Cracked Archive - History

The Weird, Weird Tale Of Mike The Headless Chicken

For all we know, Mike was blessed by some very sick god and could have lived for hundreds of years.


4 Beautifully Dumb Schemes From America's Weirdest Spy Agency

As World War II loomed, President Franklin Roosevelt decided to found the wackiest spy agency in American history.


The Bacon Craze Was Created By Corporate Conspiracy

Healthy diets aren't profitable, so now we have bacon lattes.


When First Invented, Everyone Hated Shopping Carts

You'd think Americans would love anything that let them be lazier.


How A Dead Hobo Helped The Allies Win WWII

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Dead Guy.


Medieval Coats Of Arms Were Way Sillier Than You'd Think

You wouldn’t hang this art on your fridge, let alone your castle walls.


5 Weirdo Crimes You Never See In The Movies

Sometimes, criminal masterminds decide to forgo the drug game for the world of illicit hot dog carts.


For Centuries, We Had Different Calendars (Because People Disliked The Pope)

It might seem impossible for a calendar to be a political hot-button issue.


5 Of Your Favorite Trends Began As Queer Ones

Time to recognize where our trends come from and the trailblazers who were actually responsible for them.


7 Bonkers Backstories To Landmark Supreme Court Cases

Sometimes a case ruling doesn't give you all the crazy details ...


Meet 'Wound Man,' The IKEA Instruction Manual Of Medieval Surgery

This cartoon put the 'practice' in 'surgical malpractice.'


A Short Strange History Of The Real Skulls Used In 'Hamlet'

The most important takeaway here is that Jude Law has a skull guy.


An Ancient Pope Put His Predecessor's Dead Body on Trial (Literally)

It's not unprecedented to put a dead person on trial, but it's pretty rare that the dead person actually appears in court.


55 Ridiculous Stories That Somehow Happened During War

Sometimes, it seems like war is all one big joke.