<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent arts & culture Lists]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/tags/arts-and-culture http://www.ranker-dev.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker-dev.com/tags/arts-and-culture <![CDATA[The Croods Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-croods-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
"The Croods" movie quotes tell the tale of a cave family who is forced to step outside of their cave home on a wild adventure. The 3D animated family movie produced by DreamWorks Animation was created by John Cleese, Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, the latter two who also wrote the screenplay and directed the film. "The Croods" was released in theaters by 20th Century Fox on March 22, 2013.

In "The Croods," father Grug (voiced by Nicholas Cage), mother Egga (voiced by Catherine Keener), daughter Eep (voiced by Emma Stone), son Thunk (voiced by Clark Duke), baby daughter Sandy (voiced by Randy Thom) and grandma Gran (voiced by Cloris Leachman) make up the Crood family. They spend nearly their entire time in their family cave, much to the displeasure of Eep, under the strict orders of Grug. This changes when an earthquake crumbles the walls of their cave forcing them into the new and uncharted lands.

The Croods meet Guy (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) who informs the family that the world is ending. Guy urges them to come along on a journey with him, something initially the sheltering father Grug is not keen on but eventually agrees to. Along the way Guy shows them fun new concepts like shoes and fire plus catches the eye of Eep, who is smitten with this new stud. Together Guy and the Croods travel across the country in hopes of survival.

If 3D animated movies are not quite your thing, there are plenty of other films in theaters at the same time including "Upside Down," "Ginger & Rosa," "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," "Dead Man Down," "Oz: The Great and Powerful," "Jack and the Giant Slayer,"  and "Identity Thief."
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Where Are We?
Gran: "Where are we?"
Grug: "I'm not sure."
Thunk: "Dad?"
Grug: "Don't worry, I'll take care of this." [screams at a monkey, who is unimpressed and punches Grug]
Thunk: "All right, dad, go get 'em!"
Gran: [laughs] "I'm loving this."

After venturing into the new land the Croods come upon a monkey. Grug thinks he can yell and scream at the monkey to scare it away but the monkey is highly unimpressed.
We Should Go There
Eep: "Whoa, you really need to see this. We should go there!"
Grug: "No!"

Following the earthquake that causes their cave home's walls to collapse, Eep marvels at the world outside and urges everyone else to come see it. Her father, Grug, on the other hand is less than excited to venture out of their safe zone.
Been in That Cave Forever
Eep: "Oh, I've been in that cave forever!"
Grug: "Three days is not forever."
Eep: "It is with this family."
Ugga: "Mom, we're ready to leave. Mom?"
Gran: "Still alive!"
Grug: "It's still early."

Eep complains about not being able to leave the cave calling her three day stay as forever. Before they can head out though they have to find Gran, who, much to Grug's disappointment, has not died at her old age of 45.
It Looks Dangerous
Grug: "Wait, it looks dangerous."
Eep: "Dad, you say that about everything!"
Guy: "Careful"
Eep: "Oh, really? Okay"
Grug: "Ugh!"

Like a typical teen, Eep isn't exactly excited by her dad's attempt to shelter her and goes against his recommendations to stay far from the edge of a cliff. Only after her crush Guy agrees about the danger does she listen, which aggravates father Grug.
It's Fire
Eep: "What is that?"
Guy: "It's fire!"
Grug: "Ahh, the sun is in his hands!"
Eep: "No, it's fire."
Ugga: "Where did it come from?"
Eep: "He made it."
Grug: "Make some for me."
Eep: "It doesn't come out of him."
Grug: "Make it! Make it!"
Guy: "You know, you're a lot like your daughter."
Eep: "Oh great, now he's broken."
Ugga: "Aww, it's a baby sun."
Grug: "Stay back!" [steps in the fire and screams] "No, no, no, no, wait!" Thunk: "It likes me! Ahh, it's biting me!"
Grug: "Try hiding from it in the tall, dry grass."

When Guy and Eep introduce fire to the rest of the Croods, clearly no one has any idea what they are seeing. Thunk however finds out real quick when he is lit on fire. Grug on the other hand advises Thunk to hide from the flames in a very flammable patch of dry grass.
I Call Them Shoes
Guy: "We've gotta move faster. I call them shoes."
Eep: [screams] "I love them! Where are my feet?"

Eep is thoroughly intrigued when Guy shows her shoes. It's these simple pleasures that expand their horizons and make their trip that much easier.
Family Road Trip
Grug: "Just think, our whole family packed together on a long, slow trip across country. We'll tell stories. We'll laugh. We'll become closer as a family." [Sandy, the baby, bites Grug's face.] "Ah, get her off!"
Ugga: "If you're not ready to challenge her then don't look her in the eye!"
Gran: "Could you keep your big giant arms on your side of the trail?!"
Grug: "You want me to turn this family around? Do you? Because I will turn this family around so fast!"
Thunk: "Dad, I gotta go!"
Grug: "Come on, you can hold it."
Gran: "I'm not dying on an empty stomach."
Ugga: "Ugh, we're all pretty tired."
Grug: "We'll eat when we get there."
Gran: "It's taking too long! I'm grabbing a snack." [Gran tries to eat Belt, the sloth, but Belt pulls a knife on Gran.]
Guy: "Don't do that. He's not food. He's a pet, my pet."
Gran: "What's a pet?"
Guy: "An animal you don't eat"
Gran: "We call those children."
Eep: [Smitten with Guy] "Isn't this fun? We're taking our first trip together."

While Grug is excited about a family road trip, the rest of his family is not as amused. Like a typical non-caveperson family on a road trip, someone needs to use the restroom, another is hungry and the teenage girl is focused on the hot, new boy.
The World Is Ending
Guy: "I'm guy and this is Belt. We need to leave immediately. The world is ending."
Eep: "What?"
Guy: "Fire, lava, everything we're standing on right here will be gone. I'm calling it the end."
Belt: "Dun dun dun!"

The Croods meet Guy along with Guy's pet sloth Belt. Guy informs the family of the pending disaster, all of which comes as a shock to the once happy yet highly sheltered family.
The Story of Crispy Bear
Grug: "Tonight we'll hear the story of Crispy Bear. A long time ago this little bear was alive because she listened to her father. So she was happy, but Crispy had one terrible problem. She was filled with curiosity. Yes, and one day she saw something new and died!"
Thunk: "Just like that?"
Grug: "Yes!"
Gran: "Same ending as everyday"
Thunk: "I get it, dad. I will never do anything new or different."
Grug: "Good man, Thunk"

In an effort to remind his family never to leave the cave, Grug tells a story about a young girl bear who died after seeing something new. While daughter Eep is annoyed by the constant directives to never leave the cave, Thunk buys into it, much to Grug's pleasure.
My Family, the Croods
Eep: "My name's Eep and this is my family, the Croods. We never had the chance to explore the outside world because of my dad's one rule: Never leave the cave."
Grug: "New is always bad. Never not be afraid!"
Eep: "We never had a chance to explore the outside world, but what we didn't know was that our world was about to change."

Eep gives a quick overview of her family, the Croods. They are cave people and have spent their entire lives in a cave due to dad's rule about never leaving. This really gets to Eep who longs to experience what else is out there.

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<![CDATA[The Best Beauty Brands]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-beauty-brands/werner-brandes
List of beauty brands that includes the most high quality, reliable and affordable beauty products available. The global beauty business is a $382 billion industry with many competitors. Top beauty brands range from major manufacturers of skin care and cosmetics like Chanel, Johnson & Johnson, Olay, Dove and more. Other companies are smaller, but do very well with one segment of the market, like Burt's Bees and Earth Science (and other of the best natural skin care brands.)   

The beauty product industry and the best skin care brands usually enjoy fierce customer loyalty among brands. Once customers find the perfect beauty or makeup product, they tend to stick to their favorites. Because consumers have such strong brand loyalty, people are often more willing to pay a price premium for their favorites. There are also many inexpensive, quality beauty brands that are affordable for the average consumer. Biore, Clean & Clear and Neutrogena make affordable beauty products that are loved by millions of people across the world. 

So What are the best beauty brands? Quality of ingredients, price, packaging, consistency across product lines and effectiveness all come into play. Users looking for a beauty product will want to research a variety of different brands to find the one that best suits their needs, based on use and reliability.
The Best Beauty Brands,

MAC Cosmetics

Sephora

Urban Decay

NARS Cosmetics

Too Faced

Tarte

e.l.f. Cosmetics

Smashbox

Benefit

Kat Von D Beauty


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<![CDATA[Maleficent Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/maleficent-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
"Maleficent" movie quotes tell the title character's untold backstory as the Mistress of All Evil from "Sleeping Beauty." The live action Disney movie was written by Linda Woolverton based on "La Belle au bois dormant" by Charles Perrault and "Little Briar Rose" by The Brothers Grimm and directed by Robert Stromberg. "Maleficent" opened in 3D and 2D on May 30, 2014, in the United States.

In "Maleficent," the events that took place before "Sleeping Beauty" are introduced. Viewers learn that Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) was once a fairy with very powerful wings but evil forces turned her from good to evil and took away those wings. As a result, she was shunned by the townspeople, including King Stefan (Sharlto Copley).

So after Maleficent was not invited to the christening of Princess Aurora (portrayed by Elle Fanning, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Eleanor Worthington Cox), she shows up anyways and issues a stern curse. Maleficent says that once day Aurora will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a sleep-like death. In the time that follows however, Maleficent spends her time watching over the girl and even getting to know her. Perhaps Maleficent isn't so evil after all, just misunderstood.

"Maleficent" joins the Memorial Day 2014 box office race including other movies such as "Blended," "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "The Immigrant," "The Love Punch, "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, "Million Dollar Arm," "Godzilla," "Palo Alto," "Chef," "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Movie Quotes," "Neighbors," "Belle," "Walk of Shame," and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
Maleficent Movie Quotes,

Fight With Me Now!
Maleficent: "I call on those who live in the shadows! Fight with me now!"

Maleficent issues the equivalent of a "come at me, bro" as she invites those hiding in the shadows to stop hiding and fight her. Only one confident in their chances to win, or completely stupid, would issue that charge.
A Sleep-like Death
Maleficent: "Listen well, you all! The princess will indeed grow in grace and beauty. But before the sunset on her sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel, and she will fall into a sleep-like death!"

Maleficent, angry at how she was treated, unleashes a curse on Princess Aurora. As what happens in "Sleeping Beauty," Maleficent talks of Aurora falling into a deep sleep. Her threats are not hollow.
Are You Maleficent?
Princess Aurora: "When were you going to tell me that I'm cursed? Is it true?"
Maleficent: "It is."
Princess Aurora: "My aunt said it was an evil fairy. I can't remember he name. They said… it was…"
Maleficent: "Maleficent"
Princess Aurora: "Is that you? Are you Maleficent? … No, don't touch me. You're the evil that's in the world. It's you!"

Princess Aurora comes to a startling conclusion and initially doesn't want to believe it. To confirm her suspicions, Aurora asks if Maleficent is who she thinks she is. Whether she is ready for the honest answer or not is another story all together.
Don't Be Afraid
Princess Aurora: "I know who you are. You've been watching over me, my whole life. I know you're there. Your shadow, it's been following me, ever since I was small. Don't be afraid."
Maleficent: "I'm not afraid."
Princess Aurora: "Then come out."
Maleficent: "Then you'll be afraid."

Having spotted Maleficent in the woods, Princess Aurora urges the evil queen to reveal herself. Aurora thinks that Maleficent is afraid but really, Maleficent is limiting Aurora's fear.
Pretty Bird
Princess Aurora: "I remember you, pretty bird."
Maleficent: "This is Diaval."
Diaval: "Hello, Aurora. I've know you since you were a little one."

Surprisingly, Princess Aurora does not seem too alarmed when she learns that a bird that is very familiar to her, is actually a man named Diaval. Perhaps this sort of thing is normal in fairy tale land.
I Had Wings Once
Princess Aurora: "All the other fairies fly. Why don't you?"
Maleficent: I had wings once, and they were strong. They could carry me above the clouds and into the headwinds, and they never faltered. Not even once. But they were stolen from me."

Maleficent reveals some of her backstory to Princess Aurora. As she explains, Maleficent once had wings but they were stolen from her by an evil force, in turn making her evil.
There Is An Evil in This World
Maleficent: "Aurora, there is an evil in this world, hatred and revenge. And I cannot keep you from it."

As she tells Princess Aurora, Maleficent really does want to protect Aurora from all the evil in this world but it's just not that simple.
What An Awkward Situation
Maleficent: "Well, well, what a glittering assemblage, King Stefan. Royalty, nobility, gentry, and, how quaint, even the rabble. I must say, I really felt quite distressed in not receiving an invitation."
King Stefan: "You're not welcome here."
Maleficent: "Oh dear, what an awkward situation."

In the event that triggers many of the events in "Sleeping Beauty," Maleficent crashes the cristening for Princess Aurora to which she was not invited. Despite being told she isn't welcome there, Maleficent isn't thinking about leaving anytime soon.

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Tue, 20 May 2014 03:05:28 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/maleficent-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[The Best Ways to Fall Asleep]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-ways-to-fall-asleep/dani-porter
Getting enough sleep is essential to living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Finding the best way to fall asleep can be tricky if you don't know where to begin. Studies have proven that sleep is directly tied with emotional stability, the ability to function properly at work, and can even contribute to weight gain or loss. Without getting enough deep sleep at night, you may find yourself struggling at work, in your personal relationships, or in your overall health. If you’ve been tossing and turning at night and find it difficult to fall and stay asleep, we have solutions for you!  

Taking over-the-counter or prescription medications to make yourself fall asleep can be dangerous and habit-forming, so we've compiled a list of the best ways to fall asleep naturally. Falling and staying asleep may be easier than you might think. Simply learning to monitor your eating habits, exercise routine, meditating, and learning about the benefits of all-natural supplements can all drastically improve your sleeping habits. Try some of these falling asleep tips and tricks tonight and see how easy it can be to get a good night’s sleep!  

Vote up the best ways to fall asleep, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.  

The Best Ways to Fall Asleep,

Monitor Social Media Time
Social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, can cause anxiety and stress. Try to avoid accessing your social media accounts a few hours before bed. 
Cut Down on Your Gaming Time
Studies have proven that playing 7+ hours of video games a week can affect your sleep schedule. Try cutting back on the time you spend playing Call of Duty or A Wolf Among Us, and you might just sleep better. 
Turn Off All Electronics
The light emanating from your cellphone, laptop, or television prevents you from falling asleep. Our bodies produce natural hormones that are released when it gets dark outside, prompting us to go to bed. By simulating a lit room with your electronics, you are preventing those hormones from doing their job. Turn it all off, and get some shut-eye. 
Use a Book Light
If you want to read or write before bed, use a small book light rather than a desktop lamp or overhead light. These are small enough that they won’t affect your hormones too much.
Keep It Dark
Bright lights can lessen your ability to fall asleep. They trick your body into thinking it is too early in the day for sleep, and prevent an increase in hormones responsible for sleepiness. Turn off all overhead lights, night lights, and lamps to fall asleep faster. Use black out curtains to ensure that no light can get into your bedroom. 
Cool Off Your Room
Hot skin and a cool room are the perfect combination for falling asleep quickly. Lower your thermostat so that the temperature is 65 degrees or lower. Cold air temperatures induce sleepiness and prevent night sweats. Plus, having a cool room gives you a good excuse to cuddle up close to your significant other, which relieves anxiety and stress.
Take a Hot Bath
Raising your skin's temperature can relax you and help you go to sleep faster. 
Indulge Yourself in a Warm Drink
Sipping on something warm and calming will relax your body and mind. Avoid drinking anything with caffeine before bed. A cup of warm milk with honey, chamomile tea, and peppermint tea are great for helping you fall asleep.
Read a Book
Reading is a wonderful way to reduce stress and help your mind to unwind. Choose a favorite book, and start reading it right before bed. Avoid reading horror or action books, as these may have the opposite effect and leave you laying in bed even later than you intended!
Adjust Your Clock
If you have a bright clock, use the dimmer option to lower the brightness of the screen. Additionally, turn it away from the bed so that it is not facing you with its brightness, and won’t distract you with checking the time.

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Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:20:06 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-ways-to-fall-asleep/dani-porter
<![CDATA[The Worst Parents of 2014]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/worst-parents-of-2014/mel-judson
This list of the worst parents of 2014 will make you lose your faith in moms, dads, and parenting in general. From drug addicts, to child abusers, to plain old idiots, these parents have earned their rankings as the most horrible mothers and fathers of the year. Many of these awful parents faced criminal charges for their poor parenting choices, and their poor kids will certainly have rough roads ahead. But just what does it take to become the worst parent of the year?

On this list, you will meet the mother who decided to leave her crying kids in a steaming hot car while she went down on her boyfriend in a Walmart parking lot. You will also meet the father who was so high on meth that he thought his son was a demon who needed an at home exorcism. You'll learn of the new mother in China, who decided to try cannibalism just hours after the birth of her daughter, and hear of the dad who thought, "Sure, kid... go ride on a horse with that drunk guy while I head to work."

Imagine "Florida Man" was a father. That what we're working with here. Even famous mothers like Mama June of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo made the cut for worst parent of 2014. One has to wonder if there's any amount of therapy that can save these poor kids, who were all innocent victims of the world's worst parents of the year.

Cast your votes for the parents who made the most awful decisions below, and be glad that even though your parents might be a little nuts, they never made your ride on the roof of the car so you wouldn't ruin the fine leather upholstery.

The Worst Parents of 2014,

Parents Fail with Makeshift Tattoo Removal
Not only does this case feature two of the worst parents of the year, but it also features the world's worst babysitter. Melissa Delp and her boyfriend Daniel Janney have pretty bad taste in friends. Their family friend Alexander Edwards (age 20) gave Melissa's two daughters homemade tattoos while babysitting them. To make things worse, Melissa and Daniel decided to make homemade tattoo removers, scarring their kids with a heated razor blade.

Source: Huffington Post 
6 Kids Rode on Top of Car While Drunk Mom Drove
Mitt Romney lost some votes after tying his dog to his car on a family vacation, but that's because America hadn't yet met Kisha Young. The Texan mother of four was driving home from a neighborhood pool with her kids and two others. She didn't want their wet bodies to damage her car's upholstery, so she had them ride on top of the car. After an especially sharp turn, they fell off the vehicle, drawing police to the scene. Young then failed a sobriety test and one of the children was hospitalized with a head injury.

Source: Boston.com
Mom Gets Son a Craigslist Driver
Shelia Sherrie Joyner is a Georgia mom who thought it'd be a good idea for her son to drive across the United States with a total stranger. She met the stranger on Craigslist, allegedly asking him to take the 9 year old to Florida to his grandparents' house. When the police showed up to arrest the mother, initially, only a babysitter was present.

Source: NY Daily News

Mama June Dates Man Who Molested Her Daughter
Mama June, Honey Boo Boo's mom as seen on TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, got in a lot of heat after her daughter Anna confirmed she was molested by June's ex-boyfriend. According to Anna, convicted child-abuser Mark McDaniel sexually assaulted the 8-year-old, while her 3-year-old sister was in the room. Mama June was reportedly hanging out with Mark in 2014, which might have ruined her relationship with Anna. 

Adding fuel to the "Worst Parent of the Year" fire, Mama June has now been offered $1 million to make a sex tape with her estranged husband, Sugar Bear Thompson.

Source: US Weekly
Mom Leaves Kids in Car to Give BF a BJ
Welcome to Lake Charles, LA, where women occasionally leave their children in the car to blow their boyfriends in Walmart parking lots. Okay, maybe that's very specific to the case of Princess Marks. The 25 year old was arrested after going down on her boyfriend in a different car in the same parking lot, while her two toddlers were crying hysterically in an overheated car parked nearby.

Source: Gawker
Methed Out Dad Performs Exorcism on Demon Son
If you thought your dad was a jerk, check out the Florida dad who got high on meth, kidnapped his own son, and tried to exorcise him in the woods. Insisting that his 11-year-old son son was a demon who needed the exorcism, Bryan Adams (not the singer) needed to be punched in the face five times in order to stop. The boy had a minor heel injury and the dad was taken by the coppers.

Source: Orlando Sentinel
Mom and Dad Overdose at McDonald's
You thought your parents were embarrassing? Two Cincinnati parents plead guilty to child endangerment when they both overdosed on heroin at a McDonald's play area. Their children, who were in the indoor play area at the time, are now in state custody in Indiana.

Source: AP

Pennsylvania Couple Has Sex Near Dying Son
In a story too horrific for even the most twisted horror movies, Jillian Tait and Gary Lee Fellenbaum were accused of laughingly hanging their toddler upside down and beating him with a frying pain until he died. As he was put down on a mattress to slowly die, the couple had sex and ordered pizza. The District Attorney's office has said they'll be seeking the death penalty for these evil-doers.

Source: Daily Mail

Mom Gets Wax Job, Leaves Kids in Hot Car
22-year-old Kentucky mom Courtney Kippes was in the salon getting a wax job when police confronted her. They charged the woman after discovering that her sons, 2 and 3 years old, were, at the time, screaming in an unlocked car. To top it off, it was 87 degrees outside and Kippes was in possession of crushed pills and a snorting straw.

Source: Headline News

Mother Accused of Cannibalism After Biting Her Newborn
24-year-old Chinese woman Li Zhenghua was spotted chewing on her newborn son's arm just minutes after giving birth in December 2014. A nurse found the new mom with her teeth locked around the baby's wrist. Hospital staff were eventually able to pry the woman's mouth open and rescue the little boy, but not before he sustained heavy bruising but bleeding. Zhenghua is suspected to have been living on the streets for several weeks after her mother kicked her out of the house, despite being pregnant.
Source: Metro

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<![CDATA[47 Dogs and Babies Who Are Adorable Best Friends]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/dogs-and-babies/amylindorff
The only thing cuter than a dog is a baby, but even cuter than all of that, is dogs and babies together. Big dogs and tiny babies make for some truly adorable moments, and fortunately, the parents and owners of these pups and newborns have taken plenty of cute pictures for you to aww over. These puppy and baby pairs will melt your heart and brighten your day.

Giant dogs like Great Danes and Newfoundlands, might seem like they should be kept away from babies, but when they meet their new family members, cuteness ensues. Little kids and dogs can be great pals, taking naps together, learning to crawl, and playing outside. No matter what, they'll be just as cute as can be.

From puppies and babies sharing a cozy seat, to corgis welcoming home their newest humans, to kids playing with their favorite (and giant) dog friends, there are tons of cute dogs and babies pictures for you to enjoy. Be sure to vote for the most adorable piles of fluff and cuteness below!
47 Dogs and Babies Who Are Adorable Best Friends,

This Dog Teaching His Human to Stand

This Baby and His Puppy Friend

These Sleepy Boys

These Two Chilling on the Porch

This Baby Who Is the Big Spoon

These Guys Having a Great Time

This Future Vet and Her Patient

This Baby Sandwich on Pug Bread

These Snugglers

These Two Good Nappers


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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:50:32 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/dogs-and-babies/amylindorff
<![CDATA[The Many Things We Hope Improve in 2015]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/things-we-hope-improve-in-2015/anabel-conner
Christmas is over and all the signs are there: your tree is becoming a fire hazard, the credit card bills have begun to roll in and the only pair of pants that will fit you have an elastic waistband. All of this signals the year is coming to its close, so to keep you from becoming a Scrooge, a healthy approach to the new year is needed. What better way is there to do that than to have hope for the future? What aspects of life, society, and culture do you hope see improvements in 2015?

2014 was okay, but I'll definitely be glad to leave it in the dust for the promise of a brighter 2015. Sure, there will be minor annoyances, like continuing to age and getting the year wrong on every letter, form, and check until at least May, but overall, 2015 gives us many reasons to be optimistic. Maybe even downright joyous.

Let's hope that things improve with the passing of the old year into the new year. What a year 2014 was... but what can we expect from the next twelve months? What resolutions do you hope the world achieves as a whole? Check out this list and vote up which areas you think could use improvement in 2015! And if you don't see it here, don't be shy... add your biggest hopes for the new year!

The Many Things We Hope Improve in 2015,

Economic Outlook
Whether it's your personal piggy bank, or the economy as a whole, we hope it's all looking up in the new year!
Music
It HAS to get better because it can't get any worse, right?
Stress Levels
In order for happiness to increase, those stress levels need to come down.
The Environment
The earth keeps taking a beating, but lets all hope that we succeed this year in doing our part to improve our environment.
Peace & Kindness
2014 was the year that "the ugly" came out. The hope for 2015 is simply that the world works to fulfill a legacy of goodwill toward others.
Even Better Gas Prices
Gas prices improved substantially in 2014. Let's hope they continue to drop in 2015.
Finances
Were you broke last year? Here's looking forward to filled pockets in '15!
Attitudes
2014 caused a whole lot of suck-tacular attitudes. Attitude adjustments and improvements will go a long way this year!
Social & Civil Unrest
Is anyone else tired of everyone being at each others' throats 24-7? Hoping the state of the union improves is probably a pipe dream, but... come on 2015!
Health Care
Despite governmental strides, healthcare is still one big, expensive mess. Fingers crossed there's improvement in 2015.

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Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:46:18 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/things-we-hope-improve-in-2015/anabel-conner
<![CDATA[If You Could Only Eat One Food for the Rest of Your Life...]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-foods/ranker-food
It’s a question asked by kids at sleepovers and by bored office workers around the world. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Don’t blurt out the first thing that comes to your head, because the answer may not be as simple as you think. Maybe pizza is the first thing you think of, but can you truthfully say that you won’t miss the satisfying, perfect bite that you only get with a giant plate of nachos? This entire list is a Sophie’s choice of delicious food, and it will drive you insane with just a glance, setting your stomach rumbling. If you think you’re up to the challenge, throw out your concept of healthy eating, undo the top button on your jeans, and vote up the one food that you would eat for the rest of your life.

Foodies have long discussed the one best food they would happily eat until they departed this mortal coil. Some people get fancy with it and choose a forever meal of a lone quail egg. Other folks, who aren’t afraid to get trashy with their bad selves, decide they’re going to eat nothing but bean burritos until eternity. But now it’s your turn to decide what one food you’ll eat for the rest of your life.

Vote here on your favorite forever food, and if there’s some weird regional grub that isn't already listed, run it up the flag pole and see if anyone salutes it.
If You Could Only Eat One Food for the Rest of Your Life...,

Bacon

Cheesecake

Ice cream

French fries

Fried chicken

Pizza

Spaghetti

Steak

Grilled cheese sandwich

Macaroni and cheese


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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:34:06 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-foods/ranker-food
<![CDATA[20 Impressive Things Accomplished by Kids Under 10]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/famous-kid-accomplishments/matthewcoleweiss
When you think of a role model, you probably picture an experienced adult with wisdom and sage... someone who's seen some things and has racked up some serious experiences and accomplishments. You don't picture an eight-year-old rocket scientist or a four-year-old published author, right? Yet, the kids on this list are better role models than most adults out there, having accomplished things people never even dream of by the age of 10.   

You could call them child prodigies. You could call them merely products of passionate (or crazy) parents. But every child listed here was ten-years-old or younger when they achieved unheard of greatness. These kids can be considered positive child role models, or just straight up inspiring youngsters.

But how much of it is actual natural talent? How much of it is bossy, controlling parents? And how much of it is just a stunt? You be the judge. Vote up the kid you think is the most accomplished and most impressive! And all you future parents, take note! 
20 Impressive Things Accomplished by Kids Under 10,

Akrit Jaswal
One of Oprah Winfrey's favorites, Akrit Jaswal was only seven years old when he performed surgery for the first time, operating on the hands of a young female burn victim. Jaswal was not a doctor but was considered a medical genius by his native India. Now, he has moved on and is simply trying to cure cancer.  



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
It is said that Mozart composed his first minuet by the age of 5, then his first symphony by the age of 8. The child prodigy was hired as a court musician in Salzburg by the age of 17 and wrote operas by the age of 20. He not only played the keyboard, but he also mastered the violin and other instruments in his youth.
Dorothy Straight
Dorothy Straight wrote "How the World Began" in 1962 for her grandmother at the age of 4. Her parents loved it so much that they sent it to Pantheon Books who published it in 1964, making her the youngest published author ever.  
Elise Tan Roberts
In 2009, at just two years and four months old, child prodigy Elise Tan Roberts became the youngest person to ever join Mensa. With an IQ of 156, she is in the top .2 % of children her age as far as smarts go. By the way, the average IQ is 100.
Jane Haubrich
During the fall of Hurricane Irene, five-year-old Jane Haubrich of Doylestown, Pennsylvania got her start as a news reporter. With her stuffed dog toy in tow, Haubrich filmed her own segments about the effects of Irene which CNN aired internationally, making her the youngest news reporter ever.
Emily Baldry Dug up a 160 Million-Year-Old Fossil at Age 5
Sure, most kids enjoy digging in the sandbox. But Emily Baldry of the UK was already an archaeologist by age 5. With the help of her dad, she went on a dig and unearthed a 160 million-year-old fossil in Gloucestershire.  The Rieneckia odysseus fossil, which is almost 16 inches in diameter, is the remains of a mollusk that lived in the oceans during the Jurassic period.


Eleanor Gamble Scored a Hole-In-One at Age 5
Eleanor Gamble was only 5 when she took the record as the youngest golfer to score a hole-in-one. The British champ aced the 86-yard par three sixth hole at Cambridge Lakes golf course. The 3' 5" inches youngster managed to drive her ball 86 over a lake, round a bunker and straight into a cup, to uproarious applause from fellow golfers. 
Jake Frood Had a Double Black Belt in Karate at Age 5

Jake Frood took up karate at the age of 3 after watching "The Karate Kid." By the age of 5, he had a double black belt making him the youngest person ever to do so, despite his arthritis. Hailing from the UK, the tot, who is just 3 feet tall, was awarded his black belt after completing a grueling challenge which included a two-mile run and four-hour martial arts test. He now hopes to become a fully trained instructor by his tenth birthday.


Michael Kearney Graduated College at Age 8
Though Michael Kearney suffered from ADHD, that didn't stop him from becoming the youngest college graduate ever. At only 4-years-old, Michael aced the John Hopkins diagnostic for a precocious math test, without having studied for it at all. He graduated high school at 6. Then, Kearney enrolled at the Santa Rosa Junior College, completing an Associate’s in geology at age 8 and going on to finish his Bachelor’s degree by age 10!
Razvan Gogan Was President of a Country at Age 5

In February 2010, 5-year-old Razvan Gogan from Romania acted as President and signed (under the supervision of elected President Traian Basescu) a Presidential Decree for children's rights. For the whole day, Gogan was the special guest of President Basescu and participated in all the public activities at Cotroceni Presidential palace.



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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:27:12 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/famous-kid-accomplishments/matthewcoleweiss
<![CDATA[42 Skills Every Woman Should Have]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/skills-every-woman-should-know/casey-cavanagh
No two women are the same, but there are a handful of skills every women should know how to do in life. To live a happy and fulfilling life, it is important to obtain a certain level of self-sufficiency and independence.

Though the only skills a woman "needed" at one time were cooking, cleaning, and household maintaining, we have come along way since those days. While there is no shame in placing priority on self-grooming and domestic talents, it shouldn't stop there. This list has everything you could imagine and more, so vote up your favorites and start learning!
42 Skills Every Woman Should Have,

How to Properly Cook Meat
Whether you're a meat lover or a vegan, there will probably be a time where you have to cook meat for someone, and you want to make sure you're doing it right.
How to Ask for What You Want
The worst anyone can ever say is "no."

 (Source)
How to Find the Correct Bra Size
Most woman have sizes ranging all over the spectrum in their draws. Some you spill out a little of, some are too tight, some leave strap marks digging into your shoulders. Not only should you have your chest sized by a professional, but you should also learn how to measure them yourself.
How to Pack Efficiently
Many people tend to overpack when they go on a trip. This is even more likely for women to do when they want to take different options for shoes, accessories, makeup, purses, etc. 
How to Live a Regret-Free Life

How to Administer CPR
No one anticipates having to administer CPR, but better safe than sorry!
How to Give Yourself a Breast Exam
You should be regularly seeing a doctor and getting a yearly exam, but checking yourself every month or so to make sure there aren't any lumps can be a life-saving skill!
How to Negotiate Salary
If you want something, you need to be willing to go out and ask for it. Most people want a raise and promotion, but not enough people are gutsy enough to outwardly ask for it.
How to Comfortably Spend Time Alone
Learning to spend time by yourself and be comfortable doing it is essential to being independent and for building healthy relationships with others.
How To Disable an Attacker


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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:19:14 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/skills-every-woman-should-know/casey-cavanagh
<![CDATA[18 Hilarious Pictures of Kids Before and After Their First Day of School]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/kids-before-and-after-their-first-day-of-school/nathandavidson

The difference between the first day of school and the last day of school is basically like the difference between heaven and hell. On the first day, you walk through the pearly gates of your new school filled with optimism, a sense of wonder, and a snack pack. Then you wake up for day two, and the reality of having to do this 179 more times kicks in.

These pictures of kids before and after their first day of school will open your eyes to this horrible truth and make you want to laugh and also give these kids a hug. Don't worry guys, there's only 3,299 days of school left! Let's all hope that act of going to the same place with the same people day in and day out gets a little easier for these kids as the school year progresses. But just in case, maybe their parents should hold off on telling them about 9-5 office jobs. 


18 Hilarious Pictures of Kids Before and After Their First Day of School,

The Look of Defeat

The Dawn of the Second Day

Day of Reckoning

Not Again

Sometimes Day Two Hits You Hard, Bro

School Daze

Only 179 More Days to Go

Too Tired to Go On

If You're Not First, You're Last

Tired Act


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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:53:17 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/kids-before-and-after-their-first-day-of-school/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[43 of the Best Celebrity Perfume Scents]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/celebrities-with-perfumes/celebrity-lists
Do you ever wish that you could smell like your favorite celebrity? Many famous people have their own perfume lines, including many actors, singers, athletes, and models. Some of the biggest selling celeb fragrances include Elizabeth Taylor's "White Diamonds" (a billion dollar seller since the early 1990s), Jennifer Lopez's line (especially "Glow by J.Lo") and, believe it or not, Derek Jeter's "Driven." This list of celebrity fragrances includes some of the best famous perfume lines on the market. Sadly, it's not scratch and sniff.

Celebrities often pair up with some of the best perfumers and fragrance makers to launch their own lines of colognes. These designer fragrances are sold in high-end department stores, beauty stores, and of course, online, via perfume and cologne websites. Unlike celebrities who simply endorse major perfume lines, the celebs listed here decided to branch out and create their own, signature scents by working with some heavyweight perfume and cosmetics companies.

