10 Best Pop Culture References Created From SpongeBob SquarePants

If you can believe it, SpongeBob SquarePants is just days away from officially turning twenty years old! Twenty years of life in the Bikini Bottom has certainly entertained children, teens and adults with happy-go-lucky SpongeBob, dim-witted Patrick Star, money hoarder Mr. Krabs, and cranky Squidward Tentacles as part of the marine-life ensemble. From SpongeBob’s memorable laugh to Plankton’s lifelong mission of stealing the Krabby Patty secret formula, we’ve memorized practically every detail about the show. In that time, SpongeBob has coined and popularized plenty of pop culture references that have become ingrained among society. Here are 10 of SpongeBob’s best pop culture references!

10 Tartar Sauce!

Funnily enough, this condiment has been converted into a curse expression, often used by SpongeBob or his friends in moments of frustration. “Barnacles!” is another such example. In earlier seasons SpongeBob crossed lines, bordering on adult humor, but his curse words were innocent enough. If swearing’s not your thing or you’re in an environment where you need to practice censorship, consider SpongeBob’s “colorful” vocabulary; your fellow fans have already integrated it among pop culture.

9 Sweet Victory

This song was one of the most popular things to come out of the show. Squidward’s efforts to show up his school rival Squilliam with his band succeed beyond his wildest dreams. Considering that the band began with skills next to nothing (“Is mayonnaise an instrument?”), this is an impressive feat.

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Yet they were passionate about making it up to Squidward for their past failure, which was the real victory. Audiences everywhere loved the song; it’s easy to sing along and we all know where it comes from.

8 F.U.N. Song

Wanting to show Plankton kindness and friendship, SpongeBob takes him under his wing after yet another failed attempt on Plankton’s part to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula. Part of their day together includes the “F.U.N. Song” that basically explains friendship in a nutshell. Like “Sweet Victory,” this too is another easily-recognized song in SpongeBob pop culture. It’s also a perfect reflection of SpongeBob’s kind, cheery, and empathetic personality.

7 Later…

The narrator in SpongeBob moves time forward–or backward in one particular time-traveling episode–using title cards that say something like “11 hours later, 2 days later…” It goes on and on, and SpongeBob fans are familiar with this concept. SpongeBob fans have created memes for situations like finals and lectures using these title cards.

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Anything that’s painful to sit through or deal with, chances are a meme inspired by SpongeBob’s title cards exist for that particular situation. Try not to hear the narrator counting down time in your head at your next lecture.

6 No, This Is Patrick!

Patrick’s not the smartest in Bikini Bottom. We know this. Yet when Patrick’s dim-witted moments are at the forefront like one is here, we bust internal organs because we’re laughing so hard. Jealous because of SpongeBob’s numerous awards, Patrick goes to work at the Krusty Krab to receive his own award. Trouble is, he doesn’t quite grasp the concept of answering the phone and gets more offended with each call as the caller asks if they’ve reached the Krusty Krab, to which Patrick replies, “No, this is Patrick” until he’s furious and slamming down the phone. After that, he uses the wrong end of a broom to sweep the floor. Poor Patrick just isn’t meant for work. Plus, we’re all just a little tempted to copy Patrick for fun and answer our work phones in a similar manner.

5 What’s Funnier Than 24? 25!

When SpongeBob brings Patrick along to boating school for the day, the two start the day with goofing off in class. Gifs and memes alike surround this moment, SpongeBob fans exchanging them in text messages galore. This joke will never stop being funny for true SpongeBob fans; only SpongeBob and Patrick could make simple numbers hilarious.

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Really, it’s because they’re goofing off in class and they get busted (something many of us have experienced) but still we love their unique methods of tomfoolery.


In a season 3 episode, SpongeBob and Patrick are inspired when they read one of Squidward’s magazines to become entrepreneurs. This leads to the two friends selling chocolate door-to-door. Their first customer screams “CHOCOLATE!” and chases them around intermittently throughout the episode, and though he scares them he actually ends up being their best customer–he buys all the chocolate they have, finally giving them a real profit. Chocolate fanatics can relate, which is why memes depicting this moment are so popular.

