Featured List on Ranker http://ranker.com The Top Staff Favorites on Ranker http://ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com Top Ranking lists, Most Popular Lists, Most Visited Lists <![CDATA[The Best Face Paint in Wrestling History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-face-paint-in-wrestling/erik-barnes Many historic battles featured tribes that would apply warpaint on their faces before heading into the fight. The purpose of the paint was to intimidate their opposition and have them believe they were facing something beyond human. It's natural that pro wrestling would take this concept and put their own spin on it.

Wrestler face paint has become a tradition over the past 40 years of the pseudo-sport. Some of the best wrestling face paint designs are equal parts creative, intimidating, and colorful. Go ahead and read on, observe, and rank the best face paint in wrestling.

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<![CDATA[The Best American Founding Fathers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-founding-fathers/amylindorff The Founding Fathers of the United States of America boast luminary names like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and John Adams. But there were dozens of signers of the Declaration of Independence and delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, many of whom had noteworthy careers in law, politics, and the military. Most of their names are known only to historians or devotees of the period.

There were dozens of people who played key roles in the founding of America, but their names have been overshadowed by the most famous of the Founders. Here's your chance to vote up the Founders that you think have been unfairly forgotten by history, or that people just don't know enough about. Likewise, if you think a Founding Father is overrated or maybe wasn't as important as people think, give them a down vote.

The Founding Fathers were a pretty interesting bunch of guys, learn more about them (including a cool essay Benjamin Franklin wrote about flatulence!) on this list of Founding Fathers facts!

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<![CDATA[The Smartest Professional Athletes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/smartest-professional-athletes/the-round-mound The smartest professional athletes include Rhodes Scholars, 1580 SAT scorers and Ivy League standouts whose book smarts and pure intelligence is equally as impressive as their athletic ability. Smart athletes come from all sports with members of the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB among those who could easily be doctors, lawyers and very successful businessmen.

While typically athletes are stereotyped as meatheads or big dumb animals, these athletes from football, basketball, hockey and baseball have nearly as many accomplishments off the field as they do on. These are not the athletes who skipped college or left early for the promise of big bucks playing professional sports. These are the athletes who made the tough decision to stay in school and earn a degree to carry them once their professional career ended.

Take NFL safety Myron Rolle for example. He didn't just graduate premed from Florida State University in 2 1/2 years but went on to earn a master's from Oxford. He's far from the only smarty pants in the NFL though. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't just the fifth quarterback to throw for 300-plus yards in his debut but also the 2004 Ivy League MVP while pursuing an economics degree at Harvard.

As if we didn't need another reason to hate be jealous of professional athletes with their fame, fortune and hot wives, these highly successful athletes are also way smarter than us. Some guys have all the luck!
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<![CDATA[Things All Women Have in Their Closets (But Never Ever Wear)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-all-women-have-but-will-never-wear/jessica-defino An old bridesmaid dress. A celebrity-style inspired fedora. "Skinny day" jeans. What do these items have in common? Sure, they are things all women own. But more than that, they are clothes women own but never wear. 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that only about 20% of clothes all women own get worn on a regular basis; the other 80% of your clothing is made up of impulse buys, too-small jeans, too-big bras, or stuff with sentimental value that is hard to say goodbye to. Here's a list of things all women have but never wear; vote up the items that have been sitting in your closet, untouched, for the longest. 




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<![CDATA[The Best Roald Dahl Books]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-roald-dahl-books/dad-of-the-year What are the best Roald Dahl books of all time? That is a very tough thing to determine, because Dahl is arguably one of the greatest and best fantasy authors and writers of young adult books ever. This list includes many of Roald Dahl's greatest works, including children's books and poetry, collections of short stories, anthologies, and both fiction and non-fiction offerings. Vote for your favorites and feel free to add any that might be missing from the list.

For many children, reading their first Roald Dahl book opens up a world of incredible imagination. A first grader reading 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' for the first time is likely to want more Dahl when he or she finishes that book. Several of Dahl's books are among the best overall books for kids, including 'Charlie,' 'James and the Giant Peach,' 'The Witches' and 'Matilda.'

Roald Dahl's books are literary classics, and they offer up fantastical tales that represent some of the most creative storytelling ever. Is it any wonder that so many of Dahl's great works are included among these popular children's books with movie adaptations? 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox,' 'Charlie & The Chocolate Factory' and 'Matilda' are just a few examples of beautifully done big screen Dahl book adaptations.

When you're dealing with an author of Roald Dahl's extraordinary abilities, it can be extremely difficult to decide which of his works are truly the best. That, however, is precisely what's happening with this list, so be sure to vote and re-rank this list in any order you like.
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<![CDATA[The Best Novels About the Civil War]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-novels-about-the-civil-war/ranker-books This is a list about the best novels about the Civil War; this list answers the question, "What are the best historical fiction books about the Civil War?" Also known as the War Between the States or the American Civil War, this battle lasted from 1861 – 1865 in the United States. This list of the best Civil War novels includes classics set during the war, like Little Women, to antebellum novels like Gone with the Wind and The Sound and the Fury. The issue of slavery caused several Southern states to succeed from the union and form the Confederate States of America, also known as the “Confederacy” or the “South”. The states that remained a part of the union were called the “North” or “Union”. After four years of combat and 600,000 slain soldiers from the battlefield, the process of Reconstruction to restore national unity and guarantee rights to freed slaves began. Some of the most popular war stories of all time were formed during this time, including: “Gone with the Wind”, “Cold Mountain”, “Little Women” and the “Red Badge of Courage”. Each novel depicts a time when families had to pull resources together to survive; communities had to watch each other’s back; a nation divided took its toll on every resident of the United States. The Civil War remains the deadliest war in American history; an estimated 10% of all Northern males and an estimated 30% of all Southern males died in the battlefield. 

Vote on this list of the best novels about the Civil War to move your favorites to the top. 
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<![CDATA[The Best Celebrity Partners to Have on a Game Show]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-celebrity-partners-to-have-on-a-game-show/keshvaralikhani Choosing the right partner in life is important. Choosing the right celebrity partner to have on a game show is way, way, WAY more important. After all, when you're going on national TV, you definitely don't want to embarrass yourself. Plus, there are probably big time prizes on the line! So who would you choose to partner up with if you were competing?

