How Did Nickelodeon Make Green Slime?Also from Mental Floss:
Nickelodeon's iconic slime made its first appearance on You Can't Do That on Television, the Canadian-made sketch comedy show that ran from 1979 to 1990. From there, it became a staple of almost everything the network did, with regular slimings on many programs, at the Kids' Choice Awards and at the Nickelodeon Studios attraction at Universal Studios Florida.
According to Bill Buchanan, a crew member on You Can’t Do That on Television for its whole run, the slime was invented early in the show’s history. He was working in the props department one weekend when he got a rundown of items needed for an upcoming show. One of the sketches called for “this kinda disgusting slimy green stuff,” but there were no further details, or even an indication of how the stuff would be used.
The day the slime scene was shot, the propmasters learned the slime's purpose. It was supposed to be dumped on one of the actors. There was an argument. The producers wanted to go ahead and do the scene, but the prop guys were worried there was something in there that could hurt the actor or make them sick. The sketch got pulled until a new slime could be made. While the old stuff stayed in the garbage can and festered in a corner of the studio, Buchanan, Copping and company got started on a new formula that could get in someone’s eyes and mouth without causing any problems.
This second batch was made mostly from green Jell-O that had been set in the fridge, then pulled out the day before shooting to liquefy and get mixed with flour.
That slime recipe was used for a while, but it required too much preparation time. If the crew had to have the slime ready earlier than expected, it wasn’t fluid enough and had solid chunks of Jell-O in it. They needed a way to make lots of slime on short notice, and turned to Quaker Oats Crème of Wheat for the next generation of slime. They’d basically stir the cereal up cold on the spot in whatever amount they needed, and then dump in green food coloring. The problem with that recipe was that it turned pasty as it dried, and the actors found they couldn’t get it out of their hair. They countered that problem by adding a couple of drops of baby shampoo to the mixture, and stopping tape after a sliming so the actors could rush off the set and into the showers before the slime hardened.
JEFF CHRISTENSEN/REUTERS/LandovSlime evolved for other shows over the years. As Double Dare host Marc Summers explained, most of the slime used on his shows was made of “vanilla pudding, applesauce, oatmeal, green food coloring, and by the third day, anything else that was on the obstacle course.” Yum.
Every Item Inside the Time Capsule Nickelodeon Buried in 1992
Home Alone and Back to the Future on VHS.
Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em by MC Hammer and Michael Jackson's Dangerous album.
3. A Nintendo Game Boy
5. Reebok Pump sneakers [trainers]
6. A jar of Gak
7. One of Joey Lawrence's "Whoa! 92" hats, which he stopped by to present
8. News reports
Girl standing atop Soviet tank in Red Square during the Communist hard liners’ coup attempt in August 1991.
Coverage of the AIDS crisis, Desert Storm, and the end of the Soviet Union.
A world atlas, history book, comic book, phone book, the Orlando TV Guide for the week of April 30, 1992, and a copy of the Book of Endangered Species
10. An issue of Nickelodeon magazine
11. A Nicktoons t-shirt featuring Ren & Stimpy
12. A piece of the Berlin Wall
13. A Barbie doll
15. A skateboard
16. A baseball
18. A stick of bubble gum (though no one seems to know which kind)
19. Photos of things too big (or alive) to fit inside
Including bicycles, planes, trains, cars, politicians and celebrities.
20. A videotape
Which was a recording of the live ceremony, shot by a girl named Vicky who stood onstage to operate the Kid Cam.
21. The camera recording the tape
This appears to have been unplanned. Mike O'Malley and Joey Lawrence both looked baffled about how to remove the tape from the camera, so the whole setup was tossed in at the last minute.
After Nickelodeon Studios closed in 2005, the time capsule was moved to Nickelodeon Suites Resort [Nick Hotel/Nickelodeon Hotel] in Orlando. It will be removed and opened April 30, 2042 — 50 years after it was first buried. We promise full team coverage that day.
And of course someone has uploaded footage of all this to YouTube: