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4 Times Rick and Morty Predicted the Future



If you’ve never seen the adventures of mad scientist Rick and his sidekick/grandson Morty before, be aware that there be spoilers. Rick and Morty is a chaotic mess of sci-fi, fantasy, drama, and comedy tropes that have captured the hearts of different generations.

In fact, its producer Adult Swim has had no trouble adapting games for the show, such as Virtual Ricka-lity, Rick and Morty’s Rush Licensed Adventure, and Pocket Mortys. Even online games have cashed in on the show’s versatile themes and tropes as well. On gaming site Gala Bingo, online slots like Wubba Lubba Dub Dub and Rick and Morty Megaways show just how far the show’s influence has come. And these games continue to attract different players today, further widening the show’s already huge influence on pop culture.
Created by Dan Harmon, the show is like a cross between the dramedy of Community, the movie Back to the Future, and the long-time animated series The Simpsons. It even comes with its own eerie predictions for the future. As the show comes up on its 5th season, let’s take a look at the times in which elements from Rick and Morty made their way into real life.

Biohybrid Battery

In an old episode called “The Ricks Must Be Crazy,” Rick’s ‘car’ (spaceship) breaks down in a parking lot. To fix the problem, Rick transports himself and his grandson Morty into the car’s battery, which turns out to be an entire micro-universe. Inside what Rick calls the microverse, it is revealed that his car battery is actually a small universe powered by microscopic organisms. Today, biological batteries are a real thing. Spearheaded by researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, our own cars and gadgets could soon be powered by a biohybrid battery that utilizes electricity-generating bacteria.

Virtual Reality in Prisons

Aliens capture Rick in the episode “M. Night Shaym-Aliens!” When he later ‘escapes,’ he finds out that his experience of escaping was all part of the alien prison’s simulation. Nowadays, actual prisons in states like Alaska and Pennsylvania are experimenting with virtual reality for rehabilitation and re-entry training. And the results of using simulations on prisoners have been promising.

Penis Transplant

After accidentally eating a deadly alien microbe out of a tub of ice cream, Morty’s dad and Rick’s son-in-law Jerry are taken to an advanced alien hospital in “Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate.” Here, we get a glimpse of the future of surgery, as an alien doctor approaches Jerry with a shocking request. They want to cut off his penis and use it to replace the dying heart of an alien hero-politician. It sounds insane until you realize that both organs are involved in blood circulation. No such procedures have been performed in real life. But after the episode aired, there have been a handful of successful penis transplants both in the U.S. and South Africa. And Massachusetts General Hospital could soon do the first penis transplant for sex-reassignment surgery.

Consumerism and the Pandemic

In “Never Ricking Morty,” our heroes are stuck on a ‘story train,’ a meta-universe of literary tropes. When they get out, it’s revealed that it was a toy train that Morty purchased for Rick, prompting the sidekick to apologize. But Rick is not having it. Instead, he praises Morty’s act by eloquently ranting a satirical ode to consumerism, adding that Morty did a patriotic service as “nobody’s out there buying anything because of this virus!” It’s just a short bit at the end of the episode. But it was a spot-on take on how some experts would later insist on keeping the economy thriving at the expense of people’s lives.
Given how accurate and strange some of these predictions are, we can’t help but look forward to the next season of Rick and Morty. For more strange facts and theories about the future, follow Planet Today.
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The Dark and Mysterious History of Yosemite’s Tenaya Canyon




Tenaya Canyon is a trail-less and treacherous part of Yosemite
National Park that runs from Tenaya Lake down to Yosemite Valley. It is
known as the “Bermuda Triangle of Yosemite” because of the many
accidents, injuries and deaths that have occurred there over the years.

people even believe that the canyon is cursed by the spirits of the
original inhabitants of Yosemite, who were violently displaced by the
Mariposa Indian War in the 1850s.

The canyon is a challenging and
risky route for adventurous hikers and climbers, who have to navigate
smooth granite slabs, steep rappels, mandatory swims and precarious
ledges. The canyon also offers stunning views of waterfalls, swimming
holes and rock formations.

However, the park officials warn that
“a trip into the unforgiving terrain of Tenaya Canyon…should not be
taken lightly.” There is a sign at the entrance of the canyon that

of the most famous incidents in Tenaya Canyon happened in 1918, when
John Muir, the “Father of the National Parks,” fell and was knocked
unconscious while exploring the canyon.

He later wrote: “I was
suddenly brought to a standstill by a blow on the head that confused my
senses for a moment or two without wholly stunning me.” He managed to
recover and continue his journey, but he never returned to the canyon.

Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, CA

“Tenaya Canyon is one of those places where you can feel history all
around you,” said Scott Gediman, a park ranger at Yosemite National
Park. “It’s a very powerful place.”

Another notable explorer of
Tenaya Canyon was Ron Kauk, a legendary climber who lived in Yosemite
for decades and scaled some of its most challenging walls.

