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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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a man named LewWoody Allen

Photons have mass? I didn’t even know they were Catholic.

I saw this in Marcus Chown’s book. 7 years ago

a man named LewUntitled

This should include awareness of Advanced geometry of Islamic art7 years ago

a man named LewUntitled

It is not what the man of science believes that distinguishes him but how and why he believes it. His beliefs are tentative, not dogmatic; they are based upon evidence, not on authority or intuition. Bertrand Russell

The same applies to women of science I imagine:) 7 years ago

a man named LewUntitled

In the UK it could be that Melvyn Bragg is seen as someone to take the mickey out of (I’m thinking Spitting Image), but for In Our Time I think it should be hats off to Melvyn Bragg.

Just look at the science topics they have covered, each show being a discussion of the idea involved with experts in the field.

I’m fascinated by the fact that we live in a time when so many people are doing fantastic work, and thinking in areas which it’s not remotely possible for me to keep up with and these people are prepared to talk about it. They’re prepared to come on In Our Time and other programmes on Radio 4 and try and talk to the rest of us.8 years ago

cranberrygoddessGroundbreaking Research

The case of the disappearing teaspoons: longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute

Megan S C Lim, research assistant1, Margaret E Hellard, director1, Campbell K Aitken, senior research officer1

1 Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, GPO box 2284, Melbourne, Victoria, 3001, Australia

Correspondence to: C K Aitken


Objectives: To determine the overall rate of loss of workplace teaspoons and whether attrition and displacement are correlated with the relative value of the teaspoons or type of tearoom.

Design: Longitudinal cohort study.

Setting: Research institute employing about 140 people.

Subjects: 70 discreetly numbered teaspoons placed in tearooms around the institute and observed weekly over five months.

Main outcome measures: Incidence of teaspoon loss per 100 teaspoon years and teaspoon half life. 8 years ago

cranberrygoddessBird Flu Hits Disneyland

Figure 1: photographic evidence. 8 years ago


A major research institution has just announced the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element has been named ‘Governmentium’.

Governmentium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 224 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected, as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

A minute amount of Governmentium causes one reaction to take over four days to complete, when it would normally take less than a second.

Governmentium has a normal half-life of four years; it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganisation in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.

In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each re-organisation will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.

This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a certain concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as ‘Critical Morass’.

When catalysed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element which radiates just as much energy, since it has 1/2 as many peons but twice as many morons. 8 years ago


I used to work for a science centre that did just this. . They are really creative at making science interesting for kids without dumbing it down too much. If only the school system could do the same. 8 years ago

clarriethings my 5 yr old knows that everyone should know

spiders are not insects. Penguins do not live with polar bears. 9 years ago

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