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I've always loved fortune cookies. It's amusing to crack open a
little cookie to reveal a fortune, and perhaps some "lucky
or a few words in Chinese. The thing is, plain old fortunes get
after a while. It's just more of the same every time.
There are two ways to
remedy this problem. The first method
be to hire a guru to sit inside of the fortune cookie factory and
with a new fortune or piece of advice for every cookie coming off
the line. Obviously, that wouldn't work--the guru's beard would
tangled in the oven conveyor belt. So a new solution is needed.
Easy. All you have to do is come up with a simple pog-like
collectible game in which the pieces can be printed cheaply and
stuffed inside fortune cookies. That way, the kiddies would always
want to buy more Chinese food in order to break open the cookies
and enhance their collection.
Or you could just invent a game to play with the lucky numbers.
think the other way is cooler.
||How about serialising the latest best-selling book in the form
of individual words, one per cookie? Collect the set and
enjoy the whole novel.
My misfortune cookie collection isn't worth a plug nickle.
||"You will order more Chinese food."
||I'm surprised we haven't got "scratch'n'win" fortune cookies.
||[MaxwellBuchanan] How about serializing the latest best-
selling book in the form of individual *letters* one per
cookie. That way, you only need 26 different "fortunes" plus,
maybe, some punctuation.
||Why not just make the fortunes edible?
||What I like about this idea is the natural paradox it
creates: that some cookies would be worth more
than others, but you wouldn't know the value of
them until you cracked one open, unless you were to
finagle out the fortune with a pair of tweezers. But
like all collectables, mint condition would be
considered more valuable. Sortof like a Inverted
Jenny that you cannot discover until you mail it.
||What if it was some kind of large line drawing, and the back of each fortune was a sliver of it? after getting 16 or so of them you would be able to arrange them into the picture.
||...or, of course, there's Schrödinger's Fortune Cookie, where, until you break the cracker and take out the slip of paper and unfold it, you don't know whether it holds good news or bad news...
||[AutoScot]: I actually considered that option while writing this idea down on a napkin, and it's a great suggestion-- the problem is, though, if you get multiple puzzle pieces, then most of them are useless. If you get a few game pieces, you can still use them.
||Trading puzzle pieces in your community would be a
positive uniting endeavour.