Cracked Archive - History

5 Ridiculous Myths You Probably Believe About the Dark Ages

In the name of correcting some popular misconceptions about the period, let's take on myths you almost certainly have been led to believe.


5 True Stories Behind Iconic Pictures of Badass Women

Changing the status quo means getting a little rowdy. Lucky for us, cameras were present when these women did.


5 Movie-Worthy Lines Said by Real Soldiers Facing Death

Some people need badass lines written for them. Others just have them come naturally.


6 Real-Life Gunslingers Who Put Billy the Kid to Shame

Billy the Kid might as well have been playing cowboys and indians compared to these guys.


5 Shockingly Violent Back Stories of Everyday Traditions

The origins of the traditions you think of as mundane run the gamut from freaking odd to downright sinister.


6 Unintentionally Hilarious Legacies of Famous Figures

We're almost certain no one ever intended to leave a legacy quite like these.


6 Cartoonishly Simple Battle Plans That Worked

The best plan is the stupidest most unintended one, apparently.


The 5 Most Hilariously Inept Explorers of All Time

These explorers were so flashily incompetent, it's a wonder they ever made it out their front door.


The 6 Most Mismatched Battles Ever Won by Underdogs

Everyone loves a good David and Goliath story. Particularly when David has nothing to use but his oversized cojones.


6 Landmarks That Are Secretly Awesome Transformers

Occasionally buildings transform into badass secret identities that make them look like Optimus Prime's cooler older brothers.


5 Badass Real Fugitives Who Put Action Movies to Shame

Everyone loves a good fugitive story -- it's one of the mainstays of Hollywood action movies. But it turns out real life is so much more badass.


The 5 Most Creative Acts of Insanity by Modern Dictators

It turns out even presidents are just as insane as the Kim Jongs and the Gadhafis out there ... and some are even worse.


6 Carefully Planned 'Utopias' That Went Spectacularly Insane

You can plan for anything except crazy people.


5 Dumb Myths About Prehistoric Times That Everyone Believes

Don't let your preconceived notions about cavemen make you seem like a caveman.


7 Modern Conveniences That Are Way Older Than You Think

Ancient people had a lot of modern luxuries. No Internet, though, so we still win.