A Japanese astronaut has fallen victim to one of the unusual side effects of living in a zero gravity environment. Though there are a host of physical ailments one can experience when spending extended amounts of time without gravity, including muscles and bones becoming weaker, making your eyes flatter, or even downsizing your heart, going to space can also make you taller.
Norishige Kanai is posted on the International Space Station and discovered that he’s grown over an inch per week in the time since his arrival, making him worried that he won’t be able to fit in the seat of the shuttle that will eventually bring him home.
In a tweet Kanai posted from the Space Station, he wrote, “Good morning, good morning. Today there is a serious report… I had physical measurements since I got to space… [with] heights up to 9 centimeters! I grew like some plant in just three weeks, nothing like this since I was a junior high school student. I am a bit worried whether my body will fit in the return Soyuz seat.”
Kanai jetted off into the cosmos along with two other astronauts, Scott Tingle and Anton Shkaplerov, from a shuttle that was launched out of Kazakhstan. Of course, it’s not uncommon for astronauts to grow in space as the lack of gravity allows their vertebrae to stretch apart. Usually though, they only grow between 2 and 5 centimeters.
Though Kanai still has some time left at the International Space Station, but he worries that at the rate he grew, by the time he returns to our atmosphere, he’ll be too tall for the capsule.
At 6 ft tall now, Kanai still has a little wiggle room before he won’t fit in Russian Soyuz TMA, which can accommodate heights up to 6’3″. Luckily for Kanai, he’s not returning in an older capsule, which could only fit someone up to 6 ft tall.
The Secrets Of Chuck Norris And What He’s Doing Now
He Grew Up In Poverty
Chuck Norris is a name that many of us have known – and feared – over the years, but surprisingly, it turns out Chuck came from humble roots. It turns out that Chuck’s father left the house when he was a youngster, and life was left to his mom to deal with. However, young Chuck Norris was determined to step up and become a father figure and role model to his two younger brothers.
He Used To Be Very Different
Chuck Norris wasn’t always the lean, mean, fighting machine that we know and love today. In fact, the star was once a shy introvert who would apparently try his best to stay away from everyone. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s said that Chuck always struggled at school. It looks as though being the man of the house, as well as coping with his step-father’s addiction, all took their toll on young Chuck.
He Was In The Air Force
From a young age, Chuck decided that he wanted to sign up to the police force. He eventually landed his chance to carve his dream career when the youngster enrolled in the U.S. Air Force as one of the air police officers. From there, Chuck was deployed to South Korea where he would work out his time in the military. However, it was moving across the world that gave Chuck the chance to discover martial arts.
He Wasn’t Always Chuck
That’s not all the Air Force gave Chuck. In fact, his time in the military also gave him his name! That’s right – before he signed up to the Air Force, Chuck was known as Carlos Ray Norris. Throughout his time at school, the star was always known by his birth name. It wasn’t until he was a young adult that he earned the nickname Chuck. This was a name that was about to stick for the rest of time.
He Suffered A Major Loss
Although Chuck’s time in the military helped to shape his life, it also changed it forever. The star inspired his younger brother, Weiland, to sign up to the forces all those years later. Weiland was deployed to Vietnam where he served for four months until tragedy struck; he lost his life on the battlefield. Chuck admits that losing his brother is probably one of the toughest moments he has encountered in his life so far.
He Became A Teacher
Resigning from the military left Chuck with a new question: what was he supposed to do? Although he landed a job in an aircraft factory, Chuck wasn’t making enough money to support his new lifestyle away from the Air Force. He was left with no choice but to teach karate in his mom’s yard. Thankfully, everyone was desperate to learn the new skill. To top it off, Chuck also fell in love with teaching for the first time.
He Created His Own Martial Arts
All of his time practicing martial arts meant it wasn’t long before Chuck picked up a trick or two of his own. So what better way to cement your name into the tough guy history books than by creating your very own martial arts? Yup, Chuck Norris is the proud creator of Chun Kuk Do. It’s said it’s a mixture of karate and Korean martial arts that aims to emphasize fitness, grappling, competition, weapons, and self-defense.
He Is Almost Undefeated
As well as teaching martial arts, Chuck also competed in the sport for many years. In fact, the sports star was only defeated by a handful of people his entire career. As if that wasn’t enough, Chuck hasn’t lost a single fight since 1968. He later went on to retire in 1974 after defeating most of the lineup standing in his way. By the time he was done, Chuck had been crowned the professional full-contact karate middleweight champion.
