There Is an Actual Spongebob Squarepants. And It's a Fungus

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Discovered in the rainforests of Borneo, this fungus happens to be unique in that it behaves much like a sponge. So unique, in fact, that the researchers who found thought, "Let's name this little guy after a cartoon! For science!"

The fungus' actual name is Spongiforma squarepantsii. Literally. And this "vaguely fruity, strongly musty" scented creature is so special not because it also, incidentally, looks like a brain. Rather, it keeps its spores wet by being able to absorb even the tiniest bit of water, allowing it to revive quickly and reproduce if it dries out. Kinda cool. [MSNBC]

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Meh, Spongebob is pretty bad, as a cartoon. To be frank, most of the stuff on Cartoon Network nowadays is crap. I get sad every time I realise that the next generation is growing up on this...and Facebook. :(