<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Anything Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//other http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//other <![CDATA[Maleficent Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/maleficent-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
"Maleficent" movie quotes tell the title character's untold backstory as the Mistress of All Evil from "Sleeping Beauty." The live action Disney movie was written by Linda Woolverton based on "La Belle au bois dormant" by Charles Perrault and "Little Briar Rose" by The Brothers Grimm and directed by Robert Stromberg. "Maleficent" opened in 3D and 2D on May 30, 2014, in the United States.

In "Maleficent," the events that took place before "Sleeping Beauty" are introduced. Viewers learn that Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) was once a fairy with very powerful wings but evil forces turned her from good to evil and took away those wings. As a result, she was shunned by the townspeople, including King Stefan (Sharlto Copley).

So after Maleficent was not invited to the christening of Princess Aurora (portrayed by Elle Fanning, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Eleanor Worthington Cox), she shows up anyways and issues a stern curse. Maleficent says that once day Aurora will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a sleep-like death. In the time that follows however, Maleficent spends her time watching over the girl and even getting to know her. Perhaps Maleficent isn't so evil after all, just misunderstood.

"Maleficent" joins the Memorial Day 2014 box office race including other movies such as "Blended," "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "The Immigrant," "The Love Punch, "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, "Million Dollar Arm," "Godzilla," "Palo Alto," "Chef," "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Movie Quotes," "Neighbors," "Belle," "Walk of Shame," and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
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Fight With Me Now!
Maleficent: "I call on those who live in the shadows! Fight with me now!"

Maleficent issues the equivalent of a "come at me, bro" as she invites those hiding in the shadows to stop hiding and fight her. Only one confident in their chances to win, or completely stupid, would issue that charge.
A Sleep-like Death
Maleficent: "Listen well, you all! The princess will indeed grow in grace and beauty. But before the sunset on her sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel, and she will fall into a sleep-like death!"

Maleficent, angry at how she was treated, unleashes a curse on Princess Aurora. As what happens in "Sleeping Beauty," Maleficent talks of Aurora falling into a deep sleep. Her threats are not hollow.
Are You Maleficent?
Princess Aurora: "When were you going to tell me that I'm cursed? Is it true?"
Maleficent: "It is."
Princess Aurora: "My aunt said it was an evil fairy. I can't remember he name. They said… it was…"
Maleficent: "Maleficent"
Princess Aurora: "Is that you? Are you Maleficent? … No, don't touch me. You're the evil that's in the world. It's you!"

Princess Aurora comes to a startling conclusion and initially doesn't want to believe it. To confirm her suspicions, Aurora asks if Maleficent is who she thinks she is. Whether she is ready for the honest answer or not is another story all together.
Don't Be Afraid
Princess Aurora: "I know who you are. You've been watching over me, my whole life. I know you're there. Your shadow, it's been following me, ever since I was small. Don't be afraid."
Maleficent: "I'm not afraid."
Princess Aurora: "Then come out."
Maleficent: "Then you'll be afraid."

Having spotted Maleficent in the woods, Princess Aurora urges the evil queen to reveal herself. Aurora thinks that Maleficent is afraid but really, Maleficent is limiting Aurora's fear.
Pretty Bird
Princess Aurora: "I remember you, pretty bird."
Maleficent: "This is Diaval."
Diaval: "Hello, Aurora. I've know you since you were a little one."

Surprisingly, Princess Aurora does not seem too alarmed when she learns that a bird that is very familiar to her, is actually a man named Diaval. Perhaps this sort of thing is normal in fairy tale land.
I Had Wings Once
Princess Aurora: "All the other fairies fly. Why don't you?"
Maleficent: I had wings once, and they were strong. They could carry me above the clouds and into the headwinds, and they never faltered. Not even once. But they were stolen from me."

Maleficent reveals some of her backstory to Princess Aurora. As she explains, Maleficent once had wings but they were stolen from her by an evil force, in turn making her evil.
There Is An Evil in This World
Maleficent: "Aurora, there is an evil in this world, hatred and revenge. And I cannot keep you from it."

As she tells Princess Aurora, Maleficent really does want to protect Aurora from all the evil in this world but it's just not that simple.
What An Awkward Situation
Maleficent: "Well, well, what a glittering assemblage, King Stefan. Royalty, nobility, gentry, and, how quaint, even the rabble. I must say, I really felt quite distressed in not receiving an invitation."
King Stefan: "You're not welcome here."
Maleficent: "Oh dear, what an awkward situation."

In the event that triggers many of the events in "Sleeping Beauty," Maleficent crashes the cristening for Princess Aurora to which she was not invited. Despite being told she isn't welcome there, Maleficent isn't thinking about leaving anytime soon.

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Tue, 20 May 2014 03:05:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/maleficent-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[The Hottest Aubrey Plaza Photos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hottest-aubrey-plaza-photos/celeb-stalker
Photos of Aubrey Plaza, one of the hottest girls in movies and TV. There are few girls out there as sexy and fun as Aubrey Plaza. She was one of the stars of Parks & Rec and is a favorite in the comedy community. These Aubrey Plaza pics were taken from several different sources, including a variety promotional and magazine photoshoots. They have been turned into a curated image gallery containing only the cutest pictures and jpgs from around the Web. Here are the sexiest Aubrey Plaza pictures ranked by hotness. While there are many sexy Aubrey Plaza photos, these are the hottest around.


Fans are always looking for Aubrey Plaza nude pics, Aubrey Plaza naked, Aubrey Plaza topless and other kinds of Aubrey Plaza hot pics but these Aubrey Plaza bikini pics and other Aubrey Plaza sexy shots are the best around and the best you'll ever find compiled into an image gallery in one place.
 


The Hottest Aubrey Plaza Photos,

Aubrey Plaza in a one piece beige swimwear

Aubrey Plaza in spaghetti straps top and high waist shorts

Aubrey Plaza in a triangle bikini

Aubrey Plaza in a white t-shirt and orange denim shorts

Aubrey Plaza in a short v-neck lace pattern dress

Aubrey Plaza in a pull over sweater

Aubrey Plaza in stripe shorts

Aubrey Plaza in a printed one piece swimwear

Aubrey Plaza in collared one piece outfit and high heels

Aubrey Plaza in denim halter overall


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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:55:05 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/hottest-aubrey-plaza-photos/celeb-stalker
<![CDATA[25 Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Sons of Anarchy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sons-of-anarchy-facts/joanna-varikos
Sons of Anarchy has been defining badass since 2008. The FX drama is in motion to wrap up its seventh and final season, though it may not be the end just yet. Did you know there's a prequel in the works? That's right, which means the motorcycles can keep revving. If you didn't know that, there are probably more facts you didn't know, like Charlie Hunnam (Jax) and Ron Perlman (Clay) starred in a film together in very different roles. And Katey Sagal channeled her inner Peg Bundy by really getting "Married…with Children" to the show's big boss. Want more Sons of Anarchy trivia? Well start reading, silly!

These are just a few of the interesting tidbits about the show that we've put together for your voting pleasure. Check out these 25 fun facts about Sons of Anarchy, and vote up on the ones that excite you the most! 
25 Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Sons of Anarchy,

Six of the First 9 Members Were Veterans
More than half of the First 9 members were veterans, six to be exact. Members of the First 9 wore a separate patch; you can catch Piney and Clay wearing it in season 1.

Source: CraveOnline
Creator Kurt Sutter Has Directed Every Season Finale So Far
He created the show, he acts on the show, and Kurt Sutter also (sometimes) directs the show, including each season finale to date.
There's a Potential Sons of Anarchy Prequel in the Works
There has been lots of talk that a prequel series detailing the origin of the club is being planned.

Source: ET

Check out the hottest Sons of Anarchy ladies here
5,000 Copies of an Episode Were Bought for Those Who Missed It During Hurricane Sandy
Show creator Kurt Sutter bought 5,000 copies of episode 508 on Amazon Instant for viewers who missed out on it due to Hurricane Sandy. Acknowledging that more than a few thousand people probably didn't get to see the latest episode at the time, Sutter said he really wanted his "peeps in New Jersey" to know he cares.

Source: Daily Mail
Jackson, Squared
More than likely the name of Gemma's son on the show – Jackson, or "Jax" – was inspired by Katey Sagal’s real-life son, whose name also happens to be, well, Jackson.
Sons of Anarchy Became FX's Highest Rated Show Ever
Season 3 attracted an average of 4.9 million viewers per week, making it FX's highest rated series ever. The season 4 and 5 premieres were the two highest-rated telecasts in FX's history. 

Source: Deadline
Charlie Hunnam Was Discovered in a Shoe Store
When he was just 17, Charlie Hunnam was messing around with his brother in a shoe store when he was approached by a production manager to audition for a role in a children's show called Byker Grove. The rest, as we say, is history.

Source: TV Guide
Tig's Fear Hits Close to Home
Tig Trager suffers from pediophobia, which is a fear of dolls. Creator Kurt Sutter has the same phobia in real life.

Source: Reddit
Katey Sagal (Gemma) is Married to the Show's Creator
Katey Sagal, who plays Gemma on Sons of Anarchy, is married... with children to the show's creator, Kurt Sutter.
The Show's Creator, Kurt Sutter, Plays Otto
Forget about just creating the show. Kurt Sutter also appeared on the show (uncredited) as Sons of Anarchy member Otto.

Source: IMDB

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:51:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/sons-of-anarchy-facts/joanna-varikos
<![CDATA[The Top Country Song Duets]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-country-songs-by-duets/danlee

The Top Country Song Duets,

When I Get Where I'm Going
Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton
Whiskey Lullaby
Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss
I Told You So
Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis
It's Your Love
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man
Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn
Jackson
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma
David Frizzell and Shelly West
Islands in the Stream
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
When I Said I Do
Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black
Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings

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Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:04:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/top-country-songs-by-duets/danlee
<![CDATA[The Best of the Skeptical 3rd World Kid Meme]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-of-the-skeptical-3rd-world-kid-meme/robert-wabash
The Skeptical 3rd World Kid meme, also known as the Skeptical Third World Baby shows that even charity shouldn't be taken blindly. This photo meme features a picture of an African child being talked to by an obvious first world tourist or care giver, and he has a very suspect look on his face. Much like it's predecessor, 3rd World Success Kid, Skeptical 3rd World Kid shows the difference between 1st world and 3rd world problems. Things like indoor plumbing, having constant food and even nice clothes are a luxury that is highly suspect to the Skeptical Third World Kid.

What are the best Skeptical 3rd World Kid memes? Check out Ranker's other meme gatherings like the Best of the Berks Meme, the Best of the 3rd Success Kid and the Very Best of the Overly Attached Girlfriend.
The Best of the Skeptical 3rd World Kid Meme,

On Adoption

On Expensive Rocks

On Tears

On the Power of Prayer

On Pretend Time

On Meal Schedules

On Indoor Plumbing

On Pronunciation

On Vegetables

On Past Rememberances


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Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:38:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-of-the-skeptical-3rd-world-kid-meme/robert-wabash
<![CDATA[The Best Things to Dip in Chocolate Fondue]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-things-to-dip-in-chocolate-fondue/ranker-food
Here's a list of the top foods and fruits to dip in chocolate fondue, as voted on by fondue lovers. 
 
What to dip in chocolate fondue? Your spread of dipping foods should be as well thought out as the sweet, gooey star of the show. While it's true that pretty much anything doused in chocolate is bound to be delicious, some foods pair with chocolate fondue better than others.

Texture, juiciness, sweetness, and mildness of flavor of the dipping foods all come in to play when you are searching for the perfect foods to dip in chocolate fondue. The most popular fruit to dip in chocolate is strawberries - and for good reason: they are firm and have the right amount of tartness to offset the sweetness of the fondue. Marshmallows, pound cake, and shortbread are also popular choices.
 
Feel free to add other fondue items and vote on your favorites!
The Best Things to Dip in Chocolate Fondue,

Banana

Ice cream

Marshmallow

Strawberries

Graham Crackers

Pound cake

Pretzels

Raspberries

Rice Crispy Treats

Brownies


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Tue, 07 May 2013 09:12:00 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-things-to-dip-in-chocolate-fondue/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Croods Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-croods-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
"The Croods" movie quotes tell the tale of a cave family who is forced to step outside of their cave home on a wild adventure. The 3D animated family movie produced by DreamWorks Animation was created by John Cleese, Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, the latter two who also wrote the screenplay and directed the film. "The Croods" was released in theaters by 20th Century Fox on March 22, 2013.

In "The Croods," father Grug (voiced by Nicholas Cage), mother Egga (voiced by Catherine Keener), daughter Eep (voiced by Emma Stone), son Thunk (voiced by Clark Duke), baby daughter Sandy (voiced by Randy Thom) and grandma Gran (voiced by Cloris Leachman) make up the Crood family. They spend nearly their entire time in their family cave, much to the displeasure of Eep, under the strict orders of Grug. This changes when an earthquake crumbles the walls of their cave forcing them into the new and uncharted lands.

The Croods meet Guy (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) who informs the family that the world is ending. Guy urges them to come along on a journey with him, something initially the sheltering father Grug is not keen on but eventually agrees to. Along the way Guy shows them fun new concepts like shoes and fire plus catches the eye of Eep, who is smitten with this new stud. Together Guy and the Croods travel across the country in hopes of survival.

If 3D animated movies are not quite your thing, there are plenty of other films in theaters at the same time including "Upside Down," "Ginger & Rosa," "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," "Dead Man Down," "Oz: The Great and Powerful," "Jack and the Giant Slayer,"  and "Identity Thief."
The Croods Movie Quotes,

Where Are We?
Gran: "Where are we?"
Grug: "I'm not sure."
Thunk: "Dad?"
Grug: "Don't worry, I'll take care of this." [screams at a monkey, who is unimpressed and punches Grug]
Thunk: "All right, dad, go get 'em!"
Gran: [laughs] "I'm loving this."

After venturing into the new land the Croods come upon a monkey. Grug thinks he can yell and scream at the monkey to scare it away but the monkey is highly unimpressed.
We Should Go There
Eep: "Whoa, you really need to see this. We should go there!"
Grug: "No!"

Following the earthquake that causes their cave home's walls to collapse, Eep marvels at the world outside and urges everyone else to come see it. Her father, Grug, on the other hand is less than excited to venture out of their safe zone.
Been in That Cave Forever
Eep: "Oh, I've been in that cave forever!"
Grug: "Three days is not forever."
Eep: "It is with this family."
Ugga: "Mom, we're ready to leave. Mom?"
Gran: "Still alive!"
Grug: "It's still early."

Eep complains about not being able to leave the cave calling her three day stay as forever. Before they can head out though they have to find Gran, who, much to Grug's disappointment, has not died at her old age of 45.
It Looks Dangerous
Grug: "Wait, it looks dangerous."
Eep: "Dad, you say that about everything!"
Guy: "Careful"
Eep: "Oh, really? Okay"
Grug: "Ugh!"

Like a typical teen, Eep isn't exactly excited by her dad's attempt to shelter her and goes against his recommendations to stay far from the edge of a cliff. Only after her crush Guy agrees about the danger does she listen, which aggravates father Grug.
It's Fire
Eep: "What is that?"
Guy: "It's fire!"
Grug: "Ahh, the sun is in his hands!"
Eep: "No, it's fire."
Ugga: "Where did it come from?"
Eep: "He made it."
Grug: "Make some for me."
Eep: "It doesn't come out of him."
Grug: "Make it! Make it!"
Guy: "You know, you're a lot like your daughter."
Eep: "Oh great, now he's broken."
Ugga: "Aww, it's a baby sun."
Grug: "Stay back!" [steps in the fire and screams] "No, no, no, no, wait!" Thunk: "It likes me! Ahh, it's biting me!"
Grug: "Try hiding from it in the tall, dry grass."

When Guy and Eep introduce fire to the rest of the Croods, clearly no one has any idea what they are seeing. Thunk however finds out real quick when he is lit on fire. Grug on the other hand advises Thunk to hide from the flames in a very flammable patch of dry grass.
I Call Them Shoes
Guy: "We've gotta move faster. I call them shoes."
Eep: [screams] "I love them! Where are my feet?"

Eep is thoroughly intrigued when Guy shows her shoes. It's these simple pleasures that expand their horizons and make their trip that much easier.
Family Road Trip
Grug: "Just think, our whole family packed together on a long, slow trip across country. We'll tell stories. We'll laugh. We'll become closer as a family." [Sandy, the baby, bites Grug's face.] "Ah, get her off!"
Ugga: "If you're not ready to challenge her then don't look her in the eye!"
Gran: "Could you keep your big giant arms on your side of the trail?!"
Grug: "You want me to turn this family around? Do you? Because I will turn this family around so fast!"
Thunk: "Dad, I gotta go!"
Grug: "Come on, you can hold it."
Gran: "I'm not dying on an empty stomach."
Ugga: "Ugh, we're all pretty tired."
Grug: "We'll eat when we get there."
Gran: "It's taking too long! I'm grabbing a snack." [Gran tries to eat Belt, the sloth, but Belt pulls a knife on Gran.]
Guy: "Don't do that. He's not food. He's a pet, my pet."
Gran: "What's a pet?"
Guy: "An animal you don't eat"
Gran: "We call those children."
Eep: [Smitten with Guy] "Isn't this fun? We're taking our first trip together."

While Grug is excited about a family road trip, the rest of his family is not as amused. Like a typical non-caveperson family on a road trip, someone needs to use the restroom, another is hungry and the teenage girl is focused on the hot, new boy.
The World Is Ending
Guy: "I'm guy and this is Belt. We need to leave immediately. The world is ending."
Eep: "What?"
Guy: "Fire, lava, everything we're standing on right here will be gone. I'm calling it the end."
Belt: "Dun dun dun!"

The Croods meet Guy along with Guy's pet sloth Belt. Guy informs the family of the pending disaster, all of which comes as a shock to the once happy yet highly sheltered family.
The Story of Crispy Bear
Grug: "Tonight we'll hear the story of Crispy Bear. A long time ago this little bear was alive because she listened to her father. So she was happy, but Crispy had one terrible problem. She was filled with curiosity. Yes, and one day she saw something new and died!"
Thunk: "Just like that?"
Grug: "Yes!"
Gran: "Same ending as everyday"
Thunk: "I get it, dad. I will never do anything new or different."
Grug: "Good man, Thunk"

In an effort to remind his family never to leave the cave, Grug tells a story about a young girl bear who died after seeing something new. While daughter Eep is annoyed by the constant directives to never leave the cave, Thunk buys into it, much to Grug's pleasure.
My Family, the Croods
Eep: "My name's Eep and this is my family, the Croods. We never had the chance to explore the outside world because of my dad's one rule: Never leave the cave."
Grug: "New is always bad. Never not be afraid!"
Eep: "We never had a chance to explore the outside world, but what we didn't know was that our world was about to change."

Eep gives a quick overview of her family, the Croods. They are cave people and have spent their entire lives in a cave due to dad's rule about never leaving. This really gets to Eep who longs to experience what else is out there.

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Mon, 11 Mar 2013 03:30:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-croods-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[The Best Baby Shower Gifts]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-baby-shower-gifts/samantha-dillinger
The best baby shower gifts for moms-to-be all in one list of the best baby shower presents. Whether you're looking to buy the best baby shower present or are asking yourself "what should I put on my baby shower registry", these suggestions for baby shower gifts (ranked best to worst) is a good place to start your search for the perfect baby shower gift.

For expecting mothers, planning a baby shower can be a nice break from thinking about the fact that they'll soon add another person to their family (or the fact that they're having yet another weird food craving). Having a fun baby shower is a time to bring friends and family together to welcome a new baby (and get some new baby swag, of course). This list of the greatest baby shower gifts has all the best creative baby shower gifts, DIY baby shower presents, unique baby shower gifts, cheap baby shower presents, and some suggestions for good baby shower favors for the perfect baby shower.

What are the best gifts to buy for a baby shower? What shouldn't I ask for on my baby shower registry? What do other women ask for at baby showers? This list of the top baby shower gifts for pregnant women isn't a list of all the items to buy for new mothers, but it's a good place to start if you're wondering what to buy for a baby shower. If you see a must-have baby shower item that's not on the list of things to buy for a baby shower, make sure to add it and vote for the items every pregnant woman needs.

If you're the mom-to-be planning a baby shower, after you sort out the baby shower food and favors, check out the best pregnancy apps to make your life just a little easier leading up to the big day.
The Best Baby Shower Gifts,

Diapers

Baby Swing

Car Seat

Baby Carrier

Baby Wipes

Gift Cards

Blankets

Bouncer

Bottles

Onesies


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Thu, 21 Feb 2013 03:53:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-baby-shower-gifts/samantha-dillinger
<![CDATA[Hottest Niki Taylor Photos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hottest-niki-taylor-photos/trent-walker
The sexiest Niki Taylor pictures, including all the hottest shots of one of the hottest Sports Illustrated swimsuit models ever. The model, a friend of America's Next Top Model host sexy Tyra banks, has appeared on the covers of countless magazines, billboards, and was the first woman under 18 to sign a major contract with CoverGirl cosmetics.

Photos of Niki Taylor, one of the hottest girls in movies and TV. There are few girls out there as sexy and fun as Niki Taylor. Hot chicks everywhere strive to be her. So, in honor of one of the greatest up and coming ladies in Hollywood, here are the 13 sexiest Niki Taylor pictures, videos and GIFs, ranked by hotness.

These Niki Taylor pics were taken from a variety of different sources, including several promotional and magazine photoshoots, and have been turned into a curated image gallery containing only the cutest pictures and jpgs from around the Web. While there are many sexy Niki Taylor photos, these are the hottest around.

Fans worldwide are constantly searching for Niki Taylor nudes, and Niki Taylor naked shots but these Niki Taylor bikini pics are the best around (whether they are Niki Taylor topless pics or not).

Check out these Niki Taylor hot pics!

Hottest Niki Taylor Photos,

Niki Taylor in United States Flag Print Bikini

Niki Taylor in Brassiere and Belted Skater Skirt

Niki Taylor in Polka Dot Bikini

Niki Taylor in White Sleeveless

Niki Taylor in White Halter Neck Brassiere and White Underwear

Niki Taylor in Golden Yellow Bikini

Niki Taylor in White and Red Stripe Bikini

Niki Taylor in Halter Neck Swimsuit

Niki Taylor in Checkered Bikini

Niki Taylor in Body Fit Long Dress


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Wed, 13 Feb 2013 03:24:01 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/hottest-niki-taylor-photos/trent-walker
<![CDATA[The Most Amped and Excited Price Is Right Audience Members]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/price-is-right-audience-members/jacob-shelton
COME ON DOOOOWN... to this list of The Price Is Right audience members. Over the years this fan favorite and offbeat daytime TV game show has produced hundreds of memorable moments, most of them including the quirky audience members who line up each day hoping to appear on the small screen and maybe even win something. If you want to try your luck on America’s favorite game show, you need to get your bad self down to Los Angeles. While it’s pretty easy to score tickets to The Price Is Right, the real skill is making a memorable entrance. Some people crowd surf and a lot of people fall down, but it’s up to you to figure out what your method’s going to be. Take some time and study this list of the craziest Price Is Right audience members to see what not to do.

Whether they’re standing next to Bob or Drew, The Price Is Right audience members go completely HAM when they’re playing their favorite Price Is Right game. Some of them lose their minds and can’t stop screaming, while others seem to only then realize that they’re on television and clam up in front of millions of people worldwide. Strangely enough, grannies tend to handle the Price Is Right with the aplomb of the Queen of England. If you don’t believe us, check out the Price Is Right audience members and prepare to experience some of the craziest people you’ll ever see.

Vote up your favorite audience moment from The Price Is Right, and leave us a comment about that time that your Aunt Shirley almost won a speedboat.
The Most Amped and Excited Price Is Right Audience Members,

Price Is Right Superfan

Is Cody Auditioning For Bob's Job?

Remember To Tip Your Waitresses

Somebody Get Laura Her Meds!

Aaron Paul Gets High On His Own Supply

Jose: Genuine Idiot

Chill Is Not In His Vocabulary

Has Anyone Ever Been This Excited About Anything Ever?

Grandma Almost Has A Heart Attack After Scoring A Hole In One

You Probably Shouldn't Talk Smack To Bob


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Fri, 15 May 2015 03:40:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/price-is-right-audience-members/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[20 Impressive Things Accomplished by Kids Under 10]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-kid-accomplishments/matthewcoleweiss
When you think of a role model, you probably picture an experienced adult with wisdom and sage... someone who's seen some things and has racked up some serious experiences and accomplishments. You don't picture an eight-year-old rocket scientist or a four-year-old published author, right? Yet, the kids on this list are better role models than most adults out there, having accomplished things people never even dream of by the age of 10.   

You could call them child prodigies. You could call them merely products of passionate (or crazy) parents. But every child listed here was ten-years-old or younger when they achieved unheard of greatness. These kids can be considered positive child role models, or just straight up inspiring youngsters.

But how much of it is actual natural talent? How much of it is bossy, controlling parents? And how much of it is just a stunt? You be the judge. Vote up the kid you think is the most accomplished and most impressive! And all you future parents, take note! 
20 Impressive Things Accomplished by Kids Under 10,

Akrit Jaswal
One of Oprah Winfrey's favorites, Akrit Jaswal was only seven years old when he performed surgery for the first time, operating on the hands of a young female burn victim. Jaswal was not a doctor but was considered a medical genius by his native India. Now, he has moved on and is simply trying to cure cancer.  



Kim Ung-yong

Not only does Kim Ung-Yong have the highest IQ at 210, according to The Guinness Book of World Records (though they have since retired the category), but he was a guest physics student at Hanyang University in South Korea from 3 to 6-years-old.  When he was 8, he was invited by NASA to study in the United States and worked with them until he was 16 (when he went back to South Korea).  


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
It is said that Mozart composed his first minuet by the age of 5, then his first symphony by the age of 8. The child prodigy was hired as a court musician in Salzburg by the age of 17 and wrote operas by the age of 20. He not only played the keyboard, but he also mastered the violin and other instruments in his youth.
Elise Tan Roberts
In 2009, at just two years and four months old, child prodigy Elise Tan Roberts became the youngest person to ever join Mensa. With an IQ of 156, she is in the top .2 % of children her age as far as smarts go. By the way, the average IQ is 100.
Jane Haubrich
During the fall of Hurricane Irene, five-year-old Jane Haubrich of Doylestown, Pennsylvania got her start as a news reporter. With her stuffed dog toy in tow, Haubrich filmed her own segments about the effects of Irene which CNN aired internationally, making her the youngest news reporter ever.
Emily Baldry Dug up a 160 Million-Year-Old Fossil at Age 5
Sure, most kids enjoy digging in the sandbox. But Emily Baldry of the UK was already an archaeologist by age 5. With the help of her dad, she went on a dig and unearthed a 160 million-year-old fossil in Gloucestershire.  The Rieneckia odysseus fossil, which is almost 16 inches in diameter, is the remains of a mollusk that lived in the oceans during the Jurassic period.


Eleanor Gamble Scored a Hole-In-One at Age 5
Eleanor Gamble was only 5 when she took the record as the youngest golfer to score a hole-in-one. The British champ aced the 86-yard par three sixth hole at Cambridge Lakes golf course. The 3' 5" inches youngster managed to drive her ball 86 over a lake, round a bunker and straight into a cup, to uproarious applause from fellow golfers. 
Greg Smith Was Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize at Age 10

Greg Smith learned to read at 2-years-old and was in college by the age of 10. Smith put his intelligence towards good for mankind by founding an advocacy group for peace and children's rights. He met with Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, spoke in front of the UN, and was nominated in 2002 for the Nobel Peace Prize (but was beaten by Jimmy Carter).


Jake Frood Had a Double Black Belt in Karate at Age 5

Jake Frood took up karate at the age of 3 after watching "The Karate Kid." By the age of 5, he had a double black belt making him the youngest person ever to do so, despite his arthritis. Hailing from the UK, the tot, who is just 3 feet tall, was awarded his black belt after completing a grueling challenge which included a two-mile run and four-hour martial arts test. He now hopes to become a fully trained instructor by his tenth birthday.


Michael Kearney Graduated College at Age 8
Though Michael Kearney suffered from ADHD, that didn't stop him from becoming the youngest college graduate ever. At only 4-years-old, Michael aced the John Hopkins diagnostic for a precocious math test, without having studied for it at all. He graduated high school at 6. Then, Kearney enrolled at the Santa Rosa Junior College, completing an Associate’s in geology at age 8 and going on to finish his Bachelor’s degree by age 10!

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:27:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-kid-accomplishments/matthewcoleweiss
<![CDATA[SYTYCD Season 12 Contestants]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sytycd-season-12-contestants/yaypaul
So You Think You Can Dance is back for its 12th season with another amazing assortment of dancers vying for the title of America's Most Talented Dancer.

 For those that don't know the show: SYTYCD producers traverse the country looking for the best of the best to represent American dance. Dancers audition for a place in the Callbacks, here the dancers are whittled down from hundreds to just twenty top dancers. The top twenty head to Las Vegas for Live Finals on FOX where judges and the public vote to eliminate dancers until just one remains.


Vote on the best dancer or just the person you want to win. Rerank the list to create your own top 10 or 20. Let's see if the Ranker ranking match up with the shows winners!
SYTYCD Season 12 Contestants,

Edson Juarez
Team Stage - Eliminated August 17, 2015 (top 10)

Džajna "Jaja" Vaňková
Team Street - Eliminated September 14, 2015 (Overall Runner-Up)

Gaby Diaz
Team Stage - Overall Winner

Jessica 'JJ' Rabone
Team Street - Eliminated August 17, 2015 (top 10)

Hailee Payne
Team Stage - Eliminated September 14, 2015 (Stage Runner-Up)

Megan 'Megz' Alfonso
Team Street - Eliminated August 31, 2015 (top 6)

Jim Nowakowski
Team Stage - Eliminated August 31, 2015 (top 6)

Virgil Gadson
Team Street - Eliminated September 14, 2015 (Street Runner-Up)

Kate Hartpootlian
Team Stage - Eliminated August 10, 2015 (top 14)

Alexia Meyer
Team Stage - Eliminated August 10, 2015 (top 14)


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Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:15:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/sytycd-season-12-contestants/yaypaul
<![CDATA[The Best Harem Manga of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-harem-manga/ranker-anime
If there's one type of character you should be jealous of, it's the main character of a harem manga. He's surrounded by beautiful women, and even though he wimpy and awkward, they all want a piece of him anyways. That being said, what is the best harem manga of all time? The poll below will help us answer that question, and you can contribute by voting for your top harem manga. What are you favorites? One of the most popular harem manga is High School DxD, and with the gratuitous fan service, it's not hard to see why.

However true fans know there are plenty of great titles outside of High School DxD or Rosario-Vampire. Vote up your favorites that you would recommend to other readers, and downvote any titles that you read and didn't like.
The Best Harem Manga of All Time,

To Love-Ru

Sekirei

Rosario + Vampire

Heaven's Lost Property

The World God Only Knows

Highschool of the Dead

High School DxD

Infinite Stratos

Rosario-Vampire II

Omamori Himari


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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:12:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-harem-manga/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[Practical Solutions to First World Problems]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/solutions-to-first-world-problems/ashley-reign
Are you the type who seems to constantly find yourself wallowing in self-pity despite your financial and social-economic security? Ever feel like your designer glass if half empty? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you’ve got first world problems and luckily are about to get some answers. We’ve compiled a helpful list of genius and easy solutions to first world problems that’s guaranteed to turn your luck around.
 
Here you’ll find a collection of simple tips and tricks to deal with the biggest problems that don’t really matter at all. Hate having to choose whether to keep wearing that trendy messenger bag or having to endure a little shoulder pain? We’ve got a tip that’ll render the problem obsolete. Has your day ever been plunged into a black hole of dark depression due to some ill-natured vending machine refusing to give you that stuck candy bar, which happens to be the last one? Never again. Wish you could ride the elevator without stopping on every floor and having to (gasp!) share it with others? Here you’ll find ways to arm yourself with solutions to all those first world problems that lurk in the shadows of your comfy suburban life, just waiting to spoil your day.
 
So stop agonizing over the fact that your freshly microwaved meal still has a slightly cold center and learn how to take matters into your own hands with the answers to all those funny first world problem memes! You may enter as one more helpless first world victim, but you’ll leave as a newly transformed first world warrior, ready to face whatever petty obstacles come your way!

Practical Solutions to First World Problems,

Solution: Never Be Forced to Eyeball "Even" Again!

Problem: DIY Photo Hanging Got You Down?

Problem: Uh Oh, It's Jean Hand!

Problem: Trend Induced Shoulder Pain

Solution: Use the Packaging to Your Advantage and Don't Even Dirty a Glass!

Solution: Put the Strap Through the Handle of Your Messanger Bag to Make a Backpack

Problem: Cookie Is So Close to a Solid Milk Dunk, Yet So Far Away

Solution: Turn Your Jacket Around Backwards for a DIY Snuggie/Snack Holder

Problem: Facing the Harsh, Cold World Outside Your Shower

Solution: Salt Dat Denim


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Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:08:15 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/solutions-to-first-world-problems/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[The Best Kanye West Memes of AllTime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-kanye-west-memes/meme-dude
Kanye West is the greatest rapper of all time...according to himself. Here are the funniest Kanye West memes of all time, ranked by fans (and haters) like yourself. Kanye made quite a scene at the 2009 MTV Music Awards when he told Taylor Swift that Beyonce had the best music video of all time. Since then the "I'mma let you finish" meme has become one of the more popular ones on the internet, with people photoshopping Kanye into all kinds of situations. Many of the Kanye West memes and jokes below feature his wife Kim Kardashian, whose big butt and sex tape made her famous in her own right. Vote for your favorite Kanye memes on this list, and downvote any that didn't make you laugh.
The Best Kanye West Memes of AllTime,

Ego and mini-Ego

No direction

'Me, me, me!'

Macklemore would be disgusted

Well, he certainly isn't One Direction

North speaks up about her name

I hate Clones!

Because I like gold... gold!

Hypocrite much?

Kanye wants his croissants!


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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:26:41 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-kanye-west-memes/meme-dude
<![CDATA[Sergey Brin Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sergey-brin-quotes/speakeasy
A list of Sergey Brin quotes. Here are the best quotes by Sergey Brin on various subjects, including life, death, writing, and other topics. These Sergey Brin quotations include famous quotes from his speeches. These memorable quotations have become part of the collective conscience of Sergey Brin's contemporaries and will be remembered for generations.

Sergey Brin is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who along with Larry Page, co-founded Google in 1998. One of the most recognized names in the world, Google is one of the most profitable Internet companies. Together, Brin and Page own about 16 percent of the company, which in 2013, means their net worth at $22.8 billion a piece.

Funny quotes from movies, TV, and professional comedians are repeated and shared, uniting fans of different ages, genders, and nationalities. Inspirational quotes from authors, religious leaders, and political figures are cited as words of wisdom, if not printed in history books. The famous last words of everyone from Julius Caesar to Chris Farley are oft quoted as summations of their illustrious lives. The funniest quotes and most famous quotes are words strung together so eloquently and perfectly that audiences can not help but repeat them in everything from speeches to academic papers to Facebook profiles.
Sergey Brin Quotes,

Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the world.

It's our obligation to use the law to the furthest possible means to protect our users' privacy. It's just a legal and ethical principle.

Some say Google is God. Others say Google is Satan. But if they think Google is too powerful, remember that with search engines unlike other companies, all it takes is a single click to go to another search engine.

As for “Don’t be evil,” we have tried to define precisely what it means to be a force for good—always do the right, ethical thing. Ultimately, “Don’t be evil” seems the easiest way to summarize it.

As Americans we do not recognize the jurisdiction of the Hague Tribunal. We only follow court orders from the Chinese judiciary.

Too few people in computer science are aware of some of the informational challenges in biology and their implications for the world. We can store an incredible amount of data very cheaply.

We want Google to be the third half of your brain.

I didn't think I would come to this conclusion -- but eventually I came to the conclusion that more information is better, even if it is not as full as we would like to see.

It's clear there's a lot of room for improvement, there's no inherent ceiling we're hitting up on.

Google actually relies on our users to help with our marketing. We have a very high percentage of our users who often tell others about our search engine.


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Fri, 25 May 2012 18:55:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/sergey-brin-quotes/speakeasy
<![CDATA[Fun Family Photo Ideas]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/family-photo-ideas/samantha-dillinger
List of family photo ideas. There are many different ways to take a family portrait. Some families opt for traditional posed photos by a professional photographer, while other families get creative with Photoshop. When taking a family photo you must keep in mind clothing choices, scenic locations and most importantly capturing the family bond on film.

What are some creative ideas for family photos? Playing with shadows, reflections and silhouettes are great ways to end up with an artistic family portrait. Rather than focusing on your family's faces, try taking a photo of everyone's hands or feet intertwined to give a new perspective on a close knit family. Sometimes the hardest thing about taking a photo is keeping the kids entertained, so try bringing a clown or your children's favorite babysitter along to keep the little ones occupied and smiling.

If your family is more daring, you could dress up in your favorite sports jerseys or even get made up to look like zombies. Some families even use Photoshop to enlarge certain members of the family to highlight who is really running the show.

What are your favorite ideas for interesting and unique family photos? What fun family portraits have you done with your kids? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Fun Family Photo Ideas,

Walking Away

Super Fans

Practice Poses

Hands & Feet

Coordinate Colors

Candid Moments

Nature Lovers

Silhouette

Funny Faces

Fancy Family


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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:57:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/family-photo-ideas/samantha-dillinger
<![CDATA[30 Pictures of Young Jackie Chan]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/30-pictures-of-young-jackie-chan/cari-fortier
This slideshow features rare photos of young Jackie Chan, the impressive martial artist, actor, film director and producer from Hong Kong. Known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing and stunts that he usually performs himself, he has been featured in over 150 films since the 1960s. Many people are surprised to learn that in addition to all of the above-referenced skills, he is also an operatically trained vocalist. He’s even sung many of the theme songs in the some of the movies he’s starred in. Chan has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars. These pictures feature him in his teenage years and into his 20s. After appearing in numerous movies in China, Chan rose to fame in Hollywood in the 1988 film Dragons Forever. He has had lead roles in popular movies like Shanghai Knights, the Rush Hour series and Around the World in 80 Days. Enjoy checking out these rare pictures of Jackie Chan when he was young.
30 Pictures of Young Jackie Chan,

Young Jackie Chan in Jacket and Black Pants

Young Jackie Chan with Long Hair

Young Jackie Chan Closeup Headshot

Young Jackie Chan as a Toddler Playing with Cowboy Hat

Young Jackie Chan in Shorts and White T-Shirt as Toddler

Young Jackie Chan as a Baby

Young Jackie Chan as a Toddler

Young Jackie Chan in Black Leather Jacket

Young Jackie Chan in Sweater and Dark Pants

Young Jackie Chan in White Tank Top


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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 03:47:49 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/30-pictures-of-young-jackie-chan/cari-fortier
<![CDATA[31 Universal Studios Secrets That May Blow You Away]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/universal-studios-secrets/ashley-reign
Who can resist the allure of a great theme park and the chance to tour the largest working movie studio in the world all in one fun-filled stop? Whether you’re up for a ride on the world’s most expensive theme park ride or want to cruise down Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives, consider hitting up Universal Studios Hollywood on your next vacation. This list will give you some cool tips for maximizing the fun on your trip with a collection of Universal Studios secrets and little known facts.

We're about to take you behind the scenes of both the studio and the theme park to give you a sneak peak at some cool old stories and facts that have faded into little known theme park lore over the years. We’ll offer you cool insights into everything from why your guide on the studio tour may not be allowed to point out certain actresses to the name of the mechanical shark in Jaws Lake. We’ll also explore things you may see along the tour that aren't often pointed out, such as which sound stage on the lot is rumored to be haunted by a famous old Hollywood actor. 

This nifty list of Universal Studios secrets and tips will also give you some helpful info for avoiding everything from long ride lines to being excessively creeped out by Norman Bates at the Psycho House. From the fun to the freaky, this fun collection of little known facts about Universal Studios LA are guaranteed to make you the most interesting guy or gal in the that ridiculously long line for the Simpsons ride. 

31 Universal Studios Secrets That May Blow You Away,

Universal Finally Took the Clock out of the Famous Clock Tower From Back to the Future Because it Was Super Recognizable
Though the clock tower may look a little funny when you see it without the clock, it had to be removed due to the huge problem its notoriety presented for other productions that filmed in the area after Back to the Future wrapped. The same courthouse has appeared in countless other films since, including Bruce Almighty, Batman and Robin, Amistad, and even The Nutty Professor

In the Early Days of Universal, You Could Watch Movies Being Filmed All Day for a Quarter
You could even cheer for the heroes or boo for the villains, due to the fact that all the movies back then were silent. This is also why there are so many Western sets on the back lot. The genre was very popular during the silent film era, when up to six Westerns could film at the same time on sets right next to each other. That's why they often call the area "Six Points, Texas."

Right After You Come out of Jaws Lake on the Studio Tour, Look to Your Left to See a Hidden Street
As you pass a house that your tour guide will point out as the "chicken ranch," look over to your left and you'll see a street called "Elm Street" which the tram isn't able to go down because it's too narrow to turn around on. Universal bought the houses along the street for $1 when the city needed to clear the space where they originally sat to build Dodger stadium. They've since been used in movies like To Kill A Mockingbird, The Hulk, and Hancock, and on TV shows like The Ghost Whisperer and Monk.

If You Look Closely You Can See Mother in the Upper Window of the Psycho House
Though the tour guide generally will have moved on to prep you for the cool War of the Worlds set you're about to see, rest assured that Mother is still watching.
Guides on the Studio Tour Are Forbidden to Point out Actresses Who Aren't Yet in Makeup
Though guests on the Studio Tour may occasionally roll past a famous actress along the route, in rare instances the tour guide may not always acknowledge the encounter. Apparently a few famous ladies in the past reacted unfavorably after being photographed by 200 tourists before they had had a chance to hit the make-up chair.

If You and Your Friends Don't Mind Riding a Ride Seperately, Ask About the Single Rider Line
If you and your friends or family really want to go on a certain ride but not quite enough to stand in line for two hours, ask about the single rider line. You may end up riding separately, but it's more or less like getting a front of the line pass.
Before He Was a Famous Director, Steven Spielberg Used to Sneak onto the Backlot
Before he had his big break and became a Hollywood legend, director Steven Spielberg used to sneak onto the Universal backlot to get a behind the scenes look at the movie business. He now admits he got away with it by always carrying a briefcase. Though there was never anything inside, it made him look just official enough to seem like he belonged. 

After the Northridge Earthquake, Guests Were Given the Option to Skip the Earthquake Part of the Tour
For obvious reasons, Universal suspected that guests who had recently endured the trauma of the 1994 Northridge earthquake might prefer to skip the part of the tour where guests undergo an 8.3 scale earthquake simulation. For a time, guests were given the option to hop off the tram during the segment and hop back on after a few minutes when it was done. 

The Studio Has Its Own Fire Department, Police Station, and Doctor's Office
There are even drivers in vans scattered throughout the lot who can be on sight within minutes in case of an emergency - even if it's retrieving a cell phone someone dropped on the tour.
If You Look Closely, You'll Find Some of the Doorways on the Western Sets Are Either Bigger or Smaller Than Normal
This was a quick height fix for some actors back in the old days when Westerns reigned supreme. A short cowboy could be made to look a lot taller when he stood in a small door frame and a damsel in distress appeared much more vulnerable when pictured in a huge door frame.


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Thu, 05 Feb 2015 06:39:12 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/universal-studios-secrets/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[The Many Things We Hope Improve in 2015]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-we-hope-improve-in-2015/anabel-conner
Christmas is over and all the signs are there: your tree is becoming a fire hazard, the credit card bills have begun to roll in and the only pair of pants that will fit you have an elastic waistband. All of this signals the year is coming to its close, so to keep you from becoming a Scrooge, a healthy approach to the new year is needed. What better way is there to do that than to have hope for the future? What aspects of life, society, and culture do you hope see improvements in 2015?

2014 was okay, but I'll definitely be glad to leave it in the dust for the promise of a brighter 2015. Sure, there will be minor annoyances, like continuing to age and getting the year wrong on every letter, form, and check until at least May, but overall, 2015 gives us many reasons to be optimistic. Maybe even downright joyous.

