Oh Boy 3AM


What does Oh Boy 3AM mean?

Oh boy, 3 A.M.! is a quote that refers to a scene from Spongebob SquarePants, where the character Patrick gets woken up by his alarm clock at 3 in the morning,  just so he can eat a krabby patty.

The scene has become an exploitable meme throughout the years on the internet.


What's the origin of Oh Boy 3AM?

The quote originates from Spongebob SquarePants season 2 that aired in the United States starting from 2002.

The name of the episode that featured the scene was Graveyard Shift, which showed SpongeBob and Squidward working the night shift.

During the episode, Squidward tells the myth of the “Hash Slinging Slasher”, which starts to become real overtime.

In the beginning of the episode, Squidward is annoyed by the fact that the Krusty Krab is now open during the night as well, cynically contemplating ‘who would want a Krabby Patty at 3 A.M.’

The following seconds we can see Patrick Star’s alarm clock going off at night, who then shouts in excitement: ‘Oh boy, 3 A.M.!’, followed by him eating a krabby patty that he holstered under his blanket.

Spread & Usage

How did Oh Boy 3AM spread?

A short clip of the scene was uploaded by the user Emily on YouTube in 2011, titled ‘Oh boy! 3 A.M.!’, and has generated more than 6 million clicks over the years.

Memes about Oh boy, 3 A.M.! also spread primarily on YouTube in the form of various exploitable video remixes, like nekelid’s video that shows Patrick’s reaction translated and themed to various languages.

In 2021 a band called Missed Opportunities released their song Oh Boy, 3AM! as part of their album ‘What Keeps You Up’.

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