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Facts FOR Chuck Norris

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Now, the real fact is that I love the "Chuck Norris Facts" genre as much as anybody. For those unaware, these are a series of jokes about what Chuck Norris (or at least his film-alter-ego) can do. My own personal favorites: "Chuck Norris once roundhouse kicked someone so hard that his foot broke the speed of light, went back in time, and killed Amelia Earhart while she was flying over the Pacific Ocean;" and "Chuck Norris can win a game of Trivial Pursuit with one roll of the dice, and without answering a single question... just a nod of the head, and a stroke of the beard." But that does not mean that I, or anyone else, actually takes this actor seriously.

Hmmm. Maybe I need to rethink that. Apparently the other day somebody did try to take Chuck Norris seriously. He appeared on CNN's Larry King Live show as a talking head, discussing politics and defense. Now, what an out-of-work former B-grade movie actor is doing on Larry King as anything but an actor is beyond me. I do not understand the phenomenon, whether it is somebody on the Left or somebody on the Right. But this is an entertainment-focused culture I guess, and Chuck Norris is amusing. He is funny, of course, right up until the point when he claims to have done "two tours in Iraq." At that point he just pisses me off.

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