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[Brands That Changed Your Life for the Better]]> http://ranker.com/list/brands-that-changed-your-life-for-the-better/loganrapp It's a weird thing to say that a brand, or a company, has had a profound impact on your life, but it's absolutely true. Private companies have, over the years, created products that deeply change the way we, as people, operate and enjoy life. From actual physical things, to the digital world, people have come to find that some companies more than others are changing their lives for the better. This list seeks to rank the most loved brands - those that are improving our lives and changing the world. 

When Apple debuted the iPhone and the concept of a "convergence device," it changed the way we looked at our phones. Now, the actual phone portion of it is almost secondary to everything else a smartphone can do. Google and Facebook have completely changed the way we find things, the way we interact with people, and they way we consume media. Amazon has definitely changed the way that we shop. This is only a fraction of the list, and yet we already know immediately that these brands have changed the way we live on a daily basis. 

So take a look at this list of beloved brands, and vote up the ones YOU love the most! Has IKEA made your apartment a much more inviting home? Has Netflix disrupted the way you watch TV or movies? Did LEGO, Mattel, and Nintendo improve your childhood? Have you benefitted from Planned Parenthood's services in a pinch or when you were between healthcare plans? Let the world know by voting up the brands that have changed your life for the better!
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<![CDATA[Celebrity Endorsements You Are Actually Okay With]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-celebrity-endorsement-list/jacob-shelton Like all of us, celebrities only have so much time in the day. Most of them have families and can’t be jet-setting off all around the world when they’ve got to bring home the bacon. Sometimes, instead of taking a month or five out of their life to make a movie, they opt to spend a day appearing in a commercial, making pretty much the same amount of cash that they’d make working on a film, anyway (at least in some cases). That's the definition of a sweet gig. You can’t hate them for taking the money, but sometimes the ads that your favorite stars and Hollywood celebs appear in aren’t in line with your particular beliefs, or they’re just not very good. But those commercials are not on this list. This list is here counting down the celebrity endorsements you're actually totally okay with.

On this list of celebrity endorsement deals that we’re cool with, there are commercials for everything from high end fashion to cell phones to Japanese energy drinks - if they make it, celebrities will stump for it. Sometimes the products are what makes the celebrity endorsement work so well and sometimes it’s the weirdness of the commercial. Seeing a famous person pretend like they’ve never seen this new product before is jarring, but it’s also strange to see someone like Matthew McConaughey philosophizing while driving a Lincoln. But for whatever reason, it works.

Take a look at these examples, and vote up the endorsements that celebrities have appeared in for these products that you’re actually okay with. Or, be a pal and add some of your favorite celebrity endorsements to the list. With these celebrity endorsed products, we all win.
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<![CDATA[33 Dogs Who Would Rather Be Watching Netflix on the Couch]]> http://ranker.com/list/lazy-dogs/ashley-reign Have you ever been so drained after a long day that you couldn't even think about working out/walking/sitting up? These lazy dogs can relate. The little guys on this list are in no mood for exhausting activities like movement. Here you’ll find pooches of all breeds and sizes who are already tired just thinking about dog things they have to do today. After all, many dogs juggle a busy schedule of fetching, eating, staring longingly at whatever you’re eating, and begging for walks. It's almost too much to handle.

Perhaps you are having trouble relaxing? Let the pups in this collection of lazy dogs demonstrate the wonderful art of doing absolutely nothing. These furry little low-riders will introduce you to the art of laziness as they show off skills in the art of the cuddle, the no-effort walk, and even the tag-team game of fetch. You’ll find pooped puppies who are exhausted from a long day of shoe destruction and vacationing grown-up dogs who do not care that you want to take them out to pee.

So the next time you’re ready to relax, get a load of these peaceful pooches who are resting with the best of them. Whether you’re lucky enough to be able to join them for a nap or are forced to live vicariously through them, you’re in for a laugh as you watch them recline.

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<![CDATA[33 Cats That Just Can't Be Bothered]]> http://ranker.com/list/lazy-cats/ashley-reign What's the deal with lazy cats? Well, have you ever had one of those days when you feel like you just need a break? Whether you’ve been working too hard or dealing with too much, every now and then you just need a minute to sit around and do absolutely nothing. Here you’ll meet a group of adorable kitties who can relate. These lazy cats just can’t be bothered and they’re not afraid to admit it. Whether they’ve worn themselves out playing or just have incredibly liberal standards of what the word “exhaustion” means, their furry little eye lids can barely stay open for another minute and they certainly aren't going to be listening to anything you might have to say.

The next time you need a break, take a look at these lazy felines and live vicariously through them. These comfy cats have turned relaxation into an art form and are happy to demonstrate their skills for anyone looking for a grin. You’ll see cats who are such masters of napping that not even an earthquake could disturb their slumber. You’ll witness kittehs in various Zen-like states who refused to be distracted by anything that isn’t reclining. We’ll even show you a couple of furry little guys who have found ways to do everything from play to get a drink without every actually standing up.

So get ready to redefine relaxation with these masters of the art of doing absolutely nothing. These lazy cats have spent years refining classic kitty moves such as “laying,” “ignoring,” and “the zoned out recline,” and are ready to share their knowledge with the world.

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<![CDATA[61 Extremely Helpful How-To Channels on YouTube]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-how-to-channels-youtube/youtuber Have you been searching for a work out routine that will tone your thighs? Are you craving the latest tips and tricks for contouring your make up? Do you want to learn how to build things, make things, cook things, or create things? Then these how-to YouTube channels are for you!
 
The best YouTube how-to videos often involve teaching viewers how to hone or improve a new, impressive skill. Make up artist Michelle Phan teaches her subscribers how to do basic and special effects make up. Cassie Ho of Blogilates does instructional fitness videos about how to do effective squats and toning exercises. The Household Hacker is pretty self explanatory - their YouTube channel is all about house and home DIYs.
 
Vote up the best how-to channels on YouTube, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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<![CDATA[The Most Remarkable Cats of 2015]]> http://ranker.com/list/most-remarkable-cats-of-2015/amylindorff Cats generally would like to be left alone, but every year you hear all kinds of stories about those other cats - the ones who are getting involved in their communities, helping others, and generally making the world a better place. The cats on this list made news headlines and purred their way to fame by being the most remarkable kittens and cats of 2015.

Whether their acts were selfless, miraculous, or just for everyone's entertainment, these cats have all helped spread joy and improved the lives of countless humans so far in 2015. Some cats have actually risen from the dead, while others taunt the Kitty Grim Reaper (that's a thing, right?) by trying their paws at fire twirling! These cats are keeping it real and definitely living their nine lives to the fullest.

Upvote the amazing cats you wish you owned, then go make sure your own cats haven't shredded all your furniture and knocked everything off your kitchen counters while you were celebrating the most amazing and remarkable cats of the year (so far).
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<![CDATA[The Best Books Released Posthumously]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-books-released-posthumously/ranker-books This list contains information about the best books that were released posthumously. Several famous fiction writers, scientists, and children's book authors have had their works released posthumously. Some of these famous books were released just days after an author's death, while others were released decades later.

What is the most famous book to be released posthumously? The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank tops our list. This book was published in 1947 and documents Frank and her family's experience hiding from the Nazis for two years during World War II. Frank died from typhus in a concentration camp in 1945, just a month before the camp was liberated. Ernest Hemingway recalled his experiences in Paris in the 1920's in his book A Moveable Feast, which was published in 1964. Hemingway committed suicide in 1961.

One of the most popular book series of recent years was published posthumously. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was published in 2005, just months after its author, Stieg Larsson, died of a heart attack on November 9, 2004. The book has since been developed in to a film by David Fincher, starring Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.

