Cracked Archive - History

5 Real Historic Purges That Prove Life Used To Be Horrifying

Every once in a while, huge crowds of ordinary people came together in epic demonstrations of collective mayhem, and suffered no consequences whatsoever for it.


6 Badass Unsung Heroes From History's Darkest Hours

Even humanity's biggest disasters have life-affirming moments hidden within, courtesy of regular people stepping up to help others.


21 Holiday Traditions With Shockingly Bizarre Origins

Holiday traditions don't actually originate from elves and Krampus.


How Our Ancestors Used Clever Workarounds To Look At Porn

Here's a not often told story of bravery and perseverance.


8 Creepy Aspects Of Nazi Culture (You've Never Heard Of)

The sheer awfulness of Nazism tainted everything they did. Even the fun things.


5 Trends From History With Messed Up Explanations

Those people in your history books were busy doing things for you to read about in history books. They weren't subject to dumb fads. Theirs were ridiculous.


6 Everyday Objects You Had No Clue People Once Used As Money

If you would have told our ancestors that one day we'd be using plastic cards and paper bills to acquire our daily needs, they probably would have said, 'Why? Is violence obsolete in the future? Also, what is plastic?'


7 Things You Have In Your Home With Insane Secret Histories

Did you know your favorite party snack was invented by a racist utopian cult?


4 U.S. Historical Opinions (The British Say Are B.S.)

I'm here to try and defend my beloved country against accusations that we're nothing more than a nation of evil, mustache-twirling, power-obsessed psychopaths in well-tailored suits.


A Letter to My Wife The Day After The Election

Just A Man Standing In Front Of A Woman...


7 Hilariously Embarrassing Archaeological Discoveries

People have always been dumb.


6 Scary Archaeological Finds (That Should've Stayed Hidden)

We're not saying that digging around certain sites will stir up ancient curses. But, we're not saying it won't, either.


The 11 Creepiest Unsolved Crimes No One Can Explain (Part 2)

Horror stories are great and all, but around Halloween, we like to focus on the real stuff. You know, the monsters that could in fact be outside your house right now.


The 11 Creepiest Unsolved Crimes No One Can Explain: Part 1

Lots of you are too old and jaded to be kept awake at night by ghost stories and implausible urban legends. No, this time of year, you need something a little more real.


Hiroshima 'Shadows' And 4 Other Haunting Historical Remnants

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. But you know what? Remembering history ain't always so great, either.