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A painting of Mexican beans. You’d think that, given their name, Mexican jumping beans would be beans, but they are not; they are actually hollow seeds. Strictly speaking, they do not jump either. But they do roll, and they do twist and turn—and all due to a fascinating little creature which lives inside them! (© Odd Feed)

Mexican Jumping Beans: Gimmick or Natural Phenomenon?

You’d think that, given their name, Mexican jumping beans would be beans, but they are not; they are actually hollow seeds. Strictly speaking, they do not jump either. But they do roll, and they do twist and turn—and all due to a fascinating little creature which lives inside them!


In 1918, Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka commissioned a life-sized sex doll of his former lover, Alma Mahler (widow of composer Gustav Mahler and then-wife of architect Walter Gropius). He dressed it in custom-made clothes and took it with him on trips, to cafés, and to the theater. He destroyed it publicly several years later, claiming it had “cured him of his passions." 

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