Since I have added a large number of categorized links, I figured I would spend a few moments explaining what they are, and why they are there.
Based on how I have organized the links, I will use one post per Link Category to describe all the links in that category. As I add more links to a category I will be updating these posts, as well as possibly creating new ones if I feel have enough to say about the site.
Cracked was a magazine from when I was growing up (the 80’s/90’s) that was essentially a 100% ripoff of MAD Magazine. While MAD was first and had the more memorable recurring things (Alfred E. Newman, Spy vs Spy, Fold-Ins, etc) Cracked was pretty good. Apparently Cracked ended up not being able to keep up with MAD in print and is now only online. Even online it has undergone a bit of a downsizing it seems, and in it’s current incarnation it is essentially a “comedy blog” with multiple regular contributors, as well as user submitted “articles”. The site also contains a blog and forums which can be hit and miss (heavy on the miss), and there is generally one new main “article” and one video each weekday. The “articles” seems to primarily be submitted by people roughly my age (mid 20’s-30’s), so if you’re not in this age range you may miss some of the references (a large number of them from the 1980’s).
Overall I’d say that 40-50% of the “articles” are genuinely funny. Another 20%-30% are decent (you may smirk). And the remaining 30% or so are just a complete waste of time. While Cracked may not have the best consistency, every once in a while there is a n actual laugh-out-loud funny “article” that makes it worth it. What is comes down to is, Cracked seems like a very good personal comedy blog, or a bit of a lame professional one.
The Onion has more new material each day than Cracked, and seems to be a better overall site. The Onion is also associated with a free print newspaper released weekly (which contains mostly the same material, but both the web and the paper have some unique “articles”. While most days there are 2-4 new “articles” on the front page, at least 1 is usually completely unfunny. That said, thee is almost always at least 1 good “article” each day as well.
Overall I’d say the percentage of good “articles” are higher than Cracked, but even the best from The Onion are never going to make you laugh-out-loud like Cracked can do every once in a while. What it essentially comes down to is The Onion is a good daily ready, but if you miss for a while, it’s probably not worth going back and reading the missed “articles”.