There's an article in the Los Angeles Times
Magazine (October 1, 2000 edition), written by Tamar Brott, entitled "The Sea Monkeys and the White Supremacist
Harold von Braunhut
is the guy who invented the "secret formula
" that allows his packaged hybrid
brine shrimp to come to life
. Apparently, he and his wife are still the only ones who know the secret
Anyway, the gist of the article is that Mr. von Braunhut is connected with certain extreme-right-wing white-racist hate-groups
type of people. Among his many inventions
is a pen-sized weapon called the Kiyoga Agent M5, which telescopes into a metal whip
at a flick of the wrist. According to the article, "the M5 caused an uproar
in 1988 after it was revealed, in a fund-raising letter for the Aryan Nations
, that a portion of the sales proceeds was going to Richard Butler
, founder and leader of the organization."
The big kicker is, Harold von Braunhut is Jewish
Of course, this raised questions of whether or not the money from Sea Monkeys was also being funneled into the same cause.
Who woulda guessed?