Cracked Archive - History

How An Entire Religion Got Trolled By A Murderous Con Artist

This is the utterly insane story of a man who gave us all a lesson in faking it until you make it.


How A Dead Nun Ended Up With Teeth Full Of Treasure

Here's a cautionary tale from history about licking fancy rocks.


5 Wild Loopholes People Used To Beat Rigged Systems

Some people know you can only break the rules by following them to the letter.


5 Insane Facts From History Nobody Taught You In School

It's hard to take your ancestors seriously after you realize how they all smelled.


5 Everyday Things That Used To Be Completely Taboo

Our standards are always in flux.


Students Take Down Statue Of Famous Racist, Uh, Gandhi?

Africa remembers the life of young Gandhi, and it's problematic.


6 Tiny Things In History That Made Our Ancestors Act Crazy

Modern folks are so sensitive ...


5 Mysterious Deaths With Insanely Random Plot Twists

Nobody could have seen these twist endings coming.


4 Heroes of World War 2 Who Have Yet To Get Their Own Movies

Some of the best stories from World War II still haven't seen widespread exposure.


The Horrific Story Of The Man Who Couldn't Stop Eating

This sounds like BS, but it's well-documented.


6 US Military Training Videos That Were Pure Insanity

Maybe these videos weren't the best way to teach soldiers to stay alive.


5 Shocking Crimes From People Who Founded Famous Companies

Some titans of industry were actually titanic bastards.


5 Ways Normal People Allow Evil Rulers To Thrive

Evil people gain power because otherwise-good people actively help them along.


5 Archaeological Finds That Prove the Past Was Dumb AF

Some centuries-old junk is outright stupid.