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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Commentaires • 1 487

  • Vox
    Vox  Il y a 3 mois +1051

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

    • Natepeel2828
      Natepeel2828 Il y a 2 mois

      more important question..... when's the next ep?!?

    • KnivesLmao
      KnivesLmao Il y a 3 mois

      The Yellow Stone Super Volcano. Like the end of the world kinda thing.

    • wlkerfilms
      wlkerfilms Il y a 3 mois

      THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH

    • aina zain
      aina zain Il y a 3 mois

      hannibal

  • WOW Taser ZZ
    WOW Taser ZZ Il y a 2 heures

    I did this and my cat died.

    Oh wait I never had a cat I only had a dog.

  • Eric x
    Eric x Il y a 11 heures

    I’m glad he put cushions out for the cat to land on.

  • Friends on demand
    Friends on demand Il y a 13 heures

    We are not here to know how he filmed it

  • Wilson .Fascination
    Wilson .Fascination Il y a 13 heures

    A cat knows physics better than I do

  • shadow zorz
    shadow zorz Il y a jour

    but my cat dose not always lands on its feets

  • Killua Zoldyck
    Killua Zoldyck Il y a jour

    Because they are *superheros*

  • Jessie .G
    Jessie .G Il y a 2 jours

    not my cat

  • it’s probably olivia
    it’s probably olivia Il y a 2 jours

    But how do they know to do that?

  • Bartulis
    Bartulis Il y a 2 jours

    And buttered toast always lands buttered side up. If we put the cat and tape it to butter toast we can create infinite spin, so infinite power?!

  • SoggyWalnuts
    SoggyWalnuts Il y a 2 jours +1

    can someone plese give Vox's graphics designer a cookie

  • Bala Krishna
    Bala Krishna Il y a 2 jours

    Please no Skype interviews. Explain yourself

  • Sonic is very disappointed in your recent Decisions

    Because there ninjas

  • Andy Wolf
    Andy Wolf Il y a 6 jours

    the eye sees it but the brain doesn't process it quick enough .

  • Holly's Home Videos
    Holly's Home Videos Il y a 7 jours

    clever kittys

  • Sharath Nallaperumal
    Sharath Nallaperumal Il y a 18 jours

    Well then how did Mufasa fall on his back? 🤔🤔

  • depressed cockroach
    depressed cockroach Il y a 19 jours

    that cat is quite chomky

  • Chrissy G
    Chrissy G Il y a 23 jours

    ALL Cats Do Not land on their feet. My cat fall off the sofa all the time. Maybe the cat has to be at a certain height to land on it's feet.

  • supernovasuper Plays
    supernovasuper Plays Il y a mois

    My teacher DOESN'T believe me when I tell that then my friends don't believe me

  • A Certain Anime Index
    A Certain Anime Index Il y a mois

    The original ninja

  • Michael Boykin
    Michael Boykin Il y a mois

    Duh.

  • LineOfCars
    LineOfCars Il y a mois

    They don't, iv seen cats fall terribly many times

  • Gremory Sama
    Gremory Sama Il y a mois

    Fun fact : i tried that to my cat, and she is dead... Maybe because i drop her from 10th floor of apartment

  • physcoer
    physcoer Il y a mois

    Now this is what I call news

  • Lynet Sandoval Witty
    Lynet Sandoval Witty Il y a mois

    Did you steal this from Smarter Every Day??

  • The Xkid
    The Xkid Il y a mois

    My kitten is so damn ! He rarely land on feet 😑

  • Ridho
    Ridho Il y a mois

    aand the cat is a paid actor

  • Jonathan Garzon
    Jonathan Garzon Il y a mois

    Way to ripoff a science channel on youtube

  • Maria Weston
    Maria Weston Il y a mois

    Cats do not ALWAYS land on their feet. There are circumstances in which they cannot make the twist.

  • SUMIT MANDAL
    SUMIT MANDAL Il y a mois

    what do u mean by spin oppositely at 3:21
    WRONG

  • George Mackay
    George Mackay Il y a mois

    I am currently doing a physics research task - does the technique Marey used with celluloid film still count as chronophotography?

  • Michael Angelo
    Michael Angelo Il y a mois

    They started by dropping blacks, who had no value to society, they just landed on their heads. No brains were discovered in the cracked skulls. A hearty laugh was had by all.

