Who Knew He’s 10 (And Educational!)

Time swims by when you’re having fun in a pineapple at the bottom of the sea.

“Spongebob Squarepants” is celebrating its 10th year.

Here’s some flotsam and jetsam about the series. It’s dubbed into about 25 languages. At least two world leaders watch it: President Obama and British Prime Minister Brown. They say they see it with their kids.

“Spongebob Squarepants” was created by Stephen Hillenburg who’s an artist and a scientist. He says the inspiration for many of the characters came from a comic he wrote called “The Intertidal Zone,” designed to teach his students at the Ocean Institute in Orange County, Calif., about tidal pools.

VH1 is airing a documentary about “Spongebob Squarepants” tonight. Then, over the weekend, Nickelodeon will show 11 new episodes and do a countdown of fan favorites.

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