“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

What's wrong with Chinese fortune cookies these days?
Monday, October 12, 2009

My fellow author friend, Gonzalo Barr, writes to me:


"...Chinese fortune cookies have become less substantive over the years.When I was a child, you could expect to read a proper fortune, like, "Your future is bright." Then fortune cookies leaned toward the metaphorical, like -- After winter comes spring. Well, that's nice, but what does that have to do with me? But now, now -- fortune cookies are way past enigmatic. They border on the tautological. I'm still waiting for the one that reads -- "You are reading this." Someday I'll get it, I'm sure.


Couldn't agree more. (though I had to look up the word "tautological") It's as if the writers of these fortunes are afraid of being sued for promising things that never happen. They NEVER predict the future in any way.


One thing to help make them fun: Whenever we read the fortunes out loud, we always add "between the sheets" after the fortune. It's kinda naughty but funny.


You are a master of your destiny ... between the sheets.
The tiger in you comes alive ... between the sheets.


3 Comments:

Blogger Kelly said...

I've also heard adding "in bed" or "with your pants off" to the end of your fortune.

I shared this with my Grandmother and now she does it all the time.

Why, yes my family IS special & I love them!

October 12, 2009 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Kelly, your family is crazy ... in bed.

October 12, 2009 at 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Dee said...

Right before I traveled to Kazakhstan to adopt my son, I read a fortune that was something like "You are about to embark on a very important journey that will change your life." WHOA!

October 13, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

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