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It’s jumping bean season again

Just like the peanut is not really a nut and the pineapple is not an apple, not all ‘beans’ are beans. Perhaps the most remarkable of all the beans-that-are-not-really-beans are Mexican jumping beans which are actually seeds from a deciduous desert-loving shrub (Sebastiana pavoniana) that only grow in some Mexican states (e.g. Sonora and Chihuahua). […]

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Who put the June in June Lockhart?

On several occasions over the years I’ve interviewed June Lockhart – the TV matriarch in shows such as “Lassie” and “Lost in Space” – who turns 94 this year on June 25. Obviously, her parents christened her, but was it simply a matter of being named after the month of her birth? […]