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 Scariest Diseases of All Time]]> http://ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-scariest-diseases-of-all-time List of the scariest diseases of all time, as ranked by the Ranker Community. Everyone wants to be healthy from the minute they are born to the last breath they take, but that doesn't always happen. There are a lot of scary, debilitating things that can happen to your body along the way. A slow, wasting sickness or a something that only gives you 3 months to live? How do you rank it?

What are the most distressing fatal diseases? Choose the fatal disease that freaks you out the most and vote for which of these are the scariest diseases.
The Scariest Diseases of All Time]]>
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<![CDATA[49 Celebrities Who Broke Off Engagements]]> http://ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-broke-off-engagements/celebrity-lists This list contains information about celebrities who broke off engagements, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians, and models have broke off engagements. Some of these celebrities never even got around to setting a wedding date, while others called off their engagements just days before they were set to be married.

Who is the most famous person who called off an engagement? Megan Fox tops our list. In 2009, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green broke off their engagement. The couple later reconciled and became engaged again on June 1, 2010. They were married on June 24, 2010 and now have two sons. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck became engaged in November 2002. The couple split in 2004.

In 1997, Gwyneth Paltrow broke off her engagement to Brad Pitt because she wasn't ready for marriage. Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland announced their engagement in August 1990. Roberts called off their engagement just three days before their wedding because Sutherland was rumored to have had an affair with a stripper. On the day of their scheduled wedding, Roberts flew to Ireland with Sutherland's friend, Jason Patric.

Why do you think so many celebrities have trouble making it to the alter? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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<![CDATA[Top Chef Contestants: Where Are They Now?]]> http://ranker.com/list/top-chef-contestants-then-and-now/michael-moss Bravo's cooking competition series, Top Chef, is one of the best cooking shows on television, as well as the most prestigious. Top Chef contestants are all established chefs looking to break through to the next level. Their cooking skills are above average, their knowledge of cuisine and the culinary world is excellent, and their food is delicious. Top Chef winners and fan favorites cooked up tasty dishes during their seasons, but where are they now? 

The cheftestants who won Top Chef, along with talented fan favorites, have very often been able to take their prize money and prestige from appearing on the show and turn it into a beautiful new restaurant (or two or three), a cookbook deal, a media brand, or all three! From Michael Voltaggio's Ink, to Stephanie Izard's Girl in the Kitchen, to Marcel Vigneron's dozens of television appearances, the most memorable Top Chef contestants are cooking up successful careers following their seasons.

Some viewers don't like Top Chef because they can't taste the food. But now you can visit the restaurants of these contestants, and dig in to the delectable culinary creations they're whipping up now, getting not just a delicious meal, but a connection to your favorite cooking show.

What are the Top Chef winners doing now? Click through the list below to see how your favorite chefs who won Top Chef, or at least held a special place in viewers' hearts are doing today.

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<![CDATA[17 Incredible Dogs Who Have Saved Babies]]> http://ranker.com/list/dogs-who-have-saved-babies/anabel-conner Dogs are adored the world over for being friends, allies, and trusty dispensers of unconditional love. But sometimes they do even more. Sometimes dogs save children. Sometimes they save babies. There is absolutely no higher qualification for being man's best friend than that, is there?
The tales of dogs rescuing children are some of the most inspirational stories ever. Just who are these dogs who've have come to the rescue of babies in danger? These incredible dogs will shock you with their selflessness. Vote up the most amazing examples of heroic dogs who've rescued children and give a well-earned "Atta boy. Good dog!" where credit is due.

17 Incredible Dogs Who Have Saved Babies]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Current SNL Cast Members]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-current-snl-cast-members/ranker-tv

List of the best current Saturday Night Live cast members,as ranked by fans and critics. SNL has been on for 39 glorious seasons. The show has been known for scooping up the most talented improv and comedy actors on the underground circuit and turning them into comedy superstars. Lastseason, many of the SNL cast members who were carrying the weight of the show,including Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Fred Armisen, left the cast and left plenty of room for newcomers to shine. The current cast of SNL is filled with newcomers who have yet to make a big name for themselves in sketch comedy. The present season has allowed these lesser known cast members to properly sparkle.


This list features long time cast members like head writer Seth Meyers and long-time sketch comedy veteran Taran Killam, as well as newer faces like Noel Wells and Aidy Bryant who prove themselves on a weekly basis.Not only is individual comedy prowess important, illustrating an ability to work as a comedy team puts some of these cast members among the best of the best.


Who are the best SNL cast members still on the show? This list features the entire current cast, including repertory and featured players.

The Best Current SNL Cast Members]]>
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<![CDATA[The Dos and Don'ts of Being a True, Manly Man]]> http://ranker.com/list/how-to-be-a-true-man-and-how-to-not/matt-grippi As a man, you are constantly told what you need to be able to do to be considered "manly." Knowing how to treat a woman, how to grill, and how to wear a suit are just a few of the things that every man needs to know to be accepted in the man community and not seem weak. However, there is more to it than just knowing these things. You have to be able to implement them in such a way that you don't end up looking like a complete idiot.

This handy guide will give you the dos and don'ts of being a man. Don't use gasoline on the fire, don't deliver flowers while doing a naked handstand, and certainly, don't wear a bow tie bigger than your head.  Use this guide to help you become the best man you can be.
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<![CDATA[The 20 Biggest Dog Myths, Debunked]]> http://ranker.com/list/dog-myths/anabel-conner You might think you know everything about your dog. After all, he is your best friend, is he not? His favorite squeaky toy, his favorite place to nap... these are things that are easy to figure out, but what is he thinking when he wags his tail? What does it mean when he has a dry nose? Are these things indicative of a dog's state of mind or health? What do we really know about dogs?

