The ups and downs of Chuck Norris

Who’s more popular Van Damme or Chuck Norris? This was our discussion while we drove to a Christmas Eve party, and thanks to Google Trends we have an answer. Many of you have probably seen Van Damme’s amazing split video:

But a few days ago Chuck Norris offered his own, humorous rebuttal:

Which of course since my whole family (except the 2-year-old) loves charts and data lead to a healthy household discussion of this chart from Google Trends:

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It’s fascinating that ANYONE can easily track waxing and waning popularity so scientifically from their cell phones these days!

And as a Christmas bonus, here’s a couple of our favorite Chuck Norris jokes which lead him to such popularity:

  • Chuck Norris threw a grenade and killed 50 people, then it exploded
  • Chuck Norris can speak French… In Russian.
  • Chuck Norris counted to infinity. Twice.
  • Once a cobra bit Chuck Norris’ leg. After five days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.

What spawned all these jokes and made Chuck Norris blow up as an internet meme before that term was even popular is anyone’s guess, but I’m curious to see if his latest video spoof helps him recapture his crown.


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