<![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 Pictures from the ISS]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-iss-photos/carlycarano

Some of the most stunning images in existence are photos from the International Space Station. The coolest and most breathtaking ISS pictures are taken on handheld cameras operated by the astronauts. Consider the selfies possible at over 200 miles above Earth with nothing but some tethers to hold you down. 

Between work, school, friends, and updating social media it's easy to forget that we're spinning at 1,000 miles an hour on a small blue dot in the middle of an infinitely expansive chunk of Unknown. It frequently slips our minds. Luckily, we have astronauts and cameras to remind us just how far science - and humans - have come. Here are some of the most incredible pictures from the International Space Station to remind you of our place in whatever the universe even is.


The Best Pictures from the ISS, space, other,

Goodnight, Moon

This image is stunning more for its vantage point than anything else. The lens seems eye level with the moon which, of course, it isn't, but still! The moon's rotation is synchronized with Earth's, meaning that we only ever see one side of it. The other side, or "dark side," of the moon is only ever seen by human eyes from space. This photo allows little ol' us to see a side of Earth's only natural satellite that we otherwise couldn't.


Hawaiian Volcano

If this photo doesn't look like the stock wallpaper on a new computer, nothing does. The vibrant colors of this Hawaiian volcano are seen from spheres away. Photos like this one are taken on handheld cameras by the astronauts in order to document global changes as a result of human activity. Changes caused by global warming, pollution, and agricultural developments are all carefully tracked. This particular photo was taken by European astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and launched into the Twittersphere in 2015 with the message, "And suddenly as we flew over the Pacific... the island of #Hawaii with its volcanoes! #HelloEarth"


Salt Ponds, Australia

The stark contrast between the reds surrounding the Australian salt ponds and the blues of the Australian reef is a beautiful illustration of the vast variety of environments this spinning blue dot actually supports. The solar panel-looking squares are the ponds saturated in sodium, which is caused by industrial extraction. The salt extraction industry is large in Western Australia, producing an average of 3 million tons of salt each year.


Kate Rubins Sequencing DNA

Kate Rubins, cancer-biologist-turned-astronaut, is a Stanford graduate and absolute boss. She was chosen out of 3,500 applicants to study at NASA in order to bring more science to space and on her first mission she became the 60th woman in space. 

In this photo, she is seen casually sequencing DNA and making history, again. Sequencing DNA in microgravity had never been done before Rubins's contributions to NASA. Because of her work both on and off our planet, medicine is more advanced. She assisted in the development of Ebola therapies and created the first model of the small pox infection.


Higher Than the Himalayas

So this is Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth, made to look like nothing more than a mogul on a black diamond slope. Staring at this photo you have to wonder how infinitely tiny one feels after climbing Everest, and how similar that finite realization is to the ones that astronauts must feel as they take photos like this one. Photos of the highest point on Earth - from hundreds of miles above it.


The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Australia, is Earth's largest living feature. From here, it's hard to tell that the reef is made up of 2,900 individual reefs, or that it's home to over 1,500 fish species (and that doesn't even begin to count whales, or turtles, or ascidians)!


Hanging Out for Some ISS Maintenance

When something needs fixed on the Space Station, astronauts must complete the repairs. It's a three-hour preparation process just to step outside and begin whatever maintenance is required, though. The first two hours are spent decompressing to prevent any bending in the space suit, and then the astronaut must breath pure oxygen for a full 60 minutes before he or she is fit for fixin'.

Here, an astronaut is conducting some technical maintenance on the ISS, but don't worry, a seemingly string-like tether is fastened to the suit's belt, preventing a Gravity situation.


The Red Panels, White Clouds, and Blue Waters of Miami, Fl

This photo captures the space station from above as it floats over the Earth's surface. That small(ish) structure is home to numerous scientific advances in medicine, engineering, and genetics. It officially made its debut as a national laboratory in 2005. The entire structure is 356 feet by 240 feet - relatively tight quarters for trips that can last five months.


Shine On, Star Trails, Shine On

This photo looks like it popped straight out of Back to the Future. The star trails in the photo are captured by using a longer exposure time to accurately depict the speed of Earth's rotation. As though floating more than two hundred miles above Earth isn't enough material for an existential crisis, watching just how quickly our home planet rotates might send an under-qualified space explorer into a tail spin. 


Scandinavia at Night

The planet and its appearance is forever altered by man. This incredible photo, for example, displays a stunning view of Earth's surface from the space station. Our spinning blue dot of dust is sprinkled with twinkling lights that simply didn't exist a millisecond ago on the cosmic calendar. The glittering surface of our planet nearly mirrors the stars in the sky. Light pollution awareness aside, this photo is a beautiful reminder of the billions of little lives that shine on that suspended globe.



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:20:02 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-iss-photos/carlycarano
<![CDATA[NBA Players Most Likely to be the 2017 MVP]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/nba-players-most-likely-to-be-2017-mvp/jared-clark

Every year, the NBA names one player as the league's MVP. It's one of the highest honors in sports, given to the best players in the game, whose skills, determination, and leadership help propel their teams to victory. 

So who will be the 2017 NBA MVP? Will James Harden clinch the trophy for the first time, or will it go to LeBron James for the fifth? Can Steph Curry lead the Warriors to the championship and earn the prize in back-to-back years?

Take a look below and vote up the players you think have the best odds of winning the MVP trophy. 


NBA Players Most Likely to be the 2017 MVP,

Kevin Durant

LeBron James

Stephen Curry

James Harden

Russell Westbrook

Anthony Davis

Kawhi Leonard

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Joel Embiid

Karl-Anthony Towns


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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:01:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/nba-players-most-likely-to-be-2017-mvp/jared-clark
<![CDATA[The 15 Dumbest New Pokemon in Sun and Moon]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dumb-new-sun-and-moon-pokemon/nikoberi

There are lots of Pokemon released each generation and, unfortunately, they can't all be winners. Some of the dumb new Pokemon in Sun and Moon definitely prove that this is still very much true. While the games both feature strong lineups of Pokemon, they also have some new ones like Type: Null, Alola Dugtrio, and Incineroar that can all compete for the title of worst Sun and Moon Pokemon. 

Still, part of what makes Pokemon awesome is that it features such a wide variety of cool and dumb Pokemon characters. Keep reading below to see all of the worst new Pokemon in Sun and Moon.


The 15 Dumbest New Pokemon in Sun and Moon,

Oranguru

Oranguru provides a terrifying look at the hypothetical combination of an orangutan and a geisha. Somebody get these fashion items away from this Pokemon, it should not be allowed to have a feather boa or a fashion fan.


Gumshoos

Gumshoos looks like Donald Trump at the end of No Shave November. There, have fun unseeing that.


Alola Dugtrio

Alola Dugtrio looks like somebody on the Pokemon design team saw a silly meme or some mashup fan art and said, "Screw it, why not?"


Alola Persian

So this is what a Garfield/Pokemon crossover looks like. Honestly, this little fellow is pretty cute, especially if you have an affinity for house cats. That's part of the problem, though. The resemblance to your neighbor's tabby is a little too pronounced. 


Charjabug

Look at this oddly symmetrical, glazed-over looking bug. When he's not appearing in PSAs daring kids to say no to drugs, Charjabug doubles as a really terrible Transformers toy, one of the many that look nothing like the thing they're supposed to look like when in disguise.


Guzzlord

Guzzlord looks like it was designed by somebody who didn't understand what made the alien from Alien interesting or scary. It has two weird mouth/claw/tongues, but rather than coming across as cool or even threatening, it's just ridiculous.


Alola Geodude

Finally, an answer to the eternal question, "What does a rock look like when it's going through puberty?" Alola Geodude needs a haircut and an eyebrow waxing.


Bewear

There's no problem with a cute Pokemon, really, so long as it still looks reasonably sharp and not like a calculated attempt to create plush toys. Bewear is on the wrong side of the "reasonably sharp" divide, instead feeling like a Pokemon that was designed by committee and looks like one that was drawn and colored by a preschooler. 


Alola Exeggutor

You know all those spam emails promising to extend your manhood and bestow upon you "longer wood?" This is what it gets you. Bigger, longer Exeggutor is the bastard spawn of a disabled brontosaurus and a palm tree. Genius.


Alola Raticate

The corpulent frame and eyes full of hate make him look like an elementary school class's pet hamster - that's not a good look for a Pokemon. Raticate is not a creature to which future Pokemon designers should aspire.



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:31:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/dumb-new-sun-and-moon-pokemon/nikoberi
<![CDATA[9 Reasons Why No Man's Sky Is Actually Just Way Too Damn Smart for You]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/no-mans-sky-is-too-smart-for-you/justin-andress

You don't want to hear it, but you need to. You're not going to like it, but here it is: No Man's Sky is smarter than you. 

That's right, No Man's Sky isn't actually bad. It's just that you've been playing No Man's Sky wrong. When the game was first announced, it became one of the most anticipated titles of 2016. Fans were incredibly excited to delve into Sean Murray’s procedurally-generated universe of 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 planets. They were hoping for the ultimate space-faring, open-world title, one that would allow them to trade and fight and talk their way across the universe. For a brief time, Sean Murray was seen as the herald of a new way to play video games.

Then, the title released. And though it was a genuinely new kind of video game, No Man’s Sky wasn’t the revolution everyone wanted, and gamers were righteously pissed off. They went to exhaustive lengths to castigate the developer they’d previously deified. But that's what everyone got wrong about No Man's Sky. The game is executed perfectly as is. In spite of all the bitching and the anger, and the endless number of burned Sean Murray effigies, No Man’s Sky is a gaming revolution.

You were just looking at it the wrong way.


9 Reasons Why No Man's Sky Is Actually Just Way Too Damn Smart for You,

No Man’s Sky Is About the Journey

Rare is the game that’s truly about the time you spend inside it. When it comes right down to it, most major titles are about the endings. Even huge open-world games like Bethesda’s celebrated Elder Scrolls series - in which players can spend weeks of real-world time tromping through dungeons and fighting monsters - is still about getting to the end. Bethesda is just smart enough to provide lots of little endings to keep players moving forward: the end of the dungeon, the end of the quest, the end of the story, etc.

In No Man’s Sky, the end is but another beginning. The point of the experience is to travel, it’s to see the expanded universe and truly explore every nook and cranny. There aren’t any shiny baubles waiting for you, it’s exploration for exploration’s sake. If you’re going into No Man’s Sky looking for treasure, you came to the wrong game.


Solitude Is an Integral Part of the Journey

You have the option to share what you’d like to share, but if you want, No Man’s Sky can be a completely private experience. More private than any other title ever released. Because the universe is so huge, no one else who ever lives will ever play the game the same way as you do.

Huge is actually an understatement. It would take 585 million years to fully explore every single inch of No Man’s Sky. Even if someone wanted to mimic your footsteps, they couldn’t. The experience was built to foster a feeling that the individual sights and sounds you experience while playing are yours and yours alone.


Maybe You’re Just Not High Enough

If you’re a frequent redditor, you may have run across r/NoMansSkyTheGame. On a social media platform where all manner of dubious activity takes place (including a popular subreddit devoted to saying nice things about Donald Trump), r/NoMansSkyTheGame is one mean place. What began as a subreddit devoted to extolling the virtues of the game soon turned into a poisonous exercise in abusing Hello Games. Take for example, this post titled: “I'm curious, is there anyone still unclear that NMS was a massively successful cash-grab and little else?”

Things are so bad on the official subreddit that some players have had to retreat to corners of their own to talk about how much they genuinely enjoy No Man’s Sky. Easily one of the best is r/NoMansHigh, which - in the creator's words - is “a chill place to talk about the game and share our experiences of it. I'd noticed attitudes in the main sub had changed and it was bumming me out, that's it.”

As a result, r/NoMansHigh has become a place where people who enjoy the game can actually post pictures and ask questions and generally engage in the kind of community Sean Murray intended.


It’s Not Play How You Want to Play, It’s Proceed How You Want to Proceed

A few weeks before No Man’s Sky hit store shelves, Hello Games began to release a series of videos that highlighted the various gameplay aspects of No Man’s Sky. Released under the titles "Fight," "Explore," "Survive," and "Trade," these videos gave a hint at the various ways that people could proceed through the galaxy. A lot of gamers took these videos - quite understandably - as insight into how they’d play the game. To some extent that was true.

However, the various mechanics at the fringe of No Man’s Sky aren’t meant to fill up the entire gameplay experience. You can fight to earn the materials to further explore the galaxy or you can trade to earn them, but the core No Man's Sky experience always leads back to exploration. Sure, there are bells and whistles to break up traveling between planets, but these are just the means to continue your journey, not the point of the journey itself.


Remember, It’s an Indie Game (They Just Charged $60 Because You Were Willing to Pay $60)

In the run up to the release of No Man’s Sky, the amount of hype surrounding the game helped a lot of gamers forget the fact that Hello Games has less than twenty employees. It is, by its very definition, an indie studio. Though No Man’s Sky was billed as a Triple-A title, it was - in reality - a very ambitious indie game.

In other words, the expectations for the title should have been firmly set at “indie,” a field of the gaming industry that’s imminently more forgiving and open to experimentation. Instead, the hype train put No Man's Sky in the same class as titles like Call of Duty, where it did not belong.


If You’re Listening to the Hype, You’re Listening to a Bunch of Crazy People

If you’re somehow a gamer who has yet to pick up the title and you’re still on the fence about it, don’t base your opinion on the people who are still railing against the title. 

These guys are straight up fanatics, who began their time with No Man’s Sky by literally comparing Sean Murray to Jesus and now fill their days re-writing Eminem songs to capture their heartbreak. They’re a weird bunch, so you don’t want to go making big decisions based on their obsessions.


Drop Your Pre-Conceived Notions of an Online World

Initially, when Sean Murray explained that No Man’s Sky would all take place in the same, persistent Universe, people got excited. Even though Murray and Hello Games repeatedly told people not to expect a big multiplayer component to No Man’s Sky, players still began to wonder at the possibilities.

We should have listened, because No Man’s Sky isn’t World of Warcraft.

Days after the game released, two real world players actually did manage to find one another. The only catch was that they couldn’t see each other. The only way either player could confirm that they were occupying the same space was to chat outside the game.

Hanging out with other players wasn’t what Murray had in mind when he said “online” or “interaction among players.” Murray was building a universe for us to share with one another via our stories and pictures - our mementos. He wasn’t trying to put out yet another game where you can race your pal from Point A to Point B.


Of Course Hello Games Lied, All Game Developers Lie (Seriously, All of Them)

It’d be foolish to try and suggest that Hello Games didn’t get caught up in the hype train itself. At various times throughout the production of No Man’s Sky the developers at Hello Games touted gameplay features that didn’t show up in the final game. Things like different classes of ships, more varied planetary physics, and the importance of interacting with different factions were all promised, and then abandoned as the developers worked to hone the core experience.

Here’s the thing, though. All game developers everywhere lie. Remember when Destiny was supposed to have more in it than just grinding through dungeons? Remember when Watch Dogs was going to be unlike any other video game before it? 

Even hits like The Witcher 3 endure complaints from gamers who claim they lied about the final product. It’s rampant throughout the industry, people, so let’s not pretend that Hello Games invented exaggeration.


Murray’s Original Vision Was Achieved Spectacularly

Let’s start here, with a quote from Sean Murray back when he was still beloved. When No Man’s Sky was first announced, Murray explained that the tech behind the game was something really special. It was an entire universe all crafted from one immensely complicated algorithm. In Murray’s universe, players could explore billions and billions of procedurally-generated, uncharted planets teeming with bizarre, alien life. The universe was so big that even Murray and his team at Hello Games would be unable to see every one. 

Murray said at the time, “We wanted to create the feeling of landing on a planet and knowing that no one had ever been there before. That is the one thing that has been there since the very start of the game.” It’s the sensation of exploration that’s fueled the development of No Man’s Sky, folks, not sweet-ass space battles.



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:01:34 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/no-mans-sky-is-too-smart-for-you/justin-andress
<![CDATA[19 Ways to Drastically Improve The Walking Dead]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-to-improve-the-walking-dead/lisa-waugh

This is not a Sanctuary: spoilers lurk below. 

There are several reasons why this season of The Walking Dead sucks. Some of those include Glenn’s fake death last season, and his real death in the first episode of this season. That Negan cliffhanger was awful, the excruciating season premiere wasn't much better, and was followed by long, boring episodes with just a few gems sprinkled in. What in the hell is going on with The Walking Dead?!

Ratings have steadily dropped since the Season 7 premiere, and how will showrunners Scott Gimple and David Kirkman stop the hemorrhaging? Maybe it’s time to seriously consider ways to improve The Walking Dead, besides more Daryl nudity. But, yeah, more Daryl nudity wouldn’t hurt.

One of the many mistakes The Walking Dead is making is that it’s simply not keeping up with the times. TV is the new frontier of visual storytelling, with bolder and faster paced storylines. What might have worked even five years ago, doesn’t work today. Since Kirkman first created the comic series 13 years ago, it wouldn’t be a crime to seriously deviate from the source material like other shows (cough, Game of Thrones, cough) have done, with great success. 

We need The Walking Dead to stop sucking and we need that suckage to stop now. Here are a few ways TWD could pull out of the nose dive before it crashes into a quarry filled with walkers.


19 Ways to Drastically Improve The Walking Dead,

Enough with the Slow Burn

We get it. Rick is tortured and he’s lost it again. And he’s a kicked dog now, but just you wait until he formulates a plan to take down Negan and... are we really doing this again? Season 7 will end with Rick snapping out of it and killing Negan in a full-on display of revenge or something like that. It’s time to keep up with the changing times and do something different. Unless of course there’s a huge twist planned to end all twists, but even that feels tired and beaten to death these days (just like Glenn).


Listen to the Viewers

Yes, we know you are experienced TV people over there at AMC, but sometimes listening to fans can save your show. Maybe Scott Gimple and the writers already listen, but there seems to be a bit of arrogance, or at the very least, a well-constructed bubble from which the show operates. Of course, you can’t produce a show by committee, but you can take the time to seriously consider the consequences of your actions. Fans were trying to tell the writers and creators about that cliffhanger at the end of Season 6 and what they got was, “Trust us. We know what we’re doing.” How long should fans wait to be heard?


Take a Deep Deviation from the Source Material

Like, really deviate from the comics. Game of Thrones has proven that writers can take a serious swing away from the source material and still hold the audience’s attention. Okay, fine. Some fans hate that about the show, but for the sake of argument: When Frank Darabont created Daryl, he may have shorted some characters from the comic books, but he gave us a hugely popular and welcomed departure from the expected. Why can’t Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman keep the surprises coming? Maybe they believe that little twists are enough. But they aren’t. We get the Wolves and the Oceanside settlement when we really want to see more episodes like "The Grove" and "The Same Boat." 


Make Rick a True Badass

We’re sick of tortured, unstable Rick. How about sharp, edgy, wily Rick who outsmarts the villains at every turn, but who still has to go to battle. Maybe that’s where he’s headed at the end of Season 7, but we thought that’s where he landed after The Governor, after biting out Joe the Claimer’s throat, after Carl got shot, after Alexandria’s walls fell, after... you get the point. Watching him lose it is getting very, very old. Just be the badass you want to see in the world, Ricktator.

 


Reveal the Origins of the Plague, Find a Cure

Before you throw your eye bandage across the room, it might be time to find out what Kirkman has promised never to reveal. Because the revelation could mean a possible new way to live in this world, and it doesn’t mean that everything needs to be hunky dunky. The endless settlements and villains may work on paper, but the screen needs a new mission and vision.


The Bad Decision Making Has to Stop

In search of a plot device and in order to create a manageable shooting schedule, characters end up separating, silly decisions are made, and we’re left yelling at the screen. Well, we used to. Now, there’s just incoherent mumbling. We can’t blame Rick for making such shoddy decisions. He’s only as useful as the writers will let him be.


Use Extended Episodes to Advance the Plot - Not Navel Gaze

Watching Morgan go zen in that 90 minute episode in Season 6 was satisfying for some and exasperating for many. "Wasted screen time," many shouted. Fans are less inclined to put up with extended episodes featuring characters like Tara when the core cast doesn’t even get this kind of love. Again, where’s the extended episode for Michonne, Daryl, Maggie, Carol, or, hell, even Eugene?


Stop Jerking Viewers Around in General

Promising a crazy hell ride of a season and delivering burnt toast is not going to endear you to fans. Faking them out is no fun either. Obviously everyone works their tails off to make this show and there’s a ton of love for the show still, but we’re not bonding on the set with you, guys. We’re over here ready to support, enjoy, and share the love. Don’t get cocky.


No More Boneheaded Cliffhangers

See what happened there, guys? Not only did you pull a "Who Shot J.R.?" in 2015/2016, you took nearly a half hour in the season premiere to reveal who got Lucilled. You’re playing with fire, dudes. Fans have lots of other shows to invest in, and time is precious. Plus, modern TV viewers aren't morons. Give them a little credit? Just a little. 


Pick Up the Pace

The season premiere was a frustrating, gut wrenching whopper and then… crickets. It’s dangerous to kill off two fan favorites in your premiere and then go take a nap for the next several episodes.



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:01:30 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-to-improve-the-walking-dead/lisa-waugh
<![CDATA[The Best Pictures from the Hubble Telescope]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cool-hubble-pictures/carlycarano

Photos from the Hubble telescope are out of this world. For decades this trusty telescope has pushed the limits of space exploration and furthered scientific discovery. Since its launch in 1990 and five reparative space missions, Hubble has delivered some of the coolest photos in existence. These pictures are some of the best insights we mere earthlings have into the vast and incredibly overwhelming depths of our universe. Although contemplating space, time, or black matter may launch even the strongest among us into an existential crises, these Hubble photos are well worth a peek - you might actually get sucked in.


The Best Pictures from the Hubble Telescope,

A Complex Galaxy Cluster Comes Into Focus

The Frontier Fields program is one of several programs dedicated to widening our understanding of space through the visual technologies on the Hubble. This program in particular focuses on observing six huge galaxy clusters. Each cluster is a conglomerate of thousands of unique galaxies such as this one - MACS J071. This is one of the most intricate and complicated galaxy clusters discovered to date. This photo shows the striking colors of a conception that occurred by the collision of four other galaxy clusters.


A Different Pale Blue Dot

The next time you wish upon a star, try to find a Wolf-Rayet. Wolf-Rayet nebulas are monster stars. They are absolutely massive, incredibly hot, and really rare. There are only 500 discovered in the Milky Way and we only know of a few more by visiting our neighbor galaxies. These stars are bigger than a hundred of our suns combined (sometimes more) and can reach temperatures of over 120,000 degrees.


Scarlet Stellar Shrapnel

Light can travel around the world seven times per second. Here, we're seeing the light remnants of an explosion that occurred thousands of years ago, from approximately 160,000 light years away. Just a little perspective: a thousand years ago, gun powder was used for the first time in China. That explosion happened at relatively the same time as this scarlet one and we're just seeing it now.


Starlight Long After It's Gone

This fairy dust is actually ionized gas blowing through the atmosphere thousands of years after its star's death. So much of the vibrancy of space comes from the expiration of star matter and so much of our ability to see it depends on Hubble. The trajectory of human technology and the trajectory of this thousand-year-old starlight happened to coincide in a single shot taken by the Hubble. A gorgeous illustration of the intricacy of science and nature is immortalized here by a bang and a flash.


The Stars in Hubble's Eyes

This globular cluster named Musca ("the fly") is one of about 150 known in our galaxy. This cluster is sparkly illustration of what existed thousands of years before. The light from these stars, reaching our eyes not too long ago, was emitted even before the most basic telescope existed.


Zoom Zoom Zoom, Make My Heart Go Boom Boom (This Is a Supernova, Girl)

Humans have been keeping their eyes on this guy for centuries. It's a star system called Eta Carinae - but he peaked early. Eta Carinae reached its brightest point in 1843. About a hundred years later, this star system was completely invisible without a telescope. Since then, the star's brightness has fluctuated and become visible to the naked eye once again, but the level of intensity has never increased to match or surpass its shining moment of the 19th century.

 

 


The Large Magellanic Cloud

The Large Magellanic Cloud is a satellite galaxy cautiously orbiting the Milky Way. A mere 200,000 light years from Earth, it's the third closest galaxy to our own. Although Hubble managed to snap a more detailed image of the gaseous glow from this neighbor galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud is visible to the naked eye - take a look here!


The Death of a Star

In this photo, Hubble captured a star in its final years of life. When a star dies, layers of hydrogen and helium are shed from the star's center, causing it to dim. These layers are the bright, spherical bubbles surrounding the core. The older the star, the wider its spherical output.


Stars Forming at the Speed of Light

This photo looks like that episode of The Magic School Bus when Miss Frizzle takes the kids into the cardiovascular system of an unsuspecting person. They whip around in there for a while dodging blood cells and driving dangerously close to vital arteries until she manages to deliver them safely home. Of course, that was a cartoon. This, however, is an image of the insides of a very real, very hot, galaxy within our galactic neighborhood. It's called NGC 1569 and is producing stars at the speed of light as we speak.


Horsehead Nebula Rearing in Space

The Horsehead Nebula, or Barnard 33, rears its head in the midst of the constellation Orion. The mushroom cap of gas and dust is captured here by Hubble in infrared light. The use of this light causes the gas to appear softer and more intricate, where using normal light would result in a denser and less detailed composition. Although the image appears fluffy, it is far from dissipating. Scientists predict the main pillar in the nebula will exist for another 5 million years.



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:11:16 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/cool-hubble-pictures/carlycarano
<![CDATA[NFL Players Most Likely to Be the 2016 MVP]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/nfl-players-most-likely-to-be-the-2016-mvp/jared-clark

Every year, the NFL names one player as the league's MVP. It's one of the highest honors in sports, given to the best players in the game, whose skills, determination, and drive help win game after game. MVPs are almost always natural leaders, guiding a team to a winning postseason and, as many have done in the past, the Super Bowl

So who will be the 2016 NFL MVP? Will Tom Brady receive the award for the third time, even after sitting out the first four games of the season with a suspension? Will Ezekiel Elliott run his way past the competition and become the first rookie MVP in history (Jim Brown won the AP MVP award, but not the NFL MVP award)? 

Take a look below and vote up the players you think have the best odds of winning the coveted MVP trophy. 


NFL Players Most Likely to Be the 2016 MVP,

Julio Jones

Matthew Stafford

Matt Ryan

Sean Lee

Tom Brady

Derek Carr

Antonio Brown

Ezekiel Elliott

Amari Cooper

Dak Prescott


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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:01:30 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/nfl-players-most-likely-to-be-the-2016-mvp/jared-clark
<![CDATA[15 Mario Kart Shortcuts & Exploits That Guarantee Glorious Victory]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-mariokart-shortcuts/cassie-muniz

In Mario Kart, driving in reverse or into a body of water may not seem like the best tactic. But on certain courses, straying from the designated path might just be the best trick to securing a first-place finish.

From alternate pathways to unintended glitches, there are hundreds of potential shortcuts across the video game series. Some are easy to find and complete, while others require expert-level execution. By mastering these awesome Mario Kart shortcuts, you can shed anywhere from seconds to minutes off of your races and beat your friends every time.

You'll find that the best shortcuts in Mario Kart are often those that exploit design flaws, allowing you to jump through walls and skip entire laps. Despite being patched for online play, you can still exploit these glitches when you play offline. 

Keep reading below for the most helpful and exciting Mario Kart shortcuts you never knew existed.


15 Mario Kart Shortcuts & Exploits That Guarantee Glorious Victory,

Minecart Pathway - Wario's Gold Mine (Nintendo Wii)

Instead of following the arrows, take the left path at the fork, and avoid bumping into the carts of gold.   


Wall Jump Glitch - Wario Stadium (Nintendo 64)

After passing the finish line, use one of the dirt hills to hop over the left wall. Once you've made it over, you can take your shortcut to the extreme by immediately looping back around and jumping over the wall again. With this trick, you can complete a lap in less than 10 seconds.


Dock Jump - Delfino Square (Nintendo DS)

When you come out from the alleyways between buildings, make a quick left, then use a boost to jump over the water and onto the dock. Drive up the dock and back onto the designated track.


Jumping Off the Road - Rainbow Road (Nintendo 64)

At the beginning of the race, boost past the third yellow line and then jump over the left railing. The goal is to time it so that you land on (or at least touch) the road below, and thus skip a portion of the course. If you miss the landing completely, Lakitu will bring you back to the start. This is a classic high-risk, high-reward Mario Kart shortcut. 


Jumping to the Finish Line - Waluigi Stadium (GameCube)

After you pass the large piranha plants, drift up the left wall so that you gain enough air and fall forward toward the large ramp. If you succeed, Lakitu will think you've fallen in a pit, and he'll drop you off near the finish line.


Prolonged Boost Glitch - All Courses (SNES)

As you approach a wall or barrier, use a mushroom and then hop into the wall. Your boost will now remain active for an extended period of time - so long as you don't bump into anything. This glitch can help you lead the race on all tracks. Your friends will hate you for it. 


Little Mouser Glitch - Cheese Land (Game Boy Advance)

Immediately drive in a clockwise circle until you come back around toward the finish line, then boost directly into the little mouser. This glitch will allow you to complete a time trial in just five seconds.


Train Track Tricks - Kalimari Desert (Nintendo 64)

When the race begins, let some of the others take the lead so you can guarantee that you get a star. Drive left into the train tunnel until you're all the way in, then turn around and use the star. This glitch will bump you to your second lap.

Alternatively, if you have a red shell, drive all the way through the tunnel. Then, use the shell to knock yourself over the barrier and back onto the dirt path. You can use this shortcut on any lap. 

At the second train intersection, there is another possible shortcut: with a star on hand, turn left onto the tracks, then use the item right before entering the tunnel. You will move on to the next lap, despite not crossing the finish line. This shortcut will only work on the first two laps.


Sky Jump - Sky Garden (Game Boy Advance)

Shortly after the finish line, there is a yellow jump pad on the right side of the path. If you use a mushroom while driving over the jump, you should be able to make it across the large gap. This course has a couple of other jump pads that can be used to skip ahead, too.


Backwards Bounce - Mushroom Gorge (Nintendo Wii)

Before driving onto the wooden bridge, turn around and boost onto the giant mushroom. Perform a trick so that you reach the rock wall, and then wheelie along it until you land back on the track. When you cross the finish line, you'll be on your next lap. 



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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:01:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-mariokart-shortcuts/cassie-muniz
<![CDATA[18 Hella Ludicrous Stories About Steven "Hella Ludicrous" Seagal]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ludicrous-steven-seagal-stories/robert-f-mason

The '80s and '90s were a golden age for American action films. The genre launched the careers of icons like Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mel Gibson, along with a whole pantheon of popular B-listers such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, and an intriguing martial-arts-instructor-turned-movie-star named Steven Seagal.   

Seagal's fighting style was aikido (he was the first foreigner to operate an aikido dojo in Japan), which focuses on blocks, parries, throws, and other defensive moves, so his action scenes were unlike anything in American movies at the time. And so was Seagal himself. It wasn't long before some truly crazy Steven Seagal stories began to emerge, and he developed a reputation as one of the strangest and most difficult-to-work-with stars in the industry.

There are a lot of insane things about Steven Seagal, and this list looks at some of the weirdest and most troubling ones that have emerged over the years. From his obscure music career to his new status as "Russian citizen Steven Seagal" and the fact that he's a living god (no lie!), there's a reason he's continued to fascinate us over the years. And now Russia gets to have Steven Seagal, too!


18 Hella Ludicrous Stories About Steven "Hella Ludicrous" Seagal,

He Crapped His Pants When a Judo Legend Choked Him Out

According to some accounts, as Segal's star rose high in the Hollywood sky, he began to believe his own hype. Apparently, at the height of his fame, he once claimed to be immune to a judo choke hold. To prove this claim, he instigated stunt man and martial arts legend Gene LeBell to choke him. LeBell obliged

As it turns out, Seagal was not, and probably still is not, immune to judo. LeBell choked ol' Stevie until he passed out and crapped his pants. 


He's the 17th Reincarnation of a Venerated Tibetan Treasure Revealer

Penor Rinpoche, a venerated Tibetan Buddhist monk believed to be a reincarnation of Indian monk Vimalamitra, recognized Steven Seagal as the reincarnation of Chungrag Dorje, a treasure revealer who founded a Tibetan monastery. As Rimpoche explained

In February of 1997 I recognized my student, Steven Seagal, as a reincarnation (tulku) of the treasure revealer Chungdrag Dorje...

Traditionally a tulku is considered to be a reincarnation of a Buddhist master who, out of his or her compassion for the suffering of sentient beings, has vowed to take rebirth to help all beings attain enlightenment. To fulfill this aspiration, a tulku will generally need to go through the complete process of recognition, enthronement and training.

Rimpoche went on to clarify that, while Seagal is recognized as the reincarnation of an important man, he should not be thought of as a holy person. 

In the case of Steven Seagal, he has been formally recognized as a tulku, but has not been officially enthroned. He has also not undergone the lengthy process of study and practice necessary to fully realize what I view as his potential for helping others. 

Rinpoche even addressed Seagal's career in his statement:

As for Steven Seagal's movie career, my concern is with the qualities I experienced within him which relate to his potential for benefiting others and not with the conventional details of his life which are wholly secondary. Some people think that because Steven Seagal is always acting in violent movies, how can he be a true Buddhist? Such movies are for temporary entertainment and do not relate to what is real and important.


Steven Seagal, Vegetarian, Animal RIghts Activist, and PETA Honoree

Steven Seagal, a vegetarian, has worked with PETA to dissuade consumers from purchasing fur products, in contradiction to his puppy-and-chicken killing activities on reality television.

In 1999, Seagal was decorated with a PETA Humanitarian Award for preventing the export of baby elephants from South African to Japan. In 2003, he wrote a letter to the government of Thailand asking the country to consider legislation preventing the torture of baby elephants. He similarly wrote to the prime minister of India regarding cows. 

According to the Animal Liberation Front, "Seagal believes in reincarnation: 'When I walk into a room some people see a dog, some people see a cow. I am all of what they see. It is their perception.'" Films like On Deadly Ground and Fire Down Below reflect Seagal's stance on animals and the environment. 


He Is a Citizen of, and Cultural Institution in, Serbia

In January 2016, months before making headlines for being ordained a Russian citizen by Vladimir Putin, Seagal was granted citizenship in Serbia. Though perhaps random to the outside world, the presentation of citizenship to Seagal came perfectly naturally to many Serbs. In addition to being a hugely popular musician in the country, Seagal has trained Serbian special forces in aikido, met with the country's president and other top officials, and hopes to one day open a dojo in Belgrade. 

A passionate defender of the character of the Serbian people, Seagal has vowed to do all he can to promote a positive international image of Serbia, to combat what he feels are unfair prejudices based on the country's role in the Balkan conflict. 


Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Seagal: A Towering Figure in Modern American Literature

A profile in Vanity Fair says it all:

One day, an executive walked into Seagal's trailer and found Hollywood's reigning manly man... weeping. 'Oh, I'm reading this script,' Seagal explained, still misty. 'It's the most incredible script I've ever read.'

'That's fantastic,' the executive said, 'Who wrote it?'

Seagal didn't miss a beat. 'I did,' he replied.


He Tells Dubious Tales About His Past

It's easy to see why Steven Seagal wanted to be a movie star. He loves making up stories. Supposedly, he was a student of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. Ueshiba died in 1968, when Seagal was 14. If this story is true, Seagal was living alone in Japan at 13 or 14. There are reports of Seagal hanging around Ueshiba's studio in the late '60s/early '70s, though it's unlikely his time there overlapped with when Ueshiba was teaching.

Seagal also claims he helped train CIA agents in Japan, telling the Los Angels Times, "They saw my abilities, both with martial arts and with the language. You could say that I became an advisor to several CIA agents in the field and through my friends in the CIA, met many powerful people and did special works and special favors." His wife at the time denies he was involved with the CIA, but isn't that what the CIA would want her to say?

What else? Well, Ol' Steven has said he's of Italian descent, but his his mom says he's Jewish and Irish. He also apparently fought the yakuza with the help of the American Mafia, as one does. Oh, and he's supposedly one of the world's foremost experts on swords, claiming he's regularly retained by auction houses for authentification purposes.


He Has a Way with Women. A Very Bad Way

Steven Seagal is a movie star. It should be easy for him to hook up with lovely ladies, like all the characters he plays in his movies. But he just keeps messing this up.

He sexually harassed Jenny McCarthy in a bizarre and repulsive encounter she describes thus:

I'm listening to him go on and on about how he found his soul in Asia and is one with himself and whatever. When I said, "Well, I'm ready to read," he said, "Stand up, you have to be kind of sexy in the movie and in that dress, I can't tell." I stand up and he goes, "Take off your dress."

He also sexually harassed Ray Charles's granddaughter, Blair Robinson ("It became clear to me that he wanted and expected sexual favors as part of my job duties."). And four office assistants on the set of Out For Justice, a movie that could be construed as a sexual assault on the art of cinema. His ex-wife, Kelly LeBrock, was so frightened after their divorce she basically went into hiding in the wilds of Santa Barbara.

On top of all that, a former assistant filed a lawsuit against Seagal, alleging sexual harassment, sex trafficking, false representation about employment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. According to Jiu-Jitsue Times, "Kayden Nguyen accuses the actor of sexually abusing her three times, and in one situation, she had to escape Seagal’s home in New Orleans. Nguyen claims Seagal keeps two Russian attendants who have to be ready for him at all times."


A Mystical Dog Saved His Dojo

Apparently, while Seagal was living in Japan in the '70s, he met a mystical dog. He described feeling as though he'd known the animal, which was all white and wore no collar, his entire life. The dog lived with Seagal for a few days. On the final day of its stay, it flew into a barking fit, alerting Seagal that his aikido dojo was on fire. The warning allowed Seagal and friends to extinguish the flames and save the dojo. The dog vanished while they were doing so, and ol' Stevie never saw it again. 


He's Buddies with Putin, Who Made Seagal a Russian Citizen

Who doesn't want Steven Seagal to be a citizen of their country? Russia got lucky here, really. Steven was probably open to this because Russia's run by a kindred spirit of his, Vladimir Putin. As Claire Suddath wrote in Bloomberg in 2013, before Seagal was granted citizenship by the modern czar himself, 

As it turns out, Seagal and Putin pal around quite a bit. The actor has dined with the Russian leader, gone with him to sporting events, and attended state functions. The two “have long been friends and regularly meet each other,” Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Russian Itar-Tass News Agency in March...

In Russia, C-list action stars are adored without irony, and Putin and Seagal seem to have bonded over, among other tough-guy traits, a shared affinity for martial arts.

The friendship helped get Seagal involved in the war on terror. When US lawmakers traveled to Russia to investigate the perpetrators of the Boston marathon bombing, Seagal escorted them to their meetings. According to Representative Dana Rohrabacher, “Seagal opened some doors."

Seagal praised Putin's annexation of Crimea, saying Ukraine is run by fascists and needs a leader like ol' Vladdy to liberate it. He also appeared at a 100,000-person strong motorcycle rally in Sevastopol, Crimea, in support of Putin. When Seagal called Putin "one of the greatest living world leaders," Estonia revoked an invitation for him perform at a blues festival there. 


The Banner Photo on His Official Website

That's all.



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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:01:37 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/ludicrous-steven-seagal-stories/robert-f-mason
<![CDATA[27 Pictures of What Hot Dogs Look Like Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hot-dogs-around-the-world/ashley-reign

Ever wonder what hot dogs around the world look like? It may be hard to imagine a tastier dog than the one you devour in the stands while watching your favorite baseball team. But when you get a load of the following international hot dogs, you may be forced to admit that several countries around the world have put what appears to be a pretty tasty spin on the good old fashioned hot dogs you know and love. 

When it comes to food around the world, it seems that the hot dog is one of those dishes that seems like just as good an idea in other countries as it does in your own back yard. Here you'll have the opportunity to behold various international hot dogs in all their glory as they get dressed up with everything from coleslaw to french fries to bacon and avocado. 

So the next time you're looking to put an exciting spin on your lunch, come on in. Who knows? You may just find an idea or two you'd like to borrow the next time you're looking for a quick but tasty snack.


27 Pictures of What Hot Dogs Look Like Around the World,

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog with Avocado - Guatemala

This bacon-wrapped dog is often served in an avocado-topped tortilla with toppings like lettuce, cabbage, onions, and mayo. 


Sonoran Hot Dog - Northern Mexico and Southwest USA

This bacon wrapped bad boy comes topped with relish, tomatoes, onions, and avocado. Often topped with mayonnaise and/or mustard, the Sonoran comes cradled in a split soft roll. 


The Coney Island Dog - NYC, USA

The Coney Island dog is topped with chili, chopped onions, shredded cheese, and mustard.


Hot Dogs Baked In Buns - Hong Kong, China

This baked dog is cradled in a dumpling-like sesame seed dough.  


The Shamelessly Pizza-Like Dog - Amsterdam

In Amsterdam you can get a broiled dog topped with pizza sauce and cheese!


French Fry Corn Dog - Korea

This deep-fried dog is coated with crinkle cut fries and topped with tasty ketchup. 


Chorizo Dog - Argentina

This chorizo sausage is often served in a hero roll and topped with chimichurri, pickled onion, and tomatoes. 


Tijuana Hot Dog - Tijuana, Mexico

This bacon wrapped hot dog is topped with all things zesty, from onions and jalapenos to grilled sliced peppers.


The Potato Dog - Idaho, USA

In Idaho, the state's world famous potatoes get in on the action by acting as a bun. Traditional decked out baked potato toppings such as bacon bits, chives, sour cream, and cheese often join in on the fun.


Compact Dog in a Roll - Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic, hot dogs are often served in a roll with a hole punched through it which is then filled with the dog with ketchup and mustard.



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:01:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/hot-dogs-around-the-world/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[What Should Be the First Thing We Say During First Contact with Aliens?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-we-should-say-during-first-contact/jacob-shelton

The world has been waiting for extraterrestrials to land on Earth and give humanity the go-ahead to enter the interstellar community since the 1950s, when stories of UFOs and crop circles reached their zenith. Even though we’ve created scientific wonders like the Egg McMuffin and Siri, aliens have yet to make their presence known. Before they do, humanity needs to decide on the things we should say to aliens during first contact. If people don’t start having this conversation now, then we’re going to sound like a bunch of backwater hicks when Zebron-7 from planet Serpo shows up to reveal the nature space travel.

What do we say when we meet aliens? Hopefully not something dumb like, “What’s up with aioli? It’s just mayonnaise, right?” After traveling endless light years to finally let us in on the secrets of the universe, extraterrestrials need to be impressed by the things we say, and the questions we’ll undoubtedly ask. The best things to say to aliens at first contact are likely going to be simple questions that show we’re in the know when it comes to things like the chemical make up of different planets, the complexities of space travel, and how dumb we probably look in general.

It’s time to be on your best behavior and pretend you’re meeting your in-laws for the first time, because aliens are showing up any day. Vote up the phrases you think would be most appropriate as humanity’s first official message to extraterrestrials. 


What Should Be the First Thing We Say During First Contact with Aliens?,

How Does Interstellar Travel Work?

How Did You Get Here?

Where Did You Come From?

How Long Have You Known About Earth?

Be Honest, Did You Help Build the Pyramids?

Are There More Species Out There?

Welcome to Earth

What Kind of Fuel Does Your Ship Use?

How Long Did It Take You to Get Here from Your Planet?

What's Your Planet Like?


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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:41:34 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/things-we-should-say-during-first-contact/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Every Malady Tom Hanks Has Played Onscreen]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tom-hanks-onscreen-maladies/jacob-shelton

Poor Tom Hanks. Every time he graces the silver screen, he seems to come down with an ailment. He should start drinking more orange juice or something. These various Tom Hanks maladies range from full blown AIDS in Philadelphia to the urinary tract infection he suffers in The Green Mile. Why do directors love to see him suffer so? Is it just a case of Hanks being Hanks? Or are these Tom Hanks onscreen illnesses a key to something happening in his life, or even the world at large?

The list of Tom Hanks characters medical problems is devastatingly severe once you realize the amount of time the beloved actor spends on set. He pretends to be sick almost as much as he gets to be healthy in real life. But don’t get too worried reading about Tom Hanks health problems. He’s got a loving family and a wonderful Hollywood support system backing him up, so if his Wilsonism flairs up again while he’s rehearsing for another stint on Saturday Night Live, someone will be there to dab his head with a warm towel and rock him gently to sleep.

Vote on the affliction Tom Hanks handled with the most aplomb, and if you can remember any other illnesses that he had, add them in the comments. 