Whether it's a tip from a neighbor or something you read in a book, myths about dogs can steer you in the wrong direction. Some of these sayings and old wives tales have been around for centuries, but in reality, many are simply myths that amount to bad advice. What are the true dog facts? Here are some of the biggest misconceptions about dogs that just won't die, as well as some truths to help separate fact from fiction.

The 20 Biggest Dog Myths, Debunked]]>
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<![CDATA[35 Things You Didn't Know About The Walking Dead]]> http://ranker.com/list/walking-dead-trivia/mike-calendrillo AMC's The Walking Dead is currently airing it's 5th season and has as many die-hard fans as any other television show on the planet. And if you call yourself a "Walking Dead-Head," then you know tons of little tid-bits about your favorite zombie drama. 

But how many of The Walking Dead facts are you actually familiar with? From where the cast members eat lunch to how many walkers are currently walking the planet, this list has got all of the juicy, gory details and factoids about our favorite zom-drom. 

35 Things You Didn]]>
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<![CDATA[90s Beauty Brands That Remind You of Your Childhood]]> http://ranker.com/list/90s-makeup/werner-brandes It's all your favorite 90s makeup brands, collected in one place. Do you remember when and where you used some of these classic 90s cosmetics? Take a trip down memory lane with these unforgettable beauty products that had our Caboodle packed and ready to go. These 90s products had every young girl looking like Char and Britney, with body glitter galore and endless lip gloss choices.

Although some of these 90s products seem silly and out of date, quite a few of them are still prospering in the new millennium. Who could go without using Lip Smackers lip balm? Kids today still love the stuff! Unfortunately they still don't taste as good as they smell.

From scrunchies to chic and sparkly eyeshadows, the 90s were rich with memorable, nostalgic, beauty options to make every 90s teen extra glam. What are the best 90s makeup products? Cast your votes below and don't forget the hair mascara for your next girls' night.

90s Beauty Brands That Remind You of Your Childhood]]>
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<![CDATA[The Scariest Threats to the United States]]> http://ranker.com/list/the-scariest-threats-to-the-united-states/analise.dubner Lots of stuff to be scared of these days... more than usual, even in our normal fear-based-economy. The media and the pundits and the politicians love to find new things for you to be afraid of every time they want your attention or your votes or your money... but what do you think the REAL threats to America are? Vote up your biggest fears and re-rank the list in the order of most important to least important and make sure to ADD any scary stuff I missed.
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<![CDATA[34 Awesome Literary Costume Ideas for Halloween]]> http://ranker.com/list/literary-halloween-costume-ideas/janaegreen From your dusty shelves to your wardrobe, great literature should happen to you this Halloween. If books have taught us anything, it's that it's the attention to detail that sells the story. Whether you are sipping caramel appletinis or nom-noming boiled peanuts in the graveyard, the ideal Halloween costume should give you the confidence of Katniss Everdeen and the cleverness of Willy Wonka. Because frankly, my dear? Last year everyone came stumbling into the karaoke dive like a wrecking ball. That is something we would like to see, um quoth the Raven? Nevermore. Let's make this year a Halloween to bookmark with lots of literary costume ideas.

Vote for the craftiest attention to button eyes and blood splatter. Remember, you shouldn't have to have the deep pockets of Jay Gatsby to look like a hundred or more well-loved pages, so the more potential for thrift, the better. As always, it is important to complement your best chocolate-eating grin for the occasion. So dust off your Holden Caulfield jacket or redden your Lady Macbeth hands and vote for the best literary costumes below.

34 Awesome Literary Costume Ideas for Halloween]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Haunted Attractions in Los Angeles]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-haunted-attractions-los-angeles/jet-set-nerds Every October the world is blessed with the return of the Halloween season (which is better than Christmas, if you ask us). Halloween brings trick or treating, scary movies, and best of all, haunted houses. 

While most places around the country, and even the world, have haunted attractions, there's very few that can claim to be the home of entertainment. Los Angeles is the center of the action when it comes to movies and special effects, so it's no surprise that when Halloween starts up, you can find some of the best haunted attractions in the world in LA. 

With so many great haunted attractions to see in the greater Los Angeles area, how do you know which is the best? Well, we are here to help with that question. Below are some of the best haunted attractions in Los Angeles. Vote up all of your favorite attractions that you've been to, or vote up the ones you're dying to go see.

If you don't see your favorite haunted house on the list, add it by making your own version.

The Best Haunted Attractions in Los Angeles]]>
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<![CDATA[25 Things You Didn't Know About Mad Men]]> http://ranker.com/list/mad-men-facts/joanna-varikos As "Mad Men" gears up for the home stretch of its final season, the AMC drama will leave TV viewers with a huge void in getting their weekly Don Draper fix. 

The 1960s drama, which began in 2007, has taken us into the world of advertising and the personal lives of some of its iconic characters – from booze to infidelity and all sorts of, uh, madness. As the cool Don Draper, his secretary with big ambitions, Peggy Olson, and Roger "bad habits" Sterling prepare to live on as TV icons, we've rounded up 25 fun facts about "Mad Men" as it heads into its final run.

Check out some of the things you may have never known about the show, including how much it cost to make each episode and all the role swapping that could've gone on in the casting department. Vote on the ones you think are the most surprising! 
25 Things You Didn]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-video-game-music-soundtracks/ranker-games Asking a group of gamers what the best video game soundtrack of all time is is like asking baseball fans who the best pitcher of all time is - there are sure to be very strong opinions and definitely a few heated arguments. For this list we've compiled some of the greatest video game music of all time, and we're leaving it up to you to decide which is best. In recent years games like Braid and Bastion have been praised for their beautiful songs, while older favorites seem to be Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, and Final Fantasy 7

Video game music can be good for different reasons. Some songs are epic, some sweet, some scary, intense, catchy, sad, etc... Whatever the reason, vote for the video games that you truly believe have the greatest soundtracks of all time.

