<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent travel Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/tags/travel?source=rss http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/tags/travel?source=rss <![CDATA[Best US Cities for Driving]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-driving/ranker-travel?source=rss

Think it's fun to drive? You're in luck – many of the best cities for drivers are located in the United States, where the car is king. Some great U.S. cities for driving feature fast freeways, while other good American cities for cars are home to easy-to-navigate grid systems. A few great US cities for driving are among the most populated in the world.

What destinations will you find on this list of the top U.S. cities for driving? El Paso, TX, regularly receives high marks for featuring safe roads and low traffic. Los Angeles may be known for its traffic, but it's still a city where residents overwhelmingly prefer driving to public transportation. Las Vegas is an easy city to navigate, and its bright lights, glitz, and glamour make for a scenic drive. Other good locales featured on this list include Chicago, Virginia Beach, and Orlando.

What's your favorite city to drive through? Give the spots with the best roadways a thumbs up, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Best US Cities for Driving, places/travel, cities / towns, all places, travel, Cities,


Corpus Christi

El Paso







Virginia Beach

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:50:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-driving/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best US Cities for Walking]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-walking/ranker-travel?source=rss

The best cities for walkers invite you to take a stroll and see the sights. Some great U.S. cities for pedestrians feature grid street designs for easy navigation, while other good American cities for walking have beautiful weather all year round. A few good US cities for walking are among the most populated in the world, meaning you'll have lots of good company as you explore that footpath.

What destinations will you find on this list of the top U.S. cities for walking? Restaurants, theaters, museums, and more are all easily connected by New York City sidewalks. Fans of casual strolls can also head over to Central Park to get a taste of nature in the heart of the Big Apple. Like New York, Chicago is easy to navigate on foot by locals and tourists alike. Other good cities featured on this list include Milwaukee, San Diego, and Washington, DC.

It's up to you to determine which U.S. city is the best when it comes to walking. Vote your picks up to the top of the list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

The Best US Cities for Walking,



Los Angeles


New York City


San Diego

San Francisco


Washington, D.C.

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:23:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-walking/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best US Cities for Architecture]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-architecture/ranker-travel?source=rss

Cities frequently feature breathtaking architecture, and these destinations offer some of the best examples for curious visitors. Some great U.S. cities for architecture host historic buildings, while other good American cities for architecture have beautiful modern designs.

What locales will you find on this list of the top US cities for architecture? As one of the oldest cities in the country, Philadelphia is home to such famous buildings as Library Hall and the Pennsylvania Hospital. Chicago is another one of the best cities when it comes to architecture. New Orleans has a vibe all its own, thanks in part to the ornate buildings in the French Quarter. Other good areas featured on this list include New York City, Washington, DC, and Miami.

Do you have a favorite city for architecture? Give the best options a thumbs up and please add any notable cities that are missing.

The Best US Cities for Architecture,





Kansas City

New Orleans

New York City


San Francisco

Washington, D.C.

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:23:05 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-architecture/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best US Cities for Drinking]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-drinking/ranker-travel?source=rss

Looking for a place for a party? These top US cities for drinking would make for great getaways. Some great U.S. cities for drinkers feature a busy nightlife scene, while other good American cities for drinking have a variety of microbreweries.

What destinations will you find on this list of the top U.S. cities for drinking? Whether celebrating a championship team, enjoying a music festival, or heading to happy hour, Chicagoans love to throw back a few. Goose Island Brewery and Revolution Brewing call the city home, so well-crafted beers are always in high supply. Milwaukee is another fun city when it comes to drinking. Of course, Las Vegas is an ideal city to spend time in if you enjoy a cocktail or two... or more. Other locales featured on this list include New Orleans, New York City, and Nashville.

Which city is the best for booze? Give your favorite drinking stops a thumbs up and please add any good cities for drinkers that are missing.

The Best US Cities for Drinking,




Las Vegas

Los Angeles



New Orleans

New York City

San Francisco

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:22:40 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-drinking/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best US Cities for Vegans]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-vegans/ranker-travel?source=rss

What you eat shouldn't dictate where you live or travel, and there are a lot of good cities for vegans all across the United States. Some great U.S. cities for vegans host tons of farmers markets, while other good American cities for vegans offer plant-based options at many restaurants.

What destinations will you find on this list of the top U.S. cities for vegan food? Along with tons of vegetarian and vegan restaurants, many San Francisco restaurants offer vegan options on their menus. Chicago is another great city for vegan food, thanks in part to the world famous Chicago Diner. Although Nashville is known for its southern barbecue, the city also has a great vegan scene. Other good places featured on this list include New York City, Los Angeles, and Portland.

Do you have a favorite city for plant-based cuisine? Give the best vegan cities a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

The Best US Cities for Vegans,





Los Angeles


New York City


San Diego

San Francisco

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:07:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-vegans/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best US Cities for Biking]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-biking/ranker-travel?source=rss

Biking offers a great alternative to driving a car on your daily commute, and plenty of U.S. cities seem to be designed with cyclists in mind. Some top cities for bicyclists have ample bike lanes, while other good cities for biking boast warm weather year round. A few good US cities for cyclists are among the most populated in the world.

What destinations will you find on this list of the top U.S. cities for biking? Chicago features plenty of bike lanes, as well as beautiful cycling destinations like Grant Park, the 606, and the Lakefront Trail. The city also makes biking convenient for tourists with its Divvy bike share program. New York City is another great city for cyclists. Mountain views and beautiful bike trails make Denver a wonderful city for a bike ride. Other areas featured on this list include San Francisco, Boston, and Seattle.

Where is your favorite American city for biking? Give the best areas a thumbs up and share your preferred trails in the comments section.

The Best US Cities for Biking,




Los Angeles




San Francisco

St. Paul


Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:06:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-biking/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best US Cities for Millennials]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-millennials/ranker-travel?source=rss

Millennials are making a big impact on American society as they grow up, and that includes where they choose to visit and live. The top US cities for millennials come in many forms. Some great U.S. cities for millennials have ample job opportunities, while other good American cities for millennials feature a bustling nightlife.

What destinations will you find on this list of the top U.S. cities for millennials? Austin is affordable and hip, and offers a variety of opportunities for young people. The city also has a vibrant music scene, thanks in part to festivals like Austin City Limits and SXSW. Denver is another great city for millennials to call home. Seattle's laid-back atmosphere and gorgeous natural surroundings make it an ideal place for millennials to rent an apartment. Other good areas featured on this list include Portland, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Which city would you recommend to a millennial? Vote the very best options up to the top of this list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

The Best US Cities for Millennials,

Ann Arbor





Los Angeles

New York City



San Francisco

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:19:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-millennials/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best US Cities for Public Transportation]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-public-transportation/ranker-travel?source=rss

Big cities mean big populations, and that can mean big traffic problems. Fortunately, there are lots of good cities for public transportation. Some top cities for transportation offer plenty of bus lines, while other good American cities for quality public transportation feature elevated trains and subways. A few great US cities for transportation are among the most populated in the world.

What destinations will you find on this list of the top U.S. cities for public transportation? New York City's transit system is inexpensive and easy to use. Residents frequently commute via subway, and tourists can get to all of the major landmarks. Chicago also is a great city when it comes to public transportation. Traveling by cable car is a must when in San Francisco. Other good areas featured on this list include San Diego, Washington, D.C., and Seattle.

Which city do you think is the easiest to navigate via public transportation? Give the best options a thumbs up and share your thoughts in the comments section.

The Best US Cities for Public Transportation,




Los Angeles

New York City



San Diego

San Francisco

Washington, D.C.

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:13:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-public-transportation/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best US Cities for Nature Lovers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-nature-lovers/ranker-travel?source=rss

Do you love the great outdoors? Maybe you should consider moving to one of the spots on this list. Some great U.S. cities for nature lovers feature lots of parks, while other good American cities for nature lovers sit at the base of breathtaking mountain ranges or next to the ocean. Whatever climate you prefer, you'll find great US cities for nature lovers well represented here.

What destinations will you find on this list of the top U.S. cities for nature lovers? Denver offers plenty of fun activities, including bike tours, paddle boarding, and golf. The short distance between Rocky Mountain National Park and the city is also a plus for Colorado nature lovers. Seattle is another ideal city for nature lovers to visit or move to. Central Park is a nature lover's oasis right in the heart of New York City. Other good areas featured on this list include Chicago, Honolulu, and Portland.

Which city is the best for nature lovers? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and please add any great locales that are missing.

The Best US Cities for Nature Lovers,





New York City



San Diego



Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:11:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-nature-lovers/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best US Cities for Hiking]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-hiking/ranker-travel?source=rss

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. Luckily, there are so many good cities for hiking all across the United States. Some great U.S. cities for hikes feature shady parks, while other good American cities for hikers boast mountaintop trails and ocean view paths.

What destinations will you find on this list of the top U.S. cities for hikers? Besides the pedestrian-friendly Strip, Las Vegas is a stones throw from many of the best hiking areas in the country. Trails in Echo Canyon, Red Rock Canyon, and Potato Knoll are all nearby. Portland is another top city for people who love to hike. Chicago is known for being flat, but it's surrounded by scenic forest preserves and prairies perfect for a weekend adventure. Other good American cities for hiking include San Francisco, Seattle, and Salt Lake City.

It's up to you to determine which U.S. city is the best for hiking. Vote your personal favorites up to the top of the list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

The Best US Cities for Hiking,


Las Vegas

Los Angeles





Salt Lake City

San Francisco

Washington, D.C.

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:01:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-hiking/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best US Cities for Beer]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-beer-lovers/ranker-travel?source=rss

There's nothing quite like a cold beer after a long day. And if you live in one of these cities, you know exactly where to find your preferred brew. The best American beer cities come in many forms. Some great U.S. cities for beer lovers have ample microbreweries, while other good American cities for beer feature bustling nightlife. A few great US cities for beer drinkers have been brewing for decades.

What destinations will you find on this list of the top U.S. cities for beer? Milwaukee has been home to the Miller Brewing Company, Pabst, Schlitz and more popular beers. It also hosts several craft beer makers like Lakefront and Sprecher. New York is also a great city for beer lovers. Goose Island, Revolution Brewing, and Lagunitas all have helped to make Chicago a bona fide beer city. Other good cities featured on this list include Portland, San Diego, and Denver.

Which city is your favorite for enjoying a cold one? Give the best options a thumbs up and please add any good beer cities that are missing.

The Best US Cities for Beer,


Ann Arbor




New York


San Diego

San Francisco


Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:55:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-cities-for-beer-lovers/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best US Cities for Live Music]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-live-music/ranker-travel?source=rss

Looking to plan a vacation with an unforgettable soundtrack? Consider visiting one of these locales – they're the best American cities for live music. No matter what type of tunes you prefer, you'll find your dream destination here. Some great U.S. cities for live music lovers have produced popular country artists, while other good cities for concerts are known for their talented rappers. All of these great US cities for concert goers offer plenty of sightseeing in addition to shows.

What areas will you find on this list of the top U.S. cities for live music? Home to the Grande Ole Opry, the CMA Music Festival, and Jack White's Third Man Records, Nashville has become the epicenter for live country music. Gregg Allman, Blake Shelton, and Martina McBride are just a few of the artists who have called Nashville home. New Orleans is another great city for live music, particularly jazz. Chicago is known for the blues, but the city has also produced such talented artists as Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, and the Smashing Pumpkins. Other destinations featured on this list include New York City, Los Angeles, and Austin.

Which city do you consider tops when it comes to live music? Vote the best live music cities up to the top of the list, and share some of your favorite shows in the comments section.

The Best US Cities for Live Music,




Kansas City

Los Angeles




New Orleans

New York City

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:49:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-live-music/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Most Insane Things Ever Confiscated By The TSA]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/craziest-things-confiscated-by-tsa/michelle-nati?source=rss

Since September 11, the FAA and TSA have gone to great lengths to keep airline passengers safe with strict guidelines for what not to bring on a plane. But even with those rules in place, there are still some crazy things confiscated by TSA agents. People do follow the rules for the most part, and airports are arguably safer now than they have ever been. However, some brazen flyers still attempt to bring weapons, drugs, and other potentially dangerous oddities with them through security.

The craziest things confiscated by airport security almost boggle belief. Sure, they've found hidden weapons - but would you ever expect someone to attempt to smuggle dead seahorses onto a plane? And that's not even the weirdest thing found by TSA agents. The honors might just go to a giant wooden mallet, or perhaps the stun gun disguised as a cell phone.

While there have been some cringeworthy TSA stories over the years, the organization has confiscated many troubling and bizarre objects, documented on their Webby Award-winning Instagram account. You may feel a little confused as to why anyone would travel with these particular items, but you'll probably also feel relief knowing that they landed in the right hands.

The Most Insane Things Ever Confiscated By The TSA,

Live Snakes And Tortoises

In 2011, a man was apprehended at Miami International Airport with some unusual baggage. The Brazil-pound passenger attempted to go through security with seven exotic snakes and three tortoises - all hidden in women's hosiery under his pants. An advanced screening machine alerted security, and the man was arrested.

A Belt Knife

It’s just a belt - or is it? This innocuous-looking accessory harbors a hidden compartment with a knife inside. Concealed weapons are not allowed in carry-ons; however, the belt could have been put in checked luggage. The TSA discovered it at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

A Bag Of Eels

In 2012, a sack of eels was found in a checked bag and confiscated by the TSA at the Miami International Airport. Over 160 marine tropical fish and 22 invertebrates were also part of the haul that was later surrendered by the passenger to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Marijuana In Candy Wrappers

Weed smuggled onto planes is pretty commonplace as far prohibited items go, but in this case, the mary jane was hidden in Mary Jane candy wrappers. It’s almost as if the smugglers thought hiding it in plain sight was the way to go - but, of course, it wasn’t. The contraband was confiscated at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, and the case was turned over to law enforcement.

Live Exotic Birds

In 2011, an incredibly bold woman wrapped two birds in socks and taped them to her body. She was apparently attempting to take them to China. Luckily, the birds made it out alive; she was given a pat down by TSA agents at Los Angeles International Airport after her bulging clothing tipped them off. The woman was arrested by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on suspicion of smuggling endangered animals out of the country.

"It was just one of those weird things that happens at our checkpoints," a TSA spokesperson said.

A Homemade Avalanche Charge

A homemade explosive created to trigger an avalanche was found in a carry-on at Anchorage’s Tom Stevens International Airport in 2014. The TSA confiscated the item and reported it to the FBI, who arrested the suspect, an oil worker and mountaineer. Airport police and fire chief Jesse Davis said that the device didn’t come with a triggering mechanism, and no one was in any immediate danger.

A Bullet-Adorned Gas Mask

Gas masks on flights? Sure, they're allowed. A futuristic gas mask adorned with bullets? That’s a solid no. Even though the bullets were replicas, the mask was removed by the TSA at Miami International Airport. It’s hard to discern fake bullets from the real thing, so the TSA prefers you don’t try to put them in your carry-on bag.

A Giant Wooden Mallet

Flying with a giant wooden mallet is not something most people would do, but it was attempted at Burlington International Airport in Vermont in 2014. The TSA confiscated the item, as sledgehammers and mallets can be used as bludgeons and are prohibited as carry-ons. However, they can be placed in checked baggage - if they fit.

A Live Chihuahua

This adorable dog wasn’t being smuggled; he was an accidental stowaway. He crawled into his owner’s luggage while she was packing and was, thankfully, spotted by a surprised TSA agent at New York’s Laguardia Airport during a random baggage check. TSA officials worked with the airline to identify the owner and reunite the duo.

A Knife Hidden Inside An Enchilada

Did you forget something? A passenger flying out of Sonoma Country Airport kept her knife with her enchilada while attempting to board a flight, and the TSA confiscated it. However, the passenger was cleared for takeoff when it was discovered she made an honest mistake and just wanted to eat her meal on the plane. There's no word on if the enchilada made the trip.

Tue, 16 May 2017 02:03:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/craziest-things-confiscated-by-tsa/michelle-nati
<![CDATA[15 European Castles You Can Rent For Less Than $150]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/european-castles-you-can-rent/mariel-loveland?source=rss

Sick of that same old family trip to Disney World? Going on a fairytale vacation doesn't have to mean going to the Magic Kingdom, or even breaking the bank - just rent a real castle instead. You read that right. Instead of an overpriced theme park or a horrible vacation rental, escape to one of these cheap castle rentals in Europe.

Lavish vacation rentals in Europe offer old-world luxury at incredibly modern prices. Plenty of beautiful castles stand ready to receive guests, whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a big group trip with a dozen or so of your closest friends. These European castles for rent will make you feel just like Cinderella - even if you prefer a pair of flip flops by the pool to glass slippers in a ballroom.

You can stay in these castles for under $150 per person per night. All the prices listed are estimates based on exchange rate and the maximum number of guests, but all are incredibly reasonable - so grab your friends and book that dream vacation. You deserve it.

15 European Castles You Can Rent For Less Than $150,

Dairsie Castle (St. Andrews, Scotland): $56 Per Person

Dairsie Castle has a rich political history; the building itself dates back to the 12th century. It was a meeting place for secret Scottish parliaments, the scene of military sieges, and home to escaped monarchs James VI and James I. Dairsie Castle is so old that it was in ruins by the 19th century. In 1992, it was purchased and restored to its original medieval glory (but with a ton of extra modern comforts).

This property is a bit pricier, but if you get a group of 13 the cost drops dramatically. The location is especially good for families - it's a quick ride over to St. Andrew's Aquarium, Craigtoun Country Park, and Wet Sands Beach.

Butley Priory (Suffolk, England): $56 Per Person

This eight-bedroom property is so budget-friendly that prices drop to $56 per person if you share a room - and you're going to want to share, because the bedrooms are gigantic! Butley Priory is a former Augustinian monastery located about two hours from London. The pet-friendly building has gorgeous floor-to-ceiling, church-inspired windows, and a banquet hall fit for the fanciest affair.

Melville Castle (Edinburgh, Scotland): $58 Per Person

This castle once served as the hunting seat of Mary Queen of Scots, which means it's literally fit for a queen. A lot has changed since the 18th century, but Melville Castle remains just as elegant and luxe in the ever-trendy town of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was designed in 1791 by renowned Scottish architect William Playfair and crafted for entertaining. The whole property has 32 bedrooms, but you can rent out a single room for two for about $117.

Clytha Castle (Monmouthshire, Wales): $33 Per Person

This tiny 200-year-old castle is simply adorable. It sleeps six and is available for about $206 per night. Designed in 1787 as a memorial to William Jones's late wife, Clytha Castle features a spiral staircase inside of a turret and a view of the Welsh countryside. Enjoy a drink from a local pub after taking a meandering country stroll.

Chateau De La Flocelliere (Western Loire, France): $38 Per Person

This castle is shockingly affordable at around $550 per night (it sleeps over a dozen of your pals!). Chateau de la Flocelliere is modern and elegant, but still has the feeling of a traditional stone castle. Take a stroll underneath the apple trees that surround the property, or go for a dip in the heated pool. The owners of the castle are prepared to give you a royal experience, and will help you set up wine tastings or hire a chef to cater a meal for family and friends.

San Giusto Abbey (Lazio, Italy): $45 Per Person

This gorgeous medieval abbey was built in 1146 as a Cistercian monastery. It's been fully restored and decorated to feel like an authentic 12th century castle, but with modern comforts like private bathrooms. Sip some wine on the terrace while you take in views of the Italian countryside, or enjoy a homemade breakfast prepared with seasonal local and organic ingredients.

Lake Geneva Castle (Lugrin, France): $45 Per Person

There's nothing like a stunning castle overlooking a gorgeous Swiss lake. Lake Geneva Castle is located in the small town of Lugrin between a lake and a mountain. It's the kind of idyllic European village where fishermen sell their catch of the day in the street.

Castello Di Montegiove (Montegiove, Italy): $50 Per Person

Castello di Montegiove in Montegiove, Italy, has enough room for six people, and it lets you live like royalty for the cost of a room at your local Holiday Inn. This 13th century property overlooks a charming medieval village and the breathtaking hills of the Italian countryside. If you prefer modern comforts, don't worry: there's a gorgeous infinity pool as well.

Hatch's Castle (Ardee, Ireland): $51 Per Person

For about $100, you can snag a queen-sized bed in historic Hatch's Castle. This four story, 14th century stone castle still boasts the original spiral staircase. Not only is the building something out of a fairytale, but it's also right in the center of Ardee. If you have a four-legged travel buddy, bring them along; this castle is dog-friendly.

Chateau Cardoux-Saint-Exupéry (Bourniquel, France): $45 Per Person

Stepping into this 14th century chateau feels like entering a Disney movie. Chateau Cardoux-Saint-Exupéry comes equipped with old spiral staircases, wood flooring, and authentic-feeling period furniture. Fortunately, you're not actually in the 14th century: this castle has WiFi, satellite TV, and a huge below-ground pool. The host's family also owns a winery, so prepare to taste fine wines and live in luxury. This rental sleeps 10 people in five bedrooms, but it still typically costs less than $100 per person.

Thu, 11 May 2017 06:09:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/european-castles-you-can-rent/mariel-loveland
<![CDATA[13 Oddly Compelling Facts About The Food You're Served On Airplanes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/airplane-food-facts/eric-vega?source=rss

Airline food can be a lazy punchline at best, and a source of anguish for disgruntled passengers at worst. But there's actually a lot going on behind that flimsy plastic wrap. Digging deeper into the how food service works on planes turns up a lot of weird things about food served on airplanes - facts that are often more interesting than the bland cuisine itself.

So, what's up with airplane food? Why is it so tasteless and strange? And why is it such a struggle to get a good meal while traveling? There's nothing natural about eating lasagna while zipping through the stratosphere at hundreds of miles an hour, but airlines and food scientists have worked hard to make the experience as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, for every gourmet meal served in first class, there's an airplane entree that makes passengers sick - and some have even killed people.

But don't write off airplane food just yet. Scientists have gone to insane lengths to taste-test these meals, and there's at least one website entirely dedicated to reviewing airplane food. Surprisingly, there seems to be a lot of compelling information about the food that's eaten in the sky.

13 Oddly Compelling Facts About The Food You're Served On Airplanes,

Food Used To Be Cooked On Planes

Before the strict regulations regarding air safety were implemented, flying was a vastly different experience. Not only could you smoke during the flight, but all the food served was cooked on the plane itself. During 1950s and ‘60s air travel, many airlines had cooks on board to prepare meals. Pan American commonly served food cooked in the air, but that service has been grounded for good - along with Pan Am itself.

Scandinavian Airlines Serves Ancient Sake

Scandinavian Airlines seems determined to offer a positive in-flight dining experience. The staff wanted to offer sake on flights to Japan, and tracked down the recipe for the first sake produced in Europe. That rare beverage is paired with fusion dishes from local producers to create unique airplane meals.

Lufthansa Tests Their Meals In Hyperbaric Chambers

In the German city of Munich, there is an advanced hyperbaric chamber designed for one purpose: to taste-test the meals served on Lufthansa flights. That may seem over-the-top, but it’s actually the best way to simulate the pressurized environments on airplanes. The airline uses this technology to account for the variations in taste between the ground and the sky, so that they can engineer the tastiest meals possible. This ingenious solution hasn't caught on with other airlines, but it is remarkably effective.

Tons Of In-Flight Meals Go To Waste

In 2016, about 5.2 million tons of trash were generated by airlines around the world. In-flight meals make up a sizable portion of that waste, which is either incinerated or dumped in landfills.

United Airlines has started donating unused blankets and pillows to homeless shelters, but uneaten meals are a different story. Due to strict international agriculture regulations, it's nearly impossible to donate airplane food to charity. A few airlines are working on techniques that could make air travel more green, including recycling more waste on planes, but the food issue remains unresolved.

All The Food Is Made On The Ground

Due to strict safety laws, every meal served on an airplane must be cooked on the ground. That means that your food is cooked, packaged, frozen, and reheated before it ever arrives at your seat. This extensive process doesn’t make the food taste any better, but it’s necessary; open flames are a safety hazard on an airplane.

Some Airlines Offer Sushi And Steak

Airline food has a bad rep in the United States, but gourmet dining in the sky isn't unheard of on international flights. Lobster thermidor, fresh sushi, and thick cuts of steak are served on flights from countries like Turkey and Japan. Aegean Airlines, based out of Greece, is known for serving local cuisine on trips to and from their many popular islands. You can even call the airline ahead of time and put in a special request, so that you have a custom meal waiting for you on the plane.

There Are No Microwaves Onboard

While airplane food often looks and tastes like a microwaveable meal for one, you won’t actually find a microwave on any of your flights. That’s because both microwaves and conventional ovens are prohibited on planes for safety reasons. Dry-air convection ovens are the most common tool used to reheat your food on an airplane, but they aren't perfect - they tend to dry out meals.

Culinary scientists are working on ways to ensure food stays tasty after being reheated. New types of ovens are used on certain flights, and many airlines have begun steaming food to keep moisture in dishes.

There's A Black Market For In-Flight Meals

There is a black market for everything, and in-flight meals are no exception. In markets all across India, you can find airplane food at very reasonable prices. Some of the contraband is sold by airline employees sneaky enough to get it off the plane. People will even raid the dumpsters around airports to scour for unused food and drinks to sell. Stolen bottles of Tropicana can be bought for as little as 32 cents.

Science Has Proven That Food Tastes Worse In Airplanes

Airplane food is known for being unappetizing, though that's not necessarily the fault of the cooks. It turns out that the human body has some interesting reactions to being stuck in a pressurized tube thousands of feet above the ground.

Studies have shown that low pressure can dull the tastes buds, especially when it comes to sweet and salty foods. Airplanes also keep humidity levels low, and their engines are loud - both factors that dampen one’s ability to taste. These combination of factors mean that a person's taste buds are roughly 30% less sensitive in airplanes. Some airlines try to circumvent this issue by drastically increasing the levels of salt and sugar in their meals, but chances are, that burger just isn't going to taste the same.

There Are Severe Consequences For Employees Who Steal Leftovers

It might seem natural for flight attendants to snag an uneaten meal or two to take home. However, most airlines in North America, Europe, and Australia go to extreme lengths to make sure their employees don’t sneak leftovers off of the airplane. Many airlines will fire staff members caught taking food home, and ground-workers who get caught with items like mini bottles of alcohol can be legally charged with smuggling. These rules, while strict, are meant to minimize the chance of foreign materials entering a country via air travel.

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:02:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/airplane-food-facts/eric-vega
<![CDATA[23 Vintage Flight Attendant And Air Travel Photos From The Glamorous Jet Age]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/vintage-flight-attendant-and-air-travel-photos/mariel-loveland?source=rss

Vintage air travel photos depict an era of flight completely different from the airplanes and attendants of today. In modern times, airlines added a couple inches to the hemline of old flight attendant uniforms, while retroactively taking a couple inches from customers' seats. Passengers stuffed as tightly as possible into tin cans flying 39,000 feet above the ground has become the norm, a sharp twist from the spacious and glamorous airlines of the past. Back in the day, air travel used to only be accessible to the upper class, resulting in lavish and roomy airplanes that look markedly different from today's crowded and dirty airports. Apparently, to the airline industry, as accessibility increases customer service decreases.

In these vintage air travel pictures, airline chefs doled out fresh Charcuterie while seats had enough room for mom and her kids to read a story side-by-side, comfortably. Flight attendants in the '60s weren't the underpaid, undervalued workers they are today. The position stood as a symbol of class and was highly coveted by young women (who were willing to show some skin). Though some things are better left in the past, the airlines of old might be, like chokers, Doc Martens, and Britney Spears, worth bringing back.

23 Vintage Flight Attendant And Air Travel Photos From The Glamorous Jet Age,

Who Said Houndstooth Had To Be Boring? These 1975 NAC Air Hostesses Are Seriously Slaying Red, White, And Blue

Apparently, Flights Didn't Always Have A Dress Code

In 1972, First Class Came With A Chef

Children Fly In '70s Luxury On Scandinavian Airlines

1960: The Year You Didn't Need A Rental Car

Super Chic And Ultra Babely '60s Flight Attendant Uniforms On Pacific Southwest Airlines

Is That Fresh Charcuterie On A 1970s Scandinavian Airlines Flight? This Is Not A Joke!

Nothing Says 1970s Pilot Like A Well-Kept Mustache

Everyone Expected A Bag Of Peanuts

Could You Imagine Having This Sort Of Seat On An Airplane Now?

Mon, 15 May 2017 08:25:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/vintage-flight-attendant-and-air-travel-photos/mariel-loveland
<![CDATA[Super Nifty Pictures From The Tsukiji Fish Market]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tsukiji-fish-market-photos/will-gish?source=rss

If you're into Japanese cuisine and sushi culture, chances are you've assumed there's a giant Tokyo fish market that acts as a hub for the mega city's restaurants buyers, local markets, and amateur chefs. You might even know that market is called Tsukiji fish market, and that it's the largest wholesale seafood market in the world, and one of the largest wholesale markets of any kind. Given the importance of fish and seafood in Japanese food and culture, it makes sense such a place exists; chances are, if you've eaten out in Tokyo, some of your sushi ingredients came from Tsukiji. 

As these Tsukiji fish market photos show, the grandest of all Japanese fish markets is a complex, lively place. It consists of an inner market, where wholesale fish are sold, sometimes at auction, and prepared for sale in the outer market, and an outer market, which is a combination of wholesalers and other vendors and restaurants. The market opens at 3:00 a.m, most days, handles hundreds of varieties of seafood, employs tens of thousands of people, and generates billions in revenue each year.

For sushi and seafood aficionados, the photos on this list will surely whet your appetite. Vegetarians may see it more as a grotesque panoply of pain, violence, and suffering, as fish are impaled, eviscerated, and cooked alive. 

Super Nifty Pictures From The Tsukiji Fish Market,

Preparing A Fish For Sale (Off With Its Head!)

Buyers Making Notes On Tuna Available At Auction

Giant Tuna Distributed To Buyers On A Cart

Octopus For Sale

An Employee Slices Tuna With What Looks Like Zatoichi's Cane Sword

Delicious Seaweed At A Good Price

A Market Employee Helps A Customer Choose Fish

A Bloody Knife On The Chopping Block

Workers Lay Out Frozen Tuna

A Vendor Offers A Tuna Head

Wed, 31 May 2017 04:04:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/tsukiji-fish-market-photos/will-gish
<![CDATA[The Best TV Road Trip Episodes Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-tv-road-trip-episodes/alexandra-plesa?source=rss

What do the best TV road trips all have in common? They give viewers the chance to see the characters they know and love in a new light. A change in scenery can breathe new life into a long-running series. When characters leave their comfort zones and embark on new adventures, a true fan travels alongside them - whether they're visiting that college they’ve always dreamed of attending, confessing their feelings to a coworker, or picking up a friend from rehab.

Just like in the best road trip comedies, these episodes aren't just about getting from point A to point B. The best television episodes about taking a road trip give viewers a new perspective on a fictional world, or advance the plot in an interesting new direction. In some cases, they also merit a few well-deserved laughs along the way. It’s all about the journey.

So, what are the greatest fictional road trips on TV? Vote up your favorites!

The Best TV Road Trip Episodes Of All Time,

Gilmore Girls

Who Goes On The Trip? Rory and Lorelai. They take an impromptu trip after Lorelai realizes she isn’t ready to marry Max.

Where Do They Go? They leave without any clue about their destination, but end up visiting Harvard, where Rory was dreaming of attending college.

What Happens Along The Way? All sorts of classic Gilmore adventures. They almost starve to death. They argue over maps. They stay at a creepy motel and have to make small talk with other travelers. The horror!

Why Is The Episode Great? What really makes the episode shine is the fact that it puts both characters at a juncture. When they eventually arrive at Harvard, Rory is scared and hopeful for the future. Meanwhile, Lorelai contemplates the life she would have had if she had gone to college herself. It’s a touching installment that pushes both characters forward instead of allowing Lorelai to wallow after running away from her fiancé.

Mad Men

Who Goes On The Trip? Don.

Where Do They Go?​​​​​​​ He goes on the road with no particular destination in mind.

What Happens Along The Way?​​​​​​​ Don spends a few days in Kansas, discussing his true self for once with vets at a local Legion night. He ends up at a bus stop in the middle of Oklahoma, going nowhere. Meanwhile, Betty receives some devastating news.

Why Is The Episode Great?​​​​​​​ As the penultimate episode of the series, it did a fine job with both Betty and Don’s storylines. Don’s road trip allowed him to find himself and move on, even though he has no idea what to do next. His disappearing act is nearly complete, and viewers are left eager to know what will come next.

Sex and the City

Who Goes On The Trip? Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte.

Where Do They Go? To Atlantic City to celebrate Charlotte's 36th birthday.

What Happens Along The Way? Miranda is happy to be away from her baby for the first time. Samantha is sure Richard will cheat again. Charlotte worries she'll become an old maid. Carrie tries to brighten the mood.

Why Is The Episode Great?​​​​​​​ The group dynamics are always fun to watch, but this episode also caters to some universal themes. Charlotte doesn’t cope well with the idea of getting older, which is not unexpected in a society that usually associates attractiveness with youth. Samantha decides that her mental health is more important than her relationship. The group scolds a man who insults Miranda’s post-baby body. And finally, Carrie realizes that maybe love is still worth aspiring for. Plus, the girls celebrate their long-lasting friendship in style.

The Sopranos

Who Goes On The Trip? Tony and Meadow.

Where Do They Go? Tony takes his daughter on a trip to Maine to visit colleges.

What Happens Along The Way? Meadow asks Tony if he is "in the Mafia." Tony spots Fabian Petrulio, a former member of the DiMeo crime family who turned FBI informant. After a few obstacles, he strangles Petrulio with a wire. He continues his trip with his daughter nonetheless.

Why Is The Episode Great? This episode is considered to be one of the best of the series. It’s filled with emotional conflict, confessions big and small, and some strangely funny scenes. "College" takes its time with the hunt after Tony spots Petrulio, and balances him following the rat with him spending time with his daughter beautifully.


Who Goes On The Trip? Crowley, Castiel, and Dean.

Where Do They Go?​​​​​​​ To track down Sam, who is possessed by the angel Gadreel.

What Happens Along The Way? The gang visits the NSA. They retrieve the Impala, which was previously stolen. Crowley enters Sam’s mind and helps him expel the angel. Abaddon and Crowley face off. The Winchesters fight.

Why Is The Episode Great?​​​​​​​ Supernatural basically runs on Winchester internal torment; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Here, it does. Plus, everything about the road trip is fun.

Parks and Recreation

Who Goes On The Trip? Leslie and Ben. Chris accompanies them on their way back as an insanely funny third wheel.

Where Do They Go?​​​​​​​ They go to Indianapolis for a work trip.

What Happens Along The Way?​​​​​​​ Ben and Leslie do their best to keep things professional, but fail. They kiss, marking the start of one of the most adorable TV romances of all time. They spend the night at Chris's. He comes back with them and drives them crazy from the back seat.

Why Is The Episode Great? The fact that that it delivers Leslie and Ben’s first kiss should be enough. Add Rob Lowe being hilarious and you’ve got yourself a classic Parks and Recreation installment. But besides being funny, "Road Trip" is ultimately a heartwarming episode, showing that no matter how much Leslie and Ben might try, they just can’t stay away from each other.


Who Goes On The Trip? The Save Greendale Committee. In other words Abed, Britta, Dean Pelton, Elroy, Annie, Frankie, and Jeff.

Where Do They Go? The gang travels to deliver a giant hand that Dean Pelton bought to its new owner.

What Happens Along The Way?​​​​​​​ Elroy's RV breaks down. Abed provides meta commentary and flashbacks. They drain the secondary battery by charging their phones. The giant hand falls off the top of the RV, causing havoc.

Why Is The Episode Great? In typical Community fashion, the episode pokes fun at its own story structure, especially by having Abed trying to telepathically take everyone back to three weeks earlier for an establishing flashback. But ultimately, it's wonderfully absurd, packed with great dialogue, and reveals more about the study group and their relationships. 


Who Goes On The Trip? Louie and his daughters.

Where Do They Go? They go to visit Louie's great aunt Ellen out in rural Pennsylvania.

What Happens Along The Way?​​​​​​​ The daughters complain of boredom. Louie rocks out to The Who. They find Aunt Ellen peculiar and racist. After serving her narrative purpose, the old lady collapses and dies.

Why Is The Episode Great? Despite the fact that the actual road trip portion of the episode is over in less than 10 minutes, it allows Louie to deliver some of his funniest material. Driving with his daughters, he has to endure sibling fights and them complaining about boredom over and over again, which eventually leads him to tell them off in a thoughtful fashion. The rock-out moment is also amazing.


Who Goes On The Trip? Almost the entire Braverman clan.

Where Do They Go? They go to visit Grandma Blanche, Zeke’s mother, for her birthday. 

What Happens Along The Way? A chair gets stolen. Everyone bickers, family style. Zeke has a special moment with his mom. Adam and Haddie struggle to make conversation. Sarah and Drew have an extremely awkward talk.

Why Is The Episode Great? While "Road Trip" is almost a standalone episode in Season 3, it’s great at reminding fans of how much they like to hang out with the Bravermans, especially when they’re all together in a big group. There’s no shortage of emotional scenes in the episode, but there are amusing moments as well. Balance achieved.


Who Goes On The Trip? Adam, Shoshanna, and Hannah.

Where Do They Go?​​​​​​​ Adam drives the girls to pick up Jessa from rehab.

What Happens Along The Way?​​​​​​​ Shoshanna drives Adam crazy. Hannah is bored. They hike. Adam smashes the car stereo with his fist. They eventually manage to pick up Jessa in a rather touching moment.

Why Is The Episode Great?​​​​​​​ In short, it’s one of the funniest Girls episodes ever. Zosia Mamet was always great as Shoshanna, and this episode really allows her to shine. Her banter with Adam is hilarious.

Wed, 10 May 2017 09:05:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-tv-road-trip-episodes/alexandra-plesa
<![CDATA[17 Haunted Hotels In The US You Can Actually Stay In]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/haunted-hotels-in-america/mariel-loveland?source=rss

When browsing Priceline or TripAdvisor looking for places to stay, people typically try to avoid anything that might get them killed or could unwittingly resign their bodies over to demonic possession. An exorcism isn't really most people's idea of a vacation, but the allure of haunted hotels in the United States is undeniable. If you've ever found yourself perusing the Internet late at night and reading ghost stories about real-life haunted places, you're not alone. Many of the American hotels that are known to harbor ghosts even throw their own ghost tours - it's quite the booming business!

People undoubtedly enjoy scaring themselves with ghost stories - why else would horror movies be so popular? But would you ever dare to get up close and personal with an actual ghost? Some haunted hotels in the USA have very real scary stories behind their apparitions - including tragic suicides, unsolved murders, and colonial war heroes. From the Stay on Main, which inspired a season of American Horror Story, to the Stanley Hotel, something literally out of a Stephen King novel, these hotels are some of the most haunted in America.

Here are 17 haunted American hotels you can check into - right now.

17 Haunted Hotels In The US You Can Actually Stay In,

The Myrtles Plantation - Baton Rouge, LA

Once a plantation and now a charming bed and breakfast, the Myrtles Plantation is considered one of America's most haunted homes. This historic landmark dates back to the 1700s and is as full of southern charm as it is old southern ghosts.

Guests have reported seeing a young girl dressed in antebellum clothing peering out from behind windows - and there's even photographic evidence. If you look in the photo above, you can see the not-so-faint outline of the "Ghost Girl." The Myrtles Plantation even had paranormal experts analyze the photo, and many claim that they can't find any evidence that it was doctored. Spooky. If you want a chance to get a glimpse of the Ghost Girl yourself, the plantation offers ghost tours in addition to renting out rooms.

Price of the scare: About $250/night

La Fonda On The Plaza - Santa Fe, NM

La Fonda on the Plaza may have only been built in 1922, but the property has been home to several different inns dating back to 1607. That leaves plenty of years for the site to have accumulated at least a couple of ill-intentioned spirits.

Rumor has it that guests can hang out with ghost of John P. Slough, the Chief Justice of the Territorial Supreme Court, who was shot in the lobby in 1867. But if ghosts aren't your thing, you can still enjoy the charming, authentic New Mexican architecture and some free WiFi. La Fonda also nabbed the 2016 title of the Historic Houses Associations' Best Historic Hotel.

Price of the scare: $179/night

Admiral Fell Inn - Baltimore, MD

Ghosts at the Admiral Fell Inn in Baltimore, MD, just want to party - and they're a rather raucous group. When the hotel was briefly closed in 2003 during Hurricane Isabel, neighbors reported hearing noises from a full-on monster mash.

