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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.