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Welconcerned the Salty Spitoon. How Tough Are Ya? refers to a series of memes based upon 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 existing assorted deeds as outstanding and hard tasks, whether actual or sarcastic in nature.

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Origin

On March 15th, 2002, seachild three episode 48a, titled "No Weenies Allowed," of the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants premiered.<1> In one scene of the episode, the character Sailor 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, Seafarer Fish tells Reg that he ate a bowl of nails without any type of milk (scene displayed below).

- Welconcerned the Salty Spittoon. How tough are ya?- How challenging am I? How challenging am I?! I had a bowl of nails for breakrapid this morning! - Yeah, so?- Without any milk.- Uh, appropriate this means, sorry to save you waiting.

On June 2fifth, 2010, an anonymous 4chan user started a thcheck out on /b/ board in which other customers provided humorous answers to why they have to be let inside The Salty Spitoon. On the same day, Know Your Meme<2> user Caucheka archived a screenshot of the threview on the website (shown below). This is the earliest documented evidence of the scene being supplied as a meme format.


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More proof indicates that at least one previously /b/ threads making use of the format was created, but this could not be confirmed.<3><4>


Spread

The format saw occasional usage on 4chan in 2010 and also 2011. For instance, on June 22nd, 2011, an anonymous 4chan user began a threview posing the question "Welpertained to the Salty Spitoon. How hard are you?" via various other users providing humorous responses (presented below).

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The format witnessed its initially surge in popularity in summer 2012, via the format acquiring spcheck out external of imageboards. For example, on June 27th, 2012, Cheezburger<5> user Garrett858 reposted a variation of the meme that got over 790 likes in nine years (presented below, left). On July 2nine, 2012, Cheezburger<6> user Clucknadus posted a meme that obtained over 1,200 likes in the same duration (shown listed below, right).

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In the adhering to years, the format maintained modeprice popularity virtual, being supplied as a phrasal template, a four-panel exploitable and also as source product for various edits. The scene has additionally been used as a standalone catchexpression. For instance, on March nine, 2015, Tumblr user thatmetticguy referenced the scene in a comment under a picture of pins spanned via milk (displayed below). The article received over 224,000 likes and reblogs in six years.