SpongeBob, Super Martian Robot Girl, and Other Mysterious Phenomena

January 4th, 2011  |  by  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  4 Comments

Picture 1In fatherhood, there are many mysteries. Inexplicable circumstances. Things that make me just throw up my hands and say: WTF?!?

Like my wife’s sudden predilection for sketching SpongeBob SquarePants. It began on the flight to L.A., when Jean, stuck watching Nickelodeon on her seat-back screen, discovered the strange yellow kitchen cleanser. Not for the first time, really, but this prolonged close contact had a funny effect. Soon she began to draw quick versions of SpongeBob, usually on Sasha’s magna-doodle-esque sketchpad. Sometimes the nose was wrong, sometimes the expression—ah, but who am I kidding? Jean’s drawings were much closer to the real thing than I could ever achieve.

The truly odd thing is that Jean kept drawing SpongeBob, even when Sasha was no longer her audience. She’d be sitting there with a piece of paper at her side, and boom! The next minute there’d be a goofily grinning Porifera on the page. WTF?

Exhibit 2: Sasha, as I’ve said many times before, is a big fan of the TV show “Yo Gabba Gabba!” Well, one of the segments she loves features a cartoon character named Super Martian Robot Girl, a green-haired savior of people in trouble. Why’s no one dancing at your dance party? Ah, notices SMRG, there’s no music!

Anyway, throughout the Christmas season, Jean and I began to notice something odd. Whenever we were in a store that had a big nutcracker figurine—you know, gaping jaw, red suit, the whole works—Sasha would point to it and say, “Super Martian Robot Girl!” Now, the kid has good eyes. She can spot a fading contrail at 30,000 feet and follow it to a microscopic Bombardier. She can I.D. a picture of a snowman hanging outside a bodega as we zip past it on Sunset Boulevard.

But the Nutcracker and Super Martian Robot Girl look nothing alike! Check them out:

Super Martian Robot Girl and the Nutcracker: But which is which?

Super Martian Robot Girl and the Nutcracker: But which is which?

Now, I ask you, WTF? Can anyone explain these things to me?


  1. Jack says:

    January 4th, 2011at 12:44 pm(#)

    I stopped trying to understand the ‘fairer’ sex when I was 12. Life has been far more enjoyable ever since. 😉

  2. Alex Yarde says:

    January 4th, 2011at 2:28 pm(#)

    In the SMRG cartoons the animation is very limited. The experesions are quite wooden and peoples mouths just open up and down much like a nutcracker. I can’t help with your lady’s Spongebob thing man… My son makes this Chinese expression ” E-yah” or something close to that when he’s frustrated. Just like Toly the Koala bear on Kai Lan. Nick Jr. has infected every aspect of my life.

  3. Matt says:

    January 4th, 2011at 3:18 pm(#)



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