May 8th, 2009

sea-monkeys and a bowlfull of happiness

I was browsing through the 1970's comics I mentioned yesterday, and was tickled pink to find this advert. I used to see it all the time in American comics and it totally fascinated me.

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I'd always loved the idea of little underwater people, but with eight-year-old scepticism, I thought the figures in the ad didn't look anything like monkeys and the company probably wasn't going to send me little people for a dollar. (It'd cost a few thousand dollars to get little people, at least. What a scam!) But the ad ran for years and years, and as a little American kid, I thought, well, they'd be sued if it was false advertising and it's gone on for so long... maybe they're real! Someone once said they thought they were little shrimp, not sea-monkeys, but I instantly wrote that off as unbearably boring, and anyway, the advert said they can even be trained and any ol' silly person knows you can't train shrimp.

I never did send in my dollar, but the question stuck with me for a long time, and sometimes when I went swimming in the sea, I wondered if I might get caught up in a shoal of sea-monkeys. I couldn't decide if this would be a marvellous thing - maybe they'd be cuddly, furry monkeys and be my friends and I could visit their underwater houses (the advert said they're so eager to please) - but maybe it'd be a bit too much and I woulnd't be able to get them off of me.

i'm be-twittered

Okay, I gave in and joined Twitter. I don't really know how it works and I'm going to run gleefully amok through any established Twittiquette, but come befriend me there if you like! (I'm jabberworks. Not really through choice, but there are at least 852 people in the world named Sarah McIntyre and we are all vicious name-grabbers.)

And related to the last post, here's my little contribution to nedroidcomics' Majestic Beast collection. (I didn't think my first sea monkey picture really qualified.)

Edit: Ooo, please go tell Gary Northfield's Derek the Sheep how much you love him over on the Beano website! Vote, vote, vote!
(Here's Derek's blog. He's even on Twitter and he has very lovely wallpaper over there.)