Cracked Archive - History

8 Unbelievably WTF Photos Of Famous Places In The Past‬

A lot of famous landmarks have a certain period in their past where they looked more like a cannibal nightclub than something you'd put on a postcard.


Coat Hangers And ODs: Life Before Abortion Was Legal

Life for women before Roe v. Wade was just as unpleasant as you imagined.


6 Familiar Jobs (That Once Looked Crazy As Hell)‬

Even in the worst employment circumstances, however, few of us have had to deal with the monstrous outfits our great-grandparents wore to work.


6 WTF Challenges Soldiers Face (That You Won’t Believe)

Today's modern soldiers have to contend with things you never did when playing with G.I. Joes in your bedroom.


7 Concepts We Totally Take For Granted, Like 'White People'

Possibly the weirdest thing humans do is come up with something and then immediately act like it's always been around.


5 Amazing Relics (Discovered In The Dumbest Way Possible)

These lucky so-and-so's not only stumbled onto amazing gifts from the universe itself but they found them while sleepwalking through their everyday lives.


Historical Figures That Pretty Much Everyone Pictures Wrong

All your history teachers lied to you.


Mind-Blowing Celebrity Connections That Seem Impossible

Celebrities being friends is not unusual. What is, however, is how many celebrities from totally different fields (or even time periods) knew each other before they got famous.


20 People Who Lied Their Asses Off And Kept Lying

After seeing this, we're pretty sure all of history is a lie.


20 Widely Used (And Widely Misunderstood) Symbols

The people who used these symbols definitely did not pass any of their history classes.


7 Realities Of Being Trans Back Before You Knew We Existed

Allison Washington was a transgender girl in the 1960s. Here's what she learned growing up in the 'trans dark ages.'


5 People History Credits With 'Firsts' (Who Weren't First)

The first guy to sail to the New World, the first guy to perform successful heart surgery, and the first guy to have a 20-inch wiener all have something in common: They might be lying.


6 Dark Details History Usually Leaves Out (For Good Reason)

The more you learn about the past, the more you prefer the vague, sterile version of it you were taught in school.


5 WTF Mass Panics You Never Learned About In History Class

Turns out, we LOVE witch hunts. We do them all the time, whether we're freaking out about clowns, the poor, or yes, even vampires.


5 Insane Historical Theories That Make Way Too Much Sense

We're not saying these folks are right -- hell, we're not even saying they're sane. We're just saying what if?