Cracked Archive - History

5 Hilariously Ballsy Cons Pulled Off By Historical Figures

The United States congress has actually banned people from space -- and it's all thanks to moon stamps.

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5 Newspaper Articles From History You'll Swear I'm Making Up

In 1902, it was commonplace to believe horses were part maniac and part idiot.

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5 Horrifying Murderers (You Never Knew Got Away With It)

We live in the crapsack regular universe where some of history's greatest monsters have completely gotten away with it.

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5 Badass Characters You're Picturing Totally Incorrectly

Pop culture provides us with a convenient shorthand to understand history, but most of the time pop culture is super duper drunk.

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5 Things That Were So Effective They Had To Be Banned

As if the dudes from 'MythBusters' weren't already awesome, their origin story lends them even more street cred.

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What Happens When Your Money Is Suddenly Worthless?

What happens when your country's entire economy is destroyed overnight? We spoke to two people who lived that nightmare.

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5 Fashion Trends That Began With WAY Different Intentions

Sometimes a clothing trend develops outside of the fashion world and catches on with the last people you'd think.

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6 Catastrophes With Horrifying Aftermaths History Left Out

After Lincoln died, he was given a dignified burial. Just kidding, his decomposing carcass was paraded from city to city before finally being put in the ground.

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6 Everyday Places That Hide Dark Historical Secrets

When we forget history, we end up with ice cream shops and schools built on the paved over remains of evil deeds.

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5 Weapons Of Carnage And Destruction (That Looked Silly AF)

Nothing drives human creativity more than a dire need for new ways to kill each other.

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4 Vital Pieces Of Pop Culture We Lost Forever

There are countless important cultural milestones that have been lost to the annals of history for very stupid reasons.

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5 Famous Historical Bad Guys (And Their Side Of The Story)

The following origin stories may not be as well-documented as Krypton exploding, but they all actually happened in reality.

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4 Big Events With Weird Dark Sides (That Nobody Talks About)

Pop culture history can be a little light on the 'history' part -- and if you revisit the 'official' versions of a few of these cultural milestones, you might find a few very big parts of the story missing.

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Thou Shalt Maybe Kill: 5 Bible Facts Everyone Gets Wrong

Despite its massive influence, there are still a few very basic points we get wrong about the Bible.

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