Burning Question #29: Fortune Cookie

Only Thirty-one Burning Questions to go in the Fifty Burning Questions Festival.

When I was a child I used to absolutely love going to China Town in San Francisco. Yes, I was a tiny shy white child with wide eyes taking it all in. I thought it was the most wonderful place ever.


Fortune Cookies have a long and colorful history. Look it up on Wikipedia. They started out as Japanese cookies. During the Japanese internment during WW2 the crazy little cookies started to show up in Chinese restaurants.


Once in the 1970’s a friend of mine gave me a “dirty” fortune cookie. The fortune read: Girl chase boy around church and catch him by organ.

fortune cookie

For centuries people have been looking for ways to see their futures. They’ve thrown bones, looked into crystal balls, gone to charlatan psychics, read tarot cards, and done all kinds of weird stuff. But the sweetest of all, and the most fun is the Fortune Cookie.

So is it just a chance encounter with a random slip of paper, or is there another more celestial meaning?

Burning Question #29: What is it to open a cookie without a fortune? A simple machine error? Or a profound statement of the uncertainty of the future?



A favorite game is to have everyone read their fortunes and add the words in bed after the fact.

  • Success will come to your plans in bed.
  • Use your abilities at this time to stay focused on your goals in bed.
  • You will always be well liked and popular in bed.

Anyway you fold it, fortune cookies are both fun and maybe profound.


~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman


San Francisco 1877


  1. We ate at a chinese restaurant recently and the fortune in the cookie was an ad!! What is this world coming to!! How do I interpret that! Sigh!

  2. One can believe every way of fortune telling, one as unbelievable as the other. The fortune cookies are fun. I don’t believe in them, which means I don’t think there is no future for me if the piece of paper in the cookie is missing. What if my seat neighbor gives me her cookie and the two of them say the opposite? Not much worse as long as you don’t believe in them. But what if I do? LOL

  3. The dirty fortune cookie would go well with the fortune that always turns up in my Shelf Critter Theatre episodes…

    Man who goes through airport turnstile sideways going to Bangkok

    I am 43 years old and I have never opened a fortune cookie in my life. Should I feel deprived? At least I’ve listened to Warren Zevon (Ahhhhhh-oooooooooooooo!!!!!)

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