parasites

How Scared Should I Be?

How Scared Should I Be of Brain-Eating Amoebas?

Yes, it eats people's brains. No, it probably won't eat yours.
VICE Staff
9.16.16
Art

Baby Heads Carved from Tree Trunks Are Hauntingly Beautiful

German sculptor Wolfgang Stiller's artwork looks as wicked as it sounds.
Nicole Walsh
8.19.15
Stuff

What Happens to You if You Give Yourself a Tapeworm to Lose Weight?

Khloe Kardashian said on television that she was thinking about using a parasite to lose weight, but like a lot of things that get said on reality TV, that's a terrible idea.
Mike Pearl
4.1.15
Stuff

How a Cat Parasite Affects Your Behavior, Mental Health, and Sex Drive

We used to believe that a healthy human could control the Toxoplasma parasite indefinitely. New evidence suggests the opposite. Through a delicate finessing of the neurotransmitters in our brains, it is us who are being controlled.
Roc Morin
9.17.14
Interviews

An Explanation From the Scientist Behind That Cat Poop Cancer Treatment

You won't ever cure your cancer by eating cat poop, if that's what you were thinking. Dr. David J. Bzik, who has worked with toxoplasma for over a decade, is more interested in other aspects of his discovery.
Mike Pearl
7.17.14
Stuff

Sesame Street's Newest Muppet Is Obsessed with Pooping

Hanging around latrines and squatting over ditches puts kids at risk for some horrifying diseases, and Raya is here to educate kids about keeping all those worms and bacteria out of their digestive systems. I'm betting she'll save thousands of lives...
Mike Pearl
3.20.14