Every Malady Tom Hanks Has Played Onscreen,

Brain Cloud

Joe Versus the Volcano


Medically Diagnosed Stupidity

Forrest Gump


Congenital Toyism

Toy Story


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Saving Private Ryan


AIDS

Philadelphia


Alcoholism

A League of Their Own


UTI

The Green Mile


Wilsonism

Cast Away


Abnormally Large Bone Syndrome

Big


Sudden Onset of Somali Pirates

Captain Phillips



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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:11:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/tom-hanks-onscreen-maladies/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[15 Catchy Songs from Bob's Burgers That Will Make You Tap Your Foot]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-music-bobs-burgers/justin-andress

If there’s one thing you can count on week after week on Bob’s Burgers, FOX’s silly comedy about a burger-slinging family of five, it’s that the characters will spring into song at the slightest provocation. Whether it’s Bob’s wife, Linda, singing a silly off-key tune or middle-kid Gene composing a fart symphony on his cut-rate keyboard, music is everywhere on Bob’s Burgers. This list takes a look at some of the best songs on Bob's Burgers, including a special guest tune from Cyndi Lauper. 

From simple jingles with hilarious or weirdly incomprehensible lyrics to pieces that rely on complex arrangements that combine musicianship with a sense of unbridled whimsy, Bob’s Burgers knows its music backward and forward. In fact, the only downside to the surprisingly good music on Bob’s Burgers is that it will stick with you for days to come. Each and every tune is a vicious ear worm.

Below are some of the best songs on FOX’s most musical animated sitcom. Try not to come away humming.


15 Catchy Songs from Bob's Burgers That Will Make You Tap Your Foot,

Taffy Butt

When you’re show goes to all the trouble of spoofing The Goonies, you have to end things with a properly bouncy '80s tune. Bonus points to the show for actually hiring Cyndi Lauper to do the lyrics.


Farts Will Set You Free

Gene’s response to the essay prompt “Why I Love Wagstaff” results in a musical about a student-led revolution in which the school is destroyed by the freeing power of the kids’ farts.


Bad Things Happen in the Bathroom

Louise doesn't do a lot of songs on Bob's Burgers, but when she does, she blows them all out of the water. Take for example this duet with Bob in which both pray that the Belcher patriarch can get unstuck from a toilet.


Oil Spill

When Bob and the bunch take their show on the road, they end up at a food truck festival where indie sensation Tabitha Johansson is singing about her vagina. It’s not subtle.


Lifting Up the Skirt of the Night

When Tina wants the perfect birthday party, Bob takes a night job as a cabbie and makes friends with three sweet-hearted transvestites. As he tours them around the city, this ode to '70s nocturnal adventures rises in the background.


Electric Love

Louise’s attempts to prove her substitute teacher’s idol Thomas Edison is a fraud is completely derailed when Gene becomes focused on telling the love story of Edison and an electrocuted elephant named Topsy.


Three Sides Don't Make a Square

Want to hear Tina and Gene do their take on weird minimalism? In a tune that would make Andy Warhol proud, there’s only one word, three notes, and a whole world of awesome.


I Don’t Need Music Anymore

When Gene is dissuaded from pursuing his lifelong dream of musical stardom, he decides to quit. Of course, he expresses his resignation in song which kind of undercuts his message.


This Is Working

One of Bob’s Burgers more complex arrangements highlights Bob and Linda’s dual reactions when Linda gets a job at a local grocery store. Using the split meaning of the phrase “this is working” is as clever as the song is impressive.


Pass the Cranberry Sauce

You can never really tell if Linda Belcher gets her lyrics ahead of time or whether she just ad libs in the moment - that’s why her ditties are always so special. Anyway, whether it’s improved or not, “Pass the Cranberry Sauce” is easily the best Thanksgiving song in recorded history.



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:41:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-music-bobs-burgers/justin-andress
<![CDATA[15 Easy World Records You Could Probably Beat]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/easy-world-records/steve-wright

There's a world record for just about everything, and your name doesn't have to be Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt to break one. There are some easy world records that anyone can beat which don't take both natural talent and countless hours of training to achieve. 

These are the kinds of records that take little skill, can be learned quickly, and often are just plain dumb. These are the records that might exist just because they can -- that are so crazy or over-the-top, someone is willing to attempt to try them to have their name in history books. 

These are the unsung heroes: the ice cream stackers, the mattress divers, the cup musicians. 

And while these records seem silly, don't laugh. Regardless of what they achieved, they are on top of their game. Think you can beat one of them? Take a look at these records and see for yourself. 


15 Easy World Records You Could Probably Beat,

Fastest Time to Peel and Eat an Orange Blindfolded (Team of Two)
  • Record Holder: Manish Upadhyaya and Dinesh Upadhyaya
  • Where: Goregaon, India
  • When: March 5, 2014

Surprised this is a record? It requires no natural skill, just a bit of practice and teamwork. The current fastest time for peeling and eating an orange blindfolded in a team of two is 17.15 seconds. Manish did the peeling and Dinesh the eating. Parents looking for teambuilding activities might want to consider this (and dethrone the Upadhyayas).


Largest Human Mattress Dominoes
  • Record Holder: Ayd Group, Stylution International (China) Corp.
  • Where: Wuhan, China
  • When: July 23, 2016

This is probably an easy record to break. The requirements? A lot of friends and a lot of the same mattress.The current record is 2,016 people and mattresses being toppled domino-style in a record attempt that lasted almost 15 minutes from the first fall to the last. Clearly, it would take some serious planning, but there is no real skill here, just people falling over in the most comfortable way imaginable.


Largest Hot Dog Cart
  • Record Holder: Marcus Daily
  • Where: Union, MO, USA
  • When: October 28, 2013

Many of these size records are up for grabs with the right level of dedication and the right amount of funding. Hot dogs are as American as apple pie, so it makes sense that the record for the largest hot dog cart is held by a person from the US. The cart in question measures 9 feet, 3 inches in width, 23 feet, 2 inches in length, and 12 feet, 2.75 inches in height from the ground to the handle. The added bonus here is that a cart of this size will always be noticed at an event - which is definitely good for sales. 


Most Ice Cream Scoops Balanced on a Cone
  • Record Holder: Dimitri Panciera
  • Where: Forno di Zoldo, Italy
  • When: September 20, 2015

Dimitri Panciera is the king of balancing copious amounts of ice cream on a single cone. He smashed his previous record of 109 scoops with a 121-scoop effort back in September 2015. This record could easily be beaten. All it takes is determination, a cool climate (to prevent melting), and, of course, lots and lots of ice cream. 


Largest Cup Percussion Ensemble
  • Record Holder: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwlyceum
  • Where: Genk, Belgium
  • When: February 24, 2014

A cup percussion ensemble is apparently a thing, and the current world record for people banging cups in tune is 349 participants at a school in Genk, Belgium. All it takes to break this record is a large group of people, cups, and probably a good set of ear plugs. The Belgians broke the record playing "Cups" from Pitch Perfect, but feel free to be creative with the song choice.


Longest Distance Pulled by a Horse - While on Fire
  • Record Holder: Josef Todtling
  • Where: Teichalm-Fladnitz, Austria
  • When: June 27, 2015

This record really ups the crazy level. Not content to merely be pulled by a horse, Josef Todtling of Austria set a record by being pulled 500 meters behind the animal while also on fire. The secret here was to have an ATV rider next to him keeping him on fire for the duration of the pull. Just don't try this one unsupervised.


Most Hamburgers Eaten in Three Minutes
  • Record Holder: Takeru Kobayashi
  • Where: Milan, Italy
  • When: July 11, 2014

Kobayashi is something of a hero in the competitive eating world, and he holds numerous records. His record for most hamburgers eaten in three minutes sits at 12 and it seems vulnerable to someone with a big appetite who can eat food fast. The four-ounce hamburgers can be eaten with one condiment, so choose wisely.


Fastest 100 Meter Hurdles Wearing Swim Fins (Male)
  • Record Holder: Christopher Irmscher
  • Where: Cologne, Germany
  • When: September 13, 2008

Even in a world filled with dumb and ridiculous records, there is occasionally a record that stands out for just being completely bizarre. Christopher Irmscher holds one such record after he completed the 100-meter hurdles in 14.82 seconds... while wearing swim fins. Strap on some fins, get to the nearest track, and see if it is possible to even attempt this record before being kicked out. Check out Veronica Torr in the video above, who holds the female record.


Most Functional Gadgets in a Cosplay Suit
  • Record Holder: Julian Checkley
  • Where: Galway, Ireland
  • When: November 1, 2015

When it comes to cosplay, fans can either go big or go home. Julian Checkley certainly went big with his Batman suit that featured 23 functioning gadgets including a fireball launcher, smoke bombs, and a grapnel gun. In truth, all you need to do to beat this record is copy Checkley's design and add one more item that works. A built-in cooler for long nights in the Batcave, perhaps?


Farthest Distance to Blow a Pea
  • Record Holder: Andre Ortolf
  • Where: Augsburg, Germany
  • When: July 12, 2014

The record for blowing a pea the farthest distance currently stands at 24 feet, 7.66 inches. This is obviously a mighty blow, but someone with lots of lung power (perhaps a former musician) would be ideally suited to beat this record. Just be sure to make an attempt inside, away from the wind, and on a flat surface for validity.



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Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:01:18 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/easy-world-records/steve-wright
<![CDATA[What French Fries Look Like Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fries-around-the-world/ashley-reign

Odds are if you're human, you love french fries. But are you fully aware of all of the different styles of fries that are out there just waiting for you to try? No? As it turns out, various types of fries are popular the world over with countries coming up with different takes on everyone's favorite side dish. So if you're looking to spice up your next batch or just love looking at photos of delicious salty treats, then you've come to the right place. Check out these examples of different ways people serve potatoes around the world. 

Though the old school french fry seems to be a staple of brilliance with which no one can argue, the following international fries include everything from fun toppings and spices to unique preparation methods. Many of these countries serve what Americans recognize as traditional fries as well as regional variations on the dish. Whether you like your fries thick or thin, salty or sweet, you're sure to find something here that'll make you say "mmm." 

Who knows, you future favorite may even be included among the following different types of fries, just waiting to be discovered.


What French Fries Look Like Around the World,

Chips - UK

What American know as fries are called "chips" in the UK, whereas what the USA refers to as potato chips are known as "crisps" to the Brits. Among the British crowd, fish and chips go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly and the popular side dish is commonly covered in vinegar. 


Patatas Bravas - Spain

In Spain, fries are made in thick chunks and are sometimes covered with chili paste and/or creamy aioli.
 


Plantains - Jamaica

Though Jamaicans also enjoy the traditional french fry as much as the rest of us, the plantain is a cool twist that utilizes a sliced type of unripe banana rather than a potato. 


Pommes Frites - France

Ah, where better to indulge in french fries than France itself? Though there is a centuries long dispute between Belgium and France over which country originally invented the world's favorite side dish, the fries you'll find throughout France are probably quite similar the ones you've grown up loving, no matter where you're from.


Pommes Frites - Belgium

Belgium does not play when it comes to their fries, or "frites," which can often be served as a meal in themselves. Often served in a cone and with a variety of toppings, these bad boys are the perfect treat to enjoy as you stroll. 


The French Fry - United States

Nothing says America like the phrase "would you like fries with that?" Though they come in a wide variety of shapes and flavors, Americans consider fries a great side dish to everything from fast food to steak.


Poutine - Canada

This Canadian treat dresses up your average fries with cheese curds and gravy for a savory treat that's a favorite at pubs, road side diners, and sporting events.

 


Masala Chips - Kenya

Kenyans love coating their fries with seasonings like cumin, garlic paste, lemon juice, chilli power, and tandoori masala.


Honey Butter Fries - South Korea

In South Korea, McDonald's recently released a fry covered in honey butter that's been so popular kids sometimes order hundreds of dollars worth and indulge in mass french fry parties.

 


Kartofel’ fri - Russia

Russian fries are often given a tasty kick by being prepared with an onion, which does wonders for their flavor, especially when they're served alongside steak.



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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:41:30 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/fries-around-the-world/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[20+ Words We Desperately Need to Retire in 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-annoying-words-of-2016/chris-abraham

2016 has a been a brutal year in regards to Internet slang, and it's time to take a stand. We have all suffered insurmountable amounts of douche-chills from hearing words like "yasss" and "on fleek," and I'm not sure how much more the world can take. Let me break it down for you: there is no such thing as a "dad-bod," you just look like sh*t. You aren't "adulting" because you did your laundry and changed your car's oil today, it's simply called being a normal human being who isn't an irresponsible idiot. You can all stop referring to comebacks as "savage af," and for God's sake, please stop calling your significant other "bae."

Here are 20+ words we desperately need to retire, not just in 2017, but immediately. None of these words or phrases are acceptable to be speaking, typing, or texting, so take note of the most annoying words of 2016 and remove them from your vocabulary ASAP. The Internet thanks you in advance.


20+ Words We Desperately Need to Retire in 2017,

Cuck

Squad Goals

Bae

Mansplain

Fuckboi

On Fleek

Yasss

Bye Felicia

Turnt

Can't Even


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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:51:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/most-annoying-words-of-2016/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Black Metal Bands on Bandcamp]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-black-metal-on-bandcamp/will-gish

It's hard to say what qualifies as real black metal these days. Ultimately, it's all in the eye of the beholder. Regardless of where you fall on what's sonically eligible for the black metal tag, it's hard to argue with the idea that Bandcamp and black metal is a match made in heaven. What's more suited to an abrasive, caustic, extreme, often anti-social genre of music with a long history of underground bands and labels than a website offering limitless music hosting, set-your-own-price sales models, and a direct conduit from artists to fans? Bandcamp is trve kvlt af. 

The best black metal on Bandcamp is some of the best black metal in the world right now. Artists from the United States to Poland, Germany, and Scotland have created mesmerizing, blistering catalogs of underground black metal available for streaming and direct-from-the-artist purchase on the site. There are also a number of fantastic underground metal labels on Bandcamp, the people who run many of which will friend you on Facebook and help you find even more underground metal (seriously). 

The rise of Bandcamp has coincided almost exactly with the resurgence of black metal in the popular consciousness, thanks to big, new acts like Deafheaven and Oathbreaker, and the unexpected commercial success of established blackened death metal bands like Behemoth. So bust out your corpse paint and vote up the best true underground Bandcamp black metal. Add anything you think is missing. 


The Best Black Metal Bands on Bandcamp,

Anagnorisis

Listen here.


Leviathan

Listen here.


Mgła

Listen here.


One Master

Listen here.


Void Meditation Cult

Listen here.


Mare Cognitum

Listen here.


MOYO, My Boy Constrictor

Listen here.


Crowhurst

Listen here.


Zounds

Listen here.


PKWST

Listen here.



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:21:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-black-metal-on-bandcamp/will-gish
<![CDATA[The Best Episodes of MonsterVision]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-monstervision-joe-bob-briggs-episodes/jacob-shelton

For a certain group of kids in the mid- to late '90s (i.e., weirdoes and mutants), TNT’s MonsterVision was a permanent late-night fixture for the weekend. On the surface, it was a horror movie show hosted by Joe Bob Briggs, a redneck with a penchant for bolo ties and B-movies, but it was actually a piece of television that sneakily combined a love for horror and science fiction with an alternative comedy sensibility that shared a similar spirit with The State and The Young Ones.

While Joe Bob Briggs stayed firmly inside of his late-night format, he used its restrictions to tear apart the entire idea of what hosted interstitials could do with narrative, all while doing his best to make sure the audience was in on the joke. Due to the nature of MonsterVision’s schedule, and the volume of content that Briggs and his team produced, it’s impossible to track down everything that went out on the airwaves, but these are the best episodes that MonsterVision had to offer.

When Briggs wasn’t goofing off and drinking tall boys on set, he would sometimes interview people from the world of B-movies and exploitation films. He sat down with heavy hitters like John Waters (who made the host touch his mustache) and schlock cinema lifers like Clint Howard. Briggs's ability to talk all things horror proved that he genuinely loved the films he was showing, and his reverence for the weird, frightening, and downright bad would inspire an allegiance to late-night horror films in an entire new generation of fans.


The Best Episodes of MonsterVision,

Episode 16 - Phantasm 2 and The Beast Within

Before every film, Joe Bob Briggs would lay down what viewers would be seeing in a bullet-point format so they'd know they were getting the most bang for their buck. Phantasm 2's Drive-In Totals may have been the best of the entire series: "Twelve dead bodies. Exploding house. One four-barreled sawed-off shotgun. Dwarf-tossing. Ten breasts. Embalming needles plunged through various parts of various bodies. One motor-vehicle chase, with crash-and-burn. Ear-lopping. Forehead-drilling. Wrist-hacking. Bimbo-flinging. Grandma-bashing. Devil sex. Crematorium Fu. Flamethrower Fu... Four stars."


Episode 8 - The Fly and The Warriors

Holy sh*t this was a good episode. For every 12-year-old boy who was staying up late and chugging Mountain Dew on a Friday night, Episode 8 was a definitive piece of television. Not only was it (probably) their first chance to see David Cronenberg's The Fly, a true piece of mind-effery, but they were introduced to quite possibly one of the most fun pieces of pop culture ever, The Warriors. Taking things one step further, Briggs used a subway map to follow the progress of the Warriors throughout the film. 


Episode 23 - They Live and Immortal Combat

The introduction to this episode may contain the only post-natal coma joke in television history. (Check into that and get back to us about it.) Also Briggs manages to wrestle an entertaining interview out of Rowdy Roddy Piper, who looks like he's about ready to run out the door as soon as the camera stops filming. 


The First Annual Dusk to Dawn Friday the 13th Marathon

For the five years that Joe Bob Briggs hosted Monstervision, he mostly stuck to his standard format of stepping out of the trailer, cracking open an Old Milwaukee, and chatting with his crew for a few minutes before introducing the movie. But once in a blue moon he switched things up and it was always fun. One of the most memorable format changes came when he hosted a 12-hour marathon of Friday the 13th movies and made the marathon into a quasi Jason film unto itself - except instead of being hunted by a hockey-mask-wearing derelict, he was being chased down by Ted Turner himself.


Episode 40 - Highlander and The Seventh Sign

Briggs was never better than when he was chatting with his crew about topics that were only tangentially related to the film he was watching. Case in point: when he suggests that someone on his crew go to an East Dallas pawn shop and buy a "Guatemalan switchblade." Later on in the episode, Briggs would go on to mention that he thinks Christopher Lambert (the titular Highlander) looks like a monkey. 


Episode 45 - The Howling 3 & The Howling 7

The Howling Parts 3 and 7 are not classic films in anyone's mind, although Part Seven does feature werewolf line dancing, so that's something. But Briggs is at his best when the movies are at their worst and rather than putter around with a mediocre monologue about werewolves, the host goes on a classic rant about Wanda Bodeine and bridesmaid dresses. 


Episode 73 - Return of the Living Dead

From time to time, Joe Bob Briggs brought on everyone from directors and the stars of the films he was showing that week to UFOlogists, and for The Return of the Living Dead, he interviewed Linnea Quigley, the gal who gets buck naked and dances on a tombstone to SSQ (the only band to hail from Norwalk, California). In just a few short minutes, weird 12-year-old boys across America discovered their new scream queen obsession, and they heard the phrase "pickaxe to the brain."


Episode 38 - The People Under the Stairs and Halloween 3

The final film shown on MonsterVision's last Friday night - they were moved to Saturdays - was Halloween III: Season of the Witch, which sent the show "out on a whimper." But even with the uninspired cinema on his hands, Briggs picks up the ball and runs with it when he breaks down exactly what you need to have in a slasher to make it enjoyable, and he succinctly sums up franchise films in two sentences: "The Friday the 13th people have integrity. They've made the same movie eight times."


Episode 39 - Maximum Overdrive and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

What a confusing night it was for all the 12-year-old boys in the audience when Joe Bob Briggs introduced them to Maximum Overdrive, the worst Stephen King adaptation ever made. Most of us grew up being afraid of the dark because of King, but when MonsterVision played this coked up fever dream of trucks come to life, it pretty much sucked the air out of any other King-based nightmares. 


The Nair Witch Project - Carrie - Child's Play 2 - Phantasm 1 & 2

We don't know if Briggs enjoyed The Blair Witch Project, or if he was annoyed with the shoddy camera work and lack of narrative, but he was definitely inspired. The Nair Witch Project was another format-breaking special episode of MonsterVision that featured Briggs and his crew filming a faithful pastiche of the sleeper horror hit of the '90s. In the space of the six-hour episode, we learn that Briggs has moved to LA, that he's missing from Monstervision, and that he's on a search for the "Nair Witch" - all while giving out the drive-in totals for four semi-connected films. 



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Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:12:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-monstervision-joe-bob-briggs-episodes/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Video Games to Play When You're High]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-stoned-video-games/amanda-lynn

Weed + Video Games = True Love. Whether you're sinking into the couch with an indica or blasting through synaptic hula hoops on a sweet sativa, video games are fun to play when you're high. 

The only problem? Choosing the best video games to play when you're high can be as much of an existential crisis as choosing the best snack: they're ALL good, man. Yet, there are some clear standouts. Rank your bake-n-play favorites! Vote up the best video games to play when you're stoned.


The Best Video Games to Play When You're High,

Mario Kart Wii

Stoned driving: not cool, unless it's Mario Kart. Drift and draft your way around colorful obstacles courses with your favorite Nintendo characters to an energetic race soundtrack; what's not to enjoy? Shh, we won't talk about Rainbow Road.


World of Warcraft

Playing World of Warcraft high is not unlike time travel: suddenly, it's 12 hours later and you have vague memories of taking down an enormous spider with the help of a panda. Blizzard's MMORPG continues to pump out premium content, so you're unlikely to run out of things to do (hence the marathon sessions). The character creator alone can be quicksand for the meticulous stoner.


Minecraft

What better way to while away a high than building your own world, block by block? Let your artistic side run wild with abstract creations, go full survivalist with an underground bunker guarded by spiders - whatever you want, Minecraft is your dominion. Make a point to hike to the highest spot in you world to watch the sunrise. Just don't piss off any Creepers along the way.


Portal 2

As funny as it is frustrating, Portal 2 makes good use of a hybrid high. Let the indica calm your turret- and laser-induced stress while the sativa helps you keep up with the witty dialogue and clever puzzles. Best of all, if you plan ahead for the munchies, the cake *won't* be a lie.


Fez

Get lost in FEZ, a meandering, atmospheric puzzle platformer featuring some absolutely beautiful pixel environments and music to match. Unlike most traditional 2D platformers, you can rotate the world of FEZ for a new twist (sorry) on platforming. The nicest thing about playing FEZ while high? Death is but a brief blip before you're respawned at the nearest ledge. Phew. Stress-free.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Load up your texture mods and let the good times roll with this beautiful, open world ARPG. Maybe your bong rips have put you in the mood for slaying some dragons; maybe you just want to harvest lavender for a few hours and enjoy the scenery. With over 300 hours of gameplay, Skyrim makes it pretty easy to find some quest or task to suit your buzz.


South Park: The Stick of Truth

Make like Towelie and grab your best giggly bud - as in the kind of weed that makes you giggle, but you could also grab your best giggly friend (or guy or pal). South Park: The Stick of Truth has all the bones of a classic RPG, topped with the hilarious trimmings of that infamous South Park humor. While you're good and high, take the time to read the item descriptions. Easter eggs, mmkay?


The Stanley Parable

With the right weed, a bout of The Stanley Parable can be the most hilarious thing ever. Brilliantly written and narrated, TSP invites you (Stanley) on a journey through your office to figure out why all of your coworkers have disappeared. The story sounds simple enough, but... well, you'll hear all about it from the narrator. Best paired with your favorite uplifting bud, as the hallway routes could spark claustrophobia for some stoned players.


Monument Valley

Talk about getting in the zone. The mobile puzzle platformer Monument Valley features stunning levels of impossible geometry alongside a dreamy soundtrack and minimalist art style. Equally minimalist in its story, the emphasis is on figuring out the clever puzzles of each monument dreamscape. Don't be surprised if you can't pull yourself away from your tablet and finish the game in one stoned sitting.


Zelda (Any Zelda, Let's Be Real)

From the original NES game to Skyward Sword and 25 years of games in between, Zelda is a timeless selection when you're good and baked. Ingenious dungeon design spans the series, more often than not accompanied by a stellar soundtrack. And some of the cleverest writing in games lives in Zelda's dialog boxes (the ones you're not button-stabbing your way through - looking at you, Kaepora Gaebora). The glorious symbiosis of Link and dank makes even Zelda II: The Adventure of Link tolerable! Weed wonders never cease.



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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:31:22 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-stoned-video-games/amanda-lynn
<![CDATA[Roger's Best Personas on American Dad, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/roger-disguises-on-american-dad/lyra-radford

Roger's disguises on American Dad are without a doubt one of the best aspects of the show. He’s been everything from Lord of the Rings’s Gollum to a Bond Villain. The Roger Smith personas are a necessary part of his existence, since he is an alien after all, he can’t very well go out and mingle with the general public. Things have definitely evolved from "Roger the alien in disguise" to the disguises becoming an integral part of Roger’s personality.  

Very little is known about his past. Viewers know he landed in Roswell years ago and his only mention of his parents was that his mother suffers from arthritis and he wishes she could figure out Skype. Apparently, he ate his father at 14 years old and he still has bits of his leg. Roger’s many fictitious identities have contributed to his journey of discovering what his true identity is now… even if that means exploring what it’s like to be a Jacuzzi salesman that smokes crack out of a Rubix Cube. Keep reading for some of Roger's best disguises on American Dad


Roger's Best Personas on American Dad, Ranked,

Laura Van Der Booben

In Season 3 Episode 15, "Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold," Roger gets an office job and transforms into Laura Van Der Booben, a voluptuous and provocatively dressed woman. He struts his stuff  in hopes of getting sexually harassed so he can claim compensation. Roger goes so far as to shake his ‘breasts’ in co-workers' faces and stuffs a box of donuts between his legs before saying, “looking for something glazed and bad for you” to a coworker.


Legman

In Season 7 Episode 10, “Wheels & Legman and the Case of Grandpa’s Key,” Steve and Roger create a fictional detective agency. Steve’s persona is Wheels, and Roger is Legman. Unfortunately, their partnership in solving crime is disrupted when Stan joins the team and starts ruining all the fun.


Horse Renoir, Bounty Hunter

Nobody makes a better villain than a Roger disguise. Season 2 Episode 19's Horse Renoir was created to hunt down Jeff when Roger and Stan find out he's wanted in Florida. The above scene features Jeff's father. Besides having maybe the best name ever, Horse Renoir has an epic costume, which we have come to expect from Roger.


Phantom of the Telethon

In Season 5 Episode 7, “Phantom of the Telethon,” Stan takes credit for Roger’s idea to have a telethon to raise money for the CIA Torture Program. Bitter and on a mission to sabotage the whole event, Roger becomes “The Phantom of the Telethon.” He haunts the production, causing technical difficulties and injuries while in his disguise, which includes a mask, cloak, and electronic keyboard.


Martin Sugar

Season 7 Episode 7,  “The People vs Martin Sugar” features Roger as Martin Sugar running a sweatshop and eventually gets arrested. Stan just so happens to be the jury foreman at Roger’s trial and can’t wait to make sure Roger is finally punished for all his shenanigans. Roger turns up the charm, but Stan refuses to let the other jurors return anything but a guilty verdict. 


Black Woman

In Season 3 Episode 11, "Oedipal Panties," Roger disguises himself as an obese black woman to help Francine spy on Hercules and Betty. He indulges in everything on the table, despite"the diabetes," and has to take off early to get home to grade papers.


Ricky Spanish

In Season 8 Episode 7, Roger's most hated alter-ego, Ricky Spanish emerges from a trash bag in the back of the closet. Roger forgot that Ricky Spanish is the most hated man in town and goes out for a stroll resulting in menacing glares and a physical assault. Roger decides to go on a mission to try and right Ricky’s wrongs and 'reinvent’ himself.  


Jenny Fromdabloc

In Season 7 Eepisode 16 “Jenny Fromdabloc,” Roger becomes Jenny Fromdabloc, a teenage girl from New Jersey who ends up using a stress ball to trick Snot into thinking he lost his virginity to her. The plan was to cheer Snot up after Hayley rejected him and Roger ends up getting more involved than planned and fakes Jenny’s death. 


Tearjerker

In Season 3 Episode 10, “Tearjerker”, Roger is the villain Tearjerker, who has been abducting celebrities. He's been replacing them with robots so no one will notice they’re missing while he forces them to star in his movies. His plan is to release a worldwide premiere of a film so sad, that people literally cry themselves to death.


Doctor Ya Ya, Creator of Ecstasy

In Season 7 Episode 16 “The Kidney Stays in the Picture,” Francine’s pre-marital indiscretion comes to light and Stan realizes Hayley may not actually be his biological daughter. Stan and Francine end up traveling back in time to 1996 where they meet Doctor Yaya, Roger’s crazy persona that claims to have invented ecstasy. 



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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:31:35 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/roger-disguises-on-american-dad/lyra-radford
<![CDATA[The 10 Hardest Legend of Zelda Dungeons in Franchise History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hardest-zelda-dungeons-of-all-time/chris-abraham

The Legend of Zelda series can be described in a lot of ways, but easy is not always one of them. The bread and butter of the Zelda franchise is its intricate dungeons, but as this list proves, not all Zelda dungeons are created equal. The intricate puzzles and infuriating bosses make the hardest Zelda dungeons masterpieces of rage, so we decided to take a look at the 10 most difficult Zelda dungeons from the series so far. Specific phrases like “Great Palace” and “Stone Temple Palace” make almost every serious Zelda fan shudder, but there are plenty of other rage-inducing dungeons that deserve medals of frustration as well.

If you think the most frustrating Zelda dungeon isn't on this list, let us know what it is in the comments, and why you struggled with it. This list is obviously subjective, but the 10 on this list are all objectively difficult.


The 10 Hardest Legend of Zelda Dungeons in Franchise History,

Tower of Spirits (Spirit Tracks)

The Tower of Spirits is the central dungeon from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. Just like the Temple of the Ocean King from Phantom Hourglass, you are forced to revisit it multiple times as you progress through the game. Although Tower of Spirits fixed the problem of having to replay the same parts of the dungeon each time in order to advance to new ones, the difficulty of this temple earns it a spot on this list.

The length of the dungeon is longer compared to other Zelda games, as it has a whopping thirty levels to it. The gimmick of this dungeon is that Link must possess the body of several different Phantom Knights, each with their own unique ability. If you direct one of these knights to the wrong location, you're going to have to start over, and by that time you've already forgotten what the hell you were doing in the first place.


Death Mountain (The Legend of Zelda)

Often referred to as Level 9, Death Mountain is the final dungeon in The Legend of Zelda for NES. Located in Spectacle Rock, Death Mountain is the longest dungeon in the game, with over fifty rooms to conquer. Link must overcome foes like Wizzrobes and Lanmoles before facing Ganon, the mentally taxing final boss. This was the original WTF Zelda dungeon that had players pulling their hair out, and it's difficulty still holds up almost 30 years later.


Great Bay Temple (Majora's Mask)

You might groan at two different water temples being included on this list, but many Zelda fans find the Great Bay Temple (including myself) to be really difficult. The third dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the Great Bay Temple is similar to Ocarina's Water Temple in that it involves manipulating water in order to advance. This time, however, you're manipulating the current of the water and which way it flows, rather than draining like you did in the previous game.

Collecting all the stray fairies (if you choose to do so) is a pain in the butt, and the boss Gyorg is fairly tedious and annoying as well. Let's not forget, you are on a timer as you play through the temple, which adds extra pressure to complete it before your three days are up.


Great Palace (Zelda II: The Adventure of Link)

Many hardcore Zelda fans consider Great Palace from The Adventure of Link to be the most unrelenting Zelda dungeon of all time. The last dungeon in the game, the Great Palace is located in the Valley of Death, where the Triforce of Courage can found. Although the confusing map layout and unforgiving pits of lava are some of the challenges in this temple, the main reason it's on this list is because of how tedious it is.

In order to defeat the Thunderbird (which isn't even the temple's final boss,) you HAVE to have a thunder spell. Where do you get it? A random guy in town, who makes you collect 4 magic containers that are very well hidden before finally handing it over to you. Only then do you stand a chance of maybe defeating the Thunderbird, which again, isn't even the final boss. Let's not forget you can get a Game Over as well, forcing you to start from the BEGINNING of the game if you fail (which you probably will.) F*ck you Great Palace; you are legitimately awful.


Ice Palace (A Link to Past)

The fifth Dark World dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to Past, the Ice Palace is unique in that it is the first ice temple to appear in a Zelda game. With ice floors in almost every room, your walking traction is majorly reduced, making for very difficult maneuverability and frustrating combat with enemies (especially those damn green penguins.) The Ice Palace also involves a ton of backtracking, which is super annoying considering the map layout is confusing and you're slipping and sliding all over the place when you run. Kholdstare, the final boss, is fortunately not located on an ice floor, but is still pretty difficult nonetheless.


City in the Sky (Twilight Princess)

Before Skyward Sword took Link above the clouds to Skyloft, there was the City in the Sky dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. One of the final dungeons in the game, City in the Sky is difficult for several reasons. It features a very large and disorienting map, where you're traveling both vertically and horizontally using your clawshot and eventually double clawshot (which is a really fun aspect of the dungeon.) The City in the Sky features a ton of spinning obstacles that you need to attach yourself to, which can be disorienting and often times confusing for the player. It's definitely the grand finale of Twilight Princess; if you can make it out of here alive it's all smooth sailing from that point on.


Sand Ship (Skyward Sword)

Although it was one of the better-designed dungeons in Skyward Sword, the Sand Ship was still fairly challenging for a multitude of reasons. Using time shift stones, the player must switch between past and present to solve puzzles, which can get really confusing. Some of the enemies in this dungeon were frustrating to fight as well, considering Skyward Sword has the trickiest control schemes of any Zelda game. A room with three Beamos you fight at the same time? No thank you!


Water Temple (Ocarina of Time)

Considered the hardest temple in the game, the Water Temple from the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is notoriously difficult for first-time Zelda players. Hell, the Water Temple is practically an internet meme at this point, as even non-Zelda fans have probably heard about how harrowing it can be to complete.

Why is the Water Temple so difficult? The main gimmick of this dungeon involves raising the temple's water level up and down to solve puzzles, which gets confusing and involves a lot of experimenting and backtracking before you finally figure out what you're supposed to be doing. In the original version for N64, you also had to constantly equip and un-equip the iron boots, which was tedious and annoying (although they fixed this in the 3DS remake.) Add a mini-boss fight with Dark Link to the mix and you've got one difficult Zelda dungeon.


Stone Tower Temple (Majora's Mask)

Stone Tower Temple is fourth and final major dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, and boy is it a doozy. The Stone Tower Temple is the epitome of taking what you learned from a game up to that point and applying the logic to one final challenge, as all three mask transformations are required to get through this dungeon.

You'll need the Goron Mask to walk through lava, the Deku Mask to fly, and sometimes you don't even need a mask at all when you think you do. To top it off, not only are there two difficult mini-bosses to take down, but you must also flip the temple upside-down to complete a portion of it. With puzzles that are anything but straightforward and a wealth of knowledge required to complete it, the Stone Tower Temple just might be the hardest Zelda dungeon of all time.


Palace of Winds (The Minish Cap)

If you've never played The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, you should! It's probably the most underrated Zelda game in the series, and can be downloaded for $7.99 on the Wii U virtual store. Once you get to the Palace of Winds, however, you might regret ever buying the game.

As the dungeon's name suggests, you will be dealing with a lot of wind that can knock you over the edge, causing you to fall to your death. Couple that with some difficult enemies and a weird cloning mechanic, and you've got a pretty frustrating dungeon that is not only difficult, but super long as well. Just wait until you're one blow away from finishing off the boss and fall of the edge- you might just break your controller.



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Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:13:09 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/hardest-zelda-dungeons-of-all-time/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Strangest Facial Hair Trends in History, from Mustache Bags to Glitter]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/strange-facial-hair-history/machk

Ugly facial hair happens. Weird facial hair happens. We get it. But history has been extremely creative with facial hair in some pretty shocking ways. Dumb mustaches have been coming in and out of style since humanity began, and gross beards that need to be washed way more than they are have been popular and will be again. This is a fact of life.

But sometimes, seeing all of these beards can be difficult. Even painful. However, this is an important lesson in the folly of mankind. Vote up the weirdest facial hair trends ever.


The Strangest Facial Hair Trends in History, from Mustache Bags to Glitter,

The Beardstache

One of the problems with not having a beard is that your chin can get pretty cold. The Gauls, Franks, Goths, and Saxons all came up with the same fashionable solution: grow your mustache so long that it is basically a beard. This style was incredibly prevalent and persisted for centuries, so it must have worked.


The Forked Beard

During the Middle Ages, beards were strictly for the nobility. However, if you were noble, you could really get kooky with it. One of the most popular styles of the time was the forked beard, and no, it doesn't look better than it sounds. Similar to the tongue of a snake or a hairy continuation of a cleft chin, this look has been attempted by recent hipsters, but it's not looking like it's poised for a big comeback.


The Braided Goatee

A staple of late '90s rock and metal, the braided goatee takes the worst qualities of the goatee and the rat tail in order to create one of the most unsettling styles of all time. We probably have at least a few decades before this style attempts a comeback, so that's something to be grateful for.


The Mutton Chops

The 19th century popularity of the massive and honestly frightening sideburns known as mutton chops is difficult to understand, since it's not a look that has come back in a big way since. However, it is forever a part of American history, as not one, not two, but three presidents sported the look. John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, and Chester Allen Arthur all confidently rocked mutton chops and seemed to have no regrets.


The Goatee

The origin of the goatee is, etymologically speaking, not surprising. Its inspiration is the beard of the goat, and as such, it appeared pretty early in history as the facial hair choice of Pan, the part-goat Greek god. Like all powerful trends, the goatee has come back again and again in history. It was popularized in the 18th century as the known style of the French bohemians. It was then appropriated during the American Civil War and the Wild West, and reappeared again in the 1950s as a beatnik look. Despite the fact that it's literally the facial hair of the devil, the goatee seems to be here to stay.


The Stiletto Beard

During the 15th and 16th centuries, the flamboyantly named "Stiletto Beard" was quite popular. No, unfortunately, it is not facial hair groomed to look like a shoe. It is a beard groomed to be pointed at the end and looks very wizard-y.


The Vandyke

Named after the famous Baroque artist Anthony Van Dyke, the vandyke beard follows his style: a groomed mustache accompanied by a goatee. Basically, the kind of beard that you see on Shakespearean actors.


The Sinister Beard

Before facial hair came back into style in the 19th century, it was considered genuinely offensive. By the 18th century, beards were considered a sign of criminal behavior and sinister intent. You did not want to be caught walking around with a beard.


The Health Beard

Victorians took beard-love to the next level. They not only believed that beards were natural, but that they were gifts from God that were important for your physical health. They feared that shaving off your facial hair would result in throat and mouth diseases, and even bronchitis.


The Presidential Beard

America hasn't had a bearded president since Taft, but for a while, it was the distinguished thing to do. In fact, in 1860, Lincoln believed that his chances of winning the upcoming presidential election would be improved by growing a beard. Hey, it seems like it worked!



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Sun, 06 Nov 2016 08:41:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/strange-facial-hair-history/machk
<![CDATA[Ridiculous Appearances That Prove Chuck Norris Is the King of Cameos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/chuck-norris-cameos/stacie-hougland

There’s a reason everyone loves movie badass Chuck Norris… it’s because CHUCK NORRIS. Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door. Chuck Norris kicked a horse in the chin – and made giraffes. When Chuck Norris stared at the sun, the sun went blind. All this and more is why great Chuck Norris cameos in movies and TV rock our world like nobody’s business.

The man’s been an icon since making hit movies in the 1980s like the Missing in Action and Delta Force movies, and of course Lone Wolf McQuade. And because nobody conquers movies like Chuck Norris, he went on to dominate your TV screens in the 1990s with popular shows like Walker, Texas Ranger. But what we love the most is when Chuck Norris pops up in the most unexpected ways. It might be a reference on another movie or TV show, or even cartoon. Some of our favorite Chuck Norris roles involve comedic bits, or are at least a little more lighthearted than his usual movies. He’s even appeared in funny commercials, like this hilarious one.

Chuck Norris has almost 50 credits in his acting career, but often doesn’t make cameo appearances. That’s what makes these Norris bits so ridiculously entertaining. Let’s take a look at these cameos by Chuck Norris in movies and TV.


Ridiculous Appearances That Prove Chuck Norris Is the King of Cameos,

He Gives a Decisive Thumbs Up in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Who would dare curse the name of Chuck Norris? Ben Stiller, that's who. In Dodgeball, Stiller plays a jerky gym owner trying to defeat his underdog rival (Vince Vaughn) at every turn. In the final match, when a dodgeball committee must decide the winner, it all comes down to you know who.

Chuck Norris originally said no to the cameo because he was a three hour drive away from where they were filming. Ben Stiller finally convinced him by calling him personally and sending a helicopter to get him. Chuck Norris says he didn't read the screenplay - he just choppered in, gave a quick thumbs up, and got out of there. So Chuck Norris of him. 


You Can Watch Chuck Norris Deliver a Chuck Norris Joke in The Expendables 2

Director and costar Sylvester Stallone is said to be a fan of Chuck Norris jokes and had invited Norris to appear in his Expendables sequel, but Norris balked and wanted the script scrubbed of swear words. Fun fact: apparently, Chuck Norris hates swear words. In the end though, the movie was rated R, and Norris's wife even picked his cameo's best line: "Chuck Norris was bitten by a cobra, and after five days of excruciating pain… the cobra died." (Skip to around the two-minute mark.)


Here He Is as a Young Villain in The Wrecking Crew

Chuck made his uncredited movie debut in this 1968 film that is the fourth and last in a series of movies that starred Dean Martin as secret agent Matt Helm. Skip forward to around the :33 mark to see Norris as one of the bad guys mounting an attack in a Chinese restaurant. Fun fact: The fight scenes were arranged by Bruce Lee.


He Doles Out Some Advice on The Goldbergs

In a 2015 episode of ABC's love letter to the 1980s, The Goldbergs, the younger brother, Adam, pranks his brother by sending him a letter that appears to be from Chuck Norris himself. Audiences were surprised when they heard what was actually Chuck Norris voicing the letter. We bet you've never heard Chuck Norris say the words "douche nozzle" before this.

 


NBD There's Chuck Norris on a Corvette on The Price Is Right

If Chuck Norris ever went on The Price is Right, the prize would be death. That's a joke, of course, because Chuck Norris DID make a cameo on The Price Is Right Million Dollar Spectacular in 2003 and the prize was actually a new Corvette. Then he rode out on the back of it, to the audience's delight. Fun fact: Chuck Norris taught Bob Barker martial arts


Chuck Norris Shows Up in the Music Video for "Chuck Norris"

Last summer pop star hopeful Laura Michelle released a single called "Chuck Norris," a catchy tune about a girl whose rival is taking everything she has, and how to release one's inner kung fu master to fight back. Toward the end, she's helped by a guy who offers her a bottle of water. . . and that guy is, you guessed it, Chuck Norris! The video, which Michelle says is based on watching Walker, Texas Ranger with her dad before he died, has racked up 13 million views.


Chuck Norris Turns Up in a Fight Scene in This '90s Made-for-TV Movie

This impossible-to-find 1993 made-for-TV movie was essentially a long video promoting country musician Randy Travis and his album of the same name. The plot of the movie centers on a group of people making a Western film and it unbelievably stars Burt Reynolds and Lou Diamond Phillips. In a fight scene, Chuck Norris pops up to take Randy Travis down to the ground.



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Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:41:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/chuck-norris-cameos/stacie-hougland
<![CDATA[The Best Sci Fi Novels for Smart People]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sci-fi-novels-for-smart-people/ranker-books

Sometimes you want to treat your intellect as well as your imagination. That's where these sci fi novels come in. These are the best science fiction novels for smart people, from the darkly comical to the expansive and epic. Some great science fiction books for smart people are travel tales while other good intelligent science fiction novels are about alien life forms. Many of the best hard sci fi novels have even been adapted into award-winning films.

What books will you find on this list of the best sci fi novels for smart people? If you're a fan of the classics, you might vote Brave New World by Aldous Huxley to the top. This timeless work appeals to intelligent readers because of its themes of class discrimination and psychological manipulation. It is largely considered one of the best science fiction works of all time. Dune by Frank Herbert is another intelligent sci fi book celebrated by readers all over the world. Other good books features on this must-read list include The Martian Chronicles, The Diamond Age, and The Man in the High Castle.

Which smart sci fi book is your favorite? Give the best novels a thumbs up and please add any intelligent science fiction works that are missing.


The Best Sci Fi Novels for Smart People,

Dune

1984

A Scanner Darkly

Brave New World

Stranger in a Strange Land

The Man in the High Castle

The Martian Chronicles

We

Foundation

Ender's Game


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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:29:11 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/sci-fi-novels-for-smart-people/ranker-books
<![CDATA[The Best Stories from Comedy Central's Drunk History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-drunk-history-stories/lisa-waugh

Season after season, funny stories from Drunk History pile up, emanating a boozy cloud of comedy and leaving behind a trail of historical nuggets. But which are your favorite? It’s a difficult task deciding which are the best Drunk History stories when each episode is packed full of talent who throw themselves face first into the burp-riddled stories of the ages. 

