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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Baaadger's Life List

  1. 1. hike the inca trail to machu pichu
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    247 people
  2. 2. Watch a space shuttle launch
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    918 people
  3. 3. chase a tornado
    256 people
  4. 4. Drive Route 66
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    407 people
  5. 5. Drive Route 101
    1 person
  6. 6. Be Microsoft certified
    11 people
  7. 7. Go on a safari
    888 people
  8. 8. go whale watching
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    610 people
  9. 9. Watch a volcano erupt
    64 people
  10. 10. learn about wine
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    840 people
  11. 11. Take a cruise on the Queen Mary 2
    2 people
  12. 12. shave with a straight razor
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    25 people
  13. 13. learn origami
    406 people
  14. 14. bungee jump
    3,927 people
  15. 15. become a Wikipedia contributor
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    203 people
  16. 16. Own a Cobra CSX400 replica
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    1 person
  17. 17. learn french
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    12,884 people
  18. 18. learn how to fuse glass
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    3 people
  19. 19. go camping again
    1 entry
    70 people
  20. 20. win a poker tournament
    1 entry
    210 people
  21. 21. parachute
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    227 people
  22. 22. see the aurora borealis
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    2,010 people
  23. 23. See a total solar eclipse
    1 entry
    279 people
  24. 24. drive a tank
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    50 people
  25. 25. learn to swim better
    1 entry
    141 people
  26. 26. see polar bears in the wild
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    37 people
  27. 27. donate bone marrow
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    136 people
  28. 28. go skinny dipping
    3,193 people
  29. 29. learn wing chun
    97 people
Recent entries
walk up Snowdon (read all 2 entries…)

Was on holiday in Wales in February 2008 with my wife and another couple so we decided to walk up Snowdon, Britain’s 4th highest peak at 3500ft. We opted for the ‘easy’ path from Llanberis and set off at 9am when it was sub-zero and perfect, sunny weather. It took about 3 hours to walk up and another 2 to come back down again. The Halfway House cafe was shut when we went up there as was the station at the top which was undergoing refurbishment. Take plenty of your own supplies and refreshments… I got through about 1.5 litres of Powerade.
Fantastic views all the way up and from the top we could just make out some mountains in Ireland at a distance of 108 miles!! Apparently this is a rare sight. Well worth it… a great sense of achievement but you must do research before attempting it.

shave with a straight razor

Well, I’ve bought one. Now all I have to do is learn how to use it without adding too much ‘character’ to my face.

Run the London Marathon (read all 3 entries…)
Flora London Marathon 2007

I spent about 8 weeks increasing my fitness from non-existent to being able to jog for 30 min (3 miles) then spent 16 weeks from December training for the 26.2 mile marathon in April 2007.
After a lot of training and rapid improvements in fitness I found I could run 18 miles in 3hrs 10 mins. By my estimatation I could therefore run the marathon in a little over 4.5 hrs. Unfortunately I didn’t bank on it being the hottest event to date (about 21-23 degrees in the shade) and the effort of constantly skipping left and right to avoid the 36,500 other runners. So, in the end it took 5hrs 9mins and I only had to walk/jog the last few miles when the heat really took it’s toll.
The best part, aside from finishing without becoming a medical statistic, was the crowd who lined the entire 26 mile route with music, cheering, claxons, free sweets, oranges and spraying the runners with water from garden sprinklers. Seeing friends on the route also made the whole thing a fantastic experience.
Would I do it again? I’d try another quieter marathon to get a much better time or I’d do this one again just for the atmosphere. But I’ll do neither until I forget just how gruelling the 16 weeks of training was!

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