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 Melted Cheese Snacks Ever]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-melted-cheese-snacks/ingerlundcarter Is there anything better than melted cheese? No. Is it even possible to identify the best melted cheese snack ever? Yes.

We need your help determining a definitive ranking of the best melted cheese snacks of all time. We expect you to take this responsibility seriously, as we do not take any matters concerning melted cheese lightly. Neither should you. Be warned in advance that voting on this list of favorite warm, cheesy treats may require significant time and brainpower. You'll be required to express your preference for one favorite food containing melted cheese over another highly deserving melted cheese dish or appetizer. These may be some of the hardest decisions you'll ever make in your life, but you can do it. 

Should pizza be ranked higher than nachos? Don't make a rash decision. Is a grilled cheese sandwich a better delivery vehicle for melted cheese than a quesadilla? Can you even compare queso and fondue? Do some soul-searching. The answers will come to you.

It's a simple truth we're after on this ranked list of melted cheese snacks. In order to be the ultimate authority on melted cheese, we need a lot of votes. You can help not only by voting up the best kinds of melted cheese foods, but also by sharing, asking your friends and family to vote, encouraging them to ask their families and friends to share and vote, and so on. (This is starting to sound like that annoying 80's shampoo commercial starring Heather Locklear - it's time to wrap it up.) Only the wisdom of the crowd can determine the best way to enjoy melted cheese. And that will be really cool.
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<![CDATA[35 J.K. Rowling Post-Books Reveals About Harry Potter]]> http://ranker.com/list/jk-rowling-harry-potter-reveals/lisa-waugh It’s been decades since the world was introduced to Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, the author who created his magical world. Since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rowling has had time to ponder that world and offer some new insights about her Harry Potter characters and storylines. What tidbits and cold hard truths has J.K. Rowling revealed since the final book was released? What's going on over at Pottermore? What should you know about Potter and all his pals that wasn't in the books?

Rowling has revealed a range of Potter details for fans to devour. On her website, Pottermore, Rowling continues to share Potter trivia, post-series information, and character backstories with a tidal wave of dissection at every single reveal. If you haven't checked it out, Pottermore is an amazing resource. 
 
Most of the time, the information is delightful, but sometimes Rowling lets it be known that she is not pleased with certain trends, like how many girls crush on Draco. (She’s not having it. He's just a jerk, okay?) Or that maybe she goofed up that whole Hermoine married Ron thing. Twitter be like WHAAAAAAT?! When she revealed that a beloved character was gay, fans responded in overwhelming numbers of support. While others scratched their heads, Rowling let it be known that she is not tolerant of intolerance.  

And while ending the Harry Potter series was sad, it was also a bit of a relief for Rowling. "It was this amazing cathartic moment... the end of 17 years' work," Rowling said. But with Pottermore, a 2016 Harry Potter play, and constant, rabid response to the world she created, Rowling will never abandon Harry. “He will always be a presence in my life, really." 

Rowling has said she may eventually reveal more details in a Harry Potter encyclopedia, but even then, it will never be enough to satisfy the most hardcore fans. "I'm dealing with a level of obsession in some of my fans that will not rest until they know the middle names of Harry's great-great-grandparents," she said. But the author is just fine with the outpouring of devotion for all things Harry Potter. "I love it," she said. "I'm all for that."

So fulfill your Harry Potter obsession with this list of all the facts Rowling has revealed on Pottermore, in interviews, an on social media about your favorite fictional world. Be sure to upvote the most interesting and revelatory facts about Potter and head to the comments section to let your own opinion on Ron and Hermione's relationship be known!

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<![CDATA[The Best Pop Songs About Cheating]]> http://ranker.com/list/pop-songs-about-cheating/ranker-music This list of pop songs about cheating ranks the greatest songs in all of pop music that have your favorite pop stars singing about cheaters, cheating, infidelity, and significant others who are stepping out. This list features the all-time top pop songs about cheating and includes music videos, when available. What are the best pop songs about cheating? Cast your votes below!
 
Cheating is never fun (or, if you're the one doing the cheating, maybe it is!). There are tons of pop songs about cheaters and being cheated on, and some might just be among the best pop songs of all time, too. The pop music songs featured on this list include "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morisette, "Unfaithful" by Rihanna, "What Goes Around...Comes Around" by Justin Timberlake and "Picture" by Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock.

If there’s a song listed here that you think is the absolute best pop song about cheating on your girlfriend or boyfriend, being cheated on, or just cheating in general, be sure to upvote it!. Is your favorite pop song about cheating not listed? Add it for other fans to vote on!
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<![CDATA[30 Celebrities Who Hold Patents]]> http://ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-hold-patents/celebrity-lists Most people think that only scientists, zany inventors, and large corporations hold patents, but many there are many celebrities with patents, too! This list contains photos and information about celebrities who hold a patent (or, in some cases, multiple patents), loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians, and authors hold patents for their inventions. Some of these celebrities are always creating innovations in their field, but other famous people who hold patents may surprise you.

Who is the most famous person who has a patent? Michael Jackson tops this list. Michael Jackson holds a co-inventor patent for an anti-gravity stage illusion. Other musicians who have patens include Prince, who designed a new portable keyboard, and Eddie Van Halen, who designed a device to help his support his guitar while he goes nuts on a sick guitar solo during shows. Harry Connick, Jr. also holds a patent; he developed a new electronic system for reading sheet music.

Several famous celebrity women also hold patents. Christie Brinkley holds the patent for an educational toy which helps kids learn their ABCs and Jamie Lee Curtis holds a patent for a diaper with pockets containing wipes (yes, really!). Other famous people with patents include Neil Young, George Lucas, and Marlon Brando.

Which celebrity inventions do you think are the most useful? Which famous people who have patents were you most surprised bye? Take a look at this list and share your opinion in the comments section!
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<![CDATA[20 Things to Know About the Trans-Pacific Partnership]]> http://ranker.com/list/what-is-the-trans-pacific-partnership/mike-rothschild What is the Trans Pacific Partnership? More than any publicly debated bill in decades, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 2015 trade agreement. has ignited a firestorm of animosity and bad feelings. It's a massive, hugely ambitious trade treaty between 12 nations that are seriously involved in commerce related to the Asia-Pacific area, encompassing countries that make up over 40% of US international trade. Signed into law on June 29, 2015, TPP will have a great impact on tariffs, manufacturing, banking, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, the environment, and international defense.

Any agreement as far-ranging and impactful as TPP is bound to generate controversy, and it's no surprise that there are a number of individuals and corporations that are bitterly opposed to it. It's a centerpiece of President Obama's second term, but has drawn considerable opposition from the Democratic party. Major tech companies oppose it, but many other big businesses support it - as do a number of prominent Republicans.

Adding to the confusion is that the passing of the TPP agreement required a number of other pieces to fall into place, two of which are are important pieces of legislation with similar names - TPA and TAA. Not only that, but the negotiations were conducted in secret, with virtually nothing having been made public about the contents of the treaty itself. What has been released was illegally leaked, and might be out of date.