Many of these colognes and perfumes went on to be best-sellers. Jennifer Lopez had a massive hit with her first fragrance, "Glow," in 2002, and she went on to cash in with several additional scents ("Still," "Live" and "Deseo" among them). Some of the most successful lines of fragrances have been created by Sarah Jessica Parker ("SJP NYC" and "Lovely"), Beyonce ("Heat" and "Pulse"), Paris Hilton ("Paris Hilton"), Taylor Swift ("Wonderstruck") and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs ("Unforgivable").

What's your favorite celebrity scent? Check out our list below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
43 of the Best Celebrity Perfume Scents,

Beyoncé Knowles
Heat, 2010, and Pulse, 2011
Britney Spears
Curious, 2004, Fantasy 2005
Elizabeth Taylor
White Diamonds, 1991
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston, 2011
Jennifer Lopez
Glow by J.Lo, 2002, Still, 2003, Live, 2005, Deseo, 2008
Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton, 2004
Sarah Jessica Parker
Lovely, 2005, Covet, 2007, and SJP NYC, 2009
Katy Perry
Purr, 2010, Meow, 2011, and Killer Queen, 2013
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga Fame, 2012
Justin Bieber
Someday, 2011

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Mon, 13 May 2013 05:05:10 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/celebrities-with-perfumes/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Worst People in Your Dorm]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/worst-people-in-your-dorm/jacob-shelton
If you’re like most college freshmen, you’re living in a dorm with a bunch of new people with all kinds of quirky personal tics. It probably seems like you’re the only normal person living in the whole place. Well get used to that feeling, because the people in your dorm are your new friends and de facto family members for the rest of the semester, if not the rest of the year. Sometimes it seems like everyone who lives in a college dorm spent their senior year of high school studying every teen movie they could get their hands on in order to establish an identity for themselves. The young men and women are not only unique snowflakes, they’re also the worst people in your dorm.

The types of people in dorms are hands down some of the worst people that you’ll ever meet. But pretty much everyone at that age is the worst, so at least most of them will grow out of it by senior year. Hopefully. Everyone who goes to college assumes that they’ll run into a couple of party animals and definitely a couple of bros, but no one is ready to meet the girl who won’t stop crying. If you’re getting ready to go away to college for your freshman year, study this collection of the worst people in your dorm room. It just might save your life.

Vote on the worst type of person to be stuck with in your dorm, and if we missed someone that really gets on your nerves, add them to the list.
The Worst People in Your Dorm,

The Neat Freak

Guy Who Is Way Too Comfy

The Rich Kid

The Fake Friendly RA

The Girl Who Wants to Share ALL of Your Stuff

The Couple Who Won't Stop Having Sex

The Girl Who Won't Stop Crying

The Hoarder

The Passive Aggressive Girl on Your Floor

The Coolest Guy in High School


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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:53:29 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/worst-people-in-your-dorm/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Most Completely Obsessed Fan Bases in the World]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/most-devoted-fan-bases/mike-calendrillo

Devoted fan bases can make or break careers. Without a loyal following the celebrity, sports team, organization, or franchise will only go so far till it runs out of cold hard cash. And that's where the best fan bases come in. Fanboys and girls pump millions, if not billions, of dollars into the one thing they are fascinated with. Why do fanbases do this? It could be for the pure joy and excitement of following an icon. The feeling of being connected to something so powerful. Or the obsession that is totally immersing yourself in the culture of fandom. Regardless, being a fan is a beautiful thing that has no right or wrong answer. Look over the list of fan base names below, and vote for the ones that are truly obsessive, er devoted. 
 


The Most Completely Obsessed Fan Bases in the World,

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band have grossed over $800 million in their last four world tours alone. Add that to over 120 million albums sold across the globe and you can see this Jersey's rocker strength when it comes to devoted fans.
Doctor Who
Debuting in 1963, the TV show "Doctor Who" holds the Guinness world record for longest running science-fiction television series in history. Broadcast is almost fifty countries, "Doctor Who" was the most downloaded show on iTunes in America in 2011.
Randy Savage

One of the most colorful wrestlers in and out of the ring, Randy "Macho Man" Savage became a larger-than-life pop icon...


Marvel Comics
With a built-in fan base since 1960 and rebooted film franchises, The Marvel Entertainment Universe and "The Merry Marching Marvel Society" (secondary fan base name) continues to come out in droves; Guardians of the Galaxy ($619 million worldwide), Captain America Series ($1.1 billion), Iron Man Trilogy ($2.4 billion), and The Avengers ($1.46 billion) are just some of their blockbusters to date.
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones fans are so rabid, George R.R. Martin can't keep up with the demand. With a guaranteed seven books (24 million readers in 20 different languages), and at the very least six seasons of the HBO hit TV show (18.6 million viewers), Thrones fans aren't going away any time soon.
Harry Potter
The seven Harry Potter films have grossed over $7.2 billion, making it the highest grossing film franchise of all time. The book series has sold over 450 million copies in seventy three languages. All together, including merchandise and the sweet deal with NBC Universal (theme parks), the Harry Potter series is worth over $24.7 billion! Not bad for a story originally written on napkins.
Warsies
The six Star Wars released movies to date have grossed over $4.5 billion. With the announcement of writer/director JJ Abrams's versions of Episodes 7-9, it's hard to imagine where the series will peak. 35 years after its release, the Star Wars entertainment franchise has had such an impact on society that nearly 500,000 people around the world listed "Jedi Knight" as their religion on census forms. 
Ringers
With more than 150 million copies sold, The Lord of the Rings saga has become the third best selling novel ever. Thirty Academy Award nominations and $2.91 billion in gross sales makes Lord of the Rings one of the most highly sought after entertainment franchises of all time.
Clexas

Clexa fans rallied when Lexa was brutally killed off of The 100, after months of queerbaiting. Fed up with the mistreatment of queer characters and fans through harmful tv tropes, Clexas spoke up and made a difference. Over 135k was raised for the Trevor Project, a charity providing support to at risk LGBTQ+ youth. Billboards were put up around LA, websites created, articles written by publications such as Variety and Medium to teach people about the harm of the Bury Your Gays trope. An iconic character, beloved by many as the strong and sure Commander sparked a revolution, and the Clexas have not backed down. Thousands of fanfiction stories, gifsets, and analyses are still running through the fandom. CLEXAS GONPLEI NOU STE ODON.


Xenites
Xena: Warrior Princess is an American television series filmed in New Zealand. The series aired in syndication from September 4, 1995, until June 18, 2001The show is a spin-off of the television series Hercules: The Legendary JourneysThe series soared past its predecessor in ratings and in popularity. In its second season it was the top rated syndicated drama series on American television. For all six years Xena remained in the top five. The series came to an end in June 2001, after cancellation.  It completed a full sixth season and ended with a two-part series finale. The show has since acquired a strong cult following, attention in fandom, parody, and academia, and has influenced the direction of other television series.


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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:10:49 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/most-devoted-fan-bases/mike-calendrillo
<![CDATA[Families with Multiple Gay Children]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/families-with-multiple-gay-children/celebrity-lists
This list features famous families with multiple gay children, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. A few famous families actually have several children who are gay. Sometimes the famous family member is homosexula, other times they are straight with gay siblings. One of the most famous lesbians in the world has an openly gay brother.

Who is the most famous family with multiple gay children? The Barrs top our list. Roseanne Barr's sister Geraldine is a lesbian and her brother Ben is gay. Openly gay comedian Rosie O'Donnell's brother Daniel is also openly gay. He is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly. Tegan Quin and her sister Sara are both openly gay. They are in the band Tegan and Sara together.


Families with Multiple Gay Children,

Chloë Grace Moretz
Two of Chloë Grace Moretz's brothers are gay. She says, "I will delete you and I will block you, and you will not be a part of my life if you ever say anything bad about my brothers."
Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr's sister Geraldine is a lesbian and her brother Ben is gay. Dispelling the stereotype that gay people are promiscuous, Barr said, "And I happen to be in love right now. I'm not like my gay sister, and my gay brother that have both been with the same partner for 25 and 26 years, respectively. I, as a straight person, have not been able to hold any relationship together as well as they."
Rosie O'Donnell
Openly gay comedian Rosie O'Donnell's brother Daniel is also openly gay. He is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly.
Tegan Quin
Tegan Quin and her sister Sara are both openly gay. They are in the band Tegan and Sara together. Their last album, Heartbreak, debuted at number three on the Billboard charts.
Joshua & Jacob Miller
Joshua Miller and his brother Jacob are both opening gay. They appeared on Jacob and Joshua: Nemesis Rising on the Logo network in the mid-2000s.

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Tue, 01 Jul 2014 07:34:35 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/families-with-multiple-gay-children/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Good Games for 4 Year Olds]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/good-games-for-4-year-olds/ranker-games
This list has lots of entertaining games for 4 year olds, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best games for 4 year olds come in many forms. Some great games for 4 year olds are playful and inspire creativity while other fun games are intellectual in nature. No matter what you're looking for, from board game ideas for four year olds to educational games for four year olds, this list has got you covered.

What awesome activities are on this best games for four year olds list? Don't Break the Ice is a fun board game for four year olds that helps them develop critical thinking skills as they decide which pieces to remove from the board. Count Your Chickens and the Original Memory game are also recommended for kids age 4 and up.

Games are important on road trips and any four year old would love to play Spot It! On the Road when spending time in the car. Other good activities for four year olds include Freeze Dance, Musical Chairs, and Sesame Street online learning games.

Which game do you think would be the most fun for a four year old? Give your favorite activities a thumbs up and share some of your own creative ideas in the comments section.
Good Games for 4 Year Olds,

Candy Land

Don't Break the Ice

Hide and seek

Musical chairs

Simon says

Chutes and Ladders

Tag

Puzzles

Treasure Hunt

Freeze Dance


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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:58:30 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/good-games-for-4-year-olds/ranker-games
<![CDATA[The 14 Most Bizarre Beauty Treatments Women Have Ever Used]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-13-most-bizarre-beauty-treatments-women-have-ever-used/sonja-holbrook
Emily Dickinson once said "Beauty is not caused. It (simply) is." Well, that may be true, but it won't stop us from feverishly seeking out the next magic wonder for halting the speeding bullet of aging. Where today we are slaves to Botox and silicone, the ladies of yester-year resorted to some truly brain-cringing practices. What's scarier is that most of these traditions/practices somehow still exist today...somewhere. 

What are the strangest beauty treatments women have used? There are some bizarre ones on this list, so if you're into that type of thing and are experimental, take a look at this 
The 14 Most Bizarre Beauty Treatments Women Have Ever Used,

Gargling Portuguese Urine - Rome
This one's a little more ancient.

When Marc Antony wooed Cleopatra, when Julius Cesar made a speech, when Ben Hur rode his mighty chariot, they all participated in a sacred ritual that continues today: they gargled. While that deserves a mighty huzzah, bear in mind they weren't swishing Scope.

To improve the color of their teeth and freshen their breath, Romans imported and swilled Portuguese urine. Apparently, the Portuguese pH was much more divine and manly than mellow Roman yellow. While obviously unpleasant, urine contains several compounds, such as ammonia and urea that actually kill germs and help fight gingivitis. No price listed, but I'd imagine you can just hop down to Portugal and swap a box of donuts for a bottle of urine.

Urine is 95% water, with the other 5% comprising of salts, minerals and nitrogen. Hmmm... perhaps the Romans were hoping to blast the plaque off their teeth, as urine was also used to make gunpowder.

Either way, I wouldn't recommend swishing your pee around in your mouth– even if it is free. There's a reason your body expels it.

Source: http://www.mentalfloss.com
Bird's Dropping Facials - Japan
We're always looking for the best facials we can get. I've spent hundreds (I hope, at this point) on things like this, but this kind of takes it to an extreme.

Smearing your visage with nightingale excrement sounds about as fun as, well, getting pooped on by a flock of seagulls. The aptly named Uguisu no fun, a Japanese powder made from songbird feces, was used by 18th century geishas and kabuki actors to wipe the heavy white makeup off their faces. Don't pooh-pooh the doo-doo just yet, however. Rich in the amino acid guanine, the rarified droppings are said to impart a soft, porcelain-white mien, but it'll cost you. At Shizuka New York Day Spa, for instance, a 50-minute facial will run you $180. We don't suggest you try this at home, since the droppings have to be sterilized to remove toxins and then ground into a fine powder. So back away from Polly and shop online instead.

But apparently this "bathroom facial" is not a new trend and it looks like it's one that's here to stay, introducing the pee facial. It's pretty self explanatory and honestly I don't even want to talk about it.
Snail Slime Cream - Chile
The next time you step on a snail, stop to ponder the potential costs of a face-lift, and then ask yourself if you would just as easily run over your plastic surgeon.

Yes, we are always looking for solutions like this one to get the perfect skin. But do snails hold the answer? And is it a quick answer (I'm sorry, I had to go for that joke).

The mucus secreted by land snails has a powerful antioxidant, which protects them from an atmosphere full of oxygen radicals– it also cushions the road as they forage across the sidewalk, so naturally if it works for them, it must work for us.

Snail serum has been clinically proven to help maintain the skin as well as improve cell function. Additionally, it helps avoid excess or abnormal scarring, including acne scarring, counteracting sun damage and preventing premature skin aging and wrinkles.

It also accelerates the renewal of damaged tissues. And you thought they were only good for French appetizers and sidewalk art.
Ambergris - New Zealand
Ambergris – sounds like my mom’s fruit salad on Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the truth is a lot less sweet.

"Gris" is a solid, waxy substance originating in the intestine of sperm whales. When the sperm whale has a bowel moment, the ambergris is usually expelled through the rectum. The chunks float onto the surface of the sea, where the sun sterilizes and cooks them. Ambergris floats and washes ashore, most frequently on the coasts of China, Japan, Africa, the Americas, and on tropical islands, such as the Bahamas.

In Eastern cultures, ambergris is used for medicines and potions and as a spice; in the West, it was used to stabilize the scent of fine perfumes.

No word on the cost of whale vomit or diarrhea, but maybe soon. Fingers crossed.
Platza Bath - Russia
More accurately called "platza," these baths are available in New York for $44 per session.

Clients are free to steam in a warm room, most rooms being co-ed, either half or completely naked. Once they've sweated enough liquid to fill the Grand Canyon, they are then led into a stone room, which is outfitted with faucets and a bench. The client lays face-down on the bench (or rubber mattress), and an ice-cold cloth is placed over their head, sealing out what's about to come next.

Two large men then proceed to beat you with oak leaves that have been soaked in olive oil. Intermittently, you are bathed in soap and hot water. Soap, beat, rinse, repeat– you are the equivalent of human laundry. About 30 minutes of this goes on, while your "beaters" regularly drench themselves with buckets of ice cold water.

After your bath & beating, your 100+ temperature body is doused with ice-cold water. From there, you are led into a cool-down room to relax. If you're lucky, you'll walk out.
Hot Buttered V-JayJays - Ethiopia
There is a little-known practice found in Ethiopian salons. Women are given a 45-minute massage head to toe, using butter as the massaging medium. Butter is also applied everywhere, from toe to scalp. Plastic bags are put over the hands and feet, and the guest is given a large chunk of butter to spread over her lady parts.

Then she is led to a room with a long row of toilets and smoke holes.

The woman sits on the toilet with her legs as far apart as possible, with her hoo-ha positioned over the smoke hole. Three heavy blankets are thrown over her so that no smoke escapes. And she'll sit like that until all of the butter is melted, and she has become a giant, steaming yam.

The idea is to tighten up the vaginal muscles post-pregnancy, and perhaps your partner prefers butter on their muffins. No word on cost, except some modesty, dignity, and several tubs of Blue Bonnet.

It's an honorable effort that you might call crazy, but here in America, we have been known to vajazzle and tell.
Human Foreskin Face Cream - America
In 2015, Oprah put the power of her name and endorsement behind a SkinMedica anti-wrinkle cream with a very interesting special ingredient: human foreskins from circumcised infants. According to advertisements, Oprah calls the SkinMedica cream a “magic fountain of youth and miracle wrinkle solution.” Which makes sense, since the company uses babies' foreskin fibroblast as a culture to grow other skin or cells.

But not everyone was happy about mogul's miracle cream.
Members of the uncomfortably-named Foreskin Awareness Project protested Oprah's endorsement of the penis skin harvesting. “Imagine how Oprah would respond if a skin cream for men went on the market that was made from parts of the genitalia of little girls,” said their founder, Glen Callender. “That would be an outrage and rightly so.”

Bull Sperm Conditioner - London
Some things you just can't make up.

Case in point: a conditioning treatment made out of bovine sperm. Offered by Hari's, an upscale salon in London, the Aberdeen Organic Bull Semen Treatment combines the semen of Aberdeen Angus bulls with Katera root to create a protein-rich hair mask that drenches follicles in gobs of moisture. The result: shiny, full-bodied locks that have its devotees heralding it as "Viagra for hair." $85 USD will buy a treatment. I dunno, I think you could visit any local farm, and by exercising some elbow muscles, get the same result for free.

No? Too much? Well, so is $80 for volume, I think I'll stick with these.
Ground Pig Placenta - Japan
If you missed Sex Ed 101 (or, if you're not a woman), placenta is tissue that grows inside of women when they are pregnant.

It serves to nourish and protect the fetus, and is pushed out after the fetus during what is called the "afterbirth." It's slimy, slippery, bloody and full of fluids. Who would think to keep such a thing? (Matthew McConaughey, for one) The desire for youth and beauty can be a strong one, which is why in Japan, people are lining up to drink ground pig placenta. Like menstrual blood, placentas are full of vitamins, nutrients and minerals– everything that an egg or baby feeds on, pre-Gerber. Personally, I prefer my Centrum 1-A-Day, but for the brave, a 30-milliliter bottle will run you $8.50 USD or 1,000 yen in Tokyo. Not a bad price, actually.

The Japanese believe it gives them energy and revitalizes their youth. While taking a Red Bull may give you the same experience, this (at least) only has 1 ingredient. May I suggest sucking some lime afterward?

Oh and speaking of bull...
Ant Body Wash - Japan
This is somehow worse than the bull sperm. A refreshing and energy-giving wash. Ants contain high levels of formic acid, which is energy-giving. In fact, you’ll find that in some cultures, ants are part of a daily diet.

The Natural Expired Fruits Acids help remove dead skin and oil residues.

According to the web site, this body wash will awaken the senses and provide an overall feeling of balance. It's also perfect for people with oily skin or sluggish metabolisms. See those ants marching through your kitchen? They’re not the enemy after all.

Use them to wash your hair, a shower scrub, or even as a bath soak. 75 grams of post-RAID goodness for only $15 USD. Source: Edible.com

I wonder if I pick up some of these bad boys, it'll help create the "glow" process.

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Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:03:08 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-13-most-bizarre-beauty-treatments-women-have-ever-used/sonja-holbrook
<![CDATA[The Best Names For Baby Girls]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-best-names-for-baby-girls/samantha-dillinger
The best names for baby girls include all the best classic girls' names and the new, edgy girls' names for your baby. There's a chance that some of these baby names for girls will fall into the crazy celebrity baby names category, but there are also plenty of traditional baby names for girls.

Among the top names for girls are standards like Elizabeth, Violet, and Sarah, as well as some new favorites like Isabella, Cheyenne, and Piper. Whether you're looking for the most common names for girls or the trendiest baby girl names, this list of girls' names should give you an idea of what the kids that go to school with your future child will be called.

What are the most common baby girl names? What are the coolest girls' names? What should I name my baby girl? If you've asked any of these questions about baby names, this list of the greatest baby names for girls is a good place to look for names for babies. If you don't see your favorite name for a baby girl on the list, make sure to add it so others can weigh in on whether it really is the best name for a baby girl.

If it just so happens that you end up with twins (or more!), it's worth looking at the list of best baby names for twins.
The Best Names For Baby Girls,

Alexandra

Isabella

Olivia

Rose

Scarlett

Sophia

Madeline

Charlotte

Chloé

Emily


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Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:21:39 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-best-names-for-baby-girls/samantha-dillinger
<![CDATA[The 13 Absolute Worst Parents of 2011 (First Half)]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-13-absolute-worst-parents-of-2011-_so-far_/michael-gibson
Some people just shouldn't have children, and others treat having a child like most pre-teens do getting a new guitar. It's cool at first, but before you know it, it winds up in the garbage. We're half way through the year and like previous years, this list is, sadly, way too easy to make. From the totally outrageous to the shocking and appalling, here are the absolute worst parents of 2011 (so far).
The 13 Absolute Worst Parents of 2011 (First Half),

Mother Throws Newborn Into Snowbank
21-year-old Ashley Renee Couch was a brand new mom when she apparently decided she'd had enough.

According to reports, the Minneapolis mom was arrested after allegeldy throwing her newborn baby into a snowbank during a fight with her significant other. Cause that'll show 'im.

"This is why we can't have nice things!"

The 18-day-old baby girl suffered hypothermia (it was 16 degrees outside at the time), but thankfully, she survived. She's in foster care, and Couch was charged with child endangerment and neglect.
Mom Buys Boob Job for 7-Year-old Daughter
What do you get the 7-year-old who has absolutely everything?

Well, British mom Sarah Burge decided to give her darling daughter, Poppy, that is, yes, 7 years in age, a voucher for a breast augmentation surgery. Burge herself, the mother, known as the "Human Barbie," gave her Baby Barbie a voucher for breast augmentation for her birthday recently, which seems a little odd. But you know what? Don't worry. She can't cash it in until she's 16.

You can't let a 7 year old get a boob job! It's inhumane. I mean, think of how hard finger painting would become.

Was the little girl upset that she didn't get the usual birthday presents a 7-year-old would get? No. Not at all. In fact, she was thrilled, telling the 'Daily Mail,' "I wanted a new computer, a holiday and a voucher for surgery. When I got it all, it was a dream come true. I can’t wait to be like Mummy with big boobs."

FYI: Sarah Burge admits that her 15-year-old stepdaughter has already had Botox injections.

We can start the betting pool on how soon both daughters' self esteem will peak right abouuuut now.
Mom Sells Daughter's Virginity for $10,000
What do you do when you're down on your luck and you need to get rid of a few items in order to make your bills? Rationally, you sell your DVDs first, then you move on to other valuable things that you like, but don't need like, you know, old sewing machines, your 13-year-old daughter's virginity and maybe some old blouses, but who really pays reasonable buy-back sums for blouses nowadays?

According to police, Felicia Rea McClure (who you might remember from such news stories as "Mother Knows Worst" and "The Mommy Madame") tried to sell her 13-year-old daughter's virginity. Yes, prosecutors say Felicia sent multiple text messages to a potential buyer, asking him to pay $10,000 to have sex with her young daughter.

She's also accused of sending sexually explicit photos of the teen in an effort to shop her around, which makes sense if you've ever used eBay.

Felicia was finally busted by a boyfriend who saw the texts and realized what was going on. She's looking at the very real possibility of spending the rest of her life behind bars if she's convicted of sex abuse and exploitation of a minor.

The best part about the embedded news report is that every single time they refer to the buyer they refer to him as a "gentleman".
Pregnant Mother Smokes a Pack a Day to Make Baby 'Stronger'
What won't kill you makes you stronger. This is the only logical explanation for why this person actually thinks this.

Smoking cigarettes is bad for babies. Period. But, tell that to 20-year-old Charlie Wilcox of Kent, England. This mom smoked between 15-20 cigarettes every single day while pregnant with her daughter, Lilly.

Really? In this economy?

Charlie told the BBC that she believed injecting the dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (from the smoke) into her bloodstream, her baby would get stronger, because her heart would be forced to work harder, "on its own."

Not surprisingly, little Lilly was born prematurely and she had a low birth weight. But hey, on the upside, maybe she won't have to have plastic surgery later on in life?
Mom Kills Daughter for Tossing Game Console
In March of 2011, Japanese mom Yui Tanaka was arrested in connection with the death of her three-year-old daughter, Shizuku Tanaka. According to reports, the toddler was bound and stuffed into a garbage bag, where she later suffocated. Why, you ask? Her mother was quoted as saying that little Shizuku threw away the family's gaming console. And those things cost a lot of money!

And not only that, the mom was also upset that her daughter was "fussy and noisy" when she and her boyfriend were trying to play games, which brings up an important social point: just because you're playing a stealth game where your slightest move/noise can set off an alarm that'll call hundreds of your enemies, people can still talk around you. The characters can't hear you.

Some reports claim that Yui didn't mean to kill the child. I mean, who doesn't bind their baby with duct tape and throw them into a garbage bag when they're being loud? It's like the tiny drops of whiskey so they can sleep or rocking them back and forth: some things are just timeless parenting staples.
Mother Kills Baby, Then Takes Him Shopping
Toyrianna Smith is one screwed up, sick mom who probably played with way too many of those creepy "real looking" baby dolls when she was little.

Police in Chicago claim that Smith killed her three-month-old son and then "took the dead infant shopping with her." Yes, you read that right. First the killing, THEN the shopping. Someone really needs to learn to plan their Saturdays a little better.

Authorities believe that Smith murdered little Ken Blackman Jr. when he wouldn't stop crying, by holding him down with a blanket over his tiny face. Then, she went to sleep, like a baby. Only she woke up the next day and, according to reports, got up, dressed her dead baby, got him into his BabyBjorn(TM) and brought him along on an hours-long shopping excursion.

Police finally got involved when a neighbor noticed the blood on the baby blanket- along with the fact that the baby wasn't breathing.

Toyrianna Smith, by the way, confessed. Really not too much more you can do at that point.
Mother Kills Her Two Children for Talking Back to Her
This is extremely depressing, because how many times did you get some guff from your parents for talking back?

What could they possibly have been arguing about that led to this? The worst part is that the mother probably threatened them, but they never really got that she wasn't kidding.

The woman bought a gun and bullets about a week before and one day after school, she shot her young son in the head. She then walked up to her daughter's room while she was doing homework on her computer and shot her once in the head, once in the face.

She was going to then kill herself, but couldn't go through with it since, you know, murdering two bright, young innocent, intelligent children in cold blood really takes it out of you. She showed no remorse when police showed up, but was shaking yet calm during her arrest.

Why did this happen? Because they talked back to her. The only reason. This gives me reason to believe that this quote from a wiseman from the 1990s is true because sometimes, guys, "parents just don't understand". Truer words have never been rapped.
Mother Kills Toddler Son During Exorcism
Indiana mother Latisha Lawson was accused of killing her two-year-old son, Jezaih, during a botched and totally misguided exorcism. Hasn't she ever seen the movies? Things like this should be left to professionals and Christian scam-artists.

According to reports, Latisha mistakenly believed her children were possessed by demons, Frailty style.

Reports say the mom forced her 10-year-old daughter, Kierra, and little Jezaih to drink a mixture of oil and vinegar, believing it could cast out evil spirits in their bodies. The 10-year-old threw up the mixture but three-year-old Jezaih didn't - in fact, Lawson admitted to authorities that she forced the toddler to drink the mixture and held his mouth closed "for about 10 minutes... until he stopped breathing."

Which calls to question this woman's innocence, unless, of course, it takes her 8 minutes to swallow a single sip of beverages. In that case what she did is perfectly understandable.

When her son was dead, Lawson apparently prayed over his motionless body, wrapped him in a blanket and kept him in a closet "for almost a year." Because a closet is where you keep dead bodies fresh. This is disgusting. Why? Because I won't even leave day-old Chinese food in the living room, let alone a dead body in a closet.


Mother Passes Out Drunk at a Bar with Child in Her Lap
Sometimes, you just have to sleep.

37-year-old Florida mother Kira Logsdon-Mitchell wanted to go out partying. The problem? She had three young children at home. What to do, what to do? Load up the kids and take them to the bar, of course! A woman has to have her priorities.

According to authorities, Kira took her four-year-old son with her when she hit up Frank's Place bar in Ocoee, Florida. She left the other two children, ages 7 and 9, back at home since bringing them to a bar would be irresponsible.

But obviously, you can't take a child into a bar, right? So what did Kira do? According to reports, Kira left her son in her car while she went inside and got trashed. But Kira missed her baby - so she eventually brought him in with her. A bartender called the cops, who later found a stinking drunk, passed out Kira curled up in the bar with her child.

Hey, at least she didn't drive him.
Mother Burns Child's Face with an Iron for Reading a Book Wrong
Meet Hope Askew. Yes, this is her real name and yes, it is slightly ironic.

When this Texas mother decided her young daughter was reading a book incorrectly, she felt hopeless. Her daughter was just not getting it. So, like any sane mother looking to dole out a fitting punishment for such a heinous crime as getting a few words wrong during a child's learning process she picked up the iron she was using on the laundry and pressed it to the 10-year-old's face. Twice. Probably for symmetry.

Obviously, tragically, the little girl was left with horrific burns. Investigators say Askew was mad because her daughter "wasn't reading the words correctly in the book."

And that's not all. Not only did she seriously injure the little girl, she also didn't treat the injuries. The kid went to school, burns and all, telling a school nurse that she'd accidentally connected with a hot skillet, which is when people started getting suspicious since the nurse felt bad for the girl. This mother deserves not only a few years in jail, but to have her child taken away from her if nothing but for the fact that she made it so that her unfortunate daughter can never wear a horizontally-striped longsleeve sweater again.

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Tue, 05 Jul 2011 05:35:16 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-13-absolute-worst-parents-of-2011-_so-far_/michael-gibson
<![CDATA[Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/notable-salutatorians-and-valedictorians-/roger-royce
Here are some of the Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians from High Schools and Colleges. This list highlights numerous successful professionals, such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Jimmy Carter, Albert Einstein, Carrie Underwood and Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as various contemporary and upcoming talented achievers graduated most recently, such as Anisha Shenai (Danvers High School), Caitlin Duffy (Northfield HS), Eric Duquette (Smithfield HS), Lauren Gentry (Wakulla HS), Sarah Collins (Sunlake HS), Reynolds twins (Satsuma HS), and Wilson twins (Madison HS), who are honored as Valedictorians and Salutatorians by their High Schools. The links to their Graduation Speeches are included, where available, in the description section. The top graduate with higher grades is referred to as Valedictorian, whereas the honor of becoming a Salutatorian requires the highest overall GPA as well as the mastery on effective public speaking, excellent language skills and strength in extracurricular activities. Princeton University chooses a "Latin Salutatorian" based on the ability to write and deliver a speech to the audience in that language. The title "Salutatorian" comes from the salutatorian's traditional role as the first speaker at the graduation ceremony, delivering the salutatory speech.The Valedictorian usually delivers the "valedictory" address (i.e. bidding farewell and good bye) while the Salutatorian delivers the "salutatory" address (i.e. expressing welcome to the new world) to fellow students, teachers and families in the audience.
Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.,

Albert Einstein
Salutatorian from High School.
Alicia Keys
Valedictorian from Professional Performing Arts School, NY, Class of 1997.
Carrie Underwood
Salutatorian from Checotah High School, OK, Class of 2001.
Cindy Crawford
Valedictorian from DeKalb High School, IL, Class of 1984.
Empress Michiko
Valedictorian from Seishin High School, Japan.
Hillary Clinton
Valedictorian from Wellesley College, MA, Class of 1969.
Jimmy Carter
Salutatorian from Plains High School, GA, Class of 1942.
John F. Kennedy
Salutatorian from High School, Class of 1935.
Michelle Obama
Salutatorian from Whitney Young High School, IL, Class of 1981.
Anisha Shenai
Salutatorian from Danvers High School, MA, Class of 2010. Salutatorian speech: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/danvers/2010/06/danvers_high_salutatorian_spee.html Inspirational Quote: "Be remarkable. Let a flame of passion illuminate your way. Be extraordinary. Stray from the dullness of shadows, into a radiant glow. Feel. Dream. Live. And never concede. Never settle for anything less, as you move full speed ahead in the quest for a life full of light and color." - Anisha Shenai, Salutatorian of Class of 2010, Danvers High School, MA. (From Inspirational and Motivational Quotes at http://www.inspirational-quotes-and-quotations.com/inspirational-quote-by-anisha-shenai.html)

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Thu, 24 Nov 2011 07:56:34 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/notable-salutatorians-and-valedictorians-/roger-royce
<![CDATA[53 Hilarious Test Answers From Kids]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/funny-kids-test-answers/robert-wabash
Kids these days: can't live with 'em, can't teach 'em anything because the Internet shows them that they can be a smartass instead of submitting real quiz answers. Tests were once about studying, knowing the most, reveling in the honest hard work of memorizing the basics of being a person in American society. Getting stuff wrong meant feeling SHAME. But these days all kids care about is submitting creative test answers that will make their Gen Y teachers laugh, making sure everyone is having a "good time." 

Back in the day, each and every one of these damn kids would have been slapped on the wrist for writing down sassy words and drawing goofy pictures instead of, you know, actually finishing their tests. From hilarious teacher reviews to funny kids test answers that make you wish you were that clever when you were little, these are the best and funniest test answers provided by clever children who didn't care about their grades as much as they did about getting a laugh. 

Sometimes, their grades reflected their lack of effort - but unfortunately, a lot of the time, you can see that the teacher actually kind of appreciated a kid giving a smartass test answer, even if it wasted everyone's time. What is the lesson here? Nothing matters as long as you are kind of funny and can answer any test questions you are handed no matter how little you know about the correct answer.

No matter where the world is going (downhill) with all this, these are the funniest kids test answers that will are sure to make you smile. 
53 Hilarious Test Answers From Kids,

Suck It Up, Kids

Good Advice, Actually

Guide Davey Bones!

Kid Tells It Like It Is

She's Not Wrong...

Saturyonce

Oh, Miranda

Warren's Future

A Valuable Lesson

Advice for the Teacher


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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:41:17 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/funny-kids-test-answers/robert-wabash
<![CDATA[Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/becoming-a-writer/machk
Becoming a writer is not easy. . . it's an emotional process. It's great having something that you know you are passionate about, but knowing you want to be a writer doesn't mean you have it easy. Yes, you are doing something creative that you enjoy, but being an aspiring writer means losing sleep, writing countless pages, and being so frustrated you want to scream. Quick tip: the screaming doesn't help much.

What's it like being an aspiring writer? It's a fulfilling but complicated life, and everyone has their own routine. Hopeful writers and novelists are going to have mixed feelings about their work, and this list describes a lot of those feelings, both positive and negative. If you want to become a writer and you can think of any advice or feelings not on the list, be sure to add it!

Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .,

An Adventure
Pursuing your dreams is unpredictable and exciting.

Challenging
Great writers make it look easy, but you know how much it takes.

Cathartic
Writing is art, and it's a great way to express the way you feel.

Rewarding
It's amazing to see all your time and effort translated on to the page.

Refusing to Give Up
If no magazine published your last story, send them all your newest and best work.

Isolating
Resolving not to leave your room until you finish this draft may result in starvation.

Humbling
Part of being a writer is recognizing your weaknesses so you can improve.

Personal
Your life and your experiences shape the way you write.

A Commitment
No one is a successful writer overnight.

