A Chinese cookie told me this yesterday:
"A hen tomorrow is better than an egg today."
1) I'm a vegan so neither option sounds great.
2) It's now tomorrow from yesterday, and I don't have either.
Zero hens today seems about equivalent to zero eggs yesterday.
3) This fortune seems to contradict traditional Western wisdom:
"Don't count your chickens before they've hatched."
Which came first, the idea that a chicken is better or the idea that eggs shouldn't be counted?
(Another time, I got a fortune that said "Pessimism never won any battles," which seemed itself pessimistic.
Pessimism won the battle of getting you inside that cookie, fortune.
Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Or rather, don't bite the hand that puts you into into a cookie that feeds someone else.)