How does one sort through all of this? What's the difference between TPP and TPA and TAA, and what impact will all of them have on your life? It's hard to know where to even start, so here are the most important questions you might want to ask about the Transpacific Partnership.

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<![CDATA[The Best Honeymoon Destinations in the US]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-honeymoon-destinations-in-the-us/ranker-travel List of the Best Honeymoon Destinations in the US ranked from best to worst. The United States offers newlyweds ample options for where to spend their honeymoon. With beach resorts, 5 star hotels and rustic cabins, the US has something for everyone. Which is the best honeymoon destination in the US? Vote on this list and make sure your favorite destination for romance ranks high on this list.

The Hawaiian Islands are some of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the US. Maui offers newlyweds beautiful sandy beaches where they can experience great water adventures or simply enjoy laying on the beach. Lanai has been dubbed “Hawaii's most enticing island” and honeymooners can enjoy rest, relaxation and romance in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Las Vegas has been a popular destination for honeymoons since it emerged as a major gambling hub in the 1950s. Couples can enjoy spa treatments and five star restaurants while trying their luck at popular games. If couples are having second thoughts about their marriage, Vegas also offers the best quicky divorces.

Which is the best honeymoon destination in the US? Vote on this list and let us know why your favorite place makes a great destination for newlyweds in the comments section.
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<![CDATA[The Best Specialty Burgers from Around the World]]> http://ranker.com/list/specialty-burgers/jacob-shelton All kinds of unique, culturally diverse hamburgers have been making waves in the culinary world over the last few years. Or maybe these burgers have always been here, and we’re just running out of things to read about on the Internet (it could happen). A beefy staple, the burger has its boots on the ground in restaurants and pubs across the world. But they're not all created equal. Ranging from burgers wrapped in gold (seriously!) to burgers squeezed in between donuts, the artery cloggers on this list are some of the best specialty burgers you can eat on this island earth.

Who doesn’t like a good burger? Even vegans like burgers (despite their burgers being not as good as regular burgers). Maybe it’s the shape, or maybe we associate hamburgers with memories of summer, friends, backyards, and good times.

Even though the hamburger is synonymous with America, chefs from across the world put their own spins on this comfort food. The burgers on this list are some of the most interesting and exciting steamed hams that you can find anywhere, but of course they tend to come from the USA.

Vote up the specialty burger that you think looks the most delicious. And if your city does something freaky with a piece of cow between a couple of buns, leave us a comment – we want to eat the thing you love!
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<![CDATA[Celebrity Breakups 2015]]> http://ranker.com/list/celebrity-breakups-2015-latest-celeb-splits/celebrity-events In Hollywood, keeping relationships strong is even tougher than it is for the rest of the world. Which is why many of the splits on this list of celebrity breakups of 2015 won’t come as a shock. With so many beautiful people in the industry, it’s no wonder these actresses, musicians, and other celebs can’t help but hook up. But with the euphoria of a new celebrity relationship comes the danger of contentious and ugly celebrity splits.

For some of these famous couples, it’ll come as no surprise when they inevitably break up in 2015. But others have been together for years, even decades, making their divorces and separations even tougher to bear (for all of us). This list includes all of the latest celebrity breakups and most notable celeb break ups of 2015 – the amicable and the ugly!

2014’s celebrity breakups included long term couples like Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, and relationship newbies like The Bachelor’s Juan Pablo and Nikki (shocking). But who will have the most talked about break up this year? Only time will tell. But you can be sure that whoever it is, they’ll be on this regularly updated list of 2015’s most famous splits. To true love!
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<![CDATA[The Best Pizza in New York City]]> http://ranker.com/crowdranked-list/nyc-pizza New York pizza. Are there any other three words in the English language that sound so delectable? If you love good pizza, you know that New York style pizza is the best kind of pizza. Chicago deep dish? No thanks. Who has the time for all that mess. You need a New York slice you can devour right there on the sidewalk. But where is the best NYC pizza? What are the best pizza places in all of the Big Apple? This list of New York City pizza has you covered.

Whether you prefer the pepperoni at Joe's or the pepperoni at Lee's Tavern, you really can't go wrong with any of the top NYC pizza joints on this list. When you need a pie, New York is the place to be. Are you more of a Margherita person? Great! John's of Bleecker and Totonno's are just waiting for you to walk in, smell the smells of delicious pizza, and order up a pie just covered in mozzarella.

If you're feeling extra adventurous, try a specialty NYC pizza like maybe one with Brussels sprouts, or even one called the Bee Sting. Whatever pizza you need, someone in New York will make if for you at these top NYC pizzerias. Well, as long as it isn't deep dish.

 So sit down and get ready to tuck into this list of the absolute best pizzas in all of New York City. Have a favorite NYC pie? Add it! And be sure to rerank this list to truly reflect the greatest, most delicious pizzas in all of New York City.
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<![CDATA[The Most Charismatic Megafauna]]> http://ranker.com/list/most-charismatic-megafauna/amylindorff Megafauna. Charismatic megafauna. What are they even? They are elephants and pandas and lots of other popular animals that people just love. These large animals are the poster children of environmental movements, put on posters and turned into adorable stuffed animals to gain public support for conservation and other environmental goals.

So, if you are wondering why you see giant pandas everywhere, it's because conservation groups were like, "Hmm, how can we get people all over the world to care about an ecosystem in China that is facing some peril?" The answer was cute pandas.

What are some popular charismatic megafauna? Well, think of just about any wild animal you are familiar with and have seen in the gift shop at your local zoo. Elephants, lions, sea turtles - the California condor even. They are all well-known species that were chosen to be the faces of various conservation campaigns and other endeavors.

Some of the animals on this list are endangered megafauna, while others are more ubiquitous, and some were maybe once on the brink of extinction, but thanks to their charisma, were saved! What a tale! Which charismatic megafauna species do you think look the most friendly? Are any of the animals on this list ones that you would love to chat with at a bar? Upvote the most charismatic of the megafauna creatures below, and go get yourself a stuffed red panda to cuddle until the end of time.
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<![CDATA[The Most Important Supreme Court Cases]]> http://ranker.com/list/the-most-important-supreme-court-cases/michael-gibson Quick: Can you name the most important Supreme Court cases in U.S. history? Yes? Well, can you explain them, in a nutshell, to anyone who asks? Impress your friends with your legal history knowledge by perusing this list of some of the biggest, most influential, far-reaching cases ever decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. Didn't see what you think is the most important case? Let us know in the comments!
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<![CDATA[19 Things People Accomplished When They Were Teenagers]]> http://ranker.com/list/famous-teenage-accomplishments/matthewcoleweiss Ah, the teenage years! A time when most of us were stressing over prom dates or searching the drug store for the right acne medicine. But not the famous teenagers on this list! As an adult, you probably never thought you'd have teenage role-models. Well think again, because this list of impressive teenage over-achievers accomplished things that most adults don't even dream about!   

When you were between the ages of 13 and 19, your biggest accomplishments were probably making honor roll or winning a championship basketball game. Maybe you got into the college of your dreams or received a scholarship for playing the trombone like a boss. But the fearless and famous teen leaders on this list will blow your mind with their ingenuity and relentless drive.

