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Feline cat parasite

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Feline cat parasite

My son-in-law referred me to an article on Google which stated that cats infect a cat-owners brain with a parasite called toxinoma gondii which forces you to like them. He made me laugh very hard because I thought that this was so absurd an idea that I felt compelled to research it.
For starters, I wondered why somebody would believe this. After all, when one considers the proposition it has no logic. Why would a cat want you to like it?
Cats are noted for their independence and self-reliance. Cats are natural and efficient hunters. They do not need humans to survive. And, if you expand the idea why do they become the hunted in certain cultures when they re claimed to have the ability to make you like them? Who hunts cats? You may ask. Tiger hunts, though rare happen in India and big-game hunters still try to bag lions.

So moving on this is what I discovered. An article in German.

Eine Gruppe von Studenten der Abteilung für Veterinärmedizin der GutAufsichts Universität in Eichental (bei Dortmund) entschied sich für die Aufnahme und Tierversuche an die menschlichen Teilnehmer und machte sich daran, einen falschen Plan zu erarbeiten.
Die Gruppe bestand aus sieben Studenten. Es waren Simon Hauptmann, Gerd Friedrich, Willy Semler, Gertrud Hase, Anneliese Fremden, Eric Rhodes und Johannes Weg.
Da ihre Wohnung in Bochum war, trafen sie sich oft in einer Bar in Dem Winkel, um ihren Plan, ihre Eingabe und ihr schriftliches Papier zu besprechen.
Was sie beschlossen, war ein quasi medizinisches Gutachten, das behauptete, dass Katzen das Gefühl ihres menschlichen Besitzers gegenüber ihnen kontrollieren könnten. Die menschliche Seite dieses Experiments bestand darin, die Leichtgläubigkeit von Menschen zu bestimmen, die Dinge glauben wollen, die sie nicht kannten, aber bereit waren, an einem Mythos teilzunehmen, der sie dazu brachte, sich besser erfüllt und anderen Menschen sympathisch zu machen.
I read this and laughed even more The thought that people are too lazy to check

Note: my German is not so good nowadays, but it gives a lot of truth to the Socrates quote: “Those, who having learned the alphabet, believe that they have come into real knowledge”.

Author: Cethru Cellophane

I have reached the regrettable realization that I may have squandered my life. I did a quick count recently and figured that I have visited about 66 countries, and lived for more than 3 years in 3 of them. During this time I completed 14 corporate moves (relocations) and have changed my address more than 23 times. I should have settled on a profession that would have kept me in one place with no packing and unpacking. When I think of the time I have spent bundling my life into and out of boxes. Ah well, it's all water under the bridge. But I am grateful for the experience. At the end of the day I will be able to say with a certain authority, "been there, done that". A note about this site’s Header Image The Header image for this site is of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. The bridge was built in 1889 and carries Minnesota State Highway 149 across its span of 2770 feet, 160 feet above the mighty Mississippi River. The picture was taken from the river looking to the north-east and downtown Saint Paul. The bridge is about 1040 miles from New Orleans. One of the reasons I like this view is that I come from a city which has a spectacular bridge. It’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge http://www.ikbrunel.org.uk/clifton-suspension-bridge which spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon in Bristol, U.K. It’s about 1350 feet long and stands 245 feet above the river below. Sadly it has claimed the lives of more than 400 people who have committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. As a side note, not all attempts were successful. two small girls thrown off the bridge by their deranged father survived the fall when they were fished from the river by the crew of a passing pilot boat. The bridge was opened in 1864 and was designed by the 24 year old architect, Isambard Kingdom brunel. It took 35 years to complete.

6 thoughts on “Feline cat parasite

  1. Haha I had to put that through google translate to read. 🤣😂

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  2. Uni was very different in Germany just a decade ago … Sounds like these guys spent too much time at that bar 😉

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  3. Excellent and very funny… and we wonder why people create fake news.

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  4. When I was at St. Brendan’ s in Berkeley square we used to look forward to rag week and the antics that the Students would get up to. There was always a flour bomb battle which took place at the Victoria Rooms to see which side would control the fountains for the following year.

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