<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent People Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//people http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//people <![CDATA[Delta Goodrem Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/delta-goodrem-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Delta Goodrem dating? Many famous men have dated Delta Goodrem, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Delta Goodrem’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Delta Goodrem’s love life. 

This list features Delta Goodrem’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Delta Goodrem has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Delta Goodrem has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Delta Goodrem’s boyfriends includes Nick Jonas and Brian McFadden.

Check out the list of men Delta Goodrem has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Delta Goodrem Loves and Hookups, relationships, all people, people, couples, celebrities, celebrity couples,

Blair McDonough

While costarring on the soap opera Neighbours, Delta Goodrem and Blair McDonough were rumored to be seeing one another off the set.

Brett Lee

Brett Lee is rumored to have hooked up with Delta Goodrem in 2002.

Brian McFadden

In 2004, Delta Goodrem began dating former Westlife singer Brian McFadden. They broke up in April 2011. 

Darren McMullen

Back in 2012, on the first season on The Voice, Darren McMullen was rumored to be dating Delta Goodrem after the pair were spotted exchanging kisses and holding hands on numerous occasions.

Drew Mitchell

Delta Goodrem dated Australian rugby player Drew Mitchell from August to December 2016.

Mark Philippoussis

In 2004, Delta Goodrem dated Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis, while she was battling with cancer. The relationship ended after reports of him cheating on her. 

Nick Jonas

Delta Goodrem dated Nick Jonas from May 2011 to February 2012. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:08:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/delta-goodrem-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Ann Coulter Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ann-coulter-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Ann Coulter dating? Many famous men have dated Ann Coulter, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Ann Coulter’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Ann Coulter’s love life. 

This list features Ann Coulter’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Ann Coulter has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Ann Coulter has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Ann Coulter’s boyfriends includes Andrew Stein, David Wheaton, and Bill Maher.

Check out the list of men Ann Coulter has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Ann Coulter Loves and Hookups,

Andrew Stein

Ann Coulter dated former New York City Council president Andrew Stein from October 2007 to January 2008.

Bill Maher

Rumor has it that Ann Coulter and Bill Maher hooked up in 2002.

Bob Guccione, Jr.

Ann Coulter had a relationship with Spin magazine founder Bob Guccione Jr. in the 1990s. 

David Wheaton

In September 2006, Ann Coulter started appearing on several occasions with radio host David Wheaton. The two were romantically linked that year. 

Dinesh D'Souza

Ann Coulter briefly dated conservative writer Dinesh D’ Souza. 

James Tully

In 1991, Ann Coulter dated British artist James Tully.

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:07:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/ann-coulter-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Lea Michele Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/lea-michele-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Lea Michele dating? Many famous men have dated Lea Michele, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Lea Michele’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Lea Michele’s love life. 

This list features Lea Michele’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Lea Michele has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Lea Michele has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Lea Michele’s boyfriends includes Cory Monteith and Matthew Paetz.

Check out the list of men Lea Michele has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Lea Michele Loves and Hookups,

Cory Monteith

Lea Michele was in a relationship with her Glee costar Cory Monteith from November 2011 until his death in July 2013. 

John Lloyd Young

Lea Michele began dating Broadway actor John Lloyd Young in the summer of 2008, when he played Marius to her Eponine in the Hollywood Bowl concert staging of Les Miserables.

Matthew Morrison

Before they costarred on Glee, Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison dated back in 2007. 

Robert Buckley

In May 2016, Lea Michele started dating her Dimension 404 costar Robert Buckley. They broke up a few months later.


Theo Stockman

Actor Theo Stockman and Lea Michele dated from October 2009 to September 2011.

Matthew Paetz

After meeting on the set of her music video "On My Way," Lea Michele and actor Matthew Paetz dated from April 2014 to February 2016.

Landon Beard

Lea Michele dated stage actor Landon Beard from August 2006 to June 2008.

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:08:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/lea-michele-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[RuPaul's Drag Race Contestants (Every Season 1-9)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rupaul-and-_39_s-drag-race-contestants-_every-season-1-9_/thomascornwell

This is a list of every contestant to compete on RuPaul's Drag Race Henny!!! 

Condragulations! You've found a ranked list of the best ever contestants to compete on RuPaul's Drag Race, the glamorous, dragulicious reality game show on Logo. This list includes all previous Drag Race winners as well as those queens who should have won - like those who popped up again on All Stars. Who have been your favorite Drag Race cast members? While some may be be partial to the butt padding of Yara Sofia or the quivering belting style of Jiggly Caliente, others prefer the confidence of William, the outlandishness of Tammie Brown, or the poise of Chad Michaels. To determine - once and for all - who is the greatest drag queen in the world (or on TV), vote up your favorites while we untuck in the Interior Illusions lounge. And don't f*** it up.

RuPaul's Drag Race Contestants (Every Season 1-9),

Raja Abel


Katya Zamolodchikova

Shea Couleé

Sasha Velour

Latrice Royale

Trinity 'tuck' Taylor

Trixie Mattel

Kim Chi

Bianca Del Rio

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:05:14 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/rupaul-and-_39_s-drag-race-contestants-_every-season-1-9_/thomascornwell
<![CDATA[Lady Gaga Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/lady-gaga-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Lady Gaga dating? Many famous men have dated Lady Gaga, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Lady Gaga’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Lady Gaga’s love life. 

This list features Lady Gaga’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Lady Gaga has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Lady Gaga has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

In 2017, Lady Gaga is currently dating Christian Carino.

This list of Lady Gaga’s boyfriends includes Taylor Kinney and Luc Carl.

Check out the list of men Lady Gaga has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Lady Gaga Loves and Hookups,

Angelina Jolie

Lady Gaga is rumored to have hooked up with Angelina Jolie in 2010.

Taylor Kinney

After dating for five years, Lady Gaga and actor Taylor Kinney broke off their engagement in 2016. 


Lady Gaga met a fresh-faced young man on the set of her music video LoveGame named Speedy. The two had a fling, but the fling was over in a couple of months. It was more of a bootycall for Gaga rather than a love affair.

Robert Fusari

An American music producer better known by his stage name "8Bit", is the second boyfriend of Gaga. The two stayed in a relationship for almost a year.

Luc Carl

Lady Gaga and bar owner Luc Carl dated in 2005, and rekindled their romance briefly in 2010.

Matthew "Dada" Williams

Lady Gaga dated Matthew Williams, former creative director of the Haus of Gaga, from 2008 to 2010.

Tara Savelo

Tara Savelo is rumoured to have hooked up with Lady Gaga (2009).

Christian Carino

In March 2017, Lady Gaga began dating talent agent Christian Carino. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 07:40:05 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/lady-gaga-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Minka Kelly Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/minka-kelly-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Minka Kelly dating? Many famous men have dated Minka Kelly, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Minka Kelly’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Minka Kelly’s love life. 

This list features Minka Kelly’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Minka Kelly has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Minka Kelly has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

According to rumors, Minka Kelly is currently dating Jesse Williams. 

This list of Minka Kelly’s boyfriends includes Derek Jeter and Chris Evans.

Check out the list of men Minka Kelly has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Minka Kelly Loves and Hookups,

Chris Evans

Minka Kelly and Chris Evans first started dating in 2007, but broke up that same year. In September 2012, they rekindled their relationship — only to break-up again in October 2013.

Derek Jeter

From May 2008 to August 2011, Minka Kelly dated baseball player Derek Jeter. They reunited briefly in 2012 before separating again. 

Jake Gyllenhaal

Minka Kelly is rumored to have hooked up with Jake Gyllenhaal in May 2012.

Jesse Williams

In 2017, Minka Kelly and Jesse Williams were rumored to be dating.

John Mayer

In 2007, Minka Kelly and John Mayer dated shortly. 

Josh Radnor

Minka Kelly and How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor dated briefly from fall 2016 to early 2017. 

Sean Penn

In 2016, Minka Kelly and Sean Penn were rumored to be hooking up after the two were spotted getting close on an extravagant dinner date with friends for Kelly's birthday.

Topher Grace

Minka Kelly is rumored to have hooked up with Topher Grace in May 2008.

Wilmer Valderrama

In 2012, Minka Kelly was romantically linked to That 70s Show star Wilmer Valderrama. Though both have stated that they're just friends, the pair have been spotted getting cuddly. 

Ramon Rodriguez

Minka Kelly and Charlie's Angels costar Ramon Rodriguez were rumored to have hooked up in 2011.

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:10:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/minka-kelly-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/smartest-first-ladies/mel-judson

When they say behind every great man lies a great woman, it comes as no stretch to assume the smartest First Ladies of the United States outranked their husbands in terms of intelligence. Though they may not lead the country, the First Lady involves herself in politics, human welfare, and numerous other roles that require her intelligence as much as her poise. As the other half of the president, it stands to reason she too influences his decisions. With that in mind, which First Lady was the smartest? 

As First Lady of the United States, the President's wife constantly finds herself under public scrutiny. Although no official roles exist for First Ladies, many of the smartest First Ladies stepped up to take on all sorts of responsibilities including helping with political campaigns, managing the White House, and leading social causes. Some notable First Ladies include Hillary Clinton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Jacqueline Kennedy. Some First Ladies even launched their own political careers, lending more credence to the idea that the smart wives of presidents may not outrank them in security clearance, but they definitely do in brains.

U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands,

Abigail Adams

Barbara Bush

Dolley Madison

Eleanor Roosevelt

Hillary Clinton

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Laura Bush

Melania Trump

Michelle Obama

Nancy Reagan

Fri, 19 May 2017 05:51:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/smartest-first-ladies/mel-judson
<![CDATA[Maria Sharapova Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/maria-sharapova-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Maria Sharapova dating? Many famous men have dated Maria Sharapova, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Maria Sharapova’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Maria Sharapova’s love life. 

This list features Maria Sharapova’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Maria Sharapova has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Maria Sharapova has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Maria Sharapova’s boyfriends includes Adam Levine and Grigor Dimitrov.

Check out the list of men Maria Sharapova has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Maria Sharapova Loves and Hookups,

Adam Levine

After meeting at her 18th birthday, Maria Sharapova briefly dated Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine in 2005. 

Andy Roddick

Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick were rumored to be dating in 2005.

Sasha Vujačić

In 2009, Maria Sharapova began dating basketball player Sasha Vujačić. They became engaged in 2011, but the pair called off their engagement in early 2012.

Grigor Dimitrov

In late 2012, Maria Sharapova dated Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov. They ended their relationship in July 2015. 

Charlie Ebersol

Maria Sharapova dated television producer Charlie Ebersol in 2008. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:17:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/maria-sharapova-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Totally Lied About Their Homes On MTV's "Cribs"]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-lied-about-their-homes-on-mtv-s-cribs/mariel-loveland

MTV Cribs stood out as one of the most beloved and outrageous shows of the early '00s. From Mariah Carey's absurdly lavish, 11,000 square-foot penthouse to Redman's Staten Island shack, the show gave plebeians everywhere an inside glimpse of what it's really like to be a celebrity. Cribs was renowned for showing glamorous mansions and luxury cars, a trend standard for many past MTV shows that took the place of actual music. Without the show, the phrase "this is where the magic happens" would have never been used to describe a bedroom – and that would be a national tragedy.

Unfortunately, the Cribs remembered is not always the Cribs that existed. Though certain nostalgia brings everyone back to old MTV shows, now that millennials, the target audience, are older, they realize tons of celebrities who lied on Cribs. Remember Ja Rule's MTV Cribs episode? Fake. 50 Cent's impressive car collection? Fake. Even the some of the best Cribs episodes turned out to be total lies. Find out below whose cribs turned out to be fibs.

Celebrities Who Totally Lied About Their Homes On MTV's "Cribs",

50 Cent

It makes sense the rapper who wrote an album called Get Rich or Die Tryin' felt the need to have a lavish collection of sports cars in his episode of MTV Cribs. Don't know what you heard about 50 Cent, but he has an image to uphold! Too bad the cars weren't actually his – all three Ferraris were loaners from a classic car collector.

Bow Wow

Lil' Bow Wow was caught lying about taking a private jet when he posted a stock photo on Instagram and claimed it as his own. These revelations in mind, it comes as no surprise to learn he also lied about his car collection on Cribs. The then 21-year-old rapper showed off his Bentley, Lamborghini and Cadillac Escalade, but just like his fake airplane photo, he failed to cover his tracks. Each car was emblazoned with the word "Prestige," the name of a luxury rental car company in Miami.


50 Cent isn't the only rapper who didn't actually own his impressive car collection. Birdman, CEO of Cash Money Records, was lent a 1972 Chevy Phantom Donk Conversion for his episode. The car actually belonged to a Cincinnati business owner. It's as if he's handing Lil Wayne ammunition to make fun of him with.

Destiny's Child

In the early '00s, when Destiny's Child stood at the height of their popularity, MTV tried to make everyone believe this girl group lived together in a house in Houston, Texas. While hard to tell if that was a lie, people do know these independent used their episode of MTV Cribs to shill Candie's shoes. Because as you all know, these girls had bills, bills, bills to pay.

Beyoncé ended up taking cameras into Kelly Rowland's room where she uncovered a Candie's shoebox filled with mementos from old boyfriends. Destiny's Child became endorsed by the company at the time and got their own line of kicks. While it was cool to see inside Beyoncé's Destiny Child's home, it was disappointing that the episode had ulterior motives.

Ja Rule

Ja Rule probably owned a pretty impressive house in the early '00s, but you'd never know it now. The rapper actually rented a mansion for the weekend and passed it off as his own when MTV Cribs started rolling their cameras. Ja was eventually sued by the actual owner in 2004 for trashing the property and letting MTV film without permission. While Ja Rule may be real, his pad was anything but.


When Jojo debuted her episode of MTV Cribs, the tween-aged popstar actually didn't live in a home at all. She admitted that she and her mother had been bouncing around hotels at the time. Instead of rushing to move into a luxury condo, Jojo borrowed her uncle's house on the Cape.

"It was so ridiculous," she admitted. "The thing is, we didn't have a home at that point. My mom and I were living out of suitcases, and we were mostly in hotels. So that was actually my uncle's house, on the Cape. That wasn't my house."

Linda Hogan

Hulk Hogan's home is allegedly a replica of an 18th century French farmhouse. While the family definitely possessed enough money to build such an ostentatious and gorgeous home, how the whole thing came about definitely remains up for debate. In Brooke Hogan's episode of MTV Cribs, the starlet claims her mother studied architecture in Paris for five years, came back to America, and spent the next five-to-eight years designing their home. Are people really supposed to believe that Linda Hogan lived in Paris and studied architecture? K.

Robbie Williams

British pop star Robbie Williams showed off a rather impressive celebrity home in his episode of MTV Cribs – he just wasn't the celebrity it belonged to. The home belonged to Jane Seymour of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and Williams's riches were greatly exaggerated. He even hired a team of butlers to appear in the episode and cater to his every whim. Williams later admitted the truth and re-filmed the episode in his actual home.

Dame Dash

In Dame Dash's episode of Cribs, he shows off an impressive abode in the heart of London's Chelsea area, which boasts some of the world's most expensive real estate. This is pretty, pretty suspicious considering the music mogul suffered from some major financial problems.

In 2010, Dash lost two Tribeca lofts to foreclosure and reportedly had $7.3 million left on the mortgages. In 2013, he claimed he was $100,000 behind on rent in his Carmel, NY mansion. So, how is it that Dame managed to afford this luxury home? Rumors say he rented it from Mariah Carey. One thing's for sure – there's no way that house was actually his.

The Yin Yang Twins Rented A House They Hadn't Even Seen Before Filming

The Yin Yang Twins may have had an impressive pad, or it may have been just like Redman's infamous Staten Island dump, but no one will ever never know (unless someone really starts caring about the Ying Yang Twins again). Though it was never confirmed by the hip hop duo, it was beyond obvious they rented a home for their episode of MTV Cribs. The group made no effort to choose a house that looked like one they would ever consider living in. It was filled with bizarre nautical accents, making it clear the pair hadn't even given the home a walk-through before cameras started rolling. All-in-all, it made for a hilarious episode.

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:05:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-lied-about-their-homes-on-mtv-s-cribs/mariel-loveland
<![CDATA[12 Of The Worst Rippers In History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-rippers-in-history/cat-mcauliffe

What is a ripper? The term "ripper" was first used to refer to a killer in 19th century England after the famed "Jack the Ripper" went on his killing spree. He - or she - wrote letters to the media claiming responsibility for a slew of murders involving sex workers, signing with his now infamous code name. A ripper was a tool used to trim the edges of roofing slates, and the name was nod to an obscene pun on "ripping old slates."

The term ripper went on to be used time and time again to refer to gruesome serial killers - like the Bavarian Ripper, the Hollywood Ripper, and the Rostov Ripper - who stabbed or mutilated their victims just as Jack the Ripper did. It has also been used as a nickname for murderers who targeted sex workers - just like the notorious British serial killer - even if they didn't stab, slash, disembowel, or dismember their victims.

These rippers truly created some of the most horrifying and scary true crime stories because of their heartless methods of murder.

12 Of The Worst Rippers In History,

Andrei Chikatilo

From 1978 to 1990, Andrei Chikatilo murdered at least 52 women, girls, and boys in what are now Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, making him one of the worse Soviet serial killers known to mankind. Chikatilo killed many of his victims in Rostov Oblast, a federal district of Russia, causing the press to call him the "Rostov Ripper." Chikatilo used a variety of methods to kill his victims, including stabbing, strangulation, and bludgeoning, and the people he murdered ranged in age from seven to 45. The Rostov Ripper raped and sexually assaulted many of his victims, and he even mutilated their corpses and consumed their remains. 

The Soviet serial killer's reign of terror - which lasted for more than a decade - ended on November 20, 1990, when Chikatilo was arrested by law enforcement officers. He had been under surveillance for weeks after an undercover officer who was staking out a train station noticed Chikatilo had blood on his face and grass stains on his clothing. Less than two weeks after he was apprehended by police, Chikatilo confessed to killing 56 people.

In 1992, the Rostov Ripper was convicted of 52 murders, and he was executed two years later on February 14, 1994, at the age of 57.

Charles Albright

Three Dallas, TX, women - Mary Pratt, Susan Peterson, and Shirley Williams - were shot to death in the early '90s. When a doctor examined the women's dead bodies, the medical examiner realized not only had all three victims been killed by gunshot wounds, their eyeballs had been surgically removed from their sockets. Because the three women were sex workers and had been mutilated, their unidentified killer was dubbed the "Dallas Ripper" by the local press.

On March 22, 1991, 57-year-old Charles Frederick Albright was arrested and charged with all three killings. However, Albright was only convicted of murdering the last victim, Williams. Investigators learned Albright had an obsession with eyes that began when his mother introduced him to taxidermy as child, an unusual hobby that gave him the skills he needed to remove people's eyeballs with surgical precision. On December 19, 1991, Albright was given a life sentence for killing Williams, making it unlikely he'll ever be back on the streets of Dallas.

Peter Sutcliffe

Peter Sutcliffe murdered 13 women and girls - ranging in age from 16 to 47 - in West Yorkshire, England. Between 1975 and 1980, Sutcliffe violently attacked seven other women who survived his vicious assaults, leaving them with permanent physical, mental, and psychological damage.

Sutcliffe killed many of his victims - some of whom were sex workers - by bludgeoning them with a hammer and then repeatedly stabbing them with a screwdriver, causing the media to call him the "Yorkshire Ripper." On January 2, 1981, Sutcliffe's crime spree finally came to an end when police - who questioned him for being in a car with fake license plates and a known sex worker  - noticed the similarities between him and the composite sketch of the Yorkshire Ripper. Eventually, Sutcliffe confessed to the killings and attempted murders, and in 1981 he was given 20 concurrent life sentences.

Antonis Daglis

Antonis Daglis, a Greek truck driver, killed at least three sex workers in the city of Athens between 1992 and 1995. He also tried to murder six other women, but was unsuccessful. Daglis's crimes came to light after he was arrested for kidnapping and raping an English woman. He then confessed to strangling Athina Lazarou and Elenia Panagiotopoulou to death. Later, he admitted to murdering another woman who has never been identified. After killing his victims, Daglis - who was dubbed the "Athens Ripper" for his brutal crimes against sex workers - dismembered their bodies with a saw and discarded their remains around Greece's capital city.

On January 23, 1997, Daglis was convicted of three counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder. He was given 13 life sentences for his crimes, as well as 25 years. During his trial, Daglis explained the murders by saying: "I hated all prostitutes and continue to hate them. I went to meet them for sex but suddenly other pictures came into my head."

Gordon Cummins

In a span of three days, Gordon Cummins - a 27-year-old serviceman in the Royal Air Force - murdered at least four women while he was in London. His spree began on February 9, 1942, while he was in town for a training exercise. Cummins killed Evelyn Hamilton, 40; Evelyn Oatley, 35; Margaret Lowe, 43; and Doris Jouannet, 32, by strangling them to death. He also mutilated the bodies of two of his victims, which - combined with the fact he used the darkness provided by London's wartime blackouts to commit his crimes - caused the press to dub him the "Blackout Ripper."

In addition to killing four women, Cummins attacked two others. At the scene of one of these attempted murders, Cummins was interrupted by a passerby, causing him to leave his gas mask case behind. Within days, law enforcement tracked down Cummins using the serial number on the case, and he was arrested on February 19, 1942. The authorities found evidence to link him to all four killings, and Cummins was convicted of the murders and executed on June 25, 1942.

Long Island serial killer

The Craigslist Ripper - also known as the Gilgo Beach Killer - is a suspected serial killer believed to have murdered 10 to 17 sex workers in Long Island, NY. Authorities found the ripper's first four victims in 2010, and have since uncovered more along Gilgo Beach. The last known victim was found in 2016. All were believed to be sex workers and all were found dismembered The identity of the killer is still unknown.

Police do know, however, the killer more than likely contacted a few of his victims via Craigslist. Five of the women were sex workers with ads on the website, and all of them said they were on their way to meet a client when they disappeared. There are several theories as to who the killer could be - including two NYPD cops.

The Hollywood Ripper

Michael Gargiulo is a suspected serial murderer who has been accused of stabbing two women to death - and nearly killing a third - in Southern California from 2001 to 2008, causing the media to dub him the "Hollywood Ripper." According to law enforcement, he killed 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin - who was dating actor Ashton Kutcher at the time of her death - in her Hollywood home on February 21, 2001. Four years later, the authorities believe he murdered his neighbor, 32-year-old Maria Bruno, in her El Monte, CA, home on December 1, 2005. He was also charged with trying to kill another one of his neighbors, Michelle Murphy, in her Santa Monica, CA, home on April 28, 2008.

In addition to the crimes committed in California, Gargiulo has been charged with stabbing his neighbor, 18-year-old Tricia Pacaccio, to death in 1993. At the time, Gargiulo was only 17 and he was living in his home state of Illinois. As of May 2017, Gargiulo is in the Los Angeles County Jail awaiting his trial.

Joel The Ripper

In the wee hours of June 28, 1993, state troopers in New York attempted to pull over a truck driven by 34-year-old Joel Rifkin because the vehicle didn't have a license plate. However, Rifkin refused to stop for the officers, leading the state troopers on a high-speed chase that came to an end when he crashed his truck.

When the officers approached Rifkin's vehicle, they noticed the unique odor of decomposing human flesh emanating from the bed of the truck. There they discovered the corpse of 22-year-old Tiffany Bresciani. Investigators were even more shocked when Rifkin not only confessed to killing Bresciani, but later admitted to murdering several other victims and dumping their bodies all over New York state.

Because several of the women Rifkin killed were sex workers - and he dismembered some of their corpses - he was called "Joel the Ripper" by the media. In 1994, Rifkin was convicted of killing nine women, and he was sentenced to more than 200 years in prison for his heinous crimes.

The Ypisilanti Ripper

From July 9, 1967, to July 23, 1969, six young women and girls were kidnapped, raped, and murdered in and around Ypsilanti, MI. The victims died as a result of stabbing or strangulation, and they were often viciously mutilated after death, leading the press to dub their killer the "Ypsilanti Ripper." Shortly after the naked and mutilated body of 18-year-old Karen Sue Beineman was discovered in a gully off of a parkway on July 26, 1969, the authorities learned the Eastern Michigan University freshman had last been seen with her fellow student, John Norman Collins.

Collins - who later changed his name to Chapman - had been seen with one of the other Ypsilanti Ripper's victims right around the time she went missing, so law enforcement questioned the 22-year-old about his involvement in the killings. While Collins denied harming any of the women and girls, investigators found circumstantial evidence to connect him to the killings. However, they only had enough evidence to charge him with Beinenman's murder, and he was convicted of her killing on August 19, 1970. Chapman was given a life sentence for the young woman's murder, and authorities suspect he's also responsible for the 1969 killing of Roxie Ann Phillips in California.

While authorities said he was responsible for the murder of Jane Mixer, it was later determined he was not. In 2002, authorities reopened Mixer's case and tested DNA found on her body. It belonged to Gary Leiterman, a traveling nurse who lived in the Ann Arbor area when Mixer was killed. 

Buffalo's Ripper

On January 12, 1969, 31-year-old George Fitzsimmons killed his 64-year-old father and 60-year-old mother when they tried to make him go to church against his will. After beating his elderly parents to death, Fitzsimmons drove from Amherst, NY, a suburb of Buffalo, to Rhode Island. However, Fitzsimmon was apprehended soon after the killings, and he was dubbed the "Karate Chop Killer" because he told the authorities he had murdered his parents using his martial arts skills.

Fitzsimmons was acquitted of the killings and sent to a psychiatric facility. He was released from the Buffalo State Hospital in 1973 after less than three years in the institution. Incredibly, Fitzsimmons was allowed to inherit more than $100,000 from his dead parents' estate, and he used the money to move to Pennsylvania with his new wife, a woman he'd met while in the mental hospital.

However, soon after arriving in Pennsylvania, Fitzsimmons stabbed his elderly aunt and uncle to death with a knife on November 13, 1973, causing the press to call the killer from New York "Buffalo's Ripper." While he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murders, Fitzsimmons was convicted of the killings and given two concurrent life sentences for his crimes.

Thu, 11 May 2017 07:11:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-rippers-in-history/cat-mcauliffe
<![CDATA[Every Member of The Jackson 5, Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-members-of-the-jackson-5-ranked/ranker-music

From "ABC" to "I Want You Back," "I'll Be There" to "The Love You Save," every song by the Jackson 5 is a classic. But who are the best members of the Jackson 5? There are many factors to consider when ranking all Jackson 5 band members from best to worst. Maybe you love the Jacksons with the smoothest vocals, or perhaps you prefer the members with the best dance moves.

Who will you vote as best member of the Jackson Five? There's no denying Michael Jackson's talent. After providing lead vocals on Jackson 5 hits like "I Want You Back," "I'll Be There," and "ABC," M.J. became one of the most successful and popular solo pop artists of all time. He's not the only solo act to come out of the group - Tito Jackson went on to become a blues musician. Post-Jackson 5, Jermaine Jackson worked with Whitney Houston.

Which member of The Jackson 5 do you like the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and see how your fellow music fans ranked these stars.

Every Member of The Jackson 5, Ranked Best to Worst,

Jackie Jackson

Jermaine Jackson

Marlon Jackson

Michael Jackson

Randy Jackson

Tito Jackson

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:17:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-members-of-the-jackson-5-ranked/ranker-music
<![CDATA[Famous Actresses Who Committed Suicide]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-actresses-who-committed-suicide/celebrity-lists

Fame and fortune doesn't always equate to happiness. Tragically, that seems to hold true for these famous actresses who committed suicide. There have been several notable actress suicides that have shocked the world. Many of these actresses who killed themselves did so after suffering from depression for many years, though some also struggled with addiction.

Who are some famous actresses who committed suicide? Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home on August 5, 1962, at the age of 36. She had apparently overdosed on pills, and her death was ruled a probable suicide. Conspiracy theorists, however, believe she may have been killed by Robert or John. F. Kennedy; she was rumored to have had affairs with both men.

On July 1, 1996, Margaux Hemingway died of a barbiturate overdose at the age of 42. Her death was later ruled a suicide. Many members of her family have taken their own lives, including her grandfather, Ernest Hemingway. Other famous actresses who killed themselves include Dana Plato, Jean Seberg, and Carole Landis.

Are you surprised that so many famous actresses took their own lives? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Famous Actresses Who Committed Suicide,

Carole Landis

On July 5, 1948, Carole Landis committed suicide by overdosing at the age of 29. She was reportedly devastated by that fact that her lover, Rex Harrison, wouldn't leave his wife for her.

Dana Plato

On May 8, 1999, Dana Plato died from an overdose of painkillers at the age of 35. Her death was later ruled a suicide.

Jean Seberg

Jean Seberg was found dead from an apparent suicide in 1979, at the age of 41. She was missing for several days before her body was found.

Lois Hamilton

On Dec. 23, 1999, Lois Hamilton committed suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills at the age of 47. Earlier that year, she had been involved in a terrible car accident that left her with a broken jaw, vertebrae, and hip.

Margaux Hemingway

On July 1, 1996, Margaux Hemingway died of a barbiturate overdose at the age of 42. Her death was later ruled a suicide. Many members of her family have taken their own lives, including her grandfather, Ernest Hemingway.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home on August 5, 1962, at the age of 36. She had apparently overdosed on pills, and her death was ruled a probable suicide. Conspiracy theorists believe that she may have been killed by Robert or John. F. Kennedy, because she was rumored to have had affairs with both men.

Phyllis Hyman

On June 30, 1995, Phyllis Hyman committed suicide by overdose at the age of 46. She left a suicide note which read, "I'm tired. I'm tired. Those of you that I love know who you are. May God bless you."

Laurie Bird

Laurie Bird committed suicide on June 15, 1979, at the age of 26. She was living with Art Garfunkel at the time of her death.

Dorothy Hale

Dorothy Hale committed suicide by jumping from her New York City apartment in 1938. Frida Kahlo was commissioned to create a painting in her honor.

Joyce Jameson

On Jan. 16, 1987, Joyce Jameson committed suicide by overdose at the age of 55. She reportedly suffered from insomnia and depression.

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:30:00 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-actresses-who-committed-suicide/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[How Stars Of Popular Shows Reacted When They Learned Their Characters Were Dying]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/how-stars-reacted-to-character-deaths/zack-howe

Few actors are actually angry about being killed off of popular TV shows - apparently it’s pretty tough to be forced to play the same character for more than a couple years, all while earning just a few million measly dollars. And while we still feel sorry for those who secretly wanted out of the limelight, we feel even worse for actors who mourned the painful, reluctant death right alongside their characters.

The bottom line is that all actors react to their character's dying differently, and there are always a variety of plot points that lead to a character being killed off in the first place. It’s not always about behind-the-scenes drama (although sometimes it is, and that’s fun). Honestly, the most common (and mundane) reason a character is offed is due to scheduling conflicts… Humph.

The most fascinating, though, are the surprising TV show deaths that catch even the actors off guard. A couple of those can be found here alongside one of the saddest TV show deaths of all time, so see if you can spot it, but beware - *HUGE SPOILER ALERT* here for any one who hasn't finished binge-watching any of these series yet.

How Stars Of Popular Shows Reacted When They Learned Their Characters Were Dying,

Bryan Cranston

Not all actors are incensed when their characters are killed off (although, when it's done in the series finale it tends to soften the blow a bit). Bryan Cranston was one of those lucky few. When Walter White took the bullet for Jesse at the end of Breaking Bad, Cranston felt that it was tragic, yes, as it was an ending that could have been avoided had so many things happened differently, but the redemption in it offered just enough catharsis to repair White's image (if only a little). It was poetry, and it needed to happen.

Connie Britton

Shortly after Nashville moved from ABC to CMT as Season 5 began, Connie Britton's character Rayna James was taken out. She survived a run-in with a stalker, but died shortly after sustaining injuries in a car crash, which must have really infuriated fans. But Britton seemed okay with it

"No, money was not a factor. I think [the length of time] had something to do with it. As actors, we always want to keep challenging ourselves. Let me just say there were a lot of reasons. Some of them were personal and some were creative, and I’m probably not going to get much more detailed than that."

First of all, yeah, money was probably a factor. Secondly, it's not a coincidence that this happened shortly after the show moved from Network Television to a Premium Cable channel (not to suggest there's anything "premium" about CMT). To be fair, she was probably tired of playing the same character for four years, but we're not so naive as to believe that closet-Mean Girl Hayden Panettiere had nothing to do with this, are we?

Dan Bucatinsky

James Novak was shot and killed in Season 3 of Scandal for being an intrepid reporter - fortunately, high ranking officials in this country actually appreciate intrepid reporting and none of them have ever said anything hostile toward them like they should be locked up or anything like that... Anywho, that's why Novak kicked the bucket. Actor Dan Bucatinsky had a gut feeling about what was coming as his character was "poking the bear a little too much." When he finally got the call, he said it was a "confirmation of [his] worst fear.” But the day after getting killed off, he got a gig on an NBC sitcom and then on an HBO show shortly after that, so he really wasn't too upset about any of it.

Josh Charles

When Will Gardner was killed in Season 5 of The Good Wife, not only was it a shocking death, it was one of the most shocking TV deaths, period. Gardner was trying to talk down an unstable client in the courtroom, but the wackadoodle got his hands on a cop's unsecured weapon and, Kablewy! One to the neck, girl you know he wrecked, to paraphrase Weezy.

Four seasons seems to be kind of the magic number, as Josh Charles admitted to being ready to move on. He was scheduled to direct an episode later that season anyway, as well as in the following year, so he wasn't losing out on too much. It must be hard to get paid a butt-load of money to pretend to be the same person for more than four years, even though the rest of us are stuck being our loathsome-selves until death. Find your sympathy elsewhere, Josh!

Kate Mara

When David Fincher asked Kate Mara to play Zoe Barnes, he told her she would die in Season 2, which was less than prescient given that the British version of House of Cards had already telegraphed the character's death. She described it as a "ballsy move" to kill off a prominent character in the very first episode of Season 2 - and by being thrown in front of a train, no less. Yeesh!

Fortunately for Mara, she had the filming of Fantastic Four awaiting her on the horizon, a movie that was received with glowing critical accla-- what? One of the worst movies of all time? Oh. Double-yeesh.

Katie Cassidy

In an interview with TV Guide, Cassidy accepted the death of her character on Arrow with grace - and the knowledge that she'd be coming back as a different character. Cassidy approved of the Black Canary's death by Damien Darhk's hand because of the shock value it created and the natural conclusion in lent to her character's arc. Her past romance with Oliver was always somewhat problematic in light of his ongoing love affair with Felicity, so she kind of had to be removed from the picture. Plus, it did generate real and raw motivations for the other characters. 

And she knew she'd be coming back as her Earth-2 Doppelganger, so she still had a job prospect. 

Patrick Dempsey

"It just sort of evolved... It just kind of happened. It really was something that was kind of surprising that unfolded, and it just naturally came to be. Which was pretty good," said Patrick Dempsey of his character's death in Season 11 of Grey's Anatomy. There were rumors of discord between the show's creator, Shonda Rimes, and Dempsey, and there's a definite note of insincerity in Dempsey's reaction when he was interviewed by Vanity Fair the day after the fateful episode aired. McDreamy had been in a car accident and his wife, Meredith, eventually had to pull the plug. Fans (and probably Dempsey himself) feared this inevitable conclusion, but were still devastated when it finally happened - that's why you don't piss off the show creator.

Maggie Siff

When Executive Producer Kurt Sutter sat down with Maggie Siff to delve into Season 6 of Sons of Anarchy, she joked that it felt like he was about to tell her Tara Knowles-Teller (her character) was going to die. Met by his lukewarm response, she realized that might be exactly what was happening. He wasn't sure yet, though. He told her it was a possibility, but that he'd have to see how the story actually played out. Well, it did indeed come to fruition when her character was finally killed by Gemma with a meat-fork. Siff cried when she found out that she was going to kick the bucket, but it was in the finale of the penultimate season, and after six long seasons, she was ready to move on.

Richard Madden

Realistically, this should include EVERYONE AT THE RED WEDDING, but that would have taken too long, so we'll just focus on how the King in the North dealt with his demise. Of course, all of the actors participating in the Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones knew what was coming, but Madden read each book of A Song of Ice and Fire as their corresponding seasons began, so he didn't know all along what Robb Stark's fate would be. Not surprisingly, though, he did have this particularly horrific scene spoiled for him before even picking up the third book. While Madden was "really sad to let [Game of Thrones] go," he was prepared. Fans who hadn't read the books, though, were decidedly not. Households everywhere were divided as one person who knew what was coming watched the others witness the nightmare unfold, resulting in viral memes of unwitting watchers freaking-the-F-out as the massacre ensued. Ahh, the memories.

Brett Dier

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Brett Dier spoke about his reaction to finding out that his character on Jane the Virgin was going to die, by candidly (and hilariously) saying, "...even though I was kind of prepared, reality sunk in and I was like, 'S—.'" He was "kind of prepared" because the narrator of the show dropped a hint about Michael's impending doom in the first season, but he was still bummed: "[I] loved playing Michael so much. He felt like a big part of me. And knowing he was going to die was such a weird thing." It was probably even worse for fans because Michael actually survived a shooting at the end of Season 2 only to suddenly die near the end of Season 3 from lingering internal injuries. What a kick in the pants.

Mon, 08 May 2017 10:31:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/how-stars-reacted-to-character-deaths/zack-howe
<![CDATA[Famous Actors Who Committed Suicide]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-actors-who-committed-suicide/celebrity-lists

Even stars feel the weight of mental instability and addiction, and several notable actors shocked the world with their suicides. Many of these actors who killed themselves did so after suffering from depression for many years - though some famous actor suicides have been debated as being cover-ups for foul play.

Who are some famous actors who committed suicide? In 2014, Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging at the age of 63. The comedian had struggled with depression throughout much of his adult life. Silent film actor Karl Dane committed suicide by shooting himself in the head on April 14, 1934, at the age of 47. His declining career is believed to have been a factor in his decision to take his own life.

On June 16, 1959, George Reeves died as the result of a gunshot wound to his head. His death was ruled a suicide, but many believe that it may have been an accidental shooting or even murder. Other famous actors who took their own lives include Freddie Prinze, Spalding Gray, and Everett Sloane.

Are you surprised that so many actors committed suicide? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Famous Actors Who Committed Suicide,

Benjamin Hendrickson

Benjamin Hendrickson committed suicide by shooting himself in the head on July 3, 2006, at the age of 55. He had reportedly suffered from depression, and was also filming scenes revolving around the death of his TV daughter at the time he took his life.

Everett Sloane

Everett Sloane committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates on Aug. 6, 1965, at the age of 55. He was reportedly distraught because he thought he was going blind.

Freddie Prinze

Freddie Prinze committed suicide by shooting himself in the head in 1977, at the age of 22. The comedian had a history of depression, and was going through a divorce at the time of his death. His son, Freddie Prinze, Jr., was less than a year old.

George Reeves

On June 16, 1959, George Reeves died as the result of a gunshot wound to his head. His death was ruled a suicide, but many believe that it may have been murder or even an accidental shooting.

Karl Dane

Silent film actor Karl Dane committed suicide by shooting himself in the head on April 14, 1934, at the age of 47. His declining career is believed to have been a factor in his decision to take his own life.

Michael Gilden

Michael Gilden committed suicide by hanging on Dec. 5, 2006, at the age of 44. He made his film debut as an Ewok in Return of the Jedi.

Richard Jeni

Richard Jeni (born Richard John Colangelo) fatally shot himself in 2007, at the age of 49. Earlier that year, he had been "diagnosed with severe clinical depression coupled with bouts of psychotic paranoia."

Robin Williams

On August 11, 2014, Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging at the age of 63. The comedian had suffered from depression throughout much of his adult life.

Spalding Gray

On Jan. 11, 2004, Spalding Gray committed suicide by jumping off the Staten Island Ferry at the age of 62. His body was found in the East River two months later. He had suffered from severe depression after being involved in a car accident in 2002.

Michael Roof

Michael Roof committed suicide by hanging himself in 2009, at the age of 32. He had stated on MySpace that he was suffering from social disorder and various mental illnesses.

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:39:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-actors-who-committed-suicide/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[People Who Were Actually Killed For Being "Witches"]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-killed-as-witches/laura-allan

Most people have heard of the Salem Witch Trials and know that in many cultures people have been sentenced to death for heresy. But what you might not know is that this is a practice that has been committed throughout human history and across the globe - it is even still practiced in some cultures today. But who were these witches? Why were they killed? The answers to these questions may be a bit morbid, but it's also hard to deny that they're downright fascinating.

If you've looked into witch trials before, you might've learned that the majority of these cases were pure hogwash - mass hysteria, political motives, and plain old hatred have all been used as reasons for an individual to be executed as a witch. However, in some rare cases, people killed as witches really did confess proudly to their crimes, and a few even committed acts so terrible, people assumed that they had to be supernatural. 

So, keep in mind that a few of these stories are a little graphic, and climb aboard your boomstick as we look at the various souls who were killed for their witchy-tendencies.

People Who Were Actually Killed For Being "Witches",

Agnes Waterhouse

The first woman to be executed for witchcraft in England was Agnes Waterhouse, also called Mother Waterhouse. She was known for having a cat that answered to the name Satan, for possibly killing men, and for being labeled a witch when she was as young as twelve. The cat supposedly spoke to her in a dark tongue, telling her to kill children and certain people that she saw. It demanded to be fed blood and milk, and had supposedly tormented her sister with these demands as well. Waterhouse also claimed to have had relations with demons who threatened to harm her if she did not do their bidding.

Once she was convicted, she was sentenced to death. At first she stood strong and proud, acting unafraid; however, eventually she began to plead for her life, saying that she believed and trusted in God. It was not enough, and she was put to death in 1566.

Bridget Bishop

When thinking about people who have been killed for being witches, the 1692 Salem witch trials inevitably come to mind. Around 72 people were accused of being witches with 20 actually being executed for it, the first of whom was Bridget Bishop. She was a rather flamboyant woman for her day, and other women took notice. Eventually, five women accused Bishop of being a witch, claiming that her shape would haunt or threaten people, and during the trial they screamed and flailed, claiming she was hurting them even then. Men also stepped forward, saying that she had tormented them and even poisoned them after disputes. Her previous, now dead husbands were even brought up. 

At last, during the trial, a jury found a third nipple on her body, which they took as a sign of her witchy-ness. This was enough to seal her fate and, despite the fact that she claimed to be innocent, Bishop was sentenced to death and was hanged. 

Bridget Cleary

In 1895, a man in Ballyvadlea, Ireland, was tried and eventually convicted for killing his wife. This may sound dark, but not terribly unusual - except that Michael Cleary claimed to have done it because his wife was actually a witch or changeling. You see, Bridget Cleary had gone missing, and when investigators eventually questioned her husband, he claimed that his wife had been taken by fairies and replaced by some sort of magical, evil creature. When he realized this, Michael did the only logical thing there was to do - burn his wife to death.

It's still not clear if he burned her body before or after her death, but it's pretty clear that he was the one to kill her. The trial was a long and arduous one, and Michael was imprisoned for 15 years for his crime. To this day, there's still an Irish nursery rhyme that goes:

Are you a witch, or are you a fairy,

Or are you the wife of Michael Cleary?

Gilles Garnier

Some people accused of witchcraft really were terribly nasty people. Case in point: Gilles Garnier. He was a hermit living in France up until 1573, and committed terrible crimes for which he was accused of being not just a witch, but a werewolf. When Garnier married, his new bride was not happy with the lack of food variety surrounding her husband's isolated way of life. To make up for this, Garnier began killing, butchering, and eating children. He also fed the meat of these children to his new wife to satisfy her craving for variety. He did this with at least four children.

When he was caught and put on trial, he claimed that he had come across a specter in the woods that gave him the ability to change into a wolf and do magic in order to hunt more easily. Witnesses claimed to have seen him eating the raw flesh of children in the fields, and a few even claimed to have seen him in wolf form. He was found guilty of witchcraft and lycanthropy, for which he was burned at the stake on January 18, 1573. From then on, he was known as The Werewolf of Dole.


People accusing each other of witchcraft is hardly a new concept. Around the year 415 CE, there was a young woman by the name of Hypatia living in Alexandria, Egypt, who people thought was a bit unusual - unusual in the sense that she wasn't readily embracing the Christian religion and instead spent her time studying the pants off of the other mathematicians of her day. In fact, she is still known as the first female mathematician of our world, which unfortunately upset a lot of people. Peter the Lector in particular wanted to make sure that she and her pagan, math-loving ways were stopped immediately. The best means of doing so? Tell everyone she's a witch and kill her.

Unfortunately, Hypatia's death wasn't exactly quick. First, a mob dragged her from her carriage and stripped her naked at a nearby church. They then beat her with roofing tiles until she was dead, or near dead. Then, for good measure, they tore her body into pieces and burned what remained. In short, they really wanted to make sure this supposed witch was dead.


Native Americans have their own version of witches, and they are often viewed with no less malice. Leatherlips, a Wyandot chief in the 1800s in Ohio, is perhaps best known for having signed The Treaty of Greenville and for encouraging peace and cohabitation with European settlers. However, this didn't sit well with many other chiefs and some, including his own brother, began to conspire against him. In 1810, his brother, Roundhead, ordered that he be put to death for witchcraft. Settlers who were living with him at the time pleaded for his life, but to no avail. He went back with the other tribal leaders without a fight.

Once there, he prayed, ate, and drank with his people. He then dressed up in his very best clothing, gave a ceremonial death chant, and was promptly killed by a tomahawk blow. There is now a statue in his memory in Dublin, Ohio. 


When a village's harvest fails, it can easy to blame it on witchcraft. Unfortunately, this was what caused the demise of Stedelen, a man who lived in the late 1300s in Switzerland and happened to make a very powerful enemy one day. Peter von Greyerz, a judge during that time, firmly believed that the occult was alive and well in Switzerland. He claimed that miscarriages, crop failures, marital disputes, storms, and more could all be linked to dark magic. Specifically, Greyerz accused Stedelen of sacrificing a black rooster on the Sabbath and of placing a lizard under the doorway of the local church. You know, usual witchcrafty stuff.

The thing is that Stedelen actually admitted it - after being tortured of course. He admitted that he'd made a pact with demons, and was promptly burned at the stake. After his death, Greyerz went on searching for other members of satanic cults and continued persecuting people for years. Women were tortured, men were killed, and it all began with this one incident.

Thomas Doughty

You might have heard this name before, or at least the name of his associate. Thomas Doughty was a nobleman, explorer, and soldier who lived in the mid-1500s before he met his untimely end. He sailed with famed captain Sir Francis Drake, who was also a slaver and politician - and who also ended up being his accuser. The two men started off as friends, but in the summer of 1578, Drake became separated from the rest of his fleet during a storm and slowly convinced himself that it was because Doughty was practicing witchcraft. The two argued, but Drake eventually snapped and had Doughty tied to the mast, accusing him of being a witch.

There was a brief trial once they landed and, although Drake later seemed to regret his decision, it was far too late. Doughty was found guilty of witchcraft and was sentenced to be killed by beheading - a decision that would haunt Drake for the rest of his life.

Angéle de la Barthe

The Inquisition definitely had its share of torture cases and gruesome killings, and that included killing people for witchcraft. In 1275, a French woman named Angéle de la Barthe was accused by the Supreme Chief of the Toulouse Inquisition of having sex with the Devil and giving birth to a monster that ate babies. A tall order, perhaps, but she didn't really claim to be innocent. During the course of her trial, she admitted that she had been feeding the monster babies for two years, and even boasted about having slept with the Devil. She was burned alive for her crimes.

This incident is widely credited as being the first killing in a string of medieval witch persecutions, and there were many more that followed. Some people now believe the account is fictional, but either way, the time period was full of people being put to death for witchcraft. 

Rebecca Lemp

Salem isn't the only place to have had a witch hunt. In the late 1590s, Nördlingen, Germany, was hit with a swath of witch accusations and executions. In all, 32 women were convicted of witchcraft, one of them a woman by the name of Rebecca Lemp. Rebecca was the mother of six children, but that didn't stop local lawyers and Burgomasters from arresting and torturing her. She was tortured on at least five different occasions and, eventually, she confessed to witchcraft. Unfortunately, things didn't end there.

In order to make her appear more guilty, Rebecca was forced to write a letter to her husband, who was away on business, and children in which she admitted to being a witch. Although her husband didn't believe it, there was nothing he could do. She was tortured a bit longer and then burned at the stake. Many other women followed her down this path of torture and death.

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:18:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/people-killed-as-witches/laura-allan
<![CDATA[Famous Musicians Who Committed Suicide]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-musicians-who-committed-suicide/celebrity-lists

Rock stars don't always have fantasy lives. Tragically, many notable singers have committed suicide. Some of these musicians who killed themselves did so after suffering from depression for many years; the demise of others came as a shock to their fans. A few of these famous musician suicides have even inspired conspiracy theories - what if their supposed suicides were actually cover-ups for foul play?


When you think of famous musicians who committed suicide, Kurt Cobain must come to mind. The Nirvana frontman killed himself with a shotgun in Seattle on April 5, 1994. He had long suffered from depression and heroin addiction. Melancholy musician Nick Drake overdosed in 1974 in an apparent suicide. His music has only grown in popularity after his death.


INXS singer Michael Hutchence choked to death in an apparent suicide in 1997. He was found naked with a belt around his neck, leading some to belief that his death may have been an accidental result of auto-erotic asphyxiation. He was reported to have made several "dark" phone calls in the hours leading up to his death.


Are you surprised that so many famous musicians committed suicide? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Famous Musicians Who Committed Suicide,

Chris Cornell

On May 17, 2017, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was found dead in his Detroit hotel room after a show. According to the Wayne County Medical Examiners Office, Cornell hung himself. Cornell suffered from depression for most of his life. When he was a teenager, his condition was so bad he was forced to stay inside his home. Music helped him come out of his shell. 

Butch Trucks

Allman Brothers Band musician Butch Trucks committed suicide on Jan. 27, 2017, by shooting himself in the head. He reportedly had a great deal of debt at the time of his death.

Donny Hathaway

Donny Hathaway died after falling from a 15th floor window on Jan. 13, 1979, at the age of 33. He had previously been hospitalized for emotional problems two times.

Elliott Smith

Singer-songwriter Elliott Smith died of stab wounds to the chest on October 21, 2003, at the age of 34. The cause of death was an apparent suicide, although his partner Jennifer Chiba's fingerprints were found on the knife. She said she had pulled the blade from his chest.

Ian Curtis

Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis hung himself in his Manchester kitchen at the age of 24. He suffered from epilepsy and depression. The remaining members of the group retired the name Joy Division after Curtis's death, and began the band New Order.

Kurt Cobain

Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain killed himself with a shotgun in the guest house of his Seattle home on April 5, 1994. He had long suffered from depression and heroin addiction.

Michael Hutchence

INXS singer Michael Hutchence choked to death in an apparent suicide in 1997. He was found naked with a belt around his neck, leading some to belief that his death may have been an accidental result of auto-erotic asphyxiation. He was reported to have made several "dark" phone calls in the hours leading up to his death.

Nick Drake

Melancholy musician Nick Drake overdosed in 1974 in an apparent suicide. His music has only grown in popularity after his death.

Wendy O. Williams

Plasmatics singer Wendy O. Williams committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1998 at the age of 49.

Cliff Davies

Ted Nugent's drummer Cliff Davies committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 13, 2008, at the age of 59. He was reportedly "extremely distraught" over medical bills at the time of his death.

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:46:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-musicians-who-committed-suicide/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Ryan Gosling Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ryan-gosling-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Ryan Gosling dating? Many famous women have dated Ryan Gosling, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Ryan Gosling’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Ryan Gosling’s love life. 

This list features Ryan Gosling’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Ryan Gosling has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Ryan Gosling has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Ryan Gosling is currently dating Eva Mendes. They have two daughters together. 

This list of Ryan Gosling’s girlfriends includes Rachel McAdams and Sandra Bullock.

Check out the list of women Ryan Gosling has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Ryan Gosling Loves and Hookups,

Blake Lively

In 2010, Ryan Gosling briefly dated actress Blake Lively. 

