<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com <![CDATA[The Best Whiskey Cocktails for Spring]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-whiskey-cocktails-for-spring/bunny-brinkman
As the Spring season comes upon us with its warmer weather, we are bound to have nights out enjoying a nice cocktail, or invite friends over for homemade drinks. This list has the best whiskey cocktails, with recipes, to try while enjoying the spring weather. What is your favorite whiskey cocktail? If you don’t have a favorite yet, try some of the excellent whiskey drinks below to find a new go-to whiskey drink.

The list contains classics such as Irish coffee, made using hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and topped with thick cream. Another great whiskey cocktail is the 7 and 7, a mixed drink of Seagram’s Seven and 7-Up, that is served with ice and a lemon wedge.

This list contains seven of the most popular whiskey cocktails to try this Spring and see which flavor quenches your thirst the best. Each whiskey cocktail is accompanied by a recipe and photograph of the drink itself to see the finished product and help you imagine the drink in your hand for the upcoming warmer weather this Spring.
The Best Whiskey Cocktails for Spring, food/drink, beverages, spring, alcohol, liquor, cocktails, drinks,

Irish coffee
1 cup hot coffee
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 jigger Irish whiskey (3 tbsp)
Heavy cream, slightly whipped

Jack and coke
2 oz Jack Daniels
10 oz Coca Cola
Old Fashioned
2 oz Bourbon whiskey
2 dashes bitters
1 splash water
Garnish with cherry and orange wedge
Manhattan
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
2 1/2 oz Bourbon whiskey
1 dash bitters
Garnish with cherry and twist of orange peel
Whiskey sour
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz Bourbon
Garnish with cherry and/or lemon wedge

Whiskey Paralyzer
1 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup root beer
1 oz whiskey
2 oz milk
1 oz Kahlua
Seven and Seven
1 shot Seagram's 7
6 oz 7-Up

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:59:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-whiskey-cocktails-for-spring/bunny-brinkman
<![CDATA[9 Ways to Wear a Button-Down]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/how-to-wear-a-button-down-for-spring/bunny-brinkman

Button down shirts are among the most versatile pieces of clothing around. No matter what your personal style is, you can fit a button down or two into your wardrobe. Whether you’re a professional go-getter who needs to look classy all day or a casual partier, there are dozens of ways that you can make a button down work for you. Springtime is the perfect season for button downs since they can be worn for a variety of different occasions.

In Spring there are plenty of different occasions where a button down is appropriate. If you’re going to a job interview, add a blazer or vest over the shirt. Before heading to a party, throw a sleeveless dress or sequined tank over the button down. With all the different ways to wear a button down shirt, there’s no reason not to stock up on a couple before for the Spring season.

This list of how to wear a button down shirt for Spring 2014 has a look to fit everyone's style. What is your favorite way to wear a button down shirt? How do you incorporate a button down to fit your personal style?


9 Ways to Wear a Button-Down,

With Florals
If you're heading to a barbecue or another type of casual Spring party, florals are your best bet. Pair a floral button down with pants or a skirt - the floral look is always fun.
With Cargos
Need a sporty look for going to a baseball game? Pair your button down with cargo pants.
Under a Tank
Heading out for a night on the town? Put a sequined tank over your button down top to add flair to a simple shirt.
Over a Bathing Suit
For beach lovers, a button down is the perfect cover up for your cutest bathing suit.
With a Vest
With a vest and a nice shirt or pair of pants, a casual button down can turn into professional attire.
With Shorts
For a clean look that's perfect for a warm summer day, pair your button down with a pair of shorts.
Under a Blazer
Add color to your outfit by pairing your button down with a bright blazer.
Under a Sleeveless Dress
On a cold day, if you have a really killer sleeveless dress but don't want to cover it up with a jacket, wear a button down under the dress for the perfect solution.
With a Necklace
Liven up a solid OCBD by adding an interesting necklace, like gold geometric shapes or a colorful bubble bib.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:32:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/how-to-wear-a-button-down-for-spring/bunny-brinkman
<![CDATA[42 Skills Every Woman Should Have]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/skills-every-woman-should-know/casey-cavanagh
No two women are the same, but there are a handful of skills every women should know how to do in life. To live a happy and fulfilling life, it is important to obtain a certain level of self-sufficiency and independence.

Though the only skills a woman "needed" at one time were cooking, cleaning, and household maintaining, we have come along way since those days. While there is no shame in placing priority on self-grooming and domestic talents, it shouldn't stop there. This list has everything you could imagine and more, so vote up your favorites and start learning!
42 Skills Every Woman Should Have,

How to Properly Cook Meat
Whether you're a meat lover or a vegan, there will probably be a time where you have to cook meat for someone, and you want to make sure you're doing it right.
How to Ask for What You Want
The worst anyone can ever say is "no."

 (Source)
How to Find the Correct Bra Size
Most woman have sizes ranging all over the spectrum in their draws. Some you spill out a little of, some are too tight, some leave strap marks digging into your shoulders. Not only should you have your chest sized by a professional, but you should also learn how to measure them yourself.
How to Change a Tire
If you have a spare tire in your trunk and all the tools for changing one, the last thing you want to do is wait for AAA. Tackle it yourself!
How to Jump a Car

How to Live a Regret-Free Life

How to Administer CPR
No one anticipates having to administer CPR, but better safe than sorry!
How to Give Yourself a Breast Exam
You should be regularly seeing a doctor and getting a yearly exam, but checking yourself every month or so to make sure there aren't any lumps can be a life-saving skill!
How to Comfortably Spend Time Alone
Learning to spend time by yourself and be comfortable doing it is essential to being independent and for building healthy relationships with others.
How To Disable an Attacker


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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:19:14 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/skills-every-woman-should-know/casey-cavanagh
<![CDATA[31 Universal Studios Secrets That May Blow You Away]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/universal-studios-secrets/ashley-reign
Who can resist the allure of a great theme park and the chance to tour the largest working movie studio in the world all in one fun-filled stop? Whether you’re up for a ride on the world’s most expensive theme park ride or want to cruise down Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives, consider hitting up Universal Studios Hollywood on your next vacation. This list will give you some cool tips for maximizing the fun on your trip with a collection of Universal Studios secrets and little known facts.

We're about to take you behind the scenes of both the studio and the theme park to give you a sneak peak at some cool old stories and facts that have faded into little known theme park lore over the years. We’ll offer you cool insights into everything from why your guide on the studio tour may not be allowed to point out certain actresses to the name of the mechanical shark in Jaws Lake. We’ll also explore things you may see along the tour that aren't often pointed out, such as which sound stage on the lot is rumored to be haunted by a famous old Hollywood actor. 

This nifty list of Universal Studios secrets and tips will also give you some helpful info for avoiding everything from long ride lines to being excessively creeped out by Norman Bates at the Psycho House. From the fun to the freaky, this fun collection of little known facts about Universal Studios LA are guaranteed to make you the most interesting guy or gal in the that ridiculously long line for the Simpsons ride. 

31 Universal Studios Secrets That May Blow You Away,

Universal Finally Took the Clock out of the Famous Clock Tower From Back to the Future Because it Was Super Recognizable
Though the clock tower may look a little funny when you see it without the clock, it had to be removed due to the huge problem its notoriety presented for other productions that filmed in the area after Back to the Future wrapped. The same courthouse has appeared in countless other films since, including Bruce Almighty, Batman and Robin, Amistad, and even The Nutty Professor

In the Early Days of Universal, You Could Watch Movies Being Filmed All Day for a Quarter
You could even cheer for the heroes or boo for the villains, due to the fact that all the movies back then were silent. This is also why there are so many Western sets on the back lot. The genre was very popular during the silent film era, when up to six Westerns could film at the same time on sets right next to each other. That's why they often call the area "Six Points, Texas."

Right After You Come out of Jaws Lake on the Studio Tour, Look to Your Left to See a Hidden Street
As you pass a house that your tour guide will point out as the "chicken ranch," look over to your left and you'll see a street called "Elm Street" which the tram isn't able to go down because it's too narrow to turn around on. Universal bought the houses along the street for $1 when the city needed to clear the space where they originally sat to build Dodger stadium. They've since been used in movies like To Kill A Mockingbird, The Hulk, and Hancock, and on TV shows like The Ghost Whisperer and Monk.

If You Look Closely You Can See Mother in the Upper Window of the Psycho House
Though the tour guide generally will have moved on to prep you for the cool War of the Worlds set you're about to see, rest assured that Mother is still watching.
Guides on the Studio Tour Are Forbidden to Point out Actresses Who Aren't Yet in Makeup
Though guests on the Studio Tour may occasionally roll past a famous actress along the route, in rare instances the tour guide may not always acknowledge the encounter. Apparently a few famous ladies in the past reacted unfavorably after being photographed by 200 tourists before they had had a chance to hit the make-up chair.

The Studio Tour Often Changes Routes in Order to Avoid Disrupting Filming
Due to the fact that the tour delivers on its promise to show guests around an actual working studio, the route of the tour is often changed in order to avoid disrupting filming. When getting too close to an active set can't be avoided, the tour guide will sometimes go silent for a period of time so as not to show up in the background of a film. If the tour bypasses an area you were hoping to see, check back later in the day to see if the route has changed.

Before He Was a Famous Director, Steven Spielberg Used to Sneak onto the Backlot
Before he had his big break and became a Hollywood legend, director Steven Spielberg used to sneak onto the Universal backlot to get a behind the scenes look at the movie business. He now admits he got away with it by always carrying a briefcase. Though there was never anything inside, it made him look just official enough to seem like he belonged. 

After the Northridge Earthquake, Guests Were Given the Option to Skip the Earthquake Part of the Tour
For obvious reasons, Universal suspected that guests who had recently endured the trauma of the 1994 Northridge earthquake might prefer to skip the part of the tour where guests undergo an 8.3 scale earthquake simulation. For a time, guests were given the option to hop off the tram during the segment and hop back on after a few minutes when it was done. 

The Studio Has Its Own Fire Department, Police Station, and Doctor's Office
There are even drivers in vans scattered throughout the lot who can be on sight within minutes in case of an emergency - even if it's retrieving a cell phone someone dropped on the tour.
If You Look Closely, You'll Find Some of the Doorways on the Western Sets Are Either Bigger or Smaller Than Normal
This was a quick height fix for some actors back in the old days when Westerns reigned supreme. A short cowboy could be made to look a lot taller when he stood in a small door frame and a damsel in distress appeared much more vulnerable when pictured in a huge door frame.


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Thu, 05 Feb 2015 06:39:12 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/universal-studios-secrets/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[Which Bubble Team Should Make the 2015 NCAA Tournament?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/which-bubble-team-should-make-the-ncaa-tournament/ranker-ncaa-basketball
The 2015 NCAA Tournament hasn't started yet but March Madness is already upon us, sports fans! That's right, it's BUBBLE WATCH! It's getting down to the wire and soon the fate of every Division 1 team in NCAA Men's basketball will be sealed. So, which bubble team do you think should make the NCAA Tournament? Who's going home (back to school)? Who is going to have to play in the *gulp* N.I.T. Tournament??? GROSS!!!

It's time to vote! Which one of these schools on the bubble deserves a shot at being in the NCAA Tournament? Will one of these teams be the Cinderella story we look forward to every year? Vote for who you think should be taken off the bubble and locked in to the 2015 NCAA Tournament now! From Murray State to UCLA, Davidson to the Indiana Hoosiers, it's already madness out there!
Which Bubble Team Should Make the 2015 NCAA Tournament?,

Davidson Wildcats men's basketball
Dancing: 10 Seed
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
Dancing: 10 Seed
LSU Tigers men's basketball
Dancing: 9 Seed
Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball
Dancing: 9 Seed
UCLA Bruins men's basketball
Dancing: 11 Seed
Xavier Musketeers men's basketball
Dancing: 6 Seed
Miami Hurricanes men's basketball

Murray State Racers men's basketball

Ole Miss Rebels men's basketball
Dancing: 11 Seed
Tulsa Golden Hurricane men's basketball


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Mon, 09 Mar 2015 10:24:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/which-bubble-team-should-make-the-ncaa-tournament/ranker-ncaa-basketball
<![CDATA[The Worst Parents of 2014]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-parents-of-2014/mel-judson
This list of the worst parents of 2014 will make you lose your faith in moms, dads, and parenting in general. From drug addicts, to child abusers, to plain old idiots, these parents have earned their rankings as the most horrible mothers and fathers of the year. Many of these awful parents faced criminal charges for their poor parenting choices, and their poor kids will certainly have rough roads ahead. But just what does it take to become the worst parent of the year?

On this list, you will meet the mother who decided to leave her crying kids in a steaming hot car while she went down on her boyfriend in a Walmart parking lot. You will also meet the father who was so high on meth that he thought his son was a demon who needed an at home exorcism. You'll learn of the new mother in China, who decided to try cannibalism just hours after the birth of her daughter, and hear of the dad who thought, "Sure, kid... go ride on a horse with that drunk guy while I head to work."

Imagine "Florida Man" was a father. That what we're working with here. Even famous mothers like Mama June of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo made the cut for worst parent of 2014. One has to wonder if there's any amount of therapy that can save these poor kids, who were all innocent victims of the world's worst parents of the year.

Cast your votes for the parents who made the most awful decisions below, and be glad that even though your parents might be a little nuts, they never made your ride on the roof of the car so you wouldn't ruin the fine leather upholstery.

The Worst Parents of 2014,

Parents Fail with Makeshift Tattoo Removal
Not only does this case feature two of the worst parents of the year, but it also features the world's worst babysitter. Melissa Delp and her boyfriend Daniel Janney have pretty bad taste in friends. Their family friend Alexander Edwards (age 20) gave Melissa's two daughters homemade tattoos while babysitting them. To make things worse, Melissa and Daniel decided to make homemade tattoo removers, scarring their kids with a heated razor blade.

Source: Huffington Post 
6 Kids Rode on Top of Car While Drunk Mom Drove
Mitt Romney lost some votes after tying his dog to his car on a family vacation, but that's because America hadn't yet met Kisha Young. The Texan mother of four was driving home from a neighborhood pool with her kids and two others. She didn't want their wet bodies to damage her car's upholstery, so she had them ride on top of the car. After an especially sharp turn, they fell off the vehicle, drawing police to the scene. Young then failed a sobriety test and one of the children was hospitalized with a head injury.

Source: Boston.com
Mom Gets Son a Craigslist Driver
Shelia Sherrie Joyner is a Georgia mom who thought it'd be a good idea for her son to drive across the United States with a total stranger. She met the stranger on Craigslist, allegedly asking him to take the 9 year old to Florida to his grandparents' house. When the police showed up to arrest the mother, initially, only a babysitter was present.

Source: NY Daily News

Mama June Dates Man Who Molested Her Daughter
Mama June, Honey Boo Boo's mom as seen on TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, got in a lot of heat after her daughter Anna confirmed she was molested by June's ex-boyfriend. According to Anna, convicted child-abuser Mark McDaniel sexually assaulted the 8-year-old, while her 3-year-old sister was in the room. Mama June was reportedly hanging out with Mark in 2014, which might have ruined her relationship with Anna. 

Adding fuel to the "Worst Parent of the Year" fire, Mama June has now been offered $1 million to make a sex tape with her estranged husband, Sugar Bear Thompson.

Source: US Weekly
Mom Leaves Kids in Car to Give BF a BJ
Welcome to Lake Charles, LA, where women occasionally leave their children in the car to blow their boyfriends in Walmart parking lots. Okay, maybe that's very specific to the case of Princess Marks. The 25 year old was arrested after going down on her boyfriend in a different car in the same parking lot, while her two toddlers were crying hysterically in an overheated car parked nearby.

Source: Gawker
Methed Out Dad Performs Exorcism on Demon Son
If you thought your dad was a jerk, check out the Florida dad who got high on meth, kidnapped his own son, and tried to exorcise him in the woods. Insisting that his 11-year-old son son was a demon who needed the exorcism, Bryan Adams (not the singer) needed to be punched in the face five times in order to stop. The boy had a minor heel injury and the dad was taken by the coppers.

Source: Orlando Sentinel
Mom and Dad Overdose at McDonald's
You thought your parents were embarrassing? Two Cincinnati parents plead guilty to child endangerment when they both overdosed on heroin at a McDonald's play area. Their children, who were in the indoor play area at the time, are now in state custody in Indiana.

Source: AP

Pennsylvania Couple Has Sex Near Dying Son
In a story too horrific for even the most twisted horror movies, Jillian Tait and Gary Lee Fellenbaum were accused of laughingly hanging their toddler upside down and beating him with a frying pain until he died. As he was put down on a mattress to slowly die, the couple had sex and ordered pizza. The District Attorney's office has said they'll be seeking the death penalty for these evil-doers.

Source: Daily Mail

Mom Gets Wax Job, Leaves Kids in Hot Car
22-year-old Kentucky mom Courtney Kippes was in the salon getting a wax job when police confronted her. They charged the woman after discovering that her sons, 2 and 3 years old, were, at the time, screaming in an unlocked car. To top it off, it was 87 degrees outside and Kippes was in possession of crushed pills and a snorting straw.

Source: Headline News

Mother Accused of Cannibalism After Biting Her Newborn
24-year-old Chinese woman Li Zhenghua was spotted chewing on her newborn son's arm just minutes after giving birth in December 2014. A nurse found the new mom with her teeth locked around the baby's wrist. Hospital staff were eventually able to pry the woman's mouth open and rescue the little boy, but not before he sustained heavy bruising but bleeding. Zhenghua is suspected to have been living on the streets for several weeks after her mother kicked her out of the house, despite being pregnant.
Source: Metro

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:45:09 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-parents-of-2014/mel-judson
<![CDATA[47 Dogs and Babies Who Are Adorable Best Friends]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dogs-and-babies/amylindorff
The only thing cuter than a dog is a baby, but even cuter than all of that, is dogs and babies together. Big dogs and tiny babies make for some truly adorable moments, and fortunately, the parents and owners of these pups and newborns have taken plenty of cute pictures for you to aww over. These puppy and baby pairs will melt your heart and brighten your day.

Giant dogs like Great Danes and Newfoundlands, might seem like they should be kept away from babies, but when they meet their new family members, cuteness ensues. Little kids and dogs can be great pals, taking naps together, learning to crawl, and playing outside. No matter what, they'll be just as cute as can be.

From puppies and babies sharing a cozy seat, to corgis welcoming home their newest humans, to kids playing with their favorite (and giant) dog friends, there are tons of cute dogs and babies pictures for you to enjoy. Be sure to vote for the most adorable piles of fluff and cuteness below!
47 Dogs and Babies Who Are Adorable Best Friends,

This Dog Teaching His Human to Stand

This Baby and His Puppy Friend

These Sleepy Boys

These Two Chilling on the Porch

This Baby Who Is the Big Spoon

These Guys Having a Great Time

This Future Vet and Her Patient

This Baby Sandwich on Pug Bread

These Snugglers

These Two Good Nappers


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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:50:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/dogs-and-babies/amylindorff
<![CDATA[25 Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Sons of Anarchy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sons-of-anarchy-facts/joanna-varikos
Sons of Anarchy has been defining badass since 2008. The FX drama is in motion to wrap up its seventh and final season, though it may not be the end just yet. Did you know there's a prequel in the works? That's right, which means the motorcycles can keep revving. If you didn't know that, there are probably more facts you didn't know, like Charlie Hunnam (Jax) and Ron Perlman (Clay) starred in a film together in very different roles. And Katey Sagal channeled her inner Peg Bundy by really getting "Married…with Children" to the show's big boss. Want more Sons of Anarchy trivia? Well start reading, silly!

These are just a few of the interesting tidbits about the show that we've put together for your voting pleasure. Check out these 25 fun facts about Sons of Anarchy, and vote up on the ones that excite you the most! 
25 Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Sons of Anarchy,

Six of the First 9 Members Were Veterans
More than half of the First 9 members were veterans, six to be exact. Members of the First 9 wore a separate patch; you can catch Piney and Clay wearing it in season 1.

Source: CraveOnline
Creator Kurt Sutter Has Directed Every Season Finale So Far
He created the show, he acts on the show, and Kurt Sutter also (sometimes) directs the show, including each season finale to date.
There's a Potential Sons of Anarchy Prequel in the Works
There has been lots of talk that a prequel series detailing the origin of the club is being planned.

Source: ET

Check out the hottest Sons of Anarchy ladies here
5,000 Copies of an Episode Were Bought for Those Who Missed It During Hurricane Sandy
Show creator Kurt Sutter bought 5,000 copies of episode 508 on Amazon Instant for viewers who missed out on it due to Hurricane Sandy. Acknowledging that more than a few thousand people probably didn't get to see the latest episode at the time, Sutter said he really wanted his "peeps in New Jersey" to know he cares.

Source: Daily Mail
Jackson, Squared
More than likely the name of Gemma's son on the show – Jackson, or "Jax" – was inspired by Katey Sagal’s real-life son, whose name also happens to be, well, Jackson.
Sons of Anarchy Became FX's Highest Rated Show Ever
Season 3 attracted an average of 4.9 million viewers per week, making it FX's highest rated series ever. The season 4 and 5 premieres were the two highest-rated telecasts in FX's history. 

Source: Deadline
Charlie Hunnam Was Discovered in a Shoe Store
When he was just 17, Charlie Hunnam was messing around with his brother in a shoe store when he was approached by a production manager to audition for a role in a children's show called Byker Grove. The rest, as we say, is history.

Source: TV Guide
Tig's Fear Hits Close to Home
Tig Trager suffers from pediophobia, which is a fear of dolls. Creator Kurt Sutter has the same phobia in real life.

Source: Reddit
Katey Sagal (Gemma) is Married to the Show's Creator
Katey Sagal, who plays Gemma on Sons of Anarchy, is married... with children to the show's creator, Kurt Sutter.
The Show's Creator, Kurt Sutter, Plays Otto
Forget about just creating the show. Kurt Sutter also appeared on the show (uncredited) as Sons of Anarchy member Otto.

Source: IMDB

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:51:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/sons-of-anarchy-facts/joanna-varikos
<![CDATA[The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bands-fronted-by-famous-actors/ranker-music
This list ranks the best bands fronted by actors, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several actors have fronted bands over the years, but this list contains only the best. Some of the best bands are fronted by comedic actors, while others are fronted by dramatic stars. One band is even fronted by an Academy Award-winning actor. Which is the best band fronted by an actor? Cast your votes below.

One band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, is fronted by Jared Leto. In 2014, Leto won an Oscar for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Rilo Kiley is fronted by Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett. Lewis appeared in Pleasantville and Sennett appeared in the show “Salute Your Shorts.”

Childish Gambino is fronted by Donald Glover. As an actor, Glover is best known for his role as Troy on “Community.” He was also a writer for “30 Rock.” Tenacious D is fronted by School of Rock funnyman Jack Black and the Steep Canyon Rangers are often fronted by comedian and actor Steve Martin.

Which of these bands fronted by famous actors do you think is the best? Maybe yo prefer Kevin Costner's group to Michael Cera's, or Kevin Bacon's to Jada Pinkett Smith. Upvote the best bands below, all of which are fronted by a celebrity known for his or her acting.
The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors,

30 Seconds to Mars
Jared Leto

Donald Glover
Donald Glover

Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch
Mark Wahlberg
Rick Springfield

Tenacious D
Jack Black

The Bacon Brothers
Kevin Bacon
Steep Canyon Rangers
Steve Martin

She & Him
Zooey Deschanel
The Pretty Reckless
Taylor Momsen

Bruce Willis and the Accelerators
Bruce Willis

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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:07:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bands-fronted-by-famous-actors/ranker-music
<![CDATA[The Best Bachelor of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-bachelor-of-all-time
If you're in your late twenties and just can't find love, what do you do? You go on The Bachelor, of course! This list is made up of all the men who have been "The Bachelor" from every season of the hit ABC reality competition show. But which Bachelor was the best? Finally, finally(!) you can vote for the dudes you loved the most and were just dying to get a rose from, to determine which guys were the best at dating 25 (or so) women, on television, for all the world to see.

From the dream boats to the duds, which Bachelor contestants had you head over heels in love? Were you swooning over Sean? Jonesing for Jason? Or were you the one woman on earth who wasn't totally sick of Juan Pablo after season three?

We aren't here to debate the validity of this show's "process" or Chris Harrison's hand out date cards skill, all we want to know is which of these guys had you dreaming of flying in helicopters, bungee jumping, and dancing to washed up bands you barely remember, all in the name of love.

Upvote the best Bachelors below, then go practice your "can I steal you for a second" game, and start brainstorming which props you'll bring from the limo next season.
The Best Bachelor of All Time,

Alex Michel

Andrew Firestone

Brad Womack

Jesse Palmer

Andrew Baldwin

Travis Lane Stork

Jason Mesnick

Jake Pavelka

Sean Lowe

Chris Soules - Season 19


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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:40:41 PST http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-bachelor-of-all-time
<![CDATA[Actors Who Should Regret Their Comic Book Movie Roles]]> http://www.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!

Actors Who Should Regret Their Comic Book Movie Roles,

Arnold Schwarzenegger
He even uses the film as punishment for his kids. "It's the worst film I have ever made. Now, when my kids get out of line, they're sent to their room and forced to watch 'Red Sonja' 10 times. I never have too much trouble with them."
Ben Affleck
"The only movie I actually regret is 'Daredevil.' It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that's part of the motivation to do 'Batman.'I understand I'm at a disadvantage with the internet. If I thought the result would be another 'Daredevil,' I'd be out there picketing myself. [laughs] Why would I make the movie if I didn't think it was going to be good and that I could be good in it?"
George Clooney
"I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part. I tend to look at it like this - let's just see what the movie is before everyone starts beating him up. He is a smart man, he knows what he is doing.I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part. I tend to look at it like this - let's just see what the movie is before everyone starts beating him up. He is a smart man, he knows what he is doing."
George Reeves
He often spoke out of his hatred of portraying the character saying it was "Beneath his dignity" and hated putting on that "monkey suit" he hated most of all people yelling out "There's Superman" in the Oscar winning 'From here to Eternity' to such an extent in test screening that producers cut his part down. 

Some believe his hatred of the character and his feeling trapped in it, was a contributing factor in his (apparent, very suspicious) suicide.
Halle Berry
”First of all, I want to thank Warner Brothers. Thank you for putting me in a piece of s**t, god-awful movie. You know, it was just what my career needed. I was at the top and Catwoman just plummeted me to the bottom.”
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner is far too nice to say anything bad about her own movie publicly, but that doesn't mean she didn't bash "Elektra" in private. Garner's ex-boyfriend Michael Vartan spilled the beans to Us Weekly. "I heard 'Elektra' was awful," he said. "Jennifer called me and told me it was awful. She had to do it because of 'Daredevil.' It was in her contract."
Jessica Alba
"I wanted to stop acting. The director was like, 'It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.' He was like, 'Don't do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.' And I'm like, But there's no connection to a human being. And then it got me thinking: Am I not good enough? Are my instincts and my emotions not good enough? Do people hate them so much that they don't want me to be a person? Am I not allowed to be a person in my work? And so I just said, 'F--k it. I don't care about this business anymore."
Jim Carrey
"I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart."
Ryan Reynolds
Now this one is tricky because Reynolds is once again reprising his role as Deadpool a CHARACTER he loves dearly, but the INTERPRETATION of that character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine oh so very loathed. So he had to tread lightly.

“I don’t think you can [fit it within the Deadpool story from 
Wolverine], because that character would really sully that whole world. The script is one rewrite away from Deadpool jumping across the desk at the studio executive and attacking him… But I’ve always wanted to do the movie just if only because Deadpool would get to do his own movie trailer. So that’s a thing that we were dying to do and we would love to be a part of that. I don’t know how it would fit though, no. In the current iteration of the script, it doesn’t address Wolverine – though it does address Deadpool’s appearance in Wolverine. Deadpool was not happy with Deadpool in Wolverine. He has a sort of a WTF!? moment with that.”

Topher Grace as Venom
There's no direct quote, Topher respects the film industry... but you know there's no way he doesn't regret THAT.

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Thu, 08 Jan 2015 14:41:55 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-regret-their-comic-movie-roles/ranker-comics
<![CDATA[The Many Things We Hope Improve in 2015]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-we-hope-improve-in-2015/anabel-conner
Christmas is over and all the signs are there: your tree is becoming a fire hazard, the credit card bills have begun to roll in and the only pair of pants that will fit you have an elastic waistband. All of this signals the year is coming to its close, so to keep you from becoming a Scrooge, a healthy approach to the new year is needed. What better way is there to do that than to have hope for the future? What aspects of life, society, and culture do you hope see improvements in 2015?

2014 was okay, but I'll definitely be glad to leave it in the dust for the promise of a brighter 2015. Sure, there will be minor annoyances, like continuing to age and getting the year wrong on every letter, form, and check until at least May, but overall, 2015 gives us many reasons to be optimistic. Maybe even downright joyous.

Let's hope that things improve with the passing of the old year into the new year. What a year 2014 was... but what can we expect from the next twelve months? What resolutions do you hope the world achieves as a whole? Check out this list and vote up which areas you think could use improvement in 2015! And if you don't see it here, don't be shy... add your biggest hopes for the new year!

The Many Things We Hope Improve in 2015,

Economic Outlook
Whether it's your personal piggy bank, or the economy as a whole, we hope it's all looking up in the new year!
Music
It HAS to get better because it can't get any worse, right?
Stress Levels
In order for happiness to increase, those stress levels need to come down.
Health & Fitness
This is one of the greatest assets that you have. Here's to increasing productivity levels like crazy and boosting self confidence.
The Environment
The earth keeps taking a beating, but lets all hope that we succeed this year in doing our part to improve our environment.
Peace & Kindness
2014 was the year that "the ugly" came out. The hope for 2015 is simply that the world works to fulfill a legacy of goodwill toward others.
Even Better Gas Prices
Gas prices improved substantially in 2014. Let's hope they continue to drop in 2015.
Finances
Were you broke last year? Here's looking forward to filled pockets in '15!
Attitudes
2014 caused a whole lot of suck-tacular attitudes. Attitude adjustments and improvements will go a long way this year!
Health Care
Despite governmental strides, healthcare is still one big, expensive mess. Fingers crossed there's improvement in 2015.

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Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:46:18 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/things-we-hope-improve-in-2015/anabel-conner
<![CDATA[Romantic Movies You Can Trick Your BF Into Watching]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/romantic-movies-for-men/jacob-shelton
Ladies: After a tough week of work, do you ever want to relax on a Friday night with some Chinese food and a movie that’s all about people falling in love? While that might sound like a perfect night in to you, your boyfriend is probably bored to tears with the thought of watching yet another movie where Justin Long mopes around his apartment pining for Drew Barrymore. If you want to watch a movie with your boo, your best bet is to trick him into watching one of the rom-coms for men on this list. Generally, romantic movies guys like include at least one explosion and usually Harrison Ford or Keanu Reeves. Check out this list of romantic movies that you can trick your boyfriend into watching and get thyself to your favorite streaming site.

Romantic films for men usually involve a couple of things: explosions, dudes taking off their shirts, and a hot babe for those shirtless dudes to fall in love with. Also Patrick Swayze; he’s like action-rom-com vanilla - that dude is in everything. Once you trick your boyfriend with a few of these romantic movies guys love, they’ll be on board with watching J Lo plan a wedding, even if you have to tell them to wait till the end for the explosions.

Vote up the best romantic movies to trick your boyfriend into watching with you below. If there’s a romantic movie with some gun play, but also luv, that you’ve entrapped your stubborn BF with, add it to the list!
Romantic Movies You Can Trick Your BF Into Watching,

Casino Royale

Grosse Pointe Blank

Point Break

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Romancing the Stone

Speed

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

The Princess Bride

Top Gun

True Lies


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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:55:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/romantic-movies-for-men/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Black Inventions We'd Be Completely Lost Without]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/black-inventors-and-inventions/damon-davis

If your list of Black inventors begins and ends with George Washington Carver, you have so much more to learn. Black inventors and their inventions have been changing the world for the better for hundreds of years. Believe it or not, you've no doubt used tons of Black inventions over the course of your life, many of which you may not have even known were created by African American innovators. For instance did you know that the Super Soaker, refrigerated trucks, and pencil sharpeners where all Black inventions?  

We've gathered up a collection of brilliant inventions you probably use in your every day life, all of which were invented by Black people. Whether you realize it or not, every time you sit down to eat a bag of potato chips or play video games at home, you have industrious African Americans to thank. Whether it's world-changing inventions like the concept of a blood bank, or smaller but no less valuable objects like the dust pan or golf tee, check out these modern day objects that were created by Black inventors. Vote up the ones you'd be lost without.

 


Black Inventions We'd Be Completely Lost Without,

Potato chip
The story of the potato chip started back in 1853 when a man named George Crum was working as a chef in Saratoga Springs, NY. Frustrated that an order of fries was sent back to the kitchen for being too thick, Crum decided to take revenge on his customer by chopping pieces of potato as thinly as he could, cooking them until they were burned to a crisp, and promptly returning them to the complainer. Much to his dismay, the customer absolutely loved the chips and they quickly became one of the most popular items on the menu.

 


The Pencil Sharpener
Can you imagine sitting in class during the second grade and having to stop halfway through writing the alphabet to pull out your knife and whittle down your pencil? In 1897, a guy named John Love definitely could. Not content with having to carve his own pencil every time he sat down to write a letter, he invented the pencil sharpener that allowed users to turn a simple crank until the end of their pencil formed a sharp point.
 

Refrigerated Trucks
A man by the name of  Frederick M. Jones may or may not have realized he was changing the eating habits of Americans forever when he invented mobile refrigeration. The system allowed food trucks to keep meat and other perishables frozen while transporting them long distances. His company, Thermo King, quickly became a huge manufacturer of refrigerated transportation.



The Gas Mask and Traffic Signals
Though Garrett A Morgan had only a sixth grade education, the son of freed slaves managed to turn himself into a businessman. He owned a repair shop, clothing business, cosmetics line, and even a Black newspaper. On top of that, he developed what he called the "safety hood," after seeing how many firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty. He even debuted it himself in 1916 by using it to save the lives of workers trapped in a tunnel explosion. The "hood" became a sensation and led to what we now know as the gas mask. But did he stop there? No way. He also patented the mechanical traffic light in 1923, which he then sold to General Electric.  



The Modern Home Video Gaming Console
If you love to play on your Playstation, Xbox, or Wii, then give it up for a guy by the name of Gerald A. Lawson. He created the first home video gaming system with interchangeable cartridges, offering players the chance to play all of their favorite games from the comfort of their own houses.

Beer Kegs
Richard Spikes is one of those people that history has never given the props he deserves. Not only did he invent the beer keg tap in 1910, he went on to develop countless other inventions and innovations.   
 
Over the course of his lifetime, Spikes also invented: the railroad semaphore (1906), the automatic car washer (1913), automobile directional signals or blinker lights (1913), the continuous contact trolley pole (1919), the automatic gear shift (1932), transmission and shifting thereof (1933), the automatic shoe shine chair (1939), the multiple barrel machine gun (1940), the horizontally swinging barber chair (1950), the automatic safety brake (1962), and more. 

Fountain Pens
Though almost all of us carry around pens in our backpacks or purses these days, prior to 1890, things weren't so simple. Back then, you not only had to carry around a pen, but also a bottle of ink to dip it in. Luckily an inventor named William Purvis came up with an idea for a pen with the ink stored inside. Today we know it as the fountain pen.   

 

The Super Soaker
Lonnie Johnson is the man behind all of your best summer memories. The Air Force vet who worked on the stealth bomber program, the Galileo mission to Jupiter, and the Cassini mission to Saturn, invented everyone's favorite water gun while working on an environmentally friendly heating pump. 