A Learning Experience
The more you write, the more you learn about what works and what doesn't.


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Tue, 02 Jun 2015 06:55:18 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/becoming-a-writer/machk
<![CDATA[The Greatest Pizza Art That Should Be in Museums]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/greatest-pizza-art/chinofernandez
Is this another episode of Art Attack? Or is it Food Attack? No, it's pizza art! Paint and paper or canvas aren't the only tools needed to make art. Even food can be used, as food art not only means proper preparation, but making food into works of art as well. These photos of awesome pizzas will have you setting that Dominos app in motion. The only thing better than a delicious pizza is an amazing, work of pizza art like these.

After making such masterpieces, are people still going to eat them? That would spoil the art, wouldn't it? But in case you're hungry, feast your eyes on this cool pizza art... just make sure you've ordered your pizza by then. These epic pizzas will have you craving a pie in no time.
The Greatest Pizza Art That Should Be in Museums,

Angry Birds Pizza
Artist: Unknown
Frank Sinatra Pizza

Marilyn Monroe Pizza
Artist: Domenico Crolla
TMNT Pizza

Hello Kitty Pizza

Prince William and Princess Kate Pizza
Artist: Domenico Crolla
Octopus Pizza
Artist: Unknown.
Steve Jobs With Bonus Peter Griffin Pizzas

Mona Lisa Pizza
Artist: Domenico Crolla
Heath Ledger Joker Pizza
Artist: Unknown

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:44:33 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/greatest-pizza-art/chinofernandez
<![CDATA[Funny Pick Up Line Memes You Should Try]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/funny-pick-up-line-memes/nathandavidson
Pick up lines have always been a tricky thing. They're basically a cheat sheet for beginners so they can learn how to flirt with someone when their brain can't come up with anything original to say. A properly executed pick up line can lead to delights that some men dare not dream of, while a poorly delivered pick up line can lead to the type of embarrassment that can last a lifetime.

Thankfully the Internet has a punch of funny pick up lines and flirty memes for you to look at, absorb, and try out on people the next time you're out on the town.
Funny Pick Up Line Memes You Should Try,

For Drunken Masters Only

Take It With a Grain of Salt

The Final Frontier

Sending a Strong Signal

A Healthy Pick Up Line

Spread It on Thick

If the Shirt Fits

Game of Bones

It's a Fine Line

Lip Service


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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:58:07 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/funny-pick-up-line-memes/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[The Top 10 Worst And Most Off-Putting PSAs For Kids]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/top-10-worst-and-most-off-putting-psas-for-kids/william-sterling
Most PSAs we saw as children sought to make us anti-social douchebags who are afraid of everything that moves. Here are the 10 worst and most off-putting PSAs targeted at children. GI Joe doesn't count because those actually taught us all what "knowing" is. When you're making a PSA, the items listed here should be a guide of what NOT to do when you're making a Public Service Announcement. 

What are the worst PSA for kids? Well any type of announcement warning about sexually transmitted diseases, and yes, having Pee-Wee Herman talking about crack, aren't exactly good ideas. What kid wants to hear about crack, nevertheless knows what is? Exactly.
The Top 10 Worst And Most Off-Putting PSAs For Kids,

Drug Abuse is the New Slavery
Arguably the most cringeworthy PSA on this list, this commercial basically says that slavery/racism is over and that now drugs are what people should be worried about.

"Slavery brought Africans to America in chains, stripped them of their dignity, tore them from their families, but they never surrendered until their were free. Don't let drugs be the new slavery."

That message seems, in that gist, not too bad. But the visuals are insanely racist. Clearly heroin, cocaine, and crack are drugs only African Americans do, as we see in the images provided featuring two strung out black kids.

Yay for progress!
The Different Kinds of Strangers
Children can encounter very many different kinds of dangers in the world, and according to this video they should stay away from...

- Adults that need help.
- People that own cars or vans.
- Women who don't know how to install batteries into an old-school
Gameboy.

Skip to 1:00 to see the different kinds of "traps" that strangers can set. They are absolutely wonderful... and one of the threats that a stranger gives a young boy is probably the funniest thing I've seen on the internet in about a year.
Be Your Own Best Friend!
BYOBF: Be Your Own Best Friend.

A boy band-esque group of guys wearing baggy clothes who appear to be best friends, hanging out with cute girls, and doing aerial tricks tells a young kid, who really takes his information from visuals, "This is what is fun."

If it weren't for the song being so darn catchy, it would have just fallen by the wayside. But here it rings true to us, to our childhood, we can BYOBF, because that means having lots of friends and learning to do flips.
Dontcha Put it in Your Mouth
The short: Unless a grown up says it's okay, dont'cha put it in your mouth.

The Long: Giant blue puppets playing instruments cause children more terror than "learning. Especially that blue one with the bow that DOESN'T F**KING BLINK.

Oh yeah, and the title of the song is funny.
VD Is For Everybody
This is a 70s PSA that lets kids (and adults-alike) know that venereal disease can be given to anybody and can come from anywhere: dancers, your local butcher, a librarian, babies...

I believe this commercial is David Lynch's influence for everything. EVERYTHING.
It Could Be Dead Wrong
Pee Wee Herman tells us not to do crack cocaine. Every time we use it, we risk dying. It might make you cool if you use it, but it'll kill you.

The zinger is the pun, "But doing it with crack isn't just wrong...it could be dead wrong." ZING! For little ones, this is pretty sure fire. A straight shot of one of our television personalities giving us the low down on crack. Awesome.

Crack = Not just wrong, but DEAD wrong, kids... meaning you will die. Get it? See what Pee Wee did there? Is that securely locked in there? Should we make another death pun? Cause we CAN! No? Good.
He Man Says No Touching
He-Man wants to talk to you about not letting people touch you "that way."

Which way is "that way"? And why don't I trust a man who is so muscled and large when he's trying to tell me something important? For an adult, this thing is so awkward it hurts. But trust me, any kid growing up with this show likely didn't understand the meaning of being touched in "that way", and hoped to God both He-Man and She-Ra would touch them. We always want our heroes to touch us.

What? What did I say?
The First Hit's Free
Ever tried drugs? Drugs from a puppet? A puppet with crazy, terrifying eyes?!

0:19 Elvis, Jim Morrison, John Belushi, girls snorting coke, and I think a subliminal picture of an angel... I'm not sure if they're trying to persuade our kids out of doing drugs or if they're trying to make them 80's rock stars.

00:21 Skip to 21 seconds in for when the puppets decide it's not worth the time to do drugs... then... for no reason... the most terrifying eyes you will ever see on a puppet. Out of nowhere. This probably convinced kids out of watching TV alone in the dark more than it did out of drugs.
Drugs Which are Good Which are Bad
When the video is telling us to "drink a glass of water and take the doctor's pill", I wonder whether anyone has taken into consideration the concept of malpractice.

People jumping up and down, happily singing, "Drugs! Drugs! Drugs! Which are good? Which are bad?" Tells me only one thing, "If you do drugs, you can jump up and down and sing." As a child, my mind would forgo all information involved and jump straight to the facts. The word "Drugs" = Fun.
House Hippo Concerned Childrens Advertisers
The PSA being a seeming informative piece on Canada's native "House Hippo" honestly had me going for about thirty seconds. I've been meaning to travel to Canada as of late, and I thought I'd get a chance to see the local house hippo infestations.

Alas, 'tis falsities. A beautiful pull out from a TV set tells us, "That looked really real, but you knew it couldn't be true didn't you?" Warning us not to believe all we hear on Television and ask questions about what we watch. What a way to spread the message, right? Insulting even KIDS' intelligence? Sweet.

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Sun, 31 Jan 2010 14:35:42 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/top-10-worst-and-most-off-putting-psas-for-kids/william-sterling
<![CDATA[The Best Lip Gloss Brands]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-lip-gloss/makeup-tips
Looking for a perfect pout? Lip gloss is a key to making that happen. The best lip gloss will accentuate your lips without overpowering, giving a healthy and sexy look. Lip glosses can be worn over lipstick or alone, for a more natural look. Some may offer you SPF protection (huge plus) and moisturize, too. And before you go thinking that all lip glosses are alike: goopy, icky messes, think again - lip gloss has come a long way in recent years! Read on for some of the best lip glosses on the market. Also, check out our list of the best bronzing lotions!

From the shiniest lip gloss to best pink lip gloss and top rated lip gloss of any color, you can look to this list of lip gloss reviews to track down the perfect product to make your lips pop. Every girl wants her lips looking luscious, and these top brands will help make that happen.

What is the best shiny lip gloss? This list of good lip gloss and the best lipgloss ever will answer that question.
The Best Lip Gloss Brands,

Lancome Juicy Tubes
Lancome's Juicy Tubes lip gloss is a perennial favorite for some gloss addicts. Each year, it seems, new and more vibrant colors are added. These glosses offer sparkle and glam in a small, easy-to-use tube that allows you to swipe on some color fast (see: no brush!). For a portable lip gloss that can be worn alone or over lipstick, Juicy Tubes may be a good option. If you're going for a sun-kissed look, try the super-light, shimmery (and aptly named) Touch of Light. Want a more bold, bronzed look? Go for Sun Bronze, which combines the bronze with a bit of plum.

Price range: $18 
 

MAC Lipglass
MAC Lipglass is simply the bomb when it comes to ultra shiny, vibrant, sexy lip gloss. Lipglass is available in Tinted form, offering a myriad of different shades - from super bright to incredibly neutral. Lipglass is particularly useful, as it can be worn on it's own (super shiny) or over lipstick in a lighter amount, just to give that little kick of extra hotness. If you're going for a soft pinky-peach with just a little bit of shimmer, try Lipglass in Prrr. Pink Lemonade is a good choice for a little more vibrant color and Lust is simply a perfect, muted pink for everyday. For mega-gloss, the Lustreglass is a great option. Lustreglass is available in 16 shades, each with a pearlized look that compliments almost every skin tone. For a beautiful summer look, try Lustreglass in Love Nectar (a soft apricot shade).

Price range: $14.50 
 

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss
If you're in need of a high-quality lip gloss that doesn't break the bank, Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss may be the right choice. This gloss goes on super-smooth, lasts quite a while and provides just enough light-reflecting color and shine to look subtly spectacular. For a truly great neutral, go for Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Nude Lustre. Want a bit more color? Coral Reef delivers. This gloss also contains SPF 15 - win!

Price range: $6-$7.99
 

Burts Bees Lip Shimmer
If you're a fan of Burt's Bees Lip Balm, you might consider giving the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers a go. These compact, lip glosses provide a hint of sparkle and shine that's natural and very flattering. It's a little less on the glossy side, so if you want something lighter, this could be a winner for you. Even better, the ingredients in the Shimmer help to condition lips while you wear! The slim design makes it quite easy to slip a Shimmer in your pocket for a night out on the town. With 12 shades available, the chances are good you'll find one that suits you. For a brighter color, try Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Rhubarb. Champagne may be a good choice for a lighter, summery glow. Burt's Bees has also introduced a full-out gloss: the Super Glossy Lip Shine. It's definitely a bit heavier, but if you're going for mega-watt shine, this might work well.

Price range: Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer $3-$5, Super Glossy Lip Shine, $7
 

NARS Lip Lacquer
NARS makes some of the best lip glosses around, and the Lip Lacquer line is no exception. This gloss is available in handy, portable little pots. For a spot-on neutral that will provide enough color without standing out too much, try Chelsea Girls (a nice nude beige). For a bit more shimmer, go for Eros (a raspberry rose). This gloss is a bit thicker than some, but it has more staying power.

Price range: $24 
 

Bourjois Effet 3D Lipgloss
Bourjois Effet 3D Lipgloss is a light, non-sticky, wand lip gloss that offers a gorgeous sheer color that can really accentuate beautiful lips. Many of the shades offer a special shimmer that appears almost iridescent, with flecks of gold, making it a perfect summer gloss. The product stays smooth and silky and definitely has a moisturizing effect. Be warned: Bourjois Effet can be a challenge to find. Ulta previously carried the line online, but it has disappeared in recent months. With a little searching, you should be able to get one of these shimmery glosses.

Price range: Between $14 and $24, but you may be able to find for less online.
 

Chanel Glossimer
Chanel's popular Glossimer lip gloss line is a staple for some. Offering a wide selection of shades - from neutrals, to browns to reds and pinks, this gloss is sheer enough to wear alone or over other lipstick. For a nice rosy/mauve that will complement almost any skin tone, try Glossimer in Blizzard. Giggle, a pinkish-brown neutral, is another great choice. And don't be intimidated by Unity either - it goes on much lighter than it appears in the tube and makes for a gorgeous, glossy nude shade that can be worn year-round. Price range: $28.50
 

Clinique Long Last Glosswear
Want a lip gloss that has serious staying power? Clinique's Long Last Glosswear is designed to shine for up to 8 full hours. It also has SPF protection. This sheer gloss comes in 18 different shades, so you're sure to find one that suits you. For a nice neutral, try Tenderheart, Bamboo Pink or Knockout Nude. Want to pump up the color? Juicy Apple is a radiant reddish-pink shade that's sure to make your pout stand out.

Price range: $14
Cover Girl Wetslicks Crystals Lipgloss
Cover Girl has taken it's popular Wetslicks Lipgloss up a notch or two, with the introduction of it's Wetslicks Crystals Lipgloss. Described as Wetslicks' "sassy sister," the gloss provides massive shine and a hefty dose of sparkle (perfect for summer). Like the traditional Wetslicks, the Crystals goes on smoothly and doesn't have that sticky, goopy feel. For the perfect balance of color and shine, try Cover Girl Wetslicks Crystals Lipgloss in Sizzle, a beautiful rose shade. For a more natural gloss, try Cover Girl's new NatureLuxe Gloss Balm with SPF 15. You'll get a bit of sheer color with some shine, but you'll feel like you're wearing just a nice, light lip balm. (Hint: Clove is a great pinky-brown that won't overpower). Price range: Cover Girl Wetslicks Crystals Lipgloss $4-$6.99, NatureLuxe Gloss Balm $6-$8    

Wet 'n' Wild Mega Slicks Lip Gloss
If you're way short on cash but you want to add new lip gloss to your makeup arsenal, Wet 'n' Wild's Mega Slicks Lip Gloss could be exactly what you need. Mega Slicks is mega shiny and moisturizing. Mega Slicks is available in a variety of different colors, and at $1.99, you can afford to experiment a little! For a gorgeous, neutral shimmer, try Mega Slicks in Bronze Berry - the brownish-pink can be very flattering.

Price range: $1.99
 


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<![CDATA[The Top Baby Furniture Websites]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/baby-furniture-websites/dot-commander
List of all online baby nursery furniture and discount baby shopping websites. These online baby furniture sites specialize in a wide variety of baby decor and baby proof items, including specialty brands like the popular baby jogger or baby carrier from Graco, Britax, Peg Perego, and Baby Bjorn. This page is designed to help provide a full list of all eCommerce sites online so you can easily compare and shop for baby stuff and discount cribs in one place.

The top eCommerce sites list only a few discount car seats and options for crib bedding in retail. Sites such as GracoBaby, Bugaboo, and Albee Baby offer major brands and designers available in conventional department stores and mall settings. Other smaller, growing online businesses - like Baby to Bee, BabyAge, and Baby Earth - specialize in harder-to-find options and less mainstream items like baby bedding, baby books, and infant toys and infant clothes.

This list also features niche segments of the nursery themes and baby nursery ideas market - such as baby crib bedding and baby jogger city mini - with their own websites for baby gifts on sale. These many options makes online shopping easier than ever to find the discount baby decor and nursery bedding that you need.
The Top Baby Furniture Websites,

Albeebaby.com

BabyAge.com

Giggle.com

Graco Children's Products Inc.

Oompa Toys

TheBabyWearer.com

allmodernbaby.com

munchkin.com

pinktaffydesigns.com

MyMoroccanBazar


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Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:50:18 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/baby-furniture-websites/dot-commander
<![CDATA[The Top Online Art Communities]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/online-art-community/dot-commander
Top art social networks on the Web, including niche social communities for artists and photographers, as well as those organized by language, nationality or specialty interest within the visual arts. This list contains social networks and online communities relating specifically to the creation and business of art and photography.

A social network is defined as an online service, platform or website which is focused largely around uniting individuals and allowing them to communicate and interact. Facebook currently is the world's largest and most popular social networking platform, having supplanted previous champions such as MySpace and Friendster.

This list gathers together major players in the creative social networking field, from the most visible, such as DeviantArt, to vibrant and active communities of artists on a smaller scale. It is an open list, so if you have a favorite artist or photographer themed social network that isn't featured, enter it below to make sure it's included on the list.
The Top Online Art Communities,

Behance

deviantART

ffffound

Furaffinity.net

Pixiv.net

digitalart.com

500px.com

Planet Miracles

PaigeeWorld

Our Art Corner


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Fri, 27 Apr 2012 03:10:27 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/online-art-community/dot-commander
<![CDATA[8 Interesting Cosmetic Surgery Facts]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/8-interesting-cosmetic-surgery-facts/ranker-science
Are you considering cosmetic surgery? It's more common than ever, with the number of procedures increasing every year - even for men. As medical advances in cosmetic procedures increase, so to do the options of where to have it done, and how.

There is an array of different locations and price points available, depending on the changes you want to make on your body, and how much money you have to spend, or what your insurance covers. Check out these statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to help you make your decision on what work to have done, and where to have it performed.

8 Interesting Cosmetic Surgery Facts,

Men's Numbers Are Increasing
Even though they represent only 8% of the total work done, the number of cosmetic procedures done for men increased over 88% since 1997, with 750,000 procedures in 2010. 

Women Have More Procedures Than Men
Not surprisingly, women had almost 8.6 million cosmetic procedures in 2010, 92% of the total number of procedures done. This is an increase of 164% from 1997.
Procedures Are Not Always Performed in Hospitals
Most cosmetic surgery procedures, over 56%, take place in a doctor’s office, followed by a free-standing surgery center at 24%, and in a hospital, at 19%.
Caucasians Undergo the Most Cosmetic Surgeries
81% of cosmetic surgeries are performed on Caucasian patients. Hispanic patients have 8% of procedures, African-Americans, 6%; Asians, 4%; and other non-Caucasians, 1%.

People Ages 35 to 50 Have the Most Surgery
This age group had more than four million procedures in 2010, accounting for 44% of all work done. The younger demographic, ages 19-34, had 20% of procedures, while ages 51-64 had 28% of procedures, and age 65 and over had 7%.

Doctors Focus on Surgery, Not Complimentary Spa Services
75% of doctors surveyed by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported they do not offer complimentary services in conjunction with their medical practices. 88% of these doctors do not work with medical spas where nonsurgical procedures like injections and laser procedures are performed. This all-in-one approach is more common in clinics abroad.

Americans Spend Heavily on Cosmetic Surgery
$10.7 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures in 2010. Much of this work wasn't covered by insurance in the US, meaning patients either took out loans or paid out of pocket. Many of these procedures remain quite affordable in Mexico.
Cosmetic Surgery Has Become More Common
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there was a 9% increase in the total number of cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States from 2009 to 2010, with similar increases every year since then. More people are having minor work done than ever before.

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Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:38:24 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/8-interesting-cosmetic-surgery-facts/ranker-science
<![CDATA[Rise of the Guardians Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/rise-of-the-guardians-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
"Rise of the Guardians" movie quotes take moviegoers on a fantastical adventure into the lives of everyone's favorite magical heroes, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost. The 3D animated adventure film was released by DreamWorks Animation in conjunction with Paramount Pictures on November 21, 2012, in the United States. Peter Ramsey directed the screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire based on "The Guardians of Childhood" book series by William Joyce.

In "Rise of the Guardians," all is well in the world with the Guardians, North or Santa Claus (voiced by Alec Baldwin), Bunnymund or the Easter Bunny (voiced by Hugh Jackman), Tooth or the Tooth Fairy (voiced by Isla Fisher) and Sandman, all happily making children smile and keeping them safe. This glorious plan is interrupted by Pitch, the Boogeyman (voiced by Jude Law), who wants to bring the sense of fear into all of the children of the world.

The Guardians are tasked with protecting the children against the evil Pitch but they cannot do it alone. To boost their power, the Guardians enlist Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine), a young, carefree boy, to join their ranks. But Jack isn't immediately interested in the mission. This only complicates the work the Guardians must do to keep the children of the world happy, hopeful and safe.

While the computer-animated fantasy tale is sure to please young and old audiences alike, if you're looking to enjoy a movie with a bit more live action, there's plenty else to see in theaters. Check out "Skyfall," "Lincoln," "Flight," "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2," "Anna Karenina," "This Must Be the Place," "Cloud Atlas," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Nobody Walks," "The Sessions," "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D," "Chasing Mavericks," "Alex Cross," "Smashed," "Sinister," "Seven Psychopaths," "Argo," and "Looper."
Rise of the Guardians Movie Quotes,

Santa's Workshop
Jack Frost: "Slow down, would ya? I've been trying to bust in here for a long time. I want a good look."
North: "What do you mean, bust in?"
Jack Frost: "Oh, don't worry, I never got past the Yetis."
North: "Keep up, Jack, keep up."
Jack Frost: "I always thought the elves made the toys."
North: "We just let them believe that."

There's a reason no one gets to visit Santa's workshop at the North Pole. It's not that it's really far away and cold, it's that there are many secrets there, elves and Yetis included.
Pretty Teeth
Tooth: "Look at all the pretty teeth with the cute little blood and gum on them!"
Little Girl: "Whaaaa!"
Tooth: "Don't forget to floss!"

The Tooth Fairy seems so sweet and innocent but when she meets a little girl, her creepy side, that one that enjoys blood and gums, shines through.
Jack vs Bunny
Jack Frost: "You don't want me. You're all hard word and deadlines and I'm all snowballs and fun times. I'm not a Guardian."
Tooth: "Jack, I don't think you understand what it is we do. Each of those lights is a child."
North: "And good or bad, naughty or nice, we protect them."
Jack Frost: "No, no, no, no offense"
Bunnymund: "How, how, how is that not offensive? I mean, what's this clown know about bringing joy to children anyway?"
Jack Frost: "Uh, you ever hear of a snow day? I know it's no hard-boiled egg but kids like what I do."
Bunnymund: "But none of them believe in you, do they?"
Tooth: "Bunny, enough!"
Jack Frost: "No, the kangaroo's right."
Bunnymund: "The what? What did you call me? I'm not a kangaroo, mate."
Jack Frost: "If you're not a kangaroo, what are you?"
Bunnymund: "I'm a bunny, the Easter Bunny."

Poor Jack. He just doesn't fit in with the group, especially in that he's a bit more obnoxious than the rest, especially to Bunnymund.
Dream Sand
Jamie: "Santa Claus? The Easter Bunny? Sandman? The Tooth Fairy? I knew you'd come!"
Tooth: "Surprise! We came! Shhh, you guys, he's still awake!"
Bunnymund: "Sandy, knock him out! With the dream sand, you Gumby!"
Jamie: "No, stop, that's the Easter Bunny. What are you doing, Abby, down!"
Bunnymund: "All right, nobody panic."
Jack Frost: "That's a, um, that's a greyhound. Do you know what greyhounds do to rabbits?"
Bunnymund: "I think it's a pretty safe bet he's never met a rabbit like me. Six-foot-one, nerves of steel, master of Tai Chi and the ancient art... Crikey!"

Being the big, tough bunny that he is, Bunnymund is not intimidated by Jamie's pet dog Abby but that all changes when Abby attacks. Good thing Sandman is there with his dream sand to settle everyone down, the Guardians included.
Becoming an Guardian
Jack Frost: "Anyone want to tell me why I'm here? I must have done something really bad to get your four together. Am I on the naughty list?"
North: "Ha, on the naughty list? You hold the record. But no matter, we overlook. We are wiping clean the slate."
Jack Frost: "How come?"
Bunnymund: "Ah, good question"
North: "How come?! I tell you how come because now you are Guardian!"
Jack Frost: "What makes you think I want to be a Guardian?"
North: "Of course you do. Music!"
Jack Frost: "No music!"

Jack Frost is curious why he was called upon to visit the North Pole all of a sudden. He knows it's something big but is surprised to hear that they want him to become a Guardian.
That Dream is Over
Pitch: "That dream is over. It's time for fear to rule the world."

Pitch, aka The Boogeyman, has a different idea of how the world should run and his plan is all about bringing fear into the minds of children. That's when the Guardians must step in to prevent that.
We Need Help
North: "The children are in danger. We need help. Bring me Jack Frost."
...
North: "There he is! Jack Frost!"
Jack Frost: "Santa! Whoa!"
North: "I hope the Yetis treated you well."
Jack Frost: "Well, yeah, I love being thrown in a sack and tossed in a magic portal."
North: "Oh, good. That was my idea."

Upon arriving at the North Pole, Jack Frost is surprised to meet Santa. His ride in however, via a sack tossed around by Yetis, was not the best.
Our Job to Protect the Children
North: "We go by many names and take many forms. We bring wonder and hope. We bring joy and dreams. We are the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy. We are the Easter Bunny and Santa. And our powers are greater than you ever imagine. It is our job to protect the children of the world. For as long as they believe in us, we will guard them with our lives."

As North (Santa Claus) explains, the special figures in children's lives like the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy are not just there to bring enjoyment to children but also protect them.

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Wed, 14 Nov 2012 01:08:44 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/rise-of-the-guardians-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[The Best Family Card Games]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-family-card-games/boardgameplayer
The best card games for kids are all here in this list of fun card games for children. Whether you're looking for a fun game to pass time or a way to keep kids occupied, these cool card games will get the job done. These fun card games for the family will bring kids and parents together to enjoy some time away from the TV with just a deck of cards.

What is the best card game for kids? That's up to you! This rankable list of card games for kids includes classic card games like Go Fish, War, and Crazy 8's, and new games like I Doubt It and Go Boom. These are some of the best card games to play at home, in the car, or wherever you find the need to be entertained. There are quick card games, long card games, and even some card games that make you think.

Is your favorite card game missing from the list? Feel free to add it to this list of the best family card games. Hopefully you'll be able to find a new fun game to play with your family or even find inspiration to make up your own card game. Enjoy this list of the Best Family Card Games!
The Best Family Card Games,

Go Fish

Hearts

Old Maid

Phase 10
amazing card game that has players getting straights and combinations depending on what "phase" your on.  Tons of fun
Rummy

SKIP-BO

UNO

War

Concentration

Crazy 8's


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Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:42:41 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-family-card-games/boardgameplayer
<![CDATA[The Best Sunscreen Brands]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-sunscreen-brands/kittypurr33
The best sunscreen brands include companies that make a wide variety of products to keep us all safe from the sun's damaging rays. Whether it's sunscreens specifically developed for the face or body, the brands listed here make high quality products that we can't - and shouldn't - do without whenever we step outside. Vote up your favorite top sunscreen brands and certainly add any sunblock brands that are missing from the list, too!

In terms of the most well-known, popular sunscreen brands, it's hard to deny that Coppertone, Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic are often staples in everyone's beach or pool bags. Other really good sunscreens are made by Neutrogena and Aveeno, too (both of these companies offer a lot of different sunscreens for the face, as well). Some of these brands offer waterproof sunscreens that allow wearers to swim longer or sweat more without constantly having to reapply. Keep in mind, however, that it's always best to reapply sunscreen as often as you can, to ensure the proper protection.

Organic sunscreen brands are also included here. The organic sunscreens are becoming more and more popular, as people seek out products that contain fewer potentially harmful chemicals, yet offer good solid protection from the sun's damaging rays. Popular organic sunscreens include California Baby, Badger and Aubrey Organics. For more information about the highest quality sunscreen choices on the market today, check out this list of the best sunscreens for face and body.
The Best Sunscreen Brands,

Aveeno

Clarins

Neutrogena

Hawaiian Tropic

No-Ad

Ocean Potion

Australian Gold

Coppertone

Banana Boat

La Roche-Posay


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<![CDATA[The Best Car Seat Brands]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/car-seat-brands/werner-brandes
The best car seat brands, including the most popular, inexpensive, safe and reliable brands for babies, toddlers, newborns, and kids. This list answers the question, ‘What are the best car seat brands?’ Top car seat brands are available online and in traditional brick and mortar stores, allowing parents and caretakers to select the best options for their children and to select the highest quality car seat brands for their kids themselves, giving them the crucial input on what products are right for a child. The goal of this page is to provide a comprehensive list of all major car seat brands, making shopping and comparison fast and easy.

Purchasing the car seat brand that is the best fit for children is critical. It’s a matter of comfort and safety: car seats that are too big or too small can cause discomfort for a baby, toddler, or small child- not to mention a safety hazard in certain circumstances- and we all want the best for children, even if it’s something as small as the right choice of car seat brands. Over time, car seats do wear out, so it’s important to replace a child’s car seat regularly as it becomes used to avoid injury and accidents.

Prices for car seat brands vary, depending on the materials used and the durability of the products, but the makers of the best car seat brand have what’s best for babies and kids in mind, just like parents do. Makers of car seats often tailor make their products to be the best for children and babies, and this best-rated brands for babies list will let you know which of these car seat brands for kids really rate high for parent satisfaction.

Many parents have a favorite brand of car seat and this list includes all the most well-known, recognizable, safe car seat brands available on the market today. Each claims to offer the most trusted car seats on the market, but this is what parents recommend, based on voting for the top kids’ car seat brands available today.
The Best Car Seat Brands,

Chicco

Recaro

The Walt Disney Company

Compass

First Years Inc

Peg Perego

Sunshine Kids

Britax

Northwest

Diono


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<![CDATA[The Best Bunk Beds]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-bunk-beds/ranker-shopping
List of the best bunk beds. People voted for the bunk beds that deserve their popular status and brand respect. These are the top bunk beds for your kids to make sure that they are safe, secure, and happy when they go to sleep at night. In order to shop for the best bunk beds, it would be smart to peruse this list and check out our official rankings of bunk beds to buy online. These particular bunks are rated as such good, if not great, purchases, because of their solid construction and the adherence to the absolute newest consumer product safety standards. They are also ranked highly by men and women who were looking for bunk beds that were easy to assemble and moreover came with all the necessary tools and parts. The best bunk beds for sale should be able to hold hundreds of pounds and, depending on the age and build of the child, should come with full-length guardrails. Siblings will have so much fun thanks to the best bunk beds on the market, as long as it comes with an integrated ladder and is built not only for safety and beauty, but also comfortability.
The Best Bunk Beds,

Dorel Home Products Twin-Over-Full Bunk Bed
This space-saving twin over full bunk bed has a twin bed on the top with a full size bottom bunk bed. It is a great sleeping solution if one child is three to five years older than the other child or if one sibling needs more room. Simple, sleek, secure, stable and space-saving, DHP's Dorel Twin-Over-Full Metal Bunk Bed meets all your needs and expectations.
Stork Craft Long Horn Bunk Bed
The Long Horn twin over twin Bunk Bed by Stork Craft is synonymous with the very recognizable Texas national symbol of the Longhorn cattle. Bring this icon of adventure and affluence to your child's bedroom for a "ranch" sophistication like none other. This Bunk Bed is smaller in stature and height for that bedroom that is short on space.
BUNK BED ALL IN 1 LOFT WITH TRUNDLE DESK CHEST CLOSET Paper Plans SO EASY BEGINNERS LOOK LIKE EXPERTS Build Your Own Using This Step By Step DIY Patterns by WoodPatternExpert
NOTE: This Sale is for woodworking plans, NOT furniture. Complete SET OF PLANS for my favorite ALL IN ONE Loft Bunk Bed with Trundle, Desk Area, Drawers and MORE. My instructions with easy to follow patterns and directions are designed as a construction project for the beginner woodworker. Extensive attention is given to speed and ease of construction, with a minimum and choice of tools.
Kings Brand Furniture B125H Wood Arched Design Convertible Bunk Bed
Wood arched design twin size convertible bunk bed is made of hardwoods and veneers. 65-mm Wood posts, arched curved, splits into two beds and 12 slats. Simple assembly required. Available in honey finish. Measures 83-inch width by 42-inch depth by 64-inch height.
Bunk Bed Twin over Twin Mission Style in Honey with Stairway and Drawers
Our Twin over Twin Stairway Bunk Bed with Under Bed Drawers is carefully crafted for timeless style and lasting comfort. Expertly constructed of solid wood, the bed measures 70" high x 104" long x 44.5" wide. Bottom bunk is 11" off the floor. Each bunk comes with a slat roll foundation that is designed for use without a box spring or bunkie board.
King's Brand B125C Wood Arched Design Convertible Bunk Bed
Wood arched design twin size convertible bunk bed is made of hardwoods and veneers. 65-mm Wood posts, arched curved, splits into two beds and 12 slats. Simple assembly required. Available in cherry finish. Measures 83-inch width by 42-inch depth by 64-inch height.
Coaster Bunk Bed with Slide and Tent
Multicolor Bunk Bed with Slide and Tent. Crafted in sturdy steel tubing and styled to a colorful children's theme, this bunk bed comes complete with side ladder, underneath tent and fun slide. This bunk bed is perfect for imaginative games and fun for your kids. Built to last many years, this bed is the perfect creative addition to any children's bedroom.
Bunk Bed Full over Full with Trundle in Cappuccino
Room to stretch out is the key to the Full over Full Mission Bunk Bed's popularity. At MOM'S safety comes first, so all of our bunk beds are strongly constructed and rigorously tested in independent labs to meet or exceed ASTM and CPSC safety standards. Guardrails are included for the top bunk. Ladder rungs are flat, not vertical, for your child's comfort and easy access to the top bunk.
LazyBonezz Metropolitan 4-Step Pet Bunk Bed
An innovative bunk-bed for multiple pets; great for the city life, but also very functional and fun for any home. A set of four stairs, with a textured surface on each, makes this a source of entertainment as well as one of the most unique and beautiful products on the pet market. Each style includes...
Dorel Home Products Silver Screen Twin/Futon Bunk Bed
Modern, hip and trendy, DHP's Silver Screen Twin/Futon Bunk Bed brings a chic design to your child's bedroom, while still providing safety, versatility and durability. The clean and sleek lines of the metal frame become a focal point of the room.

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<![CDATA[Real Life 101: Classes That Should Be Offered (But Aren't)]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/real-life-college-courses-wish-list/don-davis
All that time (and money) spent earning your college degree... wouldn't it have been great if even some of those classes were useful for handling everyday life stuff? This is a list of the things you wish you could've learned in a college class but couldn't since the course never existed. You had to eventually figure out on your own how to do these real-life, everyday things you wish someone had taught you about.

In fact, it's possible you still don't know how to do many of these things - and while you spent lots of money learning about English literature in the 1600s, probably know Socrates' birthday by heart, and can likely recall some data from the periodic table you had to memorize for a chemistry class at some point, you still don't know how to change a tire, manage your bank account, or file your taxes. Despite earning that degree, after graduation, many students are left clueless as to how they can handle some of the basic fundamentals in everyday life.