From winning the Nobel Peace Prize, to ruling nations, to sailing around the world, to selling an app for $30 million dollars, these teens didn't let their age stop them from achieving their dreams. Who needs to worry about passing your driver's permit test when you're busy changing the course of world history, right? So vote up the teenage mutant ninja badass you're most impressed by! 
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<![CDATA[Cute Characters Who Say the Most F*cked Up Things]]> http://ranker.com/list/cute-characters-with-dirty-mouths/coreybarger Who doesn’t love cute characters that steal the show? Everyone has those favorite adorable characters from their childhood that they found funny or adorable. But these days, the cuter the character are the more crass and inappropriate they can be. You can get away with more if you are considered adorable! Which cute characters say awful things?

There are Stewie and Brian from Family Guy, a baby and dog who know how to curse and work language for evil like few other characters can. Then there's that other Seth MacFarlane creation, the foul-mouthed Ted, from Ted and Ted 2. Many other adorable, sweet, old, and seemingly innocent characters have appeared on television and in movies throughout the years, though your opinion of their sweetness likely changed the second they opened their mouths.
 
Check out the list of the cutest characters who say some seriously f*cked up things. This list tells their backstory along with some of their best quotes. It will have you laughing at everything from a talking bear to a creepy grandfather.
 
Make sure to vote up the characters below that are the most crass, but also adorable. What makes adorable characters that say horrible things so funny? Let everyone know what you think in the comments section!

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<![CDATA[Actors Who Regret Their Comic Book Movie Roles]]> http://ranker.com/list/actors-who-regret-their-comic-movie-roles/ranker-comics Super hero movies! The Golden Ticket! The creme de la creme! Once you make one you know you've made it and it's the highlight of your career. Nothing can stop you, and it's worth everything that went into getting it. Right? Well... that's not always the case. 

We live in a golden age of comic book films right now, The Avengers universe, The Dark Knight Films, Guardians of the Galaxy, but none of these movies could have possibly existed 20 or even 15 years ago. Everything leading up to now has lead to those being good films. Before that was a whole slew of horrendous adaptations of great (and admittedly not-so-great) comic properties. 

Many of the biggest names in Hollywood were attached to these disasters and while being in a Marvel movie now is great if your Chris Hemsworth, or Chris Evans, or Chris Pratt (hey what a second...) back then it could mean your Arnold Schwarzenegger suffering through Batman & Robin, and that's not even the movie he's on this list for! 

So let's take a look back at the less glamorous roles these iconic actors filled. These are the Actors who regret their comic roles!

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<![CDATA[Things You Didn't Realize Are Covered in Poop]]> http://ranker.com/list/things-covered-in-poop/lauren-slocum Sh*t happens. But you probably didn't know it was happening all around you, all the time. After reading this list of crappy truths about fecal debris, you'll realize that just about everything is covered in feces. Your phone is. Your hands are. Your face is now, too. From your favorite handbag to your boyfriend's beard... even your trusty cleaning tools are tainted with poo! 

As innocent youngsters, we were taught to wash our hands with soap for 20 seconds under warm water. But after you read through this list of disturbing bathroom facts, you'll wonder who on earth skipped the hand-washing routine and got the feces particles all over the lemon wedges at Chili's. You may find yourself questioning the intelligence of man... how can we land on the moon and build robots yet we think it's cool to change a child's diaper on a tray that someone eats off of? 

The bottom line is that people are gross and poo is even grosser. Some of these poo-ridden objects are extra unsettling while others are more understandable (but no less upsetting). By the time you finish the list, you may have rearranged your whole home, thrown your shoes out the window, and quarantined your toothbrush. So invest in some Lysol, wash your hands on the regular, and vote up the items you can't believe are covered in sh*t!
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<![CDATA[The Best of Donald Trump's Twitter]]> http://ranker.com/list/donald-trump-twitter/loganrapp There's really nothing quite like Donald Trump's Twitter account. Donald Trump is a big character. There is nothing he does small; there is nothing he says quietly. Even on Twitter, even when he's not using caps, you feel like he's barely resisting the urge to do so out of some personal decorum. Regardless of your feelings about the man, his Twitter account is probably one of the most consistent sources of entertainment you can find on the Internet. 

You just never know what you're going to get when The Donald gets on Twitter. Sometimes it's about his run up to his presidential campaign, or discussions of issues, or, well, most often it's about himself, in some capacity. When you put your name on everything you've built, you tend to really have a rather high opinion of yourself. It's difficult to avoid. This list compiles together all the best tweets of Donald Trump. 

Whether it's him railing against the President, or talking about how his buildings are lucky for Derek Jeter, there's something for everyone on this list. So dig deep into this list, and upvote the best and most entertaining tweets from Trump's wild ranging list of zingers!
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<![CDATA[Countries Where Gay Marriage is Legal]]> http://ranker.com/list/countries-where-gay-marriage-is-legal/web-infoguy Gay marriage around the world. Despite Proposition 8, many regions around the globe are allowing same sex marriage. This is a list of those legalized gay marriage states and countries. Where are the countries that legalized gay marriage? They're mostly in Europe, where progressive societies have warmed to same-sex marriage. In the past decade, this has become more normalized in many civilized nations. Though the majority of countries haven't warmed to gay marriage, these have. If you want to get hitched, these are your marriage-friendly gay destinations. Take a look at this list and you'll what countries have legalized gay marriage. 
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<![CDATA[23 Reasons Why Beyonce Is Queen]]> http://ranker.com/list/beyonce-facts/matthewcoleweiss America doesn't technically have a royal family, but if we did, Jay-Z and Beyoncé would definitely be the King and Queen of these United States. Not only has Beyoncé become one of the most successful entertainers of all time, but she's also an inspiration to millions of fans worldwide for her philanthropy, her passion, her music, and the awesome way she lives her life.   

You probably already worship at the alter of Queen B, but just in case you needed a handy list of reasons Beyoncé is amazing, we decided to make one for you! Check out these Beyoncé facts and prepare to bow down (bitches). This is a list of examples that prove Beyoncé is Queen. She's the fiercest of the Fierce, an independent woman, and a good role model for kids everywhere. If you weren't part of the Beyoncé fan club before, you definitely will be after you read this list of  facts about Beyoncé. You're welcome.


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<![CDATA[The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models]]> http://ranker.com/list/female-role-models/ericascheidt

Who run the world? Girls! After compiling this list, we're positive that ladies all over the planet are kicking ass and taking names in almost every field nowadays, sorry not sorry. The amazing female role models on this list are inspiring examples of powerful females, killing it at the tops of their fields and in the trenches, helping to make the world a better place for everyone, but especially for women and girls all over the world. After all, there are presidential candidates, hard-hitting journalists, countless female CEOs and CFOs of major corporations, and a teenage girl who is on the fast track to becoming an MLB superstar. Who are the most inspiring female role models in the world today?

Though we tried our best to list as many inspirational women as possible, we're sure we missed some ladies you might look up to, so be sure to add them and rerank this list. Of all these awesome female role models from around the world, which ones inspires you the most? Which of these ladies motivated you to choose your career? Which one of these amazing female role models makes you want to pursue your dreams?  

