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Hey guys it’s Sam. Back in late 2010, I created a series called Joke Time, where I told Q&A jokes, clever puns, knock knock jokes, and yo mama jokes. It lasted for three episodes over three months before it officially ended. Now I want to have my own diverse segment in something of a homage to that series, but it doesn’t have anything to do with jokes. It’s about trivia. Y’see, I don’t know lots of information, but I know one heck of a lot of trivia! This week’s episode has been made centric to a lone topic: SpongeBob. Now, fasten your seatbelts and prepare to see Nick’s porous pal like never before!

SpongeBob SquarePants

  • Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob, says he came up with his character’s voice after he heard the yell of an angry dwarf.
  • Each character on SpongeBob has their own unofficial age–for example, Krabs is “seventy” and SpongeBob is “twenty-six”.
  • The thing is, although SpongeBob would’ve been “thirteen” by the series premiere, he is old enough to be in driver’s ed and to be finding his own job.
  • SpongeBob was originally called SpongeBoy, but the name was changed after the original was found out to be already trademarked (BY A MOP!). The “Sponge” was kept in because Hillenburg feared some kids would mistake for a talking piece of cheese.
  • Karen, Plankton’s WIFE (wired integrated female electroencephalograph), was named after the wife of series creator Stephen Hillenburg. She is also voiced by Jill Talley, Tom Kenny’s wife.
  • Stephen Hillenburg first came up with the idea for the series due to his time as a marine biologist. He pitched his idea to Nickelodeon by bringing a fish tank into the board room, explaining what was living inside it. He then dropped a drawing of SpongeBob inside, and said, “This is SpongeBob, the star of your new show.”
  • Hillenburg came up with the idea for the show in 1984, but only began work on it in 1996 after Rocko’s Modern Life (a 90s Nick cartoon) was cancelled.
  • The Krusty Krab’s siren is identical to the siren in The Shawshank Redemption.
  • Coincidentally, Clancy Brown–the voice of Krabs–was in the said movie.
  • Once, Spike TV attempted to convince Hillenburg to create an adult version of SpongeBob for their adults-only animated block. The show would be very similar to Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon, but Hillenburg knew what was right and turned down the offer. Luckily, Ren & Stimpy APC only survived for the entire summer of 2003 before being cancelled.
  • Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy’s Invisible Boatmobile isn’t actually a boat–it’s a 1959 Cadillac.
  • The Krabby Patty was originally called the Barnacle Burger according to concept art.
  • While Hillenburg was a director of Rocko, he showed writer Martin Olson a comic book called The Intertidal Zone which he had made in college. Olson raved about the comic and suggested he turn it into an underwater cartoon show, which became SpongeBob.
  • SpongeBob‘s first season was the only season to use traditional cel animation. When season two started, they began digital inking, painting, and editing. I guess that’s one of the reasons why the second season was the best season.
  • The show is known for having a French narrator, and this was inspired by Jacques-Yves Cousteau who influenced Hillenburg’s interest in marine biology.
  • Coincidentally, Cousteau studied aquatic life himself, but passed away two years before SpongeBob began.
  • Each main character on SpongeBob could actually be based off of one deadly sin. Krabs is greed, Plankton is envy, Patrick is sloth, Sandy is pride, Squidward is wrath, Gary is gluttony, and SpongeBob is lust. No, not sexual desire, but a passionate desire. In this case, for the affections of friend and foe, but generally for life. Carpe diem, baby!
  • Much like SpongeBob, Hillenburg once worked as a seafood restaurant fry cook.
  • SpongeBob was given a pineapple to live in since it is a common motif in Polynesian crafts, and Hillenburg thought he’d like the smell of pineapple. Well, considering sea animals look at smelling as a very vital sense.
  • Despite Squidward having six legs, he is an octopus. No, it’s not because Octoward didn’t roll off the tongue–it’s because animators thought that giving him eight legs would have a burdened look for him.
  • Tom Kenny also voices Dog on CatDog (another 90s Nick cartoon) and the Mayor of Townsville on Powerpuff Girls.
  • Stephen Hillenburg notes that although the Krabby Patty formula is still very secret, it may be vegetarian. If it had meat, some Bikini Bottomites would be cannibals!
  • SpongeBob is actually helping the NYC Department of Environmental Protection by promoting water conservation using the slogan, “Save water–don’t drip New York dry!”
  • Despite the show being underwater, SpongeBob more closely resembles a kitchen sponge than a sea sponge, since that wouldn’t work well for a cartoon character. If he was a sea sponge, he’d look like this:

