Cat parasite affects people in strange ways

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Cat parasite affects people in strange ways

Postby keezel » Sun May 03, 2009 6:53 pm

Weird article. I wouldn't give it too much credit but it's too interesting to pass up.

http://a.abcnews.com/Technology/DyeHard ... 095&page=1

The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, has been transmitted indirectly from cats to roughly half the people on the planet, and it has been shown to affect human personalities in different ways.

Research has shown that women who are infected with the parasite tend to be warm, outgoing and attentive to others, while infected men tend to be less intelligent and probably a bit boring. But both men and women who are infected are more prone to feeling guilty and insecure.


I still haven't read all of it so for all I know it could end in "April fool's!" or something.
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Re: Cat parasite affects people in strange ways

Postby Aspman » Mon May 04, 2009 10:50 am

No it's true.

What I've read about it is that it makes people generally more isolated and bad tempered.

I've got two cats :shock: Unfortunately I've always been a grumpy bastard so I wouldn't notice if I got it :mrgreen:
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Re: Cat parasite affects people in strange ways

Postby MistyPaws » Sat May 16, 2009 12:34 am

ok ok, I have always had cats absolutely adore them and I pet cats I see in the neighbourhood pick them up and kiss them, I just quickly skimmed over that article and am now slightly worried......


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Re: Cat parasite affects people in strange ways

Postby SirDice » Mon May 18, 2009 9:56 am

Cat lovers need not get rid of their cats. The chances are not great that a modern cat, kept on a diet of safe cat food and not left to feed off rats, will transmit the parasite to humans. It's possible, but not likely, Lafferty says. He ought to know. As a kid he had cats, so after he got into this line of research he assumed he had been infected with the parasite.

"So after I submitted the paper I put down my 30 bucks and got a blood test," he says. "It came out negative. I was so surprised."

And that leads him to this final comment:

"This isn't about trying to freak cat owners out," he says. "Simply having a cat as a pet doesn't mean you're going to get infected, for sure."

Of course, maybe some other parasite is making him say that.


Loved that final remark :mrgreen:
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Re: Cat parasite affects people in strange ways

Postby Aspman » Mon May 18, 2009 2:15 pm

Reminds me of the Futurama episode when Fry gets space worms and they make him clever.
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Re: Cat parasite affects people in strange ways

Postby |3lack|ce » Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:30 am

Speaking of Futurama - did you know one of our Podunk-area natives holds a producer position on their new episodes? He started out in the originals as post-production supervisor. I guess they liked his work :)

Longview native produces new episodes of cartoon

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