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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!

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The Quite Possibly Fatal List of the Day

One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is getting a chance to sample the strange, exotic cuisine of other places. Whether it’s heading out for Texas BBQ, attending your first Hawaiian Luau or combing Tokyo for the ultimate Shabu Shabu spot, often a vacation will be organized around opportunities to try different, enticing foods.

But if you’re going to any of the places highlighted in Ranker’s list of the World’s Most Dangerous Restaurants, it might not be the most relaxing trip ever. These are places you should only go if your idea of a good time is hanging off of a sheer cliff face, hoping that you get to enjoy your mint tea and cookies before plummeting to your certain doom on the craggy rocks below. (Well, when you put it like that, it does sound kind of fun…)

The good news is, if you navigate this pass before 7 pm, they have half-price mozzarella sticks.

Included in the list are:

– A Chinese tea house located in a converted Taoist temple high atop Huayin, China’s Mt. Huashan. (That’s where the above photo was taken.)

– A Belgian dining room-like apparatus that can be suspended 50 feet in the air from a massive crane

– A Japanese restaurant in New York City staffed entirely by ninjas. (Trust us, leave a nice tip!)

– A Tokyo restaurant themed simultaneously as a hospital and prison and staffed by the cast of a ’70s pinky violence exploitation film.

One waitress helpfully shows you where you can redeem your Groupon.

Bon appetit!

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Part of This Nutritious List of the Day

We like to talk on the Ranker blog about all the IMPORTANT lists being written on the site. Lists discussing political and world events. Lists that teach you facts about science, nature and history. Lists that try to help you choose the next movie, TV show, music or book that you’re going to love. And, yes, lists that attempt to determine – scientifically, of course – which actresses on “Entourage” are the hottest.

But Ranker’s also just about having fun listing your favorite STUFF, even if it’s kind of silly. And everyone – well, everyone without severe sensitivities to gluten – loves cereal. So why not have a vote on our massive Crowdranked list of the All-Time Best Breakfast Cereals?

Follow my nose! Which, now that I think about it, is attached to the rest of my body. So, just, um, follow me, I guess!

The results so far, after nearly 50 voters, are intriguing. Sugary or sweet cereals obviously took off to an early lead – 4 of the Top 5 are traditionally thought of as “kids cereals,” and only Raisin Bran appears to really be holding it down for the grown-ups. But I don’t think anyone, high fructose corn syrup or no, expected to see Corn Pops so high up the list. Corn Pops more popular than Corn Flakes? Than Golden Grahams? Lucky Charms? Surely you jest…

And what of Trix? Easily one of the most iconic, recognizable advertising campaigns in breakfast history, and it can’t even make it into the Top 25 favorite cereals?

Silly rabbit, Trix are for… well, not too many people, as it turns out.

Go ahead and vote for your favorites to help switch around the order. And if we’ve missed any of your favorite morning snacks, make your own list and nominate some more cereals. You surely can’t be the only one who likes Mueslix… right?

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Today's List of the Day is a Little Tipsy

Have you ever cooked while drunk? I think the majority of us enjoy a drink here or there while preparing our most delicious meals, but Hannah Hart of the popular web series My Drunk Kitchen takes it to whole other level. And that level is hard to beat.

Not is not only is she a friend of Ranker, but she has recently received a lot of attention for her charming videos where she runs a cooking show for beginners while completely inebriated. The results are hilarious

While some people can’t quite control their drinking

Hannah Hart brings a wit, charm and elegance to drinking alone, cooking and having some “you” time that can usually only be found in cartoons.

She’s also been getting a lot of attention from some great LGBT blogs like AfterEllen. So, in honor of one of the greatest new web series on YouTube, our list of the day is a votable list of The Very Best of My Drunk Kitchen (Videos). Bon appetit.