Cracked Archive - History

5 Two-Man Teams Who Took on Whole Armies (And Won)

As awful as war is, it has a way of bonding people. We'd imagine that goes double for these guys, who found themselves having to pretty much fight battles themselves.


5 B.S. Renaissance Myths You Learned in History Class

Some of what you think you know is wrong, some of it is misconstrued, and most of it just left your head completely the minute 8th grade history ended.


6 Unexpected Things I Learned Resisting the Nazis in WWII

We sat down with Katarina Urbanek, who spent her teenage years studying in Slovakia during WWII, where she also enlisted as a member of the Slovak Underground.


6 Badass 'Modern' Weapons (Are Way Older Than You Think)

It turns out that a lot of the stuff that defines the modern battlefield has been around in some form for a lot longer than we think, thanks to murderous geniuses who were decades or centuries ahead of their time.


4 Cases of Censorship That Totally Changed the Message

Censorship commits a greater sin than 'threatening freedom' or 'oppressing thought': It completely alters the story's message.


5 Ridiculous Alternate Versions of Prehistoric Animals

Sometimes the experts get things wrong, giving us a view of the past that more closely resembles the fever dreams of a Muppet designer than actual animals.


5 Badass People Who Stood Up to Infamous Dictators

These folks stared right into the eyes of heavily armed evil and slowly, purposefully, without ever breaking eye contact, raised both middle fingers.


5 Near Deaths That Would Have Changed the Face of History

How many history-making men have we almost lost to fatal pissing contests? A frightening amount, it turns out.


5 Ridiculously Badass Protests Against Oppressive Regimes

When these people fought back against their respective regimes, they did it with style.


5 Disturbing Old-Timey Ads Obviously Created by Aliens

It's almost like there were whole advertising offices infiltrated by aliens pretending to be humans and these ads are what they threw up at the end of the day.


The 5 Most Blatantly Corrupt Lawyers in History

When lawyers go bad, holy crap do they make the most of it


The 11 Most Badass Presidential Facts

It turns out all our presidents may have actually been Terminators.


5 Insanely Blatant Acts of Plagiarism by Famous People

Ideas are hard, you guys. (At least when you insist on actually coming up with your own.)


3 Supervillain-Worthy Origin Stories of Famous Presidents

Having spent the better part of a decade reading, talking, and writing about presidents, I've come to a conclusion: They are terrifying.


5 Cultures Whose Calendars Would Break Your Concept of Time

Let's sit back and appreciate the fact that we don't have to experience the utter chaos that are these calendars.