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17Jul/140

Goofy Clubs and Deserving Causes

If there’s one thing that makes any school or university more interesting, the opportunity to join a wide array of interesting clubs and societies can give you a break from the daily grind. Spending time with those who share your same obsession for specific topics or activities can truly be a satisfying experience. Whether to explore new interests, have intellectual conversations, or simply laugh at those who join, academic clubs definitely have their place in society. This article contains the most interesting and bizarre school clubs that exist around the country. Perhaps it’s time you find your true friends.

People Watching Club

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Considered an art and a science by many psychologists, a surprising amount of clubs have been founded in order to further explore the benefits of people watching. Much of the reasoning for the club is based on the opportunity to further understand human behavior and action. A main goal is to observe and recognize the beautiful and unseen moments of the day that many fail to appreciate due to rush of the day. Quite often the club will dedicate hours together watching large groups of people in public areas or even singling out specific people to observe them in their daily routine. Needless to say, many awkward moments are had between the observers and the subject.

Mustache Club

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Stumbling through centuries of trends and fashion statements, the versatile facial hair that finds itself growing above the upper lip has lured an official group of students at Carleton College, Minnesota. The Mustache Club is an organization dedicated to providing volunteer labor while at the same time promoting the beauty and unforgiving charm that the mustache displays. At first thought the club may indeed appear as a gender specific group, however, the organization welcomes all genders just as long as they are willing to “make a valiant effort in producing a moustache”. With the graceful nature of the moustache often becoming soiled by “alternative” lifestyles, the Mustache Club does an incredible job counteracting this perception by dedicating thousands of hours to volunteer charity work. If you find yourself constantly daydreaming of the variety of moustaches that exist in the world, this may be the perfect club to find a new fulfilling lifestyle.

Dragonology

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The mystical and powerful influence of the mythical dragon  throughout history has often led many to ask the question, “Do dragons actually exist?” The firebreathing ever-so powerful creature has appeared throughout popular motion pictures and stories and now has garnered a group of followers dedicated to studying the history and biological makeup of the dragon. Thought of as pioneers in creating a club dedicated to the mythical creature, many students from Lone Peak High School hope that others will follow their ways in unearthing answers to the mystery of the dragon. Many members hope to one day find the remains of a real dragon and hopefully, through modern technology, recreate and birth a new fleet of dragons to roam the earth. Dragonology club accepts anyone who is willing to dedicate time to discovering new information about dragons.

Squirrel Appreciation Club

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Students at Michigan University have found an undying love and dedication to the furry appeal of the squirrel. In just two years since it was founded in 2002, the club became the largest student club at Michigan University in 2004 and continues to grow in squirrel lovers today. The club’s mission is a strict dedication to the feeding and welfare of the squirrels on campus. Often group meetings will consist of large feedings of peanuts to squirrels all over campus. What exactly lures students to the club? “No stress, no dues, just the pure joy of having a squirrel take a peanut out of your hand.” Many have theorized that since the establishment of the club, squirrels from all parts of the nation have come to visit, if only for a moment, to enjoy the blessings of the Squirrel Club. If you are so inclined to join the ranks of the Squirrel Club yourself, they also sell T-shirts to support their cause.

There are many things in the world to appreciate and recognize, and also many things to ignore, in any the case, the school club was invented to be dedicated to whichever cause you choose. However, as many may know, a true club would never go unnoticed with bleak apparel. Build Your Jacket is here to unite your club and customize the most incredible letterman jacket for you and your members to enjoy. Whether it’s squirrels, dragons, mustaches, or people-watching, Build Your Jacket is here to customize the perfect jacket for your club. Create one today!

 

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10Jul/140

Celebrities Before They Were Famous

We’ve all had horrible pictures taken when we were younger. More often than not, they can be pretty embarrassing and perfect for a blackmail gag. There are many reasons why an old picture might be humiliating: outdated fashion, horrible haircuts, braces, awkward poses, pimples, baby fat, the list goes on and on. Most of us would rather hide such pictures in a shoebox deep in the closet, or better yet, burn them into oblivion. It’s much harder now days with Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to escape these haunting pictures, especially with trends like #throwbackthursday or #flashbackfriday. Luckily, even our favorite celebrities (including some that are now considered some of the most beautiful people in the world) were not able to escape some hilariously hideous photos of their youth. See if you can recognize these celebrities before they were famous:

 Charlize Theron as a child

Though this picture was taken long before glasses became so stylish, you can still see the potential beauty underneath. Take off the glasses, let down the hair, and you have the premise of She’s All That, but this time with real life beauty, Charlize Theron.

Charlize Theron

 


 

Brad Pitt in high school

 

Some ladies may still be able to recognize that smile and those eyes, but the hair definitely dates this picture. He has definitely gone through some crazy hair phases, even in his celebrity years, but I think we’d all like to forget the hairdos of the 80s. Women want him and men want to be him. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Brad Pitt.

