Featured List on Ranker http://ranker.com The Top Staff Favorites on Ranker http://ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com Top Ranking lists, Most Popular Lists, Most Visited Lists <![CDATA[The Best Kanye West Albums of All Time]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-kanye-west-albums-list/reference Kanye West is one of the best rappers of all time. List of the best Kanye West albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Kanye West discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Kanye West albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Kanye West singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Kanye West album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Kanye West album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Kanye West album of all time?" or "What are the top Kanye West albums?" then this list will answer your questions. List albums range from Late Registration to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

This list of popular Kanye West CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. You can use this fact-based list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then publish it.
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<![CDATA[2016 Controversial Tweets That Were Quickly Deleted]]> http://ranker.com/list/2016-deleted-tweets/jacob-shelton Twitter can be a lot of fun if you’re not famous or worried about getting sued. But for celebrities and politicians, Twitter is a minefield. Anything they say that’s remotely offensive or has the potential to be taken out of context will probably get them busted by the Internet Police. Even if they manage to delete whatever dumb thing they said, someone has probably taken a screen shot of the deleted tweets in preparation for the imminent tornado of media coverage.

These 2016 deleted tweets cover all of the offensive and dumb things that celebrities didn’t think would be a big deal. From Donald Trump accusing Ted Cruz of theft, to Zac Efron completely misunderstanding the point of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, these 2016 deleted controversial tweets are begging to be seen. Sorry, famous people.

In 2016, it’s hard to believe that anyone would think that anything they do on the Internet - especially on Twitter - isn’t being monitored and stored for later use. It almost makes more sense to own up to your controversial, stupid statement than to delete whatever you said. It only ends up calling more attention to your crazy tweet, which everyone is going to see anyway.

If you’re a fan of seeing celebrities make HUGE mistakes online, then this is the list for you. Just remember: Watch what you say on Twitter. Vote up the quickly-deleted tweet that you think is most controversial, and leave a comment if we missed anything.
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<![CDATA[The Best Current Crime Drama Series]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-current-crime-drama-tv-shows/ranker-tv In to crime shows? Well, here are the best current crime drama TV shows, ranked by user votes. From some good current crime drama series that are about cops and criminals, to others that are about the lawyers who put the bad guys away for good! While those are the more "by the book" tropes of crime shows, some of the top current crime shows on this list feauture some truly groundbreaking characters, and bar-raising storylines.

What shows will you find on this best current crime drama TV shows list? True Detective revolutionized the TV crime drama by casting new actors to play new roles in each subsequent season. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey were great in season one and Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch continued their intensity in the second season. Homeland is another good crime drama series currently airing.

The inmates of a female prison are the main characters in the great current crime show Orange Is the New Black. Other good shows featured on this top current crime drama TV shows list include NCIS and Better Call Saul.

Do you have a favorite crime show currently on television? Give the best series a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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<![CDATA[22 People Who Got Revenge in the Best Way Possible]]> http://ranker.com/list/people-who-got-revenge-in-creative-ways/jacob-shelton The age old adage holds that “revenge is a dish best served cold,” but to the people on this list, revenge was able to take on a myriad of creative forms, all of them even more dastardly than the next. The revenge stories collected on this list will teach you to never cross anyone ever, just in case they’re a secret criminal mastermind. But then again, if you’ve been crossed by an ex and you’re wondering how to get revenge, maybe you can get some ideas from the members of the revenge society on this list. Cross your fingers that you don’t know anyone on this collection of people who got revenge in the best way possible

Historically, revenge has taken many forms. Men have been walled up in their own wine cellars, people have been tricked into performing lewd acts on Skype, and some unlucky guys get their Batmobiles sold on Craigslist. There are so many creative ways to get revenge that it’s hard to know how exactly you should enact retribution upon your enemies. Well, the people below have plenty of top notch revenge ideas waiting for you to take in and learn from. Whatever you do, don’t get yourself in trouble with the 5-0 while executing your vengeful masterstroke.

Vote up the people who won at life the most, and then tell everyone about how you got revenge on a friend, ex, or coworker in the comments, just don’t incriminate yourself.
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<![CDATA[32 of the Coolest Things You Didn't Know About Amazon Prime]]> http://ranker.com/list/amazon-prime-facts-and-tricks/lisa-waugh If you’ve been using Amazon for years, you probably know all of these Amazon Prime hacks. But if you’re still mastering the wonders of the online shopping site, or just opened your account and are looking for a deal or excellent gift, this list of Amazon Prime tricks is full of helpful info.
 
Discount codes, money back comparison shopping, and automatic charity donations are a nice addition to peaceful and easy browsing (maybe on your couch, in your sweatpants, who will ever know?). Because Amazon gift cards never expire, find out how to make the most of small leftovers from prepaid cards and use your Wish List in an old fashioned brick and mortar retailer for budget savvy comparative shopping. Another of the top Amazon Prime tricks is how to share a membership within you household.
 
Do you shop for the holidays all year round or just can’t resist a good deal? Discover great deals in Amazon’s virtual outlet store. From scratch and dents to overstock, there are lots of items to snap up for that special occasion or as a little treat for yourself.  
 
As Amazon builds several hundred brick and mortar stores and dances on the bones of vanquished bookstores, you can take some comfort in these Amazon Prime hacks. For instance, to snag those deeply discounted add-on items, try pre-ordering something for at least $25. Want to save on shipping and get video credit? There's a Prime trick for that, too.
 
Vote up the most helpful insights on this list of Amazon Prime tricks and spread the wealth of virtual retailer knowledge.

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<![CDATA[The Greatest 2016 Super Bowl Commercials]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-2016-super-bowl-commercials/ranker-nfl Without hyperbole, it can be said that viral Super Bowl commercials are the only reason to watch America’s biggest game of the year. Unless you’re from Carolina or Colorado you probably don’t care who wins the giant silver sports trophy in 2016, but you almost certainly do care about which commercials win the award for best Super Bowl ads. Every year there are a few ads that stand out from the rest of the pack, but in 2016 the competition is intensely fierce among the buzzy Super Bowl commercials so it’s up to you to determine which Super Bowl 50 (or L, if you're Roman) commercials truly are the buzziest, and which commercials were better left on the marketing room floor.

During the Super Bowl, companies go all out to make sure you remember their commercial long after the big game. So much so that most people don’t even remember what was being sold, they just remember the commercial. Case in point, the Budweiser frogs had nothing to do with beer, but everyone remembers that commercial. And we can’t verify this but sales of frogs probably increased 1,000% after that commercial aired. Which Super Bowl commercials 2016 will take the cake? And which ads will fail to even be invited to the party (presumably where all the cake is)? You tell after you watch all of the buzziest Super Bowl ads from 2016.

Vote up your favorite 2016 Super Bowl commercials, then leave a comment about what you think Liam Neeson was selling in that LG commercial.
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<![CDATA[Animal-Human Reunions That'll Melt Your Heart]]> http://ranker.com/list/people-and-animal-reunions/ashley-reign Though it's commonly acknowledged that dogs are man's best friend, who would have ever expected similar bonds were possible between man and lions, gorillas, and even hyenas? Before you write it off as too crazy to be true, take a look below and see the proof for yourself in these insanely touching videos of humans reuniting with animals they share a special bond with. Just know you'll probably want to arm yourself with tissues before launching into the following videos, against which even the hardest of hearts stand about a snowball's chance in hell.

