The 20 Worst Fictional Doctors of All-Time

President-elect Barack Obama has been toiling away at filling his Cabinet positions and this week comes word that CNN’s and CBS’ resident white-coat Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been offered the post of Surgeon General. Known by most as the guy who shames you into thinking that your baby is going to die upon smoking, the […]

Most Interesting Bookstores of the World

Selexyz Bookstore in Maastricht, Holland. The bookstore is installed in an old Dominican church. Photography by madcrow The coffee shop of the Selexyz Bookstore in Maastricht is settled in the altar of the church. Photography by edwin_wisse Borderlands Science Fiction Bookstore in San Francisco is home to this hairless Sphynx cat. Photography by […]

Top Ten Greatest Experiments

Top ten greatest experiments 1. Galileo Galilei (1564 to 1642) Legend has it that in order to test how gravity worked, Galileo dropped two balls, a heavy one and a light one, from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, showing that they landed at the same time. Historians doubt this – because his actual experiment was […]

5 Great Science Books to Expand Your Mind

The recently discovered science of complex systems is about common patterns that span diverse disciplines from physics to biology, from ecology to economics. This recent science of patterns is directly relevant to what we are doing around the Web. In this post we will discuss 5 different books that will get you fired up about […]

Hubble Telescope’s Top Ten Greatest Space Photographs

The Sombrero Galaxy – 28 million light years from Earth – was voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope. The dimensions of the galaxy, officially called M104, are as spectacular as its appearance. It has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across. he Ant Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas whose […]

Stats On How I Will Probably Die

how men in the United States will die in 2008. There are various causes covered including suicide, heatstroke, and electrocutions. The data was collected from the CDC’s WONDER Database. WONDER stands for Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research which is a collection of data that’s available to public health professionals and the public at large, […]

12 Most Popular Myths Busted!

Some of the most familiar wives tales and urban legends, plus some that sound dubious but which turn out to be true. You know them, now let’s bust them It takes seven years to digest gum While it may prove a bit more difficult to break down than organic foodstuffs, chewing gum gets no special […]

10 Weird Things We All Wonder About

95% of you reading this will think to yourself, “I have thought about that before… It is kind of weird.” Not saying we think about these things often, but they sometimes DO cross our mind! 1. What do people think of me? You know you sometimes wonder what people think about you.. Does my hair […]

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Light Meters React to the Highway Traffic

A cool new display in Germany currently provides a colorfully visual sample of the adjacent ongoing traffic. 7 separate light meters with each consisting of 110,00 LEDs react to the highway’s presence. As cars pass the meters, they display the amount by their colorful characteristics. When many vehicles are driving at one time, the wave […]

Cartoons’ anatomy

Animation was the format of choice for children’s television in the 1960s, a decade in which children’s programming became almost entirely animated. These Icons are usually grotesquely distorted from the human form from which they derive. Michael Paulus decided to dissect them like science does to all living objects – trying to come to an […]

Max Cornelisse – Train Station Hack

Max Cornelisse from Holland is a 24 year old science grad who pokes fun at how insecure some systems are. Max Cornelisse takes control of a huge display at a train station in Utrecht from his cell phone

5 Famous Inventors (Who Stole Their Big Idea)

It has become clear that it’s up to the Cracked staff to re-educate America. See, we slept through high school, so we were lucky. We avoided the years and years of brainwashing that accompanies a standard education. To those of you unfortunate enough to have been subjected to a lifetime in the public school system, […]

Nikola Tesla

Don’t ever say Serbia never did anything for you. If it wasn’t for Nikola Tesla, you might not be reading this now. Your cell phone would be little more than a paperweight, and the government wouldn’t have lethal orbiting death ray satellites with which to ensure your safety. The young Serbian discovered the principle that […]