This Friday is "Fortune Cookie Day." Recently, I've taken up collecting these little affirmations. Check out these words of wisdom courtesy of Grand Junction all-you-can-eat buffets.

Fortune cookies - those little funny shaped cookies you get when the waiter brings you your bill. Personally, I've always gotten a kick out of them. Well, here lately, things have been a little rough in the Jordan household. There's a lot of bad news coming my way, and people are standing in line to bring it to me. With that, I've found a new appreciation for these witty little pieces of paper.

For the last few months I've been saving these jewels. Earlier today I emptied out my wallet and sorted my fortunes. Here's what they had to say.

"Great thoughts come from the heart.".... I really like this one. "Drastic means are not as necessary as you think.".... that's another goody. "Everything is possible; just not so probable."... I think that one needs a little work.

Most of these come from the Asian buffet where I take my dad for lunch on Wednesdays. The others came from his Oncology doctor's office. No matter where you get them, they're typically pretty cool.

Looking at the photos above, three things are perfectly clear:

  • These are uplifting messages that really do apply to most of us
  • The calendar mouse pad on my desk is way out of date
  • I need a manicure

Let's get back to the matter of "Fortune Cookie Day." Where exactly did this come from? According to Holiday Insights:

Its pretty clear that the Fortune Cookie did not originate in China. Rather, it was invented in California. There appears to be some uncertainty over who invented it. Some historical references suggest it was Makoto Hagiwara who invented the fortune cookie at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco in 1914. Others believe that David Jung, founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company, was the first to make fortune cookies in Los Angeles in the 1920s.

Regardless of how the holiday came about, it is always celebrated on September 13. What if you don't go to restaurants where they serve fortune cookies? There are several "Fortune Cookie Generators" online. They're free, and take a single click. They're also calorie free. I gave it a shot, and here's my online fortune:

Shoot for the moon! If you miss you will still be amongst the stars.