Cracked Archive - History


30 Everyday Products That Have Insane Origin Stories

Turns out ordinary gadgets are anything but ordinary.


The Miraculous Cat That Survived THREE Shipwrecks

It's standard practice for ships to keep station cats aboard for keeping the mice at bay.


7 WTF Details About Historical Events Everyone Forgets

Sometimes we ignore all of the chaotic insanity that typically accompanies history.


The Nazi Outpost In Canada That No One Noticed

A Nazi U-boat infiltrated Canada and no one figured it out until 1981.


The Secret History Of The French Horse-Butt Sniper

What’s a better sniping position than shooting through a fake horse’s anus?


25 Insane, Fascinating Details About Famous Criminal Cases

If their crimes weren’t so horrifying, these criminals would be fascinating.


That Time A Nazi Submarine Captain Sank His Ship By Flushing

And you thought pooping in your new date’s bathroom was embarrassing.


The Gay Bomb: A Real Thing The US Military Considered

How was this an actual plan in the 1990s???


5 Shocking Laws Modern Countries Had Until A Few Years Ago

Some supposedly modern societies end up ridiculously behind the curve.


'Doctors Should Wash Their Hands' Used To Be Controversial

You'd think 'Wash your hands for half a minute. Worst-case scenario, you get clean hands' would be a pretty inoffensive suggestion.


The Wild West Was Not As Murder-Filled As You Imagine

Turns out, the Wild West wasn't one big nonstop shootout.


Cat Bombs: Maybe The Dumbest Idea Of The Middle Ages?

It may look like those animals are wearing jetpacks, but the truth is considerably grimmer.


7 Dark AF Ways Your Ancestors Had Fun

Back in the day, our ancestors had a lot fewer things around to entertain them. Maybe that's why they came up with all this crazy stuff ...


5 Delightfully Crazy Ways People Tried To Contact the Dead

We can't agree on what happens to us after we die. Luckily, there have been plenty of spiritual pioneers who took it upon themselves to ask the only people who know the answer ...


6 Real Scandals Crazier Than Anything On 'House Of Cards'

Real politicians aren't our there murdering dogs or pushing their enemies to certain death, right? Come on, of course they've done all of that and worse.