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Jorts are the dumbest things I've ever seen. Next to Toms shoes. Next to the Toyota Prius. Next to d-bags taking pictures of their food. There are so many things that suck that people think are cool. For real, some of the supposed best bands ever and the greatest movies of all time are just overrated bunches of garbage.

So add the things that you think have run their course or never had a leg to stand on to begin with, like people that use their children as their profile picture. Unless you were permanently scarred and no longer recognizable after giving birth, this is not okay. (UPDATE: it has been determined this is never okay).

If there are other things that society has deemed acceptable and/or cool that are missing from the list, make sure to add them so other people can finally realize that the things they are doing (like the Harlem Shake) are just not okay.
Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are, other, popular opinion,

Facebook

The Kardashians

Justin Bieber

Tattoos

Hashtags

Smoking

Selfies

iPhones

Smoking Weed

Duck-Lips


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<![CDATA[The Greatest Living Directors]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-greatest-living-american-directors
List of the best living filmmakers (though not necessarily still actively making films.) When discussing the finest directors of all time, a few names immediately pop to mind. John Ford. John Huston. Frank Capra. But adding in the condition that they must still be living adds a level of difficulty.

Sure, you still have a few luminaries who are with us and clearly are contenders for the title - Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg. These guys are no slouches. But it starts to make the list a bit more challenging to compile, particularly when you consider the vast array of genres and styles in which these directors are working. Can John Lasseter's work in animation be directly compared to Sofia Coppola's atmospheric character studies? Can John Carpenter's '80s horror classics comfortably sit side-by-side with Wes Anderson's twee indie adventures? These are the kinds of tough calls Ranker listers are just going to have to make.

One final element to consider would be consistency. Terrence Malick has made far fewer films than most of the entrants on this list, but most (if not all) have been of a remarkably high level of quality. Does that earn him a spot above, say, Clint Eastwood, who has worked a lot but with a somewhat more spotty record? Tough choices... but isn't that what ranking is all about?
The Greatest Living Directors,

Christopher Nolan

Clint Eastwood

David Fincher

David Lynch

Francis Ford Coppola

Joel Coen

Martin Scorsese

Quentin Tarantino

Ridley Scott

Steven Spielberg


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<![CDATA[The Greatest Rivalries in Sports]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/greatest-rivalries-in-sports
The greatest rivalries in sports have pitted some of the best teams in baseball, basketball, football, and college against each other in a quest for eternal glory and bragging rights. The best sports rivalries span decades and even centuries as teams continuously meet in search of another check in the win column. Some of these match-ups pit the best sports franchises of all time against each other, while others are simply long fought feuds between cross-town competitors.

This list of the best rivalries in sports if restricted to teams only, and while there have been some great individual rivalries such as Ali vs. Frazier, Bird vs. Magic, etc, that is the topic of a separate greatest individual rivalries list. These are the eternal rivalries that make strangers hate each other based on an accent (Yankees/Red Sox), a home kit (Barcelona/Real Madrid), or a diploma (USC/UCLA). When it comes to these epic sports rivalries, you better pick a side because there's no neutral zone.

What are the best rivalries in sports? What are the top college rivalries? What teams are part of the top sports rivalries? These are some of the most anticipated sporting events of the year for die hard fans and casual viewers alike. If you know of a sports rivalry that's not yet on the list of the top rivalries in sports, make sure to add it so the people on each side of the contest can vote on whether they have as much ire for each other as the other teams on this list of the greatest rivalries in sports.
The Greatest Rivalries in Sports,

Soccer: Liverpool Vs. Manchester United

NFL: Packers vs. Bears

NHL: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings

NBA: Celtics vs. Lakers

Soccer: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

College Football: Ohio State vs. Michigan

College Basketball: North Carolina vs. Duke

College Football: Army vs. Navy

College Football: Auburn vs. Alabama

MLB: Yankees vs. Red Sox


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<![CDATA[The Best Game of Thrones Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-game-of-thrones-characters
List of the best, most interesting characters from HBO's "Game of Thrones" series. Though the complicated study of power dynamics in the fantasy kingdom of Westeros may not have too many identifiable or even sympathetic lead characters, it has nonetheless produced a wide variety of compelling, entertaining and outsized personalities, from the brutal boy king Joffrey Baratheon to his diminutive but ingenious cousin Tyrion Lannister to their rivals, the Stark family of Winterfell and the "Mother of Dragons," Daenerys Targaryen. But which characters are the true fan favorites, providing the most memorable moments and unexpected plot twists?

