Posted on March 10, 2014
The subtitle of this holiday is “No one's perfect, but everyone can be awesome!”
The International Day of Awesomeness is today because March 10 is Chuck Norris's birthday. And although the real guy Chuck Norris—the actor, martial artist, and person—is not at all awesome, in my opinion, since he has said some pretty bigoted things (like that the reelection of Barack Obama would lead to 1,000 years of darkness!)—there is that meme about Chuck Norris being a sort of superhuman, super strong, super fast-kicking guy.
Chuck Norris “Facts” tell us that the workout gym 24 Hour Fitness stays open 25 hours a day for Chuck Norris. And that Chuck Norris can divide by zero. And that there are no such things as seasons; Chuck Norris just gets bored with the temperature.
This funny hyperbole (or exaggeration) about Chuck Norris reminds me of the “most interesting man in the world” ads. You know, the guy who can speak Russian...in French. The guy who was once bitten by a rattlesnake...After five days of excruciating pain, the snake finally died. The guy who, in museums, is allowed to touch the art. The guy who can kill two stones with one bird.
The guy who once made a weeping willow laugh.
Of course you should celebrate the International Day of Awesomeness by being awesome and by noticing the awesomeness of others around you! But you can also celebrate the day by learning more about the comedic value of hyperbole.
Exaggeration can be really funny!
- Have fun with hyperbole. Here is poem called “Hyperbole Cafe.” You might want to make your own exaggerating poem...maybe about how awesome your house is, or about an amazing circus.
- Do a Mad Lib, and notice how much funnier the story comes out when it becomes ridiculously exaggerated.
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