Cracked Archive - History

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.


6 WTF Facts You Never Knew About Famed Speeches From History

If politics has taught us anything in the past grueling year, it's that it involves a lot more posturing than actual policy.


6 True Abraham Lincoln Stories Too Crazy For History Class

America went and did it: We put a troll in charge of the country. And surprise! Things are not working out well. But to be fair, this isn't the first time.


18 Insane Statistics That Will Change Your View Of History

It’s safe to assume you’re picturing everything wrong.


Historical Marvels You Didn't Know Existed

Time travel is likely confined to questionably structured sci-fi movies for the foreseeable future.


22 People Who Admitted They Were Terrible, And Changed

Believe it or not, there are people in this world who realize they’re wrong, admit it, and stop being terrible.


5 WTF Ways People Are Cashing In On Famous Murderers

Crime does not pay. Crime history, however, can make you filthy stinking rich.


Fates Worse Than Death For Famous People's Bodies

There’s resting in peace, and then there’s this.


5 Terrifying Real Artifacts (With Even Creepier Stories)

It's that time of year again, so get ready to dive in with these artifacts that would've made Indiana Jones soil his khakis.


Ted Bundy Abducted And Nearly Murdered Me: How I Survived

Over the course of his criminal career, a handful of women either escaped from or experienced near misses with Bundy. One of those women was our source today, Rhonda Stapley.


6 Terrifying Serial Killers (Who Are Still Out There)

It's comforting to pretend that real-life crime plays by the same rules as TV, and that sooner or later every killer is nabbed by an attractive cop with a clever one-liner. Unfortunately, some deranged murderers are never found.


7 Stories So Horrifying They Actually Got Cut From The Bible

We're pretty certain that horror movies have been based off of the Virgin Mary's genitals.


12 Famous People Who Used Their Last Words To Flip Off Death

If you have to go, flip off the Grim Reaper on your way out.


5 Everyday Things (That Have Secret Racist Origin Stories)

We can't be certain, but Hitler may have had a picture of Carl Brigham in his school locker when he was a kid.