He Taught Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen rose to fame as one of the most prominent anti-heroes of the ‘60s. So where did this action star learn his skills? From none other than Chuck Norris, of course. It’s reported the actor signed up to Chuck’s martial arts studio, and the pair soon struck up a friendship. That’s not all. It was apparently Steve that gave Chuck the push that he needed to break into the world of acting – a decision that would change his life forever.
He Was Friends With Bruce Lee
Being a movie star gave Chuck the opportunity to meet fellow martial arts legend, Bruce Lee. The pair had trained together throughout the ‘60s and were now about to start work on a new movie together. Lee had already signed up to The Wrecking Crew and knew he wanted Chuck to be his fighting partner. Chuck agreed, and the two created one of the most memorable fighting scenes of all time. The best bit? It was all ad-libbed.
He Started His Own Charity
Chuck’s love of karate has gone much further than anyone ever imagined, as the movie star has since created his own charity, Kickstart Kids. The organization aims to teach character values to teens, but Chuck needed some help. It was during a conversation with a former President that Chuck explained his dreams of taking the sport across the nation. The former President was so impressed that he immediately invested in the plan.
They Became Good Friends
It looks as though this was the beginning of an epic friendship. As if starting a charity wasn’t enough already, Chuck and the former President were about to take their relationship to the next level. He explained to Chuck how he had always wanted to skydive, and chose his 80th birthday as the perfect time to jump from a plane. Although Chuck was hesitant to join the dive at first, he soon got geared up with a parachute and joined the team.
His Silence Is Worrying
They say a man of few words is one who is thoughtful in speech. While it seems as though being one of the toughest guys on the planet might mean you no longer have to explain yourself through words, there might be a reason for Chuck’s silence. The actor has admitted he will say nothing if there is nothing nice to say about someone. So that silence means Chuck is probably judging you inside his own head. You have been warned.
He Married Young
Chuck was still just a youngster when he met and fell for Dianne Holechek. To top it off, he was 18 years old when he found himself walking down the aisle with a new wife on his arm. The couple were married for 30 years and spent the majority of their adult lives together until they eventually split and divorced in 1989. Unfortunately, Chuck admits that Dianne left a massive hole in his heart the day that she walked out the door.
He Has A Secret Child
Although Chuck seems to be a family man on the red carpet, it looks as though things haven’t always been that way. That’s right; the actor once had an affair with another woman during his first marriage and fathered another child. However, Chuck had no idea about his missing daughter. Dina was born in 1964, and she reports that she knew about her biological father for ten years, but didn’t want to interrupt his family’s life with her groundbreaking news.
They Met After Several Years
It wasn’t until Dina was 26 years old that she was brave enough to tell her father the truth. It was 1990 when Chuck Norris received the news that he had a daughter from all those years ago. Could this be another person hoping for their shot at fame by claiming they have celebrity parents? It seemed not. In fact, Chuck stated that he knew Dina was his daughter from the first moment they met.
He Never Expected to Marry Again
Chuck believed he would never find a love that made him want to marry again. That was, until he met and fell for Gena O’Kelley. The couple dated for some time until Chuck decided it was time to make it official. The actor only had four days of vacation at Thanksgiving and asked Gena if she could plan a wedding in six weeks. The model replied that she hadn’t said “Yes” yet, and Chuck remembered to pop the question officially.
The Twins Ended Walker, Texas Ranger
The couple tied the knot in 1998 and welcomed twins in 2001. However, their arrival was about to throw a wrench in the works. Chuck decided that he no longer had the time in his schedule to continue filming, as well as raise a family. Therefore, the newborns were all the excuse Chuck needed to put an end to the show Walker, Texas Ranger. His fans were devastated, and it was the beginning of Chuck’s disappearance from the limelight.
It Was A Family Affair
Many were devastated to see Walker, Texas Ranger come to an end – let alone the crew who had all worked on the show for many years. However, they might have been closer than we imagined. In fact, Chuck’s brother, Aaron, was one of the many who got the chance to direct four episodes of the show. To top it off, his son Mike directed five episodes, while his other son, Eric, was the director of a whopping 17 episodes!
He’s a Best-Selling Author
In addition to being one of the most celebrated martial artists in the world, Chuck Norris is also an accomplished author. Norris has published almost ten books throughout his career including two New York Times Best Sellers! Norris’ first book was a guide to marital arts called Winning Tournament Karate. He later released various health and self-improvement-themed books including the New York Times Best Seller, The Secret of Inner Strength: My Story. In 2008, he released his second best-seller, a politically-themed book entitled Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America.
