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And you thought your family had some weird holiday traditions! It turns out, putting lights on a tree and waiting for a fat guy to come down the chimney just might be the most normal winter customs around. Especially when you compare that to these wacky Christmas traditions celebrated all over the world.

From family trips to the sauna to city-wide celebrations of guys taking a dump, this list of the absolute weirdest winter traditions will shock and delight you. For instance, did you know that the Japanese like to celebrate with a customary feast of KFC? Or that Bavarians herald the arrival of the baby Jesus by shooting off handheld mortars while wearing lederhosen?

Some of these crazy Christmas celebrations have been around for centuries, while others were developed over the last few years. But they all have one thing in common: they make about as much sense as putting coal in a stocking.

If you’re sick of your old Christmas décor and boring holiday lights, try changing things up this yuletide. Adopt one of these foreign holiday customs and your Christmas will be better (or at least weirder) than ever.

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Japan: Chowing Down on KFC
Just one more way America has ruined the universe made the world more awesome. Thanks to heavy marketing in the early 70s, Japanese families have learned that the best way to celebrate the holidays is with a giant bucket of fast food fried chicken.

Norway: Hiding All the Brooms
Those lucky Norwegian kids never get nagged to help clean up when they're home for the holidays. That's because on Christmas Eve, all brooms are hidden in case they are stolen by evil spirits.

Fun fact: evil spirits LOVE sweeping.

Bavaria: Shooting Guns for Jesus
Bavarians celebrate Christmas in the most epically badass way possible: by dressing in traditional lederhosen and firing handheld mortars into the air.

Venezuela: Roller Staking to Church
What do you do when you're late for church and have no motorized form of transportation? If you're in Venezuela, you skate!

Catholics in Caracas have developed a strange (and dangerous?) tradition of roller blading to early morning Christmas mass. Some neighborhoods even close the streets to cars.

What's more, from December 16 to December 24, kids tie a string around their toes before bedtime and hang it out the window. The next morning, pious skaters tug on any string they see hanging.

South Africa: Feasting on Deep Fried Bugs
Not exactly as appetizing as your typical Christmas ham. On Christmas day, South Africans celebrate the birth of Jesus by chowing down on deep-fried Emperor Moth caterpillars. Yum!

Mexico: Decorating with Radishes
Want to really party on Christmas? Take part in December 23's Noche de los rábanos, a festival in Oaxaca that involves carving giant radishes into elaborate scenes and figures.

Spain: Beating the Christmas Poop Log
What is it about Catalonians and poop? Another popular tradition in Catalonia involves Tio de Nadal, a "pooping log" decorated with a face and blanket that's left halfway in a fire and beaten with sticks. Merry Christmas!

Greenland: Enjoying Some Delicious Whale Blubber
It's not all that surprising that the Christmas delicacies of the northern nation include raw whale skin served with blubber (called Mattak). Another delicacy? Kiviak. That's 500 dead auk birds (with beaks, feet, and feathers in tact!) stuffed into seal skin and fermented for seven months.

New Zealand: Gathering Around the Pohutukawa Tree
Instead of decorating the traditional conifer fir at Christmas, residents string up lights and ornaments on coastal evergreen Pohutukawa Trees.

Catalonia: Displaying a Pooping Man in the Nativity Scene
Meet Caganer, a Catalonian tradition with a bowel movement problem! The peasant is often depicted wearing a traditional Catalonian barrantina hat, and well, relieving himself outdoors.

While nativity scenes in the U.S. tend to stick to the traditional stable, manger, and baby Jesus, European scenes often display an entire pastoral landscape. What would a model of Bethlehem be without a man defecating on the ground?

Caganer, who's name literally means "the crapper" or "the sh*tter," has been brightening up holiday festivities since the 18th century.

