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While it's easy to point to the House of Commons as the craziest legislative body in the western world, the US Congress is no slouch. Brawls, filibusters, fights, and bizarre bills are among the more outlandish things you may have heard about Congress, and with more than two hundred years of history, Washington has seen it all. The craziest things that happened in Congress went down for all sorts of reasons, though mostly it boils down to a few people really hating each other.

Civil Rights bills, sex scandals, and corruption have provided plenty of impetus for drastic action in the past, much like a call to action against gun violence inspired members of the Senate to stage a sit in on the floor in June 2016. But if you think that was wild, just wait until you see some of the crazy stuff below.


The Craziest Things That Have Ever Happened on the Floor of Congress]]>
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<![CDATA[All of the Detectives from Law & Order, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-law-and-order-detectives/jacob-shelton In Law & Order’s 25 year run on network television, it has introduced viewers to a slew of detectives - some good, some great, and some who are kind of terrible at their job. But despite their failings, and because of their triumphs, everyone has a favorite Law & Order detective. Most of the time, viewers tend to ignore a detective’s ability to do their job in lieu of a juicy storyline or the officer’s charisma. But today, it’s finally time to rank the detectives on Law & Order in order of how they do their job. It’s going to be hard to be impartial, but anytime you find yourself feeling conflicted, just remember: it’s what ADA Casey Novak would do. 

The Law & Order cast is ever-expanding, and constantly adding members to its crew of detectives. Trying to remember who has been on Law & Order can be tough if you don’t have some handy graphics in front you of. So now that you’ve got a list of Law & Order detectives staring you down, it' time to decide who's the best at getting the job done. Will it be Detective Odafin Tutuola, who basically ignored his family for the first few years on the job in order to go undercover as a narcotics officer, or do you think Detective Zack Nichols did a better job while making time to play the piano in his downtime? 

Vote up the very best Law & Order detectives below, and be sure to let us know what your reasoning is in the comment section. 
All of the Detectives from Law & Order, Ranked]]>
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<![CDATA[Possible Names For Beyoncé and Jay Z's Twin Babies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/possibly-beyonce-jay-z-twins-names/carly-silver

When Beyoncé and Jay Z announced they were expecting twins, the world celebrated and wondered how they would follow up an epic moniker like Blue Ivy? No doubt that, like other celebrity babies, the twins will have unique names, but what might those possible baby names be?

Perhaps Queen Bey and the Best Rapper Alive will choose to honor their respective hometowns of Houston and Brooklyn. In fact, on his 2007 track "Hello Brooklyn 2.0," Mr. Carter rhymed, "Hello Brooklyn, if we had a daughter/Guess what I'ma call her - Brooklyn Carter."

Or maybe the royal duo will take a page from their close family members, going with names like Hattie (for Jay's beloved grandmother, who helped to inspire Lemonade) or Celestine, honoring Bey's mom, the lovely Tina Knowles-Lawson, whom the 22-time Grammy Award winner named as her personal hero.

In your opinion, what will Beyoncé and Jay Z name their twins? You can vote up your favorite names for Beyoncé's new babies here!


Possible Names For Beyoncé and Jay Z]]>
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<![CDATA[11 Incredibly Creative Games That Are Great For Stress Relief]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-games-for-pacifists/paul-melio

There's absolutely nothing wrong with a violent videogame, concerned PTA moms aside. There is no reason that you shouldn't be able to relax and unwind with some good ol' fashioned head exploding. However, there are some days you could go without the digital homicide. It's a good thing that there are some excellent peaceful videogames for pacifists.   

The world is full of different people and nuanced situations, so it's only fair that videogames as an art form reflect that fact. There are multiple situations in which you might not want your video fun flavored with blood and guts.  

So whether you want a game you can play with your kids, something to prove to your parents that not all videogames are brutal, or you just want to chill with a group of friends without slaughtering the innocent, these are the non-violent videogames for you! 


11 Incredibly Creative Games That Are Great For Stress Relief]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best SNL Presidential Impressions]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-snl-presidential-impression/lanayoshii

Saturday Night Live has put out some amazing presidential impressions over its tenure. Some were spot on with excellent makeup, while others were just the cast members in a blue suit just mocking the presidents they played.  Which SNL cast member did the best presidential impression?


The Best SNL Presidential Impressions]]>
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<![CDATA[How All the Departed US Presidents Have Died]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/how-the-presidents-died/mel-judson

The death of a president is always a big deal, whether it is unexpected - such as John F. Kennedy's assassination - or predictable, like Ronald Reagan's death after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for ten years. While former presidents always get the full memorial Monty, the death of a sitting president can cause political upheaval as the successor takes the reigns. But just how many US presidents have died? Sure, you probably have a rough idea, but do you know the circumstances of their deaths and the legacy they left behind? 

Looking to the past is crucial to understanding the present. And knowing how all the US presidents died - especially the ones that died in office - can shed some light on our current political situation. In total, 38 US presidents have passed on. Keep reading to learn about all the US president deaths that have happened since the inception of our country.


How All the Departed US Presidents Have Died]]>
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<![CDATA[Who Is Banksy? These 8 Intriguing Theories Might Point To His Identity]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/intriguing-theories-about-who-banksy-is/carly-silver

Perhaps the most famous street artist in the world, the mysterious Banksy has managed to thus far elude the hunt for his real identity. Still, his twenty years in the spotlight have often yielded more focus on his name than his incredible artwork. So just who is Banksy?

The Internet is awash with theories about who Banksy is. Some theorize that Banksy is actually a former British schoolboy-turned-underground artist, while others think that Robert Del Naja of trip-hop group Massive Attack is behind the elusive art. Or perhaps Banksy is actually a woman, not a man at all. Then again, maybe "Banksy" is just another name used by an already famous artist.

Vote up the likeliest candidate behind Banksy's identity here!


Who Is Banksy? These 8 Intriguing Theories Might Point To His Identity]]>
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<![CDATA[15 Comic Book Villains With Horrifying And Heartbreaking Origin Stories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/saddest-supervillain-origin-stories/cynthia-griffith

Comic villains are responsible for some of the most heinous acts in all of fiction. They commit the sorts of graphic crimes that make empathy almost impossible. They engage in criminal activity that can send shivers up the spines of readers. But behind the masks and capes and ghoulish grins lie some of the most sympathetic comic book villain origins you'll ever hear.

Because these characters were crafted in a medium bursting with possibilities, the torture they endured prior to turning to the dark side is often more physically and emotionally extreme then audiences might be used to. Some of your favorite villains were tortured for millions or even billions of years. Subject to rejection, mutilation, starvation, lobotomies and more, it’s difficult at times to determine whether the decisions they make are derived from their own will or from their circumstances. It's often heartbreaking when you really stop and think about the lives of villains in comics. 

