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WARNING! Potential spoilers on this list.

We’ve been trained by Hollywood to expect that the guy will always get the girl at the end of the movie. The couple will be greater than their differences, overcome their enormous obstacles, and fight against all odds to stay together in order to live happily ever after. That’s how all great romantic movies end, right? Yes. Except when they don't.

This is not a list of films where relationships end because someone died like in Love Story. Instead, this list ranks the best movies and rom coms that dare challenge Hollywood conventions and shove past genre codes, even at the expense of audience delight. In these movies, the guy doesn't get the girl, there isn’t a happy ending, and we can’t imagine a future filled with children and Disney vacations.

Sometimes romantic comedies and other films about relationships are actually like real life. And in real life, most relationships simply don't work out. Not every couple is meant to overcome their differences (The Way We Were), not every couple can fight against uncontrollable odds and stay together (Casablanca), and not every couple is meant to last for the long haul (500 Days of Summer).

We might cry at the end of Casablanca every time we see Bogey watch Bergman get on that plane, but admit it, doesn’t the bittersweet ending help to make Casablanca one of the best films ever made? Life isn’t all about happy endings anyway. There has to be some truth, even in our entertainment. So vote up the best movies about in which guys don't get the girl and hope that your own attempts at true love are more successful.

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<![CDATA[11 Things About The Walking Dead That Really Annoy Fans]]> http://ranker.com/list/annoying-things-about-the-walking-dead/mel-judson WARNING: Unless you are caught up to season six of The Walking Dead, there are spoilers lurking in this list, so beware.  

When you love a show so much, you want it to be the best and you tend to have a lot of opinions. When it comes to The Walking Dead, the showrunners have a lot of fan expectations and attention. No matter what they do, someone somewhere will always be yelling at their TV. It's hard to please such an intense fan base. Opinions vary wildly, but there are some things about The Walking Dead that consistently annoy fans.

The list of annoying things on The Walking Dead isn’t long but there are those things that come up again and again within the fandom. Some are questions likewho’s been mowing the grass during the apocalypse? How can guns shoot so many rounds without reloading? How long does a giant can of chocolate pudding last  before it goes bad? Why don't the characters simply cover themselves in walker goo and go anywhere they want?
This list looks at those questions, as well as some more story and character-based Walking Dead annoyances that are also commonly discussed. None of these are Rick Grimes beard level, but they do come up often enough to warrant mentioning. Vote up the most annoying things about The Walking Dead. It doesn't mean you don't love the show, it means you love it enough to care!

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<![CDATA[The Best American Versions of British Shows]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-american-versions-of-british-shows/ranker-tv This list contains information on the best American versions of British shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Over the years, several great U.S shows have been developed from hit UK television. Many of the greatest adapted UK TV shows are reality competitions, but many U.S. versions of UK shows are hilarious comedies.

What kinds of wonderful television programming will you find on this best American versions of British shows list? The Office appears near the top of this list. This hilarious U.S. sitcom was created by Ricky Gervais, who also starred in the original UK version. House of Cards is another good U.S. series adapted from a British show.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was very popular in the U.S. after its initial success in the UK. Other good American versions of UK shows include Dancing with the Stars, Undercover Boss, and Kitchen Nightmares.

Which adapted British series do you think are the greatest? Vote the best shows up to the top of this list and share some of your favorite episodes in the comments section.
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<![CDATA[Music Videos Where What Is Even Happening?]]> http://ranker.com/list/weird-music-videos/jacob-shelton Since the '80s, music videos have been one of the best ways for musicians to send their music across the world without having to actually tour. For struggling artists, this means their music can be heard in England or Japan without having to actually go overseas. Obviously, thanks to the Internet that’s not such a big deal now, but music videos are still a big deal to musicians, even if they might be some of the weirdest things you've ever seen.

For a lot of musicians, videos are a way to show their artsier side, sometimes for better, and sometimes for worse. Initially, weird music videos were an easy way to stand out among other artists who stood and sang like mannequins, but as the years went on it began to feel like artists were trying to out-weird each other. For proof, check out these bizarre music videos in which, goodness gracious, what is even happening?

From The Eurythmics's Orwellian cow dancing to Lady Gaga’s beer can hair curlers, the strange music videos on this list run the gamut from downright bizarre to really funny music videos that stand on their own with or without the song they’re attached to.

On this list you’ll see familiar artists back to back with bands that you may have never heard of, but that’s okay because they’ve all made some of the weirdest music videos you’ll ever see. Try watching some of the stranger videos without any audio, maybe they’ll make more sense that way.

After you’ve recovered from the weirdness, be sure to vote up the music videos that are the most incredibly confusing and full of all kinds of strange visuals, effects, and imagery.
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<![CDATA[23 Weapons That Are Banned in Warfare]]> http://ranker.com/list/banned-weapons/richard-rowe There are two basic ways to look at banning weapons in war. The first, humanitarian view is that that war should be as "humane" as possible, limiting death only to intended targets, and delivered as quickly and painlessly as possible. With, of course, the possibility of rescue or recovery. Weapons banned in war inflict undue destruction on civilians.

The second view on illegal war weapons could be called the "Sherman Perspective," so-named for the Civil War general who said "It is well that war is so terrible - otherwise we would grow too fond of it." Since the Hague and Geneva conventions, we seem to have grown quite fond of war. The Sherman Argument would have it that putting rules on war turns it into a sport, instead of something to be avoided at all costs. 

But no matter which side of that you come down on, the modern war does indeed have its rules. These are the nastiest, most horrible instruments of death and suffering that you won't see on today's battlefield - including a good number that might surprise you. These are the weapons that are not allowed, even in war.

23 Weapons That Are Banned in Warfare]]>
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<![CDATA[Amazing Things Found in Abandoned Luggage]]> http://ranker.com/list/amazing-things-found-in-abandoned-luggage/michael-gibson Amazing things found in abandoned luggage are not your typical finds like designer purses and expensive watches, these are rare items like one-of-a-kind movie props, ancient artifacts, and large sums of cash. So forget that iPad you left in the seat back pocket, or that favorite pair of jeans in your luggage that never arrived. These amazing things found in abandoned luggage are the items we could only dream about having, even for a split second before they were swallowed up by air travel.

From the Hoggle movie prop from Labyrinth to 13th century bronze plaques, to an eight-foot remote controlled airplane, the unique items found in lost luggage are about as unpredictable as can be. Antique items like a 1770s violin, a 10-foot Tibetan dung chen and Egyptian artifacts, complete with a shrunken head, are just a few of the old items found in abandoned luggage.

But there's so much more than just old things found in lost luggage. There have been some extremely weird things that have turned up as well, like a Barbie doll stuffed with cash, 300 tortoises, a live rattlesnake, and no less than 50 vacuum-packed frogs. Of course plenty of illegal goods have been found as well, such as the five pounds of cocaine that were discovered stuffed in tennis shoes at JFK Airport in 2011.

These obscure items were all found in lost or abandoned bags at airports around the world, or at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama. Bags that go unclaimed after 90 days are sold by airlines and sent to this massive compound in the south where the items within are sorted, cleaned, and resold at prices 30-80% below retail. You may be able to find some gently used clothing, electronics, and of course top luggage at this 40,000 square foot store but don't expect many of these amazing things to be up for sale. The Unclaimed Baggage Center also houses a museum which displays all of these oddities for visitors.

