The multifarious nature of the weird and wonderful is a surprise a minute. Take Fortune cookies for example. Just in case you didn’t know Fortune Cookies are anything but Chinese, it is like saying Yorkshire Pud originated in Sardinia!
Fortune Cookies were invented by Yanks, and interestingly the Chinese currently advertise them in Beijing as “Genuine American Fortune Cookies”. In other words, folks can claim fortune cookies originated in the Wang Dynasty “till the cows come home”, but the truth is stranger than fiction. In fact, here are a few ridiculous rumours about the origins of Fortune Cookies, please make allowances for political incorrectness.
Ridiculous Fact One; A Mr Jung Fu Chi invented the Fortune Cookie in 18th century Los Angeles, when he realised nobody gave a Chinaman an even break. Mr Fu Chi decided that it was better sticking silly messages in cookies rather than licking 100 envelopes a minute to avoid bankruptcy.
Ridiculous Fact Two; A Japanese immigrant in San Francisco, a Mr M Ichiwara Junior, decided to overcome the agro of being consistently mistaken for a Chinaman by rolling up his sleeves and pretending that he was one. He started baking a series of cookies which he claimed were imported from Beijing. In a clever ruse he put silly messages in them, swearing on his ancestors’ graves that they were genuine Confucius style wise cracks. The result? Millionaire status.
Ridiculous Fact Three. A Chinese housewife from the US Mid West had an E.T experience. A being from outer space informed her that her destiny was to bake cookies according to her great grandma’s recipe. She took the E.T”s advice, abandoned her family and emigrated to LA with a Mandarin Dictionary for company. Her Grandma’s biscuit recipe was a hit, so she started sticking ancient Mandarin sayings in the biccies to ensure they were not only delicious but intriguing. When she cottoned on people did not understand a word they said, she translated the messages into English. She became a bi lingual Mandarin billionaire, and a personal friend of Henry Kissinger.
Ridiculous Fact Four: A Sage from the Ming Dynasty realised his wise sayings would have more effect if stuck them in biscuits. The Emperor had a sweet tooth and the Sage wanted to curry his Highness’s favour. He baked all night to create ten fortune cookies. The next morning he went to visit the Emperor with his basket of cookies. The Emperor loved the tangy taste. He ate three fortune cookies, and read the message in the last one. It said “Never Give Up in the Face of Misfortune or Give a Fellow an Even Break!” The Emperor condemned the poor sage to the gallows. If you can understand the wisdom of that ridiculous fact you are a better man than we are.
Seriously, if you think Fortune Cookies are daft how about growing your own home instead of building it? The Fab Green Habitat is apparently the latest fad to hit the high note in the US. Apparently tree branches are woven together, and then encouraged to grow around archways and screens. The result a crazy tree house that will grow and stretch to the sky. If you don’t believe us, check that particular fact out on:
Do not worry about giving a “Flying”&&&%” about how about a flying luxury hotel. Apparently one is being constructed and it is the length of two football fields, and flies at a speed of 174 miles per hour. You can even order Chinese Fortune cookies for breakfast; well that is what some say.
If classical music bores you senseless think again, doctors studying newborns have discovered that playing Mozart stops their screaming and makes them gurgle, especially in eastern Slovakia, Researchers at the Weill Medical College in New York’s Cornell University have followed the Slovaks’ example. Resulting experiments on heart rate and motor activity in premature babies have proved positive as a result of playing a Mozart Piano concerto. Call us old fashioned, but we believe if they had added a few fortune cookies to the equation the result would have been even better.
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