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Facebook's Zuckerberg Mocked By Yale Students

While many spoofs of Harvard's famous drop out involve privacy concerns, the latest revolves around a football rivalry.

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As their respective football teams once again gear up for the annual on-field rivalry known simply as The Game, Yale students are mocking famous Harvard drop-out Mark Zuckerberg with a t-shirt that calls the Facebook founder and multi-billionaire "antisocial."

The Game between the Harvard Crimson and the Yale Bulldogs will be held on Nov. 20 in Cambridge, Mass.

The Freshman Class Council's official t-shirts are in Facebook blue, and the front is emblazoned with "Harvard, the antisocial network," in white lettering very akin to Facebook's typeface. The back of the shirt features the phrase, "Because you don't get to Harvard without being a[n] _______," according to photographs shown on the Yale Daily News website.

"It encourages Yalies to fill in their own answer," the university's newspaper said.

Apparently Harvard was considering a similar approach in a football rivalry that dates back to 1876, long before computers, email, and the Internet.

"The Harvard College Fund presented potential designs for a Harvard-Yale T-shirt to be voted on for The Game. Designs include a play on the phonetic similarity between 'Yale' and 'jail' and a parody of The Social Network. Come on, guys, you can do better," Yale's newspaper said.

Zuckerberg entered Harvard in 2002, and began running thefacebook.com out of a dorm room at Harvard until June 2004. After his sophomore year, Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard in order to devote himself full time to what had evolved into Facebook, which he moved to Palo Alto, Calif.

Of course, Zuckerberg is not the first -- and, no doubt, will not be the last -- successful individual to quit college without earning a degree. Other non-degreed notables include Bill Gates; J. Paul Getty; Woody Allen; Steve Jobs; Michael Dell; John Glenn; Ted Turner; David Geffen; and David Byrne.

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