Eva Mendes

In 2011, Ryan Gosling began dating The Place Beyond the Pines costar Eva Mendes. They have two daughters together. 

Famke Janssen

In 2004, Ryan Gosling was rumored to be hooking up with actress Famke Janssen. 

Jaime Murray

Ryan Gosling was romantically linked to actress Jaime Murray in 2009. 

Kat Dennings

In 2009, Ryan Gosling was rumored to be hooking up with actress Kat Dennings. 

Olivia Wilde

Ryan Gosling was rumored to be hooking up with actress Olivia Wilde in 2011. 

Rachel McAdams

After co-starring in The Notebook, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams dated from 2004 to 2008. 

Sandra Bullock

From 2002 to 2003, Ryan Gosling dated his Murder by Numbers costar Sandra Bullock. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:02:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/ryan-gosling-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Chris Evans Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/chris-evans-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Chris Evans dating? Many famous women have dated Chris Evans, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Chris Evans’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Chris Evans’s love life. 

This list features Chris Evans’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Chris Evans has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Chris Evans has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Chris Evans’s girlfriends includes Jessica Biel and Minka Kelly.

Check out the list of women Chris Evans has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Chris Evans Loves and Hookups,

Christina Ricci

In 2007, rumors of Chris Evans dating actress Christina Ricci sparked after they attended the Met Gala together. 

Emmy Rossum

Chris Evans reportedly had a fling with actress Emmy Rossum in 2007. 

Kristin Cavallari

According to rumors, Chris Evans and Kristin Cavallari hooked up in 2008. 

Lucy Pinder

In 2015, Chris Evans was rumored to be hooking up with English model Lucy Pinder. 

Minka Kelly

From 2007 to 2014, Chris Evans was in an on-and-off relationship with actress Minka Kelly. 

Sandra Bullock

Chris Evans and Sandra Bullock were rumored to be dating in 2014. 

Vida Guerra

In 2008, Chris Evans was rumored to be hooking up with model Vida Guerra. 

Lily Collins

Chris Evans briefly dated actress Lily Collins in 2015. 

Elizabeth Olsen

In 2016, Chris Evans was rumored to be hooking up with Captain America: Civil War costar Elizabeth Olsen. 

Jenny Slate

In 2016, Chris Evans started dating actress Jenny Slate after costarring in Gifted. They broke up in early 2017. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 07:52:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/chris-evans-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[10 Costars And Film Professionals Talk About Why Tom Hanks Is Awesome]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/stories-about-tom-hanks/shanell-mouland

It won’t surprise you to hear that Tom Hanks is considered one of the nicest guys in Hollywood. There are countless times Tom Hanks was a total pro, and his resume reads like a laundry list of awards and accolades. From Golden Globes to Oscars and even the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Hanks is an awards show mainstay, thanks to his impressive body of work. But that doesn't mean he's stuffy. Far from it - stories about Tom Hanks reveal just how great he is.

Fans love Hanks for his willingness to crack jokes on Saturday Night Live or crash a bride and groom's photo shoot. But what do his co-stars think of him? Surely he can't be that fabulous? True, some celebrities dare to hate him, but most costars tell tales about Tom Hanks arriving on set with a warm grin and a tireless work ethic. It's enough to make even the most hardened cynic daydream about making it big in the movies.

10 Costars And Film Professionals Talk About Why Tom Hanks Is Awesome,

Aaron Eckhart

Aaron Eckhart starred alongside Hanks in Sully, and he knew he was among royalty. Eckhart told Newsweek, "I can die now. I checked off two of my bucket list in one... I’m a huge fan of Clint’s [director Clint Eastwood] and Tom’s." He went on to praise the Hanks's poise:

"I just heard Tom give a speech two nights ago at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It was one of the best speeches [I’ve ever heard]... the most affecting, emotional, rational speeches done with absolute mastery and clarity. Everybody after that speech was stunned. I would vote for Tom [for president] in a second. If our politicians could speak as well as Tom could... he should be a shoe-in.

"I think people would actually want Tom to run for president of the United States. They have confidence that he could do the job - and they have confidence that he could get elected."

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron admitted to W Magazine that she had a crush on Hanks while growing up in South Africa: "I loved him without knowing his name. He was that guy with the dog shaking its drool all over the place in Turner & Hooch. I loved Tom Hanks as 'the guy.'"

Theron has yet to work with her crush, but who knows what the future holds.

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt starred opposite Hanks in Charlie Wilson's War. She worried that Hanks might be a little weirded-out filming a sexy scene with a 24-year-old costar, because not only could she be his daughter, but she is also friends with his son, Colin.

However, things didn't go the awkward way Blunt anticipated. She told GQ: "But Tom is really sexy. I promise you! He just made it effortless, to do those scenes. And he was so protective of me. He's a real gent."

Emma Watson

Emma Watson spoke to E! News about filming the 2017 movie The Circle with Hanks. She was concerned that he wouldn't live up to his glowing reputation:

"There's no way he's going to be as nice as everyone says he is and whatever else. And then he was! He's so generous and funny and easy-going and he's all the things you would want him to be. So I'm very happy to be able to report that to you sincerely because it would have broken my heart, I think, if Tom wasn't Tom."

Meg Ryan

"I really admire [Hanks]," Meg Ryan told Vanity Fair. "He’s just easy to be around, and that’s a big compliment because he’s so smart. He’s kind and he gets people."

Hanks and Ryan have worked together multiple times since their first film, Joe Versus the Volcano (1990).

Pam Grier

Pam Grier talks about being cast in Larry Crowne with Dallas South News:

"I just love Tom Hanks! He wrote [the film] and directed it, and his neighbors across the street are Cedric the Entertainer and his wife is Taraji P. Henson, so he’s really inclusive. He loves stories, from Forrest Gump to Philadelphia, and he puts his own money on the line. He’s so authentic and accurate and loves people, we need to just clone him!"

Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany worked with Hanks on Ron Howard's thriller The Da Vinci Code. Bettany played a seriously twisted and sinister character, so he probably appreciated Hanks's gallows humor. Bettany told the Globe & Mail: "As for Tom, he's incredibly funny and very relaxed on set. He's funny in a very surprisingly dark way."

Ron Howard

As a director, Ron Howard has worked with Hanks on multiple occasions. Howard told the The Sun, "I’d be lying if I said I’m not always looking for something we could do together cos [sic] I always feel it’s time well spent on every level... He’s always been grounded, centered, funny, smart and talented, but also someone who has a reasonable sense of the world and his place in it."

Howard praised Hanks's work ethic as well, saying, "He’s still entirely dedicated, fully prepared, and in fact he may work harder [than when he was younger]."

Steven Spielberg

When Steven Spielberg chooses someone to star in his movies, you know they've got talent. But when he praises someone, you know they're pretty freaking cool.

Spielberg and Hanks worked together on 2015's Bridge of Spies. Of Hanks, Spielberg told Time"I was able to snag one of the greatest living actors to represent the virtues and the principles that this character showed all of us in real life."

The pair has worked together many times over the years. Hanks appeared in Spielberg-directed projects including Saving Private Ryan and Catch Me If You Can, and the two have been friends for a long time.

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson costarred alongside Hanks in Larry Crowne. She made it clear she's a big Hanks fan when she spoke to the Huffington Post:

"He’s one of those actors who can just take on any role. What I think is so great about him is, because he’s still a very down to earth, big, big superstar, it makes it easier for him to play these common characters, like regular people, and believe it, and not be Tom Hanks. Some people get too big and you can’t separate the star from the character."

Wed, 10 May 2017 08:39:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/stories-about-tom-hanks/shanell-mouland
<![CDATA[Historical Figures With Animal Sidekicks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-figures-with-animal-sidekicks/stephanroget

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but it’s not exactly an exclusive relationship; historical figures with pets definitely bear out this truth. Humanity, and the unique individuals who comprise it, has entered into all manner of partnership with the animal kingdom over the centuries. Countless important historical figures have warmed our hearts with their furry friendships, but most of these are of the basic cat-or-dog variety, like Bo Obama or Checkers, the Nixon dog. That makes the historical figures who do have interesting and unique animal companions really stand out.

Some of the names associated with these bizarre animal sidekicks are so famous that it seems strange that their beastly buddies aren’t more well known. John Quincy Adams shared an alligator with Marquis de Lafayette, Tycho Brahe's drunk moose is the stuff of real legend, and Mozart composed his brilliant work with a friendly little starling. Dalí and Babou the Ocelot were a couple of adorable buddies, and that’s to say nothing of the “useful” pets like Ramesses II’s vicious battle lion. Gaze upon the sheer awesomeness of these human-animal collaborations, and, perhaps, take the time to think twice before committing to a dog or cat next time you’re looking for a pet. There might just be a more interesting option available!

Historical Figures With Animal Sidekicks,

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is a countercultural icon, and it makes sense for her to have had a few unique animal companions. Kahlo had a practical menagerie, including several monkeys, exotic birds, and even an eagle. Perhaps Kahlo’s most treasured pet, however, was a deer that she took in as a fawn. The deer was named Granizo and was predictably adorable. It may have even inspired a famous piece of art in which Frida placed her head on the body of a deer, The Wounded Deer (1946).

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte is one of history’s most mocked figures, so it’s surprising that more noise isn’t made about the fact that he was often made to eat his meals with an orangutan. The ape – named Rose – belonged to his wife, Josephine, and was one of her most treasured companions. Josephine liked to dress Rose in fancy chemises, and Rose loved to eat turnips. Sadly, when the Bonapartes had to move to another part of the country, Rose caught an intestinal inflammation and died. Josephine ensured she received a proper funeral.


Nero is one of the least popular Roman leaders from history, and his lack of love for his people is well known. Some say the only living thing he ever truly loved was his tigress, Phoebe. And no, "tigress" is not a metaphor. Nero first saw the big cat fighting in the Colloseum, and he immediately fell for its ability to disembowel people. Nero adopted the tiger and kept it in a golden cage most of the time; although, he occasionally allowed it to come out and eat at the table. When provoked, Nero was known to feed unfortunate guests to Phoebe as her main course.

Ramesses II

Most historical pets are companions in the sense that they spent a lot of time with their owner. Not so for a lion owned by Egypt’s Ramesses II, however; this tough pet accompanied his pharaoh master into battle on several occasions. The lion, whose name roughly translates to “Slayer of Foes,” was fiercely aggressive and loyal only to Ramesses, making him a deadly element in war. Slayer of Foes was not the only lion used in battles by the Egyptians, but he was the most famous and saw his most notable action against the Hittites.

Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí was well-known for his eccentric behavior, so it’s no surprise that he had a few exotic pets in his lifetime, including an anteater. His most famous animal companion, however, had to be Babou the ocelot. Babou was one of the few living creatures that Dalí seemed to genuinely care about, even though Babou was barely tame and tended to frighten passersby. Often, Dalí would simply lie to people and tell them that Babou was a house cat that he painted. Babou was so famous that he inspired a likeness of himself to appear in TV’s Archer.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson owned a lot of things in his lifetime, including a ridiculous number of slaves, but he also owned some living creatures that were both adorable and a lot less shameful. In 1807, while president, Jefferson received a pair of bear cubs from the newly discovered grizzly species. Jefferson found the creatures fascinating, but they quickly outgrew their cave and had to spend some time in a pen on the lawn. Eventually, Jefferson found the bears a home at a Philadelphia museum of natural history, but their story did not end happily, as one of them escaped and terrorized a family, resulting in them both being put down.

Tycho Brahe

Sources will differ as to whether the famed Danish astronomer, Tycho Brahe, owned a moose or an elk; although, a moose seems more likely. All sources agree, however, that Brahe got that large mammal astoundingly drunk on a regular basis, whatever species it was. Brahe respected his pet moose so much that he sometimes sent it to visit various nobility as an envoy of sorts. It was on one such diplomatic mission that the moose met its tragic end, getting far too drunk late into the night and then falling down a set of castle stairs to its death.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A musical figure needs a musical pet, and that’s exactly what Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart found when he purchased a small starling just before he hit his 30s. The bird was with him for three years, during which time it is claimed the bird would tweet along with Mozart’s melodies. The starling’s own songs may have influenced Mozart’s work, and Mozart was devastated when his companion died, staging a full-on funeral for it, complete with a reading of an original, heartfelt poem. The service was reportedly well attended.

One Alligator Was Owned By Both Marquis De Lafayette And John Quincy Adams

Having an alligator in a bathtub in the White House seems completely unacceptable. Perhaps an exception can be made, however, for one particular alligator in history, who happened to have ties to two important American figures. The first was Marquis de Lafayette, a Frenchman who helped America win the Revolutionary War and was later gifted an American alligator for his efforts upon a return to the US. De Lafayette eventually re-gifted the gator to John Quincy Adams, who was president at the time. Adams really did have the beast live in a bathtub in one wing of the White House, and he loved to spook guests with it.

Licinius Muraena Was The Ultimate Eel Tamer

Licinius Muraena is so associated with moray eels that he took his consul name from the Latin word for eel. The Romans contended that eels made for excellent eating and even better pets, but Licinius took his love of eels to the extreme. He had dozens of pools on his property in which he raised thousands of morays with doting care. Licinius’s eels unfortunately couldn't accompany him on his journeys, but his actions did help spread the animal’s false reputation of being dangerous to humans in the wild.

Thu, 11 May 2017 07:24:14 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-figures-with-animal-sidekicks/stephanroget
<![CDATA[The 15 Hottest Kara McCullough Pictures]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hottest-kara-mccullough-photos/trent-walker

Say hello to your Miss USA 2017 Kára McCullough! The sexy Miss USA from Washington, D.C. was born in Italy and later raised in Virginia. Kara McCullough graduated from South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and became an emergency preparedness specialist in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response. McCullough received praise for competing in the beauty pageant with her natural hair. After beating out her competitors, Miss District of Columbia USA 2017 was crowned Miss USA. 

Here are Kara McCullough hot photos, featuring swimsuit pics, gown photos, and Instagram pictures. Enjoy these sexy Kara McCullough pics and vote up the hottest photos of Miss USA 2017. 

The 15 Hottest Kara McCullough Pictures,

Kara in a Gown

Swimsuit Competition

Smooch for Her Fans

Gray Bae


Head Shot

Ready for a Night Out

Sash Off

Fly Girl

Enjoying the Sun

Mon, 15 May 2017 06:28:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/hottest-kara-mccullough-photos/trent-walker
<![CDATA[Nicki Minaj Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/nicki-minaj-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Nicki Minaj dating? Many famous men have dated Nicki Minaj, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Nicki Minaj’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Nicki Minaj’s love life. 

This list features Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Nicki Minaj has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Nicki Minaj has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

In 2015, Nicki Minaj dated rapper Meek Mill, and the two became engaged shortly after. The couple broke up in January 2017. 

This list of Nicki Minaj’s boyfriends includes Drake and Nas.

Check out the list of men Nicki Minaj has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Nicki Minaj Loves and Hookups,


Since 2009, rumors of Nicki Minaj and Drake hooking up have always been around. However, both have said they are just close friends. 

Lil Wayne

In 2011, Nicki Minaj was rumored to be hooking up with rapper Lil Wayne. 


In May 2017, dating rumors sparked between Nicki Minaj and rapper Nas after an Instagram picture showed the two cuddling up. Back in 2012, Nicki Minaj and Nas kissed in her "Right By My Side" music video. 

Meek Mill

In 2015, Nicki Minaj began dating rapper Meek Mill and got engaged shortly after. Their two-year relationship ended on January 5, 2017. 

Safaree Samuels

From 2008 to 2014, Nicki Minaj was in a relationship with rapper Safaree Samuels. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 07:41:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/nicki-minaj-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Famous Prisoners Who Committed Suicide]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-prisoners-who-committed-suicide/celebrity-lists

Jail can weigh on the soul of even the most hardened criminals. Perhaps that's why these famous prisoners ended up committing suicide. Many of these notable prisoners who killed themselves were behind bars for murder; others were notorious war criminals.


Who numbers among these famous prison suicides? Dr. Harold Shipman was found guilty of over a dozen murders in 2000. He had administered lethal doses of pain medication to his patients, and then falsified their records to reflect "old age" as the cause of death. Shipman used bed sheets to hang himself in his cell in 2004 at the age of 57. In 2017, NFL player Aaron Hernandez committed suicide by hanging while serving out his murder sentence at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.

War criminal and Nazi Rudolf Hess was convicted of crimes against humanity for his part in the Holocaust. In 1987, at the age of 93, he hanged himself with an extension cord - though some people suspect that his death may have been a murder. Other famous prisoners who committed suicide include Ariel Castro, Lynn Turner, and Philip Markoff.

Do you think that justice has been properly served if a prisoner commits suicide? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Famous Prisoners Who Committed Suicide,

Daniel Gonzalez

Serial killer Daniel Gonzalez was found dead in his cell in 2007. He had been serving six life sentences for murdering several people in random attacks. Gonzalez was supposedly inspired to kill by Nightmare on Elm Street.

Harold Shipman

Dr. Harold Shipman was found guilty of 15 murders in 2000. He had administered lethal doses of pain medication to his patients, and then falsified their records to reflect "old age" as the cause of death. Shipman used bed sheets to hang himself in his cell in 2004 at the age of 57.

Jack Abbott

Author and criminal Jack Abbott was originally imprisoned for bank robbery. He was released on parole in 1981, but returned to prison six weeks later after he fatally stabbed a man. Abbott hanged himself with a shoelace and a bed sheet in 2002. He left a suicide note which was never made public.

Lynn Turner

Lynn Turner was sentenced to life in prison for murdering her husband and boyfriend by poisoning them with antifreeze. She committed suicide by overdosing on blood pressure medicine in 2010.

Ricky Kasso

In 1984, Ricky Kasso hanged himself in his jail cell just two days after being arrested for the murder of his friend Gary Lauwers. Kasso, Lauwers, and two other young men were high on LSD at the time of the killing, which involved aspects of Satanic rituals.

Rudolf Hess

War criminal and Nazi Rudolf Hess was convicted of crimes against humanity for his part in the Holocaust. In 1987, at the age of 93, he hanged himself with an extension cord. Some believe that his death may have been a murder, as Hess was quite frail at the time of his death; hanging himself would have been exceedingly difficult.


Al Qaeda member Inayatullah committed suicide in 2011 while being held at Guantanamo Bay. His death came only two weeks after Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces.

Philip Markoff

Philip Markoff, The Craigslist Killer, committed suicide in 2010 while awaiting trial for murder. He had cut several major arteries with a makeshift blade before shoving toilet paper down his throat and covering his head with a plastic bag.

Aaron Hernandez

NFL player Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of murdering Odin Lloyd in 2015 and sentenced to life in prison. On April 19, 2017, he committed suicide by hanging while serving out his sentence at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.

Ariel Castro

In 2013, Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison for rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder. He had kidnapped three women and held them for years. Castro was found hanging in his cell after serving only one month of his sentence.

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:57:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-prisoners-who-committed-suicide/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Most Clever Drag Queen Names]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/clever-drag-queen-names/brandon-michaels

Clever drag queen names say a lot about a queen and how she rules. Thankfully, queens everywhere possess a legacy of great drag queens to look to for inspiration. To come up with drag queen name ideas, a queen may look for a name that fall's between fishy (feminine) and sexy. Other queens choose to use their masculine names like Chad Michaels or Derrick Barry, or parts of their boy name like "Alyssa" of House Edwards or "Roxxxy" of House Andrews. The less presumptuous queens out there feminized versions of their boy names like Alexis Michelle. But a smart drag queen name not only captures a queen's character, it also leaves her subjects in stitches.

Funny drag queen names typically come in the form of puns, like Ginger Minj, BenDeLaCreme, and Penny Tration. The problem with punny names is they often come with a campy label, limiting a queen's own image in ways you might not realize. Some of the fishier queens have successfully pulled off some smart drag queen names like Pandora Boxxx, Farrah Moan, and Courtney Act, which sounds like "caught in the act" in her native Australian accent. The best drag queen names only take a second to figure out, or at worst a quick refreshing of drag queen terminology. No matter if they're from the pageant circuit, the fashion circle, the comedy clubs, or wherever the hell Divine crawled out of, every queen needs a memorable name.

The Most Clever Drag Queen Names,

Courtney Act

Hedda Lettuce

Peaches Christ

Sharon Needles


Penny Tration

Helluva Bottom Carter

Farrah Moan

Bob the Drag Queen

Kim Chi

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:34:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/clever-drag-queen-names/brandon-michaels
<![CDATA[West Point Goats In The Civil War]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/west-point-civil-war-goats/mel-spera

The term "Goat" holds a special place in U.S. Army tradition, and there were plenty of West Point Goats in the Civil War. The term refers to the cadet graduating from West Point Military Academy with the lowest Grade Point Average (GPA) or, as the 1909 Howitzer Yearbook put it, “the man who would have stood first if he had boned (i.e. studied).” Rather than being a badge of shame, it recognizes the tenacity or foolhardiness it takes to be the last graduate of the best of the best. 

Prior to administrative changes in the ‘70s, the order of graduation was based on class rank; therefore, everyone knew the last person presented with their diploma was the class Goat. And, because of their low ranking, Goats were usually shunted off to Infantry or Cavalry branches – becoming the very people who are most likely to see combat and be directly responsible for leading their troops into harm’s way. Though, nowadays, class rank is a closely held secret, the graduating class still manages to find it out prior to the ceremony. Graduating cadets give a riotous cheer when the Goat receives the diploma, and then they present the Goat with a silver dollar.

Everyone who has taken an American History class knows the names of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, and Phillip Sheridan, as well as their actions during the Civil War. But there were plenty of West Point failures who became Civil War generals. So, what mark on history did the West Point Goats in the Civil War make?

West Point Goats In The Civil War,

Albert Gallatin Edwards

Edwards, Albert Gallatin, Class of 1832, Union. After graduation from West Point, Edwards was stationed near St. Louis, Missouri, with the Mounted Rangers and Dragoons. He retired shortly after his marriage to Louise Cabanne and became a merchant and bank commissioner. He was appointed Brig. Gen. of the Missouri Volunteers. Although he didn't see any action, President Lincoln appointed him as Assistant Secretary of the U. S. Treasury. In 1887, at the age of 75, he founded the brokerage firm A.G. Edwards & Son Stock and Bond Traders.

George Armstrong Custer

Custer, George Armstrong, Class of 1861, Union. Custer graduated from Alfred Stebbin’s Young Men’s Academy at the age of 16. He returned home to become a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse, but Custer wasn't happy with his circumstances. He wanted to become a famous soldier or an educator at a prestigious Eastern college. So, Custer saw West Point as a means to achieve his life’s ambition. He reached West Point in June 1857 and graduated as the Goat in a class of 34 men. Some historians have postulated that Custer deliberately kept his rank low so he would be assigned to the Infantry or Calvary. He saw extensive action as a Union cavalry officer in the Civil War at the First Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Antietam, Battle of Chancellorsville, Battle of Gettysburg, Siege of Petersburg, and Appomattox. Custer reached the wartime rank of Major General. Throughout the Civil War, Custer narrowly escaped death and any severe wounds. Seven of his horses were not as lucky. After the war, he was made Lieutenant-Colonel of the Seventh Cavalry on America’s western frontier. During the Plains Indian War, he fought at the Battle of Washita River and most famously died at the Battle of Little Bighorn. 

George Pickett

Pickett, George Edward, Class of 1846, Confederate. Ironically, Pickett would become one of the most famous Virginians in history, but he was appointed to West Point from Illinois. Pickett was a popular cadet. According to Brig. Gen. William M. Gardner, he was "a man of ability, but belonging to a cadet set that appeared to have no ambition for class standing and wanted to do only enough study to secure their graduation." Pickett amply displayed bravery in the face of the enemy during the Mexican War and while fighting Indians in the Pacific-Northwest. During the Civil War, he led men at the Second Battle of Petersburg (VA), Gettysburg, and Appomattox. He led his men in the disastrous assault on Union positions on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg, which is known as Pickett’s Charge. Fearing a court martial after the War Between the States, he and his family fled to Canada where they remained until 1866. In 1866, they returned, and Pickett took up the careers of insurance agent and farmer in Norfolk, Virginia. It was said that he was haunted by the loss of his men until his death in 1875

His widow, LaSalle, liked to embellish her husband’s exploits. She convincingly told the tale that young Pickett unknowingly met Congressman Abe Lincoln and confessed his desire to be a soldier. Soon afterward, he received his appointment to West Point. The tale quickly unravels because Pickett had already graduated when Congressman Lincoln was in office.

Henry Heth

Heth (pronounced Heath), Henry “Harry,” Class of 1847, Confederate. A cousin of George Pickett, Heth chalked up his first two demerits on his first day at West Point for “[laughing] in ranks in morning parade.” He maintained that he didn't care about his class ranking. For Heth, his time at West Point was one of merriment. In the summer of 1844, he was mercilessly harassing a plebe (first year cadet) on sentinel duty until the plebe hurled his rifle at him. The bayonet pierced Heth’s thigh and narrowly missed his femoral artery. Heth fought at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Battle of Gettysburg, and Siege of Petersburg. He commanded a division at Gettysburg and is blamed for starting the battle because he sent approximately 7,500 men into the town before the rest of the army was ready. After the American Civil War, he fought against the Plains Indian War, the most notable of which was the Battle of Ash Hollow against the Lakota. Heth also wrote the first U.S. Army Marksmanship Manual. 

Hugh McLeod

McLeod, Hugh, Class of 1835, Confederate. McLeod resigned his commission within a year after graduating to fight for Texas independence. He served on the frontier battling Native Americans. As a Brig. Gen., he commanded the 1841 Santa Fe expedition, but he was taken captive by the Mexicans, who released him in 1842. He served Texas as Inspector General and as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. When the Civil War broke out, he was appointed a Col. Of the First Texas infantry regiment. However, he died of pneumonia in Virginia while en route to Gen. Robert E. Lee.

So, How Many Pieces Does a 12-pound Artillery Shell Break Into?

Borland, Harold, Class of 1860, Confederate. Borland and George W. Vanderbilt of New York ran a neck-and-neck race to the bottom. During an exam, Borland was asked how many pieces would a 12-pound shell burst into. After pondering over the answer for some time, he responded with “more than two.” When Borland accepted his diploma and walked back to his seat, his fellow graduates broke out in a loud cheer. He was assigned to the Mounted Rifles, but he resigned to join the Confederate Army as an infantryman. He became the assistant adjutant on Gen. Slaughter’s staff. It was under these circumstances that he was captured aboard the Alice Vivian, which was trying to run the Mobile-Havana blockade. He spent a little over a year in a prison in Boston Harbor – until he was exchanged for Major Forbes of Boston on October 1, 1864. After the war, he became a federal tax collector.

The Goat Who Exemplified The True Meaning Of The Term

Crittenden, William Logan, Class of 1845, American. While Crittenden died before the Civil War, his spirit and bravery make him the epitome of the Goat. After graduation, he fought with merit in the Mexican-American War. In 1851, he resigned his commission to take part in the liberation of Cuba from Spain. He joined the Narciso Lopéz expedition. He and his men were cut off from the main forces, and he made the decision to return to Florida. They commandeered four small fishing boats, but they were captured by the Spanish warship Habanero and returned to Havana where they were brought up on charges of piracy and condemned to death by firing squad. The condemned were led out to the execution site in groups of 10. The firing squad commander demanded that Crittenden order his men to turn their backs to the firing squad and to kneel. Crittenden responded plainly, “[a] Kentuckian turns his back on no man and kneels only to God.” The execution was carried out on August 16, 1851. 

West Point’s First Goat

Pratt, John Taylor, Class of 1818, Did Not Fight in the Civil War. Pratt was denied his commission because of partisan politics, so he returned to Kentucky and became a merchant and state senator. When the Civil War broke out, he volunteered to do his part since he was still vigorous in his old age. His offer was politely declined by the Confederate forces.

This West Point Goat Vowed To Never Surrender

Baker, Laurence Simmons, Class of 1851, Confederate. Upon graduation, Baker was assigned to the Mounted Rifles and served on the frontier in Kansas, Dakota Territory, Texas, and New Mexico. He joined the Confederate Army in 1861 and, within a year, commanded the First North Carolina. Baker and Custer were both at the scrimmage near Rummel Farm during the First Battle of Gettysburg. Both forces fought each other in savage saber to saber fighting, but Custer and Baker did not fight each other personally. Both managed to survive the fight unscathed – though Custer lost 219 men from his brigade. On July 31, 1863, Baker lost his right arm, leaving him permanently disabled. He was sent to North Carolina where he was given command to organize the defense of the state. 

On April 12, 1865, Baker received orders to reinforce Gen. Joseph E. Johnston near Raleigh, NC. On April 13, 1865, Baker was leading his small group of men when he heard that Lee had surrendered on April 9, 1865, and the Army of North Virginia received parole.  Baker and his men didn't believe that the war was over and decided to continue onwards. Baker’s honor would not allow him to surrender. They evaded capture until April 18, 1865 when they discovered that Johnston had surrendered. Naler issued General Order No. 25 disbanding his troops. Baker rode home, head unbowed and honor intact.

A Goat Who Didn't Make It Home

McIntosh, James McQueen, Class of 1849, Confederate. McIntosh could trace his lineage back to England’s Jacobite uprising in 1715, and most of his clan emigrated to America in 1739. His father died at Molino del Rey during the Mexican-American War; however, McIntosh was the first in his family to receive a military education. He believed, though, that, once he was tested on a subject, he no longer had need of the knowledge and performed a “spec and dump,” a term still used at West Point. McIntosh started his military career as a Federalist but quickly changed his mind while stationed at Ft. Smith, AR. He resigned his commission, and, while en route to Atlanta, GA, he met Salon Borland, father of Harold Borland, who had raised a calvary brigade and was marching on Ft. Smith. McIntosh volunteered to take a leading role in organizing a Confederacy frontier force. He was commissioned as a Major in the Confederate Army and rose to the rank of Colonel of the Second Arkansas Mounted Rifles. He served with distinction, but he missed all the grand battles of the Civil War. He died at the Battle of Pea Ridge (AR) on March 7, 1862.

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<![CDATA[Actors That Also Sing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-that-also-sing/dj-terrible

People that identify, first and foremost, as an actor, yet also have singing capabilities. Check out the actors and actresses that have such unique talents!

Actors That Also Sing,

Cliff Richard

Dannii Minogue

Debbie Harry

Jennifer Lopez

John Travolta


Seth MacFarlane

Tab Hunter

Jack Black


Sun, 14 May 2017 13:19:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-that-also-sing/dj-terrible
<![CDATA[Famous Killers Who Committed Suicide]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-killers-who-committed-suicide/ranker-crime

Some killers went so far as to kill themselves, too. Several notable killer suicides have shocked the world. Many of these murderers who killed themselves did so after being captured for their crimes, while others committed suicide to evade arrest.

Who are some famous killers who committed suicide? On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT. He then killed himself, before police could apprehend him on the scene. Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold also committed suicide following their murder spree in 1999.

Over a few months in 1997, Andrew Cunanan killed at least five people, including fashion designer Gianni Versace. A little over a week after he killed Versace, Cunanan used the same gun to shoot himself in the head. His body was found in a houseboat in Miami.

Are you surprised that so many killers have committed suicide? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Famous Killers Who Committed Suicide,

Andrew Cunanan

Over a few months in 1997, Andrew Cunanan killed at least five people, including fashion designer Gianni Versace. He used several different methods in his murder spree, beating his victims with hammers, stabbing them with screwdrivers, and shooting them.

A little over a week after he killed Versace, Cunanan used the same gun to shoot himself in the head. He was found in a houseboat in Miami.

Andrew Kehoe

In 1927, Andrew Kehoe went on a killing spree in Bath, MI, that resulted in the deaths of 44 people. Victims included his wife and 37 children. His weapons of choice were largely bombs, which he detonated at locations like the Bath Consolidated School. The final blast - which killed Kehoe - was intended to target the school's superintendent.

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 24 others during a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Colorado. They opened fire on police, who were positioned outside the building, before turning their guns on themselves.

Their motive was to seek revenge on people who they believed had picked on them, while also destroying the school.

Gig Young

Oscar-winning actor Gig Young is believed to have shot his wife before killing himself in 1978. A motive for his actions was never revealed, but he had struggled with alcoholism.

Jack Abbott

Author and criminal Jack Henry Abbott first landed in prison for bank robbery. Abbott was released on parole in 1981, but wound up back behind bars a few weeks later after he fatally stabbed a man. In 2002, he hung himself with a shoelace and a bed sheet. He left a suicide note that was never made public.

Jeff Weise

On March 21, 2005, Jeff Weise went on a shooting spree that resulted in the deaths of nine people. He killed two people in his home before heading to Red Lake High School in Minnesota, where he wounded and killed several more bystanders. Weise engaged in a shootout with police before taking his own life with a shotgun.

Prior to the massacre, Weise had attempted suicide on two occasions.

Samuel Byck

On Feb. 22, 1974, Samuel Byck killed two people as he tried to hijack a plane to assassinate President Richard Nixon. The aircraft never left the ground, and Byck took his own life before police could capture him.

His plans were revealed by a reporter, who had received a tape recording of Byck explaining his intention to crash a plane into the White House to kill Nixon.

Adam Lanza

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT. He killed himself before police could apprehend him on the scene.

Earlier that same day, Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, in their home.

Ariel Castro

In 2013, Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison for rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder. He had kidnapped several women and held them for several years. Castro was found hanging in his cell after serving only one month of his sentence.

Elliot Rodger

Elliot Rodger went on a shooting spree near the University of California, Santa Barbara, on May 23, 2014. He killed six people and injured 14 more. He also stabbed three men to death prior to the attack.

Rodger said on YouTube that his killings were motivated by his wish to punish women who had rejected him, and men who were successful at dating women. Rodger shot himself in his car before police could apprehend him.

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:54:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-killers-who-committed-suicide/ranker-crime
<![CDATA[The Rise, Fall, And Return Of Mickey Rourke's Face]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/mickey-rourke-face-evolution/eric-conner

Hollywood is always looking for the next rising star among the hottest male celebrities, someone handsome and brooding with a dark, mysterious undercurrent. For a few years, it looked like Mickey Rourke might assume this mantle. After Body Heat and Diner, his chiseled face, terrific hair, and slightly mumbling line readings all pointed to "It Boy" status. 

But then something happened. Actually, many bad things happened. "Mickey Rourke Plastic Surgery" appeared in more headlines than his actual acting work. Then there was the boxing, the drugs, more bad movies, the Chihuahua addiction, and dating Courtney Love. And the handsome Rourke gave way to - well, let's just call him a less handsome Rourke. His acting followed suit, as working with A-list directors gave way to appearing in Z-list films.

Then something even more unexpected happened. Mickey Rourke's face made a huge comeback. While not exactly in line with its former glory, Rourke's face went from being the look of a "cautionary tale" to the posterboy for a "weathered character." Hollywood loves second and third acts - just ask Jackie Earle Haley. And if you stick around in the entertainment industry long enough, you begin to get the respect of an elder statesman simply by still being alive. Just ask Bon Jovi. 

The Rise, Fall, And Return Of Mickey Rourke's Face,

9½ Weeks

If Rumble Fish was an attempt to not play the romantic leading man, 9 1/2 Weeks swung Rourke the other direction by completely focusing on his sex appeal. This movie is when Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger are at their hottest.

Director Adrian Lyne's fetish for a color palette of only black, white, and gray brings out the steaminess. 9 1/2 Weeks is like a slightly smarter version of Fifty Shades of Grey (then again, even a broken vibrator is slightly smarter than Fifty Shade of Grey). Back in the day, one would appear only slightly sleazy when renting this film and could defend the choice by saying, "I loved him in Diner."

Angel Heart

At the time, Angel Heart was mostly known for Rourke's explicit sex scene with Lisa Bonet, which raised the ire of her TV Dad Bill Cosby.  Allow the irony of that seep in for a moment.  

In Angel Heart, Rourke broods beautifully as private detective Harry Angel, who investigates a series of grisly murders against the backdrop of a creepy New Orleans. The movie initially bombed in the box office, only to be resuscitated on home video as a neo-horror-mystery that's nearly a classic.  


Barfly may not have been the best representation of Rourke's face, but it showed his depth and range as an actor. In a role nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, Rourke plays a thinly-veiled version of author Charles Bukowksi as he drinks away his troubles. Matching him shot for shot is Faye Dunaway and one of Hollywood's true renaissance men, Frank Stallone. Unfortunately, it would be another two decades before Rourke found another role that challenged him this much. 

Body Heat

Rourke almost out-sexied Kathleen Turner in Lawrence Kasdan's modern film noir classic. Rourke plays the world's sexiest arsonist who cautions William Hurt's Ned that when you play with fire, you might get burned. He's not in the movie for a lot of scenes, but Rourke put Hollywood on notice with that handsome, rugged face. 


Barry Levinson's beautiful coming-of-age drama set the table for everything from Seinfeld to Tarantino. The film basically started the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, with Paul Reiser, Daniel Stern, Tim Daly, Mr. Bacon himself, and Steve Guttenberg starring as a nice group of Jewish man-boys in 1950s Baltimore.

You might wonder why the decidedly goyish, Elvis-loving Rourke would hang out with this group of nebbishes (maybe he cheated off all of them in school). But he brings the rock, the roll, and more than a little bit of danger to Levinson's film. He's so charming that you quickly forgive him for almost seducing his best friend's wife (Ellen Barkin). In his defense, if you saw that face every morning in the mirror, your morality scale might go out of order too. 

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man

The next few years were not the greatest for Mickey Rourke. He began to populate the tabloids. Boxing began taking its toll on his face and his feature films weren't faring any better. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man had a wee bit of potential with a clever title, the director of Lonesome Dove, and a never-hairier Don Johnson. But this was no Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, especially because Rourke had begun to resemble a non-union Rourke impersonator. 

Johnny Handsome

The plot is like a reverse manifestation of this Ranker list. Rourke's Johnny begins the film as a lowly hoodlum who is betrayed by his partners during a robbery. While in prison, Johnny gets a chance to do an experimental procedure on his deformed face. He goes from looking like the protagonist from Mask's cousin to looking like MICKEY F'ING ROURKE.   

The film itself is quite good. Director Walter Hill strikes just the right tone with the help of a top-notch cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Lance Henriksen, Ellen Barkin, and Forest Whitaker. It's pulp, and mighty tasty pulp at that.  

Rumble Fish

Going the Brad Pitt route of fighting his own good looks, Mickey Rourke plays the partially deaf and colorblind Motorcycle Boy (actual character name) in Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Rumble Fish. It's a role that highlights Rourke's weirdness while still cementing his potential as a movie star. 

Wild Orchid

And this is where the troubles began. Wild Orchid is an erotic drama that plays like an outtake from a Swedish version of Eyes Wide Shut. Rourke and his then-squeeze, Carrie Otis, allegedly slept together during their much ballyhooed climactic romp. At least 9 1/2 Weeks had director Adrian Lynne's artistry to keep the film from sliding into softcore porn.   Wild Orchid's Zalman King is closer in spirit (and directing talent) to a perv with a camcorder who could afford good lighting. Rourke still has the face of old, but the presence seems to have taken a holiday.  

Exit in Red

Exit in Red is a movie that plays like Body Heat's slow cousin. There's a murder, a secret, a betrayal, and some passion. Mr. Rourke actually plays second fiddle to the romantic lead, Anthony Michael Hall, which is a measure of how far Rourke's star had fallen. It's one of those movies that used to populate late night cable in the pre-streaming days of yesteryear.  

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:32:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/mickey-rourke-face-evolution/eric-conner
<![CDATA[People Who Claimed To Be Romanovs (But Totally Weren't)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-claimed-to-be-romanovs/cheryl-adams-richkoff

House Romanov ruled over Russia for more than 300 years, with close familial ties to all the crowned heads of Europe. During the great nationalistic upheaval of the early decades of the 20th century, along with the first World War, monarchies began to topple. First to go was the powerful Romanov dynasty.

The last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra, and their five children, were imprisoned in central Russia (known as Ural) for many months. On the night of July 16, 1918, a group from the Ural Soviet brutally murdered the entire family and their few remaining servants. The victims were secretly buried outside the city where they were murdered, and most of the world had no clue what had happened to the last imperial Romanovs until their remains were "officially" discovered and unearthed in 1991.

The years following World War I and the Russian Revolution were chaotic for many. Thousands of Russian and Eastern European citizens fled their homelands and spread around the world. Russian princes and princesses and nobles of all ranks, along with masses of ordinary people, wound up in different countries leading very different lives from those to which they were accustomed. It was, in some ways, the ultimate opportunity to reinvent oneself.

Therefore, it was no surprise that some of those individuals made claims to the highest Russian status of all. The people who claimed to be Romanovs knew that everyone loved a fairy tale, and that the murders of the last tsar's family were so horrible, so wrenching, that even the millions around the world who had never known them longed to learn of a survivor. This is why so many fell under the imposter's spell. This is why most of the fake Romanovs achieved a measure of success, until exposure, death, or DNA tests revealed their true origins.

Why did the Romanov imposters make such claims? The obvious answer is for the potential monetary gain. Overwhelmingly, though, it was for the attention. These were lost people from a lost world.

People Who Claimed To Be Romanovs (But Totally Weren't),

The Belly Dancer

It seems a little ironic that the most prim and proper of Nicholas II's daughters, Tatiana, would be a belly dancer's choice of impersonation. The real Tatiana was pretty and had slightly exotic looks, but she would have been the last among the four Grand Duchesses to take up belly dancing, even in exile.

That is not to judge emigres - both common and noble-- who were compelled to engage in a variety of unexpected occupations in order to keep body and soul together. Indeed, there actually were minor Russian princes and princesses who fled their homeland for other parts of Europe and the Americas and wound up as furniture salesmen, dancers, and restaurant hostesses.

And then there is the mysterious case of Larissa Tudor. Not much is known about her origins. She was living in England in 1923 when she married Owen Frederick Morton Tudor. She died at the young age of 28, and at no point in her life did she make a claim to Tatiana's identity.

And yet she was buried with a tombstone that read "Larissa Feodorovna." The latter part, Feodorovna, is a Russian patronymic meaning "daughter of Feodor." "Feodorovna" was the usual patronymic adopted by foreign brides marrying Russian crown princes. Still, the argument is a bit of a stretch, since Russian emigres were quite common throughout Europe in the early to mid-20th century, and there are plenty of non-royal Russian women whose father's name was "Feodor."

Still, rumors persisted. Larissa did strongly resemble photos of Tatiana. And it seemed that Larissa left her husband a large inheritance, with no explanation to its source. People continued to talk. A story was spread that the dead Larissa was indeed Grand Duchess Tatiana, who had escaped the massacre that killed the rest of her family. She had then made her way to Istanbul, where she worked as a belly dancer.

None of the stories were true, but the tale of Larissa Tudor is surely among the more romantic Romanov impostor stories.

The South African Grandmother

In 1954, an older woman calling herself Alina was living in South Africa with no papers or documentation. A family by the name of Duval took her in. She immediately informed them that she was a Russian princess - specifically, the Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna, third daughter of the last tsar. She swore them to secrecy, as she was afraid of exposure and being sent back to Russia.

Gabriel Duval, who was a young man at the time, claims that he and his family were not related to Alina, but that she became a part of their family, and so they called her "Granny Alina." The woman never publicly made a claim to Romanov identity and lived quietly. Other than informing the family of her basic identity, she refused to discuss her life in Russia or her purported dramatic rescue. According to Duval, his family tended to believe her, but when they saw photos of Maria Romanova, they did not think Alina bore much resemblance to the Grand Duchess. "Her jaw was too broad," according to Duval. However, he claimed that she told him and his family that her jaw was broken during the Ekaterinburg massacre, and so her appearance was much changed since her youth.

Granny Alina died in 1969, but in 2004, Duval published a book about his experience with the Romanov claimant. He still believed she was truly a princess and wanted her to be buried with her family in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her remains were exhumed and DNA testing was performed, with negative results. Duval persisted for a while, insisting that Granny Alina's facial bone structure and eyes were identical to those of Grand Duchess Maria's. No one took him seriously, and the case is considered closed.

The Gold-Digging Babushka

As the decades of the 20th century waned, there were fewer direct claimants to the last imperial Romanovs. Early in the 21st century, a late arrival appeared on the scene. Once again, it was a woman claiming to be Anastasia. In this case, she was a elderly Georgian woman named Natalya Petrovna Bilikhodze. Her claim was announced at a press conference in 2002. Her newly published book, I Am Anastasia Romanova, was described by some Russian media as "pathetic."

Bilikhodze had her own version of the "escape" story. In this case, she was not shot along with the rest of her family. With help, she was able to escape to the Republic of Georgia, where she married and remained silent about her claim due to fears she would be murdered. In 1995, she began to speak out about her "true identity."

Her reason for coming forward at last? It was all about the money. She claimed that the Russian government owed her the Romanov fortune, which she and her supporters estimated at 3 trillion dollars. She did not want the money for herself, mind you, she wished to redistribute it to the Russian people.

While her claims were made public in 2002, the video used by Russian media was already two years old, and Bilikhodze was actually already deceased.

Unbeknownst to the media, in 2001, DNA specialists were able to obtain a tissue sample and conducted comparison tests with the Romanov samples. The conclusion was that Bilikhodze had absolutely zero connection with the Romanovs.

The "Secret" Romanov Daughter

The story of a Dutch woman named Suzanna Catharina de Graaff put a whole new spin on pretending to be a lost Romanov. She claimed to be the "fifth daughter" of Nicholas and Alexandra, who was spirited away at birth so her parents would not experience the humiliation of having yet another daughter, but no sons.

Anyone remotely acquainted with the family life of the imperial couple and the closeness they shared with their five children knows that de Graaff's story can be nothing but utterly false.

It is true that Tsaritsa Alexandra and her husband were concerned that by 1901, they had yet to produce a son. This mattered in Russia, where the law dictated that the heir to the Russian throne must be male. This law was instituted by Tsar Pavel I, son of Catherine the Great. Pavel hated his mother and wanted to make sure no woman ever sat on the Russian throne again.

Without a doubt, Alexandra, who was emotional and very sensitive, had started to feel like a failure for not producing a tsareivich, or crown prince. Indeed, in her desperation she may have experienced a "hysterical pregnancy" in 1903. In other words, psychologically she believed herself to be pregnant to the point that her body was mimicking symptoms. Eventually, she recovered and one year later at last gave birth to the couple's first and only son.

But that story about the so-called "hysterical pregnancy" was not believed by everyone. A rumor went around that a fifth daughter was born, but secreted away and raised by trusted others.

And here is where de Graaff stakes her claim. In reality, she was the daughter of a con-artist named Leendert Johannes Hemmes.  His role in her claim is that he was the person the royal couple entrusted to raise their fifth daughter, called Princess Alexandra. He claimed that the Romanovs paid him "hush money" to do so. Interestingly, in 1919, Hemmes (who was apparently not a very successful con man) built his family a luxurious new home.

As for the "lost daughter," de Graaff apparently played along with her father's story to the extent that she also claimed to be the recipient of a Romanov dowry, including five million rubles, china, and other trinkets. A book on the case written years later claims that de Graaff's rubles were pre-revolutionary, non-circulated, crisp and new.

De Graaff met the famous Anastasia claimant, Anna Anderson, in the early 1950s, and the two continued to exchange letters, since Anderson acknowledged de Graaff as her sister.

De Graaff died in 1968, and it was only in the last two weeks of her life that she made her claim to royalty public.

The Otherwise Perfectly Sane Prisoner

Like Anna Anderson, Nadezhda Vasilyeva appeared in 1920, only this claimant hails from Siberia. She, too, claimed to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia, on her way to safety in China. She was stopped, questioned, and arrested by Bolshevik authorities. Thrown into a succession of prisons over the next 15 years, she perhaps reached her lowest point when sent to an island gulag in the White Sea.

Despite the misery of Soviet prison, she maintained a lively - albeit, one-sided - correspondence with Great Britain's King George V, pleading her case and begging for money and assistance in both French and German.

In 1934, she was transferred to a prison hospital, where she continued to entreat any officials who would listen to her story. For a time, she dropped the Romanov claim and instead insisted she was the daughter of a rich merchant. Later, she returned to the Anastasia identity.

Vasilyeva died in a Kazan insane asylum in 1970. The hospital director stated that "except for her claim that she was Anastasia, she was completely sane."

The Estonian Alexei

Despite the fact that the 13-year-old Tsareivich Alexei suffered from hemophilia in an age when individuals afflicted with the condition lived short, painful lives, a surprising number of Alexei imposters appeared across the global landscape following the Romanov family's disappearance in 1918.

One of these was an Estonian named Ernest Veermann, who immigrated to Canada and ran a print shop for a number of years, using the alias Heino Tammet. For some reason, he kept his purported royal past a secret until he was 68 years old. 

When asked how he had survived the massacre - particularly as a hemophiliac - he claimed that actually, the doctor had misdiagnosed him, and that he did not in fact ever have hemophilia. This claim impressed few, as there were numerous extant photos displaying evidence of Alexei's sufferings and treatments. There were many written accounts left by doctors, family members, and caregivers which attested to a correct diagnosis.

Veerman/Tammet was deaf in one ear, claiming that he lost part of his ability to hear due to a guard firing next to his head during the Romanov massacre.

For a time, Veerman/Tammet rigorously pursued his claim, repeatedly writing letters to British and Scandanavian royalty and asking them to support his identity as Alexei. His efforts got him official visits from authorities, a medical exam, and an order to cease and desist.

He continued his claims on a much more quiet level after that. Already elderly, his health went into a decline. He died of leukemia in 1977. His third wife continued to support his claim and produced a tooth for DNA testing, but the test was never performed.

The Secret Agent

Michael Goleniewski was a former Soviet spy who claimed to be Tsareivich Alexei. If nothing else, Goleniewski exuded confidence, since he was a full 18 years younger than the real Alexei. Also, Goleniewski was healthy; Alexei suffered from hemophilia and even before his death at age 13, he had nearly died several times.

Yet, somehow, claimed Goleniewski, he survived the massacre and fell into the employment of the Soviet Union. Actually, he was a Polish man who began his intelligence career as a spy for the Polish government, later switching to the Soviets.

At one point he was a triple agent, spying for Poland, the USSR, and the USA.

Goleniewski defected to the United States in 1961. The CIA was so delighted to see him that they hired him as a spy on the spot. There was even a private bill passed by both the House and the Senate that granted Goleniewski US citizenship.

However, the moment his status was assured, Goleniewski began loudly spouting his Romanov claim. He met with Anastasia claimant Eugenia Smith and proclaimed her his long-lost sister. He spoke with the press, claiming that not only had he, Alexei, survived, but his entire Romanov family was alive and well, hiding in Europe.

He also announced an investigation to discover what Romanov money and property he might seize as sole surviving heir.

He became so obnoxious with his claims that the CIA fired him. Goleniewski remained undeterred and continued to claim royal status until his death in 1993.

The Woman Who Rose Again

Anna Anderson is the most widely-known Romanov imposter. Pulled soaking wet from a Berlin Canal in 1920, she was brought to a city asylum for medical and psychological care. Not long after she'd settled in, she noticed some fellow inmates looking at a magazine that featured a story and photos of the last Russian tsar and his family, who were murdered in 1918. Anderson pointed to one of the tsar's daughters and quietly claimed she was the girl in the photo.

That moment marked the beginning of a more than 60-year career as a Romanov claimant. After considering two of the tsar's daughters, Anderson settled on Anastasia Nikolaievna, the youngest daughter of the Romanov family.

Anderson looked nothing like the lost Grand Duchess, but she had two highly successful advantages in her pursuit of imperial glory. First, millions of people around the world wanted to believe that someone, anyone, had survived the massacre in a Central Russian basement. The murders were considered exceptionally vile because the entire family, including the five children, were violently killed together with the intended target, Tsar Nicholas II. The family - particularly the children - was well-known by the public thanks to the sale of numerous postcards bearing their enchanting likenesses. 

While the general public felt devastated by the cruel murders, other Romanovs and their extended family and close friends in Russia, and all over Eastern and Western Europe, were also easy marks for someone such as Anderson. They, too, longed to find a survivor.