 

The Modern Refridgerator
Prior to 1870, the closest thing they had to a refrigerator was a huge container you could put food in and surround with ice. Needless to say, food didn't last very long inside such contraptions, which is why Thomas Elkins decided to shake things up a bit. Elkins developed a system that used metal cooling coils to bring the temperature of a container down to freezing temperature, allowing it to keep perishables fresh without having to worry about huge chunks of melting ice.

Carbon Filament Light Bulbs
Though the light bulb was invented by Thomas Edison, it may not have become a staple in homes around the world if it weren't for an inventor named Lewis Latimer. Edison invented the electric bulb, but his prototype didn't burn long enough to be of practical use. In 1881, however, Latimer discovered a way to use a carbon filament to produce a much longer lasting light bulb. It was also much more practical and way cheaper than Edison's original model. Latimer went on to work with Alexander Graham Bell to help draft the concept of the first telephone in 1876.
 
 


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Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:27:13 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/black-inventors-and-inventions/damon-davis
<![CDATA[Things All Women Have in Their Closets (But Never Ever Wear)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-all-women-have-but-will-never-wear/jessica-defino
An old bridesmaid dress. A celebrity-style inspired fedora. "Skinny day" jeans. What do these items have in common? Sure, they are things all women own. But more than that, they are clothes women own but never wear. 

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




Things All Women Have in Their Closets (But Never Ever Wear),

The Shirt That Was an Extra 50% Off
Who can pass up a good sale? A slashed price can take a blouse from "just okay" to "totally worth it" in the fitting room. But what seems like a good idea at the time most often just feels like a #fashionfail once you get home. 
The Bridesmaid Dress
The bridesmaid dress that your best friend swore would be versatile enough to wear post-wedding has not lived up to that promise. It's been three years, and the dress is patiently waiting for a second chance in the spotlight.
The Vegas-Worthy Mini Dress
Every woman needs a sexy, slinky, sparkly mini dress on hand on the off-chance that Vegas calls. Does that call ever come? Rarely. But it's good to have a dress ready to go, just in case.
The Dress That's Just One Size Too Small
It's happened to all of us: you spot the perfect dress on the rack and it's almost your size. You try it on and it's just not working. "Maybe with a pair of Spanx" you think, purchasing the dress anyway. But Spanx aren't miracle workers, and this dress will never fit the way you want it to. Sigh.
The College Sweatshirt
Your mom shelled out 50 big ones for it at the college bookstore to celebrate your acceptance. It's not something you'll wear anymore, but it just feels wrong to throw your alma mater's sweatshirt in the trash.
The Sky High Heels
Those too-tall heels that you swore you'd break in are still sitting in the box they came in, all the way at the back of your closet. Your eyes are bigger than your pain-tolerance levels.
The Convertible Strap Bra
When the convertible strap bra first came out, it seemed like a great idea. Criss-cross, halter, strapless: one bra to rule them all! In truth, it's just too confusing. It's so much easier to let your regular old bra straps peek out of your halter top, or just go bra-less. 
The "Skinny" Day Jeans
Every woman has that one pair of jeans that doesn't quite fit, but they're close enough that we hold on to them. Sure, they might be acceptable to wear in public after a bout of the stomach flu, but for the most part, these jeans are just depress you every time you spot them in the back of your closet.
The Capri Pants of the Early 2000s
Fashion in the early 2000s was all about capris. At that time, every woman had countless pairs in her closet to choose from — and some of us are holding out hope that the trend will come back someday soon. 
The Vacation Souvenir
Summer vacations in tropical locations require a local fashion purchase or two. Every lady has a brightly-printed sarong or handwoven purse taking up space in her closet—good for a memory but not much else.

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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:18:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/things-all-women-have-but-will-never-wear/jessica-defino
<![CDATA[The 47 Douchiest Things Justin Bieber Has Ever Done]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/douchiest-things-justin-bieber-has-ever-done/ariel-kana
List of the douchiest things Justin Bieber has ever done. From abandoning his own pet monkey in Germany to showing up with a 20-person entourage to guest-host SNL, the Biebs has done quite a few questionable things in recent history. There comes a time in most young famous peoples' lives when their "acting out" incidents become more and more frequent, and the public reaction starts to move away from, "Aw, he probably didn't know any better," to "Ah! What a douchebag!" This list rounds up funny Justin Bieber quotes, stories of him acting dumb, and lays out the evidence for why Justin Bieber is a douche– deciding what you think is up to you. 

Is Justin Bieber a douchebag? Obvs, this depends on who you ask. Devoted fans –Bielebers and those who have Bieber-fever would (or course) say that he is not and that there are many good things about Justin Bieber. But what about the general public? Is spitting in your neighbor's face, threatening paparazzi, and refusing to pay for services that you used enough reason to call someone a douche? Is he actually one of the biggest douchebags in Hollywood? Or is he just acting how any other young person would in these circumstances? Does the Biebs deserve a little slack since he is from Canada and new to all of this fame? 

You can use this list of douch-ey JB moments to make your own decision and judge for yourself. Vote on your favorite d-bag move by the ever-popular teenage heartthrob/popstar, and share with your friends to see what they think.

The 47 Douchiest Things Justin Bieber Has Ever Done,

After Being Told to Drive More Carefully, He Spit in His Neighbor's Face, Threatened to Kill
Bieber allegedly hocked a loogie and spit it in his 47-year-old neighbor's face after the father of three screamed at him to drive more carefully. Word has it that Bieber had a new Ferrari delivered to his Calabasas home at 8 AM and decided to take it for a test drive inside his gated community. Many neighbors complained that he was driving around 100 mph inside their little community. 

When one neighbor confronted him and said, "You can't drive like this!" Bieber responded by saying, "Get the f**k out of here," and then he spit in the guy's face and said, "I'm gonna f**king kill you."

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Throws a Fit Because He Had to Watch Drake with the Regular People
According to TMZ, Bieber was put into a choke hold at So Cal's 2015 Coachella music festival after an altercation with security. Apparently the Biebs and his entourage were not allowed entrance into the artist area during Drake's performance because it was already at capacity. Instead of watching the set with the rest of the civilians in the crowd, Bieber said he needed special access to the restricted area so that he wouldn't be overwhelmed by fans. The security guards were not amused.

When a staffer finally came over to escort Bieber into the artist area, a security guard, doing his job like a true American hero, came up from behind and put Bieber in a choke hold. After that, Bieber and his personal security team left voluntarily but said they were considering legal action.

Believe it or not, the Biebs actually did something nice! Click here to see. 

Read more:
TMZ, Billboard
Banned for Life from a Vegas Indoor Skydiving Gym
Late June 2013, the Biebs and his entourage acted so poorly in a Las Vegas indoor skydiving facility that they were placed on the no-fly list for life. A source told E! News that Bieber and his crew arrived a couple minutes before closing, trashed the bathrooms, and agreed to handle payment after flying.

After they flew, he was given the option to either 1) pay or 2) Instagram a photo of himself with the owner and a favorable caption. Bieber went with option 2 – except rather than actually doing that, he "faked like he was posting something, per the agreement, but never did." Bieber and his friends then left without paying or tipping the staff who helped them fly.
He Drives This:
A Leopard Print Audi R8. But only when he is giving his Ferrari a rest.
"Anne (Frank) Was a Great Girl. Hopefully She Would Have Been a Belieber."
???

Before playing a show in the Netherlands in early 2013, the Biebs really had a moment at the Anne Frank House. After his hourlong visit with guards and friends, he thoughtfully wrote in their guestbook: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”

And maybe she would have! If she, you know, hadn’t died from typhus in a concentration camp in 1945.
He Abandoned His Pet Monkey in Germany
In March 2013, Justin Bieber flew to Munich to put on a few performances as part of his world tour. On his return trip, his entourage grew just a little bit bigger – to include one new (adorable) baby capuchin monkey. Unfortunately, with all of the excitement around his new pet, Biebs neglected to bring one very, very important document with him to the airport: the necessary clearance forms that would allow him to bring the monkey in and out of Germany.

Because he just showed up with a monkey and no paperwork, German officials seized little OG Mally (which is the monkey's name), and placed him under quarantine. A local animal shelter announced it would give Justin Bieber (who was still in Germany) four weeks to return to Munich with the necessary paperwork to claim his little fella, or else the monkey will be given to a European zoo. Bieber had his people email the shelter to let them know he would not be coming back for him. 

Before he decided to not rescue his pet monkey from Germany, Bieber posted a photo of OG Mally on his Instagram with the caption, “He’s like a human.” (You know, the kind of human you abandon in a foreign country)

Source 

When He Made Prince's Death About Himself
While the world mourned the loss of Prince in April 2016, Bieber was predictably thinking about one thing: himself. The Biebs wanted to make sure fans knew the "Purple Rain" singer wasn't the only star in the world. Singer/songwriter Andrew Watt posted a Prince tribute on Instagram that said, "Today waking up to this news I am truly beside myself...devastated...the last of the greatest living performers...my guitar idol." 

Bieber's response? He commented on the pic: "Well not the last greatest living performer." Wonder who could he have been referring to?


When He Got Into a Fist Fight at a Basketball Game
Apparently tensions were high at the stadium when Bieber stopped by to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Video of the star showed him throwing a punch at a much larger dude. The other guy got in a few good licks as bystanders tried and failed to pull them apart. Bieber's reps didn't comment on the cause of the fight, but Bieber did post a pic of himself on Instagram with the caption: "Not a scratch on this pretty boy."

Spits Off Balcony On To Fans Below
The tween-idol was photographed hawking spit over the side of a hotel balcony –directly above the faces of hundreds of loyal fans who were gathered below in hopes of catching a glimpse of him. In the same series of extremely bad PR shots, he was then photographed cracking up with his friends and pointing down at the poor teenage girls gathered below that he had just spat on. 

Just moments before the spit-show, Bieber posted a photo of the same fans on Instagram with the caption, "I wake up this morning to this :) best fans in the world #beliebers #sexyfans."

Spitting at a group of teenagers that call themselves "Beliebers" seems cruel enough, but it just seems extra unfair to first give them a shoutout on Instagram and then spit in their faces. They never had a chance to see it coming. 


When He Punched a Fan in the Face

On the way to perform at a show in Brazil, Justin Bieber's car was flooded with fans. However, one fan got a little too close for comfort when he stuck his hand through the Biebz' window to touch the pop star. Bieber, always one to respond in the positively most aggressive way possible, took a jab at the fan. A witness caught video footage of the moment Bieber threw the punch at his (probably) ex-fan, who is visibly shocked by the whole incident. As for the rest of the world, the episode is nothing new when it comes to a day in the life of the Biebz.



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Mon, 24 Jun 2013 04:03:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/douchiest-things-justin-bieber-has-ever-done/ariel-kana
<![CDATA[The Best New York Blogs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/new-york-blogs/blog-loblaw
List of the top New York blogs on the Internet, based on traffic as well as influence over the subject online. Bloggers have been discussing NYC life, culture, and events in detail online for years, and these blogs and websites are where much of the online conversation is centered. Because of the ease of editing and updating blogs quickly as news happens, many of these blogs and websites cover entertainment news and contemporary goings on. However, numerous bloggers have used the format over the years to explore Manhattan and Brooklyn news in a more in-depth and nuanced fashion, posting longer pieces and competing with niche magazines and newspapers to provide a diverse collection of original writing and reporting on the subject.

In the early days of blogging, users would traditionally find blogs about Brooklyn gossip, New Yorker news, New York shows, and related subjects using blog search engines, including Technorati, Icerocket, Google Blog Search and others. Since the explosion of social media services such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and others, search has become less and less significant as a traffic draw. Now, getting a particular blog post or article to go "viral" on Facebook will have far greater significance than optimizing visibility in search engines. Add in the volume of links submitted to aggregation sites and services like Reddit and StumbleUpon and it's easier than ever to find blogs and blog posts on any imaginable topic, no matter how niche.

These blogs are focused on issues in the New York blog community. Be sure to vote for your favorites to move them up the list.


The Best New York Blogs,

New York Daily News

Flavorpill.com

Free Williamsburg

Gawker Media

Gothamist

David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

Overheardinnewyork.com

Village Voice

myopenbar.com

OHMYGOSSIP.COM


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Thu, 26 Apr 2012 08:56:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/new-york-blogs/blog-loblaw
<![CDATA[All Pixar Films, Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/pixar-films-ranked
When the worst Pixar movie you can think of is still better than almost every other animated movie in the last 50 years, you know you've got a good thing going. This list of all Pixar films is ranked best to "worst", but it's probably better to think of it as ranked from greatest to less great. Of the 16 Pixar movies that have been released, a good percentage are already on the list of the best movies ever, and the company has already found a place on the list of the top film franchises with the Toy Story trilogy (no doubt Cars isn't far behind).

From WALL-E to Finding Nemo, there is no shortage of quality coming out of Pixar studios. The hard part is deciding which Pixar films are best, and ranking them against each other, which is why this list of Pixar films exists.

What is the best Pixar movie? How many movies has Pixar made? You should be able to answer these questions after perusing the list of Pixar films ranked best to still ok, but not the best. Make sure to upvote your favorite Pixar movies so other fans will know just what the greatest Pixar movie really is.
All Pixar Films, Ranked Best to Worst,

WALL-E

Finding Nemo

Monsters, Inc.

Ratatouille

The Incredibles

Toy Story

Toy Story 2

Toy Story 3

Up

Inside Out


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Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:04:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/pixar-films-ranked
<![CDATA[Famous Breast Cancer Survivors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-breast-cancer-survivors/polkadotking

Ever since Angelina Jolie elected to have a double mastectomy instead of facing an 87% risk of developing breast cancer, the topic of cancer awareness was once again front and center in the public eye. Far from being the first to act against the disease, Jolie joins an impressive roster of women who have fought back against breast cancer and won.

While there are other famous people who have died of breast cancer, these women have undergone radiation treatment, chemotherapy, and single and double mastectomies to triumph over disease. This list of notable breast cancer survivors is here to serve as an inspiration and warning for other women concerned with breast cancer.

As one of the leading causes of death in men and women, cancer is something celebrities like Angelina Jolie are encouraging people to be vigilant about in their health assessments. This list of famous breast cancer survivors is a testament to treatment and preventative checks saving lives.


Famous Breast Cancer Survivors,

Christina Applegate
In 2008, Christina Applegate was diagnosed with cancer in one breast and opted to have both removed in a double mastectomy.
Cynthia Nixon
In 2006, Cynthia Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Giuliana Rancic
In 2011, Giuliana Rancic received a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Kylie Minogue
In 2006, Kylie Minogue underwent a partial mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy to remove a lump in her left breast.
Melissa Etheridge
In 2004, Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with cancer in her left breast and underwent a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment to battle the disease.
Olivia Newton-John
In 1992, Olivia Newton-John underwent a modified radial mastectomy and chemotherapy to combat breast cancer.
Robin Roberts
In 2007, Robin Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments and has since (in 2012) undergone a bone marrow transplant for MDS, or myelodysplastic syndrome.
Shannen Doherty

Beverly Hills 90210 star Shannen Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2015. A year later, she posted photos of herself shaving her head, another step in her battle to fight and beat the disease.


Sheryl Crow
In 2006, Sheryl Crow underwent seven weeks of radiation to eradicate suspicious calcifications in both breasts. 
Suzanne Somers
In 2001, Suzanne Somers was diagnosed with breast cancer and received a lumpectomy and radiation treatment. 

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Tue, 14 May 2013 08:34:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-breast-cancer-survivors/polkadotking
<![CDATA[The Most Beautiful Celebrity Couples]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-beautiful-celebrity-couples/mark
The most beautiful celebrity couples prove that when the hottest celebrities hook up with one another, dashingly beautiful things happen. Ranging from actors and musicians to politicians and athletes, celebrity couples don't get much more beautiful than these.

While numerous adoring women wish they could marry the hottest male celebrities they also shrugged in unison when these hunks married or started a relationship with someone else. Hearts were broken when Ryan Gosling started dating Eva Mendes, when Justin Timberlake married Jessica Biel and when Tom Brady settled down with Gisele Bundchen.

But not all of these hottest celebrity couples are current as many have since broken up or divorced. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes called it quits, and quite publicly. Few can forget when Brad Pitt split from Jennifer Aniston and moved on to Angelina Jolie. Ryan Reynolds and Scarlet Johansson were peaking professionally when they announced their separation and divorce. Even the most beautiful celebrities, like us common folk, have relationship struggles from time to time.

As sexy as these most beautiful celebrity couples are, the offspring of these couples is surely to be even more beautiful. Which celebrity couple is the hottest? Vote for your favorites, add any not already listed or re-rank this list of the most beautiful celebrity couples below.
The Most Beautiful Celebrity Couples,

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall

David and Victoria Beckham

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis


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<![CDATA[The Best Celebrity Autobiographies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-celebrity-autobiographies/ranker-books
List of celebrity autobiographies, ranked best to worst by fans. Books written by famous people in Hollywood are included in this list. So what makes a celebrity memoir a must-read? The more revealing and candid the author writes, the better. Juicy details about the lives of the rich and famous makes celebrity autobiographies some of the best-selling books of all time. This list of best superstar memoirs and autobiographies has the most scandalous details and intimate truths about film and television icons, legendary rock stars and musicians, popular stand-up comedians, as well as news and media personalities. But what is the best celebrity autobiography?

The greatest celebrity autobiographies range from inspirational to tragic and elegant to trashy, but the one thing that connect these top-selling memoirs is that they are all very entertaining to read. Each page-turning chapter of these true-to-life diaries and confessions, which are mostly written by or co-written by the celeb, take readers behind the closed doors and behind the scenes. Some autobiographies written by famous people are funny, irreverent, and candid while others expose the dark side of fame and fortune. These are just some of the reasons why millions of readers can't wait to get their hands on a book written by a celebrity author once it comes out.

Do you love reading about juicy gossip, surprising scandals, and Hollywood controversies straight from the stars's mouths? Then vote on the list of the best celebrity autobiographies below and add your favorite superstar memoir if you don't see it. Expand your library of knowledge and check out these other book lists on Ranker, including the best celebrity biographies, the best movies based on books, and list of life-changing books.
The Best Celebrity Autobiographies,

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

Bossypants

Life Itself: a Memoir

Lucky Man: a Memoir

Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace

Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

My First Five Husbands...And the Ones Who Got Away

Wishful Drinking

Yes Please

Unsweetined Jodie Sweetin


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<![CDATA[The Most Epic Party Scenes in Film History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-party-scenes-in-film-history/ranker-film
A party scene in a movie can make or break the whole film. It sets up a tone (or a tone change), it reveals a lot about the characters (how they behave in a party environment), and it's usually is a strong selling point in the trailer. Party scenes are important and boy, are they fun. What are the greatest party scenes in film history?

What is it exactly that separates a good party scene from a bad one? Loud music, hot women, some slapstick humor? That's all it takes, right? Nope. The perfect movie party scene needs all these things, but in just the right combinations. The party scenes from film on this list get the balance just right and make for some epic parties you wish you could attend.

Be it for the fun of the scene, the comedy, how iconic and memorable it has become, or how important these scenes were to the story, these are the greatest party scenes in film history, with videos. Cast your votes below and enjoy reliving these awesome parties from film.
The Most Epic Party Scenes in Film History,

Almost Famous

Bachelor Party
Find the movie. It's worth it.
Back to the Future

Dazed and Confused

National Lampoon's Animal House

Old School

Sixteen Candles

The Godfather

Project X

The Wolf of Wall Street


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Fri, 23 May 2014 04:02:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-party-scenes-in-film-history/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Where You've Seen the American Horror Story Actors Before]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/other-roles-by-american-horror-story-actors/devon-ashby
Each new season of American Horror Story, one of television's creepiest shows, seems to be the most skin-crawlingly bizarre one yet. With the show's repertory cast becoming reassuringly familiar to audiences, it's worth exploring past roles of the American Horror Story cast, and where you've seen some of these talented and versatile actors prior to their current foray into the mad and the macabre on this hit FX horror series.

Setting it apart from similar shows of its caliber, is that the AHS creators make a point of casting the crazy American Horror Story characters with big-name stars, to the point that some critics have accused the show, exasperatedly, of "stunt casting." For a show with such a deliciously campy feel, however, casting performers with a strange and various body of work under their belt seems like a no-brainer - but even most actors you recognize are harder to pigeonhole than you might expect.

Below is a list of American Horror Story performers paired with appearances they've made outside of the series - the good, the bad, and the just plain weird. This American Horror Story trivia will keep you guessing!
Where You've Seen the American Horror Story Actors Before,

Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett is a Hollywood heavyweight on par with Lange and Bates. A few years prior to her first appearance on Horror Story, she popped up in several episodes of the spy thriller Alias, as CIA director Hayden Chase.
Denis O'Hare
Fans of the gruesome and gory may already have recognized Denis O'Hare from his role as high-ranking vampire aristocrat Russell Edgington on HBO's True Blood. Howeverhis horrific burn-scar makeup when he first turned up on Murder House initially made him a little tough to place.
Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts appeared in a slew of notable big-screen roles, including We're the Millers and fledgling director Gia Coppola's indie darling Palo Alto. Fans of Roberts's vampy, two-faced sexuality in Coven and Freak Show, however, may be shocked to learn that she began her career playing perky tween Addie Singer on the Nickelodeon show Unfabulous.
Evan Peters
Before making his debut on American Horror Story, Evan Peters perfected his sulky charisma playing ironically-named high school student Jack Daniels on One Tree Hill.
Frances Conroy
Before appearing on all four seasons of American Horror Story, Frances Conroy won a Golden Globe (and was nominated for several Emmys) for her starring role as Ruth Fisher on HBO's Six Feet Under.
Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange is old school Hollywood royalty, and has been starring in critically acclaimed and award-winning classic films (like King Kong, All that Jazz, and Cape Fear) since the 1970s. More recently, Lange made an artificially-aged appearance alongside Drew Barrymore in HBO's fictionalized version of the famously quirkly mother-daughter documentary, Grey Gardens.
John Carroll Lynch
Before he gave the world nightmares playing Twisty on Freak Show, John Carroll Lynch appeared as escaped convict Varlyn Stroud on the similarly-carnival-themed series, Carnivàle.
Kathy Bates
Like Angela Bassett and Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates is an established Hollywood powerhouse with too many unforgettable headlining roles to keep track of. However, fans who remember her from Titanic, About Schmidt, or Misery, may have missed her memorable string of appearances as Jo Bennett on NBC's The Office.
Michael Chiklis
Before he played an emotionally tortured strong man on Freak Show, Michael Chiklis played an emotionally tortured vice cop on FX's The Shield.
Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson has been working in film and television since the early 90s. In 2005, before cranking up the high emotion for American Horror Story, she appeared on HBO's Deadwood as the exceedingly composed Ms. Isringhausen.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:51:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/other-roles-by-american-horror-story-actors/devon-ashby
<![CDATA[The Worst Project Runway Looks Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-project-runway-looks-ever/brigittenajarian

Project Runway is usually known for being a facilitator of unforgettable designs, but not always. This show is worth watching half the time just for the heinous fashion choices some designers choose to execute. The term "hot mess" has never been used more correctly or frequently in any given situation. 

Let's revisit these past looks and be thankful for the fact that we weren't the models who had to wear these outfits. Those poor girls (and man) may have been featured on national television, but at what cost? This is a memoriam to their dignity and the looks that should never have crossed the runway.


The Worst Project Runway Looks Ever,

Wendy Pepper’s Candy Bikini
There's nothing more that women hate than going bathing suit shopping. Good thing Wendy Pepper made things easier by hanging colorful balls off of her model's crotch.
Santino's Gingerbread Lingerie Debacle
Santino's version of gingerbread involves lingerie that looks like it was made by German children. Poor Heidi had to witness her country's beloved fable be brought to life in such tattered disgrace. 
Ping’s Burlap Butt Flap
Oh Ping, your legacy will always be remembered in your infamous butt flap in the Burlap Challenge. Judges could see the model's tush, but apparently not Ping's vision. 
The Bloody '60s
This poor model. He probably always gets type casted as the murdering hippie on all of his auditions. 
The '80s Looked Better Than This
It's like a magician's trick gone wrong. Why are there so many colors of such a bad thing?
Blayne Walsh’s Rainbow Torture Nightmare
This is probably the best known disaster in "Project Runway" history. Who knew beige leotards, leather bondage, and rainbow colored tule didn't go together?!
Mitchell's Muumuu
This challenge was about designers creating a red carpet look that exemplified who they were. Mitchell is obviously a pregnant housewife in the 1700's. 
Emilio's Barely There String Bikini
Barbarella was a vixen who could rock a metallic bikini in winter, but she would never be caught dead in this disaster. This bikini would be rightly appropriate if she was a flag girl sponsoring Pepto-Bismol in a drag race.
The Avant Garde Butterfly
If this model's shoulders could talk, they would say, "Help! Help! We're being smothered down here!" Although this could be a possible redesign for football players' uniforms everywhere.
The Hershey's Kiss of Death
The chocolate is delicious, but once you're done with the wrapper, you should throw it away. Like this outfit, it was better left in the recycling bin. 

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:02:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-project-runway-looks-ever/brigittenajarian
<![CDATA[Grossest Things Fast Food Employees Have Done to Your Food]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/grossest-fast-food-chain-employee-moments/derrick920
Those nutty fast food workers. One moment they're delivering robotic customer service, and the next they're hawking spit in your lime Slurpee. Gross, right? Thing is, if caught on film or camera, the awful actions of these bad employees are a viral goldmine. For some reason, folks just love to watch dumb kids in fast food uniforms doing really gross stuff as they compete for the worst people on the planet awards. 

Let's just admit it: Most fast food is disgusting food anyway - well, at least in the nutritional sense. When you combine low pay with low skills, it kind of makes sense that occasionally there's gonna be a disgusting soul working among workers. Take a look at the grossest fast food employee moments. 
Grossest Things Fast Food Employees Have Done to Your Food,

Burger King
This anonymously posted photo of a Burger King employee standing on two trays of lettuce apparently was a team effort. They even posted a caption with it: "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King." Well, if it was notoriety they wanted they succeeded. It went viral big time. However, the image was eventually tracked to a Burger King in Ohio. The three employees involved were all fired. 

Domino's Pizza
A picture wasn't enough for these Domino Pizza employees.They videotaped their food escapades complete with stuffing cheese up their noses, blowing snot on a sandwich, wiping their butts on a towel intended to wash dishes. Oh yeah, they went all out. The pair was fired and faced criminal charges - yet, they insist it was just a prank and that none of the food was served to customers.
Jack in the Box
In 1990, a fast food worker at a Jack in the Box in Phoenix was arrested when it was discovered he'd blown his nose into the hamburgers of a couple of hungry cops.

According to an AP article, the employee had only been working there a week. One can only wonder about Jack in the Box's employee training manual. 

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KFC
Working on her Ph.D in grossness, this KFC employee appears to lick a pile of mash potatoes. So impressed was she with her picture, she posted it on Facebook. Didn't take long for the tongue affair to go viral. (Didn't take long for KFC to fire her either.)

Subway
Sandwich artists, eh? Two employees of the chain in Dublin, Ohio, were fired after they posted vulgar pics on instagram. One shot was of an employee inserting his manhood into the bread, the second pic was of a bottle, accompanied by the caption 'Today at work I froze my pee.'
Taco Bell
Hard to figure out which is more disgusting: peeing on food and tweeting a picture of it or bragging about the fact that there's literally nothing that can be done to you for peeing on the food and posting a photo of it on Twitter. 
 

Here's the deal: Cameron Jankowski is a disgusting jerk. The employee of a Fort Wayne, Indiana Taco Bell, the slime ball not only took a picture of himself peeing on a plate of nachos but tagged the tweet the disgusting act with #pissolympics #nacobellgrande and #guesswhereIwork. 

What a pig. Of course, he lost his job. He's hoping he never gets three football fields near an eating establishment as an employee ever again.  

Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers of New York, Inc
In 2013, a Wendy's employee was filmed deep-throating a Frosty Freeze machine, which oozed what appears to be Vanilla Frosty. Nice. 

Taco Bell
A pic of a California Taco Bell employee licking a stack of taco shells made it onto Taco Bell's Facebook page and quickly went viral.


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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:56:47 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/grossest-fast-food-chain-employee-moments/derrick920
<![CDATA[30 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gay-actors-who-play-straight-characters-v1/celebrity-lists
This list of gay actors who play straight characters is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. One of the great things about being an actor is you can play characters that are different from yourself. Several gay actors are famous for playing straight characters in film and on television. One gay actor is best known for playing a womanizing lawyer on a sitcom.

Who is the most famous gay actor who has played straight characters? Rosie O'Donnell tops our list. The A League of Their Own star publicly came out in 2002. She has since been a fierce advocate for gay rights, same-sex marriage, and gay adoption rights. She has played several straight characters including Betty Rubble in The Flintstones. Portia de Rossi married talk show host Ellen Degeneres in 2008. She has played several straight characters including Lindsay Bluth Funke on "Arrested Development."

Neil Patrick Harris plays the womanizing Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. Harris came out in 2006, saying, "I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love." Other gay actors who play straight characters include Jim Parsons, Ricky Martin, and Ellen Page.

Do you think that it is difficult for gay actors to play straight characters? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
30 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters,

David Hyde Pierce

David Hyde Pierce played Niles Crane on "Frasier" from 1993-2004. By the end of the series, Dr. Crane was married with a son. Pierce publicly came out in 2007. He married Brian Hargrove, his partner of over 20 years, in 2008.


Ellen Page

Ellen Page came out in 2014 at a youth even for the Human Rights Campaign. She has played several straight characters, including a pregnant teenager in the title role of the 2007 film Juno.


Jane Lynch

"Glee" actress Jane Lynch is openly gay and a big supporter of gay rights. She played one half of a hilarious lesbian couple in the comedy Best in Show, but she has played several straight characters, including helpfully horny Paula in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Lynch was married to Lara Embry from 2010 to 2014.


John Mahoney

John Mahoney does not speak publicly about his personal life, but it is widely believed that the actor is gay. He has played many straight characters in his career, including the twice-married Martin Crane on "Frasier."


Maria Bello
Maria Bello publicly came out in 2013. She has played several straight characters throughout her career, including Edie Stall in A History of Violence. She is in a relationship with Clare Munn.
Neil Patrick Harris

Actor Neil Patrick Harris is openly gay. He came out in 2006, saying, "I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love." He and his husband, David Burtka, have a twin daughter and son.
From 2009-2014, Harris played notorious womanizer Barney Stinson on "How I Met Your Mother."


Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin came out as gay in 2010. He wrote a statement on his website, saying, "These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within, and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed." He has since become an outspoken advocate for gay rights and same-sex marriage. Martin played the straight character of Miguel Morez on "General Hospital."


Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson played Harriet Hayes on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." In one episode, Hayes identified as a Christian who believed that although the Bible recognized homosexuality as a sin, she also learned "judge not lest ye be judged." Paulson announced that she was in a relationship with Cherry Jones in 2007. The couple split in 2009.


Sara Gilbert

Openly gay actress Sara Gilbert has played several straight characters, including Darlene Conner on "Roseanne." By the end of that series, Darlene was married. She is currently engaged to 4 Non Blondes frontwoman and successful music producer Linda Perry.


Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons has played several socially awkward heterosexual characters, including Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory," who has been in a relationship with Amy Farrah Fowler for several seasons. Cooper has been in a relationship with his partner, Todd Spiewak for over 10 years.



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<![CDATA[Gay Celebrities Who Are Married to Same-Sex Partners]]> http://www.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.
Gay Celebrities Who Are Married to Same-Sex Partners,

Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon has been dating Christine Marinoni since 2004. The couple got married in New York City on May 27, 2012. They have a son, born in 2011, and Nixon has two children from her previous marriage to Danny Mozes.
David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce had been with Brian Hargrove for 24 years when the couple married October 24, 2008. They do not have any children, but Pierce, along with John Mahoney, are godfather to their Frasier co-star Jane Leeves's son.
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres has been in a relationship with Portia de Rossi, since 2004, and they married in Los Angeles on August 16, 2008.  They do not have any children, but the animal advocates have three dogs and four cats.

Elton John
Elton John began dating David Furnish in 1993. They were married on Dec. 21, 2005, the day that the Civil Partnership Act was enacted in the UK. They have two sons, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John (born 2010) and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John (born 2013). Both children were born by the same surrogate mother.
George Takei
George Takei married Brad Altman on September 14, 2008. The couple has been dating for over 10 years, and was the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in West Hollywood.
Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster married her girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, in a secret ceremony over the weekend of April 20, 2014, E-Online reports. The two-time Oscar winner, 51, and Hedison, a photographer who had previously dated Ellen Degeneres for three years, began dating in October 2013. 

Jodie Foster officially came out as gay during an emotional speech at the Golden Globes.  
Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin and her partner of 42 years, Jane Wagner, were married in a private ceremony in Los Angeles on Dec. 31, 2013.
Matt Bomer
Matt Bomer publicly came out as gay in 2012, but the actor recently revealed that he and his husband actually married a year earlier. Surprise! In April of 2014, Matt Bomer told Details Magazine that he and Hollywood power publicist, Simon Halls, got hitched in 2011.

The two are parents to three sons: six-year-old twins and an eight-year-old.
Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell began dating Michelle Rounds in 2011, and they married in New York City on June 9, 2012. The couple adopted one daughter together, Dakota (born 2013).

Wanda Sykes
Wanda Sykes began dating her wife, Alex, in 2006, whom she married in 2008. The couple have two children together, twins, whom Alex gave birth to in 2009.


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Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:44:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/gay-celebrities-who-are-married-to-same-sex-partners/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[18 Dirty Facts About Flying Airlines Don't Want You to Know]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/airline-secrets-flying/ranker-travel
If you're a frequent flyer, there are two approaches to this list of airline secrets you may or may not want to know: 1. Ignore it and carry on in your blissful ignorance of duct tape holding the wing of your aircraft together while flying. Or 2. Read about the awful things that happen on commercial flights, and go in armed with the knowledge of how awful the flight you're on really is (but possibly avoid dysentery). There's no option three, so choose wisely, because some of these airline worst practices can't be unseen.

From odd / surprising (hopefully) places you'll find poop on a plane to the things a flight attendant might overlook so they get paid, there are an uncomfortable number of scary things airlines don't want you to know about flying. Culled from the experiences of real pilots, flight attendants, airline staff, ground crew, and TSA officials, these are the reasons logical people are afraid to fly - and even the most seasoned traveler should be at least a bit skeeved out by this list of awful things that happen on planes. 
18 Dirty Facts About Flying Airlines Don't Want You to Know,

Some Airline Employees Don't Get Paid Until the Flight's in the Air
Why is this scary for you? Let's say a pilot, flight attendant, or other airline employee notices something off about the plane (torn carpet, a toilet issue, a possible technical issue) they consider negligible, they may fail to report the condition in case it causes the flight to be substantially delayed or even cancelled. 

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Somebody Has Probably Changed a Diaper On Your Tray Table
Why bother going to the bathroom to remove your child's sodden diaper when you could loose it on a small table that most people eat their food on? 

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Pilots Get Served Different Meals in Case of Food Poisoning
Likely the same meals you're being offered, so hope you chose the same meal as the pilot who continues at the helm during the other's bout of food poisoning.


The Emergency Door Handles Are There So Flight Attendants Aren't Pushed Out
People go nutty whenever there's a situation involving an emergency exit, and the poor flight attendants – who are trying to get you out safely – are often disregarded like limits on carry-on baggage, necessitating the plane's version of "Oh Sh*t" bars.

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Pilots Routinely Nod Off During Long Flights
While nap breaks are scheduled so one pilot can rest while the other commands a plane once it's at cruising altitude, most pilots (more than 50% according to this survey) have involuntarily nodded off while in the cockpit.
People Steal the Under-Seat Life Jackets
Somewhere, in a Midwest frat house, is the life jacket you should be using in case of emergency.

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Guidelines Exist for the Amount of Screws a Plane Is Allowed to Fly Without
Seems you'd prefer to have zero screws missing, but apparently there's a threshold of acceptable missing screws on the plane.

