Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Holy Hirohito, Batman!

I have never been a huge fan of fortune cookies. The cookies themselves are pretty bland, and the "fortunes" inside are often pedestrian proverbs that in no one attempt to predict what is to come.

But I found this article in today's NY Times interesting. A researcher has traced the history of the fortune cookie — the standard conclusion to every Chinese restaurant meal — to a different country: Japan.

After reading the article, I thought it was also telling that the vice president of the largest fortune cookie manufacturer in the world admitted to this NY Times writer, “The weakest part of the Chinese menu is dessert.” In other words, the weakest part of the Chinese menu is the fortune cookies that he makes his living selling to restaurants.

You have to respect his honesty.

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