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At this point, SpongeBob is the binding material for the internet, a sort of permanently relevant ur-meme, primed alternately for subversion and heartwarming relatability. There is a SpongeBob meme, macro, image, GIF, or reference for almost everything, its 11 seasons of animated hijinks supplanting Simpsons quotes for people born into an internet-enabled world. We will never stop crossing new barriers in SpongeBob memes, and as proof, behold the first episode of SpongeBob compressed into a single 15-megabyte GIF and posted to Twitter:

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Sure, the quality‚Äôs not great, and of course there‚Äôs no audio, but now you have a full eight-minute GIF of ‚ÄúHelp Wanted‚ÄĚ to post whenever the mood strikes you. The GIF‚Äôs creator, 17-year-old Shane Kuhn, also compressed the next episode of that season, ‚ÄúReef Blower,‚ÄĚ which is largely silent and works even better:

In an interview with Motherboard, Kuhn said, ‚ÄúI have received many requests to do more episodes, and even requests to create a GIF of the SpongeBob movie. In the words of the magic conch shell, ‚ÄėMaybe someday.‚Äô‚ÄĚ We have no doubt‚ÄĒif not by him, then by someone else.

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