Why a cat always lands on its feet

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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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Vox Month ago
Which photos should Darkroom examine next? Let us know in the comments!
Natepeel2828 6 days ago
more important question..... when's the next ep?!?
Enzo 8 days ago
The Yellow Stone Super Volcano. Like the end of the world kinda thing.
wlkerfilms 10 days ago
aina zain
aina zain 12 days ago
Cristian Everly
Cristian Everly 15 days ago
Bryan Ano
Bryan Ano Hour ago
What if I drop my cat on Building? OOF
Maddy Mace
Maddy Mace Day ago
That’s how motion looks when you’re on acid
Lillian Lupin
Lillian Lupin 2 days ago
20/10 video but also! Coleman! Where did you get your t-shirt?
Questions of the World
Why would you throw a cat
Lensman 3 days ago
Please produce a video that explains the highly irritating tendency for Americans to start sentences with "so".
SkyLord 4 days ago
m.ruvid.net/video/video-jyyZ82SpUZk.html EXPLAIN THIS THEN
Jayson Cabe
Jayson Cabe 6 days ago
I'm a simple man. I see cats, I press like.
No one Home
No one Home 6 days ago
Why does Vox put no effort into their titles? The important words aren’t capitalized, and there aren’t apostrophes were there should be.
Daniel Brown
Daniel Brown 7 days ago
Awesome. So is this a reflex or does the cat actively employ this movement?
cacaroto god
cacaroto god 7 days ago
Looking for cat repellent.. vox please
Callum Davis
Callum Davis 7 days ago
but cats don’t know this 🤣🤣
Renzo Arturo Romero
They spin.
Gillian A
Gillian A 8 days ago
what if you put a vans shoe on the back of a cat?
I like orange
I like orange 8 days ago
The real question is why is the cat dropping video better quality then ufo sighting videos
Honky Tonky
Honky Tonky 8 days ago
*Yes but is that rabbit okay*
mosit banan
mosit banan 8 days ago
Poor bunny ;-;
Benjamin Blackwell
I just want you yo know that i love you and your show!
Ii T
Ii T 9 days ago
Cat meat is tasty
YT Info
YT Info 10 days ago
Cat was before human on earth.
Jeremia Gunawan
Jeremia Gunawan 10 days ago
Why does my bread always turn upside down when it falls when i apply my butter? Please answer this
Ran Talbott
Ran Talbott 9 days ago
The butter began as chewed-up grass, which grows closer to the ground than the grain that makes up the bread, so the natural order of things dictates that the butter should wind up lower. ;-)
WhY So SeRiOuSli?
WhY So SeRiOuSli? 11 days ago
fenrisodessa 11 days ago
Congratulations. It's the 10 millions time this subject is discussed.
liv jeez
liv jeez 12 days ago
Am still waiting for the answer
Edmund Yong
Edmund Yong 13 days ago
Tbh I'm a cat lover. But, i just feel that this video is unnecessarily overanalyzed.
josefpicklespecson pickle_juice
because they wear invisible vans
Sunshine Smith
Sunshine Smith 15 days ago
It’s sad to think this cat is dead
AppleeRealix 15 days ago
Animal Abuse.
Pwnage 16 days ago
i tied a cats leg and free fall it while having its legs upwards. it was successful becoz it didnt managed to land.
V •Renae•
V •Renae• 16 days ago
I tried restarting multiple times while watching the video. I guess my 13 year old brain cant handle this much science in less than 5 minutes.
Duchi 16 days ago
*So it wouldn't get hurt as much* Wow so genius! I definitely haven't thought of THAT before!
Parag Sarker
Parag Sarker 14 days ago
Shows just how much dumb of a fuq you are
neo got ur back sis
so u can say cats where figure skating on air.
Incorrigible Panda
Incorrigible Panda 17 days ago
Interesting how dude always made sure to be behind the wall when cat tossing.
sunlight_ beam
sunlight_ beam 18 days ago
Because they’re cute
Louis Valentine IV
Louis Valentine IV 18 days ago
Don’t let peta see this
Princess Mauve
Princess Mauve 19 days ago
Ok so who's gonna try out this cat style of falling? Anyone? Well don't look at me.
Zylith Purrfect
Zylith Purrfect 20 days ago
Whoa I thought it was their legendary tail that balance when the cat lands on its feet, that's what my 1995 encyclopedia book says.
Mr 021E
Mr 021E 20 days ago
R.I.P little cat
stick with me
stick with me 21 day ago
Why a cat always lands on it's feet? *_bEcAuSe iT DoEsN't hAvE HaNdS_*
Mikha'il Gonato
Mikha'il Gonato 21 day ago
yare yare daze
yare yare daze 21 day ago
Tape vans on the back of the cat and you get unlimited energy
life 21 day ago
I love this series so much lol
AppleBottemGs 21 day ago
I dropped my cat and it died, guess its detective
Markupson Beatz
Markupson Beatz 21 day ago
I thought RUvid is the only place for cats. 🤔🤔
Reuben Braganza
Reuben Braganza 22 days ago
The earliest cat video was shot in 1894!!!! That's soooo cool!!
Monika Aledrovich
Monika Aledrovich 22 days ago
Can a cat survive a suicide jump 😂😂 😂
John Apple
John Apple 22 days ago
*_The real question is , Will humans be able to do this in the future.....?_*
Sam Yan
Sam Yan 22 days ago
He protecc He atacc But most importantly He dont land on his bacc
Sam Yan
Sam Yan 18 days ago
im cat btw
Sam Yan
Sam Yan 18 days ago
Hey you are so cool
Sisimu Osei yaw
Sisimu Osei yaw 22 days ago
Cats can't be trusted
Shy Guy
Shy Guy 23 days ago
Why does he have a shirt that says dog in Swedish
ANDROMEDA 508 23 days ago
* Poor rabbit... * Poor chicken...
