<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Education Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//education http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//education <![CDATA[The Funniest Things Ever Found in Textbooks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-textbooks/jacob-shelton
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.

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That Would Explain All the Pyramids in South America

It's Okay, Guy, You're So Much More Than This!

"Your Mom" Works for All of These


More Like "Over Prepared Cat"

Germany, You're Not Helping Yourself

Overcompensate Much?

Um, Yikes You Guys

Hello, Creeps!

Dude, You Could Have Left Your Shirt On

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<![CDATA[The Slickest '90s Kids from Your School Textbooks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kids-in-90s-textbooks/jacob-shelton
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+!


Peep That Smooth '90s Coif

Rosie O'Donnell Chic

Young Al Roker Gets All the Ladies

The Coolest Guys Have Curly Cord Phones

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

Algebra Can't Help Your Lack of Mini Golf Skills

The Coolest Kids Hang Out in a Ruler Box

Let Me Play You the Song of My People

No Parents (or Girls) Allowed

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

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<![CDATA[The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-safety-schools-college-fallback-options
The best safety schools and universities aren't necessarily everyone's first choice, but are great fallback options when you're applying to college. A good safety school is easier to get into than a top-tier university, and often has equally good academic programs. As college admissions are getting tougher and tougher, having a list of good safety schools that you wouldn't mind attending is always a good idea.

What are the best safety schools for students to apply to? Whether you are looking for good safety schools in California, New York or your home state, you should always make sure to do plenty of research before you decide where to go. This list of the best backup colleges is ranked by the wisdom of the crowd, so anyone can add their picks or vote on the universities below.

Boston University

Hendrix College

Ithaca College

McDaniel College

Millsaps College

Occidental College

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Massachusetts Amherst

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<![CDATA[Helpful Mneumonic Devices That Everyone Should Know]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/mnemonic-devices/jacob-shelton
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.


Will a Jolly Man Make a Jolly Visitor?
Will a jolly man make a jolly visitor? He certainly will, especially if he's one of the first eight presidents, whose names (and order) this mnemonic helps your remember:

George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren

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?

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


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.

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).

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).

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

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.

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<![CDATA[The Best College Football Coaches of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-college-football-coaches-of-all-time
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!

Ara Parseghian

Bear Bryant

Bobby Bowden

Bob Devaney

Bo Schembechler

Joe Paterno

Knute Rockne

Nick Saban

Tom Osborne

Woody Hayes

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<![CDATA[The Top Dream Colleges]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-top-dream-colleges
This is a list of the greatest dream colleges and universities in the world. These aren't necessarily the best colleges - they're the places everyone wishes they'd attended to get their college education. From the best college campuses to the greatest party schools, this list is ranked by the wisdom of the crowd, so anyone can add their own dream colleges or vote on the schools below.

Whether you're looking for the best colleges or looking back with nostalgia on your college experience, you can vote for your dream schools here with this college ranker list. These are the schools you would have attended if money (and maybe academic requirements) weren't something to worry about or consider. Everyone has that reach school that they always dreamed of attending but knew in reality wasn't an option. So live vicariously through this list and upvote the colleges and universities you would have gone to if you could have!

Columbia University

Cornell University

Dartmouth College

Harvard University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Princeton University

Stanford University

University of California, Berkeley

University of Oxford

Yale University

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<![CDATA[Universities With The Best College Sports Programs]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/universities-with-the-best-college-sports-programs
College sports programs are a large source of pride among American universities. What are the colleges with the best sports programs& It's time for the fans to decide!

Whether it's basketball, football, or even baseball season, universities and alumni want to be the best athletic program, period. What university has the best sports program& Here are the colleges with the greatest all around sports programs in the country. If you don't vote for your top athletic college, you are letting down your favorite athletes and your classmates. Don't be a cause of shame for your alma mater!

Notice your favorite school missing from the ranks& Add a contributing list to give a vote with some heft. You can also use the voting buttons to say whether you think a college should have been included or not.

Ohio State University

Stanford University

University of Alabama

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Michigan

University of Notre Dame

University of Oregon

University of Texas at Austin

University of Southern California

University of Florida

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<![CDATA[80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/great-jobs-that-don_t-require-a-college-degree/on3v


Average Income: $58,840

Average Income: $50,000
Web Designer
Average Income: $55,000
Web Developer
Average Income: $76,000


Police Identification and Records Officer
Average Income: $53,990
Commercial Pilot
Average Income: $67,500
Criminal Investigator and Special Agent
Average Income: $53,990

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<![CDATA[The Best Science Podcasts]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-science-podcasts/reference
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. Examples include "Brain Stuff" and "StarTalk Radio", but we want you to vote for your favorites regardless of how popular they are. 

StarTalk Radio

NOVA E = mc2 | PBS

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Science Talk

Hidden Universe HD: NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

Mysterious Universe


60-Second Science


Science Friday Audio Podcast

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<![CDATA[The Best History Podcasts That Make Learning Fun]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-history-podcasts/reference
List of the best history podcasts on the iTunes marketplace, 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. 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.

Stuff You Missed in History Class

The Thomas Jefferson Hour

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

In Our Time With Melvyn Bragg

The History of Rome

The History of Byzantium

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Stuff of Genius

History Extra podcast

The British History Podcast

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