Cracked Archive - History

5 Unbelievably Bold Political Lies (That Totally Worked)
5 Unbelievably Bold Political Lies (That Totally Worked)

We like to think we're getting pretty good at spotting when a politician is lying to us ... and yet.

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4 True Crime Stories Starring Famous Historical Figures
4 True Crime Stories Starring Famous Historical Figures

Some of these nerdy and eccentric icons of yore got involved in some pretty shady business.

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5 Stupid Lies That Changed The Outcome Of Historical Battles
5 Stupid Lies That Changed The Outcome Of Historical Battles

Any history buff knows the importance of a good bluff.

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4 Presidential Scandals Somehow Dumber Than Today's
4 Presidential Scandals Somehow Dumber Than Today's

The office of the president of the United States of America has always been embarrassing.

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5 Terrifying Plots That Turned Into Goofy Disasters
5 Terrifying Plots That Turned Into Goofy Disasters

There's only one Bruce Willis, and he can't be everywhere.

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History Has Never Agreed On A True Definition Of 'Happiness'
History Has Never Agreed On A True Definition Of 'Happiness'

The definition of happiness has changed many, many times.

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5 Historical Figures Everybody Gets Totally Wrong
5 Historical Figures Everybody Gets Totally Wrong

Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, Napoleon overcame his height problems to conquer Europe, and Julius Caesar was murdered for inventing a controversial salad. These summaries aren't 100 percent accurate.

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5 Dark Historical Mysteries We'll Probably Never Solve
5 Dark Historical Mysteries We'll Probably Never Solve

Not every tragedy ends with a perfectly understandable conclusion wrapped in a tidy bow.

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5 Unexpected Ways The 1990s Were Different From Today
5 Unexpected Ways The 1990s Were Different From Today

The '90s were the last era in which America had its crap together.

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The Pyramids Used To Look NOTHING Like They Look Today
The Pyramids Used To Look NOTHING Like They Look Today

The pyramids used to be even cooler-looking when they were first built.

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5 Ways Being Rich Was Flat-Out Crazy Hundreds Of Years Ago
5 Ways Being Rich Was Flat-Out Crazy Hundreds Of Years Ago

The historical record shows that the old-timey rich, in their struggle to stave off ennui and entropy, devised some remarkably absurd ways of passing the time.

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That Time The Supreme Court Believed In Ghosts
That Time The Supreme Court Believed In Ghosts

The landmark court case of Living v. Dead

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5 Old Photos From History That'll Blow Your Minds
5 Old Photos From History That'll Blow Your Minds

Once you dig into the richness of history, you kinda find the kick-butt, surprising, and occasionally stupid secrets that have been kept buried.

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5 Ways The Past Was Even Crazier Than You Thought
5 Ways The Past Was Even Crazier Than You Thought

Go back a few centuries and you'll find the world was built for jerks.

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