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Mad Men Weekend

Mad Men is one of the most critically acclaimed shows on television, and several of us at Ranker are fans. It is returning for Season Five this Sunday with a 2 hour premiere.  So we did some Mad Men lists for your enjoyment:

 

1. The Very Best of the Mad Men Season 5 Poster Meme

Mad Men Season Five’s Promo Poster had ample blank space. This fostered some great subway, photoshop and street artists to take advantage. These are the top 20 Mad Men Season Five Promo Graffiti Posters.

 

2. The Hottest Women from Mad Men

The hottest “Mad Men” women are easily some of the sexiest women on television with their striking beauty and dangerous curves.

3. Top 20 Sexist Roger Sterling Quotes

One of the greatest things about AMC’s Mad Men is John Slattery’s depiction of the racist, sexist and utterly 60s businessman character Roger Sterling.

4. 25 Sexiest Jon Hamm Photos

Jon Hamm is on one of TV’s hottest shows, Mad Men, he’s also one of the hottest men. Jon played Don Draper, creative director of an advertising firm set in the 1960’s.

5. This Week In Mad Men

This is a video/pod cast where the hosts dress up and recap Mad Men for you…it is amazing.

 

 

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Introduction to Data @ Ranker.com

Ranker is continuing to grow, both in terms of the traffic that comes to our website and in terms of our coverage of the world of objects to be ranked.  As we grow, we collect more and more data and are only beginning to tap the possibilities of the data we collect.  If you’re interested in our data, this video will hopefully give you a quick introduction to data at Ranker.com.

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The Moral Psychology and Big Data Singularity – SXSW 2012

Below is a narrated powerpoint from a presentation I gave at South by Southwest Interactive on March 11, 2012.  The point of this presentation was to explore the intersection of technology and psychology, and hopefully to convince technologists to try to use our data to examine intangible things like values.  While the talk focuses more on psychology, many of the ideas were inspired by the semantic datasets we work with at Ranker.  Working with semantic datasets puts one in the mindset of considering synergy among different fields with different kinds of data.

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The Top Ten Lists On Ranker This Week

The Most Nostalgia-Inducing Toys Of The ’90s

Easy Science Projects From Household Items

 

10 Common Science Myths

 

13 Songs That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do

 

The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films 

 

The Best Television Shows Of Recent Memory

 

Greatest Living Rock Songwriter 

 

The Best Documentaries Of All Time

 

Greatest Artists With Only One Masterpiece 

 

50 Movies And Sequels Releasing In 2013 And Beyond 

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Twisted Tuesday

Objectum Sexuals -are a group of people who fall in love with objects. They believe that this is a reciprocated feeling and that they can communicate telepathically with these items.

This list is compiled of 13 people who suffer from OS, one woman on the list, Amy Wolf , is in love with a fairground ride called 1001 Nacht. She shows her love for the ride by writing it poetry, and carrying around extra nuts and bolts from the ride.

Erika La Tour Eiffel married the Eiffel Tower and then legally changed her name to “take” the last name of her wife. Yes, Erika gets a “sense of gender” and the Eiffel Tower is apparently a female. Erika joined the US Air Force but during her training, was sexually assaulted, and defended herself with a Japanese sword, which was her lover at the time. She refused to give up (break up) with the weapon and was then discharged from the military  for psychological reasons. She then fell in love with an archery bow – she became a US medal champion in archery – but her feelings for the bow had run it’s course and that relationship ended. That’s when Erika moved on to Eiffel, on their one-year anniversary, Erika goes back to visit the Eiffel Tower to consummate their marriage. She lifts up her skirt, and straddles one of the beams with “no barrier” between them.

All of this can be seen in a documentary called “Married To The Eiffel Tower”, or you can just take a look at our list.

13 People Who Married Inanimate Objects

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Weekend Round-Up

It’s the weekend and I’m pretty excited for it. I’ve got a lot of things planned, Disneyland, catching up on my DVR (DO NOT tell me what happens on Downton Abbey, I haven’t watched yet), maybe seeing a new movie. What are you guys up to this weekend?

Let’s look back over the week and see what cool lists the internet put out:

1. Top 10 Untrue Myths About Animals

We used this list during our “Friday Game Day” I really did think that rice killed birds…and I could not believe this rabbit was real:

But he is, that’s Herman (the bunny not the man) he’s 22 pounds and three feet tall. Daaaaang!

 

2. The Top Ten Craziest Things People Have Sold Their Body For

This list is insane, how badly do you have to want an iPhone that you would give your kidney for it? The phone is only cool for about 20 mins, then you just get sick of it. Your kidney on the other hand is good for a lifetime!

