In brief

  • John Mcafee once claimed that Bitcoin would reach $1 million by 2020.
  • Else, he would eat his penis life on national television.
  • But it was all a big joke, he said.

It turns out that John McAfee, the eccentric billionaire who made his money from anti-virus software, was having us on all along when he predicted in 2018 that Bitcoin would reach $1 million by the end of this year. He has long maintained that, "if not, I will eat my dick on national television."

“What idiot could believe such nonsense?” tweeted the 74-year-old yesterday about his lofty prediction. Who on Earth would believe that “Bitcoin, the most crippled crypto-tech,” would rise to the high price of $1 million? 

McAfee, who has doubled down on his claim several times, was pulling our leg. “Wake up!” he wrote in his tweet. “If Bitcoin ever hit $1 mil, it's market cap would be greater than the GDP of the entire North American Continent.”

“I posted it on the same day I predicted Whale Fucking would replace Surfing as the number one water sport,” he tweeted, adding that the sport is “a thousand times more likely to make its way onto the Olympics Stage.” (Though McAfee has tweeted about his encounters with his mammalian lovers several times, he has never tweeted this).

On January 5, McAfee distanced himself from his claim, which he called “a ruse to onboard new users.” He added, “Bitcoin was first. It's an ancient technology. All know it.”

John McAfee leads a complicated life. In 2012, he fled his Belizean home after suspicions that he killed his neighbor. (Zac Efron plays the Wired journalist who interviewed McAfee about this in an upcoming film). In exile, he ran his presidential campaign from a boat. And at the beginning of this month, he encouraged viewers of his speech on the state of the world to buy guns to stop their neighbors stealing their food. 

His jocund $1 million prediction is the least compelling thing about him. “Are you one of the persons who did not see the absurd humor in it?”