<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent true stories Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/tags/true-stories http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/tags/true-stories <![CDATA[The Craziest Chocolate Related Crimes of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/chocolate-related-crimes/jacob-shelton
From crazy Nutella fights to Syrian refugees who tried to abscond from their homeland in a vat of burning chocolate, the chocolate crimes on this list are not only delicious, they’re also totally crazy. You might think you like chocolate, but after reading this list of the craziest crimes involving chocolate you’re going to realize that you only kind of like it. Unless you’re also putting together a group of friends to rob chocolate milk from a delivery truck, and if that’s the case then you might be on this list of violence caused by chocolate. Read about these chocolate related crimes before they melt on your dashboard!

The Nutella fight that broke out at a Costco in Burbank, CA in 2015 is just one of the many insane things that have happened in the name of the world’s favorite sweet snack. But for all you Nutella heads out there who don’t understand the uproar over a 24-year-old beating up an old man here’s a new rule: Don’t get in a fight over chocolate. Just buy whatever sweet treat you’re thinking about for dessert and carry on with your day. Or better yet, shoplift it and then eat the chocolate on top of a burning dumpster so you can end up on this list of crazy chocolate related crimes. (Actually, probably don't.)

Before you do any of that, though, make sure to vote up the craziest and most ridiculous tales of chocolate-related crimes and incidents.
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Californian Busted Smuggling 400 Pounds of Chocolate Edibles Into Missouri
After being stopped for a minor traffic violation, a highway patrolman searched a man's vehicle and found 400 pounds of marijuana chocolate bars stashed in boxes in the SUV's cargo area. The man was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Sweden Gripped in Chocolate Crime Wave
Leave it to the Swedes to have the most twee crime spree ever. In February 2015, criminals made off with almost a thousand dollars worth of chocolate in three separate raids. One shop owner believes "there is a market for buying chocolate bars and dividing them up into pick-and-mix pieces.”

£65,000 Worth of Chocolate Stolen in Yorkshire
Just in time for Christmas in 2014, thieves took off with £65,000 worth of Harrogate fudge and chocolate. A spokesperson for the North Yorkshire Police said, "If you have been offered any chocolates matching description of the ones which were stolen in unusual circumstances, I urge you to come forward and contact the police straight away."
Hackers Change a Recipe on Hershey's Website
In 2011, hackers broke into Hershey's website, not to steal user info, but to change one of the recipes. Possible reasons behind the hack are believed to be corporate sabotage or just some keyboard cowboys in the mood for a ride through chocolate country.
$120,000 Worth of Chocolate and Armored Truck Stolen in Florida
In Flordia a thief with a sweet tooth took off with an armored truck full of more than $120,000 worth of Hershey’s chocolate.

Stowaway Almost Drowns in Tank of Chocolate
In early 2015, a refugee from Syria, along with seven others, stowed away on a truck filled warm chocolate bound for the UK. After more than two hours stuck in a vat of hot chocolate syrup, he and the others decided to escape rather than drown in the delicious confection.

Airplane Passenger Gets Into Fight with Stewardess Over Chocolate
On a flight to Bulgaria, a passenger was filmed flipping out on a flight attendant for refusing to sell her a bar of chocolate. Other passengers finally intervened after the argument began to get physical.

Man Punches 78 Year Old in Costco Over Nutella
A 78-year-old Costco shopper in California said he was punched in the face by a 24-year-old male after complaining to him about taking too many Nutella samples. The grandfather suffered a one inch gash in his face, and the 24-year-old bully was arrested.

Meth Found Hidden in a Box of Chocolates
In New Zealand, a group of criminals tried to smuggle $60,000 worth of meth into their country from America, disguised as individually wrapped chocolates.

The Big Three Chocolate Manufacturers Come Under Scrutiny for Price Fixing
In 2013 a chocolate scandal revealed treachery at the highest levels of the cocoa markets when the big three chocolate companies (Nestle, Mars, and Hershey's) and a slew of independent marketers were indicted for the price-fixing of popular chocolate bars in Canada.


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<![CDATA[14 Crazy Stories of Russian Spies in the US That Will Freak You Out]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/stories-of-russian-spies-in-the-us/chase-christy

Land of the Free, home of the spied upon. US citizens can't catch a break when it comes to creeps looking in their windows and pilfering data from their phone, email accounts, and personal computers. But Uncle Sam isn't the only one keeping a watchful eye on America. Throughout history, a number of foreign agents have graciously alleviated the government of the burden of spying on its people, none with more relish, mustard, and pickles than those sneaky Russian spies in the US. 

Maybe you watch The Americans. Guess what? That sh*t went down IRL. Yes, indeed, Directorate S in real life is not just some whacked out crap you can read about on Reddit. It's real af. Even rampant paranoia about sneaky Soviets eating microwave dinners, awaiting their orders to annihilate the engorged swine babies of capitalism is rooted in real fears, which go all the way back to the 1940s, to the inception of the ideological battle between rank consumers and dirty commies. 

During the Cold War, there was widespread fear about communist spies living in the US, fear that wasn't unfounded. There were Russian spies, part of the illegals program, who lived in America. Some of these spies were high-ranking members of the CIA and FBI, collecting and reporting sensitive data back to their KGB handlers. Others were cokeheads who were ill-advisedly given access to sensitive information. Be forewarned: after digesting tales of Russian spies who lived in the United States, you're gonna wanna set up, at the very least, audio recording equipment in your neighbor's house. 


14 Crazy Stories of Russian Spies in the US That Will Freak You Out,

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the Spy Couple That Leak Atomic Plans

Both Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were born into Jewish families in New York City. The two met as members of a Young Communist League in 1936 and were married soon after. In July 1950, after 11 years of marriage, Julius was arrested. Ethel joined him in police custody a month later. They were charged with conspiracy to commit espionage.

The allegations against the Rosenbergs were serious - they were accused of running an organization that passed plans for the atomic bomb to the Soviets. They were convicted 1951 and sent to Sing Sing, a maximum security correctional facility in New York. After two years of imprisonment, the Rosenbergs were executed by electric chair. Their sons, Michael and Robert, were 11 and seven when Ethel and Julius were put to death. Co-conspirators such as Ethel's brother received lengthy prison sentences. 

Ethel and Julius proclaimed their innocence until death, and some historians support this claim. However, declassified KGB files indicate not only that Ethel and Julius were guilty of espionage, but that Ethel was extremely cunning as a spy, and made a number of key decisions. Still, many believe the execution of the Rosenbergs was unnecessary, and tainted America's global reputation. 


Anna Chapman, Who Ran a Ring of Spies in the US and Proposed to Edward Snowden on Twitter

Anna Chapman was born Anya Kushchenko in Volgograd, Russia in 1982. She studied economics at Moscow University and, on a vacation to London, met a man named Alex Chapman (at a rave, no less) who she married in 2002. The two divorced in 2006, and Anna moved to New York City the following year to pursue business. While in NYC, she ran a successful real estate company, making contacts through which she tried to access sensitive information and create relationships with policy makers.

According to her ex husband, Chapman's father was a high-ranking KGB official who  tasked her with securing government information and reporting it to Russia. She was exposed when she unknowingly met with an undercover FBI agent. The FBI uncovered that Chapman was running a ring with nine other spies. She was arrested and held briefly before being sent back to Russia in the largest spy swap since 1986. Since returning to Russia, she parlayed her good looks and youth into a career modeling for men's magazines and hosting television shows. 

If all that weren't weird enough, rumor has it Chapman was tasked with seducing Edward Snowden to get him to stay in Russia so KGB agent Boris Karpichkov could question him about US security. She proposed to Snowden on Twitter and, in 2015, gave birth to a baby. The identify of the father is a closely guarded secret. 


Rudolf Abel, Mid-Century Brooklyn Hipster and Soviet Spy

Rudolf Abel was born William Fisher in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1903. His parents were Russian Bolshevik supporters and, in 1921, Fisher's family moved back to Russia, where he joined a communist youth organization as a translator. He spent two years in the radio division of the Red Army as a young man and joined the Joint State Political Directorate (OPGU), or Soviet secret police, afterwards. In 1948, at 45 years old, Fisher illegally entered the US from Canada, intent on communicating secrets about the atomic bomb to superiors in Russia.

In the US, Fisher became artist and photographer Emil R. Goldfus, and made a name for himself in the arts scene in Brooklyn. He kept contact with another spy, Reino Häyhänen, who was called back to the Soviet Union due to his inability to complete his mission. However, rather than return to the USSR, Häyhänen went to the US Embassy in Paris and provided officials with the names of Soviet spies operating in the US.

After Häyhänen's revelation, Fisher was arrested. The FBI raided his studio and found incriminating evidence including; fake identification cards, radio equipment, books of codes, and pens capable of storing hidden notes. Fisher was charged with espionage and plead guilty under the false name Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, thought to a signal to superiors he had been apprehended. He avoided the death penalty thanks to New York attorney James Donovan, and was later returned to Russia due to a prisoner swap. 


Robert Hanssen, Who Kept Spying for Russia After the Cold War Ended

Robert Hanssen was born in Chicago in 1944 and joined the Chicago Police Department, where his father also worked, in 1972. In 1976, he made the leap to the FBI. After a two year stint as a criminal investigator in Indiana, Hanssen transferred to New York, to work in Soviet counterintelligence. His spy career began in 1979, when he sold a package to the Soviet Main Intelligence Agency (GRU). The package contained the name of an undercover FBI agent in the GRU's ranks.

Hanssen continued to sell information to the GRU for two years, until his wife uncovered his secret, at which point he swore off spying. That is, until he was transferred to Washington DC and became part of the Soviet Analytical Unit. In 1985, he began selling information about US counterintelligence to the KGB, identifying undercover FBI agents who had penetrated the Soviet intel system. This led to executions by the Soviets. Hanssen was paid in cash and jewelry for his work, which he spent on gifts and travel.

In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed and Hanssen stopped his espionage work until 1999, when he signed on with the SVR, successor of the KGB. By this time, the FBI was looking for a spy in its ranks, and thought it might be Hanssen after a recording of him was turned in by a defected KGB operative. Great spy work. "Hey, here's a recording of this guy selling secrets. Maybe he's a spy?"

The FBI began monitoring Hanssen and caught him dead dropping a bag full of secret information intended for Russian handlers. He plead guilty to 15 counts of conspiracy and espionage and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Hanssen's work is considered the most damaging case of espionage in the US to date, and he has been the subject of two movies, a made-for-TV picture and Breach, starring Chris Cooper as Hanssen. 


Karl Koecher, CIA Agent. Soviet Mole, Orgy Aficianado

Karl Koecher was born in Czechoslovakia and emigrated to the US for the sole purpose of spying on the government. In 1973, Koecher got a job as an analyst and translator for the CIA. During his time at the CIA, he handed the Czechoslovak Intelligence Service and KGB numerous documents, classified lists, and photographs of CIA agents. He also provided Russia with a list of government officials in the US he thought would cooperate with the Soviets if threatened.

One document Koecher leaked outed a man named Aleksandr Ogorodnik. Ogorodnik was a Soviet working for the CIA, spying on the Russians in Moscow. He was contacted by the KGB in 1977 and took his own life before he could be punished. Koecher passed his information through safe houses in Austria and Switzerland, and was called a consummate professional by one of the FBI agents who caught him. 

When Koecher wasn't spying, he was partying. He frequented swinger and spouse-swapping shindigs, orgies, and what The Washington Post called free-for-all sex clubs. A number of fellow CIA agents got dirty at these bacchanal bonefests with Koecher, and he pinned them as possible recruits for the KGB. Surely there's a direct line to be drawn between hedonism and spying for the Soviets. 

Finally, in 1984, Koecher was arrested by the FBI. They brought him in for questioning and got him to confess by threatening his family and using illegal forms of extortion. It's still not known exactly how the FBI came to know of Koecher's espionage activity. He and his wife were returned to the Soviet Union in a prisoner exchange in 1986. 


Earl Edwin Pitts, Who Almost Avoided Arrest by Forgetting the Location of a Meet

Earl Pitts was born in Urbana, MO in 1953. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri, Kansas City and was on active duty in the Army from 1975 to 1980. In 1983, he got a job at the FBI field office in Alexandria, VA, and, in 1987, was transferred to the New York City office, where he was tasked with investigating Soviet intelligence officers posing as diplomats at the United Nations. In this position, he was given a list of all known Soviet officers in such positions, which he promptly sold to Aleksandr Vasilyevich Karpov, Russia's top spy in its diplomatic mission. 

From his initial contact with Soviet intelligence officials, Pitts's story comes across like a convoluted screwball comedy filled with harebrained mishaps and double crosses. Take, for example, this: Pitts was eventually arrested, in 1995, when a Russian-diplomat-turned-US-informant participated in a sting operation against him. This diplomat was the person who first received a letter Pitt wrote to the Russian embassy offering his services as an informant. 

When the diplomat became an FBI informant seven years later, the first thing he told the feds about was the letter. The story set off an investigation that led to Pitts's arrest. All told, Pitt received $224,000 in payments from the Russians for information. At the time of his arrest, he was working as a lawyer in a post that afforded access to no useful information. But the FBI knew something had gone wrong in New York in the late '80s, and, after putting the pieces together (which included Pitts's wife informing on him after finding a suspicious letter), fingered Pitt as the culprit. Somehow, Pitt didn't realize his days were numbered, despite finding an FBI camera in his office ceiling. He even started hiding money in the same ceiling after finding the camera. Thanks for the tip, FBI!

In a final bit of bizarre comedy, the first attempt at a sting to bring Pitt down failed because he forgot where he was supposed to meet his contact - he wandered around the wrong room of the New York Public Library for 30 minutes before leaving. Pitt was sentenced to 27 years in an FBI correctional facility. During his trial, he said he had grievances with the FBI, and sold information to get back at them. Way to go, dude. 


Donald Heathfield and Tracy Foley, Your Average Boston Spies for Putin's Russia

Tim and Alex Foley, brothers born in Canada and raised in the Boston area, found out their parents were Russian spies the hard way - when the FBI showed up at the front door with a battering ram and a warrant. 

Donald Heathfield and Tracey Foley are the assumed names of Andrei Bezrukov and Elena Vavilova. Both were born in the Soviet Union and recruited as a couple by the KGB in the late '70s. They were trained in Moscow, then transferred to Canada, where they built a backstory as a typical North American family. They were part of the illegals program, a network of spies with no diplomatic cover who lived normal lives, awaiting instructions from superiors. The couple had two main tasks: facilitate communication between US and Soviet contacts and act as sleeper cells in case a war broke out between the United States and the Soviet Union. 

In Canada, Heathfield got a degree in International Economics from York University. The couple moved to the United States, where Heathfield went to Harvard and began working as an SVR agent under Putin. He started a consulting firm he used to infiltrate business circles. All the information Heathfield acquired was communicated to Russia via digital steganography, a method of code in which images with messages contained in their pixels are placed online for decryption by handlers. 

The pair was under surveillance by the US government since moving to the country, and were finally arrested in 2010. It's assumed they got too close to sensitive information for FBI comfort, so they were busted. It's also speculated double agent Alexander Poteyev, who defected to America, played a part in their arrest.


Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee, Huffin' Rails & Sellin' Secrets

Christopher Boyce grew up in Palos Verdes CA, the son of an FBI agent. He began working at aerospace company TRW in 1974 and, despite his limited experience and young age (21), was given access to the black vault, which contained secret US  defense information. A party animal, Boyce by chance reunited with childhood friend and cocaine trafficker Andrew Daulton Lee. One day, after a coke binge, the two devised a plan to sell the information in the black vault to the Russians.

Nicknamed Falcon and the Snowman, Boyce and Lee carried out their plan, selling US satellite technology info to Russian officials. They made serious money, which Lee used primarily to aid his drug business. The operation came to a halt when Lee was arrested in Mexico City in 1976. Somewhat ironically, Lee was mistakenly arrested; the police thought he was a cop killer. They quickly realized they had accidentally arrested a spy - he had CIA films in his possession and was caught outside the Soviet embassy - but tortured Lee anyway, to get him to confess to cop killing. Which weren't they past that accusation at that point?

Anyway, Lee confessed to being a spy and was handed over to US officials. He then outed Boyce as his co-conspirator. Kids, if you learn anything from this, it's that you shouldn't trust your coke buddies when it comes to selling secrets to the Soviets. Boyce was arrested in 1977 and sentenced to 40 years for espionage. He escaped in 1980 from Lompoc Correctional, only to be recaptured by US Marshals in 1981. Their story was made into a film, The Falcon and the Snowman, starring Sean Penn and Timothy Hutton.


Kim Philby Was Chief MI6-CIA Liaison While Spying for the Soviets

Born Harold AR Philby in India in 1912, the man better known as Kim was the son of famed explorer St. John Philby. He attended Trinity College at Cambridge, studying history and getting involved in extracurricular activities the Cambridge Five, a Soviet espionage group. After college, he traveled to areas of growing unrest in Europe and worked briefly as a journalist before being recruited by MI6 in 1940. By the end of WWII, Philby was in charge of counterespionage at MI6, charged with suppressing Soviet subversion in Western Europe.

In 1949, Philby transferred to Washington DC, to act as the top liaison between US and UK intelligence. During this time, he turned over classified details about the inner workings of the CIA and MI6 to Soviet intelligence. He also warned the Soviets of an Allied attack on communists in Albania in 1950. His warning caused two double agents to defect.

Philby was suspected of playing a part in the defections and was released from the CIA and MI6. He expected impending capture and trial, so fled the country, ending up in the Soviet Union in 1963. The information Philby leaked to the Soviets during the '40s and '50s led to the deaths of many agents who were exposed to and captured by the Soviets.


Harold James Nicholson, the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Outed as a Spy

Harold James Nicholson was born in Oregon 1950, right in the meaty heart of the baby boom. He joined the Army and eventually became captain of an intelligence unit, tasked with monitoring Soviet intelligence services. In 1980, he made the move to the CIA, with which organization he worked in Thailand, the Philippines, and Japan, while making connections with Soviet officials.

By 1990, Nicholson was CIA Chief of Station in Bucharest, Romania, right up against the Iron Curtain (which actually wasn't so much a curtain as it was a rug by that point). In 1992, he became Deputy Chief of Station/Operations Officer in Malaysia, in which position he met with Russian officials, hoping to conscript them. He also got involved in espionage for financial gain.

The story goes something like this: Nicholson met with a Russian intelligence officer three times with permission from the CIA. He then met him a fourth time, off of the record. It's assumed Nicholson was given money in exchange for handing over sensitive information at this meeting.  

In 1995, Nicholson failed three standard lie detector tests, unsatisfactorily answering questions like “Are you hiding involvement with a Foreign Intelligence Service?” and  “Have you had unauthorized contact with a Foreign Intelligence Service?” This, in addition to a $12,000 bank deposit that could not be sourced as legitimate income, instigated an internal investigation, part of which entailed placing Nicholson under surveillance.

Thanks to said surveillance, Nicholson was caught meeting Russian intelligence officers in New Delhi, Jakarta, Zurich, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. Talk about brazen. But the CIA didn't fire him. Rather, he was brought back to the US and given a position in counterterrorism, while the FBI monitored his mailbox and found letters addressed to handlers in Switzerland. When Nicholson requested time off to travel to Switzerland, in 1996, he was arrested in possession of top secret documents. 

During his time working with Russia, Nicholson is believed to have released information regarding identities of US officers in Russia and other classified information. Due to cooperation following arrest, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison, rather than life. 



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

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

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

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

The Worst Parents of 2014,

Parents Fail with Makeshift Tattoo Removal
Not only does this case feature two of the worst parents of the year, but it also features the world's worst babysitter. Melissa Delp and her boyfriend Daniel Janney have pretty bad taste in friends. Their family friend Alexander Edwards (age 20) gave Melissa's two daughters homemade tattoos while babysitting them. To make things worse, Melissa and Daniel decided to make homemade tattoo removers, scarring their kids with a heated razor blade.

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

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

Source: NY Daily News

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

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

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

Source: Gawker
Methed Out Dad Performs Exorcism on Demon Son
If you thought your dad was a jerk, check out the Florida dad who got high on meth, kidnapped his own son, and tried to exorcise him in the woods. Insisting that his 11-year-old son son was a demon who needed the exorcism, Bryan Adams (not the singer) needed to be punched in the face five times in order to stop. The boy had a minor heel injury and the dad was taken by the coppers.

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

Source: AP

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

Source: Daily Mail

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

Source: Headline News

Mother Accused of Cannibalism After Biting Her Newborn
24-year-old Chinese woman Li Zhenghua was spotted chewing on her newborn son's arm just minutes after giving birth in December 2014. A nurse found the new mom with her teeth locked around the baby's wrist. Hospital staff were eventually able to pry the woman's mouth open and rescue the little boy, but not before he sustained heavy bruising but bleeding. Zhenghua is suspected to have been living on the streets for several weeks after her mother kicked her out of the house, despite being pregnant.
Source: Metro

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<![CDATA[Truckers Describe the Creepiest Thing They've Seen]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/truckers-describe-creepy-stories/christopher-shultz
A life on the road, hauling cargo from city to city, can be a lonely one. It can also be dangerous and, sometimes, downright terrifying. Take it from these truckers, who took to Reddit and shared some of their eeriest, most bizarre, and unexplainable experiences while traveling highways all over the world. Here is a compilation of the best of those tales, gathered from two separate discussion threads (here and here).
Truckers Describe the Creepiest Thing They've Seen,

The Beast
"There was a story on here a while back by a trucker... It was getting very late (and very dark) so he pulled into a rest area off the highway in the middle of nowhere. The place was totally empty, meaning there weren't any other vehicles or people there. While he was getting some shut eye inside his truck, he heard a faint sound of a barking dog that seemed to get louder and louder as time went by. Eventually the nasty barking sound was coming from right outside his driver side door. As he got up to look in the window, he didn't see a rabid dog but instead it was some crazy-eyed person looking directly at him, growling and trying to get in. He started the engine and got the heck out of there."
Mysterious Fireball
"Trucker here. A few years back, I was traveling through Ute native land in New Mexico on Highway 491. 491 used to be Route 666, but they changed it a few years back. I think people were stealing the signs. Anyways, I'm in the middle of the desert around midnight, no lights or civilization for miles, when up in the sky there's a huge, orange flash. The orange flash quickly 'inflated' into a giant ball, bigger than the sun. It even had a fiery looking texture to it. Suddenly, the orange ball disappeared, and the entire desert sky, horizon to horizon, flashed a bright yellow, lighting up the everything around me like it was daytime. Then everything went back to normal. This all happened within a few seconds, but it was definitely the weirdest thing I've seen on the road."
Found a Dollar
"Kent, TX, is another one. There's an old Chevron station I think it is, seems like FedEx drivers like stopping in there in droves. I'm guessing it's a popular drop and hook point for them or something. But I stop one day, and I need to take a piss. I don't know why I didn't stop in Van Horn. So I pull off, and I roll up to the empty lot across the street. Kent is an abandoned town. I walk up to the bush line and notice a makeshift fire pit. The wood is somewhat burned, but not all the way. The weird thing is that there's an unscathed dollar bill stuck in the wood. For a second I was like "Ooo piece of candy!" but then this sudden feeling of NOPE came over me. So I left it alone and pissed in the bush. As I'm walking back, I look over at it and get a real negative feeling. I look to the ground in front of me and bam, there's a rattlesnake looking right at me. I stop dead in my tracks, and walk carefully around it, and it keeps staring at me. I ran as fast as I could back to my truck feeling like somebody was behind me. I kicked up a lot of dust getting out of there, and have never stopped in Kent since."

"Missouri, I stopped at an off-ramp to stretch out and take a breather. As I'm smoking a cigarette, a little girl from some direction I couldn't figure out giggles and says 'Hi, mister!' My initial reaction was, 'The fuck is a little kid doing out here at this time?' so I talk back and say hi. She then responds with 'My mommy says you'll be ok, don't worry!' Now utterly confused, I ask her what she means. No response. Then suddenly I feel like somebody is standing next to me, but it doesn't feel negative or bad. Just feels like somebody is right there next to me. Since it didn't have a negative vibe to it, I just finished my cigarette and left. Later on down the road, I realize that I forgot to fuel up at my last stop when the warning light came on. So I scramble to look at my GPS and find the nearest truck stop, I find one and set the course. As I roll up to the truck stop, my truck starts sputtering and I barely make it to the fuel line before the truck starts dying. I ran out of fuel right as I got on the fuel line. It wasn't until I was fueling up that it occurred to me what the hell happened at my last stop."
The High Desert

"Driving from Albuquerque to Socorro. I was on a stretch with no lights. Perfectly dark. I notice someone standing on the side of the road. As I pass him, my lights fully illuminate his face. Nothing about this guy seemed natural. His posture was weird, he was wearing a gray suit... and his face. It just looked 'off', like a mask or something. For about half a second, we lock eyes, even with my headlights blinding him, it still felt like he was looking at me, not my truck. It really creeped me the fuck out. Shortly after this, my CB started picking up some odd chirps, but I was pretty close to the VLA. 
 

"The high desert is a weird place."


Disappearing War Hero
"My first couple years I was a night driver, so it was hard to see things sometimes. But the one in PA was me trying to follow a flatbedder who was haulin' serious ass through the mountains. At one point I start to fall back because I can feel the van starting to lean. It wasn't long after that I reach down to take a swig off the handy monster I had, and I look up, and there's a guy standing off to the shoulder just outside the tree line wearing in what appeared to be some type of soldier's uniform. Looked like Revolutionary War era, he had a musket as well. As I approach, I can see him staring right at me, and then he starts walking back into the tree line still looking at me. Before he manages to make it through the trees, he disappears. Like literally vanishes in thin air. I had my windows down, and the air in the area got real cold. After about a mile, the air warmed up again. I had a really sad feeling come over me for a while afterward. Needless to say, I didn't stop for the rest of my shift."
Punchlines Don't Take Away from the Creepy

"Ok I've told this to my friends several times but I guess I can share it here too.


"I was driving for Costco a few years back. It was around this time of year. We usually took extra toy shipments to various locations due to the holiday season. We got a call that one of our locations in rural Kentucky needed to restock their giant Spiderman dolls. They knew I was a fast driver so I was giving the last minute late-night duty. I loaded my truck and headed out on the 265. It was around 3am when I started to have this eerie feeling. I chalked it up to just being tired and popped a couple of NoDoz. About 15 min later the road started to fog up. I mean more so than any other time before or since. It got to the point where I had to pull off to the side and wait. There weren't any other cars on the road and I was ahead of time so I figured I could wait until it cleared up a bit. About five minutes of sitting still in silence, my truck goes dead. No lights, no engine, nothing. I try to crank it but it was like the battery was dead. I try my CB but cannot get anyone on. I check my cell phone and there is no signal. As I'm sitting there contemplating my next move I hear what sounds like a child crying. It slowly morphed into a woman crying. Or at least that's what it sounded like to me. Now I'm a big man, 6'3", 250 pounds, but I refused to exit my cab. I did roll down my window and asked if anybody needed help. At that point the crying stopped. Then I heard what sounded like a sinister laugh. At that point I felt like the laughter was directed at me. I rolled up my window and it seemed like the more scared I became the louder the laugh went. Then as soon as it started, it stopped. And just like that my truck started back up and the fog dissipated. I drove out of there like a bat out of hell. I get to the next truck stop and pull in. I run to the bathroom and pour water on my face and ask myself 'Did that really just happen? I go out to the diner and see this fella in a John Deer hat, red flannel, and blue jeans. I needed to know if anyone else experienced that, too. I go up to him and say 'Excuse me, are you a fellow trucker 'cause I just had one hell of an experience.' He says 'Not a trucker, but...'"


I Know

"Was driving north through the mountains of Colorado towards Pueblo, and it was my first time dealing with anything like the Rocky Mountains so I was taking it nice and slow with my hazards on and in the right lane. This was in the spring, and there wasn't much snow on the ground aside from a light dusting. 

"I remember passing another truck pulled to the shoulder on my way up, nothing out of the ordinary. However, as I was heading down the mountain (which can be scary as shit in an 18-wheeler, trust me) I saw the same truck I passed earlier FLY by me in the left hand lane. Now being passed on the left going DOWNHILL in the ROCKY MOUNTAINS by another TRACTOR TRAILER is crazy enough, but what really makes this story is this guy's trailer brakes were on fire. He was pulling a load (could tell because the trailer was sealed) and if you know anything about trucks you know there's only so much braking you're supposed to do before they overheat and, worst case, catch fire. 

"This guy's truck looked like a fucking comet as he sped down the mountain at what I thought was a surely to be deadly pace. 

"I grabbed the mic to the radio and called out to him, 'Hey Driver! Your brakes are on fire! I mean literally on fire!'

"After a few seconds of static, a rough and weathered sounding voice comes back over the speaker of my radio and says, cool as a cucumber, 'I know.'


"And he disappeared around a curve. 

"I never saw any wrecked truck, emergency crews, or even mention of an accident over the radio. 

"I did see a discarded fire extinguisher on the ground at the base of the mountain though. 

"Just one of many awesome stories."


Lost Time
"New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah are some states that to this day, I still see shit in the skies that I can't explain. Lights rapidly changing direction and taking off at blinding speeds, but no sound barrier being broken. I've seen lights hovering over the desert several miles off the interstate, then it suddenly takes off and the lights cut out. Various shapes and sizes from what I can make out (again, night driver). I know military aircraft pretty well, and some of them more than likely were, but some of them absolutely can not be any military aircraft currently in mainstream use. Conventional aircraft do not move like that. The most vivid one would be at an off-ramp in New Mexico, I stopped to take a piss. And decided to turn it into a 15-minute break since my ass was sore anyway. As I'm stargazing and admiring how clear the sky is, I saw what looked like a formation of lights in the shape of a triangle lift off from the desert floor, and then take off into the sky. I kept me eyes on it, and it just kept gaining altitude until the lights just disappeared. I look down at my watch and notice it's not ticking, so I pull out my phone and it's off. I turn my phone on, and according to the time on my phone, it had been 5 minutes since my watch stopped. I felt like whatever it was that just took off had something to do with it."
A Smile of Joy

"My brother is a trucker, and a while ago near where we live, a trucker he knew was driving down a two-lane rural road at night/late evening and got a call in on the CB about a guy purposefully driving towards oncoming traffic in an area near him, and to keep an eye out for him. Eventually, he sees a car coming towards him, sure enough, weaving in and out of traffic trying to run into people. The people are dodging him left and right, and right as he gets in front of the semi, the trucker saw the guy smiling in his headlights because he knew he was going to finally die. 

"The trucker was hurt bad (I think he lived through it, but I'm not 100% sure, now that I think about it. My brother told me this a few years ago), but the guy who ran into him for sure died. He'd been trying to kill himself that way for a while. Scary stuff."



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Wed, 18 May 2016 04:07:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/truckers-describe-creepy-stories/christopher-shultz
<![CDATA[True Stories of Fights That Broke Out in Lines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/true-stories-of-fights-that-broke-out-in-lines/jacob-shelton
What is it about waiting in line that turns normal human beings into sentient, angry bags of trash? Have our brains been so warped by the culture of immediacy we live in that waiting in line for two minutes throws us into a murderous rage? Or has man always been predisposed to throwing a fit when having to wait in line for one thing or another? Steel yourself for tales of the darkest parts of humanity as you read about people who were killed for cutting in line.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wed, 18 May 2016 09:46:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/true-stories-of-fights-that-broke-out-in-lines/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[14 People Who Spent Their Retirements Being Badasses]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-retirement-stories/crystal-brackett

Retiring doesn't have to be synonymous with "boring," just take it from these people who found awesome ways to spend retirement. From 77-year-old disco queens to 25-year-old, hurricane-sailing hipsters, the people on this list show that retirement doesn't mean the end of fun, especially when throwing in the towel on your career means that you have more time to become a competitive barbecue guru, or to finally build that mini-castle with a giant dance floor, or to travel the entire globe in a hot air balloon...

Some of these people retired early to see if they could accomplish something, like the guy who decided to quit commercial photography and is now traveling the world as a pro golf player, or the entire family who quit their day jobs to play poker professionally. Others just spent their latter years with really cool hobbies. Keep reading to see more things you won't believe people did after they retired. 


14 People Who Spent Their Retirements Being Badasses,

Former Engineer Creates Armies of Kinetic Sculptures

Seth R. Goldstein retired quite some time ago from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Since then, he has earned the title and reputation of "kinetic sculptor" from his artistically engineered machines that he makes in his basement workshop - like "Why Knot? (above)," "Cram Guy," and "RO-BOW."


A Retired Aerospace Engineer Lives Life as a Rockstar

Everyone dreams of being a rockstar. And really, what better way is there for an 82-year-old retired aerospace engineer to spend their time off? Wait, what? John Hetlinger is seriously the coolest heavy-metal grandpa. He made it to the "Judge Cuts" round on Season 11 of America's Got Talent, performing both Drowning Pool's "Bodies" and Rob Zombie's "Dragula". Even though he was eventually cut from the show's cast, he still gets to perform live on stage with Drowning Pool at some of their festivals.


Retired Civil Engineer Creates Artificial Glaciers to Aid Ladakh

This retired civil engineer still puts his field experience to work by helping the people of Ladakh, India with their water needs. At 79 years old, Chewang Norphel, aka the "Ice Man of India" has found a solution to Ladakh's troubles through artificial glaciers. Since then, Ladakh's agricultural production has increased and many residents no longer feel the need to move into cities. He plans to continue making glaciers and hopes to extend this aid to other places across the globe that are experiencing backlashes from global warming.


The Balloon Babe of Slab City

Retired social worker turned latex origami engineer- er, balloon artist - Karen Webb, leaves her city of Cincinnati, OH, every winter to warm up in what's considered to be one of America's last "free places," Slab City, outside the Salton Sea in California. The residents call her the "Balloon Babe," which is a title well earned seeing that she spends her time hanging out and making whatever she feels like for herself, as well as the residents, out of balloons.


Retired Insurance Executive Turned BBQ Master

Johnny Trigg had a major career change when he retired from being an insurance executive and became a traveling barbeque master. Three years after his retirement, he took his competitive spirit for BBQ out of Texas and on the road, where the prize money was better.

He has definitely made a name for himself since then, becoming the first person to win first place twice at Jack Daniel's World Championship BBQ Invitational, and having three appearances in TLC's reality TV show, BBQ Pitmasters.


This Whole Family Quit Their Jobs to Play Pro Poker

Michelle and Matthew Shiels have both retired from their day jobs to become pro poker players... along with their sons Richard and Brandon. They're all poker experts at their "House of Cards" in Birmingham, AL, and the family spends at least three days out of the week competing in poker tournaments and making a few television appearances.

Before going pro, Michelle owned a nursery business, which she sold to focus on poker, and her husband, Matthew, was an accountant.


This Guy Quit His Job to Become a Pro Golfer

This is Dan McLaughlin. Dan was once a commercial photographer, but he completely quit that job to become a pro golfer. Except Dan had never played an entire 18 holes golf before - ever. Dan has a plan, though. He wants to rack up 10,000 hours of practice, he's traveling the world and dedicating himself to becoming a pro golfer. 

Dan keeps everyone updated on his progress through his blog, which includes videos and a map that marks courses he has played all over the world.


Retired Mathematician's Hand-Built Castle

This retired mathematician built his own castle... completely by hand. Reddit user kaiklops shows off their badass grandpa who built a stone castle by digging up stones from another property, hand-mixing the mortar, and setting it all into place piece by piece. With the help of his wife, the modern day mini-castle took only five years to build. The best part about it? There are no bedrooms, but there is a giant dance floor.

Take a look at the castle's progress pictures!


Disco Sally: The Retired Laywer and Disco Queen of NYC Nightlife

Whoever thought getting old was boring must not have heard of Sally Lippmann. Lippmann was a retired lawyer who earned her fame as "Disco Sally" from her moves on the dance floor of New York City's Studio 54. After her husband's death, the 77-year-old, ex-lawyer lived up the rest of her life in style, becoming the cougar of disco in new York in the late '70s. Lippmann even had plans on traveling to Hollywood to make a movie about her wild life.


Quit His Job at 25 and Sailed to Chili in Hurricane Season

Dwyer Haney, a 25 year old, gave up his day job and sold all of his belongings to sail to to the fjords of Chile in a 30-foot-long sail boat, that he affectionately named "Rascal"- in hurricane season, where he almost lost both his boat and his friend. He kept a blog full of pictures and journals of his epic voyage from Bellingham, Washington to Chilean Patagonia, and plans to keep finding challenges to conquer throughout the rest of his very early retirement.



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Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:29:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-retirement-stories/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[People Who Tragically Died While Trying to Take a Selfie]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/selfie-deaths-092215/jacob-shelton
Ever since cells phones started coming with a camera, the most popular thing to do has been to take a selfie, a picture of yourself, and post in on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook. But lately, people have been taking selfies to extreme levels in order to get more likes and viral acclaim for their photo. Sadly, a lot of these extreme selfies have lead to the people taking the photographs to be left in critical condition, or worse, to be killed in the act. The selfie deaths on this list are horrible, but they should be shared so no one else has to suffer a selfie injury for the sake getting a great photo. Remember, you can’t get likes if you’re dead. Put down your phone and read through this list of people who died while trying to take a selfie.

The amount of young people who have died taking a selfie is staggering. After reading through these stories of people who were injured while taking a selfie you’ll start to wonder how someone could be so careless. But think of all the weird things you’ve done to get that perfect shot. If you’re ever about to do something stupid for a selfie, just think about how you don’t want someone sat your funeral saying that you died taking a photo. The stories on this list of people who died while taking selfies should be shown to everyone with a smart phone. You don’t want to end up in intensive care, or worse, just because you had to get the perfect picture.
People Who Tragically Died While Trying to Take a Selfie,

19 Year Old Shoots Himself in the Face While Taking a Selfie
Deleon Smith, a 19 year old father of two from Houston, Texas, accidentally shot himself in the face while posing for a selfie with a gun. His family said that he was due to begin classes at a local community college within the month. 
Three College Students are Hit by a Moving Train During Selfie Session
In Mathura, India, three college students attempted to take a "daredevil selfie" of themselves standing on the train tracks as a speeding train approached. Their plan was to jump from the tracks, but their timing was severely off and they ended up being mowed down by a train. 
Tourist Falls to His Death Taking a Selfie on the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is a place of great beauty, but when a Japanese tourist tried to capture himself in the beauty with the help of a selfie stick, he fell down a series of steps and died of head injuries at the local hospital. 
Polish Tourist Falls Off a Bridge While Talking a Selfie
When Polish medical student, Sylwia Rajchel, visited Seville, Spain she tried to take a selfie on the Puente de Triana bridge just after midnight. She lost her footing and fell to her death. 
While Using a Selfie Stick, a Man Falls From a 100 Foot Cliff to His Death
A man being referred to as Mr. Chen, reportedly fell off a waterfall in Zhejiang, eastern China at the beginning of September. He was found with a phone and a selfie stick at the bottom of a ravine. 
Teen Dies Competing in Selfie Olympics
On January 3, 2015, 18-year-old Oscar Reyes attempted to take a photo of himself in his mother’s bathroom in order to follow up on a Spongebob Squarepants selfie he'd taken the day before. Around 2AM when he fell off her door and injured his head. He died from excessive bleeding. 
Pilot Takes Selfies Moments Before Crashing His Plane
In 2014, the 29-year-old pilot of a Cessna 150K in Colorado killed himself, and a passenger while taking selfies as he flew the plane. A GoPro camera mounted to the dash of the plane captured the pilot and his passengers taking photos and texting
Russian Woman Dies In Fall While Taking a Selfie on a Moscow Bridge
A 21-year-old graduate of the Russian State University of Tourism and Services Studies, tried to take selfie on a bridge that offered an excellent view of one of the famous landmarks of the Russian capital, but fell from the bridge while taking the photo. Reportedly, the reason for her death was a broken fence on the bridge that she leaned on while taking the photo.
A Student in the Philippines Falls to Her Death While Taking Selfie
A 14 year old student fell to her death in July 2014 after she lost her balance while trying to take a selfie on the staircase landing of their school in Pasig City. She fell down multiple flights of stairs, resulting in the severe cranial injuries that lead to her death.
Man Shoots Himself in the Face
In 2016, a man from Concrete, Washington fatally shot himself in the face while trying to take a selfie. The 43-year-old (whose name was not released by the police) apparently thought the gun was unloaded. He and his girlfriend had taken several selfies with the weapon that day, and each time, the man unloaded the gun before the pictures, then reloaded it after (WHY?).


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Mon, 21 Sep 2015 04:11:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/selfie-deaths-092215/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[18 Dirty Facts About Flying Airlines Don't Want You to Know]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/airline-secrets-flying/ranker-travel
If you're a frequent flyer, there are two approaches to this list of airline secrets you may or may not want to know: 1. Ignore it and carry on in your blissful ignorance of duct tape holding the wing of your aircraft together while flying. Or 2. Read about the awful things that happen on commercial flights, and go in armed with the knowledge of how awful the flight you're on really is (but possibly avoid dysentery). There's no option three, so choose wisely, because some of these airline worst practices can't be unseen.

From odd / surprising (hopefully) places you'll find poop on a plane to the things a flight attendant might overlook so they get paid, there are an uncomfortable number of scary things airlines don't want you to know about flying. Culled from the experiences of real pilots, flight attendants, airline staff, ground crew, and TSA officials, these are the reasons logical people are afraid to fly - and even the most seasoned traveler should be at least a bit skeeved out by this list of awful things that happen on planes. 
18 Dirty Facts About Flying Airlines Don't Want You to Know,

Some Airline Employees Don't Get Paid Until the Flight's in the Air
Why is this scary for you? Let's say a pilot, flight attendant, or other airline employee notices something off about the plane (torn carpet, a toilet issue, a possible technical issue) they consider negligible, they may fail to report the condition in case it causes the flight to be substantially delayed or even cancelled. 

(Source)
Somebody Has Probably Changed a Diaper On Your Tray Table
Why bother going to the bathroom to remove your child's sodden diaper when you could loose it on a small table that most people eat their food on? 

(Source)
Planes Are Frequently Struck by Lightning
Better the plane than you.


Pilots Get Served Different Meals in Case of Food Poisoning
Likely the same meals you're being offered, so hope you chose the same meal as the pilot who continues at the helm during the other's bout of food poisoning.


The Emergency Door Handles Are There So Flight Attendants Aren't Pushed Out
People go nutty whenever there's a situation involving an emergency exit, and the poor flight attendants – who are trying to get you out safely – are often disregarded like limits on carry-on baggage, necessitating the plane's version of "Oh Sh*t" bars.

(Source)
Pilots Routinely Nod Off During Long Flights
While nap breaks are scheduled so one pilot can rest while the other commands a plane once it's at cruising altitude, most pilots (more than 50% according to this survey) have involuntarily nodded off while in the cockpit.
People Steal the Under-Seat Life Jackets
Somewhere, in a Midwest frat house, is the life jacket you should be using in case of emergency.

(Source)
Guidelines Exist for the Amount of Screws a Plane Is Allowed to Fly Without
Seems you'd prefer to have zero screws missing, but apparently there's a threshold of acceptable missing screws on the plane.

(Source)
The Toilets Can Be Unlocked from the Outside
This is more of a "Charlie from 'Lost' getting cranked on heroin" precaution than a "People in row 23 joining the mile-high club" fail-safe, but the fact remains that occupied does not mean you're free from the possibility of interruption.


If You Use the Oxygen Bags for More Than 15 Minutes, You're Gonna Have a Bad Time
The oxygen masks on planes only supply 15-20 minutes of oxygen. The theory is that the pilots will descend to a height of normal cabin pressurization as soon as an issue is noted.

(Source)

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:17:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/airline-secrets-flying/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The 13 Absolute Worst Parents of 2011 (First Half)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-absolute-worst-parents-of-2011-_so-far_/michael-gibson
Some people just shouldn't have children, and others treat having a child like most pre-teens do getting a new guitar. It's cool at first, but before you know it, it winds up in the garbage. We're half way through the year and like previous years, this list is, sadly, way too easy to make. From the totally outrageous to the shocking and appalling, here are the absolute worst parents of 2011 (so far).
The 13 Absolute Worst Parents of 2011 (First Half),

Mother Throws Newborn Into Snowbank
21-year-old Ashley Renee Couch was a brand new mom when she apparently decided she'd had enough.

According to reports, the Minneapolis mom was arrested after allegeldy throwing her newborn baby into a snowbank during a fight with her significant other. Cause that'll show 'im.

"This is why we can't have nice things!"

The 18-day-old baby girl suffered hypothermia (it was 16 degrees outside at the time), but thankfully, she survived. She's in foster care, and Couch was charged with child endangerment and neglect.
Mom Buys Boob Job for 7-Year-old Daughter
What do you get the 7-year-old who has absolutely everything?

Well, British mom Sarah Burge decided to give her darling daughter, Poppy, that is, yes, 7 years in age, a voucher for a breast augmentation surgery. Burge herself, the mother, known as the "Human Barbie," gave her Baby Barbie a voucher for breast augmentation for her birthday recently, which seems a little odd. But you know what? Don't worry. She can't cash it in until she's 16.

You can't let a 7 year old get a boob job! It's inhumane. I mean, think of how hard finger painting would become.

Was the little girl upset that she didn't get the usual birthday presents a 7-year-old would get? No. Not at all. In fact, she was thrilled, telling the 'Daily Mail,' "I wanted a new computer, a holiday and a voucher for surgery. When I got it all, it was a dream come true. I can’t wait to be like Mummy with big boobs."

FYI: Sarah Burge admits that her 15-year-old stepdaughter has already had Botox injections.

We can start the betting pool on how soon both daughters' self esteem will peak right abouuuut now.
Mom Sells Daughter's Virginity for $10,000
What do you do when you're down on your luck and you need to get rid of a few items in order to make your bills? Rationally, you sell your DVDs first, then you move on to other valuable things that you like, but don't need like, you know, old sewing machines, your 13-year-old daughter's virginity and maybe some old blouses, but who really pays reasonable buy-back sums for blouses nowadays?

According to police, Felicia Rea McClure (who you might remember from such news stories as "Mother Knows Worst" and "The Mommy Madame") tried to sell her 13-year-old daughter's virginity. Yes, prosecutors say Felicia sent multiple text messages to a potential buyer, asking him to pay $10,000 to have sex with her young daughter.

She's also accused of sending sexually explicit photos of the teen in an effort to shop her around, which makes sense if you've ever used eBay.

Felicia was finally busted by a boyfriend who saw the texts and realized what was going on. She's looking at the very real possibility of spending the rest of her life behind bars if she's convicted of sex abuse and exploitation of a minor.

The best part about the embedded news report is that every single time they refer to the buyer they refer to him as a "gentleman".
Pregnant Mother Smokes a Pack a Day to Make Baby 'Stronger'
What won't kill you makes you stronger. This is the only logical explanation for why this person actually thinks this.

Smoking cigarettes is bad for babies. Period. But, tell that to 20-year-old Charlie Wilcox of Kent, England. This mom smoked between 15-20 cigarettes every single day while pregnant with her daughter, Lilly.

Really? In this economy?

Charlie told the BBC that she believed injecting the dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (from the smoke) into her bloodstream, her baby would get stronger, because her heart would be forced to work harder, "on its own."

Not surprisingly, little Lilly was born prematurely and she had a low birth weight. But hey, on the upside, maybe she won't have to have plastic surgery later on in life?
Mom Kills Daughter for Tossing Game Console
In March of 2011, Japanese mom Yui Tanaka was arrested in connection with the death of her three-year-old daughter, Shizuku Tanaka. According to reports, the toddler was bound and stuffed into a garbage bag, where she later suffocated. Why, you ask? Her mother was quoted as saying that little Shizuku threw away the family's gaming console. And those things cost a lot of money!

And not only that, the mom was also upset that her daughter was "fussy and noisy" when she and her boyfriend were trying to play games, which brings up an important social point: just because you're playing a stealth game where your slightest move/noise can set off an alarm that'll call hundreds of your enemies, people can still talk around you. The characters can't hear you.

Some reports claim that Yui didn't mean to kill the child. I mean, who doesn't bind their baby with duct tape and throw them into a garbage bag when they're being loud? It's like the tiny drops of whiskey so they can sleep or rocking them back and forth: some things are just timeless parenting staples.
Mother Kills Baby, Then Takes Him Shopping
Toyrianna Smith is one screwed up, sick mom who probably played with way too many of those creepy "real looking" baby dolls when she was little.

Police in Chicago claim that Smith killed her three-month-old son and then "took the dead infant shopping with her." Yes, you read that right. First the killing, THEN the shopping. Someone really needs to learn to plan their Saturdays a little better.

Authorities believe that Smith murdered little Ken Blackman Jr. when he wouldn't stop crying, by holding him down with a blanket over his tiny face. Then, she went to sleep, like a baby. Only she woke up the next day and, according to reports, got up, dressed her dead baby, got him into his BabyBjorn(TM) and brought him along on an hours-long shopping excursion.

Police finally got involved when a neighbor noticed the blood on the baby blanket- along with the fact that the baby wasn't breathing.

Toyrianna Smith, by the way, confessed. Really not too much more you can do at that point.
Mother Kills Her Two Children for Talking Back to Her
This is extremely depressing, because how many times did you get some guff from your parents for talking back?

What could they possibly have been arguing about that led to this? The worst part is that the mother probably threatened them, but they never really got that she wasn't kidding.

The woman bought a gun and bullets about a week before and one day after school, she shot her young son in the head. She then walked up to her daughter's room while she was doing homework on her computer and shot her once in the head, once in the face.

She was going to then kill herself, but couldn't go through with it since, you know, murdering two bright, young innocent, intelligent children in cold blood really takes it out of you. She showed no remorse when police showed up, but was shaking yet calm during her arrest.

Why did this happen? Because they talked back to her. The only reason. This gives me reason to believe that this quote from a wiseman from the 1990s is true because sometimes, guys, "parents just don't understand". Truer words have never been rapped.
Mother Kills Toddler Son During Exorcism
Indiana mother Latisha Lawson was accused of killing her two-year-old son, Jezaih, during a botched and totally misguided exorcism. Hasn't she ever seen the movies? Things like this should be left to professionals and Christian scam-artists.

According to reports, Latisha mistakenly believed her children were possessed by demons, Frailty style.

Reports say the mom forced her 10-year-old daughter, Kierra, and little Jezaih to drink a mixture of oil and vinegar, believing it could cast out evil spirits in their bodies. The 10-year-old threw up the mixture but three-year-old Jezaih didn't - in fact, Lawson admitted to authorities that she forced the toddler to drink the mixture and held his mouth closed "for about 10 minutes... until he stopped breathing."

Which calls to question this woman's innocence, unless, of course, it takes her 8 minutes to swallow a single sip of beverages. In that case what she did is perfectly understandable.

When her son was dead, Lawson apparently prayed over his motionless body, wrapped him in a blanket and kept him in a closet "for almost a year." Because a closet is where you keep dead bodies fresh. This is disgusting. Why? Because I won't even leave day-old Chinese food in the living room, let alone a dead body in a closet.


Mother Passes Out Drunk at a Bar with Child in Her Lap
Sometimes, you just have to sleep.

37-year-old Florida mother Kira Logsdon-Mitchell wanted to go out partying. The problem? She had three young children at home. What to do, what to do? Load up the kids and take them to the bar, of course! A woman has to have her priorities.

According to authorities, Kira took her four-year-old son with her when she hit up Frank's Place bar in Ocoee, Florida. She left the other two children, ages 7 and 9, back at home since bringing them to a bar would be irresponsible.

But obviously, you can't take a child into a bar, right? So what did Kira do? According to reports, Kira left her son in her car while she went inside and got trashed. But Kira missed her baby - so she eventually brought him in with her. A bartender called the cops, who later found a stinking drunk, passed out Kira curled up in the bar with her child.

Hey, at least she didn't drive him.
Mother Burns Child's Face with an Iron for Reading a Book Wrong
Meet Hope Askew. Yes, this is her real name and yes, it is slightly ironic.

When this Texas mother decided her young daughter was reading a book incorrectly, she felt hopeless. Her daughter was just not getting it. So, like any sane mother looking to dole out a fitting punishment for such a heinous crime as getting a few words wrong during a child's learning process she picked up the iron she was using on the laundry and pressed it to the 10-year-old's face. Twice. Probably for symmetry.

Obviously, tragically, the little girl was left with horrific burns. Investigators say Askew was mad because her daughter "wasn't reading the words correctly in the book."

And that's not all. Not only did she seriously injure the little girl, she also didn't treat the injuries. The kid went to school, burns and all, telling a school nurse that she'd accidentally connected with a hot skillet, which is when people started getting suspicious since the nurse felt bad for the girl. This mother deserves not only a few years in jail, but to have her child taken away from her if nothing but for the fact that she made it so that her unfortunate daughter can never wear a horizontally-striped longsleeve sweater again.

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Tue, 05 Jul 2011 05:35:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-absolute-worst-parents-of-2011-_so-far_/michael-gibson
<![CDATA[Weirdest Things Donated to Goodwill]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weirdest-things-donated-to-goodwill/ashley-reign
Ah, Goodwill! Who doesn’t love the thrill of sifting through moth-ball laden garments for the occasional treasure that promises to reveal itself to those who have the patience to really dig? Well, here we’ve collected a list of the weirdest items ever donated to a Goodwill store. You see, in the thrill of the hunt, many times you may never notice the bizarre collection of items you sift right past that are actually treasures in their own - albeit sometimes borderline creepy - right. Fear not however, for on display below you’ll find a collection of some of the weirdest things donated to Goodwill in all of thrift store history.

What can you donate to Goodwill? What will Goodwill accept? Well, as it turns out, anatomically correct fertility gods and sculptures made of doll heads are totally fair game! And so are stripper poles! We combed the web for the weirdest, tackiest, and just plain strange donations ever dropped off at a Goodwill thrift store, and the offerings did not disappoint. So the next time you’re just not sure where you’re going to pick-up a new coffin or that pig fetus to really tie you living room decorating scheme together, calm your nerves, and know that Goodwill has you covered.

The collection you’re about to experience comes from both Goodwill employees and customers alike, who just couldn’t resist snapping a photo of some of the craziest things people have donated throughout the years. As you wade through this list of the strangest and creepiest objects donated to Goodwill, you’ll find yourself basking in the glory of everything from the world’s creepiest art to things that might have been attempts at art but failed miserably.

So pull on that $2 cardigan and take a look at the strangest things people’s closets have coughed up over the years.

Weirdest Things Donated to Goodwill,

These Legs They Had Lyin' Around
Nothing says spring cleaning like tossing those pesky old body parts. Although, we must say it's rather thoughtful that some come with their own shoes.

This Poor Little Dude
Though animals aren't accepted as donations, this little guy was left overnight with a collection of other items. Thankfully the folks at Goodwill lived up to their name yet again and found him a loving home.

This Insanely Real-Looking Artificial Decomposing Leg
Thankfully, this ridiculously realistic looking rotting leg turned out to be fake, but not before it got a few screams out of the Fort Worth, TX Goodwill worker who discovered it.

The World's Most Unfortunately Shaped Piggy Bank
A Valentine's Day gift for the new husband who needs a hint about the maternal clock?

This Fertility God
Though he's since been censored with the Goodwill smiley face, apparently this donated fertility god's anatomy doesn't leave much to the imagination.

Yep, That's Definitely a Coffin
We only have two hopes concerning this donation item

1) That someone finds it and can use it for years... or centuries to come. 
2) That its unused.

This Crystal Ball
Unfortunately, it seems forever stuck on the fate of Batman alone.

This Accupuncture Illustration Doll
Need to know where to stick a needle? Apparently this lady has you covered.

This Live Grenade
Not only did this live grenade donation give a very real scare to employees at a Goodwill store in Texas, a professional had to be called in to disarm it.

This Priceless Piece of Work-Out History
Okay, we gotta admit, this is kind of absolutely fantastic.


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Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:55:55 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weirdest-things-donated-to-goodwill/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[16 Terrifying Examples of Armies Hopped Up on Drugs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/military-conflicts-where-people-used-drugs/harmonleon
Sure, you've heard of the War on Drugs but what about drug use during military conflict, drugs in the Army, and even wars where people were high? Throughout history, drugs and wars have gone hand in hand. Needless to say, a military conflict is a stressful environment and the stress of the battlefield can be traumatizing to soldiers - drug use and war are no strangers to one another.

Though there is a zero-tolerance policy in the military when it comes to drugs, many military personnel cope with the pressure by turning to self-medicating. Other times in history, drugs have been employed to give soldiers invincible courage on the battlefield. For centuries, drugs have been used by soldiers to calm their nerves and boost their courage to keep them fighting on the battlefield.

The role of drugs in military conflicts varies. It could be the fighting over opium importation, such as in the First Opium War, abusing drugs to numb the pain of the horrors of battle as in the Vietnam War, or to give soldiers a ruthless-edge as in the Napoleonic Wars. Sadly, the use of drugs by soldiers in the field of often spills over to addiction once the war is over.

Many different military conflicts have featured soldiers using drugs; this list details these cases and the types of drugs were predominant during the conflict - everything from heroin and morphine, to THC and magic mushrooms.
16 Terrifying Examples of Armies Hopped Up on Drugs,

Sierra Leone Civil War Numbed Boy Soldiers with Brown-Brown and Speed
You'd be hard-pressed to find a sadder chapter in history than that of Sierre Leone and the war fought with boy soldiers. To get children to kill, the drug lords used a combination of speed, cocaine, and "brown-brown": a snorted mixture of cocaine and gunpowder. The drugs would make the boy soldiers numb to everything around. To charge them up at night, the child troops would be made to watch Rambo movies.

Heroin Money Funds Terrorists in Afghanistan
Afghanistan has always been known for opium and its poppy fields. In fact, the country produces 90% of the world’s supply. A 2009 United Nations study estimated that $160 million of drug money in Afghanistan goes to fund terrorist activities each year.

Heroin serves two distinct military tactics in this case: The Taliban was using the drug money to fight Americans, and also using the heroin to get Americans addicted.
Amphetamines Keep Syrian Forces Fighting
Speed seems to be the drug of choice for military conflicts; amphetamine has that dangerous combination of keeping soldiers fighting for days on end and keeping them from getting any sleep. In the Middle East, Syrian-made Captagon is the speed of choice, being employed by Isis fighters so they can stay alert during battle.

One minor setback: The drug, which was created in the '60s to treat hyperactivity and narcolepsy, is highly addictive. So addictive that it was banned in the '8os (that's how you know it's bad). It's also very cheap to make, yet has a street value of around $20 a tablet. The effects of Captagon keep the soldiers euphoric, sleepless, and energetic. The profits from Captagon sales are believed to be used
by the Islamic State in Syria to buy weapons.

Pill-Popping Energized the Iraq War
Much like how prescription drugs were abused by the rest of society in the 2000s, the pills were also abused by the American military. Prescription drug abuse tripled among soldiers during the Iraq War. Artane, normally used for Parkinson's disease, became the drug of choice, providing energy and courage when it came time to break down doors and enter houses in the middle of the night.
The First Opium War Was Non-Ironically Fought Over Opium
Take a wild guess as to the prominent drug of the First Opium War. If you said "opium," then you are unsurprisingly correct. How it worked: Britain violated China's ban on the importation of opium, seeking to right an imbalance in the flow of trade between the two countries. The Chinese people quickly became addicted to the drug, including those in the army.

It is estimated that 90% of the Emperor’s Army was addicted to opium. Put that head-to-head with a superior British military and, well, you can predict the outcome.
Zulu Warriors Fought While Tripping on Mushrooms
In the 1870s the British Empire wanted to conquer the Zulu Kingdom. To help combat their foes, the Zulus would use magic mushrooms and THC, packed in a snuff form. When the British came attacking, they just popped magic mushrooms and felt invincible.

The American Civil War Created "Soldier's Disease" and Morphine Addicts
During the Civil War, morphine was considered a "wonder drug" for the wounded. It was also used as an anesthetic and pain killer during field amputations. The problem was, after the war, many wounded soldiers carried on with their morphine use.

It was estimated that 400,000 soldiers returned from the war as addicts. The term "soldier’s disease" was even coined to describe the addiction. By the end of the 19th century, there were one million Americans who had “soldier’s disease.”


World War I Soldiers Smoked 'Em Up
Morphine fell out of favor after the "soldier’s disease" epidemic of the Civil War, and by the time World War One rolled around it was no longer in use. So, the doughboys in the trenches turned on to tobacco to calm their nerves and cigarettes were even distributed as part of military rations. Some 14 million were given out daily.
The Vietnam War Was All Pot and Heroin
The ‘60s was the time of cultural revolution. While the kids were getting high at Woodstock, so were the soldiers in Vietnam. Marijuana was the preferred drug of the troops – which they referred to as "the sh*t.” Things shifted in 1968 and society began to crackdown on weed. As a result, soldiers switched to heroin, which they mixed with tobacco and smoked in the field.

By the summer of 1971, 20 percent of American troops in Vietnam were heroin addicts.
Hitler Fueled His Third Reich with Speed
Have you seen the documentary High Hitler? The whole Nazi regime was fueled on speed and meth to keep them marching. Along with that, the Americans, British, and Japanese troops popped amphetamines to stay awake. Some 200 million pills were distributed to soldiers by the American military. Soldiers and speed was thought of as the ultimate fighting combination.

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 06:24:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/military-conflicts-where-people-used-drugs/harmonleon
<![CDATA[Criminal Masterminds Who Were Caught by GPS]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/criminals-caught-by-gps/jordan-love
GPS trackers are everywhere nowadays. Most new cars, phones, and even high-end watches are equipped with the technology. It has become incredibly useful for police and investigators who are tracking down criminals. From thieve and murders to sexually abusive cops, GPS technology has been used to put wrongdoers of all sorts away.

Not only is GPS technology becoming more and more prevalent in our society, it is also becoming smaller in size. GPS trackers can now be made small enough to slip into a stack of cash and become largely unnoticeable. In fact, many would-be bank robbers have been foiled because they failed to see the GPS tracker hidden in the money they had stolen.

With each passing year, there are more and more crimes solved by GPS, and it's not just small ones. Terrorists, serial killers, and the illegal ivory trade have all been challenged thanks to GPS technology.

Of course, GPS tracking has also created its own problems. Many people see the technology as an invasion of privacy. While some trackers can be disabled or turned off, some remain on unless they are destroyed. The FBI has even been known to use the technology on unsuspecting United States citizens, though supporters argue that the benefits greatly outweigh the costs.

Decide for yourself. Check out this list of crimes caught on GPS.

Criminal Masterminds Who Were Caught by GPS,

The Man Who Parked in the Wrong Spot
A English man named Andrew Phillips, who illegally parked his car while getting some take-out, came out to find a traffic warden writing him a ticket. After yelling at the warden, Phillips got into his car and proceeded to run the man over and drive away. Little did he know, the traffic wardens cell phone had become lodged in the Phillips' car when he hit him. Police used the GPS on the phone to track down Phillips and arrest him.

The Koreatown Jewelry Heist
A multi-million dollar jewelry heist ended in the arrest of ten people thanks to GPS. The thieves stole nearly $5 million in merchandise, including Rolex watches that were outfitted with GPS technology. The police quickly rounded up the perpetrators with the help of the high-tech accessories.

The Charlotte Bank Job
Four bank robbers were arrested when authorities used GPS trackers in the money they had stolen to find them. Within the nearly $6,000 the robbers stole, two stacks of cash were equipped with GPS devices.

The Serial Criminal
It would appear that 98 previous convictions were just not enough for Nicholas Broadley. Thanks to his numerous previous arrests, Broadley was wearing a police issued GPS tracker when he decided to steal three bicycles. Not only did the GPS show that he was indeed at the locations the bikes were stolen from, but it also lead police to the location where he was storing the hidden bikes. 

The California Serial Killers
A serial killing pair in California, who were both already known sex offenders, committed at least four murders while wearing GPS trackers as part of their parole. Though the murderers were not caught exclusively thanks to the GPS, those trackers did become vital pieces of evidence in the cases against them, placing them at the scenes of the crimes.

The Abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither


When Delvin Barnes abducted Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, he made two grave mistakes. The first was that he was caught committing the crime on a surveillance camera. The second was that the car he used in the abduction was equipped with GPS. Barnes had bad credit when he purchased the car, and the dealer who sold him the vehicle had outfitted it with GPS in case Barnes stopped making payments.

The Illegal Ivory Trade
Because of the unbelievable rate at which elephants have been poached in the last decade, a journalist was determined to get to the bottom of the illegal ivory trade. Bryan Christy commissioned a pair of fake elephant tusks to be outfitted with GPS trackers. With them, he managed to uncover some of the routes and locations of the illegal organizations who profit from ivory trade.

The Sexually Abusive Police Officer
Former police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was convicted on five counts of rape and thirteen other counts of sexual assault. Holtzclaw worked with the Oklahoma City police at the time of the crimes, and GPS evidence from his patrol car was one of the primary factors that lead to his conviction.

The Shooters of a Man and His Dog
In Marin County, California, a 67-year-old man and his dog were shot while hiking in the mountains. Police tracked down the three individuals responsible for the shooting using a GPS device that was embedded in the car that they had stolen. The 67-year-old man died from his gunshot wounds, but his dog survived.

The Boston Bomber
Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is one of the more notorious criminals in recent American history. In the middle of the race to find and capture him, Dzhokhar and his brother hijacked a car and held it's owner captive for a short time. When the man escaped, he quickly phoned police and told them that his car and the iPhone he left behind were each equipped with GPS. Authorities used that technology to track down the bombers.


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Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:28:13 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/criminals-caught-by-gps/jordan-love
<![CDATA[15 Times Wild Animals Actually Saved Humans]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wild-animals-who-have-saved-humans/anabel-conner
When we think of wild animals, we generally consider one or two scenarios: increasing conflicts with them as humans encroach on the places they live and our response to the situation, or animal rescue missions to save them from a myriad of perils. There are many situations in which human beings need to solve the plight of an animal or go out on a limb to save their lives. These tales of rescue are often some of our favorite and most heartwarming animal stories.

