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As society continues to evolve in unprecedented ways, it stands to reason that school students today differ greatly from students 20 or even 10 years ago. Students today compared to students in 1997 or 2007 possess nearly limitless resources when it comes to information and understand technologies that baffle generations before of them. Furthermore, many strides made in LGBTQ representation and an emphasis on political correctness exposed today's students to more open and accepting attitudes. Even still, many teacher horror stories also reveal students of today suffer from a lack of empathy and social skills. So how have today's students changed from those of 1997 and 2007?

Teachers point towards troublesome parents as one reason for the negative qualities they now see in their students, positing that shifts in parental attitudes towards schooling and grading adversely affect their students. With the advent of cell phones and tablets, students now also spend less time communicating physically, resulting in poor interpersonal habits. Thanks to the teachers of Reddit, the world is coming closer to an answer on how students have changed. But, like many answers, they're not necessarily fun to look at.

Teachers Describe The Differences Between Students In 1997, 2007, And 2017, interesting, reddit, education, schools, other,

They've Grown More Polite Yet Less Independent

From teachasdf439:

"I graduated high school and went to college in the late '90s. I started teaching at the college level in mid-2000s, and amstill teaching at the college level.

I would say that in general I didn't notice much of a difference between when I went to college and when I started teaching at college. I went to a state school, and now teach at a (different) state school. Students generally got done what they needed to get done, partied, enjoyed chatting and having fun in the classroom, and more or less seemed to live their lives fairly similarly to how I did.

The last few years have been different, and I'm not entirely sure why, and it is specifically the last few years when the shift occurred. I've spoken with numerous other teachers about this, and everyone I talk to about it that's been teaching for a while seems to have noticed.

As people have noted, students now are more diligent. They work really hard, they're polite, quiet, but are woefully unprepared for adulthood. Yet, they're almost to the last all fairly 'corporate' and 'professionalized.' They act like they are all intending to become middle managers. The idea of college education as anything other than (incredibly expensive) job training is lost on them - likely due to that 'incredibly expensive' part. They diligently do busy work, but when asked to do creative, novel, or independent work/analysis, it's like that screen Chrome browser gives you when it crashes. They're also less anti-authoritarian than I've seen in the past. This is helpful for classroom management, but I worry about a society of people who unquestioningly do busywork, can't think independently, and blindly listen to authority.

If you think it's just me, all teachers teaching incoming freshman last year had to attend a lecture series given by a couple of the deans regarding the demographics and habits of our incoming freshman.

Basically, the takeaway was this: We should not expect students to be able to pay attention in class. We should not expect students to be able to socialize easily with their classmates. We should not expect students to be able to understand and/or figure out a syllabus. We should not expect students to be able to manage their own personal affairs outside of the classroom. We should not expect them to be able to self-task in terms of research/self-education. We should expect more phone calls from parents, more parental intervention, and a heavy reliance on parents by our students who, we were informed, are likely texting their parents during and/or immediately after classes if they get grades they feel are unfair.

Most of the 'we should not expect students to be able to do X' comes from research that the deans cited (I don't remember if it was from our university or published in a journal or what) that shows that most of those issues stem from that extreme reliance on other people, typically parents for younger students, through all of their K-12 education. In other words, their parents did so much for them down to explaining class expectations and how a course works (syllabi), that now that they're expected to do it on their own, they can't because they've never really done it.

I think the deans maybe were a bit hyperbolic, but most of that does seem to be true for a lot of students now, and I will say this: until three years ago, I had never received a phone call or email from a parent regarding their children's grades and/or academic performance. Since 2014, I have received numerous phone calls and probably a half-dozen emails.

You want to see a helicopter parent lose their sh*t? Explain to them that their children are legally adults and due to FERPA guidelines, I can't discuss their grades or academic performance with them. So, I don't fault my students necessarily, and I don't know if this is a long-term trend or not, but I definitely have noticed a pretty significant change in my students over the last few years. I also get the sense that they may know that there is something different about them vs. previous generations of college students, as I find them expressing concern about themselves and their classmates. They say things about people struggling to look each other in the eye, or make small talk, etc."

Does Not Compute

From LixpittleModerators:

"1997 - 'You won't always have a calculator with you everywhere you go in life!'

2017 - 'Before beginning the test, every student must disable the multi-function calculator that goes with them everywhere in life.'"

What's A Senior Prank?

From dubled11:

"Senior Pranks in 1997 were outlandish and acceptable. Senior Pranks in 2007 were less common and more basic. In 2017 Senior Pranks are illegal."

Like Onions And Ogres, These Students Have Layers

From sadpato:

"'97 - sarcastic, grungy, smoking more cigarettes, more clique-y and edgy.

'07 - petty, attention starved, overwhelmed, but much nicer.

'17 - under so many layers of irony and memes they don't even know who they are anymore or care. There's no point in being creative or developing a personality, anything you could think of has already been done."

How They Distract Themselves In Class

From hinklesauce:

"'97 - 'Quit passing notes.' 

'07 - 'Quit texting.' 

'17 - 'Are you seriously watching Netflix right now?'"

They've Grown More Colorful

From abandoningeden:

"I teach in college.

  • 1997: Colorful hair and piercings
  • 2007: no Colorful hair, lots of tattoos
  • 2017: Colorful hair and tattoos

The other main difference was that in 1997, no one talked about being gay. In 2007 students came out to me privately in my office. By 2017, students talk about being gay in class."

Attitudes Have Changed

From djc6535:

"Everybody is going tech so I'll go with cultural. All teens rebel. They all think they have it right and the grownups have it wrong... but they show it differently.

In '97 the prevailing word was Anger. 'I hate the way things are..' Kids were harsher, meaner, and being nasty was the way to show you were cool. I saw a lot of kids get their kicks out of breaking the Santa illusion for grade schoolers for example.Think of the music of the time, Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, and the like: 'In spite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage.'

In '07 the word was Mope. Kids were softening up, being nicer to each other, but also getting more into the 'sadness is beautiful' kind of thing. They weren't angry at the adults so much as they just wanted them to go away and hide into their hoodies: 'Leave me alone to my solitude.' Consider the way Emo was huge at this time.

In '17 kids are much nicer to each other. They're kind to young kids and friendlier in general, but there's this strange undercurrent of competition to be 'The Most Good Person.' In '17 kids want to explain to the grownups how they're all bigots. They also handle failure far worse than previous generations. '17 kids try harder and genuinely want to succeed in ways that the '97 kids didn't. In '97 you were cool if you avoided working hard and didn't care if you failed, but '97 kids also recovered from adversity faster. They didn't bruise as easily. They were harder, meaner kids, but also didn't quit as easily and thrived on constructive criticism."

Today's Kids Lack Confidence

From banquoinchains

"I teach English at a rural high school. The biggest issue for 2017 students is that they have almost zero self-confidence. I don't know if this is a product of culture, or if this is just a fluke with my students. However, they are unwilling to try anything challenging or new without an extreme amount of one-on-one guidance, something that's very difficult to give in a classroom of 30."

What Does It Mean To 'Get An Education'?

From OPNeedsToBeCalledOut:

"As a college instructor who is teaching all of them right now, taking those years as one year removed from HS graduation.

  • '97: I'm taking school seriously to better myself and my career.
  • '07: I should have not taken all those gap years, C's get degrees.
  • '17: Oh sh*t if I don't get at least a Master's I'm going to be made redundant by a robot." 

Phoning In And Up

From ColinHalfhand:

"No phones.

Small phones.

Big phones."

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 03:00:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/teachers-explain-how-kids-have-changed/mick-jacobs
<![CDATA[Science Fair Projects Gone Horribly Wrong]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/science-fair-fails/nathandavidson?source=rss

A common question posed on the Internet these days asks, "Has science gone too far?" A fair question, especially considering these funny science fair projects and memes that suggest, yes, it has. Though a child's imagination and curiosity should always be encouraged and fostered, teachers also need to understand where to draw the line between useful and useless information.

The funny science fair pictures and bizarre science projects in this gallery will make you question everything you know about things you never really cared to know about in the first place. Clearly, many of these students decided to add some humor to their studies, and in doing so demonstrated how boredom can lead to brilliance. They say the beauty of science is that it does not claim to know the answers before it asks the questions, but these science fair fails propose questions with answers no one ever needed to know.

Science Fair Projects Gone Horribly Wrong,

Legen...Wait for It...Dairy

A Crappy Project

Work Of Fart

Homeless Is Where The Heart Is

See You In Silicon Valley


Itching For Answers

Birds Of A Feather

Jumping-Off Point

Ms. Robot

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 03:34:53 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/science-fair-fails/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[Teachers Describe Their Worst Encounters With Nightmare Parents]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/teachers-describe-encounters-with-insane-parents/lea-rose-emery?source=rss

When teachers vent about parents, you usually hear of pretty shocking stories of terrible people. You can get the normal annoying parents who come in and hover around their children or ask a lot of questions. But the actual worst parents are a totally different beast. Because teachers really see the worst of people. They see the negligent parents, the helicopter parents, and even parents capable of horrible abuse. 

Going far beyond just teacher pet peeves, the more annoying parents can make it straight up impossible for educators to do their jobs. From parents who think children potty train themselves (or that teachers should) to parents who actually threaten teachers for just doing their job, it'll relieve you to know your dad simply asked some embarrassing questions at parent-teacher night. When you see what these teachers of Reddit have to say, there's one thing you'll realize for sure—teachers just don't get paid enough.

Teachers Describe Their Worst Encounters With Nightmare Parents,

Serious Abuse

From Dont_Gild_Me:

"A couple of years back, there was a student who often wrote letters to her teachers thanking them for teaching her. The thing is, she always called them Mom/Dad, and always started the letters with 'Dear mother/father.'

At that time my teacher thought it was just the student joking around, until one day they found out that she had cut herself badly during school in her cubicle. From what she described, it wasn't just scratches, but deep cuts all over her arms and legs, and she was literally overflowing with blood. 

The teacher immediately called the ambulance and her parents, telling them to visit their daughter and help her. However, what the mother told her still disgusts her till this day.

She told the teacher to let her child die, and the earlier the better.

Sadly, she never really told us why and didn't know what happened to her after graduation as she didn't come back to visit the school. Now, she uses this story to teach us how lucky we are to have loving parents."

She Can't Just Let It Lie

From Captain_Steve_Hiller:

"I taught English and one boy was a reluctant reader. No biggie though, all he had to do was read one chapter in a book that was 100 pages or longer. I gave them nine weeks to read the book and put together a project. Basically, a book report.

During the first two book reports the mother asked if I could extend her son's project another week because he didn't finish the book. I denied the request because I needed to put grades in for the report card. She went on to bash me on Facebook, Twitter, and to friends saying how I was ignorant, that I didn't understand because I don't have kids. (Luckily I had some parents of students coming to my defense saying how the project was fair, that I gave deadlines that parents were to sign off on, and that nine weeks is plenty of time).

She complained still about every single assignment I sent home. She continued to complain on social media. She would then turn around and buy me a gift. She would walk into school in the morning while kids were coming off the bench to tell me that I needed to give her child another test because his 86 wasn't a fair representation of what he knew.

Finally, the principal banned her from contacting me directly, and then had the sheriff's office come in to talk to her about her Facebook rants. The sheriff more or less called it slander, and said if she didn't delete each post that I could press charges against her. She did, but by that point the year was almost over."

All The Extremes

From sciencenerd86:

"I have stories from both ends of the spectrum. When I taught second grade I had a parent leave alone her eight-year-old (my student), her four-year-old and an infant for several days when she went on a trip about four hours away. No adults staying, checking in, etc. She told him not to leave the house when she left on Friday, so it wasn't until Monday when we called and no one answered (not unusual) or Tuesday's welfare check that anyone realized the situation. It was terrifying to think of what could have happened. Injuries, fire, what these poor children ate (especially the baby who probably wasn't on solids yet) just to name a few.

The other is a more regular occurrence. I now teach middle school to the most helicoptered children. I have students whose parents check our online grade book and daily webpages eight-to-10 times daily and email their student's teachers nearly daily to check up. These children are 13-years-old and aren't allowed to make any kind of mistake or learn from having any responsibility or self-advocacy skills. It's terrible to think what a disservice this will be as their children are forced into the 'real world' without their moms there to solve their problems."

Friends Til The End

From vogdswagon26:

"My wife has been a preschool teacher for several years now, she has noticed a disturbing trend of parents refusing to punish their children and instead take their side in all situations.

There was one child in particular who would run away from the classroom and hide, disrespect the teachers, and on several occasions even struck teachers and staff. Whenever the mother was confronted with his behavior she would ask what they did to provoke the child and would blame all the child's problems on the teachers. She even went so far as to scream at one of the teachers in front of all the other parents and kids of the class. She yelled at her and said she is failing as an educator and doesn't know what she is doing. The next day her child bit a teacher.

This is the kind of thing that happens when parents are trying to be friends with their children, instead of being parents." 

A Very Important (Nail) Date

From Shiska0423:

"So, I work at a preschool. There's this one mom who drives me up the f*cking wall. She doesn't work. She always posts pictures of her getting her nails done and stuff while her two boys (two and three) are sitting in pre-k so she can have 'her time.' And she will not pick them up until 6:30 PM, which is the latest they can get picked up. Whatever. They're not bad kids. So I don't mind having them here.

But one day, the older one, let's call him Sam, hit his face. I'm not sure exactly what he did, but it was bad. His nose looked awful, lots of blood. They call mom because his nose is definitely broken. She waits until 6:30 PM (this happened in the morning) to come pick him up. She couldn't come pick him up because she was having lunch with her husband (the kids' dad).

So then the mom supposedly sent a picture of Sam's nose (it was awful. Already purple swollen and looked very painful) to a doctor friend of hers who told her, 'It might be broken.' She took this to mean it wasn't broken.

Poor Sam was at school the next day. All of the teachers were pissed. It would have made me cry with how bad it was, much less a three-year-old. But he was a trooper. He played just fine with his friends.

Finally. At around four later that day, I saw her leaving with him. But yeah, parents can be awful."

Daddy Needs His Cut

Form alwayslurkeduntilnow:

"Recently a parent threatened to hospitalize me for confiscating contraband. Sadly this happens often.

We get parents threatening legal action when we confiscate and destroy tobacco products. Recently we had to report a parent as he was selling cigarettes through the railings.

You can frequently see where many of our more troubled students get their behaviors from." 

Can't Have Them Thinking In School

From loisharkins2:

"My husband taught at a private language academy to a group of seven-year-old girls. He was reassigned in the middle of the school year, because a mom found that he made the students 'think too hard'. This being after-school education, he never gave any homework, they get enough of that from their day schooling (and then some). The mom was outraged because her daughter was voluntarily researching topics in her free time instead of whatever she wanted her to be doing. Way to have high expectations for her future." 

Basic Hygeine

From MattyNiceGuy:

"This mom was wondering why we weren't doing more to teach him about personal hygiene and bathroom habits, including proper wiping.

Me: speechless." 

Not Exactly The Socratic Method

From RednBlackSalamander:

"I told these parents their daughter loved asking questions, and they asked me why she didn't already know the answers, just in case anyone's wondering why suicidal depression is Korean students' national pastime."

Who Does Potty Training These Days?

From HoosierDoc:

"When I was a TA, I had to interpret for a mom who couldn't speak much English. Her child was a kindergartner and he had trouble with his bowel movements. Basically, he always pooped his pants. Aside from that, he also displayed some signs of possibly being in the spectrum. So we have mom come in and she comes in in pajamas. Whatever.

As we begin the conference, we asked her how he did at home with his homework. She said, 'I do it for him because he never stops crying about it. I know how to copy his handwriting.' We were all like 'WTF,' but moved on. Finally, we asked her how it was like potty training him, and she said, 'Potty train? I didn't potty train him. Isn't that something we just know how to do?'

Her lazy parenting skills killed me. Folks, don't be a lazy parent."

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:04:06 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/teachers-describe-encounters-with-insane-parents/lea-rose-emery
<![CDATA[Every Schoolhouse Rock! Song, Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-schoolhouse-rock-songs-list/ranker-music?source=rss

Few other educational videos had the impact of Schoolhouse Rock songs. Every Saturday since the 1970s, kids have gathered around their TV sets to enjoy cartoons while learning about everything from science and math to civics and history. If you're feeling nostalgic for your own days of weekend cartoon watching, enjoy this list of the best Schoolhouse Rock songs - all of them are listed here for your enjoyment.

“It’s great to learn, ‘cause knowledge is power!” The early introductions for Schoolhouse Rock established right off the bat that these clips were more than mere entertainment. The series itself ran from 1973 until 1985, and each season was comprised of short animated films set to catchy songs. This online list of Schoolhouse Rock videos includes every single one of these songs, from the clips that ran on TV to those that were produced direct-to-video.

For many, these Schoolhouse Rock songs were the way they began to understand the American government (“I’m Just a Bill”). For others, these short films instilled a lifelong love of grammar and language (“Conjunction Junction,” “Verb: That’s What’s Happening”). And for kids struggling with math, “My Hero Zero” and “Three is a Magic Number” helped them feel just a little more confident in the classroom.

Now it gets tough: what is the best Schoolhouse Rock song ever? Watch the videos to refresh your memory, and then vote for all your favorites.

Every Schoolhouse Rock! Song, Ranked Best to Worst,

Conjunction Junction

The Great American Melting Pot

Electricity, Electricity

Lucky Seven Samson

Three is a Magic Number

I'm Just a Bill

No More Kings


Verb: That's What's Happening

Telegraph Line

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:30:17 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/all-schoolhouse-rock-songs-list/ranker-music
<![CDATA[45 Celebrities Who Dropped Out And Got Their GEDs Instead]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-with-geds/celebrity-lists?source=rss

A life of stardom often doesn't leave much time for studies. But for these famous people, getting their GEDs was a priority. GEDs – General Education Development tests – are accepted as the equivalent of having completed a high school education, regardless of how many years of school the taker actually attended. It's clear that these celebrities who got a GED value education, whether they made their mark in music, the movies, or comedy.

Who will you find on this list of celebrities with GEDs? Lindsay Lohan attended high school until she was a junior, and reportedly got her GED at a later time. Actor Mark Wahlberg earned his GED at the age of 42. "I can't tell my kids to go to school and get an education if I don't have a diploma," he told Esquire in 2014. "I'm proud to have it."

"After I left high school and got my GED, I studied broadcast journalism for a year at a community college," Chris Rock said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. "Though part of me had always wanted to be a comedian, another part of me had always wanted to be Bryant Gumbel or Dan Rather." Other famous people with GEDs include Prince, Christina Applegate, and John Travolta.

Are you surprised that so many celebrities went for their GEDs rather than a traditional high school diploma? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

45 Celebrities Who Dropped Out And Got Their GEDs Instead,

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie dropped out of high school when she was 14 years old, and earned her GED later. She previously attended Beverly Hills High School.

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby earned his GED while serving in the Navy. He later went on to receive a Ph.D. in Education.

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher dropped out of high school at the age of 15 because she was already working on Broadway. She later received her GED.


Cher dropped out of high school and later went on to get her GED.

David Bowie

David Bowie is one of many musicians who opted for a GED rather than a high school diploma.

John Travolta

John Travolta dropped out of high school to pursue his acting career. He later earned his GED.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan attended high school until she was a junior. She reportedly got her GED at a later time.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage dropped out of Beverly Hills High School after passing his GEDs.

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton dropped out of Dwight High School in New York and later obtained her GED.


Prince reportedly earned his GED.

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:31:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-with-geds/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[20 People Share Their Creepiest Classmate Stories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-classmate-stories/lea-rose-emery?source=rss

Given that it is possibly the easiest way to survive adolescence, "being normal" prevents many from making that plunge into social exclusion. But while this deters most from becoming pariahs, someone's got to fill the role. You know, the one who ate glue, the one who 'lost' pets, who collected classmates' hair, all for the entertainment, and disbelief, of you, your classmates, and even your teachers

One of those places where people want to share all of those horror stories is Reddit, the perfect corner of the Internet for everything too weird to go anywhere else. From simply cringe-inducing behavior to actual murderers and sex offenders, the tales here depict classmates you'll be thankful won't be at your next reunion.

20 People Share Their Creepiest Classmate Stories,

The Classic Creeper

The kid with a rat tail haircut and a knife collection he would bring to school.

The Straight-Up Murderer

I went to school with Jean Pierre Orlewicz. He's creepy because of this.

He was arrested on November 12th, 2007, and charged with the November 7th murder and decapitation of Daniel Sorensen, 26, in the Detroit suburb of Canton, Michigan. Sorensen's torso was found on the side of a road. His hands and feet had been burned with a blowtorch and his head was found nearly 15 miles away. He had been stabbed 12 times.

Orlewicz was charged with premeditated murder, felony murder, and mutilation of a corpse. Prosecutors referred to the case as a 'thrill' killing, due to its gruesomeness and the apparent lack of serious motive.

He was creepy before this, but this was the icing on the cake.

The Pubescent Predator

Kieran was that kid in my middle school, around the time where everyone was discovering their raging hormones, and sexual humor became everyday thing for us. Kieran took it too far, however, and was forever talking about sex and wishing he could f*ck everything that moved.

He even confessed that he fantasized about rape because "she'd enjoy it too, even if she pretended not to." Creepy, creepy kid.

Well, at one point Kieran wasn't in class for three days in a row, so we all started to wonder what happened to him. Turns out he had been masturbating under a table to dirty drawings he had done, been caught, and sent to the principal's office.

On the way there, he saw a younger girl walking back from the bathroom and forced her to follow him into the boy's room where he tried to rape her. Fortunately for her, an older kid was using the stall next to theirs and stopped everything and screamed for the security and teachers. Last I heard, Kieran's doing hard time for a long list of violent and sexual crimes.

Fifth-Grade Fecal Gymnast

This boy in 5th grade pooped in class at his desk, rolled the log down his leg, and kicked it over to under a girl's desk.

Leo Loves Hair

'Creepy Leo': 6 ft. something, crazy eyes. Generally just acted and said weird sh*t all the time.

One day in chem lab he came up really close behind me (mind you I'm 5'4" and had super long hair) and said in a low voice, "Can I have one of your hairs?" with this demented, weird look. I was very creeped out but I gave him one to make him go away, which he then lit in the Bunsen burner. Wtf.

The Wolf Pack Gone Wrong

Not an individual, but a group of kids at my high school would wear tails and pretend they were wolves. They all had their own wolf name, wore contacts that made their eyes look like wolves, and would meet in the woods when there was a full moon to howl at it. Well, for three weeks straight, a member of this group killed themselves every Wednesday. It was strange to say the least.

A Knife And Butter

I knew a kid who brought a bowie knife to school every day tucked into his hoodie sleeve, ate nothing but full sticks of butter and cans of Campbell's soup (which he opened with his knife), and always talked about who he was going to kill. I ended up making friends with him, partly because I felt bad for him, and partly because I didn't want to die if he decided to shoot up the school.

Something Smells Off

This is in Grade 11. This weird kid that wore Hawaiian shirts every day. Long greasy hair, obnoxious, talks like he's super smart (Spoiler: he wasn't), and was just all around weird.

In day one of Law class, he's leaning on his desk, smelling the girl sitting in front of him. She goes to the washroom, and he grabs her pencil case, and smarts sniffing it. She walks back while he's in the middle of this. She switched to a different class the same day.

The Fleshlight Gentleman

There was kid who would do all sorts of strange sh*t. He once brought a condom into the Latin class I had with him, and he blew it up like a balloon. A bit later, he excused himself to the bathroom. He came back with a piss-filled-condom-balloon, which he sling across the room into the trash; thankfully he was a good shot because it popped, filling the trash with his piss.

Another time he came into school with one of those body pillows that have weird anime girls on them, which he would hump in the locker bay. He took it to all his classes, and sat it down next to him.

The third incident happened several years later, and I can't even begin to comprehend how he managed it, but he snuck 69 volleyballs, all with dildos attached to them, into a basketball game. All hell broke loose. There were dildos on the court, balls flying everywhere, and the band couldn't play because of how hard they were laughing. It was truly the most hilarious thing I have experienced.

The weirdest part? He wasn't a strange kid; he was very nice, social, captain of the track team, knew everybody. He did the impossible, combining the tropes of strange antisocial freak with the teenage heartthrob's life. He and I have since become incredibly close friends, and he still does shit like this all the time.

He would also drink soda out of a fleshlight. I don't even know.

The Creative Writer

A friend found a flash drive full of erotic stories featuring girls in our school, moms, and community members written by a classmate. Total, there were about 40 stories, all about seven-to-eight pages long, single-spaced.

Luckily for us, the friend who found the stories had the foresight to print one out before handing in the mammoth work of erotic 'literature.' The story opened with the narrator cleaning the pool of our female gym teacher while she tanned naked. The story progressed pretty predictably for about three pages and then took the WTF turn of the century. The narrative skips forward several months and we find the teacher pregnant with twin love children. Miscarriage ensues, and there were several pages dedicated to describing the emotional pain, before the big finish of the narrator and teacher creating new love children.

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:21:45 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-classmate-stories/lea-rose-emery
<![CDATA[Who Will Win the 2016 College Football Playoffs?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/who-will-win-2016-college-football-playoffs/ranker-college-football?source=rss

This New Year's Eve, the 2016 College Football Playoffs kicks off with Alabama, Washington, Clemson, and Ohio State competing for the chance to play in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship on January 9. Hosted at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the championship game will be played between the winners of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Playstation Fiesta Bowl. 

After the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and the No.4 Washington Huskies play in the Peach Bowl, the No. 2 Clemson Tigers will take on the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl. The two winning teams will then compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy, which is currently held by Alabama and Ohio State the year before. 

Vote for the school you think will win the 2016 College Football Playoffs, and be sure to also vote for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl winner and the Playstation Fiesta Bowl winner. Don't miss the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship on January 9 at 8 pm ET on ESPN!

Who Will Win the 2016 College Football Playoffs?,

Clemson University

Ohio State University

University of Alabama

University of Washington

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 04:33:50 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/who-will-win-2016-college-football-playoffs/ranker-college-football
<![CDATA[The Best Colleges for B Students: Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-colleges-for-b-students-ranked/admiralcrunch?source=rss

This is a list of top schools whose freshman class is comprised of less than 50% of the top tenth of their high schools.  You will definitely still find a large number of A students at most of these schools. Few public flagship universities will be on this list because they draw high numbers of in-state honors students, especially in Western and Southern states.  Some institutions famous for being "safety schools", like George Washington University, actually won't be here because of the strength of their freshman class.  Meanwhile some schools considered elite will be, often because they are surrounded by bigger names, particularly in the Northeast (especially Pennsylvania and New York) and the Midwest (especially Indiana ) or because they're powerhouse liberal arts colleges in states where most top students attend public universities (schools such as Hendrix, Sewanee, Millsaps, and Furman).  

Here is how the ranking system works: 

The factors considered in scoring: freshman retention, graduation rate, % of classes with fewer than 20 students, % of classes with more than 50 students, % of students in graduation in the top tenth of their high school class, and % of alumni donations. 

I’m not a professional statistician or education expert, so this system is not perfect.  However, experts say these metrics are strong indicators of student happiness, the happiness of graduates with their experience, the seriousness your student's classmates will take his or her education, and the school's dedication to providing personal attention to your student. 

A sample score: Fauxville State University: Freshmen Retention: 75%, Graduation Rate: 50%, Classes 20 & under: 33%, Classes 50 & over: 24%, freshmen in the top 10% of their graduating class: 20%, and alumni giving: 10%. 

 Fauxville State’s score would be 75 + 50 + 33 – 24 + 20 + 10 = 164. 

A perfect score would be 500. This list includes schools that scored 275 or higher but have a freshman class rate with 49% (or below) graduating in the top tenth of their high school class.  

However, there are also public colleges and universities as well as major private research universities listed scoring 230 or higher because otherwise this list would be almost entirely private liberal arts colleges. This list is not complete. 

Note:  Most of these schools are still "reach schools" for many students. Ask a college's representative if, based on your record, you would have likely been admitted the previous year. You might also ask your high school guidance counselor.  A B student at a private school like Horace Mann or Exeter can have totally different opportunities than a B student at Average High School in rural America.  


The Best Colleges for B Students: Ranked,

College of the Atlantic

Score 311.3 - Maine - Liberal Arts College (focuses on environmental studies)

DePauw University

Score 310.5 - Indiana - Liberal Arts College

Dickinson College

Score 324, Pennsylvania - Liberal Arts College

Franklin & Marshall College

Score 313.9 - Pennsylvania - Liberal Arts College

Lawrence University

Score 317.2 - Wisconsin - Liberal Arts College

Muhlenberg College

Score 314 - Pennsylvania - Liberal Arts College

Sarah Lawrence College

Score 309.6 - New York - Liberal Arts College

Skidmore College

Score 314.9 - New York - Liberal Arts College

St. Lawrence University

Score 309 - New York - Liberal Arts College

College of Wooster

Score 308.4 - Ohio - Liberal Arts College

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:33:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-colleges-for-b-students-ranked/admiralcrunch
<![CDATA[28 Funny Back to School Photos That All Teachers Can Relate To]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-back-to-school-photos-that-all-teachers-can-relate-to/ashley-reign?source=rss

Back to school is a special time of the year. A tine that all parents love. A time that all kids hate. But who gets the worst of back to school every single year? It's absolutely the teachers. Here you'll find a collection of hilarious teacher back to school images that will give you a look at what it's like to be on the teaching side of the classroom, preparing to jump headfirst into another year or responsibility for twenty or more kids whose parents just dropped them off at school. The parents don't have to deal with them all day. That's the teacher's job now.


28 Funny Back to School Photos That All Teachers Can Relate To,

Let the Poor Spelling and Bad Grammar Choices Begin!

When You Just Can't Wait for the Enlightenment to Begin

Back to School: Teacher Speak for "House Vodka's Fine"

Over-Optimism: Nailin' It

You've Never Lived Til You've Back to Schooled from the Front of a Classrom

Breaking Bad: The Gift That Just Keeps on Giving

The Back to School Special: Merlot with a Twist of Tears

The Horrors of the First Morning of Each New School Year

When You Show Up Ready to Ride That Recharging Summer Through the Year

Pre-Back to School Angst

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 10:24:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-back-to-school-photos-that-all-teachers-can-relate-to/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[25 Funny First Day of School Pictures]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-first-day-of-school-pictures/ashley-reign?source=rss

Remember those yearly back to school pictures your mom would always make you pose for every year on the first day of a new grade? While enduring first day of school pictures may be a long, proud tradition among kids everywhere, that doesn't mean they always turn out exactly as planned. Here you'll see a list of hysterical back to school images that defy traditional expectations. 

The funny school kid pictures you'll see here feature kids who aren't exactly enthusiastic about their first day back in the classroom as well as parents who can't wait to drop them off there. So whether you're not exactly thrilled about your own impending first day at school or are a parent who vows that summer can't end soon enough, you'll find yourself in excellent company among the crowd you'll meet below. 

Consult this list to think of hilarious ideas to pep up your yearly back to school photo session or to feel better about the one you've just been forced to endure. If you need more photos like this in your life, check out this list of kids before and after their first day of school

25 Funny First Day of School Pictures,

Can You Guess Who's the Most Excited For School to Start?

One More Summer Down

Guessing Mom and Dad Will Be Okay with Not Having Them Around As Much

"Good Luck, Cupcake!"

Enthusiasm: Not Always Contagious, Actually

The Inspiration Is Weak With This One

The Party Don't Start 'Til This Guy Walks In

Abandon All Hope, All Ye Who Enter Homeroom

How Poetic Is the Reluctantly Abandoned Light Saber at His Feet?

"They'll Never Take Me Alive!"

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 10:11:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-first-day-of-school-pictures/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[12 Creepy Abandoned Schools and Classrooms That Are Probably Haunted]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-abandoned-school-haunted/juliet-bennett-rylah?source=rss

Some of the greatest (and campiest) horror flicks took place in schools: Carrie, Suspiria, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prom Night. But those were all active schools, full of bubbly students and no small amount of mayhem. Abandoned schools are full of creepy classrooms, forgotten textbooks, overturned desks, and probably ghosts. Okay, so maybe you don't believe in ghosts. That's fine, but there's no denying that these forlorn learning institutions are unsettling, even if they're not haunted.

These haunted schools give you a chance to not only relive all your worst childhood memories—that teacher who never liked you, the homework you couldn't figure out, the popular kids who made fun of your lack of athletic abilities—but to feel totally isolated from the modern world. Where laughing children once played outdoors and studied their ABCs, now nature has taken over these buildings. A few brave urban explorers have ventured inside to capture what's left before it's gone for good. 

12 Creepy Abandoned Schools and Classrooms That Are Probably Haunted,

A Forlorn Piano

This abandoned piano in a New Orleans classroom seems like the type that would play melodies on its own when no one was looking. It at least seems to be in good enough condition that perhaps you could blow off the dust and play a little "Chopsticks."

School's Out Forever

Here lies an abandoned school in Detroit. One adventurous urbexer has decided to scrawl “School’s out forever!” on the chalkboard, perhaps thinking they’re the first person to ever think of that lyric while surveying an empty classroom. It’s at least fitting, as Alice Cooper was born in Detroit. Listen carefully for footsteps crunching on all that debris, getting closer… and closer…

An Abandoned Gym

You could still shoot some hoops in this defunct gymnasium in Taiwan, if you wanted to, although the watchful gaze of that mustachioed man might throw your game. 

Don't Get Shut in These Lockers

It's hard to say what caused these lockers at Alexander Hamilton Junior High in Cleveland to fall down like toy soldiers. Perhaps an earthquake, or a good ol' fashioned demon conjuring? Just don't get shut in one of these, because you'll probably never get back out. 

This Pool's Seen Better Days

According to photographer Timothy Neesam, this is the abandoned swimming pool of a long forgotten boys' school. The campus, located in Ontario, also once served as a WII POW camp. It would also be a fine place to reenact your favorite scenes from indie horror films Let the Right One In or It Follows.

Frederick Douglass Academy

This abandoned high school in Detroit looks like a tornado swept through its halls, destroying everything in sight. Glass from smashed windows and graffiti cover the campus. Though the cause of this destruction is likely the poor economic condition of the city combined with bored taggers and resourceful scrappers looking for metal, it's not hard to imagine this school as the site of a tumultuous poltergeist or a telekinetic student who decided she'd just had enough of it all one day. 

Butlerville High School

Butlerville High School exists in the very small town of Butlerville, IN. According to blogger Jim Grey, the school was built in 1904 and presumably fell into abandonment and disrepair after Indiana began consolidating its schools in the 1950s. This photo shows plants crawling over the abandoned building, slowly consuming it. They're definitely not carnivorous plants that would wrap around your ankles should you try to traipse the halls of this school alone... right?

Bennett College, NY

Bennett College in New York is a place of nightmares. Just look at how totally decrepit this massive, sprawling place is. You can almost see the ghost peering out at you from one of the upstairs windows, beckoning you to come inside for just a little bit. The school was founded as a women’s high school in 1890, then became a junior college for women, but closed down in 1978 as it became more popular for men and women to be educated at the same place. Pipes froze and burst, damaging significant chunks of the building. The school is now quite unstable, and you shouldn't go inside for logical reasons, as well as the part where it's probably scary.

A Forgotten School in Illinois

You can almost hear the wind whistling through the busted windows and doors of this abandoned school in Elmira, IL. Seems like a great place to set up a tent and camp for the night. What could go wrong? 

A Mission-Style School in a Ghost Town

There isn’t a whole lot in Mosheim, TX, an unincorporated town with a population of just about no one. A school building there lies abandoned and is purportedly falling down. Though the grass in this photo appears neatly cut, some urbex photographers who have visited within the last year claim that is no longer the case. 

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 06:01:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-abandoned-school-haunted/juliet-bennett-rylah
<![CDATA[What School Lunch Is Like in 8 Different Countries Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/school-lunches-in-other-countries/steve-wright?source=rss

Have you ever wondered what school lunch in other countries looks like?

You often hear that America has school lunches that are low in nutrition and flavor and promote bad eating habits to children. International school lunches, however, are certainly a mixed bag when it comes to providing everything a growing child needs while not costing the various governments millions of dollars.

Some countries, like Finland, have found a way to provide excellent school lunches that are free. Public school lunches in other countries, however, can get very expensive, with some schools in France charging the equivalent of a restaurant meal for food in their school cafeterias.

If you have ever wondered what school lunch around the world looks like, then this is the list for you. Keep reading to find out what kids around the world have at school lunch.

What School Lunch Is Like in 8 Different Countries Around the World,


Brazilian schools have the second largest lunch program in the world, feeding 42 million of the country's schoolchildren - for free. The government requires 30 percent of the ingredients for lunches to be sourced from local, family farms. By doing this, the country has helped four million farmers and also reduced childhood malnutrition at the same time. This also encourages children to stay in school longer as eating healthy, good quality food is often easier at school that at home.


The massive economic divide in China means that in some schools lunch is provided, while in others children have to bring their own food. China has recently been involved in a movement to cut waste and extravagance, and through this, the children who do not eat the lunch that is provided are given black marks that count on their end-of-year report cards. Lunches are traditionally Chinese dishes that use white rice, fish, and local vegetables.


The most unique aspect of Finnish school meals is that they are free. This change was part of a social revolution during WWII and Finns see the free school meals program as an essential part of their culture. The Finnish model means that school lunches cost eight percent of the education cost of each pupil. Each meal must have fresh and cooked vegetables covering half the plate, fish at least once a week, and berries or fruit for dessert, among other regulations.


There is no national school lunch program in France, so lunches there are funded by the local municipalities. This means that the wealthiest in Paris can pay up to $7 for a school meal, with an average cost being around $3 and low-income support being available. These three and four-course meals are provided to around 6 million children each day, with primary and middle school children having a set menu and high schools having a couple of options. Kids are also mandated to spend 30 minutes at the table to properly eat their food.


School lunches in Japan tend to be authentic, home-style meals as opposed to the fried, stadium food you see in the US. Most schools source their food from local farms and as a rule, the food is never frozen. The meals are balanced and lean heavily on traditional Japanese staples such as rice, fish, and soups. In many ways, it is a throwback school lunch system as the type and quality of the meals haven't changed much in four decades. The meals are also a communal experience as students serve their own classmates. Lunch periods are typically 45 minutes long and are used to teach children about community and nutrition.

South Korea

Most American kids would be pretty intimidated by a South Korean school lunch. Bringing lunch from home is unheard of in South Korea and the monthly cost for lunches is around $34 (with subsidies available). The lunches may be mysterious, but they are also nutritious and filling, with no microwaveable food and everything prepared fresh on the day it is served. Soups and fish are major staples of South Korean school lunches.

United Kingdom

School lunches in the UK had become such a problem that the government brought new legislation into effect in 2015 to make the meals healthier. Meals today must include one or more portions of vegetables or salad, while there may be no more than two portions of fried or pastry-based foods each week. The drive toward healthier eating was spearheaded by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. There is, however, a class divide that sees the poorer communities still eating school lunches that are not seen as nutritious enough compared to other countries.

United States of America

American school lunches are typically not fondly remembered by adults. Budget cuts in schools have seen the quality of school lunches eroded over the years to the point that First Lady Michelle Obama has become involved. Stats seem to back this up, noting that two out of three middle schoolers who eat school lunches regularly are overweight. 

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:11:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/school-lunches-in-other-countries/steve-wright
<![CDATA[The Greatest Back to School Celebration Photos by Parents]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/parent-back-to-school-celebration-photos/nathandavidson?source=rss

Back to school is a special time for parents. All parents. For the kids, it's the absolute worst time of year. Fortunately, a new funny photo tradition by parents all across the country has begun to help ease the pain of those poor, suffering kids who have to go back to school. And more importantly, it shows all parents that you're not alone. Every parent is full of glee on the first day of school. You aren't a soulless monster for wanting your kids out of the house. These pictures represent America's best and brightest photos of parents celebrating their kids going back to school. These images are sure to brighten your day, especially if you're an adult.

The Greatest Back to School Celebration Photos by Parents,

Take Five

All Aboard!

World's Best Dad

Might as Well Jump!

Kindergarten Cop

Home Alone

School Daze

Back in Business

Too Cool for School

The Fall Mom

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:00:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/parent-back-to-school-celebration-photos/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[Senior Pranks That Went WAY Too Far]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/senior-pranks-that-went-way-too-far/rydavis?source=rss
High school senior pranks are a rite of passage for graduating students. Most seniors stay innocent, opting to fill up a classroom with balloons, throw some confetti around, or fork the football field. But other students get a little ahead of themselves and manage to let things get out of hand. Some notorious senior pranks have resulted in obscene vandalism, arson, arrests, and even animal cruelty. These are the pranks that get kids banned from walking at graduation. Some of them were so bad, the pranksters had to face major criminal charges. The right senior prank can live in high school infamy forever. But the wrong senior prank could land you in the slammer. 

These teens couldn't resist the temptation to to escalate a fun prank to a potentially dangerous next level. Killing animals and destroying school property won't be taken lightly by school officials... or the police. And considering most seniors are of legal age, the consequences won't be merciful. If these kids were worried about missing grad night, maybe they should have been more concerned about getting a felony on their record right before going off to college.

Here you'll find some of the worst senior pranks gone awry. These students managed to take their silly high school shenanigans from zero to sixty, and it landed them in handcuffs, in jail, or in some deep, deep trouble. Here are the senior pranks that went WAY too far.
Senior Pranks That Went WAY Too Far,

Football Player Faces 70 Criminal Charges After Exposing His Penis in Yearbook
Hunter Osborn, an Arizona high school student, was charged with 69 counts of indecent exposure and one count of distributing harmful items to minors. What could possibly rack up so many criminal charges? Well, for Osborn's senior prank, he decided he would expose his dick in the high school's football team yearbook photo. The picture made it in the yearbook and was sent to 3,400 students.The unlucky guy was charged for each person who was present at the time of the photo.
Student Gives Laxative-Laced Brownies to Medically Vulnerable Teacher
A teacher at Blue Valley High School in Kansas was the victim of a major senior prank gone wrong. After seniors baked brownies laced with laxatives, they intended to share them with only the junior students at their high school. However, after one student unknowingly gave teacher Neerav Shah one of the brownies, things went haywire. Shah, who suffers from several medical problems including seizures and strokes, could have been severely sickened by the brownies. Lucky for him, Shah survived the the laxative attack and received apologies from the students involved.
Masked Seniors Attack Students with Fire Crackers and Cherry Bombs
McCluer High School seniors took a prank too far when they unleashed an unpredictable hell on their schoolmates. Masked seniors proceeded to bombard students with firecrackers, cherry bombs, smoke bombs, and water guns filled with bleach and urine. Screams erupted from the campus as soon as the assailants attacked. Some kids were injured with the firecrackers that were directly chucked into the back of their heads.
Senior Prank Sets Graduation Stage on Fire
Two Roseville, California high schools students were arrested for arson after they set their graduation stage on fire. The "prank" shocked the majority of the students in attendance, who believed the prank must have been from another rival school. Graduating seniors were surprised to learn that their own classmates were essentially attempting to kill them as they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. The prank resulted in over $100,000 worth of damage, and the teens faced charges of vandalism, conspiracy, and arson.
Students Vandalize the Sh*t Out of School While Security Watches
Students at Sequoyah High in Tennessee walked into their school after hours as security guards looked on (one even unlocked the doors for the kids). From there, over 100 students obliterated their high school, trashing everything in sight. Kids urinated on the walls, slicked baby oil and marbles all over the floors, dropped goldfish into toilets, and even plopped a dead possum on the the floor. Security guards who enabled the mayhem were swiftly fired and the high school principal was placed on leave following investigation. Over 100 students were banned from attending graduation and three teachers even filed compensation claims after slipping and falling in the aftermath. 
Student Releases 72,000 Lady Bugs into High School
Six Maryland students got in major trouble after police responded to a break in at their Chopticon High School. After ordering 72,000 lady bugs online, the six teens forced their way into their school, setting off an alarm. They proceeded to release the lady bugs into the halls, causing quite a mess as the insects fluttered about. Only one student was banned from walking at graduation, but the rest are facing criminal charges. It took seven employees over four hours to clean up all the lady bugs...well, most of them at least. The janitorial services admitted there are likely thousands around that they couldn't find.
Students Dismember Cow Across School Campus
Two Connecticut high school students were arrested for a senior prank that involved dismembering a baby cow and scattering its parts throughout their campus. Police discovered countless pieces of the calf throughout various areas around the school, including its head in the basketball hoop and legs above ceiling tiles. After the authorities searched the kids' cars, they found a machete and charged them possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle. After further research, police concluded the cow had already been struck dead by a car days before, but that the teens involved cut the animal up into pieces. Despite the fact the kids didn't actually kill the cow, that is still pretty psychopathic behavior. In a disturbingly ironic twist, the cafeteria was serving roast beef for lunch that day.
Senior Prank Ruins Political Election
San Jose high school students were accused of stealing over 100 campaign signs as an odd form of senior prank. Although the crime sounds like youthful innocence, the politicians involved were far from amused. Authorities and politicians asserted that the kids' prank could have seriously affected election results. "I want these kids to understand you could really affect the outcome of an election by taking away this volume of signs," one politician said. The signs, found all over campus, as well as some other damage caused by the pranks, cost the school upwards of $2,600. How the prank related to the school is beyond me, but the students are clearly gearing up for a lifetime of political activism.
Two Teens Put Alarm Clocks in Empty Lockers, Trigger Bomb Scares
Two North Carolina students thought it'd be funny to put a bunch of alarm clocks in all of their high school's unused lockers. The clocks were set to go off every few minutes. The two students involved were sure this would be a nice, funny, innocent prank. What they failed to realize was that ticking and time bombs often go hand-in-hand, especially in an era of heightened fear about attacks on high schools. The bomb squad was called, students were evacuated, and dogs were brought in to sniff the "bomb" out. The two girls were subsequently booked with felony hoax charges and taken into custody.
Chicken Poop Prank Gets High School Band Director Suspended
An Alabama high school band director was swiftly put on leave after she posted a Facebook rant b*tching about her students' senior prank. According to band director Cindy Stephens, the prank involved chicken sh*t smeared all over the campus property. Stephens was involved in the clean up and wasn't too happy about her predicament. She took to Facebook to denounce the prank. But unfortunately for her, she also wrote that she hopes her students end up "in jail" as someone's b*tch. School officials found the post and subsequently put Stephens on leave.

Wed, 18 May 2016 10:44:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/senior-pranks-that-went-way-too-far/rydavis
<![CDATA[Funny Graduation Caps That Won the Whole Ceremony]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-graduation-caps/nathandavidson?source=rss
Graduation day is supposed to be a happy day but in reality there's nothing happy about it. The ceremonies are incredibly boring, it's usually really hot outside, and you have to wear the most poorly-designed hats in the history of mankind. But that doesn't mean you can't take a negative and turn it into a positive like these people did with their funny grad caps. Why spend one more second in a boring robe and a boring hat when funny graduation hats can really take your day up a notch? You wouldn't do that. Another good way to spend your time is by looking at this funny collection of graduation caps. Maybe you'll get some ideas for your own graduation cap.

Funny Graduation Caps That Won the Whole Ceremony,

The Universal Truth

There's No Shame in Begging

The Big Short

A Graduate Occasionally Pays Their Debts

Small Fish in a Big Pond

Hold on to Your Butts

Unlocking the Real World

Stay as Long as You Can

Time for Grad School

Better Call Saul

Tue, 10 May 2016 09:53:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-graduation-caps/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Went to Elementary School Together]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-went-to-elementary-school-together/celebrity-lists?source=rss
Elementary school is a time to learn, grow, and make new friends. But for these future famous people, those years may have also been a time to network. A number of notable actors, actresses, and musicians actually attended the same grade schools. Some of these celebrities who went to school together became fast friends, while others weren't very close. One famous pair of grade school friends even went on to win an Oscar together.

That particular pair tops this list of famous people who went to elementary school together. Acclaimed actors and executives Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been friends since the third grade. They attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School together long before they won Oscars for co-writing Good Will Hunting.

You may be surprised to discover that the connection between Gwyneth Paltrow and Maya Rudolph goes back a generation. Their fathers were best friends from college and the future actresses went to grade school together. Paltrow even shared their 5th-grade class picture from the Crossroads School when she hosted Saturday Night Live.

Before they were household names, these celebrities were just kids on the playground. Read on to discover what other famous people attended grade school together.

Celebrities Who Went to Elementary School Together,

Adam Levine
Of his lifelong friendship with Adam Levine, Johah Hill said, "Our dads met in the principal's office in junior high. We were in carpool, we lived at each other's houses."
Andy Samberg
Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-stars Andy Samberg and Chelsea Peretti go way back. The comedians went to grade school together and even carpooled to their 6th-grade graduation – as seen in the photo above.

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow and Maya Rudolph's fathers were best friends from college and the future actresses went to grade school together. Paltrow even shared their 5th-grade class picture from the Crossroads School when she hosted Saturday Night Live.

Matthew Perry

Though these two don't really have a lot in common now, actor Matthew Perry and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did when they were kids. These two attended the same elementary school in Canada, and Perry revealed he once beat up the future world leader. 

According to Perry, Trudeau was a natural athlete which made Perry insanely jealous. He and a group of his friends ganged up on Trudeau and beat him up. Perry jokingly told Jimmy Kimmel he likes to think that maybe he had something to do with Trudeau becoming Prime Minister. 

Matt Damon
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been friends since the third grade. The actors and executives attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School together long before they won Oscars for co-writing Good Will Hunting.

Rick Moranis
Rick Moranis has spoken about going to grade school with Rush frontman Geddy Lee in interviews. "Geddy Lee and I went to the same grade school," he said. "He moved away when we were still young but I remember him like I do all my friends from back then."
Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake aren't just friends from grade school, they're practically brothers. They worked together on The Mickey Mouse Club, went to school together, and lived together. Timberlake's mom even let Gosling stay with them in the U.S. while Gosling's mom worked back in Canada.

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga and Nicky Hilton went to the Pre-K – Grade 12 school Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York at the same time. Nicky's sister Paris Hilton also attended the school, but she is a few years older.

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 03:30:40 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-went-to-elementary-school-together/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Went to Catholic School]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-went-to-catholic-school/celebrity-lists?source=rss
You might expect Hollywood A-listers to attend ritzy private academies, but you would be surprised how many famous actors, musicians, politicians, and athletes actually attended Catholic school. Some of these famous Catholic school alumni have lapsed on their faith while other celebrity Catholic school students still religiously attend church to this day.

What stars number among celebrities who went to Catholic school? Reality television darling Kim Kardashian went to the all-girl Catholic Marymount High School. On the east coast, Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga attended New York's Convent of the Sacred Hearts and Jennifer Lopez went to Holy Family in the Bronx. A few celebs even have funny stories about their school days – Shakira, for instance, wasn't allowed to participate in the choir at her Catholic school because the director thought she sounded "like a goat."

Several famous men also went to Catholic school. Barack Obama attended Santo Fransiskus Asisi Catholic School for first through third grade and John C. Reilly went to Brother Rice High School in Chicago.

Whether their choice of school was based on personal faith or stellar curriculum, these famous people all share a common educational background. Keep scrolling to see who else appears on this list.

Celebrities Who Went to Catholic School,

Barack Obama
Barack Obama attended Santo Fransiskus Asisi Catholic School for first through third grade.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez went to Holy Family in the Bronx.

Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes graduated from an all-girls Catholic high school.

Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian went to the all-girl Catholic Marymount High School.

Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell blames her Catholic upbringing for causing her to be judgemental of her husband, Dax Shepard. "I think my Catholic-school upbringing immediately informed me to be judgmental, and I wanted to punish him for things he used to do, or the decisions he used to make, which is so far from what is okay to do," she said.

Madonna went to a Catholic high school.

Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton attended New York's Convent of the Sacred Heart.

Salma Hayek
Although she no longer identifies with the religion, Salma Hayek went to a Catholic boarding school.

Shakira wasn't allowed to participate in the choir at her Catholic school because the director thought she sounded "like a goat."

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga attended New York's Convent of the Sacred Heart.

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 03:25:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-went-to-catholic-school/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Teachers Reveal Their Most Disturbing Day at School]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/elementary-school-teachers-discuss-gross-students/alexfurlin?source=rss
As all teachers know, dealing with students of any age is a complete gamble with your sanity. Elementary school kids are prone to immature outbursts and are harder to control, but middle and high school students are smart enough to actually plan out devastating pranks on each other. Plus, there are gross students at any age. While most classes have no problems, it's only a matter of time before a teacher stumbles upon The One Kid They'll Never Forget. The kid who does something so unpredictable, so disturbing, so enraging, that they'll take the experience with them for the rest of their lives. When teachers discuss students, the gory details come out, and these are those stories.
Teachers Reveal Their Most Disturbing Day at School,

Kid almost kills his 60-year-old teacher

"I was not in the class, but my friend was. What happened was that there was this old white teacher about 60 something years old. We'll call him Mr. M for this story. Mr. M told a student to be quiet because he kept interrupting the class and was wandering around the room constantly. The student kept talking back and Mr. M gave the student a warning that he was going to get a referral. The student then attacked the teacher by grabbing his tie, choking him.

Then the student started to hit the 60 year old teacher and slammed his head on the corner of the table. Some other lowlife waste of space student was recording and was edging him on. In the video you could see a couple students running outside the classroom. Minutes later, when Mr. M is unconscious the bastard is still beating on him. Finally, the hall monitor came and the student was taken into custody. Rumors went around the school that he did it on purpose to go back to juvy..."

Student locks teacher inside classroom after fire alarm goes off

"I had another HS kid who could read and write (not at grade level, but still, better than many of his peers) but who was extremely impulsive. In addition to continually getting into fights with his peers (both male and female), he threw stuff in the classroom (at me, at other students, out the windows), farted out loud, and had this horrible habit of announcing his desires and discomforts to the whole world.


"Damn, I gotta PISS!"

"It's f**kin' COLD in here!"

"Damn I'm HORNY!"

He wasn't the only one who did this (I can't imagine what type of home environment would create a person who, instead of saying "Hey, mind if I eat something?" or "What are we having for lunch?" or even "Mom, can you feed me please?" just walks around shouting "I'M HUNGRY!") but he was definitely the worst offender.

One day we had a fire alarm (a real one--this happened often at this particular school). He was the last student out of the room and when he left he laughed in my face and slammed the door shut. He stood outside holding the doorknob so I couldn't get out. He wrenched or jacked the knob so hard that, once he fled the building, the doorknob didn't work any more. I was trapped in my classroom with the fire alarm going off and I couldn't call anyone to let me out because they had all gone outside with the students.

So I sat there with my fingers in my ears (the fire alarm was VERY loud) for about an hour. Eventually I heard voices outside -- it was the firefighters responding to the call. I explained the situation through the door and they all had a good laugh, then they brought a custodian in to jimmy the door open. That was the worst day of my teaching career. And then of course the kids mocked me for it for weeks afterward. That kid was definitely the worst in terms of classroom behavior."

High school girls lie about being sexually harassed, ruin teacher's life

"A group of girls thought it would be funny if one of them claimed they were sexually abused. They voted on one girl to do it and her father was the woodworking + metalworks teacher. Well loved in school by all students. Kinda reminded everyone of santa cause he was large, had a white beard and was overall very jolly. She claimed he raped her and all the girls in the group backed up her claim (though I have no idea what evidence they had) this ruined his life at school and I remember all these rumours about where he was. The group of girls did brag about it apparently. I think eventually she confessed to it all being a lie. He came back to school but he was never the same."

