Possibly the most important art of manliness ever.
This is sensational.
From these guys called Team 2X. Who you might recognise from such films as Scott Pilgrim Vs The World.
Possibly the coolest ninja themed improv everywhere type thing out there… I’d be happy to be proven wrong on that…
From Improve Toronto. So Canadians do have senses of humour after all.
This guy spins a stick fast, he’s not so great at reading instructions though… I told him to say hello to readers of St. Eutychus.
I asked him if he’d do a cooking demo for us (because I want to make a TV show called Ninja Chef), but he declined.
Or at least in your San Choy Bow… with the karate chopper lettuce buster thing.
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Two of the passages I’ve been preparing for exams this semester have made me ponder a theology of ninjas. Some might say it’s anachronistic to read ninjas back into the pages of the Bible. But Ninjas are everywhere. Check out this passage from Isaiah 49…
“He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow
and concealed me in his quiver.”
Ninja. Right. And let us not forget Ehud. The Left Handed Ninja Assassin.
No convinced? How about this… ninjas were also out to get Jesus. Luke 20:20-21.
“Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.”
Which doesn’t look like much at face value, but in the Greek it reads:
“So they watched him and sent those hired to lie in wait who acted/pretended to be sincere…”
The word acted/pretended is the word we derive hypocrite from. But these guys were hired to lie in wait, blending into their surroundings, before striking. Ninjas.
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.”
Over morning tea some of my college compatriots and I were talking. And I pitched this concept for what will doubtless become a YouTube sensation. NinjaChef (there are a couple of people over the interwebs adopting this moniker – but none, in my opinion, doing it properly).
I would be thinking five minute vignettes with a ninja, in full costume, cooking ordinary dishes ninja style. And by ninja style I mean with ninja weaponry and incredibly stealthy efficiency. Dicing veggies with a katana, tenderising meat with nun-chucks, moving around the kitchen with deadly grace.
Would you watch? Improve my idea. Go nuts.
Are all ninja toys good ninja toys? Ninja Stretch Armstrong says “no”…
Ninja (or possibly more correctly “Karate”) Gumby is pretty cool…
And this Chuck Norris ninja is guaranteed awesomeness.
More ninja toys here.
…and Revenge of the Ninja
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