Anderson's second advantage was her ability to convince and persuade. Over nearly half a century, she was taken under the wing of one grieving family member or friend after another, all of them eager to believe. All the while, Anderson listened, watched, and learned.

During the first decade of her imposture alone, she learned a great many details about Anastasia and the life she lived with her family, including the clothing she wore, the people she knew, the places she visited, and the palaces she lived in. Anderson had a remarkable memory and used it to her advantage. Once she made her claim, she was never without at least one wealthy, ardent supporter who was desperate to believe a Romanov child survived.

Her final touch of creative genius included a thorough back story, in which she explained how she had escaped, who had helped her, and how she came to be suicidal and threw herself into the Berlin canal.

Part of that back story included an explanation as to why she could speak no Russian. She claimed that due to the rough language used by the guards during her imprisonment and the terrible night of July 16, 1918, she had "blocked" or "lost" the ability to recall, speak, or understand Russian.

Bear in mind that while she convinced most, she did not convince all. Certain Romanov relations investigated Anderson, and their investigation concluded that she was actually a Polish factory worker named Franziska Schanzkowska.

Despite her detractors, her great luck in convincing others continued. She became so well known that she was featured in Life magazine. A film, titled Anastasia, was based on her story. 1950s crooner Pat Boone even recorded a song with the same title. More than a dozen best-selling books detailing her story and claims were published in her lifetime. The TV documentary series In Search Of featured the Romanov story and an interview with Anderson. Around ten years after Anderson's 1984 death, a popular animated movie titled Anastasia premiered. It was loosely based on the Anna Anderson tale. She and her story of improbable survival and escape are practically cultural icons.

And yet... sometimes the truth prevails. When Anderson was in her late seventies, she was hospitalized for an obstructed colon. Surgery and a biopsy were performed at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a piece of Anderson's intestine was preserved as a tissue sample.

Fast forward to 1991, when remains of the missing Romanovs were discovered outside Ekaterinburg, the Russian city where they were murdered. DNA science was still in its infancy, but the technique was developed to the extent that usable samples were extracted from the discovered remains. Then the DNA was compared with known living Romanov relatives, including Prince Philip of the United Kingdom. The samples matched. At long last the world knew the true fate of the last imperial family. 

Of course, it didn't take too long for someone to remember that, while Anderson was already dead and cremated, her DNA was indeed preserved in the Charlottesville hospital lab. The test was performed, but there was zero match. Subsequent tests have revealed the same results. The most determined, most convincing Romanov imposter was at last exposed.

Additional tests were performed using Anderson's sample with samples from Schanzkowska's close relatives. Those tests demonstrated a "unique relationship" between the two samples, and most historians and scientists support the argument that Anderson was indeed the Polish factory worker, Schanzkowska.

Yet Another Anastasia

Eugenia Smith first arrived in the United States in 1922. She was listed on the ship's passenger list as age 22, married, and hailing from Yugoslavia. She settled in the Chicago area and worked as a shop girl. At some point she quietly made the claim that she was Grand Duchess Anastasia, having survived the 1918 massacre of the Russian imperial family. For decades she continued to spin tales of her life in Russia and what happened after her escape. Her stories drew the attention of prominent people in the midwest, and, much like the more famous Anastasia claimant, Anna Anderson, she became a wandering house guest in the homes of her wealthy supporters.

By 1963, she was ready to go public with her claims. She published a purported autobiography that contained riveting details of regaining consciousness in the Ipatiev house basement, surrounded by the blood and the bodies of her family. She told of how a soldier stationed at the house rescued her and helped her make the long journey west to Serbia. Her narrative ends at that point. 

Publishers were somewhat reluctant, but finally agreed to produce Smith's book. As with Anderson, she gained more supporters and detractors, including Gleb Botkin, the son of the doctor who died with the Romanov family. Oddly enough, Botkin was an ardent supporter of Anna Anderson, so he vehemently rejected Smith's claim. One of her strongest sources of support came from another Romanov imposter, Michael Goloniewski, who claimed to be Tsareivitch Alexei.

In the late 1960s, Goloniewski put out the rumor that his "sister" had been murdered "by Rockefellers," apparently because that family did not want Smith's "true" identity revealed. However, Smith was alive and well at that time. 

The revival of the Anastasia story was good fodder for the press, though. Smith appeared on the cover of Life magazine, posed between portraits of her "parents," Nicholas and Alexandra.

Later in life, Smith seemed to have retreated from her claim to royal status. When the Associated Press contacted her for an interview in 1984, she refused. Ten years later, with the Romanov DNA announcement in the news, she was contacted again, with offers to finance a DNA comparison test. She again refused.

Upon her death, in 1995, a number of newspapers published her obituary using the real Anastasia's birth date and place of birth.

The False Olga Nikolaievna

Olga Nikolaievna was Tsar Nicholas's oldest child and first daughter of four. Alas, she died with the rest of her family in the Ipatiev House, Ekaterinburg, Russia, on the night of July 16, 1918. Her most famous imposter was a woman named Marga Boodts. Upon her marriage to a German military officer in 1926, she privately shared her claim that she was, in fact, Grand Duchess Olga, and that her uncle, the ousted Kaiser Wilhelm II, was supporting and protecting her until it was deemed safe to reveal her identity publicly. She stated that if she spoke out too soon she would be killed.

Some years later, Boodts became aware of Anna Anderson's success as Anastasia. Perhaps she wanted to cash in in a similar way, because suddenly Boodts decided it was at last safe to do her public reveal. She publicly dismissed Anderson's claims while boosting her own. She wrote a book about her experiences since her "escape" from the massacre, but it was never published.

When Boodts died in 1976, she was buried under a gravestone that read "Olga Nikolaievna." Supposedly the grave was destroyed in 1995.

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:32:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-claimed-to-be-romanovs/cheryl-adams-richkoff
<![CDATA[History's Most Fascinating Female Assassins]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-female-assassins/melissa-brinks

We tend to think of assassins as being men, but there were plenty of historical assassins who were women. Women throughout history have held lower statuses than men, but that often gave them an edge in espionage or assassin work – few people suspected that women were capable of such things when they were looked upon as being inferior. But societal expectations didn't stop any of these women assassins, with many of them changing the course of history through a well-placed poisoning or strategic stabbing. Though some of their assassination strategies may have been bizarre, all of these women were effective in their mission to take someone – or more than just one – out.

Of course, not all female assassins in history were fighting for causes one could truly call noble. Some were downright nasty, and the people they killed were those who could have had a great positive influence on the world. Still, any person who resorts to killing others for political influence or social gain is a captivating figure, especially when so many deliberately used the fact that they were women to avoid suspicion or achieve their ends.

History's Most Fascinating Female Assassins,

Brigitte Mohnhaupt

Brigette Mohnhaupt, a German woman associated with organizations like the Socialist Patients' Collective and the Red Army Faction, was accused of the assassinations and assassination attempts of at least four high-ranking people, including a banker, a US general, and a chief federal prosecutor. The Red Army Faction believed in rampant corruption in the German government and moved from anti-capitalist-based arson and other activities to kidnapping and murder, such as those in which Mohnhaupt participated. One assassination – that of Juergen Ponto, the chief executive of a major bank, which took place on July 30, 1977 – involved Mohnhaupt, along with two co-conspirators, ringing the target's doorstep and offering a bouquet of roses and an invitation to tea. Upon being invited in, the three shot the target and fled. Mohnhaupt has expressed no remorse and never applied for clemency, but she was released from prison in 2007 after 24 years.

Charlotte Corday

Charlotte Corday, a French revolutionary, was known as the Angel of Assassination for killing her target, the Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat on July 13, 1793. Marat had been in power during the Reign of Terror, and specifically the September Massacres, in which some 1,300 people were executed as potential enemies of the state. Corday entered Marat's apartment by claiming she had information of an uprising elsewhere in France and stabbed him with a kitchen knife in revenge for the massacres, knowing she'd be put to death for it. She was executed just four days after the assassination, with her actions consolidating a new era in gender relations in France. 

Kim Hyon-hui

Kim Hyon-hui, like many of the assassins on this list, is a fascinating person who committed deplorable actions. In 1987, as part of the North Korean spy network, she was tasked with blowing up Korean Air Flight 858, which was flying between Baghdad, Iraq, and Seoul, South Korea. She was told that this would be her last assignment, and that, if she was able to pull it off, she could live in peace with her family. She, along with another spy, successfully left a bomb aboard the plane and disembarked in Abu Dhabi. The two were apprehended, and Kim was unable to commit suicide with cyanide, unlike her co-conspirator. She was sentenced to death but ultimately pardoned as she was believed to be brainwashed by the North Korean government.

Lucrezia Borgia

Though it's possible that Lucrezia Borgia – a member of the inimitable 15th-century Borgia clan – never actually murdered anybody, she's long been painted as a homicidal woman known for poisoning her enemies and unwanted husbands alike. Her family's enemies spread stories that she had a hollow ring that she would use to poison people at dinner parties when she could not persuade them to her position through more peaceful means. There's no historical evidence for any of this other than rumors, but they paint a fascinating picture of a woman whose outward persona was one of piety and purity to conceal her power-hungry nature.

Violet Gibson

Unlike many assassins, Anglo-Irish aristocrat Violet Gibson's motivations remain something of a mystery. Gibson attempted to shoot Benito Mussolini, the fascist leader of Italy, after he finished a speech he'd made on modern medicine in Rome, Italy, in 1926. She fired twice, but the first shot only grazed him, and the second misfired. Some people believe that she was insane at the time of the shooting and that she had no clear motive, especially because she lived the remainder of her life in a mental asylum after her deportation for the attempted assassination. Mussolini himself requested that she be released without charge.  

Judith of Bethulia Killed A Man To Prove A Point

Though the Biblical Book of Judith is generally considered to be a parable rather than a historical account, the titular Judith is still a fascinating example of a historical female assassin. Judith, who believed that God would save her fellow countrymen from their conquerors, set out with a maid to dispatch Holofernes, an enemy general. By promising to provide him with information, she gained his trust and entered his tent one night while he was passed out drunk. Judith cut off his head and returned it to her home, and the general's death caused the dissolution of the Assyrian army, saving her country from their occupation.

Idoia Lopez Riano's Reputation Earned Her A Fearsome Nickname

Though Idoia Lopez Riano has since renounced violence, that doesn't erase the 23 people she's accused of assassinating in the 1980s in her quest for Basque independence from Spain. Lopez was given the nickname La Tigresa – the tigress – because of her rumored sexual prowess, as she was known to seduce policemen prior to attacks. Her numerous killings led to a 1,500-year prison sentence in 2003 (when she was finally apprehended in France and tried for her crimes). ETA, the organization to which Lopez belonged, has since disbanded.

Fanny Kaplan Was A Revolutionary From A Young Age

A member of the "Socialist Revolutionaries" in Russia, Fanny Kaplan was a political activist from a young age. She was arrested for her involvement with a bomb plot at just 16 years old. After serving time in a Serbian work camp, she lost most of her sight but not her desire to make change. Because of the conflict between the Socialist Revolutionaries and the Bolsheviks, she gained a great dislike for Vladimir Lenin. After a meeting at the Hammer and Sickle, Kaplan shot Lenin three times, with two of the bullets doing serious damage. He survived, and Kaplan refused to name any accomplices, leading to her execution in 1918.

Mistress Marcia Helped Murder A Roman Emperor

Marcia was not solely responsible for the death of Emperor Commodus, an inept leader of ancient Rome, on New Years Day in 193 CE, but her actions as part of a murder plot proved important nonetheless. Commodus, believing himself to be the reincarnation of Hercules, planned to fight in the arena despite his advisors' urgings. He threatened to accuse them – including his mistress, Marcia – and add them to a list of people he wanted executed for subversion. Their response was to launch an orchestrated assassination attempt. Marcia slipped him poison in his wine, which failed to kill him as he vomited it up, but, in his weakened state, he was strangled by his fitness coach.

Shi Jianqiao Assassinated Her Father's Killer In Public And Wasn't Punished

Shi Jianqiao isn't famous for killing loads of people; rather, she's known for offing one specific person who had wronged her family. In 1925, Sun Chuanfang, a warlord in China, beheaded Shi Jianqiao's father for leading an opposition force against him and paraded the head in public. Shi Jianqiao tracked Sun Chuanfang for 10 years before shooting him three times. Instead of fleeing, she stuck around the scene to explain her actions by means of pamphlets, and, instead of being punished, she was freed because the act was determined to be an example of filial piety.

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 02:23:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-female-assassins/melissa-brinks
<![CDATA[Every Member of NSYNC, Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-members-of-nsync-ranked/ranker-music

You know their songs. You've attempted their dance moves. Now it's time to decide: who's the coolest, hottest, and all-around best member of NSYNC? There are many factors to consider when ranking your favorite members of NSYNC from best to worst. Every member of NSYNC is a fantastic singer, but who really nailed those catchy choruses? And who seemed like the funniest guy to hang out with?


Maybe you're a fan of Justin Timberlake - he's definitely one of the most popular members of the band. After he left the group, he went on to have a successful solo career with such hits as “SexyBack,” “Can't Stop the Feeling!,” and “Cry Me a River.” He's also an actor, appearing in movies like The Social Network and Bad Teacher. Joey Fatone went from pop star to food star as the host of Rewrapped and My Family Recipe Rocks, and took a turn on Broadway.

Which NSYNC member do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give the best singers a thumbs up, and look at how fellow fans ranked the guys.

Every Member of NSYNC, Ranked Best to Worst,

Chris Kirkpatrick

JC Chasez

Joey Fatone

Justin Timberlake

Lance Bass

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:36:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-members-of-nsync-ranked/ranker-music
<![CDATA[Shay Mitchell Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/shay-mitchell-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Shay Mitchell dating? Many famous men have dated Shay Mitchell, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Shay Mitchell’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Shay Mitchell’s love life. 

This list features Shay Mitchell’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Shay Mitchell has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Shay Mitchell has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

According to rumors, Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell is currently dating Matte Babel.

This list of Shay Mitchell’s boyfriends includes Jimmy Butler and Ryan Silverstein.

Check out the list of men Shay Mitchell has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Shay Mitchell Loves and Hookups,

Matte Babel

In 2017, Shay Mitchell was rumored to be dating TV host and music reporter Matte Babel. 

Jimmy Butler

In May 2016, Shay Mitchell was spotted on a date with Chicago Bulls player Jimmy Butler. 

Keegan Allen

In 2012, Shay Mitchell was romantically linked to Pretty Little Liars costar Keegan Allen. 

Jacob Artist

In 2013, Shay Mitchell was rumored to be dating actor Jacob Artist. 

Ryan Silverstein

From 2013 to 2014, Shay Mitchell was in a relationship with Drake's assistant Ryan Silverstein. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:07:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/shay-mitchell-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Every Member of One Direction, Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-members-of-one-direction-ranked/ranker-music

Who's the best member of One Direction? Which guy is the best singer? Who seems the funniest? And which one is the hottest? They're hard questions to answer, but this list lets you rank every member of One Direction from best to worst.


When you're ranking the members of One Direction, maybe you'll vote for Harry Styles. Not only is he responsible for some of the group's catchiest melodies, but he's poised to embark on a dazzling solo career, too. Or perhaps you prefer Niall Horan, who also boasts some formidable songwriting chops. And then there's Zain Malik, who broke the hearts of millions of boy band fans when he left the group in 2015.

Ever since they rose to fame on The X Factor, One Direction has captured the loyalty of fans across the globe. But it's up to you to decide the most popular members of One Direction. Give your favorite musicians a thumbs up to move them towards the top of the list, and see how other fans ranked the guys.

Every Member of One Direction, Ranked Best to Worst,

Liam Payne

Niall Horan

Zayn Malik

Harry Styles

Louis Tomlinson

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:01:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-members-of-one-direction-ranked/ranker-music
<![CDATA[Michael Fassbender Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/michael-fassbender-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Michael Fassbender dating? Many famous women have dated Michael Fassbender, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Michael Fassbender’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Michael Fassbender’s love life. 

This list features Michael Fassbender’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Michael Fassbender has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Michael Fassbender has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Michael Fassbender is currently dating Alicia Vikander. The couple met in 2014 while filming The Light Between Oceans

This list of Michael Fassbender’s girlfriends includes Zoe Kravitz and Nicole Beharie.

Check out the list of women Michael Fassbender has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Michael Fassbender Loves and Hookups,

Naomi Campbell

Michael Fassbender briefly dated supermodel Naomi Campbell in 2014. 

Rosario Dawson

In 2013, Michael Fassbender was rumored to be dating actress Rosario Dawson. 

Zoë Kravitz

After filming X-Men: First Class together, Michael Fassbender and Zoe Kravitz dated for less than a year in 2010. 

Louise Hazel

Michael Fassbender and Olympic track and field star Louise Hazel dated for a short time in 2013. 

Nicole Beharie

From 2012 to 2013, Michael Fassbender dated his Shame costar Nicole Beharie. 

Alicia Vikander

In December 2014, Michael Fassbender began dating The Light Between Oceans costar Alicia Vikander. 

Lupita Nyong'o

Rumor has it that Michael Fassbender hooked up with 12 Years a Slave costar Lupita Nyong'o in 2013. 

Leasi Andrews

From 2008 to 2009, Michael Fassbender was in a relationship with actress Leasi Andrews. 

Madalina Ghenea

In 2013, Michael Fassbender dated model and actress Madalina Diana Ghenea. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:18:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/michael-fassbender-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Famous Historical Figures Who Were Probably More Than One Person]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-figures-who-were-actually-more-than-one-person/melissa-sartore

There are a lot of famous historical figures that we assume were one person – one solitary individual who changed the world and found immortality in the popular culture through historical myths and legends. Many of these famous people, however, were probably more than one person, if they were real at all. William Shakespeare is one of these often-cited, legendarily prolific creators who scholars have reason to believe (and debate) could've been more than one person; in fact, the list of people who could have been Shakespeare is a decently long one. 

When it comes to historical narratives, it's oftentimes more satisfying (and less mentally exhausting) to be able to attach a wide range of daring and amazing feats – or a prolific body of work – to a single individual. These are the people that then inspire generations through their seemingly superhuman ability to create and lead; they provide inspirational models to which few can compare. However, they also sometimes create unnecessarily impossible standards, and they can even become ideologically and politically malevolent – like some of the myths about the founding of America have become. Is it possible that history has produced ridiculously amazing individuals who have been capable of the work of 10 people? Certainly. Have some historical figures been exaggerated in the centuries since their passing? Undoubtedly. Here's to the people behind the single person history has remembered.

Famous Historical Figures Who Were Probably More Than One Person,

Carolyn Keene

Carolyn Keene, the well-known author of the many, many Nancy Drew young-adult mystery novels, was a creation of publisher Edward Stratemeyer. Several authors wrote multiple books – Mildred Wirt Benson for example – but due to a secrecy agreement, she was never allowed to take credit for the work. She has since been given public recognition for the Nancy Drew mystery series, an oeuvre that contains over 500 books.  


Questions as to whether or not the ancient Greek poet Homer lived are centered around a lack of biographical information. Even if Homer did live as a blind poet in 8th- or 7th-century BCE Greece, he probably wasn’t the sole author of the works that are attributed to him. The Iliad and the Odyssey were most likely written by numerous poets over time as they collected long-told oral tales and transitioned them into narrative form. The differences in the works as well as the events they portray make it difficult to attribute either to a single author, much less both to one man. Homer may have compiled the collection, but there is no evidence of that either.


The significant religious and historical figure Moses was probably numerous people whose collective actions resulted in the creation of the legendary prophet Moses of numerous belief systems. The Moses of legend was born to a Hebrew mother in Egypt and sent down the Nile after the pharaoh proclaimed that all male babies should be killed. He was found and raised by the pharaoh’s wife, and, after killing a man, he was forced to flee Egypt. During this period of exile, Moses heard the word of God instruct him to return to Egypt and rescue his Hebrew brethren. Moses did return, led the Israelites out of Egypt, received the Ten Commandments along the way, and later died wandering in the desert looking for the Promised Land. 

In reality, the events of the Moses legend stretch across thousands of years. Numerous historical figures and mythical tales have been linked to the figure, including aspects of Sargon of Akkad and Mesha of Moab

Jack the Ripper

The real identity of 19th-century serial killer Jack the Ripper remains a mystery. What is known is that a killer dubbed Jack the Ripper for his particular murder style killed five prostitutes in London in August and September of 1888. His serial killer ways caused panic and confusion in London, but the murderer was never found. There has been a lot of speculation as to the who the real Jack the Ripper was, but no decisive identification has ever been made. And some believe Jack the Ripper was probably more like Jack the Rippers. As recently as 2009, historian Andrew Cook claimed that the killing styles were different with respect to some of the victims, indicating that they could not have been committed by the same man. Does it make it better to think that this could have been the work of multiple individuals?

King Arthur

The myth and legend surrounding King Arthur complicate any ability to identify who he was, if he existed at all. King Arthur is associated with Sub-Roman Britain – 5th and 6th century CE – and may have been one or several men who repelled Saxon attacks on the island. 

Some historians have associated the origins of Arthur with Riothamus or Riatham, a Breton leader who had been exiled to Britain and then fought against the Saxons. Others have identified him as Ambrosius Aurelianus, a Roman commander in 5th-century Britain. Ambrosius fought against the great Vortigern at the battle of Mons Badonicus. Ambrosius is later called the grandfather, brother, son, or father of King Arthur by various writers. The legend of Arthur, however, was taken up throughout history by the likes of Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chretien de Troyes and Sir Thomas Malory. While the identity of the true King Arthur will never be known, he really did come to be more than one person – representing British resistance to the Saxons, chivalric love and duty, and an enduring pop cultural fascination.

Ragnar Lodbrok

9th-century Viking Ragnar Lothbrok may have been one person, but the Ragnar that is presented in the Viking sagas and the History TV series Vikings is probably an amalgamation of several Viking warlords. Lothbrok (or Lodbrok/Ladbrok), a nickname rather than a surname, means “hairy breeches” and was given to Ragnar due to the pants he wore while successfully fighting a poisonous snake, dragon, or serpent. 

In medieval texts, Ragnar is portrayed similarly to all raiding, troublesome, violent Vikings, so it is difficult to know if he functions as a placeholder for those actions or actually stood out among the larger Viking menace. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (also written by several different people) recounts how Ragnar Ladbrok and his sons raided England throughout the 9th and 10th centuries. French sources connect Ragnar with Regenheri, a Viking that sacked Paris and killed over 100 Christians, as well as with a Danish king that constantly raided France with his sons.

Robin Hood

Robin Hood robbed from the rich, gave to the poor, and stood up to unjust authorities like the Sheriff of Notthingham, right?  But who was he? 

The identity of Robin Hood is veiled in legend and myth, and there have been attempts to find the “real” Robin Hood since the 13th century. Names such as “Robehod” and “Robunhod” appear in English legal records, indicating that there may have been a man or several by these names. Soon after their appearance, however, the terms were used as a contemptuous way to indicate men who were outlaws when an actual name was not known. Robin Hood had become a literary figure by the 14th and 15th centuries when he begins appearing in ballads and plays as a social bandit hero representing justice and resisting oppression while living on the fringes of society. Again, there may have been a real Robin Hood, but the Robin Hood of lore is made up of countless individuals.

William Shakespeare

To say that William Shakespeare didn’t write all of his own works is akin to heresy in certain circles but, generally speaking, there’s a pretty big contingent out there that believe numerous men contributed to the Bard’s oeuvre. Not much is known about Shakespeare’s early life, nor is there solid evidence of Shakespeare’s authorship. Theories that his works were written by Sir Francis Bacon, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Christopher Marlowe, among others, have been put forward for various reasons. Some scholars argue that Shakespeare’s writing style was similar to Bacon; others suggested that Shakespeare took credit for Marlowe’s works after the latter faked his own death. Even Mark Twain weighed in, once saying: “So far as anybody knows and can prove, Shakespeare of Stratford-Upon-Avon never wrote a play in his life.”

Betty Crocker Was A Bunch Of People Turned Into An Icon

If you thought Betty Crocker was one person – or even existed – that is not the case. Betty Crocker was the 1920s construct of Washburn-Crosby Company (the precursor to General Mills) as they sought to respond to customer letters, questions, and comments. When the concept of Betty Crocker began, numerous women contributed their signatures and voices to Washburn-Crosby's print and radio campaigns. During World War II and the Cold War era, Betty Crocker was the "first lady of food" – as well known as the First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt. The Betty Crocker Cookbook was first published in 1950, and the name continues to appear on items throughout your local grocery store aisles.

In a bit of contrast, comparable female food names like Little Debbie, Sara Lee, and Marie Callendar refer to real people, while Aunt Jemima is similarly fictitious.  

There Were Numerous John Henrys In The Late 19th Century

“Steel-driving man” John Henry was probably a real person, but, as his story developed over time, he became several people. There are several theories as to who the real John Henry was and whether or not he really out-dug a steam-powered hammer, a contest that resulted in his death. Some historians believe that John Henry lived in West Virginia, and he died while digging the Big Bend Tunnel. Others believe that John Henry was actually an Alabaman who died while digging the Coosa Mountain Tunnel, and still others place him in Virginia digging the Lewis Tunnel on a work-release program from prison. The collective John Henry is located in post-Civil War America and represents a hero to workers, African Americans, and champions of diversity and social tolerance.

Mon, 08 May 2017 07:43:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-figures-who-were-actually-more-than-one-person/melissa-sartore
<![CDATA[6 Adults Who Convinced Kids To Kill For Them]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/adult-kid-killer-duos/harrison-tenpas

More often that not, children do as they are instructed to by adults - and usually it's for the greater good. But when an adult uses a child for insidious deeds like murder, it's even more evil and horrible than the act itself.

In the eyes of a child, what their parent or other influential adult figure in their life says, goes. This is, in some ways, a great power adults wield over children. Some adults wield that power responsibly, but some just view children as easily manipulated targets - and that takes the dynamic to the most evil extremes. 

Some of these stories sound like kids who belong in horror movies. This list explores the adults who've used children to do the unthinkable, driving them to commit murder at their behest. Let's take a look at some kids turned killers who were influenced by truly psychopathic adults.

6 Adults Who Convinced Kids To Kill For Them,

Charles Starkweather

Charles Starkweather was 19 when he began his murderous rampage that spanned from Nebraska to Wyoming. While he was only active for 60 days, he managed to kill 10 people. Alongside him was 14-year-old Caril Fugate, who he met through one of his sisters. 

Their murderous spree began in January 1958, when Starkweather killed Fugate's mother, step-father, and two-year-old half sister. They hid the bodies before police arrived. They then went onto kill other people they knew - including a family friend and his dog - as well as complete strangers who offered to give them rides. 

They were finally caught after they tried carjacking a man near Douglas, WY, and a sheriff's deputy happened upon them. Starkweather was executed and Fugate received a life sentence, though she was released in 1976. She was killed in a car crash in 2013. 

Dean Corll

Dean Corll abducted, raped, tortured, and murdered 28 boys in Houston, TX, between 1970 and 1973. When his crimes came to light, it was one of the most shocking and sensational cases of mass murder in American history, making Corll a prolific serial killer. Corll amassed a staggering body count by luring teenage boys back to his home with the promise of booze, drugs, and a good time, before taking a murderous turn on his young guests. And he didn't act alone.

Corll was aided by David Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr. - both just 15 when the murders began - who he kept on a sort of payroll to bring him fresh kills. The boys were paid per victim they could bring to Corll's home, at which point the three of them would carry out unspeakable acts on their unsuspecting prey.

The young victims were frequently fastened to what Corll called his "torture" board, where they were repeatedly raped, burned, and tortured by means of having glass tubes shoved in their urethras and then snapped, causing excruciating pain.

Corll's reign of terror finally came to an end in 1973, when Henley put a bullet in the back of his head. Henley was angry Corll tried to assault his friend while they were passed out. Both Henley and Brooks were apprehended and sentenced to life in prison for their crimes.

Fred West

Fred West was a convicted serial murderer who terrorized England in the '60s and '70s. West claimed the lives of a suspected 13 victims, four of whom were members of his own family - his unborn child and his teenaged mistress Anne McFall, his estranged wife Rena, as well as his own daughter Heather. But West practiced his murderous pastime within his family in more ways than one, grooming his second wife, Rose West, to kill right beside him. 

Rose West was just 15 when she met Fred. He immediately began manipulating her to aid him in the rape, torture, and strangulation of young girls in the Gloucester area. A victim of a traumatic childhood herself, Rose was easy prey for Fred's homicidal desires, and soon she developed a taste for killing herself.

In a blind rage, Rose murdered Fred's daughter 8-year-old Charmaine West while he was doing prison time for theft. The act, heinous and unthinkable as it was, only served to bring the two closer together. Upon Fred's release, he disposed of his young daughter's body and he and he and his wife went on to kill together for several more years.

Lee Boyd Malvo

In October of 2002, residents of the Washington, D.C., area were under attack. Ten people were killed and three were critically injured at the hands of what the media dubbed "The Beltway Sniper." The random shootings occurred while people did incredibly mundane things - mowed their lawns, pumped gas, or made trips to the grocery store - and there was no clear motive in place.

A car had been spotted near the scene of some of the crimes - a dark blue 1990 Chevy Caprice with New Jersey plates - and soon a massive manhunt was underway. On October 23rd, John Allen Muhammed and Lee Boyd Malvo were apprehended by Maryland authorities, who found in their vehicle a rifle, walkie talkies, maps, and other items used during their crime spree.

Lee Boyd Malvo was just 17 at the time of his arrest. He was raised by a single mother in Kingston, Jamaica, and had a rather unstable childhood. Malvo met the much older John Allen Muhammed in Antigua around 1998, and he immediately became something of a father figure to him.

In 2001, the two men immigrated to the U.S. and formed a strange bond. Muhammed - an ex-member of the US military - began training Malvo to shoot, as well as indoctrinating him with murderous fantasies. Malvo, desperate for a father figure, was likely taken in by his new male role model, and willingly assisted John Allen Muhammed as the two took off on their tour of terror in 2002.

Lee Boyd Malvo was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole in December of 2003.

David Brown Convinced His Daughter To Kill Her Step-Mother For Insurance Money

Stories of people killing their husband or wife in order to collect a large life insurance settlement seem to grace the newspaper pages with a regular frequency. While this act is certainly evil enough, it reaches another level of depravity when a parent manipulates their own child to carry out the murder, which is exactly what one California man did in 1985.

Cinnamon Brown, age 14, was arrested in Garden Grove, CA, in March of 1985. Authorities discovered her in her home after an unsuccessful suicide attempt. In a neighboring room was Cinnamon's step-mother, 23-year-old Linda Marie Bailey Brown, dead with two bullets in her chest. Cinnamon was clutching a note that read “Dear God, please forgive me. I didn’t mean to hurt her.”

In what appeared to be a straight-forward case - tensions between daughter and stepmother gone horribly wrong - Cinnamon was tried and convicted of murder, receiving a 27 years to life sentence. While Cinnamon went about her life in prison as a model inmate - a person her fellow prisoners could not imagine committing a cold-blooded murder - her father, David Brown lived a happily lavish life, with ritzy homes and luxury cars, all of which were funded by an $835,000 life insurance settlement from his young wife's death. Even more troubling, Brown began a relationship with his dead wife's 17-year-old sister, who was also privy to the murder plot.

As it would later turn out, Brown had psychologically blackmailed his young daughter to carry out the murder of his wife. He had assured Cinnamon she would receive a light sentence - therapy and no jail time - and they'd live happily ever after. Once Cinnamon caught wind of her father's posh lifestyle, she agreed to wear a wire, which led to David Brown's arrest. Cinnamon was freed in 1992, went on to marry, and live a relatively normal life.

Jeremy Steinke And His 12-Year-Old "Girlfriend" Jasmine Richardson Killed Her Entire Family

When 23-year-old Jeremy Steinke started dating 12-year-old Jasmine Richardson in 2006, the girls parents were obviously not thrilled. They tried to punish Richardson, telling her to stay away from Steinke who was more than 10 years her senior. But that didn't stop them from communicating with one another. 

Steinke allegedly asked Richardson to marry her, and when she agreed, he told her he was a 300-year-old werewolf who loved the taste of blood. It's speculated the two met on an Internet forum for vampire lovers. They killed her dad, Marc, her mom, Debra, and her eight-year-old brother, Jacob, in their house in Alberta, Canada. It was all part of a plot imagined by Steinke, who wanted to the two to run away together, though some say it was Richardson who wanted to kill her family. 

She was released from prison in 2016, while Steinke is serving out a life sentence. 

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:01:18 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/adult-kid-killer-duos/harrison-tenpas
<![CDATA[The Most Influential Illegitimate Children Throughout History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-historical-bastards/carly-silver

No matter how many times a priest told royals and prominent citizens to keep it in their pants, there were still famous people born out of wedlock. From admirals to generals, artists to poisoners, here are some of the famous bastards from history. 

Let's start with William the Conqueror, the illegitimate child of a Norman French duke who took a spurious claim to the English throne and turned it into a war of conquest. He defeated the Saxon English in 1066 and founded the Norman dynasty; his descendants still sit on the English throne nearly a millennium later. A bunch of his descendants, like Charles II of England and Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. also fathered their fair share of bastards, who both helped their families and caused a lot of trouble.

And then there are more modern famous people who were illegitimate. For example, the late, great Steve Jobs was technically born out of wedlock, as was the uber-generous Eva Peron, who helped the poor of Argentina as First Lady in the mid-20th century. They might have grown up in poverty, but they changed the world. From tough circumstances, they started from the bottom and went on to change the world.

The Most Influential Illegitimate Children Throughout History,

Alexander Hamilton

As you probably know from Hamilton, Founding Father Alexander Hamilton was a "bastard, orphan son of a whore" - or something similar. Born in Nevis in the West Indies in the 1750s, he was the second of two illegitimate children born to a Scottish wannabe merchant and an already-married woman. James Hamilton, Sr. was a bit of a deadbeat when it came to his kids, especially after their mom died, and he even mooched off of his youngest son when he became famous. 

Caterina Sforza

Caterina Sforza, illegitimate illegitimate daughter of the powerful duke of Milan, was a kick-ass Renaissance Italian noblewoman. She was a fierce fighter in her own right, protecting her towns of Forli and Imola against invaders with every ounce of life in her body; even when her husband was killed, she held her children's inheritance for them as regent.

She even negotiated with the infamous Niccolo Machiavelli, who portrayed her as a ruthless warlord: when her children were threatened, Caterina told her enemies to kill them, lifting her skirts and saying she had what she needed to make more heirs. In addition to her warlike ways, Caterina was into alchemy and recorded her alchemical experiments for posterity.

James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth

This uppity illegitimate kid, the eldest secret love child of the British King Charles II, was a bad seed. James was conceived while his dad, then a prince, was in exile abroad, and he became important once Charles was restord to his throne - even more so since Charles's wife, the Portuguese Infanta Catherine, didn't have any surviving children. Not only was James Charles's eldest son, although illegitimate, but he was also a Protestant nobleman in a staunchly Protestant country, in contrast to Charles II's brother and heir, the Catholic duke of York.

Needless to say, James was pretty prominent at his dad's court, and he let all the accolades Charles gave him go to his head. He was showered with honors once he defeated rebels in battle, but anti-Catholic sentiment made James the center of many noble conspiracy theories, too, leading to his banishment. This happened a few times, but things came to a head once Charles died and the duke of York became King James II in 1685. James, duke of Monmouth, rebelled against the new Catholic monarch, but was soon defeated and executed.

Jean de Dunois

Better known as the "Bastard of Orleans," this French nobleman was pretty integral to his countrymen winning the Hundred Years' War. He was the cousin of the famed Dauphin Charles (later Charles VII, the prince Joan of Arc helped put on the French throne); their dads were brothers. Jean's papa was Louis, duke of Orleans, a French royal lothario who was best known for the brutal way he was assassinated

Although Jean was illegitimate, he helped his cousin a lot, winning quite a few battles in Charles's name and leading his armies; after Charles's death, he even served that king's son, King Louis XI. He also was close allies with Joan of Arc and told historians a bit about her.

John of Austria

This Don Juan wasn't much of a playboy, but he did work pretty hard to help out his legitimate family members, the Imperial House of Habsburg. He was the secret love child of Emperor Charles V, ex-king of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, and he served his half-brother, King Philip II of Spain, as an admiral. Most famously, John defeated the Ottoman navy at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Later, he held the Netherlands for his brother, but only after getting warning his brother about his mad nephew, Prince Carlos's, rebellious tendencies.

Leonardo da Vinci

One of the greatest artists of all time, Leonardo da Vinci was illegitimate. Born in 1452 as the son of Ser Piero da Vinci and a country lady, Leo didn't get that great of an education as a kid, although his dad did acknowledge and provide for him. Leonardo lived with his mom until age five, when she was married off and he went to live with his dad and his stepmom; he remained estranged from his mother, Caterina, throughout most of his life, but was always close with da Vinci, Sr.

Lucrezia Borgia

The illegitimate daughter of the 15th-century Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia - later Pope Alexander VI - and his longtime mistress Vannozza Cattanei, Lucrezia Borgia was a beauty and a bad girl, all in one. She was married three times - one awkward union annulled, the other ended by alleged murder - and endured tons of crazy rumors. Lucrezia was well-known as a skilled poisoner and might even have conducted a torrid affair with her brother, Cesare. A patroness of the arts, she also made a fortune from producing mozzarella cheese.

T. E. Lawrence

T.E. Lawrence - better known as "Lawrence of Arabia" - was one of five illegitimate child born to his Welsh dad by his family's governess/father's mistress; the couple pretended to be married, and Lawrence only found out the truth after his dad died. Passionate about Middle Eastern history and archaeology his entire life, Lawrence helped Prince Faisal, later king of Iraq, lead the Great Arab Revolt, in which he shook off the yoke of the Ottoman Empire, changing the course of history in the Middle East.

William the Conqueror

A director ancestor of pretty much every royal today (and the founder of the Norman dynasty of kings, from whom Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip descend), William the Conqueror was a bad-ass bastard. The son of Robert of Normandy and his mistress, the tanner's (or undertaker's) daughter Herleva, William was the illegitimate child - and heir - of an important duchy; civil war erupted once his dad died and young William became duke.

Powerful allies helped him secure his ducal throne; those numbers included the king of France and the royals of Flanders, whose daughter, Matilda, he married. Then, basing his claim on a spurious allegation of inheritance, William launched an invasion of England; in 1066, he defeated the English claimant, Harold Godwinson, at the Battle of Hastings, and kicked off a new age in the British Isles.

Eva Peron Went From An Actress To An International Hero

The ex-First Lady of Argentina, Eva Peron, was an actress-turned-humanitarian. Born to poor, unmarried parents in 1919 (her dad had a whole other family), Peron made her name as a star performing as lots of great European queens, from Elizabeth I to Catherine the Great, in radio dramas; she also started her own entertainment company.

Once her husband, Juan Peron, became President of Argentina, Eva used her role to fight for others' rights. She worked to get women the vote and to assist the poverty-stricken (whom she called the descamisados, or "the shirtless"); Eva helped unions and assisted in establishing many hospitals and schools before her premature death in 1952. Her rivals stole her body after her passing and hid it for 16 years to avoid her being portrayed as a martyr (it was eventually returned).

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:26:05 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-historical-bastards/carly-silver
<![CDATA[Famous Comedians Who Committed Suicide]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-comedians-who-committed-suicide/celebrity-lists

Sometimes a quick joke hides a heavy heart. Sadly, there have been several notable comedian suicides that have shocked the world. Many of these comedians who killed themselves did so after suffering from depression for many years. The unexpected deaths of these notable stand ups have led to increased awareness of the seriousness of mental illness, at a terrible price.


Who are some of the famous comedians who committed suicide? In 2014, Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging at the age of 63. The comedian had suffered from depression throughout much of his adult life. In 1977, at the age of 22, Freddie Prinze committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. He had had a history of depression, and was going through a divorce at the time of his death. Other famous comics who committed suicide include Tony Hancock, Richard Jeni, and Max Linder.


Are you surprised that so many comic actors have committed suicide? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Famous Comedians Who Committed Suicide,

Charles Rocket

In 2005, Charles Rocket (born Charles Adams Claverie) committed suicide by slitting his throat at the age of 56.

Freddie Prinze

Freddie Prinze committed suicide by shooting himself in the head in 1977. He was 22. The comedian had a history of depression, and was going through a divorce at the time of his death. His son, Freddie Prinze, Jr., was less than a year old.

Andrew Koenig

Andrew Koenig committed suicide by hanging in 2001, at the age of 41. The Growing Pains actor had reportedly suffered from depression throughout most of his adult life.

Max Linder

In 1925, silent film actor Max Linder committed suicide by cutting his wrists at the age of 41. He had a suicide pact with his wife, Hélène "Jean" Peters.

Ni Min-jan

Ni Min-jan committed suicide in 2005, at the age of 59. An affair was reportedly a factor in his death.

Ray Combs

In 1996, Ray Combs committed suicide by hanging at the age of 40. The Family Feud host had a lot of debt at the time of his death.

Richard Jeni

Richard Jeni (born Richard John Colangelo) fatally shot himself in 2007, at the age of 49. Earlier that year, he had been "diagnosed with severe clinical depression coupled with bouts of psychotic paranoia."

Robin Williams

In 2014, Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging at the age of 63. The comedian had suffered from depression throughout much of his adult life.

Simon Brint

In 2011, Simon Brint committed suicide at the age of 60. His friends and family notified the public via social media.

Tony Hancock

In 1968, 44-year-old Tony Hancock committed suicide by overdose. "Nobody will ever know I existed. Nothing to leave behind me. Nothing to pass on. Nobody to mourn me. That's the bitterest blow of all," he wrote in his suicide note.

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:07:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-comedians-who-committed-suicide/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Cole Sprouse Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cole-sprouse-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Cole Sprouse dating? Many famous women have dated Cole Sprouse, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Cole Sprouse’s current girlfriend, past relationships, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Cole Sprouse’s love life. Best known for starring on Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody alongside twin Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse is currently starring as Jughead on The CW's Riverdale

This list features Cole Sprouse’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Cole Sprouse has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Cole Sprouse has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Cole Sprouse’s girlfriends includes Bree Morgan and Maiara Walsh.

Check out the list of women Cole Sprouse has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Cole Sprouse Loves and Hookups,

Camilla and Rebecca Rosso

While filming The Suite Life of Zack & Cody together, Cole Sprouse was rumored to have hooked up with one or both of the Rosso twins in 2009. 

Katelyn Pippy

Cole Sprouse reportedly dated actress Katelyn Pippy in 2009. 

Kathleen Herles

In 2009, Cole Sprouse briefly dated Katheleen Herles, the voice of Dora the Explorer.

Maiara Walsh

Rumor has it that Cole Sprouse hooked up with Disney Channel star Maiara Walsh in 2008. 

Sophie Oda

Cole Sprouse and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody costar Sophie Oda dated for a month in 2009. 

Bree Morgan

While both students at NYU, Cole Sprouse and Bree Morgan dated from 2013 to 2015. 

Erin Barr

From 2007 to 2008, Cole Sprouse was in a relationship with fashion designer Erin Barr. 

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<![CDATA[Zac Efron Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/zac-efron-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Zac Efron dating? Many famous women have dated Zac Efron, and this list will give you more details about these lucky girls. Including Zac Efron’s current girlfriend, past relationships, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Zac Efron’s love life. 

This list features Zac Efron’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Zac Efron has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Zac Efron has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

According to recent rumors, Zac Efron is currently dating Baywatch costar Alexandra Daddario. 

In 2005, Zac Efron's relationship with High School Musical costar Vanessa Hudgens received huge press. 

This list of Zac Efron’s girlfriends includes Lily Collins and Sami Miró.

Check out the list of women Zac Efron has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Zac Efron Loves and Hookups,

Michelle Rodriguez

Despite their nine year difference, Zac Efron dated actress Michelle Rodriguez for a couple months in summer 2014. 

Vanessa Hudgens

After filming High School Musical together in 2015, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens dated until 2011. 

Lily Collins

From 2012 to 2013, Zac Efron dated actress Lily Collins. 

Alexandra Daddario

In May 2017, Zac Efron was rumored to be hooking up with Baywatch costar Alexandra Daddario.

Sami Miró

Zac Efron dated model Sami Miró from 2014 to 2016. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 07:53:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/zac-efron-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Live in Italy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-live-in-italy/celebrity-lists

Ah, Italy! Who wouldn’t want to live there? There are plenty of celebrities living in Italy, and they’re living large, to say the least. This list offers a glimpse into lives of the famous people who live in Italy. Some of these actors, singers, and fashion designers live there full-time; others use their million dollar villas as vacation homes - but all of them have called Italy home base at some point.

When it comes to famous people from Italy, perhaps the most recognizable resident is actor George Clooney. His lavish property, Villa Oleandra, on picturesque Lake Como is a stunner. Clooney purchased the property in 2001 for $10 million. And Clooney isn’t the only famous person who lives in Lake Como, Italy: Donatella Versace lives there, too.

If you’ve ever wanted to know, "Who lives in Italy?" this list will answer that question. Enjoy reading about all these Italy celebs and their spectacular homes!

Celebrities Who Live in Italy,

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt and his ex-wife Angelina Jolie purchased Villa Costanza in Valpolicella, Italy, for $40 million in 2010. It's not clear which of them own it now, or if they're selling it off post-split. To see pictures of Pitt's Italian home, click here.

Debi Mazar

Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos own a 14th century Italian farmhouse about 20 minutes outside of Florence, Italy. The house once belonged to Corcos's great-grandfather. To see pictures of Mazar's Italian home, click here.

Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace once owned a home on Lake Como, and George Clooney was one of her neighbors. The Versace family's lavish Villa Fontanelle sold in 2008 for over $52 million. To see pictures of Versace's Italian home, click here.

George Clooney

George Clooney owns Villa Oleander, a lavish, 30-room villa on the ritzy Lake Como. To see pictures of Clooney's Italian home, click here.

George Lucas

George Lucas purchased and renovated a 16th century convent in the town of Passignano sul Trasimeno. To see pictures of Lucas's Italian home, click here.

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren was in Italy promoting a film when she decided to take the leap and buy property there. And she didn't just purchase a house - she signed papers for a 500-year-old castle in the Puglia region of southern Italy. To see pictures of Mirren's Italian home, click here.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio owns an apartment in Verona, overlooking Verona’s Arena, which he purchased in 2011. To see pictures of DiCaprio's Italian home, click here.


Madonna reportedly shelled out $108 million for a lavish home in Piazza delle Erbe in Verona. To see pictures of Madonna's Italian home, click here.

Roberto Cavalli

Famed fashion designer Roberto Cavalli owns a 32-acre estate just outside of Florence, Italy. To see pictures of Cavalli's Italian home, click here.


Sting is a longtime property owner in Italy. He has an Italian villa in Tuscany, near Florence, that is surrounded by vineyards. To see pictures of Sting's Italian home, click here.

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:55:00 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-live-in-italy/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Greatest Warrior Queens In History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-warrior-queens-in-history/carly-silver

Despite millennia of male oppression, women have always managed to emerge in leadership roles, from queens who ruled without a king to women who made their way into military positions. In fact, some of the rad-est warriors in history have been women – who sometimes had to disguise themselves as men to fight – and you should definitely know their names.

These military queens hail from every age and from every corner of the world. Meet valiant leaders like the Trung Sisters, who fought to defend ancient Vietnam from the invading Chinese, or Zenobia of Palmyra, who opposed invading Roman forces and tried to carve out her own sphere of influence in her homeland of Syria.

And then there's Grace O'Malley, yet another of those great queens who fought in battle, who was a female Irish pirate leader, rivaling her contemporary Elizabeth I for power. And whether or not these queens who fought in battle were always successful in their military endeavors, these women wielded power incredibly well in their own right. 

The Greatest Warrior Queens In History,

Artemisia I of Caria

Everyone knows about that time the Persian ruler Xerxes invaded Greece, but did you know that one of his number one allies was a woman? Artemisia, Queen of Caria in Asia Minor, sailed into help with five ships, although she and Xerxes fought a bit. Her big assistance came at the Battle of Salamis in 480 BCE. 

While Xerxes plopped himself down on a big golden throne and watched the conflict from shore, Artemisia sailed her ships against the Greeks. She got trapped between the Greek and Persian fleets and managed to make a clever escape, since the Greeks mistook her for an ally. Another sign of her brilliance is that she apparently advised Xerxes against getting involved in this conflict. Xerxes made her a key advisor after that.


The Romans began to really make some headway into Britain in the 1st century CE, but not every Brit was having it. One such Brit was Boudicca, who ruled the Iceni (located in modern eastern England). Ruling her tribe after her husband died (and left his private property to the Romans in an attempt to gain Roman approval) around 60 CE, Boudicca saw her territory taken over, her daughters raped, and her kingdom taken. 

Boudicca rose in rebellion against the Roman invaders, rallying thousands behind her banner. In the process, she burned down the Roman settlements of Camulodunum, Verulamium, and Londonium (modern London), allegedly slaughtering 70,000 people in the process. Eventually, the British governor Paulinus repressed the rebels at the Battle of Watling Street in 61 CE, and Boudicca reportedly committed suicide by poison.

Grace O'Malley

This pirate queen was a true Renaissance woman – that is, a woman of the 16th century. Born into a sea-faring family, Grace O'Malley was basically born to sail, and she got a ton of booty from both of her husbands that helped fuel a career on the ocean. Grace made her name by raiding the west coasts of Scotland and her native Ireland, as well as defending her own riches. She was also politically active, resistant to encroaching English rule over Ireland.

Legend has it that Grace was so tough that she gave birth on a boat, then fought to protect that vessel against fellow pirates the very next day. One verifiable truth, however, is that the "Queen of the West" had a meeting with England's Queen Elizabeth I to get support against her enemies. Legend also has it that she also made a series of demands to the Queen that the monarch obliged.

Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba

In the Early Modern era, many African coastal nations faced a lot of trouble from slave traders, but Zinga, Queen of Ndongo, took these bad guys on. In 1624, she ascended to the throne of Ndongo – located in modern Angola – first as Regent, then as a sovereign in her own right. Her reign was hotly contested by other contenders to the throne, so Nzinga allied herself with the Portuguese against her rivals (which also put an end to the Portuguese slave trade in Ndongo), solidifying this union by baptizing herself into the Catholic faith (even though the Portuguese governor treated her with the utmost disrespect).

Not long after this, the Portuguese turned their backs on Nzinga; during her nearly 40-year reign, she would ally herself with the Dutch and fight in battle whenever necessary, all to preserve her nation's independence. Once, she had to flee Ndongo, so she created a new nation called Matamba, for which she recruited runaway slaves and Portuguese-trained African men as soldiers. Nzinga also helped develop Matamba in the international trade market.

Rani Lakshmibai

This 19th-century Indian Queen is a fascinating figure. Raised to fight and ride, Lakshmi was married to the ruler of Jhansi in northern India but was widowed at quite a young age. Childless, she and her hubby had adopted a young boy as their heir, but their British overlords used this opportunity to formally annex Jhansi. However, the Queen wasn't taking this lying down; at age 22, in 1858, she rose up against the Brits.

For over a year, war raged between the British invaders and the Queen Regent of Jhansi. The British forces battered down her men; in the Spring of 1858, they besieged her home, and she barely managed to escape. Later, Lakshmi managed to recapture the fortress of Gwalior, then marched to confront the British army, a conflict in which she was killed.


Mavia wasn't the only Levantine ruler to rise up against Rome; her rough-and-tumble predecessor was Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra in modern Syria in the late 3rd century CE. She came to power as the wife of Odaenathus, an increasingly important King at the time, but when Odaenathus and his eldest son were killed, Zenobia became Regent for her own child with her late hubby. But while Odaenathus had been a client king (subordinate and allied to Rome), Zenobia wasn't having that and decided to make a move. 