Here you’ll see some of the most heartwarming videos of people reuniting with animals that have ever been caught on film. You’ll see not only beloved family pets experiencing joy overload as they welcome their soldiers home from the military, but also wild animals celebrating unexpected reunions with the people who raised them until they could be reintroduced into the wild.

So if you’ve ever had any doubt about whether or not animals have emotions, get ready to find out once and for all as you witness a series of incredible animal reunions that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.


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<![CDATA[28 Celebrities Who Are Estranged from Their Parents]]> http://ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-are-estranged-from-their-parents/celebrity-lists This list contains information about celebrities who are estranged from their parents, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, actresses, and musicians are estranged from their parents. Some of these famous people emancipated from their parents when they were teens, while others became estranged later in life.

Who is the most famous person who is estranged from their parents? Jennifer Aniston tops our list. Jennifer Aniston became estranged from her mother, Nancy Dow, when Dow wrote a book about their relationship entitled From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir. Kate Hudson's parents, Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, divorced before she was two years old. Hudson is estranged from her father and considers her mother's longtime love, Kurt Russell, to be her dad.

Several famous men are also estranged from their parents. Tracy Morgan is estranged from much of his family. In 2012 he said, "As of this moment, I'm estranged from my own mother and most of my family, and I'm not sure that's going to change much. I'm not saying why, I'm just saying that's how it is. It's okay though. I've gotten used to it. I'm an island, kind of like Antigua: hot and humid, definitely a destination of choice if you want to get freaky or just kick back. And pretty isolated."

Are you surprised that so many celebrities are estranged from their parents? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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<![CDATA[WTF? Weird Things That Happened in Florida in 2016]]> http://ranker.com/list/weird-florida-news-2016/jacob-shelton Florida, as you may or may not know, is one of the strangest places on Earth. With the amount of weird Florida news that pops up online weekly, it’s almost as if the state has figured out a way to exploit their eccentric and lawless behavior in order to boost advertising and tourism revenue. Although I'm not sure how biting the fingers off of family members and peeping in random windows is going to bring more people to the Sunshine State. If you can’t get enough crazy Florida news in your life, this list of weird things that happened in FL in 2016 is perfect for you. I can guarantee that you won’t be bored.

When it comes to funny Florida news stories, if you can dream it, you can find it. For whatever reason, Florida is a magnet for some of the weirdest people and happenings that you’ll ever hear about. With all those people running around spitting at doctors or chasing tenants with axes, it seems like Florida is the one place where there are no laws. But don’t take my word for it. You be the judge of how crazy Florida can get after reading all of these WTF Florida news stories from 2016. Life really is stranger than fiction.

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<![CDATA[Great Books They Haven't Made Into Movies Yet (But Should)]]> http://ranker.com/list/books-that-should-be-made-into-movies/jacob-shelton Despite Hollywood’s relentless quest to film everything they can think of, there are still plenty of great books that have yet to be adapted into films. Even though a lot of book nerds tend to hate on movies based on books, no one can argue that a good film adaptation can not only drive up interest in the source material, but in a strange way the film can also create an entire crop of new readers. For instance, after Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy was released, the classic book series sold an astonishing 25 million copies. If that’s not a good excuse to start turning all of your favorite books into movies, nothing is. If you’re trying to figure out what all the fuss is about, peruse this list of great books that Hollywood hasn’t made into movies yet (but totally should).

No matter what kind of literature you prefer, there’s something on this list of great books that should be adapted into films that’s going to tug at your heartstrings. Even if you keep up with all the latest Hollywood buzz, you’ll definitely be shocked that some brave filmmaker hasn’t adapted a few of the novels on this list. Put on your reading glasses, and fire up your wish list, because you’re going to want to read these books before someone makes them into a movie.

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<![CDATA[Oscar-Nominated Movies with Plot Holes You Can't Unsee]]> http://ranker.com/list/oscar-nominated-movies-with-plot-holes/anncasano There’s an unspoken deal between filmmakers and spectators. Filmmakers ask that spectators accept films as make believe and know that in order to get lost in a film world they must agree to some level of suspension of disbelief. Seasoned spectators accept those terms in order to insert themselves into the world created by the filmmakers. However, there are limitations to that deal. Even though an audience is perfectly willing to accept things like a little boy that sees ghosts, or a teenager that can travel to the future in a DeLorean through a wormhole when it hits 88 mph - that doesn’t mean that an audience is willing to overlook parts of the plot that don’t add up. Here are the Oscar-nominated movies with plot holes you can’t un-see.

Yes, there are even plot holes in Academy Award nominated movies. The Matrix is one of the most innovative sci-fi films ever made and its introduction of bullet time technology and a mind-bending plot earned it four Academy Awards, but it’s far from perfect.

It’s easy for a spectator to accept the premise of a dystopian future in which machines hold the bodies of humans captive, while their minds are part of a simulated reality or dream world called the Matrix. But, we can’t ignore the giant plot hole that puts Cypher into the Matrix without the benefit of an operator or with someone there to plug him in. It goes against the narrative rules of the film that have been constructed for the audience, therefore it’s a plot hole that needs to be at the very least brought up for discussion. There are theories out there attempting to explain away this plot hole, but none truly satisfy all the rules previously established by the film.

The Matrix is just one Academy Award film that actually has a slew of plot holes. Check out these other plot holes in great movies and vote up the film plot holes that bother you the most.
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<![CDATA[The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies]]> http://ranker.com/list/books-that-were-adapted-into-oscar-winning-movies/the-wrap People usually assume that books are better than their film adaptations, but that may not be true for the books on this list. All of these books were turned into movies that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, so an argument can be made that the movie adaptations were just as good, or (gasp!) even better than the original source material. Of the 87 movies that have won Academy Awards for Best Picture so far, 40 were based on or inspired by books. Some are faithful book-to-movie adaptions, while others use creative license and are loosely based on books. 

What are the best books that were turned into Oscar-winning movies? Some of the books are award-winners themselves including Gone with the Wind and The English Patient, while tomes like Lord of the Rings and The Godfather are popular novels that have devoted fanbases. From classics like Rebecca and Around the World in Eighty Days to contemporary works like Q &A and The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA, the books and the respective films cover a variety of genres. This list includes some of the best books turned into movies that won Oscars in the Best Picture category. Vote up for your favorites! 
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<![CDATA[Insane Things That (Really) Happened at the Chateau Marmont]]> http://ranker.com/list/crazy-chateau-marmont-stories/jacob-shelton Anyone who lives in Los Angeles can tell you that despite the city’s reputation as the promised land of the entertainment industry, there’s a darkness that looms over the town like a dense fog. For every new restaurant that pops up, there’s a bar or hotel that seems to radiate a sad evil from its insides. One of those places is the Chateau Marmont, a hotel that caters to those members of the celebrity elite who either want to block out the outside world, or get up to no good without being surrounded by cameras. There’s such a wealth of Chateau Marmont stories that you could almost build a secret history of Hollywood with them, and we’ll tell you some of the best tales on this list of the insane things that really happened at Hotel Marmont.

