Cracked Archive - History

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.


7 Ways Dating Used To Be A Horrifying Game Of Roulette

Our parents, grandparents and assorted ancestors were subjected to such random, insane dating clauses that they might as well have been a completely different species.


5 Bizarre Ways People Got F'ed Up Throughout History

Laughing gas wasn't used for anything surgical for about 70 years after its synthesis.


Unexplained Things That Only Happen In A Few Places On Earth

Las Vegas is depressing its residents to death.


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

Apparently assassins and hashish go hand-in-hand.


16 Things 'True' Story Movies Got Wrong About Real People

Hollywood didn't give Patton his profanity-laced due.


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.


23 Mind Blowing Stories Behind The Most Famous Photos Ever

That swimming baby made famous by Nirvana? Not actually swimming.


21 Insane Historical Photos

Apparently our grandparents' generation laughed at the concept of 'we're really, really, really too high up to be doing this.'


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.


4 Epic Moments In The History Of Suicidally Bad Ideas

People were psychotically insane back in the day.


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.


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.