HBO's "Game of Thrones" show is based on the "Song of Ice and Fire" cycle of novels by fantasy author George R. R. Martin. That series - like the TV version - takes place in a medieval fantasy world, on two continents known as Westeros and Essos. The first novel in the series, also called "Game of Thrones," was published in August of 1996. This book introduced the basic narrative which would unfold over the course of the rest of the series, concerning which family would claim the Iron Throne of Westeros following the death of King Robert Baratheon. (Prior to Robert's rule, the Targaryen family had controlled the throne - and united the Kingdom of Westeros - for several generations.)

Martin has said that the series was partially based on the real "War of the Roses" that engulfed England in civil war in the 15th Century. Those conflicts concerned a rivalry between the houses of Lancaster and York, whose names clearly provided inspiration for the rival families of Lannister and Stark in the "Game of Thrones" universe.

For your fill of Game of Thrones discussion, check out more lists like the fittest females in Game of Thrones, the hated characters in Game of Thrones, or vote on which Game of Thrones death was the most satisfying.
The Best Game of Thrones Characters,

Arya Stark

Daenerys Targaryen

Tyrion Lannister

Jon Snow

Eddard Stark

Robb Stark

Jaime Lannister

Bronn

Sandor Clegane

Margaery Tyrell


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<![CDATA[The Best Sports Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-sports-movies
Here is the ultimate list of the best sports movies ever made. Most guys, even some girls can't resist a tale about mostly make believe athletes. Sports may be the overarching theme in these movies, but that doesn't mean that there's anything deeper beneath the surface. These movies allow us guys to connect with our inner emotions through hidden love stories, tales of adversity, humor and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.

At the heart of the best sports movies is relationships between the characters. Some of the best sports films like Rocky, Raging Bull and the Blind Side have either been nominated and/or won multiple Academy Awards. Others like Brian's Song, Hoosiers and Field of Dreams often times will cause viewers to feel triumphant with the characters, if they don't shed a tear as well.

But people can't resist an amazingly funny sports film. You can point to classics like Major League, Caddyshack, Bad News Bears and White Men Can't Jump as the best sports comedies.

Anyone can contribute to this list of the best sports movies, which makes this ranking an accurate, real-time reflection of the crowd's collective opinion. Rank your favorites or add whatever sports movie you see missing.
The Best Sports Movies,

Caddyshack

Field of Dreams

Hoosiers

Major League

Miracle

Remember the Titans

Rocky

Rudy

The Natural

The Blind Side


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<![CDATA[The Best Sports Franchises Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-sports-franchises-of-all-time
The best sports franchises in sports history, ranked by sports fans for sports fans. Most teams have a dynasty that only lasts for a few years. But a great sports franchise is consistently successful on and off the playing field, earning loyalty and respect from the team's fans and the sports world as a whole. Anyone can vote for their favorite franchises on this list, or add their own list of the best sports franchises to these rankings. So, whether you're a hardcore sports fan or just a fan of how certain teams play the game, this is the place to release your inner SportsCenter commentator.

What are the best sports teams of all time? Can a basketball dynasty edge out a classic baseball favorite? The fans get to decide on this list of the best sports teams ever. But remember, the top clubs aren't necessarily the most successful sports franchises. Some may have losing records overall, or have just enjoyed a few short bursts of glory, but no matter their win-lose percentages, these teams have stood the test of time and made history as the some of the favorites of all time.

The Best Sports Franchises Of All Time,

Boston Celtics

Boston Red Sox

Chicago Bulls

Detroit Red Wings

Green Bay Packers

Los Angeles Lakers

Manchester United F.C.

New England Patriots

New York Yankees

Pittsburgh Steelers


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<![CDATA[The Most Beautiful Women of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/most-beautiful-women-of-all-time
List of the most beautiful women of all time: ranked not on talent or accomplishments, but on looks alone. This is a test to see if the so-called "wisdom of the crowd" will actually be able to determine who the most beautiful woman of all time is. If you'd like to rank these women on more than their beauty, consult The Best Actresses in Film History list. This list does not only include the prettiest current actresses, but the most beautiful women in history.

So, who is the most beautiful woman ever? Of course, that woman may very well be a total unknown, but since it's impossible to list every woman who's ever existed, and one is less likely to rank people they don't know, this list will obviously be restricted to people who've achieved a fair level of celebrity. A "fair level of celebrity" is defined by being famous enough to have a profile page on Wikipedia or IMDB. Historical figures are accepted IF pictures of them are generally accepted as accurate. Add your own suggestions and this should hopefully be an ever expanding list.

