Cracked Archive - History

My Job Was Telling Bush Things He Didn’t Want To Hear

This is what happens when you have an intellectual throw-down with the most powerful man on earth.


6 Modern Armies Who Seriously Tried To Win Wars Using Magic

Plenty of modern armies have dipped their toes into the decidedly unscientific field of pseudoscience so they could just magic away their enemies.


5 Historical Plot Twists That Seem Too Crazy To Be Real

History is full of tales that would be considered examples of hack writing, if the author wasn't "reality."


7 Real Ads (That Were Clearly Made By Insane Nihilists)

Sometimes ads not only make zero sense, they're downright degrading.


6 Unbelievable Tales Of Nazi Defectors You Never Knew About

Support for the Nazis within Germany was far from universal, and at least a few would end up fighting like crazy to wreck the Nazi war machine from the inside.


7 Times History Went Straight Slapstick

History is sometimes written by the winners and other times written by coked-out sitcom writers desperate to finish a scene.


America's Tomatoes Taste Like Garbage (Because Of Racism)

Odds are that you haven't had any true tomato goodness unless you grew some yourself. Why? The answer is about 20 percent science and 80 percent racism.


4 Nightmare Apocalypses Humanity Forgot Were Possible

This article will validate all of your seemingly irrational fears about Mother Nature's wrath.


The Monopoly Guy Never Had A Monocle: 4 Lies We All Believe

Our collective memory of pop culture is all a sham.


7 WTF Acts Of Madness Committed By History's Worst Dictators

They say that absolute power corrupts absolutely, but they rarely mention that it also gives you some really freaking bizarre hobbies.


5 Coincidences That Made The Modern World

The world as you know it only exists because of a series of staggering, unintuitive, or downright stupid coincidences.


8 Unbelievably WTF Photos Of Famous Places In The Past‬

A lot of famous landmarks have a certain period in their past where they looked more like a cannibal nightclub than something you'd put on a postcard.


Coat Hangers And ODs: Life Before Abortion Was Legal

Life for women before Roe v. Wade was just as unpleasant as you imagined.


6 Familiar Jobs (That Once Looked Crazy As Hell)‬

Even in the worst employment circumstances, however, few of us have had to deal with the monstrous outfits our great-grandparents wore to work.


6 WTF Challenges Soldiers Face (That You Won’t Believe)

Today's modern soldiers have to contend with things you never did when playing with G.I. Joes in your bedroom.