Bad Santas, Awkward Christmas Photos, and Celebs Who Have Killed

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Happy (non-denominational) holidays to you all! As our gift to you, we present the very best lists that Ranker users have been upvoting this season. Enjoy!

Top Crimes Committed By Guys in Santa Suits

‘Tis the season to be jolly, greedy, lecherous and absolutely, undeniably unfit to set foot in public. In honor of the holiday season, here are thirteen crimes committed by guys in Santa suits: from bank robbers to mall flashers and child molesters. Merry Christmas.

The 20 Most Awkwardly Hilarious Family Christmas Photos

The fact that an entire family can gather together to take one photo is already a miracle, but the level of awkwardness captured on film here is absolutely brilliant.

The Best Christmas Songs Written by Jewish Songwriters

Here’s proof that a truly great songwriter can write about anything…including music celebrating a completely different faith and an imaginary elderly man who brings gifts to other people’s children.

29 Celebrities Who Have Received Organ Transplants

Usually we’d agree that it’s better to give than to receive, but we’re betting that these famous organ recipients were pretty thankful for these life-saving gifts.

33 Celebrities Who Have Killed People

It turns out that some very famous people have done some very bad things. We’re just reporting the facts, so please don’t shoot the messenger. Seriously. Please?
 

The Best Cures For Hangovers

Holiday parties = hangovers. There’s really no way around it. For the most effective remedies, you’ll want to consult this comprehensive list of foods you should eat the day after.
 

The Best Cities to Party in for New Years Eve

Partaaay! Some cities are famous for their NYE celebrations, but there are epic parties going on all over the world. We suggest you go forth and explore some of these destinations.
 

Toast The New Year With The Top New Year’s Eve Movie Scenes

According to these films, the best things to do on NYE include professing your love to a long time friend, hooking up with people you shouldn’t, and grand larceny. One of these things is not like the other…

That’s it for this year! From all of us here at Ranker, we wish you lots of holiday cheer!

You Voted: Walmart Has the Worst Reputation

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The news that a Walmart store in Ohio was holding a food drive to make sure that its own employees have enough food for the holidays struck a nerve with the Internet masses today. The story climbed to #1 on CNN Trends, spread quickly throughout the social media landscape and was mentioned by just about every mainstream media outlet–from Gawker, to Fox News to Business Insider.

Why the strong reaction? Many people though that Walmart is doing something “nice for humanity” by encouraging their employees to donate food to people who can’t afford it themselves. If only these people had jobs so they could afford it… oh that’s right, they do!

Despite being one of the richest companies in the world–they made $17 billion in profit last year–Walmart has been accused by many of failing to pay its workers a living wage, provide healthcare, or ensure that working conditions are safe. On the flip side, they do help billions of consumers worldwide stretch their paychecks by offering extremely low-priced goods.

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These are probably some of the reasons why so many users upvoted Walmart to the #1 spot on Ranker’s list of Companies With the Worst Reputations. (If there are others, feel free to leave them in the comment section of the list!)

Other heavy hitters on the list include:

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British Petroleum
 at #2, whose 2010 oil spill dumped 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and pretty much ruined the local economy and ecosystem there.

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Halliburton at #3, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s company that made billions of dollars from questionable deals related to the Iraq War.

Citigroup at #4, a financial institution so badly damaged by the financial crisis in 2008 that it had to be bailed out by the U.S. government 3 times . . . but was then able to pay its executives hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.

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and Monsanto, at #5, a biotech corporation that has spent 20 years, millions of dollars and endless lawsuits against small farmers in an attempt to replace biodiversity with their own, patented GMO seeds. monsanto

 While the top 5 items on this list will continue to change as time goes by, corporations continue to screw things up, and you keep voting, it’s interesting to note how diverse the companies in these top 5 slots are. Ranker users are a mixed bunch–people from all over the world stop by to vote on lists about everything–from entertainment, science, politics, sports and much more. This diversity is reflected in the range of companies that users upvoted.  People who voted on this list care about issues ranging from workers rights, environmental, & social and economic inequality–a good representation of the most talked-about issues of our time!

If you haven’t already, head to the list of companies with the worst reputations and vote on which company you disagree with.

What Will Be the Most Annoying Halloween Costume of 2013?

Since Halloween tends to be a weeklong affair these days, we are betting that you have started seeing some repeat costumes out there. What will be the most overdone Halloween costume of 2013? Our money is on twerking Miley Cyrus, what do you think?

What Will Be the Most Annoying Halloween Costume of 2013?

A Fall List That is Not to be Missed

The Best Things About Fall

This girl knows what we’re talkin’ about.

