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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Marjolein Katsma

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have a hammock and sleep in it
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P.S. the completion date is approximate – I no longer can remember the actual date since it was more than 15 years ago!

sleep in a hammock

Ever since a trip to Venezuela in the early nineties (during which trip sleeping in a hammock usually was not an option but the only way to sleep), I’ve been addicted. I just sleep better! I returned from that trip with two hammocks, then had to figure out how to hang one in my flat.

Ever since, I’ve slept in my hammock when at home. But to get a good, relaxing night of sleep in a hammock you need one where you can lay in it sideways: a sleeping hammock is thus at least as wide as your body is long. All hammocks from Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia are this type. Woven from sturdy cotton thread, usually with pretty patterns from either colors of the threads, or the weft itself (or both), the most beautiful ones are hand-woven (but easily 3x as expensive as a factory-made one).

Sleeping in a hammock every night, I found that the cotton does wear, until it literally tears apart… a good hammock lasts me between 4 and 5 years. I just bought my fourth one, as the current one (already repaired) is about to give up. After the first one brought from Venezuela, I now get mine from a local store that imports them from Latin America (mostly Brazil) – they actually have whole villages working for them making hammocks!

And finally this: Sleeping in a hammock is healthy!
  1. No bedbugs :) just wash it in the washing machine
  2. Because you sleep across, your body is almost flat: the very gentle curve relaxes your back muscles, while your whole body is evenly supported: enough to cure most back aches in one or two nights
  3. Recent research has shown that people who sleep with a gentle swaying motion (just what happens in a hammock!) actually sleep deeper; indeed I find I need less (shorter) sleep when sleeping in my hammock.

taste all the beers of the world
Great surprises

Wherever I go, I always try to taste the local beer, or beers. Some great surprises can be had, such as Meta beer in Ethiopia (see picture), Beer Lao in Laos, and several local beers in Cuba (not the stuff they sell to tourists, the real local beers!).

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