Friday, August 29, 2014

Spirit Sentiment #3 - Beta vs. Rare

Hey Jammers!

We all love trading. We get new items from it that we may not have, and we can use those items to trade for what we really want. 

Some Jammers, however, are confused with which items are beta and which items are just really rare.

This sentiment is dedicated to that clarification. Some Jammers get frustrated at me or others when we try clarifying this topic!



What "Beta" really means

(First of all, it's pronounced bait-uh)

The beta testing period of Animal Jam took place in 2010. This is where they used certain items to test and released to the beta testers. Here is an example of what some beta items were:

These items are beta, because they were used in the testing period.

What "rare" really means

An item that is "rare" means that it is scarce, or not common. In this case, rare means that it is no longer in stores. 
Rare can also mean that this item was sold on Rare Item Monday, but it doesn't always mean that it's rare just because it was sold then.
Here is a rare item:
Feathered Mask

Items that are Not Beta

These are a few items that are commonly mistake for being beta.

Backpack

Backpacks were released in 2012 on September 1st as a back-to-school item. Click here to see The Spirit's post about it.

Basketball



Okay I have NO idea how Jammers got the idea that basketballs were beta. It must have been a rumor that floated around long enough.
Basketballs were released in early 2011. 2011 was NOT the beta testing period, but the live period that we are in right now.

Ice Phantom Statue

The Ice Phantom Statue was released as a Christmas gift in 2012. Click here to see The Spirit's post about it.

Rare/Spiked Collar/Wristband




Spiked Collars and Wristbands are one of Jamaa's most popular items. They, however, are not beta like some Jammers say.  They were released in the Summer of 2011 as monthly member gifts. Click here to see the Spirit's post about them.

Pretty Much all the other Monthly Member Gifts

To shorten this part, click here to visit the page on my blog where are the monthly member gifts are (some weren't included because I wasn't posting anymore).


Those are a few items around Jamaa that are mistaken for being beta. But they are only rare.

Also, beta does not mean "out of stores". Beta is what I mentioned earlier in this post. The word you are looking for is "rare".
AJ HQ also released the Beta Party, where they sell items that they tested in the Beta Days. If Animal Jam did use these items and said they are beta, then they are beta. Some Jammers complain that these items are not beta.
*I was not around in the beta days, but came to Jamaa in March 2011, after seeing an advertisement in a magazine that I bought with birthday money.*


To end this post, I would like to thank sonyastar2004 for sending in a shweet animal!

Yangtze River Dolphin
The Yangtze River Dolphin is known as Baiji, and went extinct in 2002 when the last remaining dolphin named Qiqi died. It would have been great if we were able to save this little guy and the rest of his species!



Have a topic you would like me to cover as a Sentiment? Email me at ajfeelers@gmail.com!

547 comments :

  1. Second comment! whooooo!!! Very interesting post! :)
    -Owlzzz

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  2. And the items in the beta party aren't actually items from the beta testing period they just call them beta stuff cause they are in a beta party

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  3. Then why does everyone call them beta?

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  4. 'Beta Basketball" still has a nice ring to it, even though it's not actually beta xD

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  5. Yeeep, pretty much. I don't like it very much, it can be confusing for people who haven't heard of the beta party yet. :I

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  6. I think AJS needs a new look.. not to offend anyone. I remember they decorate it for a certain holiday.

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  7. It's a mistake. Like I said, it's a popular rumor.

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  8. I guess. Halloween is coming up or maybe she'll change it when fall comes around..

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  9. I forgot to add the Wooden Toy Box. It was also a Christmas gift.

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  10. Really? The one that looked like a log, you mean? I thought that was in stores for a while before it was taken out. It was kinda part of that tree stump table, chair and sink set. :o

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  11. Oh oh oh you're right. I might have gotten mixed up. Yeah, it was in stores.

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  12. omg thx feelers for including my pic its a pleasure!

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  13. YES FINALLY SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Anyways, does anyone know a good video editor? I have a windows HP so nothing fancy.