Good riddance summer! The weather is cooling, leaves are turning color (well, actually they don’t really do that here in LA) and we’re all planning which obscure pop culture reference we can turn into a Halloween costume this year.*

*Do you think I’d look good as a Sharknado?

To commemorate one of our favorite seasons here around the Ranker office, we’re loving this list of The Best Things About Fall. Autumn leaves are currently ranked #1 in the overall list, so we’re feeling a little left out–but Crisp Air, Comfy Clothes and Halloween are not too far behind.

We were curious about how people’s favorite things about fall differed depending on where they live, so we sorted the votes by geographic region and took a look at the data.

What People on the West Coast Most Love About Fall

What People on the West Coast Most Love About Fall

Turns out that us weather-obsessed West Coasters voted for 1) The Weather, 2) Crisp Air and 3) Comfy Clothes before 4) Autumn Leaves. In case you’re wondering, this chart was made by looking at the Top 10 items that people from the west coast voted on the most from this list. The size of the pie slices represent the number of upvotes each item got, as compared to the others.

Our friends in South voted slightly differently. Looks like they’re all about 1) Autumn Leaves, 2) Crisp Air, 3) Halloween and 4) The Weather. Check out the breakdown of their Top 10:

What Southerners Most Love About Fall

What Southerners Most Love About Fall

Well, it looks like we are definitely in agreement about the weather! But while us West Coasters are looking forward to snuggling in our comfy clothes, it looks like people from the South would rather be watching pro football or partaking in one of fall’s main holidays.

What about our readers from the east coast? (This may surprise you.)

What East Coasters Most Love About Fall

What East Coasters Most Love About Fall

They are the ones with the pretty autumn leaves and they barely even care! Our voters from the east coast most love 1) Comfy Clothes, 2) Halloween, 3) Pumpkin Pie and 4) The Weather! They’re also, apparently, really into their desserts. Anyone from the east coast have a recipe for apple crumble they’d like to share with us? We’re serious. Tell us in the comments or email feedback@ranker.com.

What about you? Be sure to visit the list: The Best Things About Fall and chime in while the fall season is still upon us.

Updates to the Ranker Widget

Wickey, Wickey Widget! Welcome to The Ranker Widget 2.0. With the Ranker Widget, publishers can use Ranker’s tools to build unique, votable lists and publish them on their site. To date, over 1,600 third party websites have used Ranker’s widget to engage with their readers. Based on feedback from our users, we’ve just released an updated version that has some nifty new features.

What’s new?

1. Increased Options for Customization. There are a ton of new options for adjusting the look and feel of your widget. You can find customization options in the Size, Header, List and Footer tabs of the Customize panel.

 

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Width: Choose one of three standard widths or write in your own custom width.

Height: Decide how many rows you would like to display at once. If you choose to display more rows than the amount of items on your list, they will all display at once.

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You now have the option to show the list image, username and list criteria to your poll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Social Share Buttons: Allow users to share your poll on through email, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ right on your site.

3. New List Stats Button: This new tab shows the number of voters, votes and items on your list. It also lists any reranks of your list by your users right there on your widget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Users can more easily add new items to your list. If you’d like your readers to be able to add new items to a list in addition to voting on the items that are already there, you’re in luck. The new widget allows users to type in new list items right there at the bottom of your list.

 

 

 

Introducing the Ranker Partnership Program!

Today we are unveiling the new Ranker Partnership Program! Ranker is partnering with select publishers and individual experts who regularly create high-quality lists on our site. We will feature our Partner Lists in a new section of our homepage and throughout our category pages.

Partner Lists will also have added space for branding, a link back to their own site and an “Official Partner” verification checkmark next to their name.

While believing in the wisdom of crowds is kind of our thing here at Ranker, we will admit that sometimes some people do know more about some topics than others. Hey, I won’t ask you about your favorite Kombucha flavors if you don’t ask me about my favorite GPS fitness-tracking apps. Capiche?

But you know who I would ask about GPS apps? The good people over at The Next Web, who are experts on Internet technology. So when a noted authority on a certain topic (that has an active online community who can make our rankings more accurate) makes a list about a topic that they know a lot about, we thought it’d be nice to call that out.

For this reason, we are unveiling some nifty new features that distinguish expert Partner Lists from user-generated lists. Keep an eye out around the site for these new lists. You will recognize them by their “Official Partner” verified checkmark.

Trusted publishers and individual experts have been making lists on Ranker.com for awhile now and we added these new features to make their lists pop and to highlight their expertise.

Many of our partners use Ranker’s killer interface to create a poll on their topic of choice to host on their very own site. Embedding a list is super easy–just look for the “embed list” button in the footer of any new or pre-existing Ranker list.

