“Cones of Dunshire”: “Parks and Rec’s” Best Homage to Nerdom

Parks and Rec’s Ben Wyatt, a reticent but likeable nerd, is out of work and ends up going full geek: creating such a complex board game that an actual gaming company had trouble replicating it. A nod to The Settlers of Catan, a popular board game launched in 1995, Cones of Dunshire has taken on a life of its own and is still referenced years after the show ended.

Parks and Recreation’s the Cones of Dunshire Board Game, an Oral History

Vulture.com, 1.27.15

“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”

A six-word pitch (“Will Ferrell as a NASCAR driver”) netted a $42.5M budget for the Old School/Anchorman duo of Adam McKay and Ferrell. The film grossed $47M in its first week and went on to make $163M worldwide. ESPN.com’s piece provides lots of interesting behind-the-scenes nuggets such as the boys rough day at racing school and the cooperative relationship with NASCAR.

‘Talladega Nights’ still crazy after all these years

ESPN.com, 8.4.16