Cracked Archive - History

6 Iconic Pieces of Military Tech (That Secretly Sucked)

If you take a closer look at some of the machines we've been fervently drawing on our Trapper Keepers during study hall, you might find them hiding a ludicrous Achilles heel.


20 Famous Photos Improved With Nudity

Nudity is a wonderful thing, there's no denying that. It's just that there really is a time and a place for it.


7 Artists Whose Work Will Give You Nightmares

These creators gazed deep into the abyss, and the abyss blinked.


5 Ancient Gods Whose Genitals Should Have Their Own Movie

Their genitals aren't like ours. Theirs are special. Theirs are magic.


The 5 Most Important Things Ever Done While Black Out Drunk

Many historic events were such drunken shitshows that it's hard to imagine what modern civilization would even look like if not for the intervention of booze.


6 Iconic Monuments That Almost Looked Completely Insane

Most monuments are actually pretty crazy. But those ones are tiddlywinks compared to these tributes we almost had.


6 Insane Realities Of Life In A Modern Dictatorship

Belarus is frequently called 'Europe's last dictatorship.' We sat down with a man from there, and this is what we learned


21 Tiny Mistakes That Changed History

Sometimes the smallest misstep can have huge ramifications.


5 Insane True Stories That Change How You Picture WWII

The best evidence of how batshit things got is that so many of the weirder stories just became footnotes in your history book.


14 Jokes You Didn't Know Movies & TV Stole From History

Those planks of the wood in the past were too busy dying or running from dinosaurs to have a sense of humor of things. Right?


6 Historical Myths You've Lapped Up As Fact

From the most pivotal moments of massive wars to fun little factoids about historical figures, a little digging reveals that nothing played out exactly the way your history books claim.


Hitler's Super Jet: 6 Lost Historical Secrets We've Dug Up

Hey, scientists, cut it out.


4 Sexual Preferences That Only Recently Became Taboo

We often imagine our elders as being more prudish than we are today. But, well, you can see where this is going ...


If Historical Movies Were Accurate

History is interesting in its own right, but a lot of the more disturbing aspects of everyday life just aren't that marketable.