The best celebrities on game shows are ones who can entertain the crowd, and answer all of the questions correctly. But let's face it: that's not always a possibility. Would you rather have a smarty like Emma Watson, a lauded thespian like Morgan Freeman, or a goofball like Jennifer Lawrence on your team? From famous directors and actors to celebrated musicians, which of these celebrities is the perfect game show contestant? Vote up the star you'd want to play with.

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<![CDATA[The Best Summer Fruits to Keep Around]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-summer-fruits-to-keep-around/chef-jen The best summer fruits to keep around are those that are at their peak of flavor. The summer months are a bonanza for fruit-lovers, with several different tasty treats in season. This list includes some of the greatest summer fruits to have on hand for making delicious fruit salads, smoothies, or for just snacking. Be sure to vote for your favorite summer fruit (and of course, vote down any fruits you simply don't like).

Knowing which summer fruits are in season can make a big difference in your grocery bill. Buying fruit in season virtually guarantees that you'll get a lower price, and as a bonus, the fruit will likely be packed with flavor. Eating fruit is always a great diet choice year-round, but summertime is the right time to savor the bounty and keep these summer fruits around. Berries, melons and peaches are all excellent choices. Consider combining some great summer fruit offerings with other, year-round fruits, like bananas (lemons and coconut are also almost year-round).

This list includes fruit available during the summer months, but keep in mind that some fruits might not be in season until later in the season (apples and pears are examples). The summer fruits available to you will also vary, depending on where you live. Fortunately for everyone, there are plenty of wonderful summer fruits to go around, so it's time to take advantage!

If you are ever at a party, and someone goes "name some fruits!" you're going to be real glad you took a peek at list summer fruits list. While the weather's still warm, also check out this list of the most delicious summer cocktails.
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<![CDATA[The Creepiest Things in Minecraft]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-things-discovered-in-minecraft/jordan-love Minecraft is a special kind of game, one that includes some creepiness. It's not that Minecraft's creepy, but it does feature odd and unnerving moments and characters. There's a raging debate about whether or not some of the scary things in Minecraft are even really real. For example, while many people assume that Herobrine isn't real, the creator of the game likes to tease gamers every once and a while and suggest that he only appears during really specific times. 

While it's fun to speculate about creepy things in Minecraft, not all of them are so mysterious. There are plenty of scary things that people have discovered and created all on their own. And with the introduction of new skins and add-ons that came courtesy of the "Friendly Update," there are sure to be plenty more creepy things to come.

Minecraft is highly unique, not just as a game but as an interactive social entity. With the creation and community aspects, you get a world that is unlike anything else. Most people might be playing the happy and colorful Minecraft, but there's also a creepy Minecraft just waiting to be explored.


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<![CDATA[The Best Comedy Directors in Film History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-comedy-directors-in-film-history/ranker-film Titans of comedy! These kings of clowning are the best comedy directors ever to make side-splitting movies. This list includes film directors that specialize in hilarious slapstick, comedy-dramas, directing their own work, or just know how to capture perfect comedic timing. The prove comedy may be tough, but they're tougher, earning a spot among the top comedy directors in the entire world of film. 

This list includes frequent Hollywood collaborators like the Farrelly Brothers (known for Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary, among others) and Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker, responsible for Airplane!, one of the funniest movies of all time. This list of the funniest directors spans the history of the big screen, starting with Charlie Chaplin, who made his first silent movie in 1921.

Vote up the directors with the most successful comedies under their belts or who just make you laugh the most!
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<![CDATA[100+ Famous Novels With Catchy First Lines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/100-famous-novels-with-catchy-first-lines/info-lists The opening lines of a novel can prove crucial, and many authors spend an inordinate amount of time considering how their books will begin. From Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities to Melville's Moby Dick, often the opening sentence or two of a book will become the most frequently quoted and iconic passage from the entire novel. This list has the best novels with great first lines, bound to make the best impression on readers. 

These books of fiction are well known for their opening lines. The authors know that books don't just need a great story, there also needs to be something that draws in the reader. The opening line is that hook and the books on this list all have intriguing, interesting, and unique opening sentences.

This is a list of the greatest novels with the best introductory text, including world literature (with an emphasis on English literature), from throughout history, with the most memorable and significant beginnings. Vote up the most memorable first lines from fiction below.

Soure: American Book Review
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<![CDATA[The Most Awesomely American Names for Military Operations]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/awesome-military-operation-names/mike-rothschild Military operation code names can be tricky to pull off. You want to have a name that conveys power and majesty, striking fear into the hearts of your enemies, but you don't want something that lets your enemy know what you're actually doing - such as the planned German invasion of England (its name, Sealion, let the British know exactly what it was). You also don't want something inappropriately glib, either because it's not macho enough (the US invasion of Grenada was briefly named "Blue Spoon") or sends the wrong message, such as the unfortunately named Korean War-era plan "Operation Killer."

The naming of military operations is thought to have begun with the German Empire in the final two years of World War I. Before then, operations were usually named after either their commanding officer or the general area they were taking place in (i.e., Somme Offensive, Neville Offensive, etc.) But German generals added code names to increase operational secrecy and give them a shorthand for referring to individual parts of the hugely complex battles on the Western Front.

In the decades that followed, operation names went from random designations to carefully chosen code names that would boost morale and offer clever description. American officers in Vietnam and beyond were faced with naming dozens of operations, everything from large scale troop deployments to clearing out small sections of cities. Here are the most awesomely American names for military operations from World War II through Iraq. Bask in their American kick ass majesty and upvote those that are screaming "U S A! U S A!" the loudest.

The Most Awesomely American Names for Military Operations]]>
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<![CDATA[Famous Bands That Changed Lead Singers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bands-that-changed-lead-singers/jessica-defino When it comes to putting together a killer band, it's all about the chemistry. There are so many groups that switched lead singers in the hopes of finding that *one* vocalist that could help propel them to superstardom—sometimes it works (Fleetwood Mac) and sometimes it doesn't (Axl Rose, please leave AC/DC alone). Whatever your opinion on these bands that changed frontmen, there's no denying that most switches were pretty controversial. From bands that changed lead singers for personal reasons, to bands that reformed once a founding member quit (and everything in between), here are the most famous bands that replaced lead singers. Do you prefer their music before or after the switch? 
 