So the next time you take to the friendly skies, remember to put valuables, like a briefcase full of $1 million, a 40.95-carat natural emerald, or a Naval guidance system worth $250,000, in your carry-on baggage for safe keeping and label your checked baggage well. Then again, had these people done that, we never would have seen these amazing items in abandoned luggage.

What are the best things found in abandoned luggage? Take a look here and see for yourself.
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<![CDATA[Military Vehicles You Can Actually Own]]> http://ranker.com/list/us-army-vehicles-you-can-own/richard-rowe If you've dreamed of having real army vehicles in your garage, there's good news. Forget all those auto shopping sites online; those sites might offer a pretty good selection of Chevrolets and Kias, but do either of them offer an up-armored version of anything? Does Nissan offer an "air superiority" package on the Versa? Did Tesla suddenly start offering depleted uranium armor piercing cannons for the Model S?

When you're in a hurry, what you really need is a used military vehicle that can surface just off the coast and launch a couple tactical nukes at all the speed cameras in your way. True, you might get pulled over at some point anyway, but odds are good you'll walk away with a warning when The Man realizes how close he is to watching a JDAM land on his Taurus. That's what we call "diplomatic immunity."

So, which of the following are right for you? Vote up your favorite used army vehicle you can actually buy... because at the end of the day, it's all about spreading democracy. 
Military Vehicles You Can Actually Own]]>
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<![CDATA[Walking Dead Characters Most Likely to Survive Until the End]]> http://ranker.com/list/walking-dead-characters-most-likely-to-survive/lisa-waugh WARNING: Spoilers abound. If you’re caught up to season six, you should be fine, though.  
Walking Dead fans spend about 60% of their time discussing who will die before just about every episode. Watching the AMC show causes anxiety for this very reason alone. Who’s actually going to make it to the end or very close to the end of The Walking Dead
Daryl Dixon doesn’t even exist in the comic books but he’s got a fans so crazed, they border on the obsessive. Norman Reedus has vowed to strike the first match if they kill off Daryl so he might just make it through the apocalypse. A popular saying among Dead fans: “If they kill Daryl, we riot.” It helps that as a character, Daryl has the skills and the luck to make it through psychopathic overlords, cannibals, bloodthirsty gangs, and even the dreaded yuppies behind Alexandria’s walls.
If you were placing bets during season one, there’s no way you’d expect the mousy, domestically-abused Carol to live through an episode, much less become the badass savior and Scarol she becomes by season six. She’s terrifying if you’re not a friendly. You may just get a hate casserole. Even Carl has grown from being an overly-protected little boy to a stone-cold walker slayer.  Will The Walking Dead’s producers kill off the boy who has lived through so much - even having to kill his own mother? What about Glenn? Will the show defy the comics and feature the fan favorite as one of the last men standing?
Remember, you're voting up the characters most likely to make it, not your favorite characters? Who will survive in this hard, cruel world all the way to the bitter end? Who would you choose as the Walking Dead characters who will survive longest? Disagree with our survivor picks? Add your own!

Walking Dead Characters Most Likely to Survive Until the End]]>
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<![CDATA[The Most Emotional Pixar Scenes]]> http://ranker.com/list/emotional-pixar-scenes/coy-jandreau Pixar has a very special way of pulling at moviegoers' heartstrings. The animated film company has only released just over a dozen movies and with that small body of work, completely redefined cinema forever. We all remember where we were the first time we met Buzz and Woody, and how they made us feel. But what are the saddest Pixar scenes from those great movies? There are lots of emotional Pixar scenes, found in every single movie they've made, that will make you cry at the drop of a hat.

The Pixar Lamp is practically synonymous with greatness. When you see that brand on a film, you know you're in for an emotional ride. Most of these emotional and sad scenes from Pixar movies are among the most moving in the production company's history. However, there are also quite a few scenes that stir up emotions of excitement or happiness as well - happy tears are tears too!

Is the opening to Up, where viewers see an entire relationship unfold, Pixar's greatest triumph? Is it that scene in the incinerator from Toy Story 3? Maybe it's WALL-E and Eve falling madly in robot love? Is it Nemo leading a school of fish with his father's help? Or is it Sulley saying goodbye to Boo in Monsters, Inc.?

It's up to you decide the most emotional scenes in Pixar history, so vote up the moving scenes from Pixar films below and see which makes fans' tears flow!
The Most Emotional Pixar Scenes]]>
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<![CDATA[23 Modern People Who Were Lost at Sea]]> http://ranker.com/list/people-who-were-lost-at-sea/jude-newsome Getting lost at sea: it’s not just for ancient explorers anymore. Tales of nautical horror happen even in modern times. If you thought drifting aimlessly on the open ocean ended with the invention of Google Maps, think again. Plenty of people in this lifetime have found themselves floating without supplies, a map, or hope of rescue.

Some of these hapless mariners survived after being adrift for months, while others succumbed before being rescued, and still others simply disappeared on the high seas. In one notable example from 2014, José Salvador Alvarenga claimed to have made it through 13 months adrift in a fishing boat on the Pacific Ocean.

Who is the most famous person who was lost at sea? In 2007, world-renowned computer scientist Jim Gray got lost on a solo sailing trip to the Farallon Islands to scatter his mother's ashes. He was never found. Others were made famous by their improbable survival or nightmarish demise.

How long do you think that you could survive alone in the ocean? Compare yourself to these intrepid souls who found themselves fighting for their lives at sea.

23 Modern People Who Were Lost at Sea]]>
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<![CDATA[Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn]]> http://ranker.com/list/made-up-languages-in-fiction/coy-jandreau Languages are just invented for use in the real world all the time, but some languages are made up for people and cultures that don't really exist. Many books, films, comics, and television shows contain fictional cultures with functional languages that fans (particularly sci-fi and fantasy fans) have learned to speak. It just makes sense that folks would want to speak in the language of their favorite characters.

Thanks to the Internet, learning and spreading made up languages is easier than ever. Whether you want to learn a language from your favorite video game (Simlish), your favorite family movie (Minionese), or 3D movie (Na'vi), now you can. Maybe you're more literary want to learn Tolkien's Elvish? Maybe some Dothraki? Ever wanted to speak Klingon? With this list of fictional languages you can learn, you'll be an amateur linguist in a nonsense tongue before you know it.

This list contains the best fictional languages that you can really master with a little Googling, a lot of time, and even more patience. Translated phrases and words are included to get you started. These are the best fictional languages that you can actually learn to speak.

Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Meet-Cutes in Film History]]> http://ranker.com/list/meet-cute-in-movies/anncasano Legendary film critic Roger Ebert described the meet-cute quite simply as “when boy meets girl in a cute way.” A meet-cute is a convention, mostly used in movies, that sets up a situation where two potential lovers have a memorable first meeting. The situation is usually awkward, funny, ironic, and/or embarrassing. They are often the most romantic moments in movies. The first scene in which the couple meets always puts the romance in motion. These are the best meet-cutes in film history.

The meet-cute appears in many different genres, however, it’s mostly found in romantic comedies. Often times, the future lovebirds in question are polar opposites. Vivian (Julia Roberts) is a hooker with a heart of gold in Pretty Woman. Edward (Richard Gere) is a wealthy and uptight businessman who basically chops-up companies in the name of the mighty dollar.