In order to understand what fuels the hatred behind the alter egos, it’s best if we get to know them before they were baddies (if that’s even possible). The saddest supervillain origin stories often begin before they had a chance to fight back. You might be surprised to learn that several villains were abused as infants, or slated for punishment before they were born. For many of them, crime was not a choice. It was their only identity. Here are some of the most gut wrenching, cringe inducing, and just straight up saddest supervillain origin stories in history. 


15 Comic Book Villains With Horrifying And Heartbreaking Origin Stories]]>
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<![CDATA[Subtle Signs Your Dog Has No Respect For You]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/does-your-dog-respect-you/jacob-shelton

Dogs rule. Even if you’re a cat person you have to admit that nothing beats the feeling of playing with a sweetie pie dog that loves you, but some dog owners experience control issues with their pups. If you’ve got a new pooch and you’re having trouble trying to get your dog to listen to you then you may be dealing with a lack of respect when it comes to your little buddy. It can be hard to get your dog to respect you, especially if they’re already pushing you around and acting like the alpha in the situation. Respect issues can happen with all dog breeds. If you’re asking yourself, “does my dog respect me?” Then you need to check out this list and see how many of these behaviors that they’re exhibiting.

If your dog doesn't listen, or if you’re main complaint at brunch is “my dog ignores me” then you’re probably dealing with a dog that doesn’t like you and doesn’t see why it should do what you say. The signs your dog respects you are simple. Does he come when you call? Is she calm on walks? Has your vast library of shoes gone largely un-chewed? If not then you may be dealing with a dog who just doesn’t respect you and you need to get that taken care of ASAP. If you’re beginning to suspect that your dog is bossing you around, keep reading and vote on the behaviors that show your doesn’t respect you. 


Subtle Signs Your Dog Has No Respect For You]]>
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<![CDATA[Things Pokemon Go Desperately Needs to Fix ASAP]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-go-problems/nikoberi

Pokemon Go is simultaneously the best and worst Pokemon game ever. On the one hand, it gets people to go outside, wander through the countryside, get lost, and talk to strangers - just like in the game! On the other hand, the game is poorly made. There are a lot of problems with Pokemon Go and it needs a lot of love if it’s going to end up being anything more than just a diversion that people forget about really fast. 

Everyone knows there are a lot of Pokemon Go issues, not the least of which are the Pokemon Go servers. The game has become a pop culture sensation, and the Pokemon Go problem fixes are simply not coming fast enough for ravenous fans. The Internet has been throwing out a lot of Pokemon Go hate because Niantic, the game's developer, has been slow to respond to issues. These are the bad Pokemon Go problems that Niantic needs to fix, like, yesterday. Vote up the issues that frustrate you the most.


Things Pokemon Go Desperately Needs to Fix ASAP]]>
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<![CDATA[12 YouTube Gaming Channels More Entertaining Than PewDiePie]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/underrated-youtube-gaming-channels/ryanbates

Twenty-six-year-old Felix Kjellberg has over 40 million subscribers on his Youtube channel, and most of them probably don't even know his real name. As PewDiePie, Kjellberg has created a video game review empire. In fact, PewDiePie is the number-one channel on YouTube. His videos accumulated over 10 billion views by the end of 2015. The problem here is, they're not all that good. There are so many YouTube gaming channels better than PewDiePie.
 
Known for his high-energy, relentless video style, Kjellberg mostly just plays video games and screams semi-coherently on camera. Unsurprisingly, some people find that irritating. But if you fall into that category, don't worry: there are a lot of gaming YouTube channels better than PewDiePie. There have been some YouTubers cropping up who have consistently been more entertaining than the leader of the “Bro Army.” Here are twelve channels that gamers should be watching that are more entertaining than PewwwwwwwwwDiePIIIIIIIE! (God, that's annoying.) Vote up the most underrated YouTube gaming channels.


12 YouTube Gaming Channels More Entertaining Than PewDiePie]]>
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<![CDATA[The Most Ridiculous Cliche Lines from The Bachelor & The Bachelorette]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bachelor-cliche-lines/amylindorff For approximately one million years, ABC has been blessing reality television viewers, and really anyone who has a spare two hours each week, with the nightmare/majestic beauty that is The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. It's pretty bad, but you know, a few of these people maybe really did find love, and got married, and maybe one couple had a kid? Who can keep track. What we do know, is that every season is almost exactly, delightfully, horribly the same. Every crazy girl and douchy guy who joins the newest season makes a fool of themselves on TV with one of these repeated, cliche lines from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

These great (oops, meant to type ridiculous) lines are peppered throughout every episode of every season of this reality TV juggernaut. You know them. They're ingrained in your love journey-addled brain. Who is here for the right reasons? Who deserves love the most? Who needs a rose the most? Who is ready to face their fears and ride in that damn helicopter, all in the name of finding love?

Whether you believe in the "process" or not, at least five contestants on any given season will remind you that it does, indeed, "work." Still don't believe them? Well, what kind of cold-hearted monster are you? The Bachelor is all about love, okay? Get with the romance program. Then, spend the 35 minutes each episode devotes to telling you what just happened five minutes ago to voting for the most insane, ridiculous, but all too common Bachelor and Bachelorette quotes below.

Did you just think of a great Bachelor cliche that isn't listed yet? Great! Thank you so much! Please add it below and then tell all your 26-year-old dental hygienist friends to read up, and get on this show, so they can also spout the same formulaic nonsense all the other guys and gals do.
The Most Ridiculous Cliche Lines from The Bachelor & The Bachelorette]]>
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<![CDATA[All the Presidential Portraits, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-us-presidential-portraits/steve-wright

You may not realize it, but there are official portraits of every US president. This tradition started with George Washington and has continued into modern times, even with the advent of photography. These official paintings of US presidents have not always been the most attractive or dynamic images you will ever see, but all of the US president portraits were commissioned from the best artists of their day and provide a unique insight into each leader.

When you look through this list of portraits of American presidents, some trends become immediately obvious. In the early paintings, with the ironic exception of Washington himself, the presidents are often painted from the bust up in the classic European portrait style. As the years have gone on, however, all the US president portraits have developed and turned more into works of art than straight depictions.

The best US presidential portraits capture the president as you remember them. Some are iconic, like John F. Kennedy's portrait, while others are seriously weird (is that really what Andrew Jackson looked like? Yikes.) Take a look through this official US president portraits gallery and vote on your favorites.


All the Presidential Portraits, Ranked]]>
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<![CDATA[13 Totally Absurd Themed Cafes That Could Only Be In Japan]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-japanese-themed-cafes/tamar-altebarmakian

If you visited your local Hello Kitty cafe and thought it was a bit too tame for your tastes, these weird Japanese themed cafes will definitely appeal to you. Japan has long been at the forefront of themed cafes and restaurants. For proof, look no further than the cat cafe - what were once only weird cafes in Japan are now popular in countries around the globe. And Japan hasn't stopped there. The country continues to up its game when it comes to entertainment dining.

