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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"Kidnap" someone for their birthday.


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PattyTrishBut with varied results!

I was part of a “kidnap” of one girlfriend – we drove her to see “Rocky” (I), which tells you how long ago that was…she had been hinting about wanting to see the film for several weeks…good time had by all!
Then, we all “kidnapped” another girlfriend, drove her to the mall and took her to an ear-piercing booth. She had been talking about getting her ears pierced. However, once we removed the blindfold she was ambivalent about it; she wanted pierced ears, but not until after she married as she didn’t want holes in her ears for the wedding (she wasn’t even dating anyone at the time, so go figure). I don’t recall whether she went through with it or not…been too long and I missed the wedding several years later! 8 years ago

SweetAsCarrotsEver seen the movie "Jawbreaker"?...

Horrible movie…but great idea!

Put on a mask and barge into your friends house early in the morning. Tie them up, gag them, throw ‘em in the trunk of your car…and take them to breakfast!

How mouch fun would that be? And of course, in payment for scaring the shit out of them, you have to foot the bill.

Oh, the price we pay for entertainment at our friend’s expense… 9 years ago

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