Of course, in most circumstances, Edward would not consort with the likes of Vivian. But he’s lost in Los Angeles, in a car he doesn’t know how to drive. The pair meet-cute on the streets of Hollywood, and Vivian is able to safely bring the big-time businessman back to his hotel. It’s an awkward and uncomfortable situation, but it successfully launches the pair’s unforgettable relationship.

There are many different ways for a couple to meet-cute in movies. Maybe the pair doesn't instantly connect. Maybe they start out hating each other. Maybe there’s some sort of accident. Maybe someone needs to be saved. The meet-cute is a Hollywood standard and many of the best relationships in film have featured the trope.

Be sure to vote up the meet-cute scenes - that kicked off some of the cutest movie romances - you think are the best below!
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<![CDATA[The Scariest Biological Weapons in History]]> http://ranker.com/list/scariest-biological-weapons/richard-rowe Since the earliest days, humans have employed bioweapons both invisible and nefarious: killers on two legs, four, six, eight - and plenty with no legs at all. All of these agents of biological warfare, fresh with the fury of nature, have taken their turns inspiring terror in enemy forces, and turning the tide of unwinnable battles.

In the modern day, just as many bio-weapons have been employed by terrorists and monsters, "humans" who barely qualify for the title. Yes, history is filled with deadly organisms - viruses, bacteria, harmless looking flowers, and even playful sea mammals. All have seen their fair share of battle, and some were admittedly pretty awesome. But if this otherwise terrifying bioweapons list anything to teach, it may be that nature's most brutal creations are those dogs of war called "man."
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<![CDATA[The Deadliest School Shootings in U.S. History]]> http://ranker.com/list/deadliest-school-shootings-100215/loganrapp Schools in America have been no stranger to violence. Despite these places being a place of learning, lone or paired shooters have turned many of the nation's learning institutions into deadly crime scenes. To really show the scope of how this violence has affected campuses across the country, this list compiles the worst school shootings in US history. 

From the Columbine High School shooting, to Virginia Tech and one of the more recent school shootings, the UCC shooting in Oregon, school safety has become a serious concern among Americans. This list of school shootings shows just how pervasive gun violence has affected elementary schools, high schools, universities and vocational schools. When looking at school shooting statistics, it should also be helpful to actually look at and read harrowing accounts of school violence. 

So look through this school shooting today list and learn details of these senseless acts. Then afterward, go through some of our less depressing and horrifying lists to make your day a little bit better. 
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<![CDATA[The Best Songs On Empire]]> http://ranker.com/list/the-best-songs-on-empire/yaypaul What is your favorite song from the Empire (2015) TV show? With season 2 well under way and a host of great tracks already out it's time to get your opinions on which song is the best! Are you in Team Lucious or Team Cookie? Do you want Jamal, Hakeem or Tiana to take the number one spot? Vote on!

Empire is an American musical drama television series which debuted on FOX in 2015. The show centers around a hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Enterprises, and the drama among the members of the founders' family as they fight for control of the company. What are the best songs on Empire? Add your votes and choices to the tally!

Textual content from Wikipedia, videos courtesy YouTube.

The Best Songs On Empire]]>
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<![CDATA[Which Republican Candidate Would ACTUALLY Lower Taxes?]]> http://ranker.com/list/which-republican-candidate-would-actually-lower-taxes/mike-rothschild With the release of Donald Trump's tax plan, the economic policies of 2016 candidates and Republican tax cuts are starting to come into focus. And when it comes to the GOP, there's usually one common thread to them - lowering taxes. Lots of tax cuts. Huge tax cuts. It's not a Republican tax plan without them!

But which candidates would REALLY lower taxes, and which ones are just saying they will as a way to win votes? Some candidates have spent their entire campaigns talking about how they'll lower taxes, get rid of loopholes, and simplify the tax codes. Rand Paul took things a step further, hauling out an AR-15 assault rifle and shooting the code - well, a paper version of it, anyway.

Would Paul follow up his firepower with actual tax cuts? Or is he just another politician saying stuff? Here's your chance to vote up Paul and every other GOP 2016 candidate you think will actually cut taxes.

Which Republican Candidate Would ACTUALLY Lower Taxes?]]>
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<![CDATA[Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert]]> http://ranker.com/list/stephen-colbert-late-show-guests/ranker-tv Late Show signed back on with Stephen Colbert at the helm in the summer of 2015, prime presidential election season, and the guest list immediately got political. That was no surprise considering that The Colbert Report, with a fake conservative host, ran for 10 seasons covering politics and hot topics alongside The Daily Show better than any of the other networks. When Colbert stepped onto the Late Show after David Letterman’s retirement, the real Stephen Colbert proved to be just as political only this time, he’s not kidding around. His Late Show guests quickly found out that this version of Colbert is going to hold his ground on the facts. 

We know that Colbert and his team look for the best guests within the context of the current climate, headlines, and availability. But this Stephen Colbert Late Show guest list is a dream wish list that doesn't depend on a project for the guest to promote. Stephen Colbert guests stretch across celebrities, sports, political, and social arenas. He has top picks from just about any corner of the globe. What would be truly interesting is to see a Late Show guest list sprinkled with those hard to get types such as Axl Rose or Vladimir Putin

Who should be a guest on The Late Show, where Colbert has the Gandalf-like power to make it happen? World leaders, reclusive writers or celebrities, or people who pretty much never get asked to be on late night talk shows, even though they're fascinating?  

Vote up your top choices for the Late Show guest list and if you don’t see your picks, add them below!

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<![CDATA[The Best Hangover Cures]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-hangover-cures/jacob-shelton What's the best hangover cure to help you feel like a normal human again? According to almost every pop song from the '80s, '90s, and today, drinking can lead to the most exciting night of your life. The biggest downside of going HAM and drinking an entire ocean of booze isn’t waking up and trying to find your phone, or doing the walk of shame, it’s dealing with your massive hangover. From the dawn of alcohol, drinkers have been trying to concoct the prefect elixir to cure the morning after thunderstorm that ravages your body after what was only supposed to be “a couple of beers.” Years of exhausting research have gone into this important scientific field, and this list of the best hangover cures provides you - and your poor, exhausted liver - with all the how to tips and tricks you need to power through that hangover.

People all over the world, and on the campuses of many of the biggest party schools, take partying very seriously. For all those who party hard, the night of is a delight full of alcohol fueled fun, but most would love to never have to waste another morning (and day) after, drinking gallons of coffee and water just to function. These people need to know how to cure a hangover, and from headache remedies to a cure for a hangover, this list has it all. If you’re not a drinker, don’t worry, you can enjoy this list too. Not only are these some of the best cures for a hangover, but there's plenty of delicious photos of the best hangover food to salivate over as well.

Vote up top ideas for hangover cures below and if you’ve tried any of the weirder remedies on this list (bull penis, anyone?) - start some discussion in the comments section!

