<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent offbeat Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/tags/offbeat http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/tags/offbeat <![CDATA[40 Guys Almost Making Totally Sweet Jumps]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bike-jump-fails/randy-cobb
Bike crashes don't seem as bad as car crashes at first. People often wear helmets, and they usually don't go nearly as fast as cars do. However, the popularity of BMX and the stupidity of the average person (often multiplied by the inclusion of alcohol) makes biking a dangerous hobby when done incorrectly. The following gifs involve professional bike riders crashing, kids trying dumb stuff, freak accidents, stunts gone wrong, and more. Let these gifs be a reminder that you should always wear a helmet on your bike, especially when you're about to tempt something stupid. Click through the slideshow for some of the best, funniest, and scariest bike fails.

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Watch Me Launch into The Water

Watch Me Backflip Off My Bike

Watch Me Jump Over My Friend

Watch Me Try Out This Homemade Ramp

Watch Me Go Over This Bridge

Watch This Ramp Drive at Me

Watch Me Take My Jacket Off

Watch Me Ride My Bike Downhill

Watch Me Jump This Chain

Watch Me Jump Around These Picnic Tables

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<![CDATA[43 Guys Who Destroyed Their Cars Doing Stupid Things]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/car-fails/randy-cobb
Humans are obsessed with their cars. Not only are they a prized possession, a status symbol, and a financial expense, they can also be a home away from home, an office, and a dangerous accident waiting to happen.

Even getting a scratch on your car can often ruin your day, and minor accidents can cost you an arm and a leg. For these people, being careless got them more than a scratch – their cars are toast. Most of them made stupid mistakes, whether it was an attempt at parkour, a parking disaster, drunk driving, or literally driving on thin ice. Prepare to not know whether to laugh or cringe as you watch these idiots destroy their modes of transportation.


Watch Me Pull Down This Tree

Just Tipping A Car into A Flaming Pile

Watch Me Move A Car with These Wooden Beams

Watch Me Jump This Trailer

Watch Me Catapalt Myself with This Car

Watch Me Drive My Car in for Repairs

Watch Me Go Through This Toll Road at the Same Time As This Guy

Watch Me Get Out of My Car to Save This Other Car

Watch Me Drive in This Pool

Watch Me Go Around This Motorcycle

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<![CDATA[The Saddest Television Deaths Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/saddest-television-deaths
Spoilers everywhere, of course! List of the saddest TV deaths as voted and ranked by fans. TV shows have long been able to penetrate the core of the human spirit, and audiences grow attached to characters they watch week after week and season after season. These TV character deaths are among the saddest, most memorable, and most gut wrenching to ever grace the silver screen - whether they were surprises or a long time coming. The list includes violent deaths, freak accidents, murders, deaths from illness, and a wide range of other sad TV death scenes.

Vote for those saddest TV deaths that impacted you most and watch them move to the top of the list, or click Re-Rank to make your own version of this list.

Bobby Singer

Buffy Summers


Edith Bunker

Joyce Summers

Mark Greene


Eddard Stark

Robb Stark

Lt. Colonel Henry Blake

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Have Aged the Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/18-celebrities-who_ve-aged-horribly
This is a list of celebrities who've looked worse with age than one would expect. As they've gotten older, these stars have become more and more unattractive. We've all seen our fair share of bad plastic surgery celebs, and some of these famous people certainly fall under the same category. Those that don't create their own damage naturally. These celebrities aging badly include actors, musicians, and notable public figures who look like they've aged 50 years in the last ten.

What celebs have aged the worst?  What celebrities used to be hot and aren't anymore? It's a shame that some of these celebs are no longer recognizable, because everyone on this list actually looked pretty good when they were young. May this be a lesson for us all to watch our bad habits and not succumb to temptations of having too much work done.