While the western part of the Roman Empire was in quite a bit of turmoil in the 260s, Zenobia took advantage. She conquered more of Syria, then Egypt in 269, and, later, occupied pockets of Asia Minor. Then she declared herself independent of Rome. Eventually, the Roman Emperor Aurelian beat her in battle at Antioch, then captured her and her son as they tried to flee. The Romans eventually captured and destroyed Palmyra, while Zenobia and her son were taken to Rome, possibly being featured as part of Aurelian's triumph back in Rome or committing suicide.

The Trung Sisters Were Freedom Fighters Of Ancient Vietnam

The Trung Sisters were a pair of fantastically brave Vietnamese warrior women who fought to oust their Chinese overlords in the first half of the 1st century CE. Under the control of the Chinese for decades, Vietnam got into dire straits when the Han Dynasty tried to crack down really hard in the 30s and 40s CE. Violence broke out, allegedly claiming the life of the husband of Trung Trac, the elder Trung sister.

This possibly spurred her to rebel alongside her sister, Trung Nhi, and they managed to get the Chinese governor of Vietnam out! They made themselves joint Queens of an independent state, but their forces – mostly made up of peasants who weren't really militarily trained – didn't match up to those of their rivals. The Trung Sisters were defeated in battle and, as legend has it, they committed suicide by drowning themselves rather than being killed.

Mavia Of Arabia Nearly Brought Rome To Its Knees

Mavia is a fascinating ancient monarch, Queen of a federation of nomadic tribes who lived in the the modern Levant. In the late 4th century CE, Roman Emperor Valens needed more troops to fight his enemies in western Europe, so he called for auxiliaries from the east; Mavia wasn't having any of this, especially once she assumed power after her husband died. 

In response to Valens's demands, Mavia went on the offensive, conquering town after town, bringing them into her fold. She pretty much routed the Romans, causing them to flee when she stormed into their territories like Egypt. Eventually, Mavia got in good with Valens when he made her favorite monk the bishop over her home area. In exchange, Mavia did help the Romans out at the Battle of Adrianople, which Valens lost, and she even married her daughter to a Roman official. But this alliance eventually disintegrated. After that, the record is lost.

Amanitore Was The Amazing Lady Who Took On The Romans

The ancient realm of Meroe in Nubia (modern Sudan) had some pretty amazing queens (better known as kandakes) 2,000 years ago. Among the most famous of them was a fabulous woman named Amanitore, who ruled alongside her son (or husband) in the 1st century BCE. The Romans invaded around that time, and the geographer Strabo recorded how a one-eyed Nubian queen, whom he called "Candace," fought fiercely.

Chronologically, this might well have been Amanitore. This Queen marched with thousands on the Roman forces, who fortified their stronghold in defense. The Romans ultimately triumphed, but not before a head of a statue of Augustus was captured. Amanirenas and Augustus agreed on a peace treaty a few years later, which contained terms really favorable to Meroe, in 21 or 20 BCE. They even included the caveat that Amanirenas didn't have to pay tribute to the Roman emperor – pretty remarkable for a Roman treaty!

Mother Lü Upended A Dynasty

In the first three decades of the 1st century CE, a rebellion toppled an usurper in China. A brand-new emperor, Wang Mang, took the throne and implemented a lot of reforms, but one woman took him down. This woman, Mother Lu, was formidable, even though she wanted to restore slavery and the status quo; the movement she led was called the Red Eyebrow Rebellion.

Mother Lu was really old school, urging her peasant followers to restore the old Han Dynasty and their traditional ways (that included slavery), which Wang Mang had disrupted. Apparently, her supporters painted their eyebrows crimson to look like demons; hence, the name of their movement. Rich landowners joined in what became a six-year conflict; eventually, Wang Mang was killed, the Hans were restored, and slavery came back.

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:15:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-warrior-queens-in-history/carly-silver
<![CDATA[Kristen Stewart Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kristen-stewart-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Kristen Stewart dating? Many famous men have dated Kristen Stewart, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Kristen Stewart’s current boyfriend, current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Kristen Stewart’s love life. 

This list features Kristen Stewart’s ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men and women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men and women whom Kristen Stewart has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Kristen Stewart has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

In her 2017 Saturday Night Live appearance, Kristen Stewart described herself as "so gay." She later confirmed about being bisexual in another interview. 

Kristen Stewart is currently dating model Stella Maxwell. 

Kristen Stewart's relationship with her Twilight costar Robert Pattinson was highly publicized. Since 2009, the two dated and were even rumored to be engaged. In 2013, Bella and Edward broke up. 

This list of Kristen Stewart’s boyfriends and girlfriends includes St. Vincent and Michael Angarano.

Check out the list of men Kristen Stewart has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Kristen Stewart Loves and Hookups,

Lane Garrison

Kristen Stewart was in a relationship with Camp X-Ray costar Lane Garrison from 2013 to 2014. 

Michael Angarano

From 2005 to 2009, Kristen Stewart was in a relationship with Speak costar Michael Angarano. 

Nicholas Hoult

In 2016, Kristen Stewart was rumored to be hooking up with Equals costar Nicholas Hoult. 

Robert Pattinson

In 2009, Kristen Stewart and Twilight costar Robert Pattison began dating. They broke up in 2013. 


Kristen Stewart dated French singer Soko for a few months in 2016. 

St. Vincent

Kristen Stewart and singer St. Vincent dated shortly in 2016.  

Rupert Sanders

In 2012, Kristen Stewart had an affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. 

Stella Maxwell

Since late 2016, Kristen Stewart started dating model Stella Maxwell. 

Alicia Cargile

From 2014 to 2016, Kristen Stewart was in an on-and-off relationship with visual effects producer Alicia Cargile. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:02:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/kristen-stewart-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[12 Real-Life Royals With Scandal-Plagued Relatives]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/royals-with-scandalous-relatives/carly-silver

Just because you're related to royalty - or hold a title yourself - doesn't mean you're immune to embarrassment. Just take Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II. He's made many, many offensive remarks over the decades, and he counts known Nazis among his in-laws. But Prince Philip is only one of the many scandalous royal relatives to have caused a media sensation.

Even within his own weird royal family, Prince Philip isn't the sole bad guy. Two of his daughters-in-law - Sarah, Duchess of York, Prince Andrew's ex-wife, and the Countess of Wessex - have had embarrassing run-ins with tabloids. And then there's his wife's cousin, Princess Michael of Kent, who says too many all-around offensive things to count.

But there are other royal family members who caused scandal in other European monarchies. There's the Prince of Monaco's aunt, who broke up her brother and his true love and tried to put herself on the throne. And then there's the House of Orange-Nassau (which rules the Netherlands), which has its fair share of embarrassing people related to royals.

As the dirty secrets of royal families prove, glittering jewels and priceless crowns don't stop problem children or scheming relatives.

12 Real-Life Royals With Scandal-Plagued Relatives,

Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca

Infanta (Princess) Cristina, daughter of Spain's ex-king, Juan Carlos, and sister of the current monarch, Felipe VI, has been plagued by scandal. She has been investigated for tax fraud, after her husband was implicated in a criminal investigation. Her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, was sentenced to six months and three months in jail. Cristina - since stripped of her title of duchess - was acquitted of all charges, though she will still have to pay nearly $300,000 in fines.

Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway

Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit is often seen as a Cinderella figure for her rags-to-riches story. Before she married Crown Prince Haakon, Mette-Marit was a single mom who dated a convicted drug dealer. She also had a child out of wedlock with the man, a fact the press had a field day with. And Mette-Marit's family wasn't princess-perfect, either: her father, who has struggled with alcoholism, married a much-younger former stripper in 2005.

Princess Antoinette, Baroness of Massy

You might think of sunshine and casinos when the principality of Monaco comes to mind, but once upon a time, there was quite a bit of intrigue in its royal family. The aunt of the current reigning prince, Albert II, was Princess Antoinette, who wanted her own child on the throne.

Born to a French count and Charlotte, Prince Louis II of Monaco's illegitimate child, Antoinette had a tough childhood. Once she grew up, she remained close with her brother, Prince Rainier, who gave her the title of Baroness of Massy. Relations didn't remain cordial forever, though; in 1950 (before Rainier married actress Grace Kelly), Antoinette looked to oust her bachelor brother. She may have started a rumor that broke up Rainier and his longtime girlfriend, reinforcing her claim to the throne - Antoinette was the older sibling, and she had children.

However, Rainier married Kelly in 1956, and the line of succession was assured by the birth of their three children.

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

The younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret gained a reputation for enjoying love affairs. As a young woman, she was madly in love with the older Group Captain Peter Townsend, but couldn't marry him because he was divorced and her sibling was the head of the Church of England (how times have changed!).

Eventually, Margaret married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, but their union was contentious and they eventually divorced. Allegations swirled that both had had affairs, and a single Margaret eventually took up with her gardener, who is 17 years younger than her.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is well known for saying offensive things (here are just 90 of them), but he's equally plagued by scandalous relatives. Born a member of the Greek royal family, Philip had four sisters. All of them married German princes, several of whom were members of the Nazi Party and had Nazi officer kids. There's even footage of Philip surrounded by men performing the Nazi salute at the funeral of his sister and her husband, both Nazis.

In particular, Philip's sister Sophie was an ardent National Socialist, meeting with Hermann Goering, joining the Nazi Women's Auxiliary, and even naming one of her sons Karl Adolf after Hitler. Unsurprisingly, these in-laws weren't invited to Philip and Elizabeth's wedding. Ironically, their mother, Princess Alice, was honored as Righteous Among the Nations for her efforts to save Jewish families during World War II.

Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples

Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy might not be the heir to a currently reigning dynasty, but that hasn't stopped him from building up a life full of royal scandal. The son of Umberto, Italy's last monarch, was caught on tape confessing to killing a German teenager in 1978; he had been acquitted of the crime in 1991.

Victor Emmanuel has served time in jail over the years, reportedly was involved in soliciting prostitutes and nurturing Mafia connections, and even got into a brawl with a royal rival. To top it all off, the prince has made openly anti-Semitic comments.


The current ruler of the Netherlands is King Willem-Alexander, but before he began his reign, the monarch in charge was Queen Beatrix. She abdicated in 2013, and today she's known as Princess Beatrix.

The ex-queen stirred up scandal in the 1960s when she married Claus von Amsberg, a former member of the Hitler Youth. Von Amsberg had also served in the German army during World War II.

Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton, the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has received a fair amount of media scrutiny thanks to her royal relations. In Paris in 2012, Middleton was riding in a car a friend was driving when that pal started waving a fake pistol around at a paparazzo. The incident resulted in a wave of outrage against Middleton, and she narrowly avoided being arrested.

Although this bad press eventually passed for Middleton, she made negative headlines again when critics panned her party planning guide.

Sarah Ferguson

After her divorce from Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Sarah Ferguson found herself strapped for cash. So "Fergie" began going on TV and talking to the tabloids, becoming an even bigger sensation in the process - but times got hard. As a result, she eventually sold access to her royal ex-husband to UK tabloid News of the World. Reporters caught her on tape requesting £500,000 (about $650,000) to get the press some face time with Prince Andrew. Amazingly, the ex-spouses are still on good terms today.

Queen Máxima's Dad Was Rumored To Have Made Farmers Disappear

The current consort of the Netherlands, Queen Máxima, has a bit of a scandalous past. Her father, Jorge Zorreguieta, was part of Argentina's notorious junta in the 1970s, which committed heinous crimes against its people. These atrocities involved dissidents being murdered and kidnapped left and right, and Máxima's father, a former agriculture minister, was allegedly responsible for disappearances of lots of farmers. As a result, he and his wife didn't attend the wedding or coronation of Máxima and her husband, Willem-Alexander.

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:41:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/royals-with-scandalous-relatives/carly-silver
<![CDATA[Harry Styles Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/harry-styles-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Harry Styles dating? Many famous women have dated Harry Styles, and this list will give you more details about these lucky girls. Including Harry Styles’s current girlfriend, past relationships, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Harry Styles’s love life. 

This list features Harry Styles’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Harry Styles has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Harry Styles has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

According to rumors, Harry Styles is currently dating Tess Ward, the author of The Naked Diet cookbook. 

From 2013 to 2016, Harry Styles was in an on-and-off relationship with Kendall Jenner. While nobody confirmed it, photos of the two vacationing together and sharing romantic dinners were everywhere.

This list of Harry Styles’s girlfriends includes Taylor Swift and Caroline Flack.

Check out the list of women Harry Styles has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Harry Styles Loves and Hookups,

Caroline Flack

In 2011, Harry Styles briefly dated TV presenter Caroline Flack who is 14 years older than him.

Taylor Swift

Harry Styles dated singer Taylor Swift from October 2012 to January 2013. 


From 2013 to 2016, Harry Styles has been romantically linked to model Kendall Jenner.

Emma Ostilly

In 2012, Harry Styles and model Emma Ostilly were rumored to be hooking up. 

Felicity Skinner

Before he went on The X Factor, Harry Styles was in a relationship with Felicity Skinner from 2009 to 2010. 

Tess Ward

In May 2017, Harry Styles was rumored to be dating The Naked Diet cookbook author Tess Ward.

Paige Reifler

Harry Styles was in an on-and-off relationship with model Paige Reifler from 2012 to 2013. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 07:51:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/harry-styles-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[What Happened To Kel Mitchell From Kenan & Kel?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-happened-to-kel-mitchell/randall-colburn

Kel Mitchell was such a staple of the '90s that - once we were halfway through the '00s - his absence in popular culture compelled us to ask, "What happened to Kel Mitchell?" We became nostalgic for All That. We chugged orange sodas to fill the void left by memories of Good Burger. Kenan Thompson appeared on Saturday Night Live, and still Kel was nowhere to be found. Online forums popped up asking, "Did Kel from Kenan & Kel die?" The prevalence of the question even led to an actual death notice that, thankfully, turned out to just be a hoax.

No, the former Nickelodeon star who won us all over with infectious, amiable characters like the Good Burger employee, Ed, is still alive and kicking. He went through some rough times, almost becoming just another sad celebrity story, but eventually reclaimed his life and career. So, where is Kel Mitchell now? Well, he continues to write, produce, direct, and act, while also sharing his Christian faith as a motivational speaker. His journey has been a wild one, though, so let's take a moment to look at where he's been since Kenan & Kel disappeared from our TV sets. 

What Happened To Kel Mitchell From Kenan & Kel?,

He Got Into Voice Acting

Mitchell will always be remembered for his bright, raspy voice, which contributed to a number of memorable catch phrases. For several years, he even lent his vocal talents to Clifford the Big Red Dog, an animated series where he played T-Bone, a goofy and adorable yellow puppy. 

"I freak little babies out all the time still," he told ABC. "Like, I'll do the voice when they're in their stroller. It freaks them out. They're like, ‘It's T-Bone but a black man, like, I don't know. What's happening?'"

He And Kenan Thompson Stopped Talking, But Eventually Reunited

For years it was believed that Mitchell and Thompson were no longer talking - a rumor that was likely fueled by Mitchell telling TMZ in 2012 that "Kenan does not want to be seen with me in any form of media, or even have my name mentioned around him. I have not been upset about this." Furthermore, in a 2013 interview with The Atlantic, Mitchell’s publicist requested there be no questions regarding their relationship.

They seem to have patched things up since then, however. After reuniting for a Good Burger sketch on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the pair continued their relationship by collaborating on a commercial for Fandango. 

Thompson explained the collaboration to People Magazine by noting that, "There is time that has passed, but I don’t know if there is anything different with the way that we work with each other and the way that he makes me laugh. It’s always just been the same.”

He adds, “There was time when I hadn’t seen him in a long time, but as soon as I did see him it was like it could have been yesterday.”

He's Currently Starring On A Nickelodeon Show

In 2015, Mitchell returned to his old stomping grounds, Nickelodeon, to star in the show Game Shakers. The show centers around two young app developers who, after using the music of a hip-hop mogul (played by Mitchell) without his permission, go into business with him making music and apps. The second season premiered in late 2016 and a third season was given the green light shortly thereafter. 

"[I]t’s a great network," Mitchell told Time. "I’ve been around them for years, so it’s fun to be back. And then also to be working with Dan [Schneider] again, because it’s one of those dream-come-true roles. I also rap and dance and sing myself, so with this character, I get to do all those things at once."


He Had A Recurring Role On One On One

One on One was a UPN sitcom that attracted some of the best talent available during its five season run between 2001 and 2006. Guest stars included Solange Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Omarion, Method Man, Missy Elliot, and Eve. Kel Mitchell, however, went above and beyond and scored himself a recurring role in Season 5.

He played Manny Sellers, a former child actor and landlord. Mitchell was able to tap in to his experiences as a successful, juvenile actor to bring some real pathos (and plenty of humor) to the role. 

He Struggled With Suicidal Thoughts For A Time

No doubt, 2004 was a rough year for Mitchell. Not only did Kenan & Kel get canceled, but his six-year marriage to Tyisha Hampton was coming to an end. And it didn't help that he wasn't getting much acting work outside of a few guest roles here and there. 

On his personal blog, he wrote about the various demons he was struggling with: "Suicidal, divorce, drug and alcohol usage, deep in sin, dealing with the lost of love ones to gang violence, debt, hurt, pain, vanity, lust, heartbreak, feeling LOST looking for answers."

“I felt like I’d hit a wall,” Mitchell described, “I was like, ‘Okay. I need to figure out what I need to do in my life.’"

And, luckily, he did. 


He Got Divorced, Then Re-Married

Mitchell was married to Tyisha Hampton for six years before the couple split in 2005. Their divorce was a major factor in what Mitchell calls his "period of confusion," during which he grappled with suicidal thoughts. 

He found redemption not just in his Christian faith and his continued work in the entertainment business, but also with Asia Lee, the music artist he married in 2012. 

He's clearly smitten. A few days after the wedding he tweeted, "My wedding day on Sunday was everything I dreamed of! My wife is so beautiful! God is so good! I thank him for blessing me with her!... I can't stop smiling! Thank you, Jesus!

Apparently, He Died In 2006

Social media was still finding its footing in 2006, and its users still weren't experienced enough to know that most of what is posted is a lie. That's why nobody really questioned it when an earnest post popped up on MySpace - a post that was then forwarded into oblivion through e-mail - declaring that Mitchell had died:

"Kel Mitchell, otherwise known as Kel Kimble in the hit TV show Kenan & Kel died on Sunday night at his home in LA. The reason for his death is currently unknown," the post read. "Please repost this and show your support for a much loved figure of TV culture. Repost with the title R.I.P. Hopefully Kel will be remembered for his fun, and good nature…"

When no major media outlets picked up the story (and Kel continued, you know, living his life), people realized it was all a hoax. Since then, celebrities ranging from Jaleel White to Jon Bon Jovi have fallen victim to similar scams. 

He Wrote And Directed An Inspirational Film

As a means of sharing his faith and inspirational message, Mitchell wrote and directed a film in 2012 called She Is Not My Sister. The scrappy, low-budget endeavor tells the story of how a high school senior's life is spun into disarray after her father marries the mother of her school nemesis. According to Mitchell, the story concerns "the teen issues of bullying and forgiveness."

He Was In A Kanye West Music Video

It was a bit of a surprise when Mitchell popped up in the music video for Kanye West's 2004 single, "All Falls Down," but apparently he and Yeezy go way back. 

"I’m from the South Side of Chicago," Mitchell told Time. "Kanye is as well. And Common grew up in the neighborhood next to me. So I know all of those guys."

Mitchell acts alongside Common and Syleena Johnson in the video, playing a valet at an airport. 

"It was a great video," he added. "He’s such a creative dude. After that we did a lot of stuff in Chicago together. We did different events empowering kids."

It's nice having friends in high places.

He Rediscovered His Faith

What pulled Mitchell out of his spiral into depression was rediscovering his Christian faith. Growing up, he was the grandson of a pastor in the South Side of Chicago and it was that spirit he sought to recapture. 

“I was trying to figure it all out on my own. But what I needed to do was turn to Him,” he told People.  

He then went on to become the stage manager at a nondenominational church in Los Angeles. These days, he continues to spread the word of Christ as a motivational speaker and through his work in the entertainment industry. 

"Let go of your past be a new creature in Christ!" he writes on his blog. "I did! I let him in and Life is GOOD now, my eyes have been opened." 

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:29:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/what-happened-to-kel-mitchell/randall-colburn
<![CDATA[19 Actors Who Were Incredibly Close To Playing Harry Potter Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-almost-in-harry-potter/zack-howe

Believe it or not, there actually were some British people who weren't in Harry Potter. Behind-the-scenes stories are shared about the actors who nearly landed parts in the series, but didn't due to scheduling or a director's vision. Some Americans even got close to snagging some famous roles, though any fan who knows their Harry Potter facts can tell you that author J.K. Rowling wouldn't have stood for that.

It's fun to speculate about some of the actors offered Harry Potter roles. What if Harry was American? What if Hermione hadn’t been played by Emma Watson? What if Sir Ian McKellen had been Dumbledore? Even the late, great Robin Williams numbers among the actors almost in Harry Potter.

True, some actors missed out on big roles in the Harry Potter universe. But the movies are arguably perfect the way they are, continuing to win over viewers and inspire countless pieces of fan art. Most movie-goers wouldn't have their Harry Potter casts any other way.

19 Actors Who Were Incredibly Close To Playing Harry Potter Characters,

Hatty Jones

Hatty Jones starred in the 1998 film version of Madeline. She auditioned for the role of Hermione, and seemed a shoo-in for the role, but the part went to the unknown Emma Watson instead.

Hugh Grant

Kenneth Branagh played Gilderoy Lockhart, the vain, exaggeration-prone Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, with a particular flair. But the role was first intended for Hugh Grant - he apparently had to bow out due to a scheduling conflict.

Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen proved he knew his way around a wizardly role with The Lord of the Rings. He was reportedly offered the part of Dumbledore after Richard Harris passed away, but politely turned it down. His reason? Harris didn't approve of his acting, and McKellen didn't think it would be appropriate to take over his character.

J. K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling nearly played Harry's mother Lily in the first Harry Potter movie. That would have led to some mind-bending symmetry, but Rowling refused, saying, "I really am not cut out to be an actress."

Kate Winslet

According to reports, Kate Winslet was asked to appear as the ghost of Rowena Ravenclaw in the final Harry Potter film. Apparently, her reps rejected the offer without even telling her.

Liam Aiken

J.K. Rowling made no secret of the fact that she wanted an all-British cast for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. So she said no when director Chris Columbus suggested casting American-born Liam Aiken, a young actor who had starred in Stepmom, as Harry. The role went to Daniel Radcliffe instead.

Peter O'Toole

Richard Harris originated the role of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, but he passed away after the second movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Peter O'Toole was considered for the new Dumbledore - he had been close friends with Harris. O'Toole, however, politely refused. The role went to Michael Gambon instead.

Robin Williams

Apparently, Robin Williams reached out to Warner Bros. with an offer to play Hagrid. But the studio decided to enforce a strict "Brits only" policy, and the role of the half-giant caretaker went to Robbie Coltrane instead.

Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton and Emma Thompson frequently play oddball characters. So perhaps it's not surprising that both were considered for the role of Sybill Trelawney, Hogwart's resident Divinations professor.

Tim Roth

In 2016, Tim Roth revealed that he had been offered the role of Severus Snape. He turned down the role to be in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes remake, saying, "I wasn't ready to be on a lunchbox." He added, "The right guy got the role" - meaning Alan Rickman, who brought new, soulful depths to the character of the complicated Potions master.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:56:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-almost-in-harry-potter/zack-howe
<![CDATA[Best Female Hip-Hop Artists Of The '90s You Forgot You Loved]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-90s-female-hip-hop-artists/kellie-kreiss

Surely the majority of us are familiar with the well-known phrase, "behind every great man there is a great (or maybe greater?) woman." And this has proven to be true in the world of '90s hip-hop as well.

When thinking about hip-hop music in the '90s, big names such as Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony may come to mind - but what about all of the women who were trailblazing their way through the '90s hip-hop world and beyond? Here is a list of just a few of the many women who helped to define the future of hip-hop music and style by showing us how to put our thing down, flip it and reverse it, all while avoiding Scrubs.


Best Female Hip-Hop Artists Of The '90s You Forgot You Loved,


En Vogue


Lauryn Hill

Lil' Kim

Mary J. Blige

Missy Elliott

Queen Latifah



Mon, 08 May 2017 05:16:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-90s-female-hip-hop-artists/kellie-kreiss
<![CDATA[Zayn Malik Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/zayn-malik-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Zayn Malik dating? Many famous women have dated Zayn Malik, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Zayn Malik’s current girlfriend, past relationships, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Zayn Malik’s love life. 

This list features Zayn Malik’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Zayn Malik has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Zayn Malik has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

In 2013, Zayn Malik became engaged to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards. The couple broke off their engagement in 2015. 

Zayn Malik is currently dating model Gigi Hadid.

This list of Zayn Malik’s girlfriends includes Rebecca Ferguson and Stephanie Davis.

Check out the list of women Zayn Malik has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Zayn Malik Loves and Hookups,

Stephanie Davis

Zayn Malik dated British actress Stephanie Davis for five months in 2011.  

Rita Ora

In 2015, Zayn Malik and singer Rita Ora were rumored to be hooking up after being spotted together on a dinner date. 

Cher Lloyd

In 2010, Zayn Malik and singer Cher Lloyd had a short relationship while filming The X Factor together.

Rebecca Ferguson

In 2011, Zayn Malik dated singer Rebecca Ferguson for a few months after appearing on The X Factor together. 

Wallis Day

In 2015, Zayn Malik was romantically linked to actress Wallis Day. 

Perrie Edwards

In early 2012, Zayn Malik began dating Little Mix member Perrie Edwards. The couple got engaged in 2013, but broke it off later on August 4, 2015. 

Gigi Hadid

In July 2016, Zayn Malik started dating model Gigi Hadid. 

Carlyn Bryan

In 2015, Zayn Malik was rumored to be in a relationship with Carlyn Bryan. 

Geneva Lane

Zayn Malik briefly dated The X Factor contestant Geneva Lane in 2010. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 07:51:39 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/zayn-malik-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Celebs Who Fell Victim To The Worst Trendy Hairstyles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-fell-victim-to-bad-hair-trends/machk

Before you decide to take a risk with your hair by getting the latest fashionable cut, be sure to consider celebrities who fell victim to trends and the evidence of their crimes. Celebrity hair trends remind every active pop culture consumer that, ironically, just because someone appears on TV doesn't mean they have any idea how things look. In the name of fame, celebrities embrace many terrible ideas believing they're going to redefine aesthetic everywhere. Ramen isn't even good for you, yet, in 2001, pop culture connoisseurs wore it on their heads.

While most ended up thankfully retiring their worst hair trends, celebrity fashion victims must be held accountable for their crimes against highlights. Otherwise, society falls at risk of repeating other terrible fashion trends like Crocs or "the Rachel," which should only reemerge during Friends marathons.

Celebs Who Fell Victim To The Worst Trendy Hairstyles,

Ashlee Simpson


Gwen Stefani

Jennifer Aniston

Julia Stiles

Justin Timberlake

Melissa Joan Hart

Ryan Cabrera

Ryan Reynolds

Winona Ryder

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:01:36 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-fell-victim-to-bad-hair-trends/machk
<![CDATA[14 Celebrities With Disgusting Hygiene Habits]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-gross-hygiene-habits/rebecca-shortall

Famous people often seem like they're impeccably groomed and polished at all times. But that's not the case for these stars with gross hygiene habits. Sure, they pull out all the stops to attend awards shows and fancy galas. But during their day-to-day routines, these celebs live life a little... funkier. A number of stars with bad hygiene have come clean about their affinity for living dirty.

Some of these celebrities with gross hygiene habits might not surprise you - their scruffy appearances look more suited to STDs than glamorous evenings out in Hollywood. But some of their unsavory habits are more subtle. Who knew that Brad Pitt prefers to bathe with wet wipes, or that Megan Fox never flushes the toilet? The disgusting habits of the rich and famous range from the slightly odd to the downright crazy.

14 Celebrities With Disgusting Hygiene Habits,

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt is a well regarded actor and director, but he seems to have an aversion to basic cleanliness. Rather than using soap, Pitt reportedly prefers to use wet wipes to keep fresh. He even passed the tip onto his Inglourious Basterds co-star Eli Roth.

That's gnarly, but not at least he didn't do this ridiculous thing.

Courteney Cox

Courtney Cox is beloved for playing obsessive clean freak Monica Gellar on Friends, but it seems the actress doesn't share the same relentless passion for hygiene that her character does. According to Cox's ex-husband, David Arquette, she "smells like a truck driver."

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp frequently appears draped in scarves, jewelry, and - in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise - misguided dreadlocks. According to sources, Depp smells exactly how he looks. Fox News said that people who worked with Depp and partner Vanessa Paradis claimed the pair rarely showered, and that Depp left all work related to hygiene to the hair and make-up departments on movie sets.

Julia Roberts

According to a former bodyguard, Julia Roberts apparently abstains from showering as a means of conserving water. The acclaimed actress supposedly doesn’t wear deodorant for similarly environmentally friendly reasons.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey might not smell amazing, but he seems to be proud of that fact. His frequent co-star, Kate Hudson, reportedly couldn't deal with his man odor. She even brought deodorant to set, begging McConaughey to put it on. McConaughey apparently refused, saying that the women in his life have said, "Your natural smell smells, one, like a man, and, two, smells like you."

That man-smell seems to infuse every enclosed space McConaughey steps into. While shooting Lincoln commercials, McConaughey's scent "permeated the car's interior and lingered after shooting was done. Afterwards, the cars were sent back to the dealer. It's unknown whether they were detailed to get rid of the stink."

Megan Fox

Megan Fox has an unpleasant habit: apparently, she leaves dumps for unsuspecting home owners to find. Maybe she's marking her territory. Whatever the reason, Fox overshared with FHM, saying, "I'm horrible to live with. I don't clean. My clothes end up wherever I take them off. I forget to flush the toilet. Friends will tell me, 'Megan, you totally pinched a loaf in my toilet and didn’t flush.'"

Miley Cyrus

According to Life & Style, Miley Cyrus's aversion to cleaning was enough to drive boyfriend Liam Hemsworth crazy. Cyrus's house was reportedly filled with "dog poop and pee everywhere, old food, pizza boxes, takeout containers, fast-food wrappers and dirty dishes piled up." The scent of weed smoke and bong water apparently didn't help.

Orlando Bloom

The Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom is rumored to have some sloppy personal habits. Apparently, things got so bad that Bloom's ex, Miranda Kerr, was dropping hints to Bloom to "wash his clothes and perhaps shower more often." But beyond forgetting to put his clothes in the wash, Bloom also liked to sleep with his dog, Sidi, and "let her slobber all over him."

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson earned heartthrob status for playing a perfectly quaffed vampire in the Twilight movies, but it seems he doesn't spend nearly as much time on his 'do offscreen. Pattinson doesn't wash his hair, and has gone as long as six weeks between shampoos. He says, "I don't really see the point in washing your hair."


In her "Tik Tok" days, Kesha's pop persona was all brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack. So it's not all that surprising that the singer has apparently been told she "smell[s] like a hobo." Kesha elaborated on the specific stench in an interview, describing it as "shrimp in a diaper." She also claimed that she once drank her own urine.

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:48:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-gross-hygiene-habits/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[Gigi Hadid Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gigi-hadid-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Gigi Hadid dating? Many famous men have dated Gigi Hadid, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Gigi Hadid’s current boyfriend, past relationships, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Gigi Hadid’s love life. 

This list features Gigi Hadid’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Gigi Hadid has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Gigi Hadid has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Gigi Hadid is currently dating former One Direction member Zayn Malik. 

This list of Gigi Hadid’s boyfriends includes Joe Jonas and Cody Simpson.

Check out the list of men Gigi Hadid has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Gigi Hadid Loves and Hookups,

Lewis Hamilton

In 2015, Gigi Hadid and Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton were rumored to be hooking up. 

Joe Jonas

Gigi Hadid dated singer Joe Jonas in 2015. 

Nick Jonas

From 2012 to 2013, Gigi Hadid and Nick Jonas dated on-and-off.

Cody Simpson

Gigi Hadid and Australian singer Cody Simpson were in an on-and-off relationship from 2013 to 2015. 

Daniel Sharman

In 2014, Gigi Hadid was rumored to be dating Teen Wolf actor Daniel Sharman. 

Zayn Malik

In July 2016, Gigi Hadid started dating former One Direction member Zayn Malik.

Patrick Uretz

In 2011, Gigi Hadid dated polo player Patrick Uretz. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:17:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/gigi-hadid-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Serial Killers Who Could've Been Caught Sooner But Cops Missed Important And Obvious Clues]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/killers-who-evaded-capture-due-to-police-incompetence/jacob-shelton

People often think of serial killers as modern savants, men and women who gleefully lead homicide detectives in a game of cat and mouse that ends with a dramatic climax and maybe even a skin suit. The reality is, there are serial killers who evaded the police for years while the detectives working on their case were either ignoring clues, disregarding hot tips, or just screwing around while the killers continued to go about their business.

These stories of serial killers who left obvious clues and the cops who ignored them in favor of going on a wild goose chase are extremely frustrating. The levels of police incompetence on display here will hopefully give you an appreciation for the detectives who actually do catch killers, but you’ll probably develop a deep-seated hatred for the police, too.

It won’t come as a surprise that the killers who weren't caught because of police incompetence tend to have higher body counts, although many of them were only convicted of murdering a handful of people because the evidence of their mass slayings had either decomposed, or it had become inadmissible due to the ineptitude of the police working the case. These stories offer up some of the most glaring tropes of shoddy police work; the wrong suspects being apprehended, police agencies refusing to work together, and quite possibly the most frustrating thing of all: police blatantly ignoring a victim’s pleas for help. Keep reading to lose all faith in humanity.

Serial Killers Who Could've Been Caught Sooner But Cops Missed Important And Obvious Clues,

Arthur Shawcross

The story of Arthur Shawcross is one that sheds light on how a strained correctional justice system that doesn't take care to curb recidivism can lead to mentally unstable criminals acting out until they completely snap and become next-level bogeymen. Shawcross was a classic serial killer: he was a bed wetter, he set fires, and he was allegedly the victim of sexual assault by his mother. All of those things are the perfect combination of what you need to make a deranged serial murderer. In 1972, Shawcross raped and murdered two children; as part of a plea deal, the charges were dropped to manslaughter, and in 1987, he was released from prison despite psychiatrists assessing Shawcross as being a "schizoid psychopath." 

After prison, Shawcross didn't live anywhere for long. Whenever he moved into a community and they were informed of his past they would flip out, he would lose his job, and he and his wife would be forced to leave town. Because of this, the authorities made the worst decision they could have and sealed his records. Shawcross moved to Rochester, New York, in June 1987, and his parole officer failed to notify Rochester authorities of Shawcross's arrival. Less than a year later, Shawcross would begin a year and a half-long killing spree that would claim the lives of 12 women.

Dean Corll

If the incredibly strange and horrifying case of Dean Corll, a Houston-area serial killer who was murdered by one of his teenage accomplices in 1973, sheds light on anything, it's the way in which law enforcement agents will go out of their way to avoid facts that are staring them in the face. Because Corll died before he could be apprehended, the only facts that are available come from Jack Olsen's spectacular biography of Corll's life, The Man with the Candy, and what Corll's teenage accomplices, Wayne Henley and David Brooks, have said about their time spent with the murderer.

Despite the inconsistencies that come with jailhouse tall tales and a tight-lipped good ol' boy sheriff's department, it's agreed upon by everyone involved that between 1970 and 1973, Corll molested and murdered at least 28 teenage boys, and that there were probably more victims, but no one knows for sure. 

So how did the Houston Sheriff's Department botch this job? In the early 70s, Houston was in a period of steep economic decline that effected every aspect of the city and its surrounding suburbs. There was a severe lack of homicide detectives in the area, and when teenage boys went missing they tended to chalk the young men up as runaways and call it a day. That method of detective work would come back to bite everyone in the ass when Wayne Henley and David Brooks led the police to a storage shed where Corll had buried the bodies of most of his known victims. If the police had followed up on just one of the reports from the families of one of the boys that Corll killed, they could have saved the lives of dozens of young men. 

Gary Ridgway

The police have never been closer to arresting a serial killer without actually arresting him than they were when Gary Ridgway took a polygraph test in 1984 to prove that he hadn't murdered a series of prostitutes and runaways near Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, before posing their naked bodies by the Green River. Because polygraph technology was still in its infancy (it never really became very trustworthy) the whole thing was a waste of time for the police, and it made Ridgway aware that he was on their radar.

Ridgway began to work smarter and between 1982 and his arrest in 2001, Ridgway supposedly murdered so many woman that he forgot his kill count (he was convicted of 49 murders but is presumed to have more than 90), and when he was finally arrested, he admitted to planting fake evidence and generally just screwing around with the cops who were chasing him. Fun!

The detectives working on the Green River case suspected Ridgway for decades. The polygraph test was the first roadblock in their investigation; then in 1987, they took a DNA swab from the killer, but that didn't pay off for over a decade when the technology finally came along that would allow the police to match the saliva sample to semen that was found on multiple victims. This finally allowed the police to arrest Ridgway and bring some kind of closure to the families of the victims.

Jeffrey Dahmer

Out of all the serial killers who could have had their orgies of murder cut short, Jeffrey Dahmer proved to be the luckiest of them all. Not only had tenants in his apartment building been complaining to their landlord about the smell of "rotting meat" coming from Dahmer's apartment for over a year, but prior to his arrest, he had a run in with a cop who was more than happy to let Dahmer off the hook. 

After Dahmer's neighbors called the police about a naked boy covered in blood running from the killer cannibal's apartment, one of Milwaukee's finest came down and spoke with Dahmer and the 14 year-old boy, Konerak Sinthasomphone. Dahmer convinced the officer, Joseph T. Gabrish, that he and the boy were lovers and that they had simply had an argument. After the incident, Dahmer killed four more men - including Sinthasomphone - before he was finally apprehended on July 22, 1991. 

John Wayne Gacy

There are few serial killers who haunt the psyche of America as thoroughly as John Wayne Gacy. Not only did he have one of the creepiest alter egos known to history, Pogo the Clown, but for all intents and purposes, he seemed like a regular guy. It turns out that the white bread, upstanding member of the Democratic party that was known to Cook County, Illinois, was nothing more than a poorly crafted persona that hid the soul of an aberrant nightmare beast.

Gacy is most known for raping and murdering 33 boys before hiding them in the crawl space of his Illinois home between 1972 and 1978, but prior to that, he ran into some trouble in Iowa that should have been the key to keeping him off the street forever.  

In 1967, Gacy was living in Iowa, where he was molesting the sons of his fellow Jacees, including 15-year-old Donald Voorhees. When Voorhees reported the sexual assault to the police, Gacy paid another teen to assault Voorhees in a park to keep him from testifying in Gacy's case. Gacy was sentenced to a decade in prison, but got out on parole two years later before immediately running away to Illinois. In 1971, Gacy was charged for impersonating a police officer and sexually assaulting a teenage boy, the kid didn't show up to court so the charges were dismissed, and no one thought to contact the Iowa Board of Parole. Eight months later, Gacy's parole ended, giving him a clean record that allow himself to ensconce within the community and begin committing his most heinous crimes. 

Richard Ramirez

Between 1984 and 1985, Richard "The Screen-Door Intruder" Ramirez broke into homes across Los Angeles, where he murdered 14 people, sexually assaulted 11 women, and terrified anyone who thought they were safe from the kind of gruesome violence that Ramirez inflicted on his victims. According to biographer Philip Carlo in the book The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez, the killer was almost caught by a police officer who pulled him over on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle. 

Carlo's books recalls a run-in between Ramirez and one Officer Stavros where the officer asked Ramirez point blank, "Hey, you're not that guy killing people in their homes, are you?" Ramirez played it off, and when Officer Stavros went to back to his motorcycle for some reason, the killer "said a prayer to Satan, drew a pentagram on the hood of the car," and ran away. 

Anthony Sowell

Anthony Sowell (or the Cleveland Strangler) was a sex offender who strangled women to death before lazily burying them in shallow graves in his backyard and basement - and there were even a few bodies that he allowed to decompose on the floor of his home. By the time he assaulted his final victim, his death count had reached 11 women who were murdered after he promised to smoke crack with them. On top of that staggering body count, Sowell also had three living rape victims who never reported the crime over fears of past drug arrests. 

Some of the atrocities Sowell committed could have been avoided had the police seriously considered a 2008 call where a woman claimed that Sowell had repeatedly raped her before she escaped to the bathroom, where she found a decapitated body wrapped in plastic sitting in the bath tub. Rather than respond immediately to this call, the police informed the woman that she would have to come to the station to make a statement. At Sowell's 2011 trial, the woman was allowed to testify and she said that after making the call she "felt less than human. I didn’t know who to turn to.”

Stephen Port

On the other side of the pond, a little known murderer named Stephen Port (or the Grindr Killer) moved silently through the London gay scene, drugging his victims with GHB and a loose collection of party drugs before watching them die. His first murder occurred in June 2014 when he contacted a student who was moonlighting as an escort, drugged him at the Barking Station bus terminal, and then left the student for dead at Port's own apartment.

Port called an emergency services line to report the death, and was arrested for giving a variety of conflicting stories to the police before being released. Yet when he started killing again with the same exact M.O., leaving bodies in cemeteries, and walking around in public with a jug of GHB, the police were dumbfounded with how to proceed. 

After Port was finally arrested for murdering four young men, Scotland Yard realized that there were at least 58 other suspicious GHB-related deaths in London that shared multiple similarities with Port's style and launched an investigation into 17 of its officers who they say may have mishandled the case from the jump. 

The Claremont Serial Killer

The police investigation that surrounded the Claremont serial murders that occurred in Western Australia throughout the mid '90s has the air of a comedy of errors that would honestly be very funny if it didn't involve the murders of at least four young women and the possible sexual assault of a teenage girl in the same area prior to the murder.

The three confirmed victims of the Claremont Killer disappeared from the same wealthy shopping center in suburban Perth under the same circumstances. Newspaper editor Bret Christian, who has followed the case for a decade, believes that by ignoring the connection between the teenager's rape and the murders that they may have set their investigation back by years and endangered the lives of multiple Perth area women. 

In the 20 years that it took to bring in a suspect, Bradley Robert Edwards, how did the police investigate the appalling crimes? At one point detectives handed out questionnaires to persons of interest that read, "Are you the killer?" They took DNA tests of local cab drivers, and they asked other serial killers who had already been arrested if they had committed the crimes. Top-notch detective work all around. 

Todd Kohlhepp

In 2016, Todd Kohlhepp, a real estate agent in South Carolina, was arrested after authorities traced the cell phone signal of a missing woman and her boyfriend to Kohlhepp's property. Police discovered the woman, Kala Brown, alive and chained inside a shark cage inside of a metal storage shed where she could be heard banging on the walls. A search of Brown's property revealed the graves of Brown's boyfriend and two more victims who had the unfortunate luck of coming into Kohlhepp's orbit.

Thirteen years prior to the murders of the people on his property, Kohlhepp shot and killed four people inside Superbike Motorsports, a motorcycle shop in Chesnee, South Carolina. Could he have been stopped earlier than he was? Yes. 

While living with his father at the age of 15, Todd Kohlhepp kidnapped a 14 year old girl using a .22-caliber revolver, tied her up in his home, taped her mouth shut, and raped her. Then he took her home and threatened to kill her family if she told anyone. The girl didn't even blink and had Kohlhepp arrested for kidnapping and sexual assault. At the end of his trial, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison and registered as a sex offender.

How was this man allowed to become a real estate agent? One woman who met with Kohlhepp alone at a listing in her area researched him after he began behaving erratically during their walk -through, discovered that he was a sex offender, and not only contacted the Greenville Board of Realtors, but she also reached out to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Department, who said that Kohlhepp had "special approval" to work as a real estate agent.

But that's not the full story. When Kohlhepp applied for his real estate license in 2006, there were no background checks in place, and when asked if he had any past felonies he said yes and explained, "I entered into a verbal argument with my girlfriend who was also 15 at the time. I was charged with felony kidnapping due to the fact that I did have a firearm on me." Obviously that's a lie - and legitimately crazy that he believes that's a less damning version of the story - but it's distressing that the people in his real estate company were fine with making themselves complicit in a series of murders because they didn't want to follow up on his felony kidnapping charge.



Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:56:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/killers-who-evaded-capture-due-to-police-incompetence/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Child Actors Who Turned To Crime As Adults]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/child-actors-who-became-criminals/nathan-gibson

The life of a child actor might seem like a dream come true. They have fame, fortune, and way more interesting summer vacations than other kids their age. But the transition from younger years marked by superstardom into adulthood can be difficult. Fame can fade, and Hollywood is a difficult place to succeed. Perhaps it's not surprising that there are some former child actors who committed crimes as they got older.

Sometimes, these former stars who broke the law struggled with drug and alcohol problems brought on by their unconventional upbringing in the spotlight. At other times, their criminal records seemed to stem from deep-seated mental illness. True, a few of these celebs may have gotten off easy compared to everyday members of the public. But the fact they all sat for mug shots and were charged with crimes proves that even celebrity kids turned criminals can’t escape the law.

Child Actors Who Turned To Crime As Adults,

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes was the breakout star of Nickelodeon's All That, and she went on to star in a string of successful teen movies and television series. Her driving troubles started in 2012, when Bynes was pulled over by police for talking on a cell phone. She drove off before she was given a ticket. Over the course of the next few months, Bynes was arrested for several DUIs, two alleged hit and runs, and other charges of reckless driving. The seven driving offenses led to her getting her license suspended and being put on probation for three years.

Danny Bonaduce

Famous for playing Danny Partridge on The Partridge Family, Danny Bonaduce ran into a number of legal problems in the 1990s. He was arrested on March 31, 1991, in Phoenix, AZ, for violently beating and robbing Darius Barney. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges related to violence against the prostitute, and was ordered to pay the costs of Barney’s medical bills and face a lengthy period of probation.

Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond is best known for his role as Screech in Saved by the Bell. He has been sued several times over the years for delinquent taxes, but his biggest run-in with the law came after a bar fight in 2014. Allegedly, the actor pulled a switchblade out and stabbed another man during the confrontation. He was later found guilty of two charges related to the incident, but was acquitted of the more serious felony accusation. After admitting to stabbing the man accidentally, Diamond was sentenced him to four months in jail and 15 months of probation.

Edward Furlong

Since appearing in Terminator 2: Judgement Day as a 14-year-old, the life of Edward Furlong has not been as rosy as he might have liked. He has been involved in a number of domestic violence disputes with his girlfriends. Claims by several partners stated that he had been aggressive in their relationships, and he was arrested for "using force" against Monica Keena in May 2013. Both Keena and his former wife, Rachael Kneeland, have protective orders against Furlong.

Furlong has blamed these incidents largely on his battle with drug addiction. According to the actor, he was both a heroin and cocaine addict.

Lillo Brancato, Jr.

Lillo Brancato Jr. had roles in shows including The Sopranos. He was arrested in 2005 following a shootout with an off-duty police officer, who had confronted him and another man attempting to enter a vacant house. During the shooting, police officer Daniel Enchategui was killed, and both assailants were critically wounded.

Following a lengthy trial, Brancato, Jr. was acquitted of the murder of the officer, but was found guilty of first-degree attempted burglary and given a jail sentence of 10 years.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan skyrocketed to fame with the release of The Parent Trap, but has publicly struggled with alcohol and drug abuse as she's matured. Since May of 2007, she has been involved in a number of traffic accidents. On several occasions, she was driving under the influence or had drugs in her car. Lohan later released a statement to MTV News, stating, "It is clear to me that my life has become completely unmanageable because I am addicted to alcohol and drugs.”

Lohan checked into rehab several times, but continued to have run-ins with the law. She's had short stays in prison as well.

Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin is best known as the mischievous Kevin McCallister in Home Alone. In 2004, police pulled over a car in which Culkin was a passenger. During the stop, they found a number of controlled substances in his possession, including marijuana and Xanax. The actor was arrested and jailed for a short time before he was released on bail.

Although Culkin initially pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him at trial in 2005, he later changed his plea to guilty. The judge gave him a one-year deferred sentence and ordered him to pay just over $500 in fees and fines.

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf was a successful child actor on the Disney Channel, and his fame didn't fade once he grew up: he appeared in major films like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Transformers. However, he has also been involved in a number of violent incidents. In 2005, the actor get into a confrontation with a neighbor; LaBeouf allegedly rammed his car into another vehicle while he was waiting to gain access to his garage. A few hours later, another fight broke out between the pair - LaBeouf went to his neighbor’s house with a kitchen knife to threaten him.

In January of 2017, the actor was arrested at an anti-Trump rally in New York City. He was charged with misdemeanor assault and a harassment violation. 

Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder was the "it" girl of the late '80s and early '90s, starring in favorites like Beetlejuice and Heathers. Her career showed no signs of slowing down, but in 2001, Ryder was arrested after she was accused of stealing more than $5,000 worth of designer goods from a department store in Beverly Hills. After being discovered by security, she was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department.

In 2002, the prosecution brought a number of charges against Ryder, including shoplifting, grand theft, and vandalism, and accused her of using restricted drugs without a prescription. The jury found her guilty of several of the charges, leading to judge to sentence her to 480 hours of community service, thousands of dollars in fines and restitution, and three years probation. Ryder later claimed that the incident was the result of depression and a dependency on painkillers that she was taking due to a broken arm.

Skylar Julius Deleon

Skylar Deleon was a child actor who appeared in a number of commercials, as well as shows like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Her acting career fizzled, but she made headlines in 2008 when she was convicted of killing an Arizona couple, Tom and Jackie Hawks.

In 2004, Deleon faked interest in buying the couple's yacht, and went out on the boat with them for a test ride. She then tied up the Hawkses and flung them overboard, tied to the yacht’s anchor. Deleon's aim was to steal the ship and the couple’s life savings. Deleon was also convicted of killing another person, John Jarvi, in 2003. According to the prosecution, Deleon slit Jarvi's throat after conning him out of money in Mexico.

Deleon is currently on death row at San Quentin State Prison. After attempting to remove her penis with a razor blade, she came out as transgender. She says her motive for killing the Hawkses was to get the money for gender reassignment surgery.

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:59:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/child-actors-who-became-criminals/nathan-gibson
<![CDATA[Amber Heard Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/amber-heard-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Amber Heard dating? Many famous men have dated Amber Heard, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Amber Heard’s current boyfriend, past relationships, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Amber Heard’s love life. 

This list features Amber Heard’s ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Amber Heard has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Amber Heard has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Amber Heard publicly came out as a bisexual in 2010.

In 2015, Amber Heard married Johnny Depp. Their relationship hit headlines when Heard filed for divorce a year later claiming she was verbally and physically abused. The divorce was finalized in January 2017. 

Amber Heard is currently dating SpaceX founder and billionaire Elon Musk. 

This list of Amber Heard’s boyfriends includes Sean Faris and Tasya van Ree.

Check out the list of men Amber Heard has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Amber Heard Loves and Hookups,

Alejandro Gómez Monteverde

Amber Heard was in a relationship with Mexican director Alejandro Gómez Monteverde from 2004 to 2005. 

Austin Nichols

In 2008, Amber Heard briefly dated The Informers costar Austin Nichols. 

Crispin Glover

In 2007, Amber Heard was romantically linked to actor Crispin Glover. 

Elon Musk

In July 2016, Amber Heard started dating billionaire Elon Musk.

Johnny Depp

After filming The Rum Diary in 2011, Amber Heard and costar Johnny Depp began living together the following year. On February 3, 2015, they married at a private wedding at their Los Angeles home.

On May 23, 2016, Amber Heard filed for divorce and later obtained a restraining order claiming that Depp has been verbally and physical abusive throughout their relationship. Their divorce was finalized in January 2017. 

Sean Faris

Amber Heard was in a relationship with Never Back Down costar Sean Faris from 2007 to 2008. 

Valentino Lanús

In 2005, Amber Heard dated Mexican actor Valentino Lanus. 

Tasya van Ree

From 2008 to 2012, Amber Heard was in a relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree. 

Arthur Wybrands

In 2009, Amber Heard was rumored to have hooked up with French producer Arthur Wybrands. 

