Cracked Archive - Science

6 Beneficial Things They Made You Stop Doing in School

It's easy to think of a classroom as a battle of wills between kids who want to dick around all day and teachers who actually want to make them learn. But it's not that simple. A lot of the things that will get you yelled at in a classroom are, in fact, beneficial to learning.


The 5 Weirdest Things That Influence How Your Food Tastes

As with the other four senses, your taste is manipulated by a whole bunch of factors outside of your control.


The 6 Most Mind-Blowing Ways Your Brain Can Malfunction

Guess what? There are mental disorders that can mess with your perception of reality in unimaginable ways, while often leaving the rest of your mind untouched.


5 Mind-Blowing Scientific Answers to Life's 'Big Questions'

At some point in your life you have, at some completely random moment, stopped what you were doing and just thought, 'Man, what am I doing here? How does any of this even exist? What is reality, anyway?' Then you usually forget about it and go back to playing browser games until lunchtime rolls around. But those big questions, starting with the nat


The 6 Deadliest Animals Too Adorable to Run Away From

Mother Nature's favorite gag is giving vicious predators the bodies of harmless fuzzballs. This is a continuation of our duty to make sure you don't judge an animal's lethality by its appearance.


6 Mind-Blowing Ways Genetic Engineering Might Save Your Life

Genetic engineering scares a lot of people, partly because we love making sci-fi movies and video games starring walking humanoid horrors that resulted from experiments gone wrong. And, while the idea of something like growing a human heart in a sheep's body just seems wrong somehow, it probably seems less wrong to the person who actually needs a h


5 Scientific Reasons Your Idea of Happiness Is Wrong

Our two favorite subjects at Cracked are the elusive concept of human happiness and Batman. This article is about the first one.


6 Ways Bacteria Will Prevent the Apocalypse

There are some strains of bacteria that not only can perform massive, superhero-level feats, but are probably going to be what stands between us and an apocalyptic future.


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.