He's also knowingly posed like this.
Friend is/was a rock star of the yoga world, known for his showmanship and the huge parties he'd throw after his lessons. And his drug use. He's admitted to smoking marijuana, and while that's not a big deal on its own, one of his assistants claims that at one point, he was asked to accept a large container of marijuana on behalf of Friend and drive it over to him. The assistant wasn't too comfy with that (because its a crime and all), and was fired shortly thereafter.
But that's all side-dressing compared to the sex stuff. Because along with the success and fame his lifestyle won him, Friend also had regular contact with adoring, bendy women in tight clothes.
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A situation he looks to have enjoyed.
That same assistant claims he helped Friend juggle numerous girlfriends, find gifts for them, and stash them at different hotels to keep them separate from each other. Friend also altered his organization's ethical guidelines to make it easier for instructors to have sex with their students.
Finally, one winter solstice, Friend formed an all-female (besides him) coven named the Blazing Solar Flames, and they had themselves some naked Wiccan rituals. While everyone involved swears there was no sex, there were oily massages on bearskin rugs and constant requests from Friend for his coven members to continually tongue-kiss each other. Also, he reportedly suggested that his coven trim their pubic hair and put it in a jar on an altar, and yeah, that's a sex party. You're having a sex party, John Friend.
A Best-Selling Health Food Author Lied About Having Cancer
Belle Gibson had a truly inspiring story to tell. She had a stroke at work in 2009, and during subsequent testing, was found to have a malignant brain tumor. She chronicled her experiences during the chemotherapy sessions on social media, and while the online world watched, she decided to abandon chemotherapy and replace it with healthy eating and homeopathic medicine. And it worked! Her cancer vanished, and was replaced shortly thereafter by smartphone apps and books and a new line of food products in her name.
The only problem was that Gibson's story was just that -- a story. She lied about the whole cancer thing.
Which is still kind of inspiring, in an "I don't give a fuck about anything" way.
Finding out what exactly happened here is complicated a little bit by the fact that Gibson doesn't have a terribly close relationship with the truth. She can't keep her age straight in interviews. Charitable donations tied to app and book sales that she promised to make were never made.
Also, she straight-up gave an interview about how she's not too sure what reality is.
In response to the revelation that absolutely no part of her inspirational battle with cancer was true, Gibson's publisher pulled her book from shelves after only five months, though they're hardly blameless in the matter. Video evidence has surfaced suggesting the publishers at least suspected she wasn't totally on the level, but let it not be said that the publishing industry has ever let the truth get in the way of making tons and tons of dollars. As you may have expect, the whole episode infuriated people who really have cancer, not only for generating false sympathy but also for generating false hope. Cancer is a brutal disease which, when it can be treated, needs something a little more concrete than cucumber and wishes, Belle Gibson, you insufferable fartlord.
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It's Spring Break! You know what that means! Hot coeds getting loose on the beaches of Cancun and becoming imperiled in all classic beach slasher ways: Man-eating shark, school of piranhas, James Franco with dreadlocks. There are so many films about vacations gone wrong, it's a chore to wonder if there's even such a thing as a movie vacation gone right. Amity Island and Camp Crystal Lake are out. So what does that leave? The ship from Wall-E? Hawaii with the Brady Bunch? A road trip with famous curmudgeon Chevy Chase? On this month's live podcast Jack O'Brien and the Cracked staff are joined by some special guest comedians to figure out what would be the best vacation to take in a fictional universe.
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