Software programmer. Tech entrepreneur. Yoga guru. IRS dodger. Presidential candidate. Drug dealer. Murder suspect. Whale fucker. The world's most eccentric millionaire is best known for his least interesting accomplishment.
When most people hear the name John McAfee, they likely think of McAfee Antivirus, the first consumer antivirus software to grace computer screens. But John McAfee hasn't been associated with his namesake software for over 20 years. Instead, he's been hiding from (potentially imaginary) drug cartels, writing yoga books, tangling with the government of a small Central American nation, eyeing the U.S. Presidency, and attempting to have sex with whales. All of this is true.
John McAfee is the insane man's Chuck Norris, the world's first truly sentient meme. But every character, no matter how bizarre, has an origin story. And in that singular fashion, John McAfee is no different than the rest of us.
The History of John McAfee
In 2012, Wired released an incredible article chronicling McAfee's history. It was as manic and fascinating as the man himself. The article follows his traumatic youth in Virginia, his conquering of alcoholism and drug abuse, his invention of the first consumer antivirus software, his years as a Silicon Valley bigwig, and the dissolution of his wealth during the 2008 Financial Crisis, which led him to liquidate his assets and pursue a lifelong dream of "authenticity" in Belize.
During the recession, McAfee bought two and a half acres of swampland and began constructing a compound of thatched-roofed bungalows. He built a laboratory and poached a scientist from Harvard to work there full-time in order to research new cures for real life viruses, as opposed to virtual ones. He also started injecting testosterone into his butt to stave off old age.
Later, he decided to save a poor town from what he thought were the cartels but were probably just petty criminals, stockpiled a cache of guns, fell in love with a 16-year-old prostitute, ran afoul of a specialized branch of the Belize Police Department called the GSU (Gang Suppression Unit). Ultimately, the saga ends with the mysterious death of his neighbor. It's a hell of a read.
So, what's John McAfee been up to since?
The Death of Greg Faull
Like most people, Greg Faull wasn't a huge fan of his neighbor. Unlike most people, that neighbor was John McAfee.
Greg Faull was an American with a tropical home-away-from-home in Belize. He loved the calmness of his beachside property, a paradise if not for John McAfee's 11 guard dogs.
Faull filed a formal complaint about the dog at the mayor's office. Later that week, John McAfee woke up to discover all of his dogs poisoned, vomiting blood and convulsing. He shot them to put them out of their misery. By Sunday, Greg Faull had been murdered, shot in the head execution style.
McAfee said it was the GSU: "They mistook him for me. They got the wrong house. He's dead. They killed him. It spooked me out." So he fled to America, which is actually a pretty logical move for a guy who believes the government killed his neighbor in a botched attempt to kill him.
Back in America, no longer having to worry about "cartels" and Belizean special forces, McAfee was free to focus on new adventures, namely becoming the President of the United States.
Thus, in 2016 John McAfee decided to run under the "Cyber Party." He later switched to the Libertarian Party after realizing the former wasn't viable.
His platform boiled down to more personal freedom, "more legalization," and more cyber security. "My platform would be legalization of almost everything, except the obvious: murder, rape," he told Breaker during an interview wherein he was admittedly "more stoned right now than I've been in, I don't know, a month." If you ever wanted to see a presidential candidate talk about bath salts, this is your chance.
Unfortunately for the American people, he lost the nomination to Gary Johnson, coming in at a distant second place and carrying only three states: Montana, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
Of course, John McAfee never really loses. He only faces temporary defeat, always returning in a more powerful form. So naturally, McAfee plans to run again in 2020, this time with an updated campaign. He plans to run for more than just freedom. He's running for Bitcoin.
In spite of past refusals, I have decided to again run for POTUS in 2020. If asked again by the Libertarian party,… https://t.co/NVUewDCwvh— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1528061274.0
You can read his entire platform here, where he urges upfront, "Do not ask me about immigration, foreign relations, education etc. I have no idea."
