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Bikini Bottom, which has historically gone by the names of "Bikini Gulch" (before and after Dead Eye Gulch), "Dead Eye Gulch" and "Bikini Bottomshire", is the main setting in the SpongeBob SquarePants series.
As shown in the episode "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?", the city has a proper population of about 538, though many episodes tend to portray it to be much larger.
It consists of various businesses, including restaurants, stores, and manufacturers. The city has a stable economy, a balanced education system, questionable healthcare (as seen in "The Lost Mattress") and labor laws, a structured government, and a firm law enforcement system. There are even stadiums, amusement parks, and other recreational facilities (such as Glove World!).
Bikini Bottom is also home to almost all of the characters on the show.
Bikini Bottom is located in the Pacific Ocean at the bottom of the sea, below its signature island, Bikini Atoll, a part of the Marshall Islands, found by Kevin Atalay and Lochem Pouw, according to Stephen Hillenburg. There are many instances of evidence of this in the show: After being scared off by "ghosts," Sandy Cheeks evacuates to Texas. She was seen flying east over the Pacific Ocean. In the Employee of the Month computer game, a fish mentions that Bikini Bottom is located in the Pacific Ocean. In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, when SpongeBob sings the song "Goofy Goober Rock," the camera rose out of the water into outer space. When it did, it came out of the Pacific Ocean. In the TV commercial "Plankton's Holiday Hits," Bikini Bottom is revealed to be part of the United States Of America, and its residents Americans. In "SpongeBob's Last Stand," Bikini Bottom is on the Outskirts of Nowhere. It's also located west of California.
Bikini Bottom's geography consists of mountains, dense forests, lakes, lagoons, caves, grasslands, reefs, and rivers. In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, volcanoes, trenches, and deserts are shown in the surrounding region. Major geographic features have colorful names such as:
In every episode in which the skyline of Bikini Bottom is shown, features such as buildings, houses, and an anchor can be seen. In earlier episodes of the series, a red flower arch can be seen, which no longer appears in the skyline. In some episodes, a lighthouse appears in the skyline, most likely Mrs. Puff's Boating School. Other episodes feature the Krusty Krab's Marquee. A large clam-shaped structure, most likely a propeller from a ship, is seen in some episodes.
In the center of Bikini Bottom, the citizens work and live in large, gray buildings made of metal. There are some other forms of buildings, mostly aquatic-themed as seen above. Farther out from the town citizens need to use whatever is available and easy to live in, such as Patrick's rock, SpongeBob's hollowed-out pineapple, and the stone monument Squidward lives in.
Bikini Bottom seems to mostly be made up of scrap metal and whatever stuff falls down from the surface, and nobody knew how it got there. This seems to allude to the fact that undersea life is mostly scrap living wherein a stable sea-wide society has not yet, or may never be formed. The structures of the buildings in the main part of town have a relatively wavy structure, probably due to undersea currents. These buildings may be apartments. The homes that are made of different items from the surface may be a more residential or suburban area, possibly close to Goo Lagoon and Jellyfish Fields. In the episode "Bubblestand" (in the aerial view when Squidward is floating away) behind the neighborhood, but it's unknown what it is. It could possibly be another neighborhood because a road goes through a medium-sized arch. Three buildings are there: two regular (with roads connecting to each of their doors) another building is seen over there: a large building that's shaped like a low (in height) cylinder with something atop and what appears to be a window. Another building a few hundred feet to the east is seen. It appears to be a pavilion of some sort with three sections and a small road (thinner than the usual road) leading to it. These buildings don't appear again in the series.