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The Toilets Can Be Unlocked from the Outside
This is more of a "Charlie from 'Lost' getting cranked on heroin" precaution than a "People in row 23 joining the mile-high club" fail-safe, but the fact remains that occupied does not mean you're free from the possibility of interruption.


Plane Water Is Disgusting And Possibly Poop-Filled
A test of tap waters from various airlines, performed by the Wall Street Journal in 2002, found bacteria levels in spigot water to be as much as 100x the allowed limit in the US.
If You Use the Oxygen Bags for More Than 15 Minutes, You're Gonna Have a Bad Time
The oxygen masks on planes only supply 15-20 minutes of oxygen. The theory is that the pilots will descend to a height of normal cabin pressurization as soon as an issue is noted.

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<![CDATA[The Worst People in Your Dorm]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-people-in-your-dorm/jacob-shelton
If you’re like most college freshmen, you’re living in a dorm with a bunch of new people with all kinds of quirky personal tics. It probably seems like you’re the only normal person living in the whole place. Well get used to that feeling, because the people in your dorm are your new friends and de facto family members for the rest of the semester, if not the rest of the year. Sometimes it seems like everyone who lives in a college dorm spent their senior year of high school studying every teen movie they could get their hands on in order to establish an identity for themselves. The young men and women are not only unique snowflakes, they’re also the worst people in your dorm.

The types of people in dorms are hands down some of the worst people that you’ll ever meet. But pretty much everyone at that age is the worst, so at least most of them will grow out of it by senior year. Hopefully. Everyone who goes to college assumes that they’ll run into a couple of party animals and definitely a couple of bros, but no one is ready to meet the girl who won’t stop crying. If you’re getting ready to go away to college for your freshman year, study this collection of the worst people in your dorm room. It just might save your life.

Vote on the worst type of person to be stuck with in your dorm, and if we missed someone that really gets on your nerves, add them to the list.
The Worst People in Your Dorm,

The Neat Freak

Guy Who Is Way Too Comfy

The Rich Kid

The Fake Friendly RA

The Girl Who Wants to Share ALL of Your Stuff

The Couple Who Won't Stop Having Sex

The Girl Who Won't Stop Crying

The Hoarder

The Passive Aggressive Girl on Your Floor

The Coolest Guy in High School


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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:53:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-people-in-your-dorm/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Worst Explosions in History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-explosions-in-history/mel-judson
This incendiary list of famous explosions compiles the most horrific man-made explosions in world history. From oil refinery disasters to nuclear power plant crises, the worst explosions have collectively killed hundreds of thousands of people. Humankind has a bad habit of blowing things up, whether through testing, attacks, or accidents, and the biggest explosions ever and the most famous explosions in history are all accounted for here and presented in reverse-chronological order.

The worst explosions ever range from the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II to the accidental man-made explosion and nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl. The worst man-made explosions are often disturbingly recent, such as the August 2015 chemical plant explosion in China. The biggest explosions ever also include non-nuclear testing done by the United States, while the biggest historical explosions consist of Soviet tests during the Space Race and many other Cold War shows of explosive might.
 
The biggest famous explosions have been going on since the early 1900s, with times of global war as hotbeds for the biggest historical explosions. Sometimes they're due to industrial negligence and sometimes they're military exercises, but every entry on this list of the most famous explosions in history is guaranteed to scare you senseless.

The Worst Explosions in History,

San Juanico disaster
Date: November 19, 1984
Location: San Juanico, Mexico
Cause: Liquid Petroleum Leak
Deaths: 500-600

 A gas leak at a liquid petroleum farm lead to a series of explosions that registered on the Richter Scale, leading to not only an explosive cloud of highly flammable gasses shifting with the wind and setting fire to neighborUS National Library of Medicineing communities, but also blast waves that destroyed nearby houses and communities almost immediately.

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine

Cataño Oil Refinery Fire
Date: October 23, 2009
Location: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Cause: Oil Refinery Explosion
Deaths:

Three people were injured from a massive fire that started in an explosion at the Caribbean Petroleum Corporation oil depot and refinery. This blast was so big that it was the equivalent of a magnitude 2.8 earthquake. The resulting blaze took two days to put out, forcing many people to evacuate their homes.

Source: CBS News
Chernobyl Nuclear Meltdown

Date: April 26, 1986

Location: Ukraine

Cause: Nuclear Accident

Deaths: 31+

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded during a power failure experiment and the inadvertent explosion was the worst nuclear power plant accident ever. Though it directly killed 31 people, 25,000 cases of cancer in the area are attributed to radiation from the accident, and the lasting effects of the radiation unleashed by the blast and meltdown will impact multiple generations.

Source: CBS News


Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster
Date: July 7, 2013
Location: Quebec, Canada
Cause: Train Crash
Deaths: 47

A freight train of 74 cars loaded with crude oil derailed and rolled down a hill, causing the tank cars to explode. Five people went missing, 42 were confirmed to have died from the accident, and the blasts destroyed more than 40 buildings.

Source: The Guardian
2015 Tianjin Explosion
Date: August 12, 2015
Location: Tianjin, China
Cause: Industrial Accident
Deaths: 112+

Hundreds died and hundreds more were injured as a result of an out-of-control fire at the Port of Tianjin. Hazardous materials caused a blast in a chemical warehouse and Chinese authorities initially tried to censor reports of event, but with more than 100 dead, 95 missing, and over 700 injured, news spread quickly.

Source: CNN, Telegraph

Evangelos Florakis Naval Base Explosion
Date: July 11, 2011
Location: Zygi, Cyprus
Cause: Self-Detonated Explosives
Deaths: 13

62 people were injured and 13 people died in this 2011 incident, the worst peacetime military accident in Cyprus history. 98 containers of confiscated Iranian explosives were ineffectively stored, exposed to hot sunlight for over two years when they ultimately self-detonated at the naval base.

Source: BBC
Father of All Bombs

Date: September 11, 2007
Location: Russia

Cause: Non-Nuclear Testing

Deaths: 0

The "Father of All Bombs" (or FOAB) refers to the most powerful non-nuclear air-delivered bomb of all time. Basically, this vacuum bomb packed the destructive power of a nuke without a nuclear reaction. The Russian military successfully tested it out in the fall of 2007, resulting in an explosion with a blast radius of 990 feet.

Source: Reuters


Tsar Bomba

Date: October 30, 1961
Location: Mityushikha Bay, Russia

Cause: Nuclear Testing

Deaths: 0

Unsurprisingly, the most powerful nuke ever detonated led to the most powerful artificial explosion in the history of mankind. When the USSR detonated the device, also known as Big Ivan, the mushroom cloud roughly 40 miles high, over seven times the height of Mount Everest. The shockwave broke windows more than 500 miles from the actual site.

Source: Slate


N1 Launch Explosion

Date: July 3, 1969
Location: Tyuratam, Russia

Cause: Launch Failure

Deaths: 0

Just weeks before the Apollo 11 moon landing, Soviet engineers launched the second test of this rocket system in a secretive mission to beat America in the space race. The ambitious rocket was powered by 30 engines, but when just one of them failed, all of them almost instantly exploded, as well. The result was a disaster that officially became the largest rocket explosion in history.

Source: Russian Space Web


Minor Scale

Date: June 27, 1985 
Location: New Mexico

Cause: Nuclear Test

Deaths: 0

In the summer of 1985, the United States Defense Nuclear Energy detonated several thousands of more traditional explosives to see what a tiny nuke explosion would look like. It looked like a fireball that became the largest planned conventional explosion in world history.

Source: Nuclear Files



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<![CDATA[The Most Egregious Product Placement in Jurassic World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/jurassic-world-product-placement/jtdesaulnier
Dinosaurs aren't the only things running amok in Jurassic World. Product placement rampages through the blockbuster sequel more ferociously than an Indominus Rex. Brands are everywhere: when Chris Pratt's velociraptor-training hero speeds through the jungle, he does so on a Triumph motorcycle and when he's parched, he slugs a cold bottle of Coca-Cola.

Product placement is nothing new, especially for blockbusters. Steven Spielberg's original Jurassic Park showcased Ford Explorers, Jolt Cola, and a whole lot more. Jurassic World takes it to a whole new level, however: thanks to the dinosaur theme park's outdoor mall, a vicious pterodactyl attack is also promotional tie-in bonanza for everything for sandals to margarita joints.

In a lot of ways, the film is actually about overblown product placement. Jake Johnson's nostalgic park tech even grumbles that the park might as well advertise a "Pepsisaurus" or a "Tostidodome."

Just because Jurassic World makes a meta statement and winks at bad tie-ins doesn't excuse its runaway synergy, especially when it repeatedly feels more like a car commercial than an adventure 65 million years in the making.

Whether it's Mercedes or Ben & Jerry's, vote up the worst, most blatant bit of product placement in the mega-sequel below.

The Most Egregious Product Placement in Jurassic World,

Ben & Jerry's
Compared to some of the other brands seen in the mall on what is basically the theme park's Main Street, Ben & Jerry's sounds downright reasonable. Just imagine all the punny ice cream names based on dinosaurs!

Coca-Cola
When the totally ripped and unquestionably awesome hero (Pratt) tinkers with his motorcycle at his sweet tropical island bachelor pad, he sips on a frosty Coke from an old fashioned bottle.

Columbia Sportswear
If you're going to be exploring a raptor-infested jungle, you're going to need some durable boots and maybe a slick windbreaker, so stop by the Columbia shop for outerwear that's fit for a paleontologist or dinosaur-wrangler.

IMAX Corporation
See an IMAX theater onscreen when seeing a blockbuster in IMAX!

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
Did anyone else notice the middle-aged man who seemed more concerned about spilling his margarita during the pterodactyl attack? What a powerful subliminal advertisement for the blended treats at Margaritaville. Jimmy Buffett's chain of theme restaurants isn't just prominently featured in the park; Buffett himself also performed at the Jurassic World premiere.

Mercedes-Benz
Seemingly every car on Isla Nublar is a Benz, all shot as lovingly as if the island were just a tropical backdrop for a series of ads. It's worst when Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) desperately drives across the island to avert disaster, providing an excuse to show just how well the GLE Coupe performs under pressure.

Starbucks
Starbucks has reached every corner of the planet. Why wouldn't there be one here too?

Pandora Radio
Of course the park's main drag has a jewelry shop. Presumably, Jurassic World's premiere seller of charm bracelets has plenty of options featuring ornamental Mosasauruses.

Triumph
Triumph got its money's worth. Chris Pratt zipping through the jungle on his Triumph Scrambler flanked by raptors is the central image in Jurassic World's hype campaign.

Beats by Dre
Teenage Zack (Nick Robinson) sports a pair of Beats headphones from the moment we meet him pretty much up until he's in serious danger of becoming dinosaur food.


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<![CDATA[25 Side Characters That Stole the Spotlight]]> http://www.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!

25 Side Characters That Stole the Spotlight,

Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead
Daryl wasn't even in the graphic novels on which this show is based; he was created wholly for the TV series. Over time, Norman Reedus has become a fan favorite of The Walking Dead, so much so that many viewers prefer Daryl over any of the supposed leads. In fact, there's been plenty of demand for a spinoff following Daryl all by himself.

Dr. King Schultz - Django Unchained
Christoph Waltz pretty much always creates memorable, standout performances. His Dr. King Schultz, an English-speaking German dentist-turned-bounty-hunter, was one hilarious, loquacious, and moral character. If he and Quentin Tarantino ever had the time, a miniseries with Waltz reprising his role before the events of Django Unchained would be a delight. 
Quicksilver - X-Men: Days of Future Past
The best Quicksilver in any Marvel-based movie, this version has him as a young, rash, boundary-less kid who steals so casually he forgets what he owns. He's also crazy hilarious, with one scene in particular stealing what was already a good movie. He deserves a spin-off of his own. Or least a more substantial role.

Arya Stark - Game of Thrones
Book readers already knew that, if played correctly, Arya Stark was going to become a fan favorite. From the moment TV viewers saw Maisie Williams's performance, they knew they had a winner. This girl's got a long career ahead of her.

Riddick - Pitch Black
It now seems unfathomable that the franchise could've ever continued without Vin Diesel, but we forget that Pitch Black was originally an ensemble sci-fi monster movie. It was the sheer charisma of Diesel that continued the story forward. Now, Pitch Black seems less like the first in a series and more like a prequel to a Riddick-focused franchise.
Captain Jack Sparrow - Pirates Of The Caribbean
For three films, the Pirates of the Caribbean series pretended that they weren't really all about Captain Jack Sparrow. Eventually, with the fourth, they gave up on that and made him the lead character. It was obvious that Johnny Depp's shambling yet wily sea captain was at the helm of the franchise, with the ostensible leads always playing second fiddle.

Jay & Silent Bob - Clerks.
Really, Jay and Silent Bob could be said to steal the show in basically all of Kevin Smith's movies. A two-man Greek chorus, they don't particularly care about any sickly-sweet elements Smith tries to shove in there (which is funny, being that Silent Bob is Smith). It became clear people loved them, which is why Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back exists.

Hit-Girl - Kick-Ass
There simply wasn't enough Hit-Girl in the original Kick-Ass, nor was there enough Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 2. Just give Chloe Grace Moretz her superhero starring role and be done with it. The world never really cared about the lead character, but Hit-Girl was wickedly fun, slicing jugulars and spouting expletives with gleeful abandon. 
Natasha Romanoff - Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Whenever Natasha is on a Marvel movie, she's stealing scenes from the guys with their own franchises. Morally ambiguous, intelligent, and boasting a killer instinct, she's probably the single most effective agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 
Minions - Despicable Me
Gru's Minions somehow managed to upstage a character voiced by Steve Carell. Their adorably odd appearance, silly antics, and strange way of talking made kids and adults fall in love with them. After providing backup to Gru for two movies, they even got they own Minions movie.


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<![CDATA[The Best Fictional Journalists, Reporters, and Newscasters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fictional-journalists/lauren-slocum

Check out this list of fictional journalists who starred in popular TV shows or movies! On this list, you’ll find memorable reporters and newsmen and women who brought us the most cutting edge fictional news, ranging from 1958 (you go, Doris Day!) all the way up to the present. Be it a TV drama series, an action-packed movie, or a comical cartoon, we’ve found all your favorite fictional newscasters, journalists, and reporters and now you get to rank them to determine which you wish hosted the news in real life.
 

The journalist’s character is like a stealthy fox; they’re either being hunted by some larger force or they’re digging up dirt on the characters we love. Journalists, whether good or evil, always make things more interesting! A good fictional journalist is intriguing, slightly deceiving, and always looking for an angle. And despite the fact that they’re akin to slimey C-list detectives, we can’t help but love them as characters!
 

Historically, journalists provide tension and unpredictable twists to plot progression. Whether they play the antagonist or protagonist, the fictional journalist creates conflict, propelling the story and keeping us engaged. They can be funny and light-hearted, like the beloved Perd Hapley, or they can be driven by a challenge or purpose, like Phil Connors from the classic Groundhog Day.
 

So who played the ultimate journalist or reporter characters? Upvote your favorites below, or add the fictional newscasters you think are the best, if they aren't already listed.

The Best Fictional Journalists, Reporters, and Newscasters,

Kent Brockman

Robin Scherbatsky

Ron Burgundy

Stephen Colbert

Ted Baxter

Vicki Vale

Phil Connors

Joan Callamezzo

Perd Hapley

Clark Kent


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<![CDATA[The Greatest Movie Wedding Proposals]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-wedding-proposals/anncasano
What do you envision as the perfect marriage proposal? Flowers? A shiny diamond engagement ring? Nervous would-be groom on bended knee? Leave it to Hollywood to provide audiences with some of the most memorable moments of romance. These are the greatest movie wedding proposals on film.

Some of the guys who proposed on this list were never great with words. Rocky asked Adrian to marry him in Rocky II, with the not so smooth line, “I was wondering if you wouldn't mind marrying me very much?" Even still, the Italian Stallion's proposal was sweet and sincere, and how could a girl say "no" to Rocky? Johnny Cash was a bit more mischievous with his proposal. He invited his love, June Carter, on stage to sing a duet with him. Then, the music legend would not stop playing the song until she agreed to marry him.

Not every one of these proposals even ended with a “yes” (Sorry, Ben from Knocked Up). But his promise to fill the empty jewelry box he proposed with was so sweet that it had to be listed here. And since it is the 21st century, it should be important to note, that not every proposal on this list featured the man asking the woman.

From a custom-built walk-in shoe closet to Tiffany’s in New York City to standing outside in pouring rain, these are the movie marriage proposals that stole our hearts and made us go “awww, that’s sweet.”

Did we miss any of your favorite wedding proposals in movies? Let us know in the comments section. Also, be sure to upvote for the best silver screen marriage proposals that made the list.
The Greatest Movie Wedding Proposals,

A Walk to Remember
This weepie certainly has its fill of sweet and tender moments. Jamie is a teenager with terminal cancer, but that doesn't stop Landon (Shane West) from falling in love with her. As the pair gazes at the night sky one evening, Landon asks Jamie if she loves him, and when she says yes, he asks her to marry him. One of Jamie's bucket list wishes is to get married, a wish that Landon wants nothing more than to help her complete.

Love Actually
The 2003 ensemble romantic comedy features eight couples, but only one marriage proposal. Jaime (Colin Firth) won't let a little thing like a language barrier stop him from proposing to the girl of his dreams, his Portuguese housekeeper Aurelia (Lucia Moniz.) The Brit pops the question in a crowded restaurant filled with her family. His Portuguese may not be perfect, but his sentiment is sweeter than sugar.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is an uproarisous comedy filled with a larger than life Greek family and plenty of interesting uses for Windex. Toula (Nia Vardalos) meets Ian (John Corbett), a non-Greek quiet type, and the mismatched pair fall in love. His proposal is sweet and simple, "I don't know how to say this... will you marry me?"

Pride & Prejudice
Like so many movie romances, Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) and Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) start out hating each other. Darcy is rich and Elizabeth is way beneath his social class. However, the pair quickly discovers that love is richer than money. Darcy pops the question at dawn and tells Elizabeth, "I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on."

Runaway Bride
Maggie (Julia Roberts) clearly gets cold feet on her wedding day. She has cruelly abandoned three men at the altar and is engaged to marry another. Ike (Richard Gere) is a columnist who hears Maggie's story and writes an article labeling her, "The Runaway Bride." The two become rivals, but of course, eventually fall in love. Maggie ultimately proposes to Ike, "I know in my heart, you're the only one for me."

Stepmom
Who knew that a spool of thread could be used for the perfect marriage proposal? Luke (Ed Harris) proposes to Isabel (Julia Roberts) by placing the spool inside a small box. He tells her, "Even when things are hard and you feel like giving up, you have to hang on to that decision, that choice to love each other. Even if it's only by a thread. I let that thread break once. This time, it won't. Will you marry me?" At the end of the thread is an engagement ring.

Sweet Home Alabama
Just because Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) and Andrew (Patrick Dempsey) don't wind up together at the end of Sweet Home Alabama, it doesn't make his marriage proposal any less sweet. Andrew has Melanie close her eyes, when she opens them, she's in Tiffany's and Andrew tells her to pick out a wedding ring.

The Wedding Singer
All Robbie (Adam Sander) ever wanted to do was get married. After the wedding singer is stranded at the altar, he meets Julia (Drew Barrymore), who's engaged to a man who is cheating on her. Robbie finally gets over his ex, realizes that Julia is perfect for him, and hops on an airplane headed to Vegas and Julia's wedding, where she will become Mrs. Julia Guglia. With some assistance from the crew - and Billy Idol - Robbie serenades Julia with a song he wrote called, "I Wanna Grow Old with You."

Walk the Line
Johnny Cash's 2005 biopic is sweetened when the country singer brings his girl June Carter up on the stage to join him in a duet. The band plays while Cash asks Carter to marry him. The kicker is that Johnny won't stop the song until she says "yes" to his proposal. The legendary music pair remained married for 35 years, until June's death in 2003. Johnny passed just a few months later.

The Proposal
Margaret (Sandra Bullock) forces her assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her to avoid deportation back to her native Canada. Andrew agrees to the deal only if he gets a promotion. The sham works for a while, and the mismatched couple actually do fall in love. When the jig is up and Margaret is about to get deported, Andrew 
proposes for real in front of all their co-workers, saying, “marry me because I’d like to date you."


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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:06:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-wedding-proposals/anncasano
<![CDATA[The Best Movies Where Nothing Really Happens]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-where-nothing-happens/anncasano

It’s not like absolutely nothing happens in these movies, it’s more like nothing happens in the traditional sense of Hollywood storytelling. These movies (most of them indie films) feature no real story or major plot points, but are more artistic in nature. Sure, not a lot happens as far as the story goes, but it's all about the feel of it, right?! Right. These are the best movies where nothing happens, but will totally make you think.

In 99% of the movies you see in theaters, there is one main plot line that drives the narrative forward in order to achieve a single goal. Every scene, every bit of dialogue, and every character is in place for the sole purpose of progressing towards the climax of one story’s conclusion. That goal may be to find the gold, win the big game, solve the murder case, make it off the island, finish the musical to a standing ovation, or save the day.

However, there is a small set of films, usually independent films released outside of the studio system, that defy this formulaic traditional Hollywood structure. The films on this list are not defined by one single narrative plot line with the end result of achieving a singular goal. These films are not interested in the same generic stories and arcs that we’ve seen a million times. These films are instead concerned with examining aspects like the human condition, or deconstructing a complicated relationship with real dialogue.

Even though several movies on this list are critically acclaimed films, they did not see big box office grosses. For all the awards and positive buzz that Boyhood received, its total box office gross was around $25 million, and it was in theaters for months! You may be wondering how it’s possible that a film with so much hype could be so low grossing. Well, it’s simple. It’s because nothing really happens… at least in the grand sense. There are no major catastrophes, the boy (Mason) in the film does not grow up to be the president, there is no murder case to solve, there is no evil villain.

Instead, Boyhood examines growing up, it tracks the progression of all the characters as they get older and face new chapters in their lives. No one who had anything to do with the film thought the production was going to rake it in at the box office. These types of films where nothing happens are art pieces; they are not made for the masses. This list represents the best movies where nothing really happens. However, they are inspiring and satisfying, despite their lack of a traditional plot. Anyone can enjoy these films and relate to their deeper meanings, but it takes some getting used to. There are no giant explosions and showy special effects here!

Upvote the best movies in which nothing happens below and start the discussion about these films' themes and ideas in the comments section!



The Best Movies Where Nothing Really Happens,

American Graffiti
Oh, the good ole days. George Lucas's coming of age film is really just about a bunch of bored teenagers hanging out - and it's brilliant. It made audiences yearn for their younger days, when it was perfectly acceptable to hang out at the diner all night, cruise the strip, and listen to great tunes with your best buds.

Clerks
There are plenty of pointless debates about Star Wars and career goals between a minimum wage worker and his friends who come visit him (all day) at the Quick Stop convenience store. Kevin Smith's black and white uber-low budget comedy is plotless, but its familiar dialogue makes us feel like we're chatting alongside the characters like we're all old pals.

Dazed and Confused
This 1993 Linklater coming of age comedy is set in 1976. The film follows a group of Texas teenagers on their last day of school. There is some hazing, a little weed smoking, and a whole lotta drinking. The film is a simple day-in-the-life tale of high school students celebrating the birth of summer. And yes, "it would be a lot cooler if you did."

Easy Rider: The Ride Back
The tagline for the 1969 Peter Fonda road movie is, "A man went looking for America. And couldn't find it anywhere." Two bikers cruise the country, that's more or less the plot of what would become one of Hollywood's most iconic films about the counter-culture.
Forrest Gump

Kids
Kids is not for the faint of heart. While lacking no real plot per se, the film explores the lives of a group of reckless, very sexually active, drug-using teenagers in New York. Oh, and it takes place during the heart of the AIDS scare in 1995. There is no true central narrative, but we do get a rich look at how young people make horrific, life-threatening decisions.

Lost in Translation
Did you think that Bob (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) would eventually hook up? They never do. Instead, director Sophia Coppola explores themes like alienation and loneliness. There is a secret whisper and a short kiss but other than than, guess what? Nothing really happens.

Napoleon Dynamite
The comedy examines what it's like to be a totally socially awkward teen in high school. But the biggest thing that happens in the story is Pedro getting elected as class president, despite giving the worst speech ever. You'll cringe a lot during the movie, but you'll spend plenty of time laughing as well.

Reservoir Dogs
Sure, there is a bank robbery gone wrong in the story. But Tarantino's first feature film is a classic because of the scenes where the characters are just sitting around discussing things like why you should or should not tip a waitress, and the virtues of Madonna's hit song "Like a Virgin." Mr. Blonde's take on the pop song's meaning: "It's about a girl who is very vulnerable. She's been f*cked over a few times. Then she meets some guy who's really sensitive."

Taxi Driver
We watch Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drive around New York City, wishing for the day when "a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets." Scorsese's film is about loneliness, isolation, and delusion. Bickle is a menacing figure who means well, but it's not his actions that make up the classic neo-noir, it's how the film deconstructs the darkness of human nature.


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<![CDATA[The Most Cringeworthy Looks at This Year's Academy Awards]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/oscars-worst-dressed-2015/fashionbaby
The Oscars worst dressed 2015 are those unfortunate looks worn by the top actors, actresses and filmmakers at the 2015 Academy Awards that simply fell flat. Everyone wants to turn heads when walking the Oscars red carpet and these stars did just that, but not in a good way. Vote up the looks you disliked the most and vote down the looks you liked best. When you're done here, head over and vote up the stars you thought looked the most fabulous on the Oscars best dressed 2015 list!

Honoring the top films, acting performances and filmmakers from 2014, the 87th Academy Awards took place on February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. And just as much as the big winners of the night were thoroughly discussed in the time after the awards show, the red carpet fails received equal airtime among fashion critics around the globe.

So while Boyhood and Birdman are easy favorites for the top awards, stay tuned for which celebrity looks will make this list of the worst dressed at the 2015 Oscars.
The Most Cringeworthy Looks at This Year's Academy Awards,

America Ferrera
In Jenny Packham
Cate Blanchett
In Maison Margiela Couture by John Galliano
Chloë Grace Moretz
In Miu Miu
Emma Stone
In Elie Saab
Felicity Jones

Gwyneth Paltrow
In Ralph & Russo Couture
Jennifer Lopez
In Elie Saab
Sienna Miller
In Oscar de la Renta
Viola Davis

Rita Ora
In Marchesa

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<![CDATA[16 Reasons Why Fallout 4 Hates You]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/16-reasons-why-fallout-4-hates-you/loganrapp
No one is surprised that the world of Fallout is a brutal one, but no one expected Fallout 4 to be so much harder than it's predecessors. A nuclear wasteland is not exactly a comfortable place to be. We knew this in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. But when Fallout 4 came out, the first thing we realized was that this isn't just a rough world. It is a world that actively hates you. So in the interests of trying to keep you alive, we've compiled a list of all the ways Fallout 4 is unforgiving. You better save every 2 minutes, because Fallout 4 is extremely punishing!  

In Fallout 4 every single step treacherous,  with every morsel of food you eat a serious decision of whether or not you want to take that much radiation. At times the game can actually feel like more work than it is fun, but some of us really like that aspect of it. Vote for the aspects of Fallout 4 that you believe to be the most frustrating.

16 Reasons Why Fallout 4 Hates You,

You Will Always Be Irradiated
Always. Everything is filled with radiation and you're going to be literally eating things that will hit you with rads. And the thing is, the more you consume, the lower your maximum HP. So it's a constant battle of "if I eat this, it will heal me, but then I can't fully heal." Your kingdom for a Stimpak and some RadAaway. 
Enemies Use Cover Far Better Than You Can
That's right. They will lean around boxes, show little more than their guns and tag you again and again while you shoot ineffectually into their cover. That perk you need to fire through cover in V.A.T.S.? Good luck doing anything else with all those perk points you put into making that possible. 
Traps Are Brutal And Difficult To See
You'll be walking through a bombed out building, maybe even the Massachusetts State House, and suddenly an explosion turns you into ash. You didn't see it coming. You walk even more carefully the second time around. Explosion. Finally, you're crawling through it as slow as you can, and you find the trap. Hooray, it's over. You get up and then die from a follow-up trap. But hey, when you're done, you can actually take those traps for yourselves. 
V.A.T.S. Doesn't Pause The Game, Just Slows It
That's right -- when it used to be that V.A.T.S. would completely pause time and make it such that you can plan out your next five moves. But that's not the case anymore. While it certainly gives you time to plan things out -- things are still moving. That attack you were trying to pre-empt with V.A.T.S.? Well, it's still coming, so you better pick your attack quickly. Once that bullet's shot, it's coming at you, and it's going to hit. 
Everyone Has Grenades And They Use Them Well
That's right. It used to be when you saw a grenade, it would only very very rarely come within your general vicinity. Not anymore. Everyone has a grenade. Everyone. And they are almost coordinated in how they throw them to make sure you get rocked by them. 
At Least One Character Will Hate Every Decision You Make
With all the physical pain going around, there's plenty of emotional pain as well. There are plenty of characters that you'd like to have around, but the reality is that you're going to have to alienate some of them if you want to play the game at all. Want to join a badass group of super soldiers? You're going to lose one of your earliest friendships almost immediately. Good job! So you'd best make your choices early. 
Ghouls Will Swarm You Before You Even See Them
Ghouls are so much faster than in previous games. Shoot off an arm and they keep coming. Shoot off both arms and they'll just headbutt you. Basically, whenever you feel like you're about to enter a zombie movie, you will be immediately surrounded and batted around by a horde of Ghouls that is up in your grill. 
Your Radar Doesn't See Them Coming
That's right. Before, your Perception rating would give you a radius of awareness of the enemies around you, whether or not they were alerted to your presence. Now? Your radar only brings things up after they're on high alert. Meaning, if you don't use your eyes and actually see them, they'll only be on your radar after they see you first. At least you're not glued to the radar and paying attention to the actual art of the game. 
There Are Never Enough Bullets
You will run out of bullets from your favorite weapon. Then you will run out of bullets from your second favorite weapon, and then your third, and so on. And then you will be out of ammo, in the depths of an unfamiliar Vault, only then realizing that aiming is way more difficult, ammo is significantly more scarce, and enemies can absorb a lot more damage than ever before. Which is why every cache of ammo feels like Christmas. 
You Like Power Armor? Too Bad.
While you get to have a set of T-45b Power Armor very early into the game, and you can even customize it to your heart's content -- but guess what? Fusion cores, you know, the thing that makes your power armor work? Those are going to be hard to come by, and when you use one up, it's gone forever. But when you do get to use it, you feel like the ultimate soldier. 

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 07:25:20 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/16-reasons-why-fallout-4-hates-you/loganrapp
<![CDATA[The Most Unlikely Cartoons Based on Live-Action Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cartoons-based-on-live-action-movies/luke-y-thompson
Hollywood today makes movies based on comics and cartoons, where it used to be the other way around. Many popular live-action films have led to cartoon spinoffs that are now more or less forgotten. Couldn't afford a sequel? No problem. Get to animating and cast cheaper actors. The stories could continue a lot longer and introduce a bunch more potentially profitable characters - a hypothetical Man of Steel cartoon, for instance, could have been far less clunky in introducing the other superheroes than Batman v. Superman was.

Animated shows based on blockbuster movies used to be a dime a dozen. This kind of thing used to happen a lot, but nobody has gotten too good at preserving the results (which, admittedly, are not always great). Still, no true franchise fan can complete their knowledge without seeking out these cel-bound spin-offs, and odds are you've forgotten at least a few of these existed. That's why this list is here. Journey now into the past,and find continuations of stories you never knew you needed...and maybe still don't.
The Most Unlikely Cartoons Based on Live-Action Movies,

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Part of the appeal of Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura in the live-action movies was his ability to achieve a cartoon-like physicality. That effect was lost in the translation to animation, but it also makes him a natural in the medium. The cartoons were also kid-friendlier than the movies - if you haven't seen them in a while, they appeal to younger audiences with the slapstick while having some wildly inappropriate sex jokes, one of which was considered transphobic even at the time.

In an animated Jim Carrey doubleheader, the Ace cartoon often ran back-to-back with a cartoon based on The Mask, and eventually both characters met each other in a two-part crossover. And while the darker comic book iteration of The Mask would probably shove a live animal up Ace's butt, he came away relatively unscathed this time. One of the writers on the show, a fellow by the name of Seth MacFarlane, would go on to make much grosser jokes in the years to come.
Back to the Future
Did you ever wonder what happened to Doc Brown and Clara after the events of the movie trilogy? The animated series exists to answer that question, in addition to showcasing the mischievous antics of their kids, Jules and Verne. Returning cast members from the films included Thomas F. Wilson as Biff, Mary Steenburgen as Clara, and James Tolkan as Principal Strickland. Curiously, Christopher Lloyd returned as Doc Brown for live-action segments, but was voiced in the cartoon itself by Dan Castellaneta, better known as the man behind Homer Simpson. Great Scott!

Even if you never knew this cartoon existed, you're probably familiar with its most famous spin-off. In the live-action segments, Doc Brown would give a science demonstration along with his assistant Bill Nye. The popularity of that part of the show eventually led to the Science Guy getting his own show, and the rest of the story is science fact.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
After their first jaunt through the circuits of time on the big screen in 1989, Bill S. Preston, esq. and Ted "Theodore" Logan actually had two different TV shows. One was a short-lived live-action affair, but the other, an animated series, was actually pretty successful over two seasons. The series even expanded on the movie's mythology, introducing a new phone booth that allowed the Wyld Stallyns to venture into fictional landscapes and even shrink themselves down to microscopic size.

In its first season, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures found Alex WInter, Keanu Reeves, and George Carlin all returning to voice their characters. When the show jumped from CBS to Fox Kids for its second season, however, the roles were recast.

Clerks
Kevin Smith's thoroughly foul-mouthed black and white 1994 indie isn't an obvious launching pad for a prime time network cartoon, but this did, in fact, happen. Smith developed the show and brought along the whole principal cast, adding Alec Baldwin to the mix as the Mr. Burns-like villain Leonardo Leonardo.

The series was very different from the source material, dialing up the color, absurdism, and pop culture references for an almost Family Guy feel. Nonetheless, only six episodes were created and ABC only aired two (out of order, no less) before axing Clerks.

Godzilla
Director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin always intended to make sequels to their 1998 Godzilla remake. Despite its box office success, negative reactions to the film from licensees who lost money and from Toho itself effectively killed franchise plans. Instead, an animated series picked up where the movie left off, with Gojira's sole surviving hatchling growing to full-size and becoming more benevolent towards humanity.

While most of the key roles were recast, with Ian Ziering stepping in for Matthew Broderick, Michael Lerner returned as Mayor Ebert, the filmmakers' mockery of a certain film critic who had panned their previous work. And in a bizarre tribute to another cartoon then on the air, the series introduced a trio of villainous hunters named Bill, Dale, and Hank... after King of the Hill. Yep. Uh-huh. Dang ol' kaiju, man.
Osmosis Jones
Osmosis Jones was an odd movie to begin with, mixing gross, ugly live-action segments of Bill Murray as a sick zookeeper with animated sequences set inside his body, where a blood cell and a cold pill are mismatched buddy cops in search of a virus.

An entirely animated continuation made a lot more sense, as the unlikely pals find a new body and vow to keep it safe. Making less sense: the fact that Drix the cold pill should have long since dissolved completely.
Spaceballs
If you were wondering when Mel Brooks would get around to making another Spaceballs to spoof the prequels, well, he already did. You might have missed it on G4, though. Along with telling the origin of Dark Helmet as a boy named Pannakin Crybaby, the series spoofed other properties like Grand Theft Auto and Spider-Man.