Famous Bands That Changed Lead Singers]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Movie Pick-Up Lines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movie-pick-up-lines/ranker-film You've been subjected to them: cheesy pick-up lines from guys or girls who have had one drink too many (when you've had three drinks too few). Bad pick-up lines are a hazard of dating, or - in the case of women - existing, but somewhere in between all the terrible attempts by would-be suitors to get your attention are a select few good pick-up lines. Sadly, the chances are pretty good that the best pick-up lines you'll hear were not devised by the person speaking them, but by the hand of a movie writer who may or may not be suave enough to deliver his or her own line in real life.

The best pick-up lines from movies come to us from the beginning of cinema all the way to present day. From Harry finally wooing Sally to the sounds of war as an aphrodisiac in Casablanca, there are myriad great pick-up lines in the history of cinema, and these are some of the best.

What are the funniest pick-up lines in movie history? What are the most successful pick-up lines from film? Scan through these movie clips of the top pick-up lines from movies and decide for yourself which movie pick-up lines are the best.
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<![CDATA[The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bluegrass-bands-and-musicians/reference Over the years, bluegrass music has spread from being a strictly American genre of roots music and country music to a standalone musical style. Emerging from Appalachia, in particular Kentucky, bluegrass bands use elements of Scottish, Welsh and English folk music. Unlike traditional old time music, each instrument plays a role in driving a song's melody while the other parts involve jamming around it. Bluegrass artists are also known for breakdowns where the tempo speed up, the chords are more challenging and thus, becomes a glorified jam session. Bluegrass bands first emerged in the 18th century, but bluegrass music as we know it today (that incorporates country western) first became relevant post-World War II.

So, who are the best bluegrass bands? Any list of bluegrass artists has to include names of famous male and female bluegrass singers, including Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Old Crow Medicine Show, Nickel Creek, and the Stanley Brothers. These are some of the best bluegrass bands and with good reason - while new bluegrass bands come and go, these are classics with staying power. Their songs resonate with many fans and are very catchy. There have been multiple generations of bluegrass bands and multiple subgenres, yet when people think of bluegrass, they think of the best groups of the genre.

This list includes both classic and modern / contemporary bluegrass musicians and bands, as well as the names of the places where each got its start. That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best bluegrass bands. If you notice that a band is missing from this list feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best bluegrass bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest bluegrass 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 bluegrass bands that you might've heard of.
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<![CDATA[The Best MLB Ballparks]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-mlb-ballparks Take me out to the ball game! Take me out the to crowd! This list of the best MLB ballparks is your guide to the best places to see a baseball game. From coast to coast, the top MLB stadiums are homes to some of the best sports franchises of all time and some of the most storied rivalries in sports.

Baseball is America's pastime and one of the best spectator sports, so it makes sense that there's no better place than among the crowds of screaming fans in the greatest baseball stadiums in the world to watch these historic rivalries play out. The nicest baseball stadiums in the major leagues do nothing to cut down on the heated rivalries that define the game.

What is the greatest baseball stadium? That's a highly subjective and personal question. You'll be hard-pressed to find a Yankees fan that would call Fenway Park (the home of the Red Sox) the top MLB ballpark, just as you'll be quite unlikely to find a Giants fan that would even put Dodger Stadium in the top ten baseball stadiums (even though both are among the oldest MLB stadiums). This list of the greatest MLB stadiums includes the top MLB ballparks for kids, the best baseball stadiums to visit, the greatest MLB ballparks for special events, and the most fun MLB ballparks.

Make sure to vote up your favorite MLB ballparks and don't feel bad about voting down the competition. Your votes determine the best ballparks on this list of MLB stadiums.

The Best MLB Ballparks]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best (and Worst) Animal Based Gimmicks in Wrestling History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-animal-wrestling-gimmicks/greg-hahn Whether it's big cats, ferocious dogs, birds, bulls, or bees, the wrestling world is rife with animal-based gimmicks. From Japan to Mexico to WWE to the American independents, no wrestling company is complete without a few characters straight out of the animal kingdom. Get ready for some of the best (and worst) animal-based gimmicks in wrestling history!

*For clarification, in order to meet the criteria here, the gimmick itself must be animal-based, meaning they must actually wrestle with the spirit of the animal, feign actually being an animal, or have actual animals as major part of their gimmick. Simply having an animal-related name or nickname (a la Hawk & Animal, or "The Rattlesnake", or "The Rabid Wolverine" isn't enough to qualify).

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<![CDATA[Emotional Cartoon Episodes That Made You Cry]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/emotional-cartoon-episodes/josephwelkie We all remember that emotional cartoon episode that made us weep unexpectedly. Sometimes, animated series have such beautiful storytelling that they can break from simple comedic tales to deliver emotional stories that are even more moving because they're so surprising. These cartoon episodes have the ability to make people shed tears more than any drama that you'd see in a movie theater and what makes it even more amazing is that it is animated characters kicking you right in the feels.

So this is a list of some of the most emotional animated shows ever made. Have some tissues ready for this stroll down memory lane, because the animated TV shows all go for broke with heartbreaking episodes.

Vote up the most moving animated stories below.

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Emotional Cartoon Episodes That Made You Cry]]>
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<![CDATA[American Movies That Will Never Be Shown in China]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-movies-banned-in-china/anncasano Censorship in China is mandated by the Communist Party. The governing party can censor any form of media - films, television, literature, etc.-  in order to maintain a certain level of control over its citizens. China is also the world’s second largest movie market. So if a movie can’t make it past the Chinese censors, that means millions of dollars of lost revenue for the film studio. Unfortunately for Chinese people, it also means they miss out on some of the world's best cinematic offerings, including the ones on this list of great American movies banned in China.

In terms of Chinese censorship, there are few countries in the world with stricter policies. There are a plethora of reasons why movies are banned in China. Some reasons are pretty obvious. They’re clearly not going to allow any movie that negatively depicts the Chinese Government, but how about something as seemingly innocent as time travel? Yes, all movies that depict time travel, like Back to the Future, are censored because, "time travel is a dangerous fictional element." Obviously.

