Last Call: If only we had this litter-box parasite, we'd be so successful right now

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Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

You know how it is: You’re scrolling through Twitter wondering why people aren’t more outraged about the #TrumpTapes that CNN dropped yesterday, when you come across the headline that inspires the old, “Is this an Onion headline?” And you work at The Onion, so you realize no, it isn’t.

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Toxoplasmosis, which is found in cat droppings as well as undercooked meat, can affect the brain, apparently leading to an increase in risk-taking behaviors as our fear factor lessens. (Mice infected by toxoplasmosis are less afraid of cats, for example.) And few things, it turns out, are as risk-taking as opening your own business. So researchers examined 1,500 students, says NBC News, and the students who tested positive as infected with toxoplasmosis “were 1.4 times more likely to be business majors and 1.7 percent more likely to have an emphasis in ‘management and entrepreneurship,’” the team found. A quick Google search tells me that Albert Einstein, Salvador Dali, and Jack Kerouac all had cats—as did Ernest Hemingway, of course—so maybe the toxoplasmosis leads to creative (and scientific) courage as well. Maybe I have to get a cat now, is what I’m saying. [Gwen Ihnat]

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Homemade ice pop ideas, please

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The latest in my summer string of Amazon impulse buys was a set of six refillable ice pop molds. This week, I made highly delicious blood orange-lemonade-basil pops, which has completely exhausted my repository of creative citrus-based flavor ideas. I have a surplus of backyard herbs at the moment, so if anyone has an especially delicious suggestion that involves mint, basil, etc., I’m all ears. [Kate Bernot]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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Allan Smitheel

re: ‘blood orange-lemonade-basil pops’

that sounds delicious & refreshing. how about mint limeade? perhaps watermelon or mango with basil? guava juice good w/either mint or basil.