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The Cracked Podcast is facts, jokes, and more from the Internet’s leading comedy website. Every week, host Alex Schmidt brings together comedians, authors, scientists, and Cracked staffers, to celebrate the awesome truth that being alive is more inte...Show More
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13 Beloved Movies That Are Secretly Terrifying

1:03:48 | Mar 19th, 2018

If 'The Prestige' hamfistedly taught us anything, it’s that movies are big ol’ magic tricks. Lights shine on a screen, colors dance in front of our eyes, and we feel like we went to space...even though we’re still sitting in that movie theater in Gle...Show More
11 Bizarre & Gross Problems That Took Over U.S. Cities

1:09:03 | May 20th

In the 50 years after the Civil War, America’s population quadrupled. That’s right: four times as many people within five decades. That surge of humanity made the turn-of-the-century United States a nation of 75 million Americans flocking to cities b...Show More
7 Common Mistakes That Ruin Movie Sequels & Trilogies

1:06:49 | May 13th

Movie sequels are the biggest gamble in entertainment. The first movie is the first bet: how much do you build it toward a franchise at the expense of its story? How many of those folks will stick around for a second adventure? With your Adventure #2...Show More
10 Insane Real-Life Crimes Committed Through Video Games

55:32 | May 6th

Video games are escapist. That’s one theory about them, anyway. People think we fire up the ol’ console or PC or goofy VR headset to get away from life’s troubles. But what if that’s not the case? What if the art form of video games is a breeding gro...Show More
How Lousy Life-Shortening Jobs Became America's Gig

1:26:00 | Apr 29th

Be glad you don’t work in turn-of-the-century America. It was a time of lethal accidents, legal child labor, lecherous tycoons and more sick problems we've (mostly) left behind. Things got better in the past hundred years. That's a fact. But have thi...Show More
What Fascist Italy Reveals About Modern America

1:20:55 | Apr 22nd

If you ask the average American to name ten things from World War II, Benito Mussolini won’t often make the list. But “Il Duce” seized power long before Hitler, spent more than two decades reshaping Italy in his image, and coined that “Fascist” term ...Show More
10 Great Movies & TV Shows (That Were Almost Disasters)

56:54 | Apr 15th

Notes are annoying. Nobody likes to spend weeks and months crafting an idea only to be told what’s wrong with it. Flip side to that: we often have blind spots when it comes to our creative projects. And that goes for everybody, even the creators of t...Show More
11 Bizarre Military Strategies That Somehow Won Real Battles

58:17 | Apr 8th

Wars involve a lot of pressure to be cool. It’s why people sign up: the chance to be heroic, the chance to appear mighty, the chance to give a ‘Patton’ style speech in front of a giant version of your national flag. That heroic stuff is all well and ...Show More
17 Surprising Tales From Inside Conan’s Late Night Shows

51:05 | Apr 1st

Conan O’Brien’s made 25 years of late night TV (and counting!). You probably know the support of a staff made that possible. But did you know it also took sprinting, packeting, Schwarzenegger-tracking, Central American kidnapping, index card pouch cr...Show More
The Bizarre Hassles Women Face In Our World Designed For Men

1:17:53 | Mar 25th

The phone you are reading this text on is easy to hold...if you’re a man. That’s according to statistics on average hand size & average phone size. If you’re a woman? Good luck taking one-handed pictures on this slightly-too-big brick that might give...Show More
12 TV Cancellations That Caused Horrifying Cliffhangers

1:00:57 | Mar 18th

Novelists are a little bit invincible. Oh sure, it’s hard to write a book, and you are required to stop writing your book if you die. But barring that untimely demise, you can to see your novel through to the bitter end as long as you have enough gri...Show More
10 Creepy Unsolved Mysteries From History

1:04:55 | Mar 11th

We’re only a few centuries into the era of detective work. 19th century criminologists like Eugene Vidocq invented modern forensic techniques, standardized criminal databases, and the basic approach that underpins police investigations to this day. Y...Show More
What Would Happen If The Oscars Went Away?

59:37 | Mar 4th

We’re fresh off ‘Green Book’ achieving its dream Oscar night (CONGRATULATIONS you made-up Hero Dad Story you!!!). But this week’s episode is about EVERY Oscars ceremony. Why? Because the Oscars dictate most of your movie-watching year: October-Decemb...Show More
5 Mainstream Health Habits That Trick You Into Feeling Lousy

1:32:53 | Feb 25th

The most successful people in the world are SO EXCITED to call themselves that. Hard-charging, in-leaning, unstoppable titans of industry want everyone to know it. One of their favorite brags: never sleeping more than a few hours a night. Is that act...Show More
7 Incredible Biopics Hollywood Should've Made By Now

1:09:04 | Feb 18th

History is the most prolific screenwriter of all time. Thanks to the magic of Events Happening In Real Life, pop culture has graced us with everything from ‘Braveheart’ to ‘On The Basis Of Sex'. Those hit biopics about real people form a sort of Huma...Show More
9 Movies That Improved On The Book (According To The Author)

57:08 | Feb 11th

“The book is better than the movie.” It’s a belief as old as...well, not as old as time, because books are centuries old and movies hit their stride when ‘Star Wars’ came out. Still, lots of people think movies ruin books. Many people also think ther...Show More
How A Loneliness Epidemic Snuck Up On Us (with Jason Pargin)

1:32:06 | Feb 4th

“Social atomization” is a term that sounds like science fiction. It could be the title of a 1950s B-movie where a mad scientist vaporizes a dance party. But when sociologists use that term, “social atomization” is a complementary set of shifts you mi...Show More
How To Be Less Confused About The Economy (with Kai Ryssdal)

59:51 | Jan 28th

We are fresh off the longest government shutdown in American history (with another around the corner, maybe!). We are also riding almost a decade of of sustained stock market growth, almost a decade of sustained job growth, and all kinds of other bus...Show More
Why A Terrible U.S. Supreme Court Is The Historical Norm

1:36:07 | Jan 21st

You’ve probably heard jokes about lawyers before. Here’s a more advanced version, coming from future Chief Justice Of The U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts in April of 1983: “The generally accepted notion that the court can only hear roughly 150 cases ...Show More
12 Sci-Fi Movie Technologies That Went Stupidly Backwards

52:39 | Jan 14th

The name “science fiction” is a pretty good descriptor of the genre, if you want to think of it as two big buckets for a writer to fill. Bucket 1: science! Fun tech and gizmos to entertain and inspire. Bucket 2: fiction! Narrative and story and other...Show More
Overrated Myths (And Underrated Facts) About Ancient Rome

1:08:36 | Jan 7th

How well do you read Latin? Because if you’re not all that good at reading Latin or other dead languages, good news: you could have still had a job as an 1800s historian. Fun example: there’s a story claiming the Roman emperor Caligula was SO CRAZY, ...Show More
Happy New Year (And Thank You!)

