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While Cracked runs on Rule of Funny, sometimes not even that will excuse blatant lack of research. The worst thing, is that they rarely, if ever, fix articles after being called out for inaccuracy or bias. This is compounded by the fact that the site is not written by one person, so anyone can write for it, regardless of their knowledge of the subject at hand.


  • 4 Insane Pieces of My Little Pony Fanart (By Grown Men) reads like it was written by spending 5 minutes on Google, some highlights are:
    • Saying Fallout: Equestria has graphic rape and sex scenes, mistaking it for a series of pornographic images called Fall of Equestria.
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    • Having a entry on a trollfic/crackfic writer who's not even active anymore, and presenting it as said author being serious.
  • In one of their most popular articles, 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person, when talking about the famous monologue in Glengarry Glen Ross, they candidly affirm that "Alec Baldwin was nominated for an Oscar for that movie and that's the only scene he's in." It was Al Pacino who was nominated for an Oscar (for Best Actor in a Supporting Role).
  • The 5 Most Satisfying Tales of Payback includes a story from WWII about an American B-17 pilot shot down west of Italy by a supposedly-friendly American P-38 fighter, losing his whole crew in the process. This bomber pilot then discovered that the P-38 was captured intact by the Italians, has been sucker-punching American bombers for weeks, and its Sicilian pilot's wife lives in Allied-occupied Constantine. He then takes a YB-40 gunship (a heavily up-gunned B-17) paints a racy picture of said wife on the nose, and goes hunting. He finds the Trojan P-38, answers a query over the radio about the "Gina from Constantine" by saying that he's been screwing the Italian's wife, provokes a blind rage, and shoots the Italian out of the sky. Cool story, right? Except it turns out that it never happened. The P-38 captured by the Italians was anything but intact, no YB-40s were ever deployed to the Mediterranean Theater, and neither of the men involved existed. Martin Caidin pulled the entire thing out of his ass, as he often did with his cool stories about WWII.
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  • 5 Famous Movie Characters Who Wasted Awesome Superpowers: Apparently in Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope's game is called Candy Crush. The author apparently also thinks Calhoun is a Player Character in a home video game, even though she's the main NPC in an arcade.
  • 5 Surprising Ways Your Language Affects How You Think, at best, contains some hypotheses that are still hotly debated amongst linguists, and flagrant falsehoods at worst.
    • #5 claims that gendered languages are directly related to sexism... despite that it was disproved already. For example, German, Icelandic and Dutch are gendered languages, yet Germany, Iceland and the Netherlands are egalitarian countries. On the other hand, Persian/Farsi and Chinese were traditionally genderless languages, but Iran and China historically had very conservative gender roles, China became less so concurrent to adapting more gendered language (e.g., differentiating between he and she in writing).
    • #4 cites a study of very loose intellectual rigor that tries to prove Language Equals Thought, but ends up simply asking the same question in a different context.
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    • #2 says that culture and opinions are a product of language, not the inverse.
    • #1 also contains the patent nonsense that some languages don't contain any future tense. To elaborate, some languages may not have any verb conjugation for the futurenote , but it's still evident which time period is being referred to by virtue of context.
  • 5 Movie Happy Endings That Are About to Go Horribly Wrong has this to say about Monsters, Inc.: "First of all, we're explicitly told that the energy produced by laughter is '10 times more powerful than screams.' That's all well and good, but the monster world doesn't exactly appear to be in the grips of an energy crisis." Except we're told several times that it is, and this fact is central to the plot to the point of being part of the villain's motive.
  • In 5 Insane Ways People Trolled The System (And Won) the title for entry #4 calls the man Dutch, while the text calls him Norwegian. The man in question is actually Belgian.
  • #1 from The 9 Most Hilarious Ways Criminals Were Caught is actually from the Brazilian equivalent of The Onion ("Jornal Sensacionalista", literally "Sensationalist News"). A bit of an understandable mistake though because not only was there a language barrier, but apparently their source was a US site that also thought the incident was real.
  • 5 Ridiculous Myths You Probably Believe About the Midwest claims "You'll note that, despite having one-tenth of the population of New York, you're a lot more likely to be the victim of a violent crime in Columbus, Ohio," when the graph directly above shows the opposite.note 
    • In addition, the article was written in 2014. It contains the line "They voted the controversial Proposition 8 into law in 2008, and same-sex marriage has been illegal in California ever since." The very Wikipedia article it links to states that it was found unconstitutional in 2010.
  • 4 Reasons 2015 Could Be the Movie Industry's Worst Year Ever has some math/statistics errors, such as using graphs that extrapolate linearly from 2 or 3 data points.
  • 4 Irrational Fears That Aren't As Irrational As They Seem sorely misrepresents the infamous pesticide DDT.
    • It claims that the original study linking it to thinness in the eggshells of peregrine falcons was false, without providing a link. In truth multiple studies have shown the egg shell link (in multiple bird species), and other toxic effects of DDT build up in ecosystems.
    • It claims that DDT was banned world wide when only the agricultural use of it was banned. It is still sprayed in house-holds in many malaria afflicted countries.
    • Although malaria deaths did rise after the partial ban on DDT, there were other factors involved, such as the insects becoming resistant to the chemical.
  • 6 Formerly Kickass Creatures Ruined by Evolution makes tons of mistakes with animal relationships (claiming that Gastornis is close to kiwis and ostriches when it's really closer to ducks, and Hyaenodon close to raccoons when it's equally close to all carnivorans), confuses the "classic" saber-toothed felids with the saber-toothed sparassodont ("marsupial", in the article's words) Thylacosmilus, serves up an unhealthy serving of Anachronism Stew (Gastornis and Andrewsarchus actually died out long before the Pleistocene), makes unwarranted assumptions about ancestor-descendant relationships, and implies that dinosaurs are cold-blooded. In their video on the cassowary, they insinuate that pterosaurs were the ancient ancestors of modern birds, when anyone with a passing knowledge of paleontology will know that birds are directly descended from maniraptoran dinosaurs and that pterosaurs went extinct and left no known descendants. Even worse, the narration indicates that they think pterosaurs and dinosaurs are one and the same.
  • "5 Weird Directions Human Evolution Could Have Taken" treats the existence of "the Boskop Man" as a fact, which in reality it most likely isn't.
  • 5 B.S. 'Achievements' People Need to Stop Taking Seriously closes by saying "when The World Cup inevitably makes its way to the United States"... half the comments section is sure to point out it already did in 1994.
  • This article about life in South Korea attempts to make a point about plastic surgery, showing a picture of a group of girls with highly identical faces. However, that picture was actually photoshopped to make all of the girls look similar, and in reality they actually look completely different. Which was explained on a page that the Cracked article put a link to, directly underneath the picture.
  • 7 Methods for Coping with Tragedy (Courtesy of James Bond) tries to give readers tips on how to react to tragedy by using James Bond films with tragedy in them... and gets several facts wrong:
  • The article 6 Insane Meltdowns By Actors on Set of Their Greatest Movies briefly mentions Marlon Brando sending "a fake Native American woman" to reject an Oscar on his behalf. The very article it links to talks about how the woman, Sacheen Littlefeather, IS Native American and how much the accusations of being "fake" hurt her. Several commenters weren't amused.
  • 5 Ignorant Jokes From the Last Comedians You'd Expect features Jason Iannone criticizing George Carlin for saying that Christopher Columbus' statement of the Native Americans being "un gente en dios" (a people in God) is wrong because Carlin's Spanish is wrong. Anyone with even basic knowledge of Spanish vocabulary knows that "gente" does mean people and also that Iannone's source, Google Translate, is not a reliable source for translating any language.
  • #3 on 4 Obnoxious Behaviors The Modern World Made Worse compares Kickstarter to begging in the streets, completely ignoring the mechanics behind it, such as providing greater rewards for higher investments and refunding any donations if the target funding is not met on time.
