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Spinning Logs are a special type of platform found in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. These platforms are pink logs that will stay still for a while and then start spinning wildly. While spinning, it can throw Yoshi in many directions, depending on how he touches it. This acts as a double-edged sword, as it could give Yoshi a boost to his jump or send him falling into a pit. This works similar to one of the types of Rotary Lifts from Super Mario Bros. 3.