When I first used LinuxMint, I thought it was a nice touch to have random messages greet you when you open a new terminal window.
It was different, witty or funny. Four to five releases later, they just don't seem as funny anymore.
So, off to the forums I went and found this:
sudo vim /etc/bash.bashrc
Go to the end and remove the line that says:
And then remove it:
sudo apt-get remove fortune
Ok, if you were silly like me and followed forum instructions to remove fortune, then DONT! It'll make your login screen black.
To bring it back, do the following:
sudo apt-get install fortune-mod fortunes-husse fortunes-min mint-artwork-common mint-artwork-gnome mintsystem
[ Source ]