Which posthumous books are your favorites? Vote them up, and if you don't see one on here that deserves a spot, be sure to add it.
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<![CDATA[The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies]]> http://ranker.com/list/dorky-dads-in-movies/coy-jandreau There's something especially adorable about a dorky movie dad. Sure there's also the distant, strong, and silent archetype and the wisecracking action dad. But there's nothing quite like the goofy, (not always intentionally) funny, heartwarming father figure: those nerdy dads in movies.

Be it crazy holiday hijinks (Clark Griswold), important father and son moments gone awry (Jim's Dad from American Pie), a glimpse at how similar you are to your father via time travel (George McFly), a glimpse of your dad as an old woman (Daniel Hillard from Mrs. Doubtfire), or the dads just dealing with the day to day job that is fatherhood (Cal Weaver from Crazy Stupid Love) these are the dorky movie dads we know and love most.

Movies are the highlight reels of important moments in life. They can teach us lessons, be there for us when we're upset, make us laugh, or show us the world in a way we never imagined. Just like real dads, these fictional dads are there for their fictional kids. These are the dorky dads we've all grown up thanks to the movies, so vote up your favorite movie fathers below and feel free to add other geeky, nerdy, all around dorky dad characters in film!
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<![CDATA[Reasons to Have Kids]]> http://ranker.com/list/why-have-children/lauren-slocum Have you ever asked yourself the question, "Should I have kids?" If you've ever found yourself in a vortex of Google searches regarding the best reasons to have children, or if you've ever created a pros and cons list of becoming a parent, you've landed on the right list. Here, you'll find dozens of reasons why becoming a parent is one of the most satisfying roles of adulthood.

Having children is one of the most beautiful and rewarding, yet frightening and mysterious human experiences on the planet. Our bodies are programmed to be parents, but if this is your first child, there are a multitude of unknowns you'll be figuring out along the way. And before you're presented with all of the challenges of parenthood, it'd be in everyone's best interest if you spend some time seriously considering whether or not you're the right candidate for this lifelong career. 

You'll want to have a couple institutions in place before you take the leap into spawn lake. Are you financially stable? Do you have a solid support system for both yourself and the babe? Do you want to rip your hair out every time you hang with your nieces and nephews? Those are just a few things to consider when brainstorming your reasons to have kids. 

Vote up the most applicable reasons to start a family and add any reasons that have inspired your decision. If you're simply not the parenting type, check out this list of reasons not to have kids to boost your decision-making ego. On the fence? Compare the two and weigh out your options! 
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<![CDATA[Un-Retouched Photos of Famous Celebrities]]> http://ranker.com/list/unretouched-celebrities/celeb-stalker You've definitely seen retouched pictures of celebrities, but what about unretouched celebrity pictures? It's impossible to go through a supermarket line without seeing at least one glossy, fabulous lifestyle magazine featuring an unrealistically attractive celebrity flashing a bright, white grin at you. Obviously, your first thought is usually, "Wow, he/she is hot." But unfortunately, your second thought is usually, "Wow, I could never look like that." Thus is the psychological effect of media "airbrushing" on our perceptions of what beautiful male and female humans should look like.

Some celebrities have taken it upon themselves to expose this important issue by leaking unretouched photos of themselves from previous photoshoots. Other celebrities, however, have been unwilling participants in this anti-Photoshop crusade, and have seen their unretouched pictures leaked online by militant media critics and ardent fans. In most cases, the celebrity pics are met with a collective shrug and a general consensus that the celebrities are still hot, even without Photoshop. But other times, the nonphotoshopped images and pictures of celebrities without makeup cause actual controversies, as in the case of the Great Beyonce Leak of 2015. 

Many people think these pictures of celebrities unretouched are humanizing, even when they still look unrealistically beautiful. For instance, it's nice to be reminded that Madonna isn't as ageless as we thought, or that Britney Spears still has her tramp stamp after all of these years. Plus, there's always an element of bravery in releasing untouched photos of yourself, whether you're stunningly attractive or not.

How do you feel about unretouched celebrity pics? Let us know in the comments section!

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<![CDATA[Cool Name Ideas You Should Steal for Your New Band]]> http://ranker.com/list/band-names/lauren-slocum Have you been racking your brain for cool band name ideas? Check out this band names list for some inspiration! We've compiled dozens of awesome and untaken band names that are free for the taking. Just be sure to throw this list a shout out when you land yourself a gig on Jimmy Kimmel, thanks to these good band names.

One thing every band needs is a cool band name. Do you think music band names like The Butthole Surfers, The Moldy Peaches, and The Doobie Brothers were delivered to the band on a silver platter? Probably not! Proper band name brainstorming requires many grueling hours of passing joints around in dimly lit hippie dens. 

There are a few key things to consider when coming up with band name ideas. First you should decide the tone you're trying to set... are you going for a weird band name or a funny band name? Or do you want your band's name to send a political, religious, or social message? Creating a band name is totally critical to how people view the band members and the music. You should also consider naming your band something genre-appropriate (Anal Warfare may not be the best pop-country band name, ya dig?).

This list is going to make you laugh and it'll probably inspire you to start creating your own silly band names. Have some sweet unused band names in your own arsenal? Add them to the list! And vote up the ones you like the most. To the best of our knowledge, the names listed are all band names not taken. So bust out the drum set, scrawl down some lyrics, and pick one of the best band names on this list to define your band's destiny.

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<![CDATA[The Most Worthless 90s Collectibles You Spent Money On]]> http://ranker.com/list/worthless-90s-collectibles/rhune-kincaid

The 90s were an interesting time to be a collector. The internet was gaining steam and suddenly, it was easier than ever for buyers and sellers to connect. Price guides like Wizard and Beckett were becoming staples of their industry, and people were starting to realize that some of the junk they accumulated in the preceding decades had become rare, desirable, and valuable. No longer was the speculation game confined to the niche convention circuit. Baby boomers tore into their belongings to unearth hidden gems.


In 1991, hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky made a high profile purchase of the world's most prominent baseball card. Collectibles became seen as investments. Speculation markets grew quickly,
but the sudden upswing in popularity had three major consequences.


1. While demand may have exploded, supply went supernova in response. The producers capitalized on their sudden popularity by flooding the market with an obscene glut of product.


2. People stopped discarding anything with the slightest potential for appreciation. As a result, less items became scarce.


3. When the internet became commonplace and the seller pool expanded to be international instead of local, values plummeted.
 

Decades have passed, nostalgia has set in, but values haven't soared the way investors had hoped. To make matters worse, a lot of the things that attracted speculators were crappy products to begin with. Nothing was as rare as it was perceived to be, and some us were left with attics, basements, and our very childhoods stuffed with the worst collectibles of the '90s.


Oh, and that baseball card Wayne Gretzky bought that started all this? It was a fraud.


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<![CDATA[The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations]]> http://ranker.com/list/scariest-fictional-places/robert-desalvo Some of the locations in our favorite scary movies, creepy TV shows, and mysterious works of fiction have become so iconic that they might as well be characters themselves. Can you hear the words "Haddonfield, Illinois" and not think of leafy, quiet streets being stalked by a masked Michael Myers? Would you buy a house in the fictional city of Cuesta Verde, California (we hear they move the tombstones but not the bodies)? Would you care for a swim off Amity Island or a moonlight walk through the Forbidden Forest? Didn't think so.

