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[Anime Only People Who've Just Been Introduced To Anime Enjoy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-for-beginners/erin-mccann

Every anime fan has a starter anime, that first series that really inspired them to keep watching. For many fans, their introduction into the genre probably falls on this anime for beginners list. Many viewers move on to other, more underrated anime after completing these series, but other casual fans may not. The traits that make for a perfect beginners anime include series with broad appeal, an easy to follow storyline, and basic themes such as good versus evil. Concepts that require a better understanding of Japanese culture and a saturation of fan-service moments may turn new viewers off, and are not generally good anime for new fans. 

Accessible anime also employ nostalgia, whether you grew up watching something on this list, or – in the case of a long running series – have followed it for a long time. And don't think a true anime lover can't be a fan of one of these anime new fans enjoy. You may have graduated from school and moved on, after all, but you probably wouldn't go back and blow it up. And if you're tempted, you should probably watch less anime.

Anime Only People Who]]>
Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:01:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-for-beginners/erin-mccann
<![CDATA[The Best 2017 NFL Draft Picks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-nfl-draft-picks-2017/ranker-sports

NFL fans, get hyped for the 2017 NFL Draft by voting for this year's best draft picks. With 32 first round picks, teams must carefully choose smart draft picks, while also considering NFL draft sleepers. Predicting these selections comes as no easy task, especially with so many top NFL prospects. Who are the best 2017 NFL draft picks, and who will the Cleveland Browns draft as their number one pick in this year's NFL draft? Several mock drafts show Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett as their top pick. Regarded as a physical freak of nature, the two-time First-team All-American dominated the NFL Scouting Combine.

Other notable first round picks include Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and LSU safety Leonard Fournette. Vote for the football players you think are the top NFL draft picks in 2017, and be mindful of potential draft busts. Don't miss Round One of the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 27, followed by the second and third round on Friday, April 28 and ending with Rounds Four to Seven on Saturday, April 29. 

The Best 2017 NFL Draft Picks]]>
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:32:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-nfl-draft-picks-2017/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[Hilarious Comedian Jo Koy Ranks His Top 10 Favorite Comedy Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/jo-koy-favorite-comedy-movies/jo-koy

Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings at a Las Vegas coffee house. As one of today’s most hilarious stand-up comedians, Koy sells out comedy clubs and theaters across the nation with his infectious, explosive energy onstage. The comedian pulls inspiration from his family - specifically his son - that inspires humor across all boundaries. Koy, who was raised in Tacoma, WA, credits his mother for his comedic and acting talents. She encouraged him to participate in school talent shows and to hold impromptu performances for his family and friends. 

In 2005, Koy had the “opportunity of a lifetime,” when he performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  He became one of a select few comics to receive a standing ovation on the show.

Since then, Koy has had two highly-rated and successful comedy specials on Comedy Central, Don’t Make Him Angry and Lights Out.  In 2017, Koy released his third comedy special, Jo Koy: Live from Seattle on Netflix. When he's not filming his own specials, he's touring across the nation, and is a weekly guest on the popular podcast The Adam Carolla Show. Koy also has weekly podcast, The Koy Pond, and has appeared on more than 100 episodes of Chelsea Lately, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, and Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza

So take it from an expert: these comedies are sure to make you laugh. 

Hilarious Comedian Jo Koy Ranks His Top 10 Favorite Comedy Movies]]>
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:33:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/jo-koy-favorite-comedy-movies/jo-koy
<![CDATA[The Best Cities For Millennials]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-millennials/reference

For Millennials, traditional cities don't have the allure they used to have. Monster metropolises cost a fortune and have become playgrounds for the rich and famous. Thus, the younger generation, instead of moving home, have decided to put down roots in cheaper, burgeoning locales that stretches their hard earned dollars. While they still will leave in places like New York City and Chicago, and even California cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, Millennials tend to favor smaller cities in places where rent or owning a home won't cost them their first born.

Plenty of Southern and Western cities make this list of the best cities for Millennials. The kids seem to moving to places that are affordable, have vibrant cultural scenes and promising job markets. Add that to the cheap land and proximity for traveling to other cities, you have the formula to why Millennials rank the cities on this list in the way they do.

The Best Cities For Millennials]]>
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 02:07:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-millennials/reference
<![CDATA[31 Fun Facts About the Godfather Trilogy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/godfather-trivia/coy-jandreau Ask almost any cinephile what their favorite movie is and at least one of The Godfather movies usually pop up in the top 10. It's a rare franchise where the sequel is not only brilliant, it's almost superior to the incredible predecessor. The third one is another story altogether and certainly has its merits, but was doomed from the start. Any way you look at it, The Godfather trilogy represents cinematic genius, and they're a must-have in any movie-buff's collection. 

The Godfather is such an iconic piece of American cinema that its influence is still felt in everyday culture 40+ years later. The term "Godfather" wasn't even an expression until these films debuted, and how many times have we all heard that reference? The idea of a "Don" also wasn't a thing until the book that inspired these films came along. The Godfather films are near-perfect, in addition to being extremely influential. 

It's hard to find a better performance than Marlon Brando as Don Vito in the first Godfather until you watch De Niro playing the very same character in its sequel. How often does that happen? Not to mention the tour de force that is Al Pacino in all three films, as well as the supporting cast that includes heavy weights like James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, and countless others. 

The Godfather trilogy is a timeless piece of American cinema and well worth a revisit, so we decided to dig up some fun facts about The Godfather franchise that you may not know. We figure that's an offer you can't refuse.

31 Fun Facts About the Godfather Trilogy]]>
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:17:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/godfather-trivia/coy-jandreau
<![CDATA[The 15+ Most Anticipated Nintendo Switch Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/nintendo-switch-anticipated-games/ranker-games

What are the most anticipated Nintendo Switch games that have been announced so far? We're ranking the best games coming to Nintendo Switch in 2017 and 2018, so help us out by voting up the games you are most excited to play for Switch. It would be hard pressed to say that Super Mario Odyssey, an open world Mario game in the same vein as Mario 64 or Mario Sunshine, isn't the most anticipated Switch game for 2017. However, there are many more upcoming Switch games that fans are dying to play, such as Splatoon 2, ARMS, Sonic Mania, and a bunch of games with tentative titles that we don't know enough about yet (but desperately want to play.)

Vote up the upcoming Nintendo Switch games you are most excited to play, and downvote any titles you believe are all hype.


The 15+ Most Anticipated Nintendo Switch Games]]>
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:50:05 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/nintendo-switch-anticipated-games/ranker-games
<![CDATA[The 13 Most WTF Florida Stories of 2017 (So Far)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-florida-news-2017/ranker-news

It's no wonder the strangest headlines come from Florida. Every year, "America's wang" tops the news with another ridiculous story that makes other Americans question, "Should Florida still be part of the US?" If it weren't for Disney World's Epcot and the Harry Potter theme park, the US might have kept the "Sunshine State" a secret. After reading this list of weird things that happened in Florida in 2017, you will totally understand why.

