Liam Neeson’s Badass List of the Day

Few actors out there can make us laugh, cry and cheer louder than Liam Neeson. Who is as badass as this man? Who can play a guy we all root for in a movie like Taken, even after starring in The Phantom Menace? Who can teach Batman everything he knows and then turn on him?

And most importantly, who can deliver a line like this, from a movie nobody will remember (fondly), and still have the credibility of a God? 

Liam Neeson, that’s who. 

So today, on his birthday, as a thanks for all the great times, here are The 10 Greatest Moments in Liam Neeson Badassery.

BONUS: Read the list for the crazy Janice Dickinson rumor that will give you a new found respect for either him, or how lucky he is to have this rumor going around about him. Epic.

Liam Neeson Badass

The Strangest, Most Terrifying List of the Day

Every now and then a news story comes along reporting that some people in a rural part of the world have found some weird, otherworldly or unexplainable creature in the wild. Some look like aliens, while others look like monsters from legend. Pictures are spread throughout the internet, urban legends are born and skeptics are quick to provide explanations.

The above news story, for example, could probably be explained as such:

 Terrifying Creatures

“It was just Mr. Burns” would have been a perfectly reasonable explanation, but instead Ivana Wynn (yes, that is her real name) did some research and came up with a great list of The 10 Most Strange, Terrifying Creatures Ever Found, including the science, hype and reality surrounding each find. Including the one above.

Have fun trying to sleep tonight.

The List of the Day is On Point

We love video games, in part, because they give us a sense of accomplishment. I didn’t just sit around my apartment for 12 hours teaching myself all about the physics of an imaginary teleportation gun! That would be silly. No, I was unlocking ACHIEVEMENTS, dammit! And maybe, just maybe, in the process, saving a young woman from the clutches of an evil Science-obsessed corporation. Anyway, you’re welcome.

So, yes, despite what your snarky friend my say (I hate that guy!), games DO in fact have a point. Otherwise, we’d just give up on them right away. (Ecco the Dolphin, I’m looking in your direction). Often times, however, the best parts of the game aren’t the more narrative bits, driving the story forward. And they aren’t even the mazes, puzzles and boss fights that keep things challenging. They’re the little moments, the side jokes, the small details that game creators threw in there to keep things interesting on repeat plays, or just to make people smile before pressing forward. These Great Pointless Moments in Gaming are under-appreciated, so Ranker’s own Adam Thomas collected them into a list.

Tidus, why you stop and play Blitzball all the time? You can’t breathe underwater, get out of there. World is being destroyed!

There are some examples from new games, but it’s hard not to notice that most of the really great “little touches” in gaming history came before the advent of modern graphics. Perhaps games back then were less about placing you in an immersive world that was compelling in its own right (creating a setting like, say, Rapture in the mid-’90s would have been challenging), so game designers had to get crafty about keeping the player engaged? Or maybe players are less patient now and too eager to jump into the next challenge? If you have your own theories, leave them in the comments below.

What I’m saying is, they should bring back Chao Garden. I miss those little guys…

Today’s List of the Day is a Doll

Have you ever been called “Dollface”? Neither have I, except for that one time, but hey, that’s most likely because I’m a dude (now let us never speak of that time again). But, there are some people who get that all the time, and we have the most famous ones all in once place. 

According to Ranker user ariannafelidae, there are 38 (exactly 38) women in Hollywood/show business who happen to have doll-like faces, and she decided to put them into a list for good measure.

Doll Face Doll 2

Sure, it’s weird, but her choices were pretty spot on, and so were the pictures that she included. So today’s list of the day is a bow to how accurate this list of 38 Famous Ladies That Look Like Dolls really is.

p.s. I bet none of these ladies’ houses have backs to them. It must get cold in the winter. 

The Worst List of the Day of All Time

This week was a really interesting week for lists. One of our CrowdRanked lists got national attention, got a kid in trouble and made a lot of parents and conservatives very, very angry. Like, the news. This is the power of lists in action, folks.

Here’s what happened:

Some kid at an Arkansas middle school decided to plagiarize some Ranker lists for the yearbook’s “Pop Culture” section, which really isn’t the end of the world. 

His choice, though, was what got him national attention. He chose to put up the Top 5 people on our All-Time Worst People in History list, which, first of all, is CrowdRanked which you all know means it’s voted on by the internet. You guys decide the order.Well, at the time, the list included Adolph Hitler, Osama bin Laden, Charles Manson, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. This was printed in their yearbook without any attribution, along with a few more of our lists, and the conservative parents of the town of Russellville Arkansas (go Cyclones!) went nuts over the debacle. 

