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25 Reasons Hunter S. Thompson Was A Literary Rock Star

"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."

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8. As a prank on friend Jack Nicholson, he snuck up to his house in the middle of the night and placed a frozen elk heart on Nicholson’s doormat, causing blood to seep into the star’s living room.

He then stood on a hill above his house and fired shots into the sky to instill further terror.

11. In 1970 he ran for Sherriff in Pitkin County, Colorado as part of the Freak Power ticket.

Amongst his platforms were the decriminalization of drugs, and renaming Aspen ‘Fat City’ to prevent “greed heads, land rapers, and other human jackals from capitalizing on the name 'Aspen'”. He also shaved his head so that he could refer to the Republican incumbent as "my long-haired opponent.”

16. Johnny Depp was his roommate, partner in crime and close friend.

While living in the basement of Thompson’s home at Owl Farm, Depp realized Thompson had furnished it using crates of dynamite. Depp was smoking a cigarette at this poignant moment.

22. When given the choice between prison and the military, he chose the latter but was eventually "honorably discharged."

According to a report issued shortly before being kicked out of the Air Force, “[Thompson], although talented, will not be guided by policy or personal advice and guidance. Sometimes his rebel and superior attitude seems to rub off on other airmen staff members.”

23. He predicted the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the day after 9/11.

“The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now… We are going to punish somebody for this attack, but just who or what will be blown to smithereens for it is hard to say. Maybe Afghanistan, maybe Pakistan or Iraq, or possibly all three at once. Who knows? Not even the Generals in what remains of the Pentagon or the New York papers calling for WAR seem to know who did it or where to look for them.”

24. He was both loved and feared by many prominent politicians.

Former President Jimmy Carter described Thompson as “a delightful, unpredictable and unforgettable friend of mine for more than 30 years.” He also, however, recalled an incident in which “Thompson threatened my press secretary, Jody Powell, if he didn’t gain immediate access [for a re-interview]. One night he even built a fire in front of Jody’s hotel-room door in an attempt to smoke him out.”