25 Geeky Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Facts That Are Actually Cool

Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo. If you grew up in the late 1980s or early 1990s, these names probably ring a bell. Created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in 1984, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles originated in comic books but they soon expended into films, video games, toys and other merchandise, gaining considerable worldwide reputation and fame. If you are one of the millions of TMNT Fans then you have to check out these 25 Geeky Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Facts That Are Actually Cool.

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The martial art discipline the TMNT practice is called ninjutsu. It's a strategy and tactics of unconventional and guerrilla warfare originating in Japan almost a thousand years ago.

ninjutsuSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: www.discovernikkei.org
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Apart from the US, TMNT were particularly popular in the UK where, in the run-up to Christmas, the Army & Navy Store in London devoted its entire basement to everything turtle-themed, including games, videos, toys, costumes and other items.

TMNTSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: geek-news.mtv.com
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However, when the TNMT arrived to the UK for the first time, the name had to be changed to "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" (or TMHT), since local censorship policies deemed the word “ninja” to have excessively violent connotations for a children's program.

TMHTSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: nowiknow.com
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The policies also had other effects, such as editing out the use of Michelangelo's weapon nunchaku (which were banned in 18-rated movies back then). Instead, Michelangelo was given a grappling hook called the "turtle line" that served as his signature weapon for the rest of the show's run.

MichelangeloSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: forums.thetechnodrome.com
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As the turtles were famous for their pizza weakness, the TMNT mania hit the pizza industry like nothing before, causing a fierce battle between the pizza giants. Pizza Hut was able to secure a $20 million marketing campaign with the movie, but it was Domino’s who got the privilege of feeding the turtles in the movie.

TMNTSource: uproxx.com, image: turtlepedia.wikia.com

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