This is probably just unfounded gossip, but Bloomberg is reporting on a story about Steve Jobs getting stopped at the Kansai Airport last July, after security found ninja stars in his carry-on luggage. He got pissed off, they say. Updated.
This is where I tell you that he took out his Hattori Hanzō sword and killed everyone in the airport lobby, running away with the shurikens in his Quinjet. But according to Bloomberg’s translation of the Japanese tabloid SPA! magazine, this is what happened:
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.
Apple declined to comment, which could mean two things: this rumour is so ridiculous that it doesn’t need commentary or this rumour is so ridiculous that it doesn’t need commentary. Or a third possibility: it may be true. I want to believe it is.
In any case, if any of us appear dead with a sai up our most tender parts, another rumour would be confirmed: Steve has been watching too many Teenage Mutant Turtles episodes on his Apple TV. [Bloomberg]
Update: AllThingsD says that, according to Apple, the story reported by Bloomberg is fiction:
“Steve did visit Japan this summer for a vacation in Kyoto, but the incidents described at the airport are pure fiction. Steve had a great time and hopes to visit Japan again soon.”
– Apple’s official comment on SPA!’s report