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As shown in the episode "The Good Krabby Name," Bikini Bottom has an estimated population of about 500, though many episodes present the city with substantially larger or smaller populations. In "Nautical Novice," Mrs. Puff states that Bikini Bottom is home to "millions" of people. The city has historically gone by the names of "Bikini Bottomshire," "Bikini Gulch" and temporarily, "Dead Eye Gulch."
The city would be considered an absolute monarchy with a mayor and the royal family of King Neptune.
It consists of many various different businesses, including restaurants, stores, and manufacturers. The city has a stable economy, a balanced education system, questionable healthcare, 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 home to almost the entire central cast of SpongeBob SquarePants.
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. The following list includes major landmarks and businesses of the Bikini Bottom area.
In every episode in which the skyline of Bikini Bottom is shown, features such as buildings, houses, and a massive anchor (not to be confused with the Krabs residence) 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 is seen in some episodes.
In the center of Bikini Bottom, its citizens work and live in gray, cylindrical (though often somewhat crooked) buildings made of metal of various sizes. There are some other forms of buildings, mostly aquatic-themed as seen above. Further out in its suburbs, residents tend to live in dwellings of more spartan construction, such as Patrick's rock, SpongeBob's hollowed-out pineapple, and the stone monument Squidward lives in.
Bikini Bottom's architecture seems to be primarily made from flotsam and jetsam, with no clear explanation to date as to its origins. The infrastructural situation seems to allude to the fact that undersea life is mostly scrapped 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 tend to be somewhat crooked, possibly due to undersea currents. Many of these buildings may be apartments. The homes that are made of more varied debris from the surface seem to be more indicative of Bikini Bottom's suburbs, possibly close to Goo Lagoon and Jellyfish Fields. In the episode "Bubblestand" (in the aerial view when Squidward is floating away) behind the known neighborhood where SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward live, there are other buildings on the roadside, but their purpose is uncertain. It could be an extension of their neighborhood or another one altogether, because a road goes through a medium-sized arch. These buildings have not yet made any further appearances.
The stated population of Bikini Bottom varies wildly, often by several orders of magnitude between estimates. Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the series, confirmed that Bikini Bottom is a "large city." A population with 538 is once stated in "Whatever Happened To SpongeBob." Before almost leaving the city, Sandy Cheeks sang a song about the city, describing it as "crowded and smoggy," which are the characteristics of many cities, such as Los Angeles, although the physical look, economy, and traffic patterns 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 (though the colorful foodstuff's renown might have stretched beyond the city). In the episode "Squilliam Returns," Squidward mentions Bikini Bottom is a "hick town," suggesting it is a smaller town. In "Krusty Towers," Squidward mentions Bikini Bottom is "in the middle of scenic nowhere," also suggesting a smaller population. 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 suggest that there's around 2 million people or more in Bikini Bottom, possibly including its surrounding area.
Bikini Bottom has many houses. Most of the central cast have one, of varied shape and sizes.
Certain real-life foods are parodied and given an aquatic theme, but others are be based on the real-life aquatic foods. 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 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 comically distasteful food such as Chum Sticks, Chum Burgers, and other chum products. The cuisine in Bikini Bottom shown in the series is largely centered on fast food, but many others prefer fancy foods from Fancy!. Other foods include:
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 strictly prohibited. Squidward has been shown to get several tickets for littering, some other characters have been charged with littering as a felony. The areas around Bikini Bottom are pristine. The only significant problem shown is that with the high population and the number of automobiles, Bikini Bottom can become very smoggy, as mentioned by Sandy in "Chimps Ahoy." 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 fauna including jellyfish, worms, snails, clams, scallops, and urchins.
In Bikini Bottom, some animals are similar to those "animals" in the real world. Some are treated as pets, while others live in the wild, all lacking the sapience found in most of the central cast.
Jellyfish are similar to bees and butterflies (since they sting, while also being subject to a hobby whereby they are caught in nets). Many different types of jellyfish live in Bikini Bottom. Pink is 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 brings exotic species to Bikini Bottom. Jellyfish are also somewhat similar to certain real-world beast of burden in that the extraction of jelly from them resembles milking.