In addition to topping crime charts ranked by state, Florida consistently provides the most bizarre yet hilarious news. Maybe they put something in the water down at the Everglades because these strange events are definitely caused by abnormal people. Crazy and funny are just understatements for these WTF things that happened in Florida this year.

Here are the most unbelievable and weirdest things that happened in Florida in 2017. If you want to see more of this state's strangeness, this is a collection of Florida mugshots that will show you why "America's wang" is a fitting nickname. 

The 13 Most WTF Florida Stories of 2017 (So Far)]]>
Mon, 02 Jan 2017 03:15:58 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-florida-news-2017/ranker-news
<![CDATA[The 13 Most Harrowing Superhero Origin Stories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-harrowing-superhero-origin-stories/ranker-comics

It’s safe to say most characters don’t become superheroes because they possess a great life. If anything, most superhero origins take root in the character's dissatisfaction towards their life, if not all-out tragedy. But the saddest origin stories of superheroes take the tragedy of everyday life and twist the knife until nothing's left to bleed. The characters on this list haven’t simply led a hard life, they’ve had the hardest life. Either their parents were murdered in front of them, or the one thing cherished most was ripped away from them, leaving them a broken mess of a person. Keep reading to learn about even more sad superhero origin stories.

For much of the golden era of comics, superhero origins were based around dead either dead parents or science gone wrong – or in the case of one character on this list, both – but as the decades moved on the origin stories got more complicated, and some of them became even more depressing. As you read this collection of the most depressing superhero origin stories prepare to sigh heavily, think about your parents, and maybe even have a stiff drink. But remember, the characters on this list took the world’s biggest lemons and turned them into lemonade, and that means that you can too. But before you turn your life around, don’t forget to vote on the most traumatizing superhero origin stories.

The 13 Most Harrowing Superhero Origin Stories]]>
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:08:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-harrowing-superhero-origin-stories/ranker-comics
<![CDATA[Real People With Super Powers Straight Out Of Comics]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-people-with-super-powers-from-comics/jacob-shelton

If you ever wondered what the world would be like with real-life superheroes, you need not ponder any longer. It turns out they exist, but they aren't exactly decked out in spandex saving the helpless from burning buildings. People with real superpowers appeared since the dawn of the 20th century, and their abilities rival even those of some of your favorite characters. One real superhero used their abilities at the Olympics, while another simply climbs whatever structure they find, laws against buildering be d*mned!

The most fascinating aspect about these real-life superheroes on this list is they're largely just normal people with incredible gifts. Sure, a couple of the men and women with real-life superpowers used their abilities to gain fame and fortune, but most of them lead normal lives, albeit with abnormal abilities. 

Real People With Super Powers Straight Out Of Comics]]>
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:17:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/real-people-with-super-powers-from-comics/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Who Is Going To Be The #1 Draft Pick In The 2017 NBA Draft?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-nba-draft-prediction-2017/ranker-sports

NBA fans, prepare for the next wave of rookies to tower over your screens for years to come. With so many talented NBA prospects on the horizon, the time is now to make your predictions for the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Though they may be rookies, many of these college players could go on to become one of the best draft picks of all time, making predictions all the more exhilarating. The upcoming NBA draft order starts with Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Orlando Magic. Who will be the number one pick in the 2017 NBA Draft? 

Thanks to his father LaVar Ball, UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball received huge media coverage, boosting the collegiate into greater visibility. In his first season with the Bruins, the freshman averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, and 6 rebounds a game, not too shabby. Other college players who could be number one NBA draft picks in 2017 include University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz and Kansas small forward Josh Jackson, among numerous national and international contenders. Vote for the basketball player you think will go number one in the 2017 NBA Draft. Don't miss the 2017 NBA Draft on Tuesday, May 16 and make sure you dress properly for the occasion.

Who Is Going To Be The #1 Draft Pick In The 2017 NBA Draft?]]>
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 04:10:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-nba-draft-prediction-2017/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The 30 Biggest Badasses In History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/biggest-badasses-in-history/chase-christy

When you think of the biggest badasses in history, who comes to mind? Rambo, Stone-cold Steve Austin, maybe even the self-proclaimed "American Badass," Kid Rock? Well, if any of those characters fit your criteria for badassery, you went a little wide of the mark. Throughout history, many men and women exemplified what it truly means to be badass without the assistance of big-budget filming and expensive PR campaigns. When was the last time you saw James Bond or Lara Croft emerge from the countryside, aged 19, and prevent France from becoming England? You didn't, because that was Joan of Arc, the first figure taught in Historical Badasses 101.

A badass is defined as a "tough, uncompromising or intimidating person" and many historical figures fit that bill. In fact, being a badass is how many of them made history. Compiled here is a list of historical figures who took toughness and intimidation to the next level.During times when everything was much more dangerous (including people), the most badass people in history rose above it all by simply being even more dangerous. Vlad the Impaler didn't inspire Dracula with his mercy, that's for sure.

The 30 Biggest Badasses In History]]>
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 04:29:42 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/biggest-badasses-in-history/chase-christy
<![CDATA[Inspiring Prince Songs and Lyrics That Inform How You Live]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/prince-songs-and-lyrics-that-inform-how-you-live/jacob-shelton It’s impossible to fully understand the genius of an artist like Prince. He didn’t just transcend pop music and whatever genre radio tried to label him as, and he wasn’t just a savant who could play any instrument he picked up. The man was an honest to goodness genius when it came to writing music. One aspect of his songwriting that tends to get overlooked is his lyrical content. On first listen, his songs sound like they’re either about gettin’ down with a fine lady, or dancing until the sun comes up, but for each "Little Red Corvette" there was a sly philosophic undercurrent buried in another track. This list takes a look at the most meaningful Prince lyrics that can enrich your life.

Once you delve into Prince’s lyrical content you begin to realize he was a man who was not only aware of his place in the world of pop music, but someone who was concerned about what it meant to love someone - and to love yourself. Some of his more androgynous lyrics paint a picture of a person transcending heteronormative roles, all the while finding spirituality on the dance floor. Take a look at these Prince lyrics that inform how you live and think about how to make yourself just a little bit more Prince today than you were yesterday.