The Rise of Chuck Norris Jokes
Though he was already an accomplished movie star and martial artist, Chuck Norris gained popularity as the subject of Chuck Norris “facts” — hilariously absurd exaggerations of Norris’ strength and masculinity. Jokes about Chuck Norris making onions cry or being able to dribble a bowling ball have been a part of the internet humor since around 2005. Norris has mentioned that his favorite fact is that Norris was going to be added to Mount Rushmore, “But the granite was not tough enough for his beard.”
How a Late Night Show Sketch Boosted His Popularity
Many people attribute the popularity of Chuck Norris “facts” to a popular sketch from late-night host and comedian Conan O’Brien’s show, Late Night With Conan O’Brien. In 2004, O’Brien’s network (NBC) purchased Universal, allowing him free access to every episode of Walker, Texas Ranger. O’Brien began incorporating clips of the show in his “Walker, Texas Ranger Lever” segment — a sketch involving showing the most outlandish and nonsensical scenes from the show. Many believe that this segment introduced Norris to a new generation of fans.
Connection to the Karate Kid Films
While Chuck Norris didn’t actually star in the Karate Kid films, he does have an interesting connection to the franchise. It turns out that Pat E. Johnson, actor and martial arts coordinator for three of the franchise’s films, actually trained under the guidance of Chuck Norris. Johnson became the head instructor at Norris’ California-based martial arts school and became the captain of Norris’ undefeated black belt competition team. Unfortunately, after years of training together, the two parted ways professionally in 1986.
He Has Been Featured in Multiple Video Games
Most people would agree that it takes a special level of fame to be featured in a video game, not as a character, but as yourself. In 1983, now-defunct video game company Xononx released a video game called Chuck Norris Superkicks. In 2008, thanks to the popularity of Chuck Norris facts, Gameloft released a mobile game called Chuck Norris: Bring on the Pain. Almost a decade later, another gaming company released another mobile game called Nonstop Chuck Norris.
He’s Big in Europe
Though he’s considered by many Americans to be a national treasure, Chuck Norris is also extremely popular in Europe. In 2010, Norris starred in a Christmas-themed commercial for T-Mobile in the Czech Republic. Two years later, he replaced actor Antonio Banderas as the face of the Polish bank, Bank Zachodni WBK. In 2018, Norris starred in an advertising campaign for a Finnish hamburger chain called Hesburger. Thanks to his classic action films, the iconic actor is popular across the world.
He Has His Own Brand of Water
Though the idea of Chuck Norris finding an ancient aquifer right outside of his ranch seems like it would be just another Chuck Norris “fact,” it actually happened. In 2011, during a particularly severe drought, one of Norris’ ranchhands discovered the aquifer while he was digging a new well. The natural aquifer is said to be more than 23,000 years old and produces naturally purified drinking water. In 2015, Norris created the CForce Bottling Company to bring this artesian water to the market.
He’s Very Involved in Veteran Affairs
Though many people may have seen Chuck Norris’ classic film Missing in Action, few know that Norris starred in this film and other POW rescue-themed films for a very sentimental reason. Norris dedicated these films to his brother, PFC Wieland Norris, who lost his life in Vietnam in 1970. Norris, who served in the Air Force, has remained connected to members of the armed forces and veterans. He has visited U.S. troops in Iraq and was the spokesperson for the U.S. Veterans Administration.
He Was a Comic Book and Cartoon Character
Although Norris is known for his often-violent action films, he was once the star of an animated television show and comic book series. Karate Kommandos, a series created by and starring Norris, aired in 1986. The show featured Norris as a government operative fighting against a villain called the Claw and his evil organization called VULTURE. The storyline was also adapted into a four-issue comic book by Marvel’s Star Comics.
He Hosted a Chuck Norris-Themed 5K Marathon
Running a marathon is difficult enough, but running a marathon dressed as Chuck Norris is even harder. Despite being difficult, 5,000 runners took part in the 2019 Chuck Norris 5K marathon in College Station, Texas. Runners had to wear costumes including fake beards and got to high-five Norris at the finish line. The race was also an attempt to create a new world record for most Chuck Norris look-a-likes in one place.
