This technology disguised as "entertainment" at the end of your Chinese food adventure, unfortunately has, I believe, been canceled like a great television series with all the hallmarks of a bullet proof following.
This is likely because someone or some groups somewhere probably sued the fortune cookie company(ies), harassed the Chinese food restaurant(s), or in some way caused a problem and tried to sue them because they felt they were duped by a fortune cookie that didn't come true.
They blamed the company for their own lack of ingenuity, taking action, or because they truly believed the fortune would happen but didn't. Where do these people come from?
These are also the people that ruin everything good for everyone else, and the real reason we read those silly "disclaimers" that seem obvious to any intelligent person.
It used to not be this way. It used to be way different. Fortune cookies gave us fortunes- hope- inspiration- not obvious and ridiculously benign phrases that say something like- "if you eat, you may become full" or "Love only comes if you love someone"- where's the hope and inspiration in that?
The Magic Of The Fortune Cookie Was In The Fortune,
Not The Cookie...
Fortune cookies used to be magical, fun, and fortunate. We couldn't wait to read them and even wanted more. Many saved them on the fridge, others kept them in their wallet. This is proof that we believed the message and felt fortunate to have been given this hope- now people read them and say, this isn't a fortune- it's a statement? A useless statement at that!
The very nucleus of the fortune cookie has been tampered with so why are they still around and being called fortune cookies?
Has the fortune cookie become a victim of the legal system too? I don't know conclusively- but I suspect it was due to someone ruining it for the rest of us. I get this suspicion due to not only WHAT the cookie says now which is 100% lacking inspiration, hope, or fortune, but because of HOW IT'S PHRASED that reeks of "disclaimer built right in".
Many fortune cookies used to say things like "You will..." or "...Will happen to you" or things of an action based nature- but now they are worded without those phrases, and with no action whatsoever in their phrasing.
As if the restaurant was afraid of being sued for lying to the public, or for making promises that can't be substantiated- thus false labeling? Did the FDA step in and break the spell so many people wanted to be in? Did they make a law that quietly changed the face of fortune cookie copy-writing? Everybody seems to know (that I asked) but nobody seems to speak up unless you bring it up. Will our kids grow up not knowing the true power of the original fortunes? I won't let that happen- I'm ordering a bunch!