  • Hillenburg also thought that SpongeBob wouldn’t make it to a season two, but it is already on its ninth season today!
  • In 2007, President Obama told TV Guide that SpongeBob was his favorite cartoon character, since he watched the show with his daughters.
  • In Korea, SpongeBob is known as Square Square Sponge.
  • The show’s iconic theme song was inspired by a sea shanty called “Blow the Man Down”.
  • Doug Lawrence, the voice of Plankton, also voices Larry the Lobster and Johnny the fish head.
  • The episode “SpongeBob’s Last Stand” was released on Earth Day 2010.
  • The said episode was also initially SpongeBob‘s series finale, but despite that the show creators saw that they could steal the “longest running Nicktoon” title from Rugrats and kept going.
  • Two years later, SpongeBob finally accomplished its mission when it aired its 173rd episode “Squiditis”. (Rugrats only lasted for 172 episodes.)
  • SpongeBob actually inspired the name of a fungus species: Spongiforma squarepantsii.
  • Much like ShrekSpongeBob received a 4D “movie” found at places including Sea World and Nick Suites Resort.
  • It only lasted for four minutes while Shrek 4D lasted sixteen.
  • In April 2013, a prequel 4D movie called The Great Jelly Rescue premiered at Nick Family Suites.
  • The SpongeBob film will be receiving a late 2014 sequel directed by executive producer Paul Tibbitt.
  • The sequel’s budget shouldn’t be surpass $100 million.
  • SpongeBob has created a merchandising revenue of $8 billion for Nick.

I hope you can look at SpongeBob in a new light now! Anyway, be sure to tune in next Friday at 1:00 PM EST for more awesomeness courtesy of Sammwak!

Stay classy America,

~S~ 😎

Video of the Week: A couple days before Halloween 2011, our good friend Toby Turner (aka Tobuscus) began a cartoon series known as Tobuscus Adventures starring him and his friend Gabuscus with crisp animation from Gonzossm. The series garnered 34.7 million hits for Toby, but then a little thing called YouTube Comedy Week showed up. To celebrate, Toby and Gabe were put in a brand new environment like never before–a zombie apocalypse. This episode debuted the show’s new animation technique, the inclusion of Toby’s dog Gryphon, and Toby’s biggest project yet: a Tobuscus Adventures mobile game. Well, you gotta watch the video to find out more!



Yeah, it’s true. And this is Sam reporting about more Big Time Rush. Everyone knows that show about four meddling boys that make a band with a huge record producer that has his own company named after him. And everyone knows their what-seemed-to-be-infinite list of songs, like the theme “Big Time Rush”, the fast-paced love song “Any Kind of Guy”, and the ode to fame, “Famous”, a cover off of the band Play’s version of it on their fifth and final album. Anyway, let’s fast-forward to the part where I tell you about the juicy news. After B.T.R.’s several trials and tribulations, (such as “Til I Forget About You” becoming a commercial failure) it’s sold 700,000 copies worldwide since last month, earning it a Gold rating from the RIAA. And then came their holiday EP a month later, and a month earlier than the holiday they were aiming for. This contained only two songs that made only 7 minutes of music, a cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” with Miranda Cosgrove, and a whole different song called “Beautiful Christmas”. Could they come back and leave their trip-ups behind with their next album…Elevate?

A weird name? I think so. An epic cover? I know so. Their comeback album is due to rock stores near you next Monday on the 21st of November, and their announced songs seem ballin’ and flossin’. This summer, the song “If I Ruled the World” featuring Iyaz was released. The first song of the album, “Music Sounds Better With U” written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, was first aired last month, but it has already been released on November 1st. The foursome stated that they were capable of doing most of the writing (including a song due to be heading into an Airheads commercial, “Love Me Love Me”) although some songs took individuals to decipher, like Carlos writing “Invisible” all by himself. At the start of this month, “Intermission”, a song excepted from their album, got leaked online. Check out the whole tracklist!

1. If I Ruled The World ft. Iyaz
2. Paralyzed
3. My Time
4. Blow Your Speakers
5. Someone Else
6. Anything Goes
7. Superstar
8. Like Me
9. Tomorrow
10. Heya
11. Perfect
12. No One Like You
13. (Fallin’ In Love) All Over Again

And if you want a taste of what to expect on Elevate, listen to “If I Ruled the World” below!

Do you want to see how the actual cover art was photo-shot? I can cover you on that, too!

So keep your eyes out for their new album, Elevate, on November 21st! And hopefully maybe it won’t have its own trials and tribulations!

Your friend,

Sam



Hey guys it’s Sam, and I need to ask you a question: did you catch the 2011 Nick Kids’ Choice Awards last night? Vote right now, no exceptions, no hesitations:

As you see here of Johnny Depp, Favorite Movie Actor, bombarding the crowd in slippery green slurp, it really was a HOOT full of orange, green, and–I got to say–MORE GREEN! But don’t get sad and envious quite yet! You wanted the KCA 2011, I’ll GIVE you the KCA 2011 through some HANDY HIGHLIGHTS! (Please, thank me later, fans.)

