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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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Raise chickens

By default, this goal can’t happen until we’ve accomplished another goal of buying a house in the country within the next 5 years.


home chickens

I’m SO with you on this goal! Though, for me it is more of a dream than an actual goal, because I have no real way of working towards it at this time. I cannot buy a house, and I certainly cannot keep a chicken in an apartment (much as I would like to).

If I had even a couple of chickens I would be so thrilled! They would eat all the kitchen scraps, so those didn’t get wasted. I’d get fresh eggs all the time, and they’d be REAL eggs, not the watery, pale egglike imitations you buy at the grocery store.

Currently I buy Eggland’s Best Cage-Free eggs, because they are the closest thing to real eggs available. They seem to have more color and body than most eggs at the store. They do cost twice as much, but I feel better about feeding my family something high-quality than to skimp out on such an important part of our diet.

I wish you the best of luck in someday realizing your chicken-growing dreams!

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Although I don’t personally know anyone who has done it, I’ve read about plenty of people who successfully raise chickens in the suburbs and even in town! Although it is technically illegal, it seems that unless the neighbors make a fuss, no one really cares. But, yes, doing so in an apartment would be quite difficult, lol.

I’m lucky in that I live in central PA and am surrounded on all sides by farmland. So, although I too live in an apartment in the city, fresh eggs and raw milk are very close by. I meet and get to know my farmers, and it is a wonderful thing to establish that bond and trust. I’m with you – I can’t stand those ersatz, watery egg-like products that modern American food production passes off as eggs. The eggs I eat are large with thick, orange yolks, and they taste delicious!

It does suck that healthy, nutritious food costs so much more, but you are right in that it is so worth it! Someday when I get my farm and chickens, I’ll hook you up with some fresh, pastured eggs. Sound good? ;)

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