If you’d like to be considered for our Partnership Program, send us a note. If you want more details, visit this short guide first. In general, our partners are publications or experts who have their own active online communities and some expertise in a certain subject. Most of our partners produce at least one piece of high quality content a month. And remember, since these lists will be featured on our homepage we tend to prefer partners who produce content that appeals to our broad, diverse online community.

By the way, you don’t have to be a partner to use our widget or enjoy Ranker.com. For most of our users, the new Partnership Program won’t change a thing!

New Features on Ranker

As usual, we are hard at work here in the Internet factory trying to make our site better and better. Pretty soon, Ranker.com is going to be able to walk your dog and drop your kids off at soccer practice. Those jet-pack days are not here yet, but we do have some other fun, new stuff for you to gaze upon. And maybe also use.

Do you sometimes see a list and think, “I want to rank that, but who has the TIME?” Not to fear, good people. We’ve actually reduced the amount of time it takes to register your opinion in list-form. With science!

Say you go to a list, any list. You start voting, all casual-like… and suddenly this tab pops out of the right side of your browser. Every time you vote something up, the number on the counter goes up, too! If you click on the green button that says “Your Votes,” a starter-list will come sliding in from the right side. You can literally re-order items, delete items, add items, write copy, and even add images and/or videos RIGHT THERE. And then publish your re-rank. RIGHT THERE. I mean, think of the time you just saved. Now you finally have time to cut your toenails. You’re welcome.

This isn’t technically new… but it’s something that looks new, so we’re counting it. The trigger buttons that switch how you view lists have moved! Not that exciting, I guess.

But in case you wondered why your ability to change ‘blog view’ to ‘info view’ or ‘info view’ to ‘slideshow’ wasn’t where it was supposed to be, just move your eyeballs to the left side of the screen and look right at the top of the list. There they are! Everything is still as it should be, only different.

We’ve gone and moved into the fine year of 2010 by finally making a functioning mobile version of our site. You can browse our lists more easily now, vote more easily and now you can actually re-rank a list… on your PHONE!

Unfortunately, we don’t yet support creating your own, brand-new lists on mobile, and there are some other user features of the site that we still won’t support on mobile… BUT it should be a lot easier to find, read, and vote on all your favorite lists.

Have you ever just wanted to copy and paste a list you see on Ranker? Maybe to a blog post, email, or just to Facebook? Well, now you can!

If you go into the ‘more options’ dropdown at the top of every list and select “Paste to Clipboard,” a popup with the list as it appears in text format will appear, allowing you to copy it and paste it wherever you want, free of formatting. If you want to paste it to Facebook, make sure to select the checkbox that says, “Check here to copy for Facebook.”

Enjoy. Check back soon for more fun new features!

A Battle of Taste Graphs: Baltimore Ravens Fans vs. San Francisco 49ers Fans

Super Bowl Sunday is a day when two cities and two fan groups are competing for bragging rights, even as the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers themselves do the playing.  You might be interested in understanding these teams’ fans better through an exploration of their fans’ taste graphs, from a recent post on our data blog, which examines correlations between votes on lists like the Top NFL Teams of 2012 and non-sports lists like our list of delicious vegetables (yum!).

For one, There is also absolutely zero consensus where music is concerned. 49er’s fans listen to an eclectic mixture of genres: up-and-coming rappers like Kendrick Lamar sit right next to INXS and 90s brit-poppers Pulp. Yet where the Ravens are concerned, classic rock is still king: Hendrix, CCR, and Neil Young are an undisputed top three. The 49ers also have the Ravens utterly beat in terms of culinary taste. Monterrey Jack and Cosmos are a fairly clear favorite among fans, while Baltimore’s stick to staples: Coffee, Bell peppers, and Ham are the only food items that correlated enough to even be tracked.

 A Snapshot from Ranker’s Data Mining Tool

TV tastes also varied between the two teams: Ravens fans stuck to almost exclusively comedic faire (Pinky and The Brain, Rugrats, Mythbusters and Louie correlated strongly), while the 49er’s stuck to more structured, dramatic shows, such as The Walking Deadand Dexter.

Read the full post here over on our data blog.

- Ravi Iyer

Latest Features on Ranker

There are a lot of neat little things we’ve been working on around here in the lab. Things that make it easier and more fun to make the lists you want to make. Take a peek:

Send A Note

We were sitting around the other day in the conference room and someone said ‘hey, wouldn’t it be cool if users could talk to each other? Like email, sorta?”

So we decided that you guys should totally get in on this whole “electronic” form of communication. Now, If you read a list you like, or are intrigued by the genius behind “5 Ways To Make Homemade Spam”, you can go to their profile page and send the list-maker a note and let them know that there are actually 6 ways! And, because we believe in the goodness of the human spirit, we are sure you guys won’t use this new power for evil.

