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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.


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.


5 Complex Languages Invented by One (Crazy) Person

These the most famous artificially created languages around.


5 Barbaric Practices That Are More Modern Than You Think

Things we assume were left in the distant past have a way of lingering on, decades or centuries longer than you'd have thought.


4 Hilarious Attempts to Fix Things That Weren't Broken

People have been noticing the deceitfulness of the world for a long time now, and history is littered with examples of people who have tried to do something about it. And they all failed.


5 Ruthless Dictators Hiding in Plain Sight as Normal People

Turns out you never know who's selling you that bottle of Evan green label.


The 5 Creepiest Death Rituals From Around the World (Part 2)

Given humankind's penchant for handling pretty much everything it encounters with complete and utter insanity, it's no surprise that some of our death rituals have gotten a little ... inspired.