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Fast food origins are the stuff of myth and mythbusting. As last year's excellent The Founder illustrates, perhaps the mix of true history and corporate self-promotion that characterize fast food origin stories is best untangled by dramatization and the movies. As Roy Kroc, Michael Keaton plays the stumbling, then later ruthless entrepreneur who bought out the McDonald brothers' original store, then made it the namesake of his empire. While each chain has its own unique history, animated by colorful business personalities, corporate feuding, and the speed which goes along with the product, the McDonalds' story is typical in an industry which thrives on relocation. But for few others, the original location survives quietly in the outskirts of American suburbias or proudly as a part of a larger national marketing strategy. Here are the hold-outs, original stores of franchised cafes, vendors, and restaurants, where early history is often buried in corporate make-overs and buy-outs.

Well-Known Franchises Whose Original Locations Are Still In Business, business, history, companies, other,


April 4th, 1964: a day redolent of oil, vinegar, Italian spices, and nostalgia.  You might guess without even knowing all the specifics, it was on this day that three high school buddies from Jersey City started a submarine sandwich shop. But not Nostradamus himself could predict the future success of their venture--several hundred million sandwiches later. The chain recently celebrated its 50th anniversary by offering 50 cent subs nationwide, well within the 35 to 90 cents range the Washington store charged for its original menu (9 different sandwiches). 

California Pizza Kitchen

Not a whole lot differentiates the original location from its national and international franchisees; but, where else might you conjure the spirit of the Spago-inspired venture capitalist restauranteur gamble?  Before opening the business in 1985, the founders Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield worked within the U.S. Justice Department, and then within their own firm. After pooling $550,000 in savings, bank loans, and investment from friends, the erstwhile lawyers struck it very rich and only 7 years later sold the majority share of the company to PepsiCo for a $100 million.  Bottom line: pizza pays.     

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle might have been heralding more than one change in eating when it opened its first location near the University of Denver campus.  One might scarcely imagine today when the burrito wasn't a staple part of the college student diet.  But Steve Ells also had another vision in mind when he sought to sell "food served fast [that] didn't have to be 'fast food'."  While few changes have been made to the original restaurant, much has changed for Ells since he opened the fast-casual in a former Dolly Madison ice-cream store: from an $85,000 loan he obtained from his father, the company now trades publicly on the New York Stock Exchange and boasts over 2,000 locations.  

Cold Stone Creamery

Before the advent of the 2,010 calorie milkshake and the political rise of former CEO (now governor of Arizona), the ice-cream conglomerate was a struggling mom and pop store.  Owner Donald Sutherland (no relation to the Canadian actor) reminisced, "I had days where I did less than $6." Some good press declaring the ice-cream "best in town," helped, and the parlor moved to its current location across the street on an inconspicuous strip mall, today, Store #0001. With 1,200 chilled granite slabs in operation, Cold Stone is now the sixth leading ice-cream seller in the U.S.. 

Dunkin' Donuts

The location was also home to Dunkin' Donuts' predecessor, "Open Kettle," started in 1948, which founder Bill Rosenberg renamed in 1950.  Synonymous with Boston culture, the company now has a global reach with over 3,200 stores located internationally.  But only at the Quincy shop will you see the original retro signage, reinstated after the store's recent renovation.  Not on display are the 1950 prices: 10 cents for a coffee and 5 cents for a donut (originally in 52 varieties). 

Nathan's Famous


 An original location worthy of not just a postcard home, but the professional historian's attentions, most recently, a treatment in the book Famous Nathan's: A Family Saga of Coney Island, the American Dream and the Search for the Perfect Hot Dog.  When Nathan Handwarker opened the stand in 1916, he sold the "Hot Dog" for a nickel.  Later to counter the suspicion against the inexpensive price, Handwarker, a Polish immigrant, hired white-jacketed men in surgeon's smocks to serve them (now practically an industry standard) and the stand's place in the American culinary imagination has not moved since. Today, its best known as the site of the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest, first held in the summer of 1916 among immigrant contestants to prove "American-ness".  Nelson Rockefeller, then governor of the state, agreed, declaring in 1966, "No man can be hoped to be elected in this state without being photographed eating a hot dog at Nathan's Famous."

P. F. Chang's China Bistro

The popular Chinese restaurant is actually the brain-child of Paul Fleming, an oil-man from Louisiana.  With his business partner, the chef Philip Chiang, Fleming conceived of a restaurant (P.F., for "Paul Fleming" and Chang -- "i" omitted for Chiang) that would combine a Chinese menu and nouveau cuisine.  For the first location, Chiang and Fleming chose Scottsdale Fashion Mall, the second most profitable retail space in the U.S.. "We got 1,000 customers the first weekend," Chiang recollects.  The mall location would be duplicated for many of the more than 200 restaurant (Terra-Cotta warriors no longer an unfamiliar sight in suburbia).     


Surely the most touted first store, the "Original Starbucks" location is familiar as the name of its brewed coffee, "Pike Place Roast."  As an anchor business within the Pike Place Market, the original is included within the U.S. Register of Historic Places and one of the most visited places in the world (with 10 million per annum, the 33rd most visited).  But not much other than a line around the block distinguishes the original from the over 25,000 Starbucks in operation: here at the first, a standard Starbucks' menu remains unchanged.  What you won't see is the original brown mermaid--not green--outside of the logo.


A stomping "ground" for UC-Berkeley students, this fixture of the North Shattuck has a definitive place in both bohemia and the history of drink. It is here in 1966 Arthur Peet, a Dutch immigrant and tea-trader, introduced the uncommon practice of roasting Arabica beans for fresh hot coffee.  In subsequent decades, Peet would herald other significant changes in the way Americans and the globe drank their coffee (Jerry Baldwin and other "peetniks" founded Starbucks). Make sure to check out the museum, a modest collection of coffee-brewing artifacts and articles in the back of the store, which narrates the story of Peet's, from the first store to its billion dollar private stock offering.  

Shake Shack

It's probably the only N.Y.S.E. publicly-traded company named after a set-piece from the movie Grease: the carnival ride where Sandy and Danny Zuko profess their love ("You're the One that I Want").  The successful company was launched in 2004 by Danny Meyer, a leading New York restuaranteur, as part of a joint redevelopment effort by the city and a private conservancy.  He asked The SITE Group to design the kiosk, which features the company's signature graphic type, its menu seen wrapping around the building and its name over a "vegetated" roof.  Situated between the Flatiron Building and the Metlife Tower, the stand is a modest architectural attraction amidst historical and much photographed monuments to South and East.

Fri, 12 May 2017 03:34:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/orginal-franchise-locations-going-strong/brad-harris
<![CDATA[The Biggest Corporate Social Media Fails And Disasters Of 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/corporate-social-media-fails-2017/jacob-shelton?source=rss

People get fired for saying stupid things on social media all the time. And while you can't fire a corporation, they also seem to make some serious social media blunders - and this year is no exception.

Social media gaffes aren’t uncommon, but when you’re a giant company like Wendy’s or Uber, then you should know that people are watching your every move and hoping that you’ll trip up. When you combine that and dumb marketing decisions hoping to capitalize on a cultural zeitgeist, you have a recipe for 2017 corporate fails. The corporations with the worst social media in 2017 are those who swing for the fences with big stunts, with the hopes of appealing to people’s sense of either political correctness, or idealism, and end up seeming tone deaf rather than #woke. Try not to tweet anything offensive while you read about these corporate social media fails of 2017.

From viral videos of assaults and bad bottle designs, to an unfortunate email subject line, these are just a few of the corporate social media mistakes 2017 has had to offer. Keep reading to find out about the corporate fails 2017 brought to the world stage.

The Biggest Corporate Social Media Fails And Disasters Of 2017,


Have you ever sent out an email  you wish you could immediately take back? Adidas did that on a large scale following the Boston Maraton in April 2017, when they sent an email with the subject line: "Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon." This follows the horrific bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013 that killed three people and injured 260 bystanders. After the email was sent ,The Boston Globe reported that two survivors of the bombing - Patrick Downes and Marc Fucarile - ran in the race. As you can probably guess, the athletic company was roasted on Twitter, and they apologized with a heartfelt tweet. 



What could go wrong with hiring one of the Kardashian-Jenner clan members (you know, Kylie's older sister) to help co-opt the Black Lives Matter movement? Pepsi found out when they released a commercial to show how #woke they are in April that featured people of every gender, shape, and color enjoying ice cold Pepsis with very photogenic members of the police department. The crowning moment is, of course, when Kendall Jenner quells tensions between protesters and police officers by offering the cops a Pepsi. Naturally.

The backlash appeared instantly, with people calling out ridiculous moments from the video, and even Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter calling out the soda conglomerate on Twitter. 

Pepsi tried to backtrack by posting, "Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position." Poor Kendall Jenner. 

United Airlines

Woof. United Airlines has spent more of 2017 trying to keep itself from drowning in PR meltdowns than putting planes in the air. First they denied to teenage girls from flying the unfriendly skies because they were wearing leggings, then they doubled down on creating social media disasters when they dragged an Asian-American man off a plane in order to give his seat to a crew member. Obviously people on board the flight filmed the whole thing and posted the very graphic video on YouTube and Facebook, and the clip went garnered millions of views.

They have since killed a bunny, and United shows no signs of slowing down with their suicidal PR choices. Twitter had a great time with the consistent meltdown, and aside from the fact animals were dying, people were being beaten on planes, and teen girls were being body shamed, people were really nailing some jokes.



What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Nivea? Is it the Aryan Brotherhood? Because that's what people in the Middle East think thanks to an ad campaign released in March for their “Invisible for Black & White” deodorant. In the ad, the company that proclaimed "white is purity." Eeeeesh. The campaign was met with swift derision by Twitter users who were quick to let the company know how tone deaf their marketing campaign was. 

Nivea responded with what seemed like a cut and paste apology:  “The Nivea Middle East post was not meant to be offensive. We apologize. It’s been removed. NIVEA values diversity and tolerance.”


On January 28, when news of Donald Trump's travel ban against a majority of Muslim countries hit the trades, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance called on its members to avoid JFK International Airport for an hour. After the strike was announced Uber took to Twitter to announce they had dropped surge pricing at the airport, effectively making them the biggest scabs in America. Uber users who were against the Muslim ban fought back in the only way that could hurt the company, by deleting their apps. As they deleted their apps people began posting their disdain for the company on Twitter, and the posts also served as nifty little ads for Lyft. 

In a response to everyone deleting their app, Uber backtracked and tried to make sure everyone wasn't mad at them. They posted, “We wanted people to know they could use Uber to get to and from JFK at normal prices.”


When you think of the Samsung Galaxy S7, you probably think of phones catching on fire and putting everyone using them in danger. Samsung thought they were going to turn that around with the release of the S8 in 2017. A day before the release of the phone, a Samsung store in Singapore caught fire. That's not an ideal start to the release of the phone, but luckily no one was set on fire or anything. Samsung released a statement saying: "The fire was extinguished by water sprinklers in the store and no one was injured during the incident. We are currently assessing the property damage and working closely with the authorities to determine the cause of the fire."


Proving that each day in 2017 offers a brand new way for corporations to make themselves look like ding-dongs, Dove rolled out an ad campaign created by Ogilvy London known as “Real Beauty Bottles.” This limited-edition run of six different body wash bottles was supposed to show the power of the diversity of a woman's body by providing curvy, petite, and hilariously pear shaped containers. A statement from the company reads: "They’re one of a kind–just like you. But sometimes we all need reminding of that. Recent research from the Dove Global Beauty and Confidence Report revealed that one in two women feels social media puts pressure on them to look a certain way. Thankfully, many women are fighting with us to spread beauty confidence.” It's exactly the kind of thing that sounds like a great idea but is hilariously misguided the moment you see it. 

How was this decision made? Are women supposed to actually choose the bottle that most closely aligns with their body types (of which there are only seven - and don't you forget it)? Or is it okay if a women shaped like a torpedo purchases a bottle of body wash that's more rhombus shaped? The one thing that Dove's PR gaff actually manage to do was restart peak Twitter. 


Snapchat Manages To Offend Two Different Countries In One Quote

At a user growth meeting in 2015, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel brushed off the idea of increasing support overseas by saying, “This app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.” That information came out two years later in April 2017, when Anthony Pompliano told Variety about Spiegel's insane statement. Obviously the entire 1.3 billion people of India took umbrage with this remark, and they responded by not just telling Spiegel to get "effed" on Twitter with the hashtag #BoycottSnapchat, but they also uninstalled the app and left one-star ratings on the iTunes store. 

After the news came out, Snapchat described Pompliano, who broke the story to Variety, as a “disgruntled employee fired for poor performance.”

The Fyre Festival Plunges Its Attendees Into Seven Levels Of Hell

Ah Fyre Festival, the corporate festival produced ba Ja Rule and Billy McFarland that was supposed to provide "two transformative weekends” soundtracked by Blink-182, Migos, Major Lazer, Disclosure, that turned into a complete disaster in April 2017. The moment the first guests arrived they knew something was up. Blink 182 had canceled and guests were given what was described as "FEMA tents" in which to sleep. If that weren't bad enough, visitors began to tweet out photos of the meals that were being made available to them. 

Who could forget that photo of cheese slices on bread? As quickly as they had arrived, the festival goers - who spent upward of $12,000 for VIP access and “luxury lodge” accommodations - began to leave. While Ja and Mr. McFarland both took responsibility for the situation without actually taking responsibility for the situation, and are now facing a $100 million class action lawsuit claiming the whole thing was a giant Ponzi scheme.

McDonald's Goes Anti-Trump And Fails To Make Ronald Great Again

In March of 2017, whoever runs McDonald’s Twitter account tweeted an expert burn against President Trump that read, "You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back," before dropping the mic with, "also you have tiny hands." But they didn't just post the tweet, they confidently pinned it to top of their profile, ensuring that everyone on Twitter who wanted to learn about the return of McRib would see it. Before the tweet was removed it received plenty of love, and it managed to start the hashtag #BoycottMcDonalds by Trump supporters across the country. McDonald's took down the tweet, posted an apology, and claimed they had been hacked. 


Mon, 08 May 2017 10:50:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/corporate-social-media-fails-2017/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[14 Companies That Have Been Around For Centuries That Are Still Open Today]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-world-s-oldest-corporations-that-are-still-around-today/daveesons?source=rss

Imagine drinking a beer that's brewed with decade upon decade of history, or visiting a hotel that's more than a thousand years old. Those hypothetical situations are the reality for some of the world's oldest corporations and establishments.

The oldest businesses still around today have truly stood the test of time. True, some have changed their approach, and their ownership has changed hands many times. But their legacies are impressive tributes to human ingenuity. Is the temple-building business drying up? Become a general construction company instead. Are grandfather clocks going out of style? Move into producing wrist- and pocket-watches as well.

With their fascinating origin stories and remarkable modern-day reputations, the oldest companies still in business deserve to be celebrated.

14 Companies That Have Been Around For Centuries That Are Still Open Today,

The Monk's Mill Still Grinds Flour After Centuries

Munke MØlle stands in Denmark. The grain mill used flowing water for power, and was built by Christian monks in the 1175 - hence its name, "Monk's Mill." Over the centuries, the mill was expanded and came under different ownership. In the early 20th century it was partially destroyed by fire and was rebuilt.

But electricity was becoming king, and the mill’s existence was threatened. Luckily, in 1962, the Mette Munk Bakery took over the building. Thanks to the bakery and the demand for the Danish pastry overseas, the mill continued to grind flour. At the turn of the 20th century, the mill came under new ownership again, but it still operates at its original site.

The Nishiyama Hot Spring Hotel Is The Oldest Hotel In The World

Since 705, the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan Hot Spring Hotel has hosted guests at its location near Mount Fuji. It was first opened by Fujiwara Mahito, whose father was in the court of Emperor Tenji Tenno. The hotel frequently hosted members of the royal family and powerful samurai.

The hotel's success is rooted in its traditionalism. While the building is frequently renovated, it doesn't offer Internet access, and the decor is kept simple. Instead, guests are invited to focus on the hot springs and relax.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Nishiyama is the oldest hotel still operating and remains the only business of its age to continually be owned by the same family.

Weihenstephan Brewery Has Been Brewing Beer Since The 11th Century

In the early years of the Catholic Church, monks and priests couldn't hold paying jobs due to their lives of devotion. But they needed to earn money somehow, so many turned to brewing beer. One of those monasteries-turned breweries is Weihenstephan Brewery

Around the year 725, Saint Corbinian established the Benedictine monastery in what is now Freising, a town in Bavaria. The monastery began growing hops, though its brewery wasn't officially established until 1040. The brewery continued as part of Weihenstephan Monastery until the early 19th century when it was taken over by the state of Bavaria. Since then it has continued brewing one of the oldest and most well-known brands of German beer.

St. Peter Stiftskeller Restaurant Has Served Patrons Since 803

Dining at the St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant is an experience steeped in history - the Austrian restaurant and beer cellar has served patrons since 803. For some perspective, consider this: Emperor Charlemagne I was 60 years old when the restaurant first opened its doors. 

The establishment was first mentioned by Alcuin, who was a royal assistant and scholar to Charlemagne. The restaurant has seen its fair share of history over the decades; the building hosted the composer Michael Haydn, housed troops during the Napoleonic Wars, and was looted during World War I. Today, St. Peter Stiftskeller is still recommended as a stop for any tourist hungry for a good meal and a touch of local lore.

The Bingley Arms Pub Predates The Crusades

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Bingley Arms enjoys the distinction of being the oldest pub in Britain. It was established in 953, before England was a unified kingdom, and 142 years before the First Crusade.

The building was originally known as the Priests Inn, since it once served as a convenient stopping place for traveling priests. The pub also served as a hideout for Catholics when Henry VIII began dissolving monasteries. In 1780, the pub was renamed in honor of its then-owner, Lord Bingley.

Today, visitors can still stop by the Bingley Arms for a hot meal, a cold brew, and perhaps a glimpse of one of the several ghosts said to haunt the building.

Kongo Gumi Construction Company Operated For More Than 1,400 Years

The beautiful ancient architecture of Japan has lasted for centuries. Kongo Gumi Construction Company of Osaka is partially to thank for that. The corporation has left its name on cities and temples throughout Japan, and was the oldest construction company in the world

The company was founded around 578 by Shigemitsu Kongo. He had moved to Osaka from the Korean peninsula after being commissioned by the Japanese Imperial family to build a temple. Buddhism was taking hold in Japan, and the demand for shrines and temples was growing. That presented a great opportunity for Shigemitsu, who had already made a name for himself in Korea as a temple builder. 

Kongo Gumi Construction Company continued to operate as a business for an astounding 1,428 years, through centuries of turmoil, the Meiji Restoration period, two World Wars, and a recession. Then, 2006 arrived, and the company floundered with debt. Eventually, the ancient construction company merged with Takamatsu.

Lodenwalker Wool Textiles Makes Clothing Using 15th Century Knowledge

Lodenwalker sits southeast of Salzburg and has been making clothing since 1434. The manufacturer specializes in a fabric known as loden, made from the wool of mountain sheep. Originally, producing it was a very labor-intensive process. The wool was spun into yarn, which would then be woven into a rough cloth. The cloth was submerged in a bath of warm water and softened with mallets. Once the process was complete, the finished loden became a tough, durable wool fabric that was resistant to water and wind.

The creation of this wonder fabric remained unchanged until the middle of the 19th century, when Lodenwalker’s process was updated with modern machines to increase capacity. The company still manufacturers fine wool clothing and accessories using time-tested methods.

Sankogan Pharmacy Treated Emperors In The 1300s

In the mid-14th century, Emperor Shibiengan was reportedly given a concoction called sankogan. The recipe of the herbal elixir was kept as a close secret by its makers, and was used to treat abdominal problems, alcoholism, heartburn, loss of appetite, and nausea. After drinking sankogan, the Emperor proclaimed it an "elixir gifted by the gods of the sky, of the moon, and of the stars."

Since the 1300s, sankogan was produced and sold by the Komeda family from their farm. Their operation became profitable, and the family named their new pharmaceutical company Sankogan after the original folk treatment.

During World War Two, Sankogan was almost destroyed. The Imperial Japanese Government took control of production and the head of the company was killed during the conflict. Following the tragedy, the pharmacy was restarted by the next in line in the family, Komeda Tokushichiro Shunsuke, and it was renamed Sankogan Honten Co., Ltd. It continues to sell herbal remedies.

The Marinelli Foundry's Bells Are Still Ringing After A Millennium

The family-owned Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli bell foundry in Agnone, Italy has been producing bells since around 1000. Its bells were used in churches and towers around the world, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In 1924, the Marinelli Foundry was given the right to use the Papal coat of arms on their bells by Pope Pius XI. The company fell on hard times during WWII; the foundry was occupied by German soldiers, who melted down bells for their weapons.

From the mid-20th century onwards, the Marinelli Foundry has enjoyed a long and prosperous career as one of the most prestigious companies in Italy. It continues producing bells of all kinds the same way it has done for a thousand years.

Barovier & Toso Glassmakers Draw On Hundreds Of Years Of Craftsmanship

For centuries, glassmaking has flourished on the Italian islands of Murano. Barovier & Toso has been a part of that tradition since at least the 13th century. Barovier, as it was then known, rose to prominence in 1450 when a craftsman named Angelo created the Barovier Wedding Cup. The goblet, which depicts a scene of a wedding party on horseback, is a valuable Renaissance artifact, and is housed in the Murano Museum. 

The company survived the turmoil of the 1848 Revolutions, the unification of Italy, and both World Wars. In 1939, Barovier merged with another well-known glass blowing company, Toso. Today, Barovier & Toso continues to manufacture glass on Murano as it always has.

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 03:59:00 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-world-s-oldest-corporations-that-are-still-around-today/daveesons
<![CDATA[18 Utterly Fascinating Vintage Fast Food Menus Throughout History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-fast-food-menus/mick-jacobs?source=rss

Time changes everything, including the ways people buy and consume food, and fast food changed just as fast as its name implies. Today, a typical fast food menu offers not only burgers, fries, and shakes, but salads, quesadillas, and molten chocolate cakes, so the selection's definitely improved from these vintage menus. For all they lack in choices, these menus make up for in prices; look at them! The Taco Bell dollar menu feels like a rip-off knowing baby boomers paid only $0.25 per burrito. 

With their prices and limited selection, these old fast food menus reflect changes in people's food habits and standard of living. Back then, fast food probably felt a bit "faster": with $2 alone you could buy one of each menu item on the original McDonald's menu. Living in the past isn't healthy, but neither is fast food, so indulge your vices and imagine the paradise of these vintage menus still existing today.