If one of your favorite games with great music is missing, feel free to add it to the list so it has a chance for other people to vote on it too. You can add a game from any console, whether it's an older platform like SNES or it's a newer game for PC. Just make sure it has an amazing soundtrack before throwing it with these other greats!

The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time]]>
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<![CDATA[33 Rare Celebrity Audition Tapes for Famous Roles]]> http://ranker.com/list/rare-celebrity-audition-tapes-for-famous-roles/celebrity-lists This is a list of rare celebrity audition tapes for famous roles. Of the stars featured on this list, most launched their Hollywood careers by trying out for a film or television show. Before these celebs became famous for playing such iconic characters of the silver screen, they each went through a lengthy audition process, sometimes more than once, before landing their breakthrough roles. The videos included in the list have rarely been seen until now, and all of them will definitely show you how far these celebrities have come.

The unseen auditions featured on this completely votable list have helped the following actors and actresses fulfill their dreams of big screen stardom. Included in the list are the auditions and screen tests for some of the most well-known celebs who have played blockbuster movie superheroes such as Hugh Jackman in X-Men and Wolverine, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. There are also clips of Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino from when they were young actors starting out their legendary film careers. Just like these veteran stars, A-list comedians like Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, and Russell Brand all got their start from auditioning for famous roles.

You might also recognize some of the most popular Young Hollywood celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, who broke out as the title character on Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana," or Selena Gomez and her onscreen tryouts for a starring role on "Wizards of Waverly Place." Also included are the auditions for the casts of top-rated TV series "Glee" and "Gossip Girl." Not everyone in the list landed the part they auditioned for in the videos below, such as Jessica Alba losing out to Anne Hathaway as Agent 99 in Get Smart or Scarlett Johansson getting passed over Kirsten Dunst in Jumanji. Make sure to vote up for your favorite unseen audition videos below and see how others voted on this list. Also, be sure to check out Ranker's other lists of the stars before they were famous, such as celebrity yearbook photos and prom photos of the stars.
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<![CDATA[The Best Cheese for a Grilled Cheese Sandwich]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-cheese-for-grilled-cheese-sandwich/ranker-food What's better than a grilled cheese just the way you like it? Buttered bread, maybe a little bacon, throw an avocado on there... Or plain? Fine, we'll take plain, too. The most important ingredient is the cheese. The grilled cheese sandwich is one of the best comfort foods, and it seems like every family does it a little bit differently. Around here, we're partial to plain ol' American Kraft Singles, but we've also dabbled in Swiss, Provolone, and even Havarti. What else is your favorite cheese? A sharp cheddar? A creamy brie? On white bread, sourdough, rye, or wheat, some with mustard, a pickle on the side, tomato soup to dip it in... We're getting hungry. Vote for your favorites, the best cheeses for grilled cheese sandwiches, and vote down the ones that just don't melt right. Or vote up all of them, because they're probably all pretty tasty.
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<![CDATA[The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-short-video-games/chris-abraham Although gaming for hours on end can be fun, sometimes gamers just want to plop down and complete a game in one sitting. For this list we've compiled some of the best video games that you can beat in one play-through, ranging from space shooters and side-scrolling platformers to beat em ups and adventure games. We've tried to avoid adding games from older consoles, but it's hard to leave off classic like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man X.

More recent examples of amazing games you can beat in one day are Braid, Limbo, and Journey. These games prove that playing video games doesn't always need to be a 3 day gauntlet, but rather just an amazing experience no matter how long you're playing for. Vote for your favorite short video games that don't take long to beat, and fee free to add your own to this list if they're no already included! 
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<![CDATA[The Real Life Inspirations for Tony Stark]]> http://ranker.com/list/real-life-inspirations-for-tony-stark/ranker-comics Tony Stark. Billionaire. Playboy. Philanthropist. The guy casts quite the shadow. An "ordinary" genius with an infinite payroll is impressive enough, but this guy keeps up with gods, super-soldiers, and a Hulk!

So where does this persona come from? What shaped the concept of Tony Stark? Where and who did Stan Lee and all the creators draw their inspiration from?

These are the titans of their industry who inspire the man, the myth, the legend that is Tony Stark. Vote up the men who you think are the closest inspirations for Tony Stark, in both the comics and the movies.
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<![CDATA[The Most Fabulous Celebrity Engagement Rings]]> http://ranker.com/list/celebrity-engagement-rings/celebrity-lists Celebs have it all. The clothes, the looks, and the wedding rings. These stunning show-stoppers are one for the books. Price is never an issue when it comes to these unique engagement rings.

Although some of these stars may be divorced or separated now, it doesn't mean their rings will be forgotten. These were the real deal, folks, but you would be surprised at the few that remained humble. Check out below to see whose ring is the best and the worst.

The Most Fabulous Celebrity Engagement Rings]]>
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<![CDATA[TV Shows That Probably Made You Cry at Least Once]]> http://ranker.com/list/tv-shows-you-were-most-emotionally-invested-in/lynn-yu We all have television shows that we love and are inordinately invested in. For Scandal fans, every Thursday night meant a wine-fest combined with endless tweets and posts about the latest plot twist and emotional turn. For Friday Night Lights fans, it was the waterworks every time Coach Taylor gave a motivational speech or shared a loving moment with Tammy. Television has a way of coming into a viewers life and taking over. These addictive and emotional TV shows have tugged at viewers heartstrings, both in the sad moments and uplifting scenes, and captivated audiences with their popular characters and well-developed worlds.

