The Dark Past of Sea Monkeys…

Date: November 23, 2017

01) The Dark Past of Sea Monkeys

“This is the story of how a tiny, magical creature was transformed into a cultural phenomenon by inventor, marketing genius and complicated eccentric Harold von Braunhut. Full of fun facts (both charming and disturbing), Just Add Water is a colorful short film about a half-century of marketing directly to children, the force of nostalgia in pop culture, and an unlikely meeting of flim-flam and hard science. A film by Penny Lane.”

I had these, when I was about thirteen…

…Sure enough, my cousins and I found the advertisement in one of those mail order, gag gifts catalogues…stuff kids and teens would want to buy.

Something about the guys connection with the KKK sounds vaguely familiar…I may have heard or read this somewhere…And it’s terribly unfortunate, if true.

You have to think, his “Sea Monkeys” were purchased by children of all races.

As to the “Sea Monkeys”, themselves…Each of us purchased one kit…

…None of our results were especially impressive.

I remember reading “the manual”…a tiny, brief something or other…maybe a pamphlet…and reading about such things, as how the males may fight with each other, when it was time for them to mate…

Reality is…they all died…except one…He lived alone, in my jar, for a good while…

I don’t recall naming him…or her…whichever it was…But there was no “Sea Monkey” population, to carry on.

My cousins had worse luck, still.

I think we even combined the survivors…but, they quickly died.

Just the one, really lasted any substantial amount of time.

They were neat…but overrated, and not much of a pet.

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