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America's Only Humor Website Since 1958

  • Jun 15, 2012
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Are you unaware of this recent Batman phenomenon and in need of a primer of what makes him so awesome? Are you writing a school paper on just what made Theodore Roosevelt the most badass American President of all time? Want to know why Thomas Edison was a phony asshole while Nikola Tesla may be the greatest scientist who ever lived, let alone the most underrated?

Ladies and gentlemen, have I got the source for you!

Cracked.com contains lots of lists, and if there's one thing our attention-span deprived populace loves enough to still read, it's lists! This is one of the humor website's weak points, actually: They very rarely write up any other kinds of articles anymore.

Cracked.com calls itself the internet's only source of humor since 1958, that presumably not including unintentional humor. It has a small staff of busy writers and a metric fuckton of guest contributors who have written two or three articles for the site. There are sections devoted to a broad spectrum of particular subjects, like science, sex, video games, sports, pop culture in general, and there's one for the articles that won't fit in anywhere else which is just called Weird World.

There are also videos, and Cracked even has a couple of web series worth checking out. My personal favorite is After Hours, a series in which a handful of the site's staff writers sit in a Los Angeles-area cafe at night and gab about some of the most random subjects they can think up: What kind of apocalypse they would prefer, why the Back to the Future universe is secretly horrifying, and what your favorite Sex and the City character says about you.

Despite the very limited formats, the articles themselves are very inspired. Most of them revolve around ideas so simple, we don't even notice them. Some are about movies that inadvertently let the bad guys win, others are about gun myths held by society in general that exist because of the way people use guns in movies, and some are about people's famous dick moves in massively multiplayer online role playing games. Most of these themes are tongue-in-cheek, and they'll be the first to let you know that they're a humor website and shouldn't be your first source. Sometimes, the articles provide links, but even many of those links aren't from solid sources; I've clicked on a few that led to Wikipedia pages.

Sometimes, though, you'll run into an article like this one about space travel (http://www.cracked.com/article_18547_6-reaso...l-will-always-suck.html) which can really make you think about something from a different angle. The wonderful thing about comedy is that a lot of it is a cloak which can make an otherwise difficult idea more palatable; that's why guys like Richard Pryor and George Carlin have such enduring acts, and it's what makes great comedy worth reading or listening to.

Batman, Theodore Roosevelt, and Nikola Tesla from my opening paragraph are seriously among the themes constantly popping up on Cracked. World War II and all the insane gadgets it introduced and battles fought that didn't make it into your history books is brought up a lot. Geek culture is harmlessly poked at, mostly because the people running the site are geeks themselves. Superheroes and the flaws of superherodom get covered a lot too. Occasionally, there's a photoshop contest.

Unfortunately, Cracked's dates don't have monthly or yearly markers, so if you want to read an article you think was written in about 2007, you have to click on the proper section and scroll through endless screens. But that's about the only thing I dislike about the site, aside from the forums, which are run by a set of rules which are as ridiculous as they are dictatorial. Still, I depend on Cracked for a quick daily laugh.

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June 15, 2012
Thank you for a wonderful recommendation. In the 1970s there was a magazine called "Cracked" that was kind of like a "Mad" for younger readers. It's mascot was a janitor. I wonder if that has anything to do with the Web site.
June 15, 2012
I used to read Cracked the magazine, as well as Mad. I never really noticed a difference between them, it's more like Cracked was a ripoff of Mad and not just a version for the younger crowd.

Anyway, I doubt it does have anything to do with the website because they don't share any of the same features. But the website does frequently allude to the fact that it is - and this is something they say on Cracked.com in quite a few articles, and very bluntly - based on a magazine which was a ripoff of Mad Magazine. They don't try to hide that and they don't apologize for it - they know exactly where they came from and seem happy to acknowledge their inspiration.
June 19, 2012
I am with Peter--this is great stuff. I am glad that someone shared this, I'll feature this a little later (since I just featured your Oklahoma team review)
 
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