Cracked Archive - History

6 Terrible Stereotypes (That Came From Positive Things)

The world is not fair.


Henry VIII Wore What Was Basically A Loki Helmet

At one point, Henry really lived up to the supervillain stereotype.


5 Horrible Dictators Who Had Totally WTF Hobbies

We'd love to say that being in a position of power brings out the best in people...


4 Scary Moments In History That Were Worse Than You Realized

Like a Kinder Surprise, if the chocolate was horror and the surprise was even more horror.


In The 1950s, America Wanted To Nuke The Moon

Throughout the course of history, the U.S. has at least attempted to put a military base or nuclear weapons in just about any location you can dream up. The moon was no exception.


18 Hated Trends You Secretly Wish Would Make A Comeback

It’s time to come clean about that unpopular fad you wish would come back.


4 Dark Easter Eggs In Famous Cities (Hiding In Plain Sight)

Look hard enough, and you'll see that cities and towns are still pockmarked with creepy remnants of wars gone by.


The Incredible True Christmas Story From WWII's Dark Days

There's a limit to our suspension of disbelief in regards to Christmas miracles, and that limit is Nazis.


5 Hilarious 2017 Twitter Moments You Might've Missed

Twitter is a yawning gyre of GIFs, random maniacs screaming into the endless void in search of a meager morsel of meaning, and dog photos.


18 Historical Practical Jokes That Are Still Funny Today

Trolling and asshattery are grand and glorious traditions.


5 Serious Historical Events That Became Goofy Farces

History is like a toga-wearing frat boy named Moose who duct-tapes malt liquor bottles to his hands.


I Was Tortured By The Chicago PD: This Is What I Saw

Americans love badass cops who throw the rulebook out the window and then shoot it, even though shooting the rulebook is so clearly against the rules.


Dumb Conspiracy Theories With Awful Real-World Consequences

Spoiler Alert: The monster is actually the person making this shit up.


5 Beloved Holiday Traditions (That Started Out Crazy Dark)

You might occasionally wonder how all these holiday traditions got started. We'd advise you not to dig too deeply, because you might not like what you find ...


5 Terrifying Diseases From History (People Just Made Up)

There were never any Satanic daycare centers, no teenager on the planet has ever played the so-called knockout game, and no one actually likes pumpkin spice.