Nilanjan Debnath
Nilanjan Debnath 23 days ago
What dows photography do for science? It helps me take notes from the board after the lecture.
Jeff Phillip
Jeff Phillip 23 days ago
James Chua
James Chua 24 days ago
PETA will now chase this guy and disclaim all his research because there are lots of animals involve in here that got hurt. that poor rabbit and chicken.. they need justice.. LOOOL
J Si
J Si 24 days ago
cats are geniuses!
Have you seen me before?
Who else went and droped there cat after the vid?
Jasen Jahn
Jasen Jahn 25 days ago
Yup, cats are aliens. See.
Fackyo bitch
Fackyo bitch 25 days ago
Are vans made by cat skin?
Adagio 25 days ago
And the cat be like: wtf human u throw me just to find how i land?
DaVil Gamer
DaVil Gamer 25 days ago
so... why they land on there feet ?? not how !!!
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Awesome! I can finally throw away my cat off the roof without it dying!
John Wick
John Wick 25 days ago
I come here for the cat and half the video is about camera sure mate sure
Saiki Chan
Saiki Chan 25 days ago
Maybe we all should replace our physics teachers with cats
XO 25 days ago
Because they are actually aliens
Mavi Rayla
Mavi Rayla 25 days ago
I think I learned more about early photography than why a cat could land on all fours with little difficulty
FH Rabby
FH Rabby 25 days ago
Don't throw your cat outside the window
Danish Zahuri
Danish Zahuri 26 days ago
But.. my cat doesn’t :(
Citavalo 26 days ago
They knew a rabbit couldn't land like a cat. They just wanted footage of a rabbit failing.
Seiji m
Seiji m 26 days ago
Aimee 26 days ago
that is so.. fascinating.
Orion Chairez
Orion Chairez 26 days ago
He protec He atac But most importantly... Shane dawson came on his cat
jerrey n
jerrey n 26 days ago
Conclusion: cats are good at physics and therefor the smartest animals
koo nic
koo nic 26 days ago
I did this to my cat and BOOM 😂 I feel bad for doing so it didn't land on its feet btw
Da Pablo
Da Pablo 26 days ago
now tape two cats on their back and see what happens next
William Rezaee
William Rezaee 26 days ago
When your cat wears vans
Cynical Sayonara
Cynical Sayonara 26 days ago
I dropped a cat once and it landed flat on its back. It was both hilarious and sad.
Hcrdfju 18 days ago
Cynical Sayonara same as mine.
Cynical Sayonara
Cynical Sayonara 19 days ago
Hcrdfju it exploded when it hit the ground.
Hcrdfju 20 days ago
Cynical Sayonara then is a sad exception :( is your cat ok?
Cynical Sayonara
Cynical Sayonara 23 days ago
Hcrdfju there’s exceptions to every rule.
Hcrdfju 25 days ago
Cynical Sayonara that not possible.
shaaaumaira 27 days ago
they wear vans .
Deja Vu
Deja Vu 27 days ago
But this is an answer to HOW a cat always lands on its feet.. not WHY...
Kyle Shepherd
Kyle Shepherd 27 days ago
Awesome awesome video- so much fun to learn about more than just the cats. MOAR DARKROOM PLEASE!!!
ANTonio51006 27 days ago
Marta has those first cameras
Zacky Ducky
Zacky Ducky 27 days ago
Cat meme lol
Haris Razmi
Haris Razmi 27 days ago
Cat is cooler than dog😎
Suwin Khamchaiwong
Haris Razmi F*ck off
Praveer Jain
Praveer Jain 27 days ago
" No cats were hurt in the making of this video "
Azrn Shh
Azrn Shh 27 days ago
Meeeooowwww 🐱🐱🐈
Keevaaz XY
Keevaaz XY 27 days ago
that’s not a cat. it’s a flerken.
Marco Enrico
Marco Enrico 27 days ago
*why cat scared on cucumber?*
FRISHR 27 days ago
Cats: *exist* Humans: let’s picture them!
Eian PM
Eian PM 27 days ago
I hope the cat's still alive
Aldila Novrizal
Aldila Novrizal 27 days ago
slow mo guys need to do this experiment
Lashan 27 days ago
Amazing how this scientist basically invented a film camera out of necessity
Thatonedeepseaguy Films
Even cat videos existed back then!
Garrett Yaen
Garrett Yaen 27 days ago
Rip bunny
Goatking16 !
Goatking16 ! 27 days ago
JOSHYYY.Y0 27 days ago
They are wearing a pair of vans
Kyle Theboss
Kyle Theboss 28 days ago
Damn cats got a better gyroscope then my phone
Dobby 28 days ago
What happens if you strap a vans shoe on a cat? Who will land the right side up?
Dobby 28 days ago
Why do vans always land the right side up?
indonesian bassbooster
Jokes aside, if it was fake, it won't.
Danilo Santos
Danilo Santos 28 days ago
Now we can do it even with a phone camera haha
AR mail
AR mail 28 days ago
Once I was holding my dog and I forgot it wasn't my cat so I just let go of him and he just lay on the floor looking me right in the eye. i've never felt so bad but laughed at the same time lmao.
xBrainZy 28 days ago
Next videos
The first faked photograph