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* AcceptableTargets: DependingOnTheWriter, really. Usual subjects include teenagers, {{hipster}}s, Canadians, or Music/PhilCollins. It's pretty widely accepted that most of these are just running gags, and not really meant to offend anyone (except maybe hipsters).
-->"[H]omeless, alone and dead. And ass-worm mouthed. Or worse. (You could be Phil Collins.)"

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* AcceptableTargets: DependingOnTheWriter, really. Usual AcceptableTargets:
** DependingOnTheWriter really, given that the site has so many writers, but usual
subjects include teenagers, {{hipster}}s, Canadians, [[CanadaEh Canadians]], the song "[[WeDidntStartTheBillyJoelParodies We Didn't Start the Fire]]" (Music/BillyJoel himself rarely is a target, however), or Music/PhilCollins. It's pretty widely accepted that most of these are just running gags, and not really meant to offend anyone (except maybe hipsters).
-->"[H]omeless, --->"[H]omeless, alone and dead. And ass-worm mouthed. Or worse. (You could be Phil Collins.)"



** They also don't seem to be shy about letting JennyMcCarthy have it. Ever since she jumped on the bandwagon of "Medical Vaccines Cause Autism," the writers have had multiple articles calling her an untalented moron who's talking about subjects way out of her depth and potentially endangering a lot of people in the process. The commentators don't like her either, considering how any article with her in an entry will have 90% of the comments saying how stupid she is. It helps that a lot of them have some form of autism, thus finding her views insulting.

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** They also don't seem to be shy about letting JennyMcCarthy Creator/JennyMcCarthy have it. Ever since she jumped on the bandwagon of "Medical Vaccines Cause Autism," the writers have had multiple articles calling her an untalented moron who's talking about subjects way out of her depth and potentially endangering a lot of people in the process. The commentators don't like her either, considering how any article with her in an entry will have 90% of the comments saying how stupid she is. It helps that a lot of them have some form of autism, thus finding her views insulting.



** 'Chad', who keeps showing up in articles as the hypothetical officer worker who continually slacks off, eats food that isn't his and generally gets on everyone's nerves.

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** 'Chad', who keeps showing up in articles as the [[BobFromAccounting an hypothetical officer worker worker]] who continually slacks off, eats food that isn't his and generally gets on everyone's nerves.



* AuthorsSavingThrow: Recently Cracked got in hot water with its fans over [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-society-sexist-against-men-and-how-we-can-fix-it/ this]] article, which outright ''made fun'' of male abuse victims and male soldiers and employees who die in their professions, and has in general been accused of taking a StrawFeminist stance on gender politics.[[labelnote:*]]It was ''supposed'' to be making a point about how the goals of [=MRAs=] actually line up with the goals of modern feminism, but the sarcasm and disdain for the misogynistic types who also use the title obfuscates it.[[/labelnote]] Three months later they published [[http://www.cracked.com/article_21884_5-awful-realities-being-man-who-was-raped-by-woman.html this]] article, which treats DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale as a serious issue without a hint of sarcasm. No matter who you are, being raped is awful, and playing MiseryPoker doesn't help anyone. Many readers were pleased.

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* AuthorsSavingThrow: Recently Cracked got in hot water with its fans over [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-society-sexist-against-men-and-how-we-can-fix-it/ this]] article, which outright ''made fun'' of male abuse victims and male soldiers and employees who die in their professions, and has in general been accused of taking a StrawFeminist stance on gender politics.[[labelnote:*]]It was ''supposed'' to be making a point about how the goals of [=MRAs=] actually line up with the goals of modern feminism, but the sarcasm and disdain for the misogynistic types who also use the title obfuscates it.[[/labelnote]] Three months later they published [[http://www.cracked.com/article_21884_5-awful-realities-being-man-who-was-raped-by-woman.html this]] article, which treats DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale as a serious issue without a hint of sarcasm. No matter who you are, being raped is awful, and playing MiseryPoker doesn't help anyone. Many readers were pleased.



