Everybody’s familiar with fortune cookies, right? They’re those doubled-over treats we get at the end of the meal in a Chinese restaurant.
Back in the day, the cookie would contain a slip of paper that had a fortune written on it (thus the name “fortune” cookies).
“You’ll meet a mysterious person in the near future” might have been one of the offerings. Or maybe, “Be careful on your next adventure.”
Whether the “fortune” related to an impending encounter with a new love or a gang of muggers in the parking lot was always unclear. But it set you up for an event of some sort in the near future; that is, if you believed in the accuracy of fortune cookies.
For me, the fortunes in fortune cookies have been about as reliable (or, unreliable) as the daily horoscopes. But I still enjoy them for the entertainment value.
Lately, however, it seems that fortune cookies don’t give your fortune, but, rather, they present you with some sort of lecture.