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The physics of Spongebob Squarepants

Updated on January 7, 2012
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Spongebob Squarepants is one of my daughters favorite cartoons and I have to admit even I laugh at some of the scenes. The humor seems tailored for not only children but also for adults. But one thing that always seemed hilarious to me id the physics of the show. Spongebob and all of his comrades live under the sea as in the shows intro song but many of the things under the sea make little sense.

For instance in one episode Patrick and Spongebob go on a camping trip and start a campfire underwater! But that is one thing we see throughout the show things that couldn't possibly be occurring under the sea. The writers even have fun with it and call attention to the silliness of such things under water.

Another unusual instance is that is many episodes Patrick Star and Spongebob often go the the beach underwater complete with lifeguard to stop those from drowning in the underwater lake no doubt. In one episode Spongebob actually almost drowns which is so silly considering that they are already under water and that he is a sponge capable of living under the sea anyway.

Another funny thing is that the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom, the city in which Spongebob lives everyone drives boats instead of cars. All of the boats appear as rowboat looking vehicles with wheels and of course a boat belongs on the surface of the water, not at the bottom of the sea.

Another unusual thing is that for some reason Spongebob lives in a Pineapple and we all know that Pineapples don't grow at the bottom of the sea. What leaves one asking the question is it just a random Pineapple that fell to the bottom of the sea or what exactly?

Another is the fact that Spongebob is a fry cook. Obviously you can't have a grill underwater and the patrons all being fish living underwater wouldn't be eating cooked food.

All in all I would say it is a hilarious and very family orientated show and I would recommend it to young and old alike.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Marius - that is a great example :)

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      Marius 5 years ago

      There was a fantastic episode in which they receive a letter from a fan of the show but can't read it because they're underwater and the ink has run. They point this out and say how silly someone must be to forget they live underwater, only to then throw the paper in the fire.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      carolyn a. ridge - well thank you for commenting, maybe some time you'll see they show. I always thought as an adult I was beyond cartoons at this point but when my daughter watches it I have to admit I find it quite hilarious. It is different then a lot of cartoons :)

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      carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing; I have never watched "Sponge"; my kids are too old - and so am I. But you have provided several snapshots of what the show is about. Great hub !!

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      DIMIR - Spongebob is pretty awesome, I enjoyed because the physics were all wrong as well, it became part of the subtle humor.

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      DIMIR 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      I always loved the physics of Spongebob because it was so horribly incorrect. Oh, the good old days.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Gypsy Rose Lee - he's my favorite as well. My daughter loves him so I see a lot of him.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for paying tribute to Spongebob he's my favorite cartoon character. I never tire of cartoons they are sometimes better than shows or movies.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      gail641 - true and sometimes it is hard to find a show that you find funny and can have that effect on you so it is good to give a thumbs up to a show like that when you find it.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      That's a great idea to watch Spongebob to help you forget your troubles for ahile. It helps to laugh when watching a show that's funny.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      gail641 - I have only seen Courage the cowardly dog a couple times but I do so love Spongebob Squarepants.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      pennyofheaven - I recommend it highly if you have had a bad day, or week, or month if you watch some spongebob it helps you laugh and forget your troubles, at least for awhile :)

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      I watched it quite awhile back. It was very funny and entertaining. Courage the cowardly dog was funny, too.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      pennyofheaven - it is hilariously written an sometimes the humor is simple but always very funny.

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      pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Never have taken the time to watch spongebob. However it gets rave reviews from many adults that do not have children!!!

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      thesingernurse - your right there's a few more. Sandy's dome has a tree inside at the bottom of the sea but no sunlight to get to it and the rocket ship you mentionedd as well. So silly, but so funny :)

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Same observation as mine. The only thing that kinda looked realistic to me is Sandy's gear and house when she visits Spongebob and Patrick under the sea. Of course, you don't have to include the rocket ship they're about to launch on space because there's no way some space shuttle's gonna take off to space from underwater... Or could it be? Lol.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      teaches12345 - true everyone on the show has a lot of silliness, most of my biggest laughs come from Patrick Star who always goes way over the top. It leaves me quite tired out from laughing upon occasion.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Children and adults find Spongebob amusing. It's silly but entertaining. Thanks for the smile!

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      KellyMcB - he he yeah I thought the film was a little less tame with Patrick and his butt cheeks out, but that's a whole different story I guess.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Alexander Pease - yes, is still running on Nickelodeon and still funny as ever. Your right there are a lot of little funny physics/quirky things in the series the instances I put in the article was just what I could think of on the spot but I'm sure I've seen a lot more. Thanks for commenting :)

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      KellyMcB 5 years ago from USA

      Both of my sons enjoy that show, and I have to admit I like it to. My husband and I actually watched the Spongebob movie. That was before we had kids:)

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      Alexander Pease 5 years ago from Maine

      The underwater lake is called the goo lagoon. It isn't water, it is tar-like, but it is still silly to think that a fish would drown in it. Interesting hub, and I am sure that there are many more physics facts that a quirky in that series. Do you know if it is still on air?