3 Opposite Day

This may not be the trendiest component of SpongeBob pop culture but it’s definitely one of the funniest. Squidward frantically tries to sell his house without letting anyone know about his eccentric neighbors but it leads to his downfall as SpongeBob and Patrick irritate the real estate agent and Squidward remains stuck where he is.

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“Opposite Day” introduced a new kind of holiday where you act the opposite of who you are and what you do; this could be either really fun for your friends, family, and co-workers or truly annoying. You decide if it’s worth the risk and maybe you’ll be a pop culture trendsetter.

2 DoodleBob

How many of us have drawn our own DoodleBob’s over the years? This is definitely one of the most memorable episodes of SpongeBob in which he and Patrick discover a magic pencil that brings its creations to life. SpongeBob initially draws a copy of himself to prank Squidward, but DoodleBob turns out to be something of an evil twin, which Patrick and SpongeBob instantly set out on a mission to stop. There’s plenty of humor in the episode as well (“Where’s the leak, ma’am?” “Finland!”), adding to DoodleBob’s appeal to audiences. DoodleBob himself is a pop culture icon.

1 Imagination

SpongeBob’s not short on imagination. He’s always keeping himself entertained or otherwise occupied. In “The Idiot Box”, he and Patrick have ordered a large screen television, but only keep the box. They drive Squidward crazy as he hears noises of their adventures but frequently opens the box to find just them and no tape-recorder. SpongeBob tries to tell him that you don’t need television; at least, not when you have imagination.

Obviously, SpongeBob has plenty of hilarious moments that have transfigured themselves into items of pop culture reference and importance; these are just some of the most memorable on the list. SpongeBob isn’t short on good songs, pranks gone wrong, chocolate or imagination. We’ve loved him for twenty years and we’ll continue to love him for eternity. If nautical nonsense be something we wish, SpongeBob’s who we turn to, to fulfill that requirement. Happy 20th birthday, SpongeBob!

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2019-07-13 01:07:33

Kacie Lillejord

Star Wars: The Mandalorian Was Created To Fill Void Left By Boba Fett Hype

Star Wars‘ upcoming web television series, The Mandalorian, is the perfect fix for franchise fanatics that are still mourning the loss of the Boba Fett solo movie. The Mandalorian tells the story of an unnamed bounty hunter, known only as “The Mandalorian” for now, and takes place shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi. It’s set to premiere on Nov. 12 on Disney’s soon-to-be-released streaming service, Disney+.

Unlike Netflix’s formula, which allows streamers to binge a show in one sitting, Star Wars fans will have to wait for new episodes of the series. As disappointing as that may be, the first episode will be instantly available to Disney+ subscribers at launch, with a small possibility of a second episode being added in. A lot of details surrounding the live-action series have been kept under lock and key, but this year’s Star Wars Celebration in Chicago gave fans a glimpse at these new characters brought to life. Official images showed Gina Carano in character as Kara Dune along with Carl Weathers as Greef Marga. To top it all off, exclusive footage also showcased Pedro Pascal as the titular character working with Weathers’ Greef to make a commission.

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Photos of Pascal’s Mandalorian are strikingly similar to Star Wars‘ infamous bounty hunter, Boba Fett. In an interview with GMA, Jon Favreau stated that inspiration for the series was drawn from the fact that he never felt he, “got to see enough of Boba Fett,” even though there was, “so much hype,” around him. Favreau and the series’ co-creator, Dave Filoni, created the show out of an intrigue that surrounded the mysterious bounty hunter, and a longing to know more about him. Pascal added in that his character, “is a bounty hunter like Boba Fett and a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.”

Boba Fett is a character that many in the Star Wars fan base have longed to learn more about. For years, a film surrounding the character was supposedly in the works, but was scrapped in late 2018 after Solo: A Star Wars Story had an underwhelming performance at the box office. Fearing for upcoming projects surrounding individual characters in the Star Wars universe, current president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, made the decision to end the project altogether. Instead, she pursued The Mandalorian, which would give fans a deeper look at bounty hunters in the Star Wars universe while also serving as a safer bet profit-wise for the company on Disney’s streaming service.