18 Utterly Fascinating Vintage Fast Food Menus Throughout History,

A&W Restaurants

Burger King

Dunkin' Donuts



Pizza Hut

Sonic Drive-In

Taco Bell

Burger Chef, 1970

Shoney's Big Boy, 1960s

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:20:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-fast-food-menus/mick-jacobs
<![CDATA[9 Utterly Fascinating Ways The Chinese Movie Industry Is Changing Entertainment]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-chinese-movie-industry-changes-entertainment/david-harrison?source=rss

For about 100 years in the movie industry, there was Hollywood and then there was everybody else, but something happened recently that shifted that dynamic - China's movie industry is exploding. Just in the past few decades, the Chinese movie industry has released multi-million dollar blockbusters and literally changed the way movies are made. Called Sino-Hollywood, the Chinese movie industry is creating a new entertainment Goliath that is out-spending and out-earning box offices anywhere else in the world.

China's impact on the movie industry is expected to be a huge game changer. Here are a few ways the booming Chinese film market is changing the face of entertainment.

9 Utterly Fascinating Ways The Chinese Movie Industry Is Changing Entertainment,

They Are Online Streaming Giants

Tapping into their online population (the largest of any country on Earth), video streaming platforms like iQiyi are bringing movies and TV shows to a wide variety of devices. With financial help from tech giants like Alibaba - the Chinese equivalent to eBay - and tough governmental policing of online piracy, Chinese video sites are due for take off at any given moment. 

Another factor contributing to the rise in online streaming is the fact that China has become a hot bed for tech companies. These booming Internet technologies have made China one of the most connected and tech-savvy countries in the world. With that comes an increase in video content consumption. It's estimate that more than 650 million people use the Internet in China. 

Chinese Studios Are Building Their Own Version Of Hollywood - And They're Amazing

Wang Jianlin's Wanda Group didn't want to just invest in major studios, they wanted to build one akin to that of movie giants in Hollywood. The Quigdao Oriental Movie Metropolis - often called Eastern Cinema - is 1,200 acres of movie studios, a theme park, and an entertainment center equipped with its own version of the Hollywood sign. He and his company invested $8.2 billion, and it will have some of the most impressive studios and sound stages in the world, including a temperature-controlled underwater stage, a 56,000 square foot green screen stage, and a permanent facsimile of New York City. 

He's not alone. Hengdian World Studios, called "Chinawood," is the world's largest outdoor movie studio. To use the sprawling, high-tech campuses, foreign studios have to agree to co-produce the film with a Chinese company or be one of the select few that are given the right to screen in the country. Some of the features of the studio include reconstructions of the Imperial Palace, the largest indoor Buddha figure in China, and an entire theme park. 

They Have Amazing Special Effects At A Fraction Of The Price

2016’s top grossing film in China was a Chinese production by Stephen Chow called The Mermaid. Check out this incredible clip with shape-shifting CGI water. Even though it made $525 million, The Mermaid cost only $60 million to make. To put that in perspective, The Great Wall cost about $150 million to make and grossed about $262 million its opening weekend.

Companies like Base FX - which opened in 2006 - create high-tech effects for a fraction of the cost. In just 10 years the studio has contributed to major blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and Pacific Rim

The Government Is Encouraging People To Make And Consume Entertainment

In 2014, the Chinese government ratified the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances - a signal to those in the entertainment industry the country was banking on its success. The treaty shored up the rights of performers - including securing their legal protections - and was endorsed by the World Intellectual Property Organization. 

The government has also coordinated efforts to help Chinese filmmakers and their studios, specifically in copyright cases. 

Hollywood Filmmakers Edit Their Movies To Pass Chinese Censors

Quentin Tarantino’s films are often synonymous with incredibly violent imagery - but not in China, where he edits his films to appease the Chinese government’s rules on inappropriate subject matter. For Django Unchained, Tarantino made a cut of the film that was released in China on April 11th before getting pulled from all theaters for another month of deliberations on the content.

So while Tarantino cuts one version of his film for American audiences and another for Chinese audiences, other directors might choose to forgo the extra time in the editing room and simply make a film that both the Chinese government and the MPAA both approve. This isn't the first time this has happened either. While filming Iron Man 3, studio executives invited a Chinese government official to oversee the filming to ensure it was meeting Chinese standards. Could this mean Hollywood movies catering specifically to the demands of a strictly censored government? 

If You Build Theaters, They Will Come

China has 23 theaters to every million citizens - less than a quarter per capita of the US’s 100 theaters to every million citizens. And yet, Furious 7 made more money ($391 million) in China than it did in the United States ($353 million). In 2016, China built an average of 27 movie screens per day, so what will happen when there are fifty theaters for every million Chinese?

Another thing to consider is that in just 10 years, the industry went from screening 43 films to more than 200 films. Experts say this is partly due to a growing middle class and to demand from Chinese consumers who want to see movies. Among Chinese youths, the entertainment industry is not only a fun source of entertainment, it's seen as a profitable career path as well. Almost 1 million students annually enroll in universities to study film, animation, and video game design. 

China Limits Foreign Films In Their Country - And Favor Hollywood Movies That Film In China

The Chinese government has a strict rule allowing only 34 films produced by foreign countries to screen in China per year. This has multiple beneficial effects for the Chinese movie industry. It creates a huge demand for Chinese-made blockbusters to satiate Chinese consumption, and it creates a huge incentive for American studios trying to get their movies in front of profitable Chinese audiences.

There is one loophole, though, that makes the arrangement extremely profitable for Chinese studios. Hollywood or a European production companies trying to tap into the Chinese market need to co-produce the film with a Chinese production company - like what the makers of The Great Wall did in 2016.

China Has A Massive Audience Ready To Consume Entertainment

This year, for the first time since the birth of the film industry, China will surpass the United States as the largest movie ticket buying population in the world. By 2022, China’s urban middle class population will reach 76 percent of all urban residents. These audiences are so huge already that American films are including Chinese product placement.

Chinese Billionaires Are Investing In Major Entertainment Powerhouses

Last year, Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin alone purchased Dick Clark Productions and Legendary Entertainment - the company that produced The Dark Knight, Clash of the Titans, and The Great Wall, to name a few. These companies add to his 2012 acquisition of American theater giant, AMC Theatres. In 2016, Jianlin also announced the opening of his $8 billion movie outfit Qingdao Studios. He said he planned to incentivize productions - specifically US productions - to his studio through rebates on production costs. Any film willing to film at Qingdao could receive up to 40 percent back in rebates.

"The Hollywood companies will be able to see less costs and more return," he told Variety. "This is an opportunity for Hollywood, not a competition for Hollywood." 

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:45:45 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-chinese-movie-industry-changes-entertainment/david-harrison
<![CDATA[15 Ridiculous Reasons Why Trump Supporters Have Boycotted Companies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/trump-supporter-boycott/jacob-shelton?source=rss

Are you a Donald Trump supporter looking for a new business to fruitlessly boycott? Are you upset about the rise of Donald Trump from orange television bag man to President of the United States and looking for a way to give money to a company that he doesn’t have a hand in? Then you’re in the right place. It seems like every week there’s a new Trump boycott by the conservative snowflakes who support the President, and while some seem like they could make a small dent in the massive corporations that they’re carried out against, for the most part these boycotts tend to either drive up sales for the anti-Trump businesses, or fade out as soon as a new business comes along that makes a veiled slight at Donny T.

These businesses that are anti-Trump might have ruffled some feathers for members of the GOP. So go ahead and boycott - Starbucks probably won't miss you. 

15 Ridiculous Reasons Why Trump Supporters Have Boycotted Companies,


Amazon came under all the fire in early 2017 when the company's CEO Jeff Bezos supported Washington state in a federal lawsuit challenging President Trump's immigration ban. Conservatives who obviously hate two-day shipping called for a boycott of the company because of the strange belief that politics and business should never meet. But here's the thing, even though Bezos supported the lawsuit, his company still advertises on Breitbart (Steve Bannon's alt-right "news" service, if you could even call it that), and they still sell Trump merchandise - so it's not like they've made a firm decision on anything regarding Trump and his rise to power. 

Ben & Jerry's

After releasing a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Vermont-based ice cream company Ben & Jerry's received a huge backlash. The reactionary police groupies Blue Lives Matter called for a ban of the company, stating that: "Whether you care about their stance on reparations or parenting, this is about more than just the lives of police officers. Please get the word out that Ben & Jerry's position doesn't reflect American values." Rather than release a cheeky new flavor like, "Rocky Reparations," or "Fudge the Police," a spokesperson for the ice cream manufacturer said, "By standing up and saying that Black Lives Matter is not to say that those in the law enforcement community don’t matter.”

Macy's Inc.

For all you #trumpdawgs hoping to start dressing presidentially in some cheaply-made suits that are definitely the products of foreign labor, you'll have to wait until a more thirsty company jumps on the bandwagon. In 2015, Macy's announced it was getting rid of Trump's clothing line after the soon to be president said, "[Mexicans are] bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." Trump supporters (who likely never shopped at Macy's in the first place) said they would boycott the company, and then in a strange turn of events, in 2017 many people who voted against Trump called for a boycott of the company after they realized that the store was still selling a line of Ivanka Trump's clothing. Macy's just can't win. 


On the day Netflix released the trailer for Dear White People, a satirical show about African American life at an Ivy League college based on a film of the same name from 2014, a bevy of thin skinned, precious snowflake Trump supporters cried that they were going to cancel their Netflix accounts. Why? Because the trailer for the new show promoted "white genocide." First of all, boo hoo, it's not like there aren't thousands of pieces of art that depict the systematic slavery and degradation of the African American people, and it's not like you can't just watch something else

The boycott subsequently made the show's trailer the most-viewed teaser-announcement ever for a Netflix series. So will the show's numbers really suffer? Doubt it. 


Pepsi, forever the runner up to Coca-Cola, and the fizzy drink that will never be as good as Dr. Pepper, incurred the wrath of the Trump supporters after a perceived slight towards President Trump. When multiple fake news sites began running a story that Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi told Trump fans to "take their business elsewhere," they freaked out and called for a boycott of the company.  The problem is Nooyi never said anything overtly negative about Trump beyond questioning his campaign rhetoric. After his win she congratulated him on his win. When asked about the election and domestic violence in the NFL at the New York Times Dealbook conference Nooyi said, "How dare we talk about women that way. I had to answer a lot of questions, from my daughters, from my employees, they were all in mourning."


When Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced the company was planning on hiring 10,000 immigrant employees over five years after Trump's clusterf*ck of an immigration ban, Trump supporters lost their minds. They imagined all the domestic terror that could be accomplished with the companies freshly brewed coffee (to be fair, it is really hot). Most of the folks saying they were going to #boycottstarbucks insisted the company should hire 10,000 veterans instead, which is something the company was planning on doing anyway. This isn't exactly new territory for the 'Bucks, who tends to face a new boycott every year with the release of their holiday cups that are becoming less and less Christmas-y - much to the baby Jesus's chagrin. 

Joke's on the conservatives though. Every time Starbucks had been the target of a boycott, their stock value has historically gone up. 

Budweiser Stag Brewing Company

After teasing their "Born the Hard Way" commercial that aired during Super Bowl LI #trumpflakes got so mad. The commercial featured the true story of Adolphus Busch, who immigrated to America to help create the largest manufacturer of beer in the country. They took to social media where they offered trenchant critiques of the ad that read, "No thanks... it's time to #BoycottBudweiser. We don't need your beer, your opinions, and your illegal immigrants." The commercial played as scheduled and despite the boycott plenty of Trump voters probably bought something made by Anheuser-Busch because they legit own everything

Nabisco, For Moving Jobs To Mexico

It doesn't matter what your political affiliation is, Oreos are delicious. But after Nabisco announced it was outsourcing jobs to Mexico in 2016, Trump made a half-hearted attempt to sound like he cared when he stated that he would no longer be eating the chocolate and vanilla cookie. He even managed to drag human punchline Chris Christie into the whole thing at a fundraiser when he asked, "You're not eating Oreos anymore, are you?" Look at him - of course he is. Trumpkins across the US called for a boycott of the cookie manufacturer and instead offered their allegiance to Hydrox. Sad!

The NFL, For Failing To Take Action Against Colin Kaepernick

The NFL has got a slew of problems - Colin Kaepernick arguably being the least of them. They make money off guys who are giving themselves brain damage on a weekly basis, their players are habitually accused of domestic abuse, and the league doesn't pay taxes. But that's not why Trump supporters called for a ban of the league. Nope, it was for the league's refusal to take action against San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick who began taking a knee during the National Anthem. People who took part in the boycott claimed they were successful when ratings for the NFL were down, but that didn't seem to matter to Donald Trump because he was still buying ad time during games. 

Nordstrom, For Dropping Ivanka Trump's Clothing Line

When Nordstrom, you're aunt's favorite retailer, dropped Ivanka Trump's clothing line in February 2017, it specifically noted it did so because of poor sales performance. A spokeswoman for the company told a CNN reporter, "Over the past year, and particularly in the last half of 2016, sales of the brand have steadily declined to the point where it didn't make good business sense for us to continue with the line for now." That makes sense! But after Trump tweeted: 

And when Trumpies smelled blood in the water they decided to boycott the company, which is something they were likely already doing thanks to the fact that most Nordstrom locations can either be found on the coasts - typically more liberal cities. 

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:57:14 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/trump-supporter-boycott/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[28 Dirty Slogans That Businesses Somehow Got Away With]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dirty-business-slogans/nathandavidson?source=rss

A strong business slogan encapsulates the core of what your business does stands for. Or it can be blatant sexual innuendo to offend everyone in your community and ruin your business before it even starts. The owners of the following businesses obviously chose the latter with dirty slogans one can only hope were accidentally dirty. It's time to experience the naughty side of advertising and dirty business slogans with an endless slew of "that's what she said" jokes, the worst political slogan ever, and double entendres galore. And to all you entrepreneurs out there, remember to think long and hard before you approve your next company slogan.


28 Dirty Slogans That Businesses Somehow Got Away With,

Tricky Dick

Complete And Udder Failure

The Official Slogan For Unemployment

The Jerk Store Called

Come Again?

Total Dick Move

Where The Sun Don't Shine

Twisted Sisters

Meat And Greet

The Direct Approach

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:44:01 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/dirty-business-slogans/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[How Storefronts Evolved Over Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/photos-of-popular-storefronts-and-businesses-then-and-now/kellen-perry?source=rss

If you grew up in suburban America, chances are you saw dozens of corporate storefronts and logos evolve right in front of your eyes. Even if you're a just a teenager, the branding of Dairy Queen, for example, has changed at least once in your lifetime. Over the course of a brand's lifetime, it's common for a dozen or more overhauls. The evolution of stores is a fascinating glimpse into what these giant corporations think will keep them fresh - and how vastly different that idea can be from their often humble origins.

The old photos of retail stores below feature some of the earliest examples of the storefronts of popular fast-food chains, department stores, pharmacies, and more, contrasted with a far more familiar, recent examples. Some of these photos of stores then-and-now reveal some brands looked great right off the bat, like the 1960s take on Target's bullseye, while others, like Papa John's strip mall flagship, looked a little ramshackle. Pizza Hut, meanwhile ... well, you'll just have to see for yourself.

How Storefronts Evolved Over Time,

Dairy Queen

Dollar General




Whole Foods Market

The Home Depot


Pizza Hut of America Inc

Wal-Mart Supercenter

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:24:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/photos-of-popular-storefronts-and-businesses-then-and-now/kellen-perry
<![CDATA[17 Reasons You Should Stop Using Uber]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-uber-sucks/jacob-shelton?source=rss

If you’ve somehow managed to avoid looking at the news or social media recently then you’re probably confused about all the Uber hate that’s going around. How could so many people be so angry at a ride sharing app? Why is everyone suddenly deleting it off their phones? What are the reasons Uber sucks? It's because they’re awful. It’s not like Uber suddenly turned into a bunch of money-eating cartoon fat cats from a New Yorker illustration overnight, they’ve been making awful decisions in order to increase their profits since from day one, it’s only now that their poor treatment of their users, drivers, and inability to distance themselves from a money-grubbing wannabe oligarch have come back to haunt them. 

Uber only cares about making money. There are lots of reasons why you should stop using Uber. If you didn’t already want to ditch Uber, you will after reading this. 

17 Reasons You Should Stop Using Uber,

Uber Barely Pays Its Drivers

One of the biggest reasons you should stop supporting Uber is they don't pay their drivers nearly enough to motor around town all day wasting gas and chasing surge fares. Demek Dagnachew, a driver who worked for the company in 2014 claimed he was offered an 80/20 split to drive for the company, but that when he started receiving his pay it wasn't everything that was promised. “I thought 80 percent of the fares was a very good deal, but in reality Uber was making more money than I was. I had to pay taxes, gas, mileage and for car maintenance and repairs. I was spending time and making $3 per hour.”

During A Car Bomb Explosion In Manhattan Uber Doubled Their Rates

At this point if you're still rooting for Uber you're either a member of their upper management or you have no grasp on how humanity should be treated. After a series of explosions in Manhattan, Uber raised their prices to nearly double their usual rates in order to shuttle people out of the danger zone. This is just more proof that humanoid robots at Uber don't care about human life as long as they're still able to turn a profit. To quote our fearless leader, "SAD!" 

You Never Know What Kind Of Driver You're Going To Get

Not every driver who works for Uber or other ride sharing companies is a crazy person who commits a series of murders while they're on their evening runs, and they're not all creeps who rape 17 year old girls who fall asleep in their back seats while riding home, and they definitely don't all take incredibly long detours to where ever you're going to get more money out of you. But some of them do and there's nothing you can do about it. In the case of your driver taking advantage of you monetarily you can always file a complaint with the company, but when you're dealing with murderous, rapist scum it's a little harder to handle after the fact. 

Surge Pricing Went Through The Roof During The Sydney Siege

It's impossible to know how anyone will react during a terrorist attack. Most people would like to pretend they would be brave and do something befitting of Arnold Schwarzenegger in any movie from the '80s. But it's more likely that in the face of incomprehensible danger you would fold up and run away, and in that scenario you would want someone to drive you away from wherever it was the nightmare was taking place. If you ever find yourself in this scenario (which you hopefully won't) don't try to grab an Uber because they'll gouge you for everything they can. For instance, during a 2014 terrorist attack in Sydney where a gunman held 13 people hostage, Uber kicked their prices up to a minimum $100 fare

Surge prices are meant to attract more drivers to an area so Uber's employees freelance drivers can make more money, and that makes sense in a world where there aren't gunmen taking people hostage and errantly firing at innocent bystanders. In a scenario where people are literally fleeing for their lives, surge pricing tells customers that the only people who deserve to be alive are those that can afford to pay their exorbitant fees. Welcome to the new world, hopefully you have a trust fund. 

Uber Fails To Accept Responsibility In Every Scenario Where They're At Fault

If you're crossing the street and you're hit by an Uber driver who's on the clock then too bad for you. Not only do you not have a leg to stand on when it comes to suing Uber, but their drivers aren't even back by the billions of dollars (and team of lawyers) at their disposal. After a mother and her two children were struck while in a cross walk on New Year's Eve 2013 Uber released a statement saying the incident, "did not involve a vehicle or provider doing a trip on the Uber system." They later amended that statement to read, "the driver in question was a partner of Uber ... the driver was not providing services on the Uber system during the time of the accident." Despite a landslide of bad press and a lawsuit filed in San Francisco, nothing came of the terrible accident other than a lot of head scratching. 

Uber Gave Rides During JFK Airport Taxi Strike

It's rare that you get to call someone a scab in the 21st century without trespassing into hyperbole, but if there's a better term for what Uber did during the protests of Trump's Muslim travel ban then it's yet to be created. The fact of the matter is that when the New York Taxi Workers Alliance called for a shut down on trips to JFK for one hour Uber swooped in and offered rides, figuratively stepping over picket lines to make money, which while not illegal, proves the higher ups in their corporation are nothing more than bloodthirsty hawks willing to make money off of anything, including a strike in the name of human rights.

CEO Travis Kalanick Got In A Fight With A Uber Driver Over Payment

Travis Kalanick, the CEO of Uber, had to apologize after he got into a heated argument with an Uber driving about declining earnings for drivers.

The altercation - which was caught on video - shows Kalanick getting out of an Uber. Before leaving, he and the driver Fawzi Kamel began talking about the company. When Kamel complained about lower earnings for drivers, Kalanick told Kamel he needs to "take responsibility" for his own problems. 

Many criticized Kalanick's tone with Kamal, and questioned why a wealthy tech pioneer would berate those working for him on the ground who were facing pay cuts. 

A Former Engineer Said She Was Sexually Harassed And Uber Did Nothing

Susan Fowler, a former engineer at Uber, said she was sexually harassed by a manager. But when she reported it to the company, they began investigating her - which caused her to leave the company. Fowler published her account of the harassment on her blog. In response, CEO Travis Kalanick said he would investigate, but just a week after his statement Fowler said a company was researching her to produce a smear campaign.

Uber denied this, and hired former US Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the matter


They're Actively Anti-Regulation

In a perfect world multiple ride sharing companies would exist alongside various taxi unions and everyone would have to compete to make sure the customer was getting the best deal as possible. But that's not the world you live in. You live in the world where Uber (and Lyft) pretend like they're not a taxi company (they are), but instead they're some kind of tech firm that's developing new and interesting ways to do... stuff? By insisting they aren't a taxi company they're skirting around the same regulations actual taxi companies have to face, like paying livery taxes, which go to local governments to help support public transit. When you think about it, is there anything more American than lying about what you do to get out of paying taxes?

They Left People Stranded During A Massive Blizzard

Should anyone really be surprised corporations like Uber wants to make as much money as possible? It's not illegal to want to be wealthy, and it's technically the American dream (whatever that means). But at what cost are you willing to make money off of people who are in a dire situation? During the January 2016 blizzard that produced three feet of snow in two days, and stranded people in their homes, Uber refused to cap its surge pricing unless the government forced them. The company released a statement saying, "If a state of emergency is declared, or the attorney general advises us the agreement has been triggered, then we will be capping uberX at 3.5x [the normal fare] and Uber BLACK at 2.8x, per the terms of the agreement." Only 3.5x the normal rates? Someone get these guys a Nobel Peace Prize! 

You shouldn't need an official state of emergency to know that it's not right to continue charging people high fees for simply wanting to get home. It's not like people were out clubbing during the blizzard. It's likely the people affected were just trying to get home to their families. 

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 04:22:22 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/why-uber-sucks/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[10 Insanely Wealthy People You've Never Even Heard Of]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rich-people-you-havent-heard-of/noah-henry?source=rss

From low-profile investors to confectionery heirs, we present a list of highly secretive rich people. Some of them aren't even on the Forbes List—probably because they paid the magazine not to include them. Each and every one of these folks is a multi-billionaire, one of whom makes it a point not to let the world know of his real net worth. This same man holds significant stakes in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and Wall Street. But he's just one in a slew of many under-the-radar monetary titans. 

