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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 3:14 p.m. PST


"THE WORD NINJA is used worldwide as shorthand for anyone (or anything) that's quick and stealthy. Ever since entering the western lexicon in the past 40 years, the term has been applied to everything from mutant turtles and house cats to kitchen blenders and motorcycles. In actuality, the ninja were professional operatives and warriors that first gained notoriety during Japan's feudal "warring states" period of the 15th and 16th centuries. Hired as mercenaries, special operatives and spies, ninjas favoured covert warfare not unlike modern-day special forces and relied on an intriguing array of equipment, such as land mines, hand grenades, poison gases and devices of espionage. But just how does our understanding of the word square with the historical record? Let's explore some of the facts (and myths) behind…."
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