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The uniforms for the opening ceremony of the Olympics are meant to exude national pride, the spirit of the game, and celebrate the heart of a tradition that can be traced back to 776 BC. Designer Ralph Lauren knew that he could create a look for United States athletes to wear on that very night...one that will surely be remembered for years to come.

Olympic Ralph Lauren Uniforms, Today Show

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Like us, you're probably asking yourself, "Where exactly did Ralph Lauren draw his inspiration?" Lucky for us, an exclusive source led us to his muses.

 1. A Chicken Pot Holder

pot holder

2. This guy

this guy

3. Horizon Organic Milk Carton (all sides, ingredients included)

milk

4. This intersection

intersection

5. A mysterious mattress stain

stain

6. Goodwill

goodwill

In honor of Ralph Lauren's design, click here for a tribute to more great American sweaters.