The Cracked Podcast
Insane Internet Fan Theories02/16/15
As we've previously covered on the site, before JK Rowling had even finished the 'Harry Potter' books, an interesting fan theory started popping up on Potterverse fansites. The speculation went that perhaps the chosen one wasn't our boy Harry, but...
Tiny Cause, Huge Effect
We've all heard about the butterfly effect: a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world, and weeks later that results in a hurricane somewhere else. But that doesn't actually happen, right?We can't prove that a butterfly can affect the...
How Internet Subcultures Combat Free Speech
Here's the easiest experiment in the world. Go to YouTube. Click on ANY video. Scroll to the comments. How long did it take you to find a comment that was the most horrible and vile combination of words you've ever seen? If it took longer than 2...
The Year in Movies (2015)
In the last two weeks, the internet was blessed with new trailers for both 'Ant-Man' and 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. Frames were analyzed, Hulks were busted, and lids were flipped. For millions of people, no international tragedies or disasters could...
Mind Blowing Movie Thought Experiments
Last year, Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' took advantage of some of the most up-to-date quantum theory we've got, and wove in a story about space travel, time, and relativity.While that movie went out of its way to include actual science, others...
Best and Worst Fictional Places to Work
If you had to guess what the average Death Star employee was like, and you could only watch the 'Star Wars' movies, you'd assume it was filled with only two types of people: stormtroopers, and old British men in small hats. Where are the engineers,...
2014: A Year in Review in Review
The end of the year brings two things: unrealistic resolutions sobbed out through mouthfuls of pie, and top ten lists from every site on the Internet. You can't reach January 1st without learning every hack writer's opinion of the best movies,...
How the PG-13 Rating Took Over the World
No matter how cool, young or hip you are, eventually the world of mass media will leave your increasingly-saggy ass behind. Recently, the YouTube channel of PewDiePie, a Swedish video game commenter, became the most viewed YouTube channel in history...
People With Impossible Superpowers
What if Tony Stark built humanitarian robots out of super cheap materials and not a weaponized fleet of mech suits? What if someone could run as far and as infinitely as Barry Allen but at a more human speed? What if you found out that an American...
Why Hollywood Always Gets the Apocalypse Wrong
Lately, you can't swing an undead cat without hitting the end of the world. Whether it's the pure escapism of 'The Walking Dead' or high art like 'The Road', every story hits the same beats: it's every man for himself against the hoard of zombies or...
How a Dating Site Proved Society Is Doomed
When the founders of OkCupid started one of the most popular dating sites on the Internet, they didn't intend to find out all of humanity's deep, dark secrets. All they wanted was to help people make babies. However, they accidentally ended up with...
Decisions Your Brain Makes Behind Your Back
Hollywood never fails to remind us that we only use 10% of our brains. That statistic is bullshit, but it's true that around 90% of the activity in our brains is completely unconscious. We make most of our decisions without even knowing it. Our...
Insane Deleted Scenes from History
'Historical fiction' is almost always more of the latter than the former: so much history just doesn't look very interesting onscreen. But our passion for only the screen-friendly bits of the past means we often wind up with a much more boring and...
The Economics of Brainwashing
We all have addicts in our lives -- that friend or relative who fell prey to alcohol, heroin or some other drug. Nobody pretends those aren't "real" addictions. But when a D-list reality star checks in to rehab for porn addiction or a major study...
Babies: Cuddly Idiots or Evil Super-Geniuses?
We love babies, and were also horrified by all that they imply. Babies cant eat on their own or hold their heads up, and they go to the bathroom in their pants like drunken little monsters. But science is beginning to show that there may be a lot...
How One Logical Fallacy Keeps Making You Wrong
You may be the first to admit that your Facebook page is simply a highlight reel of your life -- a carefully collected stream of only the best pictures, moments, and one-liners -- but why is it hard to make that same realization about the lives of...
Plot Holes in Great Movies LIVE!
Hollywoods villains are the luckiest people on the damn planet. Let's talk about climactic midpoint of The Dark Knight: The Joker stages an assassination attempt forcing Batman, but not actually Batman, to reveal his true identity just for the...
Statistics That Prove We're Wrong About Everything
You're on the 1970s game show "Let's Make a Deal," and you get to pick between 3 doors: behind one is a new car, and behind the other two are gag prizes. After choosing your door, the host shows you one of the doors the car is NOT behind and asks if...
Why dont heroes have parents? Think about it: from Harry Potter to Luke Skywalker, orphans make up a dominant percentage of the heroic population. Theres something about dead parents that can make any character into an instant underdog. Even...
Secrets That Created the World
Did you know James Buchanan promised to write a letter explaining every secret about his life, and then at the last minute had it destroyed? Or that the concept of "nuclear winter" was a load of B.S. invented by the KGB? Or that Diane Lane had to...
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