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Mr. Krab's birth date is November 30, 1942. SpongeBob's is July 14, 1986, as revealed on each characters driver's license, in dream sequences, in season one, episode fifteen, "Sleepy Time/Suds".
Stephen Hillenburg, the Creator of the show is a marine biologist, and presented his idea for the show to Nickelodeon in a bizarre way. He brought in a fish tank into the boardroom, and explained what was living inside. He then placed a cartoon drawing of SpongeBob into the tank and said "This is SpongeBob, the star of your new show."
Stephen Hillenburg stopped making new episodes in 2002, to work on the feature length film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004). Because of this, Nickelodeon had eight unaired episodes, which they air at the rate of two or three a year.
SpongeBob lives at 124 Conch Street.
Out of all the Nicktoons to air in the 1990s, this is the only one still in production, and the longest running one (as of September 2016).
To create SpongeBob's distinctive laugh, Tom Kenny hits his throat with his hand repeatedly while saying, "Ahh."
Squidward makes various references to eleven minutes. This is because every episode lasts approximately eleven and a half minutes.
In a 2015 interview, Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob) said that while recording season two, episode eighteen, "Sailor Mouth/Artist Unknown", an episode in which SpongeBob learns a bad word, the voice actors were given clearance to actually swear during recording, since it would be censored out. Whether or not an uncensored version of this episode exists, is unknown.
Mermaid Man's Invisible Boatmobile is a 1959 Cadillac.
Whenever havoc is wreaked, you almost always hear a man (fish) cry, "My leg!" amongst the chaos.
The Krusty Krab's siren is identical to the siren used in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), which also featured Clancy Brown.
Almost every time a character throws something away, you can hear a glass breaking.
According to concept art, the "Krabby Patty" was originally going to be called the "Barnacle Burger".
Spike TV approached Stephen Hillenburg to do an "adult" version of the show for their adult animation block. The show was to be similar in concept to Ren & Stimpy 'Adult Party Cartoon' (2003), Hillenburg refused to do it, and Nick refused to sell the rights to Spike TV.
SpongeBob's first words when he was born were, "May I take your order?" Before this, in his mother's womb, his first words were, "Krabby Patty," and followed this by eating the same Krabby Patty his mother ate.
"Reef Blower" is the only episode where no one speaks.
Season one was the only season of the show to use traditional cel animation. In season two, they started to ink, paint, and edit it digitally.
The band "Boys Who Cry" is based on The Jonas Brothers.
Frequently, a French accented-voice comes on to note a passage of time. This is an homage to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who was a leading influence on Stephen Hillenburg, and his interest in marine biology.
Over the years, many fans of the show have asked Tom Kenny to lend SpongeBob's voice to their voice-mail and answering machines. In an interview, he joked that these custom messages might be more common than the factory-default voice.
There is a real-life Krusty Krab restaurant in the Palestanian city of Ramallah.
Karen is named after the wife of Stephen Hillenburg, and her voice actress Jill Talley is the wife of Tom Kenny.
The "Reef Blower" episode was meant to have voice dialogue. But the studio had bad recording equipment, and they decided to make the episode silent.
Tom Kenny said he came up with the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, when he heard an angry dwarf yelling.
The location of the Krusty Krab changes in various episodes. Most of the time, it is located to the left of SpongeBob's house, other times, it'll be located on the right.
Mr. Krabs' fishing boat is called the S.S. Cheapskate.
While Stephen Hillenburg was a director for Rocko's Modern Life (1993), he showed the show's writer, Martin Olson, a comic book called "The Intertidal Zone", that Hillenburg drew in college. Olson loved it, and suggested that Stephen re-write it as an undersea cartoon series, which became SpongeBob SquarePants.
The German title of this show is "SpongeBob Schwammkopf" which means "SpongeBob SpongeHead".
Plankton and Mr. Krabs used to be best friends as kids.
SpongeBob was originally named SpongeBoy, but that name was already trademarked.
In South Korea, SpongeBob is referred to as "Square Square Sponge", or quite often, "Square Square Sponge Song" (in the title song they needed four words to match the music and most children refer to him the second way).
SpongeBob was originally designed wearing a green baseball cap.
Despite being an octopus, Squidward is normally drawn with only six legs, to allow for easier animation. He is, however, shown with the correct amount of eight tentacles in the episodes "Sold!" and "Pressure".
The pilot episode, "Help Wanted," was made in 1997, but was not released until May 1, 1999.
SpongeBob SquarePants was the first cartoon on Nickelodeon to ever get up to two hundred episodes.
Despite being a cartoon for children, violence and adult humor are featured in many episodes.
Tom Kenny voices the characters of SpongeBob SquarePants, Gary The Snail, the narrator, as well as having the live part of Patchy The Pirate.
Lord Royal Highness in season five, episode twelve, "Atlantis SquarePantis" has multi-colored eyes (green and blue), and was voiced by David Bowie, who also had heterochromia iridum.