Let's hope that things improve with the passing of the old year into the new year. What a year 2014 was... but what can we expect from the next twelve months? What resolutions do you hope the world achieves as a whole? Check out this list and vote up which areas you think could use improvement in 2015! And if you don't see it here, don't be shy... add your biggest hopes for the new year!

The Many Things We Hope Improve in 2015,

Economic Outlook
Whether it's your personal piggy bank, or the economy as a whole, we hope it's all looking up in the new year!
Music
It HAS to get better because it can't get any worse, right?
Stress Levels
In order for happiness to increase, those stress levels need to come down.
Health & Fitness
This is one of the greatest assets that you have. Here's to increasing productivity levels like crazy and boosting self confidence.
The Environment
The earth keeps taking a beating, but lets all hope that we succeed this year in doing our part to improve our environment.
Peace & Kindness
2014 was the year that "the ugly" came out. The hope for 2015 is simply that the world works to fulfill a legacy of goodwill toward others.
Even Better Gas Prices
Gas prices improved substantially in 2014. Let's hope they continue to drop in 2015.
Finances
Were you broke last year? Here's looking forward to filled pockets in '15!
Attitudes
2014 caused a whole lot of suck-tacular attitudes. Attitude adjustments and improvements will go a long way this year!
Health Care
Despite governmental strides, healthcare is still one big, expensive mess. Fingers crossed there's improvement in 2015.

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Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:46:18 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/things-we-hope-improve-in-2015/anabel-conner
<![CDATA[The Most Important Kitchen Safety Tips]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kitchen-safety-tips/jessica-lawshe
Mastering the art of cooking is dangerous. It's not just mastering a recipe, but knowing how to do so safely. Take the danger out of the kitchen by checking out this helpful list of the most important kitchen safety tips. 

Knowing how to be safe in the kitchen isn't just for moms, it's for all chefs - master or sous. That's why you'll want to review these cooking safety tips. For example: have you been using a bread knife to cut your apples? Ignoring cooking temperatures? Or maybe using the same cutting board for your chicken and your bell peppers? Those are all big kitchen no-no's. 

Staying safe while cooking is knowing when to kick the kids out of the kitchen, and when to give them small tasks they can handle, like setting the table or measuring flour. It's also knowing to reach for the baking soda, salt, or fire extinguisher when there's a grease fire. Kitchen safety starts with you and learning all the
 kitchen safety tips starts here.
  
So before you master the art of cooking, make sure you master the art of kitchen safety by reviewing the most important kitchen safety tips. Vote up the tips that make you feel like a truly safe chef!

The Most Important Kitchen Safety Tips,

Don't Take Food Out of the Oven with Wet Oven Mitts

Wet oven mitts can cause scalding because water allows the insulated fabric of the mitt to conduct dangerous levels of heat. Smart Kitchen suggests using silicone mitts.


Don't Put a Hot Glass Dish on a Wet or Cold Surface
There's a lot of science behind this one. Just check out Ryan Carlyle's explanation at Quora. Bottom line: glass expands when it gets warm and shrinks when it cools down, but the growing and shrinking is not uniform, which causes stress, and thus, major explosions.
Turn Pot and Pan Handles to the Side
Don't let your pot and pan handles stick straight out from the stove. Keeping them turned sideways is the best way to avoid spills and flips. 

Source: Austin Texas Fire Department

Use Baking Soda or Salt to Extinguish Grease Fires
According to Lifehacker, "Baking soda puts out fires by releasing carbon dioxide and smothering the fire." But it turns out salt works just as well - whichever you have handy.
Keep the Door Closed on Oven Fires
If a fire starts in the oven or microwave, don't panic. Just keep the door closed and turn off the oven or microwave. Opening the door will just give the flames more access to oxygen, which simply fuels a fire. Keep the door closed and the lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. 

Source: For Dummies

Make Sure Your Knives Are Sharp
A sharp knife will do the job quickly and won't require as much force as a dull one. Since a dull knife will require more force, there's a greater chance you'll slip and accidentally cut yourself. 
 
Source: Food-Safety-Sanitation
Don't Try to Catch a Falling Knife
Okay, this seems kind of obvious, but it's instinctual to try to catch something that's falling. Instead, Food-Safety-Sanitation advises to get out of the way.
Wash Your Hands After Chopping Peppers
When you cut a chili pepper, it releases oils that coat your skin. Simple water and soap won't do much for washing this off. As The Kitchn suggests, use dish soap, rubbing alcohol, or even a milk bath to get the oils off to avoid that burning sensation. And whatever you do, don't touch your eyes for a good long while.
Don't Use the Same Cutting Board for Raw Meat as You Use for Fruits and Vegetables
The FDA advises you use two separate cutting boards: one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood and a second one for fresh fruits and vegetables. If you don't have two cutting boards, the FDA suggests: "prepare fruits and vegetables first, and put them safely out of the way. Wash cutting boards thoroughly with soap and hot water. Then, prepare the raw meat, poultry, or seafood. Follow by washing the cutting board again."
Don't Use Metal Utensils on Nonstick, Teflon Pans
When Teflon or non-stick pans chip or flake, they "may be more likely to release toxic compounds," according to Kurunthachalam Kannan of the New York State Department of Health. That's why you should avoid using metal utensils, and instead stick to wooden or plastic spoons to stir food you're cooking in these kinds of pans.

Source: Good Housekeeping


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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:23:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/kitchen-safety-tips/jessica-lawshe
<![CDATA[Horrible, Awful Things That Happened When People Took Spice]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/spice-drug-facts-101415/jacob-shelton
Even though synthetic marijuana might seem like a good idea for people who are trying to stay “sober” or avoid getting dinged on a drug test, the sheer volume of stories about the negative and insane side effect of fake weed, or "spice," should make even the most experienced of user want to stay away at all costs. The drug called spice (or sometimes K2) is a synthetic blend of chemicals that’s meant to mimic the effects of smoking weed, but without the stigma. Unfortunately, the spice drug effects are far worse and crazier than any side effect that comes along with smoking weed. If you’re still on the fence about the spice drug here are some truly alarming stories about the drug spice.

Smoking spice has become popular with a lot of people who are trying to look clean on their drug tests and millennials who are just looking for something to do. Unfortunately, the spice drug effects are far worse than those of any normal drug. The stories on this list of the scariest facts about K2 and spice should probably deter any potential users who want to see what all the hubbub is about, or they should at least let you know what kind of nightmare you’re in for.

Vote up the craziest stories about people using K2, and leave a comment about anyone you know who’s suffered insane side effects from synthetic marijuana.
Horrible, Awful Things That Happened When People Took Spice,

US Army Cadets Expelled for Using Spice
An Army academy in Colorado Springs expelled five students and put another 25 (!) under investigation in 2011, when students were caught with the synthetic drug. The Academy did not release any other information, only saying that smoking the drug "threatens our military readiness.”
Texas Man Eats Dog After Smoking Spice
In 2012, a 22-year-old man from Waco, TX was charged with a felony after he allegedly killed and ate his roommate's dog while high on spice. According to Waco Police, before eating the dog, the man crawled around on his hands and knees, and barked at his neighbors.
Woman High on Spice Destroys Subway in Alaska
A Subway sandwich shop was left in disarray after a naked woman went on a violent rampage through the store. Not only did she break EVERYTHING, but she sprayed a fire extinguisher all over the place too. Police believe this to be a spice-related freak out.
Bad Batch of K2 Sends Dozens of Denverites to the Hospital
In 2013, a "bad batch" of Black Mamba (a version of K2) flooded the Denver market, sending dozens of users to the hospital. Some of the users even ended up falling into comas. One nurse said of the incident, "I've been in emergency medicine for the last 11 years, and I've never seen a problem like this before."
Man Shoots Good Friend After Smoking Spice
Joshua Poe, a young man from Chicago, was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm after shooting his friend in the face. According to Poe, he spent the morning smoking synthetic marijuana in the basement of his home. When his friend rolled a regular joint, Poe began to waive a gun around and question their friendship. When other people in the basement attempted to stop Poe, he shot his friend in the face.
Children Hospitalized After Accidentally Ingesting Spice
Three girls in Moscow had to be rushed to the hospital after ingesting spice, which was being used while "making soup" in their kindergarten class. Allegedly, the spice had been left at a local playground for buyers to collect. The kindergarten staff members could be indicted for criminal negligence.
Louisville Man Attempts to Rape a Woman While High on K2
Frederick Sheckles was accused of attempted murder, rape, and sodomy after he allegedly smoked synthetic marijuana and forced his way into the woman's home. From there, he stabbed the woman several times, put a gun to her head, and attempted to rape her.
Arizona Man Decapitates His Wife and Kills His Dogs
Kenneth Dale Wakefield has a history of mental illness, and in August of 2015, after smoking both marijuana and spice, he went on a rampage. First, he cut off his wife's head in attempt to "get the evil out," then he decapitated his two puppies before severing his own left arm and gouging out his right eye. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of first degree murder. 
10 Indicted in Underground Spice Ring
In late 2015, a yearlong crackdown came to an end when more than 90 stores and warehouses across New York City were raided with officials busting a synthetic marijuana ring they say was worth up to $30 million. 10 men were supposedly involved in the ring, and six of them were arrested. Allegedly, this was part of an international ring that imported, manufactured, and distributed synthetic marijuana across all five boroughs.
Man High on Spice Cuts Fetus Out of His Wife's Womb
In 2012, Jeffrey Reynolds was charged with feticide and attempted second-degree murder, after stabbing his wife and cutting out their unborn baby. He initially plead not guilty by reason of insanity, but changed his plea to no contest and admitted that he had been high on synthetic marijuana during the incident. He said, "In an effort to not break the law by purchasing ‘legal weed,’ I was deceived or poisoned by a real company I easily found during a quick ‘Google’ search."

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<![CDATA[Current TV Characters We Love to Hate]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/current-tv-characters-we-love-to-hate/anncasano

Which current TV villain of 2016-2017 do you love to hate? In any story, without a villain, there is no hero. It’s a simple formula of good versus evil that has stood the test of time in all manner of fiction. Television is rich with nefarious baddies with sinister plans to take power and control at any cost. These are the best current TV characters you love to hate.

We’ve all heard the expression “love to hate” a million times. But what does it really mean? Even though we are rooting against (usually) the bad guy, it doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy watching him or her work their magic. The best current TV villains don’t have to play by the rules, they make their own rules. They don’t have a rigid set of moral codes to follow like their counterparts. In other words, they do what they want, when they want.

These love to hate characters are often given the richest character development and the most humorous lines of dialogue. Very often, they are played larger than life. While we expect the hero to eventually overtake the villain, watching baddies scheme, is almost as enjoyable as seeing the good guy foil their wicked plans.

Not all the characters on this list are straight up heels. Some are just extremely flawed and unlikable. We hate them, but then find ourselves loving them as well. Sometimes TV relationships are just as complicated as real life ones.

Let your voice be heard. Be sure to vote up the TV villains you love to hate the most and vote down the villainous television characters about which you can't find anything at all to love.


Current TV Characters We Love to Hate,

Cersei Baratheon
Cersei is just one of a long list of villains on Game of Thrones. She is cold-hearted and power hungry. However, she loves her children and somehow puts aside her own ambitions for the good of her kids. Even for Game of Thrones fans who truly hate Cersei, the whole walk of shame scene had to provide her character with at least a little sympathy.

Mr. Burns
Even animated shows need a villain! Mr. Burns, the vile selfish millionaire, uses the weak to maintain his fortune, however, his nefarious ways seem to keep the rest of Springfield somewhat honest. Excellent.

Carl Grimes
Here's the thing about Carl. Everyone thinks they want the irritating teen to get bit by a walker. But if he goes away for good, audiences may wind up missing him. Where else are we going to see that kind of 1970s haircut?

Juliette Barnes
Juliette can get really angry for no reason and definitely has spoiled brat moments. But she's worked hard to be a chart-topping country singer super star. She will never be anyone's favorite character, she's way too abrasive and bitter. However, we can appreciate her troubled past and the many obstacles that she has had to overcome.

Francis Underwood
President Underwood lied, cheated, and even murdered in order to crawl his way up the political ladder. Yet, we still find ourselves totally enamored with the House of Cards villain and his deliciously evil ways.

Claire Underwood
Just when we think Francis Underwood is the most ruthless person on television, along comes his wife Claire to make him look like a wimp. There is much to admire about the First Lady, her ambition is boundless and almost redeeming in a strange way.

Ramsay Snow
None of the vile, villainous, horrific characters on Game of Thrones can even hold a candle to Ramsay. He's truly a total psychopath with no remorse or sympathy for anyone else. He is fueled by power, rage, and pure evil. Yet, he may be the best thing on the HBO drama. Nothing is more powerful than a villain without a heart, no doubt every spectator has their eyes glued to the small screen every time he makes an appearance.

Lucious Lyon
Luscious Lyon never had a friend that he wouldn't betray. The record company executive worked his way to the top and is willing to manipulate anyone to stay there. He calls himself a god, and he means it. He's certainly the "bad guy" on Empire, but he's just so fun to watch.

Oswald Cobblepot
The Penguin may not look like the face of evil, but don't let the messy hair and wobbly walk fool you. There is no super hero without a villain of equal strength. And although we aren't rooting for The Penguin to take down Gotham, we definitely love to watch his sinister attempts.

Jacqueline Vorhees, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Jacqueline is the opposite of Kimmy. Kimmy is sweet, naive, and always looking out for others. Jacqueline is crass, self-absorbed, and only looking out for herself. Even still, we appreciate her journey to marry to the top, and the fact that she knows she's not the nicest person in the world, makes her absurdness somehow human.


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<![CDATA[All of Batman's Deadliest Villains & Enemies, Listed]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-batman-villains-list-of-all-batman-enemies/all-enemies-and-supervillains

List of all Batman villains and enemies found on this Batman villains list. This list contains all super villains Batman has faced and any Batman villains names that have appeared in comic books or the movies. This Batman enemies list doesn’t cover all Batman characters but covers all of the Batman rogues gallery. Batman's enemies vary from easily defeated to certifiably insane, and the worst villains Batman faces are capable of taking out whole cities without the intervention of the Caped Crusader, which can be found on this Batman characters list. 


Who are the worst villains Batman pickles? Who are the deadliest super villains in Batman universe? Find all the Batman villians here... or in Gotham City. But who really wants to take a trip over there. All the crime and violence will sure keep people away since all the Batman villains want to take over the city. But if there's anything all Batman villains fear, it's the Caped Crusader.


Did your favorite Batman villain make this Batman villains list? You’ll find them here with their Batman villains names on this Batman character list or in the Batman movies. You won’t find Batman’s name on this Batman villain list for sure, since he’s one of the good guys.


All of Batman's Deadliest Villains & Enemies, Listed,

Anarky

Anthony Lupus

Bane

Amygdala

Abattoir

Big Top

Actuary

Axel Alex

Bag O'bones

Benedict Asp


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<![CDATA[The Dirtiest Things You Touch Every Day]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-dirtiest-things-you-touch-every-day/joanne
From regular occasional hand-washers to germaphobes, this list of dirtiest objects you touch every day is guaranteed to get your skin crawling and your hands frantically searching for the sanitizer. Dirty objects are all around you - and not just in places where you are naturally wary of germs, like the bathroom or the gym. Some of the nastiest things in the world are things you handle everyday, like money, your cell phone, or your computer keyboard. If you have ever sneezed or forgot to wash your hands after using the bathroom (gross!) you are part of the problem. 

Get your soap and your sanitizer, and get ready to dive into this list of dirtiest objects. You may never want to touch anything again after this.


The Dirtiest Things You Touch Every Day,

Light Switch
Somebody's got to do it, and usually it's the last person in the room. So pack up your things quick and get out of there, because turning off the light switch in a public area is just about the nastiest task anyone can be assigned to do, besides counting fat stacks of cash (refer to #1).

All the itty bitty germs love swirling around on the plastic switch that's touched by millions of dirty fingers over the years add up to about 217 bacteria/square inch. According to a local restroom sanitation glossary, that's what you'd call a common contact point where germs are transmitted. Clorox wipe, anyone?



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Computer Keyboard
The computer's your friend (except when it freezes on you in the most pivotal moments of life. Damn you, rainbow wheel!) but its accompanying keyboard is a nemesis thriving with germs.

In a study from a British consumer group in 2009, 33 computer keyboards were randomly sampled and out of these tested, four were considered a health hazard. One was even discovered to have more bacteria than your average toilet. The only way to clean (or delete) this pile of cooties is to spray the keyboard with a can of compressed air and wipe with a cloth dipped in mild detergent.



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Money
You better have as much tolerance for the dirt on your bills as you have for the love of money itself, because you won't be escaping money's bacteria any time soon.

From the store cashier to the drug dealer's cocaine to the homeless man on the street, there's an enormous amount of bacteria on every buckaroo in your pocket. Dr. Darlington (yep, that's the name), the Health Commissioner of New York, found 135,000 bacteria from washing one bill and 126,000 from another. In other words, experts have long been afraid that paper money could be the source of a contagion outbreak.

It's about time to put on those latex gloves. Or encase yourself in a plastic bubble.


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Cell Phone
Forget the dog. Cell phones are a modern (wo)man's best friend. Heck, the average person probably touches, taps, or strokes his or her cell phone more times than they pet their neglected pooch at home.

New research from the United Kingdom show that mobile phones are a technological petri dish for tens and thousands of germs, mainly due to the heat that they generate as well as the bacteria it shares with your hands and face. Next time, consider an anti-microbial coating for your phone or frequent anti-bacterial wipe-downs. Or sterile rubber gloves every time you touch or use your phone, always disposing of them in a furnace immediately afterward.



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Toilet Seat
Though the toilet seat has been good to you on many a bad days, its porcelain white surface is party-host to all sorts of diseases and viruses. Statistics show that there are 295 bacteria for every square inch of the cold, smooth surface. Though that's not as bad as the 3.2 million on the toilet bowl, it's still not a place to rest your head on at night – or in the morning.



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Remote Control
How many times has ice cream splattered onto your remote control and you've just ignored it? Or even worse, smeared it across the surface into an expansive-but-barely-there layer? Add to that the MRSA, VRE, and SARS bacteria that is easily transferable by touching TV remotes, and you've got yourself one soiled artifact. Next channel, please.



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Shopping Cart
Sorry to be a killjoy, but surfing down the grocery aisle just got a lot less fun.

Think of every possible bacteria-filled thing a person can touch – well, once they hit their local supermarket, those things can also be found on the handle of any shopping cart. In fact, there may even be things on there that you haven't touched.

A study from the University of Arizona found that shopping carts were loaded with more bacteria, saliva, and fecal matter than escalators, public telephones, and even public bathrooms. So next time you're at a supermarket, you might as well pick yourself up some Purell. Shop and squirt, shop and squirt...



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Bathtub
Sure, you're all clean and spiffy, but what about your bathtub? The bathtub is home to many toxic bacterias that is often left unnoticed. That is, until someone in the family catches a staph infection, urinary tract infection, pneumonia, septicemia, or some form of a skin condition. Believe it or not, bacteria left lingering near the drain of a bathtub is worse than bacteria found in the toilet. By cleaning the bathtub with bathroom cleaner just once a week, you can minimize these unwanted germs (and illnesses) from you and your loved ones. Go on, give it a good rub-a-dub-dub.



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Beards
Poop. Apparently your typical beard carries a host of the bacteria found in fecal matter, leaving bearded men around the world to consider the necessity of an in-earnest beard washing routine. While we're not talking about clumps the size of something you'd see in a cat box, there are some gross molecules attached to some of the lesser-groomed beards out there.
 
Source: NY Post

Kitchen Sink
Contrary to popular opinion, the kitchen may actually be the dirtiest place in the house. Of course, that's not including your dirty little brother Jimmy's bedroom, but that's another story.

Anyway, there's typically 500,000 bacteria per square inch in the kitchen sink drain alone, so you can only imagine the total gunk with faucet handles and all. To solve the problem from the inside out, try pouring 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain. Finally, rinse with hot water, and you just might hear your sink burp a clean gurgle of delight.



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<![CDATA[9 Ways to Wear a Button-Down]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/how-to-wear-a-button-down-for-spring/bunny-brinkman

Button down shirts are among the most versatile pieces of clothing around. No matter what your personal style is, you can fit a button down or two into your wardrobe. Whether you’re a professional go-getter who needs to look classy all day or a casual partier, there are dozens of ways that you can make a button down work for you. Springtime is the perfect season for button downs since they can be worn for a variety of different occasions.

In Spring there are plenty of different occasions where a button down is appropriate. If you’re going to a job interview, add a blazer or vest over the shirt. Before heading to a party, throw a sleeveless dress or sequined tank over the button down. With all the different ways to wear a button down shirt, there’s no reason not to stock up on a couple before for the Spring season.

This list of how to wear a button down shirt for Spring 2014 has a look to fit everyone's style. What is your favorite way to wear a button down shirt? How do you incorporate a button down to fit your personal style?


9 Ways to Wear a Button-Down,

With Florals
If you're heading to a barbecue or another type of casual Spring party, florals are your best bet. Pair a floral button down with pants or a skirt - the floral look is always fun.
With Cargos
Need a sporty look for going to a baseball game? Pair your button down with cargo pants.
Under a Tank
Heading out for a night on the town? Put a sequined tank over your button down top to add flair to a simple shirt.
Over a Bathing Suit
For beach lovers, a button down is the perfect cover up for your cutest bathing suit.
With a Vest
With a vest and a nice shirt or pair of pants, a casual button down can turn into professional attire.
With Shorts
For a clean look that's perfect for a warm summer day, pair your button down with a pair of shorts.
Under a Blazer
Add color to your outfit by pairing your button down with a bright blazer.
Under a Sleeveless Dress
On a cold day, if you have a really killer sleeveless dress but don't want to cover it up with a jacket, wear a button down under the dress for the perfect solution.
With a Necklace
Liven up a solid OCBD by adding an interesting necklace, like gold geometric shapes or a colorful bubble bib.

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<![CDATA[The Best Guitar Stands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-guitar-stands/ranker-shopping
List of the best guitar stands. Guitarists picked the most popular stands for their guitars, and the result was this list or top guitar stands. What are the top rated guitar stands being sold on the market these days? Our list of good purchases for the guitar stand buyer takes care of your shopping needs.

A brand like Fender makes guitar stands that unsurprisingly are perfectly fitted for a Fender acoustic guitar. There are brands like ChromaCast and Musician's Supply that make truly effective and high quality guitar stands. Why are those ranked here truly the best guitar stands for sale? Many of the guitar stands on this list have velveteen padding, as well as an additional security strap or a secure lock. Some of the best guitar stands here can fold, which makes them extremely portable and great for the traveling musician. Good guitar stands are vital to treat your instrument right and be rest assured it is in the best "hands," so to speak, when you are not playing it. That's why the looks and designs are as important as the strength and security on this list of the best guitar stands to buy online.

The Best Guitar Stands,

On Stage XCG4 Tubular Guitar Stand with Velveteen Padding and Security Strap

ChromaCast CC-MINIGS Universal Folding Guitar Stand with Secure Lock

Fender Mini Acoustic Guitar Stand

Hercules GS414B A/G Guitar Stand

Musician's Gear A-Frame Acoustic Guitar Stand Black

OnStage GS7462DB Double Electric and Acoustic Guitar Stand

On Stage GS7355 Triple Hang It Guitar Stand

Hercules GS525B 5-Piece Guitar Rack

Hercules GS415B A/G Guitar Stand Fold Neck

Ultra 2445BK Ultra 2445BK Guitar Stand


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<![CDATA[13 Studies Clearly Conducted to Get Women to Put Out More]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/studies-clearly-conducted-to-get-women-to-put-out/joe-starr
At the end of the day, you can’t question science. After all, it explains why up is down, leads to medical breakthroughs, and unravels the greatest mystery of all: magnets, and how they work. But did you know that science also has a major focus on getting men laid? Time and time again, science is used for the benefit of all mankind’s boners. Researching this list shattered all of my preconceptions about scientists: the respectability, the comforting stoicism, and the lab coats, and has replaced it with the end credits of The Man Show.

This is a list of the health benefits of sex, semen and male sperm. Is sex scientifically proven to be good for your health? Yes. Yes, it is, according to these studies that were clearly conducted to get women to put out more. These doctors and scientists say that having more sexy-time can prevent cancer, diminish wrinkles and fine lines, increase life expectancy and well-being, cure migraines, incontinence, the common cold, and morning sickness. Sex is a miracle cure and it is free for the taking, ladies! What are the benefits of sex?

Having regular sexual intercourse has many physical, psychological, biological and social benefits for both men and women. But sometimes some ladies and gentlemen don't feel up for a rigorous sex regimen. Sometimes they are tired. Why don't women want to have sex all the time? Because they have migraines, a cold, or are feeling down and don't yet know that sex is actually a secret miracle cure for all of these ailments! So gather 'round, ladies stop your whining, and men arm yourself with this list of studies that prove sex is good for you.
13 Studies Clearly Conducted to Get Women to Put Out More,

Sex Cures the Common Cold, Apparently
You know how there’s no cure for the common cold? Well, there is. Can you guess what it is? Newsweek reports that bed-squeaking can cure the common cold. It works by raising immunoglobin A, an important virus fighting antibody, during intercourse.

As an added bonus, “my immunoglobins aren’t the only thing being raised right now” is my new favorite pick up line.The study is inconclusive about benefits regarding sex exclusively involving women, but notes that ‘it wouldn’t hurt to try it out.’

So there’s one for you, angry looking lesbian stereotypes. Cheer up.

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Doctors Say Looking at Well Endowed Women for 10 Minutes a Day Is Good for Your Health
A German study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, concludes that staring at women's t-shirt stretchers for a few minutes daily is better for your health than going to the gym.

"Just 10 minutes of looking at the charms of well-endowed females is equivalent to a 30-minute aerobics work-out," said author Dr Karen Weatherby, an expert on ageing.

See guys, not all news from Germany is terrible!

Completely ignoring the logic that if this were true, men would never get sick or die ever, this study insists that men who were told to stare at bosoms daily (they had to be told?) had lower blood pressure and slower resting pulse rates and also decreased their risk of coronary artery disease. Thank god I know this, because I was scared I was going to have to jog or squat or move or something.

It’s worth noting that the research team spent five years working on this discovery. Five years of staring at funbags, no doubt funded by some sort of grant: It’s a project that Peter Venkman could only dream of.

Apparently there are also some specific time and size correlations: men over 40 should spend at least ten minutes daily admiring heaven-sacks sized D-cup or larger.

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Blowjobs Reduce Depression in Men AND Women, Says Study Women Will Ignore
Good news for men (and women too, I guess)! A 2015 NYU study showed that giving dudes a little oral action is actually good for both men and women, at least when it comes to depression. The catch? The ladies have to swallow.

The study asked 293 female college students about their sex lives, and compared their responses with surveys about depression. They found that women who had sex without condoms (and were therefore exposed to semen) were less depressed than those who abstained from sex or who had sex using condoms.

So why blowjobs and not plain ol' missionary? Since vaginal sex can give women anxiety about getting pregnant, it may just be easier and safer to get your daily dose of semen orally. Oh, and the study also found that semen can increase a woman's ability to concentrate. Do with that what you will.


Regularly Massaging Breasts Could Prevent Cancer, Says Best Study Ever
Laboratory experiments show that applying physical pressure to malignant breast cells guides them back to a normal growth pattern, preventing them from triggering cancer.

I feel blessed we’ve come to live in a time when the most important guy in the hospital is the one in the Female Body Inspector t-shirt.

While scientists don’t expect to fight breast cancer with compression bras (who needs bras when I’ve got two hands amIrightbros? High fives!), they do believe this research provides clues that could lead to new treatments- Treatments that could lead to exciting new love-melon squeezing jobs in the medical industry.

Guys, can you believe it? Normally this kind of stuff gets us into a lot of trouble, but if science has its way, you’re no longer an aggressive and unwanted borderline sexual predator: you’re a certified jello-mold hero.

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Swallowing Semen May Reduce a Woman's Risk of Developing a Dangerous Condition
Several studies have investigated the decrease of pre-eclampsia incidents in women who have unprotected sex with their partners and in women who regularly perform oral sex. Dutch researchers, who clearly have their priorities straight, concluded that oral exposure of and gastrointestinal absorption of man-juice establishes the immunological tolerance necessary for a safe and successful pregnancy.

The Dutch really seem to have their mouth around a solution to pre-eclampsia. Holding for applause.

Seriously, there’s nothing in nature stronger than a mother’s instinct to protect her child, and it’s about time we warped and twisted that beautiful bond to get more blowjobs. If you won’t do it for me, my love…Do it for our unborn son. Don’t spit away his future.

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Want More On These Sex Studies? Watch This Video
Proof that some scientific studies are strictly conducted to get guys a little more sex. 
Semen Is Highly Effective in Treating Wrinkles
A Norwegian company is bottling spermine, a powerful anti oxidant found in guy-pudding, saying it diminishes wrinkles and smoothes the skin.

Facial treatments start at $250, which is ridiculous considering the sizable volunteer base willing to render their services for free. The company behind this miracle tonic is called Bioforskning, named for Odin’s third son who will be played by Peter North in the upcoming Marvel sex adventure Thor: Money Shots.
Even the BBC Carried Out Experiments to See If Food Changes the Taste of Semen
Gordon Gallup, the porn appropriate named scientist at the State University of New York as concluded that there is something in semen that can alter moods positively, and if isolated could be an alternative way of treating depression. He goes further, pointing out that after tests assessing nearly a thousand women, that ‘women who don’t wear use condoms tend to be more gutted when their relationships break down, yet get into new sexual relationships more quickly than those that do.’

“It’s as if they find semen addictive.”

That’s a real quote. A real quote from a god damn scientist. Women need dude-cream to be happy. That’s why all lesbians in the hacky 90’s sitcom reality we live in look angry and miserable.

Frankly, I’m relieved. After hearing hundreds of rappers similarly hypothesize, it’s fantastic to finally see the scientific community rally behind ladies straight needing mad giggle-stick. Next up, the science of twerking: a surprising cure for scoliosis.

The BBC tested it
. It's true. Try it for yourself.
Studies Find That Fooling Around in Bed Can Be a Natural Anti-Depressant
In the late 1980s, when doctors still knew how to party, a study of 85 women concluded that 61% of women who treated their migraines with sex reported some kind of relief, with more than 20% saying their headaches were completely cured.

The oldest excuse in the book has been moot since the 80s and no one has told us? Thanks for nothing, The 80s. Honestly, this one isn’t quite as strong a home run as the various swallow cures we’ve been studying: it puts a lot of pressure on the man. I’ve got to get you off AND make your head feel better? I’M ONLY ONE MAN, DAMN IT.

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...and more
It's Official: Semen is Proven to Increase Life Expectancy
Gordon Gallup, who you remember from an earlier story about women needing man-juices in order to function emotionally, believes that the best way to cure morning sickness in pregnant women is sperm.

The article doesn’t really mention specifics of any study. There may not have been- this Gallup guy is the Billy Graham of sucking talley-whacker and he’s not even bothering to cite bible passages anymore: If this guy says that man-naise will give you Spider powers, than you had better believe that with great power comes (again, pun intended) great responsibility.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve got the first few song lyrics to my Mary Poppins porn parody locked in.

Obviously, this is something scientists have discovered with absolutely no ulterior motives.

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<![CDATA[The Best Ways To Lose Weight]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ways-to-lose-weight/bunny-brinkman
Looking for some simple ways to start shedding that excess belly fat and boost your metabolism? There are many simple approaches to dropping pounds in no time that don’t require a major life change, difficult dieting, or too much time. What are the best ways to lose weight?
 
Weight loss may seem like an unattainable goal, but the reality is that if you invest just a little bit of time each day, your body gets the kick start it needs to begin working for you instead of against you. In fact, once you begin to practice with some of the simple steps listed here, you’ll find that your body’s metabolism will begin to boost and eliminate fat from your system.
 
Losing weight doesn’t have to be hard. The suggestions on this list are simple, yet extremely effective ways to begin your weight loss journey. These easy weight loss ideas can be quickly incorporated to your daily routine.

This list features the best weight loss ideas, ranked by the community. Vote up the weight loss method you think is the best below.
The Best Ways To Lose Weight,

Crank It Up
There's nothing better than working out to your favorite music! It will give you the extra adrenaline boost you're craving and keep you entertained through every step on the treadmill.
Swap Your Restaurant Schedule
If you eat out more than a few times a week you're probably adding on extra weight! Simple solution? Swap your eating out schedule to once a week and watch the weight begin to drop off your waistline!
Redefine Happy Hour
Find a friend who has the same health goals you do and redefine the way you look at happy hour! Instead of hitting the bars, hit the gym for an hour in the afternoon instead. You'll love the way you look and feel.
Limit Your Salt Intake
Salt adds unnecessary weight that stores in your belly and makes you retain water. Avoiding common salty snacks will allow your system to flush excess water and fat.
Run Your Butt Off
Wanting to fit into those skinny jeans again? In just 20 minutes of daily jogging you can achieve that goal with ease. Running is one of the best ways to boost your metabolism... and literally run your butt off!
Don't Skip the Green Stuff
Simply adding healthy vegetables to the food you already love will make a tremendous difference in the way your body digests your food. Veggies also make your tummy feel fuller, helping you to monitor how much you eat.
Fab in Five
Performing 5 minute exercises like sit-ups, push-ups, and jumping jacks throughout the day will actually keep your metabolism boosted more than one 30 minute routine. Start small and build up to 7-8 sets during the day.
Eat Breakfast Daily
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipping it is missing an important opportunity to kick start your body into metabolizing the rest of your daily food intake. Start with a 300 calorie breakfast of whole grains and protein.
Purge Your Pantry
It's very difficult to start living a healthier lifestyle with all your old favorite snacks staring you down each time you open the pantry door. Purge your old snacks and restock with new ones. It will give you the confidence you need to make a change in your diet.
Get Rid of the Habits
If you're a smoker or drink alcohol daily then your stomach is storing excess fat. Kick the habit and replace it with a regular workout routine. Your metabolism will instantly boost and your waistline will slim in no time.

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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:27:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ways-to-lose-weight/bunny-brinkman
<![CDATA[18 Hilarious Pictures of Kids Before and After Their First Day of School]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kids-before-and-after-their-first-day-of-school/nathandavidson

The difference between the first day of school and the last day of school is basically like the difference between heaven and hell. On the first day, you walk through the pearly gates of your new school filled with optimism, a sense of wonder, and a snack pack. Then you wake up for day two, and the reality of having to do this 179 more times kicks in.

These pictures of kids before and after their first day of school will open your eyes to this horrible truth and make you want to laugh and also give these kids a hug. Don't worry guys, there's only 3,299 days of school left! Let's all hope that act of going to the same place with the same people day in and day out gets a little easier for these kids as the school year progresses. But just in case, maybe their parents should hold off on telling them about 9-5 office jobs. 


18 Hilarious Pictures of Kids Before and After Their First Day of School,

The Look of Defeat

The Dawn of the Second Day

Day of Reckoning

Not Again

Sometimes Day Two Hits You Hard, Bro

School Daze

Only 179 More Days to Go

Too Tired to Go On

If You're Not First, You're Last

Tired Act


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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:53:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/kids-before-and-after-their-first-day-of-school/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[14 Crazy Stories of Russian Spies in the US That Will Freak You Out]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/stories-of-russian-spies-in-the-us/chase-christy

Land of the Free, home of the spied upon. US citizens can't catch a break when it comes to creeps looking in their windows and pilfering data from their phone, email accounts, and personal computers. But Uncle Sam isn't the only one keeping a watchful eye on America. Throughout history, a number of foreign agents have graciously alleviated the government of the burden of spying on its people, none with more relish, mustard, and pickles than those sneaky Russian spies in the US. 

Maybe you watch The Americans. Guess what? That sh*t went down IRL. Yes, indeed, Directorate S in real life is not just some whacked out crap you can read about on Reddit. It's real af. Even rampant paranoia about sneaky Soviets eating microwave dinners, awaiting their orders to annihilate the engorged swine babies of capitalism is rooted in real fears, which go all the way back to the 1940s, to the inception of the ideological battle between rank consumers and dirty commies. 

During the Cold War, there was widespread fear about communist spies living in the US, fear that wasn't unfounded. There were Russian spies, part of the illegals program, who lived in America. Some of these spies were high-ranking members of the CIA and FBI, collecting and reporting sensitive data back to their KGB handlers. Others were cokeheads who were ill-advisedly given access to sensitive information. Be forewarned: after digesting tales of Russian spies who lived in the United States, you're gonna wanna set up, at the very least, audio recording equipment in your neighbor's house. 


14 Crazy Stories of Russian Spies in the US That Will Freak You Out,

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the Spy Couple That Leak Atomic Plans

Both Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were born into Jewish families in New York City. The two met as members of a Young Communist League in 1936 and were married soon after. In July 1950, after 11 years of marriage, Julius was arrested. Ethel joined him in police custody a month later. They were charged with conspiracy to commit espionage.

The allegations against the Rosenbergs were serious - they were accused of running an organization that passed plans for the atomic bomb to the Soviets. They were convicted 1951 and sent to Sing Sing, a maximum security correctional facility in New York. After two years of imprisonment, the Rosenbergs were executed by electric chair. Their sons, Michael and Robert, were 11 and seven when Ethel and Julius were put to death. Co-conspirators such as Ethel's brother received lengthy prison sentences. 

Ethel and Julius proclaimed their innocence until death, and some historians support this claim. However, declassified KGB files indicate not only that Ethel and Julius were guilty of espionage, but that Ethel was extremely cunning as a spy, and made a number of key decisions. Still, many believe the execution of the Rosenbergs was unnecessary, and tainted America's global reputation. 


Anna Chapman, Who Ran a Ring of Spies in the US and Proposed to Edward Snowden on Twitter

Anna Chapman was born Anya Kushchenko in Volgograd, Russia in 1982. She studied economics at Moscow University and, on a vacation to London, met a man named Alex Chapman (at a rave, no less) who she married in 2002. The two divorced in 2006, and Anna moved to New York City the following year to pursue business. While in NYC, she ran a successful real estate company, making contacts through which she tried to access sensitive information and create relationships with policy makers.

According to her ex husband, Chapman's father was a high-ranking KGB official who  tasked her with securing government information and reporting it to Russia. She was exposed when she unknowingly met with an undercover FBI agent. The FBI uncovered that Chapman was running a ring with nine other spies. She was arrested and held briefly before being sent back to Russia in the largest spy swap since 1986. Since returning to Russia, she parlayed her good looks and youth into a career modeling for men's magazines and hosting television shows. 

If all that weren't weird enough, rumor has it Chapman was tasked with seducing Edward Snowden to get him to stay in Russia so KGB agent Boris Karpichkov could question him about US security. She proposed to Snowden on Twitter and, in 2015, gave birth to a baby. The identify of the father is a closely guarded secret. 


Rudolf Abel, Mid-Century Brooklyn Hipster and Soviet Spy

Rudolf Abel was born William Fisher in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1903. His parents were Russian Bolshevik supporters and, in 1921, Fisher's family moved back to Russia, where he joined a communist youth organization as a translator. He spent two years in the radio division of the Red Army as a young man and joined the Joint State Political Directorate (OPGU), or Soviet secret police, afterwards. In 1948, at 45 years old, Fisher illegally entered the US from Canada, intent on communicating secrets about the atomic bomb to superiors in Russia.

In the US, Fisher became artist and photographer Emil R. Goldfus, and made a name for himself in the arts scene in Brooklyn. He kept contact with another spy, Reino Häyhänen, who was called back to the Soviet Union due to his inability to complete his mission. However, rather than return to the USSR, Häyhänen went to the US Embassy in Paris and provided officials with the names of Soviet spies operating in the US.

After Häyhänen's revelation, Fisher was arrested. The FBI raided his studio and found incriminating evidence including; fake identification cards, radio equipment, books of codes, and pens capable of storing hidden notes. Fisher was charged with espionage and plead guilty under the false name Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, thought to a signal to superiors he had been apprehended. He avoided the death penalty thanks to New York attorney James Donovan, and was later returned to Russia due to a prisoner swap. 


Robert Hanssen, Who Kept Spying for Russia After the Cold War Ended

Robert Hanssen was born in Chicago in 1944 and joined the Chicago Police Department, where his father also worked, in 1972. In 1976, he made the leap to the FBI. After a two year stint as a criminal investigator in Indiana, Hanssen transferred to New York, to work in Soviet counterintelligence. His spy career began in 1979, when he sold a package to the Soviet Main Intelligence Agency (GRU). The package contained the name of an undercover FBI agent in the GRU's ranks.

Hanssen continued to sell information to the GRU for two years, until his wife uncovered his secret, at which point he swore off spying. That is, until he was transferred to Washington DC and became part of the Soviet Analytical Unit. In 1985, he began selling information about US counterintelligence to the KGB, identifying undercover FBI agents who had penetrated the Soviet intel system. This led to executions by the Soviets. Hanssen was paid in cash and jewelry for his work, which he spent on gifts and travel.

In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed and Hanssen stopped his espionage work until 1999, when he signed on with the SVR, successor of the KGB. By this time, the FBI was looking for a spy in its ranks, and thought it might be Hanssen after a recording of him was turned in by a defected KGB operative. Great spy work. "Hey, here's a recording of this guy selling secrets. Maybe he's a spy?"

The FBI began monitoring Hanssen and caught him dead dropping a bag full of secret information intended for Russian handlers. He plead guilty to 15 counts of conspiracy and espionage and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Hanssen's work is considered the most damaging case of espionage in the US to date, and he has been the subject of two movies, a made-for-TV picture and Breach, starring Chris Cooper as Hanssen. 


Karl Koecher, CIA Agent. Soviet Mole, Orgy Aficianado

Karl Koecher was born in Czechoslovakia and emigrated to the US for the sole purpose of spying on the government. In 1973, Koecher got a job as an analyst and translator for the CIA. During his time at the CIA, he handed the Czechoslovak Intelligence Service and KGB numerous documents, classified lists, and photographs of CIA agents. He also provided Russia with a list of government officials in the US he thought would cooperate with the Soviets if threatened.

One document Koecher leaked outed a man named Aleksandr Ogorodnik. Ogorodnik was a Soviet working for the CIA, spying on the Russians in Moscow. He was contacted by the KGB in 1977 and took his own life before he could be punished. Koecher passed his information through safe houses in Austria and Switzerland, and was called a consummate professional by one of the FBI agents who caught him. 

When Koecher wasn't spying, he was partying. He frequented swinger and spouse-swapping shindigs, orgies, and what The Washington Post called free-for-all sex clubs. A number of fellow CIA agents got dirty at these bacchanal bonefests with Koecher, and he pinned them as possible recruits for the KGB. Surely there's a direct line to be drawn between hedonism and spying for the Soviets. 

Finally, in 1984, Koecher was arrested by the FBI. They brought him in for questioning and got him to confess by threatening his family and using illegal forms of extortion. It's still not known exactly how the FBI came to know of Koecher's espionage activity. He and his wife were returned to the Soviet Union in a prisoner exchange in 1986. 


Earl Edwin Pitts, Who Almost Avoided Arrest by Forgetting the Location of a Meet

Earl Pitts was born in Urbana, MO in 1953. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri, Kansas City and was on active duty in the Army from 1975 to 1980. In 1983, he got a job at the FBI field office in Alexandria, VA, and, in 1987, was transferred to the New York City office, where he was tasked with investigating Soviet intelligence officers posing as diplomats at the United Nations. In this position, he was given a list of all known Soviet officers in such positions, which he promptly sold to Aleksandr Vasilyevich Karpov, Russia's top spy in its diplomatic mission. 

From his initial contact with Soviet intelligence officials, Pitts's story comes across like a convoluted screwball comedy filled with harebrained mishaps and double crosses. Take, for example, this: Pitts was eventually arrested, in 1995, when a Russian-diplomat-turned-US-informant participated in a sting operation against him. This diplomat was the person who first received a letter Pitt wrote to the Russian embassy offering his services as an informant. 