However, what about when the tables have turned and a person finds themselves in harms way without help nearby? One would think a human could hardly count on the help of a wild animal to save their lives, but incredibly, it has happened. Dolphins, gorillas, lions... all have crossed the imaginary lines of what is expected from the animal kingdom and have displayed extraordinary humanity to perform amazing acts of courage and kindness. The fact that wild animals are also capable of compassion and understanding shouldn't be too difficult to accept. Suspend your feelings of disbelief, and enjoy these inspirational and heroic true stories of wild animals saving humans!

15 Times Wild Animals Actually Saved Humans,

Gorilla Saved Toddler From Attack
In August of 1996 at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, a 3-year-old boy fell 18 feet into a gorilla enclosure, sustaining a rather severe head injury. Binti Jua, a female Lowland Gorilla, protected the boy from the other gorillas, who are notoriously territorial. She then cradled him in her arms and carried him 60 feet to an entrance where zoo employees and medical personnel waited to treat his injuries.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Beavers Comfort and Save Boy Freezing to Death
Rheal Guindon of Ontario, Canada, was on a camping trip with his parents in when they decided to go out in the boat to go fishing. Rheal stayed on shore, but was horrified when he witnessed the boat tip over and his parents struggle in the water and drown. He walked toward the nearest town to get help, but when the sun set, he realized he would have to spend the night on the cold, damp ground. As he lay there crying, he felt a warm, furry body press up against him, which he thought was probably a dog. Delirious from his ordeal, he fell asleep. In the morning, he awoke to find three wild beavers huddled against him and across his body. They had saved him from freezing to death overnight when the temperatures dipped below zero.

Source: Laland, Stephanie. Peaceful Kingdom: Random Acts of Kindness By Animals, Conari Press, 1997. Google Books. Web.
Silverback Gorilla Protects Injured Boy
In 1986, Jambo, a male Silverback Gorilla, saved a young boy named Levan Merritt when he fell 12 feet onto a concrete slab in the gorilla enclosure at Jersey Zoo, cracking his skull and falling unconscious. Although male Silverbacks are thought to be incredibly hostile, Jambo stood guard over the boy, placing himself between him and the other gorillas. He later stroked the unconscious boy's back and led the other gorillas away and into an enclosure when the boy gained consciousness, allowing for his rescue by an emergency medical team.

Source: Foundation TV

Dolphins Rescue Surfer Wounded by Shark
During an incident in 2007, a monster Great White shark had already attacked Monterey, California, surfer Todd Endris three times, peeling the skin from his back and shearing his right leg to the bone, when a circle of dolphins appeared. The small pod surrounded him, protecting him from further danger, and guided him back to the shore.

Source: Today.com

Elephant Saves Girl From Tsunami
During the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, an 8-year-old girl named Amber Mason was kept from drowning and was sheltered from the waves by an elephant. As the initial wave struck, the elephant took Amber on its back and ran for higher ground. It also created a protective wall around Amber by turning its back to the wave. The girl's family credit the elephant with saving her life, as she would have been separated from them and drowned otherwise.

Source: BBC News

Sea Lion Helps Man Who Jumped Off Golden Gate Bridge
Cases of surviving a deliberate plunge off of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge are very rare, but perhaps they might occur more often if a helpful sea lion would show up. This is what happened when 19-year-old Kevin Hines decided to jump in September of 2006. Miraculously, he survived the 25-story plunge, but the impact of the water broke his back and shattered vertebrae, and the overwhelming pain rendered him unable to tread water. But before he started to sink, something brushed his legs. A sea lion was circling him, nudging him, and keeping him above water. Authorities were able to get to him and pull him out of the water, but he surely would have drown due to his injuries had he not been buoyed. 

Sources: SF Gate, Kevin Hines
Seal Saves Man From Shark Attack
In 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa, British tourist Michael Cohen was attacked by a shark and lost almost two gallons of blood after having his right leg severed and his left leg bitten through. As two men swam out to rescue him, the shark geared up for a second attack, when a seal suddenly appeared and started circling the three men. The seal continued circling, warding off any further attack, until all three made it safely to shore.

Source: Mirror
A Pod of Dolphins and Two Whales Rescue Marooned Fisherman
In 2008 in the Philippines, Ronnie Dabal was fishing for tuna in Puerto Princesa Bay when his boat was upset in a squall. Dabal battled relentless waves for 24 hours perched atop of a piece of Styrofoam, but lost his strength to exhaustion as it became dark. Suddenly, a pod of 30 dolphins and two whales flanked his sides and began nudging his raft to shore. They nudged him all the way to the safety of the beach of Barangay.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Beluga Whale Rescues Drowning Diver
At the Polar Land Aquarium in Harbin, China, in 2009, diver Yang Yun took part in a free-diving competition to apply for a whale training job offered there. While diving in the freezing water, she developed a cramp in her leg and found herself unable to swim to safety. Mila, one of the two beluga whales in the tank, noticed Yun's distress and came to her rescue, by grabbing her leg in her mouth and forcefully pushing her up to the surface, saving her life.

Source: The Daily Mail

Lions Foil Kidnapping Plot
In 2005, a 12-year-old Ethiopian girl was reportedly saved from a group of kidnappers by three lions. Seven men had abducted the girl, holding her captive for over a week, to try and force her into marrying one of them. They had beaten and assaulted her repeatedly, but the potential man-eating felines apparently chased off the men and stood guard over the girl for half a day until the police and her family came.

Source: BBC News


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<![CDATA[Crimes Solved by a Tiny Shred of Evidence]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crimes-solved-by-a-tiny-shred-of-evidence/mike-rothschild
A tiny shred of evidence can be all it takes to solve a horrible crime, whether it's a fingerprint, some threads, a few molecules of DNA, a random conversation, or something left behind that the culprit thinks has virtually no importance. These traces of evidence can be left by accident, out of sloppiness, or because there's no way to know that they could be used, and they've helped solve numerous killings.

Sometimes, the shred of evidence leads to something else - or emerges out of nothing. Many cold cases have so little to go on that investigators have to get creative. Something as simple as a grain of pollen, or a witness from decades ago realizing a case was still open, can help sway a jury in complicated court cases - proving that when it comes to a crime scene, no detail is too small.

Here are some crimes that were solved thanks to tiny pieces of evidence.

Crimes Solved by a Tiny Shred of Evidence,

Traces of Pink Paint Lead to a Child Killer

Eight-year-old Vicki Lynne Hoskinson left her house in Tucson, Arizona, on her bike, meaning to mail a birthday card for her aunt, and was never seen again. Police soon found the bike a few blocks away, but no other clues. Luckily, a teacher at the school close to the abduction noticed a suspicious-looking sports car and wrote down the license plate number. Police traced it to convicted child molester Frank Jarvis Atwood, who was on parole for sexually assaulting a young boy.
 

A small dent and traces of pink paint were found on the car’s bumper, and there was enough paint to test. It matched the color of Vicki’s bike, and the dent was at the exact right height to match one of the pedals. Atwood was arrested, and a few months later, Vicki’s skull was found in the desert, about 20 miles from the site. After being found guilty, Atwood was sentenced to death, and he remains on Arizona’s death row.


The Murder Solved Thanks to LEGO Bricks
A decades-old cold case in Utah was finally solved, thanks to fingerprints left on LEGO bricks at the scene. For more than 20 years, police were baffled by the murder of Lucille Johnson, a 78-year-old woman found dead in her bed by her daughter. Johnson had a pillow over her face, had been severely beaten, and strangled. Detectives deduced that robbery was the motive, and worked the case for over 15 years before finally shelving it.

After being cold for years, the case was re-opened after DNA from Johnson's fingernails was found to be combined with that of John Sansing, a convicted murderer already on death row in Arizona. Investigators went back to LEGO bricks that were collected from the crime scene, and matched a fingerprint on them to one of Sansing's children, who was apparently with him at the time of the murder.

DNA from Plant Seed Pods Sends a Killer to Prison
In 1992, Denise Johnson's strangled body was found in a remote rural area in Maricopa County, Arizona. She'd been stripped, bound with cloth, and strangled with braided wire. There was little evidence at the scene, other than a pager belonging to the father of a man named Mark Bogan. Bogan admitted he'd picked up Johnson hitchhiking and had sex with her, but claimed he'd kicked her out of his truck when the two argued about money.

With little else to go on, the investigation stalled - until DNA from two small seed pods in Bogan's truck was tested. In the first instance of plant DNA used in a murder investigation, the genetic material from the seed pods matched that of one specific tree at the murder scene - which demolished Bogan's claim that he was never there. He was arrested, convicted, and given a life sentence.

The Housewife Who Solved a Brutal Murder
In 2000, 18-year-old Mayfield, Kentucky, resident Jessica Currin was beaten, raped, murdered, and set on fire, with her charred corpse being left on a playing field at the local middle school. The Mayfield PD assigned a jailer to investigate the crime, and the search for the killer went nowhere. Four years later, a local housewife named Susan Galbreath decided to take up the investigation, despite having no training and no connection to the victim.

Galbreath wrote to celebrities asking for help, and one responded, a British TV journalist named Tom Mangold. The two struck up a relationship with the mother of Currin's baby's father, who led Galbreath and Mangold on a tour of Mayfield's drug culture - where the name of a local dealer named Quincy Cross kept coming up. Galbreath managed to pin Cross down to having been at a big drug party right before the murder, and took the case to the Kentucky State Police. At that point, Cross began stalking Galbreath - leading to her setting up a meeting with Cross, ostensibly to discuss his innocence, but really to get him on tape admitting to the murder.

When Cross proved too smart to incriminate himself, Galbreath didn't give up, and set up a website called "Justice for Jessica" in the hopes someone would come forward and corroborate her theory. She finally located a woman who had been linked to the crime, and the new witness confessed she'd been present when Cross murdered Jessica. Cross was taken into custody along with four other people, all of whom were given long prison terms.


A Single Fingerprint Brings Down the Night Stalker
A serial killer known as the Night Stalker terrorized Los Angeles and San Francisco from June 1984 until August 1985, killing 14 people and brutally beating and raping over a dozen others. While a frenzy of press coverage followed the crimes, the killer himself remained unknown. Finally, police caught a break when the young neighbor of a couple that the Night Stalker had attacked saw a weird-looking guy in black leaving their house, and wrote down part of his license plate.

The boy's parents went to the police, who quickly found the car abandoned on Wilshire Boulevard in LA. Despite the killer's diligence, police found a single fingerprint on the car's rearview mirror. Using a new computer system, the LAPD matched it to a career criminal named Richard Ramirez, and went public with his mugshot. He was identified in an East LA store, run down by bystanders who stopped him from carjacking a woman, and captured. He died in prison in 2014. 


A Big Bird Dress Helps Convict a Kidnapper
Just five years old, Melissa Brannen disappeared from her apartment complex in Virginia, and was never seen again. Eyewitness accounts immediately led to suspicion falling on Caleb Hughes, the apartment's handyman. Police seized his vehicle and clothes, but couldn't conclusively prove Hughes was involved, until they matched fibers found in the passenger seat of the car. Melissa was wearing a Big Bird dress from Penney's that day, so police bought an identical dress and tested it against the fibers from the car.

The two matched, proving she'd been in the front seat of Hughes's car. He was arrested, convicted of kidnapping a minor, and sent to prison for 50 years. No trace of Melissa has ever been found.

The Murderer Found Thanks to the Bite Mark He Blathered About
Karla Brown's body was found in a drum, having been raped and beaten to death. The 1978 crime shocked the small Illinois town where the drum was discovered, and the beating was so severe that it took two years to find even the slightest evidence as to who did it: a bite mark on Brown's shoulder.

Two years after that, a woman went to the local police and said she'd overheard a man talking about a bite mark on Karla Brown - a detail that the police had kept close to the vest. The man, John Prante, was the friend of a neighbor of Brown and her fiance, and had already been questioned. He'd been ruled out as a suspect - until he accidentally revealed himself. Police served him with a warrant to make a mold of his teeth, which matched a mold made from the bite mark, and he was arrested.

The Rapist Whose Smoking Habit Led to His Downfall
A serial rapist had been terrorizing Lafayette, Louisiana, for over a decade with no compelling evidence as to who the culprit was. Finally, an anonymous tip fingered none other than a member of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department, Randy Comeaux, as the rapist. Police already had a profile of the rapist as some sort of authority figure, but couldn't confirm Comeaux as the culprit - until DNA from cigarette butts left at the rape scenes was tested against his. The two were a match, and Comeaux pleaded guilty to six counts of rape.

A Piece of String Solves a Lurid Murder
Nancy Titterton's 1936 strangling in her bathtub was the talk of New York that year, but police had virtually nothing to go on other than a foot-long piece of string and one strand of horsehair. Several weeks followed where the NYPD took the string to every rope manufacturer on the east coast, and finally found a match at a company in York, Pennsylvania.

John Fiorenza, a workman at the company,
had already been linked to the horsehair - as it was used to stuff a couch that his company had repaired. But one man being traced to both pieces of evidence was all the NYPD needed, and they used some dirty tricks to get Fiorenza to think he was helping them solve the crime - then confronted him with the evidence. He confessed, claiming he was temporarily insane, but was executed a few months later.

The Postage Stamp That Eventually Revealed a Killer
Thirteen-year-old Italian girl Yara Gambirasio disappeared from her small village in 2010, and her body was found three months later. Investigators found DNA samples on her body that they couldn't identify. What followed was a dragnet that involved voluntary DNA testing on tens of thousands of people in the region, looking for a match. It took two years to find a clue, and finally, police did - from the DNA on a postage stamp affixed to a paper driver's license used by a cab driver in a nearby small town.

The DNA on the back of the stamp matched DNA found on Yara, but there was one problem with the discovery - the man who had licked the stamp had been dead for a decade. He had three children, all of whom were ruled out as suspects - meaning he must have had an illegitimate son connected to the killing. Police tested over 500 women that the taxi driver might have known, and found one whose DNA matched the sample found on the girl. She had three children, one of whom, Massimo Giuseppe Bossetti, had his DNA secretly tested and was found to be a match. Bossetti, a married father of three, was put on trial for a murder that had gripped his native country.


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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 11:08:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/crimes-solved-by-a-tiny-shred-of-evidence/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[Crimes Committed with Kitchen Knives]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crimes-committed-with-kitchen-knives/amandatullos
While the topic of gun control is hotly debated, and gun violence continues to soar, most people have easy access to a weapon just as deadly: kitchen knives.

The Office of National Statistics reported over 26,000 knife-related incidents in the UK between 2014 and 2015. In 2014, the FBI explained that five times as many murders are committed with knives as assault rifles.

In fact, some of the most gruesome attacks and murders have been committed with these common weapons found in the family home. Check out our list of 25 crimes committed with kitchen knives.

Crimes Committed with Kitchen Knives,

Jodi Arias
Jodi Arias was fueled by jealousy and rage when she showed up at the home of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, on June 4, 2008. A passionate night filled with sex turned deadly when Arias stabbed Alexander as he showered.

Arias brutally attacked a defenseless Alexander, stabbing him over 27 times. She severed his throat so deeply, he was nearly decapitated. His body was covered in stab wounds, including his hands, demonstrating that he tried to defend himself. After the grisly stabbing, she shot him in the head for good measure.

The psychotic scorned ex initially claimed she wasn't there that night, but when evidence linked her to the scene she claimed self-defense.

During a sensationalized murder trial, Arias did her best to tarnish Alexander's reputation by painting him as an abusive sex addict. The jury convicted her of first-degree murder. She will remain in prison for the rest of her life.

Broken Arrow Murders Committed by Teen Brothers
Michael Bever, 16, and his brother Robert,18, murdered five members of their family in July 2015. The duo planned out a Columbine-style massacre, which started in their Tulsa, Oklahoma, home.

The teens stabbed their three younger siblings and then murdered their parents. Two of their sisters, ages 13 and 2, survived the brutal assault.

The brothers fled into the woods after a family member managed to call 911; a K9 unit located them. The murders became known as the "Broken Arrow Killings."
India Man Stabs Entire Family
Husnain Anwar Walker welcomed his family to his home for a celebration. But the celebration quickly turned sour when Walker put sedatives in everyone's food. He then proceeded to slash all of their throats with a knife, killing them.

After he slaughtered his relatives - including his wife, his two daughters, his parents, his three sisters, and six of their children - he hanged himself.
China Man Stabs Elementary School Children
On the morning of December 14, 2012, Min Yongjun walked into the home of an elderly woman and stabbed her with one of her kitchen knives. He then walked outside and began stabbing children at the elementary school next door.

Yongjun stabbed 23 kids during the attack. Luckily, none of the injuries were fatal. Yongjun was arrested and charged with endangering public safety by dangerous means.

ISIS-Inspired Teen Stabs Mom
Fifteen-year-old Danish teen, Lisa Borch, watched beheading videos before she stabbed her mother 20 times in the chest as she slept.

The young girl planned the attack with her Islamist boyfriend, 29-year-old Bakhtiar Mohammed Abdullah, after becoming obsessed with ISIS. Borch's stepfather claimed his stepdaughter became infatuated with the terrorist group in the months before the murder.

Borch was sentenced to just nine years in prison, while Abdullah was sentenced to 13 years.
BFFs Stab Friend Because They Didn't Like Her
Teenagers Sheila Eddy, Rachel Shoaf, and Skylar Neese were inseparable. Then, on July 6, 2012, everything changed.

Eddy and Shoaf lured their best friend into the woods and stabbed her to death.

Neese was reported missing, and everyone looked to Eddy and Shoaf for answers. Finally, Shoaf had a nervous breakdown and confessed to killing Neese with Eddy.

When asked why they did it, Shoaf replied, "We just didn't like her." 
12-year-olds Stab Friend for Slender Man
Two 12-year-old girls lured their friend into the woods after a sleepover and stabbed her 19 times. The girls used their friend as an offering to the fictional character Slender Man. After they stabbed her and left her for dead, the girls were found walking down the street toward Slender Man's mansion - which doesn't exist.

Miraculously, the victim survived the attack and managed to crawl for help. Her former friends are currently on trial for her attempted murder.

Teen Attacks Classmate's Parents Because He Was Tired of Being Called Ugly
Zachary Machnikowski of Naperville, Illinois, had enough bullying by his peers. After being called ugly by a female classmate at a party in April 2015, the 18-year-old snapped.

Machnikowski broke into the girl's family home, picked up a knife from their kitchen, and brutally stabbed her parents as they slept. The father fought off the attack, and the troubled teen fled.

The girl's parents were rushed to the hospital and treated for their injuries. Machnikowski was quickly arrested by police for his actions.

Janitor Stabbing Spree Kills Eight Kids
It took 37-year-old janitor Mamoru Takuma just seven minutes to kill eight children inside their elementary school.

On June 8, 2001, Takuma entered the Ikeda Elementary School in Osaka, Japan, and started stabbing children and teachers. In total, thirteen children and two teachers were wounded.

Takuma suffered from several mental illnesses, including borderline personality disorder. He was sentenced to death by hanging, which took place on September 14, 2002.

12-year-old Murders Family to be With Werewolf Older Boyfriend
When 12-year-old Jasmine Richardson was told she couldn't date her 23-year-old boyfriend, Jeremy Steinke, she planned her revenge. In April 2006, the duo executed their plan to murder her entire family by brutally stabbing everyone in their Alberta, Canada, home.

Her mother was stabbed at least 12 times. Her father fought for his life, but succumbed to over two dozen stab wounds - including nine in his back, which he received as he tried to escape.

After her parents were dead, Richardson stood over her eight-year-old brother and stabbed him multiple times in the chest before her boyfriend slit his throat. Steinke, who claimed to be a 300-year-old werewolf and often drank blood, bragged about the crimes.

In text messages shared between the couple, Richardson talked about her evil plan:

"I hate them. So I have this plan, it begins with me killing them and ends with me living with you."

Jasmine was the youngest person ever in Canada to be charged with multiple murders. The teenage murderer is currently free from jail.

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:42:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/crimes-committed-with-kitchen-knives/amandatullos
<![CDATA[The Creepiest Things Ever Found in Stairwells and Staircases]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-things-found-in-stairwells/christopher-shultz
What is it about staircases and stairwells? They're straight up creepy. Is it because of their inherent ability to trap a person? Their perpetual mystery, because you never know what's lurking at the top or bottom, or even underneath those creaking steps? Whatever the reason, real-life stories of creepy stairs and stairwells pop up in the news often, perpetuating their natural creepiness. Here are ten such tales of creepy things found in stairwells and staircases to keep you on the ground floor for some time. 
The Creepiest Things Ever Found in Stairwells and Staircases,

Creepy Safe Yields Treasure
In May 2013, while cleaning their grandparents's old farmhouse, a family in Tennessee discovered a safe hidden beneath an old rug in a closet behind the staircase. When they cracked it, they found rare coins, silver bars, jewelry, and tons of cash. Unforutnately, some of the treasure was damaged due to a pipe leak, but the find was nonetheless outstanding.
Body Found in Apartment Stairwell
A 28-year-old woman was found dead underneath an apartment building stairwell in Fenton, MI on September 8, 2015. No foul play was suspected, though, curiously, the woman had moved away from the complex a few days prior, leaving investigators clueless as to how she ended up there.
A Sea Lion Pup
In June 2016, police responded to reports of a distressed sea lion pup wandering around Ocean Beach, CA, not far from San Francisco. Officers found the pup shivering in a stairwell. The sea lion immediately nuzzled up to the officers for warmth, and the police women kept the animal company until representatives from the Marine Mammal Center of California arrived to fetch him. But come on. A sea lion in a staircase? That's weird. 
Missing Woman Discovered in Rarely Used Stairwell
British-born Lynne Spalding checked into San Francisco General Hospital on September 19, 2013, for a urinary tract infection. She became disoriented from her medications and, despite showing signs of improvement, disappeared from her bed two days later.  

More than two weeks passed before Spalding was finally discovered dead inside a rarely used stairwell. More perplexing is that the only door leading to this stairwell is connected to an alarm that should sound if opened, so how exactly Spalding ended up there is a mystery.
A Possible Torture Room
Reddit user hand_banana posted this image thread of a secret room discovered underneath the stairs in a fixer-upper house. In addition to the creepy poster of the woman's eye, there were scraps of paper with "such pain" and "like the tears" scribbled on them. The door to the room locks from the outside. Is this a macabre prank left by the previous owners, or something far more sinister?
Fetus Discovered in Housing Project Stairwell
Little information surfaced in June 2015 when a fetus was discovered in a Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn housing project. Though the likely scenario should be apparent, verifiable details on how the fetus wound up there never materialized.
A Gigantic Knife
In February 2014, police responded to reports of youths smoking marijuana near an abandoned stairwell in Elephant and Castle, London. The teens fled the scene, and MP Sergeant David Hunt made a startling discovery: a 15-inch knife.  

Hunt posed with a photo, which was uploaded to the Borough's official Twitter feed, with the caption, "Just seized this knife maybe saved another life? Unfortunately didn't catch the youth carrying it".
Creepy Ghost Stairwell Attack
A video from May 2016 purportedly shows a man attacked by a shadowy, maybe non-human figure, in a stairwell. His friend watches in horror for a moment, then intervenes, breaking up the ghostly attack. Is it a hoax? Signs point to yes, but you be the judge...
Boy Starved Inside Staircase Closet
Bradley and Tammi Bleymeyer were charged with a felony in March 2014, when they were discovered keeping their five-year-old son imprisoned in a closet under the stairs. They gave him one piece of bread and a glass of water every day. 

Bradley, the boy's biological father (Tammi is his stepmother), drugged the boy to keep him quiet when guests were over. At the time of his discovery, Jordan weighed just 29 pounds. Fortunately, he survived the ordeal.
A Ghost at the Stanley Hotel
If you're familiar with the story behind Stephen King's novel The Shining, you know King based the Overlook Hotel on the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, where King had a very strange stay years ago. In April 2016, photographic evidence of haunting surfaced.  

A Houston man, Henry Yau, taking a panorama photo of the grand staircase at the Stanley, captured what appears to be a ghost standing on the first landing. Is it an optical illusion, or should we start hiding all the croquet mallets and axes?

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 10:59:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-things-found-in-stairwells/christopher-shultz
<![CDATA[Killers Who Took Selfies Before, During, and After Killing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/killers-who-took-selfies-before-during-and-after-killing/christopher-shultz
As selfie culture has exploded in the last several years, it seems inevitable that crime scene selfies would work their way into news and social feeds. But could anyone have predicted murder selfies? It seems like the last thing someone guilty of murder should do, but there are plenty of killers who took selfies before, during, and after committing their crimes. The reasons given for snapping these photos are both clear and complete mysteries, as you will see in these 15 stories of murderers who took selfies. 
Killers Who Took Selfies Before, During, and After Killing,

Jamie Reynolds
Under the pretense of assisting him with a photography project, college student Jamie Reynolds lured his friend Georgia Williams to his home in England in 2015. There, he enacted a sexual fantasy he'd been harboring for several months, whereby he would hang a woman and assault her body as she died. Reynolds photographed the entire horrendous ordeal. He has been given a life sentence in prison.
Ashish Kumar
In the small valley of Doon in Dehradun, India, Ashish Kumar snapped a selfie with his friend Gurpreet Kaur. He then attempted to strangle the woman with a cloth, but, failing at this, slit her throat in two places, killing her. Kumar then uploaded the selfie to WhatsApp and made his profile photo. His motives for the photo and the murder were not immediately clear.
Frederick Roy Miller
Following a custody dispute with family members, Temple Hill, Maryland resident Frederick Roy Miller kidnapped his three-year-old daughter Leila in August 2014. He took a selfie of himself with his daughter next to him and sent it to the family members. Following snapping the photo, Miller cut Leila's throat and shot her. He later died in a police shootout. 
Bashid McLean

Suffering from severe mental illness, 23-year-old Bashid McLean of New York City stabbed his mother Tanya Bird to death inside their Bronx apartment in 2013. Bashid then dismembered Byrd's body and posed for a selfie holding his mother's head in his hands. Police discovered pieces of Byrd's body across the burrough.

This is a ridiculously killer selfie.


Tyler Hadley

In July 2011, Florida teen Tyler Hadley told his friends he was having a big party at his house. He claimed his parents were out of town, though no one knew where they had supposedly gone and how long they would be away. Turns out, Hadley had dropped Ecstasy and murdered his mother and father, leaving their bodies in their bedroom while he entertained 60 friends and fellow students.  

Also during the party, Hadley admitted his crime to his friend Michael Mandell, who took a selfie with Hadley because he figured it would be the last time he ever saw his friend in person. Mandell then phoned the police and told them everything.

This is a different type of killer selfie.


Merrick McKoy
22-year-old Colorado resident Merric McKoy took a selfie of himself holding his 19-month-old daughter Mia in November 2013. The photo looks innocent enough, but in fact McKoy had a restraining order against him, placed by his ex-girlfriend Kim Phanthavongsa. After making cryptic comments on his Facebook page - one, for instance, reading "don't judge me had no choice" - and posting the selfie, McKoy shot Mia, attempted to murder Phanthavongsa, and after failing to kill her, shot himself. Both McKoy and Mia died from their wounds. 
Two Teenagers Kill 39 Year-Old Woman
Two unnamed teenage girls, one 14 years-old, the other 15, beat Angela Wrightson to death inside her home in 2015. The woman was an alcoholic who opened her home to teens as a place to drink and smoke. For reasons that were unclear, the teens used a number of items around Wrightson's house, including her television set, and spent hours pummeling her. The girls then took a series of selfies together standing next to Wrightson's body. 
Kirsty Edmonson
Kirsty Edmonson, a sex worker in Manchester, UK, along with accomplice Christopher Sawyers, killed school teacher Kenneth Chapman in his home by giving him a lethal dose of heroin. The couple then lived in Chapman's home, stealing his possessions and using his credit cards. They had sex in Chapman's bed, with the corpse right beside them. Edmonson and Sawyers both took selfies of themselves with Chapman's body. Though off camera, in the above photo, Edmonson is apparently sitting on the corpse.
Emma Wilson
25-year-old Emma Wilson of England battered her infant son Callum so severely her neighbors felt their wall rattle. She then took a selfie of herself with her crying, clearly injured baby. Callum later died at the hospital, and Wilson was given a life sentence for first-degree murder.
Man Kills Girlfriend, Takes Selfie with Her Body
In September 2015, a Nanning, China man, identified only by his surname Qin, killed his girlfriend and then posted a selfie of himself with the woman's dead body. The caption he wrote read, "forgive me for my selfish love."

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Fri, 20 May 2016 05:35:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/killers-who-took-selfies-before-during-and-after-killing/christopher-shultz
<![CDATA[The 20 Craziest Deaths Caused by Social Media]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-craziest-deaths-caused-by-social-media/whitney-milam

We’ve all done our share of Internet searching, stalking, and creeping. But a few social media experts have taken it a step further: they've used their online profiles to kill. In a world ruled by digital communication, posting the wrong status update can be fatal. These are the thirteen most ridiculous cases of social networking turned deadly.

Deaths caused by social media? No, we don't mean choking on your pizza while cruising Facebook. These social media deaths were caused by everything from relationship status changes on Facebook to cat-fishing at its best/worst to real murderers who found victims online. These are some of the most deranged and crazy things people have done on social media sites. (Oh, and Craigslist doesn't count because that's not as much of a social network as it is a cesspool.) Are murders the newest and most dangers social media trend? You have to read to find out! Enjoy.


The 20 Craziest Deaths Caused by Social Media,

Being Grounded from MySpace Drives Teen to Shoot His Dad
When a normal 15-year-old is forbidden to use his favorite social networking site, they might write poetry in their journal lamenting the fact that no one ‘gets’ them. Maybe he complains about his inherent need for digital ‘connection,’ or that his black fingernail polish is flaking off in the shower.

But when decidedly not-normal 15-year-old Hughstan Schlicker’s parents banned him from using MySpace, he killed his dad with a 12-gauge shotgun and, most likely, deleted him from his Top 8.

To the the father's credit, the kid had been threatening to kill himself for weeks on MySpace. While that is a good enough reason to take his Internet away, it may have actually been a great warning sign that the kid had some serious issues... As it turned out, taking away his Internet was not a super helpful punishment.

Being cut off from the digital world, according to Schlicker, "felt like I was stabbed with a knife and it went straight through and no matter how hard I pulled, I couldn’t pull out the knife..."

But one day, this seriously disturbed kid called in sick from school, faking his dad's voice a la a kid in an '80s movie. In fact, he stayed home from school to kill himself, like the same way most people stay home to sleep or watch The Price is Right for five straight hours. And to his credit, Schlicker really meant to kill himself, but with all that thinking time on his hands, he accidentally came up with a little game, a little plan: If his father came home after 4:00 PM, he wouldn't kill himself - he'd kill his dad instead. (This kid really would've made a great Batman villain.)

Obviously, his dad got home early, so the kid went into the kitchen and shot him in the back of the head. He called a friend (which is really what he should've done instead of going crazy about not being able to update his MySpace - people had friends before the Internet, I think) who convinced him to turn himself in instead of killing himself.

All of this just because this kid couldn't update his MySpace. In 2008.

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Dad Murders Ex-Wife to Stop Her Child Support FB Posts

Adam had had enough of ex-wife Lisa’s passive-aggressive Facebook posts about his child support payments, so he cut the passive and just got aggressive. One evening, he beat her with a hammer before slashing her neck. Then he left her body for the couple’s five-year-old son to discover the next day.

Stickin’ it to the child support system by traumatizing your kid for life? That’s about as low as you can get on the logical totem pole.
WHY DIDN'T HE JUST BLOCK HER? Kids, please teach your parents how to use the Internet. It saves lives.

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Man Kills His Friend for "Poking" His Girlfriend
Scott Humphrey, 27, was sent to jail after he repeatedly punched his friend, Richard Rovetto, 29, in a cab on the way back from a guys' night. Why was Humphrey so upset? Evidently, Rovetto had "poked" Humphrey's girlfriend on Facebook. Rovetto claimed that he didn't know the woman was Humphrey's girlfriend.

The punches caused Rovetto to bleed profusely. He died when Humphrey pushed him to the ground, causing him to hit his head on the pavement. Humphrey fled the scene, but later turned himself in, admitted to manslaughter, and was jailed for four years, four months. 

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MySpace "Horror Core" Rapper Brings His Lyrics to Life
Richard Alden Samuel McCroskey III, age 20, was a self-styled ‘Horrorcore’ rapper from a small town in Virginia called— wait for it — Farmville. Yes, Farmville. No really, there’s a real-live town in Virginia called Farmville, and this is where the whole story took place.

Realizing that nobody actively follows (or likes) bands on Facebook, McCroskey turned to Myspace (which should have been the first time that he was in trouble). On this Internet wasteland, he posted some of his profound musical stylings under the name ‘Syko Sam.

 Sample lyrics:
"You’re not the first, just to let you know
I’ve killed many people and I kill them real slow
It’s the best feeling, watching their last breath
Stabbing and stabbing till there’s nothing left"

...
which proved to be just a little incriminating when he was accused of killing off four Farmville citizens. Once again, these were real people, with normal sized heads, who looked nothing like this:



Syko Sam's victims were his own girlfriend, Emma Neiderbrock (16), her best friend, Melanie Wells (18), and her parents, Pastor Mark Neiderbrock (50) and Dr. Debra Kelley (53). Their bodies were found at the Neiderbrock home having been bludgeoned to death with a hammer and maul while they slept.

A friend and fellow horrorcore rapper claimed, "You would never, ever imagine that kid even being a suspect."

So, here are some more of Syko Sam's lyrics:

Blood, death murder, and rape
I like to mutilate and take em back to my place
Kill and slash, yeah, I'm coming for your ass
I'm a cannibal, use your body as food
Yeah you're gonna die and your body will decay
As I leave you dying in this dark alleyway


At least he's direct. McCroskey pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for the murders.

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Creepy Facebook Death Lists Kill Off Colombian Teens
This one's a little convoluted in its madness.

When three Colombian teens were found shot to death without any obvious reason, it was just the beginning of a digital reign of terror straight out of a bad, straight-to-DVD horror movie sequel. Get this: Five days later, the names of the dead teens showed up on a mysterious Facebook ‘death list.’

When another teenager named on the list was killed three days later, more lists were posted, and leaflets were placed on cars asking the families of kids on the list to leave town within three days or see their children killed.

"Need to protect our youth," a local named Juan David Sepulveda Tweeted at the time, but the police — aside from suspecting gang activity — were at a loss. Was it a cruel prank? A twisted social-media-savvy serial killer? To this day, nobody knows - at least no one willing to speak up. The killings stopped after most of the kids on the ‘death lists’ fled town.

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Middle-Aged Woman Seduces Teenage Boys With Fantasy Facebook Profiles, Then Kills Them Off
The craziest, most ridiculous social networking killer wasn’t actually a killer at all. The only murders this woman committed took place in her own deranged imagination.

In a twisted, sadistic scheme taken to bizarre extremes, 28 year-old New Zealander Natalia Burgess spent months creating Facebook and Bebo profiles for (fake) attractive teenage girls. She gave them very specific, very fancy names, like "Jordz Williams," "Becca Maria Jullienne," and "Abby Jane Zoe William." No word on whether she went overboard with a baby name book or just imagined these fictitious chicks as strippers. Her goal: Seducing dozens of teen schoolboys into online relationships.

As if that wasn’t I-Belong-on-To-Catch-a-Predator enough, Natalia would then ‘kill off’ the fake girls in tragic accidents or suicides, using other made-up personas to break the news on - you guessed it - Facebook. The girls' online boyfriends were traumatized and devastated.

Over 40 teen boys have been identified as victims of her Internet mind games. First, she gave them what they never thought they’d have, and then she delivered sheer horror. Her deranged manipulation was discovered only when another 22-year-old woman found her own photographs in an online memorial video for one of these fake Internet hotties, a girl named "Abby."

Natalia Burgess was sentenced to two years and two months in prison.
 
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Man Tweets About Killing His BFF
Childhood friends Jameg Blake and Kwame Dancy had been exchanging heated 140-character insults on Twitter for days over a woman both men liked. It really goes to show that classic sitcoms have misled us all: Three is actually a crowd.

Just hours before a fatal IRL confrontation in the luxury NYC high-rise where the 22 year-olds lived on the same floor, Kwame taunted Jameg online. He tweeted, "N****a is lookin for you don’t think I won’t give up ya address for a price betta chill asap!"

Jameg Blake did not "chill."

Instead, he used a shotgun to shoot his former BFF in the neck, killing him. Immediately after, he tweeted, "R.I.P. Kwame." 

#irony?


Kwame’s mom, Madeline Smith, was pretty freaked. "That’s not a reason to shoot somebody. That’s crazy. I don’t know what’s going on with that Twitter thing." Protip: talking about killing your best friend probably won’t get you on the Trending Topics. At least not before you get picked up for murder.

Blake pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 21 years in prison. Another thing Kwame's mom said: "I hope my son's face haunts you for the rest of your life."

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Wife Killed For Changing FB Status to Single
Even "adults" aren’t immune from crimes of murderous cyber jealousy. One day, Edward Richardson’s 26 year-old wife, Sarah, decided to change her relationship status from ‘married’ to ‘single.’

Now, this would piss off most married men - but since this couple was actually already kind of, y'know, separated, she probably didn’t see it as a big deal.
Edward Richardson felt differently.

After their separation, Sarah decided to move back in with her parents, like every 26-year-old who’s made a terrible mistake tends to do.

Unfortunately for her, Edward decided to pull the old "sneak into the parents’ bedroom" trick, only this time, he snuck in to stab her to death… over her Facebook status. More accurately: He killed her because she changed her Facebook status. This is really the craziest part.

After he committed this brutal, spurred-by-hatred-of-Facebook-status-accuracy crime, Edward ended up killing himself (probably ruining a perfectly nice bedroom rug in the process).

All over a Facebook status change. Just so we’re clear. WTF.

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Facebook Love Triangle Results in High-Speed Car Chase, Death
You’d think a Facebook feud couldn’t lead to much worse than some unflattering tags and a few deleted wall posts. At the very worst, one might have to delete her profile, start a new one, and have to do a mass re-Friending-of-shame, right?

Well, for Torrie Lynn Emery, 23, and Danielle Booth, 20, it led to a deadly high-speed car chase. 

The two women had been fighting on Facebook for months (over a guy, natch). When Torrie saw Danielle driving with a friend, she pursued them across town. She rammed their car several times until the others car's driver, Alesha Abernathy, ran a red light and was hit by a truck. Abernathy died instantly. Oh, also, Torrie's three year-old kid was in the backseat of her own car the whole time.

The dude they were fighting over had been in jail for over a year. But considering Torrie’s about to be joining him, guess she’s sort of… won? All it took was a little second degree murder.

Tracy Emery, Torrie’s mother, said tearfully, "She made a mistake, but her intentions weren’t to kill nobody. Her intentions were to fight." All things considered, she probably should have kept that particular fight to flirtatious passive-aggressive Facebook poking.

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Ex-Girlfriend Gets Murderous Over MySpace Photos
File this one under ‘Reasons Why Flaunting Your New Relationship on the Internet Might Not Be the Best Idea,’ as it might just lead to you being brutally murdered by your partner’s crazy ex:

Sarah Ludemann and Rachel Wade had a vicious Internet battle. In the months leading up to her murder, new squeeze Sarah kept posting gloating photos of herself with new boy-toy Josh, even though his ex-girlfriend, Rachel, repeatedly asked her to plz stahp. The two gals played a little harassment cat-and-mouse, dropping threatenings F-bombs into each others' voicemails, and Rachel even punched Sarah in the face a time or two.

Legit voicemail transcript: "Please tell me Sarah why you would be a dumb-a** c*nt and put a brand new picture of you and Josh at the beach on your MySpace. Seriously, I told you to watch your f*cking back and not to f*cking chill with him. I’m guaranteeing you that I’m going to f*cking murder you, I’m letting you know that now."

Apparently, the best reply to this would've been, "Thanks for the heads up, girl!"


Note: this all probably happened because of this dude's Twilight-caliber abs, or because they liked fighting over who was going to clean his mirror next.

Anyhoo, one night, Sarah went over to Rachel's house to taunt her a little more. After some squabbling, Rachel stabbed her in the chest with a kitchen knife, and was then like, "I'm done."

After being sentenced to 27 years in prison, Rachel revised her stance on cyber ‘communication’: "It’s almost like you can threaten something or say whatever you want and possibly scare them and you don’t have to face them at that moment." When you do face them, of course, arming yourself with a kitchen knife is strictly optional.

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<![CDATA[22 Weird Cargo Spills You Can't Help But Gawk At]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-truck-spills/mel-judson
This list of weird cargo spills is full of nasty, funny, and just plain weird truck spill incidents. These crazy truck spills are fascinating stories that will make you glad you weren't stuck in traffic behind any of these trucks. Some of them are shocking while others are confusing but they all have one thing in common: they're all true. The weirdest things that spilled on highways are listed here - everything from animals and insects, to foods and every day items.

These cargo incidents range from the 2,200 baby pigs who spilled out of a truck in Ohio to the 80,000 pounds of Christmas ham that fell out of a truck in Georgia. Fresh fish, anyone? How about 600 mackerel or hundreds of live crabs in China? If you don't want the real thing, then check out the 29,000 rubber duckies that fell out of a boat. If you're in the market for just about anything, check your local traffic report. Maybe some, or even thousands, of what you need recently spilled right out onto the roadway.

A lot of these cargo spills and car accidents, which have led to wacky things falling out of trucks, make for wild stories and we have the photos to prove it. Upvote the craziest truck spill stories below, and remember to pass semi trucks with great caution, or you might end up under a pile of Porta Potty waste.

22 Weird Cargo Spills You Can't Help But Gawk At,

One Exploding Whale
In one of the craziest cargo spills ever, pedestrians and cars were covered in bloody whale guts when a whale exploded in Tainan, Taiwan in 2004. The dead sperm whale was being transported to a research center when the incident occurred
 
Source: BBC
29,000 Rubber Duckies
29,000 plastic yellow ducks manufactured by Friendly Floatee toys departed from Hong Kong on a container ship in 1992. However, there was a cargo spill and the ducks ended up falling out of the boat. This mass release led to a mass dispersion of the rubber duckies, which found themselves all over the place, including in the Gulf of Alaska and elsewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
 
Source: CNN
Two Million Euros
This is a get rich quick scheme that nobody prepared for. Two million euros were up for grabs when a truck overturned in southern Italy. In this twisted version of The Italian Job, highway workers were collecting euro coins - that's right, coins - all over the ground. They think they lost at least 10,000 euros to lucky passing motorists.
 
Source: Daily Mail
13.7 Million Bees
A portion of a highway near Seattle, WA was shut down in 2015 when 13.7 million bees spilled out across the road. The truck carrying all the bees suffered an accident, causing the spill, and people were encouraged to stay away from the scene. In addition to the normal authorities that respond to accidents, many Beekeepers came on the scene in addition to fire trucks and volunteers. 

Source: CBS News
$70,000 Worth of Bull Semen
A Nashville interstate was completely shut down when a Greyhound bus crashed in 2011. What came tumbling out? Over $70,000 worth of frozen bull semen, of course! Nashville police and fire officials arrived on the scene to find the leaking canisters that smelled truly weird and truly awful.
 
Source: NY Daily News
75,000 Pounds of Crab Meat
In Summer 2013, a semi-truck driving near Salt Lake City spilled seven tons of crab meat worth up to $176,000, all over a local freeway. The truck overturned when it struck a sign post, leading to a whole bunch of lucky bystanders, who made off with a crab dinner.
 
Source: The Daily Meal
80,000 Pounds of Ham (and Fuel)
In Georgia, the Grinch who stole Christmas was apparently driving a ham truck. In December of 2013, an overturned truck spilled 80,000 lbs of Christmas hams. What a waste!
 
Source: Fox Atlanta
2,200 Baby Pigs
Welcome to Ohio, where 2,200 piglets might fall out of a truck at any moment. This truck spill reached animalistic proportions when the load, carrying over 2,000 piglets, emptied onto the side of the road. Some of them fled the scene and escaped before authorities arrived, which probably inspired the film Babe: Pig in the City.

Source: USA Today
Beer and Chips (In Florida, Naturally)
When semi-trucks collide in Florida, what do you think spills? In March, two trucks - one carrying Busch beer and the other filled with Frito-Lay products - collided on I-95, spilling beer and chips all over the roadway, shutting down southbound lanes. Neither driver was hurt and any lucky passersby might have been able to get a free night of couch potato laziness.
35,000 Pounds of Ice Cream
35,000 pounds of Kroger Deluxe brand ice cream spilled out of a semi-tractor trailer when it overturned in Indianapolis in 2013. A ramp was closed on the interstate because of the spill, and though it might have been delicious, it was an expensive and unfortunate accident for all parties involved.
 
Source: Fox

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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 05:24:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-truck-spills/mel-judson
<![CDATA[Who Is the Worst Person of the Week? (March 28-April 3)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-person-of-the-week-040116/mike-rothschild
Worst Person of the Week believes some things are just wrong - and that no amount of spin, excuse, or justification can make them right. Groping and pepper-spraying a woman? Wrong. Hijacking a plane, even if you did it for love? Wrong. Biting flight attendants because they want you to stop doing yoga on a plane? Wrong.

Sadly, all of these people and more made this week's list of awful, terrible people. Naturally, Donald Trump's menagerie of bizarre comments about abortion and nuking Europe get him on the list. And the Lakers player who narced on his teammate stepping out on his girlfriend is here too. And the Louisiana state rep who passionately believes kids should be taught the planet is 6,000 years old. They're all here. Because some things are just wrong.

As always, vote up the people who were the dumbest and worst this week - and don't be shy, because you can vote for everyone.

Who Is the Worst Person of the Week? (March 28-April 3),

Donald Trump
What Happened: Candidate Donald had an exceptionally terrible week on the campaign trail, blaming an assault victim for her bruises, suggesting scuttling the Geneva Convention, revealing a string of positions on abortion that all contradict each other, and not saying he wouldn't use nuclear weapons in Europe.

The Details: Trump has made this list so many times he'd have to kick a puppy to get the most votes. But this week was so bad for Trump that he could make his own list. First, he stood by his arrested-for-battery campaign manager, saying of assault victim Michelle Fields, "How do you know those bruises weren’t there before? I’m not a lawyer." He then claimed that the attack on her was justified because she might have been approaching him with "a little bomb or knife." Because reporters often blow up the subjects of their reporting.

Minutes later, during the same interview with Anderson Cooper, he declared that there would be riots if he doesn't secure the Republican nomination, and that he'll be utterly unable to stop them.

The next day, he claimed that the Geneva Convention was saddling US troops with anti- head-chopping-off rules that make Americans afraid to fight, and should be "changed." Hours later, in an MSNBC town hall, he vowed he wouldn't take American use of nuclear weapons in Europe off the table.

Finally, there was his deluge of positions on abortion. First he claimed that he would make abortion illegal, called for women to have back alley abortions, and that he would "punish" any women who receive them. He then issued a nonsensical statement that the issue is "unclear" and should be "put back into" the states. Then he issued another statement saying that if abortion were illegal, doctors would be punished, not women.

Got all that? Good, because there's seven more months of this insanity left.


D'Angelo Russell
What Happened: The Los Angeles Lakers rookie secretly took video of teammate Nick Young bragging about cheating on his fiance, then leaked it to a celebrity gossip website.

The Details: If there's one code that's even more inviolable than guy code, it's locker room code. Violate that, and you're in a world of hurt. And so it goes for Russell, who secretly recorded Young answering his questions about women while they were in a hotel room on the road, which ended with Young talking about hooking up with a girl at a club.

Young happens to be engaged to Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. So when the video hit social media after Russell sent it to celeb gossip site Fameolous, the Internet collectively lost its mind. The Lakers, who are already in the midst of a dismal season, rallied around Young, and have reportedly frozen Russell out, refusing to speak to him or interact with him outside of game situations.

Whoever Runs the State Department's Twitter
What Happened: The State Department's @TravelGov account tweeted the amazingly sexist message "Not a ‘10’ in the US? Then not a 10 overseas. Beware of being lured into buying expensive drinks or worse - being robbed. #springbreakingbadly" implying that unattractive women can be tricked unto getting robbed and roofied through flattery.

The Details: Certain official government social media accounts, such as the CIA's official Twitter, have shown a cheeky sense of humor. Even the government can fall victim to social media's lack of context, however. While the message was clearly intended to warn women of foreign men trying to rob them while vacationing, instead it came off like a jerky way of saying that if you aren't hit on at home, you won't be hit on abroad. Basically, it was a travel warning for people who aren't hot.

The tweet was swiftly decried as sexist, demeaning, and gross. The @TravelGov account, however, stood by it, claiming that it was meant to apply to both genders, and was intended simply to warn people. But the outrage prevailed, and the tweet was deleted.


Sen. John Milkovich
What Happened: Louisiana Democratic state senator John Milkovich passionately argued at a meeting of the state's Senate Education Committee for the teaching of Bible-based creationism alongside evidence-based evolution - despite the fact that it's unconstitutional.

The Details: In 1987, the US Supreme Court struck down public schools enforcing "balanced" teaching of evolution and creationism, as creationism is based in religion and therefore blurs the line between church and state. Even so, the Louisiana Education Committee voted 4-2 to keep the state’s unenforceable “Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science Act,” which was passed in 1981.

The most vocal defender of the Act was Milkovich, who was forced to justify the law by, of all things, a Republican state senator attempting to clean up Louisiana's education statutes. Milkovich asked those who advocated repealing the law, "if you are equipped to acknowledge this, or have the background that in fact, scientific research and developments and advances in the last hundred years - particularly the last 50, 20, ten years - have validated the Biblical story of creation." He also added  that “the notion of instantaneous creation has been validated by the scientific study of heliocentric circles in rocks.”

Needless to say, this isn't actually true. The "heliocentric circles" he refers to are actually radiohalos, or banded discolorations in rocks often used by creationists as "proof" of God creating the world 6,000 years ago. Even when the session moved on, Milkovich circled back to Bible-based teaching, linking the alleged decline of morality in children to taking God out of public schools.


Dean Angelo
What Happened: Angelo is the president of Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police, and recently revealed that he hired disgraced ex-cop Jason Van Dyke as a janitor - despite Van Dyke facing first-degree murder charges.

The Details: Van Dyke is the white Chicago cop charged with murder after firing 16 shots into a knife-wielding black teenager Laquan Macdonald in 2014. The subsequent investigation led to the firing of Chicago's police superintendent, as well as Van Dyke's dismissal and arrest. Angelo was initially confronted by a local paper and denied Van Dyke had been hired, but then thought about it and decided it was good idea.

Van Dyke was then hired at $12/hour to be a jack of all trades in the FOP building - a move that other FOP members opposed. Also opposing the move were local activists, who called it outrageous. Angelo maintained that the union would do the same for any other ex-cop, and that Van Dyke was facing serious financial problems.


Hyongtae Pae
What Happened: Pae is an elderly Korean man who forced a Honolulu-Tokyo flight to turn around because he refused to stop doing yoga in the aisle, then attacked passengers and flight crew members.

The Details: While long oceanic flights can do strange things to anyone, the case of a 72-year-old retired farmer Hyongtae Pae goes above and beyond. According to the complaint against him, Pae refused to return to his seat during meal service. Instead he stayed in the aisle performing yoga poses. That's when things got ugly.

Pae's wife asked him to sit down, prompting him to shove her. When several Marines on the flight intervened, he began "biting and head-butting" them. Finally, while screaming "There is no God," Pae had to be held down by passengers and was forcibly put into his seat, with his hands and feet restrained. The flight turned around, stranding dozens of travelers. Pae claimed he hadn't slept in a week and was placed on suicide watch in Honolulu.

Two Jackasses at a Wisconsin Trump Rally
What Happened: Janesville, WI, police are investigating an incident involving two different men, one of whom allegedly grabbed the breasts of a 15-year-old girl protesting at a Trump rally, and the other who pepper sprayed her when she fought back.

The Details: According to both police accounts and video taken at the protest, one of the men in the crowd, a middle aged man with a mustache, was arguing with the girl and groped her. The girl shouted back “You were touching my breast! You f----- touched my chest" and then shoved him. A younger man in a ubiquitous red "Make America Great Again" hat then pepper sprayed her in the face. As she staggered out of the crowd, others screamed at her, calling her a "goddamn communist n----- lover.” Whatever that is.

Police are currently looking for the pepper sprayer, but have already spoken to the alleged groper. The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed yet.


Seif El Din Mustafa
What Happened: Mustafa hijacked an EgyptAir flight and took over 60 people hostage while demanding the plane land in Cyprus. Except the bomb vest he was wearing was fake, and he pulled the whole stunt to see his ex-wife.

The Details: Worst Person of the Week has a clear anti-hijacking stance. And normally, taking people hostage by threatening to blow them into atoms is nothing to laugh about. Mustafa, though, isn't so much a terrorist as a love-struck idiot, putting on a fake bomb, holding the entire manifest for ransom, and demanding asylum - all in a bid to get to get to Cyprus to win his ex back.

Mustafa apparently wanted to deliver a message to her in person, and had an envelope that contained a letter. But to do so, he took the plane hostage, and once it landed in Cyrpus, demanded police leave so he could release the women and children first. Finally, after a six hour standoff, and with no more hostages to release, Mustafa was taken into custody peacefully.

A bonus goes to Ben Innes, the English traveler who took a selfie with the bewildered faux bomber as the crisis dragged on and shared it on WhatsApp. Because, hey, if you're being held hostage, might as well grab a selfie.


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Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:37:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-person-of-the-week-040116/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[People Who Posed as Cops to Commit Horrible Crimes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pretend-cops/christopher-shultz
The 2014 movie Let's Be Cops depicts police officer impersonation as a hilarious, almost carefree folly that comes with no real consequences. In reality, though, impersonating a cop is a federal crime, and one that real law enforcement officers don't take lightly. The suspects involved in most police impersonation cases aren't doing it to get girlfriends or whatever was going on in Let's Be Cops. Their goals are far more sinister. Most cop impersonators pretend to be officers in order to commit other criminal activity and to perpetrate downright repugnant acts. These true crime stories of criminals posing as police officers will definitely not make you laugh. Instead, they'll probably leave you wondering whether or not the guy pulling you over is a total fake.
People Who Posed as Cops to Commit Horrible Crimes,

Fake Cop Murders Woman in Church
In April of 2016, a man dressed as a cop broke into Creekside Church of Christ in Texas, and murdered fitness trainer Missy Bevers. According to police, the assailant was wearing a black helmet, black gloves, and a vest marked "POLICE" when he forcibly entered the church and found Bevers. The man seemed to be looking for something, although whether it was the mother of three was unclear.

After reviewing surveillance video, Sargeant Nick Harp said, "“He certainly doesn’t display the characteristics of somebody who is trying to burglarize a place. He’s taking his time, walking slowly around.” Police are still looking for answers.


Man Posed as Officer in String of Nation-Wide Prank Calls
David Stewart of Fountain, Florida was accused — but ultimately acquitted — of making a prank call to a McDonald's in Mount Washington, Kentucky, where he claimed to be a police officer and wielded his "authority" in a sadistic game of manipulation. Three people were involved with the hoax — the restaurant's manager, her boyfriend, and an 18-year-old employee.

Stewart allegedly told the manager that the employee had stolen merchandise from the McDonald's, and instructed the manager to strip-search the employee. At some point during the phone call, the manager's boyfriend arrived to continue the strip search and, apparently at Stewart's insistence, forced the employee to perform oral sex on him. The entire ordeal lasted three and a half hours.

As there was no hard evidence to convict him, Stewart walked. The manger and her boyfriend, however, were convicted for their own roles in the crime, as the McDonald's surveillance footage provided more than enough evidence. It is believed Stewart made similar prank calls in Idaho, Oklahoma, and other locations, using pay phones and calling cards to cover his tracks. Whether or not Stewart was actuallyguilty, the crimes have apparently stopped since his arrest and trial.
Guy Essentially "Became" a Cop to Commit Crimes
Henry Terry's behavior sounds like that of a method actor preparing for a role as a police officer, only with goals far more sinister than an Oscar bid. Not only did Terry utilize realistic uniforms, handcuffs, and a car equipped with flashing sirens, he apparently also had his own fake police station. According to an Associated Press writer (via Fox News), Henry set up "a personal police station where he kept records of possible crimes and sometimes interrogated 'suspects' who were handcuffed to a chair."

One of Henry's motives for this elaborate ruse was robbery. He would extort cash from his "suspects" in exchange for their release. But his actions were far more extreme than this, and he was ultimately charged on numerous counts of rape and at least one count of extreme animal cruelty. According to the New York Daily News, Terry allegedly set a neighbor's cat on fire, then promised to "solve the crime."

Man Impersonated Cop to Get Out of Swapping Insurance
Mark Monterroso was arrested in Blanchar, OK on April 8, 2016 after a road rage incident, reported News 9 in Oklahoma City. The news team noted, "police said the victim of the incident tried to get Monterroso’s insurance information after, he said, Monterroso passed his car on the shoulder kicking up rocks that broke his windshield. That’s when Monterroso identified himself as an officer, and then apparently chased the victim with a baton." Blanchard police also suspect Monterroso in a series of other police impersonation incidents, whereby the accused had been targeting unaccompanied women.
Serial Killer May Have Posed as an Officer to Lure His Victims
William Suff, also known as the Riverside Prostitute Killer, was convicted of assaulting, mutilating, and murdering 12 sex workers between 1989 and 1991 (though police suspect he may have been responsible for up to 22 deaths in the area). Often times, his victims' bodies were discovered posed in lewd positions. Police know Suff lured women into his van, but it has often been rumored — though never confirmed — that he would impersonate a police officer to intimidate his victims into cooperation. He is currently awaiting execution in San Quentin State Prison in California. 
A Career Cop Impersonator
In a perverse kind of way, you have to hand it to Jim Bailey of Oak Harbor, Washington: He successfully pretended to be a police officer for 25 years, even placing ads all around the state, offering his training and seminar services. Bailey was actually a reserve officer (basically a volunteer) for three years in the 1980s, but left to attend the police academy. He never graduated. Bailey's decades-long performance ended in 2014 when he effectively made a citizen's arrest, placing a man who had been fighting with his girlfriend in a headlock. His fatal step? Bailey told a passer-by to phone the police and tell them "an officer needs assistance."
Ice Cream-Loving Teen Cop Isn't Really a Cop
Unlike others on this list, Chance LaCasse's only crime was impersonating an officer — which is a serious felony, of course, but he didn't use his cop outfit to commit any other crimes. (And really, it's likely no one would have taken him seriously had he tried to intimidate them — just look at him!) No, LaCasse just really, REALLY wanted to join the police force. Prior to his arrest, his Instagram feed was festooned with photos of LaCasse dressed as a cop or a detective, even posing in a police vest or a cruiser. (The account has since been deleted, but you can see the photos reprinted here.) The teen was busted in 2015 after he strolled into a local King Kone ice cream parlor in full-on New Hampshire cop regalia, including a very real 9mm holstered to his belt. Poor kid.
Man Posed as Cop to Sexually Coerce Women
It's sadly a common narrative among police impersonation cases — a man posing as an authority figure to terrorize and abuse women. Brian Keith Cooper Jr. did just that in March of 2016, using a fake badge and a pair of handcuffs to lure women into his car, reported WBAL-TV. Cooper would then drive the women to the same dead-end street, where he would ask them, "What would you do to stay out of jail." Of course, Cooper had ideas of his own, and while at least one victim fell prey to his sexual misconduct, he was later caught in the act of another rape attempt and arrested. 
Infamous Killer Ted Bundy Impersonated Cops and Other Authority Figures
If you're so inclined, reading about Ted Bundy and his crimes is a veritable rabbit hole of the gruesome and macabre. In addition to feigning injury, Bundy loved to impersonate authority figures as a means of intimidating and coercing his victims. This included posing as police officers, as he did when he abducted Carol DaRonch in 1974.

Bundy identified himself as "Officer Roseland" and told DaRonch he was responding to a report her car had been broken into, and asked if she would accompany him to the station. She initially trusted Bundy, who was said to be quite charming and persuasive. However, DaRonch soon realized Bundy was not a real police officer, and when she attempted to flee his car, he slapped a pair of handcuffs on her. Luckily, Bundy only managed to manacle one of DaRonch's wrists, and she narrowly escaped one of the most notorious serial killers in history.
Fake Cop Pulled Over Real Cop
Non-cop Robert Montoya attempted to pull over a car with his Chevy Impala, which he'd equipped with a siren, laptop and a police scanner. Looks can be deceiving, of course, as Montoya was in no way a police officer. The real police caught on to this cop impersonator when Montoya attempted to pull over an undercover officer in an unmarked vehicle. Weirdly though, due to the Nuisance Abatement Law in Colorado, it was required that Montoya's Impala be "shredded to pieces," according to Christine Noel of KUSA. This destruction of the offending vehicle is apparently intended to ensure citizens that this particular car will never torment them again, but it sounds a little bit more like a big "F.U." to anyone claiming to be a cop.

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Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:57:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pretend-cops/christopher-shultz
<![CDATA[Stepparents Who Killed Their Stepchildren]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/step-parents-who-killed-their-step-children/amandatullos
In the classic fairy tale Cinderella, the titular character suffers abuse at the hands of her evil stepmother before eventually finding a happy ending with her prince. In real life, not every child gets their happy ending. Many children are too young to report their abuse, and suffer for months and years at the hands of the people who are meant to care for them. And some are killed in the most heinous ways.

This list focuses on the children whose lives ended too soon. Here are 20 stepparents who killed their stepchildren.

Stepparents Who Killed Their Stepchildren,

Stepdad Charged with Murder of Stepson 14 Years After His Disappearance
In 2002, Tieray D. Jones took his two-year-old stepson, Jahi Turner, to a San Diego playground, and the boy never returned. Jones told police he left the toddler alone for 15 minutes to grab a soda, and when he went back the child was gone. In April 2016, Jones was arrested for the boy's murder.

Jahi's body has never been found, and the San Diego Police Department did not disclose what evidence led to Jones' arrest.

A Family Fight Turns Into the Shooting Death of 17-year-old Stepson
In the early hours of March 28, 2016, an argument between mother and son turned deadly when the stepfather stepped in with a shotgun. Felix Antonio Nieves, 17, was killed after he was shot two times with his stepfather's 12-gauge shotgun.

Nieves's stepfather, George Coryell, shot the teenager after he grabbed his mother's stun gun from her and used it on her. He was arrested on first-degree murder charges following the dispute.

 
Stepfather Rapes and Murders 3-year-old Stepdaughter
Orlando, Florida, resident Pascal Kaufmann was babysitting his three-year-old stepdaughter, Charlie Brame, when she suffered fatal head injuries. The 19-year-old had only been married to Charlie's mother for a week when the child was killed at his hands. Medical examination showed that the toddler had recent signs of sexual assault and severe brain trauma.

Prior to the girl's death, her father warned Charlie's mother not to leave the child alone with Kaufmann. Charlie's father was worried for his daughter's safety after Kaufmann spanked her.
Stepmother Rapes and Kills 2-year-old Stepdaughter
Renee King sexually assaulted two-year-old toddler, Lily Furneaux-Wolfenbarger, and slammed her head against the floor in November 2010 while her father was at work. The girl's head was slammed into the ground at least 20 times by her stepmother, killing her.

When Lily was taken to the hospital, her father told her birth mother, Lauren Furneaux, that Renee had fallen on her in the shower. In February 2015, a jury found King guilty of murder and sentenced her to life in prison. The prosecution explained King killed Lily because she had "acted up".

Child Scalded to Death by Stepdad
A 17-month-old child suffered third-degree burns while taking a bath in his Chicago home. Noah Rudder was in the care of his stepfather, Gregory D. Miles, when the injuries happened, and Miles failed to seek medical help for the child.

For hours Noah sat in agony as his stepfather surfed the internet for ways to treat severe burns with ointment. Noah was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Miles was arrested on charges of first-degree murder, manslaughter, and endangering the life of a child.
Missing Girl Was Dismembered by Stepmother
Zahra Baker was reported missing from her Hickory, North Carolina, home on October 9, 2010. A month later, the 10-year-old's dismembered remains were found. The girl, who was disabled and deaf, was murdered by her stepmother, Elisa Baker. 

Elisa confessed to police, explaining that Zahra actually died two weeks before she reported her missing. She dismembered her body to conceal Zahra's identity. In September 2011, Elisa pled guilty and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. 
Adrian Jones Killed by Stepmom and Fed to Pig
In Kansas City, seven-year-old Adrian Jones went missing in September 2015. In January of this year, his remains were found in a barn on their property. The young boy had suffered abuse at the hands of his father, Michael, and stepmom, Heather, for months before his disappearance. He was eventually killed and fed to the pigs on their farm. Both parents were arrested, but denied the murder allegations.
Boy Beaten to Death Made Failed Attempts to Call for Help
In April 2012, 10-year-old Buffalo, New York, native Abdifatah Mohamud was tied up by his stepfather, Ali Mohamad Mohamud, had a sock stuffed into his mouth, was duct-taped, and beaten to death. The boy died from over 70 blows to his body from a rolling pin.

Abdifatah allegedly called 911 at least eight times over the course of two years to report the abuse, but the abuse continued.  The stepfather was arrested and sentenced to life in prison for the murder.

Stepmother Burns Stepson in Bath as Punishment
Anna Ritchie held her four-year-old stepson, Austin, in scalding hot bath water for at least 25 minutes. When she removed him from the water, his body was so severely burned that his skin was hanging from his body. After, the stepmother put the boy in pajamas and put him to bed.

The child allegedly cried in pain throughout the night, but Anna ignored him and told her husband to as well. The next day, the boy was dead. Authorities stated the boy most likely would have survived from his injuries had he been hospitalized.

 
Girl is "Run to Death" by Stepmother as Punishment
When third-grader Savannah Hardin ate a candy bar on the bus on the way home from school, her stepmom, Jessica Mae Hardin, was not happy. To discipline the young girl, Jessica Mae's mother forced Savannah to run in place for three hours. Jessica Mae was aware of the strict punishment, but did nothing to stop it.

Savannah collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. She died from severe dehydration. Both Jessica Mae and her mother were arrested and charged with the girl's murder.

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<![CDATA[The Most Extreme Body Modifications Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/extreme-body-modifications/jacob-shelton
Believe it or not, extreme body modification has been happening since the dawn of civilization. Different tribes from across the world have scarred their bodies with various tattoos and piercings in an effort to show that they were brave, could take pain, and were in touch with the spirit realm. But in the modern era, extreme body mods have taken on a completely different meaning.

