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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learn to blow a chewing gum bubble
Something that I take for granted

Ok, when I first saw that someone had entered this as a goal, I thought to myself that this was silly.

Then I reconsidered and remembered how long it took me to learn how to whistle, and then how long it took for me to learn how to snap my fingers (which I still don’t do very well).

So, I can say that I can do this, and have been able to do so since I was a child.

I’m not sure that I recall this as being something that took me too long to learn, probably taking a part of a summer when I was a child.

I think that the first secret is to ensure that the gum is mostly sugared out, or that you’ve chewed it enough to where the grainy sugar parts have left it and now it’s smooth.

Then, to blow the actual bubble, be sure to use your tongue to push outwards in the middle while holding the rest of the outer part of the gum with your mouth.

Once your tongue has pushed the gum outwards a bit to make it thinner and to allow a place for the air to go, start blowing while moving your tongue slowly back. Make sure to keep a hold of the outer rim of the gum with your mouth.

That’s about it, and the rest will just come with practice.


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