  • ZipZap Dota
    ZipZap Dota Il y a mois +2

    If u do this kind of act to a kitten. U will land urself a spot in jail.
    #peta

    • kezreg
      kezreg Il y a 2 jours

      hnaaaooouhhhnnnuoottrriieeaaalluey

  • Darth Plagueis
    Darth Plagueis Il y a mois

    Cats are amazing
    * this comment was made by the cat gang *

  • RetroGaming74
    RetroGaming74 Il y a mois +2

    **Falls**
    Floor: IM ABOUT TO END THIS MANS WHOLE CAREER
    Cat: **Uses reverse card**

  • Callmeromain2016
    Callmeromain2016 Il y a 2 mois

    2:00 when you are taking physics and know what they are talking about 😏

  • Samsng Device
    Samsng Device Il y a 2 mois

    🐱 🐱 🏠 🐕 🐕 🚗 🔫

  • Sam Yan
    Sam Yan Il y a 2 mois

    Currently pulling an all nighter to finish homework but why not watch this video about why cats always land on their feet.

    • Aiden Han
      Aiden Han Il y a 2 mois

      Why was this comment done in the morning "CURRENTLY XDDDDD"

  • Sam Yan
    Sam Yan Il y a 2 mois

    Currently pulling an all nighter to finish homework but why not watch this video about why cats always land on their feet.

  • Zolgs
    Zolgs Il y a 2 mois

    not always maybe the cat doesn't have feet

  • waffle buttons
    waffle buttons Il y a 2 mois

    not always

  • CarlFazu
    CarlFazu Il y a 2 mois

    Mix your audio better

  • That Girl Wearing Glasses

    Anyone else felt bad for the bunny? 🐰 😢

  • Lonely Noob
    Lonely Noob Il y a 2 mois +1

    2:18 Why did u drop me?

    If u didn’t understand stand just look at the cat face

  • Aluni Anow
    Aluni Anow Il y a 2 mois

    What if I drop my cat on Building?


    OOF

  • Maddy Mace
    Maddy Mace Il y a 2 mois

    That’s how motion looks when you’re on acid

  • Lillian Lupin
    Lillian Lupin Il y a 2 mois

    20/10 video but also! Coleman! Where did you get your t-shirt?

  • Questions of the World
    Questions of the World Il y a 2 mois

    Why would you throw a cat

  • Lensman
    Lensman Il y a 2 mois

    Please produce a video that explains the highly irritating tendency for Americans to start sentences with "so".

  • SkyLord
    SkyLord Il y a 2 mois

    m.frclip.com/video/jyyZ82SpUZk/vidéo.html EXPLAIN THIS THEN

  • Urek MaZino
    Urek MaZino Il y a 2 mois

    I'm a simple man. I see cats, I press like.

  • No one Home
    No one Home Il y a 2 mois

    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 Il y a 2 mois

    Awesome. So is this a reflex or does the cat actively employ this movement?

  • cacaroto god
    cacaroto god Il y a 3 mois

    Looking for cat repellent.. vox please

  • Callum Davis
    Callum Davis Il y a 3 mois

    but cats don’t know this 🤣🤣

  • Renzo Arturo Romero
    Renzo Arturo Romero Il y a 3 mois

    They spin.

  • Gillian A
    Gillian A Il y a 3 mois

    what if you put a vans shoe on the back of a cat?

  • I like orange
    I like orange Il y a 3 mois +56

    The real question is why is the cat dropping video better quality then ufo sighting videos

  • Honky Tonky
    Honky Tonky Il y a 3 mois

    *Yes but is that rabbit okay*

  • mosit banan
    mosit banan Il y a 3 mois

    Poor bunny ;-;

  • Benjamin Blackwell
    Benjamin Blackwell Il y a 3 mois

    I just want you yo know that i love you and your show!

  • Ii T
    Ii T Il y a 3 mois +1

    Cat meat is tasty

  • YT Info
    YT Info Il y a 3 mois

    Cat was before human on earth.

  • Jeremia Gunawan
    Jeremia Gunawan Il y a 3 mois

    Why does my bread always turn upside down when it falls when i apply my butter? Please answer this

    • Ran Talbott
      Ran Talbott Il y a 3 mois

      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? Il y a 3 mois +1

    *NUTS*

  • fenrisodessa
    fenrisodessa Il y a 3 mois

    Congratulations. It's the 10 millions time this subject is discussed.

  • liv jeez
    liv jeez Il y a 3 mois

    Am still waiting for the answer

  • Edmund Yong
    Edmund Yong Il y a 3 mois

    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 Il y a 3 mois

    It’s sad to think this cat is dead