Cracked Archive - History

6 Acts of Propaganda That Backfired Hilariously

When fooling the world is your business, there isn't much room for mistakes. Or so you'd think.


The 6 Worst Jobs Ever (Were Done by Children)

Back in the day, people had only one reason to produce offspring: To force them to do the abhorrently awful work no grown person would dare to.


6 Things From History Everyone Pictures Incorrectly: Classic

Unsurprisingly, our image of the past is largely made up of Hollywood inventions, propaganda and uneducated guesses.


8 Historic Symbols That Mean The Opposite of What You Think

Wwhat do you do if the real world doesn't provide you with something people can rally around? Just go ahead an embelish the truth.


5 True War Stories That Put Every Action Movie to Shame

Here are five groups of soldiers that prove that no matter how implausible the plot, some military unit, somewhere, has topped it.


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.