Chuck Norris Facts



Chuck Norris Facts are an Internet phenomenon of satirical "facts" about martial artist and actor Chuck Norris. The "facts" tend to involve absurdly exaggerated claims of Norris' toughness, attitude, virility, and masculinity stated in an absurdly serious tone; for example:

Chuck Norris' tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried. Ever.

If you can see Chuck Norris, he can see you. If you can't see Chuck Norris, you may be only seconds away from death.

Chuck Norris Facts were originally seen on IRC, and on websites like the Something Awful forums, in early 2005. Conan O'Brien's Chuck Norris jokes on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (which generally center on Walker: Texas Ranger) have been seen as an inspiration for the fad. Chuck Norris Facts followed "facts" based on actors Vin Diesel and Bob Saget, and spawned similar "facts" about fictional character Jack Bauer from the television series 24, Mr. T, and other personages. The exaggerated style of these facts is similar to a recurring Saturday Night Live sketch called Bill Brasky. These are all similar to tall tales, such as those of Paul Bunyan.

Chuck Norris responded to the Chuck Norris Facts on his official website with the following statement:

I'm aware of the made up declarations about me that have recently begun to appear on the Internet and in emails as "Chuck Norris facts." I've seen some of them. Some are funny. Some are pretty far out. Being more a student of the Wild West than the wild world of the Internet, I'm not quite sure what to make of it. It's quite surprising. I do know that boys will be boys, and I neither take offense nor take these things too seriously. Who knows, maybe these made up one-liners will prompt young people to seek out the real facts as found in my recent autobiographical book, "Against All Odds"?

* Norris has appeared on The Tony Danza Show and The Best Damn Sports Show Period, and has been questioned regarding the satirical facts. In the latter show, he read up the current Top 10 facts, as well as mentioning his favorite one was "They once tried to carve Chuck Norris' face into Mount Rushmore, but the granite wasn't hard enough for his beard".

* Rolling Stone magazine featured a short blurb regarding the "facts".

* In the March 20, 2006 issue, TIME magazine interviewed Chuck Norris, calling him an "online cult hero." In the answer to their last question, he called the Chuck Norris Facts "weird but wildly popular sayings" and quoted one: "Chuck Norris can divide by zero."

* Saturday Night Live featured a Digital Short called "Young Chuck Norris", a mock music video about young Chuck Norris' exaggerated escapades based on the facts.

* Nintendo Power magazine featured four of their own Chuck Norris Facts in their May 2006 issue.

* The Walker Texas Ranger section of the Hallmark channel website has similarly themed "Walker facts"

* On an episode of The Daily Show in a parody of Alaskan senator Ted Stevens' comments about the internet being a "Series of tubes". John Hodgman stated that beneath every American home there were indeed a series of tubes and they could be used to send various pieces of information, mainly Chuck Norris Facts.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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