Yesterday I was reading a few of my favourite blogs (some of which I hadn’t read in a while, there’s so many it’s hard to keep up) when I came upon Fiery’s story ‘first fortune cookie of the year’. Fiery asked people to submit their recent, or most memorable, fortune cookie saying and, of course, some people posted the popular ‘Confucious Says’ ones.
Having the memory span of a confused goldfish, I, as usual, couldn’t remember any fortunes. However, I did remember seeing a box of them in the supermarket the other day, so on the way home I purchased a box.
The following is what is written on the back of the box and it contains an interesting history of the fortune cookie:
Happiness is a Kong Foo Sing Fortune Cookie
For six centuries, the Han Dynasty of Northern China had celebrated a good harvest with their August Moon Festival.
In the 13th and 14th centuries, their Mongolian rulers (or Yuan Dynasty), were concerned that they might be overthrown by their subjects. So great did they see this threat, that they sent a Warlord to every village to confiscate all the people’s weapons. This act resulted in exactly what the Mongolians feared – a plan of revolt. The Chinese chose the 15th of August as the day the uprising would commence and, under the guise of celebrating harvest, cakes were sent around to all the people. Inside the ‘Moon’ cakes was a message indicating the time the revolt would take place.
This historic event inspired what is now the very happy tradition of breaking open a delicious Kong Foo Sing Fortune Cookie and finding a message of very good fortune.
I have just opened my first one and this is what it says:
Those who admire the freedom of birds have never built a nest
The cookie tasted nice, but I have absolutely no idea what that fortune means. Any Suggestions?
I reckon it’s more of a ‘wisdom’ than a ‘fortune’, but hey, what do you expect for $3.30?
I’ll open one each day and post the ‘fortune’ in the comments, I wonder if any of them will come true?
Any favourite fortunes foretold to you, that you’d like to discuss?