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Published: September 18, 2010


Ah jeez, late for class again! I should really try leaving my house five minutes earlier! But then that would mean missing out on five minutes of sleep! I could go to sleep five minutes earlier, but that would cut into my "me" time.

Ahh, the priorities we have!

Silent reading time in English, maybe I can do some homework now so I don't have to do it later.

Oh, yes, of course, the editorial! This should be a breeze! Don't ask your questions too loudly, I don't want to get into any trouble now!

Hi JN! My e-mail address is blocked from receiving any e-mails from Neopets. I looked at the FAQ page, but they didn't solve my problem. I tried to send them a form about this, but when I do, there's an error that says my e-mail address is blocked from receiving e-mails. Do you know what I should do? ~ tchanliao
This could be due to a couple of reasons. Try changing your e-mail address to an @gmail.com one (or use a similar popular e-mail provider). Also check your e-mail preferences to see if you have anything blocked. If that still doesn't solve your problem, check your e-mail settings. Neopets.com could be on your spam/junk list. I hope this helps!

Why does the Neopian Haiku say random stuff like "Substitutes, careful observable timeliness, tabletop hurls 0"? It makes no sense at all! ~ Anon-uh-mus

Purple Mynci dishwasher
stand back who goes there
logical all the way friend.

Contemplate this--does it have a deeper meaning or was it just generated randomly by programming code?

Why aren't we allowed to sell items on our side accounts? ~ username removed
It might seem strange--what's the difference between selling on your side and selling on your main? Let's think about this. You simply can't have five main accounts, as that would give you advantages over others (you would be able to bypass game limits, freebie limits, restock bans, etc.). So everyone should only be able to earn NP from one account, and to make sure you don't "accidentally" treat side accounts as mains, rules were made to differentiate between the two account types. You don't actively try to earn items on your side account so you don't need a shop. Anything that you get from random events can easily be sent to your main account to sell, it doesn't take that long.

What about when you visit a user shop and see links a large variety of other shops grouped by item category (maps, faeries, clothes, etc.)? These are Mallers--a group of people who link their shops together to help each other with sales. Each shop is owned by a different user.

People have been frozen for using sides to earn NP, so if you or your friends are doing this, stop!

If I complete a Fountain Faerie Quest, can I paint my Bori ice? Or was the toolbar the only way of getting it? ~ Anonymous
Sorry, getting an Ice Bori was only possible with the toolbar promotion! As for the colour itself, Ice is not available either from the Fountain.

I recently got a Skeith from the Lab Ray (which I'm hoping to zap into something else) and I fed him a Cheese and Onion Omelette. He ate it but on the page that pops up afterward, it said something along the lines of: "Eww, cheese makes me feel pukey." I've never seen a pet say that before. Is this new or is my Skeith just lactose intolerant? ~ Aniqaz
Skeiths come down with Neezles when fed anything with the word "cheese" in it. I wouldn't say lactose intolerance is an issue, as they can eat other dairy products. Maybe all that trash they eat has weakened their stomachs?

Ah, the power of cheese!

There is something that makes me mad. Yesterday, I spent hours fighting Punchbag Bob, then, when I finally defeated him, I didn't receive my trophy and in the 1-player battle page, it says that I haven't fought against him! Then today it said that I was still fighting against him. I went to the status page. ~ Otrebla1997
He takes a long time to beat! Once you start a fight, don't navigate away from the page or close your browser. You shouldn't take more than one Neopian day to beat him. After you've gotten him down to 0 hit points, click the button that says "Next" to go to the winner page. If you're still not receiving the trophy, I'd submit a support ticket and ask TNT to look into it.

What is the purpose of that giant Meepit image? ~ anonymous
That would be the "You Are Not Prepared" Meepit of Doom that was in the news immediately before the announcement that pets were being converted and customisation was beginning.

Were you prepared for that?

I have been modeling items for your database and I was wondering if it was possible to model more than one item at a time on the same pet? As opposed to one at a time? What's the protocol needed? ~ North
No protocol needed! You can put as many items on your pet as you'd like. If your pet is wearing more than one item we need, we can get those as well!

May we have the recipe for the muffins made in JN Editorial 131? They look delicious. ~ seciea
I talked to Illy and she shared the recipe! Isn't she a swell gal?

(Makes 12 normal muffins or 7 to 9 larger ones)
  • 3/4 stick + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/2 cup milk (skim or whole)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • About 1 1/2 cups blueberries (if using frozen, don't defrost but dust them with a little flour)

Streusel Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons of the already melted butter
  • 4 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons of rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

You can adjust how much sugar/cinnamon you want, use other fruit (like apples) instead of blueberries, or use yoghurt instead of milk.

  1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 350F. Put liners in muffin tray.
  2. Save 2 tablespoons of melted butter for later. Mix the 3/4 stick of melted butter together with the brown sugar, milk, and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the dry one and stir by hand until everything is combined (don't over stir).
  5. Gently fold in blueberries.
  6. Divide batter among muffin cups.
  7. In another bowl, mix together all streusel ingredients and sprinkle it on each muffin.
  8. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

(Recipe adapted from Epicurious.com)

It's got fruit in it, it has to be healthy!

