The Office's Ed Helms on the One Downside to the Show's Enduring Popularity

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NBCUniversal Media

Though fans’ love for The Office has never really gone away, it has had a resurgence in recent years thanks to the show’s availability on Netflix. The U.S. version of the series began in 2005, but its easy accessibility via streaming has attracted a new generation of fans—some of whom weren't even yet born when the series first aired.

Ed Helms, who played Dunder Mifflin's a capella-loving Andy Bernard, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week to promote his new film Corporate Animals. Of course, the conversation eventually came back around to The Office. As Mashable reports, Kimmel asked the actor what he thought of the new, younger Dunder Mifflin fan base.

"It was a hit at the time, but it was mostly sitcom nighttime programming [for] adults," Helms said. "Now it's like 8-, 9-, 10-year-old kids that binge this thing on Netflix ... It's awesome—I'm so proud of the show. That show is one of the greatest professional experiences of my life."

Helms says he couldn’t be more touched that the show is still adored, but there is one downside to its enduring popularity. "Back in the day, a person would come up and say, like, 'Hey, you're Andy Bernard, it's so great to meet you!'” he says. “Now, like, 10-year-old kids are running around going 'Rit-dit-dit-doo-doo'! They don't have the same restraint as older [fans]."

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Miss the Arcade? This Retro Arcade Cabinet Brings Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga to Your Home

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Amazon

It's hard to find a video game character more iconic than Pac-Man, but his female counterpart gave him a run for his money when she debuted in 1982. Now, Ms. Pac-Man is available to purchase as a retro arcade cabinet taken straight from the golden age of gaming.

The arcade cabinet, which is selling on Amazon for $3300, combines Ms. Pac-Man with the classic space shooter game Galaga. The hardware also includes the hidden bonus games Pac-Man, Speedy Pac-Man, Speedy Ms. Pac-Man, and Rapid Fire Galaga.

Playing Ms. Pac-Man on the cabinet at home feels just like playing in a real arcade. The joystick and buttons that players remember have been faithfully recreated. There's even a coin slot like you'd find in the real game, but this one has been deactivated so you can chase your high score for hours without stocking up on change. The side panel is decorated with the original Ms. Pac-Man artwork, making the cabinet an eye-catching piece of home decor even when you're not using it.

If you have space in your basement, rec room, or any room in your house for a 5.6-foot-tall arcade cabinet, you can order the product from Amazon today with free shipping. If you're looking for a more low-key way to celebrate your love of Pac-Man, Monopoly recently released a special Pac-Man edition game complete with a miniature arcade cabinet.

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