03:56 | Dec 31st, 2018

Enormous gratitude this week! New episode next week. And in the meantime, here are some of our recent favorite episodes of the show: Also did you know we’re going on...Show More
12 Great Ideas America Should Steal From Other Countries

54:50 | Dec 24th, 2018

“No bad ideas in a brainstorm.” That’s a common saying that implies a darker truth: as soon as an idea leaves a brainstorm’s cocoon, and gets put into practice, it can metamorphose into a living, breathing disaster. After all, who knows how your theo...Show More
How A Few Precision Engineers Invented Your Entire Life

1:09:30 | Dec 17th, 2018

You’re holding a couple hundred billion transistors right now. Yes, you. You with the smartphone in your hand. That’s possible because -- surprise -- transistors are only a few nanometers in size now. A size so small, that description means nothing t...Show More
13 Badass Astronaut & Cosmonaut Stories Everyone Should Hear

1:06:09 | Dec 10th, 2018

Space: it’s the final frontier AND somehow the least popular frontier. A couple decades of successful shuttle launches passed unnoticed. A slew of orbital science experiments didn’t excite anybody. Even the Space Race wasn’t the nation-gripping drama...Show More
11 Pop Culture Alternate Histories That Almost Happened

1:04:47 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Here’s some common sense: the more complicated a machine gets, the more ways it can break down and fall apart. That applies to everything from cars to kids’ toys to Hollywood, and that last thing (Hollywood) is this principle’s most fun application. ...Show More
11 Historical Facts That Were Way Too Stupid For The Movies

55:45 | Nov 26th, 2018

History: it’s the number one topic for filmmakers who want to win an Oscar. From serious movies about American history to serious movies about British history, no subject wins more votes and locks down more statues. Of course the people making those ...Show More
12 Ridiculously Obvious Lies & Cons (That Fooled The World)

51:21 | Nov 19th, 2018

Our brains have a few sets of guardrails...theoretically. One set should prevent us from claiming wild nonsense about ourselves, in particular if we know we can’t back it up. Another set ought to prevent us from falling for that garbage if other peop...Show More
9 Movies That Forgot To Prove The Villain Wrong

1:02:04 | Nov 12th, 2018

Imagine a genie gave you one million dollars to make a movie. You’d immediately go into Working Your Ass Off Mode, right? After all, if you’re spending one whole million U.S. dollars, you’d want to make sure the script and production were as perfect ...Show More
How One Forgotten War Created Modern America

1:02:55 | Nov 5th, 2018

If you took an advanced high school history class, you might remember that The Spanish-American War happened. You might even remember a few details: a ship sinking in Cuba, the U.S. taking over Puerto Rico, Teddy Roosevelt riding a horse...and once y...Show More
The Creepiest Hidden Truths Behind The Origins Of Monsters

1:15:44 | Oct 29th, 2018

Thought experiment: imagine an alien. Great, experiment complete. Now examine what you came up with. It’s almost definitely one of two things: 1) a specific extraterrestrial from a movie or show, who you can point to as from that movie/show. 2) what’...Show More
Theories And Headcanons That Make Movies 1000x Better

1:08:45 | Oct 22nd, 2018

What do you do when a piece of entertainment lets you down? Maybe you complain about it to your friends. Maybe you nail its flaws with a sly tweet, or share a damning critical review. If you use any of those forms of outrage, it's probably because fa...Show More
LeVar Burton On Reading & Sci-Fi & Where We’re Headed Next

51:08 | Oct 15th, 2018

Books: they’re almost definitely supposed to do something besides decorate wall space. After all, there’s a whole class about them every year in school. Also various scientific studies say our brains get concrete benefits from reading the written wor...Show More
15 Emmy Awards We Wish Existed

56:07 | Oct 8th, 2018

Television: it’s the most important art form that’s ever been shot with a gun by Elvis. And don’t let that jokey reference to a real thing (seriously -- check the footNOTES) distract you from our current Golden Age Of Television. We have more shows, ...Show More
11 Amazing Fans Who Belong In The Pop Culture Hall Of Fame

1:01:28 | Oct 1st, 2018

Fandom: it feels like it’s gotten hard lately. For example, ‘Ready Player One’ began its life as a bestselling novel by Ernest Cline. In their “A”-graded write-up in 2011, The AV Club said "for readers in line with Cline's obsessions, this is a guara...Show More
9 Supposedly Important Words (That Don’t Mean Anything)

1:40:57 | Sep 24th, 2018

Have you visited America’s heartland? And if you have...why are you so sure? “The heartland” is not a defined thing, with borders or flags or land made of literal hearts. The term actually comes from a British geographer named Halford Mackinder (a fa...Show More
The Weirdest Ways Music Pranks The Human Brain

57:47 | Sep 17th, 2018

Adele and Kermit The Frog have a lot in common. Sure, they’re from different countries and they’re different species and one of them is a puppet. But in terms of taking your brain over by manipulating it with song, they’re the world’s foremost master...Show More
14 Movies That Are Weirdly Casual About Character Deaths

1:01:16 | Sep 10th, 2018

Movies have a weird double standard when it comes to character deaths. Some characters get swelling music and emotional final speeches; others get blown to bits in some background CGI effect intended to slightly increase the stakes of the second act....Show More
13 Bizarre Jobs You Never Knew Existed

1:06:41 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Did you know you can get paid to be a fake mourner at a funeral, for families who fear a low turnout? Or to pretend to be a fan of a celebrity, to make them seem more popular at appearances? If you have the right look, you could even get a job as a f...Show More
The Bizarre Way Marketers Boil You Down And See Your Future

