- The Fate of Civilization March 25
Most people who wanted to take a deep dive into history would probably start with an encyclopedia or a textbook. Joe Sabia, who created "The Office Time Machine," offers a different solution: A journey through the full scope of human history, told entirely through brief clips from NBC's The Office.
Try it for yourself on The Office Time Machine's official website. Type in 2012 A.D. and soak in the pop-cultural references of yesteryear. Type in 336 B.C. and watch Andy Bernard quote Alexander the Great. Type in 10,000 A.D and... well, you'll see what happens.
Sabia explains that his project was designed "to advocate for copyright reform and highlight the importance of fair use in protecting creators and their art." The project, which consists of roughly 1,300 clips from The Office's nine seasons, took a year and a half to complete. Believe it or not, there are a few clips that Sabia couldn't source — so if you want to contribute, watch this video and fill in Sabia's few remaining pop-cultural gaps. --Scott Meslow
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Why the Chinese military is only a paper dragon
- How our botched understanding of 'science' ruins everything
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Libertarianism's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea
- Christian conservatives have a terrifying new bogeyman: The Christian leftist
- Eric Holder blew it as attorney general. His replacement will, too,
- Confronting our twisted relationship with food
- 10 innovative furniture designs that brilliantly save you space
Subscribe to the Week