Killing time at/with The Office

Last night's episode of The Office was outstanding. Jim and Dwight on the road and Stanley's uncontrollable laughter made my night.

I had low expectations for this series. In fact, after seeing some early clips in February 2005, I posted an entry titled "The train, one month before the wreck." I wrote, "If the original [British series] was Dickens' Great Expectations, the Americanized NBC version is Jimmy Carter Elementary School's spring play."

But the show was far better than those promos. Through the first half of the second season, I was working in a Dunder-Mifflin-esque environment, and The Office helped us get through it (and get out). So let's celebrate with some light Friday trivia:

  • The Scranton footage in the open sequence was filmed by John Krasinski (who plays Jim Halpert) and his friends out of the sunroof of their Jeep.
  • Three of the show's writers appear regularly on the show -- B.J. Novak (Ryan, the temp), Paul Lieberstein (Toby, HR Director), and Mindy Kaling (Kelly, Ryan's enthusiastic girlfriend). Four if you count Steve Carell, who wrote the season two finale.
  • NBC execs originally wanted Paul Giamatti to play the role of Michael Scott. Giamatti was not interested.
  • Rainin Wilson (Dwight Schrute) originally auditioned to play Michael Scott.
  • Dwight has a John Kruk bobblehead on his desk.
  • The computers on the Dunder-Mifflin office set are wired for the internet. Cast members have admitted that when they're in the background of scenes they are often checking email and surfing the net.
  • Several characters have MySpace pages.

Earlier this week, you guys shared some absolutely amazing (and sometimes horrifying) stories of the worst office perks. Here's today's question, and it's a broad one:

What's your funniest workplace story? Let me think about this and get back to you in the comments.

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.


Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!

Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.


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