Sunday, January 15, 2006

Fortune cookie meanderings: The Potential Urge

My wife, Veva, has gotten into the habt of saving the most amusing fortune cookie fortunes and then attaching them to various photographs or artwork around the house, matching them up in ways that are sometimes apparent only to her.

As I am sure many of you are aware, these fortunes often seem to be written by people for whom English is likely not their primary language. The results are occasionally bizarre, entertaining or engagingly profound. One of our favorites:

You have a potential urge and the ability for accomplishment.

In fact, sometimes it seems as though the fortune was constructed by a computer program that semi-randomly throws words together or works through permutations of phrases.

For example:

You will never hesitate to tackle the most difficult problems.
You will never hesitate to tickle the most difficult problems.
You will never hesitate to tick the most difficult problems.
You will never hesitate to tack the most difficult problems.
You will never herniate to tackle the most difficult problems.

1 comment:

chris said...

Hehe. I Think you'll like this, too:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_V_Shaney