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Dirty Airline Secrets, ’90s Supermodels + Not-So-Smart Criminals

Spring is in full swing and we can hear the birds chirping. Passover, Easter, Earth Day, 4/20… there sure is a lot to celebrate this month! Our gift to you: a handy roundup of our favorite new lists on Ranker.

9 Bad Things That Happened on Good Friday
Though it is not the merriest holiday for Christians (or Jesus for that matter), it still seems pretty crazy that so many murders, crimes, and disasters have gone down on Good Friday.

18 Dirty Facts About Flying That Airlines Don’t Want You To Know
Warning: some of these appalling airline practices cannot be unseen. If you’re squeamish, there is still time to turn back and continue to be blissfully unaware that your aircraft’s wing may or may not be held on with duct tape.

15 Criminals Who Got Caught By Bragging About Their Crimes
Some people are just in the habit of sharing everything about themselves on the Internet. You eat mac n’ cheese for dinner, you tweet a pic of yourself enjoying your meal. You rob a bank, you post a pic of yourself fanning out the money–D’oh!

Easy Things You Can Do Today to Help Your Environment
You don’t have to be a hero or a hippie to know that our environment could use a little help. In honor of Earth Day this month, here’s a fun roundup of easy things you can do to make a difference.

Stunning Snapshots of ’90s Supermodels (Then and Now)
Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell. . . they were all household names back in the ’90s. We all know that Tyra Banks is as crazy as ever, but what are the rest of these beauties up to and how have they aged?

20 Jobs That No Longer Exist
It’s insane that PEOPLE ever did some of these tasks. (See: the job that was replaced when alarm clocks were invented.) But they did and we have the pictures to prove it.

The Worst People On Planes
Whenever you board a plane, you hope that everything runs smoothly. Of course, that means safely, but it also means not having to deal with the many types of obnoxious people you’re likely to encounter. Here’s a rundown of the usual suspects.

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Crazy Things Girls Do, Presidents Gone Wild + Sexy Co-Star Couples

Happy spring! Here are the best lists you crazy kids have been upvoting this month:

Which Ex-Presidents Would You Want to Go on a Bender With?
Did you know that some of the former presidents of the U.S. were huge drinkers and recreational drug users? Huge! Read about the scandalous habits of these former POTUSes (or would that be POTI?) and then vote for the ex-pres that you’d most want to get down with.

The Craziest Things Girls Will Do to Make You Like Them
Quit playing games with my heart! Really. No, not really. We all can get a little crazy when it comes to romance. Whether they’re just flirting or looking to put a ring on it, some ladies will do some pretty insane things to get noticed.

25 Celebrities Who Lost a Ton of Weight (Before and After Photos)
These stars transformed themselves from fat to all that! From flabby to fabby. From obese to bitch, please! Okay, I think we’re done here.

 

Who Did These Eventually Famous Kids Grow Up To Be?
When kids are young, they have the potential to be anything: astronauts, politicians, police officers… or they could go the way of Darth Vader and cross over to the Dark Side. From these vintage childhood photos, can you guess who turned in to whom?

The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person
Wondering how to be charming and attractive to the opposite sex? This is what men – and women – truly want.

25 Movie Couples Who Got Together in Real Life
After pretending to be an item on the silver screen, these sexy celebrities rode that wave of attraction all the way to Couplesville.

 

Top 10 Most Ironic Deaths of All Time (Vol. 2)
These incidents are far more serious than having “too many spoons when all you need is a knife.” Folks died here, people. Bonus: If you really love yourself some ironic deaths, check out Volume 1: The Top Ironic Deaths of All Time. You weirdo.

20 Celebrities Who Have Had Hair Transplants
We aren’t 100% certain how these balding men managed to halt the cruel hands of time… but we’re guessing that science had something to do with it, because most human beings don’t lose hair and then miraculously get it back.

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Things You Should Never Do While Naked, 90s Slang, Embarrassing Selfies + More

January is almost over. Good riddance! Have you given up on your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Trust us, you’ll feel much better once you just let go. For your enjoyment, here are the most popular lists that people have been upvoting on Ranker this month. Enjoy!

Incredible 90s Slang That We (Almost) Forgot About. Almost.

If you grew up in the ’90s, odds are that in between playing Pogs or watching reruns of “Saved by the Bell”, you were telling your mom to “talk to the hand” and that her cooking was Da Bomb…Not! Looking back, slang from the ’90s involved giving people a lot of attitude and tricking them.

The Last Words of 15 Famous Serial Killers

“I did not get my Spaghetti O’s. I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.”

The Most Egregious Celebrity Wardrobe Malfunctions of 2013

Nip slips, wedgies and rips, oh my! Last year was an epic one for crazy celebrity wardrobe malfunctions. For your enjoyment, here are the best (read: most embarrassing).

