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The Ultimate Test of Pop Culture Versatility: Wu-Tang and the Supreme Court
written by Sam Greenspan

The Wu-Tang Clan made the social media echo chamber this weekend for, quite possibly, the most comical reason possible: A lady on Divorce Court felt they *were* something to f' wit.



In the above clip, Nathan accuses Lia of sleeping with the entire Wu-Tang Clan. She admits to getting on their tour bus and going back to their hotel but "nothing inappropriate happened... the Wu-Tang is nothing but gentlemen."

And now, the transition. All this Wu-Tang talk reminded me of a little game that a few of my college friends would occasionally bust out: The Ultimate Test of Pop Culture Versatility. It's quite simple...

How many of the nine original Wu-Tang Clan members can you name... and how many of the nine current U.S. Supreme Court justices can you name?

The maximum score is 18, but I've never seen anyone get that. I've also never seen anyone get a zero, but I have seen a few ones and twos.

After you think about it for a little while, check out this list where I've ranked all 18 roughly by how well people remember them when taking this challenge. I'd like to think I can do this without having to specify who is in Wu-Tang and who's on the Supreme Court.


  1. Method Man.
  2. Ol' Dirty Bastard.
  3. Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  4. Ghostface Killah.
  5. Clarence Thomas.
  6. RZA. (Who would HATE that I've ranked him so low.)
  7. GZA. (Thanks to alliteration.)
  8. "Um, I don't know his first name" Scalia.
  9. Raekwon.
  10. John Roberts. The majority of people never get past this point.
  11. Anthony Kennedy.
  12. Sonia Sotomayor.
  13. Inspectah Deck.
  14. Elena Kagan.
  15. Masta Killa. Generally followed (incorrectly) by "Masta Ace?"
  16. Stephen Breyer.
  17. U-God.
  18. Samuel Alito.
Other popular wrong answers: Redman, Sandra Day O'Connor, and don't get me started on the whole Cappadonna thing.


This post was originally published on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 11:00:00 AM under the category Music.

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