August 15 in nerd history: Is that a hint of napalm I smell this morning?

Happy No SpongeBob Day! In the episode “Gone” from season 6, SpongeBob wakes up to find Bikini Bottom completely deserted. He begins to lose his mind, acting out the lives of his friends and becoming best friends with a boat. Just as he’s about to chop up a bus with an axe in his madness, all the residents of Bikini Bottom come off the bus.

Turns out they were just celebrating No SpongeBob Day and got a bit carried away, and it’s actually a way for the town to honor Mr. SquarePants. So if you find out your friends have been hanging out without you, burning effigies of you, and dancing on the ashes, you should take it as a compliment.

Excited Bob Esponja GIF by SpongeBob SquarePants

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August 15 in Nerd History

Here are 5 things that happened on August 15th for those of us who chose our own adventure… and only died like 12 times before getting it right.


Birthdays of honor: Jennifer Lawrence (1990), Ben Affleck (1972), Julia Child (1912), Stieg Larsson (1954), Emily Kinney (1985).


In 1979, you learned that a good thing to smell in the morning is napalm when Apocalypse Now was released. Originally set to be directed by George Lucas, it was instead produced and directed (and co-written) by Francis Ford Coppola.

Largely considered one of the best movies ever made, legendary production issues also feed into the overall mythos surrounding this film. Over the course of filming, Marlon Brando showed up overweight and completely unprepared, numerous sets were destroyed by weather, and Martin Sheen nearly died of a heart attack.

martin sheen swamp GIF


Today in 1969 the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened for day one of the festival. Despite the fact that day one didn’t have the biggest names slated to play, massive crowds started showing up. Do you remember who opened Woodstock?


40 years ago, in 1983, everyone was like, “Oh damn, you go Paul!” when Paul Simon married Carrie Fisher. The marriage didn’t last very long, but their association endured for many years.


In 1843 — 180 years ago to the day — Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest operating amusement parks in the world, opened its doors. Credited with being a major inspiration for Walt Disney, the park is known for creating new attractions and shows without ever losing its original charm. Hell, Tivoli even rebuilt everything the Nazis burned down just a few weeks after they stormed through.

The next time you’re in Copenhagen, pay your damn respects.