Cracked Archive - History

7 Dark AF Ways Your Ancestors Had Fun

Back in the day, our ancestors had a lot fewer things around to entertain them. Maybe that's why they came up with all this crazy stuff ...


5 Delightfully Crazy Ways People Tried To Contact the Dead

We can't agree on what happens to us after we die. Luckily, there have been plenty of spiritual pioneers who took it upon themselves to ask the only people who know the answer ...


6 Real Scandals Crazier Than Anything On 'House Of Cards'

Real politicians aren't our there murdering dogs or pushing their enemies to certain death, right? Come on, of course they've done all of that and worse.


The Board Game 'Life' Used To Kill Its Players

The Game of Life used to be much, much darker.


6 Terrible Stereotypes (That Came From Positive Things)

The world is not fair.


Henry VIII Wore What Was Basically A Loki Helmet

At one point, Henry really lived up to the supervillain stereotype.


5 Horrible Dictators Who Had Totally WTF Hobbies

We'd love to say that being in a position of power brings out the best in people...


4 Scary Moments In History That Were Worse Than You Realized

Like a Kinder Surprise, if the chocolate was horror and the surprise was even more horror.


In The 1950s, America Wanted To Nuke The Moon

Throughout the course of history, the U.S. has at least attempted to put a military base or nuclear weapons in just about any location you can dream up. The moon was no exception.


4 Dark Easter Eggs In Famous Cities (Hiding In Plain Sight)

Look hard enough, and you'll see that cities and towns are still pockmarked with creepy remnants of wars gone by.


The Incredible True Christmas Story From WWII's Dark Days

There's a limit to our suspension of disbelief in regards to Christmas miracles, and that limit is Nazis.


5 Hilarious 2017 Twitter Moments You Might've Missed

Twitter is a yawning gyre of GIFs, random maniacs screaming into the endless void in search of a meager morsel of meaning, and dog photos.


5 Serious Historical Events That Became Goofy Farces

History is like a toga-wearing frat boy named Moose who duct-tapes malt liquor bottles to his hands.


I Was Tortured By The Chicago PD: This Is What I Saw

Americans love badass cops who throw the rulebook out the window and then shoot it, even though shooting the rulebook is so clearly against the rules.


5 Beloved Holiday Traditions (That Started Out Crazy Dark)

You might occasionally wonder how all these holiday traditions got started. We'd advise you not to dig too deeply, because you might not like what you find ...