SpongeBob Squarepants" is the story of an endlessly optimistic sea sponge and his best friend, Patrick, a deeply irresponsible Starfish. The animated show started in 1999 and was still in production as of 2011. Through all of its spinoffs, SpongeBob is fundamentally the story of SpongeBob and Patrick and their friendship.
SpongeBob attended Mrs Puff's Boating School in the early seasons. This is where the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom learn drive their boatmobiles. SpongeBob's persistent failure to pass the test is one of the show's main plots. In the episode "'Mrs Puff, You're Fired" we learn SpongeBob failed the test 1,258,058 times.
Patrick Starfish is noticeably more irresponsible than his best friend, but Patrick has shown flashes of tremendous intelligence. In the episode "Tentacle Vision," Squidward finally asks Patrick exactly how stupid he is. He responds "'It varies."
The character and show were called Spongeboy when the original seven minute pilot was recorded in 1997. However, the creators found the name was copyrighted for a mop. SpongeBob was the idea of of creator Stephen Hillenburg, who thought Sponge had to be in the name or viewers might think the square creature was made of cheese.
In the episode "Rule of Dumb," a visiting Starfish explains that he has researched Patrick's family line, and that Patrick is the true King of Bikini Bottom. Patrick becomes more and more tyrannical until he realizes he's become a monster and returns the crown. It's then revealed that SpongeBob's pet snail Gary is, in fact, the King.
Voice actor Tom Kenny, who voices SpongeBob, had previously worked with Hillenburg on "Rocko's Modern Life." Hillenburg asked Kenny to do a voice for SpongeBob that was similar to a voice Kenny did for a female alligator in "Rocko." Kenny had to watch a tape of the alligator episode to learn do the voice again.
In "No Nose Knows," Patrick has plastic surgery so he can have a nose. For a while, Patrick rejoices in the scents around him but soon realizes most things smell bad. The other characters use a giant ball of garbage to make Patrick's new nose shrink and fall off.
The episode "Gone" opens with SpongeBob finding himself the only person in Bikini Bottom. He impersonates every other inhabitant, including Mrs Puff, and allows himself to pass the boat test. Despite this, he eventually becomes frightened of boats. When everyone else returns, they reveal they were celebrating "No SpongeBob Day," a holiday he suggested.
Patrick has had a varied work career, but he always returns to the Krusty Krab. As of the show's ninth season, Patrick had worked at the diner eight different times. Patrick has also worked for their arch rivals, The Chum Bucket, in the episodes "The Fry Cook Games," "Chum Bucket Supreme," where he was responsible for inventing the Chum Bucket's new slogan and "Bucket Sweet Bucket."
The musical movie "The Sponge Who Could Fly" was intended to conclude the series. When the movie proved successful, the series was renewed. "The Sponge Who Could Fly" was also turned into a live musical in 2009. The episode was chosen for adaptation as it already had several songs.
Fictional Bikini Bottom is situated under Bikini Atoll, a real location in the Micronesian Islands. Bikini Atoll was the location of Operation: Crossroads, a series of nuclear weapon tests that took place in 1946. Some fans like to say the test that detonated a nuclear bomb 90 feet underwater on July 25, 1946, is the reason why the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom are "alive."
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Use Halloween items like a plastic cauldron and fill with treats.
Halloween gift baskets are an inexpensive way to give a lot of gifts at once without spending a lot of money. A gift basket need not be a basket at all. Consider using a trick-or-treat pail, plastic pumpkin or other Halloween themed vessel for the gift basket. The best Halloween gift baskets have a central theme that relates to the season and contains a variety of items, from candy and treats to inexpensive gift items.
A basic Halloween gift basket should contain sweet treats. Candy is the most popular way to go, but other treat items like popcorn balls, cupcakes and caramel apples are also festive choices. If too much sugar is a concern, make it a fruit basket with blood oranges and other dark colored fruits.
To create a Halloween book basket choose classic horror literature like "Dracula" or "The Shining," or pick something that's not going to induce nightmares like the Harry Potter books. Books on paranormal investigations, real ghost encounters and other spooky facts can be even scarier than fiction. Add Halloween stationery items like paper, pencils, erasers and pens.
