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Pointless Social Customs That Need To Be Retired, ASAP

Cracked pays people to make smart memes. Visit the Photoplasty and Pictofacts Workshop to get in on it. We do a ton of stuff, as a society, because we always have. We’re beginning to suspect that that’s not an especially good reason to keep doing a thing. So we asked our readers to find the most irritating examples of quaint customs that people still adhere to, that make absolutely no sense in this day and age. And we gave cash to our favorites. Because that’s a custom that makes sense.…

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32 Popular Films That Are Secretly Horror Movies

Cracked pays people to make smart memes. Visit the Photoplasty and Pictofacts Workshop to get in on it. Looking for a great horror movie, but just can’t find a good one? We’ve got good news. A ridiculous amount of mainstream movies are absolutely terrifying, when you think about them. Spine-clenching terror lies just beneath the surface way more often than we’re comfortable with. For example … 31 Entry by masta_X 28 Entry by JarOCats 25 Entry by PookieJones 22 Entry by Scott Laffey 19 Entry by Danzy 16 Entry by…

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Asana launches $19.99 Business tier to help managers handle multiple projects

Asana, the platform where people can create and track the progress of work projects, made its name originally as a place where individuals and smaller teams can create and track the progress of a specific project. Now, as the startup courts bigger organizations among its 50,000 paying organizations and millions of (paying and free) users globally, it is adding another tier for enterprises that are using Asana for multiple projects: Asana Business, priced at $19.99 per user, per month. Aimed primarily at teams that have managers or executives overseeing multiple…

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If You See a Teal Pumpkin on Someones Porch This Halloween, This Is What It Means

ShareTweet If you’re the parent of a child with food allergies, there’s excellent news for you this Halloween. There’s a new “Teal Pumpkin Project” that is about to make your kid with food sensitivities one happy camper — or Dracula, or unicorn, or Ninja Turtle…you get the point. Facebook Ella-Rose Ray was taking a stroll through Target when she noticed the teal pumpkins for the first time, and in an effort to spread awareness, she shared a few pictures of the pumpkins along with a message on Facebook that has…

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World’s Most Used Pesticide Has A Worrying Effect On Bees’ Social Lives

Pesticides might just be a bee’s worst enemy. They harm their brains, hinder their reproduction, and even kill their buzz. Now it seems they play havoc with their social lives and reduce their ability to care for their young.  While previous studies have shown that commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides make bees sick and affect how they forage and navigate, a new study gives more of an idea of how these chemicals affect the internal workings of a colony. Studying these effects has proved difficult, so the team employed a new technique. They stuck…

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What Would Happen If A Werewolf Landed On The Moon?

Some of the best questions are ones you never knew you wanted to ask. Like: what would happen if we swapped Mars and Venus? Do octopuses enjoy taking ecstasy? And, most importantly of all, what would have happened if Neil Armstrong was a werewolf? In earlier, more unenlightened times, this question might have fallen prey to superstitious and unscientific reasoning about unlikely syzygies or some cosmic grisly rite of passage. But we live in the 21st century, and we don’t need folktales to teach us about lunar lycanthropy any more.…

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Skyscrapers Intensify Hurricane Rainfall, Increasing Cities’ Risk Of Extreme Flooding

Atmospheric modeling has revealed two reasons why Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston so badly. One of these was well known beforehand, but has now been quantified, but the other is much more surprising. Hurricane Harvey killed 68 people when it struck Texas in August 2017 and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage, making it among the United States’ worst disasters. Although the Gulf Coast has suffered from hurricanes throughout recorded history, Dr Gabriele Villarini of the University of Iowa set out to discover why this one was so extreme. One…

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The Surprisingly Weird Aftermaths Of 20 Famous Events

Cracked pays people to make smart memes. Visit the Photoplasty and Pictofacts Workshop to get in on it. Historical events have well-known consequences. That’s what makes them historical. The thing is, for every widely-known tragic or inspiring outcome, there are countless smaller ripples that go largely forgotten. Our plasticians are here to set the record straight about the truly weird, surprising outcomes from events that made the headlines or history books. 19 Entry by culturekills 16 Entry by Hestutomo 13 Entry by Markos Hasiotis 10 Entry by Busteq 7 Entry…

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The 22 Weird Ways Wildly Successful Companies Were Founded

Cracked pays people to make smart memes. Visit the Photoplasty and Pictofacts Workshop to get in on it. Ever wonder how famous companies got their start? No? Maybe you should, because sometimes their origin stories are really weird. Usually, in fact. Here are some of the strangest, most surprising back stories behind famous companies. And these are just the ones our readers could come up with off the tops of their heads. 21 Entry by PookieJones 18 Entry by Andrea Meno 15 Entry by Busteq 12 Entry by elisatan 9…

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In venture capital, its still the age of the unicorn

Howie Xu At the time, the piece defined a new breed of startup — the $1 billion privately held company. When Lee did her first count, there were 39 “unicorns”; an improbable, but not impossible number.. Today, the once-scarce unicorn has become a global herd with 376 companies on the roster and counting. But the proliferation of unicorns begs raises certain questions. Is this new breed of unicorn artificially created? Could these magical companies see their valuations slip and fall out of the herd? Does this indicate an irrational exuberance…

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