Men and women are able to get piercings and tattoos at the drop of a hat, so the practitioners of extreme body piercing have had to branch out further in to set themselves apart from all the squares who decided to gauge their ears after seeing a Hawthorne Heights music video. If you have a weak stomach, prepare yourself for this list of the most extreme body modifications ever.

Extreme body modifications have taken on many forms in recent years. From getting patterned facial scarring, to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to look like a children’s toy, and even installing microchips in your body to better communicate with technology, people all over the world are taking body modification and applying to their own truths. Even though it might seem a bit strange now, it’s entirely possible than in a couple of decades, extreme piercing, and body modifications might be the normal standard of beauty.

Vote up the most extreme forms of body modification, and the people who altered their bodies in the craziest of ways. And if you want, leave us a comment about the totally insane butterfly tattoo you have on your shoulder.
The Most Extreme Body Modifications Ever,

The Vampire Woman of Mexico
María José Cristerna, or the Vampire Woman, is a former lawyer and current mother of four who also happens to hold the world record for the woman with the most body modifications. She has a collection of transdermal implants on her forehead, chest, and arms, as well as all the piercings. 

 

The Lizard Man Is More Than a Pretty Face
Erik Sprague was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky and he (presumably) was not covered in scales. Before he began undergoing a transformation that left him with sharpened teeth, a full body of green scale tattoos, a bifurcated tongue, and sub-dermal implants, he was a PhD candidate at the university of Albany. Now he just hangs out in Austin and makes that sweet sweet Lizard Man money. 
Crocodile Scarification
Papua New Guinea is a place full of curious tribal customs, but the most painful custom is that of crocodile scarification. Traditionally, the young men of the tribe are inflicted with hundreds of deep cuts in cascading patterns down their backs, arms, chest and buttocks to give their skin the look and feel of a crocodile’s body. All of this work is done with a sliver of bamboo. 
Giraffe Woman of Los Angeles
While in middle school, Sydney V. Smith became obsessed with the women of the Kayan Lahwi tribes of Thailand and Burma who encase their necks in brass rings. Since the age of 28, she's been wearing brass rings around her neck in an attempt to elongate it and she says it's working! 


 

Sudanese Body Scarification
The scars carved across the faces and bodies of Ethiopian and Sudanese tribe members are some of the most painful types of scarification known to man. Many of the markings are etched onto the tribe's members bodies at a young age, and they're done so without any anesthetic. If the receiver shows any signs of pain, they'll be seen as weak. Many of the women of the tribe see the scars as an ability to cope with pain and a sign that they will be able to cope with childbirth in future.
Valeria Lukyanova, Human Barbie
Although the modifications of the human Barbie are highly debated, there's no denying that through contacts, breast augmentation, and a ~ totally legit workout routine~ Valeria Lukyanova has made herself look like a Barbie doll, and has worked her way into your nightmares. 
Magnetic Finger Implants (How Do They Work?)
For people who are interested in sensory augmentation, magnetic finger implants make total sense. Pun intended? The piercings supposedly give the wearer the ability to sense electromagnetic shifts around them, and they can pick up small pieces of metal with their fingers. 
Most Pierced Woman Marries Balding Old Frump
The most pierced woman in the world, Elaine Davidson, has 6,925 piercings, and some of them weigh up to seven pounds. In 2011 she married the love her life, a pretty boring-looking guy with nary a tattoo. The story of their wedding is very sweet because duh, they're in the kind of love that can only occur when one of you has almost 7,000 piercings. 


 

Ladies Are Getting Elf Ears
A body modification that really took off after the Lord of the Rings films was having your ears shaved into points at the top to give the impression that you're a creature of the elven variety. Out of all the extreme body modifications on this list, elf ears might be the one that's the creepiest. 


 

Man Tattoos Eyeballs
Rodrigo Fernando, a man with 70% of his body tattooed, had black ink put in his corneas in 2013. When he was interviewed a few days after the session, he said, "I wept ink for two days."

 


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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:56:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/extreme-body-modifications/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Things That Were Destroyed Because of Selfies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-that-were-destroyed-because-of-selfies/jacob-shelton
It’s impossible to do anything or go anywhere without seeing someone take a selfie. Some people blame the "pics or it didn’t happen" culture that sprung up alongside the smartphone revolution while others blame sheer narcissism for the trend, although it’s probably a little bit of both. People have died because of selfies, but what about all the things that have been destroyed because of selfies? Human beings can break things better than anyone, and now that everyone is trying to outdo one another with their crazy selfies, it’s only a matter of time before someone tips over the Leaning Tower of Pisa in pursuit of that perfect shot. If you think we’re being reactionary, take a look at all these things that have been destroyed because of selfies.

It seems that people will go to any length to get likes, faves, or whatever on the Internet. It doesn’t matter if they have to risk their lives or destroy a priceless piece of art - if they can capture themselves doing something unique, it’s all worth it. If you haven’t already lost all faith in the human race, you’re probably going to start praying for a meteorite to hit Earth after you read about how many animals people have killed for a photo op. Steel thyself, here’s all the stuff that has been destroyed with selfies.

After you finish cringing at all the things selfies have destroyed, leave us a comment about the lengths you’ve gone to in pursuit of the perfect selfie. Especially if you’re a ghost.
Things That Were Destroyed Because of Selfies,

Selfie Seekers Break Hercules' Crown
In 2015, two tourists in Italy climbed on top of a statue of Hercules that was built in the 1700s and accidentally broke off a piece of the marble crown that sits on top of the statue's head. 
Pilot Crashes Plane Taking Selfie
Authorities have determined that a fatal plane crash near Denver in 2015 was likely caused by the pilot attempting to take a selfie mid-flight. The National Transportation Safety Board said there was footage of the pilot taking selfies on a GoPro recovered from the scene of the crash. The actual report read: "The GoPro recordings revealed that the pilot and various passengers were taking self-photographs with their cell phones and, during the night flight, using the camera’s flash function during the takeoff roll, initial climb, and flight in the traffic pattern."
Terrorist Posts Selfie, Gets Base Destroyed
This was bound to happen eventually. In 2015, a terrorist posted a selfie to a public forum from his ISIS base and the US military immediately saw it online. Twenty-two hours later, the Air Force sent three Joint Direct Attack Munition missiles to destroy the outpost. 
Human Garbage Carve Their Initials Into Rome's Colosseum
In Italy, two American tourists found out why the rest of the world hates us when they carved their initials into the Colosseum and then took a selfie next to the desecrated monument. Just in case you were curious, the Colosseum dates back to the first century A.D. 
Jerks Kill Shark with Selfie
In Palm Beach, FL (of course) a couple of fishermen managed to kill a hammerhead shark in the least humane way possible: by taking selfies with the animal until it ran out of oxygen and died. To make things worse, a public works employee who found the shark's body on a beach just threw it in a dumpster. Don't go changin', Florida. 
Russian Woman Shoots Herself While Taking Selfie
In 2015, a Russian woman hopefully learned her lesson about mixing selfies and guns when she accidentally shot herself with a pellet gun while attempting to snap a picture of herself. The pellet ricocheted around her temple, but luckily she survived. 
Tourist Careens Into Priceless Art, Destroying It in Pursuit of the Perfect Selfie

A Brazilian tourist at the National Museum of Ancient Art in Lisbon, Portugal, walked backwards into a priceless 18th century sculpture of Saint Michael on November 8, 2016. The piece clattered to the floor and shattered. According to museum officials, irreparable damage was done. It was the second time in a year a priceless sculpture in Lisbon was destroyed by a someone taking a selfie. 

The selfie-taker dashed off before museum personnel could detain him/her. Museum director Antonio Filipe Pimentel used the incident to point out a problem with under staffing at museums throughout the world: "There are only 64 people for 84 chambers open to public. I am very sure one day we will see hazards in the museum. It will happen because we're playing with our heritage."


Tourists Keep Turtles from Laying Eggs
In 2015, hundreds of tourists descended on the beaches of Costa Rica during the country's sea turtle egg-laying season and, duh, tried to take selfies with the animals who were trying to get in the swing of their centuries-old birthing ritual. Due to so many tourists clogging up the beach, the turtles couldn't lay their eggs, and now there are fewer turtles than there were before all of this selfie nonsense started. 
Student Snaps Leg Off Statue While Taking Selfie
This is a truly stomach-turning story. In March 2014, a student tried to take a selfie sitting on the leg of a copy of the famous Drunken Satyr statue in Milan. But because statues weren't built to hold dumb idiots, one of the legs snapped off the 19th-century work of art. Unfortunately, the student made it out of the area without getting busted. 
Selfie Snapper Knocks Over 126-Year-Old Statue
In Portugal, an anonymous tourist proved that people are the worst when he tried to take a selfie with a statue of Dom Sebastiao in May 2016. Mid selfie, the 126-year-old(!!!!!!!!) statue toppled over and shattered. Police arrested the guy as he tried to flee. 

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Wed, 18 May 2016 09:42:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/things-that-were-destroyed-because-of-selfies/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Terrifying Haunted Historical Sites from Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/haunted-historical-sites/jeffrichard

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.


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.  



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<![CDATA[21 Stories of the Real People Behind Memes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-people-behind-memes/jacob-shelton
There’s a one hundred percent chance that you’ve commented on a Reddit thread or a friend’s Facebook post with a meme. Not only are memes an amazing way to communicate feelings without having to actually think of anything, they’re also really funny. Everyone has a favorite meme they like to use. For some people it’s 60’s Spiderman, and for others it’s the Ermahgerd Girl, but most people don’t stop to think that there are real people behind memes. Think about it, someone had to pose with a bunch of Goosebumps books so you could Photoshop Pokemon cards or whatever into her hands. These are the stories behind the real people who became memes on the Internet. 

It's hard to believe that some of the memes you see every single day stem from real people with actual lives. But in a lot of cases, memes are totally based off of the average experiences of regular people. The weirdest part, is that sometimes, the people depicted in the memes don't even realize that they have become a meme until years later, when news trickles down to them. We've put together a list of the real stories behind the regular people who went viral. Check out these stories behind the memes, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
21 Stories of the Real People Behind Memes,

Ermahgerd Girl
The "Ermahgerd Girl" meme began when a 16-year-old kid from Canada was browsing a public Facebook photo gallery, and decided to post a weird photo that he saw on Reddit. Three years later, the Ermahgerd Girl was on a backpacking trip in India when one of her friends messaged her to let her know that she had become a meme. Now, Maggie Goldenberger, the Ermahgerd Girl, is a nurse in Phoenix, Arizona.
First World Problems Girl
The woman behind the first world problems meme, Silvia Bottini, is an Italian born model and actress who's been in a ton of commercials, and she even offers a public speaking course. She's basically the perfect person to represent the First World Problems meme. 
Scumbag Steve
Scumbag Steve, the meme everyone loves to hate, is actually named Blake Boston and really is kind of a scumbag. The original photo is from his mom's 2006 Myspace page. According to Boston, he could have "stopped everything" going on with his photo being used by a meme, but didn't want to seem "uncool."  

In other news that will surprise no one, the real Scumbag Steve is a not-so-great rapper.  



Overly Attached Girlfriend
Because the Internet moves so fast, a lot of people don't remember that the Overly Attached Girl meme was created to poke fun at the clingier aspects of Justin Bieber's single "Boyfriend." The original lyrics are a little creepy - "If I was your boyfriend, never let you go / Keep you on my arm girl, you'd never be alone."  

Lana Morris, a YouTuber, decided to do a parody song called "Girlfriend" in which she made fun of how incredibly clingy J. Biebs sounded in his song. A still from the newly dubbed "Overly Attached Girlfriend's" YouTube video went viral in 2012, and never slowed down. Fortunately, Laina Morris has been able to capitalize on the meme and build a career around it.

Bad Luck Brian
When Kyle Craven's friend posted a yearbook outtake photo of his to Reddit, things got very real, very quickly. The photo in question was actually taken as a joke. In an interview with the Washington Post, Kyle said that “Picture days were always fun days for me,” and that he rubbed his face to make it red, squinted his eyes, puffed out his jaw and took what he thought would be a funny photo. Little did he know that a goof like that would make him Internet famous a few years later. 

Hipster Barista
Dustin Mattson is still pretty angry about becoming a meme - which is funny, because of course the Hipster Barista would be mad about being turned into something so mainstream.  

It turns out that Mattson is an actual hipster barista. He's super unhappy about the fact that grown men who make latte art for a living aren't taken more seriously. In an interview with the Atlanta Eater he said, "I do find it discouraging and disappointing that there was so much exposure brought to an attempt at making a joke of a culinary industry and the professional barista. To me, it's very telling on how we laud farm-to-table food, craft beer, cocktail mixology, but it's ok to have no respect for the specialty coffee world and the people who are committed to it." Somehow, this quote made his face ten times more punchable. 

Success Kid
When a photo of Laney Griner's son Sammy became one of the most popular web memes ever, she wasn't happy. But a few years later, she used the unwanted popularity of the meme to help raise $100,000 for her husband's dialysis, and to pay for his kidney transplant. See? The Internet isn't all bad. 


Stop Girl
The "Stop Girl" meme all started at a college football game. During a 2010 game between the University of Arizona and Iowa, Sarah - the student who would soon become Stop Girl - had a camera trained on her as she watched the game in agony. Her request that the camera man stop filming her lead to a bunch of weirdos on Reddit falling in love with her. Sarah is understandably weirded out by the whole thing, and hopes that she can put the Internet's fascination with her in the rearview. 


 

Attractive Convict
In 2010, Meagan Mccullough was arrested for a DUI. Three years later, her mugshot made its way to Reddit, where basement-dwellers the world over fell in love with her stunning good looks. A bunch of dudes contacted Mccullough, and professed their undying devotion to her. However, this hot criminal is kind of over that mugshot photo. She even said, "I don't think it's that good a picture - there are other ones I would prefer."
Overly Attached Girlfriend and the Kid That Needs to Fart
Apparently they went to the same high school.


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<![CDATA[The Worst Black Friday Injuries and Deaths of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/13-most-brutal-black-friday-injuries-and-deaths/john-barryman
In honor of the busiest shopping day of the year, here's a roundup of stories about Black Friday injuries, incidents and deaths that should pretty much convince everyone to stay the hell out of a busy shopper's way this year.
The Worst Black Friday Injuries and Deaths of All Time,

Tennessee Transwoman Assaulted at Kohl's
In Jackson, Tennessee, the day after Thanksgiving 2012 was brutal fro Akasha Adonis. The transgender woman and her mom were assaulted by other shoppers as soon as store personnel unlocked the doors to a Kohl's Department Store.

Adonis and another woman were hit by an assailant who puled out her hair. Most disgustingly, the suspect put his hand in her mouth and tore three teeth out of her socket, breaking her jaw. As Adonis laid on the floor, Kohl's staff greeted other shoppers until a woman called the cops.

Source
Black Friday Shoppers Trample Girl
Welcome to Muskegon, where every Black Friday, people swarm stores in stampedes. Evidently, it doesn't matter who is in your way; it could even be a teenage girl in a Wal-Mart who's victim to the shopping madness.

On Black Friday 2011, a Wal-Mart SuperCenter became a scene of minor injuries for the girl. While there were rumors that she had been stabbed or shot, the truth was that people rushing to an electronic department sale knocked her over and stepped on her repeatedly. She was taken to the hospital.

Source
Guys Shoot Each Other
Black Friday. Toys R Us. Shooting deaths. Normally, people would never think of stringing those words up in the same sentence. Well, maybe the first two, but shooting deaths?

However, that’s exactly what happened the same day of the above Wal-Mart stampede. On the opposite side of the coast in Palm Desert, CA, two women got into a fight. No one knows why, but plenty of witnesses reported it was a bloody brawl. Bloody enough to incite their male companions to pull out their trusty hand-guns and shoot each other. God Bless America.

All hell broke loose.The crowds ran out screaming from the store while the two shooters squared off and cocked their gun. One man failed so he ran through the aisles while the other guy shot at him. Eventually, they got to the cash register and exchanged multiple shots before dying.

Apparently, it wasn’t over a toy, though its very easy to make such an assumption. Two guys walk into a Toys R Us carrying guns then shoot each other. What’s to miss (other than, apparently, that one guy)?

But the worst part of it all: the mothers brought their children with them and their children witnessed their own fathers’ deaths.

Source.
Off-Duty Cop Pepper Sprays Shoppers
A policeman was arrested (you read that right) on Black Friday in 2011. The Kinston police officer was off duty at the time, but that did not stop him from pepper spraying several people in the chaotic crowd.

The Kinston cop, Gordon Jackson, hired a lawyer after he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. YouTube videos were released of shoppers covering their faces, while the police department claimed to NBC News that they just fired "a single puff" and no one got sprayed in the face with the mace.

Source
Cali Walmart Becomes Scene of a Shooting
Just before 2 am, Black Friday shoppers got into a fight in the parking lot of a Walmart near Oakland, California. The San Leandro customers were confronted by thieves who wanted their items and, after they refused, one of those thieves pulled out a gun.

While one fired and wounded one of the victims, the other suspect fled the scene. The one who was arrested was in his mid-20s, while the gunshot victim was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

Source
Man Collapses and Dies in Shopping Frenzy
In 2011, 61-year-old Walter Vance collapsed while shopping for Black Friday deals at a West Virginia Target store and went unnoticed by patrons of the store who walked around the fallen man, choosing instead to keep their eyes on the prize (a $4.97 copy of Jack and Jill on Blu-Ray). When shoppers finally ceased stepping over the man to carry on with their shopping, several nurses did come to the man's aid, but he later died in the hospital.

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Wal-Mart Deathly Stampede
If you thought any Black Friday experience you had was beyond ridiculous, just consider yourself lucky no one died (though many people find themselves dying on the inside.)

Alas, that is exactly what happened back in 2008 at a Long Island Wal-Mart. A few facts to convey this incident: over 2,000 people trampled into the store five minutes before scheduled to open. The store never in fact opened. The crowds opened it themselves, chanting push the doors in. And they did, knocking the doors off their hinges and literally basting it apart. If you're wondering what's wrong with these people? Just check out this Walmart people video and it'll all make perfect sense.

It was rumored that the employees all of sudden had to make a human chain to slow down the crowds that kept pouring. Not effective. Turned out the crowds ended up being a lethal Red Rover and they trampled a 34 year old temporary employee.

As other Wal-Mart employees tried to help the man, the crowds knocked them over as well all the while pummeling the downed man to death. When police and paramedics arrived, people kept pushing past them. When police forced the store to close, people kept pushing past them. Their excuse? I was in line since Friday morning! For 20 dollars off a PS3.

You can’t get more cold-hearted than that.

Source.
Pregnant Woman Miscarried
Well, you can expect this type of violence if the crowds on Black Friday had been historically so bad they killed a man. This particular takedown occurred at the same place where the Wal-Mart worker was killed, making the 2008 shopping season a historical war zone in that area.

The eight-months-pregnant woman was probably waiting to buy stuff for her soon-to-be newborn baby. Instead, she miscarried. The same group of people that knocked the doors off their hinges also managed to create the most brutal abortion imaginable.

Source
Target Shoppers Step Over Dying Man
Walter Vance was shopping at a West Virginia Target store for Black Friday when he collapsed. The 61-year-old pharmacist had already been dealing with a heart condition, but the insanity of Black Friday did not help.

When he fell to the ground, countless customers did absolutely nothing. In fact, they walked around him on their way to find bargains. Vance was brought to the hospital later, where he died.

Source
Bargain Shoppers Send 11-Year-Old to Hospital
Is a bargain worth trampling a precious 11-year-old girl?

In 2013, Black Friday at a New Boston Walmart was a horror-filled shopping event thanks to crazed customers. HIPAA laws prohibit the release of the girl's name, but an 11-year-old female was trampled at the scene. 

The injuries landed her in the hospital, where she was transported and later released. Luckily, the police were quick to respond, as the first call of a trampled child at Walmart came in at 7:56pm and they were on the scene by 8:01.

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<![CDATA[The Worst Police Officers of 2015]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/corrupt-police-officers/loganrapp
Being a police officer isn't easy, but unless you've been living under a rock, you know that there is a lot in the news about the systemic corruption of police departments and law enforcement abuse in general. There are shootings that go without any punishment, and, in the case of Ferguson, MO, proven systemic racism that goes unchecked. This list looks into many of the reported and alleged abuses that police officers have committed in 2015.

Whether it's the aforementioned racism that's sadly still deeply ingrained in American culture, the abuses of civil forfeiture that have eroded public trust in police, or the excessive force debate that's been raging for many years, there are plenty of questions about corrupt police officers that have arisen in 2015. There are also have stories of cops being mistreated by other cops - even America's own cops aren't safe from policing abuses. 

These police crimes and scandals come from all across America, finding the bad, the stupid, and the just plain weird actions that police have taken without any real logic. So take a look at this list and vote up the police violence stories from 2015, that you think are the worst.
The Worst Police Officers of 2015,

Arizona Cop Enters Naked Woman's Home "Illegally" and Arrests Her
Police in Chandler, AZ responded to a domestic disturbance complaint that a couple, Esmerelda Rossi and her estranged husband, was arguing loudly in their home. When authorities arrived at the scene, Rossi was in the shower, so after her daughter alerted her to the officers' presence, she grabbed a towel and went to the door. During her interaction with Officer Doug Rose, Rossi claims he became aggressive, so she asked him to wait while she got her phone. In response, Rose entered the house, without Rossi's permission, and arrested her while she was naked.

Rose was later cleared by Chandler Police of any wrongdoing.
California Deputies Mistakenly Kill Someone, Block Access to Video Evidence
After killing a man and injuring another for being bike thieves (which they actually weren't), the Gardena Police Department then attempted to get video evidence blocked from release. Apparently, they felt it implied that the money they spent on the lawsuit settlement implied that the unjustified homicide video should be blocked. The judge disagreed.
NYPD Cop Arrested for Dealing Drugs in Vermont
Andre "Dre" Clarke, an NYPD officer, was arrested for attempting to conspire with two people in Vermont to sell oxycodone to drug addicts. Somehow, Clarke himself had the supply and was working to provide them with what they needed to sell their wares. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were transferred to and from accounts attached to Clarke. 
NYPD Sergeant Throws Semen on His Crush
A 54-year-old NYPD sergeant in the Organized Crime Control Bureau had a crush on a civilian woman who worked as an administrative aide. As she walked out of the women's restroom, Sergeant Michael Iscenko allegedly splashed a substance on her leg that turned out to be semen. Not surprisingly, Iscenko was suspended. An investigation is ongoing.
SoCal Sheriff Fatally Shoots Suspect While He's Handcuffed
Riverside County agreed to pay $500,000 to the family of an 18-year-old man who was fatally shot in the back - while he was handcuffed. Lamon Khiry Haslip reportedly had a gun on his person and the deputies in question stated that he was reaching for it. However, he was handcuffed, meaning that would have been rather difficult. The courts agreed.
Woman Kidnapped, California Police Refuse to Investigate, Calling It a Hoax
When Denise Huskins and her boyfriend went to the Vallejo Police to report that Denise had been kidnapped and released, the police refused to investigate. It took the actual perpetrators of the crime, one of whom felt bad (Huskins was evidently not the intended target), to set the record straight. Vallejo PD never did anything about it and the FBI had to step in.
Tennessee Officer Pockets $6K from Forfeiture Victims
An investigation revealed that Sergeant Michael Hurt, a 15-year veteran of the police force, had kept more than $6,000 in cash he received from property owners whose vehicles were seized. Civil forfeiture has been back in the civil discourse, largely thanks to John Oliver's Last Week Tonight showing video after video of police officers taking citizens' cash, even if they had not committed a crime.
The McKinney, TX Pool Party Fiasco
Officer Eric Casebolt, along with 11 other officers, were called to a scene in McKinney, TX - a pool party had gone awry. There are conflicting stories about how the incident came to be, but ultimately, while the other officers were calmly breaking up the party up and sending folks home, Casebolt went nuts, running almost literal circles around the entire incident, tackling teenagers and putting cuffs on them, despite no evidence of wrongdoing.

Video of the incident was uploaded to YouTube and went viral, resulting in Casebolt's resignation from the force
Mississippi Officer Put an Unarmed Man in a Chokehold for 20 Minutes
Attorneys for the family of Jonathan Sanders, a 39-year-old black man, have stated that state medical examiners found he died through manual asphyxiation - i.e., strangulation. Multiple witnesses said independently of one another that Officer Kevin Harrington, after muttering a racial slur, put Sanders in a chokehold for over twenty minutes, denying witnesses requests to perform CPR on him.
Alabama Cops Taser Woman Having a Seizure, Plus Mother Who Tried to Help
A young woman in Alabama had a seizure while attending a concert. She was predisposed to seizures, and had, in fact, had one earlier that day, while at school. At the concert, a "stampede" caused by one of the musicians jumping into the crowd triggered her seizure. A venue worker took her to the lobby and allegedly dropped here on the ground, where she was placed in a chokehold by police. They allegedly tased her three times as well.

When her mother arrived to assist, she was also tased and arrested for disorderly conduct. A lawsuit is pending.

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<![CDATA["Crazy" Girlfriends Tell Their Side of the Story]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-girlfriends-share-their-side/ashley-reign
Have you ever heard crazy ex-girlfriend stories from your guy friends that were enough to make you wonder why girls are crazy even though you are one yourself? Or perhaps you were dating a guy only to eventually discover to your horror that he was haunted by crazy ex-girlfriends of relationships past? Well if you've ever found yourself in such a situation, you may have also had a nagging feeling that you may or may not have been hearing the entire story, a theory which a recent r/AskReddit thread set out to prove, with startling results. 

When asked to tell their version of past relationships gone bad, tons of so-called "crazy exes" answered the call and proved that things aren't always what they initially seem. Here you'll find a wide range of "
crazy girls" who explain their behavior through a series of harrowing tales that range from drug addicted boyfriends to undiagnosed mental disorders to the simple fact that they wanted their sh*t back. 

So whether you've ever been accused of being a crazy ex yourself and are looking for validation that you're not alone or have just wondered what goes on in the minds of women who men you've known have assured you were batsh*t crazy, you'll find enlightenment below. Some of these stories may not be pretty, but they're guaranteed to inform and make you reconsider who's really the "crazy" one in many situations.


"Crazy" Girlfriends Tell Their Side of the Story,

"He was addicted to heroin for years..."
"He was addicted to heroin for years and THAT'S why I was blowing up his phone constantly. I never told anyone what was going on with him but if he wasn't where he said he was he most likely had a needle in his arm. Back before he got sober he let people think that I was just obsessive when in actuality I was legitimately worried about him. Doesn't really matter now, we don't talk to any of those people anymore but my reputation still stands."
"I knew in my bones he was cheating..."
"I've definitely been 'crazy'. Snooped through phones, emails, etc. because I knew in my bones he was cheating (confirmed). It made me realize I never want to be with someone who I feel like I 'need' to snoop on. Walked away after that."
"If you try to put something in my mouth that I don't want there...."
"If you try to put something in my mouth that I don't want there, for any reason, I'm going to bite it."
"He never told me the things I did that bothered him...."
"Well I guess the biggest reason is because he never told me the things I did that bothered him.
 
Like it exploded at some point and things came to light that he never talked to me about once.

Like for example, whenever he told me he was going out I would ask if I could tag a long. When everything blew up this was one of his issues and I told him in disbelief 'Why didn't you just tell me you wanted to be alone? Why leave it at "I'm going to XXX."?'
 
I may have never understood if he was just tired of me or tired of us or if all his reasons were justified. I honestly thought until that point we were okay, so I guess that made me 'crazy'."


"The f*cker had about $1,000.00 worth of my Blu Rays..."
"The f*cker had about $1000.00 worth of my Blu Rays in his place, and I'll be damned if I wasn't going to blow up his phone numerous times a day until he f*cking answered and gave them back to me."
"[He] broke up with me at [my mom's] funeral..."
"My mom died. You broke up with me at her funeral. I feel like I was a tiny bit justified." 
"I had an undiagnosed mental disorder..."
"Crazy ex-girlfriend here. I had an undiagnosed mental disorder and didn't understand how to handle emotions appropriately."
"I had a miscarriage..."
"In October of last year I had a miscarriage. I cried for the first two nights and on the third one my boyfriend said it was time to start getting over it. Here I am thinking we're in the same boat and seeing him as my strength to only hear him say "Get over it". Gawd it destroyed me. He said it was because he didn't want to face it and seeing me like that was a constant reminder but I truly lost so much respect for him after that." 
"He cheated on me with my best friend of eight years..."
"My first serious boyfriend. He cheated on me with my best friend of eight years. I was so devastated. The worst part was that they didn't seem to care. They just shrugged their shoulders... I didn't have anyone to vent to so it just built up inside me, so I spent a year trying to rebuild my friendship with my ex bestie, then I invited her to a sleep over, just like old times.

We put on some hair masks that are supposed to condition your hair, but I filled hers with hair removal cream. She lost all her hair that was originally down past her waist, except for about 2 inches on the very top. I saw her in a store about a month ago after not seeing her for four years, and she's kept it short ever since.


We were best friends, but she was a huge 'Regina George' type of girl and I worshipped her out of fear of being an outcast and also because she was popular. I was the butt of every joke, and she bullied me in front of others and passed it off as playful banter. It was better to be her friend and look up to her, than to stand up to her and have her ruin your entire life. Previously we'd been a group of four but one of the other girls dated a boy that Maria liked, so she called the police and told them he was a drug dealer and that he had threatened us by holding a knife to our throats. She also told the school that another girl's dad was a rapist after the girl reported her for bullying, and we all had to go in for interviews. This was before we had even turned 14 and she went on like this for years.
 
The hair situation happened after years of this kind of behaviour. I had only stuck by her out of the fact no one wanted to be my friend as a result of being around her and I was basically Maria's little side kick. I was totally under her spell and her parents would constantly tell me what a good person I was for 'looking after her when everyone else was out to get her,' which basically proved how much they didn't even understand her. Also, sometimes Maria would tell people her mother was dead for no apparent reason and when I asked her why she said this, she said 'because sometimes it's funny'.
 
As soon as the first few clumps of hair came out in my fingers I felt totally sick. I was literally preparing to run because I thought she was going to beat the sh*t out of me. I just kept rubbing it out of her scalp and said 'Maria, it's falling out. Your hair, look.'
 
She went to the mirror and she just laughed and said 'You so did that on purpose. You so did, didn't you?' I said 'Yes, I did it on purpose but I don't care', my face must have been the color of paper and I was totally bawling my eyes out because I was legit scared of her.
 
I told her she was a bitch and went through the times she had tried to ruin people's lives, told her that she was a bitch for calling people rapists and murderers and drug dealers and that she owes so many people apologies. Maria started crying and started coming out with how I was her best friend and how we always 'stuck together' and that I should know how hard her life at home was without her sister and mum. Her sister moved out about a year before and she told everyone she had died also, I have no idea why she did this. Her mum and sister are definitely not dead.
 
I said 'You're a compulsive liar and you don't even know it. Your mum and sister aren't dead, X persons's dad wasn't a rapist, Y person wasn't a drug dealer and he never tried to kill us, but you totally ruined their lives.' The next year of our relationship was basically 'the Boss level', if you will. She spent the next year accusing my family of abusing me, that I stole her phone, that I had threatened to kill her if I saw her. The school ignored her as much as possible because they'd had enough of her, and during our final year they sat us both down and pulled out a huge list of all the sh*t she had done and that it was getting to the point that that we're going to press charges against her for all the harassment, or against me for my apparent death threats towards her. She said she didn't want to take it any further and that she would 'just put up with me'.
 
I'm not proud of what I did and when I think about her I just wish I had told her to leave me alone along time ago. She was the number one reason my whole school career was awful, because if I wasn't her victim, then I was her persecutor.
 
TL:DR, she tried to get me arrested and turned out to be batsh*t crazy and I regret what I did."


"What else was I supposed to do when the guy you're seeing is in a locked room with a pretty girl?
"I was meeting his friends for the first time. We all went out and then came back to his house for drinks. I'm talking to his friends getting to know them and being social. He's upstairs and talking to another friend. Girl walks in and goes up stairs. I think nothing of it until his friend comes down and I'm being directed elsewhere.

I realize they're trying to distract me and of course since I'd been drinking everything was a lot bigger of a deal. I throw a fit and go and knock at the LOCKED door and might've started screaming because what else was I supposed to do when the guy you're seeing is in a locked room with a pretty girl? I'm humiliated, can't be talked down and am alone 'cause they're all his friends. Screaming, crying and the like.
 
So that's how I became the crazy one."


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<![CDATA[The Most Florida Things That Have Ever Happened]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-florida-things-that-have-ever-happened/mel-judson
The most Florida things that have ever happened are listed here and ready for your votes. That's right, the word "Florida" is no longer just the name of a state. It has become an adjective to describe something absolutely ridiculous. These news stories will make you ignore "What's the matter with Kansas" and ask yourself, "WTF is wrong with Florida?" Enjoy these uniquely "Florida weird" moments in the history of this state.

Our list is full of animals acting like humans (dogs shooting their owners with guns) and humans acting like animals (moms biting their daughters for turning on a Rihanna CD). The Florida news has become late night talk show fodder, but this list is the ultimate compilation of WTF Florida stories. Remember that time the entire state didn't know how to count votes and the wrong guy was elected President of the United States? Multiply that insanity by 10, and welcome to the list of the most Florida-weird moments the Sunshine State ever had.
The Most Florida Things That Have Ever Happened,

Man Wears Women's Undies on Airplane
Apparently, you can wear women’s underwear on airplanes these days. At least, that's what U.S. Airways decided in Ft. Lauderdale when people complained about the man's attire. He was wearing nothing but lingerie, which a veteran flight attended called "certainly one of the most bizarre" moments of his entire career.

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Taco Isn't Accepted as Drunk Man's I.D.
Classic story: a guy gets drunk, drives a pick-up truck, passes out behind the wheel, and it catches on fire. That's the tale of Matthew Faulkner of Florida. When the arresting officer requested identification, Mr. Faulkner handed it over. And by "it" we mean "a taco from Taco Bell."

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A Giant Eyeball Washes Ashore
A true Floridian mystery came when an eyeball the size of a softball appeared on a beach in Ft. Lauderdale. The mystery was solved when the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute concluded days later that it came from a now one-eyed swordfish.

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Thief Wears His Shorts on His Head
The state with the oddest thieves in the history of criminals had a great moment when a robber wore his shorts on his head. If that wasn't pathetic enough, the bank teller could barely understand the criminal's note. The note, which the genius mastermind passed to the teller, read: "give me what are 20s and 50s."

(Source)

Man Impersonates Cop to Get Free Access to Strip Club
Realizing the rules really applied to more than just coffee and donuts, a guy disguised himself as a policeman in order to get into a strip club for free. Impersonating a cop? Classic Florida. Doing so to get into a strip club? Now, that is the most Florida thing you could possibly do.

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Fake Dentist Cures Toothache By Kissing Patient's Butt
Got a toothache? According to this man who impersonated a dentist, your buttocks needs to be kissed. People in Florida like to pretend to be other people, but this one is too good. I bet the woman, who got the fake dentist arrested, was just glad she didn’t get any other oral work done that day.

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Real Cop Gets Pulled Over by Fake Cop
A Florida police officer was pulled over by another police officer. The only problem is the arresting officer got arrested for trying to arrest him. Using illegal police lights, a 20-year-old Ohio man thought he'd get away with it because, well, he was in Florida.

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$342 Worth of Cat Food Stolen from Walmart
Walmart lost $342, but it wasn’t from the cash register. Rather, it was for cat food. The best hustler ever stole the kitty chow to sell to others. Apparently, there's a popular black market for cat food in Florida, because the man called his crime "hustling."

(Source)

Wild Raccoons Pee on Schoolchildren
Florida schools are under attack... from raccoons. A middle school was broken into by a gaggle of raccoons, who proceeded to urinate on students. Parents in Lake Worth, Florida, never again listened to the Beatles' "Rocky Raccoon."
 
(Source)

Police Called Because Neighbors Wouldn't Get Drunk With Someone
A Florida man called the cops because his neighbors did not want to drink with him. America’s loneliest man found himself in jail because of his phone call. Celebrating his 56th birthday by himself, James Collins called cops twice on his neighbors for "being mean" and not wanting to hang out.

(Source)


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<![CDATA[Horrible Things That Have Happened at Music Festivals]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/music-festival-horror-stories/candice-darden
A mixture of loud music, copious drugs, free-flowing beer, crowded campgrounds, and weather exposure are all synonymous with music festivals... and can easily be fuel for disastrous events. From the Woodstock Festival happenings of '99 (sexual assaults, arson, and trucks being driven through crowds are just some of the craziness reported), to a literal river of sh*t flowing through campgrounds, and a fatal stabbing at the Altamont Festival that happened 20 feet from Mick Jagger, this list is full of music festivals stories that recount the most awful happenings and true horror stories that have occurred at music festivals over the past 50 years.

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

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

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

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

-Oscar Skinner, via Dazed Digital

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


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


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

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

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

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

-Emma O, via Dazed Digital


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Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:45:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/music-festival-horror-stories/candice-darden
<![CDATA[Worst Things People Have Ever Done in The Sims]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/terrible-sims-stories/rosa-pasquarella
The Sims are an integral part of any gamer's collection. Who doesn't love a game that lets you play God? From its humble beginnings to it's copious updates and expansions, players are able to create families, build houses, and rule their own little world... or at least that what they're supposed to do. 

Lovers of this classic video game over on Reddit opened up about the most bizarre things they had ever done with their Sims. From funny mishaps to sinister murder-suicide plots, these stories will make you want to find your nearest console and binge with The Sims.

Worst Things People Have Ever Done in The Sims,

User creates a party room, sets it on fire, and forces Sims to dance (or they die)
"I bought a giant mansion but made some modifications to it. By modifications I mean a room called 'The Party Room'.
 

The party room had dance floors, plenty of food, music and a nice sports car parked in the middle. What could go wrong?
 

I threw a party and invited everyone I knew into it and called them into the room. Suddenly the doors shut and a nightmarish hell began.
 

All the stereos switched to that annoying kids music, the strobe lighting kicked in and the fireplaces were placed. The doors disappeared magically.
 

The sims weren't allowed to leave the house. I had but three commandments: anyone who does not dance dies, anyone who tries to put out the fires dies and the last surviving member was allowed to live.
 

At least 30 Sims had to endure fire, starvation, piss-covered floors, strobe lighting, kids music, windows that pointed directly outside to freedom, ghosts and rotten food for about two weeks in-game. One by one the Sims were picked off through horrific torture."


Player forces family to play music while he kills off the family pet (who he turned human)
"In 'Makin' Magic' I had a brilliant dog called AJ who was loved by the whole family. He never had an off day and brought sheer joy to his owners. I decided to train my wizardry and get the spell that allowed you to turn pets into humans, so AJ could be even more a part of the family.
 

He turned out to be the biggest fucking ass-bag as a person, and was abusive to his family, so we had to take care of him. I built a monolithic tomb, and trapped him inside. The family stood out front playing music to him as he slowly starved. They bought a new dog and played with it happily outside AJ's eternal resting place to torture his trapped soul. Eventually a dragon burnt down the house and killed them all.
 

What a game."


Player stuffs entire neighborhood inside house with one toilet and no doors

"Killing Sims is (generally) too easy and vastly overdone. So one day I was an a mischievous mood so I decided to perform a 'social experiment'. I built a very bland house. Basically a big square of unpainted walls without windows and only one door. Once I had the whole neighborhood trapped inside, I removed the only way out.
 

Inside the house there was one refrigerator (no starving to death allowed) and right in the center of the house, a single toilet. I wanted to see which Sims would unashamedly use the toilet in full view of everyone else. Most did not want to.
 

Slowly I would shrink the walls as people moved away from them forcing everyone closer and closer to that one, lone toilet. The whole neighborhood, all fed and needing to use the toilet, nearly all too ashamed to use it standing around in a tight, confined space all staring at the toilet longingly. Many were standing in puddles. Woe betide them that fainted."



User creates maze from the fridge to the toilet that takes 48 hours to get through

"[I created a] giant two-story maze, room in the middle of the bottom floor had a fridge and the one up top had a toilet. It took 48 Sim hours to get through the maze."


Player forces husband to paint wife's affairs, hangs paintings all over the house

"One of my Sims had the desire to sleep with ten people. She had a husband who was an artist. He was always in his studio endlessly painting, he had a bed in there, he was completely dedicated. Every time she had a lover over I had him paint the scene in the bedroom. He never caught her as he rarely left his studio but all the time he was obliviously painting her infidelity. Obviously I hung these paintings all over the house."


User forces starving Sim to throw out pizza he secretly ordered; Sim cries while it happens
"I was starving my Sim and he sneakily called up for a pizza. When it was delivered I made him throw it in the garbage. Then he cried."
Player creates her ex-boyfriends, kills them off one by one
"One by one, I created my ex-boyfriends. I'd flirt with them, get a little woo-hoo action, them one day they'd have a little accident. Who knows why John decided to try to fix that broken dishwasher at two AM with no repair skill? Or how François got trapped in the pool in the middle of the night? How unfortunate."
Player repeatedly kills every man a Sim tries to marry, woman eventually dies
"I made a black widow: a female Sim who would marry men, and on the wedding day I would lock him up in the basement and basically starve him. Her secret cemetery/basement had like 20 urns. I didn't even do it for the money (I would donate it all away, she had the 'good' trait so it would actually benefit her too). I never had her have sex with any of them either, she died a virgin after adopting a baby girl and then I repeated the entire cycle with her as well."
Player drowns his Sim, has everyone show up to the funeral in bathing suits
"One time I killed a Sim by drowning. Then I made everyone show up to his funeral in swimwear."
Player makes clean-freak Sim, locks him in house with dead hamster and rotting food
"I made a guy who was a compulsive neat-freak. Put him in a really surreal little house with a wedding buffet and a hamster or something, and deleted the door. Eventually, he went insane from lack of cleanliness and depression over his little rodent friend dying, and starved to death once the banquet rotted. I put the resulting urn in the room. I then repeated an identical scenario several times, always keeping the urns in the room. Eventually the tenth iteration of this guy is up all night, every night, terrified of a parade of ghosts of himself."

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Mon, 21 Mar 2016 03:57:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/terrible-sims-stories/rosa-pasquarella
<![CDATA[The Worst Medical Malpractice Stories in History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/medical-malpractice-cases/mike-rothschild
Medical malpractice cases are uncommon. The vast majority of the 30 million surgeries performed in the US every year go off without a hitch, but botched operations and diagnoses do happen, and when they do, they can be devastating to patients and their families.

There are any number of examples of medical malpractice - some of them are freak accidents, and others are totally preventable. Often, when something goes horribly awry, it's as simple as a doctor operating on the wrong one in a pair, like a leg or kidney. Sometimes information is transcribed wrong, or a chart is confused with a similar patient. Mistakes do happen, and when they do, lawyers are called and settlements agreed upon.

But sometimes a mistake is so sloppy, craven, or lazy that it defies any obvious explanation other than, "The doctor just wasn't paying enough attention." Huge medical instruments are left in patients, nurses don't take the time to wash their hands, nobody checks on a person in an ER, and in one tragic case, a girl gets organs that are incompatible with her blood type.

Here are some of the worst medical malpractices cases in history. Each and every one is a cautionary tale for asking questions at the doctor and confirming that all your medical information is accurate.

The Worst Medical Malpractice Stories in History,

Surgical Fire - It's as Scary as It Sounds
In terms of bad things that can happen to you during an operation, being set on fire is pretty high on the list. According to the FDA, surgical fires only happen between 550 and 650 times a year, but they can have catastrophic consequences for both patients and medical staff. Patient Janice McCall was burned during an “accidental flash fire” in surgery and died a week later, while Enrique Ruiz received severe burns, allegedly after sparks from an electronic scalpel ignited his oxygen supply.

The Retractor Left in Daryoush Mazarei's Abdomen
Doctors thought the intense pain Daryoush Mazarei complained of after surgery was all in his head. It turns out it was actually in his lower abdomen – because a ten-inch long retractor had been left in there two years earlier. The thing was actually poking out from under his ribs, but physicians were skeptical because of the rarity of devices being left inside patients (about 1,500 times out of 30 million surgeries every year). When the retractor showed up on a CT scan, Mazarei sued and had the device removed.

Willie King Loses the Wrong Leg
Diabetic construction worker Willie King went into the hospital to have his left leg removed below the knee, as it was becoming gangrenous. But a chain of mistakes began almost immediately, as the scheduler wrote down that King was to lose his right leg. The mistake was never caught and doctors indeed removed the wrong leg. He later had the left leg removed at a different hospital, and received a total of $1.15 million in compensation after suing the original hospital.

The doctor who performed the original incorrect surgery on King struck again months later when he removed the toe of a woman without her consent. He was fined and suspended.
The Horror of Anesthesia Awareness
The term “anesthesia awareness” doesn’t do the nightmare of waking up during surgery justice. While rare, it does happen in about one to two out of every 1,000 patients who are given a general sedative to knock them out during surgery. Carol Weihrer was one such patient, waking up while having her eye operated on, hearing surgeons say things like "Cut deeper" and "Pull harder."  She felt no pain, since the sedative and pain-blocking drugs are different, but she was left with PTSD and an inability to sleep horizontally. She sued the hospital and won an undisclosed judgement.
Arturo Iturralde and a Screwdriver in the Spine
Arturo Iturralde, a 73-year-old Hawaii resident, was supposed to have fairly routine back surgery to insert two titanium rods into his spine to keep it stable. The surgeon found that the rods were missing from the surgical kit, so instead he inexplicably used a hacksaw to cut off the screwdriver's shaft and inserted it into Iturralde to brace the spine. When the shaft broke just days later, Iturralde was left in agonizing pain. He needed three more surgeries and died within two years. The doctor and hospital were hit with a $5.6 million judgement.

Rhode Island Hospital Botches Brain Surgeries
Providence’s Rhode Island Hospital didn’t just botch brain surgery on one patient, three doctors there botched it on three patients - all in the same way. In 2007, the hospital was fined $50,000 for the third instance of brain surgery being performed on the wrong side of a patient’s brain. Astonishingly, two of the patients were fine, but the other died, prompting an investigation and the fine.
Surgeons Remove the Wrong Rib from Cancer Patient
Yale-New Haven Medical Center surgeons operated on Deborah Craven in May 2015, removing potentially cancerous portions of one of her ribs. Except instead they removed a different rib altogether and Craven claims they lied to her, trying to cover up the mistake before rushing her back into surgery the same day to correct it. She sued the hospital and many of the surgeons, claiming negligence.
Carl Beauchamp’s Unnoticed Head Injury
Rhode Island Hospital failed another patient, head trauma victim Carl Beauchamp, in 2009. Beauchamp was admitted after a head injury, and the staff essentially did everything wrong after that, misdiagnosing him, failing to check on him, neglecting to notice his condition worsening, and not performing necessary exams. Beauchamp was left with debilitating brain damage as a result, and in 2015, his family won an eight-figure judgement against the notorious hospital.

When Pec Implants Become Breast Implants
In 1999, bodybuilder and former Mr. Mexico Alexander Baez fell victim to a scam perpetrated by a fake doctor when he went in for pectoral implants - and came out with female breast implants. The fake doctor, Reinaldo Silvestre (pictured), had apparently butchered a number of other patients before police finally caught up with him and he was ordered to pay out nearly $5 million.

Routine Celebrity Procedures Gone Awry
Ordinary folks or pensioners on Medicare aren’t the only ones who are at risk of severe medical malpractice. Celebrities can fall into the cracks and become victims of negligence too. Best-selling novelist Olivia Goldsmith died of sedation complications during routine cosmetic surgery, and comedian Joan Rivers died as a result of a botched endoscopy and laryngoscopy during which dramatic changes in her vital signs went unnoticed by doctors for roughly 15 minutes.


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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:50:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/medical-malpractice-cases/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[People Who Killed Their Victims to Assume Their Identities]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/identity-thief-murders/mike-rothschild
Police estimate that hundreds of thousands of dead people have their Social Security numbers and other aspects of their identities stolen every year, mostly for purposes of fraud. But a few identity thieves take their crime to the ultimate point: killing people just to steal their lives. Murdering someone AND stealing their ID is rare, but when it happens, it often is the result of a long and involved con.

Killers who became their victims include a woman who murdered her sister after pretending her house was firebombed by drug dealers; a career fraudster who sent his victim off to another country, then killed him when he came back; a convicted rapist who killed a homeless man in order to fake his own death; and a lesbian serial killer known as the most wanted woman in America.

Here are some of the stories of people who killed others to assume their identities.

People Who Killed Their Victims to Assume Their Identities,

The Husband and Wife Team Who Killed Three People for Their Identities
Julie and Dimitry Yakovlev were found guilty of a scheme wherein Dimitry murdered three people to obtain their identities, which they then used to pilfer bank accounts and open credit cards. Julie pleaded guilty to a slew of fraud charges, but wasn't a suspect in the murders. Dimitry was the main suspect in the disappearances of Michael Klein, Irina Malezhik and Viktor Alekseyev - two of whom have never been found, and the other was found dead in New Jersey.

All three had had their identities stolen after their death, netting the husband and wife over half a million dollars, which had to be forfeited. Dimitry was given 30 years in prison, while Julie pleaded guilty and got three years.


George Kalomeris, Who Killed Two People to Get Control of Their Million Dollar Estates
Kalomeris resided in multiple states, and therefore had no problem killing people in two different states and assuming their identities to get his hands on their money. The first person Kalomeris killed was Gary Wayne Thomas, a man who lived in his apartment complex and who had a million-dollar trust. The two got high together, whereby Kalomeris shot and killed Thomas, and over the next eight months, assumed the man's identity. He called Thomas's bank and told him he was moving to Maryland - and established an address there.

He blew through most of the money, the zeroed in on another man, Thomas Wayne Jones, a wealthy paraplegic. Kalomeris shot Jones in the neck, buried him, and took control of his estate, including a stash of rare gold coins. However, Jones was actually alive, and eventually able to testify against Kalomeris, who was sent to prison. While in prison, Kalomeris put out a hit on Jones, using money he was continuing to steal from Gary Wayne Thomas's estate. The inmate Kalomeris approached ratted on him, and while he was under investigation, Jones died of his injuries from the shooting. Kalomeris was sentenced to nearly 400 years in prison.

The Freeloader Who Murdered Her Sister and Bombed Her Own House
Stevie Allman became a minor celebrity in Oakland after she was rescued from her house, which had apparently been firebombed by drug dealers out to get revenge on her because of her anti-drug efforts. Money was raised to help treat her injuries, she spoke out against the arsonists, and even the state's governor got in on it, offering a reward for the capture of those who bombed Allman's house.

It sounded like good-old American heroism, except that Stevie Allman had set the fire herself, and wasn't Stevie at all, but her sister Sarah, who had murdered Stevie and stuffed her in a freezer. Sarah and Stevie lived together in the house, and while Stevie was known as an anti-drug crusader, Sarah was an unemployed freeloader who routinely stole from her sister - even forging her name to cash an inheritance check. Police speculated that Sarah killed Stevie and assumed her identity to gain access to the deed to the house, as well as Stevie's finances. Other family members noted that two women lived in the house, and when confronted, Sarah readily admitted what she did.

The Man Who Murdered a Mother and Child So His Girlfriend Could Take Her Identity
The 2010 double murder that gripped Australia, the case of the deaths of 22-year-old Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and her two-year-old daughter, took almost five years to finally unravel. Karie's bones were found in October 2010 in a forest in New South Wales, while her daughter's remains were found in a suitcase in July 2015, almost 700 miles away. Both of their identities had been exploited for fraud, theft, and to send fake messages implying Karlie was still alive.

When the infant's remains were linked to Karlie's, police went public, imploring the people of Australia for tips as to the culprits. Within a few days, they had a suspect, Karlie's former lover Daniel Holdom - whose current girlfriend was using Karlie's identity to open bank accounts and defraud credit card companies. Holdom was arrested on double murder charges.


The Evil Twin Who Tried to Become Her Good Twin
A bizarre southern California attempted murder trial involved Jeena and Sunny Han, literally characterized by police as a good twin and an evil twin. In this case, the evil twin was Jeena, who was arrested on a slew of charges, including conspiracy to commit murder, robbery, and false imprisonment. All of them stemmed from an attempt to kill her "good twin" Sunny, and assume her identity.

Jeena was apparently mad at Sunny for assisting police in a prior credit card fraud scheme that she'd been busted for. Jeena hired two guys and went over to Sunny's apartment,  planning to kill her and take her identity, including her good credit score and clean arrest record. The plot got botched when Sunny (who didn't realize that her sister was in her apartment) called the police, and Jeena made a run for it. She was eventually arrested at San Diego Airport. Jeena was found guilty and sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.


Albert Johnson Walker, Who Took a TV Repairman's Identity, Then Killed Him
Canadian con artist Albert Johnson Walker had already been part of a number of failed fraud schemes when he met TV repairman Ronald Platt. He was living in England while fleeing over a dozen charges of fraud, money laundering, and theft when he changed his name to "David Davis" and started a business with fellow expat Platt. When Platt wanted to go back to Canada, Walker claimed he needed Platt's birth certificate and ID to hold up his end of the business. After Platt left, Walker assumed his identity.

A few years later, Platt was broke and came back to England. Realizing his fraud was about to be exposed, Walker took Platt fishing, then murdered him with an anchor and dumped the body at sea. However, when the body washed up, it was wearing a Rolex registered to Platt. Walker was arrested soon after, and is serving life in prison.

The Lesbian Serial Killer Who Seduced Women and Took Their Names
A 12-year manhunt for "Chameleon Killer" Elaine Parent came to a head in 2002 in Florida, after police in two countries tracked her down. Parent was accused of stalking single women, taking them as lovers, then killing them and stealing their identities. The first killing attributed to Parent was a woman who washed up on a Florida canal having been hacked apart, but with a tattoo that police identified and tracked back to Parent, the victim's roommate. Parent had used a false ID to trick the victim into handing over her Social Security number, driver's license number, and credit card number for a "numerology analysis," then killing her.

Over the next decade plus, Parent took authorities in the US and UK (where she'd lived for a long time) on a chase involving dozens of identities, several other murders, multiple countries, and countless leads. Parent was finally tracked back to Florida, and shot herself while waiting to be arrested.

William Morse, Who Killed a Contractor, Spent His Money, and Became Him
Simple greed appeared to be the motive behind the murder of Richard Bellittieri, a contractor hired by William Morse to do some work on the duplex he was building. According to Maine prosecutors, Morse shot the man, dragged him into a nearby woods, buried him, and chopped a tree down on him. He then pilfered his finances to the tune of $175,000, and even introduced himself to people as Bellitteri.

He kept the ruse up for a year, before being pulled over for DUI with Beillitteri's ID and credit cards. Maine put him on trial for murder and identity theft, and he was found guilty. Morse will spend a minimum of 60 years in prison.


The Rapist Who Killed a Homeless Man and Stole His Identity to Fake His Own Death
Michael Henderson was already a serial sexual offender, who had served a multi-year prison sentence for child sexual abuse. After being accused again of sexually assaulting a minor, in this case, a 16-year-old relative, Henderson decided it was time to create a new life for himself. To do that, he shot and killed homeless man Gary Ali, then put Ali's body in a car with his own ID, and set it on fire.

The burned car was traced back to Henderson, who was arrested in 2011 for both the murder and the rape. It took a jury just 20 minutes to find him guilty, and he was given life in prison.

 


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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:29:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/identity-thief-murders/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[The Worst Things That Have Ever Happened to Kim Kardashian]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bad-things-that-happened-to-kim-kardashian/jacob-shelton

No matter what you think about Kim Kardashian - whether you believe she’s a talentless nightmare who doesn’t deserve her fame or that she’s a saavy business woman who experiences emotions the same way anyone would in her position - you have to admit that her life doesn't exactly seem easy. When you start tallying up all the things that have happened to Kim Kardashian in her life, you may discover that a lot of them are kind of traumatizing. Not only was Kim Kardashian robbed at gunpoint in Paris in 2016, but she had to live through a violent marriage to her first husband, and have people say awful things about her every chance they get. Let’s take a walk through Kim Kardashian's past mistakes and mishaps and see if we can gain a little sympathy for the reality television star.

If we’re being honest, any Kim Kardashian news is probably bad. No one reports on whether her emojis are selling well or if she had a healthy lunch. All anyone cares about is if she was robbed, fell down a flight of stairs, or dropped her ice cream cone because that’s what sells. Keep reading to find out the latest Kim Kardashian news, along with some blasts from the past that show Mrs. Kanye West in a whole new light.

Read through this list of the worst things that have ever happened to Kim Kardashian, then tweet at her and tell her that you care because she’s had a pretty rough life. 


The Worst Things That Have Ever Happened to Kim Kardashian,

Her First Husband Abused Her

In 2000, when Kardashian was only 19 years old, she and her then boyfriend, music producer Damon Thomas, eloped in Las Vegas. Three years later Kardashian filed for divorce alleging that Thomas would punch her in the face, slam her against walls and throw her across the room, leaving her bruised and battered.


Her Father Died of Cancer When She Was 23

Kim Kardashian's father, Robert, is most famous for being on OJ Simpson's defense team in the early '90s. But after the case he grew estranged from his family, and in 2003 as he was dying, Kim's stepmother refused to let his children see him one last time. Kim says that she and the rest of her family had to force their way into the house to get a chance to give their father one last goodbye


She Had Children with Kanye West

We're not saying Kanye West is a bad guy, or that they shouldn't have gotten married. But when she had two children with one of the most popular entertainers on earth (who is a legit crazy person), she pretty much signed up for having to deal with his garbage for the rest of her life. Even if they get divorced, she and Kanye are going to have to figure out visitation schedules on private jets for Saint and North West. 


Her One Single Was Panned

Actually, her single, "Jam (Turn It Up)" was called a "dead-brained piece of generic dance music, without a single distinguishing feature." Ouch.


Jim Farber Destroyed Her Singing Career

So that's not really fair to Jim Farber, who was just calling it like he saw it while also using Kim Kardashian as a stand-in for everything that's wrong with popular entertainment. But in a 2011 review of "Jam (Turn It Up)" he laid waste to the song while also admitting that it didn't really matter what he thought because the act of him writing his review basically played into her media machine.

"In a cynical way, everybody wins in a situation like this. Kim gets more attention (her entire raison d'etre) while listeners get to chortle and feel superior. In a (slightly) deeper way, it takes attention from more important things we could all be doing - like, say, sleeping." That being said, her singing career basically stalled after the death rattle of "Jam (Turn It Up)."


She Got Pregnant and Hated It

According to a very pregnant Kardashian in 2015, “I’m gonna keep it real: For me, pregnancy is the worst experience of my life! LOL! I don’t enjoy one moment of it and I don’t understand people who enjoy it."


She Had to Work for Paris Hilton

Can you imagine how bad it would be to have to work as Paris Hilton's personal assistant? Throughout the mid 2000s, Kardashian helped organize Hilton's closets and made brief appearances with the then-star on her reality show. And if that wasn't bad enough, an entire decade later Hilton was still going on about how Kim used to work for her, posting on social media that she made Kardashian famous. 


Her Mom Might Have Leaked Her Sex Tape

In 2007, a personal sex tape that featured Kim Kardashian and her then-boyfriend Ray J was leaked online and sold through Vivid entertainment. In an upcoming book about the Kardashian family an ~adult film insider~ alleges that Kim's mom, Kris Jenner, is the one who did the leaking. 


She Was Robbed at Gunpoint

While attending fashion week in Paris, Kim Kardashian was robbed of $10 million worth of jewelry by a group of unknown assailants. The news story exploded across the media as people speculated about whether the robbery was an inside job, or if it was a grab for even more popularity. 


She Was Locked in a Bathroom

The worst part of Kardashian's 2016 robbery was that the star suffered the indignity of being locked in a bathroom while a bunch of goons ransacked her rented mansion. The least they could have done was lock her in the den where there were magazines or toss her an iPod Touch. 



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Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:09:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/bad-things-that-happened-to-kim-kardashian/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Bisexuals Describe Differences of Dating Guys and Girls]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bisexuals-describe-dating-differences/jacob-shelton
Every comedian has a bit about how men and women are different, but only bisexuals (people who are attracted to both men and women) truly know the differences between the genders when it comes to having a relationship. This collection of the differences between men and women in dating was sourced from AskReddit, one of the best places to learn about a group of people, from that specific group. Whether you’re gay, straight, or bi, you’ll definitely want to keep reading to find out what the big difference between dating girls and guys is. And just so you know, it doesn’t have anything to do with body hair.

When it comes to relationships, you’d think it wouldn’t matter which gender you were pairing up with, and that most people are basically the same. Wrong. Careening back and forth between guys and girls can be fun, but it can also be a lot of work. There are all sorts of differences between going out with girls and guys, and the most important distinctions just might surprise you. Obviously the sex is completely different, but who do you think is clingier? And which gender do you think is the better kisser? For answers to these questions, and more, check out this list of the differences between girlfriends and boyfriends sourced from some helpful bisexuals who posted in AskReddit.

If you’re bisexual, vote up the biggest differences you think there are between dating guys and dating girls and feel free to tell everyone about some of your experiences in the comments.
Bisexuals Describe Differences of Dating Guys and Girls,

Men are more vocal about experimenting in bed.

"Male bisexual here (yes, we do exist). 

-Grinding against a guy the same way you grind against a woman (when you aren't going for penetration) can have disastrous consequence when you poke the balls you forgot were there. 

-Guys that I've been with have been more vocal about experimenting in bed. Not necessarily talking crazy, kinky stuff here. Think "new positions." I think women are equally interested in experimenting, but I tend to have to initiate that conversation. The women I've been with have largely let me take the lead until they are more comfortable with me. Guys tend to get to the point sooner. I'm not sure which I prefer - it's fun and exciting to have someone else initiate something new, but it can be unsettling if you don't know the person well. 

-A lady has never licked my butt and I don't think one ever will and I am absolutely okay with that. 

-When I'm with a guy, deciding who pays is always hilariously awkward for a minute. With a woman, at least it is almost never awkward to offer to pay. 

-Woman are more mysterious to me. In general, I feel as if I can connect faster with a man than a woman, but when I take more time with women, the payoff of getting to know them generally results in better, longer, more intimate interactions. I don't exactly know how to describe it, but even though it's harder for me to emotionally connect with women, the connections tend to be stronger, deeper, and more mysterious. Mysteries can be really good things. 

-Women tend to be much more aware of their surroundings, more cautious, and careful about people they are interacting with whom they don't know well. Guys tend to be less worried about it, and more direct. I think of it as the difference of talking to a lady on Tinder vs. talking to a guy on Grindr (which, btw, is an app I do not use). 

-With women, there is usually the possibility you can have biological children. With men, that possibility doesn't exist. Even when you're young, that thought is always floating in the back of your mind."


Being with a woman makes you feel more secure.
"I (female) find that being with women is a lot more secure in a way. My girlfriend and I aren't scared to talk about the future, it wasn't even an issue early on. Whereas when I've been with men in the past I daren't talk about anything even a couple weeks in the future when things are just starting out, for fear of scaring them off. Then again, that might not be a difference between genders, more that my girlfriend is the one unlike other people I've been with. Oh and also, sex and stuff."
It's easier to find guys to date.
"This probably isn't surprising, but it's a lot easier to find men to date as a female bisexual. With straight dudes, being bi is a more or less a plus (though that also comes with it's own problems), with lesbians being bi is a pretty big minus. I haven't dated another bi person, though, hopefully they'd be more chill with it than the rest!"
People treat you differently when you switch it up.

"It wasn't so much about difference between the people I was dating - I'm willing to chalk that up to the individuals, rather than their genitalia - but I would say that people who knew me with a boyfriend treated me differently than they did when I had a girlfriend, and vice versa. 

It's sort of like people would have been fine with me being straight and fine with me being a lesbian, but watching me switch from men to women and back again caused a sort of cognitive disconnect. 

(I'd like to point out that I was never treated badly as a result of this. It was always just interesting to watch people do a double take when they met my new partner, especially because several of them have had gender-neutral names.)"


Men are more emotionally confusing.

"Lesbian for 15 years, bisexual for the last year. Generally speaking:
 

Dating women:

Soft kisses, soft hugs, soft everything. Sex is more of a leisurely stroll through a park.Way easier to fall in love. The intimacy is intense when you're both speaking the same emotional language. Oddly enough, it's harder to have that first connection because women can be really passive and not show they're interested. PMSx2 is just as fun as it sounds. More defensive, less cooperative.
 

Dating men:

Hard kisses, hard hugs, hard everything. Sex is more of a roller coaster. Figuring out what a guy wants emotionally when even he doesn't want to admit/knows is nearly impossible without sabotaging the whole thing by seeming too 'needy'. Figuring out what a guy wants physically is wonderfully easy. Less defensive, more cooperative."

Men like to talk about themselves, women like to talk about other people.
"My experience comes as someone who is not much of a talker at all (to the point that it can frustrate people around me at times) but who is a hell of a listener. Even though the stereotype is that women are the big talkers, I've found that both genders love to talk when they feel they are really being listened to. The main difference I've found is that men love to talk about themselves and women love to talk about other people. I'm not sure one is worse/better than the other... men can pretty egotistical, but women can be quite nosy/ cruel and critical of others. This is actually the biggest difference I've consistently observed."

There's less pressure when dating a guy.

"I'm a bi guy, I've dated both guys and girls, though at this point I've realized that I'm just overall much happier with women. I can't connect with guys on an emotional or sexual level like I can with women.

 
Guys give much, much better blowjobs.

 
Girls are much, much better kissers.

 
Since there's more ass involved with gay sex, the scent of butt no longer repels me - in some ways I've come to associate it with being about to get some. 

There's less pressure (real or imagined) to last longer in bed. Not that sex is always a quickie, but we both know that as long as we both orgasm - which is the case 99% of the time - we'll be satisfied. I've reached this point of comfort in relationships with women as well, but it takes longer. I've found that it also takes longer to find out what gets a girl turned on. With guys you can just fiddle around with the penis for a bit and you're good to go. 

