Crazy Cat Ladies - #11

A Spot of Science: Crazy Cat Ladies - #11

Do cats love humans? And, parasites that affect animal behavior. Gus Sorola challenges Chris Demarais and evolutionary biologist Sally Le Page with some of the quirkiest science questions submitted by viewers.

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  • Der_Werwolf_93 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    "Why don't cats hump us?" Where's that shirt?

  • Scaramooch

    4 months ago

    This is one of my favorite series, hands down.

  • thegreatmatsby FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Why is Chris always wearing the same shirt?

    • willb FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Most likely because they filmed most of these the same day because Sally lives in the UK and Cris probably didn't get the memo to bring alternative shirts to change out for each one to give the appearance that they did them on different days. 

  • d0peguru FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Can we get a link dump for all of the crazy stuff Sally is always going on about?

  • solidstate FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    A responsible crazy cat lady does not breed her animals.

  • Orrenman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Don't Call it a Comeback

    4 months ago

    Cats will hump everything, just not Chris.They don't like Chris. He Smells.

  • Mattyice50 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Sally legitimately freaked me out at the end. The stuff she talked about was my phobia in a nutshell. I've got goosebumps all over me...

  • CalT FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Quiet One

    4 months ago

    I stay out of sunlight and don't like water, does this make me a vampire with rabies? Or am I still just a geek who doesn't socialise?  laughing

  • lostgirl4751 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    You can't get felines into a MRI machine because obviously they prefer CAT scans  barbara

  • AH_Justicar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Pirate Captain

    4 months ago

    Sounds like we need to give Sally at least an hour to talk about parasites :P

  • SalvaJor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold SalvaJor

    4 months ago

    But my cat hates cats. Like all cats and has no problem with humans.

  • TakeTwoStarsAndShaddup FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I'm amazed we finally got an episode where Sally doesn't know what she's talking about :O (I'm talking about the cats not the parasites lol) TBH I'm kinda glad we got to SOMETHING she doesn't know, it makes her seem less of a scientific encyclopedia and therefore makes me feel less stupid lmao 

  • powerati FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I was rewatching some scishow stuff and one of the videos is about animals where the father did the rearing and the thought occurred to me: why do some animals have the father care for the young? especially considering the vast majority of animals don't care for the young, or have the mother primarily doing it, or, to a lesser degree, the responsibility is equally shared by both parents.

  • janas FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    If cats think we're giant weird cats why do they frequently meow around humans but almost never around other cats? If they really see us as cats why is there a difference in behavior?

    • JLamp391 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      The consensus seems to be that it's a learned behavior. They basically realize that we're too stupid to respond to nonverbal communication, but making a meow sound get's our attention. It's the equivalent of pointing at something you want because another person can't hear you or speaks a different language. Cats speak the same language, so they have no need to meow.

  • ASHxINFLAMES FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    and after watching this episode.. I don't want to live on this planet anymore!

  • ASHxINFLAMES FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Best thing about Mondays?  This show!

  • xflashbacksx FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    DAMN NATURE YOU SCARY

  • ctrasco FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Dogs treat me like a dog, always have. 

  • tony432 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    The Cats of Us 

  • matt_lech FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    PLEASE KEEP THESE, AND SALLY, CUMMIN!

  • ytrahne FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x6

    4 months ago

    Sally!  Have you looked into any of the studies that toxoplasmosis may be the reason for the rise in schizophrenia in humans?  ...I can't help it if NPR is interesting sometimes.

  • Torias FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Vampire/zombie thing sort of applies both ways because zombies as we know them are just Hollywood offshoots of the original vampire myths.

    • SoulessLore

      4 months ago

      Fun fact: The concept of zombies actually isn't an offshoot of vampire myths, it's an adaptation of the Voodoo concept of Zombii which were essentially people abducted by voodoo priests and heavily drugged using various toxins, rendering them into a state of high suggestibility, making them into slaves that were barely human. The concept of the modern Hollywood zombie is based off of myths and sometimes true stories of these Zombii slaves being used in murder plots and eating their victims.

    • sapy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sapy

      4 months ago

      The concept of a Zombie (living dead) has being around generations. In yorkshire where i live there an old viking/saxon village that was abandoned decades ago, mostly likly due to the advancement in technology and growing cities however within this ancitant village there are bodies which were dismembered and broken up. It was done in such away that canablism was ruled out. It is believed by scientists and archaeologists that the villagers choped bodies up and removed thier heads to prevent the dead rising again. I should add these bodies are locals so it was'nt done in battle or to warn off strangers. At this time Britain was highly superstitions wheather pagan or chirstian. There have beign other bodies found at other dig sites. This suggests the belief in the living dead has being around for some time.

    • KurtMarkuson

      4 months ago

      The popular conception of a zombie - that is to say, a groaning, shambling corpse - actually derives from the bubonic plague. In the advanced stages of plague, necrosis sets in, as does delirium. The end result being a person with rotting flesh who's stumbling about insensibly, much like your standard Romero zombie.

