I like Chinese food and I eat it fairly often. I would guess that I have eaten takeout Chinese once a month, on average, since I graduated from college back in 1987. You always get fortune cookies with your food. Usually the fortune is something general, like “You will depart on a journey”, or “You make others comfortable”. You know, nothing too specific because the fortune cookie fortune writers want their output to appeal to largest possible number of people. Recently, though, I got the following fortune:
“You could prosper in the field of medical research”
Now I might have thought this was odd because it was so specific.
I might have thought this was odd because I do, indeed, work in medical research.
But the real reason I thought it was odd was because it was the THIRD TIME I GOT THIS EXACT SAME FORTUNE!
Yep, three times, over 12-15 years, different restaurants. I don’t remember getting any other fortune more than once, although they are usually much more generic so maybe I wouldn’t remember, and I have never heard of anyone else getting this one even once. Yet I now have two of the three copies taped up over my desk at work. The third copy I had taped to the door of the lab at the biotech company where I work where it stayed for years until someone took it down.
The only thing of note is that I got all three at restaurants in the Greater Boston Area, where a fair number of people are in the medical field. The last one was pretty far out in the 'burbs, though (Chelmsford, if that means anything to you). There are probably more computer programmers and engineers out there than any other occupation, so if someone were going to try to “spike” the fortune cookie messages to make them more relevant to their customers that wouldn’t be the first thing that would spring to mind.
Has anyone else ever gotten this fortune? Has anyone gotten one that mentioned some other field or area so specifically: “There are great oppurtunities in computer networking”, or something? And have they gotten it three times?