If Doge says the Iron Dome is “much protect”, these kids are why.
4 Tactics Gaza’s Propaganda War Stole from Online Trolls

#4. Israel Has a War Room of Social Media Whiz Kids
Like a frustrated grandpa who can’t figure out which side of his iPad has the screen, Israel has decided to delegate the task of maintaining its online reputation to a bunch of kids. The photo above shows the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, one of Israel’s top private universities, where about 400 volunteer students work in shifts that run from 9 in the morning until 8 at night doing what teenagers do best: arguing with other people on the Internet.

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If Doge says the Iron Dome is “much protect”, these kids are why.

4 Tactics Gaza’s Propaganda War Stole from Online Trolls

#4. Israel Has a War Room of Social Media Whiz Kids

Like a frustrated grandpa who can’t figure out which side of his iPad has the screen, Israel has decided to delegate the task of maintaining its online reputation to a bunch of kids. The photo above shows the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, one of Israel’s top private universities, where about 400 volunteer students work in shifts that run from 9 in the morning until 8 at night doing what teenagers do best: arguing with other people on the Internet.

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Big Houses are fun, but most of the time they’re money pits.
5 Reasons Sports Are the Worst Thing Ever: Unbiased Opinion

#4. College Sports Are Bad for Schools
Varsity sports are fucking a big, bloody hole right in the center of the American education system, and laughing the entire time. If we did away with all varsity sports — yes, all of it, today — the world would be a better place. I’m serious, why do we play sports in college at all? What’s the fucking purpose? Aren’t those supposed to be schools? Aren’t we supposed to be teaching people about the real world? “But sports bring in money!” you spit desperately at your computer screen. No, they don’t: Sports teams are actually massive financial drains on their colleges, with only 10 percent turning a profit. Most colleges end up more like the University of Michigan, which lost $7 million over two seasons.

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Big Houses are fun, but most of the time they’re money pits.

5 Reasons Sports Are the Worst Thing Ever: Unbiased Opinion

#4. College Sports Are Bad for Schools

Varsity sports are fucking a big, bloody hole right in the center of the American education system, and laughing the entire time. If we did away with all varsity sports — yes, all of it, today — the world would be a better place. I’m serious, why do we play sports in college at all? What’s the fucking purpose? Aren’t those supposed to be schools? Aren’t we supposed to be teaching people about the real world? “But sports bring in money!” you spit desperately at your computer screen. No, they don’t: Sports teams are actually massive financial drains on their colleges, with only 10 percent turning a profit. Most colleges end up more like the University of Michigan, which lost $7 million over two seasons.

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Most people’s definition of blindness (“Uh … their eyes don’t work, right?”) misses a huge chunk of what going through life without vision is really like.
5 Shocking Ways the Modern World Screws Blind People

#5. People Are Constantly Accusing You of Faking
Like cheap liquor, blindness comes in a huge variety of flavors and varieties — and while all those flavors are vaguely reminiscent of butt, they do all have their unique takes on it. “Legally blind,” for example, doesn’t mean your eyes don’t work, it just means they’re one-tenth as powerful as they should be, which effectively means that you can’t see below the big E on an eye-doctor’s chart. So even a lot of legally blind people can read books, provided they use a computer screen or anything with a massive enough font.
You can, in fact, gather 50 blind people and not have any two of them see the same way.

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Most people’s definition of blindness (“Uh … their eyes don’t work, right?”) misses a huge chunk of what going through life without vision is really like.

5 Shocking Ways the Modern World Screws Blind People

#5. People Are Constantly Accusing You of Faking

Like cheap liquor, blindness comes in a huge variety of flavors and varieties — and while all those flavors are vaguely reminiscent of butt, they do all have their unique takes on it. “Legally blind,” for example, doesn’t mean your eyes don’t work, it just means they’re one-tenth as powerful as they should be, which effectively means that you can’t see below the big E on an eye-doctor’s chart. So even a lot of legally blind people can read books, provided they use a computer screen or anything with a massive enough font.

You can, in fact, gather 50 blind people and not have any two of them see the same way.

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Unless you’re visiting Greenland, who cares if it’s wrong?
4 Hilarious Attempts to Fix Things That Weren’t Broken

#3. Map Reform
Some people argue that by making countries in the Northern Hemisphere appear larger, [the Mercator Projection] makes them seem more important than they are, and it makes it easier for us wealthy Northern Hemispherites to ignore the concerns of people around the equator. To counteract this subtle psychological effect, different projections have been proposed that more accurately portray the relative sizes of the continents…

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Unless you’re visiting Greenland, who cares if it’s wrong?

