Cracked Archive - History

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.


21 Important Moments in History (That Were Sex-Fests)

It turns out history is loaded with freakier boning than anything the porn industry can churn out.


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.


Creepy Places You Can Visit

If Disneyland isn't your cup of tea, you can always try these amazing places!


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.


Famous Mysteries (No One Realizes Were Solved)

Everyone who stills believe these must not know what Google is.


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.


The 27 Weirdest Lies That Everyone Believed

A fool and their dignity are easily parted.


21 Absurd Lies Companies Have Used To Sell Products

We like to think the term 'snake oil' is reserved for old-timey traveling salesman and the holistic medicine aisle of Whole Foods, but it turns out it hits closer to home than that.