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

Lindsay Lohan
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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
A RANKER USER SAID: "Can anyone guess why Ozzy Osbourne hasn't really retained a whole lot of his boyish good looks ? This guy has gone through more illegal drugs and substances over the years then any normal person ever should. Now after all those years of drug abuse and god only knows what else it really has come back to bite him now and not only in his looks but also in a mental capacity. He seems like he is completely lost most of the time now a days." (join the discussion)
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[NPR Reporters Whose Names Are the Most Fun to Say]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/npr-names/amber-hubert
Do these reporters and NPR contributors have faces for radio? No! But they certainly have names you can't forget! That is, if you can actually pronounce them correctly. Whether these names are tongue twisters, allertation-tastic or just plain mouth fulls, you have to wonder why so many people working for National Public Radio have names that would give Engelbert Humperdinck a run for his money. Pretty soon, Rumpelstiltskin will be reporting the latest goings-on in the middle east.

It's a good thing the news and storytelling shows on NPR are so amazing, because if the names of the reporters were any indication to how much listeners will tune in for their news and other content, I'd be worried! But these journalists' names are unique and therefore pretty great and interesting, just like the stories they share with the world as NPR hosts. Let's all continue to support public radio! It really is the best journalism out there!


Ira Glass
Host and producer of This American Life. 
Renée Montagne
Journalist and co-host of NPR's Morning Edition. 
Steve Inskeep
Co-host of NPR's Morning Edition. 
Sylvia Poggioli
Senior European correspondent for NPR's international desk.
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
International correspondent for Central Europe and contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton
Radio journalist and West Africa correspondent for NPR.
Lakshmi Singh
Host of Latino USA and midday newscaster for NPR.
Audie Cornish
Co-host of All Things Considered for NPR.
Kai Ryssdal
Journalist and host of Marketplace. 
Dina Temple-Raston
Reporter on NPR's national security team. 

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<![CDATA[Pretentious Words You Secretly Don't Know How to Pronounce]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pretentious-words/devon-ashby
What are some of the most overused, mispronounced words people use to try to sound smarter? There are plenty of pretentious vocabulary words people frequently mispronounce. The English language is a mash-up of so many different languages and influences that it can be hard to keep up with new additions, but some words are just so impossible it seems like they're trying to screw you up on purpose. Below are some of the worst examples of pretentious, unpronounceable words people use to try to sound cool.

KEEN-wah -- A recently trendy food staple, the Western harvesting of which is currently condemning scores of indigenous people to starvation and poverty. (It's really high in vegan proteins, though!)
UHH-vv -- An individual artist's entire body of work. Kind of hard to pronounce even when you technically do know how to pronounce it, honestly.
ah-sah-EE -- An extremely overpriced berry that mostly contains stuff you can get from orange juice.
FUH -- Most people mispronounce the name of this traditional Vietnamese noodle soup, causing them to tragically miss out on a universe of immature jokes and puns.
eh-GREE-jess -- So glaringly horrible, outrageous, annoying, or tacky that you literally cannot even.
kwah-FYOOR -- A hairstyle which is expensive, time-consuming, and often ginormous.
on-WEE -- A consuming, Goth-like sense of boredom.
shar-KOO-tuh-REE -- A big plate of cold cuts, cheese, and sometimes olives/pickles/etc. Except that it's French.
shuh-MEEZ -- The sexually-repressed term for a "sexy" nightie.
ho-HO-buh -- A Mexican shrub nut which, like other nuts, contains oil that people like to put in moisturizers to make them seem more exotic. Also colorfully known as "goat nut."

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<![CDATA[32 of the Trashiest Tweets Ever Posted on Twitter]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/trashy-tweets/randy-cobb
Who doesn't love to read funny Twitter posts? Twitter has given everyone in the world with a cell phone or an Internet connection a way to broadcast any old thought or photo to the entire world. Unlike Facebook, where people are simply annoying their friends and family, Twitter broadcasts your every thought to the world using hashtags and trending topics.

Still, people seem to think that their posts are private, and that nobody will find the misspelled outburst, picture of a bad tattoo, or admission of drug use that they posted. Luckily some Internet heroes know when to hit the screenshot button, nab that funny twitter status and share the trashiest tweets they find with the world. Every possible grammar mistake, social faux pas, and baby-daddy related drama is exhibited here. Their trashiness and mistakes are our entertainment. Check out the weirdest, trashiest and most ridiculous posts Twitter has to offer.


