July 18, 2016
EP. 133 — Culture-Specific Things We Do That We Assume Are Universal
There are parts of our daily lives that we just take for granted as being normal, but science proves us wrong. One of the best ways to look at this is language. We’ve previously discussed on the podcast how languages with future tenses (like English) make us really bad at planning for the future. We just think the future is some imaginary place that we’ll always to go later. That’s why we’re great at fun things like procrastinating, drinking and smoking.
Chinese, on the other hand, doesn’t have tenses at all, so native speakers find themselves naturally better at planning for the time ahead. For Chinese speakers, the future isn’t some magical fairy island that will always come tomorrow–the structure of the language just makes the consequences of life more immediate in their brains.
These little cultural differences literally affect how we perceive the world. In languages with more words for the color green, for example, speakers can actually see more shades of green than us. What is a superpower to us is completely mundane to them because they’ve just had that language and ability their whole life.
On this week’s podcast Jack O’Brien is joined by Cracked executive editor Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) to outline some of the scientific ways our brains trick us with this phenomenon– how our sense perception, something we assume is uniform across all humanity, actually changes depending on what culture we’re brought up in.
Donald Trump/Bernie Sanders “Yuuuge” Forum Thread: http://goo.gl/xNhQ4e
Blue Square/Green Square Experiment: http://goo.gl/08DBcL
Cracked: Unexplained Things That Only Happen In A Few Places On Earth: http://goo.gl/zf42ye
Cracked: 7 Innocent Gestures That Can Get You Killed Overseas: http://goo.gl/7Nv1es
Cracked: 6 Mental Illnesses That Only Happen in One Place on Earth: http://goo.gl/seibHn
Cracked: 5 Insane Ways Words Can Control Your Mind: http://goo.gl/RlnD
Cracked: 5 Surprising Ways Your Language Affects How You Think: http://goo.gl/3g3nBa
Cracked: I Don’t Know My Age: 5 Things I Learned in My Isolated Tribe: http://goo.gl/6LdJIh
Cracked: 6 Isolated Groups Who Had No Idea That Civilization Existed: http://goo.gl/e49hK
Invisibilia: McDonald’s in Russia: http://goo.gl/nBrjpd
99% Invisible: Devil’s Rope: http://goo.gl/VTbc2K
The McGurk Effect: https://goo.gl/T47EGZ
The Atlantic: Can Your Language Influence Your Spending, Eating and Smoking Habits: http://goo.gl/R9oI0m
Schoolboy Q’s Blankface LP on Spotify: https://goo.gl/BgLM1a
This episode is sponsored by Comic Con HQ, Magoosh, Spotify, and Loot Crate.
January 26, 2020
Freedom sucks…and that is why we have to defend it. Because our democracy involves doing a lot of stuff that takes energy, takes time, and lacks that Michael Bay Quality that only a surprise missile launch can provide. So on this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt and special guest Jason Pargin (who writes for Cracked as David Wong) are exploring the ways being afraid of everything (an easy action) can stop us from being free. Discover the decades-long tradition of some Americans wanting to give up everything in exchange for not needing to think, the centuries-long tradition of people inciting fake panics, and the reasonable ways you can help change things for the better.
January 19, 2020
How’s your local shopping mall doing? Have you checked on it lately? Swing by sometime, because its department store might’ve turned into a call center or a hospital or a go-kart track. On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by the one and only Kai Ryssdal (Marketplace, Make Me Smart) for a look at surprising, strange, and shocking stories from all over the U.S. economy. Discover an international pig flu, a 26-word statement that built the modern Internet, and more amazing ways cash is ruling everything around you. By the way, if you’re an American listener, you spent the past few years funding an astonishingly huge bailout. Surprise! Listen for details!
January 12, 2020
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.