The famous people at Chateau Marmont at any given time range from actors to musicians and even photographers. While you’re probably aware of at least one of the Chateau Marmont deaths, there are definitely more than coked out comedians hanging out in the hotel. Modern Chateau Marmont celebrities are a special brand of star, they long for the golden age of Hollywood when you could have a drink (or a speedball) in private, and when you could still drive a motorcycle through a hotel without anyone batting an eye. The stories of famous people at the Chateau Marmont are anything but your normal Hollywood gossip, and the craziest stories in all of Chateau Marmont history are all here for your reading pleasure.
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<![CDATA[The Greatest Celebrity Freudian Slips Ever]]> http://ranker.com/list/celebrity-freudian-slips/jacob-shelton Celebrities spend a lot of time talking to the press, doing interviews, and just standing in front of microphones saying things. So it’s honestly crazy that we aren’t knee deep celebrity Freudian slips (i.e. when you accidentally say something that you that you secretly really mean). The celebrities who said dumb things on this list range from professional fighters to talk show hosts. There's even one from a US president. It just goes to show that no matter how well-educated or well-coached a star might be, they can’t stop themselves from slipping up and saying something dumb. Call your PR person and check out this list of the greatest celebrity Freudian slips ever.

Celebrity slips of the tongue aren’t unusual. Stars of the stage, screen, and political world tend to say stupid things on camera, but it’s rare that they make such odd psychological statements as the celebs on this list. In each story you’ll read, stars embarrass themselves by doing everything from saying that they had sex with a Republican president to referencing their ex-husband instead of their current one.

These celebrity gaffes will make you cringe so hard that you laugh. Just be glad that you didn’t make any of the Freudian slips on this list. Vote up the biggest celebrity slips of the tongue, and tell us all about that weird dream you had and how it corresponds to how much you love your mother.
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<![CDATA[The Best Two Player Games for Super Nintendo]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-two-player-games-for-snes/chris-abraham For a system known for its single player experience, there are still a ton of good co-op games for SNES. If you had to pick, what would you say is the best co-op game for Super Nintendo? There were amazing two player racing games, brawlers, RPGs, and more that were a blast to play with a friend (or little brother who always had to be player two). Vote up your favorite two player SNES games that you love playing with friends, and add any games to the list you think we missed!

Did you know Kirby Super Star was the first multiplayer Kirby game? The coolest part was that player two could be a multitude of characters, depending on which enemy Kirby swallowed and then transformed into his helper. Super Mario Kart also launched on SNES, which paved the way for tons of future racing games, both in and outside of the Mario Kart franchise.
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<![CDATA[People Who Won Oscars for the Wrong Film]]> http://ranker.com/list/people-who-won-oscars-for-the-wrong-film/the-wrap Sometimes, the Academy sets out to right an Oscar mistake, finally giving top awards to the most deserving of actors and directors... but not for their best work. Which stars have won Academy Awards, but a few years too late? For actors and directors who've made it big in Hollywood, there's no award like an Academy Award. No accolade is more prestigious than the Oscar: it is the high water mark of a career and no actor is the same after a win or even a nomination. Unfortunately sometimes the Academy gets it wrong.

This occasionally results in make up Oscars - honoring the great work of top actors or directors, for a film that maybe wasn't their best outing. Other times, the Academy might give a farewell Oscar to an iconic actor who is retiring and hasn't yet won. From Scorsese to Elizabeth Taylor, the Oscars have honored some questionable films and roles, in an effort to make the Oscar dreams of film legends finally come true.

Whatever the case these are the actors and directors who won an Oscar... but for the wrong film. Vote up the directors and actors who should've won Oscars for other films in their bodies of work, but got consolation Oscars instead.

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<![CDATA[21 Super Weird International Fast Food Items You'd Still Try]]> http://ranker.com/list/fast-food-around-the-world/cosmicboxer As the great philosopher Drake once said, “You only live once,” which is why you should go out of your way to try everything you can while you’re still alive. This statement applies doubly to fast food in other countries. For many reasons, international fast food is the number one argument for visiting another country. Not only are the flavor profiles and spices completely different from what we have in America, but the food laws are a far cry from what we have in the United States, so you never know what you’re going to get when you stop at a Taco Bell in Vietnam, or a hot dog stand in Iceland. (Real talk: get a hot dog in Iceland.) Dig your passport out of your sock drawer and put your phone on airplane mode, because this list is full of weird international fast food items that you need to try - no matter how strange they might be.

Trying different fast food around the world is one of the hallmarks of being an international traveler. For anyone who’s ever left the country for an extended period of time, you know the familiar, yet alien feeling of popping into a McDonald's or Burger King in a foreign country and trying their version of your favorite fast food meal. For someone who rarely goes outside of their comfort zone, it can be a truly eye-opening experience.

Vote up the most interesting fast food from around the globe that you just have to try, and then leave a comment if you’ve had the pleasure of trying any of these strange international treats.
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<![CDATA[OMG Facts About OJ Simpson That Will Make Your Skin Crawl]]> http://ranker.com/list/creepy-oj-simpson-facts/mike-rothschild The OJ Simpson murder case is never far from popular culture. With the 20th anniversary of the killings in 2014, and a new FX miniseries about the murders and trial debuting in 2016, it's worth diving into some creepy OJ Simpson facts. Simpson's behavior before, during, and after the trial is some of the strangest and most compelling in modern history - and much of it was really, really creepy.

For example, Simpson has made numerous attempts to profit from the notoriety he achieved from the murders, even while insisting he didn't commit them. He put his name on a ghost-written confession, wanted to put his first interview on pay-per-view, and tried to cash in with a prank show. Oh, and he threw a giant bash after being acquitted of the double murder over which he was later sued and ultimately found responsible for.

What happened to OJ Simpson? Here are some of the creepiest, most WTF facts about OJ Simpson and the insane trial of the century that swirled around him.

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<![CDATA[The Best Nicholas Sparks Books]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-nicholas-sparks-books/barbara-gaston The best Nicholas Sparks books include some of the most popular modern era romance novels. From 'The Notebook' to 'Safe Haven,' the novels listed here are considered among Sparks' greatest works. Nicholas Sparks is one of the best-selling and most recognizable romance novelists in recent memory, selling millions of books worldwide. Now, it's time to vote for the Sparks books you think are his best, vote down any you don't like and, if you want, re-rank this list in any order you want.

Nicholas Sparks' best books are those that include sweeping, poignant, romantic stories. His works are heavy on the romance, with some stories covering decades of togetherness. Not everyone is a Sparks fan (some believe he's among the lamest authors of all time), and that's perfectly okay. To each his own, right?

Many of the best Nicholas Sparks books have been turned into major motion pictures. In 1999, the first big screen adaptation of a Sparks novel, 'Message in a Bottle,' starring Kevin Costner and Robin Wright, was released. That was followed by 2002's 'A Walk to Remember' (starring Mandy Moore and Shane West) and then 2004's 'The Notebook.'