Sadly, just like George Lucas, Brooks felt the need to explain the Schwartz, which comes from Yogurt's gallbladder.
The Emperor's New Groove
Disney's comedy about a spoiled Incan emperor turned into a llama was a strange one to begin with, particularly since it began life as a much more serious, epic movie and was heavily rewritten to be more comedic. To make it into a TV series, things got even weirder, with emperor Kuzco having to complete his education at an anachronistic high school.

The show was actually better than you may remember. Eartha Kitt returned to play Yzma, and won a Daytime Emmy for it; and a young, then-unknown Chloe Moretz also got an early break as a guest voice.
The Mummy
Before the misguided Tomb of the Dragon Emperor took the Mummy movies in a  new direction, this cartoon was already shifting the focus to young Alex O'Connell, who in this telling has a cursed manacle stuck on his wrist that Imhotep will stop at nothing to regain.

It might have been a whole lot scarier if the Mummy of the title hadn't been voiced by Jim Cummings, best known nowadays as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. He's a real hunny, not a bother.
The Pink Panther
Yes, you know about the Pink Panther cartoon. You probably knew about it before you even heard of the movie. What about The Inspector? Loosely based on Peter Sellers's Clouseau, but less incompetent, the French sleuth transitioned to two dimensions with a sidekick named Deux-Deux, and various '60s character actors like Paul Frees and Larry Storch, who voiced the frustrated police commissioner.

The very first Inspector short even got to team up with yet another high-profile European - James Bond, 007 - as it debuted in theaters as an accompaniment to the Sean Connery-starring Thunderball.

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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:15:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/cartoons-based-on-live-action-movies/luke-y-thompson
<![CDATA[The Most Badass Current TV Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/badass-current-tv-characters/ranker-tv

The most badass current TV characters include men and women who, though they do not exist in reality, are fearless in today's television landscape. The most badass characters on television are the ones who threaten the status quo, stand up for what they believe in, and get the job done. That includes fictional presidents like Selina Meyer (from VEEP on HBO) and Frank Underwood (from House of Cards on Netflix). It also includes old school divas who kick butt, like Rayna James on Nashville, as well as effective criminals, like James Spader's Raymond Reddington on The Blacklist

Some of the most badass characters currently on TV are heroes like Matt Murdoch from Daredevil and Melinda May from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But badass television characters can be everyday people too. Take, for instance, Ilana Wexler on Broad City. She lives life her own way (even if it's not always legal). Maybe you'll find some inspiration to live life however you see fit from badass TV characters like Empire's Cookie Lyon who just don't give a damn.

From Olivia Pope to Lucious Lyon, who do you think is the most badass character who can currently be seen on TV in 2016-2017? The list features characters from The 100, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones, but if you think we're missing any badass TV characters, add them! 


The Most Badass Current TV Characters,

Arya Stark

Daenerys Targaryen

Dean Winchester

Peter Griffin

Sam Winchester

Daryl Dixon

Carol Peletier

Rick Grimes

Melinda May

Clarke Griffin


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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:59:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/badass-current-tv-characters/ranker-tv
<![CDATA[The Best Music Side Projects]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/list-of-music-side-projects-or-best-band-side-projects/rockboy
Like everyone else in the workforce, even our favorite rock stars need some time off from seeing his or her bandmates on occasion. This is why side projects have existed and why rock bands have spawned other bands and at times, been more creative and experimental than what fans are used to. Sometimes, the result is as good, if not better than the original outfit.

Though that doesn't happen often, it does happen from time to time that the side project is the best, most creative outlet for individual members that he or she can't achieve in their regular band. It can mean experimenting with synths or hardcore, or music like IDM or even EDM. Other times, it means powerhouses like Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison of The Beatles join forces, same for hip hop icons Jay-Z and Kanye West. Here are some of the best side projects in music history, which vary from genre to genre.

The end result is the same however: the better the individual parts, the better the band. If a side project like the Traveling Wilburys or Atoms For Peace doesn't have the components like each respect project has, then they're unlikely to get the recognition. Even a group like indie super side project The Postal Service wouldn't be as known if not for the participation of Ben Gibbard and Jenny Lewis.

Here are some of the top side projects of all time.
 
 
The Best Music Side Projects,

A Perfect Circle

Gnarls Barkley

Gorillaz

Gov't Mule

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

Mike + The Mechanics

The Breeders

The Raconteurs

Traveling Wilburys

Them Crooked Vultures


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Tue, 18 Jun 2013 04:26:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/list-of-music-side-projects-or-best-band-side-projects/rockboy
<![CDATA[24 Sort of Creepy Ways Animals Are Like Humans]]> http://www.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!

24 Sort of Creepy Ways Animals Are Like Humans,

Sloths Sleep as Much as Humans, but Not More
Lazy humans are often compared to sloths, which are notorious for their slow lifestyle and lackadaisical pace. But, humans and sloths may be even more similar than we thought. A new study shows that the average sloth sleeps around nine hours a day, and then hangs out the rest of the time. Sounds like a typical human Sunday!

Source: The FW
Pandas Display Etiquette When Eating
Pandas are known to sit upright while eating, the same way humans do. This allows both of their front paws to be free so they can eat as much bamboo as possible. 

Source: National Zoo
Tamarins Keep Their Families Close
Tamarins are very family-oriented and stay with their group for most of their life. Their most human characteristic is that during dinner, they mostly eat "family style" and share with everyone.

Source: Zoo Atlanta
The Purple Finch Builds Top of the Line Houses
The purple finch is known to be one of the best builders in nature. The female finch will spend over a week preparing the house for her family. She will find only the best twigs and branches for sturdiness and then line the house with animal fur. Sounds luxurious!

Source: All About Birds
Bearded Dragons Say "Hey" to Each Other
Bearded dragons have been known to say hello to each other by waving. Researchers believe they do this when they recognize their own species to say hello, or when they are acknowledging a more prominent dragon in their vecinity. 

Source: Huffington Post
Macaque Monkeys Love a Hot Bath
Researchers believe that the macaque found the pleasure of a hot bath about 50 years ago, and it has since spread through the culture for generations. They are now very well known for hanging out and relaxing in their own natural hot tubs.

Source: National Geographic
Chickens Talk to Their Babies Before They Are Born
Chickens have been known to talk to their chicks while they are still in their eggs, just like humans when a mother is pregnant. The chicks sometimes even peck back through the egg in response, similar to babies moving around in the womb.

Source: One Green Planet
Mice Can Catch the Flu and Many Other Human Illnesses
If they went to a 9 to 5 job, they'd need sick leave, too! Among the "human" diseases to which mice are susceptible are influenza, norovirus, salmonella, E. coli, Hong Kong virus, the common cold, cancers, eye infections, and respiratory infections. 

Source: I Love Mice
Elephants Can Speak Korean
They may not understand what they are saying, but elephants are experts at mimicking. They have very strong vocal cords and have been heard copying Korean and Russian phrases.
 
Source: Live Science
Dolphins Love to Be Heroes
Most of us would save another person who is in trouble, but did you know dolphins do the same? They have been known to not only save their own kind, but also humans, and even other animals that they see are in danger. 

Source: Dolphins World

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Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:29:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/animals-with-human-traits/coreybarger
<![CDATA[The Greatest Rebels in Movie History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movie-rebels/anncasano
A rebel doesn’t back down. He stands up for what he believes in, no matter what the establishment is telling him to do. Just because someone rebels against the system, it doesn’t make them a bad person. Usually, in fact, their rebellion makes them unique and brave. This list of movie rebels contains its fair share of outsiders that some authoritative figures would certainly label troublemakers. But these film rebels don’t care what anyone else thinks of them. These are the greatest rebels in movie history.

Rebellious people in movies made their mark early in film history. In the 1950s, rebels in movies were everywhere, in fact the cinema had an entire subgenre dedicated to juvenile delinquent films. At the top of that list, of course, is one of the most famous rebels of all time in Jim Stark, the role that made James Dean an icon.

Many of the movie rebels on this list are teenagers. That looks to be the sweetest age for rebellion. It’s that stage in life when authority seems archaic, and the space between high school and adulthood appears to be about a hundred years. However, adults can rebel as well. Take “Dirty” Harry Callahan for example, he doesn’t care that he breaks the rules that he’s sworn by law to uphold. All Harry wants to do is snatch the criminal, and either arrest him or shoot him with his .44 Magnum, before the punk kills another innocent victim.

Movies with rebels will always be popular. Audiences love to root for characters that act out our inner fantasies. Maybe we can’t tell our bosses or teachers what we’re really feeling, but at least our film heroes can.
The Greatest Rebels in Movie History,

Han Solo
Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is known as the biggest and best smuggler in the galaxy. He was a member of the Imperial Academy but got the boot when he saved a Wookie named Chewbacca from a beat down at the hands of an Imperial officer. Of course, Han would ultimately use his quick wit and think outside the box set of moral standards, to help Luke Skywalker repeatedly save the galaxy from enemies like Darth Vader.



John Bender
John Bender (Judd Nelson) is labelled "the criminal" in John Hughes's 1985 high school detention drama. The pot-smoking, jean jacket wearing, rule breaker, who pretends not to give a damn, has to be considered one of the biggest teenage rebels of the Reagan era. Plus, he can light a match with his teeth, so that's pretty cool.

Harry Callahan
The rebellious Police Inspector from the Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood) franchise is known for disregarding the laws of the land in order to play by his own set of rules. Harry doesn't care what happens to him or his career. His goal is to catch the bad guy, no matter what, punk. 

Adrian Cronauer
Robin Williams does his best Howard Stern impression as an irreverent Disc Jockey stationed in Vietnam during the height of the war. Cronauer is told not to play rock music and stick to the script when reading the news. Much to the delight of the troops listening to his broadcast, and the horror of his superiors, the DJ breaks all of the rules, in order to both entertain and keep the soldiers informed about what's really going on with the war.

Oskar Schindler
Real-life and onscreen hero Oskar Schindler rebels against the Nazi regime during WWII. He ultimately saves over 1000 Jews from certain death in an Auschwitz concentration camp. 

Ferris Bueller
Okay, so Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) may look more like the boy next store, not the rebel in blue jeans. However, skipping school, turning his principle into a madman, and cruising around Chicago in a stolen Ferrari is insanely rebellious.



Tyler Durden
[SPOILER] Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) does not really exist. He is the narrator's split personality that emerges in order to fight greed and consumerism. Durden is the ultimate rebel, he doesn't give a damn about society's norms. He starts up a Fight Club, a place where men can savagely beat each other up in order to unleash their masculinity.

Johnny Strabler
Johnny (Marlon Brando) leads a California motorcycle gang looking for trouble in another juvenile delinquent movie from the 1950s. The reckless bikers are not sure what they are actually rebelling against, but they are certainly enjoying the havoc they wreak along the way. 


Jim Stark
The first character that comes to mind for many when they hear "rebel". Jim Stark (James Dean) is such a rebel in Nicholas Ray's coming of age drama that it says so right there in the title. The film may have been made in 1955, but the plight of the teenager who doesn't get along with his parents is eternal. Stark moves to a new town and gets involved in a dangerous game of chicken and a few knife fights. No one in cinema history is cooler than James Dean, and Jim Stark is the actor's most iconic character. 
 




Luke, "Cool Hand Luke"
Luke (Paul Newman) doesn't care about failure to communicate. The prisoner refuses to obey authority and continues his attempts to escape confinement even after repeatedly getting caught and thrown in solitary. Luke becomes a legend among his prison peers. They view his total disregard for the people in charge as courageous and heroic.


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Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:10:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movie-rebels/anncasano
<![CDATA[31 Behind the Scenes Facts About Disney's 2015 Cinderella]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cinderella-2015-trivia/derrick-deane
Disney begins a series of live action adaptation of some of their popular films with a modernized presentation of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. Lily James stars as Ella in this 2015 blockbuster Disney movie. We've scanned through the press notes and behind the scenes set pics to bring you a list of Cinderella trivia from one of this year's biggest movies.

Find out what Emma Watson, Margot Robbie, Hayley Atwell, Doctor Who, Frozen, and Grumpy Cat have to do with the 2015 film Cinderella. What other actresses were considered for the role of Cinderella? Why did director Kenneth Branagh choose Lily James to play Cinderella? How many dresses and glass slippers were made for the movie? We've got the answers in this Cinderella trivia list for all you Disney fans young and old.

Vote for the trivia facts you find interesting and downvote whichever ones you aren't that impressed with. Cinderella opens in theaters nationwide March 13, 2015 with special advance screenings on March 12. There's even a free cool poster if you watch it in IMAX!
31 Behind the Scenes Facts About Disney's 2015 Cinderella,

Helena Bonham Carter Found Her Fairy Godmother Role A Chance To 'Reinvent The Wheel'
"There really isn't a consistent image of who the Fairy Godmother is," Bonham Carter said. "It was great fun to think about things like how she got to where she is."

As for why she chose a pumpkin for the carriage, "I started thinking that maybe the pumpkin was an accident and she had actually intended for the carriage to come from something else, like a watermelon. The possibilities are endless, and as an actor I love thinking up back-stories for my characters."
A Short Film Sequel To 'Frozen' Will Be Shown Before The Film
With the ongoing popularity of the Oscar-winning Disney movie Frozen, a short film sequel titled Frozen Fever will be shown in front of Cinderella. It will contain a new original song written by the creators of the original hit animated film.
Lily James and Sophie McShera Also Co-Star on 'Downton Abbey'
James plays Cinderella while McShera plays her spoiled stepsister Drizella (in yellow) in the movie. On the TV show Downton Abbey, their roles are reversed. On Downton, McShera plays Daisy, a servant role while James plays Lady Rose, the aristocrat. 
The Fairy Godmother's Dress Includes 400 LED Lights
Powell wanted to fulfill every young girl's dream and bring the treasured character to life in a luminous and magical way. She created a white gown with silver wings made up of 131 yards of fabric, 10,000 Swarovski crystals, and 400 little LED lights which were stitched throughout the material and lit up when she cast a spell.

"The costume was almost 4 feet wide, and not the most practical, I must say," Bonham Carter said. "There was no position I could actually rest in and it was next to impossible to breathe in because of the corset, so most of the time I was exhausted and quite delirious."
Grumpy Cat Attended The World Premiere In Hollywood
It was the worst day ever. Apparently she spent the entire movie rooting on the stepmother.

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Emma Watson Was Originally Offered The Title Role
Watson declined the offer but was later cast as Belle in Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. That film is due in theaters in 2016.
Nine Different Versions Of Cinderella's Iconic Dress Were Created
"Cinderella wins the Prince's heart through her honesty and goodness so I wanted to portray this through her clothes," Powell said.

In the end, nine different versions of Cinderella's ball gown were created, each featuring more than 270 yards of fabric, more than 10,000 Swarovski crystals and more than 3 miles of hems.
The Big Blue Ballgown Enchanted Lily James
When asked what her favorite part of playing Cinderella was, James said it was wearing the big blue ballgown.

"Walking into the ballroom was the most magical thing I've ever seen, and when I came in and everyone looked at me, I was terrified, but it was the highlight of the film for me as well," James said.
The Ballroom Features 17 Enormous Custom-Made Chandeliers From Italy
Each one of the chandeliers had close to 5,000 oil candles, each of which had to be lit by hand. 

"There needed to be a grandeur, a breathtaking moment when Ella first enters the room, but it needed to have a lightness and not be too intimidating," Branagh said.
Kindness And Compassion Are At The Core Of The Story
"The thing for us was not to try hard to reimagine things, but to go by the lights of the story as we saw it - a world of hidden wonder and beauty, with the animating force of kindness and faith at the heart of it," writer Chris Weitz said.

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Arrested in 2014]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-arrests-2014-celebrities-arrested-in-2014/celebrity-events
This list of celebrity arrests 2014 includes some of the biggest, most famous people in the world who, for whatever reason, found themselves very much on the wrong side of the law. Celebs can't always stay out of the headlines, even when they try, but a lot of people on this list are no doubt frequent headline makers. Which 2014 celebrity arrest will be the most scandalous? That remains to be seen, but rest assured, if and when a big name gets thrown in jail, they'll be listed right here.

What are some of the biggest reasons for celebrity arrests? DUI's certainly tend to be common, as they are (unfortunately) for the general population as well. Celebrities are not immune from screw ups, and when they get caught by police, everyone finds out about it (often in great detail, and sometimes with videotapes of the incidents in question). Examples? Just look at the list of celebrities arrested in 2013.

Another note: Some celebrities arrested in 2014 will be taken into custody more than once. If that's the case, they'll be listed here and they might even be worthy of having their own list, like Justin Bieber, who's done some pretty awful things in his few short years on the planet. Of course, Justin's already on THIS list. Will he make it multiple times in 2014? Stay tuned...
Celebrities Arrested in 2014,

Amanda Bynes
9/29/2014 - 28-year-old actress Amanda Bynes was arrested for DUI at 3 am on Monday morning. Bynes attempted to stop for a red light at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Van Nuys Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, California, but stopped in the middle of the intersection.

Police pulled her over and after she failed a series of field sobriety tests, she was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. The substance in question remains unknown. She was held at the Van Nuys, California police station with bail set at $15,000 and released at 12:44 pm later that day. Her court date is set for October 23.

(Source)
Andy Dick
11/08/2014: Comedian Andy Dick was taken into custody for stealing a man's $1,000 necklace.

The troubled comedian (and apparent late-night bike rider) reportedly spotted the man's chain while riding his bike down Hollywood Boulevard. He stopped and asked the man if he could see it before speeding off.

The victim, who recognized Dick, filed a police report, and cops were able to arrest Dick a few days later outside of his Hollywood home.
Dustin Diamond
12/25/2014: Former Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond ("Screech") was arrested for stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas. Because of the scuffle, Screech faces felony second-degree "recklessly endangering safety" charges, as well as ones for disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.

Diamond, 37, and his fiancee Amanda Schutz, 27, were reportedly spending Christmas evening at a bar a few miles from their home in Port Washington, Wisconsin when they got into a fight with two men and a woman. Diamond initially fled the scene of the crime. After police caught up with his SUV, he claimed that he may have accidentally stabbed someone with a pen. Police found the real weapon, a bloody switch blade, in his car. Schutz faces disorderly conduct charges as well.

 

John Carter Cash
10/28/2014: John Carter Cash, son of country music legend Johnny Cash, was arrested in Newfoundland. He was traveling back to the United States following a hunting excursion, when he stripped to his underwear at the airport in Deer Lake. Cash, 44, was arrested, but not charged.

Witnesses said he was cooperative during the event, though police received reports that he was wither drunk or experiencing medical distress.

(Source)
Katt Williams
10/29/2014: Actor Katt Williams, along with hip hop mogul Suge Knight, was arrested on "suspicion of stealing a camera from a female photographer." Williams was arrested during a court appearance for a separate assault case, while Knight was taken into custody in Las Vegas.

The incident in question occurred in September 2014 in Beverly Hills, CA. Knight and Williams allegedly stole the camera from an unnamed photographer. If convicted, Williams faces up to seven years in prison.

(Source)

Michael Phelps
9/30/2014 - Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was arrested on DUI charges after being stopped for speeding on Monday, September 29. Phelps was stopped outside the Fort McHenry Tunnel, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Phelps was driving a Land Rover around 1:40 am and was clocked by a radar gun going 84 miles per hour in a 45 zone. Though cooperative, he was unable to perform a series of field sobriety tests and charged with DUI, excessive speed, and crossing double lane lines.

He was also arrested for, and pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in 2004.

(Source)
Suge Knight
10/29/2014: Hip hop mogul Suge Knight, along with actor Katt Williams, was arrested on "suspicion of stealing a camera from a female photographer." Knight was taken into custody in Las Vegas, while Williams was arrested during a court appearance for a separate assault case.

The incident in question occurred in September 2014 in Beverly Hills, CA. Knight and Williams allegedly stole the camera from an unnamed photographer. If convicted, Knight faces 30 years in prison, due to a prior assault with a deadly weapon conviction.

(Source)
Jeremih
12/12/2014: R&B singer and producer Jeremih was arrested at Newark Airport for trying to get on a flight after airplane doors had closed. It is suspected that he will face charges for disorderly conduct and obstruction.

Source: Billboard

Waka Flocka Flame
10/10/2014: rapper Waka Flocka Flame was arrested at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after a security scan found a loaded handgun in his bag. He did not have a permit.

He was arrested and charged with carrying a weapon in a prohibited place and taken to Clayton County Jail.

(Source)
Buddy Valastro
11/13/2014: TLC's Cake Boss star, Buddy Valastro, was arrested for drunk driving in Manhattan. The 37-year-old baker and reality TV star allegedly swerved his yellow 2014 Corvette through traffic while heading north between 20th and 32nd streets.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired after failing a Breathalyzer test. TLC has not yet commented on the star's arrest.

Source: NBC New York

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Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:21:20 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-arrests-2014-celebrities-arrested-in-2014/celebrity-events
<![CDATA[The Best Female Video Game Journalists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-female-video-game-journalists-v1/devon-ashby
With the advent of the #GamerGate debate, plenty of people lately have felt the need to start talking loudly and brusquely about the "proper role" of women in video game culture. Should female gamers have a voice in game culture at all, since gaming is supposedly a medium intended primarily for dudes?
 
The big controversy begins when women in video gaming want to actually talk (or write) about their experiences playing or developing games. A surprising number of people seem to think women talking and writing about video games represents an epic, gargantuan threat to the very soul of the games industry, because what could be possibly be more stifling to the creative purity of the Assassin's Creed franchise than pressuring Ubisoft into sticking a female NPC in Unity?

At the end of the day, women in the games industry who promote, discuss, and analyze video games are some of gaming's biggest advocates and most compelling contributors, and they're a diverse group. Below is just a sampling of some of the most visible, unique and hard-hitting female contributors to the public conversation about video games and video game culture.

The Best Female Video Game Journalists,

Felicia Day
Who she is: As the creator of Geek & Sundry, Felicia Day is a respected and beloved commentator on all facets of nerd culture, including, but not limited to, gaming. She humorously describes herself as a video game addict, and her channel features reviews, play-throughs, panel discussions, and even occasional sketch comedy routines about game culture.

She also runs a blog, is the creator of the popular web series The Guild, and has appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural.

Why she's awesome: What's most infectious about Felicia is her unapologetic enthusiasm for video games as a medium, and her lack of fear about coming across as a total dork. Her style of coverage is all about celebrating how emotional and exciting digital media can be.
 
Day wrote one of the most outspoken letters regarding Gamergate. She is the proverbial leader of the pack when it comes to being an outspoken voice in the gaming community, often debunking many “female gamer” stereotypes, trying to bring ALL people together who enjoy video games.
Jane McGonigal
Whe she is: Jane McGonigal is the author of the book Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. She's a game developer and general future tech enthusiast interested in the creative, intellectual, and sociospiritual future of interactive media. She has given three TED talks on the subject of gaming that have been collectively watched over 9 million times. 

Why she's awesome: As a game designer, McGonigal's work emphasizes the use of virtual landscapes and styles of interaction to help solve real-world problems. She is one of the most quoted and referenced individuals on gaming's impact on modern culture. 
Jessica Chobot
Who she is: Jessica Chobot was the first ever host of the Daily Fix, IGN's original daily news program on the video game industry. It was, in essence, the first video game news program of its kind on the web. Since 2013, she's been the main host of Nerdist News where she covers a range of geeky topics.

Why she's awesome: Chobot played a journalist in Mass Effect 3, one of the most popular (if not controversial) games of 2012. She also wrote the popular survival horror game Daylight and knows more about video games than most humans. 
Naomi Kyle
Who she is: Comic and video game nerd Naomi Kyle is the host and writer of IGN's popular series The Daily Fix and Daily Fix Top 5. She has hosted several other original series, most notably The Next Game Boss, which gave aspiring game designers the chance to earn money to create their own video games. In addition to hosting, Kyle also produces awesome video game commentaries and original features.  

Why she's awesome: Naomi is one of the most recognizable video game personalities on the face of the planet. She's the indelible face of IGN and delivers breaking industry news to gamers on a daily basis.
Danielle Riendeau
Who she is: Danielle Riendeau is a senior reviewer for Polygon. She has a very strong critical perspective, but some of her best work for the site is filed under "opinion."

Why she's awesome: Check out this amazing piece about the much coveted and buzzed-about game Alien: Isolation where she ties together the lineage of the game's central character with the feminist themes of Ridley Scott's original 1979 film. Her approach gives video games the respect they deserve, elevates the medium and ends of making the whole industry look good. Pulling out meaty literary themes to discuss while mainstream media tries to completely dismiss video games as a worthwhile part of culture? Awesome. 

Bonus:  her last name is pronounced like "Nintendo" which is pretty fun!

Andrea Rene
Who she is: Andrea Rene appears on Gamestop TV and is a host for GameTrailers. She also runs a blog, keeps fans up-to-date on new industry happenings via her Twitter stream, and contributes a host of freelance video content to various game-related sites, including GameFly, Machinima, and The Escapist. She's currently the Senior Producer and host for the digital and tech oriented entertainment company, DEFY Media.

Why she's awesome: She brings a charming a personal touch to the kind of hosting that usually comes off as stale. Her following speaks for herself. 

Meg Turney
Who she is: Meg Turney first got her angel wings in the geek community as a well-known cosplayer, but has since branched out heavily into online media hosting and news reporting. She's hosted weekly gaming and tech-related series for Nerdist News and CraveOnline, and currently works full-time for the Internet culture channel Rooster Teeth.

Why she's awesome: She has a particularly deep knowledge about Indy games and she tends not to report on something unless she really knows her sh*t. And she usually knows her sh*t. 
 





Tracey Lien
Who she is: Formerly of Polygon and now with the L.A. Times, Tracey Lien generated a debate around the gaming industry with her groundbreaking piece "No Girls Allowed" and her coverage on the rise of Twitch "When Watching Beats Playing."

Why she's awesome: Tracey does traditional game reviews and criticism, but she also does a lot of on-the-ground reporting (like this article on game developers in the Middle East). She's great at breaking down current events related to gaming culture – like this article about that time the people who own Candy Crush Saga tried to trademark the word "candy."

Tracey is one of the most reputable voices in both the gaming and tech fields. She continues to make strong contributions to the ongoing public conversation about women in games, and the cultural impact of technology.




Carolyn Petit
Who she is: Carolyn Petit is a transgender woman who made waves when she first got hired on as a game reviewer for GameSpot.

Why she's awesome: She made even bigger waves when she published what was, overall, an extremely positive review of Grand Theft Auto V, which nonetheless awarded the game only 9/10 stars. This not-utterly-fawning assessment of the game caused a small faction of totally insane people to launch a smear campaign against Petit, writing embittered emails to her bosses and posting angry rants on YouTube demanding she be fired. Again, 9/10 stars.

Petit unfortunately was let go from GameSpot eventually due to a round of layoffs, not because of her actual writing. She does still continue to be awesome on Twitter, however.




Maddy Myers
Who she is: Maddy Myers is a game critic for Paste Magazine where she contributes feature articles, reviews, and a regular column called "Hyper Mode."

Why she's awesome: Myers is great at combining a traditional critical approach with a solid understanding of game mechanics, making her reviews insightful, funny, and full of depth. Her non-review posts address issues of media bias, censorship, and socio-cultural issues affecting gamers.

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:37:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-female-video-game-journalists-v1/devon-ashby
<![CDATA[Google Earth Won't Let You See These 25 Places]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/places-google-earth-wont-let-you-see/coy-jandreau
Google Earth is a virtual globe, provided by web giant Google, with maps of the entire world. Well... mostly. The map and geographical information program offers satellite imagery, street view, maps, directions, and overhead views of nearly everywhere on earth. This list of 25 places Google Earth won't let you see, features the hot spots that Google has blocked from view of curious internet users and amateur geographers everywhere.

As Google Earth is constantly being updated and is widely known for providing a comprehensive, up close, map of the world. It's also INSANELY popular, so it's especially strange when stuff ISN'T there. What are you hiding from us, Google?
 
What's under those pixelated areas and whited out sections? Some sites are likely blocked for national security reasons, but others are more suspicious. Here are 25 places you cannot find on Google Earth, no matter how hard you try. Conspiracy theorists, have a field day.
Google Earth Won't Let You See These 25 Places,

The Royal Palace, Amsterdam
You can see everything around the Dutch Royal Palace, but not the Palace itself. Trees, roads, etc come in crystal clear, but the building itself is obscured from all angles.
Tantauco National Park, Chile
The park can only be seen from afar. Zooming in closer doesn't change anything.
Unknown Russian Site Near the Siberian Tundra
This big, dusty mass of nothing could be hiding missile interceptors, a radar station, or maybe even Putin's personal stores of vodka. No one knows. 
Minami Torishima Airport, Japan
This small, one runway airport is not visible and serves the Japanese Maritime Defense Force so perhaps there are military secrets being hidden.
Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada
According to conspiracy theory and popular lore, the black strip over Baker Lake covers extraterrestrial beacons no government wants the world to see.
Keowee Dam, South Carolina
The dam, which helps run a power utility on the East coast of the US, is not visible on Google Earth.
Russian Energy Executive Alexey Miller's House
Well...he's rich, so he can probably have whatever he wants done. Or maybe it's as simple as his need to sunbathe frequently in the nude.
Cornell University Power Plant
This new addition to Cornell University is eco-friendly and very hi-tech, so perhaps the academics just want to keep their erudite secrets under wraps.
Every Colonel Sanders EVERYWHERE
The Colonel is blurred out in all Google Earth images because he's a real person. Perhaps the most rational explanation for any blurred image on this list.
Michael Aaf Building, Utah
A chemical weapons test site, it's most likely whited out for security reasons.

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:30:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/places-google-earth-wont-let-you-see/coy-jandreau
<![CDATA[The Most Amazing Indoor Water Parks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-indoor-water-parks/coy-jandreau
There are few things in this world that can match the thrill of flying like a bat out of hell down a steep water slide or enjoying a leisurely float down a lazy river. Water parks are a summer staple for fun in the sun for kids and adults alike. 

But for those who don't feel satiated during those few, short, summer months during which water parks are open, indoor water parks are there to fill the void. These are the best indoor water parks in the world.

Vote up the best, most fun, most amazing indoor water parks on the list below, grab your swim trunks, and dive into the fun.

The Most Amazing Indoor Water Parks,

Sandcastle Waterpark

Tropical Islands Resort

World Waterpark

Wilderness Territory, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Happy Magic, Beijing, China

Avalanche Bay, Boyne Falls, Michigan

Kalahari Resort, Sandusky, Ohio

Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, Washington

Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls, New York

Splash Lagoon, Erie, Pennsylvania


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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:03:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-indoor-water-parks/coy-jandreau
<![CDATA[25 Epic Maury Paternity Test Reactions]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/maury-paternity-test-reactions/robert-wabash
"You are...NOT the father!" Three magic words (or two, if you're hoping to see the result go the other way) can make or break the lives of a man and woman who may or may not have a child together when the Maury paternity tests are administered. The Maury Povich show hasn't always been about pitting mothers against the potential fathers of their babies, but darn it if it hasn't turned into the most entertaining thing the show has to offer.

These "You are not the father" GIFs (along with the occasional "You ARE the father" GIFs for good measure) are a sparkling example of the types that go on "Maury" to determine the paternity of their child publicly when they could have just bought an at-home paternity test and administered it to the dozens (seriously, some of these women go on the show as many as five, six times without identifying the father of their child) of men they slept with in the seemingly small period of time they could have gotten pregnant.

What are the best "You are NOT the father" moments? What are the best not the father GIFs? What are the best reactions of men finding out the results of paternity tests on Maury? Have a look through this list of Maury DNA test reactions and you will see how funny it can be when a woman has no idea who fathered her child. 

25 Epic Maury Paternity Test Reactions,

He's Buying An XBox One Immediately



Watch Out, Hammer



So Excited He Couldn't Walk



New Dance Moves



Bring It, Gurl



He'll Be the Only Gymnast in His Family



Maury Called This the 'Worst Dance On the Show' Yikes





The Father Is Still at Large



Wooing the Next Potential Paternity Test Recipient



She Was Not Pleased...




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Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:04:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/maury-paternity-test-reactions/robert-wabash
<![CDATA[All of Brad Pitt's Hairstyles, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/brad-pitt-hair/keshvaralikhani

Oh, Brad Pitt. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways: bearded, curled, tousled, and with braids. Straightened, gelled, feathered, and hairsprayed.

 

Hollywood’s number one A-lister (and his luscious head of hair) have been melting hearts since he first sizzled on screen in Thelma & Louise.

 

And over the years, world’s hottest actor (nice try, Chris Hemsworth) has sported some varied, but always-attractive looks. Whether he’s rocking tasteful beach waves like in Troy, or nailing the tight fade (like in every movie since Inglorious Basterds) Brad Pitt’s hair is always perfection.

 

Now that we’ve established that he’s in a category unto himself, it’s time for the ultimate challenge: deciding which Brad Pitt hairstyle is the most perfect. It will be tough, it will be overwhelming, it will require looking at pictures of Brad Pitt for hours on end. But you can do it. You must do it.

 

Vote for Brad Pitt’s hottest hairstyles below, and share your sexy conclusions with the world. Then, print out your favorite photo and give it to your boyfriend to take the stylist next time he needs a trim. Because everyone deserves to have Brad Pitt hair.  You’re welcome.


All of Brad Pitt's Hairstyles, Ranked,

The Rachel

The Flavor Savor

The Brooding Hipster

The 90s Romantic Comedy Leading Man

The Bedhead Spike

The "Too Cool for a Bobby Pin"

The Kennedy

The Classic Brad

The Dark and Handsome

The Sage, Sexy Warewolf


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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 02:45:03 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/brad-pitt-hair/keshvaralikhani
<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Kept Their Fatal Illnesses Secret for Years]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-kept-their-fatal-illnesses-secret/larry-taylor
Celebrities live lives with which most people are unfamiliar. Even their deepest, darkest, most personal secrets sometimes make their way into newspapers, online, or into the tabloids. On one hand the celebrity lifestyle is wonderful, but on the other side it can be highly invasive and upsetting for the celebrity in question. Which is why it shouldn't be surprising that there are many celebrities who kept diseases secret.

Once they're diagnosed with sometimes fatal diseases, the outpouring of false sentiment can be enough to turn even the most upbeat person cynical. There have been a great number of famous people with secret illnesses who only spoke about their disease once they were free and clear. Other celebrities who were secretly sick never spoke about their issues. Only after their passing do their friends and family tell the public about their affliction.

Which celebrities kept their diagnoses secret? Famous people including David Bowie, Cobie Smulders, and Freddie Mercury are below.
Celebrities Who Kept Their Fatal Illnesses Secret for Years,

Alan Rickman
A shocking death for film fans, Rickman had been keeping his cancer diagnosis a secret for some time, according to a statement. Clearly Rickman wanted to endure the fatal disease on his own without fanfare.
Charlie Sheen
In November 2015, Charlie Sheen told the Today show that he was HIV positive, and had been for four years. Once rumors began spreading, the actor could no longer hide his diagnosis.
David Bowie
David Bowie's death sent shockwaves across music and film communities worldwide. Hardly anyone realized the singer and actor had been suffering from liver cancer for the 18 months before he died. According to reports, the performer wanted to go "without any fuss."
Freddie Mercury
The Queen lead singer was diagnosed with AIDS very early on in the epidemic's initial outbreak. He made his final public appearance almost 26 years ago, and while members of the band knew he was battling the disease, Mercury kept it a secret from fans and the public, denying all reports.
Gene Wilder

In the wake of Gene Wilder's death, at the age of 83, on August 29, 2016, the comedian's family announced he had been privately suffering from Alzheimer's for three years before passing. According to a statement released by Jordan Walker-Pearlman, a nephew Wilder raised like a son: 

The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him 'there’s Willy Wonka,' would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.


Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease as far back as 1990. He waited until 1998 to tell his fans about the disease, and has since become an advocate for finding a cure.
Nora Ephron
The famed screenwriter and filmmaker, who passed away in 2012, had been battling cancer for years. News of the disease and her passing surprised even some of her closest friends.
Robin Williams
Williams's suicide was seemingly brought on by depression, which the actor had been battling for years. However, in the days following his death, his wife claimed the onset of Parkinson's, which had begun a few years prior, was what pushed him to take his own life.
Rock Hudson
It was obvious why Rock Hudson wanted to keep his AIDS diagnosis a secret until he died. At the time, being a homosexual was frowned upon, especially for a leading man like Hudson. His death in the '80s put a face on the disease.
Steve Jobs
The Apple CEO died suddenly in 2011 after a secret battle with cancer. The innovator had staved off pancreatic cancer for nearly two decades but let very few people (Disney CEO Bob Iger was one) knew of his diagnosis.

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:31:41 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-kept-their-fatal-illnesses-secret/larry-taylor
<![CDATA[The Most Annoying Things Couples Do on Social Media]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/annoying-things-couples-do-on-social-media/ashley-reign
Do you ever wonder if your - and your significant other's - Facebook posts border on the irritating? Have you lost tons of followers ever since you've started posting hourly updates about your "bae"? If so, you might be one of the most annoying couples on your friends' Facebook newsfeeds. Don't worry, though. We've put together a list of a ton of other people out there who are just like you. 

Here, we’ve compiled a list of annoying things that all couples do on social media - from passive aggressive status fights, to ooey-gooey, lovey-dovey comments on each others photos. If you're wondering why you and your boo stopped getting "likes" on those gross make-out Instagrams, wonder no more: it's because you're creeping people out. 

Whether you're looking to subtly call out a co-worker for using dumb pet names with her boyfriend online, or shame your older brother for Tweeting emo song lyrics whenever he and his girl are fighting, we've got you covered. Check out this list of incredibly annoying things that all couples do on social media below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
The Most Annoying Things Couples Do on Social Media,

Sharing Way Too Many Intimate Selfies

Constantly Commenting on How Miserable Single Life Must Be

You Know Who You Are.

Executing an Insanely Depressing Sweeping Gesture of Codependant Love

Using Their Relationship Status as a Weapon Every Time They Argue

Managing to Make You Feel Like a 3rd Wheel on Dates You Didn't Even Go On

Fighting Via Thinly-Veiled, Passive Agressive Status Updates

It Isn't Love Until All of Your Combined 586 Facebook Friends Know About It

Why'd Ya Have to Go and Make Things So Complicated?

Just in Case You Missed Their Last 2,000 Status Updates...


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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 07:18:47 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/annoying-things-couples-do-on-social-media/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[The Most Over-the-Top Hilarious Touchdown Celebrations of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-nfl-touchdown-celebrations/jacob-shelton

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t remember a time in the NFL before end zone celebrations (and if you do, then take a nap, Grandpa). End zone celebrations became a thing in the late '80s with ball-spiking and slowly ramped up into incredibly elaborate performances based around players machine-gunning each other or trying to topple a field goal post with their masculinity and touchdown prowess.

The NFL finally started handing out fines for excessive celebrations, but that hasn’t stopped players from getting H.A.M. after an especially good play. For some players, the $10,000 fine (!) is totally worth twerking in the end zone, or taking a phone call after scoring six quick points, but you know there’s at least one player on this list who’s regretting their celebration now that they want to buy a new jet ski.

It’s ridiculous to tell an adult football player that he’s being over the top after scoring a touchdown. When your adrenaline is through the roof, and you’ve just caught a 47-yard pass or barreled through a defensive line to turn your enemies into dust, you have to let off steam somehow, or else the one thing you love will quickly become a joyless slog like the rest of your life. These touchdown celebrations may be over the top, but most of them were well-earned.


The Most Over-the-Top Hilarious Touchdown Celebrations of All Time,

It Turns Out Lance Moore Watches Comedy Central

After catching a 44-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees, Lance Moore showed off his basic cable subscription by performing the Hingle McCringleberry excessive celebration from Key and Peele.


John Brown Has a Seizure

While playing against the Rams in 2014, John Brown scored a 48-yard touchdown and had what can only be described as a "dance seizure." This was Brown's rookie year so don't judge his spastic dance moves too hard - but judge him a little bit or he'll never learn to feel shame. 


Randy Moss Moons the Packers Crowd

What's the deal with Randy Moss? In 2005, he and his Vikings were playing against the Packers at Lambeau Field when Moss mooned the Packers fans after a TD. Joe Buck called him "disgusting" and he received a $10,000 fine. That's one expensive eclipse. 


William Gay Dances So Hard He Gets Flagged

You guys, William Gay can't stop dancing. It doesn't matter that he got a penalty for an excessive celebration, a flag won't stop his hot dance moves coupled with very cordial handshakes. If Gay and the Steelers were playing against any team other than the Bengals, it would probably be a big deal that he got a flag on a touchdown interception - but come on, no one cares about the Bengals. 


Jimmy Graham Dunking on the Field Goal

At some point in his NFL career, Jimmy Graham became addicted to dunking on field goal posts after touchdowns. And who can blame him? It looks like a lot of fun! It also looks like it's about to kill ten people, but that's not that much different from anything that happens in football. The NFL finally made a rule against dunking on the field goal post and while Graham "wasn't happy about it" he said that he would chill and move on to his new form of touchdown celebration, throwing rocks into the crowd. 


Joe Horn Hides a Phone in the End Zone

At a game between the New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants, Joe Horn caught four touchdown passes, but no one remembers that. What they do remember is that someone handed him a flip phone after one of his TDs and he supposedly called his mom. He somehow didn't receive an excessive celebration penalty, but he was nominated as the NFL's biggest momma's boy of 2003. 


Ezekiel Elliot Donates Himself to the Salvation Army

So first of all, this is amazing. Of course Ezekiel Elliot jumped into a giant Salvation Army bucket after scoring a touchdown in a Sunday night game against Tampa Bay. Why put the bucket there if you don't want someone to jump into it? The great thing about this story is that the Salvation Army reported that by Tuesday they had received $850,000 in donations.

Skeletor impersonator and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called in from his lair inside a volcano to say, "We have those kettles there because we do want the visibility of reminding everybody, certainly at this time of year, how doing the most good is putting a dollar in that red kettle. To have gotten that attention in front of probably 20 million or so people last night for the Salvation Army was just wonderful."


Antonio Brown Duck-Walks

In a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots, Antonio Brown scored a nice little touchdown and then lost all of his cool points by celebrating with a duck walk? Or maybe a rendition of Charlie Chaplin's tramp dance? Speculate amongst yourselves as to what Brown is doing but if there's one thing that's for sure, it's that what he's doing is definitely not good. 


Doug Baldwin Sh*ts Bricks

Hop in your Deloreans and go back to the 2015 season to Seattle's game against the Patriots and watch as Doug Baldwin catches a three-yard pass for a touchdown and then pretends to either sh*t a football or lay an egg. Either way, it looks weird, not cool. Not in a "not cool, Doug" way, but in a "Hey, you're a professional athlete and you're supposed to act like you're cool, not like you're the weird kid in class." When asked about the gesture after the game, all he said was, "That's between me and the person it was directed at." Whatever, Doug. 


Is Antonio Brown the Road Runner?

Once again we join an Antonio Brown touchdown already in progress. This time, in a game against the Indianapolis Colts, Brown celebrates by jumping junk first into the goal post. Didn't he see Concussion



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Wed, 14 Dec 2016 04:18:50 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-nfl-touchdown-celebrations/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Most Trustworthy Newscasters on TV Today]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-trustworthy-newscasters/matthewcoleweiss

Who are the most trustworthy anchors and news personalities today? We all know the names Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Barbara Walters, Peter Jennings, and Dan Rather. Through the years, Americans have connected with many different TV newsmen and newswomen to keep them up to date and "in the know." News audiences form bonds with these newscasters and feel comfortable hearing the good and the bad news from these trusted and best newscasters.


Who's the most trusted working newscaster around today? From whom do you like getting your daily news, politics, and culture? This list of newscasters you trust includes those news anchors and newscasters that the American people believe in, ranked by US news watchers of all parties and beliefs.   


Keep in mind: different strokes for different folks. In the wild world of political news coverage, not everyone will respect the same type of journalism approach, but regardless, these are some of the best of the best on TV today and this list combines everyone's diverse opinion to determine the most trustworthy names in news, on the air today. 

Vote up the most trusted anchor or newscaster you believe in and always turn to when news breaks, or add the news anchors you love behind the desk if he or she is not already listed.


The Most Trustworthy Newscasters on TV Today,

Gayle King
CBS This Morning, CBS
George Stephanopoulos
ABC News, ABC
Geraldo Rivera
Geraldo at Large, Fox News
Kathie Lee Gifford
The Today Show, NBC
Lester Holt
NBC Nightly News, NBC
Matt Lauer
The Today Show, NBC
Nancy Grace
Nancy Grace, HLN
Robin Roberts
Good Morning America, ABC
Scott Pelley
CBS Evening News, CBS
Wolf Blitzer
The Situation Room, CNN

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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:28:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-trustworthy-newscasters/matthewcoleweiss
<![CDATA[The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-snl-castmembers-of-all-time
A list of the best Saturday Night Live cast members from the show's 40 seasons. The sketch comedy show has long been a favorite of viewers, and SNL remains one of the best vehicles of all time for up-and-coming comedic talent. Stand-up comedians, impressionists, and actor graduates of improv comedy groups like Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade make up the bulk of SNL cast lists. In turn, the show has developed and produced some of the greatest funnymen (and women) in entertainment. So who are the best SNL cast members of all time?

In the early years, the SNL casts were touted as the "Not Ready for Prime-Time Players," part of a late night cast with material too risque for general audiences. As the show and the cast members matured, stars broke out to become some of the most successful film and TV actors in the business. Famous SNL alumni include established stars ranging from John Belushi to Chris Rock to Amy Poehler.

This is a list of the funnest SNL cast members ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Anyone can contribute to this list, which makes these rankings an accurate, real-time reflection of the crowd's collective opinion. Vote for your favorites to move them to the top of the list, or press re-rank to create your own list of the funniest people in Saturday Night Live history.

Who are the most famous people to graduate from Saturday Night Live? This list answers that question along with who are the best SNL cast members of all time.
The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time,

Bill Murray

Chris Farley

Dana Carvey

Dan Aykroyd

Eddie Murphy

John Belushi

Mike Myers

Phil Hartman

Tina Fey

Will Ferrell


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Thu, 28 Apr 2011 00:06:54 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-snl-castmembers-of-all-time
<![CDATA[The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-greatest-sitcoms-in-television-history
Best sitcoms ever to air on television includes some of the greatest sitcoms of all time as ranked by fans of TV. What's the best sitcom of all time? This list includes the best and most funny all-time sitcoms and funny TV shows. Anyone can vote on this list of funny sitcoms, making it a definitive representation of the Ranker community's sit-com tastes. Many people think that Friends is the best sitcome ever, while others would nominate Seinfeld or Family Matters. You can  add your own ranking of shows to nominate your favorites.

A sitcom (or situational comedy) is loosely defined as "a humorous television program based on situations that could arise in everyday life". What are the greatest sitcoms ever? You can decide for yourself what fits that term and rank as you see fit, adding what you see missing!
The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History,

Cheers

Everybody Loves Raymond

Friends

I Love Lucy

M*A*S*H

Seinfeld

That '70s Show

The Big Bang Theory

The Simpsons

The Office


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Fri, 15 Jul 2011 07:12:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-greatest-sitcoms-in-television-history
<![CDATA[53 Hilarious Test Answers From Kids]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-kids-test-answers/robert-wabash
Kids these days: can't live with 'em, can't teach 'em anything because the Internet shows them that they can be a smartass instead of submitting real quiz answers. Tests were once about studying, knowing the most, reveling in the honest hard work of memorizing the basics of being a person in American society. Getting stuff wrong meant feeling SHAME. But these days all kids care about is submitting creative test answers that will make their Gen Y teachers laugh, making sure everyone is having a "good time." 

Back in the day, each and every one of these damn kids would have been slapped on the wrist for writing down sassy words and drawing goofy pictures instead of, you know, actually finishing their tests. From hilarious teacher reviews to funny kids test answers that make you wish you were that clever when you were little, these are the best and funniest test answers provided by clever children who didn't care about their grades as much as they did about getting a laugh. 

Sometimes, their grades reflected their lack of effort - but unfortunately, a lot of the time, you can see that the teacher actually kind of appreciated a kid giving a smartass test answer, even if it wasted everyone's time. What is the lesson here? Nothing matters as long as you are kind of funny and can answer any test questions you are handed no matter how little you know about the correct answer.

No matter where the world is going (downhill) with all this, these are the funniest kids test answers that will are sure to make you smile. 
53 Hilarious Test Answers From Kids,

Suck It Up, Kids

Historical Accuracy

Guide Davey Bones!

Kid Tells It Like It Is

She's Not Wrong...

Saturyonce

Oh, Miranda

Warren's Future

A Valuable Lesson

Math Problems


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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:41:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-kids-test-answers/robert-wabash
<![CDATA[Real Life 101: Classes That Should Be Offered (But Aren't)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-life-college-courses-wish-list/don-davis
All that time (and money) spent earning your college degree... wouldn't it have been great if even some of those classes were useful for handling everyday life stuff? This is a list of the things you wish you could've learned in a college class but couldn't since the course never existed. You had to eventually figure out on your own how to do these real-life, everyday things you wish someone had taught you about.

In fact, it's possible you still don't know how to do many of these things - and while you spent lots of money learning about English literature in the 1600s, probably know Socrates' birthday by heart, and can likely recall some data from the periodic table you had to memorize for a chemistry class at some point, you still don't know how to change a tire, manage your bank account, or file your taxes. Despite earning that degree, after graduation, many students are left clueless as to how they can handle some of the basic fundamentals in everyday life.

Sure, some of these college classes we wish existed were offered in some iteration if you majored in a related field - 'How to Invest' or 'How to Save Money' were likely covered in a Business degree. The classes on this list are what you wish had been part of your general education requirements but weren't since most colleges don't offer a course in how to avoid identity theft, how to apply for a loan, how to take care of a pet or how to get a boyfriend or girlfriend. Even though you spent a lot of money on a fancy college degree, there are still plenty of real-life things you don't know how to do that you wish you could've learned about in college.

This is a list of the classes that colleges should offer but don't... the stuff we really need to know how to do in everyday life. Vote up the classes that don't exist that you wish you could've enrolled in during college.

Real Life 101: Classes That Should Be Offered (But Aren't),

Taking Care of Your Car 101
Changing a tire, changing oil, fixing a flat tire, regular maintenance, etc.
Investing 101
Stocks, bonds, CDs, mutual funds, investing for the future, IRAs, pensions...wha!?
Handyman 101
Fix a leaky faucet, a broken window, a creaky door, general household repairs.
Filing Your Taxes 101
What the heck is a W-4? How do you file your taxes and get the biggest tax refund? What should I claim? How do I fill out all these papers? When starting at a new job do you select 0 or 1 or more for your dependents?

Handling Life's Emergencies 101
Basic first aid, how to act in a crisis, how to respond to a life-threatening situation of any type, emergency or natural disaster, what to do if you're in a bad situation such as a car accident, who can you turn to for help, etc.
Managing Your Credit 101
How is a credit score determined, what happens if I make late payments, when does my credit score actually matter, how do I monitor my credit score, how do I improve my credit score, FICO scores...wha!?
Saving Money 101
"Why save money when you can spend it?" said the broke guy.

Managing Your Personal Finances 101
How to create a personal budget, how bank accounts work, avoiding overdraft fees, how to balance a checkbook (for those who still have them).
Self Control 101
Too much of anything: eating, drinking, partying, sex, oversharing, spending...if only you learned a better way to control yourself.
Searching for a Job 101
How to craft the perfect resume, where to begin searching for a job, how to land a job interview, what to expect on a job interview, how to negotiate salary, the things you should and shouldn't say in a job interview, interview etiquette, etc.

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:49:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/real-life-college-courses-wish-list/don-davis
<![CDATA[The Best Discontinued Soda]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/-best-discontinued-soda/ranker-food
This list has the absolute best discontinued sodas, ranked by the community. The sodas on this list will take you back in time to when these crazy soda flavors you can't buy anymore were still on store shelves. What are the absolute best discontinued soda types out there? Wish you could still reach for a Fudgsicle Soda? This list features the most popular brands of discontinued soda to have ever been available.
 
From Flinstone's Soda to Surge, this list has the greatest discontinued soda brands you've been missing. Vote up the discontinued soda you think was the best, or add a classical soda that isn't available anymore, if it isn't already on the list.
 
This list features the world’s best discontinued soda brands including Orbitz, Crystal Pepsi, Josta, Jolt, Vault, Apple Slice, Coca Cola Black Cherry Vanilla, Life Savers, Snapple Tru Root Beer, Pepsi Blue, and OK Soda. Vote up the best discontinued sodas below.
The Best Discontinued Soda,

Vault

Mr. Pibb
Available under the name Pibb Xtra.
Hi-C Ecto Cooler

Clearly Canadian

Orbitz

Sprite Remix

Jolt

Mountain Dew Pitch Black

Original Strawberry Crush Without Real Fruit Juice

Coca-Cola Black Cherry Vanilla


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Tue, 20 May 2014 06:34:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/-best-discontinued-soda/ranker-food
<![CDATA[Who Won The Bachelor: Prince Farming Edition?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/who-will-win-the-bachelor-chris-soules/keshvaralikhani
Love is in the air! Or at least on the air. And only if you consider “lust while on a television competition show” love. But anyway, ABC’s The Bachelor is back! And this season (the 19th, can you believe it?!), hot farmer Chris Soules is searching for his soul mate (and/or boning companion). He’ll be spending every episode sifting through tens of gorgeous women to find THE ONE. But who will she be? That’s where you come in.

You’ve watched the bikini-clad dates, you’ve read fan forums to find Bachelor spoilers, you've Googled Sanderson Poe for hours like a maniac, you’ve endured sleepless nights filled with fantasies about Chris Harrison. You are a de facto Bachelor expert, which basically makes you an expert on love. So which bachelorette will win Chris’s heart? It’s time to vote.

Will Whitney’s baby voice and skill at wedding crashing woo the taciturn Prince? Will MacKenzie (Mother of Kale) snag Chris with her bubbly personality? Will the psychotic Mrs. Sanderson Poe go on a Bachelorette killing rampage that puts an end to the franchise forever? (And more importantly, will Britt ever shower?!) Only time will tell. But until it’s time for The Bachelor finale, you can at least make your predictions known.

Season 19’s cast of bachelorettes may just be crazier, hotter, and drunker than ever before. As the girls fight to win reality TV’s most entertaining competition series (er... umm... “fall deeply in love”), you’ll be paying close attention. After each episode, check out this list of bachelorettes and vote! Vote down the ladies who are definitely going to be sent home, and vote up the ones who are perfect for Prince Farming.

You may not be head over heels for Chris (what a snooze, right?), but until you find out who is the next Bachelor, he’s all there is. See you at After the Final Rose.
Who Won The Bachelor: Prince Farming Edition?,

Becca
Chiropractic Assistant - Denied a rose week 10
Michelle
Wedding Cake Decorator - Denied a rose week 1

Kaitlyn
Dance Instructor - Denied a rose week 9
Jillian
News Producer - Denied a rose week 4

Jade
Cosmetics Developer - Denied a rose week 8
Juelia
Esthetician - Denied a rose week 4

Whitney
Fertility Nurse - she won prince charming's heart!
Amanda
Ballet Teacher - Denied a rose week 1

Jordan
Student - Denied a rose week 2 (and week 5)

Carly
Cruise Ship Singer - Denied a rose week 8

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Thu, 05 Feb 2015 06:13:55 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/who-will-win-the-bachelor-chris-soules/keshvaralikhani
<![CDATA[36 Movies That Were Ridiculously Banned Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/banned-movies/jacob-shelton
The history of film is littered with movies that were banned for explicit scenes of excessive violence or gratuitous sex. But sometimes films are banned for the most arbitrary of reasons. It can be because of whatever is trending that month (BDSM! Horrifying anthropomorphic turtles that are also ninjas!), or it can be that the government of certain countries are terrified of time travel. These banned movies were kept from audiences for some seriously ridiculous reason, and most of the time, it was because whoever was in control of the censorship board was just a total square.

Speaking of squares, rumor has it that in 1918 all comedies were banned in Manitoba because it was believed they would make the populous too frivolous. In hindsight, the notion of a film making the citizens of a providence run wild with frivolity seems naive. Especially after viewing some of the films on this list of movies that were banned even for ridiculous reasons. 

Across the globe films from The Interview to The Wild One (starring Marlon Brando), and even ET have been censored for everything from an intent to incite anarchy to the possibility of a film having a negative impact on the film industry of another country. When it comes to movies, the rest of the world does not play around! Check out this list of movies that were banned across the globe and head to the comments section to let us know if there are any internationally banned films that we missed or if you think there's a movie listed here that should definitely be locked away in a vault forever. 
36 Movies That Were Ridiculously Banned Around the World,

Avatar
The 2D version of James Cameron's Biggest Movie Ever™ was banned in China after the government worried that the success of the film would affect their own film industry. Censors were also concerned that the film would promote civil unrest. Despite the Chinese government's efforts, the film made a record $2.7 billion worldwide.
Back to the Future
If you grew up in the '80s you probably spent summer afternoons pretending travel through time in a bitchin' DeLorean with a sidekick that was 40 years older than you. Just us? Back to the Future is a touch stone of cinema history, but it was too much for the Chinese government. Upon its release, they banned the film, saying it was "the government's belief that time travel is a dangerous element in fiction and that the actions of Marty McFly are highly inappropriate."
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
If you were a child of the '80s, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial made huge impact on your life. Whether you were touched by the heartwarming story of a boy and his alien, or you were creeped out by the scary raisin monster, the film still has a special place in your heart. Unless you grew up in Finland, Norway, or Sweden, where children under the age of 12 were banned from seeing the movie when it was released because it portrayed "adults as the enemy of children." 
Goldfinger
Upon Goldfinger's release in 1964 it was banned in Israel. Once the Israeli government discovered that Gert Frobe, who is AMAZING as Goldfinger, was a member of the Nazi party they banned the film. But once they did a little more digging they discovered that Frobe used his membership in the Nazi party to save Jews from the Gestapo, they overturned their ruling.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The second, and darkest, installment of the Indiana Jones franchise saw the adventurer stumble upon an ancient cult in India. Save for a couple of scenes of hearts being ripped from human bodies and a feast of monkey brains, it was a pretty fun family movie. Speaking of monkey brains, the Indian government felt that the film was racist and offensive to their culture so they banned it for a brief period of time.
Life of Brian
The Monty Python comedy rode a dangerous line by telling the story of Brian, a child born in a stable near Jesus, who gets mistaken as the Messiah. Upon release, the film was considered blasphemous and banned by several UK councils, some of which have only recently lifted the ban. Lighten up fellas, it's only a movie. 
Schindler's List
The 1994 Steven Spielberg tour de force about Oskar Schindler, the German Nazi party member who risked his life to save 1,200 people was quite rightly considered a high point in Spielberg's filmmaking career (second only to his appearance in Austin Powers: Goldmember probably). But it caused an uproar in some Muslim countries for being "too sympathetic to the Jewish cause." When asked to re-edit the film the suit the Middle Eastern countries, Spielberg said "no way, Jose" and took a nap on his pile of money.
The Simpsons Movie
Think long and think hard about why The Simpsons Movie was banned in Burma. Was it the cursing? Maybe, but no. Was it Bart's nude scene? You're close. As luck would have it, the colors yellow and red are banned in Burma - and since Bart mostly wears a red shirt, even if he had been clothed the entire time it wouldn't have mattered. To think that the citizens of Myanmar have yet to lay eyes on Spiderpig is a shame. 
Zoolander
We know what you're thinking. The movie about a secret plot to kill the prime-minister of Malaysia for enacting child labor laws was banned in Malaysia, right? Well aren't you just Mr. Smarty Pants. Zoolander, the goofy film about male models was banned in Iran for depicting homosexuals. That's it. They didn't want to show the film because there might have been some gays in it. Iran, you need to stop resting on ugly and sashay away.
The Interview Makes North Korea Really Super Mad
Why is the banning this bro-mantic comedy about two hapless dopes that try to kill the leader of North Korea so ridiculous? Because it's absurdly hilarious that a film made by the brains behind Pineapple Express could endanger world peace. The country's UN ambassador called the film "an act of war" and affected Sony's original release plans for the film. 

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Mon, 09 Feb 2015 07:40:19 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/banned-movies/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Outdoor Games You Played As A Kid]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-outdoor-games-you-played-as-a-kid/ranker-sports
Making up games and running around outside with fun and crazy ideas are kids' specialty. Kids are always playing games when they're outside to keep themselves occupied for hours on end. From classic games like hopscotch and tag to the more original games, kids are always able to find something to do when they're outside. What outdoor games were your favorite as a child?

This list pays homage to our favorite games when we we were wee, the ones that entertained us for hours on end, that wore us out and scraped us up to our hearts' desire. Vote up your favorite outdoor children's games, and feel free to add any that aren't already on this list.
The Best Outdoor Games You Played As A Kid,

Simon Says

Hopscotch

Hula Hoop

Red Light, Green Light

Dodgeball

Horse

Tug of War

Hide and Seek

Four Square

Tag


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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:19:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-outdoor-games-you-played-as-a-kid/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[15 Times Wild Animals Actually Saved Humans]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wild-animals-who-have-saved-humans/anabel-conner
When we think of wild animals, we generally consider one or two scenarios: increasing conflicts with them as humans encroach on the places they live and our response to the situation, or animal rescue missions to save them from a myriad of perils. There are many situations in which human beings need to solve the plight of an animal or go out on a limb to save their lives. These tales of rescue are often some of our favorite and most heartwarming animal stories.

However, what about when the tables have turned and a person finds themselves in harms way without help nearby? One would think a human could hardly count on the help of a wild animal to save their lives, but incredibly, it has happened. Dolphins, gorillas, lions... all have crossed the imaginary lines of what is expected from the animal kingdom and have displayed extraordinary humanity to perform amazing acts of courage and kindness. The fact that wild animals are also capable of compassion and understanding shouldn't be too difficult to accept. Suspend your feelings of disbelief, and enjoy these inspirational and heroic true stories of wild animals saving humans!

15 Times Wild Animals Actually Saved Humans,

Gorilla Saved Toddler From Attack
In August of 1996 at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, a 3-year-old boy fell 18 feet into a gorilla enclosure, sustaining a rather severe head injury. Binti Jua, a female Lowland Gorilla, protected the boy from the other gorillas, who are notoriously territorial. She then cradled him in her arms and carried him 60 feet to an entrance where zoo employees and medical personnel waited to treat his injuries.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Beavers Comfort and Save Boy Freezing to Death
Rheal Guindon of Ontario, Canada, was on a camping trip with his parents in when they decided to go out in the boat to go fishing. Rheal stayed on shore, but was horrified when he witnessed the boat tip over and his parents struggle in the water and drown. He walked toward the nearest town to get help, but when the sun set, he realized he would have to spend the night on the cold, damp ground. As he lay there crying, he felt a warm, furry body press up against him, which he thought was probably a dog. Delirious from his ordeal, he fell asleep. In the morning, he awoke to find three wild beavers huddled against him and across his body. They had saved him from freezing to death overnight when the temperatures dipped below zero.

Source: Laland, Stephanie. Peaceful Kingdom: Random Acts of Kindness By Animals, Conari Press, 1997. Google Books. Web.
Silverback Gorilla Protects Injured Boy
In 1986, Jambo, a male Silverback Gorilla, saved a young boy named Levan Merritt when he fell 12 feet onto a concrete slab in the gorilla enclosure at Jersey Zoo, cracking his skull and falling unconscious. Although male Silverbacks are thought to be incredibly hostile, Jambo stood guard over the boy, placing himself between him and the other gorillas. He later stroked the unconscious boy's back and led the other gorillas away and into an enclosure when the boy gained consciousness, allowing for his rescue by an emergency medical team.

Source: Foundation TV

Dolphins Rescue Surfer Wounded by Shark
During an incident in 2007, a monster Great White shark had already attacked Monterey, California, surfer Todd Endris three times, peeling the skin from his back and shearing his right leg to the bone, when a circle of dolphins appeared. The small pod surrounded him, protecting him from further danger, and guided him back to the shore.

Source: Today.com

Elephant Saves Girl From Tsunami
During the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, an 8-year-old girl named Amber Mason was kept from drowning and was sheltered from the waves by an elephant. As the initial wave struck, the elephant took Amber on its back and ran for higher ground. It also created a protective wall around Amber by turning its back to the wave. The girl's family credit the elephant with saving her life, as she would have been separated from them and drowned otherwise.

Source: BBC News

Sea Lion Helps Man Who Jumped Off Golden Gate Bridge
Cases of surviving a deliberate plunge off of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge are very rare, but perhaps they might occur more often if a helpful sea lion would show up. This is what happened when 19-year-old Kevin Hines decided to jump in September of 2006. Miraculously, he survived the 25-story plunge, but the impact of the water broke his back and shattered vertebrae, and the overwhelming pain rendered him unable to tread water. But before he started to sink, something brushed his legs. A sea lion was circling him, nudging him, and keeping him above water. Authorities were able to get to him and pull him out of the water, but he surely would have drown due to his injuries had he not been buoyed. 

Sources: SF Gate, Kevin Hines
Seal Saves Man From Shark Attack
In 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa, British tourist Michael Cohen was attacked by a shark and lost almost two gallons of blood after having his right leg severed and his left leg bitten through. As two men swam out to rescue him, the shark geared up for a second attack, when a seal suddenly appeared and started circling the three men. The seal continued circling, warding off any further attack, until all three made it safely to shore.

Source: Mirror
A Pod of Dolphins and Two Whales Rescue Marooned Fisherman
In 2008 in the Philippines, Ronnie Dabal was fishing for tuna in Puerto Princesa Bay when his boat was upset in a squall. Dabal battled relentless waves for 24 hours perched atop of a piece of Styrofoam, but lost his strength to exhaustion as it became dark. Suddenly, a pod of 30 dolphins and two whales flanked his sides and began nudging his raft to shore. They nudged him all the way to the safety of the beach of Barangay.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Beluga Whale Rescues Drowning Diver
At the Polar Land Aquarium in Harbin, China, in 2009, diver Yang Yun took part in a free-diving competition to apply for a whale training job offered there. While diving in the freezing water, she developed a cramp in her leg and found herself unable to swim to safety. Mila, one of the two beluga whales in the tank, noticed Yun's distress and came to her rescue, by grabbing her leg in her mouth and forcefully pushing her up to the surface, saving her life.

Source: The Daily Mail

Lions Foil Kidnapping Plot
In 2005, a 12-year-old Ethiopian girl was reportedly saved from a group of kidnappers by three lions. Seven men had abducted the girl, holding her captive for over a week, to try and force her into marrying one of them. They had beaten and assaulted her repeatedly, but the potential man-eating felines apparently chased off the men and stood guard over the girl for half a day until the police and her family came.

Source: BBC News


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Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:39:45 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/wild-animals-who-have-saved-humans/anabel-conner
<![CDATA[The Best Books Released Posthumously]]> http://www.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.
The Best Books Released Posthumously,

Annabel Lee

A Confederacy of Dunces

Northanger Abbey

The Canterbury Tales

The Diary of a Young Girl

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Silmarillion

The Trial

The Will to Power

Poems: Third Series


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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:31:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-books-released-posthumously/ranker-books
<![CDATA[The Most Beautiful Skylines in the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-beautiful-skylines-in-the-world/ranker-travel
There are some truly breathtaking skylines throughout the world, and amazing cities come with amazing skylines. Whether you see them during the day as a sprawling historic tangle of temples and ruins, or as an electric web of sparkling lights at night, these skylines are the best the world has to offer.

A great skyline doesn't necessarily equate to a large city skyline, so don't be surprised by some of the smaller cities you might see on this list of cities with gorgeous skylines. Many of the smaller cities have picturesque mountains or iconic statues in their cityscapes.

Vote up the most beautiful skylines, both during the day and at night for the best skylines the world has to offer.

The Most Beautiful Skylines in the World,

New York

Chicago

La Défense
La Défense largest business district in Europe, is located in the Paris Metropolitan Area and of the Île-de-France region, just west of the city of Paris.
 La Défense is Europe's largest purpose-built business district with 560 hectares (5.6 million square metres) area, 72 glass and steel buildings of which 18 are completed skyscrapers, 180,000 daily workers, and 3.5 million square metres (37.7 million sq ft) of office space.[1] Around its Grande Arche and esplanade ("le Parvis"), La Défense contains many of the Paris urban area's tallest high-rises.

San Francisco

Paris

Vancouver

Hong Kong

Tokyo

London

Seattle


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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:12:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-beautiful-skylines-in-the-world/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-crime-fighting-duo-tv-series
Sometimes the best TV crime series are is based on a duo of great crime fighting duos rather than an ensemble cast or one hero/heroine solving the crimes by themselves/themself. It's always more fun to watch a "dynamic duo" than just one super sleuth. The relationship between the inseparable pair is the most important part of these shows that featuring tag team crime fighters - their relationship informs how the rest of the show will function and how the crimes will (or won't) be solved.

The sidekick and the hero are equally important and every hero needs a great sidekick. These are the best crime fighting duos in TV history! Vote for your favorites now!  
The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series,

Miami Vice

Moonlighting

Remington Steele

Starsky and Hutch

The X-Files
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Batman

Supernatural

Sherlock

Castle

Elementary


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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 05:08:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-crime-fighting-duo-tv-series
<![CDATA[2016 Razzie Nominees That Actually Weren't That Bad]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/2016-undeserving-razzie-nominees/the-wrap
Okay, these 2016 Razzie nominees were actually pretty bad, but certainly not the absolute worst of the year! Sure these cheesy, gimmicky, ill-advised films and acting performances were notably bad but were they really bad enough to earn a Razzie Award nomination? Let's just say it's easy to be a critic.

We can all agree that Fifty Shades of Grey was a bomb, but it did have a few bright points - specifically in the acting from Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Yet both were among the many, many Razzie nominations for the film. Meanwhile, other really, really, really ridiculously bad films were overlooked. Jem and the Holograms, The Ridiculous 6 and Taken 3, we're talking about you.

Equally as puzzling is why Adam Sandler and Any Pair of Shoes from The Cobbler and Johnny Depp and His Glued-On Moustache from Mortdecai were nominated for Worst Screen Combo. Sandler and Depp may have earned the nominations but how can you blame innocent shoes and moustaches? That's almost as egregious as nominating M. Night Shyamalan for the Razzie Redeemer Award. While this is actually praise for finally making a great movie, in this case The Visit, one could argue that The Visit was overlooked as a Razzie nomination in itself.

Which movies, performances, directors or screen combos were the absolute worst this year and which of these 2016 Razzie Awards nominees deserve a bit more love? Share your thoughts below by voting up those who were not that bad and voting down those that were well deserving of the Razz.
2016 Razzie Nominees That Actually Weren't That Bad,

Dakota Johnson
Nominated for Worst Actress for Fifty Shades of Grey
Eddie Redmayne
Nominated for Worst Supporting Actor for Jupiter Ascending
Jamie Dornan
Nominated for Worst Actor for Fifty Shades of Grey
Jennifer Lopez
Nominated for Worst Actress for The Boy Next Door
M. Night Shyamalan
Nominated for the Razzie Redeemer Award for The Visit
Rooney Mara
Nominated for Worst Supporting Actress for Pan
Fifty Shades of Grey
Nominated for Worst Picture
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Nominated for Worst Remake/Rip-Off/Sequel
Sam Taylor-Johnson
Nominated for Worst Director for Fifty Shades of Grey
Andy and Lana Wachowski
Nominated for Worst Director for Jupiter Ascending

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies]]> http://www.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!
The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies,

Clark Griswold

George McFly

Wayne Szalinski

Gru

Marlin

George Banks

Cal Weaver

Daniel Hillard

Jim's Dad

Bob Parr


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<![CDATA[Things Competitive People Are Competitive About]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-competitive-people-are-competitive-about/jacob-shelton
Why are people so competitive? Show us a person who doesn’t like competition and we’ll show you someone that’s afraid of losing. We know that makes us sound like a total psycho but there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the best at something, whether it’s playing chess in the park or being able to name every member of the bridge crew on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The feeling of stiff competition is like the thrill of the hunt for many, especially those type A folks. Once you’ve had a taste you want nothing else. And even if you’re reading this and thinking to yourself, “I’m not a wacko competitive person,” YOU’RE WRONG! Take a look at this list of things competitive people care about and we’ll bet that you’ll find something on there that gets your engines firing.

