“After being nailed to the cross, I feel so refreshed, like all my sins are washed away.”

Fernando Mamangon, a 37-year-old man from the Philippines, on being crucified as part of a controversial annual tradition in the country. He said he hopes his participation will help cure his ailing son.

“My one concession to American sensibilities was to remove my nail polish.”

Sebastian Horsley, a 45-year-old British author, on his attempt to come to the U.S. to promote his new memoir, which is filled with stories of sex and drugs. After being interrogated for 8 hours at Newark Liberty International Airport, Horsley said he was denied entry into the country because of “moral turpitude.”

“We’re talking suicidal thoughts here.”

J.K. Rowling, the best-selling author of the Harry Potter series, on her struggles with depression when she was a single mother living with little money in a small apartment. Rowling has now sold more than 325 million copies of her books, and she is one of the world’s wealthiest women.

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