That's Just Rude

A Meaty Oaker Tweet

Starting Young

So Sad

Like Father Like Son

Who Needs Maury

Got a New Debit Card... and It's Gone

A Good Work Ethic

Even Celebs Can Be Trashy

Abortion Selifie

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<![CDATA[TV Personalities You'd Want to Play Drinking Games With]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tv-personalities-you-want-to-drink-with-v1/amylindorff
We've all been there. A high school friend's basement while their parents are away. A college buddy's back porch on a lazy Sunday. A late night dive bar drinking off a crazy week of work. Hanging out with your best drinking buddy (or buddies), playing your favorite drinking game.
Flip Cup, Quarters, Drunken Jenga, Beer Pong. The best drinking games are even more fun when played with drunk celebrities. Who wouldn't want their night to turn into "Drinking With the Stars?" This list of TV talking heads and personalities is full of cool people who just might make or break your Beer Pong team. But which TV personality would you most want to play a fun drinking game with? And which of these awesome games will you play?

Many TV stars these days aren't afraid to get drunk on air – they don't need it to be five o'clock anywhere. Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford get through their fourth hour segment of the "Today Show" by sipping on the finest boxed wine. Anderson Cooper invited the lush ladies over to his own short-lived daytime show for a drink as well. Andy Cohen has nursed a drink or two on air (and Rihanna did more than that before appearing on his show wasted). Jimmy Fallon frequently played drinking games with his guests on "Late Night," a tradition we hope makes it onto the Fallon version of "The Tonight Show" as well.

But which TV personality would you challenge to a spirited game of Flip Cup? Who do you want by your side for Quarters? Vote up your dream celebrity drinking buddy below and let the "Thirsty Games" begin!


Anderson Cooper
This CNN anchor also once had his own daytime talk show. Hoda and Kathie Lee came on and nearly drank him under the table, but hopefully he'd be able to hold it together during your Beer Pong tournament.

- His tolerance seems low, so as long as you've been practicing, it should be an easy win, no matter the game.
- Think of the fun you'll have when he succumbs to a drunk Cooper Giggle Fest.

- If a super storm (or any storm, really) hits, he'll ditch you in seconds, pop on a rain coat, and head direct to the scene to cover it live.

Brian Williams
The "NBC Nightly News" anchor is generally regarded as a cool dude, game for anything. He can slow jam the news with Jimmy Fallon, will join in on other late night sketches, and doesn't mind making fun of himself on "30 Rock."

Williams is always up for some good old-fashioned fun, making him an excellent drinking game opponent.

- A drinker with a sense of humor is much better than a sadsack.
- He was a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey, so if things take a turn, he can save the day.

- Sometimes drinking games just can't wait, and Bri isn't available until after "NBC Nightly News." Plus, Williams is a family man – a wife, kids, dogs... may be hard to get him to join in on drunken festivities vs. his family time after he gets off work.

Chelsea Handler
Host of "Chelsea Lately" on E!, Handler is a party girl with no boundaries. She's widely known for her love of vodka. She serves as spokesperson for the brand Belvedere, and her book is called Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. So, yeah.

Joan Rivers has called her a drunk, but she claims she knows her limits. A night of drinking with this lady would probably be memorable, not that you'll be able to remember anything in the morning.

- She's clearly a drinking expert.
- Free Belvedere shots!

- You might end up as an unpleasant anecdote in her next book.
- Keeping up with Handler might be a challenge and would definitely result in a painful hangover.

Conan O'Brien
O'Brien is probably most famous for NBC's 2010 "Tonight Show" debacle. Now that he's all settled in at TBS, he's got to be ready for a wild night of Drunk Jenga. Right? Get your string dance ready, it's time to imbibe with Coco.

- He's Irish, so he'll have no problem holding it together during an extra long game of Beer Pong.
- You don't have to worry about making a fool of yourself, because he's probably making a fool of himself, too.

- Be very, very careful to not bring up Leno.
- Conan can be a bit awkward, not ideal in a drinking pal.