Much more preparation involved with gay sex. You need to have lube handy, and the state of one's stomach/bowels can be a determining factor in whether or not you're getting any. Though in retrospect this is similar to not having sex when a girl is on her period (though period sex never bothered me). 

Similarly, gay sex involves more cleanup, because of lube and the occasional poo particle. A farticle, if you will. My dick just feels dirty after sex with a guy, whereas I don't feel that way after sex with a girl. 

But it also means I get to do butt stuff. ;)

 
...which means that guys don't get all weird when it comes to the butthole. A lot of girls I've been with have had hangups about that, which I've never totally understood.

 
Less focus on foreplay with guys.

 
There's less pressure (real or imagined) to provide for a guy. In relationships with women I've usually split things evenly as well, but there's more of a natural inclination to pay for shit.

 
There's no designated bug killer when dating guys. 

When on dates with another man, there's a little bit of self-consciousness in regards to little things like holding hands. We'd still do it anyway, but it's otherizing a bit. Society has progressed a lot, but not completely. 

Flirting with girls turns me on much more than flirting with guys.

 
I've found guys to be less sensitive to my emotional needs than women, but that could partially just be an individual difference with the people I've dated."


Women are squishier.

"Men are harder.

 
No seriously. Women tend to be soft and squishy, and men tend to have less give.

 
You could never tell just by looking, I mean they both seem to have the same amount of fat.
But its a huge and consistent difference.

 
Definitely caught me off guard."


Women are better kissers.

"I'm female. The way girls kiss is staggeringly different from the way men kiss. I prefer to date men in terms of sexual compatibility, but Christ are women better kissers. Women are softer and more responsive to physical cues, where as men tend to be like, 'This is what I've done before and no one ever said it sucked so I'll keep doing it!'"


There's a difference between how you do your makeup for a girl and how you do it for a guy.

"Hi there, bisexual woman here.

 
-With women, everyone will assume you're just best friends.

 
-Women tend to be more responsive to the subtleties in your body language during sex.

 
-With women, you really have to figure out your own relationship roles, since there's no male-female roles that are preassigned. It was really weird when I dated a guy after dating a girl, because he assumed I would want to fill traditional roles. After ignoring those roles completely with my girlfriend, it was weird.

 
-With my girlfriends, I don't feel the need to make sure my legs are 100% hairless. Because we get it, shaving every day is stupid.

 
-Wearing makeup for my boyfriend means highlighting my best features to look hot. Wearing makeup for my girlfriend means trying new things, because she'll notice the more subtle things and appreciate the wilder stuff."



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<![CDATA[The 8 Most Horrifying Things Found Living Inside People]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-7-most-horrifying-things-found-living-inside-humans/beau-iverson
It's not what's on the outside you should be worried about. It's what may or may not be secretly living inside you that should keep you up at night. The creepy crawlers on this list of terrifying things found living inside humans will give you nightmares for weeks. Some entered these humans through food, while others dropped their eggs right on an unsuspecting host's head. However they got there, they will all make your skin crawl.

Here is a list of the creepiest non-human invaders that could end up living inside you, sometimes without your knowledge. This list of horrifying things found living inside people includes insects, other bugs, worms, sperm, fis-- wait, what? Sperm?

Yes. Sperm. Squid sperm to be specific. Click through the list below to find out what kinds of creepy creatures have been found living inside humans, and could one day end up inside you.
The 8 Most Horrifying Things Found Living Inside People,

Botfly Lays Eggs in 5 Year-Old's Eyeball
There are few things worse than getting something in your eye. On the bright side, the temporary blindness is usually easy to alleviate. Simply remove the eyelash, piece of glitter, speck of dust, whatever, and go on about your day. For one 5 year-old boy in Honduras, however, the solution was a bit more complicated (and expensive). That's because the thing in his eye was a Human Botfly. Do yourself a favor and never, ever Google "botfly." And for the love of kittens, do NOT then click "Images."

These little buggers are very selfish. The lady botfly lays her eggs on the outside of another living creature (like a mosquito) that will drop them onto bigger animals so that when the eggs hatch, the larvae can squirm inside the host to brew. Some species of botfly prefer to burrow inside warm-blooded animals, like squirrels, horses, and human people.

A visit from a botfly parasite is usually not that hard to fix - a simple surgical procedure will do the trick. But the larva living inside the Honduran boy's face was both "late-stage" and camped out in his anterior orbit. That meant the surgery required a Buñuel-style incision on the old conjunctiva.


Retroactive spoiler alert: Don't read this if you just ate.

Source (NSFL)
Scratching Noise Caused by Spider Building Its Web
"Don't mind me. Just building my new home INSIDE OF YOUR HEAD," said the spider living in Li Meng's left ear canal. For days she had been hearing a "scratching noise" that no one else seemed to notice. Too afraid to go to the doctor (she thought it might be "evil spirits"), Meng lived with the noise until the pain finally became too much.

Doctors at the Xiamen Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine examined Meng and found a live spider weaving its web in her ear canal and resting on her eardrum. But every time they tried to pull it out of its new comfy home, the spider got understandably upset. They eventually knocked it out with meds and removed it.

We'd take evil spirits over that ordeal any day.

Source: Fox News

Man Eats 9-Foot Tapeworm at Chicago Restaurant
Models, actresses, and other attention-aholic thin people often say they gobble up everything in sight, but never gain a pound. What's their secret? Maybe it's a tapeworm.

These parasites are often found in under-cooked beef, pork, or fish. The lie dormant until they reach the digestive system, and then they latch on to the intestinal walls. There they sit pretty, just waiting for the next Double-Double, or Doritos Taco, or other revolting thing the host eats. Then, like the actual spawn of Satan, they feed off of the host's meals, digest them, and grow. And grow.

In 2006, Anthony Franz had a salmon salad a fancy Chicago restaurant. A little while later, he had a 9-foot long tapeworm removed from his intestines. Coincidence? Lawsuit says "maybe."

Tapeworms can grow as long as 39 feet, which is almost as long as four basketball goals laid end to end. If you're sick of the Lemonade Cleanse, you can probably order one of these little miracle workers from eBay.

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Woman's Brain Tumor Turns Out to Be Tapeworm
Gross in Phoenix: Rosemary Alvarez was convinced she had a brain tumor. With symptoms ranging from blurred vision to numbness in her limbs, she went to the E.R. twice and had a CAT scan - but the results always came up clear. Concerned, she finally convinced a neurosurgeon to do an M.R.I. When he looked at the results, he had Alvarez rushed into surgery right away.

Did you ever see Kindergarten Cop? Nestled in Alvarez's brain - eating it - was a parasite known as the pork tapeworm. Even more distasteful: doctors said, "Someone, somewhere, had served her food that was tainted with the feces of a person infected with the pork tapeworm parasite."


Eel Swims Up 56 Year-Old's Peehole
Leeches, maggots, seeing-eye dogs... There's a long colorful history of humans trying to make lesser animals do things for them. In England, rich people pay cash money to lay in spa pools and let little eels nibble the dead skin off their bodies. Hey, I'm not here to judge.

The process leaves the skin looking so fresh and so clean, and it's so effective that other countries have hopped on board the eel spa bandwagon. In 2011, 56 year-old Zhang Nan went for treatment at one such establishment in China, but he was never the same again.

Nan was laying in the pool when he started to feel something sharp tugging at his penis. He looked down to see a small eel working its way up into his urethra. According to Nan, he tried to grab it and pull it out, but the little fish was too slippery. Its body working like a lubricant (gag), the eel disappeared inside Nan's shaft in a matter of seconds.

He was taken to hospital and immediately put into surgery. After three hours, the animal was removed. It was six inches long. SIX. SIX INCHES. Forgive me, but sometimes the cost of beauty is just too much.

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Maggots Grow Inside Guy's Scalp
You know that feeling you get when someone says, like, "There's a small spider in your hair," and for a second, you can feel it? Your head starts itching, your scalp tingling, and you swear you can feel your hair moving. Only after sufficient scratching/flailing/shrieking does the horror and sensational torture subside. Afterward, you feel crazy. But sometimes there is a bug on your head and no one tells you until it's too late.

In 2007, Colorado native Aaron Dallas was having the worst case of itchy scalp in his life. It had been weeks since it started. He had tried special shampoos, ointments, and even salves (whatever those are), but nothing would help. Over time, the itching took on a life of its own. Dallas said he could feel his scalp moving. He felt sharp pains that knocked him to his knees.

He said, "I'd put my hand back there and feel them moving. I thought it was blood coursing through my head. I could hear them. I actually thought I was going crazy."

"They" were maggots. Five baby botfly larva implanted in his dome by a mosquito, probably during a trip to Belize he took earlier in the year. When doctors got Dallas under the knife, they found open pit in his scalp that was crawling with the bugs, all about half the size of a penny.

It really makes you scratch your head.

Fish Swims Up 14 Year-Old's Peehole
I'm sure you've heard of that little fish (the candirú) that will swim into your peehole if you ever whip it out in the Amazon. It's real - and a real good reason to never whip it out in the Amazon. But there's another, related story that you should know. Think of it as a cautionary tale about handling exotic pets.

In India, a 14 year-old-boy went to the hospital complaining of pain in his bladder and an inability to urinate. The doctors did an ultrasound and discovered an object in the bladder, blocking his urethra. The boy was taken to surgery where the doctors cut him open. Can you guess what they found?

The fish was 2 cm long and lodged all the way up inside his bladder. And here comes the best part. When asked how it got there, this was the boy's answer:

While he was cleaning the fish tank in his house, he was holding a fish in his hand and went to the toilet for passing urine. While he was passing urine, the fish slipped from his hand and entered his urethra and then he developed all these symptoms.

After surgery, the boy was released, but taken to psychiatric counseling.

Source
Woman's Mouth Impregnated by Squid Sperm
Many people have hang-ups about eating "raw" seafood. Whether for health reasons or some other aversion, to each his or her own. But one 63 year-old woman got something else disgusting when she ate some partially cooked squid in South Korea in June 2012. As she bit into a part of the delicious dish - which still had its organs intact - she felt a "pricking and foreign-body sensation" in her mouth. She spat it out.

But she was too late. Pods of squid semen had already shot into her mouth, impregnating the mucous membranes of her tongue, cheek, and gums. Doctors later removed the "twelve small, white spindle-shaped, bug-like organisms" called spermatophores and also identified a sperm sack. They didn't have eyes or little baby tentacles or anything, but still, the products of animal sperm were living inside her mouth.

This wasn't the first case of this happening, either. In December 2011, another poor sap got this report from the doctor: The sperm bags of the squid had thrust into the squamous epithelium (inner lining) of the patient's hard palate (roof of the mouth). The remaining part of the raw squid consisted of the testis and the sperm bags.
 

Who's hungry?

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<![CDATA[15 People Who Died in Ways So Ridiculous It's Almost Funny]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ridiculous-deaths/laura-allan

Death is a pretty serious subject... most of the time. It may feel pretty dark to admit it, but sometimes things happen and we end up with deaths that are funny. Call it cruel, call it morbid humor, or just call it macabre, but it's hard to deny that sometimes people die in ways that are so ironic or absurd, it's hard not to stifle a chuckle. 

To be clear, we're not suggesting that these deaths are not sad. People are left grieving, a life is cut short, and there is a period of mourning. But if a person does something especially absurd, stupid, or ironic, you'd think we're allowed a laugh or two, at least when no one's looking.

Lucky for us, we're on the Internet, and that means no one can hear us giggle-snorting over some of these stories. So, don't feel too bad as you read over these deaths that are so ridiculous they're (almost) funny. We promise, you're not the only one laughing.


15 People Who Died in Ways So Ridiculous It's Almost Funny,

A Teen Died from Too Much Deodorant

When you're a teen, body odor is a pretty serious problem, but one teen took it way too seriously for his own health. The 16-year-old boy in Folkestone, England, had become obsessed with smelling good and was hoarding spray-on deodorant for that purpose. He would use cans and cans of the stuff every day, until eventually it took its toll on him. The boy's body was found in his room, collapsed against his bed, dead from butane gas inhalation. In short, he sprayed his body with so much deodorant that he couldn't get enough oxygen and it killed him. It's true that hygiene is important, but taking it that far is just ridiculous. 


A Man Tripped Over His Own Beard and Died

Before the days of the Guinness Book of World Records, there was a man named Hans Steininger who claimed to have the world's longest beard. It was over a meter and a half long and he showed it off with pride. Unfortunately, it was also his undoing. One day there was a fire and he realized he had to flee his home. In his rush, however, he had trouble wrangling his beard and tripped over it. He lost his balance and fell to the ground, breaking his neck. He died instantly and became the first recorded case of a man dying by beard. If the Guinness Book of World Records had been around in his day, it turns out he would have had two records. 


A Man Died from an Atomic Wedgie

Many of you have probably heard of the legendary "atomic wedgie." According to kid lore, this type of wedgie is achieved when you pull someone's underwear up from the back of their pants, then put the waistband all the way over their head, all while the underwear is still being worn. Youch!

In 2013 in Oklahoma, a man and his adult stepson were doing some drinking (big surprise, alcohol is involved again) when things got weird. The son, Brad Davis, got the idea in his head that he should give his dad an atomic wedgie. They were arguing, and when Davis saw the opportunity, he jumped on it. Unfortunately, the underwear became wrapped around his stepfather's throat, and he strangled to death before anything could be done. Davis was sent to jail for manslaughter, even though he claims the whole thing was an accident. 


A Man Took So Much Viagra, His Heart Exploded

Sergey Tuganov probably didn't think he could die from sex. Generally, he'd be right - the circumstances surrounding his death sound like something out of an urban legend. It begins with Sergey making a bet with two female acquaintances in 2009 that he could continue to satisfy them sexually for 12 hours straight. They took the bet, and a wild night began.

In order to be sure he would win, Sergey downed a bottle - yes, a whole bottle - of Viagra pills before he set to work. Needless to say, he was up and at 'em for the full 12 hours. He won the bet, but as soon as he stopped, he dropped dead. The paramedics were called, but it was too late. His heart had stopped working due to an overdose of the pills, as well as the strain of non-stop sex for 12 hours. Hey, there are worse ways to go!


A Man Shot a Cactus - Then the Cactus Got Its Revenge

In 1982, a pair of friends were wandering the deserts of Arizona. The two men decided it might be fun to start shooting at the Saguaro cactuses that littered the landscape around them. One of the friends, David Grundman, began blasting the cactuses with a shotgun so many times the cactuses fell over. However, one cactus had had quite enough of all that. As he shot the cactus from ten feet away, one of the arms of the cactus broke off and went flying. It fell on Grundman, stabbing and crushing him to death. It just goes to show, don't mess with Saguaros. Not to mention, destroying the protected plants is illegal in Arizona, so he kinda had it coming. 


King Charles II of Navarre Was Accidentally Burned to Death by His Nurse

Noblemen are expected to die from heart problems, beheading, assassination, and maybe overeating. But King Charles II of Navarre is a rare exception. As his health waned in the late 1300s, Charles turned to a physician for help, and that doctor wrapped him from head to toe in linen cloth and then coated him in brandy. He was sewn into the bandages, but the nurse who was sewing him in had forgotten her scissors. Not to be deterred, the nurse took a candle and tried to use it to cut the thread. Instead, she lit the king ablaze, due to the brandy and very flammable linen covering him. He was burnt alive in his own palace as the nurse fled for her life. Maybe this is the reason some royalty don't trust doctors.


A Video Game Addict Played Star Craft Until He Died of Thirst

We've all met someone who's super into video games, but this gamer took his love of Star Craft to a whole new level. In South Korea in 2005, a 28-year-old man collapsed at an Internet cafe during a marathon session of the game. He had not been sleeping or eating, and he only paused the game to go to the bathroom and to take occasional naps. It was found upon examination that he was severely dehydrated and malnourished, as well as intensely exhausted. His heart had just given out, and his body had been so devoid of fluids that he couldn't compensate. In other words, he'd been so into his game that he'd died of thirst rather than hitting pause. 


Two Friends Decide to Play Catch... With a Rattlesnake

We all do stupid things when we're drunk, but these two took it to the extreme. In 1995, a pair of friends in Alabama were drinking heavily. Junior Bright and Joe Buddy Caine came across a four-foot rattlesnake and, in fit of brilliance, decided to pick the poor creature up. But their genius didn't stop there. They then began tossing the snake back and forth in an ill-conceived game of catch. The snake, not liking this, bit Bright on the hand, and then when Caine tried to kill it, it bit him as well. When paramedics arrived, they were both semiconscious and Caine went into cardiac arrest. He died on the way to the hospital, and, from what we know, the snake slithered away to bite another day. 


A Drunk Donkey Was So Funny, a Greek Philosopher Died Laughing

Yep, it's another story involving booze, but this time we have to go back to ancient GreeceChrysippus was usually a pretty calm philosopher in 279 BC, but he had a love for wine. He was drinking one day when he saw a donkey approaching and trying to eat his figs. He told a slave to give the donkey some wine, which the slave did. The drunk donkey then continued to try eating figs, but didn't do so well. Chrysippus, tickled to death by watching this drunk donkey failing at eating, began to laugh. He laughed and laughed so hard that he either had a heart attack or could not breathe, and managed to die. In other words, he actually died of laughter in a drunken giggle-fit. 


Two Elderly Sisters Suffocated in a Hotel Fold-Out Bed

You know those beds you sometimes see in movies, the ones that fold out of the wall? Well, you wouldn't usually think of those as anything other than goofy-looking, and that's probably what Mildred Bowman and Alice Wardle thought at well. The elderly pair were on holiday in 2009, and were resting in their bed when suddenly tragedy struck. In a cartoony bit of misfortune, the bed part attached to the wall collapsed and the bed folded itself up, crushing them inside. They were trapped there for four days before their bodies were eventually found. You may never watch that one I Love Lucy scene with the Murphy bed the same way ever again.



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<![CDATA[What Sex Is Actually Like on a Porn Set]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-sex-is-like-on-a-porn-set/coy-jandreau
Like most red-blooded Americans, you may have wondered what sex is like on porn sets. Is it one big sex party? Is everyone super turned on? Is there free pizza? After extensive research,  it turns out the answer is generally, "no!" The porn sex facts on this list are incredibly interesting, not only because they provide a detailed breakdown of the porn industry, but also because some of the facts are shockingly different from what you might expect about life in adult movies. So if you’re scratching your head and wondering “what is it like to be in porns?” Wonder no more, because this is what sex is actually like on a porn set.

Some of you may have worked in the film industry in one way or another, and you’ve might have even been on a set or two. But no matter how in-depth your knowledge of the filmmaking process, unless you’ve visited an adult film set, you have no way of knowing about real life in porn. So what is it like on a porn shoot? Check out the list to find out. Fair warning: it's not as fun as it looks.

Vote up which fact about porn sets you find most interesting, and if you have insider knowledge about the industry, feel free to add it. Remember, make your additions safe for work so we can all have fun.
What Sex Is Actually Like on a Porn Set,

There's a Strict Yes and No List for What Performers Will Do
Despite this rule, some performers (especially newcomers) are wary of saying no to specific acts if it means losing out on a month's rent. Remember folks, boundaries are important on and off the set. 

 
Everyone Is Naked... with Help from the Wardrobe Department
Honestly this isn't that shocking, because if you're just going to have to get undressed to get back to work, why wear clothing? And yet, a lot of productions still hire wardrobe people to fit, alter, and take care of the performers' pre-sex looks. Although, making sure the sock garters on a naked man fit perfectly would probably start to fell a little pointless.
There's No Air Conditioning
Little known piece of movie magic: when you're making a film, porn or otherwise, there's no AC on set. The hum of the air conditioner can affect the sound and ruin everything. If everyone on a regular set is annoyed from sweating under hot lights, imagine how people who've been having sex for hours feel.

 
Hygiene Is Important
According to a few porn stars, they've had to work with more than one partner whose hygiene was below the standards of even your average longshoreman. There was talk of scabby feet, and a type of discharge, so don't click that link if you aren't ready for a dose of reality. 
There Are A LOT of People on Set
You know how when you're having sex, one of the best parts is that it's an intimate moment between you and your partner and there aren't twenty grips standing around you adjusting lights? Well on a porn set that luxury is not afforded to you

 

There Are Sex Toys Everywhere
Once again, not necessarily a weird thing to be sitting around on a porn set, but having a bunch of sex toys all over the place reminds you about what kind of work you do. Do you think there are brand sponsorships in the world of set sex toys?


Things Are Getting High Tech
In order to compete with amateur porn channels, the professional companies are beginning to utilize new technologies, like virtual reality, that they hope will captivate audiences in new and exciting ways. 

Performance Can Be an Issue
For dudes especially, performing on a porn set can be a problem. Not only are shoot days anywhere from 4 - 8 hours long (and maybe even more than that), but there's so much stopping and starting when you're shooting a film that your erection can definitely become exhausted. To combat this, some guys take meds, some guys inject silicone into their junk, and other guys just pray. 

 

Performers Are Regularly Tested for STDs
According to a former porn star and current porntrepeneur, performers on set are regularly tested for STDs every 14 days in order to ensure the safety of everyone involved. 


Choreography Is Key
Their moves might look spontaneous, but on-set sex is a lot different from getting down IRL. For professionals, unwanted surprises are a no go. No matter what kind of sex scene you're shooting, getting the moves planned out is essential for making sure no one gets hurt. That is until UCB gets into the adult film industry. "How am I going to pay for this pizza? Can we get a suggestion from the audience?"

 


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<![CDATA[The 7 Greatest Novelty Prom Dates]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-7-greatest-novelty-prom-dates/carly-kiel
A list of great prom dates, including big celebrities, minor celebrities, inanimate celebrities, and inanimate objects. Prom (from "promenade") is a social rite of passage among high school students, usually at the end of senior year. The black tie event marks the ending of high school as a celebration of friendships and years dedicated to learning and growing up. Prom has also been the setting of hijinks and other pranks as students take funny prom photos or show up with outlandish dates.

Traditionally, the formal dance features a prom court of nominees for the Prom King and Prom Queen naming ceremony in which popular and well-liked students are elected to represent their classes. Prom attire includes gowns or formal prom dresses for girls and tuxedos or suits for boys. Dates often also wear matching corsages and boutonnière flower arrangements pinned to their chests or on their wrists (girls). Prom dates may be romantic sweethearts or platonic friends, and LGBT students may take same-sex prom dates. Groups of friends often travel together to and from the prom in stretched limousines rented for the evening. The actual event typically has a DJ or band playing music for students to dance to.

Sometimes, the big night also includes celebrity prom dates. Or even cardboard cutouts and inflatable prom dates. This is going to get weird.
The 7 Greatest Novelty Prom Dates,

Cardboard Tim Tebow Attends Iowa Prom
None of the boys at Kingsley-Pierson High School in Kingsley, Iowa, were good enough for senior Rachel Bird. She had her eyes set on just one date for the prom, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. When her Tweets to the New York Jets quarterback went unanswered, Bird took the matter into her own hands at Staples, who printed her a life-sized representation for just under $20. After the prom, Bird said:
He was a cheap date, and when I asked him to stand in a corner, he did. I don't think it even hurt his feelings.
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Trent Richardson's Date Named Prom Queen
As a junior at Hueytown High School in Alabama, Courtney Alvis was diagnosed with acute T-cell leukemia. While battling the cancer, she promised herself she would get well enough to attend her senior prom the next year.

When the time came in April 2012, former Crimson Tide (current Cleveland Browns) running back Trent Richardson asked Alvis's father if he could be Courtney's escort. Richardson's own mother was currently battling cancer, and he felt a kinship with his UAB fan. Alvis was crowned Prom Queen that night.

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Once Upon a Prom Delivers Celebrity Prom Dates
In true MTV fashion, "Once Upon a Prom" (2007) was a reality show that featured not music or anything related to music, but real American teens who wanted to brush with celebrity. A few famous people who made circuses out of high school proms by appearing as student dates included Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Bobby Valentino.

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18 Year-Old Gets Dream Date with Arianny Celeste
Conner Cordova, a senior at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton, CO, is a huge fan of mixed martial arts. In 2010, he launched a YouTube campaign to ask UFC ring girl and Maxim model Arianny Celeste to be his prom date. After a series of setbacks (like a UFC event scheduled that same night), Cordova brilliantly staged his own spring charity dance to raise money for Haitian relief. With the support of local businesses, Cordova and Celeste danced among all area high school kids to the fresh beats of the best DJ in town. At the end of all night, Cordova even got a smooch on the lips. Good work, kid. The two later appeared in an interview together on "Lopez Tonight."

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Inflatable Prom Date Light on Her Feet
It was a scene straight out of one of those high school movies you saw before you really understood the jokes. High school senior Peter Barner's prom date was cooler, easier, and more flexible than most other girls. The blow-up doll kept quiet all night and let her date take the lead. Barner said:
Believe me, we had fun before, during, and after prom!
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Justin Bieber Shows Up to Prom Stiff, in Tux
Heart throb dream date Justin Bieber was hard to reach for Kristin Schubert, a senior at Grand Valley High School in Parachute, CO. She tried to contact him through his record label to ask him to prom, but her pleas for him to accompany her to prom went ignored. Not to be deterred, Schubert obtained a life-sized cardboard of the Biebs dressed in a bowtie and black vest. The couple received a great deal of attention and applause as they joined the grand march at the prom and danced to Bieber Fever's new song, "Boyfriend."


Area Teen Scores Porn Star Prom Date
Nevermind that every girl who has ever been in a porn has been called a "star." Mike Stone, a senior at Tartan High School in Oakdale, MN, would take any naked girl he could get. In February 2012, Stone began bombarding singers, models, reality TV stars, Kardashians, Playboy Playmates, and porn "stars" to pop that big question: "Will you go to prom with me?" He reportedly asked more than 200 low-level celebrities, wooing them with such promises as:
i have dinner hotel and ill give u a massage to.
How could you say no to that? His exhaustive efforts eventually paid off - kind of. Los Angeles-based adult film entertainer, 19 year-old Megan Piper agreed to be Stone's date, but unfortunately for the hopeful teen, his school said Piper's attendance would be "inconsistent with two school district policies." No word on whether he still gave her that massage.

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Mon, 07 May 2012 04:07:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-7-greatest-novelty-prom-dates/carly-kiel
<![CDATA[12 True Stories That Will Convince You Super Strength Is Real]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/true-stories-of-super-strength/lea-rose-emery

Being able to leap across tall buildings in a single bound may seem like something straight out of a comic book, but after a look at these true super strength stories you'll start to question what's real and what's not. These are people who have truly superhuman strength. A lot of them managed to summon it in moments of crisis, a phenomenon often referred to as "hysterical" strength. This is an amazing process where stress and adrenaline allow us to access part of our strength we wouldn't be able to in, say, a workout. But some of these people have such a natural strength all the time that their mere existence seems to defy logic. They manage to do things that seem, to us mere mortals, truly out of this world. 

These are true stories of superhuman strength, from toddlers to grandmothers, and they'll put any of you with delusions of grandeur after your last CrossFit session in your place. If you've ever complained about being sore after a day at the gym, read on and prepared to be embarrassed.


12 True Stories That Will Convince You Super Strength Is Real,

Grandma Twists Two-Inch Steel Rods Like They're Made of String

Sakinat Khanapiyeva hasn’t had one climactic moment of strength induced by adrenaline or fear - her entire life has been filled with mind-boggling strength. She first discovered her heroic abilities when she was 10 years old and was able to move a container of grain that weighed 661 pounds. Or, like, the weight of four grown men. As a 10-year-old girl. But it didn’t stop there: into her seventis, she could still rip a phone book in half, twist two-inch steel rods, and lift a 52-pound dumbbell while standing on a bed of nails. Oh, and break a horseshoe in half


Man Balances a Mini Cooper on His Head

Having a neck 24 inches in circumference certainly might make your head stronger than the average person, but it definitely doesn’t explain how this happened. John Evans, the "Head Balancer," already had a lot of world records under his belt for balancing things on his head. You know, things like piles of bricks, a washing machine, other people. Normal stuff. But in May 1999, he went bigger - way bigger. On his head, with no hands, he balanced a gutted Mini Cooper - yup, the car - on his head for 33 secondsA car. It weighed 352 pounds.


Mother Fights Off a Polar Bear, Walks Away Nearly Unharmed

Lydia Angyiou lived what could have been a nightmare in February 2006 had it not been for a superhuman display of strength. To be honest, it still sounds pretty terrible. While Angyiou’s son and other children were playing hockey in Ivujivik, Quebec, they saw a polar bear approaching. Angyiou shouted at the children to run before attacking the polar bear, hitting and kicking it. She managed to fend it off long enough for a neighbor to shoot it. The kicker? The bear weighed 700 pounds and was eight feet tall. It took four bullets to kill it. Angyiou walked away with only a few scratches a black eye, so if you ever hear about mysterious acts of heroism in northern Canada, you know who to thank.


Seven-Year-Old Pulls a 1.85-Ton Van for Fun

While a lot of stories involving moving cars in moments of crisis, Yang Jinlong decided to pull a van full of people for fun. The kicker: he was seven years old. Jinlong—again, at seven years old—managed to pull a van that weighed 1.85 tons. It's one of many astonishing strength exercises he’s been doing since childhood. The reason behind his super strength? Well, he had one simple answer: “I’m fat!” There must be more to it than that, right?


Man Lifts 1,500-Pound Helicopter Off Injured Pilot

If you think lifting a car is impressive, this feat by Warren “Tiny” Everal takes it to a whole other level. When a helicopter from the TV show Magnum P.I. crashed, Steve Kux, one of the pilots, was trapped underneath. The fact that the Hughes 500D helicopter weighed 1,550 pounds when empty didn’t stop Tiny. He managed to lift the helicopter off his co-worker, meaning Kux escaped with some arm damage, but his life intact.


Woman in Her 50s Holds a Car Four Inches Above the Ground... for Five Minutes

Angela Cavallo achieved superhero status in Lawrenceville, GA, on April 9, 1982. After being told there was an accident, she ran outside to find her teenage son, Tony, trapped under a 1964 Chevy Impala - it has been knocked off a car jack while he was working on it, collapsing on him. Angela, who was in her late fifties at the time, not only managed to raise the car up off of her son about four inches, she held it there long enough for neighbors to replace the jack and drag Tony out. They estimate it was about five minutes. A woman in her late fifties held a car up for 5 minutes. That'll make you think twice before complaining about carrying grocery bags.

 


Real-Life Spider-Man Scales the World's Tallest Building in Six Hours

Alain Robert, the "French Spider-Man," must have nerves of steel. He is famous for scaling buildings around the world without any equipment - just a bag of chalk, his climbing shoes, and some  superhuman strength. But one of his most impressive feats was in March 2011. He climbed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest structure in the world. He climbed all 2,722 feet with no equipment except for a safety harness in only six hours.


Dad Goes Out for a Morning Jog, Runs 350 Miles Without Stopping

Dean Karnazes is a runner who puts Forrest Gump to shame. Though you may be impressed that he ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days, there’s a single feat that’s even more striking. On October 12, 2005, Karnazes set out on the most epic run that ever epic-ed. He ran 350 miles without stopping. That ended up being a full 80 hours and 44 minutes of running on no sleep. It’s enough not only to make you believe in superhuman strength but in an iron will as well.


Soldier Drags Injured Comrades Off Battlefield, Goes Back for More

Joe Rollino far surpasses the superhero title - he’s a full-on actual hero. Not only was he the “Strongest Man in the World” according to a Coney Island contest, not only could he lift 635 pounds with his fingers and 3200 pounds with his back (all while only weighing only 150 pounds), he showed his real strength on the battlefield. He was stationed in the Pacific during World War II. When enemy fire came in, he was known for rescuing his comrades. He dragged them - two under each arm - off the battlefield and went back for more. Deservedly, he earned a Bronze Star, a Silver Star, and three Purple Hearts. Oh, and he lived to be 104 years old.


Two Mothers Lift an 1,100-Pound Car to Save an Injured Boy

Just because Donna McNamee and Abigail Sicolo shared the load of the 1,100-pound car they lifted, that doesn’t make their feat any less extraordinary. In June 2009, the two saved a boy’s life when they saw he was trapped under a Renault Clio. The eight-year-old had been playing when he ran into the street and was hit by a car, pinning him underneath. Because of their strength, he managed to be pulled out with a broken leg and other injuries but was able to make a full recovery. Siocolo maintained “We're not heroes, anyone would have done it,” but how many people could have done it?



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Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:49:45 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/true-stories-of-super-strength/lea-rose-emery
<![CDATA[Creepy Stories and Legends About the Mississippi River]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/mississippi-river-creepy-stories-legends/elizabeth-stapleton
The Mississippi River passes through 10 different states in the US and is 2,320 miles long. With an area that large, it's no surprise that there are plenty of creepy stories about the Mississippi River. From monsters both above and in the water to hauntings to disturbing deaths, these weird Mississippi River stories shed a creepy light on the historic waterway.

Mississippi River legends are so varied because it runs through so many different landscapes and environments. It also played a huge part in the formation and history of the US. It was used as a major mode of transportation during the country's western expansion and when Union forces captured it in the Civil War, it marked a crucial turning point towards victory. And any long, historic path, whether it's a river or a hiking trail, is bound to have a few urban legends attached to it. Check out these creepy Mississippi River stories and leave a comment if you've ever experienced anything weird on the Mississippi.

Creepy Stories and Legends About the Mississippi River,

Pepie the River Monster
Lake Pepin is the largest lake on the Mississippi, and it's located between Wisconsin and Minnesota. Since 1876, there have been reports of an unidentifiable monster, nicknamed Pepie, lurking beneath the surface. Reportedly, it's huge (between the size of a rhino and an elephant) and can leap out of the lake to snatch birds right out of the air. While there does not appear to be any proof of the monster's existence, businessman Larry Neilson has offered a $50,000 reward to anyone who can prove the existence of the creature. Neilsen has claimed to see the monster

While there is no proof of the monster's existence, businessman Larry Neilson has offered a $50,000 reward to anyone who can prove the existence of the creature. Neilsen has claimed to see the monster twice. He hopes the reward will not only be fun but bring more tourism to the area.
River Flooding Wiped Out the Ancient City of Cahokia
The ancient city of Cahokia once existed near modern-day St. Louis. It started with a few agricultural settlements around 400 AD, grew into a major city by 1050 AD, and had disappeared by 1350. So what happened? Cahokia was actually wiped out by floods from the Mississippi River. Today, you can still visit mounds that were part of the ancient city. 
The Oldest Settlement on the River Is Haunted
Natchez, MS is known as the birthplace of Mississippi. It was settled by the French in 1716, and after the Seven Years' War, was ruled by Great Britain, Spain, and finally the United States. Years of governmental chaos earned the town a reputation for being lawless and there are still many prominent legends about the area. 

There are stories of witches dancing along the Natchez Trace (a long trail that winds through several states), burning every piece of land their feet touch. Natchez-Under-the-Hill is one of the oldest parts of the town, and it's rumored to be haunted by several ghosts. But the creepiest spot in Natchez is Longwood, an unfinished octagonal mansion.

The construction of Longwood was halted by the Civil War. Dr. Haller Nutt, who commissioned the home from architect Samuel Sloan, lived in the only part of the house that was completed - the basement. Locals call the place "Nutt's Folly," and rumor has it that you can still see the ghosts of Dr. Nutt and his wife lurking around the property.

Clint Walker Claims He Saw a UFO on the River in 1951
There have been at least a few UFO sightings along the Mississippi River. Actor Clint Walker recalled seeing a UFO over the Mississippi in 1951 while traveling in Illinois. Ron Quinn shared his friend Clint's story in his book, Mysterious Disappearances: And Other Strange Tales. Quinn writes that Clint "glanced off toward the river. Coming toward him, above the water, was a saucer shaped UFO. It was perhaps 25-feet across and dull silver in color." He observed it for a few seconds before it moved out of sight.
The River Is a Dumping Ground for the Supposed 'Smiley Face' Killer
The Smiley Face Killer is a theory from two retired New York detectives who believe that a killer or a group of killers is responsible for the deaths of at least 40 college men. Nearly all of the men's deaths have been ruled accidental drownings, but some people believe that their deaths were not an accident. They believe there is a serial killer that preys upon intoxicated college students, drugging them and dumping them into nearby bodies of water, where they drown.

The detectives came up with the theory after a smiley face was discovered near several sites where the men are suspected to have fallen (or been thrown) into the water. Christopher Jenkins, a student at the University of Minnesota, was 21 when he disappeared on Halloween. His body was found four months later in the Mississippi River. 
The Mississippi River Has Been Known to Run Backwards
The Mississippi River has been known to reverse its direction. On the rare occasion this has happened, it is usually due to large earthquakes in the area. The earliest known occurrence was in 1812 after a series of earthquakes in Missouri, but it's happened several times since then, most recently in 2012 in the aftermath of Hurricane Issac. 
Bigfoot Roams the Banks of the Mississippi
The legend of the Momo Monster comes from the small town of Louisiana, MO, located on the Mississippi River. In 1972, three siblings claimed to have seen a Sasquatch-like creature carrying away their dog. 

Other neighbors later said they heard growling and animal-like noises in the area. A farmer even had a dog disappear and thought the Momo monster might be to blame. Some people in the area believe it was all a hoax carried out by three bored kids, but from time to time, sightings are still reported.
Two Men Say They Were Abducted by Aliens While Fishing
Two friends, Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker Jr., say they were abducted by aliens while fishing on the Mississippi after work. The two said they were taken by three gray creatures with claws for hands and were examined thoroughly while in a conscious but paralyzed state before being returned to the river bank. For the rest of his life, Charles Hickson was happy to share his UFO experience with others. 

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:47:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/mississippi-river-creepy-stories-legends/elizabeth-stapleton
<![CDATA[The Strangest Solved Mysteries]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/strange-mysteries-solved/mike-rothschild
The phrase "unsolved mystery" brings up connotations of dedicated research, dangerous archeology, and that TV show from the '80s. But sometimes, these "unsolved mysteries" actually get solved—in fact, some of them were explained a long time ago. While the explanations for these crazy mysteries are often much less salacious than the mysteries themselves, they're no less interesting.

Whether they're phenomenon thought to be ancient or extraterrestrial, or crazy detective stories that ended tragically, a solved mystery is worth reading about, especially since they offer that "creep factor" generally sought-after in these types of narratives. They can involve centuries-old building techniques, natural occurrences, or the disappearances of people. And they bedeviled professional and amateur investigators for years or decades, only to be cracked.

Here are some of the strangest solved mysteries, and what really happened in these cases.

The Strangest Solved Mysteries,

The Death of Anastasia
The horror of the October Revolution hit home in 1918, when Russia's Tsar Nicholas II and his entire family were executed by Bolshevik secret police. Among them was 17-year-old Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna— better known simply as Anastasia. Because the bodies of the Tsar and his family were never found, rumors abounded that Anastasia had somehow escaped—rumors fanned by nearly a dozen women who claimed to be missing duchess.

The most prominent was Anna Anderson, a German woman who claimed to be Anastasia in 1921, while living in an asylum. She claimed to have no memory of her escape. While Anderson managed to fool some people, survivors of the Romanov dynasty rejected her. Still, the story was made all the more intriguing by the fact that Anastasia's body was never found.

The plot thickened in 1991,when a grave site was unearthed that contained the skeletons of nine of the eleven executed Romanovs, but not Anastasia. However, in 2007, two burned skeletons were found in a pit near the same site, and DNA testing confirmed that one was the Grand Duchess. She died in 1918, as had been suspected all along.


The Bloop
"The Bloop" was the name given to an extremely powerful underwater sound detected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 1997. Detected in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean off the southern tip of South America, the Bloop was an ultra-low frequency burst of noise that could be heard through hydrophones almost 3,000 miles away. Scientists had no idea what it was, and theorized everything from calving ice in Antarctica, to an iceberg dragging along the ocean floor, to a whale, and even to some unknown sea cryptid.

It wasn't until 2012 that scientists agreed upon an explanation for the Bloop. The sound was matched to a known icequake, and it was eventually narrowed down to the crash of disintegrating icebergs somewhere between Bransfield Straits and the Ross Sea in Antarctica.


The Blood Rain of Kerala
Over two months in the summer of 2001, the state of Kerala in India was deluged by a mysterious, red-colored rain. Over a hundred thousand pounds of red particles fell, coating everything in the area. While the red rain phenomenon had happened before (documented cases go back to 1818) and would happen again, the blood rain over Kerala grabbed the imagination of scientists and pseudo-scientists alike when two researchers published a paper claiming the red particles were alien spores from an exploding, life-seeding comet.

While the paper quickly became an accepted explanation for the rain, the actual cause was identified almost immediately, albeit with far less fanfare: airborne spores from local green algae. While such spores are commonly found in the atmosphere, and have been found in the other red rains around the world, there's still no explanation for why so many rained down for so long. 

The Missing Teens of Oklahoma
Three Oklahoma teens vanished in November 1970, with no trace of either the trio or their car ever being found. Their disappearance hung over their small town for decades, leading to theories that ranged from them being murdered, to the three running away to avoid the draft. The police department did little to investigate the case, and the families did everything from offer money for information to consult a psychic.

It wasn't until 2013 that the mystery was solved, or at least as much as it could be. Their Camaro was found in a nearby lake where local police were testing sonar equipment. Sure enough, three bodies were found inside the car, which was submerged in just 12 feet of water, 50 feet from a boat ramp. The bodies were identified as the three teens, and while it isn't clear whether they drove the car in accidentally or were killed, at least their families can stop looking for them.

A Man Missing for Nine Years Spotted on Google Maps
72-year-old David Lee Niles disappeared after leaving a bar in Byron Township, Michigan. Missing since 2006, Niles had been suffering from both cancer and depression, so his family had assumed he'd taken his own life, even putting out an obituary for him in 2011. It took nine years for them to figure out what happened—but the answer would turn out to be startlingly obvious.

A maintenance worker installing Christmas lights with a crane on a nearby funeral home saw a car in a small lake nearby, and police divers confirmed that it was Niles when they found his wallet. But the twist is that the car was clearly visible on Google Maps. Anyone looking at the lake could have seen it.

Raining Frogs and Fish
For hundreds of years, both scholars and bystanders have written of hordes of frogs and fish falling out of the sky. Incidents date as far back as the first century CE, when Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder documented storms of frogs and fish raining down. In modern times, an incident was recorded in January 2016 in Ethiopia.

Explanations for the animal rains traditionally involved waterspouts picking up the creatures from oceans or lakes and dumping them inland. Despite a number of scientific factors that make such a rain improbable, this was the accepted explanation. However, recent investigations has attributed the frogs on the ground to seasonal migrations that came out after a hard rainstorm (the same way worms do), and the fish have been determined to be any number of walking fish, of which there are dozens. Combine that with a healthy dose of confirmation bias and exaggeration, and you've got a solved mystery.

Why the Mayans Vanished
It's one of the most prominent societal collapses in human history. The Mayans seemingly abandoned their complex civilization and disappeared into the Central American jungle. For centuries, people puzzled over the disappearance, theorizing everything from an internal peasant revolt, to conquest by an outside and unknown people, to a UFO holocaust.

It wasn't until 2005 that a legitimate theory was put forward to explain what happened, a theory confirmed in 2012. The Mayan civilization collapsed due to a self-created environmental disaster. The Mayans chopped down too many trees, which reduced the land's ability to absorb solar radiation. This made rainfall more scarce, which caused a crippling drought. The Mayans abandoned their land not due to aliens or revolt, but to find food.

The Death of Bill Sparkman
In September, 2009, the body of teacher and US Census field rep Bill Sparkman was found tied to a tree in rural Kentucky, naked save for his socks, his hands, feet, and mouth bound with duct tape. Most mysteriously, the word "fed" was written on his chest in felt-tip marker. The death was immediately blamed on local residents with an anti-authoritarian bent, especially given the controversy about political activism group ACORN being involved with the census.

While media and pop culture speculation centered on lurid anti-Obama and anti-government conspiracies, the Kentucky State Police came out with a much more believable explanation. Sparkman was a cancer survivor, but likely believed his cancer had returned. He committed suicide and staged it to look like a homicide, in order to collect a $600,000 life insurance policy, which would go to his family.

The Kidnapping of Carlina White
On August 4, 1987, Carlina White, just 19 days old, was rushed to New York's Harlem Hospital Center. Suffering from an infection and high fever, Carlina was admitted, but disappeared during an early morning shift change. Witnesses described a heavyset woman dressed like a nurse who had been hanging around the NICU, and who left shortly after the shift change. But because the hospital's video surveillance wasn't working, nobody knew what she looked like. The incident was the first non-parental infant abduction in New York history. A reward was set up for White's return, but she was never found. The parents sued the hospital, won a settlement, and eventually split up. The case remained cold for decades.

For the next 23 years, Carlina was raised under a new name by Connecticut resident Annugetta "Ann" Pettway. After becoming suspicious of her mother's inability to provide birth documents, as well as the lack of resemblance between the two, Carolina began researching on the Internet, and found baby photos that resembled her likeness as an infant. She called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and was reunited with her birth parents in 2000. Pettaway disappeared, but eventually turned herself in and pleaded guilty to kidnapping. She's currently serving a 12 year sentence.

The Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film
Shot in Northern California in 1967, the Patterson-Gimlin Film is almost certainly the most well-known piece of footage purporting to show Bigfoot. While the authenticity of the film is still debated by cryptozoologists and skeptics alike, they needn't bother: a 2004 book by author Greg Long revealed the entire thing as a hoax.

A local laborer named Bob Heironimus wore a suit, and freely admitted to Long that he'd done so. Roger Patterson never paid anyone involved with the film, had charges filed against him to get him to return the camera he used, and likely did the whole thing as a stunt to provide for his family, as he was sick with cancer.


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<![CDATA[22 Times People Called 911 Over Food]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/false-911-calls-over-food/matthewcoleweiss
Have you ever called 911 because you thought your McDonald's french fries were cold or because you didn't like the sauce on your pizza? If not, then congratulations, you're a normal, reasonably well-adjusted person who understands the actual purpose of  911. This list, however, is NOT dedicated to the normal people, it's dedicated to idiots. Not just any idiots, but the type of idiots who think the police should get involved when they get the wrong type of burger at the drive-thru.   

Every single person on this list treated emergency services more like customer service. You'll be shocked how many times unhappy customers have made non-emergency 911 calls over culinary complaints, and even more surprised to learn what happened to these callers afterwards. Some got stern reprimands from the dispatcher, some were refunded by the police themselves, and some actually ended up in jail.

Your votes will determine just which 911 over food was the most ludicrous. These funny 911 tapes and stories may be the most hilarious things you'll listen to or read all week. We want to figure out which 911 call about food is the least appropriate for an emergency call, so vote up the funniest, most outrageous, and most unbelievable food-based 911 calls below!

22 Times People Called 911 Over Food,

The Case of the Missing McNuggets
Latreasa L. Goodman called 911 three times to report that her local McDonald's in Fort Pierce, Florida had run out of Chicken McNuggets. Goodman claimed it was an "emergency" and that they tried offering her a McDouble cheeseburger instead, but she didn't want one. The 27-year-old was cited for misusing 911.  

Source: Fox News
Who Puts Ketchup on a Philly Cheesesteak?
When a man wanted ketchup on his Philly cheesesteak at a Subway, employee Lawrence Ordone said he never had put ketchup on a cheesesteak before. This angered the customer who got even more upset when he found out there was no ketchup in the Subway at all! The employee called 911 because he felt physically threatened. All on account of not having ketchup.

Source: NBC News
She Didn't Like the Sauce on Her Subway Flatizza
Bevalente Michette Hall called 911 because she thought Subway used marinara sauce instead of "pizza sauce" on her flatbread pizza at a Subway in North Carolina. She demanded the police take her report so she could get on the news, all so she could get another flatbread pizza. Instead, Hall was sent to jail and released on a $2,000 bond.

Source: Gaston Gazette

To Be Fair, Orange Juice Is Delicious and Refreshing

In 2009, Ray Osman called 911 when he didn't get his morning orange juice at the McDonald's drive-thru. The 20-year-old was pissed off that he took his food home, only to find that his orange juice was missing. He returned and called the cops, but he wasn't the only one; a McDonald's employee called to report Osman blocking the drive-thru lane and knocking on the windows. Instead of getting his O.J., Osman got sent to jail.  

Source: Associated Press


They Wanted to Get Connected to Domino's
Coming out of Arlington, VA, a 911 dispatcher got a call that went down like this:  

 
Caller: "I'd also like to be connected to Domino's Pizza please, in Arlington."

Dispatcher: "That's not a, this is 911, 911 is for police and fire emergencies."

Caller: "Well I can't get through on the Pizza Hut line or 411."

Dispatcher: "OK, well, ma'am, 911 does not connect you to Domino's Pizza."


Source: ABC News
Eating Pot Brownies "By Mistake"
Michigan cop Edward Sanchez and his wife called 911 because they were afraid homemade brownies they didn't realize contained marijuana were killing them. The couple later admitted they may have put some pot in the brownies themselves, but they were eventually let off the hook for their call.

Source: Salem News
She Got the Wrong Western BBQ Burger
"I want my hamburger right" was the phrase of the day when an Orange County woman called 911 because she didn't get her Western BBQ burger at Burger King. The woman, who was confused about just which chain she was in, claimed she ordered the signature burger, only to receive a burger with just lettuce and tomatoes. The horror! The woman said the police need to protect her, to which the 911 operator replied, "What are we protecting you from?  A harmful cheeseburger?"

Sources: YouTube, Snopes

Police Are Known for Their Turkey Recipes
This one is too good to pass up. Though it's not clear where this came from, who the woman was, or exactly how authentic the call is, if you jump 20 seconds into the video, you'll hear a 911 call from a woman who didn't know how to cook her turkey. She didn't know the proper temperature for her oven, so the cop kindly gave her some cooking advice. 

Source: YouTube
Her Chinese Food Was "Not Up to Par"
A 44-year-old woman poo-poo'ed the quality of her pu pu platter when she called 911 over her Chinese food. After getting a meal at the Main Moon Chinese restaurant in Alliance, Ohio, Tracey McCloud called the emergency services because she felt her meal was "not up to par." McCloud said she tried to figure out the situation, but the Chinese workers didn't understand her and would not give her a refund. McCloud was arrested for misuse of 911, but don't worry, eventually she got her refund.

Source: USA Today
This Soup Tastes a Bit Like Band-Aids
Cops got a call from a man at Leo's Grill in Palm Harbor, Florida after he found a bandage in his soup. Even though it was a non-emergency, a health inspector eventually gave the restaurant a once-over and found over 22 health code violations.

Source: Palm Harbor Patch

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Wed, 08 Jul 2015 09:44:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/false-911-calls-over-food/matthewcoleweiss
<![CDATA[8 Times Angry Mobs Got Completely Out of Control and Turned Violent]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/deadly-angry-mobs/chuck-stern

Violence often stems from the silliest things, but once it reaches the level of the angry mob, it's less silly and a lot more serious. Mob mentality can cause people to do things they would never consider doing in normal life, things like killing, maiming, and setting things (or people) on fire. Mass violence is a disturbing phenomenon, and yet it's been around since the beginning of time and still exists today.

Often the outrage makes sense - a group of people come together and forcefully demand better treatment - and, in the end, no one really gets hurt. In other cases it's a tragedy over something trivial that leaves people bloodied, beheaded, and burned. Mobs can be very destructive in a very short period of time, and they can exacerbate the situation by preventing necessary help from getting through.

These are some cases of angry mobs who got completely out of control. 


8 Times Angry Mobs Got Completely Out of Control and Turned Violent,

Shoplifting Led to Even Greater Crimes in Malaysia

In July 2015 at least five people were maimed in a mob attack outside Low Yat Plaza in Kuala Lumpur. According to witnesses, seven men who had previously been caught shoplifting at the mall returned the following weekend in retaliation. The group, which soon blossomed to 60 men, gathered after a very public altercation in a cell phone store and proceeded to destroy glass displays, cabinets, and various electronic products, as well as assault patrons with motorcycle helmets. Three members of the media were said to be among the injured.


Packs of Teens Took the Streets of Philadelphia

In October 2016, packs of teenagers numbering between 20 and 100 roamed the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia and beat random people in retaliation for an incendiary social media post. One female student was held down and repeatedly stomped on; another woman endured a black eye after being punched in the face as she walked home with her boyfriend. In total, four teenagers were arrested for their roles in the melee, which included intimidation, punching, kicking, and robbery. Joe Lauletta, father of one of the victims, summed it up rather succinctly: "It's very concerning that you can get a group of juveniles to pull together that quickly and some become violent."


A Referee's Call Led to His Beheading in Brazil

In 2013 an amateur soccer match in Brazil turned violent when a referee stabbed a player to death and was subsequently beheaded. During the game, Josenir dos Santos Abreu took issue with one of 20-year-old Otávio Jordão da Silva's calls. Abreu punched da Silva, who then fatally stabbed him. Just then, an angry mob made up of spectators and Abreu's family descended on da Silva, tied him up, beat him, beheaded him and stuck his head on a spike

WARNING, this video is graphic.


A Mob Destroyed Government Buildings and Banks After Suicide Attacks in Pakistan

Following a deadly suicide attack at a religious procession in Karachi, Pakistan, an angry mob exacted its revenge by destroying government buildings, banks, markets, and vehicles. The attack, which happened in 2009, killed about 30 people.

Following the attack, those in the procession turned their frustration on government workers and journalists at the event. Shooting was reported throughout Karachi, and police used tear gas. Paramilitary soldiers were brought in, and the army was placed on high alert. Protesters beat TV reporters, cameramen, and press photographers. Trains were unable to run, even firefighters were blocked from saving lives.

In total, the city sustained more than 30 billion rupees worth of damage, or about $250 million.


A Boy Was Buried Alive Next to His Victim in Bolivia

After 17-year-old Santos Ramos was identified by police as the suspect in the rape and murder of 35-year-old Leandra Arias Janco, mourners at her funeral grabbed the boy and buried him alive next to the woman. Approximately 200 members of the small town of Colquechaca, Bolivia, took it on themselves to exercise so-called "indigenous justice." Overcome with sadness and anger, the mob seized Ramos, tied him up, tossed him into the same grave, and filled it with earth.


A Muslim Man Was Killed for Eating Beef in India

In 2015, a vicious mob in northern India pulled 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq from his home and beat him to death for allegedly eating beef. For Hindus in India, the cow is holy, so much so that government officials in the past have lobbied to make it illegal to kill cows in the country. Akhlaq, a Muslim, was targeted after two boys at the local Hindi temple said Akhlaq's family killed a cow during the Muslim holiday Eid-ul-Adha. 

The mob went to Akhalq's house, beat him, his elderly mother, his wife, and his 22-year-old son, and fled the area. Ten people were charged in the attack, though villagers protested the arrests by attacking journalists and setting fire to cars. 


An Innocent Woman Was Killed as Police Watched in Afghanistan

In 2015, a 27-year-old Afghan student named Farkhunda Malikzada was accused of burning the Quran in a shrine, igniting a fury among the men standing outside. Her killers filmed as they beat her, hit her with stones, and pieces of wood. Later her attackers posted the footage online. As with so many horrific crimes against women in the region, Malikzada was innocent. Before her attack, she was confronting a man who was selling charms outside the shrine. Angry, the man shouted she was an infidel, and the mob started forming.


A Town Got Revenge for a Crappy Sewage System in Mexico

In August 2016, an angry mob stormed the office of Griselda Sanchez, director of public works for the town of Xochiatipan, Mexico. Furious over months of living without a functioning sewage system and tired of getting the runaround from government officials, the mob pulled Sanchez out, shoved her repeatedly and harassed her. The mob forced her into the street and berated her. Sanchez was forced to sign a document agreeing to the necessary construction, and it was only then that the mob relented.



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:26:37 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/deadly-angry-mobs/chuck-stern
<![CDATA[12 Amazing Real-Life Resurrection Stories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-12-real-life-resurrection-stories/carly-kiel

Real life resurrection stories tell the tale of real people who came back from the dead. These are far more than people who were legally dead on an operating table; these are dead people who rose from the crypt to go on living.

How often are living people declared dead? More often than you'd think (or want to know about)! People brought back from the dead - presumably to deliver the Good Word - have been documented in history and medical books for hundreds of years. These are some of the more spectacular examples of people beating death. Enjoy this bone-chilling list of notable cases of people who were buried alive or brought back to life - true accounts of real-life resurrection stories and incidents of Lazarus syndrome.


12 Amazing Real-Life Resurrection Stories,

Marjorie McCall, Moneybags

In 18th Century Lurgan, Ireland, Dr. John McCall's wife Marjorie fell ill with fever and died shortly thereafter. Since he was a doctor and therefore rich, Marjorie naturally had an expensive gold wedding ring – but at her death, neither John nor any other mourner was able to remove it from her swollen finger. Due to fear that her fever would spread, Marjorie was hastily buried in Shankill Cemetery, and news of the doctor's dead wife spread throughout neighborhood.

Soon, some grave-robbers got busy digging up Marjorie's coffin. When they pried open the lid, they were delighted to find that yes, the valuable ring was still on her finger. Try as they might, they couldn't pull off the ring, so they agreed to saw off the whole finger. As the sharp blade cut into her skin, Marjorie came back to life, sat bolt upright, and shrieked like a tween with Bieber Fever. A miracle if there ever was one!

When the startled corpse-desecrating thieves fled, Marjorie was left alone to climb out of her grave and wander home. Across town, her widower Dr. John was boozing with some relatives, sorrowful at the loss of his wife but also pumped about his new-found bachelorhood. When he heard a gentle rapping, rapping on his chamber door, he opened it to find his dead wife, extra creepy and all wraithlike in her burial robes and bloody from the ol' saw-to-the-finger ordeal. The shock was too much for the doctor. He instantly dropped dead on the floor and was buried in the grave Marjorie had just vacated.


Ng Swee Hock, Brother-Hater
April 2011 - After getting into fisticuffs with his own brother, 65-year-old Ng Swee Hock sustained injuries so bad that not even a ventilator machine could revive him. Doctors at a Penang, Malaysia, hospital did CPR on his body for 45 minutes, but at around 11 AM, they gave up and pronounced him dead.

Two-and-a-half hours later, Ng started to breathe again.
Matthew Wall, Farmer
On October 2, 1571, recently deceased young farmer Matthew Wall was lying in a coffin on the way to his own funeral. Even though the day was cool and damp, the whole village of Braughing in Hertfordshire was out for the event, including Wall's distressed fiancée. As the procession made their way to the church, one of the pallbearers slipped on the wet leaves, dropping the coffin to the ground. The commotion was surprising.

But when the men lifted the coffin again, they were even more shocked by what they heard next: the sound of knocking. Matthew Wall had come back to life and was banging on the walls of his own coffin!

Wall eventually went on to marry his fiancée and live for another 24 years. Since then, Braughing village has commemorated Old Man's Day every year on October 2nd. To celebrate, village children bring brooms to sweep leaves from the lane in front of the church, presumably so no one slips on them. Any more dropped coffins, and they could have a zombie apocalypse on their hands.
Old Polish Lady
June 2009 - A man called an ambulance when his 84-year-old wife fainted. The emergency service doctor declared the woman dead and sent her to the morgue. She lay deceased for several hours in line waiting to be embalmed and whatnot, but then the Holy Spirit hopped into her again. Morticians noticed the woman's body bag moving and unzipped it to find that her vital functions were all working again. Praise Him.
Anne Green, Convicted Child-Killer
In 1650, Anne Green was convicted of murdering her bastard child and hiding its body at her boss's house. Soon, she was sentenced to death by hanging and led to the gallows, where she was fitted with a noose. For her last words, she proclaimed her innocence and begged, "Sweet Jesus, receive my soul." After the hangman kicked the little stool out from under her, Green's body was left to hang for half an hour. During this time, her pals reportedly:
thump[ed] her on the breast’ and hung ‘with all their weight upon her leggs… lifting her up and then pulling her downe againe with a suddain jerke...which seems very rude to me, but apparently they were trying to quicken her death / lessen her suffering. Whatever.

Eventually, Green's lifeless body was cut down from the gallows and put in a coffin, which was taken to a doctor who was going to dissect her. Just as the doctor prepared to slice her open from chest to gut, Anne's corpse groaned. Hallelujah!

There are two versions (maybe more) of what happened next:

In one, doctors immediately began to warm her body, pour hot cordials in her mouth, and (doy) bleed her.

In the other, someone tried to kick her back into the land of the dead by stomping on her chest. The force of the kick was so strong that it completely revived her.

Either way, Green – having been through enough for one day – was granted a reprieve and declared innocent. She lived a long time after her resurrection and bore three more children, none of whom she was convicted of killing.
Saudi Mom
2009 - During a Caesarean section delivery in a Kuwait City hospital, the woman in labor was pronounced dead. Her grief-stricken husband was handed her death certificate – along with their new baby, who was born with birth defects. The would-be mother's body was whisked off to the morgue, where it was locked up with all the hospital's other losses for the day.

Two hours later, the woman was struck with life again, but in a very dark, very cold place. She screamed and banged on the door of the deep freezer until a worker finally heard her. (Why do these things lock from the inside, anyway?) Upon her release, the woman's husband was called back to the hospital to return her death certificate, which he was not allowed to keep as a souvenir.
South African Grandfather

July 2011 - An 80-year-old man in the Eastern Cape died due to complications from an asthma attack. His family called the morgue to come fetch his body, which was then locked in a refrigerated compartment to cool. Twenty-one hours later, while the family were meeting to discuss funeral arrangements, workers at the morgue heard someone yelling for help. Thinking it was a ghost, they called the police for backup. Upon their arrival, the cops released the reanimated corpse of the old man, who was very nearly scared to death – again.


Colombian Woman
February 2010 - After falling ill from a serious condition, a 45-year-old woman in Cali, Colombia, was declared dead. Staff at a medical clinic signed her death certificate, and her body was transferred to a funeral home to be prepared for her burial. Just as a worker went to inject her lifeless limbs with formaldehyde preservative, the woman miraculously began to breathe and move again.
St. Odran, Naysayer

In 548 A.D., Christian folks in Iona, Scotland, wanted to build a chapel near an ancient burial ground. The problem was: no matter what they did, the work they constructed was destroyed each night, so they had to start all over again the next day. Eventually, a guy named Columba got it into his head that if they buried someone alive in the foundation, they would be able to finish building the chapel.

With a promise that his soul would be safe, a monk named Oran or Odran or Odhran – Columba's son or brother – volunteered (or was volunteered) to be buried alive, so he was. When that dirty work was done, the folks above ground finished the chapel. Hi-ho.

After some time, Columba started to miss Odran, so he opened the burial pit again.

- OR -
 

One day, the dead-and-back-to-life Oran shoved his face up through a wall and began to talk. He said:
 
There is no such great wonder in death. There is no Hell as you suppose, nor Heaven that people talk about.

When Oran began to try to escape his grave in the foundation, Columba flipped out and shoved him back down again, quickly covering the pit with earth. Or he had Oran's body removed and buried somewhere else on grounds of heresy. His own brother. Or son.


Thomas à Kempis, Faithless
In life, Catholic monk Thomas à Kempis (probably) wrote The Imitation of Christ, which everyone agreed was a pretty good and pious publication. Some time after his death in Zwolle in 1471, Church authorities began to think Thomas would make a good saint. They exhumed his body with plans to go forward with his canonization, but were bummed to find scratch marks inside the coffin lid and splinters embedded beneath Thomas's nails. Despite the holy miracle of his resurrection after death, Thomas was denied canonization and never became a saint. After all, what kind of candidate for sainthood would try to escape his fate of death?

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Thu, 05 Apr 2012 07:25:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-12-real-life-resurrection-stories/carly-kiel
<![CDATA[Who Is the Worst Person of the Week? (Jan. 25-31)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-person-of-the-week-012916/mike-rothschild
Are you drunk? Do you own a bunch of guns? Are you a racist, hateful jerk? Do you own a 300-foot yacht? If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, you might be on this week's list of the Worst People! Because this week, we're full up on drunk idiots with guns, racists, grifters, people who want to "take our country back" by blowing it up, and guys doing terrible things related to the high seas.

As always, these aren't the murders and terrorists of the world - those are always the worst people. Instead, these are the idiots, and the lunatics, along with the people who think the KKK was just ducky, gay teens should stay in the closet, protected coral reefs are their private playgrounds, and the only thing better than driving drunk is driving drunk while armed.

Here are the Worst People of the Week - vote early and vote often for the lamest of the bunch.

Who Is the Worst Person of the Week? (Jan. 25-31),

Gwyneth Paltrow
What Happened: The actress's lifestyle website Goop published a long interview with nutritionist and "holistic healer" Ann Louise Gittleman, who detailed how people can take drastic steps to protect themselves from "cell phone toxicity and wifi poisoning" - medical conditions that don't actually exist.

The Details: Paltrow's site has long been criticized for the space it gives to unscientific concepts like detoxing, cleansing, and quack medical treatments. The interview with Gittleman is particularly egregious, as it serves no purpose other than to scare people into thinking their cell phones are going to fry their brain with radiation.

Gittleman herself has no background in electronics or science; instead, she has a PhD in holistic healing from a non-accredited college. The interview links the minor amount of radiation from cell phones and wifi with cancer, a link that numerous reputable health and science organizations assert does not exist. She claims that children who go to schools with wifi capability are at risk for a host of mental and physical disorders and that pregnant women are especially vulnerable to "cell phone toxicity." And she throws around meaningless terms like "digital dementia", "electromagnetically clean", "second-hand radiation," and "electropollution," all of which are made up.

While it's not clear if Paltrow played any part in the interview (it's a Q&A with no byline), she's the editor of the site, and as such, should know better than to foist such dangerous gibberish on her readers.

Paul Allen
What Happened: The co-founder of Microsoft was accused of wiping out 80% of the coral reef in West Bay in the Cayman Islands with the anchor chain of his yacht.

The Details: Allen's 300-foot yacht is said to have dragged its anchor chain through the protected reef, demolishing over 14,000 square feet of it. He then fobbed the blame off on local Port Authority, claiming his crew docked the yacht where they were told to, and moved it when alerted to the damage they'd caused.

Despite laws on the books that allow for fines against ships that destroy coral reefs in the area, it's unlikely Allen will face any legal or financial consequences for his environmental damage.