While the food at these establishments might not always be the most mouth-watering, that’s not really why most people visit these crazy and wildly imaginative eateries. They're about the experience as much as - or maybe even more than - the cuisine. These Japanese theme cafes prove that Japan is not only committed to creating groundbreaking technology or constructing mega arcades, but wholly original dining experiences as well. Read on to see what creative restaurants you should add to your must-visit list.


13 Totally Absurd Themed Cafes That Could Only Be In Japan]]>
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<![CDATA[Old-Timey Hobo Slang You Should Start Using In Your Everyday Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-old-timey-hobo-slang/kellen-perry

Are you tired of 21st century lingo like woke, fleek, tho, adorbs, or [INSERT HOT NEW SLANG HERE]? Maybe it's time to borrow a corn liquor-soaked page from late 19th- and early 20th-century vagrants and start using some old-timey hobo slang!

Not all hobo terminology or historical hobo words are fit for 21st-century sensibilities, however. Telling your friends you'll meet them in the "lee of a reefer," as cool as that sounds, is meaningless unless you are literally going to join them in a refrigerated boxcar. There are also some things hobos used to say that are unforgivably racist and better left unmentioned. But the list below features some hot hobo slang you can safely integrate into your day-to-day life.

So go twist a dream (if you're so inclined), pour a hot cup of pile driver, and check out some of the best hobo slang to bump gums with your friends about.


Old-Timey Hobo Slang You Should Start Using In Your Everyday Life]]>
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<![CDATA[10 Pretty Good Adaptations Of Stephen King Novels You Should Watch Right Now]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/decent-stephen-king-movie-adaptations/justin-andress

Given his long and incredibly prolific career, it seems a pretty safe bet to call Stephen King the most successful popular writer of his generation. Since storming the literary world in 1974 with his self-assured debut novel Carrie, King’s books have been adored by a worldwide legion of fans. As a writer, King has demonstrated keen skill with comedy, action, drama, and (of course) horror. His stories are littered with memorable characters, haunting locations, and instances of stark brutality

King's writing has so impacted the public imagination that Hollywood has long turned to his work for inspiration. Seriously, even if you’ve never read a Stephen King novel, odds are you’re familiar with his writing through one of his numerous big (and small) screen adaptations. His work has inspired some of the best movies in history.

And since you’ve heard of most of them — Shawshank Redemption, Misery, The Shining, Stand By Me — there's no need to belabor the point by talking about them further. Stephen Kings books have been adapted frequently enough that there are tons of pretty good Stephen King adaptations to fawn over (even barring his most famous work).   

Okay, fair warning, if you’re allergic to cheese or movies from the '80s, you might want to look elsewhere for your King film fix. That shouldn’t be too hard, because the Master of Horror has a lot of legitimately exceptional adaptations of his work bouncing around.

However, if you’re willing to simply enjoy yourself and watch a movie with a decent story and some moment-to-moment excellence, then here are some fun flicks based on the works of the world’s most popular writer.

Also, mild spoilers ahead. You know, if you care about that kind of stuff.  


10 Pretty Good Adaptations Of Stephen King Novels You Should Watch Right Now]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best All-Time Super Bowl Halftime Performers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-all-time-super-bowl-halftime-performer/randolph Who is the best all-time Super Bowl halftime performer? Super Bowl halftime performers include some of the musical giants in the industry: Legendary performers who gave their all to put on (all too brief) concerts during halftime of one of the world's most watched sporting events. For those who stuck around in front of the TV, the spectacle made it all worth it. I've listed many of the biggest performers here, along with videos of the Super Bowl halftime shows (when possible), so be sure to vote for your favorite. If you hated the performer, vote them down, by all means.

For decades, halftime at the Super Bowl featured boring performances with marching bands, Up with People (!) and other bizarre, dull displays. That all changed with Michael Jackson's Super Bowl XXVII performance at the Rose Bowl in 1993. Jackson put on a heck of a show and the ratings were huge. From there on out, the Super Bowl began to feature bigger and bigger names. In recent years, shows featuring the likes of U2, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have kept sports fans glued to their TV sets, instead of heading out to get more beer and tortilla chips/dip for the second half of the football game.

The most controversial halftime performance ever is an easy one: that would be 2004, in Houston, Texas, for Super Bowl XXXVII. Yes, the whole Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake debacle. J.T. informed Ms. Jackson that he'd have her "naked by the end of this song" and by God, he delivered on that promise - accidentally ripping part of Jackson's costume and exposing her right breast. Those who watched, millions, were suddenly contemplating the merits of nipple jewelry. Definitely a performance for the ages.

But who was the best ever? Vote up your favorites here.

The Best All-Time Super Bowl Halftime Performers]]>
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<![CDATA[14 Extremely Stupid Dieting Fads From History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-diet-trends-and-fads-from-history/lea-rose-emery

There's no shortage of weird diet trends. Whether you want to eat like a caveman, only eat super foods, or cleanse yourself within an inch of godliness, there's some diet out there for you - along with, of course, some annoying friend who has nothing else to talk about besides their latest all-juice fast. But it's not just a modern problem. Although the most common fad diets you've heard about may have been Atkins and gluten-free, you may be surprised to hear what came before. These crazy diets aren't new - and neither is the idea of celebrity trend setters influencing what people eat. There have been plenty of weird diet fads for centuries, some so disgusting they make a maple syrup, lemon, and cayenne pepper drink look downright scrumptious. 

Don't get any ideas, because some of the crazy diets on this list are also downright dangerous. What these diets demonstrate is just how far (and how illogical) people will go in order to lose a few pounds. Most of these will make you grateful for Weight Watchers, because counting points is way better than poisoning yourself to speed up your metabolism. (Yup, that really happened.) The search for the miracle diet has been going on for centuries, and it continues. Until it's discovered, we'll all just have to keep suffering through brick-flavored gluten free bread. 


14 Extremely Stupid Dieting Fads From History]]>
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<![CDATA[The Greatest Super Bowl Matchups of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-super-bowl-matchups-of-all-time/ranker-nfl A list of the greatest Super Bowl matchups of all time. Since the first Super Bowl in 1967, teams from the AFC (formerly AFL) and NFC (formerly NFL) have battled it out to see who could take the Vince Lombardi trophy back to their respective cities. The Super Bowl will usually pit the best two teams in the NFL against one another, and often times, the game is almost as good as the hype. There are some games that rise above others and are considered the greatest Super Bowls of all time. But not surprisingly, fans cannot agree what game is the truly the best ever.

There are plenty of great ones to choose from. Who can forget the classic tussles between the Cowboys and Steelers, Giants and Patriots, and the 49ers and Bengals? These teams have met multiple times (so have the Cowboys and Bills), and the games were considered instant classics. The same goes for the epic Super Bowl XLIII, which saw the Steelers and Cardinals battle in a back-and-forth tilt, with the Steelers pulling out a victory in the final minute of a game that had multiple lead changes in the final quarter.

