Cracked Archive - History

5 Beloved People You Never Knew Said Crazy Horrible Stuff

Search deep enough, and even the most beloved figures have at one point or another blurted out something stupid, condescending, or plain hateful.


5 Underreported Jerk Moves By Famous Historical Figures

Popular history more closely resembles a Disney adaptation rather than how things actually went down.


5 Heartwarming Stories From History Among All The Horror

If you dig deep enough, past all the wars and slavery and plagues, you can find a few heartwarming stories buried in history's cold murky depths.


6 Insane Health Scares You Never Learned About In School

History has played host to a range of terrifying diseases that did their business, crippled some populations and straight-up vanished.


6 Historical Deaths That Read Like Crazy Myths (But Aren’t)

Our condolences, but a lightning strike to the exact center of your head is a pretty awesome way to go.


What's Actually Going On In These 29 Famous Photos

Sometimes the backstory of a picture is as amazing, if not more, than the iconic picture it's about.


5 Long Term Frauds That We Should've Noticed WAYYY Earlier

Despite our seemingly impenetrable knowledge of how to catch cheats, the most ridiculous scams often go undetected for a ludicrously long time.


18 Plans That Went To Sh*t While Everyone Watched

Going from catalyst to catastrophe has never been easier to understand.


6 Fascinating Works Of Art Made By Our (Horny) Ancestors

Scientist have been digging up depraved artifacts for decades and, yes, all of this is real.


5 Things You Witness Growing Up In The Hitler Youth

Horst saw Adolph Hitler with his own eyes, and shook hands with the likes of Hermann Goring and Joseph Goebbels. Now he lives in the United States, where we sat down to bust some myths about life under the Nazi regime.


6 Freak Natural Disasters That Were The Stuff Of Nightmares

In an incident taken straight from a Stephen King novel, a lake murdered 1,746 people overnight.


6 Iconic Moments In History You Never Knew Were Utter Messes

The most dangerous place in 2007 wasn't in Iraq; it was an Apple conference room.


5 Famous Corpses That Ended Up In Totally Random Places

It turns out some historical figures continued to have amazing adventures long after they ceased living -- or parts of them had amazing adventures, at least.


5 Hilariously Ballsy Cons Pulled Off By Historical Figures

The United States congress has actually banned people from space -- and it's all thanks to moon stamps.


5 Newspaper Articles From History You'll Swear I'm Making Up

In 1902, it was commonplace to believe horses were part maniac and part idiot.