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Collectible Fortune Cookies

A collectible trading card game contained within fortune cookies.
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I've always loved fortune cookies. It's amusing to crack open a bland little cookie to reveal a fortune, and perhaps some "lucky numbers" or a few words in Chinese. The thing is, plain old fortunes get boring after a while. It's just more of the same every time.

There are two ways to remedy this problem. The first method would be to hire a guru to sit inside of the fortune cookie factory and come up 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 get 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. But I think the other way is cooler.

DrWorm, Mar 03 2010


       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.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 03 2010

       I dunno.
My misfortune cookie collection isn't worth a plug nickle.

       "You will gain weight."
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 03 2010

       "You will order more Chinese food."
DrWorm, Mar 03 2010

       I'm surprised we haven't got "scratch'n'win" fortune cookies.
FlyingToaster, Mar 04 2010

       [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.
mouseposture, Mar 04 2010

       Why not just make the fortunes edible?
xxobot, Mar 08 2010

       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.
RayfordSteele, Mar 09 2010

       "that wasn't chicken"   

       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.
AutoMcDonough, Mar 09 2010

       ...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...
hippo, Mar 09 2010

       <Homer Simpson>   

       Oh ! Cookies !   

       </Homer Simpson>
8th of 7, Mar 09 2010

       [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.
DrWorm, Mar 09 2010

       Trading puzzle pieces in your community would be a positive uniting endeavour.
wjt, Mar 09 2010


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