Cracked Archive - History

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.


5 Stories That Prove Police Are Just as Terrifying in Canada

Canada is routinely mocked for being nice, the last thing you expect to hear about is shit like this.


4 Medical Misunderstandings With Horrific Consequences

Be grateful you don't live in a time when medical misunderstandings would occasionally cause the horrible deaths of thousands of people.


6 Awesomely Insane Guns People Actually Used (Pt. 2)

The 'who cares if it works, it'll be cool as hell!' approach to gunsmithing has given us some amazing results.


6 Things I Learned About Humanity Living Through a Genocide

Carl Wilkens was right in the middle of the Rwandan Genocide. He rescued hundreds from unspeakable violence. Cracked sat down to talk with him about just what it takes to stand up and stick your thumb in the eye of Pure Human Evil.


6 Insanely Advanced Technologies Found in Ancient Ruins

Some ancient technologies have turned out to be at least as good as, if not better than, the stuff our fancy-pants scientists today have developed.


5 Real Robberies With Better Twists Than Any Heist Movie

In real life thieves don't need helicopters or EMP devices to pull off crimes bigger than anything you've seen on the silver screen. You just need a ridiculous plan and the balls to carry it out.


5 Things from History You Won't Believe You Can Experience

With each passing day we become less and less hopeful that anybody is going to invent time travel. Fortunately, there's ways around that.


Why Everything You Believe About the '90s Is Wrong

If you were actually born in the '90s, you don't really remember the '90s. And that's why you're wrong about the decade.


5 Iconic Groups From History Everyone Pictures Incorrectly

Historical truth is a complicated and nuanced thing, so while there might be elements of truth to the popular story you know, it's rarely the complete truth.


4 Deadly Weapons Clearly Designed by a Cartoon Character

Sometimes, when weapons designers watch a few too many cartoons, we wind up with stuff like these things.


6 Archaeological Discoveries Scarier Than Any Horror Movie

Some things were probably buried for a reason...


5 Real-Life Horror Movies Deleted from Your History Books

Human history can -- and constantly does -- produce stories that are far more creepy and gruesome than any horror-movie hellbeast or latex-mask-sporting serial killer could ever aspire to be.


5 Mysteries of Ancient Religions (Easily Explained)

The little ploys that modern faith healers and shady preachers use to fleece the masses have been around for thousands of years, and if anything, they've only gotten less inspired over time.