How Many Times Do We Have to Teach You This Lesson Old Man? is a notable statement from SpongeBob SquarePants, an American cartoon television series. A screencapture of the statement being stated has been used online as a joke about needing to aggressively repeat oneself.
How many times do we have to teach you this lesson old man SpongeBob SquarePants episode
Flats the Flounder, a new character introduced in the episode, insults the titular character SpongeBob. During the show, an angry crowd mistook an old guy for the bully as SpongeBob ran away from the bully’s threats.
“How many times do we have to teach you the same lesson, old man?” says the blue fish Harold Reginald when this happens a second time.
After about ten years, YouTuber ryan445544 uploaded a video of the scene to the site. In the eight years since it was published, the post has earned over 310,000 views (shown below).
On August 9th of the following year, YouTuber Avromps1999 posted a new version of the video, titled “How Many Times Do We Have To Teach You This Lesson, Old Man? (Original Scene).” In seven years, the post has earned over 1.2 million views.
The event was recreated in a sequence of screenshots in a thread by Twitter user @PIACID_ on March 11th, 2016. In three years, the tweet with the line earned over 13,000 retweets and 12,000 likes (shown below, left). Redditor MGLLN submitted the thread in the /r/BlackPeopleTwitter subreddit a few weeks later. In three years, the post has gotten almost 9,000 points (87 percent upvotes).
“When the opponent 76 keeps believing he can 1v6 just because his ult is up. ‘how many times do we have to teach you this lesson old man?” wrote Twitter user @Blops4Clips on February 23rd, 2017.
As a reaction to the post, they included the screenshot. The tweet acquired over 500 retweets and 1,400 likes in less than two years (shown below, center).
On June 29th, Instagram user @spitblaze posted the image with the description “when a game forces you to battle the same boss three times.” In two years, the post office received almost 60,000 notes (shown below, right).
On February 6th, 2019, Redditor musicman662 posted a variant of the image with the Reddit logo over the character’s face and the statement “when the nfl uploads the halftime show for the third time hoping we wouldn’t notice.” The post earned over 16,000 likes (with 97 percent of them being upvoted) and 120 comments (shown below).