Any media that blends live action with animation is also banned. Films depicting homosexual romances will never hit the Chinese silver screen. Movies that are deemed too violent or gratuitous, or contain too much nudity are also off limits to Chinese citizens.

This is only a short list of films banned in China, but they are some of the best. Make your voice heard, vote up your favorite movies banned in China.
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<![CDATA[The Best Robot Video Games of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-robot-games/ranker-games There are a whole lot of robot video games, but here you'll find answer to the question, "What are the best robot games of all time?" This list of games about robots is ranked by user votes, so it's up to you. We can all agree that robots are awesome, right? Because they are. Walking mechanical beings with varying degrees of artificial intelligence, some with good intentions for the world, others... well, maybe not so great intentions for you. Either way, they make great subjects for video games.

One of the most recognized robots in all of video gaming has to be Mega Man, particularly because the series is legendarily difficult. Other robot games, however, have achieved notable acclaim in their own right. The classic brawler Rise of the Robots, for example. Others are adaptations of famous robot shows and movies, like the Transformers games. 

Whether you're flesh and blood or metal and bolts, you can take a look at our list of robot games and vote up your favorites. Find a game you're just not into? That's what the downvote button is for!
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<![CDATA[Easy, Awesome Grilling Ideas for Summer]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/grilling-ideas-for-summer/jessica-lawshe Looking for the best, tastiest, and easiest grilling ideas for the summer to impress your family and friends? Well all you have to do is take a look at this list and fire up the BBQ. 

There are a variety of simple recipes that use colorful ingredients to make your grilling experience a breeze, whether you’re craving grilled vegetables, fish, kebabs, fruit, or burgers. It doesn’t matter what your cooking experience is – with these creative recipes, you can convince anyone that you’ve been a grilling champion for years.
 
With this list of recipes and tips, finding the perfect ideas for your summer grilling is easier than ever. How’s this for innovative and unique: sesame chicken skewers with Sriracha soy dipping sauce? Grilling isn't just for meat eaters. Vegetarians and vegans can be supreme grill masters. How do grilled beets and grilled fennel bulbs sound? Yup, we agree, absolutely delicious. 
 
Find the simple summer grilling solutions you’re craving right here, and be sure to vote on what you think the best recipes are after you’ve tried them!
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<![CDATA[The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-will-they-or-wont-they-couples-in-tv-history/ranker-tv List of the best will-they-or-won’t-they couples in TV history, current or past. These ‘will they or won’t they?’ couples have added romantic tension to the best television shows and given viewers a reason not to miss an episode -- after all, no one wants to say they missed the moment when a will-they-or-won’t-they TV couple finally did or didn’t. Sometimes frustrating, sometimes sweet, the best will-they-or-won’t-they couples viewers have enjoyed are on this list, from early television to currently-running series.

 The ‘will they or won’t they’ trope is nothing new to TV shows, and the list of problems that can keep seemingly destined-for-each-other couples apart is nearly endless. One half of the will-they-or-won’t-they couple might already have a boyfriend/girlfriend/wife/husband (think Pam and Jim) or the two may appear not to get along, even though viewers can sense the underlying romantic feelings. Other common problems for will-they-or-won’t-they TV couples are location, job or social position, or the unwillingness of one half to commit (think Carrie and Mr. Big).

 Sometimes a will-they-or-won’t-they couple causes problems for a TV series. If the biggest appeal of a show is whether a couple will get together, will viewers still tune in after they do? On the other hand, the ‘will they or won’t they?’ storyline can become too drawn out, leaving viewers irritated. Of course, will-they-or-won’t-they couples have also caused some of the most touching and most heartbreaking moments in television. The first kiss or a marriage proposal after a drawn out will-they-or-won’t-they storyline can even bring a tear to the eye.

 If you’ve lived every tension-filled moment with the best will-they-or-won’t-they TV couples in history, then you understand how powerful TV can be. Enjoy this list of the best will-they-or-won’t-they TV couples and vote your favorites up.

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<![CDATA[Rookie Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rookie-travel-mistakes/greeley-dean There's no shame in admitting your rookie status when it comes to travel; those who fail to embrace that which they do not know end up with absurd foreign charges on their credit cards, fried electronics, and bags so full of crap you wouldn't wish them on even the heftiest valet. This list of rookie travel mistakes to be aware of (and how to avoid them) will have you jetsetting like a pro. It's all about preparing for the unknown or unexpected - in foreign lands, a little cash in the sock can go a long way. And remember: you're the visitor. No need to get upset if stuff goes wrong just because you're not in Kansas anymore.
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<![CDATA[The Coolest Musical Instruments from Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/musical-instruments-around-the-world/jessica-defino How many instruments can you name? Believe it or not, there are probably HUNDREDS of instruments you haven't heard of. If you're bored of the same old guitar/keyboard/drums/bass lineup, look no further than these rare instruments from around the world. Cool musical instruments are everywhere you look, from religious ceremonies (the shofar) to your favorite old Led Zepplin album (the theremin). Let us be your guide to the rare instruments, international instruments, and just plain weird instruments you never knew existed.

The Coolest Musical Instruments from Around the World]]>
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<![CDATA[The Biggest Sports Team Collapses in History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-biggest-sports-team-collapses-in-history/arthur-roderick Call them sports failures or call them upsets - either way, these sports teams and athletes embarrassed themselves and shocked people around the globe by making history, and not in a good way. These professional MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL teams, as well as individual athletes all squandered leads, stunk up their seasons, or lost at the worst possible moments to create the biggest sports collapses of all time. These are the most notorious upsets in sports history.

At best, these teams and athletes prove that where there is great expectation is often where the biggest disappointments arise. At worst, they've made fools of themselves in such a way as for it to go down in history.