Vote up the most inspirational Prince lyrics, and if your favorite lines aren't already on the list, feel free to write them up for everyone in the comments.
Inspiring Prince Songs and Lyrics That Inform How You Live]]>
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 04:14:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/prince-songs-and-lyrics-that-inform-how-you-live/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Least Believable Attacks In The WWE]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-least-believable-attacks-in-the-wwe/josephwelkie

In the WWE, the audience must suspend their disbelief for a bit, particularly when it comes to ridiculous WWE attacks. From sorcerers to undead giants to men from outer space, the worst WWE attacks in practice are less skirmish-oriented, more Cirque du Soleil. Obviously this can make for more entertaining TV and some remarkable finishing moves. But sometimes the combat gets too hard to watch because what you see on screen gets too ludicrous.

Most fighters wouldn't be phased by attacks laced with break-dancing moves, and while an ass to the face might offend them, it likely won't lead to a KO. But wrestling, like virtual reality, is all about illusion and escape, and no one can argue the imagination behind these WWE moves that probably wouldn't hurt anyone. So open your mind, and take a look at some of the silliest, most ineffective, and ridiculous attacks in the WWE. 

The Least Believable Attacks In The WWE]]>
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:56:44 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-least-believable-attacks-in-the-wwe/josephwelkie
<![CDATA[An In-Depth Guide To How Lightsabers Actually Work]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/how-lightsabers-work/aaron-edwards

While they might be the most recognizable part of Star Wars, the technology behind lightsabers has never really been explained on screen. So, how do lightsabers work? Audiences may have picked up on the fact that kyber crystals were mentioned as the source of power for lightsabers in Rogue One, but only if they were paying close attention. It's certainly true that kyber crystals (otherwise known as lightsaber crystals or focusing crystals) are the most important part of building a lightsaber, but there's far more going on inside the hilt of one of these Star Wars weapons.

Lightsabers are intricate tapestries of electronics and Force power that take great skill to both build and use. Lightsaber designs are as varied as their wielders, but they all have similar components at their center. Jedi, Sith, and really every Force-user employs minor differences in the way they construct their weapons, but there's a standard process behind their creation and use. If you've ever been curious how a lightsaber works, you don't need to rely on the vauge riddles of tiny orange aliens with huge glasses. Here are the cold, hard, lightsaber-y facts. 

An In-Depth Guide To How Lightsabers Actually Work]]>
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:44:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/how-lightsabers-work/aaron-edwards
<![CDATA[10 Fascinating Alcoholic Drinks From Ancient Societies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-alcohol-and-liquor-from-ancient-history/carly-silver

Today's alcoholic beverages range from canned Strawberritas to expertly crafted cocktails, but modern bartenders aren't the first people to invent adults-only drinks. In fact, there are plenty of types of weird ancient liquors that have survived in the historical and archaeological records. These ancient alcohols don't always sound appetizing, but they're definitely fascinating.

Beer is one of the oldest beverages still being enjoyed today. The Egyptians were big home-brewers, though their drinks were soupier than most modern imbibers would prefer. The ancient drinks of the Greeks include kykeon, a mysterious barley-cheese beverage. But drinking in the ancient world often involved psychedelics as well. That shouldn't be surprising; after all, liquor in the ancient world was often used in religious rituals.

Unusual wines, agave extracts, and hearty ales have been enjoyed for centuries. Consider the history contained in that bottle of beer the next time you crack one open.

10 Fascinating Alcoholic Drinks From Ancient Societies]]>
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 06:52:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-alcohol-and-liquor-from-ancient-history/carly-silver
<![CDATA[Reasons Krillin Is The MVP Of Dragon Ball Z]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-krillin-is-the-best-dbz-character/stephanroget

Of the many Z-Fighters who protect Earth in the various Dragon Ball series, Krillin is probably the least respected. In fact, that might be putting it mildly. Lots of characters on DBZ get their butts kicked with regularity, but somehow only Krillin has picked up a reputation as a total punching bag. The jokes about Krillin getting beat up are so popular that the renowned fan parody Dragon Ball Z: Abridged keeps an on-screen count of the amount of times that Krillin gets “owned” throughout the series, and it reaches the dozens.

To say that Krillin is the worst Dragon Ball character, however, would definitely be a mistake. Despite his many beatings, Krillin has still managed to remain a fan favorite from his debut in the manga as Kuririn in 1985 to his role in Dragon Ball Super. Convincing fans that Krillin is a great character is not a difficult task, as he’s given folks plenty of reason to love him over the years. Making the argument that Krillin is the best character in the Dragon Ball series might seem tougher, but there are actually a litany of compelling reasons Krillin is the most admirable and well-developed character in the entire saga.

Reasons Krillin Is The MVP Of Dragon Ball Z]]>
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:38:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-krillin-is-the-best-dbz-character/stephanroget
<![CDATA[15 '00s One-Hit Wonders That'll Get Stuck In Your Head All Over Again]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/forgotten-2000s-one-hit-wonders/carly-silver

The naughty "aughts" - AKA the years from 2000 to 2009 - were a great time for music. But thanks to the sheer volume of superstars on the scene, there were plenty of forgotten one-hit wonders of the '00s. Listen to a few seconds of any of these songs, though, and you might just find yourself singing along.

These one-time hits range in genre, but they all dominated the radio. You might recall soca singer Kevin Lyttle's undeniable smash "Turn Me On," or pop impresario Samantha Mumba's addictive "Gotta Tell You." Both of these singers have gone on to continued success in the entertainment industry. And then there are '00s one-hit wonders like Willa Ford, the pop star behind "I Wanna Be Bad." Remember that track?

Which of these great songs by '00s one-hit wonders are still in rotation on your iTunes playlist? Vote them up here.

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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:01:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/forgotten-2000s-one-hit-wonders/carly-silver
<![CDATA[Photographer Captures Amazing Invisible Light Plants Emit With UV Photography]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/photographer-captures-amazing-invisible-light-plants-emit-with-uv-photography/katejacobson

Plants can do some pretty incredible things. From root systems that grow for miles to vines that can literally kill you, plants are some of the world's most complex organisms. And for photographer Craig Burrows, one of the most amazing things about plants is the invisible light they emit under ultraviolet light.

Burrows, who specializes in ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence photography (UVIVF for short), just released a new collection of spectacular photos that show another side of plants. Using ultraviolet light, Burrows captured colorful organic material on flowers and plants usually unseen to the human eye. By putting plants under UV light, Burrows created plant photography like none other. 

"In the same way a T-shirt glows under a black light, most organic material glows at least a little with UV stimulation and in all kinds of color," Burrows wrote. "These photos capture something we always see, but never can observe."

To see more of Burrows's ultraviolet light photography, check out his website

Photographer Captures Amazing Invisible Light Plants Emit With UV Photography]]>
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 01:35:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/photographer-captures-amazing-invisible-light-plants-emit-with-uv-photography/katejacobson
<![CDATA[Which Team Will Win The Stanley Cup In 2017?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/who-will-win-the-stanley-cup-2017/ranker-sports

On April 12, the top 16 hockey teams will compete for the NHL Championship in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. In its 100th season of operation, the National Hockey League consists of 30 teams (31 next year!) from Canada and the US all hoping to win "The Cup." Although there are several outstanding NHL teams, only one can skate away with the 2016-2017 Stanley Cup. 

