10 AMAZING SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS FACTS
Welcome to Top 10 Archive! You all may know who lives in a pineapple under the sea, which is absorbent and yellow and porous is he, but if nautical nonsense is something you wish, then you should drop on the deck and flop like a fish! How well do you really know Bikini Bottom’s favorite sponge? As luck will have it, this video from top10archive is all about that giggling little sponge and the world he lives in.
Only One Main Character is a Fish
For a show that takes place under water, it may come as a surprise that only one of SpongeBob Squarepants’ many main characters is a fish. Sure, plenty of background characters, including Fred, the fish that screams “My Leg” in moments of duress, are types of fish; but out of all of the show’s foreground characters, only Mrs. Puff, SpongeBob’s boating instructor, is a species of fish. The recurring character is a pufferfish who puffs up during times of duress or fear. The rest of SpongeBob’s recurring cast, including Plankton, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs, are all a variety of different underwater species.
Bikini Bottom Sits Beneath the Bikini Atoll
What do nuclear blasts and SpongeBob Squarepants have in common? Location, location, location. In the 1940’s and 1950’s, nuclear tests were done over an area in Micronesia known as Bikini Atoll. Nickelodeon’s own pineapple under the sea just so happens to be located directly beneath this popular area of nuclear fallout and radiation. It’s a grim connection for a Nicktoon program to have considering the testing devastated many lives for the people of the Northern Marshall Islands.
Squidward is an Octopus
What has six legs, carries the name “squid” in his monicker, and is actually an octopus? SpongeBob’s cranky neighbor, according to the series’ creator, is an octopus. Squidward’s six-legged design was done because, with eight legs, the character looked too encumbered and awkward. One distinct characteristic that Squidward has that supports him being an octopus is his rounded head, which is a common trait for octopuses.
There is a Fungus Named After SpongeBob
Spongiforma squarepantsii was discovered in 2011 by researchers at San Francisco State University. Despite the fact that the newly discovered Spongiforma was actually a species of fungus, several of the mushroom’s traits led the team to land upon that specific name. For one, the fungus is shaped like and holds many physical attributes of a sea sponge. When viewed under an electron microscope, the area of the fungus responsible for producing spores is said to look like a seafloor carpeted with tube sponges.
SpongeBob Age is Unclear
There is some discord between the television show and The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie as to how old our favorite yellow sponge is. According to SpongeBob’s driver’s license seen within the series, SpongeBob was born on July 14, 1986. If calculated in real time, by 2014 SpongeBob would be 28 years old. During The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, it is revealed that the burger flipping sponge has worked at his employer, The Krusty Krab, for over 31 years, earning 374 Employee of the Month Awards. A strange conflict of numbers, especially since the movie aired in 2004, when SpongeBob would only have been 18 years old.
Ray Bradbury Helped Write Much of Season Two
Many of Nickelodeon’s shows feature adult elements, but to think that a writer of more mature fiction could influence nearly the entirety of SpongeBob’s second season seems a little out there. Series story editor, new to the show at the top of Season Two, was asked to help the current writer staff come up with ideas. To do so, she turned to Ray Bradbury’s Zen and the Art of Writing, a collection of the author’s essays. From that, a writing exercise spawned, where writers would jot down three to six nouns and place them in a hat from where they would be pulled. Once a noun was pulled, they would spend a short amount of time writing the basis for a story inspired by it.
The 7 Deadly Sins Line Up With Each Main Character
In an audio commentary found within the show’s first season DVD, it is revealed that SpongeBob’s underwater friends each represent one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Though it wasn’t clarified who matched up to what, popular theory lines Mr. Krabs up with Greed, Plankton up with Envy, Patrick up with Sloth, Sandy up with Pride, Squidward up with Wrath, Gary up with Gluttony, and SpongeBob with Lust. Sure, SpongeBob is not some hyper-sexualized character, but his passionate desire for everything, from success to the acceptance of his friends, makes him one of the most lust-filled characters in Bikini Bottom.
Jerry Lewis, Pee-Wee Herman, and Stan Laurel Influenced SpongeBob’s Character
According to several sources, Hillenburg sought inspiration from three comedic legends to bring life to SpongeBob. Series director, Derek Drymon, and Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob, both recall Hillenburg wanting the talking sponge to have a young, boyish attitude and to be half child / half adult, much akin to Paul Reubens – better known as Pee-Wee Herman – Jerry Lewis, and Stan Laurel’s own personalities.
It Is The Longest Running Nickelodeon Show
With over 61 years and 15,000-plus episodes aired on television, ABC World News may be the longest running show on television. SpongeBob Squarepants may not come anywhere near that number, but the lovable cartoon does get to hold the record for longest running Nickelodeon series. SpongeBob Squarepants aired its 173rd episode in April of 2012, officially beating out the reigning champion, Rugrats, which held the record for longest running Nickelodeon series at 172 episodes. In 2015, the show is expected to break 200 episodes.
SpongeBob’s Design Was Inspired By a Sink Sponge
Despite the fact that the show’s creator, Stephen Hillenburg, used to teach Marine Biology at the Orange County Marine Institute, SpongeBob was not modeled after any underwater sponges. The square design of the humanoid sponge was in fact modeled after a common sink sponge. The whimsical and slightly ignorant characteristics of SpongeBob are said to fit the simplistic, clean, and square design of most kitchen sink sponges perfectly.