The highly anticipated live-action television series will be a brand new adventure for Star Wars fans, and with anticipation for Disney’s upcoming streaming service building, the show is sure to start off on a high note. It’s a new and exciting way to explore and deepen lore surrounding bounty hunters in the galaxy. Favreau and Filoni’s excitement and personal enjoyment for creating the project is a good sign that the series is being put together with the utmost care. Not to mention, if the show ends up being a success, fans could be treated to a Boba Fett appearance later down the line.

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The Mandalorian premieres Tuesday November 12th on Disney+.

Source: GMA

2019-04-22 08:04:43

Hannah Hoolihan

How A Google Glitch Created The “Who Created Kirby?” Meme

A strange glitch in Google led to the creation of the viral “Who Created Kirby?” meme back in 2018. Kirby is a beloved video game character who first appeared in 1992 Game Boy title Kirby’s Dream Land, where he has to retrieve all the food stolen by an evil King from Dream Land. Kirby himself is essentially a round ball who absorbs enemies by inhaling them and, depending on the title, he can absorb their powers too and expand to float around the level. Putting aside his somewhat disturbing methods of dispatching foes, his cuteness soon made him a star.

Kirby’s look was originally intended as a placeholder for another design, but the developers working on Dream Land liked the cuteness of Kirby and decided to keep this look. In addition to appearing in his own franchise, Kirby has also shown up in the Super Smash Bros franchise. He also earned his own anime series, which ran for over 100 episodes, and numerous other merchandise. Kirby now ranks alongside Super Mario or Donkey Kong as one of Nintendo most iconic mascots.

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Kirby himself was created by Masahiro Sakurai, who worked on the series for over a decade before moving on to other projects. The franchise would continue to evolve in interesting ways, such as 2010’s acclaimed Kirby’s Epic Yarn, while Sakurai has worked on titles like Kid Icarus: Uprising and 2018’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch. Fans typing “Who Created Kirby?” into Google back in early 2018 noticed something strange in the search results, however.

While Masahiro Sakurai’s name came up as creator, the first picture was of a rotund black man instead of Sakurai. This picture apparently came from a Twitter account with a large following, which is why it came up first in search results. It took a few months for this glitch to be corrected, but in that time it led to the creation of several memes and videos poking fun at the error. It was a source of fun for people to type in the search result for themselves, but now no picture is shown if “Who Created Kirby?” is typed into Google.

Such glitches happen on Google from time to time, but this easily became one of the most high-profile within the fan community. “Who Created Kirby?” still goes resurfaces occasionally, but it appears to have died down since the error was fixed. While Masahiro Sakurai is no longer working on the main series, Kirby himself is keeping busy. Kirby Star Allies for the Switch quickly became one of the platform’s best-selling titles upon release in 2018 and an enhanced update titled Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn arrived for the Nintendo 3DS in 2018.

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2019-04-20 03:04:29

Padraig Cotter

The 10 Best Pop Culture References Created On Friends

During its ten-season run, the hit NBC sitcom Friends gave us countless hilarious and memorable episodes that we still go back to when we need a good laugh. Various compilations of best and funniest moments can be found on YouTube, as well as specific scenes that have become fan-favorites, and thanks to YouTube recommendations, we’ve all gone down the rabbit hole re-watching our favorite Friends scenes.

The series is also responsible for introducing and popularizing a variety of words, phrases, and concepts. Friends created a good number of pop culture references, and we’ve picked the ten most well-known and relevant.

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“The One with the Prom Video” is a landmark Friends episode and rightfully considered as one of the show’s very best. This season two episode marked the first appearance of Fat Monica, pre-nose job Rachel, and Afro-hair Ross. It is also the episode in which Ross and Rachel become a couple, and the one where Phoebe coins the iconic expression “he’s her lobster”.

According to Pheebs, lobsters mate for life, so to call someone your lobster means that the two of you are meant to be together forever – like Ross and Rachel. The Lobster Theory gained popularity among fans and it’s commonly featured on Friends merchandise.


Joey has never been the sharpest tool in the shed, and apparently, as the show went on he took a level in dumbass. Still, on rare occasions, what he said made a lot of sense, even if he never got it quite right. In the season seven episode “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs”, Rachel wonders how long she should wait before asking Tag out given his recent breakup.