  • SpongeBob SquarePants continues its unconquerable streak as Favorite Cartoon through its eighth consecutive win since 2003! Now THAT’S a fair and “square” win!
  • We all wonder what the next iCarly episode’s gonna be called*…how about, “iWon Again”? The cast took home their second blimp for Favorite TV Show since 2008! Talk about tangled in the web!
  • Suite Life star Dylan Sprouse continues his streak as Favorite TV Actor through his fourth consecutive win since 2008, destroying both Joe AND Nick Jonas! Sorry guys; maybe next year! 😛
  • Despicable Me (miraculously, over Toy Story 3) takes home the blimp for Favorite Animated Movie! Maybe that will encourage Gru to finish his Shrink Ray!
  • The Karate Kid claims the blimp for Favorite ACTUAL Movie! As Jaden himself said at the ceremony, “Never say never!”
  • Like eating black eyed peas for dinner? Well, what if they took home a blimp for Favorite Music Group? Because that’s exactly what happened!
  • Justin Bieber’s hit single, “Baby”, as well as Justin himself, win for both Favorite Song and Favorite Male Singer! Talk about double trouble!
  • Miley Cyrus admits in the pre-show, Countdown to Kids Choice, that’s she’s NEVER been slimed at a show! Come on, Miles, just one drop?

There were also plenty of musical performances. Don’t worry, I got those on lock too!

  • In the pre-show, Victoria Justice performs her Victorious single, “Beggin’ On Your Knees”. Coincidentally, a Victorious episode of the same name premiered right after the big award show!
  • Big Time Rush performs their song, “Boyfriend” with Snoop Dogg, but right after the performance Snoop gets a shower of raining slime! Hey, anybody have a sponge for scrubs?
  • Willow Smith is lifted up high over the crowd singing “21st Century Girl”, and whips her hair afterward!
  • Train performs “Hey, Soul Sister” in the pre-show–rather coincidental, since it was also a nominee for Favorite Song!
  • The Black Eyed Peas start up the crowd with a medley of “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “The Time (Dirty Bit)”, and also have Jack Black sing “I Gotta Feeling” through a choreographed dance at the beginning of the show!

And there is always that big and memorable SLIME STUNT! This year, Jack Black’s 14-ft-tall KCA monster truck, aka “baby”, got driven off a ramp, launched over a gigantic Nick blimp, and landed into a sea of slimy green slurp! But I just make it look interesting because I’m a professional blogger at most. But, luckily, if you want to see it, be Nickelodeon’s guest!

First Katy Perry, now Heidi Klum getting the slimy jack-in-the-box pwn!

Catch the final slimedown that left everyone soaked in green!

Catch the juice as Jeff Sutphen, host of BrainSurge, meets the 21st century hair-whipping girl!

Po the Kung Fu Panda, you know better than to interrupt the KCAs!

And, just for laughs, who wants to see the Olsen twins go out in a blaze of goo-lory at the 2004 show?!?!?

Check out this cool gallery of gooey pics and more!

What a great and gooey way to end the show!

If that envelope could talk, it'd say to Heidi, "You just got PUNK'D!"

Willow, I'm not exactly sure how you can whip your hair like that...

Love that blimp all you want, Miley...just make sure you don't eat it!

The Statue of Karate!

She may be all white, but she's no milkmaid!

Jim Carrey serves some peace after taking the slime-bath like a champ!

The B.E.P. got a new band member...jack.i.am!

What should the next BTR episode be called?...How about, "Big Time Orange Carpet"?

……………

Of course, there’s a lot more juicy goodies, but it’d take you HOURS to read them all! Catch them on Nick through this specific link! If you want more KCA wins, click here!

Well, those are some pretty natural highlights, eh? Okay, NOW you can thank me. Just let it all in. Because you’re welcome. Like Ben Franklin said himself, “Well done is better than well said.”

Yours truly,

Sam

p.s. * Speaking of the next iCarly episode, get ready for next Saturday! The brand-new episode “iOMG” premieres on April 9, 2011! Could Sam be in love with Brad, Gibby, or–possibilities, people!–FREDDIE?



It’s the biggest time on TV. It’s the biggest time in the world. Bigger than the World Cup, even. (No offense, Africans.) The only time where every kid gets to actually enjoy something on TV! Here are some hints…big….orange…and full of SLIME!

That’s right, kids. Man your remotes. Tackle the TVs. Pop that popcorn. Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2011 is just 2 days away! As you all know, since its big debut in 1986 as “the Big Ballot”, the KCA has always been bent on the kids’ choices. And if one is lucky, they’ll earn a nice, orange kaleidoscope KCA blimp! And now, in 2011, you can finally choose! Hosted by Jack Black–his third time to host–the show is guaranteed to be 1,000,000% epic guaranteed! Here’s a little taste of what to expect:

Ballots are out and free to vote for, and if you want to make a difference to a celebrity’s heart, click here!

