<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Business Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//business http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//business <![CDATA[TV Networks with the Best Shows]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/networks-with-the-best-programming/ranker-tv
List of the TV networks with the best programming, ranked by content consumers. Is modern television better than film? Movie stars are stepping down from the silver screen to star in award-winning TV shows. Which channels have the best of the bunch? As competition increases, cable companies and premium networks are producing some of the best series the world has ever seen. 
 
What channels have the best shows? This list discusses the best programming from popular North American networks, including the names of the original series they air. No matter what genre you’re craving, one of these top networks will have the right shows for you.
 
This list features the best U.S. networks with best programming, including: HBO, NBC, Showtime, TBS, AMC, Fox, FX, and more.
TV Networks with the Best Shows, business, tv programs, companies, tv networks/stations, tv, tv networks,

AMC
Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, The Killing
BBC America
Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Top Gear
Comedy Central
The Daily Show, Workaholics, South Park, Nathan for You
FX
Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Archer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
HBO
Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, True Detective, Silicon Valley, True Blood, Girls, The Wire
NBC
Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, Friends, Law & Order
Netflix

Showtime
Homeland, Dexter, Weeds, Californication, Episodes
The CW
The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, Hart of Dixie
ABC
Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Modern Family, Castle

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<![CDATA[The Best Mall Food Court Restaurant Chains]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-mall-food-court-restaurant-chains/restaurant-chains
A list of the best mall food court restaurants to visit. Do you enjoy eating at the mall food court when you’re out for a day of shopping? There are some favorite mall restaurants that are ranked higher than other mall food court restaurants. If you have a particular favorite food court restaurant at a mall that is on the list but isn’t ranked as high, vote on it to get it into a higher spot in order of the best food court restaurants to the least popular. You can also copy the list and make your own list of the most special mall food court restaurants.

If you want to know which mall restaurant is the best food court restaurant to try, browse through our extensive list and pick from your favorite type of food. Then you can research the restaurant to see if it is available at the mall nearest you to try. There are many different types of mall food court restaurants, ranging from fast food, taco places and Mexican food to Chinese cuisine. There is usually something for everyone to choose from at a mall food court, making it a good choice to try when on a shopping spree.

Go ahead and pick out your favorite types of mall restaurants and look for some new favorites. Who knows? You may even find a new favorite shopping mall while looking for a specific type of mall food court restaurant!
The Best Mall Food Court Restaurant Chains,

Auntie Anne's

A&W Restaurants

Chick-fil-A

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Cinnabon

Dairy Queen

Orange Julius

Sbarro

Subway

Taco Bell


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<![CDATA[Companies with the Worst Customer Service]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/companies-with-the-worst-customer-service
Companies with the worst customer service, as voted on by consumers. Anyone can add to this real-time ranking of companies that can't seem to get customer service right. Next time you're faced with a customer service fail, don't just get mad. Get even, by getting that company up on this list so everyone can see how bad their service really is.

What companies have the worst customer service? What businesses have bad customer service? Thanks to the votes of the community at large, you can easily see which companies have terrible customer service, and can add your own votes as well! These customer service rankings will help you avoid companies that don't treat their customers well.

From ATT to Time Warner, which companies have you had bad customer service experience with?

Companies with the Worst Customer Service,

Abercrombie & Fitch

Bank of America Corporation

BP

Comcast

Facebook

Gold's Gym

Ticketmaster

Time Warner

Verizon Communications

Walmart


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<![CDATA[Absurdly Priced Things Throughout History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-economic-bubbles/mike-rothschild
Economic bubbles aren't unique to the 21st century, nor are they related solely to real estate. The phenomenon, in which the price of a commodity skyrockets then crashes, have been recorded since 17th century Holland, when tulips became more valuable than tons of foodstuffs or fabric. Talk about overpriced. 

Later on, shares of speculative trading or rail companies became priceless, then worthless. Japanese real estate was once so valuable golf courses were worth more than whole companies. Various metals have boomed and busted, sometimes for random reasons. And let's not forget the strange Thai amulet bubble of the late 2000s, an inexplicable phenomenon.

