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JULY 18, 2016

So, you think you bleed blue and gold?

You can recite Mario Savio’s “Operation of the Machine” speech in your sleep, you hashtag “fiat lux” like there’s no tomorrow and you probably have a selfie with Steve Wozniak, the guy who pretty much invented it.

UC Berkeley is a school that immerses you in the culture. As students, we can’t ignore that our colors are blue and gold, that our mascot is the Golden Bear, that we’re the number one public university in the world and that we’re part of an iconic community of vibrant, political and groundbreaking individuals who aren’t shy about expressing themselves or where they come from. Our community is part of who we are as individuals and a crucial factor in the pursuit of self-awareness every UC Berkeley student inevitably goes through.

But to own this identity, we must also be able to accurately represent it; we must match soul to name, story to label and prophecy to icon.

So, let’s find out: How well do you really understand what lurks inside the minds of Berkeley luminaries, and can you distinguish their thoughts from those of the people who share (at least parts of) their names? Take this quiz and find out!


  1. “Success isn’t something that happens to you; you happen to it.”
    1. Ivan Rabb
    2. Ivanka Trump
  2. Ivanka Trump
    1. Next question
  3. “No more advice on how to patch things up, just help me win, please. All right?”
    1. Sonny Dykes
    2. Sonny Corleone
  4. Sonny Corleone
    1. Next question
  5. “Powerlessness is a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
    1. Robert Reich
    2. Robert Nesta Marley
  6. Robert Reich
    1. Next question
  7. “I’m in the empire business.”
    1. Walter Haas
    2. Walter White
  8. Walter White
    1. Next question
  9. “Lots of fun with these dudes over the years. Finished it the right way.”
    1. Jared Goff
    2. Jared from Subway
  10. Jared Goff
    1. Next question
  11. “Well, you know, it’s really been, you know, quite a trip for me.”
    1. Patrick Shwayze
    2. Patty Hearst
  12. Patty Hearst
    1. Next question
  13. “I’m your top prime cut of meat.”
    1. Alice Waters
    2. Alice Cooper
  14. Alice Cooper
    1. Next question
  15. “I don’t care about spots on my apples.”
    1. Adam Duritz
    2. Adam, of “Adam and Eve” fame
  16. Adam Duritz
    1. Next question
  17. “This city, all they want us to be is ourselves.”
    1. Kevin Durant
    2. Henry Durant
  18. Kevin Durant
    1. Next question
  19. “To be paranoid, you need a very good imagination.”
    1. Larry David
    2. Ernest Lawrence
  20. Larry David
    1. Next question
  21. “If I haven’t smoked five [cigarettes] that day, I will smoke one last before I go to bed.”
    1. Jonah Hill
    2. Joan Didion
  22. Joan Didion
    1. Next question
  23. “Opportunity isn’t given, it’s taken.”
    1. Steph Curry
    2. Stef(an) McClure
  24. Stefan McClure
    1. Next question
  25. “I think that every sexual position is fundamentally comic.”
    1. Judith Butler
    2. Jay Culter
  26. Judith Butler
    1. Next question
  27. “School is practice for the future, and practice makes perfect and nobody’s perfect so why bother.”
    1. Tre Watson
    2. Tre Cool
  28. Tre Cool
    1. Next question
  29. “How will world poverty be solved? How will education be solved? How will devastating disease be solved? Is it going to be some brilliant dude or gal that says, ‘I’ve got an idea here?’ No, it’s going to be groups of people pulling together in a team.”
    1. Jack Clark
    2. Clark Kerr
  30. Jack Clark
    1. Next question
  31. “I was just excited that day that I didn’t die.”
    1. Lord Voldemort
    2. Dana Vollmer
  32. Dana Vollmer
    1. Next question
  33. “Wooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! #MarchMadness #OnWisconsin” — from Twitter
    1. Aaron Rodgers
    2. Aaron Moesch
  34. Aaron Rodgers
    1. Next question
  35. “I am a star. I’m a star, I’m a star, I’m a star. I am a big, bright, shining star. That’s right.”
    1. Dirk Diggler
    2. Nicholas B. Dirks
  36. Dirk Diggler actually said this, but we’re sure the chancellor has forcefully reminded himself of this while making intense eye contact with his reflection.
    1. Next question
  37. “The kinds of breakthroughs we are seeing in biotechnology remind me of the way people were talking about electricity in 1900.”
    1. Alexander Coward
    2. Alex Dunphy
  38. Alexander Coward
    1. Next question
  39. “My dad went to Berkeley, here, but when I was growing up, nobody, nobody ever told me that they had cute girls here in Berkeley.”
    1. Billie Joe Armstrong
    2. Bill Walton
  40. Bill Walton
    1. Next question
  41. “I eat more ice cream than three other people you’d like to be with, all at once.”
    1. Joe Kapp
    2. Joe Biden
  42. Joe Biden
    1. Next question
  43. “The probability that this sentence gets edited out is 98.5 percent, but here goes: Fuck Trump. He’s a racist.”
    1. Natalie Silver
    2. Nate Silver
  44. Natalie Silver — that’s right, we’ve gone rogue.


Contact Natalie Silver at [email protected].

JULY 17, 2016