August 8, 2016
So you think you know how the world works, right? You watch one episode of ‘Mythbusters’ and suddenly you’re an expert on ballistics, germ theory and aeronautical engineering.
Tell me then, Jonas Salk, why you always get sick on airplanes. You’re probably thinking it has something to do with the recycled air. Five hours spent breathing the same diseased air as the commoners back in coach and you’re bound to come down with something, right? Wrong, you aristocratic pig!
You can actually blame the airlines and flight attendants for this one. Don’t you think it’s weird how the plane gets clean in the 20 minutes between when the plane lands and when they ask you to board? Yeah, that’s because they don’t clean it. Every surface on an airplane is a plastic germ-ridden hellscape trying to eat you from the insides out. That’s why you get sick when you fly.
There are plenty of other everyday systems and things whose inner workings are taken for granted like that. Jack O’Brien is joined this week by Cracked editors Soren Bowie and Kristi Harrison for a roundup of things that don’t work how you’d expect: from airplanes, to soap, to the world economy.
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USA Today: 5 Myths About Germs on Airplanes: http://goo.gl/7KrnF7
Slate: How Welfare Reform Failed: http://goo.gl/CIB1S1
And The Band Played On (Book): https://goo.gl/OkI1Qx
And The Band Played On (Movie): https://goo.gl/KRZvfz
Oklahoma vs. Harvard Debate (Start at 0:43): https://goo.gl/3bDplo
Cracked: 6 Inside Facts About Jeopardy From a 74-Episode Winner: http://goo.gl/gRKtzC
Cracked: 6 Counterintuitive Tricks to Beating Popular Game Shows: http://goo.gl/f9BDt
The Economist: Age Invaders: http://goo.gl/QL6q1J
IMF: What Is The Demographic Dividend?: http://goo.gl/aAobvU
This episode is sponsored by Spotify, Magoosh, Casper Mattresses, 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.