Here are some of the weirdest economic bubbles that drove random commodities sky high in value.

Absurdly Priced Things Throughout History,

In 2006, Cheap Thai Amulet Sold for Tens of Thousands of Dollars
One of the strangest bubbles in history began with the death of an octogenarian Thai general in 2006. Longtime head of the Thai police, Phantarak Rajadej was renowned for solving a difficult murder case with the help of an amulet bearing the image of the Thai god Jatukam Rammathep. Overnight, demand for the amulets exploded.

Thailand went amulet crazy. Wearers slung multiple Jatukam amulets, all blessed by monks and bearing names like "Super Rich to the Heavens," around their necks. The amulets, which normally sold for $1.20, became the sole commodity in a huge bubble, with some selling for as much as $75,000. The amulet market swelled to a value of more than $600 million. Then, suddenly, Thais began to wonder how so many amulets could  actually blessed by monks; were most of them fake? Also, they weren't getting rich or gaining immortality.

The amulet industry went bust almost as quickly as it went boom, leaving thousands of buyers out large deposits, and others stuck with worthless knockoffs. Also, it was found that the Thai god the amulets supposedly paid tribute to wasn't a real god in Thai culture.


In 1969, a Ton of Nickel Could Buy You a New House
The Poseidon bubble of 1969 inflated when the Australian mining company Poseidon NL found a promising nickel source in rural Western Australia. With the Vietnam War going on, nickel was in high demand, and the world's largest nickel company was going through a prolonged strike. Low supply and high demand equaled a bubble.

Sure enough, Poseidon's shares went from 80 cents in September 1969 to $280 in early 1970. At the same time, nickel went nuclear, with the metal trading at £7,000, or almost $17,000, for one ton by late 1969. By contrast, the average cost of a new house in the US in 1969 was $15,500 - or slightly less than one ton of nickel.

Naturally, the Poseidon bubble didn't last long. The company's stock crashed in February 1970, while nickel prices dropped naturally. When Poseidon did start mining its nickel, it was found to be low quality, meaning it was expensive to extract. Poseidon went bust in 1976.

In the 1980s, Japan's Imperial Palace Was Worth More Than California
The Japanese yen surged by 50% in the early '80s, an inflationary boom that triggered a recession in 1986. To counter it, the government pumped so much cash into the country that unbridled speculation followed. As a result, Japanese stocks and urban land values tripled from 1985 to 1989, up 70 times from their 1955 value.

Trading became the national pastime of the country, and at the peak of the bubble, the value of the Imperial Palace grounds in Tokyo was greater than all the real estate in California. With the government and business working hand-in-hand, values kept rising, so much so that companies used inflated stock prices to buy American conglomerates. To stem corruption and deal with peaking property values, the Japanese government raised interest rates. The Japanese stock market immediately dipped, property values plummeted, billions of dollars were lost, and the stage was set for Japan's lost decade.

In the 2000s, Crummy Communist Apartments in Romania Were Worth as Much as London Flats
A complex series of factors caused property prices in Romania, particularly the capital of Bucharest, to explode. A lack of new apartments being built from 1989 to 2005, combined with a revitalized banking system and high foreign salaries paid to Romanian expats working in the EU, caused prices to increase by as much as 1,000%. In Bucharest, that meant communist-style apartments built in the '60s and '70s were suddenly worth hundreds of thousands of pounds - the equivalent of flats in middle-class London and Paris.

More properties finally started going up, as foreign investors and shady real estate deals flooded the market, causing prices to drop. The 2008 crash hit the country hard, but values remained inflated compared to the rest of Eastern Europe.

In 2008, Rhodium Was Worth Ten Times More Than Gold
While the world was scrambling to keep pace with the 2008 financial crisis, another bubble inflated and popped - rhodium. A rare metal used in catalytic converters and jewelry plating, rhodium traded for just $500 per ounce in late 2006, a price that mysteriously exploded and reached a staggering $9,500 per ounce in summer 2008. By contrast, gold was trading for $870 per ounce, making rhodium more than ten times more valuable.

