<![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[24 Pictures of Plumber's Crack Spotted in the Wild]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-plumbers-crack-photos/nathandavidson

Don't Do Crack. This is a common phrase in America these days, but it has nothing to do with drugs. It's due to an ongoing plumber's crack epidemic plaguing the nation. But many of these plumber crack issues aren't due to people pulling on the wrong size of pants or forgetting their belt. A number of instances of plumber butt and plumber fail are also due to individuals who intentionally wear their pants that way.

Once you see these photos of plumbers crack in real life you'll realize there's currently a crack in the pants system of America. Now might be the time for suspenders to make a serious comeback in this country. Whether you prefer your pants high-waisted or slung low, you'll find some photos to crack you up on this list.


24 Pictures of Plumber's Crack Spotted in the Wild, fails, other,

Split Decision

Meanwhile, At Subway

The Standard Walmart Greeting

The Gate To Hell

The Whole Crack And Caboodle

Hello Monday, My Old Friend

Suspenseful Crack

Cleanup On Aisle Three

Tour De Fart

Bubble Butt Crack


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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:11:36 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-plumbers-crack-photos/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[22 Secret Penises Hidden in Tattoos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-tattoos-that-are-totally-penises/nathandavidson

Yep, there's something more horrifying than a misspelled tattoo. That's right, ladies and gentleman, real people have actually received penis tattoos! Those are tattoos of penises, not tattoos on penises. In some cases the recipient clearly wanted a wiener or two subtly incorporated into a design, but in many, many instances, these folks went down to the tattoo parlor with no plan to have a penis permanently inked into their skin. That's what they ended up with, however.

Accidental penis tattoos are the father of the mother of all tattoo fails. From the accidental penis nose to at least one crucifix gone horribly wrong, there is absolutely nothing funny about these wiener tattoos. Well, as long you as you aren't one of the people in these photos. Then these tattoos are just about the funniest thing ever.


22 Secret Penises Hidden in Tattoos,

A Signature for the Ages

Peenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

Beware the Scorpion's Sting

Pisces or Penis?

Guitar Hero

When Is a Jellyfish Not a Jellyfish?

How a Finger Becomes a Penis

Harlem Shaking My Head

Praying to the Almighty

Cocky Flamingo


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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:31:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/real-tattoos-that-are-totally-penises/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[Bizarre Smuggling Stories That Didn't Quite Work Out as Planned]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-smuggling-stories/jacob-shelton

If you’ve traveled internationally, you know the anxious feeling of passing through Customs and feeling like you are going to be busted for something. Maybe you brought in a weird fruit, or maybe you have twenty endangered birds shoved down your pants – we don’t know, we’re not here to judge. The smuggler stories that you’re about to read are full of people who tried to pull something past the authorities in the strangest possible way. From hiding drugs in fake food, to trying to pretend that a turtle was a sandwich, there’s no way to follow the obtuse logic of any of these decisions. Basically, whatever the opposite of Occam’s razor is, these weird smuggling stories are it. 

When a criminal has weird things and smuggles them in a weird way it almost seems like they’re trying to get caught. Why else would someone take the time to poorly craft 2,000 fake carrots, or everyone’s favorite gibberish speaking cartoon characters, Minions? The biggest take away from these weird smuggling stories is that there’s no good way to bring something illegal through airport security or across the border of another country. And the sillier your method is for hiding contraband the more likely it is that you’re going to be caught. Whether you’re doing some research for your next caper or you just like to read about dumb criminals, there’s a lot of fun to be had with these terrible smugglers. 


Bizarre Smuggling Stories That Didn't Quite Work Out as Planned,

These Stuffed Animals Aren't Quite What They Seem

Thanks to Tinder, more and more people are trying to get their hands on an eccentric animal for their profile picture, lest they live forever alone. In 2011, one smuggler decided that the best way to get his baby tiger, monkeys, bear, leopards, and panthers through customs from the United Arab Emirates to Thailand was to drug them for the six hour flight and bring them along in his carry-on luggage. Unfortunately for the smuggler, he was the focus of an undercover operation focused on stopping this exact thing, and when he landed in Bangkok the cops were waiting for him. 


The Canadian Mint Employee Who Smuggled Gold in His Butt

There are plenty of ways to move gold, but beginning in 2014 Leston Lawrence attempted to thwart the Canadian Mint's security by smuggling $140,000 worth of gold ($180,000 in Canadian dollars) in his butt. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police received a heads up about Lawrence's back door dealings by a bank teller who noticed the thief making an unusual amount of deposits at the Ottawa Gold Buyers store.


Smuggler Shoves Live Birds Down His Pants

Early on in 2016, a man was caught at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City trying to smuggle live birds to Taiwan by strapping them to his legs inside his pants and attempting to board an aircraft. He also had live birds inside his luggage, including 11 varieties listed as endangered species.

Since the illegal trade of wildlife is a huge problem, customs officials were on the lookout for smugglers. 


Man Tries to Smuggle Turtle onto a Plane in a KFC Sandwich

In August 2016, a traveler identified only by his surname, Li, was attempting to travel through China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on a China Southern Airlines flight to Beijing with his best friend - a turtle - hidden inside the bun of a KFC sandwich. Airport security noticed “odd protrusions” in the burger's wrapper in the X-ray scanner and squashed his attempt to take his buddy on the flight. According to The Telegraph, Li had to leave his turtle with a friend and take a later flight. 


Roofing Shingles Used to Smuggle Marijuana

There's no perfect method for smugglers who are trying to move product across the border, but roofing shingles seems like a bad idea from the start. In January 2016, a truck attempted to haul 288 marijuana-filled bundles of roofing shingles, totaling to 954 pounds, and adding up to a street value of $763,200 through the Mexican/American border at El Paso. That totally sounds like an idea that someone floated in the Cheech and Chong writer's room. 


Relaxed Human Tries to Smuggle Crystal Meth in Neck Pillow

In January, 2016 the most chill passenger on a flight from Hong Kong to New Zealand was arrested upon arrival when it was discovered that his two neck pillows were full of almost $1 million worth of crystal meth. According to officials in New Zealand, the crystal meth route from Hong Kong to New Zealand is fairly common as the drug fetches a heftier price in the Kiwi country. 


Drug Ring Attempts to Use Minions to Smuggle Cocaine

Everybody loves Minions: your mom, children, even drug smugglers. On August 4, 2015, a high-level drug smuggler named Albert Fortosa and his crew were busted when they mailed boxes of cocaine from Puerto Rico to Harlem hidden in gift boxes with none other than those adorable yellow ne'er do wells - Minions. The Minions? After the cocaine was intercepted, Fortosa and his gang received 71 different felony counts that run down the list of every drug dealing crime you can think of. 


Pills Smuggled Into School with Donuts

If there are two things that young people love, it would be donuts and breaking the law. On March 22, 2016, a couple of dufuses combined those two things when they attempted to smuggle narcotics into the Bordentown Regional High School in New Jersey. Brian Perry, a 21 year old, dropped off "lunch" for his friend Ilker Ceylan in the school's office, and as soon as he left school administrators went through the lunch bag and discovered a donut with six Xanax pills inside a sandwich bag stuffed in the center hole. What a lazy drug delivery. Police arrested and charged Perry and Ceylan with possession and intent to distribute.


Delta Worker Tries to Smuggle Cocaine in Fudge

The best laid plans of airline workers and men often go awry, you know? In September 2016, a 64 year old Delta Airlines worker was busted for trying to move a kilo of cocaine inside four packs of Tortuga chocolate rum fudge that he had stashed in his luggage. The suspect, Noel Llewellyn, told agents his sister-in-law was the one who packed the boxes of fudge.


Sharks Used to Smuggle Cocaine

There are drug smuggling attempts and then there are drug smuggling attempts. Plans that are so ludicrous that you would think a Bond villain was consulted somewhere during the planning stage. In 2009, Mexican police confiscated 20 frozen shark carcasses filled with slabs of cocaine that added up to more than one ton of nose candy. The people in charge of the shipment tried to pass off the cocaine as a "conserving agent" but after some tests there was no way to lie about what the police had found. 



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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:50:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-smuggling-stories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Creepiest Things Ever Overheard by Random People on the Internet]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-things-overheard/jacob-shelton

We’ve all been in some dingy bar, or in line at a fast food restaurant and heard someone say something that was really creepy. Whether it was an out on context statement about a blood transfusion, or something a little more invasive, when you hear these things your mind begins to wander and think up all new terrible situations to surround that statement. Some of the fine folks over on Reddit have shared some of the creepy things overheard while going about their daily life, and they gave us the creeps. If you think you can handle the terror of real life, continue reading this collection of scary things overheard in public.

It’s surprising what one can hear in public when they close their mouths and open their ears. It turns out that most people not only have a problem with volume control, but they also over-share an extreme amount. A lot of the stories on this collection of creepy things overheard in public have an overtly sexual vibe, which already makes a lot of people uncomfortable. Aside from the overheard snippets of overtly sexual conversations, the amount of violent fantasies that people share in public is mind-boggling. After reading these weird things that people overheard in public, you’re definitely going to second guess everything you say out loud.

Vote up the creepiest things overheard by people on the Internet. And if you’ve overheard something weird then tell us about it in the comments. 


The Creepiest Things Ever Overheard by Random People on the Internet,

She Just Turned 13

"About two years ago, I had traveled out of town to go visit a job site my company was contracted for and wanted to enjoy a nice treat: Steak ‘N Shake. I had just ordered my food and I suddenly begin overhearing the conversation taking place behind me. The voices sounded older… late 50s, maybe early 60s.

Man 1: Oh! I forgot to tell you I talked to Jenny [not exact name] the other day!

Man 2: Sweet! How’s she doing? How’s her daughter?

Man 1: She’s great, man. Her daughter is as beautiful as ever.

Man 2: Good deal. I remember her daughter used to be SMOKING hot. I wish I could [censored, for the sake of my sanity] before the school boys get to it!

Man 1: Oh, you and me both!

Man 2: How old is she now?

Man 1: She just turned 13."


Father Knows Best

"A father is talking about his two daughters age 6 and 9.

Him: Yeah she has a body like a boy now but once she gets older, I’m sure she’ll have a sexy body.

Everyone in the room: err

Him: Just like her mom, you know. I know if I was a boy their age that I would be trying to be really close friends with them."


Age of Consent

While having breakfast one morning in 2015, at a pousada somewhere in the Northeast of Brazil, I overheard the British owner say the following to some of his friends:

“So in terms of the new law, even if the boy consents or seduces you, YOU can still be charged with rape if he was underage.”


Time to Put on Your Invisibility Cloak

"I use[d] to work at a Honda factory in Alabama and they get a lot of workers in from temp agencies, so you tend to get a lot of weird ones. As I'm walking back from my lunch break, I pass two guys and accidentally overhear, 'I just want to impregnate the first thing I see.' My only thoughts were, 'Don't make eye contact, don't make eye contact, don't make eye contact.'"


This Is Why You Shouldn't Learn Russian

"I speak a small amount of Russian. Not enough to get me through a conversation but after watching a bunch of videos and trying to learn the language, I can understand a fair amount more than I can speak. I was in Toronto walking down the road and there were two guys, Russian, sitting and talking in Russian at a table. I overheard 4 words. Dead, body, murder, and what was essentially dispose. I turned pale and got the f*ck out of there."


The Phantom Poop

"I heard a dude grunting in the stall next to me trying to poop but they were clearly phantom poops. Although, every time he farted he broke out into a hysterical laughter and would then return to grunting. The grunting got louder and louder until he just let out this epic GRUNT. Seriously, I thought he was sh*tting a boulder. I think the whole Student Union heard him. Anyway, after the huge grunt I heard the smallest 'plop' and all hell broke loose. He was cheering at this victory by banging on the side of the stall. Screaming with happiness. Between his screaming laughter he would yell, 'F*ck you poop! You can't control me!'"


Seriously, Call the Police

A guy I was standing near in the bar: “You know, the simple fact of the matter is, I could easily drug and rape any of these chicks. Most of them I wouldn't even have to drug, because I'm obviously stronger.”

His friend: “That's one hundred percent fact. Hell, I’d help if she turned out the be a fighter. You know that.”

I could pretend they were having a hypothetical discussion about women's safety issues, if it wasn't for that second guy’s reply.


The Mind Eraser

When I was a bartender, I could overhear quite a few conversations. The most unnerving came when I saw a man hand another man a small brown container with a white cap. I only overheard snippets:

“… won’t remember anything.”

“Even from what happened before. Total eraser.”

“… do it again and again.”

“…. get blackouts. You don’t know what kind of damage that does.”

“… pass out? I’m not a necrophiliac.”

“No, they participate all right…”


If You See Something, Say Something

"At Starbucks in a pretty affluent area. Two soccer moms are having a conversation about mom #1's 12 year old son molesting his sister who sounded close in age. It was graphic and detailed about what he did and what they were doing to stop it. They were talking in normal tones and not even being remotely secretive about this. No, I didn't call the cops. No one is going to believe a poor kid over rich soccer moms anyway."


TFW Your Roommates Want to Rape You

"I was sitting in my room quietly working on homework (I was in college at the time) and overheard two men (one of whom lived in the room next to me) calmly discussing the best way to rape me. It was 10am and they were already drinking beer. They were discussing tactics like drugging my food or drink, or physically overpowering me on my way to the bathroom, either very early or late when no one would be awake to hear me scream. They then started discussing the vile things they wanted to do, mostly involving torturing me in vicious and inventive ways."



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:31:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-things-overheard/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Weirdest Book Covers Ever Published]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-book-covers/bridget-fitzgerald

These weird book jacket covers are either super off the mark or super on the mark, depending on your perspective. But one thing is for certain: the publishers and powers that be in the world of book cover art did not read these books before sending the cover to the printer. From literal interpretations of themes and symbolism, to random references to Nicolas Cage movies, each of these weird book covers is a unique special snowflake of the shelves. Some books start with weird subject matter (a story about falling in love with a haunted house, anyone?), but others are totally normal, or even classics, and somehow ended up with a strange and unintentionally funny book jacket.

Vote up the weirdest of the weird covers below and remember that just because you can't judge a book by its cover doesn't mean you can't judge the covers themselves.


The Weirdest Book Covers Ever Published,

When the Publisher Goes Literal

Uhhh, That's Not Charlie

Joan of Arc Is in Frankenstein?

"Harpo, You Should Tell Someone."

This Textbook Decided It'd Rather Be "Raising Arizona"

Hello, Hawaiian Dick?

Get Off Him, Beethoven

When It's Past His Bedtime, Detective Jackson Gets All Kinds of Cranky

Ick. Just Ick.

Never Let Grandma Tell You About Her Stripping Days


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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:21:37 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-book-covers/bridget-fitzgerald
<![CDATA[Cannibals Describe What Human Meat Tastes Like]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-does-human-meat-taste-like/jacob-shelton

It’s a question as old as time: what does human meat taste like? Is it sweet, savory, gamey, or all of the above? From the way most people look, you would expect the taste of human flesh to be oily, or maybe even stringy, but according to the cannibals catalogued here, we actually taste pretty good. If you’re pretending that you’ve never thought about what your ribs would taste like after a couple hours on the grill, then you need to stop lying to yourself and admit that you're morbidly curious. What does human taste like? Keep reading to find out.

Every couple of years, someone will be arrested for cannibalism, but the hungry killers usually don't discuss what the person tasted like. Luckily, there are a few cannibals that are happy to chat about that delicious human meat taste and even give up a few recipes.

Depending on where they live, some cannibals eat their victims raw, some put them in a stew, and others simply toss the loose human meat into a sandwich and give it to their neighbors. If you aren’t grossed out yet and your mouth is watering at the question, "What do people taste like?" then you’re in luck because these fine young(ish) cannibals were happy to share their experiences of chomping down on a human being. What does human flesh taste like? You’re about to find out in a big way. 


Cannibals Describe What Human Meat Tastes Like,

Flesh Biopsied from a Thigh Tastes Like Beef and Ale Stew

You know when you get an idea that you have to see through to the end? That's what happened to Greg Foot when he decided to have a piece of his upper thigh biopsied so he could find out what human meat tastes like. Because cannibalism is illegal in England (boooo!), Foot had the meat from his thigh analyzed so he could construct a human thigh meat avatar that he could eat legally. Scientific research aside, it's a little disappointing that Foot didn't nosh on his leg meat and tell the Queen to deal with it. He said it tasted like beef and ale stew.


Albert Fish Thought Human Meant Was 'As Sweet as a Nut'

If you have children, you're probably not going to want to know about serial killer/child murder/human vase Albert Fish's recipe for human stew. "The Grey Man," as he was called by many who knew him, was a literal boogeyman who spent his days working as a sanitarium painter when he wasn't eating children, spanking himself with a paddle, or shoving needles into his pelvis. After he was caught, he confessed to killing and eating a boy named Billy Gaffney in a stew. He wrote to his attorney,

His monkey and pee wees and a nice little fat behind to roast in the oven and eat. I made a stew out of his ears - nose - pieces of his face and belly. I put onions, carrots, turnips, celery, salt and pepper. It was good. 

Then I split the cheeks of his behind open, cut off his monkey and pee wees and washed them first. I put strips of bacon on each cheek of his behind and put them in the oven. Then I picked 4 onions and when the meat had roasted about 1/4 hour, I poured about a pint of water over it for gravy and put in the onions.

At frequent intervals, I basted his behind with a wooden spoon. So the meat would be nice and juicy. In about two hours, it was nice and brown, cooked through. I never ate any roast turkey that tasted half as good as his sweet fat little behind did. I ate every bit of the meat in about four days. His little monkey was a sweet as a nut. 

What's more upsetting: the recipe, or the fact that Fish calls male genitals "monkey and pee wees"?


Jeffrey Dahmer Says It Tastes Like Filet Mignon

Jeffrey Dahmer began fantasizing about killing and eating people from a young age, and by the time he was on his final run of murders in the late '80s, he was experimenting with a variety of body parts. So much so that he knew some cuts were better than others. According to an FBI interview, Dahmer would cook "thighs, biceps, and various internal organs" in a stovetop skillet before consuming them. He told one FBI agent that the taste was reminiscent of filet mignon. But before you think of Dahmer like some kind of greedy cannibal that kept his food to himself, he was always happy to share with his neighbors. In fact, one of Dahmer's former neighbors, Pamela Bass, still isn't sure what was in a sandwich that Dahmer made her one day before his arrest. Bass admits, "I have probably eaten someone's body part." 


A German Cannibal Said It's Stronger Than Pork

In a televised interview with Germany's RTL television channel, convicted cannibal Armin Meiwes not only described human meat as "[tasting] like pork, a little bit more bitter, stronger," but he also revealed that he ate his victims in a green pepper sauce with croquettes and Brussels sprouts. In 2002, Meiwes made an online post hoping to find a "man to slaughter," and found a victim in 42-year-old computer engineer Bernd Brandes. Meiwes said that he'd fantasized about cannibalism ever since he was a child, when he began hoping to have a younger brother who could "be inside him." 


It Tastes Odorless

If that description sounds needlessly existential to you, that's because it came from Issei Sagawa, a wealthy creep from Japan who allegedly first became interested in cannibalism at a young age when he saw a classmate's thigh. "I suddenly thought, 'Mmm, that looks delicious.'" In 1981, Sagawa was studying in Paris and invited a friend over to help him "translate some poetry."(Side note: ladies, if a guy ever asks you to come back to his place and do anything with poetry - RUN.)

When his friend arrived, he shot her with a hunting rifle, raped her corpse, and ate various parts of her body. As far as the taste, he said, "Human meat is odorless. I actually believe that human meat is the tastiest of all meats. It doesn’t have any of that gamey animal smell. When I ate some more a couple of days later, just before I got arrested, the meat had become sweeter and it tasted great."


It Can Be Tender and Delicious

After a whirlwind romance and one month of marriage, Omaima Nelson murdered and dismembered her husband Bill on Thanksgiving in 1991 before castrating his dead body, cooking his head, and mixing his excess body parts in with the day's leftovers. Later when she spoke to a series of prison psychiatrists she claimed to barbecue his ribs and munch on them like your dad on the one day a year he gets to eat red meat. She described their taste as "So sweet, it's so tender and delicious." and "Just like in a restaurant." Well, not just like in a restaurant. 


Native Tribes from Vanuatu Also Described the Taste as 'Very Sweet'

While studying the natives of Vanuatu - an island nation located in the South Pacific - in the 1970s, Jeremy MacClancy tried to get to the bottom of what was going on with their love of human meat. As you might have guessed from reading some of the other stories of flesh eating collected here, many of the islanders told him that human meat is "very sweet."


Apparently, It Kind of Tastes Like Veal

In his book Jungle Ways, William Seabrook recounts his travels to West Africa to observe a cannibalistic tribe and admits he ended up going native. Seabrook thought human tasted so good that you wouldn't know you were eating people unless someone told you.

It was like good, fully developed veal, not young, but not yet beef. It was very definitely like that, and it was not like any other meat I had ever tasted. It was so nearly like good, fully developed veal that I think no person with a palate of ordinary, normal sensitiveness could distinguish it from veal.


Penises Taste Hard and Rubbery

In 2012, a Japanese illustrator named Mao Sugiyama invited anyone who was interested to eat his severed genitals for the sake of art. Sugiyama is asexual and had his penis and testicles surgically removed, and after he got them back from his doctor, he decided that they would make a tasty meal for someone.

At a banquet, Sugiyama served the genitals to five people (including himself) and anyone who attended who wasn't able to gain a seat at the "lucky" table was served a meal consisting of beef and alligator. According to one of the eaters, the penis was hard and rubbery, and it bent his fork when he tried to pierce it. The testicles were hard on the outside and soft and glutinous in the middle, with a fishy or gamey taste. In Sugiyama's defense, he's an illustrator, not a chef. 


It's the Sweetest Meat

While searching for gold in Colorado in 1874, Alfred Packer and his crew ran out of food in the middle of a harsh winter and had to resort to cannibalism to survive. At the end of their trek only Packer survived, and after he was arrested, he described a horrific series of murders that make it seem like human meat is worth killing your friends for. In his confession, he made sure to note, "The breasts of man... are the sweetest meat I ever tasted."



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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:57:37 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/what-does-human-meat-taste-like/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[14 Terrible Parents Who Used Their Kids for Effed Up Things]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/parents-who-used-their-kids/jacobybancroft
Parents act as a child's first role model, as beacons of integrity and high moral standards. As such, they're responsible for helping children grow into fully-functional adults, and teaching them what's right and wrong in the world. Unfortunately, all the parents on this list fail spectacularly. These parents should never have been parents in the first place, as they exploit or steal from their children in order to benefit themselves. Check out the list below of some of the worst parents ever and how they used their children for messed up things. 
14 Terrible Parents Who Used Their Kids for Effed Up Things,

Dad Uses Son to Teach a Lesson About Discipline

Look, everyone has different opinions about how to raise and discipline children, but this might be taking things a bit too far. In April 2016, a father was upset that his son cut class so he decided to use his son to make a video about discipline.

As he explains in the video, he is doing this to teach his son a lesson. He decides to box his son and beats him until he's bloody. He says it's okay because he was giving his son the opportunity to fight back, but one look at the aftermath and you got to wonder if a timeout would have worked better. The man was later arrested for battery. 


Mother Uses Daughter to Extort Money from Father

In theory, it was an incredibly sweet gesture. In March 2016, a little girl in Dubai called a radio station and asked to send a message out to her father, who she claimed she hadn't seen in quite some time. The girl was about to undergo heart surgery and she was hoping that her father would come visit her before it happened.

The radio station was so moved that they broadcast her message, but people started to question the motives when the little girl asked her father to buy her a business class ticket to go to Germany for treatment. Social services stepped in and found that the father had in fact seen the girl last year, and that the girl was being forced on the radio by her mother in order to get more money out of the father.


Dad Uses Nine-Year-Old Daughter as Designated Driver

Picture this: you're drunk at 3am and you really want to go to the gas station for a late night snack. What do you do? The smart decision would be to call a cab, but in October 2011, Shawn Weimer of Detroit had a better idea. He used his nine-year-old daughter to drive him and you know what? He couldn't have been more proud.

As the video shows, he loudly brags to the gas store clerk how he got his kid to drive him there and even rewards her with a candy apple. "I got a designated driver," he said. "Nine years old. Nine! Dad's drinking. Listen, we're leaving, and she's driving." 

He now faces charges of second and fourth degree child abuse. 


Mother Steals Daughter's Identity to Become 15-Year-Old Cheerleader

You know how it's completely normal for parents to hate their children for ruining their careers and hindering their inhibitions? Well, in September 2008, one mom actually did something about it. This mother stole her daughter's identity, and then pretended to be a 15-year-old in order to infiltrate high school and follow her life's goal of becoming a cheerleader.

She made the team (!!) and interacted with the unknowing student population for awhile until she found out school is actually hard work. Her desire to avoid actual classwork drew attention to her, and when her checks started to bounce, school officials knew something was up. 


Father Uses Half Naked Pictures of Daughter to Sell Car

A father trying to sell his car on eBay decided to get creative with his ads in 2012 to see if it might help with the sale. In the pictures he posted, he had a half-naked woman pose with the car in order to garner more attention. As you might guess, the ploy worked. The car sold for $7,500.

People started to question the man's methods when they realized that the half naked woman in the photos was in own daughter. Imagine a father asking his daughter to undress and act provocative for the camera. Creepy.


Mother Gets Daughter to Steal Woman's Purse

The best thing about having children is their ability to fit in small spaces and lurk about unnoticed. At least, that's probably what this mother thinks. In the June 2013 surveillance video above, you can see the mother instruct her daughter to crawl underneath a desk and snatch the purse of the woman sitting next to her.

On the bright side, this mother is at least teaching her child to take what she wants in life.


Mother Steals Son's Identity

Fun fact: Approximately 500,000 children under the age of 18 have had their identity stolen by their parents each year. Cynthia Hampton, a credit counselor has seen an abundance of cases like this, but there was one that happened in February of 2013 that really stuck out to her.

A woman came to her asking to be put on a debt repayment plan, and after digging a little deeper, Hampton discovered that all five of the woman's accounts were in her son's name. She had used his Social Security number and filled out applications in his name. In the end, she had maxed out the credit limits on all five of the accounts and racked up close to $13,000 worth of purchases. The next time you're eating dinner with your family, take a closer look at who would want to steal your identity. 


Dad Uses Daughter as Human Shield to Avoid Being Tased

Let's hear it for #1 Dad! In May 2016, a man wearing a #1 Dad t-shirt walked into a sheriff's station with his daughter to take out a protective order against his wife. While there, the officers realized that the mild-mannered Jonathan Morrow was actually wanted on drug charges.

When he tried to flee the station, an officer pointed a Taser at Morrow, who did what any great dad would do: use his his young daughter as a human shield. He then fled the premises, presumably to go return that shirt. 


Mother Uses Daughters to Help Rob Liquor Store

Does robbing a liquor store together count as family bonding time? If not, then this is just another example of bad parenting.

In February 2016, Jennifer Brannon used her two daughters to help her rob a liquor store. She had one of them go in and ask the clerk to help with an item in the back while she snuck in with her other daughter. The second daughter acted as lookout while Brannon robbed the cash register.

Mom left with the second daughter, drove out to the desert and left her there with the money. She then drove back to the liquor store to pick up her other daughter. It would've been the perfect plan except for the whole part about leaving her daughter there after she just robbed the place. . . which was not very smart at all. 

The mother was arrested after deputies responded to the scene.


Father Uses Toddler to Hide a Stolen Laptop

You never know, maybe this father was trying to steal a laptop so he could give it to his son when he reached high school or something. Or maybe this father was just stealing it for himself. Whatever the reason, kudos to this guy for thinking of using his toddler-aged son to hide the laptop he stole from a Russian store ub October 2015. 

Nobody likes to stare too long at babies because they make normal people uncomfortable. "What's that rectangular protrusion on your left side?" "Oh, that's just baby stuff, you wouldn't understand." Genius. Unfortunately, dad was caught on the shop's CCTV and authorities are now investigating the situation.



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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:38:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/parents-who-used-their-kids/jacobybancroft
<![CDATA[27 Times Adults Played with Toys and Things Got Dirty]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/toys-behaving-badly/nathandavidson

There's a reason why most people stop playing with toys when they become adults, and you're about to see some perfectly good examples of why this is true. Below you will find photos of toys in dirty and incredibly funny positions. If you have children, you'll want to cover their eyes or ask them to leave the room before you start looking at these pictures so you don't permanently damage their childhood. This is the Internet's version of Toy Story gone bad, and this gallery is living proof that most adults never truly grow up. Not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you. Honestly, these are some of the funniest pictures you'll see all day, and truly show some imagination.


27 Times Adults Played with Toys and Things Got Dirty,

Office Party Barbie

Rubbit

Barbie's Night Out

GI Joe in the Wild

Hulk Smashed

Avenger's Pub Crawl

Lego My Husband

Khaleesi's Fun House

Buzzed Lightyear

Home Is Where the Fart Is


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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:01:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/toys-behaving-badly/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[33 Pictures That Will Make You Do a Double Take]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-that-will-make-you-do-a-double-take/nathandavidson

Why look at boring, regular photos that you can totally comprehend the first time you see them when you can experience these epic pictures that will make you do a double take. It's like getting two Internet photo galleries for the price of one and that's the best deal you're going to find on the Internet today.  Move your eyeballs in circles at least three times before you begin, because they're about to get quite an optical workout. If you're able to understand any of these optical illusions the very first time you look at them, then you might be an "Internet genius." 


33 Pictures That Will Make You Do a Double Take,

Too Much Pot

Liev or Let Die

Go-Go Gadget Arm!

Cooler Heads Prevail

How an Arm Almost Becomes a Felony

Toe For Show

Oh Baby

In the Driver's Seat

Statue-tory Rape

Third Arm


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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:21:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-that-will-make-you-do-a-double-take/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[The Most Insane, Nasty Things to Ever Happened in Buffets]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-you-can-eat-buffet-horror-stories/dukeharten

Ever wander into a buffet and wonder what goes on behind the scenes? Or what happens on a busy Saturday night when the regulars are in full force? Wonder no more - below, we've compiled a list of the best (or worst) all-you-can-eat buffet horror stories. These gross food stories will have you alternately laughing and gagging at humanity's potential for gluttony. But beware: after reading these gross buffet stories, it might be a while before you can muster the courage to return to your favorite all-you-can-eat establishment.


The Most Insane, Nasty Things to Ever Happened in Buffets,

And They Say Kids Aren't Useful

"At a Golden Corral, I saw a family come in. Mom, dad, one kid, and one baby. The mom got a high chair on wheels for the kid, and then left the kid in a car seat at the table. She pushed the high chair to the buffet and proceeded to stack plates on it like her own personal table on wheels.

"She never put the kid in the high chair."


Vandal Seeks Revenge for Chocolate Fountain

"A few years back when Golden Corral first got the chocolate fountains, I went there and was going to try it out. As I was walking up to the fountain and I started to contemplate what I was going to have, a toddler takes his drink and just pours it into the fountain and ruins it. So anyway, the manager comes over and is going ballistic because they had just set it up for the day and now they would completely have to replace the chocolate.

"Shortly after, this man comes up and decides he wants some chocolate brownies, but he can't get any, as the machine is being purged in the back of the place. So what does he do? The guy just puts his tray down and leaves the restaurant, goes to the toddler's family's car, and slashes their tires. He was never caught after that. That man was a different kind of devoted that the world needs."


Nap Between Meals

"Worked at the Pizza Buffet. Dude came in for lunch buffet and ate a pretty good amount. Fell asleep in his booth for a few hours, then ate buffet again for dinner."


Match the Napkin to Its User

"I was once a customer at a Golden Corral in Florida and a morbidly obese guy came in. He was as wide as the table at which he was sitting. He pulled out a bath towel and tucked it in like a napkin. This dude came to play."


A New Dipping Sauce Applicator

"I once saw a really fat dude at a Chinese Buffet smear ranch dressing from his wrist to elbow, then as he ate, he brushed the food along the dressing before putting into his mouth."


Mr. Potato Head

"Some dude just picked up the tub of mashed potatoes. No gravy or anything. Took it to his table, ate the entire thing, paid, and left. I cooked those mashed potatoes, There were 100 potatoes in that tub."


Leave No Roll Behind

"Watched a lady get a to-go box and fill it up to the top. The bottom of the Styrofoam was about to give out when she dropped an egg roll on the ground. She then proceeded to pick it up with her toes (she was wearing flip-flops) and place it in the box."


Prime Rib Theft

"I saw a huge fat guy take an entire prime rib at Kings Table. The guy carving it walked away for some reason so this dude just stabs his fork in the huge slab of beef and puts it on his plate. They let him eat all he could, then banned him for life."


Don't Let Incontinence Spoil a Good Time

"Once, while working at the Golden Corral, I witnessed this very big lady started soiling her pants on the way to the bathroom. The poop kept falling through her shorts on the floor, in front of the bars and everything and everyone. After going to the bathroom, she proceeded to go back to her table and keep on eating. True story."


Heart Attack or Flatulence?

"Once witnessed a man eat four plates of food piled high (I'm talking Southern food, so it was all fried foods), claim he was having a heart attack and clutch his chest, then let out the biggest, most foul-smelling fart I have ever experienced.

"After he laughed about it, he continued to go back and eat two more plates of entrees, and a plate of desserts."



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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:01:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/all-you-can-eat-buffet-horror-stories/dukeharten
<![CDATA[Weird Personal Quirks of Historical Artists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/quirks-of-famous-artists/machk

It's no secret that the art world attracts a lot of unusual people, but the quirks of artists always manage to surprise us. Some of our most revered artists had some pretty weird hobbies: stealing pens, carrying around guns, making time capsules. Others just really needed a bath.

Some of these artists, like Salvador Dalí, have famous quirks and are known for being unusual. However, even those who weren't known as quirky artists have their own strange habits, influences, or traits. Check out this list for some seriously weird facts, and vote up the strangest quirks!


Weird Personal Quirks of Historical Artists,

Andy Warhol

The famed painter of the Campbell's soup can unsurprisingly had a thing for objects. At the end of every month, he would put together dated time capsules that included many memory-filled tokens, such as a mummified foot or Clark Gable's boots. You know, just the charming stuff.


Claude Monet

While Monet achieved renown for his beautiful paintings of water lilies and other idyllic natural scenes, he started out drawing the classics: offensive doodles. Monet was a rebellious student who often slacked on his work while drawing caricatures of teachers and peers.


Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe preferred a very specific, very cramped space as her studio: a Model-A Ford. In order to shield herself from the harsh sun present in the desert landscapes she painted, she would take out the drivers seat and reverse the passenger seat so that it faced the back. Then, she would place the canvas on the back seat and paint from the passenger seat. This also kept her safe from bees.


Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt is perhaps most famous for his painting "The Kiss," which portrays an intimate moment between lovers. However, Klimt himself never married; this may have had something to do with the fact that he never moved out of his mother's home. In fact, she died only three years before him, meaning he never really left the nest at all. Major dating red flag.


Leonardo da Vinci

Although his art and mechanical designs are his most well-known achievements, PETA is one of da Vinci's greatest admirers. He was an avid vegetarian and would buy caged birds just to let them go. Turns out that Leonardo was also Italy's sweetheart.


Michelangelo

Michelangelo, the painter of the Sistine Chapel, was one of the lucky artists who became famous during his lifetime. However, despite his wealth, Michelangelo was pretty lackluster in the hygiene department. He apparently never bathed and rarely changed his clothes. In fact, on his deathbed, it is believed that his clothing had to be peeled off of him. It may have been 500 years ago, but FYI, this was still considered very disgusting.


Pablo Picasso

Whatever career path you choose, it seems you get asked the same questions over and over again. Most people just grin and bear it, but Picasso had other ideas. When people would ask about the meaning of his paintings, question the almighty Cézanne (who was a close friend), or just rub him the wrong way in general, he would point his revolver at them. Don't worry, he's not a mass murderer: the gun was filled with blanks, but it still sends a message.


Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin, who later went on to influence Matisse and Picasso, had a rocky friendship with Vincent Van Gogh. Some speculate that this may be because it was Gauguin, not Van Gogh himself, who cut off his earlobe during a sparring match. Gauguin was an expert fencer, and while this explanation of the ear-lopping cannot be confirmed, it is certainly true that he was a scary dude with a sword.


Roy Lichtenstein

Lichtenstein is famous for his poppy, comic-style art. Turns out, he didn't even like comic books as a kid. It was his son who asked him if he could paint anything that looked like his Mickey Mouse comic book. Comics later became one of his greatest inspirations for his work, but apparently not until his son teased him over Mickey Mouse.


Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí made a point throughout his life of being as weird as possible. These efforts included owning an ocelot that he would walk throughout the city, having a very weird mustache, and speaking in the third person. He did not miss an opportunity to surprise, no matter how unnecessary it was. This is exemplified by his habit of stealing pens from fans who asked him for autographs. It's pretty harmless, but it's doubtful that he needed all of those pens.



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Thu, 17 Nov 2016 04:01:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/quirks-of-famous-artists/machk
<![CDATA[What Happens to Your Body When You See Another Person Die]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-see-another-person-die/jeffrichard

Let's start off with the good news: you have not been shot, or otherwise killed. The bad news? The person next to you wasn't so lucky. This other list covers what's going on with the dead person by your side, but what about you? You just saw someone die. Do you know what happens to you after witnessing death? 

Luck is on your side in the grand scheme of things, but there have been countless stories about the side effects of witnessing a shooting or other event of similarly traumatic effect. There are psychological effects, ones that linger for a lifetime. Stress, nightmares, mood swings are all long-term concerns after witnessing murder. And then there's the short term stuff, the panic, hyperventilating, tunnel vision, and slowing of time. 

Read on to learn about recovering from seeing death.


What Happens to Your Body When You See Another Person Die,

Tunnel Vision and Surreal Details

It's common for witnesses to a shooting or other violent death to claim the experience was surreal. There is science to back up this claim. That is, there are perceptual changes that occur during a shooting or other traumatic event, including the loss of depth perception and peripheral vision, creating a sense of tunnel vision during moments of extreme stress. The same trauma that causes tunnel vision may result in heightened clarity of vision within the tunnel field, resulting in visual details so vivid they seem surreal.


You May Experience a Sudden Loss of Motor Skills

The sudden loss of motor skills in the wake of witnessing a murder or violent death is fairly common. This phenomenon is known as non-medical shock, and occurs because the anxiety surging through your body affects your brain, making it difficult for your mind to relay signals to the rest of your body that it's fight-or-flight time. 


Hyperventilating Will Affect Your Blood Flow

Your body will react quickly to your heart going into overdrive. The psychological and physical effects of anxiety and fear in the wake of witnessing death will result in irregular breathing and changes in intracranial pressure and vasoconstriction.Vasoconstriction is the narrowing of blood vessels, which slows, and in some cases completely stops, blood flow. Intracranial pressure is exactly what it sounds like, the amount of pressure in the skull. Increased intracranial pressure puts immense stress on the brain, and can be fatal.


You May Go Into Hysterics

It's possible that, rather than sending you into paralyzing shock, witnessing the death of another person will catapult you into hysteria; instead of your mind reeling inward, your emotions suddenly burst outward in fits of wildly exaggerating screaming and panic, due to your mind being unable to properly process the events that just unfolded. 


It's Possible to Develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Another long-term effect on the body comes in the form of PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While most often associated with soldiers returning from war, PTSD is common amongst survivors of any kind of traumatic violence.  

PTSD is a psychological disorder by which victims of traumatic events to relive their past trauma in a multitude of different ways, particularly emotional numbness, detachment from others, and recurring nightmares, in which the traumatic event(s) that caused the PTSD continually replays itself.  


Your Mind Perceives Time as Slowing Down

There's a brief pocket of time after you witness someone die during which the mind tries to process what happened. The same goes for hearing a gunshot, if you're involved in a shooting. As a result, your brain perceives that moment in time as slower than normal. 

According to "Deadly Force Encounters: What Cops Need to Know to Mentally and Physically Prepare for and Survive a Gunfight," published by Dr. Alexis Artwohl and writer Loren Christensen in 1997, 63% of those who survived shootings said  "events seemed to be taking place in slow motion and seemed to take longer to happen than they really did."


Your Skin Goes Pale as a Result of Shock

The primary effect of sudden shock is the rapid loss of blood pressure. In the case of witnessing another person's death, fear kicks in quickly, which results in blood leaving the skin and heading straight for the muscle arteries as a way to compensate. This leaves your skin extremely pale, due to the lack of blood circulating through it. 


Your Heart Races

To say your heart races is putting it lightly. More accurately, your body has been subjected to such an intense amount of fear and stress without warning that it's possible you'll have a panic attack as a result of an irregular heartbeat. Whether or not your heart goes into overdrive depends on how you process witnessing death, and the kind of death you witness. A study conducted on heart rate response to trauma indicates a direct connection between elevated heart rate and the eventual development of PTSD. 


There's a Good Chance You Will Immediately Dissociate Yourself

Described by Stanford psychiatry professor Keith Humphreys as a "psychological form of self-protection," the act of dissociating from the realities of witnessing death is common. As Humphreys describes, in a frank discussion on the time he and his wife saw someone get plowed over by speeding cars on the freeway, in the immediate aftermath of witnessing violent death, the mind tends to "recoil," which dulls the senses as shock sets in. 


You May Be Overcome with Guilt

While not an immediate reaction to seeing someone die, the feeling of overwhelming guilt is nonetheless commonly associated with witnessing death. Called survivor's guilt, it is an after-effect of surviving a situation in which others died. In many instances, witnesses claim they could have done something to help save a victim, or prevent the trauma from occurring in the first place. 

To make things worse, survivors say they feel guilt over their behavior during the event that caused death, such as scrambling for cover when they could have tried to help those caught in an attack. 



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Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:18:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-see-another-person-die/jeffrichard
<![CDATA[What a Crucifixion Really Feels Like, from Broken Bones to Blood Loss]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-it-feels-like-to-be-crucified/jeffrichard

Let's face it, when it's time for you to die, Mother Nature has plenty of awful ways to take you out of this world, most of which are right outside your door. But arguably the worst of all come in the form of mankind's own invented methods of capital punishment. And death by crucifixion is especially torturous.

Witches were burned at the stake. Those guilty of treason were typically drawn and quartered. Vikings, on occasion, were known to pull their victims' lungs out of their bodies and through their backs so every ragged breath looked like the flap of a wing. Humanity has come up with some pretty sadistic ways to get got, but perhaps the most well-known of these methods is crucifixion

Whether you're a Christian or not, the story of Jesus Christ being crucified on the cross is common knowledge to pretty much everyone. And while the tragic irony of a carpenter's execution by being nailed to two planks of wood certainly seems like a very specific punishment, the act of crucifying one's enemies has been around for thousands of years. 

But do you know what it's like to be crucified? How does one die from a few nails to the extremities? The answers may surprise you. 


What a Crucifixion Really Feels Like, from Broken Bones to Blood Loss,

Your Muscles Are Strained More Than You Can Imagine

When it comes to being crucified, gravity has many ways of trying to make your worst nightmares come true - especially when it comes to your muscles.

Once the nails are driven through your wrists and ankles, it's time for the real suffering to begin. That's because all of your body weight is resting on those few nails, which stresses all your muscles, joints, and ligaments. Your limbs overextend. And it's going to get much, much worse.


Four Nails Are Driven Into Your Body

Most people believe nails are driven through the palms of the hands during crucifixion. While there has been some evidence of this, it was much more common to nail the wrists of the guilty party, as there was less chance the flesh itself will tear.

This would not only ensure that the body itself wouldn't come loose from the planks but also that the victim could not try to escape, as the median nerve was often severed, which paralyzed the victim's hands. Then, a nail was driven through each ankle, anchoring the legs to the cross.


You'll Become Exhausted

We all know how torturous it can be to stand for extended periods of time. Maybe your job requires you to work a cash register for eight hours straight, or perhaps you're at the DMV at pretty much any time of the day.

In any case, staying vertical for an extended period of time will certainly take its toll on your body after several hours. But when you don't have anything to actually place your feet on? That's going to elevate (so to speak) your suffering exponentially. 

Many victims of crucifixion die from extreme fatigue, in which case they lose the very will to live, and succumb to the already vast amount of pain inflicted on them. 


Your Back Will Be Flogged

By now, you're really looking to be in pretty bad shape. Your legs are broken, you're struggling to breathe from smoke inhalation and, for some reason, there's an immense pain coming from your back. 

And that's when you remember those few hours before you were actually crucified, when you were merely flogged with a short whip, one dotted with small iron balls that gradually tore away at the flesh on your back, in a process called "scourging."

See, during the time of the Roman empire, not only were victims punished by crucifixion, but they were also whipped mercilessly beforehand, then instructed to carry their own cross to the crucifixion site. Sort of an insult-to-injury-to-injury-to-injury situation. 


Your Breathing Slows Immensely

It's safe to say that being crucified will cause your stress levels to escalate pretty quick. And, as anyone with anxiety will certainly attest to, the first thing that usually goes with immense stress is the ability to breathe properly.

On top of all this, the weight of your body being pulled down (gravity, again, causing you trouble) is going to make breathing incredibly difficult as a result of the physical strain on your lungs. In some cases, victims were nailed with their arms straight above their head, rather than the typical 'Christ-like' pose, which only makes pulling air into your lungs more difficult.


Your Legs Might Be Broken

In some cases, the tibias and/or fibulas of the victims were also broken in order to escalate their suffering. Breaking their legs was almost merciful, though, because without the ability to use their legs muscles to stay upright, death came much quicker.


Your Heart Can't Keep Up

Now that your lungs are gasping their final breaths, it seems a lack of oxygen is going to be what does you in, right? Well, yes and no. 

As a result of having your air supply cut off, the rest of the tissue within your body is going to start falling apart as well. Now, your blood vessels are weakening, which can result in fluid slowly leaking into that extremely delicate part of the human body - the heart. The fluid will cause pressure to build, squeezing your heart until it eventually gives up.


They'll Try to Smoke You to Death, Too

Not content to simply nail, hang, and break your body, part of your crucifixion may include a little something to spice up the show for onlookers: a roaring fire, set at the feet you've already been losing sensation in. 

But the goal of this human bonfire isn't to send you up in flames - it's just to make you suffer a little more. That is, Roman guards would typically start fires with the intention of asphyxiating their victim, ensuring their final moments were filled with as much slow misery as possible.


It's Possible Your Arms Will Dislocate

Once you've been nailed in place, your instinct to use your feet is still going to be there. After all, you've got about three inches of rusty metal running through them, so it's still possible to push down and apply weight to something while you're suspended in midair. 

But once your ankles turn bloody and the muscles in your legs give up? Then you're basically hanging on by the ever-loosening joints and ligaments in your arms. And since you're not going to be let down anytime soon, those things are eventually going to completely give out - resulting in your arms popping out of their sockets.


Dehydration Kicks In

Yet another element of torture that goes beyond a simple spear to the ribs is the lack of literally anything you'll have access to once your body is stuck to a cross. It's bad enough you've been beaten mercilessly and forced to hold yourself up by whatever's left of the extremely thin muscles in your wrists, but now your suffering is also going to kick in on the inside. 

That's because once you're up there, no one is feeding you, and they're certainly not giving you any water. And as a result, since your body is suffering at such extreme levels, dehydration is going to kick in that much faster, leading to eventual cardio-respiratory failure.



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Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:18:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/what-it-feels-like-to-be-crucified/jeffrichard
<![CDATA[What It's Like to Be in an Explosion]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-it-s-like-to-be-in-an-explosion/kellen-perry

What is it like to be in an explosion? Explosion survivors often talk about a “white light” and incredible heat. There’s usually a metaphor for the intensity of the blast, like when one IED survivor told National Geographic it’s “like being kicked by a horse—a horse with a foot that could cover your entire body.” But beyond those common themes, bomb survivors have a wide range of fascinating near-death-experience stories, the details of which vary depending on their proximity to the blast and the intensity of the device.

It takes quite a bit of good luck to survive a bomb blast. It’s not just shrapnel or flames that kills bomb victims: so-called barotrauma can rupture your internal organs if you’re too close to the blast. Surviving an explosion also depends greatly on environment, as the blast can often send debris and broken glass flying at you at incredible speeds. Read on for some chilling accounts of what it’s really like to survive an explosion.


What It's Like to Be in an Explosion,

"Like Ice Picks Plunging in Both Ears at Once"

Journalist Mark Kukis survived several explosions while covering the Iraq War and told his story in Time Magazine in 2007. What’s it like? If a mortar hits a large rock you’re hiding under, it feels like “being punched hard in the back of the head with a big fist” while someone throws rocks in your face. If you’re in an armored Humvee and a roadside bomb goes off right under where you’re sitting, it feels “like ice picks plunging in both ears at once” followed by a “throbbing headache comparable to [your] most vicious hangovers.” If a huge mortar hits a doorway you just walked through, it feels like your “bones for a second had turned to metal, and someone had rung [you] with a sledgehammer.”


"One of My Balls Was Hanging Out of the Sack"

Ben McBean was only 19 when he stepped on a land mine while serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan in 2007. The pain was so “horrendous” McBean told The Telegraph he “can’t even describe it.” He did, however, do a fine job setting the scene immediately following the blast: “On my left leg my knee was coming off. One of my balls was hanging out of the sack.”

McBean says he could immediately feel that one half of his body was lighter, which makes sense, considering the blast removed an arm and a leg. Another shocking detail: McBean says it looked like there was meat everywhere, because he’d “never seen the inside of [his] body before.”


"Like Jumping Into Freezing Cold Water"

Photojournalist Giles Duley stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan in 2011 and told The Independent the blast was such a shock it was like “jumping into freezing cold water” with “white light and intense heat” covering him. The explosion tossed him in the air “for what felt like ages,” until he crashed on his side, feeling no pain and hearing only “deafening silence.” Duley’s arm was smoldering, with all the flesh on one side missing. The “small white bones” of his left hand were completely exposed, and his feet were simply “no longer there.” He could see from the ground that a nearby tree was “covered in bits of [his] flesh.”


"Worse Than Falling Off a Building"

Writing the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013 in the Toronto Star, Mary DiManno explains that a physics professor told her the “effect on an exposed part of the body” during such a close-range bombing “would be worse than falling off a building.” These effects may include liquefied eyes from the shock waves at close proximity, organs being pulled away from the surrounding tissue, and limbs ripped off. Falling off a building, the thinking goes, would at least put you out of your misery.


"It Didn’t Feel Like I Was Falling, More Like Floating"

British soldier Pte. Stephen Bainbridge stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan in 2012 and lost both legs. Bainbridge told The Telegraph he felt a heat blast as he was blown into the air. On the way down, he says, “it didn’t feel like I was falling, more like floating.” He remained conscious long enough to tell his fellow soldiers “I’m a casualty” and  try to sit up and look at his legs, then he passed out. He regained consciousness nine days later, in the hospital.


"Like I’d Been Hit By a Frying Pan"

Martine Wright survived the 7/7 bombings in London that killed more than 50 people and injured more than 700. She lost both legs in the blast and later told The Guardian the feeling was “like I was in a Tom and Jerry cartoon and I’d been hit by a frying pan,” but she doesn’t recall the ensuing pain. She saw a big flash of white, but heard nothing. The policeman who helped cut her out of the train showed her the scars in his hand she inadvertently gave him because she was digging into his skin with her fingers.


Your Bodily Fluids Are Squeezed Like a "Tube of Toothpaste"

Shock waves from explosions do a number on your air-filled organs, thanks to something called barotrauma. Barotrauma occurs when there’s a big difference in pressure between internal organs and the surface of the body; the severity of barotrauma differs greatly depending on how close you are to an explosion and what exploded. Gizmodo’s Andrew Tarantola says your lungs, ears, stomach, and joints are the most susceptible to barotrauma; your lungs could hemorrhage and swell, while your organs could rupture. Your brain, too, is at risk of barotrauma: “US Armed Forces have compared the effects of an explosive blast on the human body to the act of squeezing a tube of toothpaste—blood and bodily fluids are forced into your brain and skull.”


"It Starts Off Smelling Similar to a Barbecue"

Gal Ganzman told Esquire the first thing he noticed after surviving a 2003 suicide bombing outside the bar he owned in Tel Aviv was the smell. It starts off  “smelling similar to a barbecue. There's a charcoal-like whiff of gunpowder mixed with blood and burned flesh. It's thick and bitter, and it overpowers everything. You can taste it in your mouth.” Ganzman later discovered someone was on fire on the sidewalk outside his bar, and the torso of the bomber was hanging from a sign above his door.


"It Almost Felt Like Something Electrical"

Several survivors of the 7/7 bombings in London describe an electrical feeling at the time of the blast, including Cynthia Chetty, who sat just a few feet from one from one of the bombers but managed to survive. She told The Independent that during the white light of the initial blast she thought “maybe there was a power failure or something and I was being electrocuted.” Dr. Gerardine Quaghebeur was farther away, but also likens the explosion to a shock: “It almost felt like something electrical, because my hair just went up on end.”


"It Almost Felt Like I Was Being Drowned"

Olawale Akerele told Sky News the heat and smoke inside the train car following the detonation of one of the 7/7 bombs in London made him feel like he was “being drowned.” Akerele says he felt “between worlds” as he lay on the floor, trapped underneath a dead woman. The “loud, loud bang” lifted him off his seat and made his head feel like it was “being ripped open.”



