Some of the funniest and strangest pieces of advice to be handed out in fortune cookies have been revealed.
Social media users have shared some of the most bizarre examples of the format, from alarming advice such as ‘Run’ to more seemingly profound statements.
Some of them were accurate if rather less than ambitious, with one simply predicting: ‘You are about to finish reading a fortune cookie’.
Others subverted the format, with one rejecting the premise of a fortune cookie as it said: ‘If you think we’re going to sum up your whole life on this little piece of paper you’re crazy.’
One did not seem to have the reader’s long-term health in mind as it suggested simply: ‘You should try LSD’.
And a diner would have found themselves ‘Rickrolled’ by the cookie, which said: ‘This cookie is never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down’.
Dangerous: This fortune cookie does not necessarily have its reader’s best interests at heart
Rickrolled: This fortune cookie can only put the reader in mind of the Rick Astley song ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’
Incongruous: This cookie offered apparently contrary pieces of advice
Captain Obvious: This fortune cookie cannot fail with its rather limited prediction of the future
Subverted: The writer of this fortune cookie did not quite seem to have understood the format
Dark: One message seemed to think there was only misery to be found at the end of the tunnel
Alive: The fortune cookie was speaking for itself in this message after finally seeing the light
Cut off: The last word of this message made for poor advice when read on its own
Precise: One fortune cookie offered its reader some strangely specific advice
Lonely: This message tried to understand what the person reading it might be going through
Profound: This message aspired to give life advice but is probably only useful in a very specific situation
Presidential: This message invoked former US President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address
Snarky: This message also did not engage with the premise of a fortune cookie
Science: The statement on this cookie may not stand up to academic scrutiny
Unusual: This would be a disappointment to anyone who thought their cookie was chicken
Mixed messages: These two fortune cookie messages worked in tandem
Panic: It is not clear whether this message was meant generally or at the moment of dinner
Maths: One message had some advice for anyone with information to keep secret
Poetic: This message subverted a verse from Psalms to make a comment on the economy
Deep: A message for the diner to consider their place in a wider world
Short-changed: This message inspires brief hope in the reader only to crush it
Shock: This diner would have gone home wondering if a nasty surprise was coming
Famished: A small cookie with a piece of paper inside may not be a filling meal in itself
Sensible: This fortune cookie message is one of the better pieces of advice in the collection