A "fire in the belly": it's a metaphor for motivation that sounds like terrible medical trouble. Our culture tells us a little bit of anger -- a little bit of that ulcerative-sounding "fire in the belly" -- helps us accomplish a little bit more. But what if that phenomenon can go farther? What if righteous anger led to some of the most impressive architecture, music, cartoons, and other great achievements of the past couple centuries? And what if the backstories there are hilarious every time?

On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians Billy Wayne Davis and Rivers Langley for a look at the most incredible things ever done purely out of spite. They'll dig into tales of 1800s tycoons, 2010s Vermonters, and other noted maniacs re-shaping our cities. They'll explore how several of your favorite musicians made whole chunks of their catalog just to piss off the label. And in a final look at human motivation itself, they'll put a microscope on the thin, blurry line between desire and fury.

Footnotes:

Billy Wayne Davis: Live At Third Man Records

The Goods From The Woods podcast

5 Famous People Whose Best Work Was Motivated By Revenge (Cracked)

5 Impressive Things Built Entirely Out Of Spite (Cracked)

The 5 Most Incredible Things Ever Done Purely Out of Spite (Cracked)

6 Musicians Who Made Entire Albums Just To Say F#@k You (Cracked)

Sahara Hare (Looney Tunes Wiki)

Tweetie Pie (Looney Tunes Wiki)

12 Great Ideas America Should Steal From Other Countries (The Cracked Podcast)

'Trans House' renamed 'Mott House' in honor of Stephanie Mott (WIBW)

Lamborghini Supercars Exist Because of a 10-Lira Tractor Clutch (Car And Driver)

A Freeport house with quirky history (Newsday)

Jeff Tweedy: The Strange Birth of Wilco's 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' (Rolling Stone)

Neil Young -- Silver & Gold (Human_Highway.org)

Neil Young -- Trans (Pitchfork)

Neil & The Shocking Pinks -- Everybody's Rockin' (Wikipedia)

Run Ronnie Run: "I'm forgainst it" (YouTube)

Hitchhiking with Evil: The Beach Boys' Surreal Relationship with Charles Manson (Consequence Of Sound)

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