He camped on the side of a rock face in Tenaya Canyon and felt a mysterious force pulling on his sleeping bag.

He told SFGATE:
“It was like something that came around in a teasing kind of way or
something. It wasn’t anything too dramatic, no lights flashing around or
flying by you. Just to acknowledge that there was something else

He speculated that the canyon might be “the holding place for the original spirit of the place and the people (of Yosemite).”

Canyon is named after Chief Tenaya, the leader of the Ahwahneechee
tribe that lived in Yosemite Valley before they were driven out by the
Mariposa Battalion, a group of armed volunteers sent by California’s
governor to subdue the Native Americans in the area.

battalion captured Chief Tenaya and his people and forced them to
relocate to a reservation near Fresno. However, some of them escaped and
returned to Yosemite Valley, where they were attacked again by the

Chief Tenaya’s son was killed in the battle, and he
reportedly cursed his enemies and his homeland before fleeing into
Tenaya Canyon. He was later killed by a rival tribe near Mono Lake.

historians and locals believe that Chief Tenaya’s curse still lingers
in Tenaya Canyon, causing misfortune and tragedy for those who enter it.
Others think that the canyon is simply a dangerous place that requires
caution and respect.

Tenaya Canyon has had more than 110 people
killed there and many more injured. It is known to the Park Service as
the Bermuda Triangle of Yosemite.

of people go missing at national parks across the United States every
year. Some of these disappearances are never solved. Yosemite National
Park holds the notorious position as the national park with the third
most missing persons per year (233).

Either way, Tenaya Canyon
remains one of Yosemite’s most fascinating and mysterious places, where
nature’s beauty and history’s brutality collide.

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Vatican investigates potential miracle at Connecticut church




The Catholic Church is reportedly investigating a potential miracle that occurred at a church in Connecticut, reports

The supposed miracle took place at St Thomas Church in Thomaston, Connecticut, according to the Hartford Courant.

Revered Joseph Crowley, who heads St Maximilian Kolbe Parish, which
includes St Thomas Church, reported that the wafers distributed during
the observation of communion multiplied while sitting inside the

“God duplicated himself in the ciborium,” Rev Crowley
said after communion, referencing the metal storage containers used to
house the communion wafers. “God provides and it’s strange how God does
that. And that happened.”

response, the Archdiocese of Hartford began an investigation to
determine whether or not a miracle had occurred at the church.

then, the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith, a group dating
back to the 1500’s tasked with promoting and defending the Catholic
faith throughout the world, has been notified and has begun its own

A spokesman for the archdiocese, David Elliott,
issued a statement to the Hartford Courant saying that “reports such as
the alleged miracle in Thomaston require referral to the Dicastery for
the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome. The Archdiocese has proceeded
accordingly, and will await a response in due time.”

Miracles are
an important part of the process of becoming a saint within the Catholic
Church. Sainthood considerations typically begin five years after the
death of an exceptional Catholic.

number of criteria must be met, including “verified miracles” — Vatican
officials must determine that the miracles are a direct result of an
individual praying to the candidate saint. They must come to the
decision that the miracle was a result of the dead potential saint
interceding between the petitioner and God, causing the miracle.

Catholic Church defines a miracle as a “sign of wonder such as a
healing, or control of nature, which can only be attributed to divine

While duplicating thin bread wafers may seem like a minor
use of divine power to those unfamiliar with Catholic theology, the
Eucharist — often called communion or the lord’s supper — is arguably
the holiest and most important sacrament — or ritual — in the faith.

typically believe in the idea of transubstantiation, or the idea that
the bread and wine given during the ritual literally become the body and
blood of Jesus Christ upon consecration, as opposed to simply symbols
of his presence.

O’Neil, who goes by the moniker Miracle Hunter, authored a book called
Science and the Miraculous: How the Church Investigates the
Supernatural, spoke to the Hartford Courant and gave examples of
previous eucharistic miracles.

“There are various types of
eucharistic miracles, but the ones that are most remarkable, in my
opinion, were on some rare occasions, the host is said to bleed human
blood,” he said.

Reverend Michael McGivney, the founder of the
Knights of Columbus, ended his clerical career at St Thomas, where the
alleged communion miracle took place. He has been in consideration for
sainthood and requires one more verified miracle before he moves on to
final consideration for sainthood within the Catholic Church.

Leonard Blair explained to the Hartford Courant that “what has been
reported to have occurred at our parish church in Thomaston, of which
Blessed Michael McGivney was once pastor, if verified, would constitute a
sign or wonder that can only be attributed to divine power to
strengthen our faith in the daily miracle of the Most Holy Eucharist.

would also be a source of blessing from Heaven for the effort that the
US Bishops are making to renew and deepen the faith and practice of our
Catholic people with regard to this great Sacrament.”

“Blessed” is a title given to saint candidates who have had “verified” miracles attributed to them by the Vatican.

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