Quiz: How prepared are you for Berkeley’s cold weather?

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Ah, yes, December in the Bay Area is over, which means it’s time for the cold to really start. We’re kidding, unless you’re from California. The months of January, February and March chill the hearts and bods of Berkeley students all the way from the Bay to SoCal. We guess it’s not really that cold, but cut us some slack — we don’t really know what cold is. Wherever you may be from, take the Clog’s quiz to see whether you’re really prepared for the “cold” or not!

  1. Do you think anything below 70 degrees Fahrenheit is cold?
    1. Yes.
    2. No?
    3. Let me tell you about the time I braved negative 400-degree weather when I was a wee lad in the year of …
  2. It starts snowing in Berkeley. What’s your reaction?
    1. “Excuse me, what the f—?”
    2. “Oh.”
    3. “Sweet, I was wondering when it was going to start snowing here.”
  3. How do you cozy up after coming inside from somewhere cold?
    1. Dunk myself into a bathtub of scorching hot water.
    2. Drink something warm to heat my frozen innards.
    3. Siphon heat from someone close to me who’s already warm.
  4. How many blankets do you usually sleep with?
    1. One thick comforter.
    2. Two, sometimes three.
    3. None. I don’t need any help!
  5. How do you take your water?
    1. Standard, with ice.
    2. Perfectly room temperature. If it’s even a degree off, I send it back.
    3. Uncomfortably warm.
  6. How often do you wear socks?
    1. Only when I sleep.
    2. All the tim— wait, why is this question relevant?
    3. Never, I like to let my feet live a free life.
  7. What’s your go-to winter clothing item?
    1. Gloves.
    2. A really heavy jacket.
    3. A cute sweater I got from Forever 21.
    1. You’re super prepared! You’re either from somewhere cold or you’re one of those weird Californians who somehow walks around in booty shorts and flip-flops in less-than-optimal weather. Either way, good for you! You know what you’re doing.
    2. You … aren’t prepared at all. Sorry to break it to you, bud, but the key to dealing with the weather in the Bay is layers. Too little and you’re a popsicle. Too much and you feel like you’re in an oven. The key is a balance.
    3. You’re getting there.

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