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  14. ANY OF YOU GUYS NOW WERE TUNNNLE TOWN WENT I'VE BIN OFF FOR QUIET A WILE SO I MISSED ALOT.

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  15. No. I have gotten bored of tunnel town.

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  16. HELLO PIZZA GUY HERE ANSWER THE DOOR PLEASE

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  17. Huh. I always thought basketballs were beta. That was a supriser O3O

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  18. I THOUGHT OF TITANIC WHEN YOU SAY THAT

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  19. BABY FIGHTS XD

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  20. From Gravity Falls, one of my favorite shows

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  21. Hungergamesrock19375August 29, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Im here o3o

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  25. Hungergamesrock19375August 29, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Anyone want to chat? :3

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  28. DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

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  29. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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  30. Hungergamesrock19375August 29, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Is this spam?

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  31. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

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  32. Uhm, please don't spam up the comment place.

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  33. GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

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  34. Hungergamesrock19375August 29, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Stop spamming please C:

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  35. Hungergamesrock19375August 29, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Are my comments showing btw?

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  36. This is why I don't comment much anymore. :(

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  37. Aww :C
    Well you don't have to stop commenting because of spam, it usually gets removed if someone who can delete them is online ;D

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  38. I knew it even though I don't watch it :P

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  39. Just wondering, what is Gravity Falls about?

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  40. I had someone call me a "beach" because we had like a 10 minute argument about if feathered masks were beta. They called me an idiot for thinking they weren't beta XDXDXD

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  41. Ugh, I know how you feel. I can't stand being in Jamaa and seeing people say, "TRADE ME FOR MY BETA SANDBOX!"

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  42. You must be very sandy then lol I try to mess with people when they call me bad stuff. For that I usually say yes I know I have peaceful waves and hot sandy sand X3 they get so darn mad

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  43. It's a cartoon on Disney XD (no, literally the xd) about two twins, Dipper and Mabel Pines, who live in the town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. (Which doesn't actually exist). They discover lots of conspiracies in the area and mysteries. It's a really good and funny show!

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  44. Sounds interesting!

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  45. If you start watching it, then watch it from season 1, because it will keep you on the seat of your pants by the end! They just started season 2.

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  46. How is everyone today? I just finished baking pretzels with my mom. Om nom nom! C:

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  47. Ugh yes =.=
    Just people trying to get rares. It's really annoying. But I guess that people think that's the object of the game now.

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  48. Luckyyyyy.


    I want my mom to make eggless cookie dough so we can eat it.

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  49. I have windows vista and I use windows movie maker and it's pretty decent but it's not like GET A NEW 36388584p HD VIDEOS TODAY!!! it's like 1060p for a small video and a little higher than 720p for a 1280x720 video.

    It includes speed up and slow down for editing and lots of other stuff I rarely use but I really like it.

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  50. Sounds delightful! I have two pages of social studies papers and a French keynote to do over my weekend :3

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  51. :Mouth waters:

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  52. My social studies is my only teacher to give weekend hw

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  53. Oooh same. I use Windows Movie Maker. The only thing about it is that it's a little tricky when you want to save the video to upload it to youtube. xD

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  54. I'm still in Summer. But only for like 7 more days :C

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  55. I start next Thursday which is good because it's two days of school and then WEEKEND!!!

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  56. OMG ikr. My friend who I had just buddied like 2 days ago, said he was going to quit because he lost his founder and collar. Yet he still has plently of rares. He said he wouldn't quit if he got donations. :3

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  57. Omg same o3o

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  58. That's a little greedy. Actually a LOT greedy. I hope he didn't get any donations. Losing a rare does not mean one should quit JUST because of that. :/

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  59. That is what annoys me the most on AJ. A lot of my buddies, or local jammers, say they got scammed and or hacked and now there are quitting. Then I am always like, "But AJ is about friends, nature, and fun!" And my friend I was talking about earlier, when I told him that, he said "But collecting betas is fun!" He obviously didn't get my message X3

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  60. Yay Halloween! My favorite holiday!

