8 Amazing Stories of Ninja Failure
We tend to think of ninjas as anachronistic creatures of myth, but I’m here to tell you the ninja is completely real. He is alive and well in our modern day culture.
It’s just that he sucks now, and is usually under arrest.
The Connecticut NinjaA man in Vernon, Connecticut was arrested for loudly and repeatedly threatening to “beat up” Senator Joe Liebermann while dressed entirely in a black ninja outfit and brandishing a pair of nunchucks… at 11 o’clock in the morning. What They Did Right: Liebermann is an appropriate ninja target. He's a famous turncoat--rich and reviled by the local peasants--but the appropriate ninja approach would be to sneak into his house, or ambush his caravan, or… send him nasty glances at a party and tell people his shoes look fat, or pretty much anything besides standing on a street corner at lunchtime and hollering about beating him up.
“LIEEBERMANNN I COME FOR YOUUUU!”What They Did Wrong: The black outfit is a staple of the ninja mythos: It conceals the ninja, making him one with the night. It is beautifully simple camouflage. However, its stealthy nature does not function at certain times . Those times are: A. In Connecticut B. 11 o’clock in the morning. C. While screaming. Also, police report that the subject was “belligerent and furious” until they pulled out bean bag guns and tasers, at which point the ninja in question “became polite and cooperative.” Man, if you’re just a ninja so long as nobody launches a hacky-sack into your junk at 200-mph, then you, sir, are no ninja.
The Ninja Always Rings Twice
No, that's a "Ninja Textbook."What They Did Wrong: A sternly worded letter? Unless that letter is ‘X’ and it’s slashed into somebody’s face, that is not ninja-approved. A ninja is not a black force that delivers the daily post; you’re thinking of Isaac, the African-American mailman.
"You are truly a mail-delivery force, Isaac!"Also, “cease impure activities” and “justified yet merciful force”? Are you threatening them or offering to give them an Engrish handjob? I’ve seen more "sternly worded" letters in Reader’s Digest concerning the quality of today’s instant oatmeal.
From Russia, With Ninjutsu
Geriatrics: Bane of the Ninja!…who promptly tripped and fell down the stairs. Because he was old and that’s the kind of thing that old people do. The fall accidentally set off his firearm, and Comrade Rising Phoenix immediately did the only thing a Warrior of the Night could do when facing an incapacitated senior citizen: He ran away, hopped on his bicycle and fled to the abandoned barn he was living in. Jesus Christ, dude. You had it! You had the whole ninja persona nailed down … right up until you started running away from the elderly, that whole “living in a barn” thing and, of course, the bicycle. Though it is undoubtedly stealthy, something about the bicycle just does not say “vicious shadow warrior” so much as it does “I care about the Earth” or at least “I have a DUI.”
Ninjas not here, man.
"Wuzzat? No, I don't need no 401k unless that stands for 401 kilometers of... fuckin'... fuck you!"What They Did Right: When police entered the Rockport man’s apartment, they found several swords, a bevy of throwing stars, night vision goggles, ammunition, gun powder, homemade mace, a blowgun with darts, nunchucks and a hunting bow.
Ninja vanish! But Ninja never expect you to vanish... with his heart.Sure, you can laugh now, but when you take all of these things together it paints a truly tragic picture: Clearly we are dealing with a ninja who lost his job at the Ninjutsu plant and turned (ineptly) to drugs, resorting to exploiting his formerly grand skills to watch teenagers dry-hump while reminiscing about the glory days. Cast Hilary Swank in there, and you’ve got an Oscar winning hard luck story that would melt the iciest heart.
Drunken Ball-Implosion Style
WATCH YOUR STEP! DEADLY ROOFTOP WITH SPIKES BELOW FOR SOME REASON. What They Did Wrong: He wasn’t dressed in a ninja suit, nor carrying any weapons, so why is this guy here? And how did an average Joe manage to impale himself on a fencepost? Authorities say that, when questioned, the man freely and readily admitted to police that he was “not being chased, but thought he was a ninja and could leap the fence.” That’s not just the cops mocking him with the whole “thought he was a ninja” bit; those are his actual words. His excuse was “I thought I was a ninja; I was mistaken. That fence is my better in every way. It has absolutely demolished my groin.” The fence was four-feet high.
Teenage Virgin Ninja Nerds
It's OK, misunderstandings happen to Jackie all the time--he's like the Hugh Grant of martial arts.What They Did Right: They were equipped in full ninja-gear, suits, hoods and climbing spikes. They did all of their breaking-in at the dead of night and through the rooftops, which is pretty badass, all told. What They Did Wrong: One boy was nearly caught when an officer, responding to a call about a teenager throwing things off the roof of the school, found him and gave chase. The boy “took off at full speed, running to the edge of the building, then jumped off into space,” which is just fucking awesome!
We Don't Need Your Kind 'Round Here, NinjasPolice in San Francisco shot and wounded a man dressed like a ninja when he threatened them with a sword, charged at them and then attempted to flee the scene. The suspect survived the shooting and was transported to the San Francisco General Hospital in stable condition.
He sounds badass! There's no way the next sentence will ruin this!What They Did Wrong: …complete with a ponytail sticking straight up. Ponytails will always be the hallmark of the sensitive douchebag. And ninjas are not sensitive; the only emotions a true ninja has are cunning, anger and smokebomb.
"I think we need to talk about our feelin-NO NOT SMOKEBOMB. Dammit, Fred! Why won't you let me in?!"So, why were the cops after him in the first place? They were serving an eviction notice. What kind of ninja can't avoid being tracked down for an eviction notice? Your landlord shouldn't even know you live there! This is becoming a truly heartbreaking trend: All of our ninjas are unemployed! Where is
The Eternal RivalryA man was arrested in central park dressed in a black ninja-suit: He had two long knives strapped to his legs, and was brandishing a full size katana-blade and a blowgun. He was detained for allegedly firing a dart into the head of one Alexis Lafortune of Queens, who was just “passing through the park” when he felt what he thought was an insect sting, only to see the three-inch metal spike fall to the ground next to him.
They're in the same boat now, OBAMA.What They Did Wrong: He made the mistake of tangling with Lafortune--a mistake many make, but few live to regret.
"You dare dart LaFortune?!"Seriously, you think a guy named Lafortune is just “walking through the park” when he gets attacked by ninjas? No. I buy that you can get attacked by ninjas at random without having nefarious dealings, and I buy that you can be named something as sinister as 'Lafortune' without necessarily being a supervillain, but there is no way in hell you can do both of those things and expect us to believe you don't live in a Volcano. I’m fucking on to you, Lafortune and I– wait, what’s that sound? What? I… n… no, Lafortune please, call off your Soldats de Fortune! I know nothing! I know nooOOOOOO* ... Zere is nothink to zee ‘ere, mes amis. Zis is just another blog of funny. Zee penis, it is long. Move along peacefully, yes?
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