Several of the buildings that make up the Admiral Inn's property date back to the 1700s - and that's a lot of time to accumulate ghosts. However, no spirits in particular have ever been named. Keeping in theme with the paranormal lore surrounding the inn, hotel hosts offer ghost tours several times a week - and you can even bring your pup if they don't spook easily, as this hotel is pet friendly.

Price of the scare: $170/night

The Marshall House - Savannah, GA

An old-hospital-turned-hotel in one of the most haunted cities in America? We've got a full on ghost infestation on our hands. This property was once used as a Union Army hospital during both the Civil War and two yellow fever epidemics. That means it's obviously teeming with paranormal activity.

Guests have seen ghosts, heard children's voices, and watched faucets turn themselves on and off. This spot is so famous for its ghosts that Southern Living named it one of the South's 11 Most Haunted Places. It's also frequently included in various Travel Channel specials about haunted getaways.

Price of the scare: $126-$229/night

Emily Morgan Hotel - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio's 177-room, neo-Gothic beauty - the Emily Morgan Hotel - sits right across from the historic Alamo. If that's not a recipe for a haunting, then what is? Better yet, the property had previously been used as a morgue and psychiatric ward before you could ever book a room.

The hotel is rated as the third most haunted hotel in the world, and they fully embrace their reputation for paranormal activity. The on-site restaurant and bar hosts a Psychic Happy Hour - complete with palm readings - every Thursday and there's even free WiFi (sorry, but poltergeists cost extra).

Price of the scare: About $140/night

The Bourbon Orleans Hotel - New Orleans, LA

Even though the Bourbon Orleans Hotel has a heated saltwater pool and elegant rooms with balconies, it also has the kind of history that horror movies are made from. The ghosts that haunt this property are some of the creepiest - including orphan children, confederate soldiers, and catholic nuns.

The hotel was originally used as a ballroom for glamorous celebrity events, but was eventually acquired by Sisters of the Holy Family in the 1800s - from then on it was used as a school, orphanage, medical ward, and convent. During that time, a yellow fever epidemic killed a large number of the children at the orphanage, and many of them now haunt the hotel's hallways.

Price of the scare: $150/night

The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, CO

The Stanley Hotel, a historic Colorado property that originally opened in 1909, is so haunted that it actually inspired Stephen King to write his terrifying bestseller, The Shining. He allegedly stayed there for just one night before the hotel closed for the winter - and his family happened to be the only guests. King apparently didn't see any ghosts, but he did have a creepy nightmare that inspired the novel. Other guests have reported hearing piano keys (when no one was playing piano) and mysterious laughter. Hotel staff, who deliver nightly ghost tours, say the ghosts are mostly deceased employees and guests - meaning you could be next!

Price of the scare: Roughly $250/night

Gadsden Hotel - Douglas, AZ

The Gadsden Hotel has had more ghostly encounters than they can even keep track of. Name something that typically happens in a haunting, and it's probably happened here. Guests have reported their hair being pulled, TVs randomly turning off, and even being pinned to their beds, unable to move. The hotel manager, Robin Brekhus, swears she's seen a ghost cowboy and encourages guests to write about their paranormal experiences in the binders kept at the front desk.

Price of the scare: $60-$80/night

The Stay On Main - Los Angeles, CA

Stay on Main (formerly known as the Cecil Hotel) is so creepy that it inspired the series American Horror Story: Hotel. This 700-room hotel and hostel has been the location of numerous murders, disappearances, and suicides. To top it off, serial killer Richard Ramirez once called this hotel home.

As if that's not enough, it gets even creepier. In 2013, a 21-year-old woman named Elisa Lam suddenly disappeared from the hotel. The last time she was seen before her death was in elevator security footage, where she exhibited strange, erratic behavior. Weeks later, her body was found in the hotel's rooftop water tank after guests started complaining about low water pressure. Those guests had unknowingly been drinking water contaminated by her decomposing body.

Reviews for the hotel are mixed - some recount scary stories, and some urge you to "stay away." Others reviewers say it's "not bad" and some even give it four stars. Interested in taking your chances?

Price of the scare: The Stay on Main is currently closed for remodeling, but should be re-opening soon, so mark your calendars for a nightmare-worthy LA vacation.

Lord Baltimore Hotel - Baltimore, MD

The ghosts at the Lord Baltimore Hotel are actually pretty aggressive - they've been known to reach out and touch people in elevators, and rooms are allegedly filled with an overwhelming, invisible presence. Guests have seen shadows and apparitions, including visions of a young girl in a long dress and black shoes who wanders around the 19th floor bouncing a red ball. This girl is rumored to have taken her own life and to be the reason why the elevators will sometimes move to the 19th floor when no buttons have been pressed. Why is it always creepy little girls? Why?

Price of the scare: $150/night

Thu, 04 May 2017 07:26:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/haunted-hotels-in-america/mariel-loveland
<![CDATA[Tourist Destinations People Say You Have To Go To That Actually Suck]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/disappointing-tourist-destinations/nathan-gibson?source=rss

Going on vacation doesn't always mean going to a sunny beach somewhere exotic and relaxing on the sand. Many people instead choose to go places with great cultural artifacts or famous tourist attractions. There are thousands of different examples all around the world, but the vast majority of vacationers tend to focus on just the select few that have held something of a monopoly over the public’s imagination for generations.

The problem is that many of these destinations are actually pretty overrated and simply don’t live up to the hype. As can often be the case, movies and television shows have glorified particular attractions so that they seem more impressive than they really are. In other instances, an exploitative tourism industry might have spoiled these natural wonders with an over-saturation of merchandise and facilities aiming to siphon off as much money from visitors as possible.

What is clear, though, is that there are plenty of overrated travel destinations that you might be tempted to visit, but would be better off avoiding in favor of some other less well-known tourist destinations.

Tourist Destinations People Say You Have To Go To That Actually Suck,

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach in Sydney is one of the most famous beaches in the world and attracts more than two million people to its sun-soaked sands every year. It is essentially one of the must-see locations in the Australian city, but is considered by many locals to be something of a tourist trap rather than a beautiful beach. This is due in large part to the growing number of people who visit the location every day, leading to the presence of large crowds and rubbish littering both the sand and the streets. Local facilities are also not up to scratch, and many of the surrounding buildings have been covered in ugly graffiti, detracting further from the overall experience.

Four Corners

The Four Corners Monument is a popular attraction in the United States, as it has a special status - it is the only place in the entire country where four separate states share a border and it is appropriately marked by a concrete slab that visualizes where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah all meet. Unfortunately, it isn’t much of an attraction and is considered to be highly overrated by people living in those states. The disappointment mostly stems from the monument being located in the middle of nowhere, plus there are no other attractions nearby, a lack of facilities at the location, and almost no cell phone or Internet service.

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is the longest manmade structure in the world, stretching for thousands of miles across the country. This fact, combined with the ancient historical importance of the wall, has made it an incredibly popular tourist attraction. Unfortunately, many who visit the wall are met with utter disappointment - not only is it not as wide as many might have expected, but the structure itself is badly damaged. This is, of course, due to a lethal combination of natural erosion, locals stealing the stone for building materials, and tourists continually harming the structure with their very presence.


Apart from the fact that you might be able to spot a random celebrity as they go about their everyday life, there is nothing all that spectacular about Hollywood. At least, there's not really enough to make it a desirable tourist destination. In fact, many visitors to this overrated destination have felt shocked by its rundown look and lack of interesting features. Even the infamous Hollywood Boulevard isn't much of an attraction, lined with expensive restaurants and tourist stores filled with tacky merchandise.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is definitely one of the most overrated tourist attraction in the world. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, though, if you really think about it as just a bell tower that is leaning slightly to its side. It’s possible to recreate the same experience in almost any city in the world that has a bell tower by just tilting your head. The only unique thing that the Leaning Tower of Pisa offers is that you can pretend that you are holding the structure up in a photograph. Even this redeeming quality is diminishing, though, as the tower is actually straightening out.

Loch Ness

If you're not looking to get caught up in the Loch Ness monster conspiracy, then going to Loch Ness is probably not going to be an enjoyable adventure. Much of the area has been overtaken by shops and attractions that sell merchandise surrounding the mythology and a busy main road just north of the lake detracts from the location's natural beauty. Considering how many other spectacular lochs there are in the rest of Scotland and the United Kingdom, it is really not worth visiting. Most tourists would be far better off visiting the likes of Glencoe to better experience the raw splendor of Scotland.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Since the US is comparably a pretty new country, it does not have the same number of historic attractions and locations that many other nations have. One of the few, though, is Mount Rushmore - the giant mountain-side carving that has been featured in countless films and has become part of the national consciousness. The problem is that the sculpture just isn’t all that big in real life. The millions of tourists who attend often leave disenchanted by both the small size of the faces and the extreme distance they have to be seen from, as the viewing platform isn't exactly close to the sculpture. The attraction might not have been so underwhelming if it had actually been completed rather than left half-finished due to a lack of funding.


Almost one million people visit Stonehenge every single year in the United Kingdom, despite the fact that there really isn’t that much to see. Compared to other similar monuments and structures nearby, such as the Avebury henge, Stonehenge is much smaller and far more damaged. Add to this the fact that Stonehenge is actually located right next to a busy road (which kind of spoils the atmosphere) and is roped off so that you can't even get near to it - instead, you have to put up with a rather distant view of the archeological site while being smothered by dozens of other tourists - and you've got a pretty solid argument about why Stonehenge isn't exactly a must-see.

Times Square

Times Square has played a major part in Hollywood films and television shows set in New York City for what seems like forever. This constant media presence, and the fact that it has become so deeply associated with the all-American city, means that it is something of a go-to attraction for anyone visiting New York.

It’s a shame, though, that so many tourists flock straight to Times Square rather than experience other parts of the city, as it is a tightly packed area that is covered in litter and rubbish from the thousands of tourists who pass through it. And it is so busy that many people simply become overwhelmed at not being able to move around. Those who decide to make the trip during the winter for the News Year’s Eve celebration will be even more disappointed thanks to the freezing-cold weather that will greet them in the open space.

The Australian Outback

The Australian Outback holds massive appeal to tourists visiting the country, as it is a huge sprawling area of nature left largely untouched by civilization. What many people do not understand, though, is just how dangerous and tough this area is. Rather than being a place where a person can get in touch with nature, it is in fact a hostile world that far from a walk in the park.

First off, its remoteness is a huge problem for anyone visiting. With little in the way of buildings or facilities, anyone can be put in real danger if they get lost, as it can be difficult for help to reach those in need in a timely manner. The heat can also wreak havoc on tourists, leading to dehydration. Combined with the dangerous animals and creatures that occupy the land, the Outback becomes something that probably isn’t that great of an idea for a tourist destination.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:19:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/disappointing-tourist-destinations/nathan-gibson
<![CDATA[Horrifying Crimes And Events From Hostels Around The World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hostel-horror-stories/jacob-shelton?source=rss

Anyone who has backpacked across a country has stayed in at least one hostel and has probably heard hundreds of hostel horror stories. But you'd never think that something truly awful is going to happen to you. The travelers who experienced the scary hostel stories that are collected here (mostly) lived through some of the most frightening situations that anyone will ever face – from women being dragged out of their hostels and gang raped to cannibal roommates eating a victim after a night spent clubbing. These true stories about hostels might keep you at home for the rest of your life.

There’s a certain freedom that comes with living out of your backpack. You don’t have to be anywhere, and you can experience the world however you want. But if you’re trying to save money while being a backpacker, you do have to stay in a hostel – those inexpensive shared room motels that we’ve all been warned against. Scary things that happened in hostels aren’t like what happens in the best Eli Roth-produced horror movies. There are no evil businessmen twirling their mustaches, but there are a regular amount of suicides and so many alleged rapes that you’ll want to start staying at the Marriott when you travel.

Horrifying Crimes And Events From Hostels Around The World,

Grenade Thrown At German Hostel

In a good news/bad news situation, a live grenade was thrown at a migrant hostel in southwestern Germany in January 2016. The grenade was found during the night near a group of buildings that house 170 people in the town of Villingen-Schwenningen. Its pin had been pulled out, but the explosives failed to detonate. Police spokesman Thomas Kalmbach said it was "just luck" that no one was hurt.

Welsh Cannibal Eats A Girl Before Being Tasered To Death

At a hostel for the homeless in Argoed, South Wales, Matthew Williams allegedly met a woman, brought her back to his hostel (ladies, never go back to the HOSTEL), then killed her before eating one of her eyeballs and parts of her face. After being alerted to the scene by security at the hostel, police forced entry into Williams's room, tasered him with 50,000 volts of electricity, and essentially killed him. 

Paramedic Attacked Outside Hostel

While treating a 21-year-old male French tourist outside of a hostel in Queensland, Australia, in September 2016, a female paramedic was punched in the face by the patient, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When she retreated to her ambulance, he dragged her out of the vehicle and continued to beat her until he could be subdued. 

People Get Sick After Tear Gas Shells Open In Hostel

In a hostel at the Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College in India, 20 girls fell ill after two tear gas shells rolled into their common areas. The riot control police were undergoing a mock drill in the area, and, as they were lobbing tear gas shells, two of them fell in the hostel after the wind's direction changed. The girls were admitted to the medical college hospital where they made a full recovery. 

Hostel Warden Rapes 14 Girls

At a hostel in Likabai, India, 14 girls, all of whom were minors, were allegedly raped by the hostel's warden over the course of three years. The assaults were allowed to go on for so long because not only did the warden threaten the girls with worse violence if they told on him, but their school's principal also helped cover up the entire thing in order to make the school seem like a charming place to visit. 

Hardline Islamists Storm Hostel To Stop Women from Dancing

In April 2013, a group of hardline Islamists threw stones and bottles at young women who were dancing and listening to music in preparation for a performance at a student hostel in Tunis. After the attack, one of the students told Reuters, "[they] smashed windows on our building and threw stones and bottles at the students, stopping the performance." The attack lasted for nearly an hour before the assailants fled. 

University Student Found Dead

A 19-year-old student who was pursuing a degree at SRM University in Chennai, India, allegedly hung himself from the ceiling of the hostel where he was staying. The body was recovered on the morning of October 17, 2016,  after one of his roommates complained of a foul smell emanating from his locked room.

Teen Sets Herself On Fire

On the afternoon of October 18, 2016, a 16-year-old student of Sri Chaitanya College in Hyderabad, India, set herself on fire in her hostel room after calling her mother and begging to be allowed to leave. There was no suicide note. Only her final phone call home provides any clues as to what might've been going though her head. 

Woman Stabbed To Death Outside Of Australian Hostel

What's happening with Australian hostels? It seems like it's more dangerous to be outside of them than it is to be inside. In August 2016, a Frenchman shouted "Allahu Akbar" before stabbing a a British woman to death and attacking two more people in a Sydney hostel. One of the men that was attacked later died from his injuries. Despite initial thoughts that this was the work of a lone wolf extremist, police later discovered that the attacker was infatuated with the woman he murdered. 

Peeping Tom Caught In NTU Hostel

On the morning of October 13, 2016, a resident of Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) student hostel in Singapore was caught taking videos of male students while they showered. After apprehending the man, authorities claimed that they found close to 66 videos of young men showering on the suspect's mobile phone. The suspect allegedly tried to delete all of the videos from his phone before he was apprehended. 

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 11:07:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/hostel-horror-stories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The World's Most Interesting Unfinished Buildings]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-unfinished-buildings/rachel-souerbry?source=rss

Everyone has a little bit of an explorer in them – visiting spooky, abandoned, or unfinished buildings can be a tempting way to get that adventure fix. This list of famous buildings still under construction – some after hundreds of years of being built – includes structures you can take a tour of, ones you can wander through at your leisure, and a few that are for the more hard-core adventurers.

From majestic churches and temples to homes built to keep out spirits to national monuments and and breathtaking skyscrapers, all of these unfinished buildings have their own unique stories to tell, with quirky histories and tragic stories behind why they were never finished. Some are still under construction; some have been given up entirely. Some of them had the potential to be among the most beautiful buildings in the world had they ever been completed. 

The World's Most Interesting Unfinished Buildings,

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Although the Cathedral of Saint John the Devine is still incomplete, it is a fully functioning Episcopal church. The cornerstone was laid in 1892, and construction on the mixed influence Gothic-Romanesque behemoth continued at a steady pace until WWII. 

Some cheeky estimates in the 1920s suggested construction would be finished in 700 years, but it looks like that might never happen. Most of the work done over the course of the 20th century was restorative; even the "temporary" dome ceiling remains, despite plans to replace it with a spire. Still, the building is open, and hosts services every Sunday. 

Deutsches Stadion

The Deutsches Stadion, which began construction in 1937, was one of Adolf Hitler's biggest projects. It was to be located in Nuremberg, Germany, and should have held around 400,000 spectators.

When told that the dimensions of the facility did not match Olympic standards, Hitler was said to have replied: "That's totally unimportant. The 1940 Olympics will be taking place in Tokyo. But after that they will be held for all eternity in Germany – and in this stadium. And it is we who will determine how the sporting field is measured."

The project came to an abrupt halt in 1938 due to the start of WWII, and the only part that was ever completed was the giant hole in the ground where it should have sat. There was, however, a "test stadium" built in a small town not far from Nuremberg, Achtel, to test the acoustics. The old pillars and walls that remain have been given historical landmark status, though they are long overgrown, and some Germans would like to forget they are there.

You can also visit the hole where the stadium would have gone, which is now known locally as Silbersee Lake.

National Monument of Scotland

A Scottish attempt at grandeur failed spectacularly. The National Monument, known to locals as "Edinburgh's Disgrace," was meant to be a structure honoring the fallen Scotsmen in the Napoleonic Wars, which took place from 1803-1815. Based on the Parthenon, the monument would have made Edinburgh the "Athens of the North." Unfortunately, only about 1/3 of the necessary funds for the project were raised, and the whole thing had to be abandoned in the 1820s. Today, locals and tourists alike can be seen climbing around in the ruins, which consist of just the foundation stone and the 12 regal columns.

Ryugyong Hotel

The Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, has an air of mystery to it. The massive hotel (boasting 105 floors) was meant to be the largest in the world, but it has yet to open its doors to guests. In spite of this, there have been rumors that people have seen lights on in the top of the pyramid.

Construction on the hotel began in 1987 and continued until 1992, when famine, drought, and an economic crisis crippled the nation. Work resumed in 2008, but the date of completion is anybody's guess.

The builders got a cash boost of $30 million from Egyptian investors in 2011 to finish the exterior, very fitting for the pyramid structure.

Sagrada Família

The first stone of this massive church was laid in 1882, and construction is still marching on today. The Sagrada Família is set to be completed in 2026, with all of the construction costs financed by donations and ticket sales. Tours of the basilica are a popular activity when visiting Barcelona, Spain, and visitors are encouraged to spend time taking a close look at the facade to search for the cleverly hidden Biblical images. 

Architect Antoni Gaudí took over the planning of the Gothic-style church in 1883, the second year of its construction. From there, it became his life's work, until he passed away in 1926. The original plans have been used during the entire process; although some assumptions have been made along the way, since the plans have been slightly damaged over the many, many decades it has taken to complete the church.

Ta Keo

Tha Angkor Temples of Cambodia are a World Heritage Site and a significant part of Cambodian history. Ta Keo Temple is one of the main temples you can visit when you purchase a "Temple Pass," but it was never finished. It is also the only temple made entirely of sandstone.

Due to political instability at the time (around 1001 CE), construction was stopped before it reached the decoration phase. Most other temples built at the time (including Ta Keo's spectacular neighbor, Angkor Wat) were given detailed and beautiful carvings, statues, and other adornments that were centered around the Hindu faith. 

Ta Keo is a bare-bones structure, still consisting of multiple spires and levels but without any of the other trappings. Tourists are free to wander about inside if they are brave enough to make it up the extremely steep temple staircases. 

Winchester Mystery House

Pure paranoia has never looked so beautiful. In the mid 1800s, Sarah Winchester, wife of rifle manufacturer William Wirt Winchester, turned to spirituality to cope with the deaths of her husband and and infant daughter. A medium told her that the spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles were responsible for their deaths, and, in order to avoid a similar fate, she needed to move out West and begin building a grand house for them. As long as the house was never fully completed, she would be safe.

The house, located in San Jose, California, began being constructed in 1884. The workers did not stop adding strange and mostly unnecessary details and additions until 1922, when Sarah passed away.

The beautiful Victorian-style Winchester Mystery House is a museum today, where visitors can go on a tour through the extremely quirky layout. There are secret passageways, staircases to nowhere, and oddly-shaped rooms built in an attempt to throw off the spirits.

Woodchester Mansion

The Woodchester Mansion in Woodchester, England, is a bit of a trickster; from the outside, it almost looks like a regular, old mansion. But once you get inside, it becomes clear that construction was never completed. Construction on the Victorian-Gothic house began in 1855 and continued until 1873. It was made using local limestone, with vaulted stone ceilings that were unique for that time period. 

Because the house is still missing floors, it allows visitors to actually see how houses were constructed during that time. Construction eventually ceased due to lack of funds – more specifically, a lack of the yearly income that the owner would have needed to actually run the place.

In spite of the fact that it was never finished, it still has a lot of beautiful details, especially in the chapel and on the facade.

Sinn Sathorn Tower

A victim of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the Sathorn Unique Tower in Bangkok, Thailand, sits as a massive reminder of what could have been. Somehow, the building is still beautiful in its own way, with layers upon layers of scalloped balconies that would have hosted wealthy travelers.

Although from the outside it appears almost normal (it was about 75% completed), once you look closer, you can see that a lot of interior structures are missing, and the floors were left very open.

It's a popular spot today for urban explorers; although it does have a high level of security. The local ghost stories also tend to deter some people, but most don't appear to be daunted by the spooky claims. 

The Palace Of The Soviets, An Impossible Dream

Russian architectual ambition was a sight to behold in the 1930s. At the time, Moscow was somewhat of a hub for modern architecture, so the design for the epic Palace of the Soviets was destined to be a modernist marvel.

A design contest for the Palace was held in 1931, and work began in 1938. The plans were extremely extravagant – nothing like it had ever been seen. It was to be so tall it reached the clouds, with a 328-foot-high statue of Vladimir Lenin at the top, scraping the sky. According to The Daily Beast, "[it] was also to have 148 elevators and 62 escalators... there would also be a library with 500,000 books." 

As with many building projects around the world from the period, WWII disrupted Russia's grand plan. The plan was eventually fully scrapped in 1957 after only the foundation had been laid. The site became a large public pool, and, today, the world's tallest Orthodox Christian church sits where it would have been.

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:10:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-unfinished-buildings/rachel-souerbry
<![CDATA[28 Snapshots Of Daily Life In Pyongyang, North Korea]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-from-pyongyang/elle-tharp?source=rss

If you've ever wondered what life in North Korea looks like, the following pictures from the country's capital, Pyongyang, provide actual snapshots into the lives of urban North Koreans. Though the age of smartphones usually allows for maximum documentation, Pyongyang photos remain difficult to find given the country's self-imposed isolation and a citizen population largely unaware of the outside world. In fact, the only real consistent photos of life in North Korea usually revolve around its dictator, Kim Jong Un, who maintains a state of practical godliness over his people.

Foreigners visiting North Korea are highly restricted in terms of where they are allowed to go and what they are allowed to take pictures of. Thus, even visiting the country doesn't provide the entire story. But many of the following photos taken by more bold and daring photographers show an attempt to depict the real Pyongyang, thereby giving the outside world a small idea of what life is like in North Korea.

28 Snapshots Of Daily Life In Pyongyang, North Korea,

Inside A Pyongyang Supermarket

The gin aisle inside one of Pyongyang's two supermarkets. Tourists are permitted inside of these stores, where imported goods are plentiful, and upper middle class North Koreans can afford to shop.

A Lone Traffic Girl

A traffic conductor faces the morning traffic in Pyongyang. Traffic in Pyongyang remains relatively scarce, due to the fact few people own cars.

A Man Rides His Bike By The Water

A man rides his bicycle past the Taedong River. On the other side of its banks lies Kim Il-sung Square.

A Child Waits To See His Father In Parade

This young boy waits for his father's battalion to pass in a military parade for Day of the Sun. The April 15th holiday marks the birthday of Kim Il-sung, founder and former president of North Korea.

A Rare Bird's Eye View Of Pyongyang

A view of Pyongyang taken from Juche Tower. Many of Pyongyang's buildings hold elderly people who can never leave, due to power shortages that cut off elevator access for many structures.

Two Men Play Korean Chess

Two tour guides play a fold-up Korean chess game. Known as janggi, there are seven different types of pieces, and each side of the board is called a palace.

Orderly Lines In Kim Il-sung Square

Uniformed North Korean students are lined up for a festival or rally in Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang. The 37th largest square space in the world, Kim Il-sung Square can hold over 100,000 people.

A Packed City Bus

The bus system in Pyongyang is often overcrowded, with passenger queues stretching several blocks. 

The Arirang Mass Games

The portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il displayed prominently at the Arirang Mass Games, an annual mass gymnastics and artistic festival held in the Rungrado May Day stadium.

A Street View Of The Ryugyong Hotel

The Ryugyong Hotel overlooking a sparsely packed street. One-hundred-five stories tall with five rotating restaurants at the top, it cost North Korea 2% of their GDP, nearly $750 million dollars.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:19:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-from-pyongyang/elle-tharp
<![CDATA[Horrible Things United Airlines Has Done To Passengers Flying The Friendly Skies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/united-airlines-passenger-abuses/jacob-shelton?source=rss

There’s no rule that says corporations have to like their customers, but United Airlines puts all other companies to shame when it comes to client treatment. You don’t have to look very hard to discover multiple United Airlines scandals. The company can’t seem to avoid mistreating their customers and getting into hot water. From killing pets to forcibly removing paying passengers from planes, the horrible things United has done to passengers keep piling up.

Maybe some of these United Airlines incidents would be more understandable if the passengers in question were acting like jerks - but usually they weren't. The amount of United Airlines passenger abuse that’s occurred is as baffling as it is troubling. As if the stress of traveling and extra fees weren’t bad enough, you could be on the receiving end of one of these awful abuses from United.

Horrible Things United Airlines Has Done To Passengers Flying The Friendly Skies,

Baggage Handlers Played A Homophobic Prank On A Gay Couple

Christopher Bridgeman and his husband Martin Borge noticed something unusual when they retrieved their luggage from the baggage carousel after their United flight. In their lawsuit, the couple claimed that their luggage appeared with a purple dildo sticking out and covered with fecal matter. The airline’s attorney argued that United did not believe its employees were responsible for placing the sex toy.

Flight Attendants Left A Blind Woman Alone On A Plane

In May 2010, Jessica Cabot, who is blind, was taking a series of flights. On each flight, an attendant told her to wait for the rest of the passengers to disembark and then someone would help her off the plane. But on her final United flight, Cabot said that she heard the rest of the passengers leave. Then the aircraft door was sealed shut, "and then, just complete silence. And I started calling out with no response."

Cabot was stuck for 10 minutes until she was found by a maintenance crew that entered the aircraft. She was given a $250 travel voucher for her troubles.

Airport Security Forced A Customer Off A Plane

Arguably the worst move by United Airlines to date is the forcible removal of David Dao from one of their planes. Dao, a Kentucky physician, was dragged off a plane after a refusing to give up his seat in order to make room for United employees. Airport security physically, and violently, removed him. His face was bloodied in the incident.

To add insult to injury, after video of the assault surfaced, United CEO Oscar Munoz responded by releasing a statement on Twitter that read: "I apologize for having to re-accommodate those customers."

A Muslim Woman Was Denied A Soda Can Because She Could "Use It As A Weapon"

Tahera Ahmad, an associate chaplain at Northwestern University, was subjected to intense profiling on a United flight. Ahmad wrote on Facebook, "I am sitting on a United airlines flight in the air 30,000ft above and I am in tears of humiliation from discrimination. The flight attendant asked me what I would like to drink and I requested a can of diet coke [sic]. She brought me a can that was open so I requested an unopened can due to hygienic reasons."

The flight attendant refused, on the grounds that staff members weren't allowed to hand out anything that could be used as a weapon. But the argument fell flat when the attendant handed Ahmad's neighbor an unopened can of beer.

A Scorpion Stung A Passenger

In April 2017, Richard Bell was flying United to Calgary. Mid-flight, a scorpion fell from an overhead bin and stung him. According to United, airline crew immediately consulted a physician about Bell's injuries, and medical personnel met the plane when it touched down in Canada. The stings were not life-threatening.

Employees Killed A Golden Retriever

When a Michigan woman was moving from Detroit to Portland she decided to ship her golden retriever via United Airlines. After multiple delays, she was finally able to see her dog - but then he died a few hours later. Her vet determined the dog's cause of death to be a stomach flip, which occurs when blood flow is cut off to the internal organs. The illness is often caused by meal problems, stress, or both.

United claimed that the dog's death was the woman's fault for marking the pet's container as smaller than its actual dimensions, thus resulting in the delays and death.

A Captain Kicked An Autistic Girl Off A Plane

A teenage girl, Juliette Beegle, and her mother, Donna, were attempting to fly from Orlando to Portland, but they were removed from the United flight because the captain was uncomfortable with having an autistic child on the flight. According to Donna, Juliette wasn't having a great day and wanted to eat something, so they flagged a flight attendant down and were able to get a hot meal from first class. Then the captain got on the intercom and told passengers that they would be stopping in Salt Lake City to remove the girl and her mother from the flight.

Donna later wrote on Facebook, "The officer told us, ‘The captain is not comfortable flying to Portland with your daughter on the plane. You have to leave the plane.'"

Employees Broke A Cat's Paw

In 2016, a Redditor posted about a legal battle they were in with United Airlines. According to the author, someone at the airline had broken their cat's paw, and they had also refused to feed the cat or give it water.

The poster wrote: "United has refused to pay on the argument that I took 16 days to file a complaint and they aren't liable after 12. This is wrong as I emailed and called right after I got him him but wasn't given the official, not-listed-anywhere, complaint email until 16 days later after numerous emails and phone calls."

Girls Were Banned From A Flight For Wearing Leggings

In March 2017, a United Airlines gate agent barred two teenage girls from a flight for wearing leggings. A bystander says that the girls were finally able to board after changing into attire that the attendant deemed appropriate. She told the New York Times, "The girl pulled a dress on. But please keep in mind that the dad had on shorts that did not hit his knee - they stopped maybe two or three inches above his knee - and there was no issue with that."

United claimed that as "pass travelers," people who are traveling for free thanks to a family connection with the company, the girls were representing United and therefore had to dress in whatever way that the company thought best. As if that weren't enough bad press, whoever runs the United Twitter account started getting into fights with people online.


A Passenger Was Told He'd Be Handcuffed If He Didn't Give Up His Seat

Geoff Fearns, president of a lucrative investment firm, purchased a $1,000 first class ticket home from a conference in Hawaii. He boarded the plane without any issues and waited for take off. But as he was having a glass of juice, a flight attendant told Fearns that he had to give up his seat for a more important customer, and that if he didn't he would be handcuffed and forcibly removed.

Fearns was eventually moved back to economy, where he sat between a married couple who was fighting and refused to sit next to each other.

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:19:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/united-airlines-passenger-abuses/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Cities For Millennials]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-millennials/reference?source=rss

For Millennials, traditional cities don't have the allure they used to have. Monster metropolises cost a fortune and have become playgrounds for the rich and famous. Thus, the younger generation, instead of moving home, have decided to put down roots in cheaper, burgeoning locales that stretches their hard earned dollars. While they still will leave in places like New York City and Chicago, and even California cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, Millennials tend to favor smaller cities in places where rent or owning a home won't cost them their first born.

Plenty of Southern and Western cities make this list of the best cities for Millennials. The kids seem to moving to places that are affordable, have vibrant cultural scenes and promising job markets. Add that to the cheap land and proximity for traveling to other cities, you have the formula to why Millennials rank the cities on this list in the way they do.

The Best Cities For Millennials,


Long Beach


New Orleans

New York City



San Diego

San Francisco


Wed, 05 Apr 2017 02:07:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-millennials/reference
<![CDATA[Everything You Need to Know Before Going Through Airport Security]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-airport-security-facts/jon-skindzier?source=rss

Some airport security tips are obvious: don't bring a bunch of liquids with you; don't wear really complicated footwear because you'll need two minutes to remove it; take off your belt - you get the idea. The single most effective way to get through security faster, TSA Precheck, is also pretty well-known, and it prevents you from having to worry about your mystery fluids or your complicated footwear at all. But maybe there are some things you still don't know about airports, in general, and the security line, in particular. It's also always good to have a strong understanding of the kinds of people you might encounter at the airport.

Some airport security tips aren't very obvious, such as getting through the line faster by having a boring hairstyle and being certain never to whistle (more on that later). And some airport security facts that used to be true are now obsolete. For example, you may remember some notable items that were initially banned, such as knitting needles, without being aware of the items that are now permitted, such as knitting needles. If you are so inclined, along with your knitting needles, you may also bring some falcons and a chainsaw. If that sounds like something you might be into, read on!

Everything You Need to Know Before Going Through Airport Security,

Having Big Hair May Single You Out As A Threat

There have been multiple incidents in which women with big, conspicuous hairstyles have been singled out for additional security. One involved an African American hairstylist who was told, in so many words, that her hair had to be checked for explosives. One woman contacted the ACLU after a similar experience, only to find out that an ACLU lawyer had been through the same thing and had filed a complaint about it. TheTSA has since apparently agreed to stop singling out African-American women for their hairstyles in response. Such progress.

If You're A Jerk In Line, TSA Might Treat You As A Terrorist

The TSA's Screening Passengers by Observation Technique (SPOT) program has been pretty heavily criticized. A psychologist specializing in lie detection described the 'terrorist tells' that the TSA looks for in the process as "behaviors [that] have no established link to deception whatsoever." But whether or not they're correct to look for these behaviors, officers may come up and talk to you, usually asking something simple like "So where are you going today," and they're not really interested in your answer so much as how you answer. Traveling is exhausting, but anyone asking you questions like this in the security lines just wants to make sure you're able to respond without showing undue fear, aggression, or anything else not expected of a typical traveler.

Yawning Too Much Is Terrorist Behavior In The Eyes Of The TSA

The TSA SPOT program involves attempting to identify potential terrorists by observing passengers' behavior. If you exhibit multiple tells from the TSA's list, you might be pulled aside for additional screening. These tells include "exaggerated yawning," "widely open staring eyes," and "excessive throat clearing." The list also includes "appearing to be in disguise" and "whistling while approaching screening," so if you tend to show nonchalance in the exact same manner as a cartoon character, you may need a plan b.

Don't Joke About Having A Bomb, Seriously Don't

The TSA's "Week in Review" blog is full of stories in which people decide it's a hilarious idea to tell security that they have bombs. Some are straightforward in their approach and simply say "I have a bomb." Others, having been relieved of their snow globes, are more enthusiastic ("I am going to blow up the plane and know how to do it"). Even statements that are much less ominous ("You better check me close, I am about to blow") tend to end with the person getting removed from their flight, so it's probably smart to avoid making jokes like this in the first place. Why TSA guys have no sense of humor might be more fun to ponder while on your flight rather than while you're sitting in airport jail.

Don't Carry Bomb-Looking Cheese In Your Carry-On

Apparently, cheese is "indistinguishable" from explosives when viewed through the X-ray machine. (So is sausage.) This may explain how a Boston passenger heading through security with a block of cheese and a cell phone charger was classified as a potential terroristic "dry run." The lesson here is that if you're going through security with any ominous foodstuffs in your luggage, you should probably just remove them first and let them be examined separately.

No Matter How Well You Bag 'Em, Exotic Animals Aren't Allowed In Your Pants

Maybe you could make it through with only one or two snakes, but you definitely aren't going to make it with seven snakes and three tortoises; just ask the guy who tried. Security's so strict nowadays that you can't even get through with a few hummingbirds stuffed down there either. And two monkeys in your pants, along with 50 endangered orchids, plus some birds in your luggage for good measure? Forget about it.

If this makes you angry enough that you go looking for your grenade launcher, well, that probably didn't make it through either. At least you can commiserate with the small African child that you had packed in your suitcase.

Pick The Security Line With Only One Agent Monitoring It If You Want To Move Fast

According to investigative reporter Peter Greenberg, one surefire way to get through security is to avoid lines monitored by multiple agents. This, more than actual line length, will determine how quickly the line moves. Greenberg explains that lines in which several agents are watching one monitor indicate that one of them is in training, meaning that every single bag in the line may be inspected for a few minutes as part of the training process. Even a significantly longer line will probably move more quickly than one that gets searched in this way.

TSA Sort Of Doesn't Care About Drugs

It is obviously not advisable to test the TSA on this matter, but the Agency's goal is security, not looking for other contraband. Technically, officers are supposed to refer anything that looks like drugs to law enforcement, but the Agency also says outright on its website that officers don't specifically look for them. And then there's the story of rapper Freddie Gibbs, who allegedly went through security with marijuana in his checked luggage, leading the inspecting officer to leave him a note that just said "C'mon, son." That said, if you do plan on sneaking weed through security, you probably shouldn't conceal it inside of a grenade.

The Scanners Don't Actually Expose You To Much Radiation

The FDA sets a limit on the allowable output from the scanners passengers are forced to go through. And, while airports formerly used X-rays, many now use a device called a millimeter wave unit. In any case, the national standard requires that an X-ray screening system deliver less radiation than four minutes of airline flight, and the TSA went beyond that standard and set its own to two minutes of flight. Incidentally, since existing on the Earth exposes you to ionizing radiation everyday anyway, you get the same dose from an X-ray scanner that you get from 42 minutes of daily life.

It's Possible To Fly Without ID

Well, you can't fly without being identifiable, but you can fly if you do possess ID and just happened to leave it at home. The TSA tries to make allowances for people who forget their identification and will give you a chance to give them enough personal information to confirm who you are. They'll also ask you some additional questions and potentially screen you more than most, but if they can determine that you are who you say you are, you can still fly without your ID.

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:37:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-airport-security-facts/jon-skindzier
<![CDATA[Public Transportation Maps From Around The World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/public-transportation-maps-from-around-the-world/kellen-perry?source=rss

If you've ever used public transit, then you've likely encountered public transit maps, some of the most colorful and engaging maps in the world. Cool public transit maps feature snake-like routes in myriad colors, unconcerned with the precision, scale, and specificity of regular maps. They're not all created equal, however, as anyone who's been stuck waiting at a bus stop or in subway station can attest. Railways, bus lines, and even waterways fall under the umbrella of public transportation, and as such require different cartographic depictions depending on their size and location.

The examples below are some of the more attractive and eye-catching public transportation maps from around the world. With their intricacy and designs, they are as, if not more, entertaining than anything else you'll see on public transit. From Venice's sprawling waterways to Oklahoma City's tidy downtown, these maps display a wide range of cartographic techniques and look lovely to boot.

Public Transportation Maps From Around The World,




New Jersey

San Diego



Tysons Corner


Victoria, Australia, Train Network

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:06:01 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/public-transportation-maps-from-around-the-world/kellen-perry
<![CDATA[14 Super Weird And Disgusting Things On Display At The Mütter Museum]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/disgusting-mutter-museum-displays/karen-lisa?source=rss

Do you consider yourself a connoisseur of the macabre? Perhaps you enjoy the extreme music of nine masked Iowans who huff dead crows?  Do you often find yourself laying awake late into the night, staring at your ceiling, wondering what's the nastiest display at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia? If so, it's time to get dirty with this list all about the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, also known as the museum of medical oddities.

The Mütter Museum opened in 1858, after surgeon Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter donated $30,000 and 1,700 medicine-related objects and specimens to the college, on the condition that his collection be expanded upon and curated. And thus, the weird displays at the Mutter Museum came into being. 

Housed in an unassuming brick building with white stone columns, the two-story museum is home to over 25,000 medical models of infectious diseases, osteological (bone & skeleton) specimens, cysts, tumors, organs, and old surgical instruments that look more like implements of torture than medicine. Hence why you've made heard all about some seriously gross Mütter Museum display objects. 

14 Super Weird And Disgusting Things On Display At The Mütter Museum,

Genital Warts Necklace

In 1813, a physician named HF Nordeman said, “Nothing is more satisfactory than the treatment of venereal warts." The genital warts on display at the Mutter Museum are helpfully strung like a necklace to make studying them easier.

In the 21st century, lasers and liquid nitrogen are used to remove and freeze genital warts; doctors numb the area with a local anesthetic before hand. Warts in the early 19th century were burned off with nitric acid. The local anesthetic used? A shot in the genitals with an eight-percent solution of cocaine. Time to start building a time machine. 

