When I first saw Bubble Buddy in Episode 6 in Spongebob Squarepants Season Two, I wouldn’t have given much thought to who this Leif Eriksson person could be. I was under the impression that it was a figment of Stephen Hillenburg’s and Tom Kenny’s imagination.
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It’s also pretty hard to take things seriously in Spongebob Squarepants since most of the time, he and his best buddy Patrick Star are always up to mischief. But sometimes, you can let your guard down.
Because in Season Two, Episode 6, Spongebob refers to a special holiday called Leif Eriksson Day, apparently celebrated on the 9th of October.
Well, this is what I found out about Leif Eriksson. How did I know he was a real person? I was reading an old issue of National Geographic History when I stumbled upon the name in one of the stories. And learnt that Leif Eriksson was a Viking sailor in the 10th century who discovered North America and was the first European explorer of the New World.
Photo credit: Draper White, Getty Images. Statue of Leif Eriksson at Eriksstadir, Iceland, the birthplace of Leif Eriksson.
Leif Eriksson Discovered North America Before It Was Cool!
Did you know that Leif Eriksson was believed to be the first European to reach the North American continent, nearly four centuries before Christopher Coumbus arrived in 1492?
Leif Eriksson was the son of Erik the Red who was the founder of the first European settlement on what is now known as Greenland. Eriksson had sailed to Norway in 1000 A.D. where King Olaf I converted him to Christianity. On his journey back to Greenland, Eriksson had sailed off the course and landed on the North American continent where he explored a region; Vinland was the name he gave as a result of the wild grapes growing in abundance and the general fertility of the land. After spending the winter in Vinland, Eriksson sailed back to Greenland and never returned to North American shores.
Spongebob Squarepants’ Favourite Holidays
Happy Leif Eriksson Day (Oct 9) and April Fool’s Day (Apr 1) are two of Spongebob’s favourite holidays.
In Season Two, Episode 6, Spongebob creates a new buddy from a bottle of super bubbly, bubble soap after his friends have gone away for the Leif Eriksson holiday and his neighbour Squidward refuses to entertain him, earning his new buddy the name, Bubble Buddy, which shares the same name to the title of the episode.
In Season One, Episode 38, Spongebob awakes to a wonderful April Fool’s Day. He starts the day by pranking himself and his pet snail Gary. While working at his favourite restaurant, he continues to prank the customers, only for Squidward to pull the king of all pranks, leading to devastating consequences for Spongebob.
Amazing, isn’t it, to learn something new? It was new to me, especially when you learn it from Spongebob Squarepants. There are probably more lessons to learn and more new experiences to enjoy in Nickelodeon’s cartoon series, but today, it is all about the Viking sailor and the October 9 holiday that emits a cry of “Hinga Dinga Durgen!” from good ol’ Spongebob.