Chuck Norris once ordered a Big Mac at Burger King, and got one.

Personally, I love Chuck Norris jokes, can’t get enough of them. But there isn’t a good repository of these jokes on the web – yet. Recently, I started an online Chuck Norris jokes database at icndb.com for this purpose. As as a bonus, the database also allows you to star in the jokes yourself by changing the name of the main character. Right now, I’m working on adding as much jokes as I can and on building some apps for sharing the jokes.

Plans for the future

I intend to support the Chuck Norris database for a while and want to keep on adding features. A first idea for the future is to add categories to the database. Some of the jokes are a bit offensive and I can image people who want to keep these jokes from their home page. Others are geeky and again, some of you wouldn’t like this – while others would especially want them.

A second idea is to add language support. Now, all jokes are in English, but wouldn’t it be great to have all of them in your own language? It’s a great idea, but I also think it’s a lot of work. Something on the long term probably.

Got any other ideas for future features? Or want to help? Post a comment below.

 

27 Responses to About

  1. Hi,

    I have created a mobile phone client for Nokia N9 (MeeGo) phone and it is pending to Ovi Store. The price point is free.

    It uses the “random” api.

    Cheers,
    Juhapekka Piiroinen

    • admin says:

      Nice! When it gets accepted, be sure to post the link here.

      • Hello admin,
        My name is Joey Richardson. I am making an apple application that will tell jokes and riddles to the user. I want to have more categories of jokes to display for the user. I do plan on selling a version of my app on the app store and I was wondering if I could user your database of chuck norris jokes? Please let me know asap. Thank you!

        - Joey Richardson

        • admin says:

          Hi Joey,

          Everybody is free to use the API, it’s not a problem for me that you plan to sell you product. However:
          1. I provide this service for fun. I do not guarantee any up-time of the service. It’s best-effort and it will go down from time to time. I also do not guarantee anything about the contents (e.g., spelling errors). Actually, I do not guarantee anything about this service :)
          2. I provide this service for fun. I do not make money off it and while I do not care that you do, I’m not sure about the rightful owner of the jokes.

          Not trying to scare you, just being clear. If this is still ok for you, go ahead. I’m still interested in seeing you final product!

  2. MDKWales says:

    The ability to submit chuck norris jokes would be great – even if you have to approve them before they become available

  3. Mattias Persson says:

    API looks nice! Will try and use it too.

    There exist a “Chuck Norris Facts Generator” at google+, maybe you’ll get more there?
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103607250677409926251/posts

    //Mattias

  4. Alex says:

    Hi,
    I created a TrayIcon which uses the random function from your API.
    It is free and deployed at Sourceforge -> http://sourceforge.net/projects/chucknorristi/
    Your API and the database are great!
    Thank a lot.
    Alex

  5. Hi, I just spotted an error for the joke with id 358. Quotes are returned as question marks

  6. mayank gupta says:

    Hi, I have developed a zero click plugin for the search engine “duckduckgo” powered by your API.
    So whenever you search for chuck norris fact(s)/joke(s) it will pop up a random joke before the search results. Every joke has an attribution link to this site. It’s going to be live soon.

  7. Can I use your API for developing a windows phone application? I don’t intend to make it a free application.

  8. Alex says:

    Hi,

    I created a client for iOS which is waiting for review in the App Store. Of course its free ;)

    It uses the “random” api.

    Greetz
    Alex

    • admin says:

      Nice! Let me know if it hits the App Store :)

      • Alex says:

        “We found that your app contains features that may infringe on rights owned by Chuck Norris, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.”

        :(

        as long as chuck does not tell them that i can use his name, this won’t happen :(

  9. TheAssassin says:

    Hi,
    I’ve started PyICNDb, a Python implementation of your database. So far, it’s got initial features like downloading jokes by ID or with its own random ID generator (that makes it more failsafe, because at the moment it tries until it can fetch a joke). It shall help future Python developers to use the database. All features described on the website are already useable and available as option. There is a class for Joke and Category, you can also request all categories (feature lacking for Joke, working on it).

    Read the defails on LaunchPad: PyICNDb in Launchpad
    Clone the code: Code : PyICNDb
    Browse the code: ~theassassin/pyicndb/trunk

    I’d like you to review it (since Python is easy to read ;) ) and as soon as a documentation is available, you might add it to the list of client libraries.

    P.S.: I’m the only developer at the moment, if you’ve got API changes please contact me with the e-mail adress given.

    • admin says:

      Hi,

      Great initiative, I like it! I don’t plan on changing the API (and if I do, it should be backwards compatible), so you’re safe for now :)

      Since you asked me to review the code, here are some comments:
      * The init method of the Joke class could be simpler with kwargs, no? Similar code, but easier to call, I think.
      * You could also cache the joke count so you only have to fetch it once.
      * And finally, it is also a good idea to hardcode some jokes (say, three) in case the service is down. It’s best effort for now since I don’t have any funding :)

      When you have the documentation ready, let me know and I’ll add you to the client libraries.

      • TheAssassin says:

        Hi,

        I’ll have a look at your changes in the next days, but now I’m busy at some (payed ;) ) code.
        I think caching a few single jokes is not such a good idea, I’d like to deliver an “backup.py” file with the whole database decoded to Python data types.
        And since querying a joke count is not that much traffic, people should cache it inside their programs (imagine a 24/7 IRC bot (I have one) that does not know how many jokes really exist after running a few weeks, so it can update it).

        You could also offer dumps of the database for mirroring, and apart from that you should change the MIME type of your API to “application/json”.

        About **kwargs: inside __init__ it makes no difference, and the call won’t become more difficult (**{dict} can be used instead of sending just a dict as keyword argument) –> you’re right, so please add it to the bug tracker (if you find time for it), I can’t at the moment. Makes it easier for me to remember, all my devices receive a mail then.

        If you like (what I wanted to do anyway, I’m on writing a test suite) I’ll post a link to an automatic testing for your web API, which will make it easier to resolve errors.

        (P.S.: You might add it as beta library, then I can find more testers for that, I cannot play all usage cases.)

  10. Jeff Hansen says:

    Hey there! I created a native Windows Phone app that uses the API, it is available for free (no ads at all) – http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/chuck-norris-facts/0d08f6b4-25ea-45a8-91d2-d1686124b7b1

    I added a reference to this site in the About + the app description. Thanks for providing this service!

  11. Simpleapp Android says:

    Hello, I have made a free Android app using your offline json output from your api. Here is the link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simpleappandroid.chucknorrisjokes

  12. admin says:

    Nice, thanks for mentioning it!

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