  • #1 on 6 Insane Discoveries That Science Can't Explain—one of the most popular articles in the site's history—claims that the "Bloop" recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 1997 was determined to be from an animal, and that the sound's source is a "mystery" because there aren't any known aquatic animals big enough to have made a sound that loud. Actually, the link to the NOAA's website clearly explains that the sound was from a cracking iceberg (known as an "icequake" to geologists).
  • Five Classic Geek Debates That Were Settled A Long Time Ago claims that the Enterprise will win against a Star Destroyer because the Empire never encountered transporters and therefore, won't be able to defend against them. The Star Trek series contain boatloads of cases where transporters are blocked by everything up to transformer substations. Even ignoring that, Star Wars ships still have the one guaranteed defense: Deflector Shields.
  • 6 Sexist Video Game Problems Even Bigger Than the Breasts, among its many errors, says that Ellie from The Last of Us has "daddy issues". Thing is, she doesn't. If anything, her father figure, Joel, has severe issues related to the loss of his daughter. It also fails to mention that she's pretty bad-ass and able to take care of herself. The one time she breaks down in Joel's arms was because she had just violently killed a man that was attempting to rape and/or eat her. And she did so by repeatedly hacking into his face with a machete. While we don't see the aftermath, it's safe to assume it was quite a violent sight to behold.
  • The "Today's Topic" video on Pokémon repeatedly called Dugtrio "Digtrio" and referred to the plot of Pokémon Black and White as Pokémon X and Y. It would be acceptable if the video wasn't about two die-hard Pokemon fans trying to prove who's the bigger fan.
  • In "5 Sad Truths You Learn Watching All the Marvel Films at Once" they repeatedly claim that Loki came to Earth only because Nick Fury summoned him. Except Loki summoned himself to Earth without anyone other than Thanos (who wasn't on Earth) helping him. Even if S.H.I.E.L.D. was responsible, it wasn't Fury personally; he had nothing to do with the Tesseract project except assigning security detail.
  • This article about major flaws in famous sci-fi inventions has the Death Star at #1 because its gravity would cause all the debris of a planet it destroyed to gravitate towards it and destroy it. Makes sense, but they maintain throughout that this moon-sized space station is the size of the moon, about 3,475 km, meaning the debris would come careening towards it at about 3,000 mph, more than enough to do serious damage. One quick look at the Star Wars wiki lists the actual diameter at 160 km, just a bit less than our moon and with a much more manageable gravity well. Further, the Death Star likely wouldn't have the same gravitational pull as our moon even if they were the same size; the moon is a lot of dense rock, and while the metal the station is made of might (or might not) be denser, a considerable portion of the station is hollow. And even if they have the same density, the math shows that the Death Star would have a mass — and thus a gravitational pull — about 1/1220th that of the moon. And all this is rendered moot by the fact that the Death Star is both shielded and covered in smaller guns, meaning it could probably weather the debris storm anyway.
  • In "6 Horrible Aftermaths Implied by Movies with Happy Endings", number six states Top Gun ends in World War III because "[t]hanks to them, it's only a matter of time before said unnamed country addresses the United Nations about how the U.S. violated Article V of U.N. General Assembly Resolution 3314 by destroying some of their finest aircraft and killing some of their top pilots." Except the dogfight clearly shows the unnamed state's pilots firing first and shooting down a US plane without provocation. Plus it's explicitly stated at the end the state had denied the incident ever occurred. Not to mention that the final dogfight was Very Loosely Based on a True Story - the Gulf of Sidra incident - which clearly hadn't triggered World War III.
  • "6 Movie Scenes That Prove That Gotham City Hates Sex" '. Daniel Dockery also mistakenly believes that erogenous zones can only include the genital area.
  • 6 Cruel Ways Artists Got Back At People With Their Art claims that Grant Morrison's Superdoom character from Action Comics was a Take That! towards Man of Steel, claiming that it distorted its hero into a violent murderer purely for marketing purposes. Grant Morrison actually finished his run on Action Comics 3 months before Man of Steel was released and he's gone on record as being more or less ambivalent towards the film. Weirdly, they're sort of on the right track; it's much more likely a critique of the older comic The Man of Steel and the status quo that followednote , which the film is loosely based upon and Morrison has often expressed dislike towards.
  • In 6 Ridiculous Excuses Game Designers Gave For Sexist Costumes, the Xenoblade Chronicles X section of seems to have been written by someone who didn't actually play the game. It starts off by claiming that "the only acceptable clothes are fetish outfits, swimwear, and giant robotic battle suits", which is untruenote , then implies that Lin's default outfit is a bikini, when in actuality her costume is entirely conservative and practical and she only appears in a swimsuit if the player puts her in one note . It also claims that the western version raised her age to 15, when she's actually 13 in both the localization and the original Japanese. In general, the article makes out like "this game is marketed on fetishes, including catgirls, amazons, schoolgirls, and nurses-wearing-one-medical-eyepatch" when in reality there's very little sexual content.
  • In 5 Things Casual Viewers Will Never Get About Anime, they list Senran Kagura as being designed to "sell the tie-in fighting game to American kids", ignoring the fact that the video game came out long before the anime, and that the game is as far from child friendly as you can get. (The screenshot that Cracked used even had the big "mature" rating right on the box).
  • In 3 Bands Who Completely Disowned Their Former Members, they claimed that Pink Floyd did this to Syd Barrett, though Barrett inspired a good chunk of the band's work and guitarist David Gilmour personally ensured that Barrett got his royalties. Not to mention his former bandmates producing his solo albums. And writing, dedicating and addressing an entire album (Wish You Were Here) to him. The commentors really called Cracked out on this one.
  • "5 Awesome Movie Robots with Inexcusable Design Flaws" claims that the T-1000 of Terminator 2: Judgment Day is superior to the later T-X in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in every conceivable way, simply because the former is made of shapeshifting liquid metal and the latter isn't. They seem to forget that the T-X also has a hidden plasma cannon built into its arm, while the T-1000—despite being highly stealthy and resistant to damage—couldn't make weapons other than crude blades. In combat, at least, the T-X is a huge improvement over its predecessors. note  They also seem to think that the T-1000 is virtually indestructible compared to its predecessor the T-800, even though it has an obvious Kryptonite Factor in the form of extreme hot and cold, which the T-800 is completely unfazed by. His statement "The only 'improvements' the T-X seems to carry are a leather pantsuit and a built-in flamethrower, because if there was one problem with the previous two Terminators, it was their inability to kill human beings with their bare hands" is also immediately questionable given the first two Terminators were unable to kill their human targets, and the built-in weaponry was to combat the T-850 (whose arrival had been anticipated by Skynet) who was heavily resistant to present-era weaponry.
    • The same article claims that Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation was built to serve on a Federation starship, and explains all the reasons why his design and programming don't fit his purpose. Except Data wasn't built to serve on a starship: he was built by an eccentric civilian inventor who wanted to duplicate the miracle of human consciousness as an experiment, and was only later inspired to join Starfleet after a Starfleet vessel discovered his body in the aftermath of his colony's destruction. An integral part of Data's backstory is that his creator had no "purpose" in mind when he built him, forcing him to strike out into the world and decide his own purpose. In fact, when he finally meets his creator Dr. Soong, the doctor even asks "Data, why Starfleet?".
  • E. Reid Ross, in 6 Specific Breeds of A-Holes Who Are Ruining Disney Parks, seems to think of Disneybounding as "shitty cosplay" that will confuse children into thinking they're employees. In actuality, the parks have specific rules about dressing up in costume precisely for that reason (no one over 14 is allowed to wear one on their premises). In addition, Disneybounding was created as a way to dress up without getting odd glances or breaking said rules. Also, most Disneybounds aren't literally meant to be the character, but more taking inspiration from them using color schemes and accessories.
