Why do we think Ned Flanders is so lame? He's outgoing and nice, is always happy to lend out his lawn equipment and looks amazing in ski-wear.

Let's first start off by saying, no, the theme behind this episode is not why left-handed people are lame, but we are talking about giving hugs and high fives, staying away from cigarettes and alcohol, loving thy neighbor and all of the attributes we normally credit to boring people. Unfortunately for many of our dear readers and listeners, it's actually scientifically proven that working hard and having less fun leads to a longer, healthier life.

On this week's episode, Jack O'Brien, Josh Sargent and Alex Schmidt discuss the ways that uncool behavior is actually beneficial to both the individual and society overall. They try to figure out why, despite all this, our culture still loves the bad boy and thinks nice guys finish last.

Footnotes:

Allure of the Antihero

Do High Fives Help NBA Players?

LA Times: Why Loma Linda Residents Live Longer

Wired: Why Some Animals Are Becoming Nicer

Terror Management Theory

Gizmodo: Why Do People Take Selfies in Emergencies?

Cracked: 5 Sucker Behaviors That Secretly Give You an Advantage

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Deep inside us all behind our political leanings, our moral codes and our private biases, there is a cause so colossally stupid, we surprise ourselves with how much we care. Whether it's toilet paper position, fedoras on men or Oxford commas, we each harbor a preference so powerful we can't help but proselytize to the world. Guest host Soren Bowie will be joined by Cody Johnston, Michael Swaim and comedian Annie Lederman to discuss the most trivial things we will argue about until the day we die. This next LIVE episode of The Cracked Podcast will be on Saturday, May 14th at 7pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles. Tickets are $5 and on sale here.

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