We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Nickelodeon, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the wildly popular television network that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: The Host of ‘Double Dare’ Has OCD
Imagine what a nightmare that must have been! Host Marc Summers often struggled with controlling his urges around the slime and subsequent mess.
Number Seven: ‘Pete & Pete’ Features a Literary Homage
Remember the red hat that Little Pete wore on The Adventures of Pete & Pete? Well, that hat was actually meant to be a nod to Holden Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye.
Number Six: You’ll Never See the Midnight Society Actually Light a Campfire
On Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?, the Midnight Society kids are often seen around a campfire. However, they weren’t legally allowed to be filmed lighting the fire, so there’s no footage of them lighting it – just putting it out.
Number Five: The Woman Who Made Nickelodeon Famous Left it for Disney
The woman responsible for turning the network around was Geraldine Laybourne. Laybourne was with the network from 1980 to 1996, and then she ended up leaving it to go work at Disney.
Number Four: One Woman Sued Marc Summers for a Really Strange Reason
She claimed that she could no longer have sex because Summers had pied her in the face on Double Dare. According to Summers, Nickelodeon paid her $25,000 so she would “go away.”
Number Three: The Animators of ‘Rugrats’ Were Pretty Creepy
According to Melanie Chartoff, who was the voice of Didi on the popular cartoon series, the animators left S&M drawings of Didi in the men’s bathrooms. The drawings featured Didi in leather with many whips and chains.
Number Two: Melissa Joan Hart Only Made $150 Per Episode of ‘Clarissa Explains It All’
We mentioned in part one of this list that the kids on the network didn’t make a whole lot of money, but this is just insane. Hart was one of the network’s most popular characters (that wasn’t a cartoon), and yet she made less than $200 per episode.
Number One: The Costume Designer for ‘Mad Men’ Got Her Start With ‘Pete & Pete’
It’s true! Janie Bryant, who was the costume designer for Mad Men, began designing costumes for Nickelodeon’s Pete & Pete. Maybe that’s where that brilliant literary homage (mentioned above) came from. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Nickelodeon!