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Have Aged the Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/18-celebrities-who_ve-aged-horribly


Axl Rose
Photo from a January 31, 2010, show in Winnipeg. Just an unflattering angle?
Bruce Jenner

Keith Richards
A RANKER USER SAID: "Keith Richards sure seems to be showing some wear and tear but lets also remember he is now 70 years old and at that age we are all going to show wear. But i think the picture on this list shows one of the reasons why he seems to have aged fairly hard and that's the amounts of tobacco and alcohol he has taken in over those years. Aging naturally none of us can avoid but when you add in things like years of smoking and it definitely alters what is likely otherwise a more graceful way of getting older." (join the discussion)

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Kirstie Alley
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Lil' Kim

Michael Jackson

Mickey Rourke
A RANKER USER SAID: "Okay let me be honest although not to the point of disrespectful and say that Mickey Rourke in his early years was quite the handsome guy but not so much now. The picture presented in this list seems to be one of the worse that could of been found on the web of him but still its not only one. He may not have taken care of himself as well as he could have and it kind of shows now that he is getting a little more up in age." (join the discussion)

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Ozzy Osbourne
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Steven Tyler
A RANKER USER SAID: "Oh my Steven Steven Steven i mean he really is showing his age and not all that well i think we have to admit although at 65 its not totally outrageous. Add that in to the way he still dresses and he sort of looks like a drag queen from the mid 70's headed for wood stock. I am sure that he and rest of Aerosmith lived through some really wild and crazy years and was probably all well worth. I think he seems worse at 65 then many others because of the complete package that is Steven." (join the discussion)
Val Kilmer
A RANKER USER SAID: "Kilmer was such a great looking guy when he was younger that i can see where there would be some reaction to how he looks now. It is kind of a drastic change especially in his face and most men usually age better then women do but he hasn't really had that go all his way it seems. But he is 54 now and he still looks decent and kind of like a regular guy so lets not hold him up too much to these crazy Hollywood hunk stereotypes." (join the discussion)

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<![CDATA[35 Creative Christmas Tree Ideas for the Non-Conformist]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/unusual-christmas-trees/anabel-conner


Hub Cap Tree...
... just asking to be stolen.
For the Nostalgic Gamer
This Pac-Man inspired tree recalls the ghosts of Christmas past.
This Tree Has Hang Ups
It's like the craftsperson was hungover when she came up with this idea.
Grumpy Tree Wishes You Unhappy Holidays
"Deck the halls with boughs of..." NO. "Chestnuts roasting on an open..." NO. "Rockin' around the Christmas..." NO.
What a Super Creepy Rubber Glove Tree You've Got There!
It's hard to get into the tidings of the season when your tree looks like it's bloated from too much eggnog and drunk enough to feel you up.
At Least It's Easy To Get the Star On Top?
Christmas costs have been steep this year.
On Dasher. On Prancer. On Dragon and Blitzen.
With a fire breathing dragon atop your tree, you'll probably get ash in your stocking instead of coal.
If You Want To Extinguish Holiday Spirits
Perfect for those out-of-control chestnut roasting fires!
They Do Christmas a Little Differently in Japan
Kids being bratty? If threats about Santa's naughty list aren't shaping them up, how about kicking the fear factor up a notch with a fire-breathing Godzilla tree in the living room?
The "Up-Do"
This look gives new meaning to "putting up the Christmas tree."

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<![CDATA[The Craziest Deaths of 2014]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/craziest-deaths-of-2014/mel-judson
The unfortunately true stories on this list of the craziest deaths of 2014 are as tragic as they are freakish. These insane incidents make up the year's deadliest freak accidents. These recently deceased men, women, and children lost their lives in horrific ways that you probably did not even know were possible.

Don't believe us? Meet the Chinese chef who lost his life to a severed cobra head or the Mexican man who accidentally shot himself to death while posing for a selfie. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge even makes an appearance on this list of the weirdest deaths of 2014, as does a car tire on the loose, and tape measure that apparently had a debt to settle.

These bizarre fatalities include a man who was electrocuted by his wedding ring and a woman who was struck by a horse. From newlyweds who crashed their cars into each other to a guy whose lawnmower flipped and ran him over, you will not believe the crazy ways people tragically lost their lives in the 2014.


Guy From Ohio Gets Killed By a Hose
Lonnie Holmes was only 58 when a 150-foot hose killed him. Holmes was riding his bike when, out of nowhere, the giant hose somehow came loose from a Toledo fire truck. The hose hit three cars, yanked Holmes's bicycle tire off its frame, and slammed Holmes to the ground, to his death.

Source: 13 ABC
Jersey Man Killed by Tape Measure
At a Jersey City construction site, a freakish incident occurred when a tape measure slipped off a construction worker's belt, the tape measure hit a piece of metal, and just so happened to slam into a man's head. The man was Gary Anderson and he died in the hospital, shortly after being rendered unconscious by the tape measure.

