Newt or Schrute: the Quiz

Can you tell the difference between Dwight Schrute and Newt Gingrich? No, you probably can’t.

One of these is Newt Gingrich. Or maybe both. We just don't know.via The Other 98%

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In case you haven’t heard, in his younger days former House Speaker Newt Gingrich looked an awful lot like Dwight Schrute*.

But the eerie similarities surely end there, right? I mean, one of them is mercurial, despised by his colleagues, in love with animals, obsessed with pop culture mythology and modern warfare, and wrapped up in an endless subplot involving a blonde love interest.

And the other one is Dwight Schrute.

Take this short Mother Jones quiz to find out if you can tell the difference between Newton Leroy Gingrich and Dwight Kurt Schrute III.

For the record: While many have chimed in on the physical resemblance between Newt and Schrute—BuzzFeedThe Daily ShowCollegeHumor, the Daily MailThe Today Show, and even Rainn Wilson himself—we believe the news team here at MoJo actually started the Newt/Schrute meme. It all began with a Tumblr post on the night of a Republican presidential debate in November. The trend began catching on in December and January. (We’ll try to be modest about this, though.)

And if you need any further proof that these two men likely share DNA, check out their shared devotion to the Star Wars saga. Here’s the former House speaker gushing about how George Lucas’s series reflects the “core values in American civilization” (the video of Newt starts at 00:43):

. . . and here’s Dwight going all-out on Halloween:

Boom. Case closed.

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You just sent an incredible message: that quality journalism doesn't have to answer to advertisers, billionaires, or hedge funds; that newsrooms can eke out an existence thanks primarily to the generosity of its readers. That's so powerful. Especially during what's been called a "media extinction event" when those looking to make a profit from the news pull back, the Mother Jones community steps in.

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