'Parks and Rec': Ron Swanson's Pyramid of Greatness, the full-size version

park-recs-pyramidThe Swanson Pyramid of Greatness on last night’s Parks and Recreation is a truly inspired piece of both graphic design and comedic genius. (And another great moment in Futura’s pop culture dominance. Watch your back, Wes Anderson.) While I’m partial to “Cabins: A place to rest that is made of logs,” I also love the idea of “thick and impenetrable” torsos. And “Perspiration: Only sweat during physical activity or love making. No emotional sweating.” Words to live by, PopWatchers. Click here for the full-size version.

What’s your favorite entry, PopWatchers? Is it a protein?

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  • Eric

    I like intensity. “Give 100%. 110% is impossible. Only idiots recommend that.” I agree 100%. Not 110%.

    • Mark

      My pet peeve too. People must be called on it every time they use it.

    • Ken

      INSPIRED? Ron’s Pyramid is directly based on Coach Wooden’s pyramid that he used when coaching UCLA basketball. Oh, and Coach Wooden is from Indiana. Look, it’s a wonderful tribute/homage, but let’s not act as if the P&R writers came up with this one on their own.

      • Kara

        They didn’t say who inspired it or that it was an original idea.

      • Mole

        Sounds like a thing in life was used as the the basis for comedy. Imagine that.

      • Ken

        Do you read? “a truly inspired piece of both graphic design and comedic genius”. The graphic design is a direct copy of John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. I’m not saying that it wasn’t funny, but it is satirizing Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, it is not a complete newly invented piece of comedy.

      • Laurie

        I have seen many different Pyramids of… in my life, it just another fun way to make a graph. No one owns it.

      • Morley

        Is Arrested Development any less original because of The Simpsons? Hell, is The Simpsons any less original because it borrows from everything else? Nothing is original. It only matters if it’s funny.

      • nick

        this ken guy sounds like a real db.

      • mike

        I have to agree with the John Wooden guy. It was first presented in an episode on a youth rec. league basketball game at which Ron was the coach. Also there was an homage to Bobby Knight at the end when Ron kicked and threw a chair onto the court

  • EmilyO

    I love that Ron Swanson knew I’d be reading from the bottom up!! “Skim Milk. That’s right, it’s on here twice.”

    • Steven

      You’re supposed to read a pyramid from the bottom up. Derp.

  • Jack Donaghy

    Capitalism: God’s way of determining who is smart and who is poor.

    -Hilarious, also could have been said by Jack from 30rock. best quote

    • Karate Pants

      There are several that would be applicable to both men. And that is why they’re both so super great.

    • labradog

      Could have been said by a Republican.

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  • LOL

    If any other word is good enough for sailors, it’s good enough for you.

    • Justin

      That’s one of my favorites!

  • irb

    i want a blown up version to hang in my house. just as a general set of guidelines i can refer to as needed.

    • Elizabeth

      Printing it out now to hang in my cubicle…

      • Elizabeth

        Opted to make it my screensaver instead – I can read all the building blocks!

      • Dalia

        Thanks! Now it’s mine too! Lol didn’t even think of it!

    • Lana

      I already printed mine! Haha!! Love the Ron Swanson code.

  • timelord24

    grooming – only women shave below the neck. lol!

    • Fernanda

      I’m so glad they’re taking all the crap out of their food YAY! I don’t do well with plans and other pelope telling me what to do..but JC is a great thing for someone who is clueless about nutrition or, like you said, doesn’t have the time to deal with figuring it all out. But eventually you have to go off of it and learn to do it on your own anyway.. do they teach you how to do maintenance on your own?

  • JC

    This was pure greatness. Love the show.

  • Paul

    Cursing is my favorite. I also think it’s funny that he has Romantic Love grouped with all the proteins.

    • allie

      Romantic Love grouped with protein was my favorite too!!

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  • Lana

    “There’s only one bad word…Taxes”

    “Skim Milk: Avoid it”

    The thing about shorts is great too. To pick my favorite portion of the pyramid would be difficult if not impossible. Perhaps it is meant to be loved as a whole.

    • noam

      i love how specific the shorts are. have we seen ron swanson in shorts? i cannot recall, but they must have certainly been six”.

  • Tom

    Love that Romantic Love is sandwiched between cow, pig, chicken and deer protein! But not fish! Fish meat is practically a vegetable!

    • CJ

      That was great!

  • jen

    wish i knew you would do this. I must have spent 15 minutes pausing at various times to read the whole thing. it is so funny

  • orville

    I love that “teamwork” and “selfishness” are right next to each other. And that “buffets” rate a spot right near the top.

  • Flyer

    Ah, the three W’s: Weapons, Woodworking and Welfare Avoidance.

  • CB

    Just printed out a copy to hang in my office with my collection of Barney Stinson motivational posters. POISE: Sting like a bee. Do not float like a butterfly. That’s rediculous.

  • Dave

    I love P&R. Not just for its comedy but for its education. I learned something yesterday and you don’t say that often about comedies.

    P&R = Awesome.

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