Cracked Archive - History

The 6 Ballsiest Con Men of All Time

We're not sure where you run when you rob a whole nation.


5 Star Performers Who Never Let a Lack of Talent Stop Them

These artists beat the odds and achieved their dreams ... however stupid those dreams turned out to be.


The 6 Greatest Twist Endings in the History of Battle

There's a reason Hollywood makes more movies about war than, say, wine tasting competitions.


21 Terrifying Criminals Who Are Still on the Loose

We like to go to bed at night believing we're safe -- that there's no such thing as monsters. We even tell children that. But we're wrong. Very, very wrong.


11 Old War Photos You Won't Believe Aren't Fake (Part 2)

War is a wacky, bizarre kind of hell.


6 Legendary Lost Treasures That Are Still Up for Grabs

These awesome finds are still unclaimed after centuries ... or at least they were, before we posted this article.


If Text Messages Could be Sent Into the Past

Text messaging has made life more convenient than ever thought possible. The next progression, obviously, is texting through time.


4 Smug Predictions That Were Hilariously Wrong

Believe it or not, the Internet didn't invent having bad opinions. To demonstrate, let me present a selection of jerks who eventually had to eat their own terrible words.


4 Old-Timey Jobs That Could Solve the Unemployment Crisis

There are certain seemingly passe professions that we could totally use today, no matter how backward they may appear.


6 Mysterious Deaths That'll Make You Believe in Conspiracies

Disclaimer for any government officials, mobsters, or assassins in general reading this: We don't really believe that any of the following conspiracy theories about mysterious deaths are true.


4 Tiny Historical Changes That Made Modern Life Possible

Without these developments, the life of almost everyone reading this would definitely suck a whole lot more.


20 Things Everyone Pictures Incorrectly (Side by Side)

Thanks to Hollywood, we like to think we have a pretty good idea about what the past looked like. But it turns out, no of course we don't because Hollywood is as dumb as we are.


The 6 Most Ridiculous Lies Ever Published as Nonfiction

The next time you read a biography filled with unusually inspiring, heartbreaking, or just plain awesome stories, keep in mind that there's a solid chance it's all complete and utter B.S.


5 Geniuses Whose Careers Peaked at a Shockingly Young Age

Young people can and constantly come up with plenty of awesome ideas, even when they operate in fields that are seemingly impossible to conquer until you've sprouted several gray hairs.