SPLAT! What's in Nickelodeon's Slime?

If you were a kid who grew up in the 80s or 90s, I am almost certain that, at one point in your childhood, one of your life dreams was to one day be on the recieving end of some Nickelodeon slime.  Why?  Because kids like gross things.  Case in point:

These should not exist, and yet as a kid, I ate this crap up, literally.

As a child of the 90s, I have always wondered what the slime I saw on the network was made of and where it came from.   More importantly, I have also wondered how it tasted, because, being a kid who like gross things, the green stuff looked delicious.

Nickelodeon slime was first concieved of on the Canadian show You Can't Do That on Television,  a sketch show which featured children that ran from 1979 until 1990.  When the crew was first called on to make a "kinda disgusting slimy green stuff," Paul Copping, a propmaster on the show basically threw some green latex paint in with a bunch of other crap, including bits of sausage.  The concoction smelled so bad, people on set would avoid the garbage can that was holding it.  

Even for a kid that's a little too gross.  

When the propmasters found out the day of filming that the slime was meant to be dumped on actors they vehemently opposed the producers and asked that they be given time to concoct a new, safer mix.   The new mix was mainly green Jell-O (presumably imported from Utah in large quantities) and flour.  

Aisles devoted entirely to Jell-O are not uncommon in supermarkets in Utah.

The new mix worked well, but it took too long to prepare, so another "new and Improved" recipe was concocted which involved cold Cream of Wheat and food coloring.  The new recipe looked good, but had a nasty habit of turning into cement in the actors hair, baby shampoo was added to the mix, but it did little to help.

By the time Double Dare hit the airwaves the mix mostly consisted of vanilla pudding, oatmeal, applesauce and of course, green food coloring.  Sounds tasty, no?  Oh, and prolonged exposure to the stuff may or may not have caused a severe ailment called Green Slime Syndrome in a number of the original cast members of You Can't Do That on Television, so you know, there's that.

Source for Title Image: http://christhenerd.deviantart.com/art/Nickelodeon-Wallpaper-146103272#comments

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