When Pot and Porn on the Job Can Be Forgiven

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pot and porn If you're caught underground for 9 weeks with 32 other Chilean miners, pot and porn are the least of your boss's worries, apparently. A new book written by BBC and 60 Minutes journalist Jonathan Franklin, who had special access to the rescue operation, reports that cannabis and porn were smuggled down to them via the rescue chute, but authorities drew the line at inflatable dolls.

Franklin's book, 33 Men: Inside the Dramatic Rescue and Miraculous Survival of the Chilean Miners claims that pot was smuggled down to some miners in family letters. But it wasn't condoned by authorities, who had an idea that might be happening, and didn't go to the extent of having sniffer dogs inspect the letters. It turns out that the pot didn't help ease tension much anyway -- in fact, it caused more tension, according to some of the miners because some of the 'haves' were jealous of the 'have nots.'

Jealousy was the same reason inflatable sex dolls were not allowed down the shaft, although some requested them. According to Franklin, the doctor responsible for the miners during the rescue operation was aware of the men's sexual needs and frustrations, but thought that sharing inflatable dolls might cause jealousy. Pin-up posters and mild pornography were allowed underground instead.

Of course, these are some of the more salacious details in the book, released on Valentine's Day, which reported on the heroic efforts of the the miners, their families, and the rescue team. Franklin was on the rescue site from the very beginning, obtaining a rare "Rescue Team" pass and reporting daily from the operation for six weeks. He also conducted more than 110 interviews with those above ground, and those who emerged from below.

Franklin reports that the miner's darkest fears -- that they would have to resort to cannibalism, went unrealized, and many believe they were saved as the result of prayer, both by the miners themselves, as well as the millions of people who followed the rescue efforts.



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