An Australian researcher reports that about 40 per cent of the world's population is infected with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that, he claims, makes men dumber and women sexier. A report in the Sydney Morning Herald does note that the study is not considered definitive.
It all sounds like a joke. Except that parasites are a very real problem, and cuisine fashion trends emphasizing raw food are not helping the matter.
"Infected men have lower IQs, achieve a lower level of education and have shorter attention spans. They are also more likely to break rules and take risks, be more independent, more anti-social, suspicious, jealous and morose, and are deemed less attractive to women.
"On the other hand, infected women tend to be more outgoing, friendly, more promiscuous, and are considered more attractive to men compared with non-infected controls.
"In short, it can make men behave like alley cats and women behave like sex kittens".
A few drinks have the same effect. Add in low lighting and the right kind of music, and the effects seem almost identical.
Hat tip: Richard Baehr