Cracked Archive - History

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

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6 Legitimate Organizations That Secretly Act Like the Mafia
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.

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4 Disasters That Couldn't Have Happened Anywhere Else
4 Disasters That Couldn't Have Happened Anywhere Else

Sometimes geography itself becomes the Overlook Hotel of history.

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

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6 True Stories From History Creepier Than Any Horror Movie
6 True Stories From History Creepier Than Any Horror Movie

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

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5 Old News Stories the Media Pretended Were New This Year
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.

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5 Wrongly Convicted People the Legal System Kept on Screwing
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.

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

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5 Lost Documents That Shatter Your Image of Famous People
5 Lost Documents That Shatter Your Image of Famous People

Secrets don't stay buried forever, and occasionally lost documents will turn up that change everything.

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The 5 Most Badass Medics in the History of War
The 5 Most Badass Medics in the History of War

This is what happens when G.I. Joe and Dr. House mash it up.

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7 Real (And Totally Insane) Medical Practices From History
7 Real (And Totally Insane) Medical Practices From History

How did no one stop to think 'Hey, this is kind of strange.'

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5 Reasons the English Language Makes No Freaking Sense
5 Reasons the English Language Makes No Freaking Sense

As much as we might judge people for their bad spelling, the truth is that English spelling doesn't make any goddamn sense.

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5 Dumb Writing Gimmicks That Became Classic Books
5 Dumb Writing Gimmicks That Became Classic Books

Writers have pulled all sorts of inventive stunts when writing novels. Here are five of the most mind-bending.

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4 Modern Sins Pretty Much Every American Is Guilty Of
4 Modern Sins Pretty Much Every American Is Guilty Of

We as a nation harbor greater sins than LMFAO. Here are the modern behaviors everyone is guilty of, regardless of party, persuasion, or parish.

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