Cracked Archive - History

5 Insane Vacations Your Great-Grandparents Totally Went On

Our ancestors took really dumb vacations.


6 Hilarious Ways Our Ancestors Solved Everyday Problems

And they didn't even have duct tape.


Door Knobs Weren't Invented Until AFTER The Civil War

Fire, wheel, beer, doorknob? Not quite.


5 Reasons Horrible Dictators Always Catch Us Off Guard

History's greatest monsters were, on a personal level, shockingly normal.


5 Unbelievably Bold Political Lies (That Totally Worked)

We like to think we're getting pretty good at spotting when a politician is lying to us ... and yet.


4 True Crime Stories Starring Famous Historical Figures

Some of these nerdy and eccentric icons of yore got involved in some pretty shady business.


5 Stupid Lies That Changed The Outcome Of Historical Battles

Any history buff knows the importance of a good bluff.


4 Presidential Scandals Somehow Dumber Than Today's

The office of the president of the United States of America has always been embarrassing.


5 Terrifying Plots That Turned Into Goofy Disasters

There's only one Bruce Willis, and he can't be everywhere.


History Has Never Agreed On A True Definition Of 'Happiness'

The definition of happiness has changed many, many times.


5 Historical Figures Everybody Gets Totally Wrong

Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, Napoleon overcame his height problems to conquer Europe, and Julius Caesar was murdered for inventing a controversial salad. These summaries aren't 100 percent accurate.


5 Dark Historical Mysteries We'll Probably Never Solve

Not every tragedy ends with a perfectly understandable conclusion wrapped in a tidy bow.