Proverbs: Fortunes are often direct translations of Chinese proverbs. That’s why some sound completely absurd. People have won the lottery by using the lucky numbers on their fortune.
1974: The year fortune cookie manufacturing changed forever. Edward Louie, the owner of the Lotus Fortune Cookie Company in San Francisco, invented a machine that could insert the fortune and fold the cookie. Today, a machine known as the Kitamura FCM-8006W can turn out 8,000 cookies in an hour!
3 billion: The number of fortune cookies made each year around the world. The vast majority of them are used for U.S. consumption. Let’s face it, going out for Chinese wouldn’t be the same if the meal didn’t end with fortune cookies.
Donald Lau: Former “Chief Fortune Writer” at Wonton Food Inc., the largest manufacturer of fortune cookies in the world. After 30 years of delivering inspiring fortunes, he recently retired from the position due to writer’s block. Lau continues to serve as CFO at Wonton Food.
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