Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Truth In Advertising??

What A Con!

Any red-blooded Canadian kid growing up in the late 50's and 60's can likely remember ads similar to the one above in just about any comic book you may have bought.

It held out the promise of owning a bowlful of happiness with the Amazing, Live SEA-MONKEYS 'So Eager to Please - They Can Even Be Trained'. What a crock!

The author of this insult to young minds is reported as saying he bought about 3.2 million pages of comic book advertising and it worked brilliantly!.

So what did you get for your $1.25 (real money in the 60's), you got a package of brine shrimp eggs, the same kind as tropical fish keepers use to raise live food for their fish. I can't prove it, but I suspect the die-off rate was likely well over 99%, and those that did hatch did not resemble the nice drawing whatsoever, and they certainly could not be trained.

I suppose this was the beginning of my learned skepticism which has been reinforced over the years especially as it applies to the politicos at all levels, be they civic, provincial or federal. They all promise a bowlful of happiness during election time, but after elected seem to set about doing what their masters got them elected to do.


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