Cracked Archive - History

Was Jesus Getting Stoned?
Was Jesus Getting Stoned?

“Pass the bong said He,” Psalm 4:20

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How We Tried To Trade with Aliens in the 1600s
How We Tried To Trade with Aliens in the 1600s

Yes, this chariot with wings shall certainly work …

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5 Truly Creepshow Moments in History
5 Truly Creepshow Moments in History

We tend to remember the Hollywood version of historical events, but things in real life usually aren't so pretty.

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4 Ways US Highways Were Designed To Screw Over Black Americans
4 Ways US Highways Were Designed To Screw Over Black Americans

No, it's not a joke. Highways are racist, which is exactly what their designers wanted.

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The Great Emu War: Australia's Most Embarrassing Defeat
The Great Emu War: Australia's Most Embarrassing Defeat

The time Australia faced a new, unforeseen enemy ... the dreaded emu.

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To Understand America's Future, We Need To Look Back At Watergate
To Understand America's Future, We Need To Look Back At Watergate

Watergate taught us crimes don't really count, as long as they're committed against people you don't like.

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5 Big Inventions ... That Were Total Accidents
5 Big Inventions ... That Were Total Accidents

Our happy accidents don't change the world. These did.

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Robert Liston, The Surgeon Who Killed Three People in One Operation
Robert Liston, The Surgeon Who Killed Three People in One Operation

Here’s a look at what can go wrong when your surgeon is essentially a human Slap Chop for humans.

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4 Ways Marijuana Took The World By Storm
4 Ways Marijuana Took The World By Storm

Cannabis may be humanity's oldest agricultural crop, but the getting high part of cannabis took a bit longer to figure out ...

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The Bonkers Life And Death Of History's Dumbest Outlaw Cowboy
The Bonkers Life And Death Of History's Dumbest Outlaw Cowboy

This is the story of Elmer McCurdy and the outlaw corpse that wouldn't die ...

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18 Medieval Myths You Believe Because Of Movies
18 Medieval Myths You Believe Because Of Movies

Sometimes the images you see on movie screens don't match reality.

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5 Surprisingly Dark Backstories To Everyday Things
5 Surprisingly Dark Backstories To Everyday Things

Sometimes the origins of things are just a big ol' crap pile.

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5 Crazy Ways Cold Cases Were Solved
5 Crazy Ways Cold Cases Were Solved

Every once in a while, reality does a sick kick-flip and gives us a crime story worthy of a cartoon.

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4 Bonkers Secret Military Operations (That Failed Horribly)
4 Bonkers Secret Military Operations (That Failed Horribly)

Propelling warfare into the future one bad sci-fi plot at a time.

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6 Details About America's First, Only, And Greatest Emperor
6 Details About America's First, Only, And Greatest Emperor

Many have never even heard about the reign of the United States' first and only monarch ...

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