Cracked Archive - History

5 Horrifying Things Parents Used To Do To Babies

We can now add 'caring for the young of our own species' to the list of things humanity has managed to screw up.


5 Common Insults That Reveal Dark Things About Society

'Slut' or something much worse is currently tops to degrade a female perceived as promiscuous, but 'hussy' is a close relative and once the preferred a-bomb of past a-holes.


6 Deadly Serious Cold War Moments (That Now Look Hilarious)

Wars aren't wacky. But wars are fought by people, and people -- if the feces-wracked flow of the stagnant fjord of human history has taught us anything -- are truly, deeply stupid.


Your Neighbors Try To Murder You: 6 Realities In A Genocide

We sat down with a survivor of the Bosnian genocide to try to get some small hint of what it's like, and to try to understand how this even happens.


5 Dark Secrets You Never Noticed About Sesame Street

If you grew up with Sesame Street, you learned about a whole bunch of different disorders without even knowing it.


6 Horrible Historical Disasters (We Actually Saw Coming)

We've got some finger pointing to do.


16 Early Photographs That Prove History Was Evil

The past contained a lot more mind-numbing terror than history class was comfortable revealing to you.


6 Horrifying Facts That Get Left Out Of History

If you think your future knowledge would help you in the past, we have bad news for you.


5 Huge Marketing Campaigns That Were Complete Catastrophes

Sometimes the brainwashing overlords in charge of telling us what to buy go wildly off the rails, and it's always fun to sit back and soak in their failure.


6 Shockingly Badass People Who Lived In The 19th Century

When you think of the Victorian era you probably picture sexually repressed spinsters and sad little orphans. Not so fast though.


6 Stupid Bets That People Won As Insanely As Possible

Once Eisenhower's chief of staff bet General Bernard "Monty" Montgomery a B-17 Flying Fortress, he was going to get it.


5 Women From History Who Were Basically Magic At Sex

Here are some historical women whose creative sexual resumes stand up to any man's.


4 Terrifying Historical Crimes No One Can Explain

Quick, friend, grab your trusty magnifying glass and put on your best research pants.


5 Things You Say Often With Horrible Historical Origins

It's fascinating to trace the origins of everyday phrases back and find out just how many of them were not only slang, but terms that referenced unspeakable horror.


5 Artifacts That Prove Ancients Were Some Sick M'fers

When you go sifting through the shockingly explicit artifacts left behind by great civilizations, you find that modern society is pretty tame.