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Ever Done for a Movie Role

Matthew McConaughey lost 47 pounds for his role in Dallas Buyer’s Club. Jared Leto lost nearly 40. Christian Bale packed on 43 pounds and a huge beer belly for American Hustle. Those aren’t even the most extreme cases! See the shocking before and after pictures of actors who completely changed their bodies for a movie role.

15 Reasons Why You Are the Most Annoying Person on Facebook

You instantly thought of at least one person when you saw the name of this list, didn’t you? Odds are that you have at least one special person in your life that is a major Facebook offender. Take heart, it happens to the best of us.

The Most Embarrassing Celebrity Selfies

Embarrassing selfies happen when a sexy guy or gal is trying just a little too hard to look good for the camera. They are obviously sucking it in (Chris Pratt, Justin Bieber) or showing a bit too much skin that no one wants to see (Lindsay Lohan). We would feel bad…but these celebs did post these photos to their own social media.

23 Things You Should Never Do While Naked

Similar to getting drunk and singing at the top of your lungs, being naked is fun (!!) if not always appropriate. Whether an activity involves sharp, flying objects, extreme heat or compromising positions, there are some things that you should just never do naked. Ever.

That’s it! Stay in touch and we hope you’re having a great month!

Ranker Opinion Graph: the Best Froyo Toppings

Its hard to resist a cold treat on a hot summer afternoon, and frozen yogurt shops with their array of flavors and toppings have a little of something for everyone. Once you’re done agonizing over whether you want new york cheesecake or wild berry froyo (and trying a sample of each at least twice), its time for the topping bar. But which topping should you choose? We asked people to vote for their favorite frozen yogurt toppings on Ranker from a list of 32 toppings, and they responded with over 7,500 votes.

The Top 5 Frozen Yogurt Toppings (by number of upvotes):
1. Oreo (235 votes)
2. Strawberries(225 votes)
3. Brownie bits (223 votes)
4. Hot fudge (216 votes)
5. Whipped cream (201 votes)

But let’s be honest, who can just choose just ONE topping for their froyo? Using Gephi and data from Ranker’s Opinion Graph, we ran a cluster analysis on people’s favorite froyo topping votes to determine which toppings people like to eat together (click on graph to enlarge). In the graph, larger circles mean more likes with other toppings. Most of the versatile toppings were either a syrup (like strawberry sauce) or chocolate candy (like Reese’s Pieces).froyo

The 10 Most Versatile Froyo Toppings:

1. Strawberry sauce
2. Snickers
3. Magic Shell
4. White Chocolate chips
5. Peanut butter chips
6. Butterscotch syrup
7. Candies Nestle Butterfinger Bar
8. Reese’s Pieces
9. M&Ms
10. Brownie bits

 

Using the modularity clustering tool in Gephi, we were then able to sort toppings into groups based on which toppings people were most likely to upvote together. We identified 4 kinds of froyo topping lovers:

fruitnut1. Fruit and Nuts (Blue): This cluster is all about the fruits and nuts. These people love Strawberry sauce, sliced almonds, and Marschino cherries.

chocolate2. Chocolate (purple): This cluster encompases all things chocolate. These people love Magic Shell, Brownie bits, and chocolate syrup.

 

sugar3. Sugar candy (green): This cluster is made up of pure sugar. These people love gummy worms, Rainbow sprinkles, and Skittles.

 

 

salty4. Salty and Cake (Red): This cluster encompasses cake bites and toppings that have a salty taste to them. These people like Snickers, Cheesecake bits, and Caramel Syrup.

 

Some additional thoughts:

  • Banana was a strange topping that was only linked with Snickers.
  •  People who like nuts like both fruit and items from the salty category.
  •  People who like blueberries only like other fruits.
  • People who like sugar items like gummy worms also like chocolate, but don’t particularly like fruit.

 

– Kate Johnson

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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 Most Annoying Saturday Morning List of the Day

Few things on Earth say Saturday morning like cartoons and cereal. It’s always great, just sitting in front of Saturday morning cartoons, with your favorite novelty cereal bowl, eating sugary stuff that advertising companies somehow convinced your parents were a necessary part of your balanced breakfast. 

But among the cartoons, there were always those few characters that really got to us, rubbed us the wrong way, or ruined everything for every body. 

Remember this needy bastard?

Snarf Sucks

or maybe this Napoleon-complexed little nuisance?

or how about this troll’s laugh?

There was always that ONE cartoon character that really grinded your gears. For me, it was always Ranger Smith. Screw that guy. If it weren’t for him, Boo Boo wouldn’t have to be so uptight all the time “I don’t think the Ranger’s gonna like this, Yogi”. 

