Secrets of my Fortune Cookie File.... Revealed!
"Fortune cookies", in this context, are the often-humorous quotes
you might see when logging in or out of a machine on many UNIX
operating systems, or similar shell OSes. On this page I have available for download
my fortune cookie file, as well as a dynamic sample from that
My fortune cookie file contains over thirty thousand quotes,
from one-liners to nearly page long entries (this is not
entirely untraditional, many cookie files have entries much
longer than your usual one-line fortune cookie fortune.)
The file contains memorable quotes, jokes, and little stories of all types.
They were culled
from many public domain or free-use sources, including the
famous University of Berkeley cookie file. Some of these
quotes have been spotted used as fortunes on systems for 20-30
years, so this is like a bit of hacker nostalgia.
If you want to download it, here it is, compressed. (2.2 Mb)
Also, here is a simple program which illustrates how you might
randomly print a fortune from this cookie file.
Below is a random quote from the cookie file. Press your browser's Refresh button
to see another.
(I should also note that even I haven't seen every fortune in my cookie file. There might
be some pretty tasteless ones in there. So keep that in mind. Opinions expressed by the
fortune cookie do not necessarily represent those of Chris or Codehappy.Net.)
Over 30,000 fortunes for your enjoyment!
Refresh this page to get a new fortune.
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