Cracked Archive - History

5 Innocent Phrases With Surprisingly Dark Origins

Language often takes some pretty bizarre turns on the way to its modern usage. And sometimes a seemingly innocent phrase is the result of one supremely messed-up past.


5 Presidents Who Were Total Badasses in Their Youth

As it turns out, many presidents spent their younger years going on Hollywood-worthy adventures through history, doling out Old West-style justice and opening casino bars in the South Pacific.


26 Hilariously Inaccurate Predictions About the Future

Crystal balls? More like Schweddy Balls.


5 Famous Pieces of Presidential Trivia (That Are Total BS)

We cling to certain well-known tales that help us easily label and categorize our presidents. There's only one problem with these little nuggets of awesome: Not nearly all of them are true.


6 Legitimate Organizations That Secretly Act Like the Mafia

In every system at every level of society, you're bound to come across at least one group bent on exploiting you with puppy-punching ruthlessness.


25 Subtle Changes That Ruin Dignified Historical Images

Image manipulation can be a lot of things: awful, malicious, or just downright deceiving. But it can also be fun. Really fun.


4 Disasters That Couldn't Have Happened Anywhere Else

Sometimes geography itself becomes the Overlook Hotel of history.


The 20 Most Amazing People You've Never Heard Of

Ever wonder why we have flushing toilets? Or who decided to start throwing naked wangs and boobs in movies?


5 Nobodies Who Stumbled into Wars and Kicked Everyone's Ass

No one pictures their sweet grandma strafing the border with an AK-47 in one hand and a Molotov cocktail in the other, raining down death and destruction as epic as her homemade apple pie. But it does happen.


6 True Stories From History Creepier Than Any Horror Movie

History books are full of PG-13 violence. Here are the directors' cuts.


The 23 Most Surprising (True) Facts About Awful People

Most of the time, what we find enthralling about terrible people are the ways they go belly up. Most of the time ...


5 Old News Stories the Media Pretended Were New This Year

If we'd just taken a few minutes to learn some history, none of these stories would have shocked us.


17 Photographs from History That Would Explain Everything

Let's face it: For all our advancements and scientific discoveries, there's still a whole bunch of stuff we're completely clueless about.


5 Wrongly Convicted People the Legal System Kept on Screwing

It's actually physically impossible for people in authority positions to admit they're wrong, which is why we get situations like these.


5 Laws That Made Sense on Paper (And Disasters in Reality)

Government is somebody coming up with a plan that sounds great on paper, only to be hilariously thwarted by human nature within minutes of it passing.