Toy marks fifty years of window into ant life

This year marks a half-century since Levine began selling his Uncle Milton Ant Farm — the sand-filled, clear plastic boxes through which ant voyeurs can watch the insects tunnel and eat, and later die.

Levine said more than 20 million of his Ant Farms have been sold, with more than a billion ants shipped to customers eager to bring their toys to life.”Never in my wildest dreams had I thought it would last 50 years,” said Levine, who retired 10 years ago and left his son, Steve, to run Uncle Milton Industries.

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