Monday, August 6, 2007


Learn to broaden your horizons, day by day.

Thus read the "fortune" in my so-called fortune cookie tonight. I find it rather ambiguous. Am I to be daily learning to broaden my horizons, or is daily broadening my horizons the skill I am to be fostering? The first sounds repetitive, the second merely redundant. In either case, it is phrased in the imperative; if I am to be receiving orders from a pastry, is unambiguity too much to ask in return? On the other hand, it is at least readable, unlike this rather marvelously (and memorably) dysfunctional fortune I received several years ago:

You will be happy be receipt of good news.



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