August 4, 2014
EP. 42 — Weird Connections: Why Paris Hilton Is a Genius
Did you know Zeppo Marx invented a heart attack alarm? We usually think of genius as one explicit thing: You’re a genius at music, or computer programming, or whatever. But there’s no straight road from “genius” to “what you do with that genius.” Charles Darwin may have figured out evolution as a side effect of his obsession with eating rare animals. Paris Hilton seems like she’s famous for being rich and spoiled, but she might be the greatest marketing mind of our generation.
On today’s podcast, Cracked editors Jack O’Brien, Soren Bowie, and Michael Swaim discuss the exceptional people who built our world, and the exceptionally weird things that made them brilliant. It seems strange for a musician or a comedian to invent new technology, but smart people are smart all around. It gets even broader than just inventions. Bob Dylan makes art out of plagiarizing everything from older songs to a book on the Monica Lewinsky trial. Want to hear more crazy connections made by beautiful minds? Click here and listen in.
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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.