The Chum famine of '59 was a famine that most likely had taken place in 1959.
Mr. Krabs had referenced this in the episode "Hooky," stating that no employee of the Krusty Krab had taken a break since then. However, this was disproved in "Friend or Foe," as Mr. Krabs and Plankton were clearly making and eating chum when this famine supposedly happened. The Famine is again referenced in "Frozen Face-Off," when Mr. Krabs recalls being forced to eat Kelp during the famine, which he found "Kind of dry, but good."
- In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie video game, when the player pauses their game, one of the lines Mr. Krabs says is that "it's too quiet," like the time just before the Chum famine. However, he says the Chum famine was in 1958 instead of 1959.
- It's possible that the Chum famine lasted long enough to be in both 1958 and 1959.