Student poisons her unsuspecting teacher

"I was in middle school, a girl in my class slipped rat poison into the teachers' coffee when she was out of the room. The teacher was rushed to the hospital pretty quickly and lived but never came back to the school.

The girl was expelled after a few people in the class admitted to seeing her put the poison in (the ones that came forward were suspended for a long time for not telling anyone until after). I have no idea what happened to the girl who did it, she was only 12 so there probably wasn't much punishment. She was the quiet nerdy kid too, the last person you'd ever suspect to do something like that."

Kids blow up the groundskeeper's car
"My friends dad was the grounds keeper but everyone hated him because he always busted the younger kids for going out to lunch and handed out a lot of detentions. One night a couple of guys started his van on fire and it blew up. He wasn't that nice, but he was just doing his job. He lost a lot of personal items in the van (I heard from another teacher). He was so upset he quit, and their family didn't have much money as it was. It was horrible and my friend transferred schools because of it."

Mom pranks teacher with laxative brownies, teacher shares them with the whole class
In a case that would rank amongst the most immature parenting decisions of all time, a woman from Portland, ME, conspired with her daughter and her friends to bake a batch of brownies stuffed with laxatives in a scheme to prank her daughter's teacher. They crushed up Ex-Lax pills and stirred it into the mix, and once the brownies were done, they left it on their teacher's desk with a note saying "We made these cookies especially for you, hope you enjoy them."

That's when it all backfired. Being a generous, thoughtful person, the teacher shared the brownies with the entire class, unintentionally making anyone who ate a brownie incredibly sick. What's really disturbing to think about, though, is that if a single brownie contained enough laxatives to make someone sick, their intention was for the teacher to eat ALL of the brownies, which could have led to a serious medical emergency.

The mom responsible for the prank was sentenced to 50 hours of community service.
Kindergartener draws a really disturbing picture

"A little girl (kindergarten) drew a picture of herself then coloured the whole page red. When asked why she coloured everything in red the kid said, 'That's what I'm going to look like when I blow myself up.'"

High school student commits suicide by self-immolation

"A kid at my high school committed suicide by soaking his clothes in gasoline and lighting himself on fire right on the front steps of the school at 7am. The janitor had to clean up what was left before school started after they removed the body. He was noticeably disturbed for the rest of the year and you could still see the burn mark on the steps."

Student kicks teacher's pregnant stomach

"In my high school, this all happened in one year. My chemistry teacher was pregnant in her third trimester (I think, well she was pretty big and looked like she was going to pop). One day, that teacher and this b*tch of a student got into an argument because the student was caught being on her phone, but she kept on insisting that she didn't have her phone out. Everyone knew she was lying since we all saw it, but she kept saying how racist the teacher was because she kept picking on her, how the teacher wants her to fail, etc. The student started cussing and was slamming everything around so the teacher called the hall monitors to come escort the b*tch student out.

Before the hall monitors could come though, the b*tch student got up and kicked the teacher in the stomach. Everyone in the room just let a giant gasp and we were all stunned. I was in the front and was frozen in my seat for a couple seconds. The b*tch student then walked out like she owned the world and some students, including me, all ran to the teacher and tried to help her, but the hall monitor came and soon we were told to back away. We all got to go home early that day. The teacher had to be put on bed rest and the baby was fine when he was born. I don't think charges were ever made, but the student was kicked out of the school. Even the full-time douches in that class agreed that she went too far."

Heartless students mock their teacher for having a miscarriage

"The absolute worse [sic] thing I've heard was this story my teacher told me about a group of kids that bullied their teacher.
So this is what happened:
This teacher had a miscarriage/stillborn after being pregnant. Then, when she came back from that experience she found a baby with a noose around its neck on the desk. She left and never came back."

Amazingly, there's another, almost identical story:

"There was an extremely similar incident at my school. A teacher had a stillborn, and was very traumatized by the experience. When she finally came back after about a month, she got in an argument with a kid about some essay or homework or something. After school was over, he snuck back into her room put a picture of an aborted fetus on her desk and wrote "I'm glad your kid died" on the whiteboard.

When she saw it the next day, she ran out of the room crying and never came back. The kids friends ratted him out and he ended up getting suspended for a few weeks."

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 08:24:38 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/elementary-school-teachers-discuss-gross-students/alexfurlin
<![CDATA[All AAC Schools]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-aac-schools/sportsyeah?source=rss
The American Athletic Conference is one of two conferences created from the split of the original Big East Conference, with the other conference purchasing the Big East Conference name while no longer participating in football. Though the AAC was created in 2013, it claims that 1979--the year the original Big East was founded--is its founding date..The AAC is made up of schools from the Northeast, South, Midwest, and West. 
All AAC Schools,

East Carolina University

Southern Methodist University

Temple University

Tulane University

United States Naval Academy

University of Central Florida

University of Cincinnati

University of Connecticut

University of Houston

University of Memphis

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 03:58:48 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/all-aac-schools/sportsyeah
<![CDATA[The Best Math Websites]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-math-websites/dot-commander?source=rss
Whether you're using the best math websites to brush up on your arithmetic skills, or just for some fun math brain teasers, the top math websites can definitely help you learn new skills. Some good math websites offer studying tips for students, while others help teachers develop engaging lesson plans. A few good math learning sites even pair users up with an online tutor to help further their education.

What are some of the best math websites? PBS Teachers Math might top your list. The PBS teachers' resource provides teachers with videos, topics, and new ideas to present to their classrooms. Other good math learning sites for teachers include The National Council for Teacher Mathematics and Ten Marks.

There are also great math learning sites available for kids. Simpsons Math uses familiar characters to teach math lessons, and Math's Fun offers math programs for students of all ages. Math Pickle, Aplus Math, and Math TV also appear on this best math website list.

What is your favorite math website? Vote up the best math learning sites below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
The Best Math Websites,

Math TV

PBS Teachers Math

Education World

Math's Fun

Math Central

SuperKids Math


Math Pickle

Aplus Math

Get The Math

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:14:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-math-websites/dot-commander
<![CDATA[Some Cool Map Projections and What You Might Use Them For]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/map-projections/amylindorff?source=rss
What is a map projection? Oh boy, get ready to learn! Map projections are the ways humans attempt to portray the curved earth's surface on a flat piece of paper or computer screen. Because the surface of the earth isn't flat, there is inevitably distortion in whatever way a cartographer (map maker) chooses to show the planet. Unfortunately, you just have to deal with it and choose the projection with least amount of distortion for your purposes when you create a map.

There are many map projection types, and they all have special uses for which they are best suited. There's the Mercator projection, which most likely hung in your elementary school classroom. It shows North and South America on one side, and Africa, Europe, and Asia on the other, and then Australia is off to the side, and the whole bottom is just Antarctica in a white stripe. There's the Albers projection, which is great for showing area, but boy do the shapes of all the countries look weird. There's also the Gall-Peters projection, which any geography buff or geographer will tell you ruffled everyone's feathers in the '80s.

If you make your own map or make a map online, you will probably be just fine. Plus, what are you mapping, anyway? Did you know any person's cell phone will show them how to get to your house? Technology! However, even in this modern age, it is good to be aware different map projections so that you know what you are looking at. And also so you know that Greenland really isn't that big. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Read on to learn more about the best map projection, how to make a map, and maybe even map making in general. Maybe you will impress a potential new romantic partner at a party with this information. You are most welcome!
Some Cool Map Projections and What You Might Use Them For,

Mercator Projection

Good for: When you are sailing a ship or are in elementary school.

Bad for: Understanding how big Greenland and Antarctica are.

Gall-Peters Projection

Good for: More accurately displaying the sizes of countries.

Bad for: Keeping everyone calm in the 1980s.

Robinson Projection

Good for: Showing the entire world all at once.

Bad for: Not stretching and distorting the poles to infinity.

Cassini Projection

Good for: Preserving distances perpendicular to the central meridian.

Bad for: Learning the shapes of Central and South American countries.

Gall Stereographic Projection

Good for: Balancing distortion of shape, distance, and size.

Bad for: Getting anything right.

AuthaGraph World Map

Good for: Winning prestigious Japanese design awards, minimizing size distortion, and "faithfully [representing] all oceans [and] continents, including the neglected Antarctica.”

Bad for: Hardly anything, what a good map.

Albers Projection

Good for: Limiting distortion between the standard parallels.

Bad for: Minimizing distortion of shape and scale. Looking anything like a globe at all.

Hobo-Dyer Projection

Good for: When you are like, "I want an equal-area map, but really wish the back side of it had the same map, printed upside down for a fresh, new take on things."

Bad for: Seeing Greenland at all.

Lambert Cylindrical Equal-Area Projection

Good for: Not distorting the equator. Being very wide.

Bad for: Locating that place in Canada where Ice Road Truckers is filmed.

Sinusoidal Projection

Good for: Having a constant scale along the central meridian and constant east-west scale.

Bad for: Being round. People who are scared of sine waves.

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:07:39 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/map-projections/amylindorff
<![CDATA[The Deadliest School Shootings in U.S. History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/deadliest-school-shootings-100215/loganrapp?source=rss
Schools in America have been no stranger to violence. Despite these places being a place of learning, lone or paired shooters have turned many of the nation's learning institutions into deadly crime scenes. To really show the scope of how this violence has affected campuses across the country, this list compiles the worst school shootings in US history

From the Columbine High School shooting, to Virginia Tech, and the UCC shooting in Oregon, school safety has become a serious concern among Americans. This list of school shootings shows just how pervasive gun violence has affected elementary schools, high schools, universities and vocational schools. When looking at school shooting statistics, it should also be helpful to actually look at and read harrowing accounts of school violence. 

So look through this school shooting today list and learn details of these senseless acts. Then afterward, go through some of our less depressing and horrifying lists to make your day a little bit better. 
The Deadliest School Shootings in U.S. History,

Umpqua Community College Shooting - 2015
Death toll: 10
Injured: 9 

Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, fatally shot nine people before being killed by police at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. According to law enforcement sources, he had anti-religion, anti-government and white supremacist leanings.
University of Iowa - 1991
Death toll: 6
Injured: 1
Gang Lu, a 28-year-old former graduate student and doctorate recipient, shot students and faculty during a research meeting at the university before committing suicide. He was considered to be abusive and aggressive toward people whenever challenged.
Red Lake - 2005
Death toll: 10
Injured: 7 

Jeffrey Weise, 16, killed his grandfather and a companion before going to Red Lake High School in Minnesota, opening fire on students. After an exchange of gunfire with police, he retreated to a vacant classroom and committed suicide. Weise had depression and behavioral issues in the years after, which may have led to the shooting. 
CSU Fullerton - 1976
Death toll: 7
Injured: 2 

Edward Charles Allaway, a custodian for CSU Fullerton, had a history of violence. In June, 1976 he opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle in the library on campus. Afterward, he fled to Anaheim, CA calling police to say, "I went berserk at Cal State Fullerton, and I committed some terrible act. I’d appreciate it if you people would come down and pick me up. I’m unarmed, and I’m giving myself up to you."

After his arrest, he was declared legally insane.
Virginia Tech - 2007
Death toll: 33
Injured: 25 

Sueng-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, had been diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder, even so far as having a Virginia special justice order him to seek treatment. But because he was not institutionalized, he was able to purchase firearms. Virginia Tech was unable to know about any of this due to medical privacy laws. Cho committed two separate shootings, even going so far as to pause after the first, change his clothes, and then continue his rampage. Cho then committed suicide. 
Oikos University - 2012
Death toll: 7
Injured: 3 

This tragedy occurred when One L. Goh, a 43-year old former student at this Korean Christian college in Oakland, CA, walked into a class, ordered classmates to line up, and proceeded to execute them with a pistol. He then fled the scene, and was later arrested by police. It is believed that he was angered at being expelled from Oikos and had intended to find a specific administrator, but when he couldn't, he targeted victims at random.
Sandy Hook - 2012
Death toll: 28
Injured: 2 

After shooting and killing his mother in their home, 20-year-old Adam Lanza proceeded to go to Sandy Hook Elementary School, firing on the students and faculty within. So far, evidence has shown that Lanza was obsessed with mass shootings, but authorities have not found evidence to suggest why he went to Sandy Hook specifically. 

This incident was the deadliest mass shooting at a high school or grade school in U.S. history. 
UT Austin - 1966
Death toll: 17
Injured: 31

Charles Whitman, 25, was an engineering student and former U.S. Marine studying at the University of Texas - Austin. After being honorably discharged for gambling while in the Corps, he killed his wife and mother, then proceeded to climb atop an observation deck at his school and fire on students during a 96-minute rampage until he was shot dead by police
Columbine High School - 1999
Death toll: 15
Injured: 21

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, calling themselves the Trench Coat Mafia, fired upon their fellow students at Columbine High School, as well as using firebomb attacks to distract firefighters. It's largely thought that Harris and Klebold were targets for bullying, leading to the massacre. Both Harris and Klebold committed suicide in the attack.
Cleveland School - 1989
Death toll: 6
Wounded: 29
Patrick Purdy, after a long criminal history, attacked predominantly South Asian and Vietnamese refugee students at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, CA. Purdy descended upon the school, firing 106 rounds in three minutes. He killed 5 children and wounded 29 others, including one teacher.

He was identified as a misanthrope and reportedly hated Asian immigrants. He had carved the words "freedom", "victory", "Earthman", and "Hezbollah" on his rifle, and his flak jacket read "PLO", "Libya", and "death to the Great Satin" [sic].

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 07:05:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/deadliest-school-shootings-100215/loganrapp
<![CDATA[Kids Who Got Suspended for Dumb Reasons]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kids-who-got-suspended-for-dumb-reasons-091715/mike-rothschild?source=rss
The growth of the "zero tolerance policy" has led to a vast number of students being suspended, expelled, or even arrested for "crimes" that virtually nobody considers crimes. Because of schools adopting harsh rules against drugs, violence, bad behavior or anything they deem misconduct, students have been subject to punishments that far outstrip anything they might have done wrong.

In past instances, kids as young as six have been led out of class in handcuffs and wrongfully suspended for wearing the wrong clothing, making noises, bringing something that looks like it maybe could possibly almost be a weapon, or just bothering someone. This culminated in the arrest and suspension of Ahmed Mohamed, a high school freshman who made a clock for a science project, and was interrogated by police because his English teacher thought it looked like a bomb.

But Ahmed was far from the first student humiliated, arrested, and traumatized, and kicked out of school over nothing, or for doing something that only skirted the edges of a zero tolerance policy. Here are some of the most egregious cases of zero tolerance gone wrong. Which kids were accidentally suspended for the silliest reasons? Vote up the worst and most ridiculous cases of kids being suspended over nothing below.

Kids Who Got Suspended for Dumb Reasons,

The Third Grader Expelled Because of Her Grandma's Cake
A Delaware third grader was expelled for a year because her grandmother had sent a birthday cake to school, along with a knife to cut it. The teacher used the knife to cut and serve the cake, then promptly turned the student in for having a knife. The expulsion was eventually overturned.

The Student Arrested for Burping
A 13-year-old New Mexico student was arrested, handcuffed, and hauled off to juvie - all for the crime of disrupting his class by burping once. Apparently the young man burped "audibly" during gym class, prompting his teacher to complain to school authorities. This same student had earlier been stripped searched in front of numerous adults after being accused of selling pot - which was never found. The boy's parents filed a lawsuit against the school.

Middle Schooler Suspended for Helping Classmate During Asthma Attack
Anthony Ruelas, a 15-year-old hero from Gateway Middle School in Killeen, Texas, was suspending for carrying a sick child to the nurse. According to reports, Ruelas's classmate had an asthma attack during class. The teacher, waiting on an email from the nurse, told the class to remain in their seats and stay calm, even after the ailing student fell out of her chair. Ruelas, not content to watch his fellow either grader suffer, got up, said "‘f—k that we ain’t got time to wait for no email from the nurse," and carried the girl to the nurse's office. He was suspended for two days for not following directions from his teacher. 

The Third Grader Sent to Detention for Having a Jolly Rancher
A Texas third grader was given a week of detention for the heinous crime of having a green Jolly Rancher. School officials claimed they were following a state law that prohibits students from having junk food.

The Football Player Suspended For Being Concerned About Potassium
Football player Jay Cooke, a student at suburban Detroit high school Bloomfield Hills, was attending a soccer game, when a player on the opposing team went down with a cramp. Knowing something about the importance of keeping one's potassium level's up, Cooke yelled "get that boy a banana!" The opposing coach felt this was racist, because the player Cooke was concerned about was African-American.

So the school suspended Cooke from the last football game of the year, and banned from attending school sporting events for the rest of the year. Cooke's teammates (many of whom are also African-American) immediately came to his defense, pointing out that he's not a racist, and that bananas are a really good thing to eat when you've got a cramp. After a fountain of social media outrage, the school let Cooke play in the final game - but was still given detention.

The Student Arrested Over a Maple Leaf
A Virginia middle school student was arrested, given a one year suspension, and forced to undergo psychological counseling because he was caught carrying a leaf that looked suspiciously like a marijuana plant. Except it wasn't pot at all - it was a maple leaf allegedly put in his backpack by another student. The charges were eventually dropped and the boy allowed to go back to school - but he had to attend a different school in the district, and was still subjected to random pat-downs.

The Girl Suspended for a "Paper Gun"
A Philadelphia elementary school student was suspended, searched in front of other students, and reduced to tears after being caught with a piece of paper folded and torn in the shape of a gun. The paper had been given to her by her grandfather, and she threw it out - only to have another student take it out of the trash and give it to their teacher.

The Girl Who Got Detention for Hugging Her Friend at School
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A student at Jackson Heights Middle School in Oviedo, Florida was given detention for hugging another student before school.  Ella, the 8th grader with a mean, mean snuggling streak, told ClickOrlando.com that she hugged her friend for "literally a second," and that her intentions were definitely not inappropriate. 

Nine-Year-Old Threatened with Sexual Harassment Charges for Writing a Love Note
A Florida fourth grader was sent to the principal's office and threatened with sexual harassment charges for writing a love letter to his crush. In the note, the nine-year-old told the little girl that she was "pretty and cute," and that he liked her hair because "it is not sloppy." You know, really offensive stuff. The school said his notes were "unwanted" and that they prompted inappropriate taunting from the other kids in class. 

The Girl Stripped Searched on Suspicion of Carrying Advil
Arizona eighth grader Savana Redding had her belongings searched when another student went to school authorities with a tip that she was carrying drugs - two Advil tablets to be exact. When nothing was found, the school ordered her strip searched - and again found nothing. Redding's parents sued the school, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court.

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 02:31:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/kids-who-got-suspended-for-dumb-reasons-091715/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[The Greatest College Halloween Celebrations in America]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-college-halloween-parties/jacob-shelton?source=rss
Which colleges celebrate Halloween the hardest? When you’re in college, you've got to take advantage of any excuse to party. And there’s no better time for partying than the candy and booze-filled holiday of Halloween. The best Halloween parties usually have some kind of loose theme tying the revelry together, but as you’ll see on this list of party schools with the biggest Halloween celebrations, sometimes the only theme is “party.”

Some of the colleges on this list go all out and have a decadent evening (or weekend) dedicated to letting their freak flags fly, but a few of the universities at least try to do something festive with the community before smashing pumpkins filled with beer over their heads (or whatever it is that they do). Put on your most Halloween-y soundtrack and see how your alma mater stacks up to the greatest college Halloween celebrations in America.

The best college Halloween parties is a subjective topic, but everyone can agree that they should at least have a few things going for them. Specifically, costumes and at least one instance of everyone doing the Monster Mash. In college, Halloween party schools are a completely different animal than your regular party school. The colleges on this list take the Halloween spirit very seriously. Thank goodness Halloween and spring break aren’t around the same time, or the students at the schools on this list would never get anything done.

Vote up which college party is the greatest in America. And if your college does Halloween better than any of the universities on this list, tells us all about it in the comments.
The Greatest College Halloween Celebrations in America,

Arizona State University
ASU is the quintessential party school, so they obviously have a million-billion Halloween parties raging throughout the holiday weekend, but the most interesting tradition is something a little sillier. Every year, the ASU Sun Devils host a baseball scrimmage where the team dresses up in ridiculous costumes and play a four inning game for the locals. After that, all hell breaks loose. 
Brown University
The home of HP Lovecraft, Brown University, goes full creepy on Halloween and hosts a midnight organ concert that features nothing but death themed music played on the largest remaining Hutchings-Votey organ in the world. Obviously, the set ends with Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. 

Georgetown University
Everyone agrees that The Exorcist is one of the scariest movies ever made. But did you know that Father Karras's deadly fall was filmed on the Georgetown campus? Every Halloween the film is shown on Copley Lawn. After it ends, students go to the cemetery near Healy Hall for the Healy Howl, i.e. college students getting drunk in a cemetery and howling at the moon. If you've never seen The Exorcist, this seems like a fun way to be introduced to the film and act like a total goon at the same time.
Louisiana State University
If you don't know about LSU's reputation as a party school, you need to do some research. There's not much more that these college students in northern Louisiana love more than a good party (except maybe football). Usually, this school has a home game on Halloween, which they celebrate by trying to reenact Billy Cannon's 1959 89-yard punt return against Ole Miss. On the odd chance that they don't have a game scheduled on Halloween, you can bet that the students use the opportunity to get extra rowdy in the name of a bye week.
Ohio University
What began in the '70s as a few drunk students getting together and stopping traffic downtown, Ohio University’s Halloween Block Party has since grown into an evening-long event featuring music, a giant cake, and all manner of costumed debauchery. If that doesn't sound like your idea of a good time, Ohio University does offer alternative activities like free movie screenings, and an open swim in the school's aquatic center for students who don’t want to deal with the crowds. 
Rice University
Rice might not be the first college that comes to mind when you think about party schools, but since it's in Houston, you know they're up to no good. First held in 1972, Rice University's Night of Decadence is one of the biggest college parties in America. Every year the NOD has a different sex-related theme (Come Together, Right Now (All) Over Me,  NODtendo 69: Blow My Cartridge, etc.), and always features a giant phallus named Sparky. If you think you have the stamina to keep up with 1,500 sex-crazed college students, this might be the Halloween party for you. 
Texas A&M University
Every year for Halloween, this college deep in the heart of Texas hosts the Wicked Woods Haunted Trail, a five acre assault on the senses that ranks as the fifth largest haunted attraction in Texas. Students and members of the community line up to pay to be scared by Texas A&M’s Kappa Sigma chapter all in the name of charity. If you're looking for a break from the usual college booze fests, this might be your best bet. 
University of Iowa
The University of Iowa is one of the top party schools in America, so it should come as no surprise that they completely throw down on Halloween. There are your standard official campus activities like the Ames Haunted Forest and the Freeman Haunted House, but the dorm costume parties are where this school really succeeds. 
University of Rochester
The University of Rochester isn't your typical party school, but they still know how to have fun on Halloween. For almost 100 years, the school's main library has been transformed into a haunted house that features a scavenger hunt, animals from the local zoo, and local bands. If you're in the area you should definitely check this place out because if you win the scavenger hunt you get to take a trip into Rush Rees tower - a dome that overlooks the campus and most of Rochester.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
UW Madison basically has its PhD in partying. What began as a Vietnam War protest has since turned into a 20,000 person party. Madison's Halloween party clogs up State Street for an entire night, somehow taking a city that's already at party level 11, and turning it up even more. This Halloween party is only for professionals. 

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 05:59:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-college-halloween-parties/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best School Jokes Ever Told]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/school-jokes/jack-napier?source=rss
A list of the funniest jokes about going to school that you’ve ever heard. Outside of these school jokes, there’s nothing funny about the classroom. Seriously, we tried to think about something else that was funny about taking tests and dealing with windbag teachers. We speak for everyone when we say that school is no fun at all and it’s a big waste of time. Just kidding, stay in school kids! While you’re stuck in school, at least you can have some fun with your miserable life by reading these super funny student jokes. Enjoy!

Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or even an administrator, you can appreciate every single one of these funny school jokes. If you want to be the class clown or the talk of the school yard, then learn a few of these jokes and try them out with classmates - you’ll be the king of the schoolyard in no time! If you get sent to detention, don't worry. Just keep some of this school humor in your sock and you’ll be you’ll be writing "RANKER HAS THE BEST LISTS OF JOKES ABOUT SCHOOL EVER" on the chalkboard until your arm falls off.

Vote up you favorite jokes about school, and tell us all about that teacher that you hate in the comment section!
The Best School Jokes Ever Told,

Why Is a Cyclops Such an Effective Teacher?
He only has one pupil.
How Did the Geography Student Drown?
His grades were below C-level.
Why Don't You Do Arithmetic in the Jungle?
Because if you add 4+4 you get ate!
Why Is 6 Afraid of 7?
Because 7 8 9, of course.

Why Did the Student Throw His Watch Out the Window?
He wanted to see time fly. 

What's a Chalkboard's Favorite Drink?
Hot chalk-olate! 

What Three Candies Can You Find at Every School?
Nerds, DumDums, and smarties. 
What's a Teacher's Favorite Nation?
Why Did the M&M Go to School?
Because they always wanted to be a Smartie!
What's The King of All School Supplies?
The ruler.

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:13:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/school-jokes/jack-napier
<![CDATA[28 Rappers with Degrees]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rappers-with-degrees/ranker-hip-hop?source=rss
From the East Coast to the West Coast, and from the Dirty South to the city of Paris, famous rappers all over the world have received college degrees. Some of these hip-hop stars earned their degrees after attending four years of college, while others were presented with honorary degrees for their contributions to the arts.

Who is the most famous rapper with a degree? Lil Wayne tops our list. In 2008, Lil Wayne received an honorary degree from the University of Houston. LL Cool J received an honorary degree from Northeastern University in 2014. At the time, he said, "For them to recognize my body of work and my contributions to the world of art is an amazing feeling." Common attended Florida A&M University for two years in the 1990s. He was later awarded an honorary degree from the institution.

M.I.A. has a degree in fine art, film, and video from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Lil Jon spent two years studying at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia before going on to finish college at Ohio State University in 1993.

Are you surprised that so many rappers have degrees? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.
28 Rappers with Degrees,

Donald Glover
Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2006.
Guru earned a degree in business administration from Morehouse College in Atlanta. He also took a few classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Ice Cube
Ice Cube earned a two-year degree from the Phoenix Institute of Technology in 1988.
LL Cool J
LL Cool J received an honorary degree from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in 2014. At the time, he said, "For them to rec­og­nize my body of work and my con­tri­bu­tions to the world of art is an amazing feeling."
M.I.A. has a degree in fine art, film, and video from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli studied experimental theater at New York University.
Young MC
Young MC earned a degree in economics from the University of Southern California.
Aloe Blacc
Aloe Blacc earned a B.A. of Linguistics and Psychology from USC.
J. Cole
J. Cole graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. John's University in 2007.
2 Chainz
2 Chainz majored in Psychology at Alabama State University. He received a basketball scholarship to the institution.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:22:39 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/rappers-with-degrees/ranker-hip-hop
<![CDATA[The Best Songs About Education]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/songs-about-education/ranker-music?source=rss
We all enjoy learning new things, so why not rank the best songs about education for this list? Education songs come in many forms. Some of the best songs about education criticize the current school system, but other good education songs are about the good times had with friends in school. Many of these songs mention the word education in their titles and others reference school in their lyrics.

Pink Floyd's “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” is by far one of the best songs about education. They liken traditional teaching to “thought control” in this iconic song.

