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The Get Better Clarence Clemons List of the Day

This week, Clarence Clemons (saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) suffered a stroke in his home. He is thankfully in stable condition, but still in the hospital. We all wish him and his family the best.

Clarence Clemons Moments

But we aren’t the only ones, of course, as he’s one of the greatest sax players in the industry and has a lot of friends in high places. 

Bruce Springsteen had the following to say: 

By now, many of you have heard that our beloved comrade and sax player Clarence Clemons has suffered a serious stroke. While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again. He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family.

I thank you all for your prayers and positive energy and concern. This is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights.

— Bruce Springsteen

And since Clemons recently played saxophone on Lady Gaga’s new album, she decided to say “get better” like only she can. With her social media power, she had dozens and dozens of fans make “Get Well” videos for him, which are all actually really, really sweet. She put the best ones together and introduced them in this video (say what you will about Lady Gaga and her fans, but they’re all insanely nice and good-hearted people):

And friend of Ranker.com Vince Hans has gone ahead and made an apt, amazing and accurate tribute/get well list of the Top 25 Clarence Clemons Moments from Bruce Springsteen Songs including (of course) the sax solo from Born to Run. Enjoy the list, and enjoy his work. 

Get better, Clarence!

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The List of the Day is Playing at My House

Uh, my haussss…

Sorry, forgot I was blogging for a second there. Today’s List of the Day comes to us from Beau Iverson, who has gone ahead and chosen the 25 Most Influential Artists in Electronic Music. Plus it’s VoteRanked, so your votes help to determine the order of the list. Feel like Art of Noise isn’t getting their due and propers? Vote ‘em up! Can’t believe relatively recent French phenomenon JUSTICE are being considered side-by-side with godfathers of the genre like Brian Eno? Vote ‘em down! (But don’t tell them we said that…they seem kind of intense and we at Ranker don’t need any problems from any French electronic duos.)

JUSTICE, I’m sorry.

No matter your musical tastes, we’re sure to have a few similarly detailed lists on Ranker about one of your favorite genres in our massive Music category. And if we don’t, because you’re into some new offshoot of metalcore invented by 2 guys from Astoria and we just haven’t heard about it yet, go ahead and make a list about it and show off your superior knowledge. How else are you supposed to obtain that valuable hipster cred?

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We Are All List of the Day Witnesses

The NBA Finals wrapped up last night with an exciting Game 6 pitting the Dallas Mavericks against the much-ballyhooed Miami Heat, featuring the “Big 3” combination of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Of course, the Mavericks handily took the game 105-95, beating out the Heat 4-2 and taking the championship. (The Mavs Dirk Nowitzki was shortly thereafter named the NBA Finals MVP.)

Of course, the game was all the talk of the social media world, with Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, Digg and more overwhelmed with discussion and debate about the Finals. Of particular interest? Small forward LeBron James, who had controversially moved from his hometown of Cleveland to Miami at the start of the season to join forces with Bosh and Wade. (Had James promised in a pre-season press conference to bring home the first of 8 or more championships? Yes, yes he had.)

Man, I bet LeBron is glad he passed on wearing that fighter pilot outfit to this rally in retrospect…

So today’s featured list rounds up some of our favorite online quips, comments, images, memes, jokes and other <a href=”http://www.ranker.com/list/the-20-funniest-internet-reactions-to-the-nba-finals/randolph”>funny NBA Finals reactions</a> from last night and today – most of them at LeBron James’ expense – for your reading pleasure. Enjoy, Cleveland! You guys have earned this…

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That's The List of the Week That Was

Well, it’s been a wildly eventful 7 days, and here at Ranker, our staff and our users tried to keep up as best we could. Of course, we couldn’t manage to crank out lists about EVERY big story. (That Tracy Morgan thing just seemed sad, and we couldn’t come up with a great list without offending one another.)

But ill-conceived stand-up routines aside, let’s take a fond look back at the past week…in helpful list form…

E3

The yearly Electronic Entertainment Expo, held right here in Los Angeles, CA, is one of the primary events in the video game calendar. Right after Sir Ian McKellan’s yearly invite-only LAN parties. But less exclusive. Plus, at E3, the major console makers and game developers preview their hottest releases for the holiday season and the following year.

Photo by PopCultureGeek. Presumably musky odor by 40% of those in attendance.

Ranker’s Ariel Kana tracked all the action in this E3 Demo Roundup and curated the Best of the Internet’s reaction to the week-long event.

Weinergate

Yes, there is a real scandal called Weinergate. Yes, it involves the public display of a man’s genitals. Apparently, the media is now controlled by 9 year old boys.

“Hey, what’s up with this Twitter thing, amirite?” Photo by Boss Tweed.

