You will die in three days…

“So you only have seventy-two hours left to live, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Okay, well, my fortune cookie message wasn’t quite that bad, but it was still pretty awful…

I think I’ll stick to Italian from now on.

Time to talk:  What’s your favorite Chinese food dish?  What’s the worst fortune cookie message you’ve ever gotten?  Have you ever met anyone who actually believed in those things?

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33 thoughts on “You will die in three days…

    • LOL! Fortune cookies, as it turns out, were actually created by a Japanese man in San Francisco, and he sold the patent to his Chinese neighbor when he had to go live in an interment camp during the WWII happenings.

      • I live and learn – so that is why we don’t get them in Chinese restaurants in the UK then! Must admit I’d like the gig for writing/making them up!

  1. that is so crazy, and i love to open and read them, though i really don’t plan my life around them. sometimes they are hilarious, sometimes apt, and sometimes way off the mark. my worst are the business-like generic ones. (don’t forget, you’re supposed to read them and add, ‘in bed,’ to the end, makes it all the funnier. )

  2. I have a cookbook full of favorites that I’ve made for almost 40 years. The first time I ate real Chinese food was when I lived in Spain, and when I went back to Germany, I bought the Chinese cookbook I’ve used ever since. It’s been a long time since I had a fortune cookie: they’re made from wheat, which is one of my no-nos, and is also a good reason to cook my own Chinese food – it’s easy to make sure it’s gluten-free. I don’t think I’ve met a believer in cookie prognostications.

    Now for the REAL question: Do you eat with chopsticks?

    • I bet you could make fortune cookies with rice flour (which would keep with the Chinese theme). And you could shamelessly plug your books in the fortunes while you’re at it. 😉 I think I’m having dinner at your house!

      And as for chopsticks… I plead the Fifth. 😉

      • I did make fortune cookies once, but it was too much work. I bought a bundle of chopsticks not long after I got the cookbook, and I’ve used them ever since. They’re the heavy-duty kind with blunt ends, and not hard to use. I always eat Chinese cuisine with chopsticks, and sometimes use them for other foods, just for fun.

  3. Never had one but wouldn’t believe in the buggers anyway. I must say the best Chinese is mine cooked from scratch – the restaurants put in too much white rich and I only like brown.

  4. Rachel, if I got that message, I’d put in context with what I’d just done. Maybe eating at that Chinese restaurant wasn’t such a good idea. That mushroom really tasted a little off! Christine

  5. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad fortune cookie message. It seems to me that to make bad ones would not be very good for business! I only pay attention to the good ones or the really funny ones.
    Our older daughter and her wife had fortune cookies favors at the wedding. The fortunes just had their names though.
    Did you know that fortune cookies are actually a Japanese creation? When Japanese-Americans were interned during WWII and no one wanted Japanese products, Chinese bakers and restaurants in San Francisco took over manufacturing them. Servicemen then started requesting fortune cookies at other Chinese restaurants.
    I don’t have a favorite Chinese food dish. It depends on the restaurant.

    • I heard that a Japanese man in San Francisco invented and patented them, and when he had to go live in an in interment camp, he sold the patent (for cheap) to his Chinese neighbor. What a neat idea for your daughter’s wedding! (As a wedding photographer, I love the originality of all the little details like that.) Did it have any other Chinese food theme?

      • No, I had just heard there was a place in Chinatown that did the cookies, so I told my daughter about it.
        As far as the origins of fortune cookies, Jennifer Lee wrote a book called The Fortune Cookie Chronicles. She traces the origins of lots of popular Chinese (American) dishes–fortune cookies, General Tso’s chicken, etc. It’s a fun book.

  6. Won ton soup, pork eggroll, barbecued spare ribs, pork lo mein, General Tso’ s chicken.

    Yes, I read fortune cookies, but I don’t swear by them, Rachel. They’re way too general, you know. “You will breathe much today and be happy sad.” I’d like to get a job writing the sayings and spice up the industry. “Your spouse likes you less than yesterday. Do something about it.” Or “Eat here again all next week. Show this fortune for 5 percent off.”

    • I like your sayings much better than what I got, Mark. 🙂 You like General Tso? Ouch, that’s too hot for me! That’s my son’s favorite, only he orders it extra hot and with extra sauce. YIKES! 🙂

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