Einstein's Brain

Thomas Stolz Harvey, pathologist on call at Princeton Hospital when Albert Einstein died in 1955, stole Einstein’s brain and cut it into 170 pieces. And that’s not the weird part. He then stashed it under his desk. In a cider box. Under a beer cooler. Is there physical evidence of Einstein’s genius? His remarkably large inferior parietal lobe and a missing Sylvian fissure suggest he may have processed sensory information differently than the rest of us average-intelligence mortals.

Fairy Tale Deformities

The Brothers Grimm version of Cinderella was a touch more gruesome Disney's — the stepsisters cut off their toes and heels to fit their feet into a slipper. In 2012, on the 200th anniversary of the publication of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Mütter celebrated with rare illustrated volumes of the book and a skeletal bound foot, to explore the medical aspects of this and other gory stories. Instruments of torture were included, too. 

Soap Lady

The Soap Lady is almost two centuries old and wrapped in adipocere, a waxy, greasy, soap-like substance found on corpses that develops from body fat when moisture and bacteria are present and air is not. Adipocere slows or halts decomposition, much like mummification. Exhumed in 1875, the body is covered in partially intact clothes and jewelry. Based on the manufacture date of her buttons, she was alive in the 1830s. Autopsies concluded she died around age 20.

The Massive Collection Of Skulls

In the 19th century, Viennese anatomist Dr. Joseph Hyrtl set out to prove phrenology, the then-accepted “science” of determining personality and illness via cranium mapping, was the purview of quacks. To this end, he collected heads and studied them. Some of the more colorful entries in Hertz’s 139-skull collection include Francica Seycora, a famous Viennese prostitute; Araschtan Gottlieb, who killed himself at age 19 after his mistress cheated on him; and a man who removed his own testicles (skull pictured at right above).

40 Pound Colon

Hirschsprung’s Disease (a congenital condition resulting in undeveloped nerves in the colon) caused this man’s colon to grow to eight-and-a-half feet long, stretch two-and-a-half feet in diameter, and fill with 40 pounds of feces at time of death. Corrective surgery was uncommon in the 19th century, and deemed too risky.

Making the most of his situation, the owner of this swollen colon man dubbed himself “Balloon Man” and “Windbag,” and performed in freak shows, charging a dime a peek. Balloon Man died in 1892, at age 29, after nine years of appearing in freak shows. By age 16, Windbag was defecating as little as once a month. 

The Conjoined Livers Of The Bunker Twins

Conjoined twins owe their original, inappropriate name (Siamese Twins) to history’s most famous pair: Chang and Eng Bunker. Born in Thailand (formerly Siam) in 1811, Chang and Eng were joined at the lower half of their chests. They didn't share a liver, though their livers were connected. The Bunkers came to America in 1829, and toured as freak show performers before settling in North Carolina and marrying non-conjoined, non-twin sisters. They went on to become successful farmers, and between them, had 21 children.

Henry Raymond Eastlack's Calcified Skeleton

Harry Raymond Eastlack was born in 1933. At age five, he broke his leg. The break did not set properly. His joints stiffened. Bone grew in and on his thigh muscles, and Eastlack was diagnosed with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP). With this rare disease, even minor trauma causes bones to form in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Bone grows over the joints, too, surrounding the person in a skeletal prison. With no effective treatment available, Eastlack died in 1973 of pneumonia. At the time of death, he was only able to move his lips.

Human Horn Growing Out Of A Woman's Forehead

The horn growing from a woman's forehead on display at the Mutter is a moulage; a medical sculpture, made using techniques dating back to the Renaissance. Moulages led to a number of important developments in medicine. The woman on whom the Mutter's human horn moulage is based had her protuberance removed after six years of growth. 

Syphilis Face Wax Figure

In the 19th century, only criminals’s bodies were disseminated and publicly displayed. Since most regular folks didn't want to associate themselves with that element, it wasn't fashionable to donate your body to science. Thus, grave robbing was a thing (doctors and scientists bought corpses), as were moulages, or wax sculptures, such as the one pictured above, which depicts someone with late-stage syphilis. How would this patient be treated? They’d be locked in a box with mercury fumes, which usually killed the patient before the syphilis did.

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 01:06:06 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/disgusting-mutter-museum-displays/karen-lisa
<![CDATA[24 Absurdly Bad TripAdvisor Reviews]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-tripadvisor-reviews/nathandavidson?source=rss

TripAdvisor serves as the Internet's top resource for reviews on travel destinations, but occasionally, their reviewers appear to be on a different type of trip. This photo gallery is dedicated to funny TripAdvisor reviews and people who took the high road with their critique of the top travel destinations in the world. Sure, comical Yelp reviews are great, but they're nothing compared to funny travel reviews where people call the Grand Canyon "overrated" and claim that a beach was "too sandy." Peruse this collection of weird TripAdvisor reviews and funny travel complaints from people who are probably better off staying home for their next vacation.

24 Absurdly Bad TripAdvisor Reviews,

Meanwhile, In Scotland

This Just In: Beaches Are Sandy

Sour On The Eiffel Tower

Beware Of Building

No Beetles Either

Museum Of Weiners

What A Ditch

No Redeeming Qualities

Just Poo It

The Taj "Meh" Hal

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:01:38 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-tripadvisor-reviews/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[How To Tip Around The World - The Fascinating Differences Between Countries]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/international-tipping-etiquette/dukeharten?source=rss

Remembering proper etiquette can be tricky, especially when you travel to foreign countries. Before you go on your next trip abroad, it's smart to brush up on a few words in the local language, and make sure you know the tipping etiquette in other countries. It's not just polite to learn international tipping customs - it can save you money, too. No one wants to be the naive tourist who tips the valet, only to later find out that this gesture was unnecessary (and maybe even offensive).

Planning a globe trotting vacation? The list below will help you appropriately thank every bellhop, barman, and concierge you meet on your travels. Brush up on the international tipping practices below and board that pane worry-free.

How To Tip Around The World - The Fascinating Differences Between Countries,


In Argentina, 10% is a good amount to tip a waiter. Plan on giving 25 to 40 pesos to a hotel porter, and 300 pesos to a full-day tour guide. U.S. dollars are certainly accepted, but they're impossible to actually get in Argentina, so bring your own cash. And don't be afraid to ask the locals what's appropriate - inflation has skewed the tip game enough that even experts sometimes have a hard time determining what's appropriate.


Tipping customs in Canada are very similar to those in the United States. Tip 20% on dinner, give $1-2 per bag to the bellhop, and if a concierge does you a solid, $10-20 will go a long way in thanking him or her. It's also suggested to leave a few dollars each day for the person cleaning your room, if you're staying in a hotel.


Tipping is generally a no-no in China. You can leave some extra cash for room attendants and porters at hotels if you'd like, but no gratuity is necessary at restaurants or in taxis.


Some Colombian restaurants will include a 10% service charge, some won't. Check to make sure that it's included - but even if it is, it's common to leave a little extra on top of that. Aim to reach 15%, provided the service was good. If you stay at a small hacienda, leave a tip at the end of your stay that equals $5-10 per night. This pays for cooking, cleaning, and general upkeep. A standard hotel requires nothing more than the usual dollar or two to the porters and doormen. Colombian pesos are typically preferred, but not required.

Costa Rica

Costa Rican restaurants typically include all service charges in the bill. Anything you might leave on top of that will certainly be welcome, but is by no means required. Taxi drivers get $1-4, depending on the length of the trip and the number of bags (more bags and a longer drive will push you up towards the $4 end of the spectrum). Tours usually provide a tip jar that they then divvy up evenly among the staff, so it's polite to throw in a few bucks.


Be careful to avoid over-tipping in Ecuador - 10-15% on top of the total for a meal out is appropriate, but anything over 20% is out of place. It's smart to hand the money directly to your server, too, to make sure it ends up with the person who actually assisted you. At hotels, tipping 50 cents per bag is fine.


Tipping is expected everywhere in Egypt, and United States dollars are not only accepted, but often preferred. Note that service workers may comment that your tip is too low, no matter how much you've added on. This is simply part of the culture - don't let it bother you.

Though gratuity is typically included in restaurant bills, it's best to add another 10% on top of that in Egypt. You also might want to tip your concierge upon checking in to your hotel; they have a lot of sway with local establishments and can make your stay much more enjoyable.


Germany has no qualms about generous tipping. Give waitstaff 15%, and budget for liberal tipping at the hotel. Concierges get about 20 euros, housekeepers get 5 euros a night, and porters expect 1-3 euros per piece of luggage.


It can be difficult for Americans to travel freely in Iran - they must be accompanied at all times by a government-approved guide. You can tip these guides with some cash and a nice thank-you note. At hotels, however, gifts from the U.S. go much further than cash.


Many restaurants in Dubai take the headache out of tipping by imposing an automatic 10% service charge that is split among all of the staff. But don't think that will cover the entire tip - if you have great service, add another 5%.

Things get a little dicier when taking a cab or dealing with a valet. The best practice? Round up to increments of five dirhams in a taxi, and throw ten dirhams your valet's way.

Mon, 09 May 2016 07:55:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/international-tipping-etiquette/dukeharten
<![CDATA[Weird Things You Didn't Know About Bathrooms In Foreign Countries]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-bathrooms-in-foreign-countries-are-like/jacob-shelton?source=rss

Bathrooms: you’ve got to have them or things get messy immediately. But do you ever think about what restrooms are like in other countries? Do you ever feel like you’re missing out, that everything good is happening somewhere else in relation to toilets? If you’ve ever traveled overseas then you know that bathroom facilities and the rules concerning them vary wildly from country to country. Some far off destinations have toilets that are cousins to the bathrooms that you understand innately if you grew up in America, but some weird foreign bathrooms seem like they’re from another planet. If you’ve never been outside the good ol’ U.S. of A then prepare yourself for some culture shock, because some bathrooms in foreign countries are the exact opposite of what you know and love about the toilets that you’re used to.

What are the rules when you go to the bathroom in another country? Is there anything you should bring? What does it cost? Are you expected to clean up after yourself? And what is that smell? These are all questions that will be answered in full when you start reading about bathrooms around the world. Some of the facilities are considered a work of art, and others could use some sprucing up or a complete re-design depending on how you feel about waterborne illnesses. Continue reading to find out all about the bathrooms of the world.  

Weird Things You Didn't Know About Bathrooms In Foreign Countries,

In Scotland It's Customary To Let Strangers Use The Facilities

While it's been reported as a law, it's actually an old Scottish custom to allow anyone who knocks on your door to use the bathroom. This likely sprung from an old law that gave free passage through someone’s land and morphed into the tradition of letting drunk folks (this is Scotland after all) take a load off in your toilet. That being said, now that you know it's not a law you don't have to let anyone into your abode, even if their bladder is about to have a wee blow out. 

Make Sure You Face The Right Way On The Toilets In Japan

Before you go to Japan and ruin all of their public toilets, make sure you read up on exactly how you're supposed to use each bathroom. In Kyoto especially, tourists have been making a mess of the city's pristine toilets and the people who have to clean up after everyone aren't happy about it. One of the biggest problems is that people are squatting over the toilets backwards, which is leaving a huge, smelly mess. In 2015 the workers of Kyoto began posting stickers across the city to make sure that the influx of visitors would understand how to correctly use their facilities. 

Don't Pee In The Bidet When You Go To Spain

This should go without saying, but it's possible that you've never encountered a bidet. If that's so and you plan on going to Spain some time soon then please heed this next sentence: Don't pee in the bidet. It looks just like a toilet, but there's no lid. A lot of modern toilets come equipped with a bidet so you can do your business and then clean off without moving, but some of the more historically intact hotels and residences still have the classic two porcelain throne system

Outdoor Toilets In France Used To Be Works Of Art

If you thought France would allow for anything in their country to be not breathtakingly beautiful then you're very wrong. Nineteenth Century photographer Charles Marville documented street life in Paris throughout the 1860s and '70s, which meant capturing the architectural beauty of Parisian outdoor bathrooms, or pissoirs. At the peak of the outdoor bathrooms, there were over 1,200 in Paris, but that number has dwindled to one on Boulevard Arago. 

Russian Bathrooms Tend To Be Poorly Constructed

This isn't to say that every single bathroom in Russia is poorly constructed, or built without even an ounce of care, but when athletes went to Sochi for the 2014 winter Olympics they were greeted with some of the worst facilities of the 21st century. There were side by side toilets, toilets with lids screwed on backwards, and holes in the ground that look like they were made specifically to be ruined by drunk marathon runners. So if you have a chance to check out Sochi, make sure you make use of the Olympic facilities so you can feel like a world class athlete. 

In Cuba, You Have To Bring Your Own Toilet Paper

While Cuba has finally opened up for tourism (thanks Obama!) it hasn't yet made the amount of money that allows for a crazy amount of paper products to be readily available at the drop of your pants. The country is woefully under-prepared for an influx of people, and when Marketwatch covered the filming of a House of Lies episode in Cuba they noted, "There [are] not hammers and toilet paper, and things that people need.”

If You're In Sweden, Get Ready to Pay To Pee

While traveling in Sweden you should keep in mind the fact that it's important to use the bathroom before traveling outside of your hotel room (or wherever it is that you're hanging your hat for the evening). The larger cities in Sweden have a pay toilet system, which means that every time you need to go to the bathroom while you're out enjoying their pristine roadways and construction you'll be spending some much needed Krona. The money goes into upkeep of the bathrooms, and there's the thought that if you're spending the money then you'll be taking better care of the facilities. 

Please Don't Flush Toilet Paper In Mexico

It's important to remember that while many places have incredibly modern plumbing systems that can handle pretty much whatever gets thrown at it, there are a lot of countries where this luxury is not available. For instance, in Mexico it's completely against the rules of bathroom politeness to flush toilet paper. The lack of a modern sewage system in Mexico means that it's harder to filter out toilet paper if it makes it into the toilet, and the pipes themselves might not be able to handle the excess material. You could clog up whereever it is that you're going to the bathroom if you're not careful. Keep that in mind next time you go south of the border. 

Get Ready To Squat With Strangers In China

If you're going to go to the bathroom in China you have to prepare yourself to get out of your Westernized comfort zone. First of all, most bathrooms are unisex, so get over whatever social mores you have about using the bathroom next to someone with different genitals as you. Secondly, while there are some Western style toilets in China, most of them are of the squat variety. If this kind of thing stresses you out you might want to get some practice in before you leave the country. 

In Antarctica Your Waste Is Pumped Into The Ocean

This shouldn't really come as a shock to anyone who spends time thinking about Antarctica (and don't we all), but a lot of research facilities on the icy continent aren't equipped with the beautiful sewage systems that most folks in first world countries are used to, which means that there's a lot of scientist waste being pumped into the Southern Ocean. This is kind of gross, but to be fair it's not like there are millions of people up there going to the bathroom in the water. 


Tue, 31 Jan 2017 02:01:11 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/what-bathrooms-in-foreign-countries-are-like/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[13 Landmarks Every True Comic Book Fan Should Visit]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/landmarks-comic-book-fans-should-visit/cynthia-griffith?source=rss

Comic books vary greatly in their plots, illustrations, and overall presentation. Some feature cape-clad heroes. Others take on crime, politics, and suspense. Some are graphic, others tame. Some are gory and others are less so. For this reason, planning a geeky road trip and gassing up the guzzler to partake in a bit of nerd travel could pose its share of challenges. Fortunately, there is one common thread that ties the binding of every comic book on earth together. At the end of the day, adventure is at the heart of the story.

As fans, it is our duty to do our part in keeping that adventure alive; not just between the pages, but even within ourselves. There are way too many comic book landmarks out there, way too many comic book museums yet to be explored, for us to simply be content hiding behind our laptops and flipping through the digital versions of these classic works of art.

Some have called it the ninth art, a pop-culture concept too big to fit into any other category. Like any other art form, seeing it, touching, feeling and experiencing it are all big parts of the journey. So journey we shall, into the caves and castles and museums and post offices (Post offices? Yes. Post offices.) that bring this art form to life until we discover for ourselves what it means to soar, fail, conquer, quest and otherwise walk the pathways of the icons we’ve admired from afar. Here are some of the best nerdy museums and landmarks for comic book readers to get you started on your way.

13 Landmarks Every True Comic Book Fan Should Visit,

The Super Museum, Metropolis, IL

One could pretty easily argue that caped crusading would never have been a thing were it not for Superman. So, if you’re a superhero fan of any variety, visiting Superman’s hometown of Metropolis, a tiny oddity tucked along the back roads of Illinois, is guaranteed to send your spirit soaring. While you’re there, you might want to also peruse this Superman-themed museum. Superman movie props, costumes, toys and artwork align the walls of this spectacular which is situated smack dab in the center of a town adorned in year round Superman décor. Here, you’ll encounter a towering Superman statue, a replica of the instantly recognizable Superman phone booth, and a Superman themed newspaper for starters.

This town has major plans to expand their Superman prowess in the future, so be on the lookout for the Man of Steel to re-emerge triumphantly in the cozy town of Metropolis, even if he’s only flying through the air on a superhero float during their annual Superman Celebration, a gala that’s been up and running for almost four consecutive decades. 

Hall of Heroes Museum, Elkhart, IN

Superhero history buffs, rejoice. This comic book-oriented museum started out small and has grown to such colossal proportions that fans can look forward to seeing it appear in a larger form this coming year. Housed between the walls of this facility is 75 years' worth of glorious comic book collectibles; it's an international landmark brimming with rare gems. If the thought of seeing one of only 6 Captain America shields used by Chris Evans in Captain America: The First Avenger, Adam West's original Batman costume, and a two-story replica of the Hall of Justice, you should seriously consider taking a much-needed road trip to Indiana to get up-close and personal with these wonders.

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co., Brooklyn, NY

Attention, shoppers, do you need a cape, a superpower, or a pair of socks that’ll make you run like The Flash? If so, it’s time to take your super-mobile over the Brooklyn Bridge and witness the mayhem that is the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. This offbeat warehouse sells superhero-inspired goods that benefit children’s education, instantly transforming everyday people into unwitting heroes. Here’s a cool fact you might not be aware of about this store: it used to be a pirate supply store. If a pirate warehouse turned superhero supply company doesn’t inspire your inner geek, nothing will.

The Bradbury Building, Los Angeles, CA

As recognizable as it is stunning, this steampunk-like building is a masterpiece on every level. Different parts of its structure were cast and glazed all over the world, so it’s a bit of an international novelty. You can see the Bradbury Building in Blade Runner, Quantum Leap, and Mission: Impossible, among many other films and television shows. In fiction, the building serves as the headquarters for Marvel's superhero team The Order and, in real life, the building is home to a Marvel Comics satellite office.

Marvel Superhero Island, Orlando, FL

This superhero theme park is the only one of its kind in the nation and definitely worth taking a trip to Universal Studios for. While you might not have considered Orlando a haven for geek culture, it’s definitely an ode to illustration if nothing else. While touring the seven adventure islands, you can ride the Hulk roller coaster, catch a flying unicorn, dine in a Dr. Seuss-inspired restaurant, enjoy a 3D Spider-Man adventure, and discover Doctor Doom's Fearfall. Also, on this island, there be dragons. 


Jay And Silent Bob's Secret Stash, Red Bank, NJ

This comic book shop is worth seeing if you're checking out New Jersey. Reality TV fans may recognize it as the setting for Comic Book Men and the "I Sell Comics" podcast. In addition to being TV series memorabilia, they also sell TV series memorabilia alongside an impressive collection of comic books new and old. And, oh yeah, it's owned by Kevin Smith, so you'll find plenty of View Askewniverse merch, too.

Action Burger, Brooklyn, NY

This geek-inspired restaurant is the only one of its kind in the nation. To give you a glimpse into some of its many awe-inspiring features, it's got a menu fit for a hero, (or a villain depending on who you choose to dine as), the tables are decorated with classic comic book dialogue and clippings from original editions, and over 250 old-school arcade video games align the sleekly painted walks.

Toonseum, Pittsburgh, PA

Every art enthusiast should take time out to visit Steel City at least once in their lifetime. This destination is a cornucopia of artistic oddities. Toonseum’s mission statement is, simply put, “To celebrate the art of cartooning.” But it’s actually a little deeper than that. Not only does the museum present fun caricatures and little-known comic book trivia, it's also known to host some very thought-provoking comic book exhibitions. If you like to dig deep into comic book culture, Toonseum, the boutique museum situated in Pittsburgh’s cultural district, is a road trip-worthy attraction.

Superhero Tour, New York, NY

New York has certainly been a starting point, an ending point, and a vantage point for countless caped crusaders. This self-guided superhero tour takes you all around the city, showcasing most, if not all, of New York's best superhero destinations. Because it's self-guided, the tour is free and can be taken via your transportation method of choice and at your leisure.

The Bronson Caves, Los Angeles, CA

If you’re a movie buff, this is the cave of treasures for sure. When you approach the entrance to these caves as they rise from the soil of Griffith Park in Los Angeles, try to imagine a billowing cape under a gust of wind behind you. This is the entrance to the Batcave from the classic 1960s Batman TV show. These caves also served as the backdrop for Batman: The Movie, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stark Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: Voyager, as well as 1941’s theatrical production of The Adventures of Captain Marvel. This is a comic book fan adventure if ever there was one.

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 06:51:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/landmarks-comic-book-fans-should-visit/cynthia-griffith
<![CDATA[The Best Horror Movies About Travel Gone Wrong]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-travel-horror-movies/ranker-film?source=rss

A road trip can be a blast - that is, until a chainsaw wielding maniac enters the picture. Then, the vacation's over. The best horror movies about travel gone wrong feature characters out of their element and fighting for their lives. This is a list of the top vacation horror movies including everything from The Cabin in the Woods to Wolf Creek to Joy Ride.

What films will you find on this list of the best horror movies about traveling? In The Evil Dead, a trip that should have been a fun getaway turns into a living nightmare when a group of friends accidentally resurrect a demon. Sam Raimi wrote and directed this classic horror film starring Bruce Campbell. The Shallows is another frightening film about a horrific vacation, this time involving the real-world threat of a hungry shark. Eli Roth's 2005 film Hostel sent a chill down the spine of anyone who has taken backpacking vacations through Europe. Other good films featured here include Vacancy, The Ruins, and A Lonely Place to Die.

Which horror movies about travelers deserve the top spots on the list? Vote your favorites towards the top, and add any terrifying travel flicks that are missing.

The Best Horror Movies About Travel Gone Wrong,


Joy Ride

The Cave

The Evil Dead


Wolf Creek

Wrong Turn

The Cabin in the Woods

The Descent

A Lonely Place to Die

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 03:47:52 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-travel-horror-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Need Spring Break Plans? Check Out One Of These Wild Museums]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/strangest-us-museums/amandasedlakhevener?source=rss

Most museums are the same - they contain ordinary stuff (but, you know, old), paintings and sculptures and whatnot, or long dead organisms stuffed and/or propped up for our amusement. Honestly, they can be pretty overrated. As much as we want to seem cultured and sophisticated, it all gets pretty old hat after a while. Some museums, however, are different. Some museums are actually super f*cking interesting.

There are freaky museums (filled with weird things that might haunt your dreams) all across America. Dead bodies, aliens, bananas, pretty much everything that's strange and thought-provoking has a museum out there somewhere. And they are definitely worth checking out. Add some of these stops to your next road trip, and you'll be able to brag that you spent time at some of these strange destinations! 

Need Spring Break Plans? Check Out One Of These Wild Museums,

The Oz Museum In Wamego, KS

The Wizard of Oz takes place in Kansas, so it is fitting that the state has a museum dedicated to the classic film. The Oz Museum in Wamego has memorabilia from the original 1939 movie, including two of the flying monkeys (sadly, not alive) and parts of one of the munchkin houses. You'll also find a first edition of the book, items signed by the actors, and even props from the first Broadway run of Wicked on display. 

National Museum Of Funeral History In Houston

A hearse used to transport the bodies of former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford is just one of the morbid things on display in the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas.

Other exhibits cover the history of embalming, coffins from different time periods, and even Ancient Egyptian funerary practices. If you've ever wondered about the history of cremation, this is the place to go. Not sure if they do children's birthdays, but there's only one way to find out!

Glore Psychiatric Museum In St. Joseph, MO

The Glore Psychiatric Museum is dedicated to the terrifying and sometimes wacky history of mental health. From 17th century psychiatric tools and treatments to the embroidered ramblings of schizophrenic patients, their is no shortage of strange and unusual things on display at the GPM. You can even see a display of the over 100 nails swallowed by one single patient, as well as mannequins reenacting treatment methods through the centuries. It's an ideal spot for first dates.   

The Idaho Potato Museum

Idaho is known for its potatoes, and now it has another tuber-based claim to fame - the Idaho Potato Museum. This museum, located in Blackfoot, Idaho, has a potato signed by former Vice President Dan Quayle, farm equipment used for growing potatoes, and even a history of the vegetable itself. You can pose outside of the museum next to its giant baked potato shaped sign, if you're into that sort of thing.  

The Museum Of The Weird In Austin, TX

If you're looking for weird things, look no further than the aptly named Museum of the Weird in Austin, Texas. This museum has displays of unusual creatures, from the legendary Fiji Mermaid to the Minnesota Iceman. They also have a large display of shrunken heads, and other unnatural oddities. Keep Austin weird, baby.   

The Mutter Museum In Philadelphia

The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia is widely regarded as an important destination for those interested in the macabre and esoteric. There's a clear and important reason behind this: it contains nothing but weird ass sh*t. The Mutter Museum opened in 1863 with the important mission of displaying medical curiosities and specimens designated for research purposes. Since then, it has expanded, and now holds collections of skulls, a tumor removed from a former U.S. president, and even slides of brain tissue removed from Albert Einstein. It's basically the real-life version of Sick, Sad World.  

The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is located in the famed French Quarter. Like many other attractions in the area, it is not for the faint of heart. The items in its exhibits span the centuries and fit right in with the city's colorful past. You'll see items designed for bloodletting, voodoo potions, 18th and 19th century surgical instruments, and hand blown glass containers used to hold medical concoctions of all kinds. If you're planning on visiting this museum, maybe save the po' boys for afterwards.  

International UFO Museum And Research Center In Roswell, NM

Roswell, New Mexico is perhaps best known for the 1947 UFO (or was it a weather balloon?) crash. Understandably, the town also houses the International UFO Museum and Research Center. The museum opened in 1992, and has exhibits reenacting the Roswell crash, information on ancient aliens, details on crops circles, and even facts on Area 51. The research side of the museum contains books and related documents on alien and UFO sightings around the world. Sadly, that crazy haired dude from the History channel does not act a tour guide.  

The Neon Museum In Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada is known for its neon lights, so what better place for a museum dedicated to them? The Neon Museum is the place to go if you want a taste of Old Vegas. Some of the former casino signs that are on display include those from the Silver Slipper, Binion's Horseshoe, the Lucky Cuss Motel, and the Landmark. Most of the signs are displayed outside, in an area known as the Boneyard, so wear comfortable shoes! Also, maybe get some help for your crippling gambling addiction, Steve. It's getting out of hand.  

The Museum Of Bad Art In Boston, MA

There are dozens of museums in the United States dedicated to good art - but only one proudly displays the other side of the coin. The Museum of Bad Art, located in Boston (and conveniently nicknamed MOBA) has one real-world gallery, and a large collection posted online. In either place, you'll see plenty of questionable landscapes, portraits and more. If you've ever wanted to feel better about the doodles you make on napkins, this is the place to visit.  

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 02:49:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/strangest-us-museums/amandasedlakhevener
<![CDATA[27 Amazingly Epic Airport Pickup Signs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-airport-pickup-signs/nathandavidson?source=rss

Every time you pick someone up at the airport is another opportunity to embarrass them with a funny airport pickup sign, and this gallery is here to provide you the needed inspiration. I mean, they made you pick them up at the airport. The least you could do to return the punishment favor is humiliate them in front of total strangers. Below are the most embarrassing airport signs and funny airport signs known to all Internet mankind.

These airport welcome signs are basically the airport equivalent of funny homeless signs or funny signs from political rallies, except they were used to embarrass someone at the airport. We're on the same mental flight path right now, right?

27 Amazingly Epic Airport Pickup Signs,

Weathering The Storm


Ladies First

Call Of Booty

Dad Airport Pickup Jokes

Ooh Baby, Baby!

Sorry About Your Mom, Bro

Pick Me Up, Baby!

Cereal Killer

Two Thumbs-Up

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:16:17 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-airport-pickup-signs/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[Flight Attendants Describe Their Worst In-Flight Experiences]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/flight-attendant-stories/amandasedlakhevener?source=rss

Flight attendants do more than serve pretzels and small cans of soda: they inform passengers of safety measures, break up mid-air fights, and handle a number of other delicate tasks while dealing with turbulence at 30,000 feet. All of this results in some interesting tales about life working up in the friendly skies.

These flight attendant stories, as chronicled on Reddit, include some of the scariest things that these vital employees have witnessed. After reading the flight attendant stories here, you'll think twice about slamming that button for service.

Flight Attendants Describe Their Worst In-Flight Experiences,

Broken Nose Over An Armrest

I am a flight attendant for AA. A few months ago, two men sitting next to each other started getting very physical over the arm rest. It escalated quickly and one guy ended up having his nose broken. As if this weren't stressful enough, there was a pregnant women near them that obviously was in danger of a stray punch. On the street, you can just walk away, but its quite terrifying when everyone looks at you to sort it out!

The Police Had To Be Called

Very long story short, we had to board and deplane the same group of 183 passengers four times on three different planes over a span of six hours. The problem was when OPS canceled the flight at one point only to reinstate it even though passenger bags had already been sent to baggage claim.

As we were boarding the last time it took too long because of the logistics of it, that the flight attendants timed out. The second time it canceled passengers were irate, throwing their bags, breaking seats, swearing, crying; it was so bad that the police had to be called. Before the police showed up we started to deplane yet again. As each person walked past us I was afraid they would throw a punch at us. I couldn't sleep right for two weeks because I felt so horrible and stressed over the whole situation.

Another Plane Was Shot Down While In Flight

One of my best friends is a flight attendant, and she was flying to Dubai (so was somewhere over the Middle East) when the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down over Ukraine. They cut all the news channels, and customers were asking about it. Then all of the crew were called to meet and they were just told "a plane has been shot down, we don't know much but in case any passengers have found out and ask we didn't want you to find out through them."

An Unscheduled Landing Took Place

I'm a pilot, but I was deadheading and sitting in the jump-seat while hearing cockpit warnings going off, until the captain called the FA on inter phone and told her we're making an "unscheduled landing."

They were getting low oil pressure indications for one of the engines, it ended up being rather uneventful, but at the time, only having been at the airline a few months, it was both exciting and stressful.

All In A Day's Work

I think what scared me the most was passenger medical emergencies. Sure, we're first aid trained, but when you're in a little metal tube, hurdling thousands of miles through the air, there's only so much you can do. I think the worst I've dealt with was a heart attack, but thankfully we had a doctor on board. In fact, for nearly every medical emergency I've dealt with, there was some kind of medical personnel on board to assist. Not sure if I'm just lucky or there's a hell of a lot of doctors, nurses, and paramedics out there.

The scariest thing that happened to me might have been hitting the ceiling during unexpected turbulence. Just to be clear, turbulence doesn't scare me while I'm strapped into my seat, but it can be a little nerve racking without a seatbelt. Thankfully, I just came out with some bumps and bruises, but I have friends who have gotten serious spinal and/or head injuries from similar situations.

Other than those, I've had bird strikes, lightning strikes, hydraulic leaks, landing gear issues, engine failures, aborted take-offs, missed approaches, smoke in the cabin, passenger disturbances, and I'm sure many more things that I can't remember at the moment. But it's all in a days work.

Fumes In The Cabin

When I flew in the Navy (was Aircrew, not pilot), we had smoke and fumes in the cabin. One of our batteries was pouring smoke out of it, while we were over the Pacific about halfway to Hawaii. Luckily we caught it in time to prevent thermal runaway, but just barely.

We were preparing to drop the battery out of the radio access door on the bottom of the plane by dropping to below 10,000 feet, where I'd strap in using a harness specifically for that task, and drop the battery out of the hatch. By that time we had already made it to Hawaii. Never have I seen so many emergency vehicles in one place. The emergency crew ran over, yanked the battery out, and threw it in a big barrel of water.

The Plane Was Struck By Lightning

Once during a very turbulent and stormy flight the captain had just asked us to take our seats when our plane got struck by lightning. There was a loud thump and I saw a flash of light that didn't come through the window. I knew that this usually doesn't cause any problems but it was scary. I sat on my jump-seat and recited all my procedures and commands in my head until we landed (which thankfully was in maybe 15 minutes).

Grandma Was Dead The Whole Time

My mother was a flight attendant for 26 years, and the strangest thing that happened to her (besides the frequent "sir, please, you have to stop masturbating") was an elderly woman who got rolled on the plane with her granddaughters (in their 20s).

My mom immediately noticed something was off, as people in wheel chairs need to be taken on to the plane ahead of time. The granddaughters would not leave her, not so weird, but the grandma was asleep so she couldn't answer questions. Eventually, they try get her on the plane, with much convincing from the daughters. Turns out, halfway through the flight, they discover the woman is dead. When the plane landed everyone got interrogated to make sure she died "naturally," and it turned out the granddaughters knew the whole time and we're just trying to get her to America cause moving dead bodies internationally is difficult. They almost got away with it if it wasn't for those meddling flight attendants.

Weather Delays Cause Problems

Honestly, my most terrifying moments on the job are when things go a little crazy with weather and delays. I'm then strapped into a seat with a large amount of angry, sometimes aggressive, and possibly rude passengers. Most are great, but I can't describe the feeling of knowing one of them is about to become a sh*t-starter. I get nervous every time and start going over what I'm going to do and say when they get out-of-hand. I've yet to actually remove anyone, but I've asked people if they are fit to continue to fly or if they need to get off the plane.

Other than that, it's usually dandy.

I did once have to divert mid-flight because a super large (300+ lbs and 6'4 or so) 74-year-old-man decided to fly a week after having a heart attack. He also suffered from COPD. Needless to say this situation turned into what I described above with many people being upset about the medical emergency delay. Sigh. At least the guy lived.

Ice Was Built Up Behind the Propellers

There was freezing rain in Ottawa one night and due to the direction of the rain it fell behind the prop covers. Freezing there overnight, it was missed during de-icing. As soon as we took off I felt the entire plane rattling. I watched my coffee cup dance as it sat in a cup holder in front of me. I remember the plane leveling off very quickly, and then the blinking red light came on and EMERGENCY lit up on the panel.

We went through the TEST briefing and the captain sounded incredibly stressed, though he did say it would be a non-emergency landing.

We landed without incident, and later found over two pounds of ice built up behind the props, and four oz. was considered bad for balancing.

I was two weeks on the job, and I remember being so calm and accepting in the air. On the ground, after debriefing, however, I finished a pitcher in five minutes.

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:53:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/flight-attendant-stories/amandasedlakhevener
<![CDATA[The 20 Most Annoying People In The Airport Security Line]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-people-at-the-airport/brian-gilmore?source=rss

Characters as old as Maryland's College Park Airport, the most loathsome denizens of the airport are now rank-able for both your pleasure and judgment. There's that one kind of person that annoys the sh*t out of you more than others, but who are they? Those who aren't prepared to take their shoes off? The person who goes-off on TSA? That weeping baby in the back? Every single kind of person on this list does truly deserve to be on this list. 

Sense of boundaries, in general, aren't exactly commonplace when you're flying, but everyone needs to band together and maybe pretend we live in a society on a planet with civilized human beings. Nobody should be able to smell any part of you at the airport. If you're about to fly, cool it on the body spray and/or perfume, shower, and only do a standard deodorization; your is to smell like fresh air, that is to say, like nothing at all. You're about to be trapped in a metal death-trap with a large number of strangers and you can only assume you're going to be the most thoughtful one (because if you do that, you will be right). 

If you can avoid being every single one of these people, then you win, and so does the rest of the world. Godspeed. 

The 20 Most Annoying People In The Airport Security Line,

The Poor Planner Who Now Needs Everyone To Be In A Hurry Like Him

Sick People Who Still Want To Touch Everything

The Guy Who Waits Until The Last Second To Unlace His Complicated Footwear

That Girl Who Knew Her Bag Needed To Be Checked

People Who Are Just "Taking Their Time"

The Family In Front Of You With More Bags Than God Who Clearly Haven't Unpacked Their Laptops

Anyone Blocking TSA Exits In Order To Get Dressed

Anyone Pushing Ahead Like They're In A Moshpit And Not Baggage Claim

People Who Don't Know The Rules That Everyone Already Knows

People Who Don't Advance When There's A Football Field Between Them And The Next Person

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:43:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-people-at-the-airport/brian-gilmore
<![CDATA[13 Of The Craziest Public Toilets From Around The World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-public-toilets/christinatedesco?source=rss

Most people don’t like to use public restrooms, and rightfully so. They can be pretty disgusting. But you may want to rethink that notion after taking a look inside some of the strangest public bathrooms around the world. This list features the funniest and weirdest bathrooms you'll ever see and may even have you eager to use them. These aren’t just a funny concept for the Internet, these are real public restrooms that anyone can visit.

Some of these bathrooms are even considered a work of art! Like one toilet created by Maurizio Cattelan that can now be found in the Guggenheim Museum. How often do you get the chance to relieve yourself inside of a bulletproof bathroom, grace your rear with solid gold, or see urinals emerge from the sidewalk? Much like the countless funny toilets around the world, these strange bathrooms are a sight to add to any travel itinerary.

The next time you find yourself in one of these cities, make sure to stop in to take care of business in these weird restrooms.

13 Of The Craziest Public Toilets From Around The World,

The Gold Toilet In New York

Many people enjoy the luxury of gold jewelry. But what about gracing your rear end with gold? Inside New York's Guggenheim Museum, you can use a toilet cast in 18-karat gold. In 2016, the Guggenheim featured this piece, entitled "America," by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. But it's not just for show: it's a fully functioning toilet that museum guests can use.

Pod Toilets In London's Sketch Restaurant

There's nothing ordinary about London's restaurant Sketch. Located in Mayfair, London, England, this restaurant is like nothing you've seen before, from its elaborate tables to its unique bathrooms. Entering the restrooms, you will find a colorful ceiling over a sterile, white room, a couple of sinks, and several white, large pods. Rather than a traditional bathroom stall, you'll find individual toilets in each of these pods.

See the View In Seoul Tower's Restrooms

The Seoul Tower, located in Seoul, South Korea, is equipped with great amenities like its cable car, restaurants, cafes, and even a theater. But perhaps its greatest amenity is its view from the bathroom. The Sky Restroom is located on the fourth floor of the tower and the glass wall provides astonishing views looking out onto the city.  

Interactive Urinals In England, Japan, And The United States

While the conversation about aiming has been raging on for decades, only in 2011 did it become an interactive video game created by the British company Captive Media. LCD screens were installed above pressure sensitive urinals. The concept is simple: the video game is fully controlled by aiming left or right. Now, these interactive urinals can be found all over the world, including Japan and America. 

The Hundertwasser Toilets In New Zealand

Expatriate Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser designed the whimsical Hundertwasser Toilets in Kawakawa, New Zealand. They are both a public restroom and an international work of art. And, on top of that, they were made with recycled materials from the community. What a well-rounded tourist experience.

One-Way Mirror Bathroom In London

This 2004 art installation, entitled "Don't Miss a Sec," was the work of Italian artist Monica Bonvicini. This functioning restroom for the public to use sat outside the Tate Britain museum in London. The artist took a prison toilet and surrounded it in a room built of one-way mirrors. On the outside it looks like a mirrored cube, reflecting only you and your surroundings. But inside, the user can see through the glass, giving the feel of using a restroom with no privacy.  

Jungle Jim's Restroom In Fairfield, Ohio

You know those times where you retch at the thought of having to use a porta-potty? Well, retch not at this “porta-potty” at Jungle Jim’s market in Fairfield, OH. At this international market, it seems they set up porta-potties in the midsts of restroom renovations. But when shoppers get a closer look, they find it is a porta-potty door opening into a hallway which leads to a sizable, clean restroom.  

The Bulletproof Bathroom In Beijing, China

Have you ever had a fear you were going to be shot while going to the bathroom? Well, in China, there’s a spot you need not worry about. This restroom was built to be completely bulletproof. The bulletproof bathroom can be found in Zhong Guan Village Plaza in Beijing. It was built in response to the terror attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.

The Madonna Inn's Waterfall Urinals In San Luis Obispo, California

The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA, prides itself on its unique restrooms. Inside the men's room, you'll feel more like you're in the great outdoors than a hotel bathroom. It features a stone wall trickling with water, but it's not just for decoration - this is actually the urinal. To top things off, the sinks inside the bathroom are made from colossal clam shells. 