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Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:18:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/what-it-s-like-to-be-in-an-explosion/kellen-perry
<![CDATA[21 Extremely Peculiar Personal Quirks that Historic Musicians Had]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-personal-quirks-of-historic-musicians/machk

Just because someone is a musical genius, doesn't mean that they don't deal with their own interesting, um, quirks, right? Hey, who doesn't? This list of strange phobias, hobbies, and habits of the greatest quirky musicians of all time covers everything from mild bug-collecting to a terrible fear of grass. Musical greats throughout history, from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Tupac, have some pretty surprising interests and tendencies. Perhaps these famous quirks can provide some insight into the minds of these talented musicians. Maybe you too should pick up mixed martial arts or start counting your coffee beans if you want to be a successful musician. 

Check out this list of weird musicians and their habits and vote up the quirks that shocked you!


21 Extremely Peculiar Personal Quirks that Historic Musicians Had,

Bob Dylan

Maybe it was the cane, or maybe the mustache or the hat, but something about Charlie Chaplin just really charmed the heck out of Bob Dylan. The musician known for his groundbreaking style and lyrics has said that he is "always conscious of the Chaplin tramp," and early in on his musical career, he would perform with a prop hat in reference to the film star. His love has not faded with time. In 2006, Dylan released the album Modern Times, which shares its name with a classic 1936 Chaplin film.


Eric Clapton

One of the best guitarists in the world, Eric Clapton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. Clapton has enjoyed great success as a blues rock musician, both as a solo artist and as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream. Oh, also, he can beat you up. One of his hobbies is MMA, so he is really not to be messed with.


Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury had at least ten cats, and it says a lot that no one is sure of the exact number. He also enjoyed talking to his cats. The Queen song "Delilah" and his entire solo album Mr. Bad Guy is dedicated to to his felines.


John Lennon

For someone who was the lead singer of one of the most successful bands of all time, John Lennon was pretty nervous about his singing voice. He liked double-tracking his vocals for this reason, and apparently asked his producer to cover up his voice as much as possible: “Can’t you smother it with tomato ketchup or something?”


Kurt Cobain

When Kurt Cobain was a little kid, he was certain that his parents weren't his real parents. But the Nirvana frontman didn't think he was just adopted; it went a bit weirder than that. In a 1993 interview, he told journalist Michael Azerrad that he was certain he was actually an alien. “I always used to think that I was adopted by my mother because she found me after a spaceship left me from a different time or a different planet. Every night I used to talk to my real parents in the skies. I knew that there were thousands of other alien babies dropped off who were all over the place and I’d met quite a few of them. It’s just something I’d always like to toy with in my mind… it was really fun to pretend that there’s some special reason for me to be here."


Louis Armstrong

In the early fifties, jazz legend Louis Armstrong lost 100 pounds, which he attributed to an herbal laxative called "Swiss Kriss." After his success with the product, he became probably the most loyal customer of all time, and distributed it to friends, family, and acquaintances. Nothing says "I care" like "I'm worried about your bowel movements."


Ludwig van Beethoven

Like any successful person, Beethoven was nothing without his coffee. But unlike most casual drinkers, he insisted upon counting his coffee beans in order to make sure that exactly sixty went into his daily cup. It's unclear what catastrophic scenario would unfold if this number was off, but maybe he knew something that we don't know.


Madonna

Madonna has conquered pop, dance, acting, and business, but she's never quite lost her fear of thunder. She dreads nature's big music concert so much that she asks for detailed weather reports before every tour.


Slash

The lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses has a lot in common with the average 8 year old, because his passion is dinosaurs. When Slash held a charity auction, the most notable items were his dinosaur models. He has a lot of them. This has been a lifelong love, and Slash also owns some real-life reptiles for when he doesn't feel like using his imagination.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

There are enough bizarre facts about Mozart to confirm that he was far from a normal guy, but this one is really one of the strangest: the composer enjoyed pretending to be a cat, especially during the rehearsals of his operas. He would often climb over chairs and meow when bored. Okay, he'd officially be the worst person to have next to you on an airplane.



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<![CDATA[TMI Facts About Dennis Rodman's Sex Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dennis-rodman-sex-facts/jacob-shelton

Dennis Rodman is America’s walking id. He’s the tattooed, pierced, wedding dress wearing over-sexed maniac that we never knew we wanted. Because of his outrageous behavior it’s hard to imagine Dennis Rodman dating, but throughout all his years in the limelight Dennis Rodman married a few ladies and managed to sleep with thousands more. If you want to learn more about that crazy Dennis Rodman sex life, clip in your oversized septum piercing and keep reading.

It’s hard to be mad at Dennis Rodman for all of his crazy behavior when that’s the main reason why he’s famous. We all know he’s one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history, but precision on the court doesn’t exactly get you thrust into the eye of the paparazzi. Between his broken penis, all the prostitutes he’s slept with, and that time that he had sex during an interview, there’s so much Dennis Rodman NSFW information on this list that you’re going to need to take a shower once you’re finished reading. To find out about Dennis Rodman girlfriend troubles and when he lost his virginity, check out this list.

Vote on the most interesting sex fact you would never have expected to know about Dennis Rodman, and then let us know if you’re a bigger Pistons, Spurs, Bulls, or North Korea fan. 


TMI Facts About Dennis Rodman's Sex Life,

He Wants to Go on a Date with Caitlyn Jenner
 

#throwbackthursday #runway #tbt

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It turns out that Dennis Rodman is pretty open when it comes to dating. After Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender her first suitor was none other than The Worm himself. "Bruce, know yourself out brother," he said refusing to use Caitlyn's name. "If you want to go out on a date with me, well, ask me out."


Michael Jordan Rescued Him from "Weird Situations"
 

#Repost @michaeljeffreyjordan23 ・・・ October 8, 1995 – Bulls trade for Dennis Rodman When the Bulls’ big man Horace Grant left the team via free agency prior to the 1994-95 season, Chicago needed a new big man to provide a force down low. NBA bad-boy Dennis Rodman. The Bulls knew Rodman well, as he had played for their arch -rival Detroit Pistons earlier in his career, and the team thought he could be the missing link to return the Bulls to championship status. The Bulls decided to take a gamble on the 34-year-old center and sent center Will Perdue and cash considerations to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Rodman. That gamble quickly paid off as the Bulls won three NBA championships behind Rodman’s defense and rebounding. In his first season, he averaged 5.5 points and 14.9 rebounds per game, as he won another rebounding title — one of seven straight he would go on to win.

A photo posted by Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) on

This is third hand information from Jeremy Piven so take it with a grain of salt. While on a boat trip with Michael Jordan, the Bulls superstar told some stories about how he had to "Just go and clean up the mess a lot of times and grab Dennis and pull his large naked body out of a situation and bring him to practice. That's the way life was for them." Michael Jordan hoisting a naked Dennis Rodman over his shoulders is an image we'd love to see. 


Madonna Wanted Him to Get Her Pregnant
 

On the set of Double Team with @jcvd in 1997. #theworm #dennisrodman #jeanclaudevandamme #doubleteam

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According to Rodman (so take this with a grain a salt), Madonna frantically called the former NBA player and begged for him to put a baby in her while he was in Las Vegas. "I picked up the phone and Madonna was like, 'I'm ovulating, I'm ovulating. Get your ass up here.' 'So I left my chips on the table, flew five hours to New York and did my thing. We got done and she was standing on her head in an attempt to promote conception - just like any girl trying to get pregnant. I flew back to Las Vegas and picked up my game where I left off."


Dennis Rodman Broke His Penis
 

In the little boy’s room Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Love this town. HELLO! #lasvegas #planethollywood

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Oh no. This might be the worst news that anyone has ever received. According to the greatest rebounder ever seen by the NBA/the USA's North Korean diplomat, Dennis Rodman has broken his penis three times. The incident occurred when his then-girlfriend told him to “run and jump in her p***y."


Rodman's Rules for Sex
 

#Repost @worldredeye ・・・ @DennisKeithRodman celebrating his birthday @11miami NOW ON WorldRedEye.com

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If you want to have sex like Dennis Rodman, you have to follow a few simple rules: "Be confident in [your] d*ck. And eat p*ssy big-time, too. Go down under and have a f*cking groundhog for lunch, that’s my advice."


He's Had Sex with Over 2,000 Women
 

@sternshow Now playing clips of the @dennisrodman / North Korea documentary. @SHO_Network #WestCoastFeed

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While being interviewed by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Rodman bragged that he had sex with 2,000 women and that “probably 500” were not prostitutes. Those aren't great numbers


In the '90s He was Down for Whatever

In 1997 while speaking with Playboy, he admitted to being somewhat non-binary. "We all have a little homosexual in us. We pat each other on the ass. We kiss. I kiss transsexuals. If I think a guy is attractive I can tell him, “You are a beautiful motherf*cker.” I’ll hug him and kiss him. And when asked if he thought that a man needed to be handsome he simply said, "Yes."


You Never Know What He's Doing on the Phone
 

#throwbackthursday #tbt #clinton #bill #backintheday

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Um. . . Because Dennis Rodman is basically a jock from an '80s movie, in 2010 he called in for a radio interview with Jorge Sedano who asked him if he was “getting it on.” Blech. Rodman told him that while he wasn't having sex, his gal pal was "just sucking something." Sedano responded, "I know, dude, why are you calling me then? What the hell are you talking to me for? If you've got that chick there, why the hell did you want to call me, Dennis?"


He Didn't Lose His Virginity Unti He Was 20

We may think of Dennis Rodman as the sexiest man in basketball (or the man who had the most sex in '90s basketball?), but before he was Mr. Sexypants he was just another sexless virgin who didn't have sex until he was 20. While speaking with Playboy he said,"When you live in the community I was in, with no money, and you’re not good-looking. I didn’t have sh*t. Never went to the school prom. I didn’t even like girls. Look, when you are just a motherf*cking guy in the neighborhood trying to survive, it’s not a sexual environment."


Masturbation Is When He Has True Home Court Advantage
 

I'm back in Cali party people! Stop by @TheHubCM for some @drbadassvodka #badassvodka

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While speaking with Playboy in 1997, The Worm talked about how the first time he masturbated (at the age of 19) he went HAM. "The first time, I was already an expert. Just about jerked the head off it. [He mimes wrestling a fire hose.]" And then he went on to talk about how he named his hands. "You’ve said you try to be faithful to whomever your current girlfriend may be. If she’s not in town you sometimes satisfy yourself. You even gave your hands sexy names. Monique and Judy. In case I get frustrated and confused, I always know they can help my ass out. If Monique gets tired, turn to Judy."



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Thu, 24 Nov 2016 21:11:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/dennis-rodman-sex-facts/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[17 Insane Injuries That Happened on Live TV]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/injuries-on-live-tv/jacob-shelton

Having people perform stunts on live TV is one of those things that sounds like it’s a great idea until someone is taking a flaming arrow to the chest. Thanks to proliferation of reality programming and variety shows in general, live tv injuries are fairly commonplace in the modern entertainment landscape. So much so that live television injuries aren’t just happening on variety shows. If you’re lucky, you can catch people getting hurt on local news broadcasts, and your favorite shopping channel. Cover your face with your hands and get ready to check out these things that happened on live TV.

People get hurt all the time in sports, but those aren’t the kind of injuries on live TV that we’re talking about. Most of the people that we’re covering who were hurt on live TV didn’t sign up to be punched by a stranger or set on fire by an overeager talk show host, they just wanted to peddle their wares and go home. If anything, this cavalcade of people getting hurt on TV should serve as a warning to any of you daredevils that want to take your act to the small screen. Don’t let someone shoot you with a flaming arrow or throw an axe at you unless you’re sure that you can make it out alive. Keep reading to find out about the folks who were injured on TV.


17 Insane Injuries That Happened on Live TV,

Magic Trick Goes Terribly Wrong

On an episode of the Polish talk show Question for Breakfast in 2016 a magician was showing the hosts how to perform that classic trick where you slam your hand down onto a bag that might have a nail in it. When the magician became "confused" one of the presenters, Marzena Rogalska, ended up shoving a nail through her hand when she popped the wrong bag. 


Reporter Attacked on Live Television

In 2016 a reporter for Telemundo was attacked during a live broadcast in Philadelphia while attempting to cover the soda tax. While the reporter was speaking to camera a woman began shouting at her before grabbing the reporter by the arm and punching her in the face. The news feed quickly cut to another anchor. 


QVC Host Stabs Himself with a Sword

We're not sure what the best part about this video is. Is it the host of QVC show banging one of his products on a table until it breaks and impales him, as if willed by karma? Or is it the loving shot of the katanas as the host writhes in pain just out of the shot? Trick question. It's the producer asking "You awright?" in the most cliché Southern accent ever. 


Magician Is Set on Fire in TV Prank

You know that really funny prank where you set your friends on fire? Well that happened to magician Wayne Houchin when Dominican television presenter Franklin Barazarte set Houchin on fire apropos of nothing. Houchin survived the incident and immediately filed charges against Barazarte.


Bear Attacks Woman on Live TV

For some reason, it was totally fine for karate men to bring their pet bears onto talk shows in the 80s even though bears are prone to eating people and stealing their picnic baskets. A Polish woman (who was also a guest on the show) was attacked by the bear before the karate man managed to wrestle it to the ground. The camera captured the entire attack, and even though the bear was declawed and muzzled it's still a gruesome sight to behold. The bear was put down after the incident. 


Reporter Falls While Stomping Grapes

Is there a more dangerous job than that of a morning news reporter? This reporter for Fox 5 News learned the hard way not to goof around when you're stomping grapes. Thankfully the camera didn't stop rolling when she fell or we'd never know the dulcet tones of a woman choking on pure embarrassment. 


The Guy Who Got Shot by a Flaming Arrow on Live TV

On an episode of America's Got Talent that aired on August 2nd, 2016, Ryan Stock and his fiancé were all set to perform a death defying flaming arrow trick when everything went wrong. Instead of shooting a target that Stock was holding in his mouth, his fiancé accidentally shot him in the neck. The camera cut away to the stunned hosts, but not before giving the home audience a glimpse at the terror that keeps illusionists and stuntmen awake at night. Stock later went on Twitter to let everyone know that everything was cool. 


Italian Actress Attempts to Splits for the Last Time

In 2015 the Italian actress Lisa Fusco, or Subrettina to her fans, attempted to do the splits on the MezzoGiorno Italiano talk show and things got weird very quickly. Fusco jumped straight into the splits and either miscalculated or slipped and ended up breaking her arm as the show ended early to help get the actress medical attention. 


QVC Presenter Falls Off a Ladder

While demonstrating to viewers at home how to use a ladder, a QVC presenter fell from the top of one of their products. This happened as a caller was explaining how everyone in her apartment was jealous of her for owning one of these finished nickel death machines. Almost as soon as the presenter hits the floor the cameras cut to a beauty shot of the product. Well played QVC. 


On Camera Crash Almost Kills Reporter

While covering a train derailment in San Francisco, Alex Savidge and his camera person Chip Vaughn (what a great news name!) were almost hit by a car when they witnessed a collision that sent a vehicle slamming into Chip's camera. Luckily everyone was okay. 



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<![CDATA[The Greatest "Meanwhile in India" Photos Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/meanwhile-in-india/nathandavidson

These amazing "Meanwhile in India" memes and photos will transport you from the Himalayan peaks to Indian Ocean coastline. It's clearly an amazing place where a lot of funny things happen that you really can't explain. No seriously, you're going to have a hard time trying to explain what the heck is going on in some of these pictures. India is a magical place, and these pictures prove it.


The Greatest "Meanwhile in India" Photos Ever,

All Aboard the Pain Train

Don't Flip Out

Diamonds and Girls

Up in the Flood

Tiger Country

Easy Rider

The Real Short Bus

Hay Now!

Cop Dog

If It Fits, I Sits


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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 04:31:22 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/meanwhile-in-india/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[People Who Had More-Than-Platonic Relationships with Animals]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-had-relationships-with-animals/jacob-shelton
In this cruel world, it can be hard to find someone you truly love. Relationships fall apart, humans are weird, online dating has rewired brains to treat dating like a video game. But people who love animals don’t need all that noise. There’s no break up, and rarely any arguing. While people troll ex’s Facebook profile, sighing at pictures of them with their new love, those with the courage to fall for animals nurture successful relationships with mammals, reptiles, and fish who loved them back (if it's possible for snakes to love). Cuddle up next to your pet and read these heartwarming/creepy stories of human-animal marriage.

Maybe you’re thinking, “Can humans marry animals? Is that a thing now?” Short answer: Maybe. Long answer: Not sure. People are animals, technically, so there's that. The individuals on this list don’t really care law, they just want to be happy. As with human-human marriage, not all animal marriages are the same. Bottom like is, these folks love their animals, and the rest of you should be so lucky.

People Who Had More-Than-Platonic Relationships with Animals,

Brazilian Man Marries Goat
No matter how lonely you are, there's someone out there who's lonelier. For instance, in 2013, 74-year-old Brazilian man Aparecido Castaldo married his pet goatCarmelita, because "‘She doesn’t speak and doesn’t want money." 

According to the bishop who performed the marriage, "
This is not the first goat he has, because he likes animals. He just needs a companion. There will be no intercourse between the two."
Drive Time DJ Weds Duck to Mock Mormonism-Based Marriage Laws
In the mid '70s, Salt Lake City radio personality Will Lucas decided to test the limits of Utah's lax marriage statutes regarding polygamy and zoophilia. The station for which he worked, KALL, rented out a Hilton ballroom, invited a bunch of people, and found a nondenominational preacher who was chill enough to marry Lucas and a duck. 
Sudanese Man Forced to Marry Goat After Mounting It
In 2006, Mr. Tombe, a Sudanese man, was forced to marry a goat after he was caught fornicating with the cloven-hoofed beast. The goat's owner, Mr. Alfi, wandered upon the tryst, describing the scene thusly: "When I asked him: 'What are you doing there?', he fell off the back of the goat, so I captured and tied him up."

Town elders instructed Mr. Alfi not to go to the police. "They said I should not take him to the police, but rather let him pay a dowry for my goat because he used it as his wife." The dowry came to 15,000 dinars, equivalent to about $50 at the time. 

Woman Marries Horse to Make a Point
Milanja Broskvit, a Danish attorney and animal rights activist, found a loophole in Copenhagen's sex laws that makes zoophilia legal. So she married her horse, Thorgen, claiming animals are victims of speciesism in Denmark.
 

Broskvit told her country's Supreme Court: “The differences between our species does not make us inherently different. The treatment of individuals is predicated on group membership and not morally irrelevant physical differences. The argument is that species membership has no moral significance.” 


British Woman Marries Dog After Husband Bails
There should be a new verse added to "Single Ladies" that says if a man bails after he puts a ring on your finger, you should marry your dog. That's what Briton Amanda Rogers did after her first marriage proved to be a disappointment. Rogers and her pooch, Sheba, tied the knot in Croatia (destination wedding!) in 2014, at a ceremony attended by more than 200 people. 

"Sheba had been in my life for years, making me laugh and comforting me when I was feeling low. I couldn’t think of anything more I’d need from a life partner," Rogers said of their union. 
Man Tries to Marry Cobra, Things Escalate Quickly
In 2015, Indian man Sandeep Patel became convinced that a cobra was the reincarnation of a beautiful woman who had fallen love with him. He also believed he could turn into a snake after putting himself into a deep trance. Patel decided to marry the cobra, and people from all over India arrived in his remote village in the northeastern part of the country. Close to 15,000 spectators attended the Easter Saturday ceremony, and a riot almost broke out because police busted up the church and arrested Patel for breaching the peace. Also, the snake never showed up. 
Dutch Woman Is Set to Marry Dog After Her Cat Husband Dies
It's good to have a backup plan, whether it be with dinner reservations, or with your cat husband who's getting on in life. Dominque Lesbriel of the Netherlands was finally ready to marry again after losing her first husband, Doerack, to kidney failure. BTW Doerack was a cat and her new beau a fetching dog named Travis, whom she found at the beach after he stole her shoes. Talk about a meet cute!

In addition to marrying her own pets, Lesbriel performs online marriage ceremonies for others and their pets, through her site Marryyourpet.com. This isn't something she takes lightly. 

"There are rules, as with any marriage," she explains. "The difference between a church ceremony and my online chapel is that I don't allow divorce. I don't want to let anyone abandon their pet."
Man Marries Crocodile Princess
In 2014, Jose Vasquez Roja, of the very rural and remote coastal Oaxacan fishing village San Pedro Huamelula, married a crocodile at city hall. The ceremony was conducted as a means of boosting fish populations along the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, in the hopes it might improve the lives of the fishing community. According to ITV, local fisherman believe the crocodile is a princess, and the marriage will bring them luck. Members of the municipal court who didn't chip in for the wedding between man and crocodile were fined
Teen Forced to Marry Cow After Rice Paddy Sexcapade
In 2010, Ngurah Alit, an 18-year-old Balinese man, was forced to marry a cow after he was caught having doggy style (or bovine style, in this case) sex with it in a rice paddy. The worst part is, after the two were married, the cow was drowned in the sea in order to cleanse it of its sins. Alit was symbolically drowned - his clothes were thrown in the ocean.
Man Finds His Fish in the Sea
Despite what Radiohead says, meeting people is not easy. Hence why, in the spring of 2016, Moses Otieno decided to get hitched to a tilapia. Otieno, a resident of the port city Kisumu, Kenya, certainly has access to fish - he lives on the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest tropical lake in the world. He married the fish out of frustration, unable to find a human woman who would love him. 

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<![CDATA[Horrible Things That Have Actually Happened at IHOP]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ihop-horror-stories/jacobybancroft
To some, IHOP is the epitome of breakfast diners. To others, it's nothing more than an inferior Denny's. Whatever your thoughts about the International House of Pancakes, you can't help but feel bad for some of the people in these IHOP horror stories. A lot of them weren't even doing anything wrong when suddenly their lives were changed forever.

The list below summarizes bad things that have happened at IHOP, and although it doesn't include the baffling decision of serving lunch and dinner (nobody goes there for lunch or dinner, IHOP!), it contains quite a few terrifying incidents. Check out the list below for some of the worst IHOP stories, including drug charges, sinkholes, fights, and even IHOP deaths. 

Horrible Things That Have Actually Happened at IHOP,

Woman Charged with Attempted Murder in IHOP Shooting
In Des Moines, IA, 20-year-old Maryann Hannam was charged with attempted murder after pulling out a gun and shooting the person she was with on March 15, 2016. Witnesses on the scene say the two were arguing before Hannam pulled a gun and shot through a booth, hitting the victim in the upper torso. Luckily, IHOP's booths are notoriously thick and uncomfortable, made from stale pancakes and old syrup, so the bullet was slowed considerably before hitting the victim. Hannam was charged with attempted murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, and carrying weapons. 
Drunk Woman Yells at Cop in IHOP
They say all press is good press, but managers at an IHOP in Fort Wayne, IN probably disagree with that statement after an April 2015 incident with a cop and drunk woman went viral. The video shows the woman getting in the police officer's face and yelling at him, eventually leading to her arrest. His handling of the situation has caused many to question whether or not his actions were justified. While his career may be in trouble, it's clear IHOP is the real loser here. 
Cop Punches Woman in the Face at Atlanta IHOP
A police officer in Atlanta faced major heat after trying to break up a scuffle at a local IHOP in May 2011. As the video clearly shows, the cop tries to restrain the woman who is flailing her arms around and slapping him. He backs up a few steps and then flies at her in a way that only Chris Brown would be proud of. The fight ended with the woman in handcuffs and an investigation to determine whether the cop's actions were justified. 
Woman Goes on Racist Rant at IHOP
You go to IHOP to drown yourself in pancakes, not to be insulted for your heritage. Unfortunately, racism exists everywhere, even in IHOP. While eating in November 2015, a Hispanic family was insulted by an older white woman who insisted that "we speak English in America." The woman in the video is visibly upset that the family was using Spanish to speak to one another. The family was probably upset that their children had to experience such a virulent display of racism while trying to enjoy their meal, but clearly, this unhappy woman didn't care.
Two Shot in IHOP Bathroom
Maybe if you're trying to kill someone, don't do it in an IHOP bathroom. That's what happened at an IHOP in South Carolina on June 5, 2016, where two people were shot, leaving one dead and the other clinging to life. Surveillance video shows two men getting up and going to the bathroom minutes before  the two victims arrive. When the victims go into the bathroom, the shooting occurs within seconds.

The shooters fled the scene while the two victims were rushed to the hospital, where one succumbed to his wounds. Later, police arrested Keunte D. Cobbs for the murder. 
16-Year-Old Murders Man at IHOP, Posts Pictures to Snapchat
Teens are often accused of being too obsessed with social media, and now we might have the evidence to prove it. In Memphis, TN, the body of a man was found in his car outside of an IHOP in what appeared to be a drug-related murder in June 2016. Police later arrested 16-year-old Sebastian Vaughn for the crime after discovering the young man posted a picture of his murder victim to Snapchat with the caption "I just killed a Mfer 10 minutes ago." 
Sinkhole Swallows 15 Cars Near IHOP in Mississippi
Near an IHOP in Mississippi, people were shocked when a large sinkhole suddenly opened and swallowed about 15 cars in November 2015. It was estimated to be over 50 feet wide and 600 feet long, making it one of the worst disasters to happen to an IHOP since that one time they ran out of pancake batter on Free Pancake Day. Thankfully, no one was hurt. (On free pancake day or at the sinkhole.)
IHOP Manager Fights Customer
There have been many great battles fought throughout history: Ali vs. Foreman, Rocky vs. Apollo Creed, and now this customer vs. an IHOP manager. As this video from June 2015 shows, these two individuals paced around an Atlanta IHOP, insulting one another, waiting for someone to throw the first punch. After a tense standoff, the two finally let loose on one another, teaching the world a valuable lesson: always clap along with your words before you fight someone.
Bullet-Riddled, Drug-Filled Car Found in IHOP Parking Lot
IHOP employees see a lot a horrific stuff, but no one working at an IHOP in Georgia could have expected to find out their parking lot was ground zero for an all-out drug war. Two cars were found in the early morning on October 19, 2009, one of them surrounded by shell casings and the other riddled with bullets. Police also found over $700 worth of weed, but strangely, no bodies to go along with the apparent drug dispute. 
Two Sisters Arrested for Fighting During Their Shift at IHOP
Cain and Abel would look at these two sisters and tell them to calm down. Their massive fight occurred in June 2016 during their shift at a Tennessee IHOP and the ensuing twister of destruction swept across the restaurant and caused over $1,000 in damages. Punches were thrown, chairs were grabbed, insults were shouted, and it ended with both of them being arrested. The International House of Pancakes: go for the delicious breakfast foods, stay for the all-out brawls. 

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<![CDATA[Penis Measuring Contests in History That Got Out of Hand]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/penis-measuring-contests-in-history-that-got-out-of-hand/jacob-shelton
Men love their d*cks. If they could be in a relationship with their genitals, they would. If they could sing the refrain to 2000s indie prom staple “Maps” to their penises, it would happen every night. In fact, it probably does. If that song weren't written by a woman, you'd have to assume it was written by a man, about his penis.

The only thing a man loves more than his shriveled appendage is talking about how his is bigger than someone else’s, either metaphorically or literally. If you’re not already exhausted with men and their phallus infatuation, this list of literal d*ck measuring contests will probably give you your fill, no pun intended.  So get out your ruler, it’s time to take a look at penis contests throughout history.

The thing is, men find any excuse to start penis measuring contests. Unfortunately, some of them get out of hand quickly, and end with a rusty ax or a lawsuit. If there were a lesson to be learned from this round up of d*ck measuring contests throughout history, it wouldn’t be that everyone should be confident no matter what they have in their pants, be it a Louisville Slugger or a pinky finger, but rather that men should shut up about their d*cks for ten seconds. Or minutes. Or hours. Or just forever. No one cares about your penis but you.

Of course, now you won't be able to get d*cks and their size out of your mind as you peruse this list of measuring contests that got out of hand.
Penis Measuring Contests in History That Got Out of Hand,

Russian Man Cuts Off Friend's Penis After Losing Dick Measuring Contest
As horrible as it is, it had to happen at some point. In the summer of 2016, in Russia, a couple of Bashkortostan buddies approached the end of two days of binge drinking and arguing about the size of their dicks. They decided to whip 'em out and see who's was bigger. The fellow that lost took the contest so seriously he grabbed an ax and cut off the winner's manhood. If convicted of "inflicting grave injury," the man stands to receive eight years in prison. 
McG and Michael Bay Measure Their Robo-Dicks
Directors Michael Bay and McG make movies that rake in cash despite terrible reviews and a paucity of ideas. One might think they would be happy with their success, but they aren't. In 2009, they got into a press war over who's dumb robot movie was bigger and dumber, and the whole thing ended in McG suggesting that they literally measure their penises "on the Spartacus steps at Universal." Only if James Cameron could be the judge. And cut them both off while saying "Hasta la vista, penises."
Unprompted Dick Measuring Contest Ends in Lawsuit
In 2009,  a lawsuit revealed that Gary Mole, ex-CEO for Glacial Energy, got really (like, really really, really) drunk while having dinner with co-workers and tried to kiss a male colleague. When the man demurred, Mole pulled down his pants and said he wanted to see who was "more of a man." A woman present sued the company, and the details of the evening, which also included Mole stealing a woman's phone to play sexual pranks on here, emerged in court documents. This may or may not have actually happened - the company denied all the allegations - but it's an amazing story none-the-less.
Were Dicks Bigger in the 80s?
Famous New York chef Chris Cannon told Eater about a night in 1984 spent at a bar called Swell's where his friend, "a big black guy" and some random "big Jewish guy" got into an argument over their junk and ended up whipping their d*cks out in front of everyone. Was there any time that was worse than the '80s? Sure, Donald Trump is running for president in 2016, but in 1984, people were actually pulling their d*cks out and slamming them on tables like fresh fish. Is anyone else hungry all of a sudden?
Donald Trump Uses Debate to Talk About His Junk
Of course Donald Trump is the first media figure posturing as a politician to talk about his d*ck in the middle of a debate. Why wouldn't he be? During a GOP debate in 2016, Trump addressed Marco Rubio's diss about Trump's small hands. Things got weird. The Donald said, "He referred to my hands, ‘if they’re small, something else must be small.’ I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.” Do they hand out barf bags at GOP debates? In general, Trump is obsessed with the size of his digits, as photo evidence and an in depth report from John Oliver detail. 
Smallest Penis Contest Ends in Drunken Debauchery
When most people think of dick measuring contests, they think of dudes trying to prove they're the biggest, thickets, gnarliest ride in town. Not the case at Brooklyn's Smallest Penis Pageant. At the pageant, six guys wore tiny tuxedos on their penises and paraded around showing off what God didn't give them. Some contestants got so debilitatingly drunk they were disqualified from receiving accolades they rightfully deserved. 
Cops and Firefighters Whip Em Out to See Who's Best
Somewhere in Virginia, there's a town where the police and fire departments were so at odds they constantly pranked one another. Squad cars purposefully blocks fire hydrants, fire trucks cut off cops as they tried to catch speeding motorists - it was a huge waste of tax dollars. The prank war got so out of hand that, in 2014, city manager Mary Dolata decided the cops and fire fighters would have a dick measuring contest to see which department was best, and leave it at that. 

To quote Mary, “These boys are trying to play a game of one-upmenship that is noting more than figuratively proving who has the bigger genitals. So I said lets find out who does have the biggest tool. The department with the largest average size will be crowed the winner. Once that is done we will put an end to this prank war for good.”

Amen, sister. 


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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 18:01:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/penis-measuring-contests-in-history-that-got-out-of-hand/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Perverted Sh*t That Past Presidents Did]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/perverted-old-presidents/jacob-shelton
Should the President of the United States be held to a higher standard of behavior than the average person? As we’ve seen time and again, presidents are merely human, and humans are super gross. You don’t have to look hard to find a perverted presidents in every century. The famous pervs are obvious, their names already on your tongue. But the really interesting presidential perverts are the creepers who operated before the ubiquity of social media and round-the-clock news. Fair warning - mentally prepare yourself before reading the perverted sh*t past Presidents did.

Perverted Sh*t That Past Presidents Did,

LBJ, Well-Hung Exhibitionist
It's long been a thing of rumor that LBJ was our most well-endowed president. Or, at least, the most well-endowed president wouldn't shut up about his purportedly stupendous member. According to Robert Caro's biography of LBJ, the bulge master of the White House enjoyed whipping out his elephant trunk and showing around, asking, "Have you ever seen anything as big as this?" 

He's also the most popular US president in Mexico. Get it? El BJ? 

Bill Clinton, Oval Office Fetishist and Seminal Fluid Jackson Pollack
This is probably the most famous story of a President getting freaky, and for good reason. In the late '90s, stories about Clinton and Monica Lewinski, then a White House aide, having a strictly oral relationship and doing God knows what with cigars in the Oval Office were all over the news stands. He also made abstract expressionist art with his milk and Monica's dress. In 1998, Clinton avoided impeachment, and his legacy remains mostly intact. 
Grover Cleveland, Waiting Years for Barely Legal Status
When Frances Folsom was born in 1864, one of the two men doting over her was her future husband Grover Cleveland. Throughout her life, Cleveland would send her flowers and say, "I’m waiting for my bride to grow up.” They married in 1886, when she turned 21. Yuck.
Warren G. Harding, Penis Namer
The 29th President of The United States was an ace procrastinator - and kind of a perv. In a letter to his mistress, he not only reveals that he named his penis Jerry, but that he often day dreamed about slipping the beef to his sidepiece while he was supposed to be busy running the country. 

To quote Warren G, "Jerry — you recall Jerry...— came in while I was pondering your notes in glad reflection, and we talked about it...He told me to say that you are the best and darlingest in the world, and if he could have but one wish, it would be to be held in your darling embrace and be thrilled by your pink lips that convey the surpassing rapture of human touch and the unspeakable joy of love’s surpassing embrace." Dag bro. That's poetry. 

Thomas Jefferson, In-Law Incest
Thomas Jefferson is known to have fathered a brood of children with Sally Hemings, a slave who was also his mistress. But his sexcapade was a lot weirder than it sounds on the surface. As it turns out, Hemings was Mrs. Jefferson's half sister, and so by marriage, also Jefferson's sister. Naughty Thomas the Spank Engine!
JFK, Sex Addict
JFK may be one of the most well remembered presidents in America's short history. But how much of that is due to cultural revisionism and how much to America's ignorance of what really happened during his 1,000 days in the White House? Stories of Kennedy's conquests range from Marilyn Monroe to mobster girlfriends and even reporters. The '60s were effing crazy. 
George H.W. Bush, Sidepiece Connoisseur
Although it's never been a part of the official story, George H.W. Bush (or 41, if you're a DC cool cat), had two kept women for incredibly long stretches of time. The first was allegedly Jennifer Fitzgerald, Bush’s White House deputy chief of protocol. The second, an Italian woman whom he set up with a New York City apartment in the 1960s. The president's surname tells the tale - you are what you eat.  
LBJ, Satin Fetishist and Violent Fornicator
You gotta admire LBJ's go-with-the-flow sexual attitude. According to a mistresses, liked rough sex, and was into wearing a satin sleep mask while he got down. "He was a little kinky," she said, "and I loved every second of it. So did he."
Grover Cleveland, Sadistic Rapist
After years of research, Charles Lachman discovered that in 1873 Grover Cleveland sexually assaulted a woman whom he took out for dinner, and when she threatened to tell the authorities he told her "he was determined to ruin [the woman] if it cost him $10,000, if he was hanged by the neck for it." After the woman had Cleveland's child out of wedlock, he arranged for the baby to be put into an orphanage and had the woman thrown in an insane asylum
George H.W. Bush, Covering Up a Prostitution Ring
Much conspiratorial hay has been sewn from the seeds of The Franklin Child Prostitution Ring. There's a good chance that we're never going to know the complete truth about what happened between 1988 and 1991, but it is documented that throughout George H.W. Bush's tenure in the White House (prior to being president he was Ronald Reagan's VP and the head of the CIA), there were male and female prostitutes coming in and out of The White House. Even if the president didn't partake in sexual relations with the prostitutes, it was happening right under his nose, and it's a naive to think he wouldn't be aware of something of that magnitude, especially as former head of the CIA.  

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<![CDATA[Creators of Kids Entertainment Who Were Also Perverts]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/perverted-creators-of-kids-entertainment/jacobybancroft
You would probably be shocked to learn just how many famous perverts there are working in the children's entertainment industry. Just because you create entertainment solely for kids doesn't mean you don't have the same urges and thoughts as other people. In fact, for some reason, it seems like children's authors and animators are more perverted than anyone.

Below is a list of famously perverted people who created content for kids, ranging from perverted kid's authors to perverted illustrators. You'll probably be surprised by a few of the people on this list, and you'll definitely look at some of their art a little differently. 

Creators of Kids Entertainment Who Were Also Perverts,

Carl Barks
It's a safe bet to say that Carl Barks loved ducks. The American cartoonist became famous for his comics, including Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck, but his fascination with the odd waterfowl did not just stop with children's cartoons. He also enjoyed painting erotic portraits of ducks.

Over his lifetime, he painted ducks in exotic locales and different time periods, with mostly all of them featuring voluptuous female ducks in different states of undress. So if you thought that ducks can't be sexy, 
think again. 

Chris Sanders
If you're a fan of Disney, you probably know Chris Sanders's work. The animation director and illustrator is perhaps best known for co-writing and directing Lilo and Stitch in 2002. It's a wholesome tale of what it means to be a family and never leaving anyone behind. Given the family-friendly nature of the film (and all Disney films, for that matter) it's a little shocking to discover that Sanders likes to experiment with more adult illustrations in his spare time. 

He likes to draw busty, scantily-clad girls, most of them being in what can only be described as an uncomfortable position. Drawing pinup girls isn't considered as shocking as it once was, but what makes it slightly disturbing is the fact that most of the girls look like grown up versions of Lilo or her big sister Nani. Childhood = ruined. 
Dr. Seuss
Although he experienced great success with his children's books, Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, still wanted to write something a little more risque. He was so determined to write an adult book that when he switched from Vanguard to Random House publishing, he had one condition: his very first book with the new publisher would be an adult one.

The result was The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History's Barest Family. The book tells the story of a group of nudist sisters, and unsurprisingly, it completely flopped. Nobody wanted to buy a book filled with naked ladies drawn by the same guy who did Green Eggs and Ham. 
Joe Shuster
Besides Truth, Justice, and the American Way, does Superman also enjoy a good whipping from time to time? That seems to be the sentiment shared by the hero's co-creator, Joe Shuster.  Recently unearthed comics reveal that besides drawing Superman, Shuster enjoyed illustrating comics that involved a disturbing amount of BDSM, including whips, exotic torture, and the use of red-hot pokers. The creepiest part is that many of the characters Shuster drew in these situations look almost exactly like Superman and Lois Lane. It looks like the Man of Steel can handle some pain. 
Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll is one of the most influential children's authors of all time. After writing the popular Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, as well as its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, Carroll cemented himself as one of the defining voices in children's literature. His extracurricular activities, though, have caused quite a few raised eyebrows.

Besides being an avid writer, Carroll (whose real name was Charles Dodgson) loved photography. But the subject matter of his photos probably wouldn't fly today: of the approximately 3,000 photos he took in his lifetime, over half are of little kids, with 30 of them being nude or semi-nude. He often was accompanied by small children wherever he went and there are conflicting reports about how close Carroll was to all of them. 
Mort Walker
As a kid, maybe the only appealing part of the newspaper is the comics page. Brief little snippets into the lives of Garfield or the Peanuts gang can offer a little chuckle to make your day just a little bit better. One staple of the newspaper comic page is Beetle Bailey, a comic about a lazy soldier in the army.

Chances are you've read a few Beetle Bailey comic strips in your life, but you might be shocked to learn that the creator, Mort Walker, also liked to draw his characters in X-rated situations. There's an entire collection of Mort Walker comics that depict his characters doing very NSFW things. The sexual tension between General Halftrack and his secretary is played for lighthearted laughs in the everyday comic strip. In his dirtier version? Not so much. 
Osamu Tezuka
Even though he became widely known as The Father of Manga, and was responsible for popular comic series like Astro Boy, famed Japanese cartoonist and animator Osamu Tezuka had a freaky side that not many people knew about. To understand just how naughty Tezuka could get, look no further than his 1970 animated movie Cleopatra: Queen of Sex. The film bombed spectacularly both in Japan and in America, where it had the problem of being too pornographic but also not pornographic enough.

When it was released in America, they gave it an X rating and advertised it as the first pornographic animated film (which it wasn't). Those who did turn out to see it were disappointed by the surprising lack of sex. Sure, there were some weird sex scenes and animated boobs popped up almost everywhere, but a lot of people believed it didn't deserve its rating. 
Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl is the visionary writer who brought such classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG to little kids everywhere. He's known for whimsical stories and goofy drawings, but not many people are aware of his foray into adult literature. Simply put: his more mature stuff is not for prudes

There's the story of Uncle Oswald, known as the greatest fornicator of them all, who goes on a quest to produce a sexually appealing smell, and then turns into a giant penis that floats away into space. Not just content with odd fantasy entries, he also wrote darker erotic books like The Great Switcheroo, which told a story about two guys who want to wife swap during a darkened sex session without their wives knowing. 

Steve Ditko
Any comic book fan should know the name Steve Ditko. The comic book artist helped Stan Lee create the character of Spider-Man and his style set a high bar for comic book art and illustrations. Though basically a superhero in the comic book fandom, rumors persist that he also helped contribute to a few bondage and other BDSM comics during his career, and extensive articles have been written discussing whether Ditko did or did not do it. 

Those who think he did are quick to point out that Ditko shared an office with Eric Stanton, who specialized in kinky comics and illustrations. It doesn't seem all that unlikely that Ditko might have helped Stanton from time to time when a deadline was approaching, and even though certain risque covers bear Stanton's name, the style is almost undeniably Ditko's.
Shel Silverstein
Nothing quite showcases how perverted Shel Silverstein was more than his country song "Who's Your Daddy, Sue?" If you expected the famous children's author, who penned the classic The Giving Tree book, to embed some of his wit and heartfelt emotion into the song... you would be so wrong.

The song, which is a response to the classic "A Boy Named Sue" song that Johnny Cash made famous, but Silverstein wrote, tells the same story but from the father's perspective. If you're looking for a happy ending, don't expect one. The song ends with the Dad grateful that he has a boy named Sue because it helps on nights when he can't score with the ladies (meaning: creeeepy incest).

If that wasn't enough, the famed author of Where the Sidewalk Ends was also a Playboy columnist for over 40 years! He contributed naughty cartoons and wrote a series of travelogues detailing the sexual nature of exotic locales from around the world that he visited. 

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<![CDATA[16 Vaping Horror Stories That Will Make You Think Twice About Vape Pens]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/vaping-horror-stories/jacob-shelton
If you believe the guys and girls who vape, it’s a healthy alternative to smoking cigarettes or dipping, and it gives you the same nicotine rush without destroying your body. While studies are still being done on whether or not that claim holds any water, there are plenty of vaping horror stories in the news and online that should keep you from ever buying e-cigarettes or one of those vape machines that look like a sonic screwdriver. If you vape and you’re trying to quit, this list is full of vaping cons and reasons to put down the vape pen once and for all.

If you live in any kind of urban setting, you’ve definitely seen a gang of vape bros strolling through town with their fedoras and vape pens, billowing out walls of faux smoke. It’s super lame, but that’s not the only reason why vaping is bad. Aside from the possible negative side effects of inhaling nicotine in any form, the battery packs and chargers that frequently accompany vaping instruments have been known to explode, and if the nicotine liquid is swallowed it can tear your body apart. But don’t take our word for it. Do yourself a favor and read through these vaping horror stories. One of them might just save your life.

Vote up the scariest vaping-related horror stories, and feel free to share some of your own near-death vaping experiences with us in the comments.
16 Vaping Horror Stories That Will Make You Think Twice About Vape Pens,

Exploding E-Cigarette Sets Bro's Pants on Fire
If you're smoking e-cigs, it's probably not a good idea to keep the battery in your pocket. It might be the easiest place to keep it, but it could also set your leg on fire and give you permanent burns. According to the man with the burnt leg, “My left leg was totally covered in fire and my right was singed. I could have lost my private parts or worse. It was terrifying. If I’d been vaping at the time it could have taken my face off." 
Toddler Swallows E-Cigarette Refill
This has to be one of the scariest things that can happen to a parent. In 2014, a two-year-old girl swallowed a nicotine cartridge and almost immediately started vomiting up everything she had. Luckily, she was rushed to the hospital and given a clean bill of health a few hours later. 
14-Year-Old Blinded at Brooklyn Mall
In 2016, a 14-year-old boy was blinded when an e-cigarette exploded at a mall kiosk in Brooklyn. The injury occurred after an employee connected one of the vaporizers to the battery of the store. The boy, Leor Domatov, said that he can no longer see out of one eye because "I got a cut through my cornea."
E-Cigarette Burns Hole in Young Dad's Lungs
A 33-year-old dad from Surrey, England said that he gave up smoking for vaping in order to extend his life, but the "healthy" alternative ended up doing him more harm than good. While he was taking a hit, the machine shot hot nicotine juice down his throat and burned a hole in his lung. After going to the hospital and getting hooked up to an oxygen machine, he's still having trouble kicking the vape monkey. "I want to give up completely but at the moment I’m just having the odd roll-up. I’m such an addict I can’t just go cold turkey even after what happened.”
Man Loses Eye After E-Cigarette Explosion
A man in Orange County, CA lost an eye while he was vaping in March 2016. Joseph Cavins' vape pen exploded and sent shrapnel nine feet into the air. "I felt like I was hit on the side of the head and everything went south from there," Cavins said.
E-Cigarette Explodes, Burns Down House
A family of four experienced one of the worst tragedies that can befall a household when their 15-year-old son's e-cigarette charger caught his bed on fire and the flames quickly spread to the rest of the house. Luckily, everyone escaped with their life intact, but significant damage was done to the home
E-Cig Ruins Teen's Life
A 17-year-old boy in Ogden, NY suffered a horrendous fate when his e-cigarette exploded in his hand as he was taking a drag, putting a hole in the back of his throat and forcing him to get nine stitches in his hand. His mother, who was present for the aftermath, said, "He came flying through the door, I actually thought he had had a car accident. There was so much blood."
Remember Kids, Don't Vape Animal Poop
This should go without saying, but if you have any animals around, make sure they don't leave you any surprises in your disassembled machines. Reddit user Narivus found this out the hard way when his chinchilla gave him something extra to smoke on. "I go in there, pop a new battery in and just take one of the biggest inhales of my life (I also have a cherry vapes drip tip) and I feel something fly in my mouth. I kind of slow my inhale and then finish. After I exhale and close my mouth, I felt a little crunch between my teeth so I'm like 'what the hell?' I reach in my mouth, grab the little object and it turned out to be a little chinchilla nugget. I was a little grossed out initially but it didn't taste bad so I went about my day."
Vaping the World's Hottest Pepper Is Probably Not a Good Idea
Russell Hawkins grows Carolina Reaper chili peppers in his personal garden. And since Carolina Reapers are currently ranked as the world's hottest pepper, you'd think he'd know the dos and don'ts of capsaisin safety. Sadly for Mr. Hawkins, he does not. Hawkins had the brilliant idea to try to vape his own homegrown scorchers (plus, snort some and rub them in his eye for good measure). Want to guess how it ends? (Hint: the answer is "not well AT ALL.") Skip to 3:27 to get to the good/terrible stuff. 

Exploding Battery Causes Burns
Reddit user Eskimoroll had a run-in with some bad batteries when he tried to power his personal box mod. The unregulated batteries shorted something out and things got real. "[The batteries] started venting gas and fire from a short or something. It was terrifying. My face was fortunately okay but I got a good burn on my arm, there was some furniture damage from the battery acid, and the mod was completely melted."

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<![CDATA[True Stories of Fights That Broke Out in Lines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/true-stories-of-fights-that-broke-out-in-lines/jacob-shelton
What is it about waiting in line that turns normal human beings into sentient, angry bags of trash? Have our brains been so warped by the culture of immediacy we live in that waiting in line for two minutes throws us into a murderous rage? Or has man always been predisposed to throwing a fit when having to wait in line for one thing or another? Steel yourself for tales of the darkest parts of humanity as you read about people who were killed for cutting in line.

If you’re reading this and trying to pretend that you haven’t wanted to kill someone for cutting in line, you’re lying to yourself. Hopefully, like the rest of us, you’ve managed to tamp down the fury you experience every time you see such a heinous thing take place and use it later in an interpretive dance.

As you’ll soon find out, people have been killed, beaten, and generally assaulted while trying to buy things and use the restroom since the middle of the 20th century, and we’re willing to bet that it was a thing before then too. It’s awful that so many people are killed in line, and none of the people on this list who were murdered or savagely beaten deserved what happened. So the next time someone cuts in front of you in a line, just let it happen – or you’ll probably end up on a list like this.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen in line? Have you maimed someone to use the bathroom first? Set a man on fire for a lottery ticket? Have you killed for a primo parking spot? If so, confess your darkest line-related secrets in the comments.
True Stories of Fights That Broke Out in Lines,

Black Student Killed Trying to Use 'Whites-Only' Bathroom
In 1966, a black student in Tuskegee, AL who was just trying to use the bathroom was killed when a white gas station attendant shot him in the head as he was running away. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made segregated bathrooms illegal, but some vigilantes still tried to extralegally enforce racist laws from the past. The murderer was only arrested after students from Tuskegee waged a protest. 
Hungry Man Kills Line Cutter
In 2006, Ziad Tayeh fatally knifed a 19-year-old who cut in front of him in line at the Halal Guys food cart on Sixth Avenue in New York. In a videotaped confession, Tayeh explained to the police that "[he] was hungry." Despite fleeing the scene, Tayeh was able to beat the murder wrap by claiming self-defense. 
Long Bathroom Line Leads to Violent Assault
Antonio Renardo Savoy was arrested at the unfortunately named Pusser's Caribbean Grille in Annapolis, VA in June 2016 after he smashed a bottle over another man's head while fighting in the line for the bathroom. He was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. The kicker? The restaurant is located on Compromise Street.
Taco Truck Fight Ends in Death
In May 2016, a man who was waiting in line at a taco truck in Austin, TX got into an argument with some people who cut in front of him; that altercation was his last. After fighting with the group, one of them walked to their truck, grabbed a pistol, and shot the man several times. 

Thousands of People Miss Out on Housing for Fighting in Line
In May 2016, after hours of waiting in line for Section 8 housing in Portsmouth, VA, a few aggravated citizens started fighting in a crowd of about 3,000 people. Additional police had to be called in to force people to leave the area after the voucher line was shut down. 
Man Stabbed in Butt at McDonald's
In 2013, a woman at a Tampa, FL McDonald's became so enraged that a man yelled at her for cutting in the drive-thru line that she stabbed him.

After Mohammad Abukhder yelled at Rebecca Simmons for cutting the line, she got out of her car, stabbed the hood of Abukhder's car, and then stabbed him in the butt when he got out of the car to try and make her stay put until the police came. She was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief with property damage.
Man Waiting to Go to the Bathroom Is Sucker Punched
On May 7, 2016, a college student who was waiting in line for the men's room at Del Mar Gastro Lounge in St. Petersburg, FL got into an argument with a stranger about cutting in line, but the argument ended when the stranger walloped the student with two punches that ended up sending the kid to the hospital with a fractured skull.
Fight Breaks Out Between People Waiting for a Parking Spot
While sitting in a long parking line at the Houston Zoo, a woman captured footage of two other drivers getting physical over a parking spot in June 2016. The woman who caught the footage later told Click 2 Houston: "I think I saw more action out in the parking lot than the animals, the animals were just chilling."
Homeless Men Get into Fight over iPhone
In 2013, a group of homeless men who were promised pizza, beer, and cigarettes in exchange for waiting in line for the then-new iPhone got into a fight with Apple store employees after they were informed that the store was out of merchandise, meaning that they wouldn't receive payment. One man was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold for running into the street when police showed up on the scene. 
Young Mom Killed by Stray Bullet in Beef over Line Cutting
In 2011, Yaritza Pacheco, a 24-year-old mother from the Bronx, was killed by a stray bullet that was fired over some guy cutting in line at a bodega. The 19-year-old who shot Pacheco immediately threw his gun in a river and booked a one-way flight to the Dominican Republic, but was arrested at the airport

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Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:16:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/true-stories-of-fights-that-broke-out-in-lines/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[15 Super Weird Things That Were Once Found in Toilets]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-things-found-in-toilets/ashley-reign

Remember when you were a kid and couldn't help but wonder about the urban legends that said alligators and other scary animals could crawl out of the toilet and attack? Well your inner child ain’t seen nothing yet. When it comes to gross things found in toilets, these real life stories will have you checking the loo thoroughly before you go.
 

Just when you thought that toilet dangers were only limited to gross port-a-potty smells and the poor aim of the guy who used the stall before you, here comes a whole new list of terrifying true stories to populate your nightmares. This is a round up of the gross stuff found in toilets all over the world, as well as a few flushed items that actually turned out to be pretty fascinating.

From folks who were horrified to find random animals chilling in their toilet bowls to archeologists who accidentally unearthed centuries-old treasures, this is some bathroom humor (and horror) that you don't want to miss. Check out some of the weirdest stuff ever to be flushed down the pipes!