The Best Hangover Cures]]>
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<![CDATA[The Most Creative & Topical Halloween Costumes for 2015]]> http://ranker.com/list/2015-halloween-costume-ideas/jacob-shelton When you go out with your friends on Halloween you don’t want to be the one person who’s been reduced to wearing a ghost sheet, or last year’s Ninja Turtle costume, so you need to study up on a few 2015 Halloween costume ideas. It’s always hard to predict what cultural topics are going to be ripe for the Halloween costume picking, but the closer you get to October 31 the more stressful it is to pick a costume. That’s why we’ve done the work for you. On this list of creative Halloween costume ideas you’ll find everything from political references that are sure to make you look like a smarty pants at your Halloween party to feminist icons that will definitely earn you high fives and a gaggle of Instagram likes.

In 2015, Halloween costumes are more than something you wear to a party. They’re a statement that you make to the world. When you wear a cool Halloween costume you’re basically saying, “Yes, I’m creative enough to be dressed as Donald Trump’s hair.” And people will love you for it. Let’s be real – you’re holding down a job, and trying to balance all of those game nights you’re being invited to. The last thing you want to do is think of Halloween costume ideas. 2015 is going to be the year you let this list figure it out for you.

Vote up the best Halloween costume ideas for 2015, and let everyone know which one you’re going to wear when you go out trick or treating.
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<![CDATA[The Most Random Matt Damon Cameos]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-matt-damon-cameos/coy-jandreau Matt Damon is an incredible actor (and writer). He's a movie star through and through, leading blockbuster mega-movies and small character-driven indies alike. But as they say: there are no small parts. That's a lesson he has apparently learned hard, because Damon makes more random cameos than seemingly any other major actor.

Damon's an intelligent, well-spoken guy, as he demonstrates in many interviews (especially this one re: teachers). Naturally, he plays plenty of intelligent, well-spoken characters, as well as action heroes. So when he shows up leading a comedy it's always a nice surprise, but sometimes he really surprises, showing up in movies or on TV shows you had no idea would involve even a hint of Damon.

Even better than knowing Damon will pop up in a film is when you don't. Those awesome surprise cameo moments (usually comedic) that happen in movies that make you go "no way, was that?!" Yes it was. It was Matt Damon. And he was awesome. These are the very best Matt Damon cameo, so vote up your favorite (usually uncredited) appearance below.

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<![CDATA[Cities with the Worst Sports Fans]]> http://ranker.com/list/cities-with-the-worst-sports-fans/the-round-mound The cities with the worst sports fans are those locations across the United States and Canada whose sports fans are just awful. They throw things at rival players, they trash talk opposing fans and some even boo Santa Claus. Unlike the cities with the best sports fans, these cities sports fans are beyond intolerable and flat out vile.

The worst fans in sports come in all types but most anyone, besides those living in this worst sports fan city, would agree that Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is home to the most horrible fans around. See in Philly the word classy means cheering when opposing players are injured and intentionally vomiting on children. Sure not all Philadelphia sports fans are this disgusting but enough bad eggs ruin the whole city's reputation.

Then we have the cities whose sports fans are highly loyal and really passionate, but sometimes they take it a bit too far. For these awful sports fans, losing a game can turn violent, as demonstrated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Los Angeles, California. Similarly, sometimes passionate sports fans are so passionate that they are to the point of nausea such as the insufferable fans of New York City and Boston, Massachusetts. To make matters worse, Boston and NYC are fierce rivals.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Debbie Downer fans are pretty bad too. Home to the worst sports teams, these cities have gone decades without a championship and the fans will remind you of that entirely too often. Cleveland, Ohio, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Oakland, California, and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, are only a handful of those kinds of dreadful cities.

Regardless if these cities are home to professional teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL or to colleges like Columbus, Ohio, or South Bend, Indiana, each brings their own level of awful when it comes to sports fans. Have a city whose sports fans grind your gears? Vote for that city or add it below!

What are the cities with the worst sports fans? That's up to you to decide!
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<![CDATA[The Best New Fall 2015 Comedies]]> http://ranker.com/list/new-fall-2015-comedy-series/ranker-tv Fall ushers in the start of the holiday season. And you know what that means: lots of family time. Thankfully, the autumn season also brings with it a whole new slate of funny shows to help ease your pain. So when you want to combine your pumpkin spice latte with some laughs, the best new fall TV comedies are the way to do it!

Whether you love The Mindy Project, which got a brand new life on Hulu in 2015, or are super stoked about The Muppets reboot, there are a lot of fall 2015 comedy series to check out. There's no shortage of star power on the screen, thanks to fall TV comedies like Denis Leary's Benders, Rob Lowe's The Grinder, and Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris!

So take a look at our list of fall 2015 comedy TV shows, and vote the ones you like best!

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<![CDATA[People You Want South Park to Make Fun of]]> http://ranker.com/list/south-park-celebrities-wishlist/coy-jandreau South Park does a truly incredible job of including any and every celebrity, public figure, politician, and Internet star begging to be ruthlessly mocked. Rarely is it a good time for the famous person, but once Trey Parker and Matt Stone decide someone needs to be made fun of, there's really no stopping them.

Every year more and more new people make choices that put them in Parker and Stone's crosshairs, we've decided to help the process along by choosing some folk we feel are in need of the South Park treatment. They might be a politician who has done an impressive job of making themselves look awful, or a news personality that's done the same. They might be a hedge fund manager who has gone out of his way to profit exponentially at the blatant cost of lives. Or maybe it's some clerk who refused to let two people get married. Or maybe it's just a movie star who is really, really annoying.

These are the people worthy of the hilarious scorn that South Park unleashes onto the public weekly. Vote up the celebrities, public figures, politicians, news anchors and other people that you most want South Park to make fun of. And if we missed any especially mockable people, add them to the wish list.

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<![CDATA[The Cheapest, Most Unbeatable Video Game Characters Ever]]> http://ranker.com/list/unfair-video-game-characters/loganrapp There are thousands of unique video game characters, but they're not all created equal. In fact, some are downright infuriating. Whether they're single player boss battles with overpowered attacks or multiplayer characters with easily exploitable guaranteed wins, there are always going to be a few characters that just make you want to smash your controller in frustration. This is a list of the most unfair video game characters, the opponents who reward button-mashing and punish smart gameplay.

Who is the cheapest video game character? Is it a tough boss like the ultimate boxer, Iron Mike Tyson, who can take you down in five seconds flat in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!? Or is it the classic boss from Sinistar, who mocks you as a ridiculous amount of enemies flood your screen in a way that couldn't possibly be beaten? Try not to scream in rage reading this list of cheap video game characters. You might wake the neighbors. 

So check out our list of the cheapest video game characters and vote up the ones you think are just unreasonably brutal, whether they're big bosses or playable heavies, Downvote the ones you don't really worry about much.

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<![CDATA[23 Fun Facts You Should Know About Dolphins]]> http://ranker.com/list/dolphin-facts/coreybarger What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear "dolphin"? Would you say Flipper? Or maybe you'd go with SeaWorld? These are about the closest interactions most of us have had to these amazing marine mammals. But they are so much more than trick performing and problem solving beauties. With over 43 species of dolphins living in all parts of the world these creatures are full of surprises. Check out this list of the most fun dolphin facts and learn why these animals are kings and queens of the ocean. 

This list of the most random dolphin facts will make you want to play with these sea creatures immediately. They are extremely smart and excellent communicators. Their list of unique traits goes on and on, no surprise as they're one of the smartest and most agile mammals in the world.

