A Carabinieri crash course on how not to dismount a horse in Siena
A group of horseback-mounted Carabinieri galloped around Siena’s main square during a parade in advance of the famous Palio race, but as they navigated the turn, one rider (or was it the horse?) miscalculated and crash-landed into the side padding. (Photos: Reuters; AFP/Getty Images)
Eadweard J. Muybridge — one of the original men in motion — celebrated with a Google Doodle
Eadweard J. Muybridge — born 182 years ago today — invented the motion picture while trying to settle an argument about trotting horses.
He did this with the help of California governor and race-horse owner Leland Stanford, who had taken it upon himself to prove that there was a moment of suspension during a trot — a point where all four hooves were off the ground.
It seems like a trivial exercise, but the moment passes too quickly to spot with the human eye and 19th-century cameras weren’t nearly fast enough to capture it. It was an unsolvable puzzle.