Slovaks Vote Overwhelmingly to Name Bridge After Chuck Norris

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Actor Chuck Norris waves to supporters during the National Rifle Association's 139th annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 14, 2010.

Against all reason, “Chuck Norris” is the top contender for the name of a new pedestrian and cycling bridge connecting Slovakia to the neighboring country of Austria.

The Slovakian public has been granted the opportunity to vote for potential monikers for the bridge, which will span the Morava River from just north of the capital city, Bratislava, to the Austrian village of Schlosshof. The perhaps more logical but certainly less exciting runners-up include Maria Theresa, after an Austro-Hungarian empress, and Devinska, in honor of a nearby village, Reuters reports.

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The final decision will be in the hands of a regional assembly. But according to a regional governor, Pavol Freso, lawmakers will adhere to the people’s wishes as indicated in the online ballot.

Chuck Norris is an American martial artist-turned-actor whose moves inspired the Internet phenomenon of Chuck Norris facts. He’s become a hyperbolic icon of infallibility, a reputation which seems to have traveled to Slovakia. Norris is also known for his starring role on the television series Walker, Texas Ranger, a crime drama that ran for eight seasons.

As of Thursday, Chuck Norris Bridge received 1,157 votes — 74 percent of the total. The runner-up, Maria Theresa Bridge, has been roundhouse kicked to second place, with a scant eight percent of the total votes. If come April the bridge is indeed dubbed Chuck Norris, the legend himself won’t even need it, because as they say, Jesus walks on water, but Chuck Norris steps over oceans.

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