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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Simon - whyofwhy@gmail.com in Luton Airport is doing 10 things including…

Randomly distribute 33 magnetic Shakespearian insults.

243 cheers

 

Simon - whyofwhy@gmail.com has written 2 entries about this goal

Distribution, part I.

I started randomly affixing my Shakespearian magnets to suitable surfaces while walking to my counselling session last week. When I saw an item of street furniture, like a sign or a trash can, which looked in need of brightening up, I’d dip into my pocket, grab the first magnet I touched, and slap it in place.

In the process it dawned on me it might be more entertaining to put a little thought into where I place each particular obloquy. I’ve already decided where I should place many of the ones still in my possession.

  • “Out of my sight…” will go near the local neighborhood optometrist’s store.
  • “Out, you green-sickness carrion!” is destined for the sign outside my doctor’s surgery.
  • ”...I’d set my ten…” will be going to live close to a church.

and my own personal favorite placement,

  • “Thou crusty batch of nature.” will soon be seen on a baker’s van.

I can only hope my townsfolk have a sense of humor.



The counsellor made me do it.

I had my third counselling session today. I got to town earlier than planned, which gave me time to peruse the small charity shop I like to patronise. No sooner had I got through the door than I saw an item I had to have. Despite the fact I’m broker than the ten commandments I parted with my cash and became the proud owner of a collection of thirty-three magnets, each one printed with a delectable Shakespearian insult. My new mission in life is to attach them to any suitable surface as I walk the streets, in an effort to broaden the range of insults bandied about by the local population. I’m bored with one teenage tearaway calling another “You dickhead!”, I’d prefer them to say, “Thou elvish-mark’d abortive, rooting hog!”



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