Sally Kern
What Happened: The Oklahoma state rep sponsored a bill that would bar suicidal LGBT youth in the state from seeking out a gay-affirmative counselor - despite such teens having higher rates of depression, mental illness, and suicide.

The Details: Kern is infamous for being among the most anti-gay elected officials in the country, consistently defaming gay people and sponsoring radical legislation that would curtail their rights. Among her efforts this legislative session are a bill that would forbid HIV-positive people from marrying, and another bill that would protect so-called "conversion therapy" - a discredited and debunked form of "gay conversion."

The most dangerous bill Kern is sponsoring is one that would bar any school official from referring a student to an “individual, organization or entity” if the matter “pertain[s] to human sexuality." It would force students to get parental permission to go to counseling, effectively outing students in the closet and barring access for students going on their own. Essentially, it forces depressed gay teens to either out themselves or suffer in silence.

Fortunately, most of Kern's bills die in committee and never make it to law.


Joseph Stetson
What Happened: Stetson was allegedly drunk and armed with a pellet gun when he was arrested in Oregon on his way to the Malheur Refuge standoff to help kill federal agents.

The Details: The standoff has involved no shortage of deranged characters, from ringleader Ammon Bundy to the anonymous man shrieking on a livestream for people to kill agents at roadblocks. But Stetson epitomizes the mindset of the men and women who took over the remote birdwatching facility - drunk, armed, and looking for a government employee to shoot.

In this case, Stetson was driving erratically and was taken into custody when he stopped at a gas station. While being arrested, he claimed he was a former Green Beret whose records were personally sealed by Ronald Reagan, that he was the last hope for humanity, and that he'd kill all of the officers who arrested him. As a felon convicted of burglary and menacing, Stetson is likely prohibited from owning an actual firearm.

Michael Misiewicz
What Happened: Navy commander Michael Misiewicz pleaded guilty to a staggering range of corruption charges, admitting he leaked military secrets to a defense contractor in exchange for cash, prostitutes, luxury goods, and even tickets to a Lady Gaga concert.

The Details: The Navy is currently carrying out a massive purge of corrupt officers, with over 100 personnel under investigation, and nine already pleading guilty. Misiewicz was accused of giving a Singapore-based defense contractor access to classified ship movements in his role as deputy director of operations for the 7th Fleet. Knowing when specific ships were docking in Singapore allowed the contractor to jack up prices, bilking the Navy out of over $20 million.

In exchange for the classified information, the contractor gave Misiewicz cash, plane tickets for him and his family, luxury goods, and VIP concert tickets. They also arranged with local escort services to book prostitutes in luxury hotels for Misiewicz during visits to Singapore and Thailand.


Bruce O'Brien
What Happened: Massachusetts resident O'Brien was frustrated by the slow speed of the snow plow he was driving behind. So he got out his gun and opened fire while passing it.

The Details: The 60-year-old man was driving drunk in the middle of a snow storm, when he got caught behind a plow doing its plow thing of clearing snow so people like Bruce O'Brien could drive. After a while, O'Brien got antsy and passed the plow in the oncoming lane. To indicate his displeasure, he then fired three shots, though it wasn't clear if he was firing in the air or at the plow itself.

The snow plow driver called police, then followed O'Brien, who was arrested and hit with a slew of charges, including assault with a deadly weapon.

Tommy Benton
What Happened: Benton is a Georgia state Representative who introduced two bills, one to protect Confederate statues, and the other to make Robert E. Lee's birthday a state holiday. He also praised the KKK and compared anyone attempting to remove the Confederate flag to ISIS.

The Details: First elected to the Georgia House in 2004, Benton has spent his career trying to protect Confederate heritage and symbols. Among his proposed bills - most of which have no support - is a proposal to rename Martin Luther King Drive in Atlanta after a Confederate General who helped found the KKK.

In his most recent onslaught of bills, he proposed to forever protect the Stone Mountain carvings of Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis; and to formally recognize Confederate Memorial Day and Lee's birthday as state holidays. Most of the controversy, however, came for comments he made denying that the Civil War was fought over the issue of slavery and praising the KKK's ability to keep order.

Benton, a retired history teacher, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that the Klan “was not so much a racist thing but a vigilante thing to keep law and order.
It made a lot of people straighten up,” he said. “I’m not saying what they did was right. It’s just the way things were.” Democratic lawmakers in Georgia called the comments unconscionable.

Richard L. Martin
What Happened: The 59-year-old Postal Service employee was arrested after attacking his supervisor with a chair while shouting racial slurs.

The Details: While Martin has a history of mental health issues, he'd never been violent at work until this incident, in which he walked into his boss' office, punched her in the face, then went after her with her chair. He then ran out of the post office and was on the loose for almost an entire day before being arrested upon his return home.

Martin had accumulated enough years of service to retire with a full pension - at least until this incident.

Daniel E. Musso
What Happened: The 54-year-old New Hampshire man was arrested trying to buy nearly a quarter of a million dollars worth of grenades, explosives, and "rocket-type stuff" that he would use in a one-man quest to bring back "the original Constitution."

The Details: Musso was long known to the FBI as a gun-rights activist and militant, having been arrested and Tazed for disrupting an anti-gun rally and heckling a man whose daughter was murdered. In early 2015, he'd given a gun dealer thousands of dollars in his quest to buy automatic weapons, explosives, and body armor. He was soon approached by an undercover agent, and set up a buy of grenades and plastic explosives. All in all, it would involve over $200,000 worth of material that Musso intended to sell to other militants.

Musso claimed he was part of a group of people who would use violent methods to make the US return to the "original Constitution" and that he needed a bunch of grenades because the government was on to him. He was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm.


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Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:05:30 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-person-of-the-week-012916/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[The Women Behind the Worst Men in History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/women-behind-historys-worst-men/christopher-shultz
There's an old saying that goes, "Behind every great man, there's an even better woman." This statement, however, also rings true for bad men. From Adolf Hitler's long-term companion Eva Braun, to other so-called "dictator wives," to the spouses of brutal serial killers, each of the ten ladies on this list either willingly or unwittingly spent their lives with very bad guys. Take a look at the women behind the worst men in history.
The Women Behind the Worst Men in History,

Eva Braun
Wife of Adolf Hitler
 
Eva Braun
began seeing Adolf Hitler in 1929, when she was 19 years old. At 42, he was 23 years her senior. During their 16-year relationship, Braun would attempt suicide on two occasions, though most believe these attempts were not to escape Hitler, but rather to get his attention and bring him closer to her. Reportedly, while the couple were quite close, Hitler did not like Braun appearing in public because he believed being seen in a relationship would diminish his sex appeal to women.  

In 1945, as Allied forces zeroed in on his bunker in Berlin, Braun and Hitler were married, then sealed themselves in a room and committed suicide together.

Nadezhda Alliluyeva
Wife of Joseph Stalin
 
Nadezhda Alliluyeva
first met Joseph Stalin in when she was ten years old, while her father, Sergei Alliluyev, sheltered the future Soviet leader after escaping Siberian exile. She and Stalin wed in 1919, when she was 18 years old and he was 42. Their marriage was apparently quite tense, as the couple argued constantly. Alliluyeva also suffered from serious mental problems, which ultimately led to her suicide in 1932.
Sajida Talfah
Wife of Saddam Hussein
 
Sajida Talfah
was the wife of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. She was also his biological cousin, and her marriage to Hussein was arranged between their families in 1963. After fifty years of marriage, in 1986 Hussein took another bride, Samira Shahbandar, though he also remained married to Talfah. This enraged both Hussein's first wife and their son, Uday Hussein.

Two years later, in 1988, Uday stabbed and killed his father's bodyguard, Kamel Hana Gegeo, believing this man to have been responsible for introducing Hussein to Shabandar. Some speculate this murder was at the request of Talfah.  

Following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and Hussein's subsequent execution in 2006, it is believed Talfah fled to Qatar, where she lives in relative isolation.


Mae Capone
Wife of Al Capone
 
While infamous Chicago mobster Al Capone, who is largely considered to be the mastermind behind the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, was a ruthless and feared criminal, his wife Mae lived a fairly quiet, normal life. She reportedly married Capone three weeks after the birth of their child, Sonny Capone. Apart from this scandal, however, Mae was known as a doting wife and mother, attending church with her family, and dutifully visiting her husband while he served out the remainder of his years in Alcatraz. Marcella Lentz-Pope plays Mae on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, where she is portrayed as being mostly oblivious to her husband's criminal activities.
Safia Farkash
Wife of Muammar Gaddafi
 
Safia Farkash
was the long-time wife of extremist Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi and mother to seven of his eight children. She reportedly met Gaddafi sometime around 1970 while working as a nurse; she treated Gaddafi while he recovered from an appendicitis. While Farkash lived a mostly quiet life away from the public eye during Gaddafi's rule, after his assassination she became an outspoken proponent for investigations into her husband's death.

Amal al-Sadah
Wife of Osama bin Laden
 
While Amal al-Sadah was not Osama bin Laden's only wife, she is thought to have been the terrorist mastermind's favorite. She allegedly stood by bin Laden during the September 11, 2001, attacks, all the way up to his death in 2012. Al-Sadah was apparently herself wounded in the leg by SEALS during the raid that ultimately claimed bin Laden's life. It is said she is currently residing somewhere in Pakistan, where she is kept mostly in confinement due to her declining health.



Ko Young Hee
Wife of Kim Jong-il
 
Because of a supposed "lowly" status in North Korean society, little is known about Ko Young Hee (also spelled Ko Young-hui), the wife of Kim Jong-il and mother of the North Korea's current leader, Kim Jong-un. Despite the secrecy surrounding her identity, it is believed she held a great influence over her dictator husband, often advising him on political matters. Ko Young Hee died in 2004 of complications related to breast cancer.
Khieu Ponnary
Wife of Pol Pot

Khieu Ponnary
was one quarter
 of the "Cambodian Gang of Four" (which references a prominent Chinese Communist group). The other members were Ponnary's sister Khieu Thirith, her husband Ieng Sary, and Ponnary's husband Saloth Sar, who was later known as Pol Pot. Ponnary's involvement with her husband's regime following his seizing of control of Cambodia in 1975 is unclear, though she did hold a few key political roles during this time.  

By 1978, however, Ponnary became gripped by paranoia related to schizophrenia, leading Pol Pot to divorce her and marry another woman. Not long after this, Pol Pot retreated into the jungle and lived out his remaining years under house arrest.  

In 1996, Ponnary, her sister, and her brother-in-law were granted amnesty from prosecution by the Cambodian government. She was cared for by Thirith and leng Sary until her death in 2003.

Paula Rader
Wife of Serial Killer BTK

Serial killer Dennis Rader, also known as BTK (for bind, torture, kill), kept his heinous crimes hidden not only from the public, but also his entire family for a period of thirty-plus years. After his arrest and subsequent confession in 2005, Rader's wife Paula was granted an emergency divorce. The judge waived the usual 60-day waiting period because he believed Paula's mental health was at risk. Stephen King loosely based his short story "A Good Marriage" (later adapted into a film of the same name) on Paula's story.

Judith Mawson
Wife of the Green River Killer
 
Much like Paula Rader, Judith Mawson believed she was married to the ideal man, never knowing—until police arrested her husband Gary Ridgeway—that the man she'd spent thirteen years of her life with was in fact the infamous "Green River Killer," who is responsible for 49 confirmed murders of women, though the official count could be upwards of 70 or more. Mawson had already suffered a failed marriage before marrying Ridgeway, and this combined with the shocking discovery of her husband's true identity, led Mawson to say she will likely never seriously date again.


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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 07:43:09 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/women-behind-historys-worst-men/christopher-shultz
<![CDATA[5 Lady Necrophiliacs Who Prove Women Can Do It, Too]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/lady-necrophiliacs/lyra-radford

Necrophilia in its simplest form (yes, it gets more complex from here) is a sexual attraction to corpses. Now there are many different classifications of necrophiliacs, believe it or not. Some necrophiliacs only need to touch or caress a dead body, while fetishistic necrophiliacs take body parts like a finger or genitals to use for sexual purposes later, without fully engaging with the corpse as a whole. Romantic necrophiliacs are bereaved individuals who can’t part with their dead lover’s corpse. Necrophilic fantasizers or role-players get aroused by the thought of sex with the dead but would never actually do it, they simply pretend with living partners. And apparently, “opportunistic necrophiliacs” are a real thing. These are people who don’t have a true interest in necrophilia, but decide to randomly take advantage of the opportunity when it arises.

Now, 90% of necrophiliacs are men (as far as we know) so this means female necrophiles are a rare breed. But they do exist, and this list tells their stories.


5 Lady Necrophiliacs Who Prove Women Can Do It, Too,

Mexican Hitwoman La Peque Pleasured Herself with Dead Bodies and Severed Heads

A hitwoman for the Zetas, one of the most dangerous cartels in Mexico, Juana (last name unknown) is currently awaiting sentencing in a Baja California jail cell. Juana, also known as “La Peque,” has not only admitted to murder but also to drinking human blood and to having sex with dead bodies. She claims to have also used severed heads to pleasure herself.

She claims to have begun working as a lookout for the cartel at the age of 15 and over the years she became accustomed to violence and eventual sexually aroused by the sight of gore. Now she says the sight of blood alone is enough to turn her on, stating she enjoyed “rubbing myself in it and bathing in it after killing a victim and I even drank it when it was still warm.”


Leilah Wendell Is a Proud Advocate for Necrophiliacs

The most successful and infamous necrophiliac may be writer and historian Leilah Wendell. She runs a website dedicated to death, specifically the angel of death Azrael. Leilah Wendell specializes in educating people on the spiritual connection between the living and the dead. She romanticizes death and necrophilia and fully admits to being in love with the concept.

The painter and author is also the head of the American Association of Necrophilic Research and Enlightenment. She is known for discussing various ways of getting intimate with the dead. In a radio interview on WBAB, she admitted to breaking into mausoleums to perform everything but actual intercourse with the corpses. She explained the purpose of her necromancy rituals is to fondle and seduce the corpse in hopes of getting the spirit of death, Azrael, to come through it.


Louise Vermilyea Was a Death-Obsessed Serial Poisoner

Louis Vermilyea slaughtered 10 people in her lifetime and most of her victims were relatives, including two of her husbands and three of her children. Her contemporaries pitied her and thought it was a strange tragedy that her lovers and children kept dying around her, almost as though she was cursed.

Nope, not a curse. The horrific truth of the matter was she was poisoning people for insurance money and would then allegedly keep the bodies around to sexually satisfy herself. Though no necrophiliac activities were definitively proved, she had an obsession with morgues, corpses, and the local undertaker.

When this murderess (and possible incestuous necrophiliac) was finally busted on October 31, 1911 (appropriate timing), she tried to commit suicide with a large dose from her arsenic stash but failed, paralyzing herself instead.

Vermilyea never showed any signs of remorse for her actions and denied all charges, but the jury took pity on her because of her mental and physical state and set her free.


Alisa Massaro Murdered Two Men So She Could Have a Threesome on Top of Their Bodies

On January 10, 2013, in Joliet, Illinois, 18-year-old Alisa Massaro planned to act on a morbid sexual fantasy with the help of her boyfriend Joshua Miner, 24, and their friends Bethany McKee, 18, and Adam Landerman, 19. The foursome lured 22-year-olds Eric Glover and Terence Rankins over, strangled them, robbed them, and then carelessly piled their bodies in a room in Massaro’s home. Landerman allegedly jumped up on the corpses in a ‘surfing motion’ which caused the bowels to empty out onto the floor.

Once McKee left the house, Adam Landerman and Joshua Miner decided to help Alisa act out her long-time necrophilic fantasy. They climbed onto the dead bodies and had a ménage à trois on top of them (though apparently it wasn't very satisfying). The victims were missing for days before the police found them at Massaro’s house.

Miner, Landerman, and McKee were all found guilty of the double murders and were sentenced to life in prison. Massaro took a plea deal to lesser charges for concealing the homicide, and since she didn’t commit the murders and agreed to testify against her friends, she was given a 10-year prison sentence with the possibility of release after five years for good behavior.


Karen Greenlee Stole a Body En Route to the Funeral

Karen Greenlee was a 22-year-old embalming apprentice with an intense love for the dead. While working for the Memorial Lawn Mortuary in Sacramento, California, in 1979, she was asked to transport the body of a 33-year-old man to a funeral. She decided a two-day rendezvous with the body was a much better idea. She drove off in a company hearse with the body and was found two days later in the man’s casket with a five-page suicide letter containing her confessions to having had sex with somewhere between 20 and 40 dead men. She had attempted to overdose on codeine but the police got to Greenlee in time and saved her life.

Apparently, it wasn’t actually illegal to have sex with dead bodies in California at the time (it is now, though), so she was only convicted of stealing the hearse. She spent eleven days in jail, paid a $255 fine, and was later sued by her victim’s mother for $117,000 for emotional distress.

Greenlee gave an in-depth interview to author Jim Morton for his book Apocalypse Culture. In it, she explains when she discovered her attraction for the dead, what stimulates her, and how necrophilia is far more prevalent in the funeral industry than people imagine.



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Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:04:42 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/lady-necrophiliacs/lyra-radford
<![CDATA[All of the Horrible Things That Have Happened at Denny's]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dennys-horror-stories/jacob-shelton
No matter who you are, you’ve spent at least one incredibly late night eating sub par pancakes and drinking lukewarm coffee at a Denny’s. Because of it’s 24 hour open door policy and inexpensive breakfast food, crazy Dennys stories are all over the news. From Dennys deaths, to drunk drivers ramming their cars into the restaurant after getting a 2am moons over my hammy. After reading the stories on this list of bad things that happened at Dennys you’ll come to the same conclusion that we have, that Denny’s is basically the Florida of all night diner chains.

If you’re lucky, your Dennys horror stories have more to do with your waitress forgetting to bring you ketchup, or your burger being undercooked. However, if you’re like the people on this list you’ve been held up at gun point, beaten up by a methed out cross dresser, or you’ve had to escape a burning diner. Most of the stories on this list have the grimy sheen of white trash all over them, but at least one tale of Denny’s debauchery concerns an American hero that felt like making a burger his way. Prepare yourself for some all you can eat pancakes and read on to find out about all the horrible things that have happened at Denny’s.

Vote on the craziest thing that’s happened at a Denny’s, and if you’ve had a miserable experience at the late night staple tell us about it in the comments. Or if you know of a nutso news story that happened at Denny’s that we didn’t cover, feel free to add it to the list.
All of the Horrible Things That Have Happened at Denny's,

Server Accepts Oral Sex as a Tip
At a seemingly empty Denny's, a server agreed to receive a beej in lieu of a tip and duh one of the other diners filmed it. Double duh, the server who got serviced was served with his walking papers soon afterwards. Denny's HQ released a statement that said, "We are very disturbed by the inappropriate and offensive behavior of the server that was in the video. His actions were inexcusable, and as such, he was immediately terminated and no longer works for Denny’s."
Man Exposes Himself at Dennys
It took seven years for police to track him down, but in 2016 Jose Luis Rodriguez was arrested for exposing himself to a waitress while touching himself in a booth. He was charged with public indecency and breach of peace. 
Armed Robbery Doesn't Go as Planned
At 2:48am in Poinciana, Florida (duh), four people (two men and two women) robbed everyone in a Denny's before taking off down the highway and getting caught by the Highway Patrol. When they were pulled over, one of the women head butted a deputy in an effort to escape. Obviously that didn't work out
Drunk Jerk Assaults Waitress
At a Bolingbrook, Il Denny's, a drunk man, Miguel A. Garay-Rojas, wouldn't stop inappropriately touching a 22 year old waitress after she refused to give him her phone number. When the police arrived the waitress was "visibly upset and began to cry as she pointed towards the two men seated at the table."
Man Sexually Assaults 10 Year Old Girl in Bathroom
On New Years Day in 2014 a complete nightmare of a person walked into the women's bathroom of a Los Angeles Denny's and sexually assaulted a 10 year old girl as she was trying to exit. If that isn't horrible enough, the girl's family was eating dinner a few feet away while the assault was happening. 
Hero Makes His Own Burger, Gets Arrested
In 2012, an American hero named James B. Summers walked into a Denny's in Madison, Wisconsin, told everyone that he was the new general manager and started making himself a cheeseburger. He was quickly found out and arrested. The police report states, "He was in the midst of dining when she let him know the gig was up, that she had talked with corporate, and he was no new hire. Unfazed, he continued to brush off her remarks, saying she just had not yet gotten the memo."
Man Smashes Up a Denny's Trying to Find His Phone
In 2014, a guy wearing only a a leopard-print bikini top and a black skirt totally destroyed the inside of a Denny's by hurling coffee cups and glasses before he stole a customer's cell phone and fled the scene. The restaurant's manager said, “He went behind the counter, grabbed a soup ladle and tossed it. He hit a patron with a skillet plate, threw glasses and took a cellphone from another patrol and left.” Now that's how you make an impression. 
Marilyn Manson Sucker Punched in Canada
Even rockstars can't get a break at Denny's. During a 2am post show feast at the diner, shock rocker Marilyn Manson got punched in the face by an "irate diner" after Manson allegedly called the diner's girlfriend a "bitch."
All You Can Eat Pancake Rampage
Back in 2015, a group of diners went full crazy when they found out that their $4 All-You-Can-Eat Pancake scam wasn't going to work. Natasha West, the woman who started the fight, started punching her server when she was informed that the all you can eat pancake thing didn't work when it was split between multiple people. 
Customer Burns Down Restaurant Because of Slow Service
Sometimes when you're waiting forever for service at a restaurant, all you want to do is burn the place down. Christopher Maddocks, a man from San Antonio, decided to teach the servers of Denny's a lesson and set their Christmas tree on fire. Maddocks was sentenced to eight years in prison. 

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Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:20:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/dennys-horror-stories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[13 Horror Movies and the 'True Stories' They're Based On]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/13-horror-movies-and-the-_true-stories_-they_re-based-on/wavy-gravey
While most, if not all, horror movies include a fair amount of fiction to make the story more gory and gruesome, often times the inspiration for these classic horror movies are based on true stories. The actual events in a lot of cases are legends or not nearly as scary as the theatrical version, but every so often the true events are scarier than anything someone could think up for shock value.

Some of the very best horror movies of all time are based on actual events. Take Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Silence of the Lambs, for example, three of the scariest horror movies of all time are based on the horrible killings of a single man, Ed Gein. Independently, the three films tell horrifying tales of mass murder, torture, and cannibalism, but put them all together and you get a look at serial killer Ed Gein.

Of course, in many cases, the fiction is a stretch on the actual facts such as in the haunted house horror films. In The Amityville Horror, The Haunting in Connecticut, and The Entity, families were haunted by demons in their own homes. In reality, investigators dispute many of these claims, and many have been declared straight up hoaxes.

Good luck trying to verify claims of demon possession, which is another theme in some of the most well-known horror movies as well, including The Exorcist, Audrey Rose, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, as those stories visit a gray area between paranormal and simple mental illness.

However these filmmakers were inspired, either by gruesome true events or a simple unverified claim, these horror movies all accomplish what they attempt to do: scare the crap out of us on a daily basis. For that, mission accomplished.
13 Horror Movies and the 'True Stories' They're Based On,

Audrey Rose
The Movie

Audrey Rose, a little girl, dies in a tragic car crash. Two minutes later, Ivy Templeton is born. Fast forward 11 years and Elliot Hoover, father to Audrey, begins to stalk the Templeton family in New York after he becomes convinced that Audrey was reincarnated into Ivy.

Ivy begins to have nightmares and strange events occur, many similar to the fiery car crash that killed Audrey. Elliot Hoover ends up kidnapping Ivy in an attempt to grant his daughter's spirit peace, a move that lands him in a highly publicized criminal trial.

The Reality

Frank De Felitta, author of the novel and the 1977 movie, was inspired to create the work by his son, Raymond. The boy suddenly began playing the piano like a pro despite no formal training or lessons. He claimed that his fingers were doing it by themselves.

De Felitta sought to understand how Raymond could have gained such expertise on his own. He consulted an occultist who expressed that it was an "incarnation leak," as in a skill Raymond perfected in a previous lifetime and carried into the next.

This video has some information about this sort of phenomenon:


Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
The Movie

Sharing a home with Otis and Otis' sister, serial killer Henry mercilessly kills numerous women. On one occasion, Henry kills a pair of hookers picked up by him and Otis, with Otis witnessing the murders.

As the killings continue, Otis becomes more and more involved in the murders. Henry kills hundreds, all without remorse, but also builds a relationship with Otis' sister as the two have similar backgrounds.

The Reality



The film was directly inspired by serial killer Henry Lee Lucas and his accomplice Ottis Toole. Though Henry was convicted of 11 murders, the film took license with the other killings for a dramatic effect.

Henry allegedly confessed to as many as 600 murders; however, many believe he only did so for improved prison conditions, not because he actually committed the crimes. He is one of the only cases in Texas where his death sentence was commuted to life in prison. Lucas died in prison of heart failure in 2001.
Jaws
The Movie

As families vacation on the fictional Amity Island in New England, a gigantic 25-foot great white shark begins killing and eating tourists. Rather than losing out on the proceeds from the busy July 4th weekend of tourism, the mayor refuses to close the beach, and the attacks continue.

Since someone has to be the hero, a group, including the town police chief, a marine biologist, and a shark hunter, spend night and day hunting this huge shark before it claims additional victims.

The Reality



The movie was based on the book of the same name by Peter Benchley. He got the story idea from incidents that happened during the summer of 1916 along the Jersey Shore. It seems that before the area was consumed by drug addicts, it was still a dangerous place. During that summer, five people were attacked while swimming off the coast. Four of the five died from their injuries. No one is sure if it was a great white shark specifically, since before this point, sharks were not highly researched and considered nothing more than man-eating monsters.
The Amityville Horror
The Movie

The original and the remake essentially have the same plot. An unassuming family, John and Kathy Lutz and their three children, purchase a home in Long Island, New York that was previously the site of a mass murder one year earlier. While stating they don't believe in ghosts, the family has a priest attempt to bless the home, which is downright hypocritical. Families with wishy washy views on the supernatural always get targeted in these movies. Stick with your guns, everyone.

So, the priest becomes strangely ill and blind soon after the exorcism. In just four weeks, the family is forced out of the house following a series of haunted happenings. In the later version, Ryan Reynolds goes out in the rain in a t-shirt: this made watching the movie worth it for everyone's girlfriend.

The Reality


George and Kathy Lutz (you see, they changed George's name to "John" in the movie to protect his anonymity) spent four weeks in the Amityville, New York, house in 1975, 13 months after Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murdered six people in the home.

You can see an interview with them here:



According to the couple, during their time in the house they heard voices throughout the day, there were various "cold spots" throughout the house, and they even witnessed green slime oozing from the walls.

Most experts and investigators who visited the house to study the paranormal claims dispute the authenticity of the story. The happenings are widely believed to be a hoax concocted for the best-selling book by Jay Anson.

So you decide.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Movie

Attorney Erin Bruner represents Father Richard Moore in court against homicide charges after his attempted exorcism of Emily Rose. Emily, as shown in flashbacks, was believed to be possessed by demons. Her parents call upon Father Moore to exorcise the demons.

As the attorney attempts to prove that Emily was, in fact, possessed and not suffering from psychosis and epilepsy as the prosecution argues, the lawyer experiences strange happenings of her own.

The Reality



The story of Anneliese Michel, a German woman born in 1952, inspired the film. Anneliese suffered from depression and epilepsy and was given an anti-convulsant drug by psychotherapists. That drug, along with her other conditions, was believed to have caused her to hallucinate and hear voices.

Anneliese's parents believed she was possessed and arranged for an exorcism to be performed. As Father Renz performed 67 exorcism sessions, Anneliese stopped eating. She died in her sleep in 1976 from malnutrition and dehydration, weighing only 68 pounds. Her parents and the priests involved in the exorcisms were prosecuted later that year for neglectful homicide. They even went as far as to have the remains of Michel exhumed, as a nun said that she had visions of the body not decomposing, and that it was a sign of demonic possession. When it was removed from it's coffin though, the body was found to have been decomposing as normal.

The Exorcist
The Movie

Often touted as the scariest film of all time. The Exorcist was somehow based on a true story. The Academy Award-winning 1973 film The Exorcist followed the story of 13-year-old Regan who, after a seizure, begins to show signs of demonic possession.

After medical testing fails (and results in the doctors being assaulted), Regan's family attempts to have the demon, who's apparently inside of her, forced out. Father Karras and Father Merrin attempt to exorcise the demon in an attempt to save the girl from the possession, with terrifying consequences.

The little girl pleasures herself with a cross to the point of bleeding and mutilation, is capable of telekinesis, turns her head all the way around, and even levitates.

These are some of the most messed up scenes in movie history.

The Reality



The story, which resulted in what has been called the scariest movie ever, is sketchy but believed to be inspired by the exorcism of Robbie Mannheim, also known as Roland Doe. A 12-year old boy. Not a girl.

According to the attending priest, the boy attempted to contact his late aunt using an Ouija board, after which paranormal activity started in the home, including unexplained noises and an occurrence of a poltergeist-like event involving blankets flying around of their own accord. Robbie then began to show signs of possession, speaking in tongues and blisters and cuts appearing on his body. He was taken to a mental institute in St. Louis where he was treated both mentally and spiritually. It was here that a group of priests started to perform various exorcising rituals to try and extract the demon. After a staggering 30 attempts, the priests were satisfied that they had successfully banished the demon from Robbie's body.

After the ceremony he went on to have a very normal life, including a successful career at NASA. If my mother only knew that demon possession could lead to working for NASA, I'm positive that she would have made me play with Oujia boards every night.

The exact details of the story, including what some believe to be only mild paranormal happenings, are highly disputed as the story has been passed down and retold in numerous versions.

But still, "mild" paranormal happenings are still paranormal happenings.
The Hills Have Eyes

The Movie

The Carter family, traveling through the desert in an RV on vacation, fall victim to a trap that causes their vehicle to crash. The father, Bob, heads to a nearby gas station in search of help where he learns of the deranged clan of cannibals living in the nearby hills.

The hill people, led by Papa Jupiter, capture Bob, set fire to the camper, and take an infant hostage, among other violent acts, such as rape, torture, and pet-eating. The film is most notable for it being one of Wes Craven's first, as well as starring a young Dee Wallace, best known as Eliot's mom in the equally terrifying E.T.

The Reality



The film is reportedly inspired by the story of Sawney Bean, a Scotsman from the 15th or 16th century. The story goes that Bean was the son of ditch digger who did not want to follow in his father's foot steps. So, as most young men do, he ran away with a girl and holed up in a cave by the sea. Because neither of the cave dwellers worked, they had to make due with ambushing travelers on the road, stealing from them, killing them, and eating their bodies. Bean and his wife had many children and grand-children all through incest since they never left their cave except to go "shopping." 

They reportedly murdered and ate more than 1000 people before they were finally caught by King James, who later went on to write a bible I think. Their punishment was almost as wicked as their crime as the men were sentenced to death by blood loss after having their hands, feet and genitals cut off. The women were forced to watch before they were all burned alive.

It is disputed that this story might be false and only used as Anti-Scot propaganda as it all happened because Sawney Bean would rather kill and eat other people than put in an honest days' work.


The Mothman Prophecies
The Movie

John Klein and wife Mary are involved in a strange car crash. Treatment for Mary's injuries reveal a brain tumor, which later kills her. Before she dies, she drafts odd drawings of a winged creature.

Years later, John is driving in Virginia and unintentionally arrives in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. After Point Pleasant residents begin reporting supernatural happenings, including the collapse of a bridge leading to dozens of deaths, which appear oddly similar to Mary's drawings, John becomes obsessed with finding this mythical creature known as the Mothman.

The Reality



According to the 1975 book of the same name by John Keel, Point Pleasant, West Virginia, residents reported seeing a large, winged creature, believed to possibly be an alien, in 1966 and 1967. The creature, believed to be the Mothman, was white, had red eyes and was described as a "flying man with ten-foot wings." In December 1967, the Silver Bridge collapsed, killing 46 people.

Investigators who attempted to verify these claims dispute the authenticity of the creature, stating that residents likely saw a large heron or sandhill crane. Additionally, the connection to the bridge collapse was later declared unfounded, as the collapse was ruled a result of a structural defect.
The Serpent and the Rainbow
The Movie

Working for a pharmaceutical company, ethnobotanist Dennis Alan is sent to Haiti to research a drug used in Haitian vodou in order to determine if the drug can be used as anesthesia. Alan finds a local witch doctor, who claims he can make the drug, but Alan is arrested, tortured, and ordered to leave the country before receiving the drug.

Alan flees the country but not before forcing the drug out of the witch doctor. He returns home to Boston to meet with his employer, where the wife of his boss tells him in a possessed state that his death is imminent.

The Reality



The book on which the film is based is believed to have been inspired by the events of Haitian man Clairvius Narcisse. Narcisse was declared dead in 1962 after receiving a cocktail of drugs to mimic a coma.

He was buried, but exhumed a few days later and given another set of drugs which brought him back to life in a zombie state. Narcisse was forced to work on a sugar plantation for two years until his master died, and he was freed and returned to his family in 1980.
The Haunting in Connecticut
The Movie

In order to be closer to care for their cancer-stricken son, the Campbell family moves into a home in Connecticut. The son begins to experience terrifying hallucinations, as do the family members later on.

Soon the family learns that the home was formerly used as a mortuary. The supernatural events continue in the home and intensify, turning violent.

The Reality



In the 1980s, the Parker family moved into a home in Southington, Connecticut in order to be close to the University of Connecticut where their son was undergoing cancer treatment. Unbeknownst to the family, the building was formerly a funeral home, something they discovered after finding embalming equipment in the basement.

After the discovery, the family reported strange events in the home such as sights and sounds of ghosts. An investigation later revealed the former morticians were involved in necrophilia. The home was excised in 1988 to remove the lingering demons.

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<![CDATA[People Who Somehow Survived TWO Random Tragedies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-survived-accidents-twice/mike-rothschild
Lucky people who survived multiple terrorist attacks, disasters, and crashes are part of a small and select group. From the American who was wounded in the Paris attacks after having luckily avoided going to work on 9/11 to the Irish nurse who survived three famous shipwrecks in five years in the 1910s, some people have an innate ability to be in the wrong place in the wrong time - yet somehow walk away.

Many people who survived accidents or terror attacks are left with lasting psychological problems, including a justifiable fear that they'll fall victim to yet another calamity. But others - like the Japanese survivor of both atomic bombs during World War II, or the American businessman who endured 9/11, the Bali bombing a year later, and the Indian Ocean tsunami - prospered and used their near-death experiences to teach others the value of life and perseverance.

Here are those people who have survived multiple accidents, assassination attempts, disasters, or terrorist attacks and stories behind their survival

People Who Somehow Survived TWO Random Tragedies,

Frane Selak
Croatian music teacher Frane Selak is famous for the sheer number of fatal accidents (eight) he’s survived. In 1962, Selak was on a train to Dubrovnik when it derailed into an icy river, killing 17 passengers. He managed to escape with a broken arm. A year later, Selak was flying from Zagreb when a door on the plane blew open and Selak was sucked out. The subsequent crash killed 19 people, but Selak landed on a haystack and only had minor injuries.

In 1966, he was traveling on a bus that plunged into a river, killing four. Then four years later, his car caught fire, and he escaped before the fuel tank exploded. Three years after that, the engine block of another car Selak owned was doused in hot oil, blowing flames through the air vents. Selak lost most of his hair, but was otherwise unhurt. In 1995, Selak was hit by a bus, sustaining minor injuries, then the next year he drove off a road to escape a head-on collision with a truck, jumping out of his car just before it plunged 300 feet and exploded. Oh, and in 1968, he shot off one of his testicles when showing his son how to safely use a gun.

In luckier news, Selak won the million-dollar Croatian lottery in 2003. Also, none of his claims have been independently verified, meaning he might not be as unlucky as he claims.

Gerald Ford
Ford is the only US President to survive two separate assassination attempts - and they were within three weeks of each other. On September 5, 1975, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, fired an M1911 pistol at the President in a crowd in Sacramento, but the gun didn’t go off and Ford was unharmed. On September 22, Patty Hearst obsessive Sara Jane Moore pulled a revolver on Ford in San Francisco, but the one shot she got off missed. Both were sentenced to life in prison.
Roy Sullivan
Virginia forest ranger Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning seven different times in his 36 year career – surviving each time. He was struck for the first time in 1942, having a toenail blown off. He was struck by lightning again in 1969, then in 1970, 1972, 1973, 1976, and 1977. When it was all over, he had been knocked unconscious; suffered shoulder and ankle injuries; had burns on his hands, face, and scalp; and had his hair singed off twice. His wife was also struck by lighting and survived. Sullivan committed suicide in 1983.

Violet Jessop
Irish nurse Violet Jessop became a celebrity in the 1920s when she survived three different shipwrecks in a span of five years. In 1911, she was a stewardess on the RMS Olympic when it collided with the cruiser HMS Hawke. A year later, she was working on the Titanic when it hit an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage, escaping on Lifeboat 16 with a baby.

In 1916, she was serving as a nurse on the hospital ship Britannic when it struck a mine in the Aegean Sea. She jumped off the ship, and at one point, was sucked underwater by the ship’s propellers and hit her head. She managed to get back to the surface and was rescued along with 1,035 of the 1,065 people on board.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi was working as an engineer for Mitsubishi in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, when the first atomic bomb was dropped on the city. He survived, though with bad burns and ruptured eardrums. Leaving the city where he'd been posted on a three-month assignment, he took a bus back to his home town to reunite with his family.

That city, in turn, was hit by the second atomic bomb on August 9. Yamaguchi survived that blast (as did his wife and son), making him the only documented survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. As many as 150 other people might have survived both bombings, but Yamaguchi is the only one whose story was confirmed. He died in 2010.

Robert Evans
In 2008, Robert Evans, a homeless man living in Boulder, CO, survived two major accidents in a matter of hours. First, he was hit by a car and taken by ambulance to a local hospital. While walking back to his encampment on a railroad bridge, he was hit by a train and knocked into a creek. He survived that too, and dropped off the radar after the second accident.

Mason Wells
American teenager Mason Wells has survived THREE terrorist attacks. In 2013, Wells went to the Boston Marathon to watch his mother compete and was a block away when bombs exploded near the finish line. A couple years later, as a Mormon missionary based in Paris, Wells survived the series of terrorist attacks that hit Paris in November 2015. Just four months after the Paris attacks, Wells narrowly survived the March 2016 Brussels attacks with various burns and injuries from shrapnel.

After the last attacks, his father Chad Wells told ABC News, "He was blessed significantly by God. We see a blessing by this, not a terrible curse." If it's true that bad luck comes in threes, hopefully this is the end of unlucky events for this poor kid. 
Kellie Mencel
Australian teenager Kellie Mencel survived two horrific crashes in the span of a week in late 2009. First, she fell asleep at the wheel while driving through the South Australian countryside. She woke up as the car spun out of control and flipped over five times, and she was then left unconscious and trapped. When she was found she was immediately rushed to the hospital.

A week later, while still recovering from the first car accident, Mencel and her family took a vacation to go water-skiing. However, their boat’s engine suddenly exploded, and covered the vessel in flames. Mencel attempted to jump into the water, but she slipped, resulting in severe burns to her arms, legs, and face. She survived that too, recovered, and is now a personal trainer.

"Matthew"
A 36-year-old American, known only as “Matthew," survived both the 9/11 attacks and the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. Matthew was attending the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan when he was shot in the leg. He feigned death, and dragged himself outside when the shooters were reloading their weapons.

14 years earlier, he had been on his way to a meeting at the World Trade Center when the towers were hit by terrorist-flown airliners. If he’d been running on time, he would have likely been killed.

Zahrul Fuadi
Indonesian citizen Fuadi first survived the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami by quickly riding his motorcycle to safety when the tsunami started coming in. He then moved with his family to Sendai, Japan, and while studying for his doctorate there, he survived the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The building he was in was slightly damaged, but he and his family were unharmed and stayed in Japan.


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<![CDATA[Law Enforcement Agents Share Their Creepiest Stories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-stories-from-law-enforcement/christopher-shultz
Whether a police officer, an FBI agent, or another figure in the world of law enforcement, dealing with criminals can lead to some strange, disturbing, and downright creepy experiences. Reddit users asked law enforcement to share some of their craziest tales, and many delivered in spades. Here are some highlights...
Law Enforcement Agents Share Their Creepiest Stories,

Horrendous Father

[WARNING: This story is very disturbing.]
 
 "I live in a fairly small town, my dad was a cop for 10 years or so, my aunt works in the ER going on 11 years now, & at the time of this story one of my best friend's brother-in-law was an EMT. They are all involved in this sick tale... 

"There was a call about a domestic dispute, then a 911 call from the same address from a woman who was just screaming & then cut off. Of course they sent all available units immediately. After a few officers had showed up, they reported the situation back & the Chief decided no female officers or EMTs should be allowed near the scene. It turned out a Hispanic man was on drugs & had a freak-out on his girlfriend, accusing her of cheating. He beat the shit out of her, broke several bones. He decided their three-month-old baby wasn't his, picked up the infant by his feet & gutted him with a box cutter. When the cops showed up he was beating on his girlfriend with a kitchen utensil while she huddled over the baby trying to shield him with her own body. They got him subdued, rushed the baby to the ER, tended to the wife in the ambulance out front, & sewed up several cuts of the man in the kitchen. The EMT tending to him was my friend's brother-in-law. The man was still high but coming down & saying a lot of disgusting things about his girlfriend, the EMT slammed his head into the refrigerator, warning him to stop talking. A sergeant was in the room, saw this & gave the EMT an approving nod. A few minutes later, the sergeant got fed up with the man's clearly unapologetic words & said "Do you hear that woman crying? She trusted you to take care of you, loved you enough to give you a son & look what you've done to them! She didn't cheat, you never let her leave the house so how could she? That little boy is your son, you could have been a father to him & raised him to be a great man, now you've taken that child's life. That woman, who loved you so much is out there weeping because she has just lost her son & her boyfriend, don't you care at all?!", the man then said that if that baby didn't want him to kill it then it should've died before it was born & that the woman deserved it because she was a "dumb bitch, cheating or not" & the sergeant shot the guy in the foot. My father witnessed all of this & later had to testify. My aunt said in the ER the baby was laying there & his intestines were literally laying next to him on the gurney, outside his body. Every single person who worked on that baby requested therapy afterward. The mom had some pretty bad internal bleeding but my aunt said the most disturbing thing was hearing her scream for her baby. She said in all her years in the ER she's never heard anyone scream like that. 

"The mom & the baby actually both lived but the baby has some serious brain damage because he didn't get enough oxygen to the brain because of a punctured lung. 

"The man is in prison, I know he got drug charges, weapons charges (unregistered guns were found in the home as well as more drugs), domestic battery, attempted murder & a few others I'm not sure of. I do know he has no possibility of parole & a long sentence but I'm not sure how long the sentence turned out to be. 

"The sergeant & EMT were both fired, that was the hearing my dad had to testify in (among other officers & EMTs)."


Mother of the Demon

"This one time I went out on a call of a suspicious person at a house near where I was at. When I get there the guy tells me that someone knocked on his door and when he went to see who it was there was a woman standing in his driveway with some sort of child-sized doll with horns and it looked like all bloody and cut up. So he asked the woman, who was looking away from him, what she wanted. She turned around and told him 'It needs food' then started screaming at the top of her lungs and ran at him, so like a normal human being he slammed the door in her face and called the cops. I get there and there are well-defined claw marks on his door, there's also a good bit of blood, I supposed from her fingers. So I call it out and start the search on foot, I also had 2 or 3 units driving around the area to see if they can't find this chick. 

"So I'm about a block away and we get another call that the woman is back at the guy's house, but in the back yard. So I run about a block back to the guy's house and bust into his backyard. The lights are out so I have my flashlight out and I'm looking around. I see the chick huddled in the corner next to a fucking evil-looking doll thing and I ask her if she's ok. She doesn't say anything. About this time one of my mobile units came back to the house and parked his unit where the headlights were shining on her so we could see how scary this chick looked. She had long black hair, her clothes were rags, she had no shoes, clearly homeless, and she kept whispering things to the doll.  

"So my buddy and I approached and tried talking to her and she just kept whispering to the doll, couldn't understand what the hell she was saying so we decided to drag her ass out of there. The second we put hands on this chick she went berserk. Punching, kicking, slapping, all kinds of shit. So we're fighting with her trying to get her on the ground and she's not going down, this chick was strong as hell. Well, in the fight she somehow got away from us and was sitting in a crouched position with her head tilted to the side and making the creepiest growl/snarling sound I've ever heard. Then she screams at the top of her lungs and charged at us. So, my buddy straight-jabbed her in the face and knocked her clean out. We cuffed her and hauled her off to the hospital where she tested positive for PCP and various opiates. She was charged with battery of a peace officer, resisting arrest, and trespassing. 
 

"Later she was institutionalized for some sort of mental disorder, not sure quite what it was, my department didn't have anything more to do with her after her booking into the jail."


A Clever Ruse Exposed
"...investigating a murder of a 19-year-old girl when fingerprints come back that the knife that she was killed with had HER fingerprints on them and wood residue trapped in them. Basically I had to tell her parents that she had killed herself by putting a knife in a partially closed door and ran backwards into it to make it look like a murder so she could be buried in a Catholic cemetery...the church actually dug the poor girl's body up and the parents had a body in their house for 2 days before they could rebury her."
The Sobering Otis
"Guy came into the jail on a DUI. Turned out it was like his fifth, so he wasn't getting out any time soon. He was okay for a few days and then started getting DTs bad. After a few days of mental health and medical saying 'keep an eye on him, it's just DTs,' he started going really nuts. He only spoke in gibberish and not to real people. He would piss, vomit, and sh*t everywhere but the toilet. He refused to wear clothes and would masturbate incessantly. Despite our concerns that he may have serious mental issues and repeatedly trying to get him admitted to the state hospital, we kept hearing the same response. 'Keep an eye on him, it's just DTs, he'll get over it.' Finally my supervisor had enough and called this guy's lawyer. She came down and we took her to the isolation cell. I opened the window on the door for her and she called out his name. Naked, covered in his own fluids and with a crazed look in his eye, he calmly picked up one of his turds and ate it like a Snickers bar before going back to masturbating. His lawyer gasped in horror, turned to me and my supervisor and said, 'I'll go talk to the judge right now.' Two hours later he was on a transport to the state mental hospital. I don't really understand the medical aspect, but apparently he was such an alcoholic that the withdrawal had done serious and permanent brain damage."

Christmas Eve Nightmare
"My grandpa was a big Irish cop who started his career in Minneapolis in the mid-1950s. He always has the best stories to tell, but the one unexplainable one he tells me is that he got a call during Christmas Eve to a house with six bodies in it. Being the first responder, he speeds his way there and gets to the house. He walks in, gun drawn, only to find a family that looked like everybody had just had a long night and dozed off until he gets no response trying to wake them. He searches the rest of the house only to find a young teen girl in the bathtub with a single tear run down her cheek. Everybody seemed to have mysteriously died at once without any known cause and he never found out what it was."
Not the Best Way to Go Out
"Literally two days ago we had a man dead, swinging from the ceiling (on a sex swing) with electrical nipple clamps, buttered, body and a knitting needle up his penis. The worst part, he was pushing 70 years and discovered by his 10-year-old granddaughter. How the f*ck do you erase that image?!"
Gruesome Accident

"UK here. Not a policeman but my brother is and I heard this story from him (though it was all over the local news as well... just without the gore). He wasn't the attending officer on the case but arrived on the scene as the bodies were being moved. (I actually passed the scene on my way to work the day it happened as well, though at that time the wreck was being hauled away)... So, just the fine details are third-party, in effect. 

"It's a rather gruesome story so... read at your own risk. 

"A few years back in our local town, a couple of joyriders had stolen a car. The police gave chase but had to pull back due to the speeds involved. (They got clocked at 130 miles per hour through a residential area.) The obvious happened and about three miles from where the police fell back, they managed to hit a wall or lamppost or something and kill themselves instantly.  

"Upon arriving at the scene, the attending officer discovered the driver's lower legs and feet had been pushed up due to the impact and his shin bone had gone through his jaw and up through his skull. Apparently it looked like he had a foot attached to his chin. The passenger, however, looked untouched and seemed to be unconscious... until they tried to move him and discovered most of the bones in his body had been shattered. He sort of... folded backwards when the officer tried to pull him out for first aid. He then started to... compress, squish and implode into himself in the car seat."


A Most Bizarre Abduction

"My old roommate's dad was a former Naval Officer and then FBI agent. 20 years in the Navy and 12-15 years or so in the FBI.  

"One of his strangest stories was from his FBI days. I'll paraphrase it below: 

"A kidnapping case, this girl disappeared from her grandparents' RV sometime between like 5pm and midnight. They were up front, next thing they know, she's gone. She was supposed to be sleeping in the back. One stop at a rest stop, then they were in stop-and-go traffic, so they figure she must have popped out the door at some point. This is near the California/Nevada border. So we meet them, talk to them, this is within about a day or so and the girl's still missing, no sign of her. She was 15. 

"Local PD theory is she ran off because she's 15 and wants to get away from her lame grandparents for the summer. But there's a busted window (glass inside the vehicle) so we're treating it like a possible kidnapped person.  

"After a few hours, there's a couple different theories on the case. One is that she ran off, another that she got snatched. Nobody's seen the girl in almost two days now, and disappearing in the desert for a young girl is tough.  

"Next thing you know, we get a phone call - naked girl, lost and confused, picked up by some trucker on a two-lane road out there called Nipton. Runs into I-15 between Barstow and Vegas somewhere. Right near the border. Matches our description. Me and three other guys head out there to meet with the Sheriff who's got her. Turns out she's our girl. She's fine. No rape. No bruises. No exposure. Nothing. Completely healthy. Completely fine. Even cleaned like she took a shower. Won't tell us a damned thing. Doesn't remember a damned thing.  

"According to her, one minute she's in the RV, the next she's naked walking down the side of the road in 100-degree heat. We talked to her for two hours while her grandparents headed out to pick her up. We had our social services lady talk to her - nothing. I've seen people hiding things - she wasn't hiding anything. She honestly didn't remember. 

"Damndest thing. Anyway, girl was found, she was fine, so we turned it back over to Local PD to figure out what happened and determine if charges were pressed and all. I kept in touch with a guy I knew there because I was curious and we were in a fantasy football league. A few months later he tells me the parents sent the girl to a therapist to look for 'repressed memories' to make sure she wasn't raped or something. Therapist says she seems fine, but honestly has no recollection of her time at all, and doesn't think there's any point to delving much further since she has no symptoms and is largely more confused by the reaction than the event. 

"So to this day, we've got a busted RV window with glass on the inside, likely from a moving RV on a jampacked freeway, likely in broad or lightly fading sunlight, with zero witnesses. A 15-year-old girl gets out, or is taken out, and is taken somewhere safe nearby for almost two days, and then is stripped naked without being touched sexually, cleaned up, and deposited on the side of a separate road a few miles away. She didn't have a drug in her system that we could detect. She remembers nothing at all. Nobody knows what happened to her clothes or anything. 

"Been almost 20 years since this happened, and I can't figure out what the hell went on with that girl. Still bugs me at night that I have no way to explain it aside from 'She lied the whole time,' but I know liars, and I'd bet money she wasn't lying at all."


The Disturbance That Wasn't
"Not my story, but a good friend of mine was the youngest recruit to pass police training etc. in the area for a long time. At 19, he was fresh onto the service. I went for a pint with him a week later and you could tell he'd 'seen things' so I asked him what it was like.  

"...he told me about this one where they were called to a domestic. They got to the house and opened the door, instantly a whole load of sewer rats (not pet rats) flooded out, and there was no one home. The lights were on, the TV was on (quiet), and the loud voices they heard arguing were just gone. The only life there were the rats that ran out of the house. They searched the house, every nook and cranny, and found no one. He and his partner for the evening stayed around a while and waited to see if anyone came home, but after a few hours no one came, the neighbours couldn't even explain it. So they left. A few minutes later they got called to the same address again by a different person stating there's a pretty heated domestic going on. This time they brought the dog squad to find people, but again, the house was deserted. He said the freakiest thing was that the toilet had blatantly just been flushed when they got there as the cistern was filling, and the kettle was now boiling. The dogs found nothing as well. To this day he doesn't know what the fuck went on."

Scarecrow
"Dispatch gets a call from an older couple reporting there's a man standing in their backyard. It's later in the evening and obviously the older couple is freaked out a bit. Several officers show up including my friend [who is a cop] and split into two groups heading around either side of the house. As they emerge in the backyard, guns drawn, they see the suspect and promptly order him to get on the f*cking ground, face first, hands behind his head. As they draw closer he's not responding and they realize he hasn't moved at all. Rewind 2 hours, the suspect had robbed a 7-11 or something like that down the road and taken off on foot. As he entered the neighborhood he tried to cut through this older couple's backyard. When he went to hop the fence in the back he slipped and impaled himself on a fence post. He couldn't pull himself off it and his own body weight slowly drove him down the post. It had entered at his groin and went straight up to his shoulder. He was literally a human scarecrow."

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<![CDATA[People Who Blamed Their Crimes on the Devil]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/possessed-people/jacob-shelton
If there's one thing that can be depended on to scare the bejeezus out of just about anyone, it's Satan worship. Every few years, another round of Satanic panic takes hold of housewives and youth groups, letting their minds run amok with defilements made in the name of the Prince of Darkness. When people pledge allegiance to the big red guy, they're capable of pretty much anything. Or at least they think they are. Mostly they're capable of drawing crudely rendered pentagrams and listening to heavy metal. While many satanic crimes actually turn out to be horribly overblown, there are some that are so grisly that they really give the whole pagan thing a bad name. These are some of the worst crimes ever perpetrated in the name of the devil. 

We're totally sure that your cousin Peggy who babysat you all the way through grade school, and who also happens to worship Baphomet "every once in a while" is a really nice girl, but just by judging her from the people on this list, you should watch your back. You never know when she's going to try to make a goblet out of your skull thanks to a demonic possession.

When it comes to devil worship and possession, things can get very messy very fast; it's hard to tell someone that they weren't possessed when they totally believe they wore. And who are we to say that an evil deity didn't come to you in your sleep and tell you to sacrifice all the children in your village? In any case, each possessed killer on this list blamed their crimes on the devil, not that that helped them get away with the acts.

Whether or not the people on this list were telling the truth about whatever caused them to commit their crimes doesn't matter. What does matter is that they all committed some truly heinous crimes, supposedly because the devil told them to.

People Who Blamed Their Crimes on the Devil,

David Berkowitz
In 1976, the people of New York City were terrorized by a serial killer known as the "Son of Sam." For more than a year, the killer led police on a wild goose chase, leaving behind taunting notes at the crime scenes. After he was apprehended, David Berkowitz confessed to all of the shootings and claimed that he was commanded to kill by a demon who had possessed his neighbor's dog.

Source: NY Daily News

Ricky Kasso

You should all know this by now, but we'll say it again: don't do PCP. After reportedly stealing some PCP from Ricky "Acid King" Kasso, Gary Lauwers was led into the woods, stabbed multiple times, and had his eyes gouged out by Kasso, who demanded that Lauwers say that "he loved Satan." After the event, Kasso told some people that Satan had appeared as a black crow and ordered him to kill Lauwers. The 17 year old ended up hanging himself in his cell after being arrested.

Source: Skeptic Tank


NSFW, Seriously
Moises Meraz-Espinoza strangled his mother, Amelia, and then mutilated her lifeless body before skinning her, removing her organs, and cutting the body into pieces with a circular saw. Slices of skin and flesh were later found stacked in a freezer. Amelia’s head, which was found in a backpack, received some special treatment. All of her teeth were plucked out, her eyes were removed, and two upside-down crosses were carved into the bone. Moreover, the date of Amelia’s horrid death matched a day of human or animal sacrifice in the Satanic calendar.

Source: Huffington Post

The Curious Case of Sister Margaret Ann
Sister Margaret Ann was one day short of her 72nd birthday when she was strangled and then stabbed between 27 and 32 times. Nine of those stab wounds were in the shape of an inverted cross. The priest who led her parish, Fr. Robinson was a suspect from the start - a factor that did not prevent him from officiating at Sister Margaret Ann's funeral. The case was cold for 20 years before an unidentified woman came forward and alleged Robinson had sexually assaulted her, and forced her to participate in Satanic rituals like being placed in a coffin crawling with cockroaches, being forced to eat a human eyeball and being penetrated with a snake to consecrate her orifices to Satan.

Source: Rense.com

The Mystery of Adam
In 2001, a child's torso was found floating on the river Thames. Unable to identify the body, the police nicknamed it "Adam." They also found paralyzing drugs and calabar beans, which are sometimes used for human sacrifice. What was left of Adam’s throat was slit. It is believed that his killers later drank his blood from a vessel made of Adam’s skull. The motive? Well, the investigators think the murderers - possibly a gang of human traffickers - believed that the sacrifice would bring them good luck.

Over the years, police managed to put many pieces of this puzzle together and even found a woman associated with Adam. His killers, however, still remain unpunished.

Source: The Guardian

Russian Goth Murders
You know what Satan loves? Blood sacrifices. Seriously, give that guy a good sacrifice and you guys are gonna be tight. In 2008, Nikolai Ogolobyak lured four teenagers into the woods outside of Yaroslavl (this all went down in Russia, in case you hadn't caught on by now) and proceeded to stab each one of them exactly 666 times before cutting off their genitals, scalping them, and removing some of the most tender meat to cook and eat over a bonfire.

Source: The Daily Mail

True Romance
Back in early 2002, lovebirds Manuela and Daniel Ruda (who met through a heavy metal magazine's advertisement section) stabbed their buddy Frank Haagen 66 times, beat him with hammers, drank some of his blood, and stuck the lifeless, decomposing body, which had a scalpel poking out of it and a pentagram carved on the chest, in a coffin that rested next to Manuela's bed.

Why? Because Satan wanted them to, obviously.

Source: The Telegram
 

  

 

The Fall Rivers Cult Leader
In the '70s, The Fall Rivers Cult was lead by Carl Drew, a pimp who used Satanism to terrify the prostitutes who worked for him. He claimed to be the son of Satan himself and demanded that his orders be followed without question. Between 1979 and 1980, Drew held several rituals in the woods that involved human sacrifices. In all he murdered three women, one of whom had her head kicked off by Drew. Yikes. The Cult was finally rounded up with most of the members receiving a life sentence. 

Source: South Coast Today

Exposed Brick Is Very Hot Right Now
In northern Bangladesh, unidentified owners of a brickfield were displeased because their bricks weren't as red as they'd like them to be - a common complaint we're sure. A fortune teller was brought in (not a good sign) and he advised the owners to sacrifice a human to ensure the desired color. The owners of the brickfield passed the instructions on to their workers, and a 26-year-old bricklayer was beheaded, his head was burned in a kiln. The police have never found the brickfield owners, but their bricks have turned a rosy shade of red. 

Source: News Info
Saint Death Is Such a Dad-Rock Band Name
Starting in 2010, the cult of Saint Death, or Santa Muerte, began to hold late night rituals during which they would slay young children over an altar. Authorities began investigating after the last victim, 10-year-old Jesus Octavio Martinez Yanez, was reported missing. If the murders weren't already unsettling, the fact that most of the arrests made in the case were members of the victim's relatives should keep you up for at least a couple of nights. 

Source: The Telegraph


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<![CDATA[8 People Who Spent Way Too Much Money on Video Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/8-people-who-spent-an-exorbitant-amount-on-video-games/benjamin-dunn
There's no doubt about it. Video games are one of the most expensive habits next to hardcore drug use. Not only do you have to invest in the system you prefer, but each new game will run you anywhere from $40-$70, and that's not even including special or collector's editions.

Even with all that accounted for, that's still nothing compared to the price that some of the people on this list have paid. Whether it's a child dropping all of their parents money on virtual coins to buy cows or people spending more than you will make in your life on a club that exists solely in the virtual world, these people really know how to spend money on their filthy habits.

What is the most money spent on a game? Take a look here and see how foolish some people are, that they're willing to fork over so much money for a video game.
8 People Who Spent Way Too Much Money on Video Games,

Most Expensive New Game: Spyro's Adventure

Not since Magic: The Gathering or Pogs has a game required you to invest as much money to play it as "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure." Sure, the start up isn't all that much more than a regular game, only $69.99, but if you want to experience it fully, be prepared to shell out a bunch more.

Here's how the game works. Each box comes with the game, a platform that connects to your system and three toys that when placed on the platform, get used in the video game. It's a pretty neat convention really. Kids get to play with their toys on and off screen. Of course, there are a lot more toys to be bought separately, and if you want to be able to complete the game, you will have to pay for each of them. In total, the full game is actually priced at around $320.

So in order to play this one game, you need to pay more than you would buying a new next gen system. Bravo Activision. Bravo!

More at Kotaku.
Heart-Broken Man Sells Engagment Ring and Buys Master Chief Armor

Okay, this story is just awesome.

Heartbreak is sad and horrible, but sometimes awesome things can come from it. Take this story for example.

Eric Smith was your typical man in love. He was so in love in fact that he went out and bought his girlfriend the ring of her dreams. When he popped the question though, he got a response that he never could have imagined. Instead of saying yes, she told him that she couldn't marry him because she was in love with another guy. Not only that, but she had been having sex with him on the regular, in Eric's car, and the CD in the player that he had been listening to for the past month was a mix made by the guy she was banging. Harsh.

While most stories would end with poor Eric breaking down and spiraling into a deep depression only to find himself six months later with a Grizzly Adams beard and slight cocaine habit, this one has a happy twist. Eric, being the level-headed guy that most of us wish we could be, decided not to spend time dwelling on what a vicious s**t-demon he almost married. Instead he promptly sold the $2000 custom ring on eBay and spent the money on the only thing that could possibly make a true gamer happy, a full custom suit of Spartan armor from "Halo."



This gorgeous piece of equipment is 40 pounds of dark green fiberglass modeled after the main character of "Halo", Master Chief. It also comes fully equipped with the signature golden visor and light up LEDs.

Sure, he could have taken the money and used it to pay off student debts or put a down payment on a new car that didn't have the stink of infidelity, but I think that a full scale replica of video game armor will help him reach wherever he needs to go in life.
Most Expensive Retro Games

It wasn't long ago that people were in a rage over the price point of video games going from $40 to $60 with the introduction of the XBox 360 and PS3, but like an overly hot Jacuzzi, we relaxed into it.

Now imagine paying over 20 times that price for a game that plays on a system 30 years out of date. Pretty crazy right? That is just what collector, JJ Hendricks, did when he bought an ultra rare copy of Nintendo World Championships (Gold Edition) for $17,500. The reason that the game went for so much was because only 26 were ever created for a Nintendo sponsored gaming contest.
Virtual Club Sold for $635,000

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I have to admit, I have no idea why anyone would spend money on virtual goods. To me, I need my money to go to something tangible, like real swords or houses or food, as opposed to those things for a character in a game. So when I heard about a guy that paid $100,000 in real cold hard cash for a virtual asteroid, I was floored. It turns out it was a spectacular investment on his part though. Jon Jacobs, who I assume is some sort of Howard Hughes-esque eccentric millionaire, took his newly acquired piece of land and changed it into a Pleasure Island of sorts for the rest of the Entropia Universe (the MMO where all of this takes place) to enjoy.

Entropia is different from other MMOs in the fact that instead of putting in real money for fake goods to make fake money, one can actually make a real living off of goods bought by other users of the game. Jacobs was able to make almost $200,000 per year at his "Club Neverdie" by charging entry fees and building a virtual mall where people can shop and socialize, even go hunting.

Check out this advert for the club:



With Club NeverDie thriving, it was a surprise to many when Jacobs decided to sell it off in pieces. Though there were many buyers, the single largest purchase came from John Foma Kalun, who bought the main section of the asteroid for a whopping $335,000. (This beat the previous $300,000 record set by the sale of the Crystal Palace Station.) When all was said and done, Jacobs was able to sell the whole property for a staggering $635,000, a $535,000 profit not including the income he made over the course of his five years of ownership.

Now that I know that it is possible to make that sort of cash online, it makes me rethink my position on virtual goods and services.
Woman Embezzled $166,000 from Job for Mafia Wars

In a case of life imitating art, Bettysue Higgins of Maine recently pled guilty to the charges of embezzling over $166,000 from her employers to help fund her addiction to the online Facebook games "Mafia Wars" and "YoVille." Over the course a year Higgins wrote herself 78 fake checks from her job to buy virtual coins in game. Of course she also wrote 142 other checks for, you know, walking around money.

I don't know what's worse. The fact that she spent over $5000 of stolen money on a free online game, or that she is 54 and looks like she could be your grandmother.


Man Spends $16,000 for Virtual Sword

Let's put things in perspective here. What can $16,000 buy you? Let's see. A car, a down payment on a house, one year of state college in Tennessee... so many useful and worthwhile things. Or it could buy you a single sword in a video game. Not only that, but a video game that is not released yet and there is no telling if it will even succeed. Yes, a man in China shelled out $16,000 for a sword in the upcoming MMO game "Age of Wulin."

In other news he is in talks to buy the Brooklyn Bridge.

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British boy spends £1,000 on Xbox Live

In another incident of kids spending their parents money, an 11-year-old boy in England used his mother's credit card to purchase almost $2000 worth of Xbox Live material. It seems to me that the Brits really need to start teaching their children about money. Actually, I think that most of the world should probably do the same. (Let me get off my soap box now.)

Brendan Jordan, pictured above, was able to access his mother's credit card simply because it was registered on his Xbox Live account already as she used it to pay for his subscription to the service. How did he end up spending so much money? It seems the little rapscallion loves to dress up his avatar. Most of the money was spent on accessories for his character, along with downloadable games and DLC.

When his poor mother found out about all of the charges that had accrued over the course of six months, she instantly called up her credit company and tried to reverse that charges. They wouldn't let her, so she tried contacting Microsoft directly and has yet to hear back from them. She has decided not to punish Brendan as when he was made aware of how much money he had cost her, he broke down and told her to sell his Xbox to help pay her back. (Pretty good strategy, if you ask me.)

