If you’ve ever seen a single Nickelodeon game show or even the Kid’s Choice Awards, you already know that it’s a BIG DEAL if you ever get the chance to get slimed. While most people haven’t been so lucky, there have been plenty of others who got the chance.
So what is the slime made out of and how does it feel to finally get slimed? Here’s everything you need to know about Nickelodeon’s slime…
Nickelodeon was NOT the first network to slime kids.
Yep, you read that correctly. It turns out You Can’t Do That on Television, a Canadian CTV show that ran from 1979-1990, was actually the first. The slime origin confusion happened because Nickelodeon syndicated the show, which American kids would then associate with the network. (The same situation happened with Life with Derek, which was a Canadian show that was syndicated on Disney Channel; it’s not actually a ~legit~ Disney Channel series like The Suite Life of Zack and Cody is.)
There is an entire Nickelodeon event dedicated to slime.
It’s called SlimeFest, and the first U.S. one took place in Chicago in June 2018. (It’s been happening every year in Australia since 2012, and has also been held in Italy and the U.K.) As someone who was lucky enough to go, let me just say it was AWESOME.
The first-ever slime gag involved a toilet, because of course it did.
According to Vice, the first recording of slime being poured onto a kid happened on the pilot of You Can’t Do That on Television in 1979. (However, the show’s co-creator, Greg Darby, told Food & Wine in 2017 slime made its TV debut on Season 1, Episode 4. But, details, details.)
This means the iconic green slime turns 40 years old in 2019. Let that sink in for a minute.
In a skit where a kid is shackled in a dungeon, he’s warned not to mess with his shackles. Naturally, he messes with them, and then “a toilet flushes and the signature green slime that has become so ubiquitous with Nickelodeon pours down on his head.”
According to NickSplat’s YouTube channel, kids on the show were paid “25 to 50 extra bucks for every sliming.”
Besides having all kinds of crazy slime-tastic activities for kids and their families — such as making your own slime, getting slimed, and dancing in slime — the event was also a music festival, with performances by JoJo Siwa, Liam Payne, Zedd, and Flo Rida. Plus, several Nickelodeon stars were available for meet and greets.
It’s returning to Chicago in June 2019. You can learn more information about the event here.
If you’re a Nickelodeon star, you’re going to be slimed a TON. That’s just how it is.
Matt Bennett, aka Robbie Shapiro from Victorious, made this clever joke on Twitter, but the underlying truth is Nickelodeon actors get slimed fairly often.
All That star and Figure It Out celebrity panelist Danny Tamberelli joked during the 2015 All That reunion panel at NYCC that he suffers from “slime PTSD,” thanks to the messy game show. Apparently, one of the iPhone alarm buzzer options is so similar to the Figure It Out buzzer, he looks up in fear of slime raining down on him whenever he hears the noise.
Some celebrities hated being slimed.
While many celebs liked getting slimed, one in particular did not. Double Dare host Marc Summers told Food & Wine the legendary director Steven Spielberg said “it felt like his son threw up on him” after he got slimed.
Slime is absolutely FREEZING when it’s dumped onto you.
All my ’90s kid dreams came true when I got to be slimed at SlimeFest. It was like nostalgia blew up all over me. When it came time to actually do it, I quickly learned slime was very, very cold.
There’s a book called Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age.
While this book isn’t only about slime, it is a great go-to for anyone who loves Nickelodeon. There are tons of exclusive interviews with casts and crews of various shows. You can buy it on Amazon here.
It also may or may not stain your clothes.
During SlimeFest, I was told conflicting things from Nickelodeon personnel about if slime would stain my clothes or not. (That’s why I was wearing the poncho in the Instagram video. I’m delicate, thanks.) Some Nickelodeon staffers swore up and down it would stain clothes, while others said they were being dramatic; it would come out in the wash.
Not worth the risk, I opted for the poncho. While some slime did find its way onto my black jeans, that did wash out. But, it was dark clothing. Who knows what would’ve happened had I worn lighter-colored pants.
Slime wasn’t just featured on live-action shows.
Remember that classic SpongeBob SquarePants episode with the Hash-Slinging Slasher? (It was called “Graveyard Shift,” for the fake fans who don’t know.)
Wanting to scare SpongeBob, Squidward tells his co-worker the story of the Hash-Slinging Slasher, and how every *checks notes* Tuesday night, he’ll exact his revenge. Squidward shares, “There are three signs that signal the approach of the Hash-Slinging Slasher,” which includes lights flickering on and off and a phone ringing with no one on the other line.
When it turns out the legend is real (spoiler, it’s actually not), Squidward tries to remember what the three signs are. A gag of “the walls will ooze green slime” is horrifyingly exclaimed, immediately followed by Squidward saying, “Oh, wait, they always do that.”
There once was Green Slime cereal.
Nickelodeon partnered with General Mills in the early 2000s to make this limited edition cereal. While the cereal itself is unavailable now, you can still have a piece of the nostalgic food in the form of a magnet from Amazon.
Liam Payne would choose having slime come out when he sneezes over showering in slime.
During SlimeFest, I asked Liam Payne some very, very serious queries (re: they were all ridiculously fun). One of them was a would you rather question: shower in slime or have slime come out when you sneeze? His answer was enlightening.
He also told me he’d rather tattoo slime onto someone else instead of getting a tattoo of slime, adding, “I would probably do it in their sleep, just to be extra mean.”
It’s typically comprised of only two ingredients.
Summer Sanders, who hosted iconic ’90s Nickelodeon game show Figure It Out, revealed to MTV News in 2015 that slime was made up of vanilla pudding and green food coloring — and that’s it. At least, that was the case for Figure It Out. Some recipes included the likes of applesauce, oatmeal, flour, and/or Jell-O.
Green slime ketchup is an actual thing that exists.
Remember in the early 2000s when Heinz decided to make purple- and green-colored ketchup? That endeavor backfired, but Nickelodeon is giving green ketchup a new chance at life in 2018. You can buy it on Amazon, and it’s also reportedly available at Walmart.
Sometimes, slime gets into questionable places.
During the All That reunion panel at New York Comic Con in 2015, slime veteran Lori Beth Denberg confessed, “You have very little traction walking when you have slime in your butt crack,” adding, “that’s something I learned from experience.” Um, gross.