Source: New York Times
Florida Man Hit and Killed by a Tire
In Williston, FL, Ivan Sandquist was driving on the U.S. 41. All of a sudden, a passing car's left front tire broke off and began bouncing along the highway. The tire hit a driveway, cleared a metal fence, and spun into the 33-year-old himself, killing him instantly.

Source: Click Orlando

Zombie Teen Dies at Halloween Attraction
It was a real life Halloween horror story in Hauser, ID in October of 2014. 18-year-old Jeremy McSpadden, Jr. was playing a zombie in "Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus," an attraction at a local corn maze. That's when he tripped, fell under the wheels of the bus, which was carrying passengers with paintball guns, and died.

Source: MyFox8

Student Gets Crushed By the Elevator
In an absolutely shocking death, a student died inside a malfunctioning lift at Huaqiao University. The lift jerked backwards and the young man couldn't move away in time. He got caught between the bottom of the floor and the top of the door, as the elevator crushed him to death.

Source: Daily Mail 
Mexican Man Accidentally Shoots Himself While Taking Selfie
A 21-year-old Mexico City resident named Oscar Otero Aguilar died taking a selfie. He was posing for the photo with a borrowed gun and did not realize it was loaded. After drinking with friends, the man accidentally shot himself, waving the gun around trying to snap the selfie, and tragically, and insanely, died.

Source: Buzzfeed
Woman Accidentally Runs Herself Over With Range Rover
A 67-year-old woman in England ran herself over with her own car after forgetting to set the emergency brake in a parking lot. After exiting the vehicle, Rita Wilson noticed her Rover rolling backwards and stuck her leg back into the car to apply the brake when she accidentally hit the gas, severing her leg in the process. The car careened into a wooden post across the parking lot, pinning the woman who eventually died from her injuries in the hospital 11 days later.

(Source: Mirror UK)
Chinese Chef Gets Bitten By a Cobra's Severed Head
Chef Peng Fan cut off the head of a spitting cobra in order to dice up its body for a soup. 20 frickin' minutes later, the head was still functioning, as the chef tried to toss it into the trash. The severed snake head bit Chef Peng Fan and he died before anti-venom could be provided.

Source: USA Today
College Student Found Dead Inside Of Restaurant Dumbwaiter
Brooke Baures, a 21-year-old college student, was found dead in a Wisconsin bar inside of a dumbwaiter. While the circumstances of the crime are fuzzy, it's believed the girl, a former member of the Winona University gymnastics team, was hit on the head by a dumbwaiter and collapsed inside of it.

(Source: Chicago Tribune)
Newlyweds Crash Into Each Other
The phrase "star-crossed lovers" took on new, freakish meanings when a pair of newlyweds accidentally killed each other. In Texas, Nicolas Cruz and Kristina Munoz were driving (both sans seatbelts) in their own cars near a farm where they both worked. They slammed into each other in a head-on collision, both dying.

Source: USA Today

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<![CDATA[53 Nativity Scenes That Are Way Funnier Than Normal Ones]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-nativity-scene-pictures/coy-jandreau


A Purrfect Nativity Scene

Aww Look at Baby Je– OH GOD HE'S EATING HIM

Location, Location, Location


Why Are You Wearing That Stupid Jesus Suit?

Bobs Big Boy, the Fourth Wise Man

Hi I'm Mary, Welcome to Hooters Bethlehem

The Birth of Diabetes

Passion of the Lego Christ

Born Today, I Was

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<![CDATA[The Worst Parents of 2014]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-parents-of-2014/mel-judson
This list of the worst parents of 2014 will make you lose your faith in moms, dads, and parenting in general. From drug addicts, to child abusers, to plain old idiots, these parents have earned their rankings as the most horrible mothers and fathers of the year. Many of these awful parents faced criminal charges for their poor parenting choices, and their poor kids will certainly have rough roads ahead. But just what does it take to become the worst parent of the year?

On this list, you will meet the mother who decided to leave her crying kids in a steaming hot car while she went down on her boyfriend in a Walmart parking lot. You will also meet the father who was so high on meth that he thought his son was a demon who needed an at home exorcism. You'll learn of the new mother in China, who decided to try cannibalism just hours after the birth of her daughter, and hear of the dad who thought, "Sure, kid... go ride on a horse with that drunk guy while I head to work."

