Cracked Archive - History

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.


America's Tomatoes Taste Like Garbage (Because Of Racism)

Odds are that you haven't had any true tomato goodness unless you grew some yourself. Why? The answer is about 20 percent science and 80 percent racism.


4 Nightmare Apocalypses Humanity Forgot Were Possible

This article will validate all of your seemingly irrational fears about Mother Nature's wrath.


The Monopoly Guy Never Had A Monocle: 4 Lies We All Believe

Our collective memory of pop culture is all a sham.


7 WTF Acts Of Madness Committed By History's Worst Dictators

They say that absolute power corrupts absolutely, but they rarely mention that it also gives you some really freaking bizarre hobbies.


5 Coincidences That Made The Modern World

The world as you know it only exists because of a series of staggering, unintuitive, or downright stupid coincidences.


8 Unbelievably WTF Photos Of Famous Places In The Past‬

A lot of famous landmarks have a certain period in their past where they looked more like a cannibal nightclub than something you'd put on a postcard.


Coat Hangers And ODs: Life Before Abortion Was Legal

Life for women before Roe v. Wade was just as unpleasant as you imagined.


6 Familiar Jobs (That Once Looked Crazy As Hell)‬

Even in the worst employment circumstances, however, few of us have had to deal with the monstrous outfits our great-grandparents wore to work.


6 WTF Challenges Soldiers Face (That You Won’t Believe)

Today's modern soldiers have to contend with things you never did when playing with G.I. Joes in your bedroom.


7 Concepts We Totally Take For Granted, Like 'White People'

Possibly the weirdest thing humans do is come up with something and then immediately act like it's always been around.


5 Amazing Relics (Discovered In The Dumbest Way Possible)

These lucky so-and-so's not only stumbled onto amazing gifts from the universe itself but they found them while sleepwalking through their everyday lives.


Mind-Blowing Celebrity Connections That Seem Impossible

Celebrities being friends is not unusual. What is, however, is how many celebrities from totally different fields (or even time periods) knew each other before they got famous.


7 Realities Of Being Trans Back Before You Knew We Existed

Allison Washington was a transgender girl in the 1960s. Here's what she learned growing up in the 'trans dark ages.'


5 People History Credits With 'Firsts' (Who Weren't First)

The first guy to sail to the New World, the first guy to perform successful heart surgery, and the first guy to have a 20-inch wiener all have something in common: They might be lying.