These ladies are the top of the list in the conversation for sexiest woman ever and prettiest woman in the world. These are the hottest women of all time, definitely in the top 10 most beautiful women ever.
The Most Beautiful Women of All Time,

Audrey Hepburn

Brigitte Bardot

Catherine Deneuve

Charlize Theron

Elizabeth Taylor

Grace Kelly

Marilyn Monroe

Monica Bellucci

Ursula Andress

Sophia Loren


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<![CDATA[The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-tv-shows-of-recent-memory
This best TV show list represents the combined opinions of thousands of TV fans. Anyone can vote on this list of the best TV shows of recent memory, making this list a truly trustworthy way to find the best TV show. You can even add your own list to these TV show rankings.

What are the best TV shows of recent memory? Whether you're looking for the best TV shows to add to your Netflix queue or you just want to share your picks for the best TV series of the last few decades, this is the place to tune in to the tastes of TV fans around the world.
The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years,

Dexter

Friends

Lost

Seinfeld

The Big Bang Theory

The Simpsons

The X-Files

The Office

Breaking Bad

Game of Thrones


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<![CDATA[The Best War Movies Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/top-war-movies
This list ranks the best movies about war, battles, and military conflicts. These films recreate some of the most significant events in world history from a variety of perspectives and with a variety of purposes and intentions. Some top war films attempt to recreate as realistically as possible the events that they depict, either from an omniscient perspective permitted by historical study or from the point of view of the soldiers and civilians involved in the conflict itself. Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, for example, was both praised in its time and heavily criticized for bringing a "you are there" sense of realism - and little outside or cultural perspective - to a recreation of the Battle of Mogadishu. The best war movies of all time differ widely in their handling of the subject matter, but they all strike a chord with viewers now and in the time when they came out.

Some of the greatest war films use war as a backdrop to look at larger issues - such as man's inhumanity to man or the crippling impact of post-traumatic stress - or just as a meditation on war itself. Still other films like Glory and Band of Brothers examine the personal drama of a few individuals, and mine it for larger insights about the meaning of war and the impact that violence has on individual human lives.

Finally, some war films - particularly those made during the classic Hollywood era - are simply adventure films with war providing a compelling setting and situation. The Great Escape, for example, remains a classic not because of its grand ideas about the nature of war, but because it is a ceaselessly entertaining spectacle. No matter what type of film, there's no denying that these are certainly the best war movies ever.

Vote for your favorite war films to move them up the list. And if your favorites are not yet represented, make your own version of the list and add them!
The Best War Movies Ever,

300

Apocalypse Now

Black Hawk Down

Braveheart

Full Metal Jacket

Patton

Platoon

Saving Private Ryan

Schindler's List

The Bridge on the River Kwai


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<![CDATA[The Greatest Rappers of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-greatest-rappers-of-all-time
Finally, a definitive list of the best rappers of all time, ranked by fans all over the world. From the early '80s to present day, this list counts down rap's best lyricists and game changers in history. Lil' Wayne, Method Man, Jay-Z, Eminem, Andre 3000, and T.I are among the artists that appear on this amazing countdown. Rappers from all cities, both genders, and all races are all vying to be crowned the greatest rapper ever.

What makes a rapper great? There are a number of differing definitions and philosophies. Rapper J. Cole (who finds himself on the Ultimate List below) cites consistency as the most important attribute, and says it's important to look both for the big humorous "punch" lines as well as the underlying message of the rapper's songs. Nas (another MC featured on the list) focuses as well on the meaning of the songs, as well as the scale and ambition of the rapper's narratives and storytelling. (He has also gone on the record as saying that there is no such thing as the "best rapper" or "Greatest of All Time" - often abbreviated as G.O.A.T.)

Numerous different skills and attributes all must come together to make a truly legendary MC. Obviously, a rapper must display a sense of rhythm and an ability to compliment the beat in unpredictable and exciting ways. A gift for lyricism and vocabulary is similarly essential - you can have the flow of the century, but if the words don't come together to tell a compelling story or present a unique point of view, it's still not going to translate into a great hip-hop song. But of course there's also an intangible element that elevates some rappers into the ranks of the greatest of all time. Who are these rappers who stand heads above the competition? You tell us, by voting for your favorites below or making your own list of Top Rappers.
The Greatest Rappers of All Time,

Dr. Dre

Eminem

Ice Cube

Jay-Z

Nas

Rakim

Snoop Dogg

The Notorious B.I.G.

Tupac Shakur

Kendrick Lamar


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