SpongeBomb Square Pants and the Anniversary of Castle Bravo
While SpongeBob doesn’t quite depict the horrors of nuclear testing, its inspiration does.
SpongeBob’s home, Bikini Bottom, was named for Bikini Atoll where the U.S. conducted nuclear tests from 1946 to 1958. References to the destructive nuclear tests are littered throughout the show, ranging from a magazine “Toxic Waste Monthly” to an indiscreet island featured in the introduction to every episode. Even more blatant are all the explosions in the show, which mirror the infamous nuclear mushroom clouds. One episode even features a town called “Rock Bottom” that mimics the crater created on the ocean floor during one of the nuclear bomb tests.
SpongeBob got to this nuclear adjacent crater accidentally, and was then left stranded beca… Continue Reading (4 minute read)