The most successful people in the world are SO EXCITED to call themselves that. Hard-charging, in-leaning, unstoppable titans of industry want everyone to know it. One of their favorite brags: never sleeping more than a few hours a night. Is that actually a cool thing? Should all of us let ourselves get talked into that lifestyle? And are a bunch of our daily habits that kind of smart-seeming bad health trap?

On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt sits down with Jason Pargin (who writes for the site as David Wong). They want you to hang in there, friend. If there's one takeaway from today's episode (and there are so many more than just one!) it's that you oughta receive all the healthy support you can get from others and from yourself. Other takeaways: an immense range of fascinating facts about our bodies, our culture, and the war they're in at all times if we're not careful.

Footnotes:

21 Weird Health Facts That Everyone Should Know (Pt 1) (Cracked)

21 Weird Health Facts That Everyone Should Know (Pt 2) (Cracked)

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death (The New Yorker)

Among teens, sleep deprivation an epidemic (Stanford Medicine)

How The World Forgot To Sleep (Esquire UK)

The Mellowing of William Jefferson Clinton (New York Times Magazine)

Low-dose THC can relieve stress; more does just the opposite (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Adolescent cannabis use, baseline prodromal symptoms and the risk of psychosis (The British Journal of Psychiatry)

Once again, U.S. expert panel says genetically engineered crops are safe to eat (Science)

The influence of calorie labeling on food orders and consumption: A review of the literature (NCBI)

Are Large Portions to Blame for Obesity? (Pacific Standard)

The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation, 1980 (NCBI)

"I Am The New Person You Have To Know About Now" by Meghan Trainor (Clickhole)

Exciting Tour News!

See the first-ever Cracked Podcast LIVE TOUR this spring! Get your tickets now for: Thursday April 11th -- Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL and Friday April 12th -- Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul MN.

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