Not exactly a headline…

…but it does make you smile. Well, once the extremely puzzled WTF? look leaves your face after reading it.

Let me back up a little in the story. Today was S’s last day at work before going on her maternity leave. So to send her off, we went out to lunch, to a Chinese restaurant not far from the office.

And at the end of the meal they served the obligatory fortune-cookies. Now, some of the folks got fortunes that were mildly amusing for their deep, philosophical sounding mottoes.

Me? Here’s what I got:

The rubber bands are heading in the right direction.


I swear, that’s word-for-word what it says.

Now, maybe there’s some deep, philosophical saying in Chinese that has this as a translation… but it seems rather unlikely. Doesn’t it?

So K says “Why don’t you google it and see if it really is a translation of some Chinese saying.”

I didn’t really expect to turn up anything at all, let alone a reference to a Chinese saying. But I entered the phrase on Google’s search page, with it in quotes to see if an exact match would turn up.

And it did, although there wasn’t a citation of some ancient Taoist or Confucian pearl of wisdom. Apparently, I’m not the only one struck by the Beckettsian absurdity of the phrase — have a look a the search results here.

With that, I’m off to bed, where perhaps I’ll have some revelatory dream that will make the meaning of the fortune clear.

And monkeys might fly out of my butt


2 Responses to Not exactly a headline…

  1. Aarlene says:

    I think whoever is doing the fortunes is drinking on the job. We had two very pessimistic fortunes this weekend. Though it would be more apt if they DID say, “WTF?!?” I think.

  2. Mona says:

    Weeeell. I would have preferred the rubber bands in my husband’s fortune cookie yesterday – his said: Friendship will turn into love.

    No. I won’t go there. I just would have preferred the rubber bands somehow.

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