Harold von Braunhut, who died on November 28 aged 77, made a fortune by developing novelty mail-order gifts such as X-Ray Spex, Invisible Goldfish, Amazing Hair-Raising Monsters and, most famously, Sea Monkeys - microscopic dehydrated brine shrimps which "come to life" when added to water... Sea Monkeys sold in their billions, becoming a consumer craze. There are now web sites for Sea Monkey fans; CBS briefly had a Sea Monkey television series; 400 million of them went into space with John Glenn in 1998, and there is even a Sea Monkey video game which allows a player to care for a "virtual" cybermonkey colony. But Sea Monkeys were always less a toy than a test of childhood faith. The creatures may have lived dazzlingly heroic or romantic lives in the minds of their owners, but the physical evidence was always a bit disappointing. The biggest Artemia nyos ever grows is a tenth of an inch and the most interesting thing it does is follow a beam of light up and down its tank. Mostly it does nothing at all.Ah, memories. I don't know how many millions of us were gullible enough to send away our money and wait by the mailbox everyday for our colony to arrive. If it's in a comic book, is has to be true, right? Right?
What if I was a porn producer and involved in this ìfilthyî XXX industry and drove my companyís vehicle to church because I was searching for God? Shouldnít the Church embrace and welcome me no matter what I do, what I look like or what kind of car I drive? Wouldnít you be thrilled that a ìtrue seekerî had entered your property? In a perfect world, you would expect and hope that was the case. But, in reality, the very thing that Erwin had spoken out against in his book had happened at his own church.Unbelievable when they call the police on him but say they'd like him to come back to their church. Thanks to Andrew Hamilton for the link.