Cracked Archive - History

Wait -- Leprechauns Are Actually Italian?

A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, a pot of mama's bolognese at its origin.

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Missouri's Bizarre Modern-Day Lovecraftian Beauty Pageant

The eldritch spirit of St. Louis

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5 Very Unlikely Things We Got Thanks To Religion

What has religion given us, anyway? Quite a lot, actually.

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4 Scams That Are Older Than You Think

That scam email you received this morning might've been written a few hours ago, but it's been centuries in the making.

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Saying Aliens Built Ancient Monuments Isn't Only Crazy, It's Racist

Choosing the alien over the other.

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Ben Franklin’s Solution For Everything Was To Get Naked

It's very believable that he had issues with "frowzy corrupt air."

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Pictofacts

The Most Brutal Curse Tablets Ever Discovered

Mankind has always had a need to scream into the void.

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5 Shocking Times First Responders Made Everything Worse

If your job is 'rescuing people,' you sorta need to do it right the first time.

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5 Annoying 'Modern' Debates That Have Been Around Forever

Your grandparents were arguing about the same things.

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Finland's Military Finally Got Rid Of Its Swastikas

Turns out those things have a pretty sketchy history.

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4 Famous Crimes Everybody Gets Wrong

Yeah, you're definitely remembering these incorrectly.

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A Brief History of Giant Rock, America's Most Bonkers Landmark

This is a story about time machines, aliens, a lot of dynamite, hermits, and a giant rock.

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4 Very 2020 Hobbies Of Old-School Celebs

It's reassuring to know when we hear the news talk about how our hobbies are dumb bullshit, several icons of history did the exact same stuff during their downtime.

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