** The Photoplasty contest, an old tradition of the site, as of late 2012 or so. The main reason for the divide is an increasingly large number of the contests being 'true fact' style contests that amount to posting some fact over a picture. Themes tend to run either into the pop culture spectrum (little known facts about movies or music) or shocking facts like statistics on corporations or social justice issues. Some people at first were divisive in that they prefered the contests made in its original styles, that is, doing an humorous photoshop of a picture; but due to the information from the 'true fact' contests being genuinely informative, that reaction died down rather quickly. A significantly more divisive issue now is that, as of lately, the fact-based ones will feature facts previously mentioned in Cracked articles. A common comment in these contests is a list of the Cracked articles in which the facts were previously mentioned.
*** The flames rekindled in late February 2016, when Cracked staff announced that the older "traditional" photoplasties were losing views, and fast, prompting the staff to start thinking about retiring "traditionals" entirely and just run "true fact" ones.

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** The Photoplasty contest, an old tradition of the site, as of late 2012 or so. The main reason for the divide is an increasingly large number of the contests being 'true fact' style contests that amount to posting some fact over a picture. Themes tend to run either into the pop culture spectrum (little known facts about movies or music) or shocking facts like statistics on corporations or social justice issues. Some people at first were divisive in that they prefered the contests made in its original styles, style, that is, doing an humorous photoshop of a picture; but due to the information from the 'true fact' contests being genuinely informative, that reaction died down rather quickly. A significantly more divisive issue now is that, as of lately, later arose when the fact-based ones will started to feature facts that had already been mentioned previously mentioned in Cracked articles. A common comment in these contests is posting a list of the Cracked articles in which the facts were previously mentioned.
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mentioned. The flames rekindled in late February 2016, when Cracked staff announced that the older "traditional" photoplasties were losing views, and fast, prompting the staff to start thinking about retiring "traditionals" entirely and just run "true fact" ones.



** Luke [=McKinney=] and especially J. F. Sargent for their polarizing social justice articles, leading to frequent accusations of white knighting. Sargent also gets hate for his occasional lapses in research and frequent use of his columns to vent his contemptuous opinion of stuff he doesn't like: {{Contested Sequel}}s, ThisVeryWiki, and [[FanHater all of their fans]]. Meanwhile, [=McKinney=] is often seen as trying way too hard to make obscure female superheroes look cool. Even some non-radical feminists think he's a bit of a tool, due to his contributions to feminism amounting to little more than reading comics and watching movies. Nonetheless, they have their fans, due to their bitingly sarcastic sense of humor and willingness to direct it at segments of the fandom many consider AcceptableTargets, and in Luke's case handling other topics much better, especially science ones.
** Dan O'Brien is generally pretty funny, but he tends to recycle jokes, and as a self-admitted FanBoy, has very rigid and narrow opinions about his franchises of choice (Franchise/DieHard and Franchise/SpiderMan in particular), to the point of expressing [[FanHater sneering contempt]] for anyone who doesn't share them.

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** Luke [=McKinney=] and especially J. F. Sargent for their polarizing social justice articles, leading to frequent accusations of white knighting. Sargent also gets hate for his occasional lapses in research and frequent use of his columns to vent his contemptuous opinion of stuff he doesn't like: {{Contested Sequel}}s, ThisVeryWiki, [[Wiki/TVTropes This Very Wiki]], and [[FanHater all of their fans]]. Meanwhile, [=McKinney=] is often seen as trying way too hard to make obscure female superheroes look cool. Even some non-radical feminists think he's a bit of a tool, due to his contributions to feminism amounting to little more than reading comics and watching movies. Nonetheless, they have their fans, due to their bitingly sarcastic sense of humor and willingness to direct it at segments of the fandom many consider AcceptableTargets, and in Luke's case handling other topics much better, especially science ones.
** Dan O'Brien is generally pretty funny, but he tends to recycle jokes, and as a self-admitted FanBoy, has very rigid and narrow opinions about his franchises of choice (Franchise/DieHard (''Franchise/DieHard'' and Franchise/SpiderMan in particular), to the point of expressing [[FanHater sneering contempt]] for anyone who doesn't share them.



* CrossesTheLineTwice: If Daniel O'Brien did any of the things he writes about in his column, Charles Manson would be freaked out. Swaim is the OnlySaneMan in comparison, which is kinda funny considering the role reversal in the web series ''Agents of Cracked''. Case in point: [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/an-apology-to-town-that-i-turned-into-the-hunger-games/ his apology]] to the Pennsylvania town where he recreated ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' at the youth center.

