Cracked Archive - Weird World

6 Insane Superstitions That Are Still Shockingly Influential

Maybe you're a totally rational human being who also happens to believe in alien abductions, ghost kidnappings or yeti carjackings. That's OK. You're not alone. Why, sometimes even courts and governments blur the line between reality and bullshit.


The 5 Stupidest Ways People Try to Look Smart

No one likes seeming smart more than stupid people. Unfortunately, being stupid, they're not particularly good at conveying intelligence.


5 Secret Languages That Stuck It to the Man

We told you about how old-time criminals invented a bunch of the slang you use today. Well, turns out they aren't the only ones with their own language.


The 6 Most Spectacularly Failed Attempts to Look Cool

No one likes a showoff. Not even fate, apparently -- because every once in a while it sees fit to prick someone's inflated ego balloon with its embarrassment needle, resulting in a spectacular backfire like ...


The 7 Most Insane Things Done in the Name of Love

No matter how much you love your significant other, you've probably never crossed the line from crazy romantic to crazy insane. We can't say the same thing about these guys.


6 Ways to Travel Abroad Without Looking Like a Tourist

I decided to go abroad, but how could I do that without looking like a noob? I learned the hard way, but now you don't have to.


6 Unspoken Rules of Public Transportation (Everybody Breaks)

For the benefit of the courts, and to satisfy the conditions of my own court-ordered alternative punishment, I present this column on the six worst things human beings do to one another on public transportation, and how to avoid them.


The 8 Most Excessively Disturbing Public Health Campaigns

These public health campaigns are just like regular advertisements, except that instead of selling McRibs, they're promoting awareness for a cause in the most terrifying way possible.


8 Election Myths You Probably Believe

Some of what we hate most about the American democratic process aren't flaws at all -- they're actually what make the whole thing tick.


7 True Stories of Animals Rescuing People from Certain Death

Apparently, lions, gorillas and even whales throwing themselves in harm's way to save some helpless human.


The 5 Most Obnoxious Ways People Screw Up Apologies

Apologizing is admitting that you made a mistake and implies that you won't do it again. But some people can't even get through the 'sorry' before screwing up again, creating a perpetual loop powered by failure.


Why 'Gangnam Style' Is Actually a Study in Mind Control

The future is going to look an awful lot like 'Thriller.'


The 5 Most Terrifying Rites of Passage from Around the World

There are some cultures out there that don't consider puberty a real rite of passage unless it involves something so gruesome that most of us wouldn't do it as adults.


6 Bizarre Factors That Predict Every Presidential Election

Wouldn't it be great if you could shut out that political noise and predict the outcome of every presidential election based on completely ridiculous and arbitrary factors? Guess what? You totally can.