Cracked Archive - History

6 Things Everyone Knows About War (That Are Totally Wrong)

Even the basic stuff we think we understand about international conflict is, at best, mostly wrong.


The 5 Most Insane Elections In US History (Before This One)

The 2016 election isn't even close to the dumbest, craziest, most spectacularly corrupt election America has dealt with.


5 Nightmarish Ways People In History Solved Common Problems

As history has shown us, the greatest ideas have been formulated by maniacal geniuses. And terrible ideas, well, they just come from maniacs.


6 Amazing Easter Eggs Lurking In Places You'd Never Suspect

If you've wondered if there are any video game-esque Easter eggs in real life, the answer, of course, is yes.


7 Heroes Of History's Darkest Nightmares Who Deserve Movies

Still believe the world doesn't have any heroes? Then turn off those 24-hour news channels.


6 Deaths From History You Will Go To Hell For Laughing At

For the truly unlucky among us, our jackass deaths will be cataloged by incredulous historians for all eternity.


The 5 Most Ridiculously Misunderstood Historical Legacies

Be careful what kind of legacy you leave, or you'll be remembered forever for something you totally despise.


These Unsolved Murders Will Make You Scared Of The Dark

Warning: You'll probably be up all night trying to figure out the terrifying truth behind these mysterious crimes.


6 Famous Unsolved Mysteries (Are Shockingly Easy To Solve)

According to the denizens of /r/conspiracy and your wacky aunt on Facebook, there are terrifying mysteries unfolding all around us, all the time. These people clearly don't use Google.


Why Modern America Scares Me: By An Internment Camp Survivor

Kiyo Sato was an 18-year-old Japanese-American living in Sacramento when WWII broke out and the government decided she and her family couldn't be trusted.


The Creepiest Serial Killers (Who Still Remain At Large)

We love our serial killers in one of two flavors -- dead, or in prison. But not the third flavor: the ones who do their thing for years, or even decades, without ever getting caught.


Iconic People Who Had Shockingly Horrifying Childhoods

Sometimes genius comes as a result of depressing, horrifying childhood trauma.


5 Crooks Who Succeeded So Hard They Had To Catch Themselves

These idiots would probably still be free today if they'd simply cashed their (considerable) chips in while they were ahead.


6 Ways Fourth Of July Used To Make 'The Purge' Look Tame

You see, back in the day, the Fourth of July was more or less the holiday equivalent of smashing your own face with a beer bottle and uppercutting Benedict Arnold.


Presidential Candidates Who'll Make You Thankful for Trump

If we're being totally honest with ourselves, presidential elections have historically been kind of a shitshow.