The Cracked Podcast
How Depressing Entertainment Became the Norm07/21/14
Have you noticed that all the great series of television's current renaissance are darker than the devil's taint with a suntan? You've got Game of Thrones, where every likable character dies horribly and sociopathy is cruise control for success....
Your Memory Is a Filthy Liar
Did you know Michael Jordan is convinced no one ever believed hed be a great basketball player? It seems inconceivable -- just as crazy as that pristine, perfect image of the 1950s so many old white people seem to believe in. Or, the memory millions...
Actor Auteur Theory
Have you ever noticed how some actors do the same weird things in every movie? Peeing forms a major plot point in like, half of Tom Hanks' films. Tom Cruise can't finish a film without breaking into a dead sprint. And, on the opposite side of...
22 Accidents That Made the World
Accidents happen. And, sometimes those accidents lead to world-changing inventions, like penicillin, cheese and (mankind's most critical invention) Silly Putty. On today's podcast, Cracked editors Jack O'Brien, Dan O'Brien and Soren Bowie talk about...
Why the Food Industry Is Evil
Did you know it's easier to quit heroin than it is to quit being obese? Whether you try Weight Watchers, Atkins, or whatever fad diet is popular this week, they all have the same efficacy five years down the line. We love blaming fat people for...
Why the World Cup and Olympics Are War Zones
The London Olympics kicked off with England's largest military buildup since World War II, complete with a 16-mile electrified wall through the center of the city. Brazil's preparing for the upcoming World Cup by outfitting their police with Darth...
Tipping Points: The End of Seafood and Tequila
It took 45 years before landline phones went from "rich person's toy" to normal. Cell phones made that same journey in just seven years, and smartphones bridged the gap from frivolous to ubiquitous in five. You're probably familiar with the concept...
The 11 Nations of America?
Where you live in the United States determines a hell of a lot more than whether "coke" means Coca-Cola or "every single carbonated beverage." It can also mean the difference between sauce on your pizza or nothing, the difference between honor...
Epic Lives of People You've Never Heard Of
With all respect to Chuck Norris, has he ever carved his way out of an ice cave with an ice pick made of his own poop? Did Clint Eastwood ever kill a deer from 600 yards away ... with a pistol? Can Liam Neeson be credited with having saved A BILLION...
Memes and the Internet Hive Mind
Memes started out as the secret handshake of the Internet -- a way to let your peers know that you too were up-to-date on the latest cat macros and misspelled quotes from Japanese video games. But now the Internet has changed, and memes aren't what...
Greatest 'What Ifs' in Pop Culture
When you hear the phrase "squandered premise," a few things leap right into your mind -- 'The Walking Dead', 'True Blood', Jay-Z's god-awful mash-up albums and every 'Jaws' movie BUT 'Jaws'. On this podcast, Cracked editors Jack O'Brien, Dan O'Brien...
Shockingly Sexist Messages in the Modern World
Why is Hollywood allergic to female protagonists? It's not a conspiracy -- men and women alike tend to prefer films with male heroes getting the girl. Even Disney's most progressive princesses still wind up with huge eyes, tiny hands and every other...
How Colors Control Your Mind
You're being mind-controlled right now. The CIA and the NSA aren't to blame -- just holding a cool drink can make you decide someone has a "cold" personality. Just hearing words associated with "old people" is enough to make you walk at a slower...
Insane Conspiracies That Actually Happened
Hey, did you know a group of America's wealthiest business owners once tried to lead a military coup against the President? It sounds like something a lunatic would shout at you from a bus stop, but it actually happened while FDR was President. And...
Why You Have No Idea What You Look Like
Have you ever wondered why everyone on Earth knew how crazy post-surgery Michael Jackson looked except Michael Jackson? If youve ever come into work with a terrible pimple or smudged makeup (that made you look like a clown) and been shocked when no...
Insane Coincidences That Shaped History
Why did the universe try so hard to make World War I happen? Was Hitler basically an evil Forrest Gump? In Hollywood, two bullets hitting in midair is too insanely coincidental for anything besides a Matrix sequel, but it happens constantly in...
The Science of Choosing Someone to Sex
What is love? Listeners, don't hurt us -- that's the question Cracked's married-est editors Jack O'Brien, Soren Bowie and Kristi Harrison set out to answer in today's podcast. Why does symmetry matter so much when it comes to boning? Are sexy people...
Mind-Blowing Ideas About Alien Life
Have you ever wondered why UFO sightings aren't really a thing anymore? It's because cell phone cameras exist. On this week's podcast, Jack O'Brien, Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) and the ever effervescent Abe Epperson discuss aliens -- why we're...
23 Dumb Movies That Will Be Studied by History
The most important movies in history dont always walk away with Academy Awards. In this podcast, you'll hear Jack O'Brien explain whatTeen Wolfcan tell us about the history of race relations in America, Dan O'Brien point out thatLast Action Hero was...
22 Bad Ideas That Control the World
Police sketch artists, speed bumps, late-night talk shows and the QWERTY keyboard all have one thing in common: They're shitty ideas that have somehow gained immortality. On this podcast, Cracked editors Jack O'Brien, Dan O'Brien and Robert Evans...
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