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Sea Monkeys are a novelty that have provided hours of quasi-entertainment to young people across the world. They were also created by a man with ties to the Aryan Nations, were at the center of a multimillion dollar legal dispute, and led to a TV show starring Howie Mandel. Not necessarily in that order.

The story of The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys is much more than a stroll down memory lane. It’s a look at entrepreneurship, identity, and the good old fashioned pursuit of the almighty dollar. You’ll learn unbelievable true facts about the sordid path the Sea Monkey empire took, and why there’s much more to Sea Monkeys than that little packet of “Instant Life.”

Throwback is a new series from Mental Floss where we take a deep dive into some of the most fascinating stories behind the toys, trends, and events you might remember from your childhood.

For even more Sea Monkey facts, check out Erin’s piece on the Mental Floss website, 16 Amazing Facts About Sea Monkeys: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/56755/16-amazing-facts-about-sea-monkeys


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