The Jackson 5 teach listeners about the ABCs and 123s of love on their hit, “ABC,” and Alice Cooper celebrates the end of the curriculum with his single, “School's Out.”Nada Surf gives a lesson on being cool with their 1996 tune, “Popular.” Pearl Jam also has several songs about education. Their tracks “Jeremy” and “Education” appear on this list of the top education songs.

Which song about education do you think is the best? Vote it up to No. 1 and share your thoughts in the comments section.
The Best Songs About Education,

Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2

Hot for Teacher

School's Out


The Headmaster Ritual

Rock 'n' Roll High School


Adult Education

Charlie Brown

I Don't Like Mondays

Tue, 05 May 2015 09:57:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/songs-about-education/ranker-music
<![CDATA[The Best YouTube Education Channels Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-education-channels-youtube/youtuber?source=rss
Whether you are 9 or 99, YouTube is a great place to further your education and learn new things about science, technology, math, and languages. These YouTube education channels are smart, interesting, and entertaining, so it won't feel like you're stuck in a classroom. Good education videos are so unique because each uploader really takes the time to put passion and knowledge into each one, so that their viewers will have fun while learning. 

For kids, "Super Simple Songs" and "KidsTV123" offer great educational videos. Adults, however, will probably enjoy the "TEDx Talks" channel, which allows viewers to hear experts discuss different, interesting topics. 
Add your favorite YouTuber to the list if they're missing, and make sure to vote for your favorites below! 
The Best YouTube Education Channels Ever,

Khan Academy



Mother Goose Club


CGP Grey



TEDx Talks


Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:26:13 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-education-channels-youtube/youtuber
<![CDATA[10 Things You Should Know About Charter Schools]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/charter-school-facts/jessica-lawshe?source=rss
When it comes down to it, a charter school may not actually be any better than a traditional classroom. It depends on who's running it, it depends on the other parents who send their kids to it, and it depends on what you want from your kid's school.

As education funding drops, stressed public schools are closing in favor of this social experiment. But are charter schools really the answer to our failing public education system? Before you sign on to the shiny, new beacon of hope opening in your district... there are a couple things you should know.  

Charters schools have existed in the United States since 1991, and there are now more than 6,000 nationwide. These schools usually operate under private management, and boast small class sizes and innovative teaching styles that attract families and educators. But in cities throughout the U.S., charters and traditional public schools seem to be locked in competition for just about everything: students, funding, and survival, which often hinges on students' test scores. 

As with anything involving your children, you want to know the facts. Read on to learn important charter schools facts and secrets. Vote up the most helpful tip! 

10 Things You Should Know About Charter Schools,

"Co-location" is when a charter school and a traditional school share the same campus. This happens when a school district assigns "unused rooms" (meaning not always staffed) to a charter program. Examples include storage spaces and computer labs. 

According to Robin Potash, an elementary school teacher and chair of the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), “One of the difficult things about having a charter school co-located on a district public school campus is that . . . the two schools end up competing for those things that are necessary to provide a quality education for the students.”

Source: The Huffington Post

No Spending Oversight

According to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), over the past two decades, the federal government has spent more than $3.3 billion to support the charter school industry. Yet there is no comprehensive list of schools that have received these funds. As a result, tax payers have no way of knowing how much federal money each charter school has received, and thus what has been wasted.  

Source: PR Watch
Uncertified Teachers
According to All Education Schools, state certification requirements for charter school teachers vary. That means some states require charter school teachers be certified, and others don't. To learn more about your specific state, look at this list from the Education Commission of the States
Lack of Experience at All Levels
From teachers to administrators, there is a huge lack of experience. According to teacher Britt Mickley, many of her co-workers at the charter elementary school she worked at in Columbus, Ohio were not professionally-trained educators. The school (which was run by a husband and wife team) advertised positions on Craigslist and accepted people “desperate for any sort of work."

Source: neaToday

Special Needs? Don't Bother Applying
It's been shown that despite the fact that federal laws require all publicly funded schools to serve disabled students, charter schools do not enroll students with disabilities at the same rate as traditional public schools. This is due to the fact that charter schools often feel the pressure to keep test scores high in comparison to traditional schools. 

Source: The Huffington Post

Massive Tax Breaks for Investors
In 2001 the Consolidated Appropriations Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The law granted tax incentives to businesses that locate and hire residents in economically depressed urban and rural areas. That means banks and equity funds that invest in charter schools in underserved areas can take advantage of a very generous tax credit.

Source: The Huffington Post

Not Open to All
According to Reuters, "charters aggressively screen student applicants, assessing their academic records, parental support, disciplinary history, motivation, special needs and even their citizenship, sometimes in violation of state and federal law." This means that if you don't meet the standards, your kid is not getting in. 
Misleadingly High Test Scores
Charter schools have long claimed higher scoring test results than traditional schools. An analysis of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools reported on by The Washington Post concludes:  "The clear answer that appears repeatedly is that after controlling for student demographics, charter schools show test-score results at levels that are not meaningfully better or worse than district schools."
No Funding for Poor or Less Populous States
Funding for charter schools is based on a formula for each child enrolled in the school. This formula varies from school to school and state to state. That means in states where populations are low like Alaska, Colorado, and Minnesota, charters receive less money than regular schools. 

Source: Great! Kids

Lack of Funding
Because charter schools do not receive funding from school districts to purchase, lease, or improve facilities, securing financing can be problematic. Some schools lack tangible assets and an operating history that lenders use for approving mortgage loan applications.

Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 04:56:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/charter-school-facts/jessica-lawshe
<![CDATA[The Best Banks for Students]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bank-for-students/business-and-company-info?source=rss

Students have a ton of options when it comes to opening a student account. For college students, there are many options available with no fee until graduation. Important criteria for choosing the best bank for college students include branch locations, ATM fees, and online services. The best student accounts for high school students are probably located close to home, and many banks offer free or discounted student accounts to those students who open an account at the same bank as their parents. Top choices for student checking accounts offer free check printing, low or no ATM fees, and free online services. The best student debit cards offer free use with no monthly fees.


Many banks and credit unions offer discounted checking fees and higher interest rates for combined student checking and savings accounts.Premium interest rates for student savings accounts help the budget go further, and encourage students to save more and earn more interest. Who doesn’t like free money? The best student accounts offer the most convenient features on fee-free student checking and savings. Online banks and many brick and mortar banks offer low fees for student accounts that are managed completely online. If you’re away at school and don’t have a car, the best choice for college checking and savings may be an online only account. Free student accounts have come a long way, and now offer best banking services for students at little to no cost.  

Where have you found the best student accounts? Vote on the list below! If your favorite bank for students isn't on our list, feel free to add it. 

The Best Banks for Students,


Fifth Third Bank

Santander Bank

SunTrust Banks

TCF Bank


Wells Fargo

PNC Bank

U.S. Bank

Purdue Federal Credit Union

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:49:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bank-for-students/business-and-company-info
<![CDATA[The Best Bank for Recent College Grads]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bank-for-recent-college-grads/business-and-company-info?source=rss

As a recent graduate, you’ve got enough on your plate with moving expenses, apartment deposits, setting up utilities, finding a job, and starting to pay off your student loans. The last thing you need is a hassle from your bank. This list is made up of the top money-saving banks and credit unions that can help you stretch your budget. Bank accounts for college students often terminate benefits when you graduate, so it’s a good time to shop the best bank account features to save you time and money. These free checking and savings accounts offer some helpful perks, like discounts for setting up auto-debit, electronic payment for your student loan payments, and speedy payment features like direct deposit. 

In addition to saving you money, these top ranked banks and credit unions can save new graduates time and stress. Some of the banks are brick and mortar, but many are online banks, which means you can do your banking 24/7, from anywhere in the world. Photo check deposit and free check image storage will keep you from drowning in paper, and will also save you a trip to the bank. Set up electronic bill pay for free, and eliminate one more hassle. The best banks for recent college grads are geared toward an online lifestyle, and help you manage your finances on your own terms. With linked free checking and savings accounts, you can skip overdraft fees in case you ever make a mistake. More importantly, these top banks help you keep track of everything, so mistakes don’t happen.   

Be sure to vote for the best banks for recent college grads, and feel free to add any additional banks to the list that we may have missed! 

The Best Bank for Recent College Grads,

Capital One


East West Bank


First Internet Bank of Indiana

Navy Federal Credit Union


Wells Fargo

PNC Bank

U.S. Bank

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 08:00:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bank-for-recent-college-grads/business-and-company-info
<![CDATA[The Best Uniforms Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-uniforms-ever/ranker-shopping?source=rss
Uniforms are the easiest and most convenient way to make sure that your kids always look snazzy for school. They help eliminate jealousy and clothing envy among children and young adults, and act as a neutralizer. Some employers also require workers to wear uniforms so that they are easily recognizable as staff by guests. They also make choosing an outfit in the morning much less of a hassle. Most uniforms come in a few basic colors and patterns that look great and always go together. If you're wearing the uniform to work, you can always personalize it by choosing unique patterns and colors that show off your style. 
These are some of the highest-rated articles of uniform clothing on the market. Dickies is a high-quality brand that offers pique polos for boys, and v-neck shirts for girls. The most popular colors of these uniforms are khaki, black, and navy blue. Popular uniform bottoms for ladies are pleated scooters with side buckle accents, or scooters with belted four-button wraps. Uniform bottoms for young men can include flat-front pants and shorts that are worth the price! Unisex work pants, or stitch cargo pants, add a classy flare to any adult work uniform.  

 Vote for the most popular uniforms below! Be sure to add in any suggestions we may have left off. 

The Best Uniforms Ever,

Wes & Willy Boys 8-20 Uniform Long Sleeve Polo

Dickies Boys 8-20 Short Sleeve Pique Polo

French Toast Uniforms Girls' Scooter Skort

French Toast Girls 2T-14 School Uniforms Pleated Hem Jumper

French Toast Girls' Fine Knit Sweater School Uniform

Dickies Boys 8-20 Flat Front Pant

Dickies Women's Classic V-neck Top

Dickies Boys 2-7 Flat Front Pant

Dickies Girl Junior's Shortsleeve Pique Polo

Dickies Girls 7-16 Faux Wrap Skort

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:36:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-uniforms-ever/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[12 Tame Outfits That Got Kids in Trouble at School]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/outfits-that-got-kids-in-trouble-at-school/lauren-slocum?source=rss

As sad as it is, gone are the days when Kelly Kapowski could show up to homeroom wearing a bandeau top and high waisted jean shorts. Now, the debate for school uniforms revolves around gang affiliation and sexual exploitation (basically, you’re either accused of being a banger or a slut). Because spaghetti straps and multi-colored beads have become such a scandalous, sensitive topic, we decided to investigate the validity of school uniform policies and take a look at some of the most outrageous dress code violations we could find.

Dress code policy has been a huge debate in school systems for decades, and when it comes down to it, both sides of the coin are equally as valid as they are incredulous.
Girls are targeted for showing their shoulders and wearing skirts that hover just above their knees, while males are hounded for their hairstyles or repping their favorite sports teams.


All fashion statements aside, we know that schools are responsible for keeping a safe, peaceful environment for students. But as American Citizens under the First Amendment, students have the inherent right to express themselves freely… and herein lies the issue. By requiring school uniforms or creating a strict dress code, schools are not only taking away freedom of speech and expression, they’re arguably stifling creativity and stunting self-awareness by marginalizing the youths of today.

There are tons of arguments that can be made in support of strict dress codes and against them, and we’re open to all opinions! But here, we’ve created a list of the most ridiculous dress code violators we could find. Vote up the students you think were the most wrongly accused!

12 Tame Outfits That Got Kids in Trouble at School,

Student Forced to Call Her Parents for a Change of Clothing
This 14 year old was sent to the office because her skirt was half an inch too short. Her father captured this lovely moment (where she’s seen waiting in the school office for a change of clothing), shared it with the world, and since, she’s gotten some validation about her outfit’s absolute appropriateness.

Source: Huffington Post

Student Sent Home for Wearing Spandex and a Long-Sleeved Baseball Tee
Macy Edgerly was sent home for wearing spandex pants and a long baseball tee that landed a few inches above her knees. When she arrived home, her sister posted a picture of the forbidden outfit to Facebook, where it was shared nearly 100K times! The alleged crime was most likely the spandex that Macy donned, but what about baseball players wearing spandex to their games? Or football players? Or wrestling unitards, for goodness sake?

Source: IJReview

Student's Skirt Length Earned Her a Free Ticket to the "Shame Suit"
During her first week at a new high school school, Miranda Larkin was sited for a dress code violation and forced to wear a “shame suit” of over-sized red sweat pants and a bright yellow shirt that read, “Dress Code Violation” across the front (anyone else notice that the font on the yellow shirt resembles the font commonly used on prison jumpsuits?). The dress code at Miranda’s new school required skirts be no more than three inches above the knee, and Miranda’s skirt hovered almost four inches above her knee instead.

Source: The Washington Post
Eighth Grader Suspended for Supporting the Troops
Alan Holmes, an eighth grader at Dexter McCarty Middle School in Oregon, was sent home for wearing a shirt that featured a gun as part of its design. The rifle image was part of a statement supporting the US military. Holmes's older brother served in Iraq.

Despite the positive message, school officials decided that any image of a gun was inappropriate at school. Especially following the mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon earlier in the month. The school district put out a statement saying, "while the district’s dress code does not allow clothing with images of weapons, in light of this situation, we will take a closer look at our policy."

Source: Willamette Week

Student Spent Prom in a Coat Because of Her "Inappropriate" Dress
Gabi Finlayson spent her prom night wearing a winter coat after being asked to “cover up” by one of the chaperones. Her dress met the dress code criteria of having two inch straps and covering the skin on her shoulders, but because the fabric covering the shoulders was sheer lace, it was deemed unacceptable.

Source: Huffington Post

Male Student Sent Home for Wearing a Skirt
Warren Evans, a high school student in Maryland, was suspended from school for wearing the outfit pictured above. Fellow students from his high school claimed that females often wear skirts of the same length and do not get suspended. Evans argues that he was targeted not for the length of his skirt, but because he was a boy dressing up in female clothing. The school gave no comment on the matter, claiming that dress code rules apply to all students and that there was no gender discrimination involved in their decision.

Source: NBC News Washington

High Schooler Sent Home for Exposed Collar Bones
Kentucky student Stephanie Hughes was was sent home from Woodford County High School for her exposed collar bones in this ensemble. Administrators said the outfit was inappropriate and “may distract their male classmates."

Hughes's mom took to Facebook to vent about the school's decision. “This is ridiculous! Parents are being called away from their important jobs and students are missing important class time because they are showing their collarbones!” They started a Change.org petition to get the school's dress code changed.

Source: Refinery29

Student Suspended for Wearing a Purple Rosary
A 13 year old from Schenectady, NY was “repeatedly suspended” for wearing a purple rosary to school. Raymond Hosier says the rosary had belonged to his late brother, who died holding the rosary in a biking accident. Hosier and his mother filed suit against Oneida Middle School for taking away his right to freedom of speech and religious freedom. The school dress code does state that beads cannot be worn outside of students’ shirts (due to possible gang affiliation), but Hosier argues his beads are religious, in memory of a family member, and that purple is not a gang color.

Source: ABC News

Suspended for Long-Sleeved, Floor-Length Prom Dress

Three days after prom, Alexis Muller-Wigfall was suspended for wearing a dress that violated prom dress code (stating that all body parts, “breasts, upper thighs, crotch, buttocks, etc.” must be covered). Muller-Wigfall wore a dress handmade by her mother. The dress was a satin red, full-length gown with long sleeves. While the chest-cut does bear some cleavage, Muller-Wigfall’s mother argues that her daughter was targeted because of her size, not because of the dress itself. Muller-Wigfall’s suspension was revoked, but the issue still raises a question about size discrimination.

Had a more petite girl with smaller breasts (and less cleavage) been wearing the dress, would she have been targeted the same way?

Source: PIX 11

Student Suspended for Growing His Hair out for Locks of Love
After finding out a family friend had been diagnosed with cancer, J.T. Gaskins, a high school student from Michigan, attempted to grow his hair out to the 10-inch length necessary for donating to Locks of Love. J.T. himself is a cancer survivor, who, at eight weeks old, was diagnosed with leukemia and battled the cancer for four years. J.T. is currently cancer free, but his gesture was in support of all those currently battling the disease and also in celebration of his own life.

He was suspended from school for growing his hair past his shoulders, an stated dress code violation, and was offered a compromise of “using gel” to slick his hair back out of his face, but J.T. didn’t take that deal and was therefore suspended.

Source: USA Today

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:47:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/outfits-that-got-kids-in-trouble-at-school/lauren-slocum
<![CDATA[26 Celebrities Whose Parents Are Teachers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-whose-parents-are-teachers/celebrity-lists?source=rss
Can you imagine if Matt Damon's mom or Sandra Bullock's dad taught your math class? What if Alec Baldwin's dad coached your football team? Here are celebrities whose parents are teachers, including history teachers, math teachers, are more. These famous actors, actresses and musicians had teachers for parents, though not all of them were actually in the classes their parents taught. Some of these celebrities' parents taught drama while others taught math. A few famous people even grew up with two teachers as parents.

Who is the most famous person whose parents were teachers? Tom Cruise tops our list. Tom Cruise's mother is a special education teacher. Alec Baldwin's mother is a social studies teacher and his father is a football coach. Matt Damon's mother is an early childhood education professor. Will Ferrell's mother is also a teacher.

Several famous women's parents were also teachers. Julia Roberts's father is a drama teacher. Eliza Dushku's mother is a political science professor, and her father is a teacher and school administrator. Jennifer Garner's mother is a retired English professor. Both of Amy Poehler's parents are high school teachers.

Do you think that being raised by teachers helped these celebrities to succeed in their given professions? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
26 Celebrities Whose Parents Are Teachers,

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin's mother is a social studies teacher and his father is a football coach.


Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck's mother is a school teacher.


Eliza Dushku
Eliza Dushku's mother is a political science professor and her father is a teacher and school administrator.


Fergie's parents are Catholic school teachers.


Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner's mother is a retired English professor.


Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts' father is a drama teacher.


Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock's father is a a voice teacher.


Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker's mother is a school teacher.


Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise's mother is a special education teacher.


Will Smith
Will Smith's mother works for the school board.


Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:01:45 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-whose-parents-are-teachers/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Athletes Who Went to Ivy League Schools]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/athletes-who-went-to-ivy-league-schools/people-in-sports?source=rss
Which of the most popular athletes went to Ivy League schools? Several famous hockey players, NFL stars, and Olympians attended Ivy League schools. Some of these athletes went to college before starting their professional careers, while others waited until after they had retired.

Who is the most famous athlete who attended an Ivy League school? Jeremy Lin tops our list. NBA player Jeremy Lin graduated from Harvard University in 2010. MLB player Sandy Koufax went to Columbia University while he was playing for the Dodgers. MLB player Brad Ausmus played in the minor leagues while attending Dartmouth. Football legend John Heisman played football for Brown and the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his law degree in 1892. NFL player Ed Marinaro set 16 NCAA records while attending Cornell University.

Several famous female athletes also attended Ivy League universities. Olympian Alicia Sacramone attended Brown University. Olympian Sarah Hughes graduated from Yale in 2009. Hockey player Rebecca Johnston attended Cornell University. Olympian Cristina Teuscher graduated from Columbia University in 2000.

Do you think that attending a prestigious school helped these athletes to succeed in their chosen professions? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Athletes Who Went to Ivy League Schools,

Alicia Sacramone
Olympian Alicia Sacramone attended Brown University.
Brad Ausmus
MLB player Brad Ausmus played in the minor leagues while attending Dartmouth.
Chris Young
Chris Young played baseball and basketball for Princeton.
Craig Breslow
MLB player Craig Breslow was captain of the Yale Bulldogs baseball team.
George Parros
NHL player George Parros was named team captain during his senior year at Princeton.
Matt Birk
NFL player Matt Birk graduated from Harvard in 1998 with a degree in economics.
Ryan Fitzpatrick
NFL player Ryan Fitzpatrick studied economics at Harvard.
Sandy Koufax
MLB player Sandy Koufax went to Columbia University while he was playing for the Dodgers.
Sarah Hughes
Olympian Sarah Hughes graduated from Yale in 2009.
Jeremy Lin
NBA player Jeremy Lin graduated from Harvard University in 2010.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:39:02 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/athletes-who-went-to-ivy-league-schools/people-in-sports
<![CDATA[The Qualities of a Good Teacher]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/qualities-of-a-good-teacher/lauren-slocum?source=rss

Teaching is among the most rewarding and selfless careers out there. Every moment inside a classroom gives a teacher an opportunity to affect childrens' lives by spreading the gift of knowledge. But being a good teacher is no easy feat; the job involves more than just creating lesson plans and dishing out homework assignments. If you're interested in pursuing a teaching career, check out this list of the best qualities in a teacher to see how well you match up.

To be a great teacher, you should genuinely enjoy helping humanity. You need to be committed to the idea that education is one of the highest powers and privileges for children and this passion should extend outside of the classroom into your daily and personal life. If you have a background in Philanthropy, have the qualities of a great leader, and are passionate about education, you’d probably be a great teacher!

Along with being exceptionally nurturing, the best teachers are also passionate about the subjects they teach. Can you remember your favorite teachers? Everyone has one or two of them who really touched our lives - be it their personalities, their passion, or their particular teaching styles, they played a big role in the student or professional you’ve become. And we’re willing to bet that the reason they left such a lasting impression on you can be found somewhere in this list.

So, do you have a relentless passion for education? Do you find yourself revisiting listings for teacher jobs? If you’re considering pursuing a career as a primary school teacher, check out this list of characteristics that we think define a great teacher. If you feel like this list basically defines your personality, it just might be time for you to dive into your career as one of the most timeless and commendable roles on the planet.

The Qualities of a Good Teacher,




Open Minded






Passion for the Subject

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:47:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/qualities-of-a-good-teacher/lauren-slocum
<![CDATA[25 Disturbing Stories from Public School Cafeterias]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/school-cafeteria-horror-stories/jacob-shelton?source=rss
There are a lot of great things about being an adult: you don’t have a bedtime, you can watch R-rated movies whenever you want, and you don’t have to eat lunch in a school cafeteria. It’s been a while since we’ve had to eat in a school lunchroom, but the nightmares of square pizza and mystery meat hamburgers still haunt us. The only food that we actually remember enjoying is the Friday afternoon ice cream, and according to the FDA, even that was tainted. We should have known it was too good to be true. If you want to ruin your appetite or just take in the ineptitude of the modern school system, this list of school cafeteria horror stories will knock your socks off.

Mystery meat, expired milk, creepy lunchroom workers, we’ve got ‘em all on this list. From the seemingly innocuous fact that you now need a doctor’s note to take your lunch to school, to the all out horrifying facts of what is actually in your kids lunch, this list is a trip down nightmare lane. Come to think of it, this list might actually be an excellent reason to start homeschooling your kids.

After you drop off your tray of pink slime with the lunch monitor, vote on which of these public school facts are the worst, and feel free to leave a comment about your own cafeteria experiences. Whether you found bugs in a corn dog, or if your principal pantsed you in front of the entire senior class, we want to know about it!

25 Disturbing Stories from Public School Cafeterias,

Isn't 25 Ingredients Too Many?
Though we're not all chefs, or scientists (or even chef scientists), most people can probably agree that the food the world's children are eating should have pronounceable ingredients. What do you think?

Kids Fight the Real Enemy: Michelle Obama
In a move that EVERYONE should have seen coming, teens have been tweeting #thanksmichelleobama along with photos of their super gross cafeteria food.
Pink Slime
Pink slime, or, as it's less commonly known, "nutritionally questionable ground beef filler treated with ammonia," has been gracing school cafeteria lunches for decades. It disappeared for a while thanks to parent groups across the nation, but it's coming back in a big way.

Now with Wood Pulp, for Extra Creaminess!
Wood pulp, or powdered cellulose, is used to make inexpensive, low grade ice cream seem more creamy. It's also used to prevent some shredded cheese from clumping.
They're Not Just Cooking Lunch
In 2012, Wadesboro Police arrested an Anson County High School cafeteria worker for possessing materials used to cook meth. Real life Breaking Bad isn't as cool as you'd think.
We All Know What "Pests" Is Code For
In Dayton, OH, several high school cafeteria kitchens were found to contain rat droppings, and while they have supposedly rectified the issue, you can never be too sure.
It's Almost Impossible to Shut Down a School Cafeteria
Even though school cafeterias are under the jurisdiction of their local health department it's super hard to shut them down, even if they are rife with critical violations.
Fourth Grader Exposes NYC School Lunch Program
In 2013, a NYC fourth grader named Zachary filmed a documentary about the discrepancies found between the listings for his school lunches, and what he was actually served. The end product is not only shocking, but also pretty funny.
The Expiration Date Strikes Back
22 kids fell ill in San Diego after drinking an expired beverage that "may have been milk." The fact that people in charge of the school didn't know which expired beverage they were serving is not only gross, but it's just a mockery of bureaucratic oversight - at least know which one of your food items is making kids sick! 
There's No Sexier Place on Earth Than a School Cafeteria
In 2013, two teens in Georgia were caught "performing a sex act" in the middle of a crowded cafeteria. Everyone was outraged, especially all the kids who were out sick that day. 

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:40:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/school-cafeteria-horror-stories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Funniest Things Ever Found in Textbooks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-textbooks/jacob-shelton?source=rss
Whether you're in primary school, high school, or college, textbooks are the bane of a student's existence. For all we know, teachers probably hate textbooks, too (although we wouldn't know about that, we're not squares). Not only are school textbooks back-breaking piles of dead tree, but you can only use them for one semester (at best), so if you're one of the millions of students who has to to buy their books, you're stuck with a pile of useless information like some kind of nerd. Hopefully, this list of the funniest things ever found in class textbooks will turn that mopey student frown upside down.

Textbooks are like food for your brain (obviously, we're ignoring the fact that other people's brains are the best food for your brain), so when your textbook is all wonky, full of inadvertent jokes, or straight up inappropriate pictures and graphics, how can you expect to learn anything? After looking through all of these goofy photos and hilarious facts from textbooks for this list, we're beginning to think that the folks who work for the textbook manufacturers love messing with students. Or maybe they're hoping that their dumb drawing of a naked kid wearing a ruler will make it to the front page of our website. If that's the case, GET BACK TO WORK!

For everyone else, laugh and heave at this list of the funniest drawings, images, and pictures ever found in all sorts of textbooks. After you collect yourself, vote up the funny textbook pictures below and let us know what funny jokes were hidden in the textbooks you used in school.

The Funniest Things Ever Found in Textbooks,

We Always Knew He Was a Strong Swimmer

"Your Mom" Works for All of These

Hey Turtle, It's 14, Not 13

Germany, You're Not Helping Yourself

The Letter "I" Is Taught in Year 13

SAT Prep Accurately Predicts Your Future

Need a Hand? Here's One!

That Would Explain All the Pyramids in South America

Fire: The Second Safest Way to Travel

Hello, Creeps!

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:57:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-textbooks/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Slickest '90s Kids from Your School Textbooks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kids-in-90s-textbooks/jacob-shelton?source=rss
Have there ever been any kids that were cooler than the kids in '90s textbooks? Just kidding, there has definitely never been a group of kids that was slicker, or more fashionable than those who taught us how to do fractions, speak French, or whatever it was we did in school. Every day we opened our textbooks we were faced with a new group of friends who not only showed us how to read and write, but taught us how to looks cool and style our hair in the bounciest of '90s fashion. This list is a compilation of the coolest kids that ever graced the pages of a class textbook and will take you on a nostalgia road trip back to the days when you were counting down the minutes until gym.

