Cracked Archive - History

5 Famous Scientists Dismissed as Morons in Their Time

There have been brilliant rebels who put their own world-changing ideas on the line, only to end up like Doc Brown in his alternate timeline: humiliated, ridiculed, ignored and/or straight driven to insanity.


5 Minor Screw-Ups That Created The Modern World

We continue our crusade to convince the world that all of the most important events in history turned on some kind of ridiculous accident.


5 Real MacGyvers Who Won Battles With Improvised Weapons

If you've ever wondered if you could win a war by using reptiles instead of bullets and using the power of rock 'n' roll, then you're in good company.


The 5 Most Terrifying Jobs in the History of War

The mind-bogglingly shitty jobs people have gotten stuck with during wartime.


5 Things You Won't Believe Aren't In the Bible: Updated

As a predominantly Christian people, Westerners think they know the Bible pretty well. But not everybody realizes that many of the most iconic features of Christianity were never mentioned by the holy book or the church, but were actually pulled out of the ass of some poet or artist who wanted to make a few bucks out of it.


The 5 Most Mind-Blowing Coincidences of All Time

The kind of coincidences you'd dismiss as bad writing if seen in a movie happen all of the time in real life.


The 6 Most Insane Underdog Stories in the History of Battle

Real-world battles are rarely won by the ragtag team of underdogs. Tanks beat horses, guns beat spears. Though sometimes, the ewoks really do kick ass.


5 Simple Things You Won't Believe Are Recent Inventions

We're impressed by new gizmos, sure, but we tend to forget that even the most obvious, basic concepts had to be invented at some point. And some of them were shockingly recent.


The 5 Most Ridiculous Assassination Plots Ever Attempted

Murder is no joke. Failed assassination attempts are.


5 Fictional Stories You Were Taught in History Class

Forget about Stephanie Meyer or JK Rowling or Stephen King--at the end of the day, they just write stories and make billions of dollars. No, the writers who really deserve a pat on the back are the ones who wrote completely fictional stories that, over time, were remembered as actual history.


5 Inventions You Won't Believe Came From War

You can't deny that armed conflicts gave us some pretty good things, such as major advances in everything from rockets to microwave ovens. Oh, and this stuff.


7 Famous Works of Art With Bizarre Mistakes You Can't Unsee

Cracked: Finding dicks in academia since 1956.


6 Amazingly High-Tech Ancient Weapons

One thing you should never underestimate is mankind's ability to come up with cool-ass ways to kill each other.


5 Real Historical Death Stars (Complete With Baffling Flaws)

Why did the Empire spend all that time and money building the Death Star, only to leave that vulnerable exhaust port wide open? That question marks the end of your naive childhood and the beginning of your life as a cynical adult.


5 Ridiculous Ancient Beliefs That Turned Out to Be True

Once again, the nutbags that are our ancestors beat us to the punch.