1:29:08 | Aug 27th, 2018

When you fire up Netflix, you’re looking at it...and it’s looking back at you. Which is weird, right? Even though you already paid for Netflix’s entire service, and even though it shouldn’t matter to Netflix how you spend your time there, every image...Show More
How To Separate Good Internet Outrage From The Evil Kind

1:22:48 | Aug 20th, 2018

You need to arm yourself against weaponized old tweets. Not your own tweets, hopefully (though who knows). We’re talking about how every time you open social media, someone’s outrageous words are being used against them. Maybe the frequency of that s...Show More
7 Real People Who Singlehandedly Screwed Entire Economies

58:12 | Aug 13th, 2018

The stock market is even more powerful than you realize. Which is saying something, right? Much like Han Solo is pretty sure he can imagine infinite money, you believe you know the world’s combined wealth is mighty. But did you know a lot of Traditio...Show More
12 Pop Culture Franchises That Went Insanely Off The Rails

56:06 | Aug 6th, 2018

We live in an era of permanent reboots. Everything from ‘Superman’ to ‘Archie Comics’ comes roaring back in one form or another, because we entered a handshake agreement with capitalism that we would pay to see it. You may know a few things you like ...Show More
15 Ridiculous Myths (And Insane Facts) About U.S. Presidents

1:10:29 | Jul 30th, 2018

Believe it or not, Abe Lincoln was a real person. Oh sure sure, he SEEMS like a kindly freedom-giant of the mythic past, who strode out of the fog and into kicking Robert E. Lee’s butt. But isn’t it more interesting if he was a real guy? Heck, isn’t ...Show More
Surprise! America Already Built The Wall

1:07:13 | Jul 23rd, 2018

The US-Mexico border is many things: a line on a map, a setting for ‘Sicario’ movies, a heinous crime scene. North America’s most famous border is so prominent in our minds and our hearts, it’s easy to forget it’s also a place most of us have never b...Show More
Why Everyone Is Wrong About Violent Video Games & Your Brain

1:28:23 | Jul 16th, 2018

As long as real-life gun rampages go unchecked, first person shooter video games will be a major battlefront of The Culture War. After all, today’s new hyper-realistic gun games must be causing today’s hideous violence! But what if twenty years of pe...Show More
15 Insane Mistakes That Never Should’ve Been Televised

1:08:42 | Jul 9th, 2018

We live in exciting times, other than all the reasons we don’t. Why’s that? We live when TV shows got good. Over the last 15-20 years, high quality television became a normal thing there’s almost too much of, instead of a rare jewel hiding in a sea o...Show More
2 Groups Of Americans Who Want To Abandon The Rest Of Us

1:12:52 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Freedom: it can be the noblest-sounding justification for bailing on stuff. And it’s as American as the Pilgrims, who escaped persecution in England by going to the New World (so they could persecute themselves for a change). Of course, life today is...Show More
17 Amazing Performances by Actors Who Weren't Acting

54:28 | Jun 25th, 2018

Acting: it’s almost definitely an art form, we’re pretty sure. After all, there are so many incredible performances on screen and stage every year. But what if we told you that some of Hollywood’s most celebrated characters were the product of actors...Show More
9 Bizarre Mistakes That Keep Screwing Up Your Science News

1:07:34 | Jun 18th, 2018

Are you 100% sure you exist? Good news: we’re sure. But here’s a few TERRIFYING headlines saying otherwise: “The universe shouldn’t exist, according to science.” (New York Post) “The universe shouldn't exist, scientists say after finding bizarre beha...Show More
How Global Sporting Events Run On Bribes & Help Dictators

1:07:42 | Jun 11th, 2018

Soccer: it’s the sport the rest of the world calls “football”, despite how loud America yells otherwise. It’s also the global obsession that peaks every 4 years with a World Cup. This year’s Cup is about to start in Russia. 2026’s Cup is about to get...Show More
What The Alt-Right’s Alt-Internet Means For Your Free Speech

1:00:30 | Jun 4th, 2018

The 1st Amendment: it’s America’s most cherished and well-defended constitutional freedom that's not that gun one. Either way, we’re used to living in a country where free speech has few limits, and only really runs into trouble when it can get peopl...Show More
13 Of Your Favorite Foods (And Their Bizarre Secret Origins)

47:45 | May 28th, 2018

Food: you gotta eat it. No matter how you organize your diet, habits, and beliefs, you’re going to devour something that other people helped put in front of you, every day. And don’t get us wrong: eating is awesome. But did you know it’s also a lot m...Show More
How America Gets WWII History Wrong (And Why That Matters)

1:35:13 | May 21st, 2018

How much do you know offhand about World War II? If you’re an American, you probably know a lot. After all, everything from our education system to our popular culture hammers home the key facts of The War To End All Wars For Real This Time. And cong...Show More
21 Comic Books That Turned Insane Out Of The Blue

1:18:19 | May 14th, 2018

“Avengers: Infinity War” is like the Super Bowl: either you saw it, or you consciously opted to miss America’s latest biggest cultural event. But football is niche compared to MARVEL MOVIES. They’re the biggest pillar of global entertainment, made by...Show More
17 Overlooked Artists Who Deserve To Be Pop Culture Icons

1:01:09 | May 7th, 2018

“Hollywood” might be the most nebulous entity in America. It’s somehow a location and an industry and a big goofy hill-sign. It’s the source of all entertainment without entertaining us very often. And it’s where budding young artists flock to make i...Show More
23 World-Famous Celebrities (With Mind-Blowing Backstories)

1:03:43 | Apr 30th, 2018

For centuries, glossy checkout stand magazines told us “stars: they’re just like us!” But did you know Cameron Diaz went to high school with Snoop Dogg? Did you know Mr. T had a pre-fame life as Muhammad Ali’s bodyguard? And did you know Andre the Gi...Show More
All The Baffling Ways America Misunderstands The Middle East

1:08:19 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Here’s a mental experiment: think about “The Middle East”. What just popped into your head? It’s probably one or two kinds of places, tops. It might be a dangerous war zone, or a community that’s somehow hundreds of years behind modern life. And it d...Show More
Creepy Propaganda Hidden In Your Favorite Modern Pop Culture