Just as strangely as it started, the rhodium bubble popped. By January 2009, it was back to $1,000 per ounce.

In the 1840s, British Railroads Suddenly Doubled in Value
Having retained nothing from the South Sea Bubble, 1840s Britain was gripped by "Railway Mania", a frenzied, speculative railroad building market. In 1830, the first modern city-to-city railroad opened and was immediately successful.  Combined with the 1825 repeal of the Bubble Act, an interest rate cut, and a flood of new money from the Industrial Revolution, railways became the hot investment.  

Railroad stock prices doubled from 1842 to 1845, and hundreds of new railroad charters were passed by Parliament. But by 1845, it became clear that most of these railroads would be money-losers. Others proved impossible to build, and some were simply scams. A Bank of England interest rate hike finished off Railway Mania, and thousands of people lost their life savings. Of the railroads that did get built, many are still around today, and the boom led to a major increase in the interconnectivity of English cities. 

In 1995, Shares of an Early Social Media Site Were Worth Almost $100
A primitive social media website, theGlobe.com, went live on April Fool's Day 1995, and immediately hit more than 40,000 visitors, a staggering number at the time. The site went public three years later, with a price of $9 per share jumping to $97 and settling at $63.50, all in a single day. It was the single biggest first-day percentage jump ever. The company's co-CEOs were worth nine figures by the end of trading. 

But theGlobe.com became a punching bag for tech doubters, given that the site was an amalgamation of chat rooms, message boards, and online clubs. It didn't help that the co-CEOs were obnoxious tech bros with a penchant for self-serving pull quotes and pleather clothes (one was literally dubbed "the CEO in plastic pants").

The bubble burst and sent theGlobe.com shares down to 10 cents. The CEOs were forced out, and the company soldiered on through lawsuits, failed attempts at getting into the VOIP market, and finally, an illegal attempt to poach users from MySpace. It was bought out, and now only serves as a shell company for lawsuit payouts.

In 1720, Shares of the South Sea Company Were Worth Almost $200k Adjusted for Inflation
Britain's South Sea Company was formed in 1711, and was promised a monopoly on all trade with the Spanish colonies of South America. Expecting a repeat of the incredible success of the East India Company, investors snapped up shares, and they surged more than eight-fold in the first half of 1720, reaching a price of £1,000, or £134,000 adjusted for inflation. A slew of copycat companies started, and England went IPO crazy.

But the South Sea Company was a mess - poorly run and unprofitable, with shipments being misdirected. Company directors realized the Company couldn't possibly deliver on its lofty promises, and sold their shares just as shareholder payments were due. Panic set in, and the Company collapsed in subsequent months. Only direct intervention by the British government saved the UK's economy from going under, and Britain banned the trade of stock certificates until 1825.

In the 1920s, Florida Real Estate Sold for Millions
In 1920, Florida became the destination for rich folks escaping east coast winters. Developers even purchased lighted billboards in Times Square declaring "it's June in Miami!" Property prices quintupled by 1925, while huge communities sprang up from nothing, featuring casinos, golf courses, resorts, and race tracks.

During this time, large waterfront mansions sold for as much as $4 million dollars, or $53 million adjusted for inflation. The state went land crazy; millionaires were made overnight. But the bubble couldn't support its own weight, and the top-heavy real estate market collapsed in late 1925. Early investors got out. Late-comers, faced with a glut of unsellable homes, went bankrupt by the score. Prices crashed and foreclosures exploded.

To make matters worse, the combination of a rail embargo and a sunken ship blocking Miami's harbor made it impossible to bring cargo into the city. Mansions and communities rotted, unsold and untended. A monster hurricane in September 1926, the crash of 1929, and a fruit fly epidemic finished the boom off. Florida didn't recover for decades.

In 1630s Holland, Tulips Sold for Ten Times a Craftsman's Income
The Tulip mania that gripped Holland in 1636 and 1637 was an asset bubble the likes of which had never been seen. Tulips were introduced to Europe in the 1550s, and their bright colors and hearty build made them the most prized flower on the continent.

