<![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[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.

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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 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.

If You Take a Picture of Kim Il Sung, You Have to Capture His Whole Body
The regime has insanely specific and detailed rules for how to capture and protect the image of Kim Il Sung, his son Kim Jong Il, and his grandson, current ruler Kim Jong Un.

Among the rules that one North Korean tourist was given are:

-If you take pictures of any of Kim, you have to capture their whole figure, head to toe. No cropping is allowed.

-Printed materials depicting the Kims can't be creased, damaged, thrown away, or used as wrapping paper.

-Whenever you visit a Dear Leader statue (and they're everywhere) your group must line up single-file in front of it, and bow, with hands at your side. Your hands can't be anywhere else.

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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<![CDATA[21 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.

Wendy's Foie Gras Burger (Japan)
Foie gras is a controversial delicacy, made by force feeding ducks corn with a tube, fattening their liver and producing a buttery meat luxury food. Sounds fancy, right? So what is it doing at Wendy's?

That's a question that Japan doesn't have an answer to, as it is selling these things at $16 each, in attempt to woo the upper economic echelon of Wendy's-eaters. So if you're one of the unfortunate saps whose sports car breaks down a block away from Wendy's , don't worry, they've got your back.

Domino's Pizza's Peanut and Mayonnaise Crust Pizza (Taiwan)
What's the hottest new trend in pizza crust filling? If you were thinking peanut butter and mayonnaise, then you might have a new job at Domino's marketing team! The Taiwanese branch of the restaurant has started serving this monstrosity as part of their commitment to diversifying their menu. The crust is filled with a peanut sauce, with mayonnaise thrown in for some reason as well.

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.

Burger King's Black Ninja Burger (Japan)
Though some fast food places have creepy mascots, at least the food itself isn't disturbing - unless you're talking about Japan, which apparently never got the memo.

To christen their new mascot, Burger King of Japan has released the ninja kuro burger, which is one of those rare cases where you hope your food doesn't look like the picture. The buns are black (thanks tobamboo charcoal) and in addition to standard burger toppings, there's a hash brown patty (why not?!), Chaliapin sauce, and a long floppy slice of bacon to serve as the tongue, because all ninjas have large phallic tongues to help them with their ninja stealth. You gotta give Japan props at least for trying to be creative, though in the wrong ways.

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.

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.

Dunkin' Donut's Pork and Seaweed Donut (China)
How do you explain how pork and seaweed came together in unholy donut matrimony? This remains a mystery, but if you live in China, you can get your hands on this special flavor at your local Dunkin' Donuts... if you're brave enough.

Burger King's Pumpkin Burger (Japan)
With everyone jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon these days, it won't surprise you to learn of Burger King's Pumpkin Burger, available in Japan. It features tender slices of pumpkin piled atop slabs of bacon and beef, because, well, pumpkin!

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.

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<![CDATA[13 Random Things That Predict Every Presidential Election]]> 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 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 likely won't make the playoffs at all, let alone be in the finals.

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: Unknown. The 2016 NFL schedule hasn't been released yet.

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

2016 Prediction: So far, Hillary Clinton is the name to watch on the sportsbooks. She's the favorite on popular sites Paddypower, Betfair, and Sportsbook.ag, with Rubio, Trump, Sanders, and Cruz 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 2/1/16, both Hillary Clinton masks and Donald Trump wigs are out of stock on the site.

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.

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 party change - with 2020 again going to Tokyo, predicting a two-term president.

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

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

Bobby Singer

Buffy Summers

Charlie Pace

Joyce Summers

Mark Greene


Tara Maclay

Eddard Stark

Robb Stark

Lt. Colonel Henry Blake

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<![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!

Adam Scott
Somehow he looks more like a basset hound without eyebrows than he does with them.
"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."
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber, or a young Pinhead?
Ariana Grande
TFW you finally look the way you feel on the inside. 
Kate Upton
So that's what it takes to knock Kate Upton out of the top 10 sexiest women rankings!

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<![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. 