Sure, some of these college classes we wish existed were offered in some iteration if you majored in a related field - 'How to Invest' or 'How to Save Money' were likely covered in a Business degree. The classes on this list are what you wish had been part of your general education requirements but weren't since most colleges don't offer a course in how to avoid identity theft, how to apply for a loan, how to take care of a pet or how to get a boyfriend or girlfriend. Even though you spent a lot of money on a fancy college degree, there are still plenty of real-life things you don't know how to do that you wish you could've learned about in college.

This is a list of the classes that colleges should offer but don't... the stuff we really need to know how to do in everyday life. Vote up the classes that don't exist that you wish you could've enrolled in during college.

Real Life 101: Classes That Should Be Offered (But Aren't),

Taking Care of Your Car 101
Changing a tire, changing oil, fixing a flat tire, regular maintenance, etc.
Investing 101
Stocks, bonds, CDs, mutual funds, investing for the future, IRAs, pensions...wha!?
Handyman 101
Fix a leaky faucet, a broken window, a creaky door, general household repairs.
Filing Your Taxes 101
What the heck is a W-4? How do you file your taxes and get the biggest tax refund? What should I claim? How do I fill out all these papers? When starting at a new job do you select 0 or 1 or more for your dependents?

Handling Life's Emergencies 101
Basic first aid, how to act in a crisis, how to respond to a life-threatening situation of any type, emergency or natural disaster, what to do if you're in a bad situation such as a car accident, who can you turn to for help, etc.
Managing Your Credit 101
How is a credit score determined, what happens if I make late payments, when does my credit score actually matter, how do I monitor my credit score, how do I improve my credit score, FICO scores...wha!?
Saving Money 101
"Why save money when you can spend it?" said the broke guy.

Managing Your Personal Finances 101
How to create a personal budget, how bank accounts work, avoiding overdraft fees, how to balance a checkbook (for those who still have them).
Self Control 101
Too much of anything: eating, drinking, partying, sex, oversharing, spending...if only you learned a better way to control yourself.
Searching for a Job 101
How to craft the perfect resume, where to begin searching for a job, how to land a job interview, what to expect on a job interview, how to negotiate salary, the things you should and shouldn't say in a job interview, interview etiquette, etc.

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:49:57 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/real-life-college-courses-wish-list/don-davis
<![CDATA[The Best Outdoor Games You Played As A Kid]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-outdoor-games-you-played-as-a-kid/ranker-sports
Making up games and running around outside with fun and crazy ideas are kids' specialty. Kids are always playing games when they're outside to keep themselves occupied for hours on end. From classic games like hopscotch and tag to the more original games, kids are always able to find something to do when they're outside. What outdoor games were your favorite as a child?

This list pays homage to our favorite games when we we were wee, the ones that entertained us for hours on end, that wore us out and scraped us up to our hearts' desire. Vote up your favorite outdoor children's games, and feel free to add any that aren't already on this list.
The Best Outdoor Games You Played As A Kid,

Simon Says

Hopscotch

Red Light, Green Light

Hand-Clap Games

Dodgeball

Horse

Tug of War

Hide and Seek

Four Square

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:19:22 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-outdoor-games-you-played-as-a-kid/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[Things Competitive People Are Competitive About]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/things-competitive-people-are-competitive-about/jacob-shelton
Why are people so competitive? Show us a person who doesn’t like competition and we’ll show you someone that’s afraid of losing. We know that makes us sound like a total psycho but there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the best at something, whether it’s playing chess in the park or being able to name every member of the bridge crew on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The feeling of stiff competition is like the thrill of the hunt for many, especially those type A folks. Once you’ve had a taste you want nothing else. And even if you’re reading this and thinking to yourself, “I’m not a wacko competitive person,” YOU’RE WRONG! Take a look at this list of things competitive people care about and we’ll bet that you’ll find something on there that gets your engines firing.

Competition can come in a variety of forms. It can be anything from playing a board game, to eating food, to pushing yourself to do better despite whatever odds you’re facing. And even though competition can be a good thing, in our experience it usually ends in someone screaming, and maybe even breaking the thing they were using to compete. About half of the things on this list half definitely ended in a couple of screaming matches, and we bet some of them are going to surprise you.

Vote up the items that you think matter the most to the competitive personality and if there’s something that you just have to win at, add it to the list.

Things Competitive People Are Competitive About,

Winning

Beating the ETA on your GPS
30 minutes to Santa Monica? We'll see about that.
Playing Board Games with Friends "Just for Fun"
Your friends don't even think about suggesting a game of Monopoly.
Doing Something Perfectly (in-game or Real Life) the First Time.
We all know we feel like badasses when we do this.

Saying the Jeopardy Answer Out Loud Before They Do on TV
Ken Jennings has nothing on you.
Rock Paper Scissors
This schoolyard pastime is even a pro sport!
Getting Better Grades Than Their Friends
Have fun not taking English 101, dorks.
Being Into Something Before It Was Cool
Hope you're ready to hear about how "cheese rolling" was so five years ago.
Their High Score on Arcade Games
If you saw King of Kong, you know how competitive nerds can get over their high scores.
Being Right
If you've ever gotten into a fight over who played the fourth Doctor on Doctor Who, the competitive gene may be floating freely through your body. 

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:02:29 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/things-competitive-people-are-competitive-about/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Reasons Not to Get Married]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/reasons-not-to-get-married/lauren-slocum
Marriage isn't for everyone. It's particularly not for those who enjoy having tons of fun, want to meet new people, crave spontaneous adventures, and cringe at the thought of commitment or children. Sure, marriage has been a standard cultural practice for centuries, but we're living in an era where experiencing the world has never been more possible. With the right resources, you can pretty much do whatever you want. Like seriously - when you're not married you can pretty much do whatever you want and it's common for adults these days to stay unmarried. 

Relationships can be great. You have a partner who's hopefully reliable and attentive. Hopefully you have enough sex and still find the time to explore yourself individually. But committing to a life of commitment and monogamy is a preemptive and proverbial middle finger to the thousands of opportunities you'll have to deny as your life progresses with that ring around your finger. So if you've been fishing for some reasons not to get married, we propose the following.

This list isn't meant to discourage you; think of this list of reasons to never get married merely as a checklist... are you really ready? Vote up the reasons you agree with most as far as why not get married and add any other reasons that have kept you from tying the knot. If you're on the fence, you can always check out this list of reasons to get married. Either way, best of luck.
The Best Reasons Not to Get Married,

You Cherish Making Your Own Plans on the Weekend

You've Already Experienced Multiple Long Term Relationships

You Can Support Yourself Financially

You'll Always Have to Answer to Someone Other Than Yourself

50% of All Marriages End in Divorce

You Haven't Finished Pursuing Your Personal Goals

You Like to Spend Your Own Money However You Please

Weddings Are Crazy Expensive

You Don't Need a Partner to Feel Complete

You Love Being Independent


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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:53:11 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/reasons-not-to-get-married/lauren-slocum
<![CDATA[The Best '00s Kids Movies]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-00s-kids-movies/ranker-film

Although fans of kids movies will tell argue that the ‘90s had the best releases, there were many classic children's films released in the '00s as well. On this list, live-action and animation coexist, giving us some familiar characters as well as some completely novel inventions.


Many of the best ‘00s kids movies deal with one principle character: Harry Potter. With five films on this list, Harry and company dominated the box office in the mid-2000s. Based on the books by JK Rowling, the
Harry Potter series became one of the most successful young adult franchises in history. Here, you'll also find fan-favorite animated flicks like Shrek, employing the voice talent of Eddie Murphy and Mike Meyers, as well as Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. Acclaimed director Wes Anderson also took a stab at the kids movie genre in the 2000s with Fantastic Mr. Fox, a stop-motion animated film with a formidable voice cast including George Clooney and Meryl Streep.


Vote up the best '00s kids movies, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

The Best '00s Kids Movies,

Finding Nemo

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Monsters, Inc.

Shrek

The Incredibles

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 04:35:13 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-00s-kids-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Good Movies for 4 Year Olds]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/good-movies-for-4-year-olds/ranker-film
This list has awesome and entertaining movies for 4 year olds, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best movies for 4 year olds come in many forms and from many genres. Some great movies for four year olds to watch are live action classics while other good films for four year olds are beloved animated movies. It should come as no surprise that Disney and Pixar are responsible for many of the top films for 4 year olds.

What films are ranked on this best movies for 4 year olds list? Every four year old girl loves the Disney princess masterpiece, Frozen. Between Anna, Elsa, and Olaf there is a lot to love, especially the music, in this empowering animated movie. Curious George is another popular movie that a four year old can watch.

The Peanuts characters have been around for decades, but they reached a new audience of children with the 2015 film, The Peanuts Movie. Other appropriate films that appear on this top movies for four year olds list include Horton Hears a Who!, The Gruffalo, and Finding Nemo.

Which film do you think is the best for preschoolers? Vote the best movies up to the number one spot on this list and add any other kids movies that all four year olds love!
Good Movies for 4 Year Olds,

Finding Nemo

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

The Snowman

Toy Story

Despicable Me

The Gruffalo

Despicable Me 2

Minions

Frozen

The Peanuts Movie


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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:27:28 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/good-movies-for-4-year-olds/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Good Activities for 3 Year Olds]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/good-activities-for-3-year-olds/jessica-lawshe
Three year olds are filled with questions about the world around them, new ideas, and tons and tons of energy. All of which means you'll need to constantly find fresh ways to keep them occupied. But never fear – this handy list of good activities for 3 year olds is here to inspire afternoons of fun.

By now, you might be running low on ideas of activities for your son or daughter. At this age, little ones are asking every question they can imagine, like "why is the sky blue?" They're also figuring out what the letter "B" looks like, and discovering exactly how many toes and fingers they have. You'll want their activities to not only be fun, but also educational, and easy to encourage the development of motor skills. 

The activities on this list fit all of those criteria. Teach your youngster how to crawl like a bear, help him draw a paper city for his toy cars, and guide him as he sorts colored pom-poms into color groups. All of the simple, fun activities for 3 year olds are wonderful ways to keep him or her learning and growing.

So grab some art supplies, wake up your imagination, and dive into this list of educational activities for 3 year olds. Vote up your favorite activity, and the ones that keep them learning, exploring, and most of all, smiling! 

Good Activities for 3 Year Olds,

Learn Animal Crawls
Get those little joints jumping with these animal crawl suggestions from B-Inspired Mama. Learn how to do the "bear crawl," the "kangaroo jump," and the "crab walk." 
Count and Sort DIY Love Bugs
After painting rocks to make "love bugs," Where Imagination Grows suggests using them to teach counting and sorting. Group the bugs by color and then count how many are in a group. 
Stack a Sponge Tower
Building a sponge tower is simple. According to these directions from Toddler Approved, all you need to do is cut different colored sponges into fourths or thirds. The best part might be knocking them down! 
Start a Journal
According to Teaching 2 & 3 Year Olds, the act of writing in a journal shows kids how to handle books. You can help guide your child by drawing a sample of what they can draw – for example, a circle or gingerbread man. Once the picture is created, have them dictate a story to you about the picture they drew. You can then record it in their journal.
Sort Pom-Poms by Color
Help your little one practice fine motor skills and differentiate colors by having them sort pom-poms. You can use a plastic tray or toilet paper tubes for this simple activity.
Go on a Shape Scavenger Hunt
This activity from Frugal Fun for Boys has your 3 year old match things found around the house with the corresponding shapes that you have drawn on cardstock. 
Make a Magnet Container with Stickers
Have your 3 year old build their own scene with magnets and a magnetic container. You can even make your own magnets, suggests The Creative Homemaker. All you have to do is buy some stickers and a magnetic sheet. Apply the stickers to the sheet, and cut them out with scissors. At the end of the scene building, youngsters can just store the magnets in the container! 
Learn Letters with Alphabet Soup
Alphabet soup is a great way to get your 3 year old comfortable with the letters of the alphabet. Dirt and Boogers suggests an inedible alternative that uses magnetic letters and water. You can even add beans or rice to the water to make it more "soup-like." Have your child identify the letters as he or she places them in the soup. 
Have a Roll the Ball Relay
This is a great way to get your 3 year old to practice rolling and catching a ball. Teach Preschool suggests having your child stand on one side of the driveway or yard. Roll the ball to your child and have them catch it and then run or walk the ball back to you. As they get better and better, you can start bouncing the ball towards them. 
Make a Popsicle Stick Photo Puzzle
Mom Endeavors suggests making a simple puzzle out of a family photo. Mod-podge the back of a photo and apply it to some popsicle sticks. Once it dries, cut the sticks apart. Your little one will have to arrange the popsicle sticks to piece the image back together.

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<![CDATA[20 Greatest Coffee Table Books of All Time]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/20-greatest-coffee-table-books-of-all-time/superphotog

20 Greatest Coffee Table Books of All Time,

The Americans
Armed with a camera and a fresh cache of film and bankrolled by a Guggenheim Foundation grant, Robert Frank crisscrossed the United States during 1955 and 1956. The photographs he brought back form a portrait of the country at the time and hint at its future. He saw the hope of the future in the faces of a couple at city hall in Reno, Nevada, and the despair of the present in a grimy roofscape. He saw the roiling racial tension, glamour, and beauty, and, perhaps because Frank himself was on the road, he was particularly attuned to Americans' love for cars. Funeral-goers lean against a shiny sedan, lovers kiss on a beach blanket in front of their parked car, young boys perch in the back seat at a drive-in movie. A sports car under a drop cloth is framed by two California palm trees; on the next page, a blanket is draped over a victim's body from a car accident in Arizona.
Vanity Fair: The Portraits - A Century of Iconic Images
Vanity Fair magazine has a reputation as one of the preeminent showcases for portraits in the world, and this book gathers together a good chunk of them in all their glossy, artificial splendor. There's almost as much celebrity behind the lens as in front of it: Edward Steichen, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, David LaChapelle and of course, Annie Leibovitz are all included, and the portraits themselves amount to a who's who of culture and politics, with the quality of the images justifying the inclusion of the occasional lesser-known figures. The photographs have been arranged to supply the reader with subtle (and not so subtle) visual and cultural frisson: what are we meant to think when Joseph Goebbels is juxtaposed with Richard Perle? In a face-off between Rob Lowe and Louise Brooks, who has the most glamorous jaw line? For posing questions such as this, and for the production values and sheer scale, not to mention introductory essays by Graydon Carter, Christopher Hitchens, Terence Pepper and David Friend, this is a book that will no doubt be adorning the coffee tables of the world's culture brokers for many years to come.
Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs
ANSEL ADAMS: 400 PHOTOGRAPHS presents the full spectrum of Adams' work in a single volume for the first time, offering the largest available compilation from his legendary photographic career. Beautifully produced and presented in an attractive landscape trim, ANSEL ADAMS: 400 PHOTOGRAPHS will appeal to a general gift-book audience as well as Adams' legions of dedicated fans and students. The photographs are arranged chronologically into five major periods, from his first photographs, taken in Yosemite and the High Sierra in 1916, to his work in the National Parks in the 1940s, up to his last important photographs from the 1960s. An introduction and brief essays on selected images provide information about Adams' life, document the evolution of his technique, and give voice to his artistic vision. Few artists of any era can claim to have produced four hundred images of lasting beauty and significance. It is a testament to Adams' vision and lifetime of hard work that a book of this scale can be compiled. ANSEL ADAMS: 400 PHOTOGRAPHS is a must-have for anyone who appreciates photography and the allure of the natural world.
Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990—2005
"I don’t have two lives," Annie Leibovitz writes in the Introduction to this collection of her work from 1990—2005. "This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it." Portraits of well-known figures–Johnny Cash, Nicole Kidman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Keith Richards, Michael Jordan, Joan Didion, R2-D2, Patti Smith, Nelson Mandela, Jack Nicholson, William Burroughs, George W. Bush with members of his Cabinet–appear alongside pictures of Leibovitz’s family and friends, reportage from the siege of Sarajevo in the early Nineties, and landscapes made even more indelible through Leibovitz’s discerning eye. The images form a narrative rich in contrasts and continuities: The photographer has a long relationship that ends with illness and death. She chronicles the celebrations and heartbreaks of her large and robust family. She has children of her own. All the while she is working, and the public work resonates with the themes of her life.
National Geographic: The Photographs
This stunning volume was the gift book of the year when it first published, and the images that grace its pages remain iconic. From the famous Afghan girl whose haunting green eyes stare out from the book’s cover, and her poignant story that captured the world’s interest, to award-winning photography culled from the Society’s vast archives, The Photographs offers readers an inside look at National Geographic and a sharp-eyed view of the world. The book showcases the skill and imagination of such notable Geographic photographers as David Doubilet, William Albert Allard, Sam Abell, Jim Stanfield, Jodi Cobb, Jim Brandenburg, David Alan Harvey, and many more. They share their techniques, as well as personal and colorful anecdotes about individual images and their adventures in the field—sometimes humorous, sometimes terrifying, always vividly compelling. Author Leah Bendavid-Val writes about the photographers’ achievements from technical, journalistic, and artistic perspectives.
The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945 by Geoffrey C. Ward
This lavishly illustrated companion to the September PBS documentary series reduces the American side of WWII to the local and personal. Documentarian Burns (The Civil War) and historian Ward (The Civil War: An Illustrated History) foreground the iconic experiences of ordinary people, including a young girl interned in a Japanese camp in the Philippines, marines in the thick of combat in the Pacific, and a fighter pilot who exchanges letters with his sweetheart. Their stories are full of anxiety and exhilaration, terror and pathos. (Sample vignette: a GI casually tosses pebbles into the skull of a Japanese machine-gunner, still upright and wide-eyed after the top of his head has been shot off). The authors' portrait of the home front glows with nostalgia—war bonds, scrap-metal drives, USO dances—but they also note racial tensions at a Mobile, Alabama shipyard and the bitterness of Japanese-American soldiers whose families were interned. In the background, Roosevelt and Churchill confer, Patton struts and growls, and arrows march across maps as the authors deftly sketch major campaigns and battles and offer tart criticism of inept generals. This visually appealing coffee-table book gives little idea of how and why America won, but a strong sense of what it felt like on the journey to victory.
Life: 70 Years of Extraordinary Photography
This collection, a 70-year retrospective, presents a history in photos, highlighting the most famous, moving, and beautiful pictures from the magazine, including classics by Alfred Eisenstaedt, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, and Irving Penn. Divided into sections covering the presidency, Hollywood, war, science and nature, culture, sport, and "fun," this volume packs in a huge assortment of subjects and emotions. Of particular interest is the chapter of "Photo Essays," a pioneering Life feature that revolutionized the field of photojournalism, capturing stories through image sequences and small blurbs; included are provocative stories, such as the plight of German refugees in 1945, Heroin use in the '60s, and Larry Burrows' intimate portrait of the Vietnam War, which has been called "the greatest photo essay ever made."
Norman Rockwell 332 Magazine Covers
Although Norman Rockwell was technically an academic painter, he had the eye of a photographer, and as he became a mature artist, he used this eye to give us a picture of America that was familiar—astonishingly so—and at the same time, unique. Rockwell best expressed this vision of America in his justly famous cover illustrations for magazines, such as The Saturday Evening Post. 332 of these cover paintings, from beloved classics like "Marbles Champion" to lesser-known gems like "Feeding Time," are reproduced in stunning full color in this large-format volume, which is sure to be treasured by art lovers everywhere.
Revelations by Diane Arbus
Muscle men, midgets, socialites, circus performers, and asylum inmates: in the 1950s and 1960s, photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) cast her strong eye on them all, capturing them as no one else could. Her documentary-style photos of society's margin-walkers were objective and reverential, while she often portrayed so-called normal people looking far more freakish than the freaks. Her powerful work was well-received in its day. Arbus received Guggenheim Fellowships in 1963 and 1966 and was included in a major show at MOMA in 1967. But her work entered the realm of near-myth after her 1971 suicide.
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) is one of the most influential and beloved figures in the history of photography. His inventive work of the early 1930s helped define the creative potential of modern photography. Following World War II, he helped found the Magnum photo agency, which enabled photojournalists to reach a broad audience through magazines, such as Life, while retaining control over their work. Cartier-Bresson would go on to produce major bodies of photographic reportage, capturing such events as China during the revolution, the Soviet Union after Stalin's death, the United States in the postwar boom, and Europe as its older cultures confronted modern realities. Published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this is the first major publication to make full use of the extensive holdings of the Fondation Cartier-Bresson-including thousands of prints and a vast resource of documents relating to the photographer's life and work. The heart of the book surveys Cartier-Bresson's career through 300 photographs divided into 12 chapters. While many of his most famous pictures are included, a great number of images will be unfamiliar, even to specialists. A wide-ranging essay by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum, offers an entirely new understanding of Cartier-Bresson's extraordinary career and its overlapping contexts of journalism and art. The extensive supporting material– featuring detailed chronologies of the photographer's professional travels and of spreads of his picture stories as they appeared in magazines– will revolutionize the study of Cartier-Bresson's work.

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<![CDATA[Superheroes You Can Take Home to Mom and Dad]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/parental-approved-superhero-dates/whitneysmoore
Which superhero would you bring home to impress your parents? Do DC heroes or Marvel heroes make better girlfriends and boyfriends? We've all fantasized (right?) about bringing our favorite comic book characters home to meet the parental units and play with the dog before they whisk us away to their secret headquarters. The problem is, even some of our favorite characters aren't the type we'd like to meet our mothers. Sure, Deadpool is hilariously crude and a total badass, but would your father approve of you dating him, young lady? 
 
Vote up the characters you'd be most likely to bring home to Mom and Pop, and add your own favorites as well. Would your mother be more impressed by Batman's suave broodiness, or Spider-Man's beta-dude charm? Vote based on which hero would get your parents' seal of approval, and add any comics heroes you think would make a good impression!

Superheroes You Can Take Home to Mom and Dad,

Barbara Gordon

Black Canary

Captain America

Dick Grayson

Flash

Jean Grey

Kitty Pryde

Power Girl

Rogue

Zatanna


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Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:04:41 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/parental-approved-superhero-dates/whitneysmoore
<![CDATA[25 Behind the Scenes Photos of Children with World Leaders]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/children-and-world-leaders/rachel-green
The best way for politicians to tug at the heartstrings of their constituents is to make appearances with other people's happy, loving, and innocent children. Whether they're beloved world leaders or the most hated and feared rulers in the world, all of these politicians are hitting up the kids to earn some serious brownie points. 

Some of these children belong to the political leaders, and some are meeting them for the first time. Children are the future of our world, so what better way to instill your laws and beliefs than through the innocent minds of tomorrow? 
25 Behind the Scenes Photos of Children with World Leaders,

David Cameron Interrogates Children

Hitler with a Few Aryan Children

Hugo Chavez and Baby Chavezes

Dwight D. Eisenhower Shaking Children's Hands

Children Saluting Benito Mussolini

JFK Holds Caroline's Doll

Joseph Stalin with Tiny Sailors

Kim Il-Sung Celebrates Colorful Happiness

Fidel Castro and the Bearded Children

Boy Enjoying What President Obama Is Saying


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Tue, 09 Sep 2014 07:44:20 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/children-and-world-leaders/rachel-green
<![CDATA[Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/ways-to-make-sure-you-die-happy/lauren-slocum
Live life to the fullest–Learn how to find fulfillment in your days and in the end, die happy. Been feeling bogged down by your career? Or have you been trying to get away from that toxic friendship with no success? We've all come to that point in life when we feel the need to seek some living tips on how to enrich the quality of daily life.

From the monumental to the seemingly small decisions, the way we approach our individual paths affects both our long and short-term quality of life. Life is a gift, and the way we live it is a choice. If you’re looking for the best mantras for eternal contentment, or even just some tips on being happy, give these ideas a read and start taking control of your own destiny!

Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy,

Listen to Your Gut
It’s an age-old phrase we’ve all been told at least once or twice, and it’s a phrase that ranges across a wide panel of possibilities. If your gut tells you your sister already has that Katy Perry album on vinyl, get her something else! If your gut tells you you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, scram! Err on the side of caution when your gut is involved (it's usually right!).
Take the Time to Get to Know Yourself
Never lose sight of what’s important to you and don’t be afraid to try new things. Take trapeze swinging lessons, start painting, read your first science fiction novel, or bust out that dusty clarinet you’ve had in your closet since 8th grade. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, married, or dating, you’re an individual and you’re ever-evolving; Roll with it.
If You Hate Your Job, Quit
Work can be the biggest stressor in your life, if you let it. Sure, we may not all land our dream jobs, our dream salaries, or our dream schedules, but life is full of too many other important factors to let our careers dictate our livelihood. Feeling bogged down by your current gig? Always keep your options open and your eyes peeled for something more suitable.
Eat Good Foods
It’s a choice that affects you in the long-term and in the short-term. Eating Arby’s sandwiches, California Burritos, and McDonalds on the regular can make you feel like you swallowed a watermelon and washed it down with a couple Ambien. Learn how to cook some simple dishes at home and shop on the outer perimeter of the grocery store. You’ll reap immediate benefits, such as brighter skin, more energy, and deeper sleep. You’ll also reduce your risk for heart disease and cancer by increasing your vegetable intake and decreasing your intake of saturated and trans fats.
Set Realistic Goals for Yourself
This applies to both work and play. The key to setting goals isn't chasing them around;  It's approaching them with confidence and strategy. This idea can apply to your long-term goals and your weekly goals. Don't over-commit. Allow yourself to stay focused. Work with a purpose and don't lose sight of what is important to you. The rest will fall into place.
Get Some Sleep
There’s no denying that a good night’s sleep is one of the most amazing phenomenons of human life . . . so why deprive it?! Visit The National Sleep Foundation and find out just how much sleep is recommended for you and your lifestyle.
Surround Yourself With People Who Bring Out the Best in You
We’ve all had to make hard decisions about our lovers and our friends. Choosing what is best relationship-wise can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be  like a "Real World" confrontation. Understand that while we grow with some, we grow away from others. You can still be a good person while keeping your best interests in mind.
Learn How to Say No
Sometimes you just need to say no. Too often, we overlook the importance of listening to our bodies and tuning out the influences of our social, professional, and familial lifestyles. Learn what’s right for YOU and act accordingly.
Seek Adventure
We all have different perspectives on what “adventure” really means. Whether you view adventure as Volcano Boarding down Cerro Negro or getting your palms read by the local Fortune Teller, plan intelligently, save accordingly, and make it happen!
Treat Yo’self!
You don’t have to be Tom Haverford and Donna to enjoy a nice day of treatin' yo’self. Get a massage, buy some new records or a new outfit for the weekend. Fill the house with fresh cut flowers. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to break away from your norm. 

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Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:13:46 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/ways-to-make-sure-you-die-happy/lauren-slocum
<![CDATA[Gift Ideas for Your Parents]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/gift-ideas-for-your-parents/samantha-dillinger
Gift ideas for your parents include those holiday, birthday and anniversary gifts that rarely go wrong when given to a mother or father. Parents can often be hard to shop for regardless of the occasion but sticking to one of these best gifts for parents is a recipe for success. Have better ideas? Add them below or vote for your favorite parent gift ideas!

When buying gifts for parents--especially parents who already have everything--you can go a few ways. One common theme is gifts that are sentimental. Digital photo frames already filled with family photos, scrapbooks and family portraits are all likely to bring smiles for years to come.

But don't limit your options to just the sentimental. Give your folks something they can either use, like a practical gift, or something they would never buy for themselves, like a luxury item or experience. Slippers, kitchen gadgets, pajamas and wallets are all great practical gifts while restaurant and spa gift certificates, all-inclusive vacations and event or theater tickets are all good standbys in those categories.

So whether you think your parents would love something simple, like a donation to charity or a nice bottle of wine, or something that they would never buy themselves, like a nice watch or a tablet computer, when in doubt for a great gift for your parents, check here for some fantastic ideas! Need other gift ideas? Check other lists for the best anniversary gifts and the best baby shower gifts too.
Gift Ideas for Your Parents,

Wine

Amazon Kindle

Perfume or Cologne

Spa Gift Certificate

Tablet

Kitchen Gadgets

All-inclusive Vacation

Family Portraits

Restaurant Gift Cards

Camera


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Thu, 20 Feb 2014 04:50:40 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/gift-ideas-for-your-parents/samantha-dillinger
<![CDATA[The Best Reasons Not to Have Kids]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/reasons-not-to-have-kids/lauren-slocum
If you're a single woman over the age of 25, you've inevitably been asked about your childbearing timeline. But what if you're one of those people who simply doesn't want kids? That's fine! Just because every Stephanie, Michelle, and Danica are having kids and blasting it all over your Facebook feed doesn't mean you, too, need children. We're bringing you a list of reasons not to have kids so you can stop feeling so guilty about it and live the life you've secretly always dreamed of... a child free one!

Back in the day, getting married and having a family was the common life course for 20-somethings across the States. If you didn't have a trophy husband/wife and three kids to show off, something was obviously wrong with you. But with demanding professions, opportunities to live unconventionally, and over seven billion people on the planet, it seems like people are thinking twice before popping out a couple spawns. It's totally fine to say, " I don't want kids!"

When it comes to deciding to have a family, we have to remember that singsong childhood cliche - everyone's different. Not everyone has a strong pull to procreate nor do they feel the desire to be defined by a family. Whether you've found contentment in your spouse, your pet, ice cream, your career... some people are totally happy spending their lives without the traditional family structure. 

Bottom line? Whatever you choose for yourself is the right choice for you! But if you've been on the fence about having your own family, or if you're just trying to better understand how some people don't want children, check out this list of reasons to not have kids. Leave a comment if you're willing to share you own feelings on the subject! 

The Best Reasons Not to Have Kids,

You Value Your Alone Time More than Anything
How will you lock yourself in your room with a book after work?
They're Extremely Expensive
For an average middle-class American family, it costs $245,000 to raise one child. 

Source: CNN
You Will Literally Lose Tons of Sleep
New parents lost approximately 1,500 hours of sleep in the first 12 months of parenthood. 

Source: Ergoflex
You Like Your Peace and Quiet.

Your Schedule Will Become Someone Else's Schedule
No matter how much you try to preserve it, kids will squash your schedule.
Disposable Income Is AWESOME
If I'm going to spend a bunch of money on extra-curricular activities, I'll be the one participating, thanks
Recreational Travel Is Unnecessarily Difficult
Who wants to change crappy diapers on a plane? Seriously.
You Like Nice Things
Think your white...ANYTHING will stay white with kids around? Think again...
You're Not at All Worried About "Feeling Incomplete"
Some people say a child will complete you, which is 100% not true.
You Don't Need a Child to Define Your Womanhood
Never let social norms make you feel like child bearing defines womanhood.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:27:56 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/reasons-not-to-have-kids/lauren-slocum
<![CDATA[ParaNorman Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/paranorman-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
"ParaNorman" movie quotes take viewers on a fantastical journey into the paranormal in this 3D stop-action thriller from Laika, the Academy Award-nominated company that created "Coraline." Voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin and John Goodman, "ParaNorman" brings it's ghosts, witches and zombies to theaters on August 17, 2012.

In the small town of Blithe Hollow, ghosts are around everywhere but only one boy, Norman (Smit-McPhee), can see them. For Norman, talking to ghosts is a normal, everyday kind of thing. He even acts as a medium to connect town residents with their late loved ones, pets even, as awkward as that sometimes can be.

This special ability makes him an outcast at home and at school but also makes him the only one who can save the town from the witch's curse. Held by the town's crazy guy, Mr. Prenderghast (Goodman), the witch's curse is poised to raise the undead and wreak havoc on the town. Along with his trusted buddy Neil (Albrizzi), sister Courtney (Kendrick) and Neil's brother Mitch (Affleck), Norman sets off on an adventure to save the town from the undead.

Though likely enjoyable for all ages, "ParaNorman" comes with a PG rating geared toward children. For something a bit more mature, there's plenty of other summer blockbusters in theaters such as "The Campaign," "The Babymakers," "Ted," "Celeste and Jesse Forever," "Madea's Witness Protection," "Magic Mike," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises."
ParaNorman Movie Quotes,

Did Anybody Get Bitten?

Norman: "Is everybody all right? Did anybody get bitten?"
Neil: (sticking his tongue out) "My lip, my tongue, does that count?"

After guiding the town's people to safety, Norman, the young but valiant leader does a quick survey to make sure everyone is OK. Thankfully, the only casualty seems to be Neil's tongue and lip that was bitten, not by a zombie, but by Neil himself.
The Witch's Curse

Norman: "Couldn't you use another stall?"
Mr. Prenderghast: "The witch's curse is real and you're the one who has to stop it. You've gotta use your gift of talking to the dead to stop it! You'll need a little help and a lot of courage. I've been holding back the witch's curse for years, but now I'm dead. It has to be you."
Norman: "But, I don't know what it means."
Mr. Prenderghast: "It means the past is coming back to haunt you. Time is running out! The anniversary of the witch's death is tonight. The ghost is going to wake up tonight and when she does she'll raise the dead. Gotta keep her in her grave!"
Norman: "But, I'm just a kid. How am I supposed to stop it?"
Mr. Prenderghast: "Read from the book at the spot the witch was buried."
Norman: "This is crazy!"
Mr. Prenderghast: "Do I look crazy to you?"
Norman: "Uhhhhh"

We all run into the town's crazy guy once in a while but unlike Norman, usually those meetings don't occur in the restroom. This meeting however had a special reason, so Mr. Prenderghast could inform Norman that he has a very important task to complete to save the town from the witch's curse.
Flavors of People

Neil: "Hey Norman, I don't get why zombies can only eat people. Is it some kind of allergy or something?"
Norman: "I think it's more of an allegory, Neil."
Neil: "That's what I said. Like, I'm allegoric to a bunch of stuff. But if all I could eat was people, that would get really annoying!"
Norman: "It's a big world, Neil. I bet there's lots of flavors of people."
Neil: "Huh? I wonder what flavor of people I am."

Oh Neil, your deeps thoughts are entertaining, if nothing else, especially when they ponder the important things in life, such as how boring it would be to only eat people, like zombies.
Let's Do It Together

Neil: "Norman, wait up!"
Norman: "I like to be alone."
Neil: "So do I!" Let's do it together!"

