Professors can have a long-term impact on their students’ lives. Sometimes that influence is direct (the chemistry professor who inspired a student to become a doctor) and sometimes that influence is, well, rather less direct.

From Buzzfeed comes news that in fact Beavis and Butthead are based on academics.

Mike Judge, creator of the popular animated television series Beavis and Butt-head (1993-1997), graduated from the University of California at San Diego in 1986. He was a physics major.

Two physics professors at UCSD bear an astonishing physical resemblance to Judge’s title characters. David Kleinfeld, professor of physics and neurobiology, looks like Beavis. Jim Branson, professor of physics, is Butt-head.


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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer