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The Dark Past of Sea Monkeys

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This is the story of how a tiny, magical creature was transformed into a cultural phenomenon by inventor, marketing genius and complicated eccentric Harold von Braunhut. Full of fun facts (both charming and disturbing), Just Add Water is a colorful short film about a half-century of marketing directly to children, the force of nostalgia in pop culture, and an unlikely meeting of flim-flam and hard science. A film by Penny Lane. This Great Big Film was made in collaboration with our friends at CNN Films. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/vR6Acb Follow us behind the scenes on Instagram: http://goo.gl/2KABeX Make our acquaintance on Facebook: http://goo.gl/Vn0XIZ Give us a shout on Twitter: http://goo.gl/sY1GLY Come hang with us on Vimeo: http://goo.gl/T0OzjV Visit our world directly: http://www.greatbigstory.com Great Big Story is a video network dedicated to the untold, overlooked & flat-out amazing. Humans are capable of incredible things & we're here to tell their stories. When a rocket lands in your backyard, you get in.
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Great Big Story (2 days ago)
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Golden Opportunity (10 hours ago)
What cartoon is this is called? 4:50
SparkleSSwirl1987 (10 hours ago)
This is very interesting
Bloody well right (20 hours ago)
Don't drink it.
Maiden Knight (1 day ago)
I would also like 2 know if I can get in on this swastika terrarium! :)
Maiden Knight (1 day ago)
All Hail the Sea Monkey Reich! Before Harold von Braunhut died, he created the Fuhrer egg. A single Sea Monkey egg, hidden in Idaho at a secret Aryan Nations bunker. When added to water in the year 2121, the great leader will arise and lead his saluting battalions of Sea Monkeys against the vermin of CNN. Hail! Hail! Hail!
Parcke075 (17 minutes ago)
You think that's something? Yes harold was weird, but you will have a doozy of a story once you get all of the dark sides (not a pun)of barack obama.
jpc123ful (36 minutes ago)
I identify as a Trans-SeaMonkey and I find this film very degrading and racist against Seamonkeys...I am a member of the Democratic Socialist SeaMonkey Party (DSSP) and recently joined Antifa to stop the hate and participated in mindless mob attacks on so called normal humans until I get treated with equal rights and more government handouts. Even though I am very small I will continue to RESIST!
Adam Seeve (47 minutes ago)
"Sea Monkeys" ... great! In Germany they were called "Urzeitkrebse" XDXDXD
Tenkei (48 minutes ago)
The guy who "created" Sea Monkeys was apparently both born a Jew and also involved with the Aryan Brotherhood. I just saved you lots of time waiting to see what exactly this video was getting to. In the words of the video narrator, "People are complicated."
Le Dave Rubio (55 minutes ago)
Sea monkeys is the vintage equivalent of clickbate.
Olivia Metzger (2 hours ago)
Still love sea monkeys 💖💖💖
Boring 5 (2 hours ago)
You mean the big secret was he was racist? That's it? This isn't shocking, 95% of white people are racist. Especially during that time. The only difference now is you all hide it more.
metalsabatico (3 hours ago)
he was a genius scam artist. how is that marvelous?
The Funk Phenomenon (3 hours ago)
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BC Nation (4 hours ago)
So a jewish anti semite? Wut...?
Glen Russum (4 hours ago)
Strange...twisty story- well done!
SixxxStringSultan (4 hours ago)
I get the feeling there's some underlying bigotry towards these sea monkeys. Is 'Sea Serpent' the next racial slur of the aqueous community? Find out tonight at 10!!
rpatto92 (4 hours ago)
Ironic that seemingly behind every "Nazi" stands an anti-Semitic Jew. _What a truly strange world._
Satanas Hell (5 hours ago)
I remember I got mine for Christmas 🎄 they sucked the biggest disappointment in my life wtf
MetalHeart8787 (6 hours ago)
Nothing scary about the sea monkeys, it's more like harolds  stupid past.I never bought those corny things anyway.
Dantastic Guy (6 hours ago)
Stan Lee voice over????
blackphoenix77 (6 hours ago)
So....a Anti-Semetic Jewish guy created Sea Monkeys. OK then.....
Brooklyn Avenue (7 hours ago)
Marge is hot as a sea monkey.
Alan Castillo (8 hours ago)
What song is playing at the end if the vid
David Yeakle (8 hours ago)
I had a sea monkey kit when I was a kid, but it didn't work and none of them were born.
Sebastian Amado (9 hours ago)
if he was a jew he was not a Nazi idiot
Kamandi (10 hours ago)
A Jew funding a neo-Nazi group? Hmm! Well fancy that!
Jason Yancey (10 hours ago)
SARISS80 (11 hours ago)
His brain was the size of a sea monkey.
Cloud-#Education (11 hours ago)
Was the Harold in the animated part voiced by old recordings, or was it a voice actor?