15 Super Weird Things That Were Once Found in Toilets,

A 16th Century Queen's Hairpin
Imagine the surprise of a team of French archaeologists, who were excavating an old communal toilet at Fontainbleu Palace to prepare the area for restoration, when they discovered a rare treasure within the depths of the toilet itself. A hairpin pulled from the old restroom turned out to belong to 16th century Queen Catherine de Medici, who was identified as its owner by the interlocking "C's" at its head.  
A Live Bomb from World War 2
When the police got a call to investigate a strange device discovered in an outdoor toilet in Stockport, England, they never suspected that it would turn out to be a live bomb from WW2. Houses in the area were evacuated and the bomb squad was called in to carefully remove the device, which then underwent a controlled explosion in a nearby park.

Most explosions in a bathroom are of the stinkier variety...



A Foot and a Half-Long Iguana
When a South Florida mom and daughter couldn't get their toilet to flush, they finally decided it was time to call in the professionals to investigate what could be blocking the pipes. Alisa Scott of Roto Rooter came to check out the pipes. She wasn't in the bathroom long before the family heard a blood-curdling scream. Scott found a foot and a half-long iguana making residence in the pipes

A Live Newborn Baby Girl
We've all heard horror stories of girls giving birth at prom and abandoning their babies in the restroom, but a student at a University in China took it a step further when she flushed her newborn daughter down the toilet and went back to her room to continue studying. The baby was heard crying by other students who alerted the authorities. The authorities rescued the newborn from the piping and arrest the mother.

 

This Adorable Baby Possum
What do you do when your husband finds a baby possum randomly taking a dip in your toilet? If you're anything like this inspiring and calm San Antonio couple, you help the little guy out, take his picture, and give him the fantastically punny name Hairy Pot-ter. 
A HUUUUUUUUGE Snake
When an Australian man named Erik Rantzau discovered a three meter-long carpet python chilling in his toilet bowl, he decided that removal was a job best left to an expert. So he called in a professional snake wrangler to wrestle the beast into submission and take back his toilet bowl. 

An 18th Century Sex Toy
During the excavation of the latrine in what was believed to be an 18th century fencing school in Poland, archaeologists discovered a relic that was pretty excited to be found. The nearly 300-year-old dildo was in as good of a shape as ever. In its original form, it was made of leather and full of bristles. They just don't make 'em like the used to.
This Shark Who Was Chilling in the Toilet of a Public Park
When two Beaufort, South Carolina women discovered a shark in a public park restroom toilet, they did what any self respecting women would do: screamed their butts off. After the initial shock wore off, the ladies were able to regain enough composure to call authorities, who suspected the dead shark was placed in the toilet by pranksters.

A Squirrel Who Somehow Took a Wrong Turn
When a Winnipeg woman investigated a strange splashing sound in her bathroom one morning around 5am, she was stunned to find a distraught squirrel struggling to make his way out of the bowl. Luckily for the little guy, the quick thinking woman deposited him back out on her patio with a pair of BBQ tongs, but not before giving him a refreshing bath in the tub first. 



A Shit Load of Money... Literally
As it turns out, being the most honest janitor in the world has its perks. When Chamindu Amarsinghe discovered $93,000 in both the trash bins and flushed down the pipes of an Australian toilet in 2011, he did the right thing and called in police to investigate. When the authorities failed to explain the money's origins, however, the world's coolest judge ruled that the janitor could keep $76,000 while awarding the rest to the state. 




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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:41:30 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-things-found-in-toilets/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[18 Bodies That Were Found YEARS After the Person Died]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-were-found-dead-years-after-they-died/jacob-shelton
It’s an understatement to say that people die every day. Unfortunately, some of those people slip through the cracks in one way or another and their bodies can go missing for incredible lengths of time. On this list are stories of people who died, only to have their dead body remain undiscovered for years. The sad truth about a lot of these decades-old corpses is that they could have been discovered sooner if the people had any friends or family to check in on them. It’s not a surprise that multiple bodies on this list were found in front of a television that was still pumping out entertainment. Open up an incognito browser and take a look at these bodies that were found YEARS after the person died.

We’ve all heard local stories of an old person who died in their home, only to have their body found years later, and those stories are on here. But this list is also permeated with wives who buried their husbands in the back yard, and monsters who put the amount of space in their storage units to the test. Keep reading, there are undiscovered dead bodies waiting for you. 
18 Bodies That Were Found YEARS After the Person Died,

Body Found Behind False Wall
The remains of Joanne Nichols were discovered behind a "false wall" in the basement of a home in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2013. Joanne had been missing for 28 years, and when what was left of her body was excavated a medical examiner said that her "hands were tied with rope. A large area of the right side of the skull was also missing." Her cause of death was blunt force trauma. 
Twin Skeletons Found in Chatanooga
In 2014, Chatanooga Police discovered the skeletons of twin brothers Andrew and Anthony Johnson in their former residence. Each brother, aged 63 years at the their presumed time of death, was found dead in matching easy chairs when the police entered the residence. 
Missing Canadian Skier Found 35 Years Later
In 2015, the body of a skier that had been missing for over thirty years was found in the Italian Alps. According to the Italian Police, the warmer than usual temperatures melted a substantial amount of ice, revealing the skier's body. 
Mother and Daughter Discovered in Collapsing House
Following up on complaints of a "pungent smell" coming from a home in England, police officers discovered the bodies of Caroline Jessett and her mother Pauline, aged 50 and 70. Pauline had been missing for over 30 years. The police had to flee the home for fears of the house collapsing around them. 
Husband's Body Found 18 Years After His Death
John Sabine was last seen alive in 1997, but after his wife Leigh Ann died in 2015, his body was discovered wrapped in plastic sheeting in Leigh Ann's garden in Beddau, Pontypridd, South Wales. Detectives say his injuries were consistent with an assault and that the deceased Leigh Ann was the primary suspect. 
Man Found Hanging After Eight Years
In some of the most depressing news ever, a man was found in his apartment eight years after hanging himself. Making things somehow worse, the person who found him was set to take over the lease on his apartment. 
Child Found Dead After Two Years in House
In 2013, the decomposed body of a toddler was found in its crib almost two years after it died from malnourishment. Making matters more sickening, at court proceedings after the discovery, it was revealed that the child's mother ordered a pizza shortly after his death and that she continued to make insurance claims on him
27 Boys Found Buried in Storage Locker
In 1973, the bodies of 27 boys were found after two teens who were working alongside Houston serial killer Dean Corll finally came clean to the Houston PD about their incredibly sadistic late-night extracurricular activities. All of the bodies that were dug up were that of local teens, although some had decomposed past the point of identification. 
Joyce Carol Vincent's Body Lay on a Sofa for Three Years
In 2006, while in the process of repossessing a home, police made a gruesome discovery. Lying on the flat's sofa was the body of 38-year-old Joyce Carol Vincent, who had been missing for three years. According to the policethe television set was still on, tuned to BBC1, and a small pile of unopened Christmas presents lay on the floor. 
Yucca Valley Woman Found Dead in Car After Two Years
Carla Ruth Reyes went missing at the beginning of 2013, but it wasn't until a few hikers discovered her body, decaying in the back of her Mitsubishi Gallant, in 2015 that her family was finally able to put her memory to rest. According to Reyes' family, she struggled with addiction and depression for her entire life. 

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:58:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-were-found-dead-years-after-they-died/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Horrible Things That Have Happened at 711]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/711-horror-stories/jacob-shelton
7-Eleven is truly one of the great equalizers in this world. Everyone, from lowly bike messengers to famous celebrities, has popped into the world’s most famous convenience store for a Slushee or some taquitos. But even hugely popular convenience stores have their downside. 7-11 stories take on every manner of crazy. From the expected armed robberies to crazy explosions, and even assaults with an axe, the bad things that happened at 7-Eleven will shock the Big Gulp out of your hands. You may never shop comfortably again after you read these 7-11 horror stories.

One of the biggest yikes factors that comes along with working at a 24-hour convenience store is that you know robberies are bound to happen. Most of the robberies that are included on this list end safely enough, but there are still some insane 7-11 deaths that have occurred in the middle of the store with very little reason. Even though some truly horrific things are on this list, there are still a few heroes on here that you can root for. Try to keep that in mind as your stroll down the aisle of the worst things that have ever happened in a 7-Eleven.

What horrible things have you witnessed while building the perfect nachos at a 7-Eleven? If you’ve got a story that tops anything on this list, we want to hear it.
Horrible Things That Have Happened at 711,

Sword Wielding Maniac Arrested Outside 7-11
In Hamilton, Ontario, a 29-year-old man was arrested outside the convenience store for waving a large samurai sword around and screaming that he was going to hurt someone. Ontario should thank its lucky stars that the guy didn't have a Hanzo sword. 
Clerks Strip and Assault Man Over Snickers Bar
After a man allegedly trying to steal a Snicker's bar, two 7-Eleven clerks in the Bronx stripped and savagely beat him. Video of the incident made its way online and the man sued the company for an unspecified amount. The lawsuit said, the “widespread dissemination of images showing [Golson] stripped almost naked have caused [him] to suffer severe humiliation, mental anguish and emotional distress from which he may never recover.” 
20-Year-Old Rapes a Woman in 7-11 Parking Lot
On New Year's Day 2016, a South Bend, Indiana man, who was already on the police's radar for a count of obstructing justice, robbed a 7-Eleven before raping the female clerk on duty and urinating in her mouth. The man turned himself in later that month. 
Shooting Victim Dies Outside of 7-11
A man who was shot through the torso in Anderson, California was dropped at a 7-Eleven parking lot by a mysterious green truck. Despite the efforts from good samaritans on the scene, the man died after being transported to a local hospital. 
Man Kills Clerk and Sets the Body on Fire
After Michael Russo was denied the purchase of alcohol without an ID, he flipped out and returned to the 7-Eleven just after three in the morning. He shot the 18-year-old clerk at point blank range before setting the boy on fire and burning down the store. 
Man Robs Store Before Raping Clerk
In 2015 a Buffalo, New York man robbed a 7-11 of its cash and some cigarettes before forcing the clerk into a closet, raping her, and then demanding the surveillance tapes. If it weren't for a delivery man who showed up as the assailant was escaping, he might have gotten away, but the rapist/burglar was caught one block from the store by the police. 
7-11 Australia Works Out a "Half Pay" Scan
In 2015, reports were released that showed 7-Eleven Australia trying to save money by paying their employees half of what they were owed. This means that a clerk who worked 40 hours a week would be paid an average of $12 per hour rather than their deserved $24.69 per hour. The scam depended on the franchise owner doctoring time cards to make it seem that their employees only worked for half the time they actually put in. 
SUV Rams Through 7-11
In the Philippines, two people were injured when the driver of an SUV lost control and smashed through the building. Maybe he was just excited about Free Slurpee Day.  
Group of Friends Destroy a 7-11 With a Hammer
In story that sounds like it's straight out of The Purge, a group of friends completely destroyed the inside of a Chicago 7-Eleven before brutally attacking a fellow public transit passenger with a hammer, giving them permanent vision loss. The six friends were arrested shortly afterwards. 
Pennsylvania 7-11 Robbed Again and Again
The 7-Eleven in Abington, Pennsylvania just can't catch a break. In just a few weeks in early 2016, the store has been the site of two armed robberies. In the first, a clerk was shot by an assailant, and the second time a different robber made off with an unknown amount of money. 

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:46:12 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/711-horror-stories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Children's Entertainers Who Are Also Perverts]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kids-entertainers-who-are-perverts/jacob-shelton

In a perfect world, child entertainers would be normal people who only had a desire to facilitate a good time. But unfortunately we live in a world where monsters lurk around every corner, and no one is safe. We’ve all heard about creepy children's show host Jimmy Savile and his pedophile sex ring in Britain, but he’s not the only boogeyman stalking the children of the world. There are so many kid's entertainers who are perverts that it makes you never want to send your kid to a birthday party, or even let them watch television again. This list goes to a very dark place, looking at children’s entertainers and kids TV hosts who turned out to be creepy, dangerous perverts.

A few of the guys on this list of pervert children entertainers are just sort of creepy, or they have weird sexual predilections that bleed into their work, but most of the stories here read like an episode of Law & Order: SVU. The entertainers cataloged here range from famous musicians to creeps in face paint that you’ve never heard of, but they’ve all got something twisted inside their brains that makes them unsuitable to be around children. The saddest part about these stories is that they just scratch the iceberg; there is seemingly no end to the horror stories to be found in the world of child entertainment. By the time you finish reading this list of perverted children’s entertainers you’ll never look at a balloon animal the same way again.


Children's Entertainers Who Are Also Perverts,

Jimmy Savile
Guilty Of: Committing sexual abuse against minors, running a child sex ring.

Who Is This Guy?
Jimmy Savile was pretty much the most famous television presenter in England throughout the second half of the 20th century, and at the time of his death in 2011 he'd been knighted, given an honorary green beret, and received multiple honorary doctorates for his charitable work. If there was a TV show on BBC, he probably hosted it at some point.

What's His Story?
Savile was the worst of the worst. There were rumblings of his pedophiliac nature dating back to 1958, but the police - and the British government - looked the other way until after his death, when a documentary about his dark side was released.


Paul Reubens
Guilty Of: Indecent exposure.

Who Is This Guy?
For younger readers, Paul Reubens is the man behind Pee Wee Herman. At the time of his arrest, in 1991, he was beloved by weird kids and their parents everywhere, and he's made a full recovery since his arrest. 

What's His Story?
While visiting his family in Sarasota, FL, Reubens stopped off at an adult movie theater. He was arrested on his way out, as detectives claimed they saw him masturbating in the theater. To make matters worse, he told the arresting officer that he would perform a children's benefit if he could make the arrest go away.

Peter Yarrow
Guilty Of: Taking "improper liberties" with a 14 year old.

Who Is This Guy?
Peter Yarrow is the Peter in Peter, Paul and Mary, and the guy who wrote "Puff (The Magic Dragon)," a song beloved by children and 19 year olds who say "duuuuuuude" everywhere. He also wrote the children's book, It's Raining, It's Pouring.

What's His Story?
In 1970 Yarrow was convicted of taking "improper liberties" with a 14-year-old girl who went to his hotel room after a show seeking an autograph. Yarrow served three months in jail, but was pardoned by Jimmy Carter in 1981.

Roald Dahl
Guilty Of: Writing super creepy erotic fiction.

Who Is This Guy?
You know Roald Dahl as the author of beloved children's tales like Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryThe Witches, and Matilda - but he also had a dark side.

What's His Story?
It's not that weird that Roald Dahl wrote erotic fiction. But the story "Bitch," from his collection Switch Bitch, is super pervy. It details a character's plan to embarrass the President of the United States by dosing him with a pheromone that would send him into a lustful frenzy on live television. Instead, the character accidentally gets dosed and ends up having sex with some random woman.

Rod Hull

Guilty Of: Molestation with a puppet.

Who Is This Guy?
Rod Hull was a television presenter who had an emu puppet sidekick. Hull and the puppet appeared on shows like Emu's Broadcasting Company, and EMU TV throughout the '70s and '80s. He died in 1999 after he fell off his roof while adjusting a television antenna. 

What's His Story?
In Eric Bristow's autobiography, The Crafty Cockney, Bristow claims that Hull used his emu puppet to get creepy with people"He used the puppet to feel up women and stick his hand between people's legs. It was out of order."


Rolf Harris

Guilty Of: Indecent assault against girls ranging in age from 13 to 16.

Who Is This Guy?
Rolf Harris wrote novelty songs like "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport," and "Jake the Peg." He was a HUGE deal in Australia throughout his career, and he even joined The Wiggles on tour for a while.

What's His Story?
Harris was first investigated after the Jimmy Savile investigation went public. He managed to come out of that fairly clean, but was investigated again in 2014 after stories of alleged assaults that occurred between the '60s and '80s surfaced. According to prosecutors, Harris "groomed and dehumanized" his victims.


Magic Mark
Guilty Of: Smoking meth and distributing child pornography.

Who Is This Guy?  
Magic Mark is actually Mark Whincup, a children's entertainer from North Wales who also lectured children about the harmful effects of drugs.  

What's His Story?  
In 2015 the police discovered 121 pornographic images and 748 pornographic films, together with 10 “extreme” indecent images involving animals on computer equipment in the attic of Whincup's home. He also had an S&M dungeon and a Skype-ready camera.

Billy Wand

Guilty Of: Possessing indecent images of children on his computer.

Who's This Guy?
Kevin Hart (not that one) is a balloon animal artist, or as he puts it, a "Balloonatic" from England, who goes by the moniker Billy Wand. His slogan is “Spreading smiles one ­balloon at a time,” which is creepy even without all the other stuff. 

What's His Story?
Hart had to sign up for the sex offender's registry in 2008, after police found indecent images of children on his computer. After that debacle he moved from Surrey to Weymouth, Dorset where he continues to be a balloonatic to this day.


K.P. Bath
Guilty Of: Possessing child pornography. 

Who Is This Guy?
K.P. Bath is the author of two well-received children's books, The Secret of Castle Cant and Escape from Castle Cant. He had two more books slated for release before the allegations came to light.

What's His Story?
In 2010, pretty much out of nowhere, rising the children's book author was sentenced to six years in prison for possessing child pornography and trading some of the photos with out of state "collectors." His only statement about the case was that he felt government prosecutors exercised too much power.
Ron Brown

Guilty Of: Having a library of child pornography, and admitting to want to cook and eat a child. 

Who Is This Guy?
Ron Brown was a puppeteer who was very active in his local church. Not only did he drive children to and from services in his van, but he also put on puppet shows for the congregation.

What's His Story?
In 2013, Brown was busted after an Internet chat he was having with another pedophile/cannibalism enthusiast popped up on the FBI's radar. After he was arrested, investigators found boys' underwear and a blowup doll dressed in children's clothes in his home. Brown received 20 years in federal prison and a lifetime of probation.



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Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:34:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/kids-entertainers-who-are-perverts/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Shocking Discoveries of Mysterious Body Parts]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/body-parts-that-were-found-and-never-explained/christopher-shultz
It's a headline that's all too common: Body parts found in everyday common places, like trash cans, rivers, lakes, in parks, and on trails. It's probably one of the most gruesome things a citizen or police officer can discover, and it happens quite a lot. There are even a few unsolved mysteries with body parts playing an integral role to the crime, the biggest perhaps being all the unidentified remains recovered after the September 11th attacks in New York City. Here are 10 cases—both solved and unsolved—of body parts turning up in mysterious circumstances.
Shocking Discoveries of Mysterious Body Parts,

British Columbia Plagued by Severed Feet
Since 2007, a rash of severed feet clad in running shoes began washing ashore in British Columbia, Canada. Medical examiners do not suspect foul play in these cases, and many of the feet have been positively identified. Even still, just how exactly these feet ended up in the ocean remains a mystery, as does why the feet began appearing so frequently in 2007.
Dismembered Remains Wash Up in Bangkok
Several dismembered body parts washed up in Bangkok's Chao Phraya River in February 2016. Investigators eventually identified the remains as belonging to David Bernat, a 40-year-old Spanish man who had been tortured and murdered in January of that year. Police believe the killer to be fellow Spaniard Artur Segarra Princep, though at the time of this writing, Princep would not confess and plead not-guilty.
Over 1,100 9/11 Remains Unidentified
After the horrendous attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001, 1,115 partial remains were discovered in the rubble and areas surrounding the World Trade Center. These bone fragments and body parts were sadly never identified. In May 2014, the city of New York held a ceremony, whereby the remains were laid to rest beneath the 9/11 memorial. This sparked some controversy among residents whose loved ones had perished in the attacks and were never discovered.
Hands, Feet, and Head of Missing Child Recovered
In September 2015, the badly decomposed hands, feet, and head of a small child were discovered floating in a lagoon in Chicago's Garfield Park. They were eventually identified as belonging to Kyrian Knox, a two year old who had been missing for several weeks prior to the remains being recovered. Although Knox was identified, police hit a dead-end when friends of the family refused to cooperate with the investigation.
Head Found Near Hollywood Sign
In January 2012, two women walking their dogs in Bronson Canyon, near the Hollywood sign, discovered the severed head, hands, and feet of a man who was later identified as 66-year-old Hervey Medellin. The case remained cold until 2014, when the police arrested Gabriel Campos-Martinez in connection with Medellin's murder.  

It was revealed that Campos-Martinez had been Medellin's live-in boyfriend for several years. It wasn't clear why Campos-Martinez murdered and dismembered Medellin, though investigators did discover a recent search term on a computer found in the couple's apartment: "Butcher a Human Carcass for Human Consumption."  

The rest of Medellin's body, as well as the murder weapon and dismemberment tools, were never discovered.

San Francisco Suitcase Body Parts
Residents of San Francisco, CA and investigators were shocked by the discovery of a dismembered body inside a suitcase in January 2015. Other partial remains were discovered in a nearby trashcan. The dismembered body was eventually identified, but the primary suspect in the case passed away under equally mysterious circumstances in February of that year.
A Possible Victim of the Black Market Body Part Trade
In rural Pennsylvania, a child walking home through the woods made a gruesome discovery on December 12, 2014: the embalmed, severed head of a middle-aged woman. Even more disturbing, the woman's eyes had been replaced with red rubber balls. Even though police received numerous leads, the woman's identity was never established. Many believe her to be the victim of a black market body parts trade that is "pretty expansive," according to Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh.
Fresh Parts Dumped in Seattle Recycling Bin
In early April 2016, a resident of the Central District neighborhood in Seattle, WA discovered body parts from an adult, including a foot, in his recycling bin. Investigators said the parts were "fresh" and that it was clear they were dumped there from another location.

Initially believed to have come from a man, the remains were later linked to Ingrid Marie Lyne, a woman from the suburb of Renton who was murdered and dismembered by a man she met online.
Severed Head Found in Trash Bag
A Memphis, TN man was arrested on charges of second degree murder and "abuse of a corpse" in September 2014 after his garbage ripped open to reveal a severed human head. The man, Michael Wilson, Jr., was standing in his backyard with Lacedric Ruffin, who intended to haul away some of Wilson's old junk. If the bag had not ripped open, the head likely would have made it all the way to the town dump.  

Police eventually found more remains inside Wilson's home. The body was later determined to be his roommate's.
Dismembered Remains Found in Bizarre Murder-Suicide
A man discovered three suitcases bearing the dismembered remains of a 70-year-old Austrian woman in January 2016. The suitcases were pulled from the Traunsee lake in Linz, Austria. The woman's hands and feet were in one bag, her torso in another, and her head in a third.

Her severed head was encased in concrete and attached to the hand of her husband, who had also drowned to death in the lake. It was ultimately determined that the woman died of strangulation, and it was believed the man killed her, dismembered her, and killed himself while disposing of the remains.


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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:11:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/body-parts-that-were-found-and-never-explained/christopher-shultz
<![CDATA[The Most Disgusting Things Ever Found in People's Ears]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-things-found-in-peoples-ears/jordan-love

Is there anything grosser than when people find things in their ears? The concept of something getting into your ear without you knowing is both bizarre and disturbing. Most of the gross things found in people's ears probably shouldn't even be in there in the first place - and this includes things that can crawl.
 

Ears are an essential part of living an unhindered life and yet a lot of people just don't take care of them like they should. To be fair, there is a lot of misinformation and misguided advice out there when it comes to ear care. Despite the fact that most boxes of cotton swabs explicitly warn against using them inside your ear, that's what most people actually use them for anyway. Then there's the whole earwax candle which is both dangerous and ineffective. 

Maybe all the stories of gross stuff found in people's ears shouldn't be so surprising given the way some people treat their ears, but that doesn't make them any less disturbing.


The Most Disgusting Things Ever Found in People's Ears,

Flesh-Eating Maggots Gnawing a Hole in a Woman's Head
One severely unlucky woman didn't just have maggots lodged in her ear, she had a ball of flesh-eating maggots eating a hole in her head. They got there after a trip to Peru and some had already begun to lay eggs.

A Creepy Crawly Centipede

Anyone with hundreds of little bug feet walking around inside their ear is likely to go insane. Luckily for this 14-year-old boy, he pulled out the centipede that had been living in his ear before it caused any real damage.


A Spider That Lived in a Woman for Almost a Week
A Chinese woman is probably scarred for life after a spider lived in her ear for almost a week. Doctors removed it eventually but it was surely a haunting ordeal. You can see images of the disgusting thing in her ear here, but fair warning, you can't unsee them.

A Moth That Traumatized a Young Boy
It would be bad enough to have a pretty butterfly in your ear, but instead, a Colorado kid got a live moth lodged all up in his ear. Doctors couldn't get it out for quite some time and when they finally did, it started flying around the room like it hadn't just traumatized the poor kid for the rest of his life.

A June Bug That Attacked During a Game of Cards
While playing an innocent game of cards and minding his own business, one man was attacked by a June bug. It flew into his ear and burrowed itself in deeper and deeper until it was essentially too far in to get it out. He had to wait two days to see a doctor who had the tools capable of removing it.

A Moth and a Tick Palling Around

What's worse than having a bug stuck in your ear, you ask? How about having two bugs, one of which is a notorious blood sucker known to carry all sorts of deadly diseases, stuck in your ear. That's what one man had to endure when a moth and a tick took up residency in his head. Luckily for the man, his friends were able to remove both insects with tweezers before they could do too much damage.


An Inch-Long Cockroach
Not only can cockroaches survive in space but they can also survive inside your ears. A man from Australia learned this the hard way after doctors pulled an inch-long cockroach out of his ear canal. Granted, since it was Australia, he should probably be glad that it was just a cockroach.

A Bed Bug Casually Eating a Man's Eardrum
Bed bugs are bad enough when they're in your apartment, but things get even worse when they crawl into your ear. It was a horror story of epic proportions for one man when a bed bug posted up in his ear. The bug didn't just sleep there, it actually started eating his ear drum.

A Live Dandelion Growing Inside a Baby
A dandelion might not seem like the grossest thing to have in your ear, but for one Chinese girl, things went south pretty fast. She didn't simply have a dandelion renting out space in her ear, the weed was alive and growing, which only made it that much more difficult to remove.

A Three-Inch Long Live Cricket
When something is stuck in your ear, it's pretty much always going to seem big. For one man though, it actually was. Doctors pulled a three-inch long live cricket out of his ear. Hopefully it wasn't chirping the whole time.


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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:41:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-things-found-in-peoples-ears/jordan-love
<![CDATA[Odd and Mysterious Things Found at the Bottom of Lakes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-found-at-the-bottom-of-lakes/christopher-shultz
Trawl the bottom of any inland body of water and you're likely to find all manner of junk and detritus, the value or intrigue of which might be quite low. And yet, some stuff found in lakes sparks perplexing mysteries, or provides fuel for terrifying nightmares. Whether discovered by divers or re-emerged due to a drained lake, several compelling and horrific items have come to the surface over the decades. Here are some of the oddest, most mysterious things found at the bottom of lakes, and the sometimes creepy stories behind them.

Odd and Mysterious Things Found at the Bottom of Lakes,

An Especially Deadly Oklahoma Lake
In September 2013, two cars were discovered at the bottom of Foss Lake, near Elk City, OK, bringing to an end two decades-old disappearances. The first car, a 1969 Camaro, contained the remains of three individuals, believed to be a trio of teenagers who went missing on November 20, 1970.

The second vehicle, a 1950s-era Chevy, contained three more skeletons, one of which is believed to be Alvi Porter, who went missing in 1969, though the three other sets of remains have yet to be identified. Police do not suspect foul play in either case, but the proximity of the disappearances, and the fact the vehicles were found nearly side by side, makes for an eyebrow-raising (and hair-rasing) coincidence.
The Murder That Was a Suicide, Apparently
On December 11, 2012, investigators discovered the body of Glynn County, Georgia commissioner Tom Sublett at the bottom of a nearby lake. Of course, numerous bodies turn up in and around lakes all the time. What makes this particular case intriguing is the fact Sublett's hands were bound together and there was a bullet hole in his head. Police found an empty gun holster in his car and bullets, but the gun never turned up.  

He was murdered, right? Not according to a Glynn County medical examiner, who determined Sublett's death was a suicide.  

That's right. Despite leaving no note and displaying no behavior that might indicate thoughts of suicide, despite having no financial issues or problems with drugs and/or alcohol, and despite the fact the man's hands were bound together and no firearm was found in the area, authorities determined that Sublett committed suicide.  

Smacks a bit of cover up, doesn't it?

The above photo is a screenshot of a "Christmas Greetings" video Sublett produced just before his death.
Norwegian Lake Was the Home of Nazi Nuclear Artifacts
Allied forces managed to sink a ferry as it sailed along Lake Tinn in 1944, en route to a secret Nazi base where scientists were attempting to build a nuclear bomb. It was believed the ferry carried barrels of "heavy water," an integral ingredient produced by a nearby hydroelectric plant. Whether or not the ferry contained dangerous materials remained a mystery until 2005, when it was confirmed that the heavy water was indeed on board.
The Baltic Sea Anomaly Is Probably the Millenium Falcon
There's much speculation about the history of an object discovered deep at the bottom of the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland in 2012. It is roughly 200 feet in length and circular, but this is about the extent of researchers' knowledge. Whether it was man-made or a naturally-occurring phenomena, no one can definitively say.  

Some, of course, speculate the object is in fact an alien spacecraft, and this does seem to be the most probable answer, since it is clearly the Millennium Falcon.

Well-Preserved Skeletons at the Bottom of a Himalyan Lake
A number of well-preserved skeletons were discovered in Roopkund, a remote lake high in the Himalayan Mountains in 1942. Investigators were baffled at the skeletons' presence there, as there had been no known settlements in the area. It wasn't until 2004 that scientists were able to date the remains back to some time around 850 AD.
Ghost Town and Tombstones at the Bottom of a Texas Lake
Due to a prolonged drought, in November 2011 the remnants of Bluffton, a small town in Texas, quite literally came to the surface. The town was submerged under 20 to 30 feet of water in 1936 when officials filled Lake Buchanan. But as the lake began to deplete and recede, relics from old Bluffton began to appear, specifically tombstones from the late 1800s and the concrete foundations of several local establishments, including a two-story hotel.
Mysterious Cone-Shaped Structure Found in Sea of Galilee
Researchers testing sonar equipment picked up a strange mound at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee in Israel in 2003. It was revealed to be a cone-shaped structure roughly 230 feet at its base, with a height of 32 feet and an estimated weight of 60,000 tons.  

Researchers say the structure is similar to burial sites discovered in the region, and could have been some kind of ceremonial structure. Because the object is submerged so deep underwater, it is incredibly difficult to study. Scientists estimate the structure to be anywhere from 2,000 to 12,000 years old.
Jawbone of Fabled Sea "Devil" Discovered in Russian Lake
Researchers using scanning equipment in Lake Labynkyr, in the Sakha Republic (AKA Yakutia) announced on February 1, 2013, that they had discovered what they claimed were the skeletal remains of an ancient sea serpent not unlike the Loch Ness monster, only far older.  

Though evidence was scant, the researchers said they found a jawbone and other bone fragments at the bottom of the lake. This is a "pics or it didn't happen" situation, however, so no jawbone, no sea devil.  

Still, Lake Labynkyr is interesting, as it often reaches temperatures of -60C but does not freeze.

A Massive Crucifix
There's an 11-foot statue of Jesus on the cross submerged at the bottom of Lake Michigan. The Italian marble sculpture was first commissioned in 1956 by the family of a boy who died in a farming accident.  

The crucifix was damaged on its way from Italy to the US, and the family refused to accept it. Later, the statue was purchased by a diving team and lowered into the lake as a memorial for deceased divers. It now serves as a tourist attraction, with some 1,150 traveling to Lake Michigan to view the submerged cross from boats on the surface.
A Mini-Stonehenge Located in Lake Michigan
In 2007 a team of archaeologists from Northwestern Michigan College discovered a Stonehenge-like structure at the bottom of Lake Michigan, some 200 miles away from Chicago, IL. One of the rocks even appeared to feature an engraving of a mastodon.

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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:31:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/things-found-at-the-bottom-of-lakes/christopher-shultz
<![CDATA[25 Hilarious Photos of Barbie Gone Wild]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/scandalous-barbie-photos/nathandavidson
It appears that Barbie has completely lost her mind and I don't think anyone can blame her. If you have to spend that much time in the public eye you're bound to go a little crazy. That being the case, at least these funny Barbie photos exist that highlight her rapid fall from grace. Is there anything more satisfying than watching a Hollywood starlet plummet from the highest of highest to the lowest of lows? No. There isn't. The difference here is that in real life there are real consequences, but with Barbie it's all just pretend and fun! These scandalous Barbie pics are sure to bring a twisted smile to your face.
25 Hilarious Photos of Barbie Gone Wild,

Grand Theft Barbie

Dial "B" for Murder

The True Barbie Hollywood Story

Orange Is The New Barbie

To Infinity and Beyond

Office Barbie Knows How to Party

Beyonce's Got Nothing on Barbie

Barbie Til' You Puke

Barbie Caught Cheating on Ken

Webcam Barbie


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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:43:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/scandalous-barbie-photos/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[The Worst Things to Ever Happen at Walmart]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-things-to-happen-at-walmart/jacob-shelton
It’s no secret that Walmart is a festering hive of white trash, brimming with the cheapest items imaginable, and oddly delicious potato wedges. The Walmart stories on this list cover everything from the people who shop at Walmart, to animals who make the store their home, and even some of the gross tactics that the company uses against its employees. After you finish reading about all the things that happened at Walmart you’ll want to buy a bulk jar of hand sanitizer and pour it all over your body just so you can feel clean again. That’s how good these stories of the worst things that ever happened in Walmart are.

It’s not hard to find trashy Walmart stories, but to find the grimiest stories about the American Super Center we had to dig deep and find news reports about some of the craziest things that could only happen at a Walmart. Where else is a guy going to walk around holding a machete while another guy tries to blow up the store for not selling Confederate flags? And of course, there are more than a few Walmart deaths on this list, each one of them more exciting than a Friday night at a trailer park.

Before you take a look at these crazy Walmart fails, open up a giant bag of off-brand cereal, and crack open a refreshing can of Sam’s Cola. Then leave a comment if you’ve ever seen something crazy happen while you were shopping for deals at a Super Center.
The Worst Things to Ever Happen at Walmart,

Arsonist Burns Down Store and Steals Jewelry
renaissance man in West Virginia set fire to his local Walmart as a diversionary tactic so he could steal $2,600 worth of jewelry. Police said that the jig was up when the thief ran towards the jewelry store instead of the exit when customers were being evacuated.
Rabid Bat Bites a Customer
Well this news should keep you out of a Walmart for the rest of your life. In Albuquerque, a patron at their local super center was bit by rabid bat after she tried to pick it up from a motorized basket it was hanging out on.
Dead Body Sits in Parking Lot for Three Months
According to police in Salinas, CA, a young woman's body had been decomposing in a Walmart parking lot for nearly three months. No cause of death had been determined, but the coroner's report said that a needle was found in the car.
Pig Carcasses Left Outside of Walmart
In 2015, Baton Rouge animal control responded to a report that someone had placed a 120-pound female hog in a sitting position on a bench outside the mall and a 75-pound piglet in the baby seat of a shopping cart at the front of the Walmart parking lot. An officer said, "Whoever did it is disturbed. I have never and nor have my officers seen any kind of situation like this with pigs; we do occasionally deal with cult activity but never with a pig.”
Man Rapes Disabled Woman Behind Store
In 2012, a Walmart patron stalked a woman with cerebral palsy and her child through the aisles before sexually assaulting her and exiting the building. A spokesperson for Walmart said as soon as they were made aware of what had happened, they immediately took the victim to a safe place and called police.
Murder-Suicide in the Garden Center
In 2016, a man ran into a Walmart in the Dallas area and killed a man working in the garden center before turning the gun on himself. The store was evacuated and no bystanders were injured.
Drug Deal Gone Bad Goes Down in Walmart Parking Lot
A Hartford, CT man was arrested after he killed a man in a drug deal gone wrong in the parking lot of a Walmart. The man said that he ended up face down on the ground with the victim on top of him. That's when he reached into his pocket and fired two shots from his Ruger 9mm pistol.

8-Year-Old Girl Raped and Murdered
In one of the most frightening CCTV videos ever released, the last moments of an 8-year-old girl's life are seen as she's abducted by a 56-year-old man and put in a white van. The man was arrested a short time later, but the girl was never seen again.
Walmart Employee Molests Child
A now former Walmart employee convinced a child to follow him into a restroom of an Islandia, NY Walmart. After an investigation, authorities charged Bulmer with first-degree sex abuse and acting in a manner to injure a child.
Mentally Ill Custodian Tries to Kill a Woman
In 2015 an custodian who worked at Walmart in Arkansas was accused of shooting a woman in the store, but was found mentally unfit of standing trial. According to witness statements, the custodian approached the woman in line and fired multiple shots into her arm and abdomen.

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:46:12 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-things-to-happen-at-walmart/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[13 People Who Escaped Death Then Died Immediately After]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-almost-cheated-death/rydavis
These people managed the unthinkable: they cheated death. But then death cheated them back and they died anyway. If you've ever seen any of the Final Destination films, then you're familiar with all the horrific things that could ever happen to you involving everyday objects. And although the movie version is outrageous and over-the-top, freak accidents are a lot more common than you might think. In these cases, there are people who cheated death, and then there are the people who almost cheated death. And we're going to explore the latter results. In this list you'll find some crazy stories about some VERY unfortunate people who lived out their very own Final Destination.

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Chased by bees. 

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


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

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

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Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:59:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-almost-cheated-death/rydavis
<![CDATA[The Most Unbelievable Things Ever Smuggled Into Prison]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-smuggled-into-prisons/mike-rothschild
Prison contraband is like currency. If you've got anything of value, from drugs to cigarettes, you've got something to trade. And if you've got a cell phone, you can keep running your criminal empire. So as prisons crack down on stuff getting smuggled in, inmates have had to find more and more creative ways of doing the smuggling.

Jails around the world have seen everything from contraband-carrying crossbows and hollowed out Bibles, to carrier pigeons and coloring books. All of them have been carefully rigged to carry forbidden items and not get caught. Of course, they all WERE caught - and their creativity (or lack thereof) was displayed for the world to see.

Here are some of the craziest (failed) ways people have tried to smuggle stuff into and out of prisons.

The Most Unbelievable Things Ever Smuggled Into Prison,

Cell Phone Stuffed in a Brick of Weetabix
Guards at a UK prison did a standard check on a box of the popular wheat biscuit cereal Weetabix that a visitor brought in. It was full of vitamins, minerals, and a smuggled cell phone stuffed into the middle. 

A Specially Bred Escape Cat
On New Year's Eve 2012, officials at a prison in Brazil spotted a cat with a veritable arsenal of escape tools taped to it. The kitty, which was a familiar fixture in the prison yard, had two saws, two drills, a headset, a memory card, a cell phone, three batteries, and a mobile phone charger all tightly wrapped around it. Brazilian police suspected the inmates had raised the cat themselves, possibly to help prepare for an escape attempt.

Officials at a Russian prison found the same thing - a cat trained to carry cell phones and sneak them into the jail.


Pigeons Trained to Smuggle Phones
Prisoners in southeastern Brazil reportedly bred and raised carrier pigeons, and trained them to fly back to their homes. The birds were smuggled out, and had cell phone parts attached to their backs with a tiny backpack. The phones were meant to be used to coordinate criminal activity on the outside. Then the birds were released to fly back to the jail. At least two made it "home," but were ultimately caught, and the parts were confiscated.

A Coloring Book Full of Drugs
In March 2011, the mother of a prison inmate dissolved the heroin-withdrawl drug Suboxone into a paste, painted it into a coloring book, and sent it off to her son in Cape May, New Jersey. Making it look like a gift, she scribbled "To Daddy" on the book before mailing it. But authorities had already gotten a tip that drugs were being smuggled in drawings, and the book was intercepted, where guards noticed the orange splotches filling in various pictures and tested them. Three prisoners were charged, along with the industrious mother.

The Cell Phone Watch
Lebanon Correctional Institute in Ohio confiscated a real cell phone that looked like an over-sized watch. The kicker is that it was an actual watch that told time, but it could also make calls if the wearer hit a few buttons on the watch face. Watch phones are becoming more and more common as inmates find ways to direct criminal enterprises with smaller and smaller phones.

Phones Taped to Crossbow Bolts and Fired Into Prison
Can't pass your phone over to a prisoner the old-fashioned way? Just get it over the wall - like the industrious Russian supplier who taped phones to arrows and fired them into the prison yard with a crossbow. Tavda resident Cornelius Bazarov was arrested with 18 cell phones, spare batteries, SIM cards, and earpieces - all wrapped on the end of crossbow bolts with gaffer tape. A guard spotted him, sounded the alarm, and he was found in a growth of trees near the prison in central Russia's Sverdlovsk Oblast.

Delicious Banana Full of Heroin
Two women in Malta were caught attempting to smuggle a banana stuffed with a cardboard tube full of heroin into the tiny island's Corradino Correctional Facility. Apparently, they were doing so at the behest of another prisoner, who claimed she was planning to share the drugs with other inmates. The two women were let off the hook, while the inmate was given an extra 11 months in prison.

Potatoes Stuffed with Hashish
Authorities in Tripoli's Tyre Prison have had to deal with a number of attempts to smuggle drugs in via food items. They've confiscated sandwiches, pastries, and fruit - all laden with contraband. And in November 2014, they found a massive quantity of hashish stuffed into potatoes. Calling it a "crafty manner" of smuggling drugs, the 16 potatoes were apparently brought by one Palestinian for another. The smuggler was arrested, but his ingenuity was noted.

Dude Smuggles Himself Out in a Suitcase
A woman was caught trying to sneak her common-law husband out of a prison in Chetumal, Mexico in a suitcase following a conjugal visit. Prison guards checked the bulging, really-hard-to-carry bag of 19-year-old Maria del Mar Arjona. Inside they found inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina - who was serving 20 years for weapons possession - curled up in the fetal position. Ramirez was sent back to prison, and his lady love was arrested.

Cigarette-Carrying Cockroaches
Long before Orange is the New Black featured a cockroach trained to smuggle cigarettes, industrious inmates in Amarillo, Texas had figured out how to do it. In 1938, two prisoners in solitary confinement were getting their hands on cigarettes, much to the consternation of the jailer. It took another prisoner snitching to finally reveal the secret - they'd taught a cockroach to carry a smoke and a match on its back and scurry through a crack in the wall leading to the solitary block. The jailer was so impressed by the inmates' ingenuity that he released them from solitary.


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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:31:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/things-smuggled-into-prisons/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[Craziest Things Shia LaBeouf Has Done]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-shia-labeouf-stories/coy-jandreau
When you think of fame, some people thing of glamour, success and money. Others think of burden, paparazzi, and obligation. Sometimes a little of one or the other leads to a whole lot of crazy choices., and this is certainly (or is it?) the case with Shia LaBeouf.  

Now, let the record show we aren't saying Shia LaBeouf is crazy. Far from it. This weird and fascinating art project he's (inadvertently? consciously?) turned his life into is a force to be reckoned with. We'd love for him to pull the mask (or brown paper bag) off one day and reveal it was one giant, multi-year Joaquin Phoenix-esque charade. But with each altercation and each outlandish new exploit, it gets harder and harder to believe the stories emerging in the news are 100% performance. Every random fight caught on camera, every story of on-set antics, every art display (where LaBeouf is seen to be crying), and every bizarre interview takes him (and us) further down the rabbit hole.

These are the craziest things Shia has done, and there are plenty more not represented on this list. That we had enough for leftovers is a testament to what this child star has become, or what he's made himself into. We may never know. But whatever the case, we're all watching.
Craziest Things Shia LaBeouf Has Done,

Took Out One of His Own Teeth, and Scarred His Face
Shia took method acting to new heights on the set of Fury. He decided to commit fully to his role as a WWII tank brigade soldier and quit doing anything that couldn't be done around the tank (like showering, for instance). He also went to a dentist in the valley and had them remove one of his teeth (because he thought his character would be missing a tooth). And he scarred his face, permamantly, because make up isn't an option, apparently. 
The #iamsorry exhibit
After his shameless plagiarizing and all the weird antics thereafter, Shia decided to present the ultimate apology. He set up the #iamsorry exhibit where any and everyone could show up and sit in a room with him. He would silently sit, and you could blame him for whatever you liked, or just be in the room with him. Either way, his presence was an "apology." Every now and then, the "I Am Not Famous Anymore" bag would make an appearance.
Neon Spandex Amsterdam Marathon

Shia LaBeouf rocked a green tank top and purple spandex leggings while running 144 laps around the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Hendrik Folkerts, the curator at the museum, said the whole spectacle was a performance art piece, meant to parallel the 12-hour art conference inside the building."As we are having a 'marathon' conference inside the Stedelijk, we also wanted a reflection of that outside. Nobody can do it better than Shia and the other artists at this performance."


London's Central Saint Martins Art School Project
LaBeouf collaborated with the Central Saint Martins Art School and produced 36 short clips featuring the actor giving "motivational advice," as well as other acts of weird chicanery. Highlights include: Shia weirdly hitting on, you? (1:22:42); Shia discussing a dead jellyfish (1:37:35); Fake British Accent Shia! (1:50:46); and much, much more.





Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf
If you're embroiled in controversy, sometimes it's best to make poke fun at of yourself: appear less insane on late night talk shows, take some good-natured ribbing on Saturday Night Live, and take part in a glorious live performance/viral video wherein you are portrayed as a cannibal and serial killer. Don't forget to pay homage to Citizen Kane while you're at it.
'I Am Not Famous Anymore'
At the premiere of Nymphomaniac, Shia decided he wasn't famous anymore, and announced this self-defamation in a rather unique way. He wore a brown paper bag over his head, with the phrase "I Am Not Famous Anymore" written across the surface in black marker. The bag would reappear at his #iamsorry exhibit (see the entry on this list).
(Stolen?) Freestyle Rapping

A video went viral of a shirtless Shia rapping. Seemingly freestyling lyrics, it was later revealed that LaBeouf's rhymes were another example of plagiarism. Pri the Honeydark, an MC and music producer, (part of a rap group called the Anomalies),  called LaBeouf out, saying: “You can’t rip songs from my Anomalies crew, recite them in freestyle as your own, then not expect to be called out by ACTUAL MCs!… This is straight disrespect to lyricism.”



Drops Out Of/Quits a Play on Broadway + Alec Baldwin Altercation
Shia dropped out of a Broadway production of Orphans after repeatedly butting heads with co-star Alec Baldwin—seemingly as a result of LaBeouf's pointed haranguing of the actor. "My whole goal was to intimidate the f— out of Baldwin," he said, adding that he wanted Baldwin "to be scared."

Getting Kicked Out of a Broadway Show
During a performance of Caberet on Broadway starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams, Shia LeBeouf apparently had one too many drinks at the bar. He began screaming obscenities mid-performance. LaBeouf was ejected from the theater and promptly arrested.
That Whole Plagiarism Thing
Shia's directorial debut HowardCantour.com came under fire after it was revealed to be blatantly stolen from graphic novelist Daniel Clowes. LaBeouf basically adapted Clowes's 2007 comic Justin M Damiano without any permission or payment to the original artist. Shia then went on to say his next short would be called Daniel Boring, which was a comic series written by Clowes with the exact plot Shia described his film as having.

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Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:41:34 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-shia-labeouf-stories/coy-jandreau
<![CDATA[Missing People Who Were Found Alive]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/missing-people-who-were-found-alive/rydavis
There are nearly 90,000 missing persons in the U.S. alone, at any given time. And most cases will remain cold, as people disappear into different lives, some filled with unimaginable terrors. But what happens to the small percentage of missing people who one day show back up? Where did they go and what happened to them? Missing people found alive are stories that capture the nation's attention whenever they break. Often inspiring and devastating at the same time, and sometimes downright eerie and bizarre, these narratives of men and women who return after years of absence are all-around fascinating. 

Some tales are so fantastic, you would think there's no way they could be true, like the story of Gabriel Nagy, the missing man found alive several years after disappearing and suffering severe amnesia, or the incredible events leading to Elizabeth Smart's rescue and return to her family. Kidnapped people who escaped, missing people found off the grid, others living double lives, each story manages to shock one after the other. For the devotedly curious creep-seekers, here are several stories about real life missing people who were found alive, despite all reasonable doubt.
Missing People Who Were Found Alive,

Brenda Heist Drops Everything and Takes off with Complete Strangers
Overcome with the failures of her life, Brenda Heist was bawling her eyes out when two strangers approached her and asked if she was alright. In that moment, Heist decided she had had enough and accepted the strangers' offer to tag along on their adventures. Heist spent the next 11 years struggling with drugs, working odd jobs in hotels, and living out of an RV. Initially, police and family could not fathom an explanation for Heist's disappearance. Her husband was even a suspect at the time of investigation.  

However, when Heist showed up in 2010 to reunite with her family in Florida, she explained that she had simply "snapped." Heist's family were more than reluctant to forgive and forget Heist's abandonment. The reunion was and remains messy.
Missing Cleveland Women Saved from Kidnapper by Neighbor
Commonly referred to as the Cleveland Abductions, the story of serial kidnapper Ariel Castro broke headlines in 2013. For nearly eleven years, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Georgina DeJesus were imprisoned by Castro, who repeatedly beat and raped them. Berry even bore Castro's child. Because the women were considered runaways by police, their cases were never thoroughly investigated.  

It wasn't until 2013, when Castro's neighbor Charles Ramsey heard Knight, Berry and DeJesus crying for help inside the house, that officials realized they were in fact NOT runaways. With the help of other neighbors, Ramsey broke down the cellar door and freed the women inside. Castro was sentenced to life in prison, but shortly thereafter committed suicide by hanging himself with his bedsheets.
Elizabeth Smart Saved from Kidnapper by Her Little Sister
One of the most high-profile child abductions cases in modern times, Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping was talked-about all across America. In 2002, a former handyman, hired by Smart's parents, broke into their home. Brian David Mitchell, who had gone by "Emmanuel" to the Smart family, abducted Smart while she slept in bed next to her younger sister, Mary Katherine, who pretended to sleep so that the intruder would not harm them. Only 14 years old, Smart was taken from her home for 9 months.  

It wasn't until then that Mary Katherine realized the man who had entered their bedroom was in fact "Emmanuel." When police released a sketch of the handyman, which aired on Larry King Live and America's Most Wanted, Mitchell's family recognized his likeness and provided the police with additional photos. While walking on the street, disguised in a wig and veil, someone recognized Mitchell and his accomplice, Wanda Ileen Barzee. The police were notified and Smart finally reunited with her family. Today, Smart is involved with activism and journalism geared towards ending human trafficking. 
A Fake Nicholas Barclay Returns Home
Featured in the popular documentary The Imposter, Nicholas Barclay's disappearance and sudden reemergence confounded both family and audience. French trickster and imposter Frédéric Bourdin convinced Barclay's family that he was their son, who disappeared three years prior in 1994. Alleging that "Barclay" was sold into and escaped from a child prostitution ring, the missing boy's family accepted Bourdin into their home.  

Despite looking almost nothing like Barclay, as well as speaking with a French accent, many members of the family did not notice anything out of the ordinary. It wasn't until a PI caught on that Bourdin made a full confession. The real Barclay was never found.
Steven Stayner Escapes a Child Molester
After being approached by Kenneth Parnell and Ervin Murphy, seven-year-old Steven Stayner was kidnapped and taken to a remote cabin. Parnell had convinced the "simple-minded" Murphy to orchestrate the abduction, posing as church members seeking help. Parnell molested Stayner and convinced him that his parents had given him up because they had too many children to take care of.  

Parnell renamed Stayner Dennis Parnell, and proceeded to enroll him in various schools. Stayner had the opportunity to come and go as he pleased, and many acquaintances had no clue that he was ever abducted by Parnell. When Stayner reached puberty, Parnell organized another kidnapping of a boy named Timothy White. Fearing White would fall to the same pattern of abuse he experienced, Stayner orchestrated their escape. After being taken into police custody, Stayner and White were reunited with their families. Stayner had been in captivity for eight years.  

Stayner's story was developed into a TV movie, I Know My First Name Is Steven.


Philip Sessagero Fakes His Own Death to Rebuild His Military Career
Philip Sessagero always aspired to join the SAS of the British military. He applied multiple times, but failed to make the cut. In 1993 ,while in Croatia, Sessagero faked his own death, allowing many to believe he perished in a car bomb attack. He adopted the name Tom Carew, and rebuilt his reputation as a "Special Forces" member. He even wrote a book about his experiences in the service called "Jihad! The Secret War in Afghanistan," which received critical praise.  

But in 2001, a BBC program revealed "Carew's" identity. Seven years after this exposure, Sessagero was found dead in his garage. Although examiners determined the cause of the death to be suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning, his daughter believed he could have been murdered, as he "made enemies easily."
Steve Carter Discovers He's a Missing Person
Steve Carter didn't realize he had been kidnapped until he was 35 years old. After reading a story about a similar case, Carter researched his own records out of questions that had nagged at him his whole life. When Carter found a picture on a website depicting a digitally-aged conceptualization of missing child Marx Panama Barnes, his jaw dropped: the doctored photo was his spitting image.  

After contacting investigators and law enforcement, Carter learned that his mother had run away with him when he was a baby. His father never located them because his mother changed their names. From there, his mother was checked into psychiatric care and Carter became a ward of the state. His mother eventually disappeared, yet again, but this time did not come back. Carter was adopted by new parents at age 4. After his discovery, Carter reached out to his biological family, ending a lifetime of mystery.
Bowe Bergdahl Goes AWOL
The latest subject of the hit podcast Serial, Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance and subsequent capture by the Taliban garnered national attention and debate. In 2009, Bergdahl, having expressed frustrations with American nationalistic attitudes within the army, and disappointment in the U.S. intervention in the Middle East, walked away from his platoon.  

He was eventually held as a prisoner of war by the Taliban, though his capture has become a point of contention, since Bergdahl initially claimed he fell behind on a patrol. The Taliban stated that they found him stumbling drunk, and U.S. forces reiterated that Bergdahl willingly left post. Missing and hidden for five years, Bergdahl was brought back to the U.S. in a trade deal made by the Obama administration. He is currently being tried on desertion charges.
Nguyen Thi Van Gets Locked out of Her House and Winds up in China
In 1992, Nguyen Thi Van, a resident of Vietnam, was locked out of the house by her mother as punishment for coming home past curfew. Unsure of what to do, Van met up with some friends at a karaoke bar. After catching a ride with an older woman, Van and her friends awoke to find themselves in China. The woman told them they would be sold into marriages with Chinese men or killed.  

Van spent decades married to a Chinese farmer in Guangdo, but she eventually escaped by hitching a ride in a truck. After twenty-one years, Van finally made it home. Her parents were horrified that their petty punishment had gone so terribly awry.
Gabriel Nagy Loses His Memory and Disappears
After losing his memory in a car accident, Gabriel Nagy, confused and disoriented, wandered off without saying a word to anyone. When Nagy didn't return home that evening, his family began to panic. Police found his vehicle in flames on the side of the road. Two weeks after his disappearance, Nagy's credit card showed a charge for some camping supplies, but this transaction did not lead to his discovery.  

When a police officer located Nagy's name registered under Medicare, he sought him out. For the past twenty years, Nagy had been suffering severe amnesia working odd jobs. He had effectively started over from scratch. But after reuniting with his family, many of his memories came flooding back. Scarring on the back of his head correlated to the condition of his car accident, and medical examiners believe it caused a state of Dissociative Fugue, which can cause people to wander off.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:10:37 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/missing-people-who-were-found-alive/rydavis
<![CDATA[Horrible Accidents and Blunders Caused by Google Maps]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/accidents-caused-by-google-maps/jacob-shelton
If you have a smart phone, there’s good chance that you use Google Maps as a way to get around. In a lot of ways this technology is great: You don’t have to buy a map, you can seek new routes with just a few key strokes, and you can get a good idea of when you’ll be arriving at your destination. But individual Google Map errors have become more common as we turn over our reliance to the app. More people are getting into accidents, and generally less people are paying attention to what they’re supposed to be doing. Don’t believe it? Take a look at these horrible accidents caused by Google Maps.

Even when we’re not driving, Google Maps accidents can occur and irreparably damage our lives. Take for example the family who lost their home due to a construction crew tearing it down, or an entire island full of people who weren’t able to find their way around when Google deleted it off the planet. These accidents show us that not only is Google fallible, and susceptible to harmful edits to their apps, but that we’ve basically turned our brains over to a computer system that is capable of making very big mistakes. We’re not advocating for Ludditism, but the next time you’re trying to get around town, be weary of the information Google Maps gives you.

Make sure you’re not reading this list of accidents caused by Google Maps while you’re supposed to be navigating through unfamiliar streets, and if you’ve had your own mishaps with Google Maps, take to the comments and fill us in.
Horrible Accidents and Blunders Caused by Google Maps,

Demolition Company Tears Down Wrong House
This story has one lesson: when in doubt, blame Google Maps. In 2016, a demolition company in Texas went to a misidentified address that they found on Google Maps and completely destroyed a family's duplex.
Driver Follows Directions Straight Off a Cliff
According to police in Indiana, a driver was following his GPS too closely when he plunged his car off an abandoned bridge into a ravine, killing his wife. A representative for the Sheriff's Department said "The Cline Avenue bridge is marked with numerous barricades including orange barrels and cones, large wood signs stating ROAD CLOSED with orange striped markings. There are concrete barricades across the road to further indicate the road is closed." This sounds like the plot of a film noir, in which the man in question gets rid of his wife by staging an almost preposterous accident, but sadly the incident, apparently, is what it is—the man was simply watching the GPS monitor and not the road. 
Nicaragua Accidentally Invades Costa Rica
In 2010, Nicaragua accidentally sent troops across the border of Costa Rica, tore down the country's flag, and raised their own—all because Google Maps accidentally listed the area as belonging to Nicaragua. The geopolicy analyst of Google Maps said, "“Cartography is a complex undertaking, and borders are always changing” which is the equivalent of saying: "Whoopsie!"
Google Maps Sends Mt. Rushmore Seeking Tourists the Wrong Way
Since 2010, roadtripping tourists who are looking to snap a pic of their favorite national monument have been getting directed to "Mount Rushmore, South Dakota" rather than the national monument. This case of "mistaken identity" has become so commonplace that a woman who runs a camp in Mount Rushmore has put up a sign that says, "Your GPS is WRONG. This is NOT Mt. Rushmore."
The Worst Way to Get to The White House
Because the world is a terrible place, someone made an edit to Google Maps that made it possible to search "N***** king" and be taken to the White House. A representative from Google said, "Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused." 
Google Maps Closes Every Walmart
In 2016, a massive error on Google Maps listed every Walmart in America as "Permanently Closed." It's unclear if the app was hacked, or if Google Maps was just trying to send everyone to Target. 
Scottish Island Disappears
As if the Scottish weren't maligned enough, in 2013 Google made one of the country's islands straight-up disappear. A representative for Google said, "We hope to have the map of Jura back to normal as soon as possible." OK!
Student Crashes Car While Reading a Map
In a story that we hear all too often, an 18-year-old driver in Houston was checking Google Maps on her phone when she lost control of a car and crashed into an 18 wheel vehicle, killing her. 
Google Maps Sends a Woman Walking Into Traffic
In 2010, a Utah woman followed the somewhat dubious walking directions provided by Google Maps and walked directly onto a busy highway, where she was clipped by a passing vehicle. And of course she sued Google for upwards of $100,000. 
Man Claims GPS Made Him Drive Like a Crazy Person
A driver in the UK tried to get out of a bad driving rap after he claimed that his GPS told him to drive down a narrow road and through a fence, landing him on the precipice of a 100 foot drop. Sure it did. 

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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:18:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/accidents-caused-by-google-maps/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Worst Things That Have Ever Happened at Zoos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/zoo-horror-stories/rydavis
When one spends a day at the zoo, they may expect a little excitement, a little curiosity, and an awesome chance to see some of wildlife's most vibrant, odd, and fascinating creatures. What you don't expect is to fall into the pit of a lion's den and have your clothes and body parts ripped to shreds. Although you're likely in the vast majority that has never had the unfortunate luck of experiencing such a high-stakes standoff against nature's greatest predators, there are some who have not been so fortunate. For every photographer leaning just a little too closely over the edge than they should be, there are major zoo accidents waiting to happen. Catastrophic zoo deaths make crazy news stories because they're actually so rare. But even some of the most experienced wildlife trainers, biologists, and veterinarians have had some very, VERY bad things happen to them at the zoo. 

All bad zoo news stories, unique in their own way, are nature's way of telling us that these beasts are not to be messed with. Lack of respect for the animal kingdom could cost you your arm or leg. And don't think that just because there's a thick layer of glass between you that these stronger-than-you-think mammals can't find a way to take you out if you piss them off enough. These animal anecdotes below are some of the worst things that have ever happened at zoos and are fair warning for your next visit. 
The Worst Things That Have Ever Happened at Zoos,

San Francisco Tiger Escapes Its Cage
On a particularly unhappy Christmas, Tatiana the tiger mauled San Francisco Zoo visitors after escaping from her sanctuary. Although this was not Tatiana's first time attacking someone, it was her first time leaping a 20 foot wall and 15 foot moat to do so. Tatiana preyed on three attendees, killing one of them. Advising people in the area to take cover, police entered the premises, spotted Tatiana chilling by one of the survivors, and shot at her. The open fire killed Tatiana and ruined everyone's Christmas. 
Bengal Tigers Maul a Zoo Cleaner
In 2008 at a Singapore zoo, Nordin bin Mongdong was going about his usual day as a zoo cleaner. Noted by onlookers as moseying his way through the Bengal tiger habitat, Mongdong had been sweeping the moat around the tigers' home. But when a group of the Bengals lunged at Nordin, visitors could do nothing but scream. According to sources, tourists watching the scene yelled at Mongdong to leap into the water, but it was too late. When workers finally were able to break Mongdong away from the Bengals, his injuries were far too serious, leaving no hope of saving his life.
Man Releases Animals from His Private Zoo
Terry Thompson was known for preserving and collecting rare, exotic animals for his private wildlife refuge, located on his estate. However, right before Thompson committed suicide, he made the decision to release his array of jungle beasts onto Zanesville, Ohio. After receiving reports from witnesses who saw the animals unleashed, police were forced to respond. Unfortunately, many of the animals were displaying extreme aggression, and the county feared their proximity to the public. Zanesville police had no choice but to shoot the majority of the escaped animals dead, which resulted in the event being dubbed the Zanesville Massacre. Wildlife experts expressed grief at the loss of so many animals that are on the verge of extinction. Turns out it's not so fun free the animals from the zoo after all.
Binky the Polar Bear Bites Back
If you want to get up close and personal with Binky, then be prepared to face the consequences. After attacking Kathryn Warburton, an Australian tourist visiting an Alaskan zoo, Binky achieved unprecedented fame. Warbuton had jumped a few railings to take a better photograph of the polar bear, but Binky didn't seem to like the flash. Binky stuck his face through the railings and chomped down on Warbuton, breaking her leg. The polar bear kept the woman's shoe as a souvenir for three days until zoo keepers were able to safely retrieve it. Warburton donated the relic to a local bar, and Binky reached peak stardom. Merchandise and memorabilia featuring the polar bear's face became popular after the story received heavy media attention.
Tilikum Thrashes a Seaworld Trainer
Focus of the controversial documetnary Blackfish, Tilikum the Killer Whale has spent the majority of his life living in a contained bubble. Weighing at nearly 12,000 pounds and identifiable by his signature curved-dorsal fin, Tilikum is likely Sea World's most famous "Shamu" in the run's history. However, Tilikum isn't known for his fun, showtime playfulness, but rather his unprecedented aggression, formed after having spent over half his lifetime in captivity. Neither his first outburst nor instance of visible hostility, Tilikum reached peak recognition when he killed Dawn Brancheau, considered a very experienced trainer, during a live performance. When Brancheau leaned in to give Tilikum a belly rub, the enormous whale leaped up and grabbed her by the waist. After thrashing her around, Tilikum repeatedly dragged her through the water, drowning her. Tilikum had previously been involved in multiple deaths and attacks against trainers, but Sea World officials still kept the dangerous creature around for the delight of the guests.
Pack of Wolves Feast on Lone Biologist
Hired as a caretaker to a new pack at the Wolf Centre of a wildlife preserve in Ontario, Patricia Wyman's body was found only a day after beginning her new role. Having only been in the the Wolf Centre two times prior, Wyman had reportedly expressed a few concerns about one of the wolf's behavior. Police and medical examiners arrived to find her body stripped naked of its clothes, but relatively intact. Apparently the pack of wolves circled the police when they arrived, even growling at them. Reports came to the conclusion that Wyman must have fallen, causing the wolves' predatory instincts to kick in. 
Melody the Tapir Gets Maternal
When Lisa Morehead made her morning rounds to feed Melody the Tapir, the hog/pig-like creature bit off more than the Oklahoma zookeeper bargained for. After reaching into a two foot opening to place food in the enclosure, Melody latched onto Morehead's arm and pulled her into the cage. Morehead's arm was severed by the beast and was deemed too "mangled" to reattach. Reasons for Melody's sudden and unexpected aggression are not entirely clear, but most officials and animal professionals have chalked it up to maternal instinct. Melody's two-month-old baby tapir was also in the cage with her. 
Egyptian Cobra Escapes from Nyc Zoo
When an extremely venomous Egyptian cobra escaped from its exhibit at the NYC Bronx Zoo, the city that never sleeps was left feeling restless. For six days, Bronx zookeepers conducted thorough sweeps of the zoo as they searched for the snake that inexplicably slipped out of the reptilian glass enclosure. Finally, the cobra was found, a mere 100 feet away from the exhibit it left behind. Zookeepers lured the snake out using rodents. Said to be able to kill a person in 15 minutes with its venom, the cobra proved an incredible threat to attendees. Thankfully, instead of attacking visitors, the Egyptian cobra started its own Twitter account to keep fans updated on its metro-link adventures.
Harambe Gets Gunned Down to Save Toddler

A four-year-old made national headlines when he accidentally sneaked past his mother and protective fences at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2016. Unfortunately, the little boy found himself smack dab in the middle of the gorilla enclosure with a 450-pound silverback gorilla named Harambe. Zoo officials eventually had to shoot and kill the animal to protect the child (tranquilizing it could have caused an adverse, violent reaction). Some argued that the gorilla was actually trying to protect the child, although police were worried about his less-than-gentle dragging of the boy across the enclosure. The moral of the story? Keep an eye on your children at all times, especially at the zoo.

As for Harambe, the gorilla's death has unexpectedly sparked a rabid fan base, inspiring countless memes, artwork, and various other forms of Internet media. Much to the Cincinnati Zoo's chagrin, Harambe's martyrdom has motivated Internet users to troll the zoo's social media presence. The Cincinnati Zoo has since shut down their Twitter account in an attempt to make #justiceforharambe stop trending.


Mila the Elephant Stomps the Yard
New Zealand zoo owner Helen Schofield was making arrangements for the 7600-pound elephant Mila to transfer to a new home. When Schofield entered Mila's sanctuary, the gargantuan pachyderm became frightened after braising an electric fence bordering the enclosure. Spooked by the currents, Mila grabbed Schofield with her trunk, ultimately crushing her midair, all to the horror of a live audience. Schofield died from her sustained injuries. After the traumatizing incident, wildlife experts became concerned about what to do with Mila. It was eventually decided that she would be transferred to the San Diego Zoo, where she would be quarantined and progressively incorporated into the rest of the elephant herd. Jenny Chung, Schofield's sister, attended Mila's arrival to confront the animal that took her sister's life. Chung expressed that there were no hard feelings, stating that deep down she knew that Mila didn't intend to hurt Helen. 

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Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:05:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/zoo-horror-stories/rydavis
<![CDATA[Celebrities Reveal What They Hallucinated While Tripping]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celeb-trips/mike-rothschild
Celebrities like their drugs. And when they do drugs, they have the same hallucinations and psychedelic experiences the rest of us do. Whether it's pot, acid, mushrooms, or more exotic drugs like ayahuasca or ketamine, celebs have tripping stories that range from pleasant hallucinations to horrifying images of death.

Sometimes, the experiences they have are transcendent, like Lindsey Lohan seeing herself reborn, or Brian Wilson's legendary audio hallucinations that helped him craft the music of the Beach Boys. Sometimes, they can be terribly destructive. And then there are the trips that are just too weird to put into words, like Nic Cage thinking his cat was his brother, or Jack Nicholson seeing the face of God.

Here are some of the strangest things celebrities have seen while tripping.

Celebrities Reveal What They Hallucinated While Tripping,

Bill Gates
In a 1994 interview with Playboy, Gates revealed that he took LSD during his "errant youth." His hallucination during a trip might have contributed to him stopping his use, as he had a vision of a corner of a table plunging into his eye while high.

Brian Wilson
Beach Boys mastermind and musical genius Brian Wilson was forthcoming about his LSD usage, talking about his intense auditory hallucinations while tripping. He says that some of them were a critical part of his process for composing music, but that he also had residual hallucinations for decades, even after he stopped using drugs.

Chelsea Handler
For her Netflix series Chelsea Does, the comic sampled ayahuasca, the medicinal brew that's a new favorite of upper-class and celebrity trippers. Handler vomited in a bucket, chanted, and eventually had powerful visions of she and her sister laughing together on a kayak.

Jack Nicholson
The legendary actor did a huge amount of psychedelics during the '60s and early '70s, and claims he saw nothing less than the Almighty while on drugs. A Nicholson biography quotes the actor as saying he "believed he saw the face of God" the first time he took LSD. Nicholson took everything from acid to large amounts of cocaine, bust started dialing back his use in the '80s.

Lindsay Lohan
The troubled actress is a devotee of ayahuasca, saying an experience with the drug led her to hallucinate that she died and was born again.

Miley Cyrus
Apparently, Miley Cyrus really likes weed. And she likes weed laced with psychedelics even more, because they make her see cool stuff. As she described to Rolling Stone, "One time I smoked a joint with peyote in it, and I saw a wolf howling at the moon."

Nicolas Cage
Cage told a story on David Letterman about a time before he was famous when he did mushrooms with his cat. The cat apparently had a bad habit of getting into the actor's drugs. So, as Cage says, he took some himself, and he and the cat laid across from each other for hours, with Cage hallucinating that the cat was his brother.

Rachel McAdams
The actress told a story on Jimmy Kimmel's show about struggling to find something that would help her sleep, and trying a cannabis tincture. Rather than sleep, McAdams claimed she had a bad trip, hallucinating opera singing for hours.

Shia LaBeouf
The actor dropped acid to prepare for a role in the film The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Naturally, he live tweeted the experience, and among his observations about mayonnaise, Indiana Jones, and wearing multiple watches; LaBeouf had a vivid hallucination of fire coming out of a security guard's head at Walgreens.

Steve-O
Jackass star Steve-O was a heavy drug user until 2008, when he got sober and went to rehab. He claims that a turning point in the decision was his heavy psychedelic use, which led him to hallucinate voices that were "telling him he was going to have to answer for the times he had done to harm people."


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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:09:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celeb-trips/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[The Most Notorious Failed Assassination Attempts in US History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/failed-us-assassination-attempts-and-plots/mike-rothschild
While four US presidents have been assassinated, there have been assassination attempts or plots on almost every major holder of the White House. Barack Obama has seen over a dozen different assassination plots foiled, and he's far from the first. Most were the work of mentally ill malcontents, and came off as either incompetent or poorly planned. But a few assassination plots nearly came off, and have killed a number of people.
 
As befitting a president whose election was the final cause of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was the target of two plots before he was actually assassinated. Some would-be killers have taken aim at presidents-elect, while others have plotted against former presidents. Using guns, bombs, or knives, potential assassins have ranged from disgruntled government office seekers to deranged loners hearing voices, but all have nearly changed history with their actions.

Here are some of the most brazen failed attempts to kill presidents in American history.

The Most Notorious Failed Assassination Attempts in US History,

Puerto Rican Nationalists Nearly Shoot Truman
As a territory of the United States, Puerto Rico has long had an active nationalist movement fighting for independence. The conflict between nationalists and US-backed forces got so bad in 1950 that it nearly ended with the assassination of President Truman.

On October 30, uprisings in half a dozen towns ended with a small town nearly flattened by bombing and artillery fire, and at least three rebels were killed. Puerto Rican nationalists in the US were outraged, and two hatched a plan to kill Truman in response. They shot and killed a police officer outside Blair House, where Truman was living while the White House was undergoing renovations. They attempted to enter the house itself, but one was killed and the other arrested. Truman was napping just one floor above the gunfight.

The FDR Miami Shooting
Just weeks before his inauguration, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt was giving a speech in Miami when he was shot at five times. The shots fired by Italian anarchist Giuseppe Zangara all missed Roosevelt, however, as he was grabbed my crowd members and began wildly firing. He did, however, hit a number of other people, most notably, Chicago mayor Anton Cermak - who died several weeks later.

Zangara was said to be suffering from debilitating mental and physical conditions, and pleaded guilty to all the charges against him. When Cermak died, Zangara was given the death penalty, and executed just 10 days later.

An Assassin Shoots Lincoln's Hat
During the worst of the Civil War, President Lincoln took to working late into the night at the Soldiers Home, three miles from the White House. One night, while riding to the Home by himself (as was his habit), a lone rifle shot flew through his hat, sending Lincoln's horse running. Lincoln arrived at the Home unscathed and told his bodyguards, who went back out and found the hat with a bullet hole in it. The shot missed Lincoln's head by inches.

Andrew Jackson Takes Matters Into His Own Hands
The first known assassination attempt against a US president came on January 30, 1835. Just outside the Capitol Building, Andrew Jackson was attacked by a house painter named Richard Lawrence, who attempted to shoot Jackson with two pistols. Fortunately for the president, both misfired due to the damp air.

Presidential protection wasn't quite what it is today, as Jackson himself grabbed Lawrence and beat him severely with his cane. Lawrence was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and future scholars determined it was likely the chemicals in the paint he used that drove him to the brink. He died in a mental institution.


Teddy Roosevelt Takes a Bullet and Keeps on Talking
America's most legendary failed presidential assassination attempt took place on October 14, 1912 - and the target wasn't even president yet. Teddy Roosevelt had pledged not to run for a third term, but was drawn back into the fold for the 1912 election, running on a progressive ticket against his former friend William Howard Taft. While speaking in Milwaukee, Roosevelt was shot in the chest by New York bar owner William Schrank. The .38 caliber bullet was slowed by Roosevelt's 50-page speech, which was folded over in his pocket, and lodged in his chest. After ensuring Schrank wasn't lynched, Roosevelt then checked to make sure he wasn't dying. He wasn't, so he went right on speaking. He took two weeks off to recover, then hit the campaign trail again.

The shooting was the high point of Roosevelt's 1912 campaign, which split votes with Taft and sent Woodrow Wilson to the White House.

Argentine Anarchists Try to Blow Up Herbert Hoover
Just a few weeks after being elected in 1928, but before he took office, Herbert Hoover embarked on a two month tour of Latin America to promote trade partnerships. While in Argentina, police became aware of a plot to bomb Hoover's railroad car, and searched the home of known anarchist Manuel Scarzo. Authorities found a cache of guns, bombs, and most alarmingly, a rail map with Hoover’s path highlighted in red.

Hoover himself didn't mention the incident in his Argentina speech, and downplayed it for the rest of his life.

Taft Goes to Mexico, and Nearly Doesn't Return
It took until 1909 for a president to cross the border and go to Mexico. When William Howard Taft planned a summit with Mexico's President Diaz in a disputed part of Juarez, a massive security presence was requested. Eventually, thousands of US and Mexican troops, Texas Rangers, FBI agents, Secret Service agents, and private security guards all converged on the small strip of land holding the summit. The precautions paid off, as the head of the private security detail and a Texas Ranger spotted and disarmed a man carrying a palm pistol standing just feet from Taft and Diaz.

Zionists Attempt to Bomb Truman
In 1947, Harry Truman was nearly the victim of a letter bomb sent by the Zionist Stern Gang. British intelligence alerted the Secret Service to a plot by the Gang to bomb British officials, and had already found one envelope containing explosive powder and a small detonator. Sure enough, the White House mail room found such a letter, and it was quickly defused. The incident was hushed up, and not revealed to the public until Truman's daughter Margaret published her memoirs in 1972.

The JFK Car Bomb Plot
It doesn't take a conspiracy to kill a president - sometimes just one guy with a bomb will have a chance. Such is the case with the December 11, 1960, near-assault on John F. Kennedy. While vacationing in Palm Beach, President-elect Kennedy was threatened by 73-year-old former postal worker Richard Pavlick.

Pavlick intended to crash his dynamite-laden Buick into Kennedy's vehicle as it left his compound, but is said to have changed his mind after seeing Kennedy's wife and daughter waving goodbye to him. Pavlick was arrested three days later after being stopped for a driving violation when explosives were found in the car. He was determined to be a violent anti-Catholic who plotted to kill Kennedy because of his wealth. He spent six years in prison.


Lincoln and the Baltimore Plot
With the nation on the verge of civil war in February 1861, president-elect Lincoln's personal bodyguard Allan Pinkerton became convinced there was a plot afoot to kill him in Baltimore, as he journeyed to his inauguration. Lincoln at first wanted to proceed as planned during the day, but would eventually pass through Baltimore in disguise during the middle of the night. Meanwhile, the Lincoln family used a dummy train to throw off what Pinkerton believed were a cadre of assassins waiting with knives to stab Lincoln as he changed trains. The existence of the plot was never proven, and Lincoln was deeply embarrassed by the affair.


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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:19:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/failed-us-assassination-attempts-and-plots/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[23 Times Adults Played with Legos and Things Got Dirty]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dirty-lego-builds/jacob-shelton
Legos are a wondrous line of construction toys that bring joy to everyone who loves to build stuff, even if it’s just a square piece of plastic. Most Lego sets are geared toward teaching children how to build things by making castles, boats, and other normal things like that. But some more grown up Lego aficionados have taken it upon themselves to make their own adult Lego creations. I'm talking about rated R, down and dirty, raunchy Legos. If there are any young eyes in the room, you should probably tell them to go play outside while you check out this listof all the times adults played with Legos and things got naughty.

Everyone has thought about making dirty Legos, but only a few brave souls have actually undertaken the quest of building NSFW Lego contraptions and dioramas with play sets meant for G Rated fun. On this list you’ll find everything from Lego sex toys, to very realistic depictions of a ménage a trois. That’s right, things get very steamy very fast when the kids go to bed and the parents break the Legos out. Think you can handle it? Vote on the most adult creations ever made with Legos that you sure hope your kids never see. 
23 Times Adults Played with Legos and Things Got Dirty,

Pharmaceutical Companies Hate This Guy

This Isn't What We Meant When We Said We Wanted to Try New Things

Proportion is Everything

You Might Want to Get Those Bumps Checked Out

Which Hole Do You Think He's Putting It In?

There's Nothing Like Getting Dirty While You Get Clean

Has Medical Science Gone Too Far?

Finally, Lego & Harry Slash Fiction We Can Get Behind!

You've Got to Start Locking the Door

That Can't Be Comfortable Pt. 2


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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:51:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/dirty-lego-builds/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Horrible Things That Have Happened at McDonald's]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/mcdonalds-horror-stories/jordan-love
If you like McDonald's, Big Macs, and Chicken McNuggets, you might see them a little differently after finishing this list. From employees purposely harming customers to disgusting Play Place horror stories, McDonald's has played host to some of the worst atrocities in the fast food industry, and I'm not just talking about the McRib. For some reason, McDonald's has a knack for attracting bad people who do worse things.

The reputation of McDonald's has taken a big hit ever since Morgan's Spurlock's infamous documentary, Super Size Me. The film resulted in fast food eaters around the nation thinking twice about what they put inside their bodies. And who could forget all the french fry tests since then, where after month's or years, McDonald's fries barely change in image, inexplicably growing almost no visible mold.
 
McDonald's is a special place, and it seems like anyone who frequents the fast food chain has their own McDonald's horror stories. The restaurant's reputation has gone from bad to worse over the last decade as the world becomes more health conscious, but some of the worst things that happen there don't even involve their food. From frequent robberies to crazed and drugged customers, it can be a dangerous place to work. There's even a long list of McDonald's deaths out there, and not all of them are from eating burgers and getting heart disease.

It's almost hard to count all the bad things that have happened at McDonald's. So instead, check out this list of the best of the best, or rather -  the worst of the worst.


Horrible Things That Have Happened at McDonald's,

Worker Stabbed and Killed in the Bronx
A homeless man who had been sitting inside a McDonald's for eight hours stabbed and killed an employee who was escorting him out of the building. The Bronx McDonald's employee was just finishing his shift when he was murdered.

Knives, Baseball Bats, and Acid
A massive brawl broke out outside of a McDonald's in London, and involved over 200 people, along with knives, baseball bats, and acid. Over a dozen arrests were made, but incredibly, no one died or suffered any life-threatening injuries. Eleven of the individuals arrested were juveniles.

The Crazy McNugget Lady
Some people are just a little too into McDonald's. Take this crazy lady, for example. She was quite angry that the restaurant would not serve her morning McNuggets, and things escalated pretty quickly. Either she's the deranged aunt of Ronald McDonald, or she's definitely on bath salts.

Shooting Caused by Lack of Bacon
Forgetting to put bacon on a bacon cheeseburger once is excusable, but doing it twice warrants attempted murder, or at least that was the thinking of one Michigan woman. After her second bacon-less bacon cheeseburger of the day, a 30-year-old woman opened fire on a Michigan McDonald's. Luckily, no one was hurt in the shooting.

1984 McDonald's Massacre
In 1984, a man in California shot and killed 21 people and wounded 19 others at a McDonald's in San Ysidro. The man was shot and killed by a swat team during the tragedy.

McDonald's Destroyed Because of Messy Burgers
Some people aren't happy with delicious Big Macs, they want them prepared perfectly as well. For two individuals in Tennessee, their disorganized burgers where the last straw. They trashed the McDonald's that served them wrongly-assembled burgers and threw bricks through the windows until they were eventually hauled off by authorities.

A Condom with a Side of Fries
A McDonald's mother was understandably furious after she found a condom at the bottom of the box of fries that her daughter was eating. Among the other disgusting things found in McDonald's food are bandages, chicken heads, and feathers.

The Glass Burger
Some people like Big Macs, but no one likes a Big Mac full of glass. Unfortunately that's what a NYPD officer got at a New York McDonald's. A McDonald's employee reportedly purposely put the glass into the Big Mac, which resulted in the officer suffering severe lacerations. He ended up suing the restaurant for $5.5 million.

Sh*t N' Slide
The McDonald's Play Place can be a dangerous area. It's full of germs and small humans who don't look where they're going. Worst of all, apparently some kids also like to use the slide as their own public toilet. According to one McDonald's employee, a kid once turned the Play Place slide into a shit-n-slide, with many kids unsuspectingly sliding down and making an even bigger mess.

Couple Had Parking Lot Sex in Front of a 6 Year Old

28-year-old Kimberly Onorato and 27-year-old Rory Clark were found engaging in ~sexual activity~ in the parking lot of an Orange, CT McDonald's in November 2016. Unfortunately, they had an audience, a 6-year-old boy who was in the backseat, reportedly "awake and alert." Onorato was "partially undressed," but Clark claimed the pair was "just cuddling." They were each charged with impairing morals of a minor and breach of peace; a relative took custody of the boy.



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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:46:12 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/mcdonalds-horror-stories/jordan-love
<![CDATA[Bizarre Stuff That Dictators Collected]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bizarre-stuff-that-dictators-collected/mike-rothschild
Dictators typically rule by fear, intimidation, and making themselves the center of a cult of personality. But while doing so, they also tend to develop strange habits - and with the money to indulge those habits, you wind up with some collections of weird stuff. Most despots spend lavishly on clothes, cars, homes, and imported food. But not all of them pile up what these dictators have amassed.

While every dictator needs a palace, none had as many as Saddam Hussein had collected and nobody had as many shoes as Imelda Marcos, cars as the Shah, or fake military awards as Idi Amin. Dictator collections can be as concrete as gold guns, or as ephemeral as honorary titles. The important thing is that they be weird - and obtained through money stolen from starving people.

Here are some of the strangest things dictators collected - some of which you can even buy yourself!

Bizarre Stuff That Dictators Collected,

Adolf Hitler
While Hitler spent lavishly on the usual dictator trappings of palaces and cars, he was also a collector of rare books. Most were German nationalist works, or poetry, but also classic novels, memoirs, cheap detective stories, and American-style Westerns. He was well-known for constantly having books with him, and piles more in his various residences - with a stack of books found near his body in the Berlin bunker.

By the end of World War II, Hitler had amassed such a massive store of rare books that they had to be stored in a salt mine - where members of the US 101st Airborne Division found them. Many now reside in the Library of Congress.

Idi Amin
The vicious Ugandan tyrant was looked on with equal parts terror and derision - and both for good reasons. After seizing power in 1971, Amin began festooning himself with a chest full of medals reflecting a brilliant military career - which he didn't have. Amin collected fake citations for bravery the way other people collect shot glasses, awarding himself with honors he never won, or that didn't exist.

By the end of his reign, he was referring to himself as "His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular." Needless to say, he never won the Victoria Cross (making up his own version called a "Victorious Cross"), Distinguished Service Order, or the Military Cross - all of which were the highest military awards in the British Empire. Oh, and he wasn't a doctor, either.

Imelda Marcos
While Imelda Marcos was the wife of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, she played a critical role in his administration. Their relationship was known as the "conjugal dictatorship" and she did the bulk of the spending in the marriage. While she lavishly blew money on everything from jewelry to a thousand purses to luxury food (she's said to have once forced her private plane to turn around and fly back to Rome during the middle of a trans-Atlantic flight when she realized she forgot to buy cheese).

But it was her shoe collection that made international headlines after the Marcos family was deposed. The number of pairs of shoes Imelda left behind has been estimated to fall anywhere between 1,000 and 7,500 - though she pegs it at exactly 1,060. The designer shoes, from the greatest designers in the world, were split between two museums, where many have been destroyed by floods and termites.

Joseph Stalin
Like a number of other dictators, Stalin fancied himself an artist as well as a military leader. He loved film, and had an extensive collection of film prints - most notably a large cache of American Westerns. Stalin was a particular fan of director John Ford, screening his Westerns at all hours during marathon film watching/drinking sessions. However, Stalin did not approve of John Wayne's ardent anti-Communism stance, and contemplated having the Duke assassinated.

Kim Jong-il
North Korea's dictator from 1994 to 2011 spent hugely on luxury goods, as well as 30,000 DVDs and tapes of Hollywood films. But Kim also collected something you couldn't put a price on: titles. As leader of a cult of personality, Kim's name was never to be mentioned without official superlatives. And there were a lot.

According to The Economist, Kim died with over 1,200 different titles bestowed on him, from variations on "dear leader" (great, brilliant, unique, etc.) to military honors that he didn't earn ("Glorious General, Who Descended From Heaven") to operatic nonsense like "Eternal Bosom of Hot Love," "Master of the Computer Who Surprised the World," and "Guardian Deity of the Planet." Even in death, he kept piling up titles, being named "Eternal General Secretary of the Party" in 2012.

Kim Jong-un
Despite only being in power since 2011, the youngest North Korean Dear Leader has more than made up for lost time with his spending. Watchers of the Hermit Kingdom estimate that Kim is blowing nearly a billion dollars a year - more than the GDP of North Korea itself. Besides the usual (dozens of cars, a yacht, a ski resort, countless gallons of booze, Danish pork, Iranian caviar, etc), Kim has reportedly bought at least three dozen grand pianos.

Does Kim even play the piano? Nobody actually knows. But he's spending millions on them, while his country prepares for yet another famine.

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
While owning a fleet of luxury cars is standard issue for 20th century despots, Iran's last Shah before the Islamic Revolution took his need for speed to ludicrous heights. Pahvali, deposed in 1979, is said to have owned a staggering 3,000 cars, ranging from American muscle cars to a Rolls Royce from 1908, a Mercedes said to have been owned by Hitler, and even one-of-a-kind European models built just for him.

The cars were confiscated after the Revolution, but about 120 now sit in a National Museum, with thousands of others rotting away in warehouses, parks, or garages. A few have been sold off to collectors and celebrities.

Muammar al-Gaddafi
Like a real life Goldfinger, Gaddafi loved the glittery stuff. His palaces were stuffed with golden trappings, from railings to cutlery to toilets. He even had a gold-dipped flyswatter. But when the Libyan dictator was captured and killed by rebels, he was found with a gold-plated Browning 9mm pistol - an item that perfectly summed up his opulent brutality.

As it turned out, the 9mm was just one of a number of gold-plated guns the dictator owned (the weapons weren't actually made of gold, which is too soft to withstand the violent recoil of a gun being fired). Many others were found at Gaddafi's compound, including a Makarov pistol and several rifles. But the most over-the-top is a diamond-and-jewel encrusted Beretta featuring countless gems, as well as the dictator's name written in tiny stones above a rearing horse.

Saddam Hussein
Saddam spent lavishly on pretty much everything one can purchase, from gold toilets to cheetahs. But what Saddam collected more than anything else were palaces to hold the crap he bought. He had anywhere from 70 to 100 monstrous mansions built - one in every major Iraqi city. Just his eight main palaces held over 1,000 buildings and covered 12 square miles.

Built over two decades, they were given to party flunkies, family members, and mistresses, and each one was ornately built out of the finest marble, gold, and artwork. The palaces sit mostly in disrepair now, with some used by the US Army and others abandoned.

Viktor Yanukovych
During his brutal four years as President of Ukraine, Yanukovych managed to do everything from censor the press and imprison opponents to cut benefits for Chernobyl cleanup workers. All the while, he was taking massive bribes and enriching himself with a private palace.

When Yanukovych was ousted, the palace was stormed by activists, who found the usual retinue of luxury cars, zoo animals, and garish gold crap. But they also found a collection of vodka bottles personally branded with Yanukovych's face.



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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:19:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/bizarre-stuff-that-dictators-collected/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[Weird Celebrity Deaths You've Never Heard Of]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-celebrity-deaths/rydavis
Celebrity deaths have always sparked a curiosity in the public. Living life under the scrutiny of the tabloid's limelight often pushes celebrities to the brink of self-destruction. While many Hollywood starlets pass well into old age with grace, there are plenty of peculiar cases in which the famous demise under violent, mysterious, or bizarre circumstances. Despite our best judgment, celebrity deaths captivate audiences just as much as the performer did when they were alive - sometimes even more so. However, weird celebrity deaths seem to inspire a unique sort of fascination, one deeply rooted in the creepy and conspiratorial. Dead celebrities often remain a household name well past their passing, some more infamous for their death than their life's best work.

Aside from the cases you likely already know of - the Michael Jacksons and Whitney Houstons of the celebrity underworld - there are a lot of stories you may have never heard of. Before grisly celebrity death photos became immediately accessible to the online world, many of these mysterious cases were shrouded in mystery. While some have been solved since the initial incident, many still remain just as baffling as the day they occurred. If you have an insatiable curiosity for the creepy, here are some of the strange and weird celebrity deaths you've probably never heard of.
Weird Celebrity Deaths You've Never Heard Of,

David Carradine
Carradine was a successful martial artist and actor who appeared in the hit series Kung Fu. Carradine actually learned a lot of his martial art techniques through his immersive experiences and training while filming kung fu films. While filming in Bangkok, police found Carradine naked, hanging from a rope in the closet of his hotel room. At first, most assumed that Carradine's death would be labeled as a suicide. However, autopsy reports ruled that his death was caused by autoerotic asphyxiation.

Details about Carradine's interests in bondage and experimental sex provided further evidence that his suffocation was accidental, and not intentional.
Gram Parsons
Considered an influential country and rock musician, Gram Parsons played both solo as well as with acts such as The Byrds. Parsons eventually became obsessed with Joshua Tree, a national park in California. On a trip there, Parsons's friends found him unresponsive due to an overdose of morphine.

Parsons's body was ultimately scheduled to be delivered to Louisiana, for a family burial. Many friends believed that Bob Parsons, his father, wished to rush the body back to Louisiana to prove that he lived there, in order to inherit his estate. However, Parsons's friends somehow managed to steal his body from the airport. They transported the body back to Joshua Tree where they attempted to cremate his body by lighting it up with gasoline in the coffin. The result was a mess, and the rest of Parsons's remains were eventually buried in Louisiana. 
Jayne Mansfield
Mother of Mariska Hargitay, known as the "Working Man's Marilyn Monroe," Jayne Mansfield was the blonde bombshell of Hollywood's 1950s. While driving with her children, lover, and driver, Mansfield's Buick crashed into the rear of a tractor that had suddenly stopped due to a fog being emitted from a truck's mosquito fogger. The impact instantly killed Mansfield, her lover, and driver, but her children were miraculously nearly unscathed - including Hargitay.

Rumors circled that Mansfield was decapitated by the crash largely because of the appearance of the car, which looked as if the top had been sliced off. However, the rumors were proven false, and only began because Mansfield's wig flew from her head to the windshield following the crash.
Jon-Erik Hexum
While on set, filming of the CBS television show Cover Up, muscle stud Jon-Erik Hexum became restless throughout takes. Hexum began fiddling with a prop gun and then spun a blank cartridge, held the barrel to his head in a mock game of Russian Roulette, and pulled the trigger.

The wadding from the empty barrel shot out of the trigger and impacted Hexum's temple. He was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent five hours of surgery. Six days later, he was pronounced brain dead. Hexum donated many of his organs, before being cremated.
Linda Darnell
After receiving critical praise for her performances in Unfaithfully Yours and A Letter to Three Wives, Linda Darnell secured herself within Hollywood's elite. Darnell died unexpectedly in a house fire while staying at a former agent and secretary's home. Caused by a cigarette left out in the living room, the three women in the house were trapped on the second floor after awaking to the smell of smoke. While her friend and friend's daughter escaped through the second story window, Darnell attempted to make it to the downstairs front door. Over 90% of her body was burned, and she died from the sustained injuries.  
Natalie Wood
Known for her roles in Miracle on 34th Street and Rebel Without a Cause, Natalie Wood was considered a successful Hollywood actress. While on break from filming her last movie, Brainstorm, Wood drowned on a boating trip on the way to Santa Catalina Island, off the California coast.

Details surrounding her drowning were mysterious, considering neither her husband, Robert Wagner, nor the captain saw Wood fall into the water. Wagner claimed that following a fight, Wood went to bed. Her body was found less than a mile away from the boat with bruises and scratches on her body. Examiners ultimately changed her cause of death from accidental to "drowning and other undetermined factors." Many have speculated that Wagner could have potentially played a role in Wood's drowning.
Natasha Richardson
Best known for her roles in The Handmaid's Tale and The Parent Trap reboot, Richardson was a prominent English actress and charmer. While taking a skiing class on vacation in Canada, Richardson fell and sustained injuries. In a state of lucid confusion, she reportedly refused medical help, stating she felt fine and returned to her hotel room. She later complained of a headache and was rushed to a hospital where she died from epidural hematoma.
Sonny Bono
Known as one half of the infamous duo Sonny & Cher, Bono later got involved in politics. His aspirations were cut short when he died in a freak skiing accident at Nevada's Heavenly Ski Resort. While on the slopes, Bono collided with a tree, sustaining fatal injuries.

The most bizarre aspects of Bono's death were the eerie similarities to Michael Kennedy's (son of Robert F. Kennedy) death, which occurred less than a week prior. Kennedy also died in a skiing accident.
Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams is considered one of the greatest American playwrights in history, yet he often struggled with depression. Found dead in an New York hotel suite, many suspected the cause to be drug and alcohol abuse related, and while both played a role, the main contributor to his death was asphyxiation.

According to medical professionals, Williams died from choking on a bottle cap that was lodged in his throat. (The cap was from a bottle for eye drops that he often used.) Examiners believed the drugs and alcohol in his system subdued his gag reflex, preventing him from releasing the cap from his throat.
Ramon Navarro
Ramon Navarro was a successful 1920s silent film actor. Dubbed the "Latin lover," Navarro became a Hollywood sex symbol. In 1968, Navarro invited young brothers, Paul and Tom Ferguson, to his home in Los Angeles for sex. When Navarro moved in to kiss one of the brothers, the two of them beat him up, dragged him to the bathroom, and let him choke to death on his own blood.

The motive was widely theorized and disputed during the investigation of the case. While the prosecution argued that the brothers had heard of a safe filled with a bunch of cash, the two men only left with about $20, which they had procured from Navarro's pocket. Paul ultimately took full responsibility for the murder, relegating his reasoning to homophobia and "homosexual panic" in response to when Navarro approached him.

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:53:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-celebrity-deaths/rydavis
<![CDATA[Subtlest Adult Jokes You Never Caught in Kids' Video Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/adult-jokes-in-kid-video-games/jordan-love
Hidden adult jokes aren't just for SpongeBob and Disney, plenty of supposedly kid friendly games are riddled with mature jokes and innuendos. Sometimes the jokes feel innocent enough at first glance but other times their adult content is immediately apparent. From implied prostitution to drunkenness, some kids' video games are filled to the brim with adult jokes.

To count as a kids' game on this list, a video game has to be appropriate at least at first glance. Some of the adult jokes in kids games are put their secretly by the developers while others are part of the original script. Luckily for us, more than a few have gotten by the ESRB raters and end up in the final cut of the game. There have even been a few infamous instances where dirty jokes in video games where scrapped half-hardheartedly so that somewhere in the game you could still find their remnants if you looked hard enough.

A few of these adult jokes require a special code or button sequence, but the best ones are the ones that are hidden in plain sight. Some are more subtle than others but one thing is for sure, adult jokes in video games that should be appropriate for kids are just a little bit funnier than everything else.

Enjoy this list of adult jokes you never noticed in kid's video games.


Subtlest Adult Jokes You Never Caught in Kids' Video Games,

Princess Peach's Sex Toy
In Super Mario RPG, Mario finds something carefully hidden in Peach's room and she flips out on him when he sees it. It could be something else, but...

Donkey Kong and the Hooker
If you have any doubts about the sexual undertones of this scene, just listen to the music and the fact that her name is Candy.

The Strip Club in Crash Bandicoot
No explanation needed. 
Prostitution and Sexual Favors in Hyrule
The Zelda series has more than a few inappropriate jokes in it, including allusions to prostitution and sexual favors.

Super Mario DUI
In the original version of Super Mario Kart, pretty much all the characters got drunk on champagne after they won a race.

The Naked Woman in Kirby's Dream Land 2
Okay so it's not exactly a naked woman, but it is certainly the anatomy of a woman.

The Naked Lady In Secret of Mana
In this old game, every once in a while when you flipped to a certain page in a spell book, a naked woman would appear instead of a spell. Maybe she was the spell.  The world will never know.

Jak's Personal Time
The Jak and Daxter franchise was full of great fourth-wall-breaking jokes and questionably inappropriate humor.

The Banjo-Tooie Penis Map
You can try and say it looks like something else, but you'd be lying to yourself.

Mega Man Gets an Eyeful of Tron Bonne
When Tron Bonne loses all of her clothes, Mega Man just can't look away.


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Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:05:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/adult-jokes-in-kid-video-games/jordan-love
<![CDATA[Crazy Celebrity Quotes You Won't Believe Are Real]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-celebrity-quotes-you-d-never-hear-these-days/stacie-hougland
Right or wrong, people care about what celebrities have to say. Unfortunately for the world's most famous stars, that means they can't get away with saying offensive things. Even before the age of social media, the hungry press has been there to catch them at their worst. And for today's celebs,  it's only getting harder to get away with crazy quotes. Whether it was John Wayne opinions that Native Americans were “selfish” for defending their land against the colonists, Sean Connery’s excuse for why it’s okay to hit women, or just garden variety racist celebrity comments from people like Justin Bieber and Hulk Hogan, the press is right there to report it. 
 
You’d think celebrities would have teams of people watching their every tweet and coaching them about what not to say in interviews, but offensive celebrity quotes still manage to get out there. And the effects can sink a star’s career. Sexist comments, racist comments, stars who fat-shame, or even the most innocuous soundbite can get a star blacklisted in Hollywood. Has anyone seen Michael Richards since he called people the "N-word" onstage? Hulk Hogan got booted from the WWE for his racist comments. The list goes on.

So who's the worst of the worst in the history of stardom? Check out this list for some things you can't believe these celebrities said.

Crazy Celebrity Quotes You Won't Believe Are Real,

T.I.
Rappers are hardly strangers to controversy, but T.I. really stepped in it when he said the Loch Ness Monster had a better chance of becoming president than Hillary Clinton. In a Sirius XM interview in 2015 (now private), the rapper said, "Not to be sexist, but I can't vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman. Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But, the president? It's kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally – they make very permanent, cemented decisions — and then later, it's kind of like it didn't happen, or they didn't mean for it to happen." 

He gave a canned Twitter apology shortly after. 

Giuliana Rancic
Perhaps trying to channel Joan Rivers’s snark, E! personality Giuliana Rancic got some blow back for comments she made about singer-actress Zendaya’s fake dreadlocks at the 2015 Oscars. On Fashion Police’s Oscar episode, Rancic said, "I feel like she smells like pachouli oil — or weed!”

Rancic claimed the comment was edited and she wasn’t being racist, but did apologize profusely on air and Twitter. In an interesting twist, sources claimed the joke was rehearsed more than once, and co-host Kelly Osbourne warned her not to say it. Osbourne and co-host Kathy Griffin quit the show right after.

Hulk Hogan
In 2015, the WWE unceremoniously dropped longtime wrestling fan favorite Hulk Hogan after the icon was heard unleashing racial slurs during a conversation on his infamous sex tape. Among many, many other hateful things he said was a tirade over his daughter possibly sleeping with an African-American man. He complained: “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*** some n*****, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n***** worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. F***ing n*****.” He issued a garden-variety apology afterward.
Kirk Cameron
The once cute, funny Growing Pains star is now a successful Evangelical-movie producer who claims his life’s mission is to love all people. Except the gay ones, apparently. He had this to say about gay marriage to Piers Morgan on CNN back in 2012: “I think that it's -- it's -- it's unnatural. I think that it's -- it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization." He didn’t back down to the haters, saying he should be able to express his moral views without being accused of hate speech. He also claimed to have “gay friends.” Mmmhmm.
Michael Richards
Not-so-funnyman Michael Richards decided 2006 was the perfect time to commit career suicide when he blew a gasket after being heckled during a stand-up comedy show. The whole ugly incident was caught on tape, as Richards yelled at two African Americans in the audience: "You can talk, you can talk, you're brave now motherf**ker. Throw his a** out. He's a n*****! He's a n*****! He's a n*****! A n*****, look, there's a n*****!” As Richard and the audience members traded insults, the club quietly emptied. He apologized on David Letterman’s Late Show, but the damage was done.
Paris Hilton
In his book Everyone Loves You When You're Dead, famed music journalist Neil Strauss recalled a 1999 encounter with Paris Hilton before she was famous. After pointing out a guy she claimed to have made out with the previous night, she said, “We were making out, but we went somewhere where it was bright and I saw that he was black and made an excuse and left. I can't stand black guys. I would never touch one. It's gross."

Ridley Scott
Recent awards seasons have brought the lack of black actors in film into sharp focus, but opinions on race in Hollywood don't stop with the Academy in Hollywood. When faced with criticism for his lily-white cast in 2014's Exodus: Gods and Kings, which was set in Egypt, Ridley Scott told Variety, "I can't mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I'm just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn't even come up."
Sean Connery

During a 1965 interview on the set of Thunderball, the man who played the fairly sexist James Bond told Playboy, "I don't think there is anything particularly wrong about hitting a woman - although I don't recommend doing it in the same way that you'd hit a man. An openhanded slap is justified - if all other alternatives fail and there has been plenty of warning."

Over the years, Connery reasserted this opinion to Barbara Walters and Vanity Fair. Keep in mind that his first wife, Diane Cilento, claimed he knocked her out while filming The Hill in 1965.


Shaquille O'Neal
The L.A. Lakers center appeared on Fox Sports Net in 2002, and when the subject of rival center Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets came up, Shaq tried a joke that fell flatter than a deflated basketball. He said: "Tell Yao Ming, 'Ching-chong-yang-wah-ah-soh.”

Shaq apparently didn't realize the phrase "ching chong" is pretty offensive to the Asian community. His later half-hearted mea culpa passed the comment off as bad comedy. 

Trevor Noah
Right after it was announced that half-black, half-Swiss South African comedian Trevor Noah would take over as Jon Stewart’s Daily Show successor, people started promptly digging up old tweets he’d posted from around 2009-2011.

The un-funny posts included: "Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn't look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car!” And, “Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk & think that I'm sexy!' – fat chicks everywhere."

His apology tweet went like this: “To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian.” By the end of 2015, The Daily Show had lost 40% of its audience.


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Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:31:18 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-celebrity-quotes-you-d-never-hear-these-days/stacie-hougland
<![CDATA[Horrible Things That Have Happened at Music Festivals]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/music-festival-horror-stories/candice-darden
A mixture of loud music, copious drugs, free-flowing beer, crowded campgrounds, and weather exposure are all synonymous with music festivals... and can easily be fuel for disastrous events. From the Woodstock Festival happenings of '99 (sexual assaults, arson, and trucks being driven through crowds are just some of the craziness reported), to a literal river of sh*t flowing through campgrounds, and a fatal stabbing at the Altamont Festival that happened 20 feet from Mick Jagger, this list is full of music festivals stories that recount the most awful happenings and true horror stories that have occurred at music festivals over the past 50 years.

Music festivals deaths, stage collapses, drug trips that have gone wrong, and stampedes are just some of the things to watch out for when you're attending a music festival - throughout the last five decade, some truly bad things have happened while people were gathered together and jamming to their favorite bands.
Horrible Things That Have Happened at Music Festivals,

Nine Fans Were Crushed to Death During Pearl Jam's Roskilde Festival Set
At the 2000 Roskilde Festival in Denmark, over 50,000 fans gathered to hear Pear Jam play. Within the first hour of their set, nine fans had been crushed to death as festival-goers rushed to the front of the stage. Pearl Jam canceled the remainder of their tour, later writing a tribute to those whom were killed.

A Man Left His Dog in a Hot Car in the Vans Warped Tour Parking Lot
In 2014, Edwin Harrington Jr. left his Boston terrier/bulldog mix in his car in the Xfinity Center parking lot during the Vans Warped Tour. The interior of the car was reported to have reached a temperature of 130 degrees. The dog suffered a heat stroke and shock, and wasn’t even able to walk once finally rescued. The man later faced animal cruelty charges, being held on a bail of $1,000.

A Group of Men Sold "Beer" That Was Really Urine
"I was at Bestival one year and I'd ran out of beer but I was also pretty skint. Instead of spending a fiver on a pint I decided to buy some beer off of some guys who were selling their own bottles out of the back of their car for a couple of quid each. When I got back to my friends and took that first gulp, it was quite clear they'd sold me bottles of actual piss. I didn't go back and confront them as they looked like they could easily beat me up."

