Is it the heat? Are bloggers having heat strokes and just making shit up?
I don’t know, but each post seems to get progressively weirder and weirder today….
NBC – a real source of real news – is reporting that a mind-controlling parasite found in cat feces may give people the courage they need to become entrepreneurs.
People who have been infected with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite are more likely to major in business and to have started their own businesses than non-infected people.
The parasite, which makes rodents unafraid of cats, may be reducing the fear of failure in people, Stefanie Johnson of the University of Colorado and colleagues said.
OK… But how does the parasite get from the cat poop to your brain?
The parasite travels to the brains of rodents and causes them to lose their innate fear of the smell of cat urine.
That benefits the organism, which reproduces in the bodies of cats. Cats are more likely to eat the unafraid infected mice, thus helping the parasite in its life cycle.
People can catch it from handling droppings from cats that are newly infected, but most people catch the parasite when eating poorly cooked meat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
… Which is why pregnant women are warned to stay away from cat feces in litter boxes and raw meat because the parasite can cause miscarriages and birth defects. Go to My Pet Needs That, to get new litter boxes and litter.
It can make people with weakened immune systems very ill but most people do not even know that they have been infected, the CDC says. “More than 30 million men, women, and children in the U.S. carry the toxoplasma parasite, but very few have symptoms because the immune system usually keeps the parasite from causing illness,” it says on its website.
Professor Johnson set up a study testing students and people who attend seminars on entrepreneurship.
They gave a saliva test for antibodies to toxoplasma to nearly 1,500 students and to nearly 200 people attending seminars on how to start your own business.
Overall, 22 percent of the people they tested had antibodies to T. gondii, meaning that they had been infected at some point.
The students who were infected were 1.4 times more likely to be business majors and 1.7 percent more likely to have an emphasis in “management and entrepreneurship,” the team found.
Among people going to entrepreneurship seminars, infected people were 1.8 times as likely to have started their own businesses.