There Might Be Some Actual Truth to The Crazy Cat Lady Theory

There Might Be Some Actual Truth to The Crazy Cat Lady Theory

So the upside to not going out on weekend nights and working, is that I get to hear super informative stories on the radio (I’m kidding….cause these things really don’t equate). But in fact sometimes I do hear really interesting things on the radio. Yeah, the radio….and it isn’t even satellite.

The other evening on my ride home while all my other friends were probably out drinking away their weeks and meeting the men of their dreams (hahah….a hilarious notion in Los Angeles), this story came on about Parasites. Gross, I know. Someone was actually talking about putting these worms he poops into people’s stomaches to cure disease. Um, no thanks. But then this story started called “The Scratch” about a woman who was pregnant and was scratched by her cat.

The Scratch (full audio…it’s radio, so no image DUH)

So if you don’t feel like listening to the above, basically this woman gets scratched by her cat, and the problem is that he has poop in his paw. (making a gross thing like a cat even grosser…eww). And the real problem is that the baby can get very sick if the mom gets toxoplasmosis. So the woman consults an expert, who explains that toxo doesn’t want to be in her, it wants to be in cats. But when cats poop, the parasite exits in the poop (sorry this is gross, but I have my point, I promise). And commonly, the expert says, the cat will poop outside, a rat will eat the poop and that is what most often gets infected with toxo.

457px-Toxoplasma_gondii_Life_cycle_PHIL_3421_loresBut this is where it gets super interesting. The toxo travels to the rat’s brain and takes over the Amygdala. And for those of you that don’t remember what the Amygdala is from the amazing Ashley Judd/ Hugh Jackman film, Someone Like You, the amygdala is involved in the processing of emotions such as fear, anger and pleasure. 510GM8WNCQL

And what the toxo parasite does by controlling the amygdala in the rat is tricks the it into thinking it is attracted to cats! Meaning that when your cat brings a dead rat into the house, it’s probably not because it was chasing the rat down….rather the rat was attracted to your cat!

So what does this have to do with cats and people? Well, they aren’t entirely sure yet, but there is some believe that Schizophrenia is linked to this toxoplasmosis in humans. Now if you are like, what??? This makes no sense, let’s think this out for a sec. Piece by Piece. Now for a recent example of Schizophrenia in the news, I point to Amanda Bynes. We all think of Amanda Bynes as normal, as the funny girl on All That!, and somehow Colin Firth’s daughter in What a Girl Wants. But lately she has been doing things like burning random people’s driveways and her dog, throwing bongs out windows, and the worst offense, walking outside with these wigs.

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So think of it this way, let’s say a person got a cat, which then infected them with Toxo. It could then make them feel like they loved cats, always had to be around cats, had to get more, and more, and more cats!!!! Well, pretty soon that could be the crazy lady with 25 cats, who talks to them like real people, only things her cats matter, and thinks dogs are out to get her babies (her cats). And, oh, maybe that Tom and Jerry are real?

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So fair warning, if you already own one cat, and are about to get another…..maybe get checked for a parasite before you become the little old lady with a billion cats that everyone thinks is nuts….that person that just is a little bit too into her cats!images-2

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PTTD: Post Traumatic Text Disorder

 

I’m sure you’ve all heard of PTSD, Post Traumatic STRESS Disorder. Well, guess what, medical community….

I have had all these events….from sending a text!!

I’ve discovered a new medical condition! Post Traumatic TEXT Disorder…Yup! PTTD. You know exactly what I am talking about. Don’t try to give me that shrug and go, wha…I don’t know what you mean…. Continue reading

The Science of Boozing

So the other day Businessweek (my fave! I clearly read it ALL. THE. TIME. All the time!) came out with an article, Why You Should Drink at Work

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Let’s All Stop RUSH-ing to Judgement: In defense of Sluts and Birth Control Everywhere!

So to elaborate further on my post from the other day, In This Situation, I Will Gladly Be Called A Slut…, I wanted to explain my self a little further, rather than just saying bad and mean names at Rush Limbaugh for fun. But before I do: Fat, Stupid, Idiotic, Gross, Weaselly, Oily, Cantankerous, Hypocritical, Bald, Annoying, Closeminded, Asshole, Shithead, Loudmouth, Jackass.

Self-assured Prick!

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The Science of Gaydar

I am sure you all (haha, kidding) saw this article on Science Daily (haha, kidding again) just like me! I read it every day to keep up with my SCIENCE!! Yeah, right! Well the article was entitled “Psychologists Find Link Between Ovulation and Women’s Ability to Identify Heterosexual Men.” You might have seen this on some random website, on some twitter feed, on the Yahoo! news feed (yeah, I read it…whatever).

Damian: "Too gay to function?" Janis: That's only okay when *I* say it!

Basically, some really smart scientists figured out that women get better at detecting eligible straight men when they are more fertile in their cycle (ie closer to ovulation). So if you are too bored to take a peak at the link to the article (above), basically they did three things:

    1. Show a bunch of undergraduate ladies (so you know what that means! not really sure what that means, but they pointed out that they were undergrads…?) 80 pictures of men. Half of them were gay, half straight, all had no discernible expression. The women then reported the length since “their Aunt Flo’s came to visit and how long she visits for.”

    -From this, the smarty pants were able to conclude that women are more accurate at judging sexual orientation closer to ovulation (once again for those of you who don’t know what ovulation is, the peak of fertility).

    2. The second experiment had the scientists showing pictures of 100 straight woman and 100 pictures of lesbians.

    -From this, they found no relationship between fertility and accurate judgments of women’s sexual orientation. This suggests that this judgement is related to the ideas of conception.

    3. Lastly, they tested this second finding “with a third experiment in which female participants were primed with a mating goal in order to manipulate reproductive relevance.” (I think that means making them want sex?) They had half of the women read a story with a romantic encounter (so they gave woman Danielle Steel novels?) while the other half did not, and then had them do the same tasks as the prior two parts of the test. They found that the horny sexually primed women were way better at spotting gay vs. straight.

    -From this, they gather that the more romantically minded women are, the more accurate they will be at spotting who the straight men in the room are.

That would be utterly helpful for those times when you JUST CAN'T TELL!

So, from this I have to ask…how do super slutty women STILL manage to flirt with the gayest men in the room? So I guess now we will all know when someone’s Aunt is visiting them. Or at the very least, way more easily be able to tell for looking at a picture in People magazine which Hollywood marriage are real, and which were drafted by a lawyer.

John Travolta....and his wife, Kelly Preston