The Female Urinals In Xi'an, China

Yes, you read that correctly. In Xi'an, China, as a way to both save women's time from lengthy line waits and the environment from over usage of water, engineers have designed and implemented pretty, pink female urinals. Never fear, though, if you find yourself in one of these babies, they come complete with directions for how to use them. 

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:10:01 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-public-toilets/christinatedesco
<![CDATA[21 Beautiful and Surprising International Borders Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/international-borders-around-the-world/ashley-reign?source=rss

When we think of international borders, many of us may picture huge road stops lined with officials waiting to dutifully check the passports of each and every person who dares venture into their homeland. When you really think about it however, not every square inch of the division between two countries can be lined with border crossings or guys in uniform watching over them. Here you'll get a unique look at what borders look like around the world via this series of photographs showing everything from natural land borders to mere roads that divide some countries from their neighbors.

As it turns out, just about anything can mark a border between two countries, whether it be a river that happens to run between the two or a fence that locals on each side sometimes use to play volleyball. So come on in and get a load of international borders around the world in a way you've never seen them before. 

Whether you're looking for a single travel spot that allows you to stand at the intersection of three different countries at once or you're just looking to broaden your horizons a bit, you won't be disappointed!

21 Beautiful and Surprising International Borders Around the World,

Residents of Naco, Arizona and Naco, Mexico Play Volleyball Over the Border Fence

The US-Canada Border Runs Straight Through the Town of Derby Line

This Snowy Path Divides Norway and Sweden

The border trail is over 1,000 miles long. 

The Border Between the Netherlands and Belgium Seems Pretty Low Key

The Wagah Border Between India and Pakistan

This is the only road that crosses between the two countries.

The Border Between Macau and China (Where People Drive on Different Sides of the Road)

Here's the Border Between Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos

This Guy Is in Sweden and Norway at the Same Time

This Zipline Connects Spain and Portugal

The zipline is a half mile long and you gain an hour when you land!

This Beautiful Bridge Connects Sweden and Denmark

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:39:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/international-borders-around-the-world/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[27 Pictures of What Hot Dogs Look Like Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hot-dogs-around-the-world/ashley-reign?source=rss

Ever wonder what hot dogs around the world look like? It may be hard to imagine a tastier dog than the one you devour in the stands while watching your favorite baseball team. But when you get a load of the following international hot dogs, you may be forced to admit that several countries around the world have put what appears to be a pretty tasty spin on the good old fashioned hot dogs you know and love. 

When it comes to food around the world, it seems that the hot dog is one of those dishes that seems like just as good an idea in other countries as it does in your own back yard. Here you'll have the opportunity to behold various international hot dogs in all their glory as they get dressed up with everything from coleslaw to french fries to bacon and avocado. 

So the next time you're looking to put an exciting spin on your lunch, come on in. Who knows? You may just find an idea or two you'd like to borrow the next time you're looking for a quick but tasty snack.

27 Pictures of What Hot Dogs Look Like Around the World,

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog with Avocado - Guatemala

This bacon-wrapped dog is often served in an avocado-topped tortilla with toppings like lettuce, cabbage, onions, and mayo. 

Sonoran Hot Dog - Northern Mexico and Southwest USA

This bacon wrapped bad boy comes topped with relish, tomatoes, onions, and avocado. Often topped with mayonnaise and/or mustard, the Sonoran comes cradled in a split soft roll. 

The Coney Island Dog - NYC, USA

The Coney Island dog is topped with chili, chopped onions, shredded cheese, and mustard.

Hot Dogs Baked In Buns - Hong Kong, China

This baked dog is cradled in a dumpling-like sesame seed dough.  

The Shamelessly Pizza-Like Dog - Amsterdam

In Amsterdam you can get a broiled dog topped with pizza sauce and cheese!

Frankfurter - Germany

If you've ever graced an Oktoberfest celebration, chances are that you've come across a world famous German frankfurter. This mildly seasoned, smoky sausage is usually made of pork and can be served with or without a bun.


The Chicago Style Dog - Chicago, USA

This Chicago-style dog is served on a poppy seed bun with celery salt, a pickle spear, tomatoes, whole pickled peppers, onions, relish, and mustard.

French Fry Corn Dog - Korea

This deep-fried dog is coated with crinkle cut fries and topped with tasty ketchup. 

Chorizo Dog - Argentina

This chorizo sausage is often served in a hero roll and topped with chimichurri, pickled onion, and tomatoes. 

Tijuana Hot Dog - Tijuana, Mexico

This bacon wrapped hot dog is topped with all things zesty, from onions and jalapenos to grilled sliced peppers.

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:18:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/hot-dogs-around-the-world/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[How to Actually Become a Canadian Citizen If Your Presidential Candidate Loses]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/becoming-a-canadian-citizen/kellen-perry?source=rss

It happens every election year in the US: celebrities and regular folk both threaten to move to Canada if the candidate they don't like gets into office. But how easy is moving to Canada? What does it take to kiss American politics goodbye and become a Canadian citizen?

Before you can become a citizen, you have to earn the Canadian equivalent of a green card, called a permanent resident card. After that, you have to live in Canada for at least 1,460 days during the six years before you apply. But when most people make this threat, they're talking about becoming permanent residents, whether they know it or not. What does that give you?

Being a permanent resident grants you access to free Canadian health care and allows you to work in Canada without a NAFTA work permit. You also, of course, get to live there and apply for citizenship. But getting that coveted permanent resident status isn't easy, and Canada might not be for you after all. If you're still convinced it's an option, here are some things to keep in mind.

How to Actually Become a Canadian Citizen If Your Presidential Candidate Loses,

Get Ready to Wade Through Some Alphabet Soup

If you have to do things the hard way, here are a few options, via attorney Henry Chang, writing for The Huffington Post: you can apply to become a permanent resident in the Federal Skilled Worker Class  (FSW), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) categories. The CEC and FSTC categories require that you have previous Canadian work experience as a visitor and a Canadian-issued certificate of qualification in a skilled trade, respectively, so these aren't for everybody. The FSW is slightly more forgiving. 

Applying for any of  these statuses doesn't require you to have a Canadian family member or an employer sponsor you, so these are great options for disgruntled loner-exiles, as long as they meet the requirements, which include proving your work history, language skills, and that you have adequate funds to support yourself, among other factors. Easy-peasy, right? There’s just one catch…

Decide What You're Even Doing with Your Life

So you’ve made up your mind: you’re moving to Canada, the land of poutine, arguably better Netflix, both of the Property Brothers, socialized medicine, and Win Butler’s hair. But most importantly, it isn’t the land of Candidate X, whose potential election every four years will surely sound the death knell of the American project. Congratulations!

So, what’s the plan? You can’t just pack up the car and cross the border. You’ve got a few options here:

  1. temporary status, meaning you might be able to ride things out until Candidate X rides out of DC on a rail; or
  2. permanent residence, which would allow you access to that sweet socialized medicine and could someday lead to citizenship, meaning you have one more thing in common with Justin Beiber. Let's explore the permanent option.

Try to Get a Job Offer

A job offer from a Canadian company might just be your ticket out of the hellscape you think Candidate X will leave behind: the Canadian government promises that if you have "a valid job offer or provincial/territorial nomination" you "will quickly receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence." Score!

You don't have to have a job offer to bellyflop into the Express Entry pool, but the government calls it "a significant asset." In fact, of the 1200 possible CRS points you can earn, 600 come from having a job offer. That's huge.


Consider Studying Abroad

If you don't have a job offer and your chances of scoring high in Express Entry are dismal, you could always seek a study permit and temporarily escape Candidate X's brutal regime at one of Canada's many fine institutions of higher learning. Like the US, most bachelor degree programs in Canada are just as long as a Presidential term, so you could always return when the political tide turns. If it doesn't, take comfort knowing the Canadian government says most graduates "have the qualities to make a successful transition from temporary to permanent residence" and can apply for three-year post-graduation work permits.

What About Refugees?

Sure, Candidate X is probably going to be bad news, but as Dara Lind of Vox notes, fleeing to Canada because you don't like the new administration doesn't count as a refugee act. In other words, your outrage doesn't compare, in the eyes of the Canadian government, to the plight of Syrian refugees. 

In 2016, according to Lind, Canada doubled its number of accepted humanitarian refugees, which, yes, necessarily lowered the number of economic immigrants allowed in. Meanwhile, in 2014-2015 combined, Canada only accepted two US nationals as humanitarian refugees. You won't likely be the next, unless your foreign parents found asylum in Canada and you're trying to join them.

Take a Shot at Express Entry

As of January 1, 2015, applying to become a permanent resident without Canadian family or employer sponsorship means facing a process called Express Entry, which is a scored application measuring your fitness to join the Canadian ranks. So you can't just directly apply under the FSW, CEC, or FSTC categories and hope for the best - you have to score enough Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Even if you score high, you'll only be placed in a pool of potential "economic" immigrants, since the Canadian government sets targets for how many overall immigrants they allow each year (2016, for example, saw a decrease in the number of economic immigrants, thanks to an influx of "refugee and humanitarian" immigrants, particularly from Syria).

Fall in Love With a Canadian

Marrying a Canadian won't automatically make you a Canadian citizen, but your new spouse can sponsor you to become a permanent resident. But there are serious downsides, as Allison Tierney of Vice notes: it takes a couple of years to process your application, meaning you'll toil as an American in a foreign land for six months out of the year while spending the rest in a long-distance relationship (unless you get a study or work permit). You will also have to pay a ton of fees and prove your marriage is real, thanks to a near-epidemic of fraudulent marriages in the country.

Ultimately, unless you're extraordinarily rich, have a Canadian family, or have a Canadian job offer, it could take several years to properly move to Canada, if you can at all. Candidate X's reign may even be over by then. Have you thought about Mexico?


Make Sure You're Eligible

Hold your Mountie-bestridden horses: are you even eligible to move to Canada? There are a number of reasons they may not let you in, including your criminal record, ties to organized crime, serious health problems, serious financial problems, or if you are considered a security risk. Your shady family may be a hindrance, too: chances are, if they can’t get into Canada for one of the above reasons, neither can you.

Canada doesn’t play: if you’ve ever done jail time for a DUI, for example, the best case scenario is a $200 CAD processing fee just to visit the country. The worst case? You “will probably be found criminally inadmissible to Canada.” 

Get Rich

If none of the above options sound feasible to you, you could always start practicing poker right now in hopes of someday earning giant trays of cold, hard Canadian cash. That's because being a filthy rich American (or filthy rich anything) makes it pretty easy to immigrate. The Immigrant Investor Capital Pilot Program requires you have a personal net worth of $10 million CAD and invest $2 million CAD in a non-guaranteed Immigrant Investor Capital Fund. If you can do that, you're eligible to become a permanent resident (except in Quebec, which has its own separate rules for all of this).

See If You Have Any Canadian Family Members

Before we go any further, are you sure you don’t have any Canadian family members you don’t know about? Because that would make things so much easier for you. After you track them down, all you have to do is convince them to sponsor your visa, which would then enable you to live, work, eat, and play in the Great White North. This would put you on the easiest path to becoming a permanent resident and future citizen available, short of bursting fully-formed, Athena-style, from Justin Trudeau’s expertly coiffed skull. 

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 05:00:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/becoming-a-canadian-citizen/kellen-perry
<![CDATA[What French Fries Look Like Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fries-around-the-world/ashley-reign?source=rss

Odds are if you're human, you love french fries. But are you fully aware of all of the different styles of fries that are out there just waiting for you to try? No? As it turns out, various types of fries are popular the world over with countries coming up with different takes on everyone's favorite side dish. So if you're looking to spice up your next batch or just love looking at photos of delicious salty treats, then you've come to the right place. Check out these examples of different ways people serve potatoes around the world. 

Though the old school french fry seems to be a staple of brilliance with which no one can argue, the following international fries include everything from fun toppings and spices to unique preparation methods. Many of these countries serve what Americans recognize as traditional fries as well as regional variations on the dish. Whether you like your fries thick or thin, salty or sweet, you're sure to find something here that'll make you say "mmm." 

Who knows, you future favorite may even be included among the following different types of fries, just waiting to be discovered.

What French Fries Look Like Around the World,

Chips - UK

What American know as fries are called "chips" in the UK, whereas what the USA refers to as potato chips are known as "crisps" to the Brits. Among the British crowd, fish and chips go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly and the popular side dish is commonly covered in vinegar. 

Patatas Bravas - Spain

In Spain, fries are made in thick chunks and are sometimes covered with chili paste and/or creamy aioli.

Plantains - Jamaica

Though Jamaicans also enjoy the traditional french fry as much as the rest of us, the plantain is a cool twist that utilizes a sliced type of unripe banana rather than a potato. 

Pommes Frites - France

Ah, where better to indulge in french fries than France itself? Though there is a centuries long dispute between Belgium and France over which country originally invented the world's favorite side dish, the fries you'll find throughout France are probably quite similar the ones you've grown up loving, no matter where you're from.

Pommes Frites - Belgium

Belgium does not play when it comes to their fries, or "frites," which can often be served as a meal in themselves. Often served in a cone and with a variety of toppings, these bad boys are the perfect treat to enjoy as you stroll. 

The French Fry - United States

Nothing says America like the phrase "would you like fries with that?" Though they come in a wide variety of shapes and flavors, Americans consider fries a great side dish to everything from fast food to steak.

Poutine - Canada

This Canadian treat dresses up your average fries with cheese curds and gravy for a savory treat that's a favorite at pubs, road side diners, and sporting events.


Masala Chips - Kenya

Kenyans love coating their fries with seasonings like cumin, garlic paste, lemon juice, chilli power, and tandoori masala.

Honey Butter Fries - South Korea

In South Korea, McDonald's recently released a fry covered in honey butter that's been so popular kids sometimes order hundreds of dollars worth and indulge in mass french fry parties.


Finger Chips - India

The french fry has many popular forms in India, among them a few that indulge the country's famous love of exotic spices. Popular versions include fries cooked with turmeric, chili powder, or masala.


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:28:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/fries-around-the-world/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[The Best Country Songs About Traveling]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/country-songs-about-traveling/ranker-music?source=rss

If there’s one genre that has a monopoly on great road trip songs, it’s country music. The songs listed here are all excellent examples of country songs about traveling, offering up tales that pass through thousands of towns all over America and beyond.

Some of the greatest country songs about travel involve four wheels and a lot of asphalt. Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” certainly deserves a spot on this list, as does Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” and Roger Miller’s “King of the Road.” More modern era country road trip travel songs include Rascal Flatt’s cover of Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway” and Zac Brown Band’s “Highway 20 Ride.” And of course, Kacey Musgraves’s “My Home” is perhaps the ultimate country travel song – her home is her RV.

In case you were wondering, yes, occasionally country music artists sing country travel songs about flying. Dierks Bentley indulges in a bit too much alcohol and gets “Drunk on a Plane,” and John Denver is “Leaving on a Jet Plane” with no idea when he’ll return.

Enjoy these great country songs about traveling, and be sure to vote for your favorites.

The Best Country Songs About Traveling,

Amarillo by Morning

Take Me Home Country Roads

I've Been Everywhere

Drivin' My Life Away

Red Dirt Road


Heads Carolina, Tails California

East Bound and Down

King of the Road

On the Road Again

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:29:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/country-songs-about-traveling/ranker-music
<![CDATA[The 25 Funniest Photos Ever Taken at Airports]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-airport-pictures/nathandavidson?source=rss

Ladies and gentlemen, the Internet Captain has turned on the fasten seatbelt sign. If you haven’t already done so, please stow your snacks underneath the desk in front of you or in an overhead break room bin. Please take your seat and fasten your imaginary seat belt. And also make sure your seat back and folding trays are in their full, upright position.

If you are seated next to an emergency exit at your office, please read carefully the special instructions card that isn't located by your seat. If you do not wish to perform the functions described in the event of an emergency, please take a look at these funny pictures of people at airports. If you have any questions about these weird airport photos, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our Ranker flight attendants. Enjoy these funny airport pictures below.

The 25 Funniest Photos Ever Taken at Airports,

Pillow Talk

Extra Carry On

Never Thought About It That Way

Good to Know

A Man's Home Is His Palace

Weapons of Mass Destruction

He Left His Shoes on, Though

Is Wonder Woman's Jet on the Tarmac?

Hug Life

Sleeping at the Airport Like a Boss!

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 06:57:05 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-airport-pictures/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[27 Gorgeous Photos of What Fall Looks Like Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-fall-looks-like-around-the-world/ashley-reign?source=rss

If you're the type who spends most of the year looking forward to sweater weather and crackling fires, you've absolutely come to the right place. Here you'll find a collection of gorgeous photos of autumn around the world that'll pretty much confirm that it's just the best season there is. From the changing leaves to the cool, crisp autumn breezes, what's not to like about fall? Not only will you see beautiful pictures of autumn from your own neck of the woods, but this image gallery will let you take in the wonders of fall from all around the world. 

27 Gorgeous Photos of What Fall Looks Like Around the World,

Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

Autumn in the Mexican Desert

Magglingen, Canton of Berne, Switzerland

Tallinn, Estonia

Mt Minsi, Pennsylvania, USA

Marand, Azarbayjan-e Sharqi, Iran

Llanrwst in the Conwy Valley, North Wales

French Countryside

Serpentine Hot Springs at Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska

Sunset Over The Great Wall, China

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:04:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/what-fall-looks-like-around-the-world/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[Totally Weird Festivals Celebrated Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-festivals-around-the-world/ashley-reign?source=rss

If you're into travel then chances are you know that there is a huge variety of fun, amazing, and incredibly unique festivals around the world each year. If there's one thing almost every culture and nationality has in common, it's the love of celebration, no matter how far out or weird the reason is. Who doesn't like to party? Here you'll find a list of some of the wackiest, most beautifully unique, and occasionally just plain weird festivals the world as to offer. Take a look and book your trip to some of the word's wildest parties today!


Totally Weird Festivals Celebrated Around the World,

Dia De Los Muertos Festival - Mexico

The Mexican Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, Festival is a 500 year old tradition dedicated to celebrating the lives of loved ones who have passed away. During the festival each year, people roam the streets in ghostly looking make-up and bust out all kinds of otherworldly skeletal decorations.

La Tomatina Festiva - Bunyol, Spain

Every year since 1945, on the last Wednesday of August, the Spanish town of Bunyol erupts into the world's largest food fight as participants go around nailing each other with tomatoes. The reason? None other than the fact that it's is fun.

Golden Retriever Festival - Scotland

In 2006, Golden Retrievers from all over the world traveled to their ancestral homeland of Scotland to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland. The gathering was so adorable, the pooches and their owners were powerless over the urge to turn it into an annual event, which now happens each summer.

Songkran Water Festival - Thailand

Every April 13-15, the world's largest water fight ensues across Thailand. Originally a time when people would wash their homes and Buddhas to symbolically clean away the past year's energy, these days the fest has become just as much about escaping the heat and having a little fun!

Ágitagueda Art Festival - Agitagueda, Portugal

Though the Agitagueda Art Festival in Portugal is much older, three years ago it began the super cool tradition of hanging thousands of brightly colored umbrellas all over town each time the festival was up and running. 

Baby Jumping (El Colacho), Spain

This traditional fiesta which dates back to 1620 takes place each year in Castrillo de Murcia near Burgos as a celebration of the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi. The newborn babies of the town are said to be cleansed of original sin and protected from evil via a process in which they are placed on mattresses, sprinkled with petals and confetti, and then leapt over by men in yellow and red suits.

International Highline Meeting Festival - Monte Piana, Italy

Dig heights and hammocks? Then this festival may be the one for you! Attendees gather high up in the Alps to walk across suspended ropes and recline in the hammocks hanging from them.

Tunarama - Port Lincoln, Australia

Every year in Port Lincoln, Australia, there's a huge celebration of all things tuna! Though the fest features music, art, and some of the freshest seafood in the world, it's become famous for it's highlight event - the annual tuna toss. 

The Thaipuism Festival - Malaysia

The annual Hindu festival of Thaipuism is a colorful yet hardcore party dedicated to Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war. Not for the faint of heart, devotees undergo some of the most intense body piercings ever in order to test their endurance, faith, and stamina. Tradition has it that the more pain you endure, the more blessings you will incur. 

Kanamara Matsuri - Japan

Each year the town of Kawasaki, Japan erupts into one huge penis-fest. Penis shaped candy, masks, and decorations flood the town as the celebration ensues around a huge penis shrine once popular among prostitutes who prayed around it for protection from STDs. Over the years its legend has enlarged to include the ability to transmit everything from business success to harmony among married couples.

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:36:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-festivals-around-the-world/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[22 Delicious International Desserts You Deserve to Know About]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/desserts-around-the-world/jordan-love?source=rss

Dessert is the most important meal of the day, depending on who you ask. Ice cream and chocolate chip cookies are classics, but they're far from the only sweet snacks out there. There are all kinds of weird, wonderful, and wild desserts around the world. From France's crème brûlée to Turkey's baklava, these international desserts are just waiting to be devoured.

In America, we tend to favor sweet desserts: things that are drenched in chocolate or covered in sugar. From apple pie to chocolate cakes, sweetness rules when it comes to American desserts. That isn't the case everywhere, though. In some countries, desserts are made more savory than sweet, more refreshing than heavy. Many places around the world favor light and refreshing desserts, while others will eat desserts consisting of things that we associate more with breakfast foods. 

Desserts in other countries can be marvelous, baffling, and irresistible, and this list is chock full of them.  

22 Delicious International Desserts You Deserve to Know About,

Banoffee pie

Banoffee pie is superior to banana cream pie in two ways. First, its crust is typically more of a crumble. Second, it usually contains toffee and sometimes chocolate. Everything tastes better with toffee and chocolate. 

Gulab jamun

Gulab jamun aren't your regular donut holes. They're an Indian treat made with curdled milk that's kneaded into dough, deep fried, and dipped in a sugary syrup flavored with cardomon, rosewater, or saffron. 

Prinsesstårta (Princess Cake) Is a Swedish Dessert Worthy of Royalty

Prinsesstårta is a layered cake with loads of whip cream and pastry cream inserted between layers of sponge cake. It's topped with a layer of marzipan to give the dessert a nice and smooth look. 

Brigadeiros Are a Brazilian Celebratory Dessert

Brigadeiros are dense chocolate truffle/cupcake hybrids. These sweets are typically incredibly decadent and often come covered in sprinkles. 

Koeksisters are Marvelous South African Donuts

American donuts are good, but Koeksisters are infused with maple syrup and you just can't beat that. 

Tarta de Santiago Is a Spanish Almond Cake

The Tarta de Santiago can trace its origins all the way back to the middle ages. This Spanish almond cake is highly recognizable thanks to the cross of the Order of Santiago that almost always adorns its top. 

Syrniki Is an Eastern European Treat Fit for Breakfast or Dessert

Pancakes in America are pretty dull compared to the rest of the world. Eastern Europe's syrniki for example, is a fried quark (similar to sour cream) pancake often topped with sour cream, jam, honey, or apple sauce to take it to the next level. 

Sachertorte Is the Secret Chocolate Cake of Austria

A specialty of the Hotel Sacher in Vienna, Sachertorte is an irresistible and renowned dense chocolate cake. 

Nanaimo Bars Are Canadian Dessert Heaven

Nanaimo bars are named after the Canadian city of Nanaimo. They require no baking and are simply bars of crispy wafers topped with custardy butter icing with delicious melted chocolate on top. 

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte Is a Complex German Cake Worthy of Its Name

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is black forest cherry cake with plenty of cream and fruit brandy to keep it moist. 

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:19:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/desserts-around-the-world/jordan-love
<![CDATA[14 Music Cruises That Really Rock]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rock-band-cruises/daniel-kohn?source=rss

In the past decade or so, rock cruises have taken over the high seas, bringing their fans closer than ever to their favorite bands. As these musical boat rides have become more popular, more and more of them have been popping up. Outside of the live performances featured on these cruises, there are also a flurry of "alternate" activities that make rock cruises different from attending traditional shows. Beyond just hanging with your fellow fans, you can kick it with band members, and even participate in activities with your favorite rockers.

So, what's the best music-themed cruise out there? That depends on what you're looking for. Classic rock cruises are the most widespread, but if you like metal, then there's a metal cruise - and the same goes for indie rock, jam bands, etc. - most genres of rock have dedicated music cruise packages. Whatever you're looking for, there's a musical cruise out there for you.

This is the definitive list of rock cruises. If you're looking for music cruise ship packages that will have you rockin' on the high seas, this list will serve as your guide to which rock cruise to select for your next vacation.

14 Music Cruises That Really Rock,


Now in its eighth edition, Shiprocked is old enough to be called a legacy act. But make no mistake of it, this hard rock joyride is full of thrills (and hopefully no spills). Starting off in Miami, and zipping through Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Islands and back, the likes of Sevendust, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, and more will be entertaining the masses.

If that isn't enough, there's a tattoo parlor and other assorted theme nights to entertain you throughout the five-day voyage.

Go here for more info.

Def Leppard: Hysteria on the High Seas

As you'd expect from the name of this one, Def Leppard bring their hijinx to the high seas. The Sheffield natives are the centerpiece of this cruise, and they will often bring out pals with them for their four-day adventure. Other highlights include theme nights, Q&As with the bands, and acoustic storyteller-inspired sets where musicians explain their songs.

Go here for more info.


One of the best (and hardest) rock cruises is Motörhead's Motorboat. Though it isn't setting sail in 2016 and beyond due to Lemmy's death, the Motorboat will be remembered for thrilling sets by Anthrax, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, and more. Basically, this was the cruise your principal would have suspended you for going on. 

Go here for more info.

311 Cruise

This reggae-rock-themed cruise will see veteran stoner outfit 311 take pals like Rebelution, Reel Big Fish, and Stick Figure on a Norwegian Cruiseliner traveling from Tampa to Cozumel. Highlights here include activities hosted by artists, a photo with 311, and a whole lot more. 

Go here for more info.

Carnival Live

Every year, Carnival has a series of live shows across different genres that they bring to the high seas. The likes of Journey, Boston, Chicago, 38 Special, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Heart, Daughtry, Kansas, and Jewel have all played Carnival Live in the past.

Go here for more info.

Monsters of Rock Cruise

Started in 2011, this cruise is one of the longer cruises on this list. Unlike others, there's an east coast and west coast edition, allowing for fans to not only pick a different lineup that suits their interests, but a different travel experience as well. 

In 2017, the ship will be out on the waters for six days and five nights. This hard rock/heavy metal-themed voyage features a number of activities that will entertain guests. On top of performances by the likes of Vince Neil, Nightranger, Slaughter, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Tesla, Stevie Vai, Uli Jon Roth, Queensrÿche, Warrant, Quiet Riot, Mr. Big, Great White, Firehouse, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, and more through the years, there will be plenty of other activities.

There's artist photo experiences, a Monsters Rock & Roll Formal, and exclusive MOR Craft Beer Tasting, which will help take the edge off your rockin'. Additionally, the Monster Gong Show Karaoke and Cooking with Rock Stars hosted by Lisa Tirone add another element that goes beyond music. 

Go here for more info.

Moodies Cruise

Formed in 2013, this cruise, put together by the Moody Blues, is one of several prog rock jaunts. But unlike other rock cruises (and much like the band itself), Moodies Cruise is all about the music. Of course, the amenities are still plentiful - this is a standard cruise experience, albeit with multiple rock bands to take attendees through their days and nights.

Go here for more info.

KISS Kruise

Leaving from Miami, the KISS Kruise is everything you'd expect from the Rock n' Roll Hall of Famers. There are multiple sets included with rarities, photo opps with every band member, and more activities (including some with the members of KISS) throughout the cruise's four days. In addition to KISS, there are always plenty of bands performing that will keep the good times rolling while you head from Miami to Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

Go here for more info.

Rock Legends Cruise

Heading into its fifth year, this cruise's name isn't misleading. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, REO Speedwagon, Thin Lizzy, John Mayall, and Leon Russell highlight 2017's edition, while past performers included Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Ace Frehley, ZZ Top, and many more. Prepare to rock out with some legends of rock.

Go here for more info.

Cruise to the Edge

This cruise is comprised of prog rock bands like Yes, Kansas, and a host of others. The beauty of Cruise to the Edge is that it also serves as a fantasy camp for wanna-be rockers. If you want to learn from some of the best musicians in rock history - and watch them on stage - then you may want to sail through the Gulf of Mexico with the bands on this cruise.

Go here for more info.

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 03:07:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/rock-band-cruises/daniel-kohn
<![CDATA[33 Corn Mazes That Are Incredible Works of Art]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/corn-maze-pictures/ashley-reign?source=rss

Remember navigating through corn mazes at the local pumpkin patch every fall when you were a kid? Well as it turns out, recent trends in corn maze art have taken a turn for the EPIC. You'll see for yourself in this series of incredible corn maze aerial photos. These bad boys are all the fun of old school corn mazes, but with insanely intricate designs based around everything from sports to pop culture. Be sure to vote up the corn maze you think looks like the most fun to get lost in.


33 Corn Mazes That Are Incredible Works of Art,

Dodge a Few Dragons In This Medieval Themed Maze

Wander through a castle fit for a king at McCall's Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty, N.M. 



Apple Annie's Space Maze Is Outta This World

Annie's Apple Farms in Wilcox, AZ celebrates a different theme every year, such as this killer tribute to the space program.

Cherry Crest Farm Makes Old MacDonald Feel Right At Home

This bad boy is one of Cherry Crest Farm's yearly "Amazing Maize Mazes" in Ronks, Pennsylvania.




Scott's Corn Maze Honors Our Armed Forced

Scott's Corn Maze in Mount Dora, FL often goes with a patriotic theme, such as the "American Soldier" maze you see here. 



This Family Guy Corn Maze Is Fun for the Entire Family

Connor's Farm in Danvers, MA featured Family Guy's Stewie and Brian in this huge 7-acre corn maze.





This Star Trek Anniversary Maze Is This Stuff of Fandom Legend

Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, IL celebrates Star Trek's 50th anniversary with this amazing tribute to Trekies everywhere.




How Super Cool Is This Super Mario Brothers Maze?

This incredible "Super Mario Brothers" Maze at Newark Valley, NY's Stoughton Farm, is so impressive it was featured on "Good Morning America." 

The Minions Do Woodstock

The minions rock out in this 10 acre corn maze at All Seasons Apple Orchard in Woodstock, IL.

Go Wild In This Wild West Maze

Connors Farm Corn Maze in Danvers, MA made national headlines a few years back when a family got so lost in one of their huge mazes that they had to call 911 for help finding their way out. This year the farm features a "Wild West" theme.


The Simpsons Take Over the Corn In Clument County, WI

Meuer Farm in Calumet County, Wisconsin showed their love for everyone's favorite slightly dysfunctional family with this massive Simpsons themed maze.



Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:19:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/corn-maze-pictures/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[13 Terrifying, Haunted Historical Sites from Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/haunted-historical-sites/jeffrichard?source=rss

We've all met someone who claims to have had a bizarre, unexplainable experience at some point in their lives. Some have seen spectral apparitions moving around their homes. Some claim to hear strange noises in the middle of the night. Others believe the spirits of their loved ones are silently watching over them, showing them otherworldly signs.

Often, it's hard to believe these claims are anything more than simple pareidolia and the desire to believe.

Then, there are some stories - some places - which have so many different sources attributed to them, that it seems they must have an air of truth. After all, when a place becomes as notorious as those listed below, it's hard to deny that there must be something strange going on. 

Whether you're a believer in the supernatural or not, these supposedly haunted places are, at the very least, unsettling. Some are the sites of grisly, violent deaths. Others are where countless poor souls were once imprisoned and tortured, now doomed to roam the halls of their institutions.

In any case, dim the lights, say your prayers, and read on to learn about the most haunted historical sites in the world.

13 Terrifying, Haunted Historical Sites from Around the World,

Chichen Itza

When most of us think of haunted houses, it's typical to think of creepy Victorian-era homes, or at least ones built within the last few centuries. 

But the thing about ghosts is that they're supposedly doomed to wander the Earth forever and, in this case, some of them have been around for thousands of years.

This brings us to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. Here, the Mayan people believe that death wasn't so much a tragedy, but more of a process to bring us to the other side when our time on Earth is up. Thus, the ruins here were once the site of mass sacrifices.

In fact, several tourists who have ventured into the more contained parts of the ruins have claimed to have seen strange specters walking the halls, in addition to hearing strange tribal chants throughout various sections. 

The Island of the Dolls

If there's one common fear right up there with clowns, flying, spiders, and maybe spontaneous human combustion, it's dolls

With their soulless eyes, marionette-like gait, and constant desire to be given free will to murder us in our sleep, any location that features a doll certainly deserves a spot on this list.  

But instead of one doll, let's ratchet things up... how about thousands of them? Oh, and they're not simply lying around a house, or stuffed into an attic, or calmly plotting your demise from the corner of a room, either - they're strung up on various trees on an entire island.

Well, that's what you're in for if you ever feel like escaping the relaxing, doll-less safety of life and moving to Xochimilco, Mexico, where you'll be met by the dead-eyed gazes of countless plastic baby-people.

Thankfully, these are not naturally-occurring dolls, but the real reason they exist on this island is perhaps even more frightening. Legend has it that a man named Julian Santana Barrera moved to the island, and soon after, found the body of a girl floating in a nearby canal. He also found a doll floating near her, which he hung from a tree as a memorial. But once he hung the doll, he claimed to hear footsteps, whispers, and screams. He hung more dolls to try and appease her but had no luck; she haunted him until the day he died in those woods.

Unsurprisingly, Julian had zero luck with contacting the spirit of the young girl. Now, the island is a tourist attraction, and visitors claim the dolls' eyes will follow them wherever they go. 

The Tower of London

Built over 900 years ago by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London stands as one of the most haunted buildings in the UK - perhaps because of how many famous individuals are said to still inhabit its walls. Among these several notable ghosts is Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury himself, whose ghost has supposedly been seen multiple times near the castle's inner wall. 

In addition, Lady Arbella Stuart, Queen Elizabeth's one-time-successor-turned-prisoner of the Tower (all because she went and got married without King James's permission), has also been said to haunt The Queen's House structure on the Tower Green, a space inside the Tower of London. 

But perhaps the most well-known royal specter inside the great tower is none other than Queen Anne Boleyn herself, who was executed by beheading in 1535. Her headless spirit is said to inhabit Tower Green as well. 

While the Tower of London seems to be a veritable who's who of boos and ghouls (sorry), there have been several other instances of paranormal activity which don't involve any royal figures stuck in a limbo state between life and death. Among them, the so-called "White Lady," who is often seen waving from a window, and a pair of children wandering the halls, holding hands. 

The Haunted Vicarage (Borgvattnet)

Let's face it: old ladies can be scary. They're not necessarily doll-scary or spider-scary, but as many a horror film has proven, the sudden appearance of an old woman can be downright shocking, especially if you're staying in an isolated home in Jämtland County, Northern Sweden. Specifically, "The Haunted Vicarage."

Originally built in 1876, it wasn't until nearly forty years later that anyone experienced any paranormal activity in this former priest's home. And how did that activity manifest itself? You guessed it: old ladies.

On several occasions, visitors at the home claim to have seen the image of an old woman, dressed in grey, sitting in the corner of a bedroom late at night. On other occasions, different guests have reported seeing three women sitting together. 

There have been reports of screams in the night. Shadows on the wall. A rocking chair that won't cease moving. 

Rumors have swirled as to why the old vicar house has been haunted, with some saying the spirits are those of abused maids, while others say that babies have been buried in the backyard, and their mothers are wailing for their return. 

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Located in Southern Jefferson County in Kentucky, the Waverly Hills Sanatorium was originally a simple two-story hospital when it was first constructed for tuberculosis patients.

However, since Kentucky had one of the highest death rates for the disease in the entire country, the county decided to expand the original building and transform Waverly Hills into a five-story haven for those stricken with what was called the "white death" at the time. 

Why did tuberculosis earn such a frightening nickname? Mainly due to the fact that when patients contracted TB, their skin turned a ghastly white. 

It's been said that as many as 63,000 patients died at Waverly Hills before it closed - and not all of them have found a way to move on. Supposedly, visitors occasionally hear strange voices muttering down the hallways and feel strange cold spots in the air. Some even claim to have seen apparitions and shadows in multiple parts of the building. 

Perhaps the most frightening is the supposed ghost of a woman who died in room 502. A tuberculosis patient, who, upon learning she was pregnant, hung herself with the light bulb wire in her own room.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Originally built in 1864, this asylum in Weston, WV was later called the Weston State Hospital, and was designed to hold a mere 250 patients. But as time went on, and the hospital began admitting additional alcoholics, drug addicts, and "mental defectives," the structure's capacity ballooned to nearly 2,600 patients. 

Because of this immense level of overcrowding, resources of the hospital were stretched extremely thin. This resulted in poor sanitation, failing light fixtures, and poor heat circulation throughout the building. Basically, everyone inside was suffering in more ways than one.

And although those who resided and worked in Trans-Allegheny experienced physical horrors, it was said they also reported seeing the spirits of confederate soldiers passing through the hallways from when the site was originally a Civil War outpost.

The Sultan's Palace

Located in New Orleans' French Quarter, rumor has it that this now-infamous mansion was originally built in 1836 by a Turkish man who claimed to be a sultan, though no one at the time could actually find out the truth. 

As time went on, neighbors began to grow suspicious of the Turkish man, who would throw wild, opium-fueled parties that went on for hours. Some said the man had multiple wives and even more children. What's worse, is he was said to be torturing them nightly.

Then, one morning, a neighbor noticed a horrifying sight: blood was dripping down the side of the home. And when authorities were called, nothing could prepare them for the nightmare they saw upon entering 716 Dauphine Street: 

Body parts were littered throughout the home.

There were dismembered arms. Legs. Heads. Blood had been spilled in seemingly every corner of the house.

And as officers investigated the crime scene, they discovered the body of the sultan himself, buried alive in the home's courtyard, with his hand sticking up from the soil, as if in a last-ditch attempt to free himself. 

It's been said that even today, one can hear the screams of the sultan - as well as countless others - echoing throughout the massive home.

Eastern State Penitentiary

If you know anything at all about prison, you're probably well aware of what solitary confinement entails. When a particular inmate has "misbehaved," they're sent to a windowless room and cut off from all human contact. It's said to be a particularly cruel form of punishment due to the harsh psychological effects that occur over time.

And the folks at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia? They actually came up with the idea

Built in 1829, this prison is home to numerous paranormal sightings, due in part to the stories of solitary confinement punishments that were once doled out here. It's said that several of the inmates were driven insane as a result of being locked away for so long and, eventually, if they passed away within the pen's walls - they would haunt it forever. 

Between the ghastly cackling, shadowy figures, disembodied footsteps, and clanging cell doors still heard to this day, Eastern State Penitentiary is certainly a place you wouldn't want to find yourself locked in alone.

Bhangarh Fort

While many have been reduced to ruins over time, there are still countless castles and fortresses still standing today. Among them, the Bhangarh Fort, located in Rajasthan, India. 

Built by King Sawai Madho Singh roughly 400 years ago, Bhangarh is said to not only be one of the most haunted places in India but also the entire world. During its heyday, the fort housed some 10,000 residents and even included a residential palace for the king himself. 

Legend has it that a sorcerer, once under the employ of the king, fell in love with Princess Ratnavati. But once she dismissed him, the sorcerer put a curse on the entire town, and only days later, an invading army arrived, slaughtering everyone within the fort's walls.

It is believed that once night falls in Rajasthan, the spirits of Bhangarh manifest themselves as dangerous entities, bent on attacking anyone who may be foolish enough to remain inside the fort. 

Monte Cristo Homestead

Representing Australia on this list is none other than the Monte Cristo Mansion, located in June, New South Wales. While most of the other entries have been larger historical sites with hundreds of tortured souls lost within, the Monte Cristo falls under the category of "classic haunted house." 

So, in that case, it must be pretty haunted to be in the same league as the others, right? 

Just ask the Ryan family, who still live there to this day. The Ryans say there have been power outages. Cold spots. Visions of shadow people, lurking around the mansion's corners.

Going back to the time it was built in 1885, there have been a series of bizarre and tragic events that occurred at Monte Cristo: a young boy died when he was dropped from the top of the stairs. A maid committed suicide. The former caretaker was murdered on the property in 1961. A young stable boy burned to death in his straw bed. And the Monte Cristo's housekeeper was said to have kept his mentally unstable son tied to an outhouse for decades. 

With this much paranormal activity going on, it's easy to see why the Monte Cristo stands among the other entries as one place you wouldn't want to spend the night.  

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 05:02:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/haunted-historical-sites/jeffrichard
<![CDATA[American Habits and Phrases That Are Rude in Other Countries]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-phrases-that-are-rude-in-other-countries/dukeharten?source=rss

Next time you're abroad, watch out for these American habits other countries think are rude. Us Yanks aren't the most popular kids in the global school at the best of times - you don't need to commit a social faux-pas to exacerbate the situation. Whether it's a gesture or word, rude things American tourists do can reinforce the host country's negative perception of Americans, even if you've got the best of intentions. So brush up on these habits or American phrases that are rude in other places and you'll have nothing to fear on your next holiday.