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  61. Yeah. It takes like 20-30 minutes to upload a 15 minute video :C

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  62. You guys have inspired me to do the next Sentiment on scamming and hacking

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  63. Eh. I try not to associate with these people xD

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  64. Annd the videos do take forever. It takes like 10 minutes to upload my 3-4 minute videos. O_O

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  65. Can't wait! Just wondering, how did you get to do Spirit Sentiments?

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  66. My favorite holiday... my birthday lololol xD

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  67. Are any of you guys online? I'm bored X3

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  68. I am and playing hide n' seek in my den with a buddy at the same time

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  69. Let me rephrase that, are any of you on AJ?

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  70. Rumors my friend. Rumors.
    Plus, did you not just read the post?
    Just because someone calls something beta doesn't make it beta

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  71. May I join?

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  72. Nope. I'm catching up on all the art I owe people. Man, I hate owing things :C

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  73. Lol. I stink at online art. I'm only good at sketching :C

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  74. Yeah I stunk too back then, but I guess the hand gains practice when you're on a mouse all day. I can click faster than a speeding bullet! >:D

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  75. I can relate. I am on so much I can type without looking at the keyboard.

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  76. Ahhhgh so sweaty. I just got back from a kickball tournament at school and now I have a bunch of homework to do DX


    Oh well. Imma AJS instead :3

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  77. WHAT BASKETBALLS ARE NOT BETA I TRADES NY RARE AJ SUPERHERO CAPE FOR ONE :(

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  78. That's awesome! Me too kinda.. xD

    I still have to look for the symbols though, I don't use them a lot.

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  79. They're not beta, but they are rarer than a superhero cape.


    I think.

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  80. Well, the basketballs are still rare, and that was a great deal. :o

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  81. I was appcent for two days and I had a social udies plus I am in two advanced classes

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  82. I'm not looking forward to my upcoming homework. Why can't summer be longer :C

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  83. Relish today, ketchup tomorrow.


    Thank you, best hot dog stand I've ever been too! Now I know what to do with my homeywork. C:

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  84. You mustard (must start? lol) today! Don't be a procrastinator! x''D

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  85. To be honest though hoq many ppl would play aj if there qere no betas omg plz someone call the grammer police on mw

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  86. You sure you want me to call them? I spelled a word wrong on my spelling test in first grade, and I got sent to grammar jail. I've been a good little child since

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  87. I thimk ppl get upset because they wasted a lot of times getting certain items or they just greedy

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  88. I joined AJ in 2010 probably around summer Autumn time, i dont remember much of it because i was really young and couldn't really remember much about anything that time anyway, but i do remember bongo's being in store, and i cant remember if this was the 1st or 2nd Halloween but i remember the Halloween den coming out for members and a phantom game that had a secret entrance in coral canyons and you had to protect a piece of candy from advancing phantoms and each time you got a new high score or something you won a phantom statue! i had 6 ( 1 blue, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 purple and 2 red ) but i traded 2 of them, i also remember when the dens were only the princess castle, tree house, castle, small house and volcano! the wood flooring was in stores ( nm flooring ) there wasn't appondale, kimbara outback or any sea places, crystal sands hadn't been remolded yet AND i remember when the pillow room used to be called the medical room but they changed it and for some reason i got really annoyed at it XD

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  89. Ahh, August. What a month! Beautiful Summer, but with the lingering feeling of school approaching :C Six grade is coming too fast!

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  90. I remember all that, too! I joined a day before the first Jamaalidays.

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  91. Wow. You remembered well actually. I wasn't there back then, but I know you are right about the Medical Room. I actually like it better than the pillow room. Well I actually hate the pillow room because of the stupid adoptions that go on there. :/

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  92. I'm in sixth grade, too! :D


    My August has been disgusting. Most of summer was really nice, never really getting higher than 80 degrees. But suddenly August has been 90s almost every single day :C

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  93. Aww, my b-day's in August. But I agree with the 'school lingering' feeling. :C

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  94. Yeah! I was a seal once, and I went into the pillow room (I like the music :3) and slept on a pillow. Next thing I know, THREE people come up to me screaming, "I ADOPT YOU!!!" I wasn't even saying anything about being up for adoption.

