Sick of impending holiday doom? Stressed about the influx of family members? Sit back, relax, and take in the legendary Hunter S Thompson’s post Christmas tradition of stuffing his tree into the fireplace, dousing it with starter, and causing an explosive blaze that almost goes out of control. Luckily his secretary was nearby with fire extinguishers, although allegedly there was also a crate of bullets just inches from the inferno as well.
Done to impress a visiting journalist from Time magazine, an increasingly drunker Thompson was apparently so taken with his arson handiwork he watched the footage over and over again throughout the evening.