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Chinese Parable of the Lost Axe by Lie Zi


A man who lost his axe suspected his neighbor’s son of stealing it. To him, as he observed the boy, the way the lad walked, the expression on his face, the manner of his speech – in fact everything about his appearance and behavior betrayed that he had stolen the axe.


Not long afterwards the man found his axe while digging in his cellar. When he saw his neighbor’s son again, nothing about the boy’s behavior nor appearance seemed to suggest that he had stolen the axe.


Little Sunshine and I went to eat at the Chinese buffet today, then went bowling (that was something she wanted to do) but when we finished eating and they brought out the fortune cookies, mine was absent any fortune. No little paper with wit and wisdom, nor the lucky numbers on the back that are not very lucky any way. So, I have never gotten a fortune cookie without a fortune before. What could this mean? That I am fortunate enough? (~_~) Art~

Here are some really funny sayings discovered in fortune cookies:

  • A closed mouth gathers no feet. 
  • A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking.
  • A cynic is only a frustrated optimist.
  • A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind, and won’t change the subject.
  • An alien of some sort will be appearing to you shortly.
  • Do not mistake temptation for opportunity.
  • Flattery will go far tonight.
  • He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at.
  • He who laughs last is laughing at you.
  • He who throws dirt is losing ground. 
  • Some men dream of fortunes, others dream of cookies.
  • The greatest danger could be your stupidity. 
  • The world may be your oyster, but it doesn’t mean you’ll get its pearl. 
  • You will be hungry again in one hour.
  • You can always find happiness at work on Friday.
  • Confucius say: if you think you’re going to sum up your whole life on this little bit of paper, you’re crazy.





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Emma (Sunshine),

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