Mexican jumping bean video


16 Responses to “Mexican jumping bean video”

  1. mr.skeleton says:

    I remember playing with some as a child, visiting family in Rosarito. They’re neat. When they stopped jumping, I figured some horrible creature was bound to emerge, so I didn’t hang on to them.

  2. Takuan says:

    what? that picture of my grandchild?

  3. Takuan says:

    “Witchetty Grubs
    Keys : Australian Australia Aussie Pacific Australian Oz
    Ingredients :

    4 lrg witchetty grubs

    Method :

    * The reason this recipe is for only one serving is that it is almost impossible to find anyone else to eat them with you.
    * First catch your witchetty grubs.
    * 1. Raw: Hold the live grub by the head, lower into the mouth, bite off at the neck and start chewing. Tastes like cream.
    * 2. Cooked: Throw them into the coals of the campfire and lightly roast till the skin is crisp like a sausage skin. Tastes like sweet scrambled eggs.
    * Tip:
    If eating them raw, it’s important to start chewing straight away because it can be a bit disconcerting to have the grub wriggling inside your mouth for any length of time.”

  4. nanuq says:

    Does PETA know about this?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I created a series of cartoons about mexican jumping beans on youtube! I think there awesome!

  6. IWood says:

    Get them off meeeeee

  7. GammaBlog says:

    I remember having these beans in the Fifties. I didn’t know they were still being sold. It seems strange that importing these moth larvae is legal. How long a shelf life could they have? How do they determine if a particular bean will jump? Candling?

  8. 8pure says:

    There is a rigorous testing ground at the Mexican border. Apparently, the Mexican Bean Authority will not let sub-par beans out of the country. The actual testing is closely guarded in a secret facility.

  9. nosehat says:

    The time-lapse of them seeking shade is really remarkable.

    Idea for a painting:

    Dip a batch of jumping beans in a paint or ink that won’t dry immediately and won’t hinder their movement much, then distribute them randomly on a canvas.

    Position your light and shadows across the canvas to artistic effect. Turn the lights on and let them go.

    Remove the beans when they’ve found the shadows.

    Repeat with a different color ink, and a different set of shadows.

    I may have to try this! …(off to hunt wholesale jumping beans on the internet) =D

  10. Lobster says:

    If there’s a better toy than a larva, I don’t know about it.

  11. Anonymous says:

    FUN:) I just ordered some from They are hysterical!!!

  12. mrscienceful says:

    Yes they do exist… is a supplier of real jumping beans. They send jumping beans in hinged plastic boxes and include a game sheet and educational information about Mexican jumping beans. They are incredibly entertaining to children and adults….they are hilarious! also offers free shipping

  13. howaboutthisdangit says:

    I bought a small box (six or seven beans) last year. Eventually the beans stopped “jumping” as the larvae metamorphosed, and a few weeks later tiny grey moths started emerging, spread out over the course of a month or so.

    Must’ve been confusing for them, awakening in the wrong environment, without the plants they are so dependant upon for nourishment.

    They flew away, to make their lives as best they could.

  14. Daemon says:

    Takuan… what the hell is that thing the larva of?

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