Yes, it is a very common thing, and no, you don't sound lame at all.
I think everyone here gets excited everytime they see something new in their tanks.
Unfortunately it's impossible to raise baby shrimp in a normal tank setup.
They are extremely fragile, extremely difficult to feed, and extremely delicious to everything else in your tank. lol
Your clowns will certainly appreciate the snack.
If you're lucky you'll be able to witness them hatching, but don't expect too much after that.
In order to raise peppermint shrimp larvae you'd need a special setup seperate from your regular tank with lots of freshly-hatched brine shrimp larvae to keep them fed.
It can be done, but it's a lot of work.
Here's a great article I found over at Advanced Aquarist when my shrimp got pregnant: http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issu...04/feature.htm