These sports teams had huge leads in games, were way ahead in the standings, or had nearly won a game, series, or championship, but at the last minute collapsed completely and lost after coming so close to victory. It's not the best way to remember these teams, but unfortunately their collapses live on in infamy.
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<![CDATA[The Best Anton Yelchin Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anton-yelchin-movies-and-films-and-filmography/reference List of the best Anton Yelchin movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Anton Yelchin's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Anton Yelchin movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Anton Yelchin movies will be at the top of the list. Anton Yelchin has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Anton Yelchin movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Anton Yelchin films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Anton Yelchin role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Anton Yelchin performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list contains films like Middle of Nowhere and Geppetto.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Anton Yelchin movies?" and "What are the greatest Anton Yelchin roles of all time?"
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<![CDATA[The Best Museums in the United States]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-museums-in-the-united-states/nychick A list of the most visited museums in the United States, with pictures. For some, "the most popular" means "the best", and these are definitely some of the most famous American museums. Top museums are often major tourist attractions, and can be a museum of natural history, art, science, or many others. Early museums were collections owned by private individuals. Whether these collections were open to the public was up to the owner. Today, museums are institutions dedicated to the study and exhibition of art, artifacts, and other objects of importance. One can only imagine the collections necessary to make the museums on this list some of the most popular in the world.

What are the best museums in the US? Included on this list are museums of art - both classical and modern, natural history, and children's museums. These institutions document and display the national heritage of the US through art, fossils, historical letters and papers, and other relics of USA culture and world history.

To vote on more American travel sites, check out this list of the best US cities for vacations.
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<![CDATA[The 22 Best Die Hard Ripoffs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/die-hard-ripoffs/luke-y-thompson One man. One hostile setting. No way out except by fighting. Die Hard didn't invent that scenario, but it codified it in the modern era. A cop on his way to see his wife, in over his head when terrorists take over the whole building - it was a formula for action-in-a-box, boosting Bruce Willis from comedy relief to ass-kicking American hero.

Naturally, many imitators followed. And while many just followed the heroic American template of McClane, this list celebrates the ones that followed the formula. A man (or woman, though that is sadly rare) in a confined space that has been taken by opponents - and who can only fight his way out, with occasional help from the outside where available by slender lifelines.

Here are the best imitators. Vote up your action movies that are basically Die Hard in different settings. Yippie kai yay, brother flockers.
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<![CDATA[The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-rappers-lyricist-of-all-time A list of the best rap lyricists of all time. Since hip hop and rap music became popular at the beginning of the 1980s, many fans of the genre have focused on the message described in each rapper's lyrics. A form of street poetry, rap lyrics focus on many different things, dependent on who is speaking of the harsh realities of the streets. Others, contrarily, rap about the glamorous life and what it's like to live large. Sometimes, lyrical rappers fluctuate between both of these extremes.

The best rap lyricists are universally respected by both their peers and fans for the honesty and the way they use their words in a creative fashion. Some of the most respected wordsmiths came from the golden age of hip hop. Here, you had groups like Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, N.W.A. and Black Star and individual rappers like KRS-One and Nas who are universally known as the best lyricists. On the other side of the coin, you have two of the greatest rappers of all time, Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., who connected with millions of hip hop fans due to their strong lyrics that touch on the harsh realities of urban culture. A rapper who has switched from rapping about his rough upbringing to glitz and glamour is Jay Z. His debut album was universally praised for talking about life in Brooklyn during his youth, and his recent album was panned for praising brands like Tom Ford and excess.

This list includes many of greatest rappers of all time, who are also among the genre's most popular as well. The one thing that these rappers have in common is that their lyrics are considered some of the best in the history of hip hop music. These top lyricists are the greatest of all time, and it's up to you to decide who is the best lyricist in rap music.
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<![CDATA[Times Dystopian Novels Predicted Real Life Events]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dystopian-novels-in-real-life/laura-allan Science fiction can get eerily detailed sometimes, especially when displaying an imperfect, dystopian future. Well, at least we can comfort ourselves with the knowledge that it's all just stories, right? Well... not quite. You see, there have been times when dystopian novels have turned out to be terrifyingly accurate. From digital media to atomic bombs, we have seen things predicted in dystopian novels enter real life, many in the last few decades.

Now, that's not to say that real-life stories from dystopian books come to pass every day. We aren't in a totalitarian society where we hunt each other for sport, we're still able to breed, and the world isn't completely frozen over. But there are rare occasions where fiction starts to feel less like stories, and more like prophecy.

So which of these tall tales-turned-predictions do you find the most unsettling? You can vote which one you think is the most eerily accurate. Meanwhile, you can muse on which novels you think might be the next ones to come true.

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<![CDATA[The Best Rides at Disneyland]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/list-of-disneyland-rides/reference-list List of the best rides at Disneyland, including photos, types of rides, and more information. This ranked list of the best Disneyland attractions includes roller coasters, kids rides, indoor / dark rides, and water rides, as well as parades, live shows, and Disneyland tours. The rides on this list have been voted on by amusement park fans and Disneyland enthusiasts. From the newest rides at Disneyland to the classics that have been around forever, this is a list of all the most famous attractions at Disneyland. Not a fan of Space Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad? Them vote them down!

The list you're viewing has a variety of rides in it, like Star Tours and Pirates of the Caribbean.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best rides at Disneyland?"
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<![CDATA[The Best Current Female Soccer Players]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-female-soccer-players/ranker-sports List of the best current female soccer players. We have compiled a list of the top athletes who are both female and specialize in the wonderful sport of soccer. While many on this list are the best soccer players of all time, this page specifically ranks the best soccer players of OUR time. These women play soccer (or football, depending on where you are from) like nobody's business but their own.
 
The greatest women's soccer players today come from different countries and different training. Hope Solo and Heather Mitts are two of the most popular soccer players in the women's league - and their styles in playing are not exactly the same. Then there are players like Heather O'Reilly, who is such a legend on the American field that she's known by her initials "HAO." Whether or not the woman is a midfielder or an Olympic Gold medalist, like Boston's O'Reilly, any athlete on this list has a long, goal-filled career ahead of her.

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<![CDATA[The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cleveland-cavaliers-of-all-time/ranker-nba A list of the best Cleveland Cavaliers of all time. The Cleveland Cavaliers, much like the rest of the sports teams in Cleveland's history, are a snakebitten franchise. This isn't because they haven't had any good players, in fact the opposite holds true. LeBron James is one of the greatest players today and one of the greatest players of all time. Say what you want about King James, the fact is that when he was with Cleveland, the team was one of the best in the league. James wasn't able to push Cleveland over the top though. With the best player of his generation, the Cavs only had one NBA Finals berth along with the several other brutal early exits, most notably in 2009 and 2010. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is another all time Cavs great that was one that team, but LeBron was the team's superstar player, and the guy that many teams dream of having.

