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The show's creator, Stephen Hillenburg, was a marine biologist. When he pitched the show to Nickelodeon, he brought 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."
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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".
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Stephen Hillenburg stopped making new episodes in 2002, to work on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004). Nickelodeon had eight unaired episodes, and aired two or three a year.
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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).
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To create SpongeBob's distinctive laugh, Tom Kenny hits his throat with his hand repeatedly while saying, "Ahh."
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Squidward makes various references to 11 minutes. Every episode lasts about 11 minutes 30 seconds.
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SpongeBob lives at 124 Conch Street.
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Whenever havoc breaks out, a fish cries "My leg!"
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The Krusty Krab's siren is identical to the siren used in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), which also featured Clancy Brown.
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Season one was the only season to use traditional cel animation. In season two, they started to ink, paint, and edit it digitally.
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Almost every time a character throws something away, glass breaks.
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Mermaid Man's Invisible Boatmobile is a 1959 Cadillac.
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Frequently, a French accented-voice comes on to note a passage of time. It's an homage to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, a leading influence on Stephen Hillenburg and his interest in marine biology.
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According to concept art, the "Krabby Patty" was originally going to be called the "Barnacle Burger".
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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.
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SpongeBob's first words 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.
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SpongeBob was originally designed wearing a green baseball cap.
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SpongeBob SquarePants was the first cartoon on Nickelodeon to have over 200 episodes.
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Karen is named after Stephen Hillenburg's wife. Her voice actress, Jill Talley is Tom Kenny's wife.
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Tom Kenny said he came up with the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, when he heard an angry dwarf yelling.
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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.
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The band "Boys Who Cry" is based on The Jonas Brothers.
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Patrick was noticeably bigger in season one. As the seasons progressed, he began to slim down.
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There is a real-life Krusty Krab restaurant in the Palestanian city of Ramallah.
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Tom Kenny voices SpongeBob SquarePants, Gary The Snail, and the narrator. He also plays the live-action Patchy The Pirate.
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Plankton and Mr. Krabs were best friends as kids.
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Mr. Krabs' fishing boat is called the S.S. Cheapskate.
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In South Korea, SpongeBob is called "Square Square Sponge", or, more often "Square Square Sponge Song." The title song needed four words to match the music, and most children refer to him the second way.
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The German title of this show is "SpongeBob Schwammkopf" which means "SpongeBob SpongeHead".
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SpongeBob was originally named SpongeBoy, but that name was already trademarked for a cleaning product.
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Patrick went to a community college.
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SpongeBob is ambidextrous, meaning he is able to write with both hands.
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Despite being a cartoon for children, many episodes feature violence and adult humor.
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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".
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Worms are portrayed as dogs, and sea snails (or Gary in this case) are portrayed as cats. Gary says "meow".
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Mr. Krabs lives at 3541 Anchor Way.
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The size of SpongeBob's bed varies throughout the series.
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Some of the music used was originally used in The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991).
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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.
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SpongeBob's favorite color is beige. His favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla.
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The voice actors for Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy also played the main characters on McHale's Navy (1962).
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The show, which premiered in May 1999, is the second-to-last Nicktoon of the 1990s (the last was Rocket Power (1999). It is also the longest-running Nicktoon, spanning three decades: the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.
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"Squidward's Suicide," posted on YouTube, 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 video was created in 2005, and was viewed by a select test screening at Nickelodeon. Show Writer Casey Alexander said that the episode was a "100% hoax."
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Mr. Krabs first name is Eugene. His rival, Plankton, is named Sheldon.
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The signal flags hanging on the front of The Krusty Krab do not spell a word. The third signal flag (from left to right, facing the front door) doesn't exist in international nautical code. The first, second, fourth, and fifth are R, I, U, and K, although the U is only "right-side-up" if the flags are read from right-to-left. Inside Mr. Krabs' office is _, I, R, and M. The _ has no letter associated with the flag.
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In season two, episode three, "Big Pink Loser", we learn that Patrick's last name is Star.
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In Mexico, the show is only called "Bob Esponja", which means Sponge Bob in Spanish.
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The Krusty Krab has only 2 employees because Mr. Krabs is a cheapskate.
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Season eight is the longest season, with 36 episodes.
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The tenth season is the shortest, with only eleven episodes.
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The original title for the show was "SpongeBoy."
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The show has had 2 Christmas specials: SpongeBob SquarePants: Christmas Who? (2000) and SpongeBob SquarePants: It's a SpongeBob Christmas! (2012).
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SpongeBob appears in every episode in some way. His alternate universe counterpart appears in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Algae's Always Greener/SpongeGuard on Duty (2002).
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Clancy Brown and Bill Fagerbakke have both played corrupt prison guards. Brown played Captain Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption (1994). Fagerbakke played Karl Metzger in Oz (1997).
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Ernest Borgnine voices Mermaid Man. In real life, Borgnine was married to Ethel Merman.
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Squidward's name is a joke on Edward. Technically, however, it is a neologism meaning "Towards the Squid".
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The show will celebrate its 20th anniversary sometime in 2019.
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Sandy's line "We could be tighter than bark on a tree" led one internet humorist to animate a series of parodies in which this surreal expression is repeatedly dropped in among equally surreal characters and situations.
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Spoilers 

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).
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Squidward Tentacles has quit his job several times throughout the show's run.
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When series creator Stephen Hillenburg died on November 26, 2018 from ALS Nickelodeon aired a tribute commercial with the words "Thank You Stephen Hillenburg for making every day the best day ever".
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Nickelodeon aired an eight hour SpongeBob marathon on December 2nd, 2018 as a tribute to series creator Stephen Hillenburg.
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