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Here’s 17 Fun Facts About “SpongeBob” That’ll Make You Say, “I Had No Idea”

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1. A replica of the Krusty Krab restaurant was built in Palestine.

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2. The creator of SpongeBob, Stephen Hillenburg studied Marine Science before animation.

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3. The original name for SpongeBob was Spongeboy Ahoy!, but that name Spongeboy was copyrighted by a mop company.

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4. Tom Kenny inhaled some air from a helium tank to do the voice of the anchovies in the pilot episode.

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5. Stephen Hillenburg came up with idea for the "Sailor Mouth" episode, "Everyone said, 'No.' I couldn’t even use a bleep. So I used a dolphin sound instead."

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6. He also wanted to stay away from celebrity cameos on the show. In the hopes of avoiding comparison to The Simpsons.

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7. SpongeBob was made into a deity alongside Buddha and Jesus in the "She Used to Be My Girl" episode of The Simpsons.

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8. In 2011, a newly discovered species of mushroom was named after SpongeBob. Researchers at San Francisco State University named the fungus Spongiforma squarepantsii.

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9. SpongeBob's personality is based off of Jerry Lewis and Pee-wee Herman.

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10. The voice for SpongeBob was based on a voice Tom Kenny did for an extra on Rocko's Modern Life, he referred to it as a "total throwaway voice."

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11. The idea for SpongeBob came from a comic Hillenburg made in college called The Intertidal Zone.

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12. Stephen Hillenburg pitched the show to Nick with a Hawaiian shirt, music, and an underwater terrarium with models of the characters and it made a really great impression.

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13. Spongebob's laugh is based on the sound a dolphin makes.

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14. A Burger King commercial released in 2009 stirred up quite the controversy among parents, stating that, "It's utterly reprehensible when that character simultaneously promotes objectified, sexualized images of women."

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15. Carolyn Lawrence, the voice of Sandy Cheeks received a lot of letters from prison, she stated that it's her biggest fan base.

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16. And Roger Bumpass, the voice of Squidward believes that Squidward actually likes SpongeBob, and "it only comes out in certain episodes though."

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17. Barack Obama's favorite character of all time is SpongeBob Squarepants, because he watched the show with his daughters.

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