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Be prepared twice the time?

My family had Chinese food for dinner, and Dad and I got the exact same fortune:

"The wise thing to do is to prepare for the unexpected."

Wonder if it means something?

Another interesting finding - my lucky numbers were 4, 9, 16, 25, 37, and 40... which is 2², 3², 4², 5², 6²+1, and 7²-9. Okay, so 37 isn't exactly 6² and 40 isn't even particularly close to 7², but still...


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alien_infinity
May. 28th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
My friend and I once both got the same fortune, which was something like "There is a deep and sincere friendship between you." Freaky.
matt1993
May. 28th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
But pretty cool :)

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adawnrae
May. 28th, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
I look for patterns, too, so I think that your lucky numbers are cool, even if it kind of breaks down at the end.

On the other hand, "expect the unexpected," and similar statements like the one on your fortune cookie, irritate me to no end. You cannot prepare for, expect, or in any other way anticipate the unexpected. By definition, you cannot do this, or it is not unexpected. You can anticipate various scenarios, plan for a number of possible outcomes or obstacles, but... you know what? This is a longstanding issue for me, and I shouldn't hijack your journal to rave about it.

I think it means that the people who make fortune cookies are running out of asinine little sayings to put inside them.
matt1993
May. 28th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, "expect the unexpected," and similar statements like the one on your fortune cookie, irritate me to no end. You cannot prepare for, expect, or in any other way anticipate the unexpected. By definition, you cannot do this, or it is not unexpected. You can anticipate various scenarios, plan for a number of possible outcomes or obstacles, but... you know what? This is a longstanding issue for me, and I shouldn't hijack your journal to rave about it.

Well...the fortune actually said "prepare for the unexpected", as in, plan ahead so that if something goes wrong, whether or not you expect it, you should be fine. But yeah, "expect the unexpected" doesn't really make sense.
pathvain_aelien
Jun. 2nd, 2012 07:37 am (UTC)
Maybe it was unexpected that you would both get the same fortune. :) Nothing exciting happened to me today...despite my fortune. :(
matt1993
Jun. 2nd, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
Oh well... :(
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