In early 1636, the Dutch created a futures market for the tulip bulb, and prices exploded. Within weeks, tulips were being sold and bought by virtually the entire country, with bulbs changing hands a dozen times a day. By late 1636, individual bulbs were worth ludicrous sums of money.

One record has a single tulip root being traded for "Two lasts of wheat, four lasts of rye, four fat oxen, eight fat swine, twelve fat sheep, two hogsheads of wine, four tons of beer, two tons of butter, one thousand lbs. of cheese, a complete bed, a suit of clothes, a silver drinking cup."

But by February 1637, speculators couldn't find buyers for their inflated wares, and tulip mania cooled off. The tulip market crashed by 99% overnight, speculators were wiped out, and Holland's economy took decades to recover.


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<![CDATA[22 Interesting Twitter Facts That May Surprise You]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cool-twitter-facts/jordan-love
Twitter gets a fair amount of flak for supposedly falling behind in the social media game. It's been said the platform's user base plateaued, that the company is hemorrhaging money. But before we eulogize Twitter, let's remember its revolutionary impact culture, including the advent of hashtags. The social network's reach goes further than even its hundreds of millions of users; Twitter has a history of spreading important news, and determining headlines. Read on for interesting statistics and stories on the 140-character inovator.   

22 Interesting Twitter Facts That May Surprise You,

456 Tweets Per Second When Michael Jackson Died
The highest-ever volume of tweets sent out over a single event occurred when Michael Jackson died. An astonishing 456 tweets per second hit the site as news of Michael's death broke.

It Took 3 Years, 2 Months, and 1 Day to Reach a Billion Tweets
Twitter reached its billionth tweet three years, two months, and one day after the platform launched in 2006. In January 2016, users send out more than 300 million tweets a day
Twitter Has More Active Users Than Ever in 2016
In the fourth quarter of 2015, the number of active twitter users dropped for the first time in the site's history. Luckily for the platform, it rebounded in the first quarter of 2016, when it boasted more users than ever before; 310 million, to be precise.

Instagram, More Popular on Twitter Than Twitter
In an ironic twist of fate, Instagram was more popular on Twitter than Twitter in 2015. At the beginning of that year, Instagram had 2 million followers more than Twitter. Twitter since upped its game, and now has a few million more followers than Insta. YouTube rules the roost, with 10 million more followers than Twitter.

One Direction Rules Retweets
In 2015, the top three most retweeted posts were all from current or former One Direction members. The single most retweeted post? Harry Styles addressing Zayn Malik's departure from the group. Number two? Zayn supporting his old band mates. Awww. 

The Yankees/Red Sox Rivalry Expands To Twitter
If you're a sports fan, you know the Yankees and Red Sox have a bitter rivalry that goes back generations. As it turns out, the rivalry extends beyond the diamond, into the Twitterverse. The Yankees have had more followers than any other baseball team for years, but the Red Sox quickly gained, tailing by about 400,000 followers in 2016. Despite their rapid rise in popularity on Twitter, the Bosox remain third on the list of Twitter's most popular baseball teams. Second on the list? The Toronto Blue Jays. Why? No one has any idea.  

Katy Perry, the Most Popular Person on Twitter
Katy Perry is the queen of Twitter. She has more than 84 million followers, nearly eight million more than Justin Bieber, her closest competitor. Taylor Swift, President Obama, and YouTube round out the top five. Vladmir Putin lags far behind this cabal of powerful Americans, with only 395,000 followers. But don't worry, Russia will rise again.  

Twitter Had Worldwide Revenue of $2.2 Billion In 2015
Despite incessant chatter that Twitter isn't what it used to be, the social network's revenue continues to rise. In 2015, Twitter had a total revenue of more than $2.2 billion. That's $800 million more than 2014, and $2.1 billion more than 2011. 

