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wierest fortune cookie? Answered

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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Kiteman (author)2008-04-06

I had one that was empty.

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craftyv (author)Kiteman2010-12-30

Such is life. Very profound, don't you think?

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2008-04-15

Those are known as Jessica Simpson cookies. :-)

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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?

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Goodhart (author)2008-04-15

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.

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Patrik (author)Goodhart2008-04-15

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 I hear it's quite a trip, and that they still have some of the old handmade equipment, originally made from WWII era bicycle parts...

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Goodhart (author)Patrik2008-04-15

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.

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Patrik (author)Goodhart2008-04-15

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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NachoMahma (author)Patrik2008-04-16

. Just because you two are arguing, doesn't mean one of you is right. teehee

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kelseymh (author)NachoMahma2010-12-21

If only we could explain that to the talking heads on Fox...

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NachoMahma (author)kelseymh2010-12-21

.  I can't watch Fox "News" any more. I end up swearing at the TV. Except for their morning show, which is high comedy IMNSHO. ;)

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kelseymh (author)Lithium Rain2010-12-21

Nah, that was just my future self time-travelling into the past to make a posting before heI we became a member. Blame bounty1012 and ANDY! for ripping a hole in the spacetime continuum.

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Goodhart (author)Patrik2008-04-15

well, I am unable to find (presently) the original article I originally drew from that had made the assertion that they were started in NYC. No matter. Either way they really aren't "Chinese fortune cookies", which was really the brunt of what I wanted to say anyways ;-) .

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whatsisface (author)Goodhart2008-04-15

Just like Chicken Tikka Massala was invented in Glasgow :-P Sweet and sour chicken is British as well.

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ANDY! (author)2010-12-21

I like these ones:
Sorry, not a winner. Please try again.
Your fortune is in a different cookie

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bounty1012 (author)2010-12-03

You want wonton with that?

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gschoppe (author)2008-04-15

I just recently got the most mundane, but true fortune of my life:

"You will buy some new clothes"

taking the long view, this is certainly true, but it's so mind numbingly uninspired that you can't even improve it by adding "... in bed." to the end.



BTW, if anyone has been living under a rock, it is commonly believed that all fortunes are improved by the addition of this phrase....

for proof, see IchBinEinPyro's fortunes, Goodhart's fortune, and even ToolUsingAnimal's comically cynical fortune.

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Doctor What (author)gschoppe2008-04-15

I've always added, "with squirrels in your pants." But I guess that's kind of kiddish.

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gschoppe (author)Doctor What2008-04-15

yeah, because "... in bed" is so much more suave and debonair...

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Firebert010 (author)2008-04-15

I haven't seen you post for a while. Welcome back? I don't pay much attention to fortune cookies. I know they're made up by silly men working in Oakland factories.

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killerjackalope (author)2008-04-15

I think the strangest one I ever had was:

Your true love will call at 6pm

That night my ex called at 5:54 and a friend called at 6:03 so I had to figure out which girl was my true love according to the fortune cookie, on the other hand I had a text almost on six from my wee brother...

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caitlinsdad (author)2008-04-06

Some are wise. Some are other wise.

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