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* CrossesTheLineTwice: CrossesTheLineTwice:
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If Daniel O'Brien did any of the things he writes about in his column, Charles Manson would be freaked out. Swaim is the OnlySaneMan in comparison, which is kinda funny considering the role reversal in the web series ''Agents of Cracked''. Case in point: [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/an-apology-to-town-that-i-turned-into-the-hunger-games/ his apology]] to the Pennsylvania town where he recreated ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' at the youth center.



** The default picture used as an avatar if the user provided none? That's the Unabomber, folks. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/BestofCracked/comments/2tf0df/why_are_the_default_commenter_pics_a_sketch_of/cnyvgp6/ According to David Wong]], it is "a default that would encourage people to change it".

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** The default picture used as an avatar if the user provided none? That's the Unabomber, folks. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/BestofCracked/comments/2tf0df/why_are_the_default_commenter_pics_a_sketch_of/cnyvgp6/ According to David Wong]], it is was chosen because they wanted "a default that would encourage people to change it".



** From the description of [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/4-awesome-marvel-movie-scenes-youll-never-see-and-why/ 4 Awesome Marvel Movie Scenes You'll Never See (And Why)]]: "Sadly, a Spider-Man/Avengers team-up is just one of many things we can pretty much guarantee that you will never, ever see in a Marvel movie ... at least not in your own lifetime." Cue the announcement less than a year later, that Spider-Man was indeed going to join the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
*** From the same article, it also says that the Avengers won't appear in individual movies, and that we'll never get a Deadpool movie. Come 2016, we get ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', a Captain America movie with not one but ''two'' teams of Avengers, and [[Film/Deadpool2016 the Deadpool movie]], which became a massive success (bigger than any of the X-Men films). Sadly, they're probably right about never being a Black Widow movie or an X-Men/Avengers crossover.

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** From the description of [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/4-awesome-marvel-movie-scenes-youll-never-see-and-why/ 4 Awesome Marvel Movie Scenes You'll Never See (And Why)]]: "Sadly, a Spider-Man/Avengers team-up is just one of many things we can pretty much guarantee that you will never, ever see in a Marvel movie ... at least not in your own lifetime." Cue the announcement less than a year later, that Spider-Man was indeed going to join the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
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Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. From the same article, it also says that the other Avengers won't wouldn't appear in the individual movies, movies of one Avenger, and that we'll never get a Deadpool movie. Come 2016, we We would eventually get ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', a Captain America movie with not one but ''two'' teams of Avengers, and ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' and ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' featuring Iron Man and the Hulk respectively having large roles alongside the titular heroes, and [[Film/Deadpool2016 the Deadpool movie]], which movie]] did indeed happen, and became a massive success (bigger than any of the X-Men films). Sadly, they're probably right about never being a Black Widow movie or an X-Men/Avengers crossover.''X-Men'' films).



** After Adam Tod Brown posted the article "6 Holiday Traditions No One Actually Enjoys", there was a moderate backlash in regards to a contentious joke he'd made in the article itself[[note]]he suggested that women with lottery ticket addictions weren't actually female[[/note]]. There was also some annoyance with the fact that saying that no one actually enjoys the things put on the list is not entirely accurate, to the point where it can be argued that people who don't like some of the entries are in the solid minority.

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** Adam Tod Brown's articles have a tendency to attract this:
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After Adam Tod Brown posted the article "6 Holiday Traditions No One Actually Enjoys", there was a moderate backlash in regards to a contentious joke he'd made in the article itself[[note]]he itself.[[note]]he suggested that women with lottery ticket addictions weren't actually female[[/note]]. female[[/note]] There was also some annoyance with the fact that saying that no one actually enjoys the things put on the list is not entirely accurate, to the point where it can be argued that people who don't like some of the entries are in the solid minority.