Many of the Cavs best players have been steady and been on multiple All Star teams. But their problem is that their greatest players have lost to teams that have had even better players. No one would question that the great Cavalier teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s didn't have talent. With Mark Price running the point and Brad Daugherty posting up down low, these Cavs teams had solid talent, but their best players couldn't get the team to the NBA Finals.

This is a list of the best Cleveland Cavaliers of all time. If you see someone that is missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list so it can accurately reflect who you think is the greatest Cavaliers player in team history. 
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<![CDATA[The Best Travel Channel TV Shows]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-travel-channel-tv-shows/voteable List of popular Travel Channel shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled Travel Channel TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best Travel Channel TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on Travel Channel, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

List is made up of shows like No Reservations and Most Haunted.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with Travel Channel on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite Travel Channel TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top Travel Channel television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the Travel Channel network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

Use this fact-based list to make a whole new one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion.
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<![CDATA[The Best Current Procedural Dramas]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-current-procedural-dramas/ranker-tv List of top procedural dramas currently on-air. Television dramas fall into two categories: procedural and serial. Dramatic series in the procedural genre often have one new plot line every week, as opposed to a serial, shows with a continuing story arc or plot. Procedurals often follow a "case-of-the-week" formula, which makes the story easy for television viewers to follow. A number of procedural programs have been included in the greatest TV dramas of all time. This list includes both serial cop dramas and serial legal dramas, as well as long-running procedurals.

One of the most successful procedural drama franchises is CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which premiered in 2000 and has launched two popular spin-offs CSI: NY and CSI: Miami. Current procedural dramas feature a dynamic and memorable lead character with a quirky personality, from mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), to forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel). Ensemble casts are also common in any drama procedural, especially in most-watched shows set around a law enforcement agency, medical facility, or courtroom. The predictable format of such highly-rated programs also makes it easy to air as re-runs because viewers often don't have to follow a certain order or have seen previous episodes.

What is the best current procedural drama? Many are among the best current network dramas, and all are great TV entertainment. Use the list below to vote for the top dramatic procedural that is currently on-air, and if your favorite show isn't included, make sure to add to the list so that other viewers can become fans, too!
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<![CDATA[The Best Inanimate Objects in Pro Wrestling History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-inanimate-objects-in-wrestling/greg-hahn In the world of sports entertainment, wrestlers always get credit for their larger than life personas (and rightfully so), but what about the unsung heroes? The signature weapons, the flashy accessories, the personified knick-knacks? Here's a list of some of wrestling's greatest inanimate objects. Just a note for criteria: any weapons included in the list are signature weapons of specific wrestlers, so no tables, ladders, chairs, kendo sticks, and other common hardcore fodder.
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<![CDATA[The Best Energy Drinks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-energy-drinks-v1/ranker-food List of the best energy drinks, open to public voting. Taste, potency, duration and quality of ingredients are taken into consideration for this list. Does the best energy drink have to taste good? Is it okay if it has that sickly sweet energy drink taste as long as it does its job? Is potency more important than duration? What about the crash factor? WIth so many good energy drinks on the market (and so many gross ones, too) it can be overwhelming to decide which one to try. 

Energy drinks are an active subset of the soft drink industry but, unlike soft drinks, energy drinks are usually consumed with the goal of perking up (ie, you wouldn't drink an energy drink with dinner). Energy drinks usually contain large amounts of caffeine, B vitamins, and herbs. Other commonly used ingredients are carbonated water, guarana, yerba mate, acai, taurine, ginseng, maltodestrin, inositol, carnitine, creatine and ginko bilobia. 

Since most people use energy drinks for the specific purpose of energizing themselves, the most popular energy drinks use safe ingredients that do not make the consumer crash after they wear off. Use this list of energy drinks to discover new favorites and give old ones another try. 




The Best Energy Drinks]]>
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<![CDATA[Novels with the Best Love Stories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/novels-with-the-best-love-stories/ranker-books This list is about novels with the best love stories; it answers the question, “What are the best books about love stories?” Love stories can take us all over the place; one minute we have those fluttering butterflies in our stomachs, and the next we’re crying hysterically because of how painful love is.The best love stories are the ones that truly touch our soul; who doesn’t shed a tear or two when Romeo wakes up, just in time to see his beloved Juliet drink poison and die by his side? And who wouldn’t feel a sense of empathy and injustice when reading Memoirs of a Geisha? Only a cold-hearted person wouldn’t be touched by the heartwarming story of Anne of Green Gables or Little Women.

Yes, love stories can make us utterly miserable, laugh as loud as a child, furiously angry - even seriously depressed - and most of the time, within a single novel! Perhaps the most famous love story is Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables that is set in Paris, France during the French Revolution. It is always stories where love is produced during hard times that we can identify with the most. Do you have a favorite love story that is featured on this list? Vote for yours!
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<![CDATA[Incredible '90s Slang You (Almost) Forgot About]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/90s-slang/elise If you grew up in the 1990s, odds are that in between playing Pogs or watching reruns of 90210, you were telling your mom to "talk to the hand" and that her cooking was Da Bomb... Not! Looking back, slang from the 90s involved giving people a lot of attitude and tricking them. (Sike!) The best 90s slang are the words that you and your friends said all the time, but you would never be caught dead saying these days. This list of the best slang from the 90s and most awesome 90s lingo will really take you back. 

Even though words like "rad" and "anyways" are still said today by some, they are considered slang of the 90s because of their prominence in pop culture at the time. A lot of top 90s slang words like "Whatever!" and "Cut. It. Out" trickled down from movies and TV shows (hello, Clueless and Full House).

Some 90s jargon came directly from songs that were popular at the time, like "Scrubs" and "Whoomp, There It Is." Read this list to reacquaint yourself with popular 90s slang words and vote on your favorites. If there are great 90s slang sayings/words that you remember that are not on the list, go ahead and add them too. Okay nineties folks, late!