Competition can come in a variety of forms. It can be anything from playing a board game, to eating food, to pushing yourself to do better despite whatever odds you’re facing. And even though competition can be a good thing, in our experience it usually ends in someone screaming, and maybe even breaking the thing they were using to compete. About half of the things on this list half definitely ended in a couple of screaming matches, and we bet some of them are going to surprise you.

Vote up the items that you think matter the most to the competitive personality and if there’s something that you just have to win at, add it to the list.

Things Competitive People Are Competitive About,

Winning

Beating the ETA on your GPS
30 minutes to Santa Monica? We'll see about that.
Playing Board Games with Friends "Just for Fun"
Your friends don't even think about suggesting a game of Monopoly.
Doing Something Perfectly (in-game or Real Life) the First Time.
We all know we feel like badasses when we do this.

Saying the Jeopardy Answer Out Loud Before They Do on TV
Ken Jennings has nothing on you.
Rock Paper Scissors
This schoolyard pastime is even a pro sport!
Getting Better Grades Than Their Friends
Have fun not taking English 101, dorks.
Being Into Something Before It Was Cool
Hope you're ready to hear about how "cheese rolling" was so five years ago.
Their High Score on Arcade Games
If you saw King of Kong, you know how competitive nerds can get over their high scores.
Being Right
If you've ever gotten into a fight over who played the fourth Doctor on Doctor Who, the competitive gene may be floating freely through your body. 

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:02:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/things-competitive-people-are-competitive-about/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Most WTF Gifts You Can Buy On Groupon]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-groupon-deals/candice-darden
Groupon is the place to go to get great local restaurant, spa, and entertainment deals... but it's also the home of some truly weird and downright bizarre deals. These strange, funny daily deals can actually make the perfect gift for that quirky person in your life who loves all things odd, or if you're looking to mix things up yourself. From a naked magic show, Golden Girls drag show, phone pet psychic sessions, and dining in the dark (like total pitch blackness) there's truly something for everyone as far as Groupons for weird stuff. We've combed Groupon for the ultimate of weird Internet coupons, and come up with some truly ~unique~ deals that you can actually purchase. Check out the list below and vote up the most WTF gifts you can buy on Groupon!
The Most WTF Gifts You Can Buy On Groupon,

For the One Who Wants to Drop It Like It's Hot
Where to even begin with this one? If you want to pass the hot potato or drop it like it's hot, what better way then with a literal potato? According to the description, you can, "Delight and prank your friends and family with an anonymous delivery of a potato that displays a personal message, such as 'here’s a potato.'"

Get a deal on this custom, hand-delivered potato here.
For Your Single Aunt Who Needs a Little Excitement in Her Life
Come one, come all, step right up for the naked magic show! What's better than a bunny coming out of a hat? This show will answer that question.

Get your Groupon tickets here for a limited time only.
For the Cold Beer Lover

"Holding a cold beverage is a leading cause of frostbite and a less embarrassing cause of frostbite to tell your doctor about than tickling a snowman. Keep extremities extra warm with today's Groupon to Sküüzi."

 
 You can never go wrong with a cold drink holder as a gift if your beer-guzzling friend lives in a cold climate. Once available on Groupon here, you can still get the Sküüzi here.
For the One Who Wants to Be the Best Pet Parent
Found in the actual description, under Features: "Holds cats, dogs, and DMV employees weighing up to 20 pounds." WTF Groupon?

You can get the car seat for your pup, kitten, or DMV employee here, if you so desire.

For the Escape Artist
What more challenging room to escape from then the Crazy Cat Escape Room? Also, what even is this?

If you really need it, you can find out and purchase your Groupon ticket here... may the odds of escape be ever in your favor.
For the Feline Lover
Let your cat lounge in style with this ultimate cat hammock, complete with an animal print hammock bed. Because why buy a regular bed when you can spoil your beloved cat with a hammock?

Get it on Groupon here.
For the Force-Sensitive Geek in Your Life
Yes, there is such a thing as a Jedi Academy, and yes, you can take lightsaber fighting classes there.

Become one with the Force or embrace your inner dark side with this Groupon deal.
For the One Who Wants an Otherworldly Experience
If you want to believe, look no further - because here's their bold claim:
"What you’ll experience: fascination, disbelief, denial, and—like the Sixth Stage of Grief—eventual belief in aliens."

Get up close and personal with the extraterrestrial and buy your Groupon tickets here.

For the St. Patrick's Day Bro
For the guy who wants to show off his abs while he simultaneously scares you with a creepy leprechaun face, this Groupon special is the perfect pot o' gold under the rainbow.

Get it (for a limited time only!) here.
For the One Who Wants to Have a Good Time While They're Sitting Down
This "bouncy seat with a firm jelly dong at the center" is definitely more exciting than riding a mechanical bull.

Try it out for yourself if you dare, with the Groupon offer here.


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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 08:08:13 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-groupon-deals/candice-darden
<![CDATA[The 20 Craziest Deaths Caused by Social Media]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-craziest-deaths-caused-by-social-media/whitney-milam

We’ve all done our share of Internet searching, stalking, and creeping. But a few social media experts have taken it a step further: they've used their online profiles to kill. In a world ruled by digital communication, posting the wrong status update can be fatal. These are the thirteen most ridiculous cases of social networking turned deadly.

Deaths caused by social media? No, we don't mean choking on your pizza while cruising Facebook. These social media deaths were caused by everything from relationship status changes on Facebook to cat-fishing at its best/worst to real murderers who found victims online. These are some of the most deranged and crazy things people have done on social media sites. (Oh, and Craigslist doesn't count because that's not as much of a social network as it is a cesspool.) Are murders the newest and most dangers social media trend? You have to read to find out! Enjoy.


The 20 Craziest Deaths Caused by Social Media,

Being Grounded from MySpace Drives Teen to Shoot His Dad
When a normal 15-year-old is forbidden to use his favorite social networking site, they might write poetry in their journal lamenting the fact that no one ‘gets’ them. Maybe he complains about his inherent need for digital ‘connection,’ or that his black fingernail polish is flaking off in the shower.

But when decidedly not-normal 15-year-old Hughstan Schlicker’s parents banned him from using MySpace, he killed his dad with a 12-gauge shotgun and, most likely, deleted him from his Top 8.

To the the father's credit, the kid had been threatening to kill himself for weeks on MySpace. While that is a good enough reason to take his Internet away, it may have actually been a great warning sign that the kid had some serious issues... As it turned out, taking away his Internet was not a super helpful punishment.

Being cut off from the digital world, according to Schlicker, "felt like I was stabbed with a knife and it went straight through and no matter how hard I pulled, I couldn’t pull out the knife..."

But one day, this seriously disturbed kid called in sick from school, faking his dad's voice a la a kid in an '80s movie. In fact, he stayed home from school to kill himself, like the same way most people stay home to sleep or watch The Price is Right for five straight hours. And to his credit, Schlicker really meant to kill himself, but with all that thinking time on his hands, he accidentally came up with a little game, a little plan: If his father came home after 4:00 PM, he wouldn't kill himself - he'd kill his dad instead. (This kid really would've made a great Batman villain.)

Obviously, his dad got home early, so the kid went into the kitchen and shot him in the back of the head. He called a friend (which is really what he should've done instead of going crazy about not being able to update his MySpace - people had friends before the Internet, I think) who convinced him to turn himself in instead of killing himself.

All of this just because this kid couldn't update his MySpace. In 2008.

(Source)
Dad Murders Ex-Wife to Stop Her Child Support FB Posts

Adam had had enough of ex-wife Lisa’s passive-aggressive Facebook posts about his child support payments, so he cut the passive and just got aggressive. One evening, he beat her with a hammer before slashing her neck. Then he left her body for the couple’s five-year-old son to discover the next day.

Stickin’ it to the child support system by traumatizing your kid for life? That’s about as low as you can get on the logical totem pole.
WHY DIDN'T HE JUST BLOCK HER? Kids, please teach your parents how to use the Internet. It saves lives.

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Man Kills His Friend for "Poking" His Girlfriend
Scott Humphrey, 27, was sent to jail after he repeatedly punched his friend, Richard Rovetto, 29, in a cab on the way back from a guys' night. Why was Humphrey so upset? Evidently, Rovetto had "poked" Humphrey's girlfriend on Facebook. Rovetto claimed that he didn't know the woman was Humphrey's girlfriend.

The punches caused Rovetto to bleed profusely. He died when Humphrey pushed him to the ground, causing him to hit his head on the pavement. Humphrey fled the scene, but later turned himself in, admitted to manslaughter, and was jailed for four years, four months. 

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MySpace "Horror Core" Rapper Brings His Lyrics to Life
Richard Alden Samuel McCroskey III, age 20, was a self-styled ‘Horrorcore’ rapper from a small town in Virginia called— wait for it — Farmville. Yes, Farmville. No really, there’s a real-live town in Virginia called Farmville, and this is where the whole story took place.

Realizing that nobody actively follows (or likes) bands on Facebook, McCroskey turned to Myspace (which should have been the first time that he was in trouble). On this Internet wasteland, he posted some of his profound musical stylings under the name ‘Syko Sam.

 Sample lyrics:
"You’re not the first, just to let you know
I’ve killed many people and I kill them real slow
It’s the best feeling, watching their last breath
Stabbing and stabbing till there’s nothing left"

...
which proved to be just a little incriminating when he was accused of killing off four Farmville citizens. Once again, these were real people, with normal sized heads, who looked nothing like this:



Syko Sam's victims were his own girlfriend, Emma Neiderbrock (16), her best friend, Melanie Wells (18), and her parents, Pastor Mark Neiderbrock (50) and Dr. Debra Kelley (53). Their bodies were found at the Neiderbrock home having been bludgeoned to death with a hammer and maul while they slept.

A friend and fellow horrorcore rapper claimed, "You would never, ever imagine that kid even being a suspect."

So, here are some more of Syko Sam's lyrics:

Blood, death murder, and rape
I like to mutilate and take em back to my place
Kill and slash, yeah, I'm coming for your ass
I'm a cannibal, use your body as food
Yeah you're gonna die and your body will decay
As I leave you dying in this dark alleyway


At least he's direct. McCroskey pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for the murders.

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Creepy Facebook Death Lists Kill Off Colombian Teens
This one's a little convoluted in its madness.

When three Colombian teens were found shot to death without any obvious reason, it was just the beginning of a digital reign of terror straight out of a bad, straight-to-DVD horror movie sequel. Get this: Five days later, the names of the dead teens showed up on a mysterious Facebook ‘death list.’

When another teenager named on the list was killed three days later, more lists were posted, and leaflets were placed on cars asking the families of kids on the list to leave town within three days or see their children killed.

"Need to protect our youth," a local named Juan David Sepulveda Tweeted at the time, but the police — aside from suspecting gang activity — were at a loss. Was it a cruel prank? A twisted social-media-savvy serial killer? To this day, nobody knows - at least no one willing to speak up. The killings stopped after most of the kids on the ‘death lists’ fled town.

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Middle-Aged Woman Seduces Teenage Boys With Fantasy Facebook Profiles, Then Kills Them Off
The craziest, most ridiculous social networking killer wasn’t actually a killer at all. The only murders this woman committed took place in her own deranged imagination.

In a twisted, sadistic scheme taken to bizarre extremes, 28 year-old New Zealander Natalia Burgess spent months creating Facebook and Bebo profiles for (fake) attractive teenage girls. She gave them very specific, very fancy names, like "Jordz Williams," "Becca Maria Jullienne," and "Abby Jane Zoe William." No word on whether she went overboard with a baby name book or just imagined these fictitious chicks as strippers. Her goal: Seducing dozens of teen schoolboys into online relationships.

As if that wasn’t I-Belong-on-To-Catch-a-Predator enough, Natalia would then ‘kill off’ the fake girls in tragic accidents or suicides, using other made-up personas to break the news on - you guessed it - Facebook. The girls' online boyfriends were traumatized and devastated.

Over 40 teen boys have been identified as victims of her Internet mind games. First, she gave them what they never thought they’d have, and then she delivered sheer horror. Her deranged manipulation was discovered only when another 22-year-old woman found her own photographs in an online memorial video for one of these fake Internet hotties, a girl named "Abby."

Natalia Burgess was sentenced to two years and two months in prison.
 
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Man Tweets About Killing His BFF
Childhood friends Jameg Blake and Kwame Dancy had been exchanging heated 140-character insults on Twitter for days over a woman both men liked. It really goes to show that classic sitcoms have misled us all: Three is actually a crowd.

Just hours before a fatal IRL confrontation in the luxury NYC high-rise where the 22 year-olds lived on the same floor, Kwame taunted Jameg online. He tweeted, "N****a is lookin for you don’t think I won’t give up ya address for a price betta chill asap!"

Jameg Blake did not "chill."

Instead, he used a shotgun to shoot his former BFF in the neck, killing him. Immediately after, he tweeted, "R.I.P. Kwame." 

#irony?


Kwame’s mom, Madeline Smith, was pretty freaked. "That’s not a reason to shoot somebody. That’s crazy. I don’t know what’s going on with that Twitter thing." Protip: talking about killing your best friend probably won’t get you on the Trending Topics. At least not before you get picked up for murder.

Blake pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 21 years in prison. Another thing Kwame's mom said: "I hope my son's face haunts you for the rest of your life."

(Source)
Wife Killed For Changing FB Status to Single
Even "adults" aren’t immune from crimes of murderous cyber jealousy. One day, Edward Richardson’s 26 year-old wife, Sarah, decided to change her relationship status from ‘married’ to ‘single.’

Now, this would piss off most married men - but since this couple was actually already kind of, y'know, separated, she probably didn’t see it as a big deal.
Edward Richardson felt differently.

After their separation, Sarah decided to move back in with her parents, like every 26-year-old who’s made a terrible mistake tends to do.

Unfortunately for her, Edward decided to pull the old "sneak into the parents’ bedroom" trick, only this time, he snuck in to stab her to death… over her Facebook status. More accurately: He killed her because she changed her Facebook status. This is really the craziest part.

After he committed this brutal, spurred-by-hatred-of-Facebook-status-accuracy crime, Edward ended up killing himself (probably ruining a perfectly nice bedroom rug in the process).

All over a Facebook status change. Just so we’re clear. WTF.

(Source)
Facebook Love Triangle Results in High-Speed Car Chase, Death
You’d think a Facebook feud couldn’t lead to much worse than some unflattering tags and a few deleted wall posts. At the very worst, one might have to delete her profile, start a new one, and have to do a mass re-Friending-of-shame, right?

Well, for Torrie Lynn Emery, 23, and Danielle Booth, 20, it led to a deadly high-speed car chase. 

The two women had been fighting on Facebook for months (over a guy, natch). When Torrie saw Danielle driving with a friend, she pursued them across town. She rammed their car several times until the others car's driver, Alesha Abernathy, ran a red light and was hit by a truck. Abernathy died instantly. Oh, also, Torrie's three year-old kid was in the backseat of her own car the whole time.

The dude they were fighting over had been in jail for over a year. But considering Torrie’s about to be joining him, guess she’s sort of… won? All it took was a little second degree murder.

Tracy Emery, Torrie’s mother, said tearfully, "She made a mistake, but her intentions weren’t to kill nobody. Her intentions were to fight." All things considered, she probably should have kept that particular fight to flirtatious passive-aggressive Facebook poking.

(Source)
Ex-Girlfriend Gets Murderous Over MySpace Photos
File this one under ‘Reasons Why Flaunting Your New Relationship on the Internet Might Not Be the Best Idea,’ as it might just lead to you being brutally murdered by your partner’s crazy ex:

Sarah Ludemann and Rachel Wade had a vicious Internet battle. In the months leading up to her murder, new squeeze Sarah kept posting gloating photos of herself with new boy-toy Josh, even though his ex-girlfriend, Rachel, repeatedly asked her to plz stahp. The two gals played a little harassment cat-and-mouse, dropping threatenings F-bombs into each others' voicemails, and Rachel even punched Sarah in the face a time or two.

Legit voicemail transcript: "Please tell me Sarah why you would be a dumb-a** c*nt and put a brand new picture of you and Josh at the beach on your MySpace. Seriously, I told you to watch your f*cking back and not to f*cking chill with him. I’m guaranteeing you that I’m going to f*cking murder you, I’m letting you know that now."

Apparently, the best reply to this would've been, "Thanks for the heads up, girl!"


Note: this all probably happened because of this dude's Twilight-caliber abs, or because they liked fighting over who was going to clean his mirror next.

Anyhoo, one night, Sarah went over to Rachel's house to taunt her a little more. After some squabbling, Rachel stabbed her in the chest with a kitchen knife, and was then like, "I'm done."

After being sentenced to 27 years in prison, Rachel revised her stance on cyber ‘communication’: "It’s almost like you can threaten something or say whatever you want and possibly scare them and you don’t have to face them at that moment." When you do face them, of course, arming yourself with a kitchen knife is strictly optional.

(Source)

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<![CDATA[Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-to-make-sure-you-die-happy/lauren-slocum
Live life to the fullest–Learn how to find fulfillment in your days and in the end, die happy. Been feeling bogged down by your career? Or have you been trying to get away from that toxic friendship with no success? We've all come to that point in life when we feel the need to seek some living tips on how to enrich the quality of daily life.

From the monumental to the seemingly small decisions, the way we approach our individual paths affects both our long and short-term quality of life. Life is a gift, and the way we live it is a choice. If you’re looking for the best mantras for eternal contentment, or even just some tips on being happy, give these ideas a read and start taking control of your own destiny!

Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy,

Listen to Your Gut
It’s an age-old phrase we’ve all been told at least once or twice, and it’s a phrase that ranges across a wide panel of possibilities. If your gut tells you your sister already has that Katy Perry album on vinyl, get her something else! If your gut tells you you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, scram! Err on the side of caution when your gut is involved (it's usually right!).
Take the Time to Get to Know Yourself
Never lose sight of what’s important to you and don’t be afraid to try new things. Take trapeze swinging lessons, start painting, read your first science fiction novel, or bust out that dusty clarinet you’ve had in your closet since 8th grade. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, married, or dating, you’re an individual and you’re ever-evolving; Roll with it.
If You Hate Your Job, Quit
Work can be the biggest stressor in your life, if you let it. Sure, we may not all land our dream jobs, our dream salaries, or our dream schedules, but life is full of too many other important factors to let our careers dictate our livelihood. Feeling bogged down by your current gig? Always keep your options open and your eyes peeled for something more suitable.
Eat Good Foods
It’s a choice that affects you in the long-term and in the short-term. Eating Arby’s sandwiches, California Burritos, and McDonalds on the regular can make you feel like you swallowed a watermelon and washed it down with a couple Ambien. Learn how to cook some simple dishes at home and shop on the outer perimeter of the grocery store. You’ll reap immediate benefits, such as brighter skin, more energy, and deeper sleep. You’ll also reduce your risk for heart disease and cancer by increasing your vegetable intake and decreasing your intake of saturated and trans fats.
Set Realistic Goals for Yourself
This applies to both work and play. The key to setting goals isn't chasing them around;  It's approaching them with confidence and strategy. This idea can apply to your long-term goals and your weekly goals. Don't over-commit. Allow yourself to stay focused. Work with a purpose and don't lose sight of what is important to you. The rest will fall into place.
Get Some Sleep
There’s no denying that a good night’s sleep is one of the most amazing phenomenons of human life . . . so why deprive it?! Visit The National Sleep Foundation and find out just how much sleep is recommended for you and your lifestyle.
Surround Yourself With People Who Bring Out the Best in You
We’ve all had to make hard decisions about our lovers and our friends. Choosing what is best relationship-wise can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be  like a "Real World" confrontation. Understand that while we grow with some, we grow away from others. You can still be a good person while keeping your best interests in mind.
Learn How to Say No
Sometimes you just need to say no. Too often, we overlook the importance of listening to our bodies and tuning out the influences of our social, professional, and familial lifestyles. Learn what’s right for YOU and act accordingly.
Seek Adventure
We all have different perspectives on what “adventure” really means. Whether you view adventure as Volcano Boarding down Cerro Negro or getting your palms read by the local Fortune Teller, plan intelligently, save accordingly, and make it happen!
Treat Yo’self!
You don’t have to be Tom Haverford and Donna to enjoy a nice day of treatin' yo’self. Get a massage, buy some new records or a new outfit for the weekend. Fill the house with fresh cut flowers. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to break away from your norm. 

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<![CDATA[The Best Destinations for a Beach Wedding]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-destinations-for-a-beach-wedding/ranker-travel
List of the top destinations for a beach wedding. What are the best places for a beach wedding? This list ranks the most popular places to have a beach wedding. From California to Florida, Thailand and Mexico, beach weddings are an unforgettable alternative to traditional weddings. Skip the heels and tuxedos for flip flops, sand and sun and use this list as a guide to the best beach wedding destinations in the world.

While many people believe destination weddings are expensive, a beach wedding can be a more affordable option than a traditional wedding. A beach wedding offers a great solution for couples who want to have an intimate wedding that's both elegant and easy yet fun for everyone. The most important part of planning a beach wedding is choosing a location that fits the bill. Unlike traditional wedding venues that cost a fortune to rent out for an evening, most beaches do not require special permits for smaller informal weddings.

Beach weddings are also a popular option because the ceremony location can easily be transformed into a reception venue with amazing scenery of sand and surf and a spectacular sunset to look forward to at the end of the evening. Some couples even choose to spend their honeymoon at a nearby resort and plan excursions for their guests during their stay.

Planning a beach wedding? This list ranks the top beach wedding destinations in the world.

The Best Destinations for a Beach Wedding,

Big Pine Key

Corsica

Key Largo

Key West

Maui

Monterey

Woolacombe Beach

Bolonia, Spain

Armadale Bay Beach

Balnakeil Beach


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<![CDATA[The Very Best Pop-Tart Flavors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-pop-tart-flavors-v1/ranker-food
A list of all the Pop Tarts flavors to be voted on to determine the best flavor from the company. The flavors are from Pop Tarts’ unfrosted flavors, limited edition flavors, original flavors and low fat flavors. Each flavor appears once, even though some may cross over from different categories of the Pop-Tarts products. The list poses the question, “What is the best flavor from Pop-Tarts?” Each flavor of Pop Tarts has a picture next to it to show the way the product will look on the grocery store shelves. The list is of every flavors from Pop Tarts, including maple brown sugar, chocolate chip cookie dough, brown sugar cinnamon, and many more. Each flavor can be voted on as your favorite, with the list order changing with every vote that’s cast. Pop Tarts are made by the Kellogg Company and are the company’s most popular brand in the United States. They are mainly distributed in the U.S. and also in Canada, Finland, the U.K. and Ireland. The toaster pastries come in a variety of flavors with the originals being strawberry, blueberry and brown sugar cinnamon. The products are enclosed in foil to keep the pastries from spoiling and can be snacked on with or without being heated up in a toaster.
The Very Best Pop-Tart Flavors,

Blueberry

Cherry

Raspberry

Strawberries

Wild Berry

S'mores

Chocolate Fudge

Cookies & Creme

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Brown Sugar Cinnamon


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Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:24:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-pop-tart-flavors-v1/ranker-food
<![CDATA[Gift Ideas for Your Parents]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gift-ideas-for-your-parents/samantha-dillinger
Gift ideas for your parents include those holiday, birthday and anniversary gifts that rarely go wrong when given to a mother or father. Parents can often be hard to shop for regardless of the occasion but sticking to one of these best gifts for parents is a recipe for success. Have better ideas? Add them below or vote for your favorite parent gift ideas!

When buying gifts for parents--especially parents who already have everything--you can go a few ways. One common theme is gifts that are sentimental. Digital photo frames already filled with family photos, scrapbooks and family portraits are all likely to bring smiles for years to come.

But don't limit your options to just the sentimental. Give your folks something they can either use, like a practical gift, or something they would never buy for themselves, like a luxury item or experience. Slippers, kitchen gadgets, pajamas and wallets are all great practical gifts while restaurant and spa gift certificates, all-inclusive vacations and event or theater tickets are all good standbys in those categories.

So whether you think your parents would love something simple, like a donation to charity or a nice bottle of wine, or something that they would never buy themselves, like a nice watch or a tablet computer, when in doubt for a great gift for your parents, check here for some fantastic ideas! Need other gift ideas? Check other lists for the best anniversary gifts and the best baby shower gifts too.
Gift Ideas for Your Parents,

Wine

Amazon Kindle

Perfume or Cologne

Spa Gift Certificate

Tablet

Kitchen Gadgets

All-inclusive Vacation

Family Portraits

Restaurant Gift Cards

Camera


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Thu, 20 Feb 2014 04:50:40 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/gift-ideas-for-your-parents/samantha-dillinger
<![CDATA[25 Behind the Scenes Photos of Children with World Leaders]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/children-and-world-leaders/rachel-green
The best way for politicians to tug at the heartstrings of their constituents is to make appearances with other people's happy, loving, and innocent children. Whether they're beloved world leaders or the most hated and feared rulers in the world, all of these politicians are hitting up the kids to earn some serious brownie points. 

Some of these children belong to the political leaders, and some are meeting them for the first time. Children are the future of our world, so what better way to instill your laws and beliefs than through the innocent minds of tomorrow? 
25 Behind the Scenes Photos of Children with World Leaders,

David Cameron Interrogates Children

Hitler with a Few Aryan Children

Hugo Chavez and Baby Chavezes

Dwight D. Eisenhower Shaking Children's Hands

Children Saluting Benito Mussolini

JFK Holds Caroline's Doll

Joseph Stalin with Tiny Sailors

Kim Il-Sung Celebrates Colorful Happiness

Fidel Castro and the Bearded Children

Boy Enjoying What President Obama Is Saying


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Tue, 09 Sep 2014 07:44:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/children-and-world-leaders/rachel-green
<![CDATA[The Best Sitcoms Currently on Netflix]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-sitcoms-on-netflix/ranker-tv

The absolute best sitcoms streaming on Netflix, ranked from the most popular to the least by the Ranker community. This list shows the very best sitcoms currently streaming on Netflix, not just original series. 

More than just good sitcoms, many of the TV comedy series found here are considered the top rated TV shows of all time, so prepare for marathons. Whether they're old or new, the best sitcoms are all streaming on Netflix.  

Sometimes there's nothing better than binge-watching a sitcom to lift the spirits or to kick back and relax. Which sitcom is the best? From "How I Met Your Mother" to "Friends," they're all here for the Ranker community to vote on. If there's a sitcom that you don't see, feel free to add it to the list, but make sure that it's currently streaming on Netflix. Vote up your favorites and vote down the ones you don't think are so funny.


The Best Sitcoms Currently on Netflix,

30 Rock

3rd Rock from the Sun

Arrested Development

Cheers

Friends

Malcolm in the Middle

Scrubs

That '70s Show

The Office

Parks and Recreation


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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:12:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-sitcoms-on-netflix/ranker-tv
<![CDATA[49 Brilliant Solutions to Annoying Problems]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/smart-problem-solving/ariel-kana
Sometimes the simplest solutions to a problem are also the best. Even things that don't seem like they need creative solutions can be made easier with a few small tweaks. Who needs to raise your arms when you can build something to hold that book for you? These are life hacks to solve every annoying problem that crops up in daily life, and even some problems that you didn't even realize you wanted answers for. Finally, you can bring all the groceries up the stairs in one trip, or easily keep those pesky cords from getting tangled. 

Some of these hacks are simple and some are ridiculous, but all of them are useful to someone, somewhere. You'll feel like a modern-day household MacGyver when you're dipping Oreos with a fork, and fixing tables with a walnut. the one question you'll be asking yourself as you go through this list is "Why didn't I think of that?"

Vote up the coolest, most interesting life hacks that you'll use to solve simple problems in your everyday life. Then sit back and enjoy all the extra free time you'll have, once these helpful hacks simplify your life.
49 Brilliant Solutions to Annoying Problems,

Perfect Pancakes



Finally, a Solution



Cops Don't Need Bike Locks



Don't Lose the Chapstick



Everybody Hates Stems



Color Coded



No More Destroyed Fingers



Why Didn't I Know This?



Also You Don't Run Out of Soap



Taco Bowls




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Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:39:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/smart-problem-solving/ariel-kana
<![CDATA[60+ Everyday Objects That Look Really Happy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-that-look-happy/carly-kiel
The perfect smiley face photos for a bad (or awesome) day! What could be nicer than finding a smiling face at the bottom of your coffee mug? How about living in a house that looks super excited to see you every time you come home? These super happy inanimate objects have got you covered. It's literally impossible to be in a bad mood after perusing these photos of excited (if not totally real) face.

 When our eyes play tricks on us, we can see everything from sailboats in the clouds to Biblical figures in dog butt fur. This is a simple gallery of pics of everyday things that look like they are happy. There are foods and seashells, furniture and electric equipment, planes and boats and sticks. Vote up the things (the cute pareidolia pictures) that look most pleased just to be nominated.
60+ Everyday Objects That Look Really Happy,

This Sunset

This Orchid

These Birds

This Plane Waiting to Be Fixed

This House

These Lighters

This Tree

These Box Bros

This Sleepy Loaf

This Caterpillar


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Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:22:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/things-that-look-happy/carly-kiel
<![CDATA[The Funniest Military Music Videos and Parodies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-us-military-music-videos-and-parodies/brian-gilmore
We know you used to dance and lip-sync to Britney Spears when you were younger. We just know. But did you know some of the most heroic men and women in the United States Armed Services do too? Yes, it's true. These hilarious, heart-warming music videos of America's bravest show these awesome people not only giving their lives to protect ours, but also gettin' down to the day's hottest tracks (and some classic jams).

All across the globe, in some of the most dangerous places, like Afghanistan, U.S. troops are keeping positive attitudes and showing off their senses of humor with the funny, and funky, music videos below. All branches of the U.S. Military are getting in on the fun, from the Navy, Army, Marines, and Air Force and they've mastered a variety of musical genres as well. Troops and veterans have sung along to hits from Bruno Mars and Adele and done their own take on the Harlem Shake.

Did you think Frozen madness and "Let It Go" had either died down or not reached every single last corner of the Earth? Well, you'd be wrong on both fronts. It turns out our fearless veterans loved Olaf and Elsa too.

Thank these veterans and currently deployed troops for their brave service by upvoting the best military music videos and song parodies below - just one way you can support our troops!
The Funniest Military Music Videos and Parodies,

US Troops in Afghanistan Dance to 'Telephone' by Lady Gaga

US STARS-FROC 26 Lip Dubs 'Hold It Against Me' by Britney Spears

Women of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Sing 'That Don't Impress Me Much'

US Troops in Afghanistan Sing 'Call Me Maybe'

Marines Sing 'Let It Go'

Deployed Troops Cover Adele 'Rolling in the Deep'

Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band Do 'Thrift Shop'

US Army Vets Lip Dub to 'Steel Ding Dong'

US Air Force Academy Does 'Tik Tok'

Navy and Marines in Afghanistan Do a Gangnam Style Parody


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Tue, 11 Nov 2014 04:04:16 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-us-military-music-videos-and-parodies/brian-gilmore
<![CDATA[All the Ways Jon Snow Is Becoming Ned Stark]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/jon-snow-becoming-ned-stark/lisa-waugh
In a top notch Jon Snow Ned Stark Yorkshire accent, consider yourself warned about SPOILERS in the North. 
 
Here’s a question to ponder about your favorite living sad face emoji from Game of Thrones. Is Jon Snow turning into Ned Stark on some level? Let’s look at the evidence. 
 
What’s going on with Jon? Did coming back from the dead further solidify him as the next dour Warden of the North? There are many similarities between Jon Snow and Ned Stark as far as their outlook on life. Ned knew winter was coming; Jon has seen the advent of the next Long Night. But no one seems to be giving this much weight even though Jon and his men actually witness the terrifying powers of the Night’s King. Kind of makes you wish Ned had seen it so he could say, “I told ye soo!”
 
Another indicator that Jon will land squarely in a Ned state of mind… both men were betrayed when they tried to do the right thing. Ned wasn’t afraid to die; now Jon isn’t either. And they both know what’s in the great blackness of death. Sort of. Jon saw nothing, but maybe Ned knows that there’s something and will tell Jon what it is, using Bran. 
 
Other clues of Jon Snow turning into Ned Stark are Jon’s latest look. He’s rocking a hairstyle that is dangerously close to Ned’s retirement sweep back. He’s also wearing a cloak just like his pop/uncle's, thanks to Sansa.
 
He’s also got the same sense of humor as Ned. Meaning, he’s about as funny as the ending of “The Door.” Maybe he’ll lighten up when the White Walkers are defeated and he’s having an ale with his dad in Westeros heaven. Hey! Maybe he won’t die. Maybe he’ll met another redhead and settle down at Winterfell, telling his great grandkids stories in the godswood in a sort of grim and wistful way, just like Ned.
 
How is Jon Snow turning into Ned Stark? Vote up the theories that make the most sense to you.

All the Ways Jon Snow Is Becoming Ned Stark,

Bran Will Connect Jon and Ned
Just a guess, but Bran’s greenseer abilities will probably connect Ned to his children and, most importantly, to Jon. Whatever Jon learns will jumpstart him back into the war against the Others. It’ll also help him understand Ned’s actions and possibly show him how to avoid the mistakes Ned may have made.
Jon Is One Hairstyle Away from "The Ned"
What did Ned have before that partial up-sweep? A man bun, probably. You know he did! And who has a post-mortem man bun now? Yep. Jon Snow Stark Targaryen Blackfyre Dayne will rock that half war pony until he’s an even more humorless older man than Ned was. And then he’ll just simply clip the top back into a The North Remembers retirement do.
Jon Is Dressing Like Ned
With the help of Sansa's wolf cloak, Jon has completed his Ned Stark winter collection look.
Same Accent, Excellent for Doom and Mother Talk
The Yorkshire accents of Ned and Jon are effective at giving bad news, doling out warnings, and telling bawdy jokes. But scratch that last one. Maybe there will be jokes after the war with the White Walkers. You can almost see Jon, a horn of ale in his hand, “Know what you get when you cross a wildling with a Stark? A broken heart. That’s what you get. And you never get over it. Never.”
They Were Both Killed Trying to Do the Right Thing
Ned confessed to something he didn’t do to save his daughters; Jon went against the Night’s Watch to save the wildlings and mercy killed Mance Rayder at the pyre. Both men were betrayed.
Jon Also Has a Thing for Redheads
Although Ned married Catelyn out of duty when his brother was killed by Mad King Aerys, he grew to love her all the same. When Jon sees Ygritte, he’s sprung. Ice and fire, indeed.
They’ve Both Had to Bring Justice
Robb went to war. Sansa got tortured. Arya is off becoming an assassin. Bran is warging up in here. Rickon is well… a hostage right now. It seems the only Stark who’s ready to swing the sword after passing the sentence is Jon. Sansa may get in on this action, but right now Jon is positioned to bring that old school Ned Stark justice to those who have broken their oaths.
Smiling Is for Soft Southerners
Even Sansa smiles more than Jon and he’s only had to die - she’s been through much worse. Like his father/uncle, Jon is not a big smiler. You know who smiles? People who create the chaos and make awful things happen.
Neither Is Afraid of Death
Battle prepared Ned for it. Jon actually died and saw nothing. You couldn’t threaten either with their own death. Their Achilles heels are based in doing the right thing for family or the good of the realm.
They Have the Same Sense of Humor
Just kidding. Neither of these guys was ever going to have a stand-up career. But the cold and Catelyn will do that to you. Jon did almost crack a joke in Season 5 about Sam getting some, but then he was right back to the usual grim smile. Ned, on the other hand, told Robert right to his face he was fat.

