Welcome to the Salty Spitoon. How Tough Are Ya? meme and scene from SpongeBob Squarepants.

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Welcome to the Salty Spitoon. How Tough Are Ya? refers to a series of memes based on a scene from SpongeBob SquarePants in which a fish wishing to enter a pub proves his toughness to a bouncer with a personal anecdote. The format is typically used to present various deeds as impressive and tough feats, whether genuine or sarcastic in nature.

Origin

On March 15th, 2002, season 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 demands that bouncer Reg lets him inside the Salty Spitoon, "the toughest sailor club in Bikini Bottom." Upon being asked to prove his toughness, Sailor Fish tells Reg that he ate a bowl of nails without any milk (scene shown below).



- Welcome to the Salty Spittoon. How tough are ya?
- How tough am I? How tough am I?! I had a bowl of nails for breakfast this morning!
- Yeah, so?
- Without any milk.
- Uh, right this way, sorry to keep you waiting.

On June 25th, 2010, an anonymous 4chan user started a thread on /b/ board in which other users provided humorous answers to why they should be let inside The Salty Spitoon. On the same day, Know Your Meme[2] user Caucheka archived a screenshot of the thread on the site (shown below). This is the earliest documented evidence of the scene being used as a meme format.


/b/ Random Mozilla Firefox File Edit View History Bookmarks Yahoo! Iools Help e ×仚器http://boards.4chan.org/b/res/244423635#244424785 ☆-| | W, Wikipedia (en) e Most Visited争Getting Started Latest Headlines器/b/-Random WEB SEARCH /b/-Random Salty Spitoon I Know Your Meme /b/-Random x I'm so tough, I once breast-fed a baby Without any milk □ Anonymous 06/26/10(Sat)05:28:53 No.244432》(X File1277544533 jg-(100 KB, 783x377, Tough YrB's.jpg) U WNANR FK WIT MEH????? □ Anonymous 06/26/10(Sat)05:29:02 No.244432》(X 244432432 I'm so tough, I WAS PHONE...Without any BEAR □ Anonymous 06/26/10(Sat)05:30:16 No.244432》(X How tough am l? I'm so tough I watched Twilight. Twice Without any milk LYouFag6AntTough 06/26/10(Sat)05:31:19 No.244433XXX I'm so TOUGH, I divided by ZERO...... Without any milk AAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNND thread □ Anonymous 06/26/10(Sa如5:31:42 No.244433》(X File 1277544702.jpg-(57 KB, 526x363, win.jpg) Done

Additional evidence indicates that at least one earlier /b/ threads making use of the format was created, but this could not be confirmed.[3][4]

Spread

The format saw occasional use on 4chan in 2010 and 2011. For example, on June 22nd, 2011, an anonymous 4chan user started a thread posing the question "Welcome to the Salty Spitoon. How tough are you?" with other users providing humorous responses (shown below).


Welcome to the Salty Spitoon. How tough are you? eis Anonymous 06/22/11(Wed)23:46:40 No.336193335 I had a bowls of nails for breakfast, without any milk. Anonymous 06/22/11(Wed)23:47:16 No.336193439 i had a bowl of bowls for breakfast, without any nails Anonymous 06/22/11(Wed)23:48:02 No.336193596 I had a bowl of nails and milk, without any nails □ Anonymous 06/22/11(Wed)23:48:46 No.336193768 i had a nail of breakfasts for milk, without any bowls Anonymous 06/22/11(Wed)23:50:24 No.336194089 i had a nail of breakfast for bowls, without any milk Anonymous 06/22/11(Wed)23:52:42 No.336194520 I had a bowl of bowl for breakfast, without any bowls Anonymous 06/22/11(Wed)23:50:58 No.336194191 I nailed of bowls, without milk Anonymous 06/22/11(Wed)23:54:38 No.336194878 File 1308801278 ipg-(17 KB, 540x408, Beating_a _dead horse.jpg) bowled some I without breakfast nails for milk. Took a crane to get it out Anonymous 06/23/11 (Thu)01:26:32 No.336200324 I had a bowl of bowls for bowl without any bowls

The format saw its first surge in popularity in summer 2012, with the format gaining spread outside of imageboards. For example, on June 27th, 2012, Cheezburger[5] user Garrett858 reposted a version of the meme that received over 790 likes in nine years (shown below, left). On July 29th, 2012, Cheezburger[6] user Clucknadus posted a meme that gained over 1,200 likes in the same period (shown below, right).


WELCOME TO THE SALTY SPITOON HOW TOUGH ARE YA? OINSTALLED A PROGRAM HOW TOUGH AM I? HOM YEAH SO? WITHOUT READING THE TERM AND CONDITIONS UH RIGHT THIS WAY COMIX ED.COM How tough am l? I beat the Japanese Black 2 with no internet help. Welcome to the Salty Spitoon! How tough are ya? MOM мом And I can't read Japanese Yeah, so? MOM Pokémemes.memebase.cm

In the following years, the format maintained moderate popularity online, being used as a phrasal template, a four-panel exploitable and as source material for various edits. The scene has also been used as a standalone catchphrase. For example, on March 9th, 2015, Tumblr user thatmetticguy referenced the scene in a comment under an image of pins covered with milk (shown below). The post received over 224,000 likes and reblogs in six years.


thatmetticguy: nebranska god f------ dammit what the f--- aesthetic bloggers youre going too far what the actual f--- is this f------ B------- welcome to the salty spaltoon how tough are ya

Various Examples


WELCOME TOTHE SALTY SPITOON HOW TOUGH AREYA? WENT TODISNEYCHANNELCOM HOW TOUGHAMI? MOM YEAH SO? WITHOUT MY PARENTS PERMISSION RIGHT THIS WAY WELCOMETOTHE SALTY SPITOON HAD AN ARGUMENT WITH MY GIRLFRIEND HOW TOUGH ARE YA? HOW TOUGH AMI YEAH SO? MON WON UH… RIGHT THIS WAY SIR WOW OWelcome to the Salty Spittoon. How tough are ya?" "A fish names Flats once punched me until he passed out. Inever felt a thing." "Okay, go ahead"
WELCOMETO THE SALTY SPITOON. HOW TOUGH ARE YA? IJUST DRANK ORANGE JUICE HOW TOUGHAMI? YEAH SO MON AFTER BRUSHING MY TEETH UH.RIGHT THIS WAY stock photo oad from ow tough are ya? How tough an 12 Please, Right this way s I watched Dora the explorer And didn't answerher.

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External References

[1] Encyclopedia SpongeBobia – No Weenies Allowed

[2] Know Your Meme – Image #56,300

[3] Know Your Meme – kouyamiaura

[4] Know Your Meme – Chris Menning

[5] Cheezburger – We Got a Badass Over Here

[6] Cheezburger – Tough Importer

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