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The Nickelodeon network announced on Tuesday that SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) creator Stephen Hillenburg has passed away from ALS. Hillenburg studied and taught marine biology before moving on to animation, beginning with Rocko's Modern Life (1993). He then used both of his passions to create loveable SpongeBob and his friends. "The fact that it's undersea and isolated from our world helps the characters maintain their own culture," Hillenburg told The Associated Press in 2001. "The essence of the show is that SpongeBob is an innocent in a world of jaded characters. The rest is absurd packaging."

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    SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

    Patrick is depicted as stupid because starfish don't have brains.
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    SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

    Krabby Patties are probably vegetarian because the residents of Bikini Bottom would be cannibals if they ate burgers made of the meat that is available under the sea.
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    Tom Kenny in SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

    It takes nine months to create one eleven-minute episode of the show.
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    SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

    According to his drivers license, SpongeBob's birthday is July 14, 1986. Mr. Krabs' is November 30, 1942.
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    SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

    The Krusty Krab is built to mimic the shape of a lobster trap. There is a replica of the restaurant located in Palestine.
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    SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

    On the air since April 1999, the show is Nickelodeon's longest running program.
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    SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

    In 2011, a new fungi was discovered and named Spongiforma squarepantsii.
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    SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

    Bikini Bottom is located beneath the real life island, the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
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    SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

    Despite his name, Squidward is actually an octopus. He is drawn with six legs to make it easier for the artists.
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    SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

    SpongeBob's original name was SpongeBoy. Upon discovering that the word SpongeBoy was already copyrighted for use for a type of mop, Stephen Hillenburg chose the now-classic SpongeBob as his new character's name. He always wanted Sponge to be part of the name so no one would mistake him for a talking block of cheese.
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    SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

    SpongeBob's laugh is based on the way a dolphin "speaks".
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    SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

    There is a theory that each of the main characters represents one of the seven deadly sins. The sins are assigned as follows: Sandy Cheeks is Pride, Mr. Krabs is Greed, Plankton is Envy, Gary is Gluttony, Squidward is Wrath, Patrick is Sloth, which leaves SpongeBob as Lust.
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    Paul Reubens in Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986)

    SpongeBob's personality is patterned after Jerry Lewis, Stan Laurel and Pee-wee Herman.
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    SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

    Actress Carolyn Lawrence has said that she receives the most fanmail from prison inmates.
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    Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, and Sasha Obama

    President Barack Obama has said that SpongeBob is his favorite character of all time, because he watched the show with his daughters Malia and Sasha.
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    SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

    Actor Rodger Bumpass, who voices Squidward, believes that Squidward actually loves SpongeBob.
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    The Flaming Lips

    Creator Stephen Hillenberg wasn't happy with some of the musical choices for the movie soundtracks. He was particularly unhappy about the idea of Justin Timberlake contributing a song. Supposedly he told Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne, "I don't want any of those sort of commercial weirdos on there. I like you guys, and Wilco, and Ween."
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    Stephen Hillenburg

    When Stephen Hillenburg had a meeting with Nickelodeon to try and sell the show, he wore a Hawaiian shirt and brought music and a terrarium with models of the characters. His enthusiasm impressed the network.
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    David Hasselhoff, Bill Fagerbakke, and Tom Kenny in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)

    After shooting David Hasselhoff was gifted the 12-foot, 750-pound replica of himself used in the first movie.

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