Did you know they communicate with clicks and even give themselves names? They also have 100 teeth and two stomachs, but swallow all their food whole. In addition, these animals are very similar to humans. Did you know that they even cry and can differentiate between sweet and sour? This is only the beginning in the long list of interesting dolphin facts.

Take a look at all the dolphin information below and vote up the most awesome and cool dolphin facts. And remember: be careful of the blowhole! It can shoot air at 100 miles per hour.
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<![CDATA[The Most Controversial U.S. Death Penalty Executions]]> http://ranker.com/list/controversial-us-death-penalty-executions-093015/mike-rothschild At the time of the fourth stay of Richard Glossip's execution, it seems appropriate to ask, what are the most controversial executions in U.S. history? Controversial executions make up a large number of death penalty cases in the United States. With the responsibility of taking a life, even the live of a convicted killer, comes the burden to make sure the guilt is beyond a reasonable doubt. Not only that, but US executions must be done in a manner consistent with the Bill of Rights and established case law. They can't be cruel, done in an unusual manner, or done to minors or those with diminished mental capacity.

Unfortunately, these rules have been broken quite often in death penalty cases. Especially in the early 20th century, minority suspects were often given incompetent defenses, with trials presided over by hostile judges and juries. Children have been executed, along with suspects whose mental capacity left them unfit to stand trial. And many people have gone to their deaths proclaiming their innocence - only to be proven right decades later.

Here are some of the most controversial executions and death penalty cases in US history.


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<![CDATA[The Most Dangerous Roads in the World]]> http://ranker.com/list/most-dangerous-roads-in-the-world/mike-rothschild No matter how bad your daily commute is, it probably can't hold a candle to the danger presented by some of the deadliest roads in the world. Twisting mountain paths full of danger, with no guardrails, rock slides, bizarre rules, and slick surfaces - these roads will test the skill and nerve of even the most experienced adventure seeker. Whether it's Bolivia's "Road of Death," a Taliban-controlled gravel path high in the mountains, or Alaska's road to nowhere, these dangerous and scary roads are full of breathtaking views and heart-stopping danger.

What is the most dangerous road in the world? These twisty paths and steep roads will have you gripping ten and two like your life depends on it... and it does. If you need to traverse one of these dangerous roads, both in America and all over the world, then make sure you have plenty of supplies, and certainly a AAA membership, not that they'll always be able to come get you.
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<![CDATA[The Best New Characters from the Fall 2015 TV Lineup]]> http://ranker.com/list/fall-2015-new-tv-characters/ranker-tv The start of fall means the premiere of a bunch of new new television series, and television series mean a whole host of new TV characters to be introduced to! From new horror series to sitcoms and medical dramas, there are a lot of people we're going to meet, learn about, and decide whether we love them, hate them, or love to hate them! Overwhelmed? That's okay, we've developed a handy list of the best new characters from fall 2015 for you to look through a vote on! Vote up the ones you really like, and down voting the ones you don't find terribly interesting. 

With Fear the Walking Dead, we now have a whole new ensemble cast to befriend as they try to survive the zombie apocalypse, There's also the return of Heroes in Heroes Reborn, meaning there are plenty of mutated heroes and villains for us to get to know! With these 2015 new TV characters, we'll have a lot of work to do!

So take a look at our list of the best new fall 2015 TV characters and vote up your favorites! Will Rob Lowe's character in The Grinder keep us tuning in? Will we all fall in love with John Stamos's Jimmy in Grandfathered? Only time (and this list) will tell. So start watching, and start voting!

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<![CDATA[Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?]]> http://ranker.com/list/which-republican-candidate-would-lead-the-us-best-in-a-war/mike-rothschild Which 2016 Republican candidates would make good leaders during a war? As commander in chief, the president has the duty to lead the United States in times of military crisis, and to ask Congress for a declaration of war. This is an enormous responsibility with great ramifications, and can have profound implications on the fate of the country.

While in the past, most presidential candidates had some kind of military experience, if not experience directly in combat, almost none do now. Of the Republican candidates for the 2016 nomination, only Lindsey Graham and Jim Gilmore have spent time in the military, with Graham having over three decades of service as an Air Force reservist. Rick Perry had also been in the Air Force, but with his withdraw from the race, Graham is the only veteran who would be picking up the mantle of commander in chief.

Here's your chance to vote up the Republican candidates you feel would be the most effective leaders during a war  - and to vote down the ones who would not make good wartime leaders.

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Moments in Muppet History]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-muppet-moments/lisa-waugh Since their debut in the ‘70s on Sesame Street, the Muppets have become a fixture in American culture. From their early days on The Land of Gorch on Saturday Night Live, to their own The Muppet Show and eventual movie franchise, the Muppets are implanted in nearly everyone's memory. Depending on when you were born, you’ve got your own collection of Muppets greatest moments to choose from. 

The Muppets have had an amazing array of celebrity cameos. Pretty much anybody who’s anybody has shared the spotlight with the Muppets. They’ve handled themselves quite well around all kinds of celebrity, no matter how lofty their status. How they managed to not gush around the likes of Johnny Cash, Peter Sellers, and Mark Hamill is a testament to their professionalism.  Hilarious sketches like "Pigs in Space" and "Veterinarian's Hospital" are also a testament to Jim Henson's writers's comedy chops. They took performance well beyond the puppet show, and created a whole new category of entertainment.  

As Henson puppetry became more elaborate in films like The Dark Crystal, some of the best  Muppet moments were the simplest. Kermit’s “It’s Not Easy Being Green” duet with Ray Charles is one example of how Jim Henson made a huge impact with one simple little frog puppet. And Miss Piggy’s diehard narcissism can always be counted on for a solid comedy foundation 

Vote up the best moments in Muppet History, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section! 

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<![CDATA[The Biggest Military Wastes of Money]]> http://ranker.com/list/biggest-military-wastes-of-money/mike-rothschild The staggering amount of money available to the US Armed Forces has resulted in wasteful military spending on a grand scale and some of the worst military spending in history. As technology changes and improves, new designs in tanks, planes, weapons, and vehicles have to be developed - all of which cost huge amounts. But the military is plagued by bureaucratic inefficiency, redundancy, procurement issues, changing priorities, and a process that simply takes too long.

As a result, the last 30 years are littered with futuristic, pointless military projects that never saw a day of action. Lasers, stealth ships, high-tech tanks and guns, communications systems, even uniforms - all have been developed at massive costs, and done little to nothing to keep the nation or its armed forces safe. The most egregious, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, might top out at $1.5 trillion - more than the GDP of all but 11 countries on earth - and it's never fired a shot.

Rampant military spending isn't a new phenomenon, as numerous European countries during after World War II wasted staggering sums on defenses that provided no defense. But when it comes to wasting money, nobody can beat the US from the Cold War until now. Here are the most egregious examples of military spending gone haywire, from WWII until today.

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<![CDATA[The 10 Types of Uber Drivers]]> http://ranker.com/list/types-of-uber-drivers/jacob-shelton Thanks to technology, people can now get around town without having to drive themselves - all for a fairly inexpensive fee. Before, if you couldn’t drive for whatever reason, you’d be forced to take public transportation, or worse, try to hail a cab. Both of those options have their drawbacks. Public transportation can take FOREVER, and cabs are expensive, often with prices going into the high double digits for a short ride. But now that Uber and Lyft exist, riders can get to where they need to go for a fairly cheap rate. But the one problem with this model is that you have to deal with Uber drivers and Lyft drivers. No matter which rideshare service you pull up on your iPhone, you’ll always end up riding with one of these types of Uber drivers.

