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This undated publicity photo provided by Nickelodeon shows a scene from the animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" (AP Photo/Nickelodeon)

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This undated publicity photo provided by Nickelodeon shows a scene from the animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" (AP Photo/Nickelodeon)

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A new study suggests that watching just nine minutes of "SpongeBob SquarePants" can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds. A Nickelodeon spokesman disputed the findings and said the show is aimed at children ages 6 to 11. (Nickelodeon via Associated Press)

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Kazakhstan's education ministry says the Nickelodeon animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" has a corrupting influence on children. (AP Photo/Nickelodeon)