<![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[The Best All-Round Gun Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-gun-brands/werner-brandes
This list of gun brands includes the most reliable and popular models available. The best gun brands include those from major manufacturers including Colt Defense, Heckler & Koch, Amscor and more. Guns are portable firearms, a barreled weapon that launches one or more projectiles or bullets often defined by the action of an explosive (or gunpowder).

Modern firearms are typically described by their bore diameter (75mm) or calibre (7.62mm) or gauge (12 ga.), the type of action employed (muzzle, breech, lever, bolt, revolver, semi-automatic, or automatic) together with the usual means of deportment (hand-held or mechanical mounting). They may be further distinguished by reference to the type of barrel used (rifled) and the barrel length (19 inch), the design's primary intended target (anti-aircraft), or the commonly accepted name for a particular variation.

So what are the top gun brands and companies? First, there are many different types of guns: handguns, longguns, rifles, shotguns, carbines, automatic weapons, machine guns submachine guns, personal defense weapons, automatic rifles and assault rifles. Users looking for a new gun for personal use will want to research a variety of different brand names (just google the company name for more info) to find the one that best suits their needs, based on features, design and quality.
The Best All-Round Gun Brands, business, shopping, companies, weapons, guns, brands,

Barrett Firearms Manufacturing


Colt Defense

FN Herstal

Heckler & Koch

SIG Sauer

Smith & Wesson

Springfield Armory, Inc.

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.

Winchester Repeating Arms Company

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<![CDATA[The Best Milkshakes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-milkshakes/jeffreygirouard
The best milkshakes you can possibly buy from all the top fast food and restaurant chains. This list of the best milkshakes combines the best shakes from across the US (and the world, should you feel so inclined) in one list that can be voted on by all milkshake drinkers who have an opinion on the best frozen treats out there. These tasty milkshakes come from some of the best fast food restaurants, the best chain restaurants, and the best small chains that serve restaurants.

Whether you think the greatest milkshakes come from fast food chains like McDonald's or In-N-Out (both of which have special Neapolitan shakes on their secret menus), you're going to be challenged by folks that think Shake Shack and Denny's come in tops on the list of the most delicious milkshakes.

What fast food restaurant has the best milkshake? What restaurant chain has the greatest shakes? Vote and see! This isn't a complete list of all the best milkshake in the world (yet), so make sure to add any restaurant or food establishment that has awesome milkshakes to the the list of the top milkshakes. We're all here to get frosty, so the more opinions, the better.
The Best Milkshakes,



Cold Stone Creamery

Dairy Queen


Johnny Rockets

Red Robin

Sonic Drive-In

Steak 'n Shake


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<![CDATA[The Top Beer Companies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-beer-brands/bottoms-up
List of beer companies and famous beer breweries around the world, ranked by connoisseurs and casual fans. Forget liquors and wines -- beer is the treat of people who really enjoy alcohol. Whether you're enjoying a dark and soothing stout or a bright and hoppy IPA, drinking beer is truly the best way to relax.

Beer is made with a variety of hops, barley, wheat and, of course, water -- with the occasional infusion of different herbs, spices, and even chocolate to change the flavor. Common beer types are IPAs, ambers, lagers, wheat beers, pale ales, stouts, and red ales. No two beers are alike, and no two beer drinkers will ever be able to agree about which flavor is best and why. All of the companies on this list manufacture at least one type of great beer and several make many types of beers. So what do you think of our list?
The Top Beer Companies,

Deschutes Brewery

Dogfish Head Brewery


Guinness, Harp Lager
New Belgium Brewing Company
Fat Tire
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Stone Brewing Co.

Chimay Brewery

Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams
Blue Moon Brewing Company

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Pizza Delivery Chains In The World]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/greatest-pizza-delivery-chains-in-the-world
Pizza delivery... AHHH... The perfect food that transcends every culture, brought to your door! We're listing and ranking the best delivery pizzas from best to worst right here. What are the greatest pizza delivery chains in the world? You decide with your votes and reranks.

When it comes to favorites, pizza is almost always ranked way up there on any list of the most delicious foods. No one, it seems, can resist a piping hot slice (or five). And having it delivered right to where you live? That's the greatest thing ever. What makes for a great pizza delivery chain? Certainly, prompt service is a key, but the actual restaurant needs to offer a quality product too. People love their pies, and they want the tastiest pizza toppings on them (including extra cheese and tomato sauce, traditional pepperoni and great veggies like mushrooms, peppers and onion). In determining the best delivery pizza chain, this list considers all the variables, taking into account delivery time, quality of service, and, of course, the deliciousness of the pizza.

Vote for the pizza delivery chains you like the most right here, and then head over to read about where to find the best pizza in America, too.
The Greatest Pizza Delivery Chains In The World,

Godfather's Pizza

Hungry Howie's Pizza

Little Caesars

Papa John's Pizza

Papa Murphy's

Round Table Pizza


Uno Chicago Grill

Marco's Pizza

Dominos Pizza

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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


Chipotle Mexican Grill


Dairy Queen

Orange Julius



Taco Bell

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<![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,

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
Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Archer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, True Detective, Silicon Valley, True Blood, Girls, The Wire
Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, Friends, Law & Order

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

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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




Gold's Gym

Microsoft Corporation


Time Warner


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<![CDATA[The Best Fried Chicken Restaurant Chains]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-fried-chicken-restaurant-chains/restaurant-chains
A list of the best fried chicken chain restaurants. These restaurants are listed in order of most favorite to least, and can be re-ordered when viewers vote on their favorite chicken restaurants. If you are looking for a popular fried chicken chains, this is an excellent place to start your search. You can also copy the list of favorite fried chicken restaurants to make your own list or as a reference for your personal use.

Are you wondering which fried chicken chain restaurant is the #1 favorite so you can give it a try? Browse our list, find the top best fried chicken eating places and try it out for yourself. Most of us are familiar with popular fried chicken restaurants like Kentucky Fried Chicken, but there may be a few new fried chicken fast food restaurants on the list that you would like to try out for the first time.

Is your favorite chicken restaurant not on the list? Go ahead and add it to the list, then see where it ranks in order of favorites. It may be #1! With new fried chicken restaurants to try, enjoy exploring new fast food chicken options and get ready for a delicious meal!
The Best Fried Chicken Restaurant Chains,


Church's Chicken

El Pollo Loco


Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles


Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits

Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken

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<![CDATA[The Best Car Manufacturers]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-car-manufacturuers
Since the inception of the automobile over 100 years ago, the car manufacturing industry has been one of the most competitive businesses in modern history. With so many models and body types to choose from, car manufacturers need to combine a sleek model with fuel efficiency, safety and affordability in order to attract potential customers to buy their cars. Over the past few years, car manufacturers have done their best to combine these elements in order to match customer's wants and sensibilities. With hybrid cars becoming more mainstream, manufacturers are creating new models to catch up to the demand.

Some of the best car manufacturers are the most expensive. Making a high-demand vehicle is something that many manufacturers strive to do and sports cars like Porsche and Ferrari are always mentioned as the best cars due to the look of their cars and how fast they can go. Popular brands that have a variety body types are Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, BMW, Nissan and Honda to name a few.

Vote up the car manufacturer and best car makers that you think are the best. There is no right or wrong answer to why you think a particular car maker is better than the other; it's up to you to decide. From the top car company to the top car makers, they're all here on this car makers list, for car shoppers to peruse and vote on.
The Best Car Manufacturers,

Aston Martin




Ferrari S.p.A.




Rolls-Royce Limited

Tesla Motors

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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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