Which is your favorite Drunk History retelling? Crissle West regaling the heroism of dope-ass spy Harriet Tubman? Jen Kirkman making Winona Ryder as Mary Dyer curse her way around 1600s Boston? How about that time Bob Woodward threw up on Deep Throat’s shoes? And we know what a tool James Cook was, but Jonah Ray gives him some extra tooliness as he slurs his way to Hawaii to terrorize King Kalaniopuu.

But are these stories told by writers, comedians, and actors who are completely drunk off their asses accurate, you’re probably not asking? Psshaw! If you’re getting your historical information from Drunk History, you’re probably going to be just fine, unless you’re trying to pass a test or something. 

Drunk History’s version of Lewis and Clark should be taught in school. Not because it’s accurate, but more because Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark OMG hard throughout the retelling, making it relatable. After all, isn’t that what history is supposed to about? OMGing hard? 

What are the best Drunk History stories so far? Vote them up with a rousing, pantsless HUZZAH and BLEEP! 


The Best Stories from Comedy Central's Drunk History,

A Glazed Amber Ruffin Reveals That Rosa Parks Had a Predecessor, BUUUUURRP!

Ruffin tells the story of Claudette Colvin, a 15-year-old girl who was the first African-American to refuse to give her seat to a white person before Rosa Parks did. Ruffin boozily gets the story out with accuracy but not before she makes the judge in the segregation case burp, twice. She also gives some extra sass to Mariah Wilson’s Claudette Colvin, who drops the mic after winning her case and then talks to her cup, 55 years later. 


Jenny Slate’s Dog Makes It Into the Story of Coca-Cola

Bill Hader performs to Slate’s narration of John Pemberton inventing Coca-Cola and it’s just as charming and nuts as it sounds. Pemberton wanted to invent a tonic that would make women think “that they’ll never be nervous or have farts and make men think that they can be smarter.” Experimenting with the cocoa leaf, Pemberton ended up creating essentially cocaine wine, which Slate really doesn’t need. She does wonders just with regular wine. What makes this story excellent is Slate’s incessantly barking dog during her drunk interview. The editors decided to put the dog’s bark into the piece, giving the “line” to Derek Waters. 


A Tall Glass of Drunk Jonah Ray Retells James Cook’s D*ckishness in Hawaii

Ray, who is from Kailua, Hawaii, accurately depicts what a total douchenozzle James Cook was when he landed in Hawaii and showed everyone “how gnarly we can get.” He tips his hand when he takes King Kalaniopuu captive and kills his nephew, though, and seals his fate via a deadly “mosh pit.” Kalaniopuu sends most of Cook’s bones back to England in a sack. 


Chris Romano’s Pantsless Confession About His Dad, Johnny Cool

If you want to understand the mind of an arsonist, Romano may just have nailed it along with the help of Nick Offerman as Johnny Cool, a notorious and prolific arsonist. Offerman, Bob Odenkirk, and Connie Britton reenact this story so well, it needs to become a TV series in its own right. Romano claims that Johnny Cool is his father and he didn’t know that they weren’t Italian and they were in the Witness Protection Program due to his dad turning on his arson clients until he was 14 years old.


Jen Kirkman Is an Emotional, Sloshed Mess for Mary Dyer

Kirkman has been slurring her way through history since the web series. She gives Winona Ryder and Michael Cera some great material to work with in the retelling of free-thinker Mary Dyer. Setting aside Ryder and Cera’s incredible delivery of Kirkman sloppy drunk words, there are three things that make this story amazing: Ryder starred in The Crucible and is pretty much wearing the same costume; Chris Parnell as King Charles II; and Kirkman crying at the end and then throwing shade at Jim Morrison. 


Natasha Leggero and Her Fizzy Version of the Kidnapping of Patty Hearst

Leggero somehow manages to explain the strange story of the kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst in 1972, played by Kristin Wiig.  Despite being sloppy drunk, Leggero accurately recounts many of the details of Hearst’s abduction by the Symbionese Liberation Front and how Hearst came to sympathize with her kidnappers. Hearst went as far as to taking up their cause, extorting money from her family, robbing banks, and changing her name to Tanya. Leggero explains Hearst’s Stockholm syndrome by having Wiig’s Hearst/Tanya exclaim, “You guys, you’re my mommy.” Points for Terry Crews playing the cheerleader-like leader of the Symbionese Liberation Front. 


Mark Gagliardi Sneezes Through Stetson Kennedy’s Infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan

This obscure and fascinating story ties the KKK to Superman and is highlighted by Gagliardi’s sneezes and tendency to lie on the floor. Jason Ritter as Stetson Kennedy, the man who infiltrated the KKK, deftly handles the sneeze attack. Regardless, Gagliardi manages to impress as he narrates the Superman radio show on his back. 


Wasted Crissle West Slam Drunks the Harriet Tubman Spy Story

West is so hilarious at retelling the story of Tubman’s work as a Union spy, Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner thought it was worthy of casting Octavia Spencer. To see the Oscar winner mouth West’s drunken recounting makes this one of the best episodes of Drunk History. “I got this sh*t!” 


Dan Harmon’s Lit Tale of Murder, Blow, and the Rise of Griselda Blanco

Harmon is no stranger to the drink and the king of liver killers did justice to the retelling of the godmother of cocaine, Griselda Blanco, gloriously reenacted by Blanco doppelgänger Maya Rudolph. Her lover and betrayer is played by fellow SNL alum Horatio Sanz. We follow the story of how Blanco became a drug kingpin in Miami after single handedly mowing down her lover and his henchmen. 


Eric Edelstein’s Wasted Elvis Presley Meets Plastered Richard Nixon

Edelstein is an expert on all things Elvis so his boozy retelling of this famous meetup has a lot of clout. Best things about this story: Bob Odenkirk as Nixon, Jack McBrayer as his aide, and Jack Black as a glorious version of Elvis. Bonus points for the use of Dave Grohl as one of Elvis’s Memphis Mafia henchmen. 



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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:54:15 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-drunk-history-stories/lisa-waugh
<![CDATA[The Best Alien Contact Novels]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/alien-contact-novels/ranker-books

Humanity has long been fascinated with the idea of life on other planets. What would happen if extraterrestrials got close enough to Earth that we could communicate with them? This is a list of popular novels about alien contact, from Solaris to Battlefield Earth, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best alien novels come in many forms. Some great books that speculate about alien contact feature character who travel to distant planets while other extraterrestrial novels are about an attack on the planet earth. Many of the best sci fi novels about alien contact have even been adapted into award-winning films.

What books will you find on this best alien contact novels list? 2001:A Space Odyssey is one of the best. The book was written by Arthur C. Clarke who was simultaneously penning the screenplay of the same name. The recurring appearance of the monolith alludes to contact with extraterrestrials. Starship Troopers is another exciting novel about alien contact.

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells finds alien life forms attempting to overtake earth. Other good books featured on this top alien contact novels list include The Martian Chronicles, The Host, and A Fire Upon the Deep.

Which alien contact book do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good extraterrestrial novels we may have missed.


The Best Alien Contact Novels,

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Contact

Childhood's End

Rendezvous with Rama

Starship Troopers

The Andromeda Strain

The Gods Themselves

The Martian Chronicles

The War of the Worlds

2001: A Space Odyssey


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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:29:14 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/alien-contact-novels/ranker-books
<![CDATA[The Funniest, Drunkest Narrators on Comedy Central's Drunk History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-narrators-drunk-history/lisa-waugh

Pour your favorite cocktail and get ready for the funniest comedians on Comedy Central's Drunk History. The show has no reason to slow down until every single major and obscure historical event has been slurred through, and with so much lush and boozy content to cover, Drunk History has built a roster of inebriated all-stars. 

What qualities are you looking for in funny Drunk History narrators? Are you more impressed with those who can retain knowledge while trying to stay upright or those who can make shockingly accurate sound effects while telling their warped stories?

What works for you? Is it Jenny Slate’s sing-song lilt and way of shipping scientists? Or Kyle Kinane’s drunkest-man-in-the-world version of the Haymarket Riot? Or Chris Romano’s thing for taking off his pants, no matter the topic? History gets whitewashed over time, but you just know that some of our founding fathers ran around pants-less a time or seven. 

Jen Kirkman is a Drunk History fav, having slid to the floor numerous times in her reteller post. Her vertically-challenged fellow narrator Mark Gagliardi is also more comfortable slurring through history from a flat surface. Tymberlee Hill can be counted upon for passion as well as Crissle West and Artemis Pebdani. All three have inspired some of the best Drunk History episodes on the books. 

Who are the funniest comedians on Drunk History? Give them a wobbly thumbs up.


The Funniest, Drunkest Narrators on Comedy Central's Drunk History,

Artemis Pebdani

Pebdani may seem like she’s not so drunk, but she is pretty blotto. She holds it together like a pro for her retelling of the story of Mary Ellen Pleasant, the mother of civil rights in California.


Jen Kirkman

Kirkman is a Drunk History all-star for two reasons. She’s passionate about her topics (she cries over Mary Dyer’s story). And, she’s probably going to end up sliding off whatever she’s sitting on, coming to rest in a near face-plant, asking for snacks. Where IS her cheesy bread?! The best thing about her Dyer narration was her tears at the end while she also slammed Jim Morrison’s music. Fun fact: when Kirkman met Winona Ryder (who played Mary Dyer), host Derek Waters said, “They were in love with each other.”


Matt Gourley

Gourley has a knack for being charming while struggling to stay upright. He takes his job as narrator seriously, but… alcohol. He deserves props for gamely taking on the Watergate scandal in the very first episode, but he made us love him by throwing up (narrowly missing the sound guy), and then later eating cookies. Fred Willard as Mark Felt (a.k.a. Deep Throat) and Nathan Fielder as Bob Woodward had to act out the madness onscreen. 


Jenny Slate

Slate is a super cute drunk. For “A Sound in Space,” Slate gives reenactors Justin Long (Arno Penzias) and Jason Ritter (Robert Wilson) a wacky and wonderful soundtrack to perform to. She also creates a special relationship for the two scientists as they search for the mysterious sound from deep space.  


Preston Flagg

Flagg is a sweet drunk, although he is easily distracted by the mic, random urges to make sound effects, having to go pee in his backyard, or bursting into song.


Kyle Kinane

Kinane is by far one of the drunkest narrator warriors in the show’s history. He got legless for the retelling of the Haymarket Riot in Chicago, setting off a dual vomit session with Derek Waters.  Waters and the crew stayed with Kinane for a while after the shoot to make sure he was okay because he was far beyond the level of drunk required for the show. Kinane also likes to pick fights with Waters. He’s nobody’s fool. 


Alie Ward

They are a drynamric druo. At least that’s how they’d pronounce it when they're lit. Their eye-rolling take on Lewis and Clark is one for the books. Seriously, none of us can even with those STDs and their weird cures.  


Tymberlee Hill

Hill had already thrown up before she launched into her narration about Ella Fitzgerald (Gabourey Sidibe) and Marilyn Monroe (Juno Temple), but she’s so excited about telling the story of this famous friendship, it’s infectious. As drunk as she is, Hill hits all the highlights, including Ella’s scat. She closes out the retelling with genuine tears. 


Crissle West

West is passionate about Harriet Tubman’s work as a spy for the Union during the Civil War. She throws herself into the retelling with such relish and fire, it was worthy of Octavia Spencer being asked to play Tubman. It’s one of the best Drunk History episodes in the run of the show. Also, West’s take on Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall riots is also a thing of beauty. “I got my civil rights!”


Amber Ruffin

Ruffin has a way with hamboned history. She gets riled up when she’s talking about subjects she’s passionate about, whether it be the girl who came before Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin, or Carrie Nation, a radical proponent of the temperance movement.



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:31:17 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-narrators-drunk-history/lisa-waugh
<![CDATA[The 12 Strangest Superheroes from Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/odd-international-superheroes/joedonley

Since the 1940s, the United States has more or less dominated the market when it comes to peddling stories about super-powered individuals running around in brightly colored underwear, and that's... fine, but have you ever wondered else is out there? International superheroes are more than just the vaguely ethnic additions to the super teams of Marvel and DC Comics. Countries across the globe have their own takes on what makes a hero "super" and the diversity is, honestly, staggering.

Check out these global superheroes that are pretty damn different from anything grown in the United States!


The 12 Strangest Superheroes from Around the World,

Judge Dredd - England

Hailing from England, Dredd is just one of the officers that serve as judge, jury, and executioner in the 1977 series 2000 AD. Originally, Judge Dredd served as commentary to an ongoing portrayal and glamorization of police brutality taking place in the films of the 1970s (see: Dirty Harry), but because the universe loves irony, the character became a rapid success among people who might lean on the more conservative side of the political spectrum who enjoyed the stories for what they were, rather than delve into the message that was being told.


Cybersix - Argentina

Published as a comic in 1992 and then adapted into an animated series in 1999, Cybersix is an action comic/series from Argentina. Like all good stories involving cyborgs, Nazi scientists are involved, doing fun things like attempting to reanimate corpses with bodies supplied by prisoners of the concentration camps before the war's end. Experiments continued, resulting in the Cyber Series and the birth of Cybersix (Cyber-6), our heroine who takes names and kicks ass at night, while maintaining a day job and alter ego as a male high school literature teacher.


Nelvana of the Northern Lights - Canada

Predating Wonder Woman, Nelvana of the Northern Lights was the first Canadian national superhero when she debuted in 1941. She was created by Adrian Dingle, who was inspired by stories told by Franz Johnston about a woman he met during his travels. Nelvana's powers included invisibility and traveling at the speed of light along a trail of auroras. She also fought against the Axis during World War II and became a secret agent.

In 2013, Hope Nicholson started a Kickstarter campaign to republish the series for the first time since its original run. It was successfully funded within five days and is now published by IDW.


Blacksad

Spanish writer Juan Diaz Canales and artist Juanjo Guarnido created Blacksad, a noir-style private investigator series, for a French audience. Set in 1950s America, every character is some form of anthropomorphic animal that reflects their personality, similar to Art Spiegelman's Maus (which you should totally check out because it's fucking incredible). Dark and gritty, Blacksad resembles the classic antihero we all wanted to be in those legendary classic films that graced old Hollywood.


Captain Canuck - Canada

Launching in 1975, Captain Canuck was Canada's first successful post-war superhero after the collapse of the admittedly small comic industry of the Great White North. The first Captain Canuck, Tom Evans, was a secret agent who gained his powers from an encounter with aliens. He was more of what we would consider a "street level" hero today; his storylines centered around fighting evil corporations and eco-terrorists rather than god-like monsters, which were incredibly popular at the time.


The Sentai Rangers - Japan

The eventual inspiration for the American phenomenon Power Rangers, Super Sentai is an ongoing genre series created by Shotaro Ishinomori that first premiered back in 1975. Each series features a new plot, villains, costumes, weapons and most importantly, they are (generally) not connected to one another in any way shape or form. This is radically different from its American counterpart, the first 300 or so episodes of which all tied together. The sheer number of series and episodes that have gone into Super Sentai are straight-up staggering and the level of camp is consistently high and delightful across the board. Check out this video of every Red Ranger of the Super Sentai from 1975-2015!


Kwezi - South Africa

Kwezi is the first South African comic that's really made a splash outside of its home market and it's totally worth checking out. We follow Kwezi, a narcissistic 19-year-old living in Johannesburg who develops powers. Honestly, this is a pretty standard origin story for a new hero, but one thing stands out: a fair portion of the story focuses on the idea of one's willingness to be a hero, something a lot of Western comics don't explore as much - many of our heroes are selfless to a fault.


Superdupont - France

Superdupont was first introduced in 1974 as a hybrid parody of both Superman and the French Nationalist movement. Super patriotic and gifted with flight and moderate strength, Superdupont fights against the secret organization "Anti-France," a terrorist cell that's out to, you guessed it, destroy France. "Anti-France" members are all foreigners that don't speak French and are a social commentary on the paranoia that a portion of French citizens held/hold concerning the non-French.


Ler, Ursus, Khan, and Xenia - Russia

Guardians is an upcoming film that appears to be Russia's answer to Marvel's insanely successful cinematic ventures. Centered around a group of Cold War-era Soviet superheroes, each hero represents a different nationality of the (now former) USSR, with powers to reflect their respective strengths and traditions. It's not clear what part of the USSR is reflected by a man with a bear's head and claws as apart of their anatomy, but we're 1000% here for it. Guardians opens in Russia in February 2017.


Marinette and Adrian - France

A relatively new show to the United States, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is a TV show of French origin (first debuting in South Korea) that follows the adventures and tribulations of Parisian teenagers Marinette and Adrian, who just happen to have magical spirits that live in their accessories. These spirits give their holders unique powers rooted in creation (Ladybug) and destruction (Cat Noir) and are the primary focus of the Big Bad of the series, the evil Hawk Moth ("le Papillon" in French - literally "The Butterfly"; super menacing).



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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:01:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/odd-international-superheroes/joedonley
<![CDATA[Ranking All 100+ Jason Voorhees Kill Scenes in the Friday the 13th Franchise]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/jason-kills-friday-the-13th/christopher-myers

The Friday the 13th franchise owes a lot to Jason Voorhees. The immortal man-demon has killed over 153 people, depending on how you count it. That is a lot of kills for one slasher (the most, in fact). In honor of this groundbreaking feat, this is a compilation of all the kill scenes with which Jason can be credited.

Here are the ground rules: Kills that occur in dream sequences don't count. Kills that occur off-screen don't count (they are not scenes). Virtual reality holograms don't count. Robots don't count. The 2009 remake doesn't count, as it operates in a different universe. Kills that are carried out by someone being possessed by Jason do count. Let the blood bath begin.


Ranking All 100+ Jason Voorhees Kill Scenes in the Friday the 13th Franchise,

Mark

A machete to the face is one thing, but pushing a guy in a wheelchair down the stairs is just mean.


Debby

A movie character reading Fangoria is a great example of dramatic irony.


Cort

Jason also murders the R.V. in this scene.


Judy

Jason shows us the subtle difference between a sleeping bag and a body bag.


Alice Hardy

Alice makes it all the way through the first movie just to go out like this.


Jeff and Sandra

Lovers on a stick, a two-for-one special.


Jimmy

He should have stuck with beer.


Vera

That shot is one-in-a-million. Those spear gun lessons really paid off.


Andy

This is why it is a bad idea to walk around on your hands. Ouch.


Nikki

Oblivious driver is oblivious.



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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:01:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/jason-kills-friday-the-13th/christopher-myers
<![CDATA[Bad Video Games You Played as a Kid Because You Didn't Know Any Better]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/video-games-that-sucked-but-you-played-anyway/jacob-shelton

Before the Internet gave us the ability to learn anything about everything, more or less on a whim, there really wasn’t a way to figure out what video games to play. If you were lucky you had friends who could guide you on what games to pick up for your Nintendo, but if you were an only child with a non-existent friend group, you were stuck scanning the aisles at your local video store and grabbing whatever looked the coolest. This led to playing a lot of video games that sucked. Yet you still played.

Sometimes it was out of frustration - maybe you just hadn’t figured out how to master Hudson Hawk - and other times it was because you blew all your allowance on a game and you had to get your money’s worth. Keep reading to commiserate about old video games you hated, but still played.

There are a lot of players out there who wish for the simpler time of the SNES and Sega Genesis, but the fact of the matter is that a lot of those games were terrible. Most of them had really bad gameplay, or they completely misinterpreted an original idea to get a few bucks. We’ve put together some of the worst nostalgic video games in history, but you can always leave a comment with what game you really hated to play.

Remember to vote up your favorite awful video game from your childhood. 


Bad Video Games You Played as a Kid Because You Didn't Know Any Better,

Ecco the Dolphin

Can someone please explain why people love this game? What was so fun about driving a dolphin around the ocean and doing nothing else? It was like a Lisa Frank notebook come to life. 


Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero

Do you remember how cool it was that the Mortal Kombat games were going to branch out into a series of action-adventure games that explored the back stories of each character? Do you also remember how bad Mortal Kombat Mythologies was? This was the first time a Mortal Kombat game let the world down, and it definitely wouldn't be the last. 


Star Trek: 25th Anniversary

The Star Trek franchise has never been the best about giving their fans extra media outside of film and television (aside from the interactive VCR game The Klingon Challenge - that game is golden). Though there was one NES game that let players follow the adventures of Captain Kirk as he... does something? If you were a young Star Trek fan you probably walked around the maze-like levels of plants until your face hurt, but don't worry - it was Star Trek, not you. 


Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

What a missed opportunity. For anyone that loved the original Legend of Zelda game The Adventure of Link was such a confusing misstep that it almost turned everyone off the series forever. As a kid it was easy to think that the problem was you, not the heavily botched semi-RPG. 


Superman

There was something wrong with this game. Not only did it ruin what should have been a relatively simply side scrolling, beat-'em-up game, but it introduced an incredibly complicated system of kryptonite that ruined the gameplay. But kids may not have immediately know that the game was the problem, so they spend an entire weekend trying to figure out the dynamics of this game only to consistently fail. 


Back to the Future

If we had a Delorean, the first thing we would do is go back in time and stop ourselves from playing this awful imitation of a game. For a lot of people this game was the beginning of their distrust with the entertainment industry. When will we learn that film tie-ins never work?


Batman Forever

Batman Forever was one of those games that looked awesome in the demo. Batman could morph into a bullet proof sarcophagus thing, he could whip his cape, he was a regular Captain Awesome. Unfortunately, all of that stuff was basically impossible to do if you were a 10 year old who hadn't yet mastered the intricacies of button mashing. 


Home Alone

Remember in Home Alone where Kevin has to hide all of his family's stuff while dodging ghosts? No? Huh, how'd that get into this horrible game, then?


Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

What red-blooded kid wasn't excited about the promise of playing as a power ranger in a game that LOOKED JUST LIKE THE TV SHOW?! OMG! Well, it turned out that the "game" was more of a collection of cut scenes that left entire birthday parties full of 10 year olds bored out of their minds. 


Friday the 13th

A video game where you get to kill Jason should have been such a fun game, but this travesty of a side scroller was such a let down. That didn't mean we didn't spend months trying to run our way across Camp Crystal Lake dodging wolves and zombies. You know, like in the movie.



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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:31:22 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/video-games-that-sucked-but-you-played-anyway/jacob-shelton
<![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,

Be Wherever You Are

In Steven Universe, Lars and Sadie have had their share of ups and downs, most poignantly in "Island Adventure." But for one song, for one short stretch, we see both of them happy and interacting in a fun way, and it's kind of refreshing. The song also reminds us to remember to relax sometimes, and let go for a little while. Of course, it all comes crashing down after the song, but for the duration of this tune, you can't help but smile along with Lars and Sadie.


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!


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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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:41:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/sweet-steven-universe-songs/laura-allan
<![CDATA[All 10 Old Microsoft Windows Games from the '90s, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-old-microsoft-windows-games/jacob-shelton

It’s safe to say most of us grew up using a computer that ran some version of Microsoft’s classic home PC software, and because you probably weren’t a child accountant, you likely spent your time playing the games that came with Windows. Microsoft was very cool about including different types of games for all types of players. There were puzzle games, pinball, and even classic card games for those of us who enjoyed an old school sensibility with the added class of not having to touch a filthy stack of cards. But which were the best Microsoft Windows games? You’re going to help answer that question in this ranking of all the old Microsoft games.

Maybe this is rose-tinted hindsight speaking, but there was something pure about '90s Microsoft games. They all had a simple conceit, but never lost their luster. If you don’t think that’s true, think back to the countless games of solitaire you played and try to convince anyone you didn’t love it. Could you have been outside chasing butterflies? Probably, but then you never would have seen the fireworks that go off when you beat a game of FreeCell in less than ten minutes. Now that was living.

Vote on your favorite old Microsoft Windows games and if you were too cool for mahjong get real in the comments and tell us what you liked to play. 


All 10 Old Microsoft Windows Games from the '90s, Ranked,

Chip's Challenge

For a lot of millennials Chip's Challenge was the first puzzle game you played, and it was the perfect primer to prepare your inner nerd for a lifetime of fawning over Legend of Zelda. Raise your hand if you still see that warp door in your dreams. 


JezzBall

Oh JezzBall, you're just an out-of-date computer game, so you'll never know how happy you made a generation of bored latchkey kids. The day a JezzBall app shows up for iPhones is the day all work on the planet stops. 


Microsoft Mahjong

Admit it, you tried to play Mahjong so many times on Windows 98 and never got further than staring at the large pyramid of tiles, trying to figure out what to do with them. Are you supposed to make pictures? Kung fu slice them? For the love of god, please! What is this?!


Rodent's Revenge

Rodent's Revenge was such a weird puzzle game, and it really doesn't get enough credit for being a kind of reverse Pac Man. Didn't the cats you trap turn into skeletons after the clock ran out? And isn't trapping cats kind of inherently weird? 


SkiFree

SkiFree probably offers the best gameplay to those who've never skied before IRL. Thing is, once you've been out on the slopes, you know there's no way it compares to being chased by a pixelated abominable snow man. Thus, SkiFree has ruined your skiing forever. 


Minesweeper

Do you remember how frustrating it was when you saw people solve Minesweeper in one move? Most of us were never able to capture that magic, but it must've been very, very satisfying. Muy satisfecho, as they say en Español. 


Pipe Mania

Do you think Pipe Dream is responsible for millions of millennials being unable to fix real world problems with straight forward solutions? What's not to love about this game? It's kinda like Tetris, but instead of clearing out lines of weird Russian blocks, you got to make a giant mess.  


Solitaire

If you were born any time after 1985, you can probably count the number of times you've played solitaire IRL on one hand. Who knew Microsoft struck anti-boredom gold when they included this classic rainy day game on all of their computers? 


FreeCell

Most of us will never understand how FreeCell is different from Solitaire, but moms of the world insist it's a totally disparate experience. Maybe it's something you only truly understand when you're over 40 and have a son who won't stop pretending to be a ninja and you're halfway through a bottle of red and, like, seriously, this game is not the same as Solitaire


Black Hole Pinball

It was a revelation when computer users discovered they never had to go to an arcade again to play pinball. On one hand, the tactile nature of playing on big machines is unbeatable, but free games forever? YES PLEASE!



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Tue, 15 Nov 2016 07:11:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-old-microsoft-windows-games/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Lovely Studio Ghibli Films You Haven't Seen, But Really Should]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/underrated-studio-ghibli-films/tamar-altebarmakian

So you own a Totoro plushie, made your own soot sprites, and named your cat after Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service, but have you seen these underrated Studio Ghibli films? If not, grab a buddy and some popcorn because Ghibli’s catalog is a lot bigger than the five or six Miyazaki films you've probably seen. In this list of Studio Ghibli films you should watch, you’ll find a movie for whatever mood you’re in, and each one contains the Ghibli hallmarks of timeless themes, moving narratives, and compelling characters.

Some of these Studio Ghibli films people haven't seen, like Grave of the Fireflies and When Marnie Was There, have a more serious and somber tone than their more well known counterparts. Others, like The Tale of Princess Kaguya and The Cat Returns, have a fairy-tale quality to them reminiscent of the most beloved Ghibli films. All of them live up to the high standard audiences have come to expect of any film tagged with the logo of globally recognizable forest spirit Totoro.


Lovely Studio Ghibli Films You Haven't Seen, But Really Should,

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies is an anti-war drama set in Japan at the end of World War II. It follows a 14-year-old boy and his younger sister as they endure the harsh realities of the war’s aftermath. In its initial release, it was billed alongside the fairly lighthearted My Neighbor Totoro, and could not be any more different in tone than its counterpart.

While Totoro enjoys continued success years after its release, Grave of the Fireflies did not. Compared to the fantastical and fairy tale-esque films in Ghibli's catalog, Grave of the Fireflies' s bleak setting and heartrending narrative made it difficult to watch for some viewers. This is a heartbreaking, beautiful movie that will leave you stunned and silent long after the credits have rolled.


Pom Poko

Pom Poko is about a community of tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs) with an ancient past and the power to transform into anything or anyone. In Japanese culture, tanuki are both real animals and mythical creatures, which plays into the film's story and themes; as society becomes further and further removed from nature, the powers of the tanuki have less impact on humans. Mystery and myth fade and die. 

In the film, when the homes of the tanuki are threatened by sprawl, the creatures decide to take a stand. Like some other films on this list, Pom Poko doesn't have the easy, fairy-tale ending common in some more popular Ghibli films. While the majority of the movie is a joyous romp, it ends on a somber note of warning. 


Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso is about a bounty-hunting World War I veteran who gets turned into a pig. Take a second if you need to let that sink in. Freedom is a big theme in the film, which is no surprise, as the characters are trapped between two World Wars. Freedom comes in the form of an airplane and the sky; the characters are at their happiest when they're in the air. Like in The Wind Rises, Miyazaki's passion for aviation is prominently showcased in this film.


The Cat Returns

If you’re a fan of cats and Ghibli, The Cat Returns is the movie for you. Haru's life changes when she saves a cat from being hit by a truck. The incident prompts a latent power to surface, as Haru discovers she can talk to cats. Things get a little Alice in Wonderland as Haru is thrust into the Cat Kingdom and starts to turn into a cat. She even gets proposed to by the prince of the cats. Needless to say, required viewing for cat enthusiasts.


Arrietty

Based on the book The Borrowers by Mary Norton, Arrietty or The Secret World of Arrietty, follows a young, tiny girl who lives under the floors and in the walls of a human family’s house. The film was heavily praised for its animation and ability to transport viewers into Arrietty’s world. It was also praised for its enchanting soundtrack, scored by French vocalist and harpist, Cecile Corbel. It's a sweet, unique film definitely worth your time. 


Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart is about a quiet, bookish young girl who meets a charming man who inspires her to follow her dreams and break out of her introverted shell. It’s an incredibly uplifting movie that might prompt you to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. If that’s not enough to pique your curiosity, the movie also features a cat in a top hat named the Baron who, in typical Ghibli fashion, serves as a guide for the protagonist.

Whisper of the Heart was the directorial debut of Ghibli animator Yoshifumi Kondō. Miyazaki called him "one of the best among the hundreds of animators I ever met," and Kondō's untimely death (he passed in 1998 of an aneurysm, possibly from working too much) prompted Miyazaki to create a long-term plan for his retirement, to avoid working himself to death. He never made a second film. 


From up on Poppy Hill

From Up on Poppy Hill doesn't have fantastical elements, but that doesn't make it any less magical. The movie follows a young girl as she tries to reconcile her past with her present. Unlike many well known Ghibli films, From Up on Poppy Hill is more character oriented than plot-driven, which may have initially turned some Ghibli fans off. However, fans who tuned in were treated to a meditative piece evoking a strong sense of nostalgia.


The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises was the last film directed by Ghibli visionary Hayao Miyazaki before he retired in 2013. Based on a true story, it follows Jiro Horikoshi as he attempts to create a new fighter plane. Like Grave of the Fireflies, The Wind Rises adopts a grounded tone, with little-to-no fantastical elements or lovable creatures fans have come to expect of Ghibli. That said, The Wind Rises is an inspirational film about following your dreams.

As Miyazaki's final film, The Wind Rises can easily be read as the director's rumination on art, and the way in which the things we create are taken away from us and assume a life of their own, for better or worse. 


The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Based on a well-known Japanese folk-tale, The Tale of Princess Kaguya tells the story of a little girl who's taken in by a family that finds her in a glowing bamboo shoot. The animation style differs from other Ghibli films in that it's light and sketch-like, which lends the movie an otherworldly feel. Despite critical acclaim, The Tale of Princess Kaguya didn't preform very well in the box-office, earning back only half of the production costs


When Marnie Was There

When Marnie Was There follows a young girl named Anna, a foster kid suffering from depression, struggling to figure out who she is. Things start to look up when she meets the mysterious Marnie, and the two form a strong friendship. Like many Ghibli films, When Marnie Was There explores themes of loss, loneliness, and love, but it is one of the few Ghibli films to unflinchingly shows how feelings of inadequacy and being unwanted can affect a child. 



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Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:31:34 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/underrated-studio-ghibli-films/tamar-altebarmakian
<![CDATA[The Weirdest Small Towns in the United States]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-american-small-towns/noah-henry

A post on Medium in May 2016 attempted to tackle a seemingly unanswerable question: what's the weirdest town in America? To do this, Lyman Stone used twenty different variables, including what percentage of each city's population was foreign-born, married, working, in the armed forces, etc. He then compared that data to national averages. What he found was that San Jose, CA, is the most bizarre town in the US. But though it may be demographically weird, San Jose doesn't hold a candle to these weird small towns in the United States.

Truth be told, there are thousands of weird US towns that didn't make this list, some of which include Hollywood, Portland, and Providence. The following, however, are notorious for their stark oddity. If you've ever wanted to travel America in search of the silliest, saddest, and most psychopathic of all the states, consider this a travel guide to the weirdest small towns in America.


The Weirdest Small Towns in the United States,

Nameless

Of the many unusual names of American cities, including Ugly, TX, Peculiar, MO, and Accident, MD, Nameless, TN, is one of the best. Legend has it that a long time ago when its residents applied for a post office, they left the name on the application blank, so the US Post Office Department issued applications back with "Nameless" stamped on the form. Sounds like somebody at the Post Office was trolling.


Whittier

There is a small town 58 miles southeast of Anchorage where everyone lives together. In one building.

The 14-story Begich Towers is home to the 214 people of Whittier, AK. It was originally an army barracks, but the tower grew to include a police station, a post office, store, church, video rental shop, playground, and health center. It's a cozy nook if there ever was one.


Centralia

In 1981, there were 1,000 people living in Centralia, PA. By 2010, there were 10. What happened? Well, there's been a coal mine fire burning beneath the town since 1962. Sinkholes, toxic smoke, gas—the highway itself is hot to the touch. Residents apparently couldn't deal. Although it's been on fire for decades, experts believe that it may burn for another 250 years. If, for some bizarre reason, this sounds like a place where you'd like to live, you can't. In 1992, the state of Pennsylvania seized all the property in the town and condemned it. They allowed the then-current residents to stay, but once they die, that'll be the end of Centralia.


Colma

In Colma's two square miles, there are 17 cemeteries. The San Mateo County necropolis has been dubbed the "City of Souls" because it hosts an estimated two million dead people and only 1,200 live ones. Back in the days of William Randolph Hearts and Wyatt Earp—who are actually buried there—they transported dead bodies in San Francisco to Colma to make room.


Monowi

There is literally one person who lives in Monowi, NE. Her name is Elsie Eiler. She used to live in Monowi with her husband, Rudy, but he passed away in 2004. Elsie is the mayor, the town bartender, and the sole librarian. She pays taxes to herself. Elsie is an octogenarian, meaning the town might soon be abandoned. 


Roswell

It's been called the home of "the world's most famous, most exhaustively investigated, and most thoroughly debunked UFO claim." In 1947, residents of Roswell, NM, saw what appeared to be a UFO crash. The military said it was a conventional weather balloon, but many still believe. The town has since become synonymous with UFOs and extraterrestrial conspiracy theories. The good news? Its tourist industry is thriving.


The Villages

In 2015, reports began to materialize about a retirement community in Florida hosting epic levels of STDs. It was true. In "Florida's Friendliest Retirement Hometown," you wouldn't be hard-pressed to find two elderly lovebirds doing it on a golf cart. Seriously, that actually happened.

The Villages is home to 70,000 residents. There are 34 golf courses and whole heaps of fun things to do. According to the New York Post, the STD rates in this small town are some of the highest in Florida. Resident Roselyn Shelley said, "Whatever you know about 20-year-olds, it's the same with seniors." Not sure if that's gross or something to look forward to.


Miracle Village, FL - The Town of Sex Offenders

Miracle Village is a small housing development outside of Pahokee, FL, that's home to more than 100 registered sex offenders. It was founded by a minister named Richard Witherow who worked in prisons for 30 years. He created the development as a place for recently released sex offenders to live while reintegrating into the community. Witherow and his ministry, Matthew 25, oversee the development and have final approval over who lives there.


Gibsonton, FL - Where Carnies Go to Chill

Of the 14,234 residents of Gibsonton, FL, a sizable portion of them are carnival workers and sideshow freaks looking to spend the off-season in a warm, welcoming climate. Residents affectionately call their home "Gibtown." There was even once a local police chief who was a dwarf and a fire chief who was an 8-foot-tall giant. 


Slab City, CA - Off the Grid

In the words of Vice, "This bizarre, lawless land in the California desert is inhabited by drug addicts, eccentrics, army vets, hippies and just plain old weirdos. Slab City is referred to by its residents as 'the last free place in America.'"

Remember that scene in Into the Wild when Emile Hirsch meets Kristen Stewart? That was in Slab City. It's a place where hobos can live in peace, off the grid, free to smoke crack and be hippies. There are 150 people who permanently live there, but squatters and RV owners sometimes visit to pass the time. Decommissioned and uncontrolled, Slab City is a bastion for the free spirited anti-socialite.



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:01:35 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-american-small-towns/noah-henry
<![CDATA[All 19 Star Trek Series & Movies, Ranked by Trekkies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-star-trek-series-and-movies/aaron-edwards

After fifty years, six TV shows, and thirteen films… it’s safe to say Star Trek has become a fundamental pillar of our culture. The best Star Trek series make us reexamine ourselves and our society, which has been key to the franchise’s ability to stay in our hearts and minds after so many years. Really, Star Trek has the capacity to be just about any genre it wants: an exploration show, an action thriller, or a character piece. Anything works, as long as the writing and acting are good enough.

But sometimes… the quality of Star Trek varies. After all, with hundreds of episodes produced they can’t all be “City on the Edge of Forever.” Sometimes you get a “Threshold” or a “Spock’s Brain.” But which series are the best? And for that matter, how do they rank against the films? Well, now’s your chance to help us figure it out. Below, Trekkies ranked have every Star Trek series and movie ever released. Where do your favorites place? Check the list and vote for what you think are the best Star Trek series and movies!


All 19 Star Trek Series & Movies, Ranked by Trekkies,

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Because the show wasn’t in the spotlight of the public zeitgeist the same way The Next Generation was, the writers of DS9 were free to do just about anything they wanted. What we got was a show that not only examined the dark underbelly of Gene Roddenberry’s utopian future, but gave us fantastic characters that grew tremendously over the course of seven years. Oh, and the Dominion War. The Dominion War was just amazing. 


Star Trek: First Contact

An action movie so well paced it’s hard not to be impressed. Picard’s quest for revenge as he's in danger of losing his future and his ship to the Borg is full of passionate moments, while the humor on the planet actually plays pretty well. Even Data’s new emotion trip is used to enrich his character and the story being told. But as well as the Borg Queen worked, her existence did take away from some of the menace of the collective. 


Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

In many ways, this movie was the best and worst thing to ever happen to Star Trek. Yes, its story about Khan seeking revenge and Kirk suffering from a mid-life crisis allowed for some of the most human and emotional moments of the franchise, but it dared every film after to live up to its perfect mix of character drama and smart action. It revitalized the franchised even if it had to kill its most beloved character to accomplish the goal. 


Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

One of the few attempts Star Trek ever made at comedy that actually intentionally worked. The idea of a probe looking for humpback whales is a little weird, but it’s played with just the right amount of creepiness and mystery that you don’t question the premise. The fish out of water moments in the second act have become comedy classics in their own right, from Kirk screaming “Double dumbass on you!” to the hysterical chase sequence in a hospital, to Scotty desperately trying to use a Mac. It’s such an earnest movie with a good message and a pure heart, you can’t help but love it…


Star Trek: The Next Generation

The first two seasons may be rocky, but seasons 3-6 (AKA the Riker's Beard seasons) are some of the best science fiction TV ever made. There are too many standout and classic episodes to count, and it launched the careers of many notable TV writers including Ron Moore and Naren Shankar. The crew of the Enterprise-D has become just as iconic as their original counterparts, and in many ways made a bigger impact on the franchise as a whole. 


Star Trek: The Original Series

The first two seasons are just spectacular television, full of subversive (for the time) storytelling and imaginative world building. The crew of the original Enterprise was so idealistic and charming it was hard not to think of them as family. The stories themselves, including "Balance of Terror," "Journey to Babel," and the "Devil in the Dark" have become true television classics. The third season doesn't quite reach the pinnacle set by the two preceding seasons, but it still isn't too bad.


Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

A Cold War thriller that perfectly plays on the hopes and fears that came with the fall of the Iron Curtain. The film smartly doesn’t try to be Wrath of Khan, but instead plays with a murder mystery in space that ties into the very heart of its characters. It not only works as an engaging movie, but as a wonderful send-off for the original crew. Oh, and Captain Sulu rocked our world. 


Star Trek: Voyager

Voyager throws Star Trek into the deep end of the Delta Quadrant, with the crew struggling to return home for seven seasons. However, it almost never showed them in deteriorating conditions or questioning their ethics. Many of the characters also don’t get the growth or attention they deserved. But seasons 3, 4, and 5 were very solid TV, the Doctor and Seven of Nine really shined with some wonderful characterization, and it did succeed in giving us strange new worlds and civilizations. 


Star Trek

The movie is so well acted, directed, and paced that it completely fools you into thinking it makes sense. While there are plot holes big enough to tear Vulcan apart, it’s also hard to care when the movie is just so much fun. The new cast sizzles, the new aesthetic (one too many lens flares aside) is awe-inspiring, and Leonard Nimoy’s return as Spock is bound to induce more than a few tears.


Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness is a well acted, well directed, and well shot re-imagining of Wrath of Khan, with the titular villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Trying to one up the original however, the creators thought to put a side-story villain played by Peter Weller. While the film is far from perfect story-wise, it is one of the most beautiful Trek films ever.



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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:41:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-star-trek-series-and-movies/aaron-edwards
<![CDATA[US Presidents with the Strangest Hobbies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/us-presidents-with-weird-hobbies/aaron-edwards

Let’s face it, it takes a pretty uncommon person to become president. That probably means that there are going to be more than a few US presidents with weird hobbies. Given that a good number of presidents didn’t have television or even radio, they had to find something to do with all their time. Some of the hobbies of US presidents were more ordinary, like playing piano or collecting stamps. But some great men just can’t have regular hobbies. No, those men have to do things to the extreme. Some take up recreational violence (sports like boxing and wrestling) on the side, or eccentric rituals, or even creative pursuits. Sometimes, great men need great hobbies to occupy their time.

So, if you’re curious check out the list of weird hobbies of US presidents below and vote up your favorite presidential hobby. Just keep one thing in mind: no one, president or otherwise, will ever be able to match the pastimes of Teddy Roosevelt. 


US Presidents with the Strangest Hobbies,

John Quincy Adams Regularly Skinny Dipped

John Quincy Adams had a lot of history attached to his name. He was the son of a founding father, he died on the floor of congress, and he was the sixth president of the United States. He also loved to swim around naked. It’s been reported that he would wake early every day and swim nude in the Potomac River at 5 a.m. The first female journalist ever to interview a president, Anne Royall, accomplished this historic feat by withholding Adams’ clothing until he agreed to a discourse. 


Abraham Lincoln Wrestled

Not only did Lincoln lead America through the Civil War and help end slavery, he also knew his way around a wrestling mat. When he was a kid in New Salem, Illinois, Lincoln learned to grapple and got quite a reputation after beating a local bully. Even more impressive was that his ability to kick butt was mentioned during an election in 1858. His opponent, Stephen Douglas, used his knowledge of Lincoln's wrestling tales to prove that he knew him well. When Lincoln ran for the presidency in 1860, the mentions of his wrestling skill came up again... only this time he won the election. In the end, it's become part of the Lincoln legend portraying just how strong and righteous he was. 


Richard Nixon Was a Card Shark

You would think Nixon’s paranoid personality would make him lousy at cards, but that couldn’t have been farther from the truth. During his time in the Navy during World War II, Nixon got an infamous reputation for being the best bluffer in the service - Tricky Dick, indeed. He won so much money during his time in the service, he used it to fund his campaign for the US House of Representatives in 1946. He continued to play with other Congressmen, and some would later say he wasn’t as good as his reputation suggested. 


Calvin Coolidge Rode a Mechanical Horse

President Coolidge really loved riding horses, but developed an allergy that meant he was unable to ride them. So, when someone gave him a mechanical horse as a joke gift… he didn’t really see the joke. He put it in a dressing room right next to his bedroom so he could always keep it close. He rode the apparatus regularly while wearing his hat, which amused his wife and their guests to no end. At the end of the day, no one had a problem with the practice because it let the president get some exercise. 


George Washington Enjoyed Mule Breeding

When a person breeds a male donkey and a female horse, they get a mule. People frequently use mules as pack animals because of their hardy and obedient natures (and also because they eat less). They also weren’t native to America before George Washington. After seeing how effective they were in Spain, our first president spent a pretty big chunk of his time breeding mules. The towns people and local farmers of Mount Vernon joined Washington in his crusade, using George’s animals to breed their own.


Teddy Roosevelt Loved to Throw Down in the Ring

Back when Roosevelt was governor of New York, he started taking wrestling lessons from the middleweight boxing champion of the time. Roosevelt’s financial advisor was horrified and tried to suggest he take up billiards, instead. But Roosevelt had already fallen in love with boxing. In fact, Roosevelt boxed well into his presidency, but had to stop after an artillery captain permanently damaged his eye. Still, you have to respect a leader of the free world who’s willing to step into the ring with any opponent. 


