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A Peek Inside 'The Portlandia Activity Book' (So Many Hipster Jokes, So Little Time)

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There are so many things that come to mind when people mention Portlandia. You can't help but want to put a bird on everything or scream out "Cacao!" as a safe word during sex. The creators of Portlandia are now bringing hipster humor in the form of our favorite childhood activity books, aptly titled, "The Portlandia Activity Book."

The book, created by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel, is out in stores on March 18 on Dave Eggers' publishing house, McSweeney's. To gear up for the release and also before Armisen and Brownstein's visit on CONAN as guests next week, they shared with the show some pages from the book. Apparently, there are some pretty hilarious-sounding pages, including "Dream of the '90s" sheet music, Portlandia bird stencils, and a "build-your-own doily shoppe."

The Chicago Tribune wrote about some of the other delightful things to look forward to with this comedic book:

Find out how to crowdfund your baby. Fill out a change-of-address form for your pet chicken. Find the electrical outlet in a drawing of one of Portland's "elective coworking spaces," aka cafes.
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In the book excerpts above, you can see some conversation starter cards and stopper cards for the socially inept. A good conversation starter would be: "I have a Law and Order blooper reel at home on VHS but no VCR. Do you have one?" And a bad convo starter would be "Guess what happens on the second day of Master Cleanse?"