Why a cat always lands on its feet

  • 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 • 1 703

  • Vox
    Vox  Month ago +952

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

    • Natepeel2828
      Natepeel2828 5 days ago

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

    • Enzo
      Enzo 6 days ago

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

    • wlkerfilms
      wlkerfilms 8 days ago


    • aina zain
      aina zain 11 days ago


    • Cristian Everly
      Cristian Everly 14 days ago


  • Lillian Lupin
    Lillian Lupin 19 hours 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
    Lensman 2 days ago

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

  • SkyLord
    SkyLord 3 days ago

    m.ruclip.com/video/jyyZ82SpUZk/video.html EXPLAIN THIS THEN

  • Jayson Cabe
    Jayson Cabe 5 days ago

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

  • No one Home
    No one Home 5 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 6 days ago

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

  • cacaroto god
    cacaroto god 6 days ago

    Looking for cat repellent.. vox please

  • Callum Davis
    Callum Davis 6 days ago

    but cats don’t know this 🤣🤣

  • Renzo Arturo Romero
    Renzo Arturo Romero 6 days ago

    They spin.

  • Gillian A
    Gillian A 6 days ago

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

  • I like orange
    I like orange 7 days ago +3

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

  • Honky Tonky
    Honky Tonky 7 days ago

    *Yes but is that rabbit okay*

  • mosit banan
    mosit banan 7 days ago

    Poor bunny ;-;

  • Benjamin Blackwell
    Benjamin Blackwell 7 days ago

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

  • Ii T
    Ii T 8 days ago +1

    Cat meat is tasty

  • YT Info
    YT Info 8 days ago

    Cat was before human on earth.

  • Jeremia Gunawan
    Jeremia Gunawan 8 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 7 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? 9 days ago +1


  • fenrisodessa
    fenrisodessa 10 days ago

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

  • liv jeez
    liv jeez 11 days ago

    Am still waiting for the answer

  • Edmund Yong
    Edmund Yong 11 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 13 days ago

    It’s sad to think this cat is dead

  • AppleeRealix
    AppleeRealix 14 days ago

    Animal Abuse.

  • Pwnage
    Pwnage 14 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• 14 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
    Duchi 15 days ago +1

    *So it wouldn't get hurt as much*
    Wow so genius!
    I definitely haven't thought of THAT before!

    • Parag Sarker
      Parag Sarker 13 days ago

      Shows just how much dumb of a fuq you are

  • neo got ur back sis
    neo got ur back sis 16 days ago

    so u can say cats where figure skating on air.

  • Incorrigible Panda
    Incorrigible Panda 16 days ago

    Interesting how dude always made sure to be behind the wall when cat tossing.

  • sunlight_ beam
    sunlight_ beam 16 days ago

    Because they’re cute

  • Louis Valentine IV
    Louis Valentine IV 16 days ago

    Don’t let peta see this

  • Princess Mauve
    Princess Mauve 18 days ago +4

    Ok so who's gonna try out this cat style of falling?
    Well don't look at me.

  • Zylith Purrfect
    Zylith Purrfect 19 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 19 days ago

    R.I.P little cat

  • stick with me
    stick with me 19 days ago +4

    Why a cat always lands on it's feet? *_bEcAuSe iT DoEsN't hAvE HaNdS_*

  • Mikha'il Gonato
    Mikha'il Gonato 19 days ago


  • yare yare daze
    yare yare daze 19 days ago

    Tape vans on the back of the cat and you get unlimited energy

  • life
    life 20 days ago

    I love this series so much lol

  • AppleBottemGs
    AppleBottemGs 20 days ago

    I dropped my cat and it died, guess its detective

  • Markupson Beatz
    Markupson Beatz 20 days ago +1

    I thought RUclip is the only place for cats. 🤔🤔

  • Reuben Braganza
    Reuben Braganza 20 days ago

    The earliest cat video was shot in 1894!!!! That's soooo cool!!

  • Monika Aledrovich
    Monika Aledrovich 21 day ago

    Can a cat survive a suicide jump 😂😂 😂

  • John Apple
    John Apple 21 day ago +4

    *_The real question is , Will humans be able to do this in the future.....?_*

  • Sam Yan
    Sam Yan 21 day ago +1

    He protecc
    He atacc
    But most importantly
    He dont land on his bacc

    • Sam Yan
      Sam Yan 17 days ago

      im cat btw

    • Sam Yan
      Sam Yan 17 days ago

      Hey you are so cool

  • Sisimu Osei yaw
    Sisimu Osei yaw 21 day ago

    Cats can't be trusted

  • Shy Guy
    Shy Guy 21 day ago

    Why does he have a shirt that says dog in Swedish

    ANDROMEDA 508 22 days ago

    * Poor rabbit...
    * Poor chicken...

  • Nilanjan Debnath
    Nilanjan Debnath 22 days ago

    What dows photography do for science?
    It helps me take notes from the board after the lecture.

  • Jeff Phillip
    Jeff Phillip 22 days ago


  • James Chua
    James Chua 23 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 23 days ago

    cats are geniuses!