When the diplomat became an FBI informant seven years later, the first thing he told the feds about was the letter. The story set off an investigation that led to Pitts's arrest. All told, Pitt received $224,000 in payments from the Russians for information. At the time of his arrest, he was working as a lawyer in a post that afforded access to no useful information. But the FBI knew something had gone wrong in New York in the late '80s, and, after putting the pieces together (which included Pitts's wife informing on him after finding a suspicious letter), fingered Pitt as the culprit. Somehow, Pitt didn't realize his days were numbered, despite finding an FBI camera in his office ceiling. He even started hiding money in the same ceiling after finding the camera. Thanks for the tip, FBI!

In a final bit of bizarre comedy, the first attempt at a sting to bring Pitt down failed because he forgot where he was supposed to meet his contact - he wandered around the wrong room of the New York Public Library for 30 minutes before leaving. Pitt was sentenced to 27 years in an FBI correctional facility. During his trial, he said he had grievances with the FBI, and sold information to get back at them. Way to go, dude. 


Donald Heathfield and Tracy Foley, Your Average Boston Spies for Putin's Russia

Tim and Alex Foley, brothers born in Canada and raised in the Boston area, found out their parents were Russian spies the hard way - when the FBI showed up at the front door with a battering ram and a warrant. 

Donald Heathfield and Tracey Foley are the assumed names of Andrei Bezrukov and Elena Vavilova. Both were born in the Soviet Union and recruited as a couple by the KGB in the late '70s. They were trained in Moscow, then transferred to Canada, where they built a backstory as a typical North American family. They were part of the illegals program, a network of spies with no diplomatic cover who lived normal lives, awaiting instructions from superiors. The couple had two main tasks: facilitate communication between US and Soviet contacts and act as sleeper cells in case a war broke out between the United States and the Soviet Union. 

In Canada, Heathfield got a degree in International Economics from York University. The couple moved to the United States, where Heathfield went to Harvard and began working as an SVR agent under Putin. He started a consulting firm he used to infiltrate business circles. All the information Heathfield acquired was communicated to Russia via digital steganography, a method of code in which images with messages contained in their pixels are placed online for decryption by handlers. 

The pair was under surveillance by the US government since moving to the country, and were finally arrested in 2010. It's assumed they got too close to sensitive information for FBI comfort, so they were busted. It's also speculated double agent Alexander Poteyev, who defected to America, played a part in their arrest.


Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee, Huffin' Rails & Sellin' Secrets

Christopher Boyce grew up in Palos Verdes CA, the son of an FBI agent. He began working at aerospace company TRW in 1974 and, despite his limited experience and young age (21), was given access to the black vault, which contained secret US  defense information. A party animal, Boyce by chance reunited with childhood friend and cocaine trafficker Andrew Daulton Lee. One day, after a coke binge, the two devised a plan to sell the information in the black vault to the Russians.

Nicknamed Falcon and the Snowman, Boyce and Lee carried out their plan, selling US satellite technology info to Russian officials. They made serious money, which Lee used primarily to aid his drug business. The operation came to a halt when Lee was arrested in Mexico City in 1976. Somewhat ironically, Lee was mistakenly arrested; the police thought he was a cop killer. They quickly realized they had accidentally arrested a spy - he had CIA films in his possession and was caught outside the Soviet embassy - but tortured Lee anyway, to get him to confess to cop killing. Which weren't they past that accusation at that point?

Anyway, Lee confessed to being a spy and was handed over to US officials. He then outed Boyce as his co-conspirator. Kids, if you learn anything from this, it's that you shouldn't trust your coke buddies when it comes to selling secrets to the Soviets. Boyce was arrested in 1977 and sentenced to 40 years for espionage. He escaped in 1980 from Lompoc Correctional, only to be recaptured by US Marshals in 1981. Their story was made into a film, The Falcon and the Snowman, starring Sean Penn and Timothy Hutton.


Kim Philby Was Chief MI6-CIA Liaison While Spying for the Soviets

Born Harold AR Philby in India in 1912, the man better known as Kim was the son of famed explorer St. John Philby. He attended Trinity College at Cambridge, studying history and getting involved in extracurricular activities the Cambridge Five, a Soviet espionage group. After college, he traveled to areas of growing unrest in Europe and worked briefly as a journalist before being recruited by MI6 in 1940. By the end of WWII, Philby was in charge of counterespionage at MI6, charged with suppressing Soviet subversion in Western Europe.

In 1949, Philby transferred to Washington DC, to act as the top liaison between US and UK intelligence. During this time, he turned over classified details about the inner workings of the CIA and MI6 to Soviet intelligence. He also warned the Soviets of an Allied attack on communists in Albania in 1950. His warning caused two double agents to defect.

Philby was suspected of playing a part in the defections and was released from the CIA and MI6. He expected impending capture and trial, so fled the country, ending up in the Soviet Union in 1963. The information Philby leaked to the Soviets during the '40s and '50s led to the deaths of many agents who were exposed to and captured by the Soviets.


Harold James Nicholson, the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Outed as a Spy

Harold James Nicholson was born in Oregon 1950, right in the meaty heart of the baby boom. He joined the Army and eventually became captain of an intelligence unit, tasked with monitoring Soviet intelligence services. In 1980, he made the move to the CIA, with which organization he worked in Thailand, the Philippines, and Japan, while making connections with Soviet officials.

By 1990, Nicholson was CIA Chief of Station in Bucharest, Romania, right up against the Iron Curtain (which actually wasn't so much a curtain as it was a rug by that point). In 1992, he became Deputy Chief of Station/Operations Officer in Malaysia, in which position he met with Russian officials, hoping to conscript them. He also got involved in espionage for financial gain.

The story goes something like this: Nicholson met with a Russian intelligence officer three times with permission from the CIA. He then met him a fourth time, off of the record. It's assumed Nicholson was given money in exchange for handing over sensitive information at this meeting.  

In 1995, Nicholson failed three standard lie detector tests, unsatisfactorily answering questions like “Are you hiding involvement with a Foreign Intelligence Service?” and  “Have you had unauthorized contact with a Foreign Intelligence Service?” This, in addition to a $12,000 bank deposit that could not be sourced as legitimate income, instigated an internal investigation, part of which entailed placing Nicholson under surveillance.

Thanks to said surveillance, Nicholson was caught meeting Russian intelligence officers in New Delhi, Jakarta, Zurich, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. Talk about brazen. But the CIA didn't fire him. Rather, he was brought back to the US and given a position in counterterrorism, while the FBI monitored his mailbox and found letters addressed to handlers in Switzerland. When Nicholson requested time off to travel to Switzerland, in 1996, he was arrested in possession of top secret documents. 

During his time working with Russia, Nicholson is believed to have released information regarding identities of US officers in Russia and other classified information. Due to cooperation following arrest, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison, rather than life. 



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<![CDATA[14 Features Science Says You Are Attracted To Without Even Knowing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/attractive-features-you-dont-notice/jon-skindzier

When you make that first instantaneous judgment about whether or not you like how someone looks, you're actually being influenced by a whole slew of things you don't realize you find attractive. At first glance, the basics of attractiveness seem pretty straightforward - humans like health and youth because they like reproductive fitness. Generally, humans also like sexual dimorphism (men with strong jaws and large brows; women with large eyes and youthful features). None of that should be too surprising. Humans are pretty predictable in this respect, and they really aren't much different from the lowliest bug who desperately wants to mate with whichever other bug would enable it to procreate the best.

That's how it seems at first glance, anyway. Beneath the obvious stuff, a lot of other cues determine whether you like what you see when you look at someone's face, and we waste no time in making that determination. It takes about a tenth of a second for you to see a face and jump to a whole bunch of conclusions - whether the person is trustworthy or not, aggressive or not, and, obviously, whether he or she is attractive. But if you were to write down a list of the things that you assume you find attractive, and then read this list, you will probably not find much overlap. From the smell of someone's sweat to the amount of vegetables a person eats, there are tons of features we're attracted to without knowing it.


14 Features Science Says You Are Attracted To Without Even Knowing,

Men With Wide Faces Come Across As More Sexually Fit

Several traits are associated with facial width; for example, men with wider faces have higher levels of testosterone than average (and also, as a corollary, higher levels of aggressiveness). A higher facial width-to-height ratio ("fWHR ") is seen as more dominant and powerful. Women also consider these men more attractive - at least, as short-term romantic partners, not necessarily as long-term marriage prospects. A speed-dating study found that women expressed more interest in men with a high fWHR and were more likely to want a second date with them. (This is a distinction the researchers noted; the women didn't just find these men more attractive; they were actually willing to pursue real-world interactions with them, as opposed to just rating their appearances in an experimental setting.)


Averageness Is An Aphrodisiac
Descriptions of beauty always focus on someone's outstanding features: her big, soulful eyes or his chiseled jaw. Nobody ever writes an attractive character by saying "Well, to be honest, most of her was pretty unremarkable." But all of a person's ordinary features, the ones that don't really stand out, are actually pretty important. Several studies have demonstrated that, the less a person's features differ from the norm in a given population, the more attractive his or her face is. One study found that averaging together random faces into a composite image resulted in a more attractive face than any of the individual source faces. 

Men Love A Long-Armed Woman

A study in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology found that some aspects of attractiveness were to be expected, and they persisted across different cultures. When asked to rate images of various women for attractiveness, a group of Australian participants pretty much agreed with a group of Hong Kong participants in their ratings; both groups prioritized things that indicate youth and health. Both groups preferred taller women with a low BMI and a high hip-to-waist ratio. Surprisingly, though, both groups also indicated a preference for women with longer arms; leg size had no effect on their ratings.


Shared Speech And Grammar Are Sexy

According to a Texas Tech study, people who speak in a similar way, using the same function words, are more likely to be attracted to each other. Function words - as opposed to content words - are the words that signify grammatical relationships or just fill pauses ("a," "the," "he," "she," "okay"). Researchers monitored subjects who were meeting in a speed-dating setting, and they found that people who had higher similarity in their use of function words were more likely to go on a second date together. They were even likely to still be together three months later. The strength of the effect was significant; people with similar speech were three times more likely to express interest in each other than people with dissimilar speech.


A Rested Face Is A More Appealing Face

It's probably not surprising that you find it unattractive when someone has a terrible night and looks like a ghoul in the morning, but being rested is more attractive even when the effect is hardly noticeable. A Swedish study found that we notice a lot of minor facial cues in people who have underslept, considering them less healthy and less attractive than well-rested people. (The authors point out that observers only saw photographs of the participants for six seconds, so the total effect of sleeplessness on your attractiveness in real life would probably be even more significant.) Even a few hours of sleep deprivation will produce noticeable facial changes (paler skin, dark undereye circles, and down-turned mouths). The effect is cumulative over a lifetime, too; consistent sleep deprivation ages your skin and interferes with its ability to recover from sun damage.


A Resemblance To Your Parents Is A Turn On
To some degree, your whole concept of attractiveness is based on formative experiences from your infancy. One British study found that the age of a person's parents determined their level of attraction to various age-based facial characteristics. Women who were born when their parents were older (over 30) were less impressed by youthful features than women with younger parents, and, indeed, the women born to the older set tended to prefer older male faces. Similarly, men's preferences were influenced by their mothers' ages. Another study found that, regardless of whether or not we mean to - or even realize it - we wind up with partners who have features in common with our parents; in fact, the strongest predictor of your spouse's eye color is the eye color of your opposite-sex parent.

The Smell Of An Immune System That's Different From Your Own Gets You Hot And Bothered

It might sound crazy, but each person's immune system is totally unique and has the capability to assess the similarities and differences it has to the immune systems of those around it. The "major histocompatibility complex" (MHC) is the thing your immune system uses to distinguish its own cells from other cells. Everyone's is unique. Studies have found that humans are attracted to people whose MHC is most unlike their own - or, at least, they prefer how they smell. One study had male students sleep in t-shirts for two nights and then asked female students to rate the shirts' scents; the women most preferred the smell of men who had the most dissimilar MHCs. A separate study reached the same conclusions in reverse - men preferred the scent of women who had immune systems unlike their own.


Immune System Strength Is A Turn On

Given that human immune systems have the ability to distinguish between their own cells and the cells of another person, it shouldn't come as a surprise that one of the unseen forces of attraction is the health of someone's immune system. British researchers tested the immune systems of male subjects by measuring their antibody responses to a vaccine for Hepatitis B. They then showed photographs of the men's faces to 94 female study participants, who went on to rate the men with the strongest immune systems as more attractive than their peers. (The men rated as most attractive also had higher testosterone levels and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.) Incidentally, this seems like it may be a one-way correlation; a similar study by the same researchers found that men also preferred the faces of women with low cortisol, but their immune systems weren't significant to facial attractiveness ratings.


Slow Movements Create A Whole Unspoken Language Of Attraction

Static images don't tell the whole story when it comes to attractiveness; we actually glean a great deal of information from how a person moves (e.g. men prefer the gait of women who are ovulating). One less obvious example is that women tend to make a lot of small, slow movements when they're interacting with a man they like, and men, in turn, tend to find this attractive without necessarily noticing it. Another study found that men tended to be more attracted to women who made slower and less-complex body motions. Related research has determined that slow movements and slow speech are generally more effective at winning over people who are still somewhat cautious around you - for example, on a first date.


Cues That Someone Eats A Healthy Diet Are Highly Attractive

This one isn't about having an athletic body shape; although that sort of thing is obviously attractive (you probably don't need a study to tell you that muscular men have more sex, but here's one for you anyway). Rather, this is about how we can subconsciously determine the healthiness of someone's diet from his or her skin. One study found that a diet high in carotenoids from fruit and vegetable sources resulted in a complexion that was rated as healthier and more attractive. Counterintuitively, another study even found that consumption of garlic, which has numerous health benefits, made a person's body odor smell more pleasing to sexual partners in the long run.



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<![CDATA[The 14 Most Gruesome Ways Pirates Have Killed People Throughout History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-pirates-killed-people/nathan-gibson

Pirates have often been seen as bloodthirsty and vicious criminals who would commit evil acts of violence without a second thought in order to secure treasure or evade justice. This perception can make people wonder about the grisly ways pirates killed people. However, just like with many portrayals of them on screen and in books, the truth is actually something quite different. In the same way that they didn’t walk around with parrots or speak in that infamous accent, the vast majority of pirates tried to avoid violence whenever possible.

This makes sense when you think about it. After all, if every pirate engagement ended with the crew being tortured and executed, it would cause sailors to make life as difficult as possible for the invaders. They would likely fight to the death rather than submit easily, something pirates wanted to happen so they could make a quick getaway.

That did not stop some of the swashbucklers from committing some terrible deeds. How did pirates kill people? Sometimes they had to torture a person to find out information, kill prisoners to keep them from escaping, or even make an example of a fellow pirate who had turned against his crew. Whatever the case, pirates had some fairly ingenious and gruesome ways of murdering their enemies that will make your skin crawl.


The 14 Most Gruesome Ways Pirates Have Killed People Throughout History,

A Dutch Pirate Roasted Farmers Alive

Roche Braziliano was a Dutch pirate who lived between 1630 and 1671. He operated mainly near the Caribbean island of Jamaica, where he would come into constant conflict with Spanish farmers and sailors. He was particularly cruel and was described by people at the time as a barbarian, thanks to the violent rampages he would routinely go on. But he saved the worst punishment for two farmers who refused to tell him where their pigs were located: he cut off their limbs and roasted them alive on a spit over a fire.


Some Pirates Really Did Make People Walk the Plank

Media often depicts "walking the plank" as the standard means of killing people for pirates. While it was used very occasionally, it was often considered too theatrical for common use. The actual method of making someone walk the plank was also much more horrific than films generally make it out to be. Pirates would bind their prisoners with rope so that they could not swim and weigh them down with cannonballs to ensure they would sink. Finally, they would often drop the unfortunate captives into shark-infested waters as a way of guaranteeing they would die.


A French Pirate Pulled Out a Victim’s Heart and Ate It

François l'Olonnais was a French pirate who became well-known throughout the Caribbean for his ruthlessness. He was willing to go to extreme lengths in order to get what he wanted, including torturing prisoners to extract information. This culminated in 1668 when he set sail for Honduras. There, he captured several Spanish soldiers and interrogated them to find the safest route to pass through to Central America. Finding that his methods were not working, he cut open the chest of one of the men before pulling out his heart and eating it in front of him.


One Pirate Cut Off His Victims' Lips, Ears, and Noses

It was not uncommon for pirates to mutilate their enemies and prisoners during interrogations. In fact, it was one of the standard punishments for those who had disobeyed the rules set down by the captain and his crew. Standard mutilations often involved cutting off the lips, ears, and noses of the victim before they were simply left to die. Edward Low was known to be particularly fond of this type of punishment and it is rumored that he once cut off the lips of a captain, boiled them, and then slaughtered his entire crew in the 1740s.


Black Bart Burned People Alive on Their Own Ships

Bartholomew Roberts, otherwise known as Black Bart, was another pirate who developed a reputation for his horrific methods. The extreme violence and lack of morals certainly seemed to help him, as he is arguably the most successful pirate of all time. He is estimated to have captured up to 400 ships during his career, which spanned from the late 17th century into the early 18th century. One of his favorite ways of dealing with ships he had plundered was to simply set them on fire and sail away. Unfortunately, he often did not bother to get passengers or crew off the ships before he set them alight. In one instance, Black Bart burned 80 slaves alive when he didn’t want to waste time unshackling them.


Ching Shih Would Nail Her Enemies' Feet to The Decks of Their Own Ships

Ching Shih is one of the most famous pirates who ever lived. Having begun her life as a prostitute, she was able to rise through the ranks of important Chinese pirate factions and eventually take command of hundreds of ships when her husband died in the early 19th century. Her favorite method of dealing with rival crews and enemies was to nail their feet to the deck of their own ship and proceed to beat them to death. The only way out of this horrendous torture was to agree to join her ranks and become part the Red Flag Fleet. This not only sent a message to anyone who would stand against her but also made sure she had plenty of replacement pirates to bolster her crews.


Montbars the Exterminator Nailed His Victims' Intestines to Posts

Daniel Montbars, who was also known as Montbars the Exterminator for his violent and cruel nature, was a 17th-century pirate. He became one of the biggest enemies of the Spanish Empire during his career and thus developed an intense hatred of any Spaniards he met. While he did not like to murder anyone without reason, he was merciless to any enemies that fought against him and would brutally torture any surviving soldiers. His favorite method was to cut open the stomach of a prisoner, pull out his intestines, and nail them to a post while hitting the man with a burning log.


Captain Morgan Popped Out Prisoners' Eyes Using a Metal Bar

The Welsh pirate Captain Henry Morgan was never afraid of getting violent when he needed to find out valuable information. This is exactly what he did when he sacked Portobelo in 1668, a valuable port that saw all kinds of precious commodities pass through, including a vast amount of gold. After taking over the city, he and his crew were unable to find all the treasure and so began to torture officials. The main method was something called woodling. It involved strapping a leather cord around a person’s forehead and then tightening it with a metal bar. Those who didn’t reveal information quickly enough would die when the pressure caused their eyeballs to pop out of their skulls.


Edward Low Liked Burning Prisoners' Hands Down to the Bone

Often called the most vicious pirate to have ever lived, Edward Low has become infamous for the maniacal violence he liked to inflict on his victims in the early 18th century. Though he had a rather short career, he quickly acquired an enjoyment from carrying out extreme torture. One of the cruelest acts he developed saw him tie up the hands of his prisoners with rope. He would then insert lit matches between the fingers so that the rope would burn. The flames would strip away the flesh and eventually burn down to the bone, killing the person from blood loss and shock.


Keelhauling Was a Common Practice

One of the worst ways to die at the hands of a pirate was through an act known as keelhauling. However, pirates were not the only group to use this method, as several navies also saw fit to punish people using it. The victim would be tied to a rope that looped around the entire length of the boat. The crew would then drag the victim under the ship and keel several times, leading to loss of limbs and even decapitation as they were torn to pieces by the hard wood and barnacles. Those who were not killed by the impact would undoubtedly drown.



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Fri, 02 Sep 2016 05:48:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-pirates-killed-people/nathan-gibson
<![CDATA[12 Creepy Stories and Urban Legends from North Carolina]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/north-carolina-creepy-stories-legends/isadora-teich

North Carolina urban legends are spooky, fun, and sometimes downright disturbing. From the angry ghost of one of the world's most famous pirates to haunted mountains in the countryside, North Carolina is host to a number of fantastically morbid and creepy stories. 

There is so much creepy tales from North Carolina that there's an entire X-Files episode dedicated to the strange lights near Brown Mountain. Considering the state is full of mysterious mountains and a rugged coastline, creepy stories from North Carolina involve murders, mayhem, and tragic specters on land and sea. North Carolina urban legends are sure to excite, to scare and to be really, really creepy. 


12 Creepy Stories and Urban Legends from North Carolina,

The Murderous Cabin in the Woods

A cabin known as the Old Lawson Home once stood in Stokes County that was the scene of a series of brutal deaths.  

On Christmas Day in 1929, well-respected farmer Charlie Lawson inexplicably shot and beat his wife to death, before killing six of his seven children. He then killed himself. People say he killed his family for a variety of reasons: a personality change after a head injury, going mad with guilt after impregnating his own daughter, to name a few. Because of the heinous nature of their deaths, the family was buried outside of hallowed church ground. It's rumored that, because of their improper burial, their spirits will never rest.   

After their deaths, the house became a tourist attraction for years before being closed and torn down. The floor boards of the home were allegedly used to help build a wood bridge across the creek that ran through the land and down through the county. Cars that cross the bridge have reported strange mists, hand prints appearing, and an early 1930's model car chasing them off the bridge. 


A Promise Kept by a Ghost

The Hardin House, which still stands, is home to a tragically romantic ghost that can be seen keeping her promise to her lover centuries later. In the 1800s, Helen Hardin, daughter of then-prominent politician William Hardin, lived in the house and was set to marry a man she loved named Philip Jones. They would often meet during the evening in the backyard to talk about their future and spend time together. On one clear, moonlit night she came to see him in a white dress. Philip told her she looked like an angel and asked her to promise to always stay that way. Helen said she would.  

That night, Helen mysteriously died in her sleep. The heartbroken Philip went to her backyard every night to wait for her. The townsfolk worried for his sanity until Helen's ghost - beaming and dressed in white - began to appear. They say you can still see her to this day on clear moonlit nights. 


The Devil's Tramping Ground

This old legend involves a weird, empty circular patch in the North Carolina woods where nothing will grow. In this patch of dead earth, it's said the devil comes to dance. If you leave something there overnight it will disappear entirely or be thrown outside of the circle so the devil has room to dance. Animals refuse to enter the circle. Some have even said they have seen glowing red eyes in its center. 


The Legend of Blackbeard's Ghost

On Ocracoke Island there is a small channel of water known as Teach's Hole. It's named after Edward Teach, who is more commonly known as the infamous pirate Blackbeard. It's said that Teach's Hole was Blackbeard's favorite place to anchor his ship, and that his ghost haunts the area to this day. The terrifying pirate captain, known for weaving fuses into his beard, had a long reign of terror which came to an end in that very channel. 

In 1712, the governor of Virginia sent men led by John Maynard to find and kill Blackbeard. They surprised him in Teach's Hole, shooting and stabbing the captain to death and capturing or killing all of the members of his crew. Maynard then decapitated him, hung his head from his ship, and threw his body into the water. It's said that to this day, the strange lights many have seen beneath the water in Teach's Hole are the ghost of Blackbeard searching for his missing head. Horrifying noises thought to be him roaring have also been heard from the cove. 


Normie: The Friendly Lake Monster

Sightings of Normie, the Lake Norman monster, go back generations. It's been described as a mixture of an alligator, eel, catfish, and snakehead fish. It's thought to be at least 10 feet long, and while no one knows exactly what it is or how it got there, there are several theories. The most recent sighting was in 2015 when a park ranger came across a bizarre animal tearing apart the carcass of a duck. He described the creature as a pint-sized Loch Ness monster, and was not the only one in the area to see Normie in action. 


Gravity Hill and Strange Fingerprints

On a section of Richfield Road in the city of Richfield, a tragedy took place. Long ago, a young mother and her child were driving on the road when their car stalled just as they reached the hill. As the woman got out to push the car to safety, a truck crashed into the vehicle, instantly killing both the woman and her child. 

It's said if you stall on the road and put baby powder on the top of your car, you will see tiny hand prints in the powder. If you put your car in neutral at the bottom of the hill, it will suddenly be pushed up it


The Bloodsucking Vampire Beast of Bladenboro

In Bladen County, there's a supposed vampire beast who's done some serious damage throughout the decades. The first sighting of the beast was in 1953, when a local woman heard her neighbor's dogs barking and whining. When she went out to investigate, she saw a huge feline-like monster flee into the dark. Two days later, a local farmer called the police after two of his dogs were found dead, entirely drained of blood. Dogs were found exsanguinated all across the county, and sightings of the creature skyrocketed.  

Hysteria took over, and people flooded in from all around to hunt the creature. After it attacked a human, the mayor and police chief hoped to end the hysteria by killing a random bobcat, hanging its body in the square and declaring they had killed the beast. Strangely, after they did this, the killings and attacks stopped. 


The Mysterious Brown Mountain Lights

For more than two centuries, a series of strange lights flickered on Brown Mountain.  They were written off as reflections of auto and locomotive headlights. That explanation was largely accepted when the U.S. Geological Survey reported it in 1913. Then, three years later, two Category 4 hurricanes devastated the area, but the lights remained unaffected. In 2016, news reports said the lights were starting to dim but could not say the cause.  

Cherokee Indians believe the lights were torches held by the ghosts of grieving maidens. In 1771, a surveyor wrote that believed they were nitrous vapors carried by the wind. Some claim it's related to aliens. That theory was the topic of an X-Files episode featuring Brown Mountain. To this day, no one is quite sure exactly why the lights shine. 


Where Are You, My Son?

A long time ago, deep in the woods near Arapahoe, an old blind woman lived with her son. He took care of her, and whenever she needed something she would call out "Where are you, my son?" He would always come running. According to legend, one day during a storm, he slipped into the river and drowned, and did not return when she called him. She went out to search for him but never came back. Her body was discovered by the river weeks later. No one knows whether she simply got lost and failed to return home, or if she died of a broken heart down by the river.

People believe her ghost still wanders the area searching for her lost son, and her cry of "Where are you, my son?" can be heard on the wind. The sound of her cane tapping can also be heard as she desperately searches for him.


The Prophetic Dream That Led to a Hanging

In the 1870s, farmer George Feller lived with his wife and infant child in McDowell County. Farming was a hard life, but it was even harder for Feller because his wife was bedridden with a debilitating illness. He was forced to do all the work himself. One morning, he came sobbing to the neighbors for help, claiming a violent bout of asthma had left his wife near death. When the neighbors came to Feller's home, they found his wife dead. The town gathered to help the grieving Feller with funeral preparations. 

During the funeral procession, a stranger on horseback crossed paths with the townspeople and stopped them. He claimed he had a dream he met the funeral procession of a woman who had been murdered by her husband the night before, and if the townspeople did not detain Feller, he would go to the police. The townspeople had Feller's wife examined by a doctor, who saw clear signs she had been strangled to death. Feller confessed to killing her during an argument, and was hanged for his crime. 



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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:43:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/north-carolina-creepy-stories-legends/isadora-teich
<![CDATA[The Most Amazing Cat Athletes Who Should Win Medals]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cat-athletes/ashley-reign
How athletic is your cat? Have you ever trained for weeks on end to achieve an amazing athletic feat, only to glance up one day to see your cat jump just as high or run just as fast as you without a second thought? Though there are definitely some kitties out there who are more of the “Garfield” persuasion, most cats are born ninjas and there are plenty of them out there who are loath to let those skills go to waste. You’ll see what we mean below, as you check out our amazing collection of gifs featuring cat athletes who laugh at your puny attempts at a high jump.

The athletic cats you’re about to meet claim they watch the Olympics only if they need something to lull them to sleep. They advise you to prepare yourself to get a load of a collection of cat climbing gifs, gifs featuring cats jumping high, and just all-around displays of the glory that is kitty kind.
 
So the next time you aspire to athletic greatness, these super cats advise you get ready to take notes. They may be fluffy and they may be adorable, but the click of a laser pointer can turn these cuddly little dudes and dudettes into badass felines quicker than Clark Kent can get into Spandex.


The Most Amazing Cat Athletes Who Should Win Medals,

Nothing Gets Past This High-Jumping Bad Boy



This Parkour Pimp Takes It to a Whole Other Level


Mountain Climber Kitty Claims Stairs Are for Wimps


This Guy's a Trampoline Gold Medalist in Waiting


When Ninja Cat Scales, He Scales Like a Boss


This Rowing Champ Doesn't Require Water to Practice


High Jump Kitty Says, "Bring It On!"


Whatever Sport This Is, This Guy's Nailing It


Cirque de Sol Kitty


Amazing Acrobat Kitty's Stealth Knows No Bounds



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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:34:03 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/cat-athletes/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[13 People Who Escaped Death Then Died Immediately After]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-almost-cheated-death/rydavis
These people managed the unthinkable: they cheated death. But then death cheated them back and they died anyway. If you've ever seen any of the Final Destination films, then you're familiar with all the horrific things that could ever happen to you involving everyday objects. And although the movie version is outrageous and over-the-top, freak accidents are a lot more common than you might think. In these cases, there are people who cheated death, and then there are the people who almost cheated death. And we're going to explore the latter results. In this list you'll find some crazy stories about some VERY unfortunate people who lived out their very own Final Destination.

These tragic stories feel almost unreal. They are indeed quite real, however. And that's what makes them so fascinating. There are so many instances in which people survived crazy accidents they probably shouldn't have only to perish in an equally insane incident shortly thereafter. The characters in Final Destination managed to escape their demise a handful of times, the people in these stories are not so lucky.

So without further ado, here's a roundup of people who escaped death, but died immediately after. 
13 People Who Escaped Death Then Died Immediately After,

Woman Avoid Club Fire, Dies in a Car Crash One Week Later
Jessica de Lima Rohl had spent weeks organizing a university party at a local Brazilian club. However, when her boyfriend asked her to stay in and skip the event, Rohl agreed at the last minute. This proved to be a lifesaving decision: 233 attendees were left dead after a fire broke out in the nightclub. Rohl was grateful to be alive, but only a week later she met her fate. Rohl and her boyfriend died in a freak car accident, colliding with an oncoming truck

Woman Awakes at Her Own Funeral, Dies from Shock
Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov had been declared dead at 49 years old. Her family began the grieving process and arranged a funeral. The only problem was she wasn't actually dead... yet. At the memorial, as Mukhametzyanov was being prepared for a proper burial, she awoke to prayers. Realizing that she was now attending her own funeral, the woman bolted upright and screamed for help. She suffered a heart attack from the shock, which resulted in her death... for real this time. The woman was rushed to the hospital where doctors confirmed she was actually dead now.



Basketball Player Skips Plane Crash Only to Die in a Car Accident
In 1977, the entire University of Evansville Men's Basketball team died in a crash only 90 seconds after the plane took flight. All but one, that is. An ankle injured sidelined David Furr, so he skipped the flight which would ultimately kill all his teammates. Although the team had previously only ever traveled by bus, the coach requested they fly in style for this particular away game. Furr would only live another two weeks, when he and his younger brother were involved in a deadly drunk driving acciident that killed them both.
Soldier Escapes Swarm of Bees by Running Into Traffic, Gets Dead

Austin McGeough, a 21-year-old soldier stationed at Fort Campbell, on the Tennessee-Kentucky border, was on his way back to base after some drinking and drugging, when he was killed by a car. Reports of McGeough's final hours are so confused they give an effect similar to what the young man himself must've been feeling after mixing Percocet with beer at a party near the base.  

The facts are: McGeough went to a party, mixed prescription drugs with alcohol and, on his way back to base, broke into a nursery, which he may have thought was either the party he had just left or the base. While in the nursery, he ate some leftover pizza and helped himself to the bathroom. Not long after leaving the nursery, he called 911, and also maybe his girlfriend, because he was being chased.

Chased by bees. 

To escape death-by-anthophila, McGeough ran to a nearby street. It's possible he was trying to kill two birds with one stone: hail a ride back to base, get away from his black and yellow friends. As a car approached, McGeough leaned into the road. The bumper clipped his knee, he spun around, smashed his head, and was killed. As the driver of the first car pulled over to help McGeough, two other cars ran over his body. 


Boy Who Survived a Tornado Gets Mauled by a Dog
Lynn Geiling opened her doors to a her little nephew and his family after they escaped a massive tornado in Oklahoma. The tornado did enormous damage, and the family left their son with Geiling while they dealt with the aftermath. According to police, the 5-year-old boy threw a tantrum while his parents were out. Geiling went to comfort him, but her 150 pound mastiff reacted aggressively and mauled the boy. Geiling screamed for help and tried to pry the dog's teeth away, but the boy sustained fatal injuries. The dog was euthanized following the attack.
Man Almost Drives Off Cliff Then Gets Hit by Bus
A California driver barely managed to escape a fall that would have almost certainly been fatal, very nearly plummeting off a cliff. The man lost control of his SUV on a windy Malibu road. When he crashed onto the mountainside's ledge, he was able to jump out of his vehicle onto the road. However, moments after abandoning his car, the man was struck and killed by an oncoming bus. 
Woman Who Survived 9/11 Dies in a Plane Crash Two Weeks Later
Hilda Yolanda Mayol had been working in a restaurant on the ground floor of the World Trade Center and managed to make it through September 11, 2001. Unfortunately, Mayol's luck didn't last long. Only two months later on a trip to the Dominican Republic, she died on American Airlines Flight 587, which it crashed in Queens, NY. At the time, many feared that the crash was a second terrorist attack, but the accident was attributed to the pilot's mishandling of the rudder controls during turbulence. 
Woman Survives Plane Crash, Gets Run Over by First Responders
After 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan somehow managed to survive the fiery plane crash of flight Asiana 214, at San Francisco Airport, she laid down only 30 feet from the crash site. Injured and waiting for help, Yuan remained in a fetal position. When first responders arrived to help, however, a fire truck ran over Yuan. City officials cited the chaos of the wreckage as the main factor, but Yuan's family sued the city for negligence.

Woman Who Escaped Mall Shooting Dies in Aurora Massacre
Jessica Redfield was an up-and-coming sports broadcaster from Denver with a bright future ahead of her. She died at the hands of the Aurora shooter, who entered a midnight screening of The Dark Knight and open fired on the audience in 2012. Before Redfield was a victim of the devastating massacre, she had miraculously survived another shooting at a mall in Toronto only a month prior. Redfield managed to sneak out of the mall which was attacked in a shooting that left one dead and many injured. 
Marcus Garvey Has a Stroke After Reading Fake Obituary
Considered a trailblazer for the Black Nationalist movement, Marcus Garvey was a fierce Jamaican politician who advocated the return of those affected by the African diaspora. It came as no surprise to Garvey that he had many political opponents. However, the politician was shocked after coming across a fake obituary in the Chicago Defender. The obituary, which was incredibly negative and demeaning about Garvey's opinions, enraged the man so much that he suffered two strokes. So it appears his fake death caused his real death.

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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 04:25:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-almost-cheated-death/rydavis
<![CDATA[Hilarious Pokemon Go Signs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-pokemon-go-signs/nathandavidson
Pokemon Go mania knows no boundaries. Even though the app has only been out for two weeks, it has become a pop culture lightning bolt. It's gotten so crazy that local businesses, churches, and even strip clubs from all over the world are trying to lure players in with funny Pokemon Go signs.

If that isn't insane enough for you,  there are reports of a Dutch city installing Pokemon Go-crossing signs last week to help protect Pokemon Go players aimlessly wandering around the city. And the crazy thing is you're probably reading this while you're playing Pokemon Go

Take a quick break from catching them all, and enjoy this collection of funny Pokemon Go memes and Pokemon Go pictures. Come on, you can put the game down for a few minutes, can't you?
Hilarious Pokemon Go Signs,

Buckle Up for Safety

Don't Drive and Go

Eye See What You Did There

On the Go

Sorry, Steve

Give Pizza Pokemon a Chance

A Wild Jesus Appeared

Pokemon Go Crossing

Pokemon Go Is so Hot Right Now

Strip Search


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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 03:11:37 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-pokemon-go-signs/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[Great Moments in Advertising Graffiti History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-graffiti-on-ads/nathandavidson

There's nothing wrong with a little good, old-fashioned street graffiti as long as it's clever. And this is what this photo gallery is all about. This is 'tagging' at its finest and it's proof that graffiti can be funny when it's properly applied to advertising billboards and signs. So what are you waiting for? An amazing collection of graffiti ads is right here for you to look at. I think you should look at it. Maybe you'll even get some ideas before you head out tonight to graffiti your whole town.


Great Moments in Advertising Graffiti History,

Slot Shaming

Make America Bat Again

Michael Scott Approves This Message

What's in the Box!

Hogging all the Glory

You Slay Me

Men at Work

In Pad Taste

Dude Spoilers!

I Mustache You a Question


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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:28:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-graffiti-on-ads/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[The Funniest Pokemon Go Posts and Memes on Instagram]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-go-instagram-posts/jacob-shelton
Pokemon Go is life. There’s not even a point to explaining what Pokemon Go is because you’re already playing it. And if you’re not busy running around the countryside, you’re at home posting Pokemon Go memes. There’s no need to hide it, this is what life is and we just have to accept it. Even if you’re one of the five people who aren’t staring at your phone while you chase down a Snorlax there’s still something for you in this collection of funny Pokemon Go posts, so don’t feel left out. Just know that your calves aren’t as defined as everyone else’s. Now put down your phone for 10 minutes and take a look at these hilarious Pokemon Go Instagram jokes.

It’s safe to say that if you’re looking at Instagram, Pokemon Go posts are making up the bulk of what your friends are posting. This list has all the best memes and posts about the game that netted Nintendo $7.5 billion in two days and will help you get in on the fun. You don’t need to go to a trainer’s academy in order to get these uproariously funny memes, as long as you’ve got a sense of humor you should be able to get into the Pokegroove.

Vote up the funniest Pokemon Go posts and memes on Instagram, and let everyone know how many Charmanders you’ve found in the last 24 hours.
The Funniest Pokemon Go Posts and Memes on Instagram,

If You Liked It You Should Have Put a Pokeball on It

A photo posted by Chris (@_theblessedone) on


Are Cops Fighting Types or Flying Types?

A photo posted by WorldstarHipHop (@worldstar) on


Quit While You're Ahead

Stop Trying to Catch Pokemon and Catch Pokemon

Snorlax... Final Warning

Just as Long as There's No Crossover

A photo posted by Elliot Tebele (@fuckjerry) on


Mom's Just Mad You Caught an Abra

A photo posted by Elliot Tebele (@fuckjerry) on


Can We Start Calling Our Calves "Poke Muscles?"

Thanks, Obama!

A photo posted by Chris (@_theblessedone) on


Why Does This Pokemon Keep Quacking?


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Mon, 11 Jul 2016 04:45:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-go-instagram-posts/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Totem Poles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/totem-pole-facts/t-l-perez

Totem poles are Native American works of art meant to represent important facts or people. Beginning in the 1700s, many tribes in the Pacific Northwest region created totem poles, but six tribes were known to do so in large numbers: the Tlingit, the Haida, the Bella Coola, the Chinook, the Tsimshian, and the Coast Salish. These Northwestern tribes placed totem poles throughout their lands for a number of fascinating reasons based on their unique spiritual beliefs and cultural traditions. The poles typically ranged from just over 9.5 feet tall to nearly 60 feet tall. 

So what exactly did they mean and how were they used? Uncover these answers and more below.


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Totem Poles,

There Are Six Different Types Of Totem Poles

Totem poles are constructed for a variety of reasons and purposes, but most fall into six overarching categories.

  • Welcome poles are one of the tallest types of totem poles. They are placed along the outskirts of a community to welcome visitors.
  • Ridicule poles were erected to attract attention to certain individuals who broke tribal rules or taboos. They were also commonly used to shame people or families who were unable to pay their debts. Typically, the images on these poles were meant to represent those being ridiculed. The pole was removed once the wrong was corrected or the debt paid.
  • Heraldic poles record the history of a family or clan. Placed in front of a family's dwelling, these totem poles are usually quite large and display the clan's crest (or associated animal).
  • Indoor house poles are constructed for indoor use as part of a home's infrastructure. They are usually only eight to ten feet high, and they balanced the roofs of family homes. Some families, depending on their affluence, had up to four or five indoor poles. Indoor totem poles often depicted a family's lineage, and they sometimes included images from important ancestral legends.  
  • Memorial poles were temporarily erected to memorialize specific clan leaders. According to many traditions, a totem pole would be placed in front of a deceased chief's family home exactly one year after he had died. Memorial poles usually included only one image of the former leader, but animal images could also be featured towards the bottom. 
  • Mortuary poles were used for ceremonial burial purposes. They could be made into grave markers, grave posts, or even as parts of a grave box. For the latter, the poles supported or enclosed large, coffin-like boxes in which individuals were actually buried. These rare totem poles stood at 50–60 feet high, and only extremely important individuals were honored by being buried with them. 

Not All Native American Tribes Created Totem Poles

One of the most popular misconceptions about totem poles is they were present in all Native American cultures, but only certain indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest actually erected them. Apache and Cherokee tribes, for example, boast no historically authentic totem poles. 


Totem Pole Creation Nearly Died Out Completely In The Early 19th Century

Many tribes that created totem poles were from British Columbia and the 1876 Indian Act made life pretty difficult for them. Officials created the Act to try and assimilate First Nations peoples into Western culture - whether they liked it or not. Religious ceremonies were banned, children were forced to attend specific schools; the government seemed intent on wiping out all traces of aboriginal culture. Since the Indian Act gave the Canadian government so much power over Native tribes, many religious artifacts - like totem poles - were taken from them. In such a hostile environment, creating totem poles was a risk too great to take. By 1900, most tribes had stopped making them.


The Images On Totem Poles Are Symbolic

Although there were different types of totem poles, certain images appeared frequently. Common figures were the raven, symbolizing creation, the eagle, representing strength, and the killer whale, which signified guardianship. Other common images included bears (humility), frogs (stability), wolves (leadership), and beavers (determination). In addition to specific animals, totem poles would often feature images of specific humans as well, while others depicted special events or stories. 


Totem Poles Aren't Used For Worship

European missionaries who first visited these indigenous tribes incorrectly reported that they were using the totem poles for worship. This misconception persists to this day, but, in truth, totem poles are merely symbolic artistic structures.


Modern Artists Are Creating New Totem Poles

Though the practice is not nearly as widespread as it was in the 1800s, a few Native artists still make totem poles. They work entirely on commissions and charge anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 per foot - a whole totem pole can cost upward of $60,000. They typically take six months to one year to create, but they're carved entirely by hand. 


They Were Most Prominent In The 18th Century

While totem poles have existed since the 1700s, they were most popular in the 1800s. Trade gave tribes access to more advanced tools, which made carving totem poles much easier. With these new tools, they could create larger, more intricate designs, which were formed from whole tree trunks


The Repeal Of Discriminatory Laws Brought A New Appreciation For Totem Poles

In Canada, the Indian Act was overhauled in 1951. The overhaul removed many discriminatory clauses and made it possible for Native American tribes to celebrate and embrace their heritage. In 1934, the United States Forest Service began a campaign to preserve and protect old totem poles.



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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 09:40:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/totem-pole-facts/t-l-perez
<![CDATA[23 Girls Who Fished for Compliments Way Too Hard on Facebook]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/girls-fishing-for-compliments-on-facebook/nathandavidson

Pack your bags, because you're about to go on a Facebook fishing trip. These are girls who clearly went fishing for compliments on Facebook with mixed results. These are status updates posted by extremely needy girls who just went really heavy on the bait, looking for some Facebook bites. Sure they're kind of funny, but they're also pretty sad when you get down to it. What has the world become when this is how people interact with each other? Be confident in who you are. You are beautiful. You don't need all of your Facebook friends to tell you that.


23 Girls Who Fished for Compliments Way Too Hard on Facebook,

Bending Over Backwards

Hate On, Haters

Message Received

Fish to Fry

Gone Fishing

Sorry Babe

Gone Baby Gone

This Is Going to Get Ugly

The Real Slim Shady

The Glasses Are Half Full


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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:10:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/girls-fishing-for-compliments-on-facebook/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[12 Strange Things You Didn't Know About Pyromania]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-pyromania-facts/jacob-shelton

Everyone goes through a stage of pyromania (right?). Most of us have a few tender years during which we burn ants or notebook paper, then we get bored and move to something else (or almost accidentally burn the house down and decide fire is the wrong element to f*ck with). But a true fire-starter is only getting started in youth. The compulsion behind  pyromania becomes an all-consuming desire capable of making you want to scorch the earth, or even make a lateral move to serial murder.