Although the population of Bikini Bottom is uncertain, Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the show, confirmed that Bikini Bottom is a large city. Before almost leaving the city, Sandy Cheeks sang a song about the city, describing it as "crowded and smoggy," which are the characteristics of Los Angeles, although the physical look and feel of Bikini Bottom suggest that it is in fact a much smaller city. A one-time Pretty Pattiesjoint created by SpongeBob attracted 46,853 customers. Almost everyone from the city is there, which may suggest a population of around 50,000 Bikini Bottomites. In the episode "Squilliam Returns," Squidward mentions Bikini Bottom is a "hick town," meaning it is probably quite small like most hick towns. In "Krusty Towers," Squidward mentions Bikini Bottom is "in the middle of scenic nowhere," which could mean it is very small, which is the criterion of isolated cities. However, for both of the latter examples, one must take into account Squidward's negative personality, which could indicate that there is nothing in Bikini Bottom for him. In "Nautical Novice," Mrs. Puff says: "We're going to flatten millions of innocent lives!” which could mean that there are around 2 million people in Bikini Bottom, but in the episode "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?," there is a sign that says: "Welcome to Bikini Bottom- Population: 538." However, this could indicate the downtown segment, which could indicate that Downtown is largely commercial. Whether SpongeBob knew about this is uncertain.
Taking all of this information and mixing it in and also accounting for Squidward's negative personality there are probably 500,000 sea creatures in Bikini Bottom.
Certain foods are parodied and given an aquatic theme, but others can be based on the real world. Like the real world, food ranges in many types such as potato chips, fast food, meat (beef jerky, burgers), and fancy foods. Kelpo, a cereal, is one of several popular brands in Bikini Bottom. It is shown that many products are advertised throughout the series. Krabby Patties, which are a popular food to ordinary people, rich people, and food critics alike, holds a positive reputation as an edible food. The Krabby Patty passes on its taste to other Krusty Krab burgers, which adds on success as more creative products are made. Another fast food restaurant, the Chum Bucket, sells inedible food such as Chum Sticks, Chum Burgers, and other chum products. The cuisine in Bikini Bottom is centered on fast food, but many others prefer fancy foods from Fancy!. Some unmentioned foods are listed:
Krabby Newburg (Aged, imported kelp, stuffed with herbs, wrapped in parchment with shallot tapenade, slow-roasted for six hours in a wood-fired, clay-filled oven or kiva and served with a garnish of wilted coral on a mahogany plank)
Bikini Bottom is shown to be quite a clean city. Littering is highly prohibited (SpongeBob's cousin got arrested, Mrs. Puff was arrested for littering, Patrick was arrested for littering (although SpongeBob later took blame), and Squidward got a ticket for littering, and the areas around Bikini Bottom are pristine. The only problem is that with high population and the amount of automobiles Bikini Bottom can become very smoggy, as mentioned by Sandy in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Global warming has also affected Bikini Bottom, as seen in the educational short, "The Endless Summer." In the Industrial Park, there are many toxic chemicals and pollution.
Bikini Bottom has a certain range of wildlife such as grass, seaweed, and coral making up most of the flora, and some animals including jellyfish, worms, snails, clams/scallops, and urchins making up the fauna.
In Bikini Bottom, animals are similar to those "animals" in the real world. Some are treated as pets, while others live in the wild. A majority of "animals" live in the wild. First, jellyfish are similar to bees and butterflies (since one catches them in nets). There are many different types of jellyfish that live in Bikini Bottom. Pink are the most common, but they also come in green, blue, orange, yellow, and purple. In the episode "The Secret Box," SpongeBob states that Patrick may have the world's only albino jellyfish. Jellyfish reside mainly in Jellyfish Fields, which has a population of four million Jellyfish. They make and live in hives, another similarity to real-world bees. In earlier episodes, jellyfish were plain pink, and later on more jellyfish began to appear with spots, but plain pink ones still exist. There is an annual Jellyfish migration that bring exotic species to Bikini Bottom. Jellyfish are similar to cows in that they can be "milked" for their fresh jellyfish jelly. The jelly, which can be taken from the hive or from the actual jellyfish, is probably the Bikini Bottom version of honey (considering jellyfish are bees).
Second, scallops are similar to birds. They are usually found in groups at Goo Lagoon, particularly acting as seagulls. Scallops are usually orange or purple. There is also a colossal clam named Clamu in Oyster Stadium. It's currently a mother of one. Also, the medium-sized variants of clams are shown to be similar to wolves (like in the episodes "Texas," when they were seen howling, and "The Thing," when Squidward was attacked by a clam in the truck) and the larger variants are likely to be similar to non-sentient whales (like Clamu).
