Fan strikes ‘Rick and Morty’ gold — sells Szechuan sauce for $15,000 Schmeckles


No one worships useless, pointless nonsense like the Rick and Morty fanbase. And I say that with all the love in my plumbus.

Season 3’s surprise April Fools premiere ended with Rick’s crazed, psychopathic rant about how his “9 Season character arc” would revolve around getting McDonald’s discontinued Szechuan sauce back.

It was the lunatic ravings of a madman, and Rick and Morty fans took up the cause like a religion.

McDonald’s responded to their petitions in kind when the second episode released several months later. They not only sent co-creator Justin Roiland his beloved sauce, but also gave away three more 64oz bottles to randomly selected fans. Read more…

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US Navy secretary on transgender people in the military: ‘Any patriot’ should be able to serve

richard spencerWASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said he would follow directions from the president on transgender people in the military but believes “any patriot” should be allowed to serve.

Spencer, speaking to reporters on Thursday on a visit to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, said he would abide by any policy the Pentagon provides to the armed forces on the transgender issue.

However, Spencer said he believes that, on a fundamental basis, “any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military,” according to news reports.

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter last month that he would ban transgender people from serving in the military “in any capacity,” reviving a ban that had ended in 2016.

Trump’s announcement created vast uncertainty for active-duty and reserve transgender service members, who say they number in the thousands. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a memo a day after Trump’s tweet that there would be no change in policy until Defense Secretary James Mattis received an official order from the president. That order has not been issued.

A week after the announcement, the US Coast Guard commandant, Admiral Paul Zukunft, offered support for transgender members of his service.

On Wednesday, five transgender members of the US military, including Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, sued Trump over the transgender ban, saying he made the announcement without consulting senior military commanders.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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Gmail’s iPhone app just got a really important new feature


Gmail’s iPhone app just got a lot more secure.

The app is now able to warn you about potential phishing attacks when you click on a shady link, Google announced Friday.

If you click on a link that Google thinks could be suspicious, you’ll see a warning asking if you’re “sure you want to proceed.” 

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The app will also warn when clicking on a link Google knows to be malicious.”The site you are trying to visit has been identified as a forgery, intended to trick you into disclosing financial, personal or other sensitive information,” reads one such warningRead more…

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Facebook quietly bought a startup that can manipulate videos


Fake news, it’s a big deal on Facebook, and we might just be getting more of it in the form of videos.

Facebook recently bought a startup with an expertise in video manipulation, Deutsche Startups reported. The German-based startup Fayteq has software that is able to remove or add objects in videos, even live ones, and add effects to them. 

The company offers “innovative technologies in the area of off-line and real-time video manipulation, removing the border between reality and fiction,” described Siegfried Vater, an investor and partner of Fayteq, according to TechEu. Read more…

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Facebook may have snuck an app into China’s App Store


Facebook is even more desperate to have a presence in China than we thought.

The social network has been secretly testing a photo sharing app in the country, according to a new report in The New York Times. 

The app, reportedly called “Colorful Balloons” is apparently a Chinese version of Facebook’s photo-sharing app, Moments. The app, first released in the U.S. in 2014, allows friends to make group albums to privately share photos from their phone.

Unlike the U.S version, which requires a Facebook account, Colorful Balloons uses WeChat — the messaging app that’s nearly universal in China. Users can also share photos via QR codes, which are extremely common in the country. Read more…

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Yes, there’s now an app with the sole purpose of showing you dank memes


If you enjoy wasting time on the internet, you’re probably going to love Memeois, the new iOS app made solely to deliver you the hottest new memes.

The app was made by 17-year-old Anushk Mittal and is free for download on iOS. Just be warned that the only way to enter the app is by signing in through a Facebook account. We don’t see any reason to be alarmed up front, but it’s something you might want to consider before joining.

The app apparently uses machine learning to crawl your Facebook activity to determine what memes it thinks you want to see. It also surfaces different trends based on your activity within the app. Read more…

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Susan Rice: Trump is approaching a ‘very real challenge’ with North Korea

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Susan Rice, the former US national security adviser who served in the Obama administration, said this week’s verbal tug-of-war between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is proof that Trump faces a “very real challenge” confronting the unpredictable regime.

