A look back at some of the most popular videos that we ran on Cracked this year mixed in with some of our personal favorites.

4 Creepy Hidden Truths Behind Popular Scary Stories by After Hours


Our four favorite humorists prove that even vacation can be meaninglessly deconstructed. In a spooky special episode shot in Idyllwild, California, Soren, Michael, Dan, and Katie debate the underlying psychological and social phenomena that create our scary story myths. Also, that scary clown is in the video, we promise. And if you look really closely, you'll notice that's real smoke in their eyes.

Why the Ending of 'Star Wars' Is Secretly Kind of Dumb by Today's Topic


For those of you who think that we only debate useless pop-culture minutia after work, we present our rebuttal. Today's Topic is a series that launched this year in which Cracked Staff revisit observations from previous articles and draw fresh conclusions on a variety of issues ranging from movies to ... other stuff. This episode is an argument between Cody and Mike about whether a TIE Fighter pilot is the true hero of the original Star Wars. And whether Star Wars is dumb. Watch out for prequels.

The Dark Secret Behind Quirky Romantic Comedies by The Katie Willert Experience


A recent addition to the wildly successful Katie Willert Experience series, this video is the definitive send up of the Manic Pixie Dreamgirl phenomenon. When Kyle finally realizes that his cute, quirky girlfriend is actually mentally ill, he checks her into the Annie Hall Memorial State Home for Manic Pixie Dreamgirls, where he is exposed to the dark realities of the disease. There may or may not be a Shins montage. Not for the faint of heart.

If you're like us (and we know that you are, we have cybermetrics), you've spent a lot of time wondering how all the unlocked treasure chests that litter Hyrule's landscape actually got there. Well, great news! This year, Cracked and Those Aren't Muskets launched 8-Bits, a new series poking fun at the crazy logic of video game universes and answering all those nit-picky questions that our game-addled brains can't ignore. This episode, shot nearly two years ago, is the second installment. Watch for more next year!

The 3 Worst Pieces of Advice on the Internet by Does Not Compute


S.W.A.I.M-bot and Clippy team up again to warn you about the perils of taking advice from the Internet. They're aware of the irony. Part of the ongoing series Does Not Compute, this episode exposes broadsword vendors and vanilla sexperts alike. By the end, you won't be sure whom to trust. Believe us.

The Invention of Last Names: Stuff That Must Have Happened by Cracked Staff


The whole Cracked cast turned out for this Monty Python-inspired meditation on the origin of surnames. If you enjoy illiterate English peasants, stone amphitheaters, cuckoldry, or dirt, then you should continue watching this sketch. And if you look closely, you might notice some of our friends from 5 Second Films in the background.

Fun Fact: This sketch was shot at an empty summer camp in Idyllwild, California.

The pilot episode of Obsessive Pop Culture Disorder deconstructs a terrible and little-known Spider-Man screenplay written by James Cameron in the early '90s. This episode perfectly captures the snarky and painfully knowledgeable analysis of the series, and manages to both ruin James Cameron forever and illustrate one of Dan O'Brien's life mantras: If I can't be happy, then neither should you.

If Nature Documentaries Didn't Let Science Get in the Way by Cracked Staff


Professor Scott Bug educates and delights Cracked viewers with his musings on the sun, the Earth, and the bits and stuff that cover them both. Shot around beautiful tree stumps, rocks, and a creek, Marvels of the Science completely captured the wonder and vast complexity of our universe. So much so that we'll probably make more of them.

The Biggest Problem With High School (According to Movies) by Sketch Competition/Natural Disastronauts


People often say that high school is a time of self-discovery. But Cracked knows that what they really mean is that all high schoolers are actually adults wearing elaborate disguises in a misguided attempt to solve their life problems. This sketch was commissioned as part of our ongoing Sketch Competition, where you write the sketch and we make it. Look for more in the near future.

Stuff That Must Have Happened: The First Marriage by Cracked Staff


When a Neanderthal couple puzzles over the recent birth of a "belly gnome," they unwittingly stumble onto a game-changing truth. After they have sex for a while. Also, Cracked would like to reassure you that very few belly gnomes were harmed in the making of this film.

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