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 something new everyday

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A Ru has written 8 entries about this goal


I haven’t written in like a week!!! I’ve learned too much to put it all up though, but my goal is to learn everyday, and that’s what I’m doing, whether I write it here or not. I watch National Geographic and the Discovery Channel EVERYDAY. I always pick a show that’s coming on the next day and write it on my board to remind me to watch it. I consider myself learning something new everyday.

I thought this was cool

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For the past few days

Americans spent $16B on bottled water last year- that’s more than was spent on movie tickets or iPods

In the 1500s, houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

The most dangerous animal on the planet is a mosquito.

The flea can jump 350 times its body length (over seven inches high and thirteen inches long). It’s like a human jumping the length of a football field. The flea when jumping accelerates 50 times faster than a space shuttle. Without its outer shell it would get smashed by the velocity of the jump.

Did you know...

A cat is twice as likely to be fatally injured if it falls between two and six stories, than if it falls seven to 32 stories.

Weird Huh? You’d think that a higher distance would kill it…

Something for the past three days and today

I wrote everything down that I learned each day, and I just haven’t had a chance to get on the net! Here we go:

1. 35% Percent of people who are in personal ads are still married!!!

2. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

3. The first toilet ever seen on television was on “Leave It To Beaver”.

4. The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

And there ya go! Something new! ....and if you already knew….look up something new!!!

Something new

Eggplants aren`t vegtables they`re really fruits.


A rat study found that rats given artificial sweetener gained more weight than those on a sugar diet. Scientists speculate the body increases the metabolism anticipating calories that never come, then requires more food to make up the shortfall.

(Does this mean that actual sugar is better for weight loss?)

Something new for today...

Did you know that when you buy pre-sliced fruit, it has less Vitamin C? So, you’re better off buying fruit and slicing it yourself.

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