1:34:44 | Apr 16th, 2018

If you look back at old Westerns, you might see “Indians” portrayed like senseless alien villains. If you go back through O.G. ‘Twilight Zone’ episodes, you’ll find a lot more Christianity than today’s pop culture fans are used to. And if you watch A...Show More
19 Everyday Heroes Who Deserve To Be World Famous

1:12:12 | Apr 9th, 2018

Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai often tells a story about a hummingbird. In the story, the hummingbird’s forest catches fire. It’s burning out of control. And while the larger stronger animals cower, the hummingbird flies back and forth, putting drop ...Show More
How One Epic Twitter Thread Exposed Nationwide Lunch Theft

42:25 | Apr 6th, 2018

Zak Toscani went to his office job last week, thinking it’d be like any other week. By Monday, he was international news. In this special bonus episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt dives into the recent Twitter thread that captivated the worl...Show More
4 Mind-Blowing Truths About America (Made Clear By Baseball)

1:17:31 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Spring is upon us. And spring is like a starter pistol for the annual sale of 72 million major league baseball tickets all across America Plus (“America Plus” is our fun brand name idea for The United States + Toronto). Whether or not you like baseba...Show More
15 Historical Badasses You’ve Never Heard Of (Part 3)

1:05:51 | Mar 26th, 2018

Everyone has dreams of greatness. Some hope to be important leaders. Others hope to break barriers and change peoples’ lives. Still others want to be war heroes with superhuman Rambo-like invincibility. Well the cool thing about history is that it’s ...Show More
Why Americans Hate The Poor (with David Wong & John Cheese)

1:34:36 | Mar 12th, 2018

If you’ve never received a free lunch at school, you’ve avoided the most persistent and institutionalized form of bullying in American society. Because that food that doesn’t cost money DOES cost a level of shame that other kids don’t have to experie...Show More
Musical Supergroups And Collaborations That Almost Happened

1:02:01 | Mar 5th, 2018

If recent interviews with music legend Quincy Jones are any indication, every famous musician hangs out with every other famous musician (and yes, we know Quincy Jones also said......other stuff). Which kind of makes sense, right? Once you’re in that...Show More
Why 2018 Is Gonna Be A Long Year If You Hate Donald Trump

1:13:48 | Feb 26th, 2018

If your politics lean left, your trusted pundits are telling you THIS. IS. THE. YEAR. when our disastrous political situation will turn itself around. “Robert Mueller’s closing in on Trump! The American people are starting to wise up! A midterm elect...Show More
Why Justin Timberlake AND White Survivalists Are Moving West

1:05:46 | Feb 19th, 2018

If you tuned into The Super Bowl, The Tonight Show, or mainstream radio this month, you experienced America’s most bizarrely fascinating celebrity. That celebrity is Justin Timberlake. He’s spent the past year or so carefully turning himself into “Ju...Show More
The 15 Funniest True Stories Left Out Of History Class

1:06:04 | Feb 12th, 2018

They say the past is a foreign country. (Trust us, it’s a saying!) What they leave off in that aphorism is the fact that the foreign land of Past-zakhstan is a foreign country of constant pranks and goofs. From 1950s America to Renaissance Italy to t...Show More
Why We’re Terrible At Taking Care Of Our Mental Health

1:30:30 | Feb 5th, 2018

Monty Python once taught us the following neuroscience: “The human brain is like an enormous fish. It is flat, and slimy, and has gills through which it can see.” That obvious bullshit is obvious bullshit. It’s also not much sillier than our own dail...Show More
How 2 Scientists You’ve Never Heard Of Redesigned Our Planet

1:13:05 | Jan 29th, 2018

In the year 2050, there will be 10 billion people on Earth. Or at least that’s the scientific estimate. Sounds like a giant human milestone, right? Well IT TOTALLY IS…assuming we harvest 50% more food than we are now, to feed those people. Oh and 4.5...Show More
How Predictive Text Gave Us A New Harry Potter Chapter

1:03:53 | Jan 22nd, 2018

If there’s one book the entire planet wants to read right this second, it’s ‘Harry Potter and the Eighth Novel That’s As Good As The First Seven’. So far J.K. Rowling hasn’t given it to us, because she’s been TOO LAZY (and when we say “too lazy”, we ...Show More
All The Ways Your Microbes Make You YOU

45:07 | Jan 15th, 2018

You are a human being. Which means "you" are actually one human plus the trillions of microscopic life forms living in you. And "you" are living in a civilization that's only had microscopes since the 1670s, and only begun to understand what microsco...Show More
12 Movies With A Hero-Villain Dynamic That's Now Insane

1:08:51 | Jan 8th, 2018

Bill Murray is an asshole. Or at least his “Ghostbusters” character is, if you consider the environmental ramifications of keeping a box of evil ghosts in America’s densest square mile of humans. That d***less EPA guy was right. Times changed. You kn...Show More
23 Awesome Beginnings To Start Your New Year Right

58:53 | Jan 1st, 2018

BEGINNINGS: they are important. So important, we put that first word in all caps. On this week’s episode, Alex Schmidt is joined by Cracked editors Kristi Harrison and Cyriaque Lamar for a look at the all-time best beginnings of...basically everythin...Show More
11 Everyday Heroes Who Beat Racism With Fun Pranks

39:30 | Dec 25th, 2017

As you look back on 2017, maybe you think the forces of evil had a banner year. Maybe you think decency took loss after loss, while cruelty went to the playoffs. Well what if we told you that while that was often true, there were squads of highly-mot...Show More
How THE ROOM Changed The Way The World Watches Movies

41:45 | Dec 18th, 2017

On June 27th, 2003, a $6 million movie premiered at two theaters in Los Angeles, earning a reported box office gross of less than $2000. That movie was called THE ROOM, and against all odds it became a midnight screening sensation, changed the way th...Show More
Why Conservative Comedy Is Almost Impossible In Trump Times

1:28:38 | Dec 11th, 2017

Thought experiment: if you made a list of the biggest 10 comedy institutions in your life, what would be on it? Probably stuff like ‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘The Daily Show’, John Oliver, network late night shows? Well if you look back over that list, ...Show More
9 Secretly Necessary Life Lessons For Modern America

1:18:54 | Dec 4th, 2017

Growing up: it used to be as easy as drinking your milk, preparing to work 1 job for 40 years, and not misusing the height of telecommunications (a landline phone). Now that all of that has changed (side note: turns out milk isn’t all that good for y...Show More
Best Episode Ever: 30 Rock