Alas, the McAfee 2020 campaign might be over before it even truly begins. In a new video posted to Twitter on January 22nd, John McAfee informs his followers that he is "being charged with using Crypto Cuttencies [sic] in criminal acts against the U.S. Government."
The McAfee 2020 Campaign is, as of this day, in exile. I am being charged with using Crypto Cuttencies in criminal… https://t.co/xoubDTYO91— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1548180262.0
But even while fleeing the country, McAfee won't give up. Better stay tuned.
Of course, when he's not fleeing political persecution, a man as cultured as John McAfee must have interests and hobbies too. Even the most eccentric millionaire in the world needs to unwind somehow.
Pre-Belize, it was yoga. But John McAfee doesn't half-ass anything. So when John McAfee wanted to do yoga, he couldn't just sit there posing. No sir. John McAfee became a guru.
John McAfee feels strongly about Bitcoin. He believes that by the end of 2020, one Bitcoin will have reached a valuation of $500,000.
John McAfee feels so strongly about this, in fact, that he has promised to eat his own dick on national television if he is wrong.
@maguraaa if not, I will eat my dick on national television.— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1500318139.0
John McAfee feels so so so strongly that during the tail end of the Bitcoin bull run in December 2017, he revised his original bet. Now Bitcoin will hit one million dollars by the end of 2020. Of course, if he's wrong, McAfee will still eat his own dick.
When I predicted Bitcoin at $500,000 by the end of 2020, it used a model that predicted $5,000 at the end of 2017.… https://t.co/FRkYZDjsLh— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1511971000.0
Considering Bitcoin's current market prices, it's hard to imagine McAfee will win his bet. But don't worry too much about his penis. Should worst come to worst, McAfee has a plan.
If the worst comes and I lose my Bitcoin bet (keep in mind I promised to eat my dick. The cutting it off first was… https://t.co/kw9wJYoqjc— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1544275617.0
Yes, McAfee will "subcontract the task to a relay team of Bangkok prostitutes." This could mean he was joking all along and would simply hire prostitutes to blow him, but it could also mean that he's totally serious and would actually have a prostitute bite off his penis. With John McAfee, who fucking knows?
Lately, John McAfee has moved on to a new passion: mixology. And just like he was with computer security, John McAfee is at the forefront of innovation.
In his "Mixology 101" series, posted (somewhat) weekly on his Twitter, McAfee recites recipes for drinks he seems to have made up two minutes before filming.
Here, in one of his tamer videos, is something called a "Gin Sky." The concept behind this drink is that John McAfee likes gin but hates the taste of juniper ("one of the worst-tasting substances on the planet").
Mixology 101. Making a Gin Sky. Esoteric knowledge here folks: https://t.co/XrHpZBNV03— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1539618089.0
His recipe is as follows:
1. A pinch of mediterranean salt
2. A tiny bit of gin (John McAfee pours enough to fill half of an entire glass)
3. A tiny drop of mai thai mix
4. A fair amount of sweet and sour mix
5. A splash of Rose's Lime Juice
6. 1 lemon twist, stirred
7. 1 ice cube
8. Fill with soda water
The Gin Sky comes with the John McAfee seal of approval: "Oh motherfucking hell yes. You will like this."
In another mixology video titled "How to drink when you need a drink," McAfee, shirtless with a gun strapped to his suspenders, but also wearing a belt for some reason, delivers on his title by taking a bunch of shots in dangerously rapid succession.
Saturday mixology. "How to drink when you need a drink": https://t.co/tZgAtkDYZE— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1544887504.0
"You just continue this until you can longer continue this," McAfee concludes. What else were you expecting?
And then, of course, McAfee invented a drink called the "Whale Fucker."
Mixology 101: how to make the "Whale Fucker": https://t.co/h2k0ATy6ao— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1546733846.0
This one's easy. It's just Smirnoff vodka, Kombucha (McAfee recommends apple flavored), triple sec, Rose's Lime Juice, and one maraschino cherry. Then you just add ice and stir. And there you have it: a Whale Fucker.