*** Adam Todd Brown managed to surpass that among a lot of Australian readers with [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-famous-people-we-didnt-hate-enough-in-2014/ 5 Famous People We Didnt Hate Enough In 2014]], in which he proposed calling Australia "racist island" from now on.
*** Same issue for Mark Hill when he wrote [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/5-reasons-classic-american-summer-doesnt-exist-anymore/ this article]], which made the X-generation look like slackers who steal entry-level jobs from teenagers, when the reality is that people from the X-generation are trying to get out of those jobs, but can't.

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*** Adam Todd Tod Brown managed to surpass that among a lot of Australian readers with [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-famous-people-we-didnt-hate-enough-in-2014/ 5 Famous People We Didnt Hate Enough In 2014]], in which he proposed calling Australia "racist island" from now on.
*** ** Same issue for Mark Hill when he wrote [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/5-reasons-classic-american-summer-doesnt-exist-anymore/ this article]], which made the X-generation look like slackers who steal entry-level jobs from teenagers, when the reality is that people from the X-generation are trying to get out of those jobs, but can't.



** Christina H's early articles generated a great deal of backdraft, with many complaints about her writing style and subject matter (especially feeling like they were under-researched and repeatedly played on the fact that she's an Asian woman for cheap laughs). She [[GrowingTheBeard became much more accepted later on]].
** [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_1016_21-photos-that-shatter-your-image-famous-things/ 21 Photos that shatter your image of famous things.]] turned out to be a Photoplasty where ''every single entry'' was by [=AuntieMeme=]. Many were angry because the photoplasty implied that [=AuntieMeme=] was the best image manipulator ever and didn't bother to give other people a chance, as well as recycling images from previous Cracked articles, but more were angry about David Wong's [[http://www.cracked.com/forums/topic/180084/photoplasty-article-83014 response]] to the feedback about it. (For the response, it's the third and final post.) Since then, there have been [=AuntieMeme=] plasties every week, getting even more backlash with each one. Even people that don't mind the fact the plasties are by one person, but fed up with the fact they say "By Cracked Readers" and think they deserve to know what the plasty is before they click it. Making matters worse are Photoplatsies that have entries from Cracked readers and [=AuntieMeme=] at the same time, despite the fact that she gets entire Photoplatsies to herself once a week and is paid for it.

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** Christina H's early articles generated a great deal of backdraft, with many complaints about her writing style and subject matter (especially feeling like they were under-researched and repeatedly played on the fact that she's an Asian woman for cheap laughs). She [[GrowingTheBeard became much more accepted later on]].on]], especially after a period of lengthy absence due to maternity leave.
** [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_1016_21-photos-that-shatter-your-image-famous-things/ 21 Photos that shatter your image of famous things.]] turned out to be a Photoplasty where ''every single entry'' was by [=AuntieMeme=]. Many were angry because the photoplasty implied that [=AuntieMeme=] was the best image manipulator ever and didn't bother to give other people a chance, as well as recycling images from previous Cracked articles, but more were angry about David Wong's [[http://www.cracked.com/forums/topic/180084/photoplasty-article-83014 response]] to the feedback about it.it, especially since the complaint was written in a noticeably respectful, well-written manner. (For the response, it's the third and final post.) Since then, there have been [=AuntieMeme=] plasties every week, getting even more backlash with each one. Even people that don't mind the fact the plasties are by one person, but fed up with the fact they say "By Cracked Readers" and think they deserve to know what the plasty is before they click it. Making matters worse are Photoplatsies that have entries from Cracked readers and [=AuntieMeme=] at the same time, despite the fact that she gets entire Photoplatsies to herself once a week and is paid for it.



** They both get affected by lava. [[labelnote:Explanation]]This bizarre phrasing appeared in a screenshot from IMDB's trivia section in [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-truly-bizarre-sections-otherwise-normal-websites/ "5 Secretly Bizarre Sections of Websites You Use Every Day"]]. The commenters loved it, making predictions that it would become the next "buy a butter dish."[[/labelnote]]

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** They both get affected by lava. [[labelnote:Explanation]]This bizarre phrasing appeared in a screenshot from IMDB's trivia section in [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-truly-bizarre-sections-otherwise-normal-websites/ "5 Secretly Bizarre Sections of Websites You Use Every Day"]].Day"]] to showcase how the Trivia section tends to have this kind of useless, completely random tidbits. The commenters loved it, making predictions that it would become the next "buy a butter dish."[[/labelnote]]