Of all Nicholas Sparks movie adaptations, 'The Notebook' is perhaps the most popular. It certainly ranks way up there among the greatest chick flicks of all time. The film made a star out of Ryan Gosling, and he had incredible on-screen chemistry (and off) with his co-star, Rachel McAdams.

Say what you want about Nicholas Sparks' books, but it is impossible to argue that he's beloved by millions of romance readers. If you've read all of Sparks' novels and want to find a new writer that's similar, check out this list of authors like Nicholas Sparks for inspiration.
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<![CDATA[11 Reasons Why We Already Hate Fuller House]]> http://ranker.com/list/reasons-why-fuller-house-is-going-to-be-bad/whitneyvanlaningham We're definitely a little skeptical about the reboot of Fuller House that's set to air on Netflix in late February 2016. It's not that we aren't excited; it's just that we've been burned by hotly anticipated sequels before. (Does Anchorman 2 ring any bells?) Sequels and remakes almost never live up to the original, and the premise of Fuller House doesn't quite seem unique enough to forge its own path without the ghost of Full House looming in the background.   

You've all been wondering: Is Fuller House good? Well, we have some predictions that will help you make up your mind. It looks like the show is going to be a carbon copy of the original, which could easily turn the series into yet another disappointing remake. Having the characters reuse the same catchphrases might be charming at first, but listening to a grown woman whine about "how rude" her family is will probably get annoying very quickly. And don't even get us started on the ridiculous "Whip/Nae Nae" video that the Tanner sisters and Kimmy Gibbler shared on the show's Facebook page.  

Do you think Fuller House is going to live up to the hype? Check out this list of reasons why Fuller House is probably going to be bad, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.  

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<![CDATA[The Best Supernatural Shows on TV Right Now]]> http://ranker.com/list/supernatural-shows-on-tv-right-now/ranker-tv

These current supernatural TV shows are currently providing fans with all manner of spooky entertainment. They range from Supernatural (which, as you may have guessed, deals with supernatural themes) to Teen Wolf (which is one of the most successful scripted series in MTV history). Below you'll find are the supernatural shows currently on TV, ranked for your binge-viewing pleasure. Whether you are looking for ghost shows currently on TV or current TV shows about witches, this list can guide you through your supernatural choices. They include a variety of network and cable series with unique themes and surprising twists.


Current TV shows with magic and supernatural elements include Daredevil and Black Mirror, both of which are (or have become) Netflix series. But you don't have to stream all your favorite supernatural TV shows. Fan of zombies? Check out iZombie. Fan of vampires? Check out The Vampire Diaries. Fan of superheroes? Enjoy Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. All of these shows have been renewed by their networks and will continue to surprise you with their memorable visuals, unique worlds, and sense of magical realism.

From The 100 to The Walking Dead, shows with the best ratings and the most devoted niche audiences are often ones that deal with the supernatural. So which supernatural series do you think are the best on air now? Cast your votes below and add any other supernatural shows currently airing on television and streaming platforms.


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<![CDATA[The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates]]> http://ranker.com/list/2016-presidential-candidates/ranker-news A list of the 2016 presidential candidates, as ranked by savvy politicos. The electoral field is wide open and chock full of millionaires and politicians who have been active in the political spotlight for decades whether they're Democrats or Republicans. From former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to reality show star Donald Trump, the candidates have been in the public eye for years and years. Many of the potential 2016 presidential nominees are household names, but there are newcomers as well.

The fresh blood in the race comes from the likes of Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, the latter of whom has caused a lot of controversy and garnered a name for himself in recent years. Another surprising contender is former Socialist Bernie Sanders, who has been accused of running for more symbolic reasons than practical ones.

From heavy favorites to dark horses, this list rounds up the 2016 presidential election candidates. Whomever ends up securing nominations, the candidates will definitely keep voters invested and entertained in the lead-up to the 2016 contest deciding the next Commander in Chief.

Vote up your favorite would-be presidents below! And stay tuned as more politicians announce their presidential bids! 

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<![CDATA[The Best Current Sitcoms]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-current-tv-sitcoms/ranker-tv The best current TV sitcoms are those funny situational comedy shows that keep us laughing during their current original runs. Mainstays of the network television primetime lineups, these best current sitcoms are among the funniest shows on television today with witty jokes and lovable characters. If you need a good laugh after a long day, these best current TV sitcoms are the cream of the crop.

While popular sitcoms like Friends and Seinfeld may be gone, there are more great new sitcoms than ever before. Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon have broke down barriers by creating some of the best new sitcoms like Transparent and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Shows like South Park and The Simpsons still produce great new episodes while also being the best adult cartoons ever. 

But there are plenty more where that came from. Other current favorite sitcoms include ABC's Modern Family, CBS's The Big Bang Theory, Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and many great cable network sitcoms like Louie, Veep, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Which current television sitcom keeps you and the family in stitches? Vote up your favorite current TV sitcoms, add any that are missing or re-rank this list of the best current TV sitcoms in your own order, all below!
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<![CDATA[The Best Slave Narratives in American History]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-slave-narratives/ranker-books A list of the most important slave narratives in American literature. True stories told by fugitive or freed slaves allow modern readers to experience the history of slavery in an immediate and personal way. Nothing can make a reader identify with an author like an autobiography or biography; reading real peoples' experiences in their own words can shape our sense of humility, empathy, and compassion.

These factual accounts of slavery, suffering, escape, and freedom by figures like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass allow modern audiences to go beyond superficial images to a fuller understanding of the slave experience. In illuminating the humanity of the oppressed, these stories also contextualize a horrific American institution that continues to profoundly shape our culture.


There are many historical accounts that pertain to the topic of slavery from the perspective of slaves themselves. We've compiled some of the most famous personal tales by slaves from American history. Vote up the best slave narratives below and if we missed any important non-fiction slave stories, add them to the list.


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<![CDATA[Famous People Who Stormed Off Stage]]> http://ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-stormed-off-stage/jacob-shelton By nature, performers are needy, mercurial people who can create magical moments when the elements perfectly align. But when things go wrong in the world of the performer, they go really wrong. Like, smashing-a-hole-in-the-stage wrong. This list is all about famous people who threw fits on stage, from the singer of Smash Mouth to pop megastar Justin Bieber.

The celebrities who threw tantrums on stage aren’t just musicians; comedians and actors are among the people who stormed off stage in the past. And you better believe they made sure the audience remembered them. To read all about the craziness of singers who walked off stage, keep scrolling and try to avoid incurring their wrath.

Most of the time, when celebrities walk off stage, their shows end in more of a whimper than a bang. That’s not true for the celebrity walks-offs on this list. In fact, at least two of the people on this list caused full on riots. What can we learn from these stars who got fed up and bailed on their audiences? Nothing really, just don’t throw tomatoes at them or heckle them while they’re trying to tell jokes – unless of course you want them to end up on this list.