3. Titles In Search Of A Script

Lists Of Note put together this really awesome and interesting list. Apparently, Kubrick and his personal assistant, Tony Frewin, kept an ever-growing, lighthearted list of potential movie titles that they called, “Titles in search of a script.”  This is an excerpt from it. The creative mind is such an amazing and crazy thing.

4. Hottest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models of All Time

Kate Upton is the new model for this years SI: Swimsuit Issue, so naturally we had to make a list of the hottest models…because Kate is pretty hard to beat.

5. 20 Cats And Dogs Hugging It Out

Do I need to explain this one? It’s cats and dogs… two creature who are thought to be mortal enemies hugging and it is adorable.

There it is the weekend round-up. Question for you guys, how many of you would be interested in seeing a video series of these featuring Ranker people? Maybe even a few of you guys as special guests? Think about it and let us know!!

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Ranker.com ranks influential musicians by the order of how great their music was at the time of their death

While the pop music world is still reeling from the loss of Whitney Houston, one of its most influential artists, Ranker.com (www.ranker.com) has released a list of artists who have been deemed “gone too soon” by Ranker’s users. These artists are ranked not only by how great their music was at the time of their death, but what their future might have meant to the world of music. Having garnered thousands of votes and views by the site’s devotees, this list is considered to be the definitive word on the greatest rock stars who died prematurely.

According to Ranker.com, the most significant loss to the music industry was Jimi Hendrix, followed by John Lennon and Jim Morrison, rounding out the top five is Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain. The 46 artists on this list also included such legends as Freddy Mercury, Buddy Holly and Jerry Garcia, and ended with perhaps the less likely inclusion of Harry Nilsson. In addition, 15 other lists have been created by voters to represent a wide variety of opinions. The full list of Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were the Most Untimely may be viewed on Ranker.com at http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/rock-stars-whose-deaths-were-the-most-untimely.

Ranker.com publishes lists created and ranked by its visitors that are data driven by popular opinion. Available on Ranker.com are lists on any topic imaginable, including everything from the best films of all time or the best vehicles for teenage drivers, to less serious fare like Simpsons jokes that actually came true. Truly something for everyone.

For more information on our site please contact Benjamin Dunn , Ranker.com, (323) 782-9800, Ben@ranker.com

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Twisted Tuesday: Valentine's Day Edition

Ranker does everything with a twist, we don’t just do “Best Of” lists we do “Best Of And Then Some” lists. For example we don’t just “great singers” we do Vocalists Who Would Be Lost Without Their Guitars. See, a little twist goes a long way!

So, this Tuesday happens to be Valentine’s day, and so we’re going to tell you some twisted facts about today.

February has long been celebrated as a “romantic month” mainly because it contains Valentine’s Day. This day is all about candies, flowers, and love– or is it? The legend of Valentine’s Day is clouded in mystery but what we do know is this:

There are 3 different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. Whoa, that got dark.

One of the more famous stories is of course, a more romantic one see, Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, so being the sweetheart that he was, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing that it was B.S to deny people marriage (do you hear that prop 8?), defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine was found out, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.  Now, that is a man that believes in the sanctity of marriage.

But there are other stories that would have you believe that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. This legend says, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–maybe his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is unclear it’s always very romantic and somewhat dangerous.

So there you have it…the twist truth on this Tuesday Valentine’s Day Edition!

 

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Weekend Round Up

ROUND UP! This is an emotional post for me, see this first item on this list….well, ugh, okay, guys look here’s the thing…I love Star Wars, I really love it. I feel like I would fit in in the at the cantina, and that I’d be cool with  Han, and that Leia would totally go for me. She would, I’m way more charming than Solo. But with the 3D version coming out…and Lucus being all over the place, it’s hurt my Star Wars relationship and THIS…THIS WAS THE LAST STRAW BETWEEN ME AND GEORGE LUCAS:

George Lucas Says Greedo Shot First

Shenanigans! I call complete and utter shenanigans! HAN SHOT FIRST! Everyone knows Han shot first, you cannot rewrite history! This matters people, this matters a lot. How dare he. HOW DARE HE!!!

Worst Oscar Winners

Oscars are coming up, and this list bugs me. See, I liked Roberto Benigni’s excitement. I didn’t like a 9 year old Anna Paquin winning, or Catherine Zeta Jones (who completely ruined it by being pregnant). So this list needs some attention, and some good voting.

Celebrity Death Pool 

Two Words: Macaulay Culkin. He’s the dark horse in this race, guys. Since Mila Kunis left him….it’s been a ticking clock.

(Famous)Girls With Tattoos

I liked this list because it allowed me to play a really fun game on Facebook with you guys, and I like when we spend time together (and Megan Fox). Okay?!

6 Insane (But Convincing) Theories on Children’s Pop Culture

Tao Of Pooh, read it. Enough Said.

You know the drill, leave your favorites in the comments!

 

 

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