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French Scientist Used Photography To Explain Why Cats Always Land On their Feet

The phenomenon of the "cat-turn" by which a cat always lands on its feet has been an enigma since the 19th century. 

The French scientist/inventor, Étienne-Jules Marey, who was interested in the motion of objects, decided to use a special technique in photography, called chromatography, to solve the enigma.

He used an anonymous white French cat and dropped it from an unspecified height in the Bois de Boulogne, filming its descent at 12 frames per second. The photos show how a cat falling, even with no rotational movement at the beginning of the decline, would gain momentum while in free fall. He even published these photos, along with his research, in a volume of Comptes Rendus in 1894.

Ultimately, this brave and likely unsuspecting scientist didn't know his little experiment actually contributed to the space exploration, even though  it took over 50 years for NASA's researchers, T.R. Kane and M.P. Scher, to publish their findings in a paper titled "A Dynamical Explanation of the Falling Cat Phenomenon."


French Scientist Used Photography To Explain Why Cat Always Land On Its Feet | FIG. 2.-End view failing cat series runs right left. black and white series of pics of the progress of a cat turning during a fall
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French Artists Launch an Awareness Campaign To Prevent The Abandonment Of Pets

Each year in France more than 100,000 pets become homeless in summer when their owners are going on holidays. Instead of taking their pets with them, they heartlessly leave them on the streets. Some of those pets end up being euthanized while others die of starvation. The so-called 'animal-lovers' don't even bother handing over their pets to proper shelters, they basically just leave them to die. In order to raise public awareness of this horrible phenomenon, few French activists decided to launch a unique campaign. One of the most effective projects under this campaign is "Summer Adventures" by French artist, Nicolas Amiard. He chose to illustrate comic characters from famous films and TV shows in a way that makes us all feel the pain of pets abandonment.  


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French Illustrator Sums Up Her Life As a Cat Owner In These 12 Relatable Sketches

These Hilarious Cartoons by French comic artist @catasss (Claude Combacau) Absolutely Nail What It's Like To Live With A Cat. You can follow Claude on Tumblr, but trust me: you also need to check out her Instagram and Facebook. Enjoy!



cat phrase about being single | REASONS WHY HAVING BOYFRIEND IS GREAT: 1 can own two cats without looking like crazy cat lady ©CATSASS
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After many months, Henri, the French cat who's famous for his existential monologues, returns to sadly announce that he's taking a well-deserved retirement from making videos.

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French Artist Doodles Fun Sketches Of Her Cat

French illustrator Louise Bertoux is having fun publishing her moods and thoughts through funny, offbeat and colorful illustrations of her cat.  

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This Guy Creatively Recreated Pusheen Stickers With His Own Cat

Julien Therrien recently noticed that his cat, Jackie, has a striking resemblance to the popular emoticon Pusheen kitty. Naturally he decided to reproduce some of Pusheen's famous stickers with Jackie as a model. Here are the results.

pusheen stickers cartoons french Cats pusheen cat - 824837
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