If that’s the case, heckle away and vote up the best stories of famous people storming off stage. Then take to the comments to dish on the time you saw your favorite star throw a hissy fit.
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<![CDATA[Journalists Who Were Caught Lying]]> http://ranker.com/list/journalists-who-lied/mel-judson It's not just politicians who lie through their teeth. Even some of the most trusted names in news have told a tall tale here or there. Which journalists have lied? Well, NBC suspended Brian Williams for half a year after he was caught lying about his experience in a war-torn Iraq. CBS suspended Lara Logan after she was caught lying about a contractor's experience in Benghazi. As it turns out, journalists lie all the time and, thanks to other journalists, they are often caught. This list of news reporters, anchors, and hosts who have lied to their viewers and readers will have you questioning where you get your daily news.

From Bill O'Reilly's war story, which turned out to be fabricated, to reporters like Stephen Glass, whose lies have launched Hollywood films, there is sadly no shortage of liars who are themselves employed to catch liars and report the truth.

The major networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) have all had their share of correspondents and anchors who have fabricated and even directly misled. In 2003, The New York Times even had to fire a journalist whose articles were often made up. Meanwhile, cable news channels like MSNBC and Fox News have introduced news anchors like Ed Schultz and Steve Doocy, respectively, who have been caught putting politics before journalism.

Read about these journalists who ended up facing criticism and unemployment for reporting pure lies and fiction in place of the truth.

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<![CDATA[The Most Unexpected Things to Ever Happen on Live TV]]> http://ranker.com/list/unexpected-things-that-happened-on-live-tv/jacob-shelton Thanks to media saturation, it’s hard to truly shock an audience with something. Usually it takes something truly unexpected to blow a viewer's mind. Thankfully, live television, usually reserved for daytime news and sporting events, is one of the only places that we can truly be shocked anymore. Whenever people see shocking things caught on live TV, it freaks them out so much more than if they were watching a movie. Maybe it’s because you don’t expect anything to be truly shocking anymore, or maybe it’s because your brains don’t know how to comprehend a dual helicopter crash. Check out this list of the most unexpected things to ever happen on live television, and prepare for your brain to melt.

Just because this is a list of shocking things that happened on live TV, doesn’t mean that it’s full of death and destruction. Yes, there’s a live shootout or two, but there’s also an adorable cat and maybe the most excited meteorologist you’ll ever see. Some of the items in this collection of unexpected events were massive news stories that have taken on almost mythic proportions over time, while other moments still feel like they’re so strange that they can’t actually be happening. Even though we’re telling you that you’re about to watch a series of unexpected moments, there’s no real way to prepare yourself for what you’re about to see.

Vote up the most shocking moments caught on live television, and then tell everyone in the comments section about the most shocking thing you ever saw on live TV.
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<![CDATA[On-Again Off-Again Celebrity Couples We Can't Keep Track Of]]> http://ranker.com/list/on-again-off-again-celebrity-couples/jessica-lawshe Have Justin and Selena rekindled their romance? What's with Miley and Liam? Will Kourtney and Scott ever make it work? Well, it's complicated. If you can't keep up with celebrity romances without a little help, go ahead and bookmark this list of on-again off-again celebrity couples

Things change from minute to minute in Hollywood - especially when it comes to the love lives of our favorite celebs. The rocky relationships keep our heads spinning, and our fingers scrolling through celeb updates. You need a list just to keep it all straight! Well, here it is!

Which
celebrities in a complicated relationship are you rooting for? We have some favorites. Like, can Jelena please get back together already? We know "the heart wants what it wants," but we want them to be together forever! And who can keep track of John Mayer and Katy Perry? One month they're "hot," the next they're "cold" (sorry, had to).

No need to scroll through the tabloids, we've got all the on-off news right here.

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<![CDATA[The Best Songs About Winter]]> http://ranker.com/list/songs-about-winter/ranker-music Who says it has to be cold outside to enjoy songs about winter? Here's our list of the best songs about winter, ranked by votes from users like you. Winter is the season for curling up beside a fire and listening to your favorite records. Many musicians have written great songs about the beauty of winter, but others lament the season's cold temperatures and falling snow. From rock & roll to hip-hop, it seems that every genre of music has a ton of wonderful winter songs. The songs below aren't necessarily holiday winter songs, so if you're looking for a Christmas playlist than this list might not be right for you.

Tori Amos' Little Earthquakes hit, “Winter,” appears on this list of the top winter songs. Some of the stand-out lyrics from this tune include, “Snow can wait I forgot my mittens/Wipe my nose get my new boots on.” Paul Simon has written many songs about the seasons. In 2011, he released the winter single, “Getting Ready for Christmas Day.”

Bon Iver musician Justin Vernon is often inspired by winter's snow. The Bon Iver track, “Holocene,” is an example of a great song that references winter in its lyrics and captures winter's feel with its composition.

Which song on this list of the greatest winter songs do you think is the best. Give it a thumbs up to vote it to the top spot.
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<![CDATA[7 Party Drugs That Have Medical Benefits]]> http://ranker.com/list/party-drugs-that-have-medical-benefits/matthewcoleweiss By now, everyone in the world knows that marijuana is not just a munchie-inducing recreational drug. It can also have big medicinal benefits for some. In fact, state after state has begun to legalize medical use of the marijuana to help sick people with issues that range from glaucoma and seizures, to anxiety and Alzheimer's disease. There's some possibility it can even help treat cancer.  

So this begs the question - if cannabis has beneficial medical properties that were previously unknown, is it possible that there are other party drugs that also have some upsides to them (medically speaking, of course)?   And the answer, at least according to several studies, doctors, and experts, is "yes!"  But let's be clear, we're not suggesting LSD, ecstacy, coke and the other drugs on this list are good for you, or that the drugs on this list should be legalized now. That's for the researchers and doctors to figure out. We're just compiling the available studies. Further research is needed, but these drugs may one day widely help human beings in more ways than just helping them have a good time.
 
This lists contains seven other party drugs that, along with making people hallucinate or tweak out, have shown some ability to heal the sick. Some are even used internationally by medical professionals. Check out these facts about drugs and find out all about illegal drugs with medical benefits. Should these drugs used as medicine be more widely accepted? Make your thoughts heard in the comments!

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<![CDATA[TV Shows and Movies with the Best Use of Airlocks]]> http://ranker.com/list/tv-shows-and-movies-with-the-best-use-of-airlocks/coy-jandreau There's that classic moment in so many sci-fi films and TV shows where the vacuum of space pulls at our heroes (or the villains) and our heart strings. There's something so intense and visceral about the power and endless abyss of space. Directors and writers have been toying with the airlock as an action set piece concept since the first space films and sci-fi TV shows.

It's used on dozens of television shows, many of them making it an ongoing threat or means of execution. Science fiction films like Alien, Sunshine, and Event Horizon have used airlocks in graphic ways to dismember or jettison one of the heroes (or main villain in the case of Alien and Aliens). Other times the airlock can even be used comedically, like in Austin Powers or Galaxy Quest.

This is a round up of all of those times airlocks featured prominently - and awesomely - in your favorite science fiction from both the small and big screens. Vote up the movies and TV shows that used the airlock the best - whether to rid a ship of cylons, or to get laughs.
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<![CDATA[The Best Books Inspired by Pride and Prejudice]]> http://ranker.com/list/books-inspired-by-pride-and-prejudice/ranker-books Books like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen have created endless sequels and adaptations, but mostly a deep intent to capture the flame of the original. The longing, the misunderstandings, the stakes, the righting of wrongs, the slow burn. Authors have been inspired to hang many a story on those elements. Austen unlocked the formula and became the originator of the romance novel and the rom com. Pride and Prejudice demonstrates that no matter what the era, love is love and it’s all about the dance.  
 
