This is one thing from the 70s I never had. I always wanted to order them out of the back of the Archie Comics, but never did. :(
I thought they looked too creepy to ever want them.I'd heard they didn't look like that anyway. As I was looking at the ad yesterday, I saw the fine print at the bottom that said creatures shown not intended to depict artemia salina, so I googled "artemia salina". I had no idea until yesterday that's what they really were.
I knew they were a ripoff, but I got them anyway because I was that curious. I would have been happy with little plastic statues of the humanoid Sea Monkeys, now I'm just waiting for some enterprising Etsy seller to make some.
I had them when I was a kid, and a few years ago I moved into a really retro house, so my sister bought me some for a housewarming gift. After a while, I needed more food, so I went to their website, but you couldn't order off the site, all you could do was print out a form and mail it to the Transcience Corporation in Bryans Road, Maryland. So I did, and got back a hand-addressed envelope with the food packet in it. Leading me to conclude that it is always 1976 in Bryans Road, Maryland.
JSuss: You and Janet are the only people I know of who actually got them. I didn't want them because the picture of them on the ad kind of creeped me out a little..Janet: So what exactly does artemia salina feed on??? On another note, I always wanted to turn one of my rooms into a retro room, and have shag carpet installed, and furnish it with only things from that period (artwork, furniture, etc.).
Oh my hell, Joe! When that room is finished, I want an invitation to come see it!!!
Seamonkeys! I inherited my uncles stack of Richie Rich comics in the late 70's, and was enchanted by the magical Sea Monkeys ads. I eventually got my mother to send in the slip, and we soon had a jar of Sea Monkeys. They were so tiny I didn't even bother to try to squint in there and see what they really looked like - as long as I could see them moving in there I was imagining something like the advertisement artwork. Unfortunately my mother shoved the jar of Sea Monkeys behind another jar on the counter one day, and by the time we re-discovered them they were long dead. :(
They eat a mysterious greenish powder. What is in it? Who can say. They seemed to swim around faster when you put it in the water, though. If I remember correctly, you could/can also send in money for a different powder that makes the sea monkeys a bit redder, and somehow therefore better. For all the silliness of the marketing, I will say that Sea Monkeys were *slightly* more interesting than Magic Rocks. :)
CTG: I think a nice lime-green shag carpet and some burnt orange and avocado-colored decor would be awesome. I'd probably pass on the dark imitation pine-paneling wallboard thoughBrooks: that's so sad...Janet: I bet it was algae, or something like that
I was always curious about the sea monkeys from the ads in the back of comic books but never got them. It reminds me of the x-ray glasses and the super elastic bubble plastic ads, too.
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