Which TV series have you been the most emotionally tied to? Some of the shows on this list, like Orange Is the New Black, are serious binge-watch series with characters you care so much about, that you simply have to know what happens next in their stories. Others, like Friends, are classics that had television lovers gathered around their sets once a week to follow the ups and downs of their favorite fictional characters.

We spend so much time with these TV characters that when they succeed, we're happy, and when they die... well, there's always more wine. What are some of the most gripping and captivating television series ever? Which TV shows make you feel the most deeply?

Vote for the series you still care about today, whether they're still airing new episodes, or long ago moved to Netflix and your DVD collection.

TV Shows That Probably Made You Cry at Least Once]]>
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<![CDATA[11 Nickelodeon Shows You Kind Of Remember]]> http://ranker.com/list/obscure-and-weird-nickelodeon-shows/chris-abraham Ever have one of those moments where you completely forgot something existed, only to have a random memory pulled from the deep depths of your brain when you see said thing again after a long time? Well, if not, then get ready, because these obscure Nickelodeon shows will certainly summon some oddly nostalgic memories in your head. We're not talking about shows like Hey Dude or Salute Your Shorts, as those are too recognizable. For this list, we've really dug into the dregs of NICK's past lineup, selecting shows that will cause you to freak out when you see them again after all these years.

Some of the shows on this list are the most random and weird shows to ever air on Nickelodeon, including Weinerville, The Elephant ShowSpace Cases, and more. These are the shows that might have made you change the channel back in the '90s, or perhaps you actually watched and just forgot about them. Either way, you're likely to have a nostalgia overload after looking through this list, so don't say we didn't warn you.
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<![CDATA[The Best Bob's Burgers Episodes of All Time]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-bobs-burgers-episodes/reference List of the best Bob's Burgers episodes, as voted on by other fans of the series. The Belcher family adventures are an offbeat thrill that celebrates family, singing, burgers and butts. Characters like Tina and Gene have stolen the spotlight in so many episodes, helping solidify Bobs Burgers as an animation juggernaut. The show may not be as big as The Simpsons or Family Guy, but it certainly has amassed a dedicated fan base. 

With so many memorable episodes of the show, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Bob's Burgers episodes of all time are. Fans of Bob's Burgers are extremely passionate about the show, and there is often debate over which episodes are better than others. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is. List features items like "Human Flesh", "Crawl Space", and many more. What is the best Bob's Burgers episode of all time? Look below and find out.
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<![CDATA[30 Famous Celebrity Deadbeat Dads]]> http://ranker.com/list/bad-celebrity-dads/celebrity-lists A list of celebrity deadbeat dads, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. The men on this list have succeeded in many areas of their lives: they are rich, famous, and successful, for the most part. But all of these gents have, at some point or another, failed as fathers.

Whether they have refused to pay child support, neglected their children, denied them, abused them or crossed the line in other ways, these famous fathers let down the very people who were counting on them. While some of these bad dads have redeemed themselves and turned over a new leaf, others have not. 
30 Famous Celebrity Deadbeat Dads]]>
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<![CDATA[Horror Movie Villains With The Highest Kill Counts]]> http://ranker.com/list/horror-movie-villains-with-most-kills/chris-abraham We all (occasionally) enjoy watching people being murdered in horror films, but we seldom think of the villain's overall kill counts. If you had to guess, which horror movie monster would you say has killed the most people in their movies? Is it Freddy? Jason? Myers? Luckily for you we've listed your favorite horror characters from the most kills to the least, with kill compilation videos to back up the numbers.

Count down the scariest horror movie villains as we chronicle their every hack, slash, stab and more. Check out other great lists on Ranker as well, like the Best Horror Movies of All Time and the Creepiest Kids in Horror Movies.

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<![CDATA[The Dumbest Celebrity Pet Names]]> http://ranker.com/list/dumbest-celebrity-pet-names/celebrity-lists You know how when someone tries to be witty or funny and the joke just flops? That's how naming your pets works sometimes. You know why you chose the name, but the rest of the world is left scratching their heads. This is often what happens when it comes to celebrity pet names. What are the silliest celebrity pet names? Which celebrities have pets with just plain dumb names?

Famous people (like anyone else) can become obsessed with their pets. Some of the celebrities on this list (hello, Mariah Carey) didn't just give their pet a dumb name, but they treat them to manicures and other pampering that many humans would kill for during spa day. But it's the celebrity pet names on this list that will really make you roll your eyes. From favorite fictional characters to "Louis" and "Vuitton," these pets live a life of luxury, but do so with the worst names possible.

Sometimes when you're as famous as the celebrities on this list, your pets find fame as well, though in these cases, it's not just for their cuteness; it's for their silly names. Vote up the dumbest celebrity pet names below and be sure to see what celebrities have done to their children as well, with this list of the most ridiculous celebrity baby names.

And yes, your instincts are right. Louis and Vuitton belong to some Kardashians. Click through the list below to find out which ones!

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<![CDATA[17 Foods That Can Kill You]]> http://ranker.com/list/foods-that-could-kill-you/michael-darling Some of the most ordinary foods you eat every day can kill you. Sure, eating too much sugar or fat isn't good for you and can contribute to illnesses over a long period of time, but what about natural foods that are supposed to be healthy for us, like apples?

The foods on this list will give you more than just an upset stomach if you're not careful about how you eat them. From processed and packaged foods to all natural and organic, this is a list of foods that could poison you. But don't worry – we'll also tell you how to avoid inadvertently making any of these foods your last meal.


