Cracked Archive - History

Soooo The Assassin Plan In 'Manchurian Candidate' And 'Zoolander' Was Real
Soooo The Assassin Plan In 'Manchurian Candidate' And 'Zoolander' Was Real

In the early '50s, Project ARTICHOKE 'attempted to induce amnesia and highly suggestive states in its subjects' ...

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4 True Crime Stories That Crank The Crazy
4 True Crime Stories That Crank The Crazy

Remember when a surfer robbed the Museum of Natural History?

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4 Historical Figures With Undeserved Reputations
4 Historical Figures With Undeserved Reputations

The thing about history is that it tends to concern people who are no longer at liberty to say “Wait, I can explain.”

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Charles Dickens' Jerk Bird Inspired Edgar Allan Poe' 'The Raven'
Charles Dickens' Jerk Bird Inspired Edgar Allan Poe' 'The Raven'

That’s right: One of the most well-known poems in the world today is essentially fan fiction.

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5 Historical Texts Filthier Than Anything In Modern Times
5 Historical Texts Filthier Than Anything In Modern Times

The authors who wrote these works have been dead for centuries, so we've passed the event horizon from 'prurient' to 'educational.'

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U.S. Presidents Can't Really Accept Gifts (Except For Occasional Lions)
U.S. Presidents Can't Really Accept Gifts (Except For Occasional Lions)

Never look a gift lion in the mouth.

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Mailmen Really Did Use To Deliver Babies
Mailmen Really Did Use To Deliver Babies

Back off, storks, this is USPS territory.

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Inventor of Modern Condoms' Family Battle To Get Their Factory Back
Inventor of Modern Condoms' Family Battle To Get Their Factory Back

Fromm was forced by the Nazis to sell his business at a fraction of its value because Fromm was Jewish and Nazis are evil.

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Bonehead Reason Coca-Cola Was Only A Nickel For Over 70 Years
Bonehead Reason Coca-Cola Was Only A Nickel For Over 70 Years

Open Happiness -- it's only empty one out of nine times.

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The Eyebrow-Arching Tale Of The 'Q' Of 2000, John Titor
The Eyebrow-Arching Tale Of The 'Q' Of 2000, John Titor

Turns out that posting on wild claim on Internet forums of inside knowledge of society inner working and future events and actually being believed isn't new.

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Victorian-era England Fought Public Peeing With ... Architecture?
Victorian-era England Fought Public Peeing With ... Architecture?

The wonders of geometry, everyone.

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5 Unsolved Crimes Too Creepy For Hollywood
5 Unsolved Crimes Too Creepy For Hollywood

All of these true stories are like 30 True Detective episodes rolled into one.

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5 Goofy Ways Designing The Euro Was A Major Pain
5 Goofy Ways Designing The Euro Was A Major Pain

The Euro is the perfect symbol of the EU -- the good, the bad and the bureaucratic.

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One of the World's Most Prolific Serial Killers Was ... A Yugoslavian Grannie
One of the World's Most Prolific Serial Killers Was ... A Yugoslavian Grannie

It’s a real shame that her trial took place before the advent of television.

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