American Habits and Phrases That Are Rude in Other Countries,

Crossing Your Fingers

Americans often cross their fingers in lieu of saying "I hope so!" It's a sign of good luck. But in Vietnam, crossing one's finger's is a crass gesture that refers to a woman's private parts. Maybe just stick to your lucky rabbit's foot while abroad.

Laughing with Your Mouth Open

A head-back belly laugh will be taken as a compliment stateside - after all, nobody wants their joke met with a polite chuckle. But laughing with your mouth open and teeth exposed is a social no-no in Japan. They'd rather you zip your lips while laughing.

Complaining at Restaurants

American diners are used to complaining. Steak under- or overcooked? That's all right - send it back to the kitchen and they'll fix it right up. Neither guests nor waitstaff finds this practice strange. But in Britain, it's considered bad manners to complain about the food. They'll gripe and groan in the privacy of their own homes about how badly the restaurant mucked things up, but to send a dish back is socially mortifying.

A Firm Handshake

When traveling to the Philippines, remember that a firm handshake is an American custom. Filipinos prefer a weak, more casual grip. It's about showing respect, not dominance.

Using the 'A-OK' Sign

Apparently, making a circle with your fingers is all sorts of not okay. In France, it means "worthless," it's offensive to gay people in Turkey, and in some other places, it's a stand-in for a butt. Luckily, it's no longer 1985, so you probably won't have to worry about this one.

Opening Gifts in Front of the Giver

Half the fun of giving gifts is watching people open them, right? Wrong, if you're living in many Asian countries. Americans are used to birthday parties and holidays where gift-giving is a shared social activity. But tearing off the wrapping paper in front of the person who gave you the gift is considered greedy and uncouth in some countries. Wait until you get back to the hotel to unwrap your present.

Showing Your Soles

In many Middle Eastern countries, showing the soles of your feet or shoes is offensive. The feet are considered to be the "lowest" part of the body, so displaying your soles is a huge no-no.

Touching Someone's Head

You might not have cause to touch many heads while traveling, but be careful. Even an act as innocent as patting a cute child on his head is considered taboo in countries like Sri Lanka, Thailand, and China. Buddhist cultures see the head as the most sacred part of the body - to touch it uninvited is a major social intrusion.

Saying You're from 'America'

Our cultural vanity is such that we've co-opted the name of not one but two entire continents and assigned it to ourselves. That's right - the very word "America" is offensive in most (if not all) South American countries. Don't refer to yourself as an American when you're visiting South America - just tell people you're from the United States.

Giving a Peace Sign

How could a peace sign be seen as rude? Though most people in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia will know what you mean (provided they know you're American), it's probably better to leave this gesture at home while you're visiting. To them, it's the same as flipping someone off (especially when the hand is held with its knuckles facing the person you're trying to give peace to). 

Wed, 25 May 2016 07:33:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/american-phrases-that-are-rude-in-other-countries/dukeharten
<![CDATA[Real Mythological Places You Can Visit]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-mythological-places/edira-putri?source=rss

While many regarded mythology as fake, some real mythological places are alive and well along with the legend itself. These are indeed locations that can be visited, inspiring guests to wonder if the tales they heard about them are true. These real places from mythology will give you a glimpse into the world of gods, heroes, and monsters. 

Besides their fantastical associations with mythology, the places listed here are also worth visiting for either their natural beauty, cultural value, or distinctive features that can’t be found anywhere else on the planet. Vote up the places you need to visit, like, now.

Real Mythological Places You Can Visit,

Acropolis of Athens

The Parthenon, also known as the Acropolis of Athens, is cherished for its association with Greek mythology. In fact, the temple was dedicated to the city’s patron, the goddess Athena. For thousands of years, the structure has held countless religious festivals, cult gatherings, and even political protests.

The 228-foot-long building is surrounded by 46 columns of brilliant white marble, supporting the grand structure on a hill where it can be seen from anywhere in the city. Unfortunately, a significant part of the temple was destroyed by the Persians in 480 BCE and again by the Venetians in 1687.

Valley of the Kings

While the Pharaohs laid to rest in this ancient burial ground are indeed real, the Valley of the Kings near Luxor, Egypt, has its share of mythological connections. Most of the 63 royal tombs and chambers discovered in this area are decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology, portraying the ancient practices, ritual, and worship to the gods.

The valley has gained much more popularity since the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun, which inspired rumors of the curse of the pharaohs. Apparently, the curse says that anyone who disturbs the mummy of an ancient Egyptian will be doomed.

Alepotrypa Cave, Gate to the Underworld

At first glance, the beauty of the Alepotrypa cave isn’t how one might imagine the gate to hell. It’s a place that mythological Greek gods descended upon to visit Hades, the god of the underworld. The cave is located in Diros Bay, Mani, in southern Greece, an area dense with mythological sites.

The huge cave features the remains of an old village, burials, artifacts connected to Hades, and a chamber that held blazing rituals more than 5,000 years ago. The cave, which had been hidden for centuries, was discovered in 2012 and is now open for tours.

Troy, Site of the Great Trojan War

In the war against Troy, the Greek warriors hid in a giant wooden horse and left it at the gates of Troy. The Trojans assumed the Greeks had fled and the horse was a gift of surrender. When the people of Troy took the wooden statue inside the city to celebrate victory, the Greek soldiers emerged from it by surprise and destroyed the city.

Now, archeologists believe an area near Turkey’s Northeast coast is where the deadly 10-year-long war occurred. The 4,000-year-old temples and ruins in the archeological site, including a reconstruction of the Trojan horse, is regarded as an UNESCO World Heritage site.

Bran Castle, Dracula's Domain

Bran Castle, on the border of Transylvania and Wallachia in Romania, is one of the most famous real-world places associated with Dracula. It's believed the castle inspired the setting for Bram Stoker's novel about the fictional blood sucker.

While the towering enclave doesn't house any actual vampires today, it serves as a museum where visitors can explore the impressive interior of the 2,500-foot-tall building tucked away in the lush greenery of the surrounding mountains.

Mount Olympus, Home of the Mighty Greek Gods

Mount Olympus, widely known as the home of the 12 Greek gods and goddesses, won't disappoint mortals visiting for either a glimpse of mythology or a nature retreat. It's easy to imagine Zeus stepping out onto the rocks of the mighty structure in ancient times and hurling his powerful thunderbolts.

A part of the mountain serves as the Mount Olympus National Park, showcasing rich flora and fauna. In fact, the park is one of the most important bird areas of Europe. The 9,573-foot-tall mountain is hikeable, but serious endurance is required to reach the peak.

Matsue, Closed Entrance to the Underworld

According to Japanese mythology, Izanagi and Izanami were the first male and female gods. After the death of his wife, Izanagi’s grief caused him to visit his wife in the underworld known as Yomi-no-kuni. He descended to the underworld, where Izanami asked him to wait while she asked the lord’s permission to return with her husband. 

However, Izanagi grew impatient and entered the underworld, anyway. That made his wife furious and she ordered evil hags to chase him. He managed to escape and closed the gate to the underworld with a boulder. The entrance to the underworld closed by Izanagi is still standing and can be visited in the city of Matsue.

Old New Synagogue, Home to the Golem of Prauge

A golem is a mythical human-like creature with magical powers in Jewish folklore. One tale took place in Prague, where a golem was summoned to protect the Jewish people who lived there. However, with its increasing power, the golem grew evil and began terrorizing the city.

Eventually, a Rabbi managed to kill the golem and stored the remains in the attic of Prague’s Old New Synagogue. Now a tourist attraction, the synagogue has an impressive Gothic style and was one of the very few Jewish relics spared by the Nazis during World War II.

Cyclops Riviera, Odysseus's Epic Journey

Featured in Homer's epic Odyssey, the Cyclops Riviera stretches along nearly eight miles of Sicily's beautiful eastern coast. The area features seaside towns, orchards, mountains, and other sites where Odysseus stopped on his voyage home after the Trojan War.

The Cyclops Riviera was named after the savage one-eyed giant who trapped and killed several of Odysseus's companions. For visitors, the site can serve as a base to travel around Sicily or simply a place to soak up the sun on the lava beaches and piers along the sea.

Winchester Castle, a Real-Life Camelot

Despite his debated historical existence, legendary British leader King Arthur has inspired many folklore and modern-day tales. King Arthur was a mighty warrior who defended the land and people of Britain from enemies, both human and supernatural.

King Arthur is thought to have resided at Camelot, a kingdom regarded as the capital of his realm. The Winchester Castle in Hampshire, England is a medieval building that's been dubbed the real-world Camelot. Inside, visitors can glimpse a round table hanging on the wall inscribed with the names of King Arthur’s knights carved around the edge.

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 02:54:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/real-mythological-places/edira-putri
<![CDATA[The Best Children's Sunscreen Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/childrens-sunscreen-brands/ranker-shopping?source=rss

All sunscreens protect your skin from damage from the sun's ultraviolet rays. But when you're choosing a sunblock for a child, other factors should come into consideration. Is it gentle on sensitive skin? Will it absorb quickly, before a little one loses patience? And most of all, is it effective? This list has you covered. These are the best sunscreens for kids, as ranked by users. The best children's sunscreen brands come in many forms. Some good kids' sunscreen is waterproof, while other quality children's sunscreen is designed for all-day protection. Many of the top children's sunscreen companies offer products with high SPF levels.

What companies will you find on this list of the best children's sunscreen brands? For decades, Coppertone has been a trusted brand when it comes to sun protection. Its tear-free option won't burn if the sunscreen accidentally gets into kids' eyes. Honest brand is another notable manufacturer of safe sunscreen for kids. Banana Boat makes a 50+ SPF sunscreen that is gentle enough for use on babies. Other good companies featured on this roundup of top children's sunscreen brands include Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Babyganics.

Which children's sunscreen do you trust? Vote the best brands up to the top of this list and add any manufacturers that are missing.

The Best Children's Sunscreen Brands,




Jason Natural Products, Inc

Kiss My Face


Alba Botanica Kids Sunscreen Spf 30+


Banana Boat


Tue, 17 May 2016 06:28:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/childrens-sunscreen-brands/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[Resorts That Are Completely Out of Control]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-resorts/steve-wright?source=rss

Finding the craziest resorts on earth is not always easy. Anyone can go to a luxury hotel, or a high-end, all-inclusive resort, but most of those tend to offer the same sort of perks and experiences. There are times when a vacation calls for as much beer as you can drink and stuffing your face for days, but there are other times when you want something different. Like staying at one of the weirdest resorts in the world.

Maybe you want to stay in a room made completely out of ice. Maybe your thing is having wild animals poke their head in your window while you are eating dinner. Maybe you just want to relax in a giant champagne glass. Whatever your thing is, chances are, you'll be able to find a place that suits your adventurous needs on this list of crazy resorts. Vote up the most insane resorts you'd totally visit.

Resorts That Are Completely Out of Control,

  • Most Insane Feature: Everything is made of ice!

The original Icehotel has been operating for over 20 years in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. Every November, snow, ice, and near-frozen river water are combined to make unique rooms and create a hotel experience unmatched anywhere else in the world. Guests spend a night on ice in a frigid, 23-degree Fahrenheit room. Arctic explorer-worthy sleeping bags, thermals, and even reindeer pelts are provided for warmth. Just hope that nature doesn't call in the middle of the night...

Giraffe Manor
  • Most Insane Feature: Dinner with giraffes!

Giraffe Manor is an old Scottish hunting lodge near Nairobi, Kenya. The selling point here is that the owners are giraffe conservationists. As a result, guests will often share meal times with giraffes who poke their (long) necks through an open window, begging for food. If giraffes (somehow) aren't your thing, then there is also an elephant orphanage on site.

Ariau Amazon Towers
  • Most Insane Feature: Treetop swimming pools!

The Ariau Amazon Towers Resort is located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Manaus, Brazil. This is an eco-tourism resort where guests can live among the monkeys, birds, and other native wildlife populations in the Amazon. The resort features over five miles of walkways through the treetops, along with various guided trips and activities in the local area.

Jules' Undersea Lodge
  • Most Insane Feature: Guests scuba dive 21 feet below the surface of the Largo Sound just to enter!

The name here is much more than just a marketing gimmick. Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, FL, is exactly what it sounds like. This former research lab has been converted into a hotel and guests must scuba dive down into the Largo Sound to even reach the door. Despite its location, this place isn't lacking in amenities: you can even get a pizza delivered from the surface! You must be a certified scuba diver to get into the lodge and the company offers a discover scuba certification for those not qualified upon arrival.

V8 Hotel
  • Most Insane Feature: The beds in the theme rooms are made from classic cars!

So it turns out that those kids beds that look like cars have a much cooler older brother. The V8 Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany has, as you may have guessed, a very strong automobile theme. The rooms in this hotel vary from the Mercedes room to a drive-in theater to a big slice of Americana with the Route 66 room. Each has a theme that is perfectly on-point and classic car buffs will love the idea of sleeping surrounded by all this nostalgia.

  • Most Insane Feature: Sleep in a UFO tree house!

The Treehotel Resort in Harads, Sweden, is definitely different. This property consists of seven freestanding tree houses, each designed by one of the most famous architects in Sweden. The houses vary in style from a bird's nest to a mirrored cube, but it is, without a doubt, the UFO sitting in the middle of the forest that has the biggest wow factor. Oh, and there is also a tree sauna. Which sounds like it would be fun!

No Man's Fort
  • Most Insane Feature: It's a fort with a laser tag arena!

When deciding what to do with a fort in the middle of the Solent between the Isle of Wight and the English city of Portsmouth, there any number of options. Kudos, then, to the individual who took this Victorian-era structure that was built to prevent the English from being attacked by Napoleon III and turned it into a hotel. As if that wasn't enough, the designer then, brilliantly, thought to turn part of the fort into a laser tag arena. 

  • Sleep in a clear, plexiglass bubble in the woods near Marseille, France.

The Attrap'Rêves offers several clear, fishbowl-like bubbles equipped with a bed and modern furniture. If you're wondering how you go to the bathroom, don't worry - there are private, enclosed bathrooms available outside your bubble. And despite their seeming openness, each bubble is relatively secluded. Every unit is surrounded by trees, offering privacy from the neighboring rooms. 

Yunessun Spa Resort
  • Most Insane Feature: Wine baths for everyone!

You can find a standard spa resort anywhere in the world. Thankfully, there is nothing standard about the Yunessun Spa Resort in Japan's Hakone prefecture. The red wine bath is the headliner here, but resort-goers can also bathe in themed pools filled with coffee, sake, green tea, and even Ramen broth. Not content with just making these vats of goodness, the spa owners have even decorated the areas around the pools with giant wine bottles, giant (fake) hanging noodles, and more. 

Woodlyn Park
  • Most Insane Feature: Stay in the g*ddamn Shire!

Yes, you heard that right. In North Island, New Zealand, Woodlyn Park Motel has several unique rooms, but the coolest are the two Hobbit units. Constructed to look and feel like the Shire, you can indulge all of your Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit, duh) fantasies in these unique spaces. They have circular windows and doors and are built into a hillside, just like in the books.

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:45:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-resorts/steve-wright
<![CDATA[What First Class Looks Like on Different Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-of-first-class-on-different-airlines/steve-wright?source=rss

Not all first class airline cabins are made the same. There are many cool first class cabins out there, but the airlines with the best first class features and benefits are always trying to up their games. When it comes to luxury travel, airlines can't afford to sleep on the newest, most innovative features. After all, first-class customers can easily patronize a different airline with better amenities.

The best first class cabins on airlines offer a range of services. You need a cabin that offers a seat, or suite, that will allow you to either relax or be productive depending on your needs at any given time. With that in mind, a seat that lays fully horizontal, or nearly horizontal, is almost a necessity for long haul flights. It is also important to have a wide variety of entertainment options and the ability to plug in and work as if you were in an office as opposed to being in the sky.

The other big sell here is the food that these high-end airlines offer. The days of the standard (and awful) airline meal are gone forever in the first class cabins at least. Most airlines worth your time have specially crafted menus and you will often find that pictures of first class on different airlines focus on the food as much as the seating.

With so many options of which airline to fly with, it is important to know some of the cooler features out there. So if you want to know what first class looks like on different airlines, keep reading and vote up the first class cabins you'd most want to travel in.

What First Class Looks Like on Different Airlines,

All Nippon Airways

Cool Features:

  • Large, private suite with fold out dining table.
  • ANA original Samsonite brand amenity kit is one of the best in the industry.
  • Japanese or Italian inspired menus from world class chefs.

Asiana Airlines

Cool Features:

  • 32-inch personal TV screen.
  • A personal mini-bar stocked with your favorite beverages.
  • A chauffeur will pick you up at Incheon International airport and take you to your destination.

Cathay Pacific

Cool Features:

  • First class catering with Krug Champagne and caviar.
  • Cathy Pacific beds are some of the widest and most comfortable in the sky.
  • Long haul first class cabins have only six seats, so attentive personal service is guaranteed.


Cool Features: 

  • Onboard shower.
  • Exclusive bar and lounge.
  • Amenity kits from Bvlgari.

Etihad Airways

Cool Features:

  • First class private apartments are big enough to stand and walk around in.
  • Onboard chef provides meals as requested from his pantry of ingredients.
  • Lounge area between first and business class to kick back and relax
  • Onboard shower to get refreshed before landing.

Japan Airlines

Cool Features:

  •  23-inch personal monitors.
  •  Choice of soft or hard mattress for overnight flights.
  •  Top-quality menus from the finest chefs in Japan. 


Cool Features:

  • Only eight first class pods on the A380 upper deck so it feels like a private jet.
  • The bed is made up with fine linens and a temperature regulated duvet.
  • Food is crafted by a rotation of the top chefs in Germany.

Singapore Airlines

Cool Features:

  • Home of the double bed in the sky.
  • The food is some of the best in the sky featuring caviar, lobster thermidor, and more.
  • Enclosed private cabins designed by a French yacht designer.

Swiss International Air Lines

Cool Features: 

  • Seats convert into a private suite with personal wardrobe.
  • A 32-inch personal monitor.
  • A new menu every three months from a different region of Switzerland.

Virgin Atlantic

Cool Features:

  •  Twenty-two-inch wide seats convert to 33-inch wide, 6'6" long, lay flat beds.
  •  Modern table setting for dinner with specially designed crockery and cutlery.
  •  Graze menu provides hot and cold snacks whenever they are desired.

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:00:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-of-first-class-on-different-airlines/steve-wright
<![CDATA[The Best Self Tanner Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/self-tanner-brands/ranker-shopping?source=rss
A golden glow is a must-have accessory for summer. But achieving that sun-kissed look doesn't need to involve the actual sun. Many companies make self-tanners that mimic the natural hue acquired from a week at the beach – all without the risk of sunburn. The best self tanner brands come in many forms. Some top self tanner brands are lotions or moisturizers, while other good self tanner brands make foaming products. Many of the best self tanner leave users with a warm, summer-ready tint.

What companies will you find on this list of the best self tanner brands? Clinique makes a variety of top quality self tanners that let you choose the darkness that you are looking for. It also makes products specifically designed to give you a sun-kissed look on your face. Lorac is another good brand that manufactures self tanning products. If you are looking for a reliable, inexpensive self tanner, Banana Boat makes sprays and lotions at a low cost. Other great companies featured on this top self tanner brands list include Sun Bum, Jergens, and St. Tropez.

Which self tanner gives you the best results? Vote your favorite brands to the top of this list and please add any good products that are missing.
The Best Self Tanner Brands,

Sun Laboratories

Banana Boat

Sun Bum

Dior Bronze


Sally Beauty

Vita Liberata



Fake Bake

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:37:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/self-tanner-brands/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The World's Scariest Observation Decks and Viewing Platforms]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/scary-observation-decks/edira-putri?source=rss
When it comes to traveling, beauty often comes with a price. This is particularly true when you take a look at these scary observation decks, offering stunning views in exchange for your apparent safety. Once you get over the anxiety, you might actually be able to enjoy the panoramic views from these scary viewing platforms. 

From tall mountains to deep canyons, towering cliffs to cavernous abysses, some of the best attractions demand more than just your passport and a plane ticket. Hold your breath and hold on to your seat as you look at this list of the world’s craziest observation platforms. Sure, you might be safe at your desk right now, but just thinking about some of these viewing decks might send you over the edge. So vote up the most precarious observation decks and leave us a comment if you've been to one of these death-defying attractions.

The World's Scariest Observation Decks and Viewing Platforms,

Grand Canyon Skywalk
Where is it?   
At the Grand Canyon in Arizona. 

What's so scary about it? 
This horseshoe-shaped walkway will reward the brave of heart with an exclusive view of the canyon and the Colorado River. Stepping onto to the deck, you can walk 70 feet beyond the canyon’s edge. The platform is suspended 2,000 feet above the majestic canyon.

The Ledge
Where is it? 
On the side of the Willis Tower in Chicago.
What's so scary about it?
Living in a big city can give you false confidence about being comfortable with heights. You're in tall buildings all the time, it's no big deal, right? A glass box extending four feet from the side of Willis Tower's 103rd floor will take all that false bravado away in an instant. Not only are you suspended 1,353 feet above the ground, but you're also in a tiny, claustrophobic glass box. Sure, you can see four different states from up there, but at what cost?

Step into the Void
Where is it?
Chamomix, France.

What's so scary about it?
Somehow, its terrifying name is not the most intimidating part of this all-glass structure. This see-through box is attached to the side of a mountain in the French Alps, 3,300 feet in the air.

Tianmen Mountain Glass Sky Walk
Where is it? 
Inside the Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, China.
What's so scary about it? 
Every step on this 196-foot long glass skywalk is a daunting challenge. Attached to the side of a soaring cliff, this walkway extends 86 feet outwards and is more than 4,700 feet above the ground.

5 Fingers
Where is it? 
Mount Krippenstein in the Dachstein Mountains, Austria. 

What's so scary about it?
This scary structure consists of not one but five platforms stretching out for 13 feet beyond a mountain’s edge into the open air. At 1,300 feet above the ground, this platform is often dubbed the “most spectacular viewing platform in the Alps.” Every finger has its own distinctive feature; for example, one is made entirely of glass and another has a baroque picture frame to line up the perfect shot of the mountains below.

AlpspiX Viewing Platform
Where is it? 
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany. 

What's so scary about it?  
This platform boasts a magnificent view of the Alpspitze mountain and Höllental Valley, but taking a walk on it is no picnic. It extends 42 feet from the side of the mountain and you have to take a cable car to get to it - but that will only get you so far. The X-shaped walkway is actually higher up the mountain than the cable car station.

The Cliffwalk
Where is it? 
Inside the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver, Canada.

What's so scary about it? 
This narrow walkway is bolted onto the side of a cliff nearly 300 feet above the ground. It's 700 feet long, only 20 inches wide, and is mostly made of wood and steel - though some sections are 100 percent glass. 

EdgeWalk at the CN Tower
Where is it? 
CN Tower, Toronto, Canada.
What's so scary about it? 
A hands-free walk on the exterior of a 1,168-foot tall tower is not for the faint of heart. Should you dare to attempt it, you'll be strapped into a special suit, attached to the edge of the building with a (very strong) cable, and left to work your way around the edge of the circular building.

Dachstein Stairway to Nothingness
Where is it?  
At a resort in the Austrian Alps. 
What's so scary about it?
The trip to this architectural marvel is the ultimate dare. First, you must cross the country’s highest bridge that stretches above a 1,300-foot deep abyss, then walk down a cliff to a viewing platform with glass walls. Even after you make it there, the icy view will still give you chills.

The SkySlide
Where is it? 
On the side of the US Bank Tower in Los Angeles, CA.

What's so scary about it? 
For many, gliding down this transparent slide isn't fun so much as it is a challenge. Attached to the 70th floor of California’s tallest skyscraper, the attraction propels you into a glass tube attached to the outside of the building and guides you safely to the 69th floor. For those who are brave enough to be looking around, the slide offers sweeping views of Los Angeles from almost 1,000 feet in the air.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:07:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/scary-observation-decks/edira-putri
<![CDATA[Things You Didn't Know About Air Traffic Control]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/air-traffic-control-facts/kellen-perry?source=rss
Air traffic controllers have one of the most intense jobs on the planet: making sure that planes full of people make it in and out of airports safely and efficiently. Plenty of films have depicted air traffic controllers "talking down" pilots in peril and just barely managing to save planeloads of sobbing passengers. But there are some facts about air traffic control that Hollywood gets wrong (yes, even Pushing Tin).

One of the biggest misconceptions about ATCs (besides confusing them for the people with the paddles and the flags on the runways) is the level of responsibility they actually have for the safety of passengers. It's true that they are a vital cog in the machine, but ATCs are not actually totally responsible for making sure that planes arrive and depart safely (pilots bear most of that burden). ATCs also aren't the most stressed-out people on the planet, even though they do suffer from fatigue and stress-related illnesses (just not that much more than many other professions). Read on for more interesting things you might not know about the high-stakes world of air traffic control.
Things You Didn't Know About Air Traffic Control,

Air Traffic Control Can't Track Planes Via GPS
GPS (Global Positioning System) gadgets help millions of people navigate around the world every day, but did you know that air traffic control doesn't use GPS satellite technology to track planes? It sounds strange, but it's true: planes are full of people with GPS-enabled smartphones, but the plane itself is not GPS-enabled. The 7,000 aircraft flying over the US every day instead use point-to-point, ground-based radar. 
Air Traffic Control Towers Have Slanted Windows to Minimize Distractions
Have you ever noticed how most air traffic control towers have the same slanted, tinted windows? It's not for the pilot's sake, as some have suspected: it's for the air traffic controllers. The windows "bounce" reflections from monitors and smartphones (or any other internal light source) up to the ceiling so they won't be mistaken for aircraft.
President Reagan Fired 11,345 Air Traffic Controllers in 1981
The Professional Air Traffic Controller Organization (PATCO) union declared a strike on August 3, 1981, that ultimately blew up in its face. The union had the usual demands: better working conditions, better pay, and a shorter workweek. President Reagan gave the 11,345 striking workers 48 hours to return to work or else they would lose their jobs. He followed through with that threat and also banned them from federal service for life (President Clinton, however, lifted the ban in 1993). The move impacted the industry significantly: it took about ten years for staffing levels to return to normal.
The FAA Won't Accept New Air Traffic Controllers Older Than 30
Unless you're already in the military, you can't become an air traffic controller in the US if you're more than 30 years old. The FAA wants you to start at the training academy "no later than your 31st birthday." The agency also requires you to be a US citizen, pass a medical examination, and pass a security investigation, among other stringent requirements.
Air Traffic Controllers Use Lights if Their Radios Fail
Radios don't always work, so air traffic controllers have developed a backup plan: lights. Signal lamps used by ATCs emit three colors - red, white, and green - and send different messages to the pilot depending on how they are relayed. A steady green light, for example, is much like a traffic light used on the road and means the aircraft is cleared to land.
US Air Traffic Controllers Use 40-Year-Old Technology
It's called "Host": a piece of technology older than the original Nintendo Entertainment System, or the original Atari... or, as Wired points out, older than the Speak & Spell! So why is Host still used to guide planes in air traffic control towers across the US? Simply put: because change is hard (especially for the FAA). The agency is touting an upgrade to the wildly inefficient Host system called NextGen, and has even begun to implement it in stages, but the rollout has been a mess of bugs, delays, and a ton of other issues.
Some Air Traffic Controllers Work Dangerous Shifts to Maximize Time Off
Air traffic controllers call it "The Rattler": a series of shifts designed to maximize your time off while still fulfilling the duties of a job that demands a 24/7 commitment. It goes like this: swing shift (afternoon - midnight), swing shift, day shift, day shift, midnight shift. Ending your workweek with a midnight shift and starting it with a swing shift allows for maximum time off during the weekend. Why is it called The Rattler? Because those that work it often complain about it doubling back and "biting" them! Plenty of people think working a Rattler should be abolished for the safety issues it raises and have accused the FAA of ignoring the issue.
Air Traffic Control Systems Can Be Hacked With a $450 Portable Transmitter
Here's a scary thought: the 40-year-old technology that is used in US air traffic control centers can be hacked using a $450 portable transmitter you can buy online. Seriously! In April 2014, a hacker tried to divert a plane at Reagan International (the pilot reported an "unknown voice"). It also happened 25 times in the UK in 2015 alone. If caught, hackers attempting this trick in the US could face five years in jail (and presumably a hell of a lot longer if they did any serious damage).
You Can Become an Air Traffic Controller With an Associate's Degree
How do you become an air traffic controller? It isn't easy, but it also doesn't require an advanced degree. You can get an FAA-approved associate's degree from one of about 30 schools across the country and get hired as an air traffic controller. There are basically two other options if you want the gig: join the Air Force or get hired directly through the FAA via their Air Traffic Controller Academy in Oklahoma City, OK.
Future Air Traffic Controllers May Be Hundreds of Miles from the Airport
Some airports around the world are testing out "remote towers" that place the air traffic controller hundreds of miles from the action. High definition cameras, sensors, and monitors allow ATCs to do their jobs as if they were at the airport. The technology is so sensitive that it can even detect fog and animals on the runway.

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 02:19:08 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/air-traffic-control-facts/kellen-perry
<![CDATA[The Longest Roads on Earth]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/longest-roads-on-earth/richard-rowe?source=rss
Thinking of going on a road trip? Earth's longest roads are adventurous enough to make anyone's wanderlust dreams come true, but are you brave enough to face them? The journey into the unknown can be dangerous, so please don't get distracted by the beautiful scenery, and don't ever text and drive. Life is all about the journey, so instead of boarding a quick flight, jump in the driver's seat of your car and hit the road, seeing the world from one of the longest roads ever!

Whether you're an American without a passport or just a travel enthusiast in any location, this list of the longest highways will take you all over the world from California to China. Buckle up!

The Longest Roads on Earth,

Trans-Canada Highway - 7,821 Miles
Say what you will about Canada, but they have been the leading geniuses in long-distance transportation for quite some time now. Need proof? Take the Trans-Canada Highway. Built in 1962 it was the single longest road in the world at that time. The central 5,000 mile span is completely independent from any other highway system, which is something very few other roads can claim.

US Route 6 - 3,205 Miles
Another East-West route, with this one connecting Bishop, CA, to Provincetown, MA. Note, Route 6 is not to be confused with the more iconic Route 66. Route 6 roughly parallels Interstate 80, and goes right through some of the most stunning scenery America has to offer, hitting almost every major mountain range in the United States.

Trans-Siberian Highway - 6,800 Miles
What may look like a winter wonderland is actually a network of federal highways, with roads icy enough to instill fear in the hearts of even the toughest ice road truckers. The Trans-Siberian Highway spans the width of Russia, all the way to the Sea of Japan in the Pacific Ocean.

European Route E40 - 5,300 Miles
If you were to think of Europe as a single country, Route E40 would be its version of the US Interstate 90. Dozens of separate roads connect to make this single route that winds through 10 countries from Calais, France to Riddler, Kazakhstan. Despite its name, the European Route spends most of its time in Asia, following the long-established trade routes that brought Europe things like silk, gunpowder, and opium.

The Pan-American Highway - 19,000 Miles
The Pan-American Highway isn't just a concrete jungle, it's a concrete desert, rainforest, and mountain range. This bi-continental highway is the only road in the world to cover two entire hemispheres, from the brisk cities of Prudhoe Bay, AK to the tropical markets in Ushuaia, Argentina. It's also the only land route on Earth that connects both the Arctic and Antarctic Circles with a vast range of climates and ecosystems along the way.

The Great Wall of China - 13,171 Miles
The Great Wall of China might feel like a cheat because of its tourist appeal, but it's actually far more than an entry on your buck list. The Great Wall's paved route runs down its entire 13,000-mile expanse, and it is neither illegal nor impossible to walk all the way from one end to the other. At 15-feet wide, the Great Wall's path is almost wide enough to meet U.S. specifications for a two-lane road. It's also (theoretically) strong enough to support automotive traffic.

Highway 1, Australia - 9,010 Miles
Unlike most roads on this list, Australia's Highway 1 doesn't start in one place and end in another. In fact, it makes a complete coastal circle around Australia's breathtaking beaches, across the cities of Melbourne, Perth, and Darwin. But don't let the pretty view fool you, Highway 1 is considered a dangerous route by many travelers due to its narrow two-lane structure in the areas surrounding Queensland.

Golden Quadrilateral, India - 3,633 Miles
Like Australia's Highway 1, this road is essentially one ring that roughly encircles an entire continent. The Quadrilateral gets its name from the four cities it connects: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata. A large duration of this trip cuts through India's scenic landmass, complete with stunning mountain ranges and lush rain forests.

China National Highway 010 - 3,541 Miles
Just looking at this map is enough to give anyone a headache. To sum it up, Highway 010 runs from Tongjiang in Heilongjiang, to Sanya in Hainan. This highway is notable for the fact that it uses a ferry instead of a bridge to cover one of its water expanses.

US Route 20 - 3,364 Miles
Route 20 the longest road in America. Its route from Boston to Oregon closely parallels the other major American road on this list, Interstate 90. Truck drivers aren't big fans of Route 20; it's an old series of sometimes narrow roads, running through a lot of little towns, under many low bridges, and caught in between thousands of speed traps.

Wed, 04 May 2016 06:22:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/longest-roads-on-earth/richard-rowe
<![CDATA[The Best Walking Sandal Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/walking-sandal-brands/ranker-shopping?source=rss
If you do a lot of walking, you'll want shoes that are comfortable and durable as well as fashionable. The best walking sandal brands design their shoes with those needs in mind. Some top comfort sandals specialize in trendy styles while others are designed to withstand rigorous activities like hiking. And a few of the greatest walking sandals brands are even easy to clean – simply toss them in the washing machine.

What companies will you find on this list of the best walking sandals brands? Keen is one of the top sandals brands when it comes to outdoor activities. Many of its styles are waterproof, allowing you to go from the hiking trail to a kayaking expedition without changing your footwear. Birkenstock has been popular with shoppers for decades thanks to its durable sole and comfortable cushion. The fashion set is divided on Crocs, but fans swear by their lightweight foam construction. Other good companies featured on this top walking sandals brands list include Teva, Adidas, and Reef.

It's your turn to weigh in on the best type of walking sandals. Vote your favorite footwear brands up to the top of the list and add any makers that are missing.

The Best Walking Sandal Brands,









Clarks Women's Wave.Whisk Sandal


Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:35:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/walking-sandal-brands/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Travel Clothing Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/travel-clothing-brands/ranker-shopping?source=rss
It's an age-old question: what to pack? Whether you are heading off on a luxurious ocean cruise or planning a backpacking trip through the mountains, you will want to bring packable clothing brands that combine convenience with style. Luckily, there are many travel clothing brands available in today's market. Some of these top travel clothes brands design items that layer with ease. Other good travel clothing companies specialize in garments made from wrinkle-free fabrics that can be worn right out of the suitcase, and fold down small to save valuable packing space.

What companies will you find on this best travel clothes brands list? REI's store brand has a number of apparel options for all types of travelers. It offers warm fleeces for cold weather vacations and breathable cotton items for summer adventures. Eddie Bauer is a one-stop shop for travel clothing that is both stylish and sensible. Other great companies that are featured on this top travel clothes brands list include The North Face, Patagonia, and L.L. Bean.

Your opinion will help determine the best travel clothing brand. Vote your favorite apparel companies up the list, and add any brands that are missing. And don't forget your passport!

The Best Travel Clothing Brands,

Coldwater Creek


Mountain Hardwear




Eddie Bauer

L.L. Bean


The North Face

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:34:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/travel-clothing-brands/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[Things You Should Know Before You Move to LA]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-you-should-know-before-you-move-to-la/jacob-shelton?source=rss
Like Mike Love said, “the west coast has the sunshine, and the girls all get so tanned,” but what he didn’t mention was the hidden world and secret codes that exist in Los Angeles. If you’re looking for tips about moving to LA, this list has all the essentials covered - from the best farmers markets to what really goes down in the Valley. Moving to Los Angeles can be a culture shock if you don’t know what to expect, but this list will help you succeed when you finally pull the trigger and come out to the west coast. Put on your sunglasses and check out these things you should know before living in Los Angeles.

Everyone thinks they know what to expect when moving from NYC to LA, but the truth of the matter is that living in LA is a completely different experience than living in other city. Not only is foot traffic is almost non-existent, but the way the city is laid out makes zero sense until you’ve hopped from Atwater Village to Manhattan Beach a few dozen times. If you’re thinking of coming out west and need some LA moving tips, then look no further.

Things You Should Know Before You Move to LA,

You'll Probably Never Leave Your Neighborhood

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It's a bit of a cliche, but whatever part of the city you live in is probably where you're going to hang out. You will eat in this area, you will date in this area, and when you move to another part of town, you will never return to your old haunts. 
People Will Never Stop Inviting You to Their Improv Shows
Everyone that you'll meet in Los Angeles is a comedian, actor, improv person, or they're in a sketch group that does at least one show a month. If you give any of these people your number or become their friend on Facebook, they'll never stop inviting you to their shows. You can't escape it, so do your best to attend the shows that don't have a two drink minimum. 
Your Car Is Probably Going to Get Towed

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It's inevitable. There are way too many parking rules in LA for you to make it through your time in this beautiful city unscathed. But if you want to try to beat the parking police, study this cheat sheet like your life depends on it. 


Helicopters Will Become Your Mortal Enemy

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It's 2am and you're lying in bed, what's that sound? It's a helicopter flying right over your house. Why is it there? No one knows and you're never going to find out. Learn to accept the madness. 
6th Street Is the Fastest Way to Get from Midtown to Downtown

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Whatever map app you're using is going to tell you to get on the 101 or the 110, but DO NOT listen to it. Just find your way to 6th street and cruise with the rest of the geniuses who've managed to break free of Siri's horrific directions. Plus, the tree-lined streets are super nice!

The Best Farmers Market Is the One on Larchmont
Or in Santa Monica. There are a lot of good farmers markets in the city and surrounding areas. I had a friend who bought a nice pair of boots at a farmer's market in Silver Lake, so you really can't go wrong. 
There's a Lot of Pie in LA

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You wouldn't think that LA would be the pie capital of the world, what with all of the bespoke Crossfit shops and pressed juiceries, but no matter what part of town you're in, you can find amazing pie. The Pie Hole should be your first stop.

These Are Loquats. They Are Delicious.

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These trees are everywhere in LA. You should try the fruit on them. If you're one of those people who just has to know what you're eating, the loquat is indigenous to China (but they're all over LA for some reason). The fruit tastes kind of like a peach that ripened inside of a mango. 

The Valley Is a Magical Place
And by magical, I mean intensely weird. You've probably heard that the valley is full of creeps, weirdos, and white trash - but that's only kind of true. The best bookstore in LA is in North Hollywood, and there are amazing shrimp tacos in Sun Valley. What's not to love?
Your Life Plan Will Immediately Go Out the Window

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Everyone who moves to LA knows exactly how they're going to take the town by storm. They've heard the horror stories and they know they're going to be the exception. They're also wrong. Prepare to flounder for a few months (or years), before you finally find your rhythm. 

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:38:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/things-you-should-know-before-you-move-to-la/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Vacation Spots in the Solar System]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-places-in-the-solar-system/michaelgraff?source=rss
The solar system is a vast, amazing place. From our Goldilocks-zone planet of Earth we've been able to observe and learn quite a lot about our solar neighborhood. Most of that knowledge has come from high tech probes and telescopes, letting us peek at the other celestial bodies that make up our solar system.

Getting there in person has proved a considerable challenge for our tenacious drive to explore. The whole solar system is hundreds of millions of kilometers of space, inhabited by objects that make up an infinitesimal fraction of that volume. And even if you could live long enough to make the voyage, these places aren't exactly hospitable, with all manners of intolerable cold, heat or toxicity.

But let's just assume we all had a TARDIS or something. What cool things in the solar system could you visit? What outer space tourist sites would be your favorite destinations in an age of space tourism? Once you've considered this important question, why not rank your favorite Star Wars planets also?

The Best Vacation Spots in the Solar System,

See the Globe-Spanning Volcanic Activity on Io
150 active volcanoes have been directly observed on Jupiter's moon of Io, although astronomers believe there could be as many as 400. Io is the most geologically active body in the solar system, primarily due to the competing gravitational pulls of Jupiter itself and its other moons; they pull poor Io in opposite directions. The resulting friction and tidal heating deforms the planet and releases in the form of volcanic activity. Pretty cool!

