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Fortune Cookie Day, Roadtrips R Us

A wise man said, “Buy these by the Case!”

Today is Fortune Cookie Day. Seeing that it is Friday the 13th in the year 2013, I’m not so sure I would want to get the vanilla flavored treat with a tarot reading inside. Although they are given away in Chinese restaurants across America, the fortune cookie is virtually unknown in mainland China.

Chinese Food Poster, Roadtrips R UsMost people would agree that fortune cookies are an American invention. Who invented them, however, is a subject of debate. Some sources say it was Makoto Hagiwara of Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco sometime during the 1890‘s. Another contender is David Jung, founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company in Los Angeles who claims he started serving them in 1918.

Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco

Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco

Mr. Jung has one compelling argument for his claim to this cookie’s creation. Mr. Jung appears to be the first fortune cookie writer’s employer. The first man to tackle this job was a Presbyterian Minister who got his inspiration from Bible verses. The second writer in Jung’s employ was a housewife, Marie Raines, who wrote thousands of fortunes in a career that lasted decades.

She acquired the job when her husband signed the contract to print fortune’s for Mr. Jung’s cookies. However, there was one big catch. Along with the printing, he agreed to do the writing as well, fully knowing that his wife formally wrote lines for greeting cards. He gladly passed on this assignment to his wife. Years later, Robert Hendrickson in his book, The Literary Life,  referred to Mrs. Raines as “The Shakespeare of Fortune Cookies.” I’m not sure if she wrote these or not. But, here are some fortune cookie sayings that CJ and I found interesting.

Fortune Cookie Day, Roadtrips R Us

Your Fortune Today!

Inspirational Sayings
1)  Chill while you can… A big project is coming your way.
2)  Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
3)  Book lovers never go to bed alone.
4)  He who climbs a ladder must begin at the first step.
5)  Courage is the mastery of fear – not the absence of fear.
6)  Failure is the mother of success.
7)  Ideas are like children; there are none so wonderful as your own.
8) Your careful nature will bring you financial success.
9) Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens.
10) Life is a classroom…Love is a lesson.

Worst Fortune Sayings
1) This cookie fell on the ground.
2) Someone ahead of you in line will pay with a check.
3) Error 404: Fortune not Found
4) You need a mint, like, bad.
5) Here are the winning lottery numbers for September 3, 2010. 4, 8, 15,16, 23, 42

Late Night with Dave
1) That wasn’t chicken.
2) Help, I’m being held prisoner in a Chinese bakery!
3) The greatest danger could be your stupidity.
4) A new pair of shoes will do you a world of good.
5) The fortune you seek is in another cookie.

Just wondering: Have you ever played the lottery with the numbers on the back of your fortune cookie?

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