Just like at home, Norman is quite understood at school and accordingly is quite a loner. He does have one friend though, Neil, who likes to join Norman so they can be alone together, however that works.
Bub

Neil: "So is it true?"
Norman: "What?"
Neil: "Do you see ghosts like everywhere, all the time?"
Norman: "Uh, yeah"
Neil: "Awesome! Do you think you can see my dog, Bub? He was ran over by an animal rescue van. Tragic and ironic. We buried him in the yard. Could you see him?"
Norman: "Maybe"
Neil: "Sweet! Come on!"
Mitch: "Neil, is that you?"
Neil: "Hey Mitch, we're gonna go play with the dead dog in the garden and we're not even gonna have to dig him up first!"
Mitch: "What? What'd you say? Neil, isn't he that weird kid, you know 'look at me, talking to ghosts so people will pay attention to me.'"
Neil: "Can you stop doing that? It's kind of stupid."
Mitch: "Now listen to me. You don't need to be hanging out with weird people, OK? That's a tip."
Neil: "Don't blow this for me, Mitch. This one's not weird. He talks to dead people... He's around here somewhere. So, does everyone come back as a ghost?"
Norman: "No, my grandma told me it's usually people who still have stuff to figure out or sometimes it's ones who died suddenly or in a bad way. Bub?"
Neil: "Is he there? How's he look?"
Norman: "Uh, good. He's happy to see you."
Neil: (to a ghost dog) "Who's a good boy, huh? Oh good boy! Can he feel if I pet him?"
Norman: "Yeah, I guess"
Neil: (kisses the dog) "Bubby wubby boo"
Norman: "Uh, that is not his chin."

At the request of buddy Neil, Norman makes contact with Neil's dog who died tragically. Unbeknownst to Neil however, Norman failed to warn Neil that the area he was kissing was his rear.
Meet the Babcocks

Perry: "Can't you be like other kids your age?"
Norman: "I thought you said kids my age were too busy shoplifting and joyriding."
...
Perry: "He's probably up there fiddling with his Ouija or his orb."
Sandra: "Perry!"
Courtney: "You are such a loser!"

The Babcock family is just another ordinary family with mom Sandra, dad Perry, sister Courtney and Norman. Norman however is far from ordinary and perceived as weird, but really he has special gifts that let him seen and talk to ghosts.
That Zombie Bit

Courtney: "I just knew something like this was going to happen tonight."
Mitch: "You did? Wow, cause that zombie bit really threw me."

Acting as her typical know-it-all self, Norman's sister Courtney boasts of her premonition of something bad happening after the group of kids encounter zombies. Mitch, Neil's dumb jock brother, on the other hand appears completely clueless, as per usual.
Nothing Wrong With Being Scared

Grandma: "There's nothing wrong with being scared, Norman, as long as you don't let it change who you are."

Faced with a difficult and scary burden on his shoulder of saving the town from the witch's curse, Norman asks his grandmother for advice. Grandma, who is a ghost herself, gives Norman some words of wisdom to help him along the way.

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Tue, 07 Aug 2012 04:36:16 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/paranorman-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[The Best Dr. Seuss Books]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-dr-seuss-books/dad-of-the-year
What are the best Dr. Seuss books? Every book written by the brilliant Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) is a wonderful book. Seuss penned, and illustrated, many of the greatest children's books of all time. They are excellent books to read to your kids, too. Everyone, it seems, has at least one favorite. What is yours? Vote for the Dr. Seuss books you like the most, and feel free to re-rank this list in any order you choose.

At what age do kids begin reading Dr. Seuss books? Many parents start reading Seuss books to their children before the kiddos even know how to read. The books are whimsical, lyrical and a truly wonderful way to introduce kids to the magic of reading, after all. Dr. Seuss's nursery collection books are some of the best board books for babies and toddlers.

As kids learn to read, they'll likely love tackling some "grown up" hardcover Dr. Seuss books. They might already be familiar with the stories, and they'll love the familiarity. Dr. Seuss's greatest books, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and certainly Horton Hears a Who! are all worth revisiting, time and time again. When is the best time for a child to read Dr. Seuss? Any time. Green Eggs and Ham, for example, is without question an excellent book for first graders, but some younger children might be ready to read it much earlier.

It's really hard to pick favorites when it comes to Dr. Seuss books, but let's give it a try: Vote for the best, vote down any books you don't like and yes, add any that might be missing, too.
The Best Dr. Seuss Books,

Fox in Socks

Green Eggs and Ham

Hop on Pop

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

The Cat in the Hat

The Lorax

The Sneetches and Other Stories

Horton Hears a Who!


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Mon, 29 Apr 2013 05:10:40 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-dr-seuss-books/dad-of-the-year
<![CDATA[The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/saddest-deaths-in-kids-movies/samantha-dillinger
This list of the most tragic and saddest deaths in kids movies will have you tearing up in no time. These traumatizing movie deaths made a whole generation of children sob and spend their adulthoods trying to sort through their feelings.The fact that these movies were aimed at children or teens did not spare the lives of these poor characters: Mufasa, Artax, Littlefoot's Mother, R.I.P.

As a kid, you rarely saw it coming. Even watching some of these movies as adults can still cause grown men to cry. They truly are some of the top tearjerker movies. Who could ever forget poor Simba's face when he realized that Mufasa died? Or the sad scene in My Girl when a young Anna Chlumsky (Vada) cried over the coffin of her best friend, Thomas? The characters on this list can bring you back to these sad scenes in kid's movies.

There are many sad Disney movies, both cartoon and live action. The saddest scenes in children's movies were either caused by the death of characters that you, as the audience, had grown to love (like Dumbledore) or that other people in the movie loved. For example, the death of Ellie Fredricksen in Up is one of the saddest movie deaths--not necessarily because people cared about Ellie (she was only briefly in the beginning of the movie) but because people could see how much Carl loved her.

The deaths of these characters made for sad family movies that were loved by kids and adults alike.
The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies,

Professor Albus Dumbledore

Mufasa

Professor Severus Snape
Harry Potter
Dobby the House Elf

Bambi's Mother

Marley

Old Yeller

Thomas J. Sennett

Ellie Fredricksen
Carl Fredrickson's Wife

Little Foot's Mom


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Wed, 22 May 2013 09:30:49 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/saddest-deaths-in-kids-movies/samantha-dillinger
<![CDATA[The 30 Worst Things About Being A Bartender]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/worst-things-about-bartending/casey-cavanagh
If you need a job that brings in some quick cash on a weekly basis, bartending is a great choice. But there are some downsides to being a bartender that can make loving every second of your job nearly impossible. After all, it is not every job that the majority of people you have to deal with are consuming copious amounts of alcohol and, therefore, making clear, concise communication rather difficult. 

While not all nights are bad, there are a number of things that most bartenders, or anyone who has worked in the hospitality industry for that matter, can relate to. If you don't tend bar, it will probably be useful for you to keep these things in mind, so you know how to NOT behave if you want to get on the staff's good side next time you are out on the weekend.

Below are some of the worst things about bartending and bartender horror stories. Which do you hate the most?
The 30 Worst Things About Being A Bartender,

People Taking Forever To Order
Again, if you are the only customer in the bar, then by all means, take however long you need. But one of the worst things about bartending on a busy night is when you finally ask the person who has been flagging you down for four minutes what they want and they respond with "ummmmm......" as they rub their chin and take inventory of the bar.
Dealing With Incoherent People
No matter what your profession is, you are bound to deal with an unhappy customer from time to time. It is just a part of life. But these unhappy customers are a lot harder to deal with when they are eight drinks deep.
People Snapping At You/Waving Money
I know how to do my job. I see you standing there, and I know you have been patiently waiting for a few minutes, but snapping at me like I am an animal or waving money at me like you are the only one in here willing to pay for your drinks isn't going to entice me to get to you any sooner.
Trying To Reason With Sloppy People
One of the worst things about bartending is that you, obviously, have to deal with a lot of intoxicated people. This job would be a lot easier if people knew their limits.
Friends Expecting Free Drinks
Of course it's okay to slip them a beer here and there. But for them to expect you to do it on a regular basis is pretty unfair. Your boss wasn't born yesterday. And, even if he or she was oblivious to your generous ways, you're there to make money!
People Sending Drinks Back
If your drink is absolutely disgusting, of course you should send it back. But that doesn't make it any less annoying for the bartender who is trying to tend to 30 thirsty adults and doesn't necessarily have time for your sophisticated pallet. 
Not Having Payment Ready
This is usually the same person who flags you down for five minutes then doesn't have their order ready once you get to them.
People Questioning Your Knowledge On Drinks
One of the worst things about being a bartender is how condescending people seem to get around you. I am sure you know how to make a Manhattan, however, I am almost positive I have made many more than you. 
People Reaching Over The Bar To Get Something
This is not a free for all! I don't come into your office and help myself to your paperclips, do I?!
People Trying To Stay After Last Call
While it is great that your customers are having SO much fun enjoying the BEST NIGHT EVER, all good things must come to an end. And you have been working for 12 straight hours and really need them to leave so you can close the bar and go to bed.

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Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:19:07 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/worst-things-about-bartending/casey-cavanagh
<![CDATA[What to Do with Instant Financial Wealth?]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/crowdranked-list/what-to-do-with-instant-financial-wealth-
If you won the Lottery what would you do? If you suddenly became rich, what would be the very first thing you would do with all of your new money? These are questions a lot of us probably ask ourselves. These aren't issues for the richest people in the world, but for us common-folk... we can dream, can't we? Of course we can. We're allowed to dream about paying off all of our debts. Buy a big new house. Maybe buying our parents a new house. Maybe investing our newfound wealth and helping families in need.

Anyway this is a list about what you think you would do if you won the lottery or if you out of nowhere became super wealthy. 

Don't see what you would do with all that cold hard cash on the list? add it! And while you're at it vote up your favorite things on the list (the things you'd be most likely to do if you were rich).
What to Do with Instant Financial Wealth?,

Purchase a New Car

Quit Your Job

Invest Most of It

Purchase a New House

Give to Charity

Look out for Loved Ones

Create Trust Funds

Pay Debts Off

Contact a Financial Manager

Travel, Travel, Travel


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<![CDATA[The Most Unexpectectly Useful Life Advice from Louis CK]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/louis-ck-life-advice-quotes/lisa-waugh

Comedy's favorite misanthropic redhead always has the best advice. Whether he's joking about being a parent, going on dates, or paying the bills, Louis CK always delivers. His advice is blunt. It’s true. It’s real. But Louis CK smart quotes are always filled with cursing and explicit situations, so be prepared for some inappropriate jokes and profanity. 

Louis CK smart quotes address everything from the miracle of technology, to how cellphones and TV are killing the empathy in children. We can relate to Louis CK life advice because unlike many other celebrities, we've actually seen him fail. He isn't some kind of god that we put up on a pedestal. He's a real human being, and we've seen all of his highs and lows through his comedy specials. We’ve seen him parent and not parent. We've seen him fail and succeed. We've even seen him crash and burn on dates, only to rise from the ashes of his misfortune at his next show at the Comedy Cellar. 

Anyone who strictly follows Louis CK's wisdom knows that you should never complain about being bored, or whine that you don't know how to tell your kids about gay marriage. If you said either of those things in his presence, you'd get a face full of ginger-haired fury.
 

Vote up the best gems of Louis CK life advice, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section! 

 


The Most Unexpectectly Useful Life Advice from Louis CK,

Sometimes, There Are No Repercussions for Being Selfish
When Louis discovers that he can get away with not returning a rental car properly, he wonders what other things he could get away with. 
Your Phone Doesn’t Suck
“People say, My phone sucks.’ No, it doesn’t! The sh-ttiest cellphone in the world is a miracle.” Next time you experience a delay in that cat video your roommate found on YouTube, just think: what would Louis say?
Let Your Kid Be an Example to Other Kids
Louis CK thinks that the cellphone puts a barrier between kids when it comes to saying mean things. It's so much easier to bully someone from behind a text message than it is to be a jerk in person. He feels that it’s important for a kid to experience the results of his or her own awfulness face-to-face. It builds empathy. 
Being a Jerk Isn't Generational; It's Circumstantial
“The Greatest Generation gets too much credit. Those World War II guys, if they had all the sh-t we have today, they'd be a--holes too. It's just circumstantial. It's what you're called on to do that makes you great. We haven't been called on to do anything but buy sh-t and get fat.”
"I'm Bored" Is the Worst Thing Anyone Can Say
“I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless, it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.’”
Little Kids Suck at Hide and Seek
Louis CK over his kids, but sometimes, you just have to admit when your children kind of suck at things. Even though his two daughters are the offspring of a famous comedian, they still really suck at hide and seek. 
Be Satisfied with What You Have
“It seems like the better it gets, the more miserable people become. There’s never a technological advancement where people think, ‘Wow, we can finally do this!’ And I think a lot of it has to do with advertising. Americans have it constantly drilled into our heads, every f--king day, that we deserve everything to be perfect all the time.” 
We Overuse Certain Words
“As humans, we waste the sh-t out of our words. It’s sad. We use words like “awesome” and “wonderful” like they’re candy. It was awesome? Really? It inspired awe? It was wonderful? Are you serious? It was full of wonder? You use the word “amazing” to describe a goddamn sandwich at Wendy’s. What’s going to happen on your wedding day, or when your first child is born? How will you describe it? You already wasted “amazing” on a f--king sandwich.” 

Be Intolerant of Intolerant People
On gay marriage, Louis CK says, “It doesn’t have any effect on your life. What do you care?! People try to talk about it like it’s a social issue. Like when you see someone stand up on a talk show and say, ‘How am I supposed to explain to my children that two men are getting married?" …I dunno. It’s your sh-tty kid. You f--kin’ tell ‘em. Why is that anyone else’s problem? Two guys are in love and they can’t get married because you don’t want to talk to your ugly child for five f--kin’ minutes?” 
People Need to Stop Wasting Their Lives
Louis CK constantly warns us about the dangers of wasting too much time doing useless stupid things. For example, he doesn't believe in spending a lot of time on the Internet.

He says, “I killed my Facebook page years ago because the time clicking around is just dead time. Your brain isn’t resting and it isn’t doing anything.”


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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:01:31 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/louis-ck-life-advice-quotes/lisa-waugh
<![CDATA[10 Sure Signs That a Shy Guy Is Crushing on You]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/signs-a-shy-guy-likes-you/michael-grimes
Sometimes reading a shy dude can be like trying to read through the lines of a strangely-worded text message that may or may not be exactly what the texter means or the *complete opposite*. That analogy got away from me - what I really mean is that knowing how the shy dude in your life feels about you can be pretty tough. So we've compiled this list - signs your shy guy might actually be into you. 
10 Sure Signs That a Shy Guy Is Crushing on You,

You're one of the only people who makes him laugh
A shy guy might have trouble talking to you, but if he likes you,  you're one of the few people who's able to make him crack up (which is maybe one of the reasons he likes you in the first place).
He lights up when he sees you (and doesn't with anyone else)
Shy guys have a tendency to look timid - even despondent at times. But when an introverted dude perks up at the sight of you, maybe treat it as an insight into the way he feels. He might even immediately try to cover it up, but unhindered enthusiasm at the sight of you (and not that many other people) is a pretty clear indicator that shy guy's into you. 
He doesn't forget the stuff you tell him
If he has a crush on you, a shy guy will remember way more than you expect him to, about you. Because he likes you! You stick out to him.


Even if he has trouble carrying on a conversation, he'll try to say hi to you
Shy dudes might not be expert conversationalists, but if they like you, they'll go out of their way to at least say hello (and it will be sort of awkward). 


You notice his ambivalence
A shy guy will have a sort of "push-pull" dynamic with his body where he simultaneously will lean toward you but also frequently back away. This is a natural response to anxiety, which a timid guy might have more on than the average guy - especially if he's attracted to you on a physical and emotional level.
His lines seem rehearsed
Sometimes shy dudes sound weird because they're just really self-aware, and near-constantly monitoring how they're sounding (which, ironically, can make them sound a little weird). Chill, give them a break, and take note - maybe they're waiting for you to make the first move. 
His friends start vaguely and teasingly alluding to it
If shy guy's vibes are mysterious and inscrutable like shy guy himself, pay attention to how his friends act. Shy guy's friends will know much more about how he feels about you. 
You hear that he's asked questions about you
If your friends start saying that he's been asking about you, it's a no brainer. He likes you.
He struggles to make eye contact
Eyes are the window to the soul, which is part of why eye contact makes people feel so vulnerable. Shy dudes especially don't want you to see right through them with your eye contact. He also (obviously) doesn't want his eyes to betray his feelings for you. 
He starts dressing different
Shy dude can be louder with his clothing than with his actual voice. Pay attention.

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Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:52:22 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/signs-a-shy-guy-likes-you/michael-grimes
<![CDATA[Weird Pregnancy Cakes You've Got to See to Believe]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/weird-pregnancy-cakes/ashley-reign
Ah, the joys of motherhood: the cool baby gifts, the shameless eating, the joy of watching your child grow up. And it all starts with a party. Baby showers are the perfect time to break out the sugar and indulge in a little (or a lot) of cake. And just like any themed party, baby showers often include a pregnancy-themed cake! Sounds sweet, right? Wrong! This collection of the grossest pregnancy cakes ever will quickly prove that no baby belly should ever be rendered out of flour and sugar.  Not only will they make you lose your appetite, these weird baby shower cakes break the laws of common decency simply by existing.

To put it mildly, these creepy baby cakes are not for the faint of heart, the easily offended, or even the actually pregnant. Here you’ll find weird pregnancy cakes so strange that you may reconsider having kids - or at least throwing a party before they're born. Whether these cakes were the work of subconsciously bitter single friends, or the result of some insanely hormonal mom’s taste makes no difference. They're all bad. Really bad. Nine-months-pregnant-in-the-heat-of-summer bad.

So whether you’re looking to really piss off a pregnant woman near you or need a little cheering up due to your own childless state, these terrifying pastries will leave you feeling a bit better about life, if for no other reason than that you don’t have to consume them.

Weird Pregnancy Cakes You've Got to See to Believe,

At Least This One Knows It's Creepy

Nothing Says "Tasty" Like the Sight of a C-Section

Uh Oh

If Men Threw Baby Showers

There's Got to Be a More Appetizing Way to Say "It's Twins!"

"Let's Capture the Wondrous Magic of After Birth," Said No One Ever

Who Says Only Dads Get to Be Haunted by Disturbing Birth Images for Life?

You'll Never See a Cabbage Patch Doll the Same Way Again

Wrong on TOO Many Levels

If Fetuses Participated in Throwback Thursday


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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:38:10 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/weird-pregnancy-cakes/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[Celebrity Pregnancies 2013]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/celebrity-pregnancies-2013/celebrity-events
Celebrity pregnancies 2013 is a list that chronicles all of the biggest, hottest celebrities who are expecting little ones during the year. Whether it's famous film actresses, television actresses or music stars, this list keeps careful track of who is expecting a bundle of joy in 2013. And yes, there will always be a Hollywood baby boom. It's just a given. Who do you think will be knocked up in 2013? Any predictions?

If last year was any indication, more and more famous celebs will get pregnant or announce pregnancies in 2013. Seriously, just look at the list of celebrity pregnancies in 2012. Every year brings new announcements about babies due to the rich and famous. Sometimes it seems like these little fetuses are more famous than most, even before they are born. And, once they are born, they wind up as superstars on our list of celebrity babies.

2013 started with a bang, with tabloid headlines around the world touting Kim Kardashian's pregnancy. Kim K.'s boyfriend and baby daddy, Kanye West, actually made the big announcement in Atlantic City right before the new year. Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl, North West (honest, that's her name) on June 15, 2013.

Yes, 2013 promises to be another epic year of celebrity pregnancies and babies. From Kim Kardashian to Kate Middleton, it's ON!
Celebrity Pregnancies 2013,

Drew Barrymore
Reports in early-November of 2013 said actress Drew Barrymore was indeed pregnant with her second child. Barrymore sported a noticeable baby bump at the LACMA Art+Film Gala in Los Angeles on November 2. Though she hadn't confirmed the happy news, numerous outlets said Barrymore and her husband, Will Kopelman, were indeed expecting their second baby. Their daughter, Olive, is 13 months old.
Emily Blunt
Pam and Jim from 'The Office' are expecting! Actress Emily Blunt and her husband, actor John Krasinski, who starred together on the NBC comedy show, were expecting their first child in 2013. News about Blunt's pregnancy broke in early September of 2013; a rep for the actress said at the time that the baby was due "in just a few months." Blunt and Krasinski started dating in 2008 and got married in July of 2010.
Ginnifer Goodwin
Actress Ginnifer Goodwin announced in November of 2013 that she and her fiance, actor Josh Dallas, were expecting their first child. Goodwin and Dallas co-star on the hit ABC show 'Once Upon a Time.' As for the due date, "Snow White" and "Prince Charming" were keeping that a secret.
Kelly Clarkson
The singer, 33, announced on Tuesday that she’s pregnant with her first child. “I'm pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever :),” Clarkson tweeted on Tuesday, Nov 19. She and Brandon Blackstone, who manages country singer Blake Shelton, were married in September.
Kendra Wilkinson
Reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson and her husband, NFL player Hank Baskett, are expecting their second child. Wilkinson made the announcement via her Twitter account on October 31, tweeting a photo of a positive pregnancy test. As for a due date, that's not known - but at the time of the happy announcement, Wilkinson said she was still in her first trimester.

Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett, who star in the reality show "Kendra on Top," have a three year old son, Hank Randall IV.

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington and her husband, NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha, are expecting their first child. According to reports, the 'Scandal' actress is "due in late spring." Washington and Asomugha were married in June of 2013, in a wedding that seemed to take everyone by surprise (some didn't even know the couple were dating).

A source tells People magazine that the 36-year-old Washington and her 31-year-old husband, a cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers, are "ecstatic" about the news.

Kristin Cavallari
Kristin Cavallari and her husband, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, are expecting their second child. Cavallari, who gave birth to the couple's first child, baby boy Camden Jack, in August of 2012, posted the happy news on Instagram, thanking her fans for the support and adding that she and Cutler "are so excited for Camden to be a big brother!"Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler married in June of 2013, in a Nashville-area wedding.
Olivia Wilde
A rep for actress Olivia Wilde confirmed her pregnancy in November of 2013. Wilde got engaged to her boyfriend, actor and SNL star Jason Sudeikis, in January of 2013. The couple met on the Saturday Night Live set in 2011. People magazine quotes a source "close to both" as saying that Wilde and Sudeikis are "incredibly happy" and "excited to welcome a new member into their family." There was no immediate word on Wilde's due date.
Jessie James
Singer Jessie James and her husband, Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker, are expecting a baby. The couple, who married in June of 2013, shared the happy news first with E! This makes sense, because James and Decker star on the E! reality show Eric & Jessie: Game On. In an interview, an elated Jessie James confirmed the couple are expecting a baby girl in March of 2014. She says they've even picked a name, but added, "we're not ready to share that yet."
Jennifer Farley
'Jersey Shore' star Jenni 'JWoww' Farley and her fiance, Roger Matthews, were expecting their first child in 2014. The couple made the big announcement that JWoww was pregnant on Farley's blog on Christmas Day, 2013, saying, “We are so excited to share this new chapter of our lives with you as we become parents and create more memories with a new addition to our family!" JWoww is reportedly due in July 2014. Matthews and Farley got engaged in September of 2012, during a skydiving session.

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Fri, 04 Jan 2013 03:57:21 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/celebrity-pregnancies-2013/celebrity-events
<![CDATA[The Best Countries to Travel Alone]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-countries-to-travel-alone/ranker-travel
Many travelers believe that the best way to experience another country is to explore it alone. These is a list of good countries to travel alone, ranked best to worst. Solo travel allows you to really take in the culture and beauty of a country without the influence of a companion to help shape your experience. When traveling alone you are able to be completely self-indulgent. If you want to spend all day getting lost in a museum you can do it.

Which country is the best to travel alone? That depends on your vacation priorities. If you would like to take in great museums and intricate architecture or just sit at a cafe all day sipping on cappuccinos, France would be a great option. The Louvre would be a wonderful museum to explore on your own. You can take your time to fully appreciate each work of art without worrying about someone else's timeline.

Australia is another great country to travel alone. You can spend all day learning to surf while enjoying the beach or you can explore the Australian wilderness with a hike through Tasmania. Japan is also a wonderful place to explore by yourself. The nation scores very high on the Global Peace Index ensuring that travelers will feel safe and welcome in this beautiful country.

Vote on this list of the best countries to travel alone and share your opinions with solo travelers in the comments section.
The Best Countries to Travel Alone,

Australia

Austria

Finland

Germany

Greece

Italy

Netherlands

Scotland

Slovakia

Spain


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:39:03 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-countries-to-travel-alone/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/worst-ways-to-break-up-with-someone/samantha-dillinger
When relationships don't work out, things can get ugly. Most people try to end relationships amicably, but what are some of the worst ways to break up with someone? This is a list of the most terrible ways to break up with your significant other. If you're planning a breakup, do your soon to be ex a favor and don't do it one of these ways.

Remember that just because you're ending a relationship doesn't mean that you won't have to see this person again. Chances are you have mutual friends and your future ex probably knows your family members. If you choose to end the relationship, remember that words can cut deep and what you say will be remembered for a long time. In fact, it can ruin your chances of having another successful relationship, and it can also hurt your ex so much that they'll find it hard to move on.
 
Honesty is often the best policy when you're breaking up with someone, but also remember to choose your words and timing wisely. If you want an end to a relationship, use this list of worst ways to dump someone to learn what not to do. There's no easy way to end a relationship, but these ways are truly the worst.

Cast your votes below for the worst ways to end a relationship.
The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone,

After Sex

By Letting Everyone Else Know First

By Finding Out You're Dating Someone Else

By Hurting Them On Purpose

Falling for Their Sibling

At Your Wedding

As You Get Caught Cheating

Via Text Message

In Front of a Group

When She's Pregnant


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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:38:59 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/worst-ways-to-break-up-with-someone/samantha-dillinger
<![CDATA[15 Things You Can Do Instead of Checking Your Facebook Again]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/things-you-can-do-instead-of-checking-your-facebook-again/lauren-slocum

Has Facebook become your latest and greatest addiction? Are you looking for some advice on how to be productive? Do you find yourself checking and rechecking for status updates and comment approvals several times a day? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a problem, and it may be time to quit your Facebook addiction.
 

But rest assured! You’re not the only one. On January 1st, 2014, Statisticbrain.com reported that 640,000,000 minutes per month are spent on Facebook. (And it takes the moon roughly 38,800 minutes to rotate around the Earth, so... you do the math). What we’re trying to say is, just because over 1 billion people spend their days spying on pregnancy timelines, bros at festivals, and “hot chicks” taking selfies on the freeway, it doesn’t mean you have to, too.


But why the obsession with Facebook? How has everyone gotten so accustomed to the routine? Facebook allows us to think we are making real connections with real people (our “Friends”) and every time someone acknowledges our latest Facebook activity, we feel this arbitrary boost of self-worth and ego. But in truth, when abused and overused, Facebook drives a wedge through the areas of our lives that are truly meaningful; o
ral communication, physical interaction, cognitive development and deep, articulative thoughts are all cast to the wayside when we obsessively log into our Facebook accounts.


So instead of wasting time on something intangible and unimportant, like Facebook, waste time on some of things we suggest on this list. You’ll feel accomplished, you’ll probably learn something along the way, and who knows, you may even be forced to have a face-to-face conversation with a real person.

15 Things You Can Do Instead of Checking Your Facebook Again,

Read a book
Pick up an old book you never finished or a new and untouched text. Even if you only have 20 minutes to spend, reading works as a source of entertainment and a great brain exercise. And it’ll give your eyes some relief from staring at that computer screen.
Get Crafty

You could paint, draw, learn an instrument, build a shelf. Try going into an antique store and some craft or hardware stores for inspiration. There are all types of projects out there and with a little effort and research, you can find something appropriate for your budget, your surroundings, and your timeframe. Have fun with it! Crafts are cool.



Watch a Movie

You can head to the local theatre and watch a recent flick or you can watch old classics from the comfort of your own couch. No matter what type of movie you choose to watch, you’ll be retaining information, following a storyline, and ultimately THINKING. Stories provoke thought, Facebook does not.



Exercise

Studies have shown that 30 minutes of cardio provides as much energy as a cup of coffee. Riding a bike, taking a long walk, or attending a fitness class are all great ways to clear your head and get your heart pumping, both of which are crucial aspects of our mental health. And since mental health is directly related to physical health, why not kill two birds with one stone?



Research Hobbies/Interests Online

There are tons of sites you have access to that feature intelligent, stimulating, and inspirational articles that will provoke thought and teach you something! Between Reddit, TreeHugger, Hacker News, Catalyst.org, Tiny Mix Tapes, and so much more, you’ll be able to find articles that suit your passions and interests.



Cook
Go as simple or complex as you wish... whether it be a quesadilla with some homemade guacamole or a plate of homemade spinach raviolis, cooking is a therapeutic (and rewarding) experience.
Call a Friend or Family Member

Facebook is an excuse for people to never actually have to talk to another person. Liking a comment on your aunt’s Facebook page is an arbitrary way of communicating. Pick up the phone and call the people you haven’t spoken to in a while. It doesn’t have to be a two hour conversation to catch up and feel good about the effort you made.



Clean/Organize Your Stuff

While we don’t recommend spending your personal time worrying over the appearance of your home, cleaning, rearranging, and getting rid of old, unwanted items can be a cleansing and healing experience. The space we live in directly affects our mood, so take some time to create an open, enjoyable environment for yourself.



Sit Outside

When’s the last time you went outside just to sit? Sitting outside without distractions from your cell phone, TV, or the Internet, is a great way to clear your thoughts and center yourself. Your mind might race about the day’s events at first, but give it a few minutes and we bet you’ll head back to the couch feeling calmer and more refreshed than before.



Go for a Walk

Get to know your neighborhood and get your heart pumping a little faster by taking a stroll around the neighborhood. Walking burns fat and calories, but it’s also been linked to stress-relief. And guess what? Facebook doesn’t burn fat, it doesn’t burn calories, and it’s actually been linked to stress and depression in teenagers.




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Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:47:41 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/things-you-can-do-instead-of-checking-your-facebook-again/lauren-slocum
<![CDATA[The Weirdest Niche Dating Sites]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/weirdest-dating-sites/jacob-shelton
Whether or not you want to admit it, you have at least one online dating profile right now, and if you’re reading this, it’s probably not going well. Even if you can meet someone on catch-all dating sites like OKCupid or Tinder, there’s no guarantee that you’re actually going to be compatible with the creep you meet online. That’s why you’ve got to go deeper into the Internet to find your soul mate. Put on your e-glasses and check out some of the weirdest dating sites online. And before you ask, yes, they’re full of sexy singles that want to meet you.

We don’t know who said "opposites attract," but that’s usually just when you’re talking about magnets. In the dating world, meeting an opposite is a complete drag. Especially if whatever you’re into isn’t considered "normal," or "sanitary." If you live your life on the fringes of society, finding love can be a Sisyphean task. That’s why you need to dive deep into the dark underbelly of the web and find someone who wants to talk about horses with you until the sun comes up. If you find your main squeeze through this list of the weirdest niche dating sites, please don’t invite us to the wedding.

Vote on the niche dating site that you think is the weirdest, and if you know of other hookup sites that are way too specific, tell us about them in the comments.
The Weirdest Niche Dating Sites,

Farmers Only
If after a long day plowin' the fields for cows, you just want to come home to a little lady who likes a man who's basically one big sweat gland, then you should take a break from repainting your tractor to log onto farmersonly.com.
Witch Dating
Have you been searching for someone who's an Anton LaVey in the streets but an Aleister Crowley in the sheets? Well, whether you're a practitioner of chaos magick, or you prefer the Left-Hand Path, there's someone for you on this site for witchy singles
Awake Dating
Awake Dating is the only place for you to find love when you know that there are lizard people living inside a hologram moon. If you need someone to snuggle with on those long nights while you're researching the El Dulce Air Force Base, this is the site that will warm your tinfoil-hatted heart. 
Pounced
Pounced, a dating site for furries, is not only one of the most niche of niche dating sites, it's also very creepy nightmarish cool if you're into that sort of thing.  
Sea Captain Date
Do you love feeling the unceasing movement of the ocean underneath your feet at all times? Do you often stare at lighthouses and sigh? Do you like guys who can pull of a captain's hat? Then you're going to love Sea Captain Date
Trek Passions
Look, nerds, at some point you just have to accept that if you want to meet someone with similar nerdy interests, be it Star Trek or all things Robert Heinlein, you're going to have to find them on the Internet. That's where Trekpassions comes in. What are you waiting for? Put on your Vulcan ears, take a selfie, then log on and prosper. 
Dead Meet

Dead Meet is a dating site for gravediggers, morticians, funeral directors, forensics investigators, autopsy specialists, and anyone else who works with death - yes, even taxidermists. The group was started by mortician Carla Valentine after she found out that a lot of "regular" dates were creeped out by what she does for a living.


My 420 Mate
Hey duuuuuuuudes, if you couldn't immediately tell, My 420 Mate is for stoners, Cheech and Chong fans, and single folks who looOoOOOOoOOOoOOoOoove talking about weed. We're not sure if you need a prescription to access the site.  
Diaper Mates
We're 99% sure that if you're a diaper person you already know about Diapermates. But on the off chance that you're clomping around your apartment in a diaper wishing you had a mommy to change you (ugh, sorry for typing that), then use your widdle fingers to log onto your new favorite site. 
Meet-An-Inmate
Everyone knows that the best thing about long-distance relationships is getting to write letters that a government official is going to open, edit, and then reseal before delivering to your lover. Meet-An-Inmate gives you the chance to meet criminals of all kinds in order to live your dream of receiving a personalized prison Polaroid. 

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Wed, 11 May 2016 04:10:20 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/weirdest-dating-sites/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[You Quit Your Job: What Song Do You Play as You Leave?]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-job-quitting-songs/jacob-shelton
It doesn’t matter who you are, from the president to the guy who makes venti white mochas, everyone in the world has fantasized about quitting a job that they totally hate while listening to one of their favorite pump up songs. Stomping out of your job jamming pump up music is the number one fantasy of countless members of the workforce, and everyone should get to do it once in their life. It doesn’t matter if you like hip-hop, metal, country, or pop there are plenty of feel-good songs to facilitate you leaving your old life behind. So what song do you play when you quit your job?

The best quit your job songs are the tunes that pump you up while making you forget that you’ve lost your main source of income. They’re fist in the air, sing along anthems, that aren’t just good pump up songs, they’re the perfect tracks to expedite your transition into a new life of hanging out on the couch and eating cereal for lunch. Unless you’ve got a new job lined up, in which case bully for you. The songs on this list are the perfect tunes for stealing your office printer and partying your way out of the office.