What if he wasn’t around to kill the buzz of being two awesome bears in the woods? You know how much more fun Yogi Bear would’ve been as a show? It’d basically be like The Hangover, only with cartoon bears. 

If only it weren’t for this fun-ruining Ranger. They should’ve mauled him. 

“Well they can’t have fun, I mean, c’mon…”

So, in honor of today being Saturday, here’s a wonderful list that allows you to list the cartoon characters that annoy you the most, and to vote for the worst, best and most memorably annoying ones.

The Most Annoying Cartoon Characters of All Time

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Scarlett Johansson's Naked, Leaked List of the Day

If you’ve been living under a rock (in which case, welcome to our above-ground world! We have lots of delicious insects up here, but I would highly recommend our smoked meats), then you haven’t heard that Scarlett Johansson broke one of the cardinal rules of being a famous attractive female celebrity: she, at some point, texted nude pictures of herself to somebody (which, for the sake of all of us, we’re hoping wasn’t Sean Penn). 

And because the internet is a cesspool of humanity that cares about nothing more than “boobs [cleaned up for language] or GTFO”, some crafty Hackers are to blame for the sexty pictures, making Scarlett Johansson one of the few female celebrities who no longer has to “GTFO” of the internet. 

Is it really “news” that she probably looks amazing naked?

We won’t link you to the pictures, because all you have to do to see them is go to any website ever (except maybe Disney.com). But the internet really reacted to them like a bunch of creeps. Every guy on Twitter is talking about stuff that’s waaay too personal to post, except for today, for some reason. 

So, today’s list of the day has one thing to illustrate/explain:

“… not a man in the world doesn’t want to see Scarlett Johanssen naked, but do we really all have to let each other know what we’re “doing” to these new leaked naked photos of her via social networks? This is the most the internet has ever instantly exploded over leaked nude pictures of a famous hot celebrity, and it was weird, awkward and creepy as hell.”

Well said, Robert Wabash. Well said. In honor of the biggest T.M.I. day in internet history…

The Worst, and Creepiest, Internet Reactions to Scarlett Johansson 

Internet, you guys are creeps! Also, we agree. But T.M.I. Seriously.

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Today's List of the Day Isn't Funny Anymore

Watch this video clip:

This is the moment when the “Happy”ness of “Happy Days” died for the audience. 

It was so bad, in fact, that it coined an entire term based on the scene above. And this term was “jumping the shark”. 

According to Wikipedia, foremost authority on stuff, Jumping the Shark is an idiom, employed to describe a moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality that is beyond recovery. 

Although this term was originally used primarily for television, nowadays anything can jump the shark. And in today’s list of the day, internet memes jump the shark

Case in Point: The Double Rainbow Guy

In case you lived under a rock in 2010, a guy with the username Hungrybear9562 uploaded a video of what he thought was the most amazing thing in the world (probably while on shrooms). Here’s the original video:

After it went viral, people started using “full on”, “all the way across the sky” and making “what does this mean?” jokes all over the internet. There was even a popular and (warning!) catchy song that was made to commemorate Hungrybear’s excitement. 

And this was awesome, funny and really illustrated how the entire internet is one huge international world community, making each other laugh.

And then the mainstream media ruined it by wearing out the joke waaayyy after it was popular, driving it into the ground and reminding us that the joke was, unfortunately, over. Permanently. 

The list of the day chronicles the Top 9 Worst Times Internet Memes Jumped the Shark: When the Laughter Died. 

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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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Today's List of the Day is Full of Band Geeks

Remember that movie Drumline and how unmistakingly badass it made marching bands look?

Yeah, neither do we. 

BUT, turns out that a lot of the band geeks you might have picked on in high school may actually turn out to be quite the famous celebrities, so watch who you pick on.

Please.

This comes from experience. Being a band geek wasn’t like in Glee. One assembly didn’t lead to people singing along with you, a huge fanfare and you somehow getting the girl/guy; it most often led to your parents buying you some ice cream on the way home before you tried to fit in as much Nintendo as you could before bed. 

No, this is not the way of marching band nowadays. Geeks are taking over the world and everything that used to be weird or nerdy is now okay and downright cool. So if you were in marching band, you were most likely missing out. Although it seems lately that we’ve gone from this…

to this…

although nowadays you do get a fair amount of this…

So, just to prove that people in band CAN be cool, here’s a list of celebrities that, at some point in their school careers, were in marching band. From Halle Berry, Gwen Stefani and Woody Allen, to Julia Roberts, Steven Spielberg and even Bill Clinton.

Wear your band geekdom proud today, nerds, and let your flag fly (and please, try not to drop it).

30 Famous People Who Were Once in Marching Band

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