Trump, the Most Popular Thing to Tweet About in 2015
For better or for worse, Donald "The Orange One" Trump was the most discussed person on Twitter in 2015. Hillary Clinton, Iraq & ISIS, and Bernie Sanders all followed distantly. Add in the myriad mentions of Donald Drumpf that didn't get counted and it's obvious Orange Donny won by a landslide.  

Obama's Gay Tweet, One of the Most Popular on Twitter
President's Obama's tweet regarding the legalization of gay marriage in the U.S. was one of the most retweeted posts of 2015. With about 450,000 retweets, it's one of the most popular tweets of all time. 


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<![CDATA[20+ of the Coolest Things You Didn't Know About Facebook]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/interesting-facebook-facts/jordan-love
The statistics don't lie: Facebook is at the top of the social media world. While platforms like Snapchat and Instagram deal with their meager millions of users, Facebook can just relax and count its billions. There's really just no getting around how popular it is. There may be a lot of things about the site that get on people's nerves, but the numbers don't lie - Facebook is king because of all the things it gets right.
 
It's also worth mentioning that Facebook owns Instagram, as well as Oculus, one of the most popular names in all of virtual reality. Mark Zuckerberg has made sure that he and his company will be the rulers of social media, not just in the short term, but for a long time to come.
 

The thing is, Zuckerberg and Facebook have proven to be excellent at adaptation. They didn't get left behind like Friendster and Myspace because they've changed with the times, and even been the innovators who pushed the world forward. It helps explain why this list of Facebook facts is so diverse and impressive, and why everyone from your grandma to your boyfriend has an account.


20+ of the Coolest Things You Didn't Know About Facebook,

Half of America Is on Facebook
There are a little over 320 million people in America ,and just over 150 million Americans on Facebook. In total, nearly 47% of people in the U.S. are on the social media platform. When you limit the demographic to people older than ten, that percentage skyrockets even higher. 

Facebook Loves President Obama (Mostly)
You might not think so based on some Facebook comment sections, but President Obama is pretty well-liked on the site. Of all the politicians on Facebook, the POTUS is by far the most popular, with 48 million fans. Up next are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mitt Romney with 15 and 10 million fans, respectively.

Facebook Is Blue Because Zuckerberg Is Color Blind
Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has a type of color blindness where he struggles to see hues of red and green. Blue on the other hand, is very vibrant for him. That's why the site has always maintained its iconic blue and white color scheme. It might also explain why he always wears grey.

Facebook's Closet Door Is Wide Open
Coming out on Facebook has become increasingly popular among the LGBT community. In just a year, 800,000 U.S. users came out to friends and family on the social media platform.

More Than 80 Million Facebook Users Are Fake
It's tough to nail down a precise number, but most estimates put the number of fake Facebook profiles somewhere between 80 and 100 million. In other words, your chances of getting catfished are higher than you might think.

Coca-Cola Is Facebook's Best Friend
Technically speaking, Facebook for Every Phone is the most popular brand on Facebook. Of non-Facebook entities, however, Coke is by far the most popular, with over 97 million fans - that counts for a lot of soda! Big name runners-up include YouTube, Red Bull, Nike Football, and Oreo.

This Soccer Star Is the Most Popular Person on Facebook
Believe it or not, this honor doesn't go to Beyonce or Justin Bieber. Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed Shakira in 2015 to become the most popular person on Facebook. The soccer player is an international star and has millions upon millions of likes to prove it.

Watch Out, Text Messages: 900 Million People Are on Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger is absurdly popular. 700 million people have joined in the last two years, and with a total of 900 million users, nearly one in every seven people worldwide are on the app. It's not hard to imagine that all of our digital communication might go through the site one day.

Al Pacino Put the "Face" in Facebook
Around a decade ago, when Facebook was first getting its start, Al Pacino was the unidentifiable face of the network. Although you really couldn't recognize him, the pixelated blue and white image was a portrait of the young actor.

Facebook Gains Eight New Users Every Second
On average, there are eight new Facebook profiles being created each second. That means that if it take you five minutes to read this list, by the time you're done, 2,400 new people will have signed up. As many as 230,400 more will join while you're sleeping tonight.