See also: The Most Annoying Words of 2015.
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<![CDATA[The Best NHL Players of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/15-great-nhl-players The best NHL players of all time are undoubtably the most talented and most decorated hockey players ever to take the ice in the National Hockey League. These NHL greats hold countless spots in the NHL record books, a fan favorites and if they haven't already been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, they surely will be when they are eligible. Plain and simple, these are hockey gods.

Easily earning the title as "The Great One," Wayne Gretzky is arguably among the very elite hockey players ever. Holding NHL records for everything from lifetime goals to the most goals in a season to the most career assists, points and even short-handed goals, there was little Gretzky didn't dominate during his 20 seasons in the National Hockey League.

While Gretzky is "The Great One," he's far from the only great one. Mr. Hockey himself, Gordie Howe, is right up there with Gretzky with an impressive hockey career that lasted until he was 52 years of age. Along with other NHL legends like Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Mark Messier and Maurice Richard, these hockey greats dominated the league during their time.

Many will follow in the footsteps, or skate strides, of these all-time best NHL players but few will ever reach the level of greatness that these talented men have. Who is your all-time favorite NHL star? How would you rank these top NHL players of all time? Tell us by voting for your favorites below, adding any that are missed or even re-ranking this list of the best NHL players of all time below. Looking for more detailed rankings by position? Check out the best NHL defensemen of all time and the best hockey goaltenders of all time rankings too!
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<![CDATA[Game of Thrones Scenes You Should've Paid More Attention To]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/game-of-thrones-scenes-hidden-meanings/lisa-waugh SPOILERS are everywhere on this list! So don’t let us spill any secrets for you. 
 
Oh Game of Thrones… you are so full of secret symbols and hints at the future and at the past. Sometimes secrets in Game of Thrones scenes aren’t so secret on a second watching and some are even meant to be foreshadowing. Quaithe told Ser Jorah he was going to get greyscale. The Hound let Arya know where Meryn Trant liked to hang out. Arya gives Lady Crane acting advice from a real place: her own life.
 
Besides theorizing away every week and season, fans are also quick to point out the many Game of Thrones scenes with hidden meanings. That’s why watching episodes several times will usually reveal a new twist. 
 
There are numerous secrets in Game of Thrones scenes but we’ll focus on some of the latest, and a few that harken to now, to see just how clever the GoTs showrunners and crew are. In the early days of Castle Black, we see the initials “R.L.” carved in a post behind Jon. In Season 6, a sharp-eyed fan caught the resemblance of the Three-Eyed Raven to the carving in the weirwood tree where the Children of the Forest made the sacrifice to create the first White Walker.  
 
There are so many hidden gems in Game of Thrones, we’ll be finding them for years. 

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/greatest-left-handed-athletes-of-all-time The greatest left-handed athletes of all time are some of the greatest men and women to ever play baseball, basketball, football, hockey, tennis, and many other sports. These talented athletes dominated their respective sports all while being in a minority, as a left-handed person. These athletes are not by any means all of the left-handed athletes but simply the best of the left-handed sports players ever. But which athlete is best? Tell us which left-handed athlete you think was the best ever by voting, re-ranking, and adding your favorites below!

While all sports will see their share of left-handed athletes, the hand orientation will affect some athletes more than others. Being left handed is something you might not notice for hockey players, such as Terry Sawchuk and Phil Esposito, basketball players, like Larry Bird and Bill Russell, or soccer players, like the great Pele, who often use both hands – or feet – regularly while playing the sport.

For other sports, it's clearer when athletes use their dominant hands. Baseball has, what might, be the highest percentage of left-handed athletes of all major sports, and they are easy to spot when one takes the mound or lines up to hit. Babe Ruth is perhaps the best left-handed athlete ever but is joined by many other legendary baseball lefties, such as Ty Cobb, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and Barry Bonds.

Tennis, boxing, and golf are other sports that allow southpaws shine. It's easy to spot left-handed tennis players like Monica Seles and John McEnroe, boxers like Oscar de la Hoya, and golfers like the great Phil Mickelson.

Left-handed people may make up only around 10% of the population but they're some of the top athletes of all time. We'll never know if Deion Sanders would have seen the success he did had he been right handed or if Rafael Nadal would have ever become the King of Clay as a righty, but these talented athletes all persevered through their disadvantages to become legends, and we have nothing but respect for them for that. 

Who are some of the greatest left handed athletes? Take a look here and you'll see for yourself.


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<![CDATA[The Best Kinds of Tea]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-kinds-of-tea/ranker-food A list of the best kinds of tea, as voted on by tea lovers. Varieties of black tea, green tea, herbal tea, white tea, rooibos (red) tea, and oolong tea are all ranked on this list. Tea is aromatic beverage made by pouring boiling or hot water over leaves of the tea plant. Tea is extremely versatile. You can spice things up and add flavors or herbs to your tea - Iced passionfruit, lemon black tea anyone? What about hibiscus tea or the wight loss tea? Or you can stick to more traditional varieties of tea that have been harvested in placed like China and India since the 3rd century A.D.

Enjoyed by Emperors and backyard-bbq-goers alike, tea is for everyone! What's the best kind of tea? There's plenty of good tea out there and though the answer will vary person to person and region to region, have your voice heard below by voting for the best tea varieties that you think everyone should be sipping! Vote on your favorite tea flavors and the best tea to drink or add additional types of tea that aren't yet listed below!
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<![CDATA[The Weirdest Niche Dating Sites]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weirdest-dating-sites/jacob-shelton Whether or not you want to admit it, you have at least one online dating profile right now, and if you’re reading this, it’s probably not going well. Even if you can meet someone on catch-all dating sites like OKCupid or Tinder, there’s no guarantee that you’re actually going to be compatible with the creep you meet online. That’s why you’ve got to go deeper into the Internet to find your soul mate. Put on your e-glasses and check out some of the weirdest dating sites online. And before you ask, yes, they’re full of sexy singles that want to meet you.

We don’t know who said "opposites attract," but that’s usually just when you’re talking about magnets. In the dating world, meeting an opposite is a complete drag. Especially if whatever you’re into isn’t considered "normal," or "sanitary." If you live your life on the fringes of society, finding love can be a Sisyphean task. That’s why you need to dive deep into the dark underbelly of the web and find someone who wants to talk about horses with you until the sun comes up. If you find your main squeeze through this list of the weirdest niche dating sites, please don’t invite us to the wedding.

