After witnessing the sales success of Stanford’s “Buck Ferkeley” merchandise, many of the top thinkers at the University of California Berkeley have developed the response slogan “Seat Btanford.” The new catchphrase was met with overwhelming approval from the majority of the student body and faculty. After the other slogan options, including the runners-up “Get’s Lin Whe Tig Bame” and “We’re Just Trying to Compensate” were deemed too unoriginal or simply nonsensical, the obvious winner emerged.
“Frankly, I’m not sure that we could have come up with a better chant,” said an excited English major. “And I didn’t even notice the first time I looked at it, but it’s really clever!” The ingenious mantra was quickly imprinted on mugs, sweatshirts, keychains, bumper stickers, shot glasses, beer glasses, martini glasses, lighters, commemorative shampoo bottles, and the rear ends of “booty shorts” in the UC Berkeley bookstore.
At first, many students did not understand the new catchphrase, with some students concerned that it was “just a jumble of letters.” In a desperate attempt to quell any confusion, the creator of the slogan, Jonathan Sipman, wrote a clarificatory open letter to the student newspaper, which explained that “the first letters of ‘beat’ and ‘Stanford’ were switched.”
According to reports, this new development prompted a surge in approval from the student body, with most students saying, “OH. That’s clever!”