The Office Time Machine, a year-and-a-half labor of love by Joe Sabia, collects every reference in The Office, sorts them by year, and puts them all into video supercuts. This level of obsessive detail has to be seen to be believed.
The point of the project is to show how much the art and comedy we love relies on fair use and the ability to borrow from and reference the collective culture. And holy shit, does The Office ever lean on references. Watching a single year of the time machine is enough to appreciate it.
The Office is relatable (and hilarious) because it borrows so much from culture, and people get the references. Culture is society's collected knowledge, art, and customs. It's what surrounds us and unites us, and it allows us to collectively laugh at a joke in The Office about Ben Franklin or M. Night Shyamalan. Culture, simply put, is the seasoning in a meal.
It took him a year and a half to rip, organize, and recombine these 1,300 references using DVDs rented from Netflix. Worth it!