There are distinct Uber driver types and you can spot them easily. You’ve probably ridden with all of them, and even a mixture of a few of them. It’s no wonder that there are so many Uber driver jokes floating around now that the service is so ubiquitous. Ride share driver types range from drivers who used to be cab drivers, to guys that just want to get out of the house and make a little cash.

Get out your Uber driver bingo card and get ready to spot which of these Uber driver stereotypes you’ve ridden with. Vote up the types of Uber or Lyft drivers you get stuck with the most!
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<![CDATA[Cool Toys That Will Make You Wish You Were a Kid Again]]> http://ranker.com/list/cool-toys-that-exist-now/jacob-shelton Without a doubt, the coolest thing about being a kid is the toys. No matter what era you grew up in, there was something cool that every kid on the block had to have. Whether it was the Powerglove, Gak, or Moon Shoes, there was a toy you just weren’t cool if you didn’t have. Forget what you know: Kids toys now have completely surpassed everything that you loved in the '80s, '90s, and '00s. The coolest kids toys that are coming out now blending the tech world, with the arts, education, and all around fun to create all new entertaining experiences. If you don’t believe it, take a look at these cool kids toys that will make you wish you were a kid again.

Childrens toys now give kids the option of playing for the sake of play, or to learn something while they goof off. It’s like a parent’s dream. The coolest kids toys don’t just let kids play Angry Birds, they allow them to create a world while they play. And they use interactive apps for phones and tablets to build an immersive world while still allowing them to work with something tangible. It’s all very cool and it should make you jealous that you’re not 10 years old.

Scroll through this list and vote up the coolest kids toys that you can buy now. Then leave a comment telling everyone how good these whipper snappers have it now, though they don’t even know it.
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<![CDATA[The Best New Fall TV Shows in 2015]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-new-tv-shows-fall-2015/ranker-tv Fall may make some people think of back to school shopping and pumpkin spice lattes, but for entertainment fans, it just means one thing: brand new TV shows to watch! For 2015, there are a lot of new TV series across a lot of networks (including online outlets like Netflix and Amazon) that have the potential to be your new favorite program. Here, we've compiled a list so you can vote up the ones you think are the best new fall TV shows 2015!

From The Walking Dead comes Fear the Walking Dead, a spinoff series where the zombie apocalypse is just beginning in Los Angeles. Netflix got into the autumn game with Narcos, which tracks the rise and fall of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Then, of course, The Muppets are coming back with their own TV series! With all of these options, there will be plenty of options to choose from when it comes time to check something out from the 2015 fall TV lineup!

So check out our list of 2015 new TV shows and vote up your favorites!

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<![CDATA[The Worst Title Lines Spoken in Film]]> http://ranker.com/list/worst-title-lines/ranker-film There’s nothing worse than when you’re watching a movie and an actor comes along to deliver a titular line, i.e. the title of the film. When a character says the film’s title in dialogue it not only takes the viewing audience out of the immersive experience of watching a film, but it also shows you how lazy the screenwriter was while writing the movie. Sometimes films can drop eponymous lines and it’s fine. In movies like Independence Day and Groundhog Day, using titles in dialogue actually works really well. And sometimes you just can’t avoid giving a title line. In the film Halloween, at some point someone is going to have to say what holiday falls on October 31st. Unfortunately, there are a whole slew of movies out there that make no bones about using titular lines and this list ranks the worst of them.

It might surprise you that some really great movies use titles in their dialogue. Films like Blade Runner and Chinatown perform the graceless title drop in their otherwise flawless pictures. But for the most part, the movies that make gratuitous use of dropping an eponymous line or two aren’t that great (or they’re geared toward children).

Keep an eye open for your favorite films on this list of the worst eponymous lines in film history and be sure to vote up the films that make the most flagrant use of the eponymous line. Or - if you actually like some of the title lines in these films - tell everyone about it in the comments.
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<![CDATA[The Best Things On The Moon]]> http://ranker.com/list/things-on-the-moon/jordan-bates This is a list of things on the Moon. What is on the Moon? This is specifically about the Moon that orbits the Earth. Like, did you ever think, "What if we never went to the Moon?" There would be nothing on it except these things that were left there.

The Moon is very popular, and astronauts are especially fond of the Moon. Some people think that a full moon is a bad thing, but I just think, "Hey, wow! More moon!" So a full moon is actually a good thing. Also sometimes a full moon makes it bright enough at night so that you don't need your nightlight to keep ghosts away from you while you sleep. Night ghosts are known to be especially grabby, so keeping them OUT of your bedroom is definitely a good thing. Thanks, Moon!
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<![CDATA[Great Films That Get Away with Not Explaining Things]]> http://ranker.com/list/movies-with-unexplained-moments/anncasano There are generally two types of movie fans in the world. The first type needs to have every single loose end tied up. Just the mere thought of a film concluding with an open-ending or any lack of closure, gives these kinds of people cold chills and bad dreams. Then, there are the types of movie fans that don’t necessarily need a neat and tidy explanation for every detail. They are fine with the idea of a cliff hanger or tiny plot hole. Many filmmakers hope for the latter type of audience. This list features great films that get away with not explaining things.

There are many types of movies with unexplained parts. We often do not see a complete explanation in a suspense or mystery. M. Night Shyamalan doesn’t necessarily worry about the giant plot hole in The Sixth Sense, because he trusts that audiences will be able to suspend their disbelief, and accept the film's amazing twist ending. I mean, it is a film about a little boy who is able to see dead people, so we’re already being asked to buy into the dream world of the film.

Then, there are those pesky MacGuffins - these narrative devices are used to incite a plot point, but then are never referenced again in the story. Think about the glowing briefcase from Pulp Fiction. Do we ever find out what's inside? No, it’s a MacGuffin, it doesn’t matter. That is, it doesn’t matter if you’re one of those types of people who watch movies that don't explain big parts.

So whether the items on this list are plot holes, MacGuffins, or simply just films with unexplained moments, most of these stories thrive without tying up every loose end. Of course, some films on this list could use a little exposition or narrative tightening. Be sure to vote up the films that are actually better off not explaining every detail, and vote down the films where an explanation would improve the story.
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<![CDATA[The Most Relaxing Ways to Get Drunk]]> http://ranker.com/list/relaxing-ways-to-get-drunk/ingerlundcarter Drunkenness gets a lot of press. Wild, crazy, stupid drunkenness that is. Relaxing, lazy inebriation is much less written about. And that's surprising, as it's a really lovely state of being. So now you have it, a list for all the mellow drunks, the ones who cherish the pleasant numbing feeling of alcohol slowly traveling through the veins, warming the body, loosening the muscles, inducing a welcome sleepiness of the body and the mind.

What are the most relaxing ways to get drunk? Extensive research turned up a few common themes: 1) Drinking alcohol in or near water is calming and enjoyable. 2) Drinking to cool down or warm up does the body right. 3) Already being sleepy, and drinking liquor to get sleepier, is very nice. 4) Drinking immediately following strenuous physical exertion has a yin and yang kind of balancing effect, as your sporty self moves into the realm of feeling no pain.

