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Nothing ignites discussion like a mystery, and Sponge Bob SquarePants The secret to the ingredients of the Krusty Krab’s iconic Krabby Patty has long held.

The series first aired in 1999 and has become a pop culture staple, kids who grew up on it can now vote and make meaningful decisions for humanity. Isn’t the passage of time frightening? Now these older, wiser children think they can figure out this long-standing mystery.

Redditor /u/MyWordIsNowLaw thinks he’s found the Beloved’s secret formula Sponge Bob SquarePants, and the surreal children’s comedy may have hidden the ultimate punchline for the burger: there’s actually no secret formula. Cue the M. Night Shyamalan Robot Chicken clip saying “what a twist”.

There’s been plenty of discussion online in the past speculating it could be anything from mayonnaise to seaweed to dead fish. Spongebob lasting legacy like a cartoon that gave children access to Monty Python-esque absurdism gives the impression that any assumption is reasonable.

Spongebob as a franchise, meanwhile, is still expanding. There have been two recent spin-offs that have made their way to Paramount Plus, with Kamp Koral: Spongebob is less than a year old and Patrick’s Star Show out in 2021. In theaters, The Sponge isn’t done yet, though a previously planned Squidward movie that would have focused on music has been dropped by Netflix. We missed Whiplash but with Squidward.

Sponge Bob SquarePants and its spinoff may stream on Paramount Plus, but whether or not this fan theory rings true is yet to be confirmed.