Scallops are similar to birds. They are usually found in groups at Goo Lagoon, seemingly acting as seagulls. Scallops are usually orange or purple. There is also a colossal clam named Clamu, who lives in Oyster Stadium with at least one known child. 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).
Sea slugs were seen in the video game SuperSponge. They are known to dislike everyone.
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." Further cementing the link between sea and land horses is Squidward telling SpongeBob to, "Stop seahorsing around," in "Bubble Buddy," and the appearance of seahorse-radish in "Nasty Patty."
The Alaskan Bull Worm is a large, omnivorous worm that attacked various parts of Bikini Bottom while its residents were sleeping in, "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm." It eventually went on to destroy the entire city. Only one known specimen has made an appearance to date.
Sea urchins are small bug-like creatures whose bites cause severe irritation (a possible similarity to fire ants or mosquitoes).
Nematodes are worm-like creatures that travel in groups and consume common objects, and even entire houses, 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 another 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. The most prominent snail character in the series is Gary the Snail. 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.
Basic Prehistoric Era
The Basic Prehistoric Era is the oldest era known in the SpongeBob series. It appeared in the episode "SB-129," when Squidward accidentally used the time machine to go back home from the 41st century thinking past would make him go back to where present SpongeBob used to be.
The only known inhabitants are SpongeBob (primitive), Patrick (primitive), jellyfish, an ammonite, some trilobites, and a tapeworm. The sponge and starfish had no language of any kind, did not know how to start a fire, and did not know anything of tool-making until taught how to make jellyfish nets by Squidward. In The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Squidasaurus Rex's line, "I thought my friends were primitive," may indicate that he was from this era.
Advanced Prehistoric Era
The Advanced Prehistoric Era was the second oldest era known after the Basic Prehistoric Era in the series. In that time things were more advanced than in Basic Prehistoric Era and was featured in "Ugh." Living in what would become Bikini Bottom were SpongeGar, Patar, Squog, Prehistoric Gary, the non-sapient Prehistoric Krabs, and other animals, such as jellyfish. At the beginning of the episode, SpongeGar, Patar, and Squog spoke a language, lived in (primitive) houses, owned and used weapons, and discovered fire during the course of the episode. SpongeGar already owned Prehistoric Gary, indicating that animal domestication had already taken place.
Bikini Bottom, then called Bikini Bottomshire, was presented in the middle ages in the episode, "Dunces and Dragons." The dialogue suggests that most of the episode takes place sometime before the twelfth century AD (assuming the town had adopted the Julian calendar). The totalitarian sorcerer Planktonamor reigned briefly, until SpongeBob and Patrick were sent by King Krabs to rescue his daughter Princess Pearl, slay the Dragon Jellyfish, and restore the Krabs monarchy.
King Krabs' Castle: A massive castle that King Krabs and Princess Pearl lived in. There were stained glass windows depicting a prophecy, a guillotine (anachronistically), and a dungeon in which Squidly was held for a short time. Its basic shape resembles the 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.
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 made and sold armor and weapons. There was only one known employee, the owner.
In Western times, Bikini Bottom was called Bikini Gulch, as seen in "Pest of the West." It was known as Dead Eye Gulch temporarily when Dead Eye Plankton ruled and practically owned the entire town. The Krusty Kantina was the only known business run by someone other than Dead-Eye Plankton during his reign of terror. The stores and houses in Dead Eye Gulch were made up of wood. Cacti and the skulls of dead animals could be seen in most parts. Seahorses and coffins were used for transportation.
The Krusty Kantina: A place owned by William Krabs. The Krusty Kantina was almost bankrupt because Dead Eye Plankton kept all the money the business earned. The Krusty Kantina had a stage that Western Pufferfish used to dance on. The Krusty Kantina also owned a piano that could be operated by placing a coin into the coin slot, or manually. The only person known to operate the piano in either capacity was Hopalong Tentacles. The Krusty Kantina was in search of a fry cook.
