Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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advocate traveling by dragon instead of airplane
Top 10 reasons to fly on a dragon instead of in an airplane

My proposal is that we should advocate passenger travel using dragons (like the one in Shrek) instead of winged metal tubes dashing through the skies. We would fit dragons with a basket (like the one in balloons) or for more thrills, we can embark passengers on large saddles mounted on the dragons’ backs. I am very serious about this.

Here are the top 10 reasons why flying a dragon is better than flying in a plane:
  1. Dragons are environmentally friendly
  2. Dragons can do vertical take-off and landing
  3. One travel company’s flying dragons can use their fiery breaths to scare the Bejeesus out of the competition
  4. Dragons can refuel in mid-air by snatching clueless birds
  5. Dragons can travel to and from 3rd world countries that can’t afford air strips
  6. Dragons can land in rich Lilliputian nations that don’t have space for an air strip
  7. Dragons don’t need washing – they fly below the cloud layer anyway
  8. Compared to airplanes, dragons generate insignificant noise pollution
  9. And no sonic boom either
  10. Thanks to their lack of reliance on jet fuel, it is rather futile to hijack dragons into tall buildings.



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