Speaking of whale fucking...John McAfee actually fucks whales. Whale fucking is a subject he is incredibly passionate about and has written about at length.
During his 2016 presidential run, McAfee announced on Facebook that he was turning down a primary debate with Gary Johnson in favor of a much more important prior engagement.
In case you were wondering what a whale fucking contest could possibly entail, McAfee has offered us some insight.
Whale fucking. No joke. Each year, on Feb 1st, in the Molokai Channel, a few men compete in the world's only whale… https://t.co/kX4IQWIT6t— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1529800417.0
The means of obtaining an invitation are still unclear, but should you pass the Molokai Channel on February 1st, there's a good chance you'll see John McAfee attempting to fuck a whale.
For many, the notion of whale fucking brings up some major concerns about animal consent. You might think whales are smart, but that doesn't mean they can consent to sex. Of course, John McAfee would disagree.
Enough of the "Whale Fucking is non-consensual" bullshit. A Humpback Whale weighs 70,000 pounds, is fifty feet long… https://t.co/CMf7xnRG4Z— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1546294476.0
Yes, according to McAfee, given a whale's massive size and power, whale fucking must be consensual. But that doesn't mean you can just fuck a whale any way you want. There's an art to whale fucking, and those who don't abide are worse than scum.
If you want to fuck a whale, you need to do it while the whale is resting on the water's surface. Fucking a beached whale is seriously not cool.
A Living Meme
For a guy who spends most of his time advocating for cryptocurrency, stockpiling weapons, and fucking aquatic mammals, John McAfee is incredibly self-aware.
In 2013, he released a YouTube video titled "How To Uninstall McAfee Antivirus." In the tutorial, likely to be stumbled upon by people legitimately trying to uninstall his namesake software, John McAfee admits, "I have no idea." He proceeds to get undressed by prostitutes, snorts some coke, shows off his fun collection, and shoots a computer.
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More recently, McAfee has taken to Twitter where he posts all sorts of hijinks including his mixology videos and whale fucking ideologies.
There, he hosts a yearly meme contest, wherein users submit their best original John McAfee memes for him to post.
Re: Meme contest. There will be two categories: pictures and videos. Winner of each class will receive one Bitcoin.… https://t.co/b7AHKMoOtW— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1547739183.0
In true John McAfee fashion, his favorites will obtain Bitcoin.
Nothing is off limits. He'll post memes about prior arrests...
From @lewandorkski https://t.co/D8Ee3pcMcW— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1548019956.0
Even women just sending him pictures of their boobs and calling it a meme. He can host that one directly.
So how does one describe John McAfee, a man who transcends categorization?
9th meme of the hour: https://t.co/NfcO7h73fB— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1547766304.0
A man who transcends sanity.
Last meme if the day; https://t.co/4f0Cec6gt8— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1547773853.0
Perhaps John McAfee is a man best expressed in memes. Or perhaps he's much more than that. Perhaps John McAfee is a human antivirus, a man broadcasting his life as the solution to the total apathy of our culture. At a time when the 24-hour news cycle is always divisive and never surprising, John McAfee stands in stark contrast. His actions make us sit up in our seats and say, "Wait, what?!? The guy from McAfee Antivirus fucks whales?" He is the opposite of complacency, the peak of a life filled with action.
Right now, John McAfee is docked in Georgetown in the Exumas, running his Presidential campaign in exile. He has brought along his wife and his dogs and his soldiers and his weapons and 1,834 quarts of booze.
Freedom Boat's Manifest, . - 1 old man - 7 brave soldiers - 1 Italian Captain - 1 Documentarian - 431 lbs. of dog -… https://t.co/29EeqjXtDw— John McAfee (@John McAfee)1548348968.0
To us, it sounds like the start of an adventure. For John McAfee, it's just another Friday.
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