There might be ninjas everywhere for all I can tell – UPDATED

This is an awareness test:  Click here and watch this video before you read the rest of this.

Did you do it?


Update:  Okay, I have had to explain in detail exactly why this post is funny to about 9 different people in email and in person which is a pretty good indication that it’s probably not funny at all.  But it’s funny to me.  Because of the bear?  And the squid?  How they’re totally glaringly noticeable but I’m all “Hey, I bet you didn’t even notice there’s a squid and a bear in my post until I just told you to look again” and then you’re all “MINDFREAK!  How did you do that?!”?  You know???


I’m adding a new tag to this which I suspect will be used often.

Comment of the day:   Holy crap. I had to watch twice because I totally thought they were effing with my head and there was no bear in the first one.   I didn’t even see 13 passes. Who are you? Where am I? Someone just gave me orders to put a peep in the microwave. It’s shaping up to be a weird day.  ~ Anne Nahm.

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  1. Where were the ninjas? I think I missed something.

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  2. I saw the bear….but then, I’ve never found basketball all that exciting, which might be the problem.

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  3. That’s just the point, HRH. If we can’t even see moonwalking bears and squids named “Bob” when they are in plain sight then how do we stand a chance against ninjas who are trained to avoid detection?

    Now you see my terror.

  4. DAMN!! I missed the bear too.

    Ninja bears that squeeze little girls scare me.

  5. I don’t understand why the video narrator takes that condescending tone. Those things are called “mascots.” They’re common at basketball games. They’re usually annoying and you HAVE to ignore them, much like cyclists.

  6. I protest! I am not nearly that round, my limbs are not that short, nor is my name anywhere on my forehead (at least while I’m sober and outside the random frat house).

    you did get the nostrils right, though.

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  7. I didn’t see it. I also only counted 11 passes.

    I fail. I might as well go back to bed.

    Too bad “fucking around on the internet and screwed up a dumb test on YouTube” is not an acceptable use of my sick leave.

    SIGH. In a perfect world…

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  8. I didn’t even see the bear AFTER they told me there was one. I had to watch it twice. No wonder I’ve been taking out so many cyclists. But I still don’t know why deer f-up your car worse.

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  9. I starred at this fucking thing for the past 2 hours cross-eyed and I don’t see a fucking spaceship. Oh you said ninja… anyone have an advil and bourbon.

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  10. And here I was all proud that I counted the passes correctly. Now I will be in a heightened sense of awareness all day and will report back with a ninja count a 1800 hours.

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  11. As a cyclist in the city, I salute the first video…
    Absolutely BRILLIANT!!!
    Maybe if I wear a bear costume I may be noticed by the idiots who fling their doors open without looking…

  12. You know, I’ve even seen one of these before and I missed the *)(*&(*&^)(#@ bear. I think you’re on to something with the ninjas – I’d apparently have no clue.

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  13. Consider it blown. My mind, that is.

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  14. I was doing a great job counting the passes until that stupid bear walked in and messed up my count.

    He does dance really well though.

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  15. That wasn’t a bear! That was a guy in a bear suit. Those commercial people need to become more aware themselves! They were auditioning moonwalking bears and that bear suit guy totally got past them! We’re not aware?! THEY’RE the ones who aren’t aware!

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  16. Ok…what does it say about me that the bear is the ONLY thing I understood. What’s a pass? What is the white team supposed to be passing for? Basketball players?


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  17. eh.
    I’m totally unobservant.
    I didn’t need an awareness test to tell me that.
    it’s a known fact.

    That said.
    What bear?

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  18. I saw the bear! Fuck yeah!

    I have to say, as shitty as I’ve been feeling lately, (it’s cancer I tell ya! 😛 ) it’s nice to have a tiny victory.

    Man, that’s sad isn’t it? Ah well.

    Hey, I’ve started blogging again! Yay!

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  19. I missed the bear and I’ve even seen that video before. I can only count 12 passes and it drives me crazy!

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  20. I did see the bear! But did you see the psychotic mom? No. Oh yea, wait that’s because I’m sitting behind the keyboard.

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  21. Okay, for serious now. If I had a dollar for every time a bike messenger has nearly plowed me over because they are a) running a red light EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE ON WHEELS, b) going the wrong way down a one way street, or c) rounding a corner on a crowded passage with no warning… well, I would have at least 20 bucks. They need a commercial directed at cyclists, at least here in NYC.