Whether you’re a secret pyromaniac or simply interested in what leads someone to set 18 fires in 10 days, there’s something to learn from this collection of things you didn’t know about pyromania.

According to psychologists, it’s nearly impossible to classify and count the number of true pyromaniacs in the world because extenuating circumstances must be taken into account. A true pyromaniac isn't someone setting random fires, but rather meets a very specific set of qualifications. This list addresses those qualifications, as well as theories concerning the compulsive need to set things on fire. Some researchers believe the need to burn is sexual, others think it has something to do with onset of frontal lobe damage. Read on to learn everything you need to know about pyromania. 


12 Strange Things You Didn't Know About Pyromania,

Pyromania Is an Impulse Control Disorder

The DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) sets six criteria for those considered clinical pyromaniacs. These criteria are

  1. Deliberate and purposeful fire setting on more than one occasion. 
  2. Tension or affective arousal before the act. 
  3. Fascination with, interest in, curiosity about, or attraction to fire and its situational contexts (e.g., paraphernalia, uses, consequences). 
  4. Pleasure, gratification, or relief when setting fires, or when witnessing or participating in their aftermath. 
  5. The fire setting is not done for monetary gain, as an expression of sociopolitical ideology, to conceal criminal activity, to express anger or vengeance, to improve one's living circumstances, in response to a delusion or a hallucination, or as a result of impaired judgment (e.g., in Dementia, Mental Retardation, Substance Intoxication). 
  6. The fire setting is not better accounted for by Conduct Disorder, a Manic Episode, or Antisocial Personality Disorder.

Throughout the development of modern psychology and psychiatry, doctors resisted the idea of pyromania existing as its own compulsion, preferring instead to lump it in with other behavioral disorders. This was the case as recently as the 1970s. When the DSM-III was published in 1984, pyromania was reclassified under "disorders of impulse control not elsewhere identified." 


Adolescent Pyromania Can Lead to Serial Murder

Researchers have suggested pyromania is a gateway crime, theorizing that children and adolescents who set things on fire graduate to more serious crimes like rape and murder as adults. Multiple serial killers, including David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam, and David Carpenter, the Trailside Killer of the San Francisco Bay area, were fire-setters in their adolescence. Berkowitz admitted having started more than 2,000 fires in Brooklyn and Queens in the early 1970s. Fire-setting is a component in the MacDonald triad, a set of three behaviors indicating whether or not a child is prone to murder. The other behaviors in the triangle are cruelty to animals and persistent bed wetting. 


True Pyromania Is Incredibly Rare

People throw the term "pyromaniac" around like confetti, but less than two percent of arson and fire-setting behavior is due to pyromania. As per a study of 600 arsonists conducted by Nina Lindberg, a psychiatrist in Finland, 68% of arsonists studied set things on fire when they were drunk, and did so due to a combination of inebriation personality disorders, psychosis, or mental retardation. Only 12 of the 600 people studied fit the DSM-IV criteria for pyromania, and of those 12, nine (75%) admitted to only setting fires when drunk. Taking alcohol out of the equation, Lindberg arrived at her "less than two percent" figure. 


Setting Fires Is a Form of Relief for Pyromaniacs

In 2014, Ryan Scharber, then-fire chief of Babbitt, MN, was arrested for setting about 39 fires in Superior National Forest in the summer and fall of 2011. Scharber was recognized as a pyromaniac by a psychiatrist at the Range Mental Health Center, but he insisted that's not why he set the fires. Rather, he did it "to get out of the house for a few hours to get relief from his newborn child's acid reflux."

Going back to the DSM-V definition of pyromania: "Deliberate and purposeful fire setting on more than one occasion... pleasure, gratification, or relief when setting fires..." 


The Desire to Set Fires Doesn't Manifest Uniformly, and Is Often Connected to Other Issues

During a case study of a 20-year-old homeless man who fit the DSM-IV criteria for pyromania, neuropsychologists discovered pyromania can manifest differently than previously expected, and is often part of a dense thicket of interconnected symptoms. The man in question was brought to a psychiatric facility after lighting people on fire and deriving joy from it. He had no arrest record, no substantial history of violent behavior, and was an average student in school. 

An extensive study of the man showed a very different portrait, one the man managed to keep relatively well hidden until he began setting people on fire. The son of an absent mother and alcoholic father who committed suicide, the man admitted to having set a barn on fire in his youth, though it was quickly put out and nothing came of it. Intelligence testing showed signs of cognitive issues, including bad short-term memory, concentration, and perception of time. 

The man was noted for his poverty of speech, though when researchers asked him what he did for entertainment, his tone changed completely.

The patient began to laugh and smile, indicating that he 'enjoyed putting lighter fluid on people and setting them on fire.' The patient continued to be animated while discussing violent topics (eg, what it would be like to drop objects from motorway bridges to cause an accident). He was also at times sexually inappropriate toward female staff and talked of his wish to travel to a foreign country for 'loads of sex.'

His fire-starting was connected to feelings of sexual arousal and the release of tension. Eventually, it was discovered he suffered from occasional seizures and exhibited cerebral atrophy. Once these conditions were treated, his cognitive abilities improved and his desire to set fires subsided. 


Freud Believed Pyromania Was a Primitive Regression

If you know anything about Freud it's that he was obsessed with sex, and specifically how men were obsessed with penises. Once you know that, it's a no brainer he would correlate pyromania to male sexual urges. He connects fire to the origins of human progress, and the myth of Prometheus stealing fire from the gods and giving it to mankind. Freud noted the phallic nature of tongues of flames, and suggested early men put out fires by peeing on them, which makes a man's interaction with fire inherently homoerotic or competitive.

Freud also hypothesized the urge to set fires represents a regression to a primitive desire to demonstrate power over nature. Adolescents setting fires may be a case of youth trying to gain superiority over adults. 


Arson Isn't Victimless, and Pyromania Affects Communities

On the one hand, if you're a pyromaniac, volunteering as a firefighter seems insane. You're constantly surrounded by temptation, and your job is to destroy the very thing you're compelled to create. On the other hand, pyromaniacs are attracted to fire, and firefighters get access to a lot more five alarm blazes than the rest of us. Whatever the reason for it, in 2016, Lawson Schalm, a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter in Mayerthorpe, Canada, was charged with setting 18 fires between April 19 and 29.

According to Schalm's, former mayor of the town (is this an episode of Twin Peaks?), arson seemed "very out of character" for his son. Schalm's fellow firefighters suffered "almost grief-like symptoms" in the wake of the boy's arrest. The tremendous effort exerted and stress endured by the department, including Schalm, during the spate of fires was compounded when the firefighters learned one of their own was behind the crimes. In the summer of 2016, all members of the department underwent counseling. 


Most People Outgrow the Desire to Set Fires

Almost everyone goes through at least a small obsession with fire. Some of us shove our hands into the lit flame of a candle, others set ant beds on fire, scorching generations of insects. However, the desire to fire-start doesn't mean you're a pyromaniac. It's more likely setting things on fire at a young age is symptomatic of antisocial behavior people either grow out of or receive treatment for. University of Toronto psychologist Sherri MacKay believes lumping antisocial behavior with pyromania can lead to true pyromaniacs going undetected at an age when there may be an opportunity to help them.


The Desire to Fire-Start May Arise from Frontal Lobe Issues

Some researchers believe pyromania is a condition affecting the frontal lobe of the brain, rather than a true obsession with fire. In 2006, psychiatrist Jon Grant examined the brain of a patient who exhibited pyromaniac behaviors with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging and found a region in the left inferior frontal portion with low blood flow. After three weeks of daily behavioral therapy and a 12-month regimen of topiramate, an anticonvulsant used to treat seizures, the patient reported a decrease in the urge to set fires.


The Sexually Frustrated Teen Girl Fire-Starters of the 19th Century

In 1833, French scientist named Marc (apparently he doesn't have a last name) observed pyromania was "most likely to occur in sexually frustrated teen-age country girls" and in older men who set fires to achieve sexual satisfaction. He also noted the psychosexual aspect of pyromania was due to teens not knowing where to direct their new hormonal emotions.

Marc's observation predates the existence of psychoanalytic theory (Freud was born in 1856), and indicates there were enough fires being started by teenage girls and old men to require scientific investigation. Either that he or was making stuff up. But the correlation between Marc's observation and modern theories connecting fire-starting to sexual arousal and tension relief, as well as its prevalence amongst young people, seems to discount the theory that Marc was talking out of his ass.  

Marc further observed, "Incendiary acts are chiefly manifested in young persons, in consequence of the abnormal development of the sexual function, corresponding with the period of life between twelve and twenty."  



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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 03:42:39 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-pyromania-facts/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Fictional Characters Named Diana]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fictional-characters-named-diana/reference
List of notable fictional characters whose name is Diana, including photos when available. The fictional characters named Diana below come from every kind of genre and medium. This list includes movie characters named Diana, TV characters named Diana, and book character named Diana as well. We've even included some notable video game characters whose name is Diana when applicable. Whether you're looking for comedy characters named Diana or drama characters named Diana, this list has you covered.

Who are the most well known fictional Dianas? Some of the more memorable names below include Diana Christensen from Network, Diana Barry from Anne of Green Gables, and Diana Barrie from California Suite. This list is ranked by the votes of users like you, so vote for your favorite characters below if you want to see them higher on the list. If we left your top character named Diana off the list, feel free to add them.
Fictional Characters Named Diana,

Diana Christensen

Diana Palmer

Diana Barry

Diana Gordon

Diana Moon-Glampers

Diana Rivers

Diana Waits

Diana Palos

Diana Barrie

Diana Reiter


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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:05:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/fictional-characters-named-diana/reference
<![CDATA[TMI Facts About Rihanna's Sex Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tmi-facts-about-rihanna_s-sex-life/rydavis

It's no secret that Rihanna gives absolutely zero f*cks what people think of her. The Barbados-born singer has made a career out of giving the middle finger to anyone brave enough to criticize her sexuality or appearance. Every new music video or red carpet appearance somehow manages to top the next when it comes to sex appeal. RiRi fans will also enjoy these pictures of Rihanna without makeup and photos of Rihanna's tattoos

When it comes to Rihanna's sex life, there are few mysteries as to what she likes, but many when it comes to whom she's dating. While RiRi has consistently asserted her singledom, rumors revolving around her alleged affairs with the likes of Drake, Leonardo DiCaprio, and even Ashton Kutcher seem to follow her wherever she struts. 

Rihanna is more than happy to share her NSFW thoughts on all things sex. But as for who she's doing the dirty with, whether that be friend, lover, boyfriend, girlfriend - that, she's willing to keep private. We already know partying with Rihanna is sure to be a wild time. But if you're curious whether those antics hold up in the bedroom for the pop star icon, we've got all of RiRi's most salacious shares. At this point, Rihanna shows no signs of settling or slowing down. The singer continues to push the boundaries of sex appeal. From baring her body to baring her soul, Rihanna is chock full of dirty bedroom secrets. Here are 15 TMI facts about Rihanna's sex life.


TMI Facts About Rihanna's Sex Life,

She Says Her Nipple Ring Makes Sex Better

Brazil by @dennisleupold

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In Rihanna's recent music video for her single "Kiss It Better," the singer's nipple rings are flaunted whenever she gets the chance to show them off. Rihanna has never been shy about the public knowing about her nipple piercing. In fact, she's even let them slip from time to time. The pop star has even credited them to improving her sex life in the past. If you've ever considered piercing your own, take Rihanna's word for it: the stimulation works wonders. 
She Spends More on Sex Toys Than Anyone You Know

FENTY X PUMA .... It's almost here #NYFW

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While on a *unique* shopping spree in Paris, Rihanna dropped wads of cash in a sex shop called Lovestore. Apparently RiRi walked into the shop with some purpose. A store clerk said that, "She knew exactly what she was after and didn't want any assistance picking out items. There was no dithering. She was grinning from ear to ear and seemed to be in a hurry." Nothing says happiness like $1500 worth of sex toys. Rihanna reportedly purchased an array of toys, handcuffs, scented candles, lingerie, and even a book full of graphic photos. 




Leo DiCaprio Is the Best She's Ever Had

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Rumors have circulated about Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna's friends with benefits situation for years. Tabloids and fans have speculated about the two hooking up in secret since at least 2009. Insiders have all but confirmed that the two have a rampant sex life. According to one, "their chemistry is off the charts. Rihanna loves Leo's attitude about life, and he thinks her laid-back demeanor is irresistibly sexy. She says he's the best she ever had." 



Size Definitely Matters to Her

@puma

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Rihanna doesn't ever seem to hold back on the racy stuff during her interviews. In a particularly candid moment, Rihanna discussed being single and what it takes to get her in the sack. She shared that, "he has to be good in bed and the size maters. You get what I mean? The inner beauty counts as well but without the toy it's not fun." So if you want a shot with Rihanna, you better be packing some major weight down there, because she isn't afraid to "check the boy from top to bottom" before she let's someone stay over.

She Won't Have "Hollow" Sex

Get ready for summer!!!! #THEFURSLIDE will be available onPuma.comon April 22 at 10am#FENTYXPUMA

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Despite sporting her Bad Girl RiRi persona onscreen and onstage, Rihanna doesn't consider herself all that badass when it comes to casual sex. In fact, the singer isn't interested in one night stands or "hollow" sex (maybe Ashton was more than a one-time thing?). In a spread for Vanity Fair, the pop star shared her feelings on saving sex for the right people. She said: "I mean, I get horny, I'm human, I'm a woman, I want to have sex. But what am I going to do? Just find the first random cute dude that I think is going to be a great ride for the night and then tomorrow I wake up feeling empty and hollow? He has a great story and I'm like...what am I doing? I can't do it to myself. I cannot. It has a little bit to do with fame and a lot to do with the woman that I am. And that saves me."

She's Not Afraid to Bare It All

#NEEDEDMEVIDEO by Harmony Korine #TODAY #NOON #VEVO

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Rihanna has never been known for her modesty. Instead, the pop star has taken every red carpet chance to flaunt as much of her body as possible. At the CFDA Awards, Rihanna even went so far as to wear a see-through dress, baring her chest for all the cameras to catch. Despite constant criticism from the Fashion Police and other outraged insignificant others, Rihanna has consistently held up her middle finger to those offended by her ensemble choices. Never once has it stopped RiRi from show-stopping the red carpet in one revealing outfit after the next.
She Had a One Night Stand with Ashton Kutcher

mood

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This is all speculation, but Rihanna rolled up to Ashton Kutcher's Hollywood mansion in the dead of night. Security footage caught RiRi's SUV pulling up and her exiting the vehicle, escorted by her entourage. After strolling into Kutcher's house at what most would designate a booty call hour, Rihanna didn't leave until the early hours of the morning. The singer stayed 'til about 4am, hoping to leave unnoticed from her one night stand. Unfortunately, tabloids got a hold of the footage and Rihanna's fling was revealed.
She Likes Being Submissive

brainwashed.

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In an interview with Rolling Stone, Rihanna came to some stark conclusions about her sex life. She said: "I think I'm a bit masochistic, and I did not realize until recently." The singer opened up about her bedroom preferences, even sharing that she prefers her partners to take control. "I love to be submissive. Being submissive in the bedroom is really fun. You get to be a little lady, to have somebody be macho," she said. Despite projecting such an authoritative onstage presence, Rihanna actually likes to let go of control when it comes to sex.



She Wasn't Lying About Being Into S&M

#VOGUE

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Rihanna's hit single "S&M" truly was coming from a place of experience. The singer opened up about her real life taboos in the bedroom when she shared that she loves "to be tied up and spanked. [She likes] to be whipped." But Rihanna has some specific standards when it comes to S&M in the bedroom. She said that she prefers "to be spontaneous. Using whips and chains is too planned. You have to stop and look for the whip. [She] prefers them to use their hands." 



She Likes It When She Gets Nudes

KISS IT BETTER #ANTI

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In an interview with Rolling Stone, Rihanna jumped in with her thoughts on dick pics and sharing sexts. Rihanna revealed herself to be a big fan of receiving NSFW photos, especially when she's spending some major time on tour apart from her lovers. She said: "When you're not with the person you want to be intimate with, a picture is the next best thing. Well, Skype is safer. But a picture lasts a long time. When you're alone, pictures can be very handy." Whether or not RiRi feels the same way since The Fappening debacle involving Jennifer Lawrence and fellow Hollywood stars is unknown. But regardless, Rihanna isn't afraid to own up to the nudes she's received and sent.





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Thu, 19 May 2016 09:53:00 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/tmi-facts-about-rihanna_s-sex-life/rydavis
<![CDATA[Black Inventions We'd Be Completely Lost Without]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/black-inventors-and-inventions/damon-davis

If your list of Black inventors begins and ends with George Washington Carver, you have so much more to learn. Black inventors and their inventions have been changing the world for the better for hundreds of years. Believe it or not, you've no doubt used tons of Black inventions over the course of your life, many of which you may not have even known were created by African American innovators. For instance did you know that the Super Soaker, refrigerated trucks, and pencil sharpeners where all Black inventions?  

We've gathered up a collection of brilliant inventions you probably use in your every day life, all of which were invented by Black people. Whether you realize it or not, every time you sit down to eat a bag of potato chips or play video games at home, you have industrious African Americans to thank. Whether it's world-changing inventions like the concept of a blood bank, or smaller but no less valuable objects like the dust pan or golf tee, check out these modern day objects that were created by Black inventors. Vote up the ones you'd be lost without.

 


Black Inventions We'd Be Completely Lost Without,

Potato chip
The story of the potato chip started back in 1853 when a man named George Crum was working as a chef in Saratoga Springs, NY. Frustrated that an order of fries was sent back to the kitchen for being too thick, Crum decided to take revenge on his customer by chopping pieces of potato as thinly as he could, cooking them until they were burned to a crisp, and promptly returning them to the complainer. Much to his dismay, the customer absolutely loved the chips and they quickly became one of the most popular items on the menu.

 


The Pencil Sharpener
Can you imagine sitting in class during the second grade and having to stop halfway through writing the alphabet to pull out your knife and whittle down your pencil? In 1897, a guy named John Love definitely could. Not content with having to carve his own pencil every time he sat down to write a letter, he invented the pencil sharpener that allowed users to turn a simple crank until the end of their pencil formed a sharp point.
 

Refrigerated Trucks
A man by the name of  Frederick M. Jones may or may not have realized he was changing the eating habits of Americans forever when he invented mobile refrigeration. The system allowed food trucks to keep meat and other perishables frozen while transporting them long distances. His company, Thermo King, quickly became a huge manufacturer of refrigerated transportation.



The Gas Mask and Traffic Signals
Though Garrett A Morgan had only a sixth grade education, the son of freed slaves managed to turn himself into a businessman. He owned a repair shop, clothing business, cosmetics line, and even a Black newspaper. On top of that, he developed what he called the "safety hood," after seeing how many firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty. He even debuted it himself in 1916 by using it to save the lives of workers trapped in a tunnel explosion. The "hood" became a sensation and led to what we now know as the gas mask. But did he stop there? No way. He also patented the mechanical traffic light in 1923, which he then sold to General Electric.  



The Modern Home Video Gaming Console
If you love to play on your Playstation, Xbox, or Wii, then give it up for a guy by the name of Gerald A. Lawson. He created the first home video gaming system with interchangeable cartridges, offering players the chance to play all of their favorite games from the comfort of their own houses.

Beer Kegs
Richard Spikes is one of those people that history has never given the props he deserves. Not only did he invent the beer keg tap in 1910, he went on to develop countless other inventions and innovations.   
 
Over the course of his lifetime, Spikes also invented: the railroad semaphore (1906), the automatic car washer (1913), automobile directional signals or blinker lights (1913), the continuous contact trolley pole (1919), the automatic gear shift (1932), transmission and shifting thereof (1933), the automatic shoe shine chair (1939), the multiple barrel machine gun (1940), the horizontally swinging barber chair (1950), the automatic safety brake (1962), and more. 

Blood Banks
If you're ever in a critical accident and need a blood donation, you have a doctor named Charles Richard Drew to thank for the life-saving blood you'll be receiving at the hosptal. Drew went to Columbia University in 1938 to study for his doctorate. While he was there, he discovered a method of separating blood cells from plasma and storing them. This allowed blood to be kept for much longer than a week, which had previously been the maximum. He revealed his findings in a paper that led to modern blood banks around the world. 
 

The Super Soaker
Lonnie Johnson is the man behind all of your best summer memories. The Air Force vet who worked on the stealth bomber program, the Galileo mission to Jupiter, and the Cassini mission to Saturn, invented everyone's favorite water gun while working on an environmentally friendly heating pump. 

 

The Modern Refridgerator
Prior to 1870, the closest thing they had to a refrigerator was a huge container you could put food in and surround with ice. Needless to say, food didn't last very long inside such contraptions, which is why Thomas Elkins decided to shake things up a bit. Elkins developed a system that used metal cooling coils to bring the temperature of a container down to freezing temperature, allowing it to keep perishables fresh without having to worry about huge chunks of melting ice.

Carbon Filament Light Bulbs
Though the light bulb was invented by Thomas Edison, it may not have become a staple in homes around the world if it weren't for an inventor named Lewis Latimer. Edison invented the electric bulb, but his prototype didn't burn long enough to be of practical use. In 1881, however, Latimer discovered a way to use a carbon filament to produce a much longer lasting light bulb. It was also much more practical and way cheaper than Edison's original model. Latimer went on to work with Alexander Graham Bell to help draft the concept of the first telephone in 1876.
 
 


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Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:27:13 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/black-inventors-and-inventions/damon-davis
<![CDATA[15 Dudes Who Turned Crossplay Into High Art]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-sexy-crossplay/machk

You see women cosplaying as male characters all the time, but how often are men cosplaying as female characters? Turns out, it happens all the time. It's called crossplaying, and it's awesome. All the proof you'll need is here in this list of the best crossplay. From the scary to the sexy, these are some seriously talented people. Vote up the crossplays so good they made you do a double-take.


15 Dudes Who Turned Crossplay Into High Art,

If You Say You Knew This Was a Dude, You're Lying

YukiSnowCosplay is a master of complete gender-bending transformations. This photo of him as Black Rock Shooter was taken by Novii Photography.


This Might Be Better Than Angelina Jolie

Justin Saint, or GaymerQueen, does some seriously impressive makeup and costume work, including this Maleficent crossplay.


Ruby Has Never Looked So Graceful

Blogger and avid crossplayer adellexe pulled off an amazing Ruby from RWBY. Shot by Kiwira.


A Rare but Perfect Sims Cosplay

DeviantArt user AvaCassandra blew crossplaying out of the water with a Sims Bella Goth cosplay.


This Will Bring Your Coraline Nightmares Back

Instagram user louistato does a lot of cosplay, but this one is really, really scary - in a good way. His Other Mother from Coraline crossplay is almost too accurate.


Do You Remember Anna Looking This Badass?

Instagram user goddessofimaginarylight pulled off an amazing re-imagining of Anna from Frozen.


How Does This Beard Work So Well?!?

Les Levi completely stole the show at Comic Con 2016 with his Storm and Rita Repulsa crossplays.


Definitely a Beauty

Richard Arthur, also known as TheOfficialAriel, is a master at transforming himself into Disney princesses. This shot of Richard as Belle from Beauty and the Beast was taken by Austin Buchanan.


Serenity Done Right

Joshua Hart is known for his incredibly meticulous work with costumes, but he really blows the whole crossplay game out of the water. This amazing photo of J. Hart as Serenity from Sailor Moon was shot by Octography.


Madoka's Hair Is Perfect

Instagram user jazzsyndrome made a very glamorous Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica.



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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:47:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-sexy-crossplay/machk
<![CDATA[8 Secret Calls to Feminism Hidden in Wonder Woman's Costume]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wonder-woman-feminist-costume-symbols/cynthia-griffith

Wonder Woman was born of suffrage. She was created by William Marston, a man who was fiercely pro-feminist. Marston fought for women's suffrage while at studying at Harvard. He graduated in 1915, and though Wonder Woman's debut in All Star Comics #8 came 11 years after the 19th Amendment was passed, he drew inspiration from famed suffragettes when creating the character.

Marston snuck several secret threads into his graphic novels to create a tie between Wonder Woman and feminism. Many of those threads are craftily hidden in the patchwork of Wonder Woman's costume. As you read on, you will see the irony not just in her costume but also in her origins, because Wonder Woman was never born at all; no man was, in any way, shape, or form, involved in her creation. Nevertheless, she came to be.

Feminism, by today's standards, is difficult to pin down and near impossible to define, but for good reason: with the advent of social media, women from different cultures and backgrounds can have a discourse about what feminism means to them. We're learning that not every person's experience with and relationship to feminism is the same. But there was a time before it was so easy to communicate with women from across the globe, when feminism, for better or for worse, meant the same thing to pretty much everyone, including its male supporters. Tons of people wore it well but perhaps none wore it better than Wonder Woman.

From her boots to her crown, from her lasso to the very threads holding her uniform together, she will remain an icon of what feminism once was - a female voice in a courtroom, a line of shackled protesters, a scream for the right to regulate pregnancy and a call for a hera, a female hero and Wonder Woman's favorite word. This acclaimed character arrived while a nation was on the cusp of a new beginning. She may have even tipped the scales a bit. Here are some of the most feminist aspects of Wonder Woman's costume.

Wonder Woman was born of women's rights. She was created by a man who was fiercely pro-feminist and he snuck several secret threads into his graphic novels to create a tie between Wonder Woman and feminism. Many of those threads are craftily hidden in the patchwork of Wonder Woman's costume. As you read on, you will see the irony, not just in her costume, but also in her origins, because Wonder Woman was never born at all; no man was, in any way, shape, or form, involved in her creation. Nevertheless, she came to be.

Feminism, by today's standards, is difficult to pin down and near impossible to define, but for good reason: with the advent of social media, women from different cultures and backgrounds can have a discourse about what feminism means to them. We're learning that not every person's experience with and relationship to feminism is the same. But there was a time before it was so easy to communicate with women from across the globe, when feminism, for better or for worse, meant the same thing to pretty much everyone, including its male supporters. Tons of people wore it well but perhaps none wore it better than Wonder Woman.

From her boots to her crown, from her lasso to the very threads holding her uniform together, she will remain an icon of what feminism once was - a female voice in a courtroom, a line of shackled protesters, a scream for the right to regulate pregnancy. This acclaimed character arrived while a nation was on the cusp of a new beginning. She may have even tipped the scales a bit. Here are some of the most feminist aspects of Wonder Woman's costume.


8 Secret Calls to Feminism Hidden in Wonder Woman's Costume,

WW Stands for More Than Just Wonder Woman

The feminist movement began in the 1800s, but it really picked up momentum when World War II put women in the workforce in big numbers. It may not have been intentional, but Wonder Woman's initials were serendipitous. Thousands of newly employed women looked at Wonder Woman and saw a reflection of the era and their place in it: it was World War II, and they were women working. Wonder Woman showed up right when female laborers were looking for a hero and she was wearing their names just above her belt.

You might be wondering why she had a belt on in the first place. In a letter to illustrator H. G. Peter, creator William Marston notes, "Don’t we have to put a red stripe around her waist as a belt? I thought Gaines wanted it - don’t remember." He was referring to Max Gaines, the pioneering comics publisher at All-American Comics (which later merged with DC) who gave Marston a shot and greenlit Wonder Woman. In the letter, Marston seems to be implying that Gaines felt Wonder Woman's bare stomach was too scandalous and needed to be covered with a belt.


The Color Red Is Historically Associated with the Female Revolution

Wonder Woman was adorned in the stars and stripes of the American flag in order to go head to head with Captain America, at least in terms of popularity and comic book sales. Note, however, that her boots, leather-bound wonders so tight they have to be pulled on, making them more like stockings than boots, make the costume dominated by the color red. At the time, red was the color of the liberal left, the group that was bent on breaking new ground for women.

It's important to mention here that whenever Wonder Woman’s freedom is jeopardized in the comics, her red stocking-like boots disappear and are replaced by the pair of strappy shoes Marston despised. When the boots disappear, her ensemble is dominated by the color blue, a color that represented feminist opposition during the first wave of feminism.

During the second wave of feminism, a group called the Redstockings used a caricature of Wonder Woman as part of their image. Clearly, they were also in on the joke.


Her Hourglass Shape Wasn't Designed for Eye Candy

Wonder Woman is undeniably stacked, and when you throw in the lasso and bracelets, it’s easy to see how some people might have gotten the wrong impression about her. In truth, at least according to her original backstory, Wonder Woman was never born and no man was involved in her creation. Her perfection isn’t for male pleasure. In fact, where she comes from, male pleasure is completely unheard of. Wonder Woman’s mother Hippolyta, whose name comes directly out of Greek mythology, carves her from clay without so much as even the presence of a man on the island.


Her Chains Were Inspired by an Emmeline Pankhurst Protest

In the comics, if you meet Wonder Woman in issue one, you quickly learn that she was once a slave and that her people (a society comprised entirely of women, by the way) freed themselves. This takes not just Wonder Woman but her entire clan far from the damsels in distress depiction of women that the media was accustomed to seeing in the ‘40s. Despite the fact that Wonder Woman was free, the bracelets from her time of enslavement remained on her hands, now unshackled and serving as weapons against her rivals, many of whom were male and anti-feminist. The bracelets themselves were inspired by Olive Byrne, William Marston's partner, but images of Wonder Woman in chains - of which there are many - are actually a nod to a groundbreaking suffragette.

During a protest for women's suffrage in 1903, Emmeline Pankhurst and many other women chained themselves up in the streets, refusing to budge until their voices were heard. Later, a college-aged Marston would hear this story and find Pankhurst and her chains for freedom inspiring enough to be written into the feminist costume of his favorite heroine.


The Pinup Girl Cut Represents Individuality

If you're an avid reader of the comics, you might have noticed that Wonder Woman's bottoms change even more often than her shoes. In some of the earlier comics, she can be seen sporting a skirt or sometimes a tight pair of shorts. This particular cut, however, is probably her most famous. It's a pinup-style bottom.

Pinup girls had been in existence long before the creation of Wonder Woman but their bodies and faces had been more or less identical. The Varga girls of the '40s, sketched out across the pages of Esquire, were the first to quite literally break the mold. This new brand of pinup was still scantily clad but her features were unique and so were her words. Esquire's pinup girls were individuals full of sarcasm and sassy one-line comments that often captioned their pictures. They embodied the movement that was feminism at the time. Naturally, Marston fashioned the most infamous cut of his heroine's costume after them.


Her Ensemble Was Designed by Judge Magazine's Feminist Cartoonist

When a Harvard-educated pro-suffragist like Wonder Woman’s creator William Marston wants to build a cartoon that fully encompasses his ideology on women's issues, who do you think he turns to? If you guessed a fellow feminist and Harvard grad, you were correct. Marston reached out to none other than illustrator Harry G. Peter, a feminist most known for his role at Judge magazine where he frequently drew pictures of “the modern woman.”

Marston explained his vision and requested a draft of his heroine in full costume. The end result is pictured above and the only thing Marston asked to switch out was the shoes. While initially, Marston wasn't a fan of the tiny, binding, strap-adorned sandals they still made a few appearances in the comics. The sandals, like the figure and everything in between, were symbolic of the battle for equality.


Her Lasso Gave Women a Voice and Place in the Courtroom

At a time when women were going to extremes to try to get laws passed and be taken seriously in courtrooms, Wonder Woman was staking out a seat as a key witness because of her golden lasso. This lasso was equipped with a special power - making people tell the truth. This, no doubt, is related to the fact that Wonder Woman’s creator also invented the lie detector test.

In a 1945 Wonder Woman newspaper comic strip, Diana Prince wrestles the truth out of a key witness in (you guessed it) a courtroom. Her lasso of truth held such great power that the judge had no choice but to take her seriously. He even invited her back. 


The Golden Eagle Is a Not-at-All Subtle Nod to Warrior Women

It's pretty clear that the creators of Wonder Woman had a thing for warrior princesses. The heroine they created is an Amazonian princess, after all. A lesser-known fact is that she's wearing the warrior woman's symbol right on top of her dauntingly red bustier.

The Golden Eagle was the bird of the steppe nomads, a crew of male and female warriors who simply wandered the earth rather than settling into any claimed territory. Their lives were centered primarily on archery and the women from their tribe were fierce warriors. This group is estimated to have existed from 700 BCE until about 300 CE when they appear to have eventually dwindled into different tribes. Their token bird, the Golden Eagle, still represents female warriors.



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<![CDATA[14 Ghost Stories And Legends That Prove Maryland Is The Creepiest U.S. State]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-maryland-stories-legends/lyra-radford

As one of the thirteen original colonies, Maryland has had plenty of time to aquire creepy folklore and pervasive urban legends. Evil spirits and mythological creatures are believed to lurk in the deepest parts of creepy Maryland. Ghost stories from Maryland involve strange figures, haunted hospitals, and mysterious monsters. This mid-Atlantic state was home to the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, and his spirit is said to still wander near the site of his grave.

Some of the tales seem quite outlandish, for sure. But, Maryland has a long and complex history filled with decades of violent battles, storms, and horrific murders. All of these events contribute to a spine-chilling oral history that's been passed down through many, many generations of Maryland locals. These creepy Maryland urban legends will send a chill down anyone's spine. 


14 Ghost Stories And Legends That Prove Maryland Is The Creepiest U.S. State,

Chessie, The Chesapeake Bay Sea Monster

According to legend, the Chesapeake Bay is home to a sea monster that locals have dubbed Chessie. She’s an aquatic snake-like beast with flippers running anywhere from 25 to 40 feet in length. Chessie has been spotted in the bay sporadically since the early 1940s. There were a rash of Chessie sightings in 1977, but they have slowed to a trickle in recent years. The most recent sighting took place in 2014.

Speculation about what Chessie really is ranges from the mundane to the fantastic. Some say she's a manatee or a large river otter, and others think she might be a mutant eel or a huge anaconda that got lost. The craziest folks believe she is a prehistoric Zeuglodon! 


The Goatman

For years, witnesses have reported seeing a bearded man with horns and cloven hooves skulking through the woods of Maryland. This Goatman stalks through the Old Line State, eating wild animals and breaking into homes to eat family pets. His also likes chopping up teenagers getting steamy at Lover's Lane. Clearly, he's a very original monster. 

The first alleged sighting of this hybrid creature was in 1957, but by the 1970s the legend of the Goatman became a cautionary tale to warn kids about the dangers of premarital sex. Over the years, Goatman stopped popping up in random places and made a home in Prince George's County.

Where did the Goatman come from? The most common theory is he was the outcome of horrible human/animal hybrid experimentation. Another origin story claims that Goatman is one of the Devil's minions brought forth by dedicated Satanists. Some locals believe he is the actually the pagan god Pan. While the true origin of Goatman remains cloudy, the terror his sightings invoke is all too real.


Glenn Dale Hospital

Glenn Dale Hospital was a massive tuberculosis sanatorium that later became an institution for the criminally insane. The building was shut down in 1981 due to concerns over asbestos.  

Today, Glenn Dale Hospital is condemned and allegedly haunted. Sightings have included patients wandering the grounds, apparitions of wild dogs, and smoke emanating from the crematorium. Strange moans, whispers, screams of agony, and violent banging sounds can all be heard deep inside the cavernous structure.

One of the most common spirit sightings is the apparition of a man in a straightjacket. It's said that when he was alive, he went insane after an intruder murdered his entire family as he cowered in a closet. He was so burdened with guilt he stockpiled his medication and eventually committed suicide by overdose.


Westminster Graveyard In Baltimore

Edgar Allen Poe’s body is buried in the old Westminster Graveyard in Baltimore. Many claim to have seen his spirit roaming the grounds. While the Westminster Presbyterian Church (now Westminster Hall) was built over much of the cemetery, part of the old portion is still accessible above ground. Most of it can only be reached underground in the old catacombs where many spirits are said to walk.  

The cemetery also has a mysterious visitor: a man dressed in black with a black fedora and scarf has often been spotted in the graveyard. His face is always hidden from view and he carries a walking stick. He can be seen visiting the grave of Edgar Allen Poe each year on his birthday, January 19. He leaves the writer a bottle of cognac and three red roses. One year, a note accompanied the gifts. It read, “Edgar, I haven’t forgotten you.” There was no signature. The reported sightings of this mysterious man date back to 1949. 


The Haunting At The Sotterley Plantation

The historic Sotterley Plantation was built along the Patuxent River back in the 18th Century, and is currently the oldest surviving plantation in southern Maryland. While it was a private residence for a number of wealthy families through the years, it's now a public space. Staff and visitors have all reported strange happenings on the grounds. Lights flicker on and off, strange noises can be heard throughout the house, and breakfast smells waft up from the kitchen when no one is cooking.

One of the more menacing ghosts that live on Sotterley Plantation is a former owner who still haunts the second-level hallway, staircase, and one of the bedrooms. His spirit is notorious for throwing people he doesn’t like down the staircase.


Snallygaster

When the German immigrants settled in western Maryland in the 1700s, they brought with them the terrifying lore of the Snallygaster. This half-bird, half-reptile swoops down from the skies to hunt livestock and small children. The carnivorous creature allegedly has a 25-foot wingspan and deadly talons that glow like hot metal.

Some have claimed to have seen a blazing red third eye in the middle of its forehead, razor sharp teeth, and octopus-like tentacles. Witnesses have claimed the Snallygaster cries like a baby and screams like a woman, implying that it may resort to mimicry to lure potential victims into its grasp.


The Jericho Covered Bridge

Constructed in 1865, the seemingly peaceful Jericho Covered Bridge has a plethora of disturbing stories surrounding it. The most common yarn spun involves the silhouettes of bodies hanging from the rafters. Some believe they're the ghosts of a horrific suicide pact and others claim they're the spirits of lynched slaves. 

Many late night drivers have reported cars stalling on the bridge. Some have spotted powdery hand prints appearing on their vehicles after crossing the bridge. Others have seen a ghostly woman crossing the bridge with a basket of fresh flowers, or the the spirit of a young woman with a badly burned face.

There are myths of strange and horrific creatures lurking around the bridge in addition to the ghost tales. One creature is described as a terrifying grey monkey with a massive tail. There have also been reports of a hideous red-eyed demon guarding the bridge. The presence of these creatures might explain the blood-curdling screams heard often near the bridge.


Edgar Allan Poe’s Home in Baltimore, Maryland

This historic house was built in 1830 in Baltimore, and was once home to Edgar Allen Poe. It’s now open to the public as a museum. The house is known for heavy paranormal activity, almost none of which has to do with Poe himself.

Most sightings have been of an older, heavy set woman dressed in gray. She’s believed to be the residual energy of Poe’s wife. The staff at the Poe Museum believe she haunts the grounds, however, and this entity likes to stir up trouble.


Crybaby Bridge

The haunting tale of the "Crybaby Bridge" is a pretty widespread Maryland urban legend. Located in Prince George's County and crossing over the Patuxent River, this places Crybaby Bridge right in the middle of Goatman's territory.

A baby tragically died in the river back in the 1950s, and locals still argue about what really happened that day. Some say a young mother went out to the bridge to greet her husband with their baby. It was foggy and she dropped the child into the river after being hit by her husband's car. Another story claims the woman suffered from postpartum depression and threw the child into the water. A more recent theory focuses on the KKK and their ritual killing of African-American children being responsible for the haunting of the bridge.


Point Lookout State Park

Scotland, MD, is home to Point Lookout State Park, what has what some consider the most haunted lighthouse in America. Federal forces occupied Point Lookout during the Civil War, and established a hospital for the wounded from the Battle of Gettysburg in addition to serving as a POW camp. Both of these factors contributed to the unusual amount of paranormal activity on this particular piece of land.

The ghost of a Confederate soldier can be seen running across the road on any given evening, and the voice of the old lighthouse keeper can be heard singing through the night. Ann Davis, the wife of a former keeper, has been seen wandering around in her blue dress, softly telling people “this is my house.”

In July 1864, the USS Tulip sank just off the coast of Point Lookout. There were 47 deaths as a result, and eight corpses washed up on shore. The Gale of 1978 killed 16 people on a ship named The Express, and violent waves brought the ship in just north of Point Lookout. The ghost of the second mate, Joseph Heaney, appears before and during major storms, knocking on the lighthouse door.



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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:28:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-maryland-stories-legends/lyra-radford
<![CDATA[Fictional Characters Named Matthew]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fictional-characters-named-matthew/reference
List of notable fictional characters whose name is Matthew, including photos when available. The fictional characters named Matt below come from every kind of genre and medium, as this list includes movie characters named Matthew, TV characters named Matt, and book characters named Matthew. You might even find some notable video game characters whose name is Matt below as well. Whether you're looking for comedy characters named Matthew or drama characters named Matt, this list will have what you're looking for.

Who are the most well known fictional Matthews? Some of the more memorable names below include Matt Parkman from Heroes, Matt McNamara from Nip/Tuck, and Matt Saracen from Friday Night Lights. This list is ranked by the votes of users like you, so vote for your favorite characters below if you want to see them higher on the list. If we left your top character named Matthew off the list, feel free to add them.
Fictional Characters Named Matthew,

Matthew Applewhite

Matthew McGuire

Matt Parkman

Matt Saracen

Matt Honeycutt

Matt Rutherford

Matthew Stewart

Matt Eckert

Matthew the Waiter

Matt LeBlanc


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<![CDATA[Fictional Characters Named Robin]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fictional-characters-named-robin/reference
List of notable fictional characters whose name is Robin, including photos when available. The fictional characters named Robin below come from every kind of genre and medium, as this list includes movie characters named Robin, TV characters named Robin, and book characters named Robin. You might even find some notable video game characters whose name is Robin below as well. Whether you're looking for comedy characters named Robin or drama characters named Robin, this list will have what you're looking for.

Who are the most well known fictional Robins? Some of the more memorable names below include Robin Hood from When Things Were Rotten, Robin Scherbatsky from How I Met Your Mother, and Robin Arryn from Game of Thrones. This list is ranked by the votes of users like you, so vote for your favorite characters below if you want to see them higher on the list. If we left your top character named Robin off the list, feel free to add them.
Fictional Characters Named Robin,

Robin

Robin Hood

Robin Scherbatsky

Robin Scorpio

Robin Starveling

Robin Childers

Robin Jones

Robin Stokes

Robin McCall

Robin Arryn


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Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:30:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/fictional-characters-named-robin/reference
<![CDATA[Doctor Strange's Silliest Catch Phrases & Spells]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-doctor-strange-spells/ranker-comics

If you've never heard the names of Doctor Strange's spells, you're missing out. Doctor Strange's catchphrases are epic and awesome, with each one doing something different. You probably aren't too familiar with him, since Strange isn't exactly the most popular Marvel hero. Sure, casual comic fans recognize him and diehards idolize him, but the everyday person doesn't know him at all. To comic fans, he's the Sorcerer Supreme! To everyday civilians, he's "That mustache guy with the crazy red cape and weird hand stuff." 

After Benedict Cumberbatch dons Eye of Agamotto in a Marvel Studios movie, things will be different. With a movie under his belt, Strange could join the Marvel A-list. But until then we'll enjoy this list of Dr. Strange's catch phrases and spells.

Plenty of superheroes have catch phrases, but none are quite like Strange's. This is a man who regularly and all seriousness shouts words like "Hoggoth," "Oshtur," and "Cyttorak." This is a character whose writers wrote fun incantations and phrases in alliteration first and then went and based the characters off those invented names!

These are the silliest Doctor Strange catch phrases, so vote up your favorites to determine just which ridiculously theatrical spell is the best he's ever shouted.


Doctor Strange's Silliest Catch Phrases & Spells,

By the Flames of the Flawless Faltine!

By the Mystic Moons of Munnopor!

By the Shades of the Seraphim!

By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth!

By the Wondrous Wands of Watoomb!

By the Ruby Rings of Raggadorr!

By the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak!

By the Deathless Vishanti!

By the Vapors of the Vishanti!

By the Eye of Agamotto!


