Cracked Archive - History

5 Insane Vacations Your Great-Grandparents Totally Went On

Our ancestors took really dumb vacations.

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6 Hilarious Ways Our Ancestors Solved Everyday Problems

And they didn't even have duct tape.

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Door Knobs Weren't Invented Until AFTER The Civil War

Fire, wheel, beer, doorknob? Not quite.

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5 Reasons Horrible Dictators Always Catch Us Off Guard

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

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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.

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4 True Crime Stories Starring Famous Historical Figures

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

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5 Stupid Lies That Changed The Outcome Of Historical Battles

Any history buff knows the importance of a good bluff.

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4 Presidential Scandals Somehow Dumber Than Today's

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

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5 Terrifying Plots That Turned Into Goofy Disasters

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

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

The definition of happiness has changed many, many times.

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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.

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5 Dark Historical Mysteries We'll Probably Never Solve

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

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