# Slow Motion Flipping Cat Physics | Smarter Every Day 58

Hey it’s me Destin Welcome back to SmarterEveryDay So you’ve probably observed that cats almost always land on their feet Today’s question is why. Like most simple questions there’s a very complex answer For instance let me reword this question How does a cat go from feet up To feet down In a falling reference frame without violating the conservation of angular momentum Now I’ve studied free falling bodies, my own in fact in several different environments and once i get my angular rotation started in one direction, I can’t stop it. Today, we’re going to use a high speed camera- we’re not going to use Alley because this is my daughter’s cat, i don’t want to hurt it- we’re going to use a stunt cat let me introduce you to Gi-Gi the stunt cat (music) I’ll just flip the uh, the video vertical and then motion track the cat it’s just going to take a lot more effort in post We’re going to try to do it in a way that doesn’t make anybody mad That’s pretty hard to do. You gotta drop the cat Ready Gi-Gi? Good kitty Checking out the high speed data there Gi-Gi? Ok the first thing a cat does when it’s falling is try to figure out which way is up. It does this either with the gyro in the ear or with its eyes Ready to talk cat physics? Alright. So check out this footage i captured with the Phantom Miro While Gi-Gi goes to get a drink of water. So here’s what’s interesting about this to me. You’ll notice that at the beginning of the drop the cat is not rotating halfway through the drop the cat is rotating and at the very end Gi-Gi somehow stopped rotating Newton’s law says an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted on by an external force I see no external forces on this cat So what’s happening here? It’s not making sense to me O.K. so in order to really get the right data we’re going to have to drop her 90 degrees out of phase. Atta girl This time watch her tail 3 2 1

## 100 thoughts on “Slow Motion Flipping Cat Physics | Smarter Every Day 58”

1. Jolly Duck says:

Its very obvious why, even the egyptians knew this, cats are gods and they use their powers to turn in the air and use their godly bodies to absorb the fall.

2. rahul chakrabarty says:

Yeah drop cats… So that physics can survive 😂

3. Gabriel Lopez says:

😅😅😃

4. Diana C. says:

Who else is going to look up the microgravity cat video? 😂

5. Black Deviljoker says:

Me: Hey i know how to improve your parkour skill like being able to jump off a high building, science approved!
Parkour pro wanna be: Really? Im ma jump right now-
'Arms breaking'

P.P.W.B.: You said it's science approved.
Me: Well since we are bipedal mammals our arms are 3 times weaker than our legs-
P.P.W.B: Son of a-

6. Josh Riley says:

For some reason I thought he was gonna be taking cats and just forcefully twirling them through the air. I mean, I'm glad he didn't for the cats' sake, but that's a funny image to me.

7. animation Emmy says:

This video was bound to make some people upset, but the cats seem fine to me. At least you don't use them like animals for experimentation purposes on a regular basis and keep them in cages and feed them foods with viruses or drugs or whatever else like lab rats. That seems a bit more abusive to me than something like this. Just don't force the cats to keep doing it when they get upset with it like the black one did.

8. Truman Sharp says:

"bob tailed cats"
pulls out rusty pair of trimmers

9. Backup Account says:

Dont tell peta

10. Oscar Solis says:

Dude you should stop doing this
It’s could possibly be hurting your cat and it looks like you are having fun hurting your cat for money

11. Robert Hickey says:

What happens if you spread peanut butter on the cats back? Toast always falls peanut butter side down, so it stands to reason that the two forces should cancel each other out and the cat should spin in the air for eternity!

12. Mozair Carmo says:

alinity would be proud

13. kristis33 says:

What if you spread some butter or margarine on the back of a cat before the drop? Do you get an infinite cat?

14. Mobile Audio Pro says:

The most amazing part of this video isn't the physics of a cat stopping it's self mid spin to land on it's feet. Cats always land on their feet everyone knows that. It's how you can get the cat to be so calm and still come back to you after grabbing it by it's feet and hanging it up side down. I tried this with my cat and just grabbing both her feet resulted in scratches and her not comeing within 5ft of me still and it's been 7 years since I did it.

