“First, crack them open (like Americans do!)”

Fortune cookies in China
“First, crack them open (like Americans do!”

The New York Times’ headline, Aug. 27, 2008, grabbed me. I soon learned that


markets Nana Shi’s product “mostly as high-end gifts;” that her Beijing company is doing well;

. . . and the fact that, in China, people have little idea of what to do with this cookie invented in America. So the wrapper (red, of course) tells all:

“1. Open the packaging.

“2. Use both hands to break open the fortune cookie.

“3. Retrieve and read the fortune.

“4. Eat the cookie.”

[From my Factoids file. Bob Cramer.]