The Story Behind Mocking SpongeBob, the Meme Sweeping the Planet

And now it's time for a discussion about how Patrick Star is the real star of 'SpongeBob.'

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Though it's certainly no Arthur's fist or perplexed Mr. Krabs, the latest meme taken from a classic cartoon is arguably just as ubiquitous. Unless you've (understandably) decided to reside under an internet-proof rock à la distinguished aquatic philosopher Patrick Star, you've certainly seen it:

Yes, that's Mr. SpongeBob SquarePants himself. Known in this incarnation as "Mocking SpongeBob," the setup is simple: reiterate what someone says, BuT TYpe iT LiKE tHiS iNSTeAd just to fuck with them.

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For reference, here are some noteworthy examples of how to let Mr. SquarePants mock people on your behalf:

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You: But where did this image of SpongeBob even come from?

Me: bUt WHeRe DId tHiS iMAgE oF SPoNgEbOb eVEn cOmE fRoM?

But honestly, I'm glad you asked. As already noted on its KnowYourMeme page, Mocking SpongeBob comes from a season 9 episode of SpongeBob SquarePants entitled "Little Yellow Book." In the episode, which first aired in 2013, Squidward Tentacles reads SpongeBob's diary and finds out that SpongeBob behaves like a chicken whenever he's faced with plaid. KnowYourMeme adds that the meme appears to have first popped up in a tweet from @OGBEARD before @lexysaeyang added the dialogue format.

Hopefully, the next SpongeBob SquarePants-inspired meme focuses on the real star of the show:

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