If you've ever wanted to know what the richest of the rich are like in person, maybe this will clue you in to the fact that they're not so different, at least not the little-known rich people mentioned here. If you feel like we missed any important financial kingpins or mysterious rich people, let us know in the comments.

10 Insanely Wealthy People You've Never Even Heard Of,

Abigail Johnson

Net worth: $14.9 billion

Abigail Johnson is the granddaughter of the founder of Fidelity Investments. In 2014, she became the president and CEO of the company. In 2016, Forbes ranked her as the 16th most powerful person in the world, probably because she oversees $2.1 trillion in worldwide investors' savings, pensions, and investments. However, Johnson isn't ostentatious—she's a grinder. One of her most important philosophies, which keeps her grounded, is to know that your job is never done. Her friends call her Abby and she dresses, as one publication put it, "soberly."

Amancio Ortega Gaona

Net worth: $77 billion

Spanish billionaire and founder of clothing and accessories retailer Zara, Amancio Ortega surpassed Warren Buffet as the world's second richest man in 2015. His apparel empire, which has expanded over the decades to house approximately 6,500 shops in 88 countries, goes by the simple philosophy of aggressively advocating for the customer, limiting advertising, and giving them what they want as soon as possible.

Although Ortega and Bill Gates routinely switch spots as the world's richest man, he still sits with his employees in the company cafeteria. He lives a humble life in La Coruna, Spain, visits the same coffee shop every day, and dresses in the same plain blue blazer and white shirt almost daily.

Aliko Dangote

Net worth: $12.9 billion

When he was a kid, he used to buy candy in bulk and sell it to other kids. This curiosity for money led Nigerian-born Aliko Dangote to become the richest man in Africa with a net worth of $12.9 billion as of June 2016. The Dangote Group is a world leader in cement production with other companies manufacturing salt, sugar and flour. As recently as September, Dangote invested more than $170 million in the production of rice and sugarcane in Nasarawa, Nigeria.

Leonardo Del Vecchio

Net worth: $18.7 billion

Leonardo Del Vecchio likes to keep a low profile, perhaps because his company, Luxottica, price-fixes sunglasses and sells them at astronomical rates in proportion to what they cost to make them. More power to him. Luxottica owns (probably) every sunglasses chain store and brand you've ever heard of: Sunglass Hut, LensCrafters, Ray-Ban, Oakley, among others. Yep, they're all part of the same company.

Del Vecchio is the richest man in Italy and the 37th richest man in the world. Though he only has a high school education, he was smart enough to know people will buy $200 Ray-Bans because most people with money (and people who don't have money) care about the status involved in a price tag. Especially if that price tag is hanging off a shiny new pair of Ray-Bans.

Karl Albrecht

Net worth: $20.9 billion

German billionaire Karl Albrecht was the founder of supermarket chain Aldi, Europe's Walmart. When he died in 2014, he was the 21st richest person in the world. Like American billionaire Chuck Feeney, Albrecht lived a life of recluse, preferring to shun any accolades and transfer them to his employees. After he died, Aldi spokesman Sarah Twyman told Bloomberg, "He had a strong belief that everyone should be able to consume high-quality food and beverages at the lowest possible prices. He devoted his life to making his belief a reality." In 2014, there were more than 1,300 Aldi stores in the US and 3,500 in eight other countries.

Américo Amorim

Net worth: $4.7 billion

Corks, those tiny insignificant things that plug wine bottles... Americo Amorim is now worth almost $5 billion because of them. Like Reinhold Wurth, he took over his grandfather's small cork business and today the company, Corticeira Amorim, produces one quarter of the world's corks. Although little is publicly known about him, Amorim is the richest man in Portugal.

Aviv Nevo

Net worth: $800 million

Until 2006, Aviv Nevo was "un-Googleable." He took personal care to keep his fortune private. The Israeli and American venture capitalist has substantial holdings in Time Warner, Goldman Sachs, eBay, Microsoft, Viacom, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, News Corp., JPMorgan Chase, and Twitter.

If Nevo were to sell his shares in these companies and maybe put a few of his compounds which glitter the planet on sale, the $800 listed net worth would probably jump up a bit (or a lot). Nevo is perhaps one of the least-known yet most influential people in the world, with a seeing eye over Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood. And the guy doesn't have one video on YouTube.

David Sun

Net worth: $5.5 billion

A man with a total of four sentences on his Wikipedia page, David Sun is the cofounder of Kingston Technology. In 1996, he sold the company, which specializes in computer memory products, to venture capital firm Softbank for $1.5 billion. Basically, every time you buy a phone, Sun pockets commission. He began in a garage with his associate, John Tu, and now he lives a humble, philanthropic life in Irvine, CA.

Maria Fissolo Probably Loves Nutella Even More Than You Do

Net worth: $24.6 billion

Tic Tacs, Nutella, and Kinder Eggs. She is perhaps the most honorable billionaire on this list, even though she didn't personally make the money herself. In 2011, Maria Fissolo became the widower of Italian entrepreneur and candy magnate Michele Ferrero, who founded Ferrero SpA, Europe's second largest confectionery company. The 98-year-old filthy rich Fissolo lives in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

You Can Find Reinhold Wurth, The Screw King, On His $100 Million Yacht

Net worth: $9.6 billion

When he was 19 years old, Reinhold Wurth took over his father's minuscule screw business and in 2013, they posted $13 billion in sales. He is at the helm of Adolf Weurth Group, perhaps the only multibillion-dollar company with the name Adolf in it. Known as the "Screw King," Wurth's company is a global supplier of assembly and fastening materials for construction, automotive and engineering trades. He owns a big fat $100 million yacht and 15,000 iconic works of art.


Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:14:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/rich-people-you-havent-heard-of/noah-henry
<![CDATA[9 Corporations That Have Sold You Beyond Questionable Meat]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/companies-that-sold-fake-meat/becca-bleznak?source=rss

If Rick Ross is to be believed, he hustles every day. No matter how profound Rozay believes his hustle to be, ain't no hustle like a megalithic corporation's hustle, because a megalithic corporation's hustle is unchecked by basically any authority. Because of this, throughout the history of mass-produced fast food, there have been companies that sold fake meat, or at least hawked questionable animal carcass. From pink sludge at McDonald's to a lethal bacteria infecting Jack's box, these places that have sold fake meat are strewn across the American landscape like soot in a chimney sweep's lungs. 

The Internet has created a world in which speculation runs amok, and where everyone can spread rumors about fast food joints peddling fake or questionable meat or scamming customers with altered meat products. Almost every well-known fast food and restaurant chain has faced adversity from the competition, customers, and even the government, at times. How they handled these roadblocks, which range from fake meat controversies to questionable farming practices, varies greatly. Needless to say, not all press is good press. 

Curious as to whether you've accidentally put a questionable tube of meat in your mouth? Have a gander at which corporate food behemoths haven't been forthwith about what's in their meat (not as sexual as it sounds). Have your say on which handled its meat problem (or scandals) best, and which failed to get ahead of a PR disaster and sunk in a swamp of fetid flesh, in the comments below. 

9 Corporations That Have Sold You Beyond Questionable Meat,

Burger King

McDonald's less popular younger brother (but with kitsch appeal), Burger King has faced plenty of scrutiny over the years. In 2012, it was discovered Silvercrest Foods, an Irish meat supplier contracted with Burger King (and numerous other companies), was selling beef laced with horse meat. Burger King became embroiled in the scandal, though testing on its facilities and products show the chain never sold beef with horse in it (though the plant showed traces of horse DNA). 

After the discovery, Burger King switched meat suppliers, and issued a statement declaring that, during transition, some items on their menu may not be available. This swift reaction, and the results of beef testing on BK products on facilities, resulted in a major win for the company and its public image. 

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Few restaurants take promises as seriously as Chipotle. The Mexican food chain is unique for several reasons: It has a very simple menu that's completely customizable, there's no drive-thru option, and, it's... actually sort of healthy? Chipotle prides itself on its farm-fresh ingredients, which are locally sourced when possible. The chain has also claimed to only work with the best, most discerning meat distributors.

The world learned what this meant in 2015, when Chipotle abruptly stopped serving carnitas. Company representatives explained they discovered their pork supplier was treating pigs inhumanely, or not to Chipotle standards. The company took the moral high ground, and didn't serve carnitas again until months later, after supposedly having found a new, better supplier. 

Just when the restaurant thought it was in the clear, Chipotle served up two fresh E. coli outbreaks. As per the Centers for Disease Control, the problem was cleared up quickly, and Chipotle went to great lengths to assure customers it would never happen again. Still, business suffered at the time. 

Jack in the Box

In 1993, a Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak in the Pacific Northwest affected close to 400 customers over a period of a few months. A February 6, 1993 article from the New York Times paints a grim picture:  

"The 60 Jack in the Box restaurants in the state have been barraged by anonymous telephone callers accusing them of being baby killers. Customers are scarce. And local newspapers have carried advertisements by lawyers offering to represent poisoning victims."

The outbreak was lethal: Four people died from eating Jack in the Box or coming in contact with someone who did. It was a nightmare for the company, which blamed its supplier and slaughterhouse. Inconsistencies with government oversight of the fast food industry may have contributed to the outbreak, as state and federal laws differed on cooking temperature for meat. Some good came of the tragedy, as new regulations were put in place, to preventing it from happening again


Kentucky Fried Chicken, more commonly called KFC after rebranding efforts, was once accused of shifting away from its original name because it doesn't use chicken mean, but rather "genetically manipulated organisms." Snopes shut this rumor down fast, but the fried chicken brand wasn't off the hook.

KFC uses Asian meat supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co. for its restaurants in China. A 2014 report revealed some meat from this distributor was handled poorly, and even dropped on the ground. Though KFC suffered the brunt of the scandal due to its huge presence in China, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut were also affected (all three are owned by Yum! Brands). 

Taco Bell

Ah, the halcyon days of 2011. The deaths of Steve Jobs, Osama Bin Laden, King Jong-il, Muammar Gaddafi. The Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The Taco Bell scandal. Remember that one? 

In that year, Alabama law firm Beasley Allen filed a lawsuit against the Tex-Mex food chain, accusing the corporation of lying about its meat. According to the suit, Taco Bell taco meat was only 35% beef, which isn't a high enough percentage to truthfully be labeled meat under USDA regulations.

Taco Bell fought back, claiming its meat was 88% beef. The company released videos (including a parody) of its production process, offered information to refute the attorney claim, and even shared a full list of ingredients for its beef, the first ingredient in which is beef (which, yay? Maybe? Shouldn't it be? Since that's what it's called?).

Still, this doesn't mean it's good for you. Associate Slate editor LV Anderson points out, "Most fast-food meat is very low quality—one study of fast-food hamburgers found that they contained connective tissue, blood vessels, peripheral nerves, adipose tissue, cartilage, and bone along with muscle tissue." Anderson suggests Taco Bell (and other fast food brands) use less meat and more filler for a healthier final product. 

Tesco PLC

We-do-it-all retailer Tesco began as a small grocery chain, and has since expanded to include banking services, gas stations, and telecommunications. In 2013, the chain came under fire when several of its burgers where found to contain horse meat, which is illegal in the UK.

At first, the scandal was mostly speculation. Tesco representatives refuted the claim that its frozen Everyday Value Beef Burgers contained a significant amount of horse meat. However, DNA tests showed some packages of the brand's microwave Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese contained 60% horse meat. The company reacted quickly, pulling the product and others from its shelves, but the damage was already done. Tesco has encountered its fair share of scandals over the years, but the brand lives on. 


In June 2014, the Los Angeles Times ran an article entitled "Is there wood pulp in your burger or taco?," in which it was explained how Wendy's, Taco Bell, McDonald's, and Carl's Junoir use trick semantics with ingredients lists. According to the article, cellulose, a common ingredient in products from all those restaurants, is a food additive made of tiny pieces of wood pulp and plant fiber. Burger King uses it in buns, tortillas, tacos, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, and pancakes, among other items, and at Wendy's, you can find it in shakes, cheese shreds and cheese crumbles. 

McDonald's loves cellulose the most, using it in shredded cheese, fish fillet patty, biscuit, sausage and scrambled egg mix, smoothie base, syrup, ice cream, barbecue sauce, sweet 'n' sour sauce and honey mustard sauce. According to the FDA, cellulose is safe for consumption in certain instances, but generally cannot be digested by humans, and is therefore does your system no good.  


In January 2017, UK restaurant chain Whitbread was caught in a questionable meat scandal when it was caught selling a dish called beef lasagne that contained pork. The mislabeling was disconcerting for Jews and Muslims, whose religion forbids eating pork. 

Whitbread representatives claim the menu item was supposed to read "meat lasange" after change in the recipe included the addition of 4.5% pork, more than a third of the total meat contained in the dish. Representatives insisted this was an honest mistake. The company has since changed the label, but a company whistleblower stated he had alerted management as to the problem months prior to it going public. 

McDonald's Has Had A Cornucopia Of Fake Meat Controversies

McDonald's is like the Yankees of fast food restaurants. And everyone wants to beat the Yankees. The company's ubiquity has led to a slew of PR nightmares, not the least of which were pink slime allegations, which accused McDonald's, along with various other companies, of using lean beef trimmings, a rubbery, pink substance produced by whipping beef trimmings (bits left over after the good cuts of meat have been removed from a cow's carcass) around in a centrifuge to remove fat and gristle. 

The company has also come under fire for its chicken nuggets. Some claim they're the chicken equivalent of pink beef slime, others say there's no way something so cheap can be pure meat. McDonald's "debunked" myths about its nuggets in a video of their production, though as Lindsay Abrams points out in Salon, the video skips a key part of this process:

"Skipping straight to the processing plant also allows the video to ignore what should be the most controversial ingredient: growth-promoting antibiotics. Routine use of the drugs is standard practice for many of the United States’ major poultry producers, a recent Reuters investigation revealed, contributing to the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance. Tyson is no exception — according to the documents uncovered by Reuters, ordered an antibiotic 'for use in the prevention of coccidiosis in broiler flocks, growth promotion and feed efficiency.'"

Despite the bad press, by addressing the public's questions and creating seemingly honest videos, McDonald's persevered through these controversies. Rebranding efforts initiated in 2015 have the chain leaning towards a more upscale, minimalist vibe by tapping into local trends, with new menu items including guacamole burgers and breakfast bowls. 

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:27:02 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/companies-that-sold-fake-meat/becca-bleznak
<![CDATA[15 Famous Corporate Logos Then And Now]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/evolution-of-famous-corporate-logos-over-time/kellen-perry?source=rss

There are some corporate juggernauts whose names instantly evoke their logos. Starbucks. Coca-Cola. Google. You can picture them, right? But looking at the evolution of corporate logos over time reveals many of the most iconic logos in the world started as something radically different. 

The list below shows how some of the most famous logos have changed over time, with the first-ever iteration on the left and newest (as of January 2017) on the right. Some are wildly different, like Apple's Newton woodcut, while others have only been slightly tweaked over time, like Coca-Cola's remarkably consistent brand. Enjoy this trip back in time with corporate logos, then and now.

15 Famous Corporate Logos Then And Now,


Burger King


Eastman Kodak



Microsoft Corporation




Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:18:52 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/evolution-of-famous-corporate-logos-over-time/kellen-perry
<![CDATA[The Best Big and Tall Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-big-and-tall-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Clothes shopping can be tricky. And if you fall outside of the sometimes limited range of traditional clothing lines, it can be even trickier. That's where these specialty shops come in. If you're considered a "big and tall" shopper, these stores might hold the apparel you want to buy. Some top big and tall stores are found in malls and stand-alone shops across the country, while other stores for big and tall customers offer products online. Many of the most popular big and tall stores also sell shoes and other accessories.

What establishments will you find on this list of the best big and tall stores? Walmart sells clothing for people of all shapes and sizes, including big and tall customers. Everything from t-shirts to polo shirts to denim can be found in Walmart's big and tall department. Old Navy is another popular store to shop for big and tall sizes. Casual Male XL is the go-to store for many big and tall shoppers thanks to its wide variety of apparel offerings. Other good retail outlets featured on this top big and tall stores list include Westport Big & Tall, Chubstr, and ZipFit Denim.

Do you have a favorite place for big and tall fashions? Take a look at this list, vote for your favorites, and please add any great shops that are missing.

The Best Big and Tall Stores,


Old Navy (ITM) Inc

Rochester Big and Tall

Martin's Big & Tall

Mens Warehouse

ZipFit Denim

Century Fashions Big & Tall

Westport Big & Tall

Casual Male XL


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:53:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-big-and-tall-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Plus Size Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-plus-size-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

The fashion industry doesn't always reflect the real individuals who purchase clothing. Luckily, a number of retailers specialize in clothing for people of all shapes and sizes. If you're looking for a place to buy stylish, comfortable clothing, these specialty plus-sized stores are great places to start. Some top plus size stores are found in brick and mortar shops across the country, while other stores for plus size customers offer products online. Many of the most popular plus size stores also sell shoes and other accessories.

What establishments will you find on this list of the best plus size stores? Since the early 1900s, Lane Bryant has provided women with stylish fashions in a variety of larger sizes. Lane Bryant now has hundreds of outlets located across the United States. Torrid is another popular shop that offers plus size shirts, dresses, and slacks. Big box stores like Walmart and Target also offer affordable options to plus size customers. Other good establishments featured on this top plus size stores list include Forever 21, Old Navy, and Modcloth.

Where do you go to refresh your wardrobe? Give the best retailers a thumbs up and share some of your fashion tips in the comments section.

The Best Plus Size Stores,





Monif C.

Mei Smith

Lane Bryant


Ashley Stewart


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:29:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-plus-size-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Evening Gown Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/evening-gown-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Whether you're attending a wedding, looking forward to a formal dance, or RSVPing to a ritzy company party, you'll want to look and feel fabulous in your evening attire. That's where these retailers come in. This list ranks the very best evening gown stores and shops where you can buy elegant attire. Some top formal dress stores are found in brick and mortar shops across the country, while other evening gown specialty stores offer products online. Many of the most popular evening gown stores also sell designer shoes to complete your dream ensemble.

What establishments will you find on this list of the best evening gown stores? Saks Fifth Avenue offers dresses from such top designers as Carolina Herrera, David Meister, Badgley Mischka, and many more, all in one location. Fellow high-end department store Bloomingdales is another popular spot to shop for elegant evening gowns. Customers on a budget can look at stores like T.J. Maxx for beautiful formal wear at an affordable price point. Other good retailers featured on this top evening gown stores list include Kohl's, Nordstrom, and La Femme.

What's your go-to store to find the perfect dress? Give your favorite shops a thumbs up to vote them towards the number-one spot, and please add any good stores that are missing.

The Best Evening Gown Stores,


Badgley Mischka

Lord & Taylor


JC Penny


Adrianna Papell



Saks Fifth Avenue

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:05:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/evening-gown-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Geek Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-geek-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Let's say your tastes run a bit to the nerdy. The tech-focused. The downright geeky. Look no further – this list is for you. The best stores for nerd stuff are full of fun and functional things to buy. Some top geek stores are found in brick and mortar shops across the country, while other geek specialty stores offer products online. Many of the most popular nerd stores offer rare collectibles and electronics.

What establishments are your personal picks for the best geek stores? The staggering popularity of Apple products makes the Apple Store downright cool. Whether you are a tech geek or someone who goes crazy for personal electronics, the Apple Store is a dream retail shop. They even have an onsite Genius Bar to help you troubleshoot your devices. Spencer's Gifts is another fun place to find one-of-a-kind – and highly irreverent – items for your favorite nerds. ThinkGeek makes nerd shopping easy with its resourceful online catalog. Other good shops featured on this best geek stores list include Meltdown Comics, HobbyTown USA, and I Want One of Those.

Where is your favorite place to purchase nerdy items? Embrace your inner geek by giving the best stores a thumbs up and please add any great retailers that are missing.

The Best Geek Stores,

Hot Topic

The Sharper Image



Best Buy Europe

Apple Store




Meltdown Comics

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:35:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-geek-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[Best Hot Dogs in Chicago]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-hot-dogs-in-chicago/reference?source=rss

When you think of Chicago, Chi-Town, you think of MJ, Da Bears, the Cubbies and...hot dogs! That's right, the Second City is known for its many variations on this classic food. Hot dogs and Chicago go together like spaghetti and meatballs. Chicago's unique take on hot dogs has made it (with apologies to deep dish pizza) the definitive Chicago food.

So, folks, what do you prefer? Is it the OG simple hot dog from The Weiner's Circle and Portillo's or Belly Shack and Band of Bohemia?

Choice is your when it comes time to picking the Best Hot Dog in Chicago, so get after it and vote for your faves!

Best Hot Dogs in Chicago,

Portillo's Restaurants

Big Guys Sausage Stand

Belly Shack

Jimmy's Red Hots

Murphy’s Red Hots

Superdawg Drive In

Band of Bohemia

Devil Dawgs

The Wiener's Circle

Felony Franks

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 02:33:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-hot-dogs-in-chicago/reference
<![CDATA[The Best Clothing Stores for Young Adults]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/young-adult-clothing-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Where young adults buy their clothes can say a lot about their personal style. Maybe they're a little bit edgy. Maybe they prefer a preppier look. Or perhaps they have a look that's all their own. Whatever their tastes, these specialty stores have clothing that young adults will love. Some good clothing stores for young adults offer items at affordable prices while other stores for young adult clothing provide customers with top designs straight off the runway.

What retailers will you find on this list of the best stores for young adult clothing? Maybe you'll vote H&M to the top. This trendy retail outlet offers shoppers everything from casual wear to business attire at a fraction of the cost of department stores. Urban Outfitters is another popular store for young adults found in malls all over the country. Anthropologie offers unique fashions for a higher price, but its sale items and clearance section are perfect for young adults just discovering their personal style. Other good spots featured on this list include Uniqlo, Nordstrom Rack, and Fashion To Figure.

Do you have a favorite young adult clothing store? Take a look at this list and give the best stores a thumbs up to move them up to the top spot.

The Best Clothing Stores for Young Adults,

Forever 21




Anthropologie LLC

Nordstrom Rack



Humble Chic


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:02:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/young-adult-clothing-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Engagement Ring Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-engagement-ring-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

You're ready to take that next big step and pop the question. But where should you go to buy the engagement ring of you and your partner's dreams? These specialty stores are the perfect places to start. Whether you're seeking a simple band or an elaborate diamond-encrusted piece, these top engagement ring stores have you covered. Some good wedding ring stores offer quality jewelry at an affordable price while other stores for buying engagement rings provide customers with lavish designs that spare no expense.

