Cracked.com, founded in 2005, is a comedy-infotainment website spun off from the now-defunct Cracked Magazine, which was founded in 1958. It can be found here.Relying largely on (debatably) humorous list articles, Cracked has become rather famous on the internet. Its lists, which can be written by anyone (hence these notes indicating inconsistency), are rooted in fact (usually) and coated in humour (mostly), dispensing interesting (often), historical (sometimes), and scientific (occasionally) trivia surrounded by jokes (always). It has about a half dozen full-time columnists on payroll, who dish out weekly and biweekly articles on serious subjects ranging from the cultural effects of the Internet, to Choose Your Own Adventure Gonzo-style articles about visiting the zoo while on an amount of drugs capable of killing most men, to action reporting while getting kidnapped by pirates, to on-scene journalism of warzones.Small-time celebrities, including Seanbaby and Michael Ian Black, have written articles for Cracked, with Seanbaby now part of the column staff.The website plays host to numerous Internet sketch groups, published occasional webcomics when their artists were actively posting on the forum (such as Nedroid and Daisy Owl), and had its own caption contest (now running successfully on the forum). It formerly published an encyclopedia known as Cracked Topics, where Cracked readers submitted articles on a variety of subjects, from Steven Seagal to Punk Rock (including one about TV Tropes)which still turn up in site searches but often with wonky formatting and broken image links.Cracked also runs 5 weekly contests consisting of reader submitted content for cash prizes awarded by Editorial: humorous image manipulations called "Photoplasty" and Macros containing sourced facts or observations. The contest forum is here and is open to any members of the site.For tropes relating to the original magazine, see Magazine.Cracked.
Who's who on the current column writers:
- Jack O'Brien (Editor-in-Chief) (2005-)
- David Wong (Senior Editor, also the author of John Dies at the End, This Book Is Full of Spiders, and Futuristic Violence And Fancy Suits) (2007-)
- Robert Brockway (2007-)
- Chris Bucholz (2006-)
- Cody (Johnston) (2009-)
- Wayne "Gladstone" Gladstone (2006-)
- Soren Bowie (2009-)
- Dan O'Brien (or DOB) (2007-)
- Ian Fortey (2007-2010, 2012-)
- Sean "Seanbaby" Reiley (2009-)
- Michael Swaim (2006-)
- John Cheese (2008-)
- Luke McKinney (2007-)
- Brendan McGinley ( 2011-)
- Kristi Harrison ( 2007-)
- Felix Clay (2012-)
- Christina Hsu (H.) (2009-2012, 2013-note )
- Tom Reimann (2013-)
- Winston Rowntree (2013-)
- Cezary Jan Strusiewicz (2013-)
- C. Coville (2013-)
- J. F. Sargent (2013-)
- Luis Prada (2013-)
- Kathy Benjamin (2013-)
- Mark Hill (2013-)
- Amanda Mannen (2013-)
With frequent non-columnist posters:
- Jacopo della Quercia
- David Christopher Bell
- Evan V. Symon
- Adam Wears
- Ryan Menezes
- David Dietle
- Sam Jackson
Video contributions include:
- Cracked TV (now Does Not Compute) hosted by Michael Swaim, whose content comes primarily from lists compiled by the Cracked forums.
- Cody Johnston produces somewhat esoteric standalone videos.
- Agents of Cracked, Cracked's main comedy web-miniseries, starring Michael Swaim and Daniel O'Brien.
- After Hours, set in a diner where Soren Bowie, DOB, Swaim and Katie Willert discuss pop culture.
- Rom.com, a Work Com set in the offices of a major dating website.
- Other regular contributors include BriTaNick, Black 20, and Those Aren't Muskets.