Spongebob's Pineapple is Mathematically Impossible?!
Youtuber Vi Hart has put up a video arguing that Spongebob's undersea Pineapple is not a pineapple and is instead a mathematical impossibility. Here she is making her case —
The video moves quick, so I'm going to do my best to summarize — essentially, all spirals in nature follow a certain pattern, the Fibonacci sequence. No spiral is symmetrical, so since we can draw lines straight down on Spongebob's pineapple, it tells us that the lines are not curving along the lines of the golden ratio, which makes it unlike not only pineapples, but unlike every other spiral found in nature.
This is just one sexy example.
So the design of Spongebob's Pineapple isn't exactly accurate. This is disheartening, of course, but inaccuracies are fairly commonplace in cartoons. For instance, during the actual cold war, everyone knows that G.I. Joe units were never allowed to have more than ten members. Go Joe!
"No, seriously, we need you to go, Joe."
It's tempting to say that Vi Hart needs to calm down, that it's not fair to expect Spongebob's creators to have the same love for math that she does. But I think we all have our things that bother us when we see it done wrong in TV and movies. Mine is time travel — I get incredibly angry watching Back to the Future because of how superficially it treats interesting concepts like the butterfly effect, causation, and cosmic censorship. That said, the inflatable life raft Marty wears is pretty rad.
What would Gap fashion be without this man?
Does it bother you that Spongebob's creators got the pineapple so demonstrably wrong? Let us know in the comments!