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Wed, 16 Sep 2015 03:06:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-doctor-strange-spells/ranker-comics
<![CDATA[25 Incredible Tattoos Inspired by The Golden Girls]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/golden-girls-tattoos/ashley-reign
If you weren't lucky enough to have a Golden Girls-watching grandma growing up, we'd like you to drop everything in your life and immediately watch every episode ever. Seriously though, the show was hugely popular for audiences beyond the blue-haired set. Some people loved it so much, they decided to make their devotions permanent. The following tattoos inspired by The Golden Girls range from pleasantly witty to WTF-worthy.

Though we’re sure that The Golden Girls tattoo ideas are not the easiest pieces in the world to find inspiration for, we’ve assembled some of the best and worst that the Internet has to offer. So if you’ve been chomping at the bit to get Betty White permanently inked onto your bicep, or are itching to tattoo some of the time-honored wisdom you learned from Sophia on your arm, then you’ve come to the right.

While it's no surprise that The Golden Girls tattoos aren’t for everyone, who can resist meeting a group of folks bold enough to pimp permanently-inked pieces of the hottest post-menopausal gals in sitcom history? If you're looking to get a Golden Girls tat yourself, this list should help.


25 Incredible Tattoos Inspired by The Golden Girls,

She's Watching You

The Flyest Neon Knitters on the Block

Oh the Possibilities...

The Gals Chillin' Back in Their Bedrock Days

The Best Cartoon Series Idea Ever

The Girls Are Back (Literally)

Keep Calm and Betty White

Lovely Tribute or Creepiest Birth Control Method Ever?

The Dashing Dorothy and Beautiful Blanche, Looking Stunning as Ever

#ThrowbackThursday


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<![CDATA[Adult Jokes You Never Noticed in Shark Tale]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/shark-tale-jokes/cehudspeth
The adult jokes in Shark Tale may have gone over your head because you were a child when you first saw the underappreciated DreamWorks film, or maybe you just never noticed them because you didn’t watch it as often as Finding Nemo, which came out around the same time and reigned supreme as the most popular underwater animated movie. Kinda like A Bug's Life and Antz. However, this was a gem starring Will Smith, and there are plenty of hidden jokes to uncover.

If you thought Pixar was the only animation company that could toss out jokes aimed at older audience members, prepare for this list to prove you wrong. Vote up the Shark Tale jokes that you were most surprised by. 

 

Adult Jokes You Never Noticed in Shark Tale,

We're All Wieners Here
In one scene, Lola rejects Oscar. The rasta jellyfish have hot dogs on a stick that they’re using as puppets. One of them mockingly calls out, “Wait, Lola, come back! I’m not nobody - I’m a wiener!”
White Fish Can't Jump
In one scene, Oscar is trying to show Sykes a fin shake movement, but Sykes can’t seem to get the steps right. They try a couple times, then Oscar simply says, “Don’t sweat it; a lot of white fish can’t do it.” Surely this is a play on the whole “white people can’t dance" stereotype, which is somewhat surprising to see carefully injected into a kid’s film.
I Ain't Saying She's a Gold Digger...
As a commenter on the YouTube video of this scene said, this is “The only movie known to successfully sexualize a fish.” In this scene, Oscar is imagining Lola, and there’s a song with lyrics that clearly state, “She’s dangerous, super bad - better watch out, she’ll take your cash. She’s a gold digger!” Apparently, before Kanye made a song about gold diggers, there was already a song on the same subject, except it was about an attractive fish girl and it was in a children's movie.
Donner, Party of One
In one scene, there's a shot of a restaurant and its sign reads "SUSHI BOWL." The establishment is completely empty inside, minus a single, frustrated employee.
Kiss from a Rose
In the ship that the sharks use for shelter, there’s a very visible shot of the drawing of Rose from Titanic.  At least in this one, for the sake of it being a children’s movie, she’s clothed.
Don't Go in the Water
While many kids haven’t seen Jaws, their parents have - or are at least familiar with its classic them. In one scene, Frankie is humming the Jaws theme. Lenny doesn’t like it, of course, stating, “That song gives me the creeps!” Frankie then says that it’s their theme song.
Free Willy
We see Angie with a whale client and hear the following exchange:

Angie: Good morning. Can I help you?
Whale: One wash and lube, please.
Angie: Hot wax?
Whale: Please.
Angie: Kelp scrape? We're having special, what do you say?
Whale: Why not? It's mating season and I'm feeling lucky! 


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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:29:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/shark-tale-jokes/cehudspeth
<![CDATA[7 Ways The Little Mermaid Is Actually Quite Sexist]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-why-the-little-mermaid-is-sexist/jessica-defino
The debate about Disney sexism has been raging for a while now: are Disney princess movies anti-feminist? Should we care? DO we care? The answer is yes, yes, and YES. Sexist Disney movies feature a special kind of anti-feminism: the kind that's buried underneath layers of feel-good music and happy endings.

The sexism in The Little Mermaid is one of the worst offenders because sexist ideals hide behind a heroine who is traditionally thought of as spunky, independent, and fiercely feminist: Ariel. We're sad to say, once you look a little closer, that's just not the case. The Little Mermaid is sexist and there's no way around it! Here are the seven biggest reasons why. Vote up the reasons that make you the angriest.

7 Ways The Little Mermaid Is Actually Quite Sexist,

"Kiss the Girl" Argues That Consent Isn't Necessary
When Ariel and Eric are taking their first boat ride together, there's a lot of animated sexual tension happening. The awkwardness causes all the animals within earshot to break out into song, urging Eric to "kiss the girl." Cute. Just one problem: one of the lines in the song states, "There is one way to ask her/It don't take a word/Not a single word/Go on and kiss the girl." Seriously?! It doesn't take a SINGLE WORD? When Sebastian (a lobster) sings these words, what he's really saying is that asking for consent isn't necessary - and that's not OK.
Ariel Has to Give Up Her Voice to Get the Guy
We learn in the beginning of The Little Mermaid that Ariel's voice is what makes her unique, and she LOVES to sing. But once she lays eyes on Prince Eric, she knows that he is her one true love (which is ridiculous, but that's another story) and she'll do anything to be with him - including give up her voice.

Ursula, a sea witch, agrees to give Ariel legs so she can walk on land and find Prince Eric, but only if Ariel gives up her voice. Absurdly, Ariel agrees... and eventually ends up silently snagging the man. One, it's insane that Ariel gives up her most unique feature in order to find love, and two, it's insane that Ariel and Eric fall in love before speaking a single word to each other! Sexism ALL up in this plot.
The Male Characters Speak Way More Than the Female Characters
When The Little Mermaid was first released, it was praised for featuring a spunky, rebellious princess. Disney had (supposedly) turned a new leaf! Well, not exactly. The Little Mermaid was actually the movie giant's first princess movie to showcase more male characters speaking than female characters. In a movie where the protagonist (Ariel) and villain (Ursula) are both female, how the hell do the male characters get more speaking time? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? 
It Embodies Feminist Ideals Through Ursula - The Villian
Sure, Ursula has her evil moments - every story needs a bad guy - but for the most part, Ursula embodies feminist ideals. She's a strong woman who made a name and career for herself without the help of a man. She's loud and speaks her mind. She's strong, independent, and knows how to get what she wants. She's confident and doesn't conform to what society expects of a woman. Remind us why she's the villain, again? Ain't nothing wrong with those traits!
It Spews Bullsh*t About What Makes a 'Good' Woman and a 'Bad' One
Let's take a look a look at the characteristics of a "good" woman through the lens of The Little Mermaid: young, slim, beautiful, scantily clad, silent, and yearning for a man (Ariel). 

Now let's look at the characteristics of the "evil" woman in the film: old, voluptuous, loud, living outside of societal norms, and independent (Ursula).

Is it just us, or is that f*cked up?
'Poor Unfortunate Souls' Tells Girls to Be Quiet to Please Men
Before Ariel trades in her voice for a pair of legs, Ursula sings a song to convince her to give up the goods. This gem of a verse seals the deal:

"You'll have your looks, your pretty face
And don't underestimate the importance of body language, ha!
The men up there don't like a lot of blabber
They think a girl who gossips is a bore!
Yes, on land it's much preferred for ladies not to say a word
And after all dear, what is idle prattle for?
Come on, they're not all that impressed with conversation
True gentlemen avoid it when they can
But they dote and swoon and fawn
On a lady who's withdrawn
It's she who holds her tongue who get's a man."

Um, excuse me??? How the hell did this argument convince Ariel to give up her voice? We seriously hope that none of the girls who grew up watching this movie took these words to heart.

A Man Has Power Over Ariel at All Times
In the movie, Ariel basically has to make a choice: live under the sea and under the rule of her ill-tempered father, King Triton, or live on land and be with her "true love," Prince Eric. The idea that Ariel could make a choice other than the two presented (like living independently or exploring the world to see what would make her most happy) is nonexistent. It's subtle, but the undertone is there: it's a man's world and women just live in it.

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 05:06:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-why-the-little-mermaid-is-sexist/jessica-defino
<![CDATA[The Most Horrifying Transporter Accidents in Star Trek History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/star-trek-transporters-accidents/greg-hahn

Gene Roddenberry and the other ingenious minds behind Star Trek have come up with some brilliant technology for the Star Trek universe: warp drive, food replicators, the Holodeck, and one of the most fantastical of all: Star Trek transporters.

Imagine a world where commuting to work doesn't exist; you just beam yourself over. A world where you never have to worry about being late to a movie or business meeting. Where you can travel great distances in a matter of seconds. Sounds great, right? Well, maybe you'll reconsider when you think about all the things that can go wrong. Transporter malfunctions happen, and they're not pretty. Below, you'll find a veritable cornucopia of horrifying Star Trek transporter accidents. Vote up the ones that will make you rethink ever wanting to step on a transporter pad.


The Most Horrifying Transporter Accidents in Star Trek History,

Our Man Bashir
  • Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Episode: Season 4, Episode 10, "Our Man Bashir"

An explosion prevents Captain Sisko, Worf, Kira, Dax, and O'Brien from materializing on the transport pad. To save them, the transporter chief is forced to download their physical forms to the holodeck... right in the middle of Dr. Bashir's James Bond-inspired holodeck program. To further complicate things, the crew doesn't have their own memories and believe themselves to be the characters from the program. It's up to Bashir to keep his fellow crewmen alive in the game, because if he can't, they'll die in real life.


Rascals
  • Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Episode: Season 6, Episode 7, "Rascals"

Captain Picard, Ensign Ro Laren, Guinan, and Keiko O'Brien are returning from a botanical and archaeological expedition when their shuttlecraft is enveloped by an energy anomaly. An emergency transport to the Enterprise yields unusual results: Picard, Ro, Guinan, and Keiko reemerge on the transport pad as 12-year-old children!


Second Chances
  • Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Episode: Season 6, Episode 24, "Second Chances"

On an away mission, Commander William Riker came face to face with... himself! As it turns out, eight years ago, while serving on the USS Potemkin, a transporter malfunction caused the creation of a duplicate Riker (dubbed Lt. Thomas Riker). Thomas was brought aboard the ship, butted heads with William, and rekindled his relationship with Deanna Troi before ultimately being reassigned to the USS Gandhi where he could continue his Starfleet career.


Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Film: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

A transporter malfunction results in the horrific deaths of two crew members. Science officer Sonak and another crew member arrive on the transporter platform with their internal organs outside their bodies. The fleshy, disfigured masses didn't survive long.


The Enemy Within
  • Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
  • Episode: Season 1, Episode 5, "The Enemy Within"

The crew of Star Trek: the Original Series learned the hard way - don't have magnetic dust on your suit when beaming back up to the ship. The result? Two separate Captain Kirks, one good but incompetent, the other... pure evil.


The Next Phase
  • Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Episode: Season 5, Episode 24, "The Next Phase"

A faulty generator causes a transporter failure, leaving the crew of the Enterprise to believe Lt. Comm. LaForge and Ensign Ro were killed. But Geordi and Ro survived; they just beamed into a different phase than everyone else, free to wander the ship, but unseen and unheard by the rest of the crew. They observe their own funeral preparations before purposely causing a disruptor overload, which tips Data off to their whereabouts, allowing him to re-cloak them.


Mirror, Mirror
  • Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
  • Episode: Season 2, Episode 4, "Mirror, Mirror"

In "Mirror, Mirror," Kirk, McCoy, Uhura, and Scotty are sent to a mirror universe after a transporter accident during an ion storm. In this alternate reality, the Enterprise is a warship for the malevolent Terran Empire. The only way Kirk and crew can return back home is by impersonating their mirror-universe duplicates and outsmarting an evil, goatee-sporting Spock.


Tuvix
  • Series: Star Trek: Voyager
  • Episode: Season 2, Episode 24, "Tuvix"

Tuvok and Neelix beam back aboard after an excursion to an alien planet to retrieve some plant samples. Unfortunately, one of the orchids they brought back with them is the cause of a disturbing transporter accident that ultimately merges Tuvok and Neelix into one being - Tuvix. The crew accepts Tuvix for what he is (after all, they are on a journey to seek out new life forms), but things get complicated when the Doctor finds a way to reverse the process. By Captain Janeway's orders, Tuvok and Neelix are both restored, but Janeway has to live with the moral consequences of destroying the being known as Tuvix.


Relics
  • Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Episode: Season 6, Episode 4, "Relics"

The Enterprise receives a distress call from the USS Jenolan, a ship that has been missing for seventy-five years. After investigating, the crew finds no survivors, but LaForge notices that the transporters had been reconfigured in a strange manner. Amazingly, a pattern is still in the system's buffer and had suffered no degradation. He rematerializes the stored pattern, beaming Original Series character Montgomery "Scotty" Scott onto the transporter pad.


Past Tense
  • Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Episode: Season 3, Episode 11 & 12, "Past Tense" 

Sisko, Bashir, and Dax are sent back in time to 2024 San Francisco after a transporter accident. They inadvertently change history by allowing Gabriel Bell, a key figure and activist during a period of rioting, to be killed. It's on them to restore history before they can travel back home.



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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:23:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/star-trek-transporters-accidents/greg-hahn
<![CDATA[Awesome Designs for Rib Cage Tattoos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rib-cage-tattoo-ideas/tat-fancy
Looking for awesome ideas for rib cage tattoos? You've come to the right place. This list rounds up some incredible rib cage tattoo designs, from simple black ink patterns to colorful, intricate works of body art. Some rib cage tattoos even span the entire abdomen. All of these rib cage tattoos are a reflection of the person who wears them. If you're considering getting some new ink, rib cage tattoo art could be the way to go – just make sure to consult with a professional tattoo artist to create your own dream design.

What unique rib cage tattoo ideas will you find on this list? Maybe you're looking for something a bit more delicate and feminine. Cute rib cage tattoos featuring birds, flowers, and quotes, inked with fine lines and softer colors, might be just what you're searching for. But these tattoos don't have to be subtle. Scroll through this list and you'll also see cool rib cage tattoos featuring pirate ships, anatomical illustrations, and more.

Which of these unique rib cage tattoos is the best of the best? That's up to you to decide. Give the rib cage tattoo designs you like the most a thumbs up to move them to the number one spot, and share your opinions on the raddest tattoos in the comments section.

Awesome Designs for Rib Cage Tattoos,

Flower and Shell Rib Cage Tattoo

Tiger Rib Cage Tattoo

Pirate Ship Rib Cage Tattoo

Cross Rib Cage Tattoo

Flock Of Birds Rib Cage Tattoo

Rose Rib Cage Tattoo

Palm Tree Rib Cage Tattoo

Abstract Rib Cage Tattoo

Colorful Rib Cage Tattoo

Cherry Blossom Rib Cage Tattoo


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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:31:05 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/rib-cage-tattoo-ideas/tat-fancy
<![CDATA[23 Brilliant Wikipedia Edits That Will Instantly Make Your Day Better]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-wikipedia-edits/nathandavidson

Wikipedia is the Internet's most amazing source of information and your high school teacher's greatest nemesis. But it's also the world's foremost not-for-profit source of Internet trolling and factual vandalism. It just goes to show that everything on the Internet should be taken with a grain of salt, and a side of cats. Below you will witness notable Wikipedia hacks and edits that are way funnier than the actual truth. After all, alternative facts are in now.

Wiki, Wiki, Wiki can't you see? Sometimes your hacks just hypnotize me.


23 Brilliant Wikipedia Edits That Will Instantly Make Your Day Better,

Clever Boy

Two-And-A-Half Grams

On The Dock Of The Bey

Total Eclipse Of The Fart

Bouts Of Genius

French Dressing

Right Off The Bat

If Wiki's Could Kill

Life Sentence

The Walking Badass


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Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:45:54 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-wikipedia-edits/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[Things All Women Have in Their Closets (But Never Ever Wear)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-all-women-have-but-will-never-wear/jessica-defino
An old bridesmaid dress. A celebrity-style inspired fedora. "Skinny day" jeans. What do these items have in common? Sure, they are things all women own. But more than that, they are clothes women own but never wear. 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that only about 20% of clothes all women own get worn on a regular basis; the other 80% of your clothing is made up of impulse buys, too-small jeans, too-big bras, or stuff with sentimental value that is hard to say goodbye to. Here's a list of things all women have but never wear; vote up the items that have been sitting in your closet, untouched, for the longest. 




Things All Women Have in Their Closets (But Never Ever Wear),

The Shirt That Was an Extra 50% Off
Who can pass up a good sale? A slashed price can take a blouse from "just okay" to "totally worth it" in the fitting room. But what seems like a good idea at the time most often just feels like a #fashionfail once you get home. 
The Bridesmaid Dress
The bridesmaid dress that your best friend swore would be versatile enough to wear post-wedding has not lived up to that promise. It's been three years, and the dress is patiently waiting for a second chance in the spotlight.
The Dress That's Just One Size Too Small
It's happened to all of us: you spot the perfect dress on the rack and it's almost your size. You try it on and it's just not working. "Maybe with a pair of Spanx" you think, purchasing the dress anyway. But Spanx aren't miracle workers, and this dress will never fit the way you want it to. Sigh.
The College Sweatshirt
Your mom shelled out 50 big ones for it at the college bookstore to celebrate your acceptance. It's not something you'll wear anymore, but it just feels wrong to throw your alma mater's sweatshirt in the trash.
The Sky High Heels
Those too-tall heels that you swore you'd break in are still sitting in the box they came in, all the way at the back of your closet. Your eyes are bigger than your pain-tolerance levels.
The Modest Shawl
Years ago, shawls were the answer to life's most important sartorial question: what kind of outerwear is appropriate for a summer evening event? Shawls in every fabric and color popped up in malls across America, offering a chic way for women to ensure they were never too hot or too cold in a strapless dress. The fad ended fairly quickly, but for some reason you can't bear the though of tossing your beloved shawls.
The Convertible Strap Bra
When the convertible strap bra first came out, it seemed like a great idea. Criss-cross, halter, strapless: one bra to rule them all! In truth, it's just too confusing. It's so much easier to let your regular old bra straps peek out of your halter top, or just go bra-less. 
The "Skinny" Day Jeans
Every woman has that one pair of jeans that doesn't quite fit, but they're close enough that we hold on to them. Sure, they might be acceptable to wear in public after a bout of the stomach flu, but for the most part, these jeans are just depress you every time you spot them in the back of your closet.
The Capri Pants of the Early 2000s
Fashion in the early 2000s was all about capris. At that time, every woman had countless pairs in her closet to choose from — and some of us are holding out hope that the trend will come back someday soon. 
The Vacation Souvenir
Summer vacations in tropical locations require a local fashion purchase or two. Every lady has a brightly-printed sarong or handwoven purse taking up space in her closet—good for a memory but not much else.

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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:18:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/things-all-women-have-but-will-never-wear/jessica-defino
<![CDATA[Hottest Young Angelina Jolie Photos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hottest-young-angelina-jolie-photos/cari-fortier

Angelina Jolie near-nude photos, collecting pictures together of one of entertainment's hottest women. The best pics in this Angelina Jolie photo gallery are ranked according to their hotness. So, in honor of one of the greatest up and coming ladies in Hollywood, here are the sexiest Angelina Jolie pictures ranked by hotness.

Angelina Jolie is one of the most attractive actresses to ever appear on the silver screen. But was she always this good looking? Yes. Angelina overcame what was all our awkward stage in life. Before she appeared in hit films like Gia, The Bone Collector, Girl, Interrupted, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Taking Lives, Alexander, Salt, Maleficent, and Wanted she was pursuing an acting career, appearing in music videos and student films, but otherwise saying her look was "too dark" for feature films at the time. There was a moment during this time that Angelina worked as a fashion model that prove her good looks didn't just come out of no where.

Those luscious lips, those big blue eyes, and her beautiful brunette hair promised her a successful career in the entertainment business. Her natural beauty is all thanks to her parents Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. Looking back, she had no clue she would one day be a big movie star and married to one of the most hansom hunks in Hollywood, Brad Pitt. 
 

These hot Angelina Jolie pics were taken from a variety of different sources, including several promotional and magazine photoshoots, and have been turned into a curated image gallery containing only the cutest pictures from around the Web. While there are many sexy Angelina Jolie photos, these are the hottest around.


Hottest Young Angelina Jolie Photos,

Young Angelina Jolie in a Pink Bikini Top

Young Angelina Jolie Wearing a Violet Slit Gown

Young Angelina Jolie in a Ruche Halter Bikini

Young Angelina Jolie in a Violet Gown

Young Angelina Jolie in an Off Shoulder Dress

Young Angelina Jolie Wearing Cut Off Denim Shorts

Young Angelina Jolie in a String Bikini

Young Angelina Jolie Wearing a Strapless Blouse

Angelina Jolie Wearing a Black Spaghetti Strap Dress

Young Angelina Jolie in a Polka Dotted Outfit


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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:54:00 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/hottest-young-angelina-jolie-photos/cari-fortier
<![CDATA[18 Truckers Describe the Creepiest Thing They've Seen]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/truckers-describe-creepy-stories/christopher-shultz
A life on the road, hauling cargo from city to city, can be a lonely one. It can also be dangerous and, sometimes, downright terrifying. Take it from these truckers, who took to Reddit and shared some of their eeriest, most bizarre, and unexplainable experiences while traveling highways all over the world. Here is a compilation of the best of those tales, gathered from two separate discussion threads (here and here).
18 Truckers Describe the Creepiest Thing They've Seen,

The Beast
"There was a story on here a while back by a trucker... It was getting very late (and very dark) so he pulled into a rest area off the highway in the middle of nowhere. The place was totally empty, meaning there weren't any other vehicles or people there. While he was getting some shut eye inside his truck, he heard a faint sound of a barking dog that seemed to get louder and louder as time went by. Eventually the nasty barking sound was coming from right outside his driver side door. As he got up to look in the window, he didn't see a rabid dog but instead it was some crazy-eyed person looking directly at him, growling and trying to get in. He started the engine and got the heck out of there."
Mysterious Fireball
"Trucker here. A few years back, I was traveling through Ute native land in New Mexico on Highway 491. 491 used to be Route 666, but they changed it a few years back. I think people were stealing the signs. Anyways, I'm in the middle of the desert around midnight, no lights or civilization for miles, when up in the sky there's a huge, orange flash. The orange flash quickly 'inflated' into a giant ball, bigger than the sun. It even had a fiery looking texture to it. Suddenly, the orange ball disappeared, and the entire desert sky, horizon to horizon, flashed a bright yellow, lighting up the everything around me like it was daytime. Then everything went back to normal. This all happened within a few seconds, but it was definitely the weirdest thing I've seen on the road."
Found a Dollar
"Kent, TX, is another one. There's an old Chevron station I think it is, seems like FedEx drivers like stopping in there in droves. I'm guessing it's a popular drop and hook point for them or something. But I stop one day, and I need to take a piss. I don't know why I didn't stop in Van Horn. So I pull off, and I roll up to the empty lot across the street. Kent is an abandoned town. I walk up to the bush line and notice a makeshift fire pit. The wood is somewhat burned, but not all the way. The weird thing is that there's an unscathed dollar bill stuck in the wood. For a second I was like "Ooo piece of candy!" but then this sudden feeling of NOPE came over me. So I left it alone and pissed in the bush. As I'm walking back, I look over at it and get a real negative feeling. I look to the ground in front of me and bam, there's a rattlesnake looking right at me. I stop dead in my tracks, and walk carefully around it, and it keeps staring at me. I ran as fast as I could back to my truck feeling like somebody was behind me. I kicked up a lot of dust getting out of there, and have never stopped in Kent since."

"Missouri, I stopped at an off-ramp to stretch out and take a breather. As I'm smoking a cigarette, a little girl from some direction I couldn't figure out giggles and says 'Hi, mister!' My initial reaction was, 'The fuck is a little kid doing out here at this time?' so I talk back and say hi. She then responds with 'My mommy says you'll be ok, don't worry!' Now utterly confused, I ask her what she means. No response. Then suddenly I feel like somebody is standing next to me, but it doesn't feel negative or bad. Just feels like somebody is right there next to me. Since it didn't have a negative vibe to it, I just finished my cigarette and left. Later on down the road, I realize that I forgot to fuel up at my last stop when the warning light came on. So I scramble to look at my GPS and find the nearest truck stop, I find one and set the course. As I roll up to the truck stop, my truck starts sputtering and I barely make it to the fuel line before the truck starts dying. I ran out of fuel right as I got on the fuel line. It wasn't until I was fueling up that it occurred to me what the hell happened at my last stop."
The High Desert

"Driving from Albuquerque to Socorro. I was on a stretch with no lights. Perfectly dark. I notice someone standing on the side of the road. As I pass him, my lights fully illuminate his face. Nothing about this guy seemed natural. His posture was weird, he was wearing a gray suit... and his face. It just looked 'off', like a mask or something. For about half a second, we lock eyes, even with my headlights blinding him, it still felt like he was looking at me, not my truck. It really creeped me the fuck out. Shortly after this, my CB started picking up some odd chirps, but I was pretty close to the VLA. 
 

"The high desert is a weird place."


Disappearing War Hero
"My first couple years I was a night driver, so it was hard to see things sometimes. But the one in PA was me trying to follow a flatbedder who was haulin' serious ass through the mountains. At one point I start to fall back because I can feel the van starting to lean. It wasn't long after that I reach down to take a swig off the handy monster I had, and I look up, and there's a guy standing off to the shoulder just outside the tree line wearing in what appeared to be some type of soldier's uniform. Looked like Revolutionary War era, he had a musket as well. As I approach, I can see him staring right at me, and then he starts walking back into the tree line still looking at me. Before he manages to make it through the trees, he disappears. Like literally vanishes in thin air. I had my windows down, and the air in the area got real cold. After about a mile, the air warmed up again. I had a really sad feeling come over me for a while afterward. Needless to say, I didn't stop for the rest of my shift."
Punchlines Don't Take Away from the Creepy

"Ok I've told this to my friends several times but I guess I can share it here too.


"I was driving for Costco a few years back. It was around this time of year. We usually took extra toy shipments to various locations due to the holiday season. We got a call that one of our locations in rural Kentucky needed to restock their giant Spiderman dolls. They knew I was a fast driver so I was giving the last minute late-night duty. I loaded my truck and headed out on the 265. It was around 3am when I started to have this eerie feeling. I chalked it up to just being tired and popped a couple of NoDoz. About 15 min later the road started to fog up. I mean more so than any other time before or since. It got to the point where I had to pull off to the side and wait. There weren't any other cars on the road and I was ahead of time so I figured I could wait until it cleared up a bit. About five minutes of sitting still in silence, my truck goes dead. No lights, no engine, nothing. I try to crank it but it was like the battery was dead. I try my CB but cannot get anyone on. I check my cell phone and there is no signal. As I'm sitting there contemplating my next move I hear what sounds like a child crying. It slowly morphed into a woman crying. Or at least that's what it sounded like to me. Now I'm a big man, 6'3", 250 pounds, but I refused to exit my cab. I did roll down my window and asked if anybody needed help. At that point the crying stopped. Then I heard what sounded like a sinister laugh. At that point I felt like the laughter was directed at me. I rolled up my window and it seemed like the more scared I became the louder the laugh went. Then as soon as it started, it stopped. And just like that my truck started back up and the fog dissipated. I drove out of there like a bat out of hell. I get to the next truck stop and pull in. I run to the bathroom and pour water on my face and ask myself 'Did that really just happen? I go out to the diner and see this fella in a John Deer hat, red flannel, and blue jeans. I needed to know if anyone else experienced that, too. I go up to him and say 'Excuse me, are you a fellow trucker 'cause I just had one hell of an experience.' He says 'Not a trucker, but...'"


I Know

"Was driving north through the mountains of Colorado towards Pueblo, and it was my first time dealing with anything like the Rocky Mountains so I was taking it nice and slow with my hazards on and in the right lane. This was in the spring, and there wasn't much snow on the ground aside from a light dusting. 

"I remember passing another truck pulled to the shoulder on my way up, nothing out of the ordinary. However, as I was heading down the mountain (which can be scary as shit in an 18-wheeler, trust me) I saw the same truck I passed earlier FLY by me in the left hand lane. Now being passed on the left going DOWNHILL in the ROCKY MOUNTAINS by another TRACTOR TRAILER is crazy enough, but what really makes this story is this guy's trailer brakes were on fire. He was pulling a load (could tell because the trailer was sealed) and if you know anything about trucks you know there's only so much braking you're supposed to do before they overheat and, worst case, catch fire. 

"This guy's truck looked like a fucking comet as he sped down the mountain at what I thought was a surely to be deadly pace. 

"I grabbed the mic to the radio and called out to him, 'Hey Driver! Your brakes are on fire! I mean literally on fire!'

"After a few seconds of static, a rough and weathered sounding voice comes back over the speaker of my radio and says, cool as a cucumber, 'I know.'


"And he disappeared around a curve. 

"I never saw any wrecked truck, emergency crews, or even mention of an accident over the radio. 

"I did see a discarded fire extinguisher on the ground at the base of the mountain though. 

"Just one of many awesome stories."


Lost Time
"New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah are some states that to this day, I still see shit in the skies that I can't explain. Lights rapidly changing direction and taking off at blinding speeds, but no sound barrier being broken. I've seen lights hovering over the desert several miles off the interstate, then it suddenly takes off and the lights cut out. Various shapes and sizes from what I can make out (again, night driver). I know military aircraft pretty well, and some of them more than likely were, but some of them absolutely can not be any military aircraft currently in mainstream use. Conventional aircraft do not move like that. The most vivid one would be at an off-ramp in New Mexico, I stopped to take a piss. And decided to turn it into a 15-minute break since my ass was sore anyway. As I'm stargazing and admiring how clear the sky is, I saw what looked like a formation of lights in the shape of a triangle lift off from the desert floor, and then take off into the sky. I kept me eyes on it, and it just kept gaining altitude until the lights just disappeared. I look down at my watch and notice it's not ticking, so I pull out my phone and it's off. I turn my phone on, and according to the time on my phone, it had been 5 minutes since my watch stopped. I felt like whatever it was that just took off had something to do with it."
A Smile of Joy

"My brother is a trucker, and a while ago near where we live, a trucker he knew was driving down a two-lane rural road at night/late evening and got a call in on the CB about a guy purposefully driving towards oncoming traffic in an area near him, and to keep an eye out for him. Eventually, he sees a car coming towards him, sure enough, weaving in and out of traffic trying to run into people. The people are dodging him left and right, and right as he gets in front of the semi, the trucker saw the guy smiling in his headlights because he knew he was going to finally die. 

"The trucker was hurt bad (I think he lived through it, but I'm not 100% sure, now that I think about it. My brother told me this a few years ago), but the guy who ran into him for sure died. He'd been trying to kill himself that way for a while. Scary stuff."



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Wed, 18 May 2016 04:07:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/truckers-describe-creepy-stories/christopher-shultz
<![CDATA[12 Dark Facts About Che Guevara and the Rampant Propaganda of Castro's Cuba]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/che-guevara-was-terrible/philgibbons

Ernesto "Che" Guevara has generated as much controversy as any historical figure in recent memory. The cliche Guevara and his Marxist revolutionaries liberated Cuba in 1959, overthrowing the US puppet Batista regime and kicking out the mafia and other US gringos. But Che and revolutionary Cuba has a flip side; the terrible things Che did and the repressive aspects of the society Che and Fidel Castro constructed is frequently and conveniently ignored by members of the intelligentsia.

Those sporting a trendy t-shirt emblazoned with Che's ubiquitous image probably have no idea of the Che Guevara horror stories obscured by the enduring myth of a martyred revolutionary spreading third world social justice in the Age of Aquarius. Here are some aspects of Che Guevara that may cause you to remove that t-shirt. 


12 Dark Facts About Che Guevara and the Rampant Propaganda of Castro's Cuba,

Che Was a Notorious Womanizer and Cheat

As a teenager, Guevara routinely demanded sex from maids in house (which apparently was expected of Argentine boys of means at the time).  In 1955, he became involved with Peruvian Hilda Gadea (pictured on their honeymoon, note her expression), chiefly because she slept with him and lent him money. When she became pregnant, he married her, but immediately left her to accompany Castro on his 1955 expedition to invade Cuba. By the time Hilda made it to liberated Cuba in 1959 with the couple's daughter, Che's mistress, Aleida March, was pregnant. He divorced Gadea and married Aleida.

March gave birth to four children in rapid succession, though Guevara was an absent father more interested in quixotic rebellions faraway from domesticity. Even his second wife, who publicly maintained the facade of the heroic Che, would say of him: “Che was a ‘machista’ like most Latins.” 

Machista is derived from machismo, defined as "[a] strong or exaggerated sense of traditional masculinity placing great value on physical courage, virility,domination of women, and aggressiveness."


His Attempt to Change Cuba's Economy Was A Disaster

Fidel Castro had so much faith in Guevara after the success of the Cuban revolution, he immediately appointed him head of many high profile economic offices. Che served at various times as head of the National Bank of Cuba, head of the Department of Industry in charge of agrarian reform, and all-encompassing Minister of Industry in 1961. This resulted in the virtual collapse of sugar production, an inability to industrialize, and the necessity to begin rationing in a country that was formally one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean.

Ultimately, Cuba only survived by receiving annual subsidies from the USSR of upwards of $100 billion. Undoubtedly, one of the reasons Che disappeared from Cuban public life, in 1965, to seek opportunities to spread revolution throughout the globe, was to escape scrutiny of his economic ministerial ineptitude. Although the American boycott didn't help, dogmatic approaches to economic policy implemented by Che contributed to Cuban economic hardship.


Che Was Disappointed by the USSR and Hoped Bombing New York Would Start a War

Both Castro and Guevara felt betrayal and disappointment at the outcome of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, a potential nuclear showdown between the USSR and US. When Nikita Khrushchev negotiated a solution by backing away from challenging American hegemony in the Western hemisphere, Cuban leaders felt abandoned and humiliated by their Soviet allies.

Only a month after the resolution of a crisis that had the rest of the world exhaling in relief, the Cuban government was implicated in a bomb plot that would have had catastrophic implications for American international relations and might have set off a superpower confrontation. On November 17, 1962, two Cuban envoys to the United Nations were arrested by the FBI and charged in connection with a plot to bomb New York's Macy's, Gimbel's, and Bloomingdale's department stores and Grand Central Terminal. The individuals, Cuban UN officials Elsa Montero and Jose Gomez Abad, were arrested after the FBI seized a dozen incendiary devices and a massive amount of TNT. The arrest and photos appeared on the front page of the New York Times. 

The bombing was planned for Black Friday, and could have eclipsed 9/11 in magnitude. Undoubtedly, the plot was planned, conceived, and implemented at the highest levels of the Cuban government, which included Guevara. Although some dubiously attributed comments concerning Che's intent to kill Americans with nuclear weapons have never been fully vetted, this type of attack should leave no doubt as to his level of fanaticism. There are some, including Humberto Fontova, writing in the Miami Herald, who believe Castro and Guevara personally helped plan this attack.


During the Cuban Revolution, Che Killed Many with His Own Hands

During the four year ordeal that culminated with the successful overthrow of the oppressive Batista government in 1959, Che Guevara administered summary justice to a lengthy list of victims. Deep in the mountains of the Sierra Maestra in eastern Cuba, which served as a sanctuary for Castro's rebel army, Guevara eagerly served as a ruthless enforcer. Of one such execution he himself wrote:

"….I ended the problem giving him a shot with a .32 [caliber] pistol in the right side of the brain, with exit orifice in the right temporal. He gasped for a little while and was dead. Upon proceeding to remove his belongings I couldn’t get off the watch tied by a chain to his belt, and then he told me in a steady voice farther away than fear: 'Yank it off, boy, what does it matter…. I did so and his possessions were now mine.' 

Che later described this incident to his father, adding: "I'd like to confess, papa, at that moment I discovered that I really like killing." Fellow revolutionaries or Cuban citizens accused of theft, informing, or even a lack of enthusiasm were also ruthlessly dispatched by Guevara or his hit squad.


His Mission in Africa Was a Disaster That Destroyed His Romantic Notion of Revolution

In April 1965, perhaps in an attempt to find a location as remote and removed as possible from Cuba, Guevara embarked on a mission to intervene in political and military struggle in the Congo. Arriving on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, he was intent on teaching disorganized Congolese rebels the tactics and mentality that were hallmarks of the Cuban revolution. However, as Che quickly realized and made evident in a letter to Fidel Castro, he wasn't fighting in a proper proletarian uprising, but among a gaggle of warlords, drunks, narcissists, opportunists, and petrified subordinates. 

Guevara led a force of approximately 100 Cubans in an attempt to foment a coordinated national uprising, but this proved an exercise in futility. After seven months, seriously ill with dysentery and chronic asthma (which plagued him since childhood), he admitted defeat and made his way to nearby socialist Tanzania. Though he went to Congo with plans of fighting to the death, Castro sent orders asking him to relent. Guevara did so, and spent much of 1966 in Dar Es Salaam and Prague, plotting his next move.  


Che Sent Fellow Revolutionaries on Absurd Missions That Ended in Pathetic Deaths

On March 5, 1960 Alberto Korda took a photo of Che that has become a pop culture phenomenon. However, it would take a decade and many coincidences before interest in the photo took off. Korda also cropped the original, eliminating the profile of another Cuban official, Jorge Masetti. Masetti was a fellow Argentinean, originally a journalist who covered the Cuban revolution from its inception, interviewing Castro in the Sierra Maestra in reports that were broadcast all over Latin America.

Masetti helped form the Cuban government's Prensa Latina press agency following the revolution, but resigned to actively participate in armed revolutionary activity, initially in Algeria, in 1961, where he delivered weapons from the Cuban government to those fighting the French as the Algerian National Liberation Front. Upon returning to Cuba, Masetti and Guevara hatched the first of many schemes to export revolution to South America. As Argentineans, their most obvious target was their own country.

Despite Argentina having a relatively progressive government, in September 1963, Masetti led a small band of well armed Cuban commandos into northern Argentina from Bolivia while having a proclamation of revolution delivered to media in Buenos Aires. It was ignored by everyone with the exception of the local provincial police, who tracked down Masetti's band and killed or captured all of them.

Masetti proved himself an abysmal commander and disappeared in April 1964, most likely after getting lost in the jungle. And all of this actually happened, rather than being, for instance, a skit from Monty Python, in which a totally hapless bourgeois journalist-cum-revolutionary attempts to stage a coup. This was to be the first of many fiascos  orchestrated by Che Guevara in his attempt to export foco , or regional revolution, via a small band of dedicated revolutionaries.   


As Prison Commandant, Che Personally Executed Prisoners

After the Cuban revolution, Che was appointed commandant of La Cabana, a Havana fortress and army barracks immediately transformed into the new regime's political prison. From his office, Guevara supervised the perfunctory trials and mass executions performed in the immediate aftermath of Castro seizing power. 

The exact number of individuals killed during this period remains a topic of historical dispute, but even historians sympathetic to Guevara acknowledge he had a hand in the  killings. Estimated numbers range from a few hundred into the thousands. Eyewitness accounts, including incidents witnessed by Ernest Hemingway and George Plimpton, document Che executing individuals with his own hands.     


Che's Death in Bolivia May Have Been a Suicide Mission Orchestrated by Castro

Che Guevara seems to never have grasped that the success of the Cuban revolution might have had as much to do with the corrupt Batista government as it did the tactics and conduct of Castro's tiny rebel army. Che attempted to send similarly small insurgent groups to instigate revolution in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Haiti, and all of these ventures failed miserably. Che's conclusion from these results seems to have been that successful revolution in another country required his personal leadership, not that you can't force people to rise up if a revolutionary spirit isn't already manifest.  

By November of 1966, Che decided Bolivia was the ideal location for a regional revolution. Having publicly disappeared before his ill-fated African mission and possibly not wanting to face any public discussion of the events in the Congo, Che returned incognito to Cuba to plan his mission, meet with Castro, and say goodbye to his family.

Perhaps inwardly, Guevara knew he had outlived his usefulness to the Cuban revolution. He was openly critical of the Soviet Union, upon which Cuba depended on for survival; his permanent disappearance would be a convenient solution to a diplomatic problem. Some believe Castro intentionally sent Che to his death, a theory supported by speculation in CIA memos. This would also explain why Castro put so much effort into creating Che's cult of personality in Cuba after his death - it was the perfect opportunity to give the people a martyr of the revolution, killed by capitalism and US meddling. 

Heading into the Bolivian jungle, Che attempted to relive the success of Cuban rebels in the Sierra Maestra. Within months, the Bolivian military was aware of his presence and the American government forwarded CIA and Special Forces assets to assist in pursuing Che, who was wounded and captured near the tiny village of La Higuera on October 8, 1967. He was executed the next day, along with nearly all of his small military force. His execution played a major role in his worldwide glorification and martyrdom in Cuba. Although it required death, Che's last revolutionary act was his most remarkable success. 


He Made Racist Comments Throughout His Adult Life

It's dangerous to accept many of the quotes attributed to Che Guevara, as they were frequently manufactured by rabid opponents of Guevara, Castro, and communist Cuba.  However, there can be no doubt that, even as an adult, Guevara had some very racist ideas rattling around his brain. For instance, in  The Motorcycle Diaries, he wrote: 

“The blacks, those magnificent examples of the African race who have maintained their racial purity thanks to their lack of an affinity with bathing, have seen their territory invaded by a new kind of slave: the Portuguese.”

And: “The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations.”

Biographers have attempted to dismiss these statements as those of a young, less intellectually evolved man than he who criticized US discrimination against African-Americans in front of the UN. Others cite Guevara's willingness to fight in the Congo, along side African rebels. Those making the Congo argument might wish to reflect on these quotes from Che's recently published Congolese diary (The African Dream), about his Congolese comrades : "... the poorest example of a fighter that I have ever come across to now."

And: "Given the prevailing lack of discipline, it would have been impossible to use Congolese machine-gunners to defend the base from air attack: they did not know how to handle their weapons and did not want to learn."  

In general, Guevara paints a very bleak portrait of his time in Congo and the people he was surrounded by. Though these comments should be construed as much as commentary on the content of character, not the race, of those with whom he worked, the fact remains that he had almost nothing but negative things to say about Africans. 

Guevara's comrades in arms, and others who knew him, contest the image of him as an outright racist. Freddy Ilanga, a Congolese interpreter who worked with Che in Africa, said in an interview with BBC that Guevara "showed the same respect to black people as he did to whites.” However, this doesn't mean Che's attacks on the treatment of African Americans and blacks in apartheid South Africa weren't political and calculated, or at the very least hypocritical, especially when considering how revolutionary Cuba treated homosexuals


Born to a Wealthy Family, Che Came Upon the Cuban Cause Incidentally

Ernesto "Che" Guevara was born in Argentina on June 14, 1928. His family is described as "middle class," most likely because they lived beyond their means and squandered their inherited wealth. There is nothing inherently wrong with either being Argentinean or wealthy, but it certainly contrasts with the image of Che as a hero of the Cuban Marxist proletariat. Although he was offered Cuban citizenship, Guevara rejected this official status. In examining Che's road to revolution, you find a man who stumbled upon renown thanks to the actions of others, not one destined from birth to change the world.

