Featured List on Ranker http://www.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[Fun Facts For Helen Keller Day - She Brought The Akita Dog Breed To The States!]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/facts-about-helen-keller/justin-andress

If you’ve been granted even the scantest American education, you’ve probably heard of Helen Keller, the incredible woman who fought her way to prominence after being left both deaf and blind at just 19 months old. 

Thanks to help from her famed teacher Anne Sullivan, Keller was able to lift back the cocoon of her isolation and speak out for the disenfranchised the world over. She was a tireless advocate for education and women’s rights until her peaceful death in 1968. For decades, her perseverance and ingenuity have been righteously celebrated by legions of fans who stand in awe of her achievements. Seriously, without the benefit of sight or hearing, Keller managed to figure out a way to communicate with the world around her with unfailing accuracy. Imagine the kind of brilliance that takes.

The flip side of Keller’s intelligence was her increasingly radical social and political beliefs. In her zest to conquer life, Helen Keller was turned on to some revolutionary (and often eccentric) perspectives, and Keller herself was never one to shy away from new ways of thought. You’ve heard about Helen Keller’s relationship with Sullivan and her courageous quest experience the world even though she could neither see nor hear it, but there’s more to the icon than just the Hallmark Channel stuff.


Fun Facts For Helen Keller Day - She Brought The Akita Dog Breed To The States!]]>
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:14:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/facts-about-helen-keller/justin-andress
<![CDATA[It's Sunglasses Day - Find Out How Your Shades Stack Up]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-designer-sunglasses-brands/werner-brandes List of the top and best designer sunglasses for women and men, ranked by brand. Made to block out the sun, but often used mostly as a fashion statement, sunglasses have been making ordinary people look “cool” since their inception. From John Lennon’s famous round shades, which are Ray-Ban RB3447s, to Kim Young Il’s wrap-arounds, the perfect pair of sunglasses can define your look—so you want to choose wisely. 

Some of the best designer sunglasses brands include the tried-and-true Oliver Peoples, Ray-Bans and Arnettes but other up-and-coming brands, like Warby Parker are making their mark too. 

So what are the best designer sunglasses brands? We have compiled a list of the top brands of sunglasses here and have opened up the list to be voted on. From sleek and sporty to classic aviator, oversized or cat-eye sunglasses, these brands offer quality products that are usually worth the splurge in money. Many designer brands are also practical—they offer polarized lenses to cut glare and reduce eye strain. 

For shoppers on a budget, there are many web pages dedicated to selling cheap designer sunglasses online. You can use this list to decide which sunglass brand you prefer, and then find a website where you can buy good discount sunglasses made by that designer. Feel free to vote on your favorite top sunglasses brands and add other brands to this list.
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Fri, 10 May 2013 07:22:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-designer-sunglasses-brands/werner-brandes
<![CDATA[If You Travel The World This Summer, Make Sure You Know The Proper Etiquette]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/international-tipping-etiquette/dukeharten

Remembering proper etiquette can be tricky, especially when you travel to foreign countries. Before you go on your next trip abroad, it's smart to brush up on a few words in the local language, and make sure you know the tipping etiquette in other countries. It's not just polite to learn international tipping customs - it can save you money, too. No one wants to be the naive tourist who tips the valet, only to later find out that this gesture was unnecessary (and maybe even offensive).

Planning a globe trotting vacation? The list below will help you appropriately thank every bellhop, barman, and concierge you meet on your travels. Brush up on the international tipping practices below and board that pane worry-free.


If You Travel The World This Summer, Make Sure You Know The Proper Etiquette]]>
Mon, 09 May 2016 07:55:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/international-tipping-etiquette/dukeharten
<![CDATA[It's Hard To Believe The First Book Turns 20 Years Old Today]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/harry-potter-book-opening-sentences/amylindorff Each of the seven Harry Potter books is special in its own way, but every one is magical and has a unique opening sentence that kicks off the adventure. You probably remember where you were when you first opened a Harry Potter book. I was in my elementary school library, perusing the Scholastic Book Fair. A friend said, "There's a girl's name in that you won't be able to pronounce," and I love a challenge. Hermione and I took off on a literary quest that didn't end until I went on a date with a boy who had a Deathly Hallows tattoo. It turns out that doesn't always equal true love. Live and learn! But Harry Potter opening sentences. They are great. They are full of mystery. One is succinct. Too many are about the Dursleys, but what can you do?

J.K. Rowling wrote all these opening sentences from Harry Potter books, and she deserves a real big thank you for the world of Potter and Hogwarts and "accio." Maybe you like the first line of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is full of Tom Riddle lore. Maybe you like the one about the muggle Prime Minister (barf). Maybe you have a Harry Potter fan theory that has to do with the books' opening sentences and have been dying to share. Whatever the case, cast your votes for the best first sentences from Harry Potter below, and then enjoy the rest of your day.
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Tue, 17 May 2016 04:15:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/harry-potter-book-opening-sentences/amylindorff
<![CDATA[Duh Na Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh BATS!]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-bats-are-badass/laura-allan

Many people are afraid of bats, mostly due to legends and myths. Stories say they'll get in your hair, they'll suck your blood, and that they're flat-out evil demons. But don't believe those old tales - there are plenty of facts that show bats are incredible animals. In reality, bats help humans and the ecosystem, and are some of the most fascinating animals on earth.

Many of the reasons why bats are badass are simply overlooked or unknown. For instance, did you know that there are a ton of different bat species? Or that they consume an astounding volume of mosquitos? This list shows how bats fit into the natural pecking order, and why their bodies are evolutionary marvels. You'll find that these cool little creatures are more cuddly than gross, and definitely not out for your blood.

If you're in search of some amazing bat facts, then search no more. By the time you've finished reading, you'll definitely be batty for bats!


Duh Na Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh BATS!]]>
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:04:46 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-bats-are-badass/laura-allan
<![CDATA[Remy Ma Takes Home The BET Award For Best Female Hip-Hop Artist]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/female-rappers/whatevayoulike A list of female rappers and women known for their skills on the mic. Since the early days of hip-hop, women have taken a large part in crafting the genre's overall tone and sound. Though hip-hop music is commonly associated with misogynist lyrics and a glorification of male-exclusive camaraderie, there have always been women taking part as well, off-setting this attitude with a steely, seen-it-all perspective of their own. Sometimes, women would make up a part of a successful rap group, such as Digable Planets. But just as often, women would pursue their own solo rap careers, often with the assistance or stewardship of an established male rap act. (For example, Bahamadia got an early boost in the '90s from Gang Starr's Guru. Lil' Kim, as well, was mentored in the rap game by none other than the late Biggie Smalls himself.)

Who are the best female rappers? As of today, many ladies who rap are just as notable and get just as much buzz for new releases as men, and the female MC is an accepted part of mainstream hip-hop culture. So much so, in fact, that more recent female hip-hop acts like Kreayshawn and Iggy Azalea are more like commentaries on the place for women in rap culture.
Remy Ma Takes Home The BET Award For Best Female Hip-Hop Artist]]>
Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:13:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/female-rappers/whatevayoulike
<![CDATA[These Are The Artists To Soundtrack Your Pride Month Festivities]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gay-rappers-list/ranker-hip-hop Several famous rappers and hip-hop stars are members of the LGBT community. Many of these rappers are gay, but some identify as asexual, pansexual, and bisexual as well. Others are included in this list for their gender identities, such as agender, gender-fluid, and transgender. Several of the gay and lesbian rappers on this list are pioneers in the homo hip-hop music scene.

