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Bed, Bath, Ranker Lists and Beyond!

It’s Sunday, it’s freezing in Los Angeles and these are just some of the lists that were relevant on Ranker this week:

It’s November 5th… Can’t Shake This Feeling There’s Something I’m Supposed to Remember, Remember…

On November 5, 1605, a group of English Catholics planned to assassinate King James I of England and VI of Scotland by blowing up the House of Lords with gunpowder, but they were captured before their plan could come to fruition. Ever since, in England, it’s customary on November 5th to commemorate the event by setting bonfires or wearing masks inspired by one of the conspirators, Guy Fawkes. Today, the recognizable “Guy Fawkes” image is associated with a different group of revolutionaries, the shadowy online hackers association known as Anonymous.

It’s easy to understand why a lot of people would be intimidated by Anonymous. They try to make themselves kind of chilling with all that “we are legion… expect us…” stuff. Plus people in masks are always kind of unsettling. Also, they probably can figure out how much porn you’re watching, you know, if they feel like it. But Ranker user Beau Iverson urges us not to fear Anonymous, but to celebrate them, in this collection of the Operations That Will Make You Love Anonymous.

For example, did you know that Anonymous’ Operation Darknet busted an online pedophile ring. It’s true.

Hey, wait a minute. That’s all well and good, but they better not be trying to take Chris Hanson’s job!

Anonymous, you can wear all the masks you want, but keep stealing my bit… and I will find you… and I will ask you nicely to take a seat.

Zooey Deschanel Continues to Strip the Word “Adorkable” of All Meaning

It’s like nothing is sacred any more. Probably because no things are being held sacred.

In the latest example, America’s favorite woman who looks like Katy Perry that isn’t Katy Perry, Zooey Deschanel, was invited to sing the National Anthem at Game 4 of the World Series. Probably because she’s on that new show about that new girl who awkwardly sings all the time. And also maybe because she has this new Christmas album with M. Ward that is so unbearably twee, each time you listen to it, Wes Anderson actually comes to your home, brings you a new sweater-vest and then takes your portrait in it using an old-fashioned camera.

Check out how Zooey did, and how other celebs have fared at Francis Scott Key’s composition, in this look at some of Kel Varnsen’s least favorite National Anthem renditions.

Shawl Rock is Back!

In other music news, Florence Welch and her unnecessary plus sign are back with a second album this week. It’s called “Ceremonials,” cause… well, why not. Here’s “Shake It Out”:

There’s lots more (seriously, a whole lot for a group that only had one album before this) on Ranker’s Florence and the Machine Videos list. Maybe don’t watch them all in a row. That much twirling around in place could lead to a serious spell of vertigo.

Everyone Continues to Sort of Love Memes

Couple of hot memes in the past few weeks have captured the attention of the Ranker community and earned their very own lists.

The Good Guy Lucifer Meme features an image of the Devil himself, or at least a very David Bowie-ish interpretation of him from the DC Comics series “Lucifer.” The jokes themselves basically posit that Lucifer was a solid dude and years upon years of propaganda have caused us all to see him in a negative light. For example:

And so forth.

Also this week, we formally met Geeksquad Gus, who constantly gives you bad technology advice, typically involving upselling you on expensive purchases you don’t really need.

To wit:

I am sorry you had to see that photo. It’s in the interest of science. Wait, no, not science. What’s that thing that’s not at all scientific?

Well, that’s it for another week of great Ranker lists. Check out the blog here every Sunday for another wrap-up, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with all the latest in listing.

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One is the Loneliest List of the Day

It’s Friday!

“Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!”

But what if you don’t have a date? What if your plans for tonight include cooking a dinner for two, then eating the leftovers tomorrow, crying or playing video games against strangers? 

If this is the case, or if you’ve ever been lonely, one of the most relatable memes in meme history is the Forever Alone meme. 