Vote up the songs that you want playing as your march out of your lame job with your head held high. If the tune you want playing while you bail on your low-life boss isn’t on this list, feel free to add it.
You Quit Your Job: What Song Do You Play as You Leave?,

Here I Go Again
"Going down the only roooooaaad I've ever known" 
Sabotage
"So listen up 'cause you can't say nothin'. You'll shut me down with a push of your button? But yo I'm out and I'm gone. I'll tell you now I keep it on and on."
Freedom

School's Out
"School's out for summer, School's out forever"
Won't Get Fooled Again
"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss"
These Boots Are Made for Walkin'
"These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you."
Never Going Back Again
"You don't know what it means to win"
We're Not Gonna Take It
"We're not gonna take it, No, we ain't gonna take it, We're not gonna take it anymore"
I've Had It
"I can’t go to work, the boss is a jerk."
Take This Job and Shove It
"Take this job and shove it."

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:34:00 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-job-quitting-songs/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[6 Ways To Avoid Looking Like A Turnip While Dining Out]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/6-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-turnip-while-dining-out/levon-p
Yes, there really is such a thing as right and wrong. If dining out is ever to become "the new black," then it should be said that nothing is more crucial than making sure all shades being worn are matching. There’s no point in looking like a pot of gold and then acting like a turnip. Here’s a list of ways to avoiding looking like a turnip while dining out.
6 Ways To Avoid Looking Like A Turnip While Dining Out,

Shut It Again
Open your mouth, shovel the food in then shut it. Now chew. Keep your food in your own mouth and off your companion’s shirt, plate and glasses. If there's one easy way to say, "I hate you and I wanna make sure we never see each other again," without actually saying so much as one word, it can be done by chewing with your mouth open. The sound of lame saliva sloshing around with each lip-smacking bite coupled with random pieces of meat and veggies and who-knows-what-else flying out of your face hole and landing on your companion is a sure-fire recipe for loneliness. Shut it!
Shut It
No one really cares what you have to say. Probably not even the person you're sharing your table with. Low speaking volumes tend to emote a vibe of not only kindness, but also decency. If you really think the person two tables away needs to hear the story of your boil getting lanced, then walk over there and tell it to them directly...but don't assume they want to hear it from across the room while shoving delicious dumplings in to their mouth holes.
If You're Rad, Skip the Coke
It seems that so many rad people die by way of mixing cocaine and restaurants. John Belushi. Phil Hartman – okay, his wife was the coker that night, but she HAD been at a restaurant that night. The names can go on for days. Skip the coke and don't end up face-first in your bowl of soup. The restaurant and its patrons will appreciate it.
Stick Around 'Til The End
Those morons who suddenly "have to take a leak real bad" right after the server asks, "Will there be anything else, this evening?," deserve to have their parts re-piped to a manner such that every time they whiz, they whiz on their own faces. Don’t ever leave your table right before your bill comes, even if it is the case that someone else is treating you. It makes you look like the schiester that you actually are.
Check Your Account Balances
Know what you can eat. If you have $20 to spend on your Platinum Gold Titanium Suicide card, then don’t order more than $12 of food and drinks. You’re going to need some extra wiggle room to tip your server. So many people skimp on their tips. Truth is, your server is more than likely getting paid a far smaller wage than you think. Do you REALLY want to eat at a place where the person serving you is too broke to buy some antibiotic cream to smear on that infected cut they got on their finger last week? "What goes around, comes around," couldn’t be more accurately applied. Budget!
Respect The Culture
Don't go to a Moroccan restaurant then complain about sitting on the floor. You're in a little slice of Morocco, so do things their way. Don't go to an Indian restaurant and say, "Jeez, spice much?! I think I need to ACHOO this food." You'll look like an idiot, not a comic-genius. If you want a burger, go to a burger place. If you want a taco, go to a taco place. If you want Moroccan food, shut up and sit on the floor!

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Tue, 18 May 2010 09:43:16 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/6-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-turnip-while-dining-out/levon-p
<![CDATA[The Best Overall Books for Kids]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-overall-books-for-kids
The best overall books for children, ranked by readers of all ages. Anyone can vote on this kids' book list, which makes these rankings a trustworthy way to find out which books your kids will love. Is a title missing? You can also add your own books to this list, and see how your taste stacks up against everyone else's. No matter if your kids are 9 year old budding lit experts, 5 year-olds just beginning to read on their own, or pre-schoolers still having you read aloud -- these are the books you remember and hope your own kids will.

For children in pre-school or younger, check out this list of the best books for toddlers.
The Best Overall Books for Kids,

Are You My Mother?

Goodnight Moon

Green Eggs and Ham

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

The Cat in the Hat

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lorax

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Where the Wild Things Are

Charlotte's Web


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Sun, 13 Mar 2011 16:43:52 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-overall-books-for-kids
<![CDATA[The Best Pregnancy Movies]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-best-pregnancy-movies/all-genre-movies-lists
A list of the best pregnancy movies. These are the absolute best pregnancy films, but if you believe we've missed one then please feel free to add it to the list yourself. Pregnancy is a dramatic time in anyone's life. Before the time comes, first-time parents can try but still never know what it will be like to be pregnant. Movies capitalize on this by emphasizing all of the wacky and dramatic things that can happen during a pregnancy. Hey, it's entertaining, right? Since movies love drama, it's inevitable that lots of great films feature women who are preggers. Every genre has been included, but most of these films are comedies, with a few dramas. If you're expecting, going to be pregnant, or have been pregnant, then you'll probably find something to empathize with in the films on this list.
The Best Pregnancy Movies,

Baby Mama
Released: 2008
Father of the Bride Part II

For Keeps

Juno
Released: 2008
Knocked Up
Released: 2007
Nine Months
Released: 1995
Riding in Cars with Boys

Waitress
Released: 2007
Where the Heart Is
Released: 2000
What to Expect When You're Expecting


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Tue, 20 Sep 2011 05:44:14 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-best-pregnancy-movies/all-genre-movies-lists
<![CDATA[The Best Date Movies]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-date-movies/ranker-film
What are the best date movies? That's a tricky question, because you've got your first date movies and your second date movies...and so on. This list of top films for date night includes a wide variety of different kinds of films that will hopefully make for an excellent evening of snuggling and discussion. Many of these films are some of the best romantic comedies of all time. These are the movies you really can't go wrong watching on date night. Vote up your favorites, vote down any you had to suffer through on bad dates and of course, rerank this list any way you want. And, if your favorite date night film is missing, add it!

While a list of the best date movies will likely be dominated by romantic comedies ("rom-coms"), this list also includes some great dramas, some classic funny movies and a handful of horror movies, too. Why? Because not everybody likes Hollywood rom-coms. Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. A great date night movie can spur some interesting discussion and, in the case of horror movies, can bring you two much closer - literally.

One caveat with the date night movie choices: Please, unless you are absolutely certain your sweetie loves period movies, do not, repeat, do not make them suffer through long, sweepingly epic films like 'The English Patient.' Yes, the movie is romantic but trust me, stick with the lighter fare. The same goes for other great epic movies like the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. It's fine if your date is a huge fan, but if not? Bad idea. Also, beware the tearjerker movies. You don't want to be sitting there blubbering like a baby in front of a date when Mufasa dies in 'The Lion King,' do you?

If you're really in doubt, go with one of these highly rewatchable movies and/or a selection from this list of the best movies of all time.
The Best Date Movies,

The Notebook

Casablanca

Dirty Dancing

Forrest Gump

Love Actually

Notting Hill

Pretty Woman

Sleepless in Seattle

When Harry Met Sally...

You've Got Mail


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Wed, 29 May 2013 04:02:17 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-date-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The Best Essential Oils for Cleaning Bathrooms]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-essential-oils-for-cleaning-bathrooms/bunny-brinkman
The most popular essential oils for cleaning the bathroom include: lemon, orange, oregano, grapefruit, cinnamon, peppermint, and cedarwood. Aromatherapy is an effective method of successfully clean and disinfect the bathroom.  Aromatherapy can help the roots of dandruff, including dry scalp and flaky, itchy skin. For thousands of years, essential oils have been known to deliver beneficial healing properties to your body. When properly applied or inhaled, they can relieve pain, provide antibacterial protection, and even aid in emotional therapy. So what are the best essential oils to clean a bathroom?    

The best essential oils for cleaning bathrooms can disinfect tile and porcelain, including sinks, toilets, and bathtubs. The healing effects of essential oils are limitless, whether you absorb them through massage, breath them through a diffuser, or inhale them directly from the bottle. The reason essential oils are so effective is because we have 50 million smell receptors in our nasal passageways. These connect directly to our brain’s limbic systems, which are responsible for our emotions and memories. In addition to the medical benefits of aromatherapy, it make us feel better simply because essential oils smell so nice!

This list discusses the most popular essential oils for cleaning the bathroom. If you’ve ever tried one of these before please vote for your favorite ones today!

The Best Essential Oils for Cleaning Bathrooms,

Orange
Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis) Reduces depression; restores endocrine and immune systems to normal levels. There are no known side effects to using orange essential oils. Can be diffused or taken internally.
Basil
Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilcum) is useful as an antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, antiseptic, and decongestant. People with epilepsy, children and pregnant women should avoid using basil. It may also be a skin irritation. It can be ingested if diluted and used in a diffuser.
Cinnamon
Cinnamon Essential Oil (Cinnamomum verum) has the abilities to balance blood sugars, minimize inflammation and combat infection. It is a natural immune system booster, natural antiviral fungal remedy that also combats bacterial infections. There are no known side effects to using cinnamon; however it may be a skin irritant and may irritate the nasal passages is not diluted first. It can be inhaled, taken as a supplement and diffused.
Grapefruit
Grapefruit Essential Oil can be useful for preventing water retention and bloating and can also help dissolve fat; it helps to release fatty acids into the bloodstream where the body breaks them down and uses them for energy. It is also an appetite suppressant. There are no known side effects to using it, but some concerns have been raised about the potential link between using grapefruit and the development of breast cancer. It can be taken internally, inhaled or used in a diffuser.
Oregano
Oregano Essential Oil (Origanum compactum) is useful for abscess, anthrax, asthma, bacterial infection, boils, bronchitis, bursitis, cholera, chronic pain, cold sores, cough, corns, diarrhea, digestive problems, diptheria, dysentery, Epstein Barr, fibroids, flu, food poisoning and fungal skin infection. There are no known side effects to using oregano, but it can be a skin irritation. It can be taken as a supplement or used in a diffuser.
Rosemary
Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) can be useful for aching muscles, arthritis, dandruff, dull skin, exhaustion, gout, hair care, muscle cramping, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism and headaches. It is best to avoid using it while pregnant of if you have epilepsy. It can be taken orally, used topically and in a diffuser.
Lemon
Lemon Essential Oil (Bioflavonoid) Lemon aids in relaxation and can be used for the common cold, Swine Flu, ringing in the ears and kidney stones. It can be taken internally or applied externally in small doses. Lemon is safe in food amounts and may be safe in higher medicinal amounts. The side effects of higher amounts of lemon are not known. Applying lemon directly to the skin may increase the chance of sunburn, especially if you have lighter skin.
Peppermint
Peppermint Essential Oil is useful for irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, morning sickness, cramps, gas, colds, coughs, inflammation of the mouth and throat, sinus and respiratory infections, headache, muscle pain, nerve pain, joint problems and toothache. There are no known side effects to using peppermint oil, but mild skin irritation could be a factor. It can be taken internally, topically and used in a diffuser.
Cedarwood
Cedarwood Essential Oil (Cedrus atlantica) Has calming properties; has been found in clinical tests to be of benefit to children suffering ADD and ADHD. It stimulates the limbic region of the brain  and the pineal gland, which releases melatonin, aiding in sleep cycles. Can be diffused or applied topically. Best place to apply it is to the base of the neck.
Geranium
Geranium Essential Oil (Aceite de Geranio Rosa) is useful for nerve pain, when applied to the skin, athletic performance, diarrhea and weight loss. Possible side effects of using the oil include developing a rash or burning sensation when it is applied to the skin and eye irritation when applied directly to the face. It is typically applied externally or taken internally in food dose amounts.

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Wed, 08 Jan 2014 03:43:29 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-essential-oils-for-cleaning-bathrooms/bunny-brinkman
<![CDATA[Rank All of Taylor Swift's Exes]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/taylor-swift-ex-boyfriends-ranked/jessica-lawshe

Taylor Swift is known for her amazing songs, her great voice, and her awesome girl squad. But she may be even more famous for her ever-growing list of song-inspiring exes. Seriously, Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriends could be fuel for many albums to come. We'll just have to wait and see, but in the meantime, we're leaving it up to you to rank all of Taylor Swift's exes! 

It seems our T. Swift is just drawn to heartbreak. And while we love the songs that her failed romances create, we still want the best for her! We knew that John Mayer was never going to be a good fit for her - hello, he's like "Mr. Heartache." We had hope for Joe Jonas, but shame on him for that 27-second phone call breakup. Then we thought maybe Harry Styles would be a good match. He wasn't, but we're pretty grateful for the songs "Out of the Woods" and "Style" that the One Direction singer inspired.

While Taylor has been romantically linked to a bunch of heartthrobs, including Zac Efron, this list is focused on the guys she actually dated - not just guys she was rumored to be dating. Although, it is pretty hard to keep it all straight! 

It's hard to pick which one of Taylor's exes is the best and which one is the worst, which is why we're tossing this list of Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriends to you. Upvote the Taylor Swift exes that you think she should have stayed with!

 


Rank All of Taylor Swift's Exes,

Calvin Harris
Taylor dated the DJ and producer from March 2015 to June 2016
Cory Monteith

Taylor and the late Glee star allegedly dated in 2010.


Jake Gyllenhaal

Though the two only dated from October 2010 to January 2011, the songs "We Are Never Getting Back Together" and "The Moment I Knew" are rumored to be about Jake.


John Mayer

Taylor was only 19 when she dated John Mayer from November 2009 to February 2010.  He was 32.


Lucas Till

Taylor dated her "You Belong With Me" music video co-star Lucas Till from March 2009 to April 2009.


Taylor Lautner

Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner dated from August 2009 to November 2009 after meeting on the set of Valentine’s Day.


Tom Hiddleston

Swift and Hiddleston - collectively known as Hiddleswift - dated during the summer of 2016. Only "official" for a few short months, E! News reported on their demise in early 2016, quoting a source close to the couple: "Taylor felt he wanted to take the relationship to be too public."


Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas allegedly dumped Taylor via a 27-second phone call in October 2008 after the two started dating in July of that same year.


Chord Overstreet

Taylor was linked to Glee star Chord Overstreet for a few months in 2011.


Harry Styles

Harry Styles and Taylor Swift were only together from December 2012 to January 2013, but apparently it was enough time to fuel lots of angst-y break-up songs.



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Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:52:11 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/taylor-swift-ex-boyfriends-ranked/jessica-lawshe
<![CDATA[Hipster Foods That We're Not Sure How To Eat]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/hipster-food/jacob-shelton
In the last few years, hipsters have created a foodie lifestyle that's all about eating the most ridiculous thing they can find at a restaurant or cook up on their own. If it can be deep fried, frozen with liquid nitrogen, or infused with cheap beer, hipsters and other pretentious folks will eat it.

The artery-clogging food on this list goes way, way beyond anything that normal human being would eat. Honestly, a lot of the food seems like it belongs next to deep fried fair food meant for people in the flyover states. How would hipper-than-hip hipsters on the coasts react if they knew they were eating basically the same thing that an accountant in Ohio chows down on? Admittedly, a lot of the eats on this list seem tasty, but we don’t have the slightest idea of how we would even begin to nosh on them. This is hipster food at it’s most ridiculous.

We’re not monsters, we would definitely eat all of the food on this list (except for maybe the wedding cake – it depends if there’s an open bar), we just have to point out the absurdity of the culture surrounding food that’s either an expensive version of what you can make for yourself or some kind of mishmash of ingredients and ideas that were better left in whatever nightmare they sprang from.

Vote on the most food that has the most pretentious, hipster vibe, then take to the comments to tell us about how you were eating PBR chicken sandwiches before it was cool.
Hipster Foods That We're Not Sure How To Eat,

Cheese Stuffed Tater Tot
Hipsters love to pretend like they're still six years old, and what did you love when you were six? Duh, tater tots. You can find these hipster nightmares in Chicago, where they're made by "dad-bod chef" Tym Bussanich. 
Deep Fried Hash Brown Covered Egg Bombs
Hey it's a Tym Bussanich recipe, the self proclaimed "dad-bod chef" - ugh, by the way. He figured out how to make deep fried hash brown covered eggs (presumably because he is some sort of warlock) and now you can too! Bring a couple dozen to your next kickball match, they're the perfect post-game PBR-drenched celebration snack.
Hot Fried Chicken with Burmese Buffalo Sauce
Doesn't this fried chicken dish look delicious? You'd probably drive across Los Angeles in afternoon traffic then wait in line for an hour to order a plate wouldn't you? WELL TOO BAD! If you want this presumably tasty dish from Port Autonomy you're going to have to book a flight to Burma. What's hipper than inaccessibility, after all?

Pizza Burger Mozzarella Stick
Did you feel that the snack you brought to the last movie in the park was lacking? Were the laughingstock of the fixed gear riders? May we suggest this pizza burger mozzarella stick for your next outing? We know you're too cool to be seen eating regular mozzarella sticks as appetizers like a normal human, but with this death wish of a meal, you'll be the envy of all those who see you in your last moments alive. 
Turducken Club Sandwich
At Early Bird in London, Ontario, you can enlist the restaurant in your assisted suicide by ordering the turducken club sandwich, which is made with Panko-fried chicken (is there anything more ~cool~ than Panko at the moment? Ugh), duck bacon, and smoked turkey breast with maple mayo, greens, and tomatoes.
Bacon Wrapped Mozzarella Stuffed Cheeseburger with Grilled Cheese Buns
How is this for the most annoying hipster cliche you've ever heard? A retired sneaker collector (because that's a thing you can retire from) and foodie cooks up horrific, artery-clogging foods like this bacon wrapped mozzarella stuffed cheeseburger with grilled cheese buns (he claims he didn't have any bread, but don't you need bread to make a grilled cheese sandwich? We call so much bullsh***). We assume he'll have a cookbook of his terrible recipes endorsed by Tumblr within the week. 
The Fidel from Bi-Rite Market
All of the ingredients in the Fidel sound delicious: heritage pork shoulder braised until it’s pulled pork tender, served on a toasted Acme roll with a garlicky, lemony mayonnaise, dijon mustard, carrot and red cabbage cole slaw, and pickled jalapeños. The hipster factor shows up when you realize that this is an ~off menu~ sandwich that's served in a San Francisco deli that was once a haberdashery.
Pork Katsu BLT
The Pork Katsu BLT is so hip that we had to google what katsu is. Turns out that it's a sauce. Great! We're still not sold on this being a sandwich that we need to fly to New York just to eat. Talk about buyer's remorse.
Crispy Cheeseburger Sliders
We’re not 100% going to eat this slider, but we're intrigued and a little grossed out by the crispy cheese ring. If there were a way to get a bite with some burger and bun at the same time, we would consider not making fun of the mustache on whomever thought this sandwich up



The Raspberry Fool
At the Rimsky-Korsakoffee House in Portland (duh), the dessert to get is the Raspberry Fool, which is what looks to be a raspberry swirl on top of a glass of milk, topped with whipped cream. We would love to tell you more about it, but they don't have a website. You can't really get cooler than that. 

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:56:58 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/hipster-food/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Top Ways to Be a Good Girlfriend]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/ways-to-be-a-good-girlfriend/samantha-dillinger
What are the best ways to be a good girlfriend? You don't have to transform your entire personality or the way you think to make your relationship work, but being a great girlfriend does take a little effort. You might feel like impressing your boyfriend will require some serious life changes, but what men really want from their girlfriends is surprisingly easy to do. This list has great ideas for being a good girlfriend.
 
Being a good girlfriend is as easy as learning to love some of (not all) the things that interest him, such as football and hanging out with the guys. Men love a woman who is confident, not afraid to speak her mind, and isn’t needy.
 
This list features the best ways to be a good girlfriend. What has worked in your relationships? How do you be a good girlfriend? Add your own tips below, and remember, the number one thing a man wants from a woman is just for them to be themselves.
The Top Ways to Be a Good Girlfriend,

Be Yourself

Laugh a Little
Men think it's attractive when a woman can laugh with them, and even laugh at them! Find out what his sense of humor is and create your own inside jokes.
Be a Partner, Not a Caregiver
You're in this together. Your man wants a girlfriend, not a mother. Avoid nagging and bossing him around, instead be a supportive, equal partner.
Add Some Scenery
Plan an adventure-based day trip like snowboarding or surfing during the beginning of your relationship. Guys love a woman who's not intimidated by a little adrenaline!
Wrestle It Out
Men love a woman who loves to wrestle! While most women prefer gentle physical touch, a little wrestling will make him feel close to you and still allow him to be "tough."
Give Him Gifts
Surprise him with tickets to see his favorite band or a movie he's been wanting to see. It'll show him how thoughtful you are and how much you care.
Make an Effort to Read Him Properly
It's no great secret that guys sometimes tend to just blurt things out.  Provided he doesn't dish you an outright insult, first consider at least some benign explanations for words or gestures before you're too quick with the "What's THAT supposed to mean?"

Like Yourself

Send Spontaneous Texts
Keep your message short and sweet and it'll let him know you're thinking about him throughout the day. Don't pour your heart out and send ten texts in a row though, that will make him feel suffocated.
Display a Little PDA
Giving him a sweet peck on the cheek or holding onto his arm in front of his friends will make him feel proud.

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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:52:33 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/ways-to-be-a-good-girlfriend/samantha-dillinger
<![CDATA[The Best Songs About Friendship]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-songs-about-friendship/ranker-music
What are the best songs about friendship? This list includes the songs about friends that you love to sing with your friends. These songs describe the special bonds between friends and celebrate all the best things about being a friend. It includes great songs such as “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Song for a Friend,” and “With a Little Help from My Friends,” among others, with music videos.

Songs have the ability to make us feel. They offer an emotional connection to the artist and mean something different to every listener. This connection is especially strong in songs about friendship, as everyone has a friend and everyone can relate.

Whatever the genre, be it country, folk, rock, or R&B, songs about friendship have been released by a variety of artists in the music industry. The best of these songs are ones we listen to on repeat and belt our with friends at karaoke night.

Vote up the greatest songs about friendship below or add a friendship song that you love to sing with your friends if it isn't already on the list.

The Best Songs About Friendship,

You've Got a Friend

You're My Best Friend

Lean On Me

That's What Friends Are For

I'll Stand By You

Stand by Me

Wind Beneath My Wings

You've Got a Friend in Me

Friends

Ain't No Mountain High Enough


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Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:54:54 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-songs-about-friendship/ranker-music
<![CDATA[26 Quirky Ideas for an Offbeat Wedding]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/quirky-wedding-ideas/dani-porter
Weddings aren't always the formal, traditional events that they used to be. With a new generation of marriages, people are adding more fun, color, and whimsy to their weddings than ever. With some simple, unique do-it-yourself suggestions, your wedding can be fun and memorable for both you and your guests. 
 
Use these ideas and put your own personal spin on them to make a fun wedding that reflects you and your true love's personalities. Nowadays you don't have to follow any rules of convention to celebrate your special day, and that's exactly what this list is all about. 

Vote up your favorite ideas, and happy planning.
26 Quirky Ideas for an Offbeat Wedding,

Have Your Very Own Beer Bar
Hiring waiters and servers can add up really quickly. Instead of having an open bar, just set up a keg-style beer bar instead, and dress it up with a cute DIY wood panel so it looks like real beer taps.
Put Crayons at the Kids Table
Kids should get to have fun at your wedding too, right? Let the kids have their own table where they can color. It'll also give the parents a break to hit the dance floor.
Hire a Rad Food Truck for a Late-night Snack
Food trucks are all the rage right now, and rightfully so. Instead of doing a traditional sit-down dinner, hire a few food trucks instead. It's an easy and fun way to feed your guests without having to deal with a caterer.
Instead of Wedding Favors, Let People Fill Up Bags With the Candy of Their Choice
Instead of the traditional party favors or even a wedding cake, display an enormous candy bar instead. Provide colorful bags and let your guests serve themselves. It can serve as dessert and a wedding favor.
Serve Your Drinks On “My Two Cents” Coasters
Let your guests offer you their advice and encouragement by using coasters that they can write a note to you on. It'll be the perfect item to treasure from your big day.
Add a Line for a DJ Song Request On Your RSVP Cards
If you're having a DJ or making a playlist on your iPod, let your guests request their favorite songs on their response cards, giving you some extra help with the playlist and make them want to shake it all night long.
Enlist Your Grandmas to Be Your Flower Girls
Have a little fun and do something completely unique. Instead of using the traditional tots for flower girls, make your grandmas feel special and give the job to them instead.
Incorporate Your Love Story Into the Aisle Runner
What better way to grab your guests' attention than by broadcasting the story of how you met as they walk in? Showing your story with words and pictures will be memorable, and your guests will feel instantly connected.
Keep the Program Simple and to the Point
Use the programs as a moment to really get creative. Make it fun and funny, or keep it short and simple.
For Seriously Rad Photo Ops, Give Out Sparklers As Favors
What a better way to celebrate the summer and your wedding than by giving sparklers to your guests as wedding favors? This will be the best wedding exit in the history of summer weddings. Ditch the rice and add some sparkle!

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Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:03:08 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/quirky-wedding-ideas/dani-porter
<![CDATA[Kids of Dead Politicians How Are They Doing Today]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/kids-of-dead-politicians-how-are-they-doing-today/mel-judson
These children of deceased politicians have amazing legacies to live up to. Their mothers and fathers were elected officials who represented districts, cities, states, and even countries as a whole. Love 'em or hate 'em, in politics, the media and politicians usually agree that children are off-limits. No matter what side of the aisle you are on, everyone hopes for the best for the children of those who have passed on. How are these children of deceased politicians doing now?

These dead politicians have not only left holes in the halls of Congress, but in their homes and their families. Their surviving offspring, the kids of dead politicians on this list, are featured here so that everyone can learn what they are up to, how they have been, and see pictures of what they look like today.

From politicians' kids who might seek office one day (or already hold an office) to adult children who are pursuing creative talents in the country they love, these politician children are all writing their own histories. See what the kids of Ted Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and even Margaret Thatcher are up to now, and how they've been doing since the loss of their parents.
Kids of Dead Politicians How Are They Doing Today,

Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo followed in his father's footsteps exactly and took his place as the Governor of New York in 2010. He has been dating Sandra Lee since 2005, after his divorce from Robert F. Kennedy's daughter, Kerry Kennedy.
Mario Cuomo
Governor Mario Matthew Cuomo served three terms as the CEO of New York. He died in his beloved city of Manhattan from heart failure on New Year's Day 2015, leaving behind five children (Chris, Andrew, Maria, Margaret, and Madeline).
Strom Thurmond
Senator James Strom Thurmond was a Democrat who became a Republican after he opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Serving nearly half a century as a South Carolina Senator, Thurmond died in 2003, revealing a mixed-race daughter (Essie Mae Washington), and three other children: Juliana, James, and Paul.
Thomas Menino
Boston's longest-serving mayor was in office from 1993 to 2014, the year of his death, and he was still teaching Political Science at Boston University. He left behind two children, Susan and Thomas Jr., when he died from cancer at age 71.
Paul Reynolds Thurmond
Paul Thurmond is a Republican Senator like his father, serving in the South Carolina Senate. He represents the 41st district and has been in office since January of 2013.
James Strom Thurmond Jr.
The man who bears his controversial father's name became the youngest US attorney at the age of 29. He stepped down as the United States Attorney of South Carolina in 2004 to pursue a private practice and remains a lawyer in Aiken, SC.
Chris Cuomo
Christopher Charles Cuomo is a TV journalist for CNN who is married with three children. Previously, he co-anchored 20/20 and served as chief justice and law correspondent for ABC News.
Juliana Gertrude Thurmond Whitmer
Juliana Whitmer went on to work for the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. Her husband, Martin Taylor Whitmer Jr., worked as the Director of Government Relations for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
Susan Menino Fenton
Mayor Menino's daughter is now an event planner at Amy Kimball Events. In addition to working at the boutique event planning company, Fenton was the Registrar of Dorchester Youth Soccer for five years.
Thomas Menino, Jr.
Tom Menino Jr. is a detective for the Boston Police Department. Detective Menino was described by The Boston Globe as known for being "a hard-charging officer who relishes the often thankless work of the street."

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Wed, 07 Jan 2015 07:18:07 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/kids-of-dead-politicians-how-are-they-doing-today/mel-judson
<![CDATA[28 Creepy Photos Inspired by Children's Nightmares]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/creepy-nightmare-photos/boo-radley
A collection of surreal and creepy photos by American photographer Arthur Tress, many of them inspired by the dreams and nightmares of children. As a kid in the 1950s, Tress began taking pictures the circus freaks and dilapidated buildings around Coney Island and its amusement park. The project depicted here, done in the late-1960s, combines his interest in ritual ceremony, Jungian archetypes, and social allegory. 

The result is super creepy and totally terrifying.

28 Creepy Photos Inspired by Children's Nightmares,

Scary Old Man Freezing to Death Outside

This Goner With Nowhere to Run

Super Creepy Gnome Child

Eerie Hanging Skeletons

Even Creepier Kids in White Shirt-Dresses

Terrifying Crone Chair

Glass Skull Contemplating the Futility of Life

Stalker Child in an Abandoned House

A Nefarious Tree

Already Creepy Old Timey Babies Getting Creepier in Masks


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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:19:04 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/creepy-nightmare-photos/boo-radley
<![CDATA[Good Crafts for 5 Year Olds]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/good-crafts-for-5-year-olds/jessica-lawshe
Good crafts for 5 year olds are ones that foster learning, the development of motor skills, and of course, lots of fun! The crafts on this list do all of those things! From easy crafts for 5 year olds to more ambitious activities they might need a little mom or dad assistance with, there's something here for every little crafter!
 

Five year olds love to explore, learn, laugh, and get a little messy while doing all those things. This list includes crafts that will help with all of that. Five year olds will love making binoculars out of toilet paper rolls and yarn, melting crayons, and creating images out of buttons. They'll learn scissor safety while cutting out painted handprints to make a bouquet, and learn how old keys can be recycled to create a beautiful wind chime. 

All of the arts and crafts on this list are fun and educational, but they are also easy so that your 5 year old's little hands won't get discouraged or frustrated. Best of all, the crafts on this list are great activities to keep those little hands busy when you've run out of ideas!

Check out this list of good crafts for 5 year olds, then upvote the crafts that you and your five year old love the most! Thanks to this list, you'll never be short on craft ideas for 5 year olds!
Good Crafts for 5 Year Olds,

Fabric Resist Art Pillows
Use glue, paint, and imagination, in addition to these directions from Meri Cherry to create this fun craft.
Craft Binoculars
Make fun craft binoculars out of toilet paper rolls and yarn. Powerful Mothering suggests using them for bird watching once they are completed.
Melted Crayon Art
Using canvas, some crayons, thick stickers, and these directions from School Time Snippets, you can create this super awesome melted crayon art. After melting the crayons over the letter stickers, remove to create a fun and hangable piece of art.
Sculpey Finger Puppets
All you need is some Sculpey modeling clay to create fun finger puppets just like these from The Crafty Crow. Have your 5 year old tell you some facts about their favorite animals while they sculpt them!
Contact Paper Art
This is great for 5 year olds who are becoming more skilled at cutting things with scissors. Have them cut up the straws and the frame that are used to create this contact paper art craft from Nurture Store. Place the frame onto the contact paper, cut away the access, and then you're ready to start applying the straws!
Pour Painting
Let the paints drip! That's the whole joy of this craft from Housing a Forest. Pour paint onto a canvas and then tip it so the paint runs. Then add more paint and keep tipping the board.
Friendship Bracelets
Make your own friendship bracelets with embroidery thread or yarn. Create a loom using foam board and reference these instructions from Kids Activities Blog.
Painting Rocks
Your kids will get a kick out of being able to paint real rocks. Play Dr. Mom suggests using washable paint.
Perler Bead Bowls
Spray the inside of a bowl with cooking spray, pour in a handful of perler beads, and arrange the beads so there is only a single layer of beads covering the bottom of the bowl. Happiness is Homemade suggests parental supervision for the melting part of this craft.
Cellophane Window
Apply soapy water to your window and then apply cut up cellophane shapes. What We Do All Day suggests allowing the soap to dry a little bit before you add on a second layer.

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 03:26:00 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/good-crafts-for-5-year-olds/jessica-lawshe
<![CDATA[EW.com's TV Characters You Say You'd Date]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/ew-com_s-tv-characters-you-say-you_d-date/televisionlife
These are the fake people you'd want in your life for real ! http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20281399_20281424_20181731,00.html
EW.com's TV Characters You Say You'd Date,

Bree Van de Kamp

Dr. Gregory House

Hiro Nakamura

Jack Shephard

Jim Halpert

Karen Filippelli

Logan Echolls

Michael Scofield

Pam Beesly-Halpert

Veronica Mars


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Tue, 20 Oct 2009 17:41:58 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/ew-com_s-tv-characters-you-say-you_d-date/televisionlife
<![CDATA[Teachers First 100 Best Children's Books]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/teachers-first-100-best-children_s-books/web-infoguy
Teachersfirst says, "100 Best Books; A list of one hundred books selected by the National Education Association in 1999 as great reading for children and young people." For the full article go to: http://www.teachersfirst.com/100books.cfm. For parents, it's hard to find books that suits your children's tastes and needs, so here is a long list that's sure to have something for every child.
Teachers First 100 Best Children's Books,

Heidi

Goodnight Moon

Little Women

The Giving Tree

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Where the Sidewalk Ends

The Rainbow Fish

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Books for Preschoolers - More Preschool Titles


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Tue, 10 Nov 2009 12:58:55 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/teachers-first-100-best-children_s-books/web-infoguy
<![CDATA[51 Nerdtastic Pieces of Pop Culture Art]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/awesome-mash-up-pop-culture-nerd-art/robert-wabash
The Internet loves mashing up everything, from Disney princesses who take steroids to characters from serious, intense, adult dramas, mixed with cartoons from the '80s and '90s. So, after a few years of collecting the most eye-catching, memorable, well-done, and awesomely funny art, pop culture mashups, and Photoshops involving cartoons from our collective childhoods, this list has the greatest, most fun mash-up pop culture art ever collected, all in one place, for you to scroll through in order to avoid real life. 

Some of these are just cool or super badass, not all of them are funny. Cartoons, TV shows, movies... all of it's included in this bunch, making this an awesome compilation of the kind of pop culture mash-up, crossover, or referential art that makes the round on your Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr feeds at least once a week. 

You usually write it off as quick and easy, but if you look at all of it as a collective, Internet-fueled body of work, then you really have to give it to the vast array of Internet pop culture artists who dive in, spend time, and share these mash-ups with the general, non-magic, civilian populace.

Vote up the ones that make you happy, vote down the ones that you feel you could do in Paint, and feel free to leave absolutely any comments about artists that need attribution, because this list was compiled via collection over time in a dirty, dusty old folder, so feel free to give credit where it's due, and we'll write it in with a link back to them. 

