By Mark Frauenfelder at 9:11 am Mon, Jun 29, 2009
I enjoyed this short, creative BBC video that tells the story of the Mexican jumping bean. (Via Bits and Pieces)
Get them off meeeeee
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?
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.
If there’s a better toy than a larva, I don’t know about it.
you said it!
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.
Takuan… what the hell is that thing the larva of?
what? that picture of my grandchild?
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4 lrg witchetty grubs
* 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.
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.”
Does PETA know about this?
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.
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
FUN:) I just ordered some from
amazingbeans.com They are hysterical!!!
Yes they do exist… http://www.amazingbeans.com 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!
http://www.amazingbeans.com also offers free shipping
I created a series of cartoons about mexican jumping beans on youtube! I think there awesome!
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