Leroy Blackzilla (11 hours ago)
Muthafuckin sea niggas
Teena Pittman (12 hours ago)
You presented the story as just history, without influencing the narrative as right or wrong, verbally. Then you used 'dark' music to suggest that it was bad or evil. Then in your comment, went a step further and told us that to soothe our wounded soul, to buy 'whatever'. What a consolation, and to who? I love to know the facts, good or bad, but I like to make up my own mind how to interpret them, I don't need someone else's OPINION to make up my mind. Course you can do your video's however you want to. Bill Brennan's comment below says it all.
Ellie L (12 hours ago)
Hahahaha I had those as a kid
Donnie Merritt (12 hours ago)
I noticed that CNN was in on the making and suddenly it became untrustworthy and most likely some FAKE BULL !
Sami (12 hours ago)
What did the Fox say?
anthony taylor (13 hours ago)
You tube has been suggestin me to watch this video since like the way beginning of the summer time and now i have finally watched it all for my self lol ha ha ha q-: #areyouhappynowyoutube
Will Dennis (13 hours ago)
so long story short a Jewish nazi made sea monkeys?
Kevin Chamberlain (13 hours ago)
I once had a batch of Sea Monkeys and grew them on long enough till they actually became chimpanzees.......... but they drowned.
Carol Tensen (13 hours ago)
Would love to see an Ed Wood-style bio pic of this guy.
Ricado Santos (14 hours ago)
very puzzling indeed, how can the same man who scammed and stole from children by selling them falsely advertised garbage, also be a kkk hate fulled nazi sympathizer, I think there were 2 Harolds all along
kaystarlo (15 hours ago)
Great storytelling
thomas_55 (15 hours ago)
I remember having Sea Monkeys 40 years ago in the winter. Fixed them up by the instructions and overnight the temperature dropped to 25 degrees. Found my sea monkeys floating at the top of their "aquarium". No more sea monkeys.
So, Hitler Harold was a Democrat!
Beth Magalski (15 hours ago)
OMG you guys are great.... totally subscribing!
X Marks (16 hours ago)
The mother sea monkey is a MILF.
X Marks (16 hours ago)
Rosseane Barr is Jewish and supports the far Right Trump.
Matt Mc (16 hours ago)
I remember those ads as a kid in the comics in the 80s every DC comic had one I swear
Lee Clark (16 hours ago)
The 24 hour water purification idea. What a clever scoundrel this guy was.
La Tui (16 hours ago)
This narrator reminds me of Matt Alt from Japanology.
PeeCee (16 hours ago)
Ads promised so much and delivered so little. I remember being very dissapointed. This crook stole my money! 😂😂
Rayotic (17 hours ago)
ok so basically Im se monky
G Man (18 hours ago)
I thought the narrator was George Carlin...
Singula (18 hours ago)
"ordinary tapwater" What? You guys know how unbeliebably important water is, right? Goddamn, stupid fucks.
Leathers Family (19 hours ago)
harold is a klu klux klan member
lastplace trophy (19 hours ago)
Leave it to the clown news network to bring us some shit like this.
Ok... so where's the dark history at?
ladykiri42 (19 hours ago)
I used to grow my own to feed my pet seahorses. They need salt water with a lot of aeration to stay alive. My seahorses did love them!
Tony C (21 hours ago)
Aryan Nations rules!
Scott Hildebrand (23 hours ago)
Buying some sea monkeys now
David Garcia (23 hours ago)
Great video.. dude was a douche though
Patrick Stern (23 hours ago)
Jewish tricks.
How To Boil water (1 day ago)
Sea people + Seamen = Seaciety
S. Adam Bernstein (1 day ago)
Wow, he was like Bobby Fischer!
Austin Carlson (1 day ago)
It works I really tried and kept em alive for 3 weeks.......soooo proud
Austin Carlson (1 day ago)
I make 1million sea monkeys every time I jack my cocknballs
Poopah (1 day ago)
Yaaay seamonkeys yaaay anti Semites.
David Rapalyea (1 day ago)
The phenomenon of "self hating" Jews would be a great study. The story begins with Eastern European Jews self segregated and being segregated by others for hundreds of years in their own cultural ghettos. Ruled by custom and Rabbis. In the seventen hundteds(?) they began to drift into mainstream culture and were "emancipated" from a sort of apardheid. But for centuries they had been religiously directed toward literacy for the legalistic Torah Studies (Jewish religious law.) And the best torah scholars had status and were inadvertently(?) bred for intellectual agility. I believe that is why these Jews have such high IQs and many Nobel prizes.
Poopah (1 day ago)
I thought they meant sperm.
Wyatt Edwards (1 day ago)
Well I'll be damned...it fooled me. As a kid, I actually did think that the first packet, the "water purifier" was to do something like modify the pH of the water and/or get the correct amount of salt in the water, and that packet 2 was the eggs. It seemed like the kit I had also had a packet 3, but I can't remember what that one was. Food for the brine shrimp?
