Are Cat Ladies More Likely to Attempt Suicide?

We have spoken before about the horrifying possibility that your cat (or your 50 cats, depending on how seriously you're taking your cat lady duties) has infected your brain with a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. Previous research has shown that T. gondii, which is transmitted via cat feces, is linked to… » 7/02/12 11:55pm 7/02/12 11:55pm

Chagas: The Scary Disease Some Are Calling the New AIDS

Just when it seemed like all the super scary diseases had been discovered—flesh-eating bacteria, brain tapeworms, and, of course, HIV/AIDS, among many others—a new one comes along to bring fresh terror into our hearts. Introducing Chagas disease, which is caused by parasites that get into our bodies by way of… » 5/29/12 10:00pm 5/29/12 10:00pm

Has Your Cat Infected You With a Mind-Controlling Parasite? Probably.

Nature is capable of engineering some pretty crazy stuff, so maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise that many of us are infected with a parasite that has quietly invaded our brain and is probably, as we speak, affecting things like how we drive, whether we like the smell of cat pee, how social we are, and even how we… » 2/10/12 3:10pm 2/10/12 3:10pm

ELLE Reveals Men Actually Think Anorexia Is Sexy

You know that whole thing about how being superskinny is an ideal originated by the fashion industry and perpetuated by female competitiveness and like, totally NOT AT ALL what men are interested in etc. etc.? Well that's bullshit, says a story in the March Elle by Amanda Fortini, a 5'6 woman who dropped to 100 pounds… » 2/19/08 12:30pm 2/19/08 12:30pm