Daniel O'Brien

Daniel O’Brien also known as “DOB”, is a humorist, author, and song writer for Cracked.com.

Guest Appearances

Dark Secrets from the Teacher's Lounge

The Cracked Podcast #147October 19, 2016

Did you ever have the sneaking suspicion that when your history teacher rolled out the old A/V cart for movie time that he was completely hungover? Or that that one teacher who seemed to hate you on a molecular level was giving…


The Best Fictional Universe To Be a Corpse

The Cracked Podcast #135August 1, 2016

Congratulations! You've died in a fictional universe where the afterlife exists! How cool is that? Aren't you happy you're not in the Tarantino-verse? Instead of your soul escaping to the great unknown, you get to hang out and make pottery with Whoopi Goldberg,…


Children's TV Shows With Horrifying Implications

The Cracked Podcast #114March 21, 2016

Last week on the site, Daniel O'Brien told us why Pinocchio was a secretly terrifying tale about a monster-boy thrust into existence by a bumbling old man who probably shouldn't be anyone's legal guardian.  To become a real boy, he's expected to prove himself…


We Finally Solved the Dog vs. Cat Debate

The Cracked Podcast #113March 14, 2016

Ever since we started letting friendly wolves and tiny tigers into our homes a few thousand years ago, society has been split into two camps: dog people and cat people. Sometimes the battle lines are drawn across gender lines; the term cat-lady…


Why We Should Wait 5 Years To Award the Oscars

The Cracked Podcast #110February 22, 2016

Sorry, the Oscars, but you're old, out of touch and boring. We can see through your failed attempts to reach a new generation: the Anne Hathaway/James Franco catastrophe, the phony (get it?) Ellen DeGeneres selfie stunt that was totally unscripted and Samsung…


Why The English Language Is Messing With Your Head

The Cracked Podcast #106January 25, 2016

A short list of completely ridiculous things we put up with as English speakers:  1. I before E except after C (apart from numerous exceptions that you should memorize) 2. The letters C and K making the same sound (except when they don't)…


Movies That'd Be Better From a Different POV

The Cracked Podcast #103January 4, 2016

Most disaster movies make cannon fodder out of almost every single living person on the planet who isn't a president, a fighter pilot, or the one scientist who has the key to solving the alien/meteor/whatever problem. What about the rest of us?…


What We Learned About What We Learned In 2015

The Cracked Podcast #102December 21, 2015

As everything in the world becomes more interconnected and as the cost of recording and storing data sharply decreases, we've seen a steep rise in the importance of statistics. It seems like there isn't a single facet of human life that isn't…


Why Time Travel Would Be Weirder Than You Think

The Cracked Podcast #97November 23, 2015

Going back all the way to our very first episode, one of the topics that we've discussed most on this podcast is the Flynn Effect: the inevitability that each generation will be smarter than the last. We're smarter than a generation of…


20 Movies That Would Be Better With One Simple Change

The Cracked Podcast #96November 16, 2015

Search through the DVD extras of 'Back To The Future' and you'll come across one of the greatest what-ifs of movie history. The part of Marty McFly was originally played by Eric Stoltz (John Travolta's drug dealer from 'Pulp Fiction'), and they…


Why Nothing About The Presidential Election Matters

The Cracked Podcast #88September 28, 2015

Newsflash: You only have 407 days until the 2016 presidential election. Do you think you'll have enough time to make an informed decision? We think so. In fact, you could bury your head in the sand on Mars for another full year…


Dumb Movie Tropes That Need To Die Already

The Cracked Podcast #84August 24, 2015

Our main bread and butter at Cracked is pointing out the little things in movies that either brainwash our society as a whole, or are just simply so overused that they annoy the bloody hell out of us.  We've covered in our…


Weird Ways Repeating Sounds Hack the Human Mind

Why is it that if you hear a pop song like "I Kissed A Girl" more than two or three times, you feel like you're going insane, but when you play an old video game you can listen to the music for…


Why California Is Secretly Evil

In 1848, on the eve of the California Gold Rush, there were less than 1000 white settlers living in the California territory. Within the next 2 years, that number would jump up to 100,000, making it the largest mass-migration in US history.…


Great Movie Sequels That Don't Exist

The Cracked Podcast #71April 27, 2015

If you recall the 2006 movie 'The Prestige,' you'll remember the plot roughly follows how two Batmen fight an army of Wolverines created by David Bowie. Look it up. The most overlooked part of the film is when Nikola Tesla (played by…


