Cracked Archive - Science

The 6 Creepiest Things Hiding in Your DNA

We're all just one impulsive Google images search away from facing the unblinking darkness that lurks within the heart of man. But that black pit of twisted evil and decay shouldn't surprise anybody; it's rooted in our genetic makeup. Literally.


5 Internet Prescribed 'Cleanses' That Made Me Immortal

I want to live forever. Enter the pseudo-science of cleansing, offering immediate absolution for lifetimes of indulgence. Cleanses promise everything from curing disease to eternal youth in exchange for a week of misery and incessant pooping.


The 7 Most Impressive Examples of Animal Architecture

Animals have been cranking out architectural marvels since humanity was still trying to figure out how pooping works.


The 5 Biggest Backfires in the History of Disaster Relief

The nice thing about natural disasters is that you always know who to blame them on: your god, your god's greatest mortal enemy or a kraken. Unfortunately, we don't have the same luxury when it comes to catastrophes brought on by man -- especially when all of man's bright ideas for fixing them just keep making them worse.


The 6 Weirdest Dangers of Space Travel

When mankind finally makes the big leap from Earth to space, it's probably not going to be the time-warping black holes or mouth-raping aliens that do him in. In fact, tomorrow's astronauts will be on the lookout for dangers that are laughably mundane.


7 Horrible Ways The Universe Can Destroy Us Without Warning

he universe is patient. It can wait. But rest assured: Some day, when you least expect it, it will reap a terrible vengeance upon you.


6 Ways Nature Cleans Up Our Messes Better Than We Do

Every once in a while, Mother Nature surprises us with her resiliency, Wolverine-like healing abilities and willingness to step in and clean up our filthy messes when we prove ourselves incompetent.


8 Terrifying Skeletons of Adorable Animals

As with everything, it's really the cute creatures that are harboring true horror just beneath their skin.


7 Basic Things You Won't Believe You're All Doing Wrong

Stop what you're doing because, whatever it is, you're probably screwing it up.


The 6 Most Bizarre Medical Hoaxes People Actually Believed

Repeat after us: Medicine. Is. Not. Magic.


6 Socially Conscious Actions That Only Look Like They Help

A lot of the half-assed stuff we do not only doesn't help but actually ends up making things worse for everyone.


6 Fitness Tips Everyone's Heard (That Don't Work at All)

According to countless self-proclaimed fitness experts, apparently there is only one way to avoid obesity and early death: their way.


The Most Appropriately Endangered Species on the Planet

Somewhere in the world right now a harpy eagle is choking on the remnants of a helium balloon and a giant sea turtle is strangling itself in a six-pack ring. Nature, by its very ... nature, is cruel; it claims the lives of animals wantonly, sometimes the lives of entire species, leaving the rest terrified and wondering which will be the next group.


Killer Whale: Biggest Badass in the Animal Kingdom [CHART]

Land sharks are funny. Until you realize that killer whales can do that.


10 Animals You Won't Believe Are Closely Related

Here are a few critters that took a much weirder evolutionary path than you might at first expect.