After seeing all these awesome female role models together on one list, you'll be more inspired that ever to conquer anything! Vote up the women who inspire you the most and add any other inspirational women, successful women, and strong female role models you think girls and women the world over should know about.


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<![CDATA[30 Fun Pool Toys You Need This Summer]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-pool-toys/jessica-lawshe Sure, you could just splash around by yourself in the pool. But that would be lame. You're not lame are you? We didn't think so. Which is why you need the coolest toys for the pool! Make sure to stock up on sunscreen because your family will never want to leave! 

Whether you just want to lay back and relax, or need a way to keep kids entertained, our list has the best pool toys and swim accessories you're looking for. You could go for the ultimate lounger, complete with cup-holder and backrest, or maybe you're looking to be a little more active. In that case, check out the poolside rock climbing wall or the floating volleyball net. 

Our list includes the coolest pool toys! Kids will love the floating jousting game, the floating boathouse (it's actually a little house), and the poolside inflatable slide. They can dive for pool sticks or hang out with the dancing dolphin inflatable. You can even get baby in on the fun with a floating canopy! Parental supervision is, of course, necessary. You can even get Rover in the pool on his own float. He won't even have to doggie paddle!

So take a look at the list and vote up the best pool floats and toys you'll be picking up for summer!

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<![CDATA[Gay Celebrities Who Are Married to Same-Sex Partners]]> http://ranker.com/list/gay-celebrities-who-are-married-to-same-sex-partners/celebrity-lists List of gay celebrities who are married to same-sex partners, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Gay marriage is now legal in 16 states in the U.S., so several celebrity couples have been able to officially tie the knot. Some famous gay celebrities got married after only a few years of dating, while others had been in relationships for over 20 years.

Who is the most famous gay celebrity who is married to a same-sex partner? Ellen DeGeneres tops our list. The comedian has been in a relationship with Arrested Development actress Portia de Rossi since 2004. They got married on August 16, 2008, and they are still together today. They do not have any children, but the animal advocates have three dogs and four cats. Other famous women who married their same-sex partners include Rosie O’Donnell, Wanda Sykes, and Cynthia Nixon.

David Hyde Pierce has been dating Brian Hargrove since 1983. The couple married October 24, 2008, and they are still together today. They do not have any children, but David Hyde Pierce, along with Fraiser's John Mahoney, are godparents to co-star Jane Leeves' son.

When do you think gay marriage will be legal across the entire United States? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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<![CDATA[The Happiest Marriage Equality Reactions from Conservatives]]> http://ranker.com/list/christian-marriage-equality-reactions/jtdesaulnier The Supreme Court's landmark decision effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states has a whole lot of people rejoicing, including conservatives and Christians. That's right, marriage equality can be a cause for celebration even if you're not a godless liberal atheist!

Our politics can be reductive and wedge issues often make it seem like as Americans, we're bound to always be just one of two things. Democrat or Republican, blue or red, liberal or conservative, heathen or devout, with a clean division between the two. But that's not how people actually work. We can be complicated, nuanced, and compassionate, regardless of our political and religious affiliations. And when basic human dignity has a victory like this one, we can all be happy about it.

That's why this list collects Twitter reactions from people you might otherwise expect to be fightin' mad about this mega-moment in gay rights. The folks on this list aren't defined by their spots on a simplified religious and political spectrum, they're psyched about marriage equality. Or, at the very least, they're not mad about it.

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<![CDATA[Things You Should Stop Apologizing For]]> http://ranker.com/list/you-apologize-too-much-for-these-things/lauren-slocum Saying, "I'm sorry" has become a ridiculously compulsive and all too natural response in everyday dialogue. And frankly, it's getting pretty out of hand. People are just flat out aplogizing too much. If you had a nickel for every time you said the s-word throughout the day, you'd probably make an extra $14.00 a week. Pretty soon people are going to be walking around apologizing for thinking and breathing and eating food and being alive! This over apologizing has got to stop.

It's one of the strangest phenomenons in the human psyche... for some reason we feel the need to take responsibility for things that actually have nothing to do with us. Most apologies fly out of our mouths before we even have a chance to give a crap about the situation we're apologizing for. And the strangest thing is that people still act touched when they receive one of these insincere, impromptu apologies.

Someone bumps into you in the store and suddenly you're apologizing to them and trying to swiftly move out of the way. Your friend tells you a terrible story about their uncle's brother's cousin's sister who broke her ankle on the stairs and there you are, stroking your friend's arm and showering them with s-words and pathetic accolades. There is a time and a place for sincere apologies, but how about a different approach? 

Who's responsible? Do women apologize too much? Do men? At the end of the day, all that matters is that we reign in this unnecessary apology epidemic. Have some self-confidence. Think about your words before you spit them out and you'll be amazed at the difference in the way you communicate with people. To help you get away from making all those hasty apologies, read through this list of things you should stop apologizing about! Vote up the apologies you're most guilty of! 
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<![CDATA[27 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Inside Out]]> http://ranker.com/list/inside-out-trivia/coy-jandreau Pixar is back! And Inside Out is quickly moving up the ranks as one of Pixar's best films to date. It has just the heart and soul we've come to expect from Pixar, in a wholly original setting, with a new team of characters that we instantly fell in love with. The film is a classic Disney tale that not only reminds you what it's like to be a kid, but teaches adults a thing or two on the way.

Inside Out has had a storied history making it to the screen, even taking extra years in pre-production (beyond the standard crazy production schedule animated films go through). It went through a whole slew of changes, from the number of characters involved to the cast changing... even the lead writer left the project.

But it all turned out for the best and we have the trivia facts to show what it went through to get to the screen. It's also chock full of amazing Easter Eggs (it wouldn't be a Pixar film if it wasn't, right?) These are the best fun facts from Pixar's Inside Out! Vote up your favorite bit of behind the scenes Inside Out trivia below!

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<![CDATA['90s Movies That Totally Defined Teenage Girl Life]]> http://ranker.com/list/90s-movies-that-defined-teenage-girl-life/devon-ashby Teen movies really hit their peak during the '90s. From blood-soaked horror flicks to tearjerking coming-of-age films; from mushy high school romances to sexually awkward gross-out comedies, the films on this list all have one major commonality - popularity! Some of the greatest teen movies of the '90s were the ones aimed at teenage girls, so we're bringing you this list of all the most iconic '90s movies that changed female lives forever.

What were your favorite '90s teen movies growing up? Even if you're not a girly girl, you'll be able to spot some favorites in this list. The perils of popularity, the anxieties of sex and dating, and the dangers of stepping outside the status quo were all subjects these films explored (the relatable stuff, right?). Some '90s movies for teen girls, like But I'm a Cheerleader, and Just Another Girl On the IRT, even discovered funny, heartfelt ways of exploring important social issues like race and sexual identity.

For the first time, VHS was transitioning into a sell-through market, meaning tapes and DVDs were finally cheap enough for studios to move tens of thousands of copies, rather than just selling to collectors and video stores. If you missed a movie in the theater, you could wait a few months and buy or rent a copy, then take it home and play it on your VCR (or DVD player, if your family was swaggy enough to own one yet). And come on - no '90s sleepover was complete without an hour of pre-party browsing at the local video store to snag a couple of the latest new releases.

