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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TGInstant chai latte mix, 01-2013

This is another one of those items that I don’t even remember where it came from- I’m sure that I didn’t buy it. I guess it’s something my ex picked up years ago. It wasn’t bad (it tasted quite a bit like instant hot cocoa mix) but I wouldn’t buy it again.

“Best by” AUG 08, 2008 so it could be something my ex bought ;)

BTW, “Naturally flavored with other natural flavor”- WTF?16 months ago

TGDried blackeye peas, 01-01-2013

Blackeye peas two entries in a row?! That’s kind of funny, because I normally only eat them once or twice a year.

I used these with the leftover Christmas ham bone to make Hoppin’ John soup, a traditional New Year’s Day meal. For some reason I haven’t made it in a while, and my daughter didn’t remember ever having it before. She liked, it, though.

The “1/07” written on the bag is when I bought them, so they were 6 years old. Dried legumes are good for a long time! ;)16 months ago

TGCanned blackeye peas, 09-2012

I’m not even sure where I got these! “Great Value” is a Walmart brand and I very rarely shop at Walmart for anything, let alone for groceries. I get the feeling I may have “inherited” these after one of my spring camping trips with my friends Dan and Tom.

And I’m so far behind on posting entries for this goal that I don’t remember what I did with these. My guess would be that I just added some bean seasoning I have and served them as a side dish. From what I remember, they pretty much tasted like any canned beans.

“Best by” date was Aug. 12, 2009, so they were about 4 years old. They were fine. 17 months ago

TGDried chives, 09-2012

I don’t like onions, so I tend to use chives pretty sparingly. And during the warmer months I have fresh chives in my back yard. So a jar of dried chives lasts me a long time ;) I’m not sure when I got these- it’s not a really ancient McCormick’s label, but it was probably still several years old. 20 months ago

TGArena Blanca Gewürztraminer wine, 09-2012

I picked this up when I was on vacation in southern New Mexico in December of 2007. I wouldn’t say that this was my favorite Gewürztraminer, I think it was a bit too sweet, but it was still good :)22 months ago

TGHooters hot sauce, 07-2012

I couldn’t find a “Best by” date on this one, but I know I’ve had it for over five years. I got it during an after-Christmas clearance sale. It was in one of those gift sets they always have at the discount stores at Christmas time for when you haven’t found a thoughtful present but just have to pick something up ;) I actually only bought it because I wanted the ceramic Hooters cracker & cheese tray that came with it. The sauce reminded me a lot of the original Frank’s hot sauce- too vinegary for me. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if it was made by Frank’s for Hooters. 23 months ago

TGBacardi Gold rum, 07-2012

Rum is probably my favorite hard liquor, and I think that this was the last bottle I had in the house :( It’s not exactly a fancy rum, but it’s still tasty- and I love the Bacardi bat :)

I have no idea when I bought this, other than it was at least a few years ago. 23 months ago

TGRaisins, 06-2012

“Best before 25MAY2011,” so they were only a year out of date ;)

There were a little dried out, but I normally just use raisins in cooking (especially oatmeal) so they were fine. 23 months ago

TGSugar Smacks cereal, 06-2012

I’m not sure if this was really Sugar Smacks or a generic. And I guess I don’t buy it very often, since I didn’t realize that Sugar Smacks were renamed Honey Smacks- 9 years ago, according to Wikipedia!

I bought this sometime last year for a camping trip, then kind of forgot about the remainder when we got back home. Usually items like this keep very well in our dry climate but when I pulled this bag out in June it was all stuck together & stale. I dumped it in the compost pile (aka “the squirrel feeder :P). 1 year ago

TGHoney Nut Scooters cereal, 06-2012

This is a cheaper knockoff of Honey Nut Cheerios but I think they taste just as good. I bought this for a camping vacation but it was a huge bag so we had quite a bit left. As I mentioned in the last entry under this goal I don’t eat cold cereal often anymore, and my daughter rarely wakes up in time to eat breakfast :P so I had it for quite a while. “Best By” date was Apr. 26, 2011 so it was probably about a year and a half old. Still tasted fine. 2 years ago

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