Jason Pargin

Jason Pargin

Jason Pargin is the author of the humor and horror novel John Dies at the End and is also a senior editor at Cracked.com under the pseudonym David Won. He has written a second novel, This Book Is Full of Spiders.

Guest Appearances

Cracks in Human Perception

We know it's old news already, but last week when that blue/black/white/gold dress tore the internet and countless marriages apart, it brought up a theme that we like to talk about a lot at Cracked: how our senses are about as trustworthy…


Why Pop-Culture Hates Poor People

When your favorite sitcom characters take their obligatory once-a-series trip to Vegas, unless that specific episode is about how Chandler loses it all on black, or Kramer comes up with a scheme to count cards, we never see them face the mundane…


How Internet Subcultures Combat Free Speech

The Cracked Podcast #62February 2, 2015

Here's the easiest experiment in the world. Go to YouTube. Click on ANY video. Scroll to the comments. How long did it take you to find a comment that was the most horrible and vile combination of words you've ever seen? If…


How the PG-13 Rating Took Over the World

The Cracked Podcast #57December 15, 2014

No matter how cool, young or hip you are, eventually the world of mass media will leave your increasingly-saggy ass behind. Recently, the YouTube channel of PewDiePie, a Swedish video game commenter, became the most viewed YouTube channel in history with over…


Why Hollywood Always Gets the Apocalypse Wrong

The Cracked Podcast #55December 1, 2014

Lately, you can't swing an undead cat without hitting the end of the world. Whether it's the pure escapism of 'The Walking Dead' or high art like 'The Road', every story hits the same beats: it's every man for himself against the…


Decisions Your Brain Makes Behind Your Back

The Cracked Podcast #53November 10, 2014

Hollywood never fails to remind us that we only use 10% of our brains. That statistic is bullshit, but it's true that around 90% of the activity in our brains is completely unconscious. We make most of our decisions without even knowing…


The Economics of Brainwashing

The Cracked Podcast #51October 27, 2014

We all have addicts in our lives -- that friend or relative who fell prey to alcohol, heroin or some other drug. Nobody pretends those aren't "real" addictions. But when a D-list reality star checks in to rehab for porn addiction or…


How One Logical Fallacy Keeps Making You Wrong

The Cracked Podcast #49October 6, 2014

You may be the first to admit that your Facebook page is simply a highlight reel of your life -- a carefully collected stream of only the best pictures, moments, and one-liners -- but why is it hard to make that same…


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…


Disney Orphans

The Cracked Podcast #46September 8, 2014

Why don’t heroes have parents? Think about it: from Harry Potter to Luke Skywalker, orphans make up a dominant percentage of the heroic population. There’s something about dead parents that can make any character into an instant underdog. Even Superman, literal god-being,…


Why Your Brain Is Sabotaging You

The Cracked Podcast #44August 18, 2014

Why do we listen to self-help gurus? It's not because they're all so much better at living than we are -- it's because we want to believe the path to success starts by asking "how" rather than just nutting up and starting.…


Your Memory Is a Filthy Liar

Did you know Michael Jordan is convinced no one ever believed he’d be a great basketball player? It seems inconceivable -- just as crazy as that pristine, perfect image of the 1950s so many old white people seem to believe in. Or,…


Why the Food Industry Is Evil

Did you know it's easier to quit heroin than it is to quit being obese? Whether you try Weight Watchers, Atkins, or whatever fad diet is popular this week, they all have the same efficacy five years down the line. We love…


Tipping Points: The End of Seafood and Tequila

It took 45 years before landline phones went from "rich person's toy" to normal. Cell phones made that same journey in just seven years, and smartphones bridged the gap from frivolous to ubiquitous in five. You're probably familiar with the concept of…


The 11 Nations of America?