Send A Note

PS. You need to be logged in to see this new feature!

 

Adding Items

Remember that time you made your favorite movie list? But you couldn’t remember ALL your favorite movies, because you’re not a damned robot, right? And then you were looking at someone else’s favorite movie list – or maybe perusing the Best Movies of All Time list – and you saw Piranha II: The Spawning listed there. That is totally one of your favorite movies, but you forgot until just now! Well, we have a way for you to add it to your own list with a single click. If you click that blue ‘+’ button, you will get a dropdown with any relevant lists of yours that Piranha II might be good to add to. Select your favorite movie list from the dropdown and POW, that James Cameron classic is now on your own list, too!

Adding Items

PS. You need to be logged in to see this new feature!

 

SlideShow View

You already know that you have two choices for how your list displays on Ranker. you can write lots of lovely words for the internet to read with big pictures… or you can just create easily digestable stacked lists with small images. Now we give you a third option… Slideshow! Build your list like normal in Edit, put in nice pretty images that will look good big — this view supports any commentary you might want to add, too! Choose the ‘slideshow view’ option from your ‘list options’ popup, and when you publish your list will display one beautiful item at a time!

SlideShow View

 

Filtering Lists

We have so many lists on Ranker. So. Many. And sometimes it’s overwhelming, we know. God, we know. But we’ve been tagging lists (and so have you) for the last few years and we finally went ahead and made use of them. Now, when you go into any of the big category tabs on ranker (film, tv, people, etc) you will see a little array of blue buttons on the top of the right sidebar. You can use these little buttons to sort and filter the content of that category in a million different ways! Each new filter button will narrow down your results until you find the exact lists you are looking for. Go try it!

Filtering Lists

 

Stylish Copy

One of the things we’ve never really had so much around here is the ability to dress up the things you guys are writing on your blog view lists. Bolding, italics, stuff like that. Well, fret no more! We now support a simple text styling interface in Edit.

When you are building your lists, and you want to write stuff… just click on the text field for your item. There is a whole little string of new tools there that allows you to make your text a lot fancier! And easy! Always easy!

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The Best Possible Answers To Opinion-Based Questions

Ranker, as an openended platform for ranking people/places/things, is a lot of different (awesome) things to different people. But the overarching goal for Ranker has always been to provide the best possible answer to opinion-based questions like “What are the best _____?”

Popular sports and entertainment vote lists often grow into being a great answer within 12-72 hours as they get lots of traffic quickly, but the majority of Ranker lists take 1 – 3 months to build to full credibility as visitors on Ranker and from search engines find them and shape them with votes and re-ranks.

I thought it would be fun to showcase some Ultimate Lists and Vote Lists in other categories that haven’t gone viral, but through the participation of lots of Rankers over a few months have indeed become “the best possible answer” to this question.

 

Food: you all clearly love to weigh in on the start of the day, and the 5 o’clock hour:

Best Breakfast Cereals

The Best Cocktails

But you also have strong opinions on hydration during the day:

Best Sodas (and for the more calorie-conscious among you The Best Diet Sodas)

And even specific Gatorade flavors (thanks for the list Lucas)

Snacking, whether it be on a particular type of cheese, candy bar, or even as granular as a specific Jelly Belly flavor (thanks for the list Samantha but what’s with all the chocolate pudding haters?)

Dining out, specifically at Italian chain restaurants

A list I am not authorized to vote on, pregnancy cravings

And hundreds more, including perhaps a new category entirely – food nostalgia (I do miss those Crispy M&Ms myself)

 

Fashion/Beauty: not categories that I personally check up on much, so I was psyched to see quite a few solid rankings here, some of them high-end but mostly stuff you can find at the mall:

Best women’s shoe brands

Best denim brands

Top handbag designers

Fashion Blogs

Sulfate-free shampoos

And even a men’s facial moisturizers list (have only tried 3 or 4 myself, but agree with their relative positions on the list)

 

Travel: Rankers, I know from a number of you that as we’ve been adding datasets of “rank-able objects” over the last year, one of the most-requested ones that we don’t yet have is hotels/resorts. Trust me, it’s still on the list. But in the meantime, it’s been heartening to see how many of you have participated in these great resources for travel destinations and attractions, like these:

Best US cities for vacations

Honeymoon destinations

Coolest cities in America

Theme parks for roller coaster addicts

And my personal faves, “bucket lists” of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders and historical landmarks.

Great stuff – these lists and 1000s more like them are true testimonials to the “wisdom of crowds”.  Thanks, crowds!