Sunday, May 16, 2004

"We'll make great pets!" Nostalgic for those comic-book ads of yesteryear? Then today's your lucky day. The Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star informs us that it's National Sea-Monkey Day. Really:

"Thanks to over-the-top marketing by the late Sea-Monkey inventor, Harold von Braunhut, legions of kids imagined their lady Sea-Monkeys smearing on lipstick.

"Whimsical images showed the water-bound creatures walking tiny dogs, reading tiny newspapers and batting tiny volleyballs over tiny nets.

"'When Michelle got hers, I wanted to know where the little castle was, and the pearls and the barbecue apron,' Barclay said. 'I wanted that mystical kingdom I was promised.'"