I'm sure my blood pressure has risen countless times over the past year watching the federal government overspend. I'm tired of seeing out-of-control government overreaching into every area of our lives. And I especially hurt for Americans, many of whom are jobless, homeless and with little hope for the future or real help from the government.
I need a break from watching the political drama and recklessness in Washington. Know what I mean?
That is the reason I finally agreed to write my new book, "The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book," in which I share my favorite 101 "facts" and 101 humorous and inspirational related stories. (It is being released Nov. 1 by Tyndale House Publishers, though it's now available for pre-order on Amazon.com for less than $9. Proceeds from the book will go to help http://www.KickStartKids.org.)
For those who somehow have not heard of the Chuck Norris facts, they are mythical expressions of my life and abilities, a collection of sayings, quips and quotes, created by young and old alike, that have elevated my character and personhood to almost legendary, Paul Bunyan-like status.
I've heard it said that there are literally hundreds of thousands of Chuck Norris facts that circle the globe. They proliferate on the Internet, are found in speeches and books, and are written on bathroom walls from schools in America to battlefields in the Middle East.
Over the next five weeks, I'm going to give a sneak peek inside "The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book" in my weekly column, starting with entry No. 1 below. Each entry in the book is divided into four sections: one of my favorite official facts, a related short story ("Let's be honest"), a classic or contemporary corresponding quote ("They said it") and one of my principles for life ("Chuck's Code"), which are represented by the five "F's," or core values: freedom, faith, family, fitness and fight. (The only thing missing in these column examples will be the content display, such as font variance, and the comical caricature portrait of me that accompanies each of the 101 facts in the book -- for example, an image of me wrestling a grizzly bear!)
Without further adieu, here's the first entry in the book:
No. 1 -- "Chuck Norris was bitten by a cobra, and after five days of excruciating pain ... the cobra died."
Let's be honest ...