Third, sea slugs were seen in the video game SuperSponge. They are known to dislike everyone.
Fourth, seahorses, which are similar to horses, can be ridden and are very interested in food. SpongeBob kept a Seahorse in the episode "My Pretty Seahorse" and named it "Mystery."
Fifth, the Alaskan Bull Worm is a large, omnivorous worm that attacked various parts of Bikini Bottom in its sleep in, "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm." It eventually went on to destroy the entire city. Sixth, sea urchins, which are small "bug-like" creatures whose bites cause severe itchiness (a possible similarity to fire ants or mosquitoes). Seventh, Nematodes, which are worm-like creatures that travel in groups and consume common objects by eating or drinking them (a possible similarity to termites). They once destroyed SpongeBob's house by sucking the pineapple juice out of it and one time they almost destroyed the Krusty Krab.
Other "animals" are treated as pets. Two well-known "pets" are snails and worms. Snails are similar to cats (because they "meow") and are common as pets, but they are also known to lurk in alleys and forests. A well-known character Gary the snail is one of them. Worms are similar to dogs (because they bark) and these are also common as pets. At one point SpongeBob also owned a worm named Rex, An angry snail named Larry, and a jellyfish.
The Basic Prehistoric Era is the oldest era known in SpongeBob SquarePants. It appeared in the episode "SB-129," when Squidward accidentally used the time machine to go back home from the 40th Century.
In this episode, we see the lives of SpongeGar, Patar and Squog when the year was 10,000 B.C. (Before Comedy). In this time, things were much more advanced, with a language system and basic housing. There were still only three known housings; SpongeGar's, Patar's, and Squog's. There were many jungles but also foghorn-like creatures, and Prehistoric Krabs, (Mr. Krabs a la caveman). This era can also be seen in the PC version of Lights, Camera, Pants! and "Atlantis SquarePantis." Some of the things they discovered were the club, fire and pets.
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King Krabs' Castle: A massive castle that King Krabs and Princess Pearl lived in. There was a prophecy on the wall, a guillotine and a dungeon in which Squidly lived for a short time. This might be the medieval Krusty Krab.
Planktonamor's tower: Planktonamor's tower was gargantuan and the only things that lived there were Planktonamor, Glass Ball Karen and the fearsome Dragon Jellyfish. It contained a huge spiral staircase. This is possibly the medieval Chum Bucket.
The Village: The main area of Bikini Bottom in medieval times. There was a hospital, a hotel, Ye Old Bowling Alley, an old-folks home and a massive area of farmland.
Armor Shop: A store that sold armor and weapons and even made them. There was only one known employee, the owner.
In Western times, Bikini Bottom was called Dead Eye Gulch (or Bikini Gulch) in which Dead Eye Plankton rules the entire town and almost everything there is owned by Dead Eye Plankton. Every business here except for The Krusty Kantina was named after Dead Eye Plankton, seen in the episode, "Pest of the West." The stores and houses in Dead Eye Gulch are made up of wood. Cacti are seen in most parts. Skulls of dead animals can be seen. Seahorses and coffins are used for transportation.
The Krusty Kantina: A place owned by William Krabs. The Krusty Kantina was going bankrupt, for Dead Eye Plankton kept all the money The Krusty Kantina earned. The Krusty Kantina had a stage that Western Pufferfish used to dance. The Krusty Kantina also owned a piano that worked by putting a coin into the coin slot. The only one who played the piano was Hopalong Tentacles. The Krusty Kantina was in search of a fry cook.
Dead Eye Funeral Parlor and Ice Cream Parlor: A place where you get handmade coffins and ice cream at the same time.
Old Dead Tree Hill: a cemetery for all of the past sheriffs who had been killed by Dead Eye Plankton, but unfortunately this cemetery was already full.
Boot Hill: Was the second cemetery built for the past sheriffs that had been killed by Dead Eye Plankton.
Pre-Bikini Bottom/Early Days
At some point between the western times and Modern Day, Bikini Bottom was controlled by another city called "Bikini Top." On July 4th of an unknown year they declared independence, finally becoming "Bikini Bottom."
