Cracked Archive - History

5 Horrifying Realities Of Daily Life Edited Out Of History

You can actually make yourself feel a whole lot better about your life today merely by reminding yourself of a few key things about the past.


5 Reasons 'Traditional Marriage' Would Shock Your Ancestors

Most of our assumptions about what marriage was like back in the day are complete bullshit.


5 Insane Theories That Change How You See Great Works Of Art

We want to emphasize the word 'theories' here -- none of these have been proven, and probably never will be.


5 Superheroes Older Than You Think

The pages of history are littered with characters with incredible powers, insane origin stories, and armies of faceless goons to deploy them on. Here are five of the fist-fistingest.


5 Creepy Crimes From History No One Can Explain

Frolic with me through these stories of historical, murderous strangeness.


6 Incredible Ancient Wonders (Destroyed By Idiots)

When future archaeologists look back at our era thousands of years from now, they'll reach two major conclusions: 1) our subway system was very inefficient and bizarrely sandwich-centric, and 2) we were morons.


5 Realities Of The Rehab Camp My Parents Paid To Kidnap Me

When we recently heard from a man who managed to escape from one of these places -- by trekking through the desert, on foot -- we had to hear his story.


8 Things Vietnam War Movies Leave Out (By an Enemy Soldier)

We sent a writer out to Vietnam to speak with Nguyen Hoa Giai. He fought as a Viet Cong from the late 1950s to the end of the war in the mid-'70s. Here's what he told us.


5 Reasons Irish People Don't Love American St. Patty's Day

A Transalantic discussion of our global holiday


5 Real Supervillain Attacks on America That History Forgot

Prior to 9/11, we could scarcely believe such a thing was even possible. But that's only because our memories totally suck.


4 Awful Works by Famous Geniuses Everyone Pretends to Like

Not even famous geniuses make great stuff all the time.


5 Ancient Discoveries That Prove Modern Men Are Sexist

It turns out that archaeology has proven a whole bunch of our assumptions to be wrong, which, in addition to tricking Nazis into melting their own faces off, is exactly what archaeologists are supposed to do.


4 Ways America Screws the World (Nobody Talks About)

When the United States comes to town, bad shit comes with us.


5 Uprisings Cut from U.S. History for Being Too Successful

Overthrowing a government takes an enormous amount of planning, strategy, and resources. Or, you know, just a gigantic set of balls.


5 Famous People With Crazy Second Lives Nobody Knows About

It turns out great historical figures' lives have more random side quests than your average RPG.