Chuck Norris jokes (or as they’re known on the internet, “Chuck Norris ‘facts’”) are nothing new. However, when Chuck Norris turned 75 on March 10, the internet, especially Twitter, became flooded with these jokes. These “facts” are meant to show how Chuck Norris is the ultimate specimen, crafting tall tales about his prowess about everything. One Twitter user named Nick Caruso tweeted, “Chuck Norris doesn’t blow out birthday candles, they surrender their flames willingly”.
Even CNN got in on the action. On their tribute to Chuck Norris on their website, they wrote, “Chuck Norris is celebrating his 75th birthday -- but the calendar is only allowed to turn 39.” It was an apt tribute to someone larger than life like Chuck Norris. It should be noted that Norris himself is in on it. He published the book “The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book” which features 101 of his favorite versions of the joke.
Chuck Norris doesn’t blow out birthday candles, they surrender their flames willingly #HappyBirthdayChuckNorris
— Nick Caruso (@LittlestWinslow) March 10, 2015
— Lovely Book Comments (@MoogMeBooks) January 18, 2014
— Jeff Verszyla (@Verz) March 11, 2015
— TheRightFrontTire™ (@TRightFrontTire) March 11, 2015
— Wickedshrapnel (@wickedshrapnel) March 10, 2015
At this point, the Chuck Norris joke is as mainstream as “your mama” jokes, and for good reason. Chuck Norris is definitely tough as nails. And his achievements are nothing to sneer at. He even fought Bruce Lee!
Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris practicing for their fight scene on the set of Way of the Dragon. pic.twitter.com/PbBVdLsXkw
— This Is Not Porn (@thisisnotp0rn) March 10, 2015
Count from one to ten. That's how long it would take Chuck Norris to kill you...Fourty seven times.
— Chuck Norris Facts (@chuck_facts) March 10, 2015
— Jai Manny (@JaiManny) March 10, 2015
When Chuck Norris works out on the Total Gym, the Total Gym feels like it's been raped.
— Chuck Norris Facts (@chuck_facts) March 7, 2015
When Chuck Norris does a push-up, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down. More gems here: http://t.co/Da9BF0rfkv
— Dustin Hassard (@DustinHassard) January 29, 2015
Unlike most action stars, Chuck Norris is a decorated martial artist. He was a six-time undefeated World Professional Middle Weight Karate Champion and he was the first man from the western hemisphere to be awarded an eighth degree Black Belt Grand Master ranking in Tae Kwan Do.
However, despite all of his achievements, he became a polarizing figure because of his political and religious views. He is a true blue conservative and a supporter of the National Rifle Association. He has also been criticized for his view regarding same-sex marriage. According to him, “Is encouraging or teaching about homosexuality what our forefathers expected for the public education they founded? Even the most liberal among them opposed it.”
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Chuck Norris is a part of popular culture. And even after he’s gone, these Chuck Norris “facts” will live on.