Sea Monkeys were an adorable, but BLATANT rip off. But to a 7 year old kid, they looked awesome.
The comic book ads looked tempting enough. I mean, just look at them. They looked so suburban. And intelligent. "THEY CAN EVEN BE 'TRAINED'" read the ad copy.
So after skipping sodas for a week, I collected $1.25
First, I had to get a fish bowl. Luckily, we still had one set aside after our goldfish swam to fishy heaven.
There were 4 packets. Water purifier, "Instant Life", "Living Plasma" and "Super Food", a feeding spoon and instructions.
The water had to be pure. Chlorine, metals, fluoride and minerals are bad for sea creatures. So. Water purifier packet and distilled water. Wait 24 hours.....
The package guaranteed they would magically appear before your very eyes. They forgot to mention you had to have superhuman vision. My mom's magnifying glass was of little use. There WERE super tiny particles in the water that appeared to have a sense of independent motion. But not enough to impress.
And where's the suburban looking Sea Monkey families? OK, they were just hatched. So when did they reach maturity? Get jobs and build houses and that sort of thing?
Granted, our Sea Monkeys didn't last a week before we threw it all out out of boredom....