Cracked Archive - Science

The Most Efficient Way to Do ... Everything

Let's face it: We are tragically ineffective people. Don't try to deny it. You're reading Cracked right now instead of doing literally anything else; that's proof enough right there. Luckily the internet, the primary cause of our efficiency deficiency, might also be the cure: I've found as many quick, easy methods to streamline your life as I could


7 Questions You Didn't Know Could Be Answered With Math

Nine out of 10 of you have probably used some variation of the term 'I'll never need any of this in the real world' when you were studying math in high school. True, the mechanics of long division and PEMDAS don't seem as important in day to day life as, say, knowing how to change a tire. But according to science, a lot of the problems you face eve


7 Real Insect Superpowers That Put Spidey Sense to Shame

Insects and arachnids, like humans, have their superheroes with incredible powers. The only difference is that their superheroes are real. And, pound for pound, consistently more impressive than the human version.


The 5 Weirdest Things That Control the Global Economy

The global economy is an insanely complex system of labor, money and goods all governed by laws to keep each facet in check. So it'd be pretty depressing if researchers discovered that the whole thing was actually the end result of a bunch of seemingly random bullshit, wouldn't it?


7 Awesome Images That Will Make You Mourn The Space Shuttle

It's over: No more manned space missions on the agenda. Here's what we'll be missing.


5 Supervillain Tactics Science Is Using to Kill Mosquitoes

What is the deadliest animal in the world? Lions? Sharks? Bears? Bees? Snakes? Rats? It was bears, wasn't it? Is it bears? No, it's the lowly mosquito, and it's not even close.


6 Lies About the Body You Learned in Kindergarten: Classic

When we reach the age of two, we start to have a few questions about our bodies. At first they're simple. 'Will that toy fit into the wet hole in the middle of my face?' But as we mature, the questions become more complex and too numerous for any reasonable human being to answer. It's no coincidence that around this time, your parents ship you off


The 6 Most Disturbingly Evil Birds

Birds are the most majestic creatures on Earth -- we plaster them on our cars, flags and coins. You see them soaring up there, and think they're above all the petty savagery down here on the ground. Well, it turns out they're dicks.


5 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Make Kids Smarter

There are some surprisingly simple things you can do to help your Bieber-obsessed Twittering child actually learn something.


6 Terrifying Predators Routinely Owned by Adorable Prey

Apparently, when creating the nastiest animals on Earth, Mother Nature decided that they were each going to have an embarrassingly adorable nemesis to regularly knock them down a few pegs.


6 Tricks That Let You Control Animals Like The Beast Master

Evolution has afforded every animal in the world the tools perfectly designed for its survival, whether it be claws, venom, horns, or whatever it is that cockroaches have. But every once in a while evolution makes a mistake and leaves a totally useless trait in an entire species. That's bad news for them, but good news for us, as it can be amusing


6 'Wuss' Behaviors That Were Once Badass Survival Instincts

You might not realize it, but some of the behaviors that get you swirlied today were survival strategies that kept you alive thousands of years ago.


6 Uneducated Amateurs Whose Genius Changed the World

Now, we're not telling you not to get an education -- everybody knows employers these days want a degree. But we'd be remiss if we didn't take a moment to celebrate some of the amazing achievements from people who had virtually no education at all.