48:26 | Nov 28th, 2017

Thought experiment time: what's the best episode of your favorite TV show? No matter what the series, from Mad Men to Seinfeld to Battlestar Galactica, it's a surprisingly hard question to find an agreeable answer. But that's what we've assigned Crac...Show More
All The Insane News Donald Trump Stopped You From Noticing

1:29:13 | Nov 27th, 2017

The news: if you’ve read it since the fall of 2015, it’s been nothing but Donald Trump stories, and Opponent Of Donald Trump stories, and the sports section (which is also kind of Trump news). That’s insane, right? Isn’t there an entire rest of the w...Show More
17 Hit Songs That Are Secretly (Or Openly) Insane

1:13:57 | Nov 20th, 2017

Top 40 radio: it’s like if a robot became obsessed with our collective subconscious. And it’s always been dominated by fun, sunshine-y pop songs. Stuff like “Respect” (Aretha Franklin) and “Hey Ya!” (OutKast) and “Maniac” (that dancing movie). But ar...Show More
10 Revolutionary TV Shows That Almost Happened

1:23:25 | Nov 13th, 2017

Remember the LOST pilot? It was basically an incredible JJ Abrams movie with plane crashes, polar bears, and dreamy Matthew Fox. If only that first episode aired-- it would've been a cult phenomenon-- an all-time pop-culture "what-if?" But instead we...Show More
How Your Germs Control Your Politics (with David Wong)

1:46:45 | Nov 6th, 2017

Stop me if you've heard this one before: a charismatic populist leader rises to power by warning of immigrants who are are "filthy" and "bring disease." It's no coincidence the greatest deplorable leaders through the ages use the same coded language ...Show More
3 Scientific Reasons People Think They See Ghosts

1:04:22 | Oct 30th, 2017

Whether it's ghosts or the afterlife or god, most humans tend to lean towards thinking something funky and unknowable is out there, even if they can't pinpoint what it is or prove that it exists.  With ghosts, this seems to be especially true. In so...Show More
15 Myths & Urban Legends That Deserve Modern Horror Movies

1:15:42 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Aside from a couple original standouts, horror movies seem to trot out the same 5 or 6 monsters/killers/haunted board games each year. It's The Fourth Life-Partner of Chucky (they're not putting labels on things). Saw 3.14: Circular Saw! Oui-3: Reven...Show More
17 Classic Movies That Were Saved By Studio Interference

1:06:55 | Oct 16th, 2017

In an alternate 1985, American movie audiences saw a movie called Spaceman From Pluto, wherein Eric Stoltz's time-traveling DeLorean is sent back to the 80s by driving straight into a nuclear explosion -- nuke the fridge style. Almost as if the writ...Show More
Which City is the Number 1 Movie Setting of All-Time?

1:19:33 | Oct 9th, 2017

New York. Paris. Tokyo. Miami. Even if you've never been to these cities (and sometimes, even if you have) the visions that come rushing to your mind at the mere mention of their names are images from movies. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton on a park be...Show More
5 Ways Donald Trump's Lies Are Trying To Break Your Brain

1:34:01 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Hey there, you awesome person you! Congratulations: you’ve survived several months of a Donald Trump presidency. And double congratulations: you’re pushing through this dark period despite having to experience it with a human brain. Our brains feel s...Show More
The Terrifying Truth About Why We Love Apocalypse Stories

1:08:09 | Sep 25th, 2017

​From Mad Max to The Road to the illustrious career of Roland Emmerich, it's clear that the modern pop-culture consumer loves apocalypses. Climate change and the threat of nuclear war or worldwide super-virus make imagining an apocalypse easy. And if...Show More
15 Real Science Stories That Would Make Great Sci-Fi Movies

1:24:08 | Sep 18th, 2017

If you're a movie fan in 2017, you're hard pressed to find many original sci-fi films. There are a lot more Alien: Covenants and Blade Runner: 2o49s than Ex Machinas. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just sometimes sci-fi fans want to experie...Show More
11 Under-the-Radar Comics That Ought To Be Amazing Movies

1:10:49 | Sep 11th, 2017

Another summer in the books, another summer of somewhat pleasing comic book movies. Wonder Woman was good! So was Spiderman! Guardians of the Galaxy was...a movie! What's next? Oh no. Don't say it. Justice League. [cue the sound of failure from The P...Show More
The Astoundingly Complex Logistics of How Food Gets Made

1:22:05 | Sep 4th, 2017

If car commercials, beer commercials and presidential stump speeches were the only entertainment you consumed, you'd probably be pretty bored. You'd also think that American farmers are the life-blood of the economy and account for roughly 85% of the...Show More
Twitter Alien @JonnySun On Creativity, Comedy, And Coping

1:28:05 | Aug 28th, 2017

Jonny Sun is Twitter-famous. Not in a Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber sort of way. He's Weird Twitter-famous. He's got half a million followers and he did it the hard way, by inhabiting the character of Jomny Sun, an alien visiting earth without any frien...Show More
​The Pros and Cons of Living in Grand Theft Auto and Skyrim​

1:19:56 | Aug 21st, 2017

​Imagine you're just living your normal life, walking down the street and WHAM-- a car slams into a traffic light and the driver bails out from the cabin, firing machine guns and rocket launchers at everything in sight. The police arrive at the scene...Show More
Cracked Gets Personal: The Most Insane Things We Saw In Emergency Medicine

1:07:24 | Aug 16th, 2017

On this inaugural episode of the Cracked Gets Personal, Brandon Johnson and Robert Evans look into the world of emergency medicine. This podcast features stories from two doctors, an ER nurse, and a physician's assistant. They've got insane tales of ...Show More
How Our Personal Experience Articles Find Comedy in Tragedy

1:16:05 | Aug 14th, 2017

For years, Cracked's Personal Experience section has been home to some of the highest-performing articles on our site. We've interviewed doctors, former cult members, and basically every kind of prostitute imaginable.Despite the success of these arti...Show More
Why Society Is Very Bad At Helping People Choose Jobs

1:38:20 | Aug 7th, 2017

Do you know what you want to do with the rest of your life? Well the good news is nobody really knows. You’re not alone! The bad news is you were supposed to know by age 13 or so. And if you didn’t know back then, society’s been watching you flail ar...Show More
Checking In On The Modern State of Dungeons and Dragons

1:55:33 | Jul 31st, 2017

Thanks to those plucky kids in Stranger Things and the larger proliferation of nerd culture, we're happy to announce that Dungeons and Dragons is officially cool now. And as with many things that are either retaining or finding success almost a fifth...Show More
12 Animals That Could 'Planet of The Apes' Us If They Tried

1:27:48 | Jul 24th, 2017

If sci-fi movies have taught you one thing about species with queen-based social hierarchies, it's that you should always kill the queen. Same goes for insects right? Kill the queen and the ant hill or bee's nest goes away. Sounds good, unless you're...Show More
How Would You Adjust If The Internet Just Went Away?

