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I just finished some Chinese food for lunch, and concluded by opening the customary fortune cookie. My fortune?

Win a Job to Die For at Monster.com
And watch Showtime’s new Original Series…
Dead Like Me, Friday June 27 at 10PM

After a little Googling, I found this Washington Times article which shed some light on the responsible party: a PA based advertising firm with the rather predictable name of Buzzmarketing (apparently the same geniuses who convinced Halfway, Oregon to change their name to Half.com, Oregon). From the article:

Mr. Hughes has secured exclusive rights with five fortune-cookie manufacturers to advertise in 7 million of their cookies nationwide each week. Those cookies are distributed to about 5,000 Chinese restaurants, or about 25 percent of the Chinese restaurants in the country.

Frankly, I’m only surprised no one had thought of it sooner.

What’s next, condoms with advertising on them? Oh, wait…

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