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fortune cookie

a thin folded wafer containing a prediction or maxim printed on a slip of paper: often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants.
Origin of fortune cookie
1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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by 1955, said to have been invented in 1918 by David Jung, Chinese immigrant to America who established Hong Kong Noodle Co., who handed out cookies that contained uplifting messages as a promotional gimmick.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fortune cookie in Technology

(WAITS, via the Unix "fortune" program) A quotation, item of trivia, joke, or maxim selected at random from a collection (the "cookie file") and printed to the user's tty at login time or (less commonly) at logout time.
There was a fortune program on TOPS-20.
[First program?]
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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