15. Timothy Jensen says:

2012: No
2013: No
2014: No
2015: No
2016: No
2017: No
2018: No
2019: NOW

16. spyros fri says:

Alinity did this too

17. Fire Dogo says:

Gigi just didn’t care 🤣

18. Gazelle Richardson says:

Almost always. Don't test it.
Had a cat that was dropped, didn't land right. Tore all of the tendons in one leg.
The Amazing Cat!

19. Francisco Laborda says:

Throw them with angular momentum and boom, system hacked!

20. Nathan Anderson says:

This is funny watching a man drop a cat for science😂😂

21. Terry Robinson says:

He’s really doing physics with a cat your ruining cats for me and I’m slowly falling asleep

22. Victoria Cochran says:

The arm holding is Animal abuse

23. Robert Eischen says:

So, if you spend two hours in Facebook, you inevitably end up learning about cat physics. I think that's a sure sign it's time to get off. (Before the crackhead throwing computations begin.)

24. waffle buddies says:

That is crull

25. Commentur The Great says:

The cat's a scientist!

26. ツMoose says:

Humans: ItS NOt AbUsE ITs ScIEnCe

27. mikmik ✓ says:

I tried it with my elephant and it works too

28. Donnie Butler says:

Mayb you should do a video on how fetch is played caus i think the animal has to bring the ball back to u

29. Fairy Tail says:

I came in a skeptic but I'm happily proven wrong. Cat trusts him enough to drop it, so sweet :')

30. SFS Eagle says:

I hate the way that some poeple take this as animal abuse.

31. Prasanth Sairam says:

If we close the eye's of jiji…..

32. Faith Faith says:

Stupid

33. Faith Faith says:

You people are stupid

34. Roman Fisher says:

You shouldn’t have posted that

35. Evie01 says:

I know this isn’t abuse but I would still never do this to my cat they would be so scared.

36. Mark Tabiolo says:

I tried that to my Cat.. While he's hanging in the air, there's a light flashing in my eyes and he evolves to Persian..

37. tay's got crown says:

She's so cute 🥺💞💞😍

38. Binayak G says:

A cat knows more physics then me !

39. Lo mein77 ‘ says:

I saw this video 7 years ago when I was 6

40. deXyy says:

Please, next time, disable resample bruh

41. luvitus bangton says:

Showed this to my cat
Now it's a cathlete

42. Chloe Muns says:

Why did you flip a cat

43. Grand Tickler says:

thats aboose

44. Dzly Cwolnks says:

I like how you're cat doesn't bite u

45. Heidy Coleman says:

Poor cat omfg

46. TylerGaming567 says:

The cat at 2:47 is a russian blue i have one too

47. EXL Playz says:

4:24 FLYING CATS?!

48. Ice gachaガチャライフ says:

The thumbnail has been my school laptop desktop background for 2 years now

49. Aljun Dela cruz says:

No one:
Cat: here we go again!!

50. Nicole Mmdu says:

i love this video. cats are so badass.

51. Mihaitza says:

STOP BULLING THE CAT!

52. Steezy _iOS says:

Poor cat😭

53. Lois Knaster says:

I love your sense of humor!

54. Carsyn Conway says:

That’s messed up how would you feel if I threw you 100 just for the angle and for subs

55. Joshua Chamberlain says:

I laughed so hard!

56. karel bellic says:

Wow. Now I'm smarter every day.

57. I B says:

The cat's face when he realize he falling 😂 lol so funny

58. hobo the true says:

What if it didn't work

59. Kartik Kamath says:

Yo hooman, wtf?! 😂
But amazing video!

60. DavidbivɒⱭ says:

Interesting, What is the minimum in height this cat is able to complete full rotation? 2.5'- 3'. figured the tail was more of a factor.