-Oscar Skinner, via Dazed Digital

Woodstock '99 Saw a Truck Drive Through an Audience, Arson, and Sexual Assault
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original 1969 Woodstock festival, Woodstock '99 was born. As the festival progressed, the crowds turned violent, multiple fires were set to vendors' booths, stages were torn apart and vandalized, and sexual assault reports were rampant. In other words, way to honor the original festival which celebrated peace and love.
11 People Were Trampled Over Pete Townsend Starting His Soundcheck Late
At the Coliseum in December of ’79, Pete Townshend (of The Who) began his soundcheck later than initially planned. Fans reportedly became enraged and started a stampede in the venue, where 11 fans were ultimately trampled to death.
A Stage Collapsed, Killing Three and Inuring 71
The Chateau stage at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium collapsed in 2011, the result of  a storm ripping through the festival grounds; three festival goers died, and 71 were injured.


Omori (the band that was playing when the stage collapsed) issued the following statement:
"We had just finished the first song of our set at Pukkelpop when the stage/tent started shaking and simply thought it was a storm passing through. I made a comment about Cheap Trick and we were about to play the next one when our tour manager yelled at me to run off the stage. Right then the tress collapsed 1 foot in front of [guitarist] Max [Kakacek]. At this point we thought only the stage broke, not the tent. Amid the chaos it was hard to tell exactly what had happened, but after the rescue teams started coming in it became clear that there were severe injuries and we are now being told there are reports of multiple deaths. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones in today's tragedy."


A Woman Had Her Face Bitten by a Man on Acid
From a user submitted post to the Guardian, sent by Grace, from Liverpool:

"I call this story: 'Getting bitten on the face by a man on acid.' I’d just seen this guy fall into a fit and was giving him basic first aid when he rolled over on top of me, pushing me into two feet of mud and other festival detritus, before biting me on the face. He was latched on for about 30 seconds. I was elbowing him in the neck trying to get him off me. There were security guards in sight, but they didn’t do a thing. As soon as he was off I ran to the medical tent, where I cried on the shoulder of the medic who examined me for about an hour. It didn’t break the skin, but it was the weirdest feeling ever – like somebody was dripping thick hot liquid down my face. I had a mouth-shaped bruise, complete with nine teeth marks, on my face for about two weeks afterwards. I think he thought I was a strawberry or something."
A Murder Was Caught on Film During the 1969 Altamont Festival
The Altamont Festival became infamous for several deaths, including a hit-and-run that killed two, someone drowning in an excavation pit, and - most notorious of all - a violent stabbing. As the Rolling Stones were onstage, a Hells Angel named Alan Passaro (the Hells Angels were the security guards for the bands that evening, reportedly paid in beer) stabbed 18-year-old Meredith Hunter (who was supposedly wielding a gun) to death only 20 feet from the stage where Mick Jagger was crooning “Under My Thumb.” The Stones reportedly had no idea the incident was happening and finished their set.

A Man Jumped Into a Campfire While on LSD
Reddit user PoopIsAPalindrome reports:

"A couple years ago, I was at a festival in Missouri, aptly called Schwagstock. This year there was a particularly bad batch of LSD going around they dubbed to be 'research chemicals.' At the last light of the day, a guy in our campsite (we had a big group from my hometown), who had unknowingly partaken the research chemicals instead of clean LSD, completely lost his sh*t. He started running around the fire and screaming at the top of his lungs, 'I AM THE DEVIL!' Then, he leapt into the fire, wildly stomping his feet in the coals still screaming, 'I AM THE DEVIL!' We all are screaming back at him to get the f*ck out of there, you could already smell his burning flesh. I remember this part the clearest, he looks in my direction (not at me specifically) and I see in his face the moment he realizes what is happening. He begins screeching and leaps out of the fire and makes for the [nearby] stream. I'm guessing that he was in so much shock that he didn't realize the pieces of flesh dripping off his legs as he ran. The paramedics heard the commotion and got to our campsite within a minute or two. He had to be airlifted to a burn center unit in St. Louis. But, I'll never forget that look, that smell, and those screams which didn't cease until they closed the helicopter door."
A Woman Was Trapped in a Port-a-Potty
"I was at Volt festival in Hungary and I desperately needed to pee so I went to this portaloo that was on the top of a slope. Whilst I was in there using it, the toilet started to tilt towards the ground as if it was about the roll down the hill, and I became covered in other people's shit and vomit. To make matters worse, my friend saw that the portaloo was about to topple over so she swung open the door (which had no lock) to set me free. Although I’d obviously had no time to prepare myself so I stood there, next to a queue full of people, covered in shit and with nothing to cover my lady parts."

-Emma O, via Dazed Digital


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Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:05:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/music-festival-horror-stories/candice-darden
<![CDATA[All of the Times Crazies Have Tried to Kill President Obama]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/president-obama-assassination-attempts/mike-rothschild
Barack Obama assassination attempts began even before he became president, when he was still on the campaign trail. While nobody has managed to actually take a shot at President Obama directly, many people have either plotted to assassinate him, claimed they were plotting to kill him, or threatened to do so.

Any threat to kill Obama, no matter how outlandish or done in jest, is investigated by the Secret Service. Often, incidents that would be brushed off if they happened to private citizens end in jail time because they were directed at the President, who is protected by specific federal laws. These threats are taken seriously, and sometimes result in decades of prison time.

Here are the most prominent attempts to assassinate President Obama, the majority of which were defused before they were actually carried out.

All of the Times Crazies Have Tried to Kill President Obama,

Death Threats Came Early and Often
Barack Obama was one of the earliest candidates to ever get Secret Service protection, being given a detail in May 2007, long before the Democratic primaries had even started. Officials declined to detail any specific incidents, only saying that candidate Obama had seen a large number of death threats.

The Meth-Fueled Denver Convention Plot

Just days before the 2008 Democratic National Convention, three men traveled to Denver for the purpose of shooting Barack Obama during his acceptance speech. The three white supremacists, cousins Tharin Gartrell and Shawn Adolf, and their friend Nathan Johnson, drove a truck full of weapons and meth to a hotel, and Gartrell was soon arrested when the truck was found. Johnson and Adolf were arrested shortly thereafter.

During a televised interview, Johnson claimed Adolf was the one who planned the attack, saying he claimed that “blacks didn’t deserve to be in office.” Authorities indicted the three on drugs and weapons charges, but dropped the federal threatening charges, owing to the ineptitude of the plan.


The Marine Who Plotted to Kill Obama on Inauguration Day
Marine Lance Cpl. Kody Brittingham was stationed at Camp Lejuene, NC when he was arrested in late 2008 on an armed robbery charge. As a result, he was separated from the service. But when Brittingham’s barracks were searched, police also turned up a journal containing white supremacist material, Google searches for "Inauguration Day," and a written out plan to kill Obama - including a map of the Capitol.

Brittingham pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 100 months in prison for the armed robbery and the assassination plan.

The Bail Bondsman Who Just Liked Guns

Maine resident Raymond H. Geisel was charged with making threatening statements against Obama during a bail-bonds training class on July 31, 2008, in Miami. During the course, Geisel called Obama the "n word" and said, "If he gets elected, I'll assassinate him myself." Police were called, and searched Geisel’s hotel room, where they found ammunition, body armor, a combat-style hatchet, tear gas, a loaded 9 mm handgun and four loaded magazines.

Geisel said he was only using the gun for his bail-bonds course, that he was a gun collector, and that he’d been joking about the threat. In December 2009, Geisel was convicted on weapons charges and served three years of supervised probation stemming from that conviction. As part of his plea agreement, the felony charges of threatening Obama were dropped.


The Anarchist Militia Plot

In 2012, four U.S. Army soldiers in Georgia were indicted, with authorities claiming that they had formed a paramilitary anarchist militia called FEAR (Forever Enduring, Always Ready) and planned to overthrow the federal government by killing the president. The four men were Private Isaac Aguigui, Private First Class Michael Burnett, Sergeant Anthony Peden, and Private Christopher Salmon. The group was alleged to have purchased $87,000 worth of guns and bomb-making materials, conspired to take over Fort Stewart, blowup targets across the country, and finish things off by killing President Obama.
 

Sadly, while most of these plots end harmlessly, this one took multiple lives: those of former soldier Michael Roark and his teenage girlfriend Tiffany York, who were killed by the group because they knew of the militia’s plans. Burnett eventually turned on his comrades and pleaded guilty to manslaughter in exchange for testifying against the others. All three pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, and were sentenced to life in prison. A number of other FEAR members were arrested in connection with the plot, as was Salmon’s wife.


The Irish Muslim Who Was Too Famous to Kill Obama
In May 2011, infamous Irish Islamist militant Khalid Kelly was arrested for threatening to assassinate Barack Obama during the president's trip to Ireland that month. In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, Kelly claimed that al-Qaeda was likely to kill Obama, and that he would like to do it himself, but was too well-known. He told the paper "Personally I would feel happy if Obama was killed. How could I not feel happy when a big enemy of Islam is gone?"

Irish special police arrested Kelly right after the interview was released, and held him for three days before releasing him. President Obama's Ireland trip passed with no threats on his life.

The Tennessee Mass Murder Plot

Tennessee white supremacists Paul Schlesselman and Daniel Cowart allegedly planned not only to assassinate Barack Obama, but to do it as the culmination of a murder spree where they’d kill 88 African Americans, 14 of whom would be beheaded (both numbers are significant digits in the white power movement).

Planning to fund their mayhem by robbing gun stores and private homes, the two men kicked off their revolution by shooting at an empty church in Brownsville, TN. They were arrested in October 2008 after bragging to their appalled friends about what they’d done. Both men pleaded guilty to various federal firearms and assault charges, and were given lengthy prison terms.


The Woman Planning to Kill the First Family on Vacation

Kristy Lee Roshia first mailed the Boston office of the Secret Service a deranged love note, then called them on November 10, 2009, and told them she planned to "blow away" First Lady Michelle Obama while the family vacationed in Honolulu, HI. Roshia told authorities she knew "the exact location" the Obama family would be staying, and provided information that was consistent with the itinerary of the First Family.

The Secret Service believed Roshia had observed agents near Kailua Beach, where the Obamas had previously rented a house. She went to Hawaii claiming she was there to protect the President and was arrested just two miles from their house. Roshia, who had previously threatened President Bush, was charged with threatening a family member of the president, as well as assaulting a federal agent while being arrested. She was held for medical competency testing, then seemed to drop off the map.


The Waffle House Plot

North Carolina accountant Jerry Blanchard was indicted for threatening to kill candidate Obama during a July 15, 2008, breakfast at a Charlotte Waffle House campaign stop. Two different customers said Blanchard told them, "I’m worth $50 million. Obama and his wife are never going to make it to the White House. He needs to be taken out... that man will never know what hit him... I just may do that, I’ve got the money and the clout." The Secret Service questioned Blanchard, who simultaneously denied making the threats and claimed he believed Obama was the anti-Christ.

The Secret Service was called again when a hotel employee overheard Blanchard in a restroom muttering, "I'll get a sniper rifle and take care of it myself. Somebody's got to do it ... We both know Obama is the anti-Christ.” Blanchard was arrested on felony charges, and sentenced to 366 days in prison.


The White House Drive-By

On November 11, 2011, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez sprayed semi-automatic rifle fire from his car parked on Constitution Avenue near the White House. At least seven rounds struck the White House itself, though no one was injured, and the President wasn’t there at the time of the shooting.

Hernandez was arrested five days later in a hotel in Indiana, PA, and both his writings and testimony showed that he believed President Obama was the anti-Christ and would usher in the end of the world. In September 2013, Hernandez pleaded guilty to destruction of property and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and the charge of attempting to assassinate the President was dropped. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $100,000 to repair the White House.



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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:19:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/president-obama-assassination-attempts/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[Horrible Things That Have Happened at Taco Bell]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/taco-bell-horror-stories/jordan-love
Most people already know that bad things can happen to you if you eat Taco Bell, but it turns out that it might not be Taco Bell's fault. It seems like Taco Bell just has a knack for attracting the most horrible, strange, and bizarre people. From individuals who are willing to rob a dying woman to overly aggressive clowns to young LARPers, Taco Bell attracts them all.

Some of these Taco Bell stories are horribly funny, some are horribly sad, and some are just straight up horrible. Maybe it's something in the hot sauce, the Doritos Locos Tacos, or the Quesarito that makes Taco Bell customers go a little crazy. There's got to be something that links these Taco Bell horror stories, right?
 
There are so many bad things that have happened at Taco Bell that it's tough to even know where to start. One could begin with the bodily fluids in the nachos, the seemingly endless stream of disgruntled customers, or even the many deaths that have occurred in and around the fast food joint. Taco Bell just isn't like other fast food restaurants. They have a wholly unique reputation, which isn't necessarily a good thing. If you have any doubts about that, just check out this list of horrible things that have happened at Taco Bell - you'll get the idea.


Horrible Things That Have Happened at Taco Bell,

Group Sex in the Restroom
The fact that there were four individuals having group sex in a Taco Bell bathroom is bad enough. On top of that though, apparently they were also careless enough as to leave the door unlocked during their sexcapades. As a result, an 11-year-old girl walked in on them and was surely scarred for life.

Employee Asks Co-Worker on a Date by Forcibly Handcuffing Her
One 25-year-old employee at a Georgia Taco Bell thought it would be a good idea to handcuff himself to his 18-year-old co-worker in the hopes that it would force her to go on a date with him. The man's plan backfired in the biggest way possible - he was sentenced to four years in prison.

The Taco Shell Licker
One of the more infamous tales of disorderly fast food workers comes from a Taco Bell in California. A few years ago, a picture of a Taco Bell employee licking a stack of 20-30 taco shells went viral. It didn't take long for Taco Bell to fire the employee, but they can never make him un-lick those shells.

Peeing in the Nachos
If you enjoy the nachos at Taco Bell, you might not want to read the rest of this one. One employee in Indiana had the bright idea to pee on an order of nachos and then take a picture of the act. After the picture went viral, he claimed to have never served the nachos, but didn't give a reason for urinating on them in the first place.

Bloody Tacos
This is what happens when an employee cuts their finger and finishes making the taco anyway. A mom and her young daughter were unfortunate enough to eat half the taco before realizing the special sauce was human blood.

A Robber Asking for a Job Application
Getting robbed is one of the worst things that can happen to you as a fast food worker. It must've been a real shocker then when one man asked the manager for a job application while robbing the restaurant. Apparently the robber liked what he was seeing and thought it would be a good place to work.

The Price Increase Shootout
It's never fun to learn that something has gone up in price, but one Texas man took his reaction to the next level. The price of Beefy Crunch Burritos had just gone up by fifty cents and to him, that was totally unacceptable. He fired his air gun at the manager and flashed two additional weapons. The whole affair resulted in a police chase and shootout including a SWAT team, all over a few burritos.

Snakes Flying Through the Drive-Through Window
Nowhere in this country are snakes an excepted form of currency, but that didn't stop three guys in a pickup truck from trying. After ordering their food and making their way up to the drive-thru window, the men hurled a live python at the man working. It's unknown what happened to the snake after that, but presumably it didn't fit in the cash register.

Assault with a Burrito
It takes a special kind of person to assault someone with a burrito, but that's exactly what happened in Florida. A 36-year-old man assaulted his 16-year-old brother-in-law with a Taco Bell burrito. It's certainly not the way most people expect to be hurt by burrito from Taco Bell...

The Returning of 400 Pounds of Hot Sauce
This one is less horrible than it is just plain bizarre. At one Taco Bell, at least 10 masked individuals returned 25,000 packets of hot sauce they had stolen over the previous years. They brought the hundreds of pounds of packets into the restaurant in six garbage bags and the best part is, since Taco Bell probably couldn't use the packets anymore, the employees likely just threw out the six garbage bags and got back to work.


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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:46:13 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/taco-bell-horror-stories/jordan-love
<![CDATA[Made Up Movie Premises That Actually Happened in Real Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-premises-that-actually-happened/jacob-shelton
The best movies are usually too good to be true. But what happens when the fictional stories in our favorite films really start to happen? Can we chalk up movie premises that really happened to life imitating art, or is there something more intangible happening in the universe that caused these real life stories to resemble popular films? Is it possible that the people on this list who basically lived out a blockbuster film are just experiencing one of life’s many coincidences, or are we living in some Truman Show hologram where a director choreographs our every move? That’s probably not happening, but these tales of movie plots that really happened are going to freak you out anyway.

It’s not out of the realm of possibility that most blockbuster films could actually happen. As you’ll see from this list of real life movies, everything from a sweet romantic comedy to a karate chopping superhero flick is possible if you apply yourself. Although to be fair, most of the folks on this list didn’t realize they were living out a movie until it was too late. Unfortunately, some people died, and almost no one leaves this list of movies that happened in real life unscathed.
Made Up Movie Premises That Actually Happened in Real Life,

The Car Made from Weed
Just like: Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke

Taking a page from Cheech and Chong, the designers of the Kestrel have made a car entirely out of hemp. It still hasn't hit mass production, but that's probably because the designers are busy listening to "Dave's Not Here" for the 5,000th time.
Creepy Adult Goes Back to High School
Just like: Never Been Kissed
 
In 2016 it was discovered that a high school student in Virginia with a 4.6 GPA was actually a 23-year-old man from the Ukraine who decided to go back to high school for some reason. There's no word as to whether or not he kissed anyone on a baseball diamond while Jimmy Eat World played.

Santa Claus Robs Mall Safe
Just like: Bad Santa

After years of handing out toys to undeserving children, this kind of thing was bound to happen. In Australia, police were stumped when they watched security footage of a man dressed as Santa (down to the white gloves) rob the contents of a mall safe in Westfield. There have been no sightings of his getaway sleigh.
Bride Walks Out of Multiple Weddings
Just like: Runaway Bride

Marriage isn't for everybody, and it definitely isn't for this anonymous woman who's called off multiple weddings because she's "missing that bridal gene.'” Oddly enough, this mystery woman ended up being a journalist - just like Richard Gere in Runaway Bride. Now if only she knew someone who was a high school football coach...
Couple Has Sex During Fatal Car Crash
Just like: Crash

In 2014, a couple from Florida was having sex in their car while it was on the road and ended up crashing into a canal. The wife was pronounced dead when police arrived on the scene, and the husband was charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and DUI property damage.
Student Dies from Accidental Hanging
Just like: The Gallows

At White Bear High School in Minnesota, a teenager who was horsing around with some of his friends ended up accidentally hanging himself, and later dying from complications due to the accident.
Beach-Goers Lose Limbs to Shark Attack
Just like: Jaws

Two swimmers off the shore of North Carolina didn't heed the words of Roy Scheider when they went for a swim and ended up getting chomped on by a shark during the summer of 2015. Both swimmers survived, but they couldn't stop talking about how the shark had black eyes, like a doll's eyes.

AI Puts Faith in Humanity and Things Go Downhill Quickly
Just like: AI: Artificial Intelligence 

When will we learn that all artificial intelligence is childlike in nature, and that it's something to which we should be kind? Judging from the way Twitter users treated Microsoft's Tai AI, probably never.
Floating in a Sensory Deprivation Tank, a Man Truly Finds Himself
Just like: Altered States

In 2013 a journalist decided to take the plunge and float around in a sensory deprivation tank to truly find himself, you know? The writer doesn't turn into a primordial mass of goo, but he does compare the feeling of being in a tank to a nice afternoon on mushrooms.

Teen Girl Pranked at Homecoming
Just like: Carrie

A sophomore at a Michigan high school was subjected to an embarrassing prank when she was nominated for homecoming queen as a joke. The girl told NBC News, "I felt like I wasn’t worthy. Why even be a part of this community, this world if I’m just going to be tossed around like basically a piece of trash?"

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Tue, 14 Jun 2016 23:30:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-premises-that-actually-happened/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Bizarre Obsessions of Dangerous Dictators]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bizarre-obsessions-of-dangerous-dictators/mike-rothschild
The stone cold fact about being a dictator is that you get to be obsessed with whatever you want. Many strongmen have applied this to personal wealth, stockpiling vast hordes of cash, luxury goods, and homes. But sometimes dictators become fixated on things that are more unique. Often it's extremely unusual, but sometimes, it's as mundane as some food they like.

Fidel Castro was obsessed with ice cream and milk. Ugandan tyrant Idi Amin had a fixation with Scotland that bordered on demented. And Joseph Stalin spent the last years of his life doodling cryptic comments and jokes on classical nude drawings. Kim Jong Un reportedly has gorged himself on Swiss cheese to the point of crippling physical illness. Why did any of these dictators do these things? Because they could, of course.

Here are some of the most bizarre obsiessions of dictators of the last century.

Bizarre Obsessions of Dangerous Dictators,

Adolf Hitler
Hitler had numerous obsessions, throwing himself into everything from Disney films (Snow White was a favorite, while Mickey Mouse was derided as degenerate) to lusting after young girls. But the obsession that did more to shape the Fuhrer's childhood was the western novels of hugely-popular 19th Century German writer Karl May.

May wrote adventure stories set all over the world, from Asia to the Middle East. But he was best known for his hugely popular tales set in the American Old West, featuring the brave heroes Winnetou, a fictional Apache chief, and Old Shatterhand, Winnetou's German blood brother (who May claimed was based on himself).

If an Austrian kid obsessing about a German's depiction of an Apache warrior's adventures in America sounds unbelievable, just listen to Hitler's own words in Mein Kampf: "The first Karl May that I read was The Ride Across the Desert. I was overwhelmed! I threw myself into him immediately which resulted in a noticeable decline in my grades."

While May was more or less a fraud, whose purported alter ego of Old Shatterhand was a fiction (indeed, May never went west of Buffalo in America), Hitler's May obsession continued into World War II. He ordered German children to read the books, and army officers to study them in preparation to fight the Russians. He extolled Winnetou's bravery and Old Shatterhand's cunning. And even as Allied bombing made paper scarce, Hitler ordered hundreds of thousands of May books printed, even as late as 1945. Even when May's fraud was revealed, Hitler praised him, saying his imagination was boundless.

Shockingly, May's books are STILL popular in Germany, and even had a film series made from them in the 1960s.


Ferdinand Marcos

Dictator Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines was  obsessed with numerology, particularly the number seven. When Marcos declared martial law, he wanted to make sure his seizure of power took place on days that either ended in seven or were divisible by seven.
 

History got in the way, but then-President Marcos had an answer. On September 22, 1972, the Secretary of Defense Enrile was ambushed in an attack that was likely staged by Marcos. The next day, Marcos appeared on television to announce he was placing the Philippines under martial law by virtue of Proclamation No. 1081 - which he claimed he signed on September 21. That day became a national holiday, and much of the population actually became convinced that martial law had actually begun before the incident that sparked the martial law.

Marcos' reign lasted, naturally, 21 years before he was deposed in 1989. Even after that, the Filipino legislature retained its superstitious nature. In 2005, Cabinet Bill No. 7 was introduced to the National Assembly, legislation allowing for snap presidential elections. The bill proposed a campaign length of 57 days and an election date of February 7.



Fidel Castro
The former dictator of Cuba was obsessed with dairy products, in particular milk and ice cream. His entire history as a revolutionary and later as the leader of Cuba is studded with stories about his obnoxious love of milk, conspicuous consumption of ice cream, and efforts to make Cuba a world leader in dairy production.

Biographers tell stories of El Presidente eating dozens of scoops of ice cream in one sitting. His chocolate milkshake habit was such that the CIA planned to poison one with botulinium toxin. He was devoted to Howard Johnson's ice cream to the point of ordering his Canadian ambassador to ship him 28 containers of the stuff, one of each flavor. Then, unsatisfied with Cuba's products, he had a city-block sized ice cream parlor built in Havana, and kept it running from 10 until 2 AM.

Beyond that, Castro involved himself in cheesemaking and cattle buying importing Canadian cows to create a Cuban version of the famous Holstein milking cow. Cuba's climate was terrible for the cows, who failed to make much milk. So Castro ordered genetic engineering in the form of breeding super Cuban cows. One success story made so much milk that when she died, her eggs were saved for cloning. He then tried to breed mini-cows that every Cuban family could have in their home. The effort failed.

Idi Amin
Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's obsession with Scotland went way beyond haggis and Irvine Welsh novels. Amin first learned of the country when he had Scottish commanding officers while serving in the UK's King’s African Rifles. He was said to enjoy both Scottish dancing and whiskey, and after taking absolute power over, he still sought to link Uganda and Scotland through both colonial power and derision of England. “If you go to Scotland, you will talk to the people," Amin said in recently unveiled footage. "They will welcome you to their house. With the English, if they see a black man they see [sic] he is monkey or dog.”
 

In 1974, he kindly offered to be the new king of Scotland. Then he created a "Save Britain Fund" to take food from starving Ugandans and give it to Scotland (who didn't really need it), and in1976, hired an African-American band to march in the streets of Uganda wearing full kilt regalia and playing drums and bagpipes. However, Amin's crush wasn't returned, and in 1977, he was banned from a Commonwealth event. He threatened to invade the UK, and soldiers were stationed at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports in case the deranged dictator appeared with “at least 250 of his very formidable bodyguard.” Two years later, Amin invaded Tanzania, was deposed, and fled to Saudi Arabia.



Joseph Stalin
Uncle Joe had a number of obsessions, everything from "Soviet style" film and architecture to masterminding bizarre ways for his enemies to be killed (he ordered one foe to be dispatched with "an axe wrapped in a wet, quilted jacket" for example). But he also really liked defacing classical drawings of nude men with crude notes or comments.

Some scholars claim his schoolboy sense of humor was being demonstrated in the comments he'd leave on prints  by 19th-century artists. Others believe he disdained this style of art, and found it unacceptable for Communist eyes. All of the comments were left in pen and were on sketches of men Stalin didn't know. And they ranged from simple doodles to veiled shots at enemies he'd already purged, such as one comment written on the leg of a nude man that read "Ginger bastard Radek, if he had not pissed against the wind, if he had not been angry, he would still be alive." It's almost certain that "Radek" was Karl Radek, a compatriot of Stalin who had fallen out with the dictator, and been killed in prison.

Others were admonitions that the drawing subject masturbated too much, needed underpants, or was too thin. A few were singled out for praise, with one being called a "Soviet David." It appears from the writing style that the defacements were made in the last year's of Stalin's life, and were secret until being sold to a private collector and shown in 2009.


Kim Jong-un
For six weeks during Autumn, 2014, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un vanished from the public eye. While the state said only that he had an "uncomfortable physical condition," a North Korean defector who'd been Kim's personal chef revealed the cause to be massive weight gain from the dictator's obsession with eating Swiss cheese, as he gorged on it daily in an effort to put on weight and look more like his father.

Sources said Kim is so addicted that he has it imported in bulk and binges on it in everything from sandwiches to fondue. He's also said to be unhappy with the country's cheese-makers as they've struggled to make an Emmenthaller cheese as good as what he could get in Switzerland as a student. Whatever the case, Kim was thought to have gained so much weight that he'd ballooned over 300 pounds, had fractured one or both of his ankles, and was suffering from severe stomach problems and gout.

When he returned to the public eye in October 2014, he walked with a limp and was noticeably larger.


Mao Zedong
China's history of excellence in calligraphy was taken to new heights by Chairman Mao, who was completely obsessed with the flowery script of the nation's past. An avid poet and writer, Mao often had political documents produced by ink and brush rather than by typewriter, even in the early days of the Revolution. Propaganda images of Mao often show him holding a calligrapher's pen in his hand.
 

As leaser of China, Mao’s personal writing was considered beautiful. His distinctive style was used everywhere from the masthead of the People’s Daily newspaper and the signage of the Beijing Railway Station to mosquito nets. It even gained a name - "Mao-style."

Not content with his own excellence, he ordered his elite Red Guards to  destroy traditional works of calligraphy, and had his own script used on the armbands of the Red Guards doing the destruction. Even after his fall from grace, Mao-style calligraphy is still given respect in modern China, and his distinctive style still appears on cigarettes, cars, in museums, and on word processor fonts.



Muammar al-Gaddafi
The late Libyan strongman was obsessed with beautiful African women in general, keeping a posse of them around as bodyguards, and paying hundreds of others to attend his lectures. But his roving eye fell hard on one particular woman: Condoleezza Rice.

"Yes, Leezza, Leezza, Leezza... I love her very much," the dictator told Al Jazeera in 2007. And he meant it. Gaddafi kept a fully updated picture book of her, and referred to her as his “darling black African woman.” When she visited him in Tripoli, he showered her with $212,000 worth of gifts that included a lute, a massive ring, an autographed copy of his book, and a locket with his picture inside. Oh, and he commissioned a Libyan composer to write a song about her, called "‘Black Flower in the White House." Rice reportedly found the obsession a little creepy, but wasn't put off enough to not have dinner with the strongman.


Nicolae Ceaușescu
The Romanian strongman was typical of Cold War era Eastern Bloc dictators. He plundered his nation while ruthlessly repressing both his people and his enemies, who were usually the same. But Ceausescu was unique in the sheer level of his paranoia. He jealously protected his food supply, and the care he took in protecting his clothing bordered on total insanity.

He feared that his enemies were trying to kill him by poisoning his clothing, which led him to wear a different suit each day. The once-worn suit would then be burned, and a new one picked out from his stockpile of suits, which was kept in a locked repository. His staff were assigned to protect his clothing from radiation and bacteria, and his family employed its own engineer just to scan clothes and food for chemical, biological, or radiological hazards. Eventually the dictator and his equally clothing-obsessed wife were brought to heel by the Romanian people and shot by a firing squad.


Saparmurat Niyazov

Tiny Turkmenistan's president-for-life Saparmurat Niyazov established a cult of personality that rivaled those of North Korea's Kim family or Joseph Stalin. Niyazov wanted nothing less than to remake his nation in his own image - and he did a great job.

Most famously, he had a 50 foot gold-plated statue of himself built - and ensured that it revolved so it always faced the sun. He named cities, a theme park, theaters, various consumer products, the month of January, and even a meteorite after himself. After giving up smoking in 1997, he decried that all his ministers must also do so. He wrote a new national anthem, had statues of himself placed in every corner of the nation, and ordered the national TV stations to show only live feeds of his own meetings.

And like any good dictator, he wrote a self-aggrandizing book on Turkmen identity and history. Naturally, he made it required reading in schools and universities. He had a copy of the book ejected out of a Russian space shuttle to say he "conquered outer space" and built a gigantic statue of the book that electronically read out passages every night. Citizens even had to pass a test on the book before being granted a driving license.

Niyazov died in 2006, and was buried in a $100 million Kipchak mosque, a building of his own design, that he decorated with gold-leaf inscriptions of passages from his book. As a final insult, he left control of the country to his dentist. 




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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:25:05 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/bizarre-obsessions-of-dangerous-dictators/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[The Most Surprising Quirks of the Rich and Famous]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/quirks-of-the-rich-and-famous/jacob-shelton
Rich people are just like us. Wait, no they’re not. As much as we love celebrities and all of the crazy stuff they do, they can still be weird rich people when it comes to having odd habits that normal people aren’t allowed to have. Some of the famous people on this list have quirks that cost a lot of money, while others just walk around all day with insane thoughts bouncing around in their heads. So if you ask any of the weird celebrities on this list for a picture and they ramble something about having to get home to fondle their typewriters, don’t take it personally, they’re just trying to make it through the day. Feel better about yourself while taking a look at these surprising quirks of the rich and famous.

It’s entirely possible that some of the weird quirks were germinating inside the stars on this list from an early age and they were just exacerbated by having millions of dollars at their disposal. It doesn’t really matter how these wacky celebrities developed their strange obsessions, as long as they know how to manage their quirks while they’re in front of a camera or a microphone you don’t have to worry about whether or not Jennifer Lawrence needs to be institutionalized for sucking her thumb.
The Most Surprising Quirks of the Rich and Famous,

Beyoncé Knowles
A lot of people have a favorite number, but Beyoncé tends to let hers dictate how she's going to live her life. So much so, that her daughter's middle name, "Ivy," contains the Roman numerals for four - I and V.
Jason Segel
There's no getting around it, puppets are weird. And even though we always knew that Jason Segel was basically a big kid, who knew he had a "house full of puppets" (including one of himself!)?
Jennifer Aniston
Even though it's the safest way to travel, people are still nervous about flying. Some people get drunk before a flight, some people watch reruns of The Jersey Shore for the entirety of an international fight in order to squash any thoughts of mortality, and Jennifer Aniston always steps onto a plane with her right foot. Aniston told Yahoo, “If I walk onto an airplane, I always have to go on with my right foot first and tap the outside of the plane. I have always done it. For luck.”
Jennifer Lawrence
You know, whatever helps you get through the day can't be that bad. Even if it's acting wike a wittle baby.
Kevin Bacon
Maybe hate is a strong word, but Kevin Bacon definitely doesn't like having to cover his beautiful dancer's body. He once said, "There’s something therapeutic about nudity. Clothing is one of the external things about a character. Take away the Gucci or Levi’s and we’re all the same."
Marlon Brando
According to Johnny Depp, if there was one thing that Marlon Brando loved more than eating, it was farts. Depp said that when he presented Brando, one of the most respected actors of all time, with a fart machine, Brando said, "I've found God!!!”
Prince
According to The Roots drummer Questlove, Prince really loves to roller skate. In his autobiography Questlove wrote, "Prince had the briefcase out on the floor. He clicked the lock and opened it, and took out the strangest, most singular pair of roller skates I had ever seen. They were clear skates that lit up, and the wheels sent a multicolored spark trail into your path ... He took them out and did a big lap around the rink. Man. He could skate like he could sing."
Tom Cruise
It's really not a big deal that Tom Cruise snores so much he has to have a pitch black, soundproofed room where he can be as loud as he wants. It's just, should someone who's prone to freaking out in front of Oprah have a soundproof chamber in their home?
Tom Hanks
Okay so it's not really a fetish, but he does have a huge collection of typewriters that takes up an entire room. He loves them so much that he wrote an article detailing the various sounds that different models of typewriters make.
Katy Perry
When you're a star your smile is one of the most important things about you. But brushing your teeth six times a day still seems like overkill. So does keeping 20 brand new toothbrushes on hand at all times.

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Thu, 24 Nov 2016 07:11:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/quirks-of-the-rich-and-famous/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[12 Horrible Diseases with Weirdly Unexpected Benefits]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/horrible-diseases-with-unexpected-benefits/conner-schwerdtfeger
There are some really bad, nasty diseases out there and most of the time, there is nothing good to come of them. For a few diseases though, there are a few bright lights in the darkness. Positive side effects of diseases can range from things like immunity to other, more dangerous conditions or even unexpected orgasms. If you're one of the few people who have a disease with an unexpected benefit, be grateful for it.

For most people, being diagnosed with a horrible disease is one of the worst things imaginable. Of course, horrible is a relative term. For some, herpes might mean the end of the world, but when you consider that it could save you from a very painful death in the long run, it doesn't sound so bad. 

It's no surprise that some diseases come with unexpected consequences. Though it is surprising to come across an illnesses with positive side effects rather than negative ones. For some, a positive side effect might be the only thing that gets them through the unfortunate news. After all, learning that you have a disease is a little easier wen you know there could be a silver lining.


12 Horrible Diseases with Weirdly Unexpected Benefits,

Sickle cell disease
Unexpected Benefit: Malaria resistance
 
If you suffer from a Sickle Cell Disease, your symptoms can vary from acute pain to severe anemia. Really the only good thing that comes from the largely incurable disease is that it makes you essentially immune to malaria.

Syphilis
Unexpected Benefit: Euphoria, excitement, and relaxation
 
Syphilis is an ugly disease that wreaks havoc on your body. However, a person with syphilis that involves the central nervous system may experience feelings of euphoria, excitement, and relaxation... right before they die. It's all thanks to the way the disease reacts with the brain. Unfortunately, that's also the part that proves to be fatal in the end.

Tuberculosis
Unexpected Benefits: Reduced risk of asthma
 
Tuberculosis can be particularly nasty when you're a child, but it isn't all bad news. Studies have shown that contracting Asthma at a young age can greatly reduce the likelihood of asthma.

Mumps
Unexpected Benefits: Protection from ovarian cancer
 
Mumps isn't the worse disease in the world but it may come with one largely unexpected benefit. Research suggests that naturally contracting mumps may make one nearly immune to at least ovarian cancer. The same may also be true for measles and chicken pox.

Urbach–Wiethe disease
Unexpected Benefit: Fearlessness
 
Urbach–Wiethe Disease is characterized by severe damage to the amygdala. One of the primary things this leads to is a virtual or complete lack of fear. That might not sound like such a bad thing, but moderate amounts for fear and knowing when to choose flight or fight are often vital to our survival. On the other hand, being fearless could prove very useful at times.

Hookworms
Unexpected Benefits: Get rid of allergies
 
This is a particularly weird one. People who have mild to severe allergies could have them cured by hookworms. Of course, hookworms come with their own set of nasty side effects, but no allergies is a definite plus.

Congenital Analgesia
Unexpected Benefit: No feelings of pain
 
Not being able to feel pain might sound kind of cool, but the unexpected benefits are far outweighed by the negatives. A baby with the condition might chew off its own tongue while teething and any person living with the disease is likely to experience a life full of intense and debilitating (albeit painless) injuries.

Restless Genital Syndrome
Unexpected Benefit: Spontaneous orgasms

The worst part about this condition is also the best part. Primarily affecting women, Restless Genital Syndrome, also known as Persistent Sexual Arousal disorder (PSAD), results in feeling uncontrollable arousal, even leading to spontaneous and unprovoked orgasms. It can be an embarrassing and debilitating condition for many, but there are a lot of things out there worse than spontaneous orgasms.

Huntington’s Disease
Unexpected Benefit: Cancer resistance
 
It isn't clear if Huntington’s Disease makes one immune to cancer or just incredibly and abnormally resistant to it, but either way, this is about the only positive to take from this condition. The drawbacks are severe and include the progressive loss of brain and muscle function.

Secondary Polycythemia
Unexpected Benefits: Increased Stamina
 
This condition is characterized by an increase in red blood cells and a mutation of bone marrow cells. Although this can lead to a whole slew of medical problems such as strokes and heart attacks, it can also increase one's stamina to extreme levels.


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Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:20:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/horrible-diseases-with-unexpected-benefits/conner-schwerdtfeger
<![CDATA[28+ Insane News Stories That Come Out of India]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-news-from-india/jacob-shelton
Weird news can come from anywhere. But for some reason the weirdest news seems to come straight out of India. Not a week goes by without a news report discussing goats being arrested for vandalism, or parents scaling school walls to help their kids cheat on an exam. Tracked down here is some of the most funny news from India for you to enjoy. From medical anomalies to men paying for shirts made of pure gold, most of the news you'll  find here is pretty light-hearted, but there are definitely a few WTF stories on this list of the most insane news stories to ever come out of India.

Weird India news is incredibly interesting because so much of it is based around man's struggle with the elements while still living in a technologically advanced society. In what other country can you have a story about the police forgetting the password to one of their crime busting emails next to news about a monkey stealing a bus? Sure, not every day in New Dehli is as exciting as these weird news stories from India make it seem, but just knowing that the possibility of seeing a goat wearing handcuffs exists makes India that much more amazing. These insane news stories from India will definitely make you want to get your passport renewed so you can see what else the country has to offer.

Check out all of this weird news from India, and if you’ve ever been terrorized by monkeys or worn a solid gold shirt – make sure you tell everyone about it in the comments.
28+ Insane News Stories That Come Out of India,

Indian Students Arrested and Expelled for Rooting for Pakistani Cricket Team
In 2014, 67 Meerut, India college students were expelled for allegedly cheering for Pakistan's cricket team when they played against India. Initially they were arrested for sedition (inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch), but that charge was dropped in favor of promoting enmity between different groups and mischief.
Goats Arrested for Damaging Car
Three goats in the southern city of Chennai were detained after they allegedly vandalized a new squad car by "damaging the wipers and glass, and scratching the paint of the bonnet and body." Police told reporters that the goats had, "crossed the line," and that the owner faces charges of negligent conduct of her animals, which were later handed over to the Society for the Protection of Animals.  
Man Sets World Record for Speed Typing with His Nose
The proudest man in India, Mohammed Khurshid Hussain, set a world record for typing a sentence in 47.44 seconds WITH HIS NOSE! The previous record was 1 minute, 33 seconds and was also set in India.
Goat Arrested for Chomping Down on Judge's Garden
A goat named Babli and his owner were arrested in 2016 after the man's neighbor, Judge Hemant Ratre, called the cops on the goat for munching on the flowers and vegetables that were growing on his property. The goat and his owner were released on bail.
Man Shoots Waiter for Refusing to Eat Leftovers
In one of the most bizarre restaurant stories you've probably ever heard, a man from New Delhi allegedly opened fire in a restaurant after his waiter refused to eat his leftovers. According to the story the man was intoxicated and after the shooting he was charged with attempted murder.
3 Year Old Girl Arrested for Armed Robbery
In 2014, a war between a group of neighbors (think Romeo and Juliet without all the thumb biting) finally bubbled over when one family called the police on the other, saying that someone in the neighboring home had committed armed robbery. The one snag was that the person they called the cops on was three years old. The cops showed up and demanded to see the girl, not realizing that they'd been tricked until after harassing the family. Interestingly enough, this isn't the first time the three year old has been accused of armed robbery
Stray Dog Steals 400,000 Rupees
After having 400,000 rupees ($7,424) "stolen" from him by a stray dog, a man lodged a complaint with the Bihar police. Apparently, the smartest man in the world put down his bag of rupees in order to wash his face. The dog came into his room, took the bag, and ran off. After a search was launched, 140,000 rupees were recovered on a street near the house.
Indian Textbook Says That Japan Nuked America in WWII
Because Texas can't be the only place with terrible textbooks, Gujarat's Standard 8 social science textbook (which is allegedly being used by more than 50,000 students) has misinformation like "Japan dropped a nuclear bomb on the US during World War II," and "Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on October 30, 1948," printed throughout its pages.
Monkey Rams Bus Into Two Cars
Monkeys are the mortal enemies of most people in India. For instance, take this monkey from Bareilly who stole a bus and smashed it into two other buses before the driver could regain control of the vehicle. A UPSRTC spokesperson said, "Monkeys have become a regular menace at bus stations and workshops, where they often fiddle with vehicles undergoing repair. They have also damaged CCTV cameras at stations. Three years back we had taken the help of municipal authorities to get rid of them but they have returned."
Parrot Arrested for Shouting Obscenities
A parrot in India was detained by Rajuran police for allegedly cursing at an 85-year-old woman, sparking a domestic dispute. The grandmother said, "On seeing me, the parrot uses bad language and foul words. That is why I have complained thrice in the last two years."

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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:18:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-news-from-india/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Hospital Staff Tell Their Most Upsetting Stories on the Job]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-hospital-stories/rosa-pasquarella
If you work in a hospital, you're bound to see your share of gnarliness. In a world where blood and guts are an everyday occurrence, it takes a lot to shake a medical professional. We scoured the internet for true creepy stories from hospital workers. These scary, real stories will make your skin crawl and your heart race. These tales are not for the weak of stomach and faint of heart.
Hospital Staff Tell Their Most Upsetting Stories on the Job,

Colostomy bag gets infected

"This story will forever haunt me. I recently took care of a woman who was in her mid 40s, paraplegic, and had a colostomy. For those not familiar, a colostomy is a pouch that is attached to your colon from the outside of your body that catches your stool. These are for people that have serious issues with their gastrointestinal tract that require an alternative channel for feces to leave their body. Well this patient was a very sick lady to begin with, but she also had a strange infection originating from her colostomy site. She was to the point of sepsis, which again to simplify, is just not good.

Turns out, her husband was very seriously addicted to heroin and needed money in the worst way, so he rented his wife out... meaning that people would pay to come over to their house and have sex with his wife in her stoma... the hole from which the feces left her body." 


Woman births Cabbage Patch Kid
"Paramedics brought in a 'woman in labor', accompanied by boyfriend. I performed a quick visual check and found something quite unsettling. She appeared to be SEWN SHUT. Like, with thick yarn. Her boyfriend was removed as it appeared to be some sort of abuse issue. The woman was showing signs of infection and is screaming that she needs to push. The home-made stitches were quickly cut, and a small head soon starts crowning. Sadly, as more of the baby protrudes, it appears very still, stiff, and ...plastic-y...? It turned out that this mildly psychotic woman so badly wanted to have a baby, that she shoved a Cabbage Patch Doll up her hoo-haa and sewed it shut to keep it in."  
Man comes in who "cut [his] private area"

"I worked the night shift in ER admissions. I have seen lots of craziness in my day but the worst was a schizophrenic man who went off his meds.
 

When he came in he looked normal. There wasn't anything obviously wrong with him. He asked to see a nurse, so I paged triage. The nurse was with a patient but came out to ask him why he needed to see the nurse and he just said, 'I cut my private area.' So she finishes with her patient and comes back for him. When she gets him to the triage room she asked to see the wound. He drops his pants and HIS PENIS WAS GONE.
 

This guy had really no idea what he had done. He didn't bring it in. He didn't even know where it was. He had waited way too long to come to the ER. His penis was found in a cemetery later on. All of the men looked pretty pale."


Man's body decays

"A guy came into the ER. Apparently he had been found living in his car basically rotting away. The guy was at least 500 pounds, and had to be cut out of the car. He stunk so bad the whole ER and ambulance bay smelled like dead flesh. There were maggots inside of his open wounds and the sores were so big that man's hip bone was visible."


Doctors remove abscess, find treasures
"I thought it would be a good idea to work at the ER while I started pre-nursing school. I love to pop pimples and stuff so I thought I would be okay with gross stuff. However. A tech had this nickel-sized welt on the back of his neck that was driving the Physician's Assistant nuts. Finally the tech gave in and allowed the PAs to remove it. I asked to watch and the PA agreed. He sterilized and numbed the skin and began to cut around the welt. The welt was a hard abscess, and the PA dropped it in a steel basin. It hit with a 'chink' sound. We look at each other and begin to dissect the abscess. Its full of curly black hair, blood, tissue and then, what looks like a little baby tooth. We quietly bandage the guy up in shocked silence."
Woman claws out own eyeball
"My dad is in nursing school, told me one story where they brought in a mentally disturbed woman who was behaving violently. She kept on flailing about and then started attacking herself. At one point he said she literally clawed out her eyeball. It was dangling out of the socket by the optic nerve and everyone tried to restrain her so they could help but one of her arms broke free so she reached up, grabbed her eyeball, and squished it."
Man carves himself a vagina

"A fellow ER nurse told me this one.


She was sitting in the triage when a man walked up, looking slightly uncomfortable.
 

Nurse - 'So how can I help you?'
 

Man - 'My vagina is bleeding.'
 

The nurse suspected that the patient was transgender, but the only reply she could muster is 'Vagina?'
 

Man - 'Yes, my vagina has been bleeding for some time now and won't stop.'
 

Then he goes into story-telling mode and explains that he is male, and for years he's been using disposable plastic cutlery to carve a vagina between his anus and balls. By scraping just a little bit everyday and then stuffing the wound with paper/cotton/something, to keep it from sealing up. By this point his "vagina" is several inches deep, but after his last carving session it started bleeding and wouldn't stop."



Woman stuffs herself with leaves

"A woman came in complaining of foul vaginal odor. A fellow med student asked her what medicines/herbs/supplements she was on, and she pulled out a huge bag full of different sized mason jars and prescription bottles. One of the jars contains raspberry leaves, which the woman said were used to improve vaginal odors. The doctor asked how long she kept them in there, and she replied, 'They're natural, they just decompose and disappear.'


Cut to woman in the stirrups. Her vagina is loaded with rotting, brown-red mush. Ugh."


Woman stores dead bird inside herself
"My friend is a nurse and working in Melbourne and a well-known patient (frequent flyer with mental health concerns) came in throwing up, her skin was yellow and clammy. She was very disoriented. The nurse proceeded to do a full body check with another nurse and they just happen to see a small string hanging out of the lady's private parts. They asked the woman about it and she wouldn't answer. So the nurses slowly pulled on the string and out came a dead, decaying sparrow. When asked what it was doing in there, the patient claimed that she was planning on eating it later.The decomposing bird was causing blood poisoning."  
Couple tries to remove lost condom with spoons
"There was the young couple who had tried to remove a 'lost' condom unsuccessfully with a pair of spoons (don't ask!) They had failed, they told us, and were worried. In we went, the doctor and I. There was no condom - they had been trying to pull out the cervix with the spoons."

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:51:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-hospital-stories/rosa-pasquarella
<![CDATA[Famous People Who Got Swindled]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-got-swindled/mike-rothschild
Celebrities who got scammed include a number of victims of Bernie Madoff, but also famous people who've fallen for everything from tax-shelter fraud to ludicrous investment schemes. Famous people usually attract hangers-on looking for money, and sometimes they ensnare the celebrity in a scam. Since it's often impossible for celebrities to track their money closely, large sums of it can go missing without anyone knowing.

How is this possible? Ask Sting, who got taken for millions by a manager and didn't even realize it. Or Billy Joel, who had to sue his former manager for $90 million. Or Gary Coleman, whose parents robbed him of his earnings while he was still a child. Or even Kiefer Sutherland, who lost close to a million dollars in a cattle purchasing scheme. Sometimes the money can be recovered - but often, it's gone for good.

Here are some celebrities that got scammed, famous people who got swindled, and notable stars who were robbed. Some were innocent victims, but others really should have known better.

Famous People Who Got Swindled,

Ben Stiller
Stiller lost about $250,000 to corrupt money manager Dana Giacchetto, a celebrity hanger-on who became a tabloid fixture while also running a Ponzi scheme on a number of well-known actors. Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Cameron Diaz all managed to get their money out before Giacchetto was busted, but Stiller wasn't so lucky.

John Malkovich
Malkovich lost at least $2.2 million to Bernie Madoff, getting some of it back, but losing most of it for good. He seemed to take the loss in stride, saying it ruined him financially, but that he still had a career and would be able to move on with his life. In a Reddit AMA a few years later, Malkovich said he had nothing to say to Madoff, and had only met the man once.

Kevin Bacon
Husband and wife actors Bacon and Sedgwick were heavily invested in the Ponzi scheme of Bernie Madoff, and lost an amount Bacon described as "a lot of f*cking money." The two appeared to take the loss in stride, reflecting on what they still had - including their family and the ability to work.

Kiefer Sutherland

In 2010 the actor made $100,000 in a cattle-buying scheme run by a man named Michael Wayne Carr. The scheme involved using Sutherland’s money to buy livestock in Mexico and sell it in the US at a higher price. So when Carr asked Sutherland for an additional $869,000 to buy more cows, and therefore make more easy money, Sutherland jumped on it.
 

Instead, he fell for a clever form of advance fee fraud. The cow-transporting con man used Sutherland's money to pay off personal bank loans instead. Carr was quickly arrested, pleaded guilty to forgery and fraud, and was ordered to pay Sutherland back as a way of reducing his prison sentence.


Larry King

The broadcaster invested over $700,000 with Bernie Madoff and lost all of it when the scammer was arrested. King was fortunate and recovered all of it thanks to court-mandated repayments.


Liv Tyler
The actress got taken for over $210,000 in 2009, when a skin specialist who worked with a number of celebrities racked up massive charges on Tyler's credit cards. Her management company eventually noticed the charges, and the makeup artist was arrested. All told, she'd skimmed over half a million from unwary clients, who included Cher, Jennifer Aniston, and Anne Hathaway as well.

Robert De Niro
In March 2009, art gallery owner Lawrence Salander was arrested and charged with scamming $100 million from wealthy clients through bogus art deals. One of the marks Salander scammed was legendary actor Robert De Niro, who gave the con artist 50 paintings, all painted by his father. Instead of setting up deals on the art market to profit De Niro, Salander simply sold them in order to pay off his personal debts.

He pleaded guilty to 30 counts of larceny, and was sentenced to a minimum of six years in prison. Most of the money was never recouped.

Sidney Poitier
Poitier was among a number of celebrities caught up in a billion dollar tax-shelter fraud. Two Wall Street brokerage firms cooked up a scheme where they promised celebs $4 in write-offs for ever $1 invested, putting the money into everything from rare stamps to bulk vehicle purchases. The shelters were completely fake, and the founders of the firms did limited time in jail.

Other celebs ensnared in the scheme were actors Michael Landon and Lorne Greene, TV producer Norman Lear, artist Andy Warhol, and even a Postmaster General of the United States.


Sting
In 1995, Keith Moore, Sting's financial adviser for 15 years, was accused of using a complex financial system involving more than over 100 separate accounts to take more than 6 million British pounds ($9.8 million) from Sting without the rock star's knowledge. He then lost the money in a series of bad investments, including a restaurant chain, and a scheme to convert Russian military aircraft into passenger planes.

The scam was allowed to go on for so long because Sting simply didn't notice that such a large amount of his money was gone. Moore claimed that the singer had given him money to settle Moore's tax debt. But nobody believed him, and Moore was sentenced to six years in prison.

Uma Thurman
The actress entrusted financial adviser to the stars Kenneth Starr with over $1 million. But when the statements she received from him didn’t add up, she started wading through a tangle of "experts" and shadowy financial advisers to figure out what happened.

When Thurman was finally able to speak to someone connected to Starr, he turned around and returned her money to her. Except it wasn’t actually her money - it was taken from an account belonging to another one of his clients. As it turns out, Starr was running a complex Ponzi scheme involving people at the highest level of Hollywood, taking their money and giving it to other investors - while enriching himself and his ex-stripper wife. Starr was arrested, pleaded guilty to fraud, and was sentenced to over seven years in prison.