Who is the most famous gay rapper? Azealia Banks tops our list. Azealia Banks is openly bisexual, but she caught a lot of flak from the LGBT community when she used the f-word to describe Perez Hilton. Deadlee is a key player in the homo hip-hop music scene. He married his partner in 2013. Frank Ocean revealed his same-sex love with the song "Thinkin Bout You." Angel Haze is self-described as pansexual and came out as agender.

Are you surprised that so many rappers are gay? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.
These Are The Artists To Soundtrack Your Pride Month Festivities]]>
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:22:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/gay-rappers-list/ranker-hip-hop
<![CDATA[It May Be Joss' Birthday, But Here Are Some Gifts From Him To You]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/joss-whedon-easter-eggs/jacob-shelton Since Buffy the Vampire Slayer appeared on The WB in the '90s, Joss Whedon has slowly taken over Hollywood with sci-fi westerns, meta horror films, and two little movies about a ragtag group of super friends called The Avengers. In each one of his films or television shows, he makes sure to include multiple Easter eggs and references to his friends, movies he likes, and even to his other shows. As with everything he does, there are multiple layers to Joss Whedon Easter eggs, and the references on this list are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Whedonverse Easter eggs that you might have missed.

If you’ve only seen The Avengers and haven’t truly been baptized in the church of Whedon, then a lot of the Easter eggs in Joss Whedon shows are probably going to go over your head. Please read on, but if you have no clue what a Hellmouth is, you’re going to need to go watch every episode of Buffy, then come back and finish the list. Some of these Easter eggs are huge, in your face references, while others are small flashes that even a lot of big fans definitely missed if they weren’t paying attention.

So did you recognize any of these Whedonverse Easter eggs? Is there anything that we missed that you think should be included? Even if you didn’t, leave us a comment and let’s talk about how criminally underrated Dollhouse was.
It May Be Joss]]>
Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:44:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/joss-whedon-easter-eggs/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Thinking About Getting New Ink? Let These Tats Provide You With Some Inspiration]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-tattoos/jonah-dorrance

Have you ever loved something so much you wish you could keep it forever? If so, take some inspiration from the coolest anime tattoos ever inked. These fans fabulously enshrined a piece of their favorite anime on their body canvas, paying eternal tribute to the characters and symbols they love. Some have gone big, some small, some went subtle, and others went all-out.

Like these tattoos of Avatar: the Last Airbender, Rick and Morty, and Pokemon, this collection of inked artwork features unique illustrations, some remaining faithful to the original work and others opting for a newer spin on a classic. From Ghibli heroines to the iconic mask of Tokyo Ghoul, fans from a wide variety of genres found incredibly creative ways to express their dedication, and on a wide variety of body parts.


Thinking About Getting New Ink? Let These Tats Provide You With Some Inspiration]]>
Fri, 03 Mar 2017 01:37:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-tattoos/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[All The Crazy Things That Could Happen When Earth's Magnetic Poles Reverse]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/effects-weakening-earth-magnetic-force/cynthia-griffith

The circle of life and the circle around our home planet go hand in hand in many ways. That circle is known as a magnetic force field, or a magnetosphere. Without it, there could not be life on Earth. This protective, magnetic layer that extends out into the atmosphere, deflects harmful particles and rays, and is the singular distinction between Earth and other planets like Mars (which is now recognized as a dead planet). This force field is approximated 3,450 million years old, but just because it’s existed for so long doesn’t mean that it’s always been stable.

Throughout history, flipping magnetic poles have caused unfathomable turmoil to the world. Negative effects of magnetic shifting range from unlivable weather to blackouts and extinction. Unlike other scientific predictions, such events are not hypothetical scenarios. They’re events that have already happened in the past and might even be doomed to repeat. Scholars of the Ice Age and the Mesozoic Era have learned through fossils the startling consequences of the weakening of our planet’s magnetic force field and how this erosion can give way to detrimental shifting. The rest of us are playing catch up.

So, what are the Earth’s magnetic poles and what happens if our magnetic poles flip? The answer will surely shock and astonish you.


All The Crazy Things That Could Happen When Earth]]>
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:10:12 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/effects-weakening-earth-magnetic-force/cynthia-griffith
<![CDATA[25 Totally Zen Animals Doing Yoga]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/animals-doing-yoga/nathandavidson Take a deep breath. That's it. You're about to experience 25 extremely zen photos of animals doing yoga. Are you reading this in a relaxing voice? Good. Breathe in and breath out. Slowly click on the arrows one at a time because these are the most soothing pictures of animals and pets doing yoga that you're ever going to see. Now, on the count of three, release the laughter because they're also really funny. Did you find your center? Good. Now, we're going to gently move on to some balance postures...
25 Totally Zen Animals Doing Yoga]]>
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:50:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/animals-doing-yoga/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[The Best "America's Got Talent" Acts]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-america-and-_39_s-got-talent-acts/americas-got-talent Who are the best "America's Got Talent" acts? This list includes many of the best acts that competed on the different seasons on "America's Got Talent." Many different types of acts include singers, comedians, dancers, magicians, and much more! Vote for your favorites, vote down any you don't like and feel free to rerank this list your way.

The Best "America]]>
Sat, 09 Aug 2014 09:55:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-america-and-_39_s-got-talent-acts/americas-got-talent
<![CDATA[22 Famous Transgender Actresses Who Are Redefining Gender Roles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-transgender-actresses/lgbt

They make audiences laugh, cry, and think. These notable transgender actresses have received acclaim for their powerful performances and tireless advocacy. Some famous MTF actresses have recurring roles on popular television series and other talented trans actresses are best known for their work in films. Many of the best-known transgender actresses are proud supporters of LGBTQ causes.

Who will you find on this list of famous transgender actresses? Reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner appears at the top. Born as William Bruce Jenner in 1949, Jenner first rose to fame upon winning a gold medal in the decathlon during the 1976 Olympics. She has appeared in several films including The Hungover Games and Jack and Jill, and has been featured in the Amazon series Transparent. Jenner came out as transgender woman in a 2015 interview with Diane Sawyer, saying, "for all intents and purposes, I'm a woman."

Laverne Cox is an advocate for trans rights on- and off-screen. The actress is best known for her role as Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, but has also gained recognition for her work for transgender equality. Other famous women featured on this list of top transgender actresses include Candy Darling, Carmen Carrera, and Candis Cayne.

Which transgender actress is your favorite? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


22 Famous Transgender Actresses Who Are Redefining Gender Roles]]>
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:35:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-transgender-actresses/lgbt
<![CDATA[16 Times Chris Pratt Was Exactly as Cool as You Hope He'd Be]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/chris-pratt-being-awesome/jessica-lawshe

If you weren't already obsessed with Chris Pratt, prepare to feel the love. From Parks and Recreation to Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt has proven his supreme awesomeness many, many times. But is Chris Pratt nice? All signs point to "hell, yes!" From Chris Pratt visiting fans in hospitals to surprising fans with photobombs during a Super Bowl red carpet event, the stories of Chris Pratt being cool are numerous! Make sure to also check out the best Chris Pratt movies of all time

With emotional and heartwarming speeches about his son, Jack, and incredible performances of "Forgot About Dre," Pratt has proven he's not just super hot and super talented, but he's also a really, really cool human.