Lyndon B. Johnson Liked to Scare His Guests During Joyrides

Remember that scene in the A Spy Who Loved Me with Bond’s submarine car? Well, LBJ beat him to it by about ten years. The president had an amphibious car he often used to drive his guests around his ranch. As he drove, he’d pretend to lose control of the car (and its brakes) as it sped into a lake. This, of course, scared the hell out of his guests - who were reportedly delighted to learn the car was amphibious shortly after. It was as much a morbid pastime as it was a way to test the character of those he drove around. 


Theodore Roosevelt Killed Animals by the Thousands

In addition to fighting just about anyone he could in the ring, Teddy Roosevelt tested his constitution by hunting every type of animal he could find on God’s Earth. His true test as a hunter really came after his presidency when he took an 11-month safari through Africa. On that trip he trapped or shot over 11,000 animals which includes just about everything you can think of from insects to elephants. He then had the corpses stuffed as pieces of taxidermy and donated them to the Smithsonian Institution. 


George W. Bush Loves to Paint

Our 43rd President wore many hats in his time. He was in the Texas Air National Guard, he was an entrepreneur, he managed the Texas Rangers, and he was a politician. But after his two terms as President, Bush has taken up painting as a hobby. His subjects mostly include landscapes and dogs, but he also does portraits of world leaders. But more than anything he really seems to love painting those dogs


Thomas Jefferson Invented Spy Gadgets

When he wasn’t leading a revolution, Thomas Jefferson loved to invent gadgets. He helped advance the science of agriculture by inventing a plow that was easier to pull. He also created an updated sundial in the form of a sphere. But his coolest work was to help out American spies during the Revolutionary War. He invented the “wheel cipher,” which was an iron pin containing 26 spinning wooden disks that could be used to decipher coded messages. That way, The British couldn't read intercepted messages. 



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<![CDATA['90s Computer Games You Remember Playing in 3rd Grade]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/nostalgic-90s-computer-games/jacob-shelton

The early '90s were a great time for any kid who loved computer games. Computers were big, bulky, and slow, but the '90s computer games we ran on them were absolutely amazing. It’s hard to whittle down the best computer games from the 1990s because what we played at that age ingrained itself in our brains and became deeply personal.

Your favorite game from the early '90s might have been a weird bargain bin find from an electronics shop, or maybe it was an educational game that just happened to be super fun. 

Vote on the top ‘90s computer games you loved in elementary school. If you don’t see your favorite '90s game on the list, tell us what you loved to play in the comments. 


'90s Computer Games You Remember Playing in 3rd Grade,

Doom

Doom helped create the first-person shooter genre. If you were sick and staying home from school during the '90s, you probably spent more than a few afternoons blasting your way through Doom's many challenging levels. 


Duke Nukem 3D

Your parents probably weren't psyched about you playing a game about a chauvinistic muscle dude fighting off an alien invasion, but if you grew up in the '90s you definitely found a way to play this one. One of the original first-person shooters, Duke Nukem paved the way for games like Mass Effect, Halo, and more. 


Myst

Myst was an incredible adventure/puzzle game that allowed its players to wander a desolate island and solve super spooky puzzles. For a young gamer, this seminal piece offered hours of game play and an escape from the regular world. 


SimCity 2000

Earthquakes, tornadoes, and all kinds of disasters plagued players of Sim City. Nearly everyone spent some time playing God with this city-building simulation. 


SkiFree

Laugh all you want, but SkiFree was the kind of simple game that sucked players into a never-ending world of snow and abominable snowmen. Whether you wanted to admit it or not, when you booted up SkiFree you were committing the next three hours of your day to hitting the digital slopes. 


Star Wars: Dark Forces

Think back, if you can, to a time before the Star Wars prequels. An era when all we had to stoke our dreams of a new story about the Rebel Alliance was this first-person shooter about a storm trooper going rogue and trying to take down the Empire from the inside. Why does that sound so familiar? Oh yeah, because Star Wars: Dark Forces let players do just that. 


Warcraft: Orcs & Humans

Back in the '90s few people would have guessed that the original Warcraft game would become a global phenomenon. Many kids spent hours building and supplying armies so they could take down the computer's AI.


Wolfenstein 3D

For a lot of kids, Wolfenstein 3D was a portal into the world of alt history, and the all-out nerdiness of the Nazis. What the game lacks in historical accuracy, it more than makes up for in first-person shooter fun and ridiculous story lines. And honestly who doesn't love a game that lets you kill Hitler?


The Oregon Trail

Back in third grade, the easiest way to pass the time in class without getting busted was to play a few games of The Oregon Trail. Even if you finished the game without dying of dysentery, you likely wanted to play this one over and over again. 


Math Blaster

Most people hate math class, but back in third grade, Math Blaster made solving simple equations kind of fun. 



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<![CDATA[The Most Badass Weapons on The Walking Dead]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-walking-dead-weapons/lisa-waugh

If you're not caught up with The Walking Dead, stop reading, because SPOILERS.

You’ve read The Most Badass Kills on The Walking Dead and you want more. Let's zero in on the most badass Walking Dead weapons, shall we? One thing the show has made abundantly clear: there's no right or wrong weapon for the zombie apocalypse. Whatever you can get your hands on, be it a gun or rudimentary bludgeon, use it. 

The best weapons on Walking Dead run a wide gamut, ranging from garden variety tools to the latest technology. Tyreese did a lot of damage with his hammer, while Daryl wreaked havoc with a rocket launcher. Want more Walking Dead weapons? How 'bout the Seekins Precision Full Auto .223 rifle. It makes skulls go BOOM. 

Fans might say the best Walking Dead weapons rest in the hands of the never-showered Daryl Dixon. Take his signature crossbow, for instance. One of the things that makes Daryl so badass is his willingness to use any weapon he can get his hands on. Grenade, golf club, a gooey walker skull; anything will do. 

That not enough for you? There's always Rick’s Colt Python, Michonne's katana, and Carol's absurd arsenal, which includes her sleeve gun, explosives, knives, and... foreshadowing hate casserole. As for Season 7, will Ezekiel use his tiger, Shiva, in combat? Will Negan's Lucille be the belle of the ball? 

Choose your favorite Walking Dead weapon and vote it up. 


The Most Badass Weapons on The Walking Dead,

Hand Bayonet

Character: Merle 

Episodes: Season 3 

Notable kills: Walkers 

Rick chained Merle to a roof in Season 1. He reappeared in Season 3 with a bayonet for a hand. Well done, Merle. Well done. 


Machete (Red handle)

Character: Rick

Episode: Season 5, Episode 3 (“Four Walls and a Roof”) 

Notable kills: Walkers, Tomas, and Gareth 

Rick made the machete an OMG icon in Season 5 of The Walking Dead (long after he killed Tomas Oldboy-style) by sending Gareth to the great BBQ in the sky with a red-handled blade. He kinda had to do it, since he promised Gareth he would kill him when they first met. Rick completely horrified Glenn, Maggie, Tara, and Tyresse with this act of savagery, while Sasha and Abraham don’t miss a beat joining the violence. 


Seekins Precision Full Auto .223 Rifle

Character: Sasha 

Episodes: Season 5, Episode 1 (“No Sanctuary”) - Current Season 

Notable kills: Lots and lots of walkers, hopefully Negan right in the face 

This is Sasha’s rifle, there are many like it, but this one is Sasha’s. Without her, her Seekins is useless. Without her Seekins, Sasha is useless. 


Crossbow

Character: Daryl Dixon, trifling-ass Dwight 

Episodes: Season 1, Episode 3 (“Tell It to the Frogs”) - Current season 

Notable kills: Denise, a ton of walkers, hopefully Negan, probably Dwight 

When you grow up in the woods dodging daily beatings from your alcoholic daddy, you learn to use weapons young. Which is a good thing, because Daryl Dixon is perfectly suited to the zombie apocalypse. He's dispatched many undead with his trusty Horton Scout HD 125 and Stryker.

Dwight better be ready to have his eye shot before being killed good and hard once Daryl recovers in Season 7. Since, if you recall, Dwight used Daryl’s beloved crossbow to kill Denise. What a d*ck. 


Chair

Character: Glenn 

Episode: Season 3, Episode 8 (“Made to Suffer”) 

Notable kill: Merle’s walker assassin 

Pizza boy Glenn turned into Korean Jackie Chan when Merle locked him in a room with a walker. He killed the walking dead using the chair to which he was strapped. 


Hammer

Character: Tyreese 

Episode: Season 3 - Season 5

Notable kills: Walkers, the point 

Before staff-wielding zen master Morgan, there was peaceful former NFL player Tyreese and his hammer. Sometimes the world is a nail, and Tyreese must hammer it. 


Tiger (Shiva)

Character: Ezekiel 

Episodes: Season 7 (probably) 

Notable kills: TBD 

The leader of The Kingdom, Ezekiel, has an unusual pet/weapon: Shiva, a tiger. Mostly, she’s cool. If you’re cool. So be cool. Otherwise, you know, you'll get your ass handed to you by a tiger. 


Colt Python (.357 Magnum)

Character: Rick Grimes 

Episodes: Season 1, Episode 1 (“Days Gone By”) - Current Season 

Notable kills: First little undead girl we see, Sophia, Bicycle Girl 

Rick’s signature weapon was standard issue for Georgia State Patrol, but the way Rick holds it is pure Ricktator style. Although Rick has utilized many weapons throughout the series, the Python is a favorite. Remember when he shot through the mouth of a walker and killed two behind it? Classic Rick. He’s also shot a couple of undead little girls with his Python (which isn't as pervy as it sounds, if you're unfamiliar with the show). 


Carol

Character: The universe

Episodes: Season 1 - Current Season 

Notable kills: Ed, Karen and David, Lizzie

Negan has Lucille, but does he have Carol? 'Cause our gang has Carol, who broke her cherry killing her abusive husband, Ed, after he was bitten by Amy. Mousy Carol used a pickaxe and cried her way through the process, tapping into long-bottled up rage.  

Carol doesn’t have a signature weapon because she doesn’t need one. She’s used farm tools, handguns, rifles, knives, fire, explosives, deception, fear, cigarettes, casseroles, floral distractions, camouflage, Wolves clothing, and sweater sets. Negan really needs to get himself a Carol. 


Flare Gun

Character: Rick 

Episode: Season 5, Episode 11 (“The Distance”) 

Notable kill: That undead guy that time in the woods on the way to Alexandria 

Rick provides some roadside assistance as the gang tries to break through a walker herd. When the Colt fails him, he turns to a flare gun. It’s awesome. 



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:01:22 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-walking-dead-weapons/lisa-waugh
<![CDATA[How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/accepted-forms-of-protest/jacob-shelton

Protesting has never been about being liked. Whether peaceful protests were being led by Dr. King, or furious protests were descending into leaderless, lawless riot, they’ve always been about sending a message. But in an age where everyone so desperately wants to be liked, acceptable forms of protest are now something that people are discussing. Running parallel to this is the need to appeal to everyone. How is that possible when the entire point of a protest is to air a grievance in the hope of creating a systemic change?

These days in particular, seemingly every time someone protests - whether it's over racial bias in policing or the right to bear arms - whole swaths of America are offended by the very act of protesting.  So how are Americans protest in order to avoid being immediately written off by the very people they're hoping will rally to their cause?

Vote on the forms of political self-expression that are most likely to have a real impact on policy in America today.


How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?,

Boycotting Businesses

Waving Signs

Contacting Representatives in Congress

Holding Round Table Discussions

Teach-Ins

Arranging Sit-Ins

Filing Lawsuits

All Night Vigils

Marching Through Populated Areas

Signing a Mass Petition


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<![CDATA[The Saddest Moments in Studio Ghibli Films]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/saddest-scenes-in-miyazaki-films/tamar-altebarmakian

Studio Ghibli has mastered a rare art. The studio makes meaningful, (mostly) family friendly, truthful films, a feat requiring tact, grace, and a cold, hard look at how the world works. Ghibli movies walk a fine line between whimsy and melancholy, more often than not blurring the two, providing a Spielbergian sense of joy counterweighed by a very Japanese sense of sadness and fatality regarding the fleeting qualities of life.

Studio Ghibli has given us some of the most uplifting moments in animated history, and also some of the most heart-breaking. The saddest Studio Ghibli scenes hit a variety of notes on the sad spectrum, from bittersweet to downright depressing.A few sad scenes in Studio Ghibli movies rival those from emotion-stirring powerhouse Pixar, which stands to reason, as Ghibli has always been willing to explore dark, adult subject matter, and doesn't shy away from not-so-fairy-tale endings.

Many of the sad Studio Ghibli movies on this list leave you feeling cold – films like Grave of the Fireflies, which is considered by many to be one of the saddest films of all time. Others, like Princess Mononoke and Pom Poko, will have you second guessing the future of our planet and human civilization. Yeah, seriously. It gets bleak. 

If you’re in need of a good cry, let the Ghibli masters take you to the uncharted depths of some of the lowest lows. And of course, MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for Studio Ghibli films. 


The Saddest Moments in Studio Ghibli Films,

When Howl Swallows Calcifer in Howl's Moving Castle

In this breathtaking scene from Howl’s Moving Castle, protagonist Sophie learns the truth about magician Howl and hearth demon Calcifer. When Howl was a young, ambitious wizard, he caught a falling star before it hit the earth and extinguished. That star is Calcifer. Howl, taking pity on the star, gave Calcifer his heart, so he could live. In return for his heart, Calcifer helps Howl become more powerful. However, all this comes at a price, and Sophie realizes why Howl is so tortured – he has no heart. It’s a stunning scene with an equally stunning score.


When Okkoto Is Corrupted in Princess Mononoke

There are many unhappy moments in Princess Mononoke, one of the saddest of which is when noble boar god Okkoto is corrupted in the same way as his predecessor, Nago, who was turned into a demon by evil Lady Eboshi. Okkoto is proud, and wants the best for his tribe. To see him lose mental faculties and become a savage, vengeance-seeking demon is tragic. The most unsettling part of his corruption is when he blindly tears through the forest, joined by human soldiers wearing the dead skin of his fellow boars. 

Never one to shy away from sorrow, director Hayao Miyazaki hits audiences with a double whammy at the end of Okkoto's downfall. In one scene, both Okkoto and Moro, goddess of the wolves, who raised the titular princess, die. 


When Jiji Stops Talking in Kiki's Delivery Service

When Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service temporarily loses her powers, she can no longer converse with her feline familiar, Jiji. The moment at which she realizes this is particularly distressing in the English dub of the film, in which Jiji is a chatty Cathy who always has a sarcastic remark ready. When Kiki looks to him (or her, depending on whether you’re listening to the dub or original audio) for comfort, he responds with a feeble meow, and walks off. It’s heartbreaking.

To learn more about the differences between Jiji in the English dub version of Kiki's Delivery service and Jiji in the original Japanese audio track, check this out


When Jiro Realizes His Wife Has Died in The Wind Rises

As Jiro watches his plane cut through the air in The Wind Rises, his life-long dream finally come true, he senses something is off. He looks away from the plane as it lands, ignoring celebrating soldiers, and into an empty field. A gust of wind hits him, and the viewer infers Jiro’s wife just passed away. With the realization of one dream comes the death of another. 


When the Forest Spirit Dies in Princess Mononoke

The Forest Spirit, a mythic and godly being, is killed by villain Lady Eboshi, who shoots him in the head. It’s an unsettling moment; the many-antlered stag stares straight at the audience as it happens. He has a mischievous, knowing smile on his face. Then his head (literally) pops off. As he dies, the kodama (childlike tree spirits) wither and decay, along with the rest of the forest. The scene shows humankind’s greed destroying the natural world.


When Satsuki Yells at Mei in My Neighbor Totoro

After Satsuki learns her mother won’t be leaving the hospital for the weekend in My Neighbor Totoro, she snaps at younger sister Mei and runs off. Mei cries, and trudges off clinging to an ear of corn she picked for her mother. This is the last interaction between the two before Mei goes missing; it fills Satsuki with dread when she can't find her sister. If her sister is dead or never comes home, was their last moment together an argument? If that weren't enough to crush your spirits, audiences are left with the sight of a crying child clinging to a present she carefully picked for her mother, who might die before she gets her gift. 


When Seita Says, “She Never Woke Up,” in Grave of the Fireflies

Setsuko’s death is frequently referenced as one of the most heart-rending sequences in film, not just animation. After finally managing to find food, Seita, Setsuko's older brother, arrives back at the bomb shelter to find his sweet little sister frail and hallucinating. She holds up a rock and offers it to him, believing it to be onigiri (a rice ball). As he feeds her a bite of watermelon and prepares to cook rice, she thanks him, and the light leaves her eyes. The sequence concludes with the narrator’s brief words, “She never woke up.”


When Setsuko Gets to Be a Kid in Grave of the Fireflies

Right before Seita puts Setsuko’s body in a casket, Grave of the Fireflies gives a glimpse of what Setsuko got up to when her brother wasn’t around. Before starvation hit, Setsuko spent her days as any child would, playing with whatever she could find at the abandoned bomb shelter. She gathered flowers; chased a dragonfly; and played rock, paper, scissors with her reflection. In the montage, Setsuko interacts with the world with curiosity and wonder, like any child would. The scene hits the viewer in the gut, coming as it does not long after her death. 


When Seita Dies in Grave of the Fireflies

The first scene of Grave of the Fireflies sets the tone for the grim film, and is even more upsetting upon second viewing (if you can stomach watching it again). We see Seita, near death, on the floor of a busy train station. Commuters pass him by and recoil in disgust. He dies pretty soon, along with a second young boy, presumably another child rendered homeless by World War II. A custodian tries to shake Seita awake, realizes the kid is dead, then finds Setsuko’s candy tin. Seita kept his sister's tin because he knew how much it meant to her. The custodian takes the tin, rattles it, and promptly trashes it.


When Seita and Setsuko Reunite in Grave of the Fireflies

After Seita dies in Grave of the Fireflies, he reunites with Setsuko in the spirit world. She runs to him, happy to see her older brother. Seita gives his sister her candy tin. She smiles at her brother, and when he tells her its time to sleep, she rests her head on his leg and shuts her eyes. She's finally at peace, and they're both dead. 



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Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:51:18 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/saddest-scenes-in-miyazaki-films/tamar-altebarmakian
<![CDATA[Dancing with the Stars Contestants Chosen Solely to Make Fools of Themselves]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dancing-with-the-stars-embarrassments/zachary-benau

Dancing with the Stars has had some pretty horrific dancers over the years. Who could forget Jeff Ross leaving the show when he somehow injured his eye? Or Kenny Mayne as possibly one of the worst dancers in history? You have to wonder if some of these celebrities were chosen just to embarrass themselves. However these bad Dancing with the Stars contestants ended up on the show, it made for some great television.

Sometimes celebrities we think can dance surprise us with their two left feet and are absolutely awful. Oher stars like Jerry Springer and Steve Wozniak - for whom we have the lowest of low expectations - are chosen solely to go up there and make fools of themselves. Which other stars were only cast for audience laughs? Vote up the stars who were not only dreadful dancers, but were really only there to humiliate themselves in Prime Time.


Dancing with the Stars Contestants Chosen Solely to Make Fools of Themselves,

Bill Nye

David Hasselhoff

Jeff Ross

Kim Kardashian

Paula Deen

Rick Perry

Ryan Lochte

Jerry Springer

Kate Gosselin

Bristol Palin


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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:41:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/dancing-with-the-stars-embarrassments/zachary-benau
<![CDATA[What Is Donald Trump Hiding in His Tax Returns?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/donald-trump-tax-returns/jacob-shelton

Like a circus performer holding onto a tight rope for dear life, Donald Trump has found one more non-issue to hold onto during the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump's taxes have become a sticking point for people across the political spectrum: Hillary’s people and classic conservatives want them released, alt-righters are cheering on Trump for refusing to release his tax returns, and regular Americans are trying to figure out what all of this means, and more importantly, what's in Donald Trump's tax returns? Wild theories abound, and while it’s likely that the craziest ideas probably aren’t true, there’s still a possibility that Trump is hiding a few damning tax practices in his IRS returns.

Why won't Donald Trump releases his tax returns? The real answer is probably closer to “he’s a smug, rich bully who doesn’t think rules apply to him,” but it would be a lot more fun (and less depressing) if his tax returns were full of donations from Russia and North Korea. For Donald Trump, tax returns present the problem of exposing him for the huckster that he truly is. If he’s really as wealthy as he says, he would have released his returns months ago and not thought twice about the issue. Or maybe he’s worried that the American people will feel inadequate when we see how much money he really makes.

Vote up the things in Trump’s tax returns that you think he wants to keep quiet, and if you think there’s something nefarious hiding in The Donald’s tax returns not covered here – tell everyone in the comments.


What Is Donald Trump Hiding in His Tax Returns?,

The Actual Cost of the Make America Great Again Hats

A Near-Total Lack of Charitable Donations

Something Called "The Donald's Big Bizness Plan"

Millions of Dollars in Black Lives Matter Donations

A Bevy of Offshore Accounts

That He Uses the 1040 EZ When Filing His Returns

No Actual Assets

His Many Attempts to Write Off His Real Doll Collection as a Business Expense

That's He's Making Campaign Contributions to Himself from Shell Corporations

That He's a Stakeholder in Fox News and Breitbart


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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:21:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/donald-trump-tax-returns/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Pokemon to Choose as Your Buddy in Pokemon Go]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-buddy-pokemon-go/jacob-shelton

Pokemon Go finally released the long-rumored buddy system for their revolutionary augmented reality game and it’s even better than anyone thought it would be. Basically you can choose one Pokemon to be your buddy while you’re walking the streets looking for gyms to take over, and while you’re walking your buddy earns candy that allows them to evolve. Neat! But what’s the best buddy for Pokemon Go? That really depends on what you want to accomplish with your buddy. Do you want to build up one buddy to be the baddest buddy on the block? Or do you want to spread the love and make every Pokemon your best Pokemon Go buddy? Maybe you just love Jigglypuff and will hear no other ideas. As with all things in life, the choice is up to you.

Everyone who plays Pokemon Go has a favorite pocket monster whose evolutions they like to witness time and time again, so obviously you already know which are going to be your best buddies in Pokemon Go. But there is a strategy to choosing something to be your buddy. Thankfully you’re not stuck with one Pokemon as your buddy for the duration of the game and you can switch it up as you see fit. But it still begs the question, which Pokemon should be your buddy?

Vote up the best Pokemon to use as your buddy, and if you don’t see your preferred mon of poke on this list, feel free to add them for others to consider as a PokePal.


The Best Pokemon to Choose as Your Buddy in Pokemon Go,

Bulbasaur

Pikachu

Squirtle

Abra

Magikarp

Dratini and Dragonair

Growlithe

Charmander

Lapras

Whichever Pokemon You Only Need 1 More Candy to Evolve


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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:41:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-buddy-pokemon-go/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Who's the Best Player in the Premier League?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/who-and-_39_s-the-best-player-in-the-premier-league/clickon

Who is the best player in the English Premier League? Is it a crafty South American like Sergio Agüero or Alexis Sánchez? Perhaps the incomparable Zlatan Ibrahimovic or the world's most expensive player, Paul Pogba? Riyad Mahrez with his deadly left foot? Or maybe a net-minder like David de Gea?


Who's the Best Player in the Premier League?,

David Silva

Mesut Özil

Sergio Agüero

Zlatan Ibrahimović

Eden Hazard

Kevin De Bruyne

Philippe Coutinho

David de Gea

Alexis Sánchez

Riyad Mahrez


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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:01:22 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/who-and-_39_s-the-best-player-in-the-premier-league/clickon
<![CDATA[The Saddest Movie Goodbyes Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sad-movie-goodbyes/anncasano

There comes that inevitable moment when it’s time to say goodbye. It happens all the time in life, and because movies are reflections of life, it happens all the time in movies. Whether a character is dying, going somewhere else, or breaking up with someone, saying farewell is really, really difficult. Here are the 19 saddest movie goodbyes.

There’s nothing wrong if a movie makes you cry. In fact, there’s nothing wrong if a movie makes you sob so uncontrollably you choke on your tears. It means the filmmakers are doing something right, because great art is supposed to make you feel all the feels. And these sad movie goodbyes have been known to do exactly that. You know that ugly cry you get from sad goodbye scenes. You can’t hide it when Hubbell and Katie say farewell for good at the end of The Way We Were, or when ET is finally able to go home in E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.

So grab a box of tissues and get ready to bawl your eyes out. And after you wipe the tears away, be sure to vote on your favorite sad goodbye scenes from movies.

Needless to say, SPOILERS ahead. 


The Saddest Movie Goodbyes Ever,

Casablanca

Rick and Ilsa may always have Paris, but they won't have happily ever after. Sometimes, even movie heroes have to take one for the team and give up love to do the right thing. Rick opted to join the Resistance and stay in Casablanca, and, in doing so, broke the hearts of every person who has seen Casablanca since 1942. Sometimes true love isn't meant to be.


Cast Away

Yes, Wilson is a only volleyball. But when he falls off Chuck's raft and floats away, it's like Chuck just lost his best friend. That's exactly what that volleyball represented to Chuck, a companion for the years he spent all alone shipwrecked on an island.


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Just because ET had to go home doesn't make his parting any less sad. Elliot found a true friend in the alien. It's heartbreaking to watch them bid farewell; a kid losing his best friend, what could be more bittersweet?. This separation is forever; ET won't be returning to Earth on summer vacation. Thankfully, ET knew exactly what to say to Elliot: "I'll be right here."


Lost in Translation

Young Charlotte and middle-aged Bob don't seem to have much in common, other than searching for the meaning of life in Tokyo, a city that might as well be Mars for two people completely unfamiliar with Japanese culture. Their platonic romance enriches both of their lives, and helps each understand unsaid things about the human condition. When it's time to say goodbye, Bob whispers something in Charlotte's ear. Was it a goodbye? Was it a let's meet again? We'll never know, but we do know it's heartbreaking to watch him walk away from her amongst a sea of people on a crowded city street.


Sophie's Choice

Sophie is faced with the hardest decision imaginable at the end of Sophie's Choice: she must decide which one of her two children to hand over to a Nazi soldier, and which one gets to live. If she doesn't choose, both children will die. Watching the young daughter part from her mother is painful in every conceivable way.


Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Spock sacrifices himself to fix the engines on the Enterprise in 1983's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Kirk races to find Spock, who is standing behind the radiation shield, dying. Spock tells Kirk, "I have been, and always shall be, your friend." Star Trek was never filled with emotion, but this scene of old friends parting in the face of certain death brings out the tears.


Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment (1983) is a classic weepy that has every audience member with a heart reaching for the Kleenex. Perhaps the most tear-filled scene comes in the hospital, when Emma, a mother in her 30s, is dying from cancer and explains to her two young sons she's not going to be around in the future. She's had a troubled relationship with one of them, Tommy, and lets him know that she knows how much he loves her, even if he can't bring himself to say it.  

"And you're gonna realize that you love me. And maybe you're gonna feel badly, because you never told me. But don't - I know that you love me. So don't ever do that to yourself, all right?"


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The last hour or so of the final installment of the LOTR trilogy is filled with goodbyes. The saddest is when Frodo bids adieu to Sam. They'd been through so much, but it's time for Frodo to move on, away from the Shire, even if it means saying goodbye to all his friends.


Titanic

As Jack and Rose bob in the frozen waters of the north Atlantic at the end of Titanic, he makes her promise she'll survive. They both know he's gonna freeze to death (maybe unnecessarily), and has valiantly saved her from the same fate. It's a movie deaths we see coming, yet is heartbreaking all the same, because it seemed Jack and Rose's young love was built to last.


Toy Story 3

Is it okay for an adult to cry at a kid's movie? Yes, when it's Toy Story 3, and Andy is all grown up and going off to college. Andy says a teary "thanks" to his old toy pals and drives away. Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang are left on the porch. Sure, Bonnie will get to play with the toys now, but it's not the same. In fact, nothing will ever be the same again.



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Sun, 20 Nov 2016 15:51:42 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/sad-movie-goodbyes/anncasano
<![CDATA[New iPhone 7 Features That Make You Really, Really Want to Buy the Damn Thing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-new-iphone-7-features/jason-robbins

So you've probably heard, but Apple announced a new iPhone with a plethora of amazing iPhone 7 capabilities. From greatly increased processing power to new professional-grade cameras, this thing has the potential to change the smartphone game. Eliminating the headphone jack is just the start of the iPhone 7's many tricks.

Yes, whether you're a style-over-substance fashionista or a tech-savvy gadget nerd, the iPhone 7 is sure to please. The fact that you're still paying off your iPhone 6 won't stop you from succumbing to the instant gratification of an iPhone 7 purchase. That's how incredible this phone is.

And so, ladies and gents, it's time to scrutinize the best new iPhone 7 features. As always, vote up the new capabilities that will make you mindlessly hand over several hundred more dollars to overlords at Apple in exchange for some of those sweet, sweet AirPods.


New iPhone 7 Features That Make You Really, Really Want to Buy the Damn Thing,

More Responsive, Customizable Home Button

Water and Dust Resistant Casing

2 Megapixel Camera with Image Stabilizer, Flicker Sensor, and Wide Color Capture

Nearly Seamless Button Integration in the Casing

A Second Camera on the Back of the iPhone 7 Plus with 10x Zoom and Shallow Depth Capability

25% Brighter Retina Display with Wide Color Gamut and 3D Touch

New Dual Stereo Speakers that are 2x Louder

New 7 Megapixel Front Camera with Wide Color Capture

64-bit Quad Core A10 Fusion Chip Providing More Processing Power at 40% Faster Speed

50% Faster GPU That Consumes 33% Less Power


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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:51:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-new-iphone-7-features/jason-robbins
<![CDATA[Common Sayings That Have Been Used Forever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/common-sayings-that-have-been-around-forever/dukeharten

Some phrases are so commonplace, it might never occur to you that they're actually old expressions that have stuck with us through the ages. Below, learn the origin of common sayings and keep them up your sleeve - the next time someone invites you to paint the town red, you'll be happy as a clam to know why that means what it does. These old sayings we still use have more history than you might think.


Common Sayings That Have Been Used Forever,

Freelance

Meaning: A skilled person who can be independently contracted by a business.

Origin: In the middle ages, freelances were literally free lances - they were skilled warriors who would fight for whomever paid them. (Game of Thrones fans might know them as sellswords.)


Crocodile Tears

Meaning: Fake crying or a display of false sorrow.

Origin: From Shakespeare, of course! Well, sort of. A 14th century book called The Travels of Sir John Mandeville describes a knight's (utterly fictitious) travels through Asia, at one point referencing crocodiles who "sley men, and eate them weeping." The knight's account of the beasts crying while they dine on flesh eventually made it into Shakespeare's Othello (among other plays). The rest was history.


Turn a Blind Eye

Meaning: To deliberately ignore an obvious reality

Origin: During the 1801 Battle of Copenhagen, British naval officer Horatio Nelson’s ships went up against a large Danish-Norwegian fleet. The one-eyed Nelson is purported to have ignored a superior officer's order to retreat by bringing his spyglass to his bad eye and saying, “I really do not see the signal.” Nelson and his men went on to rout their foes in battle. Some historians are skeptical of the story's veracity, but the phrase continues to be used today.


The Third Degree

Meaning: Intense interrogation

Origin: Some credit 19th century New York policeman Thomas F. Byrnes who coined the punny nickname "Third Degree Byrnes" for himself to describe his enthusiastic interrogation style. Others believe the phrase relates to the Freemasons, who conduct arduous examination and questioning of candidates who wish to become "third degree" members, or Master Masons. 


White Elephant

Meaning: A possession, ostensibly of some worth, that nobody really wants.

Origin: Around the beginning of the twentieth century, white elephants were considered highly sacred creatures in Thailand. But despite their popularity, royalty wielded the beasts as a passive-aggressive form of punishment for someone who displeased them. The king would bestow a white elephant as a gift to any transgressors, and the cost of feeding and housing the creatures often drove the gift's recipient into bankruptcy. 


Paint the Town Red

Meaning: To have a wild night (often involving alcohol) on the town

Origin: There are several theories about where this phrase came from. The most popular? In 1837, the Marquis of Waterford and his friends spent a night carousing around the English town of Melton Mowbray. Among other acts of vandalism and debauchery, the crew actually painted a tollgate, a statue, and several doors red. Another theory says that in the Wild West, men in brothels behaved as if the whole town was a red-light district. 


Run Amok

Meaning: To exhibit wild or erratic behavior

Origin: Captain James Cook recorded a peculiar mental phenomenon among the Amock tribe - otherwise normal Malaysian tribesmen who were liable to go on random and seemingly senseless killing rampages. Thus, to run amok. 


Rest on Your Laurels

Meaning: To rely too heavily on past triumphs

Origin: The Greek god Apollo was usually depicted wearing a crown of laurel leaves, which eventually became a symbol of status or achievement. Greek athletes were given laurel wreathes after winning a contest, and the Romans later picked up the practice and awarded victorious generals a wreath of laurels after battle. These triumphant Greeks and Romans (known as "laureates") were then able to "rest on their laurels," or continue receiving praise for past achievements.


Taken Aback

Meaning: To be surprised by a change of circumstance

Origin: If the wind changed direction quickly and stalled a ship, the ship (and its crew) would be "taken aback" - the abrupt halt often shocked sailors.


Diehard

Meaning: A person with a strong dedication to a specific set of beliefs

Origin: No, it didn't start with John McClane. Originally, the phrase simply referred to men who struggled inordinately long while hanging. But a British officer popularized the phrase even further during the Napoleonic Wars's 1811 Battle of Albuera. Officer William Inglis cried to his regiment to, "Stand your ground and die hard, make the enemy pay dear for each of us!" The regiment - which lost more than three-fourths of its men - earned the nickname "The Die Hards" after that.



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Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:20:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/common-sayings-that-have-been-around-forever/dukeharten
<![CDATA[The Most Anticipated New Legal Drama TV Shows for Fall 2016]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/new-legal-drama-tv-shows-fall-2016/wallace-chu

Fans of courtroom intrigue and crime mystery have several new legal drama TV shows to look forward to for the upcoming Fall 2016 season. But which one is most worth your viewership? See what other fans of legal dramas think in this ranking of the upcoming shows.

The top legal drama shows on this list are sure to be both exciting and scintillating. If you love seeing court proceedings, backroom dealings, and criminals getting their just desserts, then you have a lot to look forward to this Fall. Hopefully the legal drama series you pick to watch will stick around for at several seasons. After all, no one wants to watch a show that will be canceled after only a few episodes.

These new Fall 2016 legal drama shows star plenty of well-known actors, including Hayley Atwell of Agent Carter fame and NCIS alum Michael Weatherly. So check out what is coming up, or coming back for the Fall 2016-2017 television season. If you prefer comedy in your legal dramas, then you'll definitely want to check out Bull, which is based on talk show host Phil McGraw. Otherwise. be sure to vote up the new fall legal drama shows of 2016-2017 you’re most excited to watch.


The Most Anticipated New Legal Drama TV Shows for Fall 2016,

Shots Fired

Chicago Justice

Trial & Error

Conviction

Bull

Doubt

Notorious


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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:01:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/new-legal-drama-tv-shows-fall-2016/wallace-chu
<![CDATA[Famous Actors Who Almost Played Superman]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-actors-who-almost-played-superman/jacob-shelton

Superman is one of the most iconic American characters of the 20th century, but for whatever reason he’s impossible to perfectly capture on film and television. Directors have tried all kinds of hunky actors, but they never seem to be able to get it right. Man of Steel’s Henry seems like the most comic book looking of all the actors to play him, which might be why he was chosen. But the actors who almost played Superman all have something interesting about them, and you can see each generation’s sensibilities in their casting choices. Take a look at these hunky guys who almost played comic book characters and see if they look like Superman to you.

 

A Superman actor really only has to do one thing well. Look good in that red and blue suit. The guys who played Superman all looked like Superman when they put on their outfit, so maybe when the actors who were inches away from being Clark Kent put on the famous costume everything fell apart. On the other hand, some of the actors who were considered for the role just didn’t want to deal with the pressure of saving the world every two years – which makes sense. But come on, how fun does it sound to be Superman. Most of these actors will probably never know.

 

Vote on which actor you think should have played Superman, and leave us a comment if you there’s an actor out there who you think deserves to don the blue and red tights. 


Famous Actors Who Almost Played Superman,

Christian Bale

Prior to the Christopher Nolan's stellar Batman reboot and Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, Christian Bale was on the short list as Superman for Batman vs. Superman, Wolfgang Petersen's attempt at jamming the two superheroes together. Peterson told MTV that he was thinking about casting Christian Bale when J.J. Abrams swept in and delivered a solo Superman script and screwed everything up. 


Henry Cavill

We know, Henry Cavill was Superman in Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman, but prior to that he was close to starring in JJ Abrams' failed Superman: Flyby. He was so close to the role that ya boy even had a screen test

 


Jared Padalecki

Most of us know Jared Padalecki as one of the spooky brothers from Supernatural, or as dum-dum Dean from Gilmore Girls, but he was almost in McG's version of Superman: Flyby


Joe Manganiello

Zach Snyder's Man of Steel really messed a lot of people up. Patient zero was Joe Manganiello, who revealed that he was super depressed after failing to clinch the coveted role of Clark Kent.

Possibly speaking to his therapist, Manganiello said, "[Warner Bros] wanted me to screen test and part of the screen test process is that they actually have to settle your deal, as if you were cast going into a screen before you get the screen test. And so that involved settling the shooting schedule. The dates for shooting Superman would have conflicted with 11 weeks of season five [of True Blood]. And as it turns out they had big plans for my character in season five and they were not willing to share me with Superman. So regrettably I never got to screen test and I never got to compete for the role. I never got to put on the suit."


Matt Bomer

Hunky actor Matt Bomer was so close to being Superman in Man of Steel. If we had to guess, because he looks so similar to Henry Cavill, he was probably neck and neck with the man who would go on to don the blue tights. 


Milo Ventimiglia

Before Smallville launched on the WB, every young actor in Hollywood auditioned for the role of a young Clark Kent, including Gilmore Girl hunk Milo Ventimiglia. How would the Kent's have handled such a brooding Kryptonian?


Paul Newman

The producers of 1978's Superman wanted Paul Newman so effing bad that they offered him any role he wanted and $4 million. Bummer for them, he decided to go make some salad dressing instead. 


Tom Welling

Tom Welling was already Superman, duh. He was zipping around Smallville for a decade. But that doesn't mean that when The CW decided that they wanted to add a Superman character to Supergirl he wasn't in the conversation. But according to the star he wasn't all that interested. "I don't know. It would be kind of odd. I don't know who he is at that point. He would obviously be Superman."


David Giuntoli

Before the producers of Man of Steel settled on Henry Cavill as their gruff and scraggly Superman, they scoured the earth for anyone to shove into a blue and red outfit.

In an interview after not getting the part he talked about how absurd the audition process was. “It was a really cool experience to get to go audition for these big hero roles like Superman. And they’re rightfully so cagey about the script, they often send you sides that have nothing to do with the script itself and you’re kind of left to guess what’s going on."
 


Armie Hammer

When Warner Bros. set out to make Man of Steel, it seems like they auditioned every square jawed actor in Hollywood, and the best thing we can say about Armie Hammer is that he has a very square jaw. 



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:11:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-actors-who-almost-played-superman/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Every Monopoly Game Piece, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-monopoly-pieces/steve-wright

If you've ever played Monopoly, chances are you have a favorite piece. For some, the best Monopoly tokens are original classics such as the iron, the top hat, and the car. Other will tell you the best Monopoly playing pieces are in the wave introduced in the 1950s, such as the wheelbarrow or the dog. Every now and again, you'll even get someone who likes the bag of money.

One thing that's certain: all Monopoly game pieces are iconic. The best Monopoly pieces have a piece of history, as true symbols of Americana. This list features all the current Monopoly game pieces (as of 2016), along with retired classics like the cannon and horse & rider.

It's time to show you passion for that pewter token that took you to victory the last time you played Monopoly. Vote to have your voice heard on the best Monopoly pieces of all time.


Every Monopoly Game Piece, Ranked,

Howitzer (Cannon)

It's easy to feel sorry for the Howitzer (Cannon). It has a confusing name; no one really knows which of the two long guns it's supposed to be. It was also randomly dropped from the game without a fan vote or replacement campaign. It just suddenly wasn't in game boxes anymore. A sad end to a piece that had been around since 1937.


Iron

The Iron was dropped after losing a fan vote in 2013. Research shows that only 1 in 20 players used the Iron, which had been in the game since the 1930s. It got a very paltry 8% of the vote in the 2013 poll.


Shoe (or Boot)

The Shoe is the great time capsule of the Monopoly board. An original piece from the 1930s, it was clearly modeled on the work boots of the time period. By keeping the original design for the Shoe, Hasbro has created an icon out American grit and hard work.


Cat

The Cat is the newest piece in the game, having replaced the Iron in 2013. The Cat won its place alongside the classics by defeating a diamond ring, a toy robot, a helicopter, and a guitar in a fan poll. This is a piece designed to give the game a more modern flavor, and, in a poll conducted after its addition to the game, was chosen as the new fan favorite piece. 


Horse & Rider

The Horse & Rider was introduced in a wave of changes in the 1950s, to bring new life to the game. The piece immediately became a fan favorite, appearing in all subsequent editions until it disappeared without any announcement from Hasbro. 


Battleship

The Battleship remains the odd one out among standard monopoly tokens, as it is the only item you won't not find in the average American home (seriously, who owns a battleship?). The Battleship has been part of the game since 1937, when it was one of three new tokens added to the original seven. It was also used in the Parker Brothers war game Conflict. When Conflict failed, its premade tokens were recycled in Monopoly.


Automobile

The Car was introduced in the first wave of tokens in 1937, and is the only one of the original group (along with the shoe) that is culturally relevant in the 21st century (original pieces that wouldn't fly today include a lantern and a free-standing bath tub).  The car also remains one of the most played pieces, topping a 1998 poll


Top Hat

The Top Hat is the joint second-most popular Monopoly piece, chosen by one in five players. The Top Hat has been part of the Monopoly set since the first tokens were released in 1937. According to a piece on Marketplace, those who play the Top Hat are typically introverted in real life, but aggressive and domineering while playing Monopoly. 


Train

The steam locomotive token is relatively new in the Monopoly world, and is only available in deluxe editions of the game. Unlike most of the recently added tokens, the steam locomotive would have fit in perfectly with the design and style of the game in the 1930s or 1950s.


Scottish Terrier

The Scottie Dog is one of the most popular Monopoly pieces, despite getting a relatively late start to life; its only been around since the '50s. When the Iron was kicked out of the game in 2013 in a fan vote, the Scottie received more "keep it" votes than any other piece (29% of the total number of votes cast). 



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:41:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-monopoly-pieces/steve-wright
<![CDATA[The Best Healthy Cereal]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-healthy-cereal/ranker-food

Hungry for a quick, nutritious breakfast? Look no further. This list rounds up the top healthy cereals on the market, from the fruit-filled to the crisp and crunchy. But healthy cereal doesn't mean boring cereal. Many good healthy cereals feature sweet, delicious flavors that complement diet-conscious whole grains. Some of these popular healthy breakfast cereals have even been on grocery store shelves for decades.

What varieties will you find on this list of the best healthy cereal? Since it was first introduced in 1924, Wheaties has satisfied breakfast fans with its hearty bran flakes. Famous athletes including Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Walter Payton have all appeared on the distinctive bright orange boxes for the brand. Cheerios is another good breakfast cereal that isn't loaded with sugar. In recent years, Kashi has become a go-to healthy breakfast cereal brand thanks to its whole grain-filled recipes. Other breakfast staples featured on this list include Life, Grape-Nuts, and Honey Bunches of Oats.

Do you have a favorite type of healthy breakfast cereal? Give the best brands a thumbs up to move them towards the top of the list, and please add any good cereals that are missing.


The Best Healthy Cereal,

Cheerios

Chex

Corn flakes

Raisin Bran

Rice Krispies

Special K

Life

Shredded wheat

Kashi

Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal


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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:11:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-healthy-cereal/ranker-food
<![CDATA[Reasons the Pokemon Universe Is Actually Really Disturbing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-things-about-pokemon/nikoberi

A lot of the Pokeverse only really works because it's set in a world that runs on more positivity than our own. Sure it's been said before, but Ash, Misty, and Brock are basically vagrant children wandering around, squatting at hospitals — but, hey, that's alright in the Pokeworld! Assuming the Kanto region ran off of real world logic, things would get really bad really fast.

Whether it's the obvious stuff like massive bees or the more nerdy, specific stuff like nightmarish road layouts of the different regions, the Pokemon world is a death labyrinth unfit for human life. Maybe don't read these creepy Pokemon facts before setting off on a Pokemon GO walk, but if you do, just pray you don't run into an XL Beedrill.


Reasons the Pokemon Universe Is Actually Really Disturbing,

The Mad Scientists

Pokemon is full of enough awful experiments to give any ethical scientist a heart attack. Whether it’s cloning sentient, hyper-intelligent Pokemon like Mewtwo or creating life in computers like Porygon, the Pokeverse is full of scientists who are too busy asking if they can, without even considering whether or not they should.