The phenomenal power of the novel, published in 1813, continues to inspire all manner of P&P plots and twists as well. Pride and Prejudice sequels have been set on the high seas, in modern times, and even in the middle of a zombie invasion. Bridget Jones bumbled her way into the heart of Mark Darcy while Shelby Roswell and Ransom Fielding found love among Civil War re-enactors. Some sequels imagine the years after Austen’s novel ends, giving readers a front row seat to the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy.  
 
Some Pride and Prejudice books break the fourth wall and address the obsession with P&P’s characters head on in books like Austenland. Others put Elizabeth Bennet, one of the most enduring and respected characters in literature, through even more paces than the original story, already rife with dramatic tension, family fortunes, jealousy, pearl clutching, public shaming, bribes, and missed connections.  
 
The most popular Pride and Prejudice sequels capture the inward smolder of Darcy’s thwarted pursuit of the woman he loves and Elizabeth’s head strong independence with the author’s own flair and interpretation. Which Pride and Prejudice books line your shelves? The stories that take us into Darcy and Elizabeth’s marriage? Or back to the beginning where they first laid eyes on each other?  
 
Vote up your favorite Pride and Prejudice sequels and send-ups. Darcy and Lizzie forever. 

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<![CDATA[The Best Space Selfies]]> http://ranker.com/list/space-selfies/jacob-shelton As it stands today, everyone has taken a selfie - even your grandma. And as cool as your grandma’s selfies may be, they’ll never stack up to the space selfies taken by astronauts and especially not the Mars Rover selfies. Astronaut selfies are particularly inspiring because they not only show the breadth of human exploration, they also show that no matter how much of an egghead you are, everyone likes taking selifes. Even more to that point, the Mars Rover’s selfies are examples of mechanical and artistic beauty. Whether or not you’re someone whose heartstrings are pulled whenever you watch movies like WALL-E, seeing a few rover selfies will make you believe that John F. Kennedy was on to something when he decided we should go to the moon.

Outer space selfies are some of the coolest photos you’ll ever see. Not only are they awe-inspiring in their scope of the majesty of outer space, they’re also full of neat details. It’s cool to see how NASA’s patches and suits have changed over time, and it’s interesting to note how astronauts need to find ways to alleviate boredom just like regular people. And thanks to the Mars Rover’s selfies, we’re actually able to see the surface of a planet that people have been dreaming about visiting since before interplanetary travel was possible.

Hook up your oxygen tanks and vote up the coolest space selfies below, which is going to be tough because all of these self portraits are out of this world.
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<![CDATA[The Best 1990s Sci-Fi Shows]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-1990s-sci-fi-shows/ranker-tv These are the best 1990s Sci Fi shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some good 90s sci fi series are set centuries in the future, while other great 1990s sci fi programs take place in the far reaches of outer space. A few of the most popular 1990s sci fi shows have been reimagined in films.
 
What programs are featured on this best 1990s sci fi shows list? Since premiering in 1993, The X-Files kept viewers on the edge of their seats as agents Mulder and Scully found that “The truth is out there.” This great 90s science fiction show was so popular that new episodes were created in 2016, long after it ended in 2002. Stargate SG-1 was another good sci fi series that aired on television in the 1990s.

When an alien expedition landed on earth in 3rd Rock from the Sun, viewers discovered lots of laughs. Other great programs that appear on this top 1990s sci fi shows list include Profiler, Sliders and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Which 90s sci fi show do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give the best series a vote up!
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<![CDATA[32 Cool, Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone]]> http://ranker.com/list/what-you-can-do-with-a-smartphone/lauren-slocum This just in! Smartphones weren't solely invented for selfies, food photos, and Snapchat. We can all agree that smartphones have become quite the 21st century nuisance; everywhere you go, faces look downward and fingers are flying across four square inches of glass screen. But before we all start boycotting public use of smartphones (HA!), let's take a look at some of the coolest, most impressive uses for your smartphone. 

It's true that people get a little carried away with being on their phones. I mean, you're driving to 7-11 to pick up some munchies and next thing you know, you're trolling your ex's Instagram while sitting at a stop light. WHY?! But there are some really intelligent and helpful apps out there. Nowadays, there are entire high school and college courses dedicated to creating apps. Apps are the world wide web of the future, and because they pinpoint specific needs, there's a cool smartphone use out there for everyone. 

Trying to lose weight? My Fitness Pal will count your calories and help create workout plans for you. Been meaning to tune that dusty old banjo for the past two years? Cleartune is a simple and accurate way to do it directly from your phone. So next time you're watching your favorite band at that cool venue and everyone around you is on their phone, don't get annoyed! They're probably doing something really important like checking their blood pressure or reading Moby Dick on their Kindle. 

What are your favorite uses for your smartphone? Vote up your favorites and add any cool things you can do while staring at a screen that you don't see listed here.

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs]]> http://ranker.com/crowdranked-list/greatest-pen-and-paper-rpg_s-v1 The greatest pen and paper RPGs (or role-playing games) don't require any kind of fancy technology. No, these RPGs are much more like traditional board games. When in doubt, go for the classics, like RuneQuest, Traveller and the perennially popular Dungeons & Dragons. This list includes a lot of favorites, but it isn't complete, so feel free to add the pen and paper/tabletop RPGs that you love playing the most, too. Vote up the best, vote down the worst and rerank this list any way you want.

If you're looking for something new to play, why not give some of these great, table top RPGs a whirl? It's no accident that RPGs like 'Call of Cthulhu' have been around for a long, long time. Despite the emergence of some incredibly impressive RPG video games, these tabletop RPGs keep us coming back for more. Tabletop RPGs force us to communicate with each other, rather than being glued to a computer or TV screen for hours on end.

Enjoy this list of great table-talk role-playing games, and don't forget to vote for the best tabletop RPG below!
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<![CDATA[The Rappers with the Dirtiest Rhymes]]> http://ranker.com/list/rapper-with-the-dirtiest-rhymes/whatevayoulike The rappers with the dirtiest rhymes are renowned for spitting some of the most inappropriate, pornographic and dirty lyrics in all of rap. These rappers are no stranger to parental advisory warnings on their albums and censorship to make their songs clean enough to air on the radio. Simply put, these dirty rappers would make even the boldest person blush.

While most rappers tend to push the envelope with risque lyrics, nasty profanity and sexual themes, a select few perfected the practice so much that the genre of dirty rap evolved. 2 Live Crew was one of the first to release highly controversial sexual music back in the 1986s. Despite a great deal of backlash from conservative critics and angry parents who hated the vulgar language, the group continued to pave the way and the genre of dirty rap was born.

Many have used 2 Live Crew for inspiration with extremely dirty lyrics including many of the best rappers of the '90s and best rappers of the '00s. The likes of Too Short, Afroman, Three 6 Mafia, D4L and many others have released singles and complete albums with filthy lyrics.