17 Foods That Can Kill You]]>
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<![CDATA[The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees]]> http://ranker.com/list/the-2015-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-nominees/michael-darling The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced. This year's potential inductees include a diverse range of musicians, including rock, electronic, hip-hop, and R&B pioneers. Of the 15 nominees, between five and seven will be inducted into pop music's most hallowed hall. Who do you think will get in?

This year's list includes alt rock icons like the Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, and Lou Reed, blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn, disco legends CHIC, West Coast rap innovators N.W.A., and German electronic music forefathers Kraftwerk, amongst others. Vote on who you think deserves to be in the Hall, and feel free to debate the potential inductees in the comments.


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<![CDATA[Being on a Diet Is. . .]]> http://ranker.com/list/being-on-a-diet-is/casey-cavanagh Have you ever been on a diet before? Most people go on one at least once in their lifetimes, and depending on your personal experience with dieting, it may or may not have gone so well. Does dieting mean just cutting out calories? And what about cleanses, do they count? 
If you've ever looked up dieting tips on the Internet, you know there are thousands of fads, pills, and tricks people claim will melt the fat right off you. These days, it's all about losing the most amount of weight with the least amount of effort. Regardless of whether those things actually work, finding ways to lose weight is a personal journey each person must go on.

So, what's it like being on a diet? Tell us your thoughts by voting on the list below or adding items that aren't there yet!

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<![CDATA[The Most WTF Things Politicians Said This Year]]> http://ranker.com/list/wtf-things-politicians-said-this-year/mel-judson

The most shocking political quotes of 2014 are here, and they are all from elected officials! This list ranks the craziest politician quotes from the year, including all of the worst gaffes and all of the most ridiculous, foot-in-mouth moments from some of the world's most prominent officials. The most disturbing lines on the list, of course, come when these politicians and candidates really did mean what they said. Though politicians are typically excellent public speakers, these elected leaders have made 2014 a year with plenty of funny political quotes and surprising political statements.

Whether they’re hilarious blunders, like gay marriage opponent Rick Santorum saying it’s “fun” to “bang the president,” or absolutely horrendous, like Indian politicians defending rape as “accidental,” all of these ridiculous statements from politicians will have you asking, “WTF?” But WTF moments from politicians in 2014 extend beyond America. Many international politicians have gotten in on the fun too. In addition to quotes from political party officials in Indian Parliament, the ridiculous political statements on this list include everyone’s favorite Canadian politician, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

What crazy things have politicians and world leaders said in 2014? This list compiles the best of the worst quotes from senators, representatives, governors, vice presidents, former presidents, and current president(s) alike. No matter their status in national or international government, these leaders have all made some very public errors in 2014. 

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<![CDATA[26 Friends Facts You Never Knew]]> http://ranker.com/list/friends-facts/joanna-varikos By now, everyone has seen at least half a dozen Friends episodes, right? The comedy, which catapulted six unknown actors at the time to superstardom, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year after hitting airwaves back in 1994. And if you haven't even seen one episode yet (for shame!), many fond memories of the series live on as it airs in syndication on a boatload of networks.

Seriously, who could forget the ongoing relationship drama between Ross and Rachel? Remember Joey's brilliant one-liner, "How you doin'?" Or how about Phoebe singing "Smelly Cat" at the resident hangout, Central Perk? Would anyone have guessed a Monica and Chandler hook-up resulting in marriage? Whoa, we could go on here, but instead, we've rounded up a list of things you may not have known about the classic TV series.

Check out these 25 offbeat facts about the show, and vote on which ones surprised you the most!
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<![CDATA[The Most Shocking Moments in Comics]]> http://ranker.com/list/most-shocking-moments-in-comics/ranker-comics Comic Books have always had the bad rap of being just some idle thing for children. In reality, many of them are anything but. Guys like Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Robert Kirkman, and Frank Miller made sure the comic books they worked on were strictly for adult audiences. Even the friendliest of superhero books have more than a few dark and shocking moments.

Be it a surprise death, the way a moment is handled, learning about someone's past, an unmasking, or a sudden revelation that will make the book, and the audience, never quite the same again, comic books offer just as many shocks and twists as any other work of fiction.

What comic book moments do you think are the most shocking? Vote up the most shocking moments from the history of comic books below.
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<![CDATA[32 Famous Athletes Who Are Vegan]]> http://ranker.com/list/athletes-who-are-vegan/people-in-sports This list contains information about athletes who are vegan, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous boxers, football players, and Olympic athletes are vegan. Some of these athletes went vegan for the health benefits, while others adopted the lifestyle for ethical reasons. One of the most successful U.S. track and field runners of all time is vegan.

Who is the most famous athlete who is vegan? Mike Tyson tops our list. In 2013, Mike Tyson went vegan. He says, "Becoming a vegan gave me another opportunity to live a healthy life. I was so congested from all the drugs and bad cocaine, I could hardly breathe, [I had] high blood pressure, [was] almost dying [and had] arthritis. And once I became a vegan all that stuff diminished."

Carl Lewis adopted a vegan diet in 1990. He says, "My best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet." Vegan John Salley advocates for athletes to adopt a plant-based diet. He says, "I explain to athletes, you’re supposed to be a well-oiled machine. You’re supposed to be in better shape than the people watching you. You’re supposed to be an unbelievable specimen of a human being. You have to treat your body different while you’re performing."