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  95. A little while ago, AJ did one of its little gold pop-ups! It was the best one I ever saw. It said. "Calling all storytellers, go to the pillow room to share your stories!" It reminded me of my cousin Eva C:

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  96. My favorite one is the croc party one. xD

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  97. I missed that one :C It sounds great though

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  98. This summer wasn't that great. June was spent worrying my cat had rabies, because she had been bitten. My vacations were rained on at some point. :C

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  99. Really? That stinks. Was your cat ok?

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  100. annoying attention seeker in pillow room: "PLEASE ADOPT ME IM A BABY WOLF I NEED A MEMBER WOLF MUM AND DAD!" : is actually a rabbit : me: NO!

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  101. *Purrs* ;3;

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  102. Welcome to standing up school!


    Aaaand you failed!

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  103. I didn't fall doe..

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  104. Luckily, she is fine! We thought she was sick because she hissed at my dad. She was probably just in pain.

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  105. Sorry, I wasn't directing it at you. I was just referencing because I could.

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  106. Lol, asdfmovie? :P

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  107. Not good she was in pain, but that she didn't have rabies :I

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  108. *Flails paw* Yas, hai

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  109. -flails paw very hard- You guys lose.


    Ok probably not.

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  110. *Flails paw hardest* I win :D

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  111. *Flails paw hardest infinity*

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  112. Congratulations you win a free trip to the kitchen. You may not take food, you just go, turn around, come back. Ready set GO!

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  113. please dont judge me! im going into year 10! high school, next year is my last year then its collage! i know i might be a little old fore aj, but i just love to play it because i love animals and i like to learn about them, and it's easier to learn on aj because your playing a game not reading a text book..... also my bff plays it shes a year younger than me but we dont care how old we are we love aj so much we just dont wanna let it go D:

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  114. I want the apples.

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  115. I SHALL PRAY FOR UR KITTEH

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  116. I'm not one to judge. I will probably still be on AJ when I'M in 10th grade!

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  117. Whenever otters run, it looks like their trying to kick off someone in a rodeo.. :P XD

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  118. Looks like the horses have some competition. xD

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  119. i will probably end up having kids, and playing it WITH THEM!

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  120. :AJ replaces horse coins with otter coins, and horses only party with otters only party: Horses: :O

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  121. Shes fine. It was 2 months ago.

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  122. You win the "Best Saying I've Heard All Day" award. Congratulations, you win a free trip to the kitchen. You may not take food, you just go, turn around, come back. Ready set GO!

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  123. Btw, me and my sister say something like that a lot to my mom as a tease. If she hugs our grandpa or uncle, we'll say, "Ooooh, looks like Dad's got a real competition!"

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  124. Im playing animal jam right now...

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  125. Im at meh school den if ya wanna come i re-did it!

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  126. Oh okay then. Do it in your mind. Ready set GO! x3

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  127. August is the Sunday of summer.

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  128. There can be food in your mind :D

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  129. Oh don't worry I'm going into 11th.

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  130. But but but the rule is no fooooood -complain complain complain-

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  131. I got off now im going to go so bai Im going to play this keyboading game thats SUPER fun! its called sky chase!

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  132. Omg juat got home gpnna play aj maybe

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  133. Well keyboading chase maybe...

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  134. I don't have food, but I'm allowed to imagine food! >:D

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  135. Idk how so many jammers are able to play AJ at school! I'm not :C

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  136. I got 2nd place vs my classmates YAY!

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  137. sometimes we get to play it at school

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  138. If I played AJ at school, I'd get in HUUUUGE trouble.

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  139. I used to have free time in my old technology class when I finished things early. I never played AJ during this time, but my sister has so eh :P

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