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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Absnasm Thanks 43T. You made me and my life better. I'll miss you very much.

Take pictures of examples of spelling and punctuation so horrible that they make me feel a bit sick, and post them on here for other language geeks to gawp at. (read all 67 entries…)
This might be the best one I have ever taken.

I snapped this in a seaside pub restaurant where we were having a family meal. I kept having to run over and try to take sneaky photos. Every time I look at this pic I spot something else.

  • Let’s start off gently by noting that there’s an apostrophe missing from “chefs”. But this is par for the course now. Ready?
  • Pan-seared scollops? ScOllops? Not… scallops?
  • Horseraddish with two ds?
  • I guess there’s an accent missing from “soufflé”. But frankly that’s small fry next to…
  • ..grilled venison lion?! Raaaargh!
  • ..and redcurrent jus?! Some kind of electric shock?
  • ..and salad leavs?
  • ..and new potatos?

Awesome. There was also a second menu board upon which they had spelled “pigeon” as “pigion”. Brilliant.



too funny!

clarabutt boo! hiss! to evil omnipotent FB


whilst spelling and punctuation mistakes on menus are a pet hate for me too, what I really dislike is when pretentious restaurants misuse the english language in an attempt to make simple food sound posh. My all time favourite was ”... served with a cacophony of vegetables”. I suspect that they meant a cornucopia of vegetables, but maybe I am being generous. I just had this image of really noisy vegetables.

Absnasm Thanks 43T. You made me and my life better. I'll miss you very much.

That's hilarious!

I’ve got this image of carrots carved into the shape of brass instruments.

I like it when they get the tone slightly wrong, and say things like “bathed in (some kind of sauce)”. Indian takeaway menus are brilliant for this, I’ve quite often seen them describe dishes as “runny”, which is not exactly the best word to describe food.


it was a medley that hadn’t practised enough…?

Absnasm Thanks 43T. You made me and my life better. I'll miss you very much.

Oh, snap!

What gets me

is there’s a smudge under the end of “potatos”, as if someone had written it with an e and then decided it didn’t look right :-p

Absnasm Thanks 43T. You made me and my life better. I'll miss you very much.

Wow, I hadn't noticed that!

You’re right, well spotted! Reminds me of this blast from the past.


I missed that one somehow. Unbeleivable unbeleivable :-p

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