Friday evening Cindy and I met one of her cousins at a Chinese restaurant for dinner. We all ate from the buffet, and I admit to eating more than I should. When the wait person brought our fortune cookies, I could not force myself to eat mine, so I took it with me to enjoy later. After all, they are a tasty treat.
Well, Saturday morning rolled around and when I sat down in the car, there was my fortune cookie, still in it’s cellophane wrapping. I was about to open the wrapper, eat the cookie, and read what my future held. “But wait.” I thought, “If you don’t open, eat, and read immediately after your meal…if you wait until the next day…is the fortune nullified”? It was an important question. The future of your life could depend on it.
Imagine if Albert Einstein had put off reading a fortune cookie that said E=MCHammer and then he believed it? We might all be floating in a parallel universe wearing parachute pants! Or what if Genghis Kahn read his cookie fortune too late and believed He who never leaves home is the wisest of men. Or perhaps the fortune is not nullified. Someone might have read Donald Trump’s fortune to him, but he failed to believe Run for President and become the butt of a million jokes. Think of how world history might have changed!
I thought of these things and decided to consult a panel of experts. The responses ranged from a definitive “Nope,” to “It depends on how superstitious you are,” to “Huh?” So, there you are, a hung jury.
I decided to bite the bullet, so to speak, and bite into the cookie so as to retrieve the fortune. With trepidation, I peeled the cellophane away from the crisp treat, delicately broke the cookie in half, popped one half in my mouth, and began munching as I pulled the fortune slip from the remaining half cookie. I read:
Evidently, if you wait too long you don’t get a real fortune. What a ripoff!