Cracked Archive - History

5 Historical Facts That Were Way Too Stupid For The Movies

History is a vast, fascinating, and occasionally very stupid thing.


The 1938 'War Of The Worlds' Alien Hysteria Was Fake News

Fake news about fake news?


World-Changing Plots That Came Close To Happening

A few mind-blowing conspiracies came scary close to actually changing the world.


George Washington Got Hit By Lightning In The Womb

Apparently, George Washington was marked for greatness before he was ever born.


6 Famous Quotes You See On Facebook (That Are Crazy Fake)

Most of these people would never said that thing you think they said.


Paintball Looked Far More Insane In The 1900s

Mankind has always been looking for a reason to shoot at each other.


5 Crazy True 9/11 Stories You've Never Heard Before

Some of the little details about 9/11 are crazier than others.


Weird Blind Spots In 'Well-Known' History

There’s a weird, probably creepy, unknown detail in every historic moment.


4 Stories From The Cold War That'll Keep You Up At Night

Take a gander at some of these Cold War shenanigans.


North Korea Once Made A Monster Movie And It Was Super Crazy

This film is a valuable contribution to the cinematic arts.


Why Did Pirates Really Wear Eyepatches?

The simple eye patch is a much more advanced piece of technology than you realize.


5 Myths About The Nazis People Still Believe Today

Some of the most egregious myths told by, and about the Nazis are still influencing America today.


How A Guy Trying To Turn Pee Into Gold Changed Human History

Alchemy didn't work exactly the way you think it did.


Gladiators Were The Reality TV Stars Of Ancient Rome

Gladiators were minor celebrities who milked the whole thing for all it was worth.


We Can’t Stop Finding 'Forgotten' Pieces of the Berlin Wall

One of history's greatest architectural monsters could've spent the last three decades successfully hiding out in a nondescript residential neighborhood.