A blogger who claimed that a Japanese ninja beat up kung-fu Shaolin monks has been threatened with legal action. And the kicking of his life.
China's Shaolin Temple has demanded satisfaction from the ninja rumour-monger, fearing that its reputation as a posse of world-class fighters could be reduced to tatters. In an open letter the kung-fu monks claim that the supposed fight never happened. They want an apology from the blogger, or they'll sue. (And let's face it, if a temple of Shaolin monks are after you, legal action is the least of your worries.)
The blogger, who goes by the intriguing name of "Five minutes every day", suggested in a posting on the "Iron Blood Bulletin Board Community" that earlier this year a ninja challenged to a battle the monks of the Songshan Mountains of central China's Henan province.
Old "Five minutes every day" subsequently claimed that the monks accepted the challenge and the ninja won. The Shaolin reject every last bit of this, and say that the posting is fabrication.
Neutral observers might scent a bit of Japanese nationalism in this Top Trumps tale of monks, ninjas and the world-wide web. Personally, I think that the monks should fight a couple of ninjas on YouTube. Throw in a boxer, a sumo and the hardest man in the pub, and let the world's teenage boys decide who's hardest.