And they say TV rots your brain. Please. Watching "SpongeBob Square Pants" saves lives, and that was just proven once again at a school in Staten Island, New York.

According to SILive, when 13-year-old Brandon Williams saw his fellow classmate Jessica Pellegrino choking on an apple during lunch, he knew just what to do, having seen a version of the Heimlich maneuver on "SpongeBob." The story noted that Brandon is autistic, and his father told the news site, "He picks up on things that most of us would miss, and files it all away in his head, and he can recall it all in an instant. That's how he knew instantly what to do. And we're glad he did. We're proud of him."

Apparently the episode in question was when SpongeBob saved Squidward from choking on a clarinet. Zap2it said that particular demonstration has helped kids before, referencing a 2010 ABC News story about a teen saving her friend after watching the same episode.

"SpongeBob" probably isn't intended to be used as official medical training, but since it's working, maybe schools should make that episode required viewing.

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