Insane Internet Fan Theories

The Cracked Podcast #64February 16, 2015

As we've previously covered on the site, before JK Rowling had even finished the 'Harry Potter' books, an interesting fan theory started popping up on Potterverse fansites. The speculation went that perhaps the chosen one wasn't our boy Harry, but actually lovable…


Tiny Cause, Huge Effect

The Cracked Podcast #63February 9, 2015

We've all heard about the butterfly effect: a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world, and weeks later that results in a hurricane somewhere else. But that doesn't actually happen, right? We can't prove that a butterfly can affect…


Babies: Cuddly Idiots or Evil Super-Geniuses?

The Cracked Podcast #50October 13, 2014

We love babies, and we’re also horrified by all that they imply. Babies can’t eat on their own or hold their heads up, and they go to the bathroom in their pants like drunken little monsters. But science is beginning to show…


Statistics That Prove We're Wrong About Everything

The Cracked Podcast #47September 15, 2014

You're on the 1970s game show "Let's Make a Deal," and you get to pick between 3 doors: behind one is a new car, and behind the other two are gag prizes. After choosing your door, the host shows you one of…


Secrets That Created the World

The Cracked Podcast #45September 1, 2014

Did you know James Buchanan promised to write a letter explaining every secret about his life, and then at the last minute had it destroyed? Or that the concept of "nuclear winter" was a load of B.S. invented by the KGB? Or…


How Depressing Entertainment Became the Norm

Have you noticed that all the great series of television's current renaissance are darker than the devil's taint with a suntan? You've got Game of Thrones, where every likable character dies horribly and sociopathy is cruise control for success. There's True Detective,…


22 Accidents That Made the World

Accidents happen. And, sometimes those accidents lead to world-changing inventions, like penicillin, cheese and (mankind's most critical invention) Silly Putty. On today's podcast, Cracked editors Jack O'Brien, Dan O'Brien and Soren Bowie talk about the cock-ups that led to huge revelations. If…


Greatest 'What Ifs' in Pop Culture

The Cracked Podcast #31April 21, 2014

When you hear the phrase "squandered premise," a few things leap right into your mind -- 'The Walking Dead', 'True Blood', Jay-Z's god-awful mash-up albums and every 'Jaws' movie BUT 'Jaws'. On this podcast, Cracked editors Jack O'Brien, Dan O'Brien and Soren…


How Colors Control Your Mind

You're being mind-controlled right now. The CIA and the NSA aren't to blame -- just holding a cool drink can make you decide someone has a "cold" personality. Just hearing words associated with "old people" is enough to make you walk at…


Dumb Movies That Will Be Studied by History

The Cracked Podcast #23February 24, 2014

The most important movies in history don’t always walk away with Academy Awards. In this podcast, you'll hear Jack O'Brien explain what Teen Wolf can tell us about the history of race relations in America, Dan O'Brien point out that Last Action Hero was basically…


Bad Ideas That Control the World

The Cracked Podcast #22February 17, 2014

Police sketch artists, speed bumps, late-night talk shows and the QWERTY keyboard all have one thing in common: They're shitty ideas that have somehow gained immortality. On this podcast, Cracked editors Jack O'Brien, Dan O'Brien and Robert Evans talk about bad ideas…


Why So Many Good TV Shows Have Bad Endings

The Cracked Podcast #10November 11, 2013

In part one of a two-part discussion, Jack O'Brien welcomes in Cracked staffers Breandan Carter, Adam Ganser, and Dan O'Brien to offer alternate endings to 'Dexter', '101 Dalmatians', and the ABC live-action puppet sitcom 'Dinosaurs' that would've made more sense than their…


Lyndon B. Johnson

The Cracked Podcast #8October 21, 2013

Cracked Head Writer & Creative Director of Video, Daniel O’Brien joins Jack O’Brien (no relation) to discuss the many things you may not know about President Lyndon B. Johnson in honor of Daniel’s upcoming book, “How To Fight Presidents.” We’ll learn about…


Flashbulb Memories

The Cracked Podcast #3September 2, 2013

Today Jack O’Brien talks about memory and why we suck at it. He’ll examine the idea of flashbulb memories by chatting with senior Cracked editor Robert Brockway about a personal anecdote of his that involves mushrooms and a wolf. Then, Jack &…

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