 Brad Pitt

 


 

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The infectious smile is still there, but the bangs have got to go. Luckily, this Oscar-winning actress has made numerous fashion statements throughout her career. It didn’t take long for this girl next door to win over millions of hearts and become America’s sweetheart, Sandra Bullock.

Sandra Bullock

 


 

Pamela Anderson in high school

 

This one may be a little more difficult. Still not seeing it? The picture was taken long before she became the bombshell from Baywatch and Playboy Magazine. Do you see it yet? That’s right, it’s Pamela Anderson.

Pamela Anderson

 


 

Matthew McConaughey in high school

 

Ah Prom. Whether we have fond or disastrous memories of that high school milestone, it’s almost a rite of passage for teenagers, even recent Oscar winner, Matthew McConaughey. He kinda lucked out with this pic; not as embarrassing as it could have been. Although the blue tie doesn’t help much with the white balloons and forest green carpeting. Luckily, he still cleans up pretty well.

Matthew McConaughey

 


 

Katy Perry as a child

 

What’s not to love about this picture? The outfit, the haircut, the hands perfectly positioned one over the other, it’s gold! These days, this starlet’s fashion sense makes a much bolder statement, not to mention striking looks, and a commanding stage presence. It’s none other than Katy Perry!

Katy Perry

 


 

Avril Lavigne in high school

 

Before she was making her stamp on the pop rock scene, this simple girl was merely trying to survive her teenage years. Perhaps it was during this time that she fell for her first “Sk8er Boy.” You guessed it, it’s Avril Lavigne.

Avril Lavigne

 


 

Dave Grohl as a kid

 

This young rocker may not be as familiar of a face to some, but those who love rock and roll music, and who know their rock history, may be able to guess this drummer turned lead singer. Still not seeing it? It’s Mr. Dave Grohl, former drummer of the revolutionary band Nirvana, and current frontman for the mega-hit band, the Foo Fighters.

David Grohl from Foo Fighters

 


 

Channing Tatum as a kid

It looks like this heartthrob was trying to win over the ladies even in his early days. It would be years before he made his way onto the big screen in hits like Step-Up and 21 Jump Street. Have you guessed yet? Mr. Channing Tatum.

Channing Tatum

 


 

Jennifer Lawrence as a kid

 

You may be able to guess who this middle schooler turned out to be. I wonder if she’s telling her friend on the other end of the flip phone how she is going to be the queen of Hollywood some day. Well, if you know anything about Jennifer Lawrence, you know she’s way too humble to have ever thought she’d be where she is today. That’s why we love her.

Jennifer Lawrence

 


 

Jamie Foxx when he was younger

 

He sure has come a long way since graduation day. Luckily, he ditched the Lionel Richie haircut on his way to becoming an Oscar winner for his performance as Ray Charles in the hit film, Ray. Not to mention his awesome turn as the vengeful Django in Tarantino’s smash, Django Unchained. Thank you, Jamie Foxx.

Jaime Foxx

 


 

Kaley Cuoco as a child

 

Many years before she moved into an apartment across the hall from some socially awkward geniuses, young Kaley Cuoco was just a regular girl next door. Now, she lullabies eccentric theoretical physicists when they’re sad or sick on the hilarious sitcom, The Big Bang Theory.

Kaley Cuoco

 


 

Rihanna as a child

 

It’s not hard to see how this pretty little girl would turn into a strikingly beautiful woman. This amazingly talented singer was born to be a star. We all thank Rihanna for fulfilling that dream and sharing her voice with the world.

Rihanna

 


 

Joseph Gordon Levitt as a child

 

Those familiar with A River Runs Through It and Angels in the Outfield were already introduced to a fairly young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but this picture may predate both of those movies. We’re just so thankful that young Joe kept his act together as he matured into a great actor. Hollywood can destroy some kids, but not ones as held together as Gordon-Levitt.

Joseph Gordon Levitt

 


 

 

Zooey Deschanel as a kid

Before she ever teamed up with aforementioned Joseph Gordon Levitt in the charming comedy, (500) Days of Summer, young Zooey Deschanel was just trying to survive her adolescence like the rest of us. Thankfully, she figured out what to do with those bangs, and everyone has been trying to copy her ever since.

Zooey Deschanel

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19Jul/120

Miami Heat – 2012 NBA Champions!

The Miami Heat are your 2011-2012 NBA champions! Is it the beginning of a dynasty?!

When the Heat's "Big 3" came together two years ago, there was a lot of negativity. Most of the hate was centered on LeBron and The Decision. Obviously that wasn't the best way to announce that you're leaving a team, but it looks like LeBron made the right choice. Who wouldn't want to go live on South Beach and hang out with your best friends? And the Big 3 took less money to join together, which a lot of people seem to forget.

It looks like the era of the Big 3 is back. Garnett/Pierce/Allen ushered it in a few years ago. Now there are Big 3s across the league. The Thunder have Durant, Westbrook, and Harden. The Spurs have Duncan, Ginobli, and Parker. The Lakers have Kobe, Bynum, and Gasol. The Knicks have Carmello, Amare, and Chandler. In this league you need superstars to win championships. The Heat understood that and delivered.