    • The same section discusses businesses that are losing their market share after the costume rules were implemented. The examples that they link of pre-made purchasable Disneybound costumes? Actually just Polyvore sets, which are more of a curated collection than a thing you can buy. (Theoretically you could click through and buy some of the outfit pieces, but the creator doesn't get anything from that.)
  • 5 Words You Use Every Day With Shockingly Dark Backstories claims that "fornication" came from the Latin fornacis, because prostitutes of Ancient Rome worked in bakeries and they would have sex with their clients in the ovens after hours. Not true. Also, "fornication" isn't exactly the kind of word you use every day.
  • Bayer Purchased Monsanto (And We Are All Screwed) makes a couple of big ones. First, they go after Monsanto for making Agent Orange during the Vietnam war. But there are two different companies that have been named Monsanto, and the one we have today was spun off from the original, which was renamed Pharmacia and sold to Pfizer. They also insinuate that there's something dark about Monsanto making plants resistant to herbicidal chemicals, i.e. the kind its former parent company used to make. Like Monsanto was making both the disease and the cure. The fact is, the farmers are the ones who want to spray their crops with herbicides. Why? So they can kill the weeds that choke out their crops. Crops that don't die when exposed to herbicides are a very good thing. This is also in spite of the site hosting previous articles with pieces not only pointing out the unfair vilifying of Monsanto, but also specifically noting that the Monsanto that was tapped by the US Government to develop Agent Orange is a different company than the one today.
  • 12 Video Game Annoyances That Need to Die Part 2 lumps Delsin Rowe of Infamous Second Son in with the "white males", when a large chunk of his character's story is that he's a member of a Native American tribe in Seattle.
  • 6 Insane Movie Plots You Won't Believe Happened In Real Life claims that a plot point exists in The Mighty Ducks in which the rival Hawks manipulate the district lines to give themselves an advantage. The league itself redrew the district lines slightly, and it appears for all the world like an honest mistake; Banks' older brother was a Hawk, and they probably figured the younger brother would be on the same team, not realizing the district lines had been redrawn. Gordon finds a grand total of ONE player who's on the wrong team. Again, this is easily explained as an honest and perfectly understandable mistake, and no suggestion is made that the Hawks' coach intentionally schemed to get Banks on his team.
  • More than once, Cracked takes up for Walter Peck from Ghostbusters (1984), claiming that he was just doing his job and had come to the obvious conclusion based on the available data. It was reasonable for someone to want to do safety inspections for equipment that includes volatile energy such as the "streams" and Venkman was a dick in blowing him off, but that's about it.note  First of all, his conclusion didn't even match the available data; he tells the mayor that the Ghostbusters are putting hallucinogens into the environment to make people see ghosts, which they then pretend to catch. Hallucinogens might make people see ghosts...or pretty much anything else. It's not like you can control what people see, and you certainly can't make multiple witnesses see the same thing, or make the hallucinations go away with a fake light show. And what is Peck's basis for his accusations? Ghosts don't exist, therefore the Ghostbusters are running some scam. He doesn't, you know, find hallucinogens in the air or water supply, or waste of any kind originating from the firehouse. He has dick all to support his claims, and he shuts down a system without even the slightest understanding of what it does or how it works or what will happen when it's shut down, ignoring warnings even from his own engineer. Then he blames the Ghostbusters for what he did. But sure, Cracked, Walter Peck is secretly the good guy in this movie you likely haven't watched in recent memory.
  • 6 R-Rated Films That Totally Ripped Off Kids' Movies. Right off the bat, #6 claims that Kingsman: The Secret Service is a rip-off of the Harry Potter films. Guess they forgot that both Kingsman and Harry Potter films are based on both literature (Harry Potter) and comic books (The Secret Service). They also forgot that in #2, Charlie B. Barkin cheats his way into life in All Dogs Go to Heaven, while Sam Wheat is still a ghost (i.e., still dead) in (what else?) Ghost. Also half of the movies on this list (Ghost, Skyfall, and Thor) are rated PG-13 (not to mention that the latter one was also based on the comic book series). (The PG-13 one is worse in that it's a case of Title Guy striking again: The original title refered to "6 Famous Films".)
  • 4 Beloved Movie Heroes Who Are Clearly Criminally Insane names The Equalizer, which is fair since the character is extremely violent but they give the worst argument possible: He killed a robber that the author claims was probably just a desperate kid needing money to live and the main character unjustly killed him. In the movie the robber was ready to kill the cashier for a family heirloom, a ring that her grandma gave her, the main character had to pry off the ring out of her finger so that the robber doesn't shoot her and later he learns from the police this robber is a known criminal who killed two cashiers before. And describing him as a just a “kid” is pushing it; he was 30 if he was a day.
  • Particularly annoying is David Christopher Bell's repeated instances through numerous articles that Marvel Studios forced Joss Whedon to include a "gibberish cave scene" in Avengers: Age of Ultron to set up Thor: Ragnarok. Except anyone who has even paid a small amount of attention to Whedon's post-release interviews would know that said statement is absolutely not true; he wrote an extended farmhouse scene and an extended cave scene, and Marvel found the film to be overrunning, so they forced him to cut down either scene, to which he cut down the cave scene. This was even stated in another article.
  • 22 Things Movies Get Completely Wrong About Mental Illness: The very first entry. While they are correct in stating that amnesia can't be cured by a blow to the head, they also completely miss the fact that Hawkeye didn't even have amnesia in the first place. It was magical mind control, and Widow knocking him out was what severed his mental connection to Loki and broke the spell. The same article also uses Walter from The Big Lebowski as an example of a terrible and harmful representation of PTSD; there is absolutely nothing in the movie even suggesting he has PTSD (and a Deleted Scene has The Dude explicitly state Walter never served in Vietnam, though, being a deleted scene, its canonicity is unknown).
    • There are actually so many examples from that photoplasty, readers were very quick to point them out in the comment section of the article. Also note that it is another all-AuntieMeme photoplasty.
  • In 6 Things Everyone Knows About Women (That Aren't True), the way #2 Women Aren't as Good at Math is explained shows little effort at providing a research-based explanation, despite having the easy option of just saying that there is a stereotype of girls being inferior at math, but in fact they get the same average scores as men in standardized tests (which was consistent with the linked source). Instead it talked about math-heavy careers being male dominated, but the median score is not particularly relevant in math-based careers, because only the highest scorers will be going into those jobs, so the majority of test-takers (the low and middle-scorers) are just noise, because they won't be going into math-based careers anyway. That is why much of the original paper is a discussion of whether gender variance (specifically the idea that males have more low and high scorers) can account for the gender difference. Readers are free to draw their own conclusion from the data the study's author presents, but regardless, the data the Cracked article selected to present was answering a different question, and the data that was addressing Crack's actual question was omitted; Cracked switch by focusing on the clear-cut results from one issue (median performance) to answer a murkier issue altogether (top-level performance), despite using its source being an article that went on to address top-level performance.
  • "5 Movies That Have No Idea How Long Things Take" tries to argue for "real world" calculations while ignoring the details that are supposed to explain those problems in the first place. In #5, The Starkiller Base in The Force Awakens is firing through Hyperspace, the energy taking a shortcut through space, and arriving where it needs to, negating most of the distance involved (although this explanation comes from the art book was not even hinted at in the movie itself). In #4, Gandalf's horse Shadowfax, and Shadowfax's totally awesome magical super speed abilities, described in the novels, are totally ignored. In #3, Hyperspace travel, the ability to take shortcuts and ignore distance, is ignored. In #2, no possibility is brought up that other robots were helping to collect and stack trash besides WALL-E. #1 carries the most validity — time skips of several months could be assumed between scenes, but the characters' hair, wardrobe, and hygiene do not indicate months of travel on sea.
