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December 18, 2007
More Likely to be Eaten by Cats
From the NYT Magazine's 7th Annual Year in Ideas:
'Cat Lady'' Conundrum, The  Here's a little-known and slightly terrifying fact: According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 60 million people in the United States are infected with a parasite that may migrate into their brains and alter their behavior in a way that -- among other things -- may leave them more likely to be eaten by cats.
Yes, I know this article is about Toxoplasma gondii. But really, if anyone in this world is more likely to be eaten by cats, infected or not, it's totally the Lexacor household. Indeed.
Posted by callalillie at December 18, 2007 9:16 AM | Feline Musings , WTF?
Count our household in among those 60 million. Of course, I have lived in such a household since I was born, so my behavior has apparently never had a chance to be normal.
Posted by: kmkat at December 18, 2007 11:16 AM
Maybe I'm too skeptical, but the whole Toxoplasma brain-control parasite sounds like a load of BS. Something a fame-hungry scientist has postulated to get some more research funding and media coverage.
Are there multiple studies that provide actual evidence demonstrating that this parasite alters human behavior?
Posted by: Vic at December 20, 2007 3:07 AM
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