Witness the Lava Flows from Maat Mons on Venus
The highest volcano on the planet Venus and second highest mountain range, the lava flows from this volcano extend for hundreds of kilometers around.

Dive Below the Ice Surface of Europa to the Oceans Beneath
Jupiter's moon Europa is a very exciting world! Scientists have found plenty of evidence to suggest that Europa has persistent liquid oceans under its frozen surface, prevented from freezing by heat-releasing tectonic activity, similar to Earth. These conditions could be harboring primitive deep sea life, if we could look closer.

Sail Along Saturn's Rings
One of the most visually distinctive features of any planet in the solar system, the rings extend from approximately 6,630 to 120,700 kilometers outward from Saturn's equator, but on average they are only 20 meters thick. They provide excellent views of Saturn's atmosphere and the surrounding moons.

Walk Along the Base of Valles Marineris on Mars
Valles Marineris is the largest canyon in the solar system at 4,000 kilometers long and 7 kilometers deep. Compare that to the Grand Canyon which is only 446 kilometers long a 1.6 kilometers deep. It lies near the equator of Mars and comprises about a fifth of the planet's total equatorial circumference.

Ski on the Frozen Slopes of Pluto's Norgray Montes
Despite it being classified a dwarf planet now, Pluto is still a worthy destination for interstellar tourists. Although instead of frozen liquid snow, you'll be skiing through nitrogen ice on Norgay Montes. You could get some serious height with Pluto's reduced gravity compared to Earth's.

Sit on the Rim of Olympus Mons on Mars
Olympus Mons is the largest known volcano in the solar system. It's part of a mountain range that extends for approximately 300,000 square kilometers. The summit itself is approximately 60 by 80 kilometers across.

Swim in the Methane Lakes of Titan
Saturn's moon Titan has actual seas and lakes of liquid methane and ethane. It is so abundant and dynamic that there is actually a methane weather cycle similar to the water cycle on Earth.

Watch from the International Space Station as it Orbits Earth in 93 Minutes
The International Space Station, or ISS, is made up of 16 pressurized modules and various other equipment modules, maintaining an altitude of at least 330 kilometers above Earth's surface. It orbits the Earth at an average speed of 27,724 kilometers per hour, completing a full Earth orbit every 93 minutes! Beat that, Magellan!

Storm Watch in the Eye of Jupiter's Great Red Spot
This colossal anticyclonic storm in Jupiter's southern hemisphere is 24–40,000 kilometers west to east and 12–14,000 kilometers south to north. Two heavenly bodies with Earth's diameter could fit comfortably inside it. The Great Red Spot is believed to be at least 300 years old.

Mon, 02 May 2016 09:06:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-places-in-the-solar-system/michaelgraff
<![CDATA[20 Parasites That Could Ruin Your Next Vacation]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/parasites-you-get-from-traveling/laura-allan?source=rss
Traveling is so much fun, right? Getting to see different parts of the world, immersing yourself in new cultures and languages, it's all so incredible. Your biggest worry (until now) has probably been losing your passport or something. That's only because you've probably never had to deal with many of the horrific and disgusting parasites you can get while traveling. They can range from annoying, but harmless to so deadly you'll never know what hit you.

But you only get parasites if you go to really unsanitary little villages in the middle of nowhere, right? Unfortunately, that's a huge no. Both local and international travel parasites are problematic, so even if you're staying close to home, you might not be completely safe from their... intrusions. If you're itching to know more, come take this distressing little tour and explore parasites around the world. 

Just a brief warning: Some of these images are pretty graphic and very gross. Fascinating, but really, really gross. So read on, if you dare. 
20 Parasites That Could Ruin Your Next Vacation,

There are not one, but four problems caused by this tine parasitic protozoa. First, you're bitten by a sandfly, then you end up with the parasites in your body and blood. From there you either develop little sores that resemble leprosy all over your skin, lesions around your mouth and nose, or infected lymph nodes that eventually cause death. While the less serious forms of the bug are often found in Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Peru, and Brazil, the life-threatening kind is only found in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Brazil, and Sudan.
Loa Loa
Well, I hope you didn't want to sleep tonight, because this thing is major nightmare fuel. This horrifying parasite is also called the African Eye Worm. Can you guess why? No? Well, this worm moves from a deer fly bite into your body, where it then makes its way to your eye. (Google it if you dare.) What's worse is that it's sometimes difficult to cure, and can last for years. The one bit of good news is that you can only get it if you travel to West and Central Africa.
You can get this parasite through touching infected soil and then touching your mouth. The hookworm larvae then get into your body, and can go to your lungs, intestines, and even esophagus. Then, they head yo your small intestine and drink you blood, which can sometimes cause pain and anemia, all for up to a year.  Hookworm usually shows up in developing countries that have poor sanitation, but it does sometimes infect people in the United States. So be sure to wash your hands, even when you travel domestically. 
Naegleria Fowleri
The most frightening thing about Naegleria Fowleri is that there's no way to detect it, there's no way to cure it, and it kills you 97% of the time. What happens is this: when you swim, sometimes water gets in your nose, and sometimes a particularly horrible amoeba can come with it. This amoeba travels to your skull, where it eats your brain, and eventually kills you. You cannot get it by drinking water, but swimming in hot springs, rivers, lakes, and even natural pools in tropical environments can put you at risk.
While this parasite mostly infects animals, it can also wreak havoc on humans. It get in when the screw fly finds an open wound somewhere on the body, and then lays her eggs next to it. The eggs then hatch, and the larvae feed on the living tissue. They even burrow into the flesh and eat their way from the inside out. Screw worm can be found in South America, some of the Caribbean Islands, Southeast Asia, Kuwait, India, Papua New Guinea, Africa, Oman, and Fujaira.
Filarial Worm
These worms don't just make you sick, they also make you physically deformed as well. The thread-like worms are passed from mosquitoes into the blood stream, and they then make their way to the lymphatic system. Once there, the worms can make your lymph nodes malfunction, and can make parts of your body swell up, get hard and lumpy, and even develop elephantiasis. For men, a particular area of concern is the scrotum. The bug is typically found in Asia, so be sure to bring your mosquito repellant. 
Tapeworms are usually easily treated and not super deadly, but you can still get them while traveling and they're still really gross. A tapeworm is a flat segmented worm that lives in the intestines. If you have one, you'll likely experience an increase in appetite, weight loss, and often times vitamin deficiency. You can get tapeworms anywhere that under-cooked and unsanitary food is being served, assuming you like to eat your steak rare. Luckily they are fairly uncommon in the United States. 
Lets get a really gross one out of the way early, shall we? Ascaris is the most common type of roundworm, and it more commonly effects children rather than adults. It passes into your system when you drink unsafe water that is infected with human fecal matter, or come into contact with infected soil. Once inside you, these worms start at your lungs, then move to your intestines where they multiply until they can literally spill out of your butt, and sometimes your mouth or nose. While many countries have this friendly little worm, it is most commonly found in tropical and subtropical areas, such as Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.
Bot Fly Larva
The good news is that there's only one kind of bot fly larva that effects humans. The bad news is that they do nasty things to human flesh, by eating it from underneath the skin. A fly lays the larvae on the skin, and once the little guy senses warmth, it burrows underneath and begins eating. Once they get big enough, they come back through the skin and go off to become horrible egg-laying flies on their own. This happens in Central and South America, so bring layers if you travel there.
Giardia Intestinalis
If you've ever been told "don't drink the water," that's generally because you could get Giardia. This little parasite gets into your digestion when you eat contaminated food or drink contaminated water. Although it won't do too much damage to you, it can be uncomfortable and curse you with diarrhea and vomiting for two weeks or longer. Unfortunately, Giardia can be found in every region of the United States and throughout the world, so maybe going for bottled over tap water is the way to go when you travel. 

Wed, 04 May 2016 06:24:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/parasites-you-get-from-traveling/laura-allan
<![CDATA[Rookie Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rookie-travel-mistakes/greeley-dean?source=rss
There's no shame in admitting your rookie status when it comes to travel; those who fail to embrace that which they do not know end up with absurd foreign charges on their credit cards, fried electronics, and bags so full of crap you wouldn't wish them on even the heftiest valet. This list of rookie travel mistakes to be aware of (and how to avoid them) will have you jetsetting like a pro. It's all about preparing for the unknown or unexpected - in foreign lands, a little cash in the sock can go a long way. And remember: you're the visitor. No need to get upset if stuff goes wrong just because you're not in Kansas anymore.
Rookie Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them,

Failing to Obtain a Visa Prior to Traveling
For those who travel domestically or within an unrestricted zone (like the EU for Brits or the US for Americans), you may forget that many countries require a visa for entry and some of them like to take their sweet, sweet time to issue them. Countries like Russia require 15 business days (three weeks) for a RUSH visa. Many countries also charge different rates for multiple entries (if you take a day trip to a neighboring country, for instance), so keep this is mind when buying plane tickets, because travel insurance does not cover failing to obtain a visa when refunding travel.

BEST BET: Be aware of a country's visa policy before you buy your plane tickets.

PRO TIP: If you're close to the date and need that visa, pay the rush fee. Yeah, it's gonna hurt your wallet, but it's going to hurt even more if the agency/embassy doesn't mail your passport back in time for you to leave.
Booking a Stay in the Wrong Neighborhood
Being new to the town you're about to enter, you're not expected to know where the best neighborhoods are, but that doesn't mean you have to go into your trip blind. Read about where other people stayed and if they liked it. Chances are, if there is a glut of hotels in the area, it will be touristy, but nominally safer.

BEST BET: If it's close to the airport, you don't want to be there.

PRO TIP: Look up bars and clubs that match your interests and book a room as close to that area as possible.
Overpacking/Exceeding the Airline's Weight Limit
First of all, if you can't carry it yourself, don't pack it. Whatever you manage to stuff in your suitcase is going to be your responsibility for the duration of your trip and there may or may not always be a place to store it (and nobody wants to smell your dirty shoes as you try and navigate through tight spaces with the contents of a small Gap store strapped to your back).

This is less an issue if you're staying at the Disney World resort for the weekend than say, taking a river cruise on the Mekong, but it's still important to know what you can carry and how much the airline will charge you to bring it along.

BEST BET: Pack the essentials and grab anything you may have forgotten on the fly. Worst case scenario you end up with a souvenir sweatshirt at the end of your trip.

PRO TIP: Don't exceed the max weight limit allowed by your airline for checked baggage. That can result in $100 extra EACH WAY and the truth is you don't NEED a liter of shampoo for your six-day cruise.
Not Checking the Weather of the Place You're Visiting
Guess what: once a year it rains in Southern California. Being caught without the proper apparel on that lone day in April is forgivable, but think twice about traveling to other parts of the world without checking what season you're in for (as it may or may not match with your home location). A duffel's worth of tank tops isn't gonna do squat for you during monsoon season.

BEST BET: A collapsible poncho is worth shoving one fewer pair of socks in your bag.

PRO TIP: Always have at least the base layers of the most extreme weather you could encounter (hot and cold).
Looking Too Much Like a Tourist
Slathered in SPF 90, gaudy shirt, fanny pack, paper map? You're a pickpocket's dream. Even in countries without high incidence of wallet-lifting, dressing too much like a tourist marks you as an annoying and out of touch goofball. Tone it down. After all, you're a traveler - getting lost and sunburned is half the fun, right?

BEST BET: Dress as you normally would, use your inside voice, and be polite to the locals. In poorer areas, maybe leave the fancy wristwatch at home. 

PRO TIP: Download an offline version of the area's map from Google. That way, even if you're lost and have no service, you can pretend to text while reorienting yourself.
Not Investigating the Foreign Transaction Charges on Your Credit/ATM Card
Nobody likes to look at their credit card statement when they get back from a vacation, but there are certain things you can do to steel yourself; #1 is to investigate your financial institution's foreign transaction fees. 

Some credit cards, like Capital One, don't charge fees for foreign use, so you should be using those cards as much as possible when reserving hotels (even if your reservation originates in the US, if you pay the balance in a foreign country you may see additional charges) and when purchasing abroad. 

ATM fees also add up quickly if you treat them the same way as you would at home. Foreign currency withdrawal can carry a $5 flat fee, plus a percentage of the money withdrawn, AND the charge levied by the local bank. So if you take out $40 at a time like you're out for a night of drinking at home, you'll soon incur transaction fees that come close to the amount you're trying to take out. Contact your bank ahead of time to see if they have partner banks where you're traveling that don't charge a fee.

BEST BET: Withdraw as much cash as you feel comfortable carrying when you do hit the ATM.

PRO TIP: Get cash back at the grocery store so you don't have to pay an ATM fee. Plus, gum!
Forgetting to Print Your Tickets
Yeah, yeah. You can pull them up on your phone. But what happens when your screen gets cracked or your battery dies? Travel introduces all sorts of unforeseen obstacles - printing hard copies of your tickets is an easy way to eliminate one more variable from the equation.

BEST BET: Print them when you buy them. Put them in your suitcase. That way, even if you forget, you didn't forget.

PRO TIP: While traveling, clip your tickets to your passport. If you lose your passport, you ain't going anywhere anyway.
Forgetting to Turn Off Data Roaming on Your Phone
A fun fact cell providers don't tell you: if you get a call while you're roaming internationally and send the person to voicemail thinking you won't be charged, you're wrong. Every minute your clueless compadre spends leaving you a message gets billed at international roaming rates. Save for T-Mobile in the US (which offers free international roaming), most cell providers will nickel and DOLLAR you throughout your trip if you don't subscribe to a special international plan. Whomp whomp.

BEST BET: Call your cellphone provider before departing your home country and investigate rates/add packages.

PRO TIP: Get your SIM-based phone unlocked before leaving and pick up a local SIM card upon arrival.
Leaving Your Power Converter at Home
This is just the worst, period. Imagine arriving at an international airport with a dead phone or laptop and having no idea where you're going. True, there are many airports that now have stations to plug in via USB connection, but once you get to your lodging, you're going to want one of these without the hassle of finding a store that sells them for any amount less than your first-born child.

BEST BET: Invest in a universal charger and keep it with your travel gear.

PRO TIP: Get one with USB connectors so you can charge more than one device at a time.
Buying Foreign Currency at the Airport
By bus, train, or taxi, you're going to need at least a ride's worth of cash to get out of the airport in many cities (unless you've got a really low cut shirt and a dwindling cache of moral sensibility, in which case bargain away). In countries where the local currency isn't worth as much as say, the US dollar or the British pound, cabbies will take your home currency, but they're not doing it out of the kindness of their hearts (read: it comes with a fee). Just know that, despite whatever bargain rate or free exchange service the kiosks at the airport are advertising, you're not getting the best deal.

BEST BET: Either order currency from your bank before you go or hit up a local bank once you're closer to your final destination.

PRO TIP: Don't order too much cash to begin with because if you don't spend it all, your bank is going to take a nice little cut when you get back and try to exchange it for your home currency. And in case it's been awhile since you've traveled and you're thinking they're still a thing, no, traveler's checks are not the answer.

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 07:31:46 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/rookie-travel-mistakes/greeley-dean
<![CDATA[Australian Slang Words You Probably Don't Know]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/australian-slang-words-and-meanings/dukeharten?source=rss
Ah, Australian slang. A lexicon unto itself, slang in Australia puts Cockney rhyming to shame. The country's jaw-gritting determination to abbreviate even the shortest of words is a point of national pride. If you find yourself in the land down under during your travels, fear not: this list of Aussie slang will have you fluent in localese before the afternoon arvo is over.

Everything from body parts to gas stations is fair game for slang in Oz: abbreviation (or outright recoining) is a way of life here. As one Aussie pal put it: "The trick is in shortening anything that's already been shortened and then giving it a longer nickname." Makes sense, no? Check out the Australian words below for a quick taste of the continent's flavorful slang.

Australian Slang Words You Probably Don't Know,

A cigarette. They may be "smoked" or "munched" — same thing.
Keen as. Sick as. Drunk as. Cool as.

The implication, of course, being that these things are "as something" (as heck, presumably). But Australians, and their penchant for abbreviation, don't have time to get around to the actual comparison. They're lazy as.
Where to begin? It's a term for friend, sure, but it's so much more. Mate can mean any of the following in Australia, depending on the context: yeah, nah, you serious?, I'm serious, come on, awesome, don't try me. (With the proper inflection, you can make "mate" work for you however you want.)
A woman.
To "scull down" a drink is to chug it. There's some controversy as to whether it's "scull" or "skol," but most Australians seem to agree on the former. The Aussies love sculling so much they've even got a song for it: 

Here's to [insert drinker's name], he's true blue.
He's a piss pot through and through.
He's a bastard so they say,
Should have gone to heaven but he went the other way!
He went down, down, down, down, down!

The crowd won't stop singing until the piss pot in question sculls down his drink.
Flat Out Like a Lizard Drinking
To be busy; to be working hard.

I'm flat out like a lizard drinking, trying to keep up with all this slang!
Breakfast. Not too exciting, but an absolute must-know if traveling with hard-partying Australians.
A tantrum.

 If I don't have a durry soon, I'm going to have a tanty.

To vomit. One theory is that the word originated as English rhyming slang after an Australian cartoon character named Chunder Loo. (Chunder Loo = spew.)
An Australian redneck. Often found in remote parts of the country, or, if on holiday, getting maggot in Bali.

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 04:21:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/australian-slang-words-and-meanings/dukeharten
<![CDATA[Celebrity Passport Photos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-passport-photos/celebrity-lists?source=rss
They may fly around in first class cabins and private jets, but celebrities still need passports to get into another country legally. If you're wondering whether their passport photos are just as terrible and awkward as your own, prepare to be enlightened. This list contains examples of celebrity passport photos, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. From artists and musicians to actors and politicians, these passport pictures prove famous people are just like us. Or at least some of them.

The best looking celebrity passport photo may be that of Kim Kardashian. The reality TV star is all glammed-up in her passport photo, but she chose a straight face rather than a smile. An early passport photo of Beyonce Knowles features the singer showing off her pearly whites, and Barack Obama's passport pic looks downright presidential.

Several stars from the golden age of Hollywood have vintage passports, including Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, and Walt Disney. Not every celebrity looks good in their passport photos. Andy Warhol and Alice Cooper both look downright miserable thinking about their upcoming travel plans.

Which celebrity passport photo is your favorite? Take a look at this collection and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
Celebrity Passport Photos,

Audrey Hepburn

Barack Obama

Beyoncé Knowles

Bob Dylan

David Bowie

John Lennon

Kim Kardashian

Marilyn Monroe

Muhammad Ali


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 06:28:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrity-passport-photos/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Cool Things Carved Into Mountains & Cliffs Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/statues-and-monuments-carved-into-mountains/jordan-love?source=rss
You probably know about Mount Rushmore, the big granite faces of U.S. presidents in North Dakota, but that is only one of many mountains that have something cool carved into them. From religious figures to entire cities, the world is full of things have been chipped away out of the huge stone walls of cliffs. Some of the landmarks carved into mountains are precise and dramatic, others are old and spectacular, but all are seriously impressive.

Just look at the Lycian tombs in Turkey, for example. The carvings date back to the days of Sparta, when the Greeks and Trojans waged war. Not cool enough? How about an ancient Turkish carved city that is now a modern day hotel? Sounds like just about the best way to learn about history ever.

Some of the monuments carved in mountains look like they're straight out of an Indiana Jones movie. They are truly sights to behold, and you'll get to do just that here. Check out the coolest things carved into cliffs ever.

Cool Things Carved Into Mountains & Cliffs Around the World,

Cappadocia is home to numerous cave houses, some of which date back thousands of years. Located in Turkey, the soft volcanic rock made Cappadocia an ideal place to carve nearly an entire city out of the cliffs.

Leshan Giant Buddha
The Leshan Giant Buddha in China is exactly what it sounds like: a really, really big Buddha. The impressive sculpture was created centuries ago and still stands 233 feet tall, dwarfing all those who come to gaze upon it.

Mesa Verde National Park
The Cliff Palace was built in the 11th-century and is one of the most spectacular features of early life in America. The dwellings are located in Colorado and feature intricate layouts and impressive architecture.

Ellora in India is home to some of the most astounding rock carvings in the world. All up and down the hillside are intricate carvings that make up three different temples, each dedicated to a different religion. 

Lycian Tombs
The Lycian Tombs are located in Turkey and were carved by a people who were notorious for being conquered by other, stronger communities. Nonetheless, the tombs are a testament to the mysterious Lycian people who left little else to be remembered by. 

Yunak Evleri
Yunak Evleri is actually a luxury hotel located in the ancient village of Urgup, Turkey. The hotel is made up of cave houses carved into the cliffs and dates back to the 5th and 6th centuries.

Kailashnath Temple
The incredible Kailashnath Temple in in Maharashtra, India was carved out of a single cliff of volcanic rock. The large temple was created over a millennia ago, when individuals started carving from the top of the cliff and worked their way down with meticulous precision.

Longmen Caves
If you're a fan of Buddha, the Longmen Caves in China are the perfect place for you. The UNESCO World Heritage site is home to tens of thousands of ancient statues and carvings of Buddha and his followers.

Orlovi Skali
Orlovi Skali or Eagles Rock Shrine in Southern Bulgaria is one of the oldest cliff monuments in existence. It dates back several millennia, possibly as far back as the Copper Age and the 4th millennium B.C.

Matreiya Buddha
The Bingling Temple is home to Matreiya Buddha, a nearly football field-sized carving of Buddha. The statue dates back to at least the 3rd century, and is located on the canyon face along the Yellow River in Gansu, China.

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:37:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/statues-and-monuments-carved-into-mountains/jordan-love
<![CDATA[Real Pics of People Being Absolutely Terrible on Planes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/terrible-people-on-planes/rydavis?source=rss
Flying isn't what it used to be. Being in a huge death machine thousands of feet in the air while braving the elbow checks of hundreds of people isn't exactly a walk in the park. But when your grandma is calling you every other week telling you how terrible you are for never visiting her, you tough it out and travel the 3 billion miles across the country. You've probably heard horror stories about awful people on airplanes, or likely you've had your own special experience.

The worst people on airplanes are the ones who have no boundaries. The ones who always know how to take an all around terrible travel experience and make it even worse. The ones who shed their shoes, socks, shirts, and pants. The ones that decided that if they're going to be miserable, everyone else has to be too.

Still think flying isn't that bad? For those with doubts, the Internet generation has finally grasped the technology necessary to openly shame and document airplane passengers who are just garbage. Prepare to feast your eyes on some of the worst people out there. Here are REAL, ACTUAL pics of people behaving absolutely terribly, with zero chill, on planes.
Real Pics of People Being Absolutely Terrible on Planes,

Didn't Know Airports Started Letting People Line Up For Black Friday Sales

Sorry, What?

Genius Parenting Hack or Terrible Parent?

Really Wholesome Material to Watch on your Flight to NYC.

Sucks the TSA Wouldn't Let Him Bring His P90X on the Plane

Please Keep All Arms and Legs Inside Vehicle At All Times

Looks Comfortable For All Parties. Bet They Got A Lot of Rest

Someone Needs to Kink Shame this Man to No End

Subtle Attempt At Flirting

She Wasn't Sure What the Weather Would Be Like When They Landed, So Better Safe Than Sorry

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 08:44:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/terrible-people-on-planes/rydavis
<![CDATA[Creepy Places You Can Actually Rent on Air BNB]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-air-bnbs/jacob-shelton?source=rss
As inexpensive, wacky, out of the way, rental properties become more of a desire for vacationers, Airbnb has had to really dig deep to find livable places to rent out to travelers. And that means renting out homes that might come with something extra, like a ghost roaming the halls or a fully functioning 13th century dungeon. There’s no end when it comes to scary places to Air BNB, but the spots collected on this list are some of the spookiest places you'd ever want to spend the night. Whether the homes once played host to secret societies, or they’re just literally made of bones, these are the creepiest places that you can actually rent on Air BNB.

Many travelers have spent money on scary Air BNB rentals, but the places on this list are downright strange. Some of the rental properties carry the sins of a war in their walls, while one particular room might be at the house of a Floridian cult (it’s hard to tell when it comes to Florida). Each of these weird Air BNB houses have something that’s a little bit off about them, and if you’re thinking of renting any of them you should plan on bringing a nightlight and letting your close friends know where you are, just in case. Start requesting days off from work so you can visit these creepy places available for rent on Air BNB.

If you can survive each spooky Airbnb tale, leave a comment about the scariest place you’ve ever stayed the night.
Creepy Places You Can Actually Rent on Air BNB,

La Canada Estate: Flintridge, CA

Built in 1929, this estate boasts right in the listing that it's haunted, so you know it's legit. Allegedly the house was built by a different set of day laborers every day so no one would know "the secrets" that this house holds. Groovy.

The Manor: St. Paul, MN
For $55 a night you too can stay in a room that was voted "most mysterious house in Saint Paul" by Pioneer Press! What mysteries does The Manor hold? Why not book a night and find out (if you end up taxidermied in a Minnesota basement don't blame, you're on your own).
The Haunted Castle Bed and Breakfast: Brumley, MO
This almost 200-year-old house touts itself as one of "the most haunted homes in the Midwest," so if you decide to finish writing your screenplay in this massive house get ready to see plenty of ghosts of people who died after eating giant wedges of cheese.
The Parks-Bowman Mansion: New Orleans, LA
Allegedly, the Parks-Bowman Mansion is one of the most haunted places in New Orleans, which is already super haunted, so if you stay here there's a good chance that you're going to have to deal with some spooky sounds. Supposedly the ghost of a young girl from the late-19th century lives in the bedroom. Sleep tight!

Haunted Chamber Apartment: York, England

Any place that's over 600 years old and describes itself as a "madness chamber" is definitely haunted. Only stay in this place if you're trying to summon a ghoul from an amulet.

The Murder House from American Horror Story: Los Angeles, CA

This super spooky listing for the murder house from American Horror Story went on the market suddenly in 2016, and just as quickly vanished - like some kind of GH-GH-GH-GHOST!

Medieval Tower Apartment: Tuscany, Italy

Granted, the posting for this apartment doesn't make mention of any ghouls or goblins roaming the grounds, but anything built during the Crusades is probably crawling with peasant ghosts.

Highlands Mansion: Denver, CO

"Paranormal fans" have routinely voted this mansion in Denver to have one of the most haunted rooms in America, but it looks like the scariest thing about this rental is that the bathtub is right in front of the bed. It'll give you chills just thinking about it.

Augill Castle: Cumbria, UK
The description of this castle says it was built in the 1800s as a "gentleman's folly" which is either code for "secret murder lair," aka ghost central, or a Duke was just building castles to mess with people - which is equally as creepy if you really think about it.
Castle Chateau Pitau: Russia

The next time you're in Russia, why not stay at this lovely chateau that comes with a ghost that appears at midnight and something called a "disco hall." Russia is scary enough, but when you add a punctual ghost and a hall dedicated to a bygone era of music you know you're in for a spooky time.

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 04:11:44 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-air-bnbs/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Weird North Korea Stories That Are 100% True]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-north-korea-stories/mike-rothschild?source=rss
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.

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 04:42:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-north-korea-stories/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[Themed Hotel Rooms That Movie Nerds Will Love]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-themed-hotel-rooms/anncasano?source=rss
Some hotels offer amenities like complimentary breakfast and free wifi in order to get guests into their rooms. Others take advantage of location, or perhaps feature a five-star restaurant. Still others take advantage of diehard fans of the cinema. Movie themed hotels are everywhere. They provide a guest the opportunity to feel like one of their favorite film characters, or sleep in quarters designed to look like a famous movie set. Here are the coolest themed hotel rooms that movie nerds will love.

Themed hotels have been around for a while. It’s a niche of the hospitality business that can cash in on nostalgia and fandom. Some of the themed rooms on this list are from mega-franchises with a built-in fan base that is ready to spend money.

No one can actually be James Bond. However, during a trip to Paris, a guest can revel in kitschy 007 memorabilia, that may even rival the allure of the City of Lights. Fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings do not have to travel all the way to New Zealand to visit the film’s sets (though they can!) - there’s a replica of The Hobbit cabin in Montana.

From luxury rooms made entirely of ice and snow to tiny capsules that don’t even have proper beds, there’s a theme hotel out there for nearly every movie fan. Vote up the themed rooms that you would most like to check into for a night!
Themed Hotel Rooms That Movie Nerds Will Love,

Feel Like a Student at Hogwarts
Films: Harry Potter franchise

Kids and adults alike fell heavily under the spell of Harry Potter books and films. The Georgian House Hotel is located in the center of London and is within striking distance of several Harry Potter filming locales. The hotel rooms, or Wizard Chambers as they are called, are designed to make their guests feel like students at Hogwarts. The Wizard Chambers look like a castle and feature stained glass windows, four poster beds, stonewalls, gothic arches, and wood burning stoves.

A Room Made Entirely from Ice and Snow
Film: TRON: Legacy

Two British sci-fi mega-fans had a vision to build a hotel room suite made entirely of ice and snow that looked like a scene out of the movie TRON: Legacy. The Legacy of the River room at the Ice Hotel in Sweden features the film's futuristic one of a kind style.

The hotel itself is made of 21,500 tons of snow and 900 tons of ice. The room's creators, Ben Rousseau and Ian Douglas-Jones, described their vision in an interview with Wired, "The use of lighting and the material finishes in this nightclub scene are very close to ideas we have been discussing for use in the real world, as well as being close to what we could achieve with ice and snow and a little imagination."

Sleep Where Luke Skywalker Slept
Films: Star Wars franchise

The Hotel Sidi Driss
is located in the village of Matmata in Tunisia. Jedi fans from around the world flock to what is known as The Star Wars Hotel. The Hotel Sidi Driss was used in 1976 as the filming location for the home of young Luke Skywalker and his aunt and uncle on their home planet of Tatooine. The location was used again for 2002's Attack of the Clones. The hotel itself looks like it could come from a galaxy far, far, away with its rocky, cave-like exteriors. This is another non-luxury dwelling; the rooms really do resemble caves, do not have windows, and cots are used for beds.
Super Agent Suite for 007 Fans
Films: James Bond franchise

Pour your martinis shaken, not stirred, in this 007-inspired Secret Agent Suite in the Hotel Seven, located in Paris, France. Super fans of James Bond can stay in and watch every Bond film ever made on a big screen from the comfort of their own bed. The suite also features a golden gun lamp, waterfall shower, pictures from several Bond films throughout the room, golden toilets, and mirrored ceilings. The Seven is located in the au courant Latin Quarter, within walking distance of several of the city's most popular attractions.

The Real Deal Hobbit House
Films: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings franchises

Did you absolutely love reading The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings books? Were you an even bigger fan of the film adaptations? If you want to see what a real Hobbit House looks like, there's a replica cabin from the Tolkien books located in the forested foothills of the Cabinet Mountains in Montana. The Shire of Montana is not just a hotel room, but a private enchanted guest house with two bedrooms, a full kitchen, and breathtaking views of Cougar Peak and Whitepine Alpaca Ranch.

Rest Up in Lord Vader's Quarters
Films: Star Wars franchise

The Hotel Pelirocco
in Brighton, England is a multi-themed boutique hotel. One of their most popular rooms is Lord Vader's Quarters. A "father and son" twin room, it's filled with Star Wars memorabilia, Darth Vader's lightsaber, and Star Wars movies. Visitors can even put on Vader's costume, if they think they can handle a dose of the dark side.

Sleep Like the Dark Knight
Films: Batman franchise

Don't let Bruce Wayne have all the fun! Immerse yourself in a total Batman world in the Batman Suite at the Eden Motel in Taiwan. There's a Batbed, a few gargoyles, and even a Batsignal-shaped telephone. However, the centerpiece of the room is the Batmobile replica that sticks out of the hotel room's wall. Don't want to spend an entire night? That's okay, the Batman Suite also rents by the hour.

Live It Up Like Jack Sparrow
Films: Pirates of the Caribbean franchise

The Pirates of the Caribbean Penthouse
at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA is a must-stay locale for diehard fans of the adventure films. It all starts with the doorbell that plays, "Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me." Most of the room's artwork and decor are directly inspired by the franchise's movies, including a replica of Jack Sparrow's revolver, pirate figurines, and wall to wall pirate furnishings.

No Threat of an Iceberg Here!
Film: Titanic

The Radisson Hotel
in Valley Forge, PA gives guests the opportunity to board the Titanic without the threat of crashing into a iceberg. Fans of the 1997 epic can opt to stay in the hotel's Titanic suite - the room is designed after Rose's (Kate Winslet) cabin from the movie.

A Below the Surface Getaway
Films: Poseidon, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

The Poseidon Undersea Resort
in Fiji is the first underwater hotel. The design is modeled after the films Poseidon and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Guests of the luxury resort can drive their own Triton submarine, scuba dive, golf, play tennis, eat, drink, or just relax in the marine-focused spa.

The catch is that prospective guests will have to wait to stay at a room in the five-star resort. The hotel was supposed to open in 2009 and 150,000 people have already booked a room. However, the opening has been delayed several times. But there is faith that the resort will open soon.

Just like Nemo says at the end of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, "There is hope for the future. And when the world is ready for a new and better life, all this will someday come to pass, in God's good time."

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 04:55:03 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-themed-hotel-rooms/anncasano
<![CDATA[Star Wars Sets You Can Visit in Real Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/star-wars-sets-you-can-visit/coy-jandreau?source=rss
Star Wars may have been set long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, but you can actually visit some of the sets from the films in real life! Sure, much of it was shot on sound stages, and many of the practical sets were dismantled some decades ago, but there are a plenty of Star Wars filming locations still intact. In fact there's a thriving Star Wars tourism industry!
So what Star Wars sets can you visit? Do you love the snow and want to see the ice planet Hoth? If that's too cold for you, how about the forest moon Endor? The famed Sarlacc Pit? Start planning your Star Wars themed vacation and be sure to vote up the cool Star Wars sets you'd most like to visit below!

Star Wars Sets You Can Visit in Real Life,

A New Hope - The Fourth Moon of Yavin
One of the moons in Star Wars is given more backstory than some whole planets in sci-fi films. The fourth moon of Yavin was built up by slaves to honor a Sith lord. It then became the main base for the rebellion, and it was also almost destroyed by the first Death Star.

Visit it yourself by taking a trip to Tikal, Guatemala, one of the largest complexes of the Mayan civilization. Those towers peeking over the tree line are all ancient structures, built by the Mayans.
A New Hope - Jawa Gully
This little pocket of Tunisia is now known locally as Star Wars canyon. You can walk through the canyons where R2-D2 was captured, and maybe even spot some Jawas yourself. This site is rich with film history; it was also where they filmed scenes for Lawrence of Arabia and Indiana Jones.
The Force Awakens - Luke's Location
Almost the entire runtime of The Force Awakens is dedicated to finding Luke's location. But you don't have to work quite that hard. The island, Skellig Michael is located just off the coast of southwest Ireland and home to a 17th century monastery. It's a beautiful place with stunning views, just 12 miles off the coast. But be respectfully while you visit not only is the monastery itself from the 17th century, the whole place itself is a World Heritage Site.

The Phantom Menace - Naboo Forest
If you want to revisit the actual location where Jar Jar came into our lives (maybe you're a glutton for punishment, who knows?) all it takes is a trip to the UK. To be fair this forest is too pretty even for Jar Jar to ruin.

The forest of Naboo was filmed in the Whippendale Woods. Don't go looking for any underwater city, though, there isn't a body of water in the entire area; that was all added digitally.
The Empire Strikes Back - Hoth
The Hoth scenes in The Empire Strikes Back were shot in the tiny village of Finse, Norway. You can even stay at the Finse 1222 Hotel, the some hotel where the cast and crew stayed. If you hire a local guide, they'll take you to the nearby glaciers where many of the battlefield scenes were shot.
Return of the Jedi - Sarlacc Pit
Remember in Return of the Jedi when Boba Fett, the most badass bounty hunter in the galaxy, is unceremoniously taken out by a giant sand pit with teeth? The great pit of Carkoon is actually the Yuma Desert's Buttercup Valley, located in Arizona. Though they didn't actually blow up the barge there, it doesn't stop hungry fans from looking.
Episodes I, II, and III - Amidala's Palace, Interior
Queen Amidala's palace is even more beautiful and grand in person. The Royal Palace of Caserta in Naples, Italy is every bit as stunning as it was during Padme's escape. You to can wander those huge hallways to your heart's content, as the Palace is open to the public.
Revenge of the Sith - Alderaan
Princess Leia's beautiful home was ultimately destroyed in the films, but it still stands in real life. Alderaan was actually filmed at a stunning ski resort in Grindelwald, Switzerland. It's the perfect place for skiers of any level and there are all manner of other fun winter activities as well. If you're a fan of The Golden Compass or the Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, you're in luck! Both films were also shot there.
A New Hope - Luke's Homestead, Tatooine
Luke's homestead on Tatooine just so happens to be in Tunisia. The Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmata, Tunisia is the exact place George Lucas used as Luke's childhood planet for A New Hope. After they wrapped, they took all the props down and restored it to more or less how they'd found it. They later went back to film there for Attack of the Clones, and this time they intentionally left everything, making it a Star Wars tourism spot. This might even be the best thing to come out of Attack of the Clones!
Return of the Jedi - The Forest Moon of Endor
The speeder chase on the forest moon of Endor is a touchstone for children of multiple generations. How cool would it be to drive or even walk through that area? Well, you actually can. Head up to the Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park and the Humboldt Redwoods State Park in northern California. Much of the actual shooting was done on private land owned by a logging company, and other locations have been ravaged by logging over the years, but there are still patches in the above parks where magic happened.

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 01:34:52 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/star-wars-sets-you-can-visit/coy-jandreau
<![CDATA[Lord of the Rings Sets You Can Visit in Real Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/lord-of-the-rings-sets-you-can-visit/coy-jandreau?source=rss
Lord of the Rings is one of the most prolific and impressive feats in the history of filmmaking. Tolkien's books truly came to life at the hands of Peter Jackson and his impossibly talented cast and crew. But did you know you could visit the very sets where LOTR movie magic happened? You can! What a world! Below you'll find a comprehensive guide of the real life locations where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed! Everything from the Shire to the Pillars of the Kings! From Mordor to Fanghorn Forest! From Bree to Rivendell! What a time to be alive!

What are you waiting for? Set off on a journey to Middle Earth right away! These are the coolest Lord of the Rings filming locations, and you can visit them all in real life! Vote up the Lord of the Rings film sets you'd most like to travel to and someday soon maybe you'll be living it up in the Shire.

Lord of the Rings Sets You Can Visit in Real Life,

The Hobbit - New Hobbiton
After some years of growth and wear and tear between the original trilogy and the Hobbit films, it was decided they would build a new Hobbiton. This new Hobbiton has a whopping 44 Hobbit holes, the party tree, and, of course, the Green Dragon Pub. You're free to peruse the landscape, take tours, and maybe have some second breakfast.
The Fellowship of the Ring - The Ford of Bruinen
Even if they hadn't filmed an iconic scene there ("You want him! Come and claim him!" *cue the huge wave horses*), the river used for the Ford of Bruinen is shockingly gorgeous. Located in Arrowtown, the area is great for a day trip, and a good hike as it's easily accessible, with the Queenstown airport so close by.
The Fellowship of the Ring - Rivendell
If you want to experience the elvish wonder and magic of Rivendell head over to Wellington's Kaitoke Regional Park. It's only a 50 minute drive from downtown Wellington and the park itself contains 250 hectares of elvish forest. The exact location where Frodo recovered from his knife attack is a clearly marked for your convenience.
The Two Towers - Lothlorien
The location used for Lothlorien is actually a great two-for-one for Lord of the Rings die hards. Not only was the Fernside Lodge used as the home of Galadriel, queen of the elves, it was also used as the location for Smeagol and Deagol's battle for the one ring. If those two iconic set pieces in one visit don't sell you, nothing will.
The Fellowship of the Ring - River Anduin
The Waiau River (between Te Anau, where they filmed the Fanghorn Forest, and Manapouri) was used as the River Anduin. So if you'd like to do some rafting and re-create the scene in which the Fellowship paddles south from Lothlorien, this is the place to do it. The surrounding mountains were also used as backdrops for Rivendell. There's even a place to bungee jump there!
The Return of the King - Mount Doom
Mount Doom seems like the ultimate destination for a Tolkien fan. After hours and hours of reading the books or watching the movies, why shouldn't your journey ultimately end where the ring itself did?