Lucky for us, these frightening fictional places from our nightmares don't really exist. Even though it's a thrill to visit them in a movie, book, or video game, we're kind of relieved that we won't ever end up in one of these spooky spots. From the darkest depths of Mordor, to the icy expanse beyond The Wall (where even Jon Snow can't keep you safe), these terrifying places in fiction are locations no one should ever have to go.

So what scary and creepy fictional place frightens you the most? Vote up the scariest locales in fiction listed below, or add a fictional place from literature, television, film, or video games that always keeps you up a night.

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<![CDATA[The Geekiest Themed Hotels Of All Time]]> http://ranker.com/list/the-geekiest-theme-hotels-of-all-time/boom-dynamite Themed hotel rooms have always been a staple of honeymoon suites and hook up motels from Vegas to Niagra Falls, but recently the tourism industry hasn't gotten more competitive world wide and more hotels are getting in on the niche geek theme hotel rooms. The nerd hotel rooms featured here run the gamut from anime themed hotel suites to specific movie motel rooms to comic book hotel rooms. See this list to check out some equally impressive geek themed home theaters. 

So what are the geekiest hotels of all time? Is it the Batman themed hotel or the superhero themed room you can stay at for real? There are plenty to choose from, so take a peek at some of these hotels and maybe you'll find one you'll want to stay at on your next vacation. Whether you love Star Wars or Star Trek, there's surely a geeky hotel just for you!
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<![CDATA[The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles]]> http://ranker.com/list/actors-most-unbelievable-body-transformations-for-a-role/ariel-kana The most committed movie stars have no problem drastically changing their bodies for film roles. Oscar winners like Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, and Natalie Portman are among those stars who have made severe body transformations, including weight loss as well as weight and muscle gain, when parts have called for it. This photo gallery contains pictures of each actors' extreme body transformation as the character appeared in each movie role. Sometimes an actor goes above and beyond the call of duty for a roll, sometimes at the expense of his own health. Physically transforming EVERY aspect of themselves for the character. Sometimes it takes more than a wig or makeup to really believe that the actor is someone else altogether. Sometimes it means gaining 60 pounds of muscle, or losing 40 when he didn't really have that much weight to spare.

Below are a list of actors who put in the work months before the cameras started rolling and left their mark on cinema forever with these dramatic physical transformations!
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<![CDATA[The Most Hilariously Abysmal Reviews for Pixels]]> http://ranker.com/list/worst-reviews-for-pixels/jacob-shelton This weekend, Adam Sandler released his latest attempt at filmmaking with Pixels, a movie about a schlubby man-child who is tasked by the President (played by Kevin James) with saving the world from aliens who’ve taken on the form of classic video games. With that basic conceit out of the way, Sandler and company are left with over an hour and a half left to make lame jokes and insincere references to classic video games in an effort to snatch cash from the wallets of the people who actually love these games. If you’re noticing how worked up we get just thinking about Pixels, wait until you read pieces from the worst reviews of the movie that we’ve found online.

We don’t want to bag on Adam Sandler too much. He provided us with a treasure trove of comedy throughout the 90s, and he was stellar in Punch Drunk Love, but now that he’s hit the plateau of his career, it seems like doesn’t care about anything. The world of Pixels is built on the basis of Adam Sandler pretending to appreciate the culture that he’s ripping off. It’s a cheap form of cultural vandalism that preys on Generation X nostalgia. Who knew an Adam Sandler movie about classic arcade games would be the thing that turned us into nihilists? Hopefully these scathing reviews of Pixels don’t make things as dark for you.

If you saw Pixels and had a different opinion, let us know what you thought! But we have a feeling that
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<![CDATA[The Worst Medical & Health Advice Given by Celebrities]]> http://ranker.com/list/the-worst-medical-and-health-advice-given-by-celebrities/matthewcoleweiss Remember when Tom Cruise went on to The Today Show to promote a movie, but instead, he ended up dismissing postpartum depression, medication, and psychiatry? Why wouldn't he discuss mental health on national television? Tom Cruise is one of the leading medical experts of our time, correct? Wrong.   

Celebrities talk a lot and they get asked all kinds of questions a celebrity is in no position to answer. So is it any wonder that sometimes an actor, actress, musician, supermodel, or CEO shares medical diagnoses and beliefs even though they have no credentials whatsoever?

This list has some of the worst advice or practices celebrities have ever publicly shared about health. Whether it's a detoxifying beauty treatment based on leeching, a belief that sunscreen is poison, or a shady weight loss pill endorsement, all of these medical and health beliefs shared by famous people on this list are far-fetched, to say the least. They're unfounded, unstudied, and sometimes blatantly wrong.

But it's up to to decide just which celebrity medical advice is the least helpful and least scientific. Vote up the worst health and medical advice from celebrities. That's the only way we'll settle once and for all just which celebrity is least qualified to be a doctor.

Vote away and remember, the next time you start listening to Dr. Paltrow when it comes to skin cancer or take Mark Cuban, MD's advice on blood tests, you might want to go see your actual doctor instead.

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<![CDATA[Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing]]> http://ranker.com/list/words-to-avoid-to-improve-your-writing/amylindorff What words make your writing sound dumb? What phrases should you just stop using right this second because, by simply not using them at all, your writing will improve ten-fold? Answer: the words on this list. From the poor, misused, and abused "literally" to weird phrases like "should of" that aren't even proper English, this list of words to avoid in your writing offers all kinds of excellent tips and tricks for being a better writer.
 
Some of these phrases are easy to eliminate from your writing due to the fact that because there is a single actual English word that means the same thing. Just use that word instead! It's fun and also correct. Who doesn't love having fun in a very correct, normal English-sounding way?

How do you become a better writer? Well, to start, you should write about something interesting. Or even something boring as long, as the way in which you are writing is lots of fun. Then, you should reread everything (maybe even out loud to yourself; it really helps) and try and to eliminate any of the words on this list of common grammar mistakes.

Upvote the most annoying words that you hate to see in writing below - those words and phrases in the English language you think writers should avoid in order to improve the quality of their writing.
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<![CDATA[27 Fun Facts to Know About Jon Stewart]]> http://ranker.com/list/jon-stewart-trivia-fun-facts/loganrapp 2015 will be remembered for a number of things, but one big event will be Jon Stewart's retirement from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. After over 2,500 episodes, Stewart's going to close this chapter and pass over the reins to relative newcomer Trevor Noah. With that, we'll turn the page in American media as well as American political commentary. This list of Jon Stewart facts that you might not know is a great way to remember and celebrate this "fake news" host, who changed television, from his desk at Comedy Central.

Whether looking at young Jon Stewart, the reason why he changed his name, or the story behind the name of his production company, we're bringing out all the interesting details of this very interesting man. From his time as host of the first ever MTV talk show (The John Stewart Show), to his standup and eventually the show that made him an international superstar, he has had a wide array of interesting facts about him that some folks might not even know. 

So take a look at this list and see what there is to know about the interesting Jon Stewart biography that you haven't yet learned! Is it his philanthropy? His family life? Vote for your favorites and start digging in deep! Though the Jon Stewart Daily Show run might be at its end, there's still plenty to learn about this trusted TV host.