As this list of Chris Pratt stories proves, under all the charisma, acting ability, and adorableness, he really is as great as you hoped. So vote up the best stories of Chris Pratt being the awesome guy you always thought he was.


16 Times Chris Pratt Was Exactly as Cool as You Hope He]]>
Fri, 27 May 2016 03:06:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/chris-pratt-being-awesome/jessica-lawshe
<![CDATA[17 Anime That Start Off Slow But Eventually Become Amazing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-series-that-start-terrible-but-become-great/laura-allan

Have you ever started an anime series, given up on it partway through, then come back later only to find it was one of the best things ever? You're not the only one. Just about every anime fan has come across a boring anime series that got interesting partway through, and it can be a confusing though exciting experience. Just when your expectations were lowest, you were treated to something amazing!

The downside is that many people drop these anime before they have a chance to get good. Anime that got off to a slow start in particular tends to be a victim of the early drop. So, here are some series that are worth toughing it out, even if the first few episodes leave you snoring or screaming. All too often it's the other way around, with anime series that start off great then become terrible over time

If you're curious about bad anime series that became good, however, then read on. You might find that something you once gave up on is worth a second chance. 


17 Anime That Start Off Slow But Eventually Become Amazing]]>
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 04:26:59 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-series-that-start-terrible-but-become-great/laura-allan
<![CDATA[The World's Most Beautiful Animals]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/worlds-most-beautiful-animals What are the world's most beautiful animals? This list includes some of the most stunning, exotic, and truly gorgeous animals ever to roam the planet. Whether it's the regal Siberian Tiger or the majestic Bald Eagle, each animal listed here is considered, at least by some, to be beautiful. Vote for the animals you think are the most gorgeous, vote down any that you don't find attractive, and feel free to rerank this list in any order you like. And be sure to vote on this list of the cutest baby animals too, because words like "adorable" and "cuddly" come to mind!
 
Not surprisingly, many of the to most beautiful animals worldwide are big cats. From the aforementioned Siberian Tiger to the Cheetah (the world's fastest land animal, so in addition to beauty, this cat has serious skills), the Jaguar, Leopard, White Lion, and the Ocelot are all big vote getters. They are wonderful examples of the miracle of evolution – gorgeous and deadly predators who've survived for centuries.
 
Several different dog breeds are also represented on this list of the world's greatest pretty animals. Who can deny that the Siberian Husky, with those incredible eyes and that remarkable coat, isn't one of the prettiest animals on Earth? Not to be outdone, the domestic cat also appears here, with breeds like the Norwegian Forest Cat and the Russian Blue getting votes. Be sure to go vote for the cutest cat and cutest puppy videos once you've cast your ballots on this Ranker list, by the way.
 
Need more gorgeous creatures? For a truly "awww"-worthy experience, check out this list of the 7 intolerably cute baby monkey videos and get your fix of happy with this daily dose of cuteness list, too!
The World]]>
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 02:12:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/worlds-most-beautiful-animals
<![CDATA[15 Reasons We Need Bill Nye Now More Than Ever Before]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-we-need-bill-nye-now-more-than-ever-before/stephanroget

Bill Nye is back! 2017 will see the triumphant return of the science guy himself to the airwaves when Bill Nye Saves the World hits everyone’s Netflix queue. While the title of the show may have seemed a bit hyperbolic when it was first announced in August of 2016, world events have since intervened to make it all the more realistic and relevant. Donald Trump now sits in the White House; science is under constant attack; and the whole concept of "fact" has been given an "alternative" explanation. Worst of all, the same issues that Nye used to tackle on his show back in the 1990s - like climate change and extinction - are mostly in the same position as they were back then.

The lack of progress seen in the world - and the fact that it actually appears to be going backwards - means we need Bill Nye back now more than ever. Nobody has proven the ability to reach the scientific hearts and minds of children and adults alike quite like Nye did, so it is well past time to bring the man back into the spotlight. He never really went anywhere, but Nye is now back in a place of prominence on Netflix, and it’s time for him to prove he has what it takes to really save the world from... itself more than anything.


15 Reasons We Need Bill Nye Now More Than Ever Before]]>
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:48:47 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/why-we-need-bill-nye-now-more-than-ever-before/stephanroget
<![CDATA[All the Periods in History When Homosexuality Was Celebrated & Embraced]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/homosexuality-in-history/david-sharp

With all the progress that the LGBTQ civil rights movement has made in recent years, it's easy to see acceptance as the way of the future and homophobia as a marker of the past. The problem with this is that it paints all historical people with the same intolerant brush, when, in fact, homophobia is really more of a temporary fad - a violent, oppressive, and surprisingly tenacious fad, but a passing one none the less - and one not shared by all ancient societies. While it's true that queer people through the course of history have been marginalized and oppressed in many cultures, there were many places and times in history when being gay was celebrated - or at least understood as a normal part of life.

The history of homosexuality is actually rather short; the binary of "straight" and "gay" is a relatively new concept, globally speaking, and before the introduction of intolerant religious moral codes, most pre-colonial societies had more fluid concepts of gender and sex roles. As long as there have been humans, there have been same-sex relationships; some societies have just been better about embracing that fact than others. Here's a quick lesson on homosexuality in history.


All the Periods in History When Homosexuality Was Celebrated & Embraced]]>
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 06:49:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/homosexuality-in-history/david-sharp
<![CDATA[14 Surprising Things Most People Never Learned About Lobsters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/amazing-lobster-facts/eric-vega

When you ask the average person to name their favorite type of animal, they seldom say “large marine crustaceans.” This is unfortunate, though, because lobsters are awesome and they aren’t getting the proper love and respect they deserve. Surely there are people out there other than Colin Farrell who can identify with the amazing lives of lobsters.

There is a multimillion dollar industry centered around the harvesting of these bottom-dwellers, but most people couldn't name any facts about lobsters other than they’re delicious. That’s a shame, because awesome lobsters are so much more than an expensive entree. They can live for decades, grow to incredible sizes, and may even offer solutions for dealing with environmental pollution. Before you write them off as creepy creatures of the sea, consider there may be some things you never knew about lobsters that could completely change your perspective.


14 Surprising Things Most People Never Learned About Lobsters]]>
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:05:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/amazing-lobster-facts/eric-vega
<![CDATA[The Best Free Summer Activities for Kids]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/free-summer-activities-for-kids/samantha-dillinger Summer doesn’t have to be boring, and it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money in orderto keep your kids entertained. Take advantage of these simple, free summer activities for kids. There are a variety of easy, creative solutions for keeping your kids entertained that are completely free or cost almost nothing! What are the best free summer activities for kids? This list has ideas for ways to keep your kids busy during summer break, that won't cost you a penny.
 
We associate summer with plenty of sunshine, playing in the water, and getting to spend extra time with our kids while they aren't in school. What better way to spend the season with the family than getting outdoors and exploring nature together, taking a free class, or starting a book club with friends.
 
