SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the most iconic Nickeloden shows ever made. Not only did the character of Sponge Bob appeal to young kids, but the show also attracted the attention of teenagers and even adults. Well, we’ve got nine facts about our favorite animated sponge that you might not know. Check them out for yourself below!
Number Nine: He Was Originally Spongeboy. The show’s title was originally supposed to be SpongeBoy Ahoy!; however, SpongeBoy was already a copyrighted name…for a mop. The show’s creator, Stephen Hillenburg, agreed to change it as long as he could keep “sponge” in the title. He was afraid kids would mistake the title character for a block of cheese.
Number Eight: Patrick Was a Lush. Patrick Star was originally supposed to be an angry bar owner. Can you picture that lovable, dumb face getting mad? Yeah, didn’t think so.
Number Seven: Squidward Is Not a Squid. He’s an octopus, but he’s not even anatomically correct! Squidward was only given six tentacles because eight would apparently weigh him down too much visually.
Number Six: David Hasselhoff Kept the Replica of Himself Made for the Movie. The replica of David Hasselhoff used in the SpongeBob movie cost $100,000 and weighed 750 pounds. However, because the crew respected Hasselhoff so much, he got to keep his own replica.
Number Five: It’s Been Called “Homosexual Propaganda.” One 2005 video about diversity and tolerance that featured SpongeBob and Patrick was accused of being homosexual propaganda by several conservative groups. Despite accusations that Sponge Bob himself is gay, Hillenburg has said that SpongeBob is definitely “asexual.”
Number Four: There’s a Hilarious Pot Parody. Allow us to introduce you to SpongeBong HempPants, an animated short created for animation studio Camp Chaos. All of the characters were reimagined as weed paraphernalia.
Number Three: There’s a SpongeBob Fungus
Well, a fungus was named after SpongeBob, to be exact. A new species of mushroom was found that resembled a sea sponge, so researchers at San Francisco State University decided to name the fungus Spongiforma squarepantsii in 2011.
Number Two: SpongeBob Was Influenced by Ray Bradbury. One game found in Ray Bradbury’s Zen and the Art of Writing was used in coming up with ideas for various SpongeBob episodes. Specifically, the writers were asked to write three to six nouns on small pieces of paper and put them in a hat. They would then draw the nouns and spend a few minutes writing episodes surrounding each noun.
Number One: It’s Nickelodeon’s Longest Running Series of All Time. Longer than Rugrats‘ record of 172 episodes, SpongeBob will air its 200th episode this season. Cheers to you, SpongeBob!