The best Super Bowl games of all time should be judged by the quality of team, not by who you like the most. Don't worry, no one will know if you vote for a Steelers game if you're a Ravens or Browns fan, and the same goes if you're a Bears fan who upvotes a game the Packers played in. Just be sure to vote on the greatest Super Bowl based on the game itself, not the teams that played in it. There are some excellent choices to select, so you really can't go wrong, unless you pick one of the early snoozefests.

This is the list of the greatest Super Bowl match-ups of all time. You really can't go wrong by choosing any of these games, but be sure to vote wisely.
The Greatest Super Bowl Matchups of All Time]]>
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<![CDATA[Which Nerd Favorite Has The Most Annoying Damn Fans?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/nerdy-things-with-annoying-fans/jonah-dorrance

When it comes to their favorite franchises, geeks mean business.

The shows, films, comics, and video games on this list inspired incredibly dedicated fans, whose unparalleled enthusiasm led to numerous spin-offs and reboots, and countless flamewars. These fandoms are rife with ship wars, pretentious hierarchies, aggressive idolization of actors, or stubborn arguments about the "best" generation. These intense fandoms have the potential to keep otherwise levelheaded enthusiasts from enjoying these series, and may even scare off new fans who were just looking for something fresh in their Netflix queue.

While these nerd favorites are near and dear to many hearts and boast the longest lines Comic-con has ever seen, it’s best to tread their fandoms lightly, or risk losing not only your interest, but your temper.


Which Nerd Favorite Has The Most Annoying Damn Fans?]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-movies-roger-ebert-gave-four-stars/film-snob List of movies Roger Ebert gave four stars, ranked best to eh. This is NOT a complete list of all of Roger Ebert's four star movies. In fact, the famous critic gave nearly 1,000 movies 4-star reviews in his 46 year career writing for The Chicago Sun Times, many of which have long since dropped from the collective consciousness. So this list doesn't include all of them, but (hopefully) all of the ones you have actually heard of, plus a few that you should consider watching. If I missed any important ones, feel free to add them!

For the record, Roger Ebert was not a fan of ranked movie lists, but he did make one, once, in 2012. In alphabetical order, Roger Ebert's favorite films were:

2001: A Space Odyssey
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Apocalypse Now
Citizen Kane
La Dolce Vita
The General
Raging Bull
Tokyo Story
The Tree of Life
Vertigo
The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars]]>
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<![CDATA[35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/books-people-lie-about-reading/jacob-shelton

As you slide comfortably into being an adult, one fact quickly becomes evident: everyone is a big fat liar, especially when it comes to discussing impressive books to read. Not only are there too many life-affirming books out in the world to read in one lifetime, but there are also a bunch of books that become a part of the social zeitgeist, and if you don’t read them you’ll be left out of the cultural conversation. The books people lie about reading tend to be considered classics, but they’re also massive tomes that are responsible for destroying an entire forest. Some books people claim to have read would make better doorstops than they would entertainment, but you should still act as if you’ve devoured every page. If you don’t lie about some of these books, what are you going to have to talk about?

There are so many intelligent and cool people out in the world, and every single one of them says they have read all of the most important books. You know how you lie about what you scored on your SATs? Well you should also do that with literature. This list of books you should say you've read makes it easy for you to fool your friends and strangers alike. Because if you do come across someone who has actually read all of these books they’re not going to be able to keep the plot points separated in their heads long enough to call you on your BS. Keep reading to see all the books people pretend to have read – and then maybe actually read one of them. 


35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading]]>
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<![CDATA[15 Museums In America You Won't Believe Actually Exist]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/strangest-us-museums/amandasedlakhevener

Most museums are the same - they contain ordinary stuff (but, you know, old), paintings and sculptures and whatnot, or long dead organisms stuffed and/or propped up for our amusement. Honestly, they can be pretty overrated. As much as we want to seem cultured and sophisticated, it all gets pretty old hat after a while. Some museums, however, are different. Some museums are actually super f*cking interesting.

There are freaky museums (filled with weird things that might haunt your dreams) all across America. Dead bodies, aliens, bananas, pretty much everything that's strange and thought-provoking has a museum out there somewhere. And they are definitely worth checking out. Add some of these stops to your next road trip, and you'll be able to brag that you spent time at some of these strange destinations! 


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<![CDATA[The Best Mall Stores from the 2000s That No Longer Exist]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/long-gone-mall-stores-from-the-2000s/cehudspeth Difficult as it may be to accept, some of the stores that were staples of your childhood and teenage years haven't survived the test of time. Some of the best mall stores in the 2000s are now a distant memory. Retail stores, clothing stores, video stores – they may have been crazy popular a decade ago or barely clinging to life, but they all met the same fate in the end.

Sadly, we're all to blame. When was the last time you shopped at 2000s clothing stores like Limited Too or Anchor Blue? Or bought a gift for your dad at The Sharper Image? It turns out, it's been quite a while, since all of those are stores went out of business in the new Millennium.

Pull out your Sam Good CDs and put on your best Mervyn's outfit, these are the best of the best mall stores that no longer existent.

The Best Mall Stores from the 2000s That No Longer Exist]]>
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<![CDATA[The Coolest Things a New President Gets to Do]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-a-new-president-gets-to-do/mike-rothschild The tasks of a newly elected president run from ceremonial pomp to vitally important functions of the Executive Branch. Immediately after being elected, the president-elect starts a crash course in not just how to be president, but in articulating what they'll do in office. They have to handle everything from moving their clothes to mastering the complex system in place for launching nuclear missiles.

Among the things new presidents do are get through the ceremonies of their inauguration, such as their speech and parade, having a last meeting with the outgoing president, swearing in their cabinet, pushing through the first changes they want to make, and maybe most importantly, being given "the biscuit" - the card that contains the codes they'd use to usher in World War III.

Here are some of the coolest and most important things new presidents do when they take office.

The Coolest Things a New President Gets to Do]]>
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<![CDATA[Archie Comics That Prove Archie Is Smarter Than You Think]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/archie-comics-that-are-smart/jacob-shelton To most comic readers, Archie is one of the vanilla characters to ever grace the comic book rack. In fact, when Archie made his first appearance in 1941 that was the whole point: to have a character that squares could relate to, taking their minds off of World War II and the atrocities that followed. But as time moved on and new authors began to work for the Archie Publishing Company, the stories began to change from tales of a wholesome American town to an almost unintelligible pastiche of superhero crossovers, topical issues, rock bands that formed out of nowhere, and even zombies. If you’ve never read the series, and you’re wondering, “What are Archie comics about?” The answer is nothing. And kind of everything.

