Cracked Archive - Science

5 Weird Directions Human Evolution Could Have Taken
5 Weird Directions Human Evolution Could Have Taken

As humans, we pretty much rode on dumb luck to the top of the world.

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5 Insane Farm Secrets Behind the Food on Your Grocery List
5 Insane Farm Secrets Behind the Food on Your Grocery List

Nobody wants to know where their food comes from. Still, it's worth paying attention to, because some of what's going on behind the scenes is downright weird.

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5 Hidden Practical Benefits Behind Common Religious Rituals
5 Hidden Practical Benefits Behind Common Religious Rituals

Some of these traditions came from a time when they afforded real practical benefits, and not just because people decided to do whatever a book told them to do.

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10 Old-Timey Medical Treatments Inspired by Your Nightmares
10 Old-Timey Medical Treatments Inspired by Your Nightmares

In the course of 10 pictures, we're going to make you feel way better about the fact that you weren't born 100 years earlier.

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5 Bizarre Ways Brain Scans Can Predict the Future
5 Bizarre Ways Brain Scans Can Predict the Future

Now serious men in lab coats can slap a machine on your head and predict stuff like what products you'll buy, which tests you'll fail in class and even how likely you are to be a raging drunk. It's the future!

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6 Movies That Accidentally Recreate Real Mental Illnesses
6 Movies That Accidentally Recreate Real Mental Illnesses

Your life can become just like your favorite films as early as tomorrow. All it takes is a debilitating mental illness/

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5 Ways Your Taste in Music is Scientifically Programmed
5 Ways Your Taste in Music is Scientifically Programmed

No matter how science tries to take the magic out of life, there are certain things that you just can't qualify with data: young love, the joy of holding a puppy, the beauty of a classic song ... . Ah, not so fast on that last one.

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5 Insignificant Things That Determine if Someone Likes You
5 Insignificant Things That Determine if Someone Likes You

The good news is that there are some unexpected shortcuts that can make a person popular. The bad news is that they're just as stupid and arbitrary as the ones you already knew.

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The 4 Craziest Scientific Theories Posed by U.S. Politicians
The 4 Craziest Scientific Theories Posed by U.S. Politicians

American politics is a nightmare version of 'American Idol': It's full of desperately unqualified people who won popularity contests, and they can ruin your life, even if you don't watch them.

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5 Eerily Sophisticated Ways Animals Communicate
5 Eerily Sophisticated Ways Animals Communicate

We know animals communicate, sure. But it's not like animals lie, or gossip, or argue. Right?

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5 Crazy Ways the Colors Red and Blue Control Your Life
5 Crazy Ways the Colors Red and Blue Control Your Life

Your brain and body react to two colors -- red and blue -- in distinct and downright weird ways that science doesn't completely understand.

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6 Terrifying Experiments Parents Did on Their Own Kids
6 Terrifying Experiments Parents Did on Their Own Kids

While most of our scientific forefathers stuck to experimenting on random poor people like any respectable person would, others took it a step further and said, 'Well, this baby in my house is already crying a lot anyway.'

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The 5 Most Terrifying Diseases That Doctors Can't Explain
The 5 Most Terrifying Diseases That Doctors Can't Explain

When we visit the hospital, we know that someone is going to be able to tell us what's wrong with us and how to fix it. But then, there are some particularly unusual diseases out there that have medical professionals throwing up their arms and claiming witchcraft

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5 Reasons Humanity Desperately Wants Monsters to Be Real
5 Reasons Humanity Desperately Wants Monsters to Be Real

You believe in monsters, whether you know it or not. They are an important part of who we are -- so let's understand this obsession.

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5 Terrifying Animals That Could Save Your Life Someday
5 Terrifying Animals That Could Save Your Life Someday

It's important to stop every once in a while and remind ourselves that the creatures in nature's nightmarish cavalcade of horrors are saving our lives every day.

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