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Cat Parasite Toxoplasma Gondii Makes Me Feel Guilty and Insecure?

OMG. You have to read this over at ABC News (here). Some scientist named Kevin Lafferty published a get-the-f*$%-outta-here study about a cat parasite called Toxoplasma gondii that has infected half of the world’s human population. From the article:

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.

Other researchers have linked the parasite to schizophrenia. In an adult, the symptoms are like a mild form of flu, but it can be much more serious in an infant or fetus. Oxford University researchers believe high levels of the parasite leads to hyperactivity and lower IQs in children.

Good. Lord. I always thought I felt guilty because I’m Catholic. And how about boring and insecure? Well, I resemble one of those, but hopefully it’s not the boring one. And what about the adverse effects on women. Women who have the parasite sound like nice people. I married a nice woman. Is she some sort of cat parasitic zombie? I hope not. But she sure is warm and attentive to others. Maybe this parasite is a good thing for women and a bad thing for men. I dunno. What an odd story.

Well, that is all. Just thought you might like to see that article.