Here’s something you probably didn’t know: If you spell “Chuck Norris” in Scrabble, you win.
That’s just one of more than 40,000 “facts” about Chuck Norris that are sweeping the Internet like one of Chuck’s fierce roundhouse kicks – which, by the way are still the preferred method of execution in 16 states.
They are most appealing to high school and college students, which is peculiar because Norris, known primarily for his leading role in the canceled but syndicated Walker, Texas Ranger, hasn’t really been that visible in recent years.
In fact, most of those who read these facts probably have never seen the show, only the clips Conan O’Brien sometimes mocks on his show.
Nonetheless, this Chuck Norris phenomenon is ridiculously popular, with the Chuck Norris Fact Generator receiving between 500,000 and 800,000 hits daily. It has become so popular that Friday, the St. Petersburg Times ran a 1,322-word, front-page centerpiece about the topic. These “facts” are an amusing, albeit a bit juvenile, slice of life. And you’re learning – sort of – while you read.
For instance, did you know that there is no such thing as global warming? Apparently, Chuck Norris was cold, so he turned the sun up.
The facts range from tame – Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door – to objectionable and vulgar, which you’ll have to find yourself at www.4q.cc/chuck/.
Other “fact” sites exist for Vin Diesel and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, but they lack the same punch – no pun intended – you get when you read that the reason Chuck Norris never won an Oscar for acting is because he’s not acting. For whatever reason, Norris’ quiet, tough-guy persona fits these facts perfectly.
For example, you almost believe that Chuck Norris doesn’t sleep. He waits. Next time you’ve got a minute, check out these “facts.”
Chuck Norris might just thank you with a swift roundhouse kick to the face.