Mark Wystrach

In 2006, Amber Heard dated Midland lead singer Mark Wystrach. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:10:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/amber-heard-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[What Did Famous Presidential Candidates Who Lost Get Up To After Their Defeats?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/presidential-also-rans-post-election-careers/philgibbons

What do presidential candidates do after losing the election? Getting that close to the most prestigious political and professional responsibility in the world and failing would seemingly make for a post-election life filled with regret. That goes double for candidates who endured especially crazy election cycles.

Presidential also rans responded to their difficult situation in lots of ways. Many candidates who lost presidential elections were career politicians who merely dusted themselves off and continued serving in their original positions. Some were so devastated that they never attempted to run for political office again. And a few switched careers entirely, finding new purpose in academia or architecture. It's hard to blame these politicians for wanting to take a break after grueling or controversial elections. Perhaps their defeats were blessings in disguise.

What Did Famous Presidential Candidates Who Lost Get Up To After Their Defeats?,

Aaron Burr

Because of a quirk in the Electoral College, Aaron Burr was almost elected President in 1800. He tied Thomas Jefferson in the electoral vote, despite the fact that both men belonged to the same party. The House of Representatives eventually selected Jefferson as president and Burr as vice president, but Jefferson and his allies believed that Burr had secretly schemed to win the election. Burr was completely isolated as vice president, and when he ran for governor of New York in April of 1804, he suffered a humiliating defeat. He blamed his political losses on the machinations of Alexander Hamilton. When Burr killed Hamilton in a duel in July of 1804, his political career was finished. He was forced to flee the New York area.

Burr headed for the western territories. He leased huge tracts of land in the Spanish-ruled Texas territory, and allegedly began to recruit men as part of a plan to establish a sovereign nation under his rule. Unfortunately, Burr's conspirators realized that the plan was doomed, and informed President Jefferson of his plans. Burr was arrested in February of 1807 and placed on trial for treason in Virginia. He narrowly escaped a guilty verdict and a likely sentence to hang.

Burr, still in disgrace, fled to Europe, and returned to the U.S. anonymously four years later. He spent the rest of his life in debt and obscurity, dying in a Staten Island boardinghouse in 1836 at the age of 80.

Al Smith

Alfred E. Smith, Governor of New York, ran for president twice. He failed to get the Democratic nomination in 1924, but in 1928 he ran against Republican Herbert Hoover. Smith was the first Catholic to seek the presidency, and he openly advocated relaxing and even abolishing prohibition, a controversial stance in the rural regions that dominated the Electoral College. Smith suffered a momentous defeat. He made a feeble effort to secure the nomination again 1932, to no avail.

Smith entered the private sector and became president of Empire State, Inc. the firm that built the Empire State Building. Smith, possibly embittered by his catastrophic presidential defeat, became quite hostile to Franklin D. Roosevelt. He publicly opposed the policies of the New Deal, and actually supported Republican presidential candidates in 1936 and 1940. He died of a heart attack in 1944.

Bob Dole

Five term U.S. Senator Bob Dole resigned as Senate Majority Leader in June of 1996 to devote himself full-time to his campaign against incumbent President Bill Clinton. However, as the oldest first-time nominee in U.S. history at age 73, Dole appeared lethargic. Clinton was re-elected by a wide margin.

Bob Dole left politics permanently after his defeat. Only a few days after the election, he made a self-deprecating appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman and became a pitchman for everything from Dunkin' Donuts to Viagra. He also became a registered lobbyist for various entities and foreign governments.

Dole is the only major party member to run for both president and vice president and not win either office. He is also the last nominee to be a veteran of World War II.

George McGovern

Senator George McGovern's 1972 presidential nomination was seen as the dawn of a new progressive age for the Democratic Party. That was one of the factors that would lead to a catastrophic defeat by incumbent President Richard Nixon. Party bosses did nothing to help his candidacy, and his outspoken opposition to the Vietnam war was viewed by some as unpatriotic. When election day arrived, McGovern ended up with the second worst electoral college showing in American political history.

McGovern was re-elected to the Senate in 1974, but was ousted in the Reagan landslide of 1980. McGovern left Washington, and purchased a Connecticut motel and a Montana bookstore. He remained active in political media and wrote numerous books, but suffered a tragedy in 1994 when his daughter, a mentally ill alcoholic, froze to death while intoxicated in harsh weather in Madison, WI.

McGovern received a 1997 appointment from Bill Clinton to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, which brought him from his Mitchell, SD, home to Rome. McGovern eventually returned to South Dakota and lived modestly, establishing a library and leadership center at Dakota Wesleyan University. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000, and died in 2012 at age 90.

Henry Clay

Henry Clay wasn't ever elected president, but not for lack of trying. The founder of the Whig party, Clay served in Congress starting in 1806, and died in office as a U.S. Senator on June 29, 1852. He ran for president five times and earned the nomination on three occasions, in 1824, 1832, and 1844. He came closest to winning the office in 1844, but an ambiguous position on slavery and a less-than-enthusiastic attitude about western expansion cost him the election to Democrat James Polk.

Rather than retire, Clay attempted to win the Whig nomination again in 1848. However, demand for a newer, possibly more successful candidate led the party to pick Zachary Taylor, a hero of the Mexican War.

Clay returned to the Senate for the last time in 1849, sick with tuberculosis. He announced that he would retire in the fall of 1852, but died in June before leaving office. Lincoln would later refer to the man known as the "Great Compromiser" as "my beau ideal of a statesman."

John W. Davis

John W. Davis was a former U.S. congressman and solicitor general under Woodrow Wilson. He also served as the ambassador to Great Britain for three years at the end of Wilson's administration. He became the compromise Democratic nominee for president at the 1924 convention, when the party stalemated over two other candidates after 102 ballots. The public seemed equally lukewarm about him; Davis suffered a crushing defeat by Calvin Coolidge.

Following his political defeat, Davis returned to practicing corporate law. Here, he made his mark: he argued more cases before the Supreme Court than any other litigator in the modern era. Unfortunately, his conservative outlook put him on the wrong side of such cases as Brown v. Board of Education, where he argued on behalf of "separate but equal" and against federal judicial intervention. Davis practiced law until his death in 1955 at the age of 81.

Michael Dukakis

In July of 1988, Democratic nominee and Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis led his opponent, George H.W. Bush, in the polls by 17 points. But soon, a disastrous Dukakis campaign - complete with dreadful debate performances and comically bad imagery - turned the campaign into a rout for sitting Vice President Bush.

Dukakis left politics soon after losing the election. He became a professor of political science at Northeastern University and a visiting professor at UCLA. He still teaches today.

Stephen A. Douglas

Stephen A. Douglas was a career politician, congressman, and senator who sought the Democratic nomination for president on several occasions. In 1858, he faced re-election to the U.S. Senate from Illinois, facing off against a Republican candidate named Abraham Lincoln. This campaign led to the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates, during which the men discussed topics including slavery and state's rights. Douglas was re-elected over Lincoln.

Lincoln won the 1860 Republican nomination for President. Douglas ran against him as the official Democratic nominee, but Lincoln easily won the presidency. After the election, the Lincoln recruited Douglas to travel to the border states to encourage support for the Union cause. However, Douglas died in Chicago only six months after the election.

William Jennings Bryan

William Jennings Bryan was the Democratic nominee for president three times. His loss in 1896 to Republican William McKinley was so heated and close that a rematch in 1900 became a foregone conclusion. McKinley prevailed again by a similar margin. Bryan waited out the popular administration of Theodore Roosevelt, and ran against William Howard Taft in 1908 - and lost again. He briefly served as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson, but resigned due to ideological disagreements with the president.

"The Great Commoner" began to make money by giving speeches, and campaigned in favor of prohibition and women's suffrage. He also began speaking out against evolution, and famously participated in the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. Bryan eventually won the case, but the trial overshadowed his earlier career. Bryan died on July 26, 1925, just five days after the trial ended, at the age of 65.

Thomas Dewey Resumed His Career As Governor Of New York

Thomas Dewey achieved political prominence after his racket-busting prosecutions in New York City put many gangland criminals, including Lucky Luciano, in prison. He sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1940, but he was considered too young. He became the Governor of New York in 1942 instead. Dewey was a practically unanimous choice for the presidential nomination in 1944, but he was defeated by the immensely popular President Franklin Roosevelt.

Dewey received the nomination again in 1948, and ran against the incumbent President Harry Truman. America was suffering from postwar economic recession, and Dewey and the Republicans were confident of victory. Truman and most Americans went to bed on Election Day assuming that Dewey would win. The next day, Truman was still president.  

Dewey was re-elected governor of New York in 1950, but was never a force in national politics again. After finishing his third term as governor, he left politics to re-join the world of law. Dewey died of a heart attack in 1971, at age 68.

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 02:02:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/presidential-also-rans-post-election-careers/philgibbons
<![CDATA[Elon Musk Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/elon-musk-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Elon Musk dating? Many famous women have dated Elon Musk, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Elon Musk’s current girlfriend, past relationships, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Elon Musk’s love life. With a net worth of over $15 billion, the SpaceX CEO and founder is ranked high on Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People. 

This list features Elon Musk’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Elon Musk has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Elon Musk has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Elon Musk is currently dating actress Amber Heard. The couple went Instagram official on April 23, 2017. 

Elon Musk has married twice. His first wife was author Justine Wilson with whom he has six children. Musk married again in 2010 to English actress Talulah Riley. The couple later divorced, then remarried, but ended up divorcing again in 2016. 

This list of Elon Musk’s girlfriends includes Cameron Diaz and Talulah Riley.

Check out the list of women Elon Musk has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Elon Musk Loves and Hookups,

Amber Heard

On April 2017, Elon Musk and actress Amber Heard made their relationship public. 

Cameron Diaz

In 2013, Elon Musk was rumored to be hooking up with actress Cameron Diaz.

Justine Musk

Elon Musk met Canadian author Justine Wilson, while they were both students at Ontario's Queen's University. They were married from 2000 to 2008, and have six sons together. Their first son, Nevada Alexander Musk, died of sudden infant death syndrome at the age of ten weeks. Through in vitro fertilization, the couple later had twins in 2004 and triplets in 2006. They still share custody to this day. 

Talulah Riley

In 2008, Elon Musk dated English actress Talulah Riley. They got married in 2010. They divorced in 2012, but got remarried a year later. In December 2014, the couple divorced again. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:09:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/elon-musk-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Actors Who Peaked In The '90s And Deserve To Make Comebacks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/90s-actors-who-deserve-comebacks/celebrity-lists

The 1990s filled Hollywood with groundbreaking special effects, unforgettable classics, and some of the best actors and actresses of all time. Unfortunately, many of the biggest '90s movie stars faded into obscurity like forgotten Tamagotchis. But the only thing Hollywood loves more than a billion-dollar opening weekend is a good comeback story. Robert Downey, Jr. and Michael Keaton emerged as proof to hope for once famous actors from the 1990s. Which '90s stars deserve to make a comeback alongside your house music and flannels? 

Brendan Fraser stands a prime example of actors who peaked in the '90s. Shortly after starring in cult classics like Encino Man and Airheads, Fraser starred in George of the Jungle, Gods and MonstersBlast from the Past, and of course, The Mummy. However, his film career soon faded out like Justin Timberlake's bleached hair. Other top-level actors from the 1990s who merit a shot at superstardom again include Val Kilmer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Wesley Snipes, and John Travolta. Vote for the biggest '90s actors who deserve to make comebacks, and add your favorite Hollywood "hasbeens" to this list. Just remember some actors, like chained wallets, probably should stay in the past.

Actors Who Peaked In The '90s And Deserve To Make Comebacks,

Alicia Silverstone

Bill Pullman

Brendan Fraser

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Joe Pesci

Kevin Costner

Neve Campbell

Pierce Brosnan

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Wesley Snipes

Wed, 03 May 2017 01:30:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/90s-actors-who-deserve-comebacks/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Celebrities You'd Let Babysit Your Kid]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebs-youd-let-babysit-your-kids/celebrity-lists

Parents need to be extra careful when choosing a babysitter for your children, and picking a celebrity babysitter involves many factors to consider. Inviting a stranger to your house is one thing, but leaving them alone with your kids gets very risky, especially if paparazzi will be hanging on your lawn. While there are definitely celebrities you would not be comfortable with leaving your kids with, do consider the some celebrity babysitters who would do the job right. Which famous people do you trust to watch your children, and not lock them in the attic to watch their movies on your Fire TV?

With no big scandals and a great reputation, Tom Hanks stands as an obvious choice for one of the few celebs you trust alone with your kid. Morgan Freeman can read your children bedtime stories better than you ever could, Sandra Bullock will teach them the value of world peace, and Neil Patrick Harris definitely would show up with coordinated costumes and toys. Vote up the celebrities you'd let babysit your kids, and add any celebs you'd trust alone with your kids. Be sure to pick someone your kids find cool, or else you'll be the lame parent who could only get Kevin Federline to babysit.

Celebrities You'd Let Babysit Your Kid,

Chris Pratt

Ellen DeGeneres

Keanu Reeves

Michelle Obama

Neil Patrick Harris


Reese Witherspoon

Sandra Bullock

Dwayne Johnson

Tom Hanks

Wed, 03 May 2017 01:38:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebs-youd-let-babysit-your-kids/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Were Mistaken For Each Other By The Media]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-mixed-up-by-media/rebecca-shortall

Celebrity doppelgängers aren't unheard of. Stories of stars who were mistaken for each other often appear in magazines or on blogs, and everyone has a friend who is convinced they look just like Jennifer Lawrence/Audrey Hepburn/Zoe Saldana. And then there are celebrities who look exactly like people from history - who knows how that happens.

The media is not above confusing famous folks for one another. But when you have one job - correctly identifying a celebrity - it seems shocking to mess it up so badly. Nevertheless, embarrassing cases of celebrity mix ups keep happening. And surprise, surprise - the media seems to have an unwelcome habit of misidentifying stars of color. Whether those gaffes are caused by a website's social media team, a flustered red carpet host, or pure ignorance, no media outlet seems immune to celebrity cases of mistaken identity.

Celebrities Who Were Mistaken For Each Other By The Media,

Alfre Woodard

This one is straight up bizarre. In 2013, the Armani Twitter account posted a picture of Alfre Woodard at the Governors Awards with the caption "Idris Elba posing in a gorgeous Giorgio @armani dress." The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before the Internet had expressed outrage and made an instant meme out of the error.

America Ferrera

America Ferrera announced the 2015 Golden Globes nominations, but the event's official Twitter handle mistakenly identified her as Gina Rodriguez. They quickly corrected the error, and issued an apology for the "unfortunate error."

Ferrera ended up joking about the incident onstage at the awards ceremony.

Keira Knightley

In an odd twist, Keira Knightley played one of Natalie Portman's doubles in The Phantom Menace. Today, however, they don't look much alike - but that doesn't stop the paparazzi from mistaking Knightley for Portman. Knightly doesn't seem to envy Portman's life: "Natalie Portman I get a lot, and I get chased through airports... I feel quite sorry for her because she must get chased a lot."

Michael Clarke Duncan

Singer Seal is instantly recognizable, due in part to his distinctive scars (which are the result of a rare form of lupus). But apparently he's not so recognizable to the staff at the television station WGRZ, who eulogized actor Michael Clarke Duncan in 2012 with pictures of Seal.

Mindy Kaling

Fortunately, the New York Times didn't mistake actress Mindy Kaling for Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. However, an 80-year-old man at a 2014 party the newspaper was covering did. The man apparently congratulated her on "how well she had recovered from Taliban gunshots." Kaling called the interaction "the best thing that's happened all night."

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer was mistaken for her The Help co-star Viola Davis at the 2013 Academy Awards. The red carpet arrivals were being broadcast on E!, and a caption incorrectly named Spencer as Davis. Maybe the editors were distracted by the Mani Cam.

Riz Ahmed

At the 2017 Baftas, both Riz Ahmed and Dev Patel wore Burberry. Apparently that was enough to confuse whoever runs the brand's Twitter account. They posted a tweet reading, "Celebrating the ‘EEBAFTAs in London this evening, Best Actor in A Supporting Role winner #DevPatel wears a @Burberry custom-made navy tuxedo" - with a picture of Ahmed.

Burberry quickly fixed the mistake and apologized, but as one Twitter user said, "Burberry just confused @RizMC for Dev Patel because all brown people look the same?"

Samuel L. Jackson

In 2014, Samuel L. Jackson appeared on KTLA to promote his new film RoboCop. Reporter Sam Rubin asked him about his recent Super Bowl ad appearance - but the ad in question actually featured Laurence Fishburne.

"We may be all black and famous, but we all don't look alike," Jackson told him.

Rubin apologized for his mistake, and Fishburne brushed off the mix-up.

Whoopi Goldberg

It's safe to assume whoever was running the social media at Total Beauty got fired for this gaffe. In 2016, the Twitter account tweeted a picture of Whoopi Goldberg on the Oscars red carpet with the caption, "We had no idea @Oprah was #tatted, and we love it. #Oscars." The tweet was quickly deleted, but screencaps flooded the Internet.

Winfrey and Goldberg brushed off the mistake, and Total Beauty offered to donate to a charity of their choice in apology.

A Reporter Identified Will.i.am As Wyclef Jean

In a 2012 news segment, reporter Blake Burman mistakenly identified will.i.am as Wyclef Jean. To make matters even worse, after he was corrected, Burman confused will.i.am with yet another celebrity: rapper Wale.

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:18:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-mixed-up-by-media/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[Ariana Grande Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ariana-grande-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Ariana Grande dating? Many famous men have dated Ariana Grande, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Ariana Grande’s current boyfriend, past relationships, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Ariana Grande’s love life. 

This list features Ariana Grande’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Ariana Grande has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Ariana Grande has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Ariana Grande is currently dating rapper Mac Miller. The two collaborated on "My Favorite Part," a single from Mac Miller's 2016 album The Divine Feminine.

This list of Ariana Grande’s boyfriends includes Big Sean and Nathan Sykes.

Check out the list of men Ariana Grande has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Ariana Grande Loves and Hookups,

Graham Phillips

Ariana Grande and 13 costar Graham Phillips dated from 2008 to 2010. 

Big Sean

Ariana Grande was in a relationship with rapper Big Sean from August 2014 to April 2015. 

Nathan Sykes

In 2013, Ariana Grande dated her "Almost Is Never Enough" duet partner Nathan Sykes. 

Mac Miller

In August 2016, Ariana Grande started dating rapper Mac Miller. 

Ricky Alvarez

Ariana Grande dated her backup dancer Ricky Alvarez from 2015 to 2016.

Jai Brooks

From 2012 to 2014, Ariana Grande was in a relationship with YouTube comedy prank group The Janoskians member Jai Brooks. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:03:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/ariana-grande-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Bella Thorne Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bella-thorne-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Bella Thorne dating? Many famous men have dated Bella Thorne, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Bella Thorne’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Bella Thorne’s love life.

This list features Bella Thorne’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Bella Thorne has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Bella Thorne has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Bella Thorne’s boyfriends includes Chandler Parsons, Tyler Posey, Sam Pepper, Gregg Sulkin, and Charlie Puth.

Check out the list of men Bella Thorne has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Bella Thorne Loves and Hookups,

Brandon Thomas Lee

In 2015, Bella Thorne briefly dated Brandon Thomas Lee, the son of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson. 

Gregg Sulkin

Bella Thorne was in a relationship with actor Gregg Sulkin from 2015 to 2016. 

Tyler Posey

Bella Thorne dated Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey from August 2016 to December 2016.

Chandler Parsons

In early 2017, Bella Thorne dated NBA player Chandler Parsons for a few months. 

Charlie Puth

Bella Thorne briefly dated "See You Again" singer Charlie Puth in December 2016. 

Cody Simpson

Bella Thorne was rumored to be dating Australian singer Cody Simpson in 2011. 

Garrett Backstrom

In 2011, Bella Thorne was rumored to be dating actor Garrett Backstrom. 

Sam Pepper

In January 2017, Bella Thorne was rumored to be dating YouTube personality Sam Pepper. 

Ryan Nassif

In 2015, Bella Thorne was spotted kissing Ryan Nassif at a basketball game. Neither has confirmed any details about the relationship. 

Tristan Klier

Bella Thorne was in a relationship with high school sweetheart Tristan Klier from 2012 to 2014. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:17:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/bella-thorne-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[20 Actresses Who Pretty Much Play Themselves In All Of Their Films]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actresses-with-roles-similar-to-how-they-are-in-real-life/lisa-waugh

The entertainment industry isn’t known for churning out tons of interesting roles for women; although, it’s getting better to some degree. This, in part, creates a situation in which actresses who are a lot like their characters get pigeonholed into roles. The biggest culprit is profits. To guarantee box office returns, studios tend to play it safe and choose actresses who are the same as their characters. If the picture needs a hopeful mother, call Jennifer Garner. If it calls for a quirky millennial, call Ellen Page. Fair or not, that’s how a lot of films get made, and even the greatest American actresses are not exempt. It has become what audiences expect. 

One shining example of actresses known for roles similar to their real personalities is Felicia Snoop Pearson from The Wire. After meeting Wire star Kenneth Michael Williams at a Baltimore bar, Snoop found her way onto the series, playing a version of herself. Jennifer Lopez probably solves crime at night on the way to set, right? And every time we see Kristen Stewart, she's in the middle of something important and doesn’t want to be bothered, okay? 

Melissa McCarthy, Cameron Diaz, and Zooey Deschanel are just a few examples of actresses who are a lot like their characters... we’re guessing. It feels true, anyway. 

20 Actresses Who Pretty Much Play Themselves In All Of Their Films,

Anne Hathaway

In real life: Can’t tell if she’s on all the time or an excellent piece of A.I., but Hathaway appears to be so nice and happy that it’s creepy. 

In film and TV roles: She roamed the edges of edgy in Rachel Getting Married and Les Miz, but it's hard to buy Hathaway as deeply unhappy onscreen. We don’t know about her as a person, though. Maybe she cries into a large, expensive pillow hourly to make way for that million-watt smile. Even getting stuck in space with Matthew McConaughey didn’t dampen her spirits. Hopefully, she’ll be allowed to cut loose one day and play the serial killer she’s capable of portraying. 

Notable quote: “There's something very addictive about people pleasing. It's a thought pattern and a habit that feels really, really good until it becomes desperate.”

Felicia Pearson

In real life: Pearson, AKA Snoop on The Wire, was real Baltimore right down to her lingo and accent. At the age of 14, Pearson was tried as an adult for the murder of another girl and did seven years in prison. 

She literally got her part on The Wire by being herself in a bar. Kenneth Michael Williams (who played Omar) spotted her, and they struck up a conversation. He was so taken with the pint-sized tough girl, he recommended that she drop by the set and maybe get some PA work. Snoop came by all right and landed an audition just by being Snoop. Wire creator David Simon wrote a part in for Pearson. 

In film and TV roles: Pearson basically played a version of herself on The Wire as one of Marlo’s soldiers and an aficionado with a nail gun. Her Baltimore accent and swagger were two of the many things that made the show feel authentic.

There is one notable difference between real-life Snoop and The Wire’s Snoop. Pearson explains, "We never put nobody in abandoned buildings or nothing like that. I sold drugs, yes, when I was younger. But, you know, I never, like, killed a lot of people, like Snoop on The Wire had. Nah. That's not me at all.”

Notable quote: “If you look real closely (in Snoop’s death scene where Mike shoots her) there’s a star on the back of my hair – it was braided for me just for that line: ‘How’s my hair look?’”

Jennifer Aniston

In real life: Not taking anyone’s BS (looking at you media and paparazzi), Aniston is fully aware of her place in the universe and the entertainment industry. 

In film and TV roles: If you’re Jennifer Aniston, you might as well make that cheddar being a screen version of yourself. Office Space, Friends, Bruce Almighty, Marley & Me, and The Iron Giant wouldn’t be the same without her. Aniston has a range; it’s just that she hasn’t gotten to show it off too much. More Cake, The Good Girl, and Friends with Money, please. 

Notable quote: “I was starting to buy into my own sort of stereotype in a way.”

Jennifer Garner

In real life: The girl next door married Ben Affleck, had three children with him, and then realized that nannies just can’t be trusted. Like many ladies on this list, Garner is one of those people whose brand is niceness. 

In film and TV roles: And she can’t escape it, which is fine with audiences. We don’t normally see the gritty side of Garner as most of her roles are an extension of her wholesomeness. Now that’s she’s dropped Ben, it might be time for some onscreen cussing and fighting. 

Notable quote:I do all my own stunts!”

Jennifer Lopez

In real life: Everyday, Jennifer Lopez is awakened by an orchestra playing "Jenny from the Block" while a wind machine gently blows the covers away, and she is bathed and dressed by animated animals.

In film and TV roles: So she doesn’t need to not be herself when that’s what the people want. Even in the weird The Cell, Lopez is still J-Lo. 

Notable quote:I just think that the whole diva thing is a misrepresentation of who I am.”

Maggie Smith

In real life: There’s a reason Smith has such a razor-sharp tongue; she’s known to keep it sharp in real life. Downton Abbey producer Rebecca Eaton told the Telegraph, “Maggie Smith is a handful, it’s true. She’s very difficult,” Eaton said.“She knows her worth, and she’s tricky on the set, but she delivers when the time comes.” Other actors have called her “terrifying.” 

In film and TV roles: No one can lay down a burn in a costume drama like Smith. When you’re in your 80s, and you’ve been in the business for decades like Smith has, you’re entitled to it. Smith is one of the main reasons Downtown Abbey was so successful, delivering insults with a gloved hand perched upon on a silver-tipped cane like a Victorian boss. She was equally brilliant in 2015’s Lady in the Van. Smith is always on point, especially when she’s terrifying. 

Notable Quotes: When asked about her reputation, Smith chuckles. She’s a posh gangster. 

Melissa McCarthy

In real life: Hilarious, wacky, intelligent, and not afraid to go to there for the laugh. 

In film and TV roles: Absolutely the same. From sidekick to spy, McCarthy seems to be enjoying every frame of her work. Range schmange. 

Notable quote: “Everybody's a trainwreck in their own very special way. But there's something wildly freeing about someone who's unapologetic, who knows they're a wreck and doesn't even try to hide it, just bulldozes through life.”

Sandra Bullock

In real life: She seems like a level-headed person who would totally have your back if she weren’t somewhere on a set or developing a project. Bullock is coated in Teflon. Even Jesse James’s mess couldn’t singe her image. 

In film and TV roles: Undercover in the FBI, lost in space, Melissa McCarthy’s straight man, or sassing in a Texas drawl, Bullock doesn’t need to be entrenched in a method role to be a big box office draw. People like Sandy because she’s Sandy. 

Notable quote:Nobody can make me cry in public. I'll punch them first before they make my mascara smear.”

Scarlett Johansson

In real life: Johansson leads a fairly measured life, avoiding scandal while also being accessible. She’s the girl you want to have a cocktail with or marry. 

In film and TV roles: Neither method or simply a movie star, Johansson commands a presence onscreen. Whether she’s donning a super hero leather jumpsuit or her underwear in a Japanese hotel room, Scar-Jo is always fully formed as Scar-Jo, smoky of both voice and eye.

Notable quote: “I just want to work on things that are really hard, and when I'm not working on things that are really hard, I want to hang out with people I like to be with, and that's it.”

Zooey Deschanel

In real life: Adorable nerd princess with a lovely voice everyone wants to either date, marry, or be besties with. What's more, Zooey Deschanel, like her characters, always seems to have more up her sleeve than you expect, given her scatter-brained nature – she plays ukelele, works 16-hour days, and gets really irritated when people assume she can't be a feminist and girlie at the same time.  

In film and TV roles: Since audiences first laid eyes on her in Mumford in 1999, Deschanel seems to have been caught in amber, with her hands on her hips, her bangs freshly shorn, and her head cocked to the side.  

Notable quote: “If I'm going to be 'too' anything, 'too cute' is fine. I love puppies. So what? Who hates puppies?”

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:04:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/actresses-with-roles-similar-to-how-they-are-in-real-life/lisa-waugh
<![CDATA[Mike Pence's Relationship With Women Is Even Stranger Than You Already Thought]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/mike-pence-has-a-weird-relationship-with-women/rebecca-shortall

Vice President Mike Pence is a hardcore evangelical who calls himself "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order." But he's also gained notoriety for saying some really weird stuff about women. Clearly, Mike Pence's relationship with women is strained. He has passed laws limiting women's access to reproductive healthcare, and once wrote an open letter saying that working mothers have a negative effect on their children. He apparently doesn't trust himself around them, either - Pence has publicly admitted his aversion to dining alone with any woman other than his wife.

Women and Mike Pence seem unlikely to agree on many issues. However - perhaps because America has recently leapt into the darkest timeline - Pence managed to be awarded the Working for Women award by the Independent Women's Forum, a conservative nonprofit organization, in March of 2017. This honor was bestowed despite Pence's actions and championing of stringent gender rules, which appear to run in direct opposition to furthering women's workplace opportunities.

There's no other way to say it: Mike Pence is a weirdo around women.

Mike Pence's Relationship With Women Is Even Stranger Than You Already Thought,

He Really Doesn't Want Women To Have Abortions

Mike Pence loves talking about how anti-choice he is. He used some grimly evocative language when talking about Roe v. Wade during the campaign, saying he'd like to see the bill "consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs."

That isn't just talk, either. In March of 2016, the then-Governor of Indiana signed a bill that heaped new restrictions on women's access to abortions. The bill also set new rules for doctors, banning them from performing an abortion based on the mother's objections related to the fetus's race, sex, or disability.

He Won't Go Near Alcohol Without "Mother" Being Present

Mike Pence chooses to abstain from liquor when "Mother" - AKA his wife, Karen Pence - isn't around to keep her eye on him. In a 2002 interview with The Hill, Pence said he doesn't attend events with booze unless his wife with him. In his own words: "If there's alcohol being served and people are being loose, I want to have the best-looking brunette in the room standing next to me."

Surprisingly, Pence did not follow up that statement with the famous temperance slogan, "Lips that touch liquor shall never touch mine."

He Calls His Wife "Mother"

Mike Pence calls his wife "Mother." If that wasn't cringe-inducing enough, consider this: in a Rolling Stone profile on Pence, it was revealed that Pence doesn't just call Karen Pence "Mother." He calls her "Mother, Mother." As in, "Mother, Mother, whose china are we eating on?"

The revelation left the writer "wondering what was weirder: Pence's inability to make conversation, or calling his wife 'Mother' in the second decade of the 21st century."

He Won't Employ Any Female Aides

Mike Pence refuses to employ any female aides, presumably because the demands of the job might sometimes cause them to work late hours together. Perhaps Pence is certain that every woman is out to seduce him, and is just waiting for the chance to get him alone. An even sadder read on this situation would be that Pence himself possesses little to no self-control around women, and needs sexual barriers in the form of other men and his wife.

Pence calls his "no female aides allowed" policy - and similar rules - "building a zone around [his] marriage."

He Believes Women Should Have Funerals For Their Aborted Fetuses

In March of 2016, Mike Pence - then the Governor of Indiana - signed an anti-abortion law that was eventually blocked. The law would have required women to hold funerals for their fetuses, whether they had gotten an abortion or had a miscarriage. A federal judge stopped it, since the law would have violated women's right to choose.

It's unclear whether Pence considered the skyrocketing healthcare costs that would have resulted from the additional demands of covering funerary services, or the unsavory appearance of shaming women for failing to carry to term.

He Said That Working Women Stunt Their Children's Emotional Growth

Apparently, Mike Pence doesn't believe that women can balance the demands of life, careers, and kids. Pence wrote a letter to the Indianapolis Star in 1997, in which he warned that women "can have it all" but that their children will get "the short end of the emotional stick."

This isn't just insulting to women, but to anyone who came from single-parent households or dual-income families.

He Thinks "Mulan" Is Propaganda

In 1999, Mike Pence had it out for the Disney animated film Mulan, believing it to be liberal propaganda designed to entice women into the military. He wrote at length about how the "mischievous liberal[s]" would use the character of Mulan to con people into thinking that men and women could offer an equal contribution to the armed forces.

Pence's seemingly favorite topic - that of women being irresistibly tempting - comes up once again: "You see, now stay with me on this, many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually. Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting. Just like they eventually did for young Mulan. Moral of story: women in military, bad idea."

He And His Wife Had A Special Phone That Only She Knew The Number To

A Washington Post profile revealed another weird detail about Mike Pence's marriage. During his years as a House member, Pence had a red phone - and only Karen Pence had the number to it. According to the Post, this was meant to symbolize the enduring connection that the Pences shared.

He Won't Dine Alone With A Woman

Mike Pence's strict mealtime rules were brought to light in a Washington Post profile of Karen Pence. In 2002, Pence said that he doesn't eat alone with any woman other than his wife. Apparently, business lunches are off the table.

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:06:14 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/mike-pence-has-a-weird-relationship-with-women/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[Kendall Jenner Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kendall-jenner-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Kendall Jenner dating? Many famous men have dated Kendall Jenner, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Kendall Jenner’s current boyfriend, past relationships, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Kendall Jenner’s love life. 

This list features Kendall Jenner’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Kendall Jenner has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Kendall Jenner has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

From 2013 to 2016, Kendall Jenner has been romantically linked to One Direction member Harry Styles. 

In May 2017, Kendall Jenner was rumored to be currently dating rapper A$AP Rocky after the two were seen getting cuddly at the MET Gala. The pair have been rumored to be a couple since 2016, but neither has confirmed their relationship. 

This list of Kendall Jenner’s boyfriends includes Justin Bieber and Jordan Clarkson.

Check out the list of men Kendall Jenner has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Kendall Jenner Loves and Hookups,

Justin Bieber

In 2015, rumors of Kendall Jenner and Justin Bieber hooking up started after Kendall quickly deleted a racy Instagram picture of them on the bed. 

Harry Styles

From 2013 to 2016, Kendall Jenner has been romantically linked to One Direction member Harry Styles. From yacht trips to romantic dinners, the pair never confirmed their relationship.

ASAP Rocky

Since 2016, Kendall Jenner and rapper A$AP Rocky have been quiet about their rumored relationship. 

Julian Brooks

High school sweethearts Kendall Jenner and Julian Brooks dated from 2012 to 2013. 

Jordan Clarkson

In December 2016, rumors of Kendall Jenner dating Los Angeles Laker Jordan Clarkson arose after a video of them kissing on New Year's Eve went viral. Even though they attended several events together, neither confirmed their relationship.   

Ryan Nassif

Kendall Jenner was rumored to have dated entrepreneur Ryan Nassif in 2011. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:18:09 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/kendall-jenner-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Kylie Jenner Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kylie-jenner-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Kylie Jenner dating? Many famous men have dated Kylie Jenner, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Kylie Jenner’s current boyfriend, past relationships, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Kylie Jenner’s love life. 

This list features Kylie Jenner’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Kylie Jenner has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Kylie Jenner has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

In 2014, Kylie Jenner's relationship with rapper Tyga received much controversy due to their age difference and her being only 16 at the time. They broke up in early 2017.

Kylie Jenner is currently dating rapper Travis Scott. 

This list of Kylie Jenner’s boyfriends includes Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith.

Check out the list of men Kylie Jenner has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Kylie Jenner Loves and Hookups,

Jaden Smith

Kylie Jenner and Jaden Smith were in a relationship in 2013. 


Kylie Jenner had an on-and-off relationship with rapper Tyga from 2014 to 2017. Their relationship sparked controversy due to their eight year difference and because Kylie was only 16 when they first started dating. 

Justin Bieber

In 2014, rumors of Kylie Jenner and Justin Bieber dating made headlines soon after his breakup with Selena Gomez. The two are good friends, but neither has said anything about their friendship turning romantic.

Cody Simpson

In 2012, Kylie Jenner briefly dated Australian singer Cody Simpson. 

ASAP Rocky

Kylie Jenner was rumored to have hooked up with rapper A$AP Rocky in 2015. 

Travis Scott

Kylie Jenner started dating rapper Travis Scott in April 2017. 


After making out with PartyNextDoor in his "Come and See Me" music video, Kylie Jenner was rumored to have dated the rapper in 2016. She later confirmed in an interview that they were not boyfriend and girlfriend, but had fun together. 


In 2015, rapper Stitches claimed "he did everything" with Kylie Jenner weeks after her 18th birthday while she was still dating Tyga. 


In 2015, rapper InkMonstarr claimed he hooked up with Kylie Jenner in a diss video aimed at then-boyfriend Tyga. 

Miles Richie

In 2014, Kylie Jenner briefly dated Lionel Richie's son Miles. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:18:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/kylie-jenner-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Historical Figures Possibly or Definitely Affected By Syphilis]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-figures-with-syphilis/philgibbons

One prolonged look at basically any historical moment brings into sight a plethora of irrational and unstable behaviors on the part of significant historical figures. As such, the role of syphilis in history – and its potential explanatory power for these seemingly inexplicable behaviors – has been the subject of a great deal of historical speculation. Famous people with syphilis include some of the most high-profile artists – including one Ludwig van Beethoven – and rulers – like Henry VIII –  across every conceivable background and nationality, their previously enigmatic behavior suddenly rendered completely in line with the symptoms associated with this dreaded disease. Unfortunately, assertions about syphilis in history frequently cannot be verified; conjectures about behavior and personality and how they might have resulted from an STD must remain theoretical. Still, it is quite reasonable to assume that many historical figures were affected by syphilis. 

Historical Figures Possibly or Definitely Affected By Syphilis,

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln did not marry until age 33. After the President's assassination, his farmer law partner claimed that Lincoln contracted syphilis around 1835 and personally admitted as much. Lincoln spent time on the Mississippi River and in New Orleans and is also rumored to have patronized brothels while in the city. Indications that Lincoln might have had syphilis and passed it on to his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, provide an excellent explanation for her eventual descent into madness and hysteria. Additionally, she also experienced many of the symptoms of untreated syphilis: knife-like back pain, dementia, impaired coordination, weight loss, and, eventually, blindness and death in 1882. Upon his assassination, only Lincoln's brain was autopsied, so his possible affliction will never be determined. 

Adolf Hitler

Because Adolf Hitler blatantly manifested many of its physical and mental symptoms throughout his life, syphilis has been frequently cited as a potential cause of his chronic illness and mental instability. Hitler was deeply concerned with his health and kept several doctors within his inner circle, one of whom, Theodore Morell, was an acknowledged expert on treating syphilis. Hitler was diagnosed with heart, digestive, and nerve-related issues, which resulted in chest pain, tremors, digestive problems, and insomnia. Most of all, the paranoid delusions and psychotic rage episodes that occurred later in his life are frequently the signs of late-stage syphilis. However, many of these symptoms could also be explained by other causes, including side effects of the bomb plot that almost killed him, his strict vegetarian diet, and methamphetamine and opiate abuse, a practice introduced by Dr. Morell, who injected Hitler with these drugs on a routine basis. As far as syphilis and Adolf Hitler, any diagnosis will always remain in the realm of speculation. 

Al Capone

When Al Capone assumed control of the Chicago Mob, one of the rackets that he took over was prostitution. His status afforded him the opportunity to consort with many of his female employees, and, unfortunately, Scarface would contract syphilis, which he was too ashamed to address medically. As syphilis lies dormant in the body for many years after an initial infection, it was not until Capone's incarceration in Alcatraz that his condition was diagnosed. By then, Capone's brain function was already being affected to such a degree that he was eventually released from jail in 1939. When the public speculation began as to how soon Capone would reassert himself as mob boss in Chicago, Capone associate Jake (Greasy Thumb) Guzik famously stated that this wasn't going to happen.

"Al is nuttier than a fruitcake."  

Capone quietly spent the rest of his life at his Miami, FL, waterfront home, so delusional that he would frequently fish in his mansion's swimming pool. He died of heart failure, another symptom of syphilis, on January 25, 1947, aged 48. 

Christopher Columbus

Add syphilis to the litany of revisionist historical claims that are currently damaging (and/or correcting) the historical reputation of Christopher Columbus. While it is by no means definitive, there is a lot of evidence that indicates that Columbus's crew became infected with the disease while in the New World – where it was rampant among the natives – and brought it back to Europe. And genetic studies of strains of the disease have indicated that it originated in South America.The first recorded epidemic of the disease occurred in 1495 in Naples, taking place among the invading French army of Charles VIII. Columbus's death occurred with a historically unclear cause, but his symptoms included arthritic pain, mental confusion and instability, inflammation of the eyes, and gout – all of which are consistent with undiagnosed and untreated syphilis. 

Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche's life was marked by poor health from a young age. He suffered from extremely painful migraine headaches, indigestion, and semi-blindness, which would, in 1878, prematurely end his professorship at the University of Basel at the age of 34. He would spend the next decade wandering around Switzerland, Italy, and France, practically living out of a suitcase. On January 3, 1889, on a public street in Turin, Italy, Nietzsche seems to have suffered what can only be described as a psychotic break. He was taken back to his lodgings by his landlord where the philosopher proceeded to dance naked in his room while wildly playing the piano. He began to send bizarre letters to his former colleagues in Basel, and the landlord also informed them that Nietzsche was in rough shape. 

Nietzsche was transported back to Switzerland by train and, ultimately, to an asylum in Germany where he was unsuccessfully treated. Doctors there pronounced him incurably in the throes of the final stages of syphilis, probably contracted while he was in the military. Friedrich Nietzsche spent the final 11 years of his life without writing or speaking a single meaningful word. He died of a stroke in 1900, aged 55. The diagnosis of syphilis is now under attack by some historians, who claim he might have been the victim of a brain tumor, and syphilis was a means to discredit the philosopher's reputation. 

Henry VIII of England

For much of his life, Henry VIII was a remarkably fit and healthy individual who was athletically inclined. However, by his mid 50s, he weighed over 400 pounds, was covered with infected sores, and was barely mobile. Syphilis has always been one of the explanations for Henry's demise, a theory obviously based on his promiscuous lifestyle and subsequent physical and mental issues, which made him extremely paranoid and irritable in the second half of his life. Because Henry VIII and his wives were never treated for syphilis, this diagnosis has remained merely a possibility with many other possible explanations of his eventual death, including diabetes, Cushing's Syndrome, McCleod's syndrome, gout, and cancer. Henry VIII died on January 28, 1547, bedridden, his room fouled by the smell of his ulcerated legs. His exact cause of death has never been determined.   

Idi Amin

Idi Amin ruled Uganda as a military dictator from 1971 until 1979. It is estimated that 300,000 Ugandans died from political violence inflicted by his regime in a country of 12 million people. Amin was also quite sexually active, having married six women, who gave birth to at least 40 official children; however, this number is believed to be unofficially higher. Amin was sanctioned early in his military career for failure to obtain treatment for a venereal disease, and his subsequent erratically violent and paranoid behavior, delusions of grandeur, and irrational statements would certainly be consistent with an individual afflicted with syphilis. When Amin, a Muslim, died in exile in Saudi Arabia, much of the world's media attributed his death directly to the disease.  

Oscar Wilde

When Oscar Wilde died in a dilapidated Paris hotel in 1900, his death was quickly attributed to encephalitis caused by the advanced stages of syphilis. This perspective was maintained until Wilde's descendants attempted to dispute this claim in the late 20th century. However, in Richard Ellmann's definitive 1988 biography, Oscar Wilde: Biographie, the author clearly states that he believed Wilde suffered from syphilis most likely contracted from a prostitute when he was at Oxford. During Wilde's lifetime his teeth turned black from mercury treatments, a common cure for the disease and the reason Wilde frequently covered his mouth when he spoke.  

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh's potential affliction with syphilis is one of many ascribed to the tragic Dutch artist. Van Gogh's connection to syphilis stems from two main factors. One was his frequent patronage of brothels, where he is known to have contracted gonorrhea. The other is his erratic mental condition that precipitated a lengthy stay in a mental asylum. Although his brother Theo almost certainly contracted the disease and eventually died in an asylum under mysterious circumstances, Vincent did not exhibit many of the other symptoms that would have accompanied the illness. In any case, he committed suicide at the age of 37, years before any of the truly debilitating effects of syphilis would have been evident. 

Vladimir Lenin

Officially, the death of Lenin was attributed to a succession of strokes that began in 1922 and resulted in a period of rapid deterioration, which was followed by death in January 1924. These strokes left him with symptoms that included: "short episodes of loss of consciousness, numbness of the right hand, throbbing headaches, sleeplessness, hallucinations, loss of appetite and epileptic seizures." 

Additionally, Lenin was said to have contracted the disease in 1902 from a Parisian prostitute and was repeatedly treated for symptoms that were a well-known secret within the Soviet medical hierarchy. Obviously, the Soviet government would have done everything possible to conceal the sordid reality of this potential cause of Lenin's death, wanting nothing to distract from the mythology of the revolutionary's godlike status.

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:14:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-figures-with-syphilis/philgibbons
<![CDATA[Close Calls: Innocent Death Row Inmates Who Were Eventually Exonerated]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/exonerated-people-on-death-row/melissa-brinks

Capital punishment is a hotly debate topic throughout the United States, in part due to the number of death row inmates who were exonerated. Since 1937, over 150 people have been exonerated, leading many people to believe that the justice system just isn't airtight enough to condemn people to death. With shaky evidence, unreliable witness testimony, and corruption within the police forces and the courts, it's hard to be completely sure whether a death sentence is the right answer.

Some of these released death row inmates were exonerated right before their last meals, with the message that they'd be freed coming within hours of their scheduled execution. Though the men and women on death row represent many different backgrounds, their stories all share a chilling through line: they were ultimately absolved of blame. The stories of these exonerated people on death row demonstrate that the justice system is not infallible, and that harsh sentences should never be handed out lightly.

Close Calls: Innocent Death Row Inmates Who Were Eventually Exonerated,

Anthony Porter

Anthony Porter was charged with the murder of two teenagers in 1982. Witnesses gave inconsistent testimony about whether they'd seen him actually shoot the victims, or whether they had seen him leave the scene. The trial was riddled with problems as well: Porter's lawyer admitted to halting his investigations into the case, and an IQ test revealed that Porter may have a mental handicap. Nevertheless, he was convicted and sentenced to death.

The bungled trial eventually led to an appeal, and Porter was granted a stay of execution on the grounds of his inability to understand his punishment. The order came just 48 hours before he was due to be executed in 1998. The real killer was caught in 1999 and sentenced to 37 years in prison.

Randall Dale Adams

The case of Randall Dale Adams inspired the Errol Morris documentary The Thin Blue Line. Adams was accused of killing a police officer in 1976, after witnesses, including a teenager with whom Adams had spent the day, identified him as the killer.

Adams's attempts to appeal were overturned, and it wasn't until three days before his scheduled execution that the Supreme Court ordered a stay. Apparently, jurors who had felt uneasy about the death penalty were excluded during selection for his trial. His sentence was changed to life in prison, until further evidence clearing him of the crime was revealed. Adams was released in 1989, one year after the film was released.

Rodricus Crawford Was Sentenced To Die For His Son's Untimely Death

Rodricus Crawford was accused of murdering his infant son in 2012. The child was found unresponsive in Crawford's bed, and the initial examiner claimed that a bruise on the child's lip could indicate that Crawford had smothered the child in his sleep. Crawford was convicted and sentenced to death.

Later investigations revealed that the death was likely caused by illness. Crawford was freed in April of 2017.

James Edward Creamer Was Sent To Death Row By A Hypnotized Witness

James Edward Creamer, along with six other individuals, was convicted for the murder of two doctors during a robbery in 1971. Creamer was sentenced to death after the chief witness, Deborah Ann Kidd, said that he was the shooter. She first claimed that she'd been on drugs and was unable to remember anything about witnessing the crime, but under hypnosis, she named Creamer as the culprit.

Later evidence showed that Kidd was not only romantically linked to one of the detectives on the case but that, under hypnosis, she had also claimed to be the murderer herself. The real killer confessed, and Creamer and the six other people were released in 1975.

Sabrina Butler Was Forced To Confess To Killing Her Son

Sabrina Butler was 18 years old when she was sentenced to death for the murder of her 9-month-old son in 1989. Butler said that her son had stopped breathing and that she had attempted to resuscitate him, leaving bruises on his chest that were later used as evidence of abuse. According to Butler, police yelled that she had murdered her son for three hours, rather than letting her describe what had happened.

It took seven years before Butler was cleared of the charges. Her son had died from a kidney condition, not murder or abuse, meaning Butler had spent years in isolation on death row for a crime that had not taken place at all.

Clifford Henry Bowen Was Sent To Death Row Despite Having An Alibi

Clifford Henry Bowen, a professional poker player with a history of burglary, was accused of killing three men in 1980 with a unique weapon: a gun loaded with silver-tipped, hollow-point bullets. Bowen matched the description of the killer, but his alibi placed him some 300 miles away. But Bowen was still put on trial for the crime, with the prosecution going so far as to allege that Bowen took a private, late-night flight to an abandoned airfield to kill the men.

Bowen was sentenced to death for the murder, and it took two years before an important piece of information came to light: a police lieutenant in the same town had a similar description and carried the unique weapon. The sentence was reversed due to the evidence that had been withheld, and Bowen was released in 1986.

Anthony Hinton Served 30 Years For A Crime He Didn't Commit

Anthony Hinton was one of the longest-serving prisoners on death row, having served 30 years for a crime he didn't commit. He was sentenced for the 1985 murders of two local fast food restaurant managers in Birmingham, AL. Hinton was charged with the two killings because the weapon supposedly used to commit them belonged to his mother, but firearms examiners could not verify that claim. His lawyer also hired an examiner without qualifications, setting Hinton's case back even further.

Thankfully, Hinton's sentence was overturned in light of all that went wrong with his trial. He was subsequently freed in 2015.

The Ford Heights Four Led To The Abolition Of The Death Penalty In Illinois

Due to terrible testimony, falsified information, and other coercion, the Ford Heights Four were falsely accused of the murder and rape of a couple in Chicago in 1978. Witnesses claimed to have seen the four men - Dennis Williams, Kenneth Adams, Verneal Jimerson, and Willie Rainge - in the area where the crimes occurred, and testimony from a state expert said that hairs found at the scene matched those of the accused. Adams was sentenced to death, while the other men were sentenced to life or lengthy prison sentences.

Three unpaid journalism students eventually uncovered the faulty testimony and took it upon themselves to do DNA testing. Their investigation cleared the Ford Heights Four in 1996, and their case was later used as an example of why Illinois should do away with the death penalty.

A Dog Put Juan Ramos In Prison

Juan Ramos, an immigrant from Cuba, was sentenced to death after being accused of raping and murdering a woman in 1982. The evidence came from a bloodhound, who, after being exposed to Ramos's scent, seemed to identify the same scent on the blouse and knife that belonged to the victim. However, these were the only two items with blood on them. The bloodhound was likely identifying the scent of the blood, rather than Ramos's scent.

Still, Ramos was sentenced to death. But some investigative reporting by 20/20 eventually exposed the unreliability of dog-scent evidence. Ramos's sentence was overturned, and he was released in 1987. Other than the dog's response, there was no evidence linking Ramos to the crime.

Johnny Ross Was The Youngest Man On Death Row

Johnny Ross is the youngest man to have been placed on death row at just 16 years old. Accused of rape in Louisiana in 1975, Ross was sentenced to death. This harsh verdict was handed down after a 90-minute trial, and in spite of his claim that his confession had been signed on a blank sheet of paper after hours of beatings from the police.

The Southern Poverty Law Center believed that Ross's case required more investigation, and found evidence that Ross's blood type did not match that of semen found in the victim. Ross was released in 1981 thanks to the SPLC's investigation.

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 03:07:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/exonerated-people-on-death-row/melissa-brinks
<![CDATA[Selena Gomez Boyfriends, Loves, and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/selena-gomez-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

Who is Selena Gomez dating? Many famous men have dated Selena Gomez, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Selena Gomez’s current boyfriend, past relationships, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Selena Gomez’s love life. 

This list features Selena Gomez’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Selena Gomez has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Selena Gomez has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Selena Gomez is currently dating R&B artist The Weeknd. The celebrity couple has been in a relationship since December 2016. 

This list of Selena Gomez’s boyfriends includes Justin Bieber and Zedd.