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<![CDATA[The Coolest Easter Eggs in Ant-Man]]> http://ranker.com/list/antman-easter-eggs/jacob-shelton Even though he’s one of Marvel’s lesser known heroes, Ant-Man made a huge splash at the box office during its premiere weekend. A lot of arm chair film critics assumed that the tiny Marvel property would fail to connect with viewers who aren’t already versed in the comic company’s rich backstory, luckily they were wrong. Ant-Man is filled with enough action and heist style tension to keep even the most lackluster of comic book fans on the edge of their seat, but that doesn’t mean that the film’s producers didn’t pack it full of easter eggs for the not so casual viewer. If you’re still lost in the frenzy of the film’s final act and aren’t sure if you missed any hidden references, we’ve got you covered with this list of the coolest easter eggs in Ant-Man

It should go without saying that this list is full of spoilers. It’s spoilerific, if you will, so if you plan on reading on please watch the movie first. Or if you don’t care about the entire film being ruined for you, please read on. Even if you only liked Ant-Man half as much as we did (we loved it btdubs), you’ll love knowing these references to the Marvel Universe that were hidden in the movie. Just don’t yell them out the next time you’re sitting in the theater.

Vote on the coolest Ant-Man easter egg, and if you saw something that we missed, please leave it in the comments. We’ll need something watch for in our fiftieth viewing.
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<![CDATA[The Least Surprising Scientific Findings of 2015]]> http://ranker.com/list/obvious-scientific-discoveries/swiperight Thank you, Captain Obvious. For years you have been there to point out when a commonly held belief is indeed true. But now it's time for Captain Obvious to step aside because these obvious scientific studies are doing his work for him. You'd think science in 2015 would have moved on to bigger and better topics (or would be flying all the way to Pluto or something), but these obvious scientific discoveries are here to show you that no, science is still interested in revealing some pretty well-known answers.

2015 isn't disappointing the "no duh" science fans, with plenty of obvious scientific studies to report. Did you know women like casual sex because they're horny? Could you ever believe that new drivers are worse than experienced drivers? And who would have thought that one in five people share a Netflix password?

The latest science news features some of the least surprising scientific findings of all time. There is one benefit of all this: now whenever you point out the obvious you can preface it by saying "studies show."

Upvote the most obvious scientific revelations below - those that make you wonder who is even paying money to fund studies like these.

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<![CDATA[Most Irritating 2015 Primetime Character]]> http://ranker.com/list/most-irritating-primetime-character/lanayoshii Some of the most enjoyable television series have some of the most irritating characters. They can be a little too self-righteous, have too many things go wrong with them, are lacking too much in ambition, or just too predictable.  Maybe you're just too tired to watch their storylines any more.  Which primetime TV characters are the most irritating?
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<![CDATA[The Top Restaurant Chains in America]]> http://ranker.com/crowdranked-list/top-restaurant-chains-in-america The List of Top Restaurant Chains in America includes famous restaurant chains from throughout the United States. Restaurant chains offer a familiarity through their decor and menu throughout all of their locations. As such, they tend to be most popular in areas where one would find travelers or tourists. From fast food, to drive-thrus, and even some sit down franchises, there are a variety of restaurants on this list, each serving different international cuisines or their own takes on American classics.

The idea of chain restaurants is widely credited to Harland Sanders, more famously known as "Colonel Sanders." By "franchising" out his secret recipe, restaurants that served his food had an advantage as travelers knew what to expect. His restaurant, KFC, is now one of the largest in the world. Today, nearly every cuisine imaginable has a restaurant chain attached to it.

Vote up your favorite chain restaurants below, or vote down those you'll never go back to again. Looking for more of a sweet treat? Check out this list of the Best Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Chains. Cook up some mediocre Italian food at home using this list of Olive Garden recipes, and take a look at other delicious lists like, the Best Japanese Foods and the Best Brain Foods.
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<![CDATA[The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows]]> http://ranker.com/list/best-guilty-pleasure-tv-shows/ranker-tv List of the best guilty pleasure TV shows, past and present, including sitcoms, dramas, reality shows, and game shows. These are the TV shows you won’t admit to watching -- even though you secretly do. Guilty pleasure television is addictive, and often horrible, but it never fails to draw in viewers. This list includes the TV shows you can’t stop watching, the greatest guilty pleasure TV shows of all time.

 Why are we so ashamed to admit that we can’t get enough of these so-called guilty pleasure TV shows? Perhaps it’s because, deep down, we recognize that these ‘so bad they’re addictive’ TV programs are truly terrible. Guilty pleasure dramas take everything to the extreme, adding crazy plot lines revolving around forbidden love, backstabbing, or jealousy. Guilty pleasure sitcoms are so cheesy they’re funny. Guilty pleasure reality shows are usually, paradoxically, unrealistic and showcase the worst in human nature. But much like a train wreck, viewers can’t stop themselves from looking.

 Some guilty pleasure TV shows have become so thanks to age. After all, millions of people watched “Full House” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” when they first aired -- but would you admit to watching them now? Even if you secretly do?

 This list contains the best guilty pleasure television shows of all time. Although everyone has their own ideas about what should be labeled ‘guilty pleasure’ TV, it’s not hard to admit that these shows, while not the greatest examples of television, are one thing: addictive.

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<![CDATA[The Most Breathtaking Pictures of Earth from Space]]> http://ranker.com/list/pictures-of-earth-from-space/ashley-reign If ever you want a surefire way to calm your nerves on those days when life's problems seem all-encompassing, wait until nighttime rolls around and head outside for a nice peek up at the stars. When's the last time you were disappointed by looking at the sky? Or by looking at pictures of the earth from space, even? We may never know all there is to know about space, about we can definitely admire, learn, and be inspired by checking out the view of earth from space. 

Sometimes in the process of juggling things like work, school, family, and friends, it’s easy to forget how big the universe is and how small life’s struggles really are in the grand scheme of things. That’s why we’ve put together this collection of stunning pictures of Earth from space, taken by NASA satellites and astronauts alike. Here you’ll see Earth through the eyes of the stars as you check out aerial views of our planet from space.

You’ll see everything from what our little rock looks like when it’s all lit up at night to what an eclipse looks like from the Moon’s point of view. We’ll also show you some stunning photos of natural wonders like the Aurora Borealis as they appear from above and even a few natural disasters that NASA was able to catch on film as they unfolded below.

Come on in and enjoy being part of a moment in history when it’s not only possible for humans to explore space, but to bring back pictures for those of us who aren’t quite ready to hop on the rocket. Now you and your fear of heights can see the beauty of the Earth in a whole new light without the trauma of so much as a trip to space camp. So without further ado, vote up the most amazing earth picture from space and let the Earth gazing begin!

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<![CDATA[30 Celebrities Whose Names Are Food]]> http://ranker.com/list/celebrities-whose-names-are-food/amylindorff Which celebrities have food as one of their names? A veritable celebrity cornucopia exists right under your nose. If you stop and think about it for even just one second, you can probably come up with a couple of famous people who have a food name. Ever heard of a woman named Fiona Apple, or even one named Alison Brie? Wouldn't it be great to have a cheese plate and an apple right now?

Start your day off right with (Kevin) bacon and a tall glass of O.J. (Simpson). For lunch, maybe have some leftover Meatloaf and some Carrot (Top) sticks. What's for dinner? Oh, I don't know, how about some (Sean) Beans and (Jerry) Rice? For a healthy dessert, treat yourself to an (Alyssa) Milano and some mixed (Halle and Chuck) Berrys. Man, what a great food day!

How many celebrity food names can you think of? Are any of the famous people with a food in their name missing from this list? Please let us know so we can come up with a bunch more delicious meal plans in honor of these Hollywood celebs who just plain sound delciious.


30 Celebrities Whose Names Are Food]]>
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<![CDATA[Words That Definitely Should Be Real... But Aren't]]> http://ranker.com/list/words-that-should-be-real/lauren-slocum What if you could add your own made-up words to the dictionary? Good news folks - now you can add them to this Ranker dictionary! We've created a list of words that should definitely be words, but aren't considered true words by the rest of the world. But who cares what they think! These words are convenient, thought-provoking, humorous, and above all, these speciality locutions are descriptive words that haven't made it into the general lexicon (yet). 