  • Tyler Linn, author of "15 Idiotic Dungeons and Dragons Monsters" says that they've never played D&D, and it shows. Judging from their assessments of the monsters, they've at best looked at the pictures and maybe read the short descriptions; they definitely don't take into account the range of dangerous abilities said monsters have before dismissing them. The article claims that undead creatures are no threat because they're already dead (when any degree of pop culture should teach you that the undead are extremely dangerous), that you could just walk up to a Grell or a Brain-in-a-Jar and punch them (the former can paralyze with a touch; the latter has a wide range of psychic abilities to wreck your day), and best of all compares the demi-lich to a magic pinata that can only try to bite you before you whack it out of the air (when it's in fact a magical powerhouse that can, besides regular spells, permanently imprison you deep under ground just by looking at you).
  • In "5 Worst Game Remakes Farted Out By Beloved Franchises", there are two MAJOR mistakes. First is claiming Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) is a remake/reboot of the series, when in reality it was a direct sequel to the previous games. Not too horrible, since their larger point still stands. Then they claim the Punch-Out!! remake replaced Mike Tyson with Donkey Kong. In actuality, Tyson's role in the game as de facto final boss was replaced with pre-existing character Mr. Sandman, with Donkey Kong as a Bonus Boss accessible in the game's endless mode, Mac's Last Stand.
  • 9 Beloved Characters Made Horrifying by Japan
    • #6 talks about Hellsing such that it makes you wonder if the author even watched the show. The first problem is that it states that no one ever calls Alucard "Dracula" even though a few people totally do. It mentions that Alucard is dressed good which is necessary when you're "facing a giant dog made of eyes commanded by a pedophile with bitchin' shoulder-pads". Problem is, that "pedophile" IS Alucard after releasing his restraints. Also, Alucard apparently faced a KKK regiment? Well, while they are kind of dressed like the Klan, they are actually Catholic soldiers enlisted for the 9th Crusade (the KKK stole and perverted the traditional capriotes of Spanish priests).
    • They also mistakenly implied that Axis Powers Hetalia was a gritty war drama and used fan art as evidence rather than, well, the actual series.
    • They interpret a panel of Luke cutting off Vader's head as "in the Star Wars manga adaptation, Luke kills Vader." Presumably, they haven't seen Star Wars in a while, or at least The Empire Strikes Back, because that exact scene does happen - it's the part of Luke's training where he confronts an illusion of Vader, and immediately fights to kill, learning in the process that If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him. Considering it's one of the biggest pieces of foreshadowing that Luke and Vader have a connection, it's pretty hard to miss.
    • At one point, Haruhi Suzumiya is mentioned and accused of being porn, which gives off the feeling that the author didn't watch a single episode and only said it was porn for the sake of hating on anime and Japan in general.
    • In general, anime-related articles seem to rely on the author's Bias Steamroller because of the terrible research. Another example is 6 Pathetic Attempts by Corporations to Create a Superhero, which puts Tiger & Bunny in No. 1 and accuses it for being nothing but Product Placement.
  • 6 Awful Video Games Based on Great Movies tries to show how video game versions of some movies ignores the point of the films they're based on, and yet the author gets them completely wrong. They show Batman in Batman Begins upholding his moral code of never using a gun, then they show the Game Boy game of Batman with said character using a gun to kill people. The film shown was from 2005 and the game was from 1989. Not only did the Batman film barely touch upon Batman's dislike for guns when the video game version came out, the video game version isn't even based on the film it was compared to due to said film not existing in 1989. The video then compares Scarface (1983) with Scarface: The World Is Yours by claiming that Tony in the video game version learned nothing from the film and is back to his arrogant ways, showcased by the first level in the game where it reenacts the ending of the movie, but with Tony getting the jump on his attacker. It's clear that the author didn't play the game since Tony learned his lesson right after the mansion raid and gets himself cleaned up so he doesn't make the same mistakes again.
  • 5 Billionaires Who Pulled Some Monstrously 'Rich Guy' Moves. #2 on the list is a misrepresentation of the "Show and Display" rule. Instead of letting you drive unroadworthy imported cars on public roads if you pay the government enough, as the article claims, "Show and Display" merely lets you import an unroadworthy vehicle if you won't drive it on public roads.
    • Additionally, a vehicle not having an US homologation doesn't necessarily pollute too much for obtaining one. It often just means that the manufacturer of the vehicle didn't find applying for one worth the trouble,
  • #2 of 6 Throwaway Jokes That Ended Up Predicting Huge Plot Twists claims that Olde English successfully predicted that Lost would kill off Locke and have his body restored in some evil way. While Locke certainly dies, his body is never restored at all. The smoke monster merely takes on his appearance.
  • #1 of The 8 Shittiest Transformer Disguises features Sky Lynx as #1 on the list. Sky Lynx's altmode is a fairly normal space shuttle and its transport platform. There are liberties taken with the design, sure, and you could question whether a space shuttle could be considered low-profile, but it's far from the only shuttle mode in the franchise, and by that point most other characters weren't even trying to have realistic altmodes. While his robot mode is very definitely a Non-Standard Character Design for the franchise, it's not like a giant mechanical dragon-lion is much less hidden than a giant mechanical person, and characters who can't turn into humanoid robots have been around in the franchise since day one. Oddly, McKinney mentions the shuttle mode, but then talks about Sky Lynx's robot mode as if it were his alt mode.
    • The article also attempts to pull a Just Eat Gilligan, claiming that Omega Supreme could have easily ended the war singlehandedly but the Autobots never bothered to send him out. In point of fact, Omega had a pivotal role in at least eight episodes of the second season alone, and he was frequently shown being damaged or matched by Decepticons (particularly Devastator). He's also got major Logical Weaknesses (slow speed and high energy requirements) that'd make him hard to bring to every battle, and he quickly fell into So Last Season anyway, as combiner teams stronger than Devastator or the titanic cityformers started to crop up.
    • The entry on Nightscream not only mixes up Beast Wars with Beast Machines, but treats Nightscream's bat mode as a poor disguise. It's not; neither series had any humans around to be hiding from (taking place on a prehistoric Earth All Along and an alien robot planet, respectively). Neither series was at all shy about featuring animal modes that were clearly mechanical to some degree, and the characters of Beast Machines were explicitly the result of Organic Technology. Nightscream's bat mode is ugly as sin, but it's no less realistic than the altmodes of any of his teammates.
    • The article also includes Metroplex, Nosecone, and Rippersnapper who are all from season 3 when The Masquerade was gone for good (one of the recurring human characters was even a military officer) and most of the episodes didn't even take place on Earth.
    • They also bash Cosmos (one of the few Autobots who is a spaceship) claiming that both sides had functioning spaceships when he appeared when the only spaceships both sides had crashed in the first episode. This compounded by the fact his main job is reconnaissance not a space transport as they imply (Omega Supreme normally is the Autobots go-to transport).
    • They also single out Swoop out of the all of the dinobots (easily the most unsubtle transformers in any continuity) because they believe the Pteranodon is "a clumsy and medically retarded animal". They seem to miss the fact he is one of the earliest flying Autobots. They also claim that there no native animals on Cybertron (Which is only Depending on the Writer) ignoring both the cartoon and the comics have them built on Earth. They use a picture of Swoop's toy Transformers Animated yet treat it as if it were the Generation 1 Swoop.