  • Have you seen me before?
    Have you seen me before? 23 days ago +1

    Who else went and droped there cat after the vid?

  • Jasen Jahn
    Jasen Jahn 23 days ago

    Yup, cats are aliens. See.

  • Fackyo bitch
    Fackyo bitch 23 days ago

    Are vans made by cat skin?

  • Adagio
    Adagio 23 days ago

    And the cat be like: wtf human u throw me just to find how i land?

  • DaVil Gamer
    DaVil Gamer 23 days ago

    so... why they land on there feet ?? not how !!!

  • Help me get 1 subscriber

    Awesome! I can finally throw away my cat off the roof without it dying!

  • John Wick
    John Wick 24 days ago

    I come here for the cat and half the video is about camera sure mate sure

  • Saiki Chan
    Saiki Chan 24 days ago +1

    Maybe we all should replace our physics teachers with cats

  • XO
    XO 24 days ago

    Because they are actually aliens

  • Mavi Rayla
    Mavi Rayla 24 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 24 days ago

    Don't throw your cat outside the window

  • Danish Zahuri
    Danish Zahuri 24 days ago

    But.. my cat doesn’t :(

  • Citavalo
    Citavalo 24 days ago

    They knew a rabbit couldn't land like a cat. They just wanted footage of a rabbit failing.

  • Seiji m
    Seiji m 24 days ago


  • Aimee
    Aimee 24 days ago

    that is so.. fascinating.

  • Orion Chairez
    Orion Chairez 25 days ago

    He protec
    He atac
    But most importantly...
    Shane dawson came on his cat

  • jerrey n
    jerrey n 25 days ago

    Conclusion: cats are good at physics and therefor the smartest animals

  • koo nic
    koo nic 25 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 25 days ago

    now tape two cats on their back and see what happens next

  • William Rezaee
    William Rezaee 25 days ago +1

    When your cat wears vans

  • Cynical Sayonara
    Cynical Sayonara 25 days ago

    I dropped a cat once and it landed flat on its back. It was both hilarious and sad.

    • Hcrdfju
      Hcrdfju 17 days ago +1

      Cynical Sayonara same as mine.

    • Cynical Sayonara
      Cynical Sayonara 17 days ago

      Hcrdfju it exploded when it hit the ground.

    • Hcrdfju
      Hcrdfju 19 days ago

      Cynical Sayonara then is a sad exception :( is your cat ok?

    • Cynical Sayonara
      Cynical Sayonara 21 day ago

      Hcrdfju there’s exceptions to every rule.

    • Hcrdfju
      Hcrdfju 23 days ago

      Cynical Sayonara that not possible.

  • shaaaumaira
    shaaaumaira 25 days ago

    they wear vans .

  • Deja Vu
    Deja Vu 25 days ago

    But this is an answer to HOW a cat always lands on its feet.. not WHY...

  • Kyle Shepherd
    Kyle Shepherd 25 days ago

    Awesome awesome video- so much fun to learn about more than just the cats. MOAR DARKROOM PLEASE!!!

  • ANTonio51006
    ANTonio51006 25 days ago

    Marta has those first cameras

  • Zacky Ducky
    Zacky Ducky 25 days ago

    Cat meme lol

  • Haris Razmi
    Haris Razmi 25 days ago +2

    Cat is cooler than dog😎

  • Praveer Jain
    Praveer Jain 25 days ago +2

    " No cats were hurt in the making of this video "

  • Azrn Shh
    Azrn Shh 25 days ago

    Meeeooowwww 🐱🐱🐈

  • Keevaaz XY
    Keevaaz XY 26 days ago

    that’s not a cat. it’s a flerken.

  • Marco Enrico
    Marco Enrico 26 days ago

    *why cat scared on cucumber?*

    FRISHR 26 days ago

    Cats: *exist*
    Humans: let’s picture them!

  • Eian PM
    Eian PM 26 days ago

    I hope the cat's still alive

  • Aldila Novrizal
    Aldila Novrizal 26 days ago

    slow mo guys need to do this experiment

  • Lashan
    Lashan 26 days ago +8

    Amazing how this scientist basically invented a film camera out of necessity

  • Thatonedeepseaguy Films

    Even cat videos existed back then!

  • Garrett Yaen
    Garrett Yaen 26 days ago

    Rip bunny

  • Goatking16 !
    Goatking16 ! 26 days ago


    JOSHYYY.Y0 26 days ago

    They are wearing a pair of vans

  • Kyle Theboss
    Kyle Theboss 26 days ago +2

    Damn cats got a better gyroscope then my phone

  • Dobby
    Dobby 26 days ago +1

    What happens if you strap a vans shoe on a cat? Who will land the right side up?

  • Dobby
    Dobby 26 days ago +3

    Why do vans always land the right side up?

  • Danilo Santos
    Danilo Santos 26 days ago

    Now we can do it even with a phone camera haha

  • AR mail
    AR mail 26 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
    xBrainZy 26 days ago


  • Dertheus
    Dertheus 26 days ago

    Now, why do Vans always last upright?

  • Nick White
    Nick White 26 days ago +1

    Because it hurts to land on their back. Video over....