Cracked Archive - History

6 Insanely Awesome Things The 1900s Thought We'd Have by Now

If only these free-thinkers had lived. America would be so awesome.


5 Real Buried Treasures That Can Make You Rich (Or Kill You)

You could be rolling in gold coins by the end of the week. If you can find them. And survive.


The Top 10 Decades of the Century: How The 2000s Compared

Recently, 'Time' named the 00s the worst decade ever. This is a clearly ridiculous notion.


The Top 5 Appropriately Great/Awful Everything of the Decade

Tired of lists that only focus on the good stuff? Us too. We're ranking our picks for the most appropriately great/awful everything this decade.


The 6 Stupidest Things Ever Done With Historic Treasures

Hey, a mummy! We needed a paperweight, right?


The 5 Most Predictable Aviation Disasters of All-Time

No one saw this coming? REALLY?


5 Battlefield Screw Ups That Were Hilarious (Until People Died)

The history books are full of great military minds who turned the tides of war with their creative genius. This article is not about them.


6 Inventors Who Got Jack Shit for Changing the Modern World

Turns out there have been plenty of people throughout history that made amazing contributions to modern culture and got precisely jack in return.


6 People Who Got Away With Living an (Implausible) Lie

There's no lie too big or too dumb for human beings not to believe it.


The 7 Most Badass Last Stands in the History of Battle

Leonidas has nothing on these guys. At least he had some backup.


6 Historic Villains You Didn't Know Had Incredible Careers

Some men are remembered for their greatness, some men are remembered for their evil, and some men are just remembered for that one fantastic failure that taints their entire existence.


6 Ancient Sports Too Awesome For the Modern World

It's amazing how crazy people get about sports these days, especially considering how much sports suck compared to what they used to be.


Nuke the Moon: 5 Certifiably Insane Cold War Projects

In the Cold War days, the world was essentially divided into two factions: Rambo and the dirty commies. But the Cold War wasn't really about physical combat, it was more like telling stories around a campfire: Whoever has the scariest idea, wins. It didn't matter if it was real or not, the goal was to convince the other side you were crazy.


5 Myths That People Don't Know Are Admitted Hoaxes

It's no surprise that the world gets taken in by hoaxers and con men. They're really good at what they do and most of us are bored enough to believe anything as long as it takes our mind off the cubicle for a while.


5 Great Things You Didn't Know Came from Horrific Tragedies

Great things not only happen despite horrible disasters, but often because of them. Or, as the Japanese say, the most beautiful flowers grow only in the shit of Godzilla.