Cracked Archive - History

5 Ridiculous Archaeological Frauds (That Fooled the World)

As enchanted as we are with the search for Holy Grail-esque treasures, every so often a discovery comes along that excites us so much that we forget to ask whether it might be bullshit.


The 6 Worst Attempts at Damage Control in Political Scandals

Embattled politicians will either fess up and resign, or deny and fight charges levelled against them. Some politicians, however, choose a different course.


The 5 Craziest War Stories (All Happened on the Same Ship)

When we say that this ship's service played out in exactly the way it would if it had been a hastily-scripted Adam Sandler comedy, we're not exaggerating.


5 Forgotten Atrocities from '80s Pop Culture

Although I consider myself a child of the 90s because that's when I went to college and ultimately became an adult, I still lived through the 80s. I remember Michael Jackson on the radio, Dynasty on TV, and Schwartzenegger in the theaters. Everyone had shoulder pads and neon purses. And questionable mothers let their sons go to elementary school gr


How to Fight Andrew Jackson: The Deadliest President Ever

Long story short, you've traveled through time and ended up ... somewhere and somewhen. But there's a bigger issue to deal with: Andrew Jackson.


7 Horrifying Historical Origins of Famous Corporate Logos

Nobody holds the copyright on ancient myths. So why make up a new name for your company when you can just call it Trojan? A word of advice, though. Before you go sticking a mythological figure on your logo, take a few minutes to look up its story. Otherwise you get some downright hilarious unintentional results.


5 Lost Photos That Could Have Changed History

There are amazing accomplishments, conspiracy theories and outlandish claims that are all supposedly out there waiting to be proven true ... if only we could find the pictures.


5 Famous People Who Succeeded Long After They Should've Quit

If you haven't found your calling by, say, age 30, it's pretty much hopeless, right? If you were going to make it, you'd have made it by now. Well ... maybe not.


5 Mundane Objects That Saved Important Lives

We could play the 'What if?' game all day, but you don't need a killer imagination to see how little, insignificant details have changed everything.


The 9 Most Badass Last Words Ever Uttered: Part 2

Hopefully history will remember us for our sick burns and ballsy braggadocio, even if it forgets everything else. It worked for these folks..


7 Bizarre Easter Eggs Hidden in Great Works of Art

We tend to think of classic art as being all dignified and serious, if perhaps a little stuffy. But that's only because we're not looking closely enough.


The 6 Most Secretly Racist Classic Children's Books

It's easy for us to hide the bad things from our kids that appear in works today. Things get a little trickier when classics of children's literature suddenly let fly with the sort of out-of-the-blue casual racism usually reserved for old Southern men after a few too many drinks


5 Screw-Ups on the Battlefield That Accidentally Won the War

Sometimes, even in war, a little stupidity can work to your advantage.


5 Turncoats Who Changed the Tide of History

In the grand scale of things, not much changes when a single dude decides he'd rather be a Communist than an American, or vice versa. The balance of power is still basically the same, right? But every balance has a tipping point, and sometimes all it takes is one turncoat to change the course of history.