Her main concern is the fact that Microsoft makes it so easy for people to be charged for their services by having the card never come off the service information. It should be noted though, that all parents need to do is take a few more steps when signing up for the service and put a parental lock on the account so they can either turn off access completely or monitor downloads. (Just take the time, people.)
12 Year Old Racks Up over £900 on Farmville

For a free game, "Farmville" certainly knows how to get it's players to spend. In the case of an unnamed boy in England, the game, which is free to play, cost him and his mother almost $2000 American.

How can a game that is on Facebook for free cost that much? Well, Zynga, the publisher of the crack-like game, has made it so that you can play the game for free, but if you really want to play the game, you will have to buy the upgrades. These include more space to grow things, better animals, and just a better overall enjoyable experience. (Or so they would like you to believe.) So it's not surprising that a 12-year-old, who hasn't figured out that money is a real thing yet, would end up spending not only all of his savings, but then get into his mother's credit card and make over $1500 worth of charges.



The worst thing about it is not that Zynga and Facebook refuse to reverse the charges because they claim that it's not their fault that kids don't know the concept of money, but the fact that in order for the mom to get her money back, she would have to file a police report against her son. She says that she will not do so as she doesn't want a mistake he made as a child following him around for the rest of his life. To top it off, she claims that she is not even punishing him as he already knows what he did was wrong.

I call bullsh*t. If that was my kid I would totally file charges against him to get my money back. It would teach him a valuable life lesson. Steal sh*t and there be consequences.

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Thu, 23 Feb 2012 07:03:30 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/8-people-who-spent-an-exorbitant-amount-on-video-games/benjamin-dunn
<![CDATA[20 Fast Food Employees Tell You Which Foods to Never Eat]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bad-chain-restaurant-menu-items/rosa-pasquarella
Whether they like it or not, fast food plays an integral role in most busy people's lives. Some choices have been around for generations, other, new trendy chains pop up every couple of years. It's a necessary evil, and while it's pretty fair to say that you don't go through a drive through expecting a gourmet meal, you do want it to at least be edible. So maybe you slather on extra cheese, or drown out questionable tastes with rich milkshakes. 

Rather than continuing to subject your tongue and tummy to risky trials, we sought out former fast food workers on Reddit. We've gathered the best bits of insight from the inner sanctum of greasy goodness. We compiled a list of fast food items you should definitely avoid, from the people who created them. Brace your stomachs, and get ready to lose your appetite. 
20 Fast Food Employees Tell You Which Foods to Never Eat,

The hot dogs at Cinemark Theatres
"I used to work for Cinemark Theatres.


DO NOT EAT THE HOT DOGS!


At the end of the day we would be required to wash them off and let them soak in water to re-hydrate them. We would then put them in a container in the freezer. The next day we were required to put them back onto the hot dog warmer... Hotdogs weren't thrown out till they started turning green or if the casing had busted."


Buffalo chicken snackers at KFC
"KFC shredded buffalo chicken snackers are made with the 'expired' chicken that sat in the heating bay for too long and can't be sold to customers."
The McRib
"I worked at McDonald's for a while and I would have to say the McRib. The way it looks before we put the sauce on it is absolutely revolting. It doesn't look like meat at all, it looks like a scab."
The chicken salad at Chick-fil-A
"I worked at a Chick-fil-A in Southern California for nearly two years, and ALMOST everything there is made fresh to order. In general, any of the fried and grilled items are a safe bet in term of the conditions the food is prepared under.
 

But I will say that NOBODY should EVER eat the chicken salad sandwich under any circumstance. The chicken salad itself is several day-old frozen chicken patties manually stripped of breading, then chopped up and mixed with celery and mayo and whatnot. How anyone can pass this menu item off as healthful is beyond me. It's nasty.
 

Also Chick-fil-A cooks nearly everything on their menu using MSG. But I heard managers lie to customers about it on several occasions."


Scrambled eggs at Perkins
"Perkins - the scrambled eggs. The five gallon bucket of mixed egg sits in the hot kitchen all day, then at the end of the day more egg is added to it to fill it back up and it is put away for the next day. The kitchen manager is the only one that can make the call to empty the bucket and clean it. He goes by smell to make the decision."
Stuffed crust pizza at Pizza Hut
"Used to work at Pizza Hut. The stuffed-crust pizza has an entire stick of mozzarella cheese crammed into the crust of every single slice. The pizzas are cut eight ways, so that's eight full mozzarella sticks you'll be getting per stuffed-crust pizza.
 

Also, we take a brush (an actual paintbrush) and slather oil/grease all over the pizza after it comes out of the oven.
 

Seriously Pizza Hut fans, start checking off your bucket list now, because you probably don't have long left."


Fountain soda
"I will never drink pop that doesn't come in a can or bottle. I've worked at two fast food places and at both the pop dispensers were disgusting. 'Out of order' usually means 'hose filled with mold'."
Steak at Subway
"Steak from Subway. Having to prep it completely ruined it for me. It's essentially a frozen meat log that you have to break apart with your bare hands."
Spinach alfredo sauce at Papa John's
"I worked at Papa John's a while back. I would highly advise against the spinach Alfredo sauce. It's not popular, kept in an open container in the fridge where it absorbs many other hideous odors, and reeks to high heaven."
McDonald's Sweet Tea
"Pound. Of. Sugar. Per gallon."

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Fri, 18 Mar 2016 07:21:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/bad-chain-restaurant-menu-items/rosa-pasquarella
<![CDATA[13 Times Chris Pratt Was Exactly as Cool as You Hope He'd Be]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/chris-pratt-being-awesome/jessica-lawshe
If you weren't already obsessed with Chris Pratt, prepare to feel the love. From Parks and Recreation to Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt has proven his supreme awesomeness many, many times. But is Chris Pratt nice? All signs point to "hell, yes!"/sFrom Chris Pratt visiting fans in hospitals to surprising fans with photobombs during a Super Bowl red carpet event, the stories of Chris Pratt being cool are numerous!/s
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With emotional and heartwarming speeches about his son, Jack, and incredible performances of "Forgot About Dre," Pratt has proven he's not just super hot and super talented, but he's also a really, really cool human./s

As this list of Chris Pratt stories proves, under all the charisma, acting ability, and adorableness, he really is as great as you hoped. So v
ote up the best stories of Chris Pratt being the awesome guy you always thought he was.
13 Times Chris Pratt Was Exactly as Cool as You Hope He'd Be,

When He Nailed All the Lyrics to "Forgot About Dre"
During an August 2014 interview on DJ Whoo Kid's radio show, Pratt took the opportunity to prove that he can spit out a literally perfect a cappella version of Eminem's verse from "Forgot About Dre."
When He Helped Raise $92,000 for 12-Year-Old Boy with Brain Cancer
In early 2015, Pratt tweeted a link to a GiveForward campaign that was started to help pay for twelve-year-old Joe Henson's medical bills.  Henson was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (a type of brain tumor) in June 2014. As a result of Pratt's tweet, according to The Hollywood Reporter, donations "exploded." Pratt also made a significant donation himself. 
When He Donated a Set Tour of "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" to Charity
Pratt partnered with Omaze to give fans an on-set experience for a small donation. For donations of just $10 or more, fans were able to enter a contest to visit the set of Guardians of the Galaxy 2. All the proceeds benefited the Boys & Girls Club in Pratt's hometown of Lake Stevens, Washington. 
When He French Braided His Wife's Hair
Check out his Instagram pic of the "glorious French braid" Pratt did on wife Anna Faris.  As Pratt told Redbook Magazine in July 2014, "I'd always braid Anna's hair, but I was doing it too tight and it broke in some places. Then I got a French braid lesson from her mom, and it turns out I'm a pro. I must have been a hairstylist in a previous life."
When He Visited Sick Kids in the Hopsital
Chris Evans and Chris Pratt bet on who would win the 2015 Super Bowl. Depending on which team one, they would either visit the children of Christopher’s Haven in Boston (Evans’ charity of choice), or children at the Christopher’s Haven in Seattle. In the end, just like true superheroes, the actors actually visited both hospitals

 

When He Honored Veterans on the 14th Anniversary of 9/11

Pratt took time to honor veterans on the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in 2015. He also posted a video to his Facebook wall thanking veteran and former Navy Seal Mike Day. He encouraged fans to thank someone they know who has served, as well as post their messages to social media with the hashtag #‎ThankAVeteran‬.


When He Photobombed Fans During a Super Bowl Red Carpet Event
Chris Pratt showed off his photobombing skills along with Jimmy Fallon and Chris Evans during the NBC Super Bowl Red Carpet event in Phoenix. Lucky for fans who couldn't be there in person, there's video proof in this clip from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
When He Donated $1 Million to Charity
In September 2015, Pratt and wife Anna Faris donated $1 million to charity. According to Life & Style Magazine, the donation to a charity that provides eyeglasses to underprivileged kids was inspired by their son, Jack, who was born premature and is visually impaired.
When He Asked His Fans to Design His Facebook Header
In July 2015, Pratt posted this message to his FB page"Hello friends and fans. I am in the market for a new header for my FB page. I want to do a contest. Whoever replies with the best header (make sure your signature is big enough to be seen) will have the honor of it being my official header." The internet responded beautifully, of course. 
Whenever He Posts to Instagram
If you're not following Chris Pratt on Instagram, you should remedy that immediately. InStyle has documented all of his best posts...  so basically every single one. From pics of him wearing face masks and holding I heart BJ (I love Beijing) t-shirts, to super ridiculous captions, prepare yourself for pure Pratt awesomeness. 

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Fri, 27 May 2016 03:06:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/chris-pratt-being-awesome/jessica-lawshe
<![CDATA[Outfits That Got Kids Kicked Out of Prom]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/outfits-that-got-kids-kicked-out-of-prom/candice-darden
This list of outfits that got kids kicked out of prom will definitely surprise you, and not because the looks are scandalous. You may have heard of Aniya Wolf, the student from Bishop McDevitt high who was banned from her prom for wearing a tux instead of a dress. But girls wearing tuxes to prom is just the beginning.

Can you guess why 16-year-old David Leix was denied entry into his prom? His family heirloom kilt, passed down to him by his late grandfather, was the culprit. David was accused of wearing a "dress-like" outfit by a volunteer who denied him entrance, then had to wait two hours outside of prom while a friend's parent brought him a change of pants.  
 
Then there's Brittany Minder, who was denied access to her prom because of inappropriate cleavage when she was actually appropriately covered. She just had a different body type than average, and school officials couldn't handle it. And what crazy outfit did Shafer Rupard wear that got her kicked out of prom? Simply a pair of red pants. Then there's Gabi Finalyson, who was accused of violating her school's modesty dress code, even though she had her dress specially altered just so she could meet the school's requirements. Perhaps schools would be more satisfied if women just wore burkas to the prom?

Check out these outfits that were banned from prom, and vote up the most unjust prom outfit scandals.
Outfits That Got Kids Kicked Out of Prom,

This Dress That Showed "Too Much Cleavage"
Brittany Minder was denied entrance to her prom at Central Kitsap High School in Washington because of this dress. So what, exactly, was wrong with the dress? The school's dress code states that strapless dresses are allowed as long as cleavage, midriff, and the lower back covered, and Brittany felt like she was targeted simply because she had a bigger chest.

The Dress That Was "Too Inappropriate"
Utah high-schooler Gabi Finalyson was in for a surprise when she arrived at her school's dance. She was asked to cover up her shoulders in order to gain admittance, even though it met the two-inch strap requirements. This was after Gabi had the dress altered specifically so she wouldn't violate the dress code requirements.


The Girl Who Wore a Dress That Was "Too Sexy"
After a few chaperoning dads called attention to this teen's apparently too-short dress, the school officials told Claire Ettinger of Richmond, Virginia that she had to leave the prom because her dress was "too sexy." She wrote a scathing blog post about the incident and posted it on the school's FB page. You can find the blog post here.

This Backless Dress That Didn't Meet Dress Code
When Mireya Briceno tried to attend her prom in Muskegon High School, she was sent home an hour into the dance for one reason: her backless dress. Her mother, Connie Briceno, told FOX 17“They asked her to stand-up and turn around, so she turned around and they simply told her ‘You’re in violation. You need to go home.'"


This Dress That Was "Too Revealing"
Amy, a senior at Maryville High School in Tennessee, was denied admittance because her dress was "revealing." Tiffani Taylor, a friend of Amy's, posted on her Facebook page about the incident:
 
"After spending some time in the restroom crying, she was told she could go in if she wore the vice principal's tux jacket, which mind you, did not cover her chest. She was told by a teacher repeatedly, 'Us big girls gotta cover up.' This young girl was SHAMED for having breasts. Her excitement during this memorable time of her life turned into embarrassment at the hands of adults who are supposed to be leading her. SHAME on YOU, Maryville. I think you look amazing, Amy."


The Kilt That Didn't Make the Cut
When David Leix decided to wear his late grandfather's kilt to prom, he did it to honor the memory of his grandfather. Unfortunately, it got him kicked out of the fun. David eventually  changed into suit pants but had to wait for two hours outside of his prom for someone to bring them to him.

The Tuxedo (Instead of a Dress)
Aniya Wolf, a student at Bishop McDevitt High in Harrisburg, PA, was denied admittance to the prom simply because she wore a tux instead of a dress. "A lot of girls’ dresses,” Wolf said, “I mean I’m not saying that all of them are this way, but they do show a lot of skin. I think I’m dressed pretty modestly.”

There's good news for this teen after all: although she didn't get to attend her prom, she'll reportedly be guest starring on an episode of It's Always Sunny In Philidelphia, where she'll be wearing her tux.

The Dress That Was "Immodest"
The Utah high schooler's dress was deemed immodest after it supposedly violated the school's dress code. The code stated: "hemlines should go no higher than the middle of your thigh while sitting down."

Yet student Tayler Gillespie, who was denied entrance to prom, had a different take. "I was bawling my eyes out," she told KSTU news, adding that nobody ever checked to see where her hemline fell when she sat down. "They just took a wild guess and said, 'You're not admitted in.'"


The Dress That Showed "Too Much Knee"
This 17-year-old was asked to leave prom because her dress fell above the knee, violating the school's dress code. She attended Townsend Harris, an elite Queens high school, and asked for her name not to be used. “Other people wouldn’t have gotten in trouble with the dress, but my dean doesn’t like me and targets me along with a couple of other girls,” she told The Post. Her mother remarked about her daughter's treatment: “You would think she’s a drug dealer or a criminal, but she has a 95 average.”

The Unacceptable Red Pants
Shafer Rupard, a senior at Cherryville High School in NC, was denied admittance to prom because of her red pants. "The teacher tapped me on the shoulder and said she had a problem with what I was wearing," Rupard told WBTV News. "I thought it was because of the hat or the leather jacket, and I was like well I'll take those off, and she was like no, it's the pants."


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Thu, 12 May 2016 05:31:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/outfits-that-got-kids-kicked-out-of-prom/candice-darden
<![CDATA[Myths About Weird Sh*t Found in Soda Cans: Debunked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-things-found-in-packaged-drinks/ashley-reign
Remember the syringe scare in the 1990s that prompted everyone to shake their Pepsi cans before opening them? What about rumors involving mold, worms, and more in Capri Sun? Stories and urban legends of packaged drink dangers have been circulating for years. But what if it turned out that there was some validity to some of these bizarre claims? Read on to find what what's true, and what's bullsh*t, in the bizarre world of crap in drinks. 

Myths About Weird Sh*t Found in Soda Cans: Debunked,

Syringes in Sodas
True or False: Both

Though many who are familiar with this myth remember it as a result of the massive "Pepsi syringe scare" of 1993, the only instance of a syringe actually being found in a bottle of Pepsi happened in 1990 in Ontario, Canada. It was a grocery store clerk who, upon examining what he thought was a straw in a bottle of Pepsi, discovered a syringe. The bottle never left the store. The resulting investigation revealed that the lone incident was probably the work of a disgruntled employee at Pepsi bottling company EastCan Beverages of Ottawa, Ontario. 

Ironically however, the surge of syringe claims that swept the United States in 1993 resulted in the arrests of over 20 people who were trying to con the soda company out of money. 


Mold in Vitamin Water
True or False: True
 
Good news and bad: although it's possible for mold to grow inside a bottle of Vitamin Water, turns out it's totally harmless. Representatives of the company issued a statement explaining: 

"There are two seals in place when the product is manufactured. One seal is a tamper band connected to the cap that separates upon opening the bottle, the other is a vacuum seal that is created during pasteurization. In rare instances, this vacuum seal may be broken. This may typically occur when a bottle experiences high impact due to rough handling through distribution. Air may potentially get into the bottle and mold may then be able to develop. As with any natural product without preservatives, such as bread and fruit, contact with outside air can cause a common mold to form. This is not something that would cause any health issues."

Coca-Cola Originally Contained Cocaine
True or False: True
 
In 1885, Coca-Cola was named after two ingredients purported to be medicinal in nature. Both were extracts, the first of coca leaves, the other of kola nuts. While it's hard to say exactly how much cocaine was used in Coke's original formula, it wasn't enough to make it a popular beverage to snort off the back of a toilet in the club. Since snorting beverage is, you know, a thing. Regardless, there were indeed trace amounts of coke in Coke until 1929, when it was eliminated completely.
Dr. Pepper Rat
True or False: Unverified

In May 2016, a Texas man named John Groves claimed on Facebook that he gave his grandson a bottle of Dr. Pepper with a dead rat in it. The story gained a huge amount of publicity, with Dr. Pepper offering multiple times to pick up the bottle for testing so that their lab could verify the claim. Groves refused to allow them to take the rat, claiming he'd rather hire his own lab. Test results remains as-of-yet unrevealed, but it's possible the rat is Jimmy Hoffa.  


 

Bull Semen, Secret Ingredient in Red Bull
True or False: False (sorry to bull jizz enthusiasts out there)

Bountiful are the rumors of nefarious secret ingredients in energy drinks. Purported raw material for these beverages run the gamut plausible (#cocaine) to bizarre. Into the latter category falls the notion that Red Bull's secret ingredient is warm, sticky bull semen. This tasty shot of misinformation became so widespread Red Bull felt the need wipe the mess up on their own website:
 
"Q: IS TAURINE MADE FROM BULLS' TESTICLES? IS TAURINE A DERIVATIVE OF BULLS' TESTICLES OR SEMEN? 
 
A: The taurine in Red Bull® Energy Drink is a purely synthetic substance produced by pharmaceutical companies and is not derived from animals or animal materials. All ingredients for Red Bull® Energy Drink are synthetically produced by pharmaceutical companies. This guarantees the highest quality."


People Have Been Attacked By Live Snakes Found in Wine Bottles
True or False: True (!!!)

Believe it or not, a true story. As it turns out, in many parts of Asia, natural medicine providers sometimes put live snakes into wine bottles to drown, because their juices are thought to be a natural vitality aid. These snakes-in-bottles are then sold to consumers, but have occasionally had their revenge by refusing to drown and attacking drinkers months after they were made into "snake wine."

Clear Parasites in Dasani Once Caused a Product Recall
True or False: False

In April of 2006, a fake news site called 4KTLA (wow, it sounds so official!) ran a story alleging clear parasites were found in Dasani water. The widely discredited piece of clickbait provoked panic in some consumers, despite there being no Dasani recall during the month in question. As it turns out, the image of the "parasite" was actually a picture transparent eel larva, which probably feels more like bull semen than parasites. 




 

A Hairy Piece of Skin in a Pepsi Can
True or False: True
 
In 2014, an Indiana man thought a sip of Pepsi tasted a little hairy, but had no idea how right he'd turn out to be. Upon spitting out the mouthful of soda, he discovered what appeared to be a piece of skin with some hair still attached. The real question here is, how much would someone have to pay you to put the hairy skin back in the Pepsi and drink it?

Diet Pepsi Frog
True or False: True 

In 2009, a man took a drink of a can of Diet Pepsi and got a mouthful of slime. He and his wife reported the incident to the FDA, which immediately swept away the soda for testing. When the results came back, the lab confirmed that the substance in question appeared to be a frog or toad. In a tragic twist, it turned out the frog was actually a prince, and was trying to lose weight before being kissed by a princess when he fell into a vat of diet soda and drowned. 

Decaying Rat in a Diet Pepsi Can
True or False: True (Come on Pepsi, get it together!)

Unfortunately, the presence of random rodents in soft drinks is no new phenomenon, as this 1994 article in the Los Angeles Times goes to show. The piece chronicles the saga of a dead rat, who somehow ended, ripped to pieces, up in a can of Diet Pepsi.



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Wed, 04 May 2016 09:20:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-things-found-in-packaged-drinks/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[The 9 Most Successful Real-Life Alien Hoaxes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/true-real-life-alien-hoaxes/alby-thompson
The most successful alien hoaxes of all time might have fooled some of us for a while but in the end, science reigned supreme as the hoaxes were debunked one by one. TV shows like the X-Files make us want to believe that aliens are out there somewhere making it no surprise that every so often when "proof" of alien life pops up, everyone's curiosity perks up a bit. While believers go nuts over the latest theory, photo, or video "proving" that little green men visited Earth, scientists are hard at work debunking these hoaxes.

There have been numerous UFO and alien hoaxes throughout the years, some much more successful than others, but all were eventually deemed garbage. Videos claiming UFO sightings over areas like Jerusalem were later proven to be digitally altered. Scientists called a shenanigans on a NASA scientist's arsenic-eating microbes. Even the famous supposed alien autopsy was eventually deemed a sham after the creator of the fake corpse confessed to an elaborate hoax.

But those are only a few of the well-executed alien hoaxes to pop up in recent years. Other alien stories are still being told by those who claim to have been eyewitnesses to the action. Retired Air Force officer Bob Jacobs still claims to have seen a UFO in the 1960s, despite the fact that Bill Nye proved his story is bogus. William Rutledge claims to have found a whole alien city on the dark side of the moon when he went into space on the non-existent Apollo 20 mission. Rutledge, however, is the only person who can vouch for the claim. Even a real NASA scientist, Richard B. Hoover, claimed to have found bacteria on a meteorite, proving life in space, though no one has believed much of his claims for many years.

While these alien hoaxes have been ruled out as nothing more than fantasy, the possibilities for actually finding life on other planets is still wide open. Who knows, maybe someday we'll actually find some little green men out there somewhere? Until then, these fictional alien stories will have to suffice.

The 9 Most Successful Real-Life Alien Hoaxes,

Apollo 20 Moon Mission
Quick history lesson: The Apollo program, which put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11 on the moon in 1969, was canceled for financial reasons. That meant that despite the fact that the Saturn rocket needed for Apollo 20 was already built, the mission would never exist, except in conspiracy theories. Some claim that the Apollo 20 mission did take place in 1976 as a joint project between the United States and USSR. Not only did it happen, but the astronauts found a whole ancient city on the moon complete with an alien spaceship and dead alien corpses. Too bad only one person (on Earth) tells of this tale, William Rutledge, a proud member of Apollo 20.


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Alien Signal from Jupiter
According to so-called astronomers, back in the 1980s, NASA and SETI researchers were contacted by aliens who were hanging out on Ganymede, one of Jupiter's moons. The coded message, which only appeared for a few moments, wasn't decrypted and even attracted the attention of President Reagan. Too bad the message, claimed to have been found by notorious hoax-starter Judy Fältskog, was later debunked by scientists. Fältskog later distanced herself from the claims.

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NASA STS-75 Tether
Ever seen the NASA STS-75 "tether" video, which clearly shows unexplained round objects which seemingly float around in space? Obviously, if it's on tape, it must be true. Well, that's where the "UFO Hunters" from History Channel series disagree. As they debunk the UFO hoax, the investigators prove that what appears to be strange flying objects on the video are actually nothing more than ice crystals floating in front of an old panoramic camera.

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Fox News and the Microscopic Aliens
NASA scientist Richard B. Hoover got the attention of Fox News in March 2011 when he presented "evidence" of microscopic bacteria he found in meteorites. Clearly proof of life on other planets? Not so fast! Mr. Hoover apparently has been trying to pass off this so-called evidence for many years. Each time it's been debunked with one biology professor going as far as saying "this work is garbage."

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NASA’s Arsenic Eating Microbes
After teasing a huge announcement, in 2010 NASA scientists claimed to have found an entirely new type of microbe, one that ate arsenic rather than phosphorus. They went on to say that the discovery opened the door for where life could live, almost assuring the doting public that aliens were out there somewhere. It didn't take long however, before renowned science writer Carl Zimmer tore the report apart calling the paper that "should not have been published," fatally flawed.

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That Alien Autopsy Hoax from the '90s
We've all seen the black and white tabloid magazines claiming to have found Bat Boy and other out-of-this-world things, but one magazine pulled off the ultimate alien hoax back in 1995. The Skeptical Inquirer said it had a video of an autopsy preformed on an alien corpse found in a crashed UFO from 1947 in Roswell, New Mexico. Everyone was an instant believer, that was until John Humphreys, a sculptor and movie special-effects creator, admitted to crafting the alien body for a documentary film.
The Face on the Surface of Mars
Back in 2004, scientists and armchair astronomers were all excited after the Mars Rover apparently sent photos showing what appeared to be a face in the dirt on Mars. More photos came in supposedly showing a bowl, a stove, and other martian tools. While many wet their pants with the thought of real proof of alien life, other (more-respected) scientists debunked it as nothing more than pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon that causes people to see things that are not there, like the Virgin Mary grilled cheese.

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Bob Jacobs' UFO Claims
While serving as the officer in charge of optical instrumentation with the United States Air Force in 1964, Bradley University professor Bob Jacobs claimed that he saw a UFO while witnessing a missile launch in California. Under the orders of his commanding officer, Jacobs was led to believe that it was simply a laser, not a UFO. Seems legit, right? It did, until Bill Nye the Science Guy debunked the story on national television with the help of "Larry King Live."

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Jerusalem UFO
Supposed UFO videos are a dime a dozen these days but rarely does one captivate believers as much as the Jerusalem UFO videos that circulated in January 2011. Three videos sprung up mysteriously, all showing a lighted saucer-like object that could be seen falling from the sky, hovering over the Dome of the Rock then quickly shooting straight up and out of the atmosphere. Three videos can't lie, right? They can when they were digitally altered with sophisticated video editing software, as was later proven.

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Thu, 28 Jun 2012 08:34:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/true-real-life-alien-hoaxes/alby-thompson
<![CDATA[The Top 8 Most Fatally Negligent Gamer Parents of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-8-most-fatally-negligent-gamer-parents-of-all-time/michael-gibson
This is a list of the top 8 most neglectful parents who inadvertently killed their children because they were too busy playing video games. These tragic circumstances are most horrific due to the total lack of humanity these parents displayed, putting game scores and online reputation before the health and well-being of their child. Be warned, some of these stories are tough to read.

From obsessions with World of Warcraft to worrying addictions to games that are so draining on families that support groups have been created, these parents go to extraordinary awful lengths in their non-existent parenting. Unfortunately, these will not be the only stories of neglect that are a direct result of social media and online distractions that we are provided with in todays' society. This list of negligent gamer parents shows us the stark reality of parenthood set against a virtual background. 
The Top 8 Most Fatally Negligent Gamer Parents of All Time,

Toddler Shoots Herself with What She Thought Was a Wii Remote
A 3-year old toddler whose parents allowed her to play shooting games on the Wii, and who owned a non-approved realistic looking game controller/gun, mistook a real gun for the gun-like Wii controller she was used to and ended up shooting herself in the chest, thinking she was playing the game she had grown to love and trust.

The step-dad had gone to check on what he thought was a possible intruder in their home with a gun in hand. He then set the gun (loaded, live) on the table, then went to bed, comfortable in the fact that he and his daughter were safe from intruders.

Watch the awful video and read more about the family and the incident here.
Parents Leave Infant to Play WOW and Infant Suffocates
After getting that craving for World of Warcraft, a Korean mother and father reportedly went to an internt cafe and lost themselves playing the game for hours, leaving their four month old daughter at home, who suffocated to death. 

In their defense, the couple said "We were thinking of playing for just an hour or two and returning home like usual, but the game took longer that day." 

Click here for the sad details.
Mother Leaves Toddler to Die in Hot Car While She Plays EverQuest with Boyfriend
Christina Cordell and her live-in-boyfriend were too obsessed with playing hours upon hours of EverQuest to notice that they had left 3-year-old daughter, Brianna, in the car. When taking a break, they found that their toddler had died in the car due to heat-related injuries.

EverQuest is an addictive and time-consuming game that has attracted thousands of players who devote 10-20 hours a week or more to the game. Apparently, support groups have even started on the Web for the families of players. One such support group is called Spouses Against EverQuest.

Read more on the story here.
Father Kills Baby for Pulling Down XBox Console
27 year-old Tyrone Spellman killed his 17 month-old daughter, Alayiah Turman, in September of 2006 with at least five blows to the head when she pulled down his Xbox console.

The force of the blows cracked the toddler's skull, killing her instantly.

Spellman was convicted in January of third-degree murder and child endangerment. He was sentenced Thursday, March 13, 2008, to the maximum 22 to 45 years in prison.

Click here for the full story.
Korean Baby Left to Starve While Parents Raised Virtual Child
A Korean couple who lost their jobs and for some reason cared way too much about the fact that they gave birth to a premature child, spent an inordinate amount of time playing the popular online multiplayer game Prius Online.

What is this game? It's basically a simulated life game in which you take on a new personality, and live that character's life by taking care of it on a regular basis. The couple had originally met online.

The couple devoted most of their free time to raising a virtual girl called Anima, whom they loved very much. The character was well-fed, well taken care of, and easy to manage because they could just turn it off after they were done with it. After a 12 hour gaming session, though, they came home to find their REAL baby dead. Autopsy reports say the baby died of malnourishment.

So, in lieu of raising their actual child, who at that point in her life needed nourishment and the care/love of parents more than anything else in the world, the couple decided to focus on a virtual child with elf ears that dresses like a Harajuku girl, because in this world you have to have your priorities straight.

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Mother Kills Infant for Interrupting Farmville Game
Alexandra V. Tobias, whose haunting, lifeless, Forest Whitaker stare you will never be able to unsee, was playing Farmville on Facebook, when she was (rudely) interrupted by her 3-month old baby's (incessant) crying.

Alexandra was in the middle of an intense game of Farmville , where she was most likely deciding how much money to spend on her latest crop of fake tomatoes - so naturally, any interruption had to be met with swift justice.

She shook her young, 3-month old baby in order to 'calm him down' or, more likely, release some of her rage. She then took a smoke break to compose herself (yep, she really did) and shook him again.

After the second shaking, the baby was dead.

According to Mashable, some "players" of the overhyped, overused Tomagochi syndicate known as "Farmville" have found it so addicting that they’ve lost their jobs and racked up debts heavier than $1,000 trying to rack up points in the thankless, terrible and fake environment.

Click here for more on the story.
Father Leaves Twins to Drown in Bath While He Plays GameBoy
Gregg J. Kleinmark left his 10-month-old fraternal twins Drew and Bryn Kleinmark unattended in a bathtub for 30 minutes, in order to go three rooms away and play on his Game Boy Advance console, because the best way to wash children is to treat them like white plates that've had spaghetti marinara on them.

As the man went into another room to play a Game Boy Advance for 30 minutes (because clearly, a handheld entertainment system cannot POSSIBLY be moved into another room), he came back to find that he had let his two children drown in the bathtub.

Maybe his Gameboy was low on battery, so he decided to play with it plugged in in another room, so as to not put his children in danger?... Maybe this is giving Kleinmark too much credit.

Kleinmark, wracked with guilt, has tried to kill himself twice and faces up to 10 years in prison.

You can read more details here.
Father Kills Baby for Interrupting EverQuest Game
Tony Lamont Bragg Sr., 24, was playing EverQuest and got annoyed that his 9-month-old son was crying; because how DARE he want food, water, attention or "parenting"?

Bragg squeezed Tony Jr. to keep him quiet, because it had worked with rabbits in a book he'd read. When this wasn't enough to allow him to go back to his video game, he decided to continue on his kick of "Father of the Year" by then leaving the child in a utility closet in their Temple Terrace apartment... for safe keeping.

After a while, it turns out that the infant's heart had been punctured, causing him to bleed to death internally.

His ribs and left collarbone were fractured, due to the squeezing he had undergone at the hand of his father. Bragg only discovered his son by his playpen 24 hours after the child died when he was going to take the child to a relative's house. He now faces 15 years in prison.

You can read more on this disturbing story here.

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Fri, 29 Oct 2010 05:15:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-8-most-fatally-negligent-gamer-parents-of-all-time/michael-gibson
<![CDATA[Criminals with Incredibly Sophisticated Palates]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sophisticated-food-crimes/jordan-love
Food heists are some of the most intriguing crimes in the world. They often involve intricate schemes and plots that put the average bank robbery to shame. It gets even more interesting when the food crimes involve delicacies that are sometimes worth thousands, or even millions of dollars.

We're not talking about tons of Nutella being stolen. We're looking at things like caviar, champagne and foie gras. The delicacies that a broke college kid could never afford and the luxurious foods that the rich and famous can't live without. These are the high crimes of the food world. If there's such a thing as a food crime ring or organized food crime, it'll be on this list.

These criminals went to great lengths to steal some of the most coveted foods found in the world. From Mission: Impossible-esque heists involving royalty and lasers to covert capers that are still a mystery, these crimes run the gamut. If the criminals are successful, they're looking at a life full of luxury foods; if they fail, they'll be stuck with prison food for a long time to come.

You may love food, your Instagram might be filled with all of your best meals, but are you as crazy about food as these culinary criminals?

Criminals with Incredibly Sophisticated Palates,

The French Wine Bandits
The French are serious about their wine. A group of bandits used specially armored ramming cars usually used in jewelry thefts to break into a winery's cellar in France. The thieves, who hit the winery four times in a span of nine months, reportedly got away with over $56,000 worth of wine.

The Royal Wine Heist
In an incredibly sophisticated heist straight out of Hollywood, a band of thieves managed to steal over $2 million worth of wine that was meant for the Royal Family. The thieves reportedly scaled walls and crawled under laser beams in order to get to the precious prize. To top it all off, they drank some Champagne to celebrate before leaving with their stash.

The Duck Duck Goose Bandits
Eight tons of liver and four tons of duck and goose thighs were stolen from a French town in what turned out to be an inside job. An employee at the refrigeration plant from which the products were stolen had an associate help him out with the crime. They then sold the livers and thighs at low prices to "seduce unscrupulous restaurateurs."

The Case of the Missing Cheese
A Wisconsin thief stole $70,000 worth of cheese products in January 2016. To do it, they swiped an entire semi-tractor full of the stuff. The truck was hours later, but the cheese was already gone. Part of a string of cheesy heists, nearly $90,000 worth of Parmesan also went missing earlier in the week.

The Irianian Caviar Caper
Burglars in Geneva stole $64,000 worth of Iranian caviar from a Geneva warehouse in 1989. At the time, the stolen caviar was going for as much as $350 a pound in Switzerland. No word on whether or not the thieves kept any for themselves.

The Great Foie Gras Heist of '94
In Paris in 1994, a couple of bandits made off with about $100,000 worth of foie gras. After a day-long wild goose chase, authorities found the half empty truck only minutes away from where it was originally stolen. About half of the foie gras was still in the truck, but it had all spoiled by the time authorities got there.

The Swindling of Selosse
In the Champagne-rich region of Avize in France, thieves stole $380,000 worth of champagne, bottles and neck labels from the estates of the famous Jacques Selosse. Approximately 3,900 bottles of Substance Blanc de Blanc, Cuvée Initial and Exquise Demi-Sec were stolen from the property, but there's no telling which the thieves liked best.

The Leigh Champagne Heist
Thieves stole some very valuable Champagne from a warehouse in Leigh, England. Over $30,000 worth of bubbly was stolen including Josephine Baker champagne which is increasingly rare. Authorities did not say whether the thieves were planning on selling the Champagne or throwing a party with it.

The Christmas Napa Napping
In the spirit of Scrooge, on Christmas Day 2014, thieves stole $300,000 worth of wine from a prestigious Napa winery. One of the more interesting aspects of the ordeal is the fact that all but four of the bottles showed up in North Carolina only a month later, but authorities don't know how they got their or who it was who had them.

The Cheesy Crime Syndicate
Thieves in France stole 8,818 pounds of Comté cheese. In total, the heist was worth about $43,000. The cheese retails for forty dollars or more normally, but is worth considerably less on the black market. Unfortunately for the criminals, the cheese is also becoming more widely available worldwide which may further reduce the price.


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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 02:58:16 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/sophisticated-food-crimes/jordan-love
<![CDATA[13 Scary Real Life Robot Attacks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-life-robot-attacks/lyra-radford
While the thought of real life robot attacks sounds farfetched and brings a chuckle to many, the concept is not just a premise for science fiction films. Robot attack stories don’t start with the landing of a spaceship, or the handiwork of a mad scientist hell-bent on revenge. They usually start with someone having an ordinary day at work before everything changes in the blink of an eye - or with a prototype for a military weapons system that malfunctions and claims hundreds of lives.   
 
The theories of machines raging and rising up against man in a highly organized, large-scale war isn’t what we should be worried about. It’s the little things meant to protect us and simplify our lives, like automated cars, weapons, factory machines, and even robots used during medical procedures that have proven to be actual threats in these very real cases of robots attacking people.

13 Scary Real Life Robot Attacks,

A Robot Crushed a Man and Deleted the Evidence
In 2006 a robotic workstation at Alliance Tech Systems went berserk on one of their employees. The robot, known as the “degator” pinned the man up against its own frame and crushed him. The man was found in a chokehold of sorts, pinned up against the degator, with his arm stretched out reaching for the reset button.

Further upping the creep factor of this story, testing of the robot showed there were no malfunctions in any of its movements and there was no memory in its computer.

The Man-Crushing Alvey Machine
An Alvey machine at Colorado's Blueshift Industrial brutalized a construction contractor who had been hired, ironically enough, to install platforms allowing safer access to the machinery.

The Alvey machine is a robot used in the distribution of packaged products and consists of four main components: the computer, the carousel, the Inserter and Extruder car, and a system of conveyors. As the contractor was working, the Extruder car struck him; he feel approximately 10 feet, and got caught in the main path between the Inserter and Extruder cars, which ran him over and crushed his head, killing him.


A Robot Turned Psycho-Killer on a Man in India
In August 2015, Ramji Lal, 24, was working at SKH Metals in India when a robot killed him. The robot was preprogrammed to weld metal sheets, but while Lal was adjusting one of those sheets, the robot just shot out a welding arm, stabbed him in the stomach, and electrocuted him.
Employee Dies After Being Beaten by Robotic Arm
In May 2007, an employee of Lenco, Inc. was trying to repair a robotic arm designed to remove CD cases from an injection-molding machine. The robot lashed out violently, circling its arm around to assault the man. He suffered blunt force trauma to his ribs and skull and died two weeks later in the hospital.
A Robotic Cannon Went on a Rampage in South Africa
In October 2007 on the North Cape of Africa, a robotic cannon went on a rampage. This anti-aircraft cannon suddenly launched its own attack against the South African National Defense force. It emptied out its twin 250-round auto-loader magazines completely unprovoked, killing nine soldiers and wounding 14 more who struggled to get it under control.
Robot Surgeons Killed 144 People Between 2000 and 2013
Adopting the use of robots for surgical procedures has become a widespread practice over the years and as with any surgical procedure, there are risks of complications and even death. A study carried out between 2000 and 2013 for the FDA calculated that during surgeries there have been 144 deaths, 1,391 injuries, and 8,061 robotic malfunctions.

One of those deaths and 119 injuries were caused by pieces of the robots actually falling off and landing inside patients during the procedures. Two deaths and 52 injuries were caused by the robotic surgeon powering itself off or making miscalculated moves, and a whopping 193 injuries were the result of electrical sparks from the robo-surgeons burning the patients.

The Kawasaki Robot Rebellion in Japan
Back in December 1981, an engineer named Kenji Urada was trying to fix a robot at the Kawasaki Heavy Industrial Plant in Japan, when it suddenly turned on him. The mechanical beast activated itself and used its hydraulic arm to shove Urada into the grinding machine.
Robot Attacked a Factory Worker in Sweden
In June 2007, an industrial robot attacked and almost killed a man in Sweden. He thought he had successfully cut of power to the robots, which were used for relocating giant rocks, and approached the machines to carry out his maintenance work. Suddenly, they whirred to life and one put his head in a vice grip. He struggled to free himself and sustained quite a few injuries (including four broken ribs), but made it out alive.
Ford Motors Assembly Line Robot Was the First to Kill
Robert Williams was the first person in history to be killed by a robot, in January 1979. He was working on the Ford Motor Company casting plant line when the parts retrieval robot started to slow down. Williams decided to attempt to manually retrieve the parts when the 1-ton robotic arm lunged out and struck him across the head. He died instantly.
A Robot Grabbed and Crushed a Man Working at a VW Plant
In July 2015, at a Volkswagen Production Plant, a robot designed to grab and configure auto parts malfunctioned and attacked a 22-year-old man instead. The crazed robot grabbed him, picked him up, and crushed him up against a metal plate. The man suffered severe chest injuries and died in the hospital.

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:54:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/real-life-robot-attacks/lyra-radford
<![CDATA[13 Declassified Navy SEAL Missions from Military History That Were Top Secret]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/historic-declassified-navy-seal-missions/aaron-edwards

The Navy SEALs are complete and utter badass warriors. In fact, the best Navy SEAL victories are the ones that have them come out on top despite everything being against them. Created in 1962, the SEALs have been one of the most prominent go-to special forces organizations in the United States military. They’ve seen action in almost every major conflict and war since the US has been involved in since their inception, and their covert actions and reconnaissance has been invaluable in saving American lives across many engagements over the years.

Of course, the most famous and well-respected unit in the SEALs is SEAL Team Six. Disbanded in 1987, their successor unit DEVGRU has been responsible for some of the most courageous and dangerous covert operations attempted by the United States. They’ve participated in countless rescues, captures, even the assassination of Osama Bin Laden - and those aren't the only cool things Navy SEALs have done. Check out the list below for more some declassified Navy SEAL missions from history.


13 Declassified Navy SEAL Missions from Military History That Were Top Secret,

These SEALs Saved Iraqi Oil Transfer Terminals

During Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, Navy SEALs took two gas and oil platforms in the Persian Gulf from the Iraqis before they could be destroyed. Shortly after, the Marines and then the Coast Guard Port Security units held the platforms to ensure their security. For the first few days of the Coast Guard’s tenure, there were still POWs being held on the rigs. 


SEALs Stopped the Mukarayin Dam from Exploding

During the invasion of Iraq, Coalition forces became worried that the retreating Iraqi forces would destroy a hydroelectric dam to slow the advance of US troops. The worst-case scenario was that the dam would be destroyed and not only cut off the surrounding area from badly needed power but also cause massive flooding that would lead to countless deaths. So, a joint mission between the SEALs and GROM (Polish Special Forces) was greenlit to take the dam. After a helicopter insertion, the strike force secured the dam with no casualties... save for one GROM operator who broke his ankle coming out of the helicopter. 


Octave Fusion Was a Textbook Rescue Mission

When Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted were kidnapped by Somali bandits in 2012, DEVGRU was called in to rescue them. Originally, the American woman and Danish man were in Somalia on an aid mission to remove landmines, but were taken hostage. The rescue operation had been in planning for weeks, but when Buchanan’s health started to decline, they accelerated their plans. DEVGRU parachuted in at night two miles away from the hostile encampment and proceeded the rest of the way on foot. While DEVGRU tried to capture the kidnappers, the engagement ended with all the hostiles dead. The hostages were extracted with no injuries. 


The 2012 Rescue of British Aid Workers Showed Great Teamwork

When four female aid workers were kidnapped in Afghanistan, a joint SAS (British Special Forces) and DEVGRU task force initiated an operation to recover them. Intelligence sources used satellites to watch the kidnapper’s compound while SAS and DEVGRU forces set up a forward-operating base within striking distance. After negotiations with the kidnappers deteriorated, a two-pronged assault was greenlit. The SAS and DEVGRU teams would each rescue two targets. The operation took place right after the sun set, and the soldiers used silenced weapons to kill the kidnappers. All four women were rescued successfully. 


The Rescue of Dr. Dilip Joseph Resulted in the Capture of Two Taliban Leaders

The Taliban kidnapped an American doctor and two Afghan men in 2012 while they were traveling to a rural clinic in Afghanistan. They were taken into the mountains, where the kidnappers demanded ransom. The Afghan men were released but the kidnappers kept Dr. Joseph. Convinced the doctor was in danger, DEVGRU was sent in to rescue him. The operation ended with six deaths, including a member of the SEAL team, Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque. Two Taliban leaders were also arrested. Dr. Dilip Joseph was successfully rescued. 


The Battle of Mogadishu Was Pure Chaos for Our Armed Forces

If you’ve seen Black Hawk Down, you'll be familiar with the basic story behind this operation. Originally, US forces were in Somalia to suppress forces loyal to Mohamed Farrah Aidid, a Somali faction leader in the Somali Civil War during the early 1990s. The task force was led by Army Rangers and consisted of many infantry units, including the Navy SEAL’s DEVGRU. But during an operation in Mogadishu called “Gothic Serpent” that aimed capture Aidid’s leaders, a Black Hawk helicopter was shot down with RPGs. The subsequent rescue mission became a battle for survival as the troops were overrun. By the time the fighting ended and the troops reached safety, 18 Rangers were killed and 84 were wounded. 500 Somalis were killed, and 700 more were wounded. 


Three Snipers Rescued an American Ship Captain During the Hijacking of the Maersk Alabama

A cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, was captured by Somali pirates in 2009. The pirates eventually fled the ship in a lifeboat with Captain Richard Phillips as a hostage. Naval ships arrived on the scene, and a stand-off started between the pirates and a group of warships led by the USS Bainbridge. DEVGRU operators were flown in and parachuted into the water before being picked up by the Bainbridge. After a five-day stand-off, the DEVGRU operators killed three of the pirates with sniper shots. Captain Phillips was rescued, and the story inspired a movie starring Tom Hanks.


Operation Celestial Balance Is How You Get the Bad Guys

In 2009, a daylight operation took place in Somalia against Saleh Ali Aleh Nabhan, a terrorist the US government believed had ties to the 2002 attacks in Mombasa, Kenya, and embassy bombings. The initial attack on Nabhan’s convoy was conducted by gunships operated by the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. After that, helicopters deposited soldiers speculated to be Navy SEALs, who exfiltrated the bodies, one of which was Nabhan’s. Overall, a textbook operation. 


Operation Neptune Spear Targeted Osama Bin Laden

Widely known as the operation that brought about the death of Osama Bin Laden, technically Neptune Spear was a CIA operation, which happened to feature DEVGRU. To practice for the raid, a full-size replica of the compound was reportedly constructed in North Carolina, which the team used extensively. DEVGRU, along with members of the US Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, were inserted by helicopter. After a brief firefight, Osama Bin Laden and several other occupants of the compound were killed. Overall, the entire operation lasted around 40 minutes. 


In Operation Urgent Fury, Everything Went Wrong, but the SEALs Were Still Victorious

In 1983, the United States invaded Grenada to protect the US citizens within its borders. At first, the SEAL team assigned to the action did recon for a force of Marines coming ashore, but were later reassigned to two missions: the extraction of Grenada’s Governor-General and the capture of the country’s only radio tower. A lack of intelligence and an insertion during a storm severely hindered the SEALs, resulting in four SEALs being lost off the island’s coast.

The remaining SEALs split off into two teams, one to extract the Governor-General and the other to capture the radio tower. The first team made it to the Governor-General’s mansion, but realized they forgot their communication equipment on the helicopter. When they were surrounded by hostile forces, they used the mansion’s phone to call in an AC-130 airstrike to cover their successful escape. The second team was pinned down at the radio station and ended up destroying it. They swam out to open sea and were picked up hours later. 



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Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:52:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/historic-declassified-navy-seal-missions/aaron-edwards
<![CDATA[The Absolute Worst Parents of 2015]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-parents-of-2015/jacob-shelton
Parenting is hard. Even if you're not actually a parent, you know it looks really tough. What do you do with kids when you want to binge watch The Walking Dead or eat nothing but candy all day? Those questions alone would qualify many as bad parents, but to end up on this list of the worst parents of 2015, you have to do some truly grim stuff, and maybe even be among the world's worst parents. The mothers and fathers that comprise this list aren’t just bad at being parents, they seem to have an absolute revulsion for their children. Either that, or they have a bet with their friends about who can raise the worst children. Whatever the reason, they’re the worst parents of 2015.

Fear not: Anything NSFW (and in some cases NSFL) is behind a link, so don’t worry, you’ll only be reading mildly horrifying facts about people that thought they should be parents and turned out to be great at parenting fails instead. After reading this list of the worst parents of 2015, you’re going to want to call your mom and dad and thank them for not being totally crazy.

Vote up the worst parents of 2015 (so far!), but be wary, competition is brutal this year. Hopefully the rest of the year will carry on with no bad parents to be found!
The Absolute Worst Parents of 2015,

Mom Ignores Drowning Children
A Texas mom was arrested arrested three children drowned in a local pool. According to witnesses, she spent most of the ordeal on her phone rather than helping her kids. 
Georgia Dad Forces His Son to Reenact Brokeback Mountain Sex Acts with a Dog
In January, Isaac Seman was arrested for coercing his son into reenacting the sex scenes from Brokeback Mountain with their dog. The rest of the story is beyond disturbing, and can be read here.
Oregon Couple Spends Time Making Fetish Videos While Son Starves to Death
In Glendale, OR, Stephen Michael Williams Jr. and Amanda Marie Hancock spent the seven short weeks of their son's life filming lactation fetish videos while their newborn deterioratedUnder questioning by police, Williams said that he noticed the baby was losing weight, but never took the child to a doctor because it was his girlfriend’s job to care for the child.
Mom Leaves Two-Year-Old Twin Boys Home Alone While out Partying at Margarita Festival
Kiria Ferris (29) left her two year old twin boys home alone while she went off to party at a margarita festival. The boys were left in the apartment with nothing but a piece of plywood and two bicycles propped up in front of the front door to keep them from getting out. Concerned neighbors went out to retrieve the boys when they spotted one of them wandering dangerously close to the lake. When the neighbors returned with the boys, they called the police when they found the apartment door wide open and the mother not at home. Once inside the apartment, the authorities spotted soiled diapers and choking hazards that were within reach of the boys.

Source: Daily Mail
Off the Grid Blogger Parents Wreck the Lives of Their 10 Children
A self described "free range" family from Kentucky lost custody of their children in early 2015 when the father threatened a woman with a gun after he tried to steal water from her well. The family lives in a in a makeshift tent without running water, amid heaps of trash, and they prescribe to the "unschooling” method of allowing children to learn through practical life lessons. The father's oldest son released a statement to the press saying that he "fears for [his] sibling's safety."
New Jersey Mom Sets Her Baby on Fire
Hyphern-Kimberly Dorvilier of Pemberton, NJ allegedly doused her newborn daughter with an accelerant and set her on fire in the middle of the road.
Seattle Mom Tries to Sell Daughter's Virginity to Pay the Rent
According to Fox News 13, Mary Miles of Carnation, WA was arrested on January 27 and charged on January 30 for setting up a scheme for her daughter to have sex with a 36-year-old truck driver in exchange for his assistance with rent money. Later, KOMO news reported that the trucker and the mother had agreed to marry after he had sex with her 14-year-old daughter.
Mom Abandons Her Quadriplegic Son in the Woods
A Philadelphia woman was charged with attempted murder after abandoning her quadriplegic son in the woods with a bible so she could spend the week with her out-of-state boyfriend. He was found by a person who saw the wheelchair and thought something was amiss. The son was treated for dehydration, malnutrition, and abrasions and was in stable condition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, after he was found.
Family Locks Baby in Hotel Safe While on Trip to Niagara Falls
Staff at a Canadian hotel near Niagara Falls freed a tiny baby after its parents left it locked inside the safe in their room. The family was staying at the Howard Johnson Hotel when they called the front desk to request that someone help them free the crying infant. An officer told reporters that the family was "quite distraught" over the incident, but did not speak English well enough to explain how the baby got into the safe in the first place. They checked out of the hotel, presumably to return to their Brooklyn, NY home, before the authorities were alerted.

Source: USA Today

Detroit Mom Tortures Children, Hides Their Bodies in Freezer
Detroit-based mother, Mitchelle Blair, was sentenced to life in prison for torturing two of her children, ages 9 and 13, to death by making them drink Windex and burning their skin off with scalding water. In a statement to the press she said, "I don't feel no remorse for the death of them demons."

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:42:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-parents-of-2015/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[People Reveal the Most Depressing Valentine's Days They've Ever Had]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/depressing-valentines-day-stories/jacob-shelton
It seems that for most people, Valentine's Day is hit or miss. Unfortunately, the people who have the worst Valentine's Day stories seem doomed to repeat their mistakes. Whether they suffered the indignities of a date who was too drunk to finish dinner, or they threw up after eating at the saddest salad bar on earth, the lonely hearts on this collection of depressing Valentine's Day stories that were posted on Reddit have had a rough time with Cupid’s favorite holiday. If you’re giving up on love this Valentine’s Day, open up a heart-shaped box of chocolates, pour another glass of wine, and keep reading to find out about these Reddit users who revealed their most depressing Valentine stories.

If this Valentine's is making you feel like an unloved ogre, then cheer yourself up with these stories of terrible relationships, and some of the worst Valentine's gifts that have ever been given. Hopefully, the Redditors who shared their tales for this list of the most depressing Valentine's Day stories ever won’t be repeating the bummers of their past. After reading these sad stories it’s important to know that even if one Valentine's was bad, that doesn’t mean that every year has to follow the same pattern. So if you’re having an off day this Valentine's, just read these stories and realize that your day could be much worse.

Vote up the most depressing Valentine’s Day stories, and if you’ve had a rough holiday tell everyone about it in the comments.
People Reveal the Most Depressing Valentine's Days They've Ever Had,

There's Nothing Like Dividing Assets Over a Bottle of Wine
A few years ago, on Valentine's Day, Reddit user KrispieKrape spent the evening dividing her assets with her husband in preparation for separation. Hopefully she bought herself some flowers.
Maybe Sleep Through Valentine's Day Next Year
On Valentine's Day 2015 a Reddit user treated herself to a new vibrator and got a bad UTI from using it. That's not exactly a great way to end an evening.
She Discovered Her BF's Internet Girlfriend on Valentine's Day
On Valentine's Day, Blondipop discovered that her boyfriend of four years had an Internet girlfriend. She called the girl and found out "he had been lying to her for 2 years and she had no idea" that he was living with Blondipop. When the Redditor confronted her boyfriend, "he freaked out and threatened to kill himself."
Nothing Says Valentine's Day Like Schnapps and Full Metal Jacket!
When Reddit user Pedeka was in college she was stood up by her crush of two years. Some guys from down the hall felt badly for her and decided to cheer her up. One guy went to the store to buy a bottle of Schnapps, while the other ran to the video store. She spent the rest of the night trying not to hurl Schnapps while watching Full Metal Jacket with two guys she only kind of knew. 
His Girlfriend Broke Up with Him Before the Bouquet Arrived
This Redditor's girlfriend broke up with him on Valentine's Day, via text, and immediately received the $100 bouquet he bought for her.
Happy Valentines Day, Here's Something for Your Face
Thehappyhaps had a bummer of a Valentine's Day when, at the end of a date, her boyfriend ran inside his house to grab what she thought was something nice like chocolate or a stuffed animal... and he ended up coming out with some acne medication that he thought would help her.
She Broke Up with Him Because He Rented a Car
A Redditor had this to say about his depressing date: "I went out of my way and had my dad rent me a car for the weekend, and planned an incredible night, dinner, ice skating, and a few other things. So one night she asked how I was going to go about doing Valentine's Day with her when I didn't have a car, and I told her I was planning on renting one so it wouldn't be a problem. Tried calling her, no answer, no returned calls. I tried e-mailing her, no response. Then the next day I called and she finally answered. When I asked what happened, she replied, "Sorry, I feel kinda bad but, I decided to do something else. I found it kind of pathetic that you rented a car, it's sort of sad - not really the kind of guy I wanna date. But we can still be friends!"
There's Nothing Sadder Than a Salad Bar on Valentine's Day
Redditor Popsicle_Time was not only completely single for Valentine's Day in 2013, but he got food poisoning from a salad bar and ended up "puking and sh*tting [his] brains out for about 12 hours."
Not Even a Single Rose

The (presumably ex) boyfriend of HarukoBass was very anti-V-Day when he asked her what she wanted a few days before the holiday. Having a history of being stood up by exes she made a simple request: one red rose. He laughed in her face. The story gets rough from there.
 

"On the day, we went shopping, and he dragged me through the city bitching about how pathetic all these happy couples were. I got progressively more unhappy, partially at the let down of not having a special day with him, partially because his ego and feeling of superiority over everyone was getting tiring. He realized I was unhappy at about 11pm after laughing to himself all day, and said '"well there's nothing I can do about it now, you should have said if you wanted something."'


You Might Be Dating a Sociopath If...
While "sort of" dating a guy who said he wasn't looking for anything serious, Reddit user Averses noted that he wouldn't stop bothering her about buying her presents until he lost his job and welched on the gifts. Then he backed off until he messaged her about a Valentine's Day gift for another girl. "THE DAY AFTER Valentines he messages me, asking what I did. Which was nothing. He proceeded to tell me about the awesome sex he had with [the girl]."

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:45:08 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/depressing-valentines-day-stories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[17 Times Wine Changed the World and Altered History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/how-wine-changed-the-world/laura-allan
We all know that wines can liven up a dinner party, and that a little wine can be the perfect end to a long day. But did you know that when you sip wine you're taking a sip of history? That's right, wine has been the catalyst for many historical events and trends. So, now you know there's history in wine, and also wine in history.

It's not just the French and the Italians that have seen wine change history, either. The Russians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, and even the Turks have all seen their history books change due to a glass or bottle of wine at some point. Of course, the effects of wine on our global timeline aren't always exactly pleasant. What can we say? Wine may be perfection, but people are flawed, especially when they're tipsy. 

We may forever argue over who first invented wine, or who makes it best, but one thing is certain: the world would not be the way it is today without wine. Take a look at our list on how wine changed the world, and you'll see that we should be toasting wine, rather than just toasting with it. 
17 Times Wine Changed the World and Altered History,

Wine Kept Roman Troops Happy and Healthy as They Conquered Most of Europe
Wine keeps people happy, right? Well, the Romans certainly thought so. In 200 BC, they began to dictate that all soldiers should drink 2-3 liters of wine for their health and morale. It might sound crazy but this wine, called posca, did in fact have medicinal propertiesIt's full of antioxidants and vitamin C, and because it's very acidic, it kills all the bacteria in the water, keeping the soldiers on their feet! Around this time, with the help of posca, Rome managed to defeat Carthage, who had a pretty solid stranglehold over the Mediterranean, thus strengthening their empire. 
"The Blood of Christ" Became a Religious Staple, Even in Prohibition
Whether or not you believe Jesus existed, it's hard to deny what his existence in religious lore has meant to the world. According to the Bible, he was also quite fond of wine, as shown by his water into wine miracle. It was also written that, at the Last Supper, he gave his disciples wine and told them it was his blood, shed for them. The moment those words were penned, they became a part of religious ceremonies still used today. When Prohibition in the United States came around, the only wineries that stayed open were those that claimed to make sacramental wine, so we can thank the Lord for that too!
The Ottoman Empire Began to Crumble Thanks to a Love of Wine
Süleyman the Magnificent pushed the Ottman Empire to be massive, up to the point where they even had Somalia under their rule. However, his predecessor Selim II preferred getting drunk to expanding his empire, and his favorite drink was wine. In fact, the only time when he tried to really take over anything was when he sought out Cyprus, the maker of his favorite wines. However, Cyprus was having none of that and fought back, killing 90% of his navy and 30,000 sailors. While he was doing all this, the rest of the empire began to call into disrepair, and thus was the beginning of the fall
Wine Determined Whether or Not the Greeks Thought You Were Civilized
If the ancient Greeks thought you were cool, chances are, you really were. And the best way to get those Greeks to like you? Why, give them wine, of course! You see, the ancient Greeks believed that creating wine was a fine art, so much so that they had a god that was focused on drinking it. If you could create wine, the Greeks would consider you civilized rather than backwards and barbarous, at least according to Thucydides, and many alliances were formed when the Greeks respected other "civilized" societies. In short, the ancient world looked the way it did because the Greeks respected other winemakers. 
The Need to Store Wine Pushed People to Create Some of the First Storage Devices
One of the unfortunate things about wine is that if you don't store it right, it doesn't age well and it goes bad. This means that early wine makers either had to drink up awfully fast, or they had to figure out a means of preserving and keeping the wine. In China, dating all the way back to around 7,000 BC, people began making fermented fruit and honey wine, and storing it in earthenware jars. These jars then became pots, amphoras, and eventually the bottles we see today. This storage method could also be used for various foods, meaning people could keep food fresh longer, too.
Wine Led to Glass and Glass Led to Basically Everything Else
Somewhere in all this Greek and Roman winemaking, people started to think that it was high time we found a new way to store wine. We were already using glass to make beads, cups, and little bits of jewelry, but the full range of its use wasn't really explored until the Romans started making glass containers for wine around 100 BC. From there, uses for glass began to pop up everywhere in art and science - and it all began with wanting to store wine better. 
Wine Made the Scots and the French Best Friends - And Snubbed England
Around 1295, England was getting a little too big for its britches, and it was making people kind of nervous. In particular, France and Scotland were really focusing on trying to keep England from getting any bigger. So, in order to stop them, the two countries formed a treaty called the Auld Alliance. The Scots, however, got an added benefit of having first pick of all the best French wines, leaving England with a lesser selection. So, in its most basic form, the Scots' love of wine is what kept England from becoming a crazy powerhouse, and kept France strong, too. 
Wine Encouraged Cross-Continental Trading
By around 900 BC, the Romans really had this whole wine thing down to a science. They were growing grapes, making different varieties of wine, and storing it in amphora. The obvious next step was to start trading it. Some of the very first cross-continent trading was with wine, and that trade developed and grew until it became the booming industry we see today. From there blossomed political alliances, the trading of information and techniques, and of course, even more varieties of wine.
The Pharaohs Used Wine to Seem Like Crazy Powerful Gods
If you were rich and lived in Egypt back around 1,500 BC, then you drank wine. If you weren't, you didn't. It's as simple as that. Pharaohs drank wine and offered it to the gods, and even had wine buried with them from multiple wineries (yes, they had multiple wineries). Given that Egypt was a slave-loving country, the use of wine as a means of status kept the rich on top and the poor on the bottom, where they only drank beer
Cleopatra Used Wine to Win a Bet (But She Probably Cheated)
Wine was always one of this fabled beauty's ploys for greatness. She used drinking to get to know Julius Caesar, and she allegedly had wild drunken parties with her guests. But her most notable use of alcohol was to win over Marc Antony and form one of the most famous romances in history.

The story goes like this: Cleopatra made a bet with Antony over whether she could spend a small fortune in a single meal. She was determined to impress him and so at dinner time, she brought forth one of the largest pearls then known. She dropped it into a glass of wine, then drank the concoction down. He was, needless to say, impressed. The catch is that she might have made the cocktail using red wine vinegar, in order to dissolve the pearl, instead of plain wine.

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:58:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/how-wine-changed-the-world/laura-allan
<![CDATA[19 Heinously Brazen or Brutal Yakuza Crimes in Modern Times]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/modern-day-yakuza-crimes/christopher-myers

Despite diminishing in size from its heyday, the yakuza remains an active force in modern Japan. In the 21st century, yakuza deal mainly in extortion, protection rackets, sex trafficking, gambling, real estate, and construction. Violent yakuza crimes usually involve rivalries between families, but sometimes target civilians. Most yakuza crimes in modern times are variations on things yakuza have been doing for decades, a white collar thrown in for good measure.

Unlike other crime syndicates, yakuza operate more or less in the open. Affiliation with a yakuza family is not illegal in Japan, and many families have offices and legitimate businesses. As you'll see with the below list, yakuza in modern times are deeply ingrained in the fabric of Japanese society, business, government, and finance, in part thanks to their rise in the wake of World War Two. If you wanna see some fictional yakuza in action, you can always check out a rundown of the best yakuza movies ever. 


19 Heinously Brazen or Brutal Yakuza Crimes in Modern Times,

The Yakuza Regularly Extort Money from Companies

Of the 2,885 companies that participated in a study by Japan's National Police Agency, 337 (11.7%) report attempted yakuza shakedowns. The study further indicates that one in five companies the yakuza attempts to extort ends up paying, and five of the companies in question paid more than ¥5 million ($60,000). The most commonly targeted companies were in real estate and construction, both fields in which the yakuza commonly work. 


ATM Thefts Net Nearly 2 Billion Yen

In August 2016, Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested upper-level Yamaguchi-gumi member Satsuki Iwatani and affiliate Masahito Hirano for the alleged illegal withdrawal of money using forged credit cards. Their supposed crime was part of a massive fraud operation run by the family, by which ¥1.86 billion was withdrawn from a South African bank via Japanese ATMs using forged cards with information taken from a data leak. The withdrawal happened on May 15, 2016, and involved the use of 1,400 ATMs. 


The Murder of Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito

Around 8:00 p.m. on April 17, 2007, Nagasaki mayor Itcho Ito (also spelled Iccho Itoh) was shot twice in the back with a revolver by Tetsuya Shiroo. Shiroo, a senior member of a Nagasaki affiliate of the Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza family, had a long-running conflict with city officials over damage done to his car when he drove it into a hole caused by construction. The city sided with the construction company. 

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Bruce Wallace suggests Shiroo's real motive was the Ito administration's refusal to choose yakuza firms for lucrative construction contracts. This cut into Shiroo's revenue, and may have damaged his relationship with Yamaguchi-gumi leadership, since affiliate gangs must pay tribute to the yakuza families to which they belong. 


The Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi Defection

In August of 2015, the Kobe branch of the Yamaguchi-gumi broke off from the main group in what many feared would result in a gang war. A similar break occurred in 1984, and escalating violence left 25 dead, including a police officer, and 70 seriously injured. These are high numbers considering fewer than one person per 100,000 is murdered each year in Japan. 