In 1955, Guevara joined the expedition led by Fidel and Raul Castro to liberate Cuba because he had fled Guatemala and was stuck in Mexico with no money and not much of a purpose. While living in Mexico City, Guevara was supporting himself and his family (wife Hilda Gadea and a daughter) working as a physician. Through some friends, he met first Raúl Castro, then Fidel. After talking with them, Guevara decided the Cuban cause was the one he had been searching for. He left his wife and daughter in Mexico. The Cuban bandwagon beckoned, and was a great decision for Che with regards to building his cult of personality



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<![CDATA[The 47 Douchiest Things Justin Bieber Has Ever Done]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/douchiest-things-justin-bieber-has-ever-done/ariel-kana
List of the douchiest things Justin Bieber has ever done. From abandoning his own pet monkey in Germany to showing up with a 20-person entourage to guest-host SNL, the Biebs has done quite a few questionable things in recent history. There comes a time in most young famous peoples' lives when their "acting out" incidents become more and more frequent, and the public reaction starts to move away from, "Aw, he probably didn't know any better," to "Ah! What a douchebag!" This list rounds up funny Justin Bieber quotes, stories of him acting dumb, and lays out the evidence for why Justin Bieber is a douche– deciding what you think is up to you. 

Is Justin Bieber a douchebag? Obvs, this depends on who you ask. Devoted fans –Bielebers and those who have Bieber-fever would (or course) say that he is not and that there are many good things about Justin Bieber. But what about the general public? Is spitting in your neighbor's face, threatening paparazzi, and refusing to pay for services that you used enough reason to call someone a douche? Is he actually one of the biggest douchebags in Hollywood? Or is he just acting how any other young person would in these circumstances? Does the Biebs deserve a little slack since he is from Canada and new to all of this fame? 

You can use this list of douch-ey JB moments to make your own decision and judge for yourself. Vote on your favorite d-bag move by the ever-popular teenage heartthrob/popstar, and share with your friends to see what they think.

The 47 Douchiest Things Justin Bieber Has Ever Done,

Starts a Show 2 Hours Late, Says He Was Only 40 Minutes Late
Concertgoers said the teenage star appeared onstage at the 02 Arena in London at 10:30 PM, when the start time had been listed as 8:30. Many in the audience, who had been waiting for hours, faced the choice between leaving early or missing the last trains home. Bieber did apologize – but added that he was actually only 40 minutes late, and it was because of technical difficulties.
After Being Told to Drive More Carefully, He Spit in His Neighbor's Face, Threatened to Kill
Bieber allegedly hocked a loogie and spit it in his 47-year-old neighbor's face after the father of three screamed at him to drive more carefully. Word has it that Bieber had a new Ferrari delivered to his Calabasas home at 8 AM and decided to take it for a test drive inside his gated community. Many neighbors complained that he was driving around 100 mph inside their little community. 

When one neighbor confronted him and said, "You can't drive like this!" Bieber responded by saying, "Get the f**k out of here," and then he spit in the guy's face and said, "I'm gonna f**king kill you."

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Throws a Fit Because He Had to Watch Drake with the Regular People
According to TMZ, Bieber was put into a choke hold at So Cal's 2015 Coachella music festival after an altercation with security. Apparently the Biebs and his entourage were not allowed entrance into the artist area during Drake's performance because it was already at capacity. Instead of watching the set with the rest of the civilians in the crowd, Bieber said he needed special access to the restricted area so that he wouldn't be overwhelmed by fans. The security guards were not amused.

When a staffer finally came over to escort Bieber into the artist area, a security guard, doing his job like a true American hero, came up from behind and put Bieber in a choke hold. After that, Bieber and his personal security team left voluntarily but said they were considering legal action.

Believe it or not, the Biebs actually did something nice! Click here to see. 

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Banned for Life from a Vegas Indoor Skydiving Gym
Late June 2013, the Biebs and his entourage acted so poorly in a Las Vegas indoor skydiving facility that they were placed on the no-fly list for life. A source told E! News that Bieber and his crew arrived a couple minutes before closing, trashed the bathrooms, and agreed to handle payment after flying.

After they flew, he was given the option to either 1) pay or 2) Instagram a photo of himself with the owner and a favorable caption. Bieber went with option 2 – except rather than actually doing that, he "faked like he was posting something, per the agreement, but never did." Bieber and his friends then left without paying or tipping the staff who helped them fly.
"Anne (Frank) Was a Great Girl. Hopefully She Would Have Been a Belieber."
???

Before playing a show in the Netherlands in early 2013, the Biebs really had a moment at the Anne Frank House. After his hourlong visit with guards and friends, he thoughtfully wrote in their guestbook: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”

And maybe she would have! If she, you know, hadn’t died from typhus in a concentration camp in 1945.
He Abandoned His Pet Monkey in Germany
In March 2013, Justin Bieber flew to Munich to put on a few performances as part of his world tour. On his return trip, his entourage grew just a little bit bigger – to include one new (adorable) baby capuchin monkey. Unfortunately, with all of the excitement around his new pet, Biebs neglected to bring one very, very important document with him to the airport: the necessary clearance forms that would allow him to bring the monkey in and out of Germany.

Because he just showed up with a monkey and no paperwork, German officials seized little OG Mally (which is the monkey's name), and placed him under quarantine. A local animal shelter announced it would give Justin Bieber (who was still in Germany) four weeks to return to Munich with the necessary paperwork to claim his little fella, or else the monkey will be given to a European zoo. Bieber had his people email the shelter to let them know he would not be coming back for him. 

Before he decided to not rescue his pet monkey from Germany, Bieber posted a photo of OG Mally on his Instagram with the caption, “He’s like a human.” (You know, the kind of human you abandon in a foreign country)

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When He Made Prince's Death About Himself
While the world mourned the loss of Prince in April 2016, Bieber was predictably thinking about one thing: himself. The Biebs wanted to make sure fans knew the "Purple Rain" singer wasn't the only star in the world. Singer/songwriter Andrew Watt posted a Prince tribute on Instagram that said, "Today waking up to this news I am truly beside myself...devastated...the last of the greatest living performers...my guitar idol." 

Bieber's response? He commented on the pic: "Well not the last greatest living performer." Wonder who could he have been referring to?


Spits Off Balcony On To Fans Below
The tween-idol was photographed hawking spit over the side of a hotel balcony –directly above the faces of hundreds of loyal fans who were gathered below in hopes of catching a glimpse of him. In the same series of extremely bad PR shots, he was then photographed cracking up with his friends and pointing down at the poor teenage girls gathered below that he had just spat on. 

Just moments before the spit-show, Bieber posted a photo of the same fans on Instagram with the caption, "I wake up this morning to this :) best fans in the world #beliebers #sexyfans."

Spitting at a group of teenagers that call themselves "Beliebers" seems cruel enough, but it just seems extra unfair to first give them a shoutout on Instagram and then spit in their faces. They never had a chance to see it coming. 


When He Punched a Fan in the Face

On the way to perform at a show in Brazil, Justin Bieber's car was flooded with fans. However, one fan got a little too close for comfort when he stuck his hand through the Biebz' window to touch the pop star. Bieber, always one to respond in the positively most aggressive way possible, took a jab at the fan. A witness caught video footage of the moment Bieber threw the punch at his (probably) ex-fan, who is visibly shocked by the whole incident. As for the rest of the world, the episode is nothing new when it comes to a day in the life of the Biebz.


Cuts Disneyland Lines in Bogus Wheelchair
For shame! The sneaky stunt that every adolescent youth joked about trying was actually pulled off by the Canadian crooner himself. Word has it that the Biebs was pushed around Disneyland in a wheelchair over the weekend of July 20, 2014, causing wild speculation that the supremely douchey singer is also an unfair line-jumper!

"Wait!" You may be saying. "I/my friend/the cool kid at school did that once and it was awesome." To that, we'd say: you are not a super-famous pop-star who publicly posts photos of their non-injured self on Instagram every hour. 

Even more interesting, TMZ reports that Justin wouldn't even need a wheelchair to cut lines, because Disney already escorts him in and out of rides to avoid huge crowds when he's in the park. So there's that.
 
TMZ has the full story.  

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<![CDATA[Weird Things You Didn't Know About Bathrooms In Foreign Countries]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-bathrooms-in-foreign-countries-are-like/jacob-shelton

Bathrooms: you’ve got to have them or things get messy immediately. But do you ever think about what restrooms are like in other countries? Do you ever feel like you’re missing out, that everything good is happening somewhere else in relation to toilets? If you’ve ever traveled overseas then you know that bathroom facilities and the rules concerning them vary wildly from country to country. Some far off destinations have toilets that are cousins to the bathrooms that you understand innately if you grew up in America, but some weird foreign bathrooms seem like they’re from another planet. If you’ve never been outside the good ol’ U.S. of A then prepare yourself for some culture shock, because some bathrooms in foreign countries are the exact opposite of what you know and love about the toilets that you’re used to.

What are the rules when you go to the bathroom in another country? Is there anything you should bring? What does it cost? Are you expected to clean up after yourself? And what is that smell? These are all questions that will be answered in full when you start reading about bathrooms around the world. Some of the facilities are considered a work of art, and others could use some sprucing up or a complete re-design depending on how you feel about waterborne illnesses. Continue reading to find out all about the bathrooms of the world.  


Weird Things You Didn't Know About Bathrooms In Foreign Countries,

In Scotland It's Customary To Let Strangers Use The Facilities

While it's been reported as a law, it's actually an old Scottish custom to allow anyone who knocks on your door to use the bathroom. This likely sprung from an old law that gave free passage through someone’s land and morphed into the tradition of letting drunk folks (this is Scotland after all) take a load off in your toilet. That being said, now that you know it's not a law you don't have to let anyone into your abode, even if their bladder is about to have a wee blow out. 
 


Make Sure You Face The Right Way On The Toilets In Japan

Before you go to Japan and ruin all of their public toilets, make sure you read up on exactly how you're supposed to use each bathroom. In Kyoto especially, tourists have been making a mess of the city's pristine toilets and the people who have to clean up after everyone aren't happy about it. One of the biggest problems is that people are squatting over the toilets backwards, which is leaving a huge, smelly mess. In 2015 the workers of Kyoto began posting stickers across the city to make sure that the influx of visitors would understand how to correctly use their facilities. 


Don't Pee In The Bidet When You Go To Spain

This should go without saying, but it's possible that you've never encountered a bidet. If that's so and you plan on going to Spain some time soon then please heed this next sentence: Don't pee in the bidet. It looks just like a toilet, but there's no lid. A lot of modern toilets come equipped with a bidet so you can do your business and then clean off without moving, but some of the more historically intact hotels and residences still have the classic two porcelain throne system


Outdoor Toilets In France Used To Be Works Of Art

If you thought France would allow for anything in their country to be not breathtakingly beautiful then you're very wrong. Nineteenth Century photographer Charles Marville documented street life in Paris throughout the 1860s and '70s, which meant capturing the architectural beauty of Parisian outdoor bathrooms, or pissoirs. At the peak of the outdoor bathrooms, there were over 1,200 in Paris, but that number has dwindled to one on Boulevard Arago. 


Russian Bathrooms Tend To Be Poorly Constructed

This isn't to say that every single bathroom in Russia is poorly constructed, or built without even an ounce of care, but when athletes went to Sochi for the 2014 winter Olympics they were greeted with some of the worst facilities of the 21st century. There were side by side toilets, toilets with lids screwed on backwards, and holes in the ground that look like they were made specifically to be ruined by drunk marathon runners. So if you have a chance to check out Sochi, make sure you make use of the Olympic facilities so you can feel like a world class athlete. 


In Cuba, You Have To Bring Your Own Toilet Paper

While Cuba has finally opened up for tourism (thanks Obama!) it hasn't yet made the amount of money that allows for a crazy amount of paper products to be readily available at the drop of your pants. The country is woefully under-prepared for an influx of people, and when Marketwatch covered the filming of a House of Lies episode in Cuba they noted, "There [are] not hammers and toilet paper, and things that people need.”


If You're In Sweden, Get Ready to Pay To Pee

While traveling in Sweden you should keep in mind the fact that it's important to use the bathroom before traveling outside of your hotel room (or wherever it is that you're hanging your hat for the evening). The larger cities in Sweden have a pay toilet system, which means that every time you need to go to the bathroom while you're out enjoying their pristine roadways and construction you'll be spending some much needed Krona. The money goes into upkeep of the bathrooms, and there's the thought that if you're spending the money then you'll be taking better care of the facilities. 


Please Don't Flush Toilet Paper In Mexico

It's important to remember that while many places have incredibly modern plumbing systems that can handle pretty much whatever gets thrown at it, there are a lot of countries where this luxury is not available. For instance, in Mexico it's completely against the rules of bathroom politeness to flush toilet paper. The lack of a modern sewage system in Mexico means that it's harder to filter out toilet paper if it makes it into the toilet, and the pipes themselves might not be able to handle the excess material. You could clog up whereever it is that you're going to the bathroom if you're not careful. Keep that in mind next time you go south of the border. 


Get Ready To Squat With Strangers In China

If you're going to go to the bathroom in China you have to prepare yourself to get out of your Westernized comfort zone. First of all, most bathrooms are unisex, so get over whatever social mores you have about using the bathroom next to someone with different genitals as you. Secondly, while there are some Western style toilets in China, most of them are of the squat variety. If this kind of thing stresses you out you might want to get some practice in before you leave the country. 


In Antarctica Your Waste Is Pumped Into The Ocean

This shouldn't really come as a shock to anyone who spends time thinking about Antarctica (and don't we all), but a lot of research facilities on the icy continent aren't equipped with the beautiful sewage systems that most folks in first world countries are used to, which means that there's a lot of scientist waste being pumped into the Southern Ocean. This is kind of gross, but to be fair it's not like there are millions of people up there going to the bathroom in the water. 

 



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<![CDATA[The Best Beauty Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-beauty-brands/werner-brandes
List of beauty brands that includes the most high quality, reliable and affordable beauty products available. The global beauty business is a $382 billion industry with many competitors. Top beauty brands range from major manufacturers of skin care and cosmetics like Chanel, Johnson & Johnson, Olay, Dove and more. Other companies are smaller, but do very well with one segment of the market, like Burt's Bees and Earth Science (and other of the best natural skin care brands.)   

The beauty product industry and the best skin care brands usually enjoy fierce customer loyalty among brands. Once customers find the perfect beauty or makeup product, they tend to stick to their favorites. Because consumers have such strong brand loyalty, people are often more willing to pay a price premium for their favorites. There are also many inexpensive, quality beauty brands that are affordable for the average consumer. Biore, Clean & Clear and Neutrogena make affordable beauty products that are loved by millions of people across the world. 

So What are the best beauty brands? Quality of ingredients, price, packaging, consistency across product lines and effectiveness all come into play. Users looking for a beauty product will want to research a variety of different brands to find the one that best suits their needs, based on use and reliability.
The Best Beauty Brands,

MAC Cosmetics

Sephora

Urban Decay

NARS Cosmetics

Too Faced

Tarte

e.l.f. Cosmetics

Smashbox

Benefit

Kat Von D Beauty


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<![CDATA[The Hottest Melanie Laurent Photos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hottest-melanie-laurent-photos/celeb-spotter
Melanie Laurent photos, collecting pictures together of one of entertainment's hottest women. Mélanie Laurent is a French actress, writer, and singer best known for her role as Shosanna Dreyfus in the Quentin Tarantino movie Inglourious Basterds (2009). She starred in Beginners in 2010, and starred in the 2011 film Les adoptés, which she also wrote. For her role in Inflourious Basterds, she was nominated for both a Saturn Award and an Empire Award for Best Actress.

Melanie Laurent has proven herself to be one of the most sexy and fun girls in movies and TV. She's an inspiration to hot chicks everywhere. So, in honor of one of the greatest up and coming ladies in Hollywood, here are the sexiest Melanie Laurent pictures, videos and GIFs, ranked by hotness.

These Melanie Laurent pics were taken from a variety of different sources, including several promotional and magazine photoshoots, and have been turned into a curated image gallery containing only the cutest pictures and jpgs from around the Web. While there are many sexy Melanie Laurent photos, these are the hottest around.

Melanie Laurent nudes, Melanie Laurent naked, and Melanie Laurent topless are hot commodities on the internet but what we've presented here is the next best thing. These Melanie Laurent hot pics of Melanie Laurent sexy poses are some of the very best you can find compiled anywhere.
The Hottest Melanie Laurent Photos,

Melanie Laurent in Watercolor Embellished Dress

Melanie Laurent in Sleeveless with Net Stockings

Melanie Laurent in T-Shirt with Belted Waist

Melanie Laurent in Ruched Bodycon Dress with Chains

Melanie Laurent in Strapless Lace Maxi Dress

Melanie Laurent in Detailed Blazer with Tank Top

Melanie Laurent in Crepe Chiffon Dress

Melanie Laurent in Lace Embroidered Prom Dress

Melanie Laurent in Zip through Off Shoulder Dress

Melanie Laurent in Ruffled Short Dress


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<![CDATA[The Best Ways to Fall Asleep]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ways-to-fall-asleep/dani-porter
Getting enough sleep is essential to living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Finding the best way to fall asleep can be tricky if you don't know where to begin. Studies have proven that sleep is directly tied with emotional stability, the ability to function properly at work, and can even contribute to weight gain or loss. Without getting enough deep sleep at night, you may find yourself struggling at work, in your personal relationships, or in your overall health. If you’ve been tossing and turning at night and find it difficult to fall and stay asleep, we have solutions for you!  

Taking over-the-counter or prescription medications to make yourself fall asleep can be dangerous and habit-forming, so we've compiled a list of the best ways to fall asleep naturally. Falling and staying asleep may be easier than you might think. Simply learning to monitor your eating habits, exercise routine, meditating, and learning about the benefits of all-natural supplements can all drastically improve your sleeping habits. Try some of these falling asleep tips and tricks tonight and see how easy it can be to get a good night’s sleep!  

Vote up the best ways to fall asleep, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.  

The Best Ways to Fall Asleep,

Monitor Social Media Time
Social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, can cause anxiety and stress. Try to avoid accessing your social media accounts a few hours before bed. 
Cut Down on Your Gaming Time
Studies have proven that playing 7+ hours of video games a week can affect your sleep schedule. Try cutting back on the time you spend playing Call of Duty or A Wolf Among Us, and you might just sleep better. 
Turn Off All Electronics
The light emanating from your cellphone, laptop, or television prevents you from falling asleep. Our bodies produce natural hormones that are released when it gets dark outside, prompting us to go to bed. By simulating a lit room with your electronics, you are preventing those hormones from doing their job. Turn it all off, and get some shut-eye. 
Make Yourself Comfortable
Avoid tight or uncomfortable clothes, like socks and hair bands. Be sure to use the bathroom just before you go to bed; a constant need to pee will prevent you from going to sleep. 
Keep It Dark
Bright lights can lessen your ability to fall asleep. They trick your body into thinking it is too early in the day for sleep, and prevent an increase in hormones responsible for sleepiness. Turn off all overhead lights, night lights, and lamps to fall asleep faster. Use black out curtains to ensure that no light can get into your bedroom. 
Cool Off Your Room
Hot skin and a cool room are the perfect combination for falling asleep quickly. Lower your thermostat so that the temperature is 65 degrees or lower. Cold air temperatures induce sleepiness and prevent night sweats. Plus, having a cool room gives you a good excuse to cuddle up close to your significant other, which relieves anxiety and stress.
Take a Hot Bath
Raising your skin's temperature can relax you and help you go to sleep faster. 
Indulge Yourself in a Warm Drink
Sipping on something warm and calming will relax your body and mind. Avoid drinking anything with caffeine before bed. A cup of warm milk with honey, chamomile tea, and peppermint tea are great for helping you fall asleep.
Read a Book
Reading is a wonderful way to reduce stress and help your mind to unwind. Choose a favorite book, and start reading it right before bed. Avoid reading horror or action books, as these may have the opposite effect and leave you laying in bed even later than you intended!
Reduce Unwanted Noise
Turn on a white noise generator, or a recording of sounds from nature. The constant, low-level sound drowns out other noises that may prevent you from falling asleep.

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Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:20:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ways-to-fall-asleep/dani-porter
<![CDATA[10 Widely Misunderstood Scientific Concepts You’ve Been Taught Wrong]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-widely-misunderstood-scientific-concepts/bruce-maisy

In an attempt to fulfill our insatiable curiosity, we humans use something known as the scientific method to help unravel ourselves, the world, and the universe that encompasses us. The information amassed by this method constitutes science and, expanding in scope and content over the last several centuries, it has risen above all other schools of thought to become humankind’s preeminent source of knowledge. Today, scientific principles allow us to send communications around our planet at the speed of light, as well as interpret the ancient light emitted by unfathomably distant stars.

Scientific theories have also led to discoveries that continue to improve the quality and duration of our lives via medical breakthroughs, technological advancements, and the debunking of dangerous myths. Despite this, many myths actually persist around science itself—perpetrated by those who ignore, fail to understand, and/or misrepresent the method’s purpose and guiding principles.

Among the most commonly misunderstood scientific theories are some of the most fundamental. For example, many dismiss the Big Bang theory because it doesn’t explain what came before it. This fallacy doesn’t just illustrate confusion around what the Big Bang attempts to describe, but points to the larger, troubling trend of science illiteracy in our culture.

One of the keys to better understanding science is to realize that it has no political agenda, no formal hierarchy, no dogmatic institution steering its plight. Instead, science is an emotionally agnostic, course-correcting, ever-expanding body of knowledge committed to the revelation of truth.

Below is a list of commonly misunderstood scientific concepts accompanied by explanations that will help disprove science myths and improve your overall science game.


10 Widely Misunderstood Scientific Concepts You’ve Been Taught Wrong,

Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle is a concept within quantum mechanics that says there’s a limit to our understanding of nature’s small-scale behavior. The limit is not a blindspot per se but, rather, a mathematically tractable principle. Still, Heisenberg’s equivocal moniker is frequently repackaged as self-affirmation that science doesn’t really know anything.

To rebut such distortion, one doesn’t even have to get into the complexities of Heisenberg’s precept. Instead, consider the device you’re reading this article on. It’s the result of hundreds, if not thousands, of scientific discoveries and principles, from electricity to computer processing to the Internet to information and communication technology, all culminating in a tangible, real-world example of amassed scientific information and linked dynamism. It’s this compounding power of science that allows obscure-sounding hypotheses to grow into the discoveries, treatments, and inventions that transform our lives, shape our planet, and fill up our online shopping carts.


Occam's Razor

Many believe that Occam’s Razor means that the simplest answer is always the right one. But this is a gross overgeneralization of the principle’s premise.

Ockham wrote, "Entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity” and “All other things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the best one.” In other words, when two proofs describe an event with the same accuracy, adopt the simpler one. It’s that simple.


Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang theory is disregarded by many because it doesn’t explain what caused or came before it. “How can you get something from nothing?” being the favorite contrarian quip. But the Big Bang doesn’t pretend to take a position on the inception of the cosmos. The theory is more of a reverse-engineering project, tracing back to the first moments after something (or nothing) triggered an extreme expanse of heat that gave rise to our universe.

As early existence began to cool, subatomic particles sprang forth, bound by emerging forces, leading to the formation of the first elements, light, and stars. These stars would go on to become the factories for more complex elements and matter, whole worlds, and even life itself.

But while the Big Bang theory has been confirmed through discoveries such as background radiation and gravitational waves, scientists aren’t finished. They continue to search for the catalyst to our universe, exploring unusual suspects such as supermassive blackholes, ’pocket universes,’ Two-Headed Time theory, and other mind-bendy ideas.


Quantum Mechanics

Some poorly understood scientific concepts aren’t the result of confusion or incomprehension but of purposeful misrepresentation.

Quantum mechanics describes the incredibly small and sometimes spooky underpinnings of our universe. It’s a goofy place where waves can behave like particles and particles can behave like waves. But this shapeshifting quality and other counterintuitive features of the infinitesimal are increasingly being smuggled into pseudoscientific teachings by many New Age philosophers.

Unfortunately, these flowery propositions are designed to sound both comforting and “sciencey,” so few go on to verify the veracity of the claims. But the absence of investigation not only has the power to hurt those receiving the unreliable information, it can also damage the reputation of science by falsely inferring a connection between evidence-based research and supernatural conjecture.


Scientific Theory

“Scientific theory” and the everyday term “theory” are often thought to mean the same thing. However, the two differ in very distinct ways. While “theory” indicates anything from speculative thought to a closely held personal belief, a scientific theory describes a well-tested, reviewed, and, often, confirmed piece of information.

That’s not to say scientific theories can’t be flawed or wrong. There are sometimes several competing theories around a single phenomena—and not all of them can be correct. Scientists not only pay heed to this internal dissension, it actually serves as a light post on their path to discovery. By continually testing, challenging, and streamlining the concepts they’ve postulated, scientists find themselves on a collision course with substantiation—the tedious editorial process forcing them to trade inferior ideas for more accurate ones until a fact about the natural world is exposed.

So, the next time someone tries to tell you “a scientific theory is just a theory,” be armed with the knowledge that, unlike some fan suspicions that Angela Lansbury was a serial killer on Murder She Wrote, scientific theories are arrived at through a tried-and-true refinement process conducted by some of the most serious thinkers on the planet.


Probability

Probability describes how often something is likely to happen. However, the measure’s mathematical approximations are sometimes misinterpreted to have a kind of fortune-telling quality.

A simple thought experiment can help dispel this myth: When you flip a coin, there’s a 50% chance that it will come up heads and a 50% chance that it will come up tails. Let’s say it comes up heads on your first flip. You flip it again. What are the chances it will come up tails this time?

If you said anything other than 50%, you’ve fallen victim to one of probability's most pervasive delusions.

Probability has no love for—or even a casual relationship with—the past, so each new flip always has an even 50/50 chance. Only when you add in other variables or specific conditions can the probability distribution of the outcome change.


Time

Like many scientific concepts, the “time” used in physics is more complicated than its colloquial sibling.

We all know what it is to be on time, for time to pass, or the feeling that time has slipped away. In science, however, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity describes the empirical consequences of time by introducing concepts such as time dilation and an inextricably bound continuum known as spacetime. Einstein’s theses have since been confirmed with the discovery of phenomena like quasars and black holes, lending even more credibility to his ambitious proposals.

Yet, there continue to be scientific and philosophical debates about what time actually is—or if it even is at all.

So, if there are disagreements about time, how can scientists use it to any effect? Because, in mathematics, time is a unit of measure that can be combined with other measurements such as distance, energy, and velocity inside of equations to yield accurate proofs and predictions. Still, time is a curious feature of existence, showing us that we actually don’t have to know why or even how something works to know that it does…


Natural Selection

While Herbert Spencer first coined the phrase “survival of the fittest” to recapitulate Darwin’s idea of natural selection within the Theory of Evolution, Darwin eventually appropriated the terminology himself. But almost two centuries later, a gross misinterpretation plagues the catchy one-liner.

In biology, fitness doesn’t necessarily refer to bigger muscles, better cardio, or sharper teeth. Rather, it evaluates the reproductive success of an individual genotype and/or phenotype. Through random gene mutations, an organism’s traits and characteristics can be affected, leading to advantages (or disadvantages) in their environment. When an organism achieves advantages that are so great that it reproduces more successfully than its contemporaries, it has a larger influence on the gene pool, thereby leading to even more opportunities for propagation. This is how the most fit win at the game of survival. (No bicep curls or creatine necessary.)


Consciousness

With consciousness, we break from the public’s misperceptions around scientific concepts and turn to consider one of the largest conundrums within the scientific community itself.

On the surface, it would seem consciousness should be an easy thing to understand. We are conscious beings, after all. However, that might be the very thing making conceptualizing our state so difficult…

René Descartes famously wrote, “I think, therefore I am.” And this remained the last word on the topic for a very long time. But in modern cognitive science, consciousness is being investigated in two primary categories: the easy problem and the hard problem.  The easy problem revolves around what can be discerned objectively: a being’s awareness level, mental states, and behavior. The hard problem has to do with that which can only be experienced subjectively: the various functions and processes inside an individual that combine to make it a conscious person. 

There are some who disagree with the easy/hard distinction, including philosopher Dan Dennett, who proposes his Illusion of Consciousness, and cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman, who offers the Interface Theory of Perception.

Philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris brushes upon each with his musing:

"To say that consciousness may only seem to exist is to admit its existence in full—for if things seem any way at all, that is consciousness. Even if I happen to be a brain in a vat at this moment—all my memories are false; all my perceptions are of a world that does not exist—the fact that I am having an experience is indisputable (to me, at least). This is all that is required for me (or any other conscious being) to fully establish the reality of consciousness. Consciousness is the one thing in this universe that cannot be an illusion."

But just like Descartes, neither Dennett, Hoffman, nor Harris will likely script consciousness’s denouement alone. With the field’s study having implications in everything from free will to moral theory and artificial intelligence, scientists from a variety of backgrounds are converging to try and solve this most elusive problem.

If there ever is a day when we find an explanation for consciousness, perhaps it will also give us insight into other misconstructions afflicting our minds, from the informational to the interpersonal to the many probabilistic things we cannot even fathom yet.


Infinity

With infinity, science and philosophy once again diverge in their views. For our purposes, we’ll avoid the ethereal concept and focus on infinity’s use in mathematics.

In math, infinity is not a real or natural number. Rather, it’s a number set that allows mathematicians to work with the concept inside of equations. And while this abstraction might seem a tad inelegant (and particularly unhelpful for sounding interesting at parties), it’s used with great success in investigating things like limits, which are crucial to understanding the behaviors of everyday things like velocity, electricity, and magnetism.



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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:52:38 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/most-widely-misunderstood-scientific-concepts/bruce-maisy
<![CDATA[Top 10 Online Fashion Stores in India]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-online-fashion-stores-in-india/fashioncrab

Here is a list of top 10 online shopping stores for fashion products that are famous among people in India. Check out this list and find which one you have used to buy products online.

Source: http://www.listchallenges.com/list-of-top-10-fashion-websites-in-india


Top 10 Online Fashion Stores in India,

Amazon.com

Flipkart.com

Myntra.com

Shopclues

Koovs

Pepperfry

Fashioncrab

Firstcry

Jabong

Yebhi


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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:01:47 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-online-fashion-stores-in-india/fashioncrab
<![CDATA[Best Metal Songs That Would Make Great History Lessons]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-metal-songs-that-would-make-great-history-lessons/john-wresinski

There are a lot of heavy metal songs about historical events. And these listed below might help you out with history class!


Best Metal Songs That Would Make Great History Lessons,

The Trooper

Iron Maiden


Alexander the Great

Iron Maiden


Gettysburg (1863)

Iced Earth


Indians

Anthrax


And Then There Was Silence

Blind Guardian


Angel of Death

Slayer


Run to the Hills

Iron Maiden


Empire of the Clouds

Iron Maiden


Stalingrad

Accept


Chance

Savatage



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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:43:42 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-metal-songs-that-would-make-great-history-lessons/john-wresinski
<![CDATA[12 Facts About George Washington, The Most Hardcore Founding Father]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/facts-about-george-washington/justin-andress

Sure, you know the basics about George Washington, the most famous Founding Father. He was the first president, the guy with the fake (but not wooden) teeth. He’s the dollar-bill guy, of course, and the man who was so popular that he inspired bullsh*t myths about his virtuousness that survived for decades. 

In truth, the first leader of the American military was much more than the saintly forefather he’s been painted as by the previous centuries. Born in Virginia in 1732, George Washington became the figurehead of a rebellious nation that changed the world. At the time of his death in 1799, he had forged a reputation as a fighter, a leader, a thinker, and one hell of a whiskey maker. 

Washington endured one of the roughest periods of American history to help mold a fledgling nation in the grip of social turmoil. It took a special kind of person to rise to that challenge, and Washington was certainly one of a kind. He was an intelligent man who wasn’t bound by convention and who inspired all those around him.

The life of George Washington is marked by several notable moments where the inveterate badass stepped into the spotlight to help guide the course of American history.


12 Facts About George Washington, The Most Hardcore Founding Father,

He's The Highest Ranking Military General Ever

Though he never achieved the rank during his lifetime, Congress did craft the rank of General Of the Armies specifically with Washington in mind while he was still breathing. In 1976, George Washington was posthumously awarded the title, which equates to that of a six-star general.

Only one other man in the history of the country has achieved this same rank - General John J Pershing, who led the American military during World War I and who's widely regarded as one of the most brilliant military strategists of all time.


He's The Only President Ever To Personally Lead A Military Excursion

The United States Constitution’s first great test came in the form of the Whiskey Rebellion, which erupted in 1792 after residents in southwestern Pennsylvania took up arms over a newly levied tax on whiskey. 

After two verbal warnings to cease and desist went unheeded, President Washington personally lead a militia across the Allegheny Mountains to confront the insurgents. Though he left the fighting to Henry “Lighthorse” Lee (a Revolutionary War hero), Washington’s presence at the head of the militia sent a clear message: the United States government wouldn’t tolerate armed rebellion within its borders.


He Overcame Nine Potentially Fatal Diseases Over The Course Of His Life

By all accounts, George Washington should have been dead long before he stepped onto his first battlefield. He caught diphtheria when he was 15, malaria when he was 17, smallpox when he was 19, and he fought tuberculosis his entire life.

Moreover, while serving in the French and Indian War, he contracted dysentery and pneumonia. At one point, he was also diagnosed with something called "quinsy," which is basically just a wicked infection of the tonsils. In 1795, he even got a carbuncle on his face (which was conveniently omitted from the Presidential portrait). 

And remember, basically none of these ailments were treatable at the time. You either got better, or you died. Although he eventually died of a throat infection at age 67, Washington fought through the majority of his life-threatening health crises. In other words, it’s entirely possible that Washington’s immune system was even more badass than he was.


He Refused To Be Paid For Serving His Country

When he took the oath of office in 1789, George Washington said

When I was first honored with a call into the service of my country, then on the eve of an arduous struggle for its liberties, the light in which I contemplated my duty required that I should renounce every pecuniary compensation.

That’s basically an eloquent way of saying that Washington didn’t believe that he should be paid any money for serving as president. Congress refused to put up with that bullsh*t and actually had to force a salary on the man because they worried his waiver would set an unfair precedent for every president who came after him.


He Wore His Hair Like A Soldier

At a time when the politicians who crammed into the statehouse adorned their shorn scalps with white, powdered wigs, Washington refused to follow tradition. In fact, Washington never wore a wig.

Instead, the founding father’s hairstyle wasn’t the kind favored by statesman at all. Washington’s coif was designed in the popular military style of the day. It was called a queue

The white color that's associated with Washington's signature 'do was achieved with a powder that was applied liberally to the president’s head once the military look was completed.


He Ran The Best Whiskey Distillery On The East Coast

The year before he died, Washington began to produce rye whiskey and brandy at Mount Vernon, leading one historian to call him "the original craft distiller." Without the benefit of electricity, Washington’s eight-man team produced 11,000 gallons of alcohol a year in 1798 and 1799. 

Washington’s recipe was so popular, in fact, that it has endured. A team of historians actually gathers to make Washington’s whiskey on a biannual basis in order to create the rye using the exact same method the Founding Father did back in his day.


He's The Only President In US History To Be Elected Unanimously

A lot of people forget that there’s an almost ten-year gap between the end of the Revolutionary War and Washington’s election to the presidency. It took the people in Washington several years to figure out the finer points of running a country, and the result was a time of widespread chaos throughout the nascent nation.

When the Constitution was finally ratified, the Electoral College vote was instituted immediately in order to quickly secure a figurehead for the new nation. Washington was the unanimous choice. He even repeated the feat in 1792 when running for a second term.


He Once Led A Company 900 Miles Through the Snow In Little More Than Two Months

Washington’s first time leading a company came at the tender age of 21, when the king commissioned the young British officer to deliver a message to the French envoy, attempting to expand into the Ohio Valley.

When Washington’s note was met with utter rejection - Captain Jacques Legardeur de Saint-Pierre called the French king’s claim to Ohio “incontestable” - the young major led his men more than 900 miles in the dead of winter in just two and a half months, (which equates to walking about 12 miles a day) in order to relay the French response to Governor Robert Dinwiddie.

In recognition of this hardcore move, Washington was later chosen to oust the French by force, but he got his *ss handed to him, igniting the seven-year-long French and Indian War.


He Lost Far More Battles Than He Won, But He Never Lost His Men's Respect

According to biographer Joseph J. Ellis, Washington “lost more battles than he won; indeed, he lost more battles than any victorious general in modern history.” Ellis attributed these losses to Washington’s cavalier battlefield attitude, calling the general “overconfident and aggressive.”

In fact, Washington's losing record against the best-trained fighting force in the world at the time is a testament to his ability as a leader of men. Though the Continental Army was consistently underfunded and lacked the necessary resources, Washington managed to keep his troops fighting and behaving.

After witnessing Washington command, one French officer wrote, “I cannot insist too strongly how I was surprised by the American Army. It is truly incredible that troops almost naked, poorly paid, and composed of old men and children and Negroes should behave so well on the march and under fire.” 

It was the loyalty that Washington inspired that allowed his ragtag army to stay cohesive when most would have simply given up.


He Lost Two Horses In One Battle And Kept Fighting

One of the things that distinguished Washington’s military career was his ability to lead from the front. For example, during 1755’s military disaster, The Battle of the Monongahela, young colonel George Washington had two horses shot out from under him. His petticoat also got four bullet holes in it, though none of the musket balls actually hit Washington. And the dude KEPT FIGHTING. 

Washington also maintained great respect for his opponents, making him a candidate for the "sportsmanship trophy" (especially considering how often he lost). After the battle, Washington wrote of the Native American soldiers fighting for the French, “they behaved like Men, and died like Soldiers.” 



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Fri, 30 Dec 2016 04:51:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/facts-about-george-washington/justin-andress
<![CDATA[The 13 Most Horrific Things Spider-Man Villains Have Ever Done]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/messed-up-things-spider-man-villains-have-done/l-zane-pinnock

Spider-Man’s rouges gallery is a veritable who’s who of sociopaths, psychos, and misanthropes. Over the course of his fifty-five year career, Peter Parker has faced some of the most batsh*t insane homicidal menaces New York City (and the world at large) has to offer. It’s not surprising, then, that some of Spider-Man’s villains have taken things entirely too far in their efforts to add more chaos to this cruel and indifferent world.

The enemies Spider-Man has fought have done some really messed up things to him that mark them as undeniably evil, but even then there’s a limit. There have been times over Spidey’s career where the reader has been forced to witness acts that can only be called demented or holy-balls-can-you-believe-that-guy-just-did-that. While other heroes have it hard, the worst things that Spider-Man villains have ever done would make Wolverine run back to Canada.   


The 13 Most Horrific Things Spider-Man Villains Have Ever Done,

Kraven Buries Spider-Man Alive, Steals His Identity

Kraven the Hunter is one of the only villains to truly defeat Spider-Man in a lasting and impactful way. Kraven shoots Spidey in the face, and buries him in the ground. This is twisted enough, since he knows Spidey isn’t dead, but then he actually replaces Peter Parker as Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #31. He begins dispensing his own brutal form of justice to the villains of New York, tarnishing Spider-Man's reputation.

When a traumatized and exhausted Peter Parker digs his way out of the ground, he confronts the creepily docile and affectionate Kraven. Instead of fighting him, Sergei Kravinoff blows his own head off, landing in a coffin with a picture of his family by his side. He knows that Parker will never be able to rob him of his victory. 


The Green Goblin Brutally Tortures Spider-Man For Days, Breaking His Spirit

Norman Osborn, AKA Green Goblin, isn't exactly what you'd call "well-adjusted." Or, you know, "sane." So when Osborn kidnaps Spider-Man and brutally tortures him (both psychologically and physically) with the intention of making him his heir, it's both horrifying and totally in character. Classic father-and-son stuff.

Eventually, Peter musters the strength to fight back and reject Norman Osborn’s twisted gift of darkness. He beats the crap out of the Green Goblin, but it doesn’t matter. Osborn knows that even though Spider-Man is stronger and smarter than he is, the Goblin has broken him. Osborn’s work is done, and in Spectacular Spider-Man #25 he leaves a weeping, unmasked Spider-Man behind him. For a while after that, Spider-Man is kind of a huge bummer to hang out with. Not that we can really blame him.  


Morlun Eats Spider-Man's Eye In Front Of Him

Peter Parker is dying. A radioactivity-based infection is eating him from the inside, and despite the thousands of times Spider-Man has risked his life, this looks like his final battle. Reed Richards, Bruce Banner, T’Challa, and even Doctor Strange are all unable to save his life.

When Peter Parker is at his weakest, the villain Morlun attacks Spider-Man. The web-slinger is unable to mount a defense that even remotely slows his spectral opponent's onslaught. Peter puts everything he has left into a vicious flurry of blows, and it appears that he's beaten Morlun into submission. Then Morlun goes ahead and rips out Peter’s left eye, devouring it in front of him before beating Spidey close to death in Amazing Spider-Man #526. Safe to say the web-head didn't see that one coming. 


The Green Goblin Gave Flash Thompson Brain Damage

Green Goblin loves f*cking with Peter Parker. It's unstoppable, like the tides or new seasons of The Bachelor. As is often the case, Osborn wants Parker to join him as heir to the Osborn Empire. Barring that, he wants Parker to kill him or die knowing that Osborn will then kill everyone Parker has ever loved. Osborn doesn't really do grey areas. 

To motivate the web-slinger, the Green Goblin forces a full bottle of whiskey down the throat of recovering alcoholic Flash Thompson, and then puts him behind the wheel of a speeding truck. A real classy move. The truck is pointed directly at Peter Parker’s unoccupied public school classroom (he's a teacher in this story), and the ensuing crash leaves Thompson with permanent brain damage in Peter Parker, Spider-Man #45.

The really messed up part? This was all tangential to the Goblin's main plan. He just wanted to make Spider-Man mad, and he ruined a man's life to do so. Jesus, next time just don't like a photo he posts to Instagram or something like the rest of us. 


The Hobgoblin Brainwashes, Frames, And Murders Ned Leeds

The late Ned Leeds’ reputation as a decent man is one that lives on to this day in the story of Spider-Man. When Parker realizes Betty Brant could never accept his life a superhero and ends their relationship, it’s Ned who was there to pick up the pieces.

So, it’s a pretty big deal when the Hobgoblin, one of Spider-Man's most formidable enemies, is revealed to be Ned Leeds. The evidence appears incontrovertible. Ned is the victim of professionally executed hit, and when he’s murdered he’s actually wearing the Hobgoblin costume.

Later, it's revealed that Ned had actually been brainwashed into believing he was the supervillain, even as he was garroted to death in Amazing Spider-Man #287. Leeds’ framing and murder was the result of Roderick Kingsley's (the original Hobgoblin) scheming. Kingsley used his immense power to make himself rich, leaving the brainwashed Leeds to take the fall. For years, though, Spider-Man believed his closest friend was actually one of his greatest enemies. 


Carnage Mind-Rapes A Therapist

Doctor Kafka of Ravencroft Sanitarium spent a lot of time and effort trying to help the nightmarish killing machine Cletus Kasady, AKA Carnage. Unable to help him, Kafka called in Matthew Kurtz from the Pentagon for assistance in rehabilitating the murderous psychopath.

Kurtz uses a sonic gun to control the alien symbiote in Kasady’s blood, also utilizing massive doses of psychotropic drugs to control Kasady himself. Kurtz peeled back the layers of Kasady’s mind, cutting to the heart of Carnage’s psychopathy: it’s not just that Kasady loves to kill, he considers himself an artist.

When the drugs unexpectedly wear off early, Kasady attacks Matthew Kurtz with unearthly speed. Carnage drives a corkscrew spike into Kurtz’s mind and pumps his own twisted view of life and existence directly into Matthew Kurtz’s mind. The visions of unrelenting violence change Kurtz for the rest of his very short life as Carnage watches, contented and amused. It's pretty brutal. 


Norman Osborn Bangs Spider-Man's Girlfriend, Gets Her Pregnant

In Amazing Spider-Man #509-514, a handwritten note sends Peter Parker down one of the darkest roads he has ever gone down. Parker discovers that not only did Norman Osborn kill Gwen Stacy, he also seduced and impregnated her beforehand (and she was pretty into it). Ugh.

Their children were born overseas in secret. Norman Osborn saw to their support, made sure they were educated and trained, and told them that Peter Parker was their father. Oh, also due to their Gobliny heritage, they aged super quickly. Because comics. The twins were told that Parker had abandoned them, killed their mother, and left them to die. Finally, Norman Osborn sent the children to destroy Peter Parker and all of his loved ones. So, the upshot is that Peter had to fight the children of his one true love and his greatest enemy, all the while dealing with the fact that Gwen Stacy cheated on him. It was a... rough time for the wall-crawler.   


