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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.

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LorieMinecraft 9 hours ago


Lord BearclawTHIS, THIS is why these "goals", and all suggestions to achieve them should be avoided.

Once again, a person on here with no medical training is making suggestions that could be lethal to members of this “community”.

Even though they mean well, their mistake of ignorance could cost someone their life.

From Wiki, but I will confirm this from my Nursing experience.

Iron poisoning is an iron overload caused by a large excess of iron intake and usually refers to an acute overload rather than a gradual one. The term has been primarily associated with young children who consumed large quantities of iron supplement pills, which resemble sweets and are widely used, including by pregnant women (approximately 3 grams is lethal for a 2 year old). Targeted packaging restrictions in the US for supplement containers with over 250 mg elemental iron have existed since 1978, and recommendations for unit packaging have reduced the several iron poisoning fatalities per year to almost nil since 1998. 14 hours ago


AlexandrynePart 1 P-Shifting Guide

Here’re the parts you need to get started on the P-Shifting process~

Nutritional Requirements
Obviously enough, there are a few things you will have to do to get your body in the proper condition to even consider growing wings. You must be healthy on several levels: physical, mental, and emotional. If you are not emotionally healthy, that is something you must take into your own hands; get a handle on depression, anxiety, and similar struggles. This section and the following section will focus on preparing you physically, and the section after that (in combination with the M-Shifting Guide) will get you prepared for the mental aspects of physically shifting.
One of the main concerns in preparing you physically will be your dietary and nutritional needs, which is what this section will go over.
A huge part in being prepared to grow wings will be controlled by your levels of folic acid. You may know this from Health class as something they instruct pregnant women to take, and there are good reasons for it. It will help prevent anemia, and it will facilitate the absorption of other nutrients. It is also involved in the production of DNA, which will be vital in producing trillions of new cells. You can get folic acid from leafy greens, citrus, and most multivitamins.
Protein is also going to be very important. If you are eating the recommended amount of protein, then try to increase it by around 50%. If you’re already consuming more than the recommended amount of protein, keep that up.
Iron is very important as well. You can use an iron supplement, you can cook more in cast-iron pans, or you can eat iron heavy foods like red meat, egg yolks, spinach, and dried fruits. Calcium is another thing that you need to get in fairly large amounts.
Try to limit caffeine consumption. Some people in our community seem to have a heavy addiction to caffeine, and that will poorly impact your wings – if you can properly start growing them, anyway. Caffeine IS a drug, and if you want to stand your best chance of getting wings you need to cut out all drugs and alcohol for the next ten months or so. This also means no smoking.
For your general diet, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. Firstly, make sure you maintain a balanced diet. You need carbs, and you also need fruits, vegetables, milks/cheeses/yogurts, and proteins… and you need them EVERY DAY. This means that if you realize you haven’t had any vegetables after dinner, you better go and eat a carrot or a salad. Make sure you are eating everything.
You also need to be careful about your ‘everything’, though. When you can, make your own meals – they are far healthier than store-bought or restaurant-made foods. You can avoid weird chemicals and things that are put in the food to make it look prettier and last longer. Don’t just go get a box of pasta and toss it in the boiling water, go mix your own egg with your own flower and your own salt. You might think you are eating the exact same thing, but it is MUCH healthier when you make it yourself. You can even eat like a pig and still lose a few pounds.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have icecream or dessert every now and then, but moderation is key. And avoid candy – candy is worse for you than a scoop of icecream, and icecream is way better at satisfying your sweet tooth. Better yet, have a scoop of frozen yogurt.
In a week or so you should notice a difference. You should feel like you’re in a better mood, and that you’re more alert, and that you have more energy – all of which will make the next phase that much easier.