    Sorry. Rant. Off topic. Bah.

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  22. Definitely NO BEAR. It was a mascot… or some guy dressed like a bear… as bears don’t dance like that.

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  23. OMG – That’s is weird stuff! I can’t believe -*CRAP*- Was that a ninja that just passed by?!?!? . . . Whew, no, it was only a giant squid. 🙂

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  24. I counted 13 passes, but never saw the bear. Then again, it’s not like I’m DRIVING is it? So it doesn’t matter how many moonwalking bears I may or may not see.

    As for the ninja: they’re everywhere! They’re wacky that way.

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  25. Ali, I love you. I live in a college town, and psycho cyclists are all over the darn place.

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  26. That video is a perfect demonstration of why I don’t ride a bike.

    Well, that and the fact I’m too damn lazy to actually exercise.

    And then there is the small problem of seeing flying ninja’s everywhere I look and not being able to shut the voices in my head up.

    It’s just not safe for me to get off the couch to do ANYTHING but blog.

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  27. Holy crap. I had to watch twice because I totally thought they were effing with my head and there was no bear in the first one.

    I didn’t even see 13 passes.

    Who are you? Where am I? Someone just gave me orders to put a peep in the microwave. It’s shaping up to be a weird day.

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  28. Totally saw it. Even got the number of passes right (despite that little fake that dew-rag dude made to throw us off). The real question is did any of those guys notice they were using non-regulation balls? I didn’t thinks so.

  29. That’s so freaky! I’m totally going to go listen to Jessica Weiner talk about body image to get that out of my head.

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  30. I see cyclists. I just aim for them.

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  31. You always fucking blow my mind.

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  32. I can’t view it at work, but I don’t know which is scarier… The squid, or your fascination with the HUGE BEAVER!

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  33. Yes, I saw the bear, unfortunately I completely failed at the original question, how many times DID the white team pass the ball?

    And yes, you did blow my mind, but I was listening to really trippy music and had just dropped 3 tabs, so maybe it was all in my head. There were dancing hotdogs right?

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  34. DAMN!! I am the queen of bear loving and I missed it! I did see a squid named bob, an elf on steroids, and a pregnant deer though.

  35. Wait a minute. Is that the bear who squeezed Hailey?

    Maybe he’s only invisible when he’s in ninja stealth mode.

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  36. Well holy hell in a handbasket. I was too busy counting passes. And, just think of what I missed?!

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  37. Wait! Where are the ninjas??

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  38. Are you just fucking with us by having 2 separate links to the same video, or was that part of your “awareness” test? Because if it is part of the test I totally kicked everyone’s oblivious ass!!!
    I won’t mention the fact that I counted the passes wrong AND I didn’t see the dancing dude in the bear suit…

  39. I must go hide in my closet. But there are ninjas there, I know it!

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  40. I think it was Manbearpig!(South Park) I didn’t see it but I will watch for cyclists!

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  41. Also? Ninjas totally freak me the fuck out. Why did you have to put that thought in my head. That was just wrong. Now I have to worry all day long that a ninja is going to sneak in my office all stealth and rubber-like and steal my shit because ninjas are also theives. Let’s face it, if you were a ninja you would also be a theif… spinning around stealing people’s shit then jumping to the ceiling and watching your victim search all around confused and scared while you laugh at them from above. Fucking ninjas.

  42. Hot damn, I’m throwing away my spanx. If a freaking dancing bear can slip through a basketball game then what’s the harm with vpl’s? 😉

  43. My powers of observation leave MUCH to be desired…

    What bear? What squid? All I SEE are ninjas…!

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  44. Jenny, remember? No drinking before 10am. Okay?

    (just kidding, the booze totally makes you funnier.)

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  45. I’m still in my jammies because I was in ER all night. My damn kid had burns all over his hand and I didn’t notice for 3 days. It’s a good thing I have a great excuse. I did see the bear tho. Am I still a bad mom?

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  46. I’ve been duped by this one before ‘cept with a gorilla, big fuzzy black thing walks through the space and I miss it entirely. Thanks for making me feel absolutely stupid (for the second time!)And what does this say about my observation skills?