1:45:56 | Jul 17th, 2017

All the hip young kids are using a thing called the internet these days. In fact, if you're reading this summary or listening to this episode, odds are you're using the internet right now. But what if it all just went away? No podcasts, no turn-by-tu...Show More
Cracked Movie Club: Raiders of the Lost Ark

1:08:28 | Jul 13th, 2017

Starting today, Cracked is increasing its podcasting output by 50%! In addition to new episodes of The Cracked Podcast every Monday and Kurt Vonneguys every third Tuesday, we're proud to launch Cracked Movie Club, which can be beamed directly into yo...Show More
How Jaws And Alien Invented The Summer Blockbuster

1:29:56 | Jul 10th, 2017

Big cardboard cutouts in movie theater lobbies. Promotional cups at fast food restaurants. Kickass soundtracks featuring Seal. These things were once not part of our summer movie lexicon. And in the case of the tie-in song from Seal, they sadly haven...Show More
20 Unheralded Geniuses Who Basically Invented Modern Movies​

1:43:12 | Jul 3rd, 2017

For many people, filmmaking begins and ends with the director. We call it a director's medium. It's their vision that guides the entire production and it's their name that gets the praise when a movie is good, and gets dragged through the mud when a ...Show More
Looking the Part - Soren and Daniel Analyze Bathroom Habits

39:16 | Jun 30th, 2017

Every morning when you wake up you (probably) do the same routine. In some order, you shower, use the toilet, shave and brush your teeth. In that respect, movie characters don't seem to exist in the same universe as us. Typically we only see them the...Show More
The Weird Origins of Amusement Parks and the Summer Vacation

1:29:16 | Jun 26th, 2017

Believe it or not, the idea of the summer break wasn't invented until very recently. Before kids got the summer off, school basically was the break from months of grueling farm work or any of the other countless horrors we subjected children to befor...Show More
Looking The Part - Soren and Daniel On Movie Scars and Tattoos

41:06 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Admit it: the Harry Potter movies would be totally different if he didn't have a cool scar. If Harry looked like Gary Oldman in 'Hannibal', Hermione and Ron be afraid to talk to him and even the Dementors would think twice before getting close to him...Show More
17 Movies ​T​hat ​W​ere ​T​otal ​D​isasters ​Be​hind ​T​he ​S​cenes

1:31:41 | Jun 19th, 2017

Understatement time: movies are hard to make. Every movie from The Godfather II to Joe Dirt 2​ is the result of years and years of tireless hard work from artists, craftsmen, teamsters, executives and advertisers-- all working in high pressure situat...Show More
Looking the Part - Baldness, Side-Parts and Facial Hair

29:49 | Jun 16th, 2017

Every cheesy soap opera gives it away from the start-- the dashing Dr. Iago Montana is back from the dead...with a goatee. We as the audience know: IT'S NOT HIM, IT'S HIS EVIL TWIN! SEND HIM BACK FROM WHENCE HE CAME! Again, it's easy to spot this fr...Show More
Bold Takes: Racism Wrong, It's Probably OK to Punch Nazis

1:25:55 | Jun 12th, 2017

Checking the news right now, things are a little, how do you say...fucked. But there is some hope. As one of our guests puts it, "Rome wasn't burnt down in a day." Despite your Richard Spencers, your animated frog avatars and the whole extended cast ...Show More
A Farewell To Cracked Editor-in-Chief Jack O'Brien

2:04:10 | Jun 5th, 2017

Serious Talk. It's Jack's last episode. After 11 years at Cracked, our intrepid editor-in-chief and podcast host extraordinaire Jack O'Brien is hanging up the cleats to tackle new projects, end world hunger and find the Zodiac killer. But that doesn...Show More
14 Simple Changes That Would Revolutionize the World

1:34:36 | May 29th, 2017

The world is full of systems and orders that we never really question because they've seemingly exited forever. And we're not talking about overthrowing the government or anything, we just mean basic things like how we take out our trash, when we vot...Show More
Humanity's Greatest Moments Brought to You By Drugs ​& Booze

1:37:26 | May 22nd, 2017

Even though drugs and alcohol have been a social lubricant since before we could write anything down, we like to think of history as this boring, stuffy museum exhibit where kings and queens drank iced tea, ate flavorless biscuits and had sex like ou...Show More
More Simpsons Writer's Room Stories (From A Simpsons Writer)

1:27:09 | May 15th, 2017

Dana Gould is one of comedy's "that guys." His footprint is everywhere -- from writing on top-line hits like The Simpsons to cult-status titles The Ben Stiller Show -- and there's a chance you've never heard of him. If you're like Dana and you've spe...Show More
Why Millennials Are The New Greatest Generation

1:11:00 | May 8th, 2017

The script is different but the wording is always roughly the same. Every few months some retiring journalist, former tech-mogul or aspiring Tomi Lahren-type goes viral because they've had it up to *here* with these gosh darn millennials. Between the...Show More
23 Convoluted Movie Schemes That Need A Second Look

1:55:55 | May 1st, 2017

The term 'movie magic' typically refers to the technical brilliance of bringing dinosaurs to life onscreen or how Denzel Washington can make an entire theatre of men and women pregnant with a single knowing glance. But there's a second type of movie ...Show More
Why Every Billionaire Is Becoming A Doomsday Prepper

