I have done some weird stuff since I started growing my own veggies, but fondling bean pods never came into the picture before now.
I wrote earlier this year about the beans I was growing, commenting on the edibility, or not of the pods. I was not very charitable about the Lazy Housewife bean, but she now has definitely come into her own.
Once I decided to use the beans for drying it all started to make sense. The Lazy Housewife bean rapidly goes to pod, but looks can be deceiving. I started picking quite a few apparently full pods only to find that the beans inside were very small. So now, before I pick anything I sidle up to the pods and give them a good feel. That way I at least know that there is a decent sized bean inside.