Cracked Archive - History

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.


5 Attempts at Espionage That Seem Too Dumb to Be Real

All too often, agents are subject to the same human failings as the rest of us, except in their case, the blunders result in international incidents more embarrassing than your high school yearbook.


13 Old-Timey Photos You Won't Believe Aren't Photoshopped 3

Photos of the past, when viewed out of context, are bizarre and/or terrifying. And in many cases, adding the context just makes them worse.


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 ...