** The writers themselves have fallen victim to this on occasion as in [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you-better-person/ this article]] which uses Alec Baldwin's scene from ''Film/GlengarryGlenRoss'' to describe how one might become a "better person", when David Mamet has openly said he intended that scene to show what was wrong with rampant capitalism and cutthroat sales tactics.
*** More specifically: David Wong's point in the article ultimately boils down to "You are only the sum total of the valuable skills that you can provide the world." A valid message, but he apparently missed the fact that ''Film/GlengarryGlenRoss'' is all about salesmen knowingly selling worthless real estate to gullible customers, and Alec Baldwin's big speech is meant to inspire them to sell ''more'' worthless real estate. The whole point of the speech is that the salesmen only care about how much they can outdo each other, and never question whether or not their work is valuable. Sure, DeathOfTheAuthor and all that, but it's still a fundamental misunderstanding of context.

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** The writers themselves have fallen victim to this on occasion as in [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you-better-person/ this article]] which uses Alec Baldwin's scene from ''Film/GlengarryGlenRoss'' to describe how one might become a "better person", when David Mamet has openly said he intended that scene to show what was wrong with rampant capitalism and cutthroat sales tactics.
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tactics. More specifically: David Wong's point in the article ultimately boils down to "You are only the sum total of the valuable skills that you can provide the world." A valid message, but he apparently missed the fact that ''Film/GlengarryGlenRoss'' ''Glengarry Glen Ross'' is all about salesmen knowingly selling worthless real estate to gullible customers, and Alec Baldwin's big speech is meant to inspire them to sell ''more'' worthless real estate. The whole point of the speech is that the salesmen only care about how much they can outdo each other, and never question whether or not their work is valuable. Sure, DeathOfTheAuthor and all that, but it's still a fundamental misunderstanding of context.



** And astronauts, as they are considered by the US to be the equivalent of ''nuking the moon''.
** And octopi, thanks to winning the animal equivalent of a SuperpowerLottery.
** UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla is a favorite of the writers.
** A minor one is [[http://www.amazon.com/review/RPUSBNNCSTI4B/ref=cm_aya_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764553224l Nikolai]] [[http://www.amazon.com/review/R2DDF1YDDRCVLH/ref=cm_aya_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0028627717 Krestinsky]]. Who was mentioned in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19080_8-amazon-products-with-impressively-sarcastic-reviews-pt.-2.html this article.]]
** [[SuperDrowningSkills The Strid]] has managed to become one without actually being alive (we hope).



** Astronauts, as they are considered by the US to be the equivalent of ''nuking the moon''.
** Octopi, thanks to winning the animal equivalent of a SuperpowerLottery.
** UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla is a favorite of the writers.
** A minor one is [[http://www.amazon.com/review/RPUSBNNCSTI4B/ref=cm_aya_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764553224l Nikolai]] [[http://www.amazon.com/review/R2DDF1YDDRCVLH/ref=cm_aya_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0028627717 Krestinsky]]. Who was mentioned in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19080_8-amazon-products-with-impressively-sarcastic-reviews.html this article.]]
** [[SuperDrowningSkills The Strid]] has managed to become one without actually being alive (we hope).



* MorePopularSpinOff: of the [[Magazine/{{Cracked}} magazine]]. The website is both more popular and well-known (see AdaptationDisplacement and SurprisinglyImprovedSequel).
* NauseaFuel: [[http://www.cracked.com/video_18133_8-great-foods-explaining-why-terrorists-hate-us.html Michael Swaim outright admits it]].

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* MorePopularSpinOff: of Of the [[Magazine/{{Cracked}} magazine]]. The website is both more popular and well-known (see AdaptationDisplacement and SurprisinglyImprovedSequel).
* NauseaFuel: NauseaFuel:
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[[http://www.cracked.com/video_18133_8-great-foods-explaining-why-terrorists-hate-us.html 8 Great Foods Explaining Why Terrorists Hate Us.]] Michael Swaim outright admits it]].it.



** [[http://www.cracked.com/article/199_5-horrific-ways-your-brain-can-turn-you-without-warning/ This article]].
** [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16656_6-brainwashing-techniques-theyre-using-on-you-right-now.html And this one]].

