Thursday, April 7, 2011

Today's fortune: April 7, 2011

Today's fortune: You will win success in whatever you attempt.

In order to "win" something, generally success is required beforehand. But it seems as this fortune calls for me to win success.

I'll be honest - I don't have a clue what that means. And really, I don't want to "win success." I want to achieve success through my actions. If that results in a "win" of some kind, so be it.

Maybe I'm reading too much into this. Today's fortune could merely be another case of so-called "Engrish."

However, even if this could be chalked up to a mis-translation of English, I still think it's important, in the spirit of this project, find out what the hell it means.

So I Googled the phrase. Here are some of the hits that came up:

* The History of Microsoft Windows, a Wikipedia article about... well, the history of Microsoft Windows. Funny, seems like no matter what you Google, the Wikipedia article about that thing is the first entry.

* The second link is to a company called Win Success Hong Kong Development Ltd. Apparently, they make health food products in china, including a canned herbal tea named, hilariously, Shun.

Not a fake ad.

* An Amazon link to a book called "Expect to Win: Proven Strategies to Success from a Wall Street Vet." That kind of proves my point about this fortune: you win because of your success.

* A Huffington Post article about President Obama's State of the Union theme, which was "Win the Future." According to the Huffington Post, winning the future means redefining success.

* The most intriguing hit was a grouping of links to a new movie called "Win Win." It stars Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan, and it's directed by the guy who made "The Station Agent," a beautiful and underrated film. Here's a peak at "Win Win."

Looks like there's a lot of depth there, even though the story seems to revolve around high school wrestling. Maybe this fortune is guiding Jamie and I to see this movie.