wierest fortune cookie?

following https://www.instructables.com/forum/what-do-you-qualify-as-your-wierdest-word#

its wierdest fortune cookie!

some of mine were

"you are wonderful; just be yourself"
and
"be generous, you should pay for this meal"

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Kiteman9 years ago
I had one that was empty.
craftyv Kiteman6 years ago
Such is life. Very profound, don't you think?
Those are known as Jessica Simpson cookies. :-)
Har Har.. When ever anyone asks what mine says, I respond "You will die cold and alone, knowing no one ever loved you" Cheerful fellow ain't I?
Lmao.
haha
Goodhart9 years ago
My last one said: Be alert. You will be called upon to help a friend today. BTW: did you all know that the Chinese Fortune Cookie got it's start in NYC :-) not in China.
Patrik Goodhart9 years ago
Nope - San Francisco or Los Angeles, depending on which version of the story you believe. And they probably trace back to a Japanese tradition.

There's a fortune cookie factory here in Oakland that you can visit - I really should give it a try some time. I hear it's quite a trip, and that they still have some of the old handmade equipment, originally made from WWII era bicycle parts...
Goodhart Patrik9 years ago
Rather then say you or your references are wrong, I will just say that there are more then just two "stories" involved: Chinese Fortune cookies: ...there is one place where fortune cookies are conspicuously absent: China. Now a researcher in Japan believes she can explain the disconnect, which has long perplexed American tourists in China. Fortune cookies, Yasuko Nakamachi says, are almost certainly originally from Japan. The fortune cookie was not introduced to the Chinese until the 1990's and were amusingly advertised as "Genuine American Fortune Cookies". New York Times Reporter: On the way to finding the origin of fortune cookies, she pinpoints the beginning of door-to-door delivery in New York and its attendant scourge of free menus. And she gives us the possible origin of chop suey (a joke played by a Chinese chef in San Francisco whose boss wanted him to concoct something that “would pass as Chinese.”) Lee travels to Hunan to see if the actual General Tso had anything to do with the chicken dish that bears his name, only to discover it most likely began as General Ching’s chicken, named after General Tso’s mentor. She also reveals that the white cardboard Fold-Pak cartons for takeout food, originally used to hold shucked oysters, are unknown in China, where Chinese takeout food is virtually nonexistent. Many stories make it hard to be absolutely sure. So, I could be wrong just as easily.
Patrik Goodhart9 years ago
Heh - sounds like you misinterpreted that quote... Yours seems to have come from a book review in the NYT of "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food" by Jennifer 8. Lee.

However, said "Jennifer 8. Lee." also wrote an article in the NYT herself, which is the one I quoted above:

If fortune cookies are Japanese in origin, how did they become a mainstay of American Chinese restaurants? To understand this, Ms. Nakamachi has made two trips to the United States, focusing on San Francisco and Los Angeles, where she interviewed the descendants of Japanese and Chinese immigrant families who made fortune cookies.

The cookie's path is relatively easy to trace back to World War II. At that time they were a regional specialty, served in California Chinese restaurants, where they were known as "fortune tea cakes."

Clearly, "On the way to finding the origin of fortune cookies, she pinpoints the beginning of door-to-door delivery in New York" should not be read as "she pinpoints its beginning to door-to-door delivery in New York", but rather as "she also discovers the origins of door-to-door delivery". Blame the authors of the book review for some really confusing sentence structure...
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