  • Their articles "6 Famous Movie Wise Men Who Were Totally Full of Shit" and "9 Famous Movie Villains Who Were Right All Along" present some rather..."dubious" Alternative Character Interpretations of Gandalf and Sauron from The Lord of the Rings...both of which fall apart in about five minutes if you're actually familiar with the mythos. To elaborate:
    • The former tries to call B.S. on Gandalf's reassuring speech about why there's no reason to be afraid of death, since a happy afterlife awaits anyone who deserves it—simply because the Army of the Dead were shown to have been barred from the afterlife by a magic spell after they got on the King of Gondor's bad side; they also imply that Gandalf will probably suffer the same fate since he got on the dark wizard Saruman's bad side. For one thing, the Army of the Dead weren't just barred from the afterlife because of a magic spell, they were barred from the afterlife because they committed a grave taboo by deserting the king whom they had sworn to serve—and were thus unworthy of a happy reward after death. For another thing, Gandalf and Saruman aren't just normal humans with a little bit of magic training—they're Maia (beings roughly akin to angels or demigods in Tolkien's cosmology) who answer directly to the supreme god Eru Ilúvatar, and aren't exactly vulnerable to garden-variety magic spells. And even ignoring all that, Saruman was accurately shown in the extended cut of the films to be far weaker than Gandalf by that point (not to mention, dead).
    • The latter tries to argue that Sauron is actually just a noble revolutionary who wanted to lead the Orcs out of bondage after they'd suffered centuries of baseless Fantastic Racism at the hands of Middle Earth's other races and been forced into the barren wasteland of Mordor. Except none of that is even remotely true. As The Silmarillion makes clear, the other races of Middle Earth have a perfectly good reason to distrust the Orcs: they're Elves who were corrupted and tortured into insanity by Sauron's predecessor Melkor, and made to do his bidding. And the Orcs do not look on Sauron as a hero; as The Silmarillion says outright, "[D]eep in their dark hearts the Orcs loathed the Master whom they served in fear, the maker only of their misery." The same sources also make it perfectly clear why Sauron is considered evil: he isn't just the ruler of Mordor, he's a rogue Maia (a minor god) who rebelled against Eru Ilúvatar, and wants to impose proto-fascist rule on the mortals of Middle Earth to protect the people from The Evils of Free Will after the devastation wrought by Melkor. And Mordor is not a barren wasteland; as shown in The Return of the King, it houses vast tracts of extremely fertile farmland, which is why it can support a massive military juggernaut. Even if you only go by the films, there's no way that Sauron could be doing what he does to protect the orcs, because he happily served the guy who created them (their origin is explained by Saruman, and we even see him creating the Uruk-hai). The article also ignores all the bad stuff that Sauron and the orcs are shown to do onscreen, like burning farmlands, slaughtering and eating civilians, and using the One Ring to turn humans into mindless wraiths.
    • The latter article wants us to side with the hyenas in The Lion King, and points out that the hyenas just want to eat, which is fair. But what happens when they take over the pride lands? It becomes a wasteland devoid of food for herbivores and carnivores alike. The movie establishes a perfectly good reason, if you watch it, why the hyenas are kept out of the pride lands.
    • Same article, now the Wicked Witch of the West. "Remember that the Witch wasn't after Dorothy, and she wasn't trying to rule the world. All she ever wanted was those slippers. Say, how did Dorothy acquire those magical shoes in the first place? Why, by taking them off the blood-drenched feet of the Wicked Witch of the East. Who she just murdered. Who also happened to be the Wicked Witch of the West's sister." Except Dorothy didn't murder the WWE. She doesn't have magic powers. She happened to be in the house that a tornado picked up and threw into Oz. By any stretch of the imagination, that wouldn't be her doing. And sure, you could argue the WWW has a right to the shoes, but how is it remotely okay to kill someone to recover your property?
  • The article, 7 Bizarre Early Versions of Famous Cartoon Characters, it mentions a prototype Kermit the Frog as a "Coffee-loving sadist" who would violently (but humorously) attack another character for not liking the same brand of coffee in a series of commercials for Wilkins Coffee. The character in question, is actually named Wilkins, and the commercials began airing in 1957, whereas Kermit first appeared in 1955 in the show, Sam and Friends.
  • "6 Video Games Where You Get to Commit War Crimes (And Worse!)" claims that the climax of Kingdom Hearts "reveals" that the Heartless are Not Evil, Just Misunderstood, and that they can be turned back into humans if someone genuinely shows them love—implying that Sora is a mass-murderer for finding this out and continuing to murder them en masse anyway. While it's true that Sora remembered who he was after he became a Heartless, that's because he willingly became one to save Kairi; all other people become Heartless when they're corrupted by their negative emotions, which turns them into rampaging monsters that kill all living things on instinct. And Kairi doesn't turn Sora back by giving him a hug, she turns him back using the special magic she possesses as one of the Princesses of Heart. In all other cases, Heartless are very much evil, the heroes have a perfectly good reason to fear them, and they can't just turn them back through The Power of Love.
  • Their blatant ignorance of basic aspects of film history is common across a number of articles. But the one on 25th September 2017, 5 Simple Movie Scenes That Were An Insane Pain To Shoot, is a ridiculous howler:
    Why so many reshoots in the first place, though? Because this was in the early days of filmmaking, when things weren't as structured as they are now, which meant that Chaplin was effectively the writer, director, producer, composer, etc. There wasn't a formal script, so Chaplin would get ideas and then go try them out. Since he couldn't see his performance, he'd do a billion takes and then watch them later, make notes, and then do it again the next day. Thankfully, the process is a bit more organized now, and George Clooney doesn't have to endure bouts of diarrhea whenever he wants to act and direct a movie.
    • As anyone who knows about Charlie Chaplin will tell you, nothing about this has anything to do with "the early days of film-making" or lack of structure. For one thing, Chaplin was exceptional even back then. It was unusual for an actor to also direct, produce, edit and compose his own films. And Chaplin's improvisational approach of working without a complete script and so on was actually common for many silent comedians, such as Buster Keaton who noted that his movies were made day-to-day after working with gag-men the previous night and they used a basic sketch to build it up. It's also common in a number of low-budget and avant-garde films and it's common in Europe too.
    • Secondly, doing multiple takes has nothing to do with "seeing his own performance". Jerry Lewis the director-comedian who invented the video-assist precisely so he can "see his own performance" also did multiple takes and retakes and the reason is again because of the nature of visual comedy where timing, placement and movement is key, and as such quite iterative. Likewise, a number of directors like William Wyler and Stanley Kubrick shot multiple takes and they didn't act before the camera either, because again it was a fairly common production practise.
    • Their continuous articles against George Lucas borders on Malicious Slander especially since it is based on total misrepresentations and fundamental misunderstanding of what film direction and film production actually entails. Their entry on 6 Ways The Star Wars Movies Were A Total Nightmare To Make has a number one entry about Lucas being "a hilariously vague director" because he didn't tell actors their motivations. Hollywood directors of the Golden Age and genre films in general (and Lucas in Star Wars making a Genre Throwback is in that mold) didn't discuss motivations either. Alfred Hitchcock often insisted that his actors' motivations were their salary, and more generally directors in any era believe that motivations and characterizations ideally belong in the pre-production and rehearsal stage since the actual production is too much of a slog to halt down just because an actor wants to get in the mood (Charles Laughton and Marilyn Monroe were two actors cited as nightmares to work with for taking that to an extreme). And being an "actor's director" for a dressed-up B-Movie would have seemed absurd to everyone at the time, and even more so to Lucas who had to convince his actors not to camp up his movie (and deal with Alec Guinness' undisguised contempt for his own part).
  • In 6 Ways Movies Hilariously Misunderstand How News Works, the author cites the bit in Crocodile Dundee where Sue is able to talk her newspaper into paying for her to fly down to Australia to investigate a rumored story of a guy surviving a crocodile attack. The author states that there's no way a modern newspaper would have the budget to not only pay for that trip but also pay for Mick to stay at a posh New York hotel. However, readers pointed out in the comments how the movie took place in 1986, when newspapers were far more dominant and did indeed have the budget to spare for stuff like that. It's also noted how Sue just happens to be the daughter of the paper's owner which naturally means she has carte blanche to spend how she feels for a story and thus holding this as something against "modern" media is just foolish.
