Cracked Archive - History

The 5 Most Badass Prison Escapes in the History of War

Prison escape stories are badass on their own. When you toss war into the mix, the stories seemingly become to insane to be true,


7 Lost Bodies of Work (That Would Have Changed Everything)

Here are a few of the most influential works of art, literature and science in histor ...


5 Lesser Known (Completely Ridiculous) American Civil Wars

Long before and after the Civil War, American states have been pointing guns at each other and screaming ridiculous threats. Just consider...


The 5 Most Half Assed Apologies for Historic Crimes

We're almost positive that Ted Kaczynski's apology was more sincere than these.


6 People You've Never Heard of Who Probably Saved Your Life

Hollywood, and to a certain extent history, likes to glorify those who were great a taking lives. Here are those that saved millions. And one that's friggin' Wolverine.


The 7 Most Disastrous Typos Of All Time

We've all made typos. Fortunately, most of ours don't wind up changing world history. Not everyone is so lucky.


6 Supposedly Ancient Traditions (That Totally Aren't)

Patriotism, sex and money. People will use any reason to create a tradition. Especially the sex part.


The 6 Most Important Things Humanity Just Plain Forgot

Turns out some of the most amazing things ever discovered wound up lost or forgotten for centuries, for utterly ridiculous reasons.


6 Mind-Blowing Achievements in Propaganda

When you think 'propaganda' you immediately picture a huge statue of a dictator, or banners stamped with corny slogans. You think of the kind of clumsy brainwashing that only works on uneducated peasants.


5 Shockingly Powerful Kids Who Make You Look Like a Coward

While we spent our childhoods using our boogers to glue our other boogers into super boogers, these youngsters spent theirs rocking the universe with their flagrant--and often chilling--displays of power.


5 Ancient Acts of War That Changed the Face of the Earth

Some of the asskickings unleashed by ancient empires were so mind-boggling, the Earth still hasn't recovered.


6 Historic Figures Who Shaped The World (By Cheating Death)

The most amazing thing about history is how amazingly close things came to turning out differently. An inch here, a second there... that's the only difference between the world we live in now and an alternate universe where everything sucks quite a bit more than it does here.


6 Ridiculous History Myths (You Probably Think Are True)

Some of the things that we hear about people in the past, repeated again and again in cautionary tales about the present, simply aren't true. They were crazy, but they weren't THAT crazy.


The 6 Biggest Badasses Who Lived As The Opposite Sex

These people lived their entire lives as the oppossite sex, mostly because the people around them were complete idiots.


6 Spectacularly Bad Ideas From History's Greatest Geniuses

The modern world as we know it was shaped by the minds of geniuses. But the same outside the box thinking that gave us our great innovations also gave them some truly ridiculous ideas.