Erin Andrews
The Fox Sports reporter and "Dancing With the Stars" host is an ideal drinking companion. She's great with the guys but knows how to have a proper ladies night. And, she doesn't take any crap from anyone, including stalkers.

- Great wing-woman in any sports bar. "Hi I'm Erin Andrews, why don't you talk to my friend here..."
- Spice up your drinking games with frequent breaks for Andrews's analysis of the last play.

- Hopefully her stalker doesn't try to join in on Flip Cup.

Jimmy Fallon
Back when he was the host of "Late Night," Fallon frequently coerced his celebrity guests into playing drinking games with him. He played Beer Pong with Betty White, Giant Quarters with Kristen Stewart, and Flip Cup with Kate Upton.

Known as a fun-loving, eager guy who ruined many an "SNL" sketch with accidental laughter, Fallon is a great drinking companion.

- Would clearly be easy to beat in Flip Cup.
- Seems to know what he's doing in Beer Pong and would be a great asset to your team.

- Sometimes he gets a little too caught up in the silliness. Getting him to focus on the important game at hand might probe troublesome.

Jimmy Kimmel
The ABC late-night host is German, Irish, and Italian. Talk about the ultimate trifecta of drinking genes. This is one dude you'll definitely want on your side during the drinking hour. Kimmel's everyman personality and love of pranks will make for a memorable night.

- He grew up in Vegas, so he must know how to party.
- Remember that time he downed five drinks during a speech? #skills.

- With a new baby on the way, Papa Kimmel might not be as dedicated to the craft of drinking games.

Jon Stewart
Host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, Stewart could easily be the poster-child for drinking games. He is beloved by many, including those drinking game experts: college dudes. He clearly has a hold on this group, though he's not exactly skipping class and sitting around. Stewart just happens to be TV's highest paid host.

He's smart, witty, and after you're tanked from hours of Quarters, his biting sarcasm will keep you laughing until you (hopefully) make it home.
- Few people under 34 years old (and over 21, of course) wouldn't want to drink with him. Think of the street cred!
- Bust out that fat wallet, J. Stew.

- He might have to bail early, as each night he and his wife have a date with the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.

Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee and her "Today Show" fourth hour co-host, Hoda Kotb, love to sip on wine. Their hour is usually quite something to watch, often going right off the rails. Get these two off camera, set the table for Wine Pong, and there won't be anything holding them back. 

- Seeing this train-wreck close up would result in some incredible stories.

- If she can host a television show while buzzed, drinking games will be easy, and she'll be tough to beat.
- Wine hangovers are the worst.

Andy Cohen
As host of "Watch What Happens Live," Cohen frequently hobnobs with famous celebrities and reality television stars. Many of his guests (hi, Rihanna) have seemed a little tipsy, and, much like Hoda and Kathie Lee, he's not afraid of an on-air drink either.

- Cohen's bubbly, chatty demeanor is great for a night of raucous, lively drinking games.
- Maybe he'll put you on speaker when he drunk-dials Anderson Cooper.
- He's also a development executive at Bravo, so these aren't just drinking games, this could be your big break.

- He's a producer on the "Real Housewives" franchise. So we have him to thank for that.
- Cohen definitely ranks on the high side of the douche scale.

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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

The Governor

Gustavo Fring

Cigarette Smoking Man

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<![CDATA[The Most Expensive Pop Culture Memorabilia Sold at Auction]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-expensive-collectibles/brettdahlenburg
What happens to props, costumes, or other items after they are used in our favorite movies, TV series, music videos, or events? One thing is for sure, they don't get thrown away. Many high profile items from pop culture live a second life as memorabilia for collectors. Years after their initial use, the most interesting and culturally significant items are often sold at auction for exorbitant amounts of money to collectors of all types.

Read on, and you'll find a list of 17 of the most expensive pop culture memorabilia sold at auction, including items used by Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Andrews, Jerry Garcia, and more. Some of these expensive collectors items are actually worth something (more than sentimental value) so it's no surprise that these items – like Liz Taylor's jewels – sold for an exorbitant amount of money. Other pieces of memorabilia, like Babe Ruth's jersey, gain their value from their place in history and the story surrounding them. Read on to learn more about some of the most expensive items ever sold at auction.

