A smart fortune-telling feature from 'Google' is a search you won't soon forget.

Want to know your future? Right now, "Google" seems to have a cool new feature. If you head over to BetaGoogle.com, you can check out Google Fortunetelling.

All you gotta do is click through and type in a question about your future. And then: magic.

Do it now because the rest of this is about to get verrrry spoiler-y.


GIF via BetaGoogle.

When you start typing, it autofills ... with something a little unexpected. I won't tell you yet because you gotta see it for yourself! Go!

OK, now that you're back...

When my question started autofilling in, I was like...

"WHAaaaaahhhhhhhhhooooooohhhh, ohh my! Whoaaaah." GIF via "Vanderpump Rules."

I felt a little bit tricked. But mostly, I felt like this was so cool. I was tricked ... for good!

Google can't tell your future. (Obvi.)


GIF via BetaGoogle.

But the Google Fortunetelling site will tell you about the world's current refugee crisis.

GIF via BetaGoogle.

Since conflict in Syria kicked up in 2011, around 4 million Syrians have fled their country. Another 7 million Syrians are displaced within Syria. Most have yet to find a safe haven. (The U.S. has taken just over 2,000 of those refugees. So far!)

I want to give some serious props to Google. But it seems Google is not behind this site.

Digiday reported they got the skinny on who is behind the curtain of this delightful online prank.

"Netherlands-based creative communications agency BrainMedia confirmed they are behind the site, which links to the donations page of UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency."

Zing! The site has been in existence since September, but it's popping up again thanks to the ever-hot and ever-hefty debates about refugees in the news in the aftermath of terrorism. And even though the idea doesn't seem to have been Google's, Google held its own refugee relief campaign and matched donations up to $5.5 million to reach a goal of $11 million dollars for refugees.

What a smart way to make me think about the future of others: By tapping into the curiosity about knowing our own futures, we're struck by a moment of recognition — how truly terrible it is to not know your more immediate future. Whether you'll have a safe place to sleep tonight. Where your next meal will come from.

It's bait-and-switch with a purpose.

The search takes you to a page that links you to charities and gives you a great way you to share the search — and awareness — with others.

So what next? Let's all be tricksters for good — for our neighbors across the sea who are fleeing for their lives.

Go yell, "BETAGOOGLE.COM!!!!" on the street.

GIF via "Late Show with David Letterman."

Or find a time machine, go back in time, become a YouTube celebrity, and make a YouTube tutorial about how to go to BetaGoogle.com.

GIF via "Back to the Future."

Or, you can just go to BetaGoogle.com, share it on your Internet places, and watch your friends be like...

GIF via "WWE."

You know the secret about Google Fortunetelling. But your friends may not. You know what to do.

So head over to the website and share it.

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When Sue Hoppin was in college, she met the man she was going to marry. "I was attending the University of Denver, and he was at the Air Force Academy," she says. "My dad had also attended the University of Denver and warned me not to date those flyboys from the Springs."

"He didn't say anything about marrying one of them," she says. And so began her life as a military spouse.

The life brings some real advantages, like opportunities to live abroad — her family got to live all around the US, Japan, and Germany — but it also comes with some downsides, like having to put your spouse's career over your own goals.

"Though we choose to marry someone in the military, we had career goals before we got married, and those didn't just disappear."

Career aspirations become more difficult to achieve, and progress comes with lots of starts and stops. After experiencing these unique challenges firsthand, Sue founded an organization to help other military spouses in similar situations.

Sue had gotten a degree in international relations because she wanted to pursue a career in diplomacy, but for fourteen years she wasn't able to make any headway — not until they moved back to the DC area. "Eighteen months later, many rejections later, it became apparent that this was going to be more challenging than I could ever imagine," she says.

Eighteen months is halfway through a typical assignment, and by then, most spouses are looking for their next assignment. "If I couldn't find a job in my own 'hometown' with multiple degrees and a great network, this didn't bode well for other military spouses," she says.

She's not wrong. Military spouses spend most of their lives moving with their partners, which means they're often far from family and other support networks. When they do find a job, they often make less than their civilian counterparts — and they're more likely to experience underemployment or unemployment. In fact, on some deployments, spouses are not even allowed to work.

Before the pandemic, military spouse unemployment was 22%. Since the pandemic, it's expected to rise to 35%.

Sue eventually found a job working at a military-focused nonprofit, and it helped her get the experience she needed to create her own dedicated military spouse program. She wrote a book and started saving up enough money to start the National Military Spouse Network (NMSN), which she founded in 2010 as the first organization of its kind.

"I founded the NMSN to help professional military spouses develop flexible careers they could perform from any location."

"Over the years, the program has expanded to include a free digital magazine, professional development events, drafting annual White Papers and organizing national and local advocacy to address the issues of most concern to the professional military spouse community," she says.

Not only was NMSN's mission important to Sue on a personal level she also saw it as part of something bigger than herself.

"Gone are the days when families can thrive on one salary. Like everyone else, most military families rely on two salaries to make ends meet. If a military spouse wants or needs to work, they should be able to," she says.

"When less than one percent of our population serves in the military," she continues, "we need to be able to not only recruit the best and the brightest but also retain them."

"We lose out as a nation when service members leave the force because their spouse is unable to find employment. We see it as a national security issue."

"The NMSN team has worked tirelessly to jumpstart the discussion and keep the challenges affecting military spouses top of mind. We have elevated the conversation to Congress and the White House," she continues. "I'm so proud of the fact that corporations, the government, and the general public are increasingly interested in the issues affecting military spouses and recognizing the employment roadblocks they unfairly have faced."

"We have collectively made other people care, and in doing so, we elevated the issues of military spouse unemployment to a national and global level," she adds. "In the process, we've also empowered military spouses to advocate for themselves and our community so that military spouse employment issues can continue to remain at the forefront."

Not only has NMSN become a sought-after leader in the military spouse employment space, but Sue has also seen the career she dreamed of materializing for herself. She was recently invited to participate in the public re-launch of Joining Forces, a White House initiative supporting military and veteran families, with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

She has also had two of her recommendations for practical solutions introduced into legislation just this year. She was the first in the Air Force community to show leadership the power of social media to reach both their airmen and their military families.

That is why Sue is one of Tory Burch's "Empowered Women" this year. The $5,000 donation will be going to The Madeira School, a school that Sue herself attended when she was in high school because, she says, "the lessons I learned there as a student pretty much set the tone for my personal and professional life. It's so meaningful to know that the donation will go towards making a Madeira education more accessible to those who may not otherwise be able to afford it and providing them with a life-changing opportunity."

Most military children will move one to three times during high school so having a continuous four-year experience at one high school can be an important gift. After traveling for much of her formative years, Sue attended Madeira and found herself "in an environment that fostered confidence and empowerment. As young women, we were expected to have a voice and advocate not just for ourselves, but for those around us."

To learn more about Tory Burch and Upworthy's Empowered Women program visit https://www.toryburch.com/empoweredwomen/. Nominate an inspiring woman in your community today!

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