Great news: there's not just one volcano, there are three, and one is still active! Mount Doom was (naturally) filmed in the same park as Mordor, so check out Tongariro National Park for all of Mount Doom's glory.
The Return of the King - Mordor
I you're going on a quest to see Lord of the Rings locations, the only thing that makes sense is that said quest should bring you to Mordor. For that, you need to go to Tongariro National Park, which was formerly famous for being the fourth World Heritage Site ever founded (but once you're Mordor, you're Mordor for life).
The Fellowship of the Ring - The Shire
A beautiful, vibrant, farming village, the Waikato town of Matamata was practically the shire before Peter Jackson and company even arrived. They rebuilt the Shire there again after The Hobbit and it's now a permanent attraction, with buses running to it all day.
The Fellowship of the Ring - Hobbiton
On Alexander Farm, near Matamata, sits the location they used for Hobbition. Or, more or less grew for Hobbiton. It took about a year of prep to grow and shape all the plants required to make Hobbiton what it was. This particular location is on privately owned land, but tours are available.
The Return of the King - Paths of the Dead
Further up the coast from Wellington, past the Waitarere Forest is the Wairarapa Region. In this area you can find the Putangirua Pinnacles, an eerie place where Aragorn, Gilmli, and Legolas sought the Paths of the Dead. The place is enormous, surreal, and stunning.

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 01:32:12 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/lord-of-the-rings-sets-you-can-visit/coy-jandreau
<![CDATA[Weird Things About Going Home for the Holidays, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-things-about-going-home-for-the-holidays/jacob-shelton?source=rss
As nice as it is to see your friends and family, going home for the holidays can be a strange affair. Especially if you grew up in a small town, returning after you've been living in the big city can give you an extreme case of culture shock. Everything closes early, there isn’t a diverse amount of food to eat, and the coffee’s terrible. Despite those truly horrible things, the worst parts of going home for the holidays are the moments when you realize that you're no longer in the halcyon days of your youth. Sure, nosey relatives are annoying, but the passage of time is the worst. Whether you’re already home for the holidays, you’re just now working up the energy to pack, or you've had enough of listening to your parents bicker for the holiday season, you can take solace in the fact that you’re not the only person who dreads going home for the holidays.

If you're going home for Christmas, remember to breathe, because you're only going to have to be around your family for a few weeks at the most (hopefully less), and then remind yourself that you won't have to go home again for at least another year. And maybe by then you'll have enough extra money saved up so you can get a hotel. When you make it home, hug your parents and then take note of all the exits, you never know when you’ll have to escape. Now that you’ve got a little alone time in your old bedroom, read on for the definitive list of what it’s like to go home for the holidays.
Weird Things About Going Home for the Holidays, Ranked,

The Air Smells Significantly Cleaner
Maybe it's the small town atmosphere, or it could be that there aren't a million cars driving at the same time.

The Town Seems So Small
20,000 people used to sound like so many people. 
You're Not Going to Have Any Alone Time
Start preparing your excuses to slip away to the bathroom.
There's No One to Hang Out With
Hope you brought a bunch of homework to bury your nose in. 
All Your Friends Have Kids
And they want to know when you're going to join the cult. 
Everything Closes at 10 PM
At what point does quaint become annoying?
Running Into People You Went to High School with Who Never Moved
And you're like, “Wow you stayed here and this your whole life? Wow."
People Can't Stop Asking You Questions
But seriously, what are you planning to do with the rest of your life?
The TV Channels Are All Different
But it doesn't matter because the TV's only going to be tuned to Fox News.
Gas Is Really Cheap
I'll take all the gas please. 

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:05:00 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-things-about-going-home-for-the-holidays/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Ways to Pass Time at the Airport]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/how-to-pass-time-at-an-airport/lisa-waugh?source=rss
Ah, passing time at airports. There’s an art to it. If you come prepared, your time in the airport won’t be as terrible as waiting around can sometimes be. Depending on what you’re traveling for, and how long you have between flights, you can load up your down time with many activities that will make the time fly.  
Pro travelers who know how to kill time at the airport are probably less stressed than the people around them. They’re relaxed and ready to go with the flow, realizing that they are at the mercy of the unique environment that is the airport.  
Any family or friends you haven't spoken to in a while? Your mom, your aunt, your best friend from college? Give them a call. You can also get caught up on work calls and leave messages.  
Try a new podcast! There are a ton of excellent podcasts that will pull you in. You can listen to podcasts in a bar, in a restaurant, or while you’re sitting on the floor enjoying a Cinnabon. Just make sure to sit near an outlet because rolling that much data will drain your phone. But if you bring a second device for this purpose, you’re set.
Have restless kids? Make up an airport scavenger hunt. Plant treats and silly items around the terminal and make use of the time, tiring out those little ones so they’ll sleep on the plane. Or, have story time. If you travel a lot, stock up on used books; they don’t need power, you can read through take off and landing, and it’s not a big deal if you leave them behind for another traveler.  
Upvote your favorite airport activities and add any other great ways to enjoy passing time at airports. What are you tips on how to kill time at the airport? Share your wisdom with your fellow travelers!

The Best Ways to Pass Time at the Airport,



Listen to Music

Watch the Planes

Work on a Crossword or Sudoku


Binge Watch a New TV Show

Catch Up on the News

Play Games on Your Phone or Device

Read a Book

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 03:44:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/how-to-pass-time-at-an-airport/lisa-waugh
<![CDATA[Fun Airport Scavenger Hunt Ideas]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/airport-scavenger-hunts/jessica-lawshe?source=rss
The best part about the airport is the excitement of going somewhere new... or the excitement of returning home. But in the meantime, there's a lot of long, soul-draining waiting time- meaning this list of fun airport scavenger hunt ideas to keep you entertained is sure to come in handy. 

The airport often means severe amounts of downtime, so why not turn that downtime into time spent playing a fun airport scavenger hunt game? Keep your eyes peeled for people struggling with suitcases, getting quick massages in one of those massage chairs, or going crazy at Duty Free.

A scavenger hunt at the airport is as easy as crossing off the things on our list: people kissing, hugging, eating Toblerone (seriously, people only eat Toblerone when they are in airports). Is there something you always see when you're stuck at a terminal that isn't already on this list? Then add it!

Turn your airport waiting game into an airport scavenger hunt game with this list of fun airport scavenger hunt ideas. Upvote the most-seen airport phenomena and try to spot them next time you're waiting in line at security!

Fun Airport Scavenger Hunt Ideas,

Reading Paperback Books

People Walking as Fast as They Can on the Moving Sidewalk

People Tripping as They Get Off the Moving Sidewalk

People Hugging

Someone Crying

People Sleeping

A Pilot

A Group of Flight Attendants

A Plane Departing

A Plane Landing

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 03:47:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/airport-scavenger-hunts/jessica-lawshe
<![CDATA[The Coolest Photos from Inside Abandoned Buildings]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/photos-of-abandoned-buildings/jacob-shelton?source=rss
Every day, brave urban explorers delve into derelict property and take photos of the things they find in old abandoned buildings. Despite the possible legal ramifications of urban exploration, the results are usually super cool, if not totally fulfilling. There’s a beauty in exploring abandoned buildings, in seeing how they decay and fall apart, and how the land reclaims the man-made structures. If you’re gong to go exploring abandoned buildings, make sure you bring a friend and a flashlight because you don’t want to get hurt or lost while you’re running around the urban ruins of your home town. If you like the look of abandoned buildings but don’t feel like climbing around in the dark, check out this list of the coolest photos from inside abandoned buildings to see all the spookiness without tripping over fallen beams.

The things that you can find while going through an abandoned building are innumerable. People have found everything from vintage photos to antique furniture and even money while traipsing around abandoned houses. Despite the possible legal ramifications of exploring abandoned buildings, people all over the world brave the night and the long reach of Johnny Law to check out creepy abandoned buildings, destitute factories, and forgotten homes. The world of urban exploring is an interesting place to delve into, even if you don’t want to join in on the fun.

Take a look around at these incredibly cool photos of empty structures from across the world and then vote up the coolest-looking abandoned buildings, and share your urban exploration stories in the comments.
The Coolest Photos from Inside Abandoned Buildings,

The House That Nature Reclaimed, in Kyushu, Japan

Kasteel Goorhof: Two Stories of NO THANKS

A Tunnel of Terror in Latvia

Good Advice in the Seaside Sanitorium of Waterford, Connecticut

Mt. Vernon Bible School: Terrifying Ohio Children for Years

Ice Moves in Quickly in Norilsk, Russia

This Detroit, Michigan Church Needs Your Prayers

Circular Creepiness in Northern Italy

A Spooky Hallway in Gary, Indiana

Nature Enters the Forest Haven Asylum in Maryland

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:35:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/photos-of-abandoned-buildings/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Road Trip Cars]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-road-trip-cars/richard-rowe?source=rss
Where did the tradition of the "road trip" come from? Back in the 1600s, it was common in Europe for young men and women of means to travel the continent, learning what there was to learn and experiencing everything they could before settling down later. The "Grand Tour" was an important rite of passage back then - and it still is today.

Here in America, the tradition of the Grand Tour became something wholly less formal. But even so, road trips are still seen as a rite of passage on these shores. Oh sure, the ideal time to do it is in your late teens or early 20s, but some just don't get to it until later in life, when they can afford a car that will actually make it across the country. 

Here's our list of the best road trip cars for sale today. There are surely better ones in history - any number of old station wagons, convertibles, and shag vans would probably qualify (as would RVs and campers, obviously) - but for this list, we're sticking to the top road trip vehicles available in 2015.

The Best Road Trip Cars,

Audi A8
Audis are to long-distance road trips what a good suit is to male fashion: timeless, versatile, and perfect for every occasion. Granted, Audis might be a little understated for some, but that's exactly the point. The last thing you want to do while hammering along at Autobahn speeds is to attract attention from the local PD. And even if you do, they'll probably leave you alone because you'll seems like either a diplomat or an international crime lord. They come with everything from a fuel-sipping diesel to a 512-horsepower W12 engine. 
Cadillac CTS
Short of the psychotic CTS-V model, the 420 horsepower, 3.6-liter turbocharged CTS may be one of the best American sedans on the market today. Car and Driver said, "[The CTS] is the only car in this group that didn't just put up with hard driving, it indeed goaded its driver to go faster." Of course, it's a modern Cadillac, so luxury options abound, and interior and storage space are impressive. Fuel economy is in the mid-30s, and the CTS's excellent chassis can make detours down mountain switchbacks a tempting proposition.
Chevrolet Corvette
If you're the lone gunslinger type, it's hard to beat Chevy's Corvette as a road trip car. True, you could take a second passenger, and the Vette's cavernous hatch is big enough to swallow all the luggage two people need. But realistically, nobody likes sitting in the passenger seat of a Corvette for long, and quarters are tight enough to make any passenger bigger than a Shih Tzu one serious personal space invader. Corvettes can get shockingly good highway fuel economy if you can keep your foot out of it. Which you won't. But 40 mpg isn't impossible with smart driving. 
Dodge Charger
It's the fastest sedan in the world - did you really think Dodge's Charger wouldn't be on the list? Granted, you might not opt for the 207-mph Hellcat version, nor go cruising around at those velocities. But the fact that the Charger chassis can safely run that fast at all says loads about its high-speed stability and cruising manners. True, the "Vanishing Point" Challenger might be the more legendary road tripper, but Chargers have four doors, a decent back seat, plenty of storage space, and are rated at 31 mpg on the highway in base form. Kowalski you might not be happy, but you will be. 
Tesla Model S
Possibly one of the greatest cars ever built, the Tesla Model S adds to its cred by being an almost ideal road tripper. It's big, somewhat heavy and has a long wheelbase. That makes for a smooth ride and high-speed cruising. It's got up to 650 horsepower, 80 miles to the gallon fuel efficiency, all-wheel drive, massive storage space, and easy seating for five. Of course, it's electric, so you'll have to stop and recharge - but Tesla's Supercharger stations are everywhere now, so range almost isn't a factor. 
Infiniti Q50
Of all the good things the Q50 has going for it, the best has to be its name. No, not "Q50," which sounds like a component in an industrial blender. I'm talking about its Japanese name: "Skyline." That's right, we really do have the Skyline in the United States, selling under the Infiniti banner. In effect, the Q50/Skyline is a Nissan 370Z with four doors, a twin-turbo V-6, and (of course) all-wheel drive. Everything good that can be said about the Lexus IS can be said about its arch rival from Infiniti - but the Infiniti is faster, better performing, and more fun in every way. Plus, you can order factory Skyline badges right from Nissan, and bolt them on in place of your Infiniti badges. Game, set, and match. Bye, Toyota. 
Mazda Miata
Say what you will about the old Miata, but this new car is decidedly more butch than most cars on the road today. It may not be in the Honda S2000's league, but it's not far off either. Unlike the S2000 though, the Miata isn't just a go-kart that will hammer your soul to jelly after more than 100 miles of driving. This new Miata pulls off the neat trick of being small, incredibly fun to drive, fairly fuel efficient, and surprisingly freeway-friendly. If you're rolling solo and looking for fun, this Miata is a toy you'll never want to put down. 
Lexus IS Series
The new Lexus IS is leagues better than the old car, and Toyota's luxury division is getting closer and closer every year to challenging the BMW 3-Series for mid-sized supremacy. The new IS still doesn't quite match the 3-Series in performance; it's still a little vanilla, a little too soft-edged for that. But this arguably makes the IS a better companion for long-distance cruising. Reasonably quick and fairly efficient depending on trim, the IS is an almost perfect traveling companion: It can crack a joke from time to time, but mostly this Lexus is happy to just sit there, shut up, and not change your radio stations. 
BMW 5-Series Sportwagon
Bavaria's take on the station wagon is practically a Lear Jet on wheels. It's engineered to cover vast stretches of Europe at triple-digit speeds, so interstate capability is a given. It's a 5-Series, so of course it's got every luxury amenity available that you've ever heard of. The diesel version even gets upward of 40 mpg, so the 5-Series is pretty frugal in terms of fuel economy. Granted, that's the only frugal thing about it, since you can easily option one into the six figures. Still, if you've got the money, there are few better choices out there. 
Dodge Magnum SRT-8
Of all the modern American station wagons that ever came close to being cool, Dodge's now-extinct Magnum sits at the top of the list. All right, it's also the only car on that list. But it's still at the top. It's essentially a wagon version of a Chrysler 300C, and the SRT-8 is reasonably comfortable. With 425 horsepower worth of Hemi, don't expect better than 20 miles to the gallon. But otherwise, this Mopar seems almost custom-built for cross-country, high-speed cruises. 

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 02:50:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-road-trip-cars/richard-rowe
<![CDATA[The Best Driving Roads in the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-driving-roads/richard-rowe?source=rss
Why do people love driving? What makes the best roads so wonderful to drive? Everyone's looking for that one moment - that instant of transcendent non-awareness, that essential loss of existential boundary. To dance with physics, experience the one-ness of non-being, and touch the face of God sideways and on fire. The best driving roads in the world, in the right car and on the right day, are the shortest way to get there, as all car lovers and driving enthusiasts know.

True, the greatest driving roads don't offer many quick ways to get anywhere; if anything, they've got far more twists, turns, and curves than anything made for transportation logically should. And half of them are stuck in the middle of nowhere, going from no place of interest to another. You certainly won't many major US interstates on this list of fun roads to drive.

But that's not the point of the best driving roads. It's not a matter of where you're going, or why. It's a matter of being where you are, right now. Which roads are the best to drive? Which should be on your international driving bucket list?

Take a few minutes to drive the information superhighway and take a look at the picturesque, fun-driving roads on this list. Then hop in the car, hit the pavement, and see what all the fuss is about with these roads and byways for yourself.

The Best Driving Roads in the World,

Nurburgring North, Germany
Technically, it's a racetrack and not a public road in the purest sense. But it kind of used to be, and for $33, anybody who wants to can experience all 187 turns of this legendary track. (Think of it as a toll road!)

At 17.53 miles, it is easily the longest racetrack in the world, and Nurburgring lap times have become the new standard by which all performance cars are measured. If you're in Europe looking for great driving experiences, you can't miss this one. And if $33 seems a little unreasonable, it is about 1/10,000th the cost of a speeding ticket in Switzerland.
Death Valley, California to Nevada
Everyone's seen those pictures of the iconic and arrow-straight "endless road" running through Death Valley, but few are aware of the incredible mountain roads that surround it. The 328-mile road (Route 168) running from Las Vegas to Mammoth Lakes offers pretty much every combination of tight hairpin, high-speed sweeper, and up and down imaginable, and it's just vacant enough to have some fun. Featured in almost as many movies as the PCH, Death Valley Road is a can't miss in America's wild west.
The Touge Roads - Japan
If you're a fan of drifting, or Initial D, "the touge" needs no further explanation. Pronounced "tau-GEY," touge is a generic Japanese term for "mountain pass." It could refer to any of the hundreds of incredible mountain switchbacks running throughout Japan - the roads where drifting was born. Each one is completely unique, and the best of the best are well-kept secrets in Japan. Of course, there's the Mt. Fuji touge, which is pretty, and a nice draw for tourists. But you could spend a lifetime exploring Japan's amazing mountain roads and still never see half of them.

If you get the chance to visit Japan, just think of yourself as a ronin, forever wandering the land in search of the perfect duel to challenge your skills. You'll never win them all... but you can't lose, either.
Great Ocean Road, Australia
Turn California's PCH upside down and sideways, and you've got Australia's 155-mile Great Ocean Road. In fact, you could say that there are only three major differences between the two: length, the fact that it faces Antarctica instead of Australia, and you're more likely to hit a wallaby instead of a hipster wearing a wallaby t-shirt. Otherwise, though, it's an equally beautiful and challenging road.
New Zealand's Southern Alps
Is it any surprise that Middle Earth makes driving fantasies come true? You might recognize these as the Misty Mountains, but they're actually the Southern Alps. That name is a little deceptive, though. They're not the Alps of Italy. They're bigger than the Alps and the Pyrenees combined, and host some of the most beautiful scenery this side of the Undying Lands.

New Zealand's roads are also better than most in America, and are planned and banked almost like a race circuit. Check out the 100-mile stretch down Route 6, from Wanaka to Haast Beach. If the cops ask, just tell them you're on a mission to Mordor. 
The Lang Whang, the UK's A70
This road's name is Scottish, and it covers 75 miles between Edinburgh and Ayr, in the misty moors. Apart from being the twisting B-road for which all British roadsters are build, the A70 winds through the emerald and heather expanses of the Scottish highlands amid castles, mountains, and lots and lots of sheep. With an eerie and Druidic charm of its own, the Lang Whang is a must-see for anyone planning a drive through the Auld Country.
Pacific Coast Highway, California
If you haven't heard of the PCH, then you've never seen a single movie made in California. This 515-mile stretch of photo ready perfection follows the Pacific coastline from Los Angeles to San Francisco and features some of the most thrilling twists, turns, drops, and rises in North America.

It's also said to be the most filmed road in the world, having shown up in seemingly every car movie you've ever seen. No American can call themselves a gearhead without driving the PCH at least once.
Schweizer National Park, Switzerland to Italy
Another road that has been featured on Top Gear, this one spans 57 miles from Davos, Switzerland to the Stelvio Pass in Italy. The Schweizer Road features 60 hairpin turns going up and down the mountain pass, and offers plenty of tight, technical sections, as well as places to go flat-out fast. The only downsides: the road is well-known and half of it is in Switzerland, where speeding is a more serious offense.
Ardal to Tyn - Norway
Norway has some of the most incredible scenery on Earth, and produces some of the best drivers around. Both of those have not a little bit to do with the country's incredible fjords, and the roads that run along them. Really, you could pick practically any road in the country, but one particularly worth mentioning is Highway 53, running from Ardal to Tyn.

Of course, scenic beauty is a given, but this road has a combination of switchbacks, straights and complex corners that will challenge even the best drivers. Not least of which because it's covered in some amount of snow most of the year. This road is not for the faint of heart, but worth it for the stunning view alone.
Col de Turini, Italy
Top Gear fans will recognize this 30-mile plate of asphalt spaghetti from the 2007 special "World's Best Driving Road." It runs through the Alps from Sospel, Italy to La Bollene, and has featured as a stage on the World Rally Championship tour for over 50 years. It's beautiful, narrow, dangerous, rife with blind corners, and absurdly deadly at night. Still, for those who dare, the Col de Turini may be about as close to driving heaven as Europe has to offer. 

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 02:14:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-driving-roads/richard-rowe
<![CDATA[The Most Important Phrases to Learn Before You Travel Abroad]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/foreign-language-phrases/lisa-waugh?source=rss
Maybe you don’t have time to learn fluent Japanese, Swedish, or Italian before your trip, but learning key phrases in a foreign language will help quite a bit when traveling internationally. In many cases, being polite, knowing basic phrases, saying “please” and “thank you,” and knowing the proper way to regard people will get you far (even in France). Your intent is just an important as what you say.  
If your smartphone fails you and your Google translate isn’t there for you, learning how to ask for basic but important things can alleviate a lot of stress while traveling. Foreign language for travel doesn’t need to be complicated. Think food, transportation, accommodation, phone, water, and where to get a drink.  
At first, you may feel foolish saying new words out loud but after a little practice in the mirror, or out in the real world, you’ll be speaking common foreign phrases like a champ. If you lock down those key words and phrases before you travel, study the culture, transportation system, and basic no-no’s, you’ll be relaxed enough to pick up new things while you’re there.  
The best advice for travelers is to learn specific colloquial phrases and greetings. But also follow that up with, “That’s all I know! I’m still learning” in that particular language. Just an attempt to learn is often appreciated and many people find it charming. In most cases.
Phrase books might not help out in rapid fire exchanges, but they can be helpful visuals when trying to search for a word or phrase. Pointing to words or pictures on your cell phone, or guide book quickly cuts to the chase. Also, try to learn smooth phrases and not just words. Learning phrases like “Where can I…” or “Where is the…” is better than speaking like Frankenstein to strangers.  
Before you invest in that Rosetta Stone, make a list of the basic phrases you’ll need to learn first before you even think about trying to conjugate all those verbs. If you start with “Do you speak English/Spanish/French?” and you find someone who knows the language, awesome. But don’t expect people to speak your language in their country. Represent your home country and learn as much as you can before the trip.
Which phrases are the most important when traveling? Ones regarding transportation or biergartens? Hospitals, hostels, or hotels? Upvote the most important and useful phrases or words to learn below. Don't see the ones you use here? Add your phrases (in English) that should be learned in other languages and let’s build a helpful guide for world travelers. Gracias, merci, go raibh maith agat, and salamat!

The Most Important Phrases to Learn Before You Travel Abroad,

"Where is the…"

"Where is the restroom or toilet?"

"Hello" and "Goodbye"

Emergency / Doctor / Hospital / Medicine

"I don’t understand."

"Do you speak [my native language]?"

"I’m allergic to…"

"Please" and "Thank You"

"How do I get to…"

"Yes" and "No"

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 02:36:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/foreign-language-phrases/lisa-waugh
<![CDATA[The Scariest Real Places on Planet Earth]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/scary-real-places/stacie-hougland?source=rss

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 Real Places on Planet Earth,

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…
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.

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.

West Virginia State Penitentiary
Not only did this prison house the dregs of humanity, Moundsville is also the site of many Indian burial grounds. This place was destined to be bad news. It’s said that not only do the Indians’ spirits haunt the place, they’re joined by the souls of many who died here (94 executions, 34 murders), including the “Shadow Man,” a maintenance man/snitch killed by inmates, who haunts the basement.
Kenmore Insane Asylum, Australia
Huge insane asylums weren’t just a thing of 1880s America. This one was opened in 1895 and is known as one of Australia’s most haunted places. People were committed simply for having depression, alcoholism, or learning disabilities. Shock therapy was common and violent patients were hosed down in “wet rooms.” Fingernail scratches mark the patients’ room doors. Some strange deaths there involved hanging, shooting, and throat-slitting. Best of all? Near this abandoned building is an abandoned orphanage.
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.

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.

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:05:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/scary-real-places/stacie-hougland
<![CDATA[People Who Died Mid-Flight]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-died-mid-flight-100715/coy-jandreau?source=rss
What's it like when there's a death mid-air? When a passenger, crew member, or even pilot unexpectedly passes away, the rest of the crew has to figure out how to handle a death in an airplane. Unfortunately, this has happened more times than you might think.

There's no official FAA protocol for an unexpected death on a flight (nor is there a requirement that a public record of the incident is released). However, flight stewardesses have been trained to move the body if there's room. It used to be the case that when someone passed away there were a certain number of seats always left open on flights so they could either move the body or the passengers around it until they could land safely. In 2015 that's no longer the case. As well, in the early days of commercial flight all stewardesses had to be nurses - this is also no longer the case.

Sometimes it's a crew member or a passenger, sometimes it's the pilot. No matter who tragically passes away on board, there are all too many stories of this happening. This list includes information on deaths on planes and the individuals who have passed away.
People Who Died Mid-Flight,

Woman Dies of Ovarian Cancer on Delta Airlines Flight

57-year-old passenger Aolatou Assani was found dead aboard a Delta flight from Nigeria to Atlanta in 2010. Assani was found unresponsive about 11 hours after the flight departed Lagos, with approximately an hour left in the flight.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation later said an autopsy determined that Aolatou died of ovarian cancer.

Source: CBS New York

An Elderly Woman Trying to Make It Back to Her Homeland
Betty, author of Yahoo "Travel’s Confessions of a Fed-Up Flight Attendant" column, had only seen one death in her 30 years air travel experience. It was that of an elderly woman who passed away mid-flight. For everyone's best interests Betty and all the other flight attendants did nothing, and carried on as usual.

“We had each realized what had happened and individually, without speaking a word to each other, had come to the same conclusion that it was best for the rest of the passengers and for the family to keep our mouths shut and let them return their dead mother to Mexico and grant her dying wish to return to her homeland.”

Source: Yahoo

Continental Airlines Pilot Has Heart Attack Mid-Flight
A 60-year-old pilot of a Boeing 777 making a transatlantic flight had a heart attack over the ocean and none of the 247 passengers knew a thing. His quick-thinking co-pilots were able to keep the incident quiet so as to not panic the passengers and successfully landed the plane safely near NYC.

Long international flights, such as this one from Brussels, often have a second co-pilot to relieve the other two. Thankfully this one did and the story didn't end with more tragedy.

Source: Cleveland.com
Man Died of Heart Attack During AirTran Flight Out of Las Vegas

A 2010 AirTran Airways flight from Las Vegas to Milwaukee was forced to make an emergency landing at Denver International Airport when passenger Stephen Enves died of a heart attack. Another passenger had attempted to perform CPR, but was unsuccessful.

Source: CBS New York

Man Has Asthma Attack and Tragically Passes Away During Flight
Abid Husain had an asthma attack on an international flight between Athens and New York. A doctor friend onboard tried CPR and then an epinephrine shot, but nothing could save him. Worst of all this all happened right in front of his wife and 10-year-old daughter.

His wife, Rubina Husain, said, “It felt like a never-ending flight. I felt like: Why doesn’t this plane just crash and kill me? Why don’t I just die?”

The body was covered and placed in a rear galley for the duration of the flight.

Source: Seattle Times

23 Year Old Dies on International Flight
A young Woman from Newark, NJ died on her United Airlines flight home from London in December of 2014. Though she was only 23, she apparently had prior health conditions.

Little else is known about the incident. "We offer our condolences to the passenger’s family," Mary Ryan, a spokesperson with United Airlines, said in an email. "For privacy reasons, it would not be appropriate for us to comment further."

Source: NJ.com

American Airlines Passenger Dies After Receiving Empty Oxygen Tanks
Carine Desir was only 44 years old when she died on her flight from Haiti to New York City. Her relatives, who were on board with her, said she was complaining about having trouble breathing and requested oxygen from the crew. She was repeatedly refused until finally, after consulting with the cockpit, they brought back an oxygen tank... which was empty, as was the next one they tried.

Desir collapsed and a nurse on the flight tried CPR, but was unable to resuscitate her. Desir's cousin who was flying with her said 
“I cannot believe what is happening on the plane. She cannot get up, and nothing on the plane works.” After she died she was moved to first class where a sheet was laid over her.

Source: SF Gate

American Airlines Pilot Dies Mid-Flight
An American Airlines pilot, Captain Michael Johnston, 57, died on October 5, 2015, during a flight he was piloting from Phoenix to Boston. Thankfully, none of the 147 passengers were in any danger as all first officers are trained to land the planes in any sort of emergency. The co-pilot was able to divert the plane and land it safely in Syracuse, NY. 

Crew members "took extraordinary care of Mike, each other and our customers," airline CEO Doug Parker said in a statement sent to employees. "We couldn't be more proud of the teamwork this crew showed during an extremely difficult time."

Passengers respectfully waited for the body to be removed in New York and they eventually continued safely on to Boston that same night.

Source: CNN

Man Wakes to Find Corpse with Him in His First Class Cabin

Paul Trinder, 54, woke in the middle of his flight from Delhi to Heathrow, to a "commotion" in the darkened cabin. He described the crew as moving something "like a sack of potatoes," and then discovered it was a person... They had positioned the dead body in a seat on the other side of the cabin and seat-belted it in.

Initially he thought the situation was a practical joke, because of how ridiculous it all seemed. Explaining how the turbulence was causing the lifeless body to "rock and roll all over the place."

British Airways later apologized: "We apologise to passengers in the First cabin who were distressed by the situation - our cabin crew were working in difficult circumstances and chose the option that they believed would cause the least disruption.

Source: Daily Mail

Aer Lingus Passenger Bites Fellow Traveler, Dies
In October 2015, a 24-year-old Brazilian man died on an Aer Lingus flight that was scheduled to travel from Lisbon to Dublin. The flight was diverted to Cork after the man became agitated and violent, even biting a fellow passenger who was trying to restrain him. Other passengers said that the man seemed to suffer a seizure, but when the pilot called for any doctors on the plane to assist him, their efforts at resuscitation failed.

Another woman on the plane was arrested after landing for traveling with a large quantity of amphetamines. Police were unsure whether the two were traveling together, and the man's outburst and death may have been caused by the drugs.

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:45:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-died-mid-flight-100715/coy-jandreau
<![CDATA[17 Weird Chinese Cars You've Gotta See]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-chinese-cars/richard-rowe?source=rss
For Americans, Chinese cars can be as hard to figure out as China itself. The nation has been through a lot of evolutionary changes in the last century, from monarchy to communist regime to pseudo-communist capitalist oligarchy. It's been grindingly impoverished and obscenely rich. China's been brutally oppressed, starved, and finally exposed to the hope of a better life.

China's been a lot of places in the last century, and its taste in automobiles reflects that. The Chinese auto market can be a funhouse mirror for the country as a whole. Remember, up until pretty recently, private vehicle ownership was actually forbidden in the People's Republic. Technically, it still is. That's put a heavy focus on practicality and ingenuity. Cars that do the job they're supposed to do and no more. It's also allowed China to develop a breed of lightweight, electric people-movers that seems almost prophetic by today's standards. And some of its home-built cars are almost heartbreakingly beautiful as statements of aspiration and purpose. 

But all that stuff aside, most of the strange Chinese cars on this list aren't exactly pleasing to the eye. And can someone please explain the Chinese obsession with putting shopping cart wheels on everything?

17 Weird Chinese Cars You've Gotta See,

Tang Hua "Fish" Coupe
Once, there was an auto show in Detroit. Then this happened. 
The "E-Cooter?" What? Was "Earthgina" taken?

Some jokes just write themselves. 
Tang Hua "Book of Songs"
The only Book of Songs befitting this eyesore is Stevie Wonder's Greatest Hits. 
Rolls Royce Knockoff
No real info here, but you know what? An American might actually drive this, if not for those wee little wheels. How do you make a cross between Rolls Royce and classic Ford look like it should be hauling groceries in a Kroger?
Lishidedidong Urban Supercar
Ever wondered what an old GM EV1 electric car would look like with Lamborghni Diablo headlights, a Reventon front bumper, and McLaren side intakes? No? Well, now you've seen it anyways.

Home-Built Lamborghini Reventon
How can you not love this guy? The builder's name is Wang Jian, and he was 28 years old when he built his own Reventon from an old Nissan van and some scrap iron. The whole car cost him about $9,500, which is roughly $990,500 less than the real thing. And frankly, you'd probably look cooler driving this one. 
Dartz Black Snake
Built by Latvian company Dartz for Chinese customers who just tripped headfirst into piles of money, the Black Snake (based on the Mercedes AMG GL63) evinces all the subtle class we've come to expect from the nouveau riche. Yes, that is Dartz' official publicity photo, and yes, Latvia is that former Soviet Bloc country run by Doctor Doom.
ZAP Alias
This is an all-electric trike first displayed at the 2009 National Automobile Dealers Association in New Orleans. If China could manage a little better than 7.8 seconds to 60 mph and 100 miles worth of range, they might really have something with this one. Also, it needs a bigger rear wheel; this one looks like it came from a LEGO set.

Chevrolet EN-V
Technically not a Chinese car, since it was engineered by Chevrolet for the Chinese market. Still, as city cars go, it's at least less embarrassing than a Smart car. And its got a front-opening door like those micro-cars from the 1950s. There's something kind of cool about that. 
Diamond Car
One from the Beijing Auto Show based on that three-wheeled European slalom thing a few years ago. The entire body rotates on a pivot to lean into corners, because apparently that does something when you have four wheels. 

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:11:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-chinese-cars/richard-rowe
<![CDATA[Amazing Pictures of New York City from Above]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/new-york-city-pictures-from-above/loganrapp?source=rss
There's really no arguing it: New York City is a gorgeous place. Photographers from all across the world will descend upon the city just to take pictures of this internationally beloved metropolis. As a result the Internet is rife with stunning pictures of NYC and this list features all the best photos of New York, but seen from new heights, high above! The gorgeous aerial photography found here shows New York from atop buildings, way up in the sky, and new angles for a new perspective on America's most notable world city.

From all of the boroughs, and across a number of historical streets and parks, there are are plenty of breathtaking cityscapes to look through and fall in love with New York City all over again. Whether you're a Brooklyn kid, or a lover of Manhattan, there are all kinds of New York pictures to peruse here, with a few historical New York photos as well.

The New York aerial photography ranked below is waiting for your votes! Upvote the most spectacular and fascinating pictures of New York from above and see the iconic city in a whole new way.
Amazing Pictures of New York City from Above,

New York Over Central Park
Source: Huffington Post
Midtown During the Day
Credit: Navid Baraty
Midtown at Night
Credit: Navid Baraty
F-16s Over NYC
Credit: US Air Force (photo by Tech. Sgt. Sean Mateo White)
Traffic Over 6th Avenue
Credit: Navid Baraty
1932 Construction Workers at Rockefeller Center
Credit: Associated Press
Brooklyn from Above
Source: The Real Deal
Summer Movie Night at Bryant Park
Credit: Navid Baraty
Looking Over Bryant Park
Credit: Navid Baraty
Way Above Park Avenue
Credit: Navid Baraty

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:19:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/new-york-city-pictures-from-above/loganrapp
<![CDATA[The Most Iconic Houses from Movies & TV]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-houses-in-movies-and-tv/matthewcoleweiss?source=rss
Have you ever wanted to visit the house or apartment from your favorite movie or TV show? Want to swing by The Brady Bunch abode, rent out The Sleepless in Seattle houseboat, or have tea at the Downton Abbey castle?  Well, it's not only possible, it's as easy as putting the the addresses of these famous movie houses into your GPS!   

Granted, some of those homes aren't real (sorry to break it to you, but Tara from Gone with the Wind doesn't actually exist) and others have been destroyed, but this list highlights some of the most iconic locations in cinematic and television history.   

Sometimes a film or TV house becomes a character unto itself, such as the estate in Poltergeist or the home in Home Alone. And other times, the famous houses from films and TV are just so beautiful (or quirky) that they leaves a lasting imprint on your memory. These are those famous homes!

So, hop in your car and vote for the house, mansion, apartment, boat, or cabin that you think is the most memorable silver screen landmark!

The Most Iconic Houses from Movies & TV,

The "Christmas Vacation" House
Clark Griswold once said: "All my life I've wanted to have a big family Christmas." And so it happened in 1989's National Lampoon Christmas Vacation, where the entire family came over for the holiday, and Clark lit up the home so you could see it from space. The home, however, was just an altered abode on the Warner Brothers backlot in California. It rests on Blondie Street and has been adapted for other films including Lethal Weapon, Pleasantville and Bewitched.
The "Forrest Gump" House
That big Southern house that Forrest Gump grew up in (then eventually returned to) just seemed like the most comforting, relaxing house ever, didn't it? Bad news... it's fake! Yes, the house was built in South Carolina for the film (though it was supposed to be in Alabama), and since it was not built to code, it was immediately torn down after the film's production.  
The "Munsters" House
One of the most well-known addresses in television history, 1313 Mockingbird Lane is an iconic location. Built on the Universal backlot, the house was originally used for the film So Goes My Love, but was renovated and made Munster mansion for a million dollar price tag. The house is a highlight in the studio tour, though the second floor was demolished and rebuilt, then used on the hit show Desperate Housewives.
The "Psycho" House
Perhaps the most iconic house in cinema history, the Bates Mansion was the creepy house on the hill where Norman Bates "kept" his mother in the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho. Now it's featured on the show Bates Motel (a duplicate facade) but the original still stands on the backlot of Universal Studios in Hollywood, where guests can view it on studio tours.  Check out Universal Studios to sign up for a tour.  

The "Fresh Prince" House
From 1990 to 1996, guests saw the Bel Air house that represented a new (and rich) life for Will Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Ironically, the house isn't even in Bel Air, but located in the posh area of Brentwood instead. 251 N. Bristol Avenue, to be exact. You can swing by and check out the house whenever you're in the neighborhood, but don't expect Geoffrey to answer the door.

The "Brady Bunch" House
Want to see the actual Brady Bunch house? It's located at 11222 Dilling Street in North Hollywood, California! Producers picked the Studio City home because it looked relatable and middle-class. Though after the show's filming, the owner of the house had to put up a fence because so many fans were walking all over the property.  
The "Full House" House
"Everywhere you look" in Alamo Square in San Francisco, you can see the famous Full House intro shots. These houses are called "The Painted Ladies" and were used to establish the show, but none of them were the actual house where the Tanners "lived." If you're REALLY interested in checking out the actual house, it's located at 1709 Broderick Street about a one mile walk from the Painted Ladies. Bob Saget returned to the house in 2013 and said the experience was "creepy." 

The "Home Alone" House
This red-brick Georgian home located in Winnetka, a suburb of Chicago, IL, sold for $1.85 million this year, despite the threat of those Wet Bandits. To see the McAllisters' home for your own eyes, head to 671 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka. 
The "Amityville Horror" House
The authorities in Amityville actually denied permission to film the classic horror tale in Amityville, so the filmmakers actually shot the movie Toms River, New Jersey. Located at 18 Brooks Drive, this house proved to be a character in itself throughout the film. And though those creepy eye-like bay windows helped personify the evil that may have been lurking in the house. Today, the new owners actually have taken them out and painted the entire home a light blue. Check out Moviefone for some new pics!

The "Beetlejuice" House
This quirky and creepy house in the middle of nowhere set the tone for 1995's Beetlejuice starring Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder. Filmed in East Corinth, Vermont, the house was merely a facade built for the movie and torn down immediately after filming. All the interior sets were shot in Culver City, California.

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:38:09 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-houses-in-movies-and-tv/matthewcoleweiss
<![CDATA[The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-things-about-flying/lauren-slocum?source=rss
If you've had the pleasure of traveling by plane, you understand the humor in the first part of this sentence. Traveling by plane is not a pleasurable experience by any means. What are the worst things about flying? We've created a list of some of the most annoying things about airplanes, airports, and the people you're forced to share the experience with.

As airlines continue to evolve into money-hungry, leg-squishing nightmare factories that create a travel experience comparable to transporting livestock, the traveling experience as a whole declines. Air travel was once a privilege and a luxury, but it has become a chore and an exercise in discomfort. Want some pretzels while you read? Too bad! Hoping to stretch your legs at some point during that 20-hour flight to Hong Kong? Think again! If there are two things airlines are particularly good at, it's getting you where you need to go and making you miserable along the way. 

Long lines, grumpy adults, crying babies, and uncomfortable seating arrangements all join forces the minute you step into an airport to test your durability, your character, and your sense of humor. Vote up the worst experiences on this list of the most annoying things about airplanes and airports. Just try not to cringe as you think about your next vacation.

