Chuck Norris is Hosting a Chuck Norris Look-Alike Event in Texas

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

At the age of 78, Chuck Norris can look back on a remarkable career. He parlayed his aptitude in karate competitions into a successful film and television career, acting opposite Bruce Lee in 1972’s Return of the Dragon and starring for eight seasons on the CBS action series Walker, Texas Ranger. His Chuck Norris Action Jeans—which provide flexibility in the crotch to better execute kicks—have been a practical fashion statement for decades.

Norris has now set his sights on another goal: He’d like to host the world’s biggest gathering of Chuck Norris look-alikes.

According to KTXS, Norris will be hosting a 5K race event on May 4, 2019 in College Station, Texas, where participants are being invited to appear dressed as Norris. Those paying a $30 registration fee ($50 at the door) will get a “sweet belt buckle,” fake beard, and a “Chuck Norris style T-shirt” to assist in the look, though they can also show up with their own customized costume. After the race, prizes will be awarded for Best Male Chuck Norris Costume, Best Female Chuck Norris Costume, and Best Kid Chuck Norris Costume for attendees 12 and under.

The objective is to set a world record for the greatest number of Norrises in one place, though it’s not clear if there is an existing record to beat. Norris also plans on greeting runners at the finish line. All proceeds will be split between Kickstart Kids, a nonprofit child assistance group that teaches empowerment through martial arts, and the Mercy Project, which seeks to create new economic opportunities for troubled communities in Ghana. These lofty goals may be too much for a single Norris, but a small fleet of them just may be able get the job done.

[h/t KTXS]

This Course Will Teach You How to Play Guitar Like a Pro for $29

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Be honest: You’ve watched a YouTube video or two in an attempt to learn how to play a song on the guitar. Whether it was through tabs or simply copying whatever you saw on the screen, the fun always ends when friends start throwing out requests for songs you have no idea how to play. So how about you actually learn how to play guitar for real this time?

It’s now possible to learn guitar from home with the Ultimate Beginner to Expert Guitar Lessons Bundle, which is currently on sale for $29. Grab that Gibson, Fender, or whatever you have handy, and learn to strum rhythms from scratch.

The strumming course will teach you how to count beats and rests to turn your hands and fingers into the perfect accompaniment for your own voice or other musicians. Then, you can take things a step further and learn advanced jamming and soloing to riff anytime, anywhere. This course will teach you to improvise across various chords and progressions so you can jump into any jam with something original. You’ll also have the chance to dive deep into the major guitar genres of bluegrass, blues, and jazz. Lessons in jam etiquette, genre history, and how to read music will separate you from a novice player.

This bundle also includes courses in ear training so you can properly identify any relative note, interval, or pitch. That way, you can play along with any song when it comes on, or even understand how to modify it into the key you’d prefer. And when the time comes to perform, be prepared with skilled hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends, trills, vibrato, and fret-tapping. Not only will you learn the basic foundations of guitar, you’ll ultimately be able to develop your own style with the help of these lessons.

The Ultimate Beginner to Expert Guitar Lessons Bundle is discounted for a limited time. Act on this $29 offer now to work on those fingertip calluses and play like a pro.

 

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How the Trapper Keeper Trapped the Hearts of '80s and '90s Kids

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Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello

No matter when or where you grew up, back-to-school shopping typically revolved around two things: clothing and school supplies. And if you’re an adult of a certain age, you probably had a Trapper Keeper on that latter list of must-buy items.

Like the stickers, skins, and cases that adorn your smartphones and laptops today, Trapper Keepers were a way for kids to express their individual personalities. The three-ring binders dominated classrooms in the '80s and '90s, and featured a vast array of designs—from colorful Lisa Frank illustrations to photos of cool cars and popular celebrities—that allowed kids to customize their organizational tools. 

In this episode of "Throwback," we're ripping open the Velcro cover and digging into the history of the Trapper Keeper. You can watch the full episode below.

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