Cracked Archive - Weird World

The 7 Hardest People to Shop For: A Holiday Gift Guide

With the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, we enter that long, grim death march known as the holiday season. We here at Cracked want to help, or more accurately, to pretend to help while we make cheap jokes at your expense.


8 Incredible Discoveries People Just Sort of Stumbled Into

Some important discoveries are made by folks of singular mind and purpose. Others are made by people stumbling over them like a fat kid at a roller rink.


19 Famous Photographs Before The CIA Edited Them

If the conspiracy theorists are to be believed, most of our technology comes from reverse engineering alien spacecraft. Assuming that applies to photo manipulation software, we have to assume that most famous photographs have been expertly manipulated to omit details that the public isn't ready for. A look at what some of our favorite images looked


23 Pranks That Fictional Characters Probably Get A Lot

Being the first to fall asleep at a sleep over party or the first to pass out at a kegger is going to be embarrassing. We asked you to show us what it our favorite fictional characters have to worry about in those circumstances.


27 Great Moments in History If The Internet Was Around

There are plenty of great accomplishments from history that have been passed from one guy who swears he was there, to a writer, to a painter, to a poet who needed something that rhymed with midnight clear. While te Internet isn't known for its honesty, there's something to be said for the speed and sloppiness. At least we're getting unfiltered acce


Scariest Google Earth Image Ever: A Chinese Investigation

Last week someone trying to avoid doing real work by noodling around Google Maps all afternoon stumbled upon what appear to be enormous structures built in the deserts of Western China. This has sparked all sorts of speculation from me and other sweatpants clad journalists on what China might be up to.


5 Black Friday Myths the Media Wants You to Believe

Most of what you believe about Black Friday is a myth, right down to the day it falls on.


Helicopter Hunting: The Best Thing a Conservationist Can Do

If it wasn't for humanity keeping Mother Nature's unbridled fertility in check, who knows how many forests we would lose to the insatiable white-tailed deer, how many streams to the thirsty bear, or golf courses to the reckless goose.


The 12 Most Baffling Genres of Stock Photo, Explained

There are apparently stock photos that people just need to buy or photograph repeatedly for some reason.


6 Everyday Offenses That Should Be Punishable By Death

I now present six more folks I'd like to murder for committing minor, but apparently completely unforgivable, offenses in everyday life.


If History Was Written by the Losers

History is a movie that's written, directed and produced by the people who won the wars, made the most money and boned only the most distant of relatives. A series of images of what the world might look like if the people who got left on the cutting room floor still got to tell their story.


If Error Messages Had a Sense of Humor

Most of us probably read more words written in error messages than we do from members of our family. That's almost certainly true for your parents, both because you're an ungrateful good-for-nothing, and because your parents are probably terrible at computers. We asked you to give some common error messages a little personality.