Saturday, May 16, 2020

New SpongeBob Theory Suggests That Bikini Bottom's Flower Clouds Are Actually Oil Pollution from Military Testing

Ah, flower clouds. These colorful flower-shaped clouds can be seen in the Bikini Bottom sky in every episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. But, could they be hiding a sinister secret?

Twitter user @CahayaSakinah_ has come up with a new disturbing theory that these flower clouds - although pleasant to look at - could actually be oil pollution. And when you look at the photos @CahayaSakinah_ posted along with the theory, she does have a point.

One of the most well-known theories about Nickelodeon's beloved animated series is that Bikini Bottom is actually Bikini Atoll. SpongeBob voice actor Tom Kenny even confirmed that Bikini Bottom is "kind of named after Bikini Atoll".

The real-world Bikini Atoll is a coral reef in the Marshall Islands that consists of 23 islands surrounding a central lagoon. Between 1946 and 1958, the United States military detonated 23 nuclear devices there both in the air and underwater. The inhabitants of Bikini Atoll were relocated in 1946 and some allowed to return in 1970 but it was soon discovered that the area remained highly radioactive and were removed again in 1980. The area remains mostly unhabitable to this day.

A popular fan theory about SpongeBob suggests that the world of Bikini Bottom is inhabited by creatures who were mutated by that nuclear testing. Specifically, another fan theory suggested that Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy were Navy divers accidentally caught in the Bikini Atoll tests --

With all the devices being used in the area, it would make sense that they would discharge a certain amount of oil over the years.

And the theory that the flower clouds are really oil pollution does have some merit. In the series, they can be moved and interacted with, and when outside of the town, they appear stretched out and distorted. They are even able to fall from the sky.

Stephen Hillenburg, the late creator of SpongeBob SquarePants,

The late creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, was a marine biologist who first came up with SpongeBob as a way to teach children about taking care of the ocean. So it would make sense that oil pollution - although a negative aspect of the sea - would make its way into the series, a sort of way to encourage viewers to take better care of our oceans.

What do you think of this new theory? Let me know in the comments!

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Originally published: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 21:28 BST.

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