The city was small with only 38 citizens. One day, a creature named Man Ray came to terrorize the city. However, two young superheroes named "Mermaid Man" and "Barnacle Boy" came to stop him. They used a canister of Tartar Sauce, trapping him possibly until SpongeBob and Patrick unfroze him in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III." The two heroes were most likely beloved from that day forth, even getting their own TV show, when it was invented.
In the 40th century, everything will be painted in chrome, and the only residents known are SpongeTron, his 486 clones, PatTron and the Chrome Spray Painter. The only place seen in the 40th century was the futuristic Krusty Krab and a little bit outside. Squidward traveled here by running into a freezer to hide, and then getting stuck and freezing himself solid until SpongeTron found him 2,000 years later.
The Krusty Krab is Bikini Bottom's premier eatery. In most episodes it is the most popular restaurant. The Krusty Krab comprises the kitchen, bathroom, dining area, and Mr. Krabs' office. The employees are SpongeBob and Squidward. Former employees including Jim, Stanley SquarePants and Patrick. Karen has worked once there, but soon left, getting fired in "Karen 2.0."
This is a restaurant run by Plankton. He only got one customer, but he was paid by Karen, (Plankton's wife), to do it to cheer him up. In one episode, Plankton says, "I only got one customer. There he is." He then points to a dead rat on one of the tables, next to a partly bitten Chum Burger.
The Shell Shack is a popular restaurant at an unknown location. It was mentioned only once in the series in the episode "Patty Hype," when Tom and Fred met in the street and said: "There's a talking dog over at the Shell Shack!" Later he mentioned that the talking dog was singing.
Bikini Bottom's government, although uncertain, is set up just as it would be in the real world. There were many rulers and royalty though, so it would be a monarchy, such as King Krabs, Princess Pearl, King Neptune, Princess Mindy, and even Plankton.
The Flag of Bikini Bottom, as seen in front of the courthouse, is a clamshell with an anchor on a white field.
In the episode, "Good Neighbors," Bikini Bottom is mentioned to have a president, so it would be a republic, and a mayor is seen in several episodes. But in the episode, "Rule of Dumb," Patrick Star became King Patrick and was a king for a short time. It was revealed later that the true king was Gary the Snail. It was then a monarchy again.
Bikini Bottom could also be part of a larger entity, perhaps in a nation or province (or both) bearing the same name, so there could essentially be a president, king, and mayor of Bikini Bottom.
In comparison to American cities, Bikini Bottom appears to lean more liberal. Salon.com has described the show as "Marxist."
These are some of the laws in Bikini Bottom, which are similar to that of the United States' laws. No stealing, murder, parking in a No Parking zone, parking next to a fire hydrant, littering, driving blindfolded, public nudity, running through red lights whether driving or actually running, no having parties without policemen, and others. As seen in "Little Yellow Book," there is even a law for reading another person's diary and the punishment is being trapped in place and the other citizens hurl tomatoes at the offender. Squidward is the only known person to commit this "crime."
Bikini Bottom has a courthouse, in which trials take place like any American city court, except there was no prosecutor. The only known two trials shown were in the episodes, "Krabs vs. Plankton" and "The Krusty Sponge." Plankton sued Mr. Krabs for falling on the Krusty Krab floor when there was no wet floor sign. Plankton sued for everything of what Mr. Krabs had. Judge Stickleback headed the trial, and due to a fall, defendant Eugene Krabs' lawyer was unable to defend.
SpongeBob, (posing as SpongeBob LawyerPants) became Mr. Krabs' new lawyer. The trial resulted in a victory for the defendant. in the episode "The Krusty Sponge," Mr. Krabs was arrested for poisoning his customers with the Spongy Patties. The jury reached a 'guilty' verdict, but after seeing the judge with a SpongeBob gavel, Mr. Krabs asked for permission to approach the bench. The scene cuts to the judge in the Krusty Sponge train with Squidward driving. Mr. Krabs tells Judge Horace A. Whopper that he can go around as many times as he wants.