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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:01:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-got-swindled/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[Weirdly Gruesome Ancient Deaths That Wouldn't Happen Today]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gruesome-deaths-of-ancient-leaders/mike-rothschild
Death in the ancient world was rarely a dignified prospect. While this was certainly true for ordinary people, kings and religious leaders died horribly as well - often from illnesses brought on by excessive eating and drinking. Sometimes, they were just murdered, either by their own people or their enemies.

Many of the weird deaths of the ancient world, such as the Roman emperor forced to drink molten gold, or the gruesome executions used by the Vikings, are the stuff of legends. Little proof exists that these actually took place, or that they were anywhere near as bizarre as the stories say. But if these killings truly were even half as disgusting as the legends, a lot of really powerful ancient people died in really bad ways.

Here are some of the strangest and most brutal deaths that befell leaders of the ancient world.

Weirdly Gruesome Ancient Deaths That Wouldn't Happen Today,

Saxon King Aelle, Killed by the Infamous Blood Eagle
According to the Viking sagas, Ragnar Lodbrok's son Ivar the Boneless killed his rival king Aelle of Northumbria in revenge for Aelle killing Ragnar. The execution was said to be carried out using the most infamous form of Viking punishment: the blood eagle, a ritualized execution involving the victim's back being opened up and the ribs cracked open one by one. Then salt would be poured into the wound, and the victim was left to die.

Multiple Norse kings were said to be killed this way, but debate rages as to whether the blood eagle was an invention of saga writers, a misinterpretation of grave runes, or an actual act reserved for the most heinous of sins.


Emperor Tiberius Died Twice
Tiberius was not only one of the great early emperors of Rome, but also one of the oldest. He reached the advanced age of 77, and appeared to die of natural causes in 37 CE... except he actually didn't - he was simply deeply asleep. The cruel, gloomy, and paranoid Tiberius was so hated by the end of his reign that the people rejoiced when his death was announced. But he awoke soon after, leading his successor, his great nephew Caligula, to smother him with a pillow. Naturally, another round of rejoicing broke out.

The story is likely apocryphal, but demonstrates the degree to which Tiberius was detested by the Roman Senate by the time he died.

Emperor Galba's Head Was Used as a Soccer Ball
Taking the throne of the Roman Empire during a period of extreme strife (he died in 69 CE, known as the "year of the four emperors"), Galba reigned for just seven months, during which he massively increased taxes and demonstrated cruelty to the people. In January of that year, he was beheaded by rebellious troops, who brought the head to the camp of his foes. It was mocked and kicked around before finally being buried.

Sigurd the Mighty Was Killed by a Severed Head

Sigurd the Mighty was the second Viking Earl of Orkney, and led the Viking conquest of what is now northern Scotland. Bizarrely, he was killed by the severed head of one his enemies, Máel Brigte, who he had killed in arranged combat. The pair agreed to meet for battle, each with 40 men. But Sigurd showed up with twice that many, and slaughtered the Scots.

Eager to make the Scottish leader an example, Sigurd strapped Máel Brigte's head to his saddle as a trophy of conquest. But as he rode, Máel Brigte's distinctive buck teeth grazed against Sigurd's leg, opening up a wound. The gash became infected with pestilence from the head, and Sigurd died in agony.


Woseribre Senebkay, the Pharaoh Hacked to Death with Axes
Likely reigning around 1650 BCE, Woseribre Senebkay died a brutal death in battle. His tomb was found in 2014, and when exhumed his skeleton had at least 18 deep wounds on its arms, legs, and back. It's likely that he was stabbed while on horseback, then hacked to death when he hit the ground.

Roman Emperor Caracalla Was Stabbed While Taking a Leak
Reigning from 198 to 217 CE, Emperor Caracalla (aka Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Augustus) made few friends with his radical proposals to turn all free men in the Roman Empire into citizens, for the purposes of taxing the heck out of them. After having his brother murdered, devaluing Roman currency, and shackling all newly-freed men with his own first name, Caracalla was murdered while urinating at a roadside stop between two cities.

Legend has it that he was stabbed in the heart by a guard whose brother had been executed several days earlier by Caracalla.


Jovian Was Asphyxiated by a Charcoal Fire (Or Maybe Paint Fumes)
As is typical of the ancient world, accounts vary as to how the young Roman Emperor Jovian died in February 364. The most commonly told story is that he set a charcoal fire in his quarters, either to grill meat or warm himself, then fell asleep and suffocated. It's also possible he asphyxiated due to the fumes from the newly applied lead paint in his room, or ate toxic mushrooms.

Hungarian Rebel Leader György Dózsa Was Eaten by His Comrades
The peasants revolt György Dózsa led against the landed nobility of Hungary didn't end well - for him or anyone involved. Dózsa led a campaign of torturing and executing noblemen, capturing several cities, taking numerous weapons, and impaling a bishop.

After a major battle, Dózsa was captured, and Hungarian officials forced him to sit on a hot iron throne and wear an iron crown. While he sat, servants plunged hot pliers into Dózsa's body to rip out and burn his flesh. His fellow rebels were then marched into the throne room and ordered to bite where the hot iron had been. Several did and were released, while those who refused were immediately slaughtered.


Sicilian Tyrant Phalaris Was Roasted Alive in His Own Bronze Bull
One of the most tyrannical leaders of the ancient world, Phalaris ruled the small kingdom of Acragas (now in Sicily) with not just an iron fist, but a bronze bull. He would lock his foes in a giant bronze statue of a bull, then set a fire underneath it, roasting the poor soul alive.

In 556 BCE, after 16 years of cruelty, Phalaris's own generals organized a coup, took power, and burned Phalaris alive in the same brazen bull the dictator used.

Greek Legislator Draco Was Suffocated by Coats
Draco was responsible for the first written constitution of Athens, codifying laws that, until then, had only been transmitted orally. Draco's precepts were so harsh that the word "draconian" was later coined to describe them. They included debt slavery, legalized bounty hunting, and death for petty offenses. Nevertheless, Draco was to be feted with a traditional Athenian celebration - having clothing thrown on him.

According to ancient folklore, Athenians eager to honor their lawgiver threw so many cloaks, coats, and shirts on Draco that he suffocated.


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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:00:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/gruesome-deaths-of-ancient-leaders/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[Social Experiments That Almost Killed the Researcher]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/social-experiments-that-almost-killed-the-researcher/jacob-shelton
Social psychology and the experiments that take place in that nebulous world have been occurring since at least the 19th century, when researchers began trying to create utopian communities in the United States. Obviously that didn’t work. In defense of the failed utopian communities, rather than devolve into bloodshed and mayhem, the communities either drifted apart or transformed into a more sustainable society. The social experiments on this list didn’t exactly end the same way. In fact, most of people on this list who tried to change the way a human being does something either ended up vomiting everywhere, getting choked by a stranger, or found themselves trapped in a tunnel. What are the odds, right? Whatever you do, don’t try these social experiments gone wrong at home.

Nowadays everyone can be a social scientist. All you really need is an outlet for your “research," be it YouTube, a friendly blog, or if you’re lucky, a national film distribution company. Unfortunately for just about everyone on this list, their social experiment blew up in their face in front of the entire world. Some social scientists, like Morgan Spurlock, managed to spin their failure into positives, but other researchers on this list weren’t so lucky. To see just how poorly something can go when you don’t have a plan, check out this list of the social experiments that almost killed the researcher.
Social Experiments That Almost Killed the Researcher,

Woman Pretends to Be Drunk and Proves That Men Are the Worst
In a now disputed social experiment (honestly, all social experiments can be disputed when they're not being performed in a total vacuum, but this experiment is particularly fishy), a woman pretended to be drunk and asked strangers for help on the street. In the video of the woman's experiment, at least one man pins her up against a wall and has to be pulled away. As awful as it sounds, this experiment could have ended horrifically.
When Giving a Homeless Man a Pizza Backfires
At some point, it became a thing for YouTubers to perform social experiments, which is fine, but at some point someone is going to get killed. It's shocking that the guy who filmed himself giving a pizza and $100 to a homeless man didn't get beat up and left for dead under the bridge. Lesson learned? Probably not.

Morgan Spurlock Almost Eats Himself to Death
Aside from the Stanford Prison experiment, the experiment that Morgan Spurlock embarked upon in his 2004 documentary Super Size Me is one of the most famous social experiments in history. Spurlock ate three McDonald's meals a day for 30 days. Five days into the experiment Spurlock became lethargic, and about 20 days into the experiment he began to suffer heart palpitations. When all was said and done, it took Spurlock five months to lose the 25 pounds he had gained in those 30 days.
Stanford Prison Experiment
The Stanford Prison Experiment is easily the most famous of social experiments. Films have been made about how poorly this research went, and it's even been re-created, with a similar outcome. During the Stanford Prison Experiment, students were split up into two groups - prisoners and guards - and things immediately went off the rails. The "guards" began abusing the "prisoners" and the experiment only ended when one of the researchers' girlfriends began objecting to the conditions to which the students were being subjected.

Writer Goes on an All Alcohol Diet
In 2014, a writer performed an experiment to see what would happen to his body after going on an all booze diet. For five days he consumed nothing but booze, and describes the time as the most hellish of his life. After a week of having nothing but alcohol for his daily caloric intake, he suffered from blood in his stool and lost part of his vision. He admits that not only was accepting this challenge a mistake, but that he completely hated the experiment.
Member of the Jejune Institute Almost Starves to Death
The Jejune Institute was the central agency in a game/cult/social experiment that existed in San Francisco between 2008 and 2011 (it might still be functioning in a higher version of the game, but that's a whole other conversation). During their four years of confirmed operation, they ran a real life MMORPG (there's really no better way to put it) that had people, including a man named Kelvin Williams, running all over San Francisco in search of random breakdancers, phone calls from another dimension, and something called the "crystal oscillator." After digging through clues, Williams discovered that the oscillator was below a house in a small series of catacombs. So he broke in and used a map to find the oscillator. The only problem was that he couldn't get out. 

Williams was lost in a tunnel under the house for a few days before the creators of the Jejune Institute actually had to create a side quest in order to keep Williams from dying. He'd allegedly been kidnapped by the EPWA (Elsewhere Public Works Agency). His rescue is detailed in the documentary The Institute, and it will make you think twice about taking part in any social experiment ever.
Scientist Secludes Himself in Cave and Loses His Mind
Researcher Michel Siffre has made a whole life out of living inside caves. First, he lived under a glacier for a few months and everything was A-OK (except for losing all track of time). But then he performed what is known as the Texas Cave Experiment, where he lived in isolation under the ground in Del Rio, TX. For a while Siffre had a fine time listening to records and reading, but he slowly went insane after accidentally killing a mouse that was his friend and began to contemplate suicide.

Faux Islamaphobe Gets Punched in the Face
A group of actors trying to make a point about Islamaphobia in Canada either had their point proven or disproven - it's not clear what they were trying to say. One of the guys, the screaming Islamaphobe (or "Islamafauxbe," if you will), began to taunt the actor pretending to be Islamic with threats of blowing up a building and a bystander socked him in the face. It's probably good that this was being filmed in Canada - anywhere else and that guy would be toast.
Man Pretends to Steal Bag and Gets Slapped Around
A burgeoning social scientist tried to make a point about theft, or maybe the bystander effect, and tried to steal a fellow actor's bag on a train. Just about every time he tried to steal the bag someone smacked him around. At one point a passenger started choking the faux thief and might have strangled him had the ruse not been exposed. Hopefully it was worth it.
Journalist Freaks Out on Weed Lube
It's hard out there for freelance journalists/social scientists, and sometimes to get eyeballs on your work you've got to go out there and try something weird. Mira Gonzalez hoped that Fiora's weed lube would change her life for the better (and cure chronic yeast infections), but it might have ruined her life instead. She applied the lube as instructed (by spraying it on her vagina), but when she didn't get as high as she thought she would, she drank the entire bottle. Oops!

Gonzalez went to bed and experienced what she calls a "12 hour nightmare" about losing a baby and was high for the next three days. It's a miracle that she didn't lose her mind forever.


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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:09:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/social-experiments-that-almost-killed-the-researcher/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Most Ridiculous Craigslist Ads of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-craigslist-ads/ashley-reign
Have you ever noticed how technology has made it easier than ever before to stay in touch, not only with the people you actually know and love, but also with the folks that once required a 2 am trip to Walmart to encounter? That’s right, among the triumphs of the modern age are that there’s no longer any need to visit a trashy truck stop or a shady dive bar to enjoy the unique company of people who seem to be living in a world all their own. Prepare yourself for a hysterical demonstration of this phenomenon via the wonders of this collection of weird Craigslist ads that are sure to have you doubled over laughing in no time.

The folks behind these funny Craigslist ads are here to provide you with opportunities such as killer deals on vehicles or appliances, complete with their incredibly awkward and inappropriate backstories. Not in the market to make a purchase, you say? No problem, for Craigslist sellers have also been generous enough to put forth invitations to a variety of experiences bizarre enough to guarantee at least one or two good party stories that’ll serve you for decades to come.

Whether you’re looking to buy a TV with the most unfortunate adult scene ever permanently burned into the screen, or are in the market for a random guy who’d be happy to impregnate you, rest assured that the people of Craigslist have got you covered.


The Most Ridiculous Craigslist Ads of All Time,

A Mule by Any Other Name Will Simply Not Do

Model Trains AND Imitation Crab?!

This Incredibly Odd Attempt to Unload a Hamster Wheel

This Suit Is Likely All Too Familiar with Everything Pictured in the Background

This Missed Connection That's Better Left Missed

The Most Awkward Viewing Experience Ever Could Be Yours!

Best. Saddle. EVER.

This Offer to Fill Your Life with Death Stained Coziness

Really Anyone Will Do

What a Thing to Ask for in a Public Forum


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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:51:30 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-craigslist-ads/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[WTF Russia Photos That Prove Everyone Is Insane]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wtf-russia-photos/whitneysmoore
In Soviet Russia, list reads you! This is a collection of hilariously WTF photos straight from Russia with love, and if it's any insight to how people live on the other side of the world, then you're about to learn that Russian people are pretty crazy. Whether it's the borderline obsessive love for swords and guns or the classic Russian love affair with tanks and vodka, these WTF Russia images are full of hilarious cultural trends. It might seem weird to Americans or others outside the Motherland, but hey, if you were in a country as cold as Russia, maybe you'd be doing crazy things to pass the time as well. 
 

What do Russian people do when they're not drinking vodka? These photos aim to answer that time old question and the answer seems to be either posing with weapons or drinking more vodka. Take a look at this funny list of meanwhile in Russia pictures and vote up the most insane images of them all!

WTF Russia Photos That Prove Everyone Is Insane,

Can't Afford Tinted Windows, But Value Your Privacy? Russia Has a Solution!

Bear Cavalry Is Nightmarishly Awesome

The Cutest Tank in Mother Russia

Hummer Not Aggressive Enough? Make It a Tank!

Comfortable Seating for the Parents

House Falling Apart? Just Put a Tarp Over It!

Brick Volleyball Is WAY Better Than Beach Volleyball

Genius Smoke Stacks Designed to Look Like Vodka

Top Down Weather Is Totally Subjective

Stay Classy, Russia


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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:51:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/wtf-russia-photos/whitneysmoore
<![CDATA[19 Horrible Things You Can't Stop Looking At]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/horrible-things-you-can-t-look-away-from/jacob-shelton
Thanks to the Internet you can satisfy any morbid curiosity that pops into your head. If you know where to look there’s a never ending amount of gross pictures to look that will make you either want to call your mom so she can tell you everything is okay, or keep looking at cringeworthy pictures until the sun comes up. No matter how much of an iron stomach you think you have, these morbid pictures cover all the gross out bases and at least one of them is going to keep you up all night. Hopefully you’re not eating right now, because these horrible things you can't look away from are going to make your stomach jump like it’s on a trampoline.

These scary pictures you can't look away from are a combination of real life horrors and at least one meme that somehow manages to make the rounds of the web every couple of years. No matter how tough you think you are, these cringeworthy pics are sure to make you think twice about spending more than a few minutes online, and they’ll definitely change the way you think about the inside of your mouth. FYI, a few of these images will be triggering if you have trypophobia or any bug related fears. If you aren't scared off yet then enjoy these horrible things you can’t stop looking at!

Vote up the pictures and videos that make you cringe the most, then leave a comment about which picture triggered your gag reflex the hardest.
19 Horrible Things You Can't Stop Looking At,

Woman Having a Worm Pulled Out of Her Lip
No, thank you! Well, okay maybe watch this video a few more times just to see if there are any hints on how to keep devil worms out of your face. 
Trypophobia Photos
Trypophobia is a pathological fear of holes, specifically irregularly placed holes. The best worst thing about these photos is their ability to be Photoshopped into grosser and grosser positions on everything from feet, to faces, and even eyes. No matter how much these babies make you vomit, you can't look away.
19th Century Postmortem Photos
Why did people stop taking photos with their dead loved ones? Oh yeah, because it's super creepy. The more you look at these postmortem photos, the creepier they become.
This Butt Implant Explosion
In Brazil, plastic surgery - and butt implants especially - are all the rage. When Andrea Marach's implants exploded after nine years, the photos took over the Internet and they are hard to look at, but once you see them it's hard to look away.
The Bangladesh Tree Man
This unfortunate guy, Abul Bajandra, suffers from epidermodysplasia verruciformis which causes "wart like lesions" to grow on his skin. The warts are about the thickness of tree bark and also they're classic nightmare fuel.
Hyperdontia Pics
Hyperdontia is a condition where you have more than the normal amount of teeth you should have. Usually this means you have like, four extra teeth. But really fun people on the Internet have taken this idea and turned into good ol' fashioned nightmare fuel.
This 6-Year-Old Zit
Real or not, videos of zits being popped are some of the most emotionally draining videos on the Internet. Watching these videos is like running a 5K after going to your mom's funeral.
Brown Recluse Bites
Um... yikes. First of all, that's the tamest brown recluse bite pic on the web, and secondly, brown recluses live ~everywhere~.
Black Hairy Tongue
If you aren't hypnotized by this disgusting hairy tongue then you don't have eyes, or you have a healthy psychological state that doesn't make you want to stare at gross pictures all day.
This Guy's Head Dent
Real talk: you won't be able to stop rubbing your head once you've seen this photo. Kids, don't do drugs.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:01:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/horrible-things-you-can-t-look-away-from/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Most WTF Japan Photos Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wtf-japan-photos/whitneysmoore
Ah, Japan - home to cutting edge technology, couture fashion, cool cars, and the best food ever. But Japan is about more than just their amazing sushi and kawaii (cute) products. In fact, the whole culture of Japan seems to revolve around some weird and taboo stuff. Just take a look at some of the advertisements, products, and lifestyle photos on this list, and you'll see how wacky Japanese culture really is. There's even a picture of some ancient (and very real) fart art. Fart art? WTF Japan, seriously?
 

Whether it's a new, ridiculous contraption meant to tighten the muscles on your face, weird and wild fashion subcultures, or just some questionable marketing involving underage schoolgirls, you can count on Japan to deliver the weird factor. Good thing ramen and sushi are still the simple staples they've always been - no need to interject tentacle porn into either of those things, okay Japan?

You've been visiting boring zoos and eating normal bags of Doritos. Meanwhile in Japan, they're cruising through museums of frozen (but maybe still alive?) animals and eating chips that advocate kicks to the balls. Not sure what that means? You'll find out soon enough. Help rate these WTF Japan pictures by upvoting the most outrageous ones. Who knows, you may even be inspired to do a little traveling!

The Most WTF Japan Photos Ever,

Just as Terrifying as It Was in 2002

A Frozen Aquarium... But Are They Alive?

I'd Be So Happy If I Saw This in Real Life

This Is Just Adorably Weird

This Doesn't Seem Perverted at All...

Japanese Rockabilly Is Best Rockabilly

Well This Is Terrifying

Doritos: So Good, You'll Kick Your Friend in the Nuts!

Gives New Meaning to "Coke Heads"

I'm Okay with This


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Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:11:35 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/wtf-japan-photos/whitneysmoore
<![CDATA[Weird North Korea Stories That Are 100% True]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-north-korea-stories/mike-rothschild
North Korean life is a combination of poverty, presentation, propaganda, and intense militarism. As such, weird stories about what the country does to make it look like an actual country - as opposed to a corrupt dictatorship - are everywhere. Every time North Korea does something bizarre, it reminds the world how fragile the country is - held together by a cult of personality, and shared delusions.

Strange and crazy North Korean stories involve everything from Chinese "fans" hired to cheer for their World Cup team, to the lengths they go to to prove that they are the superior Korea, and incredibly graphic murals and propaganda children are exposed to. Ironically, Americans are also shown this same material, and can admire the unfinished luxury hotel in the country's capital, surf English-language homepage of the nation, and go to museums full of atrocities committed by Americans.

Here are some of the strangest things about North Korea - facts that go beyond the poverty and backwards nature of the people, to show how surreal a place it really is.

Weird North Korea Stories That Are 100% True,

Tourists Have Minders - And Tourist Minders Have Minders
If you do go to North Korea as a tourist, be prepared to have two state-appointed minders shadow you the entire time. They'll tell you who you can talk to, where you can go, what to do and - more importantly - what to never, ever do.

Why two minders? So the minders can watch each other, naturally. The DMZ works the same way, where one border guard actually faces inward - to watch the other border guards.

They Published a Letter From "Abraham Lincoln" to Obama
It's common for the North to throw operatic insults at the military and diplomatic skill of both South Korea and the US. In April 2016, they went one step further, conjuring a letter from deceased 16th president Abraham Lincoln to President Obama. The "Lincoln letter" was published on the internal state-run website DPRK Today, and was titled "Advice from Lincoln to Obama."

Concern trolling Obama by saying that it looks like he has "a lot on his mind," the letter scolds him and the US for not reducing their nuclear weapons stockpile, while simultaneously demanding the DPRK reduce theirs. "Lincoln" even throws himself under the bus, saying the American people won't stand to be deceived the way he did back in the day.


They Make You Fill Out a REALLY Creepy Customs Form
While North Korea is sealed off for its actual residents, it's surprisingly possible (though not easy) to enter as a tourist. When you fly into Pyongyang, be prepared to fill out an ominous customs form that asks you to declare if you have everything from "killing devices" to seeds to publishing works of any kind to drugs. And any kind of electronic device you have must be logged. None of these can be brought into the country.

They Built a Fake City to Intimidate South Korea
The North Korean border village Kijong-dong sports rows of new houses and offices, a school, a massive radio tower, farm fields bursting with crops, maintenance works, and even a hospital. What it doesn't have, though, is people. It's entirely fake, likely built as a carrot to entice South Koreans to defect.

Up until 2004, the North used it as a massive base for loudspeakers to blast propaganda at the South. Then both sides agreed to stop propaganda broadcasts, and the village simply sits there, empty.


They Kidnapped a South Korean Director to Make a North Korean Godzilla
Shin Sang-ok was a major name in the South Korean film industry, directing dozens of films. He was lured to Hong Kong in 1976 and kidnapped by North Korean agents. Over the next five years he was held in relative comfort while being brainwashed. In 1983, he was finally brought to meet Kim-Jong Il - and learned his ex-wife had been kidnapped as well.

The couple was remarried, and Shin went on to direct the "socialist Godzilla" monster movie Pulgasari. Shin and Choi escaped North Korean control in 1986, and he emigrated to Hollywood soon after. Shin is one of countless South Koreans and Japanese kidnapped by the Kim family over the past few decades.

Schools Are Filled with Incredibly Violent Propaganda
North Korean tourists tell of the omnipresence of propaganda. From giant statutes to tiny red pins worn by Pyongyang residents, images of the Kim family and their glory are everywhere. The propaganda is especially virulent in schools, which are tasked with molding young minds to the North Korean philosophy of self-reliance.

How do they do this? Through murals on the walls, some of which are of the standard scenes of the Dear Leader frolicking with his happy people. But others show insanely graphic war scenes, painting everything from adorable cartoon children killing US soldiers to fully realized adults standing victorious over heaps of bloody bodies.

They Attacked South Korea with Poop Balloons
The 2016 "hydrogen bomb" test by North Korea prompted a salvo of propaganda balloons floated over the DMZ by the South. The North responded with their own fusillade of balloons, but these weren't filled with just propaganda, but with garbage. As in actual garbage, including cigarette butts and used toilet paper.

When they popped over South Korea, their human waste-covered messaged floated down to earth. South Korean authorities were concerned it was some sort of biomedical attack, but it turned out to just be crappy propaganda.

They Once Nearly Went to War Over a Tree Stump
The "Axe Murder Incident" of 1976 started as a simple operation and nearly turned into a shooting war. UN Checkpoint 3 had been the site of numerous North Korean attempts to kidnap US troops. But the view of it was partially blocked by a tree, so US troop went out to cut it down. They were ambushed by North Korean troops, who claimed the tree had been personally planted by Kim Il Sung. They attacked the lightly armed US troops with axes, killing two.

The US responded by mobilizing massive force to remove the tree, sending hundreds of soldiers armed with machine guns and rocket launchers, moving tanks and attack helicopters into attack positions, and putting every American soldier in South Korea on alert. The tree was cut down without incident, but two North Korean observation posts were vandalized and the stump was left as a reminder of UN power.

They Hired Actors to Cheer for Their World Cup Team
North Korea has draconian restrictions on who can leave the country - yet they had thousands of fans on hand in South Africa to watch the team play, including in a hard-fought loss to Brazil. Did the Kim family relax their travel restrictions? Nope, they sent thousands of paid Chinese actors instead.

ESPN commentator Martin Tyler summed up his bafflement perfectly on the broadcast of the Brazil/North Korea match, saying, "We are told that the supporters of North Korea aren't North Koreans - they're handpicked actors from China who have been sent here to act out the part of North Korean fans. I haven't found one I can speak to, who can speak back to me to tell me whether that's the case - I doubt he'd tell me the truth if that is the case."

They Built a Giant Luxury Hotel and Never Opened It
North Korea is all about appearances. How do you make it appear your country is way more prosperous than it really is? Build a huge luxury hotel in your capital that nobody can miss. Shaped like a giant rocket, the Ryugyong Hotel has 105 stories, is the 49th tallest building in the world, would have anywhere between three to seven thousand rooms, and five revolving restaurants.

But it's never had a guest stay in it, because it was never finished. Economic problems caused by the fall of the Soviet Union, combined with a complete lack of funds, left the tower unfinished. It sat as a concrete shell for over a decade, and rumors abounded of the concrete being shoddy and the elevators crooked. Construction has started and stopped several times, and it's currently being re-purposed into a "mixed-use" building.



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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:09:39 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-north-korea-stories/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[Super Weird International Fast Food Items You'd Still Try]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fast-food-around-the-world/cosmicboxer
As the great philosopher Drake once said, “You only live once,” which is why you should go out of your way to try everything you can while you’re still alive. This statement applies doubly to fast food in other countries. For many reasons, international fast food is the number one argument for visiting another country. Not only are the flavor profiles and spices completely different from what we have in America, but the food laws are a far cry from what we have in the United States, so you never know what you’re going to get when you stop at a Taco Bell in Vietnam, or a hot dog stand in Iceland. (Real talk: get a hot dog in Iceland.) Dig your passport out of your sock drawer and put your phone on airplane mode, because this list is full of weird international fast food items that you need to try - no matter how strange they might be.

Trying different fast food around the world is one of the hallmarks of being an international traveler. For anyone who’s ever left the country for an extended period of time, you know the familiar, yet alien feeling of popping into a McDonald's or Burger King in a foreign country and trying their version of your favorite fast food meal. For someone who rarely goes outside of their comfort zone, it can be a truly eye-opening experience.

Vote up the most interesting fast food from around the globe that you just have to try, and then leave a comment if you’ve had the pleasure of trying any of these strange international treats.
Super Weird International Fast Food Items You'd Still Try,

Burger King's Whopper 7 (Japan)
Coming in at 1,000 calories and enough fat to send you to your chosen afterlife, is the worst/best burger you will ever see. In honor of the release of Windows 7, Burger King of Japan unveiled a seven patty Whopper, because computers and hamburgers go hand in hand, like a fish and a bicycle. In a way though, it's kind of symbolic linking together a food that can kill you in one bite and an operating system known for its software failure. Almost like poetry: beautiful, heart clogging poetry.

Pizza Hut's Squirting Crust Pizza (Malaysia)
Putting a new spin on pizza tough stuff. There are tried-and-true methods that keep sane people pacified, but why be normal and boring? In fact, why be content with your food fulfilling just one purpose when it can also function as a ballistic weapon? Pizza Hut ran with this advice and rolled out a pie at their Malaysian locations that shoots piping hot cheese sauce from the crust, as shown in a graphic artist's rendering above.

KFC's Edible Coffee Cups (The U.K.)
Have you ever wanted a coffee cup you can eat afterwards? Or perhaps you're ~going green~ and want to avoid tossing a styrofoam cup? Whatever the case, KFC understands and is giving you what you want. KFC's edible coffee cup is made from a wafer cookie and coated with white chocolate that keeps the heat inside.

Taco Bell's Chocodilla (Guatemala)
There must be some miscommunication between consumer and fast food corporations, as they keep trying to put dessert where it doesn't belong. However, you'd probably still give the Taco Bell Chocodilla a try if you happened to be in Guatemala, right? It might even be good, as it's basically a tortilla with Babe Ruth candy and chocolate sauce inside. Not too crazy, right?

Burger King's Xtra Long Chili Cheese (South Africa and Australia)
Burger King has decided that their burgers simply weren't deadly enough, so they rectified this by adding a few inches - and a whole lot of meat. The Xtra Long Burger series looks like what would happen if Subway and Burger King had an affair. This particular Xtra Long features a mountain of meat, chili cheese, and jalapeños, stuffed into a sub-style bun.

KFC's Double Down Dog (Philippines)
You're likely familiar with KFC's origianl Double Down experiment: a chicken sandwich with fried chicken in place of the usual bun. Hailed as a failure, KFC refused to back down and decided to up the ante with their most ambitious project yet: the Double Down Dog. Chicken and chicken might have been off-putting, but pork and chicken? Why, it's brilliant! So far they've only inflicted this horror on the Philippines.

First Kitchen's Kit Kat Sandwich (Japan)
Oh, Japan. Always up to something fun! First Kitchen of Japan has introduced the world to the Kit Kat Sandwich, which is exactly what it sounds like: a Kit Kat bar smothered in whipped cream and sandwiched between two slices of white bread. Sure, it sounds both delicious and completely absurd at the same time, but at least it's cheap ($1.89)!

Burger King's Pizza-Sized Burgers (Japan)
Sometimes beauty is all about simplicity, especially if everything else in comparison is some strange Lovecraftian abomination. Burger king of Japan released a burger the size of a pizza, which you can take apart in burger slices and share with your friends. Assuming that you'd want to share, or have any friends left after they learn about your weird eating habits.

Pizza Hut's Cheeseburger Stuffed Crust Pizza (Japan)
It seems like every Pizza Hut chain outside of America is far more ambitious with their creations; the Middle East and the U.K. are no exceptions. To pizza fans' delight (or maybe their horror), the Crown Crust Carnival Pizzas serve up what might be the weirdest stuffed crust offerings yet, with one being made entirely out of mini cheeseburgers.

Pizza Hut's Double Decker Pizza (Singapore)
Pizza Hut Singapore's Double Decker Pizza is what happens when reckless creativity joins forces with "sure, why not," shoulder shrugs. The first floor of this madness is an ordinary, unassuming pizza with ordinary, unassuming toppings like chicken, pepperoni, stuffed crust, and bell papers.

But things get ~cuh-ray-zee~ when you get to the upper layer, which is a tortilla drizzled with mango mayonnaise and garnished with a respectable turkey ham. Tasty!


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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:21:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/fast-food-around-the-world/cosmicboxer
<![CDATA[The Most Random Things That Predict Presidential Elections]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-that-predict-every-presidential-election/mike-rothschild
If you want to win your office betting pool for the 2016 election, you need to accurately predict who is going to win for president. Fortunately, there are a number of random factors and trends that point the way to who is going to win. Some of them gauge the general tenor of where the American people are, like the 7-11 Cup Contest, or which candidate's face is selling the most Halloween masks. Others are totally random, like sports winners, or Olympic sites. But all are eerily accurate predictors and might just tell you who is going to win the 2016 election.
 
For example, did you know there's one tiny county in Indiana that almost always votes the same way the presidential election goes? Or that kids and college students tend be very accurate in mock elections? And if you really want to make some money on the election, see who offshore betting sites have favored - and where the money is going.

Here are some random factors that you can use to get a leg up in your election predictions. Not all of them will be accurate, but some of them have proven to be right time and time again.


The Most Random Things That Predict Presidential Elections,

The LA Lakers Going to the NBA Finals
The Los Angeles Lakers make it to the NBA Finals a lot. Until recently, every time they made it during the summer of an election year, regardless of whether they won or lost, the Republican presidential candidate has gone on to the Oval Office.

Sure enough, the confluence of the Lakers making the finals in an election year has happened nine times: in 1952, 1968, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000, 2004, and 2008. And the Republican won every one of those times - until 2008, when Obama beat McCain.

2016 Prediction: The Lakers are one of the worst teams in the NBA this year, and were nowhere near the playoffs. So this one isn't likely to matter.


The Redskins Rule
The Redskins Rule states that "if the Washington Redskins win their last home game before the election, the party that won the previous election will win the next election and if the Redskins lose their last home game before the election, the challenging party's candidate wins."

It was first noticed in 2000, and retroactively applied to every election since 1940, when the Redskins played their first pre-election home game in Washington. Sure enough, it was right every time from 1940 to 2000. However, it failed in 2004 and again in 2012. So rely on this rule at your own risk.

2016 Prediction: Washington's last home game before the 2016 election is October 30th against the Cincinnati Bengals. But this is a home game in name only, because it's taking place in London. The team's last home game in Washington is October 16th against the Philadelphia Eagles - a game Washington is favored in by 3. If you follow the Redskins Rule, that means bet on Clinton.

7-11 Cups
Since 2000, 7-11 has sold red and blue coffee cups in the run up to the general election. And sure enough, the color of the cup that's sold the most has corresponded to the winning party each time. In 2000 and 2004, red cups outsold blue, and in 2008 and 2012, blue cups won. The cup sales truly seem to reflect the national mood of the time.

2016 Prediction: Unknown so far. But 7-11 tracks cup sales on a special website that will go up shortly before the election. So check in to see who's outselling whom, and place your bet accordingly. You've got a good chance of being right.

Online Gambling
While illegal in the US, online gambling does huge business overseas - and billions of dollars are wagered on US presidential elections. Offshore websites tend to do an accurate job listing favorites, and seasoned gamblers with no partisan affiliation are almost always right on the money in terms of who they put their own cash on.

In 2004, most prognosticators had the Bush vs. Kerry contest up in the air, but over 90% of betters on Betfair.com went with Bush, and they accurately nailed the outcomes in all 50 states. In 2008, 90% of offshore money went on Obama, and in 2012, gamblers overwhelmingly picked him again.

2016 Prediction: Hillary Clinton is the favorite on popular sites Paddypower, Betfair, and Sportsbook.ag, Trump well behind her.

Which Candidate Sells More Halloween Masks
Since things like this were tracked, starting with Jimmy Carter in 1976, the candidate whose face sold more rubbery Halloween masks before the election has won the presidency every time. You can get a running tally of mask sales on buycostumes.com, so you never need to even guess at whose face you're going to see on more pre-election bar crawls.

2016 Prediction: Halloween is still a ways off, but as of May 2016, Trump vacuform masks are available, while Hillary Clinton masks are out of stock.

First Lady Cookie Bake-Off
Beginning in 1992, Family Circle magazine held a bake-off featuring potential first lady cookie recipes. The magazine's readers vote on who has the superior cookie - and amazingly, their cookie choices have followed the actual election results to a tee, except in 2008.

In 2012, Michelle Obama's white and black chocolate chip cookies bested Ann Romney's M&M cookies, though Mrs. Obama's citrus-shortbread cookies were beaten by Cindy McCain's oatmeal butterscotch cookies in 2008.

2016 Prediction: Unknown. The winner is usually announced in mid-October, and it should be a fascinating contest. If Hillary Clinton is the winner, does Bill give us an update on his 2008 oatmeal cookie recipe? Does Melania Trump even make cookies, or does she have people who do that for her? The possibilities are endless.

How Indiana's Vigo County Votes
For the last half-century, Vigo County, in Indiana, has served a bellwether for the presidential election. A majority of its 60,000 residents have voted for the winner every time since 1956, and every time but two since 1888. Are these people clairvoyant? No, they just happen to live in a county that's almost perfectly balanced between race, class, gender, economic status, and political affiliation.

2016 Prediction: We won't know until late on Election Day. What makes it even trickier is that Vigo County went to President Obama by less than a percentage point in 2012, but by a landslide in 2008. Is it trending Republican, or will it swing back Democrat?

Past Experience
While past experience isn't necessarily a predictor of future election results, one element of America's election history doesn't bode well for a certain Republican candidate.

Since America's first presidential election, the United States has never elected a president with no experience in either government or the military. Only three presidents had no political experience, but all had been high-level generals during wartime -Eisenhower, Grant, and Taylor.

2016 Prediction: This works against Donald Trump, who has neither governmental or military experience. For Trump to be elected, the American people would be breaking a precedent as old as America itself.

Who Hosted the Summer Olympics
Since 1960, almost every single time the hosting bid for the Summer Olympics was won by country that had previously hosted the games, the incumbent party won the popular vote that election (but not always the election itself). Likewise, every time the games were hosted by a first time city, voters picked against the incumbent.

For example, in 1960, Italy hosted the Summer Games for the first time, and Democrat John Kennedy beat Republican Richard Nixon, ousting the party from office. In 1964, previous host Tokyo hosted the Summer Games, and Democrats held on to the White House. A wrinkle in this is that Tokyo had been scheduled to host in 1940, but lost the games due to their invasion of China - and then games were canceled altogether a few years later.

This method has hit 13 of 14 times since 1960, with only 1988 missing. It does depend on some technicalities, though, such as using the popular vote, and including winning bids for games that didn't happen.

2016 Prediction: Republican. Rio is hosting the games for the first time in 2016, which presages a Trump win - with 2020 again going to Tokyo, predicting a two-term Trump presidency.


Those Kooky Kids
Since 1940, national school publication Scholastic News has held a STudent Vote, where classrooms take a poll of who the next president is going to be. Shockingly, the kids have gotten it right in every election but two, whiffing in 1948 (the famous "Dewey Defeats Truman" flap, where even major papers got it wrong) and 1960. Sure enough, they picked Obama in both 2008 and 2012 - and George W. Bush the two elections before that.

2016 Prediction: Unknown. The poll likely won't be released until mid-October.


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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:11:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/things-that-predict-every-presidential-election/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[22 Hilarious Pictures of Actors with No Eyebrows]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-with-no-eyebrows/jacob-shelton
It doesn’t matter if they play the best friend or the hot mom, actors and actresses are photogenic in one way or the other. One might even venture to say that most celebrities are smokin’ hot. But what if you changed something about those celebrities that would possibly undo all those good looks? Would you still want to watch those celebrities talk into cameras? One look at some of your favorite celebrities with no eyebrows, and boy do things get really weird, really fast! From swimsuit models, to TV hunks, pretty much everyone looks like a creep when you shave off their eyebrows. Prepare to see what cannot be unseen and take a look at these celebrities without eyebrows.

Everyone loves looking at funny celebrity photos, and you’ve really earned a look at some super weird pictures of celebrities like Beyonce and Justin Bieber without any eyebrows. A bit of forewarning: These photos cannot be unseen. You’ll never again be able to look at Kate Upton without her eyebrowless face haunting your every waking moment. But then again, maybe that sounds like a lot of fun to you, and if that’s the case then you’re in for a thrilling afternoon.

Get ready to forget everything you know about these photogenic actors and actresses with this list of celebrities who should shave their eyebrows. Vote up the actors who should totally shave their eyebrows below!
22 Hilarious Pictures of Actors with No Eyebrows,

Adam Scott
Somehow he looks more like a basset hound without eyebrows than he does with them.
Adele
"Hello, after all these years I was wondering if you noticed that I look like a German expressionist film."
Beyoncé Knowles
20 minutes into Transylvania and chill and she gives you this look.
Jennifer Lawrence
JLaw is just a few face tats away from being the Cat Woman.
Jon Hamm
Is it a trick of the light or does it look like Jon Hamm's face has a beer belly?
Kanye West
Breaking news! Kanye West IS Amber Rose!
Leonardo DiCaprio
"I don't always shave my eyebrows, but when I do I look like a California Raisin."
Rihanna
Who ordered the Rihanna real doll?
Zac Efron
This is what he gets for Dirty Grandpa.
Ariana Grande
TFW you finally look the way you feel on the inside. 

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Sat, 26 Nov 2016 23:31:20 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-with-no-eyebrows/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[19 Creepy Stories From People Who Work In Hospitals]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-stories-from-people-who-work-in-hospitals/trent-walker

The things that go on in hospitals can be extremely creepy - or downright terrifying. You might not expect it, but doctors, nurses, and other hospital workers see some scary things and have some horrifying stories. These 19 stories from doctors, medical staff, and psychiatric workers about patients (dead or alive) that we found over at AskReddit will keep you up at night. Read these scary hospital stories at your own risk, and vote the creepiest ones to the top. 


19 Creepy Stories From People Who Work In Hospitals,

Paramedics Respond to Despondent Elderly Woman Who Just Witnessed Gruesome Suicide
"There was a woman that came in and sat down across the table from me for her admission interview. She had bandages all over her arms and scotch tape over her mouth and ears. She looked very uncomfortable and wouldn't really sit still. When the nurse would ask her a question, she would peel the corner of the tape back and answer, then stick the tape back on really fast. We eventually found out that she saw and felt bugs crawling all over her, and they were trying to get inside her body. The tape was to keep the bugs out. The bandages were because some bugs got in and she had to dig them out. She couldn't sit still because she felt the bugs all over her even while we sat and talked. The worst part was, she had some idea that it was her mind playing tricks on her. Can you imagine going through your life, feeling like someone is continuously dumping buckets of cockroaches on your head, feeling like they're all over you and getting inside of you to the point that you're digging chunks out of your flesh in a panic, all while knowing intellectually that none of it is real?" 
Paramedics Respond to Despondent Elderly Woman Who Just Witnessed Gruesome Suicide
"We got a call to go out to a scene for an elderly woman with chest pains. I arrive at the house, front door is open. We knock, hear the old woman calling out from the back 'I'm in the back room' in a very monotone and calm voice. My partner and I go to the back of the house looking for this woman, and that's when we smelled it. Nothing prepares you for the smell of rotting corpse. I've smelled it a dozen times, and it never gets any less disturbing. We radio for police and ALS backup as we move through the house. We opened the door to the master bedroom, and there is our patient. She is approximately 80, and she is staring at the master bathroom with these cold, dead eyes. She never once looked at us as we approached her and began talking to her. I got to the bedside and got in front of her gaze, and she just looked right through me. I turned around to see what she could possibly be looking at, and there was the source of my smell. A man, about the same age as my patient, is on the floor with very little left of his head still attached to his body. A shotgun lay on the floor next to him, and most of his head was strewn about the walls and bathroom counter. We loaded the woman up in the ambulance, and our police backup pulled up. I don't think that woman blinked once the entire time she was in our care. Totally fu*ked me up." 
Med Student Delivers Baby From Dead Woman

"When I was on an ER rotation during med school we got a call about a 23-year-old woman who was shot in the head, and who was already completely gone, but was reportedly five months pregnant so they were doing CPR until they got her to the hospital to see if the baby was viable. They got her to the ER and did an ultrasound and turned about baby was full-term and they did a C-section in like under a minute and got the baby out. 

 
I don't think it's so incredibly uncommon but it was pretty surreal to see a baby delivered from a dead person with their brain exposed and she was pretty close to the same age I was at the time." 


Dead Man's Body Slips Out of His Skin
"Motorcycle driver, accident, third degree burns, arrived DOA. Had to transfer him from ambulance gurney to ER bed. As we were moving him with a transfer sheet, the liquefied/cooked subcutaneous fat caused the charred skin on his back to separate and his body slipped onto the floor (despite several of us trying to 'catch' him)."
Psych Staffer Napping on Break Has Dreadful Premonition in Dream That Comes True When He Wakes

"I work with geriatric patients and there was this incident about three years ago. Before I explain, let me say that I DON'T believe in ghosts.

 
Anyway, this one time I was working the night shift and I was super sleepy so I decided to skip lunch because I wasn't hungry and go to my car and sleep for 30 minutes. I got inside my car, covered myself with my sweater, set the timer on my phone and immediately knocked out. 

 
I'm dreaming, but in my dream I'm still awake just sitting there. Someone taps on my car window and I see that its one of my patients (we'll call her Dee). Surprised, I asked Dee what the hell she is doing outside, and she tells me she is looking for her daughter. I tell her to go back inside and that we will call her daughter in the morning. My patient becomes angry and starts banging on my car window. I kinda freak out and try to reach for the door handle to get out and calm her down, but I quickly realize I can't move. Let me add that I frequently experience sleep paralysis, so even though I am asleep, I realize what is happening. 

 
I fight it and try squirming my body in an attempt to wake myself up. I finally manage to wake up and my heart is racing and my forehead is a bit sweaty. I sit there for about a minute, realize it was all a dream and roll the window down to cool myself off.

 
My break is over and I clock back in and see that my supervisor and two other nurses are huddled in front of a room. I am still by the station clocking in when they see me and call me over. I walk over thinking maybe something was wrong with the ventilator, or the patient fell, but my supervisor tells me Dee died while I was on my lunch break. Since most of our patients are Do Not Resuscitate, I was not paged. It took a couple of seconds for the message to register and I freaked out internally. I got goosebumps but didn't mention anything to my supervisor about the dream.

 
I don't believe in ghosts or anything like that and I most likely had that dream because she was the last patient I interacted with before my break, so she was still on my mind and I was mentally going over my patients charts in my head." 


Psych Patient Literally Fights Invisible Demons
"A girl spent my entire eight-hour shift fist-fighting the same ghost. She would throw a few punches, and obviously landed knockout blows, so she'd bend over and twist her hand around like she was wrapping some long hair around her wrist. She'd drag her opponent down the hallway, give a few good kicks, then set up for a curb stomp. Starts off kinda funny, then gets a little disturbing when you think about the graphic things going on in her mind, then just sad after you watch this replay for hours on end."
Man Non-Fatally Skins His Own Throat, Makes Hospital Staff Vomit

"The ER received a call from the PD stating that we were to keep an eye out for a man with self-inflicted stab wounds. Story goes, the wife left for the grocery store, but forgot something and ran home. She found her her husband molesting her daughter (his step daughter), a fight ensued. The husband fled the house with a large kitchen knife.

 
A police officer found him a few blocks from the home, collapsed in a yard. When they brought him in, he had a stab wounds on both inner thighs, two stab wounds to the abdomen and he slit his throat from end to end. The creepy part was that he managed to miss all arteries, including the carotid. The skin was hanging on the neck and his trachea was clear as day. I mean that you could just reach in and grab it! No blood, just a clean trachea. He was able to talk, and his blood pressure was decent. The officer who found him left the room sick, as well as two nurses. The clean, visual trachea that moved with every word, was unreal." 


Doctor Has Frightening Experience Verifying Woman Is Dead

"Verifying death is always sad but my friend tells the funniest story about how creepy his first verification of death was. This is not meant to disrespect anyone; black humour is a huge part of doctors' coping strategies. 

 
He was on a night shift a few weeks into his first job as a qualified doctor and got a call from a ward to say a lady had passed away - an expected death hence he hadn't been called about her before - and could he come verify and do the paperwork. It's a busy shift with lots of sick people to see first so he takes several hours to get there.  

He goes up and they tell him she's in Room 8. The door to Room 8 is slightly ajar and the room is dark. Now, she was in a side room but most patients there were in shared bays of six beds so you get into the habit of not turning lights on. In his nervous haste to make sure it didn't look like he was nervous, he slipped into the room armed only with his little pen torch. The window was slightly open and (he swears) the blind rattled against the sill as he crept towards the bed, the tiny circle of light from his torch picking out the rumpled white hospital blanket, only a very slim rise showing where she lay as she was a tiny old lady, just skin and bone. Finally, the light plays over her face and he has to bite back a little scream, nearly dropping the torch. 

 
For whatever reason, her pose in death is one of a horrified and horrifying snarl, lips drawn back to bare (likely false) teeth, the whites of her eyes showing in a fixed blind stare, and both hands up close to her face curled into claws, slightly over-long nails shining grimly in the meager torchlight.  

Now, to verify a death, the doctor has to listen for heart and breath sounds for two minutes while feeling for a pulse, check for pupil reactions and check for no response to pain. He flicked the torch dutifully across her glaring eyes, forcing himself to shuffle close enough to touch - first to check for a response to pain and then to settle shaking fingers on her throat - so close to those furiously grinning teeth - to feel for a pulse. To get his stethoscope under the collar of her gown under the blankets, he has to lean in even closer, almost nose to nose with her now, unable to draw his gaze away from hers. And he has to stand like that for two minutes. The seconds crawling away as he stares into that screaming face. 

 
He says there's no way he would have heard heart or breath sounds even if she had been alive. All he could hear was his own racing heart in his ears and, on a loop in his head, "Please don't let her move, please don't move, oh dear god don't move..." 


Psych Tech Meets 7-Year-Old Psychopath

"As a tech in psych years ago, there was a seven-year-old kid sent to the floor because the mom didnt know what to do with him. Sadly common thing to happen, even if the kids don't have psych issues. Anyway, the mom was shaking and crying, and they had to take the kid into another room. She was genuinely afraid of her own son. She had suspected something was wrong when she kept finding mutilated animals in the back yard, but never heard or saw coyotes or anything around. The neighbors' smaller pets started disappearing. The boy had an obsession with knives, hiding them around the house. Denying anything when the mom confronted him. Then when the two started getting into arguments, he would get really violent and hit her, push her down and kick her, threaten to kill her. On multiple occasions she woke up in the middle of the night with him standing beside her bed, staring her in the face. She put extra locks on her bedroom door to feel safe while she slept. The last straw was when she lifted up his mattress and found 50+ knives of all shapes and sizes under there. So she brought him to us. 

 
I remember talking to him, treating him like he was just any other kid that came through. He seemed remarkably normal, until you spoke directly to him. He had this way of looking right through you, or maybe like he didn't see you at all while you were speaking. He would respond like a robot, like he was just saying words because that's what we wanted to hear. And he would always put on this creepy, dead-looking smile. Like all mouth and no eye involvement in the smile. Especially when he would get away with something, like taking another kid's markers and they couldn't figure it out. Still gives me chills laying here thinking about him. I had to get up and close my bedroom door.

 
I believe I met a seven-year-old psychopath." 


Dead Lady Reaches Up, Grabs ER Nurse's Wrists
"I was doing CPR on a lady whose heart had stopped. They initially rolled her into the room unconscious and not breathing. This lady is pretty much dead. However, in the middle of doing chest compressions, her hands reach up and grasp my wrists and then fall back to hanging off the table. We never got her back." 

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:03:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-stories-from-people-who-work-in-hospitals/trent-walker
<![CDATA[The Weirdest Drinking Laws from Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-drinking-laws-from-around-the-world/mike-rothschild
Weird laws about drinking are a worldwide phenomenon: international alcohol laws are sometimes pretty out there and America has some truly strange regulations on the books as well. Alcohol laws from around the world can govern anything from how much wine a married woman can drink (one glass only in La Paz, Bolivia!) to penalties for DUI, and importing wine from province to province. Many are arcane, and others barely enforced, but if you're going out of the country, you'll want to do a quick check for their drinking laws.

In the US, you might want to do the same thing. Planning on a happy hour out of state? Better check if it's legal. Smitten with your bartender in Nebraska? Hanky panky with them is out of the question. Want to buy pretty much any alcohol in Pennsylvania? You'd better have a copy of the civil code with you, because it's insanely complex.

Some of these weird drinking laws and funny laws about alcohol are just plain silly, others are well-intentioned, and some are just relics of a bygone era.

The Weirdest Drinking Laws from Around the World,

Hitting on a Bartender in Nebraska Is a Crime
According to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission, it is against the law to engage in "physical contact between the licensee’s agents or employees and its customers, involving any kissing, or any touching of the breast, buttock or genital areas" with a bartender. So if you think the woman behind the bar who's putting up with you for hours on end secretly wants you - best to keep it to yourself.

Public Intoxication Will Always Be Legal in Nevada
Thanks to laws passed by the Nevada legislature, being drunk in public is legal, and always will be. However, public intoxication can still be rolled into other crimes, such as assault.

Minors Can Drink in Alaska (Sort Of)
Those under 21 can drink in Alaska restaurants that don't serve alcohol, as long as the booze they brought in is given to them by a "parent, guardian, or spouse." It's a bit confusing, but so is Alaska.

In England, It's Illegal to Be Drunk in a Pub
Despite England having a thriving drinking culture, it's technically against the law to be intoxicated in a pub. The law was put in place by the 1872 Licensing Act, and is still on the books, though it's not enforced.

Utah Restaurants Pour Drinks Behind a Curtain
Mormon-dominated Utah has long had complicated liquor laws. In fact, until 2009, bars had to operate as private clubs that charged membership fees. Those laws were repealed, but restaurants now have to pour drinks behind an opaque pane of glass, so as to not tempt teetotalers and children. These so-called "Zion curtains" can be seen in any restaurant opened recently.

