You've just finished up the rest of your Orange Chicken with pork fried rice (or like me, you've eaten half and will reheat the rest later), and now you're staring at some empty carry out boxes, a bunch of soy sauce and duck sauce packets, napkins, stray rice strewn out over the counter...
And a few packages of fortune cookies!
I think everyone has eaten a fortune cookie or two in their lifetime. It's the most intriguing part of a meal involving good friends and Chinese food. A bunch of people gather round, break open their cookies, eat half of the cookie, then read what the little piece of paper stuck inside the middle says.
Some people say their fortunes aloud, some keep it to themselves, some keep them in their wallet (like I used to), and some just don't care. Actually, I'm curious to know if anyone actually uses the numbers they give you for the lottery, or tries to learn the Chinese words on the back of some fortunes.
At any rate, I look at a Chinese fortune cookie kind of like I look at astrology - it's bogus fun that's intentionally geared to sound generic, positive, and just make you feel a little better about your future. I've never read a fortune cookie that said, "You're going to get in a major car wreck today!", or "Save up because you're going to lose it all!"
Fortunes can be both inspirational and cheerful. Again, I've saved a few in my day because I really liked what they said. However, if you had to write up some of your own original fortunes to be stuffed into cookies for perfect strangers to read, what would you say?
Here's some of my ideas for fortune cookies:
I know, they're pretty stupid, but then again so is the concept of a fortune cookie!
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