9 Times Pop Culture Accidentally Taught People To Save Lives

Movies, TV, gaming: three things that are theoretically a waste of time. Oh sure, they deliver value in the art sense, and comfort in the goofing-off sense. But what if they're more valuable than that? What if consuming shows and playing video games (accidentally) turns people into real-life heroes? On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/writers Caitlin Gill and Alex Watt for a look at the surprising number of times that exact thing happened. They'll explore stories of regular people who saved a life thanks to skills gained randomly from cartoons, sitcoms, 'World Of Warcraft', and more silly entertainment.

Footnotes:

Caitlin Gill's stand-up album Major

Alex Watt's comedy writing for The New Yorker

@stepdaddy10000 on Twitter

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5 Mundane Objects That Saved Important Lives (Cracked)

6 TV Shows You Won't Believe Saved People's Lives (Cracked)

6 Acts of Real-Life Heroism Made Possible by Video Games (Cracked)

How the Original 'Lion King' Came to Life (The Ringer)

The CPR Episode of The Office Just Saved Someone's Life (Mental Floss)

'Songs to do CPR to' playlist could be a lifesaving soundtrack (The Washington Post)

How Meeting Jamie Lee Curtis Inspired a 'Halloween' Fan (The Hollywood Reporter)

What the heck ever happened to Anne Robinson, the host of 'The Weakest Link'? (AOL News)

Code Of The Secret Service (1939) page on Turner Classic Movies

Walt Disney, Ronald Reagan and the Fear of Hollywood Communism (TIME)

Induction of union-busting Reagan into Labor's Hall of Honor shocks union (The Washington Post)

Memories of the Attempted Reagan Assassination (UVA Miller Center)

Boy Survives Moose Attack Thanks To World Of Warcraft (Wired)

Grand Theft Auto skills help heroic Charlie save his grandfather's life (The Irish Examiner)

Co. Meath Youth Saves Grandfather's Life Using Skills He Learned From Grand Theft Auto (her.ie)