“When the president of the United States makes statements that could be mistaken for Kim Jong-Un’s, I think that rattles our allies enormously and it risks a miscalculation on the North Korean side,” Rice told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday.

Rice was referring to comments Trump made from his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club on Tuesday, where he declared North Korea would feel “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it kept threatening the US. The remarks immediately conjured among many in the US visions of a full-scale nuclear war. Kim Jong Un, seeming to draw the same conclusion, promptly responded with another threat — this time against the US territory of Guam.

“We need to be very measured, very careful, very planned in our rhetoric. I hope that we will see more measure out of the administration and out of the president as he approaches this very real challenge,” Rice said.

When asked whether the US could contemplate a preemptive attack on North Korea, the former national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations said the outcome would be “catastrophic” for the Korean Peninsula, and put the US at risk of a direct confrontation with China, North Korea’s closest ally.

“A pre-emptive attack by the United States would be a very, very poor choice, a very dangerous choice,” Rice said, adding a warning for Kim Jong Un’s regime: “The North Koreans understand that if ever they were to use their nuclear weapons against the United States or our allies, they would face annihilation.”

Despite bipartisan lamentations about the perceived loss of measured diplomacy between the US and North Korea this week, experts have argued an actual nuclear conflict is unlikely. As Business Insider’s Alex Lockie reported on Wednesday:

“Trump didn’t call for a strike, and he won’t. Neither will Kim Jong Un. Both men will get acceptable outcomes without firing a shot.”

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‘The Mooch is loose’ on SNL’s ‘Weekend Update: Summer Edition’


The first of four episodes of Weekend Update: Summer Edition aired Thursday night, and while Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump didn’t show up, there was a very special guest: Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci, played by SNL alum Bill Hader. 

The Mooch’s appearance — like his tenure as White House communications director — was short and sweet. And full of profanity.  Read more…

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Congrats world, you watched Snapchat’s dancing hot dog 1.5 billion times


It’s official.

Humanity has now watched Snapchat’s animated hot dog gyrate and breakdance more than 1.5 billion times. 

That’s a combined 142 years of grooving meat footage, an average of close to 30 seconds for every Snapchat user. It adds up to a Super Bowl commercial’s worth of focused mass attention.

Unfortunately for Snap, the intense fixation on the mega-meme didn’t count for much in the grand scheme of its second-ever Wall Street earnings report on Thursday. There isn’t exactly a space for the stat on a balance sheet.

That didn’t stop CEO Evan Spiegel from boasting to investors about the weenie’s pioneering achievements. Read more…

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Google cancels diversity meeting because of alt-right trolling


Google has canceled its company-wide meeting meant to address the ongoing controversy caused by the anti-diversity “manifesto” written by a former engineer. 

The meeting was canceled due to safety concerns, after several employees’ names were published in online forums, according to the company.

In an email sent to Google employees Thursday, CEO Sundar Pichai said they had made the decision to cancel the meeting because staffers were “concerned about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall.” Read more…

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Lion immediately regrets messing with this hippo


What looked like an easy meal turned into a headache for one lion. 

A female lion attempted to hunt a hippo basking in the sun at Maasai Mara in Kenya recently. Perhaps the lion thought the hippo was injured or sleeping. It was most certainly not.

After noticing the lion, the hippo immediately gets up. The lion trots off like it’s no big deal, but the hippo shows that it’s not to be messed with. 

Thankfully for the lion, she got off with just a warning this time.

WATCH: Here are 7 things you probably didn’t know about ‘Masters of the Universe’

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The iPhone 8’s most important feature might have just been discovered


Somewhere deep in Apple’s new spaceship campus, CEO Tim Cook and chief design officer Jony Ive are cursing out the world as fanatic developers continue unearthing clues about the unreleased iPhone 8 from a recent software leak.

The latest discovery: The iPhone 8 might have a resizable virtual home button that would replace the iPhone’s physical home button. At this rate, will there even be anything left for Apple to announce next month?

Once again, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has come up big by scouring through the Apple HomePod firmware that leaked earlier this month. Read more…

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