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Surprisingly enough, the best piece of advice comes from Joey who explains that unless Tag likes her back this is all a moo point – or, as he explains it: a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter, it’s moo. Joey’s expression and explanation thereof aren’t just funny. Maybe we’ve spent too much time with Joey, but this really does make sense, which is why it’s so memorable and quotable.

8 OH. MY. GOD!

Oh. My. God! Ten whole seasons those three words were more than enough to send chills down our spines because they can only mean one thing: Janice. Chandler’s nasal ex-girlfriend Janice knew how to make an entrance. Whenever she would pop up unexpectedly her arrival would be announced with a nasal, drawn-out “Ohhh. Myyyy. Gwaaad!” before we’d even get see her.

Janice made several surprise appearances on the show causing Chandler, but also other friends, to freeze on the spot upon hearing her voice. Her unforgettable catchphrase has been referenced on other shows, even the friends themselves did their best impressions of Janice, and every Friends fan has probably made this reference countless times.


Phoebe Buffay is best-known for her hippie lifestyle, unabashed silliness, and her unusual musical expression. Over the course of ten seasons, Pheebs wrote and performed a number of songs, most commonly at Central Perk. Her biggest hit is titled “Smelly Cat” and it’s about a foul-smelling cat – duh! The song was played on many different occasions and even got a music video in “The One Where Eddie Moves In”.

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The “Smelly Cat” song has become a staple of the show and Friends fans love singing along to it, just as Phoebe’s friends did at the end of the episode with the music video. There are covers of “Smelly Cat” YouTube and Lisa Kudrow actually performed the song on stage with Taylor Swift.


Explained by Monica as a way of giving the finger without actually having to give it, the “fist-banging” first appeared in season four episode ‘The One with Joey’s New Girlfriend”. Ross gives Rachel the Friendly Finger as a response to her teasing him about his dinosaur toys and bragging about her new, way too young, college boyfriend.

Since then the Friendly Finger has been used in various instances by all of the friends, interestingly enough, with the exception of Phoebe. The funny gesture has made its way from the small screen into the real world. We know we’ve used it numerous times, and we’re pretty sure other Friends fans have as well.


If you’re planning on starting any self-defense classes the first thing you need to know about is “Unagi” – no, not the freshwater eel – but the Japanese concept of complete awareness. Well, that’s if you believe Ross’s karate expertise. In the hilarious season six episode “The One with the Unagi”, Ross goes a bit overboard attempting to prove to Rachel and Phoebe that they’re gonna be helpless against an attacker because they don’t have “Unagi”.

Throughout the episode, Ross keeps saying “ahh Unagi” whenever he proves someone has or doesn’t have “Unagi”. It’s a reference any fan of Friends will understand and one we’ve all made at least once. There are memes and gifs about Unagi, as well as merchandise like T-shirts, mugs, and so on.


In one of the show’s best episodes, “The One Where No One’s Ready”, Joey puts on all of Chandler’s clothes and waltzes into Monica’s apartment uttering the iconic line: “Look at me, I’m Chandler. Could I BE wearing any more clothes?” poking fun at his friend’s tendency to put special emphasis on the word “be” in an unnatural way.

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The joke works because Chandler really does do that. Like when he and Joey get robbed and have to put patio furniture and a canoe in their living room, Chandler looks around the room and poses the hilarious rhetorical question: “Could we BE more white trash?” Chandler’s famous line is one of the show’s most well-known catchphrases and one that can always be used in real life.


When Ross buys a new couch for his new apartment, he insists that he and Rachel carry it to the building and up the stairs to the apartment all by themselves. However, the narrow stairway doesn’t cooperate, so they decide to get help. Chandler joins the party and the trio, after carefully studying Ross’s sketch of the whole process, begins the arduous task of getting the big couch up the stairway. Once they get to the corner, Ross starts hysterically yelling out “Pivot!” prompting us to burst out into laughter and Chandler to yell out “shut up” in response.

