    My cat denies this phenomenon!!

  • Olivia Marie Correia

    Rabbit also lands on their feet ಠ╭╮ಠ

  • Nono 808
    Nono 808 Month ago

    RIP Rabbit :(

  • A Random Gingerbread house

    What if you tie there feet together. boom.