Dead Eye Funeral Parlor and Ice Cream Parlor: An establishment that bizarrely specialized in 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. This cemetery had already been filled when SpongeBuck SquarePants came to the town.
Boot Hill: The second cemetery built for other past sheriffs that had been killed by Dead Eye Plankton.
Early modern Bikini Bottom
Sometime in the twentieth century, the city was small with only 38 citizens. One day, an evil 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 until SpongeBob and Patrick unfroze him in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III." The two heroes were most beloved from that day forth, even starring in their own TV show, when the technology was invented.
In the 41st 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 its surroundings. Squidward traveled here by running into a freezer to hide in modern times, getting stuck, and freezing himself solid until SpongeTron found him.
The 51st century was seen in the episode "SpongeHenge." Then, the chrome will have been entirely removed, and there will be aliens in glass containers instead of fish. The Three Aliens also discovered the SpongeBob Stones.
The Krusty Krab is Bikini Bottom's premier eatery. Its most well-known and most served product is the Krabby Patty. In most episodes, it is the most popular restaurant.
This is a restaurant run by Plankton. He only got one customer Nat, but he was paid by Karen to do it to cheer him up and stop his constant complaining on not having any customers. 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. However, in some episodes, it becomes a short-lived success, such as Chum Fricassee and Chum Bucket Supreme.
The Shell Shack is a popular restaurant at an unknown location. It is mentioned only in the episode "Patty Hype," when Tom and Fred meet in the street and say: "There's a talking dog over at the Shell Shack!" He later mentions that the talking dog is singing.
An ice cream parlor most prominently featured in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and in smaller appearances in recent times. Children, their parents, as well as SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, are the main customers. It may be the home of Goofy Goober, the parlor's mascot.
Bikini Bottom's government is implied to be an absolute monarchy. There have been various monarchs present, such as King Krabs, Princess Pearl, King Neptune, Princess Mindy, and even Plankton, suggesting it is (or has been) a monarchy.
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. It is possible that this President functions as the head of government with King Neptune being Head of State.
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," citing the totalitarianism with minor laws that have gotten several of the characters arrested, including littering, breaking into one’s own house, reading another person’s diary, among other things.
Bikini Bottom is notorious for its strict laws. Bikini Bottom's laws prohibit theft, murder, parking in a No Parking zone, parking next to a fire hydrant, littering (though punished far more severely than almost any real-world nation), driving blindfolded, public nudity, and running through red lights whether driving or on foot. Abnormally, SpongeBob gets arrested for throwing a party without police officers invited in "Party Pooper Pants." As seen in "Little Yellow Book," there is even a law for reading another person's diary without permission, punished by being held in stocks while pelted by tomatoes, implied to be an old law that was never repealed. Squidward is the only known person to have committed this crime.
Bikini Bottom has a courthouse, in which trials take place like any Western court, except without a prosecutor. The only known two trials shown are in the episodes, "Krabs vs. Plankton" and "The Krusty Sponge." In the former episode, Plankton attempts to sue Mr. Krabs everything he owned because the failed restaurateur slipped on the Krusty Krab floor when there was no wet floor sign. Strangely, despite the trial being of a civil nature, Krabs' guilt is weighed by the jury, rather than damages. This implies a separation between criminal and civil law in Bikini Bottom is almost nonexistent. In the episode "The Krusty Sponge," Mr. Krabs gets arrested for poisoning his customers with the Spongy Patties. The jury (who were all victims of the poisoning) reach a 'guilty' verdict (even though it, like the previous trial was of a civil nature), but after seeing the judge with a SpongeBob gavel, Mr. Krabs bribes him to avoid punishment.
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 often blamed for crimes actually committed by SpongeBob and/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 might have been as powerful as a nuclear bomb had been made in a factory, according to the pirates who sold it to Squidward, who were likely transporting pie-shaped bombs as contraband. 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. 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's equipment includes 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 reeducate 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, the latter of which function like cars. An airport is seen in Bikini Bottom, as well as a lighthouse near the edge of Goo Lagoon; helping avoid accidents at night or in unclear weather. 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 King Neptune's castle to Bikini Bottom, as seen in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Another road leads from Bikini Bottom to Rock Bottom, which also 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. 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 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.