These are the best pop culture mashup art pieces in Internet history
51 Nerdtastic Pieces of Pop Culture Art,

Badass Woody from Toy Story

The Remains of the Disney Kingdom After the Villains Win

Yoda Fighting The Balrog From Lord Of The Rings

Disney Fascism

HYPER Realistic Buzz Lightyear and Woody. Awesome.

If Pokemon Existed

Buzz Lightyear Lookin at You, With Dem Eyes

Samurai Darth Vader

Dark Reboot of Elmer Fudd

Two Swamp Dwellers


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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:00:03 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/awesome-mash-up-pop-culture-nerd-art/robert-wabash
<![CDATA[Paddington Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/paddington-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
“Paddington” movie quotes bring the beloved children’s book character to life in a feature film. The family movie was directed by Paul King using a screenplay he and Hamish McColl adapted from the character created by Michael Bond. “Paddington” opened in theaters in the United Kingdom on November 29, 2014, then in the United States on January 16, 2015.

In “Paddington,” the young talking bear title character (voiced by Ben Whishaw) meets the Brown family in a London train station. Mother Mary (Sally Hawkins) sees a bear in need and invites him into their home for the night. While Paddington bonds with daughter Judy (Madeline Harris) and son Jonathan (Samuel Joslin), father Henry (Hugh Bonneville) is not keen on allowing a marmalade-loving live bear, talking or not, to stay in their home.

Paddington also attracts the eye of taxidermy enthusiast Millicent (Nicole Kidman) who thinks a cute little talking bear would make an excellent addition to her collection. Millicent, who later learns that she and Paddington have met before, tries to capture Paddington to stuff him, leaving Paddington with few options to remain safe. If only the Brown family, realizing how much they love him, would show up and rescue him before it’s too late.

“Paddington” brings some family fun into theaters already packed with other films such as ”Into the Woods,” ”The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” ”Annie,” ”Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb."
Paddington Movie Quotes,

We Have a Guest for the Night, a Bear
Henry Brown: “Hello, I just need to add something to my home insurance policy. Well, what it is, we have a guest for the night, a bear, and I just needed some extra coverage for… Yes, a bear.”

Afraid of what keeping a live bear in the house can do, Henry calls his insurance company for some extra coverage. The insurance representative was not quite prepared for this sort of bear coverage.
A Young Bear Who Needs Our Help
Henry Brown: “Stranger danger! Keep your eyes down. There’s some sort of bear.”
Paddington: “Hello”
Mary Brown: “Hello there”
Henry Brown: “Mary!”
Mary Brown: “He’s a young bear who needs our help, Henry… It’s just one night.”

The Brown family encounters a young bear in a train station and per Henry’s advice, they try not to make eye contact with the creature. Mary, however, sees a bear in need of help and convinces Henry to allow the bear to stay in their home for a night.
The Family Needs That Bear
Mrs. Bird: “This family needs that bear every bit as much as he needs you.”

As Mrs. Bird points out, the Brown family might not realize it now, but they need the bear in their family just as much as Paddington needs a home. Hopefully the Browns can see this before it’s too late.
Do Bears Even Have Names?
Henry Brown: “Do bears even have names?”
Paddington: “My name is…”
Mary Brown: “Perhaps you’d like an English name.”
Paddington: “An English name?”
Mary Brown: “Paddington!”
Paddington: “Paddington?”
Jonathan Brown: “Paddington”
Paddington: “Paddington!”

Henry asks the young bear about his name to which the bear responds in bear language. The family decides to name him Paddington, for the station at which they met. The name sticks.
Did You Say Marmalade?
Henry Brown: “It doesn’t matter that he’s a different species or that he has a worrying marmalade habit…”
Millicent: “Did you say marmalade?”

Henry Brown: “Families stick together!”

While Henry is warming up to the idea of keeping Paddington around, Millicent realizes that she and Paddington have met before. Her drive to get him only intensifies.
A Fantastic Addition to My Collection
Millicent: “A talking bear? You are going to make a fantastic addition to the collection!”
Paddington: “Oooh, don’t know if I like the sound of that.”

When Millicent learns that there is a talking bear, she really wants him for her taxidermy collection. Paddington on the other hand is not excited about being stuffed and left on her shelf.
A Danger to Our Family
Henry Brown: “That there is a danger to our family.”
Jonathan Brown: “Oooh”
Henry Brown: “Jonathan, don’t even think about it! … First thing tomorrow, that bear is out of here!”

Henry thinks that Paddington is a bad influence to his children when he sees the bear sliding down their staircase railing. He urges son Jonathan to not follow Paddington and vows to kick the bear out in the morning.
Hand Over the Bear
Millicent: “Hand over the bear!”
Mary Brown: “No”

When Millicent corners the Brown family and demands they hand over Paddington, Mary is not having it. She’s grown attached to the little guy and doesn’t want to see him harmed.
What's the Worst That Could Happen?
Judy Brown: “You’ve literally just brought home a random bear.”
Mary Brown: “He’s much more similar than you think, besides, what’s the worst that could happen?”
Henry Brown: “Oh no!”

Daughter Judy isn’t too excited that the family has brought a bear into their home. Mary tries to reassure her that it’s just one night and surely that’s not enough time to do anything terrible.
Hot Wind!
Judy Brown: “Relax, it’s not that bad!”
Paddington: “Wind, hot wind! Two hot winds! Well I hope I don’t look weird.”

Judy and Jonathan give Paddington a bath, complete with hair dryers to warm and dry him. Paddington is not used to this primping nor his fluffy weird look that results.

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Sun, 28 Dec 2014 02:48:39 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/paddington-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[The Best Ways to Clean Tile Floors]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-ways-to-clean-tile-floors/bunny-brinkman
The best ways to clean tile floors are the top methods to safely, effectively and easily clean ceramic tile, faux tile, vinyl tile and marble tile floors and other surfaces. Like cleaning anything, following the proper processes to clean tile and knowing what not to do can be the difference between making a filthy tile floor sparkle and completely ruining your floor. Follow these tips for removing dirt, stains and other unsightly blemishes from your tile floors.

Before taking on any tile cleaning project, knowing what kind of tile is really important. Cleaning ceramic tile is different from cleaning vinyl tile as it is from cleaning marble, making knowing the type of tile and the corresponding proper cleaning methods key to success. Once you have a plan of attack, start small and often then build towards deeper cleaning methods as needed.

Routine cleaning of flooring with sweeping and damp mopping can help keep tile floors looking the best and can prolong the life of floors. From there, use escalating cleaning methods to deal with what needs cleaned or removed from the floor. Spot cleaning follows routine cleaning, followed by wet mopping, deep cleaning and stain or rust removal. Of course preventing dirt and stains from touching tile floors in the first place can eliminate the need for cleaning in the first place.

Looking for other cleaning tips? Check out other lists such as the best ways to clean grout, the best ways to clean laminate floors, and the best ways to clean blinds too.
The Best Ways to Clean Tile Floors,

OxiClean
As Made2Style explains, OxiClean is a non-toxic oxygen bleach that "works wonders" on tile grout. Fill a bucket with six cups of warm water, throw in two scoops of OxiClean and mix it until it dissolves. Let it soak on the floors for 15-30 minutes and then scrub and mop up.

Price: $12.59

Schedule a Routine Cleaning
Similar to how breaking up a big job into manageable parts makes it easier, routine cleaning of tile floors makes keeping them beautiful easier. Make it a habit to regularly clean floors to not allow dirt and dust to accumulate. 
Use a Microfiber Mop
A Microfiber Mop is perfect for quick dusting tile floors. They are gentle enough to not harm the tile, but also effective enough to pick up any dust or dirt. 

Price: $39.98
Know What Not to Do
Whether you’re cleaning ceramic tile, faux tile or peel-and-stick tile, there are a few things that are not recommended, regardless of the stain or dirt you need to clean.
 
• Don’t use abrasive cleaners like steel wool or scouring pads. It’s temping to use these to remove stuck-on stains but these methods can easily scratch tile permanently.
 
• Be careful with bleach. Bleach is great for whitening things but in cases where you have colored grout, bleach is an enemy to fear. Only use bleach on things you want to turn or return to white.
 
• Don’t scrape. If you’re dealing with a sticky bit of dirt or gum, pulling out a metal scraper to remove it seems like an effective cleaning method but metal can easily scratch tile. Opt for a plastic scraper, like an old credit card, instead.
 
• Treat marble floors very carefully. It's really easy to ruin marble tile with improper cleaning methods, using ammonia included, so when in doubt, hire a pro to do the job safely and effectively. 
Know Your Tile
Before you take any action on cleaning your tile floors, it’s super important to know exactly what kind of tile you have. Using cleaning methods that are not suited for your specific type of tile can damage the tile and require costly repairs. If you have the paperwork that came with the tile, read it. If you’re not sure of the tile type, find out! Taking time to learn more about your tile is essential for proper cleaning.
Use a Scouring Stick for Tough Stains

A souring stick can be used for cleaning stubborn deposits and stains on porcelain, ceramic tile, concrete, and iron.

Price: As low as $0.01


Clean Small Spots with Tilex Tile and Grout Pen
Spot clean small spots with a Tilex Tile and Grout Pen. It's perfect for all those small spots you can't reach too!

Price: $6.94

Another Use for Hydrogen Peroxide
Cmbining half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water is perfect for tile floors. Since hydrogen peroxide is so mild, it's safe for any type of floor, including tile floors. And also there’s no need to rinse!

Price: $1.51

Learn How to Remove Rust
Though rust is one of the least-often-seen stains on tile, it can happen and learning how to remove rust stains from tile is important. Be careful with products advertised to remove rust as they can often be abrasive. Rather look for a liquid chemical, like a lime and rust remover, or very carefully use kerosene to remove rust. Dab a soft cloth with the rust remover or kerosene—but not both; never mix chemicals!—then gently rub the rust stain. When the rust is removed, use a different damp soft cloth to rinse the area then dry it thoroughly.
Prevention is Key!
Like many things in life, prevention can do wonders for keeping tile looking beautiful. Prevent it from getting dirty by taking shoes off when you enter the home. Use door mats, inside and outside, to wipe shoes and boots to prevent dirt, mud, liquids and for all of you in colder climates, salt, from touching the tile flooring.

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Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:40:11 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-ways-to-clean-tile-floors/bunny-brinkman
<![CDATA["Crazy" Girlfriends Tell Their Side of the Story]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/crazy-girlfriends-share-their-side/ashley-reign
Have you ever heard crazy ex-girlfriend stories from your guy friends that were enough to make you wonder why girls are crazy even though you are one yourself? Or perhaps you were dating a guy only to eventually discover to your horror that he was haunted by crazy ex-girlfriends of relationships past? Well if you've ever found yourself in such a situation, you may have also had a nagging feeling that you may or may not have been hearing the entire story, a theory which a recent r/AskReddit thread set out to prove, with startling results. 

When asked to tell their version of past relationships gone bad, tons of so-called "crazy exes" answered the call and proved that things aren't always what they initially seem. Here you'll find a wide range of "
crazy girls" who explain their behavior through a series of harrowing tales that range from drug addicted boyfriends to undiagnosed mental disorders to the simple fact that they wanted their sh*t back. 

So whether you've ever been accused of being a crazy ex yourself and are looking for validation that you're not alone or have just wondered what goes on in the minds of women who men you've known have assured you were batsh*t crazy, you'll find enlightenment below. Some of these stories may not be pretty, but they're guaranteed to inform and make you reconsider who's really the "crazy" one in many situations.


"Crazy" Girlfriends Tell Their Side of the Story,

"He was addicted to heroin for years..."
"He was addicted to heroin for years and THAT'S why I was blowing up his phone constantly. I never told anyone what was going on with him but if he wasn't where he said he was he most likely had a needle in his arm. Back before he got sober he let people think that I was just obsessive when in actuality I was legitimately worried about him. Doesn't really matter now, we don't talk to any of those people anymore but my reputation still stands."
"I knew in my bones he was cheating..."
"I've definitely been 'crazy'. Snooped through phones, emails, etc. because I knew in my bones he was cheating (confirmed). It made me realize I never want to be with someone who I feel like I 'need' to snoop on. Walked away after that."
"If you try to put something in my mouth that I don't want there...."
"If you try to put something in my mouth that I don't want there, for any reason, I'm going to bite it."
"He never told me the things I did that bothered him...."
"Well I guess the biggest reason is because he never told me the things I did that bothered him.
 
Like it exploded at some point and things came to light that he never talked to me about once.

Like for example, whenever he told me he was going out I would ask if I could tag a long. When everything blew up this was one of his issues and I told him in disbelief 'Why didn't you just tell me you wanted to be alone? Why leave it at "I'm going to XXX."?'
 
I may have never understood if he was just tired of me or tired of us or if all his reasons were justified. I honestly thought until that point we were okay, so I guess that made me 'crazy'."


"The f*cker had about $1,000.00 worth of my Blu Rays..."
"The f*cker had about $1000.00 worth of my Blu Rays in his place, and I'll be damned if I wasn't going to blow up his phone numerous times a day until he f*cking answered and gave them back to me."
"[He] broke up with me at [my mom's] funeral..."
"My mom died. You broke up with me at her funeral. I feel like I was a tiny bit justified." 
"I had an undiagnosed mental disorder..."
"Crazy ex-girlfriend here. I had an undiagnosed mental disorder and didn't understand how to handle emotions appropriately."
"I had a miscarriage..."
"In October of last year I had a miscarriage. I cried for the first two nights and on the third one my boyfriend said it was time to start getting over it. Here I am thinking we're in the same boat and seeing him as my strength to only hear him say "Get over it". Gawd it destroyed me. He said it was because he didn't want to face it and seeing me like that was a constant reminder but I truly lost so much respect for him after that." 
"He cheated on me with my best friend of eight years..."
"My first serious boyfriend. He cheated on me with my best friend of eight years. I was so devastated. The worst part was that they didn't seem to care. They just shrugged their shoulders... I didn't have anyone to vent to so it just built up inside me, so I spent a year trying to rebuild my friendship with my ex bestie, then I invited her to a sleep over, just like old times.

We put on some hair masks that are supposed to condition your hair, but I filled hers with hair removal cream. She lost all her hair that was originally down past her waist, except for about 2 inches on the very top. I saw her in a store about a month ago after not seeing her for four years, and she's kept it short ever since.


We were best friends, but she was a huge 'Regina George' type of girl and I worshipped her out of fear of being an outcast and also because she was popular. I was the butt of every joke, and she bullied me in front of others and passed it off as playful banter. It was better to be her friend and look up to her, than to stand up to her and have her ruin your entire life. Previously we'd been a group of four but one of the other girls dated a boy that Maria liked, so she called the police and told them he was a drug dealer and that he had threatened us by holding a knife to our throats. She also told the school that another girl's dad was a rapist after the girl reported her for bullying, and we all had to go in for interviews. This was before we had even turned 14 and she went on like this for years.
 
The hair situation happened after years of this kind of behaviour. I had only stuck by her out of the fact no one wanted to be my friend as a result of being around her and I was basically Maria's little side kick. I was totally under her spell and her parents would constantly tell me what a good person I was for 'looking after her when everyone else was out to get her,' which basically proved how much they didn't even understand her. Also, sometimes Maria would tell people her mother was dead for no apparent reason and when I asked her why she said this, she said 'because sometimes it's funny'.
 
As soon as the first few clumps of hair came out in my fingers I felt totally sick. I was literally preparing to run because I thought she was going to beat the sh*t out of me. I just kept rubbing it out of her scalp and said 'Maria, it's falling out. Your hair, look.'
 
She went to the mirror and she just laughed and said 'You so did that on purpose. You so did, didn't you?' I said 'Yes, I did it on purpose but I don't care', my face must have been the color of paper and I was totally bawling my eyes out because I was legit scared of her.
 
I told her she was a bitch and went through the times she had tried to ruin people's lives, told her that she was a bitch for calling people rapists and murderers and drug dealers and that she owes so many people apologies. Maria started crying and started coming out with how I was her best friend and how we always 'stuck together' and that I should know how hard her life at home was without her sister and mum. Her sister moved out about a year before and she told everyone she had died also, I have no idea why she did this. Her mum and sister are definitely not dead.
 
I said 'You're a compulsive liar and you don't even know it. Your mum and sister aren't dead, X persons's dad wasn't a rapist, Y person wasn't a drug dealer and he never tried to kill us, but you totally ruined their lives.' The next year of our relationship was basically 'the Boss level', if you will. She spent the next year accusing my family of abusing me, that I stole her phone, that I had threatened to kill her if I saw her. The school ignored her as much as possible because they'd had enough of her, and during our final year they sat us both down and pulled out a huge list of all the sh*t she had done and that it was getting to the point that that we're going to press charges against her for all the harassment, or against me for my apparent death threats towards her. She said she didn't want to take it any further and that she would 'just put up with me'.
 
I'm not proud of what I did and when I think about her I just wish I had told her to leave me alone along time ago. She was the number one reason my whole school career was awful, because if I wasn't her victim, then I was her persecutor.
 
TL:DR, she tried to get me arrested and turned out to be batsh*t crazy and I regret what I did."


"What else was I supposed to do when the guy you're seeing is in a locked room with a pretty girl?
"I was meeting his friends for the first time. We all went out and then came back to his house for drinks. I'm talking to his friends getting to know them and being social. He's upstairs and talking to another friend. Girl walks in and goes up stairs. I think nothing of it until his friend comes down and I'm being directed elsewhere.

I realize they're trying to distract me and of course since I'd been drinking everything was a lot bigger of a deal. I throw a fit and go and knock at the LOCKED door and might've started screaming because what else was I supposed to do when the guy you're seeing is in a locked room with a pretty girl? I'm humiliated, can't be talked down and am alone 'cause they're all his friends. Screaming, crying and the like.
 
So that's how I became the crazy one."


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<![CDATA[Good Movies for 8 Year Olds]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/good-movies-for-8-year-olds/ranker-film
This list has tons of wonderful movies for 8 year olds, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best movies for 8 year olds come in many forms and span many genres. Some great movies for eight year olds to watch are animated or cartoons, while other good films for eight year olds are live action. It should come as no surprise that Disney and Pixar are responsible for many of the top films for 8 year olds, though there are many other classic films listed here as well.

What kinds of movies will you find on this best movies for 8 year olds list? Eight is a great age to introduce children to the galaxy far, far away - that is, the Star Wars franchise. The original trilogy - featuring Leia, Luke, and Han Solo - is especially entertaining for younger viewers. Back to the Future is another fun movie that an 8 year old can watch.

Combining romance and adventure, The Princess Bride has elements that will appeal to many eight year olds - and lots of good jokes for Mom and Dad to enjoy, too. Other films that are featured on this top movies for 8 year olds list include The Nightmare Before Christmas, The NeverEnding Story, and The Karate Kid.

Do you have a favorite movie for eight year olds? Give the best films a thumbs up and add any other films appropriate for 8 year olds if they aren't already listed.
Good Movies for 8 Year Olds,

A Christmas Story

Back to the Future

Star Wars

Return of the Jedi

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

The Goonies

The NeverEnding Story

The Princess Bride

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

How to Train Your Dragon


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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:31:44 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/good-movies-for-8-year-olds/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The Best Baby Products That Are Totally Worth It]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-baby-products/anabel-conner
You've read all the books. You've practiced your "hee-hee-hoo" breathing. You are all ready for this kid to come. But which baby products should you have on hand before your bundle of joy makes its grand debut? 
 
It's easy to get sucked into buying more than you could ever possibly need for your baby. Instead of spending money on things you'll never use, get only the best of the best that'll be worth every penny you spend. Are organic baby products best? Better yet, how does one know which new baby products are worth the splurge? With baby comes more "stuff" than most could ever dream necessary, but we've compiled a list of new moms' top picks so you can vote up the ultimate must-have baby gear!

The Best Baby Products That Are Totally Worth It,

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump
Though pumpin' and freestylin' sounds like something a DJ does, using a hands-free breast pump is probably loads more challenging. The Madela gets high marks for being super portable – you can easily throw it in your purse and go. It may be a bit expensive, but it is durable and will go the distance if you plan on having a large family. Holla!
Boppy Nursing Pillow
Feeling like the hunchback of Notre Dame's sister? Most likely you do if you're breastfeeding and don't have a Boppy Nursing Pillow! During your baby's first few months, you'll spend a full third of your life feeding him and hunching over all that time does a real number on your back. It's best to be comfortable, and this cushy horseshoe-shaped pillow provides ergonomically correct support. As a bonus, later on, it'll serve well as a prop for tummy time.
Safety 1st Fever Light 1 Second Ear Thermometer
Waking up in the middle of the night to a bawling baby is no fun and a trip to the ER is even less so. This digital ear thermometer beats all others, hands down, at providing super swift, accurate results in not-so-perfect of circumstances, such as dealing with dim lighting, squirmy kids, and bleary, tired eyes.
WubbaNub Pacifiers
Know what's cuter than a WubbaNub Pacifier? Nothing... except for YOUR BABY with a WubbaNub Pacifier IN HER MOUTH. And asleep. They're all cuter sleeping, right?
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottles
If you're looking for the best baby bottle money can buy, you're in luck, because Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Baby Bottles are inexpensive. They're also super-duper eco-friendly, BPA-free, and frequent favorites amongst moms who switch between both breast and bottle feeding.
Gripe Water
Gripe Water is a ginger-based concoction and a miracle worker for gassy babes. No mama of a colicky infant (and who wishes to retain her sanity!) should be without it.
Milkmakers Lactation Cookies
Every woman's dream is to binge on cookies with absolute freedom from guilt, therefore, Milkmakers Lactation Cookies are a dream come true. These tasty cookies will increase your milk supply, so you're being a totally fab mother just by eating them. You and your boobs will be hooked.
Adjustable Back Seat Mirror
When your eyes are on the road and your baby is in back of you, nothing will alleviate the stress of the unknown like the Munchkin Adjustable Back Seat Mirror. It makes it easier for you to frequently check out what a totally adorbz kid you made, and it's great entertainment for him, since babies love seeing themselves in the mirror. No more worries! Unless, that is, you catch him reenacting De Niro's "You Talkin' To Me" scene from Taxi Driver back there.
Sophie Giraffe
Sophie la Giraffe has been around for 50 years for good reasons: she's cute, durable, eco-friendly, and teething babies find her delightful to gum on. She's also simple and, with no moving parts, easy to clean... which is awesome because she'll most likely be covered in drool. A lot.
Bulb Syringe
It might only cost a buck and some petty change, but when used coupled with a saline solution like Little Noses Saline, a bulb syringe is a priceless item to a snotty baby. 

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<![CDATA[The Best Make Up Brands]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-make-up-brands/ranker-shopping
You’re a woman with expensive taste on an inexpensive budget; if you’re the type who thrives on getting the biggest bang for your buck but don’t want to sacrifice the quality of your cosmetics there are a number of makeup companies that offer top-selling cosmetics for an affordable price. If you’ve ever asked the question, “What are the best make up brands?” you’re definitely not alone! This list discusses top-selling cosmetics.The right makeup can make you feel like a million bucks; the wrong cosmetic can make you feel self-conscious all day! Since hundreds of consumers probably can’t be wrong, this list will help you find your true makeup match. The most well-known cosmetic brands are: Cover Girl, Maybelline, Rimmel, Revlon, L’Oreal, Neutrogena and Garnier. For those who do not wish to compromise on the standard that more money equals a better product, companies like Dior, Estee Lauder and Physician’s Formula might cost slightly more than typical makeup’s, but their trustworthy reputation has only increased their popularity over the last couple of decades. For the money-conscious spender, several cosmetics companies will deliver high-quality products without breaking the bank: Elf and Laurel Cosmetics are some of the least expensive on our list. And for the natural, talc-free consumer, nothing beats Burt’s Bees!
The Best Make Up Brands,

Chanel

Christian Dior S.A.

Estée Lauder Companies

Lancôme

MAC Cosmetics

Maybelline

Urban Decay

NARS Cosmetics

NYX Cosmetics

L'Oreal


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<![CDATA[The Best TV Networks for Kids]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-tv-networks-for-kids/ranker-tv
Keeping the kids entertained is a hard task to accomplish. It’s tough to find a family friendly television channel that you won’t feel like you’ll have to constantly monitor, but in today’s world of cable television, there are fortunately a lot of great options. Many kid's shows are educational as well, keeping the minds of little ones active. What are the best TV Networks for kids?

This list has the best networks that are safe for you and your family, producing some of the best kid’s shows on television like "Arthur," "Babar," "Curious George," "Looney Toons," "Drake and Josh," "SpongeBob Squarepants," and "Dexter’s Laboratory." Networks like the Disney Channel, PBS Kids, and the Cartoon Network are all vying for kid viewers, and as a result, some truly great kids programming exists.
 
This list features the best TV Networks for kids, including, Cartoon Network, PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, and ABC Family. Vote up the best TV network for children below or add another that offers kid's shows but isn't already on the list.
The Best TV Networks for Kids,

Animal Planet
The Crocodile Hunter, Meerkat Manor, The Most Extreme, River Monsters
Disney Junior
Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jake and the Never Land Pirates

Disney Channel
Shake it Up, Good Luck Charlie, Jessie, That's so Raven, Austin and Ally

Sprout
Sesame Street, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Rolie Polie Olie, Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

Nic Toons
SpongeBob SquarePants, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, The Legend of Korra, The Penguins of Madagascar
Nick Jr.
Bubble Guppies, Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, PeppaPig

Disney XD
Lab Rats, Mighty Med, Pair of Kings, Zeke and Luther

PBS Kids
Arthur, Babar, Curious George, Looney Tunes

Teen Nick
Drake & Josh, How to Rock, Sam and Cat, Zoey 101
Boomerang
2 Stupid Dogs, Ben 10, The Flintstone Kids, Josie and the Pussycats, The Jetsons

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Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:47:06 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-tv-networks-for-kids/ranker-tv
<![CDATA[The Best Excuses to Leave a Bad Date]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-excuses-to-leave-a-bad-date/amber-hubert
Best case scenario, when it comes to a date, you'll be staring into each other's eyes and fall madly in love by the time the creme brûlée arrives. More often though, you'll be scrounging for anything to talk about to make that uncomfortable silence go away and forcing yourself to find something attractive about his receding hairline and beer belly. If that's the case, sometimes you just gotta bounce. It isn't always the nicest thing to do but your time is precious and if there's no spark - on to the next one! 
 
This list has some good tips for when you need to tip toe on outta that restaurant, call your best friend, and tell her the all scary details. Not every date can be a home run! You might let him get to first base, but sometimes you meet a guy and don't even want to be in the same ballpark! If that sounds familiar, check out this list for pointers in case it ever happens again, which, sorry to say, it probably will. 
 
But keep hope alive, ladies and gents! He or she is out there and looking for you, too! So much of life is about timing. This list is for when the timing is so bad that you just can't sit across from your bad date for another second. Always try to be polite and kind but you got to do what you got to do.
The Best Excuses to Leave a Bad Date,

My roommate lost her keys

Migraine!

Go to the bathroom and never come back

Fake being sick

I have an emergency!

I have to be up SO early!

My best friend needs me

We should just be friends!

Let him down gently

So tired!


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<![CDATA[Bisexuals Describe Differences of Dating Guys and Girls]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/bisexuals-describe-dating-differences/jacob-shelton
Every comedian has a bit about how men and women are different, but only bisexuals (people who are attracted to both men and women) truly know the differences between the genders when it comes to having a relationship. This collection of the differences between men and women in dating was sourced from AskReddit, one of the best places to learn about a group of people, from that specific group. Whether you’re gay, straight, or bi, you’ll definitely want to keep reading to find out what the big difference between dating girls and guys is. And just so you know, it doesn’t have anything to do with body hair.

When it comes to relationships, you’d think it wouldn’t matter which gender you were pairing up with, and that most people are basically the same. Wrong. Careening back and forth between guys and girls can be fun, but it can also be a lot of work. There are all sorts of differences between going out with girls and guys, and the most important distinctions just might surprise you. Obviously the sex is completely different, but who do you think is clingier? And which gender do you think is the better kisser? For answers to these questions, and more, check out this list of the differences between girlfriends and boyfriends sourced from some helpful bisexuals who posted in AskReddit.

If you’re bisexual, vote up the biggest differences you think there are between dating guys and dating girls and feel free to tell everyone about some of your experiences in the comments.
Bisexuals Describe Differences of Dating Guys and Girls,

Men are more vocal about experimenting in bed.

"Male bisexual here (yes, we do exist). 

-Grinding against a guy the same way you grind against a woman (when you aren't going for penetration) can have disastrous consequence when you poke the balls you forgot were there. 

-Guys that I've been with have been more vocal about experimenting in bed. Not necessarily talking crazy, kinky stuff here. Think "new positions." I think women are equally interested in experimenting, but I tend to have to initiate that conversation. The women I've been with have largely let me take the lead until they are more comfortable with me. Guys tend to get to the point sooner. I'm not sure which I prefer - it's fun and exciting to have someone else initiate something new, but it can be unsettling if you don't know the person well. 

-A lady has never licked my butt and I don't think one ever will and I am absolutely okay with that. 

-When I'm with a guy, deciding who pays is always hilariously awkward for a minute. With a woman, at least it is almost never awkward to offer to pay. 

-Woman are more mysterious to me. In general, I feel as if I can connect faster with a man than a woman, but when I take more time with women, the payoff of getting to know them generally results in better, longer, more intimate interactions. I don't exactly know how to describe it, but even though it's harder for me to emotionally connect with women, the connections tend to be stronger, deeper, and more mysterious. Mysteries can be really good things. 

-Women tend to be much more aware of their surroundings, more cautious, and careful about people they are interacting with whom they don't know well. Guys tend to be less worried about it, and more direct. I think of it as the difference of talking to a lady on Tinder vs. talking to a guy on Grindr (which, btw, is an app I do not use). 

-With women, there is usually the possibility you can have biological children. With men, that possibility doesn't exist. Even when you're young, that thought is always floating in the back of your mind."


Being with a woman makes you feel more secure.
"I (female) find that being with women is a lot more secure in a way. My girlfriend and I aren't scared to talk about the future, it wasn't even an issue early on. Whereas when I've been with men in the past I daren't talk about anything even a couple weeks in the future when things are just starting out, for fear of scaring them off. Then again, that might not be a difference between genders, more that my girlfriend is the one unlike other people I've been with. Oh and also, sex and stuff."
It's easier to find guys to date.
"This probably isn't surprising, but it's a lot easier to find men to date as a female bisexual. With straight dudes, being bi is a more or less a plus (though that also comes with it's own problems), with lesbians being bi is a pretty big minus. I haven't dated another bi person, though, hopefully they'd be more chill with it than the rest!"
People treat you differently when you switch it up.

"It wasn't so much about difference between the people I was dating - I'm willing to chalk that up to the individuals, rather than their genitalia - but I would say that people who knew me with a boyfriend treated me differently than they did when I had a girlfriend, and vice versa. 

It's sort of like people would have been fine with me being straight and fine with me being a lesbian, but watching me switch from men to women and back again caused a sort of cognitive disconnect. 

(I'd like to point out that I was never treated badly as a result of this. It was always just interesting to watch people do a double take when they met my new partner, especially because several of them have had gender-neutral names.)"


Men are more emotionally confusing.

"Lesbian for 15 years, bisexual for the last year. Generally speaking:
 

Dating women:

Soft kisses, soft hugs, soft everything. Sex is more of a leisurely stroll through a park.Way easier to fall in love. The intimacy is intense when you're both speaking the same emotional language. Oddly enough, it's harder to have that first connection because women can be really passive and not show they're interested. PMSx2 is just as fun as it sounds. More defensive, less cooperative.
 

Dating men:

Hard kisses, hard hugs, hard everything. Sex is more of a roller coaster. Figuring out what a guy wants emotionally when even he doesn't want to admit/knows is nearly impossible without sabotaging the whole thing by seeming too 'needy'. Figuring out what a guy wants physically is wonderfully easy. Less defensive, more cooperative."

Men like to talk about themselves, women like to talk about other people.
"My experience comes as someone who is not much of a talker at all (to the point that it can frustrate people around me at times) but who is a hell of a listener. Even though the stereotype is that women are the big talkers, I've found that both genders love to talk when they feel they are really being listened to. The main difference I've found is that men love to talk about themselves and women love to talk about other people. I'm not sure one is worse/better than the other... men can pretty egotistical, but women can be quite nosy/ cruel and critical of others. This is actually the biggest difference I've consistently observed."

There's less pressure when dating a guy.

"I'm a bi guy, I've dated both guys and girls, though at this point I've realized that I'm just overall much happier with women. I can't connect with guys on an emotional or sexual level like I can with women.

 
Guys give much, much better blowjobs.

 
Girls are much, much better kissers.

 
Since there's more ass involved with gay sex, the scent of butt no longer repels me - in some ways I've come to associate it with being about to get some. 

There's less pressure (real or imagined) to last longer in bed. Not that sex is always a quickie, but we both know that as long as we both orgasm - which is the case 99% of the time - we'll be satisfied. I've reached this point of comfort in relationships with women as well, but it takes longer. I've found that it also takes longer to find out what gets a girl turned on. With guys you can just fiddle around with the penis for a bit and you're good to go. 

Much more preparation involved with gay sex. You need to have lube handy, and the state of one's stomach/bowels can be a determining factor in whether or not you're getting any. Though in retrospect this is similar to not having sex when a girl is on her period (though period sex never bothered me). 

Similarly, gay sex involves more cleanup, because of lube and the occasional poo particle. A farticle, if you will. My dick just feels dirty after sex with a guy, whereas I don't feel that way after sex with a girl. 

But it also means I get to do butt stuff. ;)

 
...which means that guys don't get all weird when it comes to the butthole. A lot of girls I've been with have had hangups about that, which I've never totally understood.

 
Less focus on foreplay with guys.

 
There's less pressure (real or imagined) to provide for a guy. In relationships with women I've usually split things evenly as well, but there's more of a natural inclination to pay for shit.

 
There's no designated bug killer when dating guys. 

When on dates with another man, there's a little bit of self-consciousness in regards to little things like holding hands. We'd still do it anyway, but it's otherizing a bit. Society has progressed a lot, but not completely. 

Flirting with girls turns me on much more than flirting with guys.

 
I've found guys to be less sensitive to my emotional needs than women, but that could partially just be an individual difference with the people I've dated."


Women are squishier.

"Men are harder.

 
No seriously. Women tend to be soft and squishy, and men tend to have less give.

 
You could never tell just by looking, I mean they both seem to have the same amount of fat.
But its a huge and consistent difference.

 
Definitely caught me off guard."


Women are better kissers.