Nothing is really off limits for these rappers but to keep the mainstream appeal, many have found creative ways to express themselves and keep the censors happy at the same time. 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" and "Magic Stick" appear nearly innocent on the surface but think about it a bit more and the lyrics turn X-rated real fast.

Dirty rap, or porn rap as it's also called, is only a small percentage of rap music but certainly makes its mark on anyone who listens to it. It's not for everyone, but if you can stand the coarseness of the lyrics, these rappers are some of the best in terms of dirty lyrics. Parental advisory indeed.
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<![CDATA[Enough Already! TV Actors Who Overact]]> http://ranker.com/list/tv-actors-who-overact/candice-darden Overacting doesn't always have to be a bad thing; some actors have managed to make a career despite it, or maybe even because of it. From exaggerating expressions, to over-the-top displays of sadness, joy, anger, happiness, and everything in between, we present to you an over the top list of the top TV actors who overact.
 
Jerry Seinfeld was clearly a comedian with less refined acting chops as his costars, yet he managed to have his own show despite his tendency to constantly overplay scenes. William Shatner is a notoriously cringeworthy actor, known particularly for his roles where he overreacts to, well, nearly everything. Zooey Deschanel, as Jessica Day on New Girl, is either endearing in her overacting or the epitome of annoying, depending on who you ask. Sofia Vergara also has a polarizing effect - obnoxious or endearing in her overreactions on Modern Family, it's your call.

No matter the network, no show is immune to overacting actors. Check out the actors below, and be sure to vote up the television stars who need to seriously take a chill pill.

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<![CDATA[The Most Controversial Movies of All Time]]> http://ranker.com/list/controversial-movies/anncasano Since the beginning of cinema, films have been pushing the boundaries of what society deems to be “acceptable entertainment.” If filmmakers did not take chances, did not dare to question the establishment, and instead opt to walk the line - films like The Wild Bunch and Psycho would never have been made. Thankfully artists have always been there to challenge authority. These are the most controversial movies of all time.

Some of the movies on this list were banned and/or denounced because they were too violent and graphic like Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. Horror films like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist may be considered tame by today’s standards, but at the time of their release, many moviegoers and critics were shocked and appalled by their gratuitous violence.

Of course, religion has always and will always be a major contributor to controversy. Pretty much any film that has questioned the sanctimony and history of an established religion, like Christianity, is going to receive heat. Religious protesters in Paris firebombed a theater screening of Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. The protesters thought the film’s depiction of the life of Jesus Christ should not include sex, lust, or temptation.

Some of the movies on this list are made for nothing more than shock value. Horror films like Faces of Death and Cannibal Holocaust are meant to disgust and push the boundaries of good taste, while other films like Midnight Cowboy and Bonnie and Clyde have stood the test of time and have become Hollywood classics.

There are several reasons why the films on this list (many more than just the top 10 controversial movies) were deemed controversial: too sexual, too violent, too graphic, too queer, too shocking, too much nudity. For whatever the reason, these are the most controversial movies of all time. Upvote those you think are the most controversial, whether or not you like the film itself.
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<![CDATA[Black Inventions We'd Be Completely Lost Without]]> http://ranker.com/list/black-inventors-and-inventions/damon-davis If your list of Black inventors begins and ends with George Washington Carver, you have so much more to learn. Black inventors and their inventions have been changing the world for the better for hundreds of years. Believe it or not, you've no doubt used tons of Black inventions over the course of your life, many of which you may not have even known were created by African American innovators. For instance did you know that the Super Soaker, refrigerated trucks, and pencil sharpeners where all Black inventions?  

We've gathered up a collection of brilliant inventions you probably use in your every day life, all of which were invented by Black people. Whether you realize it or not, every time you sit down to eat a bag of potato chips or play video games at home, you have industrious African Americans to thank. Whether it's world-changing inventions like the concept of a blood bank, or smaller but no less valuable objects like the dust pan or golf tee, check out these modern day objects that were created by Black inventors. Vote up the ones you'd be lost without.

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<![CDATA[18 Surprising Facts About the Department of Corrections]]> http://ranker.com/list/us-department-of-corrections-facts/mike-rothschild The prison population of the United States is over two million people, the highest of any country in the world, and larger than the gulag system at the height of the Soviet Union. Of these inmates, around 200,000 are held in federal prison, either before or after trial. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has a fascinating history, often quite different than the local and state facilities it augments, and some of it is quite shocking.

True to the nature of the United States, federal crimes were rare until the late 19th century. Most justice was dispensed at the town or county level, and US Marshals carried out arrests for crimes that went across states. Since it was formed in 1931, up until 1980, BOP inmates were a small group. But mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes, handed down by "tough on crime" judges and prosecutors, made this number skyrocket. With it has come a host of problems and inequities.

Here are some startling facts about the federal prison population and the Bureau of Prisons that house it.

18 Surprising Facts About the Department of Corrections]]>
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<![CDATA[The Weirdest/Worst Oscar Acceptance Speeches Ever, Ranked]]> http://ranker.com/list/weird-oscar-acceptance-speeches/the-wrap The Academy Awards are the highlight of the year of cinephiles. It's when the Academy honors those they see as the absolute best of the best. To even receive a nomination is a staggering accomplishment. Naturally, when the stakes are that high, and you're up on the stage accepting the award... you may not be thinking clearly. For those poor people it's traumatic, for viewers at home it's a moment to relive on YouTube forever.

Most of these weird oscar acceptance speeches had only the best intentions. Whether they decided to go too political; to express a deep, deep love for a family member; or to quote the movie for which they won, it surely all sounded good in their heads. These Oscar speech fails come from some of the best and brightest in the industry - after all, everyone has an off day.

These are the strangest, most cringeworthy, most awkward, and all-around worst Oscar speeches in Academy Awards history. Vote up the weirdest of the weird below!

The Weirdest/Worst Oscar Acceptance Speeches Ever, Ranked]]>
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<![CDATA[The Hardest Events to Securely Protect in the U.S.]]> http://ranker.com/list/hard-events-to-protect/richard-rowe Humans aren't the calmest group of mammals on Earth. Sure, we're pretty social - we show it on a regular basis by coming together for things like political conventions, sporting events, and orgies of competitive shopping (AKA Black Friday). But for every Super Bowl enjoyed by millions, there are thousands of people working event security to keep the wild hordes at least sort of civilized.

Of course, unruly crowd members aren't the only concern in the world; especially in today's world of armed lunatics and terrorists. For that reason, some event security can come to look and act decidedly military in nature. Sometimes, it is the actual military showing up in unmarked Suburbans, jet, or full on clown costumes. (Looking at you, Switzerland.)  But no matter what they wear, what they drive, or how they act, these brave men and women stand ready to protect humanity from itself. Check out the circumstances that call for security measures that go above and beyond retired old security guards.

