Chuck Norris (Tyndale)

Martial arts champion, movie and television star, author and WND columnist Chuck Norris turned 70 today, and as one entry in his publisher’s contest to come up with a “fact” about the famed personality stated, “Another year celebrated Chuck Norris.”

Norris, the star of more than 20 films and the TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” has written several books following the multiple world martial arts championships he earned.

As part of the celebration, Tyndale House Publishers held a contest to give away copies of Norris’ book, “The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book,” which is available autographed at the WND Superstore.

At the Tyndale site, some of the “fact” suggestions were:

  • Chuck Norris doesn’t need Social Security, Social Security needs him.

  • It isn’t Chuck Norris’ birthday today, it’s his yearly apology to the obstetrician for knocking him out with a roundhouse kick coming out 70 yrs ago.
  • Wow, another year celebrates a Chuck Norris! Congratulations 2010!
  • No one throws Chuck Norris a party. He throws it… far.
  • When Chuck Norris goes to someone else’s birthday party, the host gives him a gift.
  • When Chuck Norris wishes someone, “Happy Birthday,” they are happy … all year.
  • When the birthday candles on Chuck Norris’ cake saw him coming, they blew themselves out. Happy birthday!
  • Chuck Norris stopped aging at 27. He just keeps anniversaries of this birthday so the rest of us don’t feel bad.
  • The last time Chuck Norris blew out some candles, we called it climate change.

There’s a second purchase option for the “Facts” book at WND’s Superstore, and that’s by participating in a special program that sends copies of the books to members of the U.S. military.

Chuck Norris’ previous book, “Black Belt Patriotism : How to Reawaken America,” also is available at the WND Superstore.

His newest authorship is the forward for “Don’t Tread on US!: Signs of a 21st Century Political Awakening,” which has collected and displayed the best images from the tea parties.

At USA Today, there was the headline “Happy 70th birthday, Chuck Norris!”

“The man seems ageless, so it’s hard to believe he’s a septuagenarian. We’ve heard so many ‘Chuck Norris Facts’ over the years that it’s easy to confuse them with Norris’ true biography. (‘Chuck Norris does not sleep! He waits.’ ‘Chuck Norris’ tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.’),” the report said.

The publication then cited a few “real” facts:

  • Chuck Norris’ real name? That would be Carlos Ray Norris. He was born in Ryan, Okla.

  • Chuck got his nickname after he joined the Air Force and was sent to South Korea. There, he began training in the martial arts.
  • Norris founded his own school of martial art called Chun Kuk Do (“The Universal Way”). Primarily known for its kicking techniques, it mixes elements from various styles.
  • Norris was Steve McQueen’s karate instructor. McQueen encouraged him to go into acting.

USA Today also noted, “Chuck Norris is politically conservative and a devout Christian. He writes a weekly column for the website WorldNetDaily.

At MTV, which notes birthdays daily, commentators posted: “There is one birthday boy who stands above all others – indeed, one who stands above all other mortal men, as well as the beasts of the field, the fish in the sea and whatever is living on Neptune.

“Yes, Chuck Norris, he of ‘Walker, Texas Ranger,’ several dozen martial arts movies, ‘Karate Kommandos’ and, of course, hundreds of Internet-based urban legends, turns 70 years old today. The American film, television and sports veteran has had a remarkable career both as an actor and as a martial artist. But in the 21st century, he is best known as the figurehead of all of the ‘Chuck Norris Facts’ that are constantly circulated to the far corners of the Web,” MTV said.

Even in the United Kingdom, the Mirror noted the birthday with its own favorite “facts:”

  • Chuck Norris makes onions cry.

  • Chuck Norris can slam revolving doors.
  • When Chuck Norris does a push-up, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the earth down.
  • Ghosts are actually caused by Chuck Norris killing people faster than death can process them.
  • Chuck Norris can build a snowman out of rain.
  • and, among others, a cobra once bit Chuck Norris’ leg. After five days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.

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