Cracked Archive - History

5 Horrifying Attacks on America Your History Books Left Out

If this stuff happened today, there'd be a war. But due to extenuating circumstances at the time, they barely dented history.


7 Medically Proven Treatments That Clearly Started as a Joke

It's often downright baffling that a) people came up with these ideas and b) that it totally freaking worked.


5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Free Speech

Here for the oppressed and oppressors that make up Cracked's audience, are five of the most important things about free speech that we always forget.


5 Epic Disasters at Sea (Survived by Un-killable Badasses)

History is full of shipwreck survivors so bizarrely unkillable that they seemed to go out of their way to mock Death itself, right to his stupid, bony face.


6 Historic Events You Didn't Realize Everyone Was Drunk For

If you're ever reading about a historical event and something just doesn't seem to add up, it's because the editors cut the line 'and, of course, they were all wasted.'


7 Amazing Works of Pop Culture That Have Been Lost Forever

For various (usually stupid) reasons, there are huge holes in our cultural history.


5 Tiny Screw-Ups That Caused Giant Catastrophes

In wacky sitcoms and movies, people get a free pass. In real life, not so much ...


5 Ways 19th Century England Makes the Modern World Look Tame

If you believe your teachers, the Georgian era in England was a boring period full of polite country dances. You have been lied to, of course.


5 Insane True Stories of Hostages Outsmarting Their Captors

We won't stop until kidnappers everywhere are too worried about their victims making them look like jackasses to ever nap a kid again.


The 5 Coolest Things Ever Said In The History of War

Here's the latest installment in our series 'Holy hell, people actually talk like action heroes in real life?'


11 Old-Timey Photos That Somehow Aren't Photoshopped (Pt. 4)

When taken at face value, pictures from the olden days are either fake as hell or proof that the entire time between the Big Bang and our birth was totally messed up.


26 Half-Assed Solutions That Actually Solved Huge Problems

The next time someone tells you that you can't half-ass your way through life, just remember that one of those half-asses could save the world.


5 Historical Figures Who Made James Bond Look Like a Pussy

Some of these folks clawed their way up from mundanity simply by having immense balls.


23 Eerily Specific Predictions from History That Came True

It turns out Biggie Smalls and Jesus weren't the only people who could predict the future.