This blog features the easiest, best free summer activities for kids, and the whole family. Whether you’re looking for an educational, artistic, or physical experience to keep your kikds busy this summer, this list has ideas for all kinds of kids. Cast  your votes below for the best free summer activities for kids.
The Best Free Summer Activities for Kids]]>
Fri, 30 May 2014 09:43:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/free-summer-activities-for-kids/samantha-dillinger
<![CDATA[The Best Planets in the Solar System]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/planets-in-the-solar-system/jtdesaulnier With this space list, astro-nuts can vote up the best planets in the solar system to settle once for all a question that has vexed humanity since we first gazed up at the stars: Which planet is the coolest? That's right, astronomy nerds, this is a rankable battle royale to determine the best planet in the solar system. The last planet standing wins the most contested championship title in our neck of the Milky Way!

Ladies and gentlemen, this one's for all the marbles. Which celestial object will be ranked as the most popular and therefore best planet in our stellar neighborhood? Will it be a ringed planet like Saturn? Or could it be Jupiter, that lovable gas giant? How about Mars, the planet right next door? Or maybe it'll be this pale blue dot, the familiar and lovable Earth? Even Uranus stands a chance, since its name gets giggles.

All the planets in the solar system have a shot at becoming the best. Except Pluto. Pluto's not a real planet. No matter how much we wish that plucky little underdog could compete, if we let Pluto play, then a bunch of other dwarf planets and trans-Neptunian objects would get to compete, too, and trust us, you don't want to bring those lightweights into this epic solar system smackdown.
 
Everyone has a planet they just know is the best, whether it has rings, a poisonous atmosphere, or a whole squad of moons as backup. So set aside that telescope and vote up your favorite planets in our solar system!

The Best Planets in the Solar System]]>
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:52:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/planets-in-the-solar-system/jtdesaulnier
<![CDATA[10 Important Gay Moments in Comic Book History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-10-most-important-gay-moments-in-comic-book-history/eric-diaz Marvel Comics' gay superheroes, Rictor and Shatterstar, finally kissing is an event that made quite a few headlines when it first appeared in the panels of Marvel magazines. In honor of homosexuality becoming more commonplace in comic books, here are the 10 most important LGBT moments in comic book history including gay comic book characters. As comics become more inclusive, we're sure to get more diverse characters. For example, here are the top Latino comic book characters and top African American heroes who have replaced white ones.

Who were the first gay superheroes? Who are some gay comic characters? Are there any gay comic book artists? While there has been speculation for ages that Batman and Robin are a special kind of teammates, in recent years, there has been less speculation and more confirmation about these LGBT comic book characters and their association with the gay comic books (gay comics) community.

Also check out this list of the best fictional gay role models.
10 Important Gay Moments in Comic Book History]]>
Wed, 03 Mar 2010 14:22:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-10-most-important-gay-moments-in-comic-book-history/eric-diaz
<![CDATA[The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/psychedelic-rock-bands-and-musicians-v1/reference At it's apex in the late 1960s, psychedelic rock has long remained one of rock's most popular genres. Popularized by the Summer of Love, the best psychedelic rock bands were able to fuse elements of other sounds - in particular those of the non-Western variety - to replicate the trippy, groovy feeling that was popular during that era. Psychedelic rock became a more underground rock movement since the late 1960s, but that doesn't mean it's not any less relevant. The neo-psych bands drew a lot of inspiration from earlier psychedelic rock bands and the kaleidoscopic nature of their sound, though it's not associated with the counter culture, remains one of the most excited brands of rock music.

So, who are the best psych rock bands? When you think of psychedelic rock bands, you have to include the likes of The Doors, Grateful Dead, Flaming Lips, The 13th Floor Elevators, The Zombies, Iron Butterfly and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Some of these psychedelic rock bands are considered some of the greatest rock bands of all time, and with good reason. Their songs transcend psych rock and continue to strike a chord with music listeners across the globe and through multiple generations. 

That said, take a look at this list psychedelic rock bands and it should provide a context of who is considered the best in psych music. If you are a fan of psych or need a point of reference of what are new psychedelic rock artists, this is the place to look.

This list answers the questions "who are the best psychedelic rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest psychedelic rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular psychedelic rock bands that you might've heard of. {#nodes}
The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands]]>
Tue, 24 Nov 2009 08:00:00 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/psychedelic-rock-bands-and-musicians-v1/reference
<![CDATA[Mary-Kate And Ashley Shows And Movies You Completely Forgot About]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/forgotten-mary-kate-and-ashley-projects/rebecca-shortall

Can you believe there's an entire generation that only knows Mary-Kate and Ashley as the older sisters of Avengers star Elizabeth Olsen? Or as the two strikingly similar-looking mystery women who make sporadic appearances at the Met Ball? Or as the two waifs who are mysteriously absent from Netflix's Full House sequel Fuller House? Kids and tweens today just don't understand how the Olsen twins dominated television airwaves from the late '90s to the early 2000s. They're two of the most successful child stars of all time.

But sift back through your own memories of Mary-Kate and Ashley, and you may be surprised by the straight-to-VHS movies and sitcoms starring the Olsen twins you've failed to remember. Take a dive back into the expansive library of Mary-Kate and Ashley TV shows and movies, and look back with nostalgia-clouded eyes at the forgotten Olsen twins projects that fans once held so dear.


Mary-Kate And Ashley Shows And Movies You Completely Forgot About]]>
Wed, 10 May 2017 08:16:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/forgotten-mary-kate-and-ashley-projects/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[14 Things You Never Knew About The Bachelor Contestants' Contractual Obligations]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bachelor-winner-contracts/elle-tharp

Being the star of ABC's The Bachelor or The Bachelorette might seem like a dream come true. You get to meet dozens of attractive suitors, travel the world, and gain instant fame - and potentially even meet the love of your life.

But what happens off-screen when the cameras stop rolling? What do Bachelor winners have to do? Every contestant on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette - not to mention spin-off shows like Bachelor in Paradise or Bachelor Pad - signs a contract full of fine print detailing what they can and can't do on the show and beyond. For every long-running relationship the show produces, and every claim that "This process really works," there are a ton of backstage machinations.

As appealing as the fantasy might seem on television, the only way to get onto a Bachelor-related show is to essentially sell your soul to ABC. The Bachelor winners' contracts, and the contractual obligations of contestants, demonstrate just how far you have to go to get a shot at the final rose.


14 Things You Never Knew About The Bachelor Contestants]]>
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 02:26:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/bachelor-winner-contracts/elle-tharp
<![CDATA[21 Things You Should Know About Marvel's Black Panther]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/black-panther-trivia-facts/coy-jandreau

Unless you're a die-hard Marvel fan, you probably didn't know much about Black Panther until he started scrapping with Captain America on the big screen. The Black Panther is, however,  one of the most important heroes in Marvel's stable, and with this list, you get to know the King of Wakanda.
 
Though he's been a part of Marvel Comics for decades, Black Panther (aka T'Challa) is not a well-known hero to mainstream audiences. But he is incredibly important and his introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the mainstream in general, is well overdue. He's going to become vital to the world of The Avengers and everything Marvel, so now is the time to learn all you can about this complex, one-of-a-kind superhero.

So just who is Black Panther? What is Wakanda? How does he interact with and impact the Marvel universe as we know it? With this list of Black Panther trivia facts, a whole new corner of the Marvel Universe will open up before your very eyes! This is your crash course on everything about the Monarch of Wakanda, the Black Panther!