Every group of friends or family develops their own slang. You've probably been sitting on some snazzy letter blends, so now's your chance to share those words with world! Enlighten the rest of us by adding your favorite non-words to this list. We'll get to work on contacting Webster.
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<![CDATA[Things We Always Forget]]> http://ranker.com/list/things-we-forget/jacob-shelton There are lots of tasks you forget and you know it. If you’re like many people, your daily routine includes the passing thought "why am I so forgetful"? and likely goes a little something like this: You wake up late, throw on yesterday’s jeans, and try to rush out the door when you realize that you don’t know where your keys are. Then, once you find your keys, and get out the door, you run into your new neighbor and you can’t remember their name. And also your phone is dead, so you can’t look it up. Somehow, it seems you're growing more forgetful every day, so what do you do? This list of things we forget could be infinite, so feel free to add your own personal things you forget to do as well.

Out of everything that you forget on a daily basis (birthdays, the words to the hand jive), the one thing that never slips your mind is to make coffee in the morning. Maybe you should start leaving everything by the coffee maker in order to feel like real adults. Or is that cheating?

There’s nothing worse than feeling like you forgot something, but not being able to remember what it was. The next time that happens to you, feel free to use this handy list to make sure everything is in its right place. Or, you can get all Memento with it and tattoo the names of necessary items, dates, and people on your forearms. It’s your call! Either way, read through this list of the things we always forget before you do anything drastic.

Vote up the things you’re most likely to forget, or if there’s something missing that evades your every waking moment, add it to the list. That is, if you can remember what it is.
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<![CDATA[The Best Videos of Politicians V. Hecklers Ever]]> http://ranker.com/list/hecklers-v-politicians/mel-judson There is a longstanding tradition in the world of politics for politicians to be heckled. Whether political hecklers pop up at a stump speech, a campaign event, a local rally, a town hall meeting, or a photo op, a senator or governor or president must always be prepared to handle hecklers. This list of politicians vs. hecklers (with videos of each incident!) compiles some of the best moments of politicians going head-to-head with the hecklers in their audiences. 

The results range from the hilarious to the inspiring to the downright awkward. President Barack Obama has made it known that he often will respond to hecklers, although he got rather upset in 2015 when someone heckled him in the actual White House. Presidents Reagan and Clinton also had to deal with hecklers, though their incidents came pre-Internet, not going viral (until now!), while the Obama heckler has probably gone onto social media infamy. Good luck to the heckler meaning to make his or her point heard: all we will remember are the great moments when politicians reacted.

Upvote the politicians who handled their hecklers the best and made it known that they won't tolerate these kinds of outbursts. Whether the heckler meaning is nefarious or well-intentioned, they've all resulted in some pretty fun politicial videos.
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<![CDATA[The Most Outrageous Donald Trump Moments]]> http://ranker.com/list/donald-trump-stories/jacob-shelton If there’s one true form of American entertainment, it’s political figures saying dumb things in person and on the Internet. And no one is better at this strange form of entertainment than Donald Trump. He basically runs the saying dumb stuff game, and if he ever lost his billions of dollars (fingers crossed!) he’d still be wealthy in ridiculous quotes. This list of ridiculous Donald Trump moments is by no means meant to make up a Donald Trump biography, but they do cover a wide swath of his dumb comments. In fact, keep checking back as the 2016 presidential campaign wears on and see what gets added to this list of all the crazy things Donald Trump has done.

Donald Trump, the man that gave us The Apprentice, the Miss Universe pageant, and the phrase “Donald Trump hair” is a wealth of ridiculous comments that border on trenchant critiques of the hyper wealthy, the and one percent. The things that he’s been known to say are so inflammatory that it's hard to be certain that it’s not all an act.

Maybe the Don is committed to a lifelong performance art piece, or maybe he’s just an arrogant, rich jerk. Contemplate his behavior as you peruse this list of Donald Trump’s most outrageous moments.

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<![CDATA[17 Things You Didn't Know About Astronaut Michael Collins]]> http://ranker.com/list/michael-collins-trivia-facts/jtdesaulnier Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins is one of those American heroes whose name you never remember. He was on the first moon landing mission, but Collins is actually most famous for what he didn't do: he never walked on the moon. He flew 250,000 miles to the moon on Apollo 11 but never set foot on the satellite. On July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle on the lunar surface, the third member of their crew, Collins, was all alone, orbiting the moon in the Columbia, their command module.

He was part of the most famous space mission of all time, and a crucial part of one of humanity's most monumental achievements, yet most Americans don't know who Michael Collins is. This list is full of trivia and facts about Collins, all of which are reminders of just how unstoppably awesome Collins was, is, and always will be.

This list is jam-packed with surprising information that will make you rethink a guy you've probably never given enough thought. Most people imagine Collins is bitter about not traipsing on the moon, but did you know that actually turned down the chance to explore the lunar surface on a later Apollo mission? Or that he was one of the driving forces behind the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum, one of the single most popular museums in the world?

Michael Collins may be remembered forever as the Apollo 11 astronaut who got the short end of the stick, but he's so much more than that, and this list proves it. Vote up your favorite bit of trivia about the space explorer, pilot, and all-American badass who's so cool he didn't even need to walk on the moon.

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<![CDATA[WTF? The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made]]> http://ranker.com/list/most-confusing-movies-ever-made/ranker-film The most confusing movies ever made are those films which either intentionally or accidentally are hard to follow, complicated and so far out there that they are disorienting to even the most seasoned viewer. That's not to say these movies are bad because of their complicated nature but certainly not for the easily confused.

For those who crave the mental challenge of confusing movies, there are several directors whose style is highlighted by their complicated plot lines, tendency to present films out of chronological order and seemingly devotion to chaos in their movies. The likes of David Lynch ("Mulholland Drive," "Eraserhead," "Inland Empire" and "Lost Highway"), Stanley Kubrick ("2001: A Space Odyssey," "The Shining" and "Eyes Wide Shut") and Christopher Nolan ("Inception" and "Memento") are perhaps the best at making stellar yet highly confusing movies and among the greatest directors in movie history.

Lynch, Kubrick and Nolan undoubtably influenced other great filmmakers who also have a tendency to create movies that make viewers ask what the heck is happening. Charlie Kaufman, who did "Synecdoche, New York," "Adaptation," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Being John Malkovich," and Steven Soderbergh, responsible for great films like "Sex, Lies, and Videotape," among many others, gave their interpretation of how to create confusing and simply WTF movies.

So whether you love the twists and turns in "The Matrix" or think the utter madness of "Primer" is cause to be among the worst movies of all time, vote for the movies you think are the most confusing below! Have a confusing movie in mind that's not listed? Add it! Help us rank the most confusing movies ever made.
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<![CDATA[The Most Amazing Caves in the World]]> http://ranker.com/list/famous-caves/ashley-reign While the world around us contains countless wonders, you might be surprised to find out what lies between us and the deep, dark center of the Earth. Here we’ve put together a collection of some of the most breath-taking photos of famous caves from around the world to give you a look at the beauty that lies below the surface. While caving may not be on your top ten list of things to do on your next vacation, you might think twice after you see some of the gorgeous formations, underground rivers, and sacred places these caves have to offer.

Whether you’re looking for grand adventure or a peaceful spot to enjoy nature, we’ve got you covered. Among the following pictures of caves you’ll find the largest cave in the world, a cave that was once considered a suicide mission for only the most daring of explorers, and a stunning underground cavern you can float through from the comfort of a guided tour boat. This collection of cave pictures offers stunning views of everything from beautiful underground waterfalls to giant crystal cave formations, some of which have been hidden for centuries and seen only by the eyes of the current generation.