Whether you were learning Spanish (shout out to Destinos!) or nodding off in an Algebra 2 book, you can be certain that within in the pages of whatever was on your desk, there was a super cool 90s kid skateboarding over a parabola while wearing a hyper color t-shirt. We don't know how they do it in textbooks these days (it's probably all selfies of brats having the nanny do their homework, mirite?), but if textbook manufacturers aren't reusing the same photos from when we went to school then they are doing it all wrong. Looking at a chill (and diverse, don't forget diverse!) group of friends with fluffy hair and a fresh pair of Zubaz is the only way we know how to get our book learnin' on.

On this list you'll find the slickest kids from nineties school textbooks. Your homework is simple: vote up the coolest, illest, freshest 90s kids and you'll get an automatic A+!

The Slickest '90s Kids from Your School Textbooks,

"Watch Out for That French Gang," Said No One Ever

It's Unclear Which Is Creepier, His Smile or the Goggles

Let Me Play You the Song of My People

No Parents (or Girls) Allowed

He's Pretty but He's Not Too Smart

The Coolest Kids Hang Out in a Ruler Box

Algebra Can't Help Your Lack of Mini Golf Skills


Rosie O'Donnell Chic

Peep That Smooth '90s Coif

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:57:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/kids-in-90s-textbooks/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Helpful Mnemonic Devices That Everyone Should Know]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/mnemonic-devices/jacob-shelton?source=rss

Whether you know it or not, at least one mnemonic device is likely a part of your every day life. Maybe you're using these learning and memory techniques to remember the colors of the rainbow, or maybe you're using one to remember which way to turn a screw - either way, you're knee deep in mnemonic devices. While most mnemonic devices are acronyms or sayings, any learning techniques that aid information retention and improve memory can be considered mnemonic device material. So if you have to throw a coffee cup against your bedroom wall to remember that Brazil leads the world in coffee production, then you've created a mnemonic device! Good for you.

Whether you're trying to figure out the names of the strings on a guitar or the names of the Great Lakes, there's a mnemonic device for that. This list is full of easy memory tricks like these and even more mnemonic device examples. From figuring out hot to increase memory or even just how to study (or maybe remember all the guys who've played the Doctor in chronological order), these handy mnemonics will definitely help you out.

Check out this list and vote up the most helpful mnemonic devices, comment on the acronyms that you think are terrible, and feel free to add a few good useful mnemonic devices that you always rely on, if they aren't already included.

Helpful Mnemonic Devices That Everyone Should Know,

King Henry Died Unusually Drinking Chocolate Milk.
We rarely use the metric system in the US, but that doesn't mean we can't know its units of measurement in descending order of magnitude.

King Henry Died Unusually Drinking Chocolate Milk
Kilo, Hecto, Deca, Unit, Deci, Centi, Milli

Lazy Cats Don't Move
To help recall the major Roman numerals, just remember - "lazy cats don't move."

50 = L
100 = C
500 = D
1,000 = M

Knuckle Months
Not only is "Knuckle Months" an excellent name for a power violence band, but it's an easy way to know how many days there are in a given month.

Count the months on your knuckles and the grooves between each knuckle (leaving out your thumb knuckle). Every month that lands on a knuckle has 31 days and every month that lands on a groove between knuckles is 30 days (or 28 for February).

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
The notes on the lines of the treble clef ascend as follows: EGBDF. The letters can stand for different words ("every good boy does fine," "every good boy deserves fudge," "even great bugs die flying," to name a few) or they can be used in the mantra "EGBDF, these are the lines on the treble clef." It's up to you - life is full of options.

PEMDAS is a helpful reminder of the mathematical order of operations. It stands for:

Multiplication and Division (left-to-right)
Addition and Subtraction (left-to-right)

Now get out there and do math or whatever.

Righty Tighty Lefty Loosey
Ah yes, the secret code that allows anyone to tighten or loosen a screw, jar lid, or nuts and bolts.

Your Left Hand Is the One That Makes an L
This mnemonic device is self explanatory. If you can't tell your left from right, the index finger and thumb on your left hand make an L, while the index finger and thumb on your right hand form an intricate web of lies.

Roy G. Biv
Roy G. Biv is an acronym for the sequence of hues commonly described as making up a rainbow:


We're not sure how it applies to a double rainbow. Maybe that would be RROOYYGGBBIIVV?

Never Eat Soggy Waffles
"Never eat soggy waffles" will both remind you that picking a brunch place is serious business and the order of the cardinal directions (moving clockwise).

To memorize the Great Lakes of North America, combine the first letters of each lake to form the word HOMES.


Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:57:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/mnemonic-devices/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Science Podcasts]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-science-podcasts/reference?source=rss

Speaking of interesting podcasts, check out the new Ranker Podcast! (Click below)

Ranked list of the best science podcasts currently available on iTunes and online, as voted on by science enthusiasts like yourself. Whether it's physics, astronomy, geography or biology, these podcasts shed light on fields of science and make them interesting for people who wouldn't necessarily love the subject. Science has become somewhat of a mainstream field of study these days, with The Big Bang Theory being one of the most popular shows on television, and the Facebook page "I Fu*king Love Science" having millions of likes from people who certainly aren't scientists.

Don't worry if you don't have iTunes or a smartphone, as many of these are available to stream online via your laptop or desktop computer. Including Radiolab, Stuff You Should KnowBrain Stuff and StarTalk Radio, this list of popular science podcasts currently airing new episodes is your definitive guide to the best podcasts about science, medicine, and other scientific subjects.

Vote for your favorite science podcasts regardless of how popular they are. 

The Best Science Podcasts,

StarTalk Radio

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Astronomy Cast


Radiolab from WNYC

Stuff You Should Know

Stuff To Blow Your Mind

60-Second Science

Hubblecast HD

Science Friday Audio Podcast

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 07:44:49 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-science-podcasts/reference
<![CDATA[The Best History Podcasts That Make Learning Fun]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-history-podcasts/reference?source=rss

List of the best history podcasts on the iTunes store, voted on by history buffs like yourself. There are a variety of good history podcasts that are currently available for download, covering events like World War I, World War II, The Roman Empire and much more. If history was never your favorite subject in school, don't worry- these podcasts shed an extremely interesting light on events that you might have found boring as a child.

Including Dan Carlin's Hardcore History and Unexplained, this list of history podcasts currently airing new episodes is your definitive guide to podcasts about historical events, lesser known histories, and more. 

Popular history podcasts include Stuff You Missed In History Class with Tracy Wilson and Holley Frey, and PBS's The War. Vote for your favorite history podcasts, and add one to the list if it's missing. Don't have iTunes? Don't worry- many of these are available online if you seek them out.

The Best History Podcasts That Make Learning Fun,

By Mike Duncan
The History of England

History Extra podcast

The Bowery Boys:new York City History

The History of Rome

In Our Time With Melvyn Bragg

The History of Byzantium

The Podcast History Of Our World

Stuff You Missed in History Class

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 07:44:50 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-history-podcasts/reference
<![CDATA[The Most Famous Homeschooled Athletes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/athletes-who-were-homeschooled/people-in-sports?source=rss
It’s every kids dream: getting to play sports all day instead of going to school! This list ranks athletes who were homeschooled instead of attending a traditional school. From gold medal-winning Olympians to celebrated surfers and awesome NBA players, many of the world’s best sports stars learned everything they know without stepping foot in a classroom. Some of these athletes were taught by their parents while others enrolled in online homeschool programs or distance learning academies like Laurel Springs. Here, these homeschooled stars are ranked loosely by fame and popularity.

Homeschooling may not be for everyone, but it sure worked for these stars. Maybe it was all the extra time they got to spend practicing or the fact that homeschool curriculum can be done on any schedule. Whatever the case, these athletic wonders became some of the biggest names in sports. Who is the most famous athlete who was homeschooled? Oh, just a guy named Tim Tebow. Ever heard of him?

Tebow is actually the first homeschooled athlete to be nominated for the Heisman Trophy. He said, "A lot of times people have this stereotype of home-schoolers as not very athletic – it's like, go win a spelling bee or something like that – it's an honor for me to be the first one to do that." NBA star Blake Griffin was also homeschooled and taught by his mother from first to eighth grade, before going to high school.

For some, being homeschooled was a necessity required by their intense training schedules. Tennis stars Serena Williams and her sister Venus were both homeschooled by their father Richard Williams. Olympic diver Ariel Rittenhouse was homeschooled. She said, "Diving came first for me. When I moved to Indianapolis to train, the schedule would not allow for me to go to school so I began homeschooling."

Maybe not going to school is the key to success? Just don't tell your kids that.

The Most Famous Homeschooled Athletes,

Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Hamilton started homeschooling after sixth grade so that she could spend more time surfing.
Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin was homeschooled by his mother from first to eighth grade. He went to Oklahoma Christian School for high school.
Bode Miller
Bode Miller was homeschooled until he was in third grade. He was also raised a vegetarian.
Carly Patterson
Carly Patterson was homeschooled for some time, but she went back to public school in 2001.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova was homeschooled by her mother starting at age 11.
Michael Beasley
Michael Beasley paid a fee so that he could play basketball for Riverdale Baptist School while he was being homeschooled.
Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan was homeschooled when she was in eighth grade. She went to Rim of the World High School and graduated from Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2009.
Serena Williams
Serena Williams and her sister Venus were both homeschooled by their father Richard Williams.
Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow is the first homeschooled athlete to be nominated for the Heisman Trophy. He said, "A lot of times people have this stereotype of home-schoolers as not very athletic – it's like, go win a spelling bee or something like that – it's an honor for me to be the first one to do that."
Venus Williams
Venus Williams and her sister Serena were both homeschooled by their father Richard Williams.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 04:26:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/athletes-who-were-homeschooled/people-in-sports
<![CDATA[Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/must-haves-for-college-freshmen/ericascheidt?source=rss

College. A mythical land where the Natty Ice flows, underwear runs are mandatory, and the party rages all day, every day. All right, maybe not exactly. More like: College. A very real, very stressful, very fun, very life-changing time, where you learn an immense amount about yourself as you navigate the waters of adulthood. While college can bring the best of times, it can also be a stressful and confusing time for most; that's why it's important to be as prepared as humanly possible! This list ranks the essential brands all college freshman should be aware of and use extensively.

University life and higher education will definitely throw you some curveballs throughout your four years, but it's best to start your higher learning off on the right path, beginning with your freshman year. Whether it's making your dorm space more livable (and trust us when we say, dorm living sucks) by snapping up the most affordable and adorable room essentials, keeping track of your stress and health through fun and easy to use apps, or flashing your student I.D. to get some insanely awesome discounts, these must have brands will make the college transition as smooth as possible. Unless you were foolish enough to sign up for an 8 am lecture. You're on your own there.

So strap on your beer goggles, tie up your toga, and prepare yourself for some sleepless nights. These must have college brands will help you make sure that those magical four years are the best!

Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About,

Buying textbooks from the campus bookstore is a ripoff. Use Amazon instead!
Costco = God's gift/sample paradise
Why not watch every season of Breaking Bad before tackling that term paper?
Avoid tearing out your hair and use SparkNotes to figure what the The Bard was going on about. 
Writing papers on a Mac just feels more efficient.
Cheap, durable, and stylish, dorm essentials will keep you afloat your freshman year.
The majority of your time in college, you will be broke. Save money on fun activities and restaurants with Groupon. 
Rate My Professor
Use Rate My Professor to check out reviews from past students. 
Trojan Condoms
Safe is sexy, kids!
Nissin Top Ramen
Healthy? No. Made with real food? Maybe! Cheap, easy to make, and a college staple? Yes.

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 08:36:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/must-haves-for-college-freshmen/ericascheidt
<![CDATA[24 Reasons USC Is Better Than UCLA]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-usc-is-better-than-ucla/danielle-dauenhauer?source=rss
Saying that USC is better than UCLA is like saying the sky is blue - most people will accept this as fact while a select few will try and tell you that sometimes it's cloudy so you're wrong. THOSE people are Bruins, and they are salty they are not Trojans.

The USC-UCLA rivalry is one of the oldest, most storied rivalries in college sports (one of the biggest rivalries in ANY sports, for that matter) and those in the middle of it will never hesitate to tell you which side they support. As a Trojan, I will give the evilest eye to even my closet friends when they utter any matter of sympathetic words about that crappy state school on the other side of town. As a love letter to USC, I have created this list of reasons USC is superior to UCLA.

From bars to sports to famous alumni, there's no shortage of reasons to point out that the rivalry between USC and UCLA heavily favors USC as the better school. Trojans are powerful awesome, as you will soon learn reading this list of reasons USC is greater than UCLA. You can feel free to vote for the most apparent reasons Trojans are better than Bruins, or you can just nod and agree with all these reasons UCLA sucks.
24 Reasons USC Is Better Than UCLA,

With regards to their mascot, they apparently believe quantity trumps quality.
The UCLA History Project details how Joe and Josephine, the Bruin mascots, evolved from a tradition of having live bears perform at home football games to entertain the crowd. Fitting seeing as their football program often bears an uncanny resemblance to a circus.
It is impossible to stumble from campus housing to a football game.
Unless, of course, you want to take the 405 to the 10 to the 110 to the Rose Bowl on foot. In which case, game on.
Their mascot is a bear? That's so every team in the UC system.

Okay, not every school, but both Cal and UC Riverside have bears for mascots making the Bruin as unoriginal as every director who comes out of their film school.

You want to get a drink in the area around UCLA? Better put on your anti-scumbag jacket.
According to Complex.com, 5 of the 25 Douchiest Bars in all of Los Angeles are located within spitting distance of the UCLA campus.
The Heisman trophy. Singular.
UCLA's only Heisman was produced in 1967 by Gary Beban, according to Heisman.com. He played with the Washington Redskins until 1970 and then became a real estate agent. USC's Heisman winners may be (alleged) murderers and lovers of the Kardashians, but at least there's been more than one.
Without the USC film school, there would be no Star Wars.
Legit. Without the professors of USC to guide him, George Lucas might have started in chronological order with Epidode 1 (The Phantom Menace, aka The One with Jar Jar Binks). You're welcome, world.
USC is UCLA's only rival.
Probably because they're so close we can't ignore them completely. Everyone else in the country, however, understands they are a non-threat.
The only way UCLA could win a conference title in football was for the division to split into two during a time of USC bowl sanctions.
And they still finished that season with a losing record (6-8). CollegeFootballPoll.com records the Bruins' last division title win as happening in 1998.
My keyboard doesn't even have a cents symbol to replace UCLA's "C" with. That's how little it cares about UCLA.
20 years.
That's the head start USC athletes had on UCLA when tallying the gold medal streak at the Summer Olympic games. Yahoo Sports reports the USC streak is now at 100 years.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:54:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-usc-is-better-than-ucla/danielle-dauenhauer
<![CDATA[11 Famous Athletes Who Are Doctors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/athletes-who-are-doctors/people-in-sports?source=rss
This list contains information about athletes who are doctors, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous swimmers, rowers, and NBA champions are also doctors. Some of these athletes received their doctorates in education, while others earned their medical degrees. One former NFL champion is currently on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Who is the most famous athlete who is also a doctor? Shaquille O'Neal tops our list. Shaquille O'Neal received his doctor of education degree from Barry University in 2012. He reportedly has plans to continue his education at law school. Olympic gymnast Lise Leveille completed medical school at UBC in Vancouver. In 2014, she started a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

NFL champion Alan Page received a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. He currently sits on the Minnesota Supreme Court. Pat Turner won a gold medal for rowing in the 1984 Summer Olympics. He later went on to graduate from the University of B.C. Faculty of Medicine. Pat McGeer competed on the Canadian basketball team in the 1948 Summer Olympics. He is currently regarded as a leading authority on the causes and prevention of Alzheimer's disease.

Are you surprised that so many professional athletes are also doctors? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
11 Famous Athletes Who Are Doctors,

Alan Page
NFL champion Alan Page received a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. He currently sits on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Glen Smith
Rowing champion Glen Smith went on to get a medical degree.
Kevin Draxinger
Olympic swimmer Kevin Draxinger became a doctor after he retired from swimming.
Lise Leveille
Olympic gymnast Lise Leveille completed medical school at UBC in Vancouver. In 2014, she started a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.
Pat McGeer
Pat McGeer competed on the Canadian basketball team in the 1948 Summer Olympics. He is currently regarded as a leading authority on the causes and prevention of Alzheimer's disease.
Pat Turner
Pat Turner won a gold medal for rowing in the 1984 Summer Olympics. He later went on to graduate from the University of B.C. Faculty of Medicine.
Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal received his doctor of education degree from Barry University in 2012. He reportedly has plans to continue his education at law school.
Simon Hoogewerf
Simon Hoogewerf competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics. He graduated with a degree in medicine two years earlier.
Turlough O'Hare
Olympic swimmer Turlough O'Hare went on to become a doctor working in anesthesia research at McMaster University.
Bill Bell
Olympic pole vaulter Bill Bell is also a doctor.

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:19:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/athletes-who-are-doctors/people-in-sports
<![CDATA[51 Celebrities Who Were In National Honor Society]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-in-national-honor-society/celebrity-lists?source=rss
This list contains information about celebrities who were in the National Honor Society, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians, athletes, and politicians were members of the National Honor Society during high school. Some of these celebrities attended schools in New Jersey, while others got educated in Illinois.

Who is the most famous person who was in the National Honor Society? Cindy Crawford tops our list. The supermodel was a member of the National Honor Society when she attended DeKalb High School in Illinois. Tina Fey was a member of the National Honor Society when she attended Upper Darby High School in Pennsylvania, and Carrie Underwood was a member of the National Honor Society when she attended Checotah High School in Oklahoma.

Several famous men were also in the National Honor Society. “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart was a member of the National Honor Society when he attended Lawrenceville High School in New Jersey. Former President Gerald Ford was a member of the National Honor Society when he attended Grand Rapids South High School in Michigan.

Do you think that being in the National Honor Society helped prepare these celebrities for success? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
51 Celebrities Who Were In National Honor Society,

Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood was a member of the National Honor Society when she attended Checotah High School in Oklahoma.
Christine Taylor
Christine Taylor was a member of the National Honor Society when she attended Allentown Catholic High School in Pennsylvania.
Cindy Crawford
Supermodel Cindy Crawford was a member of the National Honor Society when she attended DeKalb High School in Illinois.
Diane Sawyer
Diane Sawyer was a member of the National Honor Society when she attended Seneca High School in Kentucky.
Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford was a member of the National Honor Society when he attended Grand Rapids South High School in Michigan.
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart was a member of the National Honor Society when he attended Lawrenceville High School in New Jersey.
Katie Couric
Katie Couric was a member of the National Honor Society when she attended Yorktown High School in Virginia.
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep was a member of the National Honor Society when she attended Bernards High School in New Jersey.
Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow was a member of the National Honor Society when she attended Kennett High School in Missouri.
Tina Fey
Tina Fey was a member of the National Honor Society when she attended Upper Darby High School in Pennsylvania.

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:13:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-in-national-honor-society/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[26 Celebrities Who Were Class President]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-were-class-president/celebrity-lists?source=rss
The role of class president is important at any school, and the celebrities on this list have all held the office at some point in their education. Several famous actors, musicians, and politicians were elected class president. Some of these celebrities were elected class president during their time in high school, while others were class president during college. One famous actor maintained the position of class president for his entire high school career.

Who is the most famous person who was class president? Halle Berry tops our list. She was class president at Bedford High School, where she was also a cheerleader and prom queen. During her time at Commack High School, Rosie O'Donnell was class president, homecoming queen, prom queen, and class clown. Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected senior class president at Wellesley College. Several famous men were also class president, and Charles Grodin was even elected class president every year that he attended high school.

Do you think that being class president helped to prepare these celebrities for future successes? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
26 Celebrities Who Were Class President,

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin was class president at Berner High School in 1976.
Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton was president of his freshman and sophomore classes at Georgetown University in the mid-1960s.
Blake Lively
Blake Lively was senior class president at Burbank High School.
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis was class president at Penns Grove High School.
Halle Berry
Halle Berry was class president at Bedford High School, where she was also a cheerleader and prom queen.
Hillary Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected senior class president at Wellesley College.
Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul was class president at Van Nuys High School.
Rosie O'Donnell
During her time at Commack High School, Rosie O'Donnell was class president, homecoming queen, prom queen, and class clown.
Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell was reportedly elected class president at University High School where he also played football, basketball, and soccer.
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman was class president of Knox Grammar School in 1986.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:29:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-were-class-president/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Best Boarding Schools in the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-boarding-schools-in-the-world/school-buddy?source=rss

The absolute best boarding schools in the world, ranked by the community's votes. This list has the most popular boarding schools in the world, and includes related images and location information. Choosing a school is one of the most important choices a parent can make for their children. What are the most famous boarding schools in the world?

This list features the absolute best boarding schools in the world. The schools are listed based on the number of votes cast and your votes can help determine the ranking. Included among the best boarding schools in the world are Ipswich School, Oundle School, Bromsgrove School, Epsom College, Chavagnes International College, Aiglon College, Aloisiuskolleg, Charterhouse, Gresham’s School, Institut Montana, Notre Dame International High School, St. Gilgen International School, Kilkenny College, Landesschule Pforta, and Uppingham School.

Cast your votes for the boarding schools you think are the best, or add the top boarding schools you think are greatest if they aren't already on the list.
The Best Boarding Schools in the World,

Cheshire Academy
Cheshire, CT
Eton College

Lancing College
Lancing, UK
Malvern College

Oundle School
Oundle, UK
Godalming, Surrey, UK
Leysin American School
Leysin, Vaud, Switzerland
Aiglon College
Chesieres, Switzerland
L’ecole Des Roches
Verneuil-sur-Avre, France
St. Gilgen International School
Gilgen, Austria

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:16:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-boarding-schools-in-the-world/school-buddy
<![CDATA[The Best Prep Schools in the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-prep-schools-in-the-world/school-buddy?source=rss
The absolute best college prep schools in the world, ranked by the community's votes. This list has the most popular prep schools in the world, and includes related images and location information. Choosing a school is one of the most important choices a parent can make for their children. What are the most famous prep schools in the world?
This list features the absolute best prep schools in the world. The schools are listed based on the number of votes cast for each institution and your votes can help determine the ranking as well. Among the best worldwide prep schools are Institut Le Rosey, Eton College, Brearley School, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrence Academy, Charterhouse School, Horace Mann School, Middlesex School, Foxcroft School, Trinity School, Hotchkiss School, Winsor School, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai, and American School of Sao Paulo.

Cast your votes for the best prep schools in the world or add the preparatory schools, located anywhere in the world that you think are the greatest but aren't already on the list.
The Best Prep Schools in the World,

Crystal Springs Uplands School
Hillsborough, CA
Eton College
West Berkshire, UK
Trinity College
New York, NY
Yew Chung International School of Shanghai
Shanghai, China
American School of Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brazil
AMADEUS International School
Vienna, Austria
Charterhouse School
Surrey, UK
Pingry School
Martinsville, NJ
Lawrence Academy
Groton, MA
Middlesex School
Concord, MA

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:16:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-prep-schools-in-the-world/school-buddy
<![CDATA[The Best Boarding Schools in the U.S.]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-boarding-schools-in-the-us/school-buddy?source=rss
The absolute best boarding schools in the U.S., ranked by the community's votes. This list has the most popular boarding schools in the United States, and includes related images and location information as well. Choosing a school is one of the most important choices a parent can make for their children. What are the most famous boarding schools in the U.S.?
This list features the absolute best boarding schools in the United States. The schools are listed based on the number of votes cast for each institution and your votes can help determine the ranking. Included among these best American boarding schools are Blair Academy, Miss Porter’s School, The Cambridge School of Weston, Georgetown Preparatory School, Pomfret School, Kent School, St. Alban’s School, The Williston Northampton School, and Brooks School.

Cast your votes for the best U.S. boarding schools or add the schools you think are great, as long as they are in the United States and not already on the list.
The Best Boarding Schools in the U.S.,

Choate Rosemary Hall

Cushing Academy
Ashburnham, MA
Deerfield Academy
Deerfield, MA
Groton School
Groton, MA
Hebron Academy
Hebron, ME
Kent School
Kent, CT
Mercersburg Academy

Miss Porter's School
Farmington, CT
The Lawrenceville School
Lawrenceville, NJ
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Mt. Hermon, MA

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:16:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-boarding-schools-in-the-us/school-buddy
<![CDATA[The Best Prep Schools in the U.S.]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-prep-schools-in-the-us/school-buddy?source=rss
The absolute best college prep schools in the United States, ranked by the community's votes. This list has the most popular prep schools located in America, and includes related images and location information. Choosing a school for one's child is one of the most important choices a parent can make. What are the most famous prep schools in the U.S.?
This list features the absolute best prep schools in the United States. The schools are listed Based on the number of votes cast for each institution and your votes can help determine the order. Included are schools such as Roxbury Latin School, Brearley School, Trinity School, Horace Mann School, Winsor School, The College Preparatory School, Collegiate School, Spence School, Harvard Westlake School, Dalton School, Regis High School, Chapin School and Princeton Day School.

Cast your votes for the American prep schools you think are best, or add the schools you think are great if they aren't already on the list.
The Best Prep Schools in the U.S.,

The College Preparatory School
Oakland, CA
Trinity College
New York, NY
Hopkins School
New Haven, CT
Saint Ann’s School
New York, NY
San Francisco University High School
San Francisco, CA
Roxbury Latin School
Boston, MA
Germantown Friends School
Philadelphia, PA
Branson School
Ross, CA
Winsor School
Boston, MA
Haverford School
Haverford, PA

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:16:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-prep-schools-in-the-us/school-buddy
<![CDATA[Creepy Notes That Will Put You Off Having Kids]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-notes-from-kids/robert-wabash?source=rss
It's well-known that kids say the darndest things, but they also write (or attempt to write) the darndest things as well. Unlike adults who have certain filters that keep them from saying every hurtful, insane, or just downright evil thought that pops into their brain, children haven't developed that kind of control yet. What you are left with are notes that range from mean, nonsensical, and brutally honest, to just downright strange and scary. Who knows if these kids will grow up to be future serial killers or Nobel prize winners, all we know is that when they write down their thoughts, kids' notes can be brutal.

The following notes are from children who have access to crayons, paper, and a whole lot of childhood angst and aggression. Just be glad your parents didn't have an iPhone around to document the crazy stuff you wrote when you were this age. Check out the craziest, funniest and weirdest notes from children below.
Creepy Notes That Will Put You Off Having Kids,

That Took a Dark Turn

At Least She Apologized

Seems Harsh

His Heart Was in the Right Place

Future Zombie

Well That Got Strange Fast




Have You Heard?

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:39:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-notes-from-kids/robert-wabash
<![CDATA[The Best Boarding Schools in New England]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-boarding-schools-in-new-england/school-buddy?source=rss
The absolute best boarding schools in New England, ranked by the community's votes. This list has the most popular boarding schools in New England, and includes related images and location information. Choosing a school for one's child is one of the most important choices a parent can make. What are the most famous boarding schools in New England?
This list features the absolute best boarding schools in New England. The schools are listed based on the number of votes cast for each institution and your votes can affect the order as well. Included below are schools such as Tabor Academy, Northfield Mount Hermon, Suffield Academy, Milton Academy, Noble and Greenough, and Deerfield Academy.

Cast your votes for the best New England boarding schools or add the boarding schools you think are the best, as long as they are located in the New England region of the United States and aren't already on the list.
The Best Boarding Schools in New England,

Brooks School

Choate Rosemary Hall
Wallingford, CT
Deerfield Academy
Deerfield, MA
Groton School
Groton, MA
Middlesex School
Concord, MA
Miss Porter's School
Farmington, CT
Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter, NH
St. Paul's School
Concord, NH
The Loomis Chaffee School
Windsor, CT
Phillips Academy Andover
Andover, MA

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:16:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-boarding-schools-in-new-england/school-buddy
<![CDATA[The Best Prep Schools in New England]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-prep-schools-in-new-england/school-buddy?source=rss
A list of the absolute best prep schools in New England, ranked by the community's votes. This list has the most popular prep schools in the New England region of the north eastern United States, and includes related images and location information. Choosing a school for one's child is one of the most important choices a parent can make. What are the absolute best prep schools in New England?
This list features the top prep schools in New England and many of these schools are famous for both excellence in academics and their historical origins. The schools listed here are ordered based on the number of votes cast for each institution and your votes can help determine the ranking. Included below are New England prep schools such as The Albany Academy, Canterbury School, Kent School, The Marvelwood School, Berkshire School, Landmark School, Taft School, and Darrow School.