Since 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup three times, making them the current favorite. Their top contenders include the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins. These teams feature some of the NFL's best players, like Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin. 

Vote for the NHL team you think will win the Stanley Cup in the 2016-2017 season. You can vote for your favorite NHL team or research the current NHL Vegas odds. Make your NHL Stanley Cup 2017 predictions now! 

Which Team Will Win The Stanley Cup In 2017?]]>
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:39:42 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/who-will-win-the-stanley-cup-2017/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[18 Great Anime Series Most People Haven't Seen (Or Even Heard Of)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-people-haven-t-seen/anna-lindwasser

So, you just got through your anime starter pack. You're wearing a Konohagakure headband and an Attack on Titan t-shirt, you write your grocery lists in a Death Note you bought on Amazon, and you know way more about volleyball than a person who doesn't play the game has any reason to know. It's understandable that you're eager to show off your newly acquired nerd cred, but not so fast — there's a ton of great anime no one knows about that you should watch.

If you want to be a true anime expert, you have to watch the obscure, high-quality anime that other people haven't seen. Try some of these criminally underrated anime, and see if you find something you like. And if you don't find anything, it's totally cool to go rewatch your favorite Miyazaki movie again. Hey, at least you tried, right?

18 Great Anime Series Most People Haven]]>
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:45:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-people-haven-t-seen/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[The 13 Most Formidable Enemies The Roman Empire Ever Faced]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ancient-roman-rebels/carly-silver

Sure, there were lots of rebels in ancient Rome (Spartacus, anyone?), but the most fascinating people the Romans fought were leaders of rival foreign nations. These weren't just ancient Roman rebels, but monarchs, chieftains, and genius generals in their own right. 

The Senate might have thought of some of these rulers as ancient Romans who rebelled, but the truth, more often than not, was that these individuals fought to achieve or keep their people independent from Roman conquest. Take, for example, Boudica, the famed British queen who slaughtered invading Romans and destroyed London.

And then there were Rome's rivals for control of trade, like Carthage. You might know Hannibal as a cannibal, but before he was a Lecter, he was a genius general who brought a ton of elephants into Italy to slaughter Romans. Hardly rebels from ancient Rome, but a kick-ass ruler in his own right.

The 13 Most Formidable Enemies The Roman Empire Ever Faced]]>
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 02:22:55 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/ancient-roman-rebels/carly-silver
<![CDATA[The Greatest Superheroes Who Are Also Magicians]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-superheroes-who-are-also-magicians/jacob-shelton

Not every superhero gets to be Tony Stark, some of them need a side gig to pay the bills, and that is where these superhero magicians shine. Comic book magicians are some of the coolest characters in fiction because move in and out of the most intriguing stories across multiple titles. And any time that something really weird happens you know you’re going to get to spend some time with a magical superhero. Is Captain America going to another dimension? You better call Doctor Strange. Aside from their captivating supernatural origins, many of these characters possess powers that defy reality itself, much cooler than some scientifically rational radioactive exposure. 

It’s important to note that not all of the superheroes who do magic have the same powers. For instance, while Captain Britain might be able to sense when someone is using a cloaking spell, a hero like Doctor Fate can cast a spell to mix things up, or straight up cast lightning at you. Deciding on your favorite magical superhero depends on what your favorite flavor of magic is: do you prefer someone who can go ham and jump into another dimension? Or do you prefer you magic to be little more grounded in reality? Each of these mages rocks a different shade of magic, and you get to choose who casts the most impressive curses

The Greatest Superheroes Who Are Also Magicians]]>
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:28:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-superheroes-who-are-also-magicians/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Athletes of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-athletes-of-all-time The greatest athletes of all time: a list of the most dominant, iconic athletes to ever play sports. This list gathers sports stars from across every professional league, as well as amateur athletes who may have never competed professionally, in one overall list. Though it may be challenging to compare performance in a variety of different competitive arenas requiring different skill sets, this list nevertheless attempts to distinguish the top, highest-performing and most successful athletes ever to play. The sports stars that rise to the top can be considered to be the best athletes of all time.

Aspects to consider in picking a best athlete of all time would include, obviously, that player's raw talent and born ability. Some individuals seem to prodigally gifted in their sport of choice, and it's hard to discount the importance of this kind of natural talent. However, it's also important to evaluate hard work, discipline and a commitment to the game. Some athletes may not have the natural, genetic ability to dunk a basketball or hit a home run, but nonetheless have trained to the point of reaching these goals all the same. (They may not be the greatest athlete of all time at all sports, but they have mastered their activity.)

Finally, it can be a challenge to compare an athlete who competed in a solo competition with a member of a well known sports organization or club. How do you look at the achievements of, say, a boxer like Muhammad Ali alongside an athlete like Michael Jordan, who had to not only perform to his own best abilities but work as a cohesive unit along with other members of his team? These are the questions that must be answered when compiling a list of the world's greatest all-time athletes.

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The Best Athletes of All Time]]>
Fri, 25 May 2012 06:49:40 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-athletes-of-all-time
<![CDATA[The Wildest Zoo Animal Escapes Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wildest-zoo-escapes/justin-andress

Zoos are pretty controversial places. While some zoos do an incredible amount for preservation efforts the world over, that definitely isn't true for all zoos. Keeping wild animals caged has its own set of unique draw backs – especially when the spectators themselves aren't too bright. But sometimes zoos just aren't able to keep their animals locked up. 

Since the modern zoo came into being nearly a century ago, crazy zoo escapes have been a fixture of society. Sometimes, the animals are bored of captivity and make a daring escape; other times, gaps in their fences allow them to step free. When transplanted from their natural environment, animals have shown a remarkable aptitude for springing themselves from the joint. Everything from kangaroos to hippos have joined the proud tradition of animals who broke free from their cells using wildly diverse means.

In honor of all those animals on the loose, here are the wildest zoo escapes in history.

The Wildest Zoo Animal Escapes Of All Time]]>
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:58:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/wildest-zoo-escapes/justin-andress
<![CDATA[What To Expect When You're Expecting To Turn Into A Werewolf]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-steps-of-transforming-into-a-werewolf/lyra-radford

Folklore and pop culture has codified the steps of how you turn into a werewolf, and it's not pretty. While the end result might be cool, the steps of turning into a werewolf are all pretty painful for your human form to handle. There is usually a lot of screaming, snapping, stretching, and howling involved.

The most common version of a werewolf is a cross between a man and a wolf, usually depicted as a wolf-like creature capable of walking upright on two legs. However, in other variants, the transformation process turns a man into a wolf completely, and he retains no human features or mannerisms whatsoever.