But really, who cares?! Analysis takes energy, and that's contrary to the spirit of this list. Don't overthink it. Recall your favorite drunken muscle memories and vote up the most relaxing ways to get drunk (or add any we missed!)
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<![CDATA[The Most Infamous Professional Sports Cheating Scandals]]> http://ranker.com/list/professional-sports-cheating-scandals/swiperight Where ever there is competition, there will sadly and inevitably be cheating. And just because professional athletes are deified in the media doesn't mean professional sports doesn't see plenty of it. From MLB, to NBA, to NASCAR... all sports have been tainted by pro sports cheaters. This list of professional sports scandals will highlight all of those memorable moments these athletes would probably rather forget.

The first rule of soccer is you can't use your hands. Diego Maradona didn't listen to this, and won the 1986 World Cup thanks in part to a deliberate hand ball. Lance Armstrong, bicycle racing's most accomplished athlete, won his seven Tour De France titles thanks to performance enhancing drugs. Even the Olympics have been plagued by athletes lying about their gender.

Despite all these unfortunate cases of exposed scandal, cheating in professional sports doesn't appear to be slowing down. Even in 2015, the New England Patriots were caught deflating footballs to their preferred weight and feel which was outside of regulations. So what's the deal? Is there anything that can possibly be done to keep sports honest?
Do you think professional sports cheating scandals are part of the game? Are they simply inevitable? Or do they taint sports forever? Vote up the scandals you think were the most destructive to the sports world at large, and leave your opinion on professional cheating in the comments section below. 

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<![CDATA[The Best Political Nicknames]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-political-nicknames/mike-rothschild Political nicknames are a tradition that stretches all the way back to the first leaders in human society. But in the last few centuries, nicknames have become almost standard issue, with almost every president, prime minister, and elected leader of any kind given some kind of nickname. Some are affectionate, some are insulting, and some are just variations on the person's name or initials.

Many of the nicknames given to presidents and prime ministers haven't stuck, and are all but forgotten. After all, how many people can say who "The Last Cocked Hat" or "Soapy George Underhen" were (President James Monroe and British Prime Minister George Canning, respectively). But many politician nicknames have become permanent fixtures, and inseparable from the person they were bestowed on. We all know "Honest Abe," "The Iron Lady," and "Slick Willie," and it's likely we always will.

Here are some of the greatest political nicknames in history, from prime ministers to congressmen.

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<![CDATA[The Funniest Burger Puns on Bob's Burgers]]> http://ranker.com/list/bobs-burgers-puns/lisa-waugh The burger puns on Bob's Burgers are like Bart writing on the blackboard in The Simpsons opening. Bob’s recurring blackboard burger of the day puns give fans Easter eggs to collect. Some sound delicious (Sweet Home Avocado) while others not so much (The Roquefort Files Burger). Maybe you like Roquefort, though, so as Bob's chalkboard would say, To Err is Cumin. 

Bob’s Burgers puns are Bob’s way of revealing something about himself while showing off his pun skills. His pun game is strong. Some of Bob’s Burgers puns are inspired by movie, TV, and music titles. Others are literary references, while others are plucked from the rich harvest of pop culture. But when mischievous Louise gets the chalk, she definitely shakes things up. She’s the one who changed Top Bun Burger to Top Butt Burger just to get her dad’s goat. When the burger of the day is more blunt or chock full of shock, that’s probably Louise’s handy work.
In real life, the writer of the episode has to come up with that episode’s punny burger names. There’s a burger pun for every day, so if an episode has three days in it, that’s three burger puns, but the whole writer's room can contribute. They come up with a bunch of puns based on the theme of the episode and then creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard chooses the best one(s).  

One rule Bouchard has for Bob’s Burgers puns: they must be a possibility. So no over the top jokey burger specials or something that is inedible. Sometimes they break that rule, but on the whole, Bob’s Burgers puns have to have a shot at ending up on a plate. There’s even a guy who wrote a Bob’s Burgers cookbook to recreate those daily specials.
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<![CDATA[19 Startling Cases of American Citizens Who Joined ISIS]]> http://ranker.com/list/american-citizens-who-joined-isis-092315/mike-rothschild The number of Americans in ISIS, including those who have attempted to join the militant jihadist group, is unknown, with many putting it at around 66. While over five dozen have actually been captured, authorities believe the number of people who are providing support to the group either in the Middle East or the US is much higher, likely over 200. At least two Americans have died in the Syrian civil war, including one fighting for ISIS, and another who blew himself up for an Al-Qaeda linked terror group.

Converts to ISIS in the United States come from all walks of life, and a number of the people who have either gone to Syria or been arrested on US soil have extremely surprising backgrounds. Most have little or no criminal history, and few ties to the region. Many are women, trying to marry jihadists despite the restrictive lives they'll be leading if they do. A surprising number are in their teens or early 20s. And most were recent converts to Islam who were recruited and radicalized over social media, where ISIS has a strong presence.

Why would US citizens join ISIS? Are there ISIS sleeper cells in America? Here are the sadly many instances of Americans with few or no ties to ISIS either joining or attempting to join the organization.

19 Startling Cases of American Citizens Who Joined ISIS]]>
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<![CDATA[The Biggest Sports-Related Conspiracy Theories]]> http://ranker.com/list/sports-conspiracy-theories/mike-rothschild Conspiracy theories and salacious rumors are just as prevalent in sports, both professional and college, as they are in politics and entertainment. Whether your team lost on a strange last play, or the team you bet on looked like it took a dive, the money and competitive nature of sports make it a natural breeding ground for unsubstantiated myths to take hold. There are tons of sports conspiracy theories floating around out there, but which ones do you believe?

Oh, and the women. Sex is just as much a part of the sports industrial complex as money, and many players and coaches have seen their stars fall due to an improper advance with a reporter. Or another player's mom. From these sexy sports scandals, to Michael Jordan's "flu" and more than a few boxing match ups that ended suspiciously, there's a sports conspiracy for almost any big game you can think of.

These crazy sports theories, urban legends, and rumors related to murder, gambling, sex, money and victory - all took place in the sports world, and some just might be true.

The Biggest Sports-Related Conspiracy Theories]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Female Friendships in Film]]> http://ranker.com/list/female-friendships-in-film/anncasano Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back, and they live happily ever after. That simple formula describes a very large percentage of the films produced in Hollywood. However, not every story is about a woman finding the man of her dreams. There is a small, but significant sect of cinema that delves into the psyche of the female in her natural habitat... with her girlfriends. These are the best female friendships in film.

These movies with female friendship can be found in every genre. They depict women in different stages of their lives, at various ages. Some of the films on this list are pure weepies, specifically designed to make us bawl like babies. Other films below are about how girls come of age together. They may be in high school or even in their 20s, trying to figure out what it takes to become an adult. Of course, there are a couple road trip movies listed here. Women need to escape from everyday life too, it’s not just the men that get to do their best Jack Kerouac impression and hit the pavement!

Despite genre or age, one thing remains true throughout all these movies: depicting women friendship in film is an intricate matter. These stories are not just about having wine with your best gal pals and complaining about your boyfriend. These narratives appreciate the finer details of female friendship. They get that no matter what has happened, and no matter what will happen, a good friend is the foundation of many females' happiness and livelihood. Our good friends are our rocks in life and keep us afloat.