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<![CDATA[All of Donald Trump's Businesses, Ranked by Dubiousness]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dubious-donald-trump-businesses/mike-rothschild
Since announcing his run for president in 2015, a spotlight has been shining bright on Donald Trump's most dubious business ventures. Some of them were total disasters, while others were successful companies that ran into legal or political trouble. Even with the many failures, Trump has run a successful and profitable company here and there.

The worst Donald Trump companies are the ones that involve a business he doesn't understand (airlines, alcohol, radio), or ones that were never anything but cheap scams in the first place (Trump University, mortgages, vitamins). Some of these are so dubious that they've led to lawsuits, settlements, even corporate bankruptcy.

Here are the most dubious Trump businesses, ranked from the worst to the most honest.

All of Donald Trump's Businesses, Ranked by Dubiousness,

Trump Mortgage
Getting into the mortgage business just as the mortgage business was collapsing is either brilliant or insane. To Trump, it was brilliant. He announced his mortgage lending firm in late 2006, just as the real estate bubble was bursting - an economic calamity that Trump claimed to have heard about but "hadn't seen." His prospective customers had, and Trump Mortgage failed to reach any of its financial goals. Trump pulled the plug after 18 months. He later claimed his only attachment to the business was slapping his name on it, and that he still made money.

Trump Shuttle
Trump's mini-airline opened in 1989, making flights from New York to Boston and Washington with 20 decades-old jets. Despite its luxury flourishes (Trump called his shuttle service "an absolute diamond"), the airline never made money. Trump financed the airline's purchase through massive loans that defaulted in less than a year, leaving him in massive debt.

A mechanic's strike, Trump's total lack of knowledge about the airline industry, and soaring fuel costs thanks to the Gulf War finished off the airline, and by 1992, it was sold off. Trump's crushing debt load from the purchase of the jets was a major factor in the first of his bankruptcies.

Trump Vodka
Himself a teetotaler, Trump saw an opportunity to challenge upmarket vodkas like Grey Goose with his own "Finest Super-Premium" vodka. Trump joined forces with a small company that made celebrity drink brands and launched his branded booze with the typical media splash, declaring that within a year of its 2005 debut, America would be getting sauced on "Trump and tonics." While it initially sold well, it was hugely overpriced compared to other high-end vodkas, and the company tanked when the 2007 financial crisis hit. A blizzard of lawsuits and unsold product followed, and the company was gone by 2011.

Trump Magazine
Trump got into the publishing business in the late-'90s, launching a series of luxury lifestyle magazines that served as a cross between aspirational wealth porn and high-end advertising for Trump products. The last of these started publishing in 2007, right as the Great Recession was gaining steam. They've all folded, as people struggling to stay afloat weren't interested in Trump's thoughts about yachts, private jets, or a detailed look at Trump's triumphs in a given year.

Trump Steaks
While only a minor part of the Trump empire, Trump's failure in the meat business gained an outsized reputation. He had trademarked the name in the '90s, but didn't start selling his steaks until 2007, when he made a deal with The Sharper Image. Priced way above the market norm ($200 for four steaks and 12 burgers, just to start), the catalog struggled to sell them, moving virtually none. After two months, the steaks were pulled from The Sharper Image stores, and the brand ceased to exist.

The USFL
Trump made a big splash in the nascent United States Football League, purchasing the New Jersey Generals and spending major money. Trump had even bigger plans for the spring football league, hoping to move its games to the fall and merge it with the NFL. But Trump bought his team a year into the USFL's existence, and while the league was doing well, it was nowhere near fiscally solvent enough to challenge the NFL.

Sure enough, Trump persuaded most of the other owners in the league to go along with him, and moved the league to fall games in 1986. ABC withdrew its TV deal, and Trump sued the NFL for anti-trust violations. He "won" the suit - and the USFL was awarded damages of $1. The league collapsed, and Trump walked away from the whole thing, calling the USFL "small potatoes."