You’ve probably seen the RageFace. It looks like this:

This meme is meant to make fun of the loneliest moments in our lives, the loneliest thoughts we’ve ever had and the loneliest things that we do as people. 

It brings humor to the situation and makes you laugh at how pathetic we can all be sometimes. 

So, in honor of all the lonely people (and where they come from), here’s The Best of the Forever Alone Meme

Have a great weekend! 

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Today's List of the Day Just Isn't Fair

One of the greatest trends of recent memory is pointing out either via twitter hashtags, tumblr blogs or troll-like Facebook posts that a problem someone is complaining about is a “first world problem”. 

A first world problem is a grievance expressed by someone in a position of relative affluence to the rest of the world. This grievance is usually something only someone relatively well off would even be able to complain about. 

For example, someone in a state of starvation or poverty in a third world country wouldn’t even be able to complain about this: 

But a lot of times you see these along with Facebook pictures, or in the context of plain text, which is funny, but really lacks that extra umph that you really need to fully appreciate how insignificant these grievances really are. 

The Sad Youth Meme adds this umph by placing the first world problems next to a skinny, caucasian, melodramatic and overexposed/artsy picture of a young person in peril (who is really probably not in any real peril). 

So just so you can send over a reality check to anyone you know that complains way too much about problems that really just illustrate that their life is fine, today’s list of the day is The Very Best of the Sad Youth Meme.

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It's The List of The Day's First Day of School

Summer is coming to a (social) end. And by this I mean, of course, that it’s back to school time. The summer is by no means over, we’re still going to have awesome beach weather for a little while longer (and in LA, it’ll continue until we’re very well close to Christmas). But as far as the younguns are concerned, summer is basically over. The summer retail jobs are ending, video games are being finished and teenage summer romances are reaching their awkward “how the hell do I get out of this?” stage (unless they creepily follow you back to the high school you attend)

 

“So, uh, yeah, I’ll give you a call sometime…”

For those of you starting college in this fine fall season of 2011 (the class of 2015), there are some sage words of advice the internet has to give you. And those words of advice is “learn from our mistakes”, “don’t be an idiot” and “don’t fall for the oldest tricks in the book”.

So, thankfully, this generation has a meme looking out for them. It’s a meme that gives them great advice by ruthlessly mocking all the dumbest, most cliche, idiotic or just plain naive things we all did as college freshmen. 

We present to you, the College Freshman Meme — chronicling the best in what everybody does (or thinks) as a young, dumb college freshman. 

Have fun, make the most of it, study but don’t study too hard, and most importantly, meet as many attractive people that like you as you possibly can. They’ll come in handy later… ifyouknowwhatimsayin.

The Very Best of the College Freshman Meme 

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Meme Monday: Oblivious Mothers and Daughters Edition

Hello and welcome to your first helping of meme Mondays! Why meme Mondays? Because there’s nothing better to start you off on your week than knowing you’re behind on something. 

For those of you not in the know, an internet meme is sort of an “inside” joke of the internet — kind of like the kind of inside jokes you have to deal with when you hang out with your significant other and their friends, only you (yes, you) can actually participate. Memes are born when multiple people contribute to an image, video or phrase, making it evolve into something that everyone can laugh at. 

And since Ranker users have really taken a shine to rounding up memes, we have enough to do meme Mondays until “advice memes” stop being popular.

Starting us off is The Very Best of the Oblivious Suburban Mom Meme. Reddit’s AdviceAnimals section (where a lot of these memes are born, well, where a lot of these memes are raised) took a picture of a pretty attractive almost-middle-aged woman and started making her say the kind of stuff that your normal, in-denial (or really that oblivious) suburban mom would think about her kids doing “adult” or “illegal” things. 

For example

So enjoy the very best of this meme that makes fun of clueless, idealistic parents. 

Speaking of clueless idealism, when’s the last time you talked to a child about music? Nothing on earth will make you feel older.

“Paul McCartney! You don’t know Paul McCartney?!”

