12 Facts About Nickelodeon That Even 90s Kids Won’t Know

Nickelodeon was pretty much the defining cartoon network for every 90s kid, and as much as we all loved it, we’re willing to bet you might not know these 12 facts about them!

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1) Arnold’s full name is “Arnold Philip Shortman.”

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2) Hey Arnold! actually began as a series of claymation shorts.

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They aired in-between episodes of Sesame Street and featured characters like Arnold, Helga, and Harold.

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3) All of the children on Rugrats were voiced by women, including Tommy, Chuckie and Phil.

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4) And while we’re on the subject, Busta Rhymes was the voice of Reptar. Seriously.

5) Gak was named after a street term for heroin from Philadelphia.

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The facts just get crazier from here…

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6) The final episode of Angry Beavers never actually aired.

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The beavers were actually interrupted mid-episode to be informed that their show was being canceled.

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7) Rocko’s Modern Life was full of adult jokes.

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Like when Rocko ended up working at a phone sex line.

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8) The network made a horror movie that only aired once.

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Cry Baby Lane was aired once in October 2000, but received so many complaints from concerned parents that it was never broadcast again. It has since been found and is now circulated on the internet.

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9) The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins wrote for several Nickelodeon shows.

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She wrote for Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo.

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10) The Dinks from Doug have a hidden meaning to their name.

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“Dink” stands for Double Income, No Kids. Sure explains how Mr. Drink could afford all those crazy gadgets.

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11) The green slime featured in plenty of their shows has been deconstructed.

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12) The network’s “Big Three” of cartoons that all premiered on the same date in 1991 were Ren & Stimpy, Rugrats, and Doug.

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What was your favorite Nickelodeon show growing up?

Emma C
Freelance Writer