Chuck Norris’ Fight With Bruce Lee Was Actually Illegal
The fight scene between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris in The Way of the Dragon is arguably one of the most famous martial arts scenes in film history. What many people don’t know is that the iconic scene was actually illegally shot. Lee wanted to shoot the scene in Rome’s famous Colosseum. Unfortunately, filming in the Colosseum is prohibited, resulting in the actors bribing Roman officials and having to smuggle cameras in their backpacks. The actors entered, under the guise of being tourists, and quickly filmed the famous fight scene.
Chuck Norris’ NASCAR Champion Son
Chuck Norris may be known for his alleged superhero strength, but his son is hot on his heels. It turns out that Eric Norris is not only a talented actor, director, stuntman, but he’s also a NASCAR racing champion. Eric began racing cars and motorcycles in the early ‘80s. After competing in various races, in 2002, he was named the winner of the NASCAR Winston West Series Championship. Though he enjoyed a successful career in car racing, Eric has returned to the world of entertainment.
His Film Debut Was Almost a Disaster
When Chuck Norris was approached by Bruce Lee to appear in his latest project, The Wrecking Crew, Norris was instantly onboard. Because he was generally uncomfortable with public speaking, Norris practiced his one line for weeks. Things got worse when actor Dean Martin forgot to duck during a fight scene and ended up getting kicked across the room by Norris’ kick. Thankfully, Martin continued filming and beating Norris up (on-screen at least).
Why He Stopped Taking These Types of Pictures
Known for his iconic fight scenes, it’s no surprise that fans often ask Chuck Norris to put them in a fake chokehold during photo ops. While Norris often complies with their requests, he had a close call after a photo op went wrong. While visiting a base, a Marine asked Norris to put him in a chokehold. The chokehold went on a bit too long and the Marine ended up passing out. Thankfully, the Marine was fine and actually became famous on the base because of the incident.
The Surprising Snakebite
One popular Chuck Norris “fact” is that “Chuck Norris was bitten by a cobra and, after five days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.” In reality, Norris was bitten by a rattlesnake while on the set of his television show, Walker, Texas Ranger. In one scene, Norris picks up the rattlesnake to count its rattles (as Chuck Norris does). On the second take of the scene, the snake bit Norris, sending blood “everywhere.” Thankfully, the actor was fine — no word on the snake, however …
He Stands By His Wife
Gena and Chuck first met in a sushi restaurant after one of Chuck’s close friends introduced the pair. The actor has admitted that he had no idea what to say to Gena at first but knew he already had strong feelings for his future wife. The couple has been together ever since. Unfortunately, their relationship was going to get put to the test in 2013 after it was revealed that the former model needed to undergo several medical tests.
The Scan Changed Everything
Gena was soon booked in for a scan to see if she had developed rheumatoid arthritis. All she needed to do was have an MRI scan with a simple injection to see the results of the scan clearer. Everything seemed simple. That was until the substance was injected into Gena, who later confessed it felt “As if acid had been passed through” her entire body. It looked as though she was having an adverse reaction to the injection.
He Has Been At Her Side
Gena was about to spend the next five months in the hospital as she needed 24-hour nurse care. The former model was also hooked up to an IV at all times in a bid to save her life. It was this moment that changed Chuck’s life forever as he abandoned his acting career to focus on his family. The star then spent every night sleeping on a couch at the hospital as he didn’t want to leave Gena alone.
He Wants Justice
Things got worse and worse for the couple as Gena’s health continued to deteriorate. Thankfully, the former model has been able to claim a portion of her previous life back and has since been discharged from the hospital. It was in 2017 that both Gena and Chuck decided they wanted to get justice for the actions of the hospital. Chuck is now putting all of his effort towards getting Gena the compensation she deserves for her troubles.
A Major Lawsuit
The pair believes that it was a metal known as gadolinium that was in the injection that was the cause behind all of Gena’s issues. Gena and Chuck feel as though they weren’t properly warned or educated about the substance the hospital would be using, and they could have prevented the entire reaction. So far, the couple confesses they have spent more than $2 million on Gena’s health bills, and want $10 million in compensation for the event.
He Wants To Change The Nation
Gena has since been left with several medical issues that have changed her life forever. Chuck is determined to change the medical laws surrounding his wife’s treatment. However, that’s not all. Chuck also hopes to improve everyone’s entire outlook across the nation. The star hopes that all the hate in the U.S. will one day come to an end as he regularly gets bothered by the conflict happening in the world. Perhaps he’s more about peace than war, after all?