What establishments will you find on this list of the best engagement ring stores? Tiffany & Co. has become a luxury brand synonymous with fine jewelry, and a ring or band from this store evokes timeless romance. Barneys New York is another good place to shop for the perfect engagement ring before getting down on one knee. If you are on a budget, Walmart offers a variety of engagement rings that won't break the bank. Other retailers featured on this best engagement rings stores list include De Beers, Zales Jewelers, and Macy's.

Which store sells your perfect engagement ring? Give the best businesses a thumbs up and please add any good shops that are missing.

The Best Engagement Ring Stores,

Barneys New York

Blue Nile

De Beers

Helzberg Diamonds

Tiffany & Co.

Zales Jewelers

Vera Wang

Robbins Brothers

Beverly Diamonds

Brilliant Earth

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:03:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-engagement-ring-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Wedding Dress Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-wedding-dress-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Planning your dream wedding? You're going to want the perfect dress for the big day. But where should you start your search for that ideal gown? These specialty stores are great places to start. Whether you're a classic bride or an unconventional spouse-to-be, there's a shop here for you. Some good wedding dress salons offer options at affordable prices while other stores for buying wedding gowns provide customers with fresh-off-the-runway designs that spare no expense.

What establishments will you find on this list of top wedding dress stores? Vera Wang has become a name synonymous with weddings. Brides-to-be can find Vera Wang stores all over the world in major cities like Chicago, New York, London, Athens, and many more. Macy's Wedding Salon is another wonderful place to find your perfect wedding dress. David's Bridal has wedding dresses and bridesmaid looks to outfit everyone in your party. Other great shops featured on this best wedding dress stores list include The Dress Theory, House of Brides, and Nordstrom.

Which bridal shop do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and add any wedding retailers that are missing.

The Best Wedding Dress Stores,


Macy's Inc.

Vera Wang

House of Brides


Lovely Bride

DaVinci Bridal

Belle Vie Bridal Couture

The Dress Theory

Jenny Yoo Collections

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:29:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-wedding-dress-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Craft Supply Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-craft-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Feeling creative? This list is for you. These are the best craft supply stores, as ranked by hobbyists like you. Where you shop for craft supplies depends on your individual project. Maybe you're knitting a cozy winter scarf, or perhaps you're more of a jewelry maker. Whatever your crafty preference, you'll find the perfect stores for craft supplies on this list.

What specialty establishments will you find on this list of the best craft supply stores? Michaels is a one-stop shop for arts and crafts lovers. Whether you're assembling a scrapbook or are learning to paint, Michaels has everything you need to create homemade crafts. Hobby Lobby is another one of the best stores for picking up crafting supplies. In recent years Etsy has become a great place to buy crafting supplies, as well as unique gifts made by crafters all over the world. Other good shops featured on this craft store list include Hobby Town U.S.A., Target, and Ebay.

Do you have a favorite craft supplies store? Vote the best places up to the top of this list and please add any good retailers that are missing.

The Best Craft Supply Stores,




Hobby Lobby

Jo-Ann Stores



Home Depot


Artist and Craftsman Supply

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:28:14 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-craft-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Office Supply Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-office-supply-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

From pens to electronics to all things paper, these stores are where you should head if you need to stock up on office supplies. But not all office supply stores are the same. Some good office stores offer a variety of business materials while other great office supplies stores sell specialty items like computers. Many of the best places to buy office supplies also sell online for extra customer convenience.

What establishments will you find on this list of the best office supply stores? You won't be surprised to see Staples here. Whether you are looking for printer paper of a new desk chair for your office, Staples has you covered for all your business supply needs. Office Depot is another great place to shop for supplies and equipment for the office. If you are looking to buy things in bulk, Costco has a great selection of office supplies. Other good shops featured on this best office supply stores list include Walmart, CDW, and Overstock.com.

Do you have a favorite office supply store? Give the top office supply stores a thumbs up and please add any retailers that are missing.

The Best Office Supply Stores,



Office Depot



PC World


Quill Corp


Best Buy

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:27:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-office-supply-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Big Box Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-big-box-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

From televisions to tee shirts, groceries to golf clubs, these stores have them all. Big box stores are where you go to check everything off your list in one go. The top big box stores come in many forms. Some good big box stores offer a variety of products while other great big box stores sell specialty items like home improvement supplies. Many of the best big box stores even offer products online.

What establishments will you find on this list of the best big box stores? You might want to vote Walmart to the very top. These massive shopping centers provide customers with everything from groceries to sporting goods to entertainment appliances. The Home Depot is another good big box store that sells a variety of products to customers all over the world. Best Buy is the go-to big box store for home appliances, computers and tablets. Other good shops featured on this best big box stores list include Target, Staples, and HHGregg.

Do you have a favorite big box store? Give the best places a thumbs up and share your shopping list in the comments section.

The Best Big Box Stores,

Bed Bath & Beyond

Dick's Sporting Goods


Toys "R" Us


Best Buy Europe

Target Greatland

Lowe's Market

The Home Depot


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:57:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-big-box-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Convenience Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-convenience-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Looking for a convenient snack or drink on the go? These stores have "convenience" right in the name. Whether you're taking a great American road trip or simply running some errands, these convenience stores have got you covered. Some top convenience stores offer a variety of food products while other great convenience shops sell souvenirs and basic housewares. Many of the best convenience stores are attached to gas stations.

What establishments will you find on this list of the best convenience stores? You might vote 7-Eleven up to the top. The first location of this international convenience store chain opened in 1946 and it now has over 50,000 stores worldwide. 7-Eleven became even more successful when it launched its popular Slurpee drink in 1967. Circle K is another good convenience store offering customers a variety of products. Casey's General Stores sell everything from food to car parts. Other good shops featured on this best convenience stores list include Kum & Go, Stuckey's, and TravelCenters of America.

Which convenience store do you think is the best? Vote your favorites up to the top of this list and please add any good shops that are missing.

The Best Convenience Stores,


Casey's General Stores

Circle K

Pilot Flying J


Wawa Inc.

Tedeschi Food Shops

Break Time

Kwik Shop

Albertsons Express

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:50:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-convenience-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Fast Fashion Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fast-fashion-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Trends change fast, and you have to be quick if you want to try out the hot new look of the moment. That's where these retailers come in. These are the best places to buy fast fashion, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The top fast fashion stores come in many forms. Some good fast fashion stores offer a variety of clothing while other great fast fashion shops sell specialty items for young adults. Many of the best fast fashion stores also sell products online.

What establishments will you find on this list of the best fast fashion stores? In recent years, H&M has become a brand synonymous with fast fashion. This popular chain exists in 62 countries, and sells affordable fashions in over 4,000 stores worldwide. Forever 21 is another popular fast fashion store selling a variety of trendy looks. Charlotte Russe stores can be found in malls across America. Other good shops featured on this best fast fashion stores list include Zara, Uniqlo, and Lolly Wolly Doodle.

Which fast fashion store deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any great shops that are missing.

The Best Fast Fashion Stores,

Charlotte Russe

Forever 21



Pull & Bear






Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:52:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/fast-fashion-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Juniors Clothing Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-juniors-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Young adults tend to be especially fashion-conscious – and why not? They're discovering who they are as they begin to grow up. If you're a parent, or someone searching for the perfect present, it can be challenging to know just where to buy stylish junior apparel. That's where these top retailers come in. Some good juniors stores offer a variety of clothing at an affordable price while other great juniors shops sell semi-formal and occasion clothing. Many of the best juniors stores also sell products online.

What specialty establishments will you find on this list of the best stores for juniors? For years, Abercrombie has been a go-to shop for teens looking for the latest fashions. This recognizable juniors retailer can be found in malls across the country – it has over 278 locations in the United States alone. American Eagle is another popular store that sells juniors fashions. If you are looking for California skater styles, PacSun is a great place to check out. Other good shops featured on this best juniors stores list include H&M, Charlotte Russe, and Maurice's.

Which juniors stores do you think are the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and share some of your style tips in the comments section.

The Best Juniors Clothing Stores,


Charlotte Russe


American Eagle Outfitters

Forever 21


Urban Outfitters

Wet Seal

Target Greatland

Pink Ice

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:26:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-juniors-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Maternity Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-maternity-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Congratulations! You're expecting. You probably have a million questions running through your mind. What will the first year be like? What should we name the baby? And where can I buy stylish and comfortable maternity apparel? Luckily, there are many shops that specialize in pregnancy clothing. The top maternity stores come in many forms. Some good maternity stores offer a variety of clothing at an affordable price while other great maternity shops sell more formal looks for expectant mothers. Many of the best maternity stores also sell products online.

What establishments will you find on this list of the best maternity stores? A Pea in the Pod is a popular place for moms-to-be to shop for maternity wear. High end and fashionable designs are what this great maternity store specializes in. Moms on a budget may prefer to check out the maternity section of big box stores like Target and Walmart. Maternity clothes are often lightly worn, so Ebay is a great place to look for used fashions. Other great shops featured on this best maternity stores list include H&M, Destination Maternity, and HOTmilk Maternity.

Do you have a favorite maternity store? Give the best options a thumbs up and please add any specialty retailers that are missing.

The Best Maternity Stores,








A Pea in the Pod

Rosie Pope


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:25:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-maternity-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Gift Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-gift-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries: chances are, you'll need to find the perfect gift at least once every year. But where should you start shopping? There are gift stores for every occasion and recipient. Some good gift stores offer a variety of options for any occasion while other great places to buy gifts sell specialty items like jewelry. Many of the best gift stores also sell products online.

What establishments will you find on this list of the top gift stores? When it comes to shopping for the perfect present for a woman, Bath & Bodyworks is a great place to start. This gift shop's collection of lotions, sprays, and candles ensure that there is something for everyone. Tiffany & Co. is another great place to shop for gifts. Thanks to the rise of the internet, people can also head to online sites like Amazon.com to buy presents for everyone on their shopping list. Other good shops featured on this best gift store list include Things Remembered, Yankee Candle, and Hallmark.

Do you have a favorite place to buy gifts? Give the best stores a thumbs up and please add any good retailers that are missing.

The Best Gift Stores,


Bath & Body Works

Bed Bath & Beyond

Macy's Inc.

J. C. Penney


Tiffany & Co.

Nordstrom Rack

Target Greatland


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:43:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-gift-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Bedding Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bedding-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Dreaming of some comfy new bedding? You've come to the right place. This list offers ideas of where you can go to buy that new duvet or bolster pillow. The top bedding stores come in many forms. Some good linen stores offer fun comforters and sheets at an affordable price while other bedding specialty stores outfit customers with top-of-the-line fabrics with stylish details. And thanks to online shopping, you can even browse some of these retailers from the comfort of your own bed.

What retailers will you find on this list of the best linen stores? With a name like Bed Bath & Beyond, you know this store has to appear here. Whether you are shopping for a college dorm room or updating your current bedding needs, this good linen store has something for everybody at budget-conscious prices. Kohl's also offers a variety of bedding options that won't break the bank. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind bedding look, Anthropologie has several unique offerings. Other good companies featured on this top bedding stores list include Macy's, Restoration Hardware, and Cuddledown.

Do you have a go-to spot for cute, quality linens? Give your favorite stores a thumbs up and please add any great shops that are missing.

The Best Bedding Stores,

Bed Bath & Beyond

Macy's Inc.


IKEA Catalogue



Lands' End

Anthropologie LLC

Pottery Barn


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:59:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bedding-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Kitchen Supply Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kitchen-supply-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Whether you're a budding chef or unsure of the best way to boil water, you know you need a well-stocked kitchen to successfully cook a meal. That's where these retailers come in. This list contains information about the best kitchen supply stores, ranked from best to worst by foodies like you. The top kitchen supply stores come in many forms. Some good kitchen supplies specialty stores offer basic items like pots and pans while other stores for kitchen supplies provide customers with the same top-of-the-line appliances that the pros use.

What establishments will you find on this list of the best kitchen supply stores? Williams Sonoma has become the go-to source for quality kitchen supplies, particularly around the holidays. Everything from gourmet spices to top-notch garlic presses can be purchased in the shop's brick-and-mortar stores and online. Home Goods is another great store to buy kitchen supplies at an affordable price, while Best Buy is a good store to check out for big appliances like refrigerators and stoves. Other good stores that sell kitchen supplies include Amazon, Sears, and Crate & Barrel.

Which kitchen supply store deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any great retailers that are missing.

The Best Kitchen Supply Stores,

Bed Bath & Beyond

Crate & Barrel

Macy's Inc.



Kitchen Collection Inc

Williams Sonoma

Pottery Barn

Sur La Table

HH Gregg

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:25:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/kitchen-supply-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Home Goods Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-home-goods-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Searching for some interior design inspiration? Look no further. This list rounds up the best home goods specialty stores for every design taste and budget. The top homeware stores come in many forms. Some good home goods stores offer fun designs at an affordable price while other stores for homewares provide customers with top of the line products to decorate their house. And thanks to the rise of internet shopping, you can furnish whole rooms from the comfort of your (soon to be replaced) couch.

Where can you go to find fresh new home decor and accessories? Maybe you're a fan of World Market. Whether you are looking for new furniture for your front room or a few embellished pillows to spruce up your den, World Market offers a variety of quality products. Bed Bath & Beyond is another good store to purchase all your homeware needs. Overstock.com allows shoppers to buy home goods online, often at deep discounts. Other top home goods stores include Macy's, Big Lots, and Kohl's.

Which home goods store do you think is the best? Give your favorite spots a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any great retailers that are missing.

The Best Home Goods Stores,

Crate & Barrel

IKEA Catalogue

J. C. Penney





Ashley Furniture

Pottery Barn

World Market

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:00:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-home-goods-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Home Decor Stores]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-home-decor-stores/ranker-shopping?source=rss

Even the coziest home needs a refresh every once in a while. That's where these stores come in. The best home decor stores offer furnishings and accessories for every room in the house, from the kitchen to the bedroom to the living room. Some top stores for decorative objects are located in or near malls while other good home decor specialty stores do most of their selling online. Whatever your interior design preferences, you'll find a shop for you here.

What establishments will you find on this list of top home decor stores? Though Walmart is best known as a big box store, it also offers customers a variety of decorative items to display in their homes. Walmart also sells select furniture items including desks, shelves, and chairs. Bed Bath & Beyond is another good home decor store. IKEA is one of the most popular stores to buy inexpensive decorative items and furnishings all over the world. Other businesses featured on this list include Big Lots, HomeGoods, and Pier 1 Imports.

Do you have a favorite store to purchase decorative items for your home? Give the best businesses a thumbs up and please add any stores that are missing.

The Best Home Decor Stores,

Bed Bath & Beyond

Big Lots

Crate & Barrel



Pier 1 Imports (U.S.) Inc



Restoration Hardware

Sur La Table

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:57:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-home-decor-stores/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Asian Restaurant Chains]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/asian-restaurant-chains/ranker-food?source=rss

Looking for a quick, delicious meal? Look no further. This list rounds up the best Asian restaurant chains of all time. There's a cuisine here for every palate. Some top Asian chains make Chinese dishes while other popular Asian chain restaurants offer quality Japanese fare. Several of the top Asian chains are even quick service restaurants.

What establishments will you find on this list of the best Asian chain restaurants? Maybe you'll rank P.F. Chang's near the top. Since its foundation in 1993, P.F. Chang's has offered diners authentic pan-Asian cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Chang's spicy chicken, mapo tofu, and pad thai are just a few of the delicious entrees that you will find on the menu. Pei Wei Asian Diner is another good Asian chain restaurant. For hungry diners looking for Asian food on the go, Panda Express offers tasty dishes fast and fresh. Other notable restaurants featured on this top Asian chains list include BD's Mongolian Grill, Pick Up Stix, and Chinese Gourmet Express.

Do you have a go-to restaurant chain for Asian food? Give your favorite places a thumbs up and add any eateries that are missing.

The Best Asian Restaurant Chains,

BD's Mongolian Grill

Manchu Wok

Pei Wei Asian Diner

P. F. Chang's China Bistro

Stir Crazy

Pick Up Stix

Café de Coral

Jimmy Chung's

Panda Inn

Panda Express

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:18:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/asian-restaurant-chains/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Diner Chains]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-diner-chains/ranker-food?source=rss

Sometimes you just need a heaping plate of comfort food – with a milkshake on the side. That's where these diner chains come in. The best diner restaurants come in many forms. Some top diner chains serve up a mean breakfast while other popular diners are best known for their delicious burgers and fries. Some of the all-time best diner restaurant chains are even open 24 hours a day to sate any late-night craving.

What establishments will you find on this list of the best diner chains? Maybe you'll vote Denny's to the top. Since the first Denny's restaurant opened in 1953, families have enjoyed breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the chain. The Grand Slam Breakfast plate and Moons Over My Hammy are two of Denny's most popular meals. IHOP is another one of the most popular diner chains, known for – what else? – fluffy pancakes. When it comes to a great burger, no diner does it better than Steak 'n Shake. Other good restaurants featured on this top diner chains list include Waffle House, Perkins Restaurant, and Big Boy.

What's your favorite diner restaurant? Give the best chains a thumbs up to move them to the number-one spot on the list, and please add any good diners that are missing.

The Best Diner Chains,

Big Boy Restaurants




Johnny Rockets

Red Robin


Steak 'n Shake

Waffle House

The Original Pancake House

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:14:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-diner-chains/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/animation-companies-ranked/nikoberi?source=rss

Any fan of animation knows that the medium has the ability to do things and tell stories that would be damn near impossible to tell with more conventional filmmaking. Hell, when you look at how much of a modern blockbuster is made up of digital effects, it's hard to argue that animation isn't everywhere.

By many accounts, the current and previous decade have been a golden age for the art of animation. Between some true luminaries driving the craft forward and the advent of digital animation techniques, we're living in an age where animation is everywhere and in everything. 

No doubt, a lot of this has to do with hundreds of amazing animation studios, big and small. Between giants like Pixar and smaller studios like Frederator putting out handcrafted shorts, there are a lot of choices where to get your animation from. Though there are lots of great studios, we want to know who you think is the best of the best. With that in mind, let's rank the best animation companies around.

The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World,

Blizzard Entertainment

Blue Sky Studios

DreamWorks Animation



Studio Ghibli

Walt Disney Pictures


Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Lucasfilm Animation

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:24:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/animation-companies-ranked/nikoberi
<![CDATA[The Best Country Songs About Work]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/country-songs-about-work/ranker-music?source=rss

The best country songs about work celebrate the working person – someone who gives everything they have to their job. Or at least shows up, takes some pride in work, and earns that paycheck. Whether the job treats these people in return is another common subject in country work songs. For decades, country music has touted the virtues of hard work, earning an honest living, and taking care of the family. It’s not surprising some outstanding country classics are all about these ideals.

Country songs about working hard often deal with issues like class, poverty, and justice. Having a strong work ethic is an admirable trait, but what if employers don’t care or do right by the workers?

Songs about being under appreciated or mistreated on the job are plentiful.  Johnny Paycheck summed up the feelings of the ever-frustrated worker who’s reached a breaking point with his 1977 classic “Take This Job and Shove It.” Be honest: Who hasn’t had days that make you wanna say that to your boss? Other “I’m so done with this job” songs on this country working songs list include Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” and Johnny Cash's “Oney.” There are also several modern-day classic country songs about working hard, including Kenny Chesney’s anthem “Shiftwork” and “Blowin’ Smoke” by Kacey Musgraves.  

When it comes to country songs about hard work, these tunes reflect the values of hard work, the struggles of living paycheck to paycheck, or the delicate balancing act of work and living everyone deals with at some point. Vote up your favorite country work songs, and share this list with all your friends who need a little music in their lives. 

The Best Country Songs About Work,

9 to 5

Amarillo by Morning

Take This Job an' Shove It

Forty Hour Week (For a Livin')

Six Days on the Road

Coal Miner's Daughter

John Henry

East Bound and Down

Working Man Blues

Sixteen Tons

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:45:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/country-songs-about-work/ranker-music
<![CDATA[List of Companies That Hire Deaf People]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/companies-that-hire-deaf-people/business-and-company-info?source=rss

Looking for a new job? Look no further. This list rounds up the top companies that hire hearing impaired and deaf people, in a wide range of disciplines. The best companies that hire deaf people come in many forms. Some businesses that hire hearing impaired staff members specialize in higher learning while other organizations that hire deaf people make technology products. Many of the top companies that hire deaf people are in the medical industry.

What organizations will you find on this list of companies that hire deaf people? Boeing is one of the most well-known companies that hires the hearing impaired. The organization has been hiring deaf people for decades, especially for jobs in high-volume noise level conditions. Sprint is also a good company that hires the hearing impaired. Chicago Public Schools has been known to hire deaf people as well. Other notable organizations featured on this roundup of the top companies that hire deaf people include Sunbelt Staffing, Anixter Center, and All About Kids.

Which company seems like the best place to work? Read through this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

List of Companies That Hire Deaf People,



Goodwill Industries

Center On Deafness

The Chicago Lighthouse

ASL Discoveries

State of Washington

St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf

Sunbelt Staffing

Chicago Public Schools

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:00:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/companies-that-hire-deaf-people/business-and-company-info
<![CDATA[Companies That Hire 15 Year Olds]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/companies-that-hire-15-year-olds/business-and-company-info?source=rss

If you're a teen looking for a job, look no further. This list rounds up notable companies that hire kids under the age of 16, whether these organizations are seeking extra help during busy seasons or offering longer-term employment. The best companies that hire 15 year olds come in many forms. Some companies that hire teens are grocery stores and other teen-employing organizations are amusement parks. These places would be a great place to start your job search if you're under 18.

What organizations will you find on this list of the top companies that hire fifteen year olds? Fast-food restaurants often employ a younger workforce. Thousands of McDonald's locations give teens a place to work that can accommodate their school activities. Taco Bell is another good company that offers flexibility to teen employees. Kroger has been known to hire 15 year olds in bagger positions in its grocery stores. Other good corporations featured on this roundup of top companies that hire teens include Safeway, Hardees, and Six Flags.

Which of these companies seems like the best place to work? Take a look at this list and share some of your job experiences in the comments section.

Companies That Hire 15 Year Olds,

Abercrombie & Fitch


Build-A-Bear Workshop

Burger King

Dairy Queen

Dunkin' Donuts


Six Flags

Taco Bell

McDonald's USA

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:02:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/companies-that-hire-15-year-olds/business-and-company-info
<![CDATA[Warehouse Jobs That Hire Felons]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/warehouse-jobs-that-hire-felons/business-and-company-info?source=rss

Reentering the workforce after time away is always difficult, particularly when you have a criminal record. But many warehouses hire felons as workers, potentially helping them rebuild their lives after serving time. The best warehouse jobs that hire felons come in many forms. Some factories that hire former felons specialize in storing and shipping food products while other warehouses that hire felons focus on technology and gadgets. Many of the best warehouse jobs that hire felons want staff members to be conviction-free for several years.