  • 5 Sucky Things That Suck On Purpose had an entry about how the female characters in Mass Effect: Andromeda were deliberately made ugly as some kind of statement about beauty standards in video games. What is missed is that both the article and video cited were speculating based entirely on an early trailer; the video even had Liana K pointing out exactly how stupid this theory was (although she had her own problems with the model). The article focused entirely on the default Sarah Ryder, who has a bizarrely distorted face compared to the default Scott who looks just like his model, and seemed under the impression this was true of every woman in the game. It's not, at all, and this whole theory died almost immediately after release. There's also no evidence making her unattractive was intentional, which the article asserts in its title.
  • In The 5 Most WTF Casting Decisions Of Teenage Roles, the author cites Grease as "the first PG-13 movie I ever saw." Grease came out in 1978 while the PG-13 rating wasn't created until 1984.
  • Both "21 Characters Who Were Unrecognizable When They Started" and "The 6 Most Ridiculous Superhero Weaknesses" show Thanos as a bumbling idiot, showing panels from Spidey Super Stories #39, a non-canon comic series and tie-in to the Spider-Man stories from The Electric Company (1971) TV series.
  • In If Disney Cartoons Were Historically Accurate, which is intended to satirize Disney Movies idealizing the lives of pre-modern heroines, the singer notes "a blacksmith with his daughter-wife", but medieval Christians (which is indicated by the thief statue) had anti-incest consanguinity laws much stricter than today, going back 7 generations at the beginning of the period, but eventually lowered to 4 generations because the 7 generations made finding a match too difficult unless you lived in a big city. Nobles could and did pay a tax to get around this to marry related royal families, but this would not be practical or permissible for a blacksmith, and dispensation was rare once 4th generation relation marriage was permitted. It would make much more sense that a time-traveler from the medieval period would be shocked that states as populous as New York and California still allow 1st cousin marriage and would put that on the 13th century version of Cracked if it had existed.
  • "Four Crazy Fan Theories That Explain Bizarre Casting Choices" gets a quite bit wrong in its Highlander entry when discussing Sean Connery playing the Egyptian Tak Ne/Ramirez.
    • Immortals are all foundlings/orphans so the debate about a white Egyptian is moot considering it's not impossible an Egyptian family found a white baby and raised him.
    • Immortals canonically can't conceive children so the entire theory about him sowing his oats all over what would be Scotland and thus most of the country being descended from him falls apart.
  • In "6 Happy Endings That Accidentally Screwed The Movie's Hero", their synopsis of School of Rock is so wrong, it makes you wonder if the writers of the article even watched the movie. Some notable errors include: Claiming that Dewey's band wins the contest at the endIn Actuality , claiming that none of the parents of the kids found out about the bandIn Actuality , and claiming that three students of "groupies", one of whom is played by Miranda Cosgrove, only show up in one scene and "are never seen again"In Actuality .
  • A bit on 22 Movie Plots That Rely On Ridiculous Amounts Of Luck cites how in Ocean's Twelve, "the gang get arrested by the feds and discover one of them has a mother who's an FBI agent...and, of course, she has to be the interrogator who frees them in the next scene." This has a pic from the movie yet somehow misses she isn't an FBI agent but a con artist herself and this "coincidence" is all part of the scheme.
  • "7 Classic Star Wars Characters Who Totally Dropped the Ball" cites Jabba the Hutt as an example because he tries to have Han, Luke and Leia executed in Return of the Jedi when he could have made some money by holding them for ransom. While that's a valid point, they go on to claim that he probably desperately needs the money because "he's just a sleazy racketeer whose entire operation amounts to little more than a hotel/casino on Tatooine". Firstly, it's established in A New Hope that Jabba runs a massive intergalactic smuggling network that regularly ships cargo worth thousands of credits (and can afford to, as Greedo puts it, casually "put a price on someone's head so large that every bounty hunter in the galaxy will be looking for them" just for welshing on a single debt). Secondly, Jabba's palace on Tatooine is not a "hotel/casino"; it's a headquarters for his criminal enterprise, and Jabba doesn't let anybody in unless they have business with him. note 
  • "19 Blockbusters You Didn't Realize Were Horror Movies" includes a photoplasty of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, despite not realizing that it wasn't a "blockbuster", but a box office disappointment that made twice its budget. However, it did make a profit on the 25th anniversary reissue, but still.
  • 5 Movie Plans You Never Realized Were Actually Insane calls out Dennis Nedry from Jurassic Park for having a horrible plan to steal the dinosaur embryos, claiming that it would have been obvious that he was the one who stole them; he was the only one who could have sabatoged the system, he had a motive for stealing them, he was absent when the systems went down, and he was driving around the island in a large jeep the whole time. However, the comments point out the issues with this being so "obvious".
    1. Nedry had a subroutine that would have erased any evidence that he stole the embryos or hacked the system.
    2. He only planned to be gone for 5 to 10 minutes before returning to reboot the system, and only got delayed because his jeep crashed in the rain and he got lost.
    3. He was "borrowing" a maintenance jeep that would have been on the road all the time, and the tracks would most likely have been washed out in the rain anyway.
    4. He was counting on being long gone and enjoying his money by the time anyone did a count to figure out the embryos were missing.
    5. The hurricane coming onto the island was a surprise to everyone, including Nedry. He had no way of knowing that it would hit during his carefully planned 18-minute window, and is seen visibly rushing and begging the captain at the docks to wait longer for him—which is likely why he didn't cover his tracks as well as he'd hoped. It's also why he ends up crashing and getting lost in the jeep. Without that storm, Nerdy could have pulled the theft off perfectly, but instead ended up paying with his life. As one poster puts it, "It was a perfectly good plan shot down by bad luck."
  • 5 WTF Ways Trump Has Been Immortalized As Artwork makes mention of the "God-Emperor" motif and how "he was born in central Anatolia (Turkey) in 8,000 BC." meaning any representation of him should be Middle Eastern. But as several comments point out, in this time period (before the Mamluk, Seljuk, and Turkic migrations) Anatolia was populated by Caucasians (which is why they're called "Caucasians" after the mountains in the area). As late as 300 B.C. most of Anatolia was still Ionian Greek and are cited as the origin for most European cultures. Meaning portraying a person of that time and location as white is perfectly logical.
    • Even ignoring that, official art of the character is deliberately inconsistent on his appearance, with the in-universe explanation that everyone sees something different. Even the picture in the article itself is Ambiguously Brown to the point he could very well be Turkish like the article claims... or just a white guy with a tan. Well, that and the origin story mentioned being one of many.
  • A bit on 23 Blockbuster Characters That Make No Sense Whatsoever contains slews of examples:
    • It claims that between movies, Odin "changed to a bloodthirsty tyrant" when the first movie had him keeping the peace. As Thor: Ragnarok showed, Odin was a bloodthirsty tyrant in his younger days creating an empire. It was afterward he realized with age that wasn't a good move and took on a more peaceful approach. If anything were to cause him to revert to his older ways, it would be the murder of his wife.
    • It cites the growing theme of Avengers: Infinity War that Thanos could simply use the Gauntlet to increase the resources of the universe instead of killing half the populace. Which would be a reasonable argument if not for how the movie makes it abundantly clear that Thanos is completely insane. He's called the Mad Titan, not the "forward-thinking and sensible Titan."
    • On The Lion King it talks of Simba never holding the wildebeests accountable for Mufasa's death. This would ignore the totally obvious fact that Simba knows Scar set the entire thing up and that Scar caused Mufasa to fall into the stampede. Simba has no reason to blame the frightened beasts as they had no idea what was happening and Scar was simply using them.