  • Mkmeyer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    This episode physically made me cringe and made me feel nauseous. But it was so cool to listen to!

  • Shabadoo89 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    This was the most terrifying video yet of A Spot of Science. Loved every minute of it.

  • Monokite FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    The World is a fucked up place

  • KarlAWais FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Sally makes my day

  • dkcholo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Hi?

    4 months ago

    so does sally live here or do they film all of these in like a day

  • AlecsanderM FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold If Senpai won't notice y

    4 months ago

    I didn't want to listen to the whole thing, but the wasps made me keep watching. 

  • Framejumper FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    so my cat loves me but as if im a cat...cool. im fine with being a cat

  • PinkPortrait FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 2nd greatest hurler EVER

    4 months ago

    this is an example why I don't watch this show

  • PhantomAC FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Not Otaku, Just Nerd

    4 months ago

    Am I losing my mind,.. or did Sally just play 'slip-n-slide' with her cat vs. dog facts?

    I do LOVE that Chris & Sally hit on the parallels of vampire/zombie propagation. (yeah, Ima Nerd.)

     Either way... STILL tuning into the next episode.

  • kaikaips3 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    As a bird person, interesting tidbit about pigeons:

    Pigeons are very smart and, like dogs, are able to distinguish between humans and themselves (not all birds are like this). However, pigeons basically behave towards people just like they do towards other pigeons.

  • Blarg2010 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nick

    4 months ago

    One of my cat-owner friends was just telling me recently about the whole "cats think humans are just weird cats" thing, very cool to hear the expanded thoughts on that!

  • FartMasterG The Skyblazer

    4 months ago

    This is awesome!

    American movie Zombies are more likely a hybrid of the african/haitian zombi and vampires. Zombi of Africa and Haiti are actually based in reality.


    Creating a Zombie: Bokor(or black priests) will create a very complex drug made of native minerals, herbs and usually bone matter. Though the most important ingredient is Tetrodotoxin which is found in the  pufferfishporcupinefishocean sunfish, and triggerfish. The powder drug would then put around the entrance to the victims home. At this time most people in these regions would have bare feet, the drug would enter the blood stream through the pores in their feet. This would cause paralysis and a lowered heart rate. In Haiti during the 80's they were still quite behind in medical technology so a large amount of times people under the influence of the drug were pronounced dead and buried. The Bokor  came to collect. He would exhume the body and use a different powder drug(one that would cause a massive amount of skin irritation) to "awaken" the zombi. So the effects of being buried alive and then awaken by a skin-inflamatory, causes one to become very detached and also to have lesions on the skin from the itching due to irritation.

    in case you want to read more:


    the case of Clairvius Narcisse.
     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clairvius_Narcisse

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrodotoxin

    http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/strange-creatures/zombie1.htm

    i'm interested in strange stuff. I also like to share what i've learned with others!

  • sakurastar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Cats also behave a little differently with humans from what I've experienced and read. The vocalisations tend to differ from when they'e communicating with cats to when they're communicating with humans and they can distinguish their owner's voice from other voices. There was also a study in 2007, Edwards et al. I think where they found that cats are more attached to their owners than strangers (more nudging etc.) and they experience separation anxiety, so they do seem to have favourites! 

  • xdman23 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    i love this show and its a great show but i have been thinking this for a long time and i finally have to say it, why are Gus and sally changing clothes joy. we can tell its all being filmed on the same day because Chris ISN'T changing clothes so why try to create the illusion     

    • tahupierce FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      It was mentioned elsewhere that those two did what they were asked to do for the production, but Chris couldn't be bothered. I agree it's off-putting and screws up the continuity, for the next batch they really need to make him do it properly. 

  • tahupierce FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    It's too bad this was recorded before that study published I think last week which showed cats prefer human interaction to other stimuli and even food. Some cats, anyway. 

  • Nomenvenator FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Hate to be that guy, but... the Toxoplasmosis affecting humans thing was debunked last year.

    The paper is at the site below:

    http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0148435

    • tahupierce FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Who wants to bet that paper was written by three cats standing on each other's shoulders wearing a trenchcoat. 

    • HereComeGiants FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      we all know you love to be that guy 

    • snowwolfBRS FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Naw they didn't debunk it. The researchers looked at human behavior in terms of some personality traits and some potential negative effects (e.g. schizophrenia, aggression, etc.), which they debunked. But they didn't look at whether infected humans become more attracted to cats! 

      Personally I don't mind getting infected, if it means I can serve my furry masters even more :3

  • BrianThering FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I don't think most people have seen a cat in heat. A cat in heat will ABSOLUTELY try to hump you. We are just very good at keeping cats neutered.

    • KurtMarkuson

      4 months ago

      As Gavin learned, much to his distress. :D

  • lcephoenix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I can't help but wonder – was that question from you, @Merksmirs? :D