Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Where in the World is SpongeBob?

You know, the big yellow guy with the goofy grin? The sponge with pants? Yeah, that's him... SpongeBob SquarePants. He's been out promoting his new movie by making appearances at Burger Kings nationwide. OK, it's not the real SpongeBob... but the marketing folks at Nickelodeon have been distributing these huge 10-foot tall balloon likenesses of the cartoon sponge to the fast food restaurants.

Personally, I don't know why SpongeBob has such great appeal. Of course, since we don't have cable television (which could be why our kids are so easily entertained by squirrels), I've never watched the show. Maybe I'm just missing something. But apparently other people are quite taken with him. Literally. People are taking him!

According to today's Washington Post (free reg required), inflatable SpongeBob thefts have been reported in at least 10 states over the past few weeks. Go figure. At least some of the thieves do have a sense of humor. Police found a ransom note in a Minnesota case that stated: "We have SpongeBob.... Give us ten Crabby Patties, fries and milkshakes."

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