Cracked Archive - History

5 Things That Were So Effective They Had To Be Banned
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 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
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
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
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)
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
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)
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)
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
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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5 Stories That Prove Everyone Gets WW2 Wrong
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.

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5 Ordinary Things Made Historic Via Publicity Stunts
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.

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5 Times Comics Were Eerily Right About The Future
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.

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7 Reasons Dying Was Embarrassing As Hell In Olden Times
7 Reasons Dying Was Embarrassing As Hell In Olden Times

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

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