Cracked Archive - History

5 Badass People Who Stood Up to Infamous Dictators

These folks stared right into the eyes of heavily armed evil and slowly, purposefully, without ever breaking eye contact, raised both middle fingers.


5 Near Deaths That Would Have Changed the Face of History

How many history-making men have we almost lost to fatal pissing contests? A frightening amount, it turns out.


21 Beloved Famous People Everyone Forgets Did Awful Things

Our readers went all TMZ on famous and historical pop culture icons.


5 Ridiculously Badass Protests Against Oppressive Regimes

When these people fought back against their respective regimes, they did it with style.


5 Disturbing Old-Timey Ads Obviously Created by Aliens

It's almost like there were whole advertising offices infiltrated by aliens pretending to be humans and these ads are what they threw up at the end of the day.


The 5 Most Blatantly Corrupt Lawyers in History

When lawyers go bad, holy crap do they make the most of it


The 11 Most Badass Presidential Facts

It turns out all our presidents may have actually been Terminators.


5 Insanely Blatant Acts of Plagiarism by Famous People

Ideas are hard, you guys. (At least when you insist on actually coming up with your own.)


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.