Cracked Archive - Science

5 Horrifying Real Medical Situations That Sound Made Up
5 Horrifying Real Medical Situations That Sound Made Up

Illness can appear out of the blue and turn your life upside-down, like a Zooey Deschanel character in a rom-com.

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The Dark Truth About Supermarket Orange Juice
The Dark Truth About Supermarket Orange Juice

Ready to find out something you assumed was fine and barely gave a second thought to is actually super weird and messed up? Cool!

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How America Convinces Itself The End Is Near Every Few Years
How America Convinces Itself The End Is Near Every Few Years

Making us feel like we're teetering on the brink of the toilet bowl is more than a political strategy; it's something we've been doing for a long, long time.

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4 Ridiculous (But Effective) Ways Doctors Used To Save Lives
4 Ridiculous (But Effective) Ways Doctors Used To Save Lives

Without the benefit of hindsight, all medical innovations look like crazy people doing crazily stupid things.

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Creepy Fact: Orangutans Can Use 'Hitmen'
Creepy Fact: Orangutans Can Use 'Hitmen'

Scientists have observed a female primate 'hiring' another orangutan to kill a rival female.

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5 Dumb Science Problems That Are Causing Real Damage
5 Dumb Science Problems That Are Causing Real Damage

Scientists are great!

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The Pistol Shrimp Is Louder Than A Gunshot
The Pistol Shrimp Is Louder Than A Gunshot

This big-armed crustacean knocks prey unconscious with an exploding bubble.

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5 Real Ways We're Canceling The Apocalypse
5 Real Ways We're Canceling The Apocalypse

Whatever calamity is looming nearest, rest assured that our top brains are on the case.

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Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? Turns Out We Have No Idea
Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? Turns Out We Have No Idea

The animals' iconic black-and-white markings don’t actually serve a single purpose.

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Calming Down An Angry Alligator Is Way Easier Than You Think
Calming Down An Angry Alligator Is Way Easier Than You Think

Did you know hypnotizing an alligator is actually relatively simple?

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Thanks To Movies You're Imagining Asteroid Fields 100% Wrong
Thanks To Movies You're Imagining Asteroid Fields 100% Wrong

To quote C-3PO, 'The odds of navigating an asteroid field are 3,720 to 1.'

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5 Street Drugs Your Doctor Might Prescribe You Someday
5 Street Drugs Your Doctor Might Prescribe You Someday

Drugs are bad, and ... oh wait. It seems the rest of this article says that drugs are good.

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Uranus Was Discovered By A Guy Looking For Moon Aliens
Uranus Was Discovered By A Guy Looking For Moon Aliens

Finding Uranus was just a cool little side note in the ongoing quest to populate outer space with fantastical beings.

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Skipping Breakfast Doesn't Make You Fat (Probably)
Skipping Breakfast Doesn't Make You Fat (Probably)

Breakfast is edible magic...except, not really.

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Why The Length Of Your Fingers Dictate Who You Are
Why The Length Of Your Fingers Dictate Who You Are

You probably don't give much thought to how important your fingers are.

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