Were you more of a Cher or were you more of a Ty? Do you remember the exact moment you first fell in permanent, endless love with Fairuza Balk? Vote below on the '90s teen movies that most defined your teen girl experience!

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<![CDATA[Texting Tips You Should Definitely Know]]> http://ranker.com/list/texting-tips/jessica-lawshe Texting can be tough. Things get lost in translation and before you know it you've just completely blown it with the guy or girl of your dreams. Chill out text-dummy, we've got all the texting tips you'll need to survive the virtual battlefield. 

When you are trying to let someone know you are interested in them, texting can feel like the absolute worst, most awkward thing ever. What should you say? Are you texting them too much? (If you have to ask, that means you probably are). Do they realize you were being sarcastic and not serious? Do they think you are using too many emojis? (Again, if you have to ask, you probably are). Does their phone even GET emojis? There are so many things to worry about. 

Have no fear, texting-rookie, our list is filled with textbook texting tips that will help you avoid that awkward, hours-long silence on text. We also have some general texting etiquette tips as well - like calling instead of texting to cancel a date, and texting before you're late to say you're running behind. Other things you should know by now: call Mom instead of text her (although, #momtexts are hilarious) and try to avoid group texts unless everyone knows each other. 

So put the phone down (unless you're viewing this list on it) and scroll through our list of texting hacks. Then put those digits to good work and vote up the best texting tip! 
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<![CDATA[Reasons to Like the Celebrities You Love to Hate]]> http://ranker.com/list/good-things-about-the-most-hated-celebrities/loganrapp Tabloids, media, and sheer stupidity make it impossible to love all celebrity icons. But which celebrities have been the most unloveable? Maybe they said something you didn't like. Maybe you just don't care for their work or for their enthusiastic fans. Or perhaps they're just everywhere, and frankly you're sick of it. No matter what, it's guaranteed there are a few celebrities you'd be happy to never see again.

However, in many of these cases, these unlikeable stars are also good people, or are at least trying to be good people by helping the world around them with their wealth and influence. Some do charity work that really helps the community. Some take on causes that are personal to them. Some simply speak out on issues and try to shed light on things that we may not want to talk about for fear of judgment.

Other times, folks who've done wrong may realize that, and work to fix what put them in the dog house in the first place. No matter where they fall on the spectrum, this list intends to find humanizing moments and actions that may make you think differently the next time you see them on the tabloids and get annoyed. So check it out! Vote up the celebrities you can't believe you actually really like! 
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<![CDATA[The Best (Non-Fish) Seafood, Ranked]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-seafood/carly-kiel Everyone loves seafood, including people who are allergic to shellfish. But what are the best kinds of seafood? This is a list of all of your favorite crustaceans, cephalopods, and mollusks, ranked by how often you would like to eat them. Each sea creature is listed here for you to vote up if you think it is delicious. Some great things about seafood include that they are mostly protein and that they are mostly water, which means virtually no calories. You can eat 14 lbs. of shrimp and not gain a single human pound. Also, many / most types of sea animals can be eaten grilled, boiled, or even raw, so it comes right to your plate looking like it just accidentally took a detour out of the sea and not disguised like something else. Eat it how it is, or just add a little lemon juice or butter if you want. Just don't forget to remove the head LOL!

What is your favorite type of seafood? What kind of platter do you want at Joe's Crab Shack or Red Lobster or wherever you are taking your crush tonight? Maybe you can order a lobster tail like an aristocrat, or shrimp prepared six different ways like the local comptroller. Does your menu offer a dozen or even a bucket of clams? If so, you might have to decide between those and the mussels with the French fries, just like Napoleon Bonaparte once did. If your favorite seafood is crab, crawfish, or sea urchin, it is your lucky day, because those items are on this list for you to vote up up up as you please.

For the sake of brevity, this list doesn't include actual fish that are just regular fish. You know what that means. It is great if you are like, "My favorite seafood is fish," but this list is only about non-fish. Great, please vote up the animals that you think are the best kinds of seafoods to eat. If you are like "Yuck, I hate all seafood," no need to do anything at all!
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<![CDATA[The Coolest Pepsi Flavors You Never Knew Existed]]> http://ranker.com/list/pepsi-flavors/elise If you're a Pepsi drinker, you probably know some of the different Pepsi flavors they've rolled out over the years: Pepsi Wild Cherry, Pepsi Vanilla. . . you probably even know about Crystal Pepsi, a discontinued soda that was one of the best things to happen to the '90s. But we're betting you've never tried Pepsi products flavored with cucumber, watermelon, ginger, yogurt or coffee. A lot of these Pepsi drinks were only available for a span of few months and in different countries around the world, so if you have tried them all then let us know in the comments - we want to know what your deal is. 

Japanese Pepsi flavors tend to be the weirdest - at least according to Western tastes. But there are some pretty weird Pepsi flavors that originated in the U.S., South America, Europe, and Canada too. If you can't get enough Pepsi cola, some of these flavors are still available overseas or on Ebay if you search hard enough. Learn about some Pepsi flavors from around the world below and vote up the ones you'd like to try!
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<![CDATA[The Worst Things for Angelenos to Hear]]> http://ranker.com/list/things-people-in-la-dont-want-to-hear/jacob-shelton Living in Los Angeles definitely has its pros and cons - sometimes more cons than pros. For instance, the parking situation in this city is a nightmare, and it can feel impossible to get a good slice of pizza. But there are a lot of upsides to living in Los Angeles, too! For one, you can get carne asada ANYTHING at any time of the day. And uh… OK, the best thing we can come up with is the carne asada. Maybe we’re gluttons, but we don’t care. After tallying up the parking, traffic, and bad pizza, the worst thing about Los Angeles isn’t any of that stuff. It's actually the other people in LA and the horrible things that they say.

Despite the threat of mudslides, devastating earthquakes, and apparently typhoons, the thing that terrifies us the most about Los Angeles is having to listen to other people speak. We know that makes us sound like complete monsters, but after hearing the five thousandth person openly talk about her improv troupe at a coffee shop, we think it’s completely OK to say that we think you should have to pay a dollar before you speak out loud in Los Angeles. Maybe the money can be used to pay off nasty parking enforcement officers who are about to give you a ticket! Think about that great plan while you check out this list of the worst things for Angelenos to hear.

Vote up the worst thing you can say to a person in LA, and if there’s something that you can’t stand hearing that's not on the list, you know what to do!
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<![CDATA[The Coolest Religions in Video Games]]> http://ranker.com/list/video-game-religions/ranker-games Video game characters need to do stuff, or their games would be boring. More specifically, they need a reason to do stuff. The kinds of stuff they need to do to keep things interesting can include fighting, adventuring, and scaring the pants off you. In the real world, little inspires more fighting, adventuring, and scaring the pants off of you than religion, and the best video game religions do the same.

