Cracked Archive - History

5 Terrifying Diseases From History (People Just Made Up)

There were never any Satanic daycare centers, no teenager on the planet has ever played the so-called knockout game, and no one actually likes pumpkin spice.


6 WTF Facts You Never Knew About Famed Speeches From History

If politics has taught us anything in the past grueling year, it's that it involves a lot more posturing than actual policy.


6 True Abraham Lincoln Stories Too Crazy For History Class

America went and did it: We put a troll in charge of the country. And surprise! Things are not working out well. But to be fair, this isn't the first time.


Historical Marvels You Didn't Know Existed

Time travel is likely confined to questionably structured sci-fi movies for the foreseeable future.


5 WTF Ways People Are Cashing In On Famous Murderers

Crime does not pay. Crime history, however, can make you filthy stinking rich.


5 Terrifying Real Artifacts (With Even Creepier Stories)

It's that time of year again, so get ready to dive in with these artifacts that would've made Indiana Jones soil his khakis.


Ted Bundy Abducted And Nearly Murdered Me: How I Survived

Over the course of his criminal career, a handful of women either escaped from or experienced near misses with Bundy. One of those women was our source today, Rhonda Stapley.


6 Terrifying Serial Killers (Who Are Still Out There)

It's comforting to pretend that real-life crime plays by the same rules as TV, and that sooner or later every killer is nabbed by an attractive cop with a clever one-liner. Unfortunately, some deranged murderers are never found.


7 Stories So Horrifying They Actually Got Cut From The Bible

We're pretty certain that horror movies have been based off of the Virgin Mary's genitals.


5 Everyday Things (That Have Secret Racist Origin Stories)

We can't be certain, but Hitler may have had a picture of Carl Brigham in his school locker when he was a kid.


5 Ways The War On Drugs Has Always Been Racist As Hell

A lot of so-called anti-drug efforts which authorities have put together over the years have mostly been excuses to harass minorities.


5 Famed Moments In History Brought To You By STDs

Some of the most famous people to walk the earth have been plagued with odd discharges and strange burning sensations severe enough to change the course of history.


5 Beloved People You Never Knew Said Crazy Horrible Stuff

Search deep enough, and even the most beloved figures have at one point or another blurted out something stupid, condescending, or plain hateful.


5 Underreported Jerk Moves By Famous Historical Figures

Popular history more closely resembles a Disney adaptation rather than how things actually went down.


5 Heartwarming Stories From History Among All The Horror

If you dig deep enough, past all the wars and slavery and plagues, you can find a few heartwarming stories buried in history's cold murky depths.