Cracked Archive - History

7 People Who Overcame Huge Obstacles to Become Famous

We don't control what happens to us; we only control how we respond. And we should choose to respond well -- like these people did.


5 Bullshit 'Facts' Everyone Believes About WWII

Any popular historical subject tends to resemble a pit of truth at the center of an overripe bullshit fruit.


7 Insane R-Rated Trends You Never Noticed in Famous Art

Humanity has always possessed a knack for mindlessly repeating weird themes in all aspects of life, up to and very much including classic art. The only difference is that their themes were somehow even stranger.


40 Myths We Believe Now Due to Tiny Mistakes Years Ago

By now you should know that we at Cracked have trouble swallowing the information that's been passed down to us throughout the years.


The 4 Most Cold-Blooded Things Ever Written Down

Prepare yourself for the most cold-blooded poems you will read in April's National Poetry Month.


9 Famous Thinkers Who Were Total Hypocrites

We're not saying these people are all liars or that their books should be tossed in the garbage. It's just interesting to see how the human mind works.


5 Slapstick Failures by Modern Military Commanders

More often than you'd think, circumstances conspire to put the fate of the world into the hands of people you wouldn't trust with a Risk board.


5 Scenes From History That Everyone Pictures Incorrectly

Almost everything you think about those old wars is completely wrong.


6 Hilarious Old-Timey Versions of Modern Vices

The next time someone gives you crap for doing one of the following, dig out the fuzzy black-and-white photos of their grandfathers doing the same.


5 Insane Supervillain Schemes by Real Governments

Occasionally the government will put forth a plot so insane that even the most hardened Bond villain would ask them if everything is all right at home


5 Two-Man Teams Who Took on Whole Armies (And Won)

As awful as war is, it has a way of bonding people. We'd imagine that goes double for these guys, who found themselves having to pretty much fight battles themselves.


5 B.S. Renaissance Myths You Learned in History Class

Some of what you think you know is wrong, some of it is misconstrued, and most of it just left your head completely the minute 8th grade history ended.


6 Unexpected Things I Learned Resisting the Nazis in WWII

We sat down with Katarina Urbanek, who spent her teenage years studying in Slovakia during WWII, where she also enlisted as a member of the Slovak Underground.


6 Badass 'Modern' Weapons (Are Way Older Than You Think)

It turns out that a lot of the stuff that defines the modern battlefield has been around in some form for a lot longer than we think, thanks to murderous geniuses who were decades or centuries ahead of their time.


4 Cases of Censorship That Totally Changed the Message

Censorship commits a greater sin than 'threatening freedom' or 'oppressing thought': It completely alters the story's message.