Imagine "Florida Man" was a father. That what we're working with here. Even famous mothers like Mama June of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo made the cut for worst parent of 2014. One has to wonder if there's any amount of therapy that can save these poor kids, who were all innocent victims of the world's worst parents of the year.

Cast your votes for the parents who made the most awful decisions below, and be glad that even though your parents might be a little nuts, they never made your ride on the roof of the car so you wouldn't ruin the fine leather upholstery.


Mom and Dad Overdose at McDonald's
You thought your parents were embarrassing? Two Cincinnati parents plead guilty to child endangerment when they both overdosed on heroin at a McDonald's play area. Their children, who were in the indoor play area at the time, are now in state custody in Indiana.

Source: AP

Mama June Dates Man Who Molested Her Daughter
Mama June, Honey Boo Boo's mom as seen on TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, got in a lot of heat after her daughter Anna confirmed she was molested by June's ex-boyfriend. According to Anna, convicted child-abuser Mark McDaniel sexually assaulted the 8-year-old, while her 3-year-old sister was in the room. Mama June was reportedly hanging out with Mark in 2014, which might have ruined her relationship with Anna. 

Adding fuel to the "Worst Parent of the Year" fire, Mama June has now been offered $1 million to make a sex tape with her estranged husband, Sugar Bear Thompson.

Source: US Weekly
Mom Gets Wax Job, Leaves Kids in Hot Car
22-year-old Kentucky mom Courtney Kippes was in the salon getting a wax job when police confronted her. They charged the woman after discovering that her sons, 2 and 3 years old, were, at the time, screaming in an unlocked car. To top it off, it was 87 degrees outside and Kippes was in possession of crushed pills and a snorting straw.

Source: Headline News

Mom Gets Son a Craigslist Driver
Shelia Sherrie Joyner is a Georgia mom who thought it'd be a good idea for her son to drive across the United States with a total stranger. She met the stranger on Craigslist, allegedly asking him to take the 9 year old to Florida to his grandparents' house. When the police showed up to arrest the mother, initially, only a babysitter was present.

Source: NY Daily News

Pennsylvania Couple Has Sex Near Dying Son
In a story too horrific for even the most twisted horror movies, Jillian Tait and Gary Lee Fellenbaum were accused of laughingly hanging their toddler upside down and beating him with a frying pain until he died. As he was put down on a mattress to slowly die, the couple had sex and ordered pizza. The District Attorney's office has said they'll be seeking the death penalty for these evil-doers.

Source: Daily Mail

6 Kids Rode on Top of Car While Drunk Mom Drove
Mitt Romney lost some votes after tying his dog to his car on a family vacation, but that's because America hadn't yet met Kisha Young. The Texan mother of four was driving home from a neighborhood pool with her kids and two others. She didn't want their wet bodies to damage her car's upholstery, so she had them ride on top of the car. After an especially sharp turn, they fell off the vehicle, drawing police to the scene. Young then failed a sobriety test and one of the children was hospitalized with a head injury.

Source: Boston.com
Mother Accused of Cannibalism After Biting Her Newborn
24-year-old Chinese woman Li Zhenghua was spotted chewing on her newborn son's arm just minutes after giving birth in December 2014. A nurse found the new mom with her teeth locked around the baby's wrist. Hospital staff were eventually able to pry the woman's mouth open and rescue the little boy, but not before he sustained heavy bruising but bleeding. Zhenghua is suspected to have been living on the streets for several weeks after her mother kicked her out of the house, despite being pregnant.
Source: Metro
Methed Out Dad Performs Exorcism on Demon Son
If you thought your dad was a jerk, check out the Florida dad who got high on meth, kidnapped his own son, and tried to exorcise him in the woods. Insisting that his 11-year-old son son was a demon who needed the exorcism, Bryan Adams (not the singer) needed to be punched in the face five times in order to stop. The boy had a minor heel injury and the dad was taken by the coppers.

