Cracked Archive - Science

10 Famous Unsolved Mysteries Easily Explained by Science

Science: Ruining campfire stories since 1625.


5 Shocking Ways You Overestimate Yourself

Hate pictures of yourself? That's your brain telling you lies.


5 Unexpected Downsides of High Intelligence

You know that phrase, 'Ignorance is bliss'? There's a reason it's stuck around all these years.


6 Medication Side Effects Straight Out of a Horror Movie

Apparently there are some things even the commercials don't tell you. Not necessarily because the side effects are too terrifying (though some are), but simply because some of them sound more like ironic gypsy curses than anything science is capable of.


7 Simple Questions You Won't Believe Science Just Answered

One advantage of living in the information age is learning new things every day. Even more interesting is when we learn stuff that we thought we already knew but apparently didn't, like the fact that the sun is a sphere. Yep, science just found that out in February 2011. Next they're going to tell us that they just figured out whether the chicken o


5 Bizarre Accidents That Helped Invent Modern Medicine

It turns out that some of the greatest discoveries in modern medicine didn't come about as a consequence of hundreds of dedicated doctors slaving away for hours in a lab. They occurred because people are often stupid, lazy, incompetent, unlucky or accident-prone.


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.