Fortune cookies promote census

Feb. 18, 2010 at 4:55 PM
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SEATTLE, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A Seattle fortune company cookie has unveiled a line of cookies bearing messages on behalf of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Tsue Chong Co. said the five census messages, revealed during a Thursday ceremony, will appear on the flipside of 2 million otherwise commonplace fortunes inserted into the cookies, The Seattle Times reported Thursday.

The fortunes, including messages that "Real Fortune is being heard" and readers should "Put down your chopsticks and get involved in Census 2010," will appear in cookies distributed to restaurants and stores in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho, the company said.

Bessie Fan, co-owner of Tsue Chong, said it was a "great thrill to partner with the census for such an important effort."

"The census brings advantages we don't think a lot about," she said.

The cookies are part of the government's $320 million media campaign to promote participation in the April 1 census.

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