Daily Drop: Ted the Cat

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Now drop a cow!

You actually had me going for a second XD

Cat looks like he's doing a dive pushup.

I don't know why i expected him to burst in a million pieces the first time you dropped him. I think the stetting has brainwashed me.

O hai Alex!! Yes, yes you did...lol. xD

I assume that the leg-breaking effect is caused by the cat's long fur. I demand that you shave the cat and try again.

Quinadin:
When I saw the crowbar I half expected them to come down on a stuffed animal cat.

Second best drop ever. (sorry light bulb is still #1)

that makes two of us regarding the cat plushy....but I've gotta disagree with you on the Best...I think the Jello beats the Light bulb...not by much bust still

I can honestly say that I am very much not a fan of daily drop whatsoever... but this episode was quite entertaining. Great idea here, and I love how the cat's body looks gelatinous in slow motion :D

The cat appraises you and finds you wanting.

Nimzar:
When I saw the Crowbar sequence I was hoping that it would be a crowbar with a bit of string tied to the end used to tease the cat into jumping several feet in the air.

Ha. I'm actually picturing that in my mind right now. I'm D'awwwwing at the moment, it's so clever.

Look at that transfer of force. Cat knows what it is doing.

I dont usually watch this but I like cats...and well, this is what I was thinking when I saw it in slo mo... (couldnt find a simple version)

Addicted Muffin:
Nice drop... Always wanted to see what happens when I drop my cat

Usually, it lands.

In very rare cases it floats. Very rare, isolated, awkward cases.

DenUrs:
Normally I'm not really into Daily Drop, but just had to see this. Awesome to see how a cat absorbs the shock of falling in slow motion.

And then how about the sticky-taping of a buttered toast onto the cat? Gravity defiance I tell you!

That was actually pretty cool

Distorted Stu:
Oh Alex you joker :')

Good stuff lol i find it freaky how the cats legs sort of take the impact then curl

Yeah, at least to me that explained how cats are able to land so lightly. This truly is a great way to relieve the pressure from the impact.

Mumorpuger:
"Hm... wouldn't it be funny if they did the 'Crowbar Ready' sequ...

... HOLY COW THEY'RE DOING IT!"

I laughed.... Hard.

My thoughts went down that line too, except I was thinking "Well, that cat wont break, but they wont use the crowbar in this episode... Oh god!"

The first thing to walk away from the drop. :P
I really did not see this one coming. I saw the title and thought "some soft toy..." but noooo...
Nice one though. It strikes me that the cat seems to be a really lazy cat - as far as cats go.

Just how many cats do you guys have?

pigmy wurm:
Ted?

their was a Commodore Hustle episode that used his name just two weeks ago. were you worried about preserving his identity.

It isn't the same cat...
Kathleen's cats are differen colours.

OT where did you get this cat from?

Akalabeth:

Kargathia:

Akalabeth:
Shoulda dropped it upside down and see when it lands on its feet. Though, given a concrete floor you'd probably want to test it on a bed first or something to make sure it would twist around in time.

If he couldn't then it'd be a failure of a cat. Or really fat.

Either way: still impressed with how flexible cats really are. You just try falling facefirst towards the floor from a good 3 meter high, and landing on the palms of your hands without smacking your head against the concrete.

Yeah but we don't use our hands. If we continually walked around on all fours and regularly jumped down different heights hands first then we'd be just as adept at doing that. Because conversly, I'd like to see a cat try jumping off a metre height and landing only on its hind legs as we can.

When we jump of a 2.5m ledge (1m translated to human length) we don't simply land on our legs: we bend our knees and allow our legs to act as springs, probably even touching the floor with our hands to maintain balance.
Which was about the same behaviour I just saw when I dropped my own cat - except that he walked away on four legs instead of two.

I expected to see it go to a shot of the cat playing with the crowbar or a crowbar toy

The crowbar part was sooooo funny :D

Kargathia:

Akalabeth:

Kargathia:

If he couldn't then it'd be a failure of a cat. Or really fat.

Either way: still impressed with how flexible cats really are. You just try falling facefirst towards the floor from a good 3 meter high, and landing on the palms of your hands without smacking your head against the concrete.

Yeah but we don't use our hands. If we continually walked around on all fours and regularly jumped down different heights hands first then we'd be just as adept at doing that. Because conversly, I'd like to see a cat try jumping off a metre height and landing only on its hind legs as we can.

