The Office was built on referential humor, but its biggest trademark was its signature, silent cutaway shot. So after cataloguing every pop culture reference made on the show, two guys with a lot of time on their hands created the "Stare Machine," a database of cutaways, sorted by every human emotion under the sun.
The database, spearheaded by Joe Sabia and Aaron Rasmussen, was created by manually coding each shot and looping them into themed emotional playlists.
Initially, they didn't think anything of it. But then articles were serendipitously popping up about how facial emotion research broke some new ground recently. After staring at 706 stares, we realized every character from The Office was so perfectly displaying every range of human emotion possible. So, this is for Science! Consider this an impromptu psychology test.
Doing it for science—that's what she said.