You knew Steve Jobs was cool. But you didn’t know how cool. It seems Jobs tried to carry some ninja stars, called shuriken, onto a private flight out of Japan.
If he was a real ninja he wouldn’t have been caught.
“Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs said he’ll never return to Japan after officials at an airport barred him from taking Ninja throwing stars aboard his private plane, SPA! magazine reported in its latest issue.
A security scan at Kansai International Airport, near Osaka, detected the weapons inside the executive’s carry-on luggage in July as he was returning home to the U.S. from a family vacation in Kyoto, the Japanese magazine reported, citing unidentified officials at the airport and the transportation ministry.
Jobs said it wouldn’t make sense for a person to try to hijack his own plane, according to the report. He then told officials he would never visit Japan again, the magazine reported.”
For those wondering, here’s how to throw a ninja star (from Slate).
“It’s all in the wrist. Place a stack of shuriken in the palm of one hand—ninjas used to carry nine, an auspicious number. Brush the thumb of your opposite hand across the top star. The inside of your knuckle should catch in the center hole, enabling you to bring the star in between your thumb and index finger. From there, it’s sort of like throwing a frisbee. Bring your arm forward and flick your wrist to spin the star. Just don’t move your arm across your body in an arc—that would ruin your aim.”