Slow Motion Flipping Cat Physics | Smarter Every Day 58

High Speed video. Cats. Physics. Weightlessness. Of all my videos, if you don't share this one, you probably never will. Please consider sharing by clicking here: GiGi was not hurt during the making of this video. We took great care to make sure she would be safe. Next I'll explain how the physics involved in flipping cats allow us to operate Space Telescopes (Seriously).
So as simple of a question as this is, it turns out to be a MAJOR POINT OF STUDY in Physics, Robotics, Space Satellite Control, Weapons Development, Biomedical Engineering, etc. It's stumped scientists and engineers since Newton's day. Here's something interesting. The cat isn't twisting his back.. he's actually BENDING it. The next video will go into great detail about what's going on there, and explain how it relates to studying the farthest points in the universe (Seriously... the fact that a cat can do this allows us to study the Universe.. no exaggeration).
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  1. William Black

    William Black14 soat oldin

    This is really amazing-thanks for the in-depth analysis!

  2. tangerine man tambourine man

    tangerine man tambourine man2 kun oldin

    "Father, why do you do this to me."

  3. winged hussar

    winged hussar2 kun oldin

    A human can do this to u just have to drop from about 30 feet

  4. Fadh_MC

    Fadh_MC2 kun oldin

    My cat: "show 9 totem of undying"

  5. bit_mate ֫

    bit_mate ֫3 kun oldin

    I wonder why no one has reported this for animal abuse

  6. Milo Lehman

    Milo Lehman3 kun oldin

    i love cats

  7. Im Babey

    Im Babey3 kun oldin

    I wanted to try this on my cat but I’m scared she’ll just hit the floor😭

  8. Josh McNaughton

    Josh McNaughton4 kun oldin

    This is the cutest science video ever

  9. ICU

    ICU5 kun oldin

    How did you survive this? Cancel culture shipped you but it always returns

  10. C Peterseb

    C Peterseb5 kun oldin

    Interesting that the cat continues to participate in this physics lesson.. I know cats.. If they don't want to , they will go hide under the bed or something. :)

  11. Duha Mohammad

    Duha Mohammad7 kun oldin

    The music is so high, I can barely hear you.

  12. Jim W

    Jim W7 kun oldin

    First thought.... who cares. but man that is interesting. Like an ice skater doing a spin - fast and slow - arms tucked, arms extended. Roll Tide!!!

  13. Ocellw

    Ocellw7 kun oldin

    The cat runs away to distribute more energy without pain

  14. Kimbol Calingayan

    Kimbol Calingayan9 kun oldin

    Flying cats in space wow.

  15. John Gonzalez

    John Gonzalez9 kun oldin

    The cat: I have the force you fool that is my external force

  16. S.E. Wagger

    S.E. Wagger10 kun oldin

    You're holding the cat far too high. You wanna see how really fast they are???? Hold the cat just a foot from the ground. He will ALWAYS land on his feet!!!!

  17. Dean Drover

    Dean Drover11 kun oldin

    Cats that ACCIDENTLY fall from a 7 storey building are less likely to survive than cats falling from a 12 storey building. Supposedly, the farther they fall, the more they relax. Study found from CBC's The Nature of Things.

  18. Daniel Meanor

    Daniel Meanor12 kun oldin

    So since bread always lands butter side down, what happens when you strap a few slices butter side up to a cat's back then drop it upside down. Surely bread/butter beats cat

  19. Ex0tic Z

    Ex0tic Z13 kun oldin

    Anyone else here from mark rober

  20. Schnemley

    Schnemley14 kun oldin

    He looks the exact same in 2021

  21. Jade

    Jade14 kun oldin


  22. SirSpaceCow

    SirSpaceCow7 kun oldin

    Ah yes, initiating a natural instinct is “animal abuse”.

  23. Gabby M

    Gabby M16 kun oldin

    This is a terrible video why am I watching it

  24. Squeaker Life

    Squeaker Life16 kun oldin

    Gigi is chill, my cat would skin me alive.

  25. jamcdonald120

    jamcdonald12016 kun oldin

    Your cats are very tollerant

  26. Mr_kiwi676

    Mr_kiwi67618 kun oldin

    Next thing ya know you upside down hanging of a cliff with your cat holding you

  27. RyanSpacePineapple

    RyanSpacePineapple20 kun oldin

    some people: wow that so interesting me: haha cat go brrrr

  28. Shayleen Lopez

    Shayleen Lopez20 kun oldin

    i’m sorry but the way you’re holding the cat and the fact that its letting you hold it like that is making me crack up!😂

  29. Big Falcon Rocket

    Big Falcon Rocket21 kun oldin

    Anyway you explain it, it's STILL anomalous a/f 🤔. BTW, no fun at all being dropped repeatedly from an equivalent "human" height of 50 feet.

