by Zoë Pollock
Harold von Braunhut, the guy who popularized sea monkey kits (and invisible goldfish), was a good friend to the Aryan Nations, the anti-Semitic, white supremacist group. Braunhut also happened to be Jewish:
It’s tempting to think that von Braunhut’s biggest con was convincing himself to buy into preposterous and despicable ideas. Unfortunately for the world, however, that’s not so unusual. More extraordinary is this: [leader of the Aryan Nations] Richard Girnt Butler, who preached that Jews were descended from Satan, had a man who was known to be born Jewish preside over his wife’s funeral in 1995. Harold von Braunhut had won Butler over. That’s what salesmen do.