Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Conversations with S.... and Chuck Norris

Today, calling my husband on Skype for our daily afternoon chat, I noticed a quote beside his name which made me LAUGH OUT LOUD. It read:

“Yes I can” - Barack Obama prima di incontrare Chuck Norris “No you can't” - Chuck Norris prima di assassinare Obama con un calcio rotante

Before I translate, please let me say he was in no way making any political statements.

It means:

"Yes, I can" (speaks for itself and refers to Obama's now famous speech/catchphrase/youtube song) - Barack Obama before he met Chuck Norris
"No you can't" - Chuck Norris before he hits Obama with a roundhouse kick.

Why is that so funny you ask? Politically speaking we are about as opposite from Chuck Norris as possible. I think he is probably a nice guy, obviously well studied in martial arts. But what makes it so funny to me is that over the last years, I have become aware of the subcultural phenomenon that IS Chuck Norris. Did you know this exists?

There are whole websites dedicated to CN with sayings such as:

- There is no chin behind Chuck Norris’ beard. There is only another fist.
- When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.
- Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.

This all stems from Walker, Texas Ranger which we all know is a terrible show, yet people watch it everywhere! Italians LOVE him, and many times when I am talking to S. he is watching Walker. Did he ever watch it here - I was never a fan of the show though I did watch it occasionally to see if I recognized any of the places (they shot it in Dallas). And I understand its appeal since it is so over-the-top, but I never got the cult behavior until recently.

NOW I understand why he had a small cameo in "Dodgeball". NOW I understand the "Walker, Texas Ranger" lever on Conan O'Brien's show. And this Saturday Night Live short. So funny. sigh

So there you go. We are all now aware of the cult of Chuck Norris, and I have to say, some of those quotes are FUN - NY. Even the Italian sites, if you can't read them - look at the pics. My favorite is the cat of Chuck Norris. Makes me laugh every time... but then again, I am a big nerd.

Ah, my fellow Texan - you are a giant among men. hehe

More later...


Cherrye said...

Can I tell you how loud I laughed when I read "he stares them down until he gets the info he wants!" ha ha ha ha

I'd didn't (and admittedly, still don't) get it.

"You're from Texas? VALKER..."


"VALKER. Valker Texas Ranger!" ha ha ha

bleeding espresso said...

Yeah I've always reserved a special place in my anti-heart for Chuck and also Steven Seagal...and then I come here and realize Italians *love* them both. Fate is funny ;)

MB said...

O watches Walker too, not because he's necessarily a big fan but because there is absolutely nothing else on TV. I've been here over 2 years now and for the entire time I've been here they've shown Walker reruns every night at the same time. They do tend to rerun a lot of Steven Seagal movies too. Aargh, it's like torture!

Texas Espresso said...

HA! Yeah, I am with ya'll. I don't get it but those chuck-isms can make me laugh.

How is it possible Chuck Norris is a cult icon? LOL

Anonymous said...

omg, I was at walmart yesterday and they had a special package of three Chuck Norris DVDs for $9.96!


Cynthia Rae said...

Ver funny girl! I LOVE that gif you have of Chuckie boy pushing the world down. You are always good for a laugh.

So now I am back to bloging again. I promise to stop by more often.

kylie said...

this post CRACKED ME UP! (i know a fellow american in france here that was planning on naming her ferret "Chuck Norris". he he!)

Texas Espresso said...

Andrea - I feel so proud my post was timely. hehe The man is a PR MACHINE! lol

Cyn - ahhh I am so happy to see you back. I'm glad I made you laugh. I love that photo too - the one at the bottom was animated too - did a roundhouse kick, but for some reason it didn't work. I am sure it was by no saving mistake of mine. LOL

kylie - i LOVE the idea of naming a pet Chuck Norris. hmmm it gives me ideas... said...

I love the Chuck button with him, "pushing down the Earth" he can't be as big as Hoff though:) can he?

Stelle in Italia said...

Hilarious! On you-tube, there was an ad for mike huckabee that featured chuck norris, and i think it used some of the quotes you mentioned (the chin and the fist thing). the one about the book is HILARIOUS! :) My grandma was a big fan of the show, and I remember all of grandkids wondering why!