61. ralph sampson says:

"Right now, we are playing fetch". Funny. It looks more like you are throwing the ball. The cat runs after it. You run after the cat who is guarding the ball so, it doesn't run away.

62. spacekitt3n says:

animal abuse

63. Omni king Zeno says:

1:13
The cat:OH BOI WHEN YOUR ASLEEP IMMA SHI* ALL OVER THE HOUSE BECAUSE OF thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis plomp lucky I survived that hooman

64. BAMF4Real says:

I once saw 'cat juggling' in Tijuana. It was the opener before they brought out the donkey..

65. UnicornHype says:

Guys it's not animal abuse bc cats got nine life

66. Emerson Sprinkel says:

Isn’t this hurting the cat?!?

67. Mr P3dro says:

Am I the only one who do that while swimming to change the direction?

68. Morgan More says:

Her face when dad said we are going to drop a cat 🙀

69. H Baer says:

I thought he said stuffed cat.. got so confused

70. Samantha Hooper says:

drops
me – Gigi?

71. Matt Cairns says:

Forget cow-tipping, cat dropping looks much more entertaining!

72. Chan Polatis says:

What would happen if it was like 3 stories up?

73. Crow says:

Cat is happy. I'm happy.

74. Snuff Mc,Gruff says:

I'm going to do that to my cat, I wonder if it will be fine frm my roof..

75. Light says:

Oh, i learned that I can throw cats, interesting…

76. krishanu karmakar says:

why did not the cat run away after the first drop?

77. Kaitlyn Gass says:

Not everyone watching this video an now attempting to drop cat from different hights or the many kids that watch ur videos now trying this an not having the sence of….. securty measure's put in place for the animal!!!
I do enjoy your videos and I like your idea behind this but not the smartest thing to do by using a real cat in action filming it for others to try especially people who are not the most sensible people! This was not a very well-thought-out video I must say your others are fantastic a lot of stupid people in this world that will attempt this and an animal get hurt cuz of it!!

78. Ldemon123 GT says:

I'm callin PETA

79. J C says:

Can we tried that on a poodle 🐩?

80. Devjit Paul says:

i clicked gigi and it did the pause thing

81. Mocango says:

All in the name of science haha. I have a cat will try that too

82. Nathan Roberts says:

poor kitty

83. JOSE TAYLOR says:

I'm just dying at the fact that he said he doesn't want to hurt the stuffed animal but then spends 6min showing us videos of him dropping cats lmfao. I have a feeling that black cat didnt get his overtime paid. Hahaha. I found this channel 2 weeks ago from a YouTube recommendation. It's great! I'm sure kitties were fine.

84. Epic Gamer says:

Not worth the views mate

85. spookdapoo spookdapoo says:

watching the slow motion in slow motion

86. 123 _is_playing says:

Animal abuse

87. Jeb Anderson says:

You cat killer!!!!!!!!!!

🤣🤣🤣

i wonder if it work with malaya tiger

89. Gąchaløve :3 says:

I WANT THAT TOY CAAAAAAAT!

90. Andreas Panayiotou says:

91. Happy Camper420 says:

Would not be surprised if your cat hides after this video pal hope it was worth your cats trust lol

92. Nolan Horton says:

1:17 me when i forget to study for a test
1:49 my teachers expression when they realize i forgot to study

93. King Jerry says:

Yea right like if you dropping me like that guy 4:55

94. Floating ZombieCat says:

best 6 mins spent at 3am

95. Protoss says:

¨This is my daughter's cat, I don't wanna hurt it¨
Also tosses cat away
*ALINITY TIME!*

96. Unique anartist says:

Throughout the video Gigi looks so calm 😊

97. Sapyoseksüel izm says:

This video is very usefull thank you 😉

98. Mr Booze Elmo says:

1:13 pulse it on this lol

99. Jayla Russell says:

Wow, that is really interesting.