1:13:35 | Apr 24th, 2017

Sometime around when Donald Trump started winning state primaries a year ago, the national mood went from, "Damn Daniel," to "oh fuck we're actually going to die in a rain of nuclear hellfire." That happens when a sitting US President attacks an almo...Show More
How We'd Fix These 4 Broken Franchises

1:18:59 | Apr 17th, 2017

Big news! This summer, Hollywood is delivering us our 6th Spiderman movie in the last 15 years. Fun! Time to re-hash all of our favorite story beats like dead uncles, having great responsibilities and kissing upside-down.So yeah, it seems like for th...Show More
Commonplace Ideas Invented More Recently Than You Think

1:45:07 | Apr 10th, 2017

Nowadays, there's a huge emphasis on eating natural foods. Staying away from GMOs, pesticides, and processed sugars is generally thought of as a good thing. Some call it the paleo diet and it's a way to harken back to a simpler time, when our ancesto...Show More
My Small Town Can Fit In A Building: Life in Small-Town USA

2:41:50 | Apr 3rd, 2017

The 2016 Election made it clear that we live in an America divided.  There is a struggle between small-town and big-city America that comes down to more than just ideology. There's a general misunderstanding of how we live life that both sides fall v...Show More
Marketing Lies You've Been Duped Into Believing

1:38:32 | Mar 27th, 2017

We all know consciously to take advertising with a grain of salt. Those McDonald's burgers can't look as manicured in person the way they do in the ads. Examples like that are easy to catch. It's harder to spot false advertising when companies are be...Show More
8 Unlikely Vacation Spots From Fictional Universes

1:22:23 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Ahhhh, mid-March. Time to pack the bros, the beers and the board shorts into the station wagon and drive down to the beach because it's SPRING BREAK WOOO. But instead of going to Florida or Cancún , the Cracked Podcast is taking a detour to 8 fiction...Show More
The Shockingly Recent Race Riot You've Never Heard Of

1:29:28 | Mar 20th, 2017

A brief glance at the cartoon version of America makes you think the South is pretty racist. Look at them, with their Confederate flags and voter ID laws! But while you were sleeping, the blue states were up to some pretty racist shit too. It's just ...Show More
How Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos Are Playing You

1:37:05 | Mar 13th, 2017

It's become your daily morning ritual. Wake up. Open Twitter. And here come's your fix. It's something like, "Trump Surrogate Says Jews in the Holocaust Didn't Have it So Bad!" and you're off to the races. How could he!? Do they know how insensitive ...Show More
25 Bizarrely Specific Ways Movies Get Reality Wrong

1:35:47 | Mar 6th, 2017

It's not something that you consciously notice, but movies speak to us in a secret language. They use a special shorthand to convey ideas or explain plot in the most efficient way possible. There's one problem though: they do it in the same couple do...Show More
Lies You Believe About Jesus, Islam And Other Religions

1:14:16 | Feb 27th, 2017

What separates the baby religions from the big ones? Is there anything specific that makes Catholicism or Islam more important than the shrine to The Noid that I have in my closet? Some religions make you go to mass or travel to Mecca, mine makes me ...Show More
Cracked's 2017 Fake Oscar Awards

1:46:41 | Feb 20th, 2017

Who can forget the classic Oscars showdown between 'The Artist' and, uh, 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close'? Most of us can and did, in fact. Great job, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences! Way to keep your fingers on the pulse of American f...Show More
Why Modern People Might Have The Worst Sex Lives Ever

1:29:45 | Feb 14th, 2017

When you think about ancient human history, you probably think about sex, right? Who doesn't? And when you do, you probably imagine in your head (because you love envisioning your eldest relatives gettin' down) a very bland, puritanical form of sex w...Show More
Jafar Is Disney Moses: Secretly Heroic Villains

1:57:32 | Feb 13th, 2017

Did you ever notice how every movie villain is just really ugly beyond belief? Emperor Palpatine? WRINKLED UP UGGO. Jafar? POINTY FACE. Scar? LITERALLY NAMED AFTER HIS FACIAL DEFORMITY.It's fucking dark when you think about how many movies this appli...Show More
The Mind Melting World of Putin's Russia

2:00:56 | Feb 6th, 2017

If you've followed the news recently, you may have noticed the tiny little superpower Sarah Palin can see from her house has emerged from its slumber and re-injected itself into American politics. Not since the Cold War has Russophobia been as much o...Show More
The Enormous Lie About Modern Life (You Likely Believe)

2:04:31 | Jan 30th, 2017

Once you hit your mid-twenties, everything starts beginning to suck. Your favorite band? Not as good as when they first came out. Favorite hangouts? All gone to shit since all the young people started showing up and ruining everything. The world? Bas...Show More
9 Creepy Real Murders (With My Favorite Murder)

1:07:14 | Jan 23rd, 2017

Remember when you made fun of that kid in grade school for wetting the bed? You probably shouldn't have done that. I would apologize, change your name or leave the country. The reason is, psychologists suggest something called the Macdonald triangle,...Show More
Accidents That Created The Best Art Of The 20th Century

1:25:02 | Jan 16th, 2017

It's easy to think every piece of great art or unforgettable pop-culture is the result of effortless genius and precise intentionality. It separates the gods who create from us lay-people who like to eat cheese and can barely decide what to watch on ...Show More
160 Romantic Comedies: The Creepiest Movie Genre

1:22:04 | Jan 9th, 2017

Think of every RomCom trope and the one thing that separates it from being in a horror movie instead: the music. It's all the same mad libs game, and the outcome is always the same.Colin Firth/Hugh Grant/Matthew McConaughey runs to the airport/apartm...Show More
The 80s: Our Most Bizarre Decade (Is Happening Again)

1:21:13 | Jan 2nd, 2017

Name the year: a new Star War is killing it at the box office, Russia and the US are having a staring contest and a madman driven by the power of celebrity is elected President. Yes, it's looking very much like we're living in the year 1980 right now...Show More
The 25 Coolest Things We Discovered in 2016

2:00:34 | Dec 26th, 2016

It's not just us right? There are too many damn movies and TV shows to keep up with. When we're not in the middle of a season of Game of Thrones, Westworld, Silicon Valley, Stranger Things, or House of Cards, there are always 40 other shows just wait...Show More
2016 Year In Review in Review