Sin-Eater Murders A Priest During A Confession

NYPD Captain and popular Spider-Man ally Jean DeWolff is dead, shot at close range with a double barreled shotgun in her own apartment. It's a cheery way to start a story. Anyway, Spider-Man, Daredevil, and the entirety of the NYPD go on the hunt for her killer. While they search, the Sin-Eater (he's the bad guy, if you couldn't tell by the name) continues to murder his way across the city, killing anyone he deems guilty of sin.

Perhaps the most brutal of the Sin-Eater’s kills is the murder of Reverend Bernard Finn, a religious figure known for speaking in support of prison reform. Sin-Eater enters Rev. Finn’s confessional, and talks to the reverend about his self-doubt and flagging resolve.

Oblivious, Reverend Finn encourages him to remain true to his convictions, and to himself. In hindsight, this was probably a bad move. Sin-Eater thanks the Reverend for telling him what he needed to hear, then shoots him point blank with a shotgun, blasting his mangled corpse right out of the confessional in Spectacular Spider-Man #108. 


Kingpin Gets Aunt May Shot

Wilson Fisk discovers Spider-Man's secret identity, and as the Kingpin rots in prison he  orchestrates the murder of Peter Parker. After the events of the first Civil War series, Peter Parker is a wanted fugitive and his Aunt May and Mary Jane have been forced into hiding.

Wilson Fisk has snipers on both of them ,with orders to fire on his command at the end of Amazing Spider-Man #538. When Peter Parker meets up with them at a nondescript motel they believed was secure, Fisk gives the go-ahead to take the shot on Parker. He also wants Mary Jane and Aunt May murdered as well, because he's not one for loose ends.

Parker dodges the shot easily, saving his wife in the process. Aunt May, however, is hit by the sniper’s bullet and critically injured. Basically, he shot an old woman just to prove a point. Later, Peter Parker beats the living sh*t out of Fisk during a prison riot, threatening to kill him if he doesn't back off. It takes a pretty f*cked up act to push the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man to that point. 


Doctor Octopus Took Over Peter's Body, Became Spider-Man

Otto Octavius, AKA Doctor Octopus, was always prone to biting off more than he could chew. Thus, it was no surprise when he was pushed to the point of death, the victim of years of radiation and the stress of those monstrous tentacles on Otto’s all too human body. Ever the planner, however, Doctor Octopus had a contingency in place. Peter Parker is forced on two separate occasions to link his mind to Doctor Octopus’ "octobot" technology, and in doing so the process he gives Octavius everything he needs to complete his nefarious scheme.  

Octavius steals Peter Parker’s body; his strength, his powers, his memories, everything. At the same time, he forces Peter Parker’s frenzied consciousness in to his own frail, dying body. You know, so things are fair and balanced. In Amazing Spider-Man #698, Octavius takes control of Peter's life, and it's exactly as terrifying and degrading as you'd imagine. He does, however, refrain from trying to have sex with Mary Jane Watson while in Peter's body, something that the "hero" Wolverine did in a similar situation. For real, look it up. Comics are weird.   



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<![CDATA[47 Dogs and Babies Who Are Adorable Best Friends]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dogs-and-babies/amylindorff
The only thing cuter than a dog is a baby, but even cuter than all of that, is dogs and babies together. Big dogs and tiny babies make for some truly adorable moments, and fortunately, the parents and owners of these pups and newborns have taken plenty of cute pictures for you to aww over. These puppy and baby pairs will melt your heart and brighten your day.

Giant dogs like Great Danes and Newfoundlands, might seem like they should be kept away from babies, but when they meet their new family members, cuteness ensues. Little kids and dogs can be great pals, taking naps together, learning to crawl, and playing outside. No matter what, they'll be just as cute as can be.

From puppies and babies sharing a cozy seat, to corgis welcoming home their newest humans, to kids playing with their favorite (and giant) dog friends, there are tons of cute dogs and babies pictures for you to enjoy. Be sure to vote for the most adorable piles of fluff and cuteness below!
47 Dogs and Babies Who Are Adorable Best Friends,

These Four Babies

This Baby and His Puppy Friend

These Sleepy Boys

This Baby Who Can't Believe How Big Her Friend Is

These Two Chilling on the Porch

This Baby Who Is the Big Spoon

These Guys Having a Great Time

This Future Vet and Her Patient

These Snugglers

These Two Good Nappers


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<![CDATA[The Greatest TV Characters of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/greatest-tv-characters-of-all-time
List of TV's most memorable characters, of all time, chosen by the Ranker community. What makes a character live on in the public's memory, even years after the original run of their respective TV programs? In some cases, it's the amount of depth that the show's writers, actors and other creators were able to bring to the character over the course of many years. For many of the greatest TV characters of all time, audiences feel like they get to know personalities like Dexter Morgan from "Dexter." Even after the show leaves the air, they may not want that relationship to end. (Thankfully, they don't have to, as many shows live on for years after their cancellation on DVD and in syndication.) The best TV characters are ones that you feel like you know and that you'd want to be friends with.

TV has brought many famous characters to life who have been extremely compelling, even if they are not entirely likeable. Viewers may not wish to know dangerous, shadowy figures like Tony Soprano, Vernon Schillinger, and Omar Little in reality, but following their exploits safely from the comfort of your living room can be appealing. Likewise, people who might be aloof or downright unpleasant in real life - think "Mad Men's" Don Draper or Al Swearengen of "Deadwood" - can prove charming, even admirable, when seen at a distance, with the subtext and intricacy that a top long-running TV show can provide.

Who is the greatest TV character ever? This list contains the names of the greatest, most fascinating, and most enduring fictional characters from TV of all time. Be sure to vote for your favorites, and if some of your favorite popular characters aren't represented, go ahead and re-rank the list to contribute to the discussion.
The Greatest TV Characters of All Time,

Bart Simpson

Brian Griffin

Dr. Gregory House

Homer Simpson

Peter Griffin

Spock

Stewie Griffin

Tony Soprano

Tyrion Lannister

Walter White


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<![CDATA[42 Skills Every Woman Should Have]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/skills-every-woman-should-know/casey-cavanagh
No two women are the same, but there are a handful of skills every women should know how to do in life. To live a happy and fulfilling life, it is important to obtain a certain level of self-sufficiency and independence.

Though the only skills a woman "needed" at one time were cooking, cleaning, and household maintaining, we have come along way since those days. While there is no shame in placing priority on self-grooming and domestic talents, it shouldn't stop there. This list has everything you could imagine and more, so vote up your favorites and start learning!
42 Skills Every Woman Should Have,

How to Properly Cook Meat
Whether you're a meat lover or a vegan, there will probably be a time where you have to cook meat for someone, and you want to make sure you're doing it right.
How to Ask for What You Want
The worst anyone can ever say is "no."

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How to Find the Correct Bra Size
Most woman have sizes ranging all over the spectrum in their draws. Some you spill out a little of, some are too tight, some leave strap marks digging into your shoulders. Not only should you have your chest sized by a professional, but you should also learn how to measure them yourself.
How to Change a Tire
If you have a spare tire in your trunk and all the tools for changing one, the last thing you want to do is wait for AAA. Tackle it yourself!
How to Jump a Car

How to Administer CPR
No one anticipates having to administer CPR, but better safe than sorry!
How to Give Yourself a Breast Exam
You should be regularly seeing a doctor and getting a yearly exam, but checking yourself every month or so to make sure there aren't any lumps can be a life-saving skill!
The Rules of Firearms

How to Comfortably Spend Time Alone
Learning to spend time by yourself and be comfortable doing it is essential to being independent and for building healthy relationships with others.
How To Disable an Attacker


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<![CDATA[The Best European Cruise Lines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-european-cruise-lines/island-hopper-dan
The best European cruise lines include some of the largest and most well-known cruise lines in the world. From large-scale cruising ships to smaller, more intimate river cruises, the cruise lines listed here are all based in Europe. Which ones are truly the greatest? You decide that, with your votes. And this list is by no means complete, so feel free to add any Europe cruise lines that are missing.

Two of the largest and most recognizable names among the best cruise lines in the world are certainly MSC Cruises (which is now based in Switzerland, but originated in Italy) and Costa Cruises (based in Italy). Both of these cruise lines feature massive ships in their lineup, including several cruises that would be more than appropriate for families and even for families who want to cruise with kids.

Some of the European cruise lines on this list feature luxury cruises, giving passengers five-star treatment, from spas to six-star cuisine. Cunard (United Kingdom) and Crystal Cruises (Japan) are certainly included in this category. These cruise lines pamper guests to the max, as they guide them towards some of the most wonderful port destinations in the world.

One of the fastest growing and most popular means of cruising throughout Europe is the river cruise. Some of the companies listed here also appear on this list of the best river cruise lines, not surprisingly. River cruises are certainly unique, and the cruise ships themselves tend to be a bit smaller than the ocean liners, allowing for a lower passenger-to-staff ratio and, usually, fantastic one-on-one service.

Whatever your cruising style, enjoy this list and don't forget to vote!
The Best European Cruise Lines,

Cunard Line

Royal Caribbean International

Viking Line

Louis Cruises

Compagnie Du Ponant

Island Cruises

Crystal Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises

CDF Croisières de France

Le Ponant Cruises
The mission of the luxury PONANT cruises is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.It’s, also, to offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment - a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared - and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.It’s, finally, to combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence. 

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<![CDATA[The Best Sugar Free Alcohol]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-sugar-free-alcohol/bottoms-up

List of the best sugar free alcohol on the market, as ranked by loyal and casual drinkers alike. When you’re diabetic or on a low carb diet, the things you can eat and drink while keeping to your healthy diet is significantly lowered. The delicious alcoholic drinks that you used to be able consume on a stressful Friday night are often filled with sugar for taste purposes. However, there are a few straight spirits, sugar-free cocktails, and other alcoholic brews that can be enjoyed by those who are diabetic, on a low carb diet, or a simply trying to inhibit their sugar intake.

 

While the alcoholic beverages on this list are sugar free, it’s important to know that spirits and other alcoholic drinks are metabolized into sugar. So even drinking the beverages on this list that don’t have any sugar, it can be dangerous for diabetics to overdo. Yet, in small doses these drinks are a healthier alternative.

 

This list is the answer to the question, “What are the best sugar-free alcoholic drinks?” Whether you like your drinks strong and straight from the bottle or a fancier type of cocktail, the drinks on this list will be just what you need. If your favorite no carb drink isn't on the list of sugar free alcohols, make sure to add it so others can enjoy a low card beverage.


The Best Sugar Free Alcohol,

Beer

Gin

Vodka

White Wine

Light Beer

Scotch Whiskey

Rum and Diet Coke (Skinny Pirate)

Sugar-Free Vodka Collins

Sugar-Free Margarita

Sugar-Free Amaretto


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:53:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-sugar-free-alcohol/bottoms-up
<![CDATA[6 Awesome Homeless People Saved by The Internet]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/6-awesome-homeless-people-saved-by-the-internet/joanne
Ted Williams is among several homeless people who've found success, be it financial or personal, through the wonderful use of the series of tubes we like to call "The Internet." Here are the 6 greatest homeless people ever saved by the Internet, with different stories to tell, but all equally inspiring, awesome, and mind-blowing. Thanks to the internet, several homeless people have found "Internet fame", they may not be all as successful as Ted Williams or Xi Le Ge but they're probably funnier. Click here for funny homeless guy signs.
6 Awesome Homeless People Saved by The Internet,

Eric Sheptock Uses Facebook For Change
There are plenty of people who use the Internet to make a living, but Eric Sheptock uses the Internet for homelessness-based activism, all while being homeless himself.

Sheptock refuses to work a 9-to-5 job or move out of the shelter where he shares a room with 11 other men in downtown Washington, D.C. in order to continue his unique ability to advocate for others in the same situation. He has about 5,000 Facebook friends, 1,200 followers on Twitter, and thousands of emails notifying him of press mentions.

But Sheptock is interested in only one thing: to spread social justice using social media. He's a blogger for Chang.org, and is a known speaker of the National Coalition for Homelessness. So far, he's been able to get a leak fixed at a homeless shelter and stop harassment at another through his continual messages for change on the Internet.

Watch the video below for the full story:


Adrian Lamo, Homeless Hacker Genius
It's always the smart people who get caught. In this case, it's Adrian Lamo, who was arrested in September 2004 by the FBI for computer fraud.

He was charged with breaking into the private network of the New York Times Company and running a bill upwards $300,000 on the pay-per-use search tool, Lexis-Nexis, with a possible 15-year prison sentence.

This wouldn't be too surprising if Lamo was an Ivy-League graduate with a rebellious streak (we've all seen Social Network three times by now to get the picture), but Lamo, one of the best-known hackers in the country, was homeless.

Given the name "The Homeless Hacker" by some, Lamo traveled around with just his eight-year-old Toshiba, blanket, change of clothes, and Taser stun gun, which he used to shock vending machines to see if they'd drop any food or spare change. He did most of his virtual exploring from the internet connections of Kinko's copy shops, which if you wear the right stuff, is actually pretty smart if you're a hacker (assuming you're paying in cash).
James Montgomery's Got Everything He Needs
James Montgomery may not have a physical home, but he calls the sky his home, using the Internet as his outlet for it. Unlike everyone else on this list, he isn't rich, famous, or 100% assimilated back into normal society. Using the Internet can save lives (as we've learned from that one Robert Downey, Jr. movie), providing an outlet for someone who may otherwise dive off the deep end in a downward spiral of self-destruction.

Here's James Montgomery's story:
After having his guitar and amplifier stolen at a bus transfer station, he had to make a decision: keep playing jazz and rock at the public station or buy a computer. He decided on the latter and purchased a $400 Dell laptop from a pawn shop and moved to Lodi, CA in the San Joaquin County, which he found to be much safer than San Francisco (which seriously, makes perfect sense).

There, Montgomery started writing about metaphysical philosophy using the internet connection at the Lodi Public Library, as well as reading books about it. The Lodi News-Sentinel has reported on the man who stays connected to the world through the Internet, despite not having a home. It's something that keeps him thinking and driving forward to enjoy his life every day.

Ted Williams, The Man With the Golden Voice Gets a Job, Fame
"I have a God given gift of voice. I'm an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times. Please! Any help will be greatfully appreciated. Thank you and God bless. Happy holidays."

Those were the words that Ted Williams held up on a cardboard sign in the first week of 2010 to commuters driving down Ohio's I-71 in hopes to get a job or, even more pressing, a motel room to sleep in at night.

Just 24 hours later after a video was posted of him exhibiting his voiceover talents to a passerby who decided to put it on YouTube, Williams began receiving numerous offers from prestigious companies such as the Cleveland Cavaliers (who also offer housing), MSNBC, ESPN, and MTV. He's been interviewed on various television shows and on Thursday, January 6 of 2011, he introduced NBC's Today Show. Just two days after living on the street.

On the popular website Reddit.com (aka Digg with a brain/conscience), people have donated a cellphone, business suit and over $1,000 to help jumpstart his career. Williams has already made appearances on "The Early Show" and "Good Morning America" and is set to do a taping with "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell."

Most recently, he's been offered a job by Roger Ebert, who wants him to do an Orson Welles impression for his new show.

Watch the video below for the full, awesomely inspiring story that makes you love the internet for who we are and the power that we have as a world community. hell yes:


Xi Li Ge Lived On the Street, Now Walks On the Runway
Xi Li Ge wasn't just any old beggar off the street before becoming an Internet celebrity and fashion icon. He was also a guy with the fashion sense of an avant garde stylist, who could run with the best of those guys who act like they're too good for you on television, matched with the broody demeanor of a tortured poet and the cheekbones of a Dolce & Gabbana model. Basically, this guy was BUILT for fashion.

Xi Li Ge, or "Brother Sharp" as he's more commonly known in the fashion webosphere because of his "sharp/penetrating eyes," first attracted the attention of fashion lovers in March 2010 when someone testing out a camera accidentally photographed him and uploaded the image to the Internet.

In the photo he's wearing a coat over a leather jacket, sporting full locks of messy hair and smoking a cigarette while walking down a road in Ningbo, China. Girls everywhere started commenting on the photo saying things like "Look at him wrinkle his brow...nothing needs to be said...sexy..." and "Brother Sharp, you are truly too handsome."

He was, though, afterall, homeless. So...

His internet popularity soon allowed him to sign with a fashion company, walk a fashion show in Guangzhou, be a subject of a huge painting on the street of Hangzhou and, now, have a movie in the works based on his story.

Billionaire Yang Meimei announced in July that she plans to invest RMB 70 million to produce the movie and Hong Kong model-actor Carl Ng is rumored to play "China's sexiest homeless man."

This guy wins. At everything.
Tim Edwards Gets Pimped Out
Pimpthisbum.com is a father-and-son run website that raises money for one lucky homeless person.

It follows the story and rehabilitation of Tim Edwards, an alcoholic homeless man who was found under the 1-10 overpass at Highway 6 in Houston.

Once he and the Dolans (owners of the site) met, it was a moment in Internet-homelessness history. He began carrying a cardboard sign with the website url scrawled on it, and donations began pouring in. Soon enough, he was remitted into a rehab center in Seattle for free, reunited with his long-lost family, and got a job as an apprentice machinist, all for pimping his own URL on the street... and he didn't even have to twirl it.

Watch the video below for the full, heartwarming story:

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy



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<![CDATA[The 17 Best Yao Ming Career Highlights]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-17-best-yao-ming-career-highlights/randolph
Yao Ming, China's most famous athlete, is officially retiring from the NBA. The 7'6'' Houston Rocket center has faced a lot of injuries over the last couple of years and he has decided enough is enough. This list covers all the highlights from Yao Ming's career - on and off the court. His career peaked in 2006-2007, when he averaged 25 points per game. But, this number would not last. He slowly became prone to injury and started facing the reality that he is a 7'6'' giant... and people that tall are rather fragile.

Bonus: are you aware of the Yao Ming funny side? Yao Ming career high scoring and rebounding is nothing to scoff at, but he's a funny guy as well. Read on to reminisce about his storied basketball career.

The 17 Best Yao Ming Career Highlights,

Shanghai Sharks
Before joining the Houston Rockets in 2002, Yao played for the Shanghai Sharks in the China Basketball Association (CBA). Yao played 122 games with the Sharks and averaged 23 points and 15 rebounds. He became only the second Chinese player in history to enter the NBA in America. (The first was Wang Zhizhi the previous year.)
Yao Ming Posterizes LeBron
Yao brutally dunks over the top of LeBron James in this clip from a February 2009 game between the Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. This led to much debate between fans over the importance of a height differential when blocking shots.
#1 Overall Pick in the 2002 NBA Draft
Yao was selected by the Houston Rockets as the #1 overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. It doesn't get much better than that.

The deal was a long time in the planning. The Rockets sought special permission from the China Basketball Association to pick up Yao (who was already a star in his homeland). Through an interpreter, while still in Beijing, Yao told reporters that he was excited for the start of "my new basketball life" and said "This is a new league in front of me for me to play, so it will be a new challenge for me."
Yao Ming Meets Verne Troyer
The tallest and shortest celebrities come face-to-face in this spot for Apple's 12" and 17" PowerBooks. (Get it?) Yao and Verne Troyer (better known as "Mini-Me" from the Austin Powers films) are boarding a plane near one another when they both reach for their laptops. Humorously, Yao uses the smaller 12" PowerBook while Verne grabs his 17" PowerBook. (You may also notice that the narrator of the ad is none other than actor Jeff Goldblum.)
Yao Ming Ejected from Game
Yao was known for his class as a player. But, apparently even polite 7.5" Chinese men get irritated at the refs every once in a while. Check out this video of Yao getting kicked out of the game against the Sacramento Kings on December 1, 2007, and his ensuing frustration.
Yao Ming Carries Olympic Torch
Not only did Yao get to appear in a Coca Cola commercial holding the Olympic torch, but he actually got to carry the Olympic torch to help introduce the games to Beijing in 2008. Yao ran the torch through China’s symbolic Tiananmen Square gate through the Palace Museum and onto the streets. Former gymnast Li Ning, who won 6 medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics (China's first), was hoisted up on wires during the Beijing Opening Ceremonies to light the Olympic Cauldron.
Yao Ming at a Charity Roast
In April of 2008, Yao was being honored at a charity event in Houston, which included a traditional roast. When he finally got up for his turn to speak, Yao showed off his comedy chops by turning the tables on his roasters. Most of his jokes stem from observations about the clash between Yao's Chinese upbringing and his new experiences in America.
3 FIBA Asian Championship Gold Medals
Not only was Yao the MVP of the 2001, 2003, and 2005 FIBA Asian Championship, but he also led the Chinese national team to the gold medals all three years.
Yao Ming Rage Face
Fans of Internet memes may have noticed a resemblance between Yao Ming and a certain character who pops up on message boards, forums and sites like Reddit and 4Chan.

To the left is the original photo of Yao. Below is his cartoon incarnation. This face is often used in so-called "rage comics" and other humorous images to depict a cavalier, utterly disinterested manner. Hence, the face is often known as the "F**k That Guy," and it is rarely referenced that the original image is based on Yao at all.


Yao Ming's Career High 41 Points Game
In this triple overtime game against the Atlanta Hawks in 2002, Yao Ming scored a career high 41 points to help lead the Rockets to the victory. In addition, to his impressive offensive performance, Yao also racked up 16 rebounds.

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<![CDATA[Russell Brand Tattoos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/russell-brand-tattoos/tat-fancy
Russell Brand tattoos, ranked by fans of the sexy star and of body art. Russell Brand is a British standup comedian, actor and media personality. Brand made his TV debut on the U.K. version of Big Brother before launching his Hollywood career. In 2008, Russell made his U.S. film debut in the comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall as rocker Aldous Snow. He reprised the role in 2010's Get Him to the Greek. Brand was also famously married to pop superstar Katy Perry, whom he met in 2009 after hosting the MTV Video Music Awards. The couple married in 2010 and divorced two years later, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split.

If you ever find yourself thinking what do Russell Brand's tattoos mean, then look no further.

Russell Brand's tats honor the people in his life that are most important to him and remind him of how far he's come in the entertainment industry. Brand has at least 7 tattoos, with special meanings or memories. Russell Brand's body art includes religious symbols from both Christian and Hindu beliefs. Brand also has an all-seeing Eyeball inked on his shoulder as well as the logo for his favorite football team West Ham United tattooed on his arm.

Similar to other stars that have tattoos, such as Katy Perry Body Art or Marc Jacobs Tats, Russell Brand has made headlines several times as he has added a new tattoo to his collection. He is one of the hottest tattooed celebrities and famous people with tattoos.
Russell Brand Tattoos,

Om Tattoo
Russell has various religious symbols including Om tattooed on his right arm. This tattoo is related to Brand's affiliation with Hinduism. Russell attributes his spiritual connection to Hinduism as the reason to behind why he was able to beat his sex and drug addictions.
Lord Make Me A Channel of Thy Peace
Russell has the prayer of St. Francis "Lord make me a channel of Thy peace" along with a cross tattooed on his right inner forearm.
Queen Elizabeth II
Russell revealed he had a tat of Queen Elizabeth II on his inner thigh tat to remind him of his home Britain while he's traveling. 


Anuugacchati Pravaha
Russell had this Sanskrit tattoo, which means “Go With the Flow," tattooed on his right arm to match his ex-wife Katy Perry's identical tat.

Ecstasy
On Russell's left hip is a tattoo of the word "Ecstasy." 
Eyeball
Inked on Russell's left shoulder is a large eyeball.
West Ham United Logo
Russell had his favorite football team the West Ham United badge inked on his arm by legendary tattoo artist Bang Bang.

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<![CDATA[Chris Evans Tattoos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/chris-evans-tattoos/tat-fancy
Chris Evans tattoos, ranked by fans of the sexy star and of body art. Chris Evans is a Hollywood actor most famous for his role as Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger. He first broke out in Hollywood with roles in Not Another Teen Movie and as the Human Torch in another superhero franchise Fantastic Four. Chris is also the face of Gucci Guilty perfume along with Evan Rachel Wood.

Have you ever asked yourself, what are the meanings behind Chris Evans' tattoos? The answer is that Chris Evan's tats honor people in his life that are most important to him and remind him of how far he's come in the entertainment industry. Evans has at least 5 tattoos, each with a special meaning or memory. Chris Evans' body art includes tributes to his loved ones with the Japanese character for "family" on his right bicep and a dedication to his friend Bardsley, who passed away from an accident, tattooed on his stomach.

Similar to other stars that have tattoos, such as Brad Pitt ink or Mark Wahlberg body art, Chris Evans has made headlines several times as he has added a new tattoo to his collection. He is one of the hottest tattooed celebrities and famous people with tattoos.
Chris Evans Tattoos,

Kanji Symbol for Family
Chris Evans has said that all of his body art are all for family. The Kanji symbol on his right bicep is the symbol for family.
Buddhist Teaching Tattoo
Tattooed on Chris Evans' chest is a quote of a Buddhist teaching. The actor studied Buddhism to help deal with fame and to keep him grounded.
In Loving Memory of Bardsley With Me Always
On the upper right portion of Chris Evans's torso is a tribute tat to his best friend Matt, who passed away in an accident. It reads "In Loving Memory of Bardsley With Me Always."
Zodiac Symbol
Tattooed on Chris's left shoulder is a tribal design of the Taurus zodiac symbol. Chris got this tattoo as an homage to his mother whose zodiac sign is a Taurus.
Loyalty
Perhaps another tribute to his family, Chris has a tat of the word "Loyalty" on his right shoulder. 

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<![CDATA[The Very Best Costumes from New York Comic Con 2013, RANKED]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-new-york-comic-con-2013-cosplay-costumes/ariel-kana
Looking through the Monday morning round-ups of New York Comic-Con (#NYCC) 2013 cosplay, I realized that there's not a single article from a major publisher out there who's actually put all of the amazing costumes from the convention into any kind of order. They're all just kind of thrown together into a rummage sale of awesomeness. So, in an effort to give a shout-out to those who worked really hard on the 2013 New York Comic-Con (#NYCC) costumes, here are the funniest, most well-thought out, best-made and most generally great cosplays from this year. 
The Very Best Costumes from New York Comic Con 2013, RANKED,

Wonder Woman
via /u/Largan1

Spider-Man at NYCC 2013 (Right Before Security Got Him Down from There)
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A Really Accurate Nolan Batman
via Eric McCoy Photography
Awesomely Accurate Kick-Ass and Night Bitch
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This EPIC Bumblebee

Sith Twi'Lek
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Batman Villains
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This Batman Beyond

A Very Lifelike Lara Croft
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Spider-Man 2099 and Ultimate Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
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<![CDATA[15 CIA Torture Conspiracies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-government-cia-torture/mike-rothschild
The release of 525 pages of the Senate Intelligence Committee's "Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program" (aka the Torture Report) turned the stomachs of many Americans, with its descriptions of human rights abuses, beatings, starvation, kidnapping, and other horrors - all done to people floating in a quasi-POW status. Though released in 2015, there are many instances of CIA torture throughout American history as well. Which American torture conspiracies are the most shocking?

The CIA conspiring to torture people - or at the very least, conspiring to flout human rights conventions - is nothing new. Conflicts since the dawn of the Cold War have been studded with CIA-taught torture techniques, murders, extraditions, and illegal tactics. And the CIA is almost certainly still doing it, under a name and directive that won't be known for years.

These CIA torture conspiracies and government torture plots and little-known facts have shocked US citizens over the years. Upvote the most appalling, shocking, and despicable cases of CIA torture below, and be warned, a few are truly nauseating.

15 CIA Torture Conspiracies,

MKULTRA
The CIA’s infamous MKULTRA experiment ran for 20 years, and involved citizens unknowingly being dosed with mind-altering LSD. While the goal of the study was to advance US intelligence and special operations capabilities in mind control, brainwashing, and resisting torture, it failed miserably, producing no actionable results.

What’s worse is that it violated every ethical code in any medical book anywhere. At one point half a dozen unknowing subjects were given LSD for 77 days straight, and several deaths are directly attributable to the program.

Stress and Duress
The torture techniques used at Abu Ghraib were so numerous that they spawned a rhyming nickname: “stress and duress.” There were 72 different methods in the stress and duress “matrix,” all of which were illegally used on Iraqis who may not have done anyhing wrong. While US officials first claimed that stress and duress wasn’t actually torture, and therefore, not specifically against the Geneva Convention, those subjected to it would probably disagree.

Among the tactics in the stress and duress manual are the use of bright lights or blaring noise, putting blackout hoods on heads for 24 hour periods, exposure to extreme heat and cold, binding in stress positions, stripping, humiliation, and sleep deprivation. All of this was approved at some level by American military personnel and used on people whose status as combatants was unproven, at best.
CIA Obfuscation
Another finding of the torture report was the extent to which the CIA misled not only its detainees, but the civilian and military authorities it technically answered to. Both the White House and National Security Council were given either misleading or false information about CIA interrogations, President Bush was kept away from most of the details of the stress and duress program for years, and two Secretaries of State weren’t even told where the Agency’s black sites were, or who was there.

The press was also routinely lied to, as the CIA attempted to shape what information was reported on and what the public was told.

PO Box 1142
During World War II, the War Department took control of a small plot of land called Fort Hunt, and used it to house a top-secret military intelligence center – P.O. Box 1142. The site included prisoner-of-war interrogation programs run by both the Army and Navy, and was used to question Nazi scientists and German U-boat captains. It was also the home of secret schemes to help break out Allied POWs, as well as the making of key components of the atomic bomb.

While much of the work done at 1142 was laudable and important, and declassified documents point out that torture itself was never used, the camp was off the books and in violation of the Geneva Convention. Interrogators did also use fear-based tactics and psychological games to extract information.
The Phoenix Program
Partially designed and coordinated by the CIA, the Vietnam War-era Phoenix Program was an operation designed to destroy the leadership of the Viet Cong from within. It involved capturing VC leaders, as well as Vietnamese civilians sympathetic to their cause, then extracting information from them to kill or capture other VC leaders. Torture was widely used, including beatings, rape, waterboarding, and physical mutilation – usually carried out by South Vietnamese soldiers, under the supervision of American officers or CIA operatives.

When it was all over, nearly 82,000 Vietnamese were involved in the Program as informants, targets or victims – leading to over 26,000 deaths. While the North Vietnamese found Phoenix to be successful in breaking up cadres and springing ambushes, the program was heavily criticized in the US, and was later renamed – though not entirely suspended.

Rectal Feeding
Of all of the revelations in the so-called “torture report” prepared by Congress, the worst might have been that the CIA can literally make you eat. A prisoner named Majid Khan had a “lunch plate” of hummus, pasta, sauce and raisins pureed and rectally introduced into his body. There was no medical need for this, at least not one specified in the report.

Other prisoners were forced to stand on broken limbs, shackled naked to walls, given forcible rectal exams, mock executions, and threatened with the murder and rape of their loved ones. This is only the information that was publicly released, and much of it might not be made public for decades – or ever.
Latin American Torture Manuals
One of the great scandals of the 1980s was the “torture manuals” fiasco, in which the Baltimore Sun uncovered nearly two decades of CIA handbooks specifically used to teach coercive information gathering methods to Latin American paramilitaries. Among the tactics taught by these manuals, first called KUBARK, then the Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual, were electric shocks, truth serum, fear, sleep deprivation, and solitary confinement.

Among the most prolific US-taught torturers was Honduras’s Battalion 316, which the CIA played a major role in establishing, training, equipping, and financing. Close to 200 Honduran students were tortured, killed, or disappeared by this paramilitary unit before it was closed down by the US.
Outsourcing Torture
Torturing America’s enemies is so important to the CIA that they got other countries to help. A report from independent investigative group the Open Society Foundation found that nearly 140 suspected terrorists were held, interrogated, or spent at least some time in 54 different nations.

Brutal torture was conducted on behalf of the US in Syria, Turkey, Zimbabwe, and Somalia; while rendition flights refueled or took on passengers everywhere from Italy to Finland to South Africa.

The School of the Americas
The CIA and DOD have been teaching counterinsurgency and anti-terrorist tactics to small countries, specifically in Latin America, since the end of World War II. Operating under a variety of names, including the US Army School of the Americas and now the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), the Georgia training facility is also famous for teaching something else: how to torture people. Numerous tin-pot dictators, hired killers, cartel enforcers, and generally awful people have graduated from the School, many of whom were initially trained to be tools of American foreign policy who subsequently turned on the hand that trained them.

Senator Joseph Kennedy once said of the School: “The U.S. Army School of the Americas is a school that has run more dictators than any other school in the history of the world."
Black Sites
The CIA needed somewhere to take all those quasi-combatants it was intent on torturing, hence the need for black sites. These are secret prisons with no real legal definition, usually located in far-flung countries and away from prying eyes. For quite some time, the US wouldn’t acknowledge black sites were even a thing, only admitting to their existence in a 2006 speech by President Bush – because information on them had leaked to the Washington Post.

At least 50 sites have been reported in over two dozen countries, along with several dozen more in Iraq and Afghanistan, and some on military and civilian ships. Torture, beatings, waterboarding, and sleep deprivation are all alleged to have taken place at these black sites – and that’s only what’s publicly known.


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Fri, 20 Feb 2015 04:54:48 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/american-government-cia-torture/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[29 Things You Didn't Know About Our Founding Fathers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/founding-fathers-facts/mel-judson
This list of interesting facts about the Founding Fathers will rock your world. These are little-known tidbits about former Presidents of the United States and the group of men who created America with its founding documents. If you are looking for a list that features John Adams facts, George Washington fun facts, and loads of trivia about Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay! These geniuses make up some great US history trivia that will shock your friends, because these facts probably weren't in your American History textbook.
 
Who are our Founding Fathers? Well, they were a bunch of cool dudes. In fact, these facts about the founding fathers offer a ton of president trivia about the educations and occupations about these American leaders. For instance, which of the first five presidents did not own a slave? Who married a 17-year-old? Who was a volunteer firefighter and what president was an awesome dancer?

The only way to find out is to check out all of these fun facts about the Founding Fathers, now listed here for your ranking and learning pleasure. Upvote the most interesting US Founding Fathers facts below, and file away Benjamin Franklin's essay entitled "Fart Proudly" for your next dinner party conversation starter.



29 Things You Didn't Know About Our Founding Fathers,

John Adams Went to Harvard... at the Age of 16
Most people get rejected from Harvard, but not John Adams! In fact, he put every student in the United States to shame by attending the prestigious school around the time of his Super Sweet Sixteen. He graduated within four years and excelled at his studies.

Source: Biography
John Adams Was the Only President of the First Five Who Didn't Own a Person
Kudos to John Adams! While the four presidents who held the job before him were slaveowners, Adams was in staunch opposition. He, and his son John Quincy Adams, refused to own a human being when he moved into the White House. 

Source: Strange But True, America: Weird Tales from All 50 States
James Madison Weighed 100 Pounds
James Madison was a very little man, standing at just 5'4". In addition to being the smallest president ever, he never weighed more than 100 pounds.

Source: Internet Public Library
George Washington = World Class Dancer
The first president of the United States happened to be a damn good dancer. In fact, it was one of the many activities he loved to do with his wife Martha, and he had even studied formal dancing when he was a teenage boy.

Source: The Invention of George Washington
Thomas Jefferson Had About 6,500 Books
Thomas Jefferson was such a hoarder of books that he once said "I cannot live without books." Don't believe him? The reason the Library of Congress got 6,500 of the books in their collection is because Jefferson sold his collection for almost $24,000.

Source: Library of Congress

Thomas Jefferson Designed UVA's Rotunda
Politician or architect? Many people know that Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819 but few people know he actually designed the school's most recognizable landmark. Planning their curriculum wasn't enough for the overachieving TJ, he also had to plan the design of the school's Rotunda.

Source: University of Virginia
Vanilla Ice Cream Was Thomas Jefferson's Jam
While Ronald Reagan loved jelly beans and Bill Clinton loved fast food, Thomas Jefferson was an American leader known for his love of ice cream. In fact, his love of vanilla ice cream became history, as the first known recipe written down in the United States was Jefferson's vanilla ice cream recipe.

Source: SDPB
Benjamin Franklin Could Yell at You in Five Languages
Even trilingual wasn't enough for Benjamin Franklin, the man who knew everything. From Spanish to Latin, Franklin could speak five languages in total... fluently (the other three were German, French, and Italian). Now that's a good education.

Source: The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary
Benjamin Franklin Invented Your Rocking Chair
Benjamin Franklin fitted his armchair's legs with curved wooden pieces, leading to what many believe was the invention of the rocking chair. Considering this was the guy who figured out electricity and founded the United States, it's not hard to believe. Franklin had all kinds of tricks up his sleeve.

Source: Biography
Benjamin Franklin Volunteered for the Fire Department
Benjamin Franklin not only gave birth to the United States and invented all kinds of stuff you've probably heard of, he also put out literal fires. Franklin not only established America's first volunteer fire department, but he was a firefighter himself and volunteered after witnessing a local blaze.

Source: Popular Mechanics

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Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:01:45 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/founding-fathers-facts/mel-judson
<![CDATA[28 Cats Sitting in Funny Spaces]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cats-in-funny-places/rachel-green
Cats' curiosities often lead them to finding some pretty interesting places to sit their tush down and enjoy life. Sometimes, it's as simple as sitting on a windowsill or the back of the couch, but other times they try to cram their squishy bodies into the strangest places.

This list is paying homage to our fuzzy felines and all the ridiculous things they do. Do you have a kitty that likes to squeeze itself into a much too small place for some much needed R&R? Upload your kitty's picture and put it on here. The more, the merrier, in this case! 

I've gotten the ball rolling with some awesomely adorable cats, but feel free to add your own. Which space is too small? You decide.
28 Cats Sitting in Funny Spaces,

There Was a Tiny Kitten Who Lived in a Shoe...

This Kitty Ate All of Its Snacks

Cuddle Puddle

Where's the Kitty?

Kitty-Filled Donut

A Tiny Place for a Tiny Kitten

Catburger

This Kitten Pairing Goes Great with Love Entree

I See You

Is This How Shoes Work?


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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:32:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/cats-in-funny-places/rachel-green
<![CDATA[25 Pictures of Beyonce Without Makeup]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/beyonce-without-makeup/celeb-stalker
Beyonce Knowles is an innovative pop singer who has released hit songs such as “Single Ladies” and “Crazy in Love.” She regularly looks stunning at awards shows, in music videos, and on the red carpet, but sometimes Beyonce likes to be more casual. Here are several pictures of Beyonce without any makeup.

Where does Beyonce go without wearing any makeup? The famous singer regularly hangs out on beautiful, sandy beaches looking cool and casual when she is not wearing any makeup at all. The Dreamgirls actress has also been photographed working hard on her laptop when she was not wearing any makeup.

The Grammy award-winning singer is regularly followed by paparazzi, fans, and amateur photographers so it's no surprise that she has been photographed without wearing makeup on several occasions. Beyonce has appeared sans makeup as she takes selfies, runs errands, and even went with a natural look for her HBO documentary, Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream. She has a beautiful face and she appears confident in her appearance, with or without makeup.

Do you think that Beyonce looks better with or without makeup? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
25 Pictures of Beyonce Without Makeup,

Fresh Face

Smile

On a Boat

Around Town

Bikini

Working Hard

Vintage

Unrecognizable

Bun Head

Tour Bus


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Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:47:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/beyonce-without-makeup/celeb-stalker
<![CDATA[The Best Fictional Journalists, Reporters, and Newscasters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fictional-journalists/lauren-slocum

Check out this list of fictional journalists who starred in popular TV shows or movies! On this list, you’ll find memorable reporters and newsmen and women who brought us the most cutting edge fictional news, ranging from 1958 (you go, Doris Day!) all the way up to the present. Be it a TV drama series, an action-packed movie, or a comical cartoon, we’ve found all your favorite fictional newscasters, journalists, and reporters and now you get to rank them to determine which you wish hosted the news in real life.
 

The journalist’s character is like a stealthy fox; they’re either being hunted by some larger force or they’re digging up dirt on the characters we love. Journalists, whether good or evil, always make things more interesting! A good fictional journalist is intriguing, slightly deceiving, and always looking for an angle. And despite the fact that they’re akin to slimey C-list detectives, we can’t help but love them as characters!
 

Historically, journalists provide tension and unpredictable twists to plot progression. Whether they play the antagonist or protagonist, the fictional journalist creates conflict, propelling the story and keeping us engaged. They can be funny and light-hearted, like the beloved Perd Hapley, or they can be driven by a challenge or purpose, like Phil Connors from the classic Groundhog Day.
 

So who played the ultimate journalist or reporter characters? Upvote your favorites below, or add the fictional newscasters you think are the best, if they aren't already listed.

The Best Fictional Journalists, Reporters, and Newscasters,

Kent Brockman

Robin Scherbatsky

Ron Burgundy

Stephen Colbert

Ted Baxter

Vicki Vale

Phil Connors

Joan Callamezzo

Perd Hapley

Clark Kent


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Fri, 01 May 2015 09:30:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fictional-journalists/lauren-slocum
<![CDATA[The Best Calendar Apps for iPhone]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-calendar-apps/dot-commander
The best calendar apps can help anyone stay on top of a busy schedule, remember important dates, or just keep you on track with the date. This list ranks the best task manager apps for iPhone, and it includes links directly to the Apple App Store. I’ve covered all the bases for you on this one. There’s even one or two of the best calendar apps for iPad on this list, which includes links directly to the Apple App Store.

So, what exactly should a great calendar app do for you? Well, there are many features and benefits that should be considered as “must have” for any entry on this list. First and foremost should be the ability to add events and / or tasks that need to be completed on a specific date. From there, you should be able to specify whether the task is an all-day event, or if it has a set time frame within that date. Next, you should have the ability to set a reminder, whether that reminder is sent to you by e-mail, text message, or a reminder on your phone’s notification system. Just some way for the app to remind you on time of what you’re supposed to be doing next. Last, but certainly not least, should be the ability to sync with the app’s version online and on your PC. Granted, all calendar apps may not have an online or PC component, but most of them will at least allow you to sync with existing calendars such as the Google Calendar or iCal.

If you’re still wondering why you would need a calendar app, I suggest downloading the top one or two apps on this list and trying them for yourself. I believe that you’ll find them to be indispensable tools for everyone, from the business professional who needs to stay on top of his appointments to the stay-at-home mom who wants to do meal plans ahead of time. The best calendar apps are just the thing you need.


The Best Calendar Apps for iPhone,

Pocket Informant

GoCal

Fantastical 2

LifeTopix Organizer by LightArrow

Organizer for iPhone

Calvetica

Calendars by Readdle

Cozi Family Calendar and Lists
Cozi makes your phone the ultimate family organizer with a shared calendar, grocery shopping lists, to do lists and a journal the whole family can access on the go Available on Android.
CalenGoo

Week Cal


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Thu, 24 Jan 2013 02:48:47 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-calendar-apps/dot-commander
<![CDATA[The Best TED Videos: Greatest TED Talks Videos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ted-videos-greatest-ted-talks-videos/the-doctor
These are the greatest TED talks given at the TED conference every year.
From the TED website, "TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TEDx program and the annual TED Prize."

The speakers address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most engaging way they can. The speeches have been some of the most memorable by some of the world's most famous innovators. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bill Gates, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners.

Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the top speeches in the history of the TED conference. Besides, where else can you see some the world's most important innovators giving talks in such a manner? These videos are some of most engaging talks in each speakers history.


The Best TED Videos: Greatest TED Talks Videos,

Al Gore
At TED2009, Al Gore presents updated slides from around the globe to make the case that worrying climate trends are even worse than scientists predicted, and to make clear his stance on "clean coal."



James Cameron
James Cameron's big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic -- from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving -- and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits Aliens, The Terminator, Titanic and Avatar.



J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery –- a passion that’s evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias -- back to its magical beginnings.
.



Ken Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.



Johnny Lee
Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.



Bill Clinton

Christopher Poole
The founder of 4chan, a controversial, uncensored online imageboard, describes its subculture, some of the Internet "memes" it has launched, and the incident in which its users managed a very public, precision hack of a mainstream media website. The talk raises questions about the power -- and price -- of anonymity
.



