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How Keeely got her shell


One day Keeely and I were wandering around Neopia. We were having lots of fun shopping at the Main Street shops. We were buying lots of baked goods and toys, stocking up for the upcoming holiday weekend. I was over burdened with stuff, and Keeely slipped away. A butterfly had caught her attention outside one of the shops.

Keeely followed the butterfly down the street, and before she knew it she was lost. She looked around and felt totally helpless and confused when all of a sudden she saw a monocreaptor. He ran over to Keeely and said in a totally menacing voice I once ate 16 JubJubs in one week!


Keeely was so scared that she turn and ran as fast as her little legs could carry her. She soon found herself in a big garden. Looking for somewhere to hide, she spotted a great big orange pumpkin. Keeely ran over to the pumpkin, cut off the top and crawled inside.

It was hours before I was able to track her down with the help of some friends. When I did finally reach her, I found the pumpkin shell trembling. I did what I could to try to coax her to come out of the pumpkin shell but she refused. She was so frightened of all the scary things in Neopia that she had decided to stay in there for a while

Since Keeely was going to live in the pumpkin shell, I decided to help her out by cutting her out some holes for her eyes and her legs. Keeely was very grateful, and enjoyed living like this for quite some time. However, all too soon the pumpkin shell, as all fruits and vegetables do, began to rot. Keeely was so distraught thinking she would have to leave her shell, that she began making wishes to the wishing well asking for a permanent shell for her to be able to live in
One night, the blue faerie that lives in the wishing well came to see Keeely. She waved her magic wand, and said poof, your a real pumpkin jubjub

From that day to this, Keeely has lived happily as a pumpkin jubjub.

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History

Pumpkins are believed to have originated in North America. Seeds from related plants have been found in Mexico dating back to 7000 to 5500 B.C. References to pumpkins date back many centuries. The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for "large melon" which is "pepon." "Pepon" was changed by the French into "pompon." The English changed "pompon" to "Pumpion." American colonists changed "pumpion" into "pumpkin." Native American Indians used pumpkin as a staple in their diets centuries before the pilgrims landed. They also dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into mats. Indians would also roast long strips of pumpkin on the open fire and eat them. When white settlers arrived, they saw the pumpkins grown by the Indians and pumpkin soon became a staple in their diets. As today, early settlers used them in a wide variety of recipes from desserts to stews and soups. The origin of pumpkin pie is thought to have occurred when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and then filled it with milk, spices and honey. The pumpkin was then baked in the hot ashes of a dying fire.



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