The recent idea of Bratislava Region to let the people decide on a new pedestrian and cycling bridge spanning the Morava River between Austria and Slovakia has produced an unlikely outcome as Slovaks have voted for it to be named after US action film star Chuck Norris.
Initially, three names were proposed: Maria Theresa Bridge (after the former Hungarian empress), Freedom Bridge or Iron Curtain Bridge, but residents were also invited to propose other names. After Chuck Norris appeared in the running, thousands of people started voting for his name to adorn the new bridge, smashing any competition.
It is still not sure whether the bridge from Devinska Nova Ves in Slovakia to Schlosshof in Austria will be called the Chuck Norris Bridge, but regional governor Pavol Freso has already said the region would likely respect the people’s wishes. The voting will continue until April, but Chuck already has ten times more votes than his nearest rival.
Norris’ popularity has soared in Slovakia recently as his name has become symbolic of invincibility on social network gags here. Some foreigners living in Slovakia have been campaigning on Facebook to get people to vote for tough man Norris, and the curious case even caught the attention of press from all over the world. Maybe the great man himself will come to the official opening.