Even when I was a kid in the 1970s, I didn't put much credence in the claim that you could own wonderful families of pets that would do your bidding for just the low price of $1.25 (plus postage). It certainly seemed outlandish. Still, when I ran across this old advertisement for Sea-Monkeys, I couldn't help but wax a little nostalgic.
I knew better at the time; I knew that the Sea-Monkeys would not appear in any tank as a happy, smiling family. But, I remember still feeling a faint sense of disappointment when I found out that they were nothing but brine shrimp.