  30. Big Falcon Rocket

    Big Falcon Rocket17 kun oldin

    @OSCAR MIKE If the cat dug it, it woulda come back for more, which it clearly did not do. It's still anomalous a/f tho 😄


    OSCAR MIKE17 kun oldin

    Don't think the cat is considering such nor cares...Plus, have you ever been dropped repeatedly from 50ft onto an air pad or foam padding??? Anyone who has practiced half-pipe snowboarding or Xtreme Motorcross has experienced many other things I can think of...However, I will give you credit for finding a single video of the millions of UZnick to use your word of the day, "anomalous"... Why not say..."'s STILL NOT NORMAL..." but then again, perhaps some learned what "anomalous" means and therefore, SMARTER EVERY DAY...

  32. VloggyBunny

    VloggyBunny22 kun oldin

    1:13 that face- I cant XDDD

  33. Muneeb Ahmad Farjad

    Muneeb Ahmad Farjad22 kun oldin

    Now you look pretty mature

  34. Emily Petsche

    Emily Petsche23 kun oldin

    4:56 LOL

  35. Rescue Lady

    Rescue Lady24 kun oldin

    Now someone do that to that guy about 10,000 times until he gets the hint cats don't enjoy torture!

  36. Rescue Lady

    Rescue Lady15 kun oldin

    @OSCAR MIKE Oh, you're a T Rumpster, that explains everything in your uneducated comment. Your president is gone, get over it already. As for the cats, no they don't enjoy that. You obviously know nothing about cats.....or a lot of other things for that matter.


    OSCAR MIKE17 kun oldin

    I don't think the cat is suffering from PTSD after this...In fact, off-camera it was sitting licking its own butt again...BTW, what's your recommendation for your Presidential candidate's dogs... who currently are in the Whitehouse although it's obvious they are being forced into a much more stressful environment than this cat was....those poor dogs are being tortured and neither the candidate nor the dogs should be in the the way, I'm sure that cat is pampered and loved and has a great life (or had) with places to roam and fresh air to breath...not to mention probably falling a few times a week due to whatever it was getting into...

  38. SexyScottishMan

    SexyScottishMan18 kun oldin

    Shut up

  39. Johan

    Johan25 kun oldin

    Normal people: "We're gonna film it from the side" Destin: "We're gonna drop her 90 degrees out of phase"

  40. benson yt

    benson yt25 kun oldin

    Im just happy that you still upload if you are to 👇

  41. Sascha

    Sascha28 kun oldin

    If you put a buttered toast on the back of a cat, wich one will be up on landing?

  42. HAHA_don’t_care_.

    HAHA_don’t_care_.28 kun oldin

    I could never 🥲


    OSCAR MIKE17 kun oldin

    Never what? Land on your feet? With practice....maybe

  44. Jeff Shen

    Jeff Shen28 kun oldin

    FACT: You're here from Mark Rober

  45. SirSpaceCow

    SirSpaceCow7 kun oldin

    FACT: lmao no

  46. naruto Uzumaki

    naruto UzumakiOy oldin

    2:34 is so creepy my lord

  47. DivineSage

    DivineSageOy oldin

    Our Tail bones should grow into tails even though tails of mostly used for balance, it would still be cool if you were sleeping and then roll out of our bed on our feet

  48. Tom news1234

    Tom news1234Oy oldin

    Thank you for not being those people who throw the cat in the air!

  49. fireroum

    fireroumOy oldin

    Nope, you weren't playing fetch. It was chase the cat chasing the ball. XP Also, those two loud meows at the end were hilarious. XD

  50. Ita Amelia

    Ita AmeliaOy oldin

    how do you train your cat to catch ball, my cat wont move an inch if its wasn't food

  51. Tricks&Follies

    Tricks&FolliesOy oldin

    I’m more shocked that your cat let you hold him like that. I imagine most cats wouldn’t like being held like that for any period of time.

  52. Cizy ಠ_ಠ

    Cizy ಠ_ಠOy oldin

    POV: You got this recommended in 2021

  53. SpiritofE

    SpiritofEOy oldin

    Okay now try this with a Lion

  54. Rekka Kien

    Rekka KienOy oldin

    Second cat said "nah bruh. Not me. We don't do that here. I am not the one. I seen the video you guys are making."

  55. Nexiphh - Noob

    Nexiphh - NoobOy oldin

    only scientist drop their cats

  56. Tunahan Sak

    Tunahan SakOy oldin


  57. Adam Björnström

    Adam BjörnströmOy oldin

    My cat landed one time one the back, i got it to make a backflip and it landed on the back

  58. Mesa Player

    Mesa PlayerOy oldin

    Cats are majic

  59. Jenn Magabo

    Jenn MagaboOy oldin

    Sky dive lol 2:28

  60. livenhfree

    livenhfreeOy oldin

    I think you're playing "chase," not "fetch." Fetch implies a return. JMO. ;-)

  61. Azmin Izzuddin

    Azmin IzzuddinOy oldin

    Now put the cat in a box with bomb

  62. screaming_cactus

    screaming_cactusOy oldin

    Sometimes you gotta drop a cat for science

  63. ramakrishna pilligundla

    ramakrishna pilligundlaOy oldin

    Animal lovers be life it's CATastrophic.

  64. Resuŕrečtion

    ResuŕrečtionOy oldin

    You wont believe this but cats can actually survive falling from 20 floor building

  65. Cheyenergy

    CheyenergyOy oldin

    Cat was just minding her business and then all of a sudden she gets dropped 🤣😭

  66. Grenz Viel

    Grenz VielOy oldin

    He never answered the question 'why', only 'how'. How cats almost always land on their is by using complex physics. Why? . . Cause it's classy AF

  67. ً

    ًOy oldin

    Spread some butter on a slice of bread and glue it on the cat I wanna see what happens

  68. Crystal ZYT

    Crystal ZYTOy oldin

    3:14 ... so nobody gonna talk about how a cat is getting forced right here...BRO WTF IS WRONG WHITH THIS EARTH


    OSCAR MIKE17 kun oldin

    trust me, the cat's ok...I had access to the outtakes of this video and the cat was sitting off-screen licking its butt so it's all good.

  70. ORGR1

    ORGR127 kun oldin

    you do relize thats how cats work... its thier survival instinct to always land on thier feet.... and he was just showing how they do it...

  71. Lazer

    LazerOy oldin

    The fact that nobody is screaming animal abuse show that everyone is only here to know the science stuff

  72. Kunal Poptani

    Kunal PoptaniOy oldin

    Him:This is my daughter I dont wanna hurt it Also him:YEEETS THE CAT

  73. Sam Adams

    Sam AdamsOy oldin

    I've always been impressed by how cats can land feet down every time. Great explanation. But what I'm especially impressed by is that Gigi plays catch. What? I've never seen a cat do that.

  74. L. Sarah Todd

    L. Sarah ToddOy oldin

    there is no reason to drop the cat - especially to illustrate a youtube video. It is called motion graphics, animation or existing stock footage. This is just stupid bravado pretending to be science. Wow - I dropped my cat and it flipped over. Wow, who woulda thunk it? Idiot


    OSCAR MIKE17 kun oldin

    trust me, the cat's ok...I had access to the outtakes of this video and the cat was sitting off-screen licking its butt so it's all good.

  76. Camila Rojas

    Camila RojasOy oldin

    Its to explain something, there explaining how it works and why cats fall on their feet, the cat will be fine. Idiot. Also motion graphics aren’t going to simulate something as good as real life. And since the cat wont get hurt, cats fall all the time, then its okay to do that, as long as the cat isn’t getting hurt. Also we learned this in the first place by dropping cats as tests, anything can be science if your trying to find out the answer to something or explaining it.

  77. Kim Chu nin

    Kim Chu ninOy oldin

    Isaac Mewton

  78. ICan'tSleepAtNights

    ICan'tSleepAtNightsOy oldin

    mmmmm What if I put bread with butter in his back?

  79. Iric Alexis

    Iric AlexisOy oldin

    0:07 WHY? I get it if the question is how, but why? because they didn't want to get back hurts? because they paw supposedly in the ground, not their head? because they didn't want their neck break if they land head first?

  80. just one youtuber

    just one youtuberOy oldin

    Everyone is talking science in the comments while I'm out here laughing at "ear gyros"

  81. josh pitt

    josh pittOy oldin

    1:45 look at how thirsty she is

  82. Anitha Sureshkumar

    Anitha SureshkumarOy oldin

    probably the cat uses aerodynamics and drag control to control it's body

  83. Ahmed A

    Ahmed AOy oldin

    "Today, we will talk about free fall" The cat: 😿

  84. Yajur Gupta

    Yajur GuptaOy oldin

    I am seeing this in 2021 and still I am captured in the video by your presenting skills. Really awesome.😀

  85. iDoit4LoLz

    iDoit4LoLzOy oldin

    The look on her face was like... WTF!!!