It looked as though the 2016 split was heading in a similar direction. On May 31, 2016, Tadashi Takagi, the senior member of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, was shot dead in the parking lot of his apartment building in Okayama. On July 15, another member of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, Tatsuo Saiki, was shot dead. The black market price of illegal handguns escalated drastically during this period, which caused the National Police Agency to declare the gangs in a "state of all-out war."

In order to prevent violence from escalating, police cracked down hard on the yakuza, arresting 976 members between March and September 2016. 


Sumo Betting and Match Fixing

A 2011 sumo match fixing scandal tied back to the Yamaguchi-gumi. After evidence of fixing was found on the phones of various wrestlers, authorities discovered highly coveted ringside seats reserved for fans or corporate sponsors had somehow ended up in the hands of high-ranking members of Yamaguchi-gumi. Apparently, they wanted to be seen on TV, to boost the morale of gang members watching from prison. 

A year earlier, a sumo scandal erupted when champion wrestler Kotomitsuki admitted to paying off a yakuza member who threatened to expose his gambling habit. Gambling is illegal in Japan, and Kotomitsuki was placing bets through the Yamaguchi-gumi on golf, baseball, card games, and mahjong. More than 60 other wrestlers made similar admissions. 


Yakuza Run the Japanese Sex Trade

Marcela Loaiza, a single mother from Columbia, arrived in Japan in 1999 through an arrangement made by a broker who told her she would be working as a dancer. The deal would allow Loaiza to earn enough money to help her family escape poverty. With wide eyes and an optimistic heart, she traveled halfway across the world to find out the whole thing was a set up for the yakuza, and she would be working as a prostitute in Ikebukuro, a bustling commercial district in central Tokyo. 

After two years of hell, Loaiza sought help from the Columbian embassy in Tokyo. They took her in, helped her escape, and she wrote a book about her ordeal. Her's is far from an isolated incident. "The situation was terrible back then. The women were treated like animals," said an anonymous official. The yakuza fills its sex parlors with women from all over the world, driving them into debt and taking their passports once they arrived in Japan. 

In 2005, the Japanese government cracked down on this system. Since the crackdown, yakuza have resorted to offering more attractive arrangements to women, such as student visas or spouse visas. Despite the crackdown, sex trafficking is a sordid reality in Japan. According to the 2016 Trafficking in Persons report released by the US State department, Japan is a “destination, source and transit country” for sex trafficking.


The Violent Crimes of the Kudo-kai

The Kudo-kai is a particularly violent yakuza family based in Kitakyushu, on the southern island of Kyushu. In 1998, members gunned down a 70-year-old man in public, at point blank range. The alleged motive? The victim, Kunihiro Kajiwara, refused to give favorable treatment to yakuza in public works projects. In 2002, four members of the gang were arrested for the incident, and two convicted. In 2014, an alleged senior member of the gang, Satoru Nomura, was also arrested in relation to the incident.

Other attacks carried out on civilians by Kudo-kai include: alleged grenade assaults on the homes of the Kyushu Electric Power president and Saibu Gas chairman; an attack on a bar managed by an anti-organized crime activist; and multiple strikes on future-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's house, with molotov cocktails, grenades, and firearms. 


Yakuza Sponsor Dog Fights

The yakuza play a large role in sponsoring dogfights in Japan, which are legal in most of the country. Yakuza are deeply involved with the business; they breed and trade dogs, especially the Tosa, a rare Japanese dog bred specifically for fighting. Tosa are illegal in numerous places (United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Turkey, Israel, Norway) on account of their aggressive personalities. Yakuza typically sell Tosa for $5,000 to $10,000, though champions go for as much as $15,000. At the height of the economic bubble, in the late '80s, dogs went for as much as $30,000. 

Gambling is illegal in Japan (but dogfights aren't?), but it's okay to win prizes. In some instances, the yakuza run illegal gambling bookies for dogfights. In others, the system works a bit like pachinko, with cash being traded for tokens or prizes, then re-exchanged later or at a different location. 


Insider Trading

In 2007, British newspaper the Guardian ran a piece about yakuza taking massive profits earned from the construction industry to the stock market. In order to ensure maximum return on investment, yakuza threatened business people for inside information. In 2013, a similar piece appeared in The Japan Times. Tokyo crime reporter Jake Adelstein was quoted as saying "Insider trading has become huge — you can make much more money manipulating stocks.” He describes Yamaguchi-gumi as "Goldman Sachs with guns." 

After a crackdown on the collusion between financial institutions and the yakuza, several Japanese banks, led by Mizuho and including the nation's largest, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, admitted to loaning money to yakuza. In some cases, the loans were never paid back, and used to buy goods that were sold on the black market. 


The Many Crimes of Tadamasa Goto

Tadamasa Goto, the "John Gotti of Japan," was the leader of the Goto-gumi. The family, which dissolved in 2008, was unique in that members committed acts of violence against civilians. The most infamous incident involved the murder of Kazuoki Nozaki, in 2006. Nozaki, who worked for a real estate firm, was evicting people illegally occupying a building after the property was transferred to the yakuza through illicit channels when stabbed. Nozaki's family sued Goto for employer liability. While admitting no guilt, Goto settled in 2012 for ¥110 million (roughly $1.4 million) and offered an apology.

In 2008, he went into retirement, becoming a Buddhist monk in Cambodia. Despite this, the US blacklisted Goto in 2016, claiming he still has ties to illegal activities.



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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 03:10:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/modern-day-yakuza-crimes/christopher-myers
<![CDATA[The Creepiest Unexplained Stories in America]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-unexplained-stories-in-america/jacob-shelton

Axe murderers! Serial killers on the loose! Sounds that will drive men to madness! You’ll find all that and more on this list of the creepiest unexplained stories from the US. America has only been around for a little over 200 years, but in that short amount of time, we’ve managed to build up a considerable amount spooky phenomena and mysterious events.

Creepy unexplained stories in America tend to rest heavily on unsolved murders or unexplainable deaths, and at times it seems like an answer is waiting for us just out of reach. None of the stories on this list contain any answers, and the tales that do seem to tie themselves up tend to do so with a string of messy questions.

These creepy American stories come from all over the United States, proving that there’s not one area that’s more susceptible to strange crime than any other - except for New Jersey. That place is a weirdo hot-spot. If you’re an amateur sleuth, there are certainly a few ongoing cases on this list of American unexplained stories that could use your expertise. Just make sure to call your mom before you go venturing into the dark marshes of hidden America.  


The Creepiest Unexplained Stories in America,

The Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders

If you were a female hitchhiker from 1972 to 1979 in the North Bay area of California, you were putting your life on the line. Over the course of seven violent years, one unknown killer murdered at least seven women and dumped their naked bodies in a creek bed, and according to the FBI, he may have killed as many as 14 other women in a similar fashion.

The murders began when Maureen Louise Sterling and Yvonne Lisa Weber, two twelve-year-old middle school students, went missing after visiting the Redwood Empire Ice Arena in February 1972. Their skeletal remains were discovered that December 66 feet off a remote road north of Santa Rosa. There are theories that Ted Bundy may have been responsible for the killings, but the Santa Rosa Hitchhiker murders have also been tied to the Zodiac Killer and The Hillside Stranglers. 


The Long Island Serial Killer

The Long Island Serial Killer is the name given to an unknown murderer who used the marshes along the remote Ocean Parkway on Long Island, NY, which stretches 15 miles along the coast of Nassau and Suffolk counties, as a dumping ground for his victims. Since 1996, there have been several bodies (and, in some cases, body parts) found that have been linked to the killer. Nearly all of the victims have been female sex workers. Police estimate that there have been between 10 and 18 victims of the Long Island Serial Killer because it has been difficult to conclusively tie all the crimes together.

The most recent possible victim was the 2013 murder of a 31-year-old woman of Yugoslavian origin named Natasha Jugo, whose body was spotted floating in the ocean months after her car was discovered near Ocean Parkway. There are many theories about the crimes, including that there are multiple killers (the victims were killed in a variety of ways, unusual for a single murderer), and the local police might be covering up a larger conspiracy. In December 2015, the FBI joined the investigation into the crimes following allegations that the Suffolk County Police Department was improperly handling the case. For now, many questions remain unanswered.


The Rise of the Coast Fiend

When one thinks of San Diego, the first things that come to mind are usually burritos, Blink-182, and Anchorman. But between 1931 and 1938, a series of seemingly random murders gripped the city with fear, leaving people to wonder if their idyllic coastal town had become a home to the devil. Over the course of seven years, at least six women between the ages of 10 and 67 were stabbed, strangled, and beaten to death while the San Diego police stood around and scratched their heads. Despite the varying modus operandi, the police believed these murders to be the work of one killer, although they were never able to pinpoint a suspect. 


The Cecil Hotel Water Tank Mystery

In 2013, Elisa Lam checked into the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, a building that's played host to serial killers, ghosts, and more drug addicts that you can shake a used needle at. No one knows why Lam, a college student from Vancouver, was staying in one of LA's seediest hotels, but a video of her final moments provides some insight into her mental state.

Some have theorized that she was being chased by an unseen prowler, while others believe that Lam was the victim of a ghost of the Cecil hotel. Whatever the case, when Lam was found floating in a water tank on top of the Cecil more than two weeks after she went missing, the police ruled her death an accidental drowning. The Cecil was rebranded as the "Stay On Main" in 2016, but the mystery of Elisa Lam, and the rest of The Cecil's inhabitants, lives on. 


The Doodler

Despite being known as a bastion for the homosexual community, San Francisco wasn't the safest place to be out in the early '70s. From 1974 to 1975, a serial killer dubbed "The Doodler" (for his penchant for sketching his victims prior to their murder) stalked the gay nightclubs of San Francisco. Police are still unsure of his total victim count, but believe it could be as high as 14. Despite closing in on a suspect, the few survivors of The Doodler's attacks refused to testify for fear of outing themselves as being gay. Little is known about the perpetrator of the Doodler murders, likely because of the stigma placed on homosexuality in the early '70s and because most of the people who survived that horrific time in San Francisco would just like to forget that the murders ever happened. 


The Axeman of New Orleans

From 1918-1919, everyone in New Orleans was gripped in fear that they would be the next victim of The Axeman. In a little over a year, the mysterious Axeman killed at least six people and injured six more. Many sleuths have tried to nail down the identity of The Axeman, with the most prevailing theory being that the murders were mob related due to each victim being Italian. But a letter from The Axeman written in 1919 states otherwise. It reads,

"They have never caught me and they never will. They have never seen me, for I am invisible, even as the ether that surrounds your earth. I am not a human being, but a spirit and a demon from the hottest hell. I am what you Orleanians and your foolish police call the Axeman.  Now, to be exact, at 12:15 (earthly time) on next Tuesday night, I am going to pass over New Orleans. In my infinite mercy, I am going to make a little proposition to you people. Here it is:

I am very fond of jazz music, and I swear by all the devils in the nether regions that every person shall be spared in whose home a jazz band is in full swing at the time I have just mentioned. If everyone has a jazz band going, well, then, so much the better for you people. One thing is certain and that is that some of your people who do not jazz it on Tuesday night (if there be any) will get the axe."

Is it too late to start calling him the "Jazz Man"?


The Zodiac Killer

The Zodiac Killer is arguably the most famous unsolved collection of serial killings that America has ever experienced. No other crime spree, save for the Jack the Ripper murders of the 19th century, has captured the imaginations of gawkers, copycats, and conspiracy theorists in the way that the Zodiac did. Depending on which timeline you follow, the Zodiac's murder spree either began in 1963 or 1968 when a mysterious killer began gunning down couples and taunting the police with letters that featured a hard-to-crack cipher. The murders abruptly ended in the '70s, but wild theories about the killer's identity persist to this day

 

 


The Cleveland Torso Murders

In 1934, Cleveland (and the surrounding Ohio area) was besieged with a series of vicious murders identified only by the body parts left behind in their wake: torsos. Beginning with the torso of a woman that washed up on the shore of Lake Erie, a four-year wave of fear and body parts spread over the city, centralized in Kingsbury Run, a poor neighborhood where families with nowhere to live set up shantytowns.

After the Lady of the Lake was discovered, two castrated men were found, followed by the remains of a woman tucked inside two picnic baskets, and the body of a tattooed man who had been drained of all his blood. In 1938, the police burned Kingsbury Run to the ground in order to flush out the killer, and although they arrested a bricklayer named Frank Dolezal (who was later found hanging in a jail cell), he was exonerated in 2010 by new evidence released by Cuyahoga Community College. The murders stopped after the violent police raid, but the killer was never caught.


The Texarkana Moonlight Murders

Modern day Texarkana lazily stretches across the border of Texas and Arkansas. Both sides of the town are crisscrossed with railway lines, and even during football season, it feels desolate. In 1946, its precarious geography and largely poor population made it the perfect place for a brutal killing spree. Over the course of three months, four violent attacks were perpetrated. Three of the slayings happened at a local Lovers' Lane on the Texas side of the town, while the final act occurred in a farmhouse on the Arkansas side. The unseen perpetrator became known as The Phantom Killer, and with just four murders, they gripped an entire town in a fear that still resonates to this day. 


The Mysterious Case of Jeannette DePalma

In 1972, a dog brought home the dismembered arm of Jeannette DePalma, a 16-year-old girl who had been missing from her Springfield, NJ home for six weeks. When police investigated the quarry where the arm was recovered, they allegedly stumbled upon a ritualistic altar that had been used in the girl's murder. For decades, residents of the town have done their best to forget the tragic death of the young woman, and multiple anonymous sources allege that she was the victim of a satanic ritual featuring animal carcasses and a series of arrows carved into trees. The true story of what happened Jeannette DePalma may never be known - but writers Mark Moran and Jesse P. Pollack are trying to change that.

 



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Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:14:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-unexplained-stories-in-america/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Most Horrifying Shark Attacks Ever Recorded]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/shark-attacks/lisa-waugh
WARNING: Some of the images, videos, and information about sharks and shark attacks may not be for the squeamish. Proceed with caution. By the end of this list of most horrifying shark attacks, you are going to BE Roy Scheider in Jaws. From the "Real New Jersey Jaws" to the tragic killing of a young man on his honeymoon, this list has all of the horrors of shark attacks imaginable. 
 
Shark attacks  are pretty simple when you think about it - they happen wherever there is water and delicious people (unless this is Sharknado and then shark attacks can happen in your living room). Can we just finish this level before you bite our torso in half, buddy? But most of the time, shark attacks are a result of mistaken identity; the shark is looking for a juicy sea lion or seal and you look like a yummy blubbery treat in that wetsuit.  

Why should you go snorkeling wearing chain mail or think twice about being a sailor? Because shark attacks are on the rise with an average of 60 per year in the U.S. Even though the odds are 1 in 11 million that you’ll be attacked by a shark, that’s 60 shark attacks too many if you ask us. The most horrific shark attacks usually involve maritime disasters - war is hell but even worse on the high seas - but there’s also the rogue shark who likes to go to the beach as much as we do. And in real life, there’s no Quint to munch on or Richard Dreyfuss to help us fend off that stone-cold eating-machine.  

Shark attacks occur in deep water as well as shallow water, with some people miraculously surviving. Many, however, meet a tragic and violent end. There’s no stopping a great white unless you are Rodney Fox and you gouge its eyes out. So take in this shark attack information with caution. And probably not while at the beach. Or alone next to the pool at night where we’re pretty sure shark attacks are impossible. But if you see Tara Reid. Run. 

The Most Horrifying Shark Attacks Ever Recorded,

Shirley Ann Durdin, 1985
Australia is a lovely place. A lovely, deadly place, and a hot spot for shark attacks. That’s a bad rap considering that Australia has as many shark attacks as Florida. 

But it’s the shark attack that killed Shirley Ann Durdin that helped put Australia front and center in the shark attack stat box. Durdin was snorkeling in Peake Bay when she was viciously attacked in just seven feet of water. Her husband and children watched as the 20-foot great white tore her in two. The shark only left her torso behind, but before rescuers could reach the scene, it circled back and took that too. 

David Peltier, 2001
10-year-old David Peltier was surfing at Sandbridge Beach when he was attacked in four feet of water on a sandbar. Peltier was with his dad and brothers when the shark attacked the boy, leaving a 17-inch gash and severing an artery in his leg. Peltier’s father hit the shark over the head until it released his son. The child was rushed to the hospital but later died from his wounds.
Heather Bodwell, 1994
Warning: Graphic and disturbing video.  

Passengers on a boat in the Pacific, 300 miles east of Easter Island, decided to stop down and have a cool dip. Bodwell heard someone yell, “Shark!” and was bitten twice by the great white. It “chewed” off her right leg. “It didn’t hurt at all. It felt like a puppy chewing on your finger.” Wait? What?! The shark then shook her and then played tug of war with Bodwell’s rescuers on the boat.  

Watch Bodwell’s calm account and actual video of the attack. 

Check another crazy shark encounter here

The Jersey Shore, Multiple Victims, 1916
This is not a funny story about the origin of gym, tan, laundry. The Real New Jersey Jaws chronicles a terrifying 10 days during a heatwave along the Jersey Shore. As thousands of tourists hugged the shoreline for some relief, the feeding frenzy began.

Charles Vansant was attacked during an evening swim. Charles Bruder was attacked five days later. Three more people, including a 12-year-old boy, were attacked at Matawan Creek, 30 miles north. Four of the shark attack victims died. Experts debated whether the attacks were made by a great white or bull shark. 

USS Indianapolis, 1945
After an unescorted U.S. warship was torpedoed by the Japanese mid-way between the Leyte Gulf and Guam, the ship was split in two, sending 900 sailors into the Pacific. Sharks chewed through nearly 600 men in five days. Survivor Woody James later recounted, “The sharks were around, hundreds of them… Everything would be quiet and then you’d hear somebody scream and you knew a shark had got him.” The USS Indianapolis deaths are  the worst sharks attack in history
Bethany Hamilton, 2003
13-year-old Bethany Hamilton was surfing The Tunnels off Kauai with her friend Alana Blanchard when a shark decided to change her life. While Hamilton was lying on her board with her arm dangling in the water, the shark bit into her and her board. The bite took her arm off just below the shoulder. Blanchard helped Hamilton back to shore where Blanchard’s father made a tourniquet that saved her life. 
 
A 14-foot-tiger shark, believed to be the shark that attacked Hamilton, was trapped by a local fisherman Ralph Young. The shark weighed nearly 1,400 pounds. He’s totally dead now. Hamilton went on to rank as one of the top 10 professional women surfers in the world. 

The Cape San Juan Sinking, 1943
The SS Cape San Juan was torpedoed by the Japanese sub 1-21 on November 11 just off Fiji. The ship didn’t sink until the next day. Of the 1,464 crew on board, approximately 695 died due to shark attacks
 
One survivor, Corporal Louis Ruffin, described the night spent in the water and how sharks were picking the men off one by one in the murky waters of the Pacific. When rescuers arrived the next day, they threw the dead back into the water. “When I was pulled up and on the boat, I did some moving and shaking! I didn't want one of them big ole sharks to eat me up!” Thank you for serving sir, and for not being served to sharks. 

Robert Pamperin, 1959
Robert Pamperin and friend were snorkeling off La Jolla Cove in California when he was attacked by a 22-foot great white. Gerald Lehrer heard Pamperin scream when he turned to see him unusually high in the water with his mask missing. Lehrer dove under to see that the shark had Pamperin in his mouth up to his waist. The shark pulled Pamperin under and dragged him along the sea bed. By the time rescuers arrived, they only found Pamperin’s single swim fin. 
Rodney Fox, 1963
Rodney Fox has the best cocktail story ever after his shark attack. While competitively spearfishing in Australia, he suffered a vicious shark attack where a great white grabbed him by the torso and then charged him two more times, pulling him under and dragging him across the ocean floor. The bites punctured his diaphragm, scapula and tore his lung... TORE HIS LUNG, GUYS!  

Rescuers had to keep his wetsuit on to keep his organs from spilling out. The fact that Fox survived is a miracle. That and he gouged out its eyes. Fox was 13. 
 
Fox became a leading authority on the great white and designed the first shark observation cage. He was inducted into the International Scuba Hall of Fame in 2007. Because he deserved it. 

Sam Kellett, 2015
Sam Kellett, a 28-year-old school teacher, was devoured by a great white shark while spearfishing off the coast of Australia with his friends. Unfortunately, his buddies had to witness the attack, and saw the ocean turn red with his blood.   

Kellett's parents have graciously decided not to blame the shark for their son's death, and have requested that it not be hunted or killed.  
  
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<![CDATA[The Most Hipster Criminals Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hipster-criminals/jacob-shelton
Whether it’s because their subculture has been so commoditized, or because every day people would prefer to forget about hipsters and their PBR-drinking, fedora-wearing ways, no one thinks of hipsters as the kind of people who would actually commit a crime. But that’s exactly what hipster criminals want you to think. When you see a group of post-collegiate weirdos walk into a bar, the last thing you think is going to happen is that these hot criminals are going to steal all of the Moscow Mule cups, but time and time again that’s what they’ll do. Over the last decade, young criminals have been committing hipster crimes ranging from everyday grand larceny to stealing purple trucks, and the MOST annoying, hipster crimes are collected and recounted on this list.

Young people breaking the law is nothing new, but with the advent of social media, and the fairly young Brooklyn hipster aesthetic taking hold of the culture, their crimes have taken on an air of self satisfaction that just makes you want to scream. These young criminals aren’t just stealing guitars from seminal indie rock bands, or using their normcore looks to rob banks, they’re also taking part in destruction of property and intellectual theft. Is there anything that these hipsters can’t gentrify? Find out when you read this list of Hipster Criminals: True Stories of Hip, Young People Breaking the Law.

The Most Hipster Criminals Ever,

Man Robs Bank Dressed Like a Quentin Tarantino Character
The newest member of the FBI's Sort of Wanted list is a man who robbed a bank in San Diego while dressed like one of the characters from Reservoir Dogs. There's no word on whether or not he did a little dance to "Stuck in the Middle with You" while he did it.
Williamsburgh Thief Only Steals Apple Products
Sometime in 2008, a rash of home invasions overtook Brooklyn. Most of the electronics stolen were, of course, Apple products.
Hipsters Turn Thieves for Copper
At the Commonwealth restaurant in Boston, "darn hipsters" keep stealing the Moscow mule cups and other quirky mugs that go along with their signature cocktails. The business owner had hoped that the hipsters would steal the cups for a coconut themed drink, but unfortunately the hipsters in Boston just haven't caught on to tiki chic (chiki?) yet.
Record Store Robbed, but Not of Robert Plant's Solo Efforts
A Providence record store was on the receiving end of a thief with a real need for some classic jams. In August 2015, the What Cheer record store was robbed of all of their Led Zeppelin records, except for the Robert Plant solo albums. Ouch.
The Guitar Case Murders
In one of the sadder hipster crimes of the century, a former bass player for either The Yellow Dogs or The Free Keys (they tended to swap members) snuck an assault rifle into the apartment he shared with his old band members and proceeded to kill three men before committing suicide on the roof of the building.
Hipster Swipes Drawing from Art Gallery
During a 2011 art show, one cool guy tried to make off with a $1,200 drawing from a gallery in the middle of an art show, but was immediately stopped by a swarm of art lovers. The gallery owner hoped the judge would go easy on the thief saying, "It was a rough-and-tumble art world sort of thing."
Williamsburg Coffeeshop Steals Vibes
A Hudson, NY coffee shop owner accused a Brooklyn cafe of stealing her shop's hipster vibe. The lawsuit filed by the Hudson cafe owner claims that "her loyal customers are becoming confused by the likeness and that the ensuing chaos has become intolerable." Hudson is 126 miles away from New York City.
Hipster Steals Jacket and Wallet
On New Year's Day 2015, a mustachioed Brooklynite left a restaurant with an A.P.C. jacket (nice choice!) and the jacket owner's wallet. The restaurant's manager, who witnessed the crime, said of the thief, "he looked... hip..."
Someone Steals Jonathan Franzen's Glasses
At a book party for Jonathan Franzen's novel Freedom, a pair of thieves/dorks got into the party and stole the curmudgeonly writer's glasses right off his face. The thieves then handed him a ransom note for $100,000, before fleeing the scene. After some helicopter searching, one of the perps was tracked down, and the glasses were returned unharmed.
The Where's Waldo Bank Robber
In Oregon, a bank robber with a look similar to that of to the famous children's book character was caught after he began posting erratic Facebook statuses, concluding with the music video for "Scooby Snacks", by Fun Lovin' Criminals - a song about robbing a bank.

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<![CDATA[10 Crazy Stories About Stolen Identity Crimes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/stolen-identity-crimes-horror-stories/lyra-radford

The majority of stolen identity stories involve fraudulent credit card activity or loans being taken out illegally, causing damage to the victim’s credit scores. While these are horrible situations, sometimes it gets worst. Sometimes stolen identity crimes have nothing to do with financial gain. These crazy stolen identity crimes leave innocent parties facing more than just a bill. 

Imagine waking up to discover you're now involved in an immigration scam or suspected of murdering a war criminal. Pretend for a moment random family members suddenly started appearing, or social services is threatening to take your children away because of the crimes someone else committed in your name. This list contains some of the worst stolen identity stories.


10 Crazy Stories About Stolen Identity Crimes,

Frederic Bourdin Moved in with the Family of a Missing Boy

Frédéric Bourdin took the saying “all the world’s a stage” quite literally, and played the roles of about 500 different people in his lifetime. The serial impostor, nicknamed "The Chameleon" by the press, began his impersonations as a child, and he has taken the identities of at least three missing teenagers. One of those identities was Nicholas Barclay, who disappeared in 1994 at 13. Bourdin became Barclay in 1997. He left France and flew to San Antonio, TX, convincing the missing boy's family that he was their long lost son. 
 
He explained away his French accent - something he picked up when surrounded by Frenchmen - and claimed his eye color was altered by the members of the child prostitution ring that abducted him. The grieving family believed him and he lived in their home for about four months before a private investigator noticed the shape of his ears were different from the missing boy's. After having him fingerprinted and performing a DNA test, it was confirmed he was not Nicholas Barclay. In September 1998 Bourdin was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to passport fraud and perjury.


Rosa Vargas Was Stuck With a Collection of Husbands

In 2004, happy bride-to-be Rosa Vargas of Queens, NY, headed out to submit her marriage application and received some shocking news. It was only three weeks before the big day but her application was denied. Why? She was already married - twice. The city clerk's office said she already had a husband in Mexico and another in Ecuador, and she couldn’t have another in New York.

Believing this was a ridiculous clerical error, she and her husband decided to get the license in a different jurisdiction and got married without looking into the matter further. Five years later, Vargas was served divorce papers from the Ecuadorian husband she didn’t think existed. When she wouldn’t sign the papers, the guy showed up on her mother-in-law’s doorstep and had to be shown pictures of the real Rosa Vargas and her real husband before he finally went away.

Someone had been using Vargas birth certificate - which she lost 16 years prior - to arrange fake marriages. Her information was stolen and used by two different women to get married as a part of an immigration scam. Vargas was able to get both of the phony marriages nullified. But even after getting that accomplished, she discovered another fake husband - this time in Puerto Rico. 


Anndorie Sachs Was Accused of Having a Drug Addicted Baby

In 2006,  mother of four Anndorie Sachs received a call from the Utah Division of Child and Family Services informing her that her newborn tested positive for narcotics. Problem was, she hadn't given birth in two years and she didn't use drugs. 

That's because another woman - Dorothy Bell Moran - gave hospital officials Sachs's ID before delivering birth and disappearing without taking her newborn child. So officials - believing the woman was Sachs - called her and threatened legal action against her. An investigation launched, and the threat of being declared an unfit mother and having her actual children taken away from her was very real. Finally, she took a DNA and the results proved the baby wasn’t hers.

Sachs remembered her car was broken into recently and her driver’s license was stolen. Apparently Moran- a pregnant drug addict - broke into her car. Sachs’ name was cleared with authorities, but the hospital still sent her the bill. Salt Lake City Police caught up with Moran (who already had two warrants) and she was arrested. The baby made it, she got stronger, and was placed in foster care immediately upon her release from the hospital. 


Nicole McCabe, The Pregnant "Assassin" of War Criminals

An Australian woman named Nicole McCabe was six months pregnant and living in Israel with her husband in 2010 when she heard some shocking news on the radio. Authorities were looking for her because of her alleged involvement with the assassination of Hamas chief Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Mahmoud was a senior military commander for Hamas and an arms dealer who had been smothered with a pillow in his Dubai hotel room. And somehow McCabe - 27-year-old pregnant woman living in Israel - was being blamed.

The elite Israeli force Mossad was linked to the assassination. Mossad agents involved in the killing used fake passports of 26 people to enter into Dubai without detection. After the killing, their information was placed on Interpol's most wanted list. One of the people on it was McCabe. Officials figured out rather quickly that it wasn't McCabe, though she and her husband said the Australian embassy did very little to help, other than issuing her a new passport. 


Gerald Barnbaum Posed As a Doctor and Killed a Patient

In 1971, Gerald Barnbaum was caught committing Medicaid fraud and was stripped of his pharmacist license. But that didn’t damper his dreams of becoming a doctor. He stole the identity of an established doctors, and practiced medicine illegally for nearly 25 years. He even participated in volunteer work as a doctor in his community and while on medical missions. While working under the name Gerald Barns, he committed mail fraud, grand theft, and even involuntary manslaughter. His lack of medical knowledge contributed to the death of 29-year-old John McKenzie, an undiagnosed Type 1 diabetic. Despite displaying classic signs of diabetes, Barnbaum gave the man a drug for vertigo and sent him home where police later found him dead. In 1980, the fake doctor plead guilty to manslaughter and practicing without a medical license, and as soon as he was released on parole after 19 months, he was right back to his old tricks.

Between 1984 and 1995, he was arrested several times for operating as a fake physician. At one hospital, he was the doctor to several FBI agents and multiple officials at the Federal Reserve Bank. He was caught after he was assigned to a patient who was investigating his case. During a prison transfer in 2000 he managed to escape and promptly started working in a medical clinic. He was sentenced to more prison time, and is expected to be released on parole in 2019. 


Wendy Brown Borrowed Her Daughter’s Identity to Become a Cheerleader

Wendy Brown was 33-years-old when she decided to steal her 15-year-old daughter Jaimi's identity to attend high school and join the cheerleading squad. In 2008 Jaimi was living with her grandmother in Nevada, and Brown saw this as the perfect opportunity to make up for lost time. She enrolled herself in Ashwaubenon High School as her daughter and tried out for the cheerleading team. She went to cheer practice, went to a day's worth of classes, and even went to a party hosted by the team's coach. 

But when she stopped showing up for class, truancy officials went sniffing around her apartment and things unraveled for Brown. When they couldn’t get in touch with "Jaimi" or her mother, they called the school Jaimi transferred from in Nevada for additional contact information and found out the real Jaimi never left. Soon they discovered the girl they just let on the cheer team was actually Jaimi’s 33-year-old mother, Wendy. Brown was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder,  PTSD, and two other personality disorders. She was committed to a mental health facility and earned her GED.


Brittany Ossenfort’s Roommate Had a Secret Identity - Hers

Brittany Ossenfort met her new roommate Michelle through a mutual friend and they bonded pretty quickly. Michelle - a transgender woman born as Richard Phillips - seemed to like Ossenfort so much that she started dressing like her, even coloring and styling her hair the same. At the time, Ossenfort told the Orlando Sentinel she knew Michelle was transgender, and considered her a great friend. 

After living together a year, Ossenfort received a call from police informing her that "Brittany Ossenfort" was arrested for prostitution and needed to be bailed out. The real person behind bars was Michelle posing as Ossenfort. Using Michelle's fingerprints, they were able to identify Michelle as Phillips. She assumed Ossenfort's identity in court, and said she didn't know why her prints came up as Phillips. 

Eventually officials were able to remove the booking information labeling Michelle as Ossenfort. 


Cult Member Barbora Skrlova Had a Habit of Impersonating Teenagers

Barbora Skrlova, a Czech Republic woman, was arrested in January 2008 for stealing the identities of multiple children - both male and female. She took the identities of children connected to child abuse cases and a religious cult known as The Grail Movement.

Skrlova, 33, posed as a 13-year-old girl named Annika, the child of a cult member. She moved in with and was legally adopted by another cult member, Klara Mauerova, in the Czech Republic and convinced the woman to abuse her sons. The two brothers, 8-year-old Ondrej and 10-year-old Jakub, were severely tortured. Both boys were beaten, chained, sexually assaulted, and even partially skinned so their raw flesh could be consumed by their own family members.

When police started investigating the abuse - and the cult - thought they were rescuing two little boys and a teenage girl. But really they were escorting Skrlova to safety and “Annika” disappeared shortly after. She taped down her breasts, shaved her head, and enrolled in a Norwegian school as a 13-year-old boy named Adam. The Czech police eventually tracked her down and she stood trial for identity theft and the role she played in the abuse of Ondrej and Jakub.

Ondrej and Jakub's mother was sentence to nine years, their aunt Katerina - another abuser - was sentenced to 10 years, and Skrlova was sentenced to five years.


Career Con Artist Frank Abagnale Was Recruited by the Government to Teach Them His Tricks

Frank Abagnale is probably the most famous identity thief in history, thanks to the Leonardo DiCaprio film Catch Me If You Can which was based on Abagnale. He was a check forger and a master con artist, posing as everything from a doctor and airline pilot to a lawyer and a US Bureau of Prisons Agent. He managed to evade capture for years and even escaped police custody once apprehended - twice. 

What happened to this tricky criminal mastermind? He did a stint in prison and was let out early under the condition that he assist with investigations and teach the FBI identity theft and financial fraud prevention. He’s written books, educated millions, and launched a financial security firm, Abagnale and Associates, which quickly became one of the best in the business.  


Neighbors from Hell

In 2009, California couple Lara Love and David Jackson were arrested for victimizing over 30 people in a massive identity theft operation. They moved into a small community with their children, and after getting to know all their neighbors, they hacked into their computers through their WiFi connection. They were able to access sensitive information like credit card numbers and bank account statements. They also swiped cash, credit cards, and mail out of people’s cars.

Their scam lasted around eight months before police zeroed in on them. It turned out the couple were using the funds they amassed to fuel their drug addiction. The couple pled guilty to all 30 counts of grand theft and a myriad of other charges, even though it meant they faced 24 years in state prison. They weren’t allowed to enter their neighborhood for five years, had to make restitution payments to the victims, and they adhered to restricted Internet usage.



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<![CDATA[8 Magicians Who Died During a Performance]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/magicians-who-died-during-tricks/lily-rose

Magic offers a twofold thrill: (1) the how-did-they-do-it nature of tricks and illusions; and, (2) the often serious danger they seem to place themselves in. While you may assume much of this danger is for show, there's a sordid history of magic acts that killed the magician. These magicians who died during tricks aimed to awe and delight audiences, and learned the hard way what happens when illusions go wrong. If nothing else, this list proves magic is a dangerous profession requiring extensive knowledge.

Magicians who died performing span generations, and come from many countries and culture, giving a reminder of the public fascination with the medium. Surely that fascination stems, in part, from a general lack of understanding of how tricks and  illusion work. Magician stage deaths surely only increase mass interest in the craft, because they highlight how much danger these entertainers put themselves in, and play to the religious and occult underpinnings of magic's ancient origins


8 Magicians Who Died During a Performance,

Black Herman

Black Herman, known to friends and family as Benjamin Rucker, died of natural causes on stage. Herman was a political radical influenced by Marcus Garvey and similar thinkers of the time, in whose milieu he lived after moving from his native Virginia to New York City. During his show, he played up his African heritage, building a strong sense of African-American identity, while making fun of Klansmen. 

Black Herman was most well known for being buried alive, a trick that could last as long as three days (he wasn't actually buried, it just appeared as though he had been). He performed to mixed race audiences in the North, but was relegated to playing blacks only venues in the South.  

At the end of a show in Louisville, KY in April 1934, Rucker suffered a heart attack and died. Most people believed this was part of his act, a new trick he was trying out, and refused to believe he was dead. His promoters used this to their advantag, charging a fee to attend his funeral and allow attendees to see if he was, in fact, deceased. 


Chung Ling Soo

Chung Ling Soo was the stage name of American magician William Ellsworth Robinson. Robinson performed in yellow face, trading on racist notions of oriental mysticism and ancient east Asian magic, and was most famous for his bullet catching trick, which he called ‘Condemned to Death By the Boxers,’ so it had a nice Chinese ring to it. Robinson performed his trick using a gun with two barrels - one took the real bullet he showed the audience fo effect, the other held a blank.

On March 23, 1918, during a routine performance, Robinson shot himself for real, and by accident, because he was lazy. The thing with guns is, you have to clean them if you want them to work properly. Robison never cleaned his trick gun, and gunpowder built up in the chamber. The day the magician died, the blank lit accumulated powder, which exploded and fired the real bullet in the second chamber. 

The bullet pierced Robinson's lung and, for the first time in his professional career, he spoke in English on stage (he liked using made up Chinese because he felt it added an air of authenticity to his show, which probably wasn't true if there were any Chinese people in the audience): "Oh my God. Something's happened. Lower the curtain!"


Tommy Cooper

Tommy Cooper was an English comedian and magician known for being a terrible at magic. His act consisted of screwing up tricks and mining jokes from his incompetence. It wasn't unusual for him to fall over and lay about on the stage. That's why, during his slapstick routine on Live From Her Majesty's at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, no one realized something was amiss when Cooper keeled over on stage and died from a massive heart attack.

Audience members laughed as Cooper lay before them, dying. The broadcast cut to commercial, Cooper was pulled off stage, and, after several attempts to revive him failed, he was transported to a hospital, where he was proclaimed dead. Video of his death can be seen on Youtube


Amazing Joe Was Crushed To Death Being Buried Alive And It Was Filmed

Joseph W. Burrus was enamored with Harry Houdini and wanted to be even greater than his idol. On Halloween night, 1990, the 64th anniversary of Houdini's death, the 32-year-old magician and recovering drug addict was buried alive in a plastic coffin at an amusement park, before a crowd of onlookers including his own children.

There was little cause for alarm on the day, as Burrus, known as Amazing Joe, had successfully performed the trick a year before. However, at that time, he was buried only by dirt. In 1990, he added cement to the mix, and didn't take into account the extra weight. His plastic coffin was crushed immediately. Rescuers began digging upon hearing the coffin collapse, but Burrus was dead by the time they got to him. 


Karr the Mysterious Was Ripped Apart By A Speeding Car

Professionally known as Karr the Mysterious, South African escape artist Charles Rowan died during a daredevil escape attempt in 1930. A largely forgotten figure in the annals of magic history, Rowan left behind little in terms of personal biography. However, a Reuters report of his death survives.

"A ghastly death befell a traveling magician named Karr here this afternoon, when his oft-repeated stunt of allowing himself to be strapped in a straightjacket and charged by a motorcar failed... a large crowd, including numerous small children... saw a car dash into Karr and kill him... he was struck by the right wheel, which almost severed one of his legs."

Karr. Car. Maybe it was fate?


Gilbert Genesta Drowned In A Milk Can

Royden Joseph Gilbert Raison de la Genesta, professionally known as Genesta, more or less stole his signature trick from Houdini, who first performed it in 1908. The idea was simple yet extremely attractive to audiences - Genesta locked himself in a milk can or barrel filled with water. One fateful day in 1930, the magician failed to make his escape in time. 

When stage hands ascertained something was wrong, the curtain came down, a doctor rushed onstage. and assistants pulled Genesta from the can. He was unconscious but revived and rushed to the hospital, where he died after telling the doctor that, in more than 10 years of performing the trick, he had never failed before. 

Record has it the milk can Genesta used during his final performance was dented. This limited the space he had to contort his body in order to make a timely escape, and may have contributed to his demise. 


Madame DeLinsky's Catching Bullets Trick Only Had To Go Wrong Once

The DeLinskys were a well-known Polish husband and wife magic due who toured Europe in the early 19th century. One of their most sensational tricks involved Madame DeLinsky facing a firing squad and coming away unscathed after "catching" all the bullets. This was achieved by instructing those on the firing squad to load their guns with empty paper cartridges, so no bullets were fired. Madam DeLinsky then showed the audience a handful of bullets she already had on her person. 

In 1820, Madame DeLinsky, pregnant at the time, and her husband were performing a bullet catching trick in Arnstadt, Germany for Prince Shwarznberg-Sonderhausen and the royal family. A member of the firing squad conscripted for the performance accidentally put a real bullet in his gun and shot Madam DeLinsky through the abdomen. Members of the royal family reportedly fainted from the violence. She died two days later, and her magician husband went mad.  


Washington Irving Bishop Was Killed Either By A Fit Onstage Or His Autopsy

Washington Irving Bishop was an American mentalist and spiritualist best known for his ability to read people's minds (which came down to his ability to read body language), and for being the originator of the blind drive, a trick other magicians took up, which was exactly what it sounds like - driving with a blindfold on. 

Bishop was also known for suffering cataleptic fits, which sent him into a catatonic state. Even during a performance, he could pass out at any minute. Because of this, he carried a note in his pocket explaining he wasn't dead, and should not have an autopsy performed on him unless 48 hours had passed and he still wasn't showing signs of life.

On May 12, 1889 Bishop had a cataleptic fit on stage at the Lambs Club in New York City. After being brought off stage, he was determined dead. Physicians John A Irwin, Frank Ferguson, and Irwin H Hance performed an autopsy, declaring Bishop passed away from hysterocatalepsy. Bishop's wife and mother ardently claimed Bishop was in a trance-like state, not dead, after his fit, and was killed by the autopsy. Charges were brought up against Irwin, Ferguson, and Hance, but the doctors were never convicted. 



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<![CDATA[10 Amazing Real-Life Superhero Gadgets & Powers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/10-amazing-real-life-superhero-technologies-and-gadgets-and-powers/john-barryman
Real-life superpowers exist. The military is developing real Batman armor, real Iron Man style armor, Spider-Man gloves and boots, invisibility cloaks, and people around the world's unique genetic abilities may serve as genetic advancements that could lead medicine to replicate mutagenic superpower abilities in normal people. No, this isn't a new show that gets horrible after one season – it's reality. Here are the greatest superhero technologies, gadgets, and powers that actually exist in real-life.

It may not be too far in the future where a soldier will bring real life Batman suit onto the battlefield. In fact, some ingenious inventors have already made replica batman gadgets for sale. Check out what superhero gear and powers exist in the real world below.
10 Amazing Real-Life Superhero Gadgets & Powers,

Military Develops Batman Armor and Helmet
THE SUPERHERO: Batman

THE SUPERPOWER: A ridiculously expensive suit that is not only bullet-proof, but extremely light, agile, comes with an insane amount of Terminator-like visual displays, and still allows people to run and flip around like an acrobat.

THE TECHNOLOGY:
Inciting a pattern of military spending on superhero technology, here is the Air Force's gift to the Batman mythology: BATMAN, or Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided knowledge (I know, kind of a stretch, right?)

Besides the effort put into the name, the project is an attempt to modernize the gear commandos take with on combat missions, the overall aim being that the gear must be "lighter, smarter, deadlier," and more covert just like Batman's.

While a soldier usually has to carry 160 pounds of equipment, the BATMAN enhanced tech can decrease the payload and ensure more agility.

So like all that cool Batman electronic technology we see in the movies, the soldiers here have a small computer near their chests that tells them their logistical position and which tactics they can implement for any given situation.
That's right, it'll even include awesome communications gear, badass helmet displays, a headset (of course), and a computer (along with the ridiculous amount of batteries they'll need to keep these things rockin' on the battlefield.)

In case these new Dark Knights run out of juice, though, the suit also creates the option of refueling with the Bat Hook. A hook is thrown onto a power line and the hook slurps down power to keep BATMAN alert at all times.

If they could combine their technology with this awesome real-life utility belt that an MIT student created, they would be well on their way... Now, just to keep tabs on the richest men in the world who don't look turtles who've lost their shells.

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The news report was unclear as to whether or not the suit would, in fact, be equipped with nipples.
Military Develops Spider-Man Gloves/Boots
THE SUPERHERO: Spider-Man

THE SUPERPOWER: The power to walk up/climb walls via his hands and feet.

THE TECHNOLOGY:
Engineers at Cornell University (in New York) have apparently invented a great palm-sized device that uses the surface tension in water to make a reverse-adhesive bond to stick to glass, wood, and brick.

They're getting close in transferring this to gloves and shoes to allow the bearer to climb up, Spider-Man style, the flattest of surfaces.

The technology was actually inspired by a Palmetto tortoise beetle in Florida that uses the surface tension from tiny, pore-sized droplets of secreted oil at the top of its legs to climb up and stick to surfaces.

So basically, they are looking to insect technology to make a Spider-Man type weapon/gadget; who would've thought, right?

They found, though, that the more holes they had, the stronger the suction got. These holes, if made even tinier (1000x the width of a human hair, to be exact) would have the suction power to hold an entire person.

But would they unstick? If the force is strong enough to hold a person, wouldn't you jerk back so hard that not only would you unstick, but fall off whatever building you were climbing? Well, no, because the scientists were actually able to use that electrical field to reverse the suction, thus becoming unstuck on demand. Just like Spider-Man.

Start stitching your suits, guys. Start stitching your suits.

The gloves would work by using an electrical field to pump small amounts of water through microscopic holes.

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Honorable Mentions:
High School student invents suction technology using vacuums

Guy dressed as Spider-Man climbs skyscraper with his bare hands.

The famous French "Spiderman" (hyphen is never used when referring to him for some reason) who wears no costume, but climbs insanely high buildings with just his hands.
Child's Rare Genetic Condition Causes Hulk-like Super Strength
THE SUPERHERO: The Hulk

THE SUPERPOWER: Super strength, impenetrability via genetic mutation.

THE REAL-LIFE SUPERPOWER:
Click here for the news report on this child and the genetic condition that gives him super strength.

Click here for a great video of the child exhibiting his strength (3rd video down).

A rare genetic condition is giving 3-year-old Liam Hoekstra, Michigan, the ability to eat like a horse and not gain any weight whatsoever, lift large furniture that most adults would have trouble lifting, and increase in muscle strength by just living out his normal life. At 3 years old. He's a toddler.

His condition was first suspected when he (no foolin' here) was able to walk at an early age... Just how early? Two days. The child was able to walk after only two days of life.

He can also do the Olympic move called the Iron Cross where they hold themselves up with only their hands.

The genetic disease/condition that the kid has is called Myostatin-Related Muscle Hypertrophy. There have only been 100 cases of this in the world.

There's a defect in his genetic code that allows for excessive muscle growth. So the defect blocks the antibody that usually inhibits muscle growth in the human body, so it's almost a double-negative situation in which the disease blocks the blocker, therefore giving the child incredible muscle strength.

There are no medical downsides and his heart will be unaffected. The only downside is that he eats six enormous meals a day. He also has a six pack, without even really working out, and looks otherwise no different from other children: his muscles are just that much stronger.

Look at those guns!

So medically, if they were able to replicate this condition, it would be open to abuse by athletes, but also open for extremely important use by people with diseases like muscular dystrophy.



Invisibility Cloaks
THE SUPERHERO: The Invisible Woman (or the Predator, from the movies or hey, even Harry Potter)

THE SUPERPOWER: Invisibility

THE REAL-LIFE TECHNOLOGY:
Scientists in Tokyo University, Japan, have invented a coat which makes those wearing it appear "invisible." The coat is made with a special type of "retro-reflective material" that acts as a photographic screen. A camera exists behind the person who is wearing the coat, and that camera reflects onto the coat so that the wearer appears transparent.

Check out the video to see it in action.

Before it's "turned on," it looks like a normal grey windbreaker. The practical application of this? Well, other than being mindblowingly, face-meltingly awesome, it is actually to help surgeons see patient's bodies all the way through, so that they can analyze every single part, never missing a tumor, or what they can't see behind organs normally.

This can also be used by pilots to make the floors of their planes appear transparent to help them land...which if they did that to the entire plane, it would be Wonder Woman technology.

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More recently, US and UK scientists have developed a technology that bring us one step closer to something that is less like the moderate invisibility invented by the Japanese and more like TRUE invisibility, but don't get your Hollow-Manesque fantasies rockin' just yet, this wouldn't hit the market for YEARS.

Here's the report:

"Scientists from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and Imperial College London used their cloak, made using photonic crystals with a structure resembling piles of wood, to conceal a small bump on a gold surface, they wrote in Science.

"'It's kind of like hiding a small object underneath a carpet--except this time the carpet also disappears,' they said.

"'We put an object under a microscopic structure, a little like a reflective carpet,' said Nicholas Stenger, one of the researchers who worked on the project.

"'When we looked at it through a lens and did spectroscopy, no matter what angle we looked at the object from, we saw nothing. The bump became invisible,' said Stenger.

"The 'cloak' they used to make the microscopic bump disappear was composed of special lenses that work by bending light waves to suppress light as it scattered from the bump, the study says.

"The invisibility cloak was minute, measuring 100 microns by 30 microns -- one micron being one-thousandth of a millimeter -- and the bump it hid was 10 times smaller, said Stenger.

"The researchers are working now to recreate the disappearing bump but on a larger scale, but Stenger said Harry Potter's invisibility cloak would not be hanging in would-be wizards' wardrobes in the near future.

"'Theoretically, it would be possible to do this on a large scale but technically, it's totally impossible with the knowledge we have now,' he said."

(via Discovery News)
Military Develops Iron Man Exoskeleton
THE SUPERHERO: Iron Man

THE SUPERPOWER: Iron Man's Mark IV/V suit of armor. It can fly, shoot repulsor blasts, comes with awesome helmet displays, communications gear, and is almost impenetrable.

THE TECHNOLOGY:
This awesome exoskeleton, coined "Iron Man" by its developers, serves the purpose of increasing mobility and strength by basically using basic robotics to enhance/multiply whatever movement the soldier is making. This means that if you give a punch that would lightly bruise someone, the suit would make it so that the same punch would go through thick wood planks (as seen in this video), or someone's face (as not seen in this video).



This includes the ability to lift up rockets and rocket launchers as if they're shotguns, which means that we would be that much closer to developing real Mechs (that was the sound of 5,000 nerds – including myself – squealing).

Seeing the soldier in this video do pushups and lift things shows how this is about as mobile as Iron Man's cave-built suit, which (for real life) is actually pretty damn awesome.

Lifting extremely heavy munitions, food and other military supplies will be the primary function of this suit...at least for now.

The most interesting part about this whole thing is that it basically makes even the weakest soldier the strongest one on the field, due to the lack of effort needed to use the suit, as it is mainly a strength enhancement suit.

Mark my words, in 2030, Exoskeleton Baseball WILL be a sport.

Here's another, little more crazy version of this, showing that some people just don't get government grants for their research for a REASON: Link
Can Attract Metal, Like a Magnet
THE SUPERHERO: Magneto (who is more of a villain most of the time.)

THE SUPERPOWER: To attract, control, and stick to metal. Magneto is the master of magnetism and can manipulate metal at will.

THE REAL LIFE SUPERPOWER:
73-year-old Liew Tho Lin of Malaysia has been able to magnetize his skin for the past 10 years. He noticed his ability while working in construction, and his tools started sticking to him while he was shirtless.

Sort of like the moisture-induced suction of the Spider-Man contraption, Liew Tho's skin has an extra suction property to it that helps metal and other objects stick to his skin.

He can also pull a one-ton car using an iron suctioned to his stomach, which adds extra coolness to his ability.

His powers are "not an illusion," scientists said when trying to investigate into Liew Thow's body ability, and while his abilities definitely seem magnetic, they're actually a suction-based nature.

Click here for the full story and additional pictures of Liew Thow Lin showing off his powers.
Jet-Man Invents a Working Jetpack
THE SUPERHERO: The Rocketeer, or the main character in the popular indie comic Ex Machina.

THE SUPERPOWER: Flight via Jetpack

THE REAL-LIFE TECHNOLOGY:
A man named Yves Rossi claims to be a huge Batman fan, and was actually inspired by Batman (because if there's something everyone attributes to Batman, it's flying around in a jetpack). He uses his invention to fly relatively long distances for up to six minutes, and can hit speeds of up to 160 mph.

According to this article on MSNBC, the only problem/stagnation in the development of true Jet-Pack technology is the insane amount of fuel that it would need. In order to truly lift up a human from the ground, you would need so much power that in order to make a long trip that would be worth it, you would need hundreds of gallons of gasoline–which kind of defeats the purpose since you'd need to carry something that carries those...which would be enormous or, let's say, the size of an, I don't know...PLANE.

Why Jetpacks don't work yet.

Here's an example of another Jetpack that isn't as cool, but can take off from the ground, and can take an average-sized person 30 miles in 30 minutes on only five gallons of gasoline: Ground Take-Off Jet-Pack
Real Life Daredevil Sees Using Only Sound
THE SUPERHERO: Daredevil

THE SUPERPOWER: Sees using only sound, and can therefore "see" better than anyone. Peak physical strength and enhanced hearing, and an insane ability in acrobatics.

THE REAL-LIFE SUPERPOWER:
Ben Underwood is a blind boy whose eyes were removed (he lost them to cancer) when he was three, leaving him with absolutely no vision at all.

He can play video games, he can shoot a great game of basketball, he rides his bike around town (Sacramento, California) and even rollerblades every now and then. He can also find objects around the house for his mom.

Ben uses many aides for the blind, such as a braille keyboard and sound software to use computers. But according to this report, it's what he doesn't use that makes him remarkable. He doesn't use a seeing eye dog, or even a cane. He emits a moderately loud click with his mouth wherever he goes, which allows him to use the bouncing off of the sound to "hear" his surroundings. He can "see" walls, couches, desks, stairs, and anything else around him. This allows him to move around like someone who could see. This isn't "easy," or even possible for normal people.

He is the only person in the world who "sees" using only echo-location, kind of like a bat.

Check out the video for a 10-minute feature on Ben, and his incredible abilities. Now all he needs to do is become a lawyer (like the Daredevil in the comics), and make sure the Ben Affleck doesn't get the rights to his life story.
Qijong Master Can Create Heat with Hands
THE SUPERHERO: The Human Torch (or hey, Carrie also works)

THE SUPERPOWER: Controlling heat/fire and emitting it at will, aka Pyrokinesis.

THE REAL-LIFE SUPERPOWER/ABILITY:
A Qigong Master uses his Chi energy to create heat using minimal friction, and is actually able to steam water using his hand without even touching it. He uses heat healing to help people with back problems.

Using an infrared camera, "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" shows the man's hands directly applying heat to objects using nothing but his bare hands. He can increase and decrease the heat of water, or any moist object, at will. He was able to, using only his hand, generate heat of up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

He can heat a water on a damp towel to 10 degrees below boiling point, and actually walk on suspended sheets of paper without breaking them because, according to him, he makes himself lighter by focusing his energy.
Skin Can Conduct Electricity Like Electro
SUPERHERO: Electro (alright, so he's a supervillain, but he's a little more recognizable than Black Lightning and Static Shock).

THE POWER: His skin/body can not only absorb electricity, but can conduct it as well.

THE REAL-LIFE POWER:
According to the Beijing Sci-Tech Report, a man named Ma Xiangang can fix electrical circuits by using his bare hands. He doesn't wear any safeguards, gloves, or coat his hands in anything. They say, "he can hold a positive wire in one hand and a negative wire in the other and a bulb will light up."

Of course, anybody could do this with enough electricity, but they would most likely die, or at least convulse.

Like most superheroes, he discovered his power due to an accident, when he saw that the television he was watching with his wife broke. He went outside to check on the wiring and found a broken wire that he started picking at, touching and twisting it. After he pulled on the wire for a while, he realized that the line was actually live and could have shocked him severely. Knowing this wasn't normal, he boldly touched the power line harder...and he was still not affected.

Apparently, he can bear 220volts without any damage to his body, which is incredible.

His powers stem from his horribly, horribly dry skin. Apparently, his hands are much rougher and drier than a normal person's, which allows his skin to act like a pair of insulated gloves. His rough, thick skin prevents most of the electricity from entering his body, which means that what does get through, he absorbs and passes it through a part of his body.

After learning of his power, he became addicted to touching electricity and learning how to control the voltage passing through his body.

He now uses his "super power" to conduct electrotherapy and massages.

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<![CDATA[Who Is the Worst Person of the Week? (May 23-29)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-person-of-the-week-052616/mike-rothschild
Worst Person of the Week doesn't depend on seasons or weather, only on human greed and foolishness. So with summer approaching, it's time for everyone to let down their hair, step out into the sunshine, and do stupid, terrible things. This week, we've got a monstrously bad father, a shockingly racist elected official, a police chief who tried to pass off shooting a guy in the back as self-inflicted, and a whole bunch of other terrible people.

For example, did you know that prayer and holy water can raise test scores, but only when you cheat? Or that country star Charlie Daniels thinks "hard-rock miners" will save America from Iranian mullahs?

All of that idiocy, and more, is waiting for you to vote up. And remember, you can vote for them if you see fit.

Who Is the Worst Person of the Week? (May 23-29),

Bill O'Reilly
What Happened: The Fox News staple is planning to sue his ex-wife for $10 million, accusing her of lying in order to get O'Reilly to underwrite a new relationship she was in - despite the sex scandals he faced during their marriage.

The Details: O'Reilly and Maureen McPhilmy were married for 15 years, before separating in 2011. During their marriage, O'Reilly faced a number of accusations of sexual harassment and spousal abuse, all of which ended either in settlement or denial. Even after they split, O'Reilly continued interfering in his spouse's life, allegedly pushing for an internal affairs investigation against McPhilmy's new boyfriend, a Nassau County detective. 

Earlier in 2016, a three-member panel awarded McPhilmy custody of their two children, likely due to the numerous accusations of physical and emotional abuse lodged against O'Reilly over the years. The O'Reilly Factor host has now been accused by many of retaliating with this lawsuit, which he petitioned to keep private due to his celebrity.

Charlie Daniels
What Happened: The country music legend released a minute-long NRA promotional video that threatens Iran, insults President Obama, and throws in some subtle racism.

The Details: Daniels has long been an outspoken proponent of the Second Amendment in general and the NRA in particular. But this bizarre, straight-to-camera diatribe supporting an NRA initiative called "Freedom's Safest Place" might not draw the best publicity. Addressing "the ayatollahs of Iran," Daniels warns terrorists that they haven't met "the real America" - and it's Barack Obama's fault.

"You might’ve met our fresh-faced, flower-child president and his weak-kneed Ivy League friends," Daniels growls, "but you haven’t met America." And what is "America?" Well, you don't have to wait long to find out. According to Charlie Daniels, America is:

- "the steelworkers and the hard-rock miners"
- "the swamp folks in Cajun country who can wrestle a full-grown gator out of the water"

- "the farmers, the cowboys, the loggers and the truck drivers."

- "the mountain men who live off the land"
- "the brave cops who fight the good fight in the urban war zones.”

In conclusion, Charlie Daniels IS the NRA, and the NRA IS freedom's safest place. Whatever that means.



Eric Owens
What Happened: Owens is a writer for ultra-conservative website The Daily Caller, for whom he wrote about the Obama family's plan to buy a large house in the Washington DC area - specifically, that it's "located 1,096 feet from the Islamic Center of Washington."

The Details: That Barack Obama only has months left in the White House in no way means that it's time to stop the conspiracy-mongering about him secretly being a Muslim. In this case, Owens goes out of his way to mention over and over how close the Islamic Center of Washington is to the Obamas' "fancy" and "mammoth" new house - and why you should be afraid.

Among the horrors listed by Owens as occurring at the Islamic Center of Washington, just 1,096 feet from the fancy, mammoth Obama mansion are "Qur’an and Islamic Literature and distribution", "help for families in need", "prayer five times daily", "ample research material related to Islam," and "an array of flags representing the countries of the world where Islam is the state-sanctioned religion."

As if that wasn't enough to leave with quaking in fear, Owens finishes with this chilling fact: "In addition to the Islamic Center of Washington, the embassy of Oman and the former embassy of Iran are very close to Obama’s new mansion."

The former embassy of Iran, people! Just because it's been closed for decades doesn't mean Obama won't be Secret Musliming there. Incidentally, a Washington Post reporter pointed out that The Daily Caller's office in DC is within 1,000 feet of the American Islamic Congress, the UN Information Center, and the Center for Reproductive Rights, among other buildings.

Whoa.


Larry O'Dea
What Happened: The chief of police in Portland, Oregon, O'Dea was put on paid leave after being accused of misleading investigators about accidentally shooting someone on a hunting trip.

The Details: O'Dea is accused of shooting a friend in the back. But unlike Dick Cheney, O'Dea appears to have lied about it. When he made the 911 call, O'Dea didn't identify himself as a police officer, and misled the responding officers into thinking the gunshot wound (in the back, remember) was "self-inflicted."

It took a month for Portland police to learn that O'Dea was involved. When they interviewed the victim, he made it clear that he did not, in fact, shoot himself in the back. With conflicting statements, the Oregon State Police stepped in, and O'Dea's attempt to throw his hunting companion under the bus was revealed. He was put on indefinite paid suspension.


Kathleen Novack
What Happened: In sworn testimony this week, Waukesha County clerk Kathleen Novack supported the voting restrictions put in place by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, claiming early and weekend voting give "too much access" to "particular parts of the state" - the ones that just happen to be populated by poor black people.

The Details: The harsh ID requirements and restricted early voting that Walker has introduced over the last four years have been accused of disenfranchising urban and minority voters. Testifying in federal court, Novack backed up Walker's new laws, saying they had caused "virtually no problems at all” Waukesha County, which is one of the wealthiest counties in Wisconsin - and has an almost entirely white constituency.

In contrast, she claimed early voting, weekend voting, and reduced ID requirements made voting too easy for residents in more urban areas like Milwaukee and Madison. “There has to come a point where it’s just giving over-access” she testified.

Coincidentally (or not), these areas have a far higher number of minority residents who traditionally vote Democratic, something of which Novack, a staunch Republican, probably isn't in favor. Regardless, she believes the system is working fine. According to her, the long lines faced by voters in these areas prove that voting is easy. "Apparently access is an easy thing or they wouldn’t have long lines,” Novack quipped.


Lowanda Tyler-Jones
What Happened: Lowanda Tyler-Jones is the Clarksville, Mississippi, principal who ordered her teachers to help students cheat on standardized tests. A disciplinary hearing this week revealed that Tyler-Jones invoked the Almighty, claiming that higher test scores were the result of prayer and holy water.

The Details: Tyler-Jones was one of three Clarksdale school officials accused of cheating on standardized tests, after third-graders on one class scored suspiciously higher on math and comprehension tests. In a hearing as to whether she'd keep her teaching credentials, Tyler-Jones was accused of claiming the higher scores came from divine intervention.

“She indicated to me during an interview that she anointed the desks, the pencils, the doorways, and also the students’ heads with holy water,” said Walt Drane, Mississippi Department of Education executive director. Drane also indicated that several school staff members told him that Tyler-Jones ordered them to change student answers when they weren't satisfactory. The principal, for her part, denies any wrongdoing, insisting that her intercession from God led to student improvement.


Conrad Hafen
What Happened: Hafen is a Las Vegas judge who ordered a public defender handcuffed to teach her respect for "decorum" in the courtroom.

The Details: Clark County public defender Zohra Bakhtary was arguing to keep her client, a man who violated his probation for a petty theft conviction, out of jail. At some point, Judge Hafen ordered Bakhtary to "be quiet." When she continued trying to do her job, Hafen dropped the hammer on her, telling her she'd be found in contempt if she uttered "another word." She did, and was ordered to be handcuffed.

Hafen then turned his attention to another case before sentencing Bakhtary's client to six months in jail. In an interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal, Hafen explained that he wanted to teach the lawyer about "proper decorum" and about not interrupting him.


Keith Strawn
What Happened: Idaho resident Strawn is facing prison time for crossing state lines with his 14-year-old daughter on a trip to force her to marry the man who raped and impregnated her.

The Details: Obviously, the real villain of this story is rapist Aaron Seaton, who was convicted of raping the teenage girl he impregnated, and is currently serving 15 years in prison. But the unbelievable imbecile of the story is the girl's father, whose "religious beliefs" led him to take his daughter to Missouri to marry Seaton.

Standing before a judge on a felony injury to a child charge, Strawn explained his motivation, saying, "If you get them pregnant then you marry them.". While Strawn did admit that it was the wrong decision, the judge sentenced him to 120 days in jail - a far longer sentence than either the defense attorney or prosecutor recommended.


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Tue, 24 May 2016 03:54:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-person-of-the-week-052616/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[14 Times Animals Literally Rained from the Sky]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/times-animals-rained-from-the-sky/laura-allan

Animals raining from the sky sounds like some sort of biblical plague, or maybe some kind of magic. But, believe it or not, this actually happens! Throughout the centuries there have been times where live animals just randomly fall from the sky and science can't always fully explain how it happens. From fish to insects, these animals confuse and distress people. Worst of all, they sometimes cost tons of money in damage.

So, if you want to know what happens when encountering animals falling from the sky, read on. A rainy day might not seem too bad anymore by the time you're done.


14 Times Animals Literally Rained from the Sky,

2007: Worm Rain in Jennings

When you think of Louisiana, you probably think of fried fish, New Orleans, and a wide range of cultures. What you probably don't actually think of is worms. However, in the city of Jennings in 2007 worms were the subject of much conversation. Why? Because the place was rained on at random by a ton of worms. Clumps of tangled worms fell out of the sky, coating the streets, trees, and pelting random horrified onlookers with wiggly pink worminess. People still aren't sure how or why exactly it happened, but it's safe to say that residents hope it will never happen again.


2009: Dead Tadpoles Rain Down in Japan

Japan is home to a whole lot of weird stuff, and it seems tadpole rain is one of those things. In 1997, across the nation of Japan tiny dead tadpoles, as well as frog spawn, fell from the sky in a slimy and gross rain. The bodies of the creatures covered streets, cars, houses, and caused a huge amount of confusion in the biology and meteorology world. One theory is that the tadpoles were picked up by waterspouts. Birds have also been blamed, but in the end, we still don't fully understand why 1997 was the Japanese year of dead tadpoles.


2010: Dead Blackbirds Fall from the Night Sky in Beebe

Birds being in the sky isn't really anything new, but when the birds seemingly die out of the blue and then plummet to earth, it raises a whole lot of questions. In 2010 in the small Arkansas town of Beebe, blackbirds suddenly began to drop dead out of the air into the yards and onto the heads of unsuspecting locals. Then about two years later it happened again. This locals are not entirely sure why dead birds keep raining on their little town, though many think it has something to do with fireworks or air turbulence.