Video games occupy a weird space in artistic culture. In length and complexity they can put some of the greatest classic novels to shame, but in the entertainment pecking order, video games often are considered lowbrow. Yet many of the religions on this list are more than mere plot motivation; they are cosmological analyses of the planet and galaxy we inhabit, the nature of humanity, and why life exists at all (beyond the need to play video games). For sheer grandiosity and pensiveness, the best video game religions rival (and probably beat) real religions in thoughtfulness and appeal. Hopefully, the same can be said of this list.
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<![CDATA[Delicious DIY Versions of Your Favorite Snacks]]> http://ranker.com/list/snacks-you-can-make-at-home/jessica-lawshe We are a nation of snackers! And for good reason: snacks are delicious. You might think, "Why try to make these at home when I can just buy them?" Well, consider this: these copycat snack recipes are way healthier and you can make more than just one serving at a time! 

Regardless of if you've got a sweet tooth or if you're a salt lover, we have DIY versions of all the snacks you can't get enough of. Bake up your own Circus Animal cookies, dip your own Milk Duds, or season your own Cool Ranch Doritos. It's all possible without the gross preservatives and artificial flavors that the big food companies use. 

Most of these homemade snack recipes are a lot healthier than their grocery aisle counterparts. Which means you get to snack without the regret! Just think: real cheddar cheese instead of the cheese powder or whatever they use in Ritz Cheese Crackers. Funfetti dip that uses non-fat yogurt. Fruit Roll-Ups with actual fruit! The fact that their healthier means you can eat more of these homemade snacks, right? Let's go with that.

So put down those snacking fingers for two seconds, take a look at this list of snacks you can make at home, and vote up the ones that taste the closest to their "real" versions.

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<![CDATA[Old Celebrity Scandals the Media Would Freak Over Today]]> http://ranker.com/list/scandals-in-history/devon-ashby The celebrity scandal has become the window dressing of our daily lives on the Internet. Trending celebrity hashtags can spring up overnight over the slightest public mishap or regrettable fashion choice, discussed and dissected by thousands. Which historical celebrity scandals would have blown up the Internet if they happened in the present day?

Classic Hollywood had its share of celebrity gossip, too, but aside from being less ubiquitous, the media was also more forgiving - especially in an age before Reddit, Twitter, YouTube, and endless parades of celebrity Internet memes. Sticky questions about "ethics" still occasionally plague contemporary conversations about famous celebrity scandals, but with up-to-the-minute Instagram and Twitter feeds detailing every move a famous person makes, it's hard to believe how much public figures were once able to get away with.

It's easier now than ever for celebrities to trip up and tank their whole careers over a single offhand comment, or an unfortunate night of bar-hopping. Would the media today ever even dream of sweeping a presidential affair under the rug? If a famous musician today said he or she was "bigger than Jesus" would FoxNews let it slide?

Below are just a few of the nastiest, most shocking, and most bizarre celebrity scandals that would have headlined the Internet and 24-hour media cycles if such things had been around when they happened.

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<![CDATA[25 Side Characters That Stole the Spotlight]]> http://ranker.com/list/side-characters-that-stole-the-show/loganrapp A list of supporting characters who stole the show so hard that they deserve spinoffs of their own (if they don't have them already). Generally, side characters in film and TV are supposed to be off to the side. Supporting characters are supposed to do just that, helping the leads carry the story. But sometimes, the most compelling characters are on the margins, or at least not front and center. Sometimes it's accidental. Sometimes an actor is just that good, and they elevate their character to new and often iconic heights. 

This list is all about those characters, the ones who steal the spotlight without even seeming to try. Sometimes, scene stealers like these are promoted thanks to spinoffs, but more often than not, their full stories are left untold and fans are left wanting more. You never know how it happens or why producers decide just who ends up starring in a spinoff, but these characters are great, sometimes career-making, and we'd love to see more of them.

From indie films to the most popular TV shows, we've looked through everything to find the best fictional characters that stole the sho
w. Vote up the supporting characters who most memorably overshadowed the leads!

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<![CDATA[Most Outrageous Political Parties You Won't Believe Are Real]]> http://ranker.com/list/weirdest-most-frivolous-political-parties/ranker-news This list compiles the funniest political parties of all time. These frivolous political parties come from all around the world... and you'll probably have a hard time believing most of them are real. They're registered with satirical intent, sometimes for blatantly goofy purposes and other times to make real political statements. None of them have been terribly successful as political parties go, but regardless, we continue to be entertained by their unique beliefs. 

Satirical candidates bring quite the twist to everyday politics; with candidates ranging from animals to fictional characters and parties that represent porn stars, satirical politics and candidates have never exactly risen to the presidential level. The Beer Lovers Party in Russia celebrates a particular type of beverage while the Love Party in Italy was founded by pornstars. Leave it to eccentric British men like Lord Toby Jug to become leaders in frivolous political parties like the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.

This list also contains candidates like Ed the Sock, a Canadian sock puppet who ran for Prime Minister of Canada in 2011 thanks to the Fed-Up Party. That party is abbreviated as The F.U. Party, which is fitting because "F.U." is essentially what all of these joke political parties are saying to the government. So cast your votes (pun intended) and vote up the parties you can't believe are real.

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<![CDATA[The Best Animated Movies That Make You Cry]]> http://ranker.com/list/animated-movies-that-make-you-cry/jtdesaulnier The best animated movies can be just as emotional as even the most moving live action tearjerker. Admit it, there are animated movies that make you cry. Go ahead. It's okay to acknowledge that some silly cartoon brought you to tears. We've all cried ourselves silly while watching movies about sentient toys and anthropomorphized animals.

It's easy to dismiss animation as kid's stuff, but who among us didn't make with the waterworks when Simba found Mufasa in that gorge or when some cold-hearted hunter shot Bambi's mom? Who could help but sob like a child with a skinned knee during the first ten minutes of Up? Or the last 10 minutes of Toy Story 3, for that matter? And that's only scratching the surface of Disney animated movies, let alone all the other animated films that contain emotional gut-punches. You're going to tell me you don't get choked up watching An American Tail? Really?

Scroll through this list of animated films that make audiences cry like clockwork and remember all the tears you've shed to cartoons, whether you cried a single sexy teardrop over an iron giant or spasmodically sobbed on account of a dinosaur's demise.

Vote up the cartoon tearjerkers that moved you the most and made you cry the hardest. And feel free to add any devastating animated movies that we may have missed. Then grab a tissue and claim you're not crying, you've just got something in your eye.

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<![CDATA[50 Lessons We Learned from The Rock's Instagram]]> http://ranker.com/list/the-rock-instagram/jordan-bates Sometimes we all need a little advice and we seek the guidance of those that are wise and experienced. Well traveled, and well learned. Some turn to religion. Some to family. Me? I turn to The Rock. The Brahma Bull. The People's Champ. The jabroni beating, pie eating, trail blazin', eyebrow raisin', step off the break, put your foot on the gas, always ready to whoop some a$$, THE ROCK!

These are life lessons that we've learned from The Rock's Instagram Pics. Check out The Rock Instagram here!

