The fortunes inside fortune cookies tend to take a positive, yet very vague, view of things. Notes like “things are looking up,” “opportunity is never far away“Â and “you will be lucky in business ventures”are so commonplace that it is a rare event when someone is actually surprised by a fortune cookie. But Wonton Food, which is the largest producer of fortune cookies in the country, is looking to change things up a bit. They have added some new messages to their 10,000-plus library: ones with a cautious or warning message. The company says that many consumers have requested that the fortunes offer actual predictions, something a bit more realistic than the typical messages. New fortunes read “perhaps youâ€™ve been focusing too much on yourself” and “itâ€™s over your head now. time to get some professional help,” among other things.
I’m not entirely sure that I want to get a really serious message with my take-out. I like chinese meals to end on a good note. But a change of pace might be nice once in a while, especially if your dining partner is the one who ends up with the cookie that reads “today is a disastrous day. if you canâ€™t beat â€™em, join â€™em” instead of you.
LydiaOctober 17, 2007
Honestly, the thought of more “realistic” fortunes just scares me. I look forward to that little bit of relentless optimism at the end of a Chinese meal.