Our brains have a few sets of guardrails...theoretically. One set should prevent us from claiming wild nonsense about ourselves, in particular if we know we can't back it up. Another set ought to prevent us from falling for that garbage if other people pull it. But what if certain people don't have that first limitation? What if they have the ability to lie beyond all reason, all the time? And what if the rest of us are liable to fall for it in spite of ourselves?

On this week's episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Danielle Radford and Jenny Jaffe for a trip through ridiculous lies and cons that never should have worked...and somehow fooled everybody anyway. They'll explore historical and modern-day examples of utter shenanigans happening everywhere from Brazil to Paris to the Dominion of Melchizedek (don't ask). And they'll mull why people love perpetrating -- and falling for -- the dumbest tricks imaginable.

Footnotes:

Jenny Jaffe on Twitter

Danielle Radford on Twitter

Tights And Fights (Maximum Fun)

How Anna Delvey Tricked New York's Party People (The Cut)

The Story of How Movie 43 Tricked Its Ensemble Cast to Appear in Movie 43 (Jezebel)

5 Over-The-Top Lies (That Worked Ridiculously Well) (Cracked)

6 Outrageous Cons That Shouldn't Have Worked (But Did) (Cracked)

5 Hilariously Ballsy Cons Pulled Off By Historical Figures (Cracked)

5 Badass Con Men Who Fooled the Experts There to Catch Them (Cracked)

Michael Jackson's Strangest Collaboration: Rockwell (MTV)

J.S.G. Boggs: One Fundred Dollars (The Paris Review)

The Smoothest Con Man That Ever Lived (Smithsonian)

The World's Most Notorious Micronation Has the Secret to Protecting Your Data From the NSA (Mother Jones)

This Is All Donald Trump Has Left (Deadspin)

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