It was probably never anyone’s intention to make Archie Comics smart, at least not until the late '80s - and even then the Archie writers had to be covert about what they were doing. It wasn’t until around 2010 when they began to fully let their freak flags fly. The began to tackle issues like gay marriage and gender dysphoria, along with stories where Sabrina the Teenage Witch brings Jughead’s dog back to life. And then they would reset the whole thing and start over again, just because they felt like it. Not only is this some of the most interesting storytelling in the history of comic books, but it proves that Archie is a lot of smarter than you think.

Vote up the issues you think prove that Archie Comics are smarter than they let on, and if you have a favorite story about the Riverdale Gang, let us know!
Archie Comics That Prove Archie Is Smarter Than You Think]]>
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<![CDATA[17 Of The Best Side Jobs For Millennials]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-side-hustles-for-thirsty-millennials/jacob-shelton

If you haven’t heard, millennials are broke. And the only 20 and early 30-somethings who are actually keeping their heads above water are doing so because they’ve figured out the best side hustles for making a nominal amount of cash. Side hustles, or an extra job for all you grandpas out there, are how millennials make money – because they definitely can’t afford rent, bills, and a weekly brunch on whatever salary their normal job provides. The economy is always in flux, but the 2008 housing crisis forced everyone to either take on a second job, or to change their retirement plans indefinitely. In its most simplistic terms, that means that there were no “real” jobs waiting for millennials when they got out of college. Now the only way to live is to adopt a side hustle. Are you ready to step into the world of millennial finances?

The most important part about having a side hustle is for you not to be embarrassed about having to make some money on the side. (Hey, some people even like their side hustle so much they can quit their job.) Anyone who says they don’t have to tighten their belts is either lying through their teeth or they have a trust fund and they’ll be feeling the burden soon enough. Whether you’re a millennial looking for ideas on how to make some extra money on the side, or you’re just intrigued at what young people are doing for money, all of these are earnest, and viable ways of making a living in a time when it’s very hard to make money. Vote on the best side hustles for millennials, that is if you have the time to take a break from one of your three jobs. 


17 Of The Best Side Jobs For Millennials]]>
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<![CDATA[What Promises Do You Think Trump Will Really Deliver on as President?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/donald-trump-policies/jacob-shelton

Donald Trump has been elected the President of the United States of America (let that sink in), and he’s expected to deliver on the promises he made during the campaign. Even with a conservative House and Senate, getting anything done in Washington is a Sisyphean task, and the things Trump can accomplish as president will likely be the things that can be taken care of with as little blowback as possible. While campaigning, he made a lot of vague promises to a lot of people, but the policies Trump will enact are still up in the air. Will there be a ban on Muslims? Will he attempt to tackle Syria? When it comes to Donald Trump, you just never know.

Think about it, what will Trump accomplish in the White House? Leading up to his win, he not only promised to implement tax reform, but to restructure the healthcare system, build a wall between the US and Mexico, and put Hillary Clinton in prison; but there are only so many pet projects he can have. For instance, President Obama spent both of his terms in office trying to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and failed to do so. It’s likely that Trump is going to see the same outcome for some of his more personal policies. So what do you think he’s going to actually get done?

Vote up the policies you think Donald Trump will actually be able to enact in the White House.


What Promises Do You Think Trump Will Really Deliver on as President?]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/underrated-current-tv-shows/evan-lambert

Some of the best shows on TV right now in 2016-2017 are criminally underrated and not watched by nearly enough people. Sure, you've heard of How to Get Away with Murder, Empire, Game of Thrones, and all those other great, über-popular shows. But have you heard of Other Space12 Monkeys? Didn't think so. Here to solve this very pressing problem, is this list of unknown or underrated TV shows you should be watching right now, if anything just to shake things up a bit.

Some of the shows on this list are fairly standard genre shows like crime thrillers and supernatural tween rom-coms, but each of the television series listed here are uniquely memorable and entertaining. It's truly amazing and baffling that these shows have managed to fly under the radar, but once you read about these underrated series you should be watching, maybe they'll gain at least one new fan.

Looking for some new TV show suggestions for this coming Saturday night? Maybe check out that Gillian Anderson thriller that everyone's been talking about over in Britain. (Hint: It's not The X-Files.) Or maybe you can keep it light and watch some adorable current underrated shows on the CW, like iZombie or Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. There are so many under the radar TV shows out there that deserve more viewers and more buzz.

Go on and celebrate underrated television by voting up your favorite under-the-radar shows! (But only if you've seen them ... which, again, is part of the problem!!)


The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching]]>
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<![CDATA[The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/top-nba-players-with-no-championships List of the greatest NBA basketball players of all time who never won a championship ring. Though winning a championship is the ultimate goal of any team in any league, often circumstances conspire to keep even the most elite athletes from actually making it to that pinnacle of achievement. Thus, it has become a known and accepted truth that there must be other ways to measure the greatness of a basketball icon other than counting up their actual championship record. A number of lesser players whose names have been all but forgotten to history have collected more rings than legends like Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Reggie Miller.

But what other measurements can be used to evaluate the dominance of a given player, if not by the rings on their fingers? Perhaps participation in NBA All Star competitions? Their central importance to a particular team or city? It'd be hard to argue against the greatness of six-time NBA All Star Shawn Kemp, nor to deny his integral position on the '90s Seattle Sonics. Yet in may ways because of the dominance of MIchael Jordan's Bulls dynasty, Kemp was never part of a championship team. Today, many fans have been looking to LeBron James as an example of a famed, iconic player who nevertheless can't seem to find himself in a position to actually take an NBA title. (He was first tied to his lackluster hometown Cavaliers, and then played on a somewhat disappointing star-studded Miami Heat roster.)

Below, vote for your favorite players who never managed to clinch a championship victory. And if you think a key player has been left off the list, add them by making your own re-ranked version. Thanks to your votes, we'll create a list of the best NBA players without a ring.

The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings]]>
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<![CDATA[Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth the Wait]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/long-awaited-sequels-that-were-worth-the-wait/jtdesaulnier A list of cinematic sequels that hit theaters after long stretches of franchise inactivity, with the best and worst ranked by savvy movie buffs. Hollywood sometimes has a hard time continuing a series, even one that sounds like a guaranteed blockbuster. With films that take forever to get made, all those years spent in development hell can heighten hype as well as the potential for spectacular flops. 

Jurassic World arrives more than two decades after the original and just shy of 15 years after the last Jurassic Park, and all that time riding the proverbial bench means outsized expectations like those that accompanied long-delayed chapters like Toy Story 3, Mad Max: Fury Road, and, of course, The Godfather: Part III


This kind of film is like running into an old friend you haven't seen in years: either you're reminded of all the good times you shared or you're embarrassed to have ever been associated with them. So where do these sometimes classic and occasionally notorious movies that really took their sweet time coming to theaters rank when stacked against each other?

