Cracked Archive - History

The 4 Worst Famous Relatives People Managed to Live Down

Every family has its black sheep, but some families have a cousin who helped end the lives of millions of people.


5 Insane Prison Escapes You Won't Believe Actually Worked

In real life, most prison escapes aren't the result of mind-blowingly complex schemes, but a combination of dumb luck, indifferent guards, and unintentional hilarity.


6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everyone Believes

Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everyone Believes


5 Insane 'What If' Scenarios That Almost Changed Everything

For every terrible tragedy history has handed us, there is an infinitely long list of disasters that we narrowly missed.


5 Reasons George Washington Was Either Lucky or a Wizard

The first real president of the United States was a Highlander. He thwarted death, fell into the presidency, and succeeded only by the most fortuitous of flukes.


11 Old War Photographs You Won't Believe Aren't Photoshopped

When you start sifting through rare photos of secret projects and behind-the-scenes shenanigans that didn't make into the history books, you get lots of pictures that just look downright fake.


The 5 Most Hilariously Insane Rulers of All Time

Don't get us wrong -- we're sure it was a nightmare for everyone involved. But it does make for hilarious stories down the line.


The 6 Most Aggressively Badass Things Done by Pacifists

There's a special kind of badass out there: The kind that overcomes horrific violence with nothing but willpower, skill, bravery, and (to be totally fair) a somewhat stupid disregard for personal safety.


The 6 Most Embarrassing War Stories of All Time

Here are a few instances of people stepping onstage in the military theater and splitting their pants in front of everyone.


6 Mind-Blowing Archeological Discoveries Destroyed by Idiocy

Here are some of the worst reasons that priceless artifacts have ever been destroyed.


The 5 Most Mind-Blowing Military Operations Ever Kept Secret

You say the five craziest stories we've ever heard -- stories about shadow governments, sci-fi ice fortresses and nuclear obliteration -- are all from the Cold War? OK, we're listening ... for now.


6 People Whose Names Took on Regrettable Meanings

Imagine having your name turned into a common word that will still be in use hundreds of years after your death. Cool, huh? Yeah, no -- not really.


6 Retro Ads With Accidental Sexual Innuendos

From what we can tell, 20th century admen were either hopelessly naive or diabolically perverted. Either way, we can laugh at the fruits of their labor.


4 Reasons to Forgive Yourself for Being a Bad Speller

It turns out that, indeed, the English language is seriously fucked up.