Vote on the niche dating site that you think is the weirdest, and if you know of other hookup sites that are way too specific, tell us about them in the comments.
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<![CDATA[The Coolest Sea Animal You've Never Heard Of]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/nudibranch-types/ranker-science What's a nudibranch, you ask? Only one of the most colorful sea creatures in the earth's vast oceans. These soft-bodied marine gastropod mollusks display some of the most unique shapes and colors in the sea. A diverse group of creatures, nudibranchs (NOO-di-branks) have a habitable range that spans everything from the tropics to Antarctica. There are many different types of nudibranchs found all over the world, and this list and photo gallery will help you appreciate the many different kinds.

In Latin, nudibranch means "naked gills," an appropriate name as many nudibranchs breathe through an actual naked gill, located on its back. Nudibranchs are also hermaphroditic, but they cannot feritilize themselves, and they lay their eggs within a gelatinous spiral.
 
Much more exciting than say, a sea cucumber, these colorful little guys are sometimes called "sea slugs" - though the name hardly does justice to their beauty, and most sea slugs aren't actually related to nudibranchs. Nudibranchs vary in size from less than an inch to as long as almost two feet. They have many exciting defense mechanisms including toxic appendages, camouflage, and the ability to produce their own chemicals.

How many types of nudibranchs are there? What is the most beautiful nudibranch? This list features the most gorgeous nudibranchs types in the ocean.
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<![CDATA[The Biggest Plot Holes in the X-Men Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/xmen-movie-plot-holes/erik-barnes SPOILER WARNING FOR THE ENTIRE X-MEN FILM FRANCHISE

While the X-Men film franchise is a lot of fun to watch, there are a vast number of plot holes in X-Men movies. Even after X-Men: Days of Future Past tried to salvage the franchise and merge both the original and First Class timelines, it somehow created even more X-Men movie plot holes, tangling the timeline to an even greater extent.

While most X-Men film plot holes don't detract from the enjoyment of the movies themselves, some of the holes are too big to ignore. Here's a list of the worst plot holes in X-Men movies.

 

The Biggest Plot Holes in the X-Men Movies]]>
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<![CDATA[Which Era Would You Want to Live In?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/which-era-would-you-want-to-live-in/jacob-shelton In September 2015, the Internet was buzzing with comments over a blogger’s announcement that she had chosen to live in her favorite time period, the Victorian era, meaning that she would only wear the clothes and use the technology of the time period for the rest of her life (or at least until she needed to check the comments on her blog). The post caused quite a stir, and it raised the all important question, which era would you want to live in? Most people have their favorite eras of history, be it the renaissance, or the '90s in Seattle, but rarely do we get to choose which time period(s) we would deposit ourselves in forever if we could. Imagine that you have a time machine and choose which historical era you want to live in.

Different people will debate and disagree on what is the best time in history. Depending on what you can or can’t live without you might be surprised at when you’d prefer to live. Even though there’s no TARDIS to take you back to your favorite era, it’s a fun philosophical question to ask: what age would you want to live in? Does it matter to you if the mortality rate is just under 90%? Or do you care that women can’t vote? Can you live without pizza? Find out who you are by looking through the historical eras on this list then voting up the eras you would want to live in the most!
Which Era Would You Want to Live In?]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Wedding Scenes in TV History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tv-wedding-scenes/alexandra-plesa There’s something special about TV wedding scenes. When you’ve been rooting for a couple to finally get over their issues and tie the knot season after season, you’re officially invested. You want to see those two get their happily ever after. You sign up for a front row seat at the ceremony and you’ve got tissues handy in case the entire shindig turns into a sobfest. TV weddings are memorable events – they seldom go perfectly, they’re fun to watch, and they almost always leave audiences with big smiles on their faces. (Except for Game of Thrones, of course.)

Although post-TV-wedding-disappointment is a very real thing (looking at you, Castle), most wedding scenes from TV shows successfully reward audiences for their loyalty and relentless%20 shipping. Plus, the best of them stay true to the characters and manage to celebrate love in a way that makes sense for both the couple and the TV series. Without further ado, vote up those scenes that left you speechless, bamboozled, or tickled pink. %20

The Best Wedding Scenes in TV History]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Women's Tennis Players in the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-current-womens-tennis-players/ranker-sports Here is a list of the top Women's Tennis players in the world today. This is one of the most exciting periods in the history of the game. The 2013 WTA rankings factor in the past calendar year's tournaments, which neglects not only how the players have been performing lately, but also their career record. Both the player's past and recent history is taken into account, but the list will focus primarily on a particular player's recent body of work, with the the past history plus latest few matches taken into account, especially performances at the four major tournaments, when it comes to a tiebreaker between two players.

The list only includes players who are currently playing in WTA tour events, not the senior tour or Pro Ams. This is not a historical list of the best tennis players of all time. A lot of the players on this list have fared well in all tournaments, especially the majors. While there are a few players who are dominating others at the moment, the list is subject to change since Women's Tennis is one of the most volatile sports when it comes to players moving up and down the current ranking system. There is a group of players in the top tier playing extremely well, but that can change at any moment depending on performances at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

Vote on who you think is the best women's tennis player in the world in 2014. Make your own list and ranking as you deem fit. You can include your favorite players not on the list, but the only caveat is that they must be current players.

The Best Women]]>
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<![CDATA[The Most Devastating Ultimate Moves in Overwatch]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-overwatch-ultimate-moves/nikoberi Overwatch is such a literal and figurative blast that video game fans will have a hard time remembering the last game that was as much joyous, undiluted fun. Ultimate moves are a crucial component in Overwatch battles, adding to .

The ultimate moves that each of the characters can utilize after they've kicked enough ass are some the highlights of Blizzard's combat bonanza. Each of these moves is, in its own way, a game changer that can turn the tide for your team if you use it just right. Still, in spite of there being no bad ults in Overwatch, this list will determine the popular favorite.

Vote up your favorite Overwatch ultimate moves from Dragonstrike to Transcendence!

The Most Devastating Ultimate Moves in Overwatch]]>
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