The Rock's social media presence is such a huge part of his career. There is nobody, NOBODY better at making their fans feel like we're all on the same journey as The Rock. When I wake up and pick up my phone, there's The Rock on Instagram... already up and at the gym. When I'm tired, there's The Rock... Getting on a plane after a fourteen hour work day. When I feel like I want to give up... there's The Rock, reminding me that he once had 7 bucks to his name. Dwayne Johnson's Instagram is pure inspiration. . . more like inspiratagram, amirite?

For longtime fans of The Rock, it's almost like he's part of our family. He's our movie star. We watched him scratch and claw and fight and lift and work his way to the top from humble beginnings as "Rocky Maivia" to where he is now. More than a name. More than a brand.

The Rock is the force and the immovable object. The Rock is a state of mind.

The Rock Instagram account is full of pics and videos that are absolute gems. If you need a little pick-me-up check out The Rock on Instagram and change your life around. Just like he did.
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<![CDATA[28 Fun Facts to Know About Friday Night Lights]]> http://ranker.com/list/friday-night-lights-trivia-facts/coy-jandreau There's very little that's more red-blooded American than football and there are few places in America where high school football is of as much cultural importance as in Texas. Friday Night Lights, based on the movie which was based on the book, brought all the drama and heartbreak of the field, to the small screen. On FNL, Coach Taylor and the Dillon Panthers won fans' hearts, but what went on behind the scenes? What fun facts about Friday Night Lights do you absolutely need to know?

There are many classic films set amid the madness and glory that is football. There really is something for everyone. From movies about football like Any Given Sunday or The Replacements to movies about overcoming adversity through football like Remember the Titans, Radio, and Rudy. Friday Night Lights tackled many big issues, and Coach Taylor taught his players, and his daughters, many life lessons along they way.

In fact, no other television show has ever really captured the heart and core of American football quite like Friday Night Lights. It's not often that a film, based on a book, turned into a TV show is good, much less great! Plus, there was Tim Riggins. Did your heart just skip a beat?

So we've decided to take a look back at the show that introduced us to so many great actors working today, the show that reminded us what good sports television can be. These are the best trivia facts about Friday Night Lights! Vote up the most interesting fun facts about this much-missed and beloved TV show.
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<![CDATA[Best Movies With Stripper Scenes]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-movies-with-stripper-scenes/lanayoshii Strippers can entice us on film - or can completely make us laugh about the ridiculousness of it all.  Which movies with stripper scenes are the most entertaining?
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<![CDATA[21st Century Food Fads to Avoid]]> http://ranker.com/list/21st-century-food-fads-to-avoid/carlybobarly Are you hungry for some popular foods of the 21st Century? Here is a list of the trendiest superfoods of this particular 100-year stretch, ranked by both how "big" they are and how much you should avoid them. It seems like every time you open the Internet, bloggers and trained / respected journalists are touting a new type of food that everyone should put into his face. Today alone, you have probably seen posts about over a dozen "new" foods with allegations about how they will make you a better person (at least on the inside, wink). Chia seeds for longevity? Sure. Soft-boiled eggs for virility and eloquence of language? Alright, whatever. Wedding cake ganache for heightened senses of hearing and sight? Don't shoot the messenger! Each of the "superfoods" on this list is said to be loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, sodium, sugar, or a combination of several other ingredients. Most importantly, each one is also a flash in the pan, no matter what anyone else says. Who is even paying these people?

What makes a food a passing fad? Word of mouth, mostly. Also: that it is either not that healthy or doesn't even taste good. For example, everyone these days thinks nachos will be around forever because they are mostly vegetables, but the truth is that they have a short shelf-life, cosmically-speaking. Do you think your children will be eating flan in 100 years? Guess again. Some foods, like sandwiches, have already proven to be popular over several decades, but scientists predict that these popular snacks will go the way of the dinosaurs and be forgotten by the 22nd Century. Want to prove them wrong? Keep ordering them at your favorite health food stores and show science who knows what re: nutrition and crowd trends. 
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<![CDATA[21 Easter Eggs Hidden in Jurassic World]]> http://ranker.com/list/jurassic-world-easter-eggs/coy-jandreau Jurassic World did the near impossible. It made you feel the nostalgia of Jurassic Park, the excitement of The Lost World, and pretty much ignored Jurassic Park III. It was a $200 million dollar love letter from a very talented fan to the franchise itself. And you better believe there were lots of Jurassic Park Easter eggs hidden throughout.

The film had so many moments where you not only remembered what made you love the series in the first place but virtually relive them in a new, updated way. Don't get us wrong, the first film is a classic and can't be touched. But any time a film stands up to an iconic movie like Jurassic Park it should be praised. How many fourth installments in a film franchise are watchable, much less improvements (in some ways) on the sequels that preceded them?

One of the things Jurassic World did very, very well is plant Easter eggs, hidden features, and nods to other movies. The film felt like a love letter because of these little moments and this list of Easter eggs in Jurassic World highlights the best. These are the best Easter eggs in Jurassic World! Vote up the best and most nostalgic!
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<![CDATA[22 Ways HBO's Silicon Valley Is Just Like the Real Thing]]> http://ranker.com/list/silicon-valley-based-on-real-life/lisa-waugh Silicon Valley is one of the smartest, most well-researched shows on TV. No one is going to accuse Mike Judge of creating a documentary, but the HBO series does draw a lot of inspiration from real people and events in the tech industry. Obviously, Pied Pier and Hooli exist in a heightened version of reality, but there have been many times when Silicon Valley nailed the real Silicon Valley.

The show captures an array of personas, from VCs to CEOs to programmers, but most real-life Valley people aren’t near as interesting or funny. Elon Musk has actually criticized Silicon Valley for inaccurately depicting software engineers. But who’s going to watch a totally realistic version in which a bunch of people talk about refuctoring? Leave great television to Mike Judge, Elon. We’ll leave being a gazillionaire to you.  
 
It's not like Judge didn’t do his homework. He was a tech engineer in the Bay Area during the ’80s. He also took his writers to Silicon Valley and did deep research into startups and incubators, immersing themselves in the culture of the real place, using observations and events to fuel the show's comedy.
 
This list collects 22 times Silicon Valley has been very close to the real deal. Some are obvious to pretty much anyone and others are only for the hardcore tech geeks. That's why this list is here to sort them out.

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<![CDATA[The Coolest Celebrity Lesbian Power Couples]]> http://ranker.com/list/the-coolest-celebrity-lesbian-power-couples/jacob-shelton Whether they’re gay or straight, power couples are intimidating. It’s almost impossible for us to manage our middling careers, so it's hard to even fathom how you go about juggling wild success with a great relationship. Add the scrutiny that comes with being famous and gay and you’ve got a mountain of stress. Somehow, the lesbian power couples on this list have managed to navigate the often choppy waters of love and life to not only lead rewarding and lucrative lives, but to find someone they can get along with day in, day out. More than likely, the women on this list are super humans, or they’re from another planet. We can’t think of another way that they would be able to lead such accomplishing lives while being so cool.

