Smarter Every Day – Slow Motion Flipping Cat Physics

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  • Phill O


  • Patrick Underwood

    If my wife ever sees this video, that guy is a dead man walking.

  • Alex Andrite

    Cat: So what? Time for my nap.
    Cat: Are you still here to bug me ?
    Cat: You are so pitiful. Go be a human elsewhere.
    Cat: snooze ……

  • Phill O

    This is a pretty zoned out cat. Just another day in the park!

    Only humans will put human emotions on animals. For this cat, it is no problem. It can do it with a blindfold (Almost).

  • wayne

    The Rescue of Boots
    Canopy Cat Rescue

  • Herman D Hurt

    Reminds me of a segment of the TV program “You Asked For It” from the early 60’s. They were asking the same cat question except they drop a cat from a low flying, very slow speed Piper Cub. Yep, 4-leg landing every time. Can’t do that today because the Animals-are-more human people than evil humans are Liberal crowd would burn down the station, but execute the person dropping the cat.

  • sippin_bourbon

    Bread always lands butter side down, as well.

    So if they attached buttered bread to the back of the cat and toss it in the air…

  • pzatchok

    perpetual motion!!!

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