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On Music: Beatlemania Week – No. 2

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” Many consider this George Harrison’s best song, at least of those he wrote as a Beatle. In the late ‘60s, Harrison was deeply into the I Ching and the concept of Relativism, which states that points of view have no absolute truth or validity, having only relative, subjective value according to [...]

Cookie Master

Have you ever aspired to be a fortune cookie writer? Most of us who ever received a lame fortune have contemplated it for a short time. However, there aren’t many of these positions available. Donald Lau is the vice-president of Wonton Food, Inc. in Queens, New York. In addition to his financial work, he has [...]

Dietribes: The Fortune Cookie

• Fortune cookies were introduced by a Japanese (not Chinese!) immigrant named Makoto Hagiwara, who ran a tea room in San Francisco. He would serve sayings and thoughtful phrases with his tea. Since the idea wasn’t trademarked, Chinese restaurants later started using the idea as a filler for their small dessert menus, and the phenomenon spread [...]