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Daily TWiP – March 10: International Day of Awesomeness and Chuck Norris’ birthday

Every once in a while, we here at Daily TWiP stumble upon a holiday that is so wonderfully TWiPpable that we practically weep tears of joy. The International Day of Awesomeness, which the creator decided should coincide with the birthday of the incredibly awesome and near-mythic action hero Chuck Norris, is one of these holidays.

The International Day of Awesomeness is a relatively recent holiday (it was created in 2007) and began, as many fun things do, with bantering between coworkers.

Freddie Maneiro, an intern, suggested that a celebration be held in honor of the awesomeness of his coworker, Kevin Lawver. Lawver’s awesomeness was a running joke amongst his coworkers, and Lawver decided that there should be a holiday to celebrate awesomeness in all its various forms.

The official tagline of the International Day of Awesomeness is that, while no one is perfect, everyone can be awesome. And today, you are encouraged to do exactly that. Be awesome, do awesome things, and appreciate the awesomeness of others.

If you’re uncertain as to what true awesomeness is, we invite you to explore the mythology of Chuck Norris. Norris himself is thoroughly human (in spite of his amazing roundhouse kicks), but thanks to the mysterious powers of the Internet, he has been credited with all kinds of legendary accomplishments, many of which have been collected at www.ChuckNorrisFacts.com.

Here are a few of our favorites, which we hope will inspire you to pursue your own unique feats of awesomeness:

  • Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water AND make it drink.
  • Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.
  • Chuck Norris counted to infinity – twice.
  • Chuck Norris’ hand is the only hand that can beat a Royal Flush.
  • Chuck Norris can divide by zero.
  • Chuck Norris once kicked a horse in the chin. Its descendants are known today as giraffes.

Feeling pumped to get out there and be awesome? We certainly are. Prepare yourself, pi – today is the day we finally make you into a rational number.

– Teresa Santoski


Originally published March 10, 2010.

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