Cracked Archive - History

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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7 Ways The Pinkertons Became Who They Are
7 Ways The Pinkertons Became Who They Are

Are the Pinkertons who 'Red Dead Redemption' makes them out to be?

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5 Tales Of The Most WTF Neighborhood In Japan
5 Tales Of The Most WTF Neighborhood In Japan

Three red-light districts were established around the country, with Yoshiwara -- located in Edo (old-timey Tokyo) -- being the absolutely wildest of them all …

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'The Public Universal Friend,' Or The 1776 US History Story You Never Learned In School
'The Public Universal Friend,' Or The 1776 US History Story You Never Learned In School

A lot of things happened in 1776, including the origin story of the America's (probably) first nonbinary doomsday prophet.

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Skyscraper Wars: The Petty Battle For the World's Tallest Building
Skyscraper Wars: The Petty Battle For the World's Tallest Building

It might very well be the most expensive physical manifestation of 'What now, bro?'

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Nobody Really Wanted To Drink The Kool-Aid: 4 Big Misreported Historical Moments
Nobody Really Wanted To Drink The Kool-Aid: 4 Big Misreported Historical Moments

Imagine your most annoying co-worker, but four times worse. Boom, now you're imagining Galileo.

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5 Times Butts Changed The Course Of History
5 Times Butts Changed The Course Of History

Hold on to your ... you know what.

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6 Stunningly Stupid Moral Panics People Raged Over
6 Stunningly Stupid Moral Panics People Raged Over

Angry and stupid is never a winning combination.

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The Rebecca Riots: When Welsh Farmers Dressed In Drag To Protest
The Rebecca Riots: When Welsh Farmers Dressed In Drag To Protest

Honestly, more violent riots should incorporate unnecessary theater.

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How Women Got To Wear Pants: The Dr. Mary Walker Story
How Women Got To Wear Pants: The Dr. Mary Walker Story

Dr. Mary Walker path to the history books began with a pair of pants.

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5 Historical Diet Tips That Were Dumb, Dumb, Dumb
5 Historical Diet Tips That Were Dumb, Dumb, Dumb

Please don't replace meals with smoking.

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Susanna Salter Was the First American Woman Elected to Office (As a Joke)
Susanna Salter Was the First American Woman Elected to Office (As a Joke)

They assumed no one would notice, and if they did, they definitely wouldn't vote for a woman ...

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The Kentucky Meat Shower: Not A Lewd Act, But Still Gross
The Kentucky Meat Shower: Not A Lewd Act, But Still Gross

Best-case scenario, those guys definitely ate vulture vomit; worse-case, it was cannibalistic vulture vomit.

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