Cracked Archive - History

6 Vintage Ads Companies Would Never Get Away With Today

Back in the olden days, advertisers made the bold move of using the saddest pictures possible to depress viewers into buying their products out of pity.


The 5 Most Incredible Pranks Pulled With Major Landmarks

These stunts range from merely dickish to grossly illegal, and each is still admirable in its own way.


The 5 Most Insane Things Anyone Ever Did for Love

Getting married isn't always easy.


6 Tiny Mistakes That Shaped Huge Parts of Modern History

The shaping of history is a lot less Illuminati and a lot more the 3 Stooges.


5 Insane Things You Don't Know About Letters of the Alphabet

The alphabet's been playing you for a sap.


5 Historical Figures More Terrifying Than Any Horror Villain

Jason Vorhees would run away screaming at the sight of any of these real-life monsters.


5 Famous Historical Figures You Didn't Know Were Perverts

We get so tied up in slut-shaming contemporary celebrities that it's easy to forget how some of history's greatest minds spent most their energy having the nastiest sex they could get their hands on.


6 Historical Badasses Who Looked Way Sillier Than You Think

Many groups of people in history who we'd otherwise admire (or at least be reasonably scared of) were very silly looking.


6 Nightmarish Things People Did for Fun Before Electricity

The fun always stops when the lights come on and history proves it.


5 Obvious Lies That Are Sometimes True

Here are five phrases everyone assumes are lies, that can totally be true. Sometimes.


5 Historical Wars That Need Movie Adaptations Now

Many of history's wartime stories are still wandering around like unwanted pets in the cold, eager to be accepted into the warm, loving arms of Hollywood.


The 5 Craziest Ways People Defeated Terrifying Regimes

Sometimes beating totalitarian regimes means getting creative.


5 People in History Who Were Terrible at Their Jobs

It turns out history has had just as many screw-ups and lazy people as we do now.


5 Bizarre Criminal Undergrounds That Are Bafflingly Huge

Sometimes, strange crime waves -- more apt for a Batman comic -- do happen in real life.


5 Books That Don't Deserve the Amount of Hate They Get

Here then, for your hating pleasure, are some of the most hated books in the world, and also maybe why we should be nicer to them.