By now, I think just about everyone is familiar with the Chuck Norris meme, which is largely a series of “facts” about the man which just get bigger and bigger than life itself, turning the actor into a sort of tall tale figure. Sort of a modern Paul Bunyan, only funnier.
I never really knew what started it, assuming that someone just decided to pick someone who was big in the 80’s (similar to Mr. T’s resurgence) and run with it. But according to the description for the following video, it was a segment performed by a certain dethroned late-night talk show host that started it all. Check it out:
Conan O’Brien – Walker Texas Ranger Clips
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Funnier than the actual Walker: Texas Ranger footage are the surrounding bits with Conan. Just the almost crazed look of utter excitement displayed before he pulls the lever… and the utter disbelief with which he tries to register what he just saw.
I’m guessing that this is one such segment that we can count on never seeing again, at least not quite like this. At least we have the internet to keep the legend alive.