Cracked Archive - History


26 True Stories That Prove Humanity Is Not All Bad

There's a lot of crazy shit going on in the world, and a lot of folks are quick to say that humanity is in a bad way right now. But is that really accurate?


19 All-Time Stunner D-Moves

Look, we aren't saying that going around being an asshole until you're famous for it is a great way to live your life -- but it could make for a pretty badass story.


23 Amazing People Who Were Screwed Out of History Books

They say history is written by the winners, but frankly we're pretty sure history is written by dickheads.


5 People in History Who Were Terrible at Their Jobs

It turns out history has had just as many screw-ups and lazy people as we do now.


5 Bizarre Criminal Undergrounds That Are Bafflingly Huge

Sometimes, strange crime waves -- more apt for a Batman comic -- do happen in real life.


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.


21 Epic Failures That Should Have Surprised No One

When you have a brilliant idea, it's easy to get so caught up in its awesomeness that you fail to see the glitches.


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.