Curious Cat (1 day ago)
Money and power doesn't come for free. You have to sacrifice a lot to get it. Wether it is through hard work or getting rid of your own humanity. But its also just the guy who created sea monkeys wtf
Kirk Hanhy (1 day ago)
My parents purchased the sea PEOPLE kit... Among one of life's early favorite Disappointments, LOL
S. Tapia (1 day ago)
Hope the sea monkeys don't plan on running for office.
Puff Of Smoke (1 day ago)
Harold von Braunhut is a master at deception. From his inventions to his life and his identity.
MummyChunks (1 day ago)
Kids love pets. Just pour water, and watch them eventually starve to death!
Lee Jones (1 day ago)
Ultimate finesser
Nico.Anonymous (1 day ago)
I had the voice you give him ughhh
Richard Booker (1 day ago)
Shut up Meg!
I once had a little fishbowl that was a decent size and set up with all the proper things fish would need and I had sea monkeys (Brine Shrimp) that actually hatched. They lived for a year and would have lived longer if my cats hadn't knocked the bowl off the table like little assholes and killed them all. There was only one survivor however. It was the biggest shrimp out of them all and he lived for a good two years and then finally died in the new fish bowl. He had a good life because I fed him quite well and gave him lots of sunlight.
Robert (1 day ago)
Richard Pell at 6:00 is a dead ringer for actor Jesse Eisenberg from the movie The social network
Red Menace (1 day ago)
Seems like YouTube is trying to humanize Nazis.
Gabriel Alvarado (1 day ago)
Why? they are alive!
BIG Stick (1 day ago)
Is this a joke? I suppose you're going to bash the Torture Garden add in comic books for the spread of indigenous plants in the U.S.? And the Pet rock for causing land slides..
The Man in the High Sea Monkey Castle
Time Keeper (19 hours ago)
Curtis (1 day ago)
wtf i love sea monkeys now
Natas Reficul (1 day ago)
So supporting an aryan brotherhood is evil, but all other brotherhoods of different nationalities are fine? This is a perfect reason how hate groups are started, people like this narrator depict people of a specific nationality, and then bash them with hateful things rather than understanding what they are talking about first
Natas Reficul (1 day ago)
He is right though, hate me if you want, it’s just true, religions hate one another, same with people hating one another because of color, me I don’t dislike anyone because of color, I just agree with certain things that are true, do I hate any religion, no because I’m religiously neutral
techimonkey (1 day ago)
I remember The Great Sea Monkey Massacre all too well... I accidentally tipped over my sea monkey tank and they all spilled out when I was a little kid.
EasedBluntman (1 day ago)
Fun Fact: Hitler did nothing wrong.
EasedBluntman (6 hours ago)
You're right you're right. Hitler did do some things wrong.... like not finishing the job. WHAMMY!
Conrad Humilbottom (6 hours ago)
Israel is our GREATEST ally! MAGA
Conrad Humilbottom (6 hours ago)
EasedBluntman cool it with the antisemitic remarks
Emmillyy (1 day ago)
this isnt the dark past of sea monkeys... it's the dark past of some random dude who made them... you're marketing it with a kind of clickbait title so you can get that coin
dhgodzilla1 (1 day ago)
VAMPYBITES (1 day ago)
ALL you white (jews) go back to Europe, and clean house! If anyone needs to "Go back where you/they came from" are the WHITES! Europe needs your HELP, clean it UP!!!!
Mark Arnott (1 day ago)
No monkey just fish bait food 🐟
VAMPYBITES (1 day ago)
Can you say "SUCKERS"! I knew you could!!!!!
boy girl and a dad (1 day ago)
That Nazi guy is actually Tony Clifton. Andy Kaufman lives!!!
J. P. (1 day ago)
There’s an unsettling amount of truth to the claim that ‘Hitler was just a victim of bad press’. I mean do you really believe that the allied war propaganda was coincidentally all 100% true? Of course not. War crimes were committed on both sides but in-fact by any rational metric the bad guys won WWII, and by slaughtering our German cousins we Americans helped them do it. Mainstream WWII history is more lie than it is truth.
Estate Of Panic (1 day ago)
South Park take me here!
mew SP_on23567 (1 day ago)
he was a liar who stole BILLIONS doing no different than popup scams today
mew SP_on23567 (1 day ago)
well they dont call them "grand wizards" for nothing
Guitarwizard999 (1 day ago)
I really didn't like Harold very much until you got to the KKK stuff...Now I think he's pretty rad
sammmm87 (1 day ago)
They didn't play tennis like on the fucking box that's the real dark side
Flip Warbucks (1 day ago)
Andi Pandi (1 day ago)
thats a relief - i was worried you were going to tell me that he had to drown thousands of monkeys in order to create them..
ironmaster64 (1 day ago)
So he was a Real Life Uncle Ruckus?
jack lock (1 day ago)
Hitler didn't hate Jews, He had Jews who worked for him. Hitler tried to save his country from psychopaths, and Harold understood that much better than you.
4:53 omg why u gotta show my favorite show and it's canceled. XD

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