The Homeless Kids with Superpowered Pets

Imagine you are a kid, just out in the world. You have no father and your mother has abandoned you. You also have a pet that can kill things with its mind. Would you use these powers responsibly? Or would the world would only be made worse by letting people have pets of mass destruction?


The Arsonist Animals

There are lots of Pokemon that either breathe fire or are literally on fire. A bunch of them, like Fletchinder, actually live in places that seem to be full of flammable things, like residential homes. This raises the question: How busy are the fire departments in the different regions? If a fire can be started by a lizard with a flame tail just walking through town, how can firefighters even begin to keep up with the blaze?


The Living Pollution

Pokemon like Grimer, Muk, and Trubbish are living creatures formed from humanity’s refuse. Really let that wash over you: every time you throw away a piece of trash, there's a chance it could get up and walk right off to live a life of its own as a pocket monster. Here's hoping you didn’t throw out anything incriminating.


The Feudal System

Who’s in charge of the different towns? Anyone who's played through each of the Pokemon games can tell you, when things get tough, people turn to their Gym Leader. It seems the Pokeverse operates on of some sort of neo-feudal system where the people with the mightiest Pokemon make the rules.


The Sea Monsters

A lot of the creepiness of the Pokeverse comes from the fact that the setting is full of carnivorous hellbeasts the size of school buses, lurking around every corner and below the surface of every body of water. The ocean in our own world is already dangerous, but if surfing is to be believed in the Pokemon games, it’s impossible to make it a few meters in the water before being attacked by a giant jellyfish.


The 40 Pound Rats

Fun fact: rats are terrifyingly intelligent omnivores. In New York City, which has a bit of a rat problem, swarms of rats are attacking cats and small dogs when they get the chance. But that's nothing compared to the 40 lb rats the Pokeverse has to deal with. Pokemon like Raticate represent a truly nightmarish reality — a vicious, angry rat the size of a small child.


The Cosmic Horrors

"Cosmic horror" is a general term to describe the kind of fright you get when you realize that the universe doesn’t care about you even one bit.

There are Pokemon out there with truly terrifying implications. Whether it’s the ghost types that raise questions about what becomes of us after death, or something like Yveltal with a Pokedex entry that suggests he’s the load-bearing beam of all life, in the Pokeverse, you are just a small, insignificant piece in a cosmic game.


The Huge Murder Bees

You know how bees and wasps are terrible, despite their small size? Meet Beedrill, a 60 lb hornet! According to the Pokedex they travel in swarms. Imagine, if you will, a cloud of dog-sized bees. What a world to live in!


The Ghosts

Ghosts are real in the Pokeverse and they are out to get you! Whether its Misdreavous (that wants to eat your emotions) or Gourgeist (that wants to eat your flesh), keep an eye on the shadows in the wild world of Pokemon because the moment you don’t, that’s when they get you.



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:21:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-things-about-pokemon/nikoberi
<![CDATA[The Best Playstation 4 Shooter Games You Should Be Playing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-shooter-games/chris-abraham

Considering it's one of the most popular genres in gaming today, it's not surprising that there are a ton of good shooter games for Playstation 4. This list ranks the best PS4 shooter, including first-person shooters for PS4, as well as third-person shooters. Playstation 4 boasts an impressive array of multiplayer shooters, including Destiny, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and Star Wars Battlefront.

If multiplayer isn't your thing, then titles like Doom and  Far Cry 4 are probably more your speed. These single player shooters for Playstation 4 are not only highly rated, but feature addictive gameplay and beautiful graphics. Doom in particular is an incredible feat, especially when you consider how long the game was in limbo.

Vote up the best Playstation 4 shooters on this list, whether it's a first person shooter, third-person shooter, multiplayer shooter, or anything in between.


The Best Playstation 4 Shooter Games You Should Be Playing,

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Grand Theft Auto V

Destiny

Far Cry 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Fallout 4

Destiny: The Taken King

Battlefield 1


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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:01:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-shooter-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[Every Character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/every-character-from-the-marvel-cinematic-universe-ranked/pedro-de-pacas

In just eight years, Marvel Studios have established a shared movie universe in the spirit of its comic counterpart. Over thirteen films and four series, the Marvel Cinematic Universe now has dozens upon dozens of headline characters, sidekicks and supporting filling out the ranks. And while quality has been uniformly strong, not all characters can be created equal - some are great, some are awesome, some are just okay - and a few are kinda terrible.


Every Character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked,

Captain America

Doctor Strange

Groot

Hulk

Iron Man

Spider-Man

Star-Lord

Thor

Ant-Man

Stan "The Man" Lee


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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:01:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/every-character-from-the-marvel-cinematic-universe-ranked/pedro-de-pacas
<![CDATA[The Most Boring Things About No Man's Sky]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/boring-no-mans-sky-things/jason-robbins

It's not really fair only discussing the boring things about No Man's Sky. While the anticipated game is monumentally boring in a gameplay capacity, it is a landmark achievement in game design and software toolsets. The ability of the game to procedurally generate an entire virtual universe of quadrillions of unique planets to visit and explore is awe-inducing, and something in which Hello Games should take great pride.

That said, what you do in said universe, and what you can find during said exploration, fall far short of standards for compelling gameplay. You can't procedurally generate thought-provoking archeological wonders, and you can't procedurally generate compelling storytelling. That's nothing to say of exciting and mechanically satisfying combat, or challenging enemies to fight. These things need to be cooked up from scratch with the love and talent only seasoned writers and game designers can provide. This is where No Man's Sky falls short.

And so, it gives me no pleasure to present to you this list of reasons why No Man's Sky is boring. But, DAMN, is the game boring...


The Most Boring Things About No Man's Sky,

Mining for Resources (90% of the Game)

Waiting to Stumble Upon Controls and Shortcuts the Tutorial Never Explained

Exploring the 728th Identical Habitat

The Cumbersome and Quickly Maxed-out Inventory

The Walking and Walking and Walking Some More

Talking to the Cardboard Cutouts Passing for Intelligent Alien Life

Constantly Charging Your Life Support & Radiation Protection with Resources You're Never in Danger of Running out of

Waiting to Acquire Atlas Passes

The Story (Or Lack Thereof)

Deciding Which Isotope or Alien Trinket to Dump to Make Room in Your Inventory for New Isotopes and Additional Trinkets


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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:31:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/boring-no-mans-sky-things/jason-robbins
<![CDATA[Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/delayed-albums-that-lived-up-to-hype/jessica-defino

As a musician, there's danger in delaying any album: no album flops harder than a long-awaited album. On the other hand, there's a chance for magic: albums that lived up to the hype sometimes become instant legends, ranking among the best records of all time. The anticipation before their releases makes them that much more memorable, and the time spent crafting the music lends to the myth of their greatness.

Frank Ocean's Blonde has already seemingly reached legendary status. With over four years between Blonde and his previous release, channel ORANGE, Ocean did more than just deliver a great delayed album: he upended the music industry by severing ties with Def Jam, his record label, just a few days before released Blonde independently. A money move.

Not every delayed album causes an industry-wide stir, of course, but between Blonde, Kanye's The Life of Pablo, and Rihanna's Anti, 2016 is been a year of delayed gratification. And we wouldn't have it any other way.

Here are the delayed albums that were most worth the wait. Vote up the records that delivered the most.


Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?,

Hysteria

Bad

Anti

13

The Next Day

The 20/20 Experience

10 New Songs

25

WTF (Where They From)

Blonde


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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:11:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/delayed-albums-that-lived-up-to-hype/jessica-defino
<![CDATA[What Will Happen If Trump Loses the Election?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-happens-if-trump-loses/jacob-shelton

So what happens if and when Donald Trump loses the election? There are plenty of working theories as to what could happen in November, some of them see the GOP splintering into multiple parties and making the midterms even more contentious, while others offer a vision of a dystopian wasteland filled with nothing but “Make America Great Again” hats. Keep reading to take a look at the possibilities of what could happen if Trump loses the election. 

Thanks to the seeds being sewn at convention stops and stump speeches, Trump contesting election results is almost inevitable at this point. While a Donald Trump rebellion seems to be a worst case scenario, the realities of the situation are equally as frightening in their political ramifications. Even though we probably won’t have Trump in the White House, we’ll still probably have to deal with seeing him on television every night, and when he’s less encumbered by the rigors of national politics, he’ll be even more vocal.

So let’s think about those horrible scenarios and figure out what’s going to happen when Trump bails on the campaign. 


What Will Happen If Trump Loses the Election?,

Everyone Forgets the Name Mike Pence

Trump Creates His Own News Network

Accusations of Election Rigging Undercut Clinton's Legitimacy

The GOP Splits Into Two Parties

Tensions Between Russia and the US Will Escalate

A Dramatic Increase in White Secessionist Movements

A Rise in Domestic Terrorism

Donald Trump Sues the US Government

The Most Heated Midterm Election Ever

The Comedy Writers of the World Will Weep In Unison


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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:41:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/what-happens-if-trump-loses/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Sadistic Rulers From Ancient History Who Were Basically F*cking Psychopaths]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-ancient-rulers/carly-silver

Today's elections aren't the only political events with their fair share of nutty candidates. There were plenty of weird ancient rulers who pretty much had a monopoly on odd behavior, ranging from endearing quirks to more unfortunate personality problems, and often, simply being insane. Whether that meant sleeping with one’s own mother and then assassinating her after a series of unsuccessful attempts to do so or reinventing an entire country’s millennia-old religious system, these crazy ancient rulers weren’t afraid to indulge their whims.

Perhaps the most eccentric bunch of them all was the Roman emperors. There’s the uber-creepy Tiberius, a decent soldier turned weird pedophile who built a sex grotto on the island of Capri. Caligula (or, as he was properly known, Gaius; “Caligula” was a childhood nickname meaning “little boots”) planned on making his horse, Incitatus, a consul and gave him an ivory manger; he also seduced his sister, Drusilla. And then there’s dear old Commodus, he of Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator fame, who loved prancing about the arena and killing people.

Whatever your form of crazy, vote up the most insane ancient rulers here!

 


Sadistic Rulers From Ancient History Who Were Basically F*cking Psychopaths,

Antiochus IV Epiphanes
  • Royal Title: King of the Seleucid Empire (175-164 BCE)
  • Crazy Cred: This overenthusiastic pagan monarch tried to oust the faith of the Jews from modern-day Israel and impose his own Greek gods and Hellenic ways on the Temple Mount. Antiochus IV Epiphanes's overzealous efforts infuriated the Judeans, who fought back under the leadership of a family later known as the Maccabees. The Maccabees's eventual triumph is commemorated as the holiday of Hanukkah.

Antiochus was a successful warrior, occupying Egypt, but he's best known for his efforts to unite his realm through Hellenization. He promoted Greek gods and founded Greek cities across the Near East, but the citizens of Judea, who already had problems with Hellenism, weren't having it. When he heard of this, Antiochus, according to 2 Maccabees, came to Jerusalem and "commanded his soldiers to cut down relentlessly every one they met and to slay those who went into the houses." He slaughtered 80,000 people (the accuracy of the numbers is debatable), profaned the holy vessels of the Temple by handling them, set up an altar to Zeus, and robbed the Temple treasury.

Antiochus was a brutal madman defeated by the righteous Maccabees. But external evidence demonstrated that, despite his impiety, Antiochus wasn't the worst king around. Polybius called him not "Epiphanes," but "Epimanes" (madman): not because of his cruelty, but because he liked to pal around with commoners.


Caligula
  • Royal Title: Emperor of Rome (37-41 CE)
  • Crazy Cred: Where to start? Perhaps with the childhood sicknesses or love potion that supposedly drove him mad? Or with the most famous rumor of all: Caligula didn't make his horse a consul, but rumor has it he promised to do so. He invited his steed Incitatus to dinner regularly, too, and gave him tons of servants to muck out his stall and comb his forelock. Oh, and an ivory manger, along with tons of other goodies. He even built a floating bridge across the Bay of Naples and rode across it in a chariot. 

Already ugly, Caligula forbade any mention of goats in his presence because he was so hairy. But he did fall in love with handsome actors; when his favorite pantomime, Mnester, was performing, Caligula would smack anyone who interrupted. Yet when he didn't like a slightly wounded gladiator, "he had the place rubbed with a poison which he henceforth called 'Columbinum'; at least that name was found included in his list of poisons." Rumor has it that Caligula also poisoned his brother and drove his father-in-law to suicide.

Some ancient accounts claim Caligula committed incest with his sister Drusilla, Suetonius noted. No evidence suggested, though, that he got Drusilla pregnant and ate her baby (though Caligula's only child by a later wife, aptly named Julia Drusilla, bit her little friends: just like Dad!) He eventually turned on all his surviving female relatives, putting his sisters on an isolated island. Cassius Dio reported, "Many who were guilty of great crimes he neglected to punish, and many who had not even incurred any suspicion of wrong-doing he slew." 


Caracalla
  • Royal Title: Emperor of Rome (211-217 CE)
  • Crazy Cred: Best known for granting citizenship to all free inhabitants of the Roman empire in 212 CE, Caracalla didn't do it to be nice. He wanted the cash benefit that came with it! Though he was a nice kid when he was young, in an attempt to mimic Alexander the Great, he got sort of mean. Caracalla suspected his brother, Geta, of plotting against him and ordered him slaughtered. Truly bloodthirsty, he organized massive beast hunts in and out of the arena, as he "was for ever killing vast numbers of animals, both wild and domesticated, forcing us to furnish most of them," wrote Cassius Dio. In true nutty emperor fashion, he even drove his own chariot during chariot races.

Caracalla always wanted to look like he knew everything, so he never asked for help and wasn't fond of many people. Dio quipped, "He never loved anyone, but he hated all who excelled in anything, most of all those whom he pretended to love most; and he destroyed many of them in one way or another." He killed lots of his rivals, sometimes exiling the sick to provinces with bad weather to kill them slowly. Caracalla's victims included tons and tons of foreign people he slaughtered in and out of battle.


Cleomenes I
  • Royal Title: King of Sparta (519-491 BCE)
  • Crazy Cred: One of the most successful kings of Sparta, Cleomenes I consolidated his city-state's power in ancient Greece. He even extended his power all the way to Athens, ousting that city's tyrant, Hippias, in 510 BCE. Unfortunately for Cleomenes, though, the new government in Athens was too democratic for Spartan tastes, so he led an army against his rival city again and again. It didn't entirely work: When he tried to install his own tyrant (whose wife he allegedly slept with), Sparta's allies weren't for it.

One of his Spartan rivals for the monarchy, a fellow named Demaratus, annoyed Cleomenes, so he rigged a prophecy from the Delphic oracle against Demaratus. Everyone found out, though, and he was deposed from his throne. While in exile, he went insane, either out of guilt, religious sacrilege, or because he drank unwatered wine, according to Herodotus. When the Spartans brought him home, Cleomenes wasn't in a good state of mind: he smacked anyone who approached him with a staff. Eventually, Cleomenes committed suicide by slicing himself to pieces with a dagger.


Commodus
  • Royal Title: Emperor of Rome (180-192 CE)
  • Crazy Cred: Best known as the insane young emperor from Gladiator, Commodus was truly nuts and loved killing people. He once faked a plot against his own life so he could have an excuse to kill a bunch of his enemies, according to the Historia Augusta. Commodus loved pretending to be a gladiator and killing wild beasts in the amphitheater, even desiring to be a charioteer. Once, Commodus said he was going to war in Africa so he'd get a lot of funds; then, he used them on games.

In terms of religion and dealing with others, Commodus didn't stick to the traditional rites. He shaved his head like an Egyptian priest, ordered priests of the Roman goddess Bellona to chop off one of their arms, and carried around a club to smack people with. But he was also impious when it came to basic manners: He stuck a bird on a balding guy's head, and the critter pecked the man's scalp bloody, thinking the few remaining hairs were worms. Commodus cut a fat guy open so his intestines would spill out, made a guy with a giant penis a prominent priest, and made one of his premier officials dance naked in public.


Domitian
  • Royal Title: Emperor of Rome (81-96 CE)
  • Crazy Cred: Best known for his cruelty and imposing buildings, Emperor Domitian pretty much sucked the life (both literal and monetarily) out of Rome. With his military campaigns, construction projects (like a new forum, personal country villa, and city home), and brutal taxes, Domitian didn't stint on his personal ambitions. He was also a capricious ruler and "would often attack people with the sudden violence of a thunderbolt and again would often injure them as the result of careful deliberation," recounted Cassius Dio. Whenever somebody helped him out or lent him money, Domitian was sure to put them on his to-kill list. Once, to scare potential enemies, Domitian invited lots of rich guests to a banquet in a room he painted all black, served them funeral food, and gave them gravestone-like placemats. 

One enemy was an actor named Paris, whom Domitian murdered in the street after accusing him of having an affair with his wife. And when citizens left flowers at Paris's death site in honor, he ordered the deaths of those nice people too! Domitian also shacked up with his own niece and condemned the famously chaste Vestal Virgins to death for having had sex with men. Needless to say, few mourned when he was murdered.


Emperor Qianfei of Liu Song
  • Royal Title: Emperor of Liu Song (464-465 CE)
  • Crazy Cred: This teenage Chinese emperor only ruled for one year in the fifth century, but what a legacy he left! He grew so paranoid about conspiracies against his reign that he started killing officials left and right, although he did reportedly have time to give his half-sister thirty male concubines. Somewhere in there, Liu Ziye (his personal name) allegedly had an affair with his great-aunt.

He's perhaps most famous for plotting against his own uncles, too, but his ultimate successor and courtiers plotted right back. On the night he was assassinated, Liu Ziye went to a pavilion in one of his parks and shot at ghosts a shaman told him were hanging around. Distracted, he let his courtiers get close and stab him to death.


Nero
  • Royal Title: Emperor of Rome (54-68 CE)
  • Crazy Cred: Nero may not have fiddled while Rome burned in 64 CE (in fact, he was miles away when it happened and later organized firefighting efforts), but he was a pretty reprehensible guy nonetheless. He was famous for his love-hate relationship with his mother, Agrippina, perhaps having sex with her and very probably murdering her. Nero also reportedly tortured early Christians, throwing them to the dogs to be torn apart or burning them alive to be human lamps.

When looking to off his enemies, including any who badmouthed him, Nero enlisted the help of ancient Rome's consummate poisoner, Locusta. She was convicted of murder under Nero's predecessor, Claudius, but Nero granted her a stay of execution in exchanging for helping him murder his cousin/stepbrother and rival heir, Britannicus, at a banquet. As Nero's pet poisoner, Locusta was allowed to test her concoctions on people and animals as much as she liked, even starting a school for aspiring poisoners.


Phalaris
  • Royal Title: Tyrant of Acragas in Sicily (570-554 BCE)
  • Crazy Cred: In the sixth century BCE, Phalaris, a citizen of Acragas on the island of Sicily, seized power and made himself tyrant of that city. He crucified his rivals, but his most famous torture technique came by roasting his enemies alive in a bronze bull.

Phalaris stuck the smith who built the animal into his own creation, which the craftsman had given Phalaris as a gift. Unwisely, the coppersmith told Phalaris he could torture enemies by sticking someone in the bull, putting it over a fire, and telling everyone the victim's groans were those of the animated bull. By putting tiny tubes in the bull's nostrils, air would shoot out and sound like flutes were playing. Of course, Phalaris took him up on his advice and made the smith the first test subject.


Tiberius
  • Royal Title: Emperor of Rome (14-37 CE)
  • Crazy Cred: The second emperor to ever rule Rome, Tiberius, stepson of Augustus, didn't improve the Julio-Claudians' reputation. Tiberius "trained little boys (whom he termed tiddlers) to crawl between his thighs when he went swimming and tease him with their licks and nibbles," said Suetonius. Tiberius even ordered babies to give him blow jobs. He organized secret orgies at his private residence on the island of Capri, arranging teams of "experts in deviant intercourse and dubbed analists" to have sex in front of him, according to Suetonius.

There, Tiberius built an erotic library so that visiting sex slaves could learn more positions. He also built a garden with little nooks where boys dressed as Pan and girls dressed as nymphs could get it on. Once when he was attending a sacrifice, Tiberius got really hot from staring at the sexy young flute player. After the ceremony, he raped both the musician and his brother. Then, when they complained about it, he broke their legs!

Tiberius also didn't mind murdering a few rivals, especially when aided by his lackey Sejanus. Among his victims were Priscus, a fellow who liked writing poems about the imperial family, and perhaps even his stepson Postumus, his chief rival for the imperial throne.



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:21:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-ancient-rulers/carly-silver
<![CDATA[Weird Sleep Disorders to Worry About While You Fall Asleep]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-sleep-disorders/laura-allan

Are you having trouble sleeping at night? Good, because we have some freaky information for you that's going to make it even more difficult! You see, there are a whole bunch of weird sleep disorders out there, ranging from the comical to the downright deadly, and would like to share them with you. And, obviously, the best time to read about these conditions is before bed, right?

Now, before you start assuming these are all things like sleep walking, talking in your sleep, or insomnia, let's be clear: a few of these disorders are very rare and can definitely kill you. Some are painful, and some are distressingly life-changing as well. By the end of it all, you'll probably be wishing all these weird sleep conditions were just as minorly annoying and common as sleep talking. 

So, which of these weird sleep conditions did you already know about, and which are brand new nightmare fuel designed purely to make you afraid of closing your eyes? There's only one way to find out. 


Weird Sleep Disorders to Worry About While You Fall Asleep,

Exploding head syndrome

Let's imagine you're just settling down to sleep. You're closing your eyes, relaxing, drifting off when suddenly BANG! There's the sound of a loud noise going off in your head and now you're suddenly wide awake. This is commonly known as exploding head syndrome. EHS is defined as the perception of loud noise when falling asleep or waking up, and while it does not cause pain, it can be exceptionally unsettling. Some scientists think it could be linked with temporal lobe seizures, and while antidepressants have been shown to help sometimes, there's no cure. 


Fatal familial insomnia

This is a very rare disorder, but that doesn't make it any less terrifying. Fatal familial insomnia is a genetically inherited condition that impacts the brain and some parts of the nervous system. It starts with an inability to sleep and leads to very vivid dreams when you do sleep. From there, it progresses to high blood pressure, hyperventilation, and urinary tract dysfunction. Then, at last, you develop ataxia and die, usually within a few months or years from the onset of symptoms. The most terrifying thing is that there is no way to cure the disease or to even slow its progress. Any medicine your doctors give you will only make the symptoms easier to deal with. 


Hypersomnia

If you work a long, boring job, you might feel like you're sleepy all the time, or like you can't force yourself to be awake and alert. Well, that might be true, but a cup of coffee usually helps, right? That's not the case for people with hypersomnia. This condition is characterized by being sleepy all the time, having the ability to fall asleep anywhere (even when driving) and by the need for constant naps and long periods of sleep. Though not as severe as narcolepsy, the consistent sleepiness can make work and social life difficult, and treatments range from stimulants to behavioral therapy. 


Narcolepsy

This is one you've probably heard of before, as that condition where you fall asleep anywhere, anytime. That's part of it, but narcolepsy is actually a little more distressing than that. Unlike hypersomnia, in which you're sleepy all the time, narcolepsy is characterized by hallucinations, sudden sleep, loss of muscle control, sleep paralysis, and an irregular sleep schedule. There is no cure for the condition, as it is caused by a lack of hypocretin in the brain, but it can be treated to the point where people can have full and normal lives. And luckily, only about 1 in 2,000 people have narcolepsy. 


Night terror

Nightmares suck, no one is going to deny that. But they have a much more severe, much more terrifying older brother called night terrors. What happens is that you may have a vivid nightmare, so vivid that it leaks over into the real world. You'll sweat, scream, flail, and sometimes even get up and walk around, while still mostly asleep, believing that these nightmares are real and you have to fight or escape.

This is most common in children, and while most night terror episodes last only a few seconds, many can last minutes or even longer. Though drugs are usually not recommended for treatment, changing your sleep patterns and addressing underlying stress tends to help. 


Rapid eye movement behavior disorder

This is pretty much like talking in your sleep, the deluxe edition. During REM sleep, which is when most people dream, you might begin to act out various activities in your dream, such as flailing, speaking, or trying to perform tasks. Your movements may sometimes be violent, and your vocalizations might be frightening to those around you, and you might even punch your sleeping partner. In general, this might be pretty harmless (at least to you), but REM sleep behavior disorder is unfortunately tied to Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia. In other words, this sleep disorder could be an early warning sign that there's a severe neurological disorder on your horizon. 


Kleine–Levin syndrome

This disorder is also known as Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, and while it has a lovely name, this is hardly a lovely condition. Kleine–Levin syndrome happens when you fall asleep and stay sleep for incredibly long periods without waking. This mostly happens in adolescents, but can happen to anyone, and has periods that can last from days to months, with extreme cases even lasting years. The strange thing is that otherwise, even during long periods of sleep, people with this syndrome remain in good health. Of course, this can interrupt jobs, social life, and schooling, so treatment is usually sought. Unfortunately, there are no cures, and we do not know for certain what causes it. 


Sleep paralysis

Imagine waking up and being completely unable to move. You can see, but maybe you can't even breathe, and your whole body is completely paralyzed. You might see a strange demonic creature sitting on your chest, or a dark, ominous shape looming over you. Then, all at once, you can move and breathe again, and you're fully awake and alert. And probably terrified. This is a reality for those with sleep paralysis.

Though once linked to evil spirits, sleep paralysis is now thought to be a sign that your body isn't moving naturally through the normal stages of sleep. Though it's not actually harmful, it can be terrifying, stressful, and can occasionally be linked to psychiatric problems. The downside? There's no cure, though there are drugs and at-home remedies to help combat the issue so you can finally get a good night's sleep. 


Sleep sex

It might sound like a fake disorder, but sexsomnia is very real, and it's no laughing matter. About one percent of the population has this thing happen where they either have sex, sexually touch others, or masturbate while they are actually still asleep. While this sounds silly, it can result in people injuring themselves, others, or doing things that can ruin relationships and make maintaining intimacy with a partner very difficult. It can be an incredible strain on mental health as well, and is difficult to control medically.


Nocturnal Sleep-Related Eating Disorder

A lot of people get the munchies around bedtime, but what about after bedtime? Though it might seem hard to fathom, there are some folks who have midnight snacks whether they want to or not. People with NSRED will wake up (only partially - they're not aware of their actions), wander off to forage for food, eat until they're content, then go back to sleep so that they are often not even aware of their actions once they wake up. Typically, this happens with unhealthy, high-calorie foods, so it can have a negative effect on their health (no to mention food bill). This can be linked to other sleep-related disorders, like sleep apnea, and a sleep study is usually necessary to figure out exactly what's wrong and how to treat it. 



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:51:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-sleep-disorders/laura-allan
<![CDATA[The Best Chocolate Cereal]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-chocolate-cereal/ranker-food

Yes, you can have chocolate for breakfast – if you're eating one of these chocolate cereals, that is. Many popular cold cereal brands bring the rich flavor of the dessert to the breakfast table. But which chocolate cereal is the very best is a matter of opinion. Some good chocolate cereal is sweet and sugary, while other tasty chocolate cereal is made with whole grains. A few of the most popular chocolate breakfast cereals have been on grocery store shelves for decades.

What varieties will you find on this list of the best chocolate cereals? You won't be surprised to see Cocoa Puffs here. Made from a variety of grains and chocolate flavoring, this delicious cereal has been a favorite of breakfast fans since it launched in 1958. Count Chocula is another classic breakfast food for chocoholics who love cereal. Cocoa Krispies combine the crisp, satisfying texture of classic Rice Krispies with a decadent chocolate taste. Other great options featured on this roundup of the top chocolate cereals include Chocolate Cheerios, Choco Crunch, and Chocolate Toast Crunch.

Do you have a favorite chocolate cereal? Give your favorite breakfast treats a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list and add any tasty cereals that are missing.


The Best Chocolate Cereal,

Cheerios

Chex

Cocoa Puffs

Cocoa Krispies

Cookie Crisp

Count Chocula

Cocoa Pebbles

Nestlé NesQuik

Oreo O's

Coco Pops


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Mon, 14 Nov 2016 07:51:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-chocolate-cereal/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The People Everyone Looks Up on Facebook]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/common-facebook-search-types/jacob-shelton

You've had that embarrassing and sad moment when it’s late and you’re cruising around Facebook and you start looking up everyone from your past. In fact, some of the most common Facebook searches are for ex-lovers and people you haven’t seen since elementary school. If that’s how you spend your time you shouldn’t feel bad, it’s perfectly normal to be curious about people that you haven’t seen in a long time. Take a break from trying to find your old high school mascot and check out the people we all look up on Facebook.

Sometimes surreptitiously looking people up on Facebook can be helpful if you’re entering into a new situation. Maybe you’re getting into a new relationship, or there’s a small time celebrity having a complete mental breakdown on social media and you just need to read their insane ramblings. But other than that, the type of people everyone looks up on Facebook are usually people from the past or new folks about whom you're curious. Keep reading to see if the kind of people that you look up on Facebook are the same kind of people everyone else looks up. 


The People Everyone Looks Up on Facebook,

Your Ex's New Boyfriend or Girlfriend

Childhood Friends Who Moved Away

Your Best Friend's New Boyfriend

Your First Boyfriend or Girlfriend

Your New Roommate

The Singer of Your Favorite Band

Your One-Night Stand

Classmates Who Disappeared After Elementary School

Your Crush Who Never Noticed You

The New Guy at Work


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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:11:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/common-facebook-search-types/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[What Are the Worst Popular Baby Names for Girls in 2016?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-baby-girl-names-2016/jason-robbins

Well, it's that time of year again: time for us to examine the worst popular baby names for girls in 2016. There is a bevy of terrible baby girl names currently being cast down on newborns as lifelong curses.

How do you know if the name you've picked out is terrible? It's not that difficult to tell. Is it already the name of a city or borough? Is it the name of an outdated necktie design? Is it a common name, but with too many 'y's used to spell it? Is it a popular stripper or porn star name? If your answer to any of these questions is "yes," you should probably rethink your choice. You're a parent now - it's time to start putting the welfare of your child ahead of your own. This is a good place to start.

So here is a list of the worst popular baby girl names in 2016. Don't forget to vote up the worst of the worst!


What Are the Worst Popular Baby Names for Girls in 2016?,

Stella

Scarlett

Paisley

Avery

Aubree

Addison

Peyton

Piper

Kinsley

Savannah


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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:11:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-baby-girl-names-2016/jason-robbins
<![CDATA[The Weirdest Offspring in Greek Mythology]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-offspring-in-greek-myths/edira-putri

Considering that there's a lot of freaky sex - and even incest - in stories from ancient Greece and the fact that the gods and goddesses didn't seem to mind taking weird creatures as sex partners, it’s only natural that there are a lot of strange offspring in Greek myths. Just imagine: what would you expect to come out of a union between a woman and a bull? Or a god and the earth? What about a man and a cloud? 

Some of these weird kids in Greek mythology were created from crazy sex, while others were simply born from strange, monstrous parents in unfathomable ways. Their weird nature was then amplified by a dark origin story. 

With all these strange-looking creatures, it’s no wonder that films often take inspiration from Greek mythological creatures. It’s likely that you’ve seen a lot of these weirdest offspring from Greek myths in movies. Centaurs, Pegasus, and Hydra all come from Greek mythology. What’s even more interesting about them is the stories of where they came from and their family drama. Read on for some seriously strange origin stories about the weirdest offspring from Greek myths.


The Weirdest Offspring in Greek Mythology,

Chimera

Being born from the ultimate mother of the beast Echidna (a human-serpent hybrid that represented corruption) and her husband Typhon (a winged giant that caused devastating storms), Chimera did not disappoint her parents. With the heads of a lion and a goat and a serpent as her tail (or was it another head?), Chimera was not any less freaky than her other monster siblings, Cerberus, Sphinx, and Scylla. As if her look wasn't threatening enough, she could also breathe fire from any of her three heads. She was later slain by Pegasus, the winged horse.


Minotaur

The Minotaur was the son of Pasiphae, Queen of Crete, and her husband's bull. So naturally, he had the physical feature of both creatures: a bull’s head and a man’s body. And, unfortunately, a beastly temper.  

King Minos of Crete was given a very fine white bull by Poseidon so that he could kill it as an offering to the sea god. However, Minos refused to sacrifice the bull and decided to replace the offering with another bull. Furious, Poseidon cursed Pasiphae, causing her to uncontrollably lust for the bull. She eventually gave in to her repulsive desires and mated with it.


Centaur

The centaur is a rare union between a man and… a cloud, apparently. It all started when Zeus invited Ixion, a mortal king, to Olympus. Despite the god’s generous offer, Ixion couldn't help but lust over Zeus's wife, Hera. To test Ixion's loyalty, Zeus forged an image of Hera using clouds. It’s safe to say that cloud-Hera was just as hot as the original, because Ixion fell for it and somehow slept with her. Instead of bursting back into clouds, the fake Hera became pregnant and bore the first centaur, a creature with the upper body of a human and lower body of a horse. 


Erinyes

The Furies are goddesses of vengeance, and of course, they have a great story to go with their great title. Their father, Uranus, was castrated by his son, Cronus. When Cronus threw his father’s penis into the sea, a few drops of blood landed on the Earth, and this union birthed the Furies. No one really knows how many Furies there are, but the best-known Furies are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. Consistent with their dark origin story is the goddesses' physique: some stories claim they have dog-like heads that are wreathed with serpents and their eyes drip with blood. Later, from Uranus’s testicles in the sea, Aphrodite came to life.


Sphinx

Different versions of her story list different parents for this female monster. One thing all the supposed parents have in common: they were absolute beasts. One version mentioned Orthrus the two-headed dog and the ultimate hybrid fiend Chimaera as Sphinx’s father and mother. The Sphinx herself is a female beast with the head and breasts of a woman, the wings of an eagle, and a serpent’s tail. Her hobby was to create riddles. Her other hobby was to devour anyone who failed to solve them.


Charybdis

Charybdis is depicted as a sea monster dwelling in the Strait of Messina. Although she wasn’t born that way, Charybdis's monstrous transformation was partially her father's fault. She was the daughter of Poseidon and Gaia, and she helped Poseidon submerged islands in water to spite Zeus. Because of that, Zeus cursed her with an enormous mouth and an unquenchable thirst. Afterwards, she had to drink sea water three times a day, creating a huge whirlpool. 


Cyclops

The one-eyed, giant Cyclopes were the offspring of Uranus and Gaia. After they were born, Uranus despised and hid them under the earth so that they would never see the light. Their mother, on the other hand, was not pleased about that and ordered her older children to castrate Uranus. The Cyclopes were depicted as a powerful and stubborn gigantic creature with a single eye in the middle of their forehead. 


Cerberus

Being born from a half-serpent half-human mother, Echidna, and Typhon, the god of destruction, it's not surprising that Cerberus is so monstrous. Cerberus is a dog-like creature with three vicious heads, snakes sprouting from his body, and a serpent as his tail. The creature's sinister origin and grotesque physical features impressed Hades, as he entrusted Cerberus to guard the underworld gates. One of Heracles’s twelve labors was to capture this beast alive with no weapons; a nearly impossible feat.


The Gorgons

If you've heard of Medusa, well, just imagine three of her. While some stories claim that Medusa was born with a very beautiful form and later cursed with a head of snakes, others say she and her sisters have always been that horrendous. In fact, the name Gorgon is derived from a word that means “dreadful.” Their parents, ancient sea gods Phorcys and Ceto, notoriously gave birth to grotesque creatures. While only Medusa’s monstrous hair could turn humans into stone, all three of them have terrifying venomous snakes on their heads, a hideous face, and some horrendously large teeth.


Erichthonius

Almost everything about Erichthonius’s birth was weird. Hephaestus, god of blacksmiths and other craftsmen, tried to seduce the virgin Athena, but she ran from his advances. He chased and eventually caught her. Hephaestus attempted to rape Athena, but she fought him off. He ejaculated on her thigh and Athena wiped his semen off and it fell to the ground, where it impregnated Gaia (the Earth) instead. Almost instantly, Erichthonius emerged from the earth, fully formed. Some versions state that he has a half-man, half-serpent figure. Despite being born from soil, Athena was willing to raise him and he became a legendary ruler of Athens.



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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:31:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-offspring-in-greek-myths/edira-putri
<![CDATA[Hilarious Mythical Creatures That Some People Actually Believe Exist]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-mythical-creatures/laura-allan

We've all heard of Nessie and Bigfoot, but what about some of the lesser known mythical creatures? Horse demons, giant mutant frogs, or maybe random clergymen hanging out in the ocean? It all sounds a little absurd, doesn't it? But some people actually believe funny mythical creatures like this exist, with sightings and reports happening more recently than you'd believe. 

Cryptids that range from the silly to the obscene have always been a part of our history and they probably will be for centuries to come. The strangest thing about these ridiculous creatures from myths that people think exist is that many sightings are from reputable sources. Businessmen, explorers, and police officers can say they saw something weird, and even if it's sounds completely made up, people are more likely to believe it. That might be why many of these urban legends and myths have persisted.

Vote up the weirdest mythical creatures you can't believe anyone takes seriously. 


Hilarious Mythical Creatures That Some People Actually Believe Exist,

Rat King

You know what's gross and not at all scary? The idea of a bunch of rats connected by their buts, wandering around a sewer being gross and covered in refuse. Well, this cryptid was a real worry in parts of Europe, dating all the way back to the 1500s. Superstitions about demonic origins and plague surrounded Rat Kings, and people said that you had to kill them the moment you saw them.

The real creepy and pathetic thing about this cryptid is that it has some basis in reality. You see, there is a rare occurrence where live rats will get their tails bound together, either with sewage or with broken rat bones. then, the rats continue to live and exist, stuck together in this giant knot of ratty goodness. We have preserved Rat Kings of this sort, some as large as 32 rats in size!


The Loveland Frog

There has been a lot of argument over what exactly the Loveland Frog really is. Is it a mutant human? An alien? Some giant frog? Or maybe nothing at all? Either way, the descriptions based on sightings seem to be the same. In 1955, a businessman in Loveland, OH reported seeing small, reptilian, naked-looking humanoids congregating at the edge of the road. He watched them until they moved off and then reported it later. Another report in 1972 by a police officer gave a similar account. Since then, there have been attempts at getting videos, more sightings, and even a musical made about the legends. Though interesting, it's pretty hard to think of a giant naked frog dude running around and not get the giggles. 


Melon Heads

This is actually a really cool and sad urban legend when you stop to think about it. The legend says that in Kirtland, OH there was a man who took care of mutated children, many of whom had huge, bulbous heads. Some versions of the legend even say they weren't fully human, and that's because the man used them for twisted, dark experiments, mutating them all the further.

Eventually, the barely-human children rebelled and killed him, then fled to live in the sewers or woods. From there, the children reproduced, and now many of the deformed offspring roam the woods. There are occasional sightings of strange humanoid creatures in that area of Ohio, and while the idea is pretty absurd, it's hard not to be drawn in by such a tragic story. 


Champ the Lake Monster

The Scots have their Loch monster, Nessie, and the United States has a monster in Lake Champlain. The man who named the lake, Samuel de Champlain, originally mentioned there were strange species living there, and from that moment on, there were sightings of an unusual, monstrous thing in the depths of the lake. Pretty standard lake monster stuff, really, and they call the thing "Champ."

The really funny thing about all this is how much Champ has been embraced by locals. There's a baseball team with Champ as the mascot, there's a massive display listing all the sightings by the lake, and there's even a festival to honor him once a year, complete with a parade. He's even protected by state law so that if he's found, no one will hurt him. 


Popobawa

The Popobawa is a mythical cryptid who lives in Zanzibar that has a propensity for attacking, beating, and raping people. That alone sounds genuinely terrifying - and like a reason to call the police - but there's more to the story than that. Apparently, this bat-like creature with one eye will sneak into houses, invade dreams, and only come at you when you are at your weakest, and has been doing so for potentially hundreds of years. 

The kind of funny thing about this creature is this: it will only assault people who are skeptical of its existence. That's right, don't question people about what they've seen or doubt that the creature exists or you'll get attacked! The mere concept of that is kind of ridiculous. 


Wolpertinger

Along the same lines as a Jackalope, the Wolpertinger is a taxidermist's playground. They originate in Bavaria, and are shown as having a rabbit body, feathered wings, horns, fangs, and bird feet, and are rumored to have a love of young beautiful women. One interesting thing is that these creatures are hardly a new invention. There are wood carvings dating all the way back to the 17th century which purportedly show a similar creature and there are still occasional reported sightings today! Of course, those could just be rabbits with tumors on their heads, but who are we to say for sure?


Tikbalang

The Tikbalang is a creature from Philippine folklore that is said to be some sort of demonic anthropomorphic horse, possibly created from an aborted fetus sent to limbo after death. That in and of itself isn't too funny, but the personality of this supposed demon is actually generally mild and amusing. They like to mess with humans and play with them, often making them see things that aren't there. But don't worry: if you feel one of these strange creatures is leading you astray, you can always ward it off with the magical act of... wearing your shirt inside out. Yes, you read that right: this demon is terrified of exposed clothing seams. 


Kushtaka

Let's just put this out there right now: If you want to dream up a scary cryptid, don't give it the face of an otter. They're too cute. In Alaskan folklore, in the Tlingit and Tsimshian cultures, there is a creature called The Kushtaka, which is kind of like a shape-shifting land otter; it's got an otter's face and a humanoid body. Dogs can ward them off and keep them from bothering you, and if you hear them barking at night, it's supposed to be a sign the Kushtaka are near.

Of course, dogs are not the funniest way you can repel these things. Folklore dictates that they can also be repelled with urine. That's right! You can pee at these things and they'll go away, so be sure to keep your fluid levels high. 


Jackalope

This may be one of the most well-known cryptids out there, but it's also definitely one of the most absurd. Jackalopes were created in the 1930s by taxidermists who attached deer antlers to the taxidermied body of a rabbit. It was originally done as a joke, but the popularity of this practice spread, and soon people began to believe the animal was real. It certainly doesn't help that the head of one is hanging in the Wyoming capitol building.

However, there are, in fact, a few legends that mention horned rabbits, as well as a hunter who reportedly sighted a Jackalope in 1829. That claim was never verified, but those few stories have been enough to lead people to suspect that the creature really exists in the world. 


The Flatwoods Monster

This is another one of those creatures that would be frightening if it wasn't so funny-looking. The Flatwoods Monster was first spotted in 1952 in West Virginia by a small group of school boys (who are always the best and most reliable sources). The boys reported that a strange metallic-looking creature hissed at them, then glided towards them. They ran and reported the incident, and when the scene was inspected, an oily substance and skid marks were found. 

Considering that this was a bunch of school kids, it is amazing they were so widely believed. Even a local news report covered the event, showing an extremely absurd artist's rendition that has lived on to this day. 



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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:31:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-mythical-creatures/laura-allan
<![CDATA[Synthwave Artists to Check Out if You Loved the Stranger Things Score]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/music-like-stranger-things-score/isadora-teich

The Netflix Original Stranger Things is everywhere right now. Everyone is either watching it, talking about it, theorizing about it, or rocking out to its amazingly 80s soundtrack. But if you just can't get enough of the Synthwave score - composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, otherwise known as S U R V I V E - then you're in luck: 80s throwback music is in, and a lot of really cool musicians are doing some incredible things with the format. Check out these artists to fill that nostalgic 80's sound void. 

From the scary, to the upbeat, to the minimal, to the delightfully cheesy, listening to these tracks will take you right back to 1985. If you're ready to be transported into a world of feel good nostalgia mixed with terrifying suspense, sink your teeth into these totally awesome Synthwave tracks. 


Synthwave Artists to Check Out if You Loved the Stranger Things Score,

S U R V I V E

You can't have a Synthwave list for people who loved the Stranger Things score and not include the composers themselves. The Austin, TX-based duo released a full-length, self-titled album in 2012, and a second LP, RR7349, will be out in September 2016.

The first track off that album, "A.H.B," offers everything that was great about the Stranger Things main theme - ethereal synths, understated but no less driving beats, and excellent sonic movements.


Cliff Martinez

The film Drive was a critical darling, and its score, composed by Cliff Martinez, veritably put the artist on the map. This understated, highly modern Synthwave masterpiece plays with tension and release like it's just another instrument. It's the nostalgia of Stranger Things mixed with modern restraint. 

Martinez has continued to work frequently with Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn, composing a wonderful '80s horror throwback score for the Suspiria-inspired The Neon Demon.


GUNSHIP

If you crave that authentic 80's synth GUNSHIP has got you covered. Their video for the track "Tech Noir" (a reference both to Blade Runner and The Terminator) even features a voice over by master of horror and Synthwave progenitor John Carpenter. If you want to feel like you are watching Stranger Things at all hours of the day, load these guys up on your mobile listening device of choice and hit repeat.


Sinoia Caves

Sinoia Caves produces the kind of eerie and otherworldly Synthwave that makes you feel like someone - or something - is watching you and waiting for the perfect moment to strike. The above song, from the equally '80s inspired film Beyond the Black Rainbow, is what happens when Synthwave is combined with an almost prog rock sensibility. If you think your life doesn't feel enough like a Reagan-era horror film, Sinoia Caves can fix that. 


