The well-known Internet "facts" about Chuck Norris include that he "can lead a horse to water AND make it drink," that he "sleeps with a night-light because the dark is afraid of him" and that when he does push-ups, "he doesn't push himself up. He pushes the Earth down."
So maybe considering all, state elections officials might want to brace for a surge of voter registrations.
That's because the longtime martial-arts champion, movie and television actor and WND commentator has launched a new ad in conjunction with the National Rifle Association's Trigger the Vote registration campaign.
In it he explains a little bit about why people should register and vote, through a Top Ten List:
No. 10: "You can always ignore my advice. The dinosaurs did."
No. 9: "Because I'll know if you don't."
No. 8: "You have time right now. I know, because I'm standing right behind you."
No. 7: "It's taken me a lifetime to earn your respect. You can earn mine by registering to vote.
No. 6: "Because I said so (pounding fists)."
No. 5: "Anyone can throw a punch. It takes a real man or woman to punch a voter registration card."
No. 4: "Because the other guys don't want you to. Well, I know who they are."
No. 3: "The only thing stronger than these? (His fists) Your vote."
No. 2: "I get asked for my autograph all the time. Now your government is asking for yours."
No. 1: "With one hand I can crush coal into a diamond. With yours you can protect your rights."
AND No. 11, "Because Chuck Norris can have as many reasons as he wants."
On the website of the campaign, for which Norris is honorary chairman, it explains, "This year's elections are more important than ever for the future of our country and our Second Amendment rights.
"The only protection against attacks on our Second Amendment rights is your vote. This year, we will need each and every individual gun ownerβs vote, in every precinct and every district across the country."
He's taken a step or two into politics in the past, at one point endorsing the campaign in Alabama for now-State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
At the time, there was a report from Zeta Interactive, which showed the Norris endorsement of Huckabee in the race for the GOP nomination for president sparked a spike of 66 percent in Internet posts on Huckabee.
According to a report in DM News, a Haymarket Media Inc., project, the endorsement, made by Norris in his WND column, caused a huge increase in conversations around the Huckabee campaign.
Norris has been canonized with Internet "facts," such as, "They wanted to put Chuck Norris on Mount Rushmore, but the granite wasn't tough enough for Chuck's beard" β many of them available on The WND Forum called Chuck Norris Laughlines or in "The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book."
Some other samples:
- "Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that's why there are no signs of life there."
- "Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming that 'Law & Order' are the names of his left and right legs."
- "Superman owns a pair of Chuck Norris pajamas."
- "There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live."
- "When the boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris."
His career began, not in movies, television or in the world of Internet trivia. The man who has employed martial arts in so many of his pictures first came to the world's attention as a real-life martial arts star. He was a six-time undefeated World Professional MiddleWeight Karate Champion. He was also a renowned teacher in the martial arts, with celebrity students including Steve McQueen, Bob Barker, Priscilla Presley and Donnie and Marie Osmond.
He has gone on to found the United Fighting Arts Federation with over 2,300 black belts all over the world. In 1997, Norris achieved another milestone in his life by being the first man ever in the Western Hemisphere to be awarded an eighth-degree Black Belt Grand Master recognition in the Tae Kwon Do system. This was a first in 4,500 years of tradition.
In 2004, Norris wrote his autobiography, "Against All Odds," telling how he overcame a difficult childhood and achieved success, thanks to his Christian faith. He also wrote "Black Belt Patriotism."