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** [[http://www.cracked.com/article/199_5-horrific-ways-your-brain-can-turn-you-without-warning/ This article]].
5 Horrific Ways Your Brain Can Turn on You Without Warning.]]
** [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16656_6-brainwashing-techniques-theyre-using-on-you-right-now.html And this one]].6 Brainwashing Techniques They're Using on You Right Now.]]



* RetroactiveRecognition: A strange example: one Photoshop contest featured someone who looked very much like Soren Bowie. A few days later, Soren made an article explaining that yes, it was him in the photo (he'd made it during one of his previous jobs).

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* RetroactiveRecognition: A strange example: one Photoshop contest featured a joke ad made with a stock photo that featured someone who looked very much like Soren Bowie. A few days later, Soren made an article explaining that yes, it was him in the photo (he'd made it during one of his previous jobs).



** Many fans dislike the fact that [[CerebusSyndrome the site has become less comedy-oriented]] over time. By 2013, a lot of articles were more like opinion pieces or philosophical treatises than humorous stories or lists of factual information (like bizarre animals, or legends, or suchlike) presented in a funny way. Accusations in 2014 that the site was becoming host to {{Soap Box Sadie}}s with political axes to grind didn't help their case.
*** By 2016, readers noted a sharp increase in political articles, all of them with a strong progressive bent that comes across as {{Anvilicious}}, even to those who agree with much of the content. Even articles on pop culture haven't been free of politics: Many writers will add in a jab toward [[AcceptableTargets gun owners, evangelical Christians, or social conservatives]] while [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] Hogwarts or the Marvel universe. Not helping matters was the 2016 US presidential election; two days after the results were in, ''every single article'' ran that day was blatantly political. For those who go to Cracked for a distraction from political issues, this did not bode well, and the mission since then seems to have become turning the site into a marginally lighter-hearted version of The Huffington Post.
*** A lot of people accused many newer article titles of being clickbait[[note]] an article titled entirely to get curious readers to "click" on it, and therefore more money[[/note]]. It doesn't help that many of the titles use attention-grabbing words/phrases like "Mind Blowing", "You Won't Believe", and "Horrifying" even if it isn't an accurate description of the article.

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** Many fans dislike the fact that [[CerebusSyndrome the site has become less comedy-oriented]] over time. By 2013, a lot of articles were more like opinion pieces or philosophical treatises than humorous stories or lists of factual information (like bizarre animals, or legends, or suchlike) presented in a funny way. Accusations in 2014 that the site was becoming host to {{Soap Box Sadie}}s with political axes to grind didn't help their case.
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case. By 2016, readers noted a sharp increase in political articles, all of them with a strong progressive bent that comes across as {{Anvilicious}}, even to those who agree with much of the content. Even articles on pop culture haven't been free of politics: Many writers will add in a jab toward [[AcceptableTargets gun owners, evangelical Christians, or social conservatives]] while [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] conservatives in an article about deconstructing Hogwarts or the Marvel universe. Not helping matters was the 2016 US presidential election; two days after the results were in, ''every single article'' that ran that day was blatantly political. about politics. For those who go to Cracked for a distraction from political issues, this did not bode well, and the mission since then seems to have become turning the site into a marginally lighter-hearted version of The ''The Huffington Post.
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Post''.
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A lot of people accused many newer article titles of being clickbait[[note]] clickbait.[[note]] an article titled entirely to get curious readers to "click" on it, and therefore more money[[/note]]. money[[/note]] It doesn't help that many of the titles use attention-grabbing words/phrases like "Mind Blowing", "You Won't Believe", and "Horrifying" even if it isn't an accurate description of the article. The Huffington Post tv tropes



** While some are more contentious than others, most of the things written by David Wong can count. Just go see the Moment of Awesome page.
*** [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-things-rich-people-need-to-stop-saying/ 6 Things Rich People Need to Stop Saying]] explains why people are so angry at the rich; it's not because the poor are envious, it's because the rich are {{hypocrite}}s and distant from the masses. Also: any well-off person in the modern world who honestly believes that they've never gotten any help from anyone is completely delusional. Civilized society wouldn't exist if people didn't help each other.
** Most of Cheese's more-philosophical articles, particularly [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-terrible-things-you-cant-stop-your-children-from-doing/ this article]] where he spells out quite clearly that parents can't control their kids indefinitely. The most you can do is educate them and recognize that they ''will'' make their own choices.
*** And then there's [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-things-nobody-tells-you-about-being-poor/ 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Poor]], which is pretty much required reading if you buy into any of the various bits of mythology on poverty, like the poor being lazy. The article explains, in brutal clarity, how poverty is a self-enforcing cycle that manages to claw back any gains those trapped in it make.

