Could a brain parasite found in cats help soccer teams win at the World Cup?

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“What if I told you that last week I predicted all eight winners of a round of the World Cup? And that instead of rankings or divination all I did was look up how many people in each team’s home country had a tiny parasite lurking in their amygdalas? Would you believe me? A decade ago, Discover Magazine concluded that parasites ruled the world, and now I’m going to try to tell you that, at the very least, parasites rule the World Cup.” (Slate)

  2 comments for “Could a brain parasite found in cats help soccer teams win at the World Cup?

  1. 7 Jul 10 at 9.27 am

    Interesting, but correlation is not causation.

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  2. Ulisse Aldrovandi
    12 Jul 10 at 5.17 pm

    Well, I’d be impressed, except for the fact that Paul the Octopus enjoyed a perfect 8-0 record for his predictions.

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