Do you think that adopting a vegan diet has helped these athletes to succeed? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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<![CDATA[30 "Sexy" Halloween Costumes That Are Anything But]]> http://ranker.com/list/dumb-sexy-halloween-costumes/devon-ashby Halloween season is upon us, and it's time once again to cast aside adult respectability, garb ourselves in ridiculous outfits, and shamelessly surrender to large-scale public debauchery (it's like junior high all over again!) It's also time for the annual flood tide of "sexy" Halloween costumes. A grand tradition primarily visited upon the female members of our society, sexy costumes seem to take on a more surrealistic dimension with each passing year. What are some of goofiest sexy Halloween costumes ever? From sexy cartoon characters to sexy condiments, here are some of the most head-scratchingly dumb "sexy" Halloween costumes.

Special credit goes to yandy.com for most of these awesome pics.
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<![CDATA[Athletes Who Suffered Bizarre Off-Field Injuries]]> http://ranker.com/list/athletes-who-suffered-bizarre-off-field-injuries/sportsyeah Athletes who suffered bizarre off-field injuries number in the dozens with stories of freak accidents, or pure stupidity, leading to missed playing time. Normally athletes are injured on the field, and get paid very well for that risk, but in these crazy cases it was something completely unrelated to their respective sports that got them in trouble.

Some of these stories, such as the ones involving motorcycle accidents involving the likes of Ben Roethlisberger, Kellen Winslow, Jr. and Ron Gant, among others, can be directly attributed to athletes making poor choices. Despite modern-day sports contracts having provisions expressly prohibiting the athlete participate in dangerous activities, these guys threw that out the window and ultimately paid the price.

Other freak accidents were just that, accidents and happened during normal everyday activities. Glenn Healy, a former NHL goaltender, injured himself cleaning his bagpipes. Lionel Simmons, a now-retired NBA player, missed time after too much Nintendo GameBoy play gave him tendonitis. Adam Eaton, a MLB pitcher, stabbed himself in the stomach while trying to remove the cellophane from a DVD case.

Even some of the best athletes to ever play their respective sports have been involved in these strange injury accidents. Baseball great Nolan Ryan was once bitten by a coyote. Cal Ripken, Jr. suffered a broken nose while taking a team photo with the Chicago White Sox. Three-time World Series champion Roger Craig cut his hand on women's underwear. The list goes on and on.

Just like weird injuries that happen after the whistle on the field, this list shows that athletes are at their best when playing sports, not doing mundane and apparently dangerous tasks in the real world. Did we miss a funny or freakish injury to your favorite athlete? Add it below and tell us which strange off-field sports injury tops them all by voting for your favorites.
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<![CDATA[Celebrities Mocked the Hardest on South Park]]> http://ranker.com/list/celebrities-mocked-and-parodied-on-south-park/chris-abraham If there's one thing that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone know how to do, it's rip on celebrities. Since the show's early days, they've relied on making fun of famous people for laughs, and boy, has it worked well. No one seems to be safe from the wrath of South Park – musicians like Bono, Phil Collins, and Lars Ulrich have all been mocked, as well as actors like Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Rosie O'Donnell, and so many more.

One of the more recent attacks was on singer/songwriter Lorde, in the third episode of season 18 titled "The Cissy." In the episode, Lorde is revealed to be none other than Randy Marsh, who reveals that the writing process includes singing on the toilet and auto-tuning it. Although Lorde took the jokes in stride, other people, like Tom Cruise, have taken offense to their appearances on the show.

Vote for the celebrity that you feel South Park burned the hardest. If you think something should be added to the list, leave a comment and we might put it up! 

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<![CDATA[The Best Songs in the History of South Park]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-south-park-songs/chris-abraham Since the very first episode of the show, South Park has been entertaining us with hilarious and often inappropriate songs that make us laugh and want to sing along. The songs that Matt and Trey write for South Park aren't just funny; they're most often well crafted and catchy as well. Their 1999 movie South Park Bigger, Longer and Uncut is essentially a musical, but on this list, we're focusing only on songs from the show.

Featuring classics like the Kanye West song "Gay Fish," the anime theme "Let's Fighting Love," and the boy's pop song "Fingerbang," it's definitely not easy to pick the funniest song from South Park. With all these funny songs from the show, is it any surprise that The Book of Mormon is such a popular musical? Vote for your favorite songs from South Park, and feel free to add ones if you think they deserve to be on this list.

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<![CDATA[Superhero Films You're Most Excited For]]> http://ranker.com/list/superhero-films-to-be-excited-for/ranker-comics In the next five years we will have over thirty (THIRTY!) comic book properties released onto the silver screen. More than twenty of these are officially confirmed, with Marvel Studios having ten of those dates locked, and DC recently confirming even more for their franchises. Crazy.

This has been the dream of comic readers for years. The idea that all of our favorite characters would be immortalized in film seemed unbelievable, but now they are the golden standard for movies.

Marvel movies comprise some of the most successful franchises of all time. DC is racing to catch up, with all sorts of Justice League shenanigans on the way. Sony is turning their one major property (Spider-Man) into a huge universe of its own, with seven movies in total planned so far. Over at Fox, they are upping their mutant game and even revamping the Fantastic Four. 

Oh, and Marvel just got the rights back for Ghost Rider, Punisher, and Blade back – so expect even more release dates in the coming years!

It's a wonderful, crazy, awesome time to be a comic fan and a film goer. Vote up the superhero film that you're most excited for!
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<![CDATA[The Best Movies of All Time]]> http://ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-movies-of-all-time The best movies of all time, ranked by movie experts and film fans alike. What are the greatest movies of all time? This list of the top films ever made was created by taking best movie suggestions from Ranker users and letting them vote to determine which films are the best ever made.

So, what are the best movies of all time? The list includes a wide range of films, from art house European cinema to top action films and blockbusters to established, highly-regarded classics of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The entries span many genres and include some of the greatest movie villains created by the best writers and top film directors in the industry. Included are movies that were recognized in their own time – including a number of Academy Award recipients and even Best Picture selections – as well as cult movies or sleeper hits that took time to find an audience. Shawshank Redemption, for example, was not highly regarded or popular in theaters when it first opened, but has since risen to the top of many best movie lists.