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** While some are more contentious than others, most of the things written by David Wong can count. Just go see the Moment of Awesome page.
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One example is [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-things-rich-people-need-to-stop-saying/ 6 Things Rich People Need to Stop Saying]] Saying]], which explains why people are so angry at the rich; it's not because the poor are envious, it's because the rich are {{hypocrite}}s and distant from the masses. Also: any well-off person in the modern world who honestly believes that they've never gotten any help from anyone is completely delusional. Civilized society wouldn't exist if people didn't help each other.
** Most of Cheese's more-philosophical articles, particularly [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-terrible-things-you-cant-stop-your-children-from-doing/ this article]] where he spells out quite clearly that parents can't control their kids indefinitely. The most you can do is educate them and recognize that they ''will'' make their own choices.
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choices; and then there's [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-things-nobody-tells-you-about-being-poor/ 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Poor]], which is pretty much required reading if you buy into any of the various bits of mythology on poverty, like the poor being lazy. The article explains, in brutal clarity, how poverty is a self-enforcing cycle that manages to claw back any gains those trapped in it make.



** [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17626_5-creepiest-sex-scenes-in-comics.html This list]]. And several others.

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** [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17626_5-creepiest-sex-scenes-in-comics.html This list]]. And several others.5 Creepiest Sex Scenes in Comics.]]



--> That's right: Your kidneys are ''super freaky''.

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--> ---> That's right: Your kidneys are ''super freaky''.



* UglyCute: The Jerboa as seen in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_21454_6-animals-that-look-like-drunken-combinations-other-ones.html this article]]. It's a species of a tiny fuzzy things with bunny-like ears and big eyes. But they also look like they have only two (hairless/thin/long) limbs[[note]] (which they don't, it just looks that way b/c the two in front are very short)[[/note]], backward-bending knees, and a rat-like tail. This causes them both cute and unusually creepy at the same time.

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* UglyCute: The Jerboa as seen in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_21454_6-animals-that-look-like-drunken-combinations-other-ones.html this article]]. It's a species of a tiny fuzzy things with bunny-like ears and big eyes. But they also look like they have only two (hairless/thin/long) limbs[[note]] (which (hairless, thin, long) limbs,[[note]](which they don't, it just looks that way b/c because the two in front are very short)[[/note]], short)[[/note]] backward-bending knees, and a rat-like tail. This causes them both cute and unusually creepy at the same time.
11th Jun '17 7:13:14 PM Angeldeb82
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** [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16152_10-highly-anticipated-video-games-youll-never-get-to-play.html "10 Highly Anticipated Video Games You'll Never Get To Play"]]. Among the listed games? ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', ''VideoGame/MaxPayne3'', ''VideoGame/{{Darkfall}}'', ''VideoGame/TheLastGuardian'', and ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever''. Yeah, we've actually got to play half of the games in the list, and ''The Last Guardian'' is now [[http://www.gamespot.com/gallery/the-agonizing-wait-every-game-thats-coming-in-2016/2900-228/3/ confirmed for release in 2016]]!

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** [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16152_10-highly-anticipated-video-games-youll-never-get-to-play.html "10 Highly Anticipated Video Games You'll Never Get To Play"]]. Among the listed games? ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', ''VideoGame/MaxPayne3'', ''VideoGame/{{Darkfall}}'', ''VideoGame/TheLastGuardian'', and ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever''. Yeah, we've actually got to play more than half of the games in the list, and ''The now that ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Guardian The Last Guardian'' is now [[http://www.gamespot.com/gallery/the-agonizing-wait-every-game-thats-coming-in-2016/2900-228/3/ confirmed for release Guardian]]'' was released in 2016]]!December 2016.
16th Apr '17 12:06:45 AM igordebraga
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** The default picture used as an avatar if the user provided none? That's the Unabomber, folks.