Whether you want to see caves of the classic limestone variety or sparkling ice caves formed by the heat of nearby volcanoes, you'll find plenty to choose from on this amazing caves list. So grab your hard hat and do some cave exploring from the comfort of your own home. Then book your trip!


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<![CDATA[18 Weird Facts About King Tut]]> http://ranker.com/list/weird-facts-about-king-tut/mike-rothschild More than almost any other ancient ruler, facts about King Tut, the boy who led an empire and was buried in a tomb stuffed with gold and artifacts, have been hard to deduce. Who was this young man given the responsibility of carrying on a line descended from the gods? How did he live? And how did he die?
 

Since Tut's tomb was found in 1922, these questions have slowly been answered. Thanks to advanced technology in DNA analysis, we've found some surprising things about his heritage and his physical stature. It turns out that he wasn't the sensual, dashing boy portrayed in the iconography found in his tomb and afterwards in pop culture. Instead, he was the product of incest, born with deformities, with strings pulled by powerful generals, and a death not from murder, but from injuries caused by his ailments.

Even so, mythology swirls around Tut, his death, the "curse" on his tomb, and the mythical figures in his life. Here are some of the stranger, but completely true, facts about this legendary boy king.

18 Weird Facts About King Tut]]>
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<![CDATA[Signs You Know Summer Vacation Is Here]]> http://ranker.com/list/signs-you-know-summer-vacation-is-here/ashley-reign Don't you love the way the words “summer vacation” can still make you feel that rush of excitement as you picture yourself bursting from the halls of your grade school and tossing homework into the air? Even years after graduating, there’s something about the magic of afternoons spent by the pool and the smell of grilled burgers that has gotten many of us through a long day behind the desk.

You know it's summer when the days get longer and the shorts get shorter! Here you’ll find a celebration of these, as well as the many other ways you know that summer vacation is here! Maybe it feels like vacation when your toes touch that warm summer sand at the beach.  Or when you’re chowing down on a delightfully huge hot dog at your favorite ballpark. Whether your idea of summer is finally having time to have some fun or enjoying the beauty of doing absolutely nothing at all, here you’ll find a celebration of all things summertime.

Not sure what to do on summer vacation? We’ve compiled a list of the good, the hot, and even the not-so-pretty that’ll transport you back to the magic of summer all year round. So kick off your shoes and grab a cool drink with an adorably tiny umbrella cause the summer fun is about to begin.

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<![CDATA[The Grumpiest Harrison Ford Moments on Record]]> http://ranker.com/list/grumpy-harrison-ford-moments/lisa-waugh Harrison Ford's name is practically synonymous with Indiana Jones, Han Solo, and Blade Runner. You can't think of him without being reminded that he pilots the Millennium Falcon - the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. You can't help but marvel at the way he protected the Ark of the Covenant, rescued the Sivalinga stone from the Mola Ram, and made sure that the Holy Grail didn't fall into the hands of Nazis.  But Harrison Ford is equally famous for another trait that has nothing to do with his rugged good-looks, or his adventure-seeking, action-packed movie roles. Harrison Ford is Hollywood's biggest grump. 

When you’ve been in the business for 45 years, and have been famous for over 38 of them, becoming world-weary is inevitable. As he's advanced in his career, and in his life, Harrison Ford has grown tired of ridiculous interview questions and pointless fan interactions. Even his roles have become more grumpy - Colonel Graff from Ender's Game, Mike Pomeroy from Morning Glory, and Colonel Dolarhyde from Cowboys & Aliens weren't exactly fuzzy, feel-good characters. 

Like a Wookie who might tear your arm out of your socket if he loses a game of space chess, Harrison Ford's inner curmudgeon is awakened with a vengeance any time a reporter or fan asks him a boring stock question about Star Wars or Indy. He’s notorious for letting his grump flag fly on promotional junkets, where some questions about acting or working on the film illicit the response: “I don’t know anything about it. I just work here.”  

Ford has tried to explain where his crankiness stems from. He said, “What I’ve noticed, is that reporters do their research and pick up the same things over and over again. There’s some big, low-lying fruit that they grab, and then they repeat. And they come with the expectation that I’m going to be difficult to transact business with.” He's not a man who suffers fools - or Wookies - gladly, and he's not afraid to show interviewers his intolerance for stupidity. 

Vote up the best grumpy Harrison Ford moments below, and let us know what you think in the comment section! 

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<![CDATA[The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles]]> http://ranker.com/list/greatest-tv-actor-replacement-switcheroos/ranker-tv

List of the greatest TV character switches of all time, as ranked by television enthusiasts and critics. What do you do when an actor on your show is no longer available? For some show runners, the solution is to simply write off the character through death or moving out of town. Or maybe they’re replaced by a completely different character who fulfills their role on the show. However, sometimes the best option is to simply recast the character and hope the audience doesn’t mind too much. The TV characters on this list were at one time—and sometimes more than once—replaced with a different actor,with very different results.

 

Some of the shows on this list refused to acknowledge the difference in actors and just continued on pretending like the character was the same, such as Darrin Stephens from Bewitched. Other shows made constant jokes about the change in actors, like Becky on Roseanne. The reasons these actors were replaced varied from health issues to clashing egos. Allegedly Aunt Vivian from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was replaced because of tensions between her and Will Smith. In 1966’s Batman television show, three different villains were replaced.

 

What are the best actor changes in television history? This list features characters that changed actors at least once with different outcomes.


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<![CDATA[Cool & Cheap Off-Season Summer Destinations]]> http://ranker.com/list/unique-summer-vacation-ideas/jessica-lawshe We all want to go on adventures. And our wanderlust is never more powerful during the summer months when we're aching to get away from school, work, and the other boring parts of our mundane lives. Yet there always seems to be one little catch that gets in the way: the amount of money in our bank accounts. Well, its time to set those worries aside, because we've put together a great list of off-season summer destinations.

Just because it's summer in the U.S. and people are flocking to the beach, that doesn't mean it's summer everywhere else. These unique summer vacation ideas will let you enjoy some time off without making you go broke. For example, the U.S.'s summer months are Australia's winter months. That's good news for you because that means you can get some pretty cheap airfares and hotel deals simply because you'll be traveling during "off-peak" or "off-season" times. Woohoo!

Whether you're a beach lover, a hiker, or a city-goer, you can find some amazing solo destinations or family vacation ideas as long as you're willing to jump off the beaten path. Places like Cartagena, Colombia, and Quito, Ecuador might not have been on your list of travel destinations before, but once you see how you can get an amazing deal, they might just jump to the top. Places like Reykjavik, Iceland also give you a lot of bang for your buck - since summertime means almost 24 hours of daylight in the northern country, you get way more vacation time for a lot less money. 

So before you book that expensive airfare and hotel for your summer vacation, take a look at our list and vote up the out of the ordinary summer destination that makes you want to pack your bags ASAP!

Cool & Cheap Off-Season Summer Destinations]]>
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<![CDATA[The Most Shocking 2015 Emmy Nomination Snubs]]> http://ranker.com/list/2015-emmy-awards-snubs/lisa-waugh The 2015 Emmy Award nominations recognized plenty of top-notch shows and awesome performances, but we're here to vote on the great shows and actors that weren't among the 2015 Primetime Emmy nominees. There are a lot of surprising snubs to choose from, but with this list, you can decide just which actor, actress, or series was snubbed hardest. Which most deserved a Primetime Emmy Award, only to end up without so much as a nomination?