  47. Holy shikes – even AFTER they told me there was a moonwalking bear I still had to watch that damn video once more to see it. I was looking in the background. I didn’t even see it walking among the people. Totally crazy.

    And I totally got your note. It took me a minute to see the squid named Bob – but after I read it a second time, it was plainly there. heh

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  48. that WAS and awesome video and i missed the bear on the first go b/c i was so focused on counting which i love to do btw….

    is your new tag “no one thinks this is funny but me”, b/c i was thinking after i saw it that i need one like that b/c it’s often i think things are funny but other people don’t. except you.

  49. That’s the one, piglet.

    And I suspect it will be a frequently used tag from now on.

  50. And I got 13 too…But not the friggin’ bear.

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  51. You blow my mind every day, Jenny. Mindfreak? hellz, yeah.

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  52. I thought it was funny. And I totally got it. Why am I explaining myself. You don’t care. no one really cares whether I got it or not. But I did. Totally. And it was funny. Cause I got it. Funny.

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  53. 53
    Just A. Reader

    If nobody thinks it’s funny but you, does that mean maybe it’s not funny, or do you just need higher-quality readers?

  54. Maybe it’s time to refill my meds. Not following the humor.

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  55. my daughter just walked by me reading this and asked….

    “Why did she draw a thumb on there?”

    I am assuming she is referencing your giant squid.

    By the way, I totally get it. I think we were separated at birth.

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  56. The test on Youtube is crappy – here’s the original link:

    From The One Who Knows All

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  57. I totally got your point before you added the update. And I’m not just saying that so you’ll tell me you love me again. Or maybe I am.

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  58. I saw the bear. The squid though? Totally missed it and then laughed my ass off.

    I must be strange too.

    Come sit by me Jenny. The booze is better.

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  59. There was a squid?

    Okay that was a mercy question – but I got it and thought the post was brilliant. Mindfreak Bloggess should be your truckin’ handle.

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  60. i personally found it fucking hilarious, without the explanation. perhaps that’s why we’re lovers…

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  61. I did NOT see the bear, and I was totally looking for something beyond the number of passes.

    Don’t you hate having to explain dry humor? I keep trying to tell my husband. Say something funny, then shut up. Don’t explain.

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  62. I got the 13 passes, but missed the bear. And I’m an observant person! And an ex-cyclist because most people aren’t. In fact, I used to ride as if I were invisible, because if someone could hit you – they would. Just call me Ninja Cyclist.

    P.S. Bob? You have a squid named Bob?

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  63. There I was, feeling all cool and excited that I counted the passes correctly and then the bear had to come along and fuck things up.

    But I totally noticed him and the squid – so when I read the paragraph again I was totally looking for typos.

    This makes me a dork, doesn’t it?

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  64. If the bear had been on a bicycle, I totally would have seen him before I ran him down. DUH!

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  65. I feel like this is a lesson of my life!

  66. Stop it! You are freaking me out. How the HELL did you know I was a ninja!??

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  67. That’s not a squid… but >a href=”” target=”new”>this is.


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  68. I meant this is. sorry.


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  69. Yes, but how many of us saw the squid! heh heh heh. (Pass my pills please)

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  70. Bear???

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  71. no way- it’s funny.

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  72. Well, the good news is that I totally got what you were doing.

    The bad news is that I totally got what you were doing 🙂

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  73. …bowing down to the goddess of the peed-my- pants funny!

    You’ve been served. You Make My Day Award.

    …I’m beginning to think I’ll need a 12 step program soon because if I miss reading your blog I’m all kinds of crazy crack addict jones’ng! Thanks for the fix though.

    Not only can your quips make my day, damn, they’ve made my midlife crisis barely noticable. So now a humble cyber award we pass onto you…(If you’re everr in the market for a bigger house with all the awards complete strangers leave on your blog doorstep, I’ve got a lovely water front home on the coast of maine. Plus that would make stalking you waaaaay easier for me.)

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  74. Not funny is the new funny…no?

    (if this is the case, then I’m hilarious)

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  75. This video is RIGGED!

    I swear, I’m TOTALLY observant and I didn’t see any freaking bears! They just put it in that second time to mess with my head.


    PS: I just watched it again and now I’m completely depressed. A bear hasn’t made me this depressed since I left the circus because of a heinous sexual harassment case. Bobo wouldn’t leave me alone. It was a nightmare.