DISASTERPEACE

David Robert Mitchell's film It Follows borrowed heavily from the works of John Carpenter, especially his 1978 breakout classic Halloween. Fittingly, the score for the film by electronic artist DISASTERPEACE sonically echoes Carpenter's score for the film. The main It Follows theme is every bit as spine-tingling as Halloween's title track.


Ex-Machina

This Synthwave project inspired by sci-fi films from the 70's and 80's is almost too good to be true. If you want to feel like you're being chased by the T-800, or scrambling through L.A. trying to get everyone to put on a pair of Wayfarers so they can see the alien invaders for what they are, then Ex-Machina, and especially the above tune, is your new soundtrack. 


John Carpenter

Not only is John Carpenter one of the most talented directors ever in horror, he also scored over a dozen of his own films. His minimal synth style and film soundscapes have been praised for decades. John Carpenter's first two solo albums Lost Themes and Lost Themes II are well-received master classes in understated Synthwave. 


Robert Parker

For the kind of Synthwave that's pure pop fun, check out Robert Parker. He truly captures those patent 80's vibes, creating music that is the auditor equivalent of warm, fuzzy blankets.This is the kind of delightful nostalgia you can't help but dance to. 


LazerHawk

If LazerHawk doesn't get your booty moving, your booty must be dead. Their music has all the crunch, all the cheese, and all the kick-ass synth you could ever need. If you like the kind of relentless '80's electro that knocks your skull in, you need to get on LazerHawk, like, yesterday.


Irving Force

Strap into your turbo-charged Delorean, prime your laser blaster, and cruise through a post-apocalyptic wasteland blasting alien zombie mutants from beyond. Because if you're listening to Irving Force, there is nothing better to do. Seriously, if this track doesn't get you pumped, there is no saving you.



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:41:19 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/music-like-stranger-things-score/isadora-teich
<![CDATA[A Gaggle of Christopher Walken Impressions, Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-christopher-walken-impressions/jacob-shelton

Everyone does a Christopher Walken impression. Whether you’re a famous hunk or some rando on the Internet, you’re waiting for a chance to pull out your Walken. Some of the best celebrity impressions of Christopher Walken come from people who you wouldn’t expect to be good at the art of mimicry. No one thinks a suave dude like Bradley Cooper is practicing his Walken in the mirror, but after you see his impression, you might wonder what he gets up to when he's alone. Check out these Christopher Walken impressions and try not to talk like everyone’s favorite character actor for the rest of the day.

When you think about Christopher Walken impressions, your mind automatically goes to certain comedians, but it turns out the people who do Christopher Walken impressions are all over the map. And some of the most funny Christopher Walken impressions come from regular weirdos who feel the need to bless the world with their special gifts. Despite the various techniques applied to each impressions, the one thing they have in common is, they’re really funny. Keep reading to revel in myriad ways to impersonate the great Christopher Walken. then vote on your favorite Christopher Walken impression videos. Afterwards, leave us a comment about how you can flawlessly mimic Christopher Walken’s speech from Annie Hall.


A Gaggle of Christopher Walken Impressions, Ranked Best to Worst,

Bradley Cooper

Did you know that Bradley Cooper does impressions? Do you think he's schizophrenic or just using them as a coping mechanism? Either way, at 1:56 in this clip, he throws down a pretty good Walken impression. 


Chris Pine

When you think of Chris Pine, you probably picture Captain Kirk, those sweet Pine pearly whites, or his hunkalicious Armani ads. Thanks to James Cordon, you'll never be able to think about Chris Pine again without hearing Christopher Walken's voice coming out of his mouth. 


Jay Mohr

Jay Mohr's Walken impression has morphed over the years, from a Skittles selling kook to a character who does impressions of other characters. That's meta AF. Also, 40, 50, 1,100 bodies. 


Jeff B. Davis

This might be the most aggressive Christopher Walken impression known to man. Why is Jeff B. Davis's Walken so angry?!


Kevin Pollak

It's cliché to include Kevin Pollak in a list of Christopher Walken impressions, but you have to admit, he's pretty good.


Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey's Christopher Walken is mostly predicated on the fact that he worked with Walken in a play and can get REALLY LOUD. It's still fun to watch. He also does Jack Nicholson in this video, which is pretty great. 


Michael Rosenbaum

The only thing that could have made Michael Rosenbaum's Walken impression better would be if he did it in costume for Smallville, with his cue ball Lex Luthor head


Tom Hiddleston

Can someone call a moratorium on impossibly handsome guys doing great impressions? It's just not fair. Hiddleston's run as Walken, which starts at the 1:40 mark in this clip, is almost too on the nose. 


US Army Soldier Tiller

Does the military give medals for impressions? If not, it should. They can call it the Golden Tongue, or the Brass Mockingbird, or something better. Either way, Tiller should win it for killing this Walken impression. 


Sung Hero

Why hasn't this random YouTuber been given a show where he pretends to be Christopher Walken having innocuous one-sided conversations? Also, the Rubik's Cube is a nice mind-bending touch. 



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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:11:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-christopher-walken-impressions/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[List of Things You Want South Park to Make Fun of in Season 20]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/new-south-park-season-things-we-want-made-fun-of/chris-abraham

Can South Park Season 20 just get here already? If the newest season of South Park started airing today, what subjects would you like to see them make fun of? Between Pokemon Go, this terrible election cycle, and Ghostbusters, there is so much we would all love to see get trashed by Matt and Trey. Seriously, how great would it be if they brought back Chinpokomon from Season 3? Vote up the subjects or things you would want to see on South Park Season 20, and please add your own ideas to the list if they're not already here. Please don't include things that have already been made fun of on previous seasons, such as Caitlyn Jenner, ISIS, or safe spaces.


List of Things You Want South Park to Make Fun of in Season 20,

Bill Cosby

Black Lives Matter

The Unending Corruption of Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders Being Screwed by the DNC

"Cultural Appropriation"

Trigger Warnings

The Presidential Election

The Stupidity of Donald Trump

Third Wave Campus Feminism

Pokemon Go


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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:51:20 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/new-south-park-season-things-we-want-made-fun-of/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[All the Songs on Obama's Summer 2016 Playlist (Daytime & Nighttime)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-obama-summer-playlist-songs/jason-robbins

Welcome to President Obama's 2016 summer playlist, a list of 39 cool songs to help Americans beat the heat. Featuring both daytime and nighttime jams, these songs handpicked by POTUS encourage you to rock out to a presidential playlist and take pride in the fact that you share at least one trait with the President of the United States: You both like some of the songs on Barack Obama's summertime playlist. Maybe!

Obama's playlist is, as per usual, an eclectic one. It features songs from multiple eras and a wide variety of genres. Yes, the President has room in his heart for classical jazz, '90s hip-hop, and pop top 40s. Surely there's something on this list for everyone, proving once more that  the head of state understands all the people of this great nation! Mostly.

And so, without further ado, treat your ears to all the songs on President Obama's daytime and nighttime summer playlists. And don't forget to vote up your favorites. Yes, even one person can make a difference in the polls!


All the Songs on Obama's Summer 2016 Playlist (Daytime & Nighttime),

Good Vibrations

Rock Steady

U Got the Look

Lady

I'll Be There for You / You're All I Need to Get By

My Funny Valentine

I Get Lonely

Tightrope

Say Yes

Classic Man


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<![CDATA[The Best Taco Toppings]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/taco-toppings-and-ingredients/ranker-food

The taco is a truly customizable food. Starting from its tortilla base, you can layer on a veritable buffet of proteins, veggies, and sauces to make your own delicious entree. If you're looking for ideas to jazz up your next taco bar, this list is for you. These are all the tasty things you can put on a taco, from the delicious standards to unique new flavors, as ranked by hungry users like you. The best taco toppings come in many forms. Some taco toppings are hot and spicy while other good toppings for tacos are creamy and delicious. Many of the greatest taco toppings are simply chopped fresh vegetables.

What items will you find on this list of the best taco toppings? Cheese is one of the most popular ingredients to add to tacos. Cheddar, Monterrey Jack, and Chihuahua are all great when shredded on top of soft or hard tacos. Hot sauce is another perfect condiment to add to tacos – and all Mexican food, for that matter. Made with ripe, creamy avocados, guacamole will add an authentic burst of flavor to any fiesta. Other delicious options featured on this top taco toppings list include tomatoes, lettuce, and sour cream.

Which taco topping should reign supreme? That's up to you to decide. Vote your favorite toppings to the number-one spot on the list by giving them a thumbs up, and add any options that are missing.


The Best Taco Toppings,

Cheese

Guacamole

Hot sauce

Jalapeño

Lettuce

Pico de gallo

Sour cream

Tomato

Salsa

Sweet Onions


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<![CDATA[The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-vampire-tv-shows-ever

These are the best vampire TV shows of all time, according to fans of the supernatural and undead. Everyone loves these undead denizens as they’re a good stand in for liberalism and damn fun to watch. According to Daniel Bernardi, vampires represent all things the political right fears about the left. But politics aside, they make for both good heroes and villains.

Our popular culture has embraced them in basically all facets of media. The shows on this list have at one point featured vampires—though they may not be strictly about the bloodsuckers. But which ones are the best? See what people think in the ranking below.

Because so many of the best shows on TV today are about vampires, it seems they’ve taken over popular culture. This resurgence was fueled in part by vampire movies such as Twilight, but the supernatural has always been popular on the small screen. Just look at shows such as The X-Files or Charmed. They’re not strictly about vampires but have featured them quite a bit.

Another common thread you’ll find throughout these top vampire TV shows is werewolves. For some inextricable reason, TV shows that have featured vampires almost always put them at odds with werewolves. In True Blood, they’ve been rival factions for what must be centuries and in The Vampire Diaries, they’re natural born rivals due to biological reasons.

So to find out which TV show about vampires is the best of all time, we’re asking everyone to vote. If you’re wondering where a particular movie ranks, use the search box at the top of the list to find it. Don’t see it? Add it so that others may vote on it. After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of the best vampire TV shows.


The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked,

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Entire series
Charmed

The X-Files
Various episodes
True Blood
Entire series
Angel
Entire series
Supernatural
Various episodes
Being Human
Entire series
The Vampire Diaries
Entire series
The Originals
Entire series
Penny Dreadful


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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:01:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-vampire-tv-shows-ever
<![CDATA[The Most Embarrassing Instances of Famous People Forgetting Their Mic Was On]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/embarrassing-hot-mic-situations/isadora-teich

Maybe you've said something you wished you hadn't or been overheard during an inconvenient moment. It's embarrassing, right? Now imagine being on live TV. This is a collection of people who forgot their mic was on and learned the hard way that being overheard often has major consequences. While some people gained notoriety for their blunders, others felt the heat from these famous hot mic fails.

There are plenty of celebrities who forgot their mics were on and said something they really shouldn't have. Whether their mics catch a moment of uncharacteristic honesty or something truly regretful, it's kind of reassuring to know that they're not just teleprompter-reading robots. Vote up the embarrassing hot mic videos that make you cringe the most.


The Most Embarrassing Instances of Famous People Forgetting Their Mic Was On,

Barack Obama Calls Kanye West 'a Jackass'

That's right. President Barack Obama called rapper Kanye West a bad word on video. In 2009, following West's famous "Swiftus interruptus" speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, Obama was accidentally caught calling the rapper "a jackass" in an off-the-record comment during a CNBC interview. Obama never apologized and stood by his original comment years later. 


News Anchor Utters String of Profanities on His First Day, Is Immediately Fired

A.J. Clemente was momentarily famous in 2013 for having officially the worst day on the job ever. A few seconds into his first telecast forNBC affiliate KFYR in Bismarck, ND, the rookie news anchor cursed up a blue streak and was immediately suspended. He didn't realize his mic was on. Clemente released an apology, but that didn't do him any good. The station fired him. 


Joe Biden Drops an F-Bomb During the Signing of the Affordable Care Act

Vice President Joe Biden is famous for two things: doing whatever he wants and loving ice cream. In 2010, however, he put his foot - not cookies and cream - in his mouth after telling President Barack Obama that passing his controversial bill to overhaul health care was "a big f*cking deal." While he tried to muffle it by whispering very quietly at the White House signing ceremony, the mics still picked it up on live TV. 


Jesse Jackson Says He Wants to 'Cut Obama's Nuts Out' Before Fox News Interview

In a 2008 anti-Obama outpouring caught on tape by Fox News before an interview on health care, Jesse Jackson vented some of his frustrations. He accused President Barack Obama of talking down to black people and said he wanted to "cut his nuts out." This spread across the media like fire, prompting an apology from Jackson. Obama never responded to Jackson's hot mic slip-up or apology.  


George W. Bush Had Some Choice Words for the UN at the 2006 G8 Summit

President George W. Bush is famous for saying stupid things, but at a lunch meeting during the 2006 G8 Summit in Russia, he took it to the next level. When he spoke with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, they clearly didn't realize the mic in the room was capturing their candid chat about the Middle East and Christmas presents. Speaking about the United Nations and their handling of the militant Islamic group Hezbollah's growing power, President Bush said, "see, the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this sh*t and it's over."


Barack Obama Gossips About Benjamin Netanyahu at the 2008 G20 Summit

President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy were caught talking smack about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the G20 Summit in 2008.  They were unaware that the mics in their meeting room had been turned on and that reporters could hear them from the outside. Sarkozy called Netanyahu a liar. Obama didn't come to his defense. He replied: "You’re tired of him? What about me? I have to deal with him every day.” Ouch!


Actor Reveals Secret of Living a Long Life

Ernest Borgnine, the veteran actor who passed away in 2012, had a career that spanned decades. Unless you are a fan of classic film or TV, you probably know him as that guy who won an Emmy at the age of 92 for being on ER or maybe as the voice of Mermaid Man on SpongeBob. In 2008, he was asked about his secret to looking so young on Fox News. After playing coy, he leaned over and whispered into the reporter's ear the true source of his youth: self-love. 


CNN Anchor Interrupts President's Speech with Personal Baggage

In 2006, CNN's Kyra Phillips gained momentary fame for making a big mistake when she forgot to switch off her mic in the bathroom. Her live mic caught a whole conversation with another woman where she insulted all men except for her husband. She also referred to her brother's wife as a control freak. This all played right over President George W. Bush's Hurricane Katrina anniversary speech. Oopsie!


Donald Trump Accidentally Reveals His Rapey FlirtingTactics

On October 7, 2016, The Washington Post published details of a recording of Donald Trump having a very rapey conversation with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush just before appearing on Days of Our Lives in 2005. The conversation, which Trump didn't know was recorded, begins with The Donald saying, “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it... I did try and f*ck her. She was married." The tape was recorded not long after Trump married Melania. 

Upon noticing Days star Arianne Zucker, with whom Trump acted in his scene, Bush said “Your girl’s hot as sh*t, in the purple."

Trump replied, “Yes! The Donald has scored... I’ve gotta use some tic tacs, just in case I start kissing her.. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”

“Whatever you want,” replied someone, probably Bush. 

“Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything,” Trump declared, failing to specify how you grab someone by a cavity. 

Trump responded to the publication of the conversation by saying, among other things, "Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course - not even close." Memo to Trump: Hillary Clinton is running for president. Not Bill. Hillary. 


Nigel Hayes Compliments a Stenographer at a Press Conference

While a lot of people are caught saying things that are embarrassingly dumb or offensive on hot mics, college basketball star Nigel Hayes was probably the first person ever to get caught saying something adorable. In March 2015, he sat down for an interview with some of his fellow players at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. When he saw 43-year-old stenographer Debra Bollman in the crowd, he whispered, "God, she's beautiful," to a teammate. The whole room heard it. After realizing his mic was on, Hayes lost it. 



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<![CDATA[When Was America Greatest?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-american-eras/jacob-shelton

Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again,” but what does that even mean? Depending on who you are, when you were born, and which socio-economic class you lucked into, the time period when America was great could be anywhere from the Revolutionary era to the dot-com bubble of the early 2000s. Even the greatest eras in American history were marred by ugliness and misfortune. Booming economic times shared space with terrorist attacks and the displacement of indigenous people. Put on your thinking cap and vote up the times when was America great.

From the Civil Rights movement to the waves of feminism that date back to the first great awakening, every era has had something going for it. But when was America last great? What era can you look back on and place a demarcation saying there’s been a steady decline in greatness ever since? Have we hit that moment in history yet? According to Donald Trump, the answer is yes, but what era do you think we should return to? What era do you think we should try to emulate?

Vote up the periods of U.S history to which you think “Make America Great Again” refers.


When Was America Greatest?,

The Civil War

What made it great: Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, America developing the modern Navy

What made it not so great: Slavery, the rampant bloodshed brought on by a mixture of economic policy and the desire to make people work for free, all of that fife music


Reconstruction

What made it great: Slavery officially being not cool, the beginning of the public school system, railroad subsidies

What made it not so great: Things were still awful for African Americans, the Panic of 1873, the much-disputed 1876 Presidential election


The Space Race

What made it great: Neo-futurism, we went to the moon, a massive jump in technology.

What made it not so great: Sending animals into space to die, rocket development, finding exactly zero space aliens


The Revolutionary Era

What made it great: America winning its independence, no cell phones, people still loved poetry.

What made it not so great: All that fife music, slavery, no indoor plumbing


The Post-WWII Boom

What made it great: Massive economic prosperity, malte shoppes, The Catcher in the Rye

What made it not so great: Racism, the threat of atomic annihilation, Atlas Shrugged


Progressive Era

What made it great: Political reform, everyone had a mustache, the upgrading of country life, Teddy Roosevelt shaking everybody's hand

What made it not so great: Prohibition, state-sponsored eugenics programs, the Influenza epidemic


The Gold Rush

What made it great: There was gold in them there hills! The growth of San Francisco, railroad construction

What made it not so great: Pushing Native Americans from their homes, organized attacks on foreign miners, the depletion of natural resources


The Great Awakening

What made it great: Spiritual equality was extended to African American slaves, women were told they could analyze their feelings

What made it not so great: Rampant hucksterism, the separation of the Calvinist movement


The Era of Good Feelings

What made it great: Everyone loved America, bitter bipartisan disputes ended, Monroe's tour of goodwill

What made it not so great: The panic of 1819, the Missouri Crisis, Jacksonian Nationalism


The Era of Continental Expansion

What made it great: We moved out west, the Homestead Act

What made it not so great: The War of 1812, mass annexation of Native land



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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:11:36 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-american-eras/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Salad Toppings (That Are Still Healthy)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/healthy-salad-toppings-ingredients/ranker-food

The recipe for a classic garden salad starts with a bed of leafy greens. From there, though, the edible possibilities are nearly endless. There are dozens of delicious and nutritious ways to top your salad, from garnishing greens with fresh produce to sprinkling on crunchy dried nuts. Many good things for a salad are the ingredients you find at your local farmers' market, while other healthy salad toppings might be rare spices and oils.

What items will you find on this list of healthy toppings for salads? For a satisfying crunch with a punch of protein, almonds are a great salad topping. Raw almonds are the most healthy – and be sure to avoid sugar-coated and dry-roasted varieties. Kidney beans are another good topping to add to a salad to keep it healthy and filling. If you have a sweet tooth, try adding fresh fruit like grapes and apples to a healthy salad. Other mouthwatering ingredients featured on this roundup of the top healthy salad toppings include avocados, chickpeas, and tofu.

Do you have a favorite healthy salad topping? Give the best ingredients a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and please add any good salad toppings that are missing.


The Best Salad Toppings (That Are Still Healthy),

Balsamic vinegar

Black pepper

Olive oil

Onion

Tomato

Vinegar

Lemon juice

Hard boiled egg

Chicken breast

Fresh Herbs


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<![CDATA[The Best Young Adult Adventure Books]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/young-adult-adventure-books/ranker-books

Good books can be escapes from everyday life. These young adult adventure novels are the perfect examples of just that escape, thanks to their thrilling plots, unforgettable characters, and touching emotions. But these stories aren't just for young adults – readers of all ages have been swept up in these narratives. Whether you're looking for YA adventure books set in dystopian futures or tales of real-life survival, there's a novel on this list for you.

What stories will you find on this list of the best adventure books for young adults? The Hunger Games series is one of the most popular young adult series of recent years. Katniss Everdeen brought readers along with her on her mission to save the nation of Panem – finding her true love in the process. The Maze Runner series is another popular young adult adventure franchise. Perhaps the most successful young adult adventure series of all time is the magical Harry Potter Series. Other good fiction featured on this readable roundup includes the Twilight series, the Divergent books, and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Which young adult adventure novel is the best of the best? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorite books a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and add any exciting reads that are missing.


The Best Young Adult Adventure Books,

A Wrinkle in Time

Coraline

The Giver

The Hobbit

Uglies series

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Artemis Fowl

The Chronicles of Narnia

The Hunger Games

Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5-book Boxed Set


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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:41:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/young-adult-adventure-books/ranker-books
<![CDATA[Actors Known for Roles Opposite to Who They Are in Real Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-whose-roles-are-nothing-like-they-are/lisa-waugh

You think you know someone then bam!, image shattered. Some actors feel comfortable playing roles close to their own identity. Then there are actors who are a far cry from the characters they portray. You may believe Liev Schreiber scowls at produce like Ray Donovan, but he’ll tell you he’s an absent-minded klutz. What about Rami Malek? He’s got to be intense, right? Glaring at his coffee, saying about six words a day? Nope. He's a chatterbox.

There’s plenty of times we want to believe the character we see onscreen is really like that and then there’s Machete. It’s probably for the best that Danny Trejo is a really nice guy who’s been on the straight and narrow for decades.  Read on to learn about actors who play some of our favorite roles, but are nothing like their characters in real life.


Actors Known for Roles Opposite to Who They Are in Real Life,

Bob Odenkirk

In real life: Bob Odenkirk is a comedy writer, producer, and improv actor who surprised many when he showed off his dramatic acting chops in Better Call Saul.  
 
In film and TV roles: It takes wit to play Saul Goodman. He may have seemed like a one note ambulance-chasing con man lawyer in Breaking Bad, but audiences got to see the depths of the character through Odenkirk’s performance in Better Call Saul.   
 
Notable quote: “I pretty much live about 10 minutes from my office. I have two kids, and I have about 8 projects that I'm working on, so I basically just get up and go to work, and go home every night and play with my kids, so I don't really know.”


Bryan Cranston

In real life: Kind, silly, and dead funny, Bryan Cranston is also sweet and emotional. He famously cried when talking about Jane’s death scene in Breaking Bad. He’s a craftsman, a goofball, and a human being.  
 
In film and TV roles: He played Walter White to perfection. He’s channeled President Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way and Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo. He’s also thrown a sweet 60 party on Kimmel and threw a fit in a lion’s outfit. Cranston isn’t afraid to leave it all on the floor.
 
Notable quote: “What's interesting is a man with no facial hair is less intimidating than a man with facial hair, and a man who is bald is more intimidating than a man with hair.” 


Danny Trejo

In real life: Danny Trejo did a stretch in prison and became a champion boxer at San Quentin before becoming clean and sober and finding his way into acting by way of his drug counselor job. His fierce look and background made him popular with directors and casting agents, but real life, Trejo has been a straight arrow and family man for a couple of decades.   
 
In film and TV roles: Trejo brings an authentic quality to his characters because he looks like he could eat your face off. He’s made an accidental career out of playing mainly scary-ass bad guys. He's got a wicked sense of humor, though, too. 

Notable quote: “Hollywood wants guys who can act tough - Hollywood don't want tough guys.”


Keanu Reeves

In real life: A devourer of books and art, a life philosopher, and incredibly articulate, Keanu Reeves has put up with being considered a doofus his entire career. He’s very private, so many have sought to fill in the blanks. Most of that speculation has been wrong, according to those close to Reeves. He reluctantly got swept up in the popular Sad Keanu meme, admitting “It's still a drag to get your picture taken when you're eating a sandwich. It's a downer.”  

In film and TV roles: Reeves has whoa’d himself through a stellar career playing Ted Theodore Logan (Bill and Ted), Tod Higgins (Parenthood), Johnny Mnemonic (Johnny Mnemonic), and Johnny Utah (Point Break). He’s been accused of being a little too Keanu in many of his roles. Critics and audiences agree there’s a lot more there that could be explored.   
 
Notable quote: “I used to have nightmares that they would put 'He played Ted' on my tombstone.”


Liev Schreiber

In real life: Liev Schreiber was called “Huggy” as a child because he was sweet and good natured. As an adult, he’s loquacious, ponderous, funny, and kind of clumsy and absent-minded.  
 
In film and TV roles: He frequently comes off as scary onscreen and has said, “This is a problem I’ve had my whole life.” Due to his “Slavic fatpads” (his cheeks), Schreiber calls his looks reminiscent of a “homicidal chipmunk.”   
 
Notable quote: “You know, I have a deep, deep affinity for Dr. Seuss.”


Neil Patrick Harris

In real life: The openly gay Neil Patrick Harris has proven he’s more than a Doogie. He’s survived child acting and the industry closet, now he’s ready to play all the things from villain to hero.  
 
In film and TV roles: He played Barney Stinson in all of his horny hetero glory for nine seasons on How I Met Your Mother. He’s a Broadway musical sensation, a hilarious bad guy, and a favorite awards show host with an ever widening range and offers.  
 
Notable quote: “Being able to live my life transparently does empower me to feel like I can be myself more. It's easier for me to flirt with girls now that girls know that I'm gay. It almost makes it a sexier encounter than if I was trying to pretend that I was straight.”


Tom Felton

In real life: Of course Tom Felton is not a Slytherin monster, like his famous character Draco Malfoy. He’s a nice guy who loves to have fun, has an uneasy relationship with fame, appreciates Potter fandom, and takes things in stride.   

In film and TV roles: Felton can certainly relate to Jack Gleeson. As Draco Malfoy, he’s nearly as hated as Joffrey in Game of Thrones. He also played a creepezoid murder suspect on Murder in the First
 
Notable quote: “I would miss months of school and then return with bright blond hair. Needless to say, there was bullying. I wasn't beaten up daily, but there was name-calling and jealousy. You have to bear in mind that Harry Potter wasn't cool. I wasn't part of the Terminator franchise.”


Rory McCann

In real life: Rory McCann characterizes himself as “goofy” and “a bit daft.” He was such a cut up on the Game of Thrones set, co-star Maisie Williams had to keep him in check. McCann has been a bouncer, a lumberjack, lead singer in a band, and a tree surgeon.   
 
In film and TV roles: Because McCann is so likable and swift on his feet mentally, he brings a unique, sympathetic quality to the hate-filled Hound. He’s also played up that goofy side as Michael Armstrong in Hot Fuzz. However,  he uses the Hound’s persona when he doesn’t want to be bothered in public.

“I remember drinking with Peter Dinklage at a Belfast pub, and you could feel them creeping toward us. I just turned around and went ‘F*ck off.’ They took it right away: ‘The Hound told me to f*ck off, so I f*cked off, because he'd kill me if I didn’t.’ It probably made their day. [Laughs]”   
 
Notable quote: “In the business, I meet some beautiful women, but to be honest, 80 percent of them are raving lunatics and are to be avoided. It's just insecurity; actors are generally quite insecure. I wouldn't date, or I've never had a fling with an actress, and I'd quite like to keep it that way.”


Iwan Rheon

In real life: Iwan Rheon is not into sadism in his day-to-day life, but he is a singer/songwriter, and has an album out. Rheon dreaded the torture and rape scenes with Sansa Stark at the hands of his character on Game of Thrones, and he rooted for her when she found her strength.   
 
In film and TV roles:  While understanding how much Ramsay Bolton, his character on GoT, was hated, Rheon relished playing the villain. He identifies with Ramsay’s joy in doing what he loves. Rheon loves music. Ramsay loves psychologically and physically torturing people before killing them. Different passions, but passions nonetheless.
 
Notable quote: “I wasn't, you know, Mr. Popular. I was somewhere in the middle ground. I was quite alternative, the things I liked to do. Skateboarding, at the time. Playing in a band as opposed to playing in the rugby team. You know, that kind of thing.”


Jack Gleeson

In real life: Jack Gleeson is a thoughtful and sensitive fellow who worried about “unjust misogyny” in Game of Thrones. He even gave up acting for a bit after closing out his famous role on the show. But he’s back at the acting game, co-founded a theater company, older and wiser from his GoT experience and with a fully intact sense of humor about the whole thing.   
 
In film and TV roles: Despite other credits to his name, Gleeson’s King Joffrey Baratheon on Game of Thrones was so perfectly awful (in a good way), he’ll probably spend the rest of his career dealing with the role on some level. Gleeson was so good at playing the ultimate villain, fans cheered when Joffrey died horribly at his own wedding. 
 
Notable quote: “Both villains and heroes need to have a steadfast belief in themselves.”



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<![CDATA[Historic Sporting Events You'd Have to See If You Had a Time Machine]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-spoting-events/rhune-kincaid

You have been granted the secret of the time juice. No one knows exactly how it works, but it holds the power to transport you and your extra temporal vehicle through time. Exciting chrono adventures await, but you must know, there are rules for using the time juice.

1. Time juice is a limited resource. Each time slide will consume a portion of your supply, so you must prioritize your trips… rank them, if you will.

2. Time juice will only take you to historical sporting events. This is the best thing about time juice.

3. Time juice mysteriously prefers the North American continent. Transcontinental jumps consume vastly more time juice and there are no frequent flyers points. Soccer fans, invent your own juice to see great sporting events in history. #america

4. Time juice will typically only last long enough for one game, match, race, etc… Linger at your own risk.

5. Time juice will not permit you to collect on bet, or buy stocks, or get Shoeless Joe Jackson’s autograph, or whatever space/time continuum-trashing get-rich-quick scheme you're cooking up. Also you cannot kill Hitler at the 1936 Olympics. Don't even think about messing with space/time. Just stop it. 

With these parameters in mind, you must choose wisely to visit the most legendary of sporting moments, solve historical sports mysteries, and, most of all, enjoy this list of the historical sports moments you'd have to visit if you had a time machine (and more importantly, time juice).


Historic Sporting Events You'd Have to See If You Had a Time Machine,

Miracle on Ice

When: February 22, 1980

Where: Lake Placid, NY

The Event: When Russia invaded Afghanistan in 1979, Cold War tensions were at all-time high. In fact, America ended up boycotting the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow. We couldn't fire nukes at them, but we could do the next best thing: beat them at their favorite sport on the world's biggest stage. Sports Illustrated named this the most memorable sports moment of the 20th century, and since you own your own time machine you already "believe in miracles."


Wilt Chamberlain's 100 Point Game

When: March 2, 1962

Where: Hershey, PA

The Event: This game is a ridiculous one, but you'd have to go see it, in part because ALMOST NOBODY SAW IT. There was no television coverage, no video recording, and only about 4,000 spectators. A radio account wasn't even unearthed until 1988.

It's known the Warriors manipulated the game with fouls in a deliberate effort to get more possessions, but still, the very notion of a 100-point game in the NBA is preposterous. 


Jackie Robinson's First Major League Game

When: April 15, 1947

Where: Brooklyn, NY

The Event: This is a no-brainer. Can you imagine the buzz, tension, elation, apprehension, and very real danger leading up to the historic breaking of baseball's unspoken color barrier? You won't have to, thanks to your time machine. You can take in a watershed moment of baseball, civil rights, and American history all in one fell swoop. Jackie will walk and score a run, and that meant everything.


The Fight of the Century

When: March 8, 1971

Where: New York, NY

The Event: Also known as Frazier vs. Ali 1, the Fight of the Century was the first heavyweight championship match between two undefeated boxers. Neither will be in their athletic prime, but that just means you see two smart boxers, rather than two all-out brawlers. Frazier won a unanimous decision after knocking Ali down in the 14th round. It's a no-brainer to catch the first politically charged go-round between these two titans.


Super Bowl XXIII

When: January 22, 1989

Where: Miami, FL

The Event: Of course you're going to use your time machine to get a discount on Super Bowl tickets, but which should be your first choice? Lodge one vote for Joe Montana's comeback win against the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII. It was a compelling match-up with plenty of Hall of Famers and a thrilling finish that includes a touchdown. 

Check out game footage on the NFL homepage


The Greatest Game Nobody Ever Saw

When: July 22, 1992

Where: Monte Carlo, Monaco

The Event: The USA's 1992 Men's Basketball team won all of their games by more than 31 points, so there's nothing that competitive about their march to gold. The better game to visit wasn't a game at all, it was practice. Chuck Daly set Team MJ vs. Team Magic and let the sparks fly in an irresponsibly competitive scrimmage. We're making a rare exception by leaving the continent only because there is literally nothing else like this.


Kirk Gibson's Pinch Hit Homer

When: October 15, 1988

Where: Los Angeles, CA

The Event: You could travel to 1960 to see Bill Madero Mazeroski’s championship-clinching home run for the Pirates, but this is the more dramatic World Series walkoff. It’s baseball’s last iconic moment before the 'roids really set in and scarred the next 20 years of America’s past time. The fact that Gibson used grit and moxie to overcome an injury (instead of chemicals) underscores that point.


Babe Ruth's Called Shot

When: October 1, 1932

Where: Chicago, IL 

The Event: This is a controversial moment in sports history. Did Babe Ruth really point to center field to declare that he would soon hit a home run in Game 3 of the World Series or is the story folkloric? There is film of the event, but it remains ambiguous. You'll need the closet seat you can find along the third base line to read faces and know for sure. As a special bonus, FDR will be in attendance. Try to score a handshake while you're there.


The Play

When: November 20, 1982

Where: Berkeley, CA

The Event: This may be the most absurd moment in the history of American sports. With Stanford leading 20-19, Cal used 5 laterals to complete a game-winning kickoff return for a touchdown. That alone is fairly spectacular, but since the Stanford sideline (including its 144-member marching band) had prematurely run onto the field to celebrate, Cal's Kevin Men traversed the final twenty yards while dodging tubas and trumpets. He completed the touchdown with a two-handed over-hand punch that wiped out an oblivious trombone player. You can't make this up.

To this day, scholars and drunkards alike debate whether or not all five laterals were legal. You should use your time machine to enroll in the Stanford band and join their fateful March for the optimal viewing angle.

 


The Immaculate Reception

When: December 23rd 1972

Where: Pittsburgh, PA

The Event: No one knows if the deflected pass scooped up by Franco Harris and run for a game-winning touchdown in this 1972 AFC Divisional Playoff game touched the ground or not. Neither referees nor camera caught the chaotic play definitively. The score was allowed to stand and the Steelers proceeded to win their first playoff game and first Super Bowl. The Raiders were left to wonder "What if?"

Your time machine isn't the only newfangled contraption you should bring to this game. Bring a slow motion camera, record this play, and then destroy the footage once you know for sure what happened. Because why ruin the mystery for everybody else?



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Thu, 24 Nov 2016 03:31:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-spoting-events/rhune-kincaid
<![CDATA[Resorts That Are Completely Out of Control]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-resorts/steve-wright

Finding the craziest resorts on earth is not always easy. Anyone can go to a luxury hotel, or a high-end, all-inclusive resort, but most of those tend to offer the same sort of perks and experiences. There are times when a vacation calls for as much beer as you can drink and stuffing your face for days, but there are other times when you want something different. Like staying at one of the weirdest resorts in the world.

Maybe you want to stay in a room made completely out of ice. Maybe your thing is having wild animals poke their head in your window while you are eating dinner. Maybe you just want to relax in a giant champagne glass. Whatever your thing is, chances are, you'll be able to find a place that suits your adventurous needs on this list of crazy resorts. Vote up the most insane resorts you'd totally visit.


Resorts That Are Completely Out of Control,

Icehotel
  • Most Insane Feature: Everything is made of ice!

The original Icehotel has been operating for over 20 years in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. Every November, snow, ice, and near-frozen river water are combined to make unique rooms and create a hotel experience unmatched anywhere else in the world. Guests spend a night on ice in a frigid, 23-degree Fahrenheit room. Arctic explorer-worthy sleeping bags, thermals, and even reindeer pelts are provided for warmth. Just hope that nature doesn't call in the middle of the night...


Giraffe Manor
  • Most Insane Feature: Dinner with giraffes!

Giraffe Manor is an old Scottish hunting lodge near Nairobi, Kenya. The selling point here is that the owners are giraffe conservationists. As a result, guests will often share meal times with giraffes who poke their (long) necks through an open window, begging for food. If giraffes (somehow) aren't your thing, then there is also an elephant orphanage on site.


Ariau Amazon Towers
  • Most Insane Feature: Treetop swimming pools!

The Ariau Amazon Towers Resort is located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Manaus, Brazil. This is an eco-tourism resort where guests can live among the monkeys, birds, and other native wildlife populations in the Amazon. The resort features over five miles of walkways through the treetops, along with various guided trips and activities in the local area.


Jules' Undersea Lodge
  • Most Insane Feature: Guests scuba dive 21 feet below the surface of the Largo Sound just to enter!

The name here is much more than just a marketing gimmick. Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, FL, is exactly what it sounds like. This former research lab has been converted into a hotel and guests must scuba dive down into the Largo Sound to even reach the door. Despite its location, this place isn't lacking in amenities: you can even get a pizza delivered from the surface! You must be a certified scuba diver to get into the lodge and the company offers a discover scuba certification for those not qualified upon arrival.


V8 Hotel
  • Most Insane Feature: The beds in the theme rooms are made from classic cars!

So it turns out that those kids beds that look like cars have a much cooler older brother. The V8 Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany has, as you may have guessed, a very strong automobile theme. The rooms in this hotel vary from the Mercedes room to a drive-in theater to a big slice of Americana with the Route 66 room. Each has a theme that is perfectly on-point and classic car buffs will love the idea of sleeping surrounded by all this nostalgia.


Treehotel
  • Most Insane Feature: Sleep in a UFO tree house!

The Treehotel Resort in Harads, Sweden, is definitely different. This property consists of seven freestanding tree houses, each designed by one of the most famous architects in Sweden. The houses vary in style from a bird's nest to a mirrored cube, but it is, without a doubt, the UFO sitting in the middle of the forest that has the biggest wow factor. Oh, and there is also a tree sauna. Which sounds like it would be fun!


No Man's Fort
  • Most Insane Feature: It's a fort with a laser tag arena!

When deciding what to do with a fort in the middle of the Solent between the Isle of Wight and the English city of Portsmouth, there any number of options. Kudos, then, to the individual who took this Victorian-era structure that was built to prevent the English from being attacked by Napoleon III and turned it into a hotel. As if that wasn't enough, the designer then, brilliantly, thought to turn part of the fort into a laser tag arena. 


Yunessun Spa Resort
  • Most Insane Feature: Wine baths for everyone!

You can find a standard spa resort anywhere in the world. Thankfully, there is nothing standard about the Yunessun Spa Resort in Japan's Hakone prefecture. The red wine bath is the headliner here, but resort-goers can also bathe in themed pools filled with coffee, sake, green tea, and even Ramen broth. Not content with just making these vats of goodness, the spa owners have even decorated the areas around the pools with giant wine bottles, giant (fake) hanging noodles, and more. 


Woodlyn Park
  • Most Insane Feature: Stay in the g*ddamn Shire!

Yes, you heard that right. In North Island, New Zealand, Woodlyn Park Motel has several unique rooms, but the coolest are the two Hobbit units. Constructed to look and feel like the Shire, you can indulge all of your Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit, duh) fantasies in these unique spaces. They have circular windows and doors and are built into a hillside, just like in the books.


Crane Hotel
  • Most Insane Feature: The rooms rotates 360 degrees!

How about staying the night in an old crane in Amsterdam?

Guests at the Crane Hotel have a choice of three suites, one of which even has an outdoor hot tub. The crane, which was built in 1967, overlooks the docks and until 1996, it was used to unload timber brought in from Russian and Scandinavia. The motor allows the rooms to rotate 360 degrees. Oh, and as an added bonus, the rooms are high enough that they blow and sway in the wind...



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:51:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-resorts/steve-wright
<![CDATA[What Will President Obama Do During His Last Days in Office?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-will-obama-do-before-his-term-is-up/jacob-shelton

After eight years, it's now the end of an era. Whether or not all of President Obama’s policies were to your liking, you have to admit that by electing the first African American president (twice!), the United States has come a long way since the days of Jim Crow. President Obama has said that he’s looking forward to relaxing when he gets out of office, but what happens before Obama's term ends? This poll is a collection of possibilities for what’s going to happen before Obama leaves office. Will he close the wage gap? Enact gun control measures? Or reveal something nefarious about himself?

In the final year of every presidency, the head of state usually pushes through a few executive orders so they leave office feeling like they accomplished something worthwhile. But after such a contentious year in global politics, there’s no way of really knowing what will happen before the end of the Obama presidency. The general consensus seems to be that he’s going to try to close Guantanamo Bay, but there are logistical issues that could mire that decision in decades of red tape.

Some far right conservatives believe that President Obama plans to use his final months in office to completely wreck the country for the next person who takes control, but that seems like the definition of cutting off your nose to spite your face. Still, will he sneak through some not-so-Republican-friendly initiatives or just spend his time booby trapping the Oval Office? How do you think President Obama will spend his final months in office? Rock the vote below!


What Will President Obama Do During His Last Days in Office?,

Force Federal Contractors to Report Wages Based on Race and Sex

Authorize Use of Military Force Against ISIS

Open Trade Agreements with Cuba

Put the Iran Nuclear Deal Into Motion

Close Guantanamo

Make a Push for Eco-Friendly Technology

Enact Sweeping Gun Control Legislation

Sign an International Climate Change Accord

Sign a Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Modernize the US Water Supply Quality System


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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:35:08 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/what-will-obama-do-before-his-term-is-up/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Quentin Tarantino Movie Bit Players]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tarantino-bit-players/jacobybancroft

There's not a filmmaker alive quite like Quentin Tarantino. His movies are packed with a flourish and flair that's unlike any other artist in the business. He doesn't make that many films, but the ones he does are packed with witty dialog, insane action set pieces, and an overall sense of glee. One of the best elements about his films are the characters, who feel so life-like and fleshed out. And not just the main characters, either - Tarantino bit players are every bit as important to the story and have just as much depth of character. 

It doesn't matter if a character is a lead or only in the film for a few lines. Everyone matters. In fact, those who play small roles in Tarantino movies often provide the audience or main characters with crucial information or motivation. This list highlights all the actors and actresses with small roles in Tarantino films and why they make their respective movies practically masterpieces. Vote up your choice for the best bit players in Tarantino films, even though it might be hard to choose between them.


The Best Quentin Tarantino Movie Bit Players,

Brett

Pulp Fiction's Brett (Franky Whaley) is one of the classic bit players of all time. His jittery, anxious, petrified demeanor is the perfect opposite to Jules Winfield's confident dominance, and their banter gives rise to the classic Ezekiel 25.17 monologue and one of the great back-and-forths in Tarantino's oeuvre:

Jules: What does Marsellus Wallace look like?

Brett: What?

Jules: What country are you from?

Brett: What? What? Wh - ?

Jules: "What" ain't no country I've ever heard of. They speak English in What?

Brett: What?

Jules: English, motherf*cker, do you speak it?


Captain Koons

Christopher Walken strolls into Pulp Fiction for a silly, very pivotal, scene. In a flashback,  he plays Captain Koons, who gives young Butch (Bruce Willis) his father's watch, while also explaining how many asses it was hidden in before coming to Butch. Hearing Koons describe the circumstances by which the ass watch came to Butch explains why he would go to such great lengths to get it back later in the film.


Lt. Archie Hicox

Before Michael Fassbender took the world by storm, he played a small, but very vital, part in Inglourious Basterds, Lt. Archie Hicox, a British officer sent undercover as a German. Hicox realizes he's going to die once his ruse is discovered, but remains calm to the very end, switching from German to English before the great shoot out, saying, "Well, if this is it, old boy, I hope you don't mind if I go out speaking the King's."

Interestingly, Fassbender was born in Germany and speaks the language flawlessly - he had to affect a non-native accent while speaking German in the film. 


Jimmie Dimmick

When Vincent Vega accidentally shoots Marvin in the face in Pulp Fiction, he and Jules are forced to turn to Jules's old friend Jimmie Dimmick, played by Tarantino himself. Clad in a red bath robe, Jimmie reluctantly helps the gangsters, worried his wife, Bonnie, will come home and discover gangsters doing all kinds of gangster sh*t involving a headless corpse and a car filled with blood and brains. Jimmie's fear over The Bonnie Situation induces a state of perpetual anxiety, putting a hilarious spin on noir tropes -  a bunch of gangsters terrified by the idea divorce and the fury of women.


Sgt. Donny Donowitz

The hulking lug Donny Donowitz, otherwise known as the The Bear Jew, gained notoriety in the Inglourious Basterds universe for frequently bashing in Nazi heads with a baseball bat. Nazis fear him more than any other Basterd, and for good reason. Nobody wants their head caved in with a blunt object. Also he's played by Eli Roth, which is just ridiculous. 


