Cracked Archive - History

5 Ways Being Rich Was Flat-Out Crazy Hundreds Of Years Ago

The historical record shows that the old-timey rich, in their struggle to stave off ennui and entropy, devised some remarkably absurd ways of passing the time.

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That Time The Supreme Court Believed In Ghosts

The landmark court case of Living v. Dead

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5 Old Photos From History That'll Blow Your Minds

Once you dig into the richness of history, you kinda find the kick-butt, surprising, and occasionally stupid secrets that have been kept buried.

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5 Ways The Past Was Even Crazier Than You Thought

Go back a few centuries and you'll find the world was built for jerks.

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Teach Kids The Alphabet With These Medieval Death Prints

E is for Eternal Suffering.

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The Time The Nazis Tried To Invent Their Own 'Jurassic Park'

Nazis attempted to scientifically resurrect two extinct animals so they could hunt them again.

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5 Common Sayings That Mean The Opposite Of What You Think

Sliced bread was not a groundbreaking invention. Not all pictures are worth a thousand words. An apple a day doesn't keep the doctor away.

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Check Out This Crazy Hell-Themed Nightclub From The 1890s

The coolest-looking nightclubs of all time belonged to 1890s France.

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Meet The Medieval Warrior With A Blade For A Hand

He was a killing machine who could only count to six.

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The Weird Nazi Tiny Tanks You Never Learned About In School

Teeny tanks played an explosive role in WWII until everyone figured out their one dumb weakness.

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Native Americans Treated Trans People Better Than We Do Now

Hundreds of years ago, some Native American tribes actually held a deep respect for people who identified themselves as outside the gender binary -- or as they were called, 'two-spirits.'

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5 World Leaders Who Did The Opposite Of What You'd Expect

Sometimes we get the story wrong entirely, and it's not like the biopic is going to correct us.

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5 Cities That Changed Unrecognizably In Only A Few Decades

It takes ages for a city to truly change. But there are exceptions

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5 Famous People Whose Corpses Got Desecrated In Crazy Ways

Powerful people have powerful enemies, and the dead have a hard time fighting back

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The Miraculous Cat That Survived THREE Shipwrecks

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

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