Check out the list of men Selena Gomez has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Selena Gomez Boyfriends, Loves, and Hookups,

Taylor Lautner

Selena Gomez dated Twilight actor Taylor Lautner for a few months in early 2009. 

Nick Jonas

Selena Gomez was in a relationship with fellow Disney Channel star Nick Jonas from 2008 to 2010. 

Justin Bieber

Selena Gomez had an on-and-off relationship with Justin Bieber from 2010 to 2013. 

The Weeknd

In January 2017, Selena Gomez began dating R&B musician The Weeknd. 


In 2015, Selena Gomez dated DJ and music producer Zedd.

Samuel Krost

Selena Gomez dated businessman Samuel Krost from 2015 to 2016. 

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:19:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/selena-gomez-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[17 Actors Who Have Played Richard III]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-played-richard-iii/celebrity-lists

A number of highly recognizable actors have risen to the challenge of portraying the title character in William Shakespeare’s Richard III. As this list of actors who played Richard III proves, there's nothing like a difficult character to inspire a great performance.

By many historical accounts, King Richard III was a malicious tyrant. Whatever he was really like, he's certainly a villain in Shakespeare’s play. He’s a tyrant capable of ferocious evil, one who uses Machiavellian power to assume the throne. Most of the stars who played Richard III in film and on stage relied heavily on his evil nature in their portrayals. And why not? Shakespeare’s Richard III was a true villain.

Sir Laurence Olivier dug into the egotistical side of the King in 1955’s Richard III. Olivier also directed and produced the film, in which he delivers his monologues straight to the camera. Benedict Cumberbatch holds the honor of being the only direct descendant of Richard III to portray him. He's Richard's third cousin, 16 times removed, and he played the King in The Hollow Crown in May 2016.

Which of these famous actors who have played Richard III did it best? Take a look at this list, and share your thoughts in the comment section.

17 Actors Who Have Played Richard III,

Al Pacino

Al Pacino portrayed Richard III in a documentary he directed, Looking for Richard, in 1996.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed Richard III in The Hollow Crown in May 2016.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington took on the role of Richard III on Broadway in 1990.

Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen played Richard III in the 1995 British drama Richard III.

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh took the stage in 2002 to portray Richard III.

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey played Richard III in a Sam Mendes-directed stage version of Shakespeare's play in 2011.

Laurence Olivier

Sir Laurence Olivier played Richard III in the 1955 adaptation of Shakespeare's play. He earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for the performance.

Mark Rylance

Mark Rylance received a Tony nomination for his 2014 portrayal of Richard III.

Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage starred in the Public Theater's Richard III in 2004.

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes portrayed Richard III in a 2016 stage production.

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 05:05:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-played-richard-iii/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Best MLB Pitchers who Likely Never Will Make the Hall of Fame]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-mlb-pitchers-who-likely-never-will-make-the-hall-of-fame/roblein

Who do you think are the best pitchers in MLB history who likely won't ever be named to the Hall of Fame?

I'm speaking of pitchers who put up great statistics, but just haven't gotten over the hump to make the Hall. Some probably should be in enshrin thed but won't, and some are just below what is seen as the level of worthiness for the Hall. I'm not including modern pitchers who retired fairly recently, or pitchers from the steroid era (such as Roger Clemens) because they all could make it to the Hall of Fame, one way or another.

Please vote thumbs up for what could be called the best of the rest, and thumbs down for those not worthy of this label.

Best MLB Pitchers who Likely Never Will Make the Hall of Fame,

Billy Pierce

Camilo Pascual

Frank Tanana

Jack Morris

Jim Kaat

Luis Tiant

Mickey Lolich

Sam McDowell

Tommy John

Vida Blue

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:51:54 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-mlb-pitchers-who-likely-never-will-make-the-hall-of-fame/roblein
<![CDATA[The Hottest Lady Astronauts In NASA History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-hottest-female-astronauts-in-nasa-history/jtdesaulnier

Sure, plenty of smoking hot astronauts have explored the final frontier, but did you know that female astronauts are actually better suited to handle the rigors of space exploration than their manly counterparts? It's true. When most Earthlings think of astronauts, they think of men, but this is a list of women who've boldly gone where no man has gone before. These are NASA babes, specifically, so though women from all over the this starship Earth have slipped free from its surly bonds and touched the heavens, this list is only about star-spangled babes who've blasted off on behalf of Uncle Sam, his silly goatee, and all his hyper-phallic rockets.

Granted, it's wildly inappropriate to rank such accomplished ladies based on their attractiveness. At the same time, what's sexier than women with intelligence, determination, and the ridiculous amounts of courage necessary to fly at 18,000 miles per hour to leave the planet entirely and hang out in the void of space?

Nothing, that's what. So vote up the professional lady astronauts who make you want to send the patriarchy packing.

The Hottest Lady Astronauts In NASA History,

Anna Lee Fisher

Judith Resnik

Lisa Nowak

Mae Jemison

Margaret Rhea Seddon

Marsha Ivins

Nicole Stott

Sally Ride

Stephanie Wilson

Tracy Caldwell Dyson

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:29:30 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-hottest-female-astronauts-in-nasa-history/jtdesaulnier
<![CDATA[Famous Widows Who Fell For Another Member Of Their Husband's Family]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-widows-who-married-another-family-member/carly-silver

Historically, when a woman's husband died, more often than not, she'd be married off again for alliance purposes (if you were rich) or to make sure she had someone else to take care of her and any children she might have. In the case of royals throughout the ages, you might be forcibly married to a relative, either someone who was kin to you, kin to your late husband, or both! Thanks to such stories, we now have tons of examples of widows who married someone in their late husband's family.

This phenomenon isn't just historical, however. In 2017, ex-Vice President Joe Biden's widowed daughter-in-law, Hallie Biden, started dating her late husband's brother Hunter. But widows who remarried in the same family more often popped up in ancient and medieval history. The prime example of levirate marriage in history (that is, a man marrying his dead brother's widow) is Henry VIII's troubled marriage to his first bride, Catherine of Aragon. This was actually illegal in England until 1907!

Also, check out Anne of Brittany, two-time Queen of France who was forcibly wed to two cousin-kings (both of whom were her own relatives!). And then there's Mary of Teck, grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, who was engaged to one British prince, but married his brother after her fiancé died. Then and now, the public was intrigued by famous widows who married into the same family twice.

Famous Widows Who Fell For Another Member Of Their Husband's Family,

Anne of Brittany

This royal duchess was twice Queen of France after being married to two cousins. She was all for the independence of her native duchy, Brittany, but was wed instead to King Charles VIII of France, who was also her third cousin (both were descended from King Charles V of France). This was where Brittany's eventual absorption into the larger country of France kicked off. 

Charles and Anne didn't have any surviving kids. To ensure continuity after her first hubby's death in 1498, Anne was married to his cousin and successor, Louis XII (also her cousin)! Smart, savvy Anne bore him two daughters, including Claude, future queen of France when she was married to her own cousin, the eventual Francis I.

Catherine of Aragon

The best-known widow who married into her hubby's family again is probably Catherine of Aragon, tied to two Tudors. This Spanish princess first married Arthur, Prince of Wales - the eldest son and heir of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, who united a warring royal clan after the Wars of the Roses - in 1501. Sickly, Arthur died the next year; Catherine then got engaged to his little brother, Henry, but they didn't get a papal dispensation to wed for years.

The two remained happy for a few years, but relations soured once Catherine couldn't give him a male heir (the scion of a new dynasty who had stopped internecine warfare, Henry wanted to keep the succession peaceful). The Catholic Church refused to give Henry the annulment he wanted to wed his new lady love, Anne Boleyn, so Henry broke off and named himself head of the new Church of England, so he could declare his own marriage null and void. Catherine maintained she was still the real queen until the day she died in 1536.

Empress Matilda

Matilda, "Lady of the English," was rightfully the first female ruler of Norman England, but she never got her just desserts. Why? Her cousin Stephen, who became king in her place, for starters. But she also got married twice: first, to the much-older Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor, and second, to her own cousin, the younger Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou (in France). Geoffrey and Matilda were both fourth and fifth cousins and had three boys, including the future Henry II, king of England.

Isabella of Angoulême

Isabella of Angoulême was a French noblewoman who captured the attention of the English King John. A beautiful heiress who was only twelve, she brought him strategically valuable lands, but was already betrothed at the time of her marriage to John in 1200. Her fiancé was Hugh de Lusignan, count of La Marche (another French county); Hugh went to his overlord, John's arch-enemy King Philip Augustus of France, to get compensation. John didn't show up in court, so Philip ordered him to give up all his French territories, igniting a fire between the monarchs.

Isabella and John had a hot-and-cold relationship that came to an end with his death in 1216. Not one to be single for long, Isabella married the son of her former fiancé, also named Hugh, and had nine kids by him, many of whom became powerful in England at the court of their half-brother, Henry III. Coming full circle, Isabella's second husband was not only her ex's son, but also her own daughter's former betrothed and the son of her cousin (Hugh Sr.'s bride).

Joan of England, Queen of Sicily

Joan of England was one of the daughters of medieval matriarch Eleanor of Aquitaine and her second husband, Henry II of England. She married William, King of Sicily, in 1177, and had no surviving children, but her hubby died in 1189. After his death, a struggle for the crown ensued, and William's illegitimate cousin Tancred took power, imprisoning Joan.

Her brother, Richard the Lionheart, eventually negotiated Joan's release and forced Tancred to give Joan back her dowry. Although a match with the brother of Crusader Richard's enemy Saladin was proposed, Joan was eventually married again, this time to her distant cousin Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse. The newlyweds had several ancestors in common (Joan's mom, Eleanor, was descended from the counts of Toulouse).

Joan of Kent

The eldest son of Edward III, Edward "the Black Prince," was one of medieval England's most famous warriors in the Hundred Years' War. But he also made his mark at home, by marrying his first-cousin-once-removed Joan of Kent in 1361. Surprisingly, unlike many other royal princes of the time, Edward didn't choose to make a political alliance with his marriage. Instead, he stayed closer to home, wedding a widow.

Even more surprising was Joan's marital history. The "Fair Maid of Kent" already had four kids by her first husband, an Average Joe named Thomas Holland. Joan's family was angry, wanting her to marry someone else, but the Pope eventually decided in Holland's favor. After Holland's death, Edward wooed and won his cousin Joan; the two eventually had the future King Richard II of England.

Julia the Elder

The only child of the Roman Emperor Augustus, Julia (dubbed "the Elder" to distinguish herself from her daughter, also named Julia) had a lot of issues. Her dad divorced her mom when she was an infant, then Julia was married off to a succession of alliances designed to please her father.

Her first hubby was Marcellus, her first cousin (and Augustus's nephew), who died two years after their wedding. Second up was Augustus's BFF, Agrippa, with whom she had five kids. Once Agrippa died, Julia was forced to marry her stepbrother (and Augustus's eventual heir) Tiberius, who was actually once married to Agrippa's daughter. They had one kid that died young, and an unhappy union led to allegations of adultery on Julia's part.

Augustus was working to promote "family values" (think marriage, fidelity, wives obeying hubbies) amongst the Romans, so he was perturbed at Julia's actions. Eventually, he gave up trying to reform her and exiled Julia to an island, then to Rhegium in Italy, where she died.

Mary of Teck

Here's one example of levirate marriage playing into modern history. Meet Mary of Teck, a minor German princess who was engaged to Queen Victoria's grandson and heir, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale. Better known as "Eddy," the prince was a bit of a do-nothing, but the royal lineage had to be continued, so he was betrothed to the staid, responsible Victoria Mary (AKA "May"). 

When Eddy died young from pneumonia in 1892, all eyes went to his younger brother, Prince George. The sailor prince would have to marry, and Queen Victoria saw no reason why George and May wouldn't make a good pair. He'd been in love with his first cousin Marie of Edinburgh (later Queen of Romania), but he eventually turned to his late brother's future bride as the family prodded them in that direction. Eventually, May did become queen as the bride of the future King George V - and her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth, still sits on the throne today!

Hallie Biden

A modern celeb-cestuous relationship hit the headlines in 2017, courtesy of former Vice President Joe Biden's daughter-in-law, Hallie Biden. Tragically widowed after her husband, Beau, died of brain cancer in 2015, Hallie eventually grew closer to her brother-in-law, Hunter Biden. Complicating things, Hunter was already married to wife Kathleen, a pal of Hallie's... and Hallie had two kids with Beau, daughter Natalie and son Hunter (obviously named for his uncle).

Currently, Hunter and Kathleen are in the middle of a rocky divorce, while he dates his widowed sister-in-law.

Cleopatra IV Of Egypt

Few families were more incestuous than the Ptolemaic dynasty, the rulers of ancient Egypt after the death of Alexander the Great until the advent of Augustus in Rome. These sibling-marrying lads and ladies numbered quite a few incestuous situations, including Queen Cleopatra IV, who lived in the mid-second century BC (not to be confused with her possible granddaughter Cleopatra VII, the last native ruler of Egypt).

First, this Cleopatra married her own brother, Ptolemy IX, in true Egyptian fashion. The two probably had a few kids, but then Ptolemy divorced Cleopatra in 115 BC in favor of another sister, Cleopatra Selene! Fleeing into exile, Cleopatra IV went to the court of  Antiochus IX, her own cousin and ruler of Syria (and Cleo's own brother-in-law). Cleopatra and Antiochus fought with her sister and brother-in-law; the latter won out and dragged Cleo out of the sanctuary where she hid out, then chopped off her hands.

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:19:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-widows-who-married-another-family-member/carly-silver
<![CDATA[8 Kings And Queens Who Weren't Even Double-Digits When They Ascended The Throne]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/babies-who-took-the-throne/nida-sea

When you picture a royal monarch seated on the throne, you’re probably imagining some strapping royal hunk or bejeweled and beautiful lady seated neatly in a tall throne and wearing a golden crown, right? Would you ever picture a baby taking the throne? Probably not, but it's a thing that's certainly happened throughout history. In fact, some of the youngest people who became monarchs were less than a year old at the time of their ascension. Some were even crowned in utero, but that didn’t necessarily mean they could rule the moment they were born. Until they came of age, baby kings and queens were supported by a regent – someone who would legally rule until the minor monarch came of age – often comprised of mothers, uncles, aunts, or grandparents. Sometimes, these regents did well in keeping the kingdom afloat until the child could take control of the throne, other times, greed and power overtook their desire to rule.  

So, were all young inheritors of the throne always successful? Sadly, no. However, there were notable monarchs – like Sobhuza II of Swaziland and Liu Zhao of China – who fared better, made strong impacts on their kingdoms, and often ruled for lengthy periods, leaving behind a strong country and many descendants. Others did what they could during their often short-lived rules. 

8 Kings And Queens Who Weren't Even Double-Digits When They Ascended The Throne,

Alfonso XIII of Spain

Assuming the throne while in utero, Alfonso XIII was crowned King immediately after his birth on May 17, 1886. His mother served as his regent until he was 16. Considered a "beloved" young King, Alfonso did some pretty cool things for his country during the early years of his rule. He remained neutral throughout World War I, providing a safe haven for prisoners of war, no matter which side approached his country for aid. During his marriage ceremony, he and his wife survived an assassination attempt, which would be the first of many as Spain made its way to a second phase as a republic. He also survived what’s now known as the Spanish Flu. Later, he was ousted from the throne due to the formation of the Second Republic. He died in exile in Rome in 1941.

Christina, Queen of Sweden

Ruling an empire for 10 years before retiring, Queen Christina of Sweden took the throne at the age of six after her father, King Gustave II Adolf, perished in 1632 CE. As a young Queen of 18, Christina brokered a peace deal to end a 30-year war, prevented a civil war, and helped enrich Sweden. Despite the success of her rule, Queen Christina was thought to be "mannish" in appearance and not very attractive. Rumors also flew about that she was lesbian or bisexual, as she never had a desire to marry. This overbearing stress caused her to abdicate the throne to her cousin Charles X. Gustave in 1642.

Emperor Zhao of Han

In 88 CE, at the tender age of nine, Liu Zhao – who would become Emperor Hedi, known as the “Harmonious Emperor” – became the fourth Emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty in China. Given his age at the time of his ascension to power, Liu Zhao's grandmother and her brother, his great-uncle, controlled the Empire for much of his youth. It was under the direction of these two regents, in fact, that Emperor Hedi helped his people survive several natural disasters including droughts, reoccurring floods, and locusts. At the same time, Hedi, again with help from his elders, lessened taxes in order to alleviate the common people's stress. He also gave them permission to hunt on the his lands, and he opened government-only grain stores to give to the hungry people.

However, as he grew up, Emperor Hedi became resentful of his grandmother and great-uncle and had them removed (some say murdered) by his loyal courtier eunuchs. From there, following on his father’s original promise to the eunuchs, Hedi gave them land and hereditary titles, which they could pass onto adopted sons, thereby remaining a part of history despite their impotence. Regardless of the fact that he potentially had his own grandmother killed, Emperor Hedi is fondly remembered for all the good things that happened during his reign.

Mary, Queen of Scots

The Queen of Scots, Mary Stuart, was pronounced Queen at six days old in 1542 CE. Since she was too young to take the throne, several regents – including her mother, the French Mary of Guise – would rule in her stead until she reached adulthood. At the age of five, she was initially betrothed to her great uncle’s son, Prince Edward of England. However, Scotland didn’t approve of the betrothal, and Mary was kept hidden in safe houses to avoid being taken away and forced into the marriage, which is now known as “The Rough Wooing.” Instead, she was sent to France to be raised and educated, and she became betrothed to Prince Francis, the son of the French King Henry II and Catherine de Medicis. Eventually, Mary did become Queen of France for a brief period; however, her rule was short lived, lasting only two years.

Mary returned to Scotland in 1561, and, although the once Catholic country was now staunchly Protestant, Mary was able to rule and create an atmosphere of religious tolerance. She had six years of (mostly) peaceful rule before she was – for a number of complicated political reasons that included an injudicious marriage – imprisoned for 18 years for an assassination attempt on England's Queen Elizabeth I, for which she was eventually put to death.

Rukidi IV of Toro

In 1995 – upon the death of his father – King Oyo of Toro succeeded the throne at a mere three years old. Uganda is broken up into four historical kingdoms, Bunyoro, Buganda, Ankole, and Toro; King Oyo's ancestral territory is the last of these. After receiving the throne in his toddler years, Oyo's aunt, mother, and Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya (Ugandan President Museveni) all served as regents to help him rule until he came of age. As ruler, King Oyo has lobbied for donations to be used for social welfare and economic projects. He’s focused heavily on education, health, and culture. Moreover, as a young king, he’s received support and mentoring from other leaders. Plus, the people of his kingdom really like King Oyo, since he’s young and willing to do things and try strategies that older, more established Kings won’t.  

Shapur II

They placed a crown on his mother’s pregnant belly to name their leader: Shah Shapur II of Persia. Despite the disasters that befell his elder brothers who were next in line – like murder and blinding – Shah Shapur II became a great king of the Persian Dynasty when he came of age. He raided enemy forces as retaliation, led an expedition through Britain to defeat strong Arab forces, and, after Constantine I died, he retook Armenia. He was known as a strong military leader, though a tyrant to Roman forces. When he died in 379 CE, he left his Persian country stronger than he inherited it, as well as still holding control of Armenia.  

Shunzhi Emperor

A great ruler of the Manchuria kingdom, Fulin, took the throne at five years old in 1643 CE. His paternal uncle served as his regent and captured Beijing, making Fulin Emperor of the Quin Dynasty, receiving the title of Shunzhi. Considered a kind man, Emperor Shunzhi was often influenced by Buddhist priests and his eunuch officials. A German Jesuit missionary he called mafa (grandfather), often provided Shunzhi counsel, resulting in Shunzhi permitting "mafa" to build a Roman Catholic church in Beijing. One accomplishment that Shunzhi became particularly known for was boosting the number of Chinese people in the Manchu government. Sadly, Shunzhi died at the young age of 22, with rumors suggesting his death came after losing a consort he favored. 

Sobhuza II

Imagine a tiny four-month-old baby receiving the title of king and keeping it for the next 80 years. That’s what happened to Sobhuza II, an African ruler who accomplished many positive changes for his people, which included: winning independence from Britain and helping write a constitution for Swaziland. Sobhuza II was beloved by his people, and he often appeared at festivities and rituals and practiced traditional medicine. In this way, he was particularly good at bridging traditional Swazi practices and traditions with new ways of governance. Despite unclear records, it’s said that Sobhuza had over 70 wives, around 210 children, and over 1,000 grandchildren. He also married into high-class Swazi families, assuring stronger ties to keep his family and country resilient.  

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:57:40 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/babies-who-took-the-throne/nida-sea
<![CDATA[Best MLB Home Run Hitters who Likely Never Will Make the Hall of Fame]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-mlb-home-run-hitters-who-likely-never-will-make-the-hall-of-fame/roblein

First, these don't include the steroid-era players, such as Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and others, partly because they could very well end up in the Hall of Fame one way or another, partly because there's debate as to if they should be ever allowed into the Hall of Fame.

This is a totally different category. These are the really good players who maybe should be in the Hall of Fame, are borderline Hall of Famers or were simply well known for their home run hitting. These are the guys who are remembered for hitting the ball hard and long, but not hard and long to make it to the Hall.

Who are the best of this bunch? Please vote thumbs up for the ones you think are the best home run hitters who likely never will make the Hall of Fame, and thumbs down for those you don't believe deserve that kind of recognition.

Best MLB Home Run Hitters who Likely Never Will Make the Hall of Fame,

Cecil Fielder

Dale Murphy

Dave Kingman

Dick Allen

Frank Howard

Mo Vaughn

Norm Cash

Prince Fielder

Rocky Colavito

Roger Maris

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 06:21:38 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-mlb-home-run-hitters-who-likely-never-will-make-the-hall-of-fame/roblein
<![CDATA[10 Notorious Criminals Who Once Worked For The Post Office]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/criminals-who-worked-for-the-post-office/michelle-nati

Some jobs are stressful enough to send a person over the edge - or "go postal," if you will. But have you ever wondered where that phrase comes from? This slang term refers to an uncontrollable anger which can lead to violence, particularly in a workplace environment. And it came to be in 1986, when an Oklahoma mail caller named Pat Sherrill walked into the post office and gunned down 20 people before taking his life.

There are a surprising amount of serial killers who worked for the postal service. These criminals who worked for the post office carried a lot more than just mail - they carried the desire to kill. From the Son of Sam to the Bra Killer, these famous post office workers sometimes used their position as federal employees to kill unsuspecting people. And while some are more famous than others, these murderous acts are seriously shocking. 

10 Notorious Criminals Who Once Worked For The Post Office,

David Berkowitz

Serial killer David Berkowitz terrorized the city of New York in 1976 and 1977. A shy loner, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service after an honorable discharge from the military in 1974. In the summer of 1976, the Son of Sam killed five women and one man, and wounded seven others before his capture. He is currently serving six life sentences in prison. 

It was during the time Berkowitz was employed by the Postal Service he was engaging on his vicious killing spree. In fact, Berkowitz said in 1999, had he not become a serial killer, he would have loved to work for the post office into his retirement. He told the New York Times he could have seen himself "married with a wife and kids in the suburbs, making a living, working in the post office." 

John Christie

Unassuming and quiet, John Christie was a World War I veteran and former postal worker who lived with his wife Ethel in the then-derelict neighborhood of Notting Hill in London. The sexually depraved man invited women back to his flat and once they were inside, rendered them unconscious with gas before raping and murdering them. He buried his victims in various spots around his property. He killed eight, including Ethel and his neighbor, Beryl Evans and her 13-month-old daughter, Geraldine, before being executed in 1953.

His life of crime actually started when he was a postman. He was convicted for stealing postal orders and served three months in prison. Despite this, he was allowed to keep his job and eventually become a police officer. 

Robert Schulman

Robert Shulman, a postal worker and serial killer, was responsible for the bludgeoning deaths and dismemberment of five sex workers on Long Island, NY, in the early 1990s. He would discard their bodies in various locations around Hicksville, NY. He was eventually caught when a witness to one of his crimes spotted Shulman's brother's blue Cadillac around the area. They used this information to track down the type of sleeping bag one of Shulman's victims was found in and link it to a purchase he made at a Sears department store. 

He was sentenced to death which was later rescinded to life without the possibility of parole after New York’s death penalty was overturned. Called “one of the few, true serial killers that I've ever come across" by former Suffolk County District Attorney James Catterson, Shulman died of natural causes in 2006.

Jennifer San Marco

Jennifer San Marco was known as the "crazy lady" of her Goleta, CA, mail-handling facility. She was paranoid, racist, and all around kind of weird, but no one suspected what she would eventually do. In 2003, the California postal worker had a mental breakdown at work. After hiding from police under a mail-sorting machine, officers dragged her out on a mail cart and to a psychiatric facility. 

San Marco suffered from paranoid delusions that her co-workers were out to get her. She purchased a gun in New Mexico, and took out her neighbor, Beverly Graham, 54, before driving to the mail sorting facility where she once worked and opening fire. Out of the 80 employees working that night, six people died before San Marco turned the gun on herself.

Joseph Harris Wanted To Exact Revenge For Being Fired

Joseph Harris was a postal worker with a slew of problems. Born in prison, his lifelong psychological issues came to a head in 1991. At the time, he was working for the U.S. Postal Service in New Jersey, but was dismissed after he started harassing his supervisor Carol Ott. Before he was fired, he mentioned to coworkers he was going "to get" Ott and make her pay, but they were unsure why exactly the two had issues. 

Then, in October 1991, he went to Ott's home and stabbed her to death with a samurai sword. He then shot her fiancé, traveled to the post office to shoot two mail carriers, and had a stand-off with cops which led to his arrest. The murders were not his first - after losing $10,000 in an investment scam to another former employer Roy Edwards, he broke into the man’s Montville, NJ, and sexually assaulted his wife and two daughters before shooting Edwards to death. Harris was sentenced to death in 1992, but two days before the New Jersey State Supreme Court overturned the death penalty, he died of natural causes.

Patrick Sherrill Inspired The Term "Going Postal"

In 1986, after being reprimanded by his supervisors for misdirected mail and tardiness for the umpteenth time, petulant postman Patrick “Crazy Pat” Sherrill finally had enough. The day after his scolding, he returned to the Edmond, OK, post office wearing his blue mailman’s uniform and toting three pistols and ammo in his mailbag. Without a word, he began shooting. He killed 14 people and wounded six before taking his own life. The Sherrill murders inspired usage of the term “going postal.”

After the shooting, neighbors told police he was a weird guy who was not well liked. He was a quiet loner who served in the U.S. Marines and hated children. 

Larry Stephens Was Caught 40 Years After Murdering A Woman

Almost 40 years after the crime occurred, Larry Stephens - a retired postal worker - was arrested in 2015 for the 1974 murder of a Southern California woman. Patricia Ross, 30, was strangled and sodomized in her La Palma residence after moving to the area from Arizona. Stephens was recently divorced and couch surfing when he landed at the home of the young woman’s neighbor. After breaking into Ross’s apartment, he was bitten by her dog, which drew blood before he placed the dog in a drawer. He, therefore, left his DNA - and overwhelming evidence - at the scene of the crime. 

Mark Hilbun Became Obsessed With His Postal Service Coworker

In 1993, disgruntled former poster worker Mark Hilbun - who was also infatuated with a fellow employee - stabbed his mother and her dog before opening fire on the Dana Point, CA, post office where he was once employed. There, he murdered a letter carrier and injured a postal clerk. 

The whole ordeal started in 1992. Hilbun was hired at the Dana Point post office and became infatuated with a woman named Kim Springer. She filed multiple complaints against him. The final straw came when Hilbun showed up to work blaring a radio and wearing underwear on the outside of his pants, after which he was promptly fired. But that didn't stop him from harassing her. She obtained a restraining order, agitating him more. And when he filed an appeal of his termination and lost, he got progressively more angry.

A month later he went on his rampage. He tried unsuccessfully to kidnap Springer, who hid under her mail case. He went on a three-day crime spree, shooting at random people and avoiding police, before he was apprehended 30 miles north in Huntington Beach, CA, at a bar. 

Victoria Collins Killed Her Boyfriend For Cash

In 2015, Victoria Collins - a retired Polk County, FL, mail clerk - stabbed her 65-year-old boyfriend, Gary Greenfield, and buried his body near his trailer park home. Toxicology reports later revealed he ingested a large dose of Ambien - a drug for which she had a prescription. Authorities said Collins killed for financial gain - Greenfield received a $30,000 inheritance in the months before his death - and because Collins suspected Greenfield was cheating on her with women he was meeting online.

Benjamin Franklin Miller Was A Postal Worker Who Some Call The Bra Killer

Benjamin Franklin Miller was a schizophrenic post office clerk working in Darien, CT. He was a self-proclaimed preacher who was kicked out of his parish for his over-the-top fanaticism. He began preaching on street corners, and it was there he met and attempted to “save” downtrodden black, female sex workers between 1967 and 1971.

He would prey upon sex workers who were addicted to drugs and would strangle them with their own bras. Police suspected he might be their man, and arrested Miller in 1972. Miller was found not guilty by reason of insanity and institutionalized for 25 years.

Some question whether Miller truly was the bra killer. He died in 2010 from natural causes.

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:39:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/criminals-who-worked-for-the-post-office/michelle-nati
<![CDATA[15 Extremely Meticulous And Cunning Serial Killers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/serial-killers-who-were-extremely-thorough-and-meticulous/jacob-shelton

There have been some incredibly sloppy serial killers over the years, murderers that hacked people up in the streets, then left the scene of the crime soaked from head to toe in viscera - but not the guys on this list. These serial killers who were extremely thorough either made sure to dispose of their victims' bodies in a way that made it seem like they had simply disappeared, or they killed so many potential witnesses that there wasn’t anyone left around to ID them.

You’ve definitely heard of a few of these serial killers who were the hardest to catch, but others were so detail-oriented with their crimes that they were either never caught, or they evaded arrest for so long that it was embarrassing to the police for their stories to get out.

The most common mental picture of serial killers who were meticulous is probably someone in a hazmat suit dissolving bodies in lye, but as you’ll come to discover, these serial killers who were careful weren’t necessarily master criminals, they just knew how to keep from drawing attention to themselves. Although in a few cases, some of these detail-oriented killers did the exact opposite and specifically contacted the police with piles of information for investigators to sift through. And if they weren’t devising plans for the perfect way to dispose a body, they were simply eviscerating everyone in a 50-foot radius. Keep reading and don’t get any big ideas.

15 Extremely Meticulous And Cunning Serial Killers,

Ahmad Suradji

This little-known serial killer happens to be one of the most oddly detailed people on this list. With a kill count of 42 women and girls, he proves that he was dedicated to his insanity in the worst way. Known as the "Black Magic Killer," Suradiji began his wave of terror in 1986, after his father allegedly appeared to him in a dream and told him to kill 70 women. Being a total daddy's boy, Suradji set out to make this figment of his imagination proud. Suradji was able to kill so many victims because he was known locally as a witch who regularly helped people solve their problems.

When women came to Suradiji, he would take them to a field, convince them to let him bury them up to their wastes, and then strangle them to death. Then he would drink their saliva in order to increase his strength, then bury them fully with their heads facing towards his home. Keep in mind that he did this 42 times, with designs on killing at least 28 more women and children. Unfortunately for Suradji, police discovered some of the bodies in 1998 and promptly arrested him. He was executed by firing squad a decade later.




Dean Corll

Dean Corll, otherwise known as "The Candyman," is one of America's least-known serial killers, but not for lack of trying. From 1970 to 1973 (and possibly earlier), Corll raped and murdered over 27 teenage boys across the Houston area before carefully disposing of their bodies in his personal storage unit and, once that filled up, at Lake Sam Rayburn.

Corll was meticulous in choosing the boys whom he would murder; he preyed on runaways and children from low-income homes in order to keep from raising suspicion. And just to make sure no one came looking for the boys, he would often have them write letters to their family saying that they had left town seeking employment before he strangled them to death. Corll likely would have continued his low-key rampage if it weren't for one of his accomplices shooting and killing him in the middle of his final act. 

In the early '70s, law enforcement was still largely unfamiliar with the idea of a serial killer (the phrase "serial killer" hadn't even been coined yet), and the Houston Sheriff's Department hardly investigated the disappearance of more than two dozen boys. Once Corll's body count had officially surpassed that of California's Juan Corona, the police didn't even continue searching for bodies, making it likely the Candyman's real death toll was considerably higher.

Edmund Kemper

The murders that Ed Kemper committed may have been messy, but you can't say that he didn't go all the way with his batsh*t-crazy plans. At the age of 15, he killed his grandmother, and followed that by killing his grandfather because he didn't want his pop-pop to be sad. That's follow-through.

About half a decade after he got out of a teenage mental institution, he got back into his murder hobby when he started murdering co-eds at their various Berkley-area universities before having sex with their corpses. But he didn't just murder and desecrate their bodies, Kemper would take things to another level by burying one of the girl's heads in his mother's backyard.

Kemper was caught in 1973 when he just kind of gave up on killing women and turned himself over to the police after leaving the state for a little while. At his trial Kemper was found guilty and requested that he be given "death by torture," but was interred for life at the California Medical Facility 

John Edward Robinson

Pack it up, all you wannabe serial killers, John Edward Robinson did it all. He embezzeled thousands of dollars, committed forgery and mail fraud. He even gave himself a Man of the Year award at a banquet that he hosted. This guys loves crime.

After all of that white-collar crime, Robinson began to get into the heavy stuff. In 1984, Robinson started to take in young, usually homeless, women and promise them jobs before quickly killing them and in some cases, selling their babies along with falsified adoption letters. After going to prison for a spell between 1987 and 1993, Robinson discovered the Internet, and that's when his murderous tendencies sunk to even more sadistic depths.

In 1993, Robinson began posting on BDSM chat rooms under the name "Slavemaster," where he lured multiple women to his home under the guise of wanting to start a relationship before killing them and disposing of their bodies in 85-gallon chemical drums that he kept on his property. In 1999, Robinson was already on police radar when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a woman's sex toys, and after an investigation of his property, authorities found the decomposing bodies of two of his victims. 

Moses Sithole

Out of all the terrible murderers and creeps on this list, Moses Sithole may be the worst of the group - if such a thing is possible. Sithole committed at least 38 rapes and murders (he claimed to have committed more than 75) between 1994 and 1995 in Atteridgeville, Boksburg, and Cleveland, South Africa, before he identified himself as the ABC Killer to a reporter and led the police on a chase through the streets of Johannesburg.

Prior to his murder spree, Sithole had been imprisoned for the rape of a young woman, whom he later said falsified her claims against him, inspiring him to commit his gruesome crimes. In order to kill so many women, Sithole set up a shell charity organization called Youth Against Human Abuse that he claimed was meant to wipe out child abuse. But instead of dedicating himself to that noble cause, he would take every female interviewee that he met into a remote field before beating and raping them, and then strangling them with their underwear before writing "bitch" on their dead bodies. 

Richard Chase

Richard Chase, the literally blood-thirsty serial killer from Sacramento, was thorough in his murders in the way that a wood chipper is thorough in pulping a tree. During his murder spree, he shot, bludgeoned, stabbed, and ripped his victims to shreds. His victim whose body was most desecrated was Teresa Wallin, who was not only raped post mortem, but was stabbed multiple times with a butcher knife before having her organs removed (except for her kidneys), her blood drained, and her nipple removed. After everything, Chase shoved dog feces in Teresa's mouth. 

Richard Cottingham

Cottingham's name may not be memorable, but his crimes will sit with you for the rest of your life. Beginning in 1969, this New Jersey computer operator for Blue Shield began strangling women, usually prostitutes but sometimes just ladies around the community, and carving away their limbs in order to simply leave their torsos at the scene of the crime. Sometimes he would light the torsos on fire, and other times he would leave the arms connected to the body and handcuff them behind their backs. The Torso Killer was nothing if not a work in progress.

Cottingham was arrested in the middle of attempting to rape and murder his final victim, a prostitute named Leslie Ann O’Dell, at the same motel where he committed his two previous murders. 

Yang Xinhai

Yang Xinhai didn't have the most prolonged period of terror, but he did commit 67 murders and 23 rapes in a three-year spree that took place between 1999 and 2003. During those years, he moved around the provinces of Henan, Anhui, Shandong, and Hebei while using a hammer to kill his victims. Often he would murder entire families after entering their homes in the middle of the night.

After Xinhai was caught in a nightclub bust, he told state officials that he didn't have a motive, and that he just liked to kill people. "When I killed people I had a desire (to kill more). This inspired me to kill more. I don't care whether they deserve to live or not. It is none of my concern," Yang continued, "I have no desire to be part of society. Society is not my concern."

While Xinhai may have not been as interested in covering up his crimes as some of the other killers on this list (he actually seemed proud about the fact that he didn't hide his crimes), he was definitely driven to act on his nightmarish impulses more than some killers, who take years to build up to their over-the-top spree-killing phase. And his murdering of entire families proves that he's a guy that likes to get the job done. 


Randy Kraft

Randy Kraft, better known as the "Scorecard Killer" or the "Freeway Killer," is a very 70s serial killer who fell by the wayside when guys like John Wayne Gacy and Richard Ramirez took center stage as America's bogeymen. Throughout the '70s and early '80s, Kraft picked up male hitchhikers, roofied them, and proceeded to torture, sexually abuse, and kill them before ditching their bodies on freeway ramps. He definitely killed 16 victims, but is believed to have murdered up to 65 men throughout his time spent driving up and down the west coast.

Kraft's meticulous attention to detail came in the form of a scorecard that was discovered in his truck after he was apprehended in 1983. The card contained a coded list of victims made up of innocuous words and phrases like "EDM" and "Golden Sails," that refer to either the victims themselves, or where their bodies were unceremoniously dumped. Despite being sentenced to death in 1989, Kraft still sits on death row to this day.

David Parker Ray

Is there anything more detail-oriented than building an entire sex/torture chamber adjacent to your home, and then recording an audio welcome for each woman whom you drug and kidnap from the same New Mexico drifter bar? David Parker Ray, better known as the "Toy Box Killer," was a true monster who not only planned out his kidnappings to a T, but was obsessed with wiping the memories of the victims that he kept alive, experimented on the women that he raped and tortured until he actually had some success. Even though it's obvious that Parker had been raping, torturing, and killing women for years, he was so meticulous with his crimes that investigators were still searching for the remains of his victims 16 years after he was arrested. 

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 07:55:11 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/serial-killers-who-were-extremely-thorough-and-meticulous/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[18 Photos Of Celebrities And Their Famous Parents At The Same Age]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-and-their-famous-parents-at-the-same-age/jacob-shelton

Celebrities with famous parents are a dime a dozen. After all, the easiest way to get your foot in the door of the biz is to have your mom or dad make a few blockbuster films or record some hit singles – and that’s totally fine. You’d do it if you could. But it’s really weird when some of the celebrities with famous parents look like younger clones of their progenitors. Celebrities who look like their famous parents can’t help that they share more than a passing resemblance to the folks who supplied their genes, but it is strange to look at the duos side by side and notice the intricate similarities that they each share. There are definitely more than a few entries on this list that you’ll be staring at and forgetting which photo belongs to the parent and which belongs to the child.

To purposefully misquote the Insane Clown Posse: genetics, how do they work? Why do these celebrity children look exactly like their famous parents when other famous kids look like they could belong to anyone? It’s weird, and someone needs to explain science in the comments of this list right now. Whether you understand why these celebrities look like clones of their famous parents or not, you’ll be more than a little freaked out by how close they look, and you’ll want to vote on the parent-kid duos who look the most alike. Can they all be number one? There’s only one way to find out.

18 Photos Of Celebrities And Their Famous Parents At The Same Age,

Ben Stiller

You wouldn't think that Ben Stiller, who was totally jacked by the time he was 39, would look anything like his goofy-looking dad (most famous for playing Mr. Costanza on Seinfeld), but these guys look crazy similar. 

Charlie Sheen

You kind of have to ignore the hair that's going on in this side by side (the only other film that Sheen did at the age of 28 was The Three Musketeers), but you can really see that the two men are related when you take a look at their eyes and their chins. The father and son made light of their similarities in Hot Shots Part Deux when they both parodied Martin Sheen's role in Apocalypse Now, and they acted side by side in Wall Street, so these two are definitely into the whole father-son thing. 

Colin Hanks

The older he gets, the more Colin Hanks looks like his dad, avid typewriter fan and David S. Pumpkins himself, Tom Hanks. The one weird thing is that Colin didn't have the white guy fro that his dad had when he was in Bosom Buddies

Gwyneth Paltrow

You know who Gwyneth Paltrow is, right? She's the mastermind of Goop, and she's also been in some movies, but do you know Blythe Danner? Throughout the '70s, she was in films like To Kill A Clown, Futureworld, and the series version of M*A*S*H*. If none of those things are ringing a bell, then you've definitely seen her in Meet The Parents, and she appeared with her daughter in Sylvia playing Sylvia Plath's mom. Talk about typecasting. 

Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith didn't just follow in his father's footsteps as a musician and actor, he took things a step further and became a Twitter guru to rival anyone online – all the while looking suspiciously similar to dear old dad. The biggest difference between Jaden Smith at 18 and his father when he was the same age is that Will Smith seems so much more grown up. Maybe Jaden's always going to look like Will's little brother rather than his son; is that really the worst thing that's ever happened? 

Kate Hudson

When you grow up the daughter of Goldie Hawn, you've pretty much got the rest of your life taken care of, but, rather than rest on her laurels, Hudson followed in her mother's footsteps and hopped into film roles that showcased her comedy chops as well as her beauty. 

Mamie Gummer

It can't be easy to be Meryl Streep's daughter, but Mamie (and her sister Grace) have managed to make very tidy careers of film and television appearances on their own merit rather than pretending to be time-traveling younger versions of their mother. To see Gummer and Streep working together, check out Ricki and the Flash

Michael Douglas

Michael and Kirk Douglas are two guys who it just doesn't matter what age they are, because they always look really old. Seriously, in Kirk Douglas's first role in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers in 1946, he looked to be 30 going on 50. 

Rashida Jones

You might know that Rashida Jones of The Office and Parks and Recreation fame was the daughter of Quincy Jones, but did you know that her mom was on Twin Peaks and The Mod Squad? This mother-daughter duo run the game when it comes to cult television. 

Scott Eastwood

Scott Eastwood came out of the dregs of Nicholas Sparks movies to make a massive push for stardom in 2016 when he appeared in Snowden and Suicide Squad, before moving on to the Fast and the Furious franchise. Should anyone have been surprised? He is Clint Eastwood's son after all, and anyone with that jaw can take over the world. 

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:02:22 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-and-their-famous-parents-at-the-same-age/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[20 Celebrities Who Surprisingly Stayed With Their Partners After They Cheated]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-stayed-with-cheating-spouses/evan-lambert

Celebrities who stayed with cheating spouses or partners are more common than you might think. No one is ever thrilled to find out their partner was caught cheating, but sometimes it's more appealing to work things out with an unfaithful significant other than to end a once-beautiful relationship. Plenty of famous people who stayed together after an affair seemed to regain trust and intimacy.

Celebrity cheating doesn't always end in divorce or a messy split. Stars who were cheated on but stayed range from internationally-renowned singers to major movie stars to career politicians. Some of these celebrities who stayed after affairs later broke up with their partners, while others are seemingly still going strong.

These notable couples didn't let infidelity break them up. Whether the cheaters in question reformed, however, is anyone's guess.

20 Celebrities Who Surprisingly Stayed With Their Partners After They Cheated,

Beyoncé Knowles

When footage leaked in 2014 of Beyoncé's sister Solange fighting with Jay-Z in an elevator, fans around the world speculated that the fight was over Jay-Z's relationship with designer Rachel Roy. Bey-Z even released a rare public statement at the time:

"Families have problems and we're no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We've put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same."

When Beyoncé's album Lemonade arrived in 2016 with the infamous lyric "Becky with the good hair," many listeners took it as a sign that those cheating rumors were true. However, the couple remains married.

Elizabeth Hurley

Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley got pretty serious after meeting in 1988. Hurley even stayed by Grant's side when he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute in 1995. Although the couple split in 2000, Hurley says she still talks to Grant every day.

Gabrielle Union

Before he married Gabrielle Union in 2014, basketball star Dwyane Wade fathered a child with another woman. Union still does not acknowledge his "break baby," although the mother says that Union allows him to care for the child in private.

Wade, for his part, is maintaining the party line. He told People:

"I think the one thing is, we are imperfect, just like every couple in the world. We stick together through it all - through the great times, through the bad times."

Hillary Clinton

Ever since President Bill Clinton's 1998 impeachment trial over his affair with Monica Lewinsky, Hillary Clinton has received equal counts praise and criticism for standing by her husband. The couple remains married, but Clinton's personal life still often overshadows her political career.


Since they met in 2001, P!nk and motocross racer Carey Hart have dated, broken up, married, separated, gotten back together, and had a family. Despite facing rumors in 2008 that Hart had cheated on her, P!nk eventually took back her man. They're going strong today, and she frequently gushes about how great of a dad he is.

Robert Pattinson

Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart fulfilled the dreams of countless fans when they began dating offscreen, but then Stewart had a fling with her Snow White and the Hunstman director Rupert Sanders. Pattinson reportedly took a brief sojourn in Water for Elephants costar Reese Witherspoon's pad after the affair came out, but stayed with Stewart for almost a year before finally ending things.


Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker has long hinted at her marital issues with Matthew Broderick, and even left him out of her speech when she accepted the Golden Globe for Best Actress in 2001. So, it wasn't all that surprising when word of Broderick's constant cheating got out in 2008. Still, even after Star Magazine's exposé of Broderick's trysts with various women, Parker stayed.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were together from 2011-2014, and Gomez stood by Bieber as he seemingly cheated on her left and right. The exact details of their tumultuous relationship are under wraps, but Gomez has hinted that his unfaithful moments were pretty frequent.

Victoria Beckham

After David Beckham was seen in a nightclub in 2004 with future reality star Rebecca Loos, Victoria Beckham decided to stay by her man's side and shake off rumors of an affair. Loos confirmed the affair publicly, and became famous in the process. Victoria does not acknowledge Loos's allegations, and continues to focus on her husband and children.

Khloé Kardashian

After being found comatose in a Las Vegas-area brothel in the fall of 2015 - and subsequently attempting to patch things up with estranged wife Khloé Kardashian - Lamar Odom betrayed Kardashian again in May 2016. This time, however, it was with alcohol (Odom had promised to give up drinking). The former NBA star blamed his infidelities on his newfound fame after being tied to the Kardashians:

"Bitches and THOTs came out of the woodwork. If there is one thing I regret when I was married, it was having multiple affairs with different women. That wasn’t the stand-up thing to do. I wish I could have kept my d**k in my pants."

The couple finalized their divorce in 2016.

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 02:36:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-stayed-with-cheating-spouses/evan-lambert
<![CDATA[11 Famous And Terrifying Cases Of Stockholm Syndrome And Hostage Brainwashing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hostages-and-kidnap-victims-who-were-brainwashed/jonathan-sherman

Whenever terrible cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking come to light, people ask, why didn't they try to escape? Tragically, in many cases, hostages, kidnapping victims, or members of cults cooperated with their tormentors and even resisted the police sent to rescue them, even though they faced unimaginable horrors.

Through torture, dehumanization, and disconnection from the outside world, many of these victims have been labeled "brainwashed" by the people who turned their world upside down. Victims of Stockholm syndrome will later explain that they felt completely unable to resist the criminals who kidnapped them.

Cult leaders have also been known to exact similar brainwashing methods on their followers to gain complete control over their subjects, even to the point of inciting them to murder or mass suicide.

Read some of the most shocking stories of people being brainwashed, where the men and women who were victimized lost not only their free will, but their humanity entirely.

11 Famous And Terrifying Cases Of Stockholm Syndrome And Hostage Brainwashing,

Charles Manson

A man blamed with putting an end to the idealism and hope of the 1960s, Charles Manson stands out in this list because he did not kidnap people. Nor did he did brainwash his followers into killing themselves, but instead, he convinced them to murder others, in what became known as the Manson Family Killings.

Following two prison stints for lesser crimes, Manson began collecting his followers, mostly women with troubled pasts. He asked his followers to give up their ego, to demonstrate self-sacrifice, and he told them about the future of the family, living in an underground paradise and then reappearing to seize control of the nation. He sought to keep his group’s gender ratio at 5:1, so that the women could take care of the men’s every desire.

Manson would hammer his ideas into his followers' heads, then consolidate his control by dosing them with LSD and then performing sermons to his drug-addled audience, preaching his racist, misogynist, and ultimately, murderous beliefs.

In the end, Manson successfully convinced his followers that the only way to bring about “Helter Skelter,” the eventual apocalyptic race war that he believed would lead to his world takeover, was to kill innocent people. The "Family," as they were called, carried out seven murders, including the murder of up-and-coming actress Sharon Tate (who was pregnant at the time). As a result, Manson was sentenced to death, later reduced to life imprisonment after the death penalty was abolished in California.

Elizabeth Smart

The tragic story of 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart captured the fears and sympathy of America after she was taken from her Salt Lake City home one night and wasn’t found until nine months later, as her captor, Brian Mitchell, moved her all over the country, torturing and raping her.

While Mitchell may not have purposefully taken lengths to brainwash Smart, the level of torture and neglect she faced certainly had an impact. After her rescue, and during her testimony, she stated that she had opportunities to escape while held captive, but chose not to take them.

At one point, "Smart was questioned by a police officer who had received a tip that she had been spotted, but she chose not to scream for help or try to run away." When questioned about this incident in interviews later, she said,

I was under threat of my life, I was under threat of my family's life. And those two threats right there are stronger than chains for me. It is wrong for any person to ever judge someone in any situation saying, "Well, why didn’t you try to run? Why didn’t you scream? Why didn’t you try to do something?" That is so wrong and, frankly, offensive to even ask that question.

Jim Jones

In perhaps the most infamous case of cult brainwashing, self-proclaimed guru Jim Jones brainwashed nearly all of his followers into committing suicide with the promise of salvation and paradise.

Entire families lived in Jonestown, the cult's complex, and the adult members not only willingly took their own lives, but killed their children as well - 300 of the 909 people who died were children. Children who didn’t voluntarily commit suicide were injected with cyanide.

In the haunting Jonestown death tapes, leader Jim Jones can be heard telling his congregation, “This is a revolutionary suicide. This is not a self-destructive suicide.”

The fact that they believed him enough to take their own lives (and those of their children) is a sign of how much power Jones had over his entire congregation.

Marshall Applewhite

Cult brainwashing has also lead to horrifying ends. Heaven’s Gate was an American religious millenarian group that believed that Earth was about to be “recycled” by an alien race that was traveling in a spaceship behind the Hale-Bop comet, and the only chance to survive was to leave the planet immediately.

The group’s leader, Marshall Applewhite, convinced the group that suicide was not death, but a way “to turn against the Next Level when it is being offered.” The group believed that in order to reach the Next Level, “humans would have to shed every attachment to the planet.” These attachments included family, friends, money, and eventually, their own bodies.

Separation from their family and friends, and the constant brainwashing (or “thought reform”) of repeated lectures and drills about the “next level” desensitized the Heaven’s Gate members to the idea of death and suicide. Stanton Peele, a clinical psychologist specializing in addiction treatment and theory, compared the cult and its form of brainwashing to drug addiction, saying that while the group was ultimately destructive, it must have also been gratifying and their beliefs may have even had a narcosis-like effect similar to drugs or alcohol.

In the end, 39 members of the cult killed themselves in 1997, believing that it was the only way to survive the impending apocalypse they were anticipating.

Natascha Kampusch

10-year-old Natascha was kidnapped as she walked to school alone for the very first time in Vienna, Austria. A man named Wolfgana Priklopil captured her and took her to a secret cellar where she stayed for more than eight years. During her time in captivity, she was beaten, mentally abused, and even starved - so that she would be too weak to escape.

Priklopil played intense mind games with Kampush. She recalled in an interview, "One of the worst scenes during my captivity was when he shoved me, wearing only a pair of panties, half-starved, covered in bruises and with my head completely shorn, in front of the front door and said, ‘Come on now, run. Let’s see how far you get.'"

