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(WFTV Orlando)   9 lives? Damn right we cats have 9 lives. Just watch me jump from this 3 story burning building and walk away   (wftv.com) divider line 34
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2014-04-16 05:41:46 PM
Cats natural spread their limbs when falling which provides some air break effect. They're also pretty springy. It's not uncommon for cats to survive falls off 10 stories or more.

Once saw a dog take a leap off a 25ft cliff onto a beach, didn't seem to effect him at all.
 
2014-04-16 05:50:07 PM
It wasn't nine lives subby. It was a slow motion repeat of the same jump.
 
2014-04-16 05:53:07 PM
It's pretty hard to get a cat not to land on its feet... We used to mess with our cat by holding upside down and letting it fall. Not off the roof or anything, about 3 ft above the ground, but the impressive thing was that you could lower the cat to within 3-4 inches of the ground, and it would still get its legs underneath in time. We figured out the secret, though. The cat turns its head to look at the ground, if right before, you turn it just a little bit in the other direction, the cat will land on its side.

Still, falling 3-4 inches and flipping over in time is impressive as hell.
 
2014-04-16 06:17:54 PM
If one looks at the footage carefully he actually only jumps about 20 feet, two stories. He sort of scramble vertically down the face of the wall about eight feet and when the force of gravity is about to flip him over he leaps off.
 
2014-04-16 06:20:13 PM
Anyone has a link that doesnt have a zillion trackers on it?
 
2014-04-16 06:26:21 PM

Lonestar: Anyone has a link that doesnt have a zillion trackers on it?


https://www.ghostery.com/en/
 
2014-04-16 06:40:36 PM
Wind resistance which slows falling is driven by surface area whereas the force of the falling body is driven by mass (which to a pretty decent degree is proportional to body volume). As an animal gets larger the volume to surface area ratio gets larger meaning the ratio between the wind resistance and the force driven by the acceleration of gravity gets smaller.

tl;dr - The acceleration when falling is lower for smaller animals
 
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2014-04-16 07:06:55 PM
I temporarily allowed 19 scripts on that site, and it still wouldn't load.  :(
 
2014-04-16 07:38:24 PM
Raw cat jumps from burning building.

Well, yeah.  It didn't want to become a cooked cat.
 
2014-04-16 07:58:51 PM
When I was in college a classmate's cat survived a fall from a 20+ story apartment in London while he was watching it (apparently not carefully).  It broke one leg and had a puncture wound from a rib, I think, but it survived with flying colors after a visit to the vet.  He came back from holiday and emailed everyone with his approximate calculations about the terminal velocity of the cat.  Our dynamics professor, who was first on the email list and who he was trying to impress, replied with an absolutely brutal takedown of his analysis.  The equations were correct, but he made incorrect assumptions about the cross sectional area of a falling cat, how much the cat weighed (3 pounds is not an average weight for a cat), and the COF of the cat (he used skin for an approximation).

She ended her response with something along the lines of "if you had been watching the cat in the first place you'd be better at this."  Then the following week in class she spent a full 15 minutes explaining to us that 90% of engineering is getting good numbers to work with and 10% is solving equations, which we all took as a dig towards the guy with the cat.  Apparently she was a cat lover, and he was way off in his approximation, which was in the 40mph range.

Still, I've found her description of engineering vexingly true over the years.  The problem isn't solving the equations, it's getting the numbers to begin with.
 
2014-04-16 08:02:45 PM
Meanwhile the dog stayed behind to drag the children to safety...
 
2014-04-16 08:41:07 PM
Looks like the cat is being "helped" out the window.  IMO.
 
2014-04-16 08:46:50 PM
If it;s worth watching a grainy slow motion video once, it's worth watching it five times.
 
2014-04-16 09:14:15 PM

cabbyman: Meanwhile the dog stayed behind to drag the children to safety...


Nah, the cat locked them all in the bathroom before jumping.
 
2014-04-16 09:22:40 PM
CSB:

While stuck in a military formation at attention, we were in an area overridden by pigeons.  Half of us noticed a cat prowling on the ledge of a nearby building, 2 stories up, about 20 feet from a pigeon below it.   The damn thing leaped down the 2 stories, landed, then launched off the ground at the pigeon now taking off to get away.  Took it down to the ground and carried it away.

Think we stayed silent at attention?  Hell no.  In unison the whole squadron performed a perfect "Ohhh damn!"  movement, then proceeded to get chewed out.