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)."
Paramedic Responds to Extremely Upsetting Suicide Call
"A few years ago I responded to a call for a pregnant female who shot herself. The 9-1-1 caller hung up before any more information could be gathered by dispatch. We arrived to find a girl in her early- to mid-20's sitting on the bathroom floor, leaning against the front of the bathtub slumped over. She was obviously pregnant, looked to be third trimester. She was unresponsive and barely breathing with a rapid carotid pulse. A small revolver was on the floor next to her. We found a single gunshot wound to the center of her very pregnant abdomen. The patient's mother and four-year-old son were on scene. The mother told us that the patient invited her over for dinner for some company as she had been fighting with the father of her fetus all day long. The mother stated that in the middle of dinner the patient excused herself from the table to use the bathroom. That's when the mother heard a single gunshot. Anyway, the mother told us that the patient was 23 and was almost full-term (I can't remember how many weeks, but it was under 34) with her second pregnancy. To make a long story short, we intubate the patient, establish two IVs, carry her down from the second floor to the truck, and haul ass to the trauma center. The patient went into cardiac arrest as we were wheeling her into the hospital. CPR was started and an emergency C-section was performed in the ER. Both mom and baby died. The bullet went through the baby and through mom's abdominal aorta. Her belly was full of blood. Fu*ked up call." 
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." 

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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<![CDATA[The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fictional-serial-killers/mark
Who are the best fictional serial killers of all time? These are serial killers featured in television shows and on film. To be clear, there is a difference between a serial killer and a mass murderer. A serial killer is one who kills individually, stalking a victim and murdering them in cold blood. Some of the most memorable movie and TV characters ever have been serial killers, so be sure to vote for the ones you liked the most -- and vote down any you didn't like. Also, feel free to re-rank this list any way you want, and add any notable fictional serial killers who are missing.

The creepiest film and TV serial killers often steal the show with their terrifyingly cool, chilling scenes. They manage to elude the good guys who are dutifully tracking them down, often for most of a movie or television show. Eventually, almost all of the fictional serial killers listed here are caught, but not before they leave behind horrifying reminders of their sick and twisted abilities. They are, quite often, some of the best movie villains of all time or the creepiest characters on television.

When you think of the "best" fictional serial murderers, who comes to mind instantly? Hannibal Lecter? That's certainly one of the most famous and memorable serial killers ever on film, thanks to Anthony Hopkins (who won an Academy Award for the role in 'Silence of the Lambs'). Or how about mommy-obsessed Norman Bates (Anthony Hopkins), the serial killer who scared the wits out of everyone in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho'? There is no doubt that both of these characters are iconic, and among the most utterly terrifying figures in film. Both, interestingly enough, were brought to the small screen in 2013: Lecter in the NBC horror drama 'Hannibal' and Bates in A&E's drama 'Bates Motel.'

Are serial killers the new vampires now? Could be. One thing is certain: The fictional serial killers listed here are among the characters you absolutely, positively do not ever want knocking at your door.

Dexter Morgan

Freddy Krueger

Hannibal Lecter

Jason Voorhees


Michael Myers

Norman Bates

Patrick Bateman

John Doe

Buffalo Bill

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<![CDATA[Weird 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.


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.

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.

Swedes Can Only Buy Booze from the Government
Founded in 1955, Systembolaget is a chain of government-run liquor stores that are the only places in Sweden from which you can purchase alcoholic beverages for private consumption. While it seems like government overreach, the Swedish alcohol monopoly actually stems from King Adolf Frederick abolishing all liquor laws in 1766. Rationing was later put in place, and Systembolaget was an attempt at compromise.

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.

Happy Hour Is Illegal in Many States
To try to cut down DUI arrests and deaths, Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Massachusetts have all banned happy hours. Needless to say, these bans are not popular.

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.

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<![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.


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.

Iraq Had Elections, but They Were a Total Sham
Despite having seized power in 1979, Saddam Hussein finally decided it was time to get the approval of his people in 1995. A presidential referendum was held, which asked simply, "Do you approve of President Saddam Hussein being the President of the Republic?" Voting "Yes" was strongly encouraged, and turnout for the compulsory election was 99.99%, with only a few dozen "no" votes being cast.

With US invasion on the horizon in 2002, Saddam held another referendum, winning once again, with every registered Iraqi voting yes. This time, Hussein bothered campaigning, blasting Iraqi radio nonstop with an Arabic version of "I Will Always Love You." Because, you know, he loved the Iraqi people so much.

Liberia: Site of the Most Fraudulent Election in History!
Liberia isn't an especially big country. So it was surprising to outsiders when, in 1927, Charles D.B. King won re-election to the presidency with 234,000 votes. The most surprising element? Liberia only had 15,000 registered voters at the time.

But King didn't have much time to explain his big win - he was forced out of office a few years later when the League of Nations published a report implicating King and his party in the use of slave labor to build roads and public works. So the election that the Guinness Book of World Records dubbed the most fraudulent ever didn't amount to much.

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.

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

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

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

Cersei Baratheon

Hannibal Lecter

Joffrey Baratheon

Mr. Burns

Professor Moriarty
Sherlock 2010 BBC


Tywin Lannister

Lex Luthor

The Joker

Gustavo Fring

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