Vote up the sequels that were worth the wait, vote down each film that dashed hopes and brought shame to the originals. Your votes will make it clear which franchises aged like fine wines and which sequels arrived way after their expiration dates.

Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth the Wait]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Astronaut Autobiographies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-astronaut-autobiographies/amylindorff Going to space is probably pretty life-changing, so it's really no surprise that a bunch of NASA astronauts have written autobiographies and books about their time in space. Where should you start if you're interested in space travel and want to read an astronaut autobiography? The books by astronauts on this list are just the best and are all fun reads for anyone with even a passing interest in outer space. Which should be everyone, because what an amazing place full of mystery.

These astronaut autobiographies are full of stories and details about what happened to these incredible scientist explorers during their time off the planet we all call home. Some of them were pioneers in the early days of NASA, some of them went to the moon, some of them got out an walked around when they got there, and some of them almost didn't make it home. However, they all returned to Earth with fascinating stories to tell and unique perspectives on life and the universe that all humans can benefit from reading about.

Some of these books written by astronauts are easily the best biography books around. Go ahead and read The Last Man on the Moon and try to not get both teary-eyed and amped up about the future of space exploration. After you've read these NASA books and upvoted the best of them below, give these autobiographies of astronauts to your kids, your friends, your mom, and just about anyone you know. You (and they) won't regret it.
The Best Astronaut Autobiographies]]>
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<![CDATA[The Funniest Running Jokes on It's Always Sunny]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/always-sunny-running-jokes/stephen-tompkins With over 10 seasons on the books, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, has established itself as one of the mainstays of modern comedy. Over those double digit seasons, IASiP has some of the funniest and lasting running gags and running jokes on television.

Take for instance Charlie's illiteracy; it could have easily been a one-off joke, but the gang has stretched it over the course of every season, and it's still as funny now as it was the first time it came up. There are plenty more running gags from the Sunny writers where that came from, so take a moment to vote up your favorite It's Always Sunny running jokes below!
The Funniest Running Jokes on It]]>
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<![CDATA[All the Actors Who Have Played Martin Luther King, Jr., Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/martin-luther-king-jr-actors/ranker-film Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a giant impact in the history of America with his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. It comes as no surprise that King's personality, story, and dream would be touched upon in various forms of popular culture. But which actors have had the skill and the presence to play the good doctor?

Over the past 50 years, there have been several actors who played MLK in film, television, or on the stage. There are even a few who voiced him in cartoons. In fact, those were some of the best MLK performances. Whether it was a serious portrayal of the man or satire that paid respect to his legacy, here's a definitive ranking of all the best actors who portrayed Martin Luther King Jr. Vote up your favorite.

All the Actors Who Have Played Martin Luther King, Jr., Ranked]]>
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<![CDATA[The Most Over-the-Top Hilarious Touchdown Celebrations of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-nfl-touchdown-celebrations/jacob-shelton

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t remember a time in the NFL before end zone celebrations (and if you do, then take a nap, Grandpa). End zone celebrations became a thing in the late '80s with ball-spiking and slowly ramped up into incredibly elaborate performances based around players machine-gunning each other or trying to topple a field goal post with their masculinity and touchdown prowess.

The NFL finally started handing out fines for excessive celebrations, but that hasn’t stopped players from getting H.A.M. after an especially good play. For some players, the $10,000 fine (!) is totally worth twerking in the end zone, or taking a phone call after scoring six quick points, but you know there’s at least one player on this list who’s regretting their celebration now that they want to buy a new jet ski.

It’s ridiculous to tell an adult football player that he’s being over the top after scoring a touchdown. When your adrenaline is through the roof, and you’ve just caught a 47-yard pass or barreled through a defensive line to turn your enemies into dust, you have to let off steam somehow, or else the one thing you love will quickly become a joyless slog like the rest of your life. These touchdown celebrations may be over the top, but most of them were well-earned.


The Most Over-the-Top Hilarious Touchdown Celebrations of All Time]]>
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<![CDATA[Charlie's Greatest Inventions from Always Sunny, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/always-sunny-charlie-inventions/oliverhanson Charlie Kelly from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is probably one of the most outrageous, and greatest comedic characters in television history. Aside from his general manic behavior and ability to turn very small things into very big things, Charlie is also known for his zany creations throughout the show. Some of them are ridiculous, others are hilariously practical, but they're all always perfectly Charlie.

So why not rank some of the greatest Always Sunny inventions, specifically Charlie's inventions, dreamed up either alone or with other members of the gang. While all the main characters are weirdos capable of delightfully strange inventions, Charlie's are usually the most out-there. Fear not: the It's Always Sunny Kitten Mittens will definitely be making an appearance here.

Check out the greatest IASIP inventions from the show's history, including Charlie's craziest and most beloved creations, and be sure to vote up the best ones of them all.

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<![CDATA[The 25+ Most Anticipated Video Games of 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-exciting-video-games-of-2017/justin-andress

It’s going to be a good year for gamers of all stripes, folks. Whether you’re a traditional couch potato (represent!) or one of those newfangled motion gamers, the upcoming video games in 2017 have a lot of goodies in store. Even better, the hits are going to keep coming all year long, not just October through December. New video game releases are going to drop throughout the year.

Hell, 2017 might even be the year that VR becomes worth the considerable investment it requires. 

Whether you’re looking to tackle an uncharted region of space, beat the crap out of massive, pissed-off gods, or you’re simply hoping to take another trip through the Old West, 2017’s video games have you covered.

Yet, between all the first-person shooters, the upcoming fighting games, the VR experiments, and the brand new open worlds to explore, which of the upcoming titles are you most excited for? It’s already a pitched battle for year’s best and the choice isn’t going to get any easier between here and next December.

But isn’t that just a wonderful cross to bear?


The 25+ Most Anticipated Video Games of 2017]]>
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<![CDATA[16 Great Anime You Can't Watch on Crunchyroll]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/great-anime-not-on-crunchyroll/crystal-brackett

There's a whole world of anime out there, not just what's playing on the super-popular anime streaming service Crunchyroll. With a variety of other digital platforms that publish their own original anime series and, of course, the open frontier of the Internet, there's a nearly endless catalog of anime out there to look through. But with so much out there, a truly great one can be hard to find. This is a list of popular and obscure anime that's not on Crunchyroll, so vote up the best series and movies you think others should check out, and vote down the ones that aren't so great.

From highly revered cult classics to undiscovered gems, there's something for everyone on this list. Dystopian sci-fi futures, slice-of-life comedies, and existential mecha smash-hits are all out there waiting for you and, while they may be on this list, they're just not on Crunchyroll.