  86. CYBER ɴᴇᴏ

    CYBER ɴᴇᴏOy oldin

    cats are so incredible

  87. Dark Foxxy88

    Dark Foxxy88Oy oldin

    We're gonna do this in a way that doesn't make anybody mad. That's hard to do *lifts cat by the legs*

  88. gabor

    gaborOy oldin

    Eight years ago: slow motion flipping cat physics. Today: boarding a nuclear submarine in the Arctic.

  89. Wassocks

    WassocksOy oldin

    I wouldn’t be able to work out all that rotational physics in a split second. Cats must be smart😼

  90. themoverification

    themoverificationOy oldin

    The biomechanics of cats are terrific. A dynamic and efficient, elegant and adaptive, carefully orchestrated interplay of the musculoskeletal system.

  91. Potatoes yum yum

    Potatoes yum yumOy oldin

    The cat looked ok, but I don’t think it liked being dropped🤔

  92. William Kelley

    William KelleyOy oldin

    I LOVE how you make original content! Thanks for being original, Devin!

  93. solutionboytv

    solutionboytvOy oldin

    What happens when you do this with dogs?

  94. readmyusernamecauseitsso superduperreallyohsolong

    readmyusernamecauseitsso superduperreallyohsolongOy oldin

    "I don't want to hurt this stuffed cat" _literally throws it next second_

  95. S K

    S KOy oldin

    Cat in zero gravity?🤨🤨🤨🧐🧐🧐

  96. S K

    S KOy oldin

    ok found it

  97. Vijay J

    Vijay JOy oldin

    The cat is a trained professional.

  98. Prit Cee

    Prit Cee2 oy oldin

    I would literally get my throat slit if i tried this with my cat. lol

  99. FuoriServizio

    FuoriServizio2 oy oldin

    awww gigi 👍😍

  100. Thee Secret

    Thee Secret2 oy oldin

    I love that he did everything with care .

  101. Lanelle Flett

    Lanelle Flett2 oy oldin


  102. CroWxz

    CroWxz2 oy oldin

    I feel bad for the cat being upside down but as long as it lands safely and you have stuff to make sure it doesn’t get hurt like cushion then I’m okay with it

  103. King of Ice-Cream Sandwiches

    King of Ice-Cream Sandwiches2 oy oldin

    I bet, if you give a nintendo switch legs and teach it how to land on its legs, there would be more revenue

  104. محمد مهدی ترکمانی

    محمد مهدی ترکمانی2 oy oldin

    i see the cat jumping from 3m high

  105. Elias Harrison

    Elias Harrison2 oy oldin

    why 9.8k dislikes?

  106. Shihab Mohammad Shibly

    Shihab Mohammad Shibly2 oy oldin

    lovely cattos 🤗

  107. Jawed Hakimi

    Jawed Hakimi2 oy oldin

    "jiji" hates u

  108. spawn10

    spawn102 oy oldin

    Why cant dogs do this


    FLUFFY BISCUIT2 oy oldin

    The aback foot ectrodactyly terrify because feedback sadly bathe minus a resonant voice. unequaled, unbecoming teaching

  110. Ocean Breezeyy

    Ocean Breezeyy2 oy oldin

    If I held my cat up by just her legs, she would tear my face off. She is not a very friendly cat.

  111. Wolf Song Art And Animations

    Wolf Song Art And Animations2 oy oldin

    That is animal abuse!


    OSCAR MIKE17 kun oldin

    trust me, the cat's ok...I had access to the outtakes of this video and the cat was sitting off-screen licking its butt so it's all good.

  113. Grandma keith Jones

    Grandma keith Jones26 kun oldin

    @Wolf Song Art And Animations no one agrees with you, go on top comments and most new comments dumbass

  114. ORGR1

    ORGR127 kun oldin

    that's literally their survival instinct

  115. Grandma keith Jones

    Grandma keith JonesOy oldin

    @Wolf Song Art And Animations no they arent tho, why do we have more likes then your original comment, y'know why. It's because your people arent as stupid as you thinking its animal abuse.

  116. Wolf Song Art And Animations

    Wolf Song Art And AnimationsOy oldin

    @Elias Harrison k, I was not trying to be that rude, everyone in the comments are saying the same thing

  117. banana twix

    banana twix2 oy oldin

    Devoir long

  118. banana twix

    banana twix2 oy oldin

    Yess ça va bien