Lily Tomlin got an Emmy nomination but her Frankie and Grace co-star Jane Fonda got bupkis? Harsh. Jon Hamm got some last minute love but many of Mad Men's outstanding supporting players just have to watch at home like the rest of us. Bummer. 

The Big Bang Theory star and previous Emmy favorite Jim Parsons was nowhere to be found. And there was no love for Thomas Middleditch or the Silicon Valley supporting cast. Michael Kenneth Williams got zero recognition for playing Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire. Not even a hug for Jeffrey Wright on the same show. Say what?! And how about Miss Rosa on Orange Is the New Black. Barbara Rosenblat made us feel all of the feelings during her run. 

What were the biggest snubs of the 2015 Primetime Emmy Award nominations? Let's look at the list of big hurts and grouse together. Vote up the performers and shows that you think most deserved to be 2015 Emmy nominees.

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<![CDATA[15 Surprisingly Dangerous Cars]]> http://ranker.com/list/dangerous-cars/richard-rowe Driving is dangerous, but some cars can actually increase the danger, whether through unsafe design or poor manufacturing. Life is full of dangerous things: sharp objects, diseases, Terminators, gravity, honey badgers. Take your pick. None of them mind if they hurt you. Automakers, on the other hand, generally want you to be as safe as possible. After all, repeat business is good business. But all the same, sometimes it doesn't work out that way.

Maybe it's bad engineering or maybe a vehicle is rushed to market too quickly. Sometimes it's a good idea brought to consumers before its time, and others it's a bad idea in any time. In other cases, the fault simply lay with sloppy construction and cut-rate materials. No matter what the reasons, there have been plenty of vehicles on the road that could have been rolling advertisements for the coffin industry.

On this list, we're going to look at 15 dangerous vehicles that self-preservation might advise against driving. Driving any of these is by no means a guarantee that things will go wrong on the road, but all 15 have histories or tendencies that suggest they're more dangerous than the average car.

15 Surprisingly Dangerous Cars]]>
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<![CDATA[Things in Your Purse Right Now]]> http://ranker.com/list/things-in-your-purse-right-now/keshvaralikhani What's in your purse right now? Can I guess? Your wallet, keys, and phone, obviously. But probably a whole bunch of other crucial-but-also-nonsense things you totally forgot about!

Remember that movie you saw a million years ago? I bet you still have the ticket stub tucked away in a side pocket, mingling with all of your bobby pins and hair ties. How about snacks? A crushed granola bar, perhaps? Or an empty Ziploc bag that maybe once contained celery? It's probably floating around in there, making friends with the loose change and random pen caps you keep just in case. Tampons? Napkins? Actual dollar bills? No way! Having those on hand would be way too convenient.

Purses are basically just big bags of crap that ladies tote around for fun. Once in a while they serve an actual purpose: holding important things you need as you go about your day. But usually, they are just heavy nuisances that your boyfriend thinks he can keep his stuff in too.

What are some of the things women keep in their purses? Here is a handy list! Is your purse full of these things too? Vote up the stuff you've got weighing you down, and feel free to add anything that's not already listed, but has been taking up residence in your bag for at least a year.

And let's all agree to throw away our old valet stubs today. 

Things in Your Purse Right Now]]>
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<![CDATA[Pluto's Dark Spots, Ranked]]> http://ranker.com/list/plutos-dark-spots/amylindorff On July 11, 2015, NASA's interplanetary space probe New Horizons sent back a pretty cool image of dwarf planet Pluto - just one of many revealing pictures of everyone's favorite demoted planet. This photo intrigued scientists and space enthusiasts alike due to the distinct surface markings it showed, most notably the four circular(ish) spots along the bottom border of the visible surface. What are Pluto's spots? Why are they so dark? What are they made of and why are they there?

Perhaps these and more mysteries of Pluto will be revealed in due time, but for now, what's most important is that we decide which of the Pluto dark spots are the best. Is it the strong and most shapely one on the far left? Is it the creative and sassy second spot, with its unique shape? Or is it the darkest and most mysterious spot, that one on the far right that you can barely even see?

Cast your votes for the best Pluto spots below and take a moment to think about how Pluto's moon, Charon, has a dark spot at its pole, and whether Jupiter's red spot is even that impressive anymore, now that these four cuties are in your life.

All photo credits go to NASA, because who else is even capable of this kind of photography?

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<![CDATA[Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?]]> http://ranker.com/list/the-best-emmy-nominated-actors-in-2015/lisa-waugh At the Emmys, actors and actresses compete in specific categories, but we thought it would be fun to vote on the best acting performance of 2015, regardless of category. You tell us who gave the best performance for 2015, no matter how big or small their role. Was it a man or a woman, a lead or supporting actor, an actor in a show or a mini-series? Compare them across the board to arrive at a ranking of best to worst Emmy performances from the 2015 Emmy nominees.

The 2015 Emmy nominations didn’t have too many surprises. Emmy voters had a large pool of shows to choose from and the 67th Primetime Emmy Award nominations saw choices from across many portals, including Netflix and Amazon titles. 

The 2015 Emmy Best Actor nominees included some expected choices but did leave Clive Owen from The Knick and Matthew Rhys of The Americans out in the cold. And the Emmy nominees don't include Ilana Glazer of Broad City, but Amy Schumer did land her first nomination.

Probably one of the bigger surprises is Kyle Chandler for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. His stellar work on the Bloodline was the reason many people binge-watched the Netflix series. Another pleasant surprise was Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany in her first time up for an Emmy. And it was nice that Emmy voters saw to it that Taraji P. Henson and Bob Odenkirk got 2015 Emmy nominations for their fine work on Empire and Better Call Saul.  

Empire fans won't be too happy because the show didn’t sweep as expected. And it’s probably going to be awkward when Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are back on set of Grace and Frankie. Elisabeth Moss deserved a best actor Emmy nomination just for that saucy walk down the halls of the new firm on Mad Men. But the slow clap is reserved for Jon Hamm closing out his iconic run as Don Draper.

So if you had to pit all the Emmy nominees against one another in a single contest, who acted the best in 2015? Vote up your favorites below and be sure to tune in to the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards!

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<![CDATA[The Fastest Characters In Comics]]> http://ranker.com/list/fast-comic-book-characters/ranker-comics Ranker Comics has a need... A need for speed! That's why we have collected a list of the 25 fastest characters in comics. Whether they fight for the side of good or the side of evil, these 25 characters have proved time and time again that they cannot be beat in a race!

Of course there is the Flash, the Fastest Man Alive. His hit TV show on the CW network has proven that this fan-favorite character is both beloved and popular enough to carry that Fastest Man Alive title. But, did you know that there have been several heroes to don the red tights and call themselves the Flash? In fact, Barry Allen isn't even the first hero to call himself the Flash! But you can't talk about speed in the DC Universe without mentioning those crazy Kryptonians like Superman, Supergirl, and Superboy! However, DC doesn't have the market cornered on speedy do-gooders! Marvel Comics has their own stable of complex men and women with the gift of super speed, including Quicksilver, Makkari, and Silver Surfer! There are all kinds of heroes, villains, and sidekicks with incredible speed and they are all racing at you!

So lace up those Nikes and grab a Gatorade! Ranker Comics' list of 25 Speedsters will leave you with your head spinning! It's a race out there and we want YOU to vote up your favorite runners and let us know if your favorite speedster wasn't on the list! 
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<![CDATA[Stupid Things Couples Fight About]]> http://ranker.com/list/things-couples-fight-about/lauren-slocum Being in a relationship can be a beautiful thing, but if you've ever been in one, you know that couples fight over stupid things. You don't even have to be knee-deep in serious relationship problems to pick a fight with your significant other about something silly. To show you that you're not crazy and that your relationship isn't floundering, we're bringing you this list of things couples are arguing about (it'll probably make you feel better to know how many couples are fighting over this trivial stuff).