16 Great Anime You Can]]>
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<![CDATA[Signs That You Have a Serious Target Addiction]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/signs-you-have-a-target-addiction/mel-judson

It’s time to talk. You've had too much. Everyone is extremely concerned about your compulsive, and self-destructive behavior. You should probably stop going to Target so much. Don’t you get it? People are worried about you. Sure, everyone knows it's the cheapest place to buy all your toiletries, the best value for your buck, and kind of a nice place to be if you like red and khaki. But guess what? Heroin is also all of those things. Or at least one of those things. Target was designed to trick gullible people who love deals into walking into the store with the idea of buying a comforter, and leaving with hundreds of dollars worth of items that they really don’t need. You’re destroying yourself and your bank account with this Target mania. It’s time you took a step back.

If someone you know or love exhibits any of the following signs they’re probably addicted to going to Target, and they definitely need help. But before you intervene you should have them pick up a couple of bags of Target’s “Tex-Mex” trail mix, it’s too good to deny. You might also need a scented candle. And just one pair of silly socks. Okay and just one little new lampshade and matching rug. That's all. If you feel like any of the following Target addiction hints describe your existence, then the first thing you need to do is admit you have a problem, turn over any gift cards you’re hiding in your wallet, and vote up the signs that made you realized you were addicted to shopping at Target.


Signs That You Have a Serious Target Addiction]]>
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<![CDATA[The Stupidest, Least Dignified Ways Royals Have Died]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/stupidest-ways-royals-have-died-in-history/setareh-janda

The royal houses of Europe have had a bloody history. From battles to coups and assassinations, kings and queens have suffered deaths ranging from the serene to the ridiculous. After all, death is central to the idea of monarchy: new kings and queens can ascend the throne only once their predecessor has died. Monarchy itself is built on the condition of death.

But that does not mean that all royal deaths are dignified. Some kings and queens have gone gently into that dark night after respectable illnesses. Others have been victims of political struggles. Still others have not been as lucky in death, and they exemplify some of the stupidest ways royals have died. Like royals who had terrible portraits, bizarre obsessions, or were just plain weird, these dumbest royal deaths are more examples of the ways in which monarchs have been absolutely ridiculous throughout history.

The stupidest royal deaths prove that, at the end of the day, men and women who sit on thrones and wear ancient crowns are no more or less human than the people over whom they claim authority. Some of the dumbest ways royals have died also happen to be some of the most entertaining. 


The Stupidest, Least Dignified Ways Royals Have Died]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Twin Peaks Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-twin-peaks-characters/ranker-tv

One of the creepiest shows on television, Twin Peaks was also a cult favorite TV show, and hardcore fans simply can't get enough. Filled with colorful characters (either real or supernatural), the world of Twin Peaks is certainly unique, and a little odd. Some of the best characters in TV history hailed from the town of Twin Peaks, and lovable oddballs like Dale Cooper, Andy Brennan, and fan favorite The Log Lady are still loved by fans to this day.

Who are the best characters from Twin Peaks? From Audrey Horne to Bob, each of the show's character had an important role to play over the course of the show. Creator David Lynch himself even appears on this list, as Agent Cooper's superior office, Gordon Cole. Other notable big names, like David Duchovny, showed up here and there, as Denise/Dennis Bryson. From main characters like Harry S. Truman and Ben Horne, to more minor characters, this list lets you rank your favorite Twin Peaks citizens.

Is your favorite resident of Twin Peaks missing from the list? Add him or her below to make this a truly comprehensive list of the greatest Twin Peaks characters. Who killed Laura Palmer? It was one of the characters below, but we won't spoil it for you. Just enjoy the list.


The Best Twin Peaks Characters]]>
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<![CDATA[The 10 Most Overused Tropes in Supernatural Drama Shows]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/overused-tropes-in-supernatural-tv/stewart-chyou

Sci-fi and occult dramas became so pervasive in the wake of Buffy's success they're not even a guilty pleasure anymore, just mainstream entertainment with a nerd slant. Whether you tune in to paranormal thrillers like Lucifer, Grimm, or Sleepy Hollow, or are doing your annual marathon of favorite DVD box sets like Buffy, Angel, or Charmed, you'll notice there are things every supernatural show does, points at which the narrative gets predictable. As loveable as the genre is, it's filled repetitive themes in need of a switch-up. Here you'll find a host of tropes that are way overused in sci-fi and fantasy. Dear show runners, like, seriously, as fans, not haters, can we stop using these tropes now?

Unlike deathfests such as The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, supernatural dramas don't traffic in the veneration of cruelty. Fans of the likes of Heroes aren't subjected to a litany of favorite-character deaths or forced into situations in which heavy choices must be made, at least not until the end of the show's run. It’s a genre you can consider safe, the fans of which viewers get their jollies without being emotionally destroyed. That said, your patience might be shredded; the genre is plagued with tropes that just won't die.

Ah, but, counter argument: tropes are (perhaps a very large) part of why audiences love these shows. The comfort of the familiar, the epic journey of the hero, the satisfaction of seeing obstacles overcome and lessons learned. Don't forget to add your favorite trope in the comments below, if it didn't make its way on here. 


The 10 Most Overused Tropes in Supernatural Drama Shows]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Current College Football Coaches]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-college-football-coaches/ranker-college-football

The best college football coaches are not just the best NCAA Football coaches going into the 2016-2017 college football season, but also some of the best college football coaches of all time. These talented football coaches are all looking to lead their team to greatness in the upcoming season and the chances that one will hoist the championship trophy is highly likely.

With three national championships with the Alabama Crimson Tide since 2009, it's hard to make a case that anyone other than Nick Saban is the best current college football coach. Thought he could also be considered one of the worst NFL coaches of all time, his success coaching in the college ranks simply cannot be rivaled.

That said, there are dozens of other coaches looking to unthrone Saban as the top current NCAA Football coach. Bill Snyder of Kansas State, Brian Kelly of Notre Dame, Steve Spurrier of South Carolina and even Urban Meyer of Ohio State are all in the hunt and the chances that one of their teams will meet the Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship Game are pretty good.

How you select the best college football coaches of today can come from a variety of factors be it win-loss record, a big victory over your most-hated rival or just being the main man leading your favorite team down the field. However you rank them, do so below by voting, re-ranking this list or adding any not already listed to determine the absolute best current college football coaches.


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<![CDATA[The Saddest Animal Death Scenes in Movies That Make You Cry Like a Baby]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/saddest-animal-deaths-in-movies/katia-kleyman

Why do animal deaths in movies make us so sad? Like blubbering, stammering, sobbing-mess kind of sad? Everyone hates seeing sad animal deaths in movies. It’s because animals are pure, sweet, and love us unconditionally. Sad animal movies affect a certain part of the heart. And animal movie death scenes are a whole other level of emotional.

For everyone there's those heart-wrenching animal death scenes that, despite how hard you try, you can never forget. These movies transport you back to a time when you were a kid, or maybe to a time where you were an adult crying in your living room by yourself. These are tragic animals deaths that'll have you bawling like a child. Fair warning: you might want to have a box of tissues handy for this list.


