Cracked Archive - History

5 Superheroes Older Than You Think

The pages of history are littered with characters with incredible powers, insane origin stories, and armies of faceless goons to deploy them on. Here are five of the fist-fistingest.


16 Awkward Messages Famous People Must Have Received

Texting is quickly becoming the manner in which people spell out the details of the horrible shit they've done.


5 Creepy Crimes From History No One Can Explain

Frolic with me through these stories of historical, murderous strangeness.


21 Statistics That Prove the Past Was Shockingly Different

When you put time on a grand scale, it would appear that change is something that takes a very long time to happen. But take a quick snap of any given era, and you'll quickly see how that really isn't the case.


6 Incredible Ancient Wonders (Destroyed By Idiots)

When future archaeologists look back at our era thousands of years from now, they'll reach two major conclusions: 1) our subway system was very inefficient and bizarrely sandwich-centric, and 2) we were morons.


5 Realities Of The Rehab Camp My Parents Paid To Kidnap Me

When we recently heard from a man who managed to escape from one of these places -- by trekking through the desert, on foot -- we had to hear his story.


The 18 Most Horrifying Things Rich People Got Away With

It turns out that when you're able to wipe your ass with $100 bills, the planet will let you get away with pretty much anything you damn well please.


8 Things Vietnam War Movies Leave Out (By an Enemy Soldier)

We sent a writer out to Vietnam to speak with Nguyen Hoa Giai. He fought as a Viet Cong from the late 1950s to the end of the war in the mid-'70s. Here's what he told us.


5 Reasons Irish People Don't Love American St. Patty's Day

A Transalantic discussion of our global holiday


5 Real Supervillain Attacks on America That History Forgot

Prior to 9/11, we could scarcely believe such a thing was even possible. But that's only because our memories totally suck.


4 Awful Works by Famous Geniuses Everyone Pretends to Like

Not even famous geniuses make great stuff all the time.


32 Moments In History (As Covered By the Modern Media)

This is what happens when you give a facelift to boring ass history stuff.


5 Ancient Discoveries That Prove Modern Men Are Sexist

It turns out that archaeology has proven a whole bunch of our assumptions to be wrong, which, in addition to tricking Nazis into melting their own faces off, is exactly what archaeologists are supposed to do.


4 Ways America Screws the World (Nobody Talks About)

When the United States comes to town, bad shit comes with us.


5 Uprisings Cut from U.S. History for Being Too Successful

Overthrowing a government takes an enormous amount of planning, strategy, and resources. Or, you know, just a gigantic set of balls.