Plenty of movies, television shows, and comics have demonstrated slight variations to the traditional werewolf transformation process, adding their spin on what happens when you turn into a werewolf, but the key steps tend to stay the same. This list walks you through the process of turning into a werewolf step by step in all its gruesome glory. 

What To Expect When You]]>
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:42:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-steps-of-transforming-into-a-werewolf/lyra-radford
<![CDATA[12 Theories About The Identity Of Supreme Leader Snoke In Star Wars]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/star-wars-supreme-leader-snoke-identity-theories/tamar-altebarmakian

Who is Snoke? That's the question Star Wars fans have been asking before The Force Awakens was even released. While several people working on the production of the new Star Wars trilogy have supposedly debunked many fans’ theories, remember that creators can and do lie about the details of their projects, sometimes because they’re under contract to do so and sometimes for the sake of not spoiling a big reveal within a movie.

From the plausible to the downright nonsensical, there are some great (well, at least entertaining) theories about the identity of Supreme Leader Snoke. Theories and conspiracies abound everywhere from canon to the Expanded Universe (or Legends) – and before you say that they wouldn’t bring a character from Legends into the main canon, remember the non-canon character Thrawn was brought back into the Star Wars Universe with very few changes in the animated series Star Wars Rebels

Now, in the words of Old Ben Kenobi, let’s look at this from a certain point of view and try to uncover the truth about Supreme Leader Snoke’s identity.

12 Theories About The Identity Of Supreme Leader Snoke In Star Wars]]>
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:38:38 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/star-wars-supreme-leader-snoke-identity-theories/tamar-altebarmakian
<![CDATA[20 Characters Whose Body Proportions Would Probably Kill Them]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/characters-with-the-least-realistic-body-proportions/stephanroget

The concept of fictional characters with unrealistic body types is a growing problem in our society. The covers of fashion magazines are bad enough, so we certainly don’t need cartoon characters parading unattainable bodies in front of the youth of the world. However, time and time again, we see characters designed with no respect for reality at all. Eyes are larger than their waists, they have breasts that would instantly induce horrific back pain, or they rock bulging muscles that would make Arnold Schwarzenegger insecure.

The worst examples of this are the fictional characters whose bodies are simply scientifically impossible. The unrealistic proportions of some cartoon and video game characters aren’t just unattainable for regular humans, they outright defy the laws of physics. If these characters tried to exist in the real world, they’d immediately suffer broken limbs, collapsed spines, and probably a severe lack of internal organs. In other words, they’ve been designed in a way that is not just unrealistic and disproportionate, but downright nonsensical.

20 Characters Whose Body Proportions Would Probably Kill Them]]>
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:30:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/characters-with-the-least-realistic-body-proportions/stephanroget
<![CDATA[13 Extremely Rare Historical Artifacts Discovered In Pawn Shops]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-objects-found-in-pawn-shops/brent-sprecher

Pawn shops have always had the rather unsavory reputation of being places where unscrupulous store owners take advantage of desperate people in need of quick cash or as quasi-legal fronts for the sale of stolen goods. It hasn't helped that they are typically dimly lit, over-stuffed with an assortment of disparate items, and tend to have dangerous weapons on display. Thanks to popular reality shows that feature pawn shop owners and their customers – and due to the sluggish economy, which has forced record numbers of people to look for alternative sources of cash – pawn shops are experiencing something of a cultural resurgence.

It's not just the cash-strapped who are venturing into pawn shops today, either. Those looking to get rich have added pawn shops to their treasure-seeking circuits of flea markets and swap meets. Sure, you could go diving in the open ocean, dig around in dirty construction sites, or risk your life in abandoned properties looking for treasure, but why not just take a walk down to your local pawn shop, where you might find a historical object sitting on the shelf between kitschy tchotchkes. And found they have been; from archaeological rarities to priceless artifacts, pawn shop customers (and the FBI!) have come across all kinds of crazy historical objects in pawn shops. 

13 Extremely Rare Historical Artifacts Discovered In Pawn Shops]]>
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 05:03:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-objects-found-in-pawn-shops/brent-sprecher
<![CDATA[Navigating The Treacherous Straits Of Elizabethan Manners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-elizabethan-etiquette-rules/justin-andress

England was the clear winner of the latter half of the 16th century. Flourishing under the reign of their industrious and stylish monarch, Queen Elizabeth I, it was between 1558 and 1603 that England emerged as the world’s first real superpower. 

Elizabethan England also saw the birth of a cultural and courtly movement that makes even the most stringent and alien ritualized historical decorum look like totally reasonable practices. Sure, England was winning history at the time, but some of the rules of aristocratic etiquette they and the rest of the world operated under were straight up bananas. Their social decorum and crazy Elizabethan manners belied the growing strength of Elizabeth’s England. It’s almost as though the monarch needed an outlet for silliness just to keep her head on straight while she was busy taking over the rest of the world.

Navigating The Treacherous Straits Of Elizabethan Manners]]>
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:57:46 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-elizabethan-etiquette-rules/justin-andress
<![CDATA[16 Underrated Historical Monuments That Should Be Wonders of the Ancient World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/underrated-ancient-monuments/carly-silver

There are only seven official Wonders of the Ancient World, but considering all of the amazing things you can find on planet Earth, it's a true wonder there aren't more. There are tons of other ancient wonders that are intricate in their execution and stunning in their size that also have great historical significance. While there are plenty of modern structures worthy of the moniker Wonder, the ancient places below are truly sites of awe-inspiring beauty.

Among these ancient wonders of the world that didn't make the list - the official one, anyway - you'll find the ancient Persian capital city of Persepolis, the monumental stunner that is Machu Picchu in Peru, the majestic pyramids of Meroe in modern Sudan, and ancient Rome's own Colosseum. Surely, all these amazing monuments are things that should have been ancient wonders, just as they stun the modern eye.

16 Underrated Historical Monuments That Should Be Wonders of the Ancient World]]>
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:00:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/underrated-ancient-monuments/carly-silver
<![CDATA[7 Secret Rules That Govern The Magic Castle]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/secret-rules-that-govern-the-magic-castle/jacob-shelton

Unbeknownst to most citizens, a secret society of magicians exists all around the world. Instead of plotting coups or world domination, they simply wish to entertain an audience and maybe saw a woman in half. Magicians, mentalists, and sleight of hand artists all live by a code of secret magic rules governing the way they perform and go about their daily lives. And while it’s against the bylaws of their society to discuss their lifestyle, the magician rules are a must know for anyone who wants to break into the highly secretive world of magic. Whether a newcomer to the world of magic or simply an interested party, you'll find something to learn on this collection of the secret rules that govern the Magic Castle.