If your favorite movies still aren't included with this group of the best movies of all time, add them by clicking "rerank" below to make your own list. Or just vote for the titles below that are most worthy of the title of the greatest movie ever. Also, check out Ranker's lists of the best movies of 2013 and the greatest actors of all time.
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<![CDATA[How to Flirt With a Guy Over Text]]> http://ranker.com/list/how-to-flirt-with-a-guy-over-text/casey-cavanagh These days, it's no longer standard for a girl to wait until she is formally courted by a guy. More and more women are feeling comfortable enough to make the first move with guys. Gone are the days where we feel like we need to sit back and wait for a guy to text us first. But initiating conversation and knowing how to adequately flirt via text are very different. If you are interested in a guy and find yourself texting back and forth with him, it can be a little nerve racking. Are you saying the right things? Are you texting too often? Are you being flirty enough? If you have ever found yourself wondering what some flirty questions to ask a guy are, this list is for you!

Below are some tips for how to flirt with a guy over text. Which ones do you agree with?
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<![CDATA[The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time]]> http://ranker.com/list/greatest-kansas-city-royals-of-all-time/ranker-baseball This is a list of the greatest Kansas City Royals ever. The 1970s and 1980s were some of the best years in the history of the Kansas City Royals. Established in 1969, the Royals quickly became a powerhouse, making the playoffs in seven of ten seasons between 1976 and 1985. The Royals played in two World Series and won their only championship in a 7-game triumphant over interstate rivals the St. Louis Cardinals. Those teams featured some of the greatest Royals of all time . 

George Brett is the only player to represent the Kansas City Royals in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Spending 21 years manning third base, Brett is in an elite group of players to accumulate 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, and a career .300 batting average. The other players in this group are Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Stan Musial, all of whom are considered the greatest players in baseball history. To date, Brett is the only player in MLB history to win a batting title in three different decades.

Traditionally, the Royals have had outstanding pitching. Bret Saberhagen, David Cone, Mark Gubicza and Dan Quisenberry are among the best pitchers who have played for the Royals. Saberhagen won the American League Cy Young in 1985 and 1989.

This is the list of the greatest Kansas City Royals of All Time. If you believe that someone is missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote and rerank who you think should be considered the greatest Kansas City Royals of All Time 

The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Marvel Crossover Events Ever]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-marvel-crossover-events/ranker-comics It use to be that it was a very rare occasion for our favorite Marvel heroes to interact with each other in comic book stories. Nowadays, it seems that a new announcement or teaser for an upcoming Marvel Comics crossover happens on a regular basis. Which has been the best crossover in Marvel Comics history? 

Many crossovers deal with heroes against heroes, like Civil War and Avengers VS X-Men, and some just get down and dirty with heroes against villains, like Secret Wars. There's even epic crossovers that deal with alternate realities like Age of Apocalypse.

We've collected what we think are some of the best crossover events in Marvel history. Make sure to vote up all the Marvel comic book storylines that are your favorite. 
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<![CDATA[8 Times Kanye Bragged About His Just Okay Outfits]]> http://ranker.com/list/kanye-west-fashion-mistakes/michael-moss Most people think they dress well. But most people are also smart enough not to brag about it because they know that five years later they'll be browsing their Facebook photos saying "What was I thinking?!" But Kanye West is definitely not most people (though he has compared himself to an alarming number of celebrities). Despite having expressed regret over style choices he made early in his career, Kanye appears not to have learned from his mistakes. He has become obsessed with the fashion industry, and is convinced he always looks incredible, though as this list shows, he often looks just okay.

He's even gone so far as creating a Kanye West clothing line so people can buy Kanye West fashions and look just like him! Thanks, Ye! He's taking it so seriously that it has gotten him into clashes with people like Sway and Jimmy Kimmel.

When Kanye brags about his creative genius, it makes some sense, since he has a sparkling catalog of hit songs to his credit and he has actually made some important contributions to world of fashion with his Kanye West style. He debuted the futuristic "Stronger" sunglasses and pulled hip hop style away from its baggy origins, but there's no doubt that through his experimentation he has worn a lot of seriously wack pieces. He loves to rave about his fashion genius, but when he looks straight faced into the camera and proclaims that the Cosby sweater and ripped jeans he's wearing are on some genius next level, it seems awkward and often comes off hilarious. 

We've compiled the best videos of Kanye telling you he's well dressed, whether on the street, at awards shows, or in his rhymes, all the while wearing some extremely questionable outfits. You be the judge.

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<![CDATA[The Best Fall 2014 Shows]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-fall-2014-shows/ranker-tv So many television shows, so little time. It seems like there aren't enough hours in a day to catch every new series that rolls out between September and October. With all the tough choices to be made on the daily, don't fret about where to spend your downtime because we've rounded up some of the best new fall 2014 television shows you should be watching.

From familiar faces, including "Dawson's Creek" alum Joshua Jackson starring in Showtime's "The Affair," to newbies like Gina Rodriguez in The CW's "Jane the Virgin," this year brings a little bit of everything. There's comedy, there's drama, and there's the in-between. Even comic book fans can rejoice in a slew of superhero shows hitting the airwaves with FOX's Batman-inspired "Gotham," NBC's take on the Hellblazer comics, "Constantine," and The CW's "The Flash." If that doesn't sound like your thing, luckily, there's much more to choose from.
What are the best new shows this fall? Here's a round-up of all of fall 2014's brand new TV shows that are worth a gander. Vote up which ones you think look the most promising!