1901: Live Fish Fall from the Sky in South Carolina

When fish fall from the sky, it stands to reason that they'd be dead, or at least become dead upon hitting the ground. That's what makes the case of fish rain of 1901 in South Carolina so unusual. During a storm in the area known as Tiller's Ferry, fish suddenly began to fall from the sky still wiggling and alive once they hit the ground. Also, because it was raining, some of these fish fell into puddles and actually survived until after the storm! Locals reported that they saw the fish swimming around after the rain had ended, in isolated shallow puddles between rows of cotton in the fields. It's a little sad to think about that way, but no less strange and fascinating.


1997: Frozen Squid Falls from the Sky in the Falkland Islands

In June of 1997, a man was having a nice fishing outing in the Falkland Islands when a strange and confusing tragedy struck. Without warning, a frozen squid fell out of the sky right onto his head and knocked him unconscious. He was comatose for two full days following the squid assault, and probably had a lot of unanswered questions once he woke up again. To this day, no one has any idea how the squid got there, or how one fell on this poor fisherman. Also, why was it frozen? We may never find out.


1953: Various Frog and Toad Species Rain in Leicester

In September 1953, in Leicester, MA, the weather seemed to be getting pretty bad. The rain was flooding nearby ponds, there were high winds, and everyone was getting pretty soaked. But the worst was yet to come. Residents came out of their homes to find it was actually raining frogs and toads onto their cozy little locale for apparently no reason. Some scientists believe that high winds blew them into the town, considering the weather was so bad. Either way, frog rain has happened for centuries, even dating back to the Ancient Greeks, and that just goes to show that what happened in Leicester is simply another weird  - but relatively normal - act of nature. 


2013: Spiders Fall from the Sky in Brazil

Brazil is home to hundreds of spider species, which is fascinating to many nature-lovers and terrifying to many arachnophobes. No matter where you fall on the spider-loving spectrum, it's safe to assume no one wants them to literally rain from the sky. Unfortunately for Brazil this actually happened in 2013. Literally thousands of small and large spiders fell from the sky and began weaving webs almost instantly, coating the land like a creepy-crawly blanket.

This isn't even the first time this has happened. Brazil, Australia, and even parts of the United States have supposedly seen spider rain at some point in history. Scientist explained that this phenomenon is caused when high winds blow spiders from their tree homes and blow them up into the air. When they fall back to the ground, they detach webs as "anchors" to attach to trees. 


2010: It Rains Perch for Two Days in Lajamanu

What's worse than fish rain? How about two whole days of fish rain! In 2010 - a pretty big year for animal rain, apparently - the little town of Lajamanu, Australia, was treated to a ton of fish pouring out of the sky. This desert town has about 650 residents, but in 2010 it was also home to hundreds of perch in early March. For two days the fish rained down intermittently sometimes still alive when they hit the ground. Some residents also reported that this isn't the first time fish have rained from the sky on their little locale. Scientists suggest this was caused by a tornado, but that doesn't make it any less bizarre for onlookers. 


1947: Fish Rain from a Clear Sky in Marksville

On October 1949, Marksville, LA, was enjoying a bit of good weather. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, the sun was shining, and all was right in the world. Well, that is, until fish started falling from the sky. And we're not talking little fish here either - freshwater fish up to nine inches in size began to drop out of the clear blue sky for apparently no reason. Two merchants were even painfully struck by falling fish as they rushed for cover, which probably killed their appetites for seafood anytime soon. Some scientists believe that this was caused by heavy winds, but the very notion of fish rain on a cloudless day is enough to make you scratch your head.


2010: Tiny Frogs Fall from the Sky in Hungary

Tiny frogs are pretty irresistibly cute, not so much when they suddenly start falling on you from above. In Hungary in 2010, tiny frogs only a few millimeters in size came down with the rain to the surprise and dismay of locals. This can be caused by high winds, waterspouts, or even a tornado. This seems to have happened more than once in various parts of Hungary over a two-day span, with the worst of it being in Rákóczifalva. Depending on how the wind blows, it could even happen again.



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Mon, 12 Dec 2016 05:29:09 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/times-animals-rained-from-the-sky/laura-allan
<![CDATA[Hotel Staff Describe the Most F*cked Up Guests They've Cleaned Up After]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-hotel-room-clean-up-stories/michaelchoi

Have you ever wondered what the previous guests did in your hotel room before you checked in? It's pretty easy to creep yourself out when you think about all of the gross messes that could've been in your very room just hours before you got there. After reading these horror stories from hotel staff, well, you probably won't feel much better. We've gathered the grossest, weirdest, and most disturbing stories told by hotel staff who had to clean up after the worst guests.

From strange rituals, to lots of sex stuff (duh), and gross fluids having to do with sex stuff. . . (did we say sex stuff?) these stories will ignite your already active imagination. Bringing in a black light might seem like a good idea, but who knows what you'd spot all over the sheets. So next time you check into a hotel, think about looking under your mattress - and don't forget to tip the housekeeping staff. You'll know why after you read through these stories. 


Hotel Staff Describe the Most F*cked Up Guests They've Cleaned Up After,

Man Builds Contraption in Room

"My sister was a hotel maid while she was in university and told me this one. She was called to a room because there were complaints of someone making loud moaning noises, and the sound of someone drilling into something. What she walked into would be something she would not soon forget.

A man had suspended himself from both his feet, his body, and his throat, while he was in the air masturbating. The drilling sound was from him putting in supports to suspend the ropes from the ceiling. There were also rubber ducks everywhere.

She promptly left.

Here's a sketch of it."


Aunt Flo Visits a Hotel

"I walked in on a couple having sex once. No biggie, right. Didn't scream, just blushed slightly, and beat a hasty retreat.

They left the hotel at 1 pm, half an hour before my shift ended. I was in a rush to get the room done, so I could go home. I figured it wouldn't take me long.

I was wrong. Two words for you: period sex.

Let me add here that I'm not opposed to the idea of period sex in principle. What I'm opposed to is cleaning up after someone else's period sex.

They'd put down towels to save the sheets (thoughtful), but they used the hotel's towels. I had to throw them away in the end.

The towel wasn't big enough though, obviously, since the sheets were blood-stained, too, including the comforter, which they'd hidden in the wardrobe. I kind of thought that a murder had occurred at this point, since there was blood everywhere, but the bin in the bathroom which was overflowing with used tampons confirmed my initial suspicions (they didn't bother to use the sanitary bags provided).

Note to any ladies reading this: if sanitary bags are provided, USE THEM. It's a health hazard to just leave bloody tampons in a bin.

Anyway, I didn't finish my shift until 2:30 pm. It was okay though, since I wasn't really in the mood for lunch anyway."


Staff Finds a Surprise in the Closet

"When I was younger, I worked night reception in a real sh*tty rundown hotel. I took over night shift from the afternoon shift and was given my handover. As per usual on the weekends, we had our late check-outs and wake up calls for airport transfers.

Come 2:45 am, I called the guest in room 3405, but got no answer. I tried again a few more times and nothing still. Now as I had mentioned, this being such a crummy three-star rat-infested hotel from hell, we had a total staff of one: me. Off I went, up three floors with the master key to fetch ''Mr. Colins." 

I knocked three times and no answer, so in I went. What I saw next will haunt me forever. Across the room in the double-doored fake mahogany closet was ''Mr. Collins," butt-naked in a standing position, knees bent, shoulder slumped on the inside of the closet with a belt attached around his neck, buckle-side attached to the closet rail. His eyes were closed with a great big smile on his face. Dead as a dodo.

So, first aid training kicked it, but I knew it was for nothing. The dude was cold. I called the ambulance and started CPR, but it was obvious the guy was not coming back. The paramedics took over, but he was pronounced dead straight away.

Working in the hospitality industry, you somewhat prepare yourself for grannies passing away in the middle of the night and the odd heart attack here and there, but I was never ready for auto-erotic-asphyxiation-related deaths."


Couple Leaves a Few Gifts Behind

"I dated a girl in college who worked at a local Holiday Inn. I went to pick her up one afternoon, and a guy pointed me down the hall to a room she was cleaning.

As I got closer, the smell made my nose hairs stand on end, and I almost gagged right there. I pulled my shirt up over my face to keep from puking. She and her coworker came out and simply said, 'Assh*les!"'

It turns out a couple was in the room and had left two filled condoms hanging over the top of the bed lights. The condoms had partially melted and cooked the semen, which was what the god-awful smell was."


Guest Checks Out on Christmas Eve

"My mom was a hotel general manager, and I basically grew up in hotels.

The worst was a man who hung himself in the hotel room on Christmas Eve. He had driven through the night to see his kids for Christmas, and his ex wouldn't let him see them, so he went back to his hotel room and hung himself.

My mom is still traumatized over finding his body. After that, she organized a party in the hotel lobby for every Christmas Eve and always invited all the guests to try to get people out of their rooms and to lift their spirits if they were spending Christmas in the hotel."


Cleaning Lady Finds a Few Things Floating in the Bathtub

"We had a lady who cleaned hotels tell us about the time she walked in and found 10 severed heads in the bathtub with the hotel water running. She immediately left the room and had the manager call the police. Tons of police came to investigate the gentleman after he came back.

It turned out he was in charge of an ENT cadaver lab being held the next morning and needed to thaw the specimens. It was tough to explain, but it got sorted out once the heads were all accounted for."


Housekeeper Quits Upon Seeing Disgusting Room

"It was a regular day with a slightly smaller than average schedule of rooms for the day, so I was in a good mood. I had 12 rooms that day. Normally, I'd have 14 to 16.

So I get to my last room, excited to be close to finishing for the day, and I open the door only to be greeted by a grotesque display of everything that is considered repulsive and dangerous to touch. There were - let's see if I remember this right - used condoms filled with semen on the bed accompanied by stains which may or may not have been semen. There was blood all throughout the room - too much blood for there to have not been a murder like Jigsaw played a game in the room.

There were used needles, crack pipes, other random drug things: empty pill bottles, broken and unbroken liquor bottles, cigarette butts along with ashes and burn marks, plus tons of trash. 

Then, the bathroom. There was piss everywhere. More blood. Vomit in the tub, in and around the toilet and the ceiling. There was vomit on the ceiling. I nope-d out of the room, called the front desk, and asked them to call the police. The cops came to investigate the blood and drug use in the room and probably the people who had rented it and checked out. I left for the day.

The next day rolls around, and I look at my sheet and see that same room. Confused, I go up to the third floor, and I see the room in the same condition minus the drug stuff. Condoms, vomit, blood, bottles, cigarettes, trash - all still there.

I call the manager and tell them I'm not doing it. It's a job for a biohazard team. They tell me, "Just get what you can. Wipe everything you can off the surfaces. We'll have a fabric cleaner come in for the rest."

Nope. I quit. I dealt with small amounts of bodily fluids on a daily basis, and I was fine with it, but that was WAY too much to ask of a 17-year-old kid on minimum wage."


"Artistic" Guest Creates Sculpture

"I went to visit a friend once who was cleaning rooms at a motel in a mountain resort town one summer. She had one room left when I got there, so I went with her to basically watch. 

She went into the bathroom, screamed, and ran out. Obviously, I had to see what she saw, and there in the bathroom in the middle of the tile floor was a perfectly sculpted "snowman" made of poo."


Maid Who Probably Works at Overlook Hotel

"BLOOD. So much blood.

I worked at the hotel. The pillow was soaked solid. The mattress was covered. Because I worked in the dirtiest hotel in town, we shampooed the carpet, flipped the mattress, and rented it out that night.

That means someone was sleeping on a mattress still damp with tons of blood. Yuck."


The Case of the Sticky Yellow Trident

"I used to work part time as [hotel cleaning staff] (I'm a man, so not exactly a maid). Once, I found a sticky, yellow dildo with a smell that will suffocate your soul and scar you for life. It was shaped like a deformed Neptune's trident, with two big poles and a smaller pole, not even half the size of the first two. (I hope they are called poles since I'm not a dildo-engineer.) I have heard of rabbit vibrators since my girlfriend has one, but not a three-headed one. It was stuck under the mattress, leaving in the middle of it a little sickly green.

So yeah, f*ck you, Neptune's wife."



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Fri, 04 Nov 2016 06:03:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-hotel-room-clean-up-stories/michaelchoi
<![CDATA[Hospital Workers Tell Insane Sex-Related Injuries They Saw]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sex-injuries/rosa-pasquarella

Sex is supposed to be fun. "Supposed" being the key word. But, if you play, you are bound to get hurt. We scoured the internet to find some of the craziest sex stories you'll hear- the ones that ended up in the ER. From various household objects finding their way up people's rectums, to piercings gone bad, these story will definitely make you extra-cautious the next time you're bit by the love bug.


Hospital Workers Tell Insane Sex-Related Injuries They Saw,

Guy convinces wife to stick gun up his butt during sex; gun goes off

"The EMTs arrive, they find a woman covered in gore and blood and a man with a gaping hole in his stomach. Apparently they had returned from their honeymoon and were getting busy. The husband thought it a good idea to get his wife to insert a revolver into his rectum. However the revolver was loaded and the safety off.
 

Mid-blowjob the gun went off blowing a huge hole in his stomach and covering his lovely wife in blood, intestines and rectum.


The wife was just in shock and couldn't move or talk. The man, unfortunately, didn't make it."


Tongue piercing gets stuck on clit-ring.

"Have you ever had a tongue-piercing get stuck in a clitoris-ring? Well, it's fun for the on-duty EMTs, not so much for the patients."


Man tries to have sex with his cat
"One of my friends was an EMT. He had to respond to a call once for a guy who injured his penis. It turns out he was trying to fuck his cat and his cat wasn't having any of it. He said that was the only time on the job he lost it laughing in front of the patient."
Woman masturbates with curtain rod

"A woman used her curtain rod to masturbate and well... got it stuck. The best part was that it was a long curtain rod which need to be cut to fit in the ambulance."


Woman decapitated while giving road head

"A buddy of mine is a paramedic and he once told me a story about a guy who was getting road head and got into an accident. When they found the girl, she had been decapitated. She still had his penis in her mouth and he wasn't sitting next to her anymore."


A man tries to massage himself with a large onion and gets it stuck up his butt

"My buddy told me about a guy who had gotten a large onion stuck in his rectum. The guy's excuse was that he was using it to massage his lower back, which is why he was completely naked and covered in oil, and slipped and fell on it causing it to lodge itself in his colon. The real kicker is that he was a few days into this ordeal because he wanted to pass it without going to the hospital so in the process he developed a massive impaction because he was completely clogged."


Man breaks his penis into a Z

"I had a gentleman and his lady come in after a romantic (drunken) night on the beach, mid-coitus he misjudged the length of his penis, pulled out too far, and rammed it into her leg causing it to snap in half. I have never in my life seen something so horrific and I've been an EMT for 10 years. It was in the shape of a Z, completely purple, and swollen. "


Couple breaks a glass, shards end up in bad places

"A couple come into A&E after a (presumably rough) night out. They'd gone back to his place, had some wine on his bed, then started having sex. She went on top, and as they changed positions one of the wine glasses smashed and left an eight centimeter shard in the guy's butt cheek.
 

Worst part? She continued to ride him for a number of seconds mistaking his screams for pleasure, and caused some fairly serious lacerations."


Woman nearly bites off penis

"We had a young couple visiting from Korea checking out our major university. They were staying at a mid-priced hotel. All our call notes said was '21-year-old male bleeding from penis.' When we get there, the caller was in the lobby and walks out to us holding his crotch and a bloody towel. His girlfriend is crying her eyes out. First thing she said to me in broken English was 'Will you cut it off?' Found out that she was giving him head and it got a little rough. Apparently she managed to somehow bite his dick just at the base of the head where it meets the shaft. He had a deep laceration the width of his dick but the head was still attached. He was in minimal pain and the bleeding had mostly stopped. That one was hard to keep a straight face on."


Man gets stuck in a cock ring
"My dad was a paramedic for many years. I remember one story he told about some guy getting a cock ring stuck on his dick. Apparently the guys dick had swollen up so much because of the cock ring, they couldn't even see the ring anymore. from what he described it looked like an eggplant ready to burst."

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Mon, 07 Mar 2016 04:38:22 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/sex-injuries/rosa-pasquarella
<![CDATA[15 People Who Saw Themselves on Reddit]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-saw-themselves-on-reddit/jacob-shelton
Millions of posts are written on Reddit every day, and the law of averages says that at least a few of those posts involve other Redditors who are more than likely going to read them. From insane stories of blacking out at a music festival to creeps trying to hook up with another guy’s girlfriend, the stories collected here are only possible thanks to the global web phenomenon of a massive online community like Reddit. And the tales prove that sometimes a cringe-worthy post can make for wonderful online fodder. This list is all about the mostly embarrassing, but sometimes triumphant, instances of people recognizing themselves on Reddit.

On this list, you’ll see that some of the people who saw themselves on Reddit were so pumped to be featured on the site that they immediately told everyone who they knew, but some of the Redditors who had their lives put on display were less than excited to be front and center on one of the most popular websites in history. Good or bad, all of the posts on this list illustrate the age-old adage that there are two sides to every story, and sometimes the defining version of the story depends on who tells it first. 
15 People Who Saw Themselves on Reddit,

The Student Who Got Roasted in Class
In a sort of reversal of seeing yourself on Reddit, user MrDerpsicle made a post on r/roastme and he received a very specific burn. "Who do you think you are, sitting front row in the Calc 1151 lecture? Think sitting closer is going to make you less dumb?" Read the comment. And after MDerps lecture had ended, one of his classmates approached him and revealed that he was the commenter. Small world! 
Redditor Proves He's Impervious to the Cold
While at the Race of Champions with his family, an underdressed Redditor noticed that folks were beginning to talk about him online. The weirdest part about the thread is how the user admits that he hasn't worn "anything but a t-shirt for three years." Although later he admits to wearing one of his "winter t-shirts."
Redditor Finds Out Why He Was Banned
When a user gets banned from any forum, drama is always sure to follow. You best believe that things got real when a moderator posted in a thread about "the most f***ed up post" he ever had to remove and the OP he was discussing started commenting. What follows is an argument over rule violations and a disclosure of private messages that makes the whole thread feel like an episode of The West Wing
A Woman Discovers that She's a Sexpert
Maybe it's not the best way to find out that you're good at sex, but one woman recalls finding out that the first time she gave her boyfriend a hand was one of the best times he's ever had. We're going to need a bigger cringe. 
The Woman Who Saw Her Dog on the Front Page of Reddit
When a woman saw that a picture of her dog had been turned into a meme, she took the high road and not only shared more pictures of her furry buddy, but started a full on petpocalypse where everyone shared pictures of their four-legged friends. 

Dad Builds Library and Becomes Reddit-Famous
One dad who set up a free bookstore in his kid's school got major karma points when people found out about it. After some gentle nudging he set up a PayPal link and managed to bring in some extra cash to cover the cost of books. Sometimes the Internet is magical. 
Man Tries to Sell Car and the Internet Does What It Does
When Redditors got ahold of one guy's sort of funny craigslist ad, it became a viral sensation and because his phone number wasn't blurred, made his phone unusable. Welcome to the 21st  century. 
Creepy Van Driver Gives His Side of the Story
After finding a story about a creepy van driver who wouldn't stop asking a lone bike rider if he was "David Crist" in the r/creepyencounters forum, the driver decided to make the story considerably less creepy when he commented that he was just stoned and felt like messing with the cyclist. 
Hockey Fan Gets Hit With Puck and Wins on Reddit
Meanwhile in Vancouver, a fan attending a Canucks game got smashed in the face with a puck and the video made the rounds on Reddit. He chimed in to let everyone know he was okay and that he made it out with his towel. 
This Kid Who Kept It Mad Real When He Vacuumed
In a thread that had long devolved into people posting memes of young folks trying to act tough, one commenter pointed out that he was actually one of the kids in the memes. Specifically a picture of a kid trying to look hard next to a Dyson vacuum cleaner. He came clean and said that he was trying to be funny when he took the picture. Sure. 

 


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Thu, 31 Mar 2016 03:22:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-saw-themselves-on-reddit/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Graveyard Shift Staff Tell the Scariest Things They've Seen]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-night-shift-stories/rosa-pasquarella
Most people get to spend their evenings in the comfort of their own homes, however, people who work the night shift don't get that lucky. These often unseen heroes clean, protect, and otherwise provide as we sleep, and sometimes stuff on the late shift gets....weird.

We went to Reddit to find some of the creepiest true stories from folks working the notorious graveyard shift. From paranormal activity, to creepy strangers emerging from the dark, you're about to gain a whole new appreciation for the night shift.
Graveyard Shift Staff Tell the Scariest Things They've Seen,

Hospital orderly sees woman who had just recently passed away
"I work at a hospital overnightBy far the creepiest thing happened while I was cleaning two rooms after the patients left. The rooms were connected, with one exit. I cleaned the first room, left for 10 minutes, got my supplies and went back to the other. I saw a little old lady in a chair, hunched over. I stared at her for a few seconds. I thought it was odd they put a patient in that room already. I begin cleaning, and look back at the other room - it's empty. She disappeared. I would have seen if she walked passed me. Creepy. No one on the floor fit the description I gave of her - except the lady who died in that room four hours before my shift."
Property guard hears woman's dire screams for help
"I used to work as a night watchman on a large property. Not just a big building, but a large surrounding property as well. Probably 50 acres.
 

Well, this property was not in the best of areas. It was kind of secluded, but had a subdivision nearby.
 

Anyways it had a really long driveway that was gated. One night I start my rounds by walking out the front door of the place which was all lit up. As soon as I lock the door behind me and take a step I hear a woman's voice scream 'OH MY GOD SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME!' up at the end of the driveway. It was somewhat faint and I took five running steps into the driveway, skidded to a stop and ran back inside to call the cops. They responded with multiple police cars and even a helicopter. They found absolutely nothing.
 

I still think it could have been someone trying to lure me out there."


Distraught worker sneaks past security, kills himself in company president's office
"Around 12 years ago I was working security at a small company's headquarters in New York City. My partner for the night had called in sick, so I had to work from midnight to six all by my lonesome. Now, normally, this wouldn't be a problem. I just had to sit in the back room, watch some cameras, and occasionally head out for a sweep - nothing to it right? Well as it turns out, one of the employees had stayed in the building after hours, and had managed to avoid my co-worker's sweep from the previous shift. I first noticed a movement in my peripheral vision on one of the screens, and then again a few minutes later. This was odd, because I was used to quiet nights in this particular building.
 

I was a little scared when I headed out for my sweep, but it was my job, so I grabbed my flashlight and headed out to begin. I had to start the sweep in one big hallway, and right as I entered, I saw a flash of movement at the end of it. At this point, I was sufficiently freaked out. I stood frozen for a minute or so, looking into the semi-darkness, unsure of what to do. The decision was taken out of my hands, however, as I heard a gunshot resound down the hallway. In what was the scariest moment of my life, I slowly walked down that hallway to investigate. I reached the end, and saw to my left that the president's office light was on. Slowly, I approached the door and creaked it open, scared shitless. What I saw will forever haunt me. The man had taken a seat in the president's chair, and shot himself in the head with a pistol, splattering blood and brains all over the floor and the wall. Apparently this guy was having problems at home, and because the president was supposedly a total asshole to him, he decided to off himself and scare the crap out of the president at the same time. In any case, I threw up a few times and called the police. I got the next two weeks off. I still have nightmares about it sometimes."


Man pulls up to gas station, appears to have a dead woman sitting in the passenger seat
"When I had just graduated high school, I started working at a truck stop a few miles outside of town. I usually worked evenings, but I had to switch shifts with the night shift guy, so there I was, at three a.m., fighting sleep. A car pulls into the parking lot and parks. There's a guy in the driver seat, crying, and a woman in the passenger seat just staring straight ahead...not moving... no emotion whatsoever. They sat there for what seemed like an hour. Then the guy gets out and comes in. He grabs a few random items and puts them on the counter. The whole time he is looking all around, checking for other people. There was no one but us... for miles. He then stares right into my very soul and says: 'It's quiet out here, isn't it? So quiet you can almost hear the angels singing.' I muttered something unmemorable and he left. She never moved."
Little girl watches her nanny as she sleeps
"Right out of college I got a job as a nanny for two elementary-aged girls. For their anniversary, the parents went on a week-long cruise and I stayed home with the kids. The first few nights, the eight-year-old would come into my room multiple times a night and wake me up. It was obvious she hadn't pre-planned what she was going to give me as a reason for waking me, so she would stumble through an excuse on the spot like 'I just wanted to make sure we are still going to the park tomorrow' or 'I think I forgot to brush my teeth and wondered if I should do it now or wait 'til the morning.'
 

I figured she was just missing her parents and feeling out-of-sorts, so I let it slide at first. But by the fourth or fifth time, knowing I needed sleep to keep up with two active kids, I told her that she wasn't to wake me up unless there it was an emergency.
 

I get a couple more hours of undisturbed sleep, but wake up with a weird feeling around five in the morning. I turn over and nearly piss myself - the girl had brought a chair right next to the bed and was staring down at me. It didn't help that she had long, dark hair and this happened a few months after The Ring came out.
 

Her explanation? 'I just thought it would be fun to watch you sleep. I didn't wake you!' Touche, kiddo."


Spirit of abused child haunts child welfare center; wakes children up to play in the middle of the night
"I work at a crisis nursery, which is a childcare facility that provides emergency and respite care for children under the age of seven. I used to work graveyards all the time. I have to say first that I am absolutely a non-believer in paranormal stuff. That being said, at two in the morning in a dark room when you and two or three other girls in their twenties are the only adults in the building, sh*t gets creepy sometimes.
 

The facility I work in was named for a child who was beaten to death by one of their parents. The nursery was started in their name as a way to hopefully prevent another child dying a violent death at the hands of a stressed-out caregiver.
 

So the story that goes around is that this kid's spirit haunts the nursery and is mostly active at night. They tell me that one of the reasons that everyone thinks this place is haunted is that many different people have reported different children asking about 'that kid' as in, 'why doesn't that kid have to go to bed?' while pointing at nothing. I brush it off, basically forget about it.
 

A few weeks later, I was in the sleep room (the bedroom where all the kids sleep. There must always be an adult in the room with the children) by myself. I'm just chilling, reading a book with a booklight. The rest of the room is pitch black and silent.
 

All of a sudden, this kid (probably four or five) sits bolt upright in bed and says, 'Hey, how come they aren't asleep? Why do they get to play? I want to play too!' all while pointing at a wall with no kids anywhere in the vicinity.
 

Instant crazy shivers all over me. I was so scared I almost screamed. I refused to be alone in there from that moment on."


College baseball coach falls out of fifth floor window of hotel after drunken night out
"I saw a live guy's brain working the night shift at a hotel front deskOne night, our hotel was hosting a college baseball team. The team came back around 11 and went up to their rooms to bed. No big deal. Then, around one, the coaches came back absolutely HAMMERED. They went up to their rooms, and that was the last I heard from them for about an hour.
 

While I was setting up for breakfast, I heard the elevator ding. Out of the elevator bursts one of the coaches. He runs straight out the front door. Odd, but okay, whatever. He comes running back inside shouting, 'He fell! He fell!' I run outside while pulling out my phone and dialing 9-1-1 to see one of the coaches who had come back earlier, face down on the ground in a HUGE puddle of blood.
 

The paramedics got there and as they were loading him up, one of them wiped off his forehead, and there it was. The guy had fallen out of a third story window straight on his forehead and split it open so wide and deep that you could see his brain. He was life-flighted to the bigger hospital up north. He lived. I got a raise the next day."


"Insidious" starts playing by itself as movie theatre closes down
"I was a shutting down projectors and closing down the movie theater around two in the morning. I shut off the one projector and turn around to see one theater starting to play Insidious from the beginning without previews. It was extremely out of place considering the projectors are programmed for the movies to start automatically with the 20-minute previews built in. No show was scheduled in the computer and I still don't know how it started. But I locked myself in the office for the rest of the night."
9-1-1 operator receives nightly calls from land line of unoccupied house
"A phone used to call me on 9-1-1 every night, make horrible screaming sounds or sometimes white noise, and then disconnect. It scared the living sh*t out of me. The number was as a landline for a vacant residence. The officers we sent out every time never found a thing, and I was repeatedly assured that the sounds on the line were due to a faulty phone line or the rain, but it never stopped bothering me."
Night nurses get phantom call from empty room with no phone
"I work as a transporter in a hospital. About two years ago we moved from the old city hospital into a new state of the art facility. The old hospital was built in the 1930s and was showing its age. At night was just plain creepy. Each floor had an east and west wing. The east wing of the fourth floor was the first wing to be shut down about two weeks before the move. One night at around 9:30, I'm up on the floor to get a patient from the west wing. I see a small group of nurses and aids who all used to work on the now closed east wing. They looked visibly shaken. I walked over to see if everything was OK. They told me that they had decided to walk through their old wing for nostalgia's sake. When they were over there, the phone at the nurses station started ringing. The computers and phones had not yet been moved. Not sure what to do, one of the nurses reached over the counter and answered the phone. The nurse told me there was a woman's voice on the other end and that she sounded confused. This is the conversation as best I can remember it. 
 
'This is ______. How can I help you?' asked the nurse.

'Hello? Who is this?'

'I'm a nurse. Is there anything I can help you with?'

'Where I am I?'

'This is (hospital name). Are you patient here?'

'Oh. OK.'  

Then the line went dead. That's when the nurse finally looked at the screen on the phone to see where the call was coming from. The phone gave the room number directly next to the nurses station. The rooms by this point had all been cleared out and the phones removed. They could see directly into the room and see that there was nobody in there. That's when they bolted towards the west wing where I was getting off the elevator. I avoided that wing for the rest of my time there."



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Fri, 18 Mar 2016 07:14:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-night-shift-stories/rosa-pasquarella
<![CDATA[The 38 Most Obnoxious Wedding Themes of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/10-most-obnoxious-wedding-themes-of-all-time/davehoward
After we saw the news of the couple in Japan who were married by a robot, we realized Wedding Season (aka June-July) is rife with examples of poor wedding theme decisions. It's the time of year when the sanctity of marriage and love are celebrated with crab cakes, white frosting, and drunken bridesmaids giving it up for pre-screened strangers. Here are the most insane and ridiculous wedding themes we have ever seen. But hey, look at this this way: they're better than Vegas!... Kind of.

What are the worst wedding themes? Generally ones that are offensive or take the couple's hobbies a little too far. Alas, while some people are still not allowed to partake in wedding ceremonies, there are others who should not be allowed to join in the fun. You know who I am talking about, these are the folks whose passions for a hobby rank as holier than both the sacred word of God or the exalted slurring of a Dean Martin impersonator. I mean even the top wedding themes for insane people shouldn't be this available to the general public. Like, how did these people even pull these weddings off? Crazy wedding themes are one thing, and something that should really just be kept to the pages of Pinterest. But until these weirdo wedding rituals are absolved... weddings aren't safe for anyone.

The 38 Most Obnoxious Wedding Themes of All Time,

Batman Wedding

The NRA Wedding

Zombie Wedding

Superhero Wedding
Little girl: "Mommy, when I grow up I want to get married around a bunch of superheroes!"

Mommy: "Daddy's not spending $20,000 on that."

Well, bridesmaids of the world, you can no longer complain about having to pay $400 for an ugly dress you will never wear again.

This guy got all his buddies dressed up in tights as a warm-up for his wedding night. Classy. We don't know how much the codpieces cost, but we do know how much the inevitable forced-cosplay will cost on the lives of their children (emotionally)... and it ain't cheap.

Man, those guys are nerds... Also, the Post-Crisis DC Universe Batman has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Batman from the 1960s television, and none of the Justice League EVER showed up in even a single episode, not even the movie that followed the series.

... What?
Pirate Cove Wedding

Forbidden Star Wars Love Wedding

The Destination Wedding
The Destination Wedding is not as goofy as some of these others... however, it needs to end.

I don't want to spend five grand to go to your wedding and spend the weekend meeting your in-laws who I will most likely not see again until their funeral.

Sure, I would love to spend the weekend in Aruba, Paris, or Thailand. But if I am going to any of those places, I will be doing things your in-laws should not be privy to.

C'mon, the Reidel decanter and cheese cutting set should be enough of an investment to prove my love to you. Now go and have your OWN honeymoon.
Journey to Knighthood Wedding

Game of Thrones Wedding
This bride and groom played with fire when they held their Game of Thrones-themed wedding in June 2014. They decorated with GoT swag, played the Rains of Castamere and even wore GoT house shirts under their wedding clothes. The groom represented House Stark. Risky, right?

We get it: you love the show and the books. So do we! Not to state the obvious, but when has a wedding on Game of Thrones ever, EVER turned out well? Disaster may not immediately strike, but you're definitely asking for it. Just think about that when you're nibbling on your lemon cakes and hot pies. 
 
Alice In Wonderland on Acid Wedding


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Sun, 16 May 2010 13:03:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/10-most-obnoxious-wedding-themes-of-all-time/davehoward
<![CDATA[10 Real People Who Survived Horror Movie Situations]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/7-real-people-who-survived-horror-movie-situations/samantha-wilson

Everyone enjoys a good horror movie, but what happens when the nightmares leap off screen and come to life? These people are all survivors of real-life horrors that make anything that happened in A Nightmare on Elm Street look like small potatoes. From stalkers and serial killers, to ghastly medical traumas and crimes of (lost) passion, these horror survivors have seen it all and lived to tell about it. Who knows – maybe the "based on a true story" version of their haunting tales will hit the theaters someday soon. 

The survivors of real-life horror proved that they have what the protagonists of horror movies do not: common sense and resilience in the face of extreme terror. Rather than accept their fate and submit to whatever gruesome foe is pursuing them, these fighters decided that they wanted to live another day – and often took their opponents (real and metaphorical) down with them. Think trickery, quick wits, gut instincts and just plain old optimism in the face of trauma; sometimes that's all anyone needs to outdo even the greatest horror villains. For these seven people who survived such horrible terrors in their real lives, they could easily hold their own in the scariest of horror movies. Way to make the rest of us look like wimps, guys. 


10 Real People Who Survived Horror Movie Situations,

Escaping Jeffrey Dahmer's Nightmare Apartment

The Horror

Jeffrey Dahmer is one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, killing and dismembering 17 young men between 1978 and 1991.He turned a quiet Milwaukee apartment into a horror show, luring victims inside and ultimately using them for everything from medical experimentation to necrophilia and cannibalism. So he probably didn't have anything especially pleasant in mind when he invited Tracy Edwards over to drink beer and watch The Exorcist III. When Edwards arrived, he discovered Dahmer's friendliness was a veneer, and soon the killer was brandishing a butcher knife and telling Edwards he would eat his heart.

How He Escaped

Dahmer insisted Edwards lie on the floor as he wielded the knife. As the film played out television, Dahmer grew increasingly manic, swinging between apoplectic excitement and inconsolable self-pity. Edwards attempted to calm him down, allowing Dahmer to put handcuffs on just one of his wrists. Having distracted the killer, Edwards struck Dahmer and fled, flagging down a police car and leading authorities to the apartment, where they discovered body parts including four human heads in the fridge. 


Woman Goes on Vacation and Gets Flesh-Eating Bacteria as a Souvenir

The Horror 
 
Aimee Copeland was having a blast on vacation in her home state of Georgia when she decided to give ziplining a try. The outdoor enthusiast wasn't worried about anything going wrong - she had always been up for an adventure and never shied away from the chance to try something new. But when Aimee ziplined, the wire snapped and caused the graduate student to plummet into the murky water below, where she contracted necrotizing fasciitis in an open wound.

How She Survived

After doctors determined that Copeland had contracted the flesh-eating bacteria, which is often fatal, they worked as fast as they could to stop the spread before it could hit her vital organs. Her hands and both legs were amputated in order to save her life; since the incident, she has been fitted with prosthetic legs and bionic hands that allow her to live a bit more normally. While anyone else would probably curl up in a ball and never go outside again, Copeland gained national attention during her ordeal not only for beating the bacteria, but for her overwhelming positivity in the face of terror. 


Eluding a Highway Murderer Down Under

The Horror

British tourists Joanne Lees and Peter Falconio were driving a van through the Australian Outback at night when another motorist signaled for them to pull over. On the roadside, the man informed them that their van's exhaust pipe was emitting sparks. When Falconio got out to investigate, the motorist, Bradley John Murdoch, shot him on the roadside. Intending to take Lees as his sexual prize, Murdoch attacked her then bound her hands with cable ties.

How She Survived

Murdoch, high on amphetamines, hauled Lees out of the van, where she fell face down on the asphalt. Despite a blow to the head that left her momentarily dazed, Lees was aware enough to leap at a brief opportunity in which Murdoch was distracted as he moved Falconio's body. She fled into nearby bushes, emerging from her hiding place over five hours later to flag down a passing car for help. Murdoch was convicted of the murder, but he has never revealed the whereabouts of Falconio's body.


Just Your Friendly Neighborhood Stalker

The Horror
 
When Redditor M1nneapolis was a senior in high school, she was getting ready for bed and heard something strange coming from outside her window. Down on the street was one of her neighbors, standing at the fence that divided their yards, yelling something incredibly lewd and inappropriate to a teenage girl up through the open window. He had clearly been watching her, and freaked out about the incident, she didn't tell her parents in the hopes that it just wouldn't happen again.

The next morning when she was getting ready for school, she heard the back door of her house open and listened to her gut when it said that it was the creepy neighbor, not her mother. When she went down into the kitchen, there he was with an 8-inch knife in his hand, ready to pounce.

How She Survived

Though he told her not to move, the look on his face and her instincts told her not to listen to him; instead, she booked it out of the house and ran as fast as could to every house on the block trying to get help. The police showed up and found her attacker back at his own house; a recovering alcoholic, he had downed massive amounts of vodka and decided to go through with something it seemed he had been planning for months. He confessed to police that he had been watching her for quite some time, and had a collection of photos in his possession that proved it. 


When Accepting a Ride Goes Horribly Wrong

The Horror

One September night in 1992, Jennifer Asbenson missed the Palm Springs bus that would've taken her to work at a center for disabled children. So when a charming motorist offered her a ride, she took it, arriving safely for a full night shift. In the morning, the driver was waiting for her, again offering a ride. Since the first trip went well, she again accepted. Unfortunately, that driver was Andrew Urdiales, a serial murderer and rapist who put a knife to Asbenson's throat, tied her up, and drove out into the remote desert, where he gagged, beat, and sexually assaulted her.

How She Survived

After cruelly toying with his victim, Urdiales forced Asbenson into the trunk of his car and hit the road. Inside, she quickly found a release mechanism to pop the trunk from the inside, but waited until an opportune moment to actually use it. When she did, Asbenson fled into the road, stopping an oncoming truck with several Marines inside. Her attacker disappeared, however, and five years passed before Urdiales was ultimately captured. 


An Intruder Gets Caught by the Snow
The Horror 

Redditor laundrysoap had a chilling tale to tell about her boyfriend's mother. As a child, the mother lived in a house with a strange design that featured several doors to the outside all over the house, including her bedroom. She began feeling at unease in the house, like someone was watching her, but her family shrugged it off as a little girl being scared of the dark and ignored her fears – even when she swore that someone was rattling the doorknob to her room from outside the house.

Eventually, her belief that she was being watched got so bad that she had to sleep in her parents' room every night or else she would wake up screaming. One night when her father woke up to use the restroom, he saw a shadowy figure and heard noises, but couldn't find anything suspicious to back up his daughter's fears. That is...until the next morning.

How They Survived

Surrounding the house, leading up to every window and door, were fresh footprints in the snow. Someone had tried to get into the house desperately, and clearly had been there many times before. Her father followed the footprints down the street, where they led to a house where a mentally handicapped teen lived; he confessed to entering their house every night to watch the girl sleep. He just gave up and went home the night before when all the doors and windows were locked. Believe your children and lock your doors!
  
Worst Fiancé Ever Buries Woman Alive

The Horror 
 
Michelina Lewandowska did not have the most loving relationship with her fiancé, Marcin Kasprzak, but she was probably anticipating a nasty public breakup or a confession of cheating when their relationship finally ran its course. Instead, when Kasprzak "grew tired of her," he and an accomplice attacked her with a stun gun, bound her hands and legs, and tried to think of how to get rid of the mother of his 3-year-old son, no less. His gruesome idea was to dump Michelina into a cardboard box, drive her out into the wilderness, and bury her alive under a few inches of dirt and a 90-pound tree branch so she would suffocate.

How She Survived

In an interview she gave after the ordeal, Michelina recalled waking up in her shallow grave with thoughts of her child. She decided that she needed to survive in order to protect him from the man who did this to her. Thinking quickly, she was able to cut through her bonds with her engagement ring and claw her way out of the grave, where she had been  for over two hours already. Though she escaped with her life, the psychological and physical effects haunted her for weeks; she suffered from insomnia and paranoia, and had difficulty breathing and walking. Both her attackers were sentenced to 20 years in prison. 


The Only Surviving Victim

The Horror 
 
Holly Dunn and her boyfriend, Chris Maier, were having a casual night out when they crossed paths with the wrong stranger. While on their way home from a friend's party, the couple was approached by a mysterious man at a train station asking for money. Little did they know that he was Angel Resendiz, a famed serial killer who had already murdered six and would ultimately claim the lives of many more.

After showing them an ice pick, Resendiz tied the couple up and ushered them into a nearby ditch. He then bludgeoned Maier to death with a 50-pound rock. Not satisfied with the one kill, Resendiz proceeded to brutally rape Holly, stab her in the neck with the ice pick, and beat her savagely with a wood plank until she passed out.

How She Survived

When Holly woke up, she discovered that Resendiz was gone - he mistook Holly's unconsciousness for death, giving her the chance to escape. She was able to drag herself to a nearby house and call for help for her various injuries, including a broken jaw and shattered eye socket. Nearly 10 years later, Holly testified in court against "The Railway Killer" (he used the train system to move between states and find new victims) in the trial that gave him the death sentence; she was the only one of his 15 victims to ever get away.  


Red Riding Hood Outsmarts a Big Bad Wolf

The Horror

Elizabeth Shoaf was on her way home from school when a man claiming to be a police officer declared she was under arrest, handcuffing the 14-year-old and taking her to his home deep in the South Carolina woods. The kidnapper, an unemployed construction worked named Vinson Filyaw, chained her in a booby-trapped bunker beneath his isolated trailer, regularly assaulting her over the course of ten days. Her parents reported her missing, but the police treated it as a case of a teenage runaway.

How She Escaped

Knowing that no one would be able to find her, Shoaf spent several days deliberately building up her captor's trust. Eventually, Filyaw allowed her to use his phone to play games. Naturally, she used it to text her parents and friends. Before long, the authorities used the phone's signal to find her approximate location. Panicking, Filyaw asked his victim what to do, and Shoaf, fearing he might kill her, advised him to run. He did, and she carried herself out of the bunker on her own. Filyaw, meanwhile, was captured and eventually sentenced to 421 years in prison.


Actor Slits His Own Throat On Stage

The Horror
 
Daniel Hoevels's role as Mortimer in Mary Stuart called for him to "commit suicide" on stage every night in front of a horrified audience; when Mortimer's plans to free Mary, Queen of Scots from prison fail, he slits his throat in anguish. Hoevels had been playing the role for over two years without a single hitch, until one fateful night when a potential homicide may have been attempted in the most grandiose, theatrical way possible.

When Hoevels went to cut his throat with the knife laid out on the table, just as it was during every other performance. The audience went wild with his stirring performance. So much blood! So realistic! Wait...why isn't he moving anymore?

How He Survived

Hoevels's prop knife was identical to a real one, but obviously dulled. Somehow, the knife on stage that night was real, and he legitimately cut open his neck. Fortunately for Hoevel, he missed the carotid artery entirely and merely needed stitches and a plaster cast to remedy his injury. Since the actor never decided to press charges, the question remains to this day: was it merely an accident (the theater says the prop manager purchased a new knife and forgot to dull it) or did someone want to take Hoevel out with some pizzazz? Ever the professional, he was back on stage the next night performing again.



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Sun, 24 Nov 2013 08:46:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/7-real-people-who-survived-horror-movie-situations/samantha-wilson
<![CDATA[People Describe The Creepiest Urban Legends]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepiest-urban-legends/dukeharten
No matter which corner of the country you call home, chances are you're familiar with one or two local urban legends. But can your spooky stories play ball with the best of them? Below are some of the creepiest urban legends the Internet has to offer.

Whether it's restless ghosts or vagabond killers, these freaky tales will have you locking the doors and sleeping with a nightlight. Below is a list of urban legends by city (or urban legends by state) that will help you mark off places to skip on your next vacation. (Unsettlingly, some of the stories have no location at all, which means they could happen anywhere...)

 
People Describe The Creepiest Urban Legends,

Bosnian Brothers Betray Their Sister-in-law to Build Fortress
I'm from a small town in Bosnia called Tešanj. In my town there is a fortress on top of a hill called Gradina, and it's basically in the middle of the town. Legend has it, three brothers were building the fortress, but every time they built it, it would collapse. They were told by a mystic that it would keep collapsing until they put a woman inside a wall.  

Well, the three brothers all had wives, and they agreed that the next wife to bring them lunch would be the one sacrificed. Each one swore he wouldn't warn his own wife, but the two older brothers broke their promise. The wife of the youngest one brought lunch the next day. The men killed her and entombed her body in the stone .  

From then on, the fortress was indestructible.

Stick People Steal Babies

I'm Native American, and the story of the Stick People always gave me the heebie jeebies at dusk, or if I was alone in the woods. The story goes that there are these Stick People who live in the hills, and they lure children in who don't pay attention to their parents, children who wandered into their territory, children who are out past their bedtime, or even babes out of their baskets when their mothers have their backs turned to put up laundry on the line.
 

The Stick People, as told to me, were abnormally small in size, and skeletal. They were were mischievous and wicked. In addition to kids, they would also steal things like the extra sock from your dryer, your car keys etc.
 

As I lived in a very rural area on a reservation, I'd assumed these Stick People lived up in the hills, so every time I'm in the hills now I'm always looking around, and very alert, and not because there are bears and cougars in the area, but because of the Stick People.


Feral Montana Hitchhiker Chases Good Samaritan

One of my high school teachers had a job at a small college in Montana when he was a young newlywed. One night on a long commute home, he was driving down a lonely road, past fields of corn or grain, when he saw a hitchhiker. This being decades ago in rural Montana, he pulled over to let the guy in without a second thought. The man was dressed in a really old, outdated suit and a big, stylish hat. My teacher said he looked like someone from the '40s.
 

So the guy gets in next to my teacher without saying a word. Teacher asks him where he needs to go, and the guy just points forward. Teacher drives on.
 

The hitchhiker says nothing at all, just pulls his hat down, as though he were sleeping. Then suddenly, he tips up his hat, looks out the window, and says "Stop the car, now." My teacher pulls over and lets him out. The guy stands on the side of the road for a second, and then sprints into the field beside the road until my teacher can't see him anymore (granted, the crop was fairly tall). Thinking this strange, but not necessarily dangerous, my teacher continues driving home.
 

When he checks his rearview mirror a few minutes later, he sees the hitchhiker on all fours like an animal, running (crawling?) after the truck at an inhuman speed. 
 

He floors it, coaxing the old truck up to dangerous speeds, and finally loses the guy. Teacher pulls off at a gas station and call his wife, relates the story, tells her to lock up the house. She thinks he's joking. When he asks why she would think that, she says that one of her coworkers told her the exact same story. She thought maybe they were just teasing her with an urban legend. (And that maybe my teacher was in on the joke.)

 
Anyways, my teacher assured her that he was not lying, and she evidently believed him. She vouches for her side of the story, because she showed up to one of our fundraisers and I asked her about it.
 

So yeah, now I just avoid lonely roads in Montana.


Witch Ritual Scares High Schoolers

In high school, my buddies and I used to cruise in the backwoods to a spot called Witches' Cove. It was a small valley surrounded by woods next to a one-lane cobblestone bridge. Rumor had it, devil worshippers performed rituals under the bridge.
 

We'd been there dozens of times to smoke and drink without seeing anyone, but one night we pulled up and there was a bonfire in the valley. There were people dancing around the fire and jumping through it. Some were naked. We got out and approached them, thinking they were partying. One guy walked up and addressed us all by our names. (How he knew them, we had no idea.) He asked if we believed in God. When we said we did, he laughed at us and said we'd better leave.
 

We were creeped out and decided to take his advice. As we drove away from the area, my buddy in the passenger seat jumped and screamed, pointing at something next to our car. It was hard to see because there were tall weeds growing next to the road, but it looked like someone was crawling on all fours alongside our car. We were going 35-40 mph. It was so fast, it passed us. 

We were flipping out. Eventually, we came to an intersection and saw the same guy who approached us at the bonfire, standing by the stop sign, smiling at us. At that point, we did about 85 mph all the way back to town. One of my friends was so scared he went home and had his folks call their pastor to come over and pray with/for him. Of course, everyone at school said we were just high or drunk. Even my own folks didn't believe me.
 

I tried for years to rationalize and reach logical conclusions about what happened, saying I was drunk, or it was a dog crawling by us, or it was a different person standing at the stop sign, but it still gives me goose bumps remembering it.


Albinos Ambush Motorists in the Mountains
We have a mountain range where I'm from in Santa Clara, California, called Mount Umunhum. It's said to be riddled with savage albinos up at the top.  

Now large parts of this mountain are just normal black top roads with houses. But as you drive further up, the houses become scarce and the forest becomes thicker. Eventually you'll see a sign for the Umunhum peak where the savage albinos supposedly live. The creepy part is that it's a dirt road and two cars cannot go up it at one time. And it's really tricky to turn around.  

My friends and I would always go up and explore around 2AM. We never got very far before turning around at one side of the road that widens a little. We were always terrified at this point because it was really difficult to maneuver it and would have been so easy for the savage albinos to get us. Apparently, they drive around in a white truck and play tricks on people to get them to pull over before the others ambush you.

Skinwalkers Blend Human and Animal Forms
There's a Navajo legend about the "Skinwalker," a creature that, as its name implies, disguises itself as something else. The Navajo do not discuss it casually, because they believe that talking about it gives the skinwalker more power. 
 
During a short term job, I was housed near a reservation. One night, I saw a coyote running across an open space about quarter mile out - on its hind legs. I told the locals about it, and they told me things like that just happen out there, and that I shouldn't speak of my experience freely to anyone.  

One of them introduced me to a "healing man" to make sure I was "cleansed of bad spirits," in case the encounter marked me in any way. He told about terrifying encounters that other people had had with these creatures, and to not think about them or seek them out while I was there or the Skinwalkers would know. Seriously creepy stuff. 

Child Ghosts save Texans from Repeat Train Wrecks

In San Antonio, there was a school bus which broke down on a set of train tracks. Before the bus could be moved or evacuated, a train barreled down the tracks and tragically killed all on board. It was such a tragedy, that the local government eventually named all of the nearby streets after these children.
 

So, as you drive past a mental institution, on roads named after dead children, you come to a hill. On this hill is where the road meets the train tracks. You park on the tracks and put your car into neutral. For an added effect, you can put white powder on your bumper. Then, you wait.
 

After a little bit, your car randomly starts moving by itself off of the tracks. It's even more odd, because your car doesnt go down the hill, but instead it goes up the hill. If you put white powder on your bumper, you find tiny fingerprints. Supposedly, those prints are proof that the ghosts of the children who died in the wreck all those years ago pushed you off of the tracks - to save your car, and your life, from being hit by a train like they were.


West Virginia Mothman Makes Bridge Collapse
In a 13-month period between 1965-1966, the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia reported seeing a winged beast with big red eyes. They named this creature the Mothman.  

The last sighting of Mothman occurred when someone spotted the beast standing on the Silver Bridge. And then the Silver Bridge collapsed. The beast wasn't reported again afterwards.

Venezuelan Whistler Preys on Drunks and Cheaters

There's an urban legend in Venezuela surrounding "El Silbón" (The Whistler), a figure known in the wetland plains and prairies regions called "Llanos."
 

The Whistler is usually described as a very emaciated man dressed in cowboy's rags, with a wide brim hat that hides his skeletal face. He roams the countryside and patches of bush at night, his shoulders drooping, his gaze cast downward. He carries a heavy bag full of bones and half-decomposed remains over his back.  

True to his name, the entity continuously whistles a high chord progression (C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C) that goes higher in tune with every note. He is also unnaturally tall and strong, with some accounts describing him as towering over six meters (almost 20 feet) in height.

 

His origin is not clear, with some tales casting him as an accursed parricide. He's rumored to prey on lone travelers, especially drunk or unfaithful men. Legend has it, his ominous whistle is suddenly heard very loud and close, yet the source cannot be pinpointed. Contrary to logic, when the sound lowers and appears more distant, the Whistler is very near.
 

He kills either by strangling or by blunt-force trauma, devouring his victims and throwing the bones in his bag. He can be seen occasionally wading over the high walls of haciendas. Prayer is said to keep him away.


Okinawa Children Want Dead Playmates
In Okinawa there was a house near the Kadena Air Force Base that was abandoned. A man killed himself and his family in it.  

The house was said to be haunted. It was even part of the ghost tours they gave on base. There were reports that the outside lights would turn on by themselves. One story was that a woman could be seen washing her hair in the sink in the kitchen through a window.  

The creepiest thing by far was that this house shared a chainlink fence with the daycare building. My friend's mom worked at the day care. Children between four and five years old would constantly throw toys over the fence. When asked why, they said they wanted to play with the children on the other side. All of the kids saw these other children, but the adults could not. It throughly freaked out anyone who worked there.


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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:18:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/creepiest-urban-legends/dukeharten
<![CDATA[Criminals Who Couldn't Help But Pause to Take a Selfie]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/criminal-selfies/oliverhanson
Technology: phone owners know it can be your most trusted and best friend, and other times it can be a real pain in the neck. But in a few extra-special cases, technology proved to be the Achilles heel of some especially dumb criminals and burglars. These individuals were apparently either too wrapped up in the digital world to think clearly about the real one, or so blinded by their egos that they didn't recognize the law-breaking mistakes they were making. In other words, they took criminal selfies.

Yes, sometimes a selfie can really send you to jail – especially when it involves memorializing the moment of breaking the law. For proof, look no further than this list of some of the worst criminal selfies ever captured on a smartphone: when culprits couldn't resist the siren song of the selfie, and posed mid-misdemeanor to snap the perfect shot. Unfortunately for them, their dumb selfies landed them in some extremely hot water. Fortunately for everyone else, their legal predicaments make for some satisfying, schadenfreude-filled laughs.

Read on and weigh in on the worst selfies. Remember to vote up the criminal selfies that are so bad that they're secretly kind of genius, and vote down the ones that are too boring – or just plain stupid – to top the list.
Criminals Who Couldn't Help But Pause to Take a Selfie,

Brazil Fugitives Give Thumbs Up After Successful Escape

Two Brazilian criminals who successfully broke out of prison stopped to take a selfie, giving a "thumbs up" to celebrate their new freedom. "On the run from jail," his caption reads. 

Unfortunately for Brayan Bremer, a convicted robber, and his unnamed companion, their victory was short lived. Not long after his post, he and his fellow escapee were recaptured and sent back to prison. 

The duo, along with more than 100 others, were able to break out after a prison riot that left 56 people dead. Authorities said a undisclosed number of people were recaptured. 


Ohio Fugitive Took Selfie Instead of Mugshot
Donald "Chip" Pugh was wanted in connection with crimes including drunk driving, arson, and vandalism. But he wasn't a fan of the mugshot local police were posting of him on social media – so he snapped a selfie that he thought was much more flattering. The police added the picture to their existing post requesting that he turn himself in.

Holy Robbery!
Californian Adam Howe decided to rob a church of its computers, cash, and other valuables. It was the perfect crime – except that he left his phone at the scene. It only took the police a few moments to flip through his photos and find this fateful selfie.
A Drug Mule Mistake
Deciding to transport illegal drugs is questionable enough. But if you choose that career, definitely don't boast about it on social media by posting a picture with a wad of illicitly acquired cash. That's what this drug mule did, though, and it's also what got him arrested.
Cool Gun Selfie, Bro
This 21-year-old posted a photo of himself with a gun – one that he recently used to commit a crime. You can probably assume it didn't take too long for the police to find him after this. Was it really worth the few likes he might have gotten on Facebook?
An Unwanted Visitor
A woman got a shock while checking her photos, discovering a snapshot of a strange man sitting at her kitchen table. Even creepier? Her handbag is visible in the image, meaning that she was home at the time. The invader reportedly only stole food, but the incident was disturbing enough for the victim to change all of her locks.

This Is Why You Always Log Back In
After breaking into a home and stealing a phone, among other valuables, Ashley Keast decided to post a new selfie to WhatsApp. Unfortunately, he didn't think to sign into his own account on the phone before posting, and displayed the photo under his victim's account instead. It only took a few hours for friends and family members to notify the victim of the new photo, and for Keast to be caught.
Maybe Take the Masks Off First?
When these two masked girls robbed a fast food restaurant in Sweden, they nearly got away with it. Unfortunately, they left their phones at the crime scene, complete with this incriminating selfie. Please, black coats and knives are so last summer.
No Facebook Allowed in Prison
These two guys successfully snuck a phone into prison, which is something of an accomplishment. Less of an accomplishment? Posting a photo of themselves in prison with said phone on social media. Their gadgets were immediately confiscated.
Flaunting the Family Cash
What's even bolder than the post-crime selfie? The mid-crime selfie, of course! This burglar paused to pose with the winter coat and cash he was taking, snapping the picture on a laptop he also lifted. He posted the image straight to the victim's social media accounts, where it almost immediately caught the attention of the police.


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<![CDATA[Who Is the Worst Person of the Week? (August 24-30, 2015)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-person-of-the-week-august-24-30-2015/jtdesaulnier
Put on a hazmat suit, folks, because it's time to enter a hot zone of virulent human stupidity with the worst people of the week for August 24 to 30. This week has featured plenty of activity from celebrities, heiresses, retired ballplayers, CEOs, and otherwise normal people who rocketed to Internet fame. Whatever else they have in common, everybody on this list attracted the wrong kind of attention recently.

That doesn't mean anyone on this list are literally the worst people on Earth. A quick scan of the news yields violent, deranged, and awful individuals who committed truly shocking acts of violence or cruelty over the last several days. These aren't those people. These are the folks who make you roll your eyes and think, "Ugh, they're the worst!"

Just who will be crowned in shame as the worst person of the week is up to you. Your votes determine the order of the list, so
vote up the most awful people in the news this week.

Who Is the Worst Person of the Week? (August 24-30, 2015),

Adriana Lima
What Happened: Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima became a celebrity cautionary tale for the modern age when she inadvertently endorsed a Turkish terrorist group.

The Details: It would've happened to anyone, really. Some random dudes at the gym asked the supermodel to shout a Turkish word, flash a some silly gestures, and howl on camera. Ever gracious, Lima obliged. Turns out the gym rats were really duping her into howling for the Grey Wolves, a militant organization that once attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II. When the video of Lima went viral, it more or less immediately sparked outrage. Let this be a lesson to us all.

Curt Schilling
What Happened: Former MLB pitcher/current ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling was suspended from the network due to a Tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis.

The Details: Never one to back away from online controversy, Schilling courted some when he retweeted a meme declaring, "It's said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How'd that go?" The retired ballplayer added, "The math is staggering when you get to true #'s." That math added up plenty of public outrage and a suspension for Schilling, who was booted off Little League World Series commentary duty.

Jon Stewart
What Happened: Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart took a cheap shot a John Cena in the ring, assaulting the defenseless WWE star with a metal folding chair in a flagrant and shameless violation of wrestling tradition.
 
The Details: For years - years! - Jon Stewart's been the conscience of both late night comedy and political punditry. No longer, though. America's stinging from his turn as host of SummerSlam, in which the once-trustworthy Stewart disgraced himself, the sport of wrestling, and humanity as a species when he pummeled poor, oiled up John Cena in order to prevent the wrestler from breaking Ric Flair's World Championship record. As the cowardly comedian ducked away, Cena's opponent Mr. Rollins snatched victory from Cena, who was too stunned to even pull Stewart's figurative knife from his back.

Noel Biderman
What Happened: Noel Biderman stepped down as CEO of cheating website Ashley Madison after a massive hack that revealed users' info and his own personal infidelity.

The Details: As if being the chief executive of a site that exists to make extramarital affairs wasn't enough already, the self-proclaimed "king of infidelity" presided over the site when the details of 37 million users' accounts were hacked and leaked, undercutting Ashley Madison's claim of total confidentiality. Oh, and in a shocking twist, Biderman's own leaked emails suggest that he himself cheated on his wife despite past claims to the contrary.

Hayley Bloomingdale
What Happened: Heiress Hayley Bloomingdale created a list of Instagram rules that is basically a mean girl manifesto designed to make you feel bad about yourself.
 
The Details: In creating her rules for posting photos to Instagram, the heiress to the Bloomingdale's department store fortune probably didn't intend to sound condescending and dismissive. Still, her Vogue guidelines read like the meanest girl in your high school got rabies and went feral on everyone's self-esteem. Sample advice for anyone with less than 100 followers: "Hurry up and get cooler." What's worse than that? Bloomingdale calls Instagram pictures "grams" and, most egregious of all, bans cat photos. Yes, she advises against all cats on Instagram, demonstrating that she does not, in fact, know a damn thing about Instagram. Or cats.

The Portland Pooper
What Happened: Portland's most nefarious criminal has been repeatedly dropping illicit deuces in public places.

The Details: The dastardly defecator's identity is unknown, but his crimes are all too familiar. The man keeps pooping in front of local businesses and offices at SE 58th and Powell in broad daylight. These aren't crimes of passion; the guy brings toilet paper with him every time. If captured, the mystery man could face "offensive littering" charges.

The Lady Suing a Six-Year-Old
What Happened: A grown-ass woman who was hurt skiing is now suing a six-year-old girl for almost $40,000, claiming the child was totally responsible.

The Details: After her first suit against the kid's ski instructor was dismissed, an unnamed Austrian woman has gone on to sue a little girl. The woman claims that the girl, who was learning to ski with a group of youngsters, veered into her path with a full awareness of the consequences, consequences that included unspecified but "serious" injuries. That's what she says happened, but an expert has said in court that it was just an accident, one that went down because neither the woman or the pint-sized skier were paying enough attention.

Alex Gomez
What Happened: Southern California man Alex Gomez stumbled upon a rattlesnake and laughed in nature's face by posing for pictures with the live poisonous snake. Nature laughed back.

The Details: What do you do when you find a rattlesnake in your backyard? You don't pick it up to take a bunch of photos. Do not, I repeat definitely do not, drape the agitated slithery reptile around your neck. 36-year-old Gomez thought that would be a great idea, and was surprised when the rattler's fangs ended up deep in his fleshy hand. He was promptly treated with anti-venom and will survive. The rattler's whereabouts are unknown.


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<![CDATA[Weird Randy Quaid Stories You Won't Believe Are Real]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/randy-quaid-crazy-stories/jacob-shelton
Since 2009, the ongoing saga of Randy Quaid and his wife Evi has been playing out in the media like some kind of experimental theater. Just when you think that you’ve heard all the Randy Quaid stories, he does something else that makes you rethink your perception of Cousin Eddie from National Lampoon’s Vacation movies.

At first, a lot of people were calling Randy Quaid crazy for showing up to a court hearing with props like a sheriff’s badge and his 1988 Golden Globe, but he’s an actor so whatever, you know? He’s eccentric. But then when Quaid disappeared to Canada with his wife and started tweeting about Hollywood star whackers, things got really weird, really fast. This list covers some of the strangest things Randy Quaid has done in his time under the spotlight, so strap on your tinfoil hat and read these weird Randy Quaid stories you might not belied are true.

There are so many Randy Quaid crazy stories that they’re almost a quantifiable commodity. They’re at least as good as baseball cards or Pogs. It’s entirely possible that by the end of Randy Quaid’s life, he’ll have made so many strange choices that families will sit around the campfire trading stories about the taller, more eccentric Quaid, and remember him fondly as the pure entertainer that he was. You know what? There’s no reason we can’t start that tradition now. Let’s all run away to Canada, light up the campfire, and read about these weird things Randy Quaid has done.
Weird Randy Quaid Stories You Won't Believe Are Real,

He Sued Brokeback Mountain
In 2006, Randy Quaid filed a lawsuit against Focus Features and their associated parties for misrepresenting the money-making possibilities of Brokeback Mountain, in order to gain his services as an actor (because he was definitely the acting draw in that movie). He sought $10 million plus punitive damages, but dropped the case a few months after initially filing.
Randy Quaid Productions Presents: Star Whackers - The Movie
After seeking asylum in Canada, Randy and his wife Evi decided to make a documentary about the alleged "star whackers" that run amok in Hollywood. The doc was only shown once in Vancouver and featured Quaid reciting Shakespeare while wearing a fur length coat with his penis hanging out. One reviewer referred to it as “drugged-out dreck.”
He Skipped Out on a $10K Hotel Bill
In 2009, Quaid and his wife Evi were arrested in Marfa, TX for bailing on a $10,000 California hotel bill. After a struggle, he was detained at the Presidio County Sheriff's Department. No one knows where the California hotel was, but it either had one expensive mini bar, or it was the longest anyone has ever stayed at a Best Western.
He Was Arrested for Burglary
In 2011, the owner of a Santa Barbara home in which Randy Quaid had been squatting, filed a police report against the falling star for causing more than $5,000 worth of damage to the property. Despite claims from Quaid that he'd owned the home since the '90s, he was arrested and charged with felony residential burglary and entering a noncommercial building without consent.
He Was Banned from the Actors Equity Union
Thanks to his nutso behavior during the Seattle run of the musical Lone Star Love, Quaid was banned from the Actors' Equity union for life. He was fined $81,572 for reportedly hitting an actor on the back of the head multiple times, warning another actor to not make direct eye contact with him, making "sexually inappropriate" comments onstage, trying to write characters out of the script, and changing the lyrics to the songs.
He Made a Sex Tape in Which His Wife Wore a Rupert Murdoch