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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.

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It hits many of the sites that have been on my list for a while, like the taj mahal, tibet, the terracota army and being. 6 months ago

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Annemaart43. Escher and muslim art

1. A tessellation is the tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps. Historically, tessellations were used in Ancient Rome and in Islamic art such as in the decorative tiling of the Alhambra palace.
2. Tessallations in the Alhambra and other buildings in south Spain were the inspiration for the later work of Dutch artist Esscher.
3. Escher did not have mathematical training—his understanding of mathematics was largely visual and intuitive. Through a friend he discovered the ideas he had about symetry were closely related to the work done on the subject in mathmetics. 6 months ago

Annemaart42. Krampus

Just learned of the German version of Saint Nicolas, which has a devilish creature condemning children to hell. Me, I prefer Zwarte Piet…

1. Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Sometimes Krampus appears with a sack or a washtub strapped to his back; this is to cart off evil children for drowning, eating, or transport to Hell.
2. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern Bavaria, South Tyrol, northern Friuli, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December (the eve of Saint Nicholas Day on many church calendars), and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells.
3. Outside of krampus, the being has many names. Klaubauf is used throughout Austria, while Bartl or Bartel, Niglobartl, and Wubartl are used in the southern part of the country. Outside Austria, Krampus and related creatures go by Pelzebock or Pelznickel in southern Germany, and Gumphinckel in Silesia. In Hungary, he is Krampusz (often used to refer to the entire race of these creatures), and in Switzerland, Schmutzli. 6 months ago

Annemaart41. Anton Pieck

1. Anton Pieck is a famous dutch artist. Though I stongly associated him with the south of Holland, he is actually from the North and died in Overveen (just a bikeride from my house). He actually made some beautiful drawings of Haarlem.
2. He is burried in the family grave in Baarn, near Castle Drakensteyn.
3. In the war he worked for the resistance and did forgeries. 6 months ago

AnnemaartMorning ritual

Since the last month of 2012 i’ve adjusted my morning habits to include 15 minutes of exersize. Not always easy to keep up, but so far going strong. Als switched from bread for breakfast to oatmeal, which I’m really enjoying so far. It’s filling, less fatty, easy to make and i can include some fruit, so i can also check that of the list. 18 months ago

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Annemaart40. The Soul

1. Dr. Duncan “Om” MacDougall (c. 1866 – October 15, 1920) was an early 20th century physician in Haverhill, Massachusetts who sought to measure the mass purportedly lost by a human body when the soul supposedly departed the body upon death.
2. In 1901 he weighed six patients while they were in the process of dying. The entire bed was placed on an industrial sized scale. The determination of the soul weighing 21 grams was based on the average loss of mass in the six patients within moments after death.
3. Experiments were also done on dogs, but there was no change in mass. The conclusion therefor was that dogs had no soul. 18 months ago

Annemaart39. Easter Island

1. The statues on easter island are of men, who by a ritual were made into he form of their deity on earth. When they died, a statue was made to commemorate them.
2. All statues have elongated nails. This was a sign of divinity.
3. There are no trees on easter island. There used to be, but due to the growth of the population all were cut down. With no trees left the people could not make canoes and were marooned on their own island. Food eventually and all died. 18 months ago

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