Zed

He's a cop, he rides a fancy motorcycle, and he's one of the most sadistic characters in Pulp Fiction. Zed (Peter Greene) shows up briefly,  further complicating the relationship between Butch and Marcellus Wallace by adding rape and a gimp. He plays the most twisted game of eeny, meeny, miny, moe ever put to screen, and teaches the men that their rivalry isn't all that important when there's people like Zed in the world. 


Marvin

In Pulp Fiction, Marvin (Phil LaMarr) learns it’s very important to have an opinion. The inside man with Brett's crew, Marvin drives away from the scene of supposed divine intervention with Jules and Vincent. In the car, Vincent asks Marvin whether or not he believes divine intervention took place, to which Marvin replies “Man, I don’t even have an opinion.”

Marvin's response causes Vincent to turn around, gun in hand, to talk to him. The gun goes off (an accident), spraying Marvin’s brains all over the back windshield. It leads to one of the best lines in the movie - Vincent saying, in a disappointed tone, “Aw man, I shot Marvin in the face.”


Marvin Nash

Officer Marvin Nash faces the wrath of the psychotic Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs. A captured police officer, he's tortured and murdered. Throughout the torture, Nash gives up no information, and when it's revealed he knew that Mr. Orange was an undercover cop all along, it makes him heroic. Too bad being a hero gets you nowhere in a Tarantino film.  


Major Hellstrom

Major Hellstrom (August Diehl) is a perfect bit part villain - he's intelligent, charming, ruthless, and throws a giant monkey wrench in the hero's plan. A Nazi officer quietly enjoying a drink by himself in a the basement tavern the Basterds use as their meeting point with Bridget von Hammersmark, Hellstrom immediately susses there's more than meets the eye to these three mysterious Nazis meeting a German movie star in the middle of nowhere. What follows is riveting and drenched in dread. 


Perrier LaPadite

Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa is obviously the highlight in Inglourious Basterds, but his mostly silent screen partner Perrier LaPadite in the opening scene that deserves recognition. LaPadite displays terror and anguish through silence, and his fear manifests into him giving up the people hiding beneath his floor boards. Denis Ménochet, who plays LaPadite, was originally supposed to be in The Hateful Eight, but was replaced by Demian Bichir when Tarantino tweaked the script after a live read. 



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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:31:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/tarantino-bit-players/jacobybancroft
<![CDATA[The Biggest Mistakes That Changed History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/mistakes-that-changed-history/troybrownfield

You know when you've made a big mistake. Sure, there have been tests that you thought you aced or dates that you thought went well - but you know when you've made a really big blunder. Now imagine that your miscalculation is so large, it changes the course of history. We're taking a look at some of the worst - and best - historical mistakes, those with effects you can still see today.

Some of these mistakes that changed history were tragic miscalculations; others were fortuitous accidents. Read on for a list of historical events that were a mistake and their surprising consequences.


The Biggest Mistakes That Changed History,

D-Day Paratroopers Scatter All Over the Beaches

The D-Day invasion of World War II remains one of the most massive assaults in the history of modern warfare. Planning and coordination efforts went on for months, with revisions and tinkering happening up until the last minute in almost every case. 

One crucial component was the dropping of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions overnight prior to the amphibious assault on the beaches of France. However, as the drops began, bad weather, anti-aircraft fire, and other factors led to the wide dispersal of Allied paratroopers. But while this dispersal did create major problems in terms of achieving the invasion's initial objectives, it ended up helping the invasion overall.  

How’s that? The dispersal confused the absolute hell out of the German command structure. American and British troops seemed to be everywhere, attacking a variety of targets, and operating with seemingly no centralized base or command structure. And that’s because a) they were everywhere, b) teams were formed based on improvisation and who happened to be where when they landed, and c) Americans tend to be really good at breaking stuff and then finding more stuff to break.

The Germans didn’t know if this was the full invasion, a partial invasion, or an extremely elaborate prank. Even better, much of the German command was scattered itself, either at training elsewhere, or, in the case of Erwin Rommel, visiting his wife in Germany for her birthday. Oops.

At any rate, while the overall scattering of forces made things more difficult, it expanded the element of surprise and built on other Allied deception tactics to keep the German forces in disarray. And all of that led to an ultimately successful push by the Allied forces.


The Lookout on the Titanic Doesn't Have Binoculars

The Titanic disaster is like a perfect storm of stuff gone wrong. You already know about the lack of available life rafts, the fact that the separation of social classes played into casualties, and the general arrogance of proclaiming a ship unsinkable when, hey, it could still sink. But for now we’re going to narrow it down to just one mistake: the lookout didn’t have binoculars.

Okay, so the ship was going pretty fast when other ships had been telling it there was ice around. And it was dark at the time, so it’s debatable whether binoculars would have helped that much with prevailing starlight and ambient ship lights as your only source of illumination. But it’s true that problems before shipping out led to the lookouts having no binoculars.

The fallout of the disaster greatly improved ocean-going safety, including regulations regarding available life craft, the manning of radios, the expansion of regulations, and the creation of the International Ice Patrol (to track icebergs).


Columbus Misses Asia

Despite what your grade school curriculum might tell you, Columbus didn’t discover America. Properly, Columbus didn’t discover what would become America, either. The explorer really wanted to find a route to Asia by going west from Europe, a concept that was widely considered to be fairly goofy even at that time. 

Ultimately, Columbus ended up bumping into the Bahamas, Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Central and South America. He never did make it to North America. So while he never found his route to Asia (though he claimed that he did), Columbus did initiate the bigger boom of European exploration and more or less guaranteed permanent contact between the two hemispheres. And no, we don’t know why he still has a holiday, either.


General Pickett Charges Right Into Enemy Hands

It's hard to argue that one moment in one battle of a war changed history, especially when that war still went on for another two years after that. But scholars generally agree that Pickett’s Charge marked the turning point of the Civil War. 

A combination of tactical blunder and being outguessed, Pickett’s Charge happened on the last day of the battle of Gettysburg. After assaults on the flanks, General Robert E. Lee gave the order on that day to charge right up the middle at General George G. Meade’s position - but it was an order that Meade had already guessed the night before.

After artillery fire on the Union position, about 12,500 Confederate soldiers (including one of three commanders, General George Pickett) moved across three-quarters of a mile of open field. They made for Meade's fixed position, taking heavy volumes of rifle and artillery fire.While some made it to the target wall, they were repelled at the cost of some 1,100 dead and over 4,000 wounded. Many experts point to the charge and the subsequent loss at Gettysburg as the game changer, and the Confederacy would go on to surrender in April of 1865.


The Battle of New Orleans Is Fought After the War Had Already Ended

Communication being what it was in 1815, it’s not a surprise that messages often arrived when it was too late for the receiving party to act on the new information. In the case of the Battle of New Orleans, the American and British forces hadn’t yet received word that the countries had signed the Treaty of Ghent, formally ended hostilities. 

As a result, Bloody Andrew Jackson led his troops in a rout of the British forces. In the battle on January 8th, the British lost 700 men compared to the Americans 7. Yes, the opposing force lost 100 times more men in roughly half an hour.  So even though the battle wasn’t strictly necessary in terms of winning the War of 1812, the condition of victory cemented the US as a world power and created a wave of popularity that eventually took Jackson to the White House.


Static Build-Up Causes the Hindenburg Disaster

Airships used to be the luxury way to travel; just check out Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In fact, all of your Alan Moore steam punk fever dreams of a sky filled with zeppelins could have happened if not for one of the most famous disasters of all time.

Here’s where we admit that we don’t know exactly what the mistake was. Some people still suspect sabotage, but the generally accepted notion today is that static build-up and discharge is what ignited the hydrogen in the LZ 129 Hindenburg on May 6, 1937. Others say docking mistakes were made, too. All we know is that it wasn’t supposed to happen, and the subsequent explosion and loss of 36 lives more or less marked the end of the airship era.


Militaries Invade Russia During the Winter

When a military mistake is so colossal that it becomes a permanent pop culture punch line, you know it’s a big one. Amazingly, it’s a blunder that people keep making. Granted, a lot of historians and military experts will tell you that every example of a failed winter invasion of Russia comes loaded with its own unique factors - but you can still find army after army that died in the Russian snow.

In 1708, Sweden invaded Russia during a winter so bad that even Venice’s port froze. The invaders lost 16,000 men in that particular push. Just over 100 years later, Napoleon took a swing at it in an action that began in the summer. By late fall, he’d lost thousands of troops and though he occupied Moscow, he eventually had to retreat.

The famous example, however, is from World War II. Hitler’s big screw-up was in thinking that he’d take Russia before winter, and so his army wasn’t ready when winter came. In fact, things went so poorly in Russia that Hitler lost three-quarters of a million troops before November.


Fox Turns Over Star Wars Rights to George Lucas

This one doesn’t involve war or the fate of nations, but it’s definitely a pop culture landmark. After making American Graffiti with Universal, George Lucas had a first-look deal in place with that studio. Universal, to their eternal chagrin, passed on Star Wars. Turns out there would be plenty of chagrin to go around... 

As part of the deal that Lucas eventually made with Fox, he retained both sequel and merchandizing rights. To the suits of 1977, that seemed perfectly reasonable. How many sequels were there outside of The Godfather and James Bond happening in that decade anyway? Plus Fox’s own execs were still a little
 skeptical about the space opera’s chances.

Then Star Wars dropped, shook box offices to their core, and Lucas got to make his sequels his way (for good and for ill), all while making metric tons of cash on everything from action figures to - okay, really, what hasn’t there been?


Japan Picks the Wrong Targets at Pearl Harbor

You might think that Pearl Harbor was a mistake on the part of Japan because it mobilized the United States, re-energized a flagging economy, and generally pissed us off. Well, yeah, but the specific set of mistakes in Pearl Harbor had more to do with what Japan didn’t bomb rather than what they did.

The bombing raid of December 7, 1941 concentrated most of its fire on American battleships. The line of thought ran that knocking out the big ships would hamper US power at sea. As such, Japanese planes didn’t concentrate on Pearl Harbor’s fuel reserves, repair yards, or, incredibly, the aircraft carriers present. When the smoke cleared, the US kicked the repair yard into full gear and was able to get ships back to sea quickly. And as the war went on, US naval dominance eventually came from submarines and yes, aircraft carriers. So don’t wake a sleeping giant, and if you do, don’t let him keep the big boats for planes.


Alexander Fleming Forgets to Clean Up His Lab

When you forget to clean the dishes, it’s gross. But when a scientist forgets to do it... well, it's still gross. But it can lead to world-changing discoveries. Take penicillin (unless you’re allergic).  Alexander Fleming gets the credit for discovering penicillin in 1928 - and his methodology came down to forgetting to do the dishes.

Turns out that Fleming spent the month of August on holiday with his family (that’s how you know he’s Scottish; otherwise, it would be “on vacation”). Upon his return, he noticed that one of his petri dishes of staphylococci had grown a mold that destroyed the sample around it. He then grew the mold in a pure culture and found out it could annihilate all kinds of bacteria (gram-positive pathogens, if you want to get technical).

It took a few years before penicillin would catch on, but by the time it did, it was widely used to treat Allied wounded in World War II, saving countless lives.



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:01:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/mistakes-that-changed-history/troybrownfield
<![CDATA[The Craziest Stunts in Action Movies That Were Completely Real]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/practical-stunts-action-movies/jason-robbins

Forget Iron Man, forget James Bond. Fictional wimps, the lot. The real movie heroes are the fearless men and women who perform death-defying practical stunts, so that when Vin Diesel jumps a car through a wall of fire at 200 mph, it looks real to you. Because it is. Everything except for Vin Diesel, of course.

To be clear, some actors do brave many of their own stunts. They will be honored on this list as well. Whether A-list movie star or stunt performer extraordinaire, these folks make a living doing what we only wish we had the guts to do. Some are action junkies, some martial arts masters, some working Joes with a penchant for pain. But one thing unites them all: They critically injure themselves regularly so that you and I don't have to suffer too much CGI.

So what is a practical stunt? Basically, movie stunts they did for real. Some are augmented slightly by VFX, such as those performed in Mad Max: Fury Road, but these are stunts that, for all intents and purposes, were performed live before the camera. Action film practical stunts have long been a staple of martial arts cinema, and were a staple of old school Hollywood action extravaganzas like Stagecoach and Ben-Hur.

So, without further ado, here is the list of the craziest practical stunts in action movies.
And don't forget, vote your favorites up.


The Craziest Stunts in Action Movies That Were Completely Real,

Ben-Hur

The grand-daddy of all swords-and-sandals films, Ben-Hur included a thrilling chariot race that was done with all practical effects. While the lead actors actually drove their own chariots for much of the scene, there was one especially dangerous bit that required the expertise of stuntman Joe Canutt, the same lunatic who was dragged by speeding horses in Stagecoach.

Canutt's stunt in Ben-Hur involved flipping a speeding chariot over a stationary one, which landed Canutt on the ground and in the path of the horses. A reflexive grab onto the cross-bar of the chariot saved him from being trampled, although he was dragged for several feet, resulting in a laceration to his chin.


Bullitt

Bullitt was one of the first movies to film a car chase sequence at actual car chase speeds. Before then, most films recorded the chase at slow speeds and then sped it up in the editing room. Not only that, but the famous Mustang/Charger chase took place on the curvy, treacherous streets of San Francisco, with the vehicles reaching speeds of 124 mph.


District 13

District B13 is a cornball French sci-fi B-movie that probably wouldn't have gotten much attention were it not for it's central conceit - it's a parkour martial arts movie. David Belle, the creator and grandmaster of parkour, and Cyril Raffaelli, one of the sport's best practitioners, perform bonkers, gravity-trouncing stunts all over the place in the film. There isn't even one stunt or scene to refer to here - the whole movie is an ad for the sport of parkour, Belle and Raffaelli treating the urban landscape like an amusement park. They jump rooftops, rappel down walls, and fly through windows, all without breaking a beat or bothering with silly safety measures.


GoldenEye

Pierce Brosnan's turn as 007 started with a bang - the opening sequence of Goldeneye features Bond bungee jumping off the Contra Dam, a 720-foot tall structure in Switzerland. The stunt ends with Bond using a grappling gun to anchor himself to the ground below. Stuntman Wayne Michaels performed the jump, and experienced so many G-forces he briefly lost consciousness. Michaels came to in time to bust out the grappling gun and complete the take. 


Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Steven Spielberg knows how to do chase scenes. Based on another stunt on this list, from the movie Stagecoach, this crazy piece of work from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark sees stuntman Terry Leonard holding onto the hood of a speeding truck while skidding along a dirt road on the heels of his boots. He then slides down beneath the chasis, makes his way toward the rear of the truck, and is dragged by a rope along the ground. Finally, he pulls himself up, and back onto the back of the vehicle.


Steamboat Bill Jr.

In the Holy Trinity of practical action pioneers, Buster Keaton is the god at its center. In Steamboat Bill Jr, he risked being crushed to death by a house for laughs. 

There have been tons of movies that have copied this famous scene from the silent era, in which a man standing in front of a falling structure is left miraculously unscathed thanks to a well-placed hole. The difference is, the house in Steamboat Bill, Jr. actually did fall, and Keaton had the brass tacks to stand underneath it and hope nothing went wrong. Any tiny change in the way the house fell would have left Keaton dead. 


Stone

Stone is a little-known 1974 Australian motorcycle movie. Those in the know remember a jaw-dropping scene in which a biker is tapped by a car and winds up driving off a cliff and into the bay below. There's no CG or camera trickery here - stuntman Peter Armstrong actually drove off a cliff and into the ocean. So who's more bad ass, bikers or stuntmen emulating bikers? Watch this scene to find out.


The Dark Knight

In one of the most thrilling scenes in Christopher Nolan's masterpiece The Dark Knight, Joker, driving a full-size big rig, is chasing an armored police truck through the streets of Gotham. Batman cuts in front of the Joker, releasing a steel tension wire in the trucks' path, which causes the rig to flip trailer-over-cab, and land upside down. What you might not know is that stuntman Jim Wilkey remained in the rig's cab the entire time.


Who Am I?

In the Holy Trinity of practical stunts, Jackie Chan is probably Jesus. Chan is famous for the death-defying stunts he performs in his movies, so much so that he sometimes has trouble outdoing himself. Which wasn't the case for "Who Am I?", in which Chan performed a feat labeled "world's most dangerous stunt" by his producers. In the scene, he makes a hasty escape from a rooftop by sliding down the structure's steeply-sloped surface. No wires, no nets, just a man stumbling recklessly down twenty-one stories of glass window panes.

For more Chan, check out that time in Police Story 3: Super Cop he jumped from a roof to a ladder hanging off a helicopter, rode it through a city, and dropped from it onto a speeding train. Or when he slid down a multi-story metal pole with an electric current running through it and careened through the roof of a mall kiosk in Police Story.


Mission: Impossible 5

While Tom Cruise's ascent up the outside of the Burj Khalifa in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, would certainly qualify for a position here, Cruise managed to top himself in the sequel, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. How? By strapping himself to the side of an Airbus and riding it into the sky. Say what you will about Tom Cruise's eccentricities; there's no denying the dude has brass cojones.



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:21:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/practical-stunts-action-movies/jason-robbins
<![CDATA[The Best Telltale Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-telltale-games/jason-robbins

Telltale Games, creator of some of the greatest games in recent history, is a rare bird indeed. The company has single-handedly managed to accomplish two miracles in the games industry - feats that have long eluded all of their competitors.

For one, they have brought the graphic adventure genre back to mainstream success. Graphic adventures had their heyday back in the late '80s and early '90s, when today's video game mainstays of squashing things and shooting things took a back seat to story, exploration, and puzzle-solving. It was a grand time for people who liked to game and use their brains. But, eventually, people started hungering for violence once again, and companies like  Lucasarts and Sierra found themselves losing money. Soon the genre was all but dead. That is, untile Telltale brought it back.

Telltale's second grand accomplishment was finding a way to take popular licensed properties and make games out of them that don't suck. Gamers have long suffered adaptations of movies and TV shows that offered terrible gameplay and the bare minimum of fan service. Telltale has somehow found a way to break that curse. Games by Telltale actually have good storytelling and thoughtful game mechanics.

And so, Telltale has spent the last decade blessing gamers with faithful, inventive episodic content based on such beloved fanboy fiction as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Which is your favorite? The full list is below for your voting pleasure. Make sure the best Telltale games are at the top!


The Best Telltale Games,

Tales of Monkey Island

The Walking Dead

The Wolf Among Us

The Walking Dead: Season Two

Back to the Future: The Game

Tales from the Borderlands

The Walking Dead: Michonne

Game of Thrones

Batman - The Telltale Series

The Walking Dead: 400 Days


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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:51:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-telltale-games/jason-robbins
<![CDATA[TV Series Finales That You Sobbed Through]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/saddest-tv-series-finale-episodes/tamar-altebarmakian

Sometimes you don’t realize how much a TV show means to you until a few hours after the series finale when you realize you’ve cried yourself through three tissue boxes. The saddest TV finales become even more tragic once it hits you that the whole show is over and there are no more episodes to redeem the one you just watched. When you watch a show week after week, year after year, it’s impossible not to get invested in the narrative and its characters. They become your family and their goodbyes are your goodbyes.

If you followed the shows on this list, just reading the titles of these series finales may be enough to make you tear up. Not all of these sad TV finales lived up to fans’ expectations, but they still delivered emotional, and sometimes soul-crushing finales that left viewers choked-up, sobbing messes. From the cathartic end of Breaking Bad to the syrupy closer of Gilmore Girls, these sad TV series finales encourage you to have a good cry. As Gandalf tells Frodo, “not all tears are an evil,” so loosen up those tear ducts and let go.

While you are dredging up old memories, be sure to vote on the saddest television series finales that made you cry.


TV Series Finales That You Sobbed Through,

Chosen

The final episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer punches you in the gut in typical Whedon fashion with some major character deaths, but not all the tears for this episode are sad. Buffy delivers a powerful speech to the potential slayers, telling them, “From now on, every girl in the world who might be a slayer, will be a slayer. Every girl who could have the power, will have the power.”

Buffy had been grappling with her role as the chosen one since the very first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and to see her take on the mantle of the leader and empower her fellow slayers hits you in the feels and leaves your crying proud tears.


Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

The last episode of M*A*S*H is set during the final days of the Korean war. It’s a bittersweet two-hour long ending that shows the viewer how all the characters were affected by the war. While there’s a shocking revelation about a traumatic event in Pierce’s past, the saddest moment is probably the final shots of the show as Pierce and Hunnicutt say their goodbyes. Hunnicutt rides off on his motorcycle, telling Pierce he left him a note. Pierce boards a helicopter, and as it ascends, we see the word “GOODBYE” spelled out in stones.


The Last One

Saying goodbye to Friends was like saying goodbye to your baby blanket, the one you secretly took with you to sleepovers to make you feel safe. Over the course of ten seasons, the characters in Friends became our family, and seeing the apartment stripped of its colorful kitchenware and furniture left fans feeling as empty as the apartment.


Brave New World (2)

In the final episode of Boy Meets World, Cory, Shawn, Topanga, and Eric say goodbye to the man who shaped and inspired them, Mr. Feeny. It’s an emotional goodbye as each of them thank their mentor for everything he’s done for them, especially for pushing them to be better people. By the time Mr. Feeny utters the final word of the series, “Class dismissed,” there isn’t a dry eye in the house.


I, Done (2)

Just as Will wasn’t ready to say goodbye to his family, we weren’t ready to say goodbye to Will and the Banks family. The series finale of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air delivers an emotional sendoff for the characters we came to love, the most emotional of which is probably Uncle Phil telling Will, “You are my son. End of Story.” Sob.


My Finale

The Scrubs series finale was every bit as sentimental as fans needed it to be. Characters say their goodbyes, and we get a flash-forward montage of milestones in the character’s lives. We see J.D. and Elliot get married, Turk and J.D. rejoicing over the prospect of their kids getting married, and a Christmas party with all of the main characters. Happy tears abound.


Meanwhile

The final episode of Futurama sees Fry and Leela finally getting married. In true Futurama fashion, science-fiction hijinks ensue and Fry and Leela end up in a world where time has stopped for everyone but them. They travel the world, growing old together until the Professor appears and offers them a way to go back in time. Fry asks Leela if she wants to “go around again,” and she says, “I do.” And the fans sob with joy.


Felina

Often hailed one of the most perfect series finales in television history, Breaking Bad’s “Felina” is also one of the saddest. This episode is filled with heartbreaking moments for most of the main characters. We see Skyler crying as Walt strokes his daughter’s face for the last time. We see Jesse, finally free, driving off screaming and crying tears of joy. And we see Walt flat on his back, bleeding out, surrounded by his true love – the cook. 


Finale (The Office)

The Office finale captures the heart of the series, managing to be sweet, funny, and weird at the same time. Almost everyone got their happily ever-after, and in true Dunder Mifflin fashion, each character looked straight into the camera and told you what it all meant to them. It was heartfelt and heartwarming.


One for the Road (Cheers)

There are a lot of tear-jerker moments in the Cheers series finale—small moments like Sam adjusting Nick Colosanto's picture and larger moments like the final scene of the show. After serving Norm for the last time, there's a knock on the bar's door. Instead of answering it, Sam says, "Sorry we're closed," hammering home the end of this beloved sitcom.



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Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:51:37 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/saddest-tv-series-finale-episodes/tamar-altebarmakian
<![CDATA[The Best Places to BASE Jump in the Solar System]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/solar-system-mountains-for-base-jumping/michaelgraff

BASE jumping is so extreme it's illegal in many parts of the world. There's no doubles or miles of wind drag like with sky diving. In BASE jumping, there's nothing but you and the parachute jumping off whatever surface you can find. For some thrill seekers, there's nothing better. 

For the final frontier thrill seekers, why not take an extreme, dangerous sport and make it even more extreme and dangerous by BASE jumping in space? No little caves or 10-story buildings on this list. What mountains in the solar system or cliffs on other planets could provide an epic BASE jumping opportunity? If you're looking for BASE jumping in space, check out our picks for the Best Places to BASE Jump  in the Solar System. Time to get extreme, brah. 


The Best Places to BASE Jump in the Solar System,

Olympus Mons, the 72,000 Foot Tall Volcano

Olympus Mons is the tallest known mountain in the solar system and the largest volcano on Mars. It stands approximately 22 kilometers (72,000 feet) tall and has an average width of 550 km (1.8 million feet). Because of the size of the planet relative to the size and shape of the volcano, most of Olympus Mons is far too gently sloped for BASE jumping. However, there is an escarpment on the edge of the volcano that's six kilometers (20,000 feet) high. So you'd be jumping off a volcano that's about as wide as South Dakota. Bonsai!


Ithaca Chasma, the 16,000-Foot Deep Chasm on Tethys

Ithaca Chasma is a 2000-kilometer-long valley that stretches across Tethys, one of Saturn's Moons. It is 100 kilometers across at some points, and five kilometers (16,400 feet) down at its deepest point. The chasm is wreathed with ridges, a perfect starting point for a BASE jump down into the mysterious depths of the Ithaca Chasma. Hopefully you don't find anything down there like those weird mud monsters in King Kong


Herschel Crater, a 33,000-Foot-Deep Depression

Mimas, a moon of Saturn, looks suspiciously like the Death Star, and is home to Herschel Crater. There are some epic BASE jumps to be had here. You can jump from the five-kilometer-high (16,400 foot) walls of the crater, or you could leap from the central peak of eight kilometers (26,000 feet) and try to fall into one of the 10 kilometer-deep (33,000 feet) depressions in the crater. Think of it as a Death Star trench run, but don't be a TIE Fighter. 


Valles Marineris, the 23,000-Foot-Deep Gash in Mars

Valles Marineris is the largest terrestrial canyon in the solar system, and makes up about a fifth of the total equatorial circumference of Mars. The canyon is 4,000 kilometers long and seven kilometers, or about 23,000 feet, deep. Jumping to the bottom would be a thrill, but you might want to plan your exit in advance.


Kasei Valles, a 10,000-Foot-Deep Canyon with Evidence of Water on Mars

Kasei Valles is a giant canyon system on Mars that covers 1,780 kilometers, and is in places 300 miles wide. The area gets its name from the Japanese word for the Red Planet. Parts of Kasei Valles are as deep as three kilometers (10,000 feet). You can BASE jump all the way to the bottom to look at millions of years of possible glacial or water erosion that helped shape Mars.


Mons Huygens, 18,000 Feet from the Surface of the Moon

Mons Huygens, in the Montes Apenninus range, is the tallest mountain on the Moon, at 5.5 kilometers (18,000 feet) high. The ridges between Mons Huygens and the adjacent peak to the south west, Mons Ampère, would make for some fabulous lunar BASE jumping.


Boösaule Montes, the Mountain with a 50,000 Foot Drop Off

Boösaule Montes, a cluster of three mountains on Io, one of Jupiter's moons, contains the fifth tallest mountain in the solar system. The tallest, southernmost of these mountains, known as South, is nearly 11 miles tall. The south-east side of South has a steep cliff that drops off for 15 kilometers, or about 50,000 feet. Sounds like a wicked gnarly spot for some BASE jumping. 


The Equitorial Ridge of Iapetus, 800 Miles of 66,000-Foot-Tall Mountains

The equatorial ridge of Saturn's moon Iapetus is a mountain range that traverses 1,300 kilometers and reaches 20 kilometers, or about 66,000 feet, in height. Scientists are still working on theories to explain how the ridge was formed, especially since it seems to line up with Iapetus's equator so perfectly. But in the mean time, there must be plenty of ridges and cliffs worth BASE jumping from in this colossal ridge line. 


Euboea Montes, a 34,000-Foot-Tall Block of Crust (Seriously)

Another BASE destination on Jupiter's moon Io, Euboea Montes has been described as a geological block of crust material lifted by thrust faulting (which might also be a description for a pornographic film). Euboea Montes towers 10.5 kilometers (34,000 feet) over Io's surface and has a steep southern flank just waiting to be dived off. Enjoy the climb up and witness the geological history of Io on the smooth northern flank.


Verona Rupes, the 33,000 Foot Cliff at the Fringes of the Solar System

Verona Rupes is a cliff jutting from the surface of Miranda, a moon of Uranus. The straight vertical of the cliff has been estimated at 10 kilometers tall, or about 33,000 feet, making it the highest cliff and most spectacular BASE jumping opportunity in the Solar System. Don't expect the wind rushing through your hair, though. The atmosphere and relatively low gravity of Miranda mean it would take eight minutes to reach bottom, at a leisurely 90 miles per hour, compared to the 150 to 180-mph average skydiving terminal velocity on Earth.



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Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:20:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/solar-system-mountains-for-base-jumping/michaelgraff
<![CDATA[What Will Donald Trump Actually Do as President?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-will-donald-trump-do-as-president/jacob-shelton

Reality TV star and successful(?) businessman Donald Trump has made news throughout his presidential campaign by saying some pretty extreme and controversial stuff. But what are the the policies that he’ll actually enact while occupying highest office in America? There’s really no telling what’s going to happen if Donald Trump is president. The only thing we can be sure of is that Donald Trump is going to continue to act like Donald Trump.

It’s hard to say what a Donald Trump presidency will look like, especially when it comes to important policies like immigration and tax reform. Will he really build a wall? How much will he try to cut taxes? In essence: what will Donald Trump do as head honcho? Buckle up for some Donald Trump Presidency predictions, from the highly improbable to the almost guaranteed. You get to decide which ones you think are the most likely to come to fruition. Vote up the actions you think Donald Trump will take once he's sworn in.  


What Will Donald Trump Actually Do as President?,

Subtract Common Core Math from Our Curriculum

Repeal the Affordable Care Act and Replace It with Something Different

Declare War on ISIS

Dismantle Dodd-Frank and Create a New Wall Street Regulation Plan

Allow States to Set Their Own Minimum Wage

Get Rid of Gun Free Zones

Bring Jobs Back to America

Challenge China on Charges of Currency Manipulation

Bring Waterboarding Back Into Fashion

Reduce the Number of Tax Brackets from Seven to Four


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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:31:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/what-will-donald-trump-do-as-president/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Every Single Exterminator Van Pun on Bob's Burgers So Far]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bobs-burgers-exterminator-van-names/tvs-frank

Bob's Burgers is one of the most inventive and clever animated comedies of the decade, and this list highlights all the amazing exterminator van names from the opening credits throughout the show's first six seasons. The show's dedication to burger puns and wordplay are so pun-tastic (*cue Tina groan*) that Linda would probably want to sing a song about it.

Whether it's the daily specials in the restaurant, the rotating stores next door, or the wide variety of exterminator trucks that roll up in the opening credits, the Bob's Burgers writers are always willing to go for a quick joke that not everybody even notices.

You'll notice how the first season never changed the truck name, but thankfully after season two, the creators realized what a missed opportunity this was. What's your favorite? Vote up the funniest pst control vans from Bob's Burgers below!


Every Single Exterminator Van Pun on Bob's Burgers So Far,

Rat's All Folks! Exterminators
Season 1 Episodes 1-12
No More Mr. Mice Guy

Season 3 Episode 1: "Ear-Sy Rider"


Final Pestination Pest Control

Season 6 Episode 15: "Pro Tiki/Con Tiki"


The Great Ratsby Exterminators

Season 4 Episode 1: "A River Runs Through Bob"


Weapons of Mouse Destruction Exterminators

Season 6 Episode 12: "Stand by Gene"


Killing Fleas Softly (with Our Spray)

Season 5 Episode 14: "Li'l Hard Dad"


Murder She Roach Exterminators

Season 4 Episode 15: "The Kids Rob a Train"


Of Mice and Men Who Kill Mice Exterminators

Season 6 Episode 1: Sliding Bobs


Sugar & Spice and a Lot of Dead Mice Pest Control

Season 4 Episode 8: "Christmas in the Car"


The Pest of Times and the Worst of Times Exterminators

Season 4 Episode 10: "Presto Tina-O"



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:41:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/bobs-burgers-exterminator-van-names/tvs-frank
<![CDATA[Kid Friend Gangs from Film and TV You Wish You Were Part Of]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-kid-friend-gangs-in-film-and-tv/tamar-altebarmakian

Growing up, every kid wants to be part of a cool group of friends - the kind of group that has a secret handshake, inside jokes, and a pimped-out clubhouse. In addition to the delightful joys of puberty, the best fictional kid friend groups have to face other demons, sometimes literal ones. However, whether they’re fighting the Dark Lord or a bacterial infection inside their classmate Ralphie’s throat, these kids always get through their trials together and learn a valuable lesson along the way.

So pack your slingshot, some Twinkies, and your Dungeon Master’s Guide, because we’re going on an adventure. One that will make you feel nostalgic and maybe a little old. Here are some of the coolest friend groups in movies and TV shows that you wanted to and probably still want to be a part of. Vote up the groups you most desperately wish you were friends with.


Kid Friend Gangs from Film and TV You Wish You Were Part Of,

The Goonies
  • Movie: The Goonies
  • Notable members: Mikey, Mouth, Data, Brand, Chunk, Andy, Stef

Who hasn’t dreamt of going on an epic treasure hunt with their best friends? The kids from the Goon Docks get to this and more without ever straying too far from home. 


The Little Rascals
  • Movie: The Little Rascals
  • Notable members: Alfalfa, Darla, Spanky, Buckwheat, Stymie, Froggy, Porky, Uh-huh

If you want access to a tricked-out clubhouse that is three times the size of the studio you’re currently renting, this is the group for you. Yeah, initially the He-Man Woman Haters Club had a strict no-women policy, but they changed their ways and welcomed women with open arms.


The Castle Rock Crew
  • Movie: Stand By Me
  • Notable members: Gordie, Chris, Teddy, Vern

Few groups on this list grow up faster than these four as they set out to find the dead body of a missing boy from a nearby town. Despite their bleak task, they manage to have a good time on their adventure by singing songs, telling campfires stories, and solidifying life-long friendships.


The Boy Meets World Squad
  • TV Series: Boy Meets World 
  • Notable members: Cory, Shawn, Topanga

Few groups are as in-sync as these three. They were there for each other through the good, the bad, and the truly strange. Besides, who wouldn’t want to be friends with Topanga during her glorious weird stage?


The Golden Trio
  • Movie: The Harry Potter series
  • Notable members: Harry, Hermione, Ron

So maybe you could do without a crazed Dark Lord chasing after you during your pre-teen years, but wouldn’t it be worth it to be able to use magic, go to Hogwarts, and form a friendship so epic that you’re dubbed the Golden Trio? Draco Malfoy wishes he were that lucky.


The D&D Gang from Stranger Things
  • TV Series: Stranger Things
  • Notable members: Mike, Dustin, Caleb, Eleven, Will

Who doesn't want to be part of a group that includes a powerful telekinetic who’s crushing on one of your friends and kids who would risk their own lives to save yours? Though they don’t always agree, these kids come together when it counts. They’ll show you the true meaning of courage and loyalty. Oh, and they also have a pretty awesome Dungeon Master.


The Ragtag, Baseball-Playing Kids from The Sandlot
  • Movie: The Sandlot
  • Notable members: Benny, Scotty, Ham, Squints, Kenny, Yeah-Yeah

Wouldn’t we all love to go back to a time when summer was about riding our bikes to the public pool and playing baseball with our best friends? These kids made the most of their summer. What’s more, they believed in one another and helped each other. We could all use friends like that in our lives.


The Lost Boys
  • Movie: Hook
  • Notable members: Rufio, Thud Butt, Don’t Ask, Pockets

Rediscover your inner child and reinvigorate your imagination by teaming up with The Lost Boys of Hook. Spend your time in giant tree houses, have epic food fights, and battle the legendary Captain Hook.


The Girls of Now and Then
  • Movie: Now and Then
  • Notable members: Samantha, Roberta, Chrissy, Teeny

What group of young girls isn’t into late night séances in the cemetery? If you want a summer filled with mystery, first kisses, and heart-to-hearts in a tree house, this group is for you.


The Cool Cats of Hey Arnold
  • TV Series: Hey Arnold
  • Notable members: Arnold, Gerald, Helga, Phoebe, Harold, Eugene

No fourth-graders navigated city life better than Arnold and his friends. And no fourth-graders, or anyone really, can rock fruit costumes better than this group can. If you want to increase your cool stats, this is the group for you. 



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Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:20:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-kid-friend-gangs-in-film-and-tv/tamar-altebarmakian
<![CDATA[What Will Hillary Clinton Actually Do If She's Elected?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-will-hillary-clinton-do-as-president/jacob-shelton

Presidential nominees make a LOT of campaign promises when they're running for office. And they should! America wants to know what its political leaders have planned, should they be lucky enough to make it to the highest office in the land. When it comes to 2016 presidential race, one question on everybody’s mind is this: what will Hillary Clinton do if she's elected president?

Throughout her 2016 campaign, there have been clues as to what she might do. But no matter what she promises, it's still hard to tell what a Hillary Clinton win will look like. Keep reading for a quick look at the what-ifs of a Hillary Clinton Presidency.

Even though people think they have an idea of what would happen if Hillary Clinton is president, there’s really no way of knowing what the former senator and secretary of state might do. Thanks to Bernie Sanders, Clinton is having to lean further to the left than she might have liked in her 2016 campaign, but what a Presidential nominee says during their campaign and what they do during their time in office can differ wildly. Will she go easy on Wall Street, or swoop down like a mighty Valkyrie and strengthen regulations? Will new college students find that the burden of high tuition costs are eased? Or will they have to deal with more of the same?

Keep reading for a not so in-depth look at what four to eight years with Hillary Clinton in office might look like, then vote up the actions you think Hillary Clinton will actually take if she wins the election. 


What Will Hillary Clinton Actually Do If She's Elected?,

Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

Pretend Like She's Never Met Anyone by the Names of Goldman or Sachs

Ban Assault Rifles

Invest in HIV and AIDS Research

Expand Social Security

Give Bill a Job as a White House Tour Guide

Expand the Affordable Care Act

Treat Drug and Alcohol Addiction as a Disease, Not a Moral Failing

Fight for Full Federal Equality of LGBTQ Rights

Impose Surcharges on the 1%


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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:11:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/what-will-hillary-clinton-do-as-president/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Little Things That Make You Disproportionately Happy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/little-things-that-make-you-super-happy/jacob-shelton

Check out this list of small stuff that makes you happy and then think of all the small things that you’re thankful for. What trivial thing brings you joy? The perfect Guy Fieri impression? A giant slice of New York Pizza? Sno-cone ice? The little things that bring happiness differ from person to person, but the most important thing about all of the things on this list is that they’re so insignificant, it’s hard to imagine them making anyone happy – but they really do.

We all have small things that make us happy for some reason, whether it’s a hot cup of coffee or taking the perfect selfie, we can’t explain why those dumb little things are the best part of our day, they just are. What are the things that make you disproportionately happy? Is it a well-oiled Slip 'N Slide? Or is it the first bite of a frozen candy bar? Put on a crisp pair of socks and check out these little things that make you happy for some reason.

Vote up the small, mundane things that occasionally happen throughout the day and make you happier than they probably should. Feel free to add the little things that make you really happy to the list and then go out and crunch some leaves. 

 


Little Things That Make You Disproportionately Happy,

The First Bite of a Delicious Meal When You're Starving

When a Song You Love Comes up on Shuffle

A Cool Breeze on a Hot Day

When You Actually Get Eight Hours of Sleep

Sleeping on Freshly Cleaned Sheets

Finding Money in Your Wallet You Didn't Know You Had

When You See a Dog Smile

Elevator Doors Opening the Moment You Hit the Button

Driving Through a Long String of Green Lights in a Row

Your Delivery Order Showing up Before It's Due


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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:11:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/little-things-that-make-you-super-happy/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Actors Known for Roles Most Similar to Who They Are in Real Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-whose-roles-are-similar-to-how-they-are-in-real-life/lisa-waugh

Sure, it’s cool if an actor transcends their own identity and become someone else. It’s amazing to witness. But sometimes, you just want Bill Murray to show up and be Bill Murray. He doesn’t need to sleep inside a bear and keep himself up for days to please an audience, because he’s one of those actors who are the same as their characters, or at least pretty darn close.

Some actors disappear into a role. Actors who are a lot like their characters prefer to lay a foundation from a familiar place. Larry David usually performs a slightly demented spin on his real life self. Robert Downey Jr. could probably morph into a whole other guy (Tropic Thunder, anyone?), but who doesn't like RDJ just as he is?

No one is saying these actors don’t have chops. It’s just that audiences want to see Morgan Freeman doing Morgan Freeman. Let Walken be Walken. Jared Leto may have the time to live as his character for months on end, but Bruce Willis has sh*t to do. He ain’t got no time for that. Or for memorizing lines, apparently.

Who are some of those actors known for roles similar to their real personalities? Matthew McConaughey, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Willis...keep reading, if you really wanna know.


Actors Known for Roles Most Similar to Who They Are in Real Life,

Adam Sandler

In real life: Adam Sandler has made a career playing a regular, uncomplicated guy, because he’s never forgotten his roots. He came from a working class family and set his sights on being a comedian. Once he achieved his goals, he’s been content with maintaining a career playing regular Joes. He just wants to make people laugh.  
 
In film and TV roles: Uncomplicated and not impressed with the trappings of fame, Sandler is just fine making one silly film after the other. Audiences love them. The box office proves it at a collective revenue of $2 billion and counting. He’s had his moments of playing opposite of his usual lovable schlubs in Reign Over Me and Punch Drunk Love, but it seems as though he’s still just playing a more existentially fraught version of himself. Exhibit A: Funny People.  
 
Notable quote: “My name is Adam Sandler. I'm not particularly talented. I'm not particularly good-looking. And yet I'm a multi-millionaire.”


Bill Murray

In real life: Capable of anything, Bill Murray is living his best life. He’s crashed a kickball game and bachelor parties, done the dishes at a stranger’s house, bartended, eaten random people's French fries, conducted a school marching band, read poetry to construction workers, and sang karaoke with people he just met. 
 
In film and TV roles: Bill Murray always seems to be playing slightly altered versions of himself.
 Lost in Translation (an aging movie star) and Zombieland (himself as a zombie) are obvious examples, but there's always some Bill poking out in any role he's playing. Even if he’s morphed into the skin of a former president and is getting a handy from his cousin, he’s still Bill Murray. He's especially Bill Murray.   
 
Notable quote: “There aren't many downsides to being rich, other than paying taxes and having relatives asking for money. But being famous, that's a 24-hour job right there.”


Bruce Willis

In real life: Bruce Willis seems perpetually annoyed, a spell broken only by interludes of awareness about how annoyed he is, making the whole thing a little bit meta. Perhaps his perpetual state of annoyance is how he went from being one of the great movie stars who can actually act to a guy who won't memorize lines
 
In film and TV roles: Willis seems to be completely okay with playing various versions of himself. That doesn’t mean he has no range. He’s been brilliant across several roles, including Pulp fiction, Die Hard, The Fifth Element, and The Sixth Sense
 
What Just Happened is a prime example of the thin line between Bruce IRL and Bruce in movies. Willis plays a depressed and angry version of himself. You can’t help but believe this is what it’s like to hang out with him.
 
Notable quote: “I wake up laughing. Yes, I wake up in the morning and there I am just laughing my head off.” 


Christopher Walken

In real life: If Christopher Walken isn’t, you know, Christopher Walken, does anyone really want to know? He certainly comes across as being the same on screen in interviews"More cowbell." You did your Walken impression as you read that, didn’t you?   
 
In film and TV roles: Walken is the king of kooky, playing offbeat characters that fill audiences (and other characters) with dread and wonder (usually at the same time). And they're always drenched in Walkenness. He's...you know, just...kind of...wee-erd.    
 
Notable quote: “You know, there's nothing you can do about your public image. It is what it is. I just try to do things honestly. I guess honesty is what you would call subjective: if you feel good about what you're doing, yourself, if you figure you're doing the right thing.”


Jack Nicholson

In real life: Born to a showgirl, raised by his grandparents while his real mother had to pretend to be his sister, and blessed with movie star good looks, Jack Nicholson was made for the silver screen. Until he was cast in Easy Rider, Nicholson struggled to find his place as an actor and writer. The role of George Hanson was the beginning of a long career playing iconic anti-heroes.  
 
In film and TV roles: No matter the role, Jack is still Jack. Whether he’s busting out of an asylum or hacking down a door with an axe, Nicholson can be counted on for that oh- so-Nicholson essence. He has skittered off the path with some surprising performances, such as About Schmidt, but the Jackness is strong with this one.  
 
Notable quote: “When I come up against a director who has a concept that I don't agree with, or maybe I just haven't thought of it or whatever, I'd be more prone to go with them than my own because I want to be out of control as an actor, I want them to have the control, otherwise it's going to become predictably my work, and that's not fun.” 


John Malkovich

In real life: Learned, sharp, wry, and dry, John Malkovich is a serious man who is not afraid to lay down some serious comedy on the way to a point.   
 
In film and TV roles: Malkovich is so Malkovich it’s difficult for him not to be Malkovich. Case in point, Being John Malkovich, an entire movie based on the premise that Malkovich basically is in real life who he is in movies. As much as he delves into a character, there’s no getting away from his Malkovichness.
 
Notable quote: “Some directors expect you to do everything; write, be producer, psychiatrist. Some just want you to die in a tragic accident during the shooting so they can get the insurance.”