Has your boyfriend or girlfriend ever told you they'd do something, and then three weeks later, you realize they never actually did it? Or how about the opposite, when your significant other conveniently forgets to tell you you're going out to dinner with their entire family after work? As partners who know each others' ins and outs, you can probably find reasons to fight over just about anything.

Can't decide what to watch on Netflix? You should probably bicker about it. Is your S.O. driving too slow when you're in a hurry to get somewhere? Arguing would probably help. How about that time you took them to your work's holiday party and they ended up drinking too much gin and singing Dido with your boss? Definitely worth a lifetime of snide remarks and passive aggressive references. 

Been dying to know what most couples fight about? Scan through this list of little things couples fight over and vote up the ones you've battled over. Have any amazing couple fights to share? Enlighten the world by adding the silly cause of your bickering to this list!

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<![CDATA[Signs You're a Trainwreck]]> http://ranker.com/list/hot-mess-trainwreck-list/lauren-slocum Many of us have danced a waltz or two with the hot mess devil. Whether it's looking in your fridge only to find crusty cream cheese containers and Taco Bell hot sauce packets, or forgetting your date's name because you had too many whiskey sours the night you met, you've experienced that distinct moment of amusing self-loathing when you realize... you're officially a trainwreck. Worried your life is spiraling out of control? Here's a list of signs that you're hot mess to confirm or deny.

If you're a true trainwreck, it means you've crossed the line from being a broke college student or struggling freelancer and become a complete walking disaster. You may be able to muster up enough energy to head to the bar or the liquor store, but you probably can't remember the last time you got ready for bed because your nightly routine consists of stumbling into bed with your clothes on. 

Have you ever forgotten a date's name and had to sneak off to the bathroom to search through text threads? Have you had a frozen food and cooking wine binge while looping Dirty Dancing on your couch? What about dancing on a bar at the club with your shoes off, because if they were on, you just wouldn't feel as comfortable up there? If you've answered yes to any of these questions (all of them signs you're a train wrek), you may want to do some reevaluating because you're flirting with the definition of being an official hot mess. 

You decide for yourself! How many items on this list sound all too familiar? If you find yourself nodding your head and experiencing a series of party flashbacks, don't worry, you're not doomed. If you can navigate your way out of a random's apartment you can probably steer yourself away from the midnight express to trainwreck town.

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<![CDATA[The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made]]> http://ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-superhero-movies-ever-made Superhero movies may seem like a current trend, but the truth is, superheroes on film have been around since the beginning of celluloid. Most of the top superhero movies come from the comic giants like DC Movies or Marvel Films. Heroes like Batman, Spiderman, Superman, and Wolverine are all favorite superhero movie characters who have made it from the pages of comics to the big screen time and time again.

Superheroes began in classic American comic books in the 1930s, though their predecessors date back to earlier crime fighters and even mythological superhuman characters, like Zeus and Thor. In the Golden Age of comic books, superheroes frequented the pages of DC Comics, including Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern. In the 1960s, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and Iron Man showed up in the pages of Marvel Comics. More modern superhero stories like Kick-Ass and Watchmen still delight audiences.

Superhero movie serials once played before big features at movie houses. Today, Hollywood turns out giant summer blockbusters that routinely break records and bring in big business for studio execs, costumers, and special effects crews alike. Everyone has a favorite superhero film, and you can add yours to the rankings by voting up an existing item or creating your own full re-rank of your favorite super hero movies.
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<![CDATA[The Best Reasons Not to Have Kids]]> http://ranker.com/list/reasons-not-to-have-kids/lauren-slocum If you're a single woman over the age of 25, you've inevitably been asked about your childbearing timeline. But what if you're one of those people who simply doesn't want kids? That's fine! Just because every Stephanie, Michelle, and Danica are having kids and blasting it all over your Facebook feed doesn't mean you, too, need children. We're bringing you a list of reasons not to have kids so you can stop feeling so guilty about it and live the life you've secretly always dreamed of... a child free one!

Back in the day, getting married and having a family was the common life course for 20-somethings across the States. If you didn't have a trophy husband/wife and three kids to show off, something was obviously wrong with you. But with demanding professions, opportunities to live unconventionally, and over seven billion people on the planet, it seems like people are thinking twice before popping out a couple spawns. It's totally fine to say, " I don't want kids!"

When it comes to deciding to have a family, we have to remember that singsong childhood cliche - everyone's different. Not everyone has a strong pull to procreate nor do they feel the desire to be defined by a family. Whether you've found contentment in your spouse, your pet, ice cream, your career... some people are totally happy spending their lives without the traditional family structure. 

Bottom line? Whatever you choose for yourself is the right choice for you! But if you've been on the fence about having your own family, or if you're just trying to better understand how some people don't want children, check out this list of reasons to not have kids. Leave a comment if you're willing to share you own feelings on the subject! 

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<![CDATA[Quick, Healthy Weight Loss Tips]]> http://ranker.com/list/losing-weight-tips/jessica-lawshe It can be really hard to lose weight. Not seeing any changes after counting calories and hitting the gym for hours a day can leave you feeling hopeless about your weight loss goals. But no longer! Our list of diet tips will help you drop those "LBs" in no time.

We know the drill - less calories, more movement. But sometimes that doesn't seem to result in dropped pant sizes. Why? Because that drill is hard to stick to. The weight loss tips on this list will show you how to implement changes that you can actually do without feeling like you're giving up the fun. 

No matter what your health goals are, if you're looking to drop a few pounds or look more toned, you'll need to make some tweaks to what you're doing with your diet and physical activity. Maybe that means switching to the 80/20 rule or walking a few more steps a day. Up your fiber and water intake, increase your amount of sleep, and decide not to eat everything on your plate. Little alterations to what you're currently doing can help you reach your weight loss goals. These healthy, quick weight loss tips are a good place to start.
 
So put down that pizza, throw on your running shoes, and take a look at our list. Vote up the weight loss tip that finally helped you crack that "dreaded number" on the scale. 
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<![CDATA[Everything You Need To Know About The New Suicide Squad Cast]]> http://ranker.com/list/new-suicide-squad-cast/jakebaumgart Were you just as excited as us to see that first image of director David Ayer's Suicide Squad? Were you also left scratching your head and asking, "Who?" Never fret, our dear friends, Ranker Comics has deciphered who you need to know in DC Comics's Suicide Squad film! Also, let's not forget about Jared Leto's polarizing new look as the Joker! Sick of Superman smiling and flying in blue skies? Then the Suicide Squad is for you. Started by Amanda Waller, a government black ops leader, the Suicide Squad (aka Task Force X) is a collection of convicts who are sent on dangerous wet work missions for the good ol' US of A. If any of these characters step out of line while in the field, then Waller pulls the trigger on a bomb implanted in the individual. See? Now you know why it's called the Suicide Squad! Director David Ayer's team features familiar faces like Deadshot (Will Smith) and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) but also recent additions like Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Katana (Karen Fukuhara). Odds are pretty good that not everyone in that first image will be making it back alive. 

So lock and load! Ranker Comics has broken down who you can expect in the new Warner Bros. Suicide Squad film! Although there are still some more characters that might pop up (*cough* Batman *cough*), this is the essential who's who list for the Suicide Squad cast

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