25 Things You Didn’t Know About Ninjas

Shrouded in mystery, ninjas have almost become more of an idea than an actual warrior. Hundreds of years ago though, in feudal Japan, ninjas were very active and very real. Not always good guys, not always bad guys, they were somewhat of a mercenary group carrying out assassinations and espionage for the highest bidder. Today, much of what we know about them is in fact little more than legend. If you’re not up to date, however, allow us to enlighten you. Here are 25 things you didn’t know about ninjas.

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Ninjas tell time like bosses

Ninjas Can Tell Time through Cat’s Eyes and the Stars

Apart from the obvious skill of using the stars to tell time, apparently ninjas believed that the eyes of a cat are super sensitive. In fact, they believed them to be so sensitive that the cat’s eyes would reflect the movement of the sun and allow them to tell what time of the day it was. Of course just looking at the sun would be simpler, but would it be as cool?


Ninjas don’t get lost

Ninjas Can Tell Directions

In some ways ninjas are like boy scouts, they use seemingly useless things like tree stumps and Spanish moss to figure out other seemingly useless things like which way north is. Thus they can always figure out where they are at.


Ninjas rest on top of trees

Ninjas Rest On Top of the Trees

There’s not much to really say about this one. They’re ninjas. It’s what they do.


Ninjas are survivalists

Ninjas’ Survival Abilities

Trained since birth to survive on nothing but the skin of their teeth, ninjas know which berries are edible and they can find water by observing crazy things like ant behavior.


Ninjas carry crickets in their pocket

Ninjas Use a Box of Cricket to Mask Their Noise

What better way to cover your already muffled footsteps than having a box of crickets chirping away in your pocket? In feudal Japan, those annoying insects were everywhere so they made for an assassin’s best friend.

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