You guys are going to think all I do is watch T.V., between this post and my Lost post and my As Seen on T.V. post. I swear I do other things. I totally understand if you don't believe me, though.

Anyway. Here goes: I kind of wish I worked at Dunder Mifflin. I love The Office. Although I'm pretty sure if I tried to put one of my co-worker's staplers in Jell-O, I'd get written up for harassment and destruction of company property. And I so wish I worked with Creed.

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My Office obsession has led me to look up random trivia about it, because that's what I do when I get totally infatuated with something (don't even get me started on Lost). I thought I'd share a few of those tidbits with you guys. We'll start with my favorite:

  • Creed Bratton is really Creed Bratton. He was the lead guitarist for the Grass Roots from 1966-1969. His birth name was William Charles Schneider, which he references in the episode "Money": "Creed Bratton has never declared bankruptcy. When Creed Bratton gets in trouble, he transfers his debt to William Charles Schneider." (Image: Kristin Dos Santos/Flickr/Wikipedia)

  • Some of the video used in the opening theme song specifically the exterior shot of the building was taken by John Krasinski and his friends in their Jeep. John had just gotten the part and was coming out for shooting.

  • Michael Scott has a "Certificate of Authenticity" on his wall that states he is the "Proud Owner of a Quality Seyko Timepiece."

  • The first season of the show had a run of just six episodes, and was filmed in an actual office space.

  • Paul Giamatti was intended to take the lead role of Michael Scott, but the actor declined. Other interested actors included Martin Short, Hank Azaria and Bob Odenkirk.

  • B.J. Novak (Ryan) and John Krasinski went to high school together.

  • In the episode "Diwali", Kelly's parents are played by Mindy Kaling's real parents.

  • Robert Dunder and Robert Mifflin in 1949, initially as an industrial supplier of metal brackets for construction. It was apparently Robert Mifflin who guided the company towards its current status as a paper and office supply company. Dunder and Mifflin became acquainted through the Rotary Club.

  • In Michael's movie "The Faces of Scranton", the Scranton Branch is located on 1725 Slough Ave. In the UK series, the focal branch is the Slough branch of Wernham Hogg.

  • In one episode, Dwight draws up a list of grievances he has against Jim. Those include:

  • -Tricked Dwight into going into the girls bathroom and "Saw Meredith on the can".
    -Dwight hit himself in the head with his phone (Jim put nickles in the handset to make it
    heavier and then took them out when Dwight got used to the weight).
    -Jim paid five dollars to everyone so they would call Dwight "Dwayne"
    -Every time Dwight typed his name it came out as "diaper"
    -Placed a bloody glove in Dwight's desk, tried to convince him he committed murder
    -By the end of the day Dwight's desk was moved 2 feet closer to the water cooler
    -Replaced all of Dwight's pens and pencils with crayons

    Of course, there is tons of Office trivia. But these are the tidbits I found the most interesting. So, for now, I'll leave you with this:

    www.creedthoughts.gov.www\creedthoughts. Check it out.

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    Everyone's Neat-O-meter is different, VMC. What's interesting to you may not be interesting to others.

    Part of the charm of Neatorama is finding new things that you otherwise wouldn't seek out by yourself. I'm continually surprised at finding out neat and interesting things from other authors of the blog.
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    I wonder how Bob Odenkirk would have done if he was Michael? I could picture it, and I know I'd love it. But I wonder how popular the show would become sans Steve Carell.
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    Not to be a bastard, but this post seems really out of sync with the rest of neatorama. I mean, ya it's great that you're a fanboy of The Office (along with many others) and all, but I think that belongs on a fansite or wikipedia. I've been reading neatorama for a long time, and I've always thought that it was more for learning or finding about universally interesting things.

    Am I the only one who thinks that?
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    there's another office/lost connection on the dvd extras where dwight is interrogating ryan in his beet barn. he demands that ryan tell him who the others are.

    i can't believe the office has been gone for two months now. argh
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