What organizations will you find on this list of the best warehouse jobs that hire felons? DAP Products – which is headquartered in Baltimore – is one of the most notable. DAP Products manufacturers caulks, sealants, foams, and patch products. Goode Solutions is another good warehouse that hires workers who were once convicted of a felony. Alpine Food Distributing, Inc. distributes food from its warehouse located in Oregon. Other great companies featured on this top warehouse jobs that hire felons list include Arrowpoint Solutions and LORAM Maintenance of Way, Inc.

Which warehouse job that hires felons seems like the best gig? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Warehouse Jobs That Hire Felons,

DAP Products

Arrowpoint Solutions


Belmar Integrated Logistics

LaCosta Facility Support Services

Goode Solutions

Dreisbach Enterprises

Alpine Food Distributing, Inc.

Eternity Mart, Inc.

DNA Consulting, Inc.

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:00:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/warehouse-jobs-that-hire-felons/business-and-company-info
<![CDATA[Temp Agencies That Hire Felons]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/temp-agencies-that-hire-felons/business-and-company-info?source=rss

Reentering the workforce is always difficult, particularly when you have a criminal record. But many temp agencies hire felons as employees, potentially helping them rebuild their lives after serving time. The best temp agencies that hire felons come in many forms. Some temp agencies that hire convicts help people find jobs in offices while other temp agencies help former felons land work in the medical industry. Many temp agencies will hire felons after a certain number of years.

What organizations will you find on this list of the best staffing agencies that hire felons? ManpowerGroup, which is headquartered in Milwaukee, helps former convicts with recruitment, training, and development. Though Manpower started in the Midwest, it now has offices located all over the world. Kelly Service is another good temp agency that helps former felons find a job. Food Team is a good resource for securing a temporary job in the food service industry. Other great corporations featured on this roundup of temp agencies that hire felons include CareerCo and Labor Ready, Inc.

Which of these temp companies that hire felons seems like the best option? Take a look at this list and share some of your job search tips in the comments section.

Temp Agencies That Hire Felons,

Kelly Services, Inc.


Labor Ready, Inc.

Manpower Inc.

Spherion (Europe) Inc



First Temporary Svc

Food Team

Elite Staffing

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:06:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/temp-agencies-that-hire-felons/business-and-company-info
<![CDATA[Trucking Companies That Hire Felons]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/trucking-companies-that-hire-felons/business-and-company-info?source=rss

Reentering the workforce is always difficult, particularly when you have a criminal record. But many trucking companies hire felons as drivers, potentially helping them rebuild their lives after serving time. The best trucking companies that hire felons come in many forms. Some truck companies that hire felons transport food across states while other good trucking companies transport building materials from one end of the country to the other. Many trucking companies will hire felons after a certain number of years.

What organizations will you find on this list of the best trucking companies that hire felons? Tyson foods is one of the most notable. Tyson – known for its store-bought chicken products – hires felons to serve as truck drivers on a case-by-case basis. Maverick Transportation is another good trucking company that has been known to hire people convicted of a felon. Stevens Transport, which is based out of Dallas, also has truck driver felons on its payroll from time to time. Other major trucking companies that hire felons include Falcon Transport and Barr-Nunn Transportation.

Which of these truck companies that hire felons is the best? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Trucking Companies That Hire Felons,

Covenant Transportation Group, Inc.

Schneider National

Tyson Foods

Werner Enterprises

USA Truck

FFE Transportation

Groendyke Transport

Knight Transportation


J & R Schugel

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:04:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/trucking-companies-that-hire-felons/business-and-company-info
<![CDATA[12 Brewing Companies That Couldn’t Be Stopped by Prohibition]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/brewing-companies-active-during-prohibition/keith-burnside?source=rss

The 18th Amendment didn't do a whole lot in the way of making America sober up. It did, however, do a lot of damage to businesses across the country, mainly breweries and distilleries that were unable to keep going after their main products were made illegal. From 1920 to 1933, the federal government spent outrageous sums of money failing miserably at enforcing a law most people hated, and fighting a war with the criminals and gangsters who stepped up to fill the shoes of thousands of shuttered saloons and breweries nationwide.

Brewers Association has a nifty chart showing the approximate number of breweries in the US from 1873 to 2015. You see a sharp decrease as the Temperance Movement picked up steam in the second half of the 19th century. In 1873, there were more than 4,000 breweries in the US. In 1888, only 15 years later, there were fewer than 2,000. By 1910, there were about 1,500. The number plunges to zero from 1920 to 1933.

Despite this catastrophic decline, there actually were some brewing companies that made it through Prohibition. Not many survived, but a few had the foresight, finances, and good old-fashioned luck to keep the doors open. Here's a list of 11 breweries that worked during Prohibition – plus one distillery, because America needed its bourbon, too. Read on to find out how companies stayed in business during prohibition.

12 Brewing Companies That Couldn’t Be Stopped by Prohibition,

Coors Brewing Company

Adolph Coors, the founding father of the Adolph Coors Brewing and Manufacturing Company, was a savvy businessman who, like other Prohibition survivors, knew the value in diversification. From his earliest days in Golden, CO, Coors had his hands in a variety of business ventures and investments. His involvement with John Herold – who started the Herold Pottery and China Company, which specialized in art pottery and laboratory ceramics – would pay off in a big way for the Coors family.

Herold left Golden in 1915. Adolph Coors Jr. took over the pottery company as manager, and renamed it Coors Porcelain Company. As World War I raged, the demand for ceramic labware kept the Coors empire afloat during Prohibition.

Coors Porcelain kept going strong after repeal and the resurgence of Coors Brewing. It continued to kick out high-quality chemical labware, spark plugs, dinnerware, recyclable aluminum cans, insulators, golf clubs – a little bit of everything, basically. The company exists in the 21st century as CoorsTek.


This little old Pottsville, PA, brewery, built in 1829, is the oldest operating brewery in the United States. It navigated Prohibition in part by switching to near-beer, with three offerings – the Yuengling Special, Yuengling Por-Tor, and Yuengling Juvo. But a more interesting navigational tactic was the decision to produce ice cream.

Yep, ice cream. The company opened the Yuengling Dairy right across the street from its brewery works, and started churning out dairy products, including Yuengling ice cream. Yuengling spun it off after Prohibition to renew its focus on beer, but Yuengling Dairy kept mooing until 1985. In 2014, the ice cream company came back into being.

When Prohibition was finally lifted, Yuengling released a celebration beer called Winner – and sent an entire truck of it to President FDR in thanks.

Lion Brewery, Inc.

Many Prohibition-era breweries and distilleries took advantage of the dye famine created by World War I and transformed themselves into dye manufacturers to stay alive. This might not make much sense at first, but it was actually a pretty logical decision because the infrastructure and equipment involved in producing alcohol, both beer and liquor, are very similar to that required for dye production. 

One brewery to make such a transformation was the Lion Brewery in New York. After completing the appropriate modifications to its brewery works – and reversing the word "Lion" in its name – the company returned to business as the Noil Chemical and Color Works, and started crafting a wide variety of dyes.

After Prohibition, Noil moved the dye-manufacturing operations to a new location, and the Lion Brewery roared back into beer-brewing business. 

Miller Brewing Company

Miller is an interesting case study because although it played the usual Prohibition tricks of changing its name and rolling out a bunch of legal, nonalcoholic products, it still almost died.

In response to Prohibition, the company split itself into two branches – Miller Products Co. and Miller High Life Co. – and started pumping out the likes of Miller Special Brew, Verifine lemon soda, tonic, dry ginger ale, and Heart-o-Barley malt syrup. But by 1925 it was foundering, and nearly sank. The company was put up for sale at one point. Nobody bought it.

Smart investing by the company's law-abiding owners is the only reason it survived. Miller managed to scrape by on investment income from government securities, bonds, property management, mortgage loans, and real estate, and the rest is history.

Pabst Brewing Company

To beat Prohibition, Wisconsin's Pabst Brewing Company struck the word "Brewing" from its name and started producing processed cheese spread called Pabst-ett. The brewery's ice cellars proved useful for aging the spread, which turned out to be highly popular in a state known for being a cheese powerhouse. The spread came in two types of packages – the basic round package, which kind of looked like a tobacco tin, and a two-pound economy loaf.

PBR's history page dryly observes that many customers likely enjoyed Pabst-ett with beer, which was just as plentiful as Prohibition law was unpopular. (That page also has a mouse pad-worthy illustration of the Pabst-ett cheese spread.)

In addition to cheese spread, Pabst Company made soft drinks and sold malt extract. Both of those products were widely manufactured and marketed by Prohibition-era breweries in an attempt to pull in extra cash. When the 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition in 1933, Pabst sold its cheese business to Kraft and went right back to brewing its famous Blue Ribbon beer.

Valentin Blatz Brewing Company

Like other enterprising breweries, Valentin Blatz avoided bankruptcy by simply selling the stuff needed to illegally make beer at home. Specifically, it sold hopped malt extract, to which only yeast and water had to be added to get beer. Anheuser-Busch was already selling yeast, and water came out of the tap, so home brewing during Prohibition wasn't all that hard. Of course, malt extract like that sold by Valentin Blatz wasn't advertised as a home brewing ingredient – rather, it was sold as a health tonic and baking ingredient.

The Metropolitan News-Enterprise ran a 2005 column about malt extract sales during Prohibition, and quoted a few sources of interest. For example, according to a 1929 news article from Lima, OH, the label on one of these malt extract cans read: "For bread making use one half as many tablespoonsful of malt extract as formerly used of sugar. This will make the bread light and perfectly browned."

The article also noted that "enough malt extract is sold each week in Lima to provide the necessary sweetening for 800,000 loaves of bread, or more than 16 loaves for every man, woman, and child."

Clearly, home brewing was happening in Lima, and it's not ridiculous to say it was happening everywhere else in the US, too.

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Like Yuengling, Anheuser-Busch (now Anheuser-Busch InBev) thought the ice-cream business was a cool option for surviving dry times. With its existing fleet of refrigerated beer trucks, Anheuser-Busch had no trouble keeping its new product from melting during transportation.

Anheuser-Busch also experimented with soft drinks and nonalcoholic malt beverages. Thanks to the smart people at the wheel, the company boasted more than 25 totally legal products in its Prohibition portfolio. These included a malt beverage called Bevo, which Anheuser-Busch actually released before Prohibition, in anticipation of the alcohol ban.

But what really delivered Anheuser-Busch was yeast. Quickly realizing people were breaking the law and brewing their own beer at home, the company started selling raw products necessary for such activity. "Yeast profits saved the company," said William Knoedelseder, author of Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer, during an NPR interview. "That was the cash engine that was able to keep the company open."

Wiedemann Brewery

The Wiedemann Brewery in Newport, KY, preferred to do things the illegal way. Like many other breweries across the country, it ignored the law and kept right on brewing (bootleg) beer.

So it's not too surprising that the Wiedemann brewhouse was raided in 1927 by federal agents, who found 3,500 barrels of beer waiting to be shipped. The feds also found the brewery's records, which indicated that Wiedemann's Prohibition production was about 50,000 barrels a year. 

The government seized the brewery and the IRS slapped it with a tax-evasion charge. But the case against Wiedemann Brewery took a big hit when the feds involved in the bust turned out to be corrupt. The brewery was later returned to Wiedemann (for a price, of course), and, after Prohibition, went back into production for another 50 years. It was one of only six post-Prohibition breweries to revive its operations in the Cincinnati area.

Fauerbach Brewery

Fauerbach Brewery was the first brewery to pop up in Madison, WI. It was founded by the Sprecher family in 1848, and renamed by Peter Fauerbach 20 years later. By the time Prohibition was over, it was the only brewery still operating in Madison. It had stayed alive, and also legal, by switching production to malt beverages, soda, and – like its Wisconsin brothers over at Pabst – cheese.

The Fauerbachs had a history of being smart, hardworking folks, and this ultimately meant they had quite a few additional sources of income during Prohibition. While the rest of the Madison brewing scene collapsed, the Fauerbachs lived on the income from two hotels, a couple of Pepsi-Cola franchises, and properties they liquidated. Basically, Fauerbach Brewery survived Prohibition because its owners spread themselves like Pabst-ett across multiple business ventures.

Minhas Craft Brewery

The Minhas Brewery was established as the Monroe Brewery in Monroe, WI, in 1845, making it the oldest operating brewery in the Midwest and the second-oldest in the US after Yuengling. Adam Blumer Sr. changed its name to Blumer Brewing Co. in 1906, and Adam's son Fred took charge in 1918. Unfortunately for Fred, Prohibition took charge two years later.

To make ends meet, the company changed names again – this time to Blumer Products Company – and shifted its focus to everything from ice cream to Case tractors and road machinery. It also started brewing Blumer's Golden Glow Near Beer, which turned out to be quite popular. That brew's name was officially changed to Blumer’s Golden Glow Real Beer upon repeal.

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 03:35:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/brewing-companies-active-during-prohibition/keith-burnside
<![CDATA[Absurdly Priced Things Throughout History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-economic-bubbles/mike-rothschild?source=rss
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.

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:13:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-economic-bubbles/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[22 Interesting Twitter Facts That May Surprise You]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cool-twitter-facts/jordan-love?source=rss
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. 

Tue, 17 May 2016 10:50:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/cool-twitter-facts/jordan-love
<![CDATA[20+ of the Coolest Things You Didn't Know About Facebook]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/interesting-facebook-facts/jordan-love?source=rss
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.

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.

The Average Facebook Visit Is 20 Minutes Long
Every time someone visits Facebook, they spend an average of 20 minutes perusing. Whether it's stalking exes, commenting on articles, or reading political rants, 20 minutes per visit is a considerable amount of time - especially if you use the platform multiple times a 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.

Tue, 17 May 2016 10:45:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/interesting-facebook-facts/jordan-love
<![CDATA[All of Donald Trump's Businesses, Ranked by Dubiousness]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dubious-donald-trump-businesses/mike-rothschild?source=rss
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.

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.

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 06:13:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/dubious-donald-trump-businesses/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[The Coolest Facts You Didn't Know About Instagram]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/instagram-facts/jordan-love?source=rss
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,

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.

Selena Gomez Is the Most Followed Person on Instagram (For Now)
Selena Gomez is just barely the most followed person on Instagram. With 69.26 million followers, she's just ahead of Taylor Swift who has 69.13 million of her own followers.

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.

70% of Instagram Users Come from Outside the U.S.
Instagram is incredibly popular in the United States, but in its short existence, it has become a global brand. Around 70% of its users come from places other than the U.S.

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.

Tue, 17 May 2016 10:42:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/instagram-facts/jordan-love
<![CDATA[Hottest Pre-IPO Ad Tech Startups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hottest-pre-ipo-ad-tech-startups/daniel-kohn?source=rss
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,





Accordant Media




The Trade Desk


Fri, 27 May 2016 03:42:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/hottest-pre-ipo-ad-tech-startups/daniel-kohn
<![CDATA[Pinterest Facts That May Surprise You]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cool-pinterest-facts/jordan-love?source=rss
Pinterest is a different kind of social network. By nature, it's often a lot more personal than most sites out there. Whereas with Facebook and Instagram, users often share pictures and posts for their friends and followers, many Pinterest users just pin things for themselves. For a lot of people, the platform is just as much a tool as it is a social network.

That shouldn't be surprising though. Pinterest is supposed to be like a virtual pin board of ideas, hopes, aspirations, and all that stuff. It's just not the type of thing that people are always willing to share with other. Nonetheless, the unique social network has thrived thanks to its unique and niche nature.

Pinterest facts are sometimes a lot different than those from Instagram and Twitter. Those lists are full of statistics about who has the most followers, what selfie has the most likes, or what famous person is more famous than some other famous person. Pinterest trivia is more community based and less about status.

If you're a newcomer to the platform, this list of hacks and cool things about Pinterest will help you on your way to becoming a master pinner,.

Pinterest Facts That May Surprise You,

Pinterest Is Most Popular with the Middle Class
How much money someone makes does have an impact on whether or not they're on Pinterest. The highest and lowest economic groups make up pretty much the same number of users, but the highest percentage of Pinterest lovers by far comes from those who make who make $50,000-74,999 a year. 41% of middle class Internet goers use Pinterest.

The Color of Your Images Can Effect How Much They're Shared
If you're looking to get more repins, keep this in mind: the most shared images often have a reddish-orange color, a medium lightness, a smooth texture, and no faces. That's a lot different than the most popular images on Instagram.

Pinterest Isn't Very Popular in Europe
While Americans seemingly can't get enough of Pinterest, Europeans have been noticeably slower to get on board. Their usage rate is only a fraction of what it is in the States.

Pinterest Users Aren't Very Good at Spelling
Spelling is hard and Pinterest users know it. Around 12% of all Pinterest searches have an error in spelling. Luckily, the site is pretty good at guessing what you mean when you type in "chiken diner."

Four Out of Five Users Are Female
Most social networks have a relatively even split between male and female users. Pinterest, though, is all about the women. Around 80% of users are female, a statistic that has stayed pretty consistent even as the site has grown.

Pinterest Users Watch Less TV
Compared to people who don't use Pinterest, the social network's users watch two to three hours less of TV each week. On top of that, because they're on Pinterest, they also tend to read fewer magazines.

Pinterest Is Worth $11 Billion
Pinterest is worth a lot of money, $11 billion to be exact. For comparisons sake, Twitter is worth around $10 billion, while Facebook's worth has been estimated at as much as $330 billion. In other words, Pinterest is doing well but it still has a ways to go.

More Than 50 Billion Things Have Been Pinned
There's a lot of pinning that goes into Pinterest, but even considering that, 50 billion is a lot of pins. Nearly 14 million articles/photos/products are pinned every day, and of course, that number is only rising.

The Median Age of Users Is 40
Pinterest isn't exactly a young person's game. Moms, aunts, and grandmas are all over the platform. The median age of Pinterest users is 40, which is considerably higher than most other social networks.

Almost Half of Users Are Outside the U.S.
Domestically, Pinterest is a very popular social network, but the sites does have an international audience as well. Of all the users on Pinterest, 45% are from somewhere other than the United States.

Tue, 17 May 2016 10:48:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/cool-pinterest-facts/jordan-love
<![CDATA[Robert Herjavec on Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make in Pitches]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/robert-herjavec-mistakes-entrepreneurs-make-during-a-pitch/daniel-kohn?source=rss

This week, Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank and the Herjavec Group joins us on the Ranker Podcast. While on the show, Herjavec gives listeners some Business 101 with a list of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when they're about to give a big pitch for some investment capital. 

He says that investors knows within 45 seconds if they're going to or not going to give you that critical investment. See what else the Shark Tank guru has to say about common pitch mistakes.

Don't forget to buy Robert's new book here!

Robert Herjavec on Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make in Pitches,

Cadence of Walk
It's pretty rare that busy confident people walk slowly. One of the reasons why I love New York is that it's the only city in the world where no one says "slow down." All of my friends in LA are constantly saying "slow down" and it drives me nuts! 
Dressing Inappropriately
Mark Cuban dresses like a slob and he's worth $2.8 billion. He doesn't give a s**t. So I'll always say to him, "You actually do give a s**t because if you cared, you would wear a suit every now and then. The reason you dress like a slob is because you want to put it in everyone's face that you're worth $2.8 billion." It's like driving a fancy car and wanting to show off. He's just showing off in his own kind of way. 

If you're pitching me on a high tech business and you come in in shorts and flip flops, it stands out. If you're doing an investment banking business and you're going to have to sell to investment bankers, you better wear a suit! 
Giving the Wrong Impression Through Posture
Now you start moving, and what do I notice about you? You're hunched over, but it depends what you're doing. If you're a software engineer and are coding incredible stuff and looking for a partner to help you with sales, I like that you look a little timid. But, if you're the sales leader of this organization, and you're not standing straight, that's not good. 
Ignorance of Important Details
There's a difference between arrogance and ignorance. I'm okay if you don't know your numbers, but if you're selling me on water bottles, you better know everything in the world there is to know about water bottles. I'll forgive a lot of stuff, but lack of expertise is death. 

Fri, 20 May 2016 10:37:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/robert-herjavec-mistakes-entrepreneurs-make-during-a-pitch/daniel-kohn
<![CDATA[Sassy Brands That Have Burned Other Brands on Twitter]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/brands-that-have-burned-other-brands-on-twitter/jessica-defino?source=rss
Brands like Oreo, Doritos, and AMC are in our homes on a pretty regular basis, so it's fun to see them show their personalities on social media sites like Twitter. There's almost nothing better than a funny brand tweet, except, of course, for a full-on brand-on-brand Twitter war. You may have noticed that brands on Twitter aren't shy about going after other companies. Trash talking isn't just for the sports arena. When you've got big business to protect, you won't shy away from a little confrontation. Just ask Burger King or Verizon. Here are the sassy brands on Twitter delivering sick burns to their competitors. Company tweets FTW!

Sassy Brands That Have Burned Other Brands on Twitter,

When Oreo suggested that followers sneak cookies into a movie theater, AMC wasted no time responding. They were right: not cool, Oreo — because now I can't stop thinking about devouring an entire sleeve the next time I hit the movies.

Burger King
After Wendy's tweeted about their 4 for $4 deal, Burger King one-upped them with a brand new offering. You've got to admit, 5 for $4 is better than 4. Sorry, Wendy's.
Dallas Stars
Hometown showdown! The Dallas Cowboys tweeted their disdain for their home city's hockey team — only to get totally owned. Hell yeah, Dallas Stars.
When Netflix wants to deliver a fiery tweet, they know who to target: Google.
When Honda tweeted about their new vacuum's capability to suck up "double stuff," Oreo was not having it. We don't blame you, Oreo — those cookies belong in human bellies, not Hondas'!
Taco Bell
Old Spice tried to get sassy here, but they underestimated their opponent. Taco Bell fired back at Old Spice's fire sauce with a sassy tweet that totally slayed.
DAMN, Verizon! Coming in hot with that T-Mobile burn!
Discovery Channel
The Discovery Channel's Twitter moderator is apparently not a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins. With little-to-no prompting, they delivered a sick Twitter burn re: the hockey team's (non-existant) skill level. Ouch.
Nature Valley
Honda tried to get friendly, but Nature Valley was not having it. Sass alert!

Thu, 05 May 2016 04:47:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/brands-that-have-burned-other-brands-on-twitter/jessica-defino
<![CDATA[16 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Shop At Urban Outfitters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-urban-outfitters-sucks/candice-darden?source=rss
Urban Outfitters is no stranger to controversy, stirring up more than its fair share since the retailer debuted in 1976. They cater to hipster culture and are known for straddling the line between ironic humor and downright offensive jokes. And, as time has proven, they've crossed over to the offensive side way too many times.

