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My only wish is that we didn’t take such a delicious baked good and make it something I have to accept or refuse at every website.

Interesting Polymathic Insight:  Did you that cookies (the delicious baked good) are thought to be originally derived from bakers taking a small amount of cake dough and testing to see if their ovens were the right temperature to bake their cakes?   

So why do we call internet cookies, cookies?  The term cookie was coined by web-browser programmer Lou Montulli one of the original coders of web browsers. It was derived from the term magic cookie, which is a packet of data a program receives and sends back unchanged, used by Unix programmers. The term magic cookie itself derives from the fortune cookie, which is a cookie with an embedded message.

And if you give a mouse a cookie…

Fortune cookies are an American invention from Japanese  immigrants based on tea cakes, not Chinese as we might think.  Over 3 Billion fortune cookies are made each year and most are consumed in the US.


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