Halloween gift baskets can also be practical, such as a basket of Halloween decorations. Pick up fake spiderwebs, yard signs, door hangers and other outdoor decorations for cheap at your local dollar store. Indoor decorations like wall hangings, candle holders and candy dishes help the recipient get ready for Halloween.
Sending a bouquet of cookies is a sweet alternative to flowers. At Halloween time cookie baskets can be ordered in festive shapes like ghosts, bats and pumpkins. Create your own cookie basket at home by baking and decorating homemade sugar cookies in Halloween shapes. If you don't have the time to decorate cookies try pumpkin spice cookies or chocolate chip cookies with green and black candies.
A game gift basket contains fun Halloween activities like puzzles, brain teasers and board games. Pick up a spooky Halloween murder mystery game or a Halloween themed version of a popular board game like "The Nightmare Before Christmas" Monopoly. Fortune telling games like a Oujia Board are a spine-chilling addition.
Pick your favorite Halloween monster and base a gift basket around it. A vampire gift basket might contain items like plastic vampire fangs, fake blood or a rubber bat. Fill a plastic cauldron with witch items like gummy worms, a light-up toy wand and a stuffed black cat. For a werewolf basket make cookies in the shapes of dog treats, buy Moon Pies and add a stuffed wolf toy.
A toy gift basket will thrill a young child and those who are still a child at heart. Halloween versions of popular toys like Barbie and Mr. Potato Head can be purchased during the season. No child can resist the appeal of fake slime. Stuffed toys in Halloween themes are appropriate for any age child as they are not likely to be scary.
Put plastic spiders in the basket for a gross treat.
A gross-out basket can give the recipient a case of Halloween heebie-jeebies. Bugs and spiders are a popular choice, whether they are plastic rings, rubber toys or gummy candies. Really gross items like fake vomit or rubber severed limbs are best for those with a dark sense of humor and won't take offense.
Halloween is a time for costumes, so create a basket with costume items like fake teeth and costume makeup. Hats, headbands and antennae can be worn as costumes or just to get into the Halloween spirit. Add a mask to your costume gift basket like a glittery masquerade mask or a rubber monster mask.
An entertainment basket gives the recipient something fun to do or watch on Halloween. Add classic horror DVDs or family friendly Halloween fare like "Hocus Pocus" and "Halloweentown." A basket with movie theater treats and tickets for a local movie theater lets the recipient have a fun night out for Halloween.
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M.C. Escher was strongly influenced by architecture.
Maurits Cornelis Escher, better known as M.C. Escher, was one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. His work, including "Ascending and Descending," "Waterfall," "Drawing Hands," "Reptiles" and "Relativity," is renowned worldwide. Although Escher's most enduring work was as a printmaker, he also dabbled in drafting, book illustrating and tapestry designing.
Escher was born in Leeuwarden, Holland, on June 17, 1898, to George Arnold Escher and Sarah Gleichman Escher.
M.C. Escher suffered from a variety of illnesses as a child. The illnesses were bad enough that he had to be moved to the seaside town of Zandvoort as child in order to improve his health.
In 1919, Escher enrolled in the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem with the intent of becoming an architect. Although his focus would soon shift to art, Escher remained fascinated with architecture throughout his life.
Escher met Jetta Umiker during his travels around Italy in 1923. In 1924, the two were married and moved to Rome to raise a family.
George Escher was the first son of M.C. and Jetta. He was born in late July of 1926. M.C. Escher's fame was such at this time that King Emmanuel and Mussolini attended George's christening.
Although Escher's work with strange geometry and mathematical impossibilities are his most famous works, he also made several realistic art pieces early in his career. Much of this work was inspired by his time living and traveling through Italy. Even in these early pieces, Escher's interest in perspective is evident.
Escher used the term mental imagery to describe the seemingly impossible art that he began making in the mid 1930s. This change in artistic direction coincides with Escher moving his family out of Italy in 1935.
On April 27, 1955, Escher was knighted in the name of Queen Juliana of the Dutch royal house.
Throughout the 1950s and the 1960s, Escher gave many lectures at renowned universities worldwide. Some of these essays have found their way into print form over the years in books such as "Escher on Escher."
Escher died at the age of 73 on March 27, 1972. He died of cancer.
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