What does a family look like in the 21st century? The best and brightest humans no longer hold themselves to the standard of the nuclear family, and the women on this list not only confront the notion of what a “normal” couple is, but they’ve completely confound the status quo not only by placing their sexuality in the open, but also by refusing to settle for anything other than brilliance. The couples on this list are actresses, models, CEOs, and political powerhouses – they’re not just couples, they’re the coolest celebrity lesbian power couples, and don’t you forget it.

Vote up the most awesome lesbian celebrities power couples below, and if you think of another great lesbian couple killing it in the public eye, leave their names in the comment section!
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<![CDATA[BBQ Hacks Every Grill Master Should Know]]> http://ranker.com/list/bbq-hacks/lauren-slocum Briskets and burgers and rib racks, oh my! If you consider yourself a serious barbecue connoisseur, you'll want to make sure you've mastered all the tips on this barbecue hacks list. From cleaning the grill to marinating your meat, we're bringing you a summer cheat sheet filled with cooking tricks for your outdoor parties.

It all seems so simple, right? Get some meat and some coals, get the grill hot and throw some slabs on the rack. Boom. But if you're looking to master flavor and texture, there are tons of barbecue tips out there to help you become of a king of your craft. Impress your guests with crosshatch marks on their steaks, surprise your vegetarian friend with the perfect hot dog alternative, and even learn new ways to serve condiments by checking out the cooking hacks on this list. 

So if the time has come to pull the cover off your grill, be prepared to put these tricks to action. When it comes to mastering meat, you're the one holding the tongs! Grab your barbecue destiny by the patty and vote for the best barbecue trick found on this BBQ tips list!

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<![CDATA[U.S. Presidents Before and After Major Historical Events]]> http://ranker.com/list/us-presidents-before-and-after-major-events/mel-judson This list of US presidents before and after major historical events gives visual insight into the presidential aging process. The ways in which big decisions, political scandals, and international warfare take a toll on a president becomes abundantly clear with the photographs below. See the ways in which World War II affected the Commander in Chief or the drastic difference between a pre-Iran-Contra Ronald Reagan and a post-Iran-Contra Ronald Reagan.

From FDR to LBJ, these presidential before and after photos are astounding. This job comes with gray hairs and wrinkles, as President Bill Clinton learned the hard way, given this appearance once impeachment was on the table. Speaking of impeachment, Richard Nixon got even saggier after the Watergate scandal, just as George W. Bush became far crustier once he was knee deep in the Iraq War. Even President Barack Obama shows intense aging after Benghazi and HealthCare.gov.

Which historical events took the biggest toll on sitting US presidents? Upvote the photos below that show the most drastic difference between the appearance of these US political leaders early in their terms, and later on, after the realities of politics and government affairs wore them down.

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<![CDATA[The Biggest Wedding Planning Regrets]]> http://ranker.com/list/the-biggest-wedding-planning-regrets/desertrat89 It's the magical day that lots of folks dream about and it carries a ton of emotional weight. You want it to be perfect and can sometimes lose sight of more important things when you get obsessed with minutia. What's the biggest regret you have about your wedding? Even if it was a great time, there's probably something. Vote on these, and list yours if it's missing!
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<![CDATA[The Greatest Bangs in Movie History]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-bangs-in-movie-history/amylindorff Bangs. Fringe. Whatever you call it, that hair that hangs down over your forehead can be real hit or miss. People either love bangs or they hate them, but there's one thing we can all agree on: film characters have had some pretty awesome bangs. In fact, the film characters on this list have the best bangs in all of movie history. 

Which movie characters have bangs? Tons of them. There were the teased, awesome bangs of the '80s, straight bangs spanning different decades (such as those rocked by Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction and Meryl Streep in The Giver), and those weird, teeny, tiny bangs Audrey Hepburn had in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

But it's not just ladies who have bangs. Bangs are for everyone! Which male film characters have bangs? Frodo, Anakin, and even Patrick Swayze in Point Break. Bangs are a bold look on a man and can make them look extra-handsome (or extra creepy).

Some of the most memorable hairstyles in film have featured bangs, so vote up the film characters with the most bangin' bangs below. When it comes to hair, these bangs in movies are truly memorable and helped make these classic movie characters who they were. God bless bangs, no matter what style you prefer.
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<![CDATA[Hipster Foods That We're Not Sure How To Eat]]> http://ranker.com/list/hipster-food/jacob-shelton In the last few years, hipsters have created a foodie lifestyle that's all about eating the most ridiculous thing they can find at a restaurant or cook up on their own. If it can be deep fried, frozen with liquid nitrogen, or infused with cheap beer, hipsters and other pretentious folks will eat it.

The artery-clogging food on this list goes way, way beyond anything that normal human being would eat. Honestly, a lot of the food seems like it belongs next to deep fried fair food meant for people in the flyover states. How would hipper-than-hip hipsters on the coasts react if they knew they were eating basically the same thing that an accountant in Ohio chows down on? Admittedly, a lot of the eats on this list seem tasty, but we don’t have the slightest idea of how we would even begin to nosh on them. This is hipster food at it’s most ridiculous.

We’re not monsters, we would definitely eat all of the food on this list (except for maybe the wedding cake – it depends if there’s an open bar), we just have to point out the absurdity of the culture surrounding food that’s either an expensive version of what you can make for yourself or some kind of mishmash of ingredients and ideas that were better left in whatever nightmare they sprang from.

Vote on the most food that has the most pretentious, hipster vibe, then take to the comments to tell us about how you were eating PBR chicken sandwiches before it was cool.
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<![CDATA[The Best Coming of Age Movies]]> http://ranker.com/list/coming-of-age-movies-and-films/reference For this list, we're ranking the best coming of age movies of all time, with the help of your votes. The coming of age films list is special in the sense that everyone on the planet can relate to these movies. They tell stories of awkward teenagers transitioning from children into adults, and the journey is almost always familiar to grown men and women who have already been through it themselves. Many of the top coming of age movies were released in the 80's and 90's, including Dazed and Confused, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. A good example of a newer coming of age film is Superbad, the movie that launched the careers of Michael Cena and Jonah Hill.

Don't be afraid to add one of your favorites to this coming of age movies list if it's missing. Try not to downvote the films you haven't seen, as we want this list to be as accurate as possible.



 
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<![CDATA[24 Sort of Creepy Ways Animals Are Like Humans]]> http://ranker.com/list/animals-with-human-traits/coreybarger Animals are amazing! They seem so exotic and different than humans, but when you look a little closer, they are a lot more similar to humans than you might have expected. Some of the similarities between animals and humans are even a little bit creepy. Each year, more and more studies are published showing new traits animals share with humans - many even have a sense of self, something once thought exclusive to humankind. If you think Planet of the Apes is going to come true, then this list is for you!
 
Take a look at these interesting animal facts, showcasing creepy qualities creatures of the world have in common with people. Did you know rats laugh, monkeys will picket their bosses, or that some animals have funerals and even commit suicide? No? Well, it's time to learn. Take a look further into the animal kingdom and prepare to be impressed with what many animals have taught themselves.
 
Of course, some of these human and animal similarities are almost too similar for comfort. You may start to look at your household cat or dog a little differently after reading about these animals with human traits. Fluffy probably won't start using the computer to order takeout anytime soon, but he or she is more like you than you might have thought!

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