    • It claims that Mad-Eye Moody should have David Tennant's voice as "Polyjuice Potion only changes the appearance, not the voice," citing how when Ron and Harry use it, their voices are the same. Except, it can change the voice and the potion Harry and Ron were using in was a weaker version they brewed up on their own.
    • It says that Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was stupid for revealing to Peter how he caused his mother's death. But this shows Ego's Evil Cannot Comprehend Good mentality, that it never occurs to him that Peter, given a dose of pure cosmic power, would be so upset by the death of one mortal woman that he would turn his back on his new role.
    • With Tomorrow Never Dies, Elliot Carver is called "short-sighted" for pitting England vs China and thus risking WWIII all to increase his media empire in China. The movie establishes that Carver's plan is to use the Stealth Boat to wipe out the Chinese leadership and make it look like it was Britain that did it. This will let his puppet, General Chang, take over. CIA operative Jack Wade had stated the U.S. was being neutral in all this and not wanting things to escalate. As soon as Chang becomes Chinese President, he'd make deals to settle for peace (with the world blaming the U.K. for the attack so they'll want to accept) things de-escalate and Carver gets the huge ratings and entry into China. (There's also the tiny fact that Carver is clearly insane to explain his actions.)
    • On Wonder Woman, it's made out to be odd how Diana is shown growing from a child to a young woman, then stops aging in her 20s. The author of the piece seems to believe Diana was born around 1890 and grew up like a normal woman. This ignores how it's cited Amazons aren't truly immortal but merely very long-lived and that Diana's "childhood" was actually several centuries long.
    • In Spider-Man, it claims the spider-sense "makes no sense" for not warning Peter the Green Goblin was disguised as a woman. This ignores how Peter happens to be in the middle of a burning building which means his Spider-Sense would be flaring constantly with danger. It's established in the comics how such a situation can overwhelm Peter's Spider-Sense and make it hard for him to realize a specific danger is coming.
    • The top entry asks why in Thor: Ragnarok, "Hela, the goddess of Death, need with an executioner?" Which is something the movie openly discusses.
  • Cracked seems to go out of its way to attack Samurai, even when facts don't quite link up with their writing. In 5 Scenes From History That Everyone Pictures Incorrectly Cracked claims that Samurai were embarassed by their swords, were primarily archers and retroactively incorporated them into their histories in the Edo period. This is completely ignoring many contemporary accounts of swordfighting being used prominently well before the Edo period such as during the battle of Okehazama or the Mongolian invasions. In fact it was during said invasions that their famous swordsmithing techniques were drawn up, which would not be necessary if their swords weren't actively being used. This article even goes as far as to say that Samurai gave up their careers as warlords when guns were introduced in the 16th century, which is false on both levels: Samurai warfare embraced the use of guns whole-heartedly and would frequently make use of firearms themselves. Also, the Sengoku period ended in the 17th century.
    • This continues in another article where they attempt to deconstruct the Katana's mysticism. It's true that the sword has developed a bit of a memetic mythology around it, however they attempt to make it out to be a terrible sword using false information. For starters it claims Tamahagane was just another word for pig iron, when the carbon content of tamahagane is usually around 1/3rd that of pig iron. While they do point out the actual reason for folding the steel over, the lamination technique is ignored completely. Finally, they claim that the swords were prone to breaking if not swung in just the right way, and use a youtube video of a katana breaking against a wooden bundle. The problems here are threefold; Katana are popular swords and are frequently made and sold very cheaply these days, meaning the individual in question was likely using a cheap replica. All swords can be damaged if you swing them incorrectly, this is why swordfighters train extensively to make sure they get the edge alignment right. And finally, chopping bundles of wood with a sword is extremely abusive and most sword smiths and distributors nowadays flat out state that you can break your sword doing this.
  • In "6 weird things that show up in every sitcom", they claim that an episode of Spongebob Squarepants reveals that Patrick has had a piece of coral acting as his brain for years which is what made him dumb. It was actually the opposite; Patrick becomes temporarily smart because he had his brain replaced with a piece of brain coral. That's the whole point of the joke, Patrick is so stupid he is literally dumber than coral.
  • Cracked has claimed that cavalry charges were ineffective and impractical on the battlefield. In other words; The Polish Hussars and Parthian Cataphracts didn't exist.
  • 5 Things We Learned Making The Biggest Flop In Game History states that "John Romero got his start at ID Software", when John Romero had already ten years of experience in the game industry by that point and id was the fourth game company he had co-founded.
  • The comments section on 13 Movie & TV Jokes That Perfected The Art Of The Slow Burn shows how the authors of the piece clearly don't know the difference between a Brick Joke and a Call-Back.
  • Entry #3 on "16 Famous Plot Twists That Make No Sense (Diagrammed)" claims that Professor Callaghan, in being revealed as the villain, "went back to work like everything was normal," despite him faking his own death.
  • "6 Iconic Movie Scenes That Happened By Accident" has an entry on John Malkovich being beaned in the head by an extra in Being John Malkovich. This is based on a fake "commentary track" video supposed by the director — Spike Lee never actually recorded a commentary track. Maybe you could give them a break in 2012 which is when the article was written... but then they made a Youtube video out of it in 2017 after it was well-known to be a false rumour.
  • In the 26 'Happy' Hollywood Endings That Weren't So Happy, it claims that for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the Grail is full sight and the Nazi survivors can grab it. This ignores how it's shown the Nazis were all crushed in the collapsing temple and the Grail itself about to fall into a chasm.
  • Cracked repeatedly states The Mummy (1999) is the "original" Mummy movie. In Actuality 
  • In "6 Famous Geniuses You Didn't Know Were Perverts", their entry on James Joyce jokingly suggests that he got his famous eyepatch after he lost an eye to his wife's farts ("Now we know how he lost that eye"). Despite famously wearing an eyepatch, Joyce never actually lost an eye; he just suffered from severely impaired eyesight due to a serious bacterial infection that caused inflammation of the retina. note 
  • "The 10 Most Insulting Things Video Games Charged Money For" completely misunderstands Call of Duty: Black Ops' Rezurrection DLC, as well as the Nazi Zombies mode from Call of Duty: World at War. The article claims that the $15 DLC is required in order to play Zombies mode, which is false; Black Ops includes Zombies mode right out of the box. They also point out that four of the five maps in the DLC were recycled from World at War, which is true, but A: the Black Ops versions of these maps have various improvements, B: the writer of the article claims that anybody who owns Black Ops would also own World at War, which is just flat-out wrong, and C: said Zombies maps were part of multiple separate DLC packs in World at War, so if you own a copy of Black Ops and only care about the Zombies, it would be cheaper to just buy the Rezurrection DLC for that game rather than seeking out a copy of WaW and buying the DLC for that game.
  • 25 Ridiculous Plans That Only Make Sense To Villains first misses that at least half the villains involved are insane (they actually cite The Joker in The Dark Knight missing the man is all about chaos).
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, they claim Ultron is dumb for only having one body and "no back-ups elsewhere." It's specifically stated in the film that the Avengers destroyed all the other bodies and prevented Ultron from jumping to another system.
    • It claims Warden Norton in The Shawshank Redemption is foolish for killing Tommy, thus angering Andy, who had all the incriminating documents on Norton's activities. Except this shows the arrogance of Norton and how it never occurs to him Andy could possibly have been secretly working on an escape plan for the last 20 years and thus killing Tommy was the best logical option to keep Andy in jail.
    • It complains on Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos foolishly wipes out half the universe "and just hopes he's not among that half." The audio commentary has the directors openly saying Thanos did expect to be among that half and so devoted to his mad crusade that he was willing to risk it.