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Thu, 26 May 2016 08:17:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/jon-snow-becoming-ned-stark/lisa-waugh
<![CDATA[19 Creepy Meanings Behind Shel Silverstein Poems and Stories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/shel-silverstein-creepy-poems-stories/lisa-waugh

Considering his colorful life, it makes sense that there are some dark Shel Silverstein poem meanings, as well as some deeply witty and intentionally creepy Shel Silverstein stories. The man was certainly offbeat, if not extraordinary. He was unflinching and one of the most relatable children’s writers in the world. 

Silverstein lived a far-from traditional life. He wrote some pretty raw songs, illustrated cartoons for Playboy, hung out with Hugh Hefner, and allegedly slept with hundreds of women. He never married but had two children with a former Playmate. Tragically, he lost his 11-year-old daughter to a brain aneurysm. 

The meanings behind Shel Silverstein poems and stories are debated to this day, but it's undeniable that some were inspired by his weird and complex life. Are Silverstein’s poems and stories a safe place to dream, ponder extreme possibilities, and question the morals of society? Or was he promoting drug use, cannibalism, disrespect for authority, violence, anarchy, and the occult?  

Let’s put it to a vote. Which of these Silverstein stories or poems strike you as the creepiest?


19 Creepy Meanings Behind Shel Silverstein Poems and Stories,

Me-Stew - Suicide and Cannibalism

If "Ladies First" got people’s goat, this one sure is bound to make off with a herd of them. This poem’s got hunger and subsequent suicide by cannibalism. Who’s ready for bedtime? 

I have nothing to put in my stew, you see,
Not a bone or a bean or a black-eyed pea,
So I'll just climb in the pot to see
If I can make a stew out of me.
I'll put in some pepper and salt and I'll sit
In the bubbling water--I won't scream a bit.
I'll sing while I simmer, I'll smile while I'm stewing,
I'll taste myself often to see how I'm doing.
I'll stir me around with this big wooden spoon
And serve myself up at a quarter to noon.
So bring out your stew bowls,
You gobblers and snackers.
Farewell--and I hope you enjoy me with crackers! 


Whatif - Death, War, Crushing Fear and Self-Doubt, Divorce, And Torn Pants

This poem is the stuff of nightmares for helicopter parents. Silverstein hits on all the horrible things a kid’s (and an adult’s) mind can conjure: death, war, self-doubt, and, most terrifying of all, torn pants. While Silverstein’s poem was meant to dispel fears by addressing these issues directly, those with anxiety disorders might want to avoid this one. 

Last night, while I lay thinking here,
Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
And pranced and partied all night long
And sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I'm dumb in school?
Whatif they've closed the swimming pol?
Whatif I get beat up?
Whatif there's poison in my cup?
Whatif I start to cry?
Whatif I get sick and die?
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
Whatif I don't grow talle?
Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
Whatif the fish won't bite?
Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
Whatif they start a war?
Whatif my parents get divorced?
Whatif the bus is late?
Whatif my teeth don't grow in straight?
Whatif I tear my pants?
Whatif I never learn to dance?
Everything seems swell, and then
The nighttime Whatifs strike again!
 


Skin Stealer - Buffalo Bill, Is That You?

Silverstein could be addressing shame and our need to displace blame. Or could he be depicting Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs? In this slightly horrifying tale of literally unzipping one's own skin, one could argue is a tale of split personality disorder manifesting itself in a child. 

This evening I unzipped my skin 
And carefully unscrewed my head, 
Exactly as I always do 
When I prepare myself for bed. 
And while I slept a coo-coo came 
As naked as could be 
And put on the skin 
And screwed on the head 
That once belonged to me. 
Now wearing my feet 
He runs through the street 
In a most disgraceful way. 
Doin' things and sayin' things 
I'd never do or say, 
Ticklin' the children 
And kickin' the men 
And Dancin' the ladies away. 
So if he makes your bright eyes cry 
Or makes your poor head spin,  
That scoundrel you see 
Is not really me 
He's the coo-coo 
Who's wearing my skin.


The Giving Tree - A Narcissistic Child, An Enabling Tree

Silverstein never fully explained the meaning of the book The Giving Tree, and was regularly pressed to defend it. He said the story was about a relationship and nothing more. “It’s just a relationship between two people; one gives and the other takes,” Silverstein repeatedly explained.

Yet, parents have dug deep to mine the book’s true meaning. The book has been both lauded and condemned as either completely understanding the sacrifice of raising a child as well as vehemently saying that this is NOT how to parent at all. Some argue the kid is a co-dependent eco-terrorist.


Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony - Child Suicide

The dark darkness of this poem comes with a signature Silverstein wryness. An elementary school in Texas banned the poem because of its implied content. Second graders probably didn't get Silverstein’s sarcasm or irony. In any case, the school board wasn’t having it. Concerned parents claimed the poem glorified suicide. 


And Abigail began to cry and said,
“If I don’t get that pony I’ll die.”
And her parents said, “You won’t die.
No child ever died yet from not getting a pony.”
And Abigail felt so bad
That when she got home she went to bed,
And she couldn’t eat,
And she couldn’t sleep,
And her heart was broken,
And she DID die—
All because of a pony
That her parents wouldn’t buy.


Marie Laveau - Don’t Cross Madame Laveaux, Just Don’t

Silverstein’s song explains why you should swipe right or face the consequences of this lady from Louisiana. Not only does this poem promote murdering men, it also talks about the power of voodoo magic. 

Down in Lou´siana where the black trees grow
Lives a voodoo lady named Marie Laveaux.
She got a black cat tooth and a mojo bone,
And anyone wouldn´t leave her alone.
She go GREEEEEEEEEEEE...
Another man done gone. 
She live in a swamp in a hollow log
With a one-eyed snake and a three-legged dog.
She got a bent bony body and stringy hair,
And if she ever seen you messin´ round there,
She go GREEEEEEEEEEEE...
Another man done gone.

And then one night when the moon was black,
Into the swamp came Handsome Jack.
A no-good man like you all know,
And he was lookin´ around for Marie Laveaux .
He said, "Marie Laveau, you lovely witch,
Why don´t you gimme a little charm that´ll make me rich.
Gimme million dollars, and I´ll tell you what I´ll do... 
This very night I´m gonna marry you."
It´ll be UMMMMMMMM...
Another man done gone.

So Marie did some magic and she shook a little sand, 
Made a million dollars, and she put it in his hand.
Then she looked and she said , "Hey hey, 
I´m gettin´ ready for my wedding day."
But ol´ Handsome Jack said "Good-bye Marie. 
You too damn ugly for a man like me."
So Marie started shakin´, her fangs started gnashin´,
Her body started shakin´, and her eyes started flashin´.
She went GREEEEEEEEEEEE...
Another man done gone. 

So if you ever get down where the black tree grow
And meet a voodoo lady named Marie Laveaux,
And if she ever asks you to make her your wife, 
Man, you better stay with her for the rest of your life
Or it´ll be GREEEEEEEEEEEE...
Another man done gone. 


The Father of a Boy Named Sue

Silverstein wrote a follow up to his famous song "A Boy Named Sue" and it got weird on many levels. Fans of Cash’s version were not exactly happy with this explanation. While "A Boy Named Sue" was cruel for its own set of reasons, the prequel song describes an absent and emotionally abusive father who takes revenge out on his son by calling him by a girl's name. 

Silverstein wrote an intro to the song, “Okay, now, years ago, I wrote a song called ‘A Boy Named Sue,’ And, that was okay and everything except, then I started to think about it, and I thought, It is unfair. I am, I am looking at the whole thing from the poor kid's point of view. And as I get more older and more fatherly, I begin to look at things from old men's point of view. So, I decided to give the old man equal time. Okay, here we go…” 


Yeah, I left home when the kid was three
And it sure felt good to be fancy free
Though I knew it wasn't quite the the fatherly thing to do
But that kid kept screaming and throwing up
And pissing in his pants till I had enough
So just for revenge I went and named him Sue
Yeah! 

It was Gatlinburg in mid July
I was gettin drunk but gettin by
Gettin old and going from bad to worse 

When through the door with an awful scream
Comes the ugliest queen I've ever seen
He says, "My name is Sue, how do you do?"
Then he hits me with his purse 

Now this ain't the way he tells the tell
But he scratched my face with his fingernails
And Then he bit my thumb
And kicked me with his high heel shoe 

So I hit him in the nose and he started to cry
And he threw some perfume in my eye
And it sure ain't easy fightin an old boy named Sue 

So I hit him in the head with a cane back chair
And he screamed, "Hey dad, you mussed my hair!"
And he hit me in the navel and knocked out a piece of my lint 

He was spittin blood, I was spittin teeth
And we crashed through the wall and out into the street
Kickin and gouging in the mud and the blood and the creme de menthe 

Then out of his garter he pulls a gun
I'm about to get shot by my very own son
He's screaming about Sigmund Freud and looking grim - woo
So I though fast and I told him some stuff
How I named him Sue just to make him tough
And I guess he bought it cause now I'm living with him 

Yea he cooks and sews and cleans up the place
He cuts my hair and shaves my face
And irons my shirts better than a daughter could do
And on the nights that I can't score
Well, I can't tell you any more
But it sure is a joy to have a boy named Sue
Yeah a son is fun but it's a joy to have a boy named Sue! 


Cloony the Clown - Abject Loneliness and Despair

Silverstein understood the human condition. He seemed to also deeply understand the nature of comedians and the darkness of clowns. In this poem, Silverstein illustrates the sad tale of a clown no one laughs at, and who is pathetic and sad. The worst part? The audience only laughs at the clown's gag when he's hurting himself on accident. What a twisted group of people.  

I'll tell you the story of Cloony the Clown
Who worked in a circus that came through town.
His shoes were too big and his hat was too small,
But he just wasn't, just wasn't funny at all.
He had a trombone to play loud silly tunes,
He had a green dog and a thousand balloons.
He was floppy and sloppy and skinny and tall,
But he just wasn't, just wasn't funny at all.
And every time he did a trick,
Everyone felt a little sick.
And every time he told a joke,
Folks sighed as if their hearts were broke.
And every time he lost a shoe,
Everyone looked awfully blue.
And every time he stood on his head,
Everyone screamed, "Go back to bed!"
And every time he made a leap,
Everybody fell asleep.
And every time he ate his tie,
Everyone began to cry.
And Cloony could not make any money
Simply because he was not funny.
One day he said, "I'll tell this town
How it feels to be an unfunny clown."
And he told them all why he looked so sad,
And he told them all why he felt so bad.
He told of Pain and Rain and Cold,
He told of Darkness in his soul,
And after he finished his tale of woe,
Did everyone cry? Oh no, no, no,
They laughed until they shook the trees
With "Hah-Hah-Hahs" and "Hee-Hee-Hees."
They laughed with howls and yowls and shrieks,
They laughed all day, they laughed all week,
They laughed until they had a fit,
They laughed until their jackets split.
The laughter spread for miles around
To every city, every town,
Over mountains, 'cross the sea,
From Saint Tropez to Mun San Nee.
And soon the whole world rang with laughter,
Lasting till forever after,
While Cloony stood in the circus tent,
With his head drooped low and his shoulders bent.
And he said,"THAT IS NOT WHAT I MEANT -
I'M FUNNY JUST BY ACCIDENT."
And while the world laughed outside.
Cloony the Clown sat down and cried. 


Ticklish Tom - Tickling Leads to Death

Tom loves being tickled. And it leads to his untimely death via a train. This morbid tale starts off light and fun and, like many of Silverstein's stories, takes a dark twist at the end. 

Did you hear 'bout Ticklish Tom?
He got tickled by his mom.
Wiggled and giggled and fell on the floor,
Laughed and rolled right out the door.
All the way to school and then
He got tickled by his friends.
Laughed till he fell off his stool,
Laughed and rolled right out of school
Down the stairs and finally stopped
Till he got tickled by a cop.
And all the more that he kept gigglin',
All the more folks kept ticklin'.
He shrieked and screamed and rolled around,
Laughed his way right out of town.
Through the country down the road,
He got tickled by a toad.
Past the mountains across the plain,
Tickled by the falling rain,
Tickled by the soft brown grass,
Tickled by the clouds that passed.
Giggling, rolling on his back
He rolled on the railroad track.
Rumble, rumble, whistle, roar—
Tom ain't ticklish any more.


Dreadful - Baby Eating

The title on this one needs no explanation - this poem is literally about eating a baby. 

Someone ate the baby.
It's rather sad to say.
Someone ate the baby
So she won't be out to play.
We'll never hear her whiney cry
Or have to feel if she is dry.
We'll never hear her asking "Why?"
Someone ate the baby.



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Thu, 02 Jun 2016 06:20:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/shel-silverstein-creepy-poems-stories/lisa-waugh
<![CDATA[The Best Reasons Not to Have Kids]]> http://www.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! 

The Best Reasons Not to Have Kids,

You Value Your Alone Time More than Anything
How will you lock yourself in your room with a book after work?
They're Extremely Expensive
For an average middle-class American family, it costs $245,000 to raise one child. 

Source: CNN
You Will Literally Lose Tons of Sleep
New parents lost approximately 1,500 hours of sleep in the first 12 months of parenthood. 

Source: Ergoflex
You Like Your Peace and Quiet.

Your Schedule Will Become Someone Else's Schedule
No matter how much you try to preserve it, kids will squash your schedule.
Disposable Income Is AWESOME
If I'm going to spend a bunch of money on extra-curricular activities, I'll be the one participating, thanks
Recreational Travel Is Unnecessarily Difficult
Who wants to change crappy diapers on a plane? Seriously.
You Like Nice Things
Think your white...ANYTHING will stay white with kids around? Think again...
You're Not at All Worried About "Feeling Incomplete"
Some people say a child will complete you, which is 100% not true.
You Don't Need a Child to Define Your Womanhood
Never let social norms make you feel like child bearing defines womanhood.

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<![CDATA[The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the 2010s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-2010s-quarterbacks/ranker-nfl
These are the best quarterbacks of the 2010s. Quarterbacks are the heart of any football team. The best NFL quarterbacks are part captain, part coach and all player. So when talking about the best 2010s quarterbacks, you can rest assured that you're talking not only about some the best players of the decade, but some of the best NFL players of all time.
 
Take a look at this list of 2010s QBs and vote up your favorites!
 From Cam Newton to Russell Wilson, this list is all about the best QBs of the 2010s! Ben Roethlisberger is frequently regarded as one of the greatest quarter backs of the 2010s, personal issues aside.

The greatest QBs of the 2010s should all be here, so take a look and be sure to vote up your favorites! Do you think Drew Brees is one of the top quarter backs of the 2010s?

Vote up your favorite QBs of the 2010s. Who do you think is the best quarterback in the NFL that played in the 2010s?

The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the 2010s,

Aaron Rodgers

Ben Roethlisberger

Brett Favre

Cam Newton

Carson Palmer

Drew Brees

Eli Manning

Peyton Manning

Tom Brady

Russell Wilson


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Fri, 08 Jan 2016 04:35:42 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-2010s-quarterbacks/ranker-nfl
<![CDATA[The Sweetest Songs on Steven Universe]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sweet-steven-universe-songs/laura-allan

Most people would agree that Steven Universe is an animated masterpiece. The show features intriguing characters, lovely animation, a completely engrossing story, and some of the catchiest music around. Speaking of music, the songs on Steven Universe are the kinds of earworms that will have you humming, and it'll only be a matter of time before your friends start making up new versions and alternate lyrics. While the awesomeness of these songs isn't in question, it does raise the question: what are the very best Steven Universe songs?

Of course, best is a hard thing to define, especially with so many great options. Is it the most feelsy? The prettiest melody? Does the song have awesome animation to accompany it? No matter which catchy Steven Universe songs you like most, it's hard to deny that there are some songs that are just that more addictive than the others.

This list includes videos, so prepare to have these jams stuck in your head all day. Whether you like giant women or sworn to the sword, there's bound to be something for you here.


The Sweetest Songs on Steven Universe,

Stronger Than You

A lot of people argue that this is the best song in the show, and it's kind of hard to deny it. This is the first time we really hear Garnet's amazing singing voice, and she belts out this catchy and empowering tune about love and partnership. Consider we've just seen exactly what she's made of, hearing a song right afterwards about it kind of puts the icing on the cake. Take that, Jasper!


Full Disclosure

Ringtones annoy lots of people, but this is one time where that just isn't true. After almost dying during a conflict with off-world gems, Steven takes a moment to think over his friendship with Connie, and wonders - in song - if he's putting her in danger or risking her mental wellbeing with his friendship. The conflict Steven goes through during this song is pretty intense, and the music itself is pretty moving. Not to mention, that ending? Oof, right in the feelings. 


Love Like You

This song is one every fan has heard, but probably didn't realize was a longer, more complete song. If you take all the different sounding endings and put them together, it becomes one, long, sweet song about love, doubt, and self-worth. Really, the lyrics are heartbreaking in many ways, even though the melody is gentle and soothing. It relates to the show so well too! While the opening of the show is pretty catchy and easily could have made this list, the fact that the ending song was hidden right under our noses makes it that much more awesome. You can hear the full version, spliced together, in the attached video. 


Here Comes a Thought

This song hit Steven Universe fans like a ton of bricks. While many songs in the show apply to specific characters or situations, this one is broader, and sends one simple message: breathe and let go. It's hard to not feel calmed by the sweet, slow melody, and the lyrics will help make anyone feel less stressed, even on your worst day. On top of all that, the visuals from guest animator Takafumi Hori (who did Kill La Kill) are mesmerizing. The whole song is a masterpiece. 


Giant Woman

Well, I hope you're ready to have this one stuck in your head. One of the earlier songs we got from the show, "Giant Woman," is easy to hum, sing, and make your own lyrics to. Not to mention, the whole basis of the song is kind of absurd, and that makes it so much fun to sing! Seriously, good luck not humming this at some point today.


It's Over, Isn't It?

The conflict between Pearl and Greg has a deep history. At this point in the series, we know that Pearl still aches over Rose's departure, and dislikes the fact that Rose ever chose Greg to begin with. Fans know that the two don't exactly interact well. In the musical episode, "Mr. Greg," it all comes to a head and we hear Pearl sign her grievances to the night sky. The song is heartbreaking. This episode has so many other amazing songs, such as "Both of You," "Don't Cost Nothing," and "Empire City," but this is the one that really sticks with you. The reprise of the song's chorus at the end of the episode practically demands tears from viewers. 


Let Me Drive My Van Into Your Heart

For this song, we have to go all the way back to the very first episode of the show. At this point, we don't know much about Steven's mom or his father, Greg. Heck, we don't even know much about Steven! So when this song hit us, it was a perfect hook to keep us coming back for later episodes. The song is silly, fun, singable, and actually says a lot about Greg and Rose's relationship. Also, come on, the title of the song is "Let Me Drive My Van Into Your Heart" for clod's sake!


Peace and Love

Pretty much everyone loves the manic space Dorito known as Peridot. Hearing her sing, when she doesn't even know what music is all about, is just a treat in and of itself. To hear her sing with all the other gems, all about how the Earth is beautiful? It's enough to make one squeal. This is also the first time we really get the sense that Peridot might come around on the whole "the Earth is a planet worth saving" thing.


Like a Comet

If you want a real jam to rock out to, this is the song for you. Sure, "Steven and the Stevens" was a pretty catchy song, but this is where we first really hear Greg sing and perform like he used to. And oh man, did he do it in style. The lyrics have all the marks of a classic rock song, and the delivery is also pretty spectacular as Greg lets his surprisingly long hair flow. No matter the size of the audience, it's hard to deny that Greg really was a rock star. 


Do It for Her

For a long time, many fans of the show wanted to know more about Pearl's relationship with Rose, from before and during the Gem War. Well, the episode "Sworn to the Sword" delivered, and it did so with a song. In "Do it For Her," Pearl shows Connie how to fight, but also teaches her how to value Steven's life as more important than her own. In this, we see a reflection of what Pearl used to do, constantly sacrificing her happiness and life for Rose. We even get a brief look at the gem war itself! And to get all this in a lovely duet? What more can a fan ask for?



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Tue, 20 Sep 2016 05:07:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/sweet-steven-universe-songs/laura-allan
<![CDATA[The Saddest Animal Death Scenes in Movies That Make You Cry Like a Baby]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/saddest-animal-deaths-in-movies/katia-kleyman

Why do animal deaths in movies make us so sad? Like blubbering, stammering, sobbing-mess kind of sad? Everyone hates seeing sad animal deaths in movies. It’s because animals are pure, sweet, and love us unconditionally. Sad animal movies affect a certain part of the heart. And animal movie death scenes are a whole other level of emotional.

For everyone there's those heart-wrenching animal death scenes that, despite how hard you try, you can never forget. These movies transport you back to a time when you were a kid, or maybe to a time where you were an adult crying in your living room by yourself. These are tragic animals deaths that'll have you bawling like a child. Fair warning: you might want to have a box of tissues handy for this list.


The Saddest Animal Death Scenes in Movies That Make You Cry Like a Baby,

Bambi

Disney has got a bit of a twisted modus operandi when it comes to killing off the protagonists parents in their films. Bambi is no exception. In the film Bambi’s mother is shot by a hunter and Bambi is forced to grow up practically an orphan. Bambi does have a somewhat absentee father, the Great Prince of the Forest, but dad is too busy to really participate in Bambi’s childhood. Bambi eventually becomes a big sexy stag and the new Great Prince.

Walt Disney may be preoccupied with dead mothers and translated that to his work because of a personal trauma. Producer of The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, Don Hahn explained that Disney felt responsible for the death of his own mother. In the '40s when Disney was at the peak of his success, he bought his parents a home. A leaky furnace lead to his mother dying of carbon monoxide poisoning.  


Charlotte's Web

Usually when you see a spider, you scream and try to stomp its little life out. Not Charlotte though. Charlotte may be the most lovable spider in film history. She takes a little pig named Wilbur who is destined to become a BLT under her wing, and saves the pig by spinning words like “some pig” and “terrific” in her web.

However, after all that spinning and after laying a bunch of eggs, Charlotte becomes exhausted. On the brink of death, Wilbur consoles Charlotte by saying that her children will be safe. This is the only case where baby spider eggs could be considered cute.


I Am Legend

The only thing worse than being the last man on Earth is losing the only companion you have - your trusty dog. In I Am Legend, Neville and his German Shepard Sam travel through an apocalyptic wasteland trying to survive against zombies. When Sam is bitten by a pack of undead dogs, Neville knows he has to kill his only friend in order to spare her from becoming a zombie. 

In an extremely sad and horrifying scene, Neville holds Sam in his arms as she begins to turn into a four-legged walker. As Sam turns and goes to bite Neville, he strangles her to death while tears stream down his face. The eerie silence of the scene makes it even more heartbreaking. 


My Dog Skip

My Dog Skip was the heartwarming tale of a boy and his dog. Together they learn about family, friendship, loyalty, and what it means to be brave. When Willie goes off to college, leaving his small town in Mississippi, he leaves behind his dog Skip. As he gets older, Skips becomes weaker and eventually dies. 

In the film's final scene, Willie remembers the relationship he and his dog had and how much joy it brought to his life. It's beautifully touching, sad, and definitely a tearjerker. 


Old Yeller

Old Yeller is one of the most iconic films about man’s best friend. People just love a good ol’ story about a boy and his dog. This is another coming-of-age story where a boy, Travis, has to make a difficult decision that eventually teaches him how to be a man.

There’s been warnings of rabies in the area where Travis and his family live. Travis is forced to put down one of his family’s cows due to the infection. They end up burning the cow’s body but the flames attract a rabid wolf. Old Yeller protects the family and attacks the wolf, giving Travis enough time to get his gun and shoot the animal. But Yeller was bit in the struggle and when he shows signs of the disease he is locked up in a corn shed. After witnessing Old Yeller nearly attack his younger brother, Travis decides he has to put Old Yeller down.  


The Land Before Time

Littlefoot from The Land Before Time is hands down the cutest longneck in film history. Littlefoot lived with his mama and his adorable grandparents sometime in the Jurassic Period about 150 million years ago.  When Littlefoot and his bossy triceratops friend Cera got into trouble with a T-Rex, mama has to come rescue them. She put up a good fight but, of course, there is a massive earthquake right at that very moment, making things more difficult. Her last words to Littlefoot will make you weep. “Littlefoot, let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.”

Damn.


The Lion King

The death of Mufasa in The Lion King has to be one of the saddest deaths in film history - human or otherwise. After being double crossed by his brother Scar - and being trampled by a herd of antelope - Mufasa's lifeless body is found by his son Simba. 

Little Simba trying to frantically wake his dad up to no avail broke the spirits of '90s kids everywhere. The death was heart wrenching, sad, and emotionally scarring. 


The NeverEnding Story

The scene where Atreyu’s horse Artax sinks in the Swamp of Sadness will leave you feeling about as hopeless as you felt watching the 2016 election unfold. In The Neverending Story, Atreyu’s has to overcome a whole bunch of obstacles to keep the fantasy world he lives in from being overtaken by The Nothing. 

So he has to trudge through this Swamp of Sadness, and he’s there with his horse, and it’s pretty miserable. Atreyu’s trying to keep his spirits up though, because if you let the sadness take over you sink into the mud and die.  Well Artax wasn’t much of an optimist and he let his depression get the best of him. Atreyu is screaming and crying, pulling Artax by the reigns to keep him from drowning in his sorrows. But Artax is just too weary, so the good old horse threw in the towel.

Strange though, you would think that Atreyu would start sinking as well during that scene. After all, he is witnessing the slow death of his friend. How does that not bum you out? Plot hole.


Where the Red Fern Grows

What’s sadder than a dog dying from heartbreak over her doggy husband? Nothing. Where the Red Fern Grows is a coming-of-age story about a boy named Billie and his two beloved coonhounds, Old Dan and Little Ann. The dogs become prize-winning raccoon hunters and famous throughout his county. Shortly after winning a championship, Billie takes the dogs out on a hunt and they encounter a cougar. Before the mountain lion could get to Billie, Old Dan attacks the lion. While the fight is happening, Billie gets out his hatchet and kills the cougar, but poor Old Dan ends up dying from his injuries.

The saddest part is how Little Ann mourns Old Dan. She becomes lethargic and stops eating. She just couldn’t live without Old Dan. Inconsolable, Little Ann loses the will to live. Billie discovers Little Ann’s body lying on Old Dan’s grave.

Why the film is called Where the Red Fern Grows is because a rare red fern ending up growing between the Little Ann and Old Dan’s grave. A Native American legend says that only an angel can plant a red fern.


Marley & Me

Anyone who has ever owned a dog and watched them grow into old age knows the heart-wrenching pain of saying goodbye to them. Marley & Me's death scene will leave everyone bawling their eyes out. In the end of the film, it becomes inevitable that poor Labrador retriever Marley is in too much pain and has to be euthanized. His owner John (played Owen Wilson) delivers the sweetest farewell to Marley.

“We couldn’t find a better dog. What made you such a great dog was that you loved us every day no matter what. That’s an amazing thing. Do you know how much we love you? We love you so much … I don’t know exactly where we go from here, but I want you to remember you’re a great dog Marley.”

If that doesn't make you choke up, there might be something wrong with you. 



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Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:57:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/saddest-animal-deaths-in-movies/katia-kleyman
<![CDATA[Where Were You on September 11th?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/where-were-you-on-september-11th/dani-porter
List of September 11th memories and recollections of Patriot Day. Where was the population of America when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers and a third plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11? It is a "day that will live in infamy." It was an event that brought the nation and international community together in solidarity and propelled the United States into an era of foreign wars and economic hardship. Most Americans remember where they were when they first heard about the 9/11 attacks. Some were witnesses to 9/11, while others were just waking up on the West Coast, driving to work or sitting in class.

Do you remember where you were on 9/11? Vote for the location where you first heard about September 11th, were watching the coverage on TV or listening to it on the radio. Add the location where you were if it is not listed. 
Where Were You on September 11th?,

Driving in Your Car

Watching Today Show

You Weren't Born Yet

Travelling

In a College Class

In Primary School

At Work

In High School

Sleeping

In Your Home


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<![CDATA[The Best Star Wars Movies, Ranked by Fans]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-star-wars-movie
A list of the best Star Wars movies, ranked by fans and critics. Since the premiere of the original Star Wars (A New Hope) in 1977, the saga of the Jedi, the Sith, and the Skywalker family have been favorites of movie-goers. Along with the original film, its sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Return of the Jedi (1983) are considered some of the best movies of all time. The stories follow Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, and their friends and droids as they battle the evil Sith lords Darth Vader and Darth Sidious.

Sixteen years after the release of the initial films, a trilogy of Star Wars prequels were created, beginning with Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999. Attack of the Clones was released in 2002, and Revenge of the Sith (2005) was the final film. This set of films followed Anakin Skywalker, Luke's father, from his youth to his becoming Darth Vader as well as his relationships with wife Padme Amidala, mentor Obi Wan Kenobi, and eventually Emperor Palpatine.

In 2012, it was announced that Disney bought Lucasfilms and was planning three new Star Wars films, sequels that follow the end of The Return of the Jedi. In light of this, we look back at the "original" films to let the crowd decide, once and for all, which are the best films int he Star Wars franchise. Vote for your favorites to move them to the top of the list. May the Force be with you.


The Best Star Wars Movies, Ranked by Fans,

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Star Wars

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Return of the Jedi

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Wars: Episode VII

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Star Wars : Rebels - Spark of Rebellion


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<![CDATA[The 8 Most Frivolous Lawsuits Against Celebrities]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-7-most-frivolous-lawsuits-against-celebrities/chaz-fletcher
The announcement of Kim Kardashian’s divorce affected many people, probably none more so than Rob Delaney. He stated that he has been so distraught by the whole proceedings that he has decided to sue.  Then there's the one Ursula Auburn filed against Charlie Sheen. Whoa! Lawsuits and celebrities go hand in hand. Of course usually it is the celebrity suing someone for defamation or being sued for breach of contract. Whenever there is someone with lots of money, there are other people trying to get it from them. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t those few crazies out there that are willing to sue over anything for a quick buck.

This list collects some of the craziest stories of frivolous lawsuits filed against our favorite (or not so favorite) entertainers. Ranging from simple he said/she said to cases of stolen identity, all of these stories should be taken with the gravity that they are told. Some of these claims are serious enough to warrant a grand jury investigation if they are true.

After reading through these celebrity lawsuits, ask yourself if they truly deserved the torment bestowed upon them, or if the plaintiff was just plain crazy. (I will give you a hint, it’s probably the later.)

The 8 Most Frivolous Lawsuits Against Celebrities,

Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis may be a media darling, a certified A-lister, and Ashton Kutcher's baby mamma, but she's also a filthy chicken stealer. At least according to her childhood best friend, Kristina Karo, TMZ is reporting. (Do you guys think this is real? Tell us in the comments.)

In the alleged lawsuit against the Jupiter Ascending star, Karo alleges that the two were inseparable while in first grade in the Ukraine. They bonded over a shared love of a pet chicken named Doggie. Both Karo and Kunis would come home from school and play with Doggie every afternoon. Until one day, when Doggie went missing and Kunis confessed to stealing him. According to Karo, Kunis said, "Kristina, you can have any other chicken as a pet, you have a whole chicken farm."
 
The terrible loss of Doggie sent Karo into therapy. When she eventually moved to LA to pursue a singing career, the proximity to Kunis sent her back into a depression. To pay for her crucial chicken therapy, Karo decided to sue Kunis for $5000. Here's hoping that's all she needs to continue her burgeoning career in music.




Jonathan Lee Riches



Have you heard about Jonathan Lee Riches? Probably not. He is in jail right now serving time for wire fraud. Of course being in jail doesn't stop him from being harassed constantly by the outside world. Riches isn't one to take these intrusions lightly though. If you slight him in anyway, he will sue you.

It is because of his lightning fast litigious nature that the Guinness Book of World Records named him the most suing man in the world. (A title that he promptly sued them to have removed.) The prestigious record keepers aren't the only people that Riches has filed lawsuit against.

He has filed cases against the likes of Steve Jobs (claiming that Jobs hired O.J. Simpson as a hitman to take out a building using pyrotechnics stolen from Great White as well as aiming nuclear missiles at Lance Armstrong's bike and price gouging IPhone users.), Martha Stewart (suing for $3.5million for emotional and mental distress after getting poison ivy and falling in a groundhogs hole on her property. If he wins though, he claims to give all monies to Rachel Ray.) and even Hank Aaron's bat (I don't even know how to explain this one).

For a greatest hits listing of Riches lawsuits click here.
Fort Worth Man v. Dead Elvis



When a noted celebrity dies, it has it's effect on us. We want to not believe that they have left us so soon. A great example of this is the tragic end of Elvis Presley. After his death, multiple accounts have been told about how it was fake, from him avoiding the mafia or the government to him being an alien and just going home. Many people claim to have proof of these conspiracies.



Of course nothing really is more proof than talking to the man himself. That's exactly what a man in Fort Worth Texas claims has happened. Not only had the King called him, but he had done it so many times that it had affected him mentally as well as raising his phone bill. It had caused so much stress that the man had no other choice but so Elvis' estate for suffering and damages.

No word on the outcome of this paranormal ordeal is known.
Valerie Turks v. Sean Diddy Combs



When you hear that someone is going to be suing Sean "Diddy Daddy Puffy" Combs you would think it might be for something like intellectual theft of lyrics, maybe beats or possibly having too many aliases. In the case of Valerie Turks v. Diddy Combs though it was a little more intense than that.

Turks claims that not only did Combs father a son with her and neglect to pay child support, but he also is in possession of a casino chip that she won in Mississippi that is worth "100s of zillions of dollars". Add to this that Combs supposedly was in charge of the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11 when he and Rodney King went through the building knocking it down on top of her and her children crushing them and putting them in the hospital where they raped her and her children.

It is understandable that she would be suing him for all these crimes that were levied against her. The total she is asking? A mere $900 Billion for child support and $100 Billion for loss of income for a grand total of one trillion dollars. It might sound like a lot, but considering the casino chip is worth 100s of zillions, he is getting off light.

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Ursula Auburn v. Charlie Sheen


Ursula Auburn knows how to get around. Not only has she claimed that she has been connected to Charlie Sheen, Jack Nicholson and Nicholas Cage, but she has managed to be immortalized on TV as well.

According to Auburn, the character of Rose on the extremely popular TV show, 2 and 1/2 Men, is based completely on her, from the voice to the outfits to the things that she does one the show.

One has to wonder why someone would go so far as to claim that a character that is loopy, annoying and a stalker, is based on them. Of course when you consider that Ursula Auburn seems to be loopy, annoying and a stalker, it all kind of makes sense. It made sense to Sheen's lawyers too since it seems the case was settled outside of court for an undisclosed amount.
The Gardener v. Elizabeth Taylor



When you are in the employ of some of the most famous people on the planet, it is understood that you might be asked to do an odd job here or there that would be considered out of the ordinary.

Willem Van Muyden was a gardener for Elizabeth Taylor for years until one day he was fired out of the blue. According to Van Muyden, Taylor often used her in-house butler to alleviate her sexual needs. The problem was that the butler had differing tastes than someone of Ms. Taylor's gender, if you catch my meaning. One day he was having trouble getting to "work" and asked Van Muyden for a "jump start". When Van Muyden rebuffed his advances the butler had him fired supposedly. Van Muyden filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful dismissal.