Season two, episode five, "Wormy", was banned in some countries, due to the live-action close-up of a horsefly's head being deemed too scary for children.
Patrick Star went to a community college.
Patrick was noticeably bigger in season one. As the seasons progressed, he began looking slimmer.
SpongeBob's last name is SquarePants, but all of his relatives are round, except Stanley, who is part square, as it was revealed in season five, episode twenty, "Banned in Bikini Bottom/Stanley S. SquarePants".
SpongeBob is ambidextrous, meaning he is able to write with both hands.
Mr. Krabs lives at 3541 Anchor Way.
Squidward was originally going to ink, but it was cut. He does, however, ink twice. Once in season six, episode seven, "Giant Squidward", and secondly, in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015).
In season eight, episode twenty-two, "Mermaid Man Begins", it is revealed that the first names of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, are Ernie and Tim, which are the names of the voice actors. Ernest Borgnine (Mermaid Man) and Tim Conway (Barnacle Boy).
SpongeBob's favorite color is beige, and his favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla.
Season one, episode fourteen, "SB-129", and season three, episode ten, "Krusty Krab Training Video", feature the credits on a space, and a black background, respectively, instead of the traditional underwater background.
The size of SpongeBob's bed varies throughout the series.
The voice actors for Mermaid Man (Ernest Borgnine) and Barnacle Boy (Tim Conway) also played the main characters on McHale's Navy (1962). Borgnine played Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale, and Conway played McHale's Second in Command, Ensign Charles Parker.
The original title for the show was "SpongeBoy."
The show, having premiered in May 1999, is the second-to-last Nicktoon of the 1990s (the last being Rocket Power (1999)). It is also the longest-running Nicktoon, spanning three decades (1990s, 2000s, and 2010s).
A so called "banned" episode titled "Squidward's Suicide" was posted on YouTube that depicts Squidward committing suicide. The episode allegedly depicts scenes of "violence and gore", as well as quick flashes of dead children and other disturbing imagery. A story that provides background for the video, states that the episode was created in 2005, and was viewed by a select test screening at Nickelodeon. Show Writer Casey Alexander debunked the legend, saying that the episode was a "one hundred percent hoax", and was never made by the show's staff.
Mr. Krabs first name is Eugene. His rival, Plankton, is named Sheldon.
Some of the music used in its episodes were originally used in The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991).
In season nine, episode eighteen, "The Fishbowl", Sandy's ice cream truck has the name "Pavlov" on it. Pavlov was a famous behavioral psychologist who did experiments and observations on behavior, just like Sandy does on SpongeBob and Patrick.
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The signal flags hanging on the front of The Krusty Krab do not spell a word. In fact, the third signal flag (from left to right as you face the front door) does not exist in international nautical code. The first, second, fourth, and fifth are R, I, U, and K respectively, although the U is only "right-side-up" if you read the flags from right-to-left. Inside Mr. Krab's office is _, I, R, and M. The _ has no letter associated with the flag.
The Krusty Krab has remained with only two employees working. This is because Mr. Krabs is considered a cheapskate.
In season two, episode three, "Big Pink Loser", we learn that Patrick's last name is Star.
In Mexico, the show is only called "Bob Esponja", which means Sponge Bob in Spanish.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy's first names are Ernie and Tim. A reference to their respective voice actors, Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway.
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Season one is the only season of the entire show to be completely cel animated, starting in the second season, episodes are colored and edited digitally.
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Clancy Brown and Bill Fagerbakke both played corrupt prison guards, though not in the same movie or television show. Brown was Captain Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and Fagerbakke was Karl Metzger in HBO's Oz (1997).
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SpongeBob SquarePants is the only Nickelodeon series to date that has surpassed two hundred episodes. Full House (1987) comes in second place, with one hundred ninety-two episodes.
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SpongeBob appears in every episode in some way. Only his alternate universe counterpart appears in "The Algae is Always Greener", but SpongeBob has never been entirely absent in an episode.
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Season eight is the longest season, with thirty-six episodes.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Every time a license is seen, SpongeBob says something about a mustache (Except for when he got his Milkshake license, where he said, "If only it were this easy to get my boating license!", and laughs).
One of Mr. Krabs' catchphrases is "Mother of Pearl!" This is a reference to Pearl's unseen mother, who has never been shown.
SpongeBob has only played his nose as a flute twice. Once in season four, episode eight, "Patrick SmartPants", and next in season four, episode twenty, "The Best Day Ever".
Squidward Tentacles has quit his job several times throughout the show's run.
Worms are portrayed as dogs, and sea snails (or Gary in this case) are portrayed as cats, as Gary says "meow".
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In season two, episode twenty, "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm", Sandy mistakes the Alaskan Bull Worm's tongue for the actual worm, and in the end, the worm falls off a cliff. Both of these are likely references to the film Tremors (1990).
There have been two Christmas specials, "Christmas Who?", and "A SpongeBob Christmas".
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