‘Idiocracy’: People are paying $10 for an app where you tap a cactus for luck

From Motherboard:

A good luck app has been climbing its way up the iTunes store, with dozens of users thanking the $10 “Lucky Cactus” for everything from surviving near-death experiences or avoiding jail time to passing exams.

The app, which is now number 51 on the iTunes top 100 paid apps list, advertises itself with a cryptic description that stops short of promising anything in particular. It reads:

What is the Lucky Cactus?
It is a state of mind
Tap it.
It may or may not give you luck
Tap it.
Maybe it will
Tap it.
Money, love, power, whatever you want
Tap it.
Maybe it could all be yours

Featuring a potted cactus on a yellow background, the simple app invites users to tap away as emojis begin to waft away from the plant, including a dollar sign, leaf, tongue, and briefcase, seemingly representing areas of your life that could benefit from good luck.

$9.99 might seem steep for a good luck service that does not guarantee users good luck in its description, but the 96 users who gave it five-star reviews might beg to differ. Dozens of users have shared their own stories of good luck, from harrowing brushes with death to simple improvements in their days they’ve attributed to Lucky Cactus…

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