Vet: This is where people take their sick pets to, possibly the same place as the Pet Hospital.
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 center, and an art society. Squidward Tentacles contributes to many of the arts and music Bikini Bottom has to offer. However, Bottomites universally hate Squidward's artistic contributions to the community, to the point of his art getting destroyed in some episodes out of how horrible people find it to be, such as when Fiasco melts one of Squidward's statues.
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," snowfall takes place when an iceberg is located above the city. In "Mutiny on the Krusty," it is also shown Bikini Bottom can also receive rip currents.
"Wormy": The citizens suffer from mass hysteria and wreck the town when SpongeBob and Patrick warn them of a "monster."
"Hall Monitor": SpongeBob causes chaos in the city when he overuses his power as the hall monitor at Mrs. Puff's Boating School.
"Something Smells": When SpongeBob runs out of ingredients, he decides to make his own concoction, the peanut onion sundae. After eating it, he goes downtown and causes some disarraying results that affect the Bikini Bottomites. Later, at the movies, Patrick tries some of SpongeBob's creation, and together they manage to melt the entire cinema.
"Once Bitten": 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 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 almost 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. However the worm falls into the trench when it tries to eat SpongeBob and Sandy and crushes the city.
"Dying for Pie": Squidward purchases a pie to make up for employee brotherhood day, despite some of the pirates who sold it telling him it was a bomb. 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 as 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 tells 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.
"Sing a Song of Patrick": Patrick writes a song called "Twinkle, Twinkle, Patrick Star, which he and SpongeBob decide to get it on the radio. The people that work at the radio station reject the song, so SpongeBob and Patrick decide to put the record on top of the tower so that it plays throughout Bikini Bottom. The citizens panic and wreak havoc around the city.
"The Krusty Plate": When SpongeBob gets forced to work overtime at the Krusty Krab cleaning dishes, he accidentally causes some form of molecular distortion around the town, while trying vigorously to clean a plate.
"Gift of Gum": Patrick eats Gummy and blows a giant bubble that engulfs the entire town.
"The Clash of Triton": SpongeBob gets tricked into letting Neptune's son, Triton, out of his cage, and the prince starts wrecking Bikini Bottom with his god powers, and whenever he touches the buildings, they blow up. Triton also writes his name in the middle of town with his powers which causes at least ten buildings to blow up.
"Krabby Patty Creature Feature": After hearing several customers asking what is new to the menu, Mr. Krabs cooperates with Sandy to create a new and improved Krabby Patty. However, the new patty comes with a terrible side-effect: whoever ate the secret patty gets turned into a Krabby Patty zombie. Soon, almost everyone in Bikini Bottom who ate the new patty (except SpongeBob) cause chaos and nearly destroy part of the city.
"The String": Bikini Bottom presumably gets destroyed when SpongeBob unravels 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 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 and its largest edition is issued on Sunday. Despite its tabloid format, it is still a well-respected newspaper in the city. 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 a men's fashion-centered 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 Preflumster, 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 mentioned 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, and 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 had no clear winner.
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) lit 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 the first place, Snellie (owned by Squidward Tentacles) in second place, and Gary (disqualified, owned by SpongeBob SquarePants) in the last place, disqualified due to his 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, which even hosts championships. 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 butterfly-catching. It involves hunting jellyfish using a usually wooden net and a jar. The sport was first seen in "Tea at the Treedome."
Bubble Blowing is another hobby in Bikini Bottom. However, the only known bubble blowers 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 or 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."
The Demolition Derby is an event that was held in the episode "Demolition Doofus." The event is run by Captain Lutefisk and it is where competitors do battle against each other driving in boats. Other than SpongeBob and Mrs. Puff, the other known competitors of the Demolition Derby are The Kruncher, Blowtorch, The Cackling Cruiser, and Divin' Bell Dale. Though SpongeBob and Mrs. Puff left the derby itself, SpongeBob (who was going by the name "Le Squish") was the winner of the derby. Mrs. Puff went under the name "The Huff."
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, and usually 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: