No ratings angle here, just absorbent, yellow, porous human interest. You already know that SpongeBob Squarepants soaks up better than his share of the cable ratings, but now he apparently helps save kids lives:
A 12-year-old Long Island girl is crediting "SpongeBob SquarePants" for teaching her how to help her choking friend.
Miriam Starobin and her best friend, Allyson Golden, were in music class Tuesday when Allyson began choking on her gum. Allyson turned red and started kicking her legs.
Miriam — with thoughts of SpongeBob and the gang — flew into action and performed the Heimlich maneuver, and the gum popped out.
via (AP) in SFGate.com'.