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<![CDATA[49 Brilliant Solutions to Annoying Problems]]> http://ranker.com/list/smart-problem-solving/ariel-kana Sometimes the simplest solutions to a problem are also the best. Even things that don't seem like they need creative solutions can be made easier with a few small tweaks. Who needs to raise your arms when you can build something to hold that book for you? These are life hacks to solve every annoying problem that crops up in daily life, and even some problems that you didn't even realize you wanted answers for. Finally, you can bring all the groceries up the stairs in one trip, or easily keep those pesky cords from getting tangled. 

Some of these hacks are simple and some are ridiculous, but all of them are useful to someone, somewhere. You'll feel like a modern-day household MacGyver when you're dipping Oreos with a fork, and fixing tables with a walnut. the one question you'll be asking yourself as you go through this list is "Why didn't I think of that?"

Vote up the coolest, most interesting life hacks that you'll use to solve simple problems in your everyday life. Then sit back and enjoy all the extra free time you'll have, once these helpful hacks simplify your life.
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<![CDATA[Unique Halloween Costumes for 2014]]> http://ranker.com/list/unique-halloween-costumes-2014/rachel-green What are you dressing up as for Halloween this year? If you're fresh out of ideas and looking for some unique, topical costume choices, we've got you covered.

This list features some of the most iconic pop culture moments from 2014, from celebrities to current events. These costumes are quippy and hip with the times and give everyone else's costumes a run for their money. Which costume is the best for this year's Halloween?

Take a look through and vote up all of your favorite costume ideas, and vote down the ones you don't like as much. If you have a topical costume idea, feel free to add it!
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<![CDATA[27 Celebrities Who Lost a Ton of Weight (Before and After)]]> http://ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-lost-weight-before-and-after-photos/celebrity-lists Gallery of stars who lost weight, featuring their before and after photos. These celebrities dropped pounds from diet, exercise, or some type of medical surgery. Weight loss is such a big deal in Hollywood. Famous people who have had dramatic weight loss includes film and TV actors, singers and musicians, and even media personalities. Some celeb weight transformations like Oprah Winfrey and Kirstie Alley even make headlines.

One of the most popular ways celebrities battle obesity is by dieting. There have been countless types of diet fads throughout history, but the most important thing to remember when picking a good diet is simply by eating nutritious food. Staying healthy by consuming plenty of fruits, vegetables and grains doesn't cost much and prevents hunger. It is also important to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially when exercising.

Physical activity also leads to rapid weight loss, and Hollywood celebs often try different exercises and training regimes to slim down. From running, to swimming, to yoga, there are a number of ways to sweat and burn calories. Once considered extreme, more and more stars like Al Roker have undergone medical procedures such as gastric bypass surgery and the lap band. Even though weight loss surgeries have become safer in recent years, there are still a number of risks involved, so it's best to consult with a doctor. The battle of the bulge isn't hard with a healthy diet and lots of exercise. There are also several weight loss apps available to help you meet your weight loss goals.
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<![CDATA[Brands That Remind You of Your Dad]]> http://ranker.com/list/dad-brands-v1/mike-calendrillo All fathers have that brand or brands that is their absolute go-to. And it doesn't matter what it is, if they have had a positive and long affiliation with their beloved, then this is where they will forever return. 

Perhaps thats the beauty about fathers – they are loyal in a way that is almost menacing when it comes to things that do them right. The true measure of a man can never be truly weighed, but if his personal relationships are anything like the ones he shares with his favorite brand of car per se, then you sure are lucky to call him Dad.
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<![CDATA[The Very Best On-Screen Cry-Faces]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-on-screen-cry-faces/derrick-deane Crying on screen is an art form all it's own. It's takes a true uninhibited actor to let their face contort and transform into a portrait of pain, suffering, and discontent, and not everyone can do it. Which actors have made some of the best cry faces of all time?

There are many cry faces out there, and while we would love to include them all in this list, these are the eyebrow-arching, eye-squinting, jaw-dropping, chin-scrunching best. If you want more cry faces, check out this Cry Face Tumblr.
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<![CDATA[24 Tips and Tricks That'll Change the Way You Travel]]> http://ranker.com/list/travel-hacks/casey-cavanagh Whether you're going on vacation or making an obligatory visit to your old Aunt Ida, the traveling to and from places can be stressful enough to ruin the rest of your trip. Between packing nightmares, expensive flights, and anything in between, traveling can turn even the cheeriest person into grouch.

Here are 24 useful travel hacks that can help you save a ton of money, time, and space and make your traveling experience just a little bit better. Which ones are your favorites? Vote all the travel hacks up that you think are the most helpful for you.  
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<![CDATA[13 Times Taylor Swift Was the Best]]> http://ranker.com/list/times-taylor-swift-was-the-best/kristin-wong Taylor Swift has become one of the biggest sensations in music in the last ten years. Her albums have gone platinum numerous times over, and she has won seven Grammys, seven Country Music Awards, and her fourth album, Red, released in 2012, had the highest opening U.S. sales of the decade at 1.2 million copies sold. But what really sets Swift apart from other musicians is her involvement with her fan base.

Born on a Christmas Tree farm in Pennsylvania (for reals, check her website) and with homes in places from Los Angeles to Rhode Island, she is regularly being just the absolute greatest all across the country. What has Taylor Swift done to surprise her fans? Well, she's attended bridal showers, invited them to dance in her music videos, and hosted them in her home and served freshly baked cookies.

Clearly, Taylor Swift is one of those celebrities who loves to give back to the fans who make her such a star. When Taylor Swift surprises fans, there are sure to be memorable moments. Read through the list below of true stories about Taylor Swift being the best.
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