No fortune in my fortune cookie: Should I be worried?

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    dissed posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 10:01:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    After a great Chinese dinner last night, we received our traditional fortune cookie for desert.

    For those of you that have never had Chinese food, its a cute little cookie, with a small typed message inside promoting good fortune. How they get the message 'in' the cookie is a wonder in itself. On the back side of the message are your lucky numbers. Hint: Don't trust them in lottery stuff, they never work.

    As a JW, I don't think we were allowed to read these. Were we? I think it was viewed like your horoscope in the newspaper. Reading it would be like consulting with the demons. But like with most JW thingys. All read it, all enjoyed it, but all never told anyone they did it.

    My wife read hers, and laughed. "Its so true, so true!"Winning is in your future. (Especially since leaving the JW, how could we lose?)

    Then she looked at me and wanted to know my good fortune. I replied reluctantly, "I have none" I broke open the damn cookie and it was empty. I felt cheated.

    She laughed and said, "That's impossible!" Then the look on her face changed to a more ominous one. "Oh, that's never happened before" I agreed.

    A suddenly happy Chinese fortune cookie moment, started sweet, then turned sour.

    What does it mean when you have no fortune inside the cookie? I have been pondering this thinking maybe this could be bad, real bad.

    But I've decided to face my fate head on and ask, "Am I in trouble? Should I be worried when receiving no fortune? Are there fortune cookie experts on the forum who can explain my apparent lack of destiny?"

    Signed,

    dissed - worried he has no future

    teel posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 11:31:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    It could mean your future is not set, it's in your hand to shape as you wish.

    dissed posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:00:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    He that worries excessively, will be excessively worried

    cameo-d posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:06:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    I got an empty fortune cookie. The next time, I decided to try an almond cookie instead of the fortune cookie. Guess what? They are really tasty. Soooo much better than the fortune cookie. Many of those restaurants give you a choice of fortune or almond. Go for the almond cookie, you will like it much better.

    btw....I have also gotton a fortune cookie with 2 fortunes in it.

    M poppers posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:08:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    What does it mean when you have no fortune inside the cookie?

    It means no more need to look to the future or get lost in the past. In the moment the cookie was opened and no fortune was there all time stopped - that's when enlightenment flowers. As soon as you worried or got concerned about it you got trapped in time again and "lost" enlightenment. Stay in the moment, enjoy the food, open the empty cookie, and leave it at that - voila! Enlightenment!

    teel posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:09:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    Cameo, for a second I thought you mysteriously found the fortune in the almond cookie

    dissed posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:18:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    Fortune cookie experience.....

    We were having dinner with a single JW bro, desperate to get married. (like most JW Bro's)

    While he excused himself to the restroom, the fortune cookies came. His had the paper sticking out a little, so we pulled it out, wrote the name of the waitress on it, a phony tel. #, and put it back in. We couldn't wait for his reaction upon seeing it.

    When he read it, he didn't say WTH, but he looked over to the waitress and never said a thing to us about the mysterious message in his cookie.

    I guess he had secret plans for him and this waitress that never would be materialized.

    Think About It posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:22:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    Fortune cookie experience.....

    We were having dinner with a single JW bro, desperate to get married. (like most JW Bro's)

    While he excused himself to the restroom, the fortune cookies came. His had the paper sticking out a little, so we pulled it out, wrote the name of the waitress on it, a phony tel. #, and put it back in. We couldn't wait for his reaction upon seeing it.

    When he read it, he didn't say WTH, but he looked over to the waitress and never said a thing to us about the mysterious message in his cookie.

    I guess he had secret plans for him and this waitress that never would be materialized.

    Great prank!

    Mythbuster posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 15:02:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    To me it means "Man who fall asleep on job, lose income!"

    JWoods posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 15:46:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    I think it means you should not join the Presbyterian Church, as you have no pre-destination.

    leec posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:10:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    I'm embarrassed to say, I honestly can't tell if this is serious or just kidding around. People don't honestly ponder the meaning of having no piece of paper in the cookie, do they?

    ... It means the same thing as when there's a bit more filling sticking out of one of the holes in the bottom of a twinkie than there is usually.

    leec posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:12:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    M Jim_TX posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:31:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    I've gotten the cookies with no fortune, too. I just figure that it means that I can make up my own fortune.

    I've also gotten the cookies with two fortunes in them. Does that mean that both will come true? Or that one cancels the other?

    But - to be sure that the fortune comes true, you're supposed to say, "...in the bedroom." after you read your fortune aloud to the other people at the table... no matter how it sounds.

    Regards,

    Jim TX

    M frankiespeakin posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:45:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    It means the fortune cookie machine ran out of fortune cookie paper messages and the guy that runs the machine probably reloaded it and forgot to discard your cookie, he was probably trying to save money or had other machines to tend to.

    That being the case I wouldn't walk under any ladders, break any mirrors, and by all means don't go any where on Friday the 13th, or cross the path of a black cat. Don't step on any cracks in the side walk(it will break your mother back), and avoid as much as possible walking backward on escalators.

    Scully posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:48:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    You're in trouble. You're like the people in FlashForward who didn't have a FlashForward.

    just kidding....

    F AudeSapere posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 17:19:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    Try another cookie: http://chinaunique.com/cookie/love9.htm

    -Aude.

    F AudeSapere posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 17:23:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    ... or if you don't like surprises, pick one here: http://apriltuesday.wordpress.com/quotes/fortune-cookies/

    Good Luck!

    -Aude.

    Nathan Natas posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 18:43:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    Wasn't that the premise of the movie "Final Destination - part IV"?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsL2c2HL0J4

    dissed posted Wed, 10 Feb 2010 22:14:00 GMT(2/10/2010)

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    I guess it was my good fortune to share this experience with you. "Its nothing to worry about dissesd"

    And leec, yes it was meant not to be taken too seriously, or was it?

    But as an old Chinese fortune cookie proverb says......

    He that looks too much into the cookie, sees himself in a mirror that is bent several ways.

    And nobody answered my question. Is it okay for the JW's to read them? Or is there a demon surprise in each fortune cookie?

    M frankiespeakin posted Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:02:00 GMT(2/11/2010)

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    I like Confucius says:

    Women with blond hair on top have black by cracky

    Man who walk with hands in pocket feels cocky all day

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