1:27:41 | Dec 19th, 2016

2016 is almost over. Yes the endless, rotten sh*t hurricane of a year that took awayBowie, Prince and Florence Henderson and gave us Trump, Harambe and the Zika virus is finally drawing to a close. So, to give this b*tch a proper viking funeral, Jack...Show More
Movies That Teach Men Horrible Lessons About Sex

1:40:32 | Dec 12th, 2016

You know how when you watch and old movie and there's a Y2K joke or a WAZZZZUUUP and you think, "man, this hasn't aged well." There's now a whole category of those movies that are just classically heroic dudes being absolute dicks to women. There's e...Show More
Lives Trump Has Promised To Ruin In His First 100 Days

1:25:33 | Dec 5th, 2016

In the past few weeks, we've written about not panicking, why you should absolutely panic, and just about everything in between when it comes to the Trump presidency. One thing we haven't quite touched on yet is how real life actual people will be af...Show More
14 Psych Myths We Learned From Movies That Are Totally False

1:26:52 | Nov 28th, 2016

It's pretty safe to say that after years of Sherlock Holmes adaptations and countless CBS crime procedurals (he was the supreme leader of a cult, but now he's leading the Supreme Court!) most people with a pretty steady diet of TV and movies think th...Show More
Dispelling Every Space Myth You Learned In 7th Grade Science

1:17:43 | Nov 21st, 2016

Believe it or not, Matthew McConaughey's thesis (from behind a bookshelf inside a black hole) that love is the most powerful force in the universe isn't the most scientifically accurate thing Hollywood has offered us lately. It should come as no surp...Show More
7 Things To Do In A Time Machine (Other Than Killing Hitler)

1:23:32 | Nov 14th, 2016

Scenario: you've got a time machine and you only like two things in this life: eatin' breakfast and killin' Nazis, and you've already eaten breakfast. Your obvious next step is to travel to April 20th,1889 and throw baby hitler down a well and then b...Show More
What The F**K Just Happened? Election Autopsy

1:12:44 | Nov 10th, 2016

Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America. It's going to be okay. Sit down, have a cookie, breathe into this bag and put on your mandatory 'Make America Great Again' baseball cap. We'll survive this, right?Despite the su...Show More
Why A Second Civil War Is Frighteningly Possible

1:14:00 | Nov 7th, 2016

"Our way of life here is about nine meals away from anarchy." That's a quote from retired Marine Colonel David Couvillon, who governed the Wasit province of Iraq during the US occupation and clearly a man who has never seen the Cracked office when ou...Show More
Cracked Book Club: Kurt Vonnegut's Little-Known Novel

1:31:34 | Oct 31st, 2016

You're probably familiar with Kurt Vonnegut's required reading, or rather the Kurt Vonnegut books your high school English teacher required you to read. 'Slaughterhouse-Five,' 'Cat's Cradle,' and maybe 'Breakfast of Champions' were rays of satirical ...Show More
Trump Country: What the Media Doesn't Want You To Know

1:49:10 | Oct 24th, 2016

You thought it would disappear before the Iowa primary. You thought it would surely never happen when its tax returns were released. You definitely thought it was going away as it drove past you on an 'Access Hollywood' tour bus. But it's finally her...Show More
Dark Secrets from the Teacher's Lounge

58:30 | Oct 19th, 2016

Did you ever have the sneaking suspicion that when your history teacher rolled out the old A/V cart for movie time that he was completely hungover? Or that that one teacher who seemed to hate you on a molecular level was giving you bad grades on purp...Show More
The 2nd Annual Cracked Podcast Halloween Spooktacular

1:25:22 | Oct 17th, 2016

Last Halloween ( ) we spooked you with  a melange of real-life horror stories that had little explanation. There was the dead girl who was found in a water tower above the hotel where she went missing. Security tapes were inconc...Show More
Why Science Has Really Basic Stuff Wrong About Humans

2:01:07 | Oct 10th, 2016

How many times a week do you see someone posting a headline to Facebook with a ridiculous scientific claim about your health? '9 out of 10 Doctors Say You Should Stop Exercising,' 'New Report Shows Milk Prevents Cancer,' 'New Study Shows Milk Is Pure...Show More
Why The Best Treatment for PTSD May Be An Illegal Drug

1:56:21 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Psychedelics, maaaaan! Gateway to the inside of your miiiiiiiind! Enemy of the maaaaan, maaaaan! Also, a thing that's been around for so long in human history, we don't even have an accurate date for when our ancestors started doing them. They've jus...Show More
Stupid Lies From Pop Culture That Everybody Believes

1:50:40 | Sep 26th, 2016

We all know Rome wasn't built in a day. But in the fake Hollywood adaptation, "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day," it's probably built over the course of a short montage set to peppy music, where it feels like it's built in 20 minutes.That's one of the subt...Show More
Screw Sully: 7 True Stories That Would Make Better Movies

1:46:29 | Sep 19th, 2016

Ahh September, the leaves are changing into autumnal shades of yellow, red and orange, the air has a chilly bite, and movie theaters are being inundated with 'Based on a True Story' Oscar-bait. This month alone we've got 3 true story movies that shou...Show More
Weird Hearing Super Powers You Didn't Know Your Mind Has

1:13:33 | Sep 12th, 2016

It's underestimated how important your sense of hearing is, how much it affects your daily life in ways you don't fully appreciate. Take the inconceivable geometry you do in your head all the time, thanks to your ears. Say you're standing with your b...Show More
How Liberals Are Accidentally Fueling Science Deniers

1:08:53 | Sep 5th, 2016

We've never known more about our world and our universe, but at the same time it feels like there are more people who completely ignore science than ever before. They can come in all shapes and forms of crazy. There are anti-vaxxers, climate change t...Show More
How Evolution Made Us Unfit For The Modern World

2:01:32 | Aug 29th, 2016

Are you ever so overwhelmed by the thought of going out to socialize that you just stay home instead? And then once you stay home, you're bummed out at yourself for not leaving the house in the first place? Is your typical party maneuver to hang out ...Show More
8 Fictional Schools That Would Be Awesome To Go To

1:30:15 | Aug 22nd, 2016

So after seven books, eight movies and a trip to Universal Studios, you think you would prefer to go to Hogwarts than live in real life. Everyone gets assigned a very useful pet owl, you can fly around on broomsticks and you don't have to stick to ML...Show More
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