odin and i ate at a local chinese restaurant and were quite suprised to see we got the same fortune in our fortune cookies. of course, it made we wonder what the odds were of that happening. while i imagine the odds aren’t infinitesimally small, they still must be fairly unlikely since i’ve cracked open a lot of fortunes cookies over the years and never seen duplicates.
i tried to figure it out but i couldn’t find any reliable information aside from anecdotes like this, “This particular fortune cookie factory produces 4 million cookies per day, and uses 5,000 different fortunes, which means that each fortune printed is going to be duplicated 800 times per day.”
that’s a significant number of duplicates produced every day, but i’m guessing that they’re boxed in such way to reduce the chance of a duplicate ending up in a single box?
’tis the season for hunting christmas trees! we’ve been going to our favorite local farm, snowy ridge in westby, wisconsin since 2006 when odin wasn’t big enough to do much but help pick out the tree. ( our adventures in 2007 and 2008 must be on a harddrive somewhere, but i did manage to post 2009 and 2010 which are great walks down memory lane. )
this year odin attempted once again to help me cut down the tree. he put in a good effort, but eventually had to relinquish the saw to his old man. maybe next year 🙂
this is the first year odin asked for his own tree. if one is good, two must be twice as nice?
ya sure, ya betcha!
as always, the 100 foot zip line is what makes snowy ridge extra fun.
is there a better way to celebrate getting two trees? i think not.
to this day, i have no idea how they manage the insurance for a zipline which ends in a massive treehouse.
i still have plans to build The World’s Most Awesome Treehouse, but the bar has been raised high.
the perfect closer to a perfect christmas tree hunting adventure? hot chocolate and cookies in a warming house with a cracking wood fire!
thanks for the memories, snowy ridge.
after making eggnog pots de creme and eggnog cupcakes ( one of which santa enjoyed ), i couldn’t quite come to peace with the impending end of organic valley eggnog season so i picked up a few quarts from the very last production run with Very Big Plans to whip up some recipe or another which i never got around to whipping up.
so, it’s been “ageing” in our fridge and has now reached the point where It Must Be Consumed. as you might imagine it wasn’t very difficult to convince odin that we simply had to chug a few glasses and dunk a couple of cookies.
um, yeah, he’s not at all excited.
The Dunking of the Cookie is an exacting science, requiring just the right amount of soaking to saturate the cookie without causing it to break off and sink into the glass of eggnog.
oh, noes! the cookie almost crumbles! two hands are required for the rescue.
and, inexplicably, i failed to capture the consuming. rest assured, it was savored.