Be sure to celebrate the female friendships in your own life by voting up the best female friendships to have ever been depicted on film below!
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<![CDATA[The Best Things About Being Single]]> http://ranker.com/list/benefits-of-being-single/lauren-slocum Flying solo without a partner always seems to get a bad rap, but being single is actually kind of amazing. Starfishing the bed? Amazing. Always having dinner leftovers for lunch? Amazing. Pursuing your own passions? Amazing! If you aren't convinced, consider the real benefit of being single: getting to know yourself. Sure, waking up alone or being a third wheel gets old, but read through this list of advantages of being single to remember why single life is simply incredible. 

Have you been struggling lately with how to be happy single? Consider this: if you want to make an ideal partner one day, you may want to pump the breaks on swiping yes or no and start asking yourself the first-date questions. Who do you want to be? What would you still like to accomplish? Being single creates space in your life; you can finally concentrate on all the hobbies and interests that got thrown to the wayside while you were with your honey. 

You may not realize it at the time, but when you're invested in a serious relationship, you sacrifice a lot of your self because you're operating as a team. This team-like mentally is rewarding and special, but learning how to operate independently teaches you self-worth and grit, and forces you to make choices for yourself. Another wonderfully selfish thing about being single is that you don't have to worry about anyone else but yourself.

If you have a positive attitude about life, there's something inexplicably exhilarating about doing things on your own. Vote up the best things about being single, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
The Best Things About Being Single]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Law & Order: SVU Episodes Based on True Stories]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-law-and-order-svu-episodes-based-on-true-stories/whitneyvanlaningham In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In the world of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the plot lines of several episodes that investigate these vicious felonies are ripped straight from newspaper headlines. The writers of SVU often adapt current events into scripts for the dark, gritty police procedural show that everyone loves to binge watch on Netflix.   

What's the best Law & Order: SVU episode based on a true story? "Funny Valentine" may be one of your favorites. This episode was based on the physical altercation that took place between pop singer Rihanna and rapper Chris Brown in 2009. Brown beat his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, but she continued to date him, despite his violent behavior.  Another episode, "Devastating Story," was based on the UVA rape allegations published in Rolling Stone magazine that were later proven to be false. 
Other top based-on-a-true-story episodes of SVU include "Intimidation Game" (based on the Gamergate controversy of 2014), "Pornstar's Requiem" (based on the story of Belle Knox, the Duke porn star), and "Scavenger," (based on the BTK serial killer case).   

Before the credits fade to black, and Executive Producer Dick Wolf's name pops up on the screen, vote up the best episodes of Law & Order: SVU that were ripped straight from newspaper headlines.  

The Best Law & Order: SVU Episodes Based on True Stories]]>
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<![CDATA[The Most Decorated Animals in the Military]]> http://ranker.com/list/most-decorated-animals-in-the-military/jacob-shelton Military service animals have a longstanding history of taking care of our service men and women overseas without complaining even a titter. Maybe that’s because they don’t speak English, or maybe it’s because they’re the best darn soldiers the military has ever seen. Either way, they’re not only adorable little tramps, they’re also brave animals who risked life and limb to take care of the people that they loved. Some of the animals on list gave their lives for their country, some survived the most heinous terrorist attack on American soil, and they were all handsomely awarded for their valor. This list of the most decorated animals in military history is sure to set your heart a flutter and make your tear ducts tremble with emotion.

After working on this list, we’ve come to the conclusion that if we were the Headmaster General of the Army, we’d go out of our way to staff the entire military with puppies and kittens. Not only would this bring about total world peace, but we’d cut our military budget in half. And we’d probably only have to pay everyone in kibble! If you’re lucky enough to have a little dog or kitten (or goat!), then you’ll want to give them a big hug after you finish reading this list of the most decorated military animals.

Vote on your favorite military animal, and leave us a comment letting us know how many times you would pet your favorite, pooch, kitten, pigeon, or war horse. We’re willing to bet it’s over a million times.
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<![CDATA[The Most Depressing Back Stories Behind Hit Songs]]> http://ranker.com/list/sad-song-back-stories/mike-rothschild Sometimes a song can be uptempo and peppy, while also being crushingly sad, but sometimes a song is just crushingly sad. Many are based purely on their writer's imagination, but for these songs, real life proved far more depressing than anything a musician could come up with. These famous songs and memorable tracks might be upbeat or seem like a lot of fun, but they all have super sad and depressing backstories, that will have you rethinking using Van Halen's "Jump" on your pump up playlist.

You know Eric Clapton wrote "Tears in Heaven" about the death of his son, but what about the song "Circus"? Plenty of upbeat pop songs like "99 Red Balloons" and "Semi-Charmed Life" are actually about pretty dark subjects, like nuclear annihilation and addiction. As well, a number of the songs with sad meanings on this list were released posthumously, after the songwriter passed away, usually from reasons related directly to their sad song lyrics.

Here are songs that might be peppy, might be slow, might be epic - but all are based on really terrible things that actually happened. They might not seem like sad songs, but if you listen closely, you will likely shed a tear. Upvote the tracks and singles with the saddest true backstories below... but be sure to grab a box of tissues first.

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<![CDATA[The Craziest Superstitions in Sports]]> http://ranker.com/list/sports-superstitions/jacob-shelton Athletes seem powerful and mostly pretty cool, so when you start looking into sports superstitions and rituals, it's oddly vindicating to discover that big time athletes have as many quirks (if not more) than you do. It’s interesting to discover that despite their millions of dollars and pumped up muscles, athletes are just as bound to strange, and often surreal sports rituals in the service of doing well at their job. Depending on your own superstitious habits, this list of athlete rituals is either going to make complete sense to you, or make you wonder how all these weird superstitions and habits came to be so prevalent.

For as rough and tumble as they are, athletes are super weird. Who knew that they had just as many superstitions and traditions as the old ladies that haunt bingo halls, and wedding planners the world over? As odd as it is that some baseball players don’t wash their clothes during hot streaks, and that one MMA fighter drinks his own pee (yep!), it's really too bad that there isn't even one hockey player who needs a troll doll on the ice with him at all times. Perchance to dream, we suppose.

Vote up the weirdest and strangest sports superstitions, and if you have any weird things that you do before, during, or after a  big game, tell us about it in the comments!
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<![CDATA[Famous Movie Lines That Were Unscripted]]> http://ranker.com/list/famous-movie-lines-that-were-unscripted/coy-jandreau What if we told you the famous line, "Warriors, come out to plaaay," is actually an unscripted, totally ad-libbed movie line? In this list, we're going to focus on the magic that strikes during production. When just the right actor has just the right instinct at just the right moment and creates something iconic, unscripted, and ultimately legendary. When the actor says a line that becomes larger than the script, larger than the moment, and sometimes represents the entire movie.

Movies are an incredibly huge undertaking. It takes a village (or an army, depending on who you ask) to get a film made. They say you make a film three times: once in pre-production, again while you're filming, and finally while your editing. At any of these points lightning can strike and completely change the course of the film. 

These is a collection of famous, unscripted dialogue in classic films. Those one-in-a-million pieces of magic where an improvised line struck all the right chords and became legendary. These are the famous film lines that were unscripted!

Famous Movie Lines That Were Unscripted]]>
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