/CSB
 
2014-04-16 09:29:13 PM
Squirrels do the same thing.


/The more you know....
 
2014-04-16 11:10:12 PM

Whatthefark: Squirrels do the same thing.


/The more you know....


Squirrels also do this:
images.fineartamerica.com
 
2014-04-16 11:22:22 PM

worlddan: If one looks at the footage carefully he actually only jumps about 20 feet, two stories. He sort of scramble vertically down the face of the wall about eight feet and when the force of gravity is about to flip him over he leaps off.


I noticed that too. Very impressive. 9.8
 
2014-04-16 11:32:42 PM
Speaking of which. I recorded the following off TV, and uploaded it once...

22 storeys, biatch!
 
2014-04-16 11:32:42 PM

Guuberre: Whatthefark: Squirrels do the same thing.


/The more you know....

Squirrels also do this:
[images.fineartamerica.com image 850x566]


I'm guessing he grounded himself on one of the other wires.  Otherwise, that squirrel is just hanging out.
 
2014-04-17 12:28:53 AM
Cats only land on their feet for short jumps.

For really long falls, they spread their legs out horizontally and aerobrake during the descent.  This slows the fall, but more importantly keeps their body parallel to the ground for impact, their limbs out of the way.

They land flat and limp.  The kinetic energy is managed by the strength of the cat's body, not the strength of the cat's muscles.

/ Same way sleeping people tend to survive car crashes.  They're relaxed.  Not tense and screaming like their passengers.
 
2014-04-17 12:41:56 AM

Guuberre: Whatthefark: Squirrels do the same thing.


/The more you know....

Squirrels also do this:
[images.fineartamerica.com image 850x566]


Squirrels also do this:
www.killsometime.com
 
2014-04-17 01:52:12 AM
Of course, the cat probably started the fire in the first place.
 
2014-04-17 01:54:13 AM

Enuratique: Guuberre: Whatthefark: Squirrels do the same thing.


/The more you know....

Squirrels also do this:
[images.fineartamerica.com image 850x566]

Squirrels also do this:
[www.killsometime.com image 600x677]


I laughed then noticed that I had involuntarily crossed my legs...
 
2014-04-17 02:09:54 AM

studebaker hoch: Cats only land on their feet for short jumps.

For really long falls, they spread their legs out horizontally and aerobrake during the descent.  This slows the fall, but more importantly keeps their body parallel to the ground for impact, their limbs out of the way.

They land flat and limp.  The kinetic energy is managed by the strength of the cat's body, not the strength of the cat's muscles.

/ Same way sleeping people tend to survive car crashes.  They're relaxed.  Not tense and screaming like their passengers.


Their ribcages also expand and their organs can pretty much flatten out and snap back.
 
2014-04-17 04:38:08 AM
like i am gonna believe anything i see from WFTV. really? no one is screaming fake?
 
2014-04-17 04:54:11 AM
Enuratique

Squirrels also do this:

There are squirrels that would pay good money for that.
 
2014-04-17 07:57:41 AM

Enuratique: Guuberre: Whatthefark: Squirrels do the same thing.


/The more you know....

Squirrels also do this:
[images.fineartamerica.com image 850x566]

Squirrels also do this:
[www.killsometime.com image 600x677]


I posted that picture once.  Got a few nasty words back from Fark about posting pics that violate TOS.
 
2014-04-17 08:31:39 AM
And not only once but five times!!
 
2014-04-17 08:44:34 AM

Lsherm: Still, I've found her description of engineering vexingly true over the years.  The problem isn't solving the equations, it's getting the numbers to begin with


Hm, and here I thought 90% of engineering was budgetary meetings.
 
2014-04-17 08:45:00 AM

Devolving_Spud: Looks like the cat is being "helped" out the window.  IMO.


Came here to say that.  Looks like the cat didn't jump on its own.
 
2014-04-17 08:45:41 AM

wax_on: Cats natural spread their limbs when falling which provides some air break effect.

So they break apart in mid air?

 
2014-04-17 01:03:34 PM

Lsherm:
Still, I've found her description of engineering vexingly true over the years.  The problem isn't solving the equations, it's getting the numbers to begin with.


Yeah, pretty much. Any decently educated idiot can pump numbers through some mathematical transforms. Getting the right numbers to start with, that's the hard part.
 
2014-04-17 02:58:00 PM
 
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