She continued, "I was so humiliated and filled with shame that I couldn’t take a single step. He tore me away from the door, saying, ‘So you see. The world out there doesn’t want you anyway. Your place is here and only here.'"

Priklopil also convinced Kampusch that the windows and doors of his home were booby-trapped with high explosives. Eventually, when Kampusch was 18 years old, she seized an opportunity to escape. Her escape lead to Priklopil’s death, as he laid down on a railroad track and killed himself only hours later. A true sign of how he much he had warped Kampusch’s mind, when she heard of Priklopil’s death, she mourned for him.

Patty Hearst

Perhaps the most famous case of Stockholm syndrome – in which individuals who are kidnapped or taken hostage form feelings of trust and affection for their captors – is certainly the case of Patty Hearst. The granddaughter of former newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, Patty was kidnapped in 1974 by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army.

Hearst stayed with the SLA for over a year, and after being put into isolation and tortured by the group, she shockingly grew sympathetic to their cause. Nineteen months after her capture, she was found to have joined the left-wing terrorist group, participating in robberies, propaganda announcements, and other illegal activities.

Eventually, she was captured by the FBI and charged just like her captors. At the time of her arrest, Hearst weighed only 87 pounds and was described by Dr. Margaret Singer as a “low IQ, low affect zombie.” She was given an IQ test, and it revealed that her IQ had dropped a massive 18 points within the 19 months of her captivity, and Dr. Louis Jolyon West, a brainwashing theorist, stated after a 15-hour interview with Hearst, that she was a “classic case” of brainwashing. Nonetheless, she was found guilty of her crimes sentenced to 35 years in prison in 1975, only to be pardoned by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.

Jaycee Lee Dugard

Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped in 1991, when she was 11 years old, and wasn't released until 2009. Dugard’s captor, Phillip Greg Garrido, filled Dugard’s head with his own insanity, telling her of the “demon angels” who let him take Dugard so that she could help him with his sexual problems that society condemned - those being child molestation and rape. He would also make Dugard listen for the voices that he himself heard speaking to him from within his house’s walls. While Garrido was already married, many psychiatrists believe that in Jaycee’s mind, her relationship with her twisted captor was similar to marriage, in part because the pair had two children together.

Dugard was so controlled by Garrido that when police arrived to investigate and arrest Garrido, they were met by Jaycee, who introduced herself with her false identity, “Alissa.” Police noted that while Dugard was aware that Garrido was a sex offender she said that he was a “changed man,” and was “a great person and good with her kids.”

When pressed for details, Dugard became "extremely defensive" and "agitated," demanding to know why she was being "interrogated," even lying to protect Garrido. She claimed to be a formerly abused wife who was in hiding from her violent husband at Garrido's house. Police officer Ally Jacobs noted that Dugard’s two children, aged 11 and 15, appeared to be brainwashed by Garrido as well, as they stared at their father “like God,” adding, “They had this weird look in their eyes, like brainwashed zombies.”

It was only after Garrido’s arrest that Jaycee admitted, “I adapted to survive my circumstance."

Shawn Hornbeck

11-year-old Shawn Hornbeck went out for a bike ride back in 2002 and wasn’t seen until four years later, when he was finally discovered by police inside the home of his captor, Michael J. Devlin. For four years, Hornbeck was subjected to abuse and molestation, despite the fact that he could have easily escaped if not for the brainwashing he was subjected to. During his imprisonment, Hornbeck even had access to the Internet, which he could have used to contact authorities.

In an interview with People Magazine, Hornbeck explained why he didn’t take his opportunities to escape. You’re brainwashed. It’s as simple as that,” he said. ”I know people use that term a lot, but that’s what happens to you. It’s like you are on autopilot, only someone else is controlling all the switches. They control every little, minute detail in your life. Everything”

Colleen Stan

In a case that the FBI described as unparalleled in its brutality, Colleen Stan was subjected to such an unfathomable level of physical and mental torture that a mental break was likely the only thing her body and mind could do to protect itself.

After Cameron Hooker kidnapped Stan in 1977, he kept her in a coffin-sized box beneath his bed for seven years.  Hooker kept Stan inside that box for 23 hours a day during the majority of her captivity, forcing her into sex slavery.  Hooker had such control over Stan that she “signed” herself into sex slavery voluntarily in 1978.  She was referred to as “K,” which served as her slave name, and was only allowed to call Hooker “Master.”

The root of Hooker’s control over Stan was his invention of “The Company,” which he convinced Stan was an evil organization that was watching her and would torture and kill her family if she should go against Hooker’s wishes or try to escape.

Stan was so afraid to go against Hooker that even when he brought her back to visit her family, she didn't tell them the truth;

He left her alone with her family, but she never said a word about her ordeal. She claimed Cameron was her boyfriend and that she was happy. She spent the night, and the next morning posed for a picture with her abuser before leaving with him again.

Finally, Hooker's wife (who had been a willing accomplice in Stan's kidnapping) grew guilty and helped Stan escape.

Kurdish Teens Kidnapped By ISIS

In 2014, 148 Kurdish boys were held hostage by the terrorist group knows as ISIS for five months in Syria. While Kurds and the Sunni ISIS are sworn enemies, the boys were subjected to such extreme brainwashing that even after their release, they still believe many of the teachings they received from their captors.  Following his return, one boy (who gave himself the pseudonym Jan) said, "I must speak the truth. The Islamic State are right, and all the things they taught me are true.” He then added, "I am convinced they are right."

The boys were brainwashed with constant forced education about the ISIS belief system paired with brutal torture, including being tied up and having members of ISIS “practice karate and kick-boxing” on the children. They were also forced to watch videos of the infamous ISIS massacre videos.

Jan explains that his liberal upbringing has kept him from joining ISIS now voluntarily, but admits that he still holds the beliefs he was taught to be true. "Sometimes I am confused in my mind," he said. "But everything they said they proved using passages from the Koran."

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 05:05:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/hostages-and-kidnap-victims-who-were-brainwashed/jonathan-sherman
<![CDATA[11 Infamous Outlaws Who Wound Up Working For The Man In The End]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/outlaws-who-worked-for-the-man/melissa-sartore

Numerous outlaws throughout history came back around from their rabble-rousing and trouble-causing days to serve as lawmen, government leaders, and agents of criminal-catching agencies. From the Middle Ages to the Wild West to the Information Age, historical and geographical boundaries need not apply when it comes to outlawry. Some outlaws – mostly men but not always – are famous, but others are obscure historical figures. Their motivations on both sides of the legal fence varied, as did their successes when it came to breaking, making, or working with the law. Whether they were traitors, sell outs, or simply switched to the other side, messing with any of these outlaws was never a very good idea regardless of where they stood on a particular day.

11 Infamous Outlaws Who Wound Up Working For The Man In The End,

Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson was born in England in 1842 but moved to Texas with his family in 1849.  Thompson was a violent child, fighting and shooting other boys through his teens, before joining the Confederacy during the Civil War. During the war, he smuggled whiskey and gambled as well, and, when he was discharged after an injury in 1863, he returned to Texas. After an 1865 shootout in Austin, Thompson was arrested and jailed, but he bribed his jailers, escaped, and the three men fled to Mexico. Thompson split his time between Texas and Mexico, in and out of trouble, and was elected Marshal of Austin in 1881. He was ambushed and murdered by his enemies in San Antonio, TX, in 1884.

Eustace the Monk

Eustace the Monk worked for both sides of the law and on both sides of the English Channel during the 12th and 13th centuries. Eustace was born in northern France around 1170, and he trained as a knight and a seaman before entering a monastery at the age of 20. He left the monastic life to enter the service of the Count of Boulogne and then the King of France as they fought against the English to recover territories in Normandy. After returning to the household of the Count, Eustace was accused of mismanagement of funds and fled to the forests as an outlaw. 

After about a year, Eustace took to piracy and made his way to England where he offered himself to the service of King John in 1205. As an English mariner, Eustace patrolled the English Channel, harassing the French until 1209 when he returned to France as an emissary for King John. Eustace was outlawed by King Philip II of France and returned to England, but, when the Baronial Revolt broke out against the English King in 1214, Eustace supplied the rebels with weapons. Once all of Eustace’s holdings in England were confiscated by King John, Eustace then went back into service of the French, personally delivering the future French King Louis VIII to England in 1216. Eustace was captured by the English in 1217 and beheaded immediately. 

Kevin Mitnick

Computer-age outlaw Kevin Mitnick received national and international attention in 1995 when he was arrested for and convicted of computer hacking and wire fraud. Mitnick, born in 1963, began hacking computers as a teenager in Los Angeles. He served one year in prison for a hacking offense in 1988 and, while under supervised release from that offense, Mitnick hacked Pacific Bell Telephone Company’s computer system. When a warrant was issued for his arrest, Mitnick fled and was on the run for two and a half years before being captured by the FBI in North Carolina in February 1995. He was tried and convicted of cloning hundreds of cell phones, possessing restricted devices, and intercepting wire and electronic communications as well as accessing a federal computer. 

After serving five years in prison, Mitnick was released in January 2000. Mitnick has since written several books about hacking and computer security, founded a consulting firm, and continues to work with government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and other world organizations as a computer safety consultant.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela became the first democratic leader of South Africa in 1990 after a long career of protest, controversy, and confinement. Born in 1918, Mandela spent his youth studying law and opposing South African Apartheid. He joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1944, and, as the ANC became more radical in their efforts against Apartheid, Mandela led the militant wing of the party. Mandela was arrested and put on trial for his actions in 1952, served nine months of hard labor, and was released that same year. He continued protests and acts of defiance, getting arrested again in 1955 and forced to go underground as a fugitive in 1960. 

In January 1962, Mandela left South Africa under a fake name. He traveled to Britain and throughout Africa to acquire military training and gather support for the ANC cause. He was arrested shortly after his return to South Africa during the summer of 1962. Upon his return, he stood trial for several offenses, including leaving the country, inciting strikes, and sabotage.  He was sentenced to life at the remote prison on Robben Island in June 1964. After his release in 1988, Mandela reentered politics. He was elected President of South Africa in the 1990s and, after one term, stepped down to found and lead numerous charitable organizations.

Pancho Villa

Francisco “Pancho” Villa was born Doroteo Arango in 1878, and he became a bandit at the age of 16 after shooting the man that allegedly raped his younger sister. Doroteo fled to the mountains but was soon arrested and forced to join the Mexican Army. He deserted shortly thereafter and became a cattle-rustler in the state of Chihuahua, where he took the name Francisco Villa. In 1909, Pancho Villa joined Francisco Madero’s rebellion against Mexican Dictator Porfirio-Diaz and waged numerous successful battles on behalf of the common people; this led to his position of Governor of the state of Chihuahua in 1913. 

Villa repeatedly engaged in guerilla-style campaigns, including one against troops from the United States, which was funded in large part through his gubernatorial revenue streams. Villa printed his own currency, parceled out land, recruited for the military, and acquired a vast amount of wealth that he distributed to the people of Mexico – all while not being recognized as the legitimate leader of the country. Villa continued fighting until 1920 when all of his rivals were eliminated. He then negotiated a pardon, received a government pension, and lived out his days on a land settlement in the state of Chihuahua until his assassination in 1923.

Phoolan Devi

Phoolan Devi was born in India in 1930 to a low-caste family. She was sold into marriage at 10 years of age but was returned by her abusive husband after a year. Phoolan then took up with various men – a thing considered shameful by other women – and was arrested in a land dispute in 1979. In prison, she was raped, and upon her release, she was captured by a band of dacoits, or Indian bandits. The leader of the gang abused Phoolan until he was killed by another member, Vickram Mallah. Mallah became the head of the gang, and soon Phoolan was his gang-wife. Vickram, Phoolan, and the gang of bandits abducted, murdered, and robbed throughout India during the late 1970s, and, after Vickram was killed in 1980, Phoolan left the gang and formed another with her new boyfriend. On Valentine’s Day 1981, Phoolan and the gang retaliated against Vickram’s death by killing 22 high-cast young men from the village that once was home to his killer. 

On the run until February 1983, Phoolan and her gang then surrendered to authorities, and she was imprisoned for 11 years. When Phoolan was released, she entered Indian politics and was elected to the lower house of Parliament in 1996. Phoolan was assassinated in 2001.

William Nevison, The Thief Who Fought For A Future King

Highwayman William (or John) Nevison, also known as John Brace or Bracey, grew up in Yorkshire, England, in the mid 17th century. He became a thief at a young age in England and Holland alike and was turned into authorities by his father-in-law after the latter learned the truth about his thieving son-in-law. Nevison was imprisoned but escaped and fled to Flanders where he joined the army of the Duke of York, who later became King James II of England. “Swift Nick” returned to England and, once his regiment disbanded, he took up highwayman exploits until his death in 1864. You can take the boy out of the bad...

Wayne 'Big Chuck' Bradshaw, Motorcycle Outlaw Turned Narc

In the late 1970s, Wayne “Big Chuck” Bradshaw went from being a member of the outlaw motorcycle club, the Pagans, in New Jersey to an undercover narcotics officer for the New Jersey police. After a bar fight in 1977 amongst rival biker gangs in which Bradshaw punched, slashed, and wrestled his way to victory over five bleeding rival bikers, Bradshaw realized how grim the event was and that the fighting wasn’t in him anymore. He went to work for the police instead, going back to the same places where he was once the troublemaker, only on the other side of the law.

A. John Spradley, From Teen Murderer To US Marshal

Another outlaw-turned-the-man from the frontier was A. John "A.J." Spradley, born in Mississippi in 1853. In the 1870s, while still a teenager, Spradley got in a gun fight with two sons of a local farmer, killing them both. At this point, Spradley's family thought it would be prudent to send him to Texas where he could escape the arrests and trial that were likely coming his way. In Texas, he became the Deputy Sheriff of Nacogdoches County in 1880, Sheriff one year later, and, after 30 years in that post, served as a US Marshal.

Dave Mather, A City Marshal Once Called 'Mysterious Dave' For His Illegal Exploits

The distinction between lawman and outlaw wasn't always clearly defined in the Wild West, and men like Dave Mather (also Mathers) went back and forth between the two several times over the course of their lives. Born in 1845, Mather was a cattle rustler in Arkansas, later an associate of Wyatt Earp, and then a member of the Dodge City gang in Las Vegas through the 1870s and 1880s. Also known as Mysterious Dave, he had quite the career as an outlaw before being appointed Deputy of Las Vegas in 1879. 

His shady past may have made him a good candidate for finding other criminals, but he fled to Texas for a time after being accused of a shooting, and he became an Assistant Marshal there before returning to Dodge City, KS where he once again became a City Marshal. After losing a reelection in 1884, Mather killed his opponent. He was put on trial and acquitted but killed another man the next year and was run out of town. Despite his murderous past, Mather went on to serve as City Marshal in towns throughout Kansas and Nebraska before perhaps moving on to Canada.

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:38:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/outlaws-who-worked-for-the-man/melissa-sartore
<![CDATA[Liverpool Vs. Crystal Palace: Man of the Match]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/liverpool-vs-crystal-palace-man-of-the-match/the-liverpool-offside

Ranking Liverpool's players from their 2016-17 match against Crystal Palace at Anfield.

Liverpool Vs. Crystal Palace: Man of the Match,

Georginio Wijnaldum

James Milner

Lucas Leiva

Joël Matip

Philippe Coutinho

Simon Mignolet

Roberto Firmino

Alberto Moreno Pérez

Marko Grujić

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:35:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/liverpool-vs-crystal-palace-man-of-the-match/the-liverpool-offside
<![CDATA[Top 10 NFL Draft Steals of All-Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-nfl-draft-steals-of-all-time/riley-baines

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The best picks of the draft don't always come in the first round. Think about the infamous 6th round selection of Tom Brady. Teams can hit the jackpot in later rounds which was especially true when the NFL had more than 7 rounds. Some people's talent and personality translates better when in the NFL. They can be expected to be a role player but end up a future hall of famer. These are the top 10 NFL draft steals of all-time.

Top 10 NFL Draft Steals of All-Time,

Antonio Brown

Deacon Jones

Joe Montana

Ronde Barber

Shannon Sharpe

Terrell Davis

Terrell Owens

Tom Brady

Russell Wilson

Richard Sherman

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:31:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-nfl-draft-steals-of-all-time/riley-baines
<![CDATA[12 Characters From Ancient Mythology That Actually Existed In History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-historical-figures-behind-ancient-myths/carly-silver

Did you ever wonder if the great stories of ancient mythology, tales of the men behind the Egyptian pyramids and the rulers of the fabled cities of ancient Anatolia, were real? Well, if that's the case, then you're in luck - there are indeed some notable true stories behind myths. For example, the Great Pyramid was partially built by the architect Imhotep, who was then turned into a god. Started from the bottom of the pyramid, now we here!

What are some other myths based on real people? Archaeological evidence hints tantalizingly that there may have been real royals at Troy named Priam and Paris - the ruler of the city and his son, who famously kidnapped the beautiful Helen in the Iliad. Also in Anatolia, there was King Croesus, a real-life ruler who passed into legend as the super-rich monarch who screwed up an oracle's interpretation (more on that later).  

Whatever kind of tales you favor, we've got real people from mythology behind some of the most spectacular stories from antiquity.

12 Characters From Ancient Mythology That Actually Existed In History,


The career of the 5th century BC Roman general Cincinnatus was more of a legend than a real story - or was it? A military man who only reluctantly assumed power and then gave it up, inspiring George Washington, Cincinnatus was well-known for his humility and restraint.

When the Romans were in danger from a rival group called the Aequi, they called up Cincinnatus to defend them and assum the role of dictator. At the time, he was busy working on his tiny farm outside the city; after apparently defeating the enemy in just one day, Cincinnatus remained in power just long enough to make sure Rome was okay. As soon as the crisis abated, he went home and started farming again.


You might have heard the phrase "rich as Croesus" to describe a semi-legendary monarch who was super-wealthy, but Croesus was a real dude. The sixth-century BC ruler of Lydia (in Anatolia) was both rich - his people supposedly were the first to issue gold and silver coinage - and martial, conquering a ton of Greek towns that were located in what is now Turkey.

But Croesus ran into some bad luck when a king named Cyrus came to power in Persia. Cyrus began gathering power and influence, which caused him to butt heads with his neighbor Croesus. After shoring up political support, Croesus prepared to attack Persia, but made sure to ask the oracle of Delphi whether or not he'd win first. The oracle responded, "If you attack, you will destroy a mighty kingdom." Figuring that meant Cyrus's Persian empire, Croesus proceeded to the battlefield - but, of course, his own kingdom was the one to be destroyed (although it happened during the reign of his son). Oops!

Gyges of Lydia

This 7th-century BC Anatolian king founded a dynasty and kicked off a great time in modern Turkey, but he sometime sounds more like a mythological figure than a real dude. Rumor had it that the previous king, Candaules, made Gyges, his bodyguard, look at his naked wife, then the wife made Gyges kill Candaules in revenge. Plato suggested that he had a magic ring; Pliny the Elder said he was the one who invented ball games. 

In real life, Gyges was more of your average conquering king. Once he took power in Lydia, he made peace with the pharaoh of Egypt, but was eventually killed by neighbors. 


Imhotep was a real-life man who was turned into a god. Nice! He was the Egyptian pharaoh Djoser's number-one guy, serving as his architect, healer, and minister. In fact, he probably helped Djoser build his famous step pyramid. A true Renaissance man, Imhotep was later deified; he became super-popular more than a millennium after he actually lived. Just as he helped his king get better in real life, he was later worshipped as a divine doctor who could help sick people.

King Arthur

Yeah, yeah, we've all heard the stories about King Arthur, temporary savior of the Britons from the invading Anglo-Saxons, but was he a real guy? It's entirely possible, say some historians. Although Arthur doesn't appear in any contemporary historical sources, there's a good amount of evidence that suggests some really powerful war leader, maybe named Arthur, lived during the 5th or 6th centuries. 

For example, near Arthur's birth site of Tintagel in Cornwall, a 6th-century engraving was found, dedicated by a guy named Artognou. At his capital of Camelot, long thought to be in modern Colchester, archaeologists found what could have been the real-life Round Table. And what if Arthur wasn't his real name? There's concrete evidence that a contemporary British leader who bore the moniker of "Riothamus" (not a name, but a title, which translates to "high king") might've been the model for Arthur.

Robin Hood

You might remember Robin Hood as a stealing-from-the-rich, giving-to-the-poor fox from a Disney movie. The Nottingham outlaw fought off bad King John's taxes, but was he actually a real guy? In medieval England, "Robehod" or "Rabunhod" were common nicknames for criminals, perhaps inspired by a real-life Robin Hood; medieval historians also seemed to have thought he was real. And one modern take on medieval evidence suggests that Robin was a real-life robber named Roger Godberd, but he was sadly the bad kind of thief.

King Priam of Troy Evaded The Hittites

Paris wasn't the only Trojan who might've been real; his dad, King Priam, might have been a legit ruler. In the Late Bronze Age, the Hittites ran into some trouble with a guy named Piyaramadu (sounds a bit like "Priam," no?). It appears that Piyaramadu was a rebel who took over Troy/Wilusa and didn't care much for the Hittite bond with the traditional kings of the area. Despite their best attempts, the Hittites couldn't catch Piyaramadu, it seems. Did Priam live?

King Midas May Not Have Had A Golden Touch, But He Had An Amazing Tomb

King Midas could turn everything he touched to gold, according to Greek myth, but there were actually several ancient kings in Phrygia (in Anatolia) who answered to that regal name. One guy was dubbed Mita, lord of the Mushki, in Assyrian annals; it might have been Midas and his family who hung out in some giant tombs in the afterlife.

The biggest tomb in the area was over 160 feet high; called Tumulus MM by archaeologists, it was built in the 8th century BC. It could have belonged to Midas/Mita's grandfathr. This old king was housed for eternity in a giant, man-made hill; in his resting place were tables, beer, and food - a giant banquet for eternity. 

There were also lots of cups in Tumulus MM; a number of these vessels contained remnants of ancient alcohol. Archaeologist Dr. Pat McGovern was able to chemically analyze this booze, identify its contents as a mixture of ancient honey mead, barley beer, and grape wine, and recreate the recipe in a modern alcoholic drink.

Prince Paris Probably Did Rule Troy, With Or Without Helen

You know Paris, prince of Troy, as the wife-stealing bad boy from the Iliad, but was he a real dude? Real-life Troy was located on the west coast of Anatolia (modern Turkey), and it might have been known as Wilusa (similar to the Greek name for the city, Ilios) in Hittite correspondence from the Bronze Age. A treaty from this time period was signed between a guy named Alaksandu (which sounds suspiciously similar to Prince Paris's second name, Alexander) probably from Wilusa/Troy, and Muwatalli II of the Hittites. We get other instances of Alaksandu living in and ruling Troy/Wilusa... maybe an inspiration for Paris?

Merlin The Enchanter May Have Been A Real-Life Hermit

You might know Merlin the wizard best as King Arthur's magical advisor, but he was partially based on a real dude. Sure, there are tons of fictional parts to his story (Lady of the Lake, anyone?), but his life was partially based on a possibly real story of a dude named Myrddin Wyllt ("Merlin the Wild"). This guy was a poet who served a king who died tragically in battle, so he then went mad and decided to live in the woods. And then there's Taliesin, a real-life Welsh bard whose story also got conflated with Merlin's. 

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 06:37:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/real-historical-figures-behind-ancient-myths/carly-silver
<![CDATA[The 30 Biggest Badasses In History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/biggest-badasses-in-history/chase-christy

When you think of the biggest badasses in history, who comes to mind? Rambo, Stone-cold Steve Austin, maybe even the self-proclaimed "American Badass," Kid Rock? Well, if any of those characters fit your criteria for badassery, you went a little wide of the mark. Throughout history, many men and women exemplified what it truly means to be badass without the assistance of big-budget filming and expensive PR campaigns. When was the last time you saw James Bond or Lara Croft emerge from the countryside, aged 19, and prevent France from becoming England? You didn't, because that was Joan of Arc, the first figure taught in Historical Badasses 101.

A badass is defined as a "tough, uncompromising or intimidating person" and many historical figures fit that bill. In fact, being a badass is how many of them made history. Compiled here is a list of historical figures who took toughness and intimidation to the next level.During times when everything was much more dangerous (including people), the most badass people in history rose above it all by simply being even more dangerous. Vlad the Impaler didn't inspire Dracula with his mercy, that's for sure.

The 30 Biggest Badasses In History,

Attila the Hun

Genghis Khan

George S. Patton


Ivar the Boneless

Joan of Arc

Simo Häyhä


Stonewall Jackson

Theodore Roosevelt

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 04:29:42 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/biggest-badasses-in-history/chase-christy
<![CDATA[12 Historically Beloved Figures That J. Edgar Hoover Hated And Tried To Destroy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-j-edgar-hoover-hated/philgibbons

For six decades, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was the most powerful law enforcement figure in the United States. Unfortunately for the people that J. Edgar Hoover tried to destroy, he used this power irresponsibly to pursue surprisingly petty agendas against some high-profile individuals who had no criminal backgrounds. J. Edgar Hoover's secret files contained voluminous reports concerning all sorts of famous public figures and celebrities merely because they were people that J. Edgar Hoover hated or distrusted.

Much more ominously, he was able to continue his personal campaign of petty investigation because a succession of Presidents were also people J. Edgar Hoover kept files on, information that, if released to the public, would be both embarrassing and politically destructive. This ensured that Hoover was able to continue his bizarre preoccupation with trashing and investigating some perfectly nice people. And the files still exist to prove it.

12 Historically Beloved Figures That J. Edgar Hoover Hated And Tried To Destroy,

Albert Einstein

Although Albert Einstein was well known as one of the most innovative scientists and thinkers of the 20th century, the FBI focused its surveillance on the German ex-pat's political activities, which had a decidedly leftist bent. J. Edgar Hoover equated liberalism with communism and, therefore, considered Einstein to be a secret Red sympathizer and a possible Soviet agent.

The FBI routinely tapped Einstein's phone, read his mail, and even went through his garbage in an attempt to connect him with sinister forces. In a biography of Hoover, written by scholar Fred Jerome, accounts of Einstein's former home in Germany, purportedly written by Hoover, describe it as "a Communist center" and "the hiding place of Moscow envoys," which disqualified him from participating in the US Army's Manhattan Project to construct the atomic bomb. Despite a 1,500 page file that was compiled right up until Einstein's 1955 death, no communist connection was ever discovered.

Charlie Chaplin

British-born Charlie Chaplin was another personal obsession of J. Edgar Hoover, especially because Chaplin's leftist leanings and non-citizenship made him an easy target during the early '50s. Hoover distributed damaging rumors and malicious innuendo about Chaplin to one of his go-to gossip columnists, Hedda Hopper. She faithfully chronicled alleged communist ties and dissolute behavior on the part of the Hollywood icon.

Chaplin became so unpopular that he decided to stage the 1952 premiere of his film Limelight in London, his American bookings having become nonexistent. Upon his exit from the US, Chaplin was informed that his permission to reenter the country had been revoked by the Attorney General. Chaplin was so alarmed and disillusioned by this – as well as subsequent political developments during the '50s – that he remained in Europe and only briefly returned to Los Angeles to receive an honorary Academy Award in 1972, a mere days before Hoover's death.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Although J. Edgar Hoover worked closely with Franklin D. Roosevelt, he was relentless in pursuing and documenting the behavior and activity of the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Her FBI file has been described by historians as: "[One] of the wonders of the Western world. It is one of the largest individual files that Hoover compiled." 

3,900 pages in length, FBI investigators documented Eleanor's affair with the much younger Joseph Lash. When FDR was informed of this liaison, Lash would be immediately reassigned within the military. Additionally, Eleanor Roosevelt's FBI investigation has been described as including:

“charges against her for suspected Communist activities, threats to her life on the grounds of her disloyalty to the country, close monitoring of her activities and writings, and a record of possible insurrectionary groups that she may have influenced.”

As with most progressives, J. Edgar Hoover suspected that Eleanor Roosevelt, a tireless advocate for human and civil rights, social justice, and feminism, was secretly a communist.

Grateful Dead

Hoover and the FBI were convinced that rock and roll bands were somehow directly responsible for the proliferation of drug use in the '60s. One band that was supposedly knee deep in distributing LSD along the West Coast was the Grateful Dead, but the Bureau's files seem so out of touch as to render the suspicion ludicrous. The Dead are described in a 1970 official report as “a rock group of some sort.” Files also indicate that the band was one of several San Francisco-based acts that were an "internal security" threat from "the New Left."

FBI agents would routinely appear at Dead shows and were quite serious about the Dead's responsibility for massive amounts of LSD distribution. The final entry in their publicly available file is “LSD originates from San Francisco, California through a renowned rock group known as Grateful Dead. The Grateful Dead is well known to DEA, San Francisco.”

Jean Seberg

The treatment of American actress Jean Seberg by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI was so egregious that it prompted a monumental Federal Senate investigation of the Bureau's operations and techniques. That's because, in the wake of the FBI aggressively harassing her on an international scale and fabricating slanderous lies about her pregnancy, Seberg committed suicide. Seberg appeared in several high-profile American films of the '50s and '60s, including The Mouse That Roared, Paint Your Wagon, and Airport. During the '60s, she contributed money to various activist groups, including the NAACP and Native-American organizations.

Hoover was reportedly particularly offended by the funding Seberg provided to the Black Panther Party. In 1970, the FBI helped concoct and plant a story in the mainstream media that Seberg's pregnancy was the result of a relationship with a Black Panther and not her husband. Upset, Seberg gave birth prematurely, and the infant subsequently died only days later. An open casket funeral of a Caucasian child refuted the FBI's subterfuge, and Seberg successfully sued Newsweek for printing the allegation. It is believed that Seberg was effectively blacklisted in Hollywood at this time, and she relocated to France where she continued her career in some memorable performances.

Still, she would be subjected to aggressive personal surveillance, burglaries, and phone wiretaps in France, Italy, and Switzerland. Her conduct and activities were routinely reviewed by both President Nixon and the Attorney General. Seberg officially committed suicide under mysterious circumstances in August of 1979, her loved ones alleging that her mental health had deteriorated under the stigma and systematic abuse of the clandestine campaign of the US Government. With Hoover already dead, the Bureau acknowledged misbehavior and instituted reforms prompted by the US Senate investigation known as the "Church Committee."

John Lennon

When John Lennon sang at a rally in December of 1971 for imprisoned activist John Sinclair, both the Nixon White House and J. Edgar Hoover went into beast mode to get the former Beatle and his wife, Yoko Ono, an American citizen, deported back to Great Britain. Richard Nixon was especially concerned that Lennon would be at the forefront of a movement to oppose Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign, the first presidential election to allow 18 year olds to vote. Senator Strom Thurmond, with information provided by the FBI, communicated directly with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and Nixon to inform them of John Lennon's UK conviction for marijuana possession, a pretext that would be used in an attempt to cancel Lennon's temporary visa.

The former Beatle was so intimidated by the US Government's explicit threats to deport him – as well as the visible FBI surveillance – that he canceled any activity on behalf of Richard Nixon's political opponents. Lennon's battle to stay in the US would continue after Hoover's 1972 death. Only with the election of Jimmy Carter in 1976 would John Lennon be granted permanent resident status. Eventually, files released from the FBI would show that J. Edgar Hoover made Lennon's deportation a top priority, so much so that a wanted poster was issued to local police departments with a picture of Lennon that stated that any arrest of him would make him immediately deportable. Typically, when it came to the Bureau's clueless persecution of rock and rollers, it was a photo of someone else.

Leonard Bernstein

Famed composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein came to the attention of the FBI in the early '40s for his supposed support of groups potentially harboring communist sympathies. Such information concerning Bernstein's interactions with or sponsorship of fundraising events connected to officially subversive organizations had disastrous personal consequences for Bernstein.

As a result of them, he was denied the renewal of his passport in 1953 at the height of the blacklisting and the House Un-American Activities Committee's furor over American communist infiltration. Bernstein's passport denial – undoubtedly prompted by the FBI's lengthy investigation into his background – forced him to undergo a humiliating process in which he was forced to disavow his previous connections, swear allegiance to the US, and deny any official Communist Party membership.  

Following the hysteria of the '50s, Bernstein drew the FBI's attention again in 1970 when he famously sponsored a fundraiser for the Black Panther Party at his Park Avenue apartment. Although this high-profile event would prompt popular-culture mockery by Tom Wolfe, among others, for its "radical chic" behavior, it also set off an FBI attempt to discredit Bernstein by leaking word of his connections to a Black Panther murder suspect. Information from Bernstein's lengthy FBI file was only obtained after an ACLU lawsuit. Heavily redacted, it contains nothing of Bernstein's bisexual affairs, something the FBI would have undoubtedly unearthed. This precipitated additional lawsuits to force the FBI to release un-redacted and complete versions of Bernstein's FBI files.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

J. Edgar Hoover was obsessed with various forces in the American political landscape, and this included outspoken members of the Civil Rights Movement – given the Director's belief that the Movement was infiltrated and manipulated by communists. Martin Luther King Jr. was front and center of this obsession. In fact, when Hoover informed the Kennedy White House that some of King's advisors had communist ties, it was agreed that the Bureau would wiretap King, including the motel rooms that King resided in while traveling throughout the South.

It quickly became apparent that Martin Luther King was engaging in extramarital affairs, behavior that Hoover hoped to publicize through sympathetic media contacts. Frustrated when this attempt to discredit King failed, Hoover then instructed an underling to compose and mail a letter to King that included tape recordings of King's assignations and implied that he would be exposed and compromised. The letter stated “[lend] your sexually psychotic ear to the enclosure,” and it gave a deadline of a month “before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.” It also denounced King as an “evil, abnormal beast.” King ignored the package and threat, initially opened by his wife, but he had no doubt that it came from the FBI. Hoover continued to publicly denounce King after the Minister alleged that the FBI was too tight with racist police forces in the South. Hoover called the Nobel Laureate “the most notorious liar in the country.” 

Melvin Purvis

In 1934, J. Edgar Hoover was involved in a very high-profile war against criminals like John Dillinger, "Pretty Boy" Floyd, and "Baby Face" Nelson. These criminals had mocked law enforcement for years, and Hoover publicly proclaimed that their apprehension was only a matter of time. In the summer and fall of 1934, this struggle came to a climax when FBI agents, led by Chicago office director Melvin Purvis, killed all three of these notorious gangsters in rapid succession. Despite Bureau attempts to limit his recognition, Purvis was proclaimed a national hero for his supervision of and personal participation in the shoot outs that killed the three criminals.

The attention, which upstaged Hoover, personally enraged the Director, who disliked publicity for any FBI employee other than himself. He began a systematic attempt to harass and discredit Purvis, which prompted the agent's resignation only a year after the high-profile events of 1934. Hoover's animosity didn't stop there. He attempted to prevent Purvis's employment in various opportunities, blocked two federal judgeships, and repeatedly refused to meet with Purvis when his former associate would drop into FBI headquarters in Washington. Hoover never reconciled with his former colleague, who died of a possible suicide on February 29, 1960.

Pete Seeger

In 1942, while a Private in the US Army training to be an airplane mechanic, Pete Seeger wrote a letter to the California American Legion that was critical of the organization's official stance that – following WWII – all Japanese individuals, regardless of citizenship, should be deported. Seeger, the eventual composer of such American folk standards as "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?," "If I Had A Hammer," and "Turn, Turn, Turn!," did not receive an official response from the Legion. Instead, they turned the letter over to the FBI, which immediately began a lengthy investigation that prevented Seeger from being deployed with his unit once it finished its training.

In coordination with the FBI, military intelligence investigators began reading Seeger's correspondence with his Japanese-American fiancé and looking into Seeger's academic background. Seeger was never deployed into combat; instead, he was assigned to entertaining troops in the Pacific. But, after the war, the FBI did not forget about Pete Seeger. When his folk group, the Weavers, reached national prominence in the early '50s, blacklisting eventually diminished their appeal. Like many artists with politically provocative backgrounds, Seeger was eventually asked to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee, and, instead of taking the Fifth Amendment or even providing information, he defiantly refused to answer questions. He was convicted of contempt of Congress and sentenced to a year in jail, but he eventually successfully appealed it. By then, the communist witch hunt had ended, but the Bureau would continue to closely monitor Seeger wll into the '70s; his FBI file stated that he "has manifested a revolutionary ideology." The FBI even communicated with the postmaster and police force of Seeger's tiny Beacon, NY, home, demanding that they report any suspicious activity.    

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:35:05 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/people-j-edgar-hoover-hated/philgibbons
<![CDATA[The Grossest Cover Stories of Young Female Stars Written by Older Men]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-cover-stories-written-by-older-men/rebecca-shortall

Landing a magazine cover story is quite the coup for a young actress on the rise. An interview by a major women's magazine like Vogue or Vanity Fair establishes you as having "arrived." But as monumental as it is to grace those glossy pages, gross magazine cover stories are all too common. Modern magazine articles about women in Hollywood can be fawning, cringe-inducing, or out-and-out uncomfortable.

There are some great profiles of stars out there. But for every well-crafted profile of a young actress, there seem to be three weirdly patronizing, creepy profiles written by older men. Aside from the fact that an interview is an incredibly creepy place to hit on women, the leering, Lolita-esque tone of these articles marks them as bad journalism. Actresses objectified by journalists don't deserve that type of treatment when they're simply doing press tours for their careers - or ever, for that matter.

From Selena Gomez getting characterized as "doll-like" to Cara Delevigne's bisexuality being written off as a "phase," these Vogue cover stories and magazine profiles are just plain gross. Maybe it's time for editorial changes at these long-running publications.

The Grossest Cover Stories of Young Female Stars Written by Older Men,

Angelina Jolie

Rich Cohen shared sometimes worshipful, sometimes insulting writing in a 2008 Vanity Fair profile of Angelina Jolie, and then again in a 2010 follow-up. Cohen seems awe-struck by Jolie's beauty at first, and almost repulsed by her later. He describes her as "a princess, an aristocrat" in the first piece; she's an "alien" with an alien head "too big for her body" and "alien in that big-headed Martian way" in the second. It's perplexing.

To add to the ick factor, the first profile is entitled "A Woman in Full," and it repeatedly characterizes pregnant women as hungry, huge, and unrestrained (Jolie was pregnant at the time).

Dakota Johnson

Rob Haskell seems to have a rare knack for these types of cover stories. He interviewed Dakota Johnson for the January 2017 issue of Vogue, and his tendency to characterize female stars as sexual, yet childlike strikes again: "There is always, with Johnson, an air of naughtiness mingled with an air of surprised pleasure at her own naughtiness." He goes on to repeatedly mention her frequent nudity in the Fifty Shades of Grey movies, as well as how sexy she is in other films:

"Very likely most people here have seen her naked. A lot."

"The accrual and deployment of adolescent sexual power... have been Johnson’s on-screen dominion."

"Fifty Shades Darker is a bit more of a thriller than its predecessor, and the sex, now that Ana has allowed Christian back into her life on her own terms, is more impassioned, less clinical."

At least Johnson gets to frankly share her views on sexuality herself, and talk about her upcoming projects.

Jennifer Lawrence

Not even Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence can escape the flowery language and persistent mentions of nudity that come with these celebrity profiles. In Jonathan Van Meter's 2015 profile of the star for Vogue, he immediately dives into questionable territory:

"Here I stumble into a subject that I wouldn’t have dreamed of bringing up so soon: the nude-photo leak. It was exactly a year ago that hackers stole photos from Lawrence’s iCloud account and posted them on the Web."

To his credit, Van Meter dedicates more words to describing her home's décor than Lawrence's looks. Still, if he was planning on asking about a violating experience, maybe he shouldn't have started the interview with it.

Jessica Simpson

In 2009, Rich Cohen profiled Jessica Simpson for Vanity Fair. He describes her figure in leering detail: "Jessica Simpson, who looks down from a marquee, slender and blonde and shaped like a barbell, booming on top and in the middle, skinny as a pencil between."

He also refers to her "weight gain" as a "danger sign," and seems obsessed with it:

"She didn’t want to talk about her weight, so, of course, that’s all I could think of - it gilded each question in my mind: What are you working on now [that you’re fat]? Do you see yourself as part of a class, with Christina and Britney [or are you too fat]? Do you feel that your relationship with Tony Romo has affected his performance as a quarterback [because you are fat]?"

"I didn’t want to ask about her weight directly, so I hinted at it, asking instead about body image in general, physical changes, perception - from my questions, you might have thought I was interviewing the Wolf Man."

Even unrelated objects are written about through the lens of her weight; he says she holds a microphone "like a turkey leg."

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez was profiled in the March 2017 issue of Vogue, and the tone of the article raised plenty of readers' eyebrows. She was interviewed by Rob Haskell, who wastes no time in describing Gomez as if she's fragile doll and ready to shatter at a moment's notice:

"As I slip an apron over her mane of chocolate-brown hair, for which Pantene has paid her millions, and tie it around her tiny waist, I wonder whether her legions have felt for years the same sharp pang of protectiveness that I’m feeling at present."

Haskell characterizes Gomez as "doll-like and startled," and to top it all off he squeezes in a reference to Woody Allen and his relationship with the considerably younger Soon-Yi Previn.

Margot Robbie

Rich Cohen's profile of Margot Robbie, with its cringe-inducing title "Welcome to the Summer of Margot Robbie," was printed in the August 2016 issue of Vanity Fair. It inspired many a reaction, none of them positive, and Robbie herself deemed the write-up "creepy." It's not hard to see why - this is how Cohen describes the actress:

"She is 26 and beautiful, not in that otherworldly, catwalk way but in a minor knock-around key, a blue mood, a slow dance. She is blonde but dark at the roots. She is tall but only with the help of certain shoes. She can be sexy and composed even while naked but only in character...  I don’t remember what she was wearing, but it was simple, her hair combed around those painfully blue eyes."

Cohen's bizarre fetishization extends to Robbie's home country of Australia as well: "Australia is America 50 years ago, sunny and slow, a throwback, which is why you go there for throwback people." He also brings up her sex scenes with what reads as a decidedly inappropriate level of interest.

Alicia Vikander

Rob Haskell loves describing women as "stricken" or "fragile," and Alicia Vikander is no exception. He profiles her in a 2015 Vogue article, in which he describes her as "childlike," "slight," and also "the most beautiful woman in the room whom you might not even notice at all."

Haskell also seems bemused by her lack of physical size, despite the fact she's set to shoot a Bourne movie soon: "She is far from a bursting physical specimen; she flexes her bush-league biceps and laughs."

Cara Delevingne

Rob Haskell's profile of Cara Delevingne for a 2015 issue of Vogue makes some offensive, sweeping statements about his subject's sexuality:

"Those who have been gathering the crumbs on Cara’s romantic trail may be confused about whether it’s men or women who excite her. She conveys a Millennial’s ennui at the expectation that she ought to settle upon a sexual orientation, and her interests - video games, yes; manicures, no - might register as gender-defiant in the realm of dresses and heels... Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct."

Apparently Haskell doesn't believe that bisexuality exists. He also manages to box her in as the "cool girl" archetype by praising her uniqueness: "on the runway, her half-upturned mouth, which seemed to suggest a mind dancing with naughty ideas, looked delicious within a sea of glazed, blank-looking beauties."

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:52:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-cover-stories-written-by-older-men/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[Here's What 25 Celebrities Who Usually Have Bangs Look Like Without Them]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/banged-celebrities-without-bangs/jacob-shelton

How do you feel about celebrities with bangs? Do you think they’re hiding something? Maybe an extra eye or four extra inches of forehead? Celebrity haircuts are tricky, especially if you’re adding or taking away bangs. For some actors and actresses, bangs are their calling card, their hair de plume, if you will. Even if you’re not a celebrity, a person’s relationship to their hair is the most important thing that they can have; double that if you spend most of your life having people take photos of you. Like everyone else, most famous people find a style that suits them and stick with it until they’re dead just in case they’re unrecognizable without their signature look, but a few celebs are brave enough to grow out their bangs or snip off their locks whenever they feel like it. And for that, these celebrities who grew out bangs should be saluted.

There are a lot of different celebrity hairstyles with bangs. There’s the classic adorkable look patented by Zooey Deschanel; there’s the “cool” guy swoop that showed up in the early 2000s and has somehow managed to stick around for almost 20 years; and there’s the “I lost my mind, and now I accidentally have a pixie hair cut” version of the style. Whichever kind of celebrity bangs is your favorite, it’s represented in this collection of photos that capture celebrities at their most and least banged. 

Here's What 25 Celebrities Who Usually Have Bangs Look Like Without Them,

Dakota Johnson

Having never read 50 Shades of Grey, it's impossible to know whether or not the major Anastasia Steele character note is that she has bangs. Is that in the book? It must be because, by the time Johnson was on the How to be Single press tour, she'd gone full middle part. 

Emma Stone

Somehow within months in 2016, Emma Stone managed to grow her (kind of weird) bangs out into a slightly longer version of those bangs. Thank goodness she's got enough gumption to pull off that kind of thing. 

Emma Watson

After she wrapped filming on the final Harry Potter movie in 2010, Emma Watson did something drastic and snipped off all her hair. Good for her! But by the time she was named the UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador in 2016, the actress had grown her hair back out. What a difference six years can make. 

Kerry Washington

Remember Kerry Washington's Neutrogena commercial? The one where she showed off that she could pull off literally any hairstyle? Some people look weird in bangs, but not Washington. Although, when she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel in 2017, she had a more vivacious hair look to parallel her sassy leather dress. 

Sandra Bullock

What was Sandra Bullock up to in 2011? Oh, just having some fierce bangs and starring in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, NBD. Compared to her 2009 Golden Globes look (on the right), she looks like a completely different actress. 

Taylor Swift

Back in 2013 at the ACM Awards, Taylor had some pretty severe bangs that give her that '60s ingénue thing; it's very Nico. Her unbanged hair gives her more of a demure Jackie-O thing, which is also kind of cool and very '60s. Is Taylor Swift a time traveler?

Pete Wentz II

Woof, remember the mid 2000s? It wasn't just a rough patch for American politics; it was also a nightmare for men's hair. Whether or not it was his fault, Wentz takes on the brunt of the flack for the straightened bangs thing that still haunts the nightmares of any guy in a band. But look at him now! He's got a close crop, and he seems fine. 

Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper seems like the living embodiment of bangs, so, on paper, her middle part shouldn't work. But in 2016 when she appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, she proved that not only is Kimmy Schmidt unbreakable, but her commitment to looking great with any hairstyle is also indestructible. 

Lena Dunham

After she finished filming Girls, Dunham cut her hair into a very nice set of bangs. It's a pretty far cry from the hair she had on the book tour for Not That Kind of Girl in 2014 when Dunham had sort of a '90s Lori Petty thing going on, and it looked very nice. Although she missed a trick by not adding some sparkly hair clips. 


Boy did people hate it when Bey cut her bangs while vacationing in Europe with Jay-Z and Blue Ivy in 2014. Now that there's been time to adjust to the cut, it looks really cute. Compare it to the Vogue cover she was on in 2015, which featured some very wet, long hair; that doesn't look nearly as fun. 

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:01:40 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/banged-celebrities-without-bangs/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Coolest Celebrity Octogenarians]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cool-celebrity-octogenarians/celebrity-lists

Age ain't nothing but a number, and famous people in their 80s wear their age as a badge of honor. Famous celebrities who made it to their 80s are like high-level Pokemon, every passing year another opportunity to extend their skill sets, their IMDb reels, and their Wikipedia pages. Their presence in the public eye over many decades mean celebrities in their 80s not only survived fame, they thrived in it; now they are free to live the rest of their days giving the finger to societal norms about older folks.

These famous people in their 80s saw a great deal of modern history occur firsthand, having witnessed a World War, a Cold War, and Star Wars. You may be surprised which celebs are in their 80s, and even more pleasantly so when you realize they all appear to be doing quite well. The octogenarians on this list have each lived a grand lifetime and left behind an immense legacy, and still find the energy to be awesome today. If you had any doubts about your golden years, look to cool celebrity octogenarians for hope and inspiration on how to keep your edge in your old age

The Coolest Celebrity Octogenarians,

Michael Caine

Adam West

Bob Newhart

Christopher Plummer

Gene Hackman

George Takei

James Earl Jones

Judi Dench

Julie Andrews

Sean Connery

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 03:04:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/cool-celebrity-octogenarians/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Family Annihilators: 10 Men Who Took The Lives Of Their Spouses And Children]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/family-annihilators/cat-mcauliffe

Family annihilators are people who kill multiple members of their own families, such as their spouses, children, siblings, or parents, often in response to financial, professional, or relationship stressors. According to a study of family annihilators, the majority of these killers are men in their 30s. In addition, people who committed familicide often did so on the weekend when they had the most access to their family members. Family annihilators usually kill their victims in a house, and they are most likely to murder their families by stabbing them to death or poisoning them with carbon monoxide.

In many instances, family annihilators end their killing sprees by taking their own lives, while some become fugitives from the law, sometimes living under new identities for years before they're captured by police. Still, some family annihilators are immediately arrested by law enforcement, executed, or given long prison terms for their atrocious crimes. Others, however, have never been apprehended for their killings, meaning some men who have murdered their entire families are free and possibly living with new wives and children who are completely unaware of their violent pasts.

Family Annihilators: 10 Men Who Took The Lives Of Their Spouses And Children,

Chris Benoit

In June 2007, 40-year-old professional wrestler Chris Benoit strangled his 43-year-old wife, Nancy, to death and suffocated his 7-year-old son, Daniel, before hanging himself from a weight machine in the basement of the family's Fayetteville, Georgia, home. The family's dead bodies were discovered by law enforcement on June 25, 2007, when no one had been able to get in touch with Chris or Nancy for a number of days. Investigators found Bibles next to the bodies of the victims, and a search of Chris Benoit's computer led them to believe he may have tried to resuscitate his son after killing him.

A lot of people of have speculated about why the professional wrestler murdered his wife and child before ending his own life. Following his death, scans of Benoit's brain revealed severe damage caused by concussions suffered during his long wrestling career, leading his father to attribute the familicide to these extensive injuries.

However, toxicology tests revealed steroids in Benoit's system at the time of his death, causing some people to believe he may have murdered his family in a fit of "roid rage."  However, Benoit's exact motives for killing his wife of seven years, his young son, and then himself have never been revealed, causing many to still ponder what caused this successful wrestler to commit such grisly acts.

John List

On November 9, 1971, 46-year-old accountant John List killed his two teenage sons, his teenage daughter, his wife, and his mother in their Westfield, New Jersey, mansion, using a revolver and a semi-automatic handgun to coldly end their lives. After murdering his entire family, List left the house to start a new life with a different identity. Because the middle-aged accountant had planned the killings well in advance, canceling services to the home and telling employers and schools the family was going on an extended vacation, the dead bodies of his mother, wife, and three children weren’t discovered for almost an entire month.

List had left behind a letter in which he claimed he had killed his family because of financial problems and a sense that his children were becoming immoral and less religious. For nearly two decades, the mass murderer evaded police, until the case was featured on a 1989 episode of America’s Most Wanted. The segment about the killings included an age-progressed bust of List that had been created by a forensic sculptor, and one of the fugitive’s acquaintances recognized him and called in a tip that led to his arrest.

In April 1990, List was convicted of five counts of first-degree murder, and he was given five consecutive life sentences for the killings. While in prison custody, List died on March 21, 2008, at the age of 82.

Marcus Wesson

Following a standoff with police, officials entered the Fresno, California, home of 57-year-old Marcus Wesson on March 12, 2004, only to discover the dead bodies of two women and seven young children in a bedroom that also contained several antique coffins. Because Wesson had subjected his female family members to rape and molestation, the exact nature of his incestuous relationship to his victims is unclear, meaning some of the girls were both his daughters and his granddaughters.

Wesson’s victims ranged in age from one to 25, and investigators believe he shot the women and girls to death because his family was in danger of being split up by members of social services who wanted to remove the children from an unsafe and unhealthy environment.