Trump Tower Tampa
One of countless projects to which Trump lent his name for money, the building that would be known as Trump Tower Tampa started construction in 2006, taking deposits from potential condo owners. But the recession crushed the project, leaving these buyers out hundreds of thousands of dollars. Trump was sued for misleading customers as to the viability of the project, and settled with a number of plaintiffs. It's estimated he banked $2-3 million just from the use of his name. The site sits vacant to this day.

Trump University
Most of Trump's dubious businesses were vanity cash grabs that didn't hurt anyone. But Trump University was different. Launched in 2005, it purported to teach would-be real estate investors the tricks of the trade that Trump himself used to become a billionaire. Pitching itself as an actual accredited college (which it was not), Trump University bragged about the resumes of its "teachers" and offered classes in asset management, real estate, and wealth creation. The costs ranged from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars - and the classes proffered no information that couldn't be gotten much cheaper elsewhere.

The "school" was the subject of a number of fraud allegations and lawsuits, with former students and employees claiming it was a pyramid scheme that preyed on elderly and desperate people, making them think their "classes" would lead to unimaginable wealth. It was legally forced to change its name in 2010, and folded a year later. It still has a number of legal actions pending against it.

The Trump Network
The Trump Network was not a TV network, but a vitamin-shilling pyramid scheme. In 2009, Trump purchased a dodgy supplements company called Ideal Health (which had dozens of complaints pending against it when Trump bought it), slapped his name on it, and started marketing it as a post-recession get-rich-now opportunity. Essentially, one was to take a $100 test that would determine what supplements you needed, and then you'd be sold those vitamins at an outrageous markup.

The company was a scam on a number of levels, taking customers' money and giving nothing back. Even if it had given customers anything, it would have merely been a meaningless test and the same vitamins you can buy in any CVS. The Trump Network sold a bunch of other woo crap as well, including energy drinks, kid snacks, and skin-care products.

All the while, Trump told the press his Network would become bigger than Amway. It did not, and Trump sold the company after two years, beset by complaints that vendors weren't getting paid. As many as 21,000 people lost at least some amount of money.

Trump Taj Mahal
The grand Trump Taj Mahal Casino began construction in Atlantic City in 1984, but the builder died, putting the site up for auction. Trump purchased it in 1987, and spent the next three years pouring money into the complex. He also got into a much publicized lawsuit battle with TV magnate Merv Griffin, who also wanted the site. The casino finally opened in 1990 - and declared bankruptcy a year later, $3 billion in the red - almost all on junk bonds.

The filing let Trump reorganize the casino's debt, in exchange for lower interest rates. The Taj went bankrupt again, along with most other Trump casinos, in 2004 - and again in 2014, with the casino set to close in December of that year. At the last second, Trump sold the complex and stepped down as Chair of Trump Entertainment Resorts. The Taj was also beset by legal problems, labor issues, shootings, and violations of federal currency laws.


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<![CDATA[The Coolest Facts You Didn't Know About Instagram]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/instagram-facts/jordan-love
Before we had Instagram, Facebook dominated the social media landscape. Then, when Instagram was looking like it could be the next big thing, Facebook went ahead and bought the company for a cool $1 billion. That was back in 2012. Now, Instagram is on top of the world as one of the most popular social networking sites around.

Even if you're on Instagram everyday like a lot of people, chances are that you don't know everything about the site. From the most liked picture to how much some of the top users get paid per post, there's a near endless supply of Instagram facts out there. 

While Twitter seems to be losing steam, Instagram is only getting more and more popular. Some of the most popular celebrity accounts get more new followers in an hour than most of us will in a year. Instagram isn't just interesting on the surface, though. There are loads of interesting Instagram statistics that demonstrate just how popular and influential the photo-sharing platform really is.

There are so many cool things about Instagram that it's hard to even know where to start. Thanks to this list, next time you're trying to explain the popularity of Instagram to your grandparents, you'll know all the important facts and numbers behind the social media giant.


