Mexican Jumping beans, what's the deal?

Gary V. Deutschmann, Sr. raiar at
Sun Aug 13 18:16:07 EST 1995

In article <40lra6$j3 at>, 
boycandy at says...
>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!

Is it any more exploitive than caging a dog or bird?

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