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Steve Jobs: Ninja?


So Steve Jobs was stopped by Japanese officials at a Osaka airport for having ninja throwing stars in his bag.

No. Really.

This is apparently from Bloomberg rather than The Onion.

"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. Apple declined to comment."

It’s possible that this is just a very weird prank being played by the Japanese magazine, SPA, that first reported this story. Maybe it doesn’t translate well.

If it’s true, we have to concede that Jobs probably isn’t a risk for highjacking his own plane. In fact, we’d probably be okay with jobs having ninja stars on any plane that didn’t have Gizmodo writers on board.

But it does raise the question: what on earth is Jobs doing running around the globe with ninja stars?