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 in Gateshead is doing 2 things including…

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.

15 cheers


Absnasm has written 67 entries about this goal

No photo for this NSFW addition from Dan Savage's Savage Love advice column.

I bloody love Dan Savage, not just for the amazingly astute and hilariously delivered sex advice available on his podcast and advice column, but for his vicious inability to let it lie when someone with a poor grasp of grammar and spelling gets in touch. To wit the third letter on this week’s column.

“I’m a bi 18 year old female. I can’t cum during sex, I never have. Boys or girls it doesnt matter. I can get off by myself but with other people its just uncomfterable. Vagional penatration feels good but head or finger fucking is Not fun. I thought that it was just the people I was sleeping with. You know, age and a small town bla bla bla. I’m off to collage now and in a much biger city and nothing is better.”

Dan’s answer.

Off to collage, are we?

Here’s something you may not know about vaginal penetration (besides how to spell “vaginal” and “penetration”) because it’s not something that’s typically covered in small-town high-school sex-ed classes: You can touch yourself during vaginal intercourse. Whatever you’re doing that’s getting you off when you’re alone, ICC, do that thing—touch yourself that way—whenever a sex partner is penistrating you vaginotionally.

And that, my friends, is why I love Dan Savage.

It's a sunny day.

Let’s have a barbacue!

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.

From a visit to Holy Island...

Hm. Not holy enough to spell “religious” correctly though.

Donated by Gypsiewriter and N

Found on Digg. I think this speaks for itself.

Yes, do go on.

Introducing your new great value Washington Street Shuttle fare’s what?

I don’t remember taking this, but from what I can see, it looks like the leaflet says “Introducing our new great value Washington Street Shuttle fare’s Washington Street Shuttle”. How meta.

From an Indian restaurant so exclusive... sells foods that don’t even exist.


..apostrophe missin!

I don't think I've been there.

I’ve been to South Shields though.


It that like “resident”?

Absnasm has gotten 15 cheers on this goal.


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