Needless to say, no fan of Friends has ever been able not to laugh at the word “pivot” ever again. And moving any furniture without yelling “pivot” is virtually impossible. Recently, Courtney Cox moved a desk from one room to another and recreated this scene on her Instagram.


Perhaps the longest running gag on the show was the catchphrase “we were on a break”. It all started with “The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break” and the line was first uttered by Rachel in the following episode “The One with the Morning After”. But though Rachel may have said it first, “we were on a break” became Ross’ trademark.

The running gag started with episode seventeen of season three and lasted until the very end. Ross repeated it countless times and even joked about it in the “I got off the plane” scene. Whether Ross and Rachel really were on a break depends on whom you’re asking, but one thing is certain: “we were on a break” is one of the best-known and most-used Friends references that has spawned tons of hilarious memes and gifs.


The incorrigible womanizer Joey Tribbiani relied on his good looks and his charms to woo women. In “The One with Rachel’s Crush”, Joey demonstrates his “How You Doin’?” technique to Rachel and Phoebe in an attempt to give Rachel some pointers about asking her new crush out on a date. While Phoebe is quick to dismiss his approach, when Joey actually tries it on her she can’t help but giggle.

The line “How you doin’?” has become synonymous with Joey and it’s impossible for any fan of Friends to read it without hearing Joey’s voice. It’s by far the most recognizable catchphrase ever to be used on the show, it has appeared on other shows, and it’s been listed as one of the best catchphrases in TV history.

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2019-03-29 03:03:54

Irina Curovic

Exclusive: How Deadpool Created Marvel’s Own Batman

The story of the brutal and black-clad Good Night returns in Deadpool #11, asking readers to wonder would have happened if Bruce Wayne’s parents weren’t killed by Joe Chill… but Wade Wilson, instead? The answer is still a version of Batman, but putting the so-called ‘hero’ in the part of the criminal.

Now this is Deadpool we’re talking about, so few fans truly expect for Skottie Young’s first arc on the series to truly make a ‘villain’ out of its lead. In fact, when it was first suggested that Deadpool created Marvel’s own Batman by slaughtering a wealthy couple in front of their son, the scene was played off for a joke. But the laughter is over in our preview of Deadpool #11, coming to fans on April 3, 2019.

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Readers of the series already learned that Batma–sorry, the vigilante calling himself Good Night is not just any ordinary hired gun, or Deadpool opponent. With the exact same origin story as Batman, and a costume not all that dissimilar from the Dark Knight’s, it was assumed that he had also spent his life training for this chance at revenge. The first few pages of the preview don’t dive too deeply into that backstory (referred to as “kinda messed up, you guys” in the official synopsis. But they do confirm the Bat-parallels that Young is driving at–punctuated by an absolutely gorgeous re-imagining of the Wayne murders, courtesy of artist Scott Hepburn.

Take a look at the preview pages below:

Throwing the actual physics or physiology of Deadpool having his skeleton removed out the window, the visual pays off immediately (finally creating a twisted version of this Batman’s ‘cape’ fluttering behind him as he leaps across rooftops). Yet the issue continues to make Good Night deadly serious about his lust for vengeance. Not to mention emphasizing the Marvel universe’s version of the Monarch Theater, whose lights are carried over into Good Night’s own costume (even his name is the film he enjoyed with his parents, before they were murdered). Even Deadpool has to admit, this origin story is the kind that any good mercenary would kill for.

The first pages set up a more detailed life story delivered by Good Night, which we hope will be the case. With this preview taking the idea of a Batman rip-off from funny to legitimately stunning artistically, we can’t wait to see what else young and Hepburn have in store. But until the full issue arrives next week, read on for the full synopsis and details below:

  • DEADPOOL (2019) #11
  • Published: April 3rd, 2019
  • Writer: Skottie Young
  • Art: Scott Hepburn
  • DEADPOOL: BONELESS AND EXTRA CRISPY! Good Night has removed Deadpool’s bones! What has Good Night been doing since Deadpool killed his parents? I know the answer. It’s…it’s kinda messed up, you guys.

Deadpool #11 will be available from your local comic book store on March 27th, or direct from Marvel Comics.

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2019-03-28 02:03:39

Andrew Dyce