Anyway, for those closely monitoring the “Anthony-Weiner-showed-his-junk-to-people-digitally” story, who would like some additional background, may we recommend Ranker’s rundown of major Democrat sex scandals up to and including Representative Weiner. (Oh, wait, his NAME is also WEINER! How am I just now getting this!)

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference

On Monday, Steve Jobs appeared to give the keynote speech at Apple’s WWDC, a gathering of developers who are designing new software for Apple’s OS X and iOS platforms. What better opportunity could there be to walk down Apple memory lane, listing the Top Steve Jobs Keynote Moments of all time?

Photo by Acaben

How popular are Jobs’ speeches, known affectionately as “Steve-Notes”? There are 10 different moments listed, and the commenters have come up with at least 5 others that could have made the cut! Not bad for a guy in a black turtleneck and jeans talking about gadgets…

Happy Birthday Liam Neeson

Sure, you could say that the 59th birthday of the popular Irish actor isn’t on the same level of importance as a major political sex scandal or the biggest week in the video game calendar. Sounds like a good way to get throat-punched to me, though…

Few things are more unpleasant than taking a guy hostage who has an unkempt neckbeard. There’s not enough hand soap in the world…

To avoid that dreadful fate, go ahead and read up on Neeson’s Top 10 Moments in Badassery. Also, rewatch “Gangs of New York.” It’s better than you remember.

The NBA Finals

The Heat faced off against the Mavericks in the Finals this week, prompting a whole lot of angry online discussions about the relative merits of LeBron James, his decision to leave Cleveland for Miami and his other decision to make fun of the guy playing through a 102 degree fever.

Photo by Keith Allison, who got so close to Dirk Nowitzki, he should probably get to an emergency room.

Ranker user Trevor took a look ahead at the up-and-coming NBA teams likely to have an impact NEXT season. LeBron is likely already thinking of jumping ship.

Super 8

JJ Abrams’ and Steven Spielberg’s new sci-fi adventure has been favorably compared to ’80s classics like “The Goonies” and “ET,” and raked in almost $40 million at the box office this past weekend. Not bad for a movie with no major stars that isn’t part of a franchise…

“Looks like a big crate of food or something…But what the hell is the ‘Dharma Initiative’?

Anyone hoping to relive some of the movie’s highlights would do well to check out our Super 8 Quotes guide. We’ll keep filling it out after everyone has seen the movie. (No spoilers!)

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Post E3 Wrap-Up List of the Day

2011’s E3 video game conference, the most anticipated event in video games every year, was a great success. With Nintendo announcing their revolutionary new console/control, the Wii U (pronounced “wee you”), the internet went nuts either making fun of its size or speculating on the possible uses of the device. To all the naysayers, the gaming section of Reddit.com had this to say:

People Who Don’t Like Nintendo Games

nintendo

Microsoft continues to milk their Kintect technology and Sony decided to make the same mistake Apple already learned from by making a portable device running on AT&T.

The general consensus of the three major presenters went as follows:

So today the list of the day today, now that E3 has come to an end, is The 50 Funniest Internet Reactions to E3 2011. Explanations, context and memes ahoy. Enjoy!

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Captain Jack Sparrow's List of the Day

Did you know that Johnny Depp has given millions to charity? Did you hear that he got a fan letter from a little girl in London addressed to Jack Sparrow, asking Captain Jack to come help her start a mutiny against her teachers? And, since he was in town, he visited her school in full Jack Sparrow costume, without warning to teachers, school or students? 

Johnny Depp Stories

Well, he did. Which is what makes him one of the greatest guys ever. So, in honor of his birthday today, the list of the day is a round up of some of the most badass things he’s ever done, including stopping a mugging with a single look.

The 7 Greatest Johnny Depp Stories Ever Told

BONUS: Check out Ranker’s CEO Clark Benson interviewed on InfoChachkie

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Here Comes the List of the Day

June is in full swing, and wedding season is upon us, so it’s time to collect the greatest videos of people ruining weddings. 

From brides being set ablaze, to people getting shot, to groomsmen parachuting in and ruining guests’ cars, today’s list of the day features some of the most insane, hilarious and sometimes just horrible things that happen at weddings. 

For example (our personal favorite):

Sure, it’s not nice to make light of others’ misfortune, but when that misfortune is so colossal and, dare we say, “epic”, it’s hard not to notice. Come on, this video features someone so drunk that they decide to pole dance at a wedding. As if that’s not bad enough, they not only literally ruin the entire reception (I doubt the re-erected it and kept partying), but they injure the bride. Everyone left that incident unscathed except for the worst possible person who could have gotten hurt. 

Amazing. 

So, be careful at all the weddings you’re going to this summer and enjoy today’s list of the day of The 20 Most Epic Wedding FAILs of All Time. 

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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

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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.

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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…

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