If you don’t know, the Magic Castle is a Los Angeles clubhouse for members of the magic community, and they take their lifestyle very seriously. Not only is a strict dress code enforced, Magic Castle performers adhere to rules that go unsaid to anyone in attendance. Most magicians know, or should know, these rules, as they form the basis for their entire lifestyle. Some of the rules are simple common sense, but the rest are impossible to know unless you’re actually in the magic community. Or they were impossible to know until now. 

7 Secret Rules That Govern The Magic Castle]]>
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:23:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/secret-rules-that-govern-the-magic-castle/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Who Will Be The 2017 American League MVP?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-league-mvp-2017/ranker-baseball

Every year, the MLB names one player as the American League MVP, for the one player who truly stepped up to the plate, no pun intended. One of the highest honors in sports, the American League MVP goes to the best players in the game, whose skills, determination, and leadership propelled their teams to victory. Make your 2017 American League MVP predictions below! 

So who will be the 2017 the American League MVP? Will Mike Trout win the trophy for the third time, or will it go to Josh Donaldson for his second? Can Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts become the AL Most Valuable Player after returning from his surgery? Other notable AL MVP contenders include Manny Machado, Carlos Correa, and Francisco Lindor. This, of course, doesn't even cover the National League MVP predictions, which you should also take the time to consider.

Take a look below and vote up the players you think have the best odds of winning the 2017 American League MVP trophy.

Who Will Be The 2017 American League MVP?]]>
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 04:24:00 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/american-league-mvp-2017/ranker-baseball
<![CDATA[15 Video Game Character Designs With Strange And Hilarious Origin Stories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/video-game-character-design-origins/nathan-gibson

One of the most important aspects of any game is the design of its characters. While a title may have brilliant gameplay and an engaging story, players are unlikely to engage with it unless there is an eye-catching protagonist or villain who can initially draw them into the world. Most famous video game characters go through an extensive process of evolution and alteration, with artists constantly changing their creation to come up with the best iteration that they can.

While this is usually a very deliberate method, sometimes other factors can play a huge role in deciding on video game character design. The answer as to why particular characters look the way they do can often come down to a collection of bizarre reasons. Whether it is a strange inspiration for a particular protagonist, an accident that led to the creation of popular villain, or even technical limitations causing certain elements to be introduced to a character, designers occasionally just sort of stumble upon the ideal appearance for their creation. Here, then, are some of the strangest reasons behind video game character design. 

15 Video Game Character Designs With Strange And Hilarious Origin Stories]]>
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:17:58 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/video-game-character-design-origins/nathan-gibson
<![CDATA[The Bittersweet Story Of Jumbo, The Most Famous Elephant On Earth]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/story-of-jumbo-the-elephant/cynthia-griffith

Meet Jumbo - the 13,000 pound African elephant who inspired musicians, circus goers, illustrators, and the world. Jumbo is considered one of the world's most famous elephants. He was the star of Barnum & Bailey Circus who inspired the Disney movie Dumbo. But what happened to Jumbo? 

The story of Jumbo is an incredible one that features terrible abuse, fame, and a heroic deed that cost Jumbo his life. Jumbo’s story, much like his stature, was larger than life. Behind the circus tent, the shimmering lights, and the adoration of a global fan base, sat a humble, happy elephant who smiled in the face of a series of catastrophic events. The true story of Jumbo is bittersweet and every bit as endearing as the animal himself.

So step right up ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, and witness Jumbo the elephant, the world’s most famous elephant.

The Bittersweet Story Of Jumbo, The Most Famous Elephant On Earth]]>
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:32:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/story-of-jumbo-the-elephant/cynthia-griffith
<![CDATA[Animals Making the Most of Their Cones of Shame]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pets-wearing-cones-of-shame/ashley-reign As any pet will tell you, although life as a furball can be great, it's not at all without the same ups and downs that we humans face. In fact, as many animals are loath to admit, their medical ordeals are often made even more horrifying a device that can send chills down the spine of even the most brazen of creatures: the cone of shame. The next time you find your own little buddy facing this humiliating ordeal however, we’ve got just the thing to help you turn their frown upside down. Here we’ve assembled an adorable collection of cute pets in cones that are more than happy to demonstrate how your little one can make the best of his or her ordeal.

You see, these pets wearing cones have no shame in their games, due to the fact that they’ve successfully pimped their cones in a variety of ways in order to make the best of their situation. In the following adorable cone of shame pictures you’ll meet dogs who turned their cone ordeal into a chance turn life into a constant game of dress up and yes - even some cats who have found ways to turn their cones into fashion statements.

So the next time your favorite four-legged pal is feeling down in the dumps over their cone diagnosis, show them these other cute pets in the cone of shame. Whether they’re looking for ways to turn their new headpiece into a fashion accessory or a convenient toy box, we’ve got them covered with some of the coolest cone ideas around.

Animals Making the Most of Their Cones of Shame]]>
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 03:06:14 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pets-wearing-cones-of-shame/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[22 Insane Stories About Andy Kaufman That Prove He's An All-Time Legend]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-andy-kaufman-stories/jacob-shelton

More than any other performer, Andy Kaufman was able to create an air of mystery around himself that never dissipated even after his death. Most, if not all, Andy Kaufman stories feel totally unbelievable until they get so crazy that you feel like they might be completely real. Weird Andy Kaufman performances were the norm in his unfortunately short career, so it’s not hard to make the mental jump to believing that he pretended to kill himself on stage after opening for The Temptations, even though there’s no visual proof of that ever happening. If you’ve only heard about the genius that is Andy Kaufman, or you’re afraid to ask “who is Andy Kaufman?” then keep reading and discover the weirdest stories that he was ever involved in. Like the man who would go on to portray him in film, Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman stories are anything but what you'd expect.

Some of the most bizarre Andy Kaufman stunts weren’t even performed for an audience; his weirdest acts were done in crowds of people with no cameras, and they were never repeated. Maybe. It turns out that Andy Kaufman lied quite a bit in his interviews, and that Andy Kaufman art performances may have been completely staged, with no improvising whatsoever. Are these stories real? Or are they just made up to mythologize an okay performer? You be the judge. 

22 Insane Stories About Andy Kaufman That Prove He]]>
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:37:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-andy-kaufman-stories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[17 Teen HBICs You Loved To Hate Watch]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/teen-tv-show-hbics/rebecca-shortall

Teen TV dramas hold a special place in many a heart. They're a nostalgia trip, whether you're a millennial, a Gen Xer, or whatever you call the current crop of 'youths.' But what do you remember when you cast your mind back to those heady days of drama-infested CW minefields? Whether it's from TV or film, you remember the mean girls, the antagonists, the HBICs.