The Hardest Events to Securely Protect in the U.S.]]>
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<![CDATA[Great Movies That Have Almost No Dialogue]]> http://ranker.com/list/films-with-minimal-dialogue/anncasano In essence, film is a story told with images. The best films construct a narrative not with dialogue or superfluous backstory but with pictures. It’s one thing for a character to say, “I’m so sad.” It’s another thing to place a silent character in a dark bedroom, with sparse rays of sunlight forcing their way through closed blinds, with a wad of used tissues on top of an unmade bed, and a bottle of whiskey on the nightstand. A picture truly is worth a thousand words. Here are the greatest movies that tell their stories with limited dialogue.

Many renowned directors are known for making films with minimal dialogue. Auteurs like Stanley Kubrick and Terrence Malick intentionally omit the chit-chat in order to let the cameras do the talking. Of course, dialogue is important to a story, but in a film like Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the film viewer is purposefully not told exactly what it happening on screen. Kubrick meant for the movie to be a cryptic allegory, a complicated story up for individual interpretation.

Many of the minimal dialogue movies on this list are not exactly blockbusters. For every The Revenant or Gravity, there's a Gerry or Drive. These movies are concerned with message and even style over box office returns. They cater to the cinephile, intent on creating their own film experience, without telling audiences what to think.

Make your voice heard. Vote up the best movies with almost no dialogue - those that tell their stories best with the moving image.
Great Movies That Have Almost No Dialogue]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best-Tasting Leftover Foods]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-leftover-meals/brandongorrell There are two kinds of leftover meals: the boring kind you eat to avoid wasting food and the kind that tastes better when reheated (or eaten cold) than it does fresh out of the oven. This list is about the latter, the best kinds of leftover foods you're dying to snack on the day after you cooked a big batch of the stuff or brought some home in a doggy bag. It's hard to say why, but the day after you cook these types of foods, the flavor somehow improves.

Vote up the leftover meals on this list that are your go-to snacks the next day at work. If we've forgotten any of your favorite leftovers, feel free to add them to this list.

The Best-Tasting Leftover Foods]]>
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<![CDATA[The Greatest Oscar Acceptance Speeches of All Time]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-oscar-acceptance-speeches-of-all-time/the-wrap One of the best parts of the Oscars broadcast each year is the moving and heartfelt acceptance speeches. The Academy Awards are the highest honor a director, actor, or person in the world of film can win. As a result, some of the best Oscar speeches are memorable for the winner's nerves, excitement, and enthusiasm. Which Oscar-winning stars have given the best acceptance speeches?

Especially with the advent of YouTube and social media, Academy Award speeches (and those from just about any awards show) are replayed and enjoyed (or scrutinized) even long after the telecast has aired. But not all Oscar speeches are created equal. Far from it. Winners react with everything from pure excitement (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) to an outpouring of emotion (Halle Berry) to being completely overwhelmed (Jennifer Lawrence).

These are the best Academy Award Speeches of all time! Vote up the speeches you find the most moving, and get ready to feel all the feels.
The Greatest Oscar Acceptance Speeches of All Time]]>
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<![CDATA[The Greatest SNL Impressions on the Show Today]]> http://ranker.com/list/current-snl-impressions/lisa-waugh Saturday Night Live is still one of the top the incubators for celebrity impressions, most notably political figures. From former writer and current occasional guest Larry David's Bernie Sanders, to multiple Tumps courtesy of Darrell Hammond (his is kind of horrifyingly good), Taran Killam (whose Donald is more animated), and  Cecily Strong's gold digging Melania. But which current SNL impressions (celebrities and politicians alike!) are the best?
 
Is it Taran Killam's show-stopping John Boehner or Kate McKinnon’s lonely and desperate Angela Merkel? What about the many great non-political celebrity impressions that are always crowd pleasers? Kate McKinnon’s Justin Bieber is awesome, complete with non-stop posing. Kenan Thompson’s Steve Harvey is just as entertaining as the man himself. Nasim Pedrad’s Kim Kardashian isn’t exactly a mirror image so much as a complete IQ smackdown. And Jay Pharoah’s Kanye is moody and eccentric, rife with self-enforced catchphrases, full of strange vocal trademarks, and runaway narcissism.

Which of the celebrity impressions on Saturday Night Live today are your favorite? Vote up the best of the best and see your favorites rise to the top.

The Greatest SNL Impressions on the Show Today]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Science Fiction-Themed Songs of All Time]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-science-fiction-themed-songs-of-all-time/renee-engelberth "Science fiction,” isn't just the spectacular dog fights of interstellar spacecrafts in Star Wars or the fantastic mechanized aliens of H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds. While films and novels will always be the obvious art forms in which you find sci-fi themes, music also has a lot to offer in the science fiction genre as well. For as long as people have been writing popular tunes, science fiction-themed songs and sci-fi themed music have been playing over the airwaves and on stereos, Walkmans, and iPods. 

No matter what your musical taste might be, whether you fancy a little glitter rock stomper, a modern indie pop toe-tapper, or a quirky and colorful pop hook, there are science fiction songs to be found across any and every kind of musical genre, and this extensive list of songs with sci-fi themes has it all. Vote up the sci-fi songs you find to be out of this world and vote down the ones you think crash and burn.

The Best Science Fiction-Themed Songs of All Time]]>
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<![CDATA[Modern Politicians Who Got Away with Murder]]> http://ranker.com/list/politicians-who-killed-people/mike-rothschild Being a politician means power. And power means, on occasion, being able to commit terrible crimes and get away with it. Politicians who killed people range from dictators to diplomats who literally got away with murder thanks to diplomatic immunity. Sometimes they pulled the trigger, other times they got someone else to do it. But they all came out the other end with minor repercussions - if any at all.

The 2016 revelation that Vladimir Putin likely ordered the poisoning of a dissident former KGB spy is just one of many allegations against powerful dictators. Joseph Stalin personally masterminded a robbery in which 40 people were killed, while Adolf Hitler purged his own ranks and ordered the executions of bitter rivals. Then there are the drunken escapades of powerful leaders in cars, and the brutal Chechen leader accused of beheading enemy soldiers.

Here are some politicians from the last 100 years who either murdered people or personally ordered deaths, and suffered little or no consequences.

Modern Politicians Who Got Away with Murder]]>
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<![CDATA[Dangerous Games That Kids These Days Play]]> http://ranker.com/list/dangerous-games-that-kids-play/mike-rothschild What are some dangerous games kids play? Since the advent of social media, parents worry more than ever about their kids being influenced by viral challenges and games that could be incredibly dangerous. While teenagers have been accidentally hurting themselves and each other for centuries, they now can have audiences all over the world thrilling to their misadventures. Add that to the speed with which trends travel, and you've got a recipe for a lot of kids getting hurt to impress other kids.

Or do you? While it's clear that kids do play dangerous games and test their limits, it's also clear that many of these games are nothing more than moral panics. A kid gets hurt doing something stupid, blames it on some new game that "the kids" are playing, and the news media goes into action hyping the new thing to be afraid of - even if it's not really a trend.

So are "games" like car surfing, the choking game, sack tapping, 30 second fighting and skittling just lurking out there, waiting to pounce on naive parents and kids? Or are they mostly just isolated incidents of kids being bored and feeling immortal? Here are some of the dangerous games kids might be playing, what they are, and whether they're really real, or just hype-driven scares.

Dangerous Games That Kids These Days Play]]>
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