October 10, 2016
How many times a week do you see someone posting a headline to Facebook with a ridiculous scientific claim about your health? ‘9 out of 10 Doctors Say You Should Stop Exercising,’ ‘New Report Shows Milk Prevents Cancer,’ ‘New Study Shows Milk Is Pure Poison, Stop Drinking Milk Or Else Everyone You Know Will Die!’ If you’re like us, you probably don’t even pay attention to them anymore because the results are so fluid and often contradictory. Tell us now– are eggs good for you? You have no idea. Yes, but not the yolks? Who the hell knows anymore?
There’s a reason why so many studies about human health and behavior are so unpredictable, and you may not be happy with the answer. It’s because studying humans is freaking impossible, and that’s never going to change. When you’re studying people, there’s an endless amount of incalculable variables that make reaching a conclusion a futile undertaking. And even if you control for as many factors as you can think of, you still might not be able to account for your subjects’ genetics or the very likely chance that they’re just lying to you. “Oh, my diet? Yeah, I eat 2 salads a day, no dressing, and a plain cut of grilled chicken for dinner. I definitely didn’t drive through McDonalds on the way here and order a #3 with a Dr. Pepper, no pickles.”
In conclusion, don’t trust anything you read or hear ever, or do, because science doesn’t really know what it’s doing. On this week’s episode Cracked editor-in-chief Jack O’Brien is joined by executive editor Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) to talk about how and why science fails us in this regard and why you should probably still be flossing.
Also, you can see us on Saturday, October 29th at the Now Hear This podcast festival in Anaheim, California. We’re on an amazing lineup with other podcasts like WTF with Marc Maron, Doug Loves Movies, I Was There Too and Superego. Use promo code CRACKED to get 25% off 3-day GA passes. Tickets and information available here: https://goo.gl/R8gzMX
Cracked: Why Science Is Still Mystified About How Humans Work: https://goo.gl/P4s6mb
Smithsonian: Scientists Replicated 100 Studies, Fewer Than Half Got The Same Results: https://goo.gl/VsQXP3
CBC: No Strong Proof That Flossing Your Teeth Has Medical Benefit: https://goo.gl/HFiymZ
NPR: Does Flossing Help Or Not?: https://goo.gl/pS6DGW
LiveScience: Eggs Don’t Deserve Their Bad Reputation: https://goo.gl/g0l3ys
Time: Why Full-Fat Dairy May Be Healthier Than Low-Fat: https://goo.gl/ZFcGDE
Time: Diet Soda Contributes to Weight Gain, Not Weight Loss: https://goo.gl/bYzpc2
New York Times: Why Nutrition Is So Confusing: https://goo.gl/z8aBTs
Pacific Standard: Alcoholics Anonymous Has A Problem: https://goo.gl/ZJb5NO
WebMD: Effectiveness of Antidepressants: https://goo.gl/he3Kbo
Slate Star Codex: Stop Confounding Yourself: https://goo.gl/KQHiiJ
Cracked: 5 Ways We Misunderstand Pedophilia: https://goo.gl/O1oIoE
Cracked: 24 Everyday Things That Are Still A Mystery To Science: https://goo.gl/icSrfE
Cracked: 6 Reasons You Can’t Trust Science Anymore: https://goo.gl/QP8eWh
Cracked: 6 Shocking Studies That Prove Science Is Totally Broken: https://goo.gl/fuQCak
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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.