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SpongeBob SquarePants Turns 10

SpongeBob SquarePants Turns 10!

What is the deal with SpongeBob SquarePants? It's a show about a sponge that wears khaki shorts, lives in a pineapple, has a seastar best friend, works at a crab shack, and giggles like a giddy girl, and it has become one of pop culture's most beloved cartoons over the past decade. Nickelodeon took a chance on an outlandish concept and it has paid off big time.

As a 23-year-old single girl in New York, I was hooked on the toon. Holed up in my shoebox apartment, I found hilarity in the absurdity of SpongeBob SquarePants. Nearly 10 years later, I sit here typing for a mommy blog as my young daughter chuckles at Squidward's remarks. She rarely gets to watch the show, but when she hears the catchy jingle she goes bananas. Most kids adore the quirky characters that live in Bikini Bottom while their mothers have a love-hate relationship with the animated show. For the mamas that find the fascination mind boggling, remember what you forced your parents to watch — Snorks, the Jetsons, Jem, or the Smurfs! Talk about a cult following — those blue mushroom dwellers certainly had an odd vibe about them.

In honor of the porous fellow's celebration, Madame Tussauds has revealed the SpongeBob SquarePants wax figurine in Times Square. There may be extra incentive for mums to take their wee ones to the exhibit — David Beckham and the likes are lining up to have a look-see at the jellyfish-riding birthday boy.

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