Where you live in the United States determines a hell of a lot more than whether "coke" means Coca-Cola or "every single carbonated beverage." It can also mean the difference between sauce on your pizza or nothing, the difference between honor killings…


Shockingly Sexist Messages in the Modern World

The Cracked Podcast #30April 14, 2014

Why is Hollywood allergic to female protagonists? It's not a conspiracy -- men and women alike tend to prefer films with male heroes getting the girl. Even Disney's most progressive princesses still wind up with huge eyes, tiny hands and every other…


Insane Conspiracies That Actually Happened

The Cracked Podcast #28March 31, 2014

Hey, did you know a group of America's wealthiest business owners once tried to lead a military coup against the President? It sounds like something a lunatic would shout at you from a bus stop, but it actually happened while FDR was…


Why You Don't Know What You Look Like

The Cracked Podcast #27March 24, 2014

Have you ever wondered why everyone on Earth knew how crazy post-surgery Michael Jackson looked except Michael Jackson? If you’ve ever come into work with a terrible pimple or smudged makeup (that made you look like a clown) and been shocked when…


Insane Coincidences That Shaped History

The Cracked Podcast #26March 17, 2014

Why did the universe try so hard to make World War I happen? Was Hitler basically an evil Forrest Gump? In Hollywood, two bullets hitting in midair is too insanely coincidental for anything besides a Matrix sequel, but it happens constantly in…


Mind-Blowing Ideas About Alien Life

Have you ever wondered why UFO sightings aren't really a thing anymore? It's because cell phone cameras exist. On this week's podcast, Jack O'Brien, Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) and the ever effervescent Abe Epperson discuss aliens -- why we're pretty damn…


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…


Parallel Thinking

The Cracked Podcast #21February 10, 2014

Did you know there were like three different books about gawky, dark-haired 12-year-olds going to wizard school before ‘Harry Potter’? Two separate inventors actually filed patents for the telephone on the exact same day. On today's Cracked podcast, Jack O'Brien, Jason Pargin…


Every Movie is a Superhero Movie

The Cracked Podcast #20February 3, 2014

Superpowers! The word alone conjures up images of heroes stopping trains with their fists or shooting lasers from their eyes. But most desirable powers we can imagine don’t require a costume, just a camera.   In this week's podcast, Jack O'Brien, Michael…


Moral Panics

The Cracked Podcast #18January 20, 2014

The Knockout Game is part of a war on white people! Satanists are abducting babies all over the country, and if your kids live through that, some asshole's going to poison their Halloween candy! Every few months, the media cooks up a…


Pop Culture Expiration Dates

The Cracked Podcast #16January 6, 2014

Jack O'Brien welcomes Soren Bowie into the studio and calls up Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) to have a discussion about why certain types of music, like classic rock and old school hip-hop, can always seem cool, but why others, like hair…


Why Christmas Movies Are Political Propaganda

The Cracked Podcast #15December 16, 2013

Jack O'Brien rings in the holiday season with resident Scrooge and Executive Editor Jason Pargin to discuss 7 famous Christmas movies, from 'It's a Wonderful Life' to 'Die Hard.' They chart some of the faulty logic in their cheery resolutions and how…


Shocking Ways Reality Is Based on Movies

The Cracked Podcast #14December 9, 2013

Jack O'Brien calls up Executive Editor Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) to have a discussion about tropes in crime procedurals affecting jury deliberation, movies like 'Wall Street' changing the behavior of stockbrokers, and some of the other subconscious ways in which we…


Millennial Panic!

The Cracked Podcast #12November 25, 2013

Executive Editor Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) joins Cracked Editor-in-Chief Jack O'Brien for a discussion about millennials: why older generations seem to simultaneously fear and hate them, why a generation of people who don't want to be employed might help our economy,…


Why Every Movie Plot Follows Weirdly Specific Rules

The Cracked Podcast #9November 4, 2013

Jason Pargin aka David Wong joins Cracked editor-in-chief Jack O'Brien to discuss three-act story structure and how this formula is used in popular Hollywood blockbusters from 'Star Wars' and 'Jaws' to 'The Matrix'. They then discuss how these structures affect our thinking,…


Cultural bias

The Cracked Podcast #7October 14, 2013

David Wong aka Jason Pargin returns to discuss cultural bias with Jack O’Brien on this week’s episode of Cracked. They’ll get into why we overlook major plot points from real world origin stories of many cultural figures ranging from Bill Gates to…


Loss Of Privacy

The Cracked Podcast #4September 9, 2013

Jack O’Brien welcomes Executive Editor of Cracked/author Jason Pargin aka David Wong today to talk about our loss of privacy. They’ll get into why people aren’t that interested in the NSA scandal, how growing up during the Cold War affected Jason’s outlook…

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