21 Things You Should Know About Marvel]]>
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 04:39:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/black-panther-trivia-facts/coy-jandreau
<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Died in 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-died-in-2017/ranker-death-lists

If you're wondering what celebrities died this year, this list of celebrity deaths in 2017 has them all. From actors to singers to athletes, these celebs have passed away this year. Even the rich and famous cannot avoid death, and while the world has lost these celebrities in 2017, their works, performances, and accolades will forever be in our memories. Some of these recent celebrity deaths may shock you because either they left too soon or the celebrity died in an unusual way. The list of celebrities we lost in 2016 seems endless, so let's hope this year is softer on Hollywood. 

Celebrity deaths seem to be happening more often than expected, which is a reminder that celebrities can also die at any moment like this week or even today. A celebrity dying can be a tough time for a fan, but we need to remember that life goes on. There might be many dead celebrities in 2017, so moving on saves pain.

Instead of searching for the latest Hollywood deaths, check this list of celebrities who recently died in 2017. When a notable person dies, the list will be updated to stay current with the celebrities who died this year. There are also photos, short bios, and links to obituaries for each recently deceased celeb. You can also take a look at 2017 musician deaths and the actors and actresses who died in 2017


Celebrities Who Died in 2017]]>
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 06:52:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-died-in-2017/ranker-death-lists
<![CDATA[35 Celebrities Who Started Out on Kids Shows]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/35-celebrities-who-started-out-on-kids-shows/celebrity-lists List of celebrities who got their start on kids shows, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, actresses, and musicians have appeared on kids shows. Many celebrities appeared on popular shows like "The Mickey Mouse Club," "Kids Incorporated," and "All That." Some actors who were already adults appeared on Sesame Street when they were first starting out.

Who is the most famous person who started on a kids show? Jessica Alba tops our list. When she was 13, the Sin City actress appeared on the Nickelodeon comedy series "The Secret World of Alex Mack". Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Keri Russell all got their starts on "The Mickey Mouse Club," whereas Fergie and Jennifer Love Hewitt both appeared on "Kids Incorporated." 

Academy Award winning actor Alan Arkin appeared in several episodes of "Sesame Streetfrom 1970-1971. Raul Julia also appeared in four episodes of "Sesame Streetin the early-70s. Demi Lovato appeared on "Barney & Friends" alongside Selena Gomez. Shia LaBeouf appeared on The Disney Channel show "Even Stevens" in the early 2000s. He even earned a Daytime Emmy Award for the performance.

Do you think that starting out on kids shows helped these celebrities to succeed? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
35 Celebrities Who Started Out on Kids Shows]]>
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:13:18 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/35-celebrities-who-started-out-on-kids-shows/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[11 Great Anime That Deserve Live Action Movie Adaptations]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-that-deserve-a-movie-adaptation/ranker-anime With the Ghost in the Shell movie coming in 2017, it's time we looked at some other anime that deserve live action movie adaptations as well. This list examines some popular anime that would make great live action movies here in America, especially with a big budget. Sure, series like Death Note and Attack on Titan already have live action movies, but we want to see what American writers and directors can do with some of these masterpieces. From action anime to horror anime, these are the top anime that deserve to be made into movies.

What criteria went into making these picks? For starters, most of the shows on this list wouldn't require too much CGI as a live action film. The reason why Dragon Ball Z will never be a great movie is because you can't imitate what the animations do in real life, and the character design would just look ridiculous if you tried to match it. Another criteria was simply the quality of story, and whether or not it could be easily adapted into a 2 hour film.

We're going to allow you to add your own shows to this list, but please provide an explanation as to why you believe the anime would make a good live action movie.
11 Great Anime That Deserve Live Action Movie Adaptations]]>
Wed, 13 May 2015 11:16:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-that-deserve-a-movie-adaptation/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Greatest Talking Animals in TV History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-talking-animals-in-tv-history/ranker-tv

List of the greatest talking animals in television history, as ranked by television critics, historians, and fans. Throughout the years, television has seen its fair share of speaking animal characters, each with their own personalities as unique as they would be if they were human characters. These characters come in all sorts of species, from a household dog to moose that stands on two legs. Although a vast majority of these characters are animated, there are a few which are live action. The live action talking animals, such as Mister Ed or the storytelling dog Wishbone, are impressive because the show runners needed to use a mix of real, cooperative animals, voice actors, and special effects.

 

While many of the TV talking animal characters on this list speak and act as if they were human beings, a few talk with speech impediments and act very much like animals, such as Scooby Doo. Characters like Brian Griffin from Family Guy act completely like humans in animal suits, while characters like Winnie the Pooh act completely within their animal’s nature.

 

Who are television’s best talking animals? This list features a wide array of animals who talk from generations of television, made by live action and cartoon creators alike.


The Greatest Talking Animals in TV History]]>
Tue, 01 Oct 2013 10:56:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-talking-animals-in-tv-history/ranker-tv
<![CDATA[Celebrities and Their BFFs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-bffs/celeb-stalker A list of celebrity BFFs. The following celebrities are best friends in real life, and they give new meaning to the term "Hollywood power couple." Like most relationships under the spotlight, famous friendships come and go in show business. However, the duos in this celeb BFF gallery have a close bond and are supportive of each other's careers as well as their personal lives. Featured on the list are various photos found on the web of stars with their equally famous celebrity pals, from former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton taking a "selfie" with Meryl Streep, to celebrity best friends Angelina Jolie and Gwen Stefani spending time with their kids on a playdate. Hollywood's biggest bromances are also included, such as A-list buddies George Clooney and Brad Pitt, as well as Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.

The big-time besties below are obvious because they've worked together, like "Friends" co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, or are often seen shopping or partying together, like Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift. We can only imagine the kind of girl talk celebrity chums Katy Perry and Rihanna share, or what it's like to hang out with Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon. There are famous platonic friendships on this list too, such as Mario Lopez and Eva Longoria, and Lea Michele and her best bud Jonathan Groff. And then there are the most surprising BFFs of all, whether soul sisters or brothers from another mother, that will make you scratch your head (Becks and Snoop, anyone?).

Who needs a soul mate when you've got a partner-in-crime? The following real-life Laverne & Shirleys and Holmes & Watsons prove that friendship is not about fame or money, but about trust and having fun. Vote up for your favorite celeb pals and vote down the duos that you think make better "frenemies." Add any popular BFFs to the list if you think of more.
Celebrities and Their BFFs]]>
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:24:40 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-bffs/celeb-stalker
<![CDATA[12 Epic '90s Soundtracks That Are Better Than The Actual Movie]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/90s-soundtracks-better-than-their-movies/harrison-tenpas

The '90s was by no means the worst decade in cinematic history, though some duds definitely made it to the screen. Waves of nostalgia glamorizing an era of Beanie Babies and bootcut jeans can be deceiving, but in reality, even some of the highest grossing movies of the '90s were pretty bad.

But even the worst '90s movies had one thing going for them: the now-almost-obsolete soundtrack. If you're old enough to have cognitive memories of the '90s, chances are you can remember soundtracks as physical albums - CDs or tapes that had a smattering of contemporary hits featured in a major motion picture. And a lot of these soundtracks from the '90s were better than the films themselves; in fact, some of the best '90s albums might just be compilations pulled together for films. After all, the sheer volume of great music from the decade made it easy to put together a decent mix.

Bad '90s movies with great soundtracks span genres. Remember Batman Forever? You might not, but you've definitely sung along to Seal's "Kiss From a Rose." And what about Spiceworld, and its bubbly pop score? These good soundtracks for bad movies prove that even the worst film has a redeemable quality - even if you have to close your eyes to find it.