Source: Orlando Sentinel
Mom Leaves Kids in Car to Give BF a BJ
Welcome to Lake Charles, LA, where women occasionally leave their children in the car to blow their boyfriends in Walmart parking lots. Okay, maybe that's very specific to the case of Princess Marks. The 25 year old was arrested after going down on her boyfriend in a different car in the same parking lot, while her two toddlers were crying hysterically in an overheated car parked nearby.

Source: Gawker
Deputy Shoots Daughter, Thinking She Was a Burglar
A 16-year-old Virginian girl recovered from a gunshot wound thanks to her stupid dad. Easton McDonald was getting ready for work, as a deputy with the Sheriff's Department no less, when his house alarm went off. Before turning on the lights in the garage, he shot the "robber," who turned out to be his daughter, in the torso.

Source: Huffington Post

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<![CDATA[The Scariest Animals in the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-animals-you-are-the-most-scared-of



Black Widow Spider


Great white shark

Black mamba

Grizzly Bear





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<![CDATA[The Most Surprising Celebrity Mugshots]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/surprising-celebrity-mugshots/celebrity-lists


André the Giant
1989 - He may have been known as a gentle giant, but the 540 lb. wrestler and Princess Bride star was charged with assault for beating up a local TV cameraman in Linn County, IA.

Bill Gates
1977 - Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, was arrested for driving without a license in Albuquerque, NM.

David Bowie
1976 - Bowie and Iggy Pop were picked up for felony marijuana possession in a hotel in Rochester, NY.

Frank Sinatra
1938 - Ol' Blue Eyes was popped for adultery with a married woman back when you could still be arrested for that sort of thing.

George Carlin
1972 - Comedian George Carlin was charged with public indecency after violating obscenity laws by performing Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.
Jane Fonda
1970 - Activist and actress Jane Fonda was arrested when she was 32 years old for allegedly kicking a Cleveland cop. She had been stopped at the airport for having a large quantity of pills in her possession. Charges for assaulting the officer and smuggling drugs were both eventually dismissed.

Reese Witherspoon
2013 - Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon was arrested in Georgia for disorderly conduct. The Walk the Line star refused to remain in the car while her husband was given field sobriety tests. She even asked the officer, "Do you know my name?!" before being booked into the city jail.

Suzanne Somers
1970 - The 23-year-old Three's Company star was arrested in San Francisco for passing bad checks. She eventually had to pay back the money she owed.

Vince Vaughn
2001 - Old School star Vince Vaughn was arrested in North Carolina and charged with fighting in public after getting into a bar brawl while filming Domestic Disturbance. Fellow actor Steve Buscemi was also there, and he was stabbed several times during the fight.

Woody Harrelson
1982 - Long before True Detective, Woody Harrelson, was arrested for disturbing the peace in Columbus, OH. Police said the 21-year-old Cheers star was dancing in the middle of a busy road and trying to run away from the cops.

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<![CDATA[The Saddest Television Deaths Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/saddest-television-deaths


Bobby Singer

Buffy Summers


Edith Bunker

Joyce Summers

Mark Greene


Eddard Stark

Robb Stark

Lt. Colonel Henry Blake

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<![CDATA[The Best TV Villains of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-tv-villains-of-all-time
The best TV villains of all time rank among some of the greatest TV characters of all time as well as some of the creepiest TV characters ever. While some TV villains exist to make the lead characters appear more heroic, some of them are just plain old, nasty jerks. Regardless of their motivations, the top TV bad guys make us want to bust into the TV and kick some butt, fictional style.

Many of TV's greatest greatest villains didn't start that way; some of these men and women started out as virtuous people who took a skid into the darker ways of the world. Think of Breaking Bad's Gustavo Fring, a legitimate business man turned meth trafficking d-bag. Or Dexter Morgan who started out killing only bad guys and then went and got tangled up with killing people as a CYA offensive action. Of course, there's also people like Game of Throne's Joffrey Baratheon and The Simpsons' C. Montgomery Burns who seem to get off on tormenting people. They are the worst kind of awesome bad guys.

Who is the best bad guy on TV? What television shows have the greatest TV villains?  This best television villains list has all the top TV villains in one place for you to vote on. If your favorite TV villain isn't on the list of the greatest TV villains, make sure to add them so other voters get to hate them as much as you do.

Joffrey Baratheon

Mr. Burns


Sideshow Bob


Tony Soprano

Tywin Lannister

Benjamin Linus

The Joker

Cigarette Smoking Man

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