Tune into the Nick KCA 2011 on Saturday, April 2 at 8:00! Be there or be…SLIMED!

With all due respect,

Sam



Hello there, viewers. It’s me, Sam. And it’s time to take a look and reminisce back in time. Go back to the 1990s, where Street Fighter II changed the face of fighting forever, Mario Kart 64 made a slam-bang drift into our hearts, and that good Crash Bandicoot arrived. But in the 1990s, there was also another time. The time where TV ratings got so low, that a bunch of animated cartoons started swallowing airing times. Some people call it the “invasion of the animation.” Others the “cartoon boom.” I call it “Nickelodeon in the 90s.”

Nick, as we all know it is today, is the top cable channel since April 1979, not to be confused with its launch on December 1977 as “Pinwheel.” It was also literally the first channel aiming at kids, dating back to Pinwheel days. But Nickelodeon really did have lots of cartoons in the 90s. I even have a good list of them: Angry Beavers, Hey Arnold!, and even Rugrats. But one show really stood out that I enjoy today. Yes, it was animated. It was hilarious, life-oriented, and a total fit-in with my comic writing. That show was called…

Doug. Not much afterward, just Doug. If you’ve ever heard of this post a little or a lot, please like this post at the bottom.

Doug was one of Nick’s many TV series involved in the cartoon boom. Running from 1991 to 1994, then getting picked up by Disney from 1996 to 1999 (ending actually after SpongeBob began), the show was based on its titular protagonist, Doug–I dare you to try not to laugh or grin–Funnie. A grade-schooler from Bloatsburg into Bluffington, the show follows the exploits of Doug and his misadventures on and off school. How this ties into my comic writing is that Doug is an actual comic-maker himself. His comic characters are superhero Quailman, secret agent Smash Adams,  explorer Race Canyon, crime-stopper the Chameleon, cowboy Durango Doug, outlaw Jack Bandit, and Wafflestomper.

One thing I liked about it was its short but sweet and epic theme song, composed by genius Fred Newman. I think it was the theme that got me hooked in the first place. I mean, come on, dude. How can you stare ahead and ignore a theme song like THIS?

It’s just impossible.

Well, I guess that’s all for now. Check out YouTube for more Doug!

– Sam



Everyone knows the ordinary Japanese ninjas. With soundless shoes and surprising skills, ninjas will destroy anything in their path. But a new show on Nick is changing all you knew about ninjas. This new show is basically a teen action-dramedy that has begun two days ago.

It’s titled Supah Ninjas. Not Super Ninjas or Supa Ninjas or Superninjas, SuperNinjas or…you get the point. That Supah is only there to make it seem more gangster-like and “cool”, so it will attract more viewers. *Sigh.* Nick is so desperate these days…

This show is about these two pals named Owen Reynolds and Mike Fukanaga. But when Mike surprisingly finds out his destiny after an encounter with his dead grandfather, Owen and Mike turn into ninjas and fight evil and stuff like that…or something. The pilot episode premiered two days ago, and it’s not too late to hop onto the couch and see a rerun, hopefully. And remember, it’s changing everything you know about ninjas.

Catch Supah Ninjas on Nickelodeon before IT catches YOU…

Sincerely yours,

Sam



It is impossible not to know the colorized butt-smacking Power Rangers, classic examples of modern superhero teams at their finest. If you’ve seen at least Power Rangers S.P.D. or Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, you’re good for now. If you haven’t, hand over a good reason because you’ll need your smarts. This superhero squad has been alive since 1993 with MMPR, calculating a good seventeen years of existence. And the nineteenth season is coming up, even, no lie. Power Rangers fans and fanatics, meet….

This is the forthcoming 19th season in the Power Rangers franchise, and, yes, it still contains the old info used years ago. The show features Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Pink Rangers like always, duking it out with the villainous Master Xandred and the Netherworld’s forces. But, whilst they are doing this, they are mastering the Samurai Symbols of Power which power them with the elements of fire, water, sky, forest, and earth. Also, a 6th Gold Ranger will appear later on in this series.

Catch Power Rangers Samurai on Nickelodeon, premiering February 7, 2011 (which is coincidentally ten days before my birthday)! Don’t catch the episode premieres? Nicktoons will also wield reruns, so there’s no such thing as missing an episode!

But this is not the only new show premiering on Nickelodeon. Other shows, like Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and Supah Ninjas are airing on Nick soon. So keep an eye on Nick for some brand new broadcasts!

Sincerely yours,

Sam