Cracked Archive - Science

The 5 Scariest Things About Life as a Human Test Subject

Human medical test subject is in that category of jobs that kind of seems like free money. Free, horrifying money


The 5 Most Horrifyingly Bad Mothers in the Animal Kingdom

While human mothers certainly deserve all of the flowers and phone calls they get on Mother's Day, we dare say that there are other species where motherhood is an even more trying and/or terrifying ordeal.


5 Reasons Being Left-Handed Screws You for Life

Much of the last century or so has been dedicated to alleviating the plight of minorities, from one human rights campaign to the next. But in all this time, one group has consistently fallen through the cracks: left-handed people.


The 5 Ballsiest Casino Cheats of All Time

While we're 95 percent sure 'Ocean's 11' wasn't a documentary, there are some real world Danny Oceans using real world Danny Oceanesque cheats. Only they didn't have to risk breaking into a vault to rob the casinos for piles of cash; they did it right from the casino floor, with ingenious tricks.


6 Mind-Blowing Animal Infestations Straight Out of the Bible

Every once in a while, a completely innocuous animal will look at our quaint neighborhoods and civilized lives and say, 'Oh, that's way better. Let's go live there.'


The 6 Most Brutal Infections You Could Have Right Now

These infections would be considered too gross for a Cronenberg movie.


The 5 Most Badass Man vs. Nature Showdowns Ever Photographed

It's easy to forget how ludicrously terrifying the natural world can be, and how very small we are in the face of it. When confronted with the grand, humbling, massive and occasionally deadly power of our planet, what can one measly little human being do? Run? Cry? Not these people.


5 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be the Exact Opposite

If society has taught us one thing, it's that it becomes way too easy to claim that all sexual and gender stereotypes date back to the early days of human evolution.


6 Things You Won't Believe Science Can Do With DNA

Many people see DNA as something magical -- written down long ago which just tells you how things are going to be. Which is a pity, because that attitude is pretty much the opposite of science.


5 Great Scientists Who Believed Wildly Unscientific Things

Plenty of brilliant people have done crazy things in the service of the scientific method. What's harder to figure out are the famously brilliant scientists who went above and beyond to proudly wave two middle fingers in the face of reason.


5 Hallmarks of Bad Parenting That Are Actually Good for Kids

Kids who grew up in the '90s couldn't leave the house without a speech on stranger danger and an extra dose of Flintstones vitamins. But it turns out there are some things that lazy/negligent parents kind of got right.


7 Random Things You Won't Believe Are Shortening Your Life

Apparently, real longevity indicators are things you probably wouldn't guess in a hundred years (even if you managed to live that long).


5 Seemingly Random Factors That Control Your Memory

Our old friend science has tracked down some of the completely random things that decide whether or not your memory will choose to function at a particular moment. Thanks, science.


5 Species You Won't Believe Are Related

Imagine you're an animal, attending your evolutionary family reunion. You might be surprised to find out how remarkably similar it is to your last family reunion: You spend the day trying to avoid 'that guy' that no one wants to admit you're related to, while the rest of your relatives randomly eat each other. This article is for the 'that guys.'


The 8 Most Mind Blowing Disguises in Nature

Let's face it, we all hate nature to varying degrees and for our own reasons. But surely nothing inspires loathing of the animal kingdom like the fact that its creatures are constantly trying to trick us.