12 Epic ]]>
Wed, 10 May 2017 09:27:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/90s-soundtracks-better-than-their-movies/harrison-tenpas
<![CDATA[The Most Delicious Ice Cream Flavors]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-ice-cream-flavors List of the most delicious ice cream flavors, ranked by eaters everywhere. Whether you like the fancy flavors like Ben & Jerry's or the classic varieties like plain old vanilla and chocolate, the best ice cream flavors are certainly a matter of taste, and a delicious dilemma as well. Almost everyone loves ice cream, especially on a hot day, but one thing we can't seem to agree on is which flavor is best.

Vote: The Best Ice Cream Toppings

Ice cream dates back to the Persian Empire where grape juice was poured over snow and enjoyed. Fast forward a few thousand years and the same basic idea continues except with frozen flavored dairy. Initially, ice cream was pretty vanilla, with many varieties limited to one flavor, often fruit.

Thankfully, recently ice cream has evolved to include advanced flavorings like that of chocolate chip cookie dough, rocky road and strawberry cheesecake. Ice cream has also become quite gourmet, especially in New England, with the likes of Edy's, Ben & Jerry's and even Starbucks getting into the industry.

Though ice cream has come a long way since the grape juice and snow days, classic flavors still remain available to those who enjoy them. So what's the best ice cream flavor on the market? That's up to you to decide. Tell us ice cream lovers, which is the best? Add your list of the best ice cream varieties and vote for your favorite frozen flavors below!
The Most Delicious Ice Cream Flavors]]>
Mon, 12 Sep 2011 02:29:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-ice-cream-flavors
<![CDATA[14 Facts About The D-Day Invasion Most People Don't Know About]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/operation-overlord-normandy-d-day-invasion-facts/philgibbons

On June 6, 1944, the D-Day invasion by Allied forces began in the French region of Normandy. What happened on D-Day, one of the largest military undertakings in world history, remains among the most remarkable stories of WWII. Facts about this endeavor, code named Operation Overlord, continue to amaze the public over 70 years after this momentous event. Here are some remarkable and surprising details about the D-Day invasion, the attack that was the beginning of the end of the Nazi Reich and ground zero for the onset of the struggle for the liberation of Europe. From leading men you had no idea landed on D-Day to sleeping Nazi leadership, the invasion that began the end of WWII is full of surprising, heroic, and heart-wrenching moments.


14 Facts About The D-Day Invasion Most People Don]]>
Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:51:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/operation-overlord-normandy-d-day-invasion-facts/philgibbons
<![CDATA[11 Extremely Weird Things You Never Knew About Sigmund Freud]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/surprising-facts-about-sigmund-freud/ella-talkin

As a psychoanalyst, Freud was wrong about almost everything – there is no empirical evidence to substantiate Freudian theory. Yet, that somehow continues to not really matter. The man is embedded in our cultural consciousness. The legacy of Freudian analysis colors our everyday conversations and thought paradigms. Defense mechanisms, daddy issues, catharsis, arrested development, death wishes – all of these terms come straight from Freudian psychology. His understanding of gender was othering, deeply misogynist, and ignorant; his therapy sessions violated ethical codes; he manipulated data to fit his needs; but he brought the notion of the unconscious mind into the public consciousness. That's the thing that stuck. The man himself was an eccentric weirdo whose biography is just as strange as his beliefs.


11 Extremely Weird Things You Never Knew About Sigmund Freud]]>
Tue, 09 May 2017 06:50:37 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/surprising-facts-about-sigmund-freud/ella-talkin
<![CDATA[32 Marvel Hip-Hop Variant Covers And The Album Covers They're Inspired By]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/marvel-variant-covers-based-on-hip-hop-albums/stephanroget

Beginning in 2015, Marvel Comics' hip-hop-themed variant covers burst onto the scene like NWA bursting into the rap game in the '90s. Variant covers are a long-standing and semi-proud tradition in the comic book world, with both Marvel and DC putting out a few sets each year, but the hip-hop brand marks a moment of particularly smashing success. Meant to reward collectors, variant covers encourage the buying of multiple copies and the completion of sets. Marvel’s hip-hop covers are still being published semi-regularly, even though years have passed since their debut, showing that audiences have responded well to the theme. Fans of the comics enjoy the variety, and fans of the various hip-hop albums that inspired the Marvel covers love the homage.

In seeking inspiration for this run of album cover tributes, Marvel Comics covered the entire gamut of rap and hip-hop history, from the earliest days of the craft to modern talents like 50 Cent and Eminem. Dozens of comic artists lent their hand to the project, and now Marvel is releasing an art book filled of nothing but the covers themselves. Combining the worlds of Marvel superheroes and hip-hop music proves to be a powerful Venn diagram of interest for the publishing company, and the most popular covers don’t seem to be going away anytime soon.


32 Marvel Hip-Hop Variant Covers And The Album Covers They]]>
Thu, 25 May 2017 07:34:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/marvel-variant-covers-based-on-hip-hop-albums/stephanroget
<![CDATA[Innocent Books That Parents Tried To Ban For Stupid Reasons]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/innocent-books-parents-tried-to-ban/jacob-shelton

Since the '80s, literary-minded troublemakers have been celebrating banned books. These pieces of literature dare to vaguely step outside the imaginary boundaries of good behavior. Thanks to the sensitive sensibilities of parents and authority figures, there are a lot of books banned for dumb reasons, especially children’s books that do nothing beyond ask readers to open their minds to new possibilities. Innocent books banned in schools usually have some similarities, like a disregard for authority or a character using language unbefitting of an upstanding imaginary character. If you thought the only classic books that deal with teenage angst or the atrocities of war  are subject to a ban, then you’re very wrong. Most of the books banned from schools are seminal stories for young people, which makes their censorship so much worse.

Parents banning books seems to go completely against everything that a parent should do. Stories are meant to challenge the reader, and allow you to take a vacation into another world. If you begin policing a book because its characters are “theologically impossible” or because a character doesn’t care for their principal, then you’re not allowing the reader to act out those fantasies in their head, and you’re tamping down on someone’s emotional growth. Keep reading to find out the craziest reasons a book was banned, and then stop by your local library -they miss you.


Innocent Books That Parents Tried To Ban For Stupid Reasons]]>
Wed, 31 May 2017 02:49:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/innocent-books-parents-tried-to-ban/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[28 Times Wonder Woman Was Way More Awesome Than Batman, And Superman, And You]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-wonder-woman-moments/zack-howe

The game just changed for the DC Extended Universe. Wonder Woman is going to take your breath away. In every sense. This is the Wonder Woman film we've all been waiting for, and it was so worth the wait. Gal Gadot is a marvel to behold. She graces the screen with a godlike presence. It will give you some feelings.

It does not matter who you are, you’re going to fall in love with her character when you watch this movie. She’s truly a goddess. Man, woman, gay, straight—doesn’t matter. Even if you’re into dudes—when Chris Pine is next to her, she makes him look subhuman. Like a chimpanzee. And not even a chimpanzee with its sh*t together. 

And don't get it twisted - it's not her physical attractiveness that makes her shine. She exudes strength and grace. Pure power. She is truly awe-inspiring. And she just provides so much badassery that you may need to see a proctologist after this movie. So without further ado, here are all of the scenes in the Wonder Woman movie where Diana Prince shows us the true meaning of badass. Be warned, there are SPOILERS ahead!