Cast your votes for the best New England prep schools below, or add a prep school you think is great, as long as it is located in New England and does not already appear on the list.
The Best Prep Schools in New England,

Cheshire Academy
Cheshire, CT
Deerfield Academy
Deerfield, MA
Gann Academy
Waltham, MA
Kent School
Kent, CT
Lawrence Academy at Groton
Groton, MA
Phillips Academy
Andover, MA
Thayer Academy
Braintree, MA
Taft School
Watertown, CT
Canterbury School
New Milford, CT
Avon Old Farms School
Avon, CT

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:16:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-prep-schools-in-new-england/school-buddy
<![CDATA[The Best All Boys Boarding Schools]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-all-boys-boarding-schools/school-buddy?source=rss
A list of the worldwide absolute best boarding schools for boys, ranked by the community's votes. This list has the most popular boys boarding schools, and includes related images and locations information. Choosing a school for their son is one of the most important choices a parent can make, as they want to be sure he gets the best education available. What are the absolute best all boys boarding schools in the world?
This list features the best all boys boarding schools worldwide and many of these schools are famous for excellence in academics and historical origins. The schools are listed based on the number of votes cast for each institution and include Salisbury School, Abingdon School, Chaminade College Preparatory School, Avon Old Farms School, and Westminster School.

Cast your votes for the best all boys boarding schools below, or add the boarding schools for just boys that you think are the greatest in the world, if they aren't already on the list.
The Best All Boys Boarding Schools,

Blue Ridge School
St. George, VA
Cardigan Mountain School
Canaan, NH
Carson Long Military Academy
New Bloomfield, PA
Georgetown Preparatory School
North Bethesda, MD
Trinity-Pawling School
Pawling, NY
Winchester College
Winchester, UK
Riverside Military Academy
Gainesville, GA
Christ School
Arden, NC
Avon Old Farms School
Avon, CT
Salisbury School
Salisbury, CT

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:16:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-all-boys-boarding-schools/school-buddy
<![CDATA[The Best All Boys Prep Schools]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-all-boys-prep-schools/school-buddy?source=rss
The absolute best boys prep schools in the world, ranked by the community's votes. This list has the most popular boys prep schools, and includes related images and location information. Choosing a school for your son is one of the most important decisions you'll make as a parent, as you want to be sure he gets the best education possible. What are the most famous boys prep schools in the world?
This list features the absolute best boys prep schools worldwide. The schools are listed based on the votes cast by the community and your votes will help determine the order. Schools on the list include Roxbury Latin School, Avon Old Farms School, Woodcote House School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Collegiate School, Delbarton School, and Seton Hall Preparatory School.

Cast your votes for the all boys prep schools you think are the best in the world, or add another best boys prep school if it isn't already on the list.
The Best All Boys Prep Schools,

Eton College
Windsor, UK
Georgetown Preparatory School
North Bethesda, MD
La Salle College High School
Wyndmoor, PA
Woodberry Forest School
Woodberry Forest, VA
Rondebosch Boys' Preparatory School
Cape Town, South Africa
Roxbury Latin School
Boston, MA
Brunswick School
Greenwich, CT
Avon Old Farms School
Avon, CT
Haverford School
Haverford, PA
Salisbury School
Salisbury, CT

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:16:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-all-boys-prep-schools/school-buddy
<![CDATA[The Best Girls Prep Schools in the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-girls-prep-schools/school-buddy?source=rss
The absolute best girls prep schools in the world, ranked by the votes of the community. This list has the most popular prep schools for girls, and includes related images and location information as well. Choosing a school for your daughter is one of the most important choices you can make, as you want to be sure she gets the best education available. What are the best girls prep schools in the world?
This list features the absolute best girls prep schools worldwide. The schools are listed based on the number of votes cast for each and include popular girls prep schools such as Miss Porter’s School, Girls’ Preparatory School, Marymount International School, Wardlaw-Hartridge School, Brearley School, Dulwich College, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Winsor School, and Spence School.

Cast your votes for the girls prep schools you think are the best in the world or add a day school you think is the greatest if it isn't already on the list below.
The Best Girls Prep Schools in the World,

Chatham Hall
Chatham-Blairs, VA
Miss Porter's School
Farmington, CT
Chapin School
New York, NY
Hockaday School
Dallas, TX
Girls Preparatory School
Chattanooga, TN
Spence School
New York, NY
Excel Academy Public Charter School
Washington, DC
National Cathedral School
Washington, DC
Brearley School
New York, NY
Baldwin School
Bryn Mawr, PA

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:16:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-girls-prep-schools/school-buddy
<![CDATA[51 Hilarious and Infamous School Picture Day Photos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-school-picture-day-pictures/ariel-kana?source=rss

If everyone prepared for picture day at school like the people on this list, then every picture day picture, or mandatory-weird-angled-non-realistic-background-having school photo, would be amazing. What if we could bring stuff like toy swords, horse masks, print t-shirts, wigs, and really whatever we wanted to yearbook picture day? The only people who are going to share them at this point are your parents via picture frames IN YOUR OWN HOUSE! 

So, why not take a ridiculous picture with a dumb shirt that makes you look like an a-hole? Or why not get the yearbook laughs instead of sticking to the unnecessary propriety prescribed to everyone on picture day? This isn't the 50s, or LinkedIn. These are pictures that your peers will see and that you'll look back on one day to remember how awkward you looked. Your adult self would be forever grateful to the kid you who turned in one of these kinds of hilarious school pictures.

I always tried to sneak in a crazy face during picture day. Not an insane face that would obviously be unprintable (because, in my day, all the pictures were physical and there was no "digital package"), but one that'd skate by just enough to get the photos I wanted. That way you could trade pictures with a cute girl, and they wouldn't immediately throw it away during recess. 

From a time where this stuff mattered to parents a lot more, here are the best, funny school picture day pictures or yearbook photos ever taken of kids who wanted to be a little different, or who unassumingly messed up their picture by doing something accidentally, which is that much more hilarious. 
51 Hilarious and Infamous School Picture Day Photos,

He Means It, Too

THESE TWO Guys ;-)

These Two Guys Who Love Each Other

Teachers Who Don't Keep Their Hands to Themselves

These Deep Sea Divers

This Surname MUST Be Extinct by Now

Gabe Perez's IDs


The Criminology Teacher, Probably

This CANADA-Loving Girl Who Should've Maintained Her Posture

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:16:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-school-picture-day-pictures/ariel-kana
<![CDATA[54 Funny School Sign Mistakes That'll Make You Smile]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-school-signs/robert-wabash?source=rss
Funny school signs are often the product of a lonely, bored, yet snarky groundskeeper, a student that was forced to do the signs because they already suck at learning, or a very drunk teacher doing the first or last thing they have to for the day. At least that's the way it went at my schools. School signs are the lowest, most niche kind of advertising that boil down to "the people driving on this street." Kind of like billboards, but they are only relevant to people going INTO the school. So, of course, there's very-little-to-no gatekeeping or care that goes into writing them. This makes sense.

But, given that they are ostensibly written and approved by authority figures, the idea that any of the signs wouldn't be perfect is always cause for laughter. Because f*ck authority. 

But also, here are some hilariously unintentional typos in school signs: from people messing around during the summer months, to people who clearly had a spelling issue, to those who clearly just did not give a care. 

These are the best funny school signs in one place for you to vote on. Which ones are the funniest school billboards? Which ones would you be ashamed of being in your school, and which ones do you wish you could re-create at your school?  

Here are the greatest school billboard signs.
54 Funny School Sign Mistakes That'll Make You Smile,

Since English Class Wasn't Cutting It

Worst Finals Ever

Parents Night

Every Single Day

I'm Now Looking Forward to Parent Night

This Way to Education

When Things Get Real

No Students, Just Petri Dishes and Concerned Adults

A Job Well Done!

A Leader to Bone Marrow

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:52:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-school-signs/robert-wabash
<![CDATA[The Best School Supply Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/school-supplies/werner-brandes?source=rss

It's that time of year again! Time to stock up on school supplies & school accessories and head back to school. That hellishly depressing (or glorious, depending on whether or not you own any small children) period when the youngest, most naïve humans in our society are rounded up and forced brutishly into exile inside huge prison-like edifices where they are forced, for hours upon hours each day, to learn math.

On the brighter side of things, this is usually a pretty good time to go drop some cash on a swaggy new backpack and some art supplies, which you (or your children) will then use to painstakingly cling to sanity during the coming months of darkness. But what are the most popular brands of school supplies? Which school supplies are the best? Look at all the different types of adhesives! That backpack has kittens on it!

The Best School Supply Brands,

Elmer's Products



Five Star

Crayola LLC

Paper Mate





Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:02:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/school-supplies/werner-brandes
<![CDATA[All Ivy League Colleges Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-ivy-league-colleges-ranked/college-info?source=rss
This blog features all Ivy League colleges and is ranked from the highest-rated universities to the lowest-rated ones, based on votes from the Ranker community. The famous Ivy League is comprised of eight different colleges in the Northeastern United States and has connotations of academic excellence, a careful selection process of students and social elitism. But which Ivy League school is the best of the best?

Originally the phrase “Ivy League” referred to as a sports collegiate athletic conference but later broadened to include superiority in academics, with a focus on educational philosophy inherent to the America’s oldest schools. In fact, seven of the eight Ivy League colleges were founded in the Colonial Period, with the exception of Cornell, which was founded in 1865.
Ivy League schools are typically viewed internationally as some of the most prestigious in the world and all eight universities placed within the top twenty of the 2014 university rankings in U.S. News and World Report.
This list features all eight Ivy League Colleges. Cast your votes for which of these great schools are the best!
All Ivy League Colleges Ranked,

Brown University
Founded in 1764 under the name "College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations," Brown University is located in Providence, Rhode Island. It is well known for its successful men's soccer team, which consistently ranks among the top 25 teams nationwide. Academically, Brown is most known for its highly-regarded programs in English and history, and the highly ranked Warren Alpert Medical School.
Columbia University
Founded in 1754 as "King's College" in New York, New York, Columbia University sits on 36 acres. Columbia’s graduate programs include the highly ranked Business School, Teachers College, Law School, and Mailman School of Public Health. It also has a well-known Journalism department.
Cornell University
Founded in 1865, Cornell University is located in Ithaca, New York and has more than 500 student organizations on campus. It also has a strong hockey program and is most known for its coveted College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Dartmouth College
Founded in 1769 and located in Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth College has approximately 6,100 enrolled students, nearly 25 percent of which participate in its NCAA Division I varsity sports. Dartmouth is most famous for its Tuck School of Business, Thayer School of Engineering, and Geisel School of Medicine.
Harvard University
Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was founded in 1636, under the name "New College." Harvard is known for having great programs for science, law, and the medical fields.
Princeton University
Princeton, in Princeton, New Jersey, was founded in 1746 under the name "College of New Jersey." It has approximately 7,500 enrolled students and though it offers fewer programs than other Ivy League schools,, almost all of its programs are highly rated - especially programs such as economics, mathematics, and physics.
University of Pennsylvania
Founded in 1740 as "Unnamed Charity School," the University of Pennsylvania is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has approximately 20,500 enrolled students. Penn has several highly-ranked graduate programs including the School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law School, and School of Medicine.
Yale University
Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, was founded in 1701 under the name "Collegiate School." It has great programs for science and medicine, and is also famous for having excellent Masters programs, especially in medical studies.

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:16:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-ivy-league-colleges-ranked/college-info
<![CDATA[Being a College Student Is...]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/advice-for-students/ellie1?source=rss
Being a student isn't always as easy as it sounds. Sure, there are the parties, the booze, the moving away from home and living without your parents - but there's also a whole lot of stress, worry, studying, and exams. It's an experience everyone lives differently, affected by location, campus size, their major. There is no one word to sum up being a student, as there are so many different ways to look at it, but this list attempts to cover every element. 

What is it like being a student? This collection of descriptions has it covered, with everything from how being a student is an investment in your future, to how sometimes it can nevertheless be dull. There are opportunities everywhere you turn in student life, if only you can be bothered to take them, and sometimes you meet friends who will stay with you for life. Keep an eye out for that one word you feel describes what being a student is really like. 

Think there is some advice for students missing? Then add it to the list! Be sure to vote on the words you think perfectly sum up student life, and downvote the ones you don't agree with. 
Being a College Student Is...,

An Investment In Your Future
Bettering yourself for the adult world and getting the job you dreamed of.
With a more independent learning style, not being helped through everything can be hard.
You will be pushed to the limit in class and sometimes struggle to stay on top of the work.
Having Opportunity
Internships, experience, volunteering - endless opportunities.
It's all worth it when you come out with a degree.
Living on a budget is not easy - and student living isn't cheap!
When You Know That After You Finished The One Thing Put Highest on The Study To-do List There Are Ten More Things Left.
Pushing the boundaries of what you know with increasingly difficult theories.
Day after day of 9 am lectures can really get to you.
A particularly bad symptom during exam season.

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 03:07:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/advice-for-students/ellie1
<![CDATA[Pretentious Words You Secretly Don't Know How to Pronounce]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/prententious-words-you-cant-say/robert-wabash?source=rss
What are some of the most overused, mispronounced words people use to try to sound smarter? There are plenty of pretentious vocabulary words people frequently mispronounce. The English language is a mash-up of so many different languages and influences that it can be hard to keep up with new additions, but some words are just so impossible it seems like they're trying to screw you up on purpose. Below are some of the worst examples of pretentious, unpronounceable words people use to try to sound cool.
Pretentious Words You Secretly Don't Know How to Pronounce,

ah-sah-EE -- An extremely overpriced berry that mostly contains stuff you can get from orange juice.
Haute Couture

OAT koo-TOOR -- Fashion accessories too expensive for normal people to afford.

FUH -- Most people mispronounce the name of this traditional Vietnamese noodle soup, causing them to tragically miss out on a universe of immature jokes and puns.
UHH-vv -- An individual artist's entire body of work. Kind of hard to pronounce even when you technically do know how to pronounce it, honestly.
pro-PISH-us -- When things seem inclined to go your way, e.g. "my odds of totally destroying this loser in Hearthstone appear propitious."
kwah-FYOOR -- A hairstyle which is expensive, time-consuming, and often ginormous.
day-noo-MAHN -- The end of a story, but French.
on-WEE -- A consuming, Goth-like sense of boredom.
shar-KOO-tuh-REE -- A big plate of cold cuts, cheese, and sometimes olives/pickles/etc. Except that it's French.
shuh-MEEZ -- The sexually-repressed term for a "sexy" nightie.

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 10:25:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/prententious-words-you-cant-say/robert-wabash
<![CDATA[Princeton Review's List: The Most Beautiful Campuses 2014-15]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/princeton-review-most-beautiful-campuses-2015/college-info?source=rss
The most beautiful college campuses 2015, ranked by genre experts The Princeton Review. Can an idyllic campus set beside an ocean, between rolling hills, or amid colorful trees increase a student's happiness while walking from class to class? Well, we don't know, but it certainly couldn't hurt. PR's list, posted to their site August 4, 2014, ranks the most beautiful campuses in the U.S. The top 10 spots on the list went to: 1. Colgate University (Hamilton, NY), 2. Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA), 3. Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), 4. Sweet Briar College (Sweet Briar, VA), 5. Scripps College (Claremont, CA), 6. Rollins College (Winter Park, FL), 7. Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), 8. Ole Miss (University, MS), 9. Princeton University (Princeton, NJ), 10. Florida Southern College (Lakeland, FL).

Compare the 2014-15 Princeton Review list with our Ultimate List of the most beautiful campuses, and check out this list of the most expensive colleges.


Princeton Review's List: The Most Beautiful Campuses 2014-15,

Colgate University

Florida Southern College

Pepperdine University

Princeton University

Rhodes College

Rollins College

Scripps College

Southern Methodist University

Sweet Briar College

University of Mississippi

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 08:49:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/princeton-review-most-beautiful-campuses-2015/college-info
<![CDATA[50+ Celebrities Who Went to Harvard]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-went-to-harvard/celebrity-lists?source=rss
This list contains information about celebrities who went to Harvard University, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians and politicians attended Harvard University. Some of these celebrities attended Harvard as undergrads while others went to Harvard Law School. One famous actor lived with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore while he attended Harvard.

Who is the most famous person who attended Harvard? Natalie Portman tops this list. The actress graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. degree in psychology in 2003. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky earned a degree in social anthropology from Harvard University in 1991.

Tommy Lee Jones graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Harvard University in 1969. He roomed with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore as an upperclassman. Matt Damon studied English and Theater at Harvard University from 1988 to 1992, but he did not graduate. He left in his senior year so that he could appear in the TV film "Geronimo."

Do you think that attending Harvard gave these celebs a leg up in their careers? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
50+ Celebrities Who Went to Harvard,

Amy Brenneman
Amy Brenneman earned a degree in comparative religion from Harvard University in 1987.
Barack Obama
Barack Obama graduated with a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991.
Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1985. He was a writer and president for the Harvard Lampoon during his tenure at the school.

Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky earned a degree in social anthropology from Harvard University in 1991.
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy earned a B.S. in international affairs from Harvard University in 1940.
Matt Damon
Matt Damon studied English and Theater at Harvard University from 1988 to 1992, but he did not graduate. He left in his senior year so that he could appear on the TV film Geronimo.

Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman graduated from Harvard University in 2003 with an Applied Baccalaureate degree in psychology.
Rashida Jones
Rashida Jones graduated from Harvard University in 1997. While there, she participated in several organizations including the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club, Harvard Opportunes, and the Black Students Association.
Stockard Channing
After starting her college career at Radcliffe College, Stockard Channing graduated from Harvard University in 1965.
Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Harvard University in 1969. He roomed with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore as an upperclassman.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:25:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-went-to-harvard/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[50+ Celebrities Who Went to Yale]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-went-to-yale/celebrity-lists?source=rss
This list contains information about celebrities who went to Yale University, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians, and politicians attended Yale University. Some of these celebrities received degrees from the Ivy League school, while others dropped out to focus on their careers. Several U.S. Presidents attended Yale University including a father and son.

Who is the most famous person who attended Yale? Meryl Streep tops this list. Streep earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in the 1970s. Jennifer Connelly studied English at Yale from 1988-1989. She later finished out her college education by studying drama at Stanford University

Several famous men also went to Yale. George H. W. Bush graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1948. While there, he was a member of the Skull and Bones secret society. Bush's son, George W. Bush, also attended Yale.

Do you think that attending Yale helped these celebrities succeed in their careers? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
50+ Celebrities Who Went to Yale,

Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett earned a B.A. degree in African-American studies from Yale in 1980. She went on to receive her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.
Claire Danes
Claire Danes studied psychology at Yale University for two years before dropping out to focus on her acting career.
David Alan Grier
David Alan Grier earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in 1981.
Elia Kazan
In the early 1930s, Elia Kazan spent two years studying at the Yale University School of Drama.
Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly studied English at Yale from 1988-1989. She later finished out her college education by studying drama at Stanford University.
Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster earned a Bachelor's degree in literature from Yale University in 1985.
Kathryn Hahn
Kathryn Hahn studied acting at the Yale School of Drama where she played Sally Bowles in a production of Cabaret.
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in the 1970s.
Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Yale University in 1989. He went on to receive an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. While attending Yale, Giamatti was a member of the Skull and Bones secret society.
Paul Newman
Paul Newman studied acting at the Yale School of Drama for one year before leaving to study with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:25:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-went-to-yale/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[53 Celebrities with Honorary Degrees from Harvard]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-honorary-degrees-from-harvard/celebrity-lists?source=rss
This list contains information about celebrities who have received honorary degrees from Harvard University, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Harvard University was established in 1636 and is one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. Several famous actors, musicians, authors, and politicians have been awarded honorary degrees from Harvard, which are awarded annually.

Who is the most famous person with an honorary degree from Harvard? Oprah Winfrey tops this list. The talk show queen received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2013. She also delivered a commencement speech to the graduating class.

J. K. Rowling received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2008. She delivered the commencement address at the ceremony as well. Al Gore received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 1994. The former U.S. Vice President previously graduated cum laude from the prestigious university. Many former U.S. Presidents have received honorary Harvard degrees as well.

What do you think are the qualifications for earning an honorary degree? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
53 Celebrities with Honorary Degrees from Harvard,

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 1935.
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2014. The Queen of Soul also performed "The Star Spangled Banner" at the commencement ceremony.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2007. He previously dropped out of the university to focus on his company, Microsoft.
George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush was awarded an honorary doctorate of law from Harvard University in 2014. The former U.S. President is a graduate of Yale University.
John Lithgow
John Lithgow received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2005. He previously graduated from the university magna cum laude in 1967.
J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2008. She delivered the commencement address at the ceremony.
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2010. The Oscar winner graduated from Yale University in the early 1970s.
Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg received an honorary doctorate of law from Harvard University in 2014. The former New York City mayor is an alum of Harvard Business School.
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 1998.
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2013. She also delivered a commencement speech to the graduating class.

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:59:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-honorary-degrees-from-harvard/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[53 Hilarious Test Answers From Kids]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-kids-test-answers/robert-wabash?source=rss
Kids these days: can't live with 'em, can't teach 'em anything because the Internet shows them that they can be a smartass instead of submitting real quiz answers. Tests were once about studying, knowing the most, reveling in the honest hard work of memorizing the basics of being a person in American society. Getting stuff wrong meant feeling SHAME. But these days all kids care about is submitting creative test answers that will make their Gen Y teachers laugh, making sure everyone is having a "good time." 

Back in the day, each and every one of these damn kids would have been slapped on the wrist for writing down sassy words and drawing goofy pictures instead of, you know, actually finishing their tests. From hilarious teacher reviews to funny kids test answers that make you wish you were that clever when you were little, these are the best and funniest test answers provided by clever children who didn't care about their grades as much as they did about getting a laugh. 

Sometimes, their grades reflected their lack of effort - but unfortunately, a lot of the time, you can see that the teacher actually kind of appreciated a kid giving a smartass test answer, even if it wasted everyone's time. What is the lesson here? Nothing matters as long as you are kind of funny and can answer any test questions you are handed no matter how little you know about the correct answer.

No matter where the world is going (downhill) with all this, these are the funniest kids test answers that will are sure to make you smile. 
53 Hilarious Test Answers From Kids,

Suck It Up, Kids

The Length of a Football


An Authentic Parents' Signature

Good Advice, Actually

Guide Davey Bones!



Warren's Future

Name This Quadrilateral

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:41:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-kids-test-answers/robert-wabash
<![CDATA[300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-went-to-prep-school/celebrity-lists?source=rss
Many of the most powerful people in the world went to prep school. The children of wealthy parents - often "old money" and prep school alumni themselves - are often given the best opportunities in life, starting with top drawer education. This list of celebrities who went to prep school includes many of the more privileged actors, musicians, athletes, and politicians in the public sphere. 

What imagery does the term "prep school" bring to mind? These famous prep school alumni are sure to have worn trad uniforms in their days - khaki, OCBDs, and penny loafers. Far from the preppy fashionistas that flood the Internet these days, these celebrities are the real deal, with authentic battle scars and stories to prove it. After graduation, many have gone on to study at prestigious universities and, well, become famous.

Often private, exclusive, and expensive, college preparatory schools are designed to ready students for university & adult life. Students are shaped into well-rounded adults through challenging academics, competitive team and solo sports, and enriching extracurriculars like clubs and musical pursuits. 
300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School,

Ana Gasteyer

Benicio del Toro

Christian Slater

Claire Danes

Clancy Brown

James Cromwell

Jessica Biel

Marlon Brando

Mindy Kaling

Whitney Cummings

Mon, 19 May 2014 11:18:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-went-to-prep-school/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Famous Boarding School Alumni]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-boarding-school-alumni-v1/celebrity-lists?source=rss
List of famous people who went to boarding school, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. For hundreds of years, rich and powerful families have maintained a tradition of sending their sons and daughters to expensive boarding schools around the world. For the rest of the world, the idea of a boarding school include vague images of dorms, gold-buttoned navy blazers, and burgundy striped ties à la Dead Poets Society. For graduates of these competitive institutions, however, memories include rigorous academics, team sports, and, OK fine, beautiful autumn leaves crunched by Bass Weejuns. Or stomping through heavy snow in Bean boots and Norwegian sweaters. Or going to class.

Some of the most prestigious boarding schools in New England are members of the Ten Schools Admissions Organization (TSAO), including Phillips Exeter and Phillips Academy (Andover), Choate Rosemary Hall, Deerfield Academy, and The Hotchkiss School. Several leading men and women in entertainment and politics have attended these famous schools, as well as others across New England, the Southeast, the Midwest, and the United Kingdom. A few notable boarding school alumni include actors Michael Douglas, Paul Giamatti, Allison Janney, and Judd Nelson. This list also includes a handful of the most famous Presidents and other politicians who are boarding school grads.
Famous Boarding School Alumni,

George W. Bush

James Spader

Jamie Lee Curtis

Joe Perry

John F. Kennedy

Laura Linney

Matthew Fox

Michael Douglas

Paul Giamatti

Uma Thurman

Mon, 19 May 2014 11:22:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-boarding-school-alumni-v1/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Best Ways to Study]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ways-to-study/dani-porter?source=rss

Few things are more stressful in the life of a student than studying for a big test, exam, or presentation. This list of the best ways to study has been ranked by the community to determine what are the best ways to study for a test. This list includes top studying solutions like making flashcards, joining a study group, creating a study calendar, and studying in small increments. You're sure to find a successful study method on this list, no matter what kind of learner you are.

Keeping grades up and effectively studying for a test can be difficult, but there are many ways to study effectively. Finding a fruitful means of study can mean the difference between the grade you want and a grade you, well... don't. Everyone’s brain works differently, so study techniques that work for some, might not work for others. It’s important to figure out what kind of learner you are.

It is important to be able to fully understand how your brain absorbs information and whether you are visual or auditory learner. As you progress in school, studying will get easier because you will become more accustomed to your preferred style and what works best for you. Whether you're looking to simply make a small adjustment in your study habits or a complete overhaul, you can find some of the best ways to study on this list.

Vote up the best study solutions on this list, which will help you to navigate the avenues of study and find the methods that work best for your learning style and the particular subject you reviewing.

The Best Ways to Study,

Study in Small Chunks of Time
It takes time for your memory to establish connections. By taking breaks in between studying, you give your brain time to process the information you need to learn.
Rewrite Your Notes
Similar to flashcards, the repetition of rewriting of your notes helps ingrain the information.
Avoid Social Networks
Turn off all distractions and time-sucks such as Facebook while you study. Information will not form as memories in your brain if you are constantly interrupting your studying.
Study Group
Study with a group to help broaden the techniques and type of information you review.
Create a Study Schedule
You can't learn everything in one sitting, so don't even try. Create a clear schedule of what you will study when and be sure to include time for review.
Mnemonic Devices
Create acronyms or other associations in your mind between the new information you are learning and things you already know to ease recall.
Create Flashcards
Through repetition, flashcards help with memorization.
After reading a section of material, summarize it in writing to most effectively create a memory and clarify key points.
Review the Toughest Material Before Bed
Sleeping on information will allow you to sit with it more.
Create Images
Some people are visual learners, and creating an image to better explain the material you're reviewing may be most helpful.

