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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Mexican jumping beans

    Quote Originally Posted by Mulletino View Post
    I remember there being a craze at Junior School (so 70s) of "Mexican Jumping Beans", which were basically just capsules (like the tablet ones) with a ball bearing inside.
    Supposedly my brother swallowed one when he was young, & my parents were worried the weight inside was made out of lead!

    The Wiggly Gigglys of the mid 1980s were similarly weighted with a steel ball baring inside, but were too big to swallow, though in time the glue holding mine together wore out.
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    Default Re: Mexican jumping beans

    Mexican jumping beans are mentioned in the book Boy by Roald Dahl as one of the items that would be stored in a tuck box at his boarding school in Weston-super-Mare.

    I had to do an internet search to find out exactly what they are.

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