Wesson was arrested and charged with nine counts of murder, and during his 2005 trial, his defense attorneys claimed his daughter, who was found dead at the scene, was the person responsible for the killings. However, the jury was not convinced, and they convicted Wesson of nine counts of murder and 14 counts of sexual assault and sentenced him to death for his shocking crimes.

Marty Bergen

On January 19, 1900, 28-year-old Major League Baseball player Marty Bergen killed his wife, 3-year-old son, and 6-year-old daughter with an axe in the family’s North Brookfield, Massachusetts, home before slitting his own throat with a razor, nearly decapitating himself.

Prior to the murders, Bergen, who played for the Boston Beaneaters from 1896 to 1899, had been experiencing hallucinations and paranoia for more than a year, indicating he had probably been suffering from a serious mental health issue for some time without effective treatment. Despite the tragic ending to Bergen’s life and the lives of his wife and two children, he is still remembered as one of the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history.

Robert William Fisher

According to law enforcement, on April 10, 2001, 39-year-old Navy veteran Robert William Fisher shot his wife in the head, cut her throat, and then slashed the throats of his 10-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter. After murdering his wife and children, Fisher set the family’s Scottsdale, Arizona, home on fire, fleeing the house before a natural gas line caused a massive explosion. Once firefighters extinguished the blaze, they found the bodies of Fisher’s family inside the home and quickly discerned the woman and two children had been murdered.

Shortly after the killings, police named Fisher as a suspect in the murders, believing he had committed familicide because he thought his wife was planning to leave him, and he didn’t want to subject his children to the stress of divorce. Fisher, an experienced hunter and outdoorsman, has never been found, and the authorities suspect he may have committed suicide or started a new life with a different identity.

In 2015, the FBI released multiple age-progressed photos showing what the fugitive may look like today, and they are offering a $100,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of this wanted man.

Ronald Gene Simmons

Over the course of one week in December 1987, 47-year-old Ronald Gene Simmons, a retired serviceman who had served in both the Navy and the Air Force, murdered 14 members of his family, including his wife, children, grandchildren, daughter-in-law, and son-in-law, as well as a stranger and an acquaintance. Simmons’s victims ranged in age from one to 46, and he killed them either by shooting them or strangling them to death.

His killing spree started on December 22, 1987, when he murdered his wife and six children in his Arkansas home, and it continued on December 26, 1987, when he took the lives of seven additional family members when they arrived at his house for a post-Christmas celebration. Two days later on December 28, 1987, he murdered a young woman he’d been obsessed with, and then he went on a rampage in Russellville, Arkansas, killing one man and wounding several others.

Simmons was arrested, tried, and convicted of 16 counts of murder, and he was executed by lethal injection on June 25, 1990, at the age of 49. Simmons never explained why he killed his entire family, although investigators discovered he’d sexually abused one of his daughters, and she’d even given birth to her father’s child.

Steven Sueppel

On the evening of March 23, 2008 – Easter Sunday – 42-year-old Steven Sueppel murdered his wife and their four adopted children, who ranged in age from three to 10, by beating them to death with a baseball bat. The next morning, Sueppel called the police and asked law enforcement to come to his Iowa City, Iowa, home. Then, the middle-aged former banker left his house and minutes later ended his life by crashing his vehicle into a concrete barrier.

After killing his entire family and himself, investigators discovered Sueppel had been indicted a month earlier on charges that he’d embezzled more than half a million dollars from his former employer, an Iowa bank where he’d worked as controller and vice president. While Sueppel had pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzlement and money laundering, he’d told investigators he’d stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from the bank over the course of several years.

The Sueppels were devout Catholics, and all six members of the family were given a joint Catholic funeral, including Steven, which caused a great deal of controversy in the religious community because he’d murdered his wife, children, and himself.

Christopher Foster

On August 26, 2008, 49-year-old British businessman Christopher Foster murdered his wife and teenage daughter, shooting them and the family’s many dogs and horses to death, before pouring 200 gallons of oil all over his mansion in Shropshire, England. After setting the home on fire, he climbed into bed next to his dead wife, and he eventually died from smoke inhalation. Security cameras posted around the property captured the tragedy, allowing law enforcement to learn exactly how Foster killed his wife, daughter, and himself. An investigation after the familicide also revealed why Foster, who lived in an opulent home worth well over a million dollars, committed murder, suicide, and arson.

While Foster had made millions by developing materials for the oil industry, he spent his fortune recklessly, purchasing material items like expensive sports cars simply to keep up appearances. When his business began to fail, creditors started threatening to repossess his assets, including his costly family home. Officials believe that instead of admitting his financial problems to his wife and daughter and accepting the mess he was in, Foster thought his only option was to destroy his family and the lavish home that he was on the verge of losing anyway.

James Ruppert

On March 30, 1975, Easter Sunday, 41-year-old James Urban Ruppert killed his mother, brother, sister-in-law, five nephews, and three nieces in his mother’s home in Hamilton, Ohio, with a rifle and two handguns. After murdering 11 of his family members, who ranged in age from three to 65, Ruppert called the police to report the killings, and he was promptly arrested for the crimes. Ruppert never revealed why he committed familicide, but people close to the killer and his family said he had a contentious relationship with his mother and brother.

At his first trial, Ruppert pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but he was convicted of the killings and sentenced to life in prison. However, a mistrial was declared because the courts determined he hadn’t received a fair trial in Hamilton, the town in which the killings had occurred. He was granted a new trial in Findlay, Ohio, and in July 1975 yet another jury found Ruppert guilty and gave him 11 consecutive life sentences. However, he appealed this conviction and was granted yet another trial.

In July 1982, he was convicted of killing his brother and mother, but he was found not guilty of the other murders, and he was given two consecutive life sentences. His 2015 request for parole was denied, and he is currently incarcerated in a Lima, Ohio prison.

Christian Longo

Over the course of five days in December 2001, the bodies of 27-year-old Christian Longo’s wife, son, and two daughters, were found in the water near the family’s home in Newport, Oregon. Longo’s wife and children, who ranged in age from two to four, had all been murdered prior to being dumped in the water, their corpses weighted down to delay their discovery. After killing his entire family by strangling them to death, Longo fled to Mexico where he lived as a fugitive, telling people he was Michael Finkel, a writer for The New York Times.

While investigating the murders, officials learned Longo was a con artist who had gotten himself and his family into serious financial trouble by forging checks and using other people’s credit cards, even stealing a minivan from a car dealership by using a fake driver’s license. Just prior to the killings, the Longos had moved into a pricey condo that the family’s patriarch couldn’t afford on his modest income from his job at Starbucks. In January 2002, Longo was arrested in Mexico, and he was extradited to the United States and tried, convicted, and sentenced to death in Oregon.

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:45:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/family-annihilators/cat-mcauliffe
<![CDATA[10 Awesome Old Hollywood Actresses Who Slept With Whoever They Felt Like]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/old-hollywood-dgaf-cheating-alpha-females/lisa-a-flowers

The phrase "golden age of cinema" conjures up images of brooding leading men and glamorous Hollywood alpha females. But the era was also an outrageous time of Hollywood cougars and scandalous seductresses, female movie stars who did what they wanted when they wanted, and were seemingly immune to the gossip their affairs stirred up.

That's not to say that cheating is always the classiest move. Some of the icons on this list, like Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor (and their male cohorts, of course) threw innocent third parties under the bus in shocking ways, by the standards of any era. But on the other end of the spectrum, there were fabulous figures like Jayne Mansfield (who kept smitten Satanist Anton LaVey on romantic tenterhooks), Lupe Vélez (who deliberately courted scandal to prove a point about malevolent gossip) and Louise Brooks (who left Hollywood so that she could sleep around and drink gin in peace). 

10 Awesome Old Hollywood Actresses Who Slept With Whoever They Felt Like,

Barbara La Marr

Silent movie star Barbara La Marr made just 27 films over the course of her short career. She isn't as well known as her contemporaries, but her story is just as compelling. Born Reatha Dale Watson in Yakima, WA, she came to Hollywood riveted by the desire "to be a great tragedienne and wield a dagger."

According to LA Weekly, La Marr, whom a judge once described as "too beautiful to be in a big city,” started out seeking fame by traveling across the country with her second husband. She eventually left him to marry her third spouse, "a dancer and check forger." Eventually, she made it to Hollywood, and was noticed by Douglas Fairbanks. She subsequently:

"became... famous for her wild love life (she left [her husband] in 1921) and her dramatic, liberated bon mots, which titillated the lost generation of flappers and philosophers. 'I take lovers like roses... by the dozen,' she said. 'I cheat nature. I never sleep more than two hours per night. I have better things to do... one loves to live only because one lives to love.”

Eventually, though, her luck ran out. She died, possibly of tuberculosis, at 29, and was thereafter dubbed "screenland's beautiful lady of sorrow."

Clara Bow

Silent film "It" girl Clara Bow was one of cinema's first starlets, and one of its most luridly famous ones. As this piece in The Hairpin puts it, "when she retired in 1931 amid a tangle of scandals, she was all of 28 years old." Yet, most of the "scandals" that developed around her name and persona came from fallouts associated with old-fashioned romanticism, which Bow believed in as much as anybody. As the article puts it:

"like many female stars of the time [Bow] treated the boyfriends that she (most likely) slept with as 'engagements.' This led to a series of quickly formed and broken 'engagements' to the likes of Gary Cooper... the director Victor Fleming, and 'Latin Lover' Gilbert Roland. When she had a 'case of nerves' in the late ’20s, she was treated by a Hollywood doctor. She developed a crush on the doctor... when the doctor’s wife sued for divorce, she named Bow as cause for 'alienation of affection.' No good."

No good, but perhaps unjust. There were other scandals that rocked Bow too, most notoriously the accusation that she'd slept with the entire USC football team. Bow was also screwed over by her secretary, who stole her personal records and then attempted to blackmail the actress in court by alleging all manner of "constant drunkenness [and] hook-ups."

Daisy and Violet Hilton

Conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton are likely best known for starring in Tod Browning's cult masterpiece Freaks and Henry L. Fraser's exploitation flick Chained for Life. However, they actually made many movies, and rose to fame during the heyday of the 1920s and '30s vaudeville scene. Pretty, vivacious, and alluring, the twins (who were joined at the lower back and spine) allegedly had dozens of affairs. They were supposedly "welcomed by A-list America and promptly embraced all its hedonistic pleasures, partying hard and even taking a string of lovers. They also married, divorced and had a baby."

Being conjoined, they had no physical privacy, so Harry Houdini taught them how to mentally "tune each other out," when necessary or needed - a skill, as the piece points out, "that they would later use to great effect in the bedroom."

Their first of several affairs was apparently with a married friend, whose wife named them as correspondents in her divorce proceedings. Daisy later sought to marry musician Jack Lewis, but he eventually left her after 21 states refused to grant him a marriage license, technically because wedding Daisy and her sister would have counted as "bigamy."

The twins were to a large extent victims of their time, and of Hollywood. After they became "too old" to work in show biz, they descended into poverty, and eventually died under tragic circumstances.

Diana Dors

With her ostentatious mansion, kitschy decadence, and debauched parties, British cult actress Diana Dors was the definition of notorious. Dors was married three times, had numerous lovers, and was rather quaintly called "a wayward hussy" by the Archbishop of Canterbury. She was famous not just for starring in low-budget films, but for filming people having sex in her house. According to sources

"to whoops and laughter, [Dors's guests] watched grainy footage, transmitted via video-link, of an unsuspecting couple who had chosen to cavort in one of the dimly-lit upstairs bedrooms... it’s fair to say that pretty much anything was acceptable during the infamous sex parties staged at Orchard Manor in Sunningdale, Berkshire."

Elizabeth Taylor

Famous for her unique beauty and dramatic talents, Elizabeth Taylor was also known for being one of the most notorious seductresses in Hollywood. Her most scandalous moment came when she hooked up with singer Eddie Fisher, who was then married to her best friend Debbie Reynolds. Taylor and Fisher later wed, but ultimately divorced. Years later, Taylor apologized to Reynolds, and the two reconciled and became friends again.

Throughout the course of her life, Taylor had seven husbands, though she married the love of her life, actor Richard Burton, twice. After divorcing her final spouse, construction worker Larry Fortensky, in 1996, she apparently decided she'd had enough of men, and remained single until her death in 2011.

Jayne Mansfield

Next to Mae West, Jayne Mansfield is probably more associated with racy and fabulous good times than any other actress in Hollywood history. (Who can forget that shot of Sophia Loren side-eyeing Mansfield's prominent cleavage?). The blonde bombshell had countless lovers and erotic romps, and was even rumored to have been a mistress of JFK. But her most notorious association was with Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan. According to sources, Mansfield was not above tormenting the obsessed Satanist:

"Mansfield, who made no secret of her many affairs, denied knowing LaVey intimately... according to [his] publicist, Mansfield would ridicule her Satanic suitor by calling from her Los Angeles home and seductively teasing him while her friends listened in on the conversation. LaVey’s public claims that he had an affair with Mansfield began only after Mansfield’s death in an automobile accident, which he also claimed was the result of a curse he had placed on her lover, Sam Brody."

Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks had an extraordinarily brief, but impactful, film career. She hated Hollywood, seeking instead to build a haven (as this Pop Matters piece memorably puts it) out of "sex, books, and gin."

Brooks did, however, like to have a good time. She left her first husband, director Eddie Sutherland, after she fell in love with George Preston Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins. She then left Marshall to marry someone else, whom she then left after less than six months. Brooks also had many lovers - including, for a night, Greta Garbo - and frequently posed nude. 

It was all short-lived, though: Brooks's life in film was over by the time she was 26. But, though her subsequent poverty caused a lot of problems, she never really regretted leaving the limelight.

Lupe Vélez

Lupe Vélez, known as the "Mexican spitfire,"  has mostly become known for the bizarre urban legends surrounding her death. (She's rumored to have expired with her head in the toilet after having committed suicide in response to her lover abandoning her and their unborn child; but in fact she was discovered in her bed, by her secretary.)

Vélez dated actor Gary Cooper for many years, and called him the love of her life. But she was jealous of him, and accused him of having an affair with actor Anderson Lawler, among other people. According to some stories, she "supposedly unzipped Cooper's pants at social gatherings to sniff at his crotch, claiming that she smelled Lawler's cologne."

Known for her unbridled exhibitionism, Vélez was rumored to have had hundreds of lovers, and to have routinely participated in "bawdy" acts like lifting her dress above her head to reveal her habitual refusal to wear underwear. However, most of these reports were probably exaggerated; Vélez was said to have deliberately encouraged gossip.

Tallulah Bankhead

Beautiful, rebellious, witty, and not afraid to occasionally alienate people by speaking her mind, Tallulah Bankhead was a one-of-a-kind sex symbol. Actor-writer Emlyn Williams described her voice as "steeped as deep in sex as the human voice can go without drowning," and her appetites were legion. One of many memorable anecdotes, as recounted by The New Yorker, involved:

"a second-rank actor named John Emery, whom Tallulah had picked up on the summer circuit and, rather casually, married. Emery was good-looking, capable, and amiable. Best of all, he bore a marked resemblance to John Barrymore, and not only in profile: years earlier, when Barrymore revealed himself to her in his dressing room, Tallulah had sworn to herself (and anyone within earshot) never to sleep with any man who wasn’t 'hung like Barrymore,' and went on to claim that she had stuck to her word. (Since she also claimed five hundred or more conquests, perhaps she wasn’t always so picky.) One of Tallulah’s party tricks was to escort guests to the master bedroom, fling back the covers from the bed in which Emery was sleeping, and crow, 'Did you ever see a prick as big as that before?'”

Vivien Leigh

Best known for (splendidly) bringing both Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche DuBois to life, Vivien Leigh was also known for her intensity and her beauty. But success - and her notoriously volatile marriage to Sir Laurence Olivier - didn't come easily, or ethically. According to one of the many documentaries made about her, Leigh

"Went to see [Laurence Olivier] in a play, and declared, 'that's the man I'm going to marry.' And a friend of hers who was with her had to point out 'well, actually you're already married.' But this was all part of this ruthless ambition... people were to be cast by the wayside in those early days, until she achieved what she really wanted."

Olivier, too, was already married, but that didn't stop Leigh from following him and his wife to where they were vacationing in Capri. Leigh and Olivier hooked up, despite the fact that his spouse, actress Jill Esmond, was pregnant. The less-than-virtuous Olivier gave her the boot, and married Leigh soon after.

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:32:39 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/old-hollywood-dgaf-cheating-alpha-females/lisa-a-flowers
<![CDATA[Famous People You Didn't Know Were Greek Orthodox]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-greek-orthodox-people-celebrities/celebrity-lists

The Greek Orthodox Church counts some famous figures among its members. Who is Greek Orthodox in Hollywood? A number of notable actors, singers, and athletes practice the Greek Orthodox faith. Some famous Greek Orthodox people were raised in the church, while others converted to the religion later in life.

What celebrities will you find on this list of famous Greek Orthodox people? Jennifer Aniston was raised Greek Orthodox, but she no longer considers herself to be all that religious. "I grew up really seeing a lot of negativity around religion. I actually had quite a beautiful upbringing with it, because it was never pounded down my throat, and I had the joy of going to church and experiencing ceremony and ritual and incense, and I thought it was quite beautiful," she said.

Tom Hanks was exposed to a wide variety of religions as a child. He reportedly converted to Greek Orthodox when he married Rita Wilson in 1988. Other famous people featured on this Greek Orthodox celebrities list include Tina Fey, George Michael, and John Stamos.

Do you think that having faith has helped these celebs succeed in their career goals? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Famous People You Didn't Know Were Greek Orthodox,

George Michael

George Michael was Greek Orthodox, and he had a traditional Greek Orthodox burial following his death in 2016.

George Stephanopoulos

"The Greek Orthodox Church has remained a strong influence in my life, a guiding force. And my family has been a bedrock. In the intense atmospheres of politics and news journalism, my faith and family have reminded me that life is a gift, one that is meant to be filled with play and song and laughter as well as work. It has certainly been an amazing journey so far," said George Stephanopoulos.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston was raised Greek Orthodox, but she no longer considers herself to be all that religious. "I grew up really seeing a lot of negativity around religion. I actually had quite a beautiful upbringing with it, because it was never pounded down my throat, and I had the joy of going to church and experiencing ceremony and ritual and incense, and I thought it was quite beautiful," she said.

John Stamos

John Stamos is reportedly Greek Orthodox. He was invited to the White House in 2015 to celebrate Greek Independence Day.

Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos was born and raised in the Greek Orthodox faith. Her longtime partner Kevin Undergaro was baptized Christian Orthodox in 2014 so that the couple could be married in her church.

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova is believed to be Greek Orthodox. "What tennis has brought me has been incredible. God gave me a talent, but it was up to me to play my part in it. I don’t believe in just God-given talent, you have to work for everything you earn and I think the combination has helped me," she said.

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev is believed to be Greek Orthodox because she has tweeted about celebrating a "Name Day," an Eastern Orthodox holiday.

Tina Fey

Tina Fey doesn't publicly discuss her faith, but she was reportedly married in a Greek Orthodox ceremony.

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks was exposed to a wide variety of religions as a child. He reportedly converted to the Greek Orthodox faith when he married Rita Wilson in 1988.

Zach Galifianakis

"I grew up Greek Orthodox and I wish I knew more about the Bible," said Zach Galifianakis. "But, I haven’t really made my mind up about it. I think it’s all mythology. It would be nice to believe in something, just in case. I mean, what do you have to lose? We can be all scientific about it, but just in case. I don’t know. I’m still thinking about it."

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:19:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-greek-orthodox-people-celebrities/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Live in Hawaii]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-live-in-hawaii/celebrity-lists

Hollywood may be a celebrity paradise, but Hawaii is the true vacation playground for stars seeking a break from their everyday lives. Celebrities living in Hawaii include actors and actresses, rock stars, CEOs, and more. Plenty of famous people who live in Hawaii even bought second homes there.

Celebrities that live in Hawaii seem to be drawn to the island lifestyle. Some of Hawaii’s most famous people include Oprah Winfrey, Roseanne Barr, Clint Eastwood, and Steven Tyler.  They all own show-stopping, multi-million dollar estates overlooking the ocean.

What do these celebs who live in Hawaii do all day, exactly? Many of them do what anyone would do in a tropical oasis: they surf, they paddleboard, and they walk the beaches with their dogs. But some Hawaii celebs have taken things a step (or two) further. Jim Nabors and Roseanne Barr are both macadamia nut farmers. Mick Fleetwood owns a restaurant in Maui. Fleetwood, along with several other famous Hawaii people, also rents out his properties - but be prepared to shell out big bucks if you want to stay there.

Say “aloha” to some of the famous people that live in Hawaii.

Celebrities Who Live in Hawaii,


Cher loved Hawaii so much she built a home on the Big Island. In 2010, however, she sold the home at auction for a reported $8.72 million.

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood built a home in Maui near a beach in Wailea. He's been known to stop by the annual Maui Film Festival.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore is the owner of a beachside bungalow on Kauai.

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts and her husband, Danny Moder, owned a home on Kauai. They sold the sprawling estate in 2016 for $16.5 million.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg purchased the Pila’a Beach and Kahu’aina Plantation on Kauai for over $100 million. The property is estimated to be about 700 acres.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey owns land near Hana and also owns the Thompson Ranch on Haleakala. Both are on the island of Maui.

Pierce Brosnan

Actor Pierce Brosnan has a home in Kauai, which he purchased in 2002.

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr owns a 46-acre macadamia farm on the Big Island. She purchased the estate for $1.78 million in 2007.

Will Smith

Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, purchased a tropical escape in Kauai in 2009. They sold it in 2013, and the estate was later put on the market for $29.5 million.

Steven Tyler

Rocker Steven Tyler owns a home on Little Beach in Makena on the island of Maui. He purchased the estate for $4.8 million.

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:21:09 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-live-in-hawaii/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Funniest JibJab Videos!]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-funniest-jibjab-video-/martinaustin

What's The Funniest Animated JibJab Video? For people who may not know who they are, JibJab is a digital entertainment Company which started in 1999, It merges animation, with Music,Film and Political Satire. Please vote up the one's you love and Re-rank. And thanks for looking.

The Funniest JibJab Videos!,

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Dancing Jib Jab

Jibjab from the Fridge Collection

Jibjab: Hillary, Trump glad I Got You, Babe / Gangnam, Macareindeer, Elf Snowball Fight

Daniel Craig - Jibjab Video

Tequila! / Jibjab: Thai, Mai, Hillary, Trump, Obama

Jibjab.com - President Rap

Jibjab.com - Ahnuld for Governor

Donald Trump-we Wish You a Merry Christmas

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Monster Mash Jibjab (celebrity Edition)

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 07:37:39 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-funniest-jibjab-video-/martinaustin
<![CDATA[13 Famous Historical Figures Who Allegedly Sold Their Souls To The Devil]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-figures-who-sold-their-souls-to-the-devil/jonathan-sherman

Throughout the history, there have been people who have become so powerful, so successful, or so talented that rumors arise of Faustian bargains. Some of these legends of famous people who sold their souls to the devil are spread by their enemies, while others were encouraged by the very individuals themselves.

Some historical people who sold their souls to Satan escaped unscathed, and maybe even boasted about their deals, while others came to regret their satanic bargains.

While their skills and stories are all different, these extraordinary individuals all have one thing in common: reportedly, they all agreed to make a deal with the devil.

13 Famous Historical Figures Who Allegedly Sold Their Souls To The Devil,

Bob Dylan

Are you sensing a theme? It seems that some of music’s greatest heroes are the target of the Devil’s plans. In an 2004 interview, Dylan cryptically explained that his success is thanks to a deal he made years ago:

Interviewer: Why are you still out here?
Dylan: It goes back to that destiny thing. I made a bargain with it, you know, long time ago. And I’m holding up my end.
Interviewer: What was your bargain?
Dylan: To get where I am now.
Interviewer: Should I ask who you made the bargain with?
Dylan: With the Chief Commander.
Interviewer: On this Earth?
Interviewer: In this earth and in a world we can’t see.

While the Chief Commander could be anyone, we haven’t heard of anyone else musicians make deals with for fame, wealth, and glory.

To make the matter more convincing, in the same interview - which had been Dylan’s first in 19 years - he said, “Those early songs are almost magically written.”

Gilles de Rais

A 15th-century aristocrat, de Rais was left with massive amounts of wealth and power when his father died early in de Raiss’ life. While he had money and power, he had no one to teach him how to use it, and he quickly squandered his family’s wealth. In a desperate attempt to regain his lost fortune, he began to experiment with the occult under the direction of Antonio Francisco Prelati, who assured him that he would regain his wealth if he sacrificed children to a demon named Baron.

After the alleged deal, Gilles de Rais went on a killing spree, murdering, raping, and torturing anywhere between 80 and 200 children. He was later caught, tried, and found guilty for his countless crimes. He was executed by hanging and burning.

Giuseppe Tartini

Another virtuoso, Giuseppe Tartini wrote over 400 works in his career, and unlike most of his contemporaries, he composed no church music, focusing instead on violin concerti and sonatas. The story of his deal with the devil comes from his most famous piece, called the “Devil’s Trill.”

The story behind it starts with a dream. It is believed that Tartini told the French astronomer Jérôme Lalande that he dreamed the devil had come to him and asked him to be his servant. Tartini gave the devil his violin and the devil immediately began to play with such skill that he took Tartini’s breath away. When the composer rose from his dream he immediately wrote down the sonata in an attempt to remember what he had heard. Despite the sonata being successful, Tartini knew that the piece was still far from what he had heard in his dream. What he had written was, in his own words, “So inferior to what I had heard, that if I could have subsisted on other means, I would have broken my violin and abandoned music forever.”

Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa

The writer was one of the most influential of the Renaissance era, and despite never obtaining a degree, he studied law and medicine. To most, he was known was as a magician, an alchemist, and an astrologer. He also used his knowledge of the law to defend women accused of witchcraft, and wrote three books on the occult that are still heralded as primary sources on the subject today.

In 1535, Agrippa was accused of heresy and condemned to death. He escaped, but died shortly after. After his death, rumors circulated about him working with demons. In the most famous story, Agrippa kept a demonic black dog as his familiar. The dog (known as schwarze Pudel in German) later made appearances in numerous legends about Johann Faust, another Renaissance thinker who was rumored to be in cahoots with the devil.

Johann Georg Faust

The subject of Goethe's famous tragedy Faust, the real-life Dr. Faust was an alchemist, astrologer, and magician of the German Renaissance. His rumored collusion with the Devil became the subject of numerous tales, most notably Goethe’s Faust and The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faust.

As the stories go, Faust made a deal with the devil (known as Mephistopheles) for his soul in return for 24 years of service from Satan. While the deal was for Satan to fulfill “every lust in [Faust’s] heart,” all the granted wishes went sour in the end, and after 16 years, he regretted his deal and asked to withdraw.

The end of his tale differs depending on what version you read. In some, angels save Faust and bring him into heaven despite his deal with the devil. In other stories, the devil brutally murders him, damning him to eternity in hell where the damned, “[moan] in their throats, terror in their ears, trembling in their hands and feet,” begging for death but discovering that “death will flee from him.”

Led Zeppelin

Rock & roll and Satan go together like peanut butter and jelly, so it’s no shock that one of the greatest rock bands in history has been rumored to make deals with the devil. It started with guitarist Jimmy Page, known as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, who said, “My interest in the occult started when I was 15. I do not worship the Devil, but Magick does intrigue me. Magick of all kinds. I read ‘Magick in Theory and Practice’ when I was about 11 years old, but it wasn't for some years that I understood what it was all about."

Page even had occultist and "wickedest man in the world" Aleister Crowley’s words, “Do what thou wilt,” inscribed into the grooves of the original III vinyl, and later went on to purchase Crowely’s old house.

Page also seems to believe that Zeppelin front man Robert Plant was visited by a possibly Satanic power when he created their beloved track "Stairway to Heaven." In an interview, Page said,

Robert was sitting in the corner, or rather leaning against the wall, and as I was routining the rest of the band with this idea and this piece, he was just writing. And all of a sudden he got up and started singing, along with another run-through, and he must have had 80% of the words there.

Plant corroborated the incident, “My hand was writing out the words, 'There's a lady is sure [sic], all that glitters is gold, and she's buying a stairway to heaven'. I just sat there and looked at them and almost leapt out of my seat."

Perhaps the fact that Plant didn’t actually write the words to "Stairway" explain why fans have discovered Satanic messages when playing the IV album backwards. For example, “Oh, here's to my sweet Satan. The one whose little path made me sad, whose power is Satan. He'll give those with him 666. And all those fools who made us suffer, Sad Satan."

Niccolò Paganini

Another masterful musician, Niccolò Paganini was an Italian violinist born in the 18th century. He learned to play the mandolin by age five, and was composing music two years later. His teen years were filled with strife, as he struggled with alcoholism, but by 22, he was known across Europe and became a musical star. At 23, he composed 24 Caprices and it took years for any other violinists to even have the skill to play his music.

One of his most famous pieces is titled “Le Streghe,” which translates to “Witches’ Dance.” Because of this title, many believed that Paganini had made a deal with the devil to become the greatest musician in the world. That claim was supported by his ability to do what seemed impossible, including the ability to play three octaves across four strings in one hand – a feat that is still considered nearly impossible to this day. He also once won a Stradivarius violin by playing a piece so technical that it was said to be impossible to perform, even with preparation. Niccolò played it on sight.

Of course, there are more down-to-earth explanations for his apparently otherworldly skills. "His flexibility and exceptionally long fingers have resulted in speculation that he may have had Marfan syndrome, a genetic mutation not identified until 1899 that results in elongated fingers and other unique traits. Others have conjectured that he had Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, commonly know as Rubber Man Syndrome."

Thanks to the eerie stories, and Paganini’s skill, people both adored and feared him.  Fans claimed he was the son of the devil, or the devil himself. Others claimed they saw a demonic figure just off stage, guiding Paganini’s bow. Eventually, Paganini had to publish letters from his mother to prove that he was born to human parents. The rumors even impacted him in death, as no church would give him a Catholic burial. It took an appeal to the pope to get his body buried.

Pope Sylvester II

The first French pope, and perhaps the most significant pope of his era, Pope Sylvester II was known to be incredibly learned, well versed in mathematics, mechanics, and astronomy. He is credited with inventing the pendulum lock and the hydraulic organ, and with introducing Arabic numerals to the Western world.

The rumors of his Satanic deal-making only began after his death. Rumors swirled that his great intelligence and inventive ability were a result of a pact with the devil. However, this was likely due to his regular contact with the Eastern world, and the fact that he tried to root out corruption and bribery within the church.

Robert Johnson

Listed on the Rolling Stones magazine list of the greatest guitarists of all time, Robert Johnson was such an astounding guitar player, some people thought he gained his incredible skills by supernatural means. Johnson's is perhaps the most legendary story of a famous person who made a deal with the devil.

As the story goes, Johnson was directed to head to a crossroads where he met the devil, who tuned his guitar and taught him how to master the blues. Johnson did very little to deny the rumors, even alluding to the fact that he did, in fact, make a deal with the devil.

Johnson was prolific as a musician, producing six records before his death at the age of 27. His cause of death is unknown, but common belief is that a man who had caught Johnson flirting with his wife poisoned him. Johnson was buried in an unmarked grave, the location of which is still unknown.

Urbain Grandier

The French Catholic priest was burned at the stake in 1634 after he was accused of witchcraft. Unlike many of the victims of witch hunts, there may have been evidence of Grandier’s collusion with the Prince of Darkness. While he had taken the oath of a Catholic priest, Grandier was known to have sexual relationships with a number of women, and was even accused of bewitching a group of nuns, sending the demon Asmodai upon them, to commit evil acts with them.

At his trial - and torture - the judges revealed documents that supposedly proved his demonic pact. The pact was written backwards in Latin, and is thought to even include the signature of Satan himself. The pact reads:

We, the influential Lucifer, the young Satan, Beelzebub, Leviathan, Elimi, and Astaroth, together with others, have today accepted the covenant pact
of Urbain Grandier, who is ours. And him do we promise
the love of women, the flower of virgins, the respect of monarchs, honors, lusts and powers. He will go whoring three days long; the carousal will be dear to him. He offers us once in the year a seal of blood, under the feet he will trample the holy things of the church and
he will ask us many questions; with this pact he will live twenty years happy on the earth of men, and will later join us to sin against God.
Bound in hell, in the council of demons. Lucifer Beelzebub Satan Astaroth Leviathan Elimi. The seals placed the Devil, the master, and the demons, princes of the lord. Baalberith, writer.

Another explanation is that Grandier confessed under torture, while his downfall had been orchestrated by a jealous nun whose advances he had rejected.

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 05:02:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-figures-who-sold-their-souls-to-the-devil/jonathan-sherman
<![CDATA[Television Characters Killed Off Because The Writers Hated The Actor]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tv-characters-killed-because-writers-didnt-like-actors/jonathan-sherman

CAUTION: This list contains plot spoilers for various TV series. 

Throughout the history of television, actors, directors, writers, and producers have worked together to create some of the greatest TV characters in entertainment history. Many of those characters have unforgettable moments involving their marriage, success, failure, and sometimes, their death. 

While the most shocking character deaths are usually written into the plot, others have been caused by actors who brought about their own demise. Many of those instances took place when characters were killed because the show's writers hated the actors. Read below to find out which of your favorite characters' deaths were actually because the actor and writers couldn't get along. 

Television Characters Killed Off Because The Writers Hated The Actor,

Charlie Pace

The actor, best known for his role in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, had a fairly sizable role on the hit show Lost. While his character’s death is remembered as one of the sadder moments by fans, Monaghan was quite happy to be killed off, telling Entertainment Weekly, “There are projects out there in 2008 that if I were to be working on Lost I would go, 'F*ck, I know that project's going on and I can't do it.”

Monaghan also admitted to trying to tell the show’s writers what to do, saying, “I've always tried to appeal to the writers that I thought [Charlie] was an incredibly capable character even though he had all these issues.” Amidst his breakup with co-star Evangeline Lilly and dislike for co-star Matthew Fox, it’s pretty clear that the relief for Monaghan being off the show was mutual. 

Dr. Derek Shepherd

Perhaps the most popular heartthrob in Grey's Anatomy, Dempsey’s character found his demise amidst rumors of in-fighting, infidelity, and more. “McDreamy,” as his character was affectionately known as, died after a car crash in the Season 11 finale. The cause is up for debate, but according to Radar Online, the root of the issue was Dempsey’s cheating on his wife with one of the show’s staffers.

"It was obvious to everyone Patrick was [sleeping with] her," an insider said. "It got very messy and emotional on set and became a huge liability." This alleged disruption led to showrunner Shonda Rhimes suspending the actor and later writing him off altogether. When The Nightly Show asked Rhimes if she had ever killed a character because she didn’t like the actor, the TV icon responded, “Yes. And I’m not naming names.”

George O'Malley

Another actor on a Shona Rhimes show - are you sensing a theme? While this one might have had more to do with Knight’s problem with Rhimes than the other way around, it surely left fans with a dramatic departure. Rumors from the set stated that Knight was still upset over former co-star Isaiah Washington’s alleged use of a homophobic slur directed towards him, and felt that Rhimes waited too long to deal with the issue. It got so bad that there were whispers that by the end of his run on the show that Knight had been skipping out on table reads, had walked off set during filming, and had cleaned out his dressing room.

Of course his rep denied those claims, saying, “He has been there every day… He hasn’t said goodbye to anyone.” Sadly, after the end of Season 5, Knight did not return to the show. 

Eddie LeBec

The actor played hockey star “Eddie LeBec” on the classic sitcom Cheers. That was until he fielded questions about kissing his on-screen wife, Rhea Perlman, during his morning radio show KPWR-Power 106 . He supposedly answered the questions by complaining and shortly thereafter, the character LeBec died in a freak Zamboni accident. “Jay Thomas was never seen on Cheers again,” according to TV blogger Ken Levine.

Edie Britt

Desperate Housewives was loved not only for its on-screen drama, but also for the rumors of things that happened on the set. While the cast was filled with divas, the most problematic was Nicollette Sheridan. According to People, the drama started in 2008, when Sheridan got into an argument with show creator Marc Cherry. She claimed the disagreement turned physical and culminated with him hitting her in the head, while Cherry asserted that the “hit” was nothing more than a tap on the head as a means of demonstrating a comedic moment in a scene.

Sheridan reportedly didn’t get along with members of the crew or cast (such as Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman), often showed up late to set, and routinely forgot her lines.

Jenny Humphrey

The former child star regained the spotlight thanks to the wildly popular Gossip Girl. According to Hollywood Life, Momsen was forced out because of her “unreliable and erratic behavior.” A source told the site, “Taylor wasn't on set filming much this season, but when she did show up she wasn't very level-headed. The show's executives didn't trust that she was really giving it her all, so they dismissed her as a regular."

While her character wasn’t killed, her Hollywood chances might have been. The actress has not had much work since her exit from Gossip Girl


The singer offered his iconic voice to the cartoon for years as “Chef.” All that changed when Trey Parker and Matt Stone went after Scientology, of which Hayes is a devout member. Hayes disagreed with the writers of the show, saying that they had begun to demonstrate “intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others.” The writers of South Park responded by killing Hayes’ character in hilarious fashion; falling off of a bridge, getting eaten by a lion and bear, and finally, crapping his pants.

Charlie Harper

In what is perhaps one of most public celebrity breakdowns in recent memory, the star that was once the highest paid actor on network television gave in to his tiger blood and "winning" quickly got in the way. Sheen attacked show creator Chuck Lorre in a series of tweets and interviews, even calling his boss a “maggot.” In the Season 9 premier, Sheen’s character was killed and replaced when he was hit by a train. 

Jason Gideon

The actor, loved for his roles in The Princess Bride and later Homeland, also had a brief, two-season stint on the crime drama, Criminal Minds. While the actor’s character was not killed in the show, he was undeniably written off the show for poor behavior. During that time, Patinkin complained about being on the show to New York Magazine, saying, "The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do Criminal Minds in the first place. [...] I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality. After that, I didn't think I would get to work in television again."

Following his departure, the program’s executive producer Ed Bernero released a written statement saying, “Everyone involved in the show has for two years bent over backward to give him ANYTHING he wanted.” Clearly, there was no love lost between the two sides.

Harrison Wright

It seems the drama that exists in Shonda Rhime’s hit TV shows inevitably rubs off on the actors on her shows. Columbus Short was sacked, and his character suffered an off-screen death (but on-screen funeral) amidst allegations of cocaine abuse and domestic violence.  While Short may not have had an issue with the writers of the show, creator Shonda Rhimes has proved time and time again that no actors are safe if they cross the line - and clearly, drug use and domestic abuse allegations crossed that line.

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:57:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/tv-characters-killed-because-writers-didnt-like-actors/jonathan-sherman
<![CDATA[The 13 Most Formidable Enemies The Roman Empire Ever Faced]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ancient-roman-rebels/carly-silver

Sure, there were lots of rebels in ancient Rome (Spartacus, anyone?), but the most fascinating people the Romans fought were leaders of rival foreign nations. These weren't just ancient Roman rebels, but monarchs, chieftains, and genius generals in their own right. 

The Senate might have thought of some of these rulers as ancient Romans who rebelled, but the truth, more often than not, was that these individuals fought to achieve or keep their people independent from Roman conquest. Take, for example, Boudica, the famed British queen who slaughtered invading Romans and destroyed London.

And then there were Rome's rivals for control of trade, like Carthage. You might know Hannibal as a cannibal, but before he was a Lecter, he was a genius general who brought a ton of elephants into Italy to slaughter Romans. Hardly rebels from ancient Rome, but a kick-ass ruler in his own right.

The 13 Most Formidable Enemies The Roman Empire Ever Faced,

Attila the Hun

Attila, leader of the Hun confederation of nomadic tribes in Eastern Europe-Asia, was known as "the Scourge of Rome" for the destruction he brought on the late Roman Empire. The tribes began moving westward into the Roman Empire in the mid-fifth century CE, forcing Rome to bribe them in gold so they wouldn't attack. The amount of money required to keep the tribes at bay went up each year, and Attila eventually broke one of his treaties, invading and sacking Roman lands in the 450s.

Attila was pretty ambitious - he murdered his brother to get the throne and headed to Gaul to win an imperial princess as his wife - but he was a rather humble man. A lot of his men accumulated riches as he ravaged the lands Rome conquered centuries before; he himself took a lot of ladies as his own... to his downfall. Attila died of a nasty nosebleed in 453 after one hell of a wedding night.


statue of the British queen Boudica stands near the Houses of Parliament, but the famed monarch destroyed London in her anti-Roman rebellion. She was queen of the Iceni tribe in southeastern Britain, wife of King Prasutagus, who allied himself with the Romans when they invaded in 43 CE.

When Prasutagus died, the Romans decided Boudica wouldn't stay in power, since her hubby had willed his kingdom to the emperor and the king's own daughters. The Romans came to Iceni land; according to one account, they raped Boudica and her daughters, then stole Iceni noblemen's estates and turned the tribesmen into servants.

Boudica and the Iceni, along with other tribes, revolted against the Romans in 60-61. They thrashed the Roman Ninth Legion and destroyed the ancient cities of Colchester, London, and St. Albans before a Roman army finally defeated them. Boudica may have poisoned herself or died in battle as the Romans reestablished dominion over Britain.


Cleopatra VII, the final pharaoh of Egypt's Ptolemaic Dynasty, had a long, complicated relationship with Rome. Her dad, Ptolemy XII, was ousted from power, but Roman allies restored him to power. So when Cleo herself came to the throne, she knew to court the most powerful empire in the Mediterranean.

First, she made Julius Caesar fall for her - or convinced him to at least have sex with her, since they had a bouncing baby boy together. Caesar killed her brother-husband and helped her secure her power; Cleo later followed him to Rome (talk about peer pressure). After his death, she took up with his number one supporter, Mark Antony, who gave her three kids. 

Cleopatra and Mark Antony opposed Caesar's heir/great-nephew, Octavian, who seized power in Rome. The conflict came to a head at the Battle of Actium on September 2, 31 BCE, after which Octavian became Rome's head honcho; he eventually became the first emperor, Augustus.


A Syrian slave-turned-rebel, Eunus was a rebel for the ages. He was enslaved in Sicily in the second century BCE, but didn't stay down for long, organizing 70,000 other slaves into an army along with fellow slave-rebel Cleon. Eunus had a way about him; his charisma led people to believe he was a magician or prophet. He took the city of Enna and turned himself into a king named Antiochus, but a few short years later, a Roman consul squashed his rebellion by 132 BCE and put Eunus in prison.


In the third century BCE, the two greatest powers of the Mediterranean basin - Rome and Carthage - squared off in three separate Punic Wars. The soldiers of Carthage, located in north Africa, were led in battle by the brilliant general Hannibal. After Rome won the First Punic War, Hannibal consolidated power in Carthage's colonies in Iberia and went HAM on one of Rome's Spanish towns, kicking off the Second Punic War.

Hannibal got a giant force together, including almost 40 war elephants, and marched across the Alps into Italy. He eventually won a stunning victory at Cannae against the Roman legions, but was forced to go home after the Romans invaded Carthage itself. The Roman general Scipio won another big battle near Carthage, leaving the Carthaginians with only their North African lands....

Hannibal wasn't into it, but he was forced into exile and hung out with the Syrians, then the people of Pergamum in Asia Minor (where he threw buckets of snakes at his enemies). Eventually, Hannibal got super-paranoid and, afraid his enemies were coming for him, poisoned himself where he was hanging out in Turkey.


Jugurtha, prince of Numidia in north Africa, was the son of a famous king who worked with Rome. Jugurtha slowly but surely eliminated every rival to his throne, all while he supported the Romans in battle against the Carthaginians, learned Latin, and became BFFs with senators. Eventually, relations went sour, though, when Jugurtha killed some Italian merchants, and the Romans went to war against him around 111 BCE.

Rome didn't exactly acquit itself well, and the two lands made a treaty, which didn't last long after Jugurtha offed another rival to his throne. Marius, a seven-time Roman consul (and Caesar's uncle by marriage), invaded Numidia and eventually beat Jugurtha with the help of the king of nearby Mauretania. In 105 BCE, Marius brought Jugurtha home and paraded him through Rome in a military triumph; he was dead not long after.

Mithridates VI of Pontus

Best known for creating poisons and antidotes in his Black Sea kingdom, King Mithridates VI of Pontus battled against Rome for control of most of Asia Minor. He was Rome's last main challenger in the East for centuries, but the conflict burned hot: At one point, he slaughtered upwards of 80,000 Romans who lived in Asia Minor. The Romans waged three Mithridatic Wars against this monarch, sparked in part by Mithridates's slow but steady conquest of much of the lands making up modern Turkey. 

The First Mithridatic War (89-85 BCE) ended in Mithridates's defeat by future dictator Sulla, while the Romans raided his territories to provoke the Second Mithridatic War (83-81 BCE). The third war lasted the longest (73-63 BCE), beginning after Romans occupied Bithynia, which Mithridates thought of as his; eventually, he fled and Romans tracked him down. Allegedly, unable to poison himself because he'd consumed so many toxins and antidotes, he made his bodyguard kill him with a sword.


Julius Caesar almost met his match in Vercingetorix of Gaul. Caesar invaded what is now France/Germany in 58 BCE, which he famously chronicled in his memoir The Gallic Wars. The Celtic tribes there didn't take his genocide lightly. Rebellions bubbled for several years; a bunch of Gallic tribes united and made Vercintegorix of the Arverni their head warrior. This organized military action made Caesar come across the Cisalpine Alps to head off the Celts.

Several years of raids and minor battles climaxed in late 52 BCE, when Caesar and the Gauls met at Alesia. The Romans besieged the epic fortifications surrounding this fortress; three weeks later, Vercingetorix and his supporters were pretty much devoid of food or supplies. Caesar broke the Gallic forces and took Vercingetorix back to Rome with him in chains; the Gallic chieftain died there years later.


Meet Viriatus. A Spaniard, he led a rebellion against invading Romans, who conquered parts of Iberia throughout the second century BCE. In 151 BCE, the people of the Lusitania region tried to negotiate with Rome during endless attacks; the regional Roman leader mercilessly slaughtered the Lusitanians instead. According to legend, one of the survivors was a dude named Viriatus (a nickname), who wanted revenge.

A few years later, Viriatus led the surviving Lusitanian forces against the Romans, butchering their leader and thousands of men in one battle. Over the course of nearly a decade, Viriatus and his men became the scourge of the Romans in Spain, especially when they pretended they were about to run away, then waged a surprise counter attack. The locals' guerilla warfare and knowledge of Iberian terrain were effective tools against the Romans. But Viriatus couldn't keep it up forever; he made a treaty with Rome and three of his own men betrayed and killed him. 


One of the great cities of ancient Syria was the trade center of Palmyra. Sadly destroyed in large part by ISIS, it also played host to the great Arab queen Zenobia, who rebelled against Roman tyranny. First acting as regent to her kid in the third century CE, Zenobia eventually seized power on her own. Although her hubby was once a Roman client king, Zenobia struck out on her own and opposed the Romans. She claimed to be descended from none other than Cleopatra VII, a political lightning rod.

Zenobia conquered Egypt (her ancestral homeland?) in 269 and moved into Asia Minor. The Roman emperor Aurelian got in her way two years later, taking over the key cities of modern Ankara and Emesa in Syria. Aurelian and Zenobia - who led her own troops into battle - exchanged letters, but she remained defiant (after all, she declared herself empress, so she had to live up to the title). Sadly, Palmyra fell, too, and Aurelian captured Zenobia, who either was part of his imperial triumph in 274 in Rome or starved herself to death.

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 02:22:55 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/ancient-roman-rebels/carly-silver
<![CDATA[Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/next-tom-hanks-actors/ranker-film

With two Best Actor Oscars and films that have grossed more than $9 billion worldwide, Tom Hanks stands as one of the best actors of his generation and one of the greatest actors of all time. In addition to nailing every role he plays, Tom Hanks is also famous for being down-to-earth and maintaining a positive public image. Hanks, like Mery Streep, does so much so well it's hard to imagine that anyone could fill his sheos. Since Hanks occupies such a large space within pop culture, it begs the question: who is the next Tom Hanks? 

Several young actors on their way to becoming the next Tom Hanks include Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Oscar nominees Jake Gyllenhaal, Dev Patel, and Ryan Gosling. Non-American actors, like John Boyega, Andrew Garfield, and Daniel Radcliffe quickly became Hollywood A-listers for their critically acclaimed performances. Which of these talented leading men fit the bill as the future Tom Hanks? In order to measure up to such a titan of talent, an actor must have superb PR skills, a versatile acting range, and the ability to make audiences weep over a volleyball.

Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?,

Bradley Cooper

Chris Pratt

Daniel Radcliffe

Donald Glover

Eddie Redmayne

Jake Gyllenhaal

James Franco

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Michael Fassbender

Ryan Reynolds

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:34:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/next-tom-hanks-actors/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Celebrity Men You Think You Might Have A Shot With]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-men-you-have-a-shot-with/celebrity-lists

Looking for a boyfriend? Hollywood has many eligible celebrity bachelors who you might actually have a shot at dating. Since celebrity relationships endure huge media exposure and often nasty, public breakups, some celebs date non-famous people, which bodes good news for you. Celebrity men you have a shot with all come with the perks of fame and a general sense of attractiveness; something about the ability to face the public's criticism every day certainly enhances their charm. These factors, alongside their profession as an actor, musician, or athlete, all play into your decision on which single male celebrities you have a shot with.Which famous men would you date if given the chance?

The more tender-minded folks will likely find their softer sides nurtured by sensitive men like Drake and Tom Hiddleston. If you prefer to play it risky, you can also take your chances with notorious figures like John Mayer, Tyga, or Justin Bieber. In the end, maybe you just want a famous hunk who's got the looks, and Michael B Jordan, Jake Gyllenhaal, or Henry Cavill all fit that bill. In the end, you should probably consider yourself lucky if these men even glanced your way. No offense, but the only time you ever see them is usually on a screen, and love is a two-way street, not a one-way view.

Celebrity Men You Think You Might Have A Shot With,

Alex Pettyfer

Chris Evans

Chris Pine

Jake Gyllenhaal

James Franco

Jared Leto

Keanu Reeves

Matthew Gray Gubler

Zac Efron

Scott Eastwood

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:43:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-men-you-have-a-shot-with/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[10 Actors Who Have Played Abraham Lincoln]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-played-abraham-lincoln/celebrity-lists

How to you bring a near-legendary historic figure to life? That's the challenge that these actors who played Abraham Lincoln faced. Whether they channeled Honest Abe on television or in the movies, they turned in memorable performances.

Abraham Lincoln in film is not new. For decades, Hollywood has tried to capture the fascinating life of the 16th President. Acclaimed method actor Daniel Day-Lewis gave a meticulously crafted performance as the politician in Steven Spielberg’s epic historical drama Lincoln. The 2012 film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards; Spielberg won Best Director and Day-Lewis won Best Actor. Other famous stars who have played Abraham Lincoln include Gregory Peck, Sam Waterston, and Henry Fonda.

Portraying such a storied individual is always difficult for an actor, but everyone on this list gave it their all.

10 Actors Who Have Played Abraham Lincoln,

Benjamin Walker

Benjamin Walker played Lincoln in the irreverent 2012 film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis played Abraham Lincoln in 2012's Lincoln. The role won him the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried played Abraham Lincoln in the 2014 comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Gregory Peck

Gregory Peck took on the role of Abraham Lincoln in 1982's The Blue and the Gray, a made-for-TV miniseries that aired on CBS.

Hal Holbrook

Hal Holbrook starred as Abraham Lincoln in the 1974 TV miniseries Sandburg's Lincoln.

Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda starred as Abraham Lincoln in John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln in 1939.

Martin Starr

Martin Starr played Lincoln in Season 2, episode 4 of Drunk History.

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston played Lincoln on Broadway in a revival of Robert E. Sherwood's Abe Lincoln in Illinois. He won a 1994 Tony Award for the performance.

Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant played Lincoln in an episode of Drunk History on the president's assassination.

Walter Huston

Walter Huston played Lincoln in 1930's Abraham Lincoln, a film which continues to garner high praise for its historical accuracy.

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