Hey, Meghan! *throws brownies and hot tea packets* I was wondering, are you able to actually submit a curse word in to the Word of the Day? I mean, I'm never going to try it, but I was curious. And by the way, Jelly World exists! *gets dragged away by the Meepits* ~ username removed
Because it's a submission to the site, I would recommend NOT doing this. TNT takes profanity very seriously, and this could result in getting a warning, suspension or even having your account frozen. Why take the chance?

Jelly World is a figment of your imagination. Haven't the Meepits taught you anything?

Does Boochi still zap pets after law day? And what does asparagus cost? ~ 1337
Law Day, as in May 1, 2009? I'm not sure what that has to do with Boochi, but yes, he's still around and zapping. The pets with old art (Unconverted, or UC) are immune. If you have a UC pet active, he will miss, at least that's what happened when he shot at my Plushie Draik.

As for asparagus, it currently costs 5,077,309 NP per kilogram, or in my part of Canada, $3.99 per pound ($8.80 per kilogram). You can check the most recent price on Neopets' About Us page.

I have had my Neopets account for over 9 years, but early on there were "Discount Cards" sold or given away (I can't remember which) and they would give discounts at any shop (excluding user shops). Do they still work? Every time I buy something it shows something like this, for example:
Space Discount Card Saving - %
The Shopkeeper says 'Sorry, no saving there :( You must pay 46 Neopoints!'
Plastic Butter Knife has been added to your inventory.
But it started at 100 NP. ~ FunkyM0nk

I remember those discount cards!

If you give a really low offer, the shopkeeper will start haggling with you, so they'll give you a counteroffer that's lower than the restock price. If you reach a point where the shopkeeper accepts your offer and you also have a space discount card, you'll be given a further discount.

For example:
Restock price: 120 NP
You haggle it down to 100 NP. The shopkeeper accepts.
You have a 4% space discount card. The shopkeeper charges you 96 NP.

For those wondering, these cards are no longer available. You can get beads for your Lutari Talisman to get shop discounts, but they are really expensive and not worth buying.

I may be old but I'm still stellar.

Whenever I restock, I check the item price in your database, and then trade it or sell it or whatever, but I noticed that my prices are really expensive compared to others. Am I pricing them wrong? ~ Mousekawitz
Check when the item price was last updated. The Item Database staff try really hard to keep prices fairly recent, but it's a lot of work--there are thousands of items. If you see a price that needs updating, feel free to submit it! To do that, look up the item in the database, and on the page with all of its information, there is a button near the bottom that says "Edit Price of Item." I recommend checking the shop wizard or the Trading Post for the most reasonable price!

Is there a guide on how to play the stock market or do's and dont's because every time I buy a stock, it seems to go down and before I buy them they were up. I'm still a little new to it. Thank you. ~ pikeru565
Here on JN, we have a guide for the stock market. You can find it by clicking here. I hope that it is able to answer all of your stock market questions!

Buying at 15 doesn't mean you have to drive at 15! *tire squeal*

Can wearables pass by the Pound? ~ megamorpho
No, when a pet is pounded, all of the wearables stay with the user that put it in the Pound. This includes paint brush clothing. The only way a pet will keep its paint brush clothes is through the transfer system.

Is it true that Punchbag Sid doesn't only appear when TNT releases him for everyone, but that every user has a very small chance of having him appear? ~ anonymous
We haven't seen a case where only one user was able to fight him at a particular time. He is usually released once a year, and he is available to all users that spot him in the Battledome. He's only around for a very short time (about 15 minutes). If you spot him, tell your friends!

When there is a pet day, new clothes that are wearable are always released. Do those clothes only appear on the pet days? Usually, they never come up when I visit that clothing shop, and when I search for a particular item, it's very expensive. So, do they only appear on that specific pet day? ~ anonymous
Nope, those items don't retire when the pet day is over. When new items are announced in the news, they're often not activated until a couple of days later, so there'll be a delay in seeing them restock. Chances are, those new clothes have a pretty high rarity as well. This means that they won't frequently stock. Furthermore, depending on how they look, there might be a great demand for them. This can lead to a very high initial price on the Trading Post. If you're a patient restocker, you'll eventually see them restock and if you're a buyer, you'll see the prices on the Trading Post deflate, too.

Does the half off discount on every 3rd day of the month apply to the Hidden Tower? ~ monicamsa
Nope, sorry! Half Price Day only affects the regular shops! This means the Igloo Garage Sale and Almost Abandoned Attic aren't affected by Half Price Day either.

Dressing like me won't get you a discount!

Can I name my side accounts after, say, video game characters? And I now have to go before that Meepit wakes up. ~ anonymous
You can choose anything you want as a username, as long as it's appropriate (no curse words, no mature themes/innuendo, no offensive slang/slurs)! Meepits never sleep, they're always watching. O_O

I was wondering, are NC album skins in the NC Mall allowed to be gifted to someone by sending them in a gift box? ~ jenlin_25
Unfortunately, they can't be gifted. Skins must be bought using the same account on which they are going to be used!

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