“Oh, you mean Jesse McCartney’s dad? Is that him? Is he an actor or something?”

This causes much distress. Especially when the kid thinks he/she knows everything already, even though they’re in 8th grade, which means they’re just starting to like stuff. At all. 

And then it hits a peak when they say things like this:

So for 39 more range-inducing hits from this annoyingly happy, yet ignorant little girl, check out The Very Best of the Musically Oblivious 8th Grade Meme. And bring a stress ball. 

And that’s your meme Monday for this pre-Comic-Con July week.

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Ranker's Memes of the Week: Under the Sea Edition

We love memes. Are there occasionally times at Ranker HQ when we’re all quietly sitting at our desks, browsing the AdviceAnimals subreddit when we are meant to be working? Of course not, Ranker CEO Clark Benson who rarely checks in on our blog! I didn’t see you there for a second! Ha ha!

Anyway, where were we. Memes. Funny. Blog-style cutesy intro. Here are some of the best and brightest of the Internet fad world that have been cataloged by Ranker’s community for your amusement:

Hipster Ariel

You know how, if you put glasses on top of an image of Disney’s Little Mermaid, it sort of looks like she’s judging you. That’s because she’s judging you. This is the meme in which you find out that, though she wanted to be part of our world, it was really just so she could make snarky comments about it. Ari-EL!!!!

Oh, you guys have legs? How, um, retro…

In the series of captioned photos that bear her name, Hipster Ariel spends most of her time informing you that you are too mainstream. Perhaps she moved to Silverlake, which doesn’t, as the name implies, really have a particularly swimmable lake, but DOES have a lot of irritating hipsters?

What ever happened to the innocent girl from the classic animated movie who liked to dance around to Calypso music? Can we get her back?

For more evidence that Ariel whole demeanor has just CHANGED to fit her new spectacles, check out Ranker’s Best of the Hipster Ariel Meme. And then hope the same fate doesn’t befall poor Simba!

Horrifying Houseguest

He’s climbing in your windows. He’s snatching your people up. But don’t worry, he’s just trying to SCARE them to death. Nothing untoward. No need to hide your kids, wife or husband, as the case may be.

Yes, he’s the Horrifying Houseguest (sometimes referred to as the Never Alone), the creation of someone truly disturbed who apparently thought that too many of us were getting a good 8 hours of sleep per night. (Did I say 8? I meant 3-5 hours of sleep per night! Working hard, Mr. Benson! No time for casual gaming here!)

They’re trying to resurrect the Antoine Dodson meme. Scared yet?

In images featuring the Horrifying Houseguest, he’s typically making creepy threats, such that a spirit haunting the bedchamber of an Edgar Allan Poe protagonist might issue. For example:

It’s like the terrifying imagination of HP Lovecraft plus the awe-inspiring wonder of a doodle uploaded to the Internet.

If you’ve decided you just hate having your wits about you, by all means, see much much more of the Uninvited Guest on Ranker’s Guide to the Horrifying Houseguest Meme. Just, for goodness sakes, don’t feed him after midnight.

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The Most Interesting List of the Day in the World

Every time he goes for a swim, dolphins appear. When it is raining, it is because he is thinking about something sad. His blood smells like cologne. His charm is so contagious, vaccines have been created for it. He is the most interesting man in the world (from the Dos Equis commercials). 

And this man, through this creative, fun and absolutely absurd commercials, much like the Old Spice guy, has reached meme status. He is the epitome of man and the commercials make us laugh, which seems to be all we need for the “manly” memes ever year. 

Every time The Most Interesting Man in the World ends a commercial he says “I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis”. 

So, 4chan and Reddit started photoshopping this catchphrase into various other situations, and thus a meme was born. 

The Most Interesting Man in the World

So, for your entertainment, here collected all in one place, is The Very Best of the Most Interesting Man in the World Meme. Stay thirsty, my friends.