The total he was suing for? $400,000 but a statement issued states that no money was given.
Allen Heckard v. Michael Jordan



Remember the 90's? Transitioning out of the big hair of the 80's, toning down the neon colors in the clothes and slowly deflating the shoulder pads. The Chicago Bulls were the winningest team in basketball and everyone wanted to be like Mike!



Well there is definitely one person who is not happy about being like Mike. His name is Allen Heckard, and he is too much like Michael Jordan, or in his mind, Jordan is too much like him. Heckard sued Jordan for defamation, permanent injury and emotional pain and suffering as he was tired of people constantly coming up to him and asking if he was Michael.

Granted, they are both African-Americans with shaved heads and large earrings, but that seems to be where the likeness ends as Heckard is about 6 inches shorter than Jordan. That's like me wanting to sue Brad Pitt. We are both white with hair, so obviously we get confused for each other. Not only did he sue Jordan, but he also included Nike in the lawsuit as he claimed it was their fault in making Jordan worldwide superstar. The total he was claiming in damages was $832 Million. ($416 Million to each party.)

He later dropped the lawsuit without stating why. I would like to think that he challenged Jordan to a slam dunk contest.
Rob Delaney v. Kim Kardashian's Divorce



The latest celebrity being threatened with a lawsuit is poor Kim Kardashian. Not only did she recently split from her recently wed recent Prince Charming, but a mean old comedian is being a meany and saying that she didn't give her 72 day long marriage enough time to work. (What does he want? They were married for 72 DAYS. That's like 34 years in reality tv star time.)

Rob Delaney, a very funny man with a knack at pointing out societies eccentricities, otherwise known as a "Stand Up Comedian", wrote on Vice.com "I could forgive that if Kim gave her marriage a real go. I’ve been married for five years. To the same woman. I’ve wanted to divorce her at times. She’s wanted to divorce me at times. But one great thing about marriage, when it’s entered by regular folks, in good faith, is that it’s hard to exit. It costs money."

He has claimed that he will be suing not only Kim Karadashian, but also E! Entertainment Television and it's master Ryan "I do everything in Hollywood" Seacrest for not only promoting a shame marriage, but also making him aware of who Kim Kardashian is.

My only question is if we can turn this bad boy into a class action case, cause I feel equally harmed mentally and emotionally.

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Tue, 01 Nov 2011 04:44:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-7-most-frivolous-lawsuits-against-celebrities/chaz-fletcher
<![CDATA[The Operations That Will Make You Love Anonymous]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-operations-that-will-make-you-love-anonymous/beau-iverson
Starting from a simple meme and growing into a worldwide group of "hacktivists", Anonymous has perpetrated a number of socially conscious computer attacks. Their activity, both real and supposed has ranged from simple pranks to fighting censorship, taking down pedophile rings, fighting back against perceived corporate abuses, and most recently, fighting against the social media penetration of ISIS.

While much of the hacking of Anonymous is directed at those they have personal beefs with, much of this work has also been greatly beneficial in hampering the operation of people and group that pretty much everyone hates. While their methods are controversial, it's hard to deny that they've done great damage to ISIS, exposed sex offenders, curbed corporate malfeasance, fought for the rights of oppressed people.

Here are some of the top operations carried out by Anonymous and their Guy Fawkes mask wearing recruits.

The Operations That Will Make You Love Anonymous,

Operation Facebook
As one of the highest trafficked web sites in the world, millions of people  give Facebook their personal information. Facebook's vast data storehouse is ripe for abuse, and Anonymous felt the social media site used this power wrongly.

In a statement released by the group, Anonymous announced they would launch a full scale attack on the site in an attempt to halt its operations and bring it down. Among their grievances were how Facebook stores data, how it uses it for advertising purposes, and how it makes deleting Facebook accounts extremely difficult.

But befitting an organization with no leadership, it also appeared that this attack wasn't officially sanctioned. A person claiming to be a high-ranking Anonymous member came forward and said that this supposed  attack is actually just an effort to raise awareness about Facebook's privacy policies. Sure enough, November 5, 2011 came and went with no attack and no official statement by Anonymous.
Operation Titstorm
When the Australian government announced that they would start censoring any Internet sites that contained what they deemed to be pornography, Anonymous launched a DDoS attack on Australian government websites. They also sent their usual deluge of email spamming, prank phone calls, and junk faxes. Though the sites did go down for two days, officials claimed that they were not concerned to the group, and left the sites down until the attacks were over.



Project Chanology
Project Chanology started in 2008 when an in-house Scientologist video featuring Tom Cruise leaked to YouTube. When the Church of Scientology forced the site to remove it, Anonymous saw it as an act of internet censorship. The group started denial of service attacks on the churches various websites, along with prank calls and black faxes (sending a fax with only black showing in an attempt to run the machine out of ink).

In February 2008, the operation shifted to less invasive means, including multiple protests at Scientology centers around the world. More than 8,000 people are estimated to have converged on the churches, many wearing the Guy Fawkes mask. This was done as a part of Operation Reconnect, which was an additional protest against Scientology's disconnection policy, which states that a member of the church must cut all ties with any family or friends who are against the church in any way.

Anonymous also led an effort to get the IRS to investigate the Church and revoke its tax-exempt policy.

Operation Payback
This major Anonymous operation started as a reaction to a DDoS attack made by Airplex Software, a security firm hired by several Bollywood companies to shut down websites that were hosting pirated copies of their movies. Just before the attack was scheduled to happen, the group found that their website had already been taken down.

Subsequent operations spiraled out to encompass any anti-piracy groups, including the Motion Picture Association of America and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The attacks on the two companies took down their sites for 30 hours. Over the course of 2010 multiple attacks were made against other major companies, including the Recording Industry Association of America and British Phonographic Industry as well as multiple law firms dedicated to anti-piracy.


Operation Ice ISIS
In February 2015, Anonymous began attacking what they saw as the nearly unfettered social media access enjoyed by ISIS. Their hacking offshoot Ghost Security, made up almost entirely of women, attacked ISIS recruiting websites and Twitter accounts. Destroying what the terror group claimed was "months of work", Ghost Security took down or reported thousands of ISIS-affiliated websites, blogs, videos and social media accounts.

After the November 2015 ISIS attacks in Paris, Anonymous swung into action again, taking down over 3,800 ISIS-supporting Twitter accounts.

PlayStation Network Hack
In 2011, Anonymous launched an attack on Sony and the Playstation Network, after a user was arrested for jailbreaking his PS3 and installing Linux on it. In response to this the group, with the help of another hacker group, Lolsec, took down PSN and hacked the accounts of 100,000 users. The network was down for a few weeks before being restored. While Anonymous officially denied taking part in the hack, both Sony and members of the US House pinned the blame on the group.

Operation Darknet
While Anonymous might appear to go after governments and other entities that might be considered "good guys" in some people's eyes, at the end of October 2011 the hacktivist group took down a "darknet" that was providing services for pedophiles.

"Darknet" refers to a part of the internet that can only be accessed by users with special permissions. In this case the darknet was called "Lolita City", and Anonymous was able to gain access and fool almost 190 users into downloading a tracking program they had developed. This made it possible for the group to get the offenders IP addresses, which they then made public and gave to police. They also captured the pedophiles' posts, child pornography, and requests for more. In total, Anonymous crashed 40 child porn sites, which made up for more than 100Gb of material.
Westboro Baptist Church Hack
After the controversial anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to picked the funerals of children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, Anonymous retaliated by releasing the contact information and addresses of prominent members. They also launched a coordinated DDOS attack on the WBC's website,and hacked member's social media accounts.

Anonymous vs. Trump
Shortly after billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump released his proposal to ban Muslim entry to the United States, members of Anonymous swung into action. A Twitter account associated with the group announced it had hacked the website for Trump Tower in New York, and included a YouTube video with a stern warning to the mogul to back off his racially inflammatory rhetoric.

Who are Anonymous?
Anonymous is a group of independent activists working together to achieve mutually-agreed upon goals. These goals are not assigned by one person or leader, but by the consensus of the whole.

Supposedly started in 2003, Anonymous enacts forms of "hacktivism", where they centralize on one goal and work in unison against that person or company. The group formed on imageboard sites like 4chan and continue to use such sites for planning and communication.

One of their most common angles of attack is to take down objectionable websites with "DDoS" or Distributed Denial of Service attacks where a group of different computers log on to a single site over and over again until the resources for the server are completely consumed and it is forced to shut down. They have also been known to stage live protests throughout the world. The group is most commonly seen in public wearing the Guy Fawkes mask from the 2005 film V for Vendetta.

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Thu, 03 Nov 2011 08:25:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-operations-that-will-make-you-love-anonymous/beau-iverson
<![CDATA[The Objects & Things We Become Attached to the Most]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-objects-and-things-we-become-attached-to-the-most/desertrat89
We all have things in our lives that we value more than others, and those things can be any thing. Do you find yourself unable to throw away or donate that old t-shirt because you just can't part with it? Do you feel camaraderie with certain appliances in your kitchen? What do you find yourself the most attached to? Vote on yours, and be sure to add something you see is missing.
The Objects & Things We Become Attached to the Most,

Your Car

Items of Clothing You've Had for a Long Time

Childhood Toys

Your House

Your Childhood Home

Your Home Town

Dog

Pets

Photographs

Books


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Fri, 11 Oct 2013 00:25:54 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-objects-and-things-we-become-attached-to-the-most/desertrat89
<![CDATA[The Craziest Facts You Never Knew About Sleeping]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/facts-about-sleep/coy-jandreau
How much do you really know about sleep and sleeping? We're living in a time with Siri, that Amazon Echo thing, and whatever Vine is, yet we're still studying the science of sleep. Sleep incredibly mysterious and important to your health and well-being - so much so that we're still studying it like it's an ancient and powerful magic. It's something we all do every day and is more vital to our mental and physical well-being than eating - but what should you know about sleep? How much should you sleep? What other sleep facts should all humans keep in mind when head hits the pillow?

You'd think something we spend years doing would be pretty well-established by now, but it's not. Every year we discover new facts about sleep, why we do it, and how it affects us. We've made more advances in our knowledge of sleep in the last 25 years than in all prior years, but there's still much more digging to do.

We're still, to this day, not 100% sure why we sleep. But let's dive into the facts we do know. All of the crazy sleeping facts that the every day person probably doesn't realize. It's time for learning - you can nap later.
The Craziest Facts You Never Knew About Sleeping,

Sleep Is a Wonderful Memory Aid
It's been proven time and time again that sleeping right after you learn something can drastically improve your ability to retain the new information.

Source: Business Insider
Falling Half-Asleep Is a Real Thing
For humans, it's merely an expression, but for whales and dolphins it's a survival skill. Both whales and dolphins literally fall half-asleep. Their brain hemispheres take turns sleeping so they can continue surfacing to breathe.

Source: List 25

You'll Never Dream About Someone You Haven't Already Seen
We can only dream about faces we've already seen (anywhere - in a photo, on television, in a crowd), whether we actively remember them or not. Every face you've ever dreamed about you have seen at some point in your life.

Source: Lifehack
Different Food Affects Sleep in Different Ways
It's not just caffeine or ginseng... it's also everyday food components. For example: carbs (generally) make you sleepy, while protein makes you more alert.
Dreams Fade Insanely Fast
Within five minutes of waking, 50% of a dream is forgotten. Within 10 minutes, 90% of it is forgotten. If you want to remember an especially fun dream, write it down as soon as you wake up!

Source: Scientific American

Lack of Sleep Could Shorten Your Life and Make You Fat
Consistently getting less than six hours of sleep a night can dramatically shorten one's lifespan. Even just a week of sleep deprivation can cause you to gain two pounds of fat in one week! Lack of sleep also causes food cravings, especially for sugary or salty foods, and for larger portions.

Source: Fact Slides
The Precursor to the Alarm Clock Was Very Silly
Before the alarm clock was invented, people were hired as personal alarm clocks. They were called "knocker-ups" because they knocked on your window with a long stick when you needed to get up.

Source: Fact Slides
Cats Spend 70% of Their Lives Asleep
While a human spends roughly one third of their lives sleeping (if they get the recommended 8 hours a night, which equates to about 25 years in a lifetime), cats spend a whopping 70% of their lives asleep!

Source: Fact Slides
The Record for Staying Awake Is Almost 19 Days
The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes and was set during a rocking chair marathon.

The record holder experienced blurred vision, slurred speech, hallucinations, and paranoia, as well as memory and concentration lapses.

Source: The National Sleep Research Project

If You Feel Drowsy, You're Most Likely Sleep Deprived
Sleep experts say that if someone feels drowsy during the day, even during boring activities, they haven't had enough sleep. Additionally, if a person falls asleep in less than five minutes after lying down, they are suffering from severe sleep deprivation. It should take you anywhere from 10-15 minutes to fall asleep - if you're crashing as soon as you hit the pillow then you need to be getting more shut eye.

Source: Random History


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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 11:19:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/facts-about-sleep/coy-jandreau
<![CDATA[The Best Easter Eggs & References Hidden in Ant-Man]]> http://www.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.
The Best Easter Eggs & References Hidden in Ant-Man,

Gi-Ant - When Scott Makes A Dog Sized Ant
Toward the end of the film, with the help of some size-changing discs  we begin to see the Ant-Man crew exploring the world of making small things large, including a Thomas the Tank train and an ant the size of a dog. This somewhat foreshadows the news/rumors that Ant-Man will be turning into Giant-Man in Civil War (That's pronounced Gi...Ant-Man). 

The Triskelion - During The Shield Flashback
During the opening shot of the film ,viewers get a peak at The Triskelion, Shield's HQ that's destroyed in Winter Soldier. Here, it's still being built and very 80s. 
Eternity - During Scott's Trip To The Quantum Realm
During Scott's trip to the quantum realm there was an outline of somebody or something seen. It was extremely quick and easy to miss, but Ant-Man director Peyton Reed confirmed something was there. Considering Ant-Man's story, it is likely a reference to the trapped Janet van Dyne but there's another possibility: Eternity. The Marvel character represents all time in the universe. As Scott shrunk down to what seemed to be a horrid fate, Hank Pym's voice spoke in his head, reiterating the word, "Eternity," which may turn out not to be a coincidence.
The New Avengers Shout Out - When Scott Breaks Into Stark Industries
When Lang pays a visit to the New Avengers facility seen at the end of Age Of Ultron, we discover that it was an old Stark Industries building before being converted, which makes sense. But Lang also gets a taste of fighting super dudes when he tangles the newest Avenger, Falcon. And he wins! Not the best way to start your career off Falcon.
That Spider-Man Mention - During Luis' Monologue
During Luis' monologue over the closing montage, he mentions a character "that crawls up the walls." A clear mention to the webslinger. We guess we're not the only ones who can't wait for Civil War. Supposed this was an accident, but we'll take it anyway.
Garrett Morris' Car - When Scott Shrinks For The First Time
While there aren’t many celebrity cameos in the first Ant-Man film, but fans of Saturday Night Live and 2 Broke Girls will notice that the cab that Scott eventually lands on during his first shrinking experience belongs to actor/comedian Garrett Morris who first portrayed Ant-Man in live-action – as part of a superhero costume party skit on SNL.
Stan Lee - During Luis' Trip To The Bar
If you've seen a Marvel movie, you know that Stan Lee is going to pop up. Even though he doesn't share a scene with Rudd, Lee pops up during one of Luis' super convoluted stories as an old bartender. 
The Microverse - When Scott Shrinks Down The Quantum Realm
The Subatomic Realm shown in Ant-Man is actually a direct reference to Marvel's Microverse: a realm that Hank Pym describes as being outside the reality of time and space, and where Scott Lang seems to catch instant amnesia. With the fact that reality, time, space, and presumably mind (four of the six infinity stones) have no real bounds in the microverse, could this be the MCU's answer to escaping the power of the Infinity Gauntlet? Or Is it their way of saying that we should watch out for a Micronauts movie in Stage 4?
The Ten Rings - When Darren Cross Is Selling The Yellowjacket Suit
It wouldn’t be a true tale of Marvel Universe terrorism without a shout out to The Ten Rings. They're the group responsible for kidnapping Tony Stark in Iron Man, and the group headed by the Mandarin. When Darren Cross is shown entertaining potential buyers for his Yellowjacket armor, one man can be seen with the group’s logo tattooed on his neck.
The Wasp - During Hank's Flashback
Since The Avengers was announced, people have been looking for Ant Man and The Wasp. They are founding members of the team and it makes sense. A flashback in the film shows us how Hank’s wife, Janet van Dyne, seemingly sacrificed herself years earlier when preventing a nuclear attack. Also at the end, Hank's daughter is even given her own suit. 

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 04:02:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/antman-easter-eggs/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Apple Watch: The First Non-Dorky Wearable Tech Gadget?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/new-apple-watch-announcement/elise
We're in the salad days of wearable tech, people! Every ol' tech company is coming out with new gadgets you can attach to your body. There are now devices you wear on your wrist, your fingers, your sleeves, and your... nether regions... (weird) but the question remains: does anyone even want this stuff? And is it possible for wearable tech to be not so... dorky? Why is it all so dorky?! 

Enter Apple. On September 9, 2014 they announced the new Apple Watch. And if anyone can make dorky cool, Apple can, right? The jury is still out on how the public will react to Apple's newest wearable gadget (they won't be on the market until 2015), but it did seem like the audience in Cupertino and the live-streamers around the world were happy with what they saw. Here are 14 reasons why Apple may have just invented the first non-dorky piece of wearable tech. What do you think? Vote for your favorite new Apple Watch features and add any that you think should be on this list. 

Apple Watch: The First Non-Dorky Wearable Tech Gadget?,

You Don't Wear It On Your Face
It's on your wrist. It silently taps you when it needs to tell you something. You don't necessarily have to advertise that your wearing one, unless you want to, of course. 
You Can Play with It
Totally unnecessary features that are fun to play with = Apple's thing. Finally, now you can see where you are on planet earth, then zoom out further... a little further.. there. Now you can see where you are in the galaxy and check out the current alignment of the planets. This is just one example of the useless/fun new features you can play with. 
It's Pretty Affordable
Apple Watch starts at $349, which is peanuts compared to Google Glass's entry level price of $1,500. (Yes, yes, they are far different products, but still.)
Unlock Hotel Rooms with Your Watch
This is one of many apps that Apple discussed. W Hotels has developed an app that will integrate with Apple Watch and allow you to unlock your hotel room door with a wave of your wrist. That's some James Bond sh*t right there. 
Get Directions Without Looking Obvious
If you're walking somewhere using directions from the map, it'll give you a little tap when it's time to turn left or right. 
You Can Use Apple Watch As Your Credit Card
It works with Apple's new Apply Pay interface. 
Siri Functionality
Ask your watch questions, like "What movies are playing?" and you'll see titles, reviews and directions to theaters. Finally you can be the secret agent you always knew you were.
It's Actually Customizeable
This goes beyond snap-on faceplates (aww, remember Nokia?). The Apple Watch will come in two sizes & three collections with six different strap styles that look totally different. Aunt Sally can have her tasteful red leather watch with gold accents while Uncle Bob can finally get that neon plastic sports watch he's always wanted. Apple gives enough aesthetic choices to actually make your watch look like something you would wear. 
You Can Choose the Display
Don't want a big dorky screen saver-esque watch face on your wrist? You can choose from several displays ranging from what looks like a default Apple screen (blech) to a simple "analog" watch face. 
It Focuses on Health & Fitness
The Apple Watch has a big focus on health and fitness. It can measure body movement and calories burned. It tracks your heart rate and uses GPS to track your movement.

A nifty interface allows you to set goals and then track your progress throughout the day. These rings measure 1. calories burned throughout the day, 2. activity completed and 3. the number of times you take a "stand break." Apparently, you need at least 12 one minute "stand breaks" a day to complete that ring.

Read: you should probably get more exercise than that. 


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Tue, 09 Sep 2014 04:15:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/new-apple-watch-announcement/elise
<![CDATA[The 30 Worst Things About Being A Bartender]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-things-about-bartending/casey-cavanagh
If you need a job that brings in some quick cash on a weekly basis, bartending is a great choice. But there are some downsides to being a bartender that can make loving every second of your job nearly impossible. After all, it is not every job that the majority of people you have to deal with are consuming copious amounts of alcohol and, therefore, making clear, concise communication rather difficult. 

While not all nights are bad, there are a number of things that most bartenders, or anyone who has worked in the hospitality industry for that matter, can relate to. If you don't tend bar, it will probably be useful for you to keep these things in mind, so you know how to NOT behave if you want to get on the staff's good side next time you are out on the weekend.

Below are some of the worst things about bartending and bartender horror stories. Which do you hate the most?
The 30 Worst Things About Being A Bartender,

People Taking Forever To Order
Again, if you are the only customer in the bar, then by all means, take however long you need. But one of the worst things about bartending on a busy night is when you finally ask the person who has been flagging you down for four minutes what they want and they respond with "ummmmm......" as they rub their chin and take inventory of the bar.
Dealing With Incoherent People
No matter what your profession is, you are bound to deal with an unhappy customer from time to time. It is just a part of life. But these unhappy customers are a lot harder to deal with when they are eight drinks deep.
People Snapping At You/Waving Money
I know how to do my job. I see you standing there, and I know you have been patiently waiting for a few minutes, but snapping at me like I am an animal or waving money at me like you are the only one in here willing to pay for your drinks isn't going to entice me to get to you any sooner.
Trying To Reason With Sloppy People
One of the worst things about bartending is that you, obviously, have to deal with a lot of intoxicated people. This job would be a lot easier if people knew their limits.
Friends Expecting Free Drinks
Of course it's okay to slip them a beer here and there. But for them to expect you to do it on a regular basis is pretty unfair. Your boss wasn't born yesterday. And, even if he or she was oblivious to your generous ways, you're there to make money!
People Sending Drinks Back
If your drink is absolutely disgusting, of course you should send it back. But that doesn't make it any less annoying for the bartender who is trying to tend to 30 thirsty adults and doesn't necessarily have time for your sophisticated pallet. 
Not Having Payment Ready
This is usually the same person who flags you down for five minutes then doesn't have their order ready once you get to them.
People Questioning Your Knowledge On Drinks
One of the worst things about being a bartender is how condescending people seem to get around you. I am sure you know how to make a Manhattan, however, I am almost positive I have made many more than you. 
People Reaching Over The Bar To Get Something
This is not a free for all! I don't come into your office and help myself to your paperclips, do I?!
People Trying To Stay After Last Call
While it is great that your customers are having SO much fun enjoying the BEST NIGHT EVER, all good things must come to an end. And you have been working for 12 straight hours and really need them to leave so you can close the bar and go to bed.

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Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:19:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-things-about-bartending/casey-cavanagh
<![CDATA[The Most Fabulous Celebrity Engagement Rings]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-engagement-rings/celebrity-lists
Celebs have it all. The clothes, the looks, and the wedding rings. These stunning show-stoppers are one for the books. Price is never an issue when it comes to these unique engagement rings.

Although some of these stars may be divorced or separated now, it doesn't mean their rings will be forgotten. These were the real deal, folks, but you would be surprised at the few that remained humble. Check out below to see whose ring is the best and the worst.

The Most Fabulous Celebrity Engagement Rings,

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Of course, the famous ring, worn by Princess Diana herself, is an18-carat blue sapphire set in white gold.
Mariah Carey
In 2016, billionaire James Packer gave Mariah Carey a 35-carat engagement ring (much bigger than the 17-carat one she got from ex-husband, Nick Canon). Carey joked, "It's so heavy I can't lift my arm up!"

Ashley Hinshaw
That '70s Show star Topher Grace made the right choice when he picked out this square-cut diamond sparkler for fiancée Ashley Hinshaw
Emily Blunt
John Krasinski did good with this three-carat Edwardian diamond from Neil Lane, set in platinum.
Amal Alamuddin
Count 'em, ladies. That's 7-carats of ethically-sourced diamond ring designed by Georgey boy himself.
Rachel Bilson
Star Wars actor Hayden Christensen proposed with a two-carat solitaire worth an estimated $30,000.
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett received this vintage art deco ring that is truly one of a kind from her man, Romain Dauriac.
Beyoncé
Jay-Z got his girl an18-carat flawless diamond set in platinum and designed by Lorraine Schwartz, reportedly worth $5 million.
Amber Heard
Blinding and a little bit scandalous on how she got this rock from Johnny Depp.
Mila Kunis
Stunning but simple, Mila's beauty requires no competition from her ring.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:09:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-engagement-rings/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Greatest Female Novelists Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-female-novelists/ranker-books
The best female novelists are arguably the top and most talented women who penned some of the most popular and most influential novels of all time. These women, from around the globe over the last few centuries, changed the landscape of fiction writing with their work. These ladies are not just the best female novelists ever, but easily among the best writers of all time.

These female novelists represent many genres of literature such as romance, science fiction, fantasy, adventure and mystery, to name a few. Their works have inspired countless others and spurred numerous movie adaptations. Quite simply, these women are some of the best female authors to have ever lifted the pen.

From the classics from Agatha Christie and Jane Austen to the modern favorites from Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling, it’s hard to find a book from a female novelist on this list that isn’t a favorite of millions of readers around the world.

Which of these female novelists is the best? Share your picks by voting for your favorites, adding any not listed or re-ranking this list of the best female novelists below!
The Greatest Female Novelists Ever,

Agatha Christie

Charlotte Brontë

Harper Lee

Jane Austen

J. K. Rowling

Louisa May Alcott

Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time, A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Margaret Atwood

Mary Shelley

Virginia Woolf


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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:31:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-female-novelists/ranker-books
<![CDATA[The Best Movies That Sort of Leave You Hanging]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-open-ended-movies/anncasano
SPOILER ALERT! This list discusses the endings of many popular films.

Here’s the deal. Storytellers craft a narrative that has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Audiences spend about two hours, hopefully becoming invested in the story, and at the conclusion, there’s a payout. The writer is expected to wrap up the story, giving audiences some kind of closure. Except, of course, when a screenwriter doesn’t pen a cut and dry ending, and instead chooses to leave the audience hanging with a serious cliffhanger or otherwise open-ended movie.

This list ranks the best films that have ambiguous endings. You may ask yourself why a screenwriter would choose to leave an audience gasping, “What the heck happened, how does the story end!?” Some spectators don’t think it’s fair and feel cheated when they don’t know what really happens, while others believe that it’s sort of cool and interesting to work through plot points upon repeated viewings and attempt to analyze a conclusion.

Of course, everyone has their own interpretations of these open-ended films. For every person who watched American Psycho and thought that Patrick Bateman was really a murderer, there is another person who is absolutely positive that he was just delusional.

Controversy is just one of the reasons why these movies are so brilliant; they create thought through deconstruction. All of these films contain multiple layers, each features plot points that beg to be examined, and several ultimately blur the line between reality and fantasy. We can’t trust our eyes and we have to ask questions. We are forced to think outside the proverbial box to try to create order out of a filmmaker’s chaos.

Have a favorite open-ended film that’s not on this list? Let us know in the comments section and be sure to cast your votes for the greatest movies below, despite (or maybe because of) their ambiguous and unclear endings.

The Best Movies That Sort of Leave You Hanging,

2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick's love it or hate it sci-fi classic is divided into several slowly-paced parts. You'll need no less than 100 viewings to figure out how all the segments fit together. In a nutshell, the film explores two themes: the evolution of mankind and the perils of technology. Let the debates begin! Does Dave transform into a Starchild or even become some kind of omnipotent "God" at the end of the film?

American Psycho
Is Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) a sociopathic serial killer or just a crazy loon? Audiences spend the entire movie watching him kill people, or so it seems. The successful New York businessman is able to keep his psychotic side in the closet, until the third act when he goes totally bananas. In a hysterical state, he calls his lawyer and confesses his crimes. However, the dead bodies he was keeping around disappear into thin air. Did Bateman hallucinate killing people, or did he actually do it?

Blade Runner
In the original version of Ridley Scott's 1982 dystopian sci-fi classic, audiences were treated to  a sweet ending. Deckard and Rachel were on the road to happily ever after. However, when the director's cut was released, the original ending was thrown out the window. Was the paper unicorn dream actually a planted memory? Is Deckard a replicant? Are Rachel and Deckard actually on the run?

Donnie Darko
Time travel, alternate and tangent universes, supernatural powers, destiny, death, the end of the world, and a crazy looking rabbit. To say you need a Ph.D. in the theory of time travel to understand this movie is probably an understatement. Whether or not Donnie saves the universe at the end of the film is certainly up for debate.

Memento
There are only a couple things we know for sure about Christopher Nolan's non-linear masterpiece Memento. Leonard's (Guy Pearce) wife was brutally attacked in a home invasion that left him with short-term memory loss, so he makes it his single mission in life to find out who killed her. He has a system to help him with clues that he can't remember: tattoos, written notes, Polaroids.

However, the big twist at the end of the film makes the audience question everything. We realize that we can't trust anyone, not even Leonard (especially not Leonard), a man who is the definition of an unreliable narrator. He even says, "How can you trust a man with brain damage?" In fact, our protagonist may just be chasing his wife's supposed killer because he doesn't have anything else to do and Leonard may actually be the one who killed his wife! This is a film filled with liars who can't be trusted. At the end of the movie, which is actually the beginning of the narrative, there are more questions than there are answers.


The Shining
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) loses his mind in Stanley Kubrick's horror classic The Shining. A harsh, cold winter of solitude combined with a deadly helping of writer's block and a creepy hotel up in the mountains not only make Jack a dull boy, but they also make him want to murder his wife and son. Jack is killed at the end of the film, however his image lives on in an old photograph that we see on the wall of the hotel. Do you believe in ghosts? Is Jack now the evil spirit that haunts the hotel?

Shutter Island
This 2010 Martin Scorsese/Leonardo DiCaprio psychological thriller once again asks the question: Is the protagonist a crazy loon or is he being played? DiCaprio plays US Marshal Teddy Daniels. He and his partner (Mark Ruffalo) are sent to investigate the disappearance of a murderess on an island for the criminally insane. The plot-twisty narrative leads spectators to the possibility that Teddy may actually be a patient, not a Marshal.
Inception
Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) spends so much time inside of other people's subconscious that he needs to carry a totem, a spinning top, in order to tell what's real and what's a dream. At the end of this science fiction heist story, Cobb finally gets his kids back. He spins his top to make sure it's all real, however, writer/director Christopher Nolan cuts to black in the middle of the spin. Was it all just a dream? Is Cobb really with his kids? Is Cobb even alive?

The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan is another director with a penchant for ambiguous endings. In the final chapter of his Batman trilogy, the masked crusader dies a hero's death. Or so it seems, anyway. Perhaps, Bruce Wayne just needed to escape from the demanding life of a superhero? Does Alfred see Wayne in Vienna at the end of the film? Or is Alfred's immense grief playing tricks on him?
Black Swan
Director Darren Aronofsky is obsessed with obsession. Ballerina Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman in the Oscar-winning role) is cast as the lead in Swan Lake, the part of a lifetime for any ballerina. However, Nina's tenuous grip on reality quickly fades. By the end of the film, the ballerina has gone completely nuts, and audiences know that they can't trust any of her hallucinations. But the questions remain - did she kill Lily backstage? Did she ultimately kill herself?


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<![CDATA[The Best Political Nicknames]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-political-nicknames/mike-rothschild
Political nicknames are a tradition that stretches all the way back to the first leaders in human society. Even American presidents get nicknames. But in the last few centuries, nicknames have become almost standard issue, with almost every president, prime minister, and elected leader of any kind given some kind of nickname. Some are affectionate, some are insulting, and some are just variations on the person's name or initials.

Many of the nicknames given to presidents and prime ministers haven't stuck, and are all but forgotten. After all, how many people can say who "The Last Cocked Hat" or "Soapy George Underhen" were (President James Monroe and British Prime Minister George Canning, respectively). But many politician nicknames have become permanent fixtures, and inseparable from the person they were bestowed on. We all know "Honest Abe," "The Iron Lady," and "Slick Willie," and it's likely we always will.

Here are some of the greatest political nicknames in history, from prime ministers to congressmen.

The Best Political Nicknames,

Abraham Lincoln

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Dwight D. Eisenhower

George Washington

John F. Kennedy

Margaret Thatcher

Richard Nixon

Winston Churchill

Zachary Taylor

Abraham Lincoln - "Honest Abe"


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Wed, 23 Sep 2015 07:23:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-political-nicknames/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[The Best Dr. Seuss Books]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-dr-seuss-books/dad-of-the-year
What are the best Dr. Seuss books? Every book written by the brilliant Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) is a wonderful book. Seuss penned, and illustrated, many of the greatest children's books of all time. They are excellent books to read to your kids, too. Everyone, it seems, has at least one favorite. What is yours? Vote for the Dr. Seuss books you like the most, and feel free to re-rank this list in any order you choose.

At what age do kids begin reading Dr. Seuss books? Many parents start reading Seuss books to their children before the kiddos even know how to read. The books are whimsical, lyrical and a truly wonderful way to introduce kids to the magic of reading, after all. Dr. Seuss's nursery collection books are some of the best board books for babies and toddlers.

As kids learn to read, they'll likely love tackling some "grown up" hardcover Dr. Seuss books. They might already be familiar with the stories, and they'll love the familiarity. Dr. Seuss's greatest books, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and certainly Horton Hears a Who! are all worth revisiting, time and time again. When is the best time for a child to read Dr. Seuss? Any time. Green Eggs and Ham, for example, is without question an excellent book for first graders, but some younger children might be ready to read it much earlier.

It's really hard to pick favorites when it comes to Dr. Seuss books, but let's give it a try: Vote for the best, vote down any books you don't like and yes, add any that might be missing, too.
The Best Dr. Seuss Books,

Fox in Socks

Green Eggs and Ham

Hop on Pop

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

The Cat in the Hat

The Lorax

The Sneetches and Other Stories

Horton Hears a Who!


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Mon, 29 Apr 2013 05:10:40 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-dr-seuss-books/dad-of-the-year
<![CDATA[The Best Oscar Openings of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-oscar-openings-ever/oscar-grouch
The best Oscar opening numbers all in one place. The Oscars opening monologue often ends up stealing the opening number's thunder, it's those first Academy Award moments that set the tone of the ceremony. With the Oscars on everybody's mind, it's time to look back on some of the best Academy Awards opening sequences as we ponder what future Oscar opening skit.

This compilation of the best Oscar openings contains all the song, dance, and pageantry you'd expect from the Academy Awards. From stalwart (and frequent) Oscar host Billy Crystal, veteran award show host Hugh Jackman (whose Craigslist dancers may have put on the best Oscar dance montage in the history of the Academy Awards), and even some of the newer (riskier) Academy Awards hosts like James Franco and Anne Hathaway, this list of the top Academy Award opening skits has a little something for everyone. Each of these Academy Awards hosts had their own point of view of Hollywood to get across and the results are the best and worst Oscar opening numbers.

What Oscar host had the best opening monologue? Which Academy Awards host had the best Academy Awards opening sequence? Who was responsible for the worst Oscars opening? This video list should give you an idea of which Oscar hosts stepped up and were part of the best Academy Awards opening skits, and which of them failed to step up to the bar set by Academy Awards hosts past. If there's an Academy Awards opening number you know of that's not on this list of the best Oscar openings ever, make sure to add it so others can vote on whether or not it's truly the greatest Academy Awards opening sequence ever.
The Best Oscar Openings of All Time,

2002, Whoopi Goldberg

2010, Neil Patrick Harris Opening Number

2007, Ellen DeGeneres

1992, Billy Crystal

2009, Hugh Jackman




2010, Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin

2012, Billy Crystal

2008, Pineapple Express Opening

2013 Seth MacFarlane's 16 Minute Opening

Click Here for the full 16 minute opening including the We Saw Your Boobs song, all the Captain Kirk bits and the two dance numbers.


1999, Whoopi Goldberg


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Tue, 19 Feb 2013 08:55:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-oscar-openings-ever/oscar-grouch