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  76. hell no i didnt see that damn sneaky bear…..i wonder how many other breakdancing bears ive missed in my life?!

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  77. your hidden images were really tricky!

    I hope I’m not called to be a witness for anything important. If you want to commit a crime, CALL ME. You’ll totally be off the hook.

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  78. I almost didn’t…I was like…wtf is that…(did get the bball players count) LOL. But, I do see cyclists (probably because I’m saying ‘get the heck on the sidewalk that’s right beside you!’ as I drive by). ;P

    Your text bear…easy peasy lemon squeezy. The weirder the thing, the easier it is to notice, I think. 😀

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  79. I love you, Jenny! I think you are funny.

    I counted right but missed the bear the first time. Then it was way obvious when they pointed out there was a dancing guy dressed like a bear.

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  80. I totally did NOT see the bear. In the video. Did see it in your post, though. Does that say something?

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  81. That’s funny. We just had some “awareness expert” as entertainment at a big corporate meeting and he showed a similar video only a gorilla walked through the screen and pounded his chest. We all missed it.

    And your squid and bear were a TOTAL mindfreak. Though i had no idea that was a squid. I thought it was my uncle Bob.

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  82. OK. I couldn’t keep up with the counting to begin with and then that bear showed up and it was all over! I lost count and I wondered what that bear was doing. Moonwalking?? That was a crazy bear! OK. I have to go fish a 3 year old out of crib/toy box.

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  83. I didn’t read the other responses as it seems they must be all idiots if they didn’t get it.

    The freaky thing is I forgot to count the passes as I was too busy looking at the bear. I am all like ‘Wow that is some stupid arse costume and even worse dancing’ and then got distracted by something shiny…

    And I love the squid, Bob being the perfect name for something with such a large noggin’.

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  84. I totally missed the bear.. I feel stupid.. lol But I did get the amount of passes right!

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  85. That aint no squid.

    It is quite clearly a deformed cuttlefish whose float sac is broken. Hence the moniker ‘Bob’

  86. Love the post and love the fact that you stopped by my blog. I was quite literally startled to see a comment. I’ve been posting under the radar until I get my funny cap back on. I will check out more of your site because you have my kind of humor. Cheers!

  87. ninjas and bears and squids, oh my!

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  88. Didn’t see the bear. I’m a one-track mind kinda’ girl, and the bear? Missed it. Even after reading your post THEN watching the video, because I’m so wild and crazy like that, living life on the edge.

    After seeing the bear, though, I’m kinda’ squicked out. The bear, he didn’t look all that normal.

  89. I wonder what the bear would eat first…the squid or the ninja?

    I say ninja. Unless….that ninja is armed with throwing stars. Then the bear would take his basketball and go home.

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  90. I totally laughed my ass off. Does that mean I have a discerning sense of humor or that I think things are funny when they are not?

    I’m going with the latter. Lie to me people. I’m ok with that.

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  91. Swweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Comment of the day! Whoot!

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  92. Oh god today’s post is hilarious. I loved it. Gee you remind me of ME. haha. Same goes here, please mom don’t look under the bed.

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  93. Bob’s a squid?

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  94. I totally got your post. But, dude. Bob. Whale.

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  95. My ever so observant squint through my trifocul glasses saw the bear in the body of your post when I opened you on bloglines – so I was predisposed to see the bear.

    So I’m sort of disappointed that I can’t play.

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  96. I’ve watched that thing 85 f*ckin’ times and I can NOT find the squid.

  97. I just came over to your blog from Joyunexpected, and now I am sitting in a shared office with five other people and I have tears running down my cheeks (no exaggeration) from laughing so hard. And yes, they all think I’m a freak. But between the squid hiding in your sentences and the leprechauns dodging bullets in your yard, I surrender. My officemates will just have to deal, because now I am going to read every post on your site. And buy some kleenex.

  98. I saw the bear, but that’s actually because I can’t concentrate at all.
    I was about to count the passes, then I got bored. And then it came onto the screen.
    Not paying attention=best thing ever.

  99. Of course, since their message is “It’s amazing what you’ll MISS when you’re not paying attention” makes me wonder whether they’re suggesting we pay more attention to cyclists so we can stop missing them, and start hitting them instead.

    Not sure they thought that one through.

    Also, I am aware that this comment is like 3 years late.

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