Ron Swanson

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. “It was a weird, confusing space to be in, because as angry as I was, as angry and hurt and betrayed, I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help and who’s going to help him? Nobody’s going to say he needs help. Everybody’s going to say he’s a monster without… Read More

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The Teachings of Ron Swanson: 25 Quotes to Live By

It’s Nick Offerman’s 42nd birthday, folks! How will you fill this meat tornado of a day? With bacon? Shrimp wrapped with bacon? Burgers? Ribs? More bacon? Really, if you have yet to hit up the nearest diner and demand all the bacon and eggs they have, you’re already behind. Today is a day to channel your inner Swanson — eat everything on a buffet table, go fishing, fall in and out of love with a few people named Tammy. All the while, you should live your day to the Ron Swanson fullest, following every bit of advice he’s given. So, to honor the Parks and Recreation star on his birthday, we’ve compiled 25 crucial bits of Ron Swanson wisdom. Check ’em out after the jump, and remember: “birthdays were invented by Hallmark to sell cards.” … Read More

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If TV’s Most Famous Families Were ‘Game of Thrones’ Houses

The Internet has already had quite a bit of fun with Game of Thrones’ house sigils, remixing them as everything from minimalist to adorable. But why must banners be limited to the clans of Westeros? CollegeHumor has taken the meme to the next level, creating sigils for House Swanson, House Crawley, and even, inevitably, House House. So, if every TV family from Full House to Friday Night Lights were battling for some kind of primetime throne, who would you pick as a winner? We’d have to go with Breaking Bad’s House White — although we’d also be terrified to fight alongside Heisenberg. Click through to see a few of our favorite banners, and visit CollegeHumor to giggle your way through the entire set. … Read More

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10 Fictional Characters Who Love Doughnuts

Did you know that today is National Doughnut Day? No, seriously! It’s a real thing! Apparently back in 1938 the Salvation Army decided that the first Friday in June should be set aside to honor the women who served soldiers on the front lines doughnuts during World War I. Today, it means that you can score free eats at various Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kremes, and Tim Hortons across the country. To go along with your glazed/jelly/old-fashioned/sprinkled goodie of choice, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite doughnut-loving characters from pop culture, from Buster Bluth to Liz Lemon. Let us know who we missed in the comments! … Read More

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Mike Mitchell’s Funny, Twee Caricatures of Pop-Culture Icons

Mike Mitchell paints familiar characters as you’ve never seen them before: There’s Homer Simpson blissfully jumping rope, April from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sucking on a Big Gulp, and A.C. Slater from Saved by the Bell sitting backwards, in his usual fashion, on a toilet. Visually, these witty caricatures straddle the line between adorable and creepy; each portrait has the big, watery eyes of a cartoon and the chubby, flushed cheeks of a child. We’ve collected some of our favorite work by Mitchell, who we discovered via The Mary Sue, after the jump. Readers in the Los Angeles area can see these pieces in person through April 28th at Gallery 1988 Melrose, where you can also buy originals and affordable prints. … Read More

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Watch Nick Offerman Teach You to Make a Ron Swanson Bobblehead

It isn’t just Ron Swanson who likes to make things out of wood — Nick Offerman, the man who plays him on TV, is also rather handy with power tools. He even has his own store, where you can buy everything from “male boxes” to handmade canoes.  A new video from NBC takes us inside the Parks and Recreation star’s wood shop, where he teaches us to make a bobblehead doll of his TV alter ego. (Well, sort of.) If you’ve ever wanted to see Offerman use a lathe or, for that matter, work in his underwear, you’ll want to take a look at the clip below. Oh, and pervs? “Nasolabial folds” are a part of your face. … Read More

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Triple Word Win: Gifts for Scrabble Lovers

Browse your dictionaries and sharpen your pencils — tomorrow is National Scrabble Day! One out of three American families owns Hasbro’s popular word game, which is sold in nearly every country in the world. It’s hard to believe that tiny, wooden, innocuous letters can inspire such a fiercely competitive spirit in people — but the game is also popular with families and friends just looking to spend some quality time, who don’t mind using their brains in the process. So, before you busy yourself hosting a Scrabble game tomorrow, or wondering if the kids at the 2012 National School Scrabble Championships are way smarter than you (they probably are), head past the break to indulge your inner board game geek. We’re celebrating National Scrabble Day by sharing a few game-centric treats — ranging from food to fashion — that deserve your dollars and cents. Happy Scrabbling! … Read More

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10 Great Don Draper Wannabes on TV

Since these Mad Men trailers are giving us nothing to discuss (We get it! You’re back! Now let’s see some new footage, please!), we’ve decided to play a different game. The last season premiere opened with the question: “Who is Don Draper?” Now, what if we were to take this question literally (who is a Don Draper?) and apply it to our favorite TV shows? We’re looking for men who wouldn’t think of leaving the house in pajamas (ahem Max Blum, you lovable man-child), men who consider emotion and failure to be the greatest of character flaws and stood as beacons of hope during the “great mancession” (now officially over). We’re looking for men like Dick Whitman who bury their crises and secrets far beneath the fabric of their perfectly tailored suits and must carry the dead albatross of great sexual prowess around their necks every day. Click through to see who we came up with and, as always, we invite you to make additions in the comments, because what else do you have to do until Sunday night? … Read More

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Exclusive: Nick Offerman on His New Films, Nudity, and Being Ron Swanson

AUSTIN, TX: Nick Offerman’s giggle is a joy to behold. His high-pitched snicker has occasionally surfaced on his TV show, Parks and Recreation, where its enthusiasm and timbre sharply contrasts the no-nonsense nature of his already iconic character, libertarian parks department director Ron Swanson. But it’s always popping up in interviews, and it even comes out a couple of times in Somebody Up There Likes Me, the tragicomedy premiering here that he co-produced and co-stars in. It’s one of three films the busy actor has at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival; he also has a cameo in 21 Jump Street and a supporting role in Will Ferrell’s Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi Padre. “When it comes to specific roles,” he told me, “I really just try to eschew anything that is remotely Ron Swanson-esque, and I do my best not to have a mustache.” And that’s when he giggled. It’s incredibly charming. … Read More

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Drop Everything: Ron Swanson Is on Twitter

By now, it seems like absolutely every celebrity (or at least their publicity team) is on Twitter. But there are still a whole lot of holdouts, and until a few days ago, Nick Offerman was one of them. Thankfully, we can now follow the thoughts of the man who plays the Internet’s favorite… Read More

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