Fortune Cookie

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The world owes a lot to the city of San Francisco. Without the city’s talented residents, we wouldn’t have denim jeans, slot machines, the jukebox, and popsicles, just to name a few. The city has contributed its fair share of inventions to the world over the years, but none as surprising as the fortune cookie. The exact year of the origin of the fortune cookie and the original inventor is up for debate. One story claims that Makoto Hagiwara created the cookie in 1914 as a way to say thank you to the mayor of San Francisco. Another claim is that David Jung, founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company in LA, invented the cookie four years later in 1918.