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Joshua A. Norton
It's a running theme here at Cracked that a lot of what we think we know about history has been filtered through many centuries of utter bullshit.
If you want to motivate people, you don't rely on logic and reasoning. No, what people need is a symbol.
About 95 percent of everything males have ever done has been with one goal in mind: to impress the ladies and hopefully get one of them to touch their wiener. But parallel to that runs an alternate universe of people whose entire goal is to stop themselves or others from having sex.
As we have mentioned before, technological breakthroughs aren't always built upon or improved -- oftentimes they're just outright forgotten , destroyed or lost to some ridiculous accident.
One of our favorite pastimes here at Cracked is sucking the mystery out of life like the cream out of a Twinkie, leaving only the bland, dry sponge cake of reality behind.
Yet another unintended side effect of the web has been the birth of the Internet lynch mob. Now, everything from child abuse to bad customer service can get the online masses whipped into a frenzy of Old Testament-style vengeance. Whether this is good, bad, or downright terrifying, we'll let you be the judge.