22 Happy Ticket Cookies

Happy Ticket Cookies

Posted on April 2, 2009 by

Russian happy ticket cookie

In Russia there is a belief that if you get a ticket while on public transportation or just in movies, and the sum of the first half of the digits of the ticket number match to the sum of the second half, then you are holding a happy ticket, which, if to be eaten promptly, can bring luck to your life. During Soviet times, it was a must to check the ticket when you are in bus and to calculate in mind automatically if it’s good to be considered magical or not, if yes – then to put it in the mouth in one sneaky move so that nobody around could see you doing this, then chew thoroughly and swallow. Thousands of people did this, not just little kids, though the kids were probably the champions by the amount of eaten tickets.

Probably in order to refresh this tradition, Russian Department of Transport has ordered cookies from Russian designers at artlebedev.ru that were made in a form of a Russian bus ticket, they have numbers on them too, and all the numbers are “lucky”. It has many chances to become popular among people giving them sweet nostalgie feeling about their youth times when they were checking each and every ticket in hope of getting one lucky piece, and to tell their children or grand-children about this during the evening tea.

Russian happy ticket cookie 2

Russian happy ticket cookie 3


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22 Responses to “Happy Ticket Cookies”

  1. Metalfusion says:

    Just Weird.

    • Miss India says:

      I feel soorry for poor rusian kids who couldn;t afford delicious short bread :(

    • #1 chef says:

      Russian biscuits are #1 in the world. Just looking at these makes my mouth water. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

      In India, all they can afford to eat is rats and cow feces. So unfortunate. =(

      • mike says:

        and cow urine too…btw, ever seen the film slumdog millionnaire? true faces of india…and in reality, it’s even worse…

  2. Dogz says:


    and i like biscuits + tea :)

  3. Rodriguez says:

    Where i can buy it?

  4. Indy says:

    April fool :D

  5. glipglop says:

    sweet idea!

  6. Starshii says:

    I still too check my tickets in hope for good luck. But I do not eat them!

  7. ME says:

    Eating tickets for good luck is just really strange.

  8. Gera says:

    Once I have eaten a happy cloakroom ticket

  9. Daniel M says:

    I had some fun calculating how many 6 digit tickets are “happy” (considering 0 as a valid digit) and came up with 55252, so there’s 5.5% probability for a ticket to be happy!

  10. malcolm says:

    Are you sure they’re just not hungry from waiting in line to buy bread?

  11. Anton says:

    It was a joke in USSR — just to check numbers. Nobody ate tickets. And it was really funny if somebody eat it :-)

    This is a joke by Art. Lebedev Studio. It’s a pity, nobody ordered these super cookies.

  12. natashka says:

    Haha, we used to do that. Not eating tho, cause you never know where those ticket’s has been after being held by the conductor.

  13. ElwoodBlues says:

    They still do this in some places. though. didn’t know about eating the ticket. I still have 2 ‘lucky’ tickets from Penza 3 years ago.. Hmm guess they are stale by now..

  14. too much vodka says:

    They do the same in Ireland: when they have a lucky lottery ticket, they immediately eat it for good fortune.

  15. Maria says:

    Russian designer Artemy Lebedev posts in artlebedev.ru about design of “Ticket Cookies” for Russian Department of Transport as joke in April Fool’s Day – 01.04.2009.
    Funny cookies do not exist.

  16. USSRSurvivor says:

    They did it because food stores were EMPTY.
    Instead of ticket-cookies they should bake and eat
    skull-cookies to remember that Communist Party
    is still there and is still legal.

  17. Talamasca says:

    The cup in the last pic is fascinating!

  18. Jere Loman says:

    Who said web-logs are dead? Blogs like yours are the reason why people still read blogs.

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