Things You Never Knew About Old School Nick
Laura Lee - January 20, 2018


By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

1. The finale of ‘The Angry Beavers’ never actually aired.



In the episode, the cartoon characters allegedly break the fourth wall and reference the fact that they have been cancelled. Apparently network execs didn’t let this fly, so Daggat and Norbert were forced off the air before viewers had a proper chance to say goodbye. I still miss those Angry Beavers every. single. day.



2. You could have made that green slime out of things that were likely already in your kitchen.



Sigh. I wanted nothing more than to slime and be slimed. Who knew that beautiful green goo was made almost entirely of oatmeal, vanilla pudding, applesauce, and food coloring. Now that the secret is out, I guess it’s not too late to cook up some homemade slime, right?



3. All of the Rugrats were voiced by female actresses.



Chuckie: voiced by Christine Cavanaugh

Angelica: voiced by Cheryl Chase

Phil and Lil: voiced by Kath Soucie

Tommy: voiced by Elizabeth Daily



4. And Reptar was voiced by Busta Rhymes.



I wish I was kidding.



5. We can thank Suzanne Collins for basically writing our childhoods.



She’s best known today as the author of The Hunger Games, but before becoming an international best seller for millions of kids, teens, and young adults around the world, she got her start writing for shows like Clarissa Explains It All, and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo.



6. Arnold’s last name is ‘Shortman’



So, apparently it wasn’t *just* a nickname that Grandpa gave Arnold on “Hey Arnold!” The show’s creator dished tons of secrets and ‘where are they nows’ to BuzzFeed a few months ago.



7. Doug and Patty: Happily Never After



According to the show’s creator, Jim Jinkins, it was only middle school puppy love for these two. Please excuse me while I… get something out of my eye.



8. Patty Mayonnaise is actually in jail now.



Well, sort of. Patty was voiced by actress Constance Shulman, who currently appears as Yoga Jones on Orange is the New Black.



9. Writers were basically just trying to entertain themselves the whole time.



Either they knew the millennial demographic would have a field day with the hidden messages and easter eggs that fill nearly every episode of every show that aired during the 90s, or they were just trying to make the best out of a very weird and colorful decade. From adult-only references to damn near perfect premonitions, there’s plenty of evidence to support this bizarre phenomenon.


10. A Nickelodeon time capsule was buried on April 30, 1992.



It will be opened 50 years after it’s burial in 2042. Um, is that an actual year that humanity will reach? Asking for a friend.