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Published on Aug 8, 2012

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: http://bit.ly/FLIPPIN_CATS 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).

The high speed camera used was a Phantom Miro M320S. Rent one yourself by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ON8gMg Tell them GiGi the cat sent you

Artist Info:
Gordon McGladdery wrote & Recorded the song "Long Time, No See"
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Sarah Xu, a student at the Vancouver Film School made the awesome introduction Drawing. Look at the full non-8-second version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYlW5O...
See her art here: http://captainpillow.blogspot.ca/
The graphs are scientifically accurate!
Coming soon (because you asked): a poster of the flipping cat intro.

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If you don't believe me that this involves some serious math... click here:
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Warm Regards,


Comments • 10,378

Moaz Eldefrawy
The cat should get paid for cooperating in this show.
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Moaz Eldefrawy or get a toy at pet smart lol
CHaOS AeroCrunch
Maybe a bag of treats?
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Peter Kosen
Answer: Cats are magical. They don't care about Newtonian physics.
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Kevin Susilo
The_Killer038393 is that... is that a bee movie reference?
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Mittens Vasquez
I am a cat and I approve of this message.
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Mittens Vasquez how do you feel about this man annoying your fellow CAT
Jax :P
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Cats can make a parachute out of themselves when dropping from a large hight
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Asriel Meemur
TheBoltMaster except 16-20
Also cats are more likely to survive drops from 6 stories and higher because they have time to fully rotate and fall correctly onto their legs and survive
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Tobias Co
"right now we're playing fetch" lol the cat is making you fetch the ball back
You monster, kids in africa could have flipped this cat.
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Ben Lewis
DELIA RAMOS The joke ruiner
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Anton Yershov
guys cats fall all the time, this isn't harmful to them in any way. Nor did the cat seem to suffer from any anxiety lol
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Jerrod Williams
One of my close friends trains animals for a living. She had this to say about trained stunt cats. "Stunt cats are trained from birth. They are taught to be more adventurous and forgiving than other cats. Part of their upbringing is giving them treats for jumping from high places, getting into water, and doing "stunts" with their trainer. The kind of hold they used in the video is a common hold used by trainers on young stunt cats. They hold the cat in this position and then give them treats to associate the two. The drop training starts out after the cat is able to be held in that position for an extended period of time without any duress, but is only done for cats who have had previous jump and fall training. The meow was one of "distress" but not from pain, anxiety or anything else of that nature. More than anything, it was probably one of discomfort from being handled by someone other than her trainer, or could have even been boredom."
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around Annebel
That cat was sooooooo cute
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around Annebel
+Kyogon Ahh cool! i only had the standard British short hairs :)
around Annebel its a norwegian wild cat i have one too they are so cute
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Bato Balani
>is an aerospace engineer >oh boy what should i do >drop cats
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Cuthbert Nibbles
"My name is John Smith. I graduated top of my class at MIT with my Aerospace Engineering Master's degree. I've spent my life dedicated to researching the bleeding edge of spaceflight, and now that I have my dream job at NASA putting a man on the moon, I can finally say my life will be complete. Tell me boss, what will my first assignment be?" Get on that plane and videotape yourself dropping a cat.
the nasa scientists
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Keegan Tournay
0:33 "This is my daughters cat, I don't wanna hurt it." Throws cat on the ground
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Blaq Z
Keegan Tournay don't worry. it still landed on its feet.
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