Cracked Archive - History

6 Life Hacks From The Past That Now Sound Deranged

Old life hacks worked, even if they weren't always what you'd call 'a good idea.'


The Bizarre, Occasionally Criminal History of Christmas Caroling

It was more like trick-or-treating for Jesus.


In Edo Japan, Firefighters Wore The Bossest Of Jackets

Even a burning building can be a fashion catwalk.


How History Reacts To Kyle Rittenhouse Incidents

We've been here before ...


Bible's 'Plague of Frogs' May Have Been Just One Giant Frog

It's not like it'd be the weirdest thing in there.


Samurai Played Arrow Target Shooting Game (With Dogs)

Samurai thought pratice would be so much better if they could shoot at moving targets. And that's how we got inuoumono.


You've Been Lied To: Sugar Plums And Plum Pudding Contain No Plums

Plums have weaseled their way into a completely undeserved festive reputation, and it’s time to call those suckers out.


When Victorians Frowned On 'Merry Christmas': The Original 'War On Christmas'

It was decided that wishing others a 'Happy Christmas' was more Christ-like or at least less thirst-like.


You Have An Ugly, Noisy Radiator Because Of Pandemic

It dates back to a time when people were reeeeally close to figuring out what causes disease.


55 Facts That Show The Past Was Absolutely Gross

Aren't you happy to live in the modern, hygienic world that exists today? It's infinitely better than the alternative you'd have to deal with if you lived centuries ago.


Why Does Your Aunt Own Dumb Healing Crystals? (The Answer: Uh, Libido-Enhancing Cubicles)

Every stupid new age trend has to start somewhere -- in this case, in a closet full of sexy energies.


Medieval Divorce Duels Were A Wild (But Fair) Brawl

Till death by blunt trauma do them part.


Danishes: The Bastard Mistake Pastry No Country Wants to Claim

France shuffled away to buy a pack of cigarettes, and that’s when labor disputes got involved.


Victorian Christmas Cards Were Pure Merry Madness

Sending someone a Christmas card didn’t say 'Hope you get a lot of gifts and ham,' it said 'Look at this hilarious dead frog.'


5 Ridiculous Side Stories Starring Famous Historical Figures

If we had our way, the following stories would be page one of each of these guy's biographies.