By Xeni Jardin at 8:55 am Mon, Oct 15, 2012
Created by combatcameraman on b3ta. Felix the cat! (Via: crackajack.de. Thanks, Tara McGinley)
Mach 1.24 Cats! The mice will never hear them coming!
It’s a little-known fact that terminal velocity for a cat is only about 10mph, which is why they gracefully land on their feet. The reason is because their fur gives them an effective fractal surface area of over 38 square miles, which is more than the biggest parachute.
Not at 0.02 Psi.
A man with hairy chest will have lower terminal velocity?
Dwarves make excellent paratroopers.
This is true; it also explains why Hobbits fall head-downward.
I always thought that was because they’re top-heavy.
I can’t look at the original gif of that cat without giggling.
This was originally created by combatcameraman on b3ta http://www.b3ta.com/board/10864275
Another milestone for my pathetic bucket list — I finally “got the jump on” Xeni posting a cat pic; yay!
This gif proves what I have always suspected: the Internet loves us and wants us to be happy.
Felix The Cat?
Why can’t I look at something like this and think “Yes, it needs cats jumping out of it”?
In real life, of course, one would want to provide kitty with a pressure suit so it doesn’t freeze/asphyxiate/etc. during the initial phase of the decent — which would then automatically come off to allow kitty to plummet the final 10,000 feet or so au naturale to a softish landing.
Provided, that is, that kitty were dead-set on doing something this crazy!
A pressure canister would be easier. I’m just imagining the phooom sound of it being launch out of the capsule.
This brings to mind an interesting question. How does the sensitivity of cats to high altitudes compare to that of humans? I would expect all mammals to be similar.
This is why i no longer feed the neighbourhood cats Red Bull.
Nothing but coffee for those kitties.
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$100 says the dude was NOT drinking Red Bull anytime near his jump…
And all those race drivers sponsored by Bud Light probably don’t drink Bud Light during races. So phony….
LOL, yeah. I could never get over the irony of beer companies sponsoring racing. Plus, I would hope those drives have enough cash to actually buy some GOOD beer. Bud Light… patoeeee!
I don’t think the Castrol sponsored racers drink that either.
My guess? It should have been sponsored by Depends.
Lol. Best GIF, ever.
This looks shopped to me.
All I know is that I am enjoying watching this while listening to “A Great Canopy of Smoke” by Anduin that was presented a few articles above.
The definitive work on “Falling Cats”
Here is the orignal animated GIF of the cat leaping off a balcony ledge for another ledge, and failing…hopefully not falling many stories to it’s death!
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