Here’s the news story, which even mentions us: 

And so, in honor of this news story and the insane controversy which blew up over one kid’s successful attempt to rustle some feathers (it is Russellville, after all… no? Nobody? *Dodges a thrown potato*) , today’s list of the day features the thirteen most ridiculous yearbook controversies. Yes, there have been so many that have made the news that we can pick out the 13 craziest ones. 

From scandalous outfits, to accidental nudity, to gang signs, to some horribly, horribly racist practical jokes, here are some yearbook controversies that also made the airwaves. Enjoy. 

The 13 Most Ridiculous Yearbook Controversies

The List of the Day Got Skillz

Yesterday, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal announced using Twitter and a relatively new video sharing service called Tout that he was retiring from professional basketball. Of course, like all other fans of surreal post-game interviews, the team at Ranker was saddened by this news. But we were also delighted to scour the Internet for some of the highlights of Shaq’s long and storied NBA career. The result was this list of Shaq’s Career Highlight Videos and Greatest Moments.

Yes, “Shaq Fu” made the list. Weren’t you paying attention when I just described what it was about?

Compiling one list of 20 items to sum up Shaq’s massive influence on not just sports but pop culture was a challenge. Where to focus first? His bevy of creative nicknames? (Did anyone ever actually call him “Dr. Shaq,” we wonder?) His brief but memorable success as a hip-hop artist? That movie he made with the kid and the magic jukebox?

That’s where you come in. Check out the “Shaq’s Greatest Moments” list, and vote for your favorite videos. We’ll reorder the list based on the Ranker community’s tastes. Because we know you got skillz.

Happy List of the Day, Mr. President…

It’s not only the glorious first day of June, but it’s also the birthday of not one but TWO celebrity beauties.

Legendary actress, model and icon Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1st, 1926, meaning she’d be a ripe old 85 today. To commemorate the occasion, we’ve gathered together 20 of Marilyn Monroe’s famous quotes and sayings here. And remember, “It takes a smart brunette to play a dumb blonde.”

Today, they’d probably just figure out a way to fake this with CGI.

You may have noticed, Marilyn was surprisingly erudite, despite her frequent roles as a bubbly, somewhat dim caricature. Her final film, “The Misfits” (in which she co-stars with Clark Gable) gave some indication that there was more to her than the iconic sexpot that became her persona. Regrettably, while determining what would be her follow-up role, on August 5, 1962, she died in her Brentwood, California, home.

The Internet Kills People List of the Day

Miley Cyrus Dead

Much like any child, the internet can accomplish anything if it puts its mind to it. One of the most reprehensible, regular-basis accomplishments of the internet is when they (we) decide to react to a Twitter trending topic, or a Google Trends topic without fact-checking it first. 

So today’s list of the day features people who have been pronounced dead on so many internet channels, that newspapers as big as the BBC, CNN and Yahoo! News have picked up the stories without even checking other news or with the stars’ publicists first. 

Top 8 Celebrities That Were Killed By The Internet

Killed celebrities include Oprah, Jackie Chan, Miley Cyrus and more. Here’s Jeff Goldblum proving he’s alive on The Colbert Report.

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This Here’s the Wildest List of the Day in the Wilderness

We could list off all the different reasons to take a trip to Disneyland this summer, but there’s really only one attraction on everyone’s mind, right. “Star Tours.” Tons of new locations adding up to more than 54 different ride combinations. New pilot C-3PO. It’s all in 3D!

OK, maybe not everyone over the age of 10 is that excited about new “Star Tours.” But there’s a lot to keep everyone busy at the park this summer, especially if you catch up with our list of Disneyland Secrets. It will teach you all kinds of secret, insider-y, special stuff to look out for and things to do that the regular tourists don’t know about. Unless…they also see this blog post…in which case, I can do nothing for you.

Naturally occurring lilypads or Hidden Mickey? You make the call!

So, that’s all well and good for the repeat visitors, but if you’ve never been to Disneyland before, we’re not trying to leave you out. We’ve also written up a list of more general Disneyland tips that’s ideal for n00bs. For example, try not to get sent to the mysterious and shadowy underground Disney Jail. We’ve heard stories…terrifying stories…

The Annoying Customer’s List of the Day

Have you ever ordered something not on the menu at a Fast Food restaurant? Maybe something off of a “secret” menu? Few have, but when you do one of two things can happen: 

1. The cashier knows exactly what you mean, and they’re totally on board. You get something delicious and you have now educated everyone in line behind you. 

2. They have no idea what you’re talking about and you look like a complete jerk who is wasting the cashier’s time and everyone else’s time. 

This weekend, checkout this collection of Secret Menu Items lists and see what you’re brave enough to try. From trying Jamba Juice’s secret menu items like the Green Gummi Bear, to ordering a root beer float off of McDonald’s Secret Menu, to exploring the depths of the In N Out Burger hidden menu

Be brave and Godspeed.

^WORTH THE RISK^