The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel,

The Neighbor That Aggressively Claims the Armrest

That Parent Who Doesn't Stop Their Kid Kicking Your Seat the Entire Flight

The Neighbor Who Should Be Flying First Class Because They Don't Fit in Standard Seating

That Passenger Who Boards the Plane Sick... Then Sneezes and Coughs the Whole Flight

When You Board a Plane Only to Sit on the Runway for Two More Hours... WITH NO AIR CONDITIONING

When ANYONE Near You Has to Use Their Barf Bag

Seats Are Getting Smaller in Width AND Pitch (We're Looking at You, United Airlines)

When There's a Last Minute Gate Change and You Have to Run Through the Airport Like a Maniac

People That Hold up the Security Line Because They Don't Understand the Contraband List

Paying a Crazy Price to Fly and Then Paying an Additional Price for Your Freaking Suitcases

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:15:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-things-about-flying/lauren-slocum
<![CDATA[Everything You Should Know About the New Star Wars Land]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/star-wars-land/jacob-shelton?source=rss
At the 2015 D23, Disney’s biennial expo, Disney announced two Star Wars based expansions for their parks, one in Anaheim, CA and the other in Orlando, FL. Not only is this big news for theme park visitors everywhere, but it’s a dream come true for Star Wars fans the world over. Star Wars Land promises to be the largest ever park expansion, at 14 acres each. That’s a lot of Star Wars, BABY!

From what we found out from the guys in charge of the parks, the Star Wars attractions are going to use every inch of the sci-fi-themed park to make the wildest dreams of Star Wars fans come true. If you’re reading this and asking, “what is Star Wars Land, and what can it do for me?” Then get your scrolling fingers on because we’ve put together a must read list of everything you need to know about the new Star Wars Land.

For those of you who have been waiting for an announcement about Star Wars Land, we’ve got plenty of good news. On this list we answer questions like, when is Star Wars Land happening? Can we fly the Millennium Falcon? And, will there be blue milk? Spoiler alert: you're going to be pleasantly surprised. The park doesn’t open for a few years, and that’s okay. Not only does it give Disney time to create the most pleasurable fan experience, but it also gives the fans time to put together the perfect first day outfit. Will you be Yoda, or a mash up of Slave Leia and Kylo Ren? Think about it while you learn everything you need to know about the new Star Wars Land below.
Everything You Should Know About the New Star Wars Land,

We'll Be Waiting Awhile For Star Wars Land
As of now, the Star Wars section of the park is set to open in 2017 (if not later). Hopefully that gives the chefs at Disney enough time to figure out how to make Boba Fett nachos. 
The Place Is Going to Be Crawling With Characters
As per reports from D23, the world of Star Wars Land is going to be crawling with droids, costumed characters, and even puppeteered alien creatures. Concept art of a Bantha was shown at the conference, and it looks amazing.
There Will Be Blue Milk
Yes, Star Wars Land will be serving the only drink that can quench your thirst after a long day of moisture farming.
Star Wars Land Is Going to Be BIG
Taking up 14 acres, Star Wars Land is going to be the largest single land expansion in Disneyland history.
New Pictures Of Star Wars Land

The detailed model of Star Wars Land has been revealed! With lush landscapes, beautiful buildings, and amazing models of ships like the A-wing and the Millennium Falcon. Check out more close-up pictures here

Everything Will Be In Story
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts chairman Bob Chapek noted that "every single thing will be in story.” We assume this means that not only the rides in the park, but also the food and merch will be in canon. (Hopefully Kylo Ren eats a deep dish pizza at some point in The Force Awakens.)
You'll Get To Pilot The Millennium Falcon
Drop everything you're doing; this is the moment you've been waiting for your entire life. Bob Iger blew the minds of fanboys everywhere when he announced they'd be able to take Han Solo's ship on a customized run through the galaxy.

No Cast Members, But Plenty Of Aliens
Rather than have a bunch of Han Solos and Princess Leias running around, the characters in the Star Wars section of the park will be all new alien creations. Bob Iger told the audience at D23, “Every store and restaurant will be operated by local inhabitants making each experience deeply immersive.”
It's A Whole New World
The designers of Star Wars Land probably realized early on that a theme park that took place solely on a desert planet like Tatooine or on the ice planet of Hoth would probably be a drag. So they've designed “a whole new planet” that we’ve never seen before in the Star Wars movies. We don't know what it is (probably for spoilery reasons), but it's described as “a gateway planet” and “a remote frontier town, one of the last stops before wild space.”
Visitors Will Be In The Middle Of A Battle Between The First Order & The Resistance
One of the main attractions of the park will be an “epic Star Wars adventure that puts you right in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and The Resistance.” No matter which side you're on, it's undoubtedly going to be awesome to get to fire a blaster.

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 03:46:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/star-wars-land/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The All-Time Best Presidential Vacation Spots]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-all-time-best-presidential-vacation-spots/mike-rothschild?source=rss
Presidential vacations are a tricky thing. Instead of being able to go anywhere they want, the leader of the free world needs to go somewhere they can handle a crisis, be safe and secure, and look both outdoorsy and relaxed. Optics matter, but being able to house hundreds of staff members, Secret Service agents, and media members matters more. Oh, and having a good time is nice, too. So presidents tend to go to the same places over and over - small towns or resorts where they can escape brutal Washington D.C. winters and suffocating politics while still getting done what needs to get done.

Every US president has had somewhere they called home when they weren't in the White House. From George Washington's sprawling Mount Vernon in Virgina to Barack Obama's hometown of Kailua, presidential vacation spots don't seem to have much in common. Some are huge coastal mansions, others are isolated getaways in the middle of nowhere. A few are famous tourist destinations like Palm Springs, Martha's Vineyard, and Vail, while others, like Lyndon Johnson's ranch or Teddy Roosevelt's windswept mansion in a town with 200 people, barely exist on a map.

But all have become legendary as the preferred vacation spots of various Presidents of the United States. Where do presidents go on vacation days? Here are 20 of the most well-known places presidents on vacation kick their feet up. You can actually visit most of these spots, but only as a tourist.

The All-Time Best Presidential Vacation Spots,

Gerald Ford made the Colorado ski resort his vacation spot, spending so much time there that he bought a ski chalet called "The Lodge."

Hyde Park
Despite the Great Depression and World War II, Franklin Delano Roosevelt made over 130 different trips to his boyhood home of Hyde Park, taking refuge there from the multitude of crises he was dealing with as president.

President George H. W. Bush vacationed almost exclusively at his seaside home in this small Maine community. He fished, walked on the beach, and hobnobbed with locals.

Key Biscayne
Richard Nixon made this small resort island his vacation spot, calling it his Florida White House. He golfed with famous pals there, and rode out much of the Watergate scandal in seclusion on the island.

Key West
President Harry Truman made Key West his "Little White House," spending every winter of his presidency in a converted officer's quarters there - almost half a year in total. Other Presidents who spent time in Key West include William Howard Taft, Dwight Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and John F. Kennedy.

Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy both had vacation homes in Newport, and John and Jackie Kennedy were actually married in the small seaside city.

Palm Springs
The Palm Springs area has hosted several presidential vacations and vacation homes. Barack Obama, Dwight Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy have spent time there, while Eisenhower and Gerald Ford retired to the area after their respective administrations ended.

Santa Barbara
President Reagan made his second home in the beach-side California town, spending nearly every vacation of his political career there.

Grand Teton National Park, Colorado
Worried about the optics of vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, President Clinton spent two vacations in the Grand Tetons. But he didn't care for the outdoor lifestyle, and park officials found his presence to be disruptive. So back to the Vineyard he went.

Kailua, Hawaii
Barack Obama famously spends several weeks every winter in his hometown of Kailua, on Honolulu. But he's far from the only president to vacation in the 50th state. Bill Clinton vacationed there in 1993, but left early to inspect flood damage in the Midwest.

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:35:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-all-time-best-presidential-vacation-spots/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[The Best Ways to Pass Time on a Plane]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-to-do-on-a-plane/jacob-shelton?source=rss
We live in a pretty awesome time when, if you want to go somewhere, you can hop on a plane and go there. Sure, there might be a few restrictions like money and forever long TSA lines, but still. In a matter of hours you can be half way across the country. The biggest issue with flying is trying to figure out how to pass time on a plane. If you’re like some plane insomniacs, sleeping is not an option, so you have to find new and interesting way to keep from getting cabin fever. Before you take your next trip, check out this list of plane activities to take your mind off of the fact that you’ll be spending the next 2-24 hours 30,000 feet in the air.

If you’ve never flown before and you don’t know what to do on a plane then you’re in luck, because this helpful collection of tips for how to spend your time in the air is going to get you through your flight. All the bases are covered on this list, from reading, to watching the clouds, and more. Once you’ve studied this list you’ll be the go-to traveler for information on how to make the best out of a boring situation. Even if you forget a book, you’ll still have plenty to do.

Vote up the best ways to pass time on a plane, and if you have a better way of passing the hours between getting from point A to point B – add it to the list!
The Best Ways to Pass Time on a Plane,




Binge Watching TV

Watching Movies

Checking Out Sky Mall

Listen to Music

Talking to Your Seatmate


Playing Computer or Video Games

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:45:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/what-to-do-on-a-plane/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/shows-to-marathon-on-a-plane/loganrapp?source=rss
So, you've got a long plane ride, or multiple plane rides. Or maybe you're not on a plane at all, and you're taking an Amtrak across the country. No matter the transportation method, you've got a lot of downtime while you're in transit. And since we're living in the golden age of television, there are plenty of great series out there that you probably haven't watched yet! So when you ask yourself, "What should I watch on a plane?", this list has all the answers you could ever need! These are the best shows to watch on an airplane. 

This list is full of series that are high quality, great for binge watching, and, most importantly, TV shows you can watch in public. Obviously, the graphic violence of The Walking Dead or the frequent sexposition of Game of Thrones wouldn't fly here, but you've probably seen those shows, anyway. Also, the last thing you want to do is become an emotional wreck, so shows make you cry should be left off the list as well. Even with these stipulations, there is still an incredible number of shows that you can watch on airplane. Imagine it! Catching up on television while sitting in a chair in the sky! What a world! 

So when you're looking for television for when you're on a plane, this list will take care of it. Whether you're flying cross country or international, these shows are sure to make the time fly. Which shows have you binge watched on a plane? Add them here if they aren't already listed.

The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane,

Battlestar Galactica

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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The Simpsons


The Office

Parks and Recreation


Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:42:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/shows-to-marathon-on-a-plane/loganrapp
<![CDATA[Offensive Hand Gestures from Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/offensive-hand-gestures/jacob-shelton?source=rss
Call us uncultured, but one of our favorite things to do is learn all of the offensive hand gestures and dirty slang around the world. There’s something inherently funny and powerful about knowing you can offend someone with your hands. We don’t know if we have the gumption to actually travel the world and make rude gestures at everyone, but we’d like to think we’d have a good laugh before being beaten in the street. If you’re doing any overseas traveling in the next few months, you’ll definitely want to study this list of rude hand gestures of the world. It just might save your life.

The difference between offensive hand signs and funny gestures can be infinitesimal. One man’s peace sign is another man’s eff off. And we think it’s important to know about this kind of stuff. Wouldn’t you want to know if you were offending an entire village of pitchfork-wielding Romanians? Or what if you’re speaking to a police officer in Vietnam and suddenly feel the need to cross your fingers for luck? Don’t you want to know why you probably shouldn’t do that? Or maybe you’re just aching to find out how to offend people from other countries. Well this list of obscene international gestures can help with that too.

Study this list of obscene hand gestures from across the world, and make sure you don’t get yourself in trouble by making any of these rude hand signs the next time you travel abroad.
Offensive Hand Gestures from Around the World,

In Mexico, and South America this gesture means "You're stingy." If you want some extra bang for your gesturing buck, just slam your elbow on the table. 
Chin Flick
This gesture is mostly used in Belgium, France, Northern Italy, and Tunisia and it means "Get lost" or even simply "No" depending on just where and how you use it.

The V Sign
Don't go around flashing the peace sign in England, where the V sign is a quick way to tell someone to f*** off. 
In Brazil, putting your fist to your forehead is a simple and direct way of asking "Are you an idiot?"
In Greece, Africa, and Pakistan, this hand gesture can mean anything from "To hell with you!" to "I'm going to violate your sister!"
Five Fathers
In Arabic countries and the Caribbean, this hand gesture means "You have five fathers." As in, "Your mother's a whore."
In the Baltics, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, this hand gesture means "Your wife is being unfaithful."
Crossed Arms
Crossing your arms in front of you is considered a huge sign of arrogance in Finland. Standing with this posture in a Finnish bar is likely to get you into a fight.
In Greece, this gesture means "I'm ignoring you" and is often accompanied by the odd declaration "I write it on my testicles" though you don't need testicles to do the write-off gesture.

In India and Pakistan (as well as fair Verona), to perform the cutis insults someone's entire family. So be careful whom you bite your thumb at.

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:05:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/offensive-hand-gestures/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Most Pointlessly Large Roadside Attractions in the U.S.]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/largest-roadside-attractions/jacob-shelton?source=rss
Before you fill up your tank and head out on Route 66, read this list of the most pointlessly large roadside attractions in the United States. A few years ago, it might have been fun to visit one of the weird roadside attractions. That was back when we didn’t mind wasting time on the world’s largest cedar bucket. Now we’re busy adults and stopping to look at a birdcage (or whatever) that’s proportionately larger than every other birdcage in the world just seems like a waste of time. Maybe even the World’s Biggest Waste of Time!

But everyone isn’t like us, and some communities make pretty good bank off their giant tourist attractions. Apparently people will drive to see the world’s largest bowling pin. Who knew?

Maybe we’re looking at this unnecessarily big roadside attractions all wrong, and there is some inherent wow factor in seeing a big pecan. Some hold world records, after all. If you’re screaming at your computer right now and saying, “YES! YES THERE IS, YOU DUMMY!” then you are going to absolutely love this list. You’ll want to study it and plan a road trip around it. If that’s the case, get your notebook out and start digging into this list of pointlessly large roadside attractions in America.

Vote up the most pointless of all the pointlessly large roadside attractions. And if you’ve been to any of these giant tourist traps, tell us about your experience in the comments. We’re especially curious about that gavel.
The Most Pointlessly Large Roadside Attractions in the U.S.,

World's Largest Running Chain Saw
We don't want to say anything too snarky about Ishpeming, Michigan's giant chainsaw because we don't want to meet the lumberjack who actually knows how to use it. 
World's Largest King Kong
We don't know what to think about this giant King Kong in Beaver, Arkansas. Is it pointless? Yes. Do we really wish we could live in an apartment inside King Kong's head? Of course. 
World's Largest Roller Skate
Skip the trip to Washington DC. That place is a bucket of dishwater compared to Warrenton, Virginia, home of the world's largest roller skate. Yes, roller skate. There's only the one.

World's Largest Thermometer
At the gateway to Death Valley in Baker, California, you'll find the world's tallest thermometer, which is cool if you've never seen anything else ever in your life. 
World's Largest Rocking Chair
Does this giant rocking chair in Fanning, Missouri come with the world's largest porch? Is Missouri technically America's Porch?
World's Largest Santa Claus
"Ho Ho Ho! Welcome to North Pole, Alaska! I'll see you in your nightmares, kids!"
World's Largest Kaleidoscope
In Mount Tremper, New York, the world's largest kaleidoscope is housed in a grain silo. We'd prefer to have the grain. 
World's Largest Frying Pan
What do you think they cook in the world's largest frying pan? Travel to Rose Hill, North Carolina to find out. Or if that sounds overwhelming you can always see the second largest frying pan over in Brandon, Iowa. 
World's Largest Wind Chime
Casey, Illinois is the home of the world's largest wind chime. No word yet on whether or not it's hanging on the patio of the world's largest grandma.
World's Largest Fire Hydrant
Would someone from Columbia, South Carolina mind explaining to us why the world's largest fire hydrant looks like a neo-futurist rocket ship? And why didn't you guys just build a neo-futurist rocket ship instead?

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:42:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/largest-roadside-attractions/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Classic, If Somewhat Cliche, Tourist Photos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-cliche-tourist-photos/jacob-shelton?source=rss
The first thing that a lot of people think about when they decide to go on a trip, be it abroad or to one of America’s many tourist destinations, is all the great photos they’ll be taking. Pictures are a great way to remember your halcyon weeks away from work, when you got to hang out with your friends and just be a tourist (sometimes it can be really fun). But to be honest, everyone is tired of seeing the same photos pop up in their Facebook and Instagram feeds. Why is everyone okay with taking such cliché tourist photos? Everyone loves Abbey Road, but there’s nothing cool about a photo of you and your friends walking across a street. You can see that any day. This list is full of classic tourist photo clichés - do your best to try and avoid them.

If you’ve yet to go on a big trip, you should study the cliche tourist photos on this list so you don’t make the same mistake as everyone else in the world that’s been to Paris (or where ever it is that you’re going). You don’t want to be the millionth person to have a photo of you kissing under the Eiffel Tower. Might we suggest taking a selfie with a croissant that’s as big as your head for a refreshing change of pace? The photos on this list are classic, and it makes sense that people want to have their own versions of them. But they’re old hat, so think outside the box the next time you’re taking photos on a road trip.
Classic, If Somewhat Cliche, Tourist Photos,

Rubbing the Buddha's Belly in Thailand

Pushing the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Taking a Call from an English Telephone Booth

Smooching the Sphinx

Crossing Abbey Road

Squeezing the Eiffel Tower

Posing as Christ the Redeemer in Brazil

Posing as Rocky in Front of Rocky

Tourists Covering Themselves in Mud from the Dead Sea

Trying to Mess with Guards at Buckingham Palace

Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:18:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-cliche-tourist-photos/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[American Celebrities Who Grew Up Abroad]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-celebrities-who-grew-up-abroad/celebrity-lists?source=rss
Some of the biggest stars in America have international roots that may surprise you. Celebrities here in the United States hail from all over the world, and even many famous people who weren't born abroad spent much of their childhoods outside of the country.

This list contains information about celebrities who grew up abroad, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Some of these famous folks grew-up in one country, while others moved around a lot. Many of the celebrities who grew up overseas come from military families.

Natalie Portman is just one example of a celeb you may not have known was born outside of the U.S. The Oscar-winning actress was born in Jerusalem and her family moved to the United States when she was three years old. Mila Kunis was born and raised in the Ukraine until she was in elementary school and her family moved to Los Angeles. Sandra Bullock, meanwhile, was raised in Nuremberg, Germany for 12 years.

Several famous men also grew up abroad. Bruce Willis spent the first two years of his life in West Germany, where his father was stationed in the military. Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut and he spent time in Australia, Toronto, and New York. Other famous actors who grew up abroad include both Martin Lawrence and Joaquin Phoenix.

Are you surprised that so many celebrities grew up abroad? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.
American Celebrities Who Grew Up Abroad,

Amy Adams
Amy Adams was born in Italy and moved around a lot, as her father was in the U.S. Army. The family moved to Colorado when she was eight years old.
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis spent the first two years of his life in West Germany, where his father was stationed in the military.
Dave Matthews
The Dave Matthews Band frontman, who also spent a year of his childhood in England, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he spent the first two years of his life.

Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix was born in Puerto Rico and his family traveled with the Children of God religious group in South America for several years.
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon. Growing up, he also spent time in Australia, Toronto, and New York.
Kobe Bryant
Beginning when he was six years old, Kobe Bryant spent much of his childhood in Italy, where his father played professional basketball.
Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis was born and raised in Chernivtsi, Ukraine until she was in elementary school and her family moved to Los Angeles.
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Her family moved to the United States when she was three years old.
Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock was raised in Nuremberg, Germany for 12 years.
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, where she was raised by her grandmother until she was five years old, when her mother moved her to Queens, New York.

Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:25:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/american-celebrities-who-grew-up-abroad/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Most Amazing Photos of Underwater Cities]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/underwater-cities/ashley-reign?source=rss
Underwater cities are spookily beautiful. From fairy tales of mermaid villages to speculation about the lost city of Atlantis, there’s just something intriguing about the idea of lost civilizations hiding beneath the sea. For centuries, our imaginations have been captured by the possibilities of sunken treasures and forgotten cities along the ocean floor. That’s why we decided to put together a collection of some of the coolest photos ever taken of underwater cities and ruins.

Not only will you see fascinating photos of sunken cities, you’ll get a peek at some of the most gorgeous, well-preserved artifacts that rest beneath the waves. Thanks to modern technology, these days even us landlubbers are able to get a peak at some of the world’s most astounding underwater artifacts and we never have to wear scuba gear to see them. So if you’ve ever wondered about exploring Cleopatra's Sunken Palace or seeing Port Royal long after it was hang-out for pirates between treasure raids, come on in, the water is just fine.

This list of photos shows the most astonishing cities and locations that were hidden for centuries, a few of which are believed to contain evidence of some of the most ancient civilizations on Earth. So explore once-thriving ancient cities that ended up in the briny deep with this collection of gorgeous statues, elaborate temples, and underwater cities. Vote up your favorite pictures of sunken cities swept beneath the surface.

The Most Amazing Photos of Underwater Cities,

The Egyptian Stele That Led to the Lost Site of Thonis-Heracleion
This amazingly intact Egyptian monument commissioned by the Pharaoh Nectanebo I (378-362 BC) helped explorers identify the ancient city of Thonis-Heracleion in 2000. The city enjoyed a golden age as the only port of entry for Greek ships entering Egypt before the founding of the city of Alexandria in 331 B.C. It's believed to have sunk into the briny deep sometime in the 8th century.


Could Atlantis Be Hiding off the Coast of Cuba?
In 2001, a minor media storm broke out when sonar equipment detected what could be a giant underwater city off the coast of Cuba. Though some have speculated that this sunken city could be the remains of the fabled Atlantis, plenty of others have dismissed this as fanciful thinking at best.


Dwarka May Have Been Among the World's First Known Civilizations
Scientific study of the ruins of Darkwa suggest it may be among the most ancient site discoveries of our time. Carbon dating wood dredged from the site pegs the city at around 9,000 years old, suggesting it may predate any previously known civilization.


The Sunken Playground of Emperors
As irony would have it, the underwater Italian city of Baiae was once famous for its baths and hot springs. The city was so renowned as a recreational retreat for the upper class that both Julius Caesar and the unsavory Emperor Nero both owned summer homes there.


Dolphins Visit the Ancient Indian City of Dwarka
For centuries, the ancient Indian city of Dwarka was believed to be merely a mythic city of built by the Hindu god Krishna, a fabled place of 70,000 lavish palaces. Dwarka turned out to be real, however: divers discovered ruins of the city hidden deep beneath the Arabian Sea in 2000.


The Ruins of Pavloperti, Greece Reveal a Complex Ancient Civilization
The city, which is believed by archaeologists to be around 5,000 years old, is still remarkably well preserved and contains around nine acres of ancient houses, gardens, temples, and even evidence of an ancient yet complex plumbing system. 


Lion City's Underwater Network of Well-Preserved Art
The astonishingly well-preserved streets of Lion City feature over 250 ornately carved archways including stunning depictions of dragons, phoenixes, lions, and other cultural icons.


The Famous Pirate Cove of Port Royal Lives On Beneath the Waves
Once visited by infamous pirates such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack, Port Royal was once a favorite hang-out and base for pirates between treasure raids on ships sailing the Spanish main. An 1692 earthquake spelled disaster for the city, causing its foundations to give way. Much of the city is preserved beneath Kingston Harbor to this day.


Lion City Recaptures China's Imagination in 2011
Interest in the underwater city of Shi Cheng was once again piqued in 2001 when Chinese National Geography published an article full of pictures and hypothetical illustrations of what the city might have looked like.


Lion City: The Atlantis of the East
Unlike most of the sunken cities of the world, China's Shi Cheng or "Lion City" fell victim to flooding at the hands of mankind rather than a natural disaster. The city, parts of which were built as far back as the 1300s, was flooded in 1959 as part of the construction of Xin’an Dam and an adjoining plant. It was then virtually forgotten until divers begin to "rediscover" it in 2001.


Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:57:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/underwater-cities/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[The Best Vacation Spots for Dog Lovers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/vacation-spots-for-dog-lovers/ashley-reign?source=rss
Dogs need vacations, too! Does your dog's face seem to fill with sorrow each and every time he or she sees your suitcase lying out, ready to be packed? Do those big puppy eyes and miserably tucked tail seem to linger in your mind as you venture forth each year on vacation? Well we say, no more! Here we’ve assembled a list of vacation spots for dog lovers which are more than happy to have you bring your four-legged friend along for the ride. We’ve assembled a list of some of the coolest canine destinations in North America including dog festivals, pooch themed sporting events, and even chill places where you and your dog can crash in a cabin after exploring the great outdoors.

No matter what you and you four-legged buddy’s interests are, we’ve got dog vacations for everyone. Do you and your poodle love to listen to live music? Head on up to Woofstock, the largest dog festival in North America! Wish you could hang ten with your Rottweiler? Consider a trip to Del Mar Dog Beach in California where you can sign the big guy up for doggie surf lessons (yes really!). Or perhaps you’ve got a low-rider that dreams of athletic glory? Look no further than the National Dachshund Races, which hold events all across the country.

Whether you’re looking to get out and play or sit back and relax, here you’ll find some of the best dog vacations around. So tell Fluffy to stop hiding in your suitcase and go pack her own because this year you guys are hitting the road as a duo.   

The Best Vacation Spots for Dog Lovers,

Groove with Your Pooch at the Woofstock Dog Festival in Toronto, Canada
Want to check out the largest dog festival on the entire continent of North America? Buckle up your four-legged buddy and head to Woofstock, a free two-day festival in Toronto that regularly draws 300,000 dog-lovers. Your pooch will enjoy doggie speed dating, a stupid pet tricks show, and even a "running of the pugs."
Hang with Your Pal in a Hound-Shaped Hotel at Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, ID

It doesn't get any more dog-friendly than Dog Bark Park Inn, a bed in breakfast shaped like a massive Beagle. There, you and your dog can enjoy a cozy loft, stocked full of fun puzzles, books, and board games.

Teach Your Hound to Hang 10 at Del Mar Dog Beach's Good Kharma Surf in California
Wanna turn your little guy into a surfing buddy? Head on down to Good Karma Surf at Del Mar Dog Beach, where you can sign your dog up for a lesson with a certified surf instructor.

Enjoy Yappy Hour with Your Dog at Mutt Lynch Winery in Windsor, CA
Want to enjoy a glass of wine after a walk through the vineyards with your best buddy? Mutt Lynch Winery in Windsor, CA just may be your next dream destination. Founded by Brenda and Chris Lynch and their rescue greyhound, Patch, 
the winery donates a portion of all their proceeds to local animal rescues. They also hold monthly dog-friendly events like Yappy Hour, the Black Tie & Tails Gala, and Dog-A-Palooza.

Take Your Dog to Fetch Heaven at One of the Many DockDogs Events
Does your pooch jump like a kangaroo and swim like a fish? Then DockDogs may be the perfect place to spend your next vacation. Not only do they hold competitions across the country, they have different events for the longest, fastest, and heighest leaps, or the "iron dog" event ,for the pooch who does it all.

Check Out the Speedy Wienies at the National Dachshund Races
Does your little low-rider dream of racing glory, the likes of which would put the average greyhound to shame? Check out National Dachshund Races, which stages competitions for high-wheeling wienies at different locations around the U.S.
Bring Your Buddy Along to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC
Famous for its sprawling mansion, some travelers may not realize that the Biltmore Estate also features over 250 acres of dog-friendly grounds and gardens. After checking out the grounds with your pooch, you can check your dog in for a rest at the estate's free kennels while you tour the mansion. 

Ham It Up at Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, New York City
Do you have a little four-legged ham who loves to strut his stuff in a superhero cape, or step out dressed in Harry Potter attire? If so, then the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City is definitely worth checking out. Whether you and your dog want to dress up in matching outfits or just watch the fun unfold, everyone is welcome.
Help Homeless Hounds at PawtoberFest in Colorado Springs, CO
If your pooch has a heart of gold, why not team up for Pawtober Fest, an annual dog festival that raises money for homeless pets in Colorado Springs, CO. Not only is there an annual walk/run but tons of pet-friendly products, vendors, activities, contests, and more!
Get Cozy at the Woof Cottages in Nantucket, MA
Want to curl up with your fur-baby in a cozy cottage? Then the Woof Cottages at The Cottages at the Boat Basin in Nantucket,  MA. Dog (and cat!) guests are greeted with their own basket of treats and toys, water bowls, and of of course a pristine litter box if needed. They'll also enjoy the nighttime comforts of their own Blissful Bed, the ultimate in four-legged comfort.

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<![CDATA[The Most Amazing Caves in the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-caves/ashley-reign?source=rss
While the world around us contains countless wonders, you might be surprised to find out what lies between us and the deep, dark center of the Earth. Here we’ve put together a collection of some of the most breath-taking photos of famous caves from around the world to give you a look at the beauty that lies below the surface. While caving may not be on your top ten list of things to do on your next vacation, you might think twice after you see some of the gorgeous formations, underground rivers, and sacred places these caves have to offer.

Whether you’re looking for grand adventure or a peaceful spot to enjoy nature, we’ve got you covered. Among the following pictures of caves you’ll find the largest cave in the world, a cave that was once considered a suicide mission for only the most daring of explorers, and a stunning underground cavern you can float through from the comfort of a guided tour boat. This collection of cave pictures offers stunning views of everything from beautiful underground waterfalls to giant crystal cave formations, some of which have been hidden for centuries and seen only by the eyes of the current generation.

Whether you want to see caves of the classic limestone variety or sparkling ice caves formed by the heat of nearby volcanoes, you'll find plenty to choose from on this amazing caves list. So grab your hard hat and do some cave exploring from the comfort of your own home. Then book your trip!

The Most Amazing Caves in the World,

Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand
Perhaps the most stunning aspect of the Phraya Nakhon Cave is the illumination provided by its collapsed roof. The cave has been a popular destination for royalty for centuries and the pavilion in the center was built for the visit of King Chulalongkorn in 1890.   
Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, USA
One of the most incredible parts of Carlsbad Cavern is a chamber known as "The Big Room." Almost 4,000 feet high, The Big Room is the third largest chamber in North America and the seventh largest on Earth.

Onondaga Cave, Missouri, USA
Missouri is sometimes known as the "cave state" due to it's spectacular network of caves formed by centuries old underground rivers and springs. To check out some of the most beautiful underground sites Missouri has to offer, head over to Onodaga Cave State Park where you'll explore caves full of towering stalagmites, stalagtites, and active flowstones.  

Glowworm Cave, New Zealand
Whoever knew a bunch of worms the size of mosquitoes could be so romantic? See it for yourself if you're ever in New Zealand with a trip through their stunning Glowworm caves.  
Blue Grotto, Croatia
If you're up for a little blue beauty, check out the incredible Blue Grotto, located on the eastern end of the islet of Bisevo. The mystical blue effect is created by sunlight that bursts through an opening in the top of the grotto and reflects off of the bottom of the cave, creating a silver-blue shine. 

Marble Caves, Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Brazil
This magnificent labyrinth of caves is located in the region of Aisen in Chile. The caves were shaped into the area's giant limestone peninsula by the clear waters of the Rio Tranquilo.

Ice Cave Near Mutnovsky Volcano, Russia
Sometimes when caves like these form in the glaciers around the Mutnovsky Volcano in Russia, the combination of the area's heat and ice can create some truly gorgeous natural formations.

Postojna Cave, Slovenia
Said to be one of the best-known caves in the World, the Postojna is also the only one with its own railroad. With over 36 million visitors over the past 200 years, the cave is one of Slovenia's largest tourist attractions and among the biggest karst caves in the world.  

Devetashkata Peshtera Cave, Bulgaria
The Devetashka cave, which is located near the village of Devetaki, is one of the largest caves in Bulgaria and was discovered in 1921. Archaeologists have since confirmed that the cave was once inhabited not only in the late paleolithic era, but during the Neolithic, Neolithic, Bronze, Iron, and Middle Ages as well.  
Kyaut Sae Cave, Myanmar
According to legend, the Kyaut Sae Cave was discovered in the thirteenth century and served as a local hideout from the persecution of the Mongols. These days, you'll find a gorgeous Buddhist temple inside that is still a popular pilgrimage destination for local monks.

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<![CDATA[Cool & Cheap Off-Season Summer Destinations]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/unique-summer-vacation-ideas/jessica-lawshe?source=rss
We all want to go on adventures. And our wanderlust is never more powerful during the summer months when we're aching to get away from school, work, and the other boring parts of our mundane lives. Yet there always seems to be one little catch that gets in the way: the amount of money in our bank accounts. Well, its time to set those worries aside, because we've put together a great list of off-season summer destinations.

Just because it's summer in the U.S. and people are flocking to the beach, that doesn't mean it's summer everywhere else. These unique summer vacation ideas will let you enjoy some time off without making you go broke. For example, the U.S.'s summer months are Australia's winter months. That's good news for you because that means you can get some pretty cheap airfares and hotel deals simply because you'll be traveling during "off-peak" or "off-season" times. Woohoo!

Whether you're a beach lover, a hiker, or a city-goer, you can find some amazing solo destinations or family vacation ideas as long as you're willing to jump off the beaten path. Places like Cartagena, Colombia, and Quito, Ecuador might not have been on your list of travel destinations before, but once you see how you can get an amazing deal, they might just jump to the top. Places like Reykjavik, Iceland also give you a lot of bang for your buck - since summertime means almost 24 hours of daylight in the northern country, you get way more vacation time for a lot less money. 

So before you book that expensive airfare and hotel for your summer vacation, take a look at our list and vote up the out of the ordinary summer destination that makes you want to pack your bags ASAP!

Cool & Cheap Off-Season Summer Destinations,

Summer in the U.S. is Winter in Australia, which means it's the cheapest season to fly there. According to AboutAustralia.com airfare from L.A. to Sydney is $2,000 versus $2,700 in peak season. Best part is, the Sydney Opera House is open year round and Australia's beaches are the best in the world. 
Despite the fact that July and August are the busiest months on the island, a lot of hotels offer early booking bonuses on package deals. Also, according to U.S. News, the end of the summer has the best deals. While you're there, "dine at a local taverna, or enjoy a glass of raki at a sidewalk café."
Las Vegas
According to Brad's Deals, "Las Vegas doesn’t have too much of an 'off-season', but with desert temperatures that could be in the triple digits, plus a tendency for rain, July tends to be a bit slower, especially during the week." If it gets too hot, all you have to do is grab a spot at a slot machine! Drinks are free if you're gambling! 
Lisbon is one of the most affordable European destinations at any time of year. But during the summer, according to U.S. News, "Lisbon hotels are more likely to offer deals to those willing to forgo seaside lodging in Cascais and Estoril."
According to Justin Parkinson, a Maldives specialist with Linara Travel, during the summer rainy season, resort prices drop by 30% to 40% and hotels start throwing in free extras. Rather than stay in a private bungalow (which can be crazy expensive) look for guesthouses that provide a more affordable option. 

Source: Time

New Orleans
If you can handle the heat (it gets super hot and humid), "summer is indeed the hottest season for bargains on hotel rates," according to Smart Travel. Because of the heat, hotels offer lower prices and package deals. There's still plenty to do too, according to Thrillist. For example: Bastille Day and other jazz festivals. 
During the summer, Reykjavik becomes the city that truly never sleeps because there's almost 24 hour daylight. Watch the setting of the midnight sun, go whale-watching, or go on a volcano tour. 

Source: Visit Reykjavik

Big Sur, California, USA
With gas prices relatively low, why not channel your inner Jack Kerouac and take a road trip along the California coast? Big Sur is filled with amazing camping locations that overlook the beach. You can stay in Pacific Grove, Asilomar, and Cayucos. Places like the Rosedale Inn offer rooms with fireplaces and continental breakfasts for as low as $79 a night. 

Source: The Huffington Post

The Caribbean
According to Conde Nast Traveller, during the summer, the Caribbean average rainfall is lower than from September to March and the sea is warmer. It's also less crowded than during the winter and hotels usually cut their rates during the summer to draw people there.  

The Florida Keys, Florida, USA

According to Go Florida, the summer months in the Florida Keys are off season. That means rooms are cheaper and Key West is less crowded. It's important to note that the Keys are popular for Florida residents, so you'll want to consider visiting during mid-week rather than staying over the weekends.

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<![CDATA[The Best Vacation Spots for Animal Lovers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/vacation-spots-for-animal-lovers/ashley-reign?source=rss
Are you crazy for the animal kingdom, a fur-ball fanatic, or an undersea adventurer? If you love animals, but hate that the only ones you generally see on vacation are limited to guys dressed like Mickey and Pluto at Disneyland, then you're about to get some good news. This list features all of the best vacation spots for animal lovers from all over the world! Whether you want to cuddle with cows in California or volunteer with elephants in Africa, we’ve got you covered with the coolest animal islands, fur-ball-loving festivals, and four-legged fun the planet’s got to offer.

Toss out those theme park pamphlets and scroll down to learn how you can spend your next vacation meeting little known creatures or even volunteering with some of the most gorgeous endangered species on the planet. Whether you’d love to swim with sharks or work hands on with giant pandas in China, there are plenty of fellow animal lovers in the world that would love to help you do it and we’re here to help you get you in touch with them. Here you’ll find not only fun and festive annual events that honor the furry, but some incredible non-profit organizations around the world who always welcome volunteers to give love to the animals they work so hard to save.

So why not consider making your next vacation one you’ll remember for a lifetime? Whether these animal islands, critter getaways, and vacation spots for animal lovers lead you to a place where you can make friends with monkeys or make a difference in the life of a cheetah, one thing’s for sure: they’ll all leave you with memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

The Best Vacation Spots for Animal Lovers,

Want to hang out in an environment that makes every scene in 101 Dalmatians look like chump change? Then check out this yearly golden retriever festival, hosted by The Golden Retriever Club of Scotland! The event includes dinner, dancing, dog shows, and more little golden guys and gals that you can shake a stick at.
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Whatever it is that attracts pretty people to Hollywood, it turns out that not even birds are immune to it. So the next time you find yourself in Los Angeles, be sure to drop by the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia. Not only does it boast an impressive free-roaming peacock population, it also features over 100 acres of flowers, ponds, and all things pretty.
If you can't get enough of polar bears then you won't be disappointed if you bring it on up to Manitoba, Canada this fall! Each year, during the fall migration, the area ends up hosting the largest unofficial polar bear convention in the world.

Wanna get up close and personal without becoming a tasty snack? Just book your stay aboard the Tundra Lodge, a huge rolling hotel which constantly repositions to give you the best possible view of your new polar pals.
Swim with the Coolest Swine in the Bahamas at Pig Beach
Though you'll quite possibly never eat bacon again, a trip to Pig Beach in the Bahamas is without a doubt the coolest place to go hog wild in the Bahamas. In short, its exactly what you hope it is: a beach where whole communities of adorable local, swimming pigs love hitting the waves and interacting with tourists!
Safari Responsibly with South America's SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary
Want to see the beautiful creatures that call South Africa home without risking patronizing a safari company that's less than animal friendly? Check out SanWild Wildlife, a non-profit animal rehab and rehabilitation center that takes in injured, orphaned, or sick animals and gives them a safe place to recover before returning to the wild. They even have campgrounds for overnight visitors, in case you want to spend the night listening to the calls of the wild.
Experience Rabbit Paradise in Ōkunoshima, Japan
If you or anyone you know is a bunny lover, you've just gotta see Ōkunoshima, Japan. A real life rabbit paradise, Ōkunoshima is an island where bunnies are as plentiful as pigeons and hunting and dogs are outlawed. The whole place is kind of like the North Pole for the Easter Bunny...and his 2,356,821 kids.
Make Friends with Manatees in Florida
As one of the chillest sea creatures around, manatees are kind of like the Buddhas of the ocean and can still be found in the wild in the state of Florida. If you'd like to go on a manatee viewing expedition, check out a great research on the Save the Manatee Club website. The club not only has all the info you'll need on the big guys but also a list of their favorite hang-outs so you can visit them in their native habitat.
Meet This Adorable Creature Is at the Phillipine Tarsier and Wildlife Santuary
This adorable, Gremlin looking little dude is called a tarsier and if you're ever in the Philippines, you can meet him up close and personal at the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in Corella.

Native only to the Philippines, the tiny primates are incredibly shy, so staff are constantly on hand at the Sanctuary to guide guests along tours, which they make sure to keep respectfully quiet and incredibly gentle. Along the route you'll see the adorable little dudes enjoying their large, free-roaming environment, set up to make them feel right at home.

Chill with a Cheetah at South Africa's Cheetah Outreach
If you like kitties of the larger variety, check out the volunteer program at Cheetah Outreach in South Africa. The organization works to increase awareness and promote the survival of the gorgeous endangered cats in their huge outreach center, where they even occasionally breed more of the beautiful animals. Not only is it a great place to visit, the center also welcomes volunteers from all over the world, who are invited to work with and enrich the lives of the big kitties who live at the facility.
Hang Out with Deer in Nara Park, Japan
If you've always thought of deer as skittish creatures, you'll think again after a trip to Nara Park in Japan. The park is home to over a thousand free-roaming deer who are not only friendly, but love to be fed by park guests. Don't worry if you forgot your deer treats however, there are plenty of vendors around the park who sell crackers to feed your new pals.

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