When pigs fly, we all need umbrellas.
— Old Chinese Proverb
Wow, those old Chinese had a proverb for everything, huh? Stands to reason, though. They probably knew there would, one day, be a thriving fortune cookie industry supplying snippets of wisdom like the one above, which is an old adage illustrating the fact that …
Oh, what the heck.
All it illustrates is to what lengths you’ll go to fill space every month – but chances are some old Chinese would have said those very words, had someone just thought to ask his opinion of flying pigs.
Somebody has to make up proverbs, right? Just because you’re not old and Chinese (okay, Chinese, anyway) doesn’t disqualify you from raining down great loads of wisdom with all the enthusiasm of, say, a flying pig.
Fortune cookies, btw, are American in origin, created a little over a century ago by either a Chinese tea garden groundskeeper or a Japanese restaurateur, depending on whose story you believe. Flying pigs have been with us forever – as has making up ancient wisdom, on the spot.