Mispeled Forchun Cooky Alert

On an overcast day, hot and sour soup can brighten things up.

A good basic measure for a Chinese restaurant. If they can’t get this right then just fugetaboutit and never go back.
And then… not only a platitude, but also misspelled.


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  1. Southern Baron says:

    We have determined them right out of the park.

  2. Northern Ox says:

    Misspelled, perhaps, but any fortune cookie that makes me think of Gerard Manley Hopkins can’t be all bad.

    Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: …
    myself it speaks and spells,
    Crying “Whát I do is me: for that I came.”

  3. anilwang says:

    It’s an old debate:
    “To be is to do”-Socrates
    “To do is to be”-Sartre
    “Do Be Do Be Do”-Sinatra

    which the fortune cookie tries to synthesize into the standard “they’re all true to an extent”.

    Of course, the debate misses one important factor…Grace…which has the power to throw us off our horses and change one from being murderous enemy of the Church to one of its greatest saints.

  4. Scott W. says:

    As a very young child, my family went to see One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing. Ever since then my preference has always been for wanton soup.

  5. acardnal says:

    Of course, scripture doesn’t say Paul was on a horse just that he fell to the ground. But it’s all Chinese to me nevertheless.

  6. Legisperitus says:

    Out deeds?


  7. majuscule says:

    Out deeds:

    Something you do on an outing?

    The process of outing?

  8. fvhale says:

    “Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds,
    and until we know what has been or will be
    the peculiar combination of outward with inward facts,
    which constitutes a man’s critical actions,
    it will be better not to think ourselves wise about his character.
    There is a terrible coercion in our deeds,
    which may first turn the honest man into a deceiver
    and then reconcile him to the change,
    for this reason—that the second wrong presents itself to him
    in the guise of the only practicable right.
    The action which before commission has been seen
    with that blended common sense and fresh untarnished feeling
    which is the healthy eye of the soul,
    is looked at afterwards with the lens of apologetic ingenuity,
    through which all things that men call beautiful and ugly
    are seen to be made up of textures very much alike.”
    -From “Adam Bede” by George Eliot.

    Fortune cookie was probably written by someone with a doctorate in English literature, with “spelling error” added for “authentic” effect.

  9. Dr. Eric says:

    “Help! I’m trapped in a fortune cookie factory!”

  10. Supertradmum says:

    We were out in an Iowan snowstorm sitting out the snow and having a Chinese dinner. Fortune cookie: “You have travelled far through difficulties to get where you are today.”

  11. acardnal says:

    Speakin of “deeds”, I always remember this little ditty from Servant of God, Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Perhaps he got it from St. Ignatius, I’m not sure:

    Every thought leads to a desire.
    Every desire leads to an action.
    Every action leads to a habit.
    Every habit shapes our character.
    And our character determines our destiny.

  12. acardnal says:

    typo: speakin = speaking

  13. Margaret says:

    I’d love, just for once, to get something with a truly predictive statement in it: “Look out!!!” or “You’re having twins!” or even “The panhandler down at the corner actually will spend it on groceries and not booze.”

  14. StWinefride says:

    acardnal – re “every thought leads to a desire…” I remember Fr George Rutler recounting that on one of his EWTN series a year or two ago. I loved it and wrote it down – I had never heard it before. Thanks for the reminder!

  15. frjim4321 says:

    The only problem with hot and sour soup is there never seems to be quite enough of it.

  16. Muv says:

    I’d have written misspelt myself, as I learnt years ago.

  17. Michelle F says:

    One of my friends has received a fortune cookie that contained a blank fortune, and it has happened twice.

    Better a misspelled fortune than none at all! Eeek!

  18. JonPatrick says:

    Unfortunately the place we used to get good Hot and Sour soup changed hands when the owner retired and has since gone through at least 2 transformations, currently some kind of cocktail lounge I think.

    It;s actually easier to find an EF Mass around here than good Hot and Sour soup :) So I guess we should count our blessings!

  19. joan ellen says:

    Have been having Chinese soup weekly…egg drop and wonton. Fr., your hot and sour looks delishous ;). Maybe next week.

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