The Coolest Facts You Didn't Know About Instagram,

The Most Liked Picture on Instagram Is a Selfie
Kendall Jenner has the most liked picture on Instagram, and it's a selfie. The image, which has an impressive 3.5 million likes and 167,000 comments, surpassed a photo posted by her half-sister Kim Kardashian to take over the number one spot.

All Economic Classes Use Instagram Equally
Instagram is equally popular with everyone, despite how much money they make. A study found that a person's economic class had almost no impact on whether or not they were on Instagram. The highest and lowest economic groups in the study were equally likely to use Instagram while the two middle groups where only a few percentage points more likely.

Over 30 Billion Photos Have Been Uploaded
In a little less than six years, 30 billion photos were uploaded to Instagram. The platform was launched in 2010 and has since gone on to become the go-to destination for sharing selfies and photos of your food.

Love Is the Most Popular Hashtag on Instagram
It's all about the #love. When it comes to hashtags on Instagram, love rules the roost. Also among the top tags are #cute, #tbt, #me, #beautiful, #happy, and #fun.

70 Million Photos Are Uploaded Each Day
On average, 70 million photos a day are uploaded to the social media platform. That comes out to nearly 3 million an hour and almost 50,000 every minute.

Nearly a Quarter of Americans Have an Instagram Account
Around 77.6 million Americans are on Instagram. That comes out to just over 24% of the country's overall population.

Kim, Kylie, and Kendall Have More Followers Than Russia Has Citizens
The Kardashian and Jenners combine for a whopping 169 million followers. In other words, they have 26 million more followers than Russia has citizens.

Facebook Bought Instagram for $1 Billion
Facebook bought Instagram back in 2012 for only $1 billion. That might sound like a lot, but it turned out to be a steal. To put things in perspective, Instagram is expected to be making nearly $3 billion in ad revenue by next year. And of course that's on top of all the money Facebook makes from its own ads.

The Majority of American Users Check Instagram at Least Once a Day
A lot of people are seemingly glued to their phones, and Instagram might play a big part in that. 59% of American users check Instagram at least once a day and 35% check it multiple times a day. Only 10% say that they check it every few weeks.

Times Square Is the Most Popular Place on Instagram
When it comes to geotagging, New York's Time Square was the most Insta-popular location in 2015. Paris's Eiffel Tower, London's Tower Bridge, Moscow's Red Square, and Los Angeles's Dodger's Stadium rounded out the top five.


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<![CDATA[The Best Sport Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-sport-brands
What are the best sport brands? Let's face it: Sports equipment and attire is a billion dollar industry. Everyone knows someone who plays - or their kids/brother/cousin/dad plays. This list highlights these sports equipment, clothing, and athletic apparel vendors. Who is the best when it comes to price, quality and design? You decide who should be on top of the list with votes up (or down). You can also rerank this list, changing the order in any way you like. When it comes to great sports brands and businesses, having the best logos and slogans are hugely important -- but sponsorships? Yeah, that's big, BIG money. Some of the greatest athletes of all time in their respective sports tout the wonders of Nike, the fit of UnderArmour or the reliability of Adidas. Are the big sport brand companies with celebrity athlete spokespeople necessarily better? Maybe, or maybe not, but you can bet they're selling products like gangbusters.
The Best Sport Brands,

Adidas

ASICS

EA Sports

Nike, Inc.

Puma SE

Reebok

Under Armour

Everlast

Vans

Gatorade


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<![CDATA[Hottest Pre-IPO Ad Tech Startups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hottest-pre-ipo-ad-tech-startups/daniel-kohn
There are plenty of ad tech companies vying for business out there, but the hottest ones may not be the most well-known... yet. The market for new ad tech businesses may have simmered down considerably (at least in the public forum), but the companies on this list of pre-IPO ad tech startups prove that there's still a ton of money to be made. Though they aren't public yet, don't be surprised to see these companies making a big leap in the not-so-distant future. VCs are betting on them to be the next big thing, assuming they aren't already there. 
Hottest Pre-IPO Ad Tech Startups,

AppNexus

MediaMath

Openx.org

Taboola

Accordant Media

InMobi

Mediaocean

Videology

The Trade Desk

Moat


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