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Looking at Sick People Gives Your Immune System a Boost

Sick Person

Photo by Leonid Mamchenkov (CC)

Start here. Erica Ho writes on Lifehacker:

According to a University of British Columbia study, looking at sick people can boost your immune system. (Hanging around them does not.) That means you’re better equipped to fight a cold after merely looking at the picture in this post. (You’re welcome!)

In the study, young adults were asked to watch a 10-minute slide show containing a series of unpleasant photographs. Some pictures included people who looked obviously ill in some way.

The subjects’ blood samples were then tested for levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), a substance produced by the immune system that indicates your immune system is ramping up to more aggressively fight infection.

As a control, pictures of people brandishing guns were also used on some participants—and they barely resulted in a significant increase in IL-6 production, signifying that IL-6 production is not simply a reaction to stress.

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Aleister Crowley: Wicked

Crowley plays shadow puppets in 1938. In this photo: Aleister Crowley Photo: Picture Post/Getty Images (Fair Use)

A wonderful set of photographs from the life of the ‘Great Beast’, via LIFE:

Born the son of a wealthy and devout British family in 1875, Edward Alexander Crowley became a rebel after his father’s death when he was 11. He became increasingly skeptical of Christianity and was expelled from school for “corrupting” another boy. Crowley’s own mother, alarmed by his affinity for what she saw as morbid and morally questionable pursuits (i.e., black magic), referred to him as “the Beast.” In time, as Crowley’s notoriety as an occultist and very public celebrant of unrestrained hedonism grew, the press dubbed him “the wickedest man in the world.”

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Photo: Crowley plays shadow puppets in 1938. Source: LIFE/Picture Post/Getty Images (Fair Use).

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John Lennon Plays Dead in Beatles Last Photoshoot

Prophetic and creepy. See more photos at dailymail.co.uk article-0-085DE839000005DC-674_468x683
An apparently lifeless John Lennon lies on the ground, his fellow-Beatles by his side. The haunting picture was taken in 1968 - 12 years before Lennon was gunned down by a crazed fan, Mark Chapman, in New York City. It was one of many images taken by society photographer Tom Murray during the Fab Four's last official photoshoot in 1968, which lay forgotten in an envelope for decades. It was among a number of photographs which were made public today after lying forgotten about for years. 'From two rolls of film there are 23 surviving shots. The colours are astonishing and it's basically because the original slides were kept in the dark in an envelope for so many years.'
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Taryn Simon Photographs Secret Sites

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading (Video):
Taryn Simon exhibits her startling take on photography — to reveal worlds and people we would never see otherwise. She shares two projects: one documents otherworldly locations typically kept secret from the public, the other involves haunting portraits of men convicted for crimes they did not commit.
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