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** The default picture used as an avatar if the user provided none? That's the Unabomber, folks. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/BestofCracked/comments/2tf0df/why_are_the_default_commenter_pics_a_sketch_of/cnyvgp6/ According to David Wong]], it is "a default that would encourage people to change it".
19th Mar '17 3:27:05 PM Xtifr
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: On [[http://www.cracked.com/article_21538_5-things-i-learned-as-sex-slave-in-modern-america.html/ this article]], they posted a {{trigger}} warning due to the disturbing material contained in the arcticle (the article was written after Cracked interviewed a woman who was a child sex slave and beaten severely for most of her childhood). They stated that they don't usually put warnings on their articles as a policy, but decided to make an exception in that case thanks to the exceptionally triggering subject matter.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: On [[http://www.cracked.com/article_21538_5-things-i-learned-as-sex-slave-in-modern-america.html/ this article]], they posted a {{trigger}} trigger warning due to the disturbing material contained in the arcticle (the article was written after Cracked interviewed a woman who was a child sex slave and beaten severely for most of her childhood). They stated that they don't usually put warnings on their articles as a policy, but decided to make an exception in that case thanks to the exceptionally triggering subject matter.
2nd Mar '17 7:57:45 PM mlsmithca
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* SoCoolItsAwesome: So far, the reaction to Insider Perspective articles, mixing fascinating stories with the odd joke to help the more depressing ones go down easier.
20th Feb '17 11:52:05 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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** '''Creator/{{Seanbaby}}'''. A look at the comments on his [[ScheduleSlip increasingly-rare]] articles shows that quite a few readers show up just to read his work.



*** By 2016, readers noted a sharp increase in political articles, all of them with a strong progressive bent that comes across as {{Anvilicious}}, even to those who agree with much of the content. Even articles on pop culture haven't been free of politics: Many writers will add in a jab toward [[AcceptableTargets gun owners, evangelical Christians, or social conservatives]] while [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] Hogwarts or the Marvel universe. Not helping matters was the 2016 US presidential election; two days after the results were in, ''every single article'' ran that day was blatantly political. For those who go to Cracked for a distraction from political issues, this did not bode well.

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*** By 2016, readers noted a sharp increase in political articles, all of them with a strong progressive bent that comes across as {{Anvilicious}}, even to those who agree with much of the content. Even articles on pop culture haven't been free of politics: Many writers will add in a jab toward [[AcceptableTargets gun owners, evangelical Christians, or social conservatives]] while [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] Hogwarts or the Marvel universe. Not helping matters was the 2016 US presidential election; two days after the results were in, ''every single article'' ran that day was blatantly political. For those who go to Cracked for a distraction from political issues, this did not bode well.well, and the mission since then seems to have become turning the site into a marginally lighter-hearted version of The Huffington Post.
10th Feb '17 5:03:40 AM HappyMan
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*** From the same article, it also says that the Avengers won't appear in individual movies, and that we'll never get a Deadpool movie. Come 2016, we get ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', a Captain America movie with not one but ''two'' teams of Avengers, and [[Film/Deadpool2016 the Deadpool movie]], which became a massive success (bigger than any of the X-Men films). Sadly, they're probably right about never being a Black Widow movie or an X-Men/Avengers crossover.
4th Jan '17 2:05:26 PM MrMediaGuy2
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* SnarkBait: Many of the more recent political articles have fallen into this, ''especially'' the ones that try to point out how your favorite works are racist or sexist or homophobic.
4th Jan '17 2:28:45 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FreudWasRight: We can't count how many dick jokes there are, and the writers [[SelfDeprecation regularly mock themselves]] for going for a BottomOfTheBarrelJoke.
15th Dec '16 7:39:36 AM PugBuddies
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* DontShootTheMessage: Some readers argue that Cracked's increasingly large number of [[SoapboxSadie preachy, poorly researched]] articles do more harm than good to the causes they purport to help. That anyone who brings this up in the comments will be angrily shouted down almost immediately doesn't help matters.
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