Anyway, LeBron finally has that chip off his shoulder. He got his first ring. How many more are to come? A couple more? 5 more? Only time will tell. But we are all witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime talent, and we should appreciate it.

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3Mar/120

The Top Five Custom Varsity Jacket Designs

At our company we have done thousands and thousands of jackets over the last several decades. Most of our jackets are customized with unique jacket back designs and patches. Many of these designs are things that we created ourselves, while many more are user-submitted and we convert them and embroider them on the jackets. We decided to highlight some of our favorite designs that people put on their varsity jackets. Keep in mind that you can alter any and all aspects of these designs for your own jacket!

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Let us know if we left any off the list!

1Mar/120

2012 NBA All-Star Game

For those of you who watched the 2012 NBA All-Star festivities, it was a great weekend. On Friday, Kyrie Irving showed everyone why he was the first pick in the draft. He was 8-8 on three pointers and led his team to victory. The celebrity game was a little boring as always...

Saturday night was entertaining with the 3-point shootout and the Slam Dunk contest. The 3-point shootout came down to Kevin Love and Kevin Durant. After multiple shootout tiebreakers, Kevin Love emerged as the victor.

The Slam Dunk contest was, in our opinion, below average. Blake Griffin put on a show last year. But this year it was forgettable. Something needs to change here. The NBA or Sprite needs to figure out a way to incentivize the stars to participate. Maybe put up a million dollar prize! That would surely attract people like LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, and Blake Griffin to participate year after year. What do you think?

Sunday was the day of the All-Star game. There were plenty of highlight dunks in that game, led by LeBron. But the West team was comfortably in the lead for most of the game. Then the East decided to play hard in the fourth quarter and it got exciting. But in the end, the West won 152-149. Kevin Durant scored 36 points and took home the MVP. LeBron had 36 and Dwyane Wade had 24-10-10 for the East.

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5Nov/110

LSU Tigers Beat the Alabama Crimson Tide

The top two college football teams in the nation faced off tonight with the #1 ranked LSU Tigers coming out victorious. It was definitely a battle of great defenses. In the end, LSU just made more plays. The Alabama kicker must be kicking himself right now after missing several field goal attempts that would have won the game for the Crimson Tide. Too bad we won't be able to see these two teams face off again in the college football playoffs. Either way, congrats to the players on both teams - it was a great game. And if you want custom LSU or Alabama letterman jackets then visit our website today!

27Aug/110

2011 High School Football Rankings

The initial 2011 high school football rankings have just been released and Don Bosco Prep of New Jersey is the top-ranked team in the country! And according the the MaxPreps rating system, it has a firm hold on that number one spot. But the other teams will not go down easy. Here is a list of the top 25 football teams:

  1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ)
  2. Servite (Anaheim, CA)
  3. Trinity (Louisville, KY)
  4. Buford (GA)
  5. Gilman (Baltimore, MD)
  6. De La Salle (Concord, CA)
  7. St. Edward (Lakewood, OH)
  8. Maryville (TN)
  9. Armwood (Seffner, FL)
  10. Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, MD)
  11. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
  12. Mission Viejo (CA)
  13. Middletown (OH)
  14. Norland (Miami, FL)
  15. Allen (TX)
  16. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, CA)
  17. Archbishop Wood (Warminster, PA)
  18. Prattville (AL)
  19. Ensworth (Nashville, TN)
  20. St. Xavier (Cincinnati, OH)
  21. Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN)
  22. DeSoto (TX)
  23. Rockhurst (Kansas City, MO)
  24. West Catholic (Philadelphia, PA)
  25. Alemany (Mission Hills, CA)

Good luck to everyone this year!

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16Jul/110

How to Customize Your Own Letterman Jacket

Design Your Own Custom Letterman Jacket

Watch the video above to see how you can design your own custom letterman jackets! You could make a jacket that looks like the one below!
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22Apr/110

UConn Huskies Win the NCAA National Championship!

UConn defeated Butler for the NCAA National Basketball Championship game. The final score was 53-41. Kemba Walker lead the way with 16 points and received tournament MVP honors. He will be entering the NBA draft and likely be a top ten pick. To show our love for the great players at UConn, we would like to offer anyone on the UConn basketball team custom varsity jackets with a free customized UConn design on the back! Let us know if you want one! Congratulations!

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8Feb/110

The Packers are the Super Bowl Champs!

What a great game on Sunday! Aaron Rodgers stepped it up and lead the Packers over the Steelers 31-25 for the Super Bowl victory! Steelers fans are bummed, but they've won 2 recently so stop whining. Now it is time to celebrate the win! What better way to do that then by getting a custom letterman jacket of your favorite team?! Whether your team is the Packers, Steelers, Cowboys, or whoever else, we can make a custom sports jacket for you! So visit our site and start customizing your own team letterman jacket now!

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