Mexican Jumping beans, what's the deal?

Peter J Verrecclua boycandy at
Sun Aug 13 16:37:10 EST 1995

My friend's new boyfriend has questioned him about what makes Mexican 
jumping beans jump.  I was under the impression that they contained the 
living larvae of some flying insect.  But why do they have such a long 
shelflife.  What's the deal?  New boyfriend of my friend thinks that this 
is exploitive ofan animal creature.  I just don't know what to think.  
Please answer!

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