"I'm female. The way girls kiss is staggeringly different from the way men kiss. I prefer to date men in terms of sexual compatibility, but Christ are women better kissers. Women are softer and more responsive to physical cues, where as men tend to be like, 'This is what I've done before and no one ever said it sucked so I'll keep doing it!'"


There's a difference between how you do your makeup for a girl and how you do it for a guy.

"Hi there, bisexual woman here.

 
-With women, everyone will assume you're just best friends.

 
-Women tend to be more responsive to the subtleties in your body language during sex.

 
-With women, you really have to figure out your own relationship roles, since there's no male-female roles that are preassigned. It was really weird when I dated a guy after dating a girl, because he assumed I would want to fill traditional roles. After ignoring those roles completely with my girlfriend, it was weird.

 
-With my girlfriends, I don't feel the need to make sure my legs are 100% hairless. Because we get it, shaving every day is stupid.

 
-Wearing makeup for my boyfriend means highlighting my best features to look hot. Wearing makeup for my girlfriend means trying new things, because she'll notice the more subtle things and appreciate the wilder stuff."



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Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:18:47 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/bisexuals-describe-dating-differences/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Things That Happen When You're a Lifetime Movie Addict]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/lifetime-movie-addict/rydavis
The only thing stopping me from paying $3.99 every month for the Lifetime Movie Club app is the imminent fear of sinking into the crevices of my couch as I sit there, day after day, binging until my eyes implode. Lifetime Movie Network fans love its soapy dramas for their own reasons, but I think we can all agree the primary reason is that we can't get enough of their batsh*t crazy plots - so much so that we tend to insert ourselves right onto screen (we know all best LMN movies make you fear for your own well-being). And when you catch as many of these flicks as we do, there are certain things that tend to happen...
Things That Happen When You're a Lifetime Movie Addict,

You have skewed perceptions of dead celebrities
You're not really entirely sure whether or not Brittany Murphy was poisoned in a mass political conspiracy, but you won't rule it out as a possibility. On second thought, it's highly plausible considering Anna Nicole was ALSO poisoned in a mass political conspiracy. Oh wait... maybe Lifetime just made that up. Either way, you've got your pop culture facts all turned upside down, and you start to become a bit of a conspiracist. 
Every new person your friend dates might be a Craigslist Killer
You've got major recon to do whenever your best friend comes around with a new guy or girl. Is he a mob man? Is she a black widow? You'll find out because you SAW that Lifetime movie about the guy who seemed all cute and normal in person, but actually murdered prostitutes in the dead of night. You're not about to let your bestie get blindsided when the cops show up to pick up their next Craigslist Killer. 
You have trust issues
Ultimately, you'll never be able to look a stranger in the eye the same way again. Lifetime has scarred you for life. Every time you go out and meet new people, you'll always second guess their true motives. You'll always be drawn to do some major background checks before letting anyone into your life, let alone the people who are already on the "approved" list... for now.
You start to think that you could write your own screenplay
Lifetime movies all tend to bleed into one another. You start to notice the trends and think, "Hey! I could probably write one of these things myself!" You've got loads of material stored up in your head, but you never think to write it down. You know the genres, the style, the dialogue. Maybe it's time you start some world-building for your own Lifetime adventure.
You'll never online date
Why would you date online when you know that person you swiped right on Tinder could be an abusive ex-con texting you from the inside his PRISON CELL?!?! You wouldn't be able to handle online dating. There's too much potential of winding up cemented in the dry wall between the floor boards of your *gentle lover's* murder house.
You think you're much more street smart than you really are
You've got solutions to pretty much any dire situation your Lifetime protagonists find themselves in. You're pretty sure, at this point, that you could take any hooded figure in the night with your car keys alone. You may not be as prepared as you think, but at least Lifetime is instilling enough fear to make you THINK about being prepared, in the off chance someone wants to smuggle you into a van for ransom. It's more likely than you think, at least according to Lifetime.
You decide you never want to have a baby
Being pregnant or having children never ends well in a Lifetime movie. The moment you get pregnant, someone pops up to obsessively fawn over your unborn child. You're not about to be tied up in a remote cabin in the woods to give birth, just so your psycho "best friend" can snatch those nine months of agony right out from underneath you, let alone without an epidural. Aside from that, Lifetime moms have their work cut out for them. It's not just teen angst they're dealing with. You let your kid go to that party ONE TIME, and you may never see them again.
You hate the holidays
It's not so much that you hate Christmas and Thanksgiving - you just hate the happy-go-lucky fluff Lifetime replaces your weekly thrillers with. Once the holiday season rolls around, Lifetime suddenly flips a switch and mass produces an array of rom-coms to flood their channel with. That's all fine and well, but you have to wait a solid two months until your true crimes come back on the air. At least it gives you time to catch up on all the films you've already got recorded on your DVR.
You start to recognize the actors
After a while, you start to notice that Lifetime recycles their talent. You become familiar with these actors and really get attached to them. When one dies in one movie, you're disappointed, only to be relieved when they pop up in the next two hour segment of your life.
You're pretty sure someone is watching you while you watch your Lifetime movies
Who's to say someone hasn't hacked into your Apple TV's Roku system to watch YOU while you watch your Lifetime soaps??? That's the immediate concern every fan has on their mind when they're immersed in the heavy plot of a stalker/ stalkee situation. 

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Wed, 02 Mar 2016 04:57:23 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/lifetime-movie-addict/rydavis
<![CDATA[Signs You Know Summer Vacation Is Here]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/signs-you-know-summer-vacation-is-here/ashley-reign
Don't you love the way the words “summer vacation” can still make you feel that rush of excitement as you picture yourself bursting from the halls of your grade school and tossing homework into the air? Even years after graduating, there’s something about the magic of afternoons spent by the pool and the smell of grilled burgers that has gotten many of us through a long day behind the desk.

You know it's summer when the days get longer and the shorts get shorter! Here you’ll find a celebration of these, as well as the many other ways you know that summer vacation is here! Maybe it feels like vacation when your toes touch that warm summer sand at the beach.  Or when you’re chowing down on a delightfully huge hot dog at your favorite ballpark. Whether your idea of summer is finally having time to have some fun or enjoying the beauty of doing absolutely nothing at all, here you’ll find a celebration of all things summertime.

Not sure what to do on summer vacation? We’ve compiled a list of the good, the hot, and even the not-so-pretty that’ll transport you back to the magic of summer all year round. So kick off your shoes and grab a cool drink with an adorably tiny umbrella cause the summer fun is about to begin.

Signs You Know Summer Vacation Is Here,

A Day Spent in a Flotation Device = A Successful Day

Meal Planning Becomes Significantly Less Complicated

The Chance to Do This Finally Presents Itself

You Start Seeing More of Some People Than You'd Like... Literally

You Stay up Until the Wee Hours and Sleep Until Whenever You Please

You Do Not Play When It Comes to Your Square Foot of Shade

Attack of the Flip Flop Tan!

You Begin to Suffer from a Consistent Longing for Large Bodies of Water

You Spend Hours at Whole Foods Tap-Testing Each of These to Find the Best of the Bunch

The Smell of BBQ Wafts Temptingly on Every Breeze


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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:32:38 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/signs-you-know-summer-vacation-is-here/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[The Lamest Things You Probably Had in Your Dorm Room]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/lame-dorm-room-decor/jacob-shelton
College is an interesting time in many people's lives. It’s often when you start figuring things out about yourself and start to learn who you are. The first four years that you’re away from home is the best time to experiment with what makes you you. Are you an artsy kind of person? Or do you LOVE reggae? College is when you find out. But no matter what you find yourself doing, or how much you may think you stick out from the normal crowd, there are a few completely douchey and cliche things that you’re going to do. If you’ve already been to college then you know exactly what we’re talking about. The lame posters, the tapestries, and the beer cans on the bookshelves. You guessed it, this list ranks the douchiest dorm room decor.

Whether you were a math major, or you were studying physical education, there was one common factor in your on campus life – you had some incredibly lame stuff in your dorm room. We hate to break it to you, but you weren’t the only student with a quote from The Perks of Being a Wallflower greeting you every morning when you woke up to skip class. But it’s okay! Everyone is allowed to be kind of a douche when they’re in college. So scroll through this list of douchey dorm room essentials and remember the good old days.

Vote up the lamest things that you probably (and by probably we mean definitely) had in your dorm room. And if you had something even douchier then tell everyone about it in the comments.
The Lamest Things You Probably Had in Your Dorm Room,

Dry Erase Board

Bean Bag Chair

To Go Plasticware In All The Drawers

Sweet Bottle Cap Art

Every Alcohol Bottle You've Ever Finished

Gross Mini-Fridge

Super Retro Lava Lamp

Album Covers As Art

Street Signs

Year Round Christmas Lights


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<![CDATA[The Best Ways to Style Summer Flats]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/how-to-wear-flats/lauren-slocum
Get ready for the sunshine and throw on a pair of your favorite summer shoes of 2014. . .flats! Comfortable flats are a low-maintenance women's shoe that can be paired with just about anything! In order to prove just how effortless and versatile flats are (seriously, they are the perfect summer shoes for women!), we've compiled this list of the best ways to wear flats.

We understand that you probably (hopefully) know HOW to wear flats. "Put them on your feet!," would be the obvious solution. So instead of simply stating the obvious, we've done all the research for you and paired different types of flats with different outfits. Whether you're tall or small, anyone can pull off a pair of flats when worn with the right outfit. 

They were coined "flats" because they characteristically have no heel. And just because a flat has to be flat doesn't mean it can't have other diverse feature. There's the ballet flat, the peep-toe flat, the sandal flat, the pointed-toe flat, and the ankle-strap flat. Feeling feminine? Wear a pair of ballet flats with a flower-print sundress. Feeling sexy? How about a pair of high-waisted shorts with a tube-top and some ankle-strap flats? Flats are awesome because they compliment just about any ensemble and they're absolutely effortless to wear.

 Depending on your budget, you can find flats for a steal of a deal, and if you're looking for a more comfortable, everyday flat with an arch, you can find that, too! So read on ladies! Pull out the flats from your closet and find the best way for you to look stylish and chic this summer!
 
The Best Ways to Style Summer Flats,

Loafers With High-Waisted Shorts
The beauty of this outfit is you can wear it on just about any occasion. Going to a summer picnic? Going to a museum? Meeting your boyfriend’s parents for the first time? This low-maintenance ensemble can be dressed up or down, and gives off the impression that you care about your appearance, but it isn’t the centerfold of your existence. With this outfit, you’ll be cute, comfortable, and ready for the next adventure (whatever that may be).
Studded Flats With Denim
Not feeling the flowery, hippie vibes of summer time? Prefer to keep things a little edgier? Wearing a pair of studded flats with denim channels that inner 1950’s greaser while still appearing presentable for a wide range of activities. Whether you’re ordering pitchers of beer in a smelly  bar or dancing in the grass at your favorite music festival, this combo is sure to impress.
Nude Flats With a Sun Dress
Whether you’re 6’2” or 5’2”, the short summer dress paired with nude flats will be both fun and flattering. Nude flats will add length and color to your legs and the short dress calls attention to those legs. By wearing a nice pair of flats with a dress, you kick up the style a notch by eliminating the casual vibe of the sandal or flip flop. Who says you need heels to look fancy and classy?!
Ankle Strap Flats With a Dress
This look is sexy without being too high-maintenance. Wear it to a summer concert, on a first date, or out for cocktails with your friends. Dress it up or dress it down with your choice of jacket and you're ready to go!
Embroidered Flats With a Solid Colored Outfit
“How does she make it look so easy?!” you ask? Because it is! A form fitting sweater, a pair of flattering slacks, and some flats can be a classy ensemble that even Audrey Hepburn approves. If you fear wearing flats because you’re already vertically challenged, try the Audrey trick by pairing them with an all black, figure slimming get-up.
Sandal Flats With Cropped Jeans
This outfit allows you to look put-together even though it only takes one minute to throw together. Your “cropped jeans” can be overalls, skinny jeans, boot cut, etc. The sandal flat is one step up from the flip flop, but just as effortless and more stylish. It gives off that message that you care, just not that much.
Ankle Strap Flats With a Skirt
This fun and flirty look is great for those summer days when you’re looking for an effortless yet feminine outfit. There’s not too much fuss and the combination of your toes wiggling freely and the wind tickling your thighs will put you in that fun-loving, laid-back, summer state of mind.
Pointed Toe Flats With a Skirt
Pointed-toe flats are the game-changer of flat-family; they add a little extra edge to the shoe (pun intended). These funky shoes look great with pencil skirts or a pair of ankle cropped jeans. Accessorize your outfit with some clunky, geometric jewelry and you'll turn effortless into trendy in no time. 

Burgundy Cropped Pants With Flats
There is something exceptional about a pair of burgundy pants. They’re flattering on all skin tones and body types. Red hair? Blonde hair? Brown hair? They’ll look good no matter what. When paired with your favorite flats, you’re creating a combo that’s both casual and becoming. Not in the mood to wear heels today? Have no fear, there are solutions! (Like wearing your flats with some hip hugging burgundy pants.)
Leopard Print Flats With...Anything

There is a time and place for leopard print fabric, and most of the time, it’s none of the time. Unless! Unless they are leopard print flats. Don’t take our advice too literally, you probably don’t want to pair your leopard print flats with a polka dotted T-shirt and a Tie-Dye mini-skirt, but you definitely have some options. They’ll look great with skinny jeans, cuffed slacks or cuffed denim, high-waisted shorts or a summer dress. Leopard print flats add an edgy element to any basic ensemble. Feeling a little boring today? Kick off those flip flops and kick it up a notch with some leopard print flats.



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Thu, 22 May 2014 01:03:56 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/how-to-wear-flats/lauren-slocum
<![CDATA[Things You Used to Argue With Your Siblings About]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/sibling-rivalry/dani-porter

Do you have a brother or a sister? In your older, more civilized years, have you forgotten all the things you fought about as a child? Read through this list of reasons kids fight, and refresh your memory on some your oldest, fondest memories.

You lived together under the same roof for decades. Maybe you shared a room. You had to fight for attention while simultaneously watching your back. Together, you were dragged to the grocery store, the post office, or on family “vacations,” and always against your will. So why do siblings fight? How does sharing a limited amount of space with the same person who knows you better than you know yourself evolve into sibling rivalry?

Having a sibling is like having a best friend, an enemy, and a personal, round-the-clock bully rolled into one. This person knows your strengths, your weaknesses, your pet peeves, your most intimate secrets... and they share your DNA. It’s basically the perfect concoction for blackmail and manipulation.

So if you grew up with brothers or sisters, you’ve probably mastered the art of annoying other human beings. You’ve probably been pinched and punched and ignored. You know that children will fight over just about anything, and you’ve probably experienced every scenario listed below.

Things You Used to Argue With Your Siblings About,

Name Calling
Meanie, ugly, stupid, stinky, gross... ring a bell? Sticks and stones may have broken your bones, but names always had a way of getting under your skin. This may have led to tattling, pouting, arguing, or ignoring.
Tattling
This was long before you knew your rights of “innocent until proven guilty.” Back in the day, it was literally all about the "he said, she said." Sometimes you were guilty and sometimes you weren’t, but whoever got told on first was the one who’d end up in time out.
It Wasn’t His Turn
But he went anyway. Whether it was jumping off the diving board, choosing the radio station, or playing on the computer, some siblings didn’t honor the pre-determined order of opportunity. And some siblings were always keeping track.
Who Got to Be First Player
When it came to playing video games with your brother or sister, you always wanted to be first player. When playing Super Nintendo, it wasn't uncommon to yell or even have fist fights with siblings over who got to be player one. If you are a younger sibling, you probably know what it feels like to play as Luigi more than you do Mario. 
The Front Seat
You have to be able to see the car. You have to be outside. You have to be on your way to the car. Who ever calls it first, wins. This is the end of a little story we all know as “Shot Gun.” Abide, or sit in the back.
Doing the Dishes
Maybe you took turns washing or drying. Or maybe you took turns every night doing all the dishes. Either way, neither one was glamorous, and it was never "fair" for the person doing the most work.
Chores
You just got home from a tough day at the pool, probably popped open a fresh Sunny D (Florida Style) when Mom greets you with a list of chores. 

You try handing it off to your sibling, he/she wants nothing to do with it...and suddenly the battle is on. 
The Bathroom
The early bird gets the worm, and until you booked your first flight with a major airline or tried to buy Weekend 1 passes to Coachella, you thought this phrase applied to the endless battle over using the bathroom.
Take-Backs
Jerry Seinfeld may have used a different term for this, but for the sake of being politically correct, we’ll refer to the situation as take-backs. Your brother or sister gave you a toy because they were “over it” or it was “stupid,” and then three weeks later, they punched you in the arm or called you a thief and retrieved the toy. Usually, they conveniently "forgot" about the whole event wherein they betrothed it to you in the first place.

It was always safer for Mom to stay uninvolved so you were left feeling betrayed with two empty, clammy hands.

The Remote Control
Whether your sibling always insisted on watching (and singing along with) "Sesame Street" or they deliberately surfed passed your favorite show... you never got to watch what you wanted. Unless, of course, you had the remote. 

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<![CDATA[The Best Dating Apps]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-dating-apps/cameron-quasney

List of the best dating apps that are available on the market today. This list has been ranked by men and women. Many men and women who are looking for love enjoy the convenience of being able to do so while on the go. Apps enable people to check their messages, flirt with potential mates, and schedule dates all from your smartphone. You can even get notifications when you have new activity.

Answering the question, “What is the best dating app available for download?” this list includes top dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, Match.com, and Zoosk. Dating is difficult and as more and more people lead busy, technology-driven lives, it become more difficult to get out and meet new people. No matter if you're gay, straight, bi-sexual, old, or young, there is a dating app available to fit your needs. Many of these best apps are tailored to specific desires. Apps allow you the ability to talk to potential mates from wherever you are and even locate those within a close proximity. Whether you’re looking to find everlasting love or just looking for your next date, these best dating apps can help you find what you’re looking for.


The Best Dating Apps,

badoo

OkCupid

Match.com - #1 Dating Site

Tinder

Festar - http://festar.jp/en/
Festar - The magic starts with a 10 minute chat! Festar connects people together for a 10 minute real time chat not based on looks or social status, but mutual interests. Users pick a “party room” to join based on their hobbies, and then are matched with other users currently online for 10 minutes of real time chatting! But don‘t worry, it doesn’t have to end at 10 minutes. If both users want to get to know each other better, mutually choosing the “Talk More” option after the chat will enable unlimited private messaging.

Coffee Meets Bagel

Luxy #1 Millionaire Dating App

Masquerade-app.com

Bumble

Plenty of Fish


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Fri, 21 Feb 2014 02:56:11 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-dating-apps/cameron-quasney
<![CDATA[The Best Wallpaper Apps for iPhone & iPad]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-wallpaper-app/ranker-tech
There's nothing more boring than a default background or lock screen. This list will help you find the best wallpaper app for iPhone or iPad, with links to download your favorite from the Apple App Store. Want HD pics and graphics for your smartphone screen? Or are you looking to customize your iPhone theme with cool live backgrounds in eye-popping colors? This list includes the top rated wallpaper apps made of hi-def photos and images. Each offers multiple categories and options so you can create a truly unique look to your mobile device.

What are the biggest, most versatile background apps for iOS? These awesome galleries offer vivid colors, cool glow effects, and other features for cool phone skins. The highest rated wallpaper apps in the App Store even allow users to add text, frames, and stickers to their high-definition photographs and pics. This list ranks the top rated free online background apps as well as those paid apps that offer in-app purchases. One app even displays more or each image as you tilt your screen, and another lets you share your custom skins on Tumblr and Pinterest! Vote up your favorite mobile wallpaper apps to see them move up the list.
The Best Wallpaper Apps for iPhone & iPad,

Magic Screen - Customize your Lock

Wallpapers & Backgrounds Live

HD Wallpapers

Wallpapers for iOS 8 - Cool HD Themes and Backgrounds

Wallpapers HD

iTheme - Magic Wallpapers and Backgrounds

Wallpapers iOS 8 edition

Wallpapers HD for iPhone, iPod and iPad

Unique Locks Free - Pimp Out a Custom Wallpaper for Lock Screen

Cool Wallpapers HD


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Mon, 02 Feb 2015 09:59:41 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-wallpaper-app/ranker-tech
<![CDATA[Awesome Date Ideas for New Couples]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/date-ideas-for-new-couples/samantha-dillinger
You're in the honeymoon stage of your relationship, when butterflies still get caught inside your stomach, and you're still just a little bit shy around each other. Your relationship is still new and you're still figuring each other out. What are some of the best date ideas for new couples? This list ranks the top dates for new couples to keep the relationship moving in the right direction.

Though you've successfully navigated that awkward first date stage of your relationship, it's still important to find ways to get to know each other in a low-pressure, casual way. The best dates for new couples show off your personalities, but they don't have to be as expensive or impressive as the first date. Being overly showy is distracting. Most people want to find out who the "real you" is, and the new couple date ideas on this list do just that.

Even though you still might be a little shy around this person, it's important to show them that they make you feel comfortable. Find activities that you both enjoy, like dancing or working out, and do them together. Invite your new significant other to a group activity, such as a dinner date or to meet your group of friends. It shows them that you want them to be a part of your life.

Cast your votes below for the best dates for brand new couples, and keep the love alive.


Awesome Date Ideas for New Couples,

Complete a Bucket List
Have you always wanted to go to that popular tourist attraction but can never find the time? What about that new restaurant down the block? New relationships are the perfect excuses to explore new things.

Road Trip
Take a road trip together and just get to know one another on the open road. Sometimes it isn't about the destination, it's about the journey.

Walk the Boardwalk
Or just walk. Anywhere. Going for a walk is a simple way of getting out and doing something while still dedicating time to talking. Plus, it's a great excuse to have spontaneous, romantic moments.

Go to a Carnival
Carnivals and fairs are notoriously romantic dating destinations, especially for new couples. Share some hot dogs and ride the ferris wheel together.

Protip: Ride the ferris wheel first, and then eat the hot dog.

Meet the Friends
A group activity is great for new couples so you can see each other interact with your friends. Plus, if you haven't gotten it already, it's a great time to get the friends' approval.

Catch a Matinee
See a movie during the day when it's less crowded and you can actually find the perfect seats. Don't forget the popcorn!

Stay Up Late
Find a late night diner or cafe and just chat over coffee and dessert. It's the perfect time to have those long, thoughtful conversations, without distractions of other people obligations.

Dancing Lessons
Dance lessons might seem intimidating, but learning together will give you something to bond over. Take a class so you can tear up the dance floor together later. 

Brewery Tour
Many breweries offer free tours of their facilities. Pick a day to take a tour together and sample some free beer. If there are none near you, go to a beerfest or a wine tasting festival.

See An Improv Show
Comedy is a great standby for a fun date night – who doesn't love to laugh? It's the perfect place to gain new inside jokes with one another, making your bond stronger.


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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:39:39 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/date-ideas-for-new-couples/samantha-dillinger
<![CDATA[The Best Dating Tips for Single Moms]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/dating-tips-for-single-moms/samantha-dillinger
What are some dating tips for single moms? Dating can be tough for anybody, but especially for a single mom who has to balance many different lives, from family to work. This list ranks the top dating tips for single mothers and dating advice to help single moms who are ready to find love.

After an unsuccessful relationship or even a marriage, dating might seem like the last thing a single mom wants to do. But just like anyone else, single mothers also want companionship and deserve to date just as much as anybody else.

The first thing to realize is that single mothers deserve to have a life of their own. It doesn't mean they don't care about their children, but they should be allowed to pursue their own dreams and passions. The key is to find a balance, figure out your limits, and respect boundaries for everyone. It's important to be considerate of your child's feelings, as this might be a confusing time for them. Make sure they understand that you are always there for them, and open that line of communication so they know that they can come to you. 

What are some other single mom dating tips? Cast your votes below for the best dating tips for single mothers.
The Best Dating Tips for Single Moms,

Realize You Need This Time for Yourself
You might feel guilty for spending time away from your children, but don't forget that you also deserve to have your own life. Respect that decision and take time for you.

Pay Attention
If you're on a date, pay attention to your date. Don't spend all your time texting the babysitter or talking about what's going on at home.

Be Positive
Don't channel your negative feelings into a date. Even if your home life is stressful, try to find the positive parts of the date and have fun.

Don't Bring Up the Past
Dwelling on the past is an easy way to stay in the past. If you're dating again, try to move forward instead of focusing on what's behind you.

Go Online
The best thing about online dating is that you can do it when it's convenient for you. Without the pressure of balancing two lives right away, going online is a low-pressure way to get started.

Be Clear About Your Limits
If you have boundaries, such as sleeping together or meeting the children, let them know right away. Be sure to also understand the other person's limits.

Be Honest
Always be open and honest about who you are and the people in your life. Never try to hide your kids from anyone you're dating.

Stop Worrying About Your Ex
Try to move on from the past and don't let your ex ruin what could be promising. Just because something didn't work out in the past, doesn't mean it can't work with with someone else.

Look for Someone Who Accepts You
This might be a no-brainer, but finding someone who is comfortable with your lifestyle and respects you as a mom is more important than pure romance or attraction. This is the type of person who'll stick around when the going gets tough.

Talk to Your Friends
It's good to get advice from your friends who may already be married or have been dating recently. Besides, they might be able to introduce you to someone who'd be a great match.


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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:46:51 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/dating-tips-for-single-moms/samantha-dillinger
<![CDATA[The Funniest GIFs of Kids Falling Over]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/kids-falling-over/ashley-reign
Don't get us wrong, we don't want kids to fall down and hurt themselves. But knowing how much bouncier and resilient kids are than grown-ups, we figure that if a kid experiences a (mostly) harmless mishap, and that mishap happens to be immortalized on tape, what kind of people would we be not to honor the whole thing with a good chuckle, right? That's how we rationalized as we put together this hysterical collection of GIFs of kids falling. It’ll take you right back to your own days of scraped knees and occasional CAT scans.

You'll probably find yourself rooting for this adorable group of kids falling as they get knocked out by their older brothers and sisters or learn the harsh realities of gravity. You’ll see bouncing tots succumb to the dumb movements of their own feet and watch otherwise well-balanced kids fall prey to the enthusiasm of the family dog. You’ll revisit those old childhood memories of your first fight with yourself in the mirror and see kids falling over fences and other barriers with more grace than most of us have mastered well into our adult years.

The next time you’re feeling a little beaten down by life, join the most adorable little sympathizers on the block. These little dudes and ladies may look like a drunk guy after a football game, but they sure do it way cuter than he does.


The Funniest GIFs of Kids Falling Over,

The Thug Life Chose Him



A Gymnastics Prodigy



Dogs: Man's Best Friend, Baby's Worst Enemy



It Was Then That Carol's Mom Decided Piano Lessons Might Be a Better Call



Special Effects Work = Nailing It



Future Lifetime Bus Rider



Okay So Occassionally Cowgirls Do Cry


Karma in Action



In the Battle of Kid vs. Balloon, Balloon Always Wins
                                


"Dammit Dude, You Blew My Bath Time Cover!"




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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:13:38 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/kids-falling-over/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[Genius Bathroom Inventions You Didn't Realize You Needed]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/genius-bathroom-inventions/nathandavidson

It's time to clean up your bathroom in an entirely different way. Sure, you may think your bathroom is fine just the way it is, but the truth is your bathroom could be way more awesome and you know it. Below is a collection of absolutely genius bathroom inventions and ideas that will make you want to spend even more time in your home away from home. These incredibly cool bathroom products will make your bathroom so awesome, your friends won't feel awkward about doing the dirty deed at your home anymore. Actually, that's a horrible selling point. Just forget you ever read that sentence and enjoy this gallery of the greatest bathroom ideas ever conceived. 


Genius Bathroom Inventions You Didn't Realize You Needed,

Wine Not

Well, That's A Load Off

This Japanese Shower

Toilet Seat Pedal

The Bath to Righteousness

Cut and Paste

Let it Glow

Heated Towel Rack

Shower Foot Rest

The Love Tub


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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:52:21 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/genius-bathroom-inventions/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[Harsh Truths About Healthy Foods and What You Can Do About It]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/healthy-food-harsh-truths/sky-marcano

This list of healthy foods includes some harsh truths that may shock you. The everyday healthy diet is supposed to give you energy, maintain a healthy BMI, and make you happy. But people rarely, if ever, talk about some of the negative health effects "healthy" foods can cause. Don't get freaked out - most of the bad stuff on this list only happens if you eat too much of it. Still, it's worth combing through. Knowledge is power, after all (at least as much power as your next spinach-kale-banana smoothie will give you). 


Harsh Truths About Healthy Foods and What You Can Do About It,

Bread
Whole grain breads *are* rumored to lower your risk of heart disease, but too much grain in your diet can cause serious digestive issues
Coffee
New studies have shown coffee has many health benefits - but it's not without its problems, either. Coffee can increase your heart rate and blood pressure, and cause insomnia and dehydration. Keep it to a couple cups a day, though, and you should be fine.
Garlic
Garlic can treat many different illnesses, including the common cold and flu. But eating too much garlic can actually be toxic to the body. Be careful with your garlic consumption - it can also cause stomach aches if you eat too much.
Kale
You might be shocked if someone said you need to cut back on your extra large servings of kale, but the leafy brassica has a tendency to have a metal called thallium, and so can become toxic in the human body. Yes, kale does have many health benefits when eaten in moderation, but - careful - you can potentially poison yourself if you eat too much. 
Spinach
Spinach is great for smoothies, salads - even pizza. It's healthy, for sure, but spinach is also high in oxalate, a compound that can cause kidney stones. So if you are prone to calcium kidney stones, consider cutting back - think twice about your next green smoothie with spinach binge. 



Tuna
Sushi's great, but tuna can cause major health problems if you eat too much. Too much tuna can cause mercury poisoning, which symptoms include tingling sensations and a loss of balance. 
Onions
Onions have many benefits - they prevent plaque build up in your arteries and contain anti-inflammatory agents. But they can also cause long bouts of gas and bloating and interfere with blood thinning medication. Something to consider before eating a huge, heaping bowl of onions, if that's something you've ever thought about doing. 
Apples with skin
Apples are high in carbohydrates, so if you're on a low-carb diet, don't eat more than two a day. In fact, because carbohydrates generally inhibit weight loss, consuming too many apples could keep you from losing weight. 
Tomatoes
Raw tomatoes have been known to keep cancer away, although eating too many can actually interfere with your immune system. Eat them, but not too many.
Low Fat Yogurt
Read ingredient lists of your favorite "low-fat" foods - they might just be chock-full of sugar and chemical fillers. Also know that fats actually allow your body to absorb nutrients, and give you the feeling of being full longer. Healthy fats like peanut butter and olive oil are great options. Don't fear eating fat - enjoy it.

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<![CDATA[Advantages To Dating A B*tch]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/advantages-to-dating-a-b_tch/michelle-broadnax

We all know that girl…  the one everyone thinks is a cold-hearted b*tch. It may because she doesn't smile as much as the other girls, or because her resting b*tch face is so damn convincing. Whatever it is, other women seem to avoid her like the plague, but men seem to flock to her. Why is that you ask? There’s 12 simple advantages to dating a b*tch… (psst… she probably isn’t a b*tch at all).


Advantages To Dating A B*tch,

She Doesn't Have a Problem Calling You Out… or Anyone for That Matter

We all need to be called out every now and again, it’s important to know when what we’ve said offended someone or when what we’ve done has hurt someone’s feelings. Your friends may be too nice to let you have. The b*tchy girl you’re dating however…


She’ll Be Great at Motivating You

She doesn’t want to be the only successful wants, she wants everyone to go after what they want. She wants everyone to chase their dreams, demand respect, and be a go-getter — and that includes you, the guy she’s dating. You’ll start to believe that you can reach the stars because she pushes you to believe that you can.


She Commands Respect and Will Respect You in Return

She knows who she is, wants she wants, and what she doesn’t, because of that she has no time for people who look down on her or are condescending. She won’t let anyone walk all over her, and she wants you to be just the same.


She Doesn’t Have Any Problem Putting Herself Out There

The people who never take risks are the ones who never get anywhere, and that’s not this girl. Is there a job she wants? She’ll call HR and ask for an interview? She wants a raise? She’ll set up an appointment with her boss and ask for it. And —let me guess— she was the one that approached you. She knows you have to put yourself out there in order to get anything you want.


There’s No Room for Second Guessing

Once a decision has been made, she’s going with it. There will be no second-guessing and no doubting. If it’s a mistake, oh well — live and learn. That’s what life is all about, and she’ll take the bull by the horns and live it to the fullest.


There’s Never a Dull Moment

Because really, she could fly off at the handle at any moment in time. Her way of being spontaneous… shall we say?


She’s Totally Not a B*tch; She’s a Passionate, Independent, Leading, Fierce Woman

Because really, she’s not any nicer or meaner than any other woman that you’ve dated, she’s just a leader, and a fearless one at that. Ding, ding, ding! You’ve found a winner. 


She Has Her Sh*t Together

Maybe not all of her sh*t, but she never has a problem cutting people or things out of her life that don’t bring her meaning and fulfillment — and that include you. So just know if you’re in her life, it’s because she wants you there. 


She Can Hold It Together

So she didn’t get that promotion that she’s been gunning for, or that raise, or a friend has betrayed her… she won’t dwell on it. She’ll be sad for a day or two, then she’ll buck up and move the f*ck on.


She’s Genuine

It takes a special person to be able to deal with all the fierce emotions that comes with dating the b*tchy girl, but you should know that she’s never fake.



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Mon, 07 Mar 2016 01:32:29 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/advantages-to-dating-a-b_tch/michelle-broadnax
<![CDATA[The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-best-family-restaurant-chains-in-america/desertrat89
This is a list of the best kid-friendly restaurant chains in America. If you don't have kids, you don't understand the trauma that parents endure taking their children to eat out. It was thus that the family restaurant was born. Over the years, a lot of family restaurants have popped up across the country and have become standard American restaurants that can be seen all over the world. You'll see breakfast restaurants such as IHOP on this list as well as Cracker Barrel, Red Lobster, and Denny's.

Just because a restaurant is a chain, that doesn't mean it necessarily specializes in distinctly American cuisine. Other popular restaurants include the Australian-themed Outback Steakhouse, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, and Chipotle Mexican Grill. While many of these restaurants may not overlap in their menus, the one thing all have in common is that they are considered the best family restaurant chains in America. 

Vote for your personal faves, and add any you see missing. Keep in mind these are national chains, not local haunts, so add your restaurants accordingly, keep in mind, only family style. 

Check out more lists like Best American Restuarants for Kid's Birthdays and The Best Restaurant Chains to Stop at During a Road Trip.
The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America,

Applebee’s International, Inc.

Chili's

Cracker Barrel

Denny's

Fuddruckers

IHOP

Olive Garden

Outback Steakhouse

Red Robin

T.G.I. Friday's


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