Mon, 12 May 2014 09:44:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ways-to-study/dani-porter
<![CDATA[Notable Commencement Speakers 2014]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/notable-commencement-speakers-2014/college-info?source=rss
Notable commencement speakers of 2014 include the politicians, business leaders and celebrities who spoke at commencement ceremonies around the world in 2014. Often for the sum of tens of thousands of dollars, all of these folks offered their advice, insight and encouragement to graduating college students in 2014.

Just like with the notable commencement speakers of 2013, each year there are a few speakers who are in very high demand. President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama all receive numerous requests for commencement speeches and have the tough choice of selecting the few they will do.

But it's not just top politicians who make commencement speeches regularly. Top business leaders like General Motors CEO Mary T. Barra, who spoke at the University of Michigan in 2014, and Bill and Melinda Gates, who spoke at Stanford, were also in high demand.

Even some unexpected celebrities got the speaking nod this year, and made very memorable speeches with their opportunities. Charlie Day knocked it out of the park when speaking to Merrimack College, as did Sandra Bullock who surprised teens at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans. One speech was even out of this world. Astronaut Rick Mastracchio addressed the University of Connecticut live via satellite from the International Space Station. If that's not inspirational, we're not sure what is.
Notable Commencement Speakers 2014,

Al Gore
Princeton University
Charlie Day
Merrimack College
Elin Nordegren
Rollins College
Forest Whitaker
Miami University
Jay Leno
Emerson College
Jimmy Page
Berklee College of Music
Jim Carrey
Maharishi University of Management
Sandra Bullock
Warren Easton Charter High School
Wynton Marsalis
Tulane University
William H. McRaven
University of Texas at Austin

Fri, 23 May 2014 08:40:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/notable-commencement-speakers-2014/college-info
<![CDATA[The Smartest Celebrities]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/smartest-famous-people/celebrity-lists?source=rss

The smartest celebrities are those who have documented high IQs, multiple degrees from distinguished universities, and a history of long hours spent studying complicated subjects. Some of these celebs, like Matt Damon, even star in the best movies about geniuses. A number of famous actors are members of the "high IQ society" Mensa - or, at least, a number of online sources say they are. Those people are included here, as are businessmen, musicians, and even wrestlers with impressive academic résumés. For example, Swedish-born action star Dolph Lundgren, aka Ivan Drago, has a master's degree in Chemical Engineering and was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to M.I.T. Likewise, Oscar winner Natalie Portman has a Harvard degree, has lectured at Columbia University, and can speak five languages. And Bill Gates founded Microsoft. Which of these most brilliant celebrities surprises you most?

For brevity, this list does not include career politicians or widely recognized geniuses in academia.

The Smartest Celebrities,

Bill Gates
Reported IQ: 160
Dexter Holland
Reported IQ: 170
James Woods
Reported IQ: 180
Jayne Mansfield
Reported IQ: 163
Jill St. John
Reported IQ: 162
Masi Oka
Reported IQ: 189
Michael Crichton

Paul Allen
Reported IQ: 170
Quentin Tarantino
Reported IQ: 160
Judy Holliday
Reported IQ: 172

Tue, 13 May 2014 09:53:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/smartest-famous-people/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[14 Famous People Who Have PhDs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-with-phds/celebrity-lists?source=rss
Several famous actors, politicians, athletes, and musicians have furthered their education by earning doctorates and Ph.D.s. Some of these celebrities earned Ph.D.s in the arts, while others pursued scientific degrees. One famous comedic actress has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. This list of famous people with Ph.D.s is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous person with a Ph.D.? Martin Luther King, Jr. tops our list. The civil rights activist earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston University in 1955. His dissertation was entitled "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman."

"The Big Bang Theoryactress Mayim Bialik earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. She wrote the book, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way in 2012.

Are you surprised that so many celebrities have earned Ph.D.s? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
14 Famous People Who Have PhDs,

Brian May
In 2007, more than 30 years after he started his studies, Queen guitarist Brian May earned a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Imperial College. He also served as Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University from 2008 to 2013.


Condoleezza Rice
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice earned a Ph.D. in political science from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.


Dexter Holland
The Offspring singer Dexter Holland has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California. He has co-authored a paper called "Identification of Human MicroRNA-Like Sequences Embedded within the Protein-Encoding Genes of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus."


Frank Ryan
Frank Beall Ryan is the only person with a Ph.D. in Mathematics to ever play in the NFL. After he was recruited by college coaches across the country, he declared a major in Physics at Rice University, becoming the first member of his family not to go to Yale. He later chose education over professional football - but was then allowed to enroll at both UCLA and UC Berkeley so he could complete his degree. Ryan played 11 seasons in the NFL - for the Los Angeles Rams, the Cleveland Browns, and the Washington Redskins. He later worked for the government, served as athletic director and math lecturer at Yale, and served on a number of business advisory boards. 

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Greg Graffin
Bad Religion musician Greg Graffin has a Ph.D. in zoology from Cornell University. The title of his dissertation was "Evolution, Monism, Atheism, and the Naturalist World-View: Perspectives from Evolutionary Biology." Graffin has since taught science and evolution classes at both Cornell and UCLA.


Hunter S. Thompson
Author and Gonzo journalism founder Hunter S. Thompson had a Ph.D. in Journalism from Columbia University.


Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston University in 1955.


Mayim Bialik
"The Big Bang Theoryactress Mayim Bialik earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA in 2008. Her dissertation was called "Hypothalamic regulation in relation to maladaptive, obsessive-compulsive, affiliative, and satiety behaviors in Prader-Willi syndrome."


Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin earned a Doctoral Degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989.


Vitali Klitschko
Professional boxer Vitali Klitschko has a Ph.D. in Sports Science from Kiev University. His doctoral thesis was about talent and sponsorship in sports.


Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:58:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-with-phds/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[20 Famous People With Master's Degrees]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-with-masters-degrees/celebrity-lists?source=rss
Several famous actors, actresses, athletes, and musicians have furthered their education by earning Master's Degrees. Some of these celebrities earned Masters of Fine Arts while others pursued scientific degrees. This list of famous people with Master's Degrees has been loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous person with a Masters Degree? James Franco tops our list. The Spring Breakers actor earned his M.F.A. from Columbia University in New York. He is also studying for a Ph.D. in English at Yale University. Ashley Judd earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 2010.

Adult film star Ron Jeremy has a Master's Degree in Special Education from Queens College in New York. Singer Art Garfunkel earned a M.A. in mathematics from Columbia University in 1967.

Are you surprised that so many famous people have Master's Degrees? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
20 Famous People With Master's Degrees,

Angela Bassett
Actress Angela Bassett earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1983.
Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd earned a Master's Degree in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 2010.
Bill Cosby
Comedian Bill Cosby earned a Master's Degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1972. He also has honorary degrees from several prestigious universities.
Brian May
Queen guitarist Brian May has a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Imperial College.
Christy Turlington Burns
Supermodel Christy Turlington earned a Master's Degree in Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
David Duchovny
"The X-Filesactor David Duchovny received a Master's of Arts in Fine Literature from Yale University. He began work on a Ph.D., but never finished it.

Dolph Lundgren
The Punisher actor Dolph Lundgren earned a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1982. He was later awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT.
James Franco
James Franco earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in New York.
Ron Jeremy
Adult film star Ron Jeremy has a Master's Degree in Special Education from Queens College in New York.
Sigourney Weaver
Alien actress Sigourney Weaver earned a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in 1974.

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:58:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-with-masters-degrees/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Dumbest (Real) College Courses]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/stupidest-college-courses/samantha-dillinger?source=rss
The stupidest college courses are the wackiest, most rudimentary, and straight up useless college courses actually taught at respected universities. From the things that you really should already know how to do, like getting dressed - something you can learn at a Princeton University course - to learning how to argue with television personality Judge Judy - like offered by the University of California, Berkeley - these real college courses teach skills that exactly zero employers look for in prospective job candidates.

For many of these strange college courses, what is being taught either falls into a category of common sense or something so obscure that it would only be useful in ridiculously rare situations. In the "do you really not know how to do that already?" category, the Ohio State University offers a course on how to watch sports, one that is surely popular among their scholarly student athletes. Similarly, Montclair State University offers a class on how to watch television, in case that's something you never quite mastered on your own.

In the "let's pay thousands of dollars of our parents money to learn things we'll never, ever use" category: Bates College offers a seminar about the career of Whoopi Goldberg; the University of Texas will teach you to speak Klingon; and Appalachian State University will teach you how to determine if Harry Potter is a fictional character or actually someone who existed in history.

So if that advanced calculus or macroeconomics class you're taking is just too mainstream for you, head over and try one of these stupid college courses. You never know when skills like street-fighting mathematics or the joy of garbage will come in handy.

Want more stupidness? Check out the stupidest baby products for bad parents, the dumbest lawsuits in recent history and the top 10 dumbest celebrity quotes of the decade.
The Dumbest (Real) College Courses,

The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender, and Media
From Skidmore College in New York: "From Disney tween to twerking machine" assistant professor Carolyn Chernoff is heading up this course which will "[provide] rich examples for analyzing aspects of intersectional identities and media representation." Says Chernoff, "I created it as a creative and rigorous way of looking at what's relevant about sociology and sociology theory."

Because learning to twerk and (relatively) effortlessly evolve from a Disney princess daddy's girl into a controversial pop icon is what your parents are paying for. 

Arguing With Judge Judy
From the University of California, Berkeley: "TV "Judge" shows have become extremely popular in the last 3-5 years. A fascinating aspect of these shows from a rhetorical point of view is the number of arguments made by the litigants that are utterly illogical, or perversions of standard logic, and yet are used over and over again. For example, when asked "Did you hit the plaintiff?" respondents often say, "If I woulda hit him, he'd be dead!" This reply avoids answering "yes" or "no" by presenting a perverted form of the logical strategy called "a fortiori" argument ["from the stronger"] in Latin. The seminar will be concerned with identifying such apparently popular logical fallacies on "Judge Judy" and "The People's Court" and discussing why such strategies are so widespread. It is NOT a course about law or "legal reasoning." Students who are interested in logic, argument, TV, and American popular culture will probably be interested in this course. I emphasize that it is NOT about the application of law or the operations of the court system in general."

Because the skill of knowing how to make illogical arguments for of television judges will look really, really good on your resume.
What If Harry Potter Is Real?
From Appalachian State University: "This course will engage students with questions about the very nature of history. Who decides what history is? Who decides how it is used or mis-used? How does this use or misuse affect us? How can the historical imagination inform literature and fantasy? How can fantasy reshape how we look at history? The Harry Potter novels and films are fertile ground for exploring all of these deeper questions. By looking at the actual geography of the novels, real and imagined historical events portrayed in the novels, the reactions of scholars in all the social sciences to the novels, and the world-wide frenzy inspired by them, students will examine issues of race, class, gender, time, place, the uses of space and movement, the role of multiculturalism in history as well as how to read a novel and how to read scholarly essays to get the most out of them."

Because nothing says I'm not a conspiracy wackjob by blurring the lines between fiction and fact.
Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond
From the University of Texas: "Why would anyone want to learn Klingon? Who really speaks Esperanto, anyway? Could there ever be a language based entirely on musical scales? Using constructed/invented languages as a vehicle, we will try to answer these questions as we discuss current ideas about linguistic theory, especially ideas surrounding the interaction of language and society. For example, what is it about the structure of Klingon that makes it look so "alien"? What was it about early 20th century Europe that spawned so many so-called "universal" languages? Can a language be inherently sexist? We will consider constructed/invented languages from a variety of viewpoints, such as languages created as fictional plot-devices, for philosophical debates, to serve an international function, and languages created for private fun. We wont be learning any one language specifically, but we will be learning about the art, ideas, and goals behind invented languages using diverse sources from literature, the Internet, films, video games, and other aspects of popular culture."

Because pickup lines in Klingon always work on the ladies.
How to Watch Television
From Montclair State University: "This course, open to both broadcasting majors and non-majors, is about analyzing television in the ways and extent to which it needs to be understood by its audience. The aim is for students to critically evaluate the role and impact of television in their lives as well as in the life of the culture. The means to achieve this aim is an approach that combines media theory and criticism with media education."

Because we've all been watching television incorrectly this whole time and we never had a clue.
Goldberg’s Canon: Making Whoopi
From Bates College: "Participants learn about the career of Whoopi Goldberg including Alien Whoopi: Star Trek and the Goldberg Generation, Renaissance Whoopi: Elizabeth Regina and What Aunt Jemima Might Say if She Stepped Off that Box: The Paradox that is Whoopi Goldberg."

Because one can never truly know if intimate and detailed knowledge of Whoopi Goldberg's career will be needed in a life or death situation.
Maple Syrup: the Real Thing
From Alfred University: ""Wanted: Someone with a background in meteorology, chemistry, botany, forestry, art, and cookery who is also a nature lover with lots of patience. Must enjoy long hours of hard work in the snow, cold, and mud." Even though this is an accurate description of a maple syrup producer, don't let it scare you! The method of producing maple syrup is one of the things in our society that has endured even in today's culture of constant change; fundamentally it's the same process Native Americans used centuries ago. This class will explore the history of maple syrup production, discover the ins and outs of making syrup, create (and eat) some sweet confections, and take field trips to local producers, restaurants and festivals. No prior experience expected."

Because pancakes are freakin' delicious.
Getting Dressed
From Princeton University: "The seminar is an inquiry into the social significance of clothing and a close examination of the relationship between clothing and identity in 20th-century America. To explore that juncture, students keep a literary sketchbook in which they record their observations about the ways clothing comes into play in the news, in their surroundings and in their own lives. The journal helps the students hone their powers of observation and learn key skills for examining the world."

Because picking out a pair of yoga pants and UGGs each morning is hard.
The Art of Walking
From Centre College: "Art of Walking asks students to stop focusing on constantly doing and concentrate more on simply experiencing. It’s a different kind of intellectual atmosphere than the one they usually experience during longer terms."

Because that whole process of putting one foot in front of the other can be insanely difficult without proper instruction. 
How to Win a Beauty Pageant
From Oberlin College: "This course examines US beauty pageants from the 1920s to the present. Our aim will be to analyze pageantry as a unique site for the interplay of race, gender, class, sexuality, and nation. We will learn about cultural studies methodology, including close reading, cultural history, critical discourse analysis, and ethnography, and use those methods to understand the changing identity of the US over time. This course includes a field visit to a pageant in Ohio."

Because with enough practice, hard work, and training, you too can someday land on "Toddlers & Tiaras." 

Wed, 07 May 2014 06:20:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/stupidest-college-courses/samantha-dillinger
<![CDATA[Real Life 101: Classes That Should Be Offered (But Aren't)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-life-college-courses-wish-list/don-davis?source=rss
All that time (and money) spent earning your college degree... wouldn't it have been great if even some of those classes were useful for handling everyday life stuff? This is a list of the things you wish you could've learned in a college class but couldn't since the course never existed. You had to eventually figure out on your own how to do these real-life, everyday things you wish someone had taught you about.

In fact, it's possible you still don't know how to do many of these things - and while you spent lots of money learning about English literature in the 1600s, probably know Socrates' birthday by heart, and can likely recall some data from the periodic table you had to memorize for a chemistry class at some point, you still don't know how to change a tire, manage your bank account, or file your taxes. Despite earning that degree, after graduation, many students are left clueless as to how they can handle some of the basic fundamentals in everyday life.

Sure, some of these college classes we wish existed were offered in some iteration if you majored in a related field - 'How to Invest' or 'How to Save Money' were likely covered in a Business degree. The classes on this list are what you wish had been part of your general education requirements but weren't since most colleges don't offer a course in how to avoid identity theft, how to apply for a loan, how to take care of a pet or how to get a boyfriend or girlfriend. Even though you spent a lot of money on a fancy college degree, there are still plenty of real-life things you don't know how to do that you wish you could've learned about in college.

This is a list of the classes that colleges should offer but don't... the stuff we really need to know how to do in everyday life. Vote up the classes that don't exist that you wish you could've enrolled in during college.

Real Life 101: Classes That Should Be Offered (But Aren't),

Taking Care of Your Car 101
Changing a tire, changing oil, fixing a flat tire, regular maintenance, etc.
Investing 101
Stocks, bonds, CDs, mutual funds, investing for the future, IRAs, pensions...wha!?
Health Care Insurance 101
PPO, HMO, primary care physicias, co-pays...wha!?
Handyman 101
Fix a leaky faucet, a broken window, a creaky door, general household repairs.
Handling Life's Emergencies 101
Basic first aid, how to act in a crisis, how to respond to a life-threatening situation of any type, emergency or natural disaster, what to do if you're in a bad situation such as a car accident, who can you turn to for help, etc.
Managing Your Credit 101
How is a credit score determined, what happens if I make late payments, when does my credit score actually matter, how do I monitor my credit score, how do I improve my credit score, FICO scores...wha!?
Saving Money 101
"Why save money when you can spend it?" said the broke guy.

Managing Your Personal Finances 101
How to create a personal budget, how bank accounts work, avoiding overdraft fees, how to balance a checkbook (for those who still have them).
Self Control 101
Too much of anything: eating, drinking, partying, sex, oversharing, spending...if only you learned a better way to control yourself.
Searching for a Job 101
How to craft the perfect resume, where to begin searching for a job, how to land a job interview, what to expect on a job interview, how to negotiate salary, the things you should and shouldn't say in a job interview, interview etiquette, etc.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:49:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/real-life-college-courses-wish-list/don-davis
<![CDATA[The Best Movies About Ivy League Schools]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-ivy-league-schools/ranker-film?source=rss
College days are some of the best (and worst) times of our lives. There’s nothing more exciting than making it out of high school alive, moving out of the parent’s house, drinking at parties all night, and you know, going to class (most of the time). Ivy League schools are the most prestigious in America, and while many students dream about attending, few are accepted each year. What are the best movies about Ivy League schools? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank!
The movies on this list have been ranked as the all time best movies about Ivy League schools. Many of the movies featured here were filmed on location at one of the Ivies. There are a variety of genres represented, so there's sure to be an option for whatever you're feeling like watching.
This list features the best movies about Ivy League schools including, The Social Network, Legally Blonde, The Skulls, and Good Will Hunting. Vote up the best movies about the Ivy League below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
The Best Movies About Ivy League Schools,

A Beautiful Mind

Good Will Hunting

Legally Blonde

National Lampoon's Animal House

School Ties

The Paper Chase

The Skulls

With Honors

The Social Network

Dear White People

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:13:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-ivy-league-schools/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The Best Documentaries About Education]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-documentaries-about-education/ranker-film?source=rss
This list has been ranked by the community to determine the best documentaries about education. This list includes popular and recognizable titles, along with a lot of independent documentary films about education to be voted on, with videos. What is the best documentary about education? This list will let you know!

With every vote, the order of the list will change to see which documentary about education comes out on top. If you do not see your favorite on the list, add it along with the existing titles so that others may vote on it as well. This list currently includes titles such as, Race to Nowhere about over-scheduled students who are pressured to succeed, and Waiting for Superman about public education and how it affects children.
Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate viewers. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying.

Vote up your favorite documentaries about education below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
The Best Documentaries About Education,

Mad Hot Ballroom


Please Vote for Me

The Cartel

The Lottery

Race to Nowhere

Waiting for "Superman"

American Teacher

Unfinished Spaces


Tue, 28 Jan 2014 04:35:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-documentaries-about-education/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The Scariest Movies Set in Schools]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/scariest-movies-set-in-schools/ranker-horror?source=rss
What is it about a scary school movie that appeals to movie goers? What is it about the thought of a killer psychopath on the hunt for human lives that makes our adrenaline go up and leaves us asking for more? This list features the absolute scariest movies set in a school, ranked by users and movie lovers as the absolute scariest.

Who doesn’t shudder (and laugh in between) at the thought of a ruthless, brutal killer messing with a bunch of high school students? And who doesn’t love the mystery of feeling like you can trust your closest friends, only to find that they are secretly planning on killing you? There are many, but what are the scariest movies set in a school?
This list has the scariest movies set in schools, including: Scream, Urban Legend, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Carrie, The Craft, and Faculty. Vote up your favorite scary school movie below, or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
The Scariest Movies Set in Schools,

A Nightmare on Elm Street


Final Destination

Final Destination 3

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Jeepers Creepers 2

Scream 2

Urban Legend

Village of the Damned


Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:11:51 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/scariest-movies-set-in-schools/ranker-horror
<![CDATA[The Best College Football Coaches of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-college-football-coaches-of-all-time?source=rss

This list of the best college football coaches of all time is full of big names and legendary coaching empires. Ever wondered who was is the greatest college football coach of all time? Now is your opportunity to have a say in the matter. Granted, picking who this should be won't be easy, as you have to consider different eras of NCAA football along with a number of other factors, like bowl game wins, national titles, who was on their team, and who got the most bang for their buck out of their players. But it's on you to pick whatever criteria you want in determining who is the best college football coach ever. As long as they coached college play at some point, they can be listed here, but be sure to vote based on each coach's storied college career only.

There are some pretty big names on this list, titans of the coaching world. If you're an Alabama fan, you'll have a tough time picking between Bear Bryant and Nick Saban. The same goes for any Notre Dame fan and for USC supporters, who do you think is a better coach: John McKay or Pete Carroll? Who's the best of these famous college football coaches?

It shouldn't be easy for you to decide who the greatest college football coaches are. There are simply too many all time greats. Just remember though, where would each coaches' team be without them steering the ship and keeping the players in line? Not an easy question to answer.

So who is the best college football coach of all time? It's up to you to decide. If you notice someone isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add him. This is the crowdranked list of what coach deserves to called the greatest ever, so choose wisely!
The Best College Football Coaches of All Time,

Barry Switzer

Bear Bryant

Bobby Bowden

Bo Schembechler

Bud Wilkinson

Joe Paterno

Knute Rockne

Nick Saban

Tom Osborne

Woody Hayes

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 04:17:13 PST http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-college-football-coaches-of-all-time
<![CDATA[10 Fun, Amazing Physics Experiments]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/10-fun-amazing-physics-experiments/analise.dubner?source=rss
The natural laws, things we take for granted on a daily basis, are things we haven't given much thought to. When we drop something, it falls. The end. We don't pull a Galileo and spend years dropping things of different masses and sizes to figure out why. But there are 10 quick and fun ways to SEE our natural laws in action, explained and de-mystified. Watch, and be amazed by how easily some of these simple experiments explain complex physics.
10 Fun, Amazing Physics Experiments,

Typically, when the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, the areas of displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste, or liquid. Different patterns emerge in the chosen medium depending on the geometry of the plate and the driving frequency. Different tones produce different patterns.
Rubens' Tube
A Rubens' tube (also known as a flame tube), was invented by a German physicist named Heinrich Rubens in 1905. It visually displays the relationship between sound waves and sound pressure.

Based on Bernoulli's principle, the gas flow is proportional to the square root of the pressure difference between the inside and outside of the tube. The flame height depends non-linearly on the local, time-dependent pressure.
Generating Electricity
One of the simpler ways to generate electricity that can be directed and used, is a battery. An electric battery is a device consisting of one or more electrochemical cells that convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy. Each cell contains a positive terminal, or cathode, and a negative terminal, or anode. Electrolytes allow ions to move between the electrodes and terminals, which allows current to flow out of the battery to perform work. The Lemon Battery is an age old classroom experiment that demonstrates exactly how a battery converts stored energy.
Meissner Effect
Levitation is real! Hovercars, here we come! So, what's the science here? In a weak applied field, a superconductor "expels" nearly all magnetic flux.

When superconducting materials reach their critical temperature two exciting things happen. The electrical resistance of the material drops rapidly to zero and then they become perfect diamagnets (they exclude all magnetic flux from the superconductor – the Meissner Effect).
Air Pressure
This experiment demonstrates the power of air pressure. Before it was boiled, the can was just full of air and water. But once the water boils it changes states from a liquid to a gas that you know as water vapor. This vapor pushes the air inside the can out into the atmosphere. When the can was turned upside down and placed in the water, the water vapor condensed and turned back into the water. Water molecules in the liquid state are much denser than molecules in the gas state, so all of the water vapor that had previously filled up the inside of the can turned into only a drop or two of liquid, which took up much less space.

 This creates a vaccuum inside the can allowing the pressure of the air pushing from the outside of the can to crush it. The sudden collapsing of an object toward its center is called an implosion. Nature wants things to be in a state of equilibrium or balance. To make the internal pressure of the can balance with the external pressure on the can, the can implodes.
Cool, right?! It looks like an optical illusion, but it's real. The way it works is that the center of gravity of any object is the point where you can balance the object as if all the masses were concentrated or gathered at this point. In this demonstration, the center of gravity is directly below the spot where the toothpick rests on the rim of the glass. It appears as if it is not using the glass to balance at all.
Lenz's Law
What's Lenz's Law? Watch. It almost looks fake. The law states that an electromagnetic field interacting with a conductor will create electrical current that in turn creates a counter-magnetic field that opposes the magnetic field generating the current. If the magnetic field of one current induces another electric current, the currents will be in opposite directions. If these currents are in two circular conductors, then they must counter-rotate. The opposing currents will repel each other as a result.
Supersaturation is when a solution contains more of a dissolved material than could be dissolved by the solvent under normal circumstances. In other words, it simply can't dissolve any more. (It can also refer to a vapor of a compound that has a higher (partial) pressure than the vapor pressure of that compound.)For example, carbonation in a beverage is a supersaturated solution of carbon dioxide gas. A Diet Coke and Mentos eruption is a rather extreme example of triggering the point at which the substance can take no more material to dissolve.
Heavy Carbon Dioxide
CO2 has one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms, and a molecular weight of 44 grams per mole ( a certain number of molecules). Oxygen has a molecular weight of 32. Hence, carbon dioxide has a higher density, or is heavier than oxygen.

This is why CO2 can be dangerous... it can displace the oxygen in a room and lead to asphyxiation.
Lorentz Force
The Lorentz Force is experienced by a point charge moving along a wire that is in a magnetic field; the force is at right angles to both the current and the magnetic field. It can be used to suspend a current-carrying object between two magnets.

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 03:59:50 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/10-fun-amazing-physics-experiments/analise.dubner
<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Dropped Out of College]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-college-dropouts/celebrity-lists?source=rss
List of Celebrities Who Dropped Out of College, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. You don't need a college diploma to pursue your dreams. Several famous people enrolled in college, only to drop out so they could attend the school of life. Some celebrities who dropped out of college went on to make over a billion dollars.

Who is the most famous person who dropped out of college? Brad Pitt tops our list. The “Fight Club” actor dropped out of the University of Missouri, where he was majoring in journalism. He left college a mere two weeks before earning his degree. Pitt moved to Los Angeles, took acting lessons and the rest is history. Other famous college dropouts include rapper Kanye West, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and conservative commentator Glenn Beck.

Several college dropouts have started companies that have earned them billions of dollars. Apple founder Steve Jobs dropped out of Reed College. At the time of his death in 2011, Jobs' estimated net worth was over $10 billion. Other billionaire college dropouts include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft inventor Bill Gates and “Jurassic Park” director Steven Spielberg.

Do you think these celebrities were successful because they dropped out of college? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Celebrities Who Dropped Out of College,

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway dropped out of Vassar and New York University.

Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher dropped out of the University of Iowa.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard University.

Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt dropped out of the University of Missouri.

Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel dropped out of Tufts University.

Kanye West
Kanye West dropped out of Chicago State University.

Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale dropped out of Oxford University.

Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis dropped out of UCLA and Loyola Marymount University.
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey dropped out of Tennessee State University.
Sofía Vergara
Sofia Vergara dropped out of dental school.