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<![CDATA[The Worst Things That Could Happen If You Go Outside]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-things-that-could-happen-if-you-go-outside/jacob-shelton Anxiety is harsh mistress. Actually it’s not even a mistress. That would imply that anxiety is sometimes nice to have around. Anxiety is more like a guy standing across the street from you with a baseball bat, pounding it into his palm and screaming at you. That is to say that even if you’re not gripped with terror at this exact moment, you know at some point that you’re going to be getting smashed over the head with a baseball bat made of stress. One of the largest causes of anxiety for anxious people is having to leave your home. Obviously you feel safe in your house or apartment – that’s where your bed and Netflix live, why would anything bad happen there? This list is all about the things outside your apartment. You guessed it, it’s the worst things that could happen if you go outside.

One of the major things that people who don’t live with anxiety don’t understand is that those of us who are dealing with anxiety, know that these fears are irrational. No one (that we know of at least) is hanging out at home saying to themselves, “thank goodness I’m afraid that someone is going to kidnap me, I really didn’t want to go to that party.” If we could create a graph of anxiety for someone who’s never felt it, it would be a giant 3D feedback loop of terror, shame, and sadness.

Vote up the worst things that you think can happen to you if you leave the house, aka things people with anxiety don't want, aka the worst things that could happen. And if you have an all new anxiety that we haven’t thought of, please add it to the list so we can have yet another reason to stay indoors.
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<![CDATA[The Most Anticipated Movies of 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/upcoming-movies-2017/ranker-film

With a total of 65 movies grossing over $100 million worldwide and a variety of box office records, 2016 set the bar high for this year's films. Luckily, the most anticipated movies of 2017 feature sequels fans can't miss out on and several long-awaited reboots. Mark your calendars: this is a list of upcoming 2017 movies you'll want to catch in theaters. Once again, superhero movies are surely to top the list of this year's upcoming films. On November 17, DC superheroes like Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash will finally share the screen for Justice League. Gal Gadot will also be making her lead debut in the female superhero movie Wonder Woman. However, Marvel will also be releasing a few of their own, including the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming starring Tom Holland as the web-slinger and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with Chris Pratt.  

In addition to Cars 3, Pixar will unveil Coco, their latest original movie, on November 22. Gru and his Minions are also returning for Despicable Me 3 where they will face a new supervillain voiced by South Park co-creator Trey Parker. 

Hollywood studios are still pumping out sequels and reboots. Vin Diesel is back for The Fate of the Furious, the eighth movie in the action franchise. On June 9, The Mummy gets a re-imagining with Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe starring. We also can't forget about Star Wars: Episode VIII, which stars the late Carrie Fisher. 

Which of 2017's best upcoming movies are you most excited for? Vote for the highly anticipated movies that you won't be missing this year. 


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<![CDATA[Things Only People Who Fall Asleep to Law & Order: SVU Understand]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/falling-asleep-during-law-and-order-svu-feelings/mel-judson

In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. And if you’re a normal human being, you fall asleep to them almost ever damn night. Falling asleep with Law & Order: SVU on is something that everyone from famous comedians, to people in your office do, and it’s strange that a show about the most heinous crimes known to man is so comforting to people who are drifting off to sleep. Sleeping to Law & Order should be something that only serial killers do, but thanks to the long-running show's stranglehold on television and every streaming service, there’s actually nothing better to lull you to sleep.

One of the signs you watch too much Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is that you don't own a white noise machine. Where some people turn on a fan or humidifier to help them konk out, you fire up your trusty laptop and choose a new nightmare to play every night to coax the sandman out of the sky. Whether you’re someone who uses SVU to fall asleep, or you just marathon it like a monster, there are some Law and Order-based behaviors on this list that you’ll surely recognize.


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<![CDATA[Who Is America's Girlfriend in 2017?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/americas-girlfriend-2017/mel-judson

These female celebrities are the most desirable girlfriends of America, but only one can be American's girlfriend in 2017. The talented girls on this list are currently the most popular celebrity women who are well-liked by generally everyone. Which female celeb would make the best gal pal? 

This year, there is a lot of competition for America's 2017 girlfriend, so choose wisely. It might be one of your favorite actresses like the down-to-earth Jennifer Lawrence or the ever stylish Emma Watson. Are you dreaming about having a karaoke session with Selena Gomez or Ariana Grande? Or maybe you'd prefer shopping at the mall with Kendall Jenner or Gigi Hadid? When you have the perfect girlfriend, it doesn't matter what you do together! 

If you don't see your #girlcrush or your dream bae on this list, add her! You can even add a boy if you think he would make a great girlfriend. It can be any celebrity who'd be perfect for a Netflix-and-chill session. Vote up your favorite girl to make her America's girlfriend in 2017! 

See who topped last year's list of America's girlfriends in 2016


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<![CDATA[Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be A Thing In 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/conspiracy-theories-2017/ranker-news

With a new year comes new conspiracy theories that either sound too ridiculous to be true or strangely logical enough to be real. Many of these 2017 conspiracy theories are either updated or continued from the conspiracy theories in 2016, particularly due to Donald Trump winning the presidential election. Along with the ever-popular conspiracy theory of the Illuminati pulling all the strings, this list of possible conspiracies also includes potential plans for the Trump administration. 

This year's conspiracy theories involve secret government workings, acts of terrorism, hoax shootings, and signs leading to the world's end. Even a few celebrities like Kanye West and Jay-Z are mentioned on this list of the latest conspiracy theories. Whether you're a skeptic or a conspiracy theorist, some of these "conspiracies" will seem laughable, impossible, or downright scary.   

Here are the conspiracy theories that are most likely to make the news in 2017. Vote up the ones you think will also be a thing, but be careful - they're watching. Always. 


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<![CDATA[New Fast Food Items You May See in 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/new-fast-food-items-2017/ranker-food

Whether you're a fan or not, fast food in America is here to stay. Fast food will always be there to satisfy those cravings in times of low budgets, munchies, and nostalgia. Ignoring the issue of nutrition (or lack thereof), many people would agree that fast food can be delicious and even necessary at times. The classic "burger, fries, and a Coke" shall always be known as a great meal. 

However, change happens, and that especially includes fast food in 2017. As the demand for healthier options grows, more and more fast food restaurants are adding all-natural items and expanding their low-calorie menus. Salads and vegetarian items are becoming more popular, while meal portions are shrinking. Some fast food chains have even rebranded themselves to attract the "weight-watchers" and concerned parents. 

Fortunately for junk food fanatics, these restaurant chains are still creating new fast food items with all the yummy calories included. In 2017, customers can expect to see creative combinations stuffed in a bun or wrapped in a tortilla. Vote for the fast food items you can't wait to eat this year, and make sure to wipe off that drool while reading the list. 


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