Cracked Archive - History

We Don't Think These Words Mean What You Think They Mean

Apparently assassins and hashish go hand-in-hand.

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6 Disasters With Details So Awful, History Left Them Out

Some clouds, it's been said, have a silver lining. But clouds can get even worse. Those are the clouds we're talking about in this article.

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6 Civil Rights Movement Myths You Learned In History Class

If you want to see just how messy real history can be -- and how important it is that we recognize its messiness -- look no further than the civil rights movement.

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4 Epic Moments In The History Of Suicidally Bad Ideas

People were psychotically insane back in the day.

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Great Artists Who Passionately Hated Their Most Famous Work

Here are a few works of art we nearly lost to the blood-rage that lives within all creative types.

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5 Bizarre Ways Everyone Gets World War II Wrong

If you're like us and got most of your World War II knowledge from fighting Hitler in a robot suit, so most of this should come as news.

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7 Modern Social Issues That Are Older Than You Think

Long before everyone hashed out Caitlyn Jenner's pronoun switch in their heads, grammar nerds were already on the case.

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5 Things You Think Are Crusty Old History (That Aren't)

Sometimes things you assume were relegated to museums back when your grandparents were still riding tricycles to school stuck around much longer than you realize.

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5 Irreplaceable Cultural Treasures (Destroyed By Stupidity)

The Universe has a habit of allowing irreplaceable examples of human creativity to be destroyed by Mr. Bean levels of bumbling stupidity.

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5 Totally Harmless Phrases (Are Secretly Offensive Jokes)

The 'other side of the tracks' wasn't always a metaphorical term for the neighborhood with the best rib joints.

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Unreal Heroes Who Died Protecting Precious Knowledge

Dian Fossey's idea of environmental conservation involved pistol-whipping poachers.

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Seemingly Innocuous Things (That Are Racist)

How come Mario, Bugs Bunny, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Mickey Mouse all wear white gloves? You might not want to know.

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Why Don't We Have Flying Cars Yet? Well, Here's The Thing...

Ted Hall invented a fully functioning flying car -- in the 1940s.

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4 Practical Jokes You Won't Believe US Presidents Pulled

There are many insightful, serious articles about American presidents that ponder the nature of power and its effect on those who wield it. This is not one of those articles.

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6 Horrifying Secrets About Feel Good Historical Moments

Disneyland opened during the Cold War and provided America with some much needed ... disappointment, torture, and stress?

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