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.


That Time The Supreme Court Believed In Ghosts

The landmark court case of Living v. Dead


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.


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.


Teach Kids The Alphabet With These Medieval Death Prints

E is for Eternal Suffering.


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.


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.


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

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


Meet The Medieval Warrior With A Blade For A Hand

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


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.


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.'


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.


5 Cities That Changed Unrecognizably In Only A Few Decades

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


5 Famous People Whose Corpses Got Desecrated In Crazy Ways

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


The Miraculous Cat That Survived THREE Shipwrecks

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