A question from my childhood: What the heck were SeaMonkeys?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Ronald Epstein, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder
    Owner

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 1997
    Messages:
    48,492
    Likes Received:
    5,578
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Real Name:
    Ronald Epstein
    Here's something I always wanted to know....

    What the heck were SeaMonkeys?

    They came in a pouch, you threw in a fishbowl
    and the advertisements promised they would bring
    you endless joy and entertainment.

    What the hell were these things anyway?
     
  2. Keith Mickunas

    Keith Mickunas Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 1998
    Messages:
    2,041
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Brine shrimp eggs, or else real young brine shrimp that were freeze dried. A friend of mine bought some a few years ago, they weren't really too exciting. Although according to the show "The State" on MTV, if you took good care of them they grew rather large (close to 6') and would sing and dance and talk.
     
  3. Dave Poehlman

    Dave Poehlman Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2000
    Messages:
    3,813
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0


    [​IMG]

    Was that the show I was thinking of? I was about to say Kids in the Hall. That was hilarious.
     
  4. Shayne Lebrun

    Shayne Lebrun Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 1999
    Messages:
    1,086
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Aye, brine shrimp. You can find vials of the eggs at fish stores; we use them to feed baby fish when we're breeding.

    You can make a pretty sweet little hatchery using a 2 litre plastic pop bottle, some tubing, some aquarium silicone and an airpump, by the way.
     
  5. Keith Mickunas

    Keith Mickunas Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 1998
    Messages:
    2,041
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    It was definitely The State. I've never seen much Kids in the Hall, but I love The State.
     
  6. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 1999
    Messages:
    6,499
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I always thought it was funny the seamonkey enevlope was like $10, and you could buy a tube of Brine shrimp like 200 times the size for $8 at the pet store.
     
  7. John Watson

    John Watson Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2002
    Messages:
    1,937
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    marginally more entertaining than pet rocks
     
  8. Ron-P

    Ron-P Producer

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2000
    Messages:
    6,284
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    Ron
  9. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 1999
    Messages:
    3,000
    Likes Received:
    743
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Ron-P,

    Because they are more fun to discuss here!
    [​IMG]

    I just bought some for my niece and nephews, and they are interesting for a few weeks when they are growing and getting bigger...They are also a great "test pet," to see if the kids are responsible enough to "upgrade" to hamsters, cameleons, or iguanas.

    Still, while Sea-Monkeys are more expensive than generic "brine shrimp," I did notice that the company that sells them claims that "Sea-Monkeys" have been bred/produced to be larger than normal brine shrimp. Granted, this is the same company that sells "sea diamonds" for the Sea Monkeys to "play with," and all it appears to be is cut pieces of clear plastic pipe.

    Cheers,

    Mark
     
  10. TedE

    TedE Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2000
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I have a container of dead sea monkeys sitting on my desk. Just waiting for the water to evaporate enough to bring them back to life. The perfect pet.
     
  11. Dan Lindley

    Dan Lindley Second Unit

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2000
    Messages:
    396
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Funny timing -- I just bought sea monkeys for my daughter 2 weeks ago. Took awhile to get them to visible size. But some itsy bitsy things are indeed swimming around like mad now. Can't say they each have names though....

    Can't say I'm a pet fan, but if this works out, maybe I'll let my daughter top out with the monster of all pets on the evolutionary scale: a venus fly trap!

    In any case, they don't quite sell the sea monkeys like they used to, with implied promises of pets who would perform, etc. Much more modest, although still with a smile.

    Lots of fun for a six year old though, more science project than pet, I would say.

    Dan
     
  12. Garrett Lundy

    Garrett Lundy Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2002
    Messages:
    3,764
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0

    I personally prefer odor-free pets: scorpions, tarantuals, praying mantises (manti?), rocks, venusian flytraps, et cetera.
     
  13. Kirk Gunn

    Kirk Gunn Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 1999
    Messages:
    1,609
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Will Sea Monkey's survive in Ron-P's beer ????? Inquiring minds need to know !

    uh-oh, PETA is knocking at my door
     
  14. PhillJones

    PhillJones Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2004
    Messages:
    472
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Apparenly, they can survive in Vodka, they move arround a lot more but don't live as long. Funny that.

    BTW 6'? Six FOOT? wow that's one hell of a sea monkey.
     
  15. Ron-P

    Ron-P Producer

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2000
    Messages:
    6,284
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    Ron

    See for yourself...
    [​IMG]


    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
  16. Kirk Gunn

    Kirk Gunn Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 1999
    Messages:
    1,609
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    WOW - it's on the internet - must be true !!!! [​IMG]

    Good one ! I'm heading down to PetSmart after work.
     
  17. Dan Lindley

    Dan Lindley Second Unit

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2000
    Messages:
    396
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ron-P:
    ROTFL.

    'nuf said.

    Dan

    Ok, not enough said. What beer was it? Hoppy? Malty? Still tasting fresh? Lo-Carb? (oh the horror...)
     
  18. Bill Slack

    Bill Slack Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 1999
    Messages:
    837
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    PhillJones:

    I dunno. I'm more impressed by the singing and dancing ones, than the 6 feet ones.

    Hell, I'm 6 feet tall, but even *I* can't sing and dance!

    Sea Monkeys are great. Just watch 'The Simpsons Already Did It' episode of Southpark. Though, they're called Seamen in that case. [​IMG]
     
  19. andrew markworthy

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 1999
    Messages:
    4,762
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    0

    Well if one of you has got their hands free I suppose it's something to do ...
     
  20. Ron Etaylor

    Ron Etaylor Second Unit

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2002
    Messages:
    275
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    [​IMG] Andrew[​IMG]
     

Share This Page