Cracked Archive - History

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.


5 Stories That Prove Everyone Gets WW2 Wrong

We like to think we know everything there is to about World War II but, well, get ready ready for a history lesson, folks.


5 Ordinary Things Made Historic Via Publicity Stunts

Many of the things we consider iconic elements of our culture began as cheap grabs for attention.


Dirty Little Secrets Hiding In Famous Companies' Past

Murder, drugs, and thievery -- just a little of what's hiding in the history of famous household brands.


5 Times Comics Were Eerily Right About The Future

It's a little unnerving when the wacky plots of the comic book world make their way into ours.


7 Reasons Dying Was Embarrassing As Hell In Olden Times

In the past, the real horror show started after you died.


5 Famous People Who Blatantly Lied (And Barely Paid For It)

If you're good at lying, the world is an all-you-can-eat buffet respect, fame, and riches.


12 Strange Cases Of Simultaneous Invention

Who says lightning doesn't strike twice?


The True Adventures Of Bill Hitler, Hitler's Idiot Nephew

In a quirky twist of fate, the Universe saddled the goose-stepping genocidal maniac with a slimy, opportunistic, clingy black sheep to ruin his Christmases.


My Job Was Telling Bush Things He Didn’t Want To Hear

This is what happens when you have an intellectual throw-down with the most powerful man on earth.


6 Modern Armies Who Seriously Tried To Win Wars Using Magic

Plenty of modern armies have dipped their toes into the decidedly unscientific field of pseudoscience so they could just magic away their enemies.


5 Historical Plot Twists That Seem Too Crazy To Be Real

History is full of tales that would be considered examples of hack writing, if the author wasn't "reality."


7 Real Ads (That Were Clearly Made By Insane Nihilists)

Sometimes ads not only make zero sense, they're downright degrading.


6 Unbelievable Tales Of Nazi Defectors You Never Knew About

Support for the Nazis within Germany was far from universal, and at least a few would end up fighting like crazy to wreck the Nazi war machine from the inside.


7 Times History Went Straight Slapstick

History is sometimes written by the winners and other times written by coked-out sitcom writers desperate to finish a scene.