Cracked magazine, that website that takes bitter, sad facts about life and can spin them right back around with some pretty hilarious humour, is at it again with an article explaining the science behind the tricks stores use to make you buy crap.
It's interesting to discover that these scientific principles are based on people's low self-esteem: peer pressure, vanity, insecurity and the fact that humans just like shiny things.
The irony, of course, is that as you're reading the article, you're being annoyed by Cracked's "Like us on Facebook! Like us on Facebook!" banner at the bottom, which will cheerfully remind you just how Liking Cracked will make you more attractive to the opposite sex. It's just science. As you will learn from the article, it is science, leaving the reader with the dilemma as to whether to press that Like or not. Brilliant.
|Rube Goldberg Device Plays Bach|
|Purposeful Advertising from IBM|
|Nike's 'Find Your Greatness' Advertising|
|MAKE MONEY FAST!|
|Where AI is Currently At|
|"You look in the mirror and see your body and your face and you think that’s you—but that’s really just the machine you’re riding in."|
|"This created a bubble, and like housing, that bubble has now burst."|
|"A spacecraft may be possible that could maintain a steady acceleration into and through interstellar space without the need to carry along propellants."|
|The End of Doodling|
|“Trump is what happens when you fail to understand our global problems in their interconnected, systemic context.”|
|"John Deere is the largest operator of autonomous vehicles."|
|Religious Loophole to Turn Lights On and Off During Shabbat|
|"Super-detailed scans of actual human brains that run as models on computers"|
|Extinct Alien Civilisations|
|"How advertising has become increasingly persuasive and tailored in the age of big data"|