The Bikini Bottom Jail has its fair share of criminals such as Plankton and the Tattletale Strangler. Mr. Krabs has been known to steal, or "borrow" as he calls it. Mrs. Puff or Squidward are always blamed for the crimes actually committed by SpongeBob or Patrick and are either arrested or fined to do community service. At one point, a bomb exploded inside the Krusty Krab, and as a result, a hole was made in the rear of the building. The bomb itself, which had the total energy of a nuclear bomb had been made in a factory. Or so the pirates who sold it to Squidward said. There is also the punishment of execution by King Neptune, such as for stealing his crown. Bikini Bottom has two prisons: The Institution for the Criminally Tiny and Bikini Bottom Jail for everyone else. The underwater city has its own courthouse, headed by a female fish judge. In future episodes, the judge is a male. The Bikini Bottom Police Department is a reasonably fair organization, despite arresting citizens for no real reason whatsoever, and has been known to imprison SpongeBob and Patrick for their crime of stealing balloons and then releasing them to tell the two that it was National Free Balloon Day. In the game SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab, the army makes an appearance. It seems the army is made out of helicopters with giant nets (used to capture Plankton), tanks that shoot blue flames, special laser machines, electric fields and bomb-throwing tanks.
Mrs. Puff's Boating School - the Boating School, run by Mrs. Puff. The superintendent is Mr. Fitz, and the place was, at one time run by Sergeant Roderick.
Poseidon Elementary School - the place where Plankton and Mr. Krabs went to school.
Bikini Bottom Community College - the place where Flats the Flounder and Patrick went for a college education.
The Rec Center/Adult Learning Center - an area where there are cooking and art Lessons. Squidward has taught there.
Bikini Bottom High School - the place where Pearl Krabs and her friends go to school. There is a Gym where dances are held.
Bikini Bottom Elementary - the younger kid's school.
Bikini Bottom Prestigious Music College - Music classes are instructed here. Squidward also taught art here.
Bikini Bottom University - the place Sandy and Karen helped re-teach the people of Bikini Bottom after they all got rained on by the Salsa Imbecilicus.
Bikini Bottom has a wide array of different transportation systems. As in the real world, roads and highways serve Bikini Bottom's buses, taxis, and boats (boats are the underwater equivalent of cars). An airport is seen in Bikini Bottom, as well as a lighthouse near the edge of Goo Lagoon; helping avoid late night accidents. Driving is on the left side of the road, with the steering wheel on the right hand side of the car.
Bikini Bottom's main road is Conch Street. Conch Street runs from SpongeBob's, Patrick's, and Squidward's houses, past the Krusty Krab and the Chum Bucket, and stretches as far as downtown Bikini Bottom. It intersects with Coral Avenue, which is located in downtown Bikini Bottom. A series of highways run just on the outskirts of the city, and in the middle of downtown; a thruway is present. A road leads from Atlantis to Bikini Bottom, as seen in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Another road leads from Bikini Bottom to Rock Bottom, which goes past Glove World!. An interesting feature of this road is that for a distance it runs straight down a cliff. The only ways up from the bottom are by bus or with a balloon.
The name of the city bus service is Snailways. This bus service stops almost everywhere in Bikini Bottom and beyond (much like a Greyhound Bus). Like any city, Bikini Bottom has a huge traffic issue, with roads and highways clogged up even in the afternoon. It is very common for somebody coming back from work to be stuck in traffic. The bus drivers do not drive always great because they always stop when you do not want them to.
The well-being of an average Bikini Bottomite is unknown, but Bikini Bottom has a few hospitals and health centers, in which doctors make house calls.
Bikini Bottom Hospital: This hospital is seen in quite a few episodes. Dr. Gill Gilliam is the most well-known doctor that works here. This hospital is known to vary from very good service ("Suds") to extremely unprofessional service ("The Lost Mattress"). It has also been known to have had actors dressed like doctors who infiltrate it for prolonged periods of time.
Pet Hospital: In the episode, "Band Geeks," Dr. Gill Gilliam goes to Squidward's house and asks him if there was a dying animal on the premises of his house. In the episode "I Was a Teenage Gary" a Purple Doctorfish appears in a snail-shaped ambulance to give Gary snail plasma. Also, in the episode where Gary apparently had Mad Snail Disease, Dr. Gill Gilliam shows his badge showing that he was a snail expert and a snail disease expert, implying that he was a vet.