Liz Taylor's Jewels

Having the benefit of being an incredibly elaborate jewelry collection on its own, one could say that being the former property of Liz Taylor was only one factor in the whopping amount of money the actress's jewels fetched. 80 items of Taylor's collection, sold during a Christie's auction, gathered nearly $116 million in 2011.

Gone With the Wind Best Picture Oscar
What's the highest grossing movie of all time? If you are thinking of one of James Cameron's monstrosities, then you forgot to adjust for inflation! 1939's Gone with the Wind pulled in almost $200 million (domestic) in it's day; with an adjusted gross of over $1.6 billion, that makes it the most profitable movie ever. Let's not forget that it also won eight competitive and two honorary Oscars® and is, in fact, a f**king great film. All that combined meant that it's Best Picture Oscar statuette sold in 2012 to pop sensation Michael Jackson for $1.54 million.

Fun fact: Since 1950, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has forbade winners from selling their Oscar statuettes to anyone except the Academy for the amount of $1.
Marilyn Monroe's Subway Dress

Marilyn Monroe's celebrity clout is such that two of her dresses make the list, the first being this iconic dress worn by Monroe in the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch. In 2011, the ivory pleated dress was sold during an auction in Beverly Hills; total price paid: $5.6 million.

Babe Ruth's Jersey
You don't have to be a baseball fan to love The Great Bambino and all of the associated lore (Sandlot fans, I'm looking at you). Being worn by arguably the most famous baseball player of all time helped Babe Ruth's first season Yankee's jersey sell for over $4.4 million in 2012. Remember kids: "heroes get remembered but legends never die..."
Apple's Original Contract
Probably one of the most boring things you could ever buy at an auction is a bunch of papers with legalize written all over it. But what if those papers were the founding documents to one of the most culturally influential companies ever? In 2011, the original contract signed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne founding Apple Computer, Inc. sold for $1.6 million.

Fun fact: Wayne sold his 10% stake in the company shortly after it's founding for $800; 10% of the current Apple, Inc. would have been worth as much as $36 billion today. Oops...
Jerry Garcia's Guitars
If having a delicious flavor of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream named after him (Cherry Garcia, yum) wasn't proof enough that the late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia is a cultural icon, how about the fact that a pair of his stage and studio-used guitars sold for a combined $1.74 million in 2002? Created by famed guitar designer Doug Irwin, the guitars were the most expensive ever sold at auction, beating out the previous record held by the Fender used by Eric Clapton to record the hit song "Layla."
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Outfit
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video inspired a generation of uncoordinated people to get up off their couches and swing their arms hazardously through the air, mimicking the onscreen dance stylings of the King of Pop. In 2011, the famed all leather digs worn on screen by Jackson sold for $1.8 million. Why? "Cause this is thriller, thriller night!"
Superman's Debut Comic Book
To say Superman is influential is an understatement. The character has been played and/or voiced by at least 48 actors in at least six radio/audio dramas, 16 movies, seven TV series, 36 animated series and stand alone efforts, and no less than 30 video games. But it all started on the printed page with Action Comics #1. It cost only $.10 when first sold but, in 2011, a copy of the famed issue sold for $2.1 million on eBay. Talk about a return on investment.
Mark McGwire's 70th-home-run Baseball
These days, anyone can buy a game-used MLB baseball for under $20, so why would someone back in 1999 spend $3 million on one? Well, this particular ball was hit by famed pro Mark McGwire and marked (no pun intended) his 70th "home run" in the sport. Suffice it to say, this is not the ball you use to play "catch" with your son...
Judy Garland's The Wizard of Oz Dress
Have you ever wanted to don a blue plaid dress and run through the streets shouting "We're off to see the wizard!"? No? Just me? Well, we all missed our chance when Judy Garland's screen-used The Wizard of Oz dress was sold in 2012 for $480,000. #heartbroken.

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