Cracked Archive - History


If Text Messages Could be Sent Into the Past

Text messaging has made life more convenient than ever thought possible. The next progression, obviously, is texting through time.


4 Smug Predictions That Were Hilariously Wrong

Believe it or not, the Internet didn't invent having bad opinions. To demonstrate, let me present a selection of jerks who eventually had to eat their own terrible words.


4 Old-Timey Jobs That Could Solve the Unemployment Crisis

There are certain seemingly passe professions that we could totally use today, no matter how backward they may appear.


6 Mysterious Deaths That'll Make You Believe in Conspiracies

Disclaimer for any government officials, mobsters, or assassins in general reading this: We don't really believe that any of the following conspiracy theories about mysterious deaths are true.


4 Tiny Historical Changes That Made Modern Life Possible

Without these developments, the life of almost everyone reading this would definitely suck a whole lot more.


20 Things Everyone Pictures Incorrectly (Side by Side)

Thanks to Hollywood, we like to think we have a pretty good idea about what the past looked like. But it turns out, no of course we don't because Hollywood is as dumb as we are.


The 6 Most Ridiculous Lies Ever Published as Nonfiction

The next time you read a biography filled with unusually inspiring, heartbreaking, or just plain awesome stories, keep in mind that there's a solid chance it's all complete and utter B.S.


5 Geniuses Whose Careers Peaked at a Shockingly Young Age

Young people can and constantly come up with plenty of awesome ideas, even when they operate in fields that are seemingly impossible to conquer until you've sprouted several gray hairs.


9 Silly Photos of Serious Historical Figures Goofing Off

History's most important and serious figures enjoyed getting the camera out to document goofy faces and stupid antics. We're all freaking children, all of us.


26 Iconic Photographs Changed by Adding a Single Shadow

Sometimes all it takes is one little change to alter the entire context of an image.


5 Country Names That Are Stupid When You Know the Backstory

Some of the origins behind the names of countries are downright ridiculous.


5 'Eccentric' Historical Figures Who Were Clearly Just Crazy

There's a fine line between 'eccentric duke' and 'poop-smeared psychopath,' and the following folks skipped gaily across that line.


5 Archaic Forms of Punishment We Should Reconsider

I've dug up five examples (and many more variations) of punishment civilization has left behind, which I encourage you to reflect on the next time you're feeling like you're about to be naughty.