To claim that an "Everybody Loves a Jewish Girl" T-shirt featuring shopping bags and money isn't derogatory or disrespectful is laughable. Then there's their blatant appropriation of Native American culture or all the times they tried to rip off independent artists without paying them for their designs. Miley Cyrus even went on a famous Twitter rant about why Urban Outfitters sucks, putting the company on blast for their CEO's donation to politician Rick Santorum (who fought for anti-LGBT legislation).

If you're still shopping at the retailer, the worst things about Urban Outfitters on this list may finally convince you to quit your bad habit. Read on to discover the most compelling reasons you should find other places to shop.

16 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Shop At Urban Outfitters,

They Tried to Sell Booze-Themed Shirts to Teens

Urban released a T-shirt line that included slogans such as, "I Drink You're Cute" and "USA Drinking Team." Many were outraged that these shirts were marketed toward teenagers and that young-looking models were to advertise them. Jan Withers, the president of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), stated to the NY Daily News: “As a mother, these shirts are not acceptable for children under the age of 21."

They Exploited a 15-Year-Old Model
The parents of Hailey Clauson (a teen fashion model) sued Urban Outfitters and photographer Jason Lee Parry over a "blatantly salacious" T-shirt that featured their daughter. On it, the underage girl was prominently shown in a spread-eagle pose on a motorcycle.
They Sold This "Eat Less" T-shirt
When Urban Outfitters rolled out its “Eat Less” gray shirt, which first appeared on the market in 2010, the description said: "Eat less or more or however much you'd like in this seriously soft knit tee cut long and topped with a v-neck.”

If they thought their seemingly non-judgemental description would prevent backlash, they were dead wrong. The Internet backlash was intense, and Urban was quick to pull the shirts from their site... but they didn't stop selling it at stores.

Their CEO, Richard Hayne, Has Donated to Rick Santorum (Who Supports Anti-LGBT Legislation)

Miley Cyrus got involved in this controversy, tweeting to millions of followers.

Cyrus took Senator Santorum (and campaign contributor/Urban Outfitters CEO Richard Hayne) to task over what Santorum has said about gay marriage.

Then There's This Xenophobic Top
In 2005, Urban once again made racist T-shirt history with its “New Mexico: Cleaner Than Regular Mexico” shirt. For obvious reasons, this shirt caught the eye of the American Anti-Defamation League and was quietly pulled from the market.
They Steal Designs from Independent Artists
Urban Outfitters has been accused of stealing original designs from independent artists on several occasions. In one case, Stevie Koerner (a jewelry artist) accused them of plagiarizing her designs. It's an important lesson in copyright protection. Without it, the chances of winning a lawsuit against the company are slim to none. 

They Celebrated Offensive Stereotypes

In 2012, Urban sold shirts and products for St. Patrick's Day that featured jokes about the Irish stereotype of overindulging in drinking. The largest Irish-American organization in the U.S. lashed out at the company, threatening a boycott of their stores if the products weren't discontinued. The products were eventually pulled.

They Were Sued for Trademark Infringement by the Navajo Nation
In 2013, the Navajo Nation sued Urban Outfitters for trademark infringement. The company produced an entire line of products using the tribe's name and symbols, appropriating Navajo culture onto T-shirts, underwear, and flasks. Classy move, Urban.
They Sold This Racist Monopoly

This particular version of Monopoly mocked leaders like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.  by intentionally misspelling their names. It also included cards like, "You got yo' whole neighborhood addicted to crack. Collect $50." Urban eventually pulled the game off the market due to backlash.

They Sold This Offensive "Everybody Loves a Jewish girl" T-shirt
In 2014, Urban Outfitters started selling T-shirts that said, “Everybody Loves a Jewish Girl.” Urban also had “Everybody Loves an Irish Girl,” “Everybody Loves a German Girl,” and “Everybody Loves an Italian Girl" variations. So what's the problem with the Jewish girl tee?

 "With a shamrock for the Irish and pizza for Italians, you'd sort of expect a bagel for the Jewish t-shirt. And they come up with a shopping bag and money. That kind of stereotype isn't even funny when Jews make it on each other." said Sarah Lefton, the founder of the Jewish-themed apparel company, Jewish Fashion Conspiracy.

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:26:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/why-urban-outfitters-sucks/candice-darden
<![CDATA[15 Truly Bizarre Facts About Lululemon]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-lululemon-facts/alexandra-plesa?source=rss
Remember those simpler times when all you had to do to get ready for a workout was to put on a worn-out T-shirt and some old sweats? Well, no more. Thanks to companies like Lululemon, now members of the #fitspo lifestyle want to be Instagram-ready when they exercise.

There’s no shame in wanting to feel stylish, and Lululemon sure knows how to take advantage of our desire to look our best while holding downward-facing dog. The company managed to build a cult-like customer following by targeting young, self-sufficient women and giving them the opportunity to not only feel comfortable while working out, but also be able to go out to dinner right after their yoga class. Despite its effective marketing strategy and impressive earnings, though, Lululemon is often seen as one of the most bizarre companies out there. And for good reason.

For instance, did you know that the company is called Lululemon because its founder believed Japanese people wouldn't be able to pronounce it? We kid you not. Or that it once claimed its pants were made with seaweed, which it turns out was a lie? Yikes! Don’t worry, there’s more. We’ve gathered a hefty list of facts about the cult-like yoga brand to try and figure out why so many people call Lululemon weird.  Read on.

15 Truly Bizarre Facts About Lululemon,

Oh, and he likes to make fun of Japanese people.

According to the company’s official website, the name Lululemon was chosen from a list of multiple potential names. Wilson, however, once said that he picked this name because he thinks Japanese people can't say the letter 'L' and it’s funny to watch them try. He eventually denied making these claims, but you know how it is - once it's on the Internet, it's out there forever.

Lululemon employees are spying on you.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “Lulu also trains its workers to eavesdrop, placing the clothes-folding tables on the sales floor near the fitting rooms rather than in a back room so that workers can overhear complaints.” Make sure you don't spill any secrets next time you go shopping for activewear.
He also claimed that birth control pills led to high divorce rates.
In a fascinating blog post published on the company’s website, Wilson wrote: “In the early 1970′s, “the pill” came into being. (…) Women’s lives changed immediately. Men’s lives didn’t change however and they continued to search for a stay-at-home wife like their mothers. Men did not know how to relate to the new female. Thus came the era of divorces.”

He then goes on about how women started smoking to appear successful and how “(…) Lululemon was formed because female education levels, breast cancer, yoga/athletics and the desire to dress feminine came together all at one time.” The company has since removed Wilson as an author, but if you read the comments you’ll see that the first ones are addressed directly to him. 

Lululemon once printed "Who is John Galt?" bags.
In 2011, Lululemon faced controversy after printing shopping bags with the slogan “Who is John Galt?” That’s the opening line of Atlas Shrugged, a novel by Ayn Rand that promotes the idea of individuals living for their self-interest and dismisses altruism. Not surprisingly, a lot of customers were offended. 
A lot of people believe Lululemon employees act like they’re in a cult.
Plenty of folks believe working at Lululemon is like being in a cult. When a former employee published an essay about her time with the company, these beliefs intensified. “We were positive. We were healthy. We were enthusiastic. While retail employees at American Apparel or Forever 21 might spend their half-hour breaks eating pizza or smoking in the alley, my co-workers and I did sit-ups and headstands, read the self-help books in the employee library, and talked sh*t about gluten,” she wrote for Salon.

Another employee, however, told Cosmopolitan that she doesn’t necessarily agree with the cult comparisons: “Sometimes they hire people who all have that athlete mentality, who are into working out, fitness, eating healthy. It's a lifestyle, so they usually hire people who have a lot in common. (…) We go to a lot of the same places and do a lot of the same things, so I guess I can see why some people would call it a cult."   

Lululemon’s ideal customer is named Ocean.
From the same Salon essay, we find out about Ocean, Lululemon’s ideal customer. Here's how she's described: “She does yoga every day, makes $100,000 a year, and dates a triathlete named Mountain.” Glamorous. 
Wilson blamed women’s bodies for the sheerness of Lululemon pants.
Remember the sheer pants debacle? In 2013, Lululemon started to get complaints that its new line of yoga pants were too sheer. In an interview for Bloomberg TV’s “Street Smart” program, Wilson said that “some women’s bodies just don’t actually work [for the Lululemon pants],” adding that “it’s more really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time, how much they use it.” He later apologized for his remarks, but the harm was already done. 
Wilson once said making plus-size clothes is too expensive.
According to Huffington Post, the Lululemon founder once said that it takes 30 percent more fabric to create plus-size clothes. That means the company would have to charge a higher price for them and Wilson thinks that would offend the plus-size community. “It’s a money loser, for sure,” he added. Lovely. 
Lululemon’s former CEO seemed to be pro child-labor.
Chip Wilson, Lululemon’s founder and former CEO, once said he thinks children in third-world countries should be allowed to work in factories because it’s a way for them to earn wages. According to Canada's The Tyee, the statement was made at a conference back in 2005. Wilson argued that “even in Canada there is a place for 12- and 13-year-old street youths to find work in local factories as an alternative to collecting handouts.” 
Lululemon once claimed its clothes were made with seaweed.
They’re not. Lululemon claimed their VistaSea line used fabric that “releases marine amino acids, minerals and vitamins into the skin upon contact with moisture.” No evidence of seaweed was found in the clothing, so Lululemon had to remove all tags and other product notices that contained those "unsubstantiated" claims.

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:21:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-lululemon-facts/alexandra-plesa
<![CDATA[Well-Known Products That Are Straight-Up Ripoffs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/products-that-are-ripoffs/luke-y-thompson?source=rss

The first time you found out that Deadpool's Wade Wilson was named after Deathstroke's Slade Wilson, did you care? Are He-Man's strong similarities to Captain Marvel a problem? Do you prefer Pepsi to Coke? What if you had invented the first one, only to see the imitator become more successful? Would you bear a grudge against these ripoff products, or is that just the way the cookie crumbles?

You might be surprised how often this has happened - and how many beloved, ubiquitous products are in fact the copy that came out the winner. Take a look at some popular brands and products that aren't as original as you may have imagined.

Well-Known Products That Are Straight-Up Ripoffs,


Lego is a global favorite toy and is swiftly propagating its irreverent yet family-friendly brand in video games and movies. But everything's NOT awesome if you're a descendant of Hilary Page, who patented a toy based on interlocking plastic blocks called "Automatic Binding Bricks" and was manufactured by Kiddicraft.

Beginning in the early 2000s, however, Lego lost a series of lawsuits to keep the design proprietary and in-house, getting a taste of their own medicine in a marketplace that now includes Mega Bloks, Kre-O, and McFarlane Toys Construction Sets. Lego still does it the best, but Kiddicraft (which Lego later acquired the rights to) was doing it first.


It's an all-American classic: chocolate cookies, white creme filling, dunk in milk, twist, eat, repeat. As a bonus, there are weird alternate flavors every season, with watermelon having been one of the strangest. You'd think it's an original, but it ain't: four years before Oreo's invention in 1908, a cookie that was basically the same but crunchier debuted. Leaf Brands, wanting a name that implied purity, came up with the name based on the elements that comprise water, hydrogen, and oxygen: Hydrox. This was not only too sophisticated for the public, but it also implied their cookies tasted like nothing to people who did get the reference.

Nowadays, people think Hydrox is the ripoff. They are wrong.


Today, depending on who you talk to, Barbie is either a retroactive stereotype of a pretty girl or an avatar of the imagination that allows children who play with her to believe they can be anything they like. In 1959, however, she was a copy of a German doll named Bild Lilli, who was based on a sexy comic-strip character and marketed to adults, though children played with her as well.

Louis Marx and Company would unsuccessfully try to import Lilli as "Miss Seventeen," which went about as successfully as their patent lawsuit against Mattel did. 

Energizer Bunny

In 1973, the battery company Duracell trademarked an anthropomorphic pink rabbit named "Rampant Rabbit" to serve as the image for their powerful, long-lasting batteries. A little over a decade later, their direct battery competitor, Energizer, trademarked their own pink bunny for the exact same purpose. Originally conceived as a cooler "parody" – because it wears sunglasses and carries a drum – the ripoff bunny has become THE pink bunny associated with battery branding in the United States. Regardless of which brand actually performs better, the fact that the Energizer Bunny isn't the first pink battery rabbit is a clear case of shameless ripoff-ery.


Oh, Whoppers, those delectable Hershey's treats with the delightful malted-milk centers and the satisfying crunch when you're eating them, a real American origi... Nope. In reality, Whoppers are a ripoff of the British candy, Maltesers, which were created by an American candy maker living in Britain in the late 1930s.

Forrest Mars Sr. (of Mars Bars fame) was residing in Britain after a fallout with his father when he came up with the idea for Mars Maltesers, and the candy was sold by Mars in the UK. Two years later, a massive conglomeration of American candy companies – including Hershey's – came together under the moniker of "Giants" (which later changed to Leaf Brands) and 'created' the idea for Whoppers, "The Original Malted Milk Balls," as they are described on their label. Too bad they aren't originals; they're an example of a classic international ripoff and re-branding.

Pop Tarts

Let this be a lesson in never, ever revealing your product before it's ready to be sold in stores. Post showed off their new, groundbreaking toaster pastries known as "Country Squares" before they were finalized, and in six months, Kellogg's had developed the Pop-Tart to compete.

Amusingly, Kellogg's initially instructed stores to sell them in cookie or cake aisles, so as not to be promoted as an alternative to cereal. Yeah, that changed pretty quickly.

Trapper Keeper

A fashionable organizational folder known as the Pee-Chee was a mainstay on West Coast college campuses from the 1940s until the 1970s. That is, they were extremely popular until a guy named E. Bryant Crutchfield saw the idea, decided to add horizontal pockets to it (vs. the vertical ones it already had), tacked on some cool gadgets like calculators and multiplication tables, and rebranded it as the Trapper Keeper with the Mead Corporation. From their debut on the market in 1978 up until their downturn in the late '90s, Trapper Keepers were the mustest must-have items in classrooms around the US, and they earned over $100 million for Mead before their decline in 1996. Poor Pee-Chees.

Diet Coke

Right now you're thinking, "Diet Coke can't be a rip-off of Coke if Coke makes it!" And you're right. You'd also be right to note that it can't really be called a rip-off of Tab either, which it replaced as the premiere diet cola made by Coke when they smartly realized their flagship brand had more name value.

No, Diet Coke is a rip-off because the very first Diet Cola was Diet Rite. Yes, Diet Rite - the cheap sugarless soda everybody probably grew up thinking was a knockoff - was the O.G. diet cola, and it was developed by RC. Diet Rite started in 1958; Diet Coke didn't exist until 1982 (even Diet Pepsi preceded it in 1964).

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity co-creator Ben Hantoot credits Mad Libs as an inspiration for his game that matches provocative questions with humorous answers... but beneath all the political incorrectness, most game-players recognize it as an adult spin on Apples to Apples, a family game now owned by Mattel that combines adjectives and nouns in funny ways.

Then again, since the game is available for free under a creative commons license, it's at least not a financial rip-off.

VHS And Betamax: Spawn Of The U-Matic

Everyone took sides in the VHS versus Beta wars of the '80s, with VHS advocates touting longer recording times, and Beta fans expounding on superior quality. As they say at the end of Barry Lyndon, "they are all equal now," gathering dust in landfills that eagerly await the arrival of all your old DVDs.

Yet neither VHS nor Beta was the first video cassette recorder format - that honor belongs to U-Matic, which was too expensive to gain much traction as a consumer device, even though that had been the intention. Also, the porn industry went with VHS, which was a huge deal before the advent of the Internet.

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 11:12:09 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/products-that-are-ripoffs/luke-y-thompson
<![CDATA[Look: Every Fast Food Restaurant Looked Better in the '90s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/90s-fast-food-restaurants-vs-now/jacob-shelton?source=rss
One of the best things about fast food is that no matter when or where you eat it, whatever you’re eating always tastes the same. A Big Mac in 2016 tastes just like a Big Mac in 1996, and it’s probably going to taste like a Big Mac in 2026. But the one thing about fast food that does change are the fast food restaurant interiors of your favorite late night jams. Every decade or so the décor of a fast food restaurant changes to suit the times, but after you see these pictures of '90s fast food restaurants you’ll agree that interior designers should have thrown up their hands and quit, knowing that they could do no better. If you don’t believe it, take a trip down memory lane and discover why every fast food restaurant looked better in the '90s.

Whether you prefer to eat Tex-Mex, or you’re an all-American, there’s something for everyone on this list of fast food restaurant pictures from the '90s. One thing you’re going to notice is that for most of the '90s restaurants went for a type of fast food localism that separated themselves from their competitors, only to give that up in favor of a streamlined modernism that kind of makes all of the restaurants look the same. The various festive neon colors that once signaled whether you were going to be chowing down on a BK Kids Meal or a heaping plate of Nachos Bell Grande all but disappeared, to be replaced by brushed aluminum to which we should all say “BOO!”
Look: Every Fast Food Restaurant Looked Better in the '90s,

Burger King
Before "Having it your way" meant eating a burger inside one of Guy Fieri's wet dreams.
In the '90s there was nothing sadder than leaving the mall without a bag of waffle fries. 
Little Caesars
Back when "Pizza, Pizza" actually meant something.
Long John Silver's
For those of you who didn't live through the '90s, everything was in a pirate ship.
In the '90s there was nothing like kicking back in a crocheted plastic chair and jammin' on an Arch Deluxe.
Sonic Drive-In
At some point in the early 2000s the son of the guy who invented neon lights invested heavily in America's Drive-In.
Back when coffee shops looked like coffee shops and not the home of a minimalist hipster Bond villain. 

You're definitely a '90s kid when you know what a building smells like from a photo.

Taco Bell
Why would you want to eat in any restaurant that doesn't look like The Max from Saved by the Bell?
You used to be able to fit upwards of 5,000 people in a Wendy's dining room. What happened?

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 04:08:20 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/90s-fast-food-restaurants-vs-now/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Bass Guitar Brands for Beginners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bass-guitar-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping?source=rss
Call all aspiring bassists: This list contains information about bass guitar brands for beginners, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best bass guitars for beginners range from good bass guitars that strictly focus on beginner's needs, to other top beginner bass guitar brands that also make expert models. A few of the best bass guitar brands for starting out even make basses for professional musicians.

What companies will you find on this best bass guitar brands for beginners list? Squier is one of the most popular manufactures for musicians who are just getting started. Most Squier beginner basses are affordable, so users can save money on future upgrades. Epiphone is another good company that makes beginner bass guitars.

Hofner is a popular bass guitar brand for starting out because it is the favorite of Beatles musician, Sir Paul McCartney. Other companies that you will find on this top bass guitar brands for beginners list include B.C. Rich, Yamaha and Daisy Rock.

Which bass guitar brand would you recommend to a budding musician? Give your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
The Best Bass Guitar Brands for Beginners,

Daisy Rock Girl Guitars

Dean Guitars

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

Yamaha Corporation


B.C. Rich





Thu, 21 Jan 2016 06:30:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bass-guitar-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Piano Brands for Beginners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-piano-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping?source=rss
Is the piano your calling? Then you need to find out which kind will work for you! This list contains information about piano brands for beginners, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best pianos for beginners come in many forms. Some good pianos for starting out strictly focus on beginner's needs, while other top beginner piano brands also make expert models. A few of the best piano brands for starting out even make instruments for professional musicians.

What companies will you find on this best piano brands for beginners list? The Cable Company is one of the most popular brands when it comes to beginner pianos because of its huge selection of models. The great beginner piano manufacture has been located in the Chicago area since it was founded in 1880. Boston is another great piano brand for beginners of all ages.

Most pianos don't change their features for beginners, so you might as well start out with one of the best – Steinway & Sons. Other good companies that appear on this top piano brands for beginners list include Baldwin, Essex and Weber.

How will we ever determine which beginner piano brand is the best? Help decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up.
The Best Piano Brands for Beginners,

Yamaha Corporation

Chappell & Co.

The Cable Company



American Piano Company

Broadwood and Sons

Kurtzmann & Sons



Thu, 21 Jan 2016 06:29:59 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-piano-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Keyboard Brands for Beginners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-keyboard-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping?source=rss
Are you a brand new keyboard player? Check out this list of the best keyboard brands for beginners, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Whether you want a keyboard that focuses strictly on a beginner's needs, or a keyboard brand that you can stick with for you whole career, you'll find all of the top makers of keyboards on this list.

What companies are the best keyboard brands for beginners? Casio is one of the most popular keyboard brands because of its low price point. Casio keyboards also have a variety of sound and rhythm settings, making it fun for musicians of all levels. Korg is another good company that makes keyboards for players who are just starting out and beyond.

Yamaha is an ideal keyboard brand for beginners because many of its models have weighted keys, making it easier to transition to a traditional piano. Other good manufacturers that appear on this top keyboard brands for beginners list include Roland, Alesis and Kurzweil.

Do you have a favorite keyboard brand to recommend to new pianists? Take a look at this list and give the best brands a thumbs up to make sure they end up at the top!

The Best Keyboard Brands for Beginners,




Yamaha Corporation







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<![CDATA[The Best Violin Brands for Beginners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-violin-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping?source=rss
Every first chair has to start somewhere! This list contains information about violin brands for beginners, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Looking for your first instrument? The best violins for beginners vary from good violins that strictly focus on beginners' needs, to other top beginner violin brands that make expert models. A few of the best violin brands for starting out even make instruments for professional musicians.

What companies will you find on this best violin brands for beginners list? Knilling violins are affordable and high quality, giving beginners the confidence they need to learn to play a new instrument. Knilling offers a variety of violins in different sizes to fit any musician's hands. Bellafina is another good company that makes beginner violins.

NS Design is a great option for budding musicians looking for an electronic violin. Other good manufacturers that appear on this top violin brands for beginners list include Yamaha, Revelle and Maple Leaf.

Which beginner violin brand do you like the best? Vote the best companies up to the top of this list and share your opinion in the comments section.
The Best Violin Brands for Beginners,

Yamaha Corporation


Maple Leaf




Scherl & Roth

Barcus Berry



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<![CDATA[The Best Guitar Brands for Beginners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-guitar-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping?source=rss
If you're just beginning your journey into the world of guitar solos and rocks bands, you'll want to check out this list about guitar brands for beginners, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best guitars for beginners come in many forms. Some good guitars for starting out strictly focus on a beginner's needs, while other top beginner guitar brands also make expert models. A few of the best guitar brands for starting out even make instruments for professional musicians.

What companies will you find on this best guitar brands for beginners list? Squier is a great guitar brand for beginners because it won't break the bank. They even offer package deals for less than $200 that come with a starter amp, cables, picks, and a case – everything a beginner needs! B.C. Rich is another good company when it comes to beginner guitars.

