Cracked Archive - History

6 Iconic Monuments That Almost Looked Completely Insane

Most monuments are actually pretty crazy. But those ones are tiddlywinks compared to these tributes we almost had.

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6 Insane Realities Of Life In A Modern Dictatorship

Belarus is frequently called 'Europe's last dictatorship.' We sat down with a man from there, and this is what we learned

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21 Tiny Mistakes That Changed History

Sometimes the smallest misstep can have huge ramifications.

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5 Insane True Stories That Change How You Picture WWII

The best evidence of how batshit things got is that so many of the weirder stories just became footnotes in your history book.

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14 Jokes You Didn't Know Movies & TV Stole From History

Those planks of the wood in the past were too busy dying or running from dinosaurs to have a sense of humor of things. Right?

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6 Historical Myths You've Lapped Up As Fact

From the most pivotal moments of massive wars to fun little factoids about historical figures, a little digging reveals that nothing played out exactly the way your history books claim.

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Hitler's Super Jet: 6 Lost Historical Secrets We've Dug Up

Hey, scientists, cut it out.

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4 Sexual Preferences That Only Recently Became Taboo

We often imagine our elders as being more prudish than we are today. But, well, you can see where this is going ...

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If Historical Movies Were Accurate

History is interesting in its own right, but a lot of the more disturbing aspects of everyday life just aren't that marketable.

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4 Terrifying Crimes (That We'll Never Solve)

A good murder mystery is pretty much the most enticing thing you can imagine.

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6 Things You Learn Preserving America's Past

We sent one of our interviewers to Washington D.C. to speak with a source at a national archive, about saving relics from America's past from ending up next to your Taco Bell receipt in the trash.

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30 Hilariously Bizarre Pieces Of Anti-American Propaganda

With anti-American sentiments come the most baffling and hilarious propaganda materials we've ever seen.

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Bicycles Cause Lesbians: The 26 Weirdest Moral Panics Ever

Man, we sure panic over a lot of really dumb stuff.

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21 Acts Of Revenge That Took A Baffling Amount Of Effort

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Or, perhaps, revenge is a dish best served hot, complex, and preferably bloody.

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