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The Physics of Cats Landing On Their Feet

By cecilyk |

The fact that cats almost always land on their feet is something that has fascinated scientists since, well, there was such a thing as “science.” Of course, cats don’t quite always land on their feet; they need enough distance to turn their bodies around and right themselves.

Then there is the magic in how they land and distribute the weight of the landing without breaking every bone in their legs, but that’s a story for another day.

If you’re comfortable watching a fairly willing cat (Gigi, who is beautiful and very, very tolerant) being dropped a few times (just a distance of about six feet), you’ll find this video of how they right their bodies fascinating.

Hat tip to Dooce for sharing this fun link.

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Cecily Kellogg writes all over the web, including here at Babble for Voices and Tech. She neglects her own blog, Uppercase Woman. Read bio and latest posts → Read Cecily's latest posts →

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