When we jump of a 2.5m ledge (1m translated to human length) we don't simply land on our legs: we bend our knees and allow our legs to act as springs, probably even touching the floor with our hands to maintain balance.
Which was about the same behaviour I just saw when I dropped my own cat - except that he walked away on four legs instead of two.

i'm going to cite gorillas or chimps, seeing as we have a close genetic bond with them, and just say if we ran around on our knuckles all day we would have the same capacity to jump off things and land on all fours, albeit that i do think apes land on their toes first then their knuckles, but it's the same principle
the highest ive ever jumped off of was a wooden shed roughly 2m tall, that's fairly easy unless you are excessively out of shape, i imagine a 2nd story window would be possible without serious injury, beyond that the cat definitely wins
i'm told long haired cats can reach terminal velocity and survive the impact under certain conditions

a quick google finds things like this:
http://ffden-2.phys.uaf.edu/211.web.stuff/Kuhns/terminal_velocity.htm

I don't care to comment how accurate it is, but it seems roughly believable

i know some squirrels can unfold their limbs and glide for a while, and there is a type that is so adept at it they evolved skin wing structures between their limbs so i do wonder if that's a genetic trait bread into any creature with loose arm joints?
what do you guys think?

I know that you probably didn't do it with any malice but this still seems like a cruel thing to do.

tehweave:
Three things:

One, I forsee this as becoming the most popular daily drop ever.

Two, I lost it when the 'crowbar' came up. Haven't laughed that hard in a while.

Three, "No animals were harmed in the making of this video." Yeah, no shit. Kathleen would murder all y'all if ya did.

And Matt would have been alarmingly indifferent if crowbar was applied. I was hoping for crowbar kitty toy to make him jump when I saw Crowbar is Ready.

The Lugz:
i'm going to cite gorillas or chimps, seeing as we have a close genetic bond with them, and just say if we ran around on our knuckles all day we would have the same capacity to jump off things and land on all fours, albeit that i do think apes land on their toes first then their knuckles, but it's the same principle
the highest ive ever jumped off of was a wooden shed roughly 2m tall, that's fairly easy unless you are excessively out of shape, i imagine a 2nd story window would be possible without serious injury, beyond that the cat definitely wins

People definitely don't land on knuckles, but there are safe techiques for landing from second-story window height.

I saw just the title and thought "No freaking way" xD

Don Reba:

The Lugz:
i'm going to cite gorillas or chimps, seeing as we have a close genetic bond with them, and just say if we ran around on our knuckles all day we would have the same capacity to jump off things and land on all fours, albeit that i do think apes land on their toes first then their knuckles, but it's the same principle
the highest ive ever jumped off of was a wooden shed roughly 2m tall, that's fairly easy unless you are excessively out of shape, i imagine a 2nd story window would be possible without serious injury, beyond that the cat definitely wins

People definitely don't land on knuckles, but there are safe techiques for landing from second-story window height.

The video illustrates rather nicely how we (and cats) would go about landing: you bend your legs slightly, use them as springs to cushion the impact, and (in our case) if there's too much momentum for just that then you roll to divert the force.

Major difference being that cat legs are muscled in a way we can only dream about ^_-

I did say that apes land on their toes, humans also land on their toes, to allow the maximum amount of energy to be dissipated with your muscles to decelerate yourself, as your legs are generally longer and stronger than your arms, there is more time and energy available to counter your fall people can also roll to help dissipate some of the energy

I never said anyone lands on their knuckles, that would probably break your hands!
as I said, apes drop on their toes first as far as i'm aware
just we could land on all fours if we had the muscle memory / strength from using all fours like other animals do, and that would be better because your landing on 4 limbs instead of 2 so there is less pressure per limb and less likelihood of breaking anything

also, nice little video, ive seen that before on topgear, they had a little short on parquir
( it's French, no idea how to spell it. )
versus a city car, the car got annihilated :)

Ted: I shall jump away from these pesky humans!
Feet: Brace for impact!
Legs: Inertial dampeners are holding!
Mass of Body Fat: INCOMIING!
Legs: Oh dear.
Ted: Boy, I hope no one is filming this with a high-speed camera. Nah, what a silly thought.

But seriously - awesome episode. This is why I love cats :)

I vote Paul drops himself sometime soon.

"Crowbar ready" X D

"Get the crowbar! What? What do you mean we can't use the crowbar? What's a 'peeta'?"

That has to be the best Daily Drop evah!

PS: Ted teh cat is ADORABLE!

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