Sure, this is old news already, but hey, it’s still appearing in Reuters’s list of most popular articles.
Chuck Norris has sued Penguin, the publisher of the book "The Truth About Chuck Norris: 400 facts about the World’s Greatest Human", which lists previously unknown gems such as:
- A cobra once bit Chuck Norris’s leg. After five days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.
- Chuck Norris can charge a cell phone by rubbing it against his beard.
- When an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger” aired in France, the French surrendered to Chuck Norris just to be on the safe side.
- Chuck Norris was the first person to tame a dinosaur.
- Chuck Norris once visited The Virgin Islands. Afterward, they were renamed The Islands.
- Every piece of furniture in Chuck Norris’s house is a Total Gym.
Obviously, these are all fake truths made in the name of fun. I think Norris was widely denounced as a complete dunderhead when he sued, saying he was as funny as wet burlap, and that may be true. However, it is stated that he believed Penguin and the author of the book of “misappropriated and exploited Mr. Norris’s name and likeness without authorization for their own commercial profit.”
This case reminds me of JK Rowling suing to prevent the publication of the Harry Potter Lexicon.
I’m not saying he should be suing, I’m just saying he may be all fun and smiles while the Chuck Facts is free to float around in the Internet without commercial implications, but he kicks ass when someone compiles all these things and sells it as a book, possibly even without compensation to the original writers of these gems (I don’t know) or to Chuck himself.