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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SimonG




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SimonG's Life List

  1. 1. rub everything in the fridge on my arm to see if I get a rash
    1 cheer
    1 person
  2. 2. write an opera based on the terms and conditions of Microsoft Office
    3 cheers
    1 person
  3. 3. go for a day without learning something new
    1 cheer
    1 person
  4. 4. persuade someone to name their baby something really stupid
    3 people
  5. 5. memorise pi to no decimal places
    1 cheer
    1 person
  6. 6. win a rice pudding on a game show
    1 person
  7. 7. disprove a theory that everyone already knew was wrong
    1 cheer
    1 person
  8. 8. teach starving people how to make an origami swan
    1 person
  9. 9. poke Gloria Hunniford with a cucumber
    1 person
  10. 10. pretend to mistake random people for celebrities they look nothing like
    1 cheer
    1 person
  11. 11. make someone forget something really important
    2 people
  12. 12. argue furiously that someone facing a dilemma take one particular course, when in fact I have absolutely no understanding of what the situation is or what they should do
    1 person
  13. 13. start all of my sentences for a day with the word "Oooh"
    1 person
  14. 14. teach a budgie to waterski
    1 person
  15. 15. trim the facial hair of twenty men using only a compass
    1 person
  16. 16. convince someone they're lactose intolerant
    1 cheer
    1 person
  17. 17. rearrange the furniture in the night when staying with friends, then vigorously deny it in the morning in the face of the evidence
    1 person
  18. 18. resolve a dispute between midgets
    1 cheer
    2 people
  19. 19. paint a frog on a snail's shell and see if I can get an actual frog to mate with it
    2 people
  20. 20. convert someone to a religion that doesn't really exist
    2 cheers
    1 person
  21. 21. get an honourary degree in a subject I know nothing about
    1 person
  22. 22. be given a piggyback to the top of Mount Everest
    1 person
  23. 23. learn how to yodel without using my lungs
    1 person
  24. 24. build a village for midgets to live in with mice dressed up as tiny people so they can pretend to be giants
    1 cheer
    1 person
  25. 25. train a monkey to run around in circles in exchange for cheese, and use it to power a cheese-making machine
    2 cheers
    2 people
  26. 26. discover a human body part in food
    1 person
  27. 27. confuse snooker players by swapping the balls for little turnips when they're not looking
    1 person
  28. 28. lick Ambrosia custard from the buttocks of someone whose name begins with every letter of the alphabet (except D)
    1 person
  29. 29. invent a new integer between 1 and 10
    1 person
  30. 30. collect my belly button fluff for a year and use it to stuff an owl
    1 person
  31. 31. give meringues to tramps and then run away giggling
    1 person
  32. 32. learn a language that no one else speaks, and then forget it
    1 person
  33. 33. live vicariously through Keira Knightley
    2 cheers
    1 person
  34. 34. know ten facts about penguins
    1 cheer
    1 person
  35. 35. write a novel so confusing, incoherent and tedious that no one can make it past the first page
    1 person
  36. 36. communicate by mime only, especially on the phone
    2 people
  37. 37. create a universe
    1 person
  38. 38. learn the Internet by heart
    1 person
  39. 39. get irrationally, visibly excited about everyday phenomena in crowded public places
    1 cheer
    2 people
  40. 40. ridicule the aspirations of others in an effort to prevent my associates from achieving anything worthwhile and make my own worthless existence look less pathetic in comparison
    1 person
  41. 41. patent something that everyone's been doing for years
    1 person
  42. 42. tie some fish together with string and see how long it takes them to work out that they have to swim in the same direction
    1 person
  43. 43. glue a cornflake to an old man's face
    1 cheer
    1 person
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