John Early Is Figuring Out How to Be Sincere

As the star of the sharp new indie ‘Stress Positions,’ the irreverent comic works in a more serious vein. He tells Cracked why he’s getting comfortable with being earnest — even if he’s scared everyone will think he’s pretentious

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13 Nagging Questions, Finally Answered

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According to research, the top questions that drive adults insane are: "Did I lock the front door," "Did I forget my cell phone," and "Did I leave the stove on?" Most of us have spent at least some time worrying if we switched off lights, grabbed our keys.

It can be difficult to shrug off a fear once it has grabbed us, and the majority of people can’t concentrate on anything else until they’ve resolved their compulsive worry. The truth is, you don't need to have any kind of disorder to be occasionally plagued by worries, obsession and fears. 

The fact is, even beyond every day worries, we all have nagging questions we just can't let go of.  Consider these the ear worms of curiosity.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions, ranging from which country people believe is the most corrupt to who truly fathered Jan's child in The Office.

Airplane safety

Q: Why are most airplane seats blue? A: It's supposed to keep us calm. Traveling-and especially air travel-isa natural stress inducer, and studies show that the color blue can have a calming, relaxing effect. On some, at least. CRACKED.COM

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Ye Olde Bookstore

Q: What is the oldest bookstore? hn arm RT MIS A: Livraria Bertrand in Lisbon, Portugal. The store that's been renamed 11 times was first opened back in 1732, and holds the Guiness record for the longest operating bookstore in the world. CRACKED.COM

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Narwhals!

Q: Why do narwhals have tusks? A: For sex, baby! No no, not like that. More like peacock feathers. The males use their tusks to ward off any rival males and to indicate their availability to females. They also seem to compete in, uh, size, because the bigger the narwhal the bigger its horn and the better its chance of getting picked. CRACKED.COM

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Most corrupt country according to people

Q: Which country is perceived as the most corrupt? A: Iraq. According to 17,000 global citizens who took U.S. News' 2021 Best Countries rankings survey, Iraq is the least transparent and most corrupt. In 2020, the Iraqi Commission of Integrity charged 63 former and current government ministers with 92 counts of corruption. Germany, Canada, and Denmark were ranked best in transparency. CRACKED.COM

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Red lobster

Q: Why do lobsters turn red when you cook them? A: Because of a protein called beta-crustacyanin This protein is found in their shells and when heated, its bonds relax. Those bonds carry the pigment astaxanthin that reflects light in the red spectrum. CRACKED.COM

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Car safety

Q: Where's the safest place to sit in a car? B: The front seat Turns out that the back seat is less safe, because over the years manufacturers were so focused on keeping front seat passengers safe with quality air bags that backseat safety has now become inferior. Even the rear seatbelts are less efficient. CRACKED.COM

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Brain exercise

Q: What type of exercise is best for your brain? A: Aerobic exercise Physical activity is good for brain health, as studies show that people who do moderate physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day have better glucose metabolism-an indicator of a healthy brain. Aerobic exercises increase heart rate best and pumps more blood to the brain which also means more oxygen. The brain is the biggest consumer of oxygen in the body. CRACKED.COM

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This painting has been around

Q: Which painting has been stolen the most? A: The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb Also known as the Ghent Altarpiece done by Flemish brothers and painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck, the altarpiece has been burned, almost destroyed by Calvinist iconoclasts, taken apart, almost blown up while it was hidden in a mine, and stolen by Napoleon, Hitler, and many others. One of its panels remains missing to this day. CRACKED.COM

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John Early Is Figuring Out How to Be Sincere

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