For acoustic beginner models, Rogue and Yamaha have a variety of options, as do other manufacturers like Epiphone, Dean Guitars and Hofner.

What guitar brand to you recommend to friends who are just starting out? Give your favorite companies a thumbs up and share some beginner tips in the comments section.
The Best Guitar Brands for Beginners,

Dean Guitars

Yamaha Corporation


B.C. Rich







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<![CDATA[Invest in These Things Instead of Gold]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-that-are-a-better-investment-than-gold/cosmicboxer?source=rss
Most people think that buying up stockpiles of rare minerals or throwing cash into the stock market are the only ways to invest their money. But that's because the public doesn't know that there are far better investments than gold. In fact, the best investments out there may be ones that most people would never consider, such as kids' toys like Legos and Barbies. From horses and wine to baseball cards and virtual weapons, the world is full of large, lucrative markets just waiting to be tapped.

Even better? Despite misconceptions, these venues don't require as much money to get started as you might think. In fact, you probably already own a few of the great investments on this list. Most of the time, smart investing just requires a bit of know-how in order to flip collectibles for a profit.

You've probably asked yourself, "should I invest in gold?" Here's your answer: No! Put your money in these booming, out-of-the-box areas instead. Here are the best things to invest in right now.

Invest in These Things Instead of Gold,

If you're aiming to strike it big in investing, you're better off buying yellow instead of gold. Legos have risen in value over the years, and they've actually beaten the annual gain of gold by 12 percent. Ed Maciorowski, creator of BrickPicker.com, says that legos themed around a franchise tend to be the most expensive and rise in value exponentially over time. So stock up on those Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets!

Christmas Trees
Around 40 million trees are sold each year during Christmas, meaning that the industry has no shortage of incoming profit. So why not take advantage of that reliable financial income? Ralph Nilssen explains that the low overhead combined and stable economy of Christmas tree farming makes the market practically a guaranteed money-maker.

Horses are for more than just racing. Dressage horses (or show horses) are an oft-overlooked investment opportunity that many people don't acknowledge. David Rocheford and his wife invested overseas and bought a multitude of them, which worked out in the end, profit-wise. And don't think that the hobby is just for the elite. There are affordable options to get you started in the untapped business.
Comic Books
Comic books are always in high demand, especially when they have large fanbases looking to build up their collections. Plus all those superhero movies being made don't hurt. So investing in them could net you big money. How big? Collector Robert Storms, who owns an online business and attends over 20 comic book shows a year, says he sold a 1963 copy of Marvel's Avengers No.1 for $250,000 profit. Vincent Zurzolo of Metropolis Collectibles has sold his fair share for a sum of $2.1 million. So get out there and start hunting!

Treasure Hunting
Ever wanted to be a pirate? A Tampa-based company by the name of Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. runs deep sea excavations in search of sunken treasure. They've been documented on National Geographic and Discovery Channel, and have raked in more than $50 million dollars worth of booty so far.
Many people have a misconception that art collecting is a hobby reserved for the mega-wealthy. While it is true that you do need money to buy coveted works, many important pieces can be had for as low as $10,000. James Steward of Princeton University Art Museum, says that art collecting is a worthy investment so long as you buy "outside the narrative," which means stocking up on relatively obscure paintings made by important figures. Trends and styles come and go in the art world, so what was unwanted yesterday, could become the next Van Gogh tomorrow. All it takes is someone willing to invest and take a chance.

Second-Life: Virtual Real Estate
Second-Life is an online life simulator game in the vein of The Sims, where the object is to live out a virtual fantasy life through any means you see fit. You can do stuff like fly around, chat with other people, or design and sell your own house for real money. Sounds far-fetched, right? Maybe not. Anshe Chung became a millionaire through the game by selling off her designs. With a little know-how and patience, you too could might profit without ever leaving your couch IRL.


New barbies are constantly being added to the popular doll line's collection. And with vintage barbies raking in as much as $30,000 at auction, there's quite a bit of money to be had. Even if you haven't been collecting since the '60s, there are valuable new dolls being released now in limited runs says Sandi Holder, author of Barbie, A Rare Beauty.
Counter-Strike: Virtual Weapons
Counter-Strike is a massively popular online FPS game made by Valve, who also made the digital distribution platform Steam. Normally, people just play for fun, but if you happen to earn a rare gun or skin, you can sell it for a sizable profit. Artur Minacov and John Brechisci decided to run a business off of this model, creating a website called OPSkins, and so far they're making $12,000 a day by buying and selling rare virtual goods.
Fashion Bags
Got leather? The Birkin Bag has beaten out gold as far as return investments go, according to Baghunter.com. The value has increased by 500% over the course of 35 years. In fact, the bags are so rock-steady that there has never been a reported decrease in their value, even during recessions - unlike gold, which has been on a roller coaster for the past few decades.

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<![CDATA[The Best Drum Brands for Beginners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-drum-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping?source=rss
Ready to rock?! This list contains information about drum brands for beginners, ranked from best to worst by user votes. So if you're just breaking into the world of percussion instruments, you'll want to check it out before making your first big purchase.The best drums for beginners come in many forms. Some good drums for starting out strictly focus on beginner's needs, while other top beginner drum brands also make expert models. A few of the best drum brands for starting out even make instruments for professional musicians.

What companies will you find on this best drum brands for beginners list? Ddrum is one of the most popular starter kits thanks to its affordable price. For under $500, beginners can have a five-piece kit with two cymbals included in the package. PDP is another good drum brand for musicians just starting out.

Ludwig has a variety of starter kits available that musicians can build upon as they get more advanced. Plus, Ringo Starr famously used a Ludwig kit during his time with The Beatles. Other great companies that appear on this top drum brands for beginners list include Peace, Pearl and Yamaha.

What are some of your favorite beginner drum brands? Give the top companies a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
The Best Drum Brands for Beginners,


Yamaha Corporation







Sound Percussion Labs


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<![CDATA[The Best Flute Brands for Beginners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-flute-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping?source=rss
Are you an aspiring flutist? Before you start playing, check out these list of flute brands for beginners, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best flutes for beginners come in many forms. From the good beginners' flutes that strictly focus on a novice's needs, to other top beginner flute brands that also make expert models, these flutes will help you start your journey into the music world.

What companies will you find on this best flute brands for beginners list? Jean Baptiste is a popular brand of flutes for young musicians just starting out. Jean Baptiste flutes have a rich tone, and with models available in closed-hole style and an offset G, small hands can comfortably learn the instrument. Yamaha is another good manufacture of beginner flutes.

Pearl makes a variety of student flutes, as well as professional models in sterling, 10K, 14K, and 18K gold and platinum. Other good companies that appear on this top flute brands for beginners list include Selmer, Armstrong and Trevor James.

Which flute for beginners is your favorite? Take a look at this list and give the best brands a thumbs up to make sure they end up in the top spot.
The Best Flute Brands for Beginners,

Yamaha Corporation








Jean Baptiste


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<![CDATA[The Best Banjo Brands for Beginners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-banjo-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping?source=rss
Your folk band won't be complete without a dynamite banjo player, so it's time to learn! This list will teach you all about banjo brands for beginners, ranked from best to worst by user votes.

What companies make the best banjos for new players? Deering Banjo Company is one of the best, as if focuses solely on manufacturing the instrument. They have great beginner banjos and offer the lightweight Goodtime model, which is perfect for plucking on vacation. Rover is another great manufacturer that produces banjos for beginners.

Steve Martin is one of the most famous banjo players in the world and his favorite company appears to be Gibson, as he often performs with a vintage Gibson Florentine. Other good companies that appear on this top banjo brands for beginners list include Fender, Slingerland and Harmony. Just remember, the best banjos for beginners come in many forms. Some good banjos for starting out strictly focus on beginner's needs, while other top beginner banjo brands also make expert models.

Do you have a favorite banjo brand to recommend to beginners? Vote the best companies up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
The Best Banjo Brands for Beginners,

Deering Banjo Company






Recording King


Bacon & Day


Thu, 21 Jan 2016 06:29:43 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-banjo-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Electric Guitar Brands for Beginners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-electric-guitar-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping?source=rss
To be a true rock star, you've got to play the electric guitar. If you're ready to learn, this list contains information about electric guitar brands for beginners, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best electric guitars for beginners will help you master the basics and start you on the path toward stardom. They good news is that some good electric guitars for starting out strictly focus on beginner's needs, so you can make sure to get a solid foundation. Other top beginner electric guitar brands also make expert models, making it easy to progress as you get better and better.

What companies will you find on this best electric guitar brands for beginners list? Fretlight is the perfect electric guitar for beginners because it has lights on the fretboard that help students learn new chords. Fretlight also offers video lessons for beginners on its website. Squier is another good beginner electric guitar brand, thanks to its low price point.

Daisy Rock is a fun starter electric guitar for rocker chicks who want to express their personality with their instrument. Other great companies that appear on this top electric guitar brands for beginners list include Fender, B.C. Rich and Dean Guitars.

What electric guitar would you recommend for a beginner? Give your favorite companies a thumbs up and share some tips in the comments section.
The Best Electric Guitar Brands for Beginners,

Daisy Rock Girl Guitars

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

B.C. Rich








Thu, 21 Jan 2016 06:28:22 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-electric-guitar-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Acoustic Guitar Brands for Beginners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-acoustic-guitar-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping?source=rss
Not all acoustic guitars are created equal, especially if you are just starting out. Here you'll find information about the best acoustic guitar brands for beginners, ranked from best to worst by user votes. That way, you can choose the right one for your needs. The best acoustic guitars for new players come in many forms. Some are made specifically with novice players in mind, while other top beginner acoustic guitar brands make models for musicians at every level, even the pros!

What companies will you find on this best acoustic guitar brands for beginners list? eMedia is a great acoustic guitar for beginners because it helps you learn new techniques. Over 100 guitar lessons are included in the package and its interactive feedback feature evaluates your process. Rogue also offers a good selection of acoustic guitars for beginners.

Luna acoustic guitars have beautiful designs that will help inspire you to pick up that guitar and practice. Other great companies that appear on this top acoustic guitar brands for beginners list include Squier, Jasmine and Epiphone.

Which beginner acoustic guitar deserves the top spot on this list? Help choose the best by giving your favorite a thumbs up.

The Best Acoustic Guitar Brands for Beginners,

Dean Guitars

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation









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<![CDATA[The Best Trumpet Brands for Beginners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-trumpet-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping?source=rss
Brand new to the world of trumpets? You'll want to start with the right instrument. This list contains information about trumpet brands for beginners, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best trumpets for beginners may be different from the ones that seasoned professionals like. Although while some good trumpets for starting out may strictly focus on beginner's needs, other top beginner trumpet brands also make models ranging from novice to expert.

Which companies make the best trumpets for beginners? Bach is a great one because of its rich tone, but they can be a bit pricier than other starter trumpet models. Then again, they are much more durable and will require fewer trips to the repair shop. Sonata is another good option for people just learning to play the trumpet.

Legendary jazz musician Wynton Marsalis first started playing the trumpet on a LeBlac horn. Other great manufacturers that appear on this top trumpet brands for beginners list include Getzen, Fides and Bundy.

Which beginner trumpet brand do you think has the best sound? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please share some tips for beginners in the comments section.
The Best Trumpet Brands for Beginners,

Yamaha Corporation










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<![CDATA[The Best Saxophone Brands for Beginners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-saxophone-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping?source=rss
Looking to channel Rob Lowe in St. Elmo's Fire? You'll have to learn to play the sax! This list contains information about saxophone brands for beginners, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best saxophones for beginners are ones that help you master the instrument - without requiring you to already be a pro. Some good saxophones for starting out strictly focus on beginner's needs, while other top beginner saxophone brands also make expert models that even the professionals use.

What companies make the best saxophone brands for beginners? Bundy is a great low cost option for beginner saxophones. They are perfect for a young student first joining their school band. Antigua Winds is another great company that makes beginner saxophones. Jupiter makes saxophones for new players, as well as intermediate and advanced musicians, meaning someone starting out can stick with the same brand throughout their entire music career.

From alto to soprano, tenor to bass, plenty of the top saxophone brands on this list make affordable models for all brand new musicians. Do you prefer a certain brand of beginner saxophones? Make your voice heard by voting!

The Best Saxophone Brands for Beginners,

Yamaha Corporation



Antigua Winds







Thu, 21 Jan 2016 06:27:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-saxophone-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Clarinet Brands for Beginners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-clarinet-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping?source=rss
Thinking of taking up a new instrument? This list contains information about clarinet brands for beginners, ranked from best to worst by user votes. It's perfect for someone looking to break into the world of woodwind instruments. The best clarinets for beginners come in many forms. Some good clarinets for starting out strictly focus on beginner's needs, while other top beginner clarinet brands also make expert models. A few of the best clarinet brands even make instruments for beginners and professional musicians.

What companies will you find on this best clarinet brands for beginners list? Yamaha is a good beginner brand for many instruments, including clarinets. They offer a variety of plastic model clarinets for young beginners, but their wide selection of wooden starters would be more appropriate for older musicians starting out. Prelude is another good company when it comes to beginner clarinets. Bundy is one of the best brands of beginner clarinets if a low price is your top priority.

Which beginner clarinet brand would you recommend to a budding musician? Give the best brands a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
The Best Clarinet Brands for Beginners,

Yamaha Corporation



Buffet Crampon



Morrie Backun




Thu, 21 Jan 2016 06:26:56 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-clarinet-brands-for-beginners/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[Real Companies That Seem Like Evil Corporations from Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-corporate-videos/jacob-shelton?source=rss
Almost every day we’re inundated with news reports and Facebook statuses about evil corporations and the way that they’re destroying the world one dollar at a time. While some companies are probably operated by an evil lizard on the moon or something, other multi-national corporations seem fairly normal. Until you take a look at their company training videos or P.R. snippets, that is. It’s almost as if without even realizing it, these companies are trying to let us know that they’re taking pointers from the evil corporations that have destroyed the world time and time again in film and television. So take a look at very real companies that seem like evil corporations from movies, using their own corporate clips as guides.

In some of these evil company videos, you notice right off the bat that you’re not watching a video made by nice people (Papa John's comes to mind), but in others, it takes a second viewing to realize that even when a corporate video is showing beautiful vistas at sunset, what they’re really telling you is that they want to build a robot army. Obviously, evil works on a sliding scale, so some of these corporate videos are way more evil than others. That’s why we’ve assigned a fictional counterpart to each company, so you know what kind of evil corporation you’re dealing with.

Vote up the corporate videos that make their companies look the most like evil companies from movies, and if you can think of any corporations that act like they’re in a science fiction universe tell us about it in the comments.
Real Companies That Seem Like Evil Corporations from Movies,

Soylent is Made From... Something?
Sure, Soylent was manufactured to nourish the body in the most efficient way possible, but does that sound very fun? No. As much as we've often thought about how much easier life would be if we didn't have to make food, it's kind of depressing to actually find out that we're basically living in a lesser Charlton Heston movie. Even though it's cliche to say that Soylent is a lot like the food product from Soylent Green, Soylent set itself up for shouts of "Soylent Green is people!"

MMC Is Here to Make Money on Whatever You've Got
This VERY SERIOUS video for MMC presents an almost comical dedication to their main objective, which is buy as many assets as possible just in case one of them ends up making money down the road. It's very similar to Weyland-Yutani from the Alien franchise. Except MMC probably isn't hiring space marines or tracking down xenomorphs... yet. 
You Want It? GE's Got It
GE has existed for so long as a global corporation that it's not surprising that their logo has been on everything from dishwashers to CAT scan machines. The only things they have left to manufacture are a GE city, where employees of GE can live and work, and a half-robot, half-human cop. Maybe they can call him RobotCop, or CopBot. Something like that. Unfortunately, Omni Consumer Products (the makers of literally everything) already has the copyright on RoboCop. 
McDonald's Wants You to Climb the Golden Arches
Everyone already knows that McDonald's is a huge global mega-corporation, but who knew that it so closely resembled Mondo Burger from Good Burger? Splash on some purple paint and throw in a little Kurt and suddenly McDonald's has gone entirely Mondo.

Boeing Wants to Rule the World
Admittedly, the CIA is not a company. But the laser that's being shown in this video from Boeing is essentially the same thing that Val Kilmer and his band of Pacific Tech misfits are tasked by the government agency to build in the film Real Genius. Hopefully the next thing Boeing manufactures is a giant bag of popcorn. 


Papa Johns Doesn't Care About Empathy
What begins as a real tearjerker of a video takes a sharp left turn at the 2 minute mark when good ol' Papa John espouses one of the kind of chilling statement you just don't expect from the owner of a pizza chain, saying, "People don't get better when you show empathy." Yikes! Does Papa John know that he sounds almost exactly like Lex Luthor, CEO of Lexcorp, in almost every Superman movie? Even his staccato speaking style is straight out of a comic book. 

Wanda Enterprises Owns Everything
There's nothing immediately evil about Wanda Enterprises, until you start to notice how many other companies they own. By about the mid-way point it begins to seem like their transparency is, in fact, a smokescreen covering up something incredibly sinister, and that thing is definitely that they're developing robot technology that wants to get rid of all human life as we know it. That's right, Wanda Enterprises is basically Cyberdyne Systems, the company that created Skynet in the Terminator movies.

Life According to Walmart
The first minute of this video on Walmart's corporate culture is fairly innocuous. But as the video moves along with its hypnotic use of colors and sweet old ladies, the Walmart lifestyle begins to burrow into your brain. The all-inclusive Walmart brand quietly demands that you shop at Walmart for absolutely everything and maybe someday even live at Walmart. It all feels a lot like Buy n' Large, the chain that effectively took over nook and cranny of society in Wall E
Ethics? Northrop Grumman Don't Need No Stinkin' Ethics
You know, when you throw ethics, integrity, and responsibility out the window life gets a whole lot easier. And Northrop Grumman's insistence that the rules don't apply to those with large enough bank accounts makes us think that it's at least a distant cousin of Resident Evil's Umbrella Corporation. 
Finmeccanica Isn't Even Trying to Pretend They're Not Evil
If you've ever seen a James Bond film, you know that he spends a lot of time fighting the evil organization known as SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) that makes money by playing both sides of the Cold War. It seems like Finmeccanica based its mission statement on SPECTRE's various plots. Basically, if there's something that sounds nefarious is happening, then Finmeccanica probably has something to do with it. Specifically with the weaponization of technology and global tracking of individuals (this is most evident at 1:39 in the video when there are literal targets on the heads of pedestrians)

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:56:43 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-corporate-videos/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Aftermarket Car Part Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-aftermarket-car-part-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on aftermarket car part brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best aftermarket car parts brands come in many forms. Many top aftermarket car part companies offer a wide variety of products while other good aftermarket car part manufacturers focus on one element of a car, like the tires.

What companies will you find on this best aftermarket car parts brands list? ACDelco offers a full line of premium aftermarket auto parts for a huge selection of makes and models. Everything from air conditioning units to batteries to water pumps can be bought from ACDelco. Bosch is another good brand that manufactures aftermarket car parts.

If you are in need of some aftermarket shock absorbers, look no further than Koni. Other great companies that appear on this top aftermarket car parts brands list include Promotive, Dynomax and Carquest.

Which aftermarket car part company is your favorite? Give the best brands a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
The Best Aftermarket Car Part Brands,











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<![CDATA[The Best Heating and Cooling System Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-heating-and-cooling-system-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on heating and cooling system brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. A car's heating and cooling system is made up of many parts including a water pump, fan, and thermostat. The best heating and cooling system brands come in many forms. Some great heating and cooling companies offer full systems, while others give consumers the ability to by individual pieces to customize their own heating and cooling system.

What companies will you find on this best heating and cooling system brands list? Derale is a trusted cooling systems manufacturer. It offers a variety of automotive fans and controls to maintain your engine's ideal temperature. Allstar Performance is another one of the most popular brands when it comes to heating and cooling systems.

FSR Racing offers a wide selection of radiators for muscle cars and everyday models. Other good brands that you will find on this top heating and cooling system brands list include Moroso, ACDelco, and Nissens.

Which heating and cooling brand is the best? Take a look at this list and give your favorites a thumbs up to move them up to No. 1.
The Best Heating and Cooling System Brands,



Allstar Performance


Water Carbon






Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:59:52 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-heating-and-cooling-system-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Truck Accessory Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-truck-accessory-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on truck accessory brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best truck accessories come in many forms. Some great truck accessory brands provide people with ways to personalize their truck while other good truck accessory companies offer vehicular storage options. A few top truck accessory brands offer owners additional lighting options.

What are some of the companies that you will find on this best truck accessory brands list? WeatherTech offers heavy duty floor maps that are perfect for people who get into messy situations. WeatherTech floor liners are also great for truck owners who have pets. Auto Ventshade is another cool company that makes truck accessories.

Plasticolor offers a variety of steering wheel covers that have fun designs that highlight your personality. Other great companies that appear on this top truck accessory brands list include Bully, Heininger, and Pro Series.

Which truck accessory company do you like the best? Vote your favorites up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
The Best Truck Accessory Brands,

Master Lock




Mossy Oak Graphics



Curt Manufacturing

Pro Series


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<![CDATA[The Best Rims Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-rims-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information about rims brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best rims brands come in many forms. Some good rims brands are manufactured for commuters while other top rims companies make products for people who like to modify their vehicles. Many of the greatest rims brands put safety at the forefront of their products.

What companies will you find on this best rims brands list? American Racing offers a variety of striking rims for a wide range of vehicles. They even offer quality rims for modern cars and classic, vintage models, as well. Fuel Wheels is another great company that manufactures rims for automobiles.

Hurst Wheels was a popular rims brand in the 1960s and now their traditional designs can also be purchased for modern muscle cars. Other good companies that are featured on this top rims brands list include Vossen, Moto Metal, and Lexani.

Do you have a favorite rims brand? Give the best companies a thumbs up and please add any great rims brands we may have missed.
The Best Rims Brands,


American Racing





OZ Racing



Fuel Wheels

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:59:52 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-rims-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Windshield Washer Fluid Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-windshield-washer-fluid-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on the windshield washer fluid brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best windshield washer fluid brands need to be ready for anything. Rain, sleet and snow are just a few of the harsh elements that a good windshield washer fluid will contend with. Some good windshield washer fluid manufacturers even have de-icing varieties of their product.

What are some of the companies that you will find on this best windshield washer fluid brands list? Splash is a popular windshield washer fluid that can be found in most stores. Prestone is best known for it antifreeze, but it also makes one of the top windshield washer fluids.

HEET makes windshield washer fluid specifically for freezing weather and Subaru provides its own windshield washer fluid for its vehicles. Other good manufacturers that are featured on this top windshield washer fluid brands list include Mopar, Peak, and Xtreme Blue.