Vet: This is where people take their sick pets to.
The Arts give Bikini Bottom a better outlook on knowledge and creativity. Bikini Bottom houses three museums: The Fry Cook Museum, the Hook Museum and the boating museum, seen in "Nautical Novice." Bikini Bottom also has a music hall, a convention hall, and an art society. Squidward Tentacles contributes highly to many of the arts and music Bikini Bottom has to offer.
Bikini Bottom's climate is typically sunny and mild. The city does at times receive rain, thunderstorms, and measurable snowfall in the winter. On a few occasions the day is very hot or very cold. In the episode "Snowball Effect," It is revealed that Bikini Bottom supports tropical undersea life, and that snowfall takes place only when an iceberg is located above the city. In "Mutiny on the Krusty," it is also shown Bikini Bottom can also receive rip currents.
Bikini Bottom has been destroyed at least eleven times. SpongeBob has started two disasters: the pie bomb and crossing the beams.
"Wormy": Wormy Incident - The citizens suffer from mass hysteria and wreck the town when SpongeBob and Patrick warn them of a "monster."
"Hall Monitor": Car Wrecks/Break-ins - SpongeBob causes chaos in the city when he overuses his power as the hall monitor at Mrs. Puff's Boating School.
"Something Smells": Toxic Breath - When SpongeBob runs out of ingredients, he decides to make his own concoction, the peanut onion sundae. After eating it, he goes downtown and disarray results from his eye-melting breath. Later, at the movies, Patrick tries some of SpongeBob's creation, and together they manage to melt the entire cinema.
"Once Bitten": Mad Snail Disease Outbreak - An outbreak of the disease turns residents into "zombies," crippling the economy and yet again the other citizens suffer from mass hysteria and wreck the town out of panic.
"Good Neighbors": Squidward's House Attack - Squidward's house turns into a giant robot when the security computer had gone haywire by SpongeBob and Patrick's apology cake, and the robot destroys Bikini Bottom.
"Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm": Alaskan Bull Worm Incident - An Alaskan bull worm enters the city and consumes everything in sight, so the citizens dig up Bikini Bottom and move it into a city-sized trench in hopes of escaping the worm's appetite, but the worm falls into the trench when it tries to eat SpongeBob and Sandy and crushes the city, killing most of the citizens.
"Dying for Pie": Pie Bomb Incident - Squidward purchased a pie to make up for employee brotherhood day, despite some of the pirates who he bought it from telling him it was made in a bomb factory. When Mr. Krabs tries it, he drops it, and it almost kills the two. SpongeBob then finds it and Squidward and Mr. Krabs find SpongeBob acting like he ate it, and Krabs told Squidward that SpongeBob will be dead by sunset. Squidward makes sure that SpongeBob's last hours are his best, and he spends quality time with him. At sunset, an explosion occurs, but Squidward finds out it was really a bubble bomb created by SpongeBob, and SpongeBob tell him he was saving the pie so they could share it, but he trips on a rock and the pie drops on Squidward's face, and an explosion the size of a nuclear bomb occurs.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Plankton controls everyone in Bikini Bottom and calls it Planktopolis.
"Sing a Song of Patrick": Patrick's song Incident - Patrick wrote a song called I Wrote This, so SpongeBob and Patrick decided to get it on the radio. The people that work in the radio station rejected the song, so SpongeBob and Patrick decided to put the record on top of the tower, so that it played throughout Bikini Bottom. The citizens panicked and caused chaos.
"The Krusty Plate": Crossing The Beams Incident - When SpongeBob was forced to work overtime at the Krusty Krab cleaning dishes, he accidentally caused some form of molecular distortion around the town, while trying vigorously to clean a plate.
"Gift of Gum": Gummy Incident - Patrick ate Gummy and blew a giant bubble that engulfed the entire town.
"SpongeBob's Last Stand": Jellyfish attack because of the highway.