Matthew McConaughey

In real life: Let’s put it this way - naked bongo playing is the one of the more normal things Matthew McConaughey has done. He’s dancing to his own beat, played by Martian ghosts surfing the debris of comets. Or he's smoking a boatload of weed.
 
In film and TV roles: There hasn't been a role yet that can make Matthew McConaughey disappear completely. He may lose tons of weight or slip on a bald cap, but he can’t mask who he is. All right all right all right. 
 
Notable quote: “There aren't many things that are universally cool, and it's cool not to litter. I'd never do it.”


Morgan Freeman

In real life: He's wise, funny, kind, chock full of style, and intelligent. Please let Morgan Freeman actually turn out to be God. Also, he always talks like he's prophesying divine truth, even if he's having a normal conversation. 
 
In film and TV roles: Same. Like, more or less exactly the same, whether the movie is a cynical, grotesque treatise against humanity (Se7en), a superhero blockbuster (The Dark Knight), or a goofball comedy (RED). 

 
Notable quote: “People need to start to think about the messages that they send in the movies.”


Robert Downey Jr.

In real life: (Formerly) Reckless, suave, and charmingly irreverent. Robery Downey Jr. is a smart, smartass motor mouth who is as quick to be your friend as he is to shut you down being a dick. 
 
In film and TV roles: Same. Downey is known for bringing himself to the role, with some minor tweaks. Although Downey is capable of disappearing into his part (see Chaplin), he’s mostly asked to play roles that mirror his snarky charm. Tony Stark is Downey is Tony Stark.   
 
Notable quote: “I think I've been lucky, being my frequent appearances on Court TV have brought to me another level than just the actor guy.” 


Samuel L. Jackson

In real life: Samuel L Jackson tells it like it is. He’ll never be accused of taking the back seat or riding b*tch.  
 
In film and TV roles: Jackson seems exactly like he is on screen, sans the violence. He’s the reason audiences buy the ticket. No need to hide that.  
 
Notable quote: “I’m a good son, a good father, a good husband - I've been married to the same woman for 30 years. I'm a good friend. I finished college, I have my education, I donate money anonymously. So when people criticize the kind of characters that I play on screen, I go, 'You know, that's part of history.’”



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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:51:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-whose-roles-are-similar-to-how-they-are-in-real-life/lisa-waugh
<![CDATA[The Best Basement Hangouts in Film and TV History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-basements-in-film-and-tv/alexandra-plesa

When it comes to the best basements in film and TV, the competition isn’t that fierce. Basements are generally places where bad things happen in horror flicks or serial killers go to traumatize their victims in police procedurals. Audiences tend to associate basements with evil, not good. Which is a shame, because with a little TLC (or some choice weed from the kids in That '70s Show), basements can be ideal hangout spots. Especially when you live in the ‘70s and have nowhere else to go.

Despite what popular culture might have you believe, basements aren’t always spooky deathtraps. You might not want to step foot in the popular basements from Pulp Fiction or Psycho, but there are several other movies and TV shows that manage to give basements a good name. These are the best fictional basements to hang out in. Vote up the ones where you'd actually want to spend your time!   
 


The Best Basement Hangouts in Film and TV History,

Fight Club

The basement of Lou's Cavern Club is not a place for the faint-hearted, but you're guaranteed to see some things. Too bad you can’t really talk about it. 


Freaks and Geeks

Nick’s basement is pretty cool. It has a comfy couch, great lighting, and awesome music. Plus, who wouldn’t like to hang out with this lovable freak? He might even serenade you. 


Full House

The space located under the kitchen in the Tanner house went through a bunch of changes as the show progressed. It was originally meant as a garage, but it was turned into a bedroom for Joey in season 1. In season 4, it became Jessie's studio. And in the sequel, Fuller House, it's transformed into Stephanie’s room. Not too shabby. 


Home Alone

Now that you're a grown up, you know there are no monsters in the McCallister basement. So it should be a perfectly fine place to enjoy Kevin's company. Fingers crossed no one will try to rob the house while you’re there. Enjoy your stay, ya filthy animal!


That '70s Show

It's the coolest spot in Point Place, but only because the town is small and there isn't much to do anyway. Still, hanging out with Hyde, Donna, Eric, Fez, Jackie, and Kelso sounds like tons of fun. Especially if uh... "Mary Jane" is there too.


The Sopranos

Tony conducted some serious business from the basement of his Jersey residence. Too bad the FBI bugged the place. It’s definitely not the safest basement on the list, but it’s definitely the most exciting. You won't be bored, that's for sure.


The Wedding Singer

Robbie Hart lives in his sister’s basement, which actually looks like a pretty cool pad. He’s often in the middle of a nervous breakdown, but that can be overlooked. Plus, he might sing for you, which is always nice. 


Elementary

The Brownstone is pretty spacious, so much so that even the basement can be transformed into a perfectly adequate office. And it's exactly what Watson needs to be close to Sherlock, but still feel independent. Plus, hanging out with her and solving crimes sounds pretty exciting. Especially if the world’s greatest detective decides to join. 


Wayne’s Basement on Wayne's World

You ARE worthy! Wayne and Garth spend a lot of time in the basement hosting their public-access television show, and they've even hosted some pretty famous guests. If you hang out long enough, maybe they'll  give you a job manning the camera or an invitation to rock out to Aerosmith. Party time! Excellent!


Mike’s Basement on Stranger Things

Who wouldn’t want to hang out in a basement and play Dungeons & Dragons undisturbed, away from the prying eyes of parents? In the ‘80s, it didn’t get any cooler than this. All they needed was a table, some storage space, and a dim light for ambiance. 



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:01:38 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-basements-in-film-and-tv/alexandra-plesa
<![CDATA[Things to Do While the Pokemon Go Servers Are Down]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-to-do-when-pokemon-go-servers-are-down/nikoberi

Pokemon Go's servers down again? Hopefully you have a plan, a list of things to do until you can finally get back off your butt and catch them all. Servers go down more than anyone would like and sometimes technical issues ruin a planned day of hiking backcountry trails in that endless quest to bag an elusive Gyrados.

Because it sucks having your plans fall through, here's a list of things to do when playing Pokemon Go simply isn't possible. It's a survival guide for those moments when you're waiting for somebody at Niantic to put out their server fire.

Vote up the best ways to pass the time when the Pokemon Go servers are down and don't forget, it's only temporary.


Things to Do While the Pokemon Go Servers Are Down,

Get a Little Drunk

Check Every 30 Seconds to See If Pokemon Go Is Back

Aimlessly Browse the Same Sites You Always Browse

Start a Book That You'll Abandon as Soon as Pokemon Go Is Back

Play with Your Real Life Pets

Pretend That Music Can Fill the Void Where Pokemon Go Is Supposed to Be

Plop Down on the Couch and Play a Console Game

Get Some Laundry Done

Loudly Complain About the Servers

Play an Old School Pokemon Game


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Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:51:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/things-to-do-when-pokemon-go-servers-are-down/nikoberi
<![CDATA[The Weirdest Foods from Ancient Roman Cuisine]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-foods-in-ancient-rome/carly-silver

The people of ancient Rome may have lived thousands of years ago, but their diets were anything but old-fashioned. In fact, they chowed down on many foods we would shudder to even consider consuming today. The rich and famous, ranging from studs like Caesar and Antony to leading ladies like Livia, loved nothing more than to open their mouths and shovel in the oddest dishes our modern brains can imagine.

Even ancient writers loved to parody the weird things Romans ate. In his Satyricon, comic writer Petronius joked about the insanely lavish meal hosted by the freedman Trimalchio. So gauche it was gross, Trimalchio’s feast shows Roman foodies - and the nouveau riche - at their worst.

So what did ancient Romans eat? Gourmands like the gluttonous Emperor Elagabalus might decide to serve up parrot heads or dolphin meatballs; guests might season their dishes, no matter how fancy, with garum, a really gross-sounding sauce made out of fermented fish guts. They consumed the flesh of animals that came straight outta the arena, turned sacrificial blood into pudding and stuffed sausages, and cooked pests, making them into remedies for serious medical conditions. Gotta love those weird Roman foods! Vote up the weird foods from ancient Roman cuisine you wouldn't dare eat.


The Weirdest Foods from Ancient Roman Cuisine,

Garum

Instead of ketchup, the ancient Romans used another tasty condiment: garum! Sold by the amphora, a really big ancient container, garum was, according to the famous naturalist Pliny the Elder, “prepared from the intestines of fish and various parts which would otherwise be thrown away, macerated in salt; so that it is, in fact, the result of their putrefaction.” These fish innards were mixed with honey, vinegar, and a few other things to create garum, which also came in kosher varieties for the Judeans in the bunch.


Sea urchin

On the same Pompeii excavation in which scientists uncovered a giraffe bone, they also found remains of a sea urchin. These findings indicate that the diet of the average Roman wasn't as plain and sparse as previously thought. Apicius also advocated using sea urchins on top of a mega-casserole that featured everything from brains to cheese.


Lamb brain

Brains were one of Apicius's favorite foods to gush about. One of his recipes included such bizarre ingredients as lamb brains, eggs, pepper, and rose petals. He also advises aspiring chefs on creating a jelly that includes lamb sweetbreads, raisins, moldy breads, and a whole lot more.


Sow's Womb

The ancient Romans really loved sterile sow's womb. That means they spayed their pigs before slaughtering them (or didn't let them have piglets). The most famous cookbook from antiquity, supposedly written by an ancient MasterChef named Apicius, detailed tons of recipes featuring this delicacy. One way to prepare a sow's womb was by cooking it in "pepper, celery seed, dry mint, laser root [similar to fennel], honey, vinegar and broth."


Parrot

One of ancient Rome's most famous gourmands was the third-century emperor Elagabalus, who loved hosting extravagant parties more than doing pretty much anything else. Ancient gossip in the Life of Elagabalus reports that he was a true glutton who enjoyed serving even his attendants the greatest delicacies. The biography reports, "He served to the palace-attendants, moreover, huge platters heaped up with...heads of parrots, pheasants, and peacocks."


Jellyfish

Jellyfish weren't the most common items on a Roman menu, but assuming someone could kill one and fry it up, it might taste quite nice. The Romans may have chowed down on the jellyfish on a salad. In contrast, others perhaps added it into a large casserole for a dinner of leftovers.


Peacock Tongue

Apicius lived in the first century and was a famous glutton who ate every delicacy under the sun. Elagabalus longed to be just like Apicius and even followed Apicius's alleged diet. Elagabalus ate "tongues of peacocks and nightingales, because he was told that one who ate them was immune from the plague." Not the smartest guy in the Eternal City!


Giraffe

While digging in Pompeii, archaeologists discovered the remains of a giraffe bone in the drain system of an ancient restaurant. Butchering marks were found on the leg joint, indicating that the animal was eaten; how it got there from the arena remains a bit of a mystery, especially since it's apparently the only giraffe bone ever recovered from an Italian excavation.


Dolphin

The Romans loved them some seafood... including the occasional dolphin. Even though laws against consumption of crazy cuisine were passed, the rich found a way around them. A guy named Rutilius bought seafood from a group of fishermen who used to be his slaves; as their patron, he convinced them to give him a good price... and some dolphin meat! Rumor has it some Romans even ate dolphin meatballs.


Blood Pudding

Blood pudding was an easy dish to cook, since so many animals were sacrificed in Rome - or slaughtered in the arena - so blood was readily available. Apicius suggests mixing blood with egg yolks, spices, and nuts, then putting the sauce into an intestine and cooking that gory mixture to perfection. Interestingly, one reported method of detecting Christians in ancient Rome was to offer them a blood sausage, which they were forbidden to consume.



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:01:19 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-foods-in-ancient-rome/carly-silver
<![CDATA[The Weirdest Jobs in the White House]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-white-house-jobs/kellen-perry

The people who work at the White House work simultaneously at a museum, a fortress, an office, and a residence. This leads to plenty of weird White House jobs being available for those who don't mind the security and scrutiny that comes with the job. Some people even choose to work at the White House for free as a service to their country (and maybe a bit of free publicity).

Some weird jobs in the White House are just like regular jobs, but the President is there (barber, portrait artist, chimney sweep) and some are unlike anything else out there ("Body Man," social aide, Vice President). Strange jobs in the White House can also be strange just because of the sheer enormity of the task at hand (Executive Chef, Engineer, Calligrapher). Read on for a detailed look at weird jobs at the White House.


The Weirdest Jobs in the White House,

Calligrapher

Who says cursive handwriting is dead? It's certainly alive and well at the White House, where the calligraphy office pumps out thousands of ornate envelopes, programs, and place cards every year. Sure, they sometimes use a computer and Adobe InDesign these days, but a lot of what comes out of the office is still done by hand. Conservatives have made a stink in recent years over how much the official White House calligraphers get paid (about $100,00/year for the Chief Calligrapher), but the documents they write are typically intended for kings, queens, and other illustrious heads of state. What should they do, just use Comic Sans?


Chimney Sweep

Current White House Chimney Sweep Jeff Schmittinger is a character, for sure. He refuses to be paid for the gig, for a start: he volunteered during the Clinton administration, they took him up on the offer, and he's been at it ever since. He also keeps an old-fashioned chimney sweep costume (think Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins) in his vehicle at all times, just in case a customer wants that "experience." Wearing the costume, he's also the official mascot of the annual German Fest in Milwaukee. The website for his full-time gig ("Wisconsin Chimney Technicians") is super-charming, too, featuring Jeff in his full regalia on the White House roof, holding an American flag.


Executive Chef

Cooking for the leader of the free world, the first family, and all of the illustrious guests of the White House has to be one of the most intense - and bizarre - jobs you can have in the culinary world. Former White House Executive Chef Walter Scheib puts it this way: "We’re not just around outside and next to the President; we’re physically inside of him. You really couldn’t get any more close to that. In a way, you may be one of the singularly most trusted people in the whole country." It's also pretty weird to know what these powerful people love to eat (Hillary Clinton, for example, had "50 or 60 different hot sauces she liked to use.")


Social Aide

White House social aides are typically volunteers from the military that attend social functions (in their finest military attire) and help make guests feel comfortable. They receive no extra pay for this task, but they get to dance and mingle with actors and actresses, literal princesses, and other esteemed guests. The best part about being a social aide, besides marrying the president's daughter, has to be the celebrity stories. Ginger Rogers admitted to one aide that she used to tape her butt cheeks together to make her dresses look better. Jamie Lee Curtis required two aides to fix her broken strapless dress. Chevy Chase told one aide to introduce him as "Clark W. Griswold."


Usher

A White House usher is a member of the household staff at the Executive Residence, which means they're bound to sometimes accidentally see the president nude. That's what happened to Skip Allen when he caught "The Gipper" naked in his private residence. He was delivering a top secret document, the story goes, when President Reagan allowed Allen to enter the residence... even though he was totally naked and dripping wet, having just stepped out of the shower. Reagan was allegedly "unfazed" and later teased Allen about the encounter... when he saw the President in his underwear later that night!


Director of Oval Office Operations

No one gets into the Oval Office to see the President without getting past the Director of Oval Office Operations, a position that's basically a cross between a personal assistant and personal secretary (although the president has a separate one of those, too). The DOOO isn't a powerful politician, but as The Washington Post notes, they have "more freedom than just about anyone to go into the Oval Office unannounced."

The current DOOO and Special Assistant to the President, Brian Mosteller, almost never leaves President Obama's side when he's in Washington, attending to his every need, including readying the Oval Office every morning and "closing up shop" in the evening. He's also the guy that readies Obama's remarks and places them on the lectern, tells the Commander-in-Chief if his shirt is wrinkled, and researches what beverages various heads of state enjoy so the President will be prepared to offer it.


Executive Pastry Chef

There's nothing necessarily weird about being a pastry chef, but when you're tasked with making cakes (and sometimes birthday cakes) for popes, king, queens, and Presidents, things are bound to get a little surreal (like if you're asked to build a 475 lb. gingerbread house, for example). The current Executive Pastry Chef - and the first woman to hold the title - is Susan E. “Susie” Morrison. Besides creating desserts for all of the social events at the White House, Morrison also tends the White House bee hive.


Barber

The most famous White House barber was Milton Pitts, a staunch Republican known for speaking his mind (he once told Gerald Ford that his ties were too loud!). His clients included Richard Nixon, Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush... but not Democrat Jimmy Carter. The role of "White House Barber" has been a fluid one since the Clinton administration, with some Presidents choosing to bring in outsiders (like President Obama's choice to have his Chicago barber flown in), but for a time, it was one of the strangest gigs in D.C. Pitts even achieved minor celebrity status: he appeared on Late Night with David Letterman in 1982. The President's private barbershop was replaced by the Homeland Security Council Office during the George W. Bush administration.


'Body Man'

Also known as a "Special Assistant and Personal Aide," the President's "Body Man" takes care of their personal needs. The role is sometimes considered to be "part valet, part buddy" and was famously filled by President Obama's so-called "little brother," Reggie Love, from 2008-2011. Obama jokingly called him "iReggie" (“I have an iReggie, who has my books, my newspapers, my music all in one place") and the two frequently played basketball together. Love also kept the president supplied with Nicorette gum while he was quitting smoking.


Portrait Artist

While not an official position at the White House, the role of Portrait Artist is one that is nonetheless filled with every new elected President. It's a weird, unpredictable gig, too: Théobald Chartran was commissioned to do President Theodore Roosevelt's portrait in 1902, but Roosevelt hated it so much he destroyed it (he thought it wasn't masculine enough). John Singer Sargent was brought in to do another one, which Roosevelt loved (after giving Sargent a notoriously hard time). President John F. Kennedy's was done posthumously, requiring painter Aaron Shikler to cobble it together from photographs (Kennedy's body is actually his brother Ted's body).



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:51:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-white-house-jobs/kellen-perry
<![CDATA[2016 Celebrity Baby Names, Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/2016-celebrity-baby-names/carly-kiel

Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Clinton, JWoww... Seems like everyone is having babies in 2016! But what do YOU think of the names celebrities have given their kids? This is a list of all 2016 celebrity baby names, ranked best to absolute worst. The items include children of famous people and of "celebrities" that you've never heard of, but they were recurring guests on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Popular 2016 baby name trends and themes include: flowers and nature (e.g. Lily Grace, Violet Rae, Lula Rose, Iris James, Cypress Night, Maddox Laurel); old-timey traditional names (like Hugo, Josephine, Oscar, Florence); and other words that may have been used by accident (e.g. Heiress, Maverick, Valor, and Adora Borealis). These are all real names celebrities have had printed on birth certificates in 2016. Which are your favorite baby names?

It is no Hollywood secret that the rich and powerful sometimes give their kids weird celebrity baby names. 2016 has been no exception. In fact, there are children with the actual legal names Boomer, Ridney, Remington, and Odin Reign right on this very list. On the other hand, a few celebs have managed to stick to more common modern (but unique!) names for their babies, like Aiden, Hayden, Greyson, Cayson, Roman, Owen, Olivia, Sophia, Jordana, Jordan, and Ode Mountain. Wait, what?

Which are the best baby names of 2016? Feel free to vote up traditional names like Molly, Alice, and even Jonathan! Vote down any name that makes you frown and gag and say, "Oh, no!"


2016 Celebrity Baby Names, Ranked Best to Worst,

Hayden Joel Henricks

Ashley Jones and Joel Henricks, May 24


Austin Michael Stagliano

DeAnna Pappas and Stephen Stagliano, March 1


Gracie Jane Wood

Ronnie Wood and Sally Humphreys, May 30


Sophia Olivia Murray

Andy Murray and Kim Sears, February


Olivia James Christian

Kellie Martin and Keith Christian, February 13


Lily Grace Victoria Rothschild

Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild, July 8


Emilia Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly, March 23


Violet Krasinski

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, June


Rose Elizabeth Allen

Kris Allen and wife Katy, June


Violet Rae Ramirez

Marisa Ramirez, June



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:21:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/2016-celebrity-baby-names/carly-kiel
<![CDATA[Jason Bourne's Best Takedowns]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/jason-bourne-takedowns/aaron-edwards

The Jason Bourne movies redefined action films in the early 2000s. Their fights were realistic, inventive, and visceral in a way that put the audience in the middle of the action. But the key to the thrills wasn't just style, it was the clever and resourceful way Bourne used his environment to dispatch his foes. The best Bourne takedowns were fast, efficient, and used his environment in unexpected ways.

Whether he was taking down cops, assassins, or mislead CIA agents, Bourne was a force to be reckoned with. Even if you shot him, he'd steal a car and find you while performing field surgery on himself. He may be the good guy, but that didn't mean he'd go easy on you if you deserved to get your face beat in. So, check out Jason Bourne's best takedowns below, and vote up the ones you think are the most bad ass. 


Jason Bourne's Best Takedowns,

That Time He Beat Up a Super Spy with a Magazine

Film: The Bourne Supremacy

The Takedown: When Bourne thinks Treadstone is after him again in The Bourne Supremacy, he goes to talk to the one other member of the program he knows about. Unfortunately, the agent isn't very corporative, and a super spy smackdown erupts in the guy's classically Spartan Munich home. Bourne, frantically searching for a weapon, finds a magazine, and using that a power cord, kills his opponent.  


That Time He Strangled an Assassin with a Bathroom Towel

Film: The Bourne Ultimatum

The Takedown: After failing to stop an assassin from killing his target, Bourne has to stop him for taking out his friend Nicky Barnes. Bourne attacks the assassin just in the nick of time, using anything he can get his hands on - including a hardcover book - to take the guy out. Finally, Bourne strangles him to death with a towel in the bathroom. 


That Time He Realized He Was a Badass When He Accidently Beat Up Those Cops

Film: The Bourne Identity

The Takedown: When Bourne wakes up with no memory of who he is, he heads off to find answers in Switzerland. Being broke, he tries to sleep on a park bench, but is accosted by some cops. When one of them brings out his nightstick, Bourne's training instantly kicks in and he dispatches the cops in seconds, without even realizing what he's doing. 


That Time He Shot a Guy in Midair While Riding a Corpse

Film: The Bourne Identity

Takedown: At the end of his first adventure, after learning his identity and the nature of his work, Bourne confronts his Treadstone handlers to end their pursuit of him and Marie. After succesfully decimating the Treadstone team, Bourne is trapped on the top floor of a hotel, has to find a way down while a guy with a machine charges up the stairs? So what does he doe? Falls down the middle of the spiral stairs, pulls off a perfect headshot on the guy with the machine gun, and lands on a corpse he's been using to cushion his fall. 


That Time He Dropped the Grab Squad in Waterloo Station

Film: The Bourne Ultimatum

The Takedown: In his search for answers about Treadstone's successor Blackbriar, Bourne tries to stop the CIA from abducting a journalist at Waterloo station, in London, without being detected. Unfortunately, things don't go according to plan and Bourne has to take out a team of agents before they kill the journalist. It's beatdownapalooza, a thrilling sequence that reveals to the CIA Bourne's role in the plot. 


That Time He Knocked Somebody Out with His Car

Film: The Bourne Ultimatum

The Takedown: When Bourne gets to New York City to shut down Blackbriar, the CIA is hot on his trail. They chase him through the city, and one agent in particular gets very close to nabbing ol' Jason, in a frantic car chase on the streets of Manhattan. Bourne intentionally crashes into the guy (which is totally nuts), knocking him out, but refuses to shoot him while he can't fight back. 


That Time He Made the Moscow Police Look Like Children

Film: The Bourne Ultimatum

The Takedown: After taking out the guy who killed Marie, Bourne is still on the run from Russian authorities. They corner him while he tries to administer first aid to himself, but find the tables turned on them very quickly. Bourne takes out the first guy, breaks the second's radio, then let's him go while he escapes. 


That Time He Just Decimated Airport Security

Film: The Bourne Supremacy

The Takedown: After Marie is killed, Bourne is on the warpath, looking for answers and revenge. His first stop leads him to Naples, Italy, where he's "caught" by local security forces. When one of them gets to contact with the CIA, Bourne takes them all down within seconds and clones one of their phones so he can listen in to CIA communications. It was all just a clever ruse. 


That Time He Trounced a Trained Assassin with a Pen

Film: The Bourne Identity

The Takedown: While Bourne investigates his undercover apartment in Paris, searching for clues to his identity, a Treadstone agent tries to eliminate him and Marie. As they brawl, Bourne grabs a common office pen and goes to town, stabbing his adversary multiple times, including jamming it into his hand. 


That Time He Owned an Embassy of Soldiers

Film: The Bourne Identity

The Takedown: The CIA gets wind of the fact that Bourne is alive after he stops by a bank in Geneva, Switzerland, to empty his account. He then heads to the US embassy, where security forces are alerted as to his presence, and asked to detain him. When guards try to arrest Bourne, he beats the crap out of them, steals a radio, and escapes a building filled with armed soldiers. 



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<![CDATA[The Most Mysterious Military Facilities in the United States]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-american-military-facilities/christopher-myers

The US government has plenty of secrets. Sometimes these secrets leak to the public, a little bit at a time. From such fragmented information, conspiracy theories develop. These strange US military facilities are like lightning rods for conspiracies. Unmarked helicopters patrol the skies, cameras film everything, and guests are kept under the closest scrutiny. Visitors can be sure they will only see what base personnel want them to see.

The common thread in these mysterious military facilities is that they operate in total secrecy. Often, it takes 50 or more years for their information to be declassified, if the documents are ever made public. Furthermore, there is no way to know if the public is being told a partial truth or the whole truth.

There are some things of which we can be certain. These secret American military facilities have been responsible for creating powerful and strange weapons. They have advanced technology, beyond what people know to exist. These are spy centers, testing ranges, and development labs. These are the places that are built to survive the end of the world.


Check out these weird US military bases and the crazy stories that go along with them. You might learn something, or even stumble upon a mystery bigger than you could possibly have imagined.


The Most Mysterious Military Facilities in the United States,

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Located east of Dayton, OH, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has been operating since 1917, when it was used as an aviation testing facility. Scientists at the base reverse-engineered foreign aircraft during the Cold War, and conspiracy theorists believe they also work on alien technology. Accounts link Wright-Patterson, and in particular Hangar 18, to the Roswell crash. It is said that after the crash, the recovered debris and the alien bodies were flown to Hanger 18 to be studied.


Fort Meade NSA Headquarters

Fort Meade, MD, is the headquarters of the mysterious National Security Agency (NSA). Nicknamed the No Such Agency, the NSA is tasked with surveillance and code breaking. The organization answers to the Director of National Intelligence, and is so secretive even their budget is classified. The NSA began as a radio interception and code breaking agency in the first and second World Wars, and in the 21st century monitors massive amounts of information being transmitted over the Internet daily. In 2013, Edward Snowden leaked a series of documents proving the NSA spies on American citizens.


Raven Rock Mountain Complex

Also known as Site R, Raven Rock Mountain Complex is an underground bunker designed to be the US Command center in the event of WWIII, as a backup for the Pentagon. Located near Blue Ridge Summit, PA, the facility is built into a mountain, and designed to withstand a nuclear blast. It is entirely self-sufficient, with two power plants, multiple underground water reservoirs, and a sophisticated ventilation system. It can operate for 30 days with no access to the outside world, and can accommodate 3,000 people.


Mount Weather

Mount Weather is a top secret site that serves as the backup site for the National Operations Center, run by the Department of Homeland Security. During the September 11, 2001 attacks, Vice President Cheney was transported to Mount Weather. The subterranean facility has been operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) since 1979, but has been in service for much longer than that. It was first revealed to the public in 1974, when an airplane crashed nearby. Reporters covering the crash were prevented from getting close to the facility.


Fort Detrick

Located in Frederick, MD, this military base has conducted many experiments in biological warfare. Agent Orange, an herbicide used during the Vietnam War, which the Red Cross estimates caused illness or defects in a million Vietnamese people, was developed at Fort Detrick. German (and former Soviet) biologist Jakob Segal claims that HIV/AIDS was created at Fort Dedrick. Clusters of cancer have occurred in the area around the fort, though no link to the base has been proven.


High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP)

Located in Alaska, HAARP has generated international criticism. Officially, HAARP is a research facility designed for studying the ionosphere. It was shut down in 2014, amid substantial controversy. Some conspiracy theorists believe it was a weapon designed to control the weather. Former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez claimed HAARP (or a program like it) caused the catastrophic Haiti earthquake in 2010. Some also claim it can generate force field-like plasma barriers, and disrupt communications.


Dugway Proving Ground

Dugway Proving Ground is the main Army base for testing biological and chemical weapons. Located in the middle of nowhere in western Utah, the facility is roughly the size of Rhode Island, and divided into two sections. The northern part is operated by the Army, the southern portion controlled by the Air Force. The southern section has a runway large enough to land a space shuttle, leading conspiracy theorists to believe extraterrestrial research is taking place at the base. According to Dr. Steven M. Greer, who studies extraterrestrial activity, scientists at Dugway are reverse-engineering captured alien technology.


Air Force Plant 42

Most of the top secret aircraft produced by the US government in the past 50 years have been built at Air Force Plant 42. This facility was responsible for the U-2 Spy plane, the SR-71 Blackbird, and the B-2 stealth bomber. Located near Palmdale, CA, the base spans nine square miles. Air Force Plant 42 is owned by another base on this list, Wright-Patterson, but operated by a California-based team. 


Cheyenne Mountain Complex

Carved into the mountains of Colorado, the Cheyenne Mountain Complex military base is home to NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command). Designed to withstand a nuclear blast, the facility monitors the skies constantly for any and all threats. It is owned and operated by the Air Force Space Command, and is completely self-sustaining, with its own power plant, heating and cooling system, and water supply. It is a level one security designation, more secure than the Pentagon.


NSA Utah Data Center

Opened in 2013, this is the largest spy center ever built by man. It is a massive server farm created to monitor any and all Internet traffic, capable of storing approximately five zettabytes of data (a zettabyte is one billion terabytes). It cost about $2 billion to build and spans a million square feet. The facility has raised concerns from privacy advocates, who suspect it's being used to collect wholesale data on American citizens. The NSA allowed Greenpeace to fly a blimp over the facility, with a sign reading "illegal spying below" and an arrow pointing down.



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<![CDATA[The Best Dance-Offs in Movies That Aren't Even About Dancing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movie-dance-offs/triciapsarreasmurray

The only thing better than a big film climax is a totally unexpected movie dance-off. Sure, movies like Step Up and Stomp the Yard feature some killer moves, but that's to be expected. Viewers don't expect people to battle it out through dancing in movies that aren't about dancing, so those moments are the driving force behind some of the best film dance offs. 

From Kid 'n' Play's totally '90s party moves to dancing as a strategy for revenge, this list pays homage to the best movie dance-offs nobody saw coming. Now boogie on down through this compilation and don't forget to vote up the best dance-off scenes in movies that totally made you want to bust out some killer moves.


The Best Dance-Offs in Movies That Aren't Even About Dancing,

Girls Just Want to Have Fun
When Janey and Natalie get caught in a tie, the coveted Dance TV spot comes down to a dance-off. Natalie's a good dancer, for sure, but Janey nails a Dirty Dancing lift. And really, once someone tackles that lift, there's no going back for anyone involved. 
American Wedding

Steve Stifler feels uncomfortable when he realizes he's in a gay bar, but his discomfort turns to anger when some patrons laugh at the prospect of being attracted to him. So what does the Stifmeister do? He initiates a dance-off. After he and Bear bare their dancing souls, they practically become BFFs, and Stifler gets his egotistical groove back. 


Austin Powers: Goldmember

During the opening credits of Austin Powers: Goldmember, Austin Powers and his groovy posse snap their way into a Britney Spears video shoot. Austin and Britney go into dance-off mode (because why wouldn't they?) in the ultimate battle of the sexes. They give each other a shagadelic show, but in the end, Austin's sexy beast moves are so hot they blow Britney's mind. Literally.


Bride Wars

Former best friends Liv and Emma may be at war, but they still do everything together - just not on purpose. When Liv crashes Emma's bachelorette party at a male strip club, the soon-to-be-brides are pitted against each other in a "sexiest bride" dance-off. 


National Lampoon's European Vacation

Clark Griswold readies his lederhosen and feathered cap at a Bavarian festival where he is brought on stage to show off his worldliness through dance. In true National Lampoon style, the Schuhplatter quickly devolves from a slap dance to a slap fight, showing that Griswold shenanigans always beat out cultural traditions. 


Once Bitten

Mark is pretty bummed out about being, like, the only male virgin left in Cali. He has a girlfriend but she wants to wait and his only other option is a vampire who just wants him for his virgin blood. The two women in Mark's life take their fight to the dance floor in what may be the strangest battle in vampire or human history. 


Pulp Fiction

Vince Vega has a pretty crazy job description, but of all the briefcase-retrieving assassin's duties, his most important job is to make sure Mia Wallace has a good time. Mia wants to enter the Twist contest at Jack Rabbit Slim's, so she warns him that he better be a good dancer - but even she's not ready for the moves Vega busts out.  


The Hot Chick

When hot girl Jessica accidentally swaps bodies with the not-so-hot (and not at all female) criminal Clive, a group of unlikely friends helps her track down her body. They suspect a rival hottie, Bianca, of making the switch through some sort of voodoo that can be detected through a tattoo. Jessica (in Clive's body) tries to find the tattoo by stripping Bianca in a group dance-off, but alas, she only manages to ruin a bunch of shirts. 


White Chicks

In the dancing equivalent of a fantasy pillow fight, two groups of hot white chicks engage in a dance-off. It looks like the competition is over when the second team runs out of memorized dance material, but everything (including the awesome soundtrack) gets tricky when Kevin and Marcus show 'em how it's done. 


Neighbors

The sleepless Mac and Kelly Radner make things personal when they attempt to get the next door fraternity to crumble from the inside. They test the bonds of brotherhood by trying to get house president Teddy Sanders to catch his girlfriend, Brooke, cheating with his best friend, Pete. In the midst of their plan, Mac gets sucked into a dance-off with Teddy and uses his not-so-killer moves to direct his nemesis' attention towards Brooke and Pete heading to a bedroom together.



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<![CDATA[Establishment Republicans Who Snubbed Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/republicans-who-snubbed-trump-rnc-2016/jacob-shelton
Even before the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) began in Cleveland, OH, there were dissenters in the Republican ranks, those who explicitly stated they wouldn’t be attending. These RNC 2016 snubs oscillate wildly from ex-presidents to senators and former governors who’ve all but given up on democracy. The list of establishment Republicans absent from the 2016 RNC is frankly shocking, as many of these people carried the GOP for the past 20 to 30 years. 

Some Republicans not attending the convention have perfectly valid reasons for why they can’t make it to Cleveland. The rest of the GOP absentees are up to something else - one seems to be setting up a second career as a comedian; another has dumpster fires to check out; many want to distance themselves as much as possible from Trump. Keep reading for a handy primer on establishment Republicans who snubbed Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC.

One of the biggest coups for GOP members boycotting the convention is the absence of the Bush family. A Bush not attending the RNC is like Big Bird not showing up on Sesame Street, and makes the convention seem a bit like a ship without a captain. To make matters worse, many of the guest speakers scheduled to talk in Cleveland have nothing to do with politics - Scott Baio, for instance. Only time will tell whether this psychedelic media circus of an RNC proves to be an aberration of the new direction of the GOP. In the mean time, take a look at the most shocking no-shows for the 2016 Republican National Convention, and vote up those that most surprise you. 
Establishment Republicans Who Snubbed Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC,

Jeb Bush

After carrying himself with the guarded professionalism of a career politician for most of the election cycle, Jeb Bush unleashed a vitriol-fueled op-ed on Trump one day before the convention, writing, "[Frustration with American politics] have given rise to the success of a candidate who continues to grotesquely manipulate the deeply felt anger of many Americans. Trump's abrasive, Know Nothing-like nativist rhetoric has blocked out sober discourse about how to tackle America's big challenges."

He finished his screed with a major revelation - "I haven't decided how I'll vote in November -- whether I'll support the Libertarian ticket or write in a candidate."

In 2012, Jeb was a key speaker at the RNC. 


John Kasich
Maybe you know the name John Kasich because Donald Trump put him on blast during a Republican debate ("His poll numbers tanked, that's why he's on the end."). You may also know he's the governor of Ohio. That's right, John Kasich isn't attending the convention taking place in his own state. As governor, Kasich is officially responsible for overseeing the deployment of the National Guard and state troopers at the RNC. Instead, the governor is keeping busy speaking at an NAACP gathering in Cincinnati, where Hillary Clinton is also speaking. A spokesperson for the Trump campaign said Kasich is "embarrassing his state."
John McCain
Of all major establishment Republicans, John McCain seems most likely to win the title of the anti-Trump. Imagine a world in which he took the stage at the convention to argue for his brand of conservatism, especially after Trump lambasted McCain's service in Vietnam, during which the Senator was tortured.

“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said.

Alas, McCain stayed in Arizona during the RNC, to focus on his own race. When asked if thought the presumptive Republican nominee could drag down the rest of the party with him, McCain simply answered, "That’s always a concern."
Lindsey Graham
Lindsey Graham has never been shy about his disdain for Donald Trump. In May 2016, the Senator for South Carolina released a statement saying that he "cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as commander in chief." When asked if he would be attending the convention Graham said, "I’m sure it will be fun; I’m sure it will be entertaining, and I can watch it on TV."

Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney emerged from the 2012 Republican National Convention as his party's nominee. In 2016, he didn't even bother to show up. When CNN asked one of his aides about Romney's absence, they simply said he couldn't make it. This excuse sounds suspicious after Romney went on the warpath in spring 2016, when Trump emerged as the front runner in the Republican primary, saying, "Here's what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He's playing members of the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat."

Sarah Palin
There's something fantastically bizarre about Sarah Palin skipping the RNC after endorsing Trump, especially when you look at all the other things she's attended, such as the Golden Moose Awards in Las Vegas, or the Season 2 premier of The Amazing Race.

To Trump's credit, he doesn't seem offended by this apparent snub. "It’s a little bit difficult because of where she is. We love Sarah. Little bit difficult because of, you know, it’s a long ways away.”

Rand Paul
Even though he's registered as a Republican, Rand Paul has always been something of an outlier in the party, having openly admitted to being a Libertarian in the past. Inter-party politics aside, Paul doesn't like Trump - has once called him “a delusional narcissist and an orange-faced windbag,” and said “a speck of dirt is way more qualified to be president" - although he tacitly endorses him (in a way that seems designed to appease his constituency). Instead of forcing his smile into a grimace in Cleveland, he'll be holding town hall meetings and performing pro bono eye surgeries in Kentucky
Mia Love
Congresswoman Mia Love of Utah opted to travel to Israel with a congressional delegation rather than go to Cleveland. Love is a rising star in the a party that sorely lacks diversity, and was given a prime speaking time at the 2012 convention. When asked about her absence at the 2016 RNC, Love said "I don't see any upsides to it. I don't see how this benefits the state." You know what they say - nothing benefits Utah like flying to Israel. 
George H. W. and George W. Bush
If you don't know why it's strange to have the Republican National Convention without either Bush 41 (George H.W.) or 43 (George W.) in attendance, consider this - one of the two has been attending the convention in an official capacity since the '70s, when 41 was appointed head of the Republican National Committee. What's more, it's extremely rare, if not completely unheard of, for a former president to refuse to attend his party's convention. At 92, George H.W. Bush has the excuse of being retired from politics. As for George W. Bush, an aide to the former president reported he "does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign." Neither 41 nor 43 supports Trump. 
Elise Stefanik
Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York was apparently so disgusted by her party's slate of nominees in the 2016 election, she decided to avoid the convention long before Trump emerged as the presumptive nominee. She expressed her extreme distaste for Donald in particular by refusing to say his name when asked about the presidential election, offering instead the extremely vague, "I will support my party's nominee in the fall."

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<![CDATA[The Most Brutal Brawls on South Park]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/south-park-fights/isadora-teich
South Park is a hilarious and controversial show that pulls no punches, and neither do any of the characters. These South Park fights run the gamut from brutal to surreal to bizarre, but all of them are awesome. Fights on South Park have invited criticism for their violence, and rightfully so, because South Park brawls are generally totally insane.   

There are a lot fights between two characters on South Park, or at least fights that center mostly around the damage two specific people do to each other. While some South Park beatings involve the entire town, country, world, and/or universe, it's no secret that it only takes two to tango, or have an all-out, balls-to-the-wall fight.  

With nearly 20 seasons of knock-out ridiculousness on all kinds of levels, the town of South Park has seen some crazy nonsense goes down. Here are some of the most hardcore brawls from the show over the years. 

The Most Brutal Brawls on South Park,

Jesus vs Satan
Episode: "Damien" (Season 1, Episode 10)

The Brawl: In this episode, Jesus and Satan have a boxing match, and everyone in town bets on Satan. Jesus, caught in a moral conflict, spends much of the fight absorbing a brutal beating from Satan, without throwing a single punch of his own (turn the other cheek, right?). Then the kids show up with Chef and encourage Jesus to fight back. Christ throws one feeble punch, and Satan goes down the count. Turns out he bet big on Jesus to make a fortune from the bout.
Cartman vs Dr. David Nelson
Episode: "With Apologies To Jesse Jackson " (Season 11, Episode 1)

The Brawl: Shockingly, when a little person, Dr. David Nelson, comes to South Park Elementary to give an anti-bullying lecture, Cartman makes fun of him relentlessly. Finally, Nelson demands Cartman fight him. The two face off in a mud puddle. It's probably one of the only fist fights Cartman has ever won.  
PC Principal Assaults Cartman
Episode: "Stunning And Brave" (Season 19, Episode 1)

The Brawl: South Park Elementary's new man-in-charge, PC Principal gives Cartman a brutal beating in the bathroom for using the word 'spokesman' instead of 'spokesperson.' Just before the ass whopping erupts, Cartman threatens to frame PC Principal for pedophilia.

"You don't want to end up like the spokesman for Subway do you?" Cartman asks. PC Principal slams him into every bathroom surface. 
Kenny vs Kyle's Dad
Episode: "Major Boobage" (Season 12, Episode 3)

The Brawl: This kind-of spoof on 80's cult comic and animation Heavy Metal gets really weird. After learning you can get high off cat piss (not true, before you try), Kenny has Cartman's cat piss on his face, and becomes addicted to the experience. Kyle's dad also gives it a try, and together, they hallucinate an epic gladiator battle in a boob-filled fantasy world, while in reality they're slapping one another in a sandbox in the park. 
Wendy Destroys Cartman
Episode: "Breast Cancer Show Ever" (Season 12, Episode 9)

The Brawl: Nothing's better than seeing Cartman get a beat down. After he laughs his way through Wendy's breast cancer awareness presentation, she challenges him to a fight. Cartman spends the whole episode trying to weasel his way out of the fight, only for her to destroy him in the playground at the end of the episode. 

Tweek vs Craig
Episode: "Tweek vs Craig" (Season 3, Episode 5)

The Brawl: After arguing over whether Tweek or Craig, the two class troublemakers, would win in a fight, Stan, Kyle, and Cartman place bets on the issue. Their wager comes to the attention of Tweek and Craig, who decide to fight IRL. The fight interrupts their wood shop teacher's suicide attempt, kills Kenny, and lands both kids in the hospital.  
Randy vs Bat Dad
Episode: "The Losing Edge" (Season 9, Episode 5)

The Brawl: In "The Losing Edge," the kids realize they need to get better at losing baseball games if they don't want their season to last all summer. Meanwhile, Stan's dad, Randy, takes being an obnoxious, drunk baseball dad to the next level. This lands him in a fight with another drunk, obnoxious baseball dad, who happens to be a tremendously fat guy dressed like Batman. At first, Bat Dad gains the upper hand, but in the end, Randy, bruised, bloody, and stripped to his underwear, knocks Bat Dad out. 

Mickey Mouse vs the Jonas Brothers
Episode: "The Ring" (Season 13, Episode 1)

The Brawl: In this episode, Kenny and his new girlfriend are convinced to wear purity rings by the Jonas Brothers. As it turns out, the Jonas Brothers themselves are forced to wear purity rings as a tactic to sell sex to young girls, as conceived by their maniacal boss, Mickey Mouse. Mickey beats and insults the brothers whenever they question him. 

Stephen Sondheim vs Randy Marsh
Episode: "Broadway Bro Down" (Season 15, Episode 11)

The Brawl: This fight between Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim and musical writing newbie Randy Marsh is 100% posturing. It ends with them both admitting they respect each other, and collaborating on the ultimate Broadway show. During this episode, Randy learns that Broadway shows contain a lot of subtext about fellatio, and so he and Sondheim elect to write a show packed with subconcious messages designed to persuade women to perform oral sex. 
Timmy vs Jimmy
Episode: "Cripple Fight" (Season 5, Episode 2)

The Brawl: With episode titles like "Cripple Fight," it's no wonder South Park eventually added a character named PC Principal. On this episode, Jimmy and Timmy throw down in the South Park grocery store parking lot, because Timmy is jealous of Jimmy's popularity at scout camp. At first, Timmy asserts dominance with his motorized wheel chair, though Jimmy gets some great shots in with his double crutches, and evens the playing field. In the end, no one wins, and both end up with a lot of bruises. 

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