Adam Sadowsky
The band "OK Go" dreamed up the idea of a massive Rube Goldberg machine for their latest music video -- and Adam Sadowsky's team was charged with building it. )

He tells the story of the effort and engineering behind their labyrinthine creation that quickly became a YouTube sensation.

The TED website

http://www.ted.com/speakers/adam_sadowsky.html
Sergey Brim + Larry Page
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin offer a peek inside the Google machine, sharing tidbits about international search patterns, the philanthropic Google Foundation, and the company's dedication to innovation and employee happiness.

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Tue, 27 Apr 2010 09:08:00 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ted-videos-greatest-ted-talks-videos/the-doctor
<![CDATA[Self/less Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/selfless-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
Self/less movie quotes tell the story of how one wealthy man is offered seamless immortality, or so it initially seems. The science fiction thriller was written by David and Àlex Pastor and directed by Tarsem Singh. Self/less opened in theaters in the United States on July 10, 2015.

In Self/less, Damian (Ben Kingsley) is an incredibly successful and wealthy businessman who is aging and dying of cancer. He's pitched to by Professor Albright (Matthew Goode) who offers him a chance at immortality. See Professor Albright claims to have a way to put Damian's conscience into a younger body, a complete empty vessel, allowing Damian to continue to enjoy his life for decades to come.

Damian agrees and undergoes the procedure, waking up in a new man's (Ryan Reynolds) body. At first he enjoys the life, but it doesn't take long for Damian to have visions from the memories of the man's body he now inhabits, including of the man's wife (Natalie Martinez) and child. As the lines between who he really is continues to blur, Damian becomes a threat to Professor Albright out of fear Damian will expose the organization. This makes survival and the promised immortality, extremely difficult.

Self/less joins theaters which are already showing films such as Minions Terminator Genisys, Magic Mike XXL and Ted 2.
Self/less Movie Quotes,

The Very Best of the Human Experience
Professor Albright: You built an empire from the ground up. People will insist that your buildings make you immortal. Now, as you slip away, do you feel immortal? ... We offer humanity's greatest minds more time to fulfill their potential. Designed to offer you the very best of the human experience.
Old Damian: It's alive?
Professor Albright: An empty vessel... If we do this, there is no turning back. Your old life is over.

Professor Albright makes his pitch to successful businessman Damian. See Damian is dying of cancer but Albright's service could provide him with near immortality.
How is This Possible?
New Damian: Hello?
Madeline: How is this possible?

Damian visits the home of the man whose body he now holds to see that the man had a wife and child. The wife, Madeline, is even more shocked to see her husband and pulls a gun on him.
Something to Stop Your Heart
Old Damian: What's that?
Anton: It's something to stop your heart.
Old Damian: What?!
Anton: It's something to stop your heart.

Damian is upset when he is injected with a substance to stop his heart. Really though, this is all part of the process to put his consciousness into a younger, healthier body.
New Body Smell
Professor Albright: How are you feeling?
New Damian: It's that new body smell.
Professor Albright: A sense of humor, good... Just relax and have some fun. After all, at your age, I'd say you've earned it.

Damian takes a moment to compose himself after awaking in the body of a much younger man. Professor Albright urges him to live it up, new body smell and all.
52 Years
Leah: You okay?
New Damian: Fine, I just haven't seen anything like that in about 52 years.

When in the company of a nearly naked young woman, Damian is a bit stunned. See, it's been many years since he's been with a woman like that, not that he's complaining.
Immortality Has Some Side Effects
New Damian: This wasn't a hallucination.
Professor Albright: Immortality has some side effects.

Damian realizes that the shell body he was promised was not completely blank as advertised when he sees memories of the man whose body he now holds. Professor Albright does not seem too shocked by the development.
No Progress Without Sacrifice
Professor Albright: There is no science, no progress without sacrifice.

Professor Albright lays things out simply. Without some stumbles along the way, science will never progress.
You Took a Man's Life
New Damian: I never wanted us to suffer.
Professor Albright: I gave you what you wanted.
New Damian: You took a man's life. No! I did!

After Damian accused Professor Albright of killing a man to give Damian immortality, Damian realizes that both are to blame. By asking for the procedure to be done, Damian effectively killed that man just as much as the professor.
Standing Between You and Oblivion
New Damian: Soon I'll be gone. I can already hear my mind fading.
Professor Albright: Without me, your mind will relapse and we both know who takes over. I'm the only one standing between you and oblivion.

When Damian feels his mind slipping, the battle for survival begins between Damian and Professor Albright. Albright has the power, where at Damian is unsure of who he is anymore, the old Damian or the man whose body he now inhabits.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:32:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/selfless-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[Dogs So Ugly They Are Cute]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dogs-so-ugly-they-are-cute/ashley-reign
Have you ever noticed how dogs are sort of like babies, in that it's rare to see a truly ugly one? Something about their soulful eyes or wiggly personas is enough to entice any human to pet their adorable heads. Here, however, you’ll find a collection of dogs who possess a more… unique look than most pooches at your average dog park. What may surprise you even more than their unusual little faces is that their strange appearances are actually part of their charm. You see, this is a group of dogs so ugly they are cute.

While cute is a subjective term, we dare you not to crack a grin as you stare into the faces of these creepy looking little creatures. Though their eyes may be googly, their teeth may be crooked, or their hair may be non-existent, there’s just something adorably different about this bunch. Whether they couldn’t care less about their looks or they’ve heroically set out to defy pet beauty stereotypes, these little ones are ready to work their magic on you.

So come celebrate diversity with these cute ugly dogs! We’ve got everyone from contestants in the official World’s Ugliest Dog Contest to everyday pooches just going with the flow. Tell us which ones are the cutest (in an ugly kind of way) by voting your favorites to the top!

Dogs So Ugly They Are Cute,

This Hunchback Hides a Huge Heart

This Guy Dodges Bath Time by Going Undercover Amongst Cows

Tuna, the Internet's Favorite Chiweenie

"Come At Me, Bro!"

This Dog Claims His Ears Pick Up Free Cable

"It's Monday. Gimme a Break."

This Guy's Eyes Are the Windows to His Furless Little Soul

This Little Low Rider Recently Joined the Hair Club for Men

This Guy Says He's Going for the Einstein Look

This Mo-Hawked Dude Doing His Model Squint


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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:53:37 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/dogs-so-ugly-they-are-cute/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[Adorable Pets Cuddling Their Favorite Toys]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pets-with-their-favorite-toys/ashley-reign
Did you ever have one of those toys that you loved so much, you could never bring yourself to throw it away? Well if so, prepare to experience cuteness overload as you meet a group of pets who can totally relate. Here we’ve gathered a collection of ridiculously adorable before and after pictures of animals with their favorite toys, all of which they’ve had since they were babies. You’ll see pets posing with their favorite things and the unique bond that can only be known by a fur-ball and the stuffed pal that's stood by him since his potty training days.

While some of the treasured toys you’ll see below have experienced some turbulent times, you won’t find a single four-legged friend who was willing to abandon their most cherished possession. We’ve got everything from pooches with their favorite bouncy balls to kitties who will never get enough of their favorite cuddle buddy.

Know someone who doubts whether animals experience emotion? Well, call them over and dare them not to fall in love as you scroll through this epic collection of furry friendship. Whether these pets and their toys are bonding over their matching fur or all of the fun they’ve had playing their favorite games, you’ll witness bonds that can be broken by no man. In fact, we’d like to warn you that the following adorable photos of pets with their favorite toys may cause excessive cooing, and advise you to please resist any urges you may experience to kiss your screen. 

Adorable Pets Cuddling Their Favorite Toys,

This Cutie's Toy Always Gives Her a Hand, Literally

This Beautiful Biter Still Loves Her Bear

This Furry One Loves Chillin' With Her Frog

This Precious Girl Is BFFs With Her Puffy Pig

This Little Guy's Lion Appears to Have Lost a Bit of Weight

This Little Mama Loves Her Monkey Always

The Epic Battle Between This Guy and His String Rages On

This Cutie Still Loves His Cuddly Pillow

This Adorable Boy and His Bear

Nothing Comes Between This Boy and His Bunny


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Mon, 18 May 2015 08:54:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pets-with-their-favorite-toys/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[The Worst People in Your Dorm]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-people-in-your-dorm/jacob-shelton
If you’re like most college freshmen, you’re living in a dorm with a bunch of new people with all kinds of quirky personal tics. It probably seems like you’re the only normal person living in the whole place. Well get used to that feeling, because the people in your dorm are your new friends and de facto family members for the rest of the semester, if not the rest of the year. Sometimes it seems like everyone who lives in a college dorm spent their senior year of high school studying every teen movie they could get their hands on in order to establish an identity for themselves. The young men and women are not only unique snowflakes, they’re also the worst people in your dorm.

The types of people in dorms are hands down some of the worst people that you’ll ever meet. But pretty much everyone at that age is the worst, so at least most of them will grow out of it by senior year. Hopefully. Everyone who goes to college assumes that they’ll run into a couple of party animals and definitely a couple of bros, but no one is ready to meet the girl who won’t stop crying. If you’re getting ready to go away to college for your freshman year, study this collection of the worst people in your dorm room. It just might save your life.

Vote on the worst type of person to be stuck with in your dorm, and if we missed someone that really gets on your nerves, add them to the list.
The Worst People in Your Dorm,

The Neat Freak

Guy Who Is Way Too Comfy

The Rich Kid

The Fake Friendly RA

The Girl Who Wants to Share ALL of Your Stuff

The Couple Who Won't Stop Having Sex

The Girl Who Won't Stop Crying

The Hoarder

The Passive Aggressive Girl on Your Floor

The Coolest Guy in High School


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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:53:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-people-in-your-dorm/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Worst Explosions in History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-explosions-in-history/mel-judson
This incendiary list of famous explosions compiles the most horrific man-made explosions in world history. From oil refinery disasters to nuclear power plant crises, the worst explosions have collectively killed hundreds of thousands of people. Humankind has a bad habit of blowing things up, whether through testing, attacks, or accidents, and the biggest explosions ever and the most famous explosions in history are all accounted for here and presented in reverse-chronological order.

The worst explosions ever range from the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II to the accidental man-made explosion and nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl. The worst man-made explosions are often disturbingly recent, such as the August 2015 chemical plant explosion in China. The biggest explosions ever also include non-nuclear testing done by the United States, while the biggest historical explosions consist of Soviet tests during the Space Race and many other Cold War shows of explosive might.
 
The biggest famous explosions have been going on since the early 1900s, with times of global war as hotbeds for the biggest historical explosions. Sometimes they're due to industrial negligence and sometimes they're military exercises, but every entry on this list of the most famous explosions in history is guaranteed to scare you senseless.

The Worst Explosions in History,

San Juanico disaster
Date: November 19, 1984
Location: San Juanico, Mexico
Cause: Liquid Petroleum Leak
Deaths: 500-600

 A gas leak at a liquid petroleum farm lead to a series of explosions that registered on the Richter Scale, leading to not only an explosive cloud of highly flammable gasses shifting with the wind and setting fire to neighborUS National Library of Medicineing communities, but also blast waves that destroyed nearby houses and communities almost immediately.

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine

Cataño Oil Refinery Fire
Date: October 23, 2009
Location: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Cause: Oil Refinery Explosion
Deaths:

Three people were injured from a massive fire that started in an explosion at the Caribbean Petroleum Corporation oil depot and refinery. This blast was so big that it was the equivalent of a magnitude 2.8 earthquake. The resulting blaze took two days to put out, forcing many people to evacuate their homes.

Source: CBS News
Chernobyl Nuclear Meltdown

Date: April 26, 1986

Location: Ukraine

Cause: Nuclear Accident

Deaths: 31+

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded during a power failure experiment and the inadvertent explosion was the worst nuclear power plant accident ever. Though it directly killed 31 people, 25,000 cases of cancer in the area are attributed to radiation from the accident, and the lasting effects of the radiation unleashed by the blast and meltdown will impact multiple generations.

Source: CBS News


Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster
Date: July 7, 2013
Location: Quebec, Canada
Cause: Train Crash
Deaths: 47

A freight train of 74 cars loaded with crude oil derailed and rolled down a hill, causing the tank cars to explode. Five people went missing, 42 were confirmed to have died from the accident, and the blasts destroyed more than 40 buildings.

Source: The Guardian
2015 Tianjin Explosion
Date: August 12, 2015
Location: Tianjin, China
Cause: Industrial Accident
Deaths: 112+

Hundreds died and hundreds more were injured as a result of an out-of-control fire at the Port of Tianjin. Hazardous materials caused a blast in a chemical warehouse and Chinese authorities initially tried to censor reports of event, but with more than 100 dead, 95 missing, and over 700 injured, news spread quickly.

Source: CNN, Telegraph

Evangelos Florakis Naval Base Explosion
Date: July 11, 2011
Location: Zygi, Cyprus
Cause: Self-Detonated Explosives
Deaths: 13

62 people were injured and 13 people died in this 2011 incident, the worst peacetime military accident in Cyprus history. 98 containers of confiscated Iranian explosives were ineffectively stored, exposed to hot sunlight for over two years when they ultimately self-detonated at the naval base.

Source: BBC
Father of All Bombs

Date: September 11, 2007
Location: Russia

Cause: Non-Nuclear Testing

Deaths: 0

The "Father of All Bombs" (or FOAB) refers to the most powerful non-nuclear air-delivered bomb of all time. Basically, this vacuum bomb packed the destructive power of a nuke without a nuclear reaction. The Russian military successfully tested it out in the fall of 2007, resulting in an explosion with a blast radius of 990 feet.

Source: Reuters


Tsar Bomba

Date: October 30, 1961
Location: Mityushikha Bay, Russia

Cause: Nuclear Testing

Deaths: 0

Unsurprisingly, the most powerful nuke ever detonated led to the most powerful artificial explosion in the history of mankind. When the USSR detonated the device, also known as Big Ivan, the mushroom cloud roughly 40 miles high, over seven times the height of Mount Everest. The shockwave broke windows more than 500 miles from the actual site.

Source: Slate


N1 Launch Explosion

Date: July 3, 1969
Location: Tyuratam, Russia

Cause: Launch Failure

Deaths: 0

Just weeks before the Apollo 11 moon landing, Soviet engineers launched the second test of this rocket system in a secretive mission to beat America in the space race. The ambitious rocket was powered by 30 engines, but when just one of them failed, all of them almost instantly exploded, as well. The result was a disaster that officially became the largest rocket explosion in history.

Source: Russian Space Web


Minor Scale

Date: June 27, 1985 
Location: New Mexico

Cause: Nuclear Test

Deaths: 0

In the summer of 1985, the United States Defense Nuclear Energy detonated several thousands of more traditional explosives to see what a tiny nuke explosion would look like. It looked like a fireball that became the largest planned conventional explosion in world history.

Source: Nuclear Files



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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:44:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-explosions-in-history/mel-judson
<![CDATA[Amazing Pictures of New York City from Above]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/new-york-city-pictures-from-above/loganrapp
There's really no arguing it: New York City is a gorgeous place. Photographers from all across the world will descend upon the city just to take pictures of this internationally beloved metropolis. As a result the Internet is rife with stunning pictures of NYC and this list features all the best photos of New York, but seen from new heights, high above! The gorgeous aerial photography found here shows New York from atop buildings, way up in the sky, and new angles for a new perspective on America's most notable world city.

From all of the boroughs, and across a number of historical streets and parks, there are are plenty of breathtaking cityscapes to look through and fall in love with New York City all over again. Whether you're a Brooklyn kid, or a lover of Manhattan, there are all kinds of New York pictures to peruse here, with a few historical New York photos as well.

The New York aerial photography ranked below is waiting for your votes! Upvote the most spectacular and fascinating pictures of New York from above and see the iconic city in a whole new way.
Amazing Pictures of New York City from Above,

New York Over Central Park
Source: Huffington Post
Midtown During the Day
Credit: Navid Baraty
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Midtown at Night
Credit: Navid Baraty
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F-16s Over NYC
Credit: US Air Force (photo by Tech. Sgt. Sean Mateo White)
Traffic Over 6th Avenue
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1932 Construction Workers at Rockefeller Center
Credit: Associated Press
Brooklyn from Above
Source: The Real Deal
Summer Movie Night at Bryant Park
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Looking Over Bryant Park
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Way Above Park Avenue
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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:19:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/new-york-city-pictures-from-above/loganrapp
<![CDATA[Things You Didn't Know About Animal Sex]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/animal-sex-facts/ashley-reign
By now someone has probably already schooled you in the facts of life, but you might be surprised to learn that still don't know all the facts, especially when it comes how animals reproduce. We’ll warn you up front that some of these weird facts about animals may leave you too traumatized to ever go to the zoo again. Still, if you've ever wondered how big a whale penis is, this list of animal sex facts is for you.

Here you’ll find some crazy, wild, and just plain weird facts about animals and their sex lives. So if you’re ready to discover the horrible truth about how pandas get in the mood or the amazing form of birth control known only to chickens, take a look. You're about to learn about everything from detachable penises to girl monkeys that charge males for sex.

So if you’re one of the bold few out there who’s ready to explore the animal kingdom in all its um…. "glory," check out this list of facts about animal sex. These feisty creatures are ready to sing you the love song of their people and make you feel a helluva lot better about your own sex life.

Things You Didn't Know About Animal Sex,

Male Dolphins Can Swivel Their Penises Like Helicopters

Male dolphins, much like male humans, have a generous sexual appetite and don't necessarily just mate for the purposes of reproduction. Some male dolphins have even been observed coming up with creative forms of masturbation such as wrapping live eels around their penises.


Alligators Have Permanent Erections 24/7

Diane Kelly from the University of Massachusetts enjoys a delightfully random specialty in the area of animal penises. Her overview of that of the American alligator penis reveals that "it’s permanently erect; it shoots out like toothpaste from a tube; and it bounces back because it basically has a rubber band attached to it. It is really weird.” Indeed.
 


Male Pandas Are Sometimes Shown Panda Porn to Encourage Mating

Though they may be exceptionally cuddly, Panda bears are not particularly known for their romantic sides. As Zhang Zhihe, director of Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, China explains, most Pandas aren't just out to hit it and quit it. "If they don't like the female's personality or the females don't like the male's personality, they won't mate. That's the biggest reason why in captivity the mating is difficult."

That's why recently, Panda caretakers have been treating boy Pandas to a little Panda porn to help get them in the mood. Not only do the videos of other Pandas mating give the males a few helpful tips, they also help increase their libido.


Bonobos Are Bisexual and Think Sex Is the Answer to Every Situation

Like literally every situation. In the Bonobo world, casual sex is used for everything from conflict resolution to payment for food. Nearly all bonobos are thought to be bisexual and it's estimated that up to 75% of the sex they engage in has nothing to do with reproductive purposes.
 


Girl Kangaroos Have Three Vaginas

As this screenshot from the British documentary series Inside Nature's Giant's shows, a female kangaroo has two "side-vadges" where the sperm travels once ejaculated from a male kangaroo's double-pronged penis. Once a joey has developed inside one of the uteri to about the size of a jellybean, it slides down the "middle-vadge," is born, and continues it's first few months of development in it's mom's pouch.


Girl Chickens Can Eject Sperm if They Don't Like the Rooster Who Mated With Them

As it turns out, chickens get around. . . a lot. In fact chickens have actually proven to be some of the most promiscuous members of the animal kingdom, often mating with far more roosters than is necessary to fertilize their eggs. Believe it or not, this doesn't mean that they aren't selective when it comes to breeding.

They practice what's scientifically known as "seminal evacuation," which basically means that if they don't like the guy rooster they've done the deed with, they can eject his sperm after they're done mating. According to a recently published paper, this helps girl chickens "retain control of paternity even in species such as fowl where males can force mating."

 


Female Chinese Fruit Bats Give Males Blowjobs Even While They're Penetrating

That's right, a recent delightfully random study on fruit bat sex found that females often lick the penises of male fruit bats even during sex itself. Researchers can only guess at why, but believe that it may help prolong the sexual encounter. And you thought your girlfriend was a freak.


Girl Macaque Monkeys Make Males Pay for Sex With Grooming Services

Researchers in Indonesia found that female macaque monkeys aren't just giving it out for free to the first man who comes along. Male monkeys often treat perspective mates to a little free grooming in the hopes of getting a little something of their own in return. The researchers show that the fewer females that are around, the more groom time the girl monkeys are able to demand. 


The Average Blue Whale Penis Is Between 8 and 10 Feet Long

If you've ever wondered why male blue whales look so cocky, it's probably due to the fact there penises are literally the largest on earth. Ranging between 8 to 10 feet long, the average blue whale's penis is estimated to weigh "between 390 – 990 lbs. depending on the penis's overall size."


Flatworm Mating Rituals Are Basically a Penis Sword Fight

Flatworms have both male and female sex organs and considering it's a lot easier in the long run to impregnate than to be impregnated, the issue of which will take on the epic task of motherhood is solved by a penis "sword fight."

The epic struggle can last for up to an hour and ends when one stabs and deposits semen into the other. After the issue is solved, the "loser" immediately starts searching for food and the needed nutrients to sustain the development of the eggs while the father goes on his merry way.



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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:18:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/animal-sex-facts/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[People Who Tragically Died While Trying to Take a Selfie]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/selfie-deaths-092215/jacob-shelton
Ever since cells phones started coming with a camera, the most popular thing to do has been to take a selfie, a picture of yourself, and post in on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook. But lately, people have been taking selfies to extreme levels in order to get more likes and viral acclaim for their photo. Sadly, a lot of these extreme selfies have lead to the people taking the photographs to be left in critical condition, or worse, to be killed in the act. The selfie deaths on this list are horrible, but they should be shared so no one else has to suffer a selfie injury for the sake getting a great photo. Remember, you can’t get likes if you’re dead. Put down your phone and read through this list of people who died while trying to take a selfie.

The amount of young people who have died taking a selfie is staggering. After reading through these stories of people who were injured while taking a selfie you’ll start to wonder how someone could be so careless. But think of all the weird things you’ve done to get that perfect shot. If you’re ever about to do something stupid for a selfie, just think about how you don’t want someone sat your funeral saying that you died taking a photo. The stories on this list of people who died while taking selfies should be shown to everyone with a smart phone. You don’t want to end up in intensive care, or worse, just because you had to get the perfect picture.
People Who Tragically Died While Trying to Take a Selfie,

19 Year Old Shoots Himself in the Face While Taking a Selfie
Deleon Smith, a 19 year old father of two from Houston, Texas, accidentally shot himself in the face while posing for a selfie with a gun. His family said that he was due to begin classes at a local community college within the month. 
Three College Students are Hit by a Moving Train During Selfie Session
In Mathura, India, three college students attempted to take a "daredevil selfie" of themselves standing on the train tracks as a speeding train approached. Their plan was to jump from the tracks, but their timing was severely off and they ended up being mowed down by a train. 
Tourist Falls to His Death Taking a Selfie on the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is a place of great beauty, but when a Japanese tourist tried to capture himself in the beauty with the help of a selfie stick, he fell down a series of steps and died of head injuries at the local hospital. 
Polish Tourist Falls Off a Bridge While Talking a Selfie
When Polish medical student, Sylwia Rajchel, visited Seville, Spain she tried to take a selfie on the Puente de Triana bridge just after midnight. She lost her footing and fell to her death. 
While Using a Selfie Stick, a Man Falls From a 100 Foot Cliff to His Death
A man being referred to as Mr. Chen, reportedly fell off a waterfall in Zhejiang, eastern China at the beginning of September. He was found with a phone and a selfie stick at the bottom of a ravine. 
Teen Dies Competing in Selfie Olympics
On January 3, 2015, 18-year-old Oscar Reyes attempted to take a photo of himself in his mother’s bathroom in order to follow up on a Spongebob Squarepants selfie he'd taken the day before. Around 2AM when he fell off her door and injured his head. He died from excessive bleeding. 
Pilot Takes Selfies Moments Before Crashing His Plane
In 2014, the 29-year-old pilot of a Cessna 150K in Colorado killed himself, and a passenger while taking selfies as he flew the plane. A GoPro camera mounted to the dash of the plane captured the pilot and his passengers taking photos and texting
Russian Woman Dies In Fall While Taking a Selfie on a Moscow Bridge
A 21-year-old graduate of the Russian State University of Tourism and Services Studies, tried to take selfie on a bridge that offered an excellent view of one of the famous landmarks of the Russian capital, but fell from the bridge while taking the photo. Reportedly, the reason for her death was a broken fence on the bridge that she leaned on while taking the photo.
A Student in the Philippines Falls to Her Death While Taking Selfie
A 14 year old student fell to her death in July 2014 after she lost her balance while trying to take a selfie on the staircase landing of their school in Pasig City. She fell down multiple flights of stairs, resulting in the severe cranial injuries that lead to her death.
Man Shoots Himself in the Face
In 2016, a man from Concrete, Washington fatally shot himself in the face while trying to take a selfie. The 43-year-old (whose name was not released by the police) apparently thought the gun was unloaded. He and his girlfriend had taken several selfies with the weapon that day, and each time, the man unloaded the gun before the pictures, then reloaded it after (WHY?).


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Mon, 21 Sep 2015 04:11:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/selfie-deaths-092215/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[How to Get Out of Jury Duty]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/how-to-get-out-of-jury-duty/ashley-reign
You know how there are certain phrases that just instinctively send chills down your spine? Bad haircut. IRS audit. Assembly required. See? But perhaps the worst of these terrifying terms is the one that has the power to strike fear into the hearts of even the strongest humans: jury duty.

If you’ve ever gotten a jury duty summons and immediately been tortured with visions of sitting for hours listening to boring strangers argue, then you’ve come to the right place. Because thanks to these jury duty excuses, you’ll never have to waste your time doing your civic duty ever again. Here, you can find the cleverest, craziest, and wildest ideas about how to get out of jury duty.

A quick warning: you may want to research the following tactics before using them as reasons to get out of jury duty. Just to make sure they’re totally legal. While we’re fairly certain that making yourself appear as sleazy, unintelligent, or undesirable as possible during jury selection isn’t against the law, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Otherwise, you might find yourself on the wrong end of that courtroom.

That said, here you’ll find a list of everything from valid excuses, such as financial hardship, to outrageous ideas like soaking your clothes in vodka to make them think you’re an alcoholic.

Keep in mind that during jury selection, lawyers can request that you be booted from the jury box before the trial ever begins, so scroll on down and check out some creative ways to up your odds. Jury duty exemptions are hard to come by, but there’s no way to win if you don’t try! Don’t see some of your favorite ways to get out of jury duty listed here? Add those bad boys to the list! You fellow lazy citizens will thank you.
How to Get Out of Jury Duty,

Be the Prosecutor's Worst Nightmare
Show up dressed like a thug and giggle and nod knowingly each time a non-violent offense is mentioned. There's no way the prosecutor will let you past the selection process.



Pretend to Be Hard of Hearing
Saying "HUH?" every time you're asked a question will get you thrown out of the running real quick. 
Claim to Be Psychic
Show up in your best shiny turban, and look ultra confident as you assure everyone present that there's no need for a trail, as you already know the truth. 
Mention You Were a Victim of the Same Crime
The more you appear to sympathize with the victim, the more desperate the defense lawyer will be to make sure you're not selected. For good measure, throw in a mention of how the bastard that committed the crime against you was never caught. You'll be the first to go.
Keep "Accidentally" Falling Asleep
If called out, act incredibly embarrassed and explain that you're either narcoleptic or on a new medication that makes you really, really tired.
Claim You're Incredibly Racist
Against all races. Even your own.
Ask About Jury Nullification
Jury Nullification is a little known loophole that's every lawyer's worst nightmare. Most of them hate the idea of having a juror on board who even knows about it.
Confess that You Already Heard About the Crime
Preferably from someone who'd be totally biased, like the victim's best friend or the arresting officer.
Appear Incredibly Confused
Got a great valley girl impression or a foreign accent you can do convincingly? Now's the time to pull it out- whether you want to appear not to understand much English or to be just plain dumb, play it up as obnoxiously as possible. 
Mention Any Incarcerated Relatives
Prosecutors are generally looking for people who aren't jaded when it comes to the police or the system, so mentioning any relatives you feel have been unfairly incarcerated can be a huge red flag. 

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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:28:52 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/how-to-get-out-of-jury-duty/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[Strange Facts About the History of Coffins and Burial]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/history-of-coffins/lyra-radford

The history of coffins is a fairly long one, as humans began burying the dead at least 100,000 years ago. The use of coffins, or coffin-like structures, can be traced to  the Celts and ancient Egyptians. In Egypt, bodies were mummified, placed in a sarcophagus, and buried in pyramids. As early as the year 700, the Celts were crafting burial boxes with wood and stones. Prior to the use of caskets, bodies were often wrapped in a shroud before burial.

Burial is viewed as a sign of respect for the dead, and as a way to provide closure for the living, while protecting them from the possible spread of disease. The manner in which a culture buries their dead often reflects religious practices, and is believed to affect the afterlife of the deceased. This list contains strange facts about historical coffins and burial practices. Read on to learn more about the history of caskets.


Strange Facts About the History of Coffins and Burial,

12,000 Bodies Were Buried Under a Church's Floorboards

Prior to the establishment of cemeteries in old England, the dead were buried in churchyards. While this was profitable for the churches, there’s only so much room in a churchyard for corpses. Overcrowding led to some pretty disgusting improvisation, the most famous of which took place at the Enon Chapel, where the preacher was taking an average of 30 bodies per week and burying them beneath the floorboards. The basement was stacked, floor to ceiling, with more than 12,000 bodies. Gases seeped through floorboards, flies swarmed, and eventually they began dumping bodies in the Thames River until authorities discovered what was going on and shut down the church.

The motivation behind the Enon Chapel corpse debacle was simple - the preacher collected burial fees on each body, and could then sell them to medical schools without the knowledge of the family. Classic corpse scam. 


Ma’nene Festival: Parade of the Dead

The inhabitants of remote Indonesian islands host a celebratory cleaning-of-the-corpses festival. Ritualistic aspects of the festival include digging up dead relatives, cleaning their bones, changing their clothing, and trotting them out for a walk around the village. The corpses are paraded about in merry fashion, and often run into one another on the street, creating an eerie atmosphere. Corpses are also propped up in the family home, and masses of buffalo are slaughtered for a feast. 


Escape Coffins Helped Those Buried Alive Get Out

Escape coffins were developed for those prematurely buried in vaults. They essentially enabled the prematurely buried to pull a Houdini, allowing them to get themselves out of their unfortunate predicament. Escape coffins had spring-loaded lids that were set off by the slightest movement within the coffin. A retired firefighter named Thomas Pursell created an alternative to the traditional escape coffin - ventilated vaults with handwheels so those prematurely buried could open the vault from the inside.


Vultures Ate Corpses in Towers of Silence

Not every culture practices underground burial. Some have burials at sea, many prefer cremation, and others would rather bury their dead in the bellies of birds. Ancient Zoroastrians constructed towers for the sole purpose of laying out dead bodies to be picked away at by birds. They were called Towers of Silence, although there's nothing quiet about swarms of vultures ripping flesh from bones. The bones were left out to bleach in the sun, then disposed of in a well and covered with lime, to speed the disintegration process.


Caskets Are Made Like Tupperware to Avoid Exploding Casket Syndrome

It may sound ridiculous, but exploding casket syndrome is a common term in the death industry (which also kinda sounds ridiculous). During the decomposition process, the body releases gas, and things start to liquefy.  If there isn’t a way for gas to escape, pressure continues to build until the gas explodes. Such an explosion causes caskets to burst and can even crack mausoleum walls. Not to mention the post-mortem goop that needs to be cleaned up. To avoid such explosions, casket makers added burper valves, such as those found in Tupperware, to release gas build-up and keep the deceased intact.


Premature Burial Led to the Creation of Coffin Alarms

Premature burial was a very real and terrifying issue in the 19th century. Creating an alert system seemed like the best way to deal with the problem. Enter so-called safety coffins, which were rigged with a bell to alert cemetery guards of any living people trying to get out of their premature graves. These coffins also had a small hatch to allow fresh air in while waiting to be dug out.


Ritual Bone Cleaning Is Important in Taiwan and China

In Taiwan and parts of China, graves are dug up and bodies exhumed years after burial, so that bones can be cleaned and dried. The bones are then reburied in a ceramic pot. This practice is called jiǎngǔ, a ritual that allows a current generation to care for their ancestors. Though typically carried out by the family of the deceased, there are some who perform jiǎngǔ professionally, at the behest of the family. Women are typically not allowed to perform the ritual - at least not the cleaning of the bones - because it would be considered blasphemy for a menstruating woman to touch the remains. 


Suicide Burials Were Unpleasant in Britain

England once considered the act of suicide to be a crime punishable after death. All the property of suicide victims was confiscated, leaving the surviving family members with no inheritance, and Christian burial rites were denied. Those who attempted suicide but failed were charged as felons, for attempted self-murder.

Why so harsh? Superstition. Britons feared the ghosts of those who committed suicides would be forced to wander the streets of their town and haunt their home, so they put the strictest laws in place in hopes of deterring people from killing themselves. Those who did commit suicide would be buried at crossroads, or near the sea, in hopes of confusing spirits. Sometimes authorities took the extra safety measure of driving a stake through the corpse’s heart, just in case.  


Reusable Coffins Used to Be a Thing

In 1784, the desire to save wood was so great, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II decided reusable coffins needed to be the new hot item. Trap doors were placed in the bottom of each coffin; this way, those performing the burial ceremony could flip a switch and, presto, the body falls into a hole under the coffin. After the corpse vanished, the coffin could be used again. This disturbing trend lasted about six months before the public called shenanigans and demanded it be stopped.


Diseased Corpses Were Tossed into Plague Pits

During the Black Plague, pits were dug for the infected dead, to prevent the spread of disease. These pits were dug on unconsecrated ground, no visitors were allowed near them, and, often, no prayer or religious ceremony was performed for the deceased. Some people who were near death or in a state of anguish over deceased loved one threw themselves into the pits as an act of despair. In some cases, they were pulled out, though. certain officials weren’t willing to risk the spread of the disease, and left the jumpers in the pit, leading to several people being buried alive.



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<![CDATA[Creepy Things You Didn't Know About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-is-like/steve-wright
Dying from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is not a fun way to go, especially if it happens over time. Like any good poison, CO kills slowly and agonizingly in small doses and quickly in high doses. Unlike most poisons, carbon monoxide usually kills unexpectedly and accidentally. This is not textbook jilted-lover killing. Victims typically have no idea what CO poisoning is like, and often confuse it for sickness such as the flu. Even in extreme cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, there's usually a logical and simple, but incorrect, diagnosis for symptoms. 

If you've ever wondered what CO poisoning is like, or if you're interested in discovering ways to prevent it from happening, this list of creepy things will provide answers.
Creepy Things You Didn't Know About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning,

CO Poisoning Kills More Than 400 Americans Each Year
Carbon monoxide earned its reputation as a silent killer. Each year, more than 400 Americans are killed by CO leaks from fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces. If you add in the number killed by fumes associated with charcoal or cars left running in garages, the death toll pushes 500. Be smart -- don't barbecue indoors!
You Can Mistake Carbon Monoxide Poisoning for Dementia
According to a story in the Mirror, Briton Sue Westwood-Ruttledge had a furnace that leaked carbon monoxide into her house every night for three years. Over that span, she became forgetful, easily lost, and shriveled into a shell of her former self, all signs of dementia. She and her son are survived because they kept windows open every while they slept, allowing gas to escape their home.
Smoke Alarm Don't Detect Carbon Monoxide, and Most People Don't Know It
North Carolina is one of a number of states to mandate working CO detectors in all residences. A Center for Disease Control (CDC) survey published in 2012, however, showed that only 68% of the people in Charlotte, NC, actually had working alarms. What's worse, field expert Eric Lavonas often encounters the following when trying to educate on the topic of carbon monoxide alarms -

"They point to the ceiling and say, there's my carbon monoxide alarm."

No. No, it isn't.
Sometimes It Takes a Comment on Reddit to Save Your Life
There are some curious cases of sneaky poisoning in the world; Reddit takes the cake with a story involving CO poisoning and Post-It notes. To make a long story short, someone posted on Reddit about being so delirious he was writing notes on Post-Its and finding them later, having completely forgotten he wrote them in the first place. In a giant, Dr. House-sized leap, a Redditor replied there might be CO involved. The suggestion ended up saving the person's life. Sometimes the internet just wins. If, you know, you post on Reddit instead of seeing a doctor. 
It Feels Like the Flu
Carbon monoxide poisoning is tricky to detect because it shares numerous symptoms with the common flu. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headaches and nausea, followed by tiredness and shortness of breath. Even a doctor will be unlikely to immediately diagnose carbon monoxide poisoning, given the symptoms that present.
CO Permeates Drywall
One of the creepier ways carbon monoxide poisoning gets you is through the walls. Even if your furnace works perfectly, you can still get poisoned if your building has drywall, through which CO can leak from your neighbor's faulty appliance.

"There are numerous media reports describing simultaneous CO poisonings in different units of multifamily dwellings," wrote the researchers from the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. "Even though CO might have traveled through ventilation ducts, hallways, or stairways, the building configurations in many such cases are inconsistent with this explanation, raising the possibility that CO passes through walls."

Try sleeping easily now.

You Can Die Without Ever Exhibiting Symptoms of CO Poisoning
If you get sick with the flu-like symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning there's at least a chance to be diagnosed. However, when a small leak grows over time, the body develops a tolerance for it, and never shows obvious signs of sickness. You might then simply die in your sleep, never having known you were being poisoned.
Your Lawnmower Can Poison You
Most people are aware the greatest dangers for CO poisoning come from gas furnaces, ranges, and water heaters. The truth, though, is anything that burns combustible fuel is potentially a source for this killer gas. That means tools such as lawnmowers, generators, and propane or charcoal grills could be dangerous if used in the wrong environment. 
You Will Lose Muscle Control
If the carbon, monoxide poisoning reaches a critical level, victims can lose control of all the muscles in the body. This usually happens as a prelude to death and is every bit as uncomfortable and scary as it sounds. 
Humans Can't Detect It Without Assistance
One reason carbon monoxide is so lethal is humans can't detect it. The gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. That means you could be sitting in a house leaking CO and have no idea. The only way to be sure you're safe is a carbon monoxide detector.

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Thu, 16 Jun 2016 04:26:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/what-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-is-like/steve-wright
<![CDATA[Disgusting Images of Microorganisms That Are on You Right Now]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/disgusting-microorganisms-on-your-body/jacobybancroft
What's worse than a scary, creepy bug crawling across your wall late at night? How about trillions of tiny bugs you can't see calling your flesh home?

How many is "trillions," exactly? Well, there are roughly the same number of microorganisms living on your body as the number of cells in your body. In other words, your body is about half bug.
 
Creepy microorganisms scare the living daylights out of us, and for good reason: most of them are flat-out disgusting. On your face right now are a ton of tiny spider-like creatures just waiting to die so they can explode waste all over you. That's their whole life cycle and no matter what you do, you can never get rid of them. Doesn't that put your other problems into perspective?

Below is a list of some of the most disgusting microorganisms and tiny bugs that live on people. Be warned, once you see this list of bacteria and microorganism facts, you might never be the same. You might scrub yourself a little harder in the shower, or wash your hands just a little bit more aggressively, but remember - nothing you do matters. These bad boys are here to stay. 

 
Disgusting Images of Microorganisms That Are on You Right Now,

Escherichia coli
You think just because you've avoided eating at Chipotle that you're safe from E. coli? Think again! The E. coli are a large family of bacteria, and just because most strains won't make you horribly sick, doesn't mean that your body isn't just coated with them. And we do mean coated - the average human intestine has more than five billion E. coli bacteria on it, or about as many bacteria as there are people on earth.

Many forms of E. coli are harmless, but if you're unlucky enough to contract a more serious strain of this bacteria, you're in for possible pneumonia, diarrhea, or urinary tract infections. 
Klebsiella pneumoniae
Under the microscope, Klebsiella might just look like gross pink dots, but these bacteria can actually do a lot of a damage. Right now they're probably all over and inside you, meaning your skin, your nose, your mouth, your intestines, and your vaginas (sorry, ladies), but they usually aren't harmful.

However, some types of Klebsiella can cause pneumonia, blood and skin infections, and even meningitis. They are particular likely to be transmitted between sick patients, meaning hospitals have to be very careful not to let these guys spread around. And while Klebsiella can usually live innocuously enough on your skin, getting this bacteria in your lungs will leave you coughing up blood.
Staphylococcus aureus
Think of these microorganisms as a super clingy significant other. They rest on your skin and generally do nothing to harm you, but when something foreign starts encroaching on their territory - like a medical device, for example - they freak out and lead to major infections.

Staph bacteria are the leading cause of infections surrounding things like catheters and prosthetic limbs. These staph infections, as they're called, can be lethal. So rest easy knowing that there's a microorganism on you that's just waiting to kill you if something gets too close. 
Neisseria
There are a ton of different strains of Neisseria that call humans their home, but thankfully only two can cause serious diseases: meningitis and gonorrhea. Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that causes burning with urinating and white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis. Meningitis is an infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord that leads to fever, stiff neck, vomiting, and confusion.

Meanwhile, the other types of Neisseria just live peacefully in your eyes, your nose, your throat, your mouth, and your genitals - so basically, you are completely swarming with them...
Demodex mite
Deep within the microscopic levels of your pores and hair follicles, Demodex mites are getting crazy. Although not entirely confirmed, it is highly likely that every human face carries Demodex. What's amazing is how little we know about these mites, other than the fact that they exist.

We're not entirely sure what they eat or how they reproduce, but one thing we do know is that they don't have butts. Now this raises the question of how exactly they dispose of waste, and the answer will probably disgust you. It's been said that when these mites die, they basically explode with waste which then degrades on our faces. 
Propionibacterium Acnes Thrives on Skin Oils - and Teenagers
Having acne is no fun, but have you ever stopped to wonder why exactly your face is breaking out into horrible red blotches? It's mainly a result of Propionibacterium acnes, which is part of the skin flora present on most healthy adults.

This bacteria lives off the fatty acids in sebum (the oil in your hair follicles). These little buggers secrete proteins, which can destabilize the layers of the cells that form the walls of the hair follicle. That, in turn, leads to inflammation - that is, acne. So thanks, little microscopic jerks, for ruining high school picture day for a lot of people. 
Micrococcus Can Cause Erupting Lesions
These guys are everywhere. Water, dust, soil, and especially human skin. No matter what we do, we just can't get rid of them.

To a majority of the population, Micrococcus are harmless, but to those people with weakened immune systems, like HIV patients, they can cause serious infections. The infections are described as "pruritic eruptions of the skin in some areas as well as scattered papule lesions with or without central ulcerations." Or, in plain English: not pleasant.
Malassezia Yeast Thrives on Oily, Sweaty Skin
Malassezia yeasts are a type of fungus that inhabit the skin of about 90% of adults without causing any harm, but unfortunately some people just aren't equipped to handle them.

For a small percentage of the population, the yeast suppresses the body's expected immune response and causes a skin disorder, usually creating red, splotchy rashes. Humidity, sweating, and oily skin are all factors in the continued growth of these tiny microorganisms, which also cause dandruff and dermatitis. 

Some forms of Malassezia live on dogs, too, and spread to you when you touch their fur - something to think about the next time you cuddle up with your pet.
Corynebacterium Favors Moist, Dark Places
Just because these guys are innocent doesn't make the thought having little tiny club-shaped bacteria constantly crawling around your body any better. The Corynebacterium are extremely abundant, favoring moist skin folds such as those found beneath your breasts,  between your toes, and around your groin.

The type that's always on our skin is harmless, but a different type causes the sometimes fatal disease diphthyeria, which seems a little too close for comfort.
Brevibacterium Linens Makes Feet - and Cheese - Stinky
Have you ever wondered why our noses run but our feet smell? Well, in regards to the second part, our feet generally give off that unpleasant aroma thanks to Brevibacterium linens. These microorganisms have compounds containing sulphur, known as S-methyl thioesters, that create that distinctive and disgusting odor.

Fun fact: Brevibacterium linens are the same bacteria used to ferment smelly cheeses like munster and Limburger. 

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Fri, 17 Jun 2016 03:04:54 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/disgusting-microorganisms-on-your-body/jacobybancroft