      • Related to the above, Thanos is outright said in the film to be the Last of His Kind so it wouldn't make sense for him to commit suicide when his plan is just to kill half of each individual species also brought up in the film.
    • It says Goldfinger "plot, plan and ruthlessly pursue James Bond." Except Goldfinger didn't pursue Bond but rather Bond going after Goldfinger. It also says Goldfinger just walks away with Bond in a trap and "let him escape." In the movie, Goldfinger is just a few feet off and, in fact, it's Bond's bluff of knowing his plans that gets Goldfinger to spare Bond's life.
    • It complains the Wet Bandits in Home Alone only target "the only occupied house" in the neighborhood. A scene clearly shows them in one of the unoccupied houses and working their way down the block. They didn't realize Kevin was home until they actually tried to rob it. The pair actually played it smart, one of them posing as a cop and verifying that the houses would be unoccupied over Christmas; it was sheer bad luck that one family left one of their kids behind.
  • A bit on 20 Completely Irrational Reactions By Rational Characters shows slews of misjudgements on these "irrational" reactions.
    • It cites several cases by Tony Stark, missing that Tony's entire character is making fast decisions. Most notably is in Captain America: Civil War which makes it seem so strange that Tony would attack Winter Soldier after just learning the man murdered his parents.
    • Also from Civil War, it makes it odd that Ant-Man would risk himself "for a guy he just met." That guy just happens to be Captain America, a known hero and thus ex-con Scott would gladly do anything to get on his good side.
    • It makes it seem so odd that Carrie's reaction to Big leaving her at the altar for an hour in Sex and the City is to attack him. That ignores how this was the day Carrie had long dreamed of and is overwhelmed by pain and anger to listen to any of Big's defenses.
    • It claims in Love Actually, Karen's reaction to Daniel to move on from his wife is too extreme and insulting. But that just fits both characters and establishes Karen's dry wit.
    • For Buddy turning into Syndrome in The Incredibles, it's trying to ascribe "rational thought" to someone who was literally a kid when Mr. Incredible turned him down. The film openly establishes how Buddy let this slight warp him beyond any rational thought.
    • The take on the plot of Legally Blonde is that Elle was dumped for being "dumb" and "enrolled to Harvard to stalk" Warren. The movie makes it clear from the start it's never about "stalking" Warren but Elle proving she's far smarter than he thought and proving herself.
    • Dewey is supposed to be laid-back in School of Rock but yells at a kid who sneaks off to play cards. This is actually a key moment in the film to show Dewey caring for these kids and concerned about one putting himself in danger.
    • It notes Cora in Once Upon a Time killing Regina's love so Regina won't be poor. Whoever did this misses how Cora's own backstory establishes she came from nothing and sacrificing so much for Regina. Thus, in her twisted mind, anything in the path of Regina becoming Queen must be eliminated. Indeed, the show openly shows how later on, Cora understands what she did was wrong.
  • Yet again, 20 Movie Villains Who Should Have Been The Heroes, a Pictofact on movie villains who were in the right gets a few things wrong:
    • It claims Darren Cross in Ant-Man "wanted to take world-changing technology public." Except that was just a smokescreen as anyone who watched the movie knows Cross was really planning to sell the tech to HYDRA and not care about the damage as long as he got rich.
    • It makes Cal in Titanic (1997) out to be the wronged party for some guy coming along and wooing his fiancee. Which completely ignores Cal's ultra-controlling nature and abuse of Rose.
    • It claims Zod in Man of Steel is trying "save his people from extinction" and Superman "condemns Krypton to genocide." Which somehow misses the tiny fact Zod was planning to "save" Krypton by wiping out all life on Earth.
  • 4 Fun Movie And TV Shows That Are Horrifying In Hindsight repeats the widely believed falsehood that James Bond was working with the future Taliban in The Living Daylights. Bond was actually working with the Mujahideen who are enemies of the Taliban who were a radical student movement that formed after the Russians left Afghanistan.
  • The very first photoplasty of 27 Science Lessons As Taught by Famous Video Games states that a Tauros can breed with another Tauros (it cannot, as Tauros is male-only) and a Ditto can breed with another Ditto (it cannot, as Ditto can breed with any Pokémon capable of breeding except for another Ditto)
  • Here’s Why This Entertainment From 2018 Won't Age Well states that Venom (2018) is all about a journalist becoming evil. Eddie Brock may not always play by the rules, but he's far from evil. The movie in fact makes a point of his inherent goodness rubbing off on the Venom symbiote.
  • An article about symbols' actual meanings is somewhat correct (such as saying the "hook'em horns" actually symbolize warding off evil), but it gets two things wrong: 1.) that mermaids were actually sirens, except they weren't sirens; sirens were bird women (and were mistranslated as "fish women" in early texts). 2.) that the Jesus fish is actually the symbol of the vagina of a Pagan goddess. This ignores the fact that "fish" derives from the Greek word Ichthys which means Christ, God's Son.
  • Cracked repeatedly obsesses over the scene where the Losers Club and Beth have sex in IT. Except anyone who has even read the book and taken it in context will tell you that the scene makes sense with the plot, because according to one commenter:
    Literally the entire book is filled with references to Native American rituals and traditions, which sex was one of.
  • 5 Famous Characters Basically Everybody Gets Wrong makes Killmonger of Black Panther out as the good guy "who wants to take apart structural racism." The comments section has a field day pointing out that Killmonger's supposed noble crusade will bring about countless deaths around the world. There's also the fact that Killmonger openly admits this is less about helping black people and more about making the rest of the world pay for what was done to him.
  • "21 Phrases Movies Don't Realize Nobody Actually Says" gets two things wrong: 1.) the "stock phrase" on #13 is actually what a certain commenter occasionally says when he uses "a really complicated scientific or overly 'posh' word, fully aware that it is a common movie quote or maybe even a meme," and 2.) the line on #6 is actually a counterthreat, not a threat. note 
  • 6 Reasons Famously Bad Movies Totally Sucked: Regarding Superman killing Zod in Man of Steel: "Christopher Reeve's Superman never even dabbled in slaughtering criminals, how would he know he wouldn't enjoy it?". Superman II climaxes with Reeve's Superman killing Zod and his henchmen with less cause than Cavill's Superman had.
  • 5 Films That Accidentally Made The Villain The Nicest Person said that Cruella De Vil was trying to protect Anita's career in fashion by telling her that settling down is a career-killer for women and that she shouldn't waste her potential. The article completely ignores how later in the movie Anita's fashion career is cut short, but not by getting married. She was blacklisted by Cruella herself purely to spite Anita for not allowing her newborn dalmatians to be skinned and made into a coat.
    • It also claims Bane in The Dark Knight Rises was good for "keeping Gotham so clean." Which ignores the entire bit of Bane keeping the populace in their homes and how he was planning to just nuke the city in the end.
  • 5 Dumb Myths About Prehistoric Times That Everyone Believes: The Beringian Migration may not be the whole story, but it's hardly a 'myth', and the alternative they present is patent nonsense that mixes together people more widely separated in time than Cleopatra and Captain Kirk, based in nothing but similarity in their tools. There's only so many ways to make a flint knife, you know.
"27 Movies and Shows That Obviously Knew Nothing About History" gets a few things wrong...
  • It claims Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour was doing a "V for Victory" sign to the press a year before he made the phrase famous. In reality, the image is Churchill giving the "v sign" which is the British version of "the finger."
  • It repeats the classic bit of how Raiders of the Lost Ark was wrong listing Iran as "it didn't exist until 1979." As the comments section shows, residents of that nation were calling it that for centuries, it just took a while before the name became officially recognized by other nations.
  • It criticizes how Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody performs "Flat-Bottomed Girls" four years before it's recorded and released. This ignores how it's commonplace for bands to be "workshopping" songs on the road and perform them before they're recorded for an album.

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