Japanese Ninja History Student Gets Full Marks After Handing In 'Blank' Piece Of Paper
You've been bunking off ninja school and in your free time, instead of doing your ninja revision, you've been out on the ninja lash. Then, in the midst of a heavy ninja student hangover, you realise you've got a ninja essay due and you haven't done it, so you just hand in a blank piece of paper.
We have all been there.
But while we all got zero marks for our ninja essays, a ninja history student in Japan got FULL marks for her assignment.
So, what is this injustice? Well, 'the catch' is that the paper wasn't blank at all; in fact, it was inscribed with an essay written in invisible ink.
Eimi Haga, who studies at Mie University, deployed the ancient ninja technique of 'aburidashi', spending hours soaking and crushing soybeans and mixing the extract with water to make the stealthy ink.
She then wrote the essay with a thin brush on fine paper, with the words vanishing on the page as the ink dried. It wasn't until Eimi's professor heated the paper that he realised that she hadn't been brazen as f*** after all.
However, it's worth pointing out that Eimi wasn't ballsy enough to just hand it in without any explanation and risk it being binned - so she left a visible note with it which read: "Heat the paper."
Professor Yuji Yamada said he had no hesitation in rewarding Eimi full marks - even though he admitted he never actually read all of it.
Speaking to the BBC, he said: "I had seen such reports written in code, but never seen one done in aburidashi.
"To tell the truth, I had a little doubt that the words would come out clearly. But when I actually heated the paper over the gas stove in my house, the words appeared very clearly and I thought 'Well done!'
"I didn't hesitate to give the report full marks - even though I didn't read it to the very end because I thought I should leave some part of the paper unheated, in case the media would somehow find this and take a picture."
Ninja-like foresight there.
It's probably for the best too that he didn't pay too much attention to the actual essay, as Eimi herself admitted it was more a case of style over substance.
She said: "When the professor said in class that he would give a high mark for creativity, I decided that I would make my essay stand out from others.
"I gave a thought for a while, and hit upon the idea of aburidashi.
"I was confident that the professor would at least recognise my efforts to make a creative essay.
"So I wasn't really worried about getting a bad score for my essay - though the content itself was nothing special."