Welconcerned the Salty Spitoon. How Tough Are Ya? refers to a collection of memes based on a scene from SpongeBob SquarePants in which a fish wishing to enter a pub proves his toughness to a bouncer with an individual anecdote. The format is generally supplied to current assorted deeds as superior and challenging tasks, whether actual or sarcastic in nature.
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On March 1fifth, 2002, seaboy three episode 48a, titled "No Weenies Allowed," of the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants premiered.<1> In one scene of the episode, the character Seafarer Fish requirements that bouncer Reg allows him inside the Salty Spitoon, "the toughest sailor club in Bikini Bottom." Upon being asked to prove his toughness, Sailor Fish tells Reg that he ate a bowl of nails without any kind of milk (scene presented below).
- Welpertained to the Salty Spittoon. How challenging are ya?- How tough am I? How tough am I?! I had a bowl of nails for breakrapid this morning! - Yeah, so?- Without any type of milk.- Uh, right this way, sorry to save you waiting.
On June 2fifth, 2010, an anonymous 4chan user started a thread on /b/ board in which various other individuals gave humorous answers to why they should be let inside The Salty Spitoon. On the very same day, Kcurrently Your Meme<2> user Caucheka archived a screenswarm of the thcheck out on the site (presented below). This is the earliest documented evidence of the scene being provided as a meme format.
Further proof shows that at least one previously /b/ threads making use of the format was developed, however this might not be confirmed.<3><4>
The format observed occasional use on 4chan in 2010 and 2011. For example, on June 22nd, 2011, an anonymous 4chan user started a thread posing the question "Welcome to the Salty Spitoon. How difficult are you?" through other individuals giving humorous responses (shown below).
The format experienced its initially surge in popularity in summer 2012, via the format getting spcheck out exterior of imageboards. For instance, on June 27th, 2012, Cheezburger<5> user Garrett858 reposted a variation of the meme that obtained over 790 likes in nine years (presented below, left). On July 2ninth, 2012, Cheezburger<6> user Clucknadus posted a meme that got over 1,200 likes in the same period (shown below, right).
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In the following years, the format maintained moderate popularity virtual, being supplied as a phrasal template, a four-panel exploitable and also as source product for miscellaneous edits. The scene has also been provided as a standalone catchexpression. For example, on March ninth, 2015, Tumblr user thatmetticman referenced the scene in a comment under a photo of pins spanned through milk (presented below). The write-up received over 224,000 likes and also reblogs in six years.