28 Times Wonder Woman Was Way More Awesome Than Batman, And Superman, And You]]>
Wed, 31 May 2017 11:14:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-wonder-woman-moments/zack-howe
<![CDATA[Surprising Photos Of Old School Visual Effects From Before The Heyday Of CGI]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/old-school-effects-that-would-be-cgi-now/jonathan-sherman

Long before the invention of CGI, old school practical effects introduced movie-goers to worlds, characters, and feats of impossibility that still somehow came alive on-camera. Without computers, green screens, and motion capture technology, filmmakers relied upon practical effects that would be CGI today in order to bring their imagination to the big screen. The primitiveness of the tools at their disposal, in comparison to today's special effects, belies the amazing scenes and stunts old-school directors captured on film.

Today, when CGI can even replace people, it boggles the mind to look back on insane practical effects from movies and even consider how they finished production on time. Yet, many a classic film managed to create visual impossibilities using only practical effects, and some of the best are included below. Take a gander at these memorable cinematic moments, and imagine how a modern director might tackle these challenges today.


Surprising Photos Of Old School Visual Effects From Before The Heyday Of CGI]]>
Tue, 16 May 2017 07:07:54 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/old-school-effects-that-would-be-cgi-now/jonathan-sherman
<![CDATA[33 Pics of Old-Timey Swimsuits That Will Have You Dreaming of the Beach]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/vintage-swimsuit-photos/carly-kiel

"Swimsuit season." Each summer, these words strike fear into the hearts of post-pubescent pool- and beach-goers around the world. But long days of sunshine didn't always mean showing as much skin as possible. These vintage photos of old-timey swimsuits show a simpler time, when cuts were plentiful and fabrics were sensibly black. The earliest photographs of swimwear, from the prude Victorian Era, depict "bathing costumes" that were the picture of modesty: a knee-length top, ankle-length drawers, all in shapeless wool or flannel. It wasn't until the 1910s that one-piece suits became acceptable for women - and even then, the form-fitting "swimming tights" had long arms, long legs, and, occasionally, a collar. Over time, necklines receded and arms were exposed. One summer, a glimpse of a knee. A few years later, a tanline as high as mid-thigh. Escándalo! 

Still, even under yards of sopping wet wool (body-hugging nylon wasn't in vogue until the 1930s), the subjects of these early swimsuit pics look to be having F-U-N. A century ago, families visited the beach together. Couples waded in the surf. Gal pals rode bikes and buried each other in the sand and played leapfrog on the pier. When the camera came out, everyone did silly poses. That's endearing, right? A good reminder that there is no such thing as a perfect beach body, but the beach is always a great place to be, no matter what you're wearing. Enjoy these pics of old swimsuits from the 1890s to the 1930s while eating whatever your little heart desires.


33 Pics of Old-Timey Swimsuits That Will Have You Dreaming of the Beach]]>
Wed, 31 May 2017 07:33:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/vintage-swimsuit-photos/carly-kiel
<![CDATA[The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-greatest-baseball-players-of-all-time This greatest baseball players list represents the combined lists of baseball fans everywhere. Anyone can make their own list of the best ball-players ever to play the game, making this CrowdRanking a true consensus on who's the best player of all time.

So who is the greatest baseball player of all time? There are plenty of amazing options to choose from. Are you a New York Yankees fan? Then you'll really like this list with Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and more repping your team. The same goes for fans of Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Bob Gibson, Stan Musial, Barry Bonds and everyone else who should be considered among the greatest baseball players of all time. 
The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time]]>
Wed, 06 Apr 2011 12:40:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-greatest-baseball-players-of-all-time
<![CDATA[Delicious Donut Art You'll Want to Eat Right Up]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/donut-art/isadora-teich You don't have to be Homer Simpson to be obsessed with good donuts. Humans are physically incapable of passing up on that sweet, fried goodness. From gourmet bakeries to day-old gas stations, you can get your donut fix practically anywhere. But some places are taking their donut love to the next level with cool donut art that'll make you wonder whether that baker's dozen belongs sitting on your table or hanging in an art gallery. 

Spell it doughnut or donut, the pastry art is really blowing up. Whether it's abstract, kitschy, or surprising, cool doughnuts provide almost as much food for thought as they do actual food. The eye-catching donuts below will make you crave some sweet deliciousness and maybe even a trip to the Met.   

Whether your tastes tend toward the bright, funny, minimal, or just plain beautiful, these next-level donuts will make your stomach growl and your inner artist purr. Take a look at these amazingly cool donut pics and get hungry and impressed. 

Delicious Donut Art You]]>
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 07:32:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/donut-art/isadora-teich
<![CDATA[The Best Beatles Songs]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-beatles-songs

List of best songs ever recorded by The Beatles, the iconic British rock band joining John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Between the years 1960 and 1970, the band recorded 12 studio albums and a few other scattered songs and recordings, across a diverse range of styles. The albums have all proved massively influential, particularly the band's later experiments with psychedelia, world music and conceptual long-form albums. Each member of the so-called Fab Four found later success as a solo artist (with McCartney and Starr continuing to record albums and sell out concerts to the present day), and their combined efforts are consistently ranked among the greatest rock music of all time.

Childhood friends McCartney and Lennon originally formed a band in the late '50s called The Quarrymen, and soon after brought in George Harrison as a guitarist. After playing in Hamburg, Germany, and rotating through a few other musicians, the group returned to the UK in 1962 and joined with drummer Ringo Starr (then of the band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.) By 1963, the group started releasing popular songs, including "Please Please Me" and "Love Me Do." The phenomenon of "Beatlemania," typified by mobs of young girls screaming and rioting whenever the band appeared in public, took hold this same year. A trip to the US, highlighted by an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, is commonly associated with the increasingly popularity of British music in America, often called the "British Invasion."

More successful albums followed - including the soundtrack for the Beatles' first film, "A Hard Days Night." In 1965, the band released the landmark "Rubber Soul," followed by "Revolver" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." which added a good deal of complexity to the band's previously "bubblegum" pop sound. (The Beatles would later reveal that much of the change in their sound was due to their increasing experimentation with drugs like marijuana and LSD during this period.)

Vote: The Best Solo Songs by Former Beatles

The band's final two albums - "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be" - were recorded during a period of intense strife and conflict between the band members. McCartney and Lennon were infamously feuding and difficult to work with, prompting Harrison to essentially quit the band and leave the studio. (He eventually returned and brought in keyboard player Billy Preston to hopefully change the dynamic in the studio.) In 1969, Lennon released the first solo song from a Beatles member - "Give Peace a Chance," credited to the "Plastic Ono Band." (It was a reference to Lennon's new wife, Yoko Ono.) In September of that year, Lennon announced his intention to leave the group to his fellow band members.
The Best Beatles Songs]]>
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:22:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-beatles-songs
<![CDATA[13 Cringeworthy Reality TV Show Fails]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-13-most-cringeworthy-reality-tv-show-fails/clintonjake

Ahh, the reality show. What other medium seems to focus on fame mongers and/or washed up celebrities trying to make themselves relevant? TV is full of reality programming these days, and that means more and more reality TV fails for the Internet to enjoy and mock. Reality television is a source of some of the biggest TV fails of all time, and more than its share of the classic TV host nip slip.

Not just Nancy Grace's stint on Dancing with the Stars, this list includes all of the greatest reality TV fails in recent history. From the host of Australia's Next Top Model announcing the wrong winner, to Snooki getting punched in the face, here are the other greatest and most cringeworthy fails from all across reality television programming. The beauty of reality TV is the car crash element, and a world in which nip slips to overall FAILs, can happen relatively often. We aren't watching Real Houswives for the stories!

So what are the worst reality show FAILs? There are a number. From Verne (Mini Me) Troyer riding a scooter around a house naked and then peeing in a corner, to the worst ideas in invention show history, to the worst face plants in TV dance audition history: enjoy. And if any aliens are watching via radio waves in outer space, please kindly switch over to more educational programming. We promise the human race isn't all Jersey Shore and celebrity competitions.
13 Cringeworthy Reality TV Show Fails]]>
Sun, 03 Oct 2010 07:00:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-13-most-cringeworthy-reality-tv-show-fails/clintonjake
<![CDATA[The Best French Foods]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-french-foods/ranker-food

List of the best French food, as ranked by professional chefs, natives of France, and food enthusiasts. When people think of France, monuments like the Eiffel Tower and French art museums may come to mind, but no part of French culture is more rewarding and memorable than their food. The food in France is a fragile mix between rich and complicated, sometimes taking scientific-like steps to make, making it all the more satisfying to eat.  Ingredients often include bread, eggs, and cheese, mixed a way so unique that each ingredient tastes like never before.That’s one of the beauties of French cuisine: it’s always a special experience to try.

 

The French foods on this list of top foods from France include dishes that you can find on menus all over the world, regardless of ethnicity, like quiche and crème brulee. Meanwhile, other dishes are very exclusive to French restaurants, such as escargots and quenelle.

 

What are your favorite French foods? Whether you’re a fan of sweet French desserts like macaroons and pain au chocolate or singular eating experiences like sharing a pot of fondue, French food has a special place in the heart of food lovers across the globe. If you don't see your favorite foods from France on the list of greatest French foods, make sure to add them.


The Best French Foods]]>
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:17:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-french-foods/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best TV Shows Ending in 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tv-shows-ended-in-2017/ranker-tv

As a wave of new TV series premiere this year, we also say goodbye to the TV shows that are ending in 2017. While some shows were canceled in 2017, many beloved series have decided to end this year. From comedies to dramas, these are the TV shows that ended in 2017. 

After six seasons, HBO's Girls ended on April 16. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, the highly acclaimed series received many awards since it began in 2012. Currently in the seventh and final season, Pretty Little Liars will have its series finale on June 27. Other long running shows that ended in 2017 include 2 Broke GirlsBones, Workaholics, and The Vampire Diaries

Vote for the best TV shows that are ending in 2017. Some of these TV shows ending in 2017 are still airing new episodes, so don't miss the highly anticipated series finales! 


The Best TV Shows Ending in 2017]]>
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:19:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/tv-shows-ended-in-2017/ranker-tv
<![CDATA[Great Movies In Which The Hero Doesn't Need To Be There At All]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/great-movies-that-dont-need-heroes/hannah-collins

What would cinema be without instantly recognizable heroes like Indiana Jones, Cameron Poe, Harry Potter, and Luke Skywalker? Well, as far as their stories are concerned, apparently not too different. Of all the great screenwriting fails and narrative snafus, movie heroes who have no effect on the plot is among the most flagrant of sins, yet has produced a number of great movies that don't need heroes. 

The idea of the ineffective hero was made infamous by a film-ruining moment in The Big Bang Theory that shook fan boys and girls to their nerdy cores by torpedoing Raiders of the Lost Ark. Since then, film fans have been endlessly debating which other beloved favorites are led by useless movie heroes. Was Voldemort's bid for power destined to fail with or without Harry being there? Is Atticus Finch the most brilliantly pointless lawyer in fiction? Let's destroy some great movie characters! 


Great Movies In Which The Hero Doesn]]>
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:13:09 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/great-movies-that-dont-need-heroes/hannah-collins
<![CDATA[18 Extremely Stupid Pickup Lines From The 19th Century]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/slickest-19th-century-pickup-lines/ella-talkin

For nostalgic idealists, daydreams of dating in the 19th century can offer a welcome escape from the modern-day Tinder horror stories to an elegant age of gentility and romance. The thought of lounging in an ornate parlor and hiding your blush with a lace fan as a dashing stranger hands you an invitation card (with a chaperone present of course) can be intoxicating. As National Geographic points out, “invitation” or “escort” cards were the old pickup lines of yore – a way for men to formally “swipe left” before such technology existed. The woman of his affection would regard the card and return it or keep it based on how much her fancy was tickled. 

Would it be a match? The anticipation was overwhelming, nevermind that you'd probably eventually succumb to arsenic poisoning or suffer a bizarre 19th century death! At first glance, these old pickup lines lifted from actual escort cards may seem more artful and romantic than the preferred pickup line of the current zeitgeist: “You up? ;)” Vote up the historical pickup lines that make you want to time travel just for the nookie. 


18 Extremely Stupid Pickup Lines From The 19th Century]]>
Tue, 09 May 2017 06:50:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/slickest-19th-century-pickup-lines/ella-talkin
<![CDATA[The 14 Greatest Pets in Video Game History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-greatest-pets-in-video-game-history/ariel-kana From a dog who will rip out a man's throat at your command, to a self-sacrificing horse, to a dinosaur that can literally swallow your enemies whole, here's a list that shows not only the greatest domesticated animals in video game history, but how integral and important they are to all of gaming in general.

Pets are truly part of the family, and that's even true for the guys in your favorite video games! We've compiled the names of some of the best virtual pets and video game animals around to thank them for their help in defeating out (gaming) enemies. Here are the pets that deserve a spot in the video game hall of fame.

The 14 Greatest Pets in Video Game History]]>
Fri, 20 Aug 2010 04:57:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-greatest-pets-in-video-game-history/ariel-kana
<![CDATA[Summer Entertaining Ideas for Your Next Outdoor Bash]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/summer-party-ideas/ashley-reign

It's never too early to start planning for summer! If you can’t wait for outdoor dinner parties, BBQs, and family reunions, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve pulled together a list of summer party ideas and life hacks that you’ll be able to use for summers to come. We’ve got everything from decorating tips for the not-so-experienced designer to fun tricks for the master griller.

Whether you can’t get enough of barbecuing with your buddies or are planning a birthday party for your little one, we’ve got tons of handy summer entertaining advice to help get you prepared. So before you go out and buy that super deluxe slip and slide for the kids or spend a fortune on a brand new gas grill, check out these summer entertaining hacks. Not only will these DIY summer party tips and tricks teach you how to make your next bash look great, some of these summer party ideas can also save you a ton of cash!

After all, who says you can’t make your own impromptu swimming pool or manufacture a makeshift grill on the fly? We’ll give you tips on everything from how to get a fire going in your fire pit to how to how to set up an awesome outdoor play house for the kids, all with items you already own. So bust out your favorite pool floatation device and check out some great summer entertaining hacks that will keep you and your guests happy and healthy all summer long! 


Summer Entertaining Ideas for Your Next Outdoor Bash]]>
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:58:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/summer-party-ideas/ashley-reign