As a kid, I wanted to get slimed. I was incredibly envious of anyone and everyone who got slimed, because not only did it look fun... it looked like it might actually taste good. So have you ever wondered what slime was made of? Because one man has all the answers.
That man is Matthew Klickstein, who has thankfully written a book about our beloved Nickelodeon called Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age. He reveals the various ingredients in the slime and why it was referred to as GAK, amongst other interesting tidbits of information.
Below is a list of some insider facts from the book:
1. Did the class of green and orange ever make you feel... weird? Tom Corey, the designer, purposely chose orange and lime-green for Nickelodeon's logo as they're international distress colors.
2. Apparently the recipes for the slime varied over the years, but some of the major ingredients include Cream of Wheat, green food coloring, Johnson's baby shampoo, vegetable oil, and even sometimes cottage cheese. All sounds doable, maybe minus the cottage cheese.
3. Many kids would complain about being covered in slime if they said "I don't know" and for getting soaked by water if they uttered the word "water." As an incentive to ensure kids got slimed and such for the audience's enjoyment, they received bonus payments, $25 to $50 extra, for getting soaked.
4. The creators of Ghostbusters from 1984 thought they were the originators of green slime and tried to sue Price. Price, however, had the last laugh as he pointed out that he'd been sliming kids since 1979. Seems like Ghostbusters must have stolen the idea from him, if you ask me.
5. Everyone assumes that if you are on TV, you are rich. But in reality, the child actors on the early shows didn't end up with much. Early Nickelodeon was actually incredibly low-budget and non-union, so it's not surprising that the children didn't actually receive any residuals.
6. Nickelodeon Studios used to have toilet paper printed with the blimp logo, but visitors kept stealing entire roles, so they decided to switched to plain.
7. The Double Dare set was purposely created to look like... a bathroom. No wonder it felt so familiar.
8. It was common for the hot lights on set to bake the Cream of Wheat. Therefore, Double Dare started to make its slime with applesauce. The crew, known to be a more rowdy bunch that used recreational drugs off-set, called the slime GAK after the street name for heroin. So much for kid friendly.
9. Double Dare host Marc Summers has OCD, and sometimes would go insane with all the messy slime.
10. Casio wanted its logo on the Double Dare clock. The network declined, even after they offered Nickelodeon $1 million.
11. Nickelodeon had doo-wop short clips between shows and commercials based off research showing that kids respond well to that style of music.
12. The Midnight Society kids featured on Are You Afraid of the Dark? weren't allowed to be shown lighting the campfire. Safety first!
13. The Secret World of Alex Mack was originally supposed to feature a male character. Nickelodeon was slightly ahead of its time, I suppose.
14. Geraldine Laybourne was the main lady in charge of Nickelodeon from 1980 to 1996, and was able to turning the lowest rated cable network to a top rated network. She eventually resigned for a job at, ironically, Disney.
15. Rugrats co-creators Gábor Csupó and Arlene Klasky divorced in the middle of working on. But don't fear people! They're still business partners to this day.
Ah, the nostalgia. Now I want to go home, watch some Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and pretend I'm a kid again. Maybe I'll try to get my hands on some slime and finally take a bite. It can't be too disgusting, right?
Source: Mental Floss