You love to hate them. You love to watch them. You can't get enough of their Machiavellian machinations and manipulations, the things that allow them to reign over their social hierarchies uncontested and unchallenged. No one occupies the memory space dedicated to the best teen dramas quite like the most loveable betches on TV do. So let's take a look back at the best HBICs of all time.  

17 Teen HBICs You Loved To Hate Watch]]>
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:52:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/teen-tv-show-hbics/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[Outstanding Disney/Marvel Mashup Fan Art]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/marvel-disney-mashup-fan-art/crystal-brackett

Ever since Disney bought the rights to Marvel, you've been dying to see some sort of sweet, sweet mashup of character universes. Well, hypothetical geek-culture fan, you're in luck! These artists made mashup dreams come true through their astounding fan artwork of Marvel and Disney characters combined. They cross worlds to bring stunning recreations of two different fandoms to life, with Disney characters reimagined as Marvel heroes, Marvel comics characters as Disney characters, and even some treats in-between! Talent abounds in these pictures, so whether you're looking for a geeky fix or you're searching for some artistic inspiration, this Marvel Disney mashup fan art have you covered!

With limitless mediums and a plethora of colorful and original Disney and Marvel characters to choose from, these mashup artists grabbed their pens, pencils, and digital art tablets and took to the drawing board to show off their skills. Perhaps they'll even inspire a Marvel/Disney mashup of their own. Disney, as seen in Kingdom Hearts, makes a fantastic crossover partner.

Outstanding Disney/Marvel Mashup Fan Art]]>
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:27:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/marvel-disney-mashup-fan-art/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[Horrifying Restaurant Foods You Can Actually Order In The USA]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/horrifying-usa-foods/laura-allan

We all have that one weird food that we love even though some people might think it's gross. Maybe you like mayonnaise with your PB&J, or maybe you like everything doused in ranch dressing - no judgment. Rest assured, you're not alone. There are plenty of disgusting things you can eat - and some of them are even available as restaurant delicacies around the world. But you don't need to travel to France or China to get a taste of these recipes. Some of these extremely cultural cuisines are offered in restaurants all over the US. 

There are some nasty things you can eat at restaurants that would make most people cringe. In some parts of the world, you can order just about any thing. And some of those horrifying meals are offered as disgusting restaurant foods in right in your backyard. Some of the grossest foods in the world are considered signature dishes in the restaurants - including some restaurants right here in the US of A. And hey, who knows, maybe after reading this you'll find something you never knew you wanted to try (or not.) 

Horrifying Restaurant Foods You Can Actually Order In The USA]]>
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:30:55 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/horrifying-usa-foods/laura-allan
<![CDATA[Documentaries About Movies That Are Better Than The Actual Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/documentaries-about-movies-better-than-actual-movies/jacob-shelton

For a particular subset of nerd, there’s nothing better than movies about movies, specifically documentaries on movies that show the nightmare behind creating a piece of art. Documentaries about making a film reveal the story within a story and offer a new insight into not only the process of building something from the ground up, but also offer a catharsis for the people involved. It lets them create a horcrux in which they can forever hold their 30 (or 400) days in Hell.

Hearts of Darkness is possibly the most famous film about a film. That isn’t to say that Apocalypse Now is a bad film, but it’s a piece of art that needs to be put in a context outside of “war movie” to be fully understood. The documentary could have just as easily been called Someone Get Francis Ford Coppola a Snow Plow for All That Powder, but the more manageable title it has not only offers an allusion to the work it’s adapted from, but also tells the audience that no one is coming out of the film unscathed. All of the films about films on this list are worth watching, however, not all of their subjects are quite as spectacular as Coppola’s masterpiece. 

Be it kismet, or a canny producer, many documentaries better than their subjects exist in the world and the films on this list are the best of the best when comes to movies about movies that are better than the movies they're about. While you wrap your brain around that sentence, prepare yourself for the movie (movie) marathon you’re about to undertake.

Documentaries About Movies That Are Better Than The Actual Movies]]>
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:11:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/documentaries-about-movies-better-than-actual-movies/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[13 Things That Are Instinctively Scary To Humans (And Why)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-instinctively-scary-to-humans/cynthia-griffith

While it's been said humans have nothing to fear but fear itself, it turns out there are a lot of things in our DNA that dictate what we fear. Why are certain things scary? Some things are scary because they bring us back to negative memories, while others are scary because of the physical response they illicit in our bodies. And while some phobias are downright weird, there are lots of things that are instinctively scary to humans, and for good reason. Fear is a pivotal component to everyday survival, engrained in us from our long lost ancestors. Some of these fears turn to full-blown phobias.

But there's no denying there are universally scary things in nature. Some scientists have suggested fears are passed down through DNA, meaning there are certain things we are born to fear. 

13 Things That Are Instinctively Scary To Humans (And Why)]]>
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 06:18:14 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/things-instinctively-scary-to-humans/cynthia-griffith
<![CDATA[15 Reasons "A Goofy Movie" Is The Best Disney Cartoon Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-a-goofy-movie-is-the-best-disney-cartoon-ever/brandon-michaels

It's the last day of school before summer break. You're a teenager, and this is your last chance to impress your crush. So, naturally, you and your friends hijack the A/V gear, and perform the hottest pop song in front of the entire school, in full costume. As you're soaring through the air you lock eyes with your crush. You fly towards her, arms stretched out. But just before you reach her the music stops, the lights come on, and reality kicks in. Just another day at school, right?

As you've probably noticed, that's actually a scene from Disney's A Goofy Movie. This animated feature was released in 1995 as the full-length continuation of the Goof Troop television series, and followed the adventures of Goofy and his son Max as they traveled across the country on a summer roadtrip. Sounds like your typical Disney movie, right? But Disney's A Goofy Movie is awesome because it's anything but typical. There's no princess to be saved or villain to be fought. Instead, the movie focuses on a father and son arguing, bonding, and generally goofing around on vacation.

The bottom line is that A Goofy Movie is the best Disney Cartoon. Need proof? Here are just a few of the reasons why A Goofy Movie is great.

15 Reasons "A Goofy Movie" Is The Best Disney Cartoon Of All Time]]>
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:41:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/why-a-goofy-movie-is-the-best-disney-cartoon-ever/brandon-michaels
<![CDATA[Why Women Are Drawn To The True Crime Genre]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-women-love-true-crime/katia-kleyman

A 2010 study in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science found that women love true crime more than men. Why women like true crime can be boiled down to a host of reasons that include their ability to relate to its storylines and the necessity they feel to prepare for the worst. It's definitely not just some desire to join the illustrious ranks of other terrifying female serial killers. As such, women disproportionately ingest true crime when compared to men. For example, the host of the true-crime podcast Sword and Scale, Michael Boudet, said that 70% of his fans were female between the ages of 25-45.

So, why exactly do women eat up this true crime stuff? Read on in the list below to find out.

