Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
TV could save your kid's life: SpongeBob doesn't choke
Who says TV isn't good for kids?
Not Miriam Starobin, a seventh grader at Long Beach Middle School in Long Beach, New York.
12-year-old Miriam and her friend Allyson Golden were cracking up laughing in music class this week when Allyson's contraband gum got lodged in her throat.
Luckily for Allyson, Miriam immediately remembered an episode of Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, where she thought SpongeBob used the Heimlich on another character to pull a clarinet out of his throat.
"And I get her up and I do the Heimlich and the gum goes flying out of her mouth,” she told the Associated Press.
Nickelodeon reps aren't so quick to take credit, with spokeswoman Maria Poulos telling the AP that the series had not featured SpongeBob performing the Heimlich. Poulos said SpongeBob once pulled a clarinet out of character Squidward's throat, but he did it by just reaching in and pulling it out. And in another occasion SpongeBob's friend Patrick tried a "slimelick" maneuver on a clam, unsuccessfully.
“It didn’t exactly show the Heimlich maneuver, per se, but SpongeBob kicked Squidward in the stomach the same way you would put pressure with your hands,” Allyson said.
Let's just hope SpongeBob stays away from cartoon tracheotomies.