"The Clash of Triton": Triton incident - SpongeBob was tricked into letting Neptune's son, Triton, out of his cage, and the prince started wrecking Bikini Bottom with his god powers, and whenever he touched the buildings, they blew up. Triton also wrote his name in the middle of town with his powers that caused at least ten buildings to blow up.
"Krabby Patty Creature Feature": Secret Patty Incident - After hearing several customers asking what is new to the menu, Mr. Krabs teamed up Sandy to create a new and improved Krabby Patty. However, the new patty came with a terrible side-effect. Whoever eats the secret patty gets turned into a Krabby Patty Zombie Monster. Soon, almost everyone in Bikini Bottom who ate the new patty (except SpongeBob) created chaos and nearly destroyed part of the city.
"The String": Loose String Incident - Bikini Bottom was presumably destroyed when SpongeBob unraveled all of Bikini Bottom and the Milky Way with the string.
Bikini Bottom has many forms of media. Newspapers, magazines, radio, and television contribute to Bikini Bottom's widespread of news and entertainment.
The largest newspaper in the city is a quality daily, The Bikini Times. It is a broadsheet that features the regular news, sports, lifestyle features, arts, entertainment, travel, business, classifieds, as well as daily comics. The newspaper's largest edition, Bikini Sunday Times, comes out on Sunday, a thick edition packed with multiple sections, advertising inserts, a Sunday Times Magazine, and an expanded comics section. At times, the Sunday edition exceeds 300 pages, with an average of about 250 pages on Sunday, and an average of about 30-80 pages daily. One of the comics is called The Wisenheimers. It is the most-respected and read newspaper in the city. The newspaper is the most expensive in Bikini Bottom, $2.00 for a daily edition and $5.00 for a Sunday edition.
The second largest newspaper in the city is a daily tabloid, The Examiner. Like its counterpart, The Times, it features news, sports, and lifestyle features. Despite its tabloid format, it is still a well-respected newspaper in the city. The largest edition comes out on Sunday. Its prices are considerably cheaper than The Times, costing 75 cents for a daily edition and $1.75 for a Sunday edition.
The city has one main weekly newspaper, Bikini Weekly. This newspaper is free and widely distributed throughout Bikini Bottom. It is printed each Thursday, and usually contains 70-100 pages per edition, in its tabloid format.
There are two science magazines called the "Bikini Bottom Inquirer" (a parody of The National Inquirer) and "Fake Science Monthly" seen in the episode: "The Camping Episode." There is another magazine that is called, "Long, Tan and Handsome." There are two dance magazines: "Dance Now," and "Interpretive Dance Quarterly." Other magazines include "Squid Ink," "Boring Science Digest," and "Fancy Living Digest."
There is Bikini Bottom News (television newscast anchored by Perch Perkins, who at times is also a field reporter, and the Realistic Fish Head along with Bob and Barbara and food critic Gene Scallop) and many different TV channels such as Sport, Lifestyle, and a "Secret Channel."
Some of the Radio stations in Bikini Bottom are WH20-FM (as of 2006, Hot Adult Contemporary/Adult Top 40), KRUM (Rhythmic-leaning Top 40/Dance), who aired the hit "Electric Zoo," and KOLD (as of 2001, it was Oldies/MOR in the Morning). Another Radio station, heard in "A Day Without Tears" is known to play Classic hits, such as Songs from Eely Dan (A parody of Steely Dan). Also, there is KRUD with "You Won’t Get Away with Stealing My Car" hits.
Since KOLD was first "seen" in 2001, it could be that, much like other oldies stations that existed back then, KOLD evolved or shifted from softer Oldies to more rock-based Classic Hits by 2010, and could have restricted or outright rotated out the MOR songs to the point where it could have been the classic hits station in "A Day Without Tears."
House Fancy is a show that Squidward was always hoping to appear on. He eventually did. The host is a fish with groomed blond hair named Nicholas Withers. Squidward also appeared on the Bikini Bottom Public Access television program with his show, Squidward Chat, after his favorite show was replaced by Guitar Lord.
The Sports in Bikini Bottom are fairly different from a normal American range of sports. Here is the range.