Why Women Are Drawn To The True Crime Genre]]>
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:07:39 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/why-women-love-true-crime/katia-kleyman
<![CDATA[18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-shows-that-are-basically-anime/crystal-brackett

When a cartoon on American television looks like anime, the average person usually assumes it's anime. Given anime's ever-expanding global popularity, it's easy to deem shows with anime characteristics as authentic forms of the genre. But in order to be anime, the series must be made in Japan, and the titles below, though stylistically influenced by anime, are not. But hey, that was the intention, right? These popular series are American shows that seem like anime. They're inspired by the anime genre's physical attributes, fight scenes, and of course, beautiful women.

From full-fledged series on popular channels such as Cartoon Network to titles on streaming services such as Netflix, these Western cartoons that look like anime definitely fooled someone into believing they were actually anime at some point or another.

18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime]]>
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:50:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/american-shows-that-are-basically-anime/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[The Most Unhinged And Entertaining High Speed Chases]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/craziest-high-speed-chases/harrison-tenpas

Who doesn't love high speed car chases? Admit it, when whatever daytime television program you're watching is interrupted by local news reporting some criminal eluding authorities down the interstate, you don't exactly look away. Crazy things always seem to happen on live television - and police chases are no exception. There's an element of danger to high speed chases - which are almost always caught on video - that is uniquely fascinating: you know it's going to end badly, it's just question of how violent and destructive it's going to get.

This list explores some of the craziest, most wild police pursuits caught on tape. From escaped mental patients, to magicians, to nudists, it turns out all sorts of people are the type to run from Johnny Law when in a pinch. Let's take a look at some of the most unhinged and entertaining high speed chases.

The Most Unhinged And Entertaining High Speed Chases]]>
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:49:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/craziest-high-speed-chases/harrison-tenpas
<![CDATA[The Very Specific Conditions It Takes For You To See a Fire Rainbow]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/how-to-see-a-fire-rainbow/jonathan-sherman

A fire rainbow - more scientifically known as a circumhorizontal arc - is one of the rarest occurring optical phenomena on earth. Their rarity is only matched with their beauty, as people lucky enough to see it need to be in the right place and the right time. 

What is a fire rainbow, and how exactly do you see one? These amazing fire rainbows need the perfect conditions to be seen, and when they are, they are fantastic. While they're not technically a weather phenomenon, it requires exact weather conditions in order to appear. If you're not lucky enough to see one in person, check out these facts and pictures of fire rainbows. Maybe one day you'll be lucky enough to see one. 

The Very Specific Conditions It Takes For You To See a Fire Rainbow]]>
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 06:04:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/how-to-see-a-fire-rainbow/jonathan-sherman
<![CDATA[10 Unbelievably Badass Stories Of Real Samurai From Ancient Japan]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/awesome-samurai-stories/justin-andress

For nearly 700 years, the power of the samurai held sway over feudal Japan. These Japanese warriors forged a legend unique among the history of the world. Before the Western world made contact with Japan, the country was segmented into a number of feudal states. Technically there was an Emperor, but for most of the last millennium, the Emperor ruled in name only. It was the daimyo, the individual leaders of each city-state, who really controlled the country. And at the beck and call of the daimyo were the nearly unstoppable samurai, a group of highly disciplined warriors who upheld the tenets of hard work, loyalty, and respect that have formed the foundation of modern Japanese society.

First and foremost, though, samurai were fighters. Utilizing a set of tools that made Medieval knights look like total chumps, badass samurai loomed large in Japanese society from the 12th century all the way until the late 1860s. Here are some of history’s crazy samurai tales, featuring the men and women who helped mold the Japan that we know today.

10 Unbelievably Badass Stories Of Real Samurai From Ancient Japan]]>
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:24:42 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/awesome-samurai-stories/justin-andress
<![CDATA[16 Examples Of Shoddy Police Work In Films That Are Downright Laughable]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-movie-police-work-ever/eric-conner

Movies about brave boys (and girls) in blue seem to have one thing in common: straight-up awful police work. The history of terrible cops in cinema is not a short one: how many times has Rookie Red Shirt been unable to keep even one eye on the killer handcuffed next to him? If Retiring Officer Rotund could run up three steps without getting winded, his police drama would have been gone in 60 seconds. There's certainly no shortage of movie cops who are really bad at their jobs.

Who qualifies as the worst movie cops? Well, Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) makes some pretty amateur mistakes in Point Break, but, hey, they serve the plot, so who's counting? Basic Instinct, for all the cleverness of the plot, social satire, and oo-la-la sexy moments, has some awful movie police work. Whether it be a result of deus ex machina, poor character work, or scenes that were left on the cutting room floor, the cops on this list need to be put on leave stat, pending a review of their snafus. Because there's not enough suspension of disbelief in the universe to justify the following shoddy police work.  

16 Examples Of Shoddy Police Work In Films That Are Downright Laughable]]>
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:17:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-movie-police-work-ever/eric-conner
<![CDATA[All The Colors The Hulk Has Been (And Why)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-the-colors-the-hulk-has-been/l-zane-pinnock

Greenskin. The Green Goliath. The Jade Giant. The Incredible Hulk has had a variety of nicknames over the years, but one thing has always come through in his various monikers: the Hulk is green. Most people, in fact, think he’s always been green. Ask the average person on the street what they know about the Hulk and “he’s green” will probably come up, along with "get out of my face, nerd, I'm just trying to go to work."  

The color has been synonymous with the character pretty much since Hulk’s inception in 1962, and it's really one of Ol’ Jade Jaws’s most defining characteristics. But as any comic fan worth their poly-bagged, unopened copy of Superman v2 #75 knows, it hasn’t always been that way.

One of the most powerful comic book characters ever, the Hulk has seen a multitude of changes since he was first conceived by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and some of those changes have been in coloring. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who knows every color the Hulk has been; there are a few that only the most devoted comic book historians would know. Prepare to join those hallowed ranks and learn every color the Hulk has been over the course of comics history.

All The Colors The Hulk Has Been (And Why)]]>
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:15:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-the-colors-the-hulk-has-been/l-zane-pinnock
<![CDATA[The Cheapest, Most Unbeatable Video Game Characters Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/unfair-video-game-characters/loganrapp Who are the most broken multiplayer characters in video game history? There are thousands of unique video game characters, but they're not all created equal. In fact, some are downright infuriating. Whether they're single player boss battles with overpowered attacks or multiplayer characters with easily exploitable guaranteed wins, there are always going to be a few characters that just make you want to smash your controller in frustration. This is a list of the most unfair video game characters, the opponents who reward button-mashing and punish smart gameplay.

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

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

The Cheapest, Most Unbeatable Video Game Characters Ever]]>
Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:52:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/unfair-video-game-characters/loganrapp