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 03:09:16 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-college-dropouts/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[9 NBA Players Who Went to Ivy League Schools]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/nba-players-who-went-to-ivy-league-schools/ranker-nba?source=rss
This slideshow brings together NBA players who went to Ivy League schools. This list recalls such players as Jerome Allen, who went on to teach at his alum school, Pennsylvania, Matt Maloney, James Blackwell, and Ira Bowman. These players are few and far between. Most Ivy League schools focus much more of their attention towards classroom studies as opposed to sports, but that doesn't stop some special few from hitting the court. 

How many NBA players went to an Ivy League school? How many currently active players attended an Ivy League school? Jeremy Lin is the answer to that question, having come up from Harvard University. He played for Harvard's team from 2006 to 2010. He was drafted shortly afterwards, after a stint playing in the summer league for the Mavericks. Lin currently plays for the New York Knicks where he averages 25 points per game.

 A different question is raised when one views the infrequency of basketball players drafted from Ivy League schools--how funded are Ivy league sports programs? Do Ivy League colleges give athletic scholarships? Does the lack of attention paid to sports in these school lead to a "quality not quantity" outcome and ideal? Don't hesitate to chare your thoughts in the comments below.
9 NBA Players Who Went to Ivy League Schools,

Chris Dudley
Dudley attended Yale and was drafted in 1987. He has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, and Portland Trailblazers.
Ira Bowman
Bowman attended Pennsylvania University and was drafted in 1996. He has played for the Atlanta Hawks and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jerome Allen
Allen attended Pennsylvania University and was drafted into the NBA in 1995. He has played for the Denver Nuggets, the Indiana Pacers, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Matt Maloney
Maloney attended Pennsylvania University and was drafted in 1995. He has played for the Atlanta Hawks, the Chicago Bulls, and the Houston Rockets.
Walter Palmer
Palmer attended Dartmouth and was drafted in 1990. He has played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Utah Jazz.
James Blackwell
Blackwell attended Dartmouth and was drafted in 1991. He has played for the Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Bobcats.
Steve Goodrich
Goodrich attended Princeton and was drafted in 1998. He has played for the Chicago Bulls and the New Jersey Nets.
Jeremy Lin
Lin attended Harvard and was drafted in 2010. He has played for the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and New York Knicks
Jeff Foote
Foote attended Cornell and was drafted in 2010. He has played for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:35:48 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/nba-players-who-went-to-ivy-league-schools/ranker-nba
<![CDATA[26 Famous People Who Were Kicked Out of High School]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-were-kicked-out-of-high-school/celebrity-lists?source=rss

List of Famous People Who Were Kicked Out of High School, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Many famous people have been kicked out, suspended or expelled from high school. Some celebrities got into fights, while others got in trouble for drinking or smoking. Several of these famous folks went on to have “bad boy” images, but some people on this list may surprise you.

Who is the most famous person who was kicked out of high school? Salma Hayek tops our list. The From Dusk 'Till Dawn actress was expelled from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans, Louisiana. She had a tendency for pulling pranks on the nuns. Other famous women who have been kicked out of high school include Courtney Love, Lily Allen, and Elizabeth Hurley. Some celebs who were even kicked out of school for fighting. 

Several famous actors were also kicked out of high school. Marlon Brando was expelled from high school for riding his motorcycle in the halls. “The Godfather” star was also expelled from military school for smoking and getting into fights. Other well-known men who were kicked out of high school include Ryan Gosling, Robert Pattinson and Owen Wilson.

Do you think that their rebellious nature helped these celebs to succeed? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

26 Famous People Who Were Kicked Out of High School,

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein was kicked out of many schools when he was growing up because he had a bad attitude and he was lazy.  He eventually took matters into his own hands and dropped out of school completely when he was 15.

Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen has gotten into trouble all his life.  He was expelled from Santa Monica High School for having poor attendance and bad grades.

Cheryl Cole
Musician Cheryl Cole was suspended twice before she decided to drop out of school at age 15.

Courtney Love
Hole front woman Courtney Love has always had a rebellious side.  In high school, she was expelled for smoking and repeated truancy.

Elizabeth Hurley
Elizabeth Hurley was expelled from her boarding school for having poor grades.

Owen Wilson
Owen Wilson was expelled from school for cheating on a test.  He finished out his high school career at a military academy.

Robert Pattinson
"Twilight" star Robert Pattinson has said that he was "quite bad in school."  Pattinson was so band that he was eventually expelled for not completing his homework.

Ryan Gosling
"The Notebook" star Ryan Gosling was suspended from school for bringing steak knives with him to class and threatening other students with them.  He was later diagnosed with ADHD and placed in a special need classroom.

Salma Hayek
Actress Salma Hayek was expelled from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans, LA.  She had a tendency for pulling pranks on the nuns.
Stephen Fry
British comedian Stephen Fry was expelled from two different boarding schools.  He later got in trouble for stealing a credit card and even spent 3 months in prison.

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:03:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-were-kicked-out-of-high-school/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Went to Boarding School]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-went-to-boarding-school/celebrity-lists?source=rss
List of famous people who went to boarding school ranked by fame and popularity. A boarding school is a place where students both learn and live. Boarding schools usually except students who are in junior high or high school. There are several military schools that are also boarding schools. Several prominent families tend to send their children to boarding schools.

Who is the most famous person who went to boarding school? Donald Trump tops our list of celebrity prep school alumni. The Apprentice mastermind attended the New York Military Academy in the early '60s. Trump went on to attend Fordham University and the University of Pennsylvania. He then entered the work force with his father's company before founding the Trump Organization. Other famous people who went to prep school include Laura Linney, Steve Carell, and Mark Zuckerberg.

Several U.S. Presidents also attended boarding school. John F. Kennedy attended high school at the Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut. George W. Bush attended the Phillips Academy in Massachusetts, as did his father George H.W. Bush. Other famous politicians who attended boarding school include Robert F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, and John Kerry.

Do you think that attending boarding or prep school helped these famous folks succeed in their careers? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Celebrities Who Went to Boarding School,

Charlie Day
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" star Charlie Day attended Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump attended the New York Military Academy in the early '60s.
Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda attended the Emma Willard School in New York.

Musician Jewel attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.

Julie Bowen
"Modern Family" actress Julie Bowen attended St. George's School in Rhode Island.

Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland attended the Ottawa Catholic Boarding School.

Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

Owen Wilson
Actor Owen Wilson attended the New Mexico Military Institute.

Steve Carell
Steve Carell attended the Middlesex School in Concord, MA.
Uma Thurman
Actress Uma Thurman attended the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts.

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 04:01:05 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-went-to-boarding-school/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[33 Famous People Who Were Teachers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-were-teachers/celebrity-lists?source=rss

List of Famous People Who Were Teachers ranked by fame and popularity. There is an old saying, “those who can't do, teach.” That is not the case for these famous people who have spent time teaching. Some celebrities teach until their careers take off, while others went back to teaching long after they were successful.

Who is the most famous person who was a teacher. Oprah Winfrey tops our list. Oprah Winfrey always said that if she wasn't a talk show host, she would be a teacher. She finally got her chance when she opened The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Oprah teaches lessons by using a web cam and a computer. Other famous people who became teachers after they were successful include comedian Billy Crystal, Spike Lee, Steve Miller, Gene Simmons, and Wyclef Jean.

Other famous people got their start as teachers. Movie star Jon Hamm taught an acting class for 8th graders in Missouri. One of his students, Ellie Kemper, went on to have great success of her own starring in The Office and Bridesmaids. Mr. T, Hugh Jackman, and Sylvester Stallone were all gym teachers before they were famous and Sheryl Crow used to teach music. Featuring history teachers, English teachers, math teachers, and more, this list of celebs who were former teachers has them all. 

Why do you think so many famous people have experience with teaching? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

33 Famous People Who Were Teachers,

Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal worked as a substitute teacher when he was starting his stand-up career.

Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons was an elementary school teacher before he became a rock star.

Jimmy Carter
President Jimmy Carter was a Sunday School teacher.

Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm taught an acting class to 8th graders in Missouri.  Ellie Kemper from "The Office" was one of his students.

Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow worked as a music teacher at an elementary school right out of college.

Steve Wozniak
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was a public school teacher.

Sting worked as an English teacher and soccer coach before his music career took off.

Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone taught gym while he was in college.

Teller, of the comedic magic duo Penn and Teller, was a high school Latin teacher.

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman is a former gym teacher.

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:07:15 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-were-teachers/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Best Electrolysis Machines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-electrolysis-machines/ranker-shopping?source=rss
List of the best electrolysis machines that are available to buy on the market today. This list has been ranked by both men and women to include the highest quality electrolysis machines to rid unwanted hair in the most efficient, comfortable way possible. Answering the question, “What is the best electrolysis machine?”, this list includes trimmer brands such as Philips Aavexx, Remington, and V2R. Electrolysis uses direct electric current to remove hair from the follicle permanently. Today many men and women have unwanted body hair that is embarrassing or encumbering and they are looking for a quick, easy, and painless home remedy to effectively remove the unwanted hair. And electrolysis machines can provide some of the fastest and most permanent hair removals out but the machine vary widely in both effectiveness, quality, and price.
The best electrolysis machines come in variety of makes and models that include one-touch settings, speciality machines for face use, or small simple handheld ones that provide for the most agile experience. There are many brands of electrolysis hair removers on the market “What are the top quality electrolysis machines?” is what this list answers. This list ranks electrolysis hair removers that provide the most comfortable and efficient experience possible, providing you the knowledge of the highest quality electrolysis machines on the market before you buy.

The Best Electrolysis Machines,

Clean + Easy Deluxe Home Electrolysis
Deluxe Home Electrolysis clean+easy® Deluxe Home Electrolysis is an economical system that provides professional results at home. This system can be used on the face and body. Perfect for gentle, fast and safe removal of unwanted hair.
V2R Deluxe Professional Electrolysis Machine for Permanent Hair Removal
This hair removal system is so easy to use, no training is required. Galvanic electrolysis is so effective, it will be around forever. The Standard Epilator is even more comfortable for patients, especially on the face where blend electrolysis may be a bit too powerful. A fully adjustable rheostat gives the technician complete control.
Vector Electrolysis Permanent Hair Removal System
If you have embarrassing unwanted hair, you can now get rid of it permanently in the privacy of your own home. The Vector Hair Removal System is the only medical grade electrolysis device available to the consumer and is needleless. Vector Hair Removal System The most respected name in electrolysis. The Vector Hair Removal System has been designed for use in professional salons or for high-performance hair removal at home.
Remington IPL6000USA I-Light Pro
Introducing the i-LIGHT Pro Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) system from Remington, the nations #1 personal grooming company. i-LIGHT Pro is a revolutionary light-based device that has been clinically-proven and FDA cleared for the removal of unwanted body hair at home. Remingtons exclusive ProPulse technology...
V2R Micro Probe Electrolysis Equipment Machine

AVX600 Dual Function Blend-Tone Transdermal and Conventional Electrolysis Machine
Outperforms the Rest! Deluxe No Needle Multi Function Non Invasive or Blend Top of the Line Professional Transcutaneous Electrolysis System Like the No Needle 500, this will do all forms of electrolysis. The 600 unit has the added features of a fully programmable auto timer and shortwave blend function 2.
AVX400 Salon Quality Permanent Hair Removal Transdermal Electrolysis System
Deluxe Home-Use Kit Like the 300 unit, this will perform all Transcutaneous and No-Needle Electrolysis procedures but comes standard with a fully programmable treatment timer. Set the appropriate treatment time, press the start button and relax (substantially reduces the risk of over treatment). Fully-adjustable...
Verseo eGlide Home Electrolysis Hair Removal Roller
Verseo eGlide Hair Removal System. Why pay hundreds of dollars for salon wax treatments? Using same technology used by professionals in salons and spas, Verseo eGlide can give you permanent results from the comfort of your own home. The roller delivers a mild galvanic electrical current to your skin, penetrating the hair shaft to deaden the hair follicle.
AVX500 Professional Electrolysis Machine for Permanent Hair Removal
Versatile, Affordable, and Reliable Professional Transcutaneous Epilation System This is a great professional or private-use system. With the capability to do all forms of electrolysis, it is ideal for entire-body treatments. This has to be the best-priced multi-function epilator available. Fully-adjustable...
e-Pad body electrolysis system
Safely and permanently remove unwanted hair using proven professional-quality galvanic technology-without needles, without pain.

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:24:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-electrolysis-machines/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Water Polo Goals]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-water-polo-goals/ranker-shopping?source=rss
List of the best water polo goals, as ranked by water polo players. Water polo is such an exciting sport. Keeping score is a thrill, but having the top ranked water polo goals is important. This is especially important during a match that determines which team advances. If you're going to play water polo it's essential to have a good goal. So what do the best water polo goals offer?

The top rated water polo goals are durable and can be used match after match. They feature high quality mesh netting that is difficult to rip or tear. Water polo goals may be stationary or inflatable. Goals that are inflatable are more likely to move around during play and may not be as accurate as those that are constructed of plastic. Luckily, most inflatable sets are created for children and not for competitive matches. The major of water polo goals are a standard white color. Prices vary based upon use. Those made for children and recreational goal use are relatively inexpensive. If you're shopping for professional water polo goals you can expect to spend quite a bit more.

Continue reading this list to see some of the best water polo goals.

The Best Water Polo Goals,

PVC Water Polo Goal
Durable 2" PVC pipe construction Tough nylon netting Easy assembly 3'H x 10'L x 3' deep - includes ball
Floating Super Water Polo Game
Floating Super Water Polo Game
Coop Water Polo Set
The Water Polo Set is a perfect to way to spend a warm summer day in the pool. Play as a team or one on one, either way you will not disappointed with this durable PVC constructed, heavyduty stitched water polo set. It was last for years. Folds easily for storage during the fall and winter months. Includes two goals for either end of the pool and a neoprene ball.
Mikasa Shotmaker Rebounder
The ShotMaker is the ultimate tool to develop your shooting and receiving skills. The adjustable arm which changes the angle allows the ShotMaker to be used in or out of the water. Get more repetitions in 15 minutes than in an entire practice.
Inflatable Water Polo Goal
Made of the strongest marine thermoplastic Polymer Nylon for long lasting durability and endurance. Dimensions when fully inflated: 3m x 90cm (tall) Quick 2 action manual pump Lane Line Connectors Works inside and outside of the edge of the pool. OPT Goal is the only inflatable airgoal for waterpolo that has a true bar in effect when the balls strike the post.
Splash N Score Volleyball and Water Polo Combo by Wham-O
Splash N' Score by Wham-O is a complete volleyball and water polo set for your pool or lake. The volleyball net is 65" x 13" and includes eight foam tubes to keep it afloat. The water polo nets measure 23" x 17" each. This set also includes an official size vinyl sports ball and inflating pump with needle.
Kap7 Inflatable Junior Water Polo Goal: Water Polo Goals
When you need a quick goal, turn to the Kap7™ Inflatable Junior Water Polo Goal. - Inflates in less than 4 minutes. - Fits in a duffle bag when deflated. - Stands up to heavy play. - Easily portable. - Meets the latest European Safety Standards. - 82" W x 35"H. - Heavy-duty reinforced seam-welded 32oz PVC.
DECATHLON Easy-to-carry Floating Water Polo Goal 8182606
Playing family aquatic team sports. Water Polo goal for children and parents. Adjust depth. Easy and fun water polo.

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:37:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-water-polo-goals/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[20 Celebrities Who Were Homecoming Queen]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-were-homecoming-queen/celebrity-lists?source=rss
List of celebrities who were Homecoming queen ranked by fame and popularity. Homecoming queen is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a popular high school student. Typically girls in their junior or senior year can be considered for homecoming queen and they are usually involved in several extracurricular activities. It's no surprise that many celebrities have been crowned homecoming queen.

Who is the most famous woman to be declared homecoming queen? Halle Berry tops our list. The Catwoman star was the first African American homecoming queen at Bedford High School. She was also the first African American woman to win an Academy Award for best actress for her performance in Monster's Ball. Berry was also a beauty queen. She won Miss Teen All American and Miss Ohio and she came in second place in the 1986 Miss USA competition.

Singer Jessica Simpson was voted homecoming queen twice, as was Twilight star Dakota Fanning. Oscar winner Meryl Streep was very popular in high school and was crowned homecoming queen of Bernards High School. Streep has went on to become the actor most nominated for Academy Awards, as she has been up for an Oscar 17 times.

What do you think of all the famous women who have been homecoming queens? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
20 Celebrities Who Were Homecoming Queen,

Dakota Fanning
Twilight actress Dakota Fanning was voted homecoming queen twice by her high school classmates.

Debra Messing
"Will and Grace" actress Debra Messing was a homecoming queen.

Halle Berry
Halle Berry was the first African American homecoming queen at Bedford High School.  She was also the first African American woman to win an Academy Award for best actress for her performance in Monster's Ball.

Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson was voted homecoming queen, not once, but twice during her time at J.J. Pierce High School.

Meg Ryan
When Harry Met Sally star Meg Ryan was elected homecoming queen at Bishop Hartley High School.

Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep was crowned homecoming queen at Bernards High School.

Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul was head cheerleader and homecoming queen at her high school.

Rashida Jones
"Parks and Recreation" actress Rashida Jones was crowned homecoming queen at Buckley School.

Renée Zellweger
Chicago star Renee Zellweger was on the homecoming court and voted "Dream Date" by her classmates.

Sheryl Crow
Musician Sheryl Crow was homecoming queen, a majorette, and a track star during her time in high school.

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:04:50 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-were-homecoming-queen/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[50+ Famous People Who Were Bullied]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-were-bullied/celebrity-lists?source=rss

Here's a list of famous people who were bullied, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Bullying is a problem that has been around forever, but seems to get worse every year. Many celebrities have triumphed over their bullies by having successful careers. If you are being bullied, just remember that high school is just a moment in time and life gets better.

Who is the most famous person who was bullied? Jessica Alba tops our list of celebrity survivors of bullying. Although she may be one of Hollywood's most sought after actresses today, growing up Jessica Alba faced some pretty tough bullying. The Sin City star was picked on for being awkward and having bucked teeth. Other beautiful actresses who were bullied in school include, Megan Fox, Mila Kunis, Emma Watson and Sandra Bullock.

Famous men have been the victims of bullying as well. Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were both bullied as children. Comedians Howard Stern and Chris Rock developed a sense of humor to keep their bullies at bay and Chester Bennington and Fred Durst joined bands. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg used his experience with bullying as inspiration for creating stories and films about outsiders.

What do you think is the solution to the problem of bullying? Featuring male and female actors, singers, and more, this list also features celebs fighting against bullying and leading anti-bullying campaigns to help kids. Share your thoughts in the comments section.

50+ Famous People Who Were Bullied,

Christian Bale
Christian Bale started acting at 13. His fellow classmates used this as a reason to bully and beat up the actor who went on to play Batman.


Chris Rock
Chris Rock developed his humor and wit as a response to bullies.


Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence said that her bullying became so bad that she switched schools to get away from some mean girls.


Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba may be a successful, beautiful actress, but the Sin City star was bullied in high school. Alba said she got picked on because she was an awkward child with buck teeth and a Texas accent.


Megan Fox
Megan Fox said that she felt that high school would never be over as she faced constant bullying at school.


Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis was bullied in school because of her "funny face." The Black Swan star says that kids would make fun of her big eyes and lips.


Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus was bullied by a group of girls who called themselves the Anti-Miley Club.


Rihanna says that she was teased in school for her skin color and her breasts.  The pop star says she is grateful for these struggles because they made her stronger.


Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift says that her junior high bullies gave her the inspiration to start writing songs.


Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise struggled with reading, which made him an easy target for bullies.


Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:10:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-were-bullied/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/life-skills-you-learn-from-sports/pedro-cerrano?source=rss
List of life skills you learn from playing sports--excellent reasons to play sports that extend beyond the obvious physical benefits. Many parents who are trying to decide if they should let their kids play sports focus too much on the challenges and downsides of sports, rather than the many benefits of playing sports. It is true that young people are already very busy, but the benefit of playing on a team is that it actually helps with time management skills. Typically, the busier you are, the more you get done. 

So, why play sports? Should kids play sports when they are young? Are there benefits to playing sports? Any person who played organized sports growing up will tell you that playing on a team can teach you more about leadership, discipline, teamwork and perseverance than you could ever hope to learn inside of a classroom.

The best sports to play are team sports that teach kids to deal with disappointment and how to work long and hard at something in which they hope to improve. Sports help young people in many ways. There are proven academic, career and social benefits of sports. This list includes the practical skills you learn from sports. Vote on the ones you agree with and add any that you think should be on the list. If you are in doubt, you'll probably want to avoid this list of the most boring sports to play so you don't get discouraged. 

The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports,











Tue, 29 Oct 2013 07:10:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/life-skills-you-learn-from-sports/pedro-cerrano
<![CDATA[Things You Miss Most About High School]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-you-will-miss-most-about-high-school/samantha-dillinger?source=rss

List of reasons why I miss high school--prom, football, lockers, writing notes to friends and the school cafeteria. We take all of these special things for granted when we are in school and we don't realize that they are some of the best things about high school. After you graduate, a lot changes and friends drift apart and move all over the country.

High school is a time when you are closest with your childhood friends and you still get to act like a child, but have fun like an adult (sort of..) Even if high school was a hard time and wasn't as cool as a typical high school movie, odds are that there are some things that you miss about high school. Vote for the things that you miss and add any bit of high school nostalgia that you can think of.   

Things You Miss Most About High School,

No Responsibilities!!

Having Friends You've Known Since You Were a Kid

Feeling Like You Can Be Anything When You Grow Up

Not Having to Work

After School Activities

Summer Break

Easily Being in Shape

No Bills
No rent, no utilities and no groceries
Always Having Someone to Hang Out With

Goofing Off During Class
Making fun of the teacher and talking to new classmates who would become friends

Mon, 28 Oct 2013 09:36:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/things-you-will-miss-most-about-high-school/samantha-dillinger
<![CDATA[The Best Colleges for Interior Design]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-colleges-for-interior-design/college-info?source=rss
List of the best colleges for interior design. It's no doubt that the best designers of tomorrow need the best education today. That is why this page ranks every top interior design college that any collegiate dreamer could ever dream of. Interior design schools, or more accurately, interior design programs at these schools, will prepare you for the real world of working with clientele and their demands. Communication skills at these schools will be fostered and improved, as will understanding of every component of the design process. As you work towards your degree, you will be creating models and even getting hands-on experience in designing parts of communities, private homes, and businesses. Interior design students at these high rated colleges will also get the chance to use the best visual design technology programs that are currently being used in the marketplace -- just as they will be studying interior design trends of the current market.
The Best Colleges for Interior Design,

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Cornish College of the Arts

Louisiana State University

Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Parsons The New School for Design

Rhode Island School of Design

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Texas at Austin

University at Albany, The State University of New York

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:32:00 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-colleges-for-interior-design/college-info
<![CDATA[The Best Colleges for History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-colleges-for-history/college-info?source=rss
List of the best colleges for history. This list of schools has been ranked in order of how strong and successful their history programs are for students. History majors will get a chance to create history of their own if they get accepted into one of these top colleges, as they will learn all about the world as it has been, so they can make the world as it should be. What is also perfect for history majors is that these schools' campuses are so rich with history, as well as the cities in which they are located, that a history buff can learn about the past just by walking around there. These colleges with great history programs will lead graduates to become the next great historical non-fiction writers who will illuminate the coolest parts of our nation's past and our world's past. If your obsession is America's founding or our ancient beginnings, enroll in one of these top history colleges today.
The Best Colleges for History,

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Dartmouth College

Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
Stanford University
Stanford, California
University of Minnesota, Morris

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:31:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-colleges-for-history/college-info
<![CDATA[The Best Colleges for Graphic Design]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-colleges-for-graphic-design/college-info?source=rss
List of the best colleges for graphic design. The most respected schools for graphic design majors are ranked here and are ready to be re-ranked by you. Graphic designers not only need the best art schools to study their craft, but specific programs in graphic designing are vital for their future. Students who want to be the next designer at Gap in San Francisco first need to study at one of the best graphic design schools in the nation. These schools, those that are listed on this page, achieve excellence in education and will help students achieve excellence upon graduation. A degree in graphic design from one of these universities yields a promising path for someone who one day wishes to have clients of their own. These colleges are only open to those with the keenest of eyes, the best of grades, and a ton of talent, who will leave campus as the world's next great graphic designer.
The Best Colleges for Graphic Design,

Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, California
California College of the Arts
San Francisco, California
Columbus College of Art and Design

National Institute of Design
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Parsons The New School for Design
New York, New York
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, Rhode Island
School of Visual Arts
New York, New York
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
Shillington Education

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:31:09 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-colleges-for-graphic-design/college-info
<![CDATA[The Best Colleges for Forensic Science]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-colleges-for-forensic-science/college-info?source=rss
List of the best colleges for forensic science. The top schools to study forensic science are ranked here for prospective freshmen and parents to find the top college in the field. All of these universities listed will prepare a student to become a forensic scientist or get any job, and likely a great job, in this particular discipline. And on the note of discipline, there are many categorizations within the overall field of forensics. Veterinary Forensic Sciences, Forensic Serology, Forensic Drug Chemistry, Forensic Death Investigation, and Forensic Toxicology are all different areas with things to be discovered and job opportunities to be had. Speaking of opportunities, forensics majors can take their skills to study the physiological sciences (bloodstain pattern analysis, for example), social sciences (like forensic psychology) and, in these modern times, digital forensics (ie. mobile device forensics). Students at these top forensic science schools will learn applied statistics for data analysis as well as the principles of forensic science.
The Best Colleges for Forensic Science,

Baylor University
Waco, Texas
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts
Columbia University

George Washington University
Washington, DC
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Pennsylvania State University
State College, Pennsylvania
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas
University of California, Davis
Davis, California
West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:30:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-colleges-for-forensic-science/college-info
<![CDATA[The Best Colleges for Finance]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-colleges-for-finance/college-info?source=rss
List of the best colleges for finance. The best schools with programs and degrees in finance have been ranked here on this page. Feel free to vote on, or re-rank, these colleges and form your own list of the cream of the crop. Usually when you hear "college" and "finance" in the same sentence, it is about the finances you will need to manage to afford going to school. But with a degree in finance, those loans might very soon pay off. These academic degrees are awarded to students who work hard at colleges like these, which hopefully lead to an entry-level position at an accounting firm or a bank. These finance schools shell out today's hottest financial advisors, credit analysts, loan officers, and investment bankers. A good finance major at one of these top schools will learn and master the worlds of commercial banking, money managing, and insurance at a time when the whole world could use some more education on the subjects.
The Best Colleges for Finance,

Columbia University
New York, New York
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Indiana University Bloomington
Bloomington, Indiana
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
New York University
New York, New York
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Villanova University
Villanova, Pennsylvania

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:29:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-colleges-for-finance/college-info
<![CDATA[The Best Colleges for Film]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-colleges-for-film/college-info?source=rss
List of the best colleges for film. Film schools have been ranked here in order of excellence and they are open to your votes. The University of Southern California likes to boast its tradition of having an alum win an Oscar every year since the Oscars even started. But if you are not ready to make the big move to Hollywood to learn about Hollywood, there are, as you will see on this list, several top film schools that are not located in Los Angeles, California. Or, if you are looking for a hybrid, schools like Boston University's College of Communication as well as Ithaca have "Study Abroad" programs in the L.A. film industry. These schools can snag you internships in film and television, network you with Hollywood alums, and ultimately lead you to the silver screen where you belong. So whether it is production, screenwriting, or television studies, these number one film schools are your ticket to Tinseltown.
The Best Colleges for Film,

American Film Institute
Los Angeles, CA
Columbia University
New York, New York
DePaul University
Chicago, Illinois
Drexel University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Emerson College
Boston, Massachusetts
Ithaca College
Ithaca, New York
New York University
New York, NY
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah, Georgia
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:28:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-colleges-for-film/college-info