Wearing Underwear Under That Kilt? Two Beers!
A law supposedly on the books in Scotland says that any Scottish gentleman found to be wearing underwear under his kilt will be fined two beers. It's likely that this law doesn't actually exist, and if it does, it's never been enforced.

You Can't Ride a Cow in Scotland If You're Drunk
Thanks to the arcane minutiae of the Licensing Act of 1872, it's illegal to ride atop a cow whilst intoxicated in Scotland. It's also illegal to operate a horse or steam engine. In 2009, a drunk man was charged under the Act with being intoxicated while operating a mobility scooter.

Many States Went Dry on Election Day
While a number of states had blue laws about buying alcohol on election days, the vast majority were rolled back. But even as recently as 2008, they were on the books in seven states.

For the 2012 election, only Kentucky and South Carolina still had election day blue laws, and even Kentucky's expired at 6 pm. But if you were a disappointed Romney voter in South Carolina and wanted to drown your sorrows, you had to do it at home. South Carolina finally did away with the law in 2014, to a storm of criticism.

In El Salvador, You Can Be Shot for Drunk Driving
El Salvador might have the stiffest drunk driving penalty on the books, with first-time DUI offenders facing nothing less than a firing squad. However, the law is a relic, as El Salvador abolished the death penalty in 1983.

Driving in France? Buy a Breathalyzer
A 2012 French law mandated that all motorists carry a breathalyzer in their car at all times. While this seems like a nanny state run amok, France actually had a severe problem with DUI deaths: over 7,000 in a country of 65 million people. The law mandated drivers carry a one-time use portable breathalyzer that you could blow in to see if you were too drunk to drive. The fine for not carrying one was set at 11 Euros. However, the law proved impossible to enforce, and the fine was dropped a year later. You still technically need to have one, but there's no punishment for being without.

Incidentally, French DUI deaths DID drop by 8% the one year the law was enforced.


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Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:21:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-drinking-laws-from-around-the-world/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[Wacky Election Facts from Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-election-facts/mike-rothschild
Since the very beginning, the United States has allowed its citizens to choose their leader. Since then, that process has been fraught with corruption, flaws, mistakes, and people getting outright screwed. Fortunately, a dip into election facts shows that America is far from the only country that's gotten it totally wrong when it comes to picking new leaders. Thanks to weird election rules, dictatorships, protest votes, and truly staggering corruption, there are a lot of other examples of voting gone horribly wrong.

When a dictator wants to show the world how much his people love him, he calls an election - with him as the only candidate. When you want to influence the outcome of a presidential election, or just oust the person in charge, there are lots of ways to do it. And thanks to weird laws, some people can't vote, have been disenfranchised, or in the case of South Carolina, couldn't even drink their sorrows away. 

Here are some hard to believe, yet totally true, facts about elections around the world. Remember, every vote counts - just don't talk about it if you live in New Zealand.

Wacky Election Facts from Around the World,

North Korea Actually Has Elections
While it's a corrupt and repressive dictatorship, North Korea does actually have elections... which, of course, are corrupt and repressive. Parliamentary elections are held every five years to elect the Supreme People's Assembly - but each district has only one candidate, who is personally selected by Kim Jong Un, and voters who wish to dissent must do so in public, using a special ballot box. This ensures nobody actually dissents.

The elections are mostly held as a form of census taking, hence, voting is compulsory. Voting rolls are checked against village population lists, and citizens who don't appear on both are severely punished. The last election, in 2014, had 99.97% turnout - which was actually down from 99.98% in the 2009 election. That election was postponed for a year, for reasons that were never explained.

If You Live in Texas, You Can Vote from Space

Passed in 1997, a Texas law allows American astronauts currently in space to cast their ballots in federal elections electronically from orbit. Ballots are sent via secure email to the Johnson Spaceflight Center and then passed on the astronauts' home counties in Texas. Why only Texas? Because virtually all current astronauts live near the Johnson Spaceflight Center in Houston.

The first space vote cast was by American astronaut David Wolf in 1997, while aboard the Russian Mir station.


Brazil Elected an Actual Clown to Its Congress
Francisco Everardo Oliveira Silva was already a minor star in Brazil, with a hit song and prolific career as an actor and a clown. But he gained international fame when he ran for the Brazilian Congress in his home city of Sao Paolo. He ran in the guise of his clown character, Tiririca, using slogans like "what does a federal congressman do? I really don't know – but vote for me and I'll let you know!" and, "It can't get any worse, vote Tiririca!"

Despite his opponents denouncing him as illiterate, a racist, and having forged his signature on his candidacy forms, Silva got the most votes of any candidate in the entire 2010 election,
and easily won. Even so, he still had to take a literacy test - which he passed.

Chicago Once Elected a Mayor Who Debated Rats
Long before Clint Eastwood staged a comedy routine with an empty chair at the 2012 Republican Convention, Chicago mayoral candidate William Hale Thompson held a debate with caged rates. Thompson had previously been mayor of Chicago from 1915 to 1923, when various scandals forced him to resign. He ran again in 1927, but was still dogged by his reputation as corrupt.

So, he arranged a debate at the Cort Theatre in downtown Chicago, invited thousands of voters, then proceeded to walk on stage carrying two caged rats. He used them as strawmen to settle accounts, hone up for past failures, and crack rat puns. Naturally, the audience loved it - and he went on with the bit for half an hour. Thompson's nutty act worked, and he was re-elected in a landslide (though having Al Capone as an ally helped).

It's Vote or Else in Australia
Voting is compulsory in countries like North Korea because they're governed by dictatorships that run on the perception that people have a choice in their leadership. But elections are compulsory in Australia for a different reason - voter turnout dropped below 60% in 1922. Compulsory voting was then held in 1925, and turnout shot up to over 90%.

Technically, the only punishment that will befall one if he or she doesn't vote is having to explain why they didn't vote. If that explanation is unsatisfactory, a small fine is imposed. Even so, a number of prominent figures in the country want to see compulsory voting done away with.

Brazilians Elected a Rhino to Sao Paolo City Council
While numerous animals and objects have been run in elections as a joke or to make a statement, the people of Sao Paolo, Brazil were seriously fed up with corruption and graft on their city council. In protest, they elected Cacareco, a rhinoceros at the Sao Paolo zoo. It wasn't just a few pranksters who voted for her, either. 100,000 votes were cast for the rhino, far more than for any human candidate.

The statement worked, as Cacareco made international news, and a "Cacareco Vote" is still used as a term to mean protest vote in Brazil.

The Election Process in the US Constitution Failed Almost Immediately
For the first few presidential elections under the Constitution, citizens voted to choose electors from their state, and each elector cast TWO votes. The candidate who won the second-most votes became vice president. This unwieldy process finally collapsed in 1800, when Democratic-Republican candidate Thomas Jefferson took on Federalist candidate John Adams.

Jefferson won the popular vote, but with each elector casting two votes, Jefferson and fellow Democratic-Republican Aaron Burr each received 73 votes. This sent the contest to the House of Representatives to pick the president. After 36 ballots, Jefferson was elected president, and it became clear that the election procedure had to be overhauled. It was, with the 12th Amendment.

The Election of 1860 Basically Started the Civil War
While the Republican party confidently nominated abolitionist former Illinois Representative Abraham Lincoln, the pro-slavery (at the time) Democrats shattered, and put forth a northern and southern nominee. Multiple other candidates ran as well. The two Democrats split the pro-slavery vote, winning every slave state, while Lincoln won every free state and the popular vote, though only getting 40%, as he wasn't even listed on the ballot of most slave states.

While Lincoln still would have beaten a unified Democratic party,  it was clear that sectionalism had usurped national unity, and war was imminent. Lincoln refused to acknowledge the right of succession, was expressly anti-slavery, and vowed military action to protect federal property in southern states. This was the final straw for the South, and seven states seceded before he was inaugurated. A month later, the Civil War began.

Technically, the US Cabinet Could Stage a Bloodless Coup
The 25th Amendment codified much of the ambiguous law regarding presidential succession. But it also gave the Cabinet a way to undertake a peaceful coup and sideline the president if they believed he was mentally incapacitated. Acting under Section 4, the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could declare the president disabled by submitting a written declaration to the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the house. The VP would then become acting president.

Presumably, the president would submit his own declaration that he is, in fact, mentally fit for the office. But Section 4 has the coup plotters covered, as they could submit another declaration, which would give them two days to convene Congress for a vote, and if two-thirds of each body voted that the president was incapacitated, the VP would continue as acting president. Even then, the president could submit another declaration of his mental fitness, which would force another vote. Theoretically, this could continue indefinitely, as the 25th provides no limit on how many votes can be taken.

So technically, the president could be forced into a position where he is sidelined from office while continuously asserting his own mental competency, while the vice president acts as president.


Americans Vote on the First Tuesday in November Because of Catholic Farmers
While many countries have the ability to call elections whenever they see fit, Americans have always voted for president (as well as for Congress) on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Why the incredible specificity? Because of the distances that used to lie between farms and polling places.

In America's early days, the country was an agrarian society with little infrastructure for transport. It took time to get to polling places, and Tuesday was seen as the first day of the week that wouldn't force voters to travel on Sunday and disrupt church activities. The first Monday clause was inserted to prevent elections from taking place on November 1 - All Saints Day in Catholicism.

But why November? Because it's the sweet spot between the end of the fall harvest and winter setting in, at which point roads often became impassible.


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Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:00:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-election-facts/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[30 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Claustrophobic]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/claustrophobic-pictures/vicky-choy

Do you feel like the walls are closing in on you? Are you terrified of small spaces? Do you have mild - or severe - claustrophobia? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you definitely shouldn't look at the rest of this list. Claustrophobia is a type of anxiety disorder where the person experiencing it is EXTREMELY afraid of small spaces. People suffering from claustrophobia might experience panic attacks or intense feelings of terror when confined in a small space.   

Typically, claustrophobic people are afraid of being enclosed in small spaces because they're afraid of being restricted, or not having enough oxygen. Some of the worst places for a claustrophobic person to be are inside of an elevator, on an airplane, or in a small room. These pictures of tiny spaces will definitely trigger your claustrophobia, even if you don't have the disorder. We've put together photos of the most cramped spaces on earth for you to totally cringe at. 
  
Vote up the most claustrophobia-inducing photos below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 


30 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Claustrophobic,

This Narrow Passageways in Spooky Gulch, Utah

This Claustrophobic Hong Kong Cubicle

This Eensy-Weensy Little Hammock Area on a Fishing Boat

This Tight-Squeeze Toy Car

This Squished Space Inside This Cavern

This Treacherous Mine Shaft

This Spooky, Skinny Tunnel

This 35 Sq. Foot Hong Kong Dwelling

This Incredibly Cramped Cave

This Medical Coffin, AKA, an MRI Machine


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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:51:39 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/claustrophobic-pictures/vicky-choy
<![CDATA[26 Famous Locations That Are Suicide Magnets]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/popular-suicide-sites/jordan-love
Every year, for each individual person that is killed by homicide, at least two people die by taking their own lives. That comes out to 34,000 deaths a year caused by suicide. With those kind of numbers, it's no wonder that there are a handful of locations around the world that have become known as suicide magnets. The popular spots are most often bridges and other high-up places, like cliffs and skyscrapers, that draw troubled individuals looking for a place to jump from with a very long fall.

Sadly, no one is immune to suicide. Celebrities, athletes, geniuses, and people of all races, religions, and ethnicities can develop depression, which can lead to suicide. It's a worldwide pandemic that has resulted in suicide hot spots popping up everywhere - from Japan to Scotland, and everywhere in between. More often than not, these suicide magnets are bridges. There are several suicide bridges around the globe that offer jumpers a platform from which to put their lives behind them.

Luckily, a lot has been done to lower the number of suicides at several of these locations. Signs offering help have popped up, and barriers meant to make it more difficult to jump have been erected at several bridges and cliffs that are known suicide magnets. Perhaps the most surprising part of this list of suicide sites is just how beautiful most of the locations are. They are some of the most majestic places on earth, but their beauty is marred by the many deaths they see each year. 

Check out this list of suicide hot spots below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. If you or someone you love is suicidal, please seek help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1(800) 273-8255. (This number works in the United States - for more information about the Suicide Hotline in your country or province, please Google it.)

26 Famous Locations That Are Suicide Magnets,

Beachy Head
These gorgeous English cliffs are home to twenty or more suicides a year. The cliff sides are riddled with crosses and other tokens of loss for those who have jumped to their death. Luckily though, people are actively trying to lower that number with patrols, signs, and more.

Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is the most popular suicide destination in the world. Over 1,700 people have committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Although many people do jump off the bridge, even more people every year are talked out of it. As many as 160 or more people each year are talked down from the bridge by local authorities and volunteers.

London Underground
Jumping in front of a train is a surprisingly ineffective way to commit suicide. Although hundreds of people have successfully committed suicide in the London Underground, only about 40% of those who try are successful. Those who aren't successful are typically severely injured and to add insult to the equation, they are usually given several citations for their actions.

Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is an incredible four miles long, which leaves plenty of places for people to jump from. At over 2,000 suicides in it's history,  the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is one of the world's biggest suicide destinations. Nearly 200 people have been talked down from their suicide attempts by the bridge's watchmen, however. A man named Mr. Chen spends nearly every day surveying the bridge and trying to keep lost individuals from jumping to their deaths.

Sunshine Skyway Bridge
With a recent average of nine suicides each year, and a total of over 200 suicides since 1987, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a very popular location for those looking to end their life in Florida. An estimated 34 people have actually survived their suicide attempts, despite the 175 foot fall from the base of the bridge to the water below.

Coronado Bridge
The long wind of the Coronado Bridge in San Diego has been a suicide hot spot ever since it opened. Hundreds of individuals have plummeted to their deaths over the years at the location, and the 200 ft. fall means that there have been very few survivors. 

Aokigahara Forest
The Aokigahara Forest is one of the most well-known suicide spots in the world. The forest is so popular for people to commit suicide in,  that authorities and volunteers conduct yearly searches to recover the bodies. Aokigahara Forest is thought by many to be haunted by the spirits of the dead. A film based on the location and its notoriety was released in 2016.

Van Stadens Bridge
The Van Stadens Bridge in South Africa is a staggering feat, standing more than 450 feet in the air. It has become a suicide magnet for citizens of South Africa with the first suicide on the bridge coming only days after its completion. A jump from the bridge's colossal height means nearly certain death for those who leap from its edge. In the past forty years, close to a hundred people have perished.

The Hong Kong Underground
The Hong Kong underground railway system was notorious for its suicides. Individuals would frequently leap in the way of an oncoming train, hoping to end their lives. Luckily, the Hong Kong underground is a prime example of a suicide hot spot that largely fixed its own problem. By installing new safety mechanisms, they have dramatically reduced both suicides and attempts.

Lawyers Head Cliff
This elegant New Zealand Cliff is a suicide magnet for citizens of the small country. It doesn't have as many suicides as other famous places around the world, but it is one of the most deadly places in New Zealand. So much so in fact, that in 2006, the road to Lawyers Head was closed down so that they could make security improvements to prevent future suicides at the location.


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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:26:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/popular-suicide-sites/jordan-love
<![CDATA[Awesome/Potentially Creepy Technology That Tracks You]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/technology-that-tracks-you/cosmicboxer
Moore's law states that the number of transistors in a circuit doubles every two years, meaning that technology is getting smaller and more powerful. That prediction has held true since 1975. Our gadgets and gizmos today can do seemingly everything, becoming interwoven into every aspect of our lives and controlling it to the most minute detail. Although that by itself is exciting, there are downsides that led to some pretty creepy technology that tracks you.

Edward Snowden's NSA leaks made the world evermore paranoid about privacy, and rightfully so. We already know that Internet usage is being watched and data is beingcollected, but these days it seems there are new tech gadgets and products that go even further than that, such as your own smart TV being able to listen in on what you say.

Not every tech that tracks you is automatically bad, as some have positive benefits, such as being able to record your health information or alert you to changes in your sleeping patterns, but we should be aware of the potential risks to new technology regardless. Below you'll find the creepiest new technology and devices that track you, and remember: Big Brother is always watching Netflix with you!

Awesome/Potentially Creepy Technology That Tracks You,

Remote Fingerprint Scanners
What It Is: Idair has designed a biometric that can scan your fingerprints from 20 feet away.

How It Works: The technology works the same way satellites map out areas for Google, relying on edge detection and image sharpening to capture your fingerprint at a distance.

Why It's Awesome: This could eliminate the need for keys and ID cards, meaning you won't lose your way into the gym or your house ever again.

Why It's Creepy: It wouldn't be too hard for someone else to get your fingerprints, either by coercion or artificial copy. Technology that stores your data can also be abused by hackers, who can use your bio-data for criminal activity.

The Bioman Shirt
What It Is: Exercise/work out gear made of Bioman fabric, which can track your vitals.

How It Works: Sensors are fitted within a mesh that tracks information such as respiration rate and skin temperature, then sends it back to your smartphone via an app.

Why It's Awesome: You'll be able to monitor your health in real time and keep track of how your body functions over the course of, say, several weeks of intensive exercise.

Why It's Creepy: The shirt tracks all your body's information and stores it in a database. In the wrong hands, it could be hacked and information about your health could be stolen. Marketing companies might also use this information in very invasive ways.

Knightscope: Real Life RoboCop
What It Is: Knightscope is a surveillance robot in the latest of advanced police technology to make the world of crime fighting a safer place.

How It Works: Knightscope robots navigate via sensors and GPS to avoid obstacles and find their way through the city. The built-in cameras sport facial recognition technology, as well as license plate tracking.

Why It's Awesome: It's basically a real RoboCop. It's able to hunt down criminals and call in backup, as well as identify perpetrators and save their information into a data bank, relayed back to the police who can stay out of harm's way, unless needed.

Why It's Creepy: This thing can track you and find you wherever you go. While this may be great for more serious crimes, how would it apply to relatively harmless infractions such as jaywalking or littering?

NameTag
What It Is: An application that matches your date's face to their public profiles on the Internet. It also has the capability to search the National Sex Offender Registry.

How It Works: Using facial recognition software, your date's face is compared online and gathers personal information about them, such as their criminal record or their hobbies.

Why It's Awesome: You'll be able to instantly know whether they're a creep or whether they share similar interests to you, saving you time and frustration in the dating process.

Why It's Creepy: Anyone can look up information about you at any time, simply by scanning your face.

Apple's Stalking App
What It Is: Apple's app that lets you find your friends' whereabouts at the push of a button.

How It Works: Open up the app and instantly find any friends, relatives, or other contacts on the iMap, provided they also own an iPhone.

Why It's Awesome: You'll never lose track of people and if something goes wrong you can easily find them. Not to mention, it'll probably come in handy when trying to track down your drunk friends during a crazy night out.

Why It's Creepy: It lets you track your friend's whereabouts and they, in turn, can find out where you are at any time. Privacy is effectively gone and if it falls into the wrong hands, it easily becomes a stalker app.

Pre-Crime Technology
What It Is: Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST, is a surveillance program conceptualized by Homeland Security to detect crime before it happens.

How It Works: Various factors, such as gender, age, and history are used to determine who is more likely to commit a specific crime at a certain point. This differs from detective work in that it uses sensor technology to track body movements as small as eye twitching and voice patterns to detect possible crime.

Why It's Awesome: If it does work, then it'll mean less crime. Catching a criminal before they even commit the act is the ultimate dream of the police force.

Why It's Creepy: Odds are it probably won't really work as advertised. There are numerous flaws to consider such as racial profiling being inherent within the system. As some studies have shown, racial profiling is not really effective.

Netflix Socks
What It Is: Netflix Socks are a cool new DIY project to add to your "Big Brother Is Watching" Pinterest board. Once you've made a pair of your own, pop them on and they'll automatically pause your binge watching session if you've fallen asleep.

How It Works: The socks use an accelerometer to detect when you've stopped moving for a while, then sends a signal to your TV to pause the show.

Why It's Awesome: You'll never have to remember where you left off with a TV show anymore; it's all done automatically.

Why It's Creepy: Technology that can detect when you've fallen asleep has the potential to be exploited by marketers. For example, services such as Hulu that feature ads during their shows might stockpile the ads while you're asleep and have them ready for you when you wake up, for advertising that literally knows when you're awake.

Ads That Watch You
What It Is: Google advertisements that can personalize themselves based on your habits.
 
How It Works: The ads track your viewing history; geography; and when, where, and how many times you view each ad.

Why It's Awesome: If advertising companies know what kind of person you are they can deliver tailor-made ads to you. Don't like watching a one minute ad for a car you'll never buy? Thanks to this technology, you'll (in theory) only see ads for products you're interested in and actually want to buy.

Why It's Creepy: Advertising companies will now know more about you than you probably care to reveal. Users can opt out of these ads, but the fact that the technology exists is still troubling.

Amazon Prime Air
What It Is: Amazon's very own drone delivery service.

How It Works: The Octocopter picks up your package at a facility and delivers it to your front door.

Why It's Awesome: Traveling directly to your door by air is much faster than traditional delivery services, meaning your mail will get to you in half the time. Drones can also fly overnight and on Sundays.

Why It's Creepy: At the end of the day, it's still a flying drone that knows where you live. In a time when drone technology is rather controversial, it's easy to see how this idea will freak out many people during its first few years of use.

The Lily Selfie Drone
What It Is: A selfie drone designed to follow you around, taking videos in pristine 1080p high-definition.

How It Works: Lily functions like any other drone, except that its sole purpose is taking selfies and videos of its owner. The human wears a tracking device on their wrist, which allows Lily to follow wherever they go. The drone, when fully charged, is capable of flying for approximately twenty minutes.

Why It's Awesome: It's a drone that follows you around like your own personal robot pet. Also, you'll get amazing snapshots of yourself and videos, too. So if you're doing something like mountain climbing, skiing, or other cool activities, you'll be able to record your feats hands-free.

Why It's Creepy: It knows your location at all times and the public might not take too kindly to a bunch of drones flying everywhere, capable of recording their every move.


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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:18:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/technology-that-tracks-you/cosmicboxer
<![CDATA[30 Photos from Celebrity Open Casket Funerals]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-open-casket-funerals/mel-judson
It may seem ironic, but whether you’re saying goodbye to a celebrity or to a member of your own family, being present for the funeral is one of the best ways to begin the healing process through mourning. It serves as a way for family and friends to find closure through one last viewing of the deceased’s body. Many dead celebrities have chosen to have open casket funerals for a variety of reasons. Some do it as a way to give one last goodbye to their fans, and others, like Emmett Till and Martin Luther King Junior, had open casket services as a way to make a final statement, even after they’d passed. This list of celebrity open casket funerals is not for the faint of heart, but these photos of celebrity dead bodies, and the stories behind them, are as tasteful as possible.

Whether you came to this list of deceased celebrities as way to learn more about the final moments of your favorite celeb, or you were simply looking to see famous people in open caskets, you've found the list that will help you find closure. Through painstaking research, we’ve verified these photos - and the stories behind them - as some of the most famous open casket funerals.  

Some of the photos on this list, like the picture of Elvis, and of Andy Warhol were taken clandestinely, but most of them were taken a photographer hired to cover the event, and they’re all as classy as possible. Keep in mind that this list is not for the squeamish. Check out this list of famous dead bodies in open casket funerals below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
30 Photos from Celebrity Open Casket Funerals,

Andy Warhol
When Andy Warhol died in 1987 from complications from a routine gallbladder surgery, the art world shuddered. His body was returned to Pittsburgh for its burial, and one of his first cousins took a photo of the body in his casket, putting it on sale for $900.

Bruce Lee
In 1973, Lee died of cerebral edema while completing the ADR for his final film, Enter the Dragon in Hong Kong. Before he was flown back to Seattle to be buried, a public mourning was held for his fans, and close to 25,000 people attended a public viewing of his body.

Elvis Presley

 

When Elvis died in 1977, a photo from his funeral appeared on the cover of The National Enquirer. The legend of the photo is that Ian Calder, editor of the paper at the time, bribed Elvis' cousin, Bobby Mann, with $18,000 to take the photo. The picture was snapped on an Arco Flex spy camera, and is now valued at $1 million.

See another fitting funeral tribute here.


Grace Kelly
After suffering a stroke while driving through the hills of Monaco, Grace Kelly died in a car crash and was committed to her final resting place at Her Serene Highness where she married Prince Rainier in 1956. The iconic photo of her body was taken by Jean Guichard.
James Brown
In 2006, Robert Sabo for the NY Daily News snapped the now iconic photos of Michael Jackson paying his respects to James Brown at his funeral. Jackson was just one among thousands who gathered to pay their respects for the Godfather of Soul. 

Source: People

Martin Luther King, Jr.
After King's assassination, his body was laid in an open bronze casket in Memphis, where a bevy of mourners came to pay their respects to the civil rights leader. The wound in King's neck was still visible, and many mourners kissed the glass over King's face.

Mickey Rooney
Funny man Mickey Rooney's life came to an end when he was 93 years old. Unfortunately, his death was marred by a squabbling family whom he had disowned late in his life. There were two services held for Rooney, and according to findadeath.com, Rooney's final photo was taken in a casket at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

River Phoenix
After River Phoenix died of a drug overdose in 1993, his body was displayed in a private ceremony for 60 of his friends and family. However, a photographer broke into funeral home that was holding his body, took a photo of him lying in his casket, and sold it to the National Enquirer for a reported sum of $5,000.

Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke was an emerging soul singer who's life was cut short after he was shot in the chest while staying at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles in 1964. Thousands of fans flocked to his first funeral service in Chicago, where the now iconic photo of the deceased singer was taken. The photo, and story of Cooke's death was published in Ebony magazine.

Whitney Houston
After Whitney Houston's funeral photo leaked in 2012, her friends and family were mortified. But The National Enquirer's publisher, Mary Beth Wright, said that she felt that the photo "was beautiful." The photo was published without a credit, and the magazine refused to release details on how they received it.


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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:52:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-open-casket-funerals/mel-judson
<![CDATA[These People May Not Know Exactly What Their Shirt Says]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/offensive-shirts-on-people/ashley-reign

First and foremost, we feel the need to warn you upfront that if you consider yourself easily offended, then you may wanna go ahead and take this opportunity to run screaming into the night because it’s all disastrously downhill from here, toots! If however, you find the sight of foreign people wearing offensive English t-shirts as hilarious as the time when your friend’s trendy Japanese “courage” tattoo actually read “dickhead,” then you're in good company.

Here we’ve collected a group of unsuspecting non-English speakers, from small children to old ladies, all of whom have no idea that they’re wearing swear words on their shirts. These funny English shirts range from the wildly offensive to the randomly translated, bearing everything from insanely racist or sexist terms to sentences that don’t even make an effort to make sense.

So the next time you’re feeling inspired to pimp that cool looking Chinese character shirt, take a peek through these funny English language shirts to assess the risk that may be unknowingly involved. The bad boys you’ll see here are like an X-rated cautionary tale of exactly how wrong wearing a language you don’t understand can go.


These People May Not Know Exactly What Their Shirt Says,

At Least They're in Agreement?

Before the Censor Committee Got a Hold of the Guys at Nike...

Mickey Goes Rogue!

Well, at Least She Owns It

In His Defense, It's Definitely Accepted Everywhere

This Guy May Have a Future in the Alarm Clock Business

You Gotta Wonder If the Guy Posing with Him Finally Told Him the Horrible Truth

Okay, This One's Kind of Nailing It. Proceed, Dear Woman, Proceed.

This Poor Kid Appears Drunk Beyond His Years

Kiss Me, I'm Adorably Oblivious


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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:31:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/offensive-shirts-on-people/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[People Who Unexpectedly Died While They Were Happily Dancing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-died-while-dancing/jacob-shelton
Dancing can be dangerous. It seems every year, a trendy new dance move makes its way out of the clubs and into the world of weddings and school dances where it can be performed by drunk moms and assistant principals who think they’re way cooler than they actually are. But aside from the obvious nerdiness that twerking or nae-naeing can inspire, there’s also a dark side. In the past few years there’s been a series of dancing accidents that sound funny at first, but once it turns out that those accidents led to dancing deaths, things get a lot darker. On this list we’ve combed through the news and discovered the darkness that lies beneath the dance moves - all for a collection of stories about people who died while dancing.

Dancing deaths might sound like something out of a fairy tale, but it’s a very real thing that happens all too often. Maybe someone is just doing their best Miley impression and things get out of hand, making them yet another statistic in all too real world of twerk deaths and deaths by dancing. After you read the gruesome stories on this list, hopefully you’ll be inspired to be a bit safer the next time you go out with your friends.

Take off your dancing shoes and put on your reading glasses for this list of people who died on the dance floor. Then, vote up the most horrifying and terrible stories of people who died while dancing.
People Who Unexpectedly Died While They Were Happily Dancing,

Artist Dies While Performing Interpretive Dance
Back in 1940, a woman was practicing an interpretive dance on top of a cliff and slipped, plunging to her death. Police believe she slipped on a piece of vegetation, which caused her to tumble over the cliffs. Her fall was visible to beachcombers below who witnessed the entire nightmare.
Georgia Teen Dies While Twerking
In November 2015, a 16-year-old from Dallas, GA fell off his friend's Jeep. Though authorities accused him of car surfing, his parents said, "It was him climbing up on the hood of her car, on all fours more than likely being funny, trying to get a laugh by twerking." 
Tragically, following the fall, his head was accidentally run over by his friend. He suffered extensive brain injuries and two punctured lungs, and after some time on life support, his mother decided to let him go "peacefully."

Houston Stripper Suffers Miscarriage While Twerking
According to the Examiner, a popular stripper in Houston named Jhonni Blazed suffered a miscarriage while allegedly twerking on the stage. Despite receiving a blood transfusion from the paramedics, they weren't able to save the baby.
Canadian Man Dies While Ghost Riding the Whip
If you somehow missed it, "ghost riding the whip" was a short-lived trend where people danced on top of or near their cars when it was in neutral. In 2006, a 36-year-old man was ghost riding on top of a moving car, hit his head on the concrete, and died. It's legitimately shocking that more people didn't die doing this stunt.
A Shooting on a Dance Floor Ends a Life
In 2012, a Detroit woman was accidentally killed when she hugged an off duty police office while on the dance floor celebrating her 25th birthday. According to the officer, the woman embraced him from behind and his gun accidentally discharged.
Dancing Boy Dies at Trade Fair
In Nigeria, a boy who reportedly had sickle cell anemia was rushed to a hospital after he spent a day making money by performing "some stunts with Michael Jackson styles of dancing" at the booth of an unnamed multinational corporation.
Man Suffers Heart Attack WhileDancing at a Wedding
While at an office party in 2012, a British father of three died while performing the "Gangnam Style" dance. Reportedly, the 46-year-old man was in the middle of the horsey move when he collapsed with chest pains. A consultant cardiologist at Newcastle University issued a warning to men to not "stray outside your comfort zone" at Christmas parties.
Taliban Kills Dancing Woman
In 2009, the Taliban carried out a truly heinous act when they murdered Shabana, a Pakistani dancing girl. Allegedly four members of the terrorist organization asked her to dance for them, and before she could begin they dragged her into the street and shot her to death in front of her neighbors.
Woman Suffocates While Dancing at a Night Club
Aanchal Arora, a 23 year old from India, was in the middle of an audience of 10,000 people who were dancing to Skrillex, when she collapsed due to cardiac arrest brought on by suffocation. According to reports, only 5,000 people were expected to attend the show and as of this writing police are still waiting to to rule out foul play.
Breakdancer Dies After Attempting Backflip
At the Le Gossip nightclub in Paris, a 32-year-old man died from injuries sustained after attempting a backflip. When police arrived on the scene, the club was so crowded that they had to use tear gas to clear the building.

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Sun, 27 Nov 2016 12:51:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-died-while-dancing/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Normal-Looking Pictures with Scary Backstories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/scary-historical-photos/loganrapp
You might not think these surprisingly scary pictures are creepy at first glance, but once you learn about their backstories, you'll find out they actually document some pretty creepy moments. Whether they're historical pictures that we later learn to have chilling backstories, or more modern photos that look totally normal but come with scary backstories, all the photos below will creep you out, once you learn what was really going on behind the lens.

These scary historical photos show everything from serial killers dressed as their innocent alter egos, people unwittingly posed with their killers, and people captured moments before a great tragedy. There's even a picture of some teenagers, snapped just after one of them murdered his own parents.

Which of these normal pictures with scary backstories creep you out the most? Read on to learn the truth behind these images and vote up the ones that give you the creeps the most.
Normal-Looking Pictures with Scary Backstories,

John Wayne Gacy Clowning Around
Clowns are unsettling in general, but it becomes even more frightening when you realize that this particular clown (who went by the name of Pogo the Clown) is John Wayne Gacy, serial murderer who assaulted and murdered 30 young men in just six years.
John Lennon Gives His Killer an Autograph
This photo shows John Lennon scrawling out an autograph for a man he believed was a fan. The "fan" in the photo was in fact Mark David Chapman, who, hours later, would murder the Beatle.
Tyler Hadley, After He Killed His Parents
This looks to be just a couple of bros taking a picture at a house party. On the right, however, is Tyler Hadley, who had this picture taken while his parents were upstairs - dead. Hadley murdered them and then threw a party at the house. Michael Mandell, the boy on the left and Hadley's best friend at the time, hasn't been able to get on with his life since.
Jewelry That Was Stolen from the Jews
This looks like a photo of some sort of melting down factory, and it is - except the factory was in Hungary, during World War II. All the jewelry in the photo was stolen from Jews during the Holocaust.
The Last-Known Photo of James Bulger
This security camera shot shows what looks to be a couple of young boys escorting an even younger kid. This happens to be the last-known picture of James Bulger, a three-year old who was abducted from a mall. Later, the two 10-year old boys would torture and murder Bulger. The boys were convicted of murder and became the youngest convicted murderers of the 20th century.
Family Portrait with Their Assassin
Manila city councilman Reynaldo Dagsa was taking a New Year's Eve photo of his family. When he snapped the shot, he didn't notice the man on the left, aiming a gun at him; he was murdered where he stood. The killer was Michael Gonzalez, whom Dagsa had previous sent away to prison for stealing cars.
Father and Daughter Before the Omagh Bombing
This photo, of a father and daughter in Omagh, a County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, was taken moments before the red car next to it exploded, resulting in 29 deaths at the hands of a splinter IRA group called the "Real IRA" in 1998. Seamus Daly is only now standing trial for the terrorist attack.
The "Shadows" of Hiroshima Victims
While this looks like strange shadows on walls and steps, they aren't exactly shadows. These are the carbon imprints of people and objects that were permanently seared into the concrete at the moment of the Hiroshima bombing.
Regina Kay Walters, Photographed by Her Kidnapper
This is Regina Kay Walters. In this photo, she has her hands up, as if she didn't want to be photographed. The reality is that this photo was taken by Robert Ben Rhoades, who had kidnapped her, and would later murder her.
Finger Guns in the Columbine Class Photo
At first glance, this looks like a typical high school class photo, with kids making weird faces, goofing around. However, in the upper left, you'll see two teenagers making finger guns at the camera. Those kids are Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the two perpetrators of the Columbine High School shooting.

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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:11:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/scary-historical-photos/loganrapp
<![CDATA[Lottery Winners Who Lost Everything]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/lottery-winner-stories/jacob-shelton
It’s almost a cliché in this day and age that when someone wins the lottery they’ll be broke and destitute before they even get their first check. Lottery winner horror stories are all too common these days. Not all of the stories are the same, but they begin the same way, with someone having the best day of their, and not realizing that they never should have played the lottery. On this list of lottery winner stories there are millionaires who became even richer while they circled the drain, garbage men who found out that they had a penchant for prostitutes, and a couple of people who just couldn’t stop gambling. If you’re a Powerball player or a scratch-off nut, be mindful of the stories on this list of lottery winners who lost everything.

Lottery winners horror stories may always end with someone working at McDonalds, or fishing change out of the city dump, but that doesn’t mean that the same thing’s going to happen to you if you win the lottery. If you pay close enough attention to this list, there’s a good chance that your lottery-winning experience will play out in a much happier way. Just don’t buy a new car immediately, that seems to be where most of these people go wrong. Check out this list of the biggest lottery losers and start fantasizing about your lucky numbers.

Vote up the worst story of a lottery winner destroying their lives, and then leave a comment about what you’d do if you won the lottery.
Lottery Winners Who Lost Everything,

16 Year Old Wins Lottery and Things Go About How You'd Expect
Why 16 year olds are allowed to play the lottery in Europe is beyond us, but Callie Rogers's winnings are probably going to change everything. When she was 16 she won £1,875,000 (equal to about $2,846,812). She said that she initially planned on helping out her family, but that obviously didn't happen. Instead, she underwent two breast implant surgeries, bought about $380,000 of cocaine, and attempted suicide four times. Rogers is now in school to become a nurse.
Lottery Winner Has to Split Winnings with a Waiter
In 2014, a waiter pestered his boss about buying lottery tickets after he had a dream that the manager, Hayati Kucukkoylu, was showing off a briefcase full of cash. Kucukkoylu went out and bought some lottery tickets and lo and behold - he won $1.7 million. Even though the manager bought the ticket and guessed the numbers, the waiter felt that he was entitled to half of the money since he was the guy who convinced his boss to buy a ticket in the first place. A judge ruled in favor of the waiter, saying he was "a strong believer in the power of dreams, he interpreted his own dream to mean that he and Mr. Kucukkoylu would win the lottery," and that they were equally deserving of the winnings.

See what bad things happened to this international lottery winner. 

Ryan Magee's £6.4 Million Blunder
Ryan Magee made quite possibly the biggest mistake that a lottery winner can make. When he won £6.4 million in the EuroMillions lottery he immediately went out and bought a £170,000 Ferrari. But his luck didn't last, he's since had to put his home up for sale, broken up with his wife, and his business went belly up. In February of 2015 he was pulled over while driving a Ford Focus. 
Man's Friend Steals His Winning Lottery Ticket
In December of 2015, Santiago Gasca bought a scratch off lottery ticket and won $40,000. Unfortunately Gasca was an undocumented worker who couldn't cash the ticket. When he offered his wife's co-worker $1,000 to cash the check, she happily did as he asked, but kept the full amount.
Lottery Winner Spends Fortune on Drugs
Michael Carroll is a British lottery winner who won £9 million at the age of 19 and went effing crazy. At one point he was reportedly snorting cocaine through a gold pen, while using a catapult to destroy the town he lived in. By 2012 he'd run out of cash and was back on the dole. But don't worry about ol' Mike Carroll, he's got himself a job at a shortbread cookie factory and he's pretty sure things are going to be a-okay.

See which lottery winner spent their money on this crazy thing.

British Mom Sets £1.8 Million on Fire
Lara Griffiths had a rough time after she and her husband won £1.8 million from the lottery. After buying a £800,000 barn conversion (whatever that is), a couple of cars (duh, of course), and a few exotic vacations, a fire broke out on New Year's 2010 and that was the beginning of the end. Lara and her husband we underinsured, and their relationship buckled under the strain of their losses.
California Man Loses Lottery Ticket & 1 Million Dollars
A man in Rosemead, CA became the punching bag of the Internet when he bought a Powerball ticket that was worth $1 million, but for some reason never came forward to claim his cash. According to NBC Los Angeles, the employees at the supermarket where the ticket was purchased that the man knew he won, but may have lost his ticket, which makes this entire story even more depressing.

Vivian Nicholson's Money Went Fast
Vivian Nicholson became famous when she told British tabloids that she would "spend, spend, spend" after her husband won £152,319 (the equivalent of £3.03 million in 2015). According to Nicholson, they bought ALL THE STUFF while traveling the world, and for some reason they never thought to save. As of 2007, Vivian was once again looking for a job.
Sharon Tirabassi Spent $10 Million in 10 Years
Sharon Tirabassi won $10 million in Ontario and she almost immediately started buying everything under the sun. To hear Tirabassi explain it, she bought a "big house, fancy cars, designer clothes, lavish parties, and exotic trips." Couple those things with loaning money to friends and now she's back to the real world, living paycheck to paycheck.



Jack Whittaker Drags Everyone Around Him Down
When Jack Whittaker won the lottery he was already a millionaire. So when he was awarded $314 million he probably figured that he could do no wrong. Whittaker opted to take his prize as a one-time payout of $113,386,407.77, after taxes. Shortly afterwards his car was robbed of $545,000 in cash that Whittaker carried around in a suitcase. After that things continued to go downhill. Family members died of drug overdoses, and friends of family followed suit, but Whittaker somehow managed to survive.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:21:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/lottery-winner-stories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[25 Utterly Baffling WikiHow Illustrations]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wikihow-pictures/alexfurlin
WikiHow is one of the more noble websites out there - all it does is seek to help people with an impressively far-reaching scope of ultra-specific problems and situations. A lot of these problems are too embarrassing to actually ask someone for help, so WikiHow is always there for you.

Unfortunately, many of the illustrations that accompany its helpful articles are anything but: they're bafflingly surreal, poorly drawn, confusing as hell, and above all, absolutely hilarious. Due to WikiHow's open-ended submission process, anyone can write an article, and anyone can upload their own illustrations. The result? Some of the Internet's finest, weirdest, and flat-out funniest drawings.

Upvote the funniest and most baffling WikiHow pictures and illustrations below, and maybe learn something about what hockey has to do with being a good friend in the process.
25 Utterly Baffling WikiHow Illustrations,

Beak Boy Gets Decked by a Fist Bigger Than His Whole Head
I wonder if he previously got his nosed punched off? Is this actually a picture of David and Goliath? Because whoever is punching Sharp Lips McGee is clearly twice to three times his size - so big that the sheer movement of his fist through the air creates some sort of energetic force field.

WikiHow: "How to Play Magic: the Gathering"
CGI Bobby Could Perfectly Fit a Banana on the Bridge of His Nose
CGI can be annoying and glaringly obvious at times, but bad CGI is truly disturbing. Case in point: Bobby here, who is running away from a street fight in the world's most periwinkle alleyway ever. 

Literally every single CGI image in this article is laugh-out-loud hilarious, and I really could have picked any of them to show you here. I highly recommend you scroll through all of the images in this article as you learn "How to Win a Street Fight."

Nope, That's Not Poop
This illustration is for the article "How to Help a Cat Give Birth," but the actual step that this drawing is demonstrating is "Wash Your Hands." The step makes no reference to the birth actually starting, and it's unclear why there's a giant red arrow pointing to what we can only assume is the top of the newborn kitten's head. We would have probably noticed it anyway.

But then again, since it isn't labeled, and it really doesn't look like any part of a newborn kitten, it's entirely possible that someone drew a picture of a cat pooping for no reason, put it into this article without context, and nobody noticed. Kudos, mystery illustrator.

Whose Arm Is That? Is That Even an Arm? Oh God, What's Happening?
I'm disturbed. That fleshy noodle clearly belongs to one of these two gentlemen, but it doesn't clearly fit with either of them. Is the arm wrapping around that dog, or does it just have no fingers at all? It looks like a human octopus tentacle - and that's terrifying.

WikiHow: "Choose a Shiba Inu Puppy"
Power Rangers Play Hockey, Apparently
Seriously, is there any other explanation for this? Who plays hockey dressed like this?

And I doubt you would have guessed that this illustration comes from the article for "How to Be a Good Girlfriend."
Slobber Over an Ice Cube with Your Lover
If anyone has actually shared an ice cube with their partner as they made out, please let me know what it felt like, because that looks absolutely terrifying. It looks like they're Homer Simpson-level drooling all over one another, and there's a certain point where a wet kiss goes from hot, to actually needing a bath towel to clean up. 

WikiHow: "How to Spice Up Kissing"
Use a Horse as Your Bank Robbery Getaway Vehicle
Is that kid testing to see how much weight his horse can support? If so, he must be seriously flush with cash. Maybe his horse has back problems and he's trying to realign its spine? It's just too confusing.

This image is from the article "How to Convince Your Parents to Let You Buy a Horse," and apparently the illustration is to demonstrate "having a complete breakdown of what every aspect of horse ownership will cost." If anyone guessed that just from looking at this image, you're probably the person who drew it in the first place.
One of the Best Typos Ever
I'm pretty sure whoever wrote this article, "How to Get a Huge Butt," meant to write "Butt Enhancement Cream," which is a real thing that stimulates the growth of fat cells wherever you rub it in. A cream to make your butt bigger is pretty golden on its own, but nothing beats the wonderful typo that turned it into "Butt Enchantment Cream," which makes it sound like an ancient potion brewed by a witch who was jealous that nobody liked her un-enchanting butt.

What the F*ck Is Going On?
I give up. I can't do it anymore. There's no way this illustrates anything that is understandable to a human being. Goodnight.

WikiHow: "How to Get a Girl to Fall in Love with You"
Lazy-Eye Dan Can't Get That Porcupine Out of His Mind
The explanation for this one is as close to reasonable as they come on this list: it's for a step-by-step guide on how to remove porcupine quills, should you ever find yourself attacked by a porcupine. So in this picture, the guy is calling a professional quill remover, which, yes, is a real job. 

The gem is this guy's completely unfocused eyes, though I guess if you were pricked by a porcupine, you'd be going nuts too. 

WikiHow: "How to Remove Porcupine Quills"

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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:41:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/wikihow-pictures/alexfurlin
<![CDATA[43 Bathroom Signs That Will Really Make You Think... and LOL]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-bathroom-signs/ashley-reign
As every great small business owner knows, it's often the little things that can make a place unique. Despite the fact that the bathroom door might be the last place you’d expect to find a touch of creativity, these funny bathroom signs will make you think again. Here we’ve collected some of the cleverest, most creative, and even a little weird bathroom door signs from around the world.

What makes these bathroom gender indicators so unique? Well, as you’ll see throughout the photos below, some of them find clever ways to work in the type of business they’re located in, such as a bowling alley, a dog grooming shop, and even a farm. Others cut the language barrier right in half but using imagery to convey their point, some a little more graphically than others.

So whether you’re looking for ideas to spruce up the laugh factor of your small business via ideas for funny bathroom door signs of your own or are just out for a good laugh, you've come to the right place. You’ll be chuckling in no time at the huge variety of creativity and cleverness that were put in to these funny bathroom doors from around the world!


43 Bathroom Signs That Will Really Make You Think... and LOL,

These Clever Signs for Pet Shops or Dog Groomers

Remember in Science Class When You Asked When You'd Ever Use This?

Hehehe

This Awesome Sign We Somehow Suspect Was Designed by a Woman

These Bathrooms Assure You the Seat Is Right Where You Like It

This Clever Sign May Explain Why Men Love Beer and Women Love Cosmos

These Hysterical Doors That Get It Right

When Gamers Build a Place to Go

Even Ladies Have to Admit This Is Hilarious

Doesn't Get More Clear Than That


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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:51:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-bathroom-signs/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[License Plates You Can't Believe Got Past the DMV Screeners]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dirty-license-plates/jacob-shelton
How did these dirty liscense plates make it past the DMV screeners? One of the most important parts of growing up is getting your first car. But after the novelty of driving around wears off, you’ve got to keep the vehicular excitement flowing somehow. The best, and most legal, way to do that is to put dirty jokes on license plates and slap 'em on your car. It may sound infantile, but trust us, it’s hilarious. Think of the thrill that you get when you see a car flying down the highway with a set of raunchy license plates - and now imagine giving that thrill to other drivers. It’s awesome, right? If you’re still on the fence about the over all radness of inappropriate license plates, take a gander at this list of license plates that you won’t believe made it past the DMV - you'll be forever changed

Of all the ways you can customize your car, adding raunchy license plates might be the best. Not only are you showing off your juvenile/awesome sense of humor, but you’re keying in other drivers to the fact that you rule and they drool. Some of the license plates on this list have been recalled, and for good reason, they’ve gone past being raunchy fun and crossed over into the nightmare fuel/racist zone – and nobody likes it when someone takes things that far. But those inappropriate license plates are still included on this list because no one knows how they made it past the DMV.

Vote up the raunchiest license plate pictures ever seen, and tell everyone about the hilarious and risque license plate that you managed to pass by the DMV.
License Plates You Can't Believe Got Past the DMV Screeners,

I'd Still Vote for Him

Wrong End of the Car, Dude

I C What U Did There

Maybe He Rates Vibes? Yeah, That's It!

When Is the DMV Going to Stop Falling for This?

Give This Man a Fedora and He's the Coolest Dude in the World

We Also Know What It's Like to Not Give Forks

Also Your Mom

Preferably Not While You're Driving

Is This on the Cialis Truck?


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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:31:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/dirty-license-plates/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[33 Hilarious Toilet Seat Covers to Trick Your Houseguests]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-toilet-seat-covers/jacob-shelton
Unless you have a panic room, one of the safest places in every home is the bathroom. It’s the only place you can get some true alone time, and be sure no one’s going to bother you. That is, unless you know any of the people behind the pictures on this list of funny toilet seat covers - in that case, all bets are off. On this list there are funny toilet seat covers, scary toilet seat covers, and toilet seat covers that will make you scratch your head (hopefully after you’ve washed your hands). If you fancy yourself a bit of a prankster, hopefully these funny toilet seats will give you an idea of how to take your funny house game to the next level, starting with the John, water closet, or whatever you call it.

If you’re the kind of person who feels like Whoopee Cushions are too subtle, you’re going to love the joke toilet seat covers on this list. Not only are they a (porcelain) barrel full of laughs, but they’ll make your house or apartment look 10 times more put together and hilarious. Seriously, you’ll go from being a troll without a seat cover to a full blown adult. Well, mostly an adult, these are silly toilet seat covers we’re talking about here.

Funny seat covers are a fun way to trick your friends, and entertain guests who are probably expecting a run of the mill porcelain throne when they go to inspect your bathroom. For ideas on how to spruce up your bathroom check out this list of hilarious toilet seat covers. Then, vote up the silliest of them all, and if you’ve got something interesting in your bathroom – tell everyone about it in the comments!
33 Hilarious Toilet Seat Covers to Trick Your Houseguests,

It Flushes in Less Than 12 Parsecs

Like Trainspotting, but Somehow More Gross

Um... Wrong Eye

Good Ol' Fashioned Nightmare Fuel

Brings a New Meaning to Crocodile Tears

Where You Gonna Go?

Why Potty Train Your Kid When You Could Scare Them to Death?

Hopefully That's Carbonite

For the Person Who Hates Their Guests

These Are Not the Nuts You're Looking For


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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:21:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-toilet-seat-covers/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[17 of the Strangest Thanksgiving Traditions Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-thanksgiving-traditions/jacob-shelton
If you live in America, your family probably has some sort of Thanksgiving tradition. Maybe you and your mom watch the big game while your dad obsesses over the turkey, or maybe you and your siblings pitch in to make an epic dessert. But not all Thanksgiving traditions happen in the USA. In America, most people make a turkey with stuffing and the works, but in some countries Thanksgiving is celebrated in a cemetery, or by playing drums to a yam. Weird Thanksgiving traditions can take a lot of forms; from dressing up like homeless people and asking for candy, to eating crab instead of turkey. After all it’s not how you celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s who you celebrate it with that counts. We've put together a list of the weirdest Thanksgiving traditions that are bizarre, strange, or downright unheard of. 

One of the most obvious things about old Thanksgiving traditions is that they’re all really weird. At different times in America’s history, people have dressed up in creepy masks, or pretended to be homeless people. Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday that’s usually connected to strange celebrations, but after reading this list you’ll see that America’s turkey day really is the epicenter of a lot of weird rituals.

Vote up the strangest Thanksgiving traditions below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
17 of the Strangest Thanksgiving Traditions Ever,

Pardoning a Turkey
In 1947, a weird tradition known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation was founded under the Truman administration. However, Ronald Reagan was actually the first present to formally "pardon" one of the turkeys given to him. Truman, Eisenhower, and several other presidents actually ate the turkeys presented to them. In 1988, George H.W. Bush instituted the turkey pardon as a national tradition while he was in office. 


 

Frozen Turkey Bowling
At the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse,  their most popular Thanksgiving tradition is an event called Frozen Turkey Bowling where people hurl frozen, oiled-up turkeys down a grocery store aisle at a set of bowling pins. Their event raises money to combat smoking, which is an awesome reason to throw a dead, frozen, bird at a bunch of bowling pins.


 

The Turkey Trot
Turkey trot 5Ks happen all over the country. Thousands of full-grown adults each year don turkey costumes and go jogging before consuming billions of calories later that evening. Although it's probably just a ploy to get out of helping your mom make all those side dishes before your crazy Uncle Larry shows up and falls asleep in the potato salad, turkey trots are definitely a weird Thanksgiving tradition to behold. 

 

North Tech's Pie Throwing Event
At the North Technical high school in Missouri, they host an annual event where people throw pies into the faces of their administrators. 

 

Black Friday
Can we all admit that Black Friday is the worst holiday ever? It's basically just an excuse for middle-aged women to stomp one another to death in a Macy's parking lot over a discounted Keurig. Like Mother's Day and Valentines Day, Black Friday wasn't even a thing until we decided it was, and started camping out in front of Target to buy TVs at a slight discount.


 

Thanksgiving Pie Eating Contest
Broomfield, Colorado loves Thanksgiving so much that they host an annual pumpkin pie eating contest each year. Contestants have to finish a whole pie as fast as they can with their hands tied behind their backs. 
 

Thanksgiving Masking
In the 19th century, "masking" was a Halloween-like tradition where adults and kids alike would dress up on Thanksgiving. Most people would wear masks, but others got a little more creative; many young boys would cross-dress as their sisters, and some even went as far as dressing up like prominent political figures. These handmade costumes were a little scary to behold, and the tradition eventually devolved down to Ragamuffin Day. 
 

Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash
This Thanksgiving tradition is both weird and adorable. On Thanksgiving at the Santa Barbara Zoo in California, people are encouraged to come out and watch different animals "interact" with pumpkins. 

 

Ragamuffin Day
During the early 20th century, children used to dress down in rags on Thanksgiving, go door to door, and ask, "Anything for Thanksgiving?" They were rewarded with a piece of candy, a penny, or an apple.

 

Ghana's Yam Blessing
Ghana's Thanksgiving is so amazing, and so so weird. Their harvest festival is called Homowo which means "hooted at hunger," and they bless yams, dress them up, and then there's a lot of drumming. It's like if an 8 year old farmer who never heard of Thanksgiving was asked to make up a festival.




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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:41:04 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-thanksgiving-traditions/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Creepiest Ice Cream Trucks Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-ice-cream-truck-photos/jacob-shelton
Close your eyes. Take a mental journey with us. You're nine years old, sitting home alone on a Tuesday afternoon in the summer time. You're bored. Your parents are at work, and your older brother is supposed to be watching you, but he's on the landline chatting with Stacey from summer school. Suddenly, your ears perk up. Could it be? It is! The ice cream truck is coming around the corner! Pockets stuffed to bursting with one dollar bills and loose change, you sprint to the sidewalk. Too late, you realize, that this isn't the happy-go-lucky, smile-infested truck of your wildest, ice-creamiest dreams, but rather, a vehicle of nightmares. Yes, your worst fears have come true. You have stumbled on the creepy ice cream truck, the one that no child ever dare approach.  

We all know exactly what the creepy ice cream truck looks and sounds like. Windowless van. Vague, fading stickers. Bizarre, flavorless products. An old, wheezing rendition of "All Around the Mulberry Bush" bleating helplessly from the speakers like a dying animal. The driver smells like old soup and dirty sneakers, and is probably wearing a clown mask. You hang your head and go back inside, too scared to ask for a Popsicle, or even a soft-serve cone. 

We've put together a list of the creepiest ice cream trucks on the block so that you'll know which ones to avoid during the next summer heatwave. Vote up the creepiest ice cream trucks you see below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
The Creepiest Ice Cream Trucks Ever,

There's Nothing Quite Like an Ice Cream Van with a Cage!

This Ice Cream Van Is the Actual Embodiment of the Sex Offender's Registry

Didn't Ben & Jerry's Start Off in a Dark, Spray-Painted Van?

Who Dat Man in the Black Sedan with Two Cheap Big Sticks and a Bowl of Flan?

The Last Known Photograph of Timmy, Circa Summer '94

This Creepy Ice Cream Van Runs on Nightmare Fuel

Oh Look Honey, the Insane Clown Posse's Here

All Work and No Treats Makes Jack a Dull Boy

There Is No Escape From This Slimy, Green "Ice Cream Truck"

Did Anyone Else Hear a Kid Tapping "SOS" on the Window in Morse Code?


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<![CDATA[36 Hilarious Groomsman and Bridesmaid Fails]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/groomsman-and-bridesmaid-fails/ashley-reign
There's nothing better than wedding party fails. Especially if you can relate all too well to the old saying, "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride?" Do you find yourself having to restrain your latent bitterness as you watch friend after friend walk down the aisle? Or perhaps you're a guy who just doesn't get the whole wedding thing and have found yourself having to fight the urge to drift off for a mid-day nap as you stand there doing your duty as a groomsman? Well, here you’ll find a group of funny fail gifs featuring bridesmaids and groomsmen whose valiant efforts didn’t turn out quite as gracefully as one might hope.

The collection you’ll see below includes everything from funny bridesmaids gifs featuring women who are way past taking chances when it comes to catching the coveted bouquet to groomsmen who are trying way too hard to impress the ladies. If you thought your wedding procession was a little rocky, come on in and prepare to feel way better about it pretty much immediately. We’ve got bridesmaids falling, groomsmen fainting during the vows, and even a swan who’s had enough of always being pushed into the background of wedding photos.

So the next time you’re having a little trouble getting pumped for another friend’s wedding, get a load of these groomsman and bridesmaid fails that’ll remind you just how important it is to stay on your toes. After all, while your pal’s wedding is more than likely only going to last a day, embarrassing wedding gifs tend to have longer lives than... well, most marriages.  


36 Hilarious Groomsman and Bridesmaid Fails,

And You Thought Your Bridesmaids Dress Was Bad...


The Sea: Worst Best Man Ever


Sometimes Even Impending Love Hurts


How to Infuriate Every Single Woman in the Room in Five Seconds or Less


Why Weddings Aren't Generally the Best Place to Show Off Pole Dancing Skills


That Awkward Moment When the Missing Groomsman Wakes Up from the Bachelor Party


Ahh... the Old "Give a Bridesmaid a Concussion" Game


Why It Might Not Be the Best Idea to Include Dogs in the Wedding Party


Why Grooms Don't Traditionally Throw Bouquets


The Best Man Domino Fail



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Sat, 26 Nov 2016 12:41:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/groomsman-and-bridesmaid-fails/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[Celebrity Equations That Will Make Everything Clear]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-equations/jacob-shelton
Celebrities, by nature, are gorgeous creatures who have a certain look that regular folk find irresistible. Some say that famous people have symmetrical faces that appeal to our subconscious. That may be true, but what's definitely true is that a lot of celebs seem to be made up of other famous people! With that train of thought, it’s easy to use celebrity math to find celebrities who look like each other.

With some acting pairs like Johnny Depp and Skeet Ulrich, the math is pretty simple. But sometimes you have to get creative - like when you’re trying to use celebrity equations to get from Jim Carrey to Gary Busey. But if you put your mind to it, and show your work, you can totally get there. Not convinced? Check out this list of celebrities who look like each other.

Believe it or not, some celebrities get roles in films and television mainly because they look like another star. Producers think: "Hey, people love Liam Hemsworth? Let's pack our movie with guys who look like him! That way, people might be tempted to check out our film too!" If you think casting agents are filling roles at random, think again. It’s a trade secret that Hollywood insiders do intense celebrity math equations to figure out which famous people resemble one another.

When you dig into this list of celebrity equations, don’t get in too deep or you’ll end up like a character in a Christopher Nolan film, or maybe you’ll become a minor math celebrity. Whatever the consequences, keep scrolling and have some fun!
Celebrity Equations That Will Make Everything Clear,

Corey Feldman + Glasses = Skrillex
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Jim Carrey + a Horse = Gary Busey

Irwin Keyes + Mr. Pink = Quentin Tarantino

Jesus + Peewee Herman = Jared Leto
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Riggs + Murtaugh = Lionel Richie
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Daniel Day Lewis + Miley Cyrus = Morrissey

Michael McDonald + the Scream = Nicolas Cage

Christian Bale + Edgar Allan Poe = Leonardo DiCaprio

John C. Reilly + Ellen = Gordon Ramsay
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Bald John Travolta + Cute Cat in a Hat = Bryan Cranston
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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:18:37 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-equations/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Craziest Tom Cruise Scientology Rumors, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tom-cruise-scientology-rumors/harmonleon
On the October 30, 2015 episode of ABC's 20/20, actress Leah Remini divulged details on the series of events that led to her leaving the Church of Scientology in 2013. A main disclosure: Remini alleges that there are serious consequences if Church members criticize the cult’s most famous son: Tom Cruise. Yes, in the Scientology world, one should never badmouth the diminutive (5'7") star of Cocktail, Days of Thunder, and Rock of Ages.  

Cruise joined Scientology in 1986, during the time between filming Risky Business and Top Gun; It's not hard to see how being hooked up to an E-Meter transformed his career. Scientology has always loved celebrities.

What is scientology and what are the main Scientology beliefs? In 1955, science fiction writer and founder of the religion L. Ron Hubbard had a written a Scientology program governing celebrity recruitment. He called it “Project Celebrity.” Hubbard offered rewards to Scientologists who targeted movie stars and celebrities. It was stated that: "If you bring one of them home you will get a small plaque as your reward." Hubbard believed that famous people would give his organization legitimacy. In a newsletter, Hubbard listed 63 famous celebrities for members to target. Walt Disney was on the list. So were Picasso, Liberace, and Groucho Marx. (None of them became Scientologists.)

Jump ahead to the modern day: Mr. Tom Cruise is now the most outspoken celebrity supporter of the Church of Scientology. The actor lives and breathes everything Planet Xenu. Naturally, there are some nutty (but maybe true) Tom Cruise and Scientology rumors floating around. This list ranks the craziest of the bunch, strap yourself in to a nearby E-Meter and get ready to upvote the Tom Cruise Scientology rumors and tales you think are most bizarre.

And remember, these are all “just rumors."

The Craziest Tom Cruise Scientology Rumors, Ranked,

Tom Cruise Doesn't Just Dislike Psychiatry, He Thinks It's Evil
Scientology itself is very anti-psychiatry. Founder L. Ron Hubbard, proclaimed psychiatry was an evil enterprise, a form of terrorism, and the cause of crime. Hubbard’s anti-psychiatry themes were first introduced in his sci-fi books Mission Earth and Battlefield Earth.

In a famous 2005 interview with Matt Lauer, Tom Cruise defended his criticism of Brooke Shields taking medication for post-partum depression. When Lauer talked about certain drugs helping people he knew, Cruise said: "You're glib." And later in the charged interview, "You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do."

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Tom Cruise IS Scientology
In her 20/20 interview, Remini revealed that Tom Cruise was one of the main factors leading to her leaving Scientology. She said Cruise is so important to the church that the two are inseparable. Thus, in Scientology logic: an attack on Tom Cruise is an attack on Scientology. “Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself,” Remini said. “You are evil.”

Image: 360b / Shutterstock.com
A Norwegian Woman Was Tricked Into Screen Testing for the Role of Mrs. Tom Cruise
In 2005, Anette Iren Johansen was among the many women who unknowingly auditioned for the part of Mrs. Tom Cruise. The Norwegian, now ex-Scientologist, claimed the church "tricked" her into a "screen test."

Johansen thought she was being summoned by the church to make a Scientology training film. Instead, she was grilled about her sex life – in an attempt to see if she would make a good mate for Cruise. It wasn’t until years later when Johansen read an interview with film director and former Scientologist Paul Haggis that she realized she had been duped. Haggis mentioned the Tom Cruise mate audition scheme and Johansen realized, "Oh my God, that's exactly the process I went through."

Image: anetteiren.com

Tom Cruise Freaked Out Jerry O’Connell
In 2008, Jerry O’Connell made a Tom Cruise Scientology parody video for Funny or Die. O’Connell’s video is a satire of the infamous/intense video interview Cruise gave about Scientology. Cruise wields such power in the Scientology community that O’Connell still avoids him to this day.

“I have not run into him,” he said on the podcast Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss. “I saw him at one event and I hid. I had to be at the event — I hid for as long as I could and when it was time to disperse, I literally was the first at valet.”

Image: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Tom Cruise Offered to Discipline Insubordinate Scientologists
It has been alleged that Scientology leader, David Miscavige, instigates brutal tactics to keep Scientology members in line. Obviously, Tom Cruise has an intense devotion to Scientology. It has also been alleged that Cruise offered to "beat the living sh*t” out of insubordinate members for not properly preparing for his visit to the church's Hemet, CA compound.

Allegedly, three men were repeatedly beaten by Miscavige’s crew – who threatened that Cruise was on his way to take part in the discipline.

Tom Cruise Has Allegedly Reached the Highest OT Levels
Regardless of how Tom Cruise performs at the box office, it’s been reported that he has risen to the highest echelons of the Church of Scientology. Yes, Cruise has reportedly reached the ranks of "Operating Thetan Seven" or "OT-VII." This level of Scientology gives Cruise more authoritative power.

OTs can allegedly move inanimate objects with their minds, leave their bodies at will, and telepathically communicate, and control the behavior of animals and human beings.

Image: oneinchpunch / Shutterstock.com

Tom Cruise Could Be the Organization's Number Two
When he was a teenager, former Scientologist Marc Headley was personally audited by Tom Cruise. In a Vanity Fair article: Headley said, “Dave [Miscavige] told us in a meeting that if he could he’d make Tom Cruise inspector general - second-in-command." Miscavige allegedly went on to say, “that if he weren’t Tom Cruise the actor he would be the number two.” (Emphasis in original.)

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The Church Allegedly Auditioned Women for the Role of Mrs. Tom Cruise
In the fall of 2004, actress Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland) was reportedly being groomed by the Church to be the next Mrs. Tom Cruise. Boniadi was summoned to meet a high-ranking Scientologist at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood. She was only told that she was selected for a very top-secret mission that would entail meeting dignitaries around the world and make the world a better place.

As a Scientologist, Boniadi jumped on board. She began a month-long process of being audited every day – which included telling innermost secrets about her sex life.

It didn’t help matters that Boniadi already had a boyfriend. To squash her feelings towards him, Boniadi was allegedly shown confidential information from her Scientologist boyfriend’s auditing tapes, in hopes it would end their relationship. In the end, it's said the Church of Scientology didn’t find her a suitable girlfriend for Cruise - and she fell out of favor with the organization.

Image: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Scientology Broke Up Tom Cruise’s Marriage to Nicole Kidman
Remember when Tom Cruise was married to Nicole Kidman? It’s alleged that the Church of Scientology broke up their marriage and turned their adoptive children against Kidman. The church allegedly told the children that Kidman was a "Suppressive Person" (a Scientology term for those who aren't believers). It didn’t help matters that Kidman’s father was a renowned psychologist in Australia.

The Church of Scientology allegedly waged an aggressive campaign to get Cruise to dump Kidman, which included wiretapping her phone.

Image: Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

Tom Cruise Freaked Out Scarlett Johansson
According to Andrew Morton, author of Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography, many Hollywood women were brought in to a Scientology center, as potential prospects for Cruise's next girlfriend, before the Church chose Katie Holmes.

Among these women was Scarlett Johansson. Marc Headley, former Scientologist and Sea Org member (author of Blown for Good) said, "They went for Jennifer Garner, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba, in that order. Jennifer and Jessica didn’t bite, but Scarlett… came in for an audition. When she arrived at the address and found out it was the Scientology center in Hollywood, she freaked out and didn’t do a tape.”
 
Image: Featureflash / Shutterstock.com


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<![CDATA[The Most Extreme Body Modifications Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/extreme-body-modifications/jacob-shelton
Believe it or not, extreme body modification has been happening since the dawn of civilization. Different tribes from across the world have scarred their bodies with various tattoos and piercings in an effort to show that they were brave, could take pain, and were in touch with the spirit realm. But in the modern era, extreme body mods have taken on a completely different meaning.

Men and women are able to get piercings and tattoos at the drop of a hat, so the practitioners of extreme body piercing have had to branch out further in to set themselves apart from all the squares who decided to gauge their ears after seeing a Hawthorne Heights music video. If you have a weak stomach, prepare yourself for this list of the most extreme body modifications ever.

Extreme body modifications have taken on many forms in recent years. From getting patterned facial scarring, to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to look like a children’s toy, and even installing microchips in your body to better communicate with technology, people all over the world are taking body modification and applying to their own truths. Even though it might seem a bit strange now, it’s entirely possible than in a couple of decades, extreme piercing, and body modifications might be the normal standard of beauty.

Vote up the most extreme forms of body modification, and the people who altered their bodies in the craziest of ways. And if you want, leave us a comment about the totally insane butterfly tattoo you have on your shoulder.
The Most Extreme Body Modifications Ever,

The Vampire Woman of Mexico
María José Cristerna, or the Vampire Woman, is a former lawyer and current mother of four who also happens to hold the world record for the woman with the most body modifications. She has a collection of transdermal implants on her forehead, chest, and arms, as well as all the piercings. 

 

The Lizard Man Is More Than a Pretty Face
Erik Sprague was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky and he (presumably) was not covered in scales. Before he began undergoing a transformation that left him with sharpened teeth, a full body of green scale tattoos, a bifurcated tongue, and sub-dermal implants, he was a PhD candidate at the university of Albany. Now he just hangs out in Austin and makes that sweet sweet Lizard Man money. 
Crocodile Scarification
Papua New Guinea is a place full of curious tribal customs, but the most painful custom is that of crocodile scarification. Traditionally, the young men of the tribe are inflicted with hundreds of deep cuts in cascading patterns down their backs, arms, chest and buttocks to give their skin the look and feel of a crocodile’s body. All of this work is done with a sliver of bamboo. 
Giraffe Woman of Los Angeles
While in middle school, Sydney V. Smith became obsessed with the women of the Kayan Lahwi tribes of Thailand and Burma who encase their necks in brass rings. Since the age of 28, she's been wearing brass rings around her neck in an attempt to elongate it and she says it's working! 


 

Sudanese Body Scarification
The scars carved across the faces and bodies of Ethiopian and Sudanese tribe members are some of the most painful types of scarification known to man. Many of the markings are etched onto the tribe's members bodies at a young age, and they're done so without any anesthetic. If the receiver shows any signs of pain, they'll be seen as weak. Many of the women of the tribe see the scars as an ability to cope with pain and a sign that they will be able to cope with childbirth in future.
Valeria Lukyanova, Human Barbie
Although the modifications of the human Barbie are highly debated, there's no denying that through contacts, breast augmentation, and a ~ totally legit workout routine~ Valeria Lukyanova has made herself look like a Barbie doll, and has worked her way into your nightmares. 
Magnetic Finger Implants (How Do They Work?)
For people who are interested in sensory augmentation, magnetic finger implants make total sense. Pun intended? The piercings supposedly give the wearer the ability to sense electromagnetic shifts around them, and they can pick up small pieces of metal with their fingers. 
Most Pierced Woman Marries Balding Old Frump
The most pierced woman in the world, Elaine Davidson, has 6,925 piercings, and some of them weigh up to seven pounds. In 2011 she married the love her life, a pretty boring-looking guy with nary a tattoo. The story of their wedding is very sweet because duh, they're in the kind of love that can only occur when one of you has almost 7,000 piercings. 


 

Ladies Are Getting Elf Ears
A body modification that really took off after the Lord of the Rings films was having your ears shaved into points at the top to give the impression that you're a creature of the elven variety. Out of all the extreme body modifications on this list, elf ears might be the one that's the creepiest. 


 

The Enigma? The Enigma
The Enigma is a sideshow performer who began undergoing a jigsaw puzzle-related transformation in 1992, and still hasn't stopped. He tours constantly, so if you want to see him throw chainsaws or whatever, you can totes do that

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<![CDATA[The Most Insane Fast Food-Related Crimes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fast-food-crimes/jacob-shelton
What is it about fast food chains that make them a magnet for violent and incredibly weird crimes? Do most fast food joints happen to be in bad parts of town? Or maybe it’s because fast food is generally the only option after a long night of drinking. Whatever the reason, crimes at fast food restaurants are out of control.

Statistics show that the rate of assaults at fast food restaurants is more than twice as high as it is at full service restaurants. Why is that? More than likely it’s because fast food places are much easier to rob than a sit-down place. But even with that statistic in mind, why are fast food crimes so crazy? From teachers kidnapping students at knife point for some curly fries, to a woman who pepper sprayed an entire restaurant over a burrito, these insane fast food crimes might ruin your appetite.

Everyday on the news, there’s a new story about fast food violence. Whether someone’s been shot outside of a Whataburger or they’ve been pulled through a drive-thru window, the fast food world is getting more nutso by the minute. It’s enough to make you want to never order fast food again, just so you don’t have to deal with the possibility of naked guys smearing feces all over their bodies while you try to eat your meal. Check out these crazy fast food crimes, and share your most insane fast food story in the comments.
The Most Insane Fast Food-Related Crimes,

Ex-Dishwasher Goes on Fast Food Restaurant Murder Spree
Paul Dennis Reid (AKA the "fast food killer") was sentenced to death after committing the execution-style murder of seven people in multiple fast food restaurants in the Nashville area. 

 

Prank Caller Convinces McDonald's Manager to Strip Search Employees
In 2005, a prank caller convinced an assistant manager at the Mount Washington Kentucky McDonald's to strip search one of her young employees until the girl was in tears. This incident led to the arrest of David Richard Stewart, an employee of the Corrections Corporation of America. 
Bagpipe Brawl Started by Men in Skirts
Calum Graham and Allan Gilruth started a brawl in a Broxden, UK McDonald's when the pair decided to play their bagpipes as they entered the restaurant. They were dressed in full Highland regalia after attending a wedding earlier in the evening. But since no one wants to hear bagpipes against their will (especially at 4am when Graham and Gilruth went for a bite), the other customers were not amused. After heated arguments turned into an all out fight, the two were fined £630.

Man Steals Chick-Fil-A Cow Costumes
In Redlands, California, the smartest man in the world stole a set of cow costumes from Chick-Fil-A and then tried to sell them as Halloween costumes on Craigslist for $350 a pop. An undercover officer arranged to buy the bovine attire in time for Halloween.

When the seller produced the black-and-white outfits, he was arrested.


Drunk Teacher Kidnaps Students, Has Them Drive Him to Jack in the Box
In Alta Dena, California, the coolest/craziest teacher on campus kidnapped three students on a Saturday night, and held them at knifepoint until they took him to Jack in the Box. One of the students called 911 and when the teacher saw a police helicopter, he made a break for it. He was arrested for kidnapping, false imprisonment, and criminal threats


 

McNuggets Dispute Leads to All Out Brawl
Nothing gets between people and their McNuggets. So when a Wisconsin couple had trouble ordering their 20 pieces of heaven at a Menomonee Falls drive thru, they decided to go inside to complain in person. That's when the trouble started.

According to reports, the man and women began yelling curse words at a 62-year-old McDonald's employee, who asked them to stop cursing and leave the store. The woman then slapped the employee so hard that her glasses flew off, at which point another employee came out from behind the counter and hit the woman in the face and pulled her hair. The male customer then grabbed the employee and punched her in the head.

A witness called police, and all involved were ticketed for disorderly conduct and fined $450.

Woman Pepper Sprays Del Taco Manager Over Free Burrito
A woman in Los Angeles went absolutely nuts when she was denied a free burrito at Del Taco. Reportedly, she threw a bowl of business cards at the store's manager before running outside. When the manager followed her, she pepper sprayed him before running back inside to start pepper spaying random customers. 
Waffle House Waitress Knocks Out Customer with Coffee Pot
In what might be the most Waffle House thing that ever happened, a customer who was upset at having wait 25 minutes for their food got smacked in the head with a coffee pot by a server who was sick of hearing their complaints. The waitress was arrested for misdemeanor assault. 

 

Lady Bites Wendys Employee For Getting Her Order Wrong
Being hungry and in a bad mood are a not a good combination. A woman finding herself in throes of "hanger" first ordered two spicy chicken sandwiches, then changed it to four 99 cent sandwiches. When the order was delayed, the woman, 25-year-old Lovely Robinson, went behind the counter and attacked the manager.

Several punches were thrown and Ms. Robinson then bit the manager on her right knee before she fought the hangry woman off. Police intervened and charged Robinson with a host of crimes, including property damage and malicious wounding.

When Driving Thru Goes Wrong
The drive-thru exists to prevent hungry commuters from having to step foot out of their cars, but when 19-year-old Katie Young was charged an additional 50 cents for her meal at a Hotlanta Wings establishment in Georgia, she was compelled to put boots on the ground.

After demanding a full refund in the drive-thru line, Young felt that the manager snatched her card a bit too aggressively, and she took her complaints inside, shouting and cursing up a storm, only to be arrested for "making terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass."


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<![CDATA[The Scariest Places That Really Exist Out There]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/scary-real-places/stacie-hougland

Sure, we all know that creepy old haunted house in the neighborhood, that one street all the kids avoid, the friend’s attic nobody ever, ever dares explore. But around the world, some of the scariest places on Earth are real places you can visit - if you dare. (Unless you prefer to stay home and maybe visit Disneyland or the library or something. You know, like a normal person.)
 

Want some examples of these real haunted places in the world? Did you know there's a frightening forest in Japan where people go to kill themselves? Or that there's an entire city in the Ukraine that was abandoned because of a nuclear explosion? What about some cliffs in the Philippines where ACTUAL DEAD PEOPLE HANG? Or a massive hill of crosses that mysteriously keeps getting bigger… and bigger… and bigger?

Most people would traditionally avoid such scary places. But maybe you are that kind - the kind who seeks out churches made entirely of bones or abandoned mental hospitals and cemeteries the Devil supposedly visits on occasion. (You know who you are.) So if it does strike your fancy, you can choose to visit these most haunted real places in the world. Yes, these scary places really exist.

 

 


The Scariest Places That Really Exist Out There,

Aokigahara
Imagine lush, green, lovely woods where you can hike, bird watch, observe native plants, and maybe come across a corpse or three? Known as the “Suicide Forest,” Aokigahara is the site of some 50 to 100 suicides each year, mostly by hanging or sleeping pills. Volunteers sweep the forest once a year looking for bodies and cleaning up the belongings of the dead. On second thought, that camping trip doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun…
Capela dos Ossos
This monastic cemetery was built in the late 15th century for purely practical reasons: the monks were out of room for their deceased. Rather than bury the bones, however, the Franciscan monks decided to expose them as a way to remind everyone life is fleeting. And lest you forget that fact, the inscription above the entrance reads, "We, the bones that are here, await yours." C'mon in!
Catacombs of Paris
Ever taken a walking tour of the Notre Dame church? Did you know that 20 meters below your feet lay the remains of more than six million Parisians? Built in the late 18th century when traditional cemeteries posed a disease risk to the public, the long, bone-lined tunnels cover some 11,000 square miles.

Fun fact: In 2015, Airbnb held a competition offering two people the chance to stay in the Catacombs on Halloween night.

Danvers State Hospital
In the late 1880s, building giant insane asylums was all the rage. Danvers was one of the biggest, covering a whopping 197 acres and housing 2,500 patients who underwent early experiments with lobotomies and electroshock therapy. Its cemetery contains between 700 and 800 dead crazy people. Oh, and it was turned into apartments in 2008.

Poveglia
Ah, Italy... that tourist-luring land of beautiful architecture, delicious food, and islands 10 miles away from Venice that housed plague-ridden disease carriers and the mentally ill. It was here that a deranged doctor performed hideous experiments on the unwanted (like chiseling their brains). Half dirt, half human ash, the island is so macabre, the government doesn't want you visiting, and gondoliers sure don't want to take you there.

The Stanley Hotel
Sure, it looks inviting enough, nestled at the base of the Rockies there. But this hotel that Stephen King based The Shining on is a little more ominous than it looks. Many residents have heard strange bumps in the night, seen ghosts wandering its halls, and even had their beds made - while they were sleeping in them.

Bell Witch Cave
This place was so haunted, it even scared an American president away. Andrew Jackson had heard of the hauntings in Adams, Tennessee, and after spending a night there once, he vowed never to return. The Bell Witch supposedly set out to kill landowner John Bell and ruin his daughter's life in the mid-1800s. Legend has it that she accomplished both goals. Their house is gone, but the witch is said to haunt a cave on the property, and many still report frightening occurrences in the area.

The Island of Dolls, Mexico
Where childhood comes to die! The island's caretaker, Julian, supposedly found a little girl drowned in a canal with her doll floating nearby. He hung the doll in a tree in her honor, became obsessed with the mystery of who she was (whether real or made up in his head), and continued to hang dolls in tribute for 50 years until HE DIED WHERE SHE DID.

Want to take a leisurely stroll through a forest of beheaded baby dolls covered in spiderwebs who may or may not whisper to each other? Um, no thanks.

Leap Castle, Ireland
So you wanna visit a place whose most famous inhabitant is a gray leprosy victim whose rotting appearance is heralded by the disgusting stench of decomposing flesh? Look no further than this castle that was used as a fortress and tomb for various battling Irish clans whose leaders wouldn't hesitate to kill their own family if they were crossed.
The Dargavs (City of the Dead), Russia
Looks like a nice place to live, right? But kind of like Hotel California, you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. Out in the middle of nowhere in Russia (or North Ossetia, as it’s known) are these ancient crypts. Locals and tourists don’t visit, and nobody’s been buried there since the 16th century. The village even has its own watchtower... to look over the souls that can’t escape.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:51:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/scary-real-places/stacie-hougland
<![CDATA[The Most Unusual Murder Weapons Ever Used]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/unusual-murder-weapons/jacob-shelton
Even though the most used modern murder weapon is the handgun, people all over the world are still finding new and inventive ways to kill people on the fly. Usually, during a crime of passion, a person will use whatever they can find nearby to use in an attack. This list of unusual weapons, ranging from a jump rope to a banjo, will make you think twice about what kind of items you keep around your house.

Crazy weapons can take any form, but the objects used as weapons on this list are things that just happened to be within arm’s reach when the murderer decided that they wanted to go from citizen to inmate. Take a look at this list of the most unusual murder weapons ever used and see how many of them you have sitting around your house.

As you’ll see, everyday items can transform into weird weapons at the drop of a hat. The stories on this list are full of things that were just sitting there, waiting to cook an egg or hold up a pair of pants, when they were suddenly turned into murder weapons and used to beat someone to death. It’s terrible news when any type of violence occurs, but it’s interesting to see just how quickly objects can be turned against us.

 Vote up the craziest everyday objects that were used to kill another human being. Then maybe go get rid of all the banjos in your house. 
The Most Unusual Murder Weapons Ever Used,

Toilet Lid
In 2008, a 49-year-old pizza delivery man was convicted of murdering a 29-year-old woman with the lid to her toilet, after using a stun gun to taze her into submission and rape her. He admitted to bashing her head in, but refuted claims that he choked her with a dog collar, insisting that he used it to drag her body to a nearby creek. 

 

Sweatpants
A man in Jacksonville, Florida was found guilty of strangling Patricia Ann McCollum in 2006 with a pair of sweatpants. The man choked Patricia so hard that the blood vessels in her eyes burst, leaving DNA all over the sweatpants. 

 

Crucifix
In 2011, a 45-year-old Irish woman named Karen Walsh was given 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting and beating an 81-year-old woman to death with a crucifix on Christmas day. The elderly woman also suffered 15 broken ribs during the attack. The court alleged that Walsh molested the elderly woman after beating her to death to make it look like someone broke into the house. 
 

Pumpernickel Bread
In 1988, an man with the most English name ever, Reginald Helmsley-Doddingdale, was found dead with a massive lump on the back of his head. The murder weapon was believed to be a piece of pumpernickel bread that was lying near the body. An investigator from Scotland Yard was quoted as saying, "worst case of pumpernickling I've ever seen."

 

Sock
Joanna Yeates, a landscape architect, was found strangled to death in her apartment on Christmas morning. The detectives looking into the case believe that a missing sock was used to strangle her and may have been kept by the killer as a trophy. 
Banjo
In 1991, a 63-year-old man from West Miltion, Ohio bludgeoned his wife to death with "a pair of banjos"  according to The Baltimore SunMiami County Chief Deputy Charles said, "I've been an officer for 30 years, and that's the first banjo killing I've seen." 


 

Microwave
Although it sounds like a bizarre urban legend, this sad murder is all too true. In 2007, China Arnlod, a woman from Dayton, Ohio, was charged with the murder of her infant child by burning the baby to death in her microwave. She killed the baby in the microwave after arguing about whether or not her boyfriend was the child's father. 

 

Guitar String
James Paul Harris was accused of the murder of 49-year-old James Gerety in 2011. According to a pre-trial testimony, Harris first shot Gerety in the stomach before torturing him for two days and cutting off his head with a guitar string. Witnesses testified that Harris kept Gerety’s head and spoke to it in the allegedly voodoo-related crime. 

 

Jump Rope
In 2007, a five-year-old girl named Monique Fulgham was found raped, strangled, and hanging in her bedroom closet by a jump rope. Investigators found that neither the girl's mother or her grandmother were home, and her 70-year-old babysitter said there were no men in the apartment at the time. The crime remains unsolved.

 

Dessert Spoon
Richard Clare, a heroin addict from England was put on trial for murder after he killed a family friend, Timothy Magee, by hitting him in the back of the head with a dessert spoon after Tim took his phone. The spoon's impact ruptured an artery and caused fatal bleeding in the area between his skull and brain.

 


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Tue, 14 Jun 2016 23:30:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/unusual-murder-weapons/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Craziest Chocolate Related Crimes of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/chocolate-related-crimes/jacob-shelton
From crazy Nutella fights to Syrian refugees who tried to abscond from their homeland in a vat of burning chocolate, the chocolate crimes on this list are not only delicious, they’re also totally crazy. You might think you like chocolate, but after reading this list of the craziest crimes involving chocolate you’re going to realize that you only kind of like it. Unless you’re also putting together a group of friends to rob chocolate milk from a delivery truck, and if that’s the case then you might be on this list of violence caused by chocolate. Read about these chocolate related crimes before they melt on your dashboard!

The Nutella fight that broke out at a Costco in Burbank, CA in 2015 is just one of the many insane things that have happened in the name of the world’s favorite sweet snack. But for all you Nutella heads out there who don’t understand the uproar over a 24-year-old beating up an old man here’s a new rule: Don’t get in a fight over chocolate. Just buy whatever sweet treat you’re thinking about for dessert and carry on with your day. Or better yet, shoplift it and then eat the chocolate on top of a burning dumpster so you can end up on this list of crazy chocolate related crimes. (Actually, probably don't.)

Before you do any of that, though, make sure to vote up the craziest and most ridiculous tales of chocolate-related crimes and incidents.
The Craziest Chocolate Related Crimes of All Time,

Californian Busted Smuggling 400 Pounds of Chocolate Edibles Into Missouri
After being stopped for a minor traffic violation, a highway patrolman searched a man's vehicle and found 400 pounds of marijuana chocolate bars stashed in boxes in the SUV's cargo area. The man was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Sweden Gripped in Chocolate Crime Wave
Leave it to the Swedes to have the most twee crime spree ever. In February 2015, criminals made off with almost a thousand dollars worth of chocolate in three separate raids. One shop owner believes "there is a market for buying chocolate bars and dividing them up into pick-and-mix pieces.”

£65,000 Worth of Chocolate Stolen in Yorkshire
Just in time for Christmas in 2014, thieves took off with £65,000 worth of Harrogate fudge and chocolate. A spokesperson for the North Yorkshire Police said, "If you have been offered any chocolates matching description of the ones which were stolen in unusual circumstances, I urge you to come forward and contact the police straight away."
Hackers Change a Recipe on Hershey's Website
In 2011, hackers broke into Hershey's website, not to steal user info, but to change one of the recipes. Possible reasons behind the hack are believed to be corporate sabotage or just some keyboard cowboys in the mood for a ride through chocolate country.
$120,000 Worth of Chocolate and Armored Truck Stolen in Florida
In Flordia a thief with a sweet tooth took off with an armored truck full of more than $120,000 worth of Hershey’s chocolate.

Stowaway Almost Drowns in Tank of Chocolate
In early 2015, a refugee from Syria, along with seven others, stowed away on a truck filled warm chocolate bound for the UK. After more than two hours stuck in a vat of hot chocolate syrup, he and the others decided to escape rather than drown in the delicious confection.

Airplane Passenger Gets Into Fight with Stewardess Over Chocolate
On a flight to Bulgaria, a passenger was filmed flipping out on a flight attendant for refusing to sell her a bar of chocolate. Other passengers finally intervened after the argument began to get physical.

Man Punches 78 Year Old in Costco Over Nutella
A 78-year-old Costco shopper in California said he was punched in the face by a 24-year-old male after complaining to him about taking too many Nutella samples. The grandfather suffered a one inch gash in his face, and the 24-year-old bully was arrested.

Meth Found Hidden in a Box of Chocolates
In New Zealand, a group of criminals tried to smuggle $60,000 worth of meth into their country from America, disguised as individually wrapped chocolates.

The Big Three Chocolate Manufacturers Come Under Scrutiny for Price Fixing
In 2013 a chocolate scandal revealed treachery at the highest levels of the cocoa markets when the big three chocolate companies (Nestle, Mars, and Hershey's) and a slew of independent marketers were indicted for the price-fixing of popular chocolate bars in Canada.


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Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:08:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/chocolate-related-crimes/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[18 Reasons to Fake a Pregnancy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fake-a-pregnancy/lisa-waugh
Now you don’t have to be a deranged teen in the middle of nowhere, or a celebrity looking to revamp your career to fake a pregnancy thanks to this cool/awful/amazing/terrible site, fakeababy.com or as they should probably call it, PeopleSuckTheyReallySuck.com.  

Want to get loads of gifts for no reason other than to break the trust of your friends and family? Fake a pregnancy! Get off work for baby check-ups/binge watching Netflix? Fake a pregnancy! Skip class for an ultrasound/bar hopping? Fake a pregnancy? Or just to demonstrate that you are insane or at least mentally imbalanced? This site has you covered. Because Internet.  

You can even get a personalized fake pregnancy test, fake ultrasound sonogram image, fake pregnancy belly for twins, and even silicone breast pushups. Awesome for cosplay, a hilarious fake pregnancy prank on your priest, and unethically useful elsewhere, these fake pregnancy bellies will get you all of the attention you need. Until someone takes you to a shrink or fires you or asks you to leave town.   

Maybe a teenager in Wyandotte, MI was thinking all or none of these things when she pretended to be pregnant with triplets. Gifts and support came forth in a tsunami-like wave as her boyfriend frantically searched for a job and prepared himself to be a young father of three. But after 10 months, no baby arrived. Because when the girl set out to fake a pregnancy with her fake pregnancy belly, she probably didn’t think far enough ahead/at all.

So when everyone was like “what?” she was all shrugs. The bright side for the teen was that she wasn’t charged with a crime or sued for fraud. Not sure if her 16-year-old boyfriend jet-packed out of that town, but we sure are hoping he did.  

So, what are the best ways to fake a pregnancy using products from fakeababy.com? And what useful things can we accomplish when we fake a pregnancy? Upvote your favorite fake pregnancy prank and let’s see who fake delivers.

18 Reasons to Fake a Pregnancy,

Get a Comfy Spot on the Train or Bus
As one woman in Japan found out, you can get a pretty sweet seat on public transport. But make sure you’re fake pregnancy belly is secured, otherwise your stomach will hit the floor and then your ride is over. Womp womp.
Get Bumped Up to First Class
This one is dicey. You’ll have to use at least the 32 to 36 week Silicone Fake Pregnancy Belly and study the trends of certain frequent flyers. If you’re on a flight of nice people, you may be able to weasel your way into first class or at the very least, behind the bulkhead. But people are selfhish so pregnant women don’t normally get special treatment in this situation. Maybe a large church group or some Swedes?
Diet Schmiet
When all of those suckers are preparing for their beach body, you’ll be working on your Kim K. Pizza, beer, whole pies… nothing can stop you now. And no one can say a word.
Actually Prank People
Taking the lightheartedness of a fake pregnancy prank to actual heart, there are some situations where this is actually funny. But mostly not.
Make That Snooty Cousin Super Jealous
Look at her with her brood, living in her perfect house, baking cookies, and enjoying a life with her gorgeous husband. Well, two can play at that game. Make it known that you’ve got some news and keep touching your super flat stomach until five months of dropping hints on your Facebook page and then WHAMMO! Show up to one of her snooty, perfect BBQs all glowy and refuse the mimosas. That’ll show her… that you need help.
Squeeze Some Gifts Out of Those Stingy Relatives
Aunt Margaret is always giving you those See Rock City coasters she finds in the sale bin every year for Christmas. By taking a page out of the fake pregnancy prank notebook of teens across America, all you need to do is strap on your Silicone Fake Pregnancy Belly for Twins and wipe that discount smirk right off her face. Literally shower in baby shower gifts. Which you will need to sell in order to hire an attorney in case someone sues you.
Go Full Psycho
After you’ve used all of the products on the fakeababy.com site from the initial fake pregnancy test to the full-on fake boobs and belly, hire a series of actors to play your child from birth to 40. People will be talking about it for years.
Get Out of Those Awful Work Meetings to Pee
No one is ever going to tell a pregnant woman she cannot pee. You’re sitting there, super fake pregnant, all large and clearly in distress. You can get up any time you want. Take that, Jared from accounting and his boring Power Point presentation!
Discover Empathy for Your Partner
Strap on the heaviest fake pregnancy belly, tie on the silicone boobs, put on five pairs of socks and squeeze into your shoes, and then walk the dog. You'll have a lot more respect for your pregnant lady.
Get Paid Maternity Leave
Haven’t had a vacation in years? Boss is a jerk? Start packing on the pounds and then slip into your Fabric Fake Pregnancy Belly 38 Weeks Stage. Waddle your way into a long, relaxing vacation to Cancun where you will have to live because if you’re found out, you’ll have to hide there.

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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:18:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/fake-a-pregnancy/lisa-waugh
<![CDATA[42 Times Unfortunate Mirror Placement Ruined Everything]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-mirrors/jacob-shelton
Mirrors are supposed to be your friends. They let you know when your hair is jacked up, or if anyone drew on your face while you were asleep. But sometimes, with poor mirror placement, that sweet, sweet reflective glass can be your mortal enemy. If you’ve ever taken a super hot selfie only to realize that your bathroom mirror exposed all your terrible cleaning habits you know the embarrassment that unfortunate mirror placement can bring. Although, if you’re on the receiving end of a funny mirror picture, then you’ve probably given thanks to Justus von Liebig (inventor of the mirror). This list is a collection of funny mirror pictures from across the Internet. Whatever you do, don’t laugh too hard, because you might be the next victim of the unfortunately placed mirror.

Almost any reflective surface can make for a funny mirror pic. Tea kettles, televisions, and restaurant booths are just a few examples of the makeshift funny mirrors on this list. Usually, these lists are meant to provide a laughs and not make you think too much. But if there’s a lesson to take away from these funny mirror photos it’s this: Put on some pants. Or if you’re going to take photos in the nude always double check your pics before you send them out.

After you’ve checked out this list and obsessed about all of the possibly embarrassing selfies you’ve ever taken, vote up the funniest unfortunate mirror placement on this list, and use the comments to tell everyone all about the time a mirror ruined your prom photos.
42 Times Unfortunate Mirror Placement Ruined Everything,

How Embarrassing, They Wore the Same Shoes

You've Got to Air Those Things Out

When Bae Forgets to Put on Her Makeup

Lookin' Good, Gurl!

It's Always a Good Time to Check Yourself Out

Shopping Online for the Right Dildo Is a Delicate Art

He Must Make a Lot of Tips

Nothing Says Family Dinner Like Grandpa in His Underwear

Artists Work Better in the Nude

You Just Couldn't Wait Until You Got Home?


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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:21:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-mirrors/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[28 Famous People You Wouldn't Expect Giving the Finger]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/unexpected-famous-people-flipping-you-off/jacob-shelton
Being a famous Hollywood celebrity means keeping a tight hold on your brand. If people think you’re a jerk, they might not see your next movie or buy your next single. It’s unfair but that’s the way it is. Thank heavens most famous people are terrible at keeping their cool under pressure. If they weren’t, we wouldn’t have so many photos of famous people flipping off needy fans, other celebrities, and the paparazzi. In this modern world of heavily controlled personalities, catching a glimpse of celebrities giving the middle finger is like seeing a unicorn. It’s majestic and just the best. So great, in fact, that it has earned itself an entire list of famous people flipping you off.

Famous people giving the middle finger might be your new favorite thing. There should be a new button added to Google that allows you to know which famous person has been giving the finger the most this week. Maybe that sounds like a niche desire, but surely it would be the most popular app since Tinder.

You wouldn’t expect a lot of the celebrities that are giving the finger on this list to be telling the world to go eff itself, but you can't argue with the photographic proof that even the most wrangled of A-Listers just need to flip the bird every once in a while.

28 Famous People You Wouldn't Expect Giving the Finger,

Mary-Kate Olsen
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Dustin Hoffman
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Emma Stone

Jennifer Lawrence
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Joan Jett
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Justin Timberlake
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Kate Hudson
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Tom Cruise

Who Knew Mr. Rogers Had This Side?
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Good Luck Finding a Pic of Pink NOT Flipping the Bird


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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:21:17 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/unexpected-famous-people-flipping-you-off/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Most Disgusting World Records Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-world-records/jacob-shelton
At some point in the 20th century it became very important to hold a world record. Whether it was for something interesting, like running fast, eating the most pizza (what a dream!), or for something totally gross it didn’t matter. Just as long as a world record was set. This list of the nastiest of these records is here, tallying up all the gross things that people have done to get their names in the history books (specifically that one with "Guinness" on the cover). Whether these world record holders let a bunch of slimy snails perch on their faces, or sat in a bathtub full of maggots, the people list of the most disgusting world records ever will forever be remembered as mavericks and international heroes.

The gross world records on this list aren’t just people eating bugs or letting bugs sit on them, there are also some pretty foul records about what people will let happen to their body. For instance, have you ever been interested in whether or not your eyes can shoot milk? Probably not, but that’s why you don’t have any world records hanging on your wall. As Steve Guttenberg once said, “no risk, no reward." The folks on this list have taken huge risks in the name of bringing home that much desire world record, and we salute them. Grab a barf bag, cue up some inspirational music, and check out this list of the most disgusting world records.

Vote up the grossest world record, out of those collected here , and if you’ve been trying to break one of these disgusting feats – tell everyone about it in the comments.
The Most Disgusting World Records Ever,

Most Spiders on a Body for 30 Seconds
Tom Buchanan, some insane person from Australia, claimed this world record after having 125 Golden Orb spiders on his body for a total of 55 seconds. Golden Orb spiders are not poisonous, but they do bite and can make your body swell up. Also they are spiders and that's just creepy.
Most Kidney Stones Removed from a Patient
The most kidney stones removed from a patient is 172,155, all of which were removed from Dhanraj Wadile by Dr. Ashish Rawandale at the Institute of Urology, Dhule, Maharastra, India in 2009. The stones were removed during a three hour operation.
World's Oldest Vomit
In 2002, paleontologists discovered a pile of 160 million-year-old fossilized vomit of an ichthyosaur in a quarry in Peterborough. No word on if the pile of vomit will appear in the next Jurassic Park movie.
Most Cow Brains Eaten
Before being bested at eating hot dogs by American hero Joey Chestnut, Takeru Kobayashi ate 17.7 pounds of cow brains to set a world record in 2006 that probably no one will ever try to break again.

World's Longest Ejaculation
Horst Schultz (the sexiest name in world record holding) was able to ejaculate over 18 feet, earning him this record. Fun fact: that's longer than some limos.
Loudest Female Burp
Oddly enough, this record is hotly contested. In 2008, Jodie Parks burped at 104.75 decibels earning her the world record. But then, in 2009, Elisa Cagnoni burped 107.0 decibels. Jodie Parks took to Huffington Post to argue that her loudest burp was actually 107.7 decibels but because Guinness averaged six of her burps, the record was 104.75. Hopefully this issue can be resolved so the world can move on to the loudest armpit fart.
Most Milk Squirted Out of an Eye
Did you know that squirting milk out of your eye was a thing? It will soon be all you can think about as you stare down your cereal. A guy from Turkey can apparently squirt milk at a distance of nine feet. Please no one ever break this record!
Most Prolonged Fart
London is famous for a lot of things. Its many bridges, The Queen, and of course being the producer of the world's most prolonged fart. Bernard Clemmens sustained his fart for two minutes and 42 seconds and had probably eaten broccoli for dinner.

World's Largest Tumor Ever Removed
A man in China had a tumor removed, and it ended up weighing in at 242 pounds, making it the largest tumor on record to ever be removed. It's unclear how you let a tumor get to even two pounds, let alone 242, but he probably had his reasons.
World's Largest Orgy
Leave it to the Japanese to plan the world's largest and most well-organized orgy known to man. In 2006, an orgy featuring 500 people was filmed in an all white warehouse - you can purchase the DVD for $40.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:31:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-world-records/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[28 Bridges You Probably Wouldn't Want to Cross]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fear-of-bridges-photos/ashley-reign
Some people won't "cross that bridge when they get to it," because they're just plain scared. Gephyrophobia, the fear of bridges, is a real thing, and affects thousands of people around the world. While some people are afraid to cross bridges that are over water, others simply get the heebie-jeebies driving across an overpass. And judging by these photos, we don't blame them! These are some of the most terrifying bridges that nobody in their right mind would want to cross - with or without Gephyrophobia.

Here you’ll find the scariest, most dangerous, bridges, that even strong-willed adventurers might have trouble crossing. Vote up the bridges that freak you out the most, or that trigger your own Gephyrophobia. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section!

28 Bridges You Probably Wouldn't Want to Cross,

Experience the Inside of a Hurricane on Your Way Home From Work!

This Ice-Laden Atrocity

It's Just as Easy to Admire That Picturesque Beauty Far, Far Away From That Bridge

Don't Worry, It'll All Be Over in About 20 More Miles Of Watery Death

Next Stop, Mordor

This Monstrosity Should Require Parachutes Instead of a Seat Belt

This Vertigo-Inducing Glass Bottom Bridge

Go Home Bridge, You're Drunk

This Impending Death Fest

This Dr. Seuss Looking Son of a Bitch


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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:11:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/fear-of-bridges-photos/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[30 of the Most Hilarious Playground Equipment Fails]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/playground-equipment-fails/ashley-reign
You know how psychologists are always blaming childhood trauma for everything in your adult life? Well, the list you’re about to see may have just advanced their argument about 50 years. We've put together a collection of playground equipment fails that are guaranteed to make you laugh, and trigger traumatic memories of the old monkey bar set from your youth. If you think you escaped your childhood unscathed, think again!

Some of these playground designers must have been totally oblivious to what they were creating, or they thought they'd get in a few laughs. How else do you explain why a children's slide is shaped exactly like a penis?

Vote up the worst playground design fails, and let us know what you think in the comment section!

30 of the Most Hilarious Playground Equipment Fails,

Ah, What a Lighthearted, Care-free Atmosphere for the Children

This Poop Chute

These Bouncy Monkey Balls

But Where's the Bridge It's Supposed to Live Under?

This Giant Flaccid Penis Train

These Fun Seats That Attract More Moms Than Kids

The Inflatable Joy of Simulated Birth

This Slippery Clown Crotch

Definitely a Confidence Booster

Nothing Says "Child-like Wonder" Like Multi- Colored Urine Bars


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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:21:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/playground-equipment-fails/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[People Who Have Disappeared in US National Parks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/national-park-disappearances/mel-judson
The list of people who have mysteriously vanished in American national parks is shocking. US national parks are known for being majestic safe havens for wildlife, hikers, and families. Yet, as this shocking list shows, numerous men, women, and children have disappeared in some of the most beautiful and respected national parks in the United States. Where are these missing persons? What happened to them? Are America's national parks safe or are these national park disappearances something you should worry about?

These are the questions Americans will have about their national parks thanks to this offbeat list of people who were last seen en route to a national park. From the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park, conspiracy theories abound.

Friends and families are not the only ones worried about missing people like Warren Ward or Katherine Truitt, as some park rangers have even suspended searches without the mystery being solved. How many United States National Parks disappearances have there been? Read on to learn more.

People Who Have Disappeared in US National Parks,

Justin Richardson
On June 29, 2011, 13-year-old Justin Lee Richardson, who had been visiting the Grand Canyon, mysteriously disappeared. Reportedly, he went into the woods behind Moqui Lodge South to attend a party and procure meth. He went with three men, all between the ages of 18 and 21. Shortly thereafter, he disappeared and has not been seen or heard from since.

Katherine Truitt
In January 2015, Katherine Truitt of Alameda, CA vanished at Point Reyes National Park. Several searches were conducted, but they turned up nothing. Friends and family say that Truitt loved the 70,000-acre national park, specifically its beach, which is where it is believed she disappeared from.

Drake Kramer
In February 2015, 21-year-old Drake Kramer from Texas disappeared. He told his father he was taking a solo trip to the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and needed to "be back with Mother Earth." That was the last time his father ever saw him and Kramer has been missing ever since.

Stuart Isaac
Stuart Isaac, a 48-year-old from Maryland, disappeared in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The last time anyone ever saw him was in September 2010. Subsequently, a major search was launched at Yellowstone. The park rangers and other officers searched the area but all they found was Isaac's 2009 Lexus sedan.

Morgan Heimer
On June 2, 2015, Morgan Heimer disappeared in the Grand Canyon. National Park rangers began a search for the 22-year-old, but after six days, they had not been able to to find him. Heimer was one of the guides on Grand Canyon river rafting trips.

Michael Dahl
Michael Dahl mysteriously vanished in Yosemite National Park on March 23, 2015. A few days later, he was found alive but badly injured by a family from Santa Rosa, CA.

Gregory Muck
In August of 2014, a 46-year-old man from Santa Cruz, CA went hiking in Kings Canyon National Park and never made it out alive. The National Park Service officially announced that Gregory Muck, a six-foot-tall hiker, was missing, and launched a search with over 40 people. Muck's body was found one week later.

Joshua Jacobsen
On July 31, 2015, the search for 39-year-old Joshua Jacobsen of Laurel, NE was officially suspended by park rangers. He supposedly entered Badlands National Park on July 12. In September 2015, a body found in a ravine was positively identified as Jacobsen.

Warren Ward
In April 2015, 16-year-old Warren Ward vanished. The teenage boy was last seen in Everglades National Park in Florida. Ward was officially declared missing on April 26 and has yet to be found.

Samuel Boehlke
Samuel Boehlke, an 8-year-old boy from Portland, OR, was with his family in Crater Lake National Park when he disappeared from their sight. In October of 2006, Oregon State Police launched major investigations to find the boy. Without any luck, authorities eventually called off the search. His family continued to look, but ultimately held a memorial service in Boehlke's honor, though no body had been found.


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Sun, 30 Oct 2016 13:45:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/national-park-disappearances/mel-judson