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SpongeBob SquarePants (often referred to simply as SpongeBob) is an American animated television series, created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg. Much of the series centers on the exploits and adventures of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series' popularity has prompted the release of a media franchise, contributing to its position as Nickelodeon's highest rated show, the most distributed property of MTV Networks, and among Nicktoons' most watched shows. The media franchise generated an $8 billion merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon.

Hillenburg initially conceived the show in 1984 and began to work on it shortly after the cancellation of Rocko's Modern Life in 1996. He teamed up with several Nickelodeon and Rocko crew members, including creative director Derek Drymon, writers and directors Sherm Cohen, and Dan Povenmire, writer Tim Hill, actor and writer Martin Olson, animation director Alan Smart, and story editor Merriwether Williams. To voice the character of SpongeBob, Hillenburg approached Tom Kenny, who had worked with him onRocko's Modern Life. SpongeBob was originally to be named SpongeBoy, but the name was already in use for a mop product. Upon finding it out, Hillenburg decided to use the name "SpongeBob". He chose "SquarePants" as a family name as it referred to the character's square shape and it had a "nice ring to it".

Upon premiere in 1999, the series received worldwide critical acclaim, though has been involved in public controversies. SpongeBob SquarePants has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards and 20 Annie Awards, and has won six from the Annie. It is listed 15th in IGN's top 100 animated series list, and is among the "All-TIME 100 TV Shows" as chosen by Time television critic James Poniewozik.

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SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis is a 2007 made-for-television musical comedy film directed by Andrew Overtoom. The film first aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on November 12, 2007, following a 12-hour-marathon of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes. The film follows SpongeBob and Patrick as they discover an ancient medallion that help them get to the lost city of Atlantis. The television film was written by Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Steven Banks, and Dani Michaeli. English musician and actor David Bowie guest starred as the voice of Lord Royal Highness. Upon release, the film attracted an estimated 8.8 million viewers, and met mostly mixed critical response from television critics.

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Ernest Borgnine in 2004
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American actor Ernest Borgnine, when he was made an honorary chief petty officer of the United States Navy in October 2004. After being discharged from the navy after World War II and having no direction in his life, Borgnine began his acting career on the advice of his mother, who thought his personality was well-suited for the stage. This began a six-decade period mostly as a character actor on stage, film, and television. His most famous roles were as the lead in Marty, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, the title role in McHale's Navy, and as a voice actor in the cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants.

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Two halves of an orangish sponge-like fungus, with a ruler shown at the bottom for scale.
...that Spongiforma squarepantsii is a sponge-like bolete that lives in Malaysia?
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