Do you have a favorite brand of windshield washer fluid? Vote the best companies up to the top of this list and please add any great windshield washer fluids we may have missed.
The Best Windshield Washer Fluid Brands,




Xtreme Blue




Clear Vision


Krystal Kleer

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:53:41 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-windshield-washer-fluid-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Car Seat Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-car-seat-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on the best car seat brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Nowadays, there are a variety of good car seat brands for parents to consider. Some of the best car seat brands focus solely on safety while others factor in elements for babies' comfort. Many top car seat brands even offer convertible options that can be used in strollers, as well as cars.

What companies will you find on this best car seat brands list? Graco offers a variety of car seats to fit any parent's needs. Its SnugRide Click Connect Infant Car Seat will work for newborns until they are 2 years old, eliminating the need to buy an additional car seat as your baby grows. Chicco is another one of the top car seat manufacturers.

As the name suggests, Safety 1st offers car seats that are sturdy and secure for infants and babies. Other great companies that you will find on this top car seat brands list include Diono, Britax, and Peg Perego.

Which car seat brand is your favorite? Give the best car seats a thumbs up and share your experience with the products in the comments section.
The Best Car Seat Brands,





Peg Perego



Disney Baby

Combi International

BOB Strollers

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:07:45 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-car-seat-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Windshield Wiper Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-windshield-wiper-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on windshield wiper brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best windshield wiper brands have to be ready for anything. Whether in a torrential downpour or a freezing blizzard, good windshield wipers can provide drivers with a clear view on the road ahead. Some top windshield wiper brands even make products for specific models of cars.

What are some companies that you will find on this best windshield wiper brands list? Rain-X is one of the most popular wiper brands for its ability to face the toughest of elements. This great windshield wiper brand is available at retail stores like Walmart, as well as online outlets like Amazon. Bosch is another good company that makes windshield wipers.

Michelin is best known for manufacturing tires, but this good company also offers a variety of windshield wipers. Other great offerings that you will find on this top windshield wiper brands list include ACDelco, Refresh, and Valeo.

Do you have a favorite windshield wiper brand? Give the best brands a thumbs up and please add any good windshield wiper manufactures we may have missed.
The Best Windshield Wiper Brands,











Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:07:45 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-windshield-wiper-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Car Battery Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-car-battery-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on the best car battery brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best car battery brands come in many forms. Some good car battery brands make products that last for a really long time, while other top car battery manufacturers prioritize monetary value with their products. A few great car batteries are even made to conduct electricity at a high speed.

What companies will you find on this best car battery brands list? Of course, Die Hard appears near the top of the heap. This good car battery company offers a variety of options for cars, trucks and SUVs. Die Hard also provides portable battery options. Plus Start is another great manufacturer of quality car batteries.

OPTIMA battery components are made of 99.99% pure lead, all but eliminating troublesome impurities. Other good companies featured on this top car battery brands list include PowerStar, Pirate Battery, and Braille Battery.

Which car battery brand do you think is the most reliable? Give the best companies a thumbs up and please add any great battery brands we may have missed.
The Best Car Battery Brands,


Duracell Batteries Ltd




Braille Battery




Plus Start

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:02:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-car-battery-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Steering Wheel Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-steering-wheel-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on steering wheel brands, ranked from best to worst by your votes. The best steering wheel brands come in many forms. Some good steering wheel companies focus on making products designed for racing, while other top steering wheel brands are created for the everyday driver. Many good steering wheel companies prioritize a comfortable grip.

What good companies will you find on this top steering wheel brands list? GT Performance is a very popular steering wheel company thanks to its classy design. It's GT3 variety features a three bolt mounting system and the GT9 uses a nine bolt mount. Sparco is another manufacturer of quality steering wheels.

Scott Drake makes steering wheels and other accessories for classic Mustangs. Other good companies that you will find on this top steering wheel brands list include Goodmark, Flaming River, and Grip Royal.

Which good steering wheel company do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and share your experiences in the comments section.
The Best Steering Wheel Brands,


Summit Racing Equipment



Matrix Steering Wheels

NRG Innovations

Billet Specialties


GT Performance

Flaming River

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:04:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-steering-wheel-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Remote Starter Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-remote-starter-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on remote starter brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best remote starter brands come in many forms. Some good remote starter brands offer one way to start your car, while other top remote starter manufactures give drivers multiple starting options. Many of the greatest remote starter brands also feature alarm systems with their products.

What companies will you find on this best remote starter brands list? Viper is a leading brand in the remote starter industry. They offer basic models, as well as remoter starters that have a distance range of one mile. Viper also offers a remote start with a virtually unlimited range. Bulldog is another popular remote starter manufacturer.

Crimestopper offers an extra element of protection as most of its products include alarm systems. Other great companies that are featured on this top remote starter brands list include Compustar, Python, and Astra.

Which remote starter brands do you think is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up to vote them up on this list and share your opinions in the comments section.
The Best Remote Starter Brands,




Ready Remote







Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:02:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-remote-starter-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Dash Cam Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-dash-cam-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on dash cam brands, ranked from best to worst by your votes. The best dash cams, or dashboard cameras, come in many forms. Some good dash cam brands offer stationary products while other top dash cam companies make cameras with a range of motion. These great dash cams help drivers to capture eyewitness accounts of all road incidents.

What companies will you find on this best dash cam brands list? Garmin is one of the best options for motorists to consider. Besides recording moving images, many Garmin dash cams also provide GPS navigation features. Uniden is another popular brand of dashboard cameras for filming in HD.

Magellan's RoadMate model is a favorite dash cam model because of its traffic alert feature and lifetime map updates. Other good companies featured on this top dash cam brands list include Thinkware, Cobra, and Pilot Automotive.

Which dash cam brand deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
The Best Dash Cam Brands,

Garmin Corp



Pilot Automotive


Thinkware Inc.





Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:59:52 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-dash-cam-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Air Filter Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-air-filter-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on car air filter brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best air filter brands come in many forms. Some top air filter brands are designed for everyday use, while other good automotive air filter manufactures have developed products for people who suffer from allergies. The best air filters are even available by top car manufacture brands.

What companies will you find on this best air filter brands list? When it comes to automotive filters, it doesn't get much better than Fram. This good air filter manufacture says that a new air filter can increase airflow, horsepower, and improve overall engine performance. AEM DryFlow is another great company that develops automotive air filters.

K&N's replacement air filters are made with an easy to install drop-in design. Other good manufacturers that are featured on this top air filter brands list include Bosch, Mann Filter, and PT Auto Warehouse.

Which car air filter company is the best? Help us decide by voting your favorites up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
The Best Air Filter Brands,








Spectre Performance

AEM DryFlow

Mann Filter

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:07:45 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-air-filter-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Car Alarm Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-car-alarm-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information about car alarm brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best car alarm brands come in many forms. Some top car alarm manufactures focus solely on security while other good car alarms also include remote start and keyless entry features. The most popular car alarm companies offer drivers protection at an affordable price.

What manufactures will you find on this best car alarm brands list? As the name suggests, Crimestopper is a favorite car alarm system with drivers across the country. This good car alarm company makes a variety of security and safety products including alarms, cameras, and vehicle monitoring systems.

Carvox is another good manufacturer of car alarms. Viper is considered an industry leader in cloud connected car technology. Other great companies that are featured on this top car alarm brands list include AutoPage, Avital, and Flash Logic.

What car alarm company do you trust with your automotive security? Give the best brands a thumbs up and share your opinions in the comments section.
The Best Car Alarm Brands,


Audiovox Electronics Corp




Code Alarm





Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:02:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-car-alarm-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Radiator Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-radiator-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on radiator brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best radiator brands come in many forms. Some good radiator brands are larger for increased cooling capacity while other top radiator companies make small products for compact spaces. Some vintage radiator manufactures make radiator cores with coiled tube.

What companies will you find on this best radiator brands list? Spectra Premium makes quality radiators for most models of vehicles released from 1985-2015. The drop in fit feature also is popular with consumers as it makes installation an easy process. TYC is another good company that makes a range of automotive radiators. Other great companies featured on this top radiator brands list include Mishimoto, AC Delco, and Koyo.

Do you have a favorite car radiator manufacturer? Give the best brands a thumbs up and please add any good companies we may have missed.
The Best Radiator Brands,






Sunbelt Radiators



Spectra Premium


Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:02:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-radiator-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Muffler Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-muffler-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information about muffler brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best muffler brands come in many forms. Some top muffler brands are made for the everyday consumer, while many great muffler brands are designed with racing in mind. Good muffler companies offer products at a variety price points.

What companies will you find on this best muffler brands list? Dynomax appears near the top of the heap. This top muffler manufacturer is known for its high performance, stainless steel exhaust systems suitable for various makes and models. Dynomax also makes mufflers designed for limited-space situations. MagnaFlow is another good company that makes mufflers.

Megan Racing manufactures a selection of mufflers for modified race cars. Other good companies that appear on this top muffler brands list include Thrush, Cherry Bomb, and Vibrant Performance.

Do you have a favorite muffler brand? Give the best companies a thumbs up and please add any good muffler manufactures we may have missed.
The Best Muffler Brands,





Vibrant Performance


Megan Racing


Cherry Bomb

NRG Innovations

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:02:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-muffler-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Shock Absorber Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-shock-absorber-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on shock absorber brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best shock absorber brands come in many forms. Some good shock absorber brands are manufactured with everyday drivers in mind, while other top shock absorber companies market to race car drivers. Most great shock absorbers are either twin-tube or mono-tube types.

What companies will you find on this best shock absorber brands list? Skyjacker offers a variety of products to fit your automotive suspension needs. It makes shocks suitable for both on and off road vehicles. Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame even serves as a company spokesman. Monroe Shocks and Struts is another popular shock absorber manufacturer.

Tuff Country provides shocks for four wheel drive trucks, SUVs, and Jeeps. Other great companies that are featured on this top shock absorber brands list include Pro Comp, Bilstein, and Belltech.

How will we ever determine which shock absorber brand is the best? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
The Best Shock Absorber Brands,


Fox Racing

Monroe Shocks & Struts

Pro Comp

Rancho Suspension






Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:04:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-shock-absorber-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Clutch Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-clutch-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on clutch brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best clutch brands come in many forms. Centrifugal clutches are used in vehicles like mopeds while a multiple plate clutch is used in many race cars. No matter what type of good clutch brand suits your needs, you will find plenty of options on this list.

What companies will you find on this best clutch brands list? Exedy is one of the best-selling clutch brands on the market. Professional drivers, as well as everyday users find confidence in Exedy's quality clutches. Flex-a-lite is another great company that manufactures clutches.

RAM makes flywheels, pressure plates and clutch disks that are available to be purchased by consumers. Other good companies featured on this top clutch brands list include Hillard, South Bend and Max-Torque.

Which clutch brand is your favorite? Give the best companies a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
The Best Clutch Brands,











Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:06:59 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-clutch-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Gasket Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-gasket-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on gasket brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best gasket brands come in many forms. Some top gasket brands make sheet gaskets while other good gasket companies produce solid material gaskets. When it comes to great gasket manufacturers, many companies create everything from engine gaskets to transmission gaskets.

What companies will you find on this best gasket brands list? Duramax offers a variety of gasket options to fit its quality engines. This great gasket manufacturer provides consumers will full kits and individual pieces for customization. Moose Racing is another one of the best gasket companies on the market today.

Permatex sells several options for oil resistant silicone gasket makers. Other good manufacturers that appear on this top gasket brands list include Merchant Automotive, Vibrant Performance, and Walker Exhaust.

Which gasket company do you trust for your vehicle? Vote the best brands up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
The Best Gasket Brands,



Moose Racing

Vibrant Performance



Merchant Automotive

Scott Drake


Crown Automotive

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:54:19 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-gasket-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best All-Terrain Tire Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-all-terrain-tire-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on all-terrain tire brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best all-terrain tire brands come in many forms. Some top all-terrain tire brands specialize in all off-road equipment, while other great all-terrain tire manufacturers are some of the most popular tire companies in the world. A few good all-terrain tire brands are even designed with the racer in mind.

What companies will you find on this best all-terrain tire brands list. Bridgestone is a favorite tire company across the country and their all-terrain models are among the some of the best on the market. Drivers of Jeeps, SUVs, and pickup trucks may enjoy Bridgestone's Dueler all-terrain model. Falken is another great all-terrain tire manufacturer.

Mickey Thompson is known for creating technologically advanced all-terrain tires for the weekend off-roader, as well as everyday drivers. Other good companies that appear on this top all-terrain tire brands list include Michelin, Dick Cepek, and Kelly Tires.

Do you have a favorite all-terrain tire manufacturer? Give the best brands a thumbs up and please add any great all-terrain tire companies we may have missed.
The Best All-Terrain Tire Brands,


General Tire

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Kumho Tires





Mickey Thompson

Dick Cepek

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:54:19 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-all-terrain-tire-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Transmission Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-transmission-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on transmission brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The transmission is an important piece of every automobile. The best transmission brands come in many forms. Some top transmission brands make products with the everyday driver in mind, while other great transmission companies offer items for racers and off-road motorists.

What companies will you find on this best transmission brands list? B&M offers a variety of transmissions for cars including GM and Toyota models. They also sell parts to customize your existing transmission to suit your driving needs. JEGs High Performance also offers some very popular transmissions.

McLeod Racing makes transmissions that give muscle car owners the ability to use overdrive. Other good companies that appear on this top transmission brands list include Getrag, Hughes, and Pacific Performance Engineering.

Which transmission brand is your favorite? Let your voice be heard by voting the best companies up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comment section.
The Best Transmission Brands,




Jegs High Performance

Reid Racing

ATS Diesel Performance

Pacific Performance Engineering




Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:04:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-transmission-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Headlight Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-headlight-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on headlight brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best headlight brands come in many forms. Some top headlight brands make headlights for everyday use, while other good headlights companies manufacture products for off-road drivers. A few great headlight companies make supplemental headlights that provide added illumination.

What companies will you find on this best headlight brands list? Spec-D is one of the most popular headlight manufacturers thanks to their wide variety of products. From projector style to Fiber Optic LED lights to custom models, Spec-D has it all. Spyder is another one of the most-trusted headlights manufacturers.

Best known for making household light bulbs, Philips also sells replacement bulbs for automotive use. Other great companies that appear on this top headlight brands list include Sylvania, Rampage and KC HiLites.

Which headlight brand is the best? Help us decide by voting your favorites up to the top of this list and share your opinions in the comments section.
The Best Headlight Brands,











Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:04:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-headlight-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Spark Plug Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-spark-plug-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on spark plug brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Spark plugs are an important piece of any automobile that delivers electric current from the ignition system to the engine's combustion chamber. The best spark plug brands offer consumers a variety of options to suit their vehicle's make and model.

What companies will you find on this best spark plug brands list? NGK is one of the most popular brands of spark plugs, thanks in part to its huge line of products. Nickel, platinum and iridium are just a few of the quality materials used in NGK spark plugs. Roush Performance is another one of the best spark plug brands available on the market today. Other good companies that appear on this top spark plug brands list include Tempest, Bosch and MSD Ignition.

Which spark plug company do you rely on to get your motor running? Give the best brands a thumbs up and please add any good spark plug manufacturers that we may have missed.
The Best Spark Plug Brands,





Roush Performance



MSD Ignition



Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:04:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-spark-plug-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Air Suspension Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-air-suspension-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on air suspension brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Air suspension uses an electric air pump or compressor to guide air into bellows for a smooth ride. The best air suspension brands come in many forms. Some top air suspension companies make products for everyday drivers while others focus their energies on off-road vehicles.

What companies will you find on this best air suspension brands list? Air Lift is one of the most popular brands of air suspension products thanks to its easy to use equipment. Air Lift suspension kits help with towing and hauling without sacrificing safety or comfort. Suncore is another great air suspension brand with products on the market.

Viair is best known for its compatibility with 4x4 jeeps, trucks, and SUVs. Other good companies that appear on this top air suspension brands list include Arnott, Helix, and Hendrickson International.

Which air suspension company do you think deserves the top spot on this list. Let your voice be heard by giving the best brands a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
The Best Air Suspension Brands,

Air Lift





Universal Air Suspension





Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:06:59 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-air-suspension-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Exhaust System Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-exhaust-system-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information about exhaust system brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. An exhaust system is an important part of cars as it uses pipes and other elements to direct burnt gases away from the engine. The best exhaust system brands come in many forms. Some top exhaust system companies make products for everyday drivers while others make systems with racers in mind.

What companies will you find on this top exhaust system brands list? Dynomax offers consumers a variety of exhaust systems including stainless steel, cat-back and axle-back systems. This great exhaust system manufacturer also sells a variety of racing accessories. MagnaFlow is another top company when it comes to making exhaust systems.

Atlas exhaust systems are some of the best thanks in part to their ability to perform in extreme environments. Other good companies that appear on this top exhaust system brands list include Injen, Hooker Headers, and Yoshimura.

Which exhaust system manufacturer is the best? Help us decide by voting your favorites up to the top of this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.
The Best Exhaust System Brands,



Pro Circuit





Hooker Headers

Akrapovic Racing

JEGs Performance

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:07:45 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-exhaust-system-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Boost Gauge Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-boost-gauge-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on boost gauge brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. A boost gauge measures the air pressure or turbo charger pressure in an engine and are usually found on the dashboard. The best boost gauge brands come in many forms. Some top boost gauge companies make products for everyday use, while others prioritize racing.

What companies will you find on this best boost gauge brands list? Auto Meter offers some of the most rugged gauges available on the market today. This great boost gauge manufacturer also provides consumers with fun designs like Old Tyme, Golden Oldies and the Prestige series.

MaxTow is another one of the most popular brands of boost gauges. Sunpro makes easy to read boost gauges that would fit right in on many models of cars. Other good companies that are featured on this top boost gauge brands list include New South Performance, Innovate Motorsports, and Podi.

Do you have a favorite boost gauge brand? Give the best companies a thumbs up and please add any good boost gauge manufacturers we may have missed.
The Best Boost Gauge Brands,


Innovate Motorsports



Auto Meter






Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:06:59 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-boost-gauge-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Ignition Coil Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ignition-coil-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on ignition coil brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The ignition coil works with a car's battery to transform the voltage and start the car. The best ignition coil brands come in many forms. Some top ignition coil brands are made by top vehicle manufactures and others provide third party options.

What companies will you find on this best ignition coil brands list? MSD makes some of the most popular ignition coils on the market. This great ignition coil brand makes products that fit cars, trucks and even race cars. Mallory Ignition is another favorite ignition coil company currently producing products.

Ford, Toyota and Honda all make ignition coils that their drivers can by for replacement purposes. Other good manufacturers that are featured on this top ignition coil brands list include Bosch, Dynatek and Spectra Premium.

Which ignition coil company do you think makes the best quality product? Let us know by giving your favorites a thumbs up and please add any great brands of ignition coils that we may have missed.
The Best Ignition Coil Brands,


Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.





Spectra Premium

Mallory Ignition



Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:06:59 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ignition-coil-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Suspension Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-suspension-brands/ranker-cars?source=rss
This list contains information on suspension brands, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Suspension systems allow motorists to enjoy a smooth ride while preserving safety and road handling. The best suspension brands come in many forms. Some top suspension companies use air systems while others use spring systems.

What companies will you find on this best suspension brands list? Which brand makes the best suspension kits? Bilstein is one of the most popular suspension brands, thanks in part to its unique offerings. This great suspension company is known to be the world leader in monotube gas pressure shock absorbers and other suspension elements. KW is another one of the best suspension manufacturers.

As the name suggests, Air Lift specializes in air suspension kits that can handle tough loads. Other good companies that you will find on this top suspension brands list include RideTech, BC Racing, and Suncore.

Do you have a favorite suspension brand? Give the best companies a thumbs up to move them to the top spot on this list and please add any great suspension manufacturers that we may have missed.
The Best Suspension Brands,




Air Lift




Air Ride



Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:04:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-suspension-brands/ranker-cars
<![CDATA[The Best Scented Candle Companies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/scented-candle-companies/ranker-shopping?source=rss
The best scented candle companies come in many forms. Some top candle brands use beeswax, while other fancy candle brands use a soy base. Many of the best cheap candle brands have a variety of scents, while the top fancy candles come in only a limited selection of aromas.

What brands will you find on this best scented candle companies list? Yankee Candle is one of the most popular scented candle companies because it offers countless varieties. Some of the best-selling scents include Bayberry, Cinnamon, Cranberry, Pine and French Vanilla. Bath & Body Works is another good candle manufacturer that you will find on this list.

When it comes to fancy candle brands it doesn't get much better than the French company Diptyque. Other great companies featured on this top scented candle companies list include Jo Malone, EarthGlo and White Barn Candles.

Do you have a favorite brand of scented candles? Vote up the best candle companies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
The Best Scented Candle Companies,

Bath & Body Works

Yankee Candle



Jo Malone


Air Wick


Slatkin & Co

Circle E Candles

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 04:36:19 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/scented-candle-companies/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Gin Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-gin-brands/bottoms-up?source=rss
 The best gin brands come in many forms. Some good gin brands produce distilled gin and others make London gin. Gin first became popular in England in the 1600s, and it is now a favorite spirit all over the world. Many gin manufacturers are located over-seas, but a few great gin companies call the United States home.

What beverages appear on this best gin brands list? Tanqueray is one of the most popular gin companies around. This good gin brand name has been mentioned in several popular songs including tracks by Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna. Black Robin is another one of the best gin brands that you will find on this list.

Bacardi may be best known for making rum, but its gin brand, Bombay Sapphire, is also a best seller. Other good gin companies that appear on this top gin brand list include Bloom, Deep Wells and McCormick London Dry.

Which gin brand do you like the best? Vote up your favorite brand of gin below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
The Best Gin Brands,


Monkey 47

Williams Chase

Martin Millers

Bombay Original Gin

Citadelle Gin

Bombay Sapphire




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The best rum brands taste delicious, and will definitely help you get your buzz on! Some great rum brands are available for consumers on a budget, while others use the finest ingredients in the world. Most rum manufacturers are located in the Caribbean, but this beverage is also produced across the globe. 

What rum companies appear on this best rum brands list? Bacardi is one of the top selling rums in the world. It is most famous for its white rum drink, but Bacardi now makes a variety of alcoholic beverages. Fun Fact: famed author Ernest Hemingway often mentioned Bacardi rum in his award-winning novels. Tanduay is another good rum beverage that appears on this top rum brands list.

Captain Morgan offers over a dozen rum varieties in its popular line of spirits. Other great rum brand names include Havana Club, Appleton Estate and Mount Gay.

Which top rum brand is your all-time favorite? Vote up the best, most reliable rum brands in the world, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
The Best Rum Brands,


Gosling Brothers

Havana Club

Appleton Estate



Captain Morgan

Sailor Jerry's

Mount Gay


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