Cracked Archive - Weird World

The 7 Most Insane Ways People Legally Avoided Paying Taxes

The truth is that the IRS isn't nearly as hardass as people think. There is a huge range of things you're allowed to write off from your taxes if you can make some kind of argument. And some of them are truly insane.

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The 5 Creepiest Disappearances That Nobody Can Explain

When people vanish, it usually turns out they were killed or kidnapped, or at least they were very likely to have been. Usually we have some kind of an answer. Usually -- but not always.

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6 Supposedly Fun Activities Nobody Actually Enjoys

Because we're all so beaten down by the winter months, come spring and summer, we'll pretend to enjoy just about anything as long as it gives us an excuse to not be holed up inside. Even though some of those activities are clearly inferior to forms of entertainment we invented years ago.

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6 Amazing Rich Kid Versions of the Toys You Grew Up With

It's hard not to wish you could, just once, re-live childhood as that rich kid who had everything. If by some sorcery that should ever occur, we recommend these.

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The 5 People You Should Have to Face in Hell

So, who do sinners meet in hell? French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre wrote 'Hell is other people.' That sounds about right to me. Hell is about being confronted by all the people you've screwed over in life.

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7 Old People Who Gave Retirement the Finger

These old people not only have more ambition than most of us despite being well past their prime, but they're also doing jobs most of us wouldn't even begin to consider.

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The 9 Most Baffling Monuments to Great People

The great monuments tend to also be simple -- Abe Lincoln's is just him sitting in a chair, Mount Rushmore is just a bunch of giant heads. But some sculptors decide to get creative, to create a memorial that will really blow people's minds. The results are often the stuff of nightmares.

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The 5 Most Insulting Ways Products Are Advertised to Men

Just as ads in the 1950s assumed that all women were housewives desperate for new ways to starch their husbands' shirts, advertisers today demonstrate an extremely low opinion of their male customers.

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The 9 Most Insane Board Games of All Time

We realize that advertising should be taken with a whole shaker of salt, especially when it comes to toys, where there's a long history of making products look better than they are (as multiple generations of Sea Monkeys owners can testify). These board game boxes, though, go beyond deceptive advertising and right into the realm of 'See, this is wh

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6 Popular Children's Books That Teach Kids Horrible Lessons

The cutesy, cartoony little picture books you find in the beanbag section of the library aren't actively teaching kids to idolize crack dealers or mock the disabled, right? Actually, some of the biggest names in the industry are practically seeding our children's brains with impending personality disorders.

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7 Outrageous Hoaxes That Actually Worked

Since society has had several thousand years of practice at recognizing con artists, you'd think we'd get pretty good at spotting them. But you'd be wrong. For a scam to succeed, it doesn't take any kind of special genius. Or even average genius.

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5 Awful Life Lessons Learned During a Spicy Food Challenge

After so many years of eating the spiciest food I could get my taste buds on, my palate has become conditioned to handle a lot of foods that would send the average person sprinting for the nearest water fountain (provided they're at a restaurant that doesn't serve beverages of any sort).

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