The Fry Cook Games is a spoof of the Olympic Summer and Winter Games, but with fast food. The Fry Cook Games are held at Bikini Bottom's Fast Food Coliseum. The first annual competition was held in 1981. Eugene H. Krabs and Sheldon J. Plankton went head-to-head against each other until the 21st Fry Cook Games in 2001. There, SpongeBob SquarePants represented the Krusty Krab, and Patrick Star represented The Chum Bucket. In the 21st Fry Cook Games, there were at least 8 events. The tiebreaker was bun wrestling, which no one won.
The Great Snail Race is an annual race between snails at Oyster Stadium, which is located in the Bikini Bottom Zoo. At the pre-game ceremony, of the 102nd Running of the Snail, Lightning Larry Luciano (The winner of the first race) lights the Torch of Good Sportsmanship (although very slowly). After the torch is lit, the games begin. The first snail to make it across the finish line, wins. The result of the 102nd race ended with Rocky (won by default, owned by Patrick Star, actually a Pet Rock) in first place, Snellie (owned by Squidward Tentacles) in second place, and Gary (disqualified, owned by SpongeBob SquarePants) in last place, disqualified due to the coach running onto the race track.
The Anchor Toss Competition and Weightlifting is a contest of strong ocean dwellers tossing a large anchor on a 510+ yard field. A referee goes and measures the distance between the person tossing and the anchor, but is constantly hit by it. SpongeBob was part of the contest, along with Sandy Cheeks, Don the Whale, and Larry the Lobster. Weight lifting is very popular at Goo Lagoon. There are even weight lifting competitions at Goo Lagoon. SpongeBob even has a small fitness center at his house. However, instead of weights, SpongeBob uses stuffed animals as weights. SpongeBob has used a stick with two marshmallows attached to it, which he could not lift.
Jellyfishing is a fictional sport that is similar to fishing. It involves hunting Jellyfish using a wooden net and a plastic jar. The sport was first introduced in the episode "Jellyfishing." In the episode, the characters SpongeBob and Patrick take their neighbor Squidward to Jellyfish Fields, where many episode plots involving jellyfishing would be set in.
Bubble Blowing is another hobby in Bikini Bottom. However, the only bubble blowers known are SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, although Squidward has blown bubbles before. SpongeBob once set up The Bubblestand in the episode "Bubblestand" and charged 25 cents for bubble blowing; 25 cents for lessons. There is a special technique to bubble blowing which SpongeBob invented. Some awkward shapes of bubbles include an elephant, butterflies, worms, among others. Two bubble-themed episodes are "Bubblestand" and "Bubble Buddy."
Other sports include those that are played by people in the real world, such as weight lifting, swimming, volleyball, karate, and hot dog-eating contests. Swimming is a very popular sport at Goo Lagoon. There are small circular pools elsewhere in the city. Volleyball is just like the real sport. In Bikini Bottom, volleyball is played at Goo Lagoon. Karate is a popular sport for SpongeBob and Sandy. Some Karate moves include the Double Overhand Squirrel Knot, the Squirrel, and the Tin Cans. Two karate-themed episodes are "Karate Choppers" and "Karate Island." A hot dog eating contest is briefly shown during the episode "SpongeGuard on Duty."
Bikini Bottom has its share of holidays. It has five main holidays, as in the real world like:
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Bikini Bottom is the hub world in the SpongeBob video game Battle for Bikini Bottom. It is connected to every level in the game, and is loosely based on the Bikini Bottom in the show, because it looks almost nothing like the one from the show. This Bikini Bottom has most of the staff from the show, but is missing quite a bit. The Diner, Bikini Bottom Zoo, Glove World!, Barg'N-Mart, and Mrs. Puff's Boating School are not present in the game. A few things in Downtown and other areas were not present. Reasons why they were not featured were most likely due to the lack of memory in gaming systems at the time. Downtown Bikini Bottom appears as its own level, separate from the Bikini Bottom hub world.
There is a glitch that allows the player to go outside of bounds. The glitch also allows you to skip all the levels and Bosses to the final level and final boss battle. This glitch can only be done once on a saved game. You would have to start a New Game to do the glitch again. A Video Tutorial on how to activate the glitch is below.