4 Hilarious Attempts to Fix Things That Weren’t Broken

#3. Map Reform

Some people argue that by making countries in the Northern Hemisphere appear larger, [the Mercator Projection] makes them seem more important than they are, and it makes it easier for us wealthy Northern Hemispherites to ignore the concerns of people around the equator. To counteract this subtle psychological effect, different projections have been proposed that more accurately portray the relative sizes of the continents…

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Our next Cracked Studios series lands this fall.

Our next Cracked Studios series lands this fall.

So if Flashdance is a movie about a dancer, why isn’t the cornerstone of the soundtrack called something like, ya know, “Dancer”?
5 Classic Songs That Were Originally Creepy as Hell

#3. “Maniac” Was About a Serial Killer
Songwriters Dennis Matkosky and Michael Sembello originally wrote the song about an actual maniac — as in, a person who murders other people for terrifyingly little reason. You see, Matkosky and Sembello had been hired to pen songs for Flashdance, but sat down to watch television instead, because it’s hard to write dance music when you just aren’t in the mood. Matkosky happened to catch a news report about a guy who had killed a bunch of people and buried them in his yard, and was suddenly struck with a lightning bolt of divine inspiration.
Flashdance Version:
She’s a maniac, maniac on the floor
And she’s dancing like she’s never danced before
Original Version:
He’s a maniac, maniac, he just moved next door
He’ll kill your cat and nail it to the floor

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So if Flashdance is a movie about a dancer, why isn’t the cornerstone of the soundtrack called something like, ya know, “Dancer”?

5 Classic Songs That Were Originally Creepy as Hell

#3. “Maniac” Was About a Serial Killer

Songwriters Dennis Matkosky and Michael Sembello originally wrote the song about an actual maniac — as in, a person who murders other people for terrifyingly little reason. You see, Matkosky and Sembello had been hired to pen songs for Flashdance, but sat down to watch television instead, because it’s hard to write dance music when you just aren’t in the mood. Matkosky happened to catch a news report about a guy who had killed a bunch of people and buried them in his yard, and was suddenly struck with a lightning bolt of divine inspiration.

Flashdance Version:

She’s a maniac, maniac on the floor

And she’s dancing like she’s never danced before

Original Version:

He’s a maniac, maniac, he just moved next door

He’ll kill your cat and nail it to the floor

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We’re on Pinterest, with a whole board for visual art and design we dig. Maybe some of it would look good on your blog?

We’re on Pinterest, with a whole board for visual art and design we dig. Maybe some of it would look good on your blog?

The new Cracked Podcast episode wants to change your life. And its soundtrack’s changing, remixing and celebrating your favorite artists:

Hear “Kanye” along with the rest of our song picks on the Cracked Podcast’s Spotify playlist, and hear The Hood Internet as often as possible.

Cracked fan Greg Welsh Jr. might be a lot like you, in the sense that he’s one single pop culture fan and not an endlessly duplicated shell of a human. The only version of Greg there has ever been pitched this Prestige + Mario idea to us, and one of many dimensional versions of Soren OKed it and Jesse Eisemann designed it into the literal fabric of reality (cotton). Because isn’t Mario’s “multiple lives” situation sort of like Hugh Jackman’s drowned magician character, or the key quandary of teleportation? Don’t Mario and Luigi probably have an intense behind-the-scenes rivalry for your preference as a player? Isn’t David Bowie awesome? If you agree with at least two of those propositions, this is the shirt for you. And if you don’t agree with any of them, you need to sit down with at least one segment of Bowie’s career and rethink some things. [GET IT HERE]

Cracked fan Greg Welsh Jr. might be a lot like you, in the sense that he’s one single pop culture fan and not an endlessly duplicated shell of a human. The only version of Greg there has ever been pitched this Prestige + Mario idea to us, and one of many dimensional versions of Soren OKed it and Jesse Eisemann designed it into the literal fabric of reality (cotton). Because isn’t Mario’s “multiple lives” situation sort of like Hugh Jackman’s drowned magician character, or the key quandary of teleportation? Don’t Mario and Luigi probably have an intense behind-the-scenes rivalry for your preference as a player? Isn’t David Bowie awesome? If you agree with at least two of those propositions, this is the shirt for you. And if you don’t agree with any of them, you need to sit down with at least one segment of Bowie’s career and rethink some things. [GET IT HERE]

It’s like James and the Giant Peach, except everything but the name “James”.
The 33 Most Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People

It’s like James and the Giant Peach, except everything but the name “James”.

The 33 Most Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People