Physical Conditioning
The second portion of getting you prepared to grow wings physically will be your fitness. This means – yikes – jogging. And exercising. Ouch, I know, I hate it as much as you do, but it’s something that must be done. You need to be over-all physically fit, but there are a few categories of physical fitness that will be more important than the others: flexibility, endurance, and upper body strength.
For increasing flexibility you should work with yoga, dance, or martial arts. If you can do any of the three, you should focus on martial arts because it would have benefits later on (defending yourself after growing your wings).
For increasing your endurance, you should start running and jogging on a regular basis. Once you can run a mile without struggling or stopping, you are in good standing, but it would be better if you could run five miles (you can take breaks or alternate between jogging and running). You should also do your other exercises for longer and longer periods of time.
For upper body strength you should do things like push-ups, pull-ups, planking and supermanning every night before going to bed and every morning once you get up. You should also try to engage in activities like rock-wall climbing and swimming, which would engage your muscles in different angles an ways.
Getting into shape is the very first portion of the physical shifting process. Before you can even consider actually P-Shifting, you have to be of a healthy BMI (if you are heavier, even if it’s just “muscle”, try to lose that weight because it WILL affect your wingspan negatively). You should also try to lose some layers of fat, and get to a lower body fat percentage. Gentlemen should aim for 20% or less body fat, and women should aim for 25% or less – although it would be much better for gentlemen to be 15% or less, and women to be 20% or less.
Flying and growing wings will be extremely taxing on your body, and for you to be able to handle the situation in a healthy way you will need to be on athletic levels of fitness. Flying takes a LOT of muscles, a LOT of energy, and a LOT of endurance. Anything less would not only make flying difficult and unpleasant, but it could also threaten your health. Make sure you get into shape before trying to P-Shift.

Mental Conditioning
What will make this particular P-Shift so difficult is the fact that it is taking place over several weeks, rather than several minutes. P-Shifting takes a lot of concentration, and so in order to do it over several weeks without breaking your P-Shift you will have to learn to keep shifting in your mind even when you are doing other things. Put it on the back burner, so to speak, but keep it on the stove – even when you’re sleeping. And so you will have to condition your mind for this.
One way to do this is by setting a little alarm on your watch for every half hour. When it rings, ask yourself – did you forget about wings? If so, then force yourself to think about it, keep it in the back of your mind, and go to the next half hour. Once you’ve lasted three days or so without forgetting about wings, then you are getting to the point where you can keep it with you.
One part of this does mean that you will have dreams about your wings, because you should be thinking about it pretty much constantly. If you aren’t having dreams about wings, then you aren’t doing it right.
You should also pick out a time to meditate every day, to get in the practice of forcing yourself to concentrate – truly concentrate – for a little bit each day. When it comes time to start P-Shifting you should meditate twice a day, preferably more, so I would suggest doing it when you go to bed and when you rise in the morning.
Once you have conditioned yourself and have the proper discipline and concentration, you should know it. If there is any doubt in your mind as to whether you’re good enough or not, then you aren’t – once you are, you will know it. And once you are, take a few days break. Force the wings out of your mind. If you can do that, then you really are ready; you have complete discipline.
After you are in the proper physical condition and mental condition, you should organize yourself for the shifting process. 16 hours ago


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ambUntitled

when is 43things makin it so u can’t post 1 day ago


WingedBeast1Untitled

I was without Internet for a while and we still don’t have it but I’m at a friends house. When I got on this morning I was so sad. I’ll Miss talking to you all. You’ve all been super helpful and amazing I hope you all are having a good time and having fun. I am really bummed that we won’t be able to get on the site to talk and share ideas. I’ll give my luck to anyone who needs it.

Good luck everyone. Fly high, howl loudly, let your heart soar… Or whatever. :) 1 day ago


IronWarriors 1 week ago


Jarjarofdirt“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.”

-Edward Teller (1908 – 2003)

Were we to all live in the same general area a mere 200 years ago, and a man rode into town, speaking of people communicating on opposite ends of the earth in mere seconds, what would we say? Most likely, it would be a variant of, “That’s impossible. It takes days to travel from city to city. No man could deliver a message that far in such a short amount of time. It can’t be done.” Flash forward to 1969, and you’d see the beginning of ARPANET, which was a forerunner to what we call the Internet. Any one of us could keep arguing with Lord Bearclaw about the possibility of the existence of magick, but he isn’t going to change his position (unless something happens to him that makes him change his mind). I’m giving up on arguing with him, because there is no point in it. Not for me, at least. When, and if, I ever have wings on my back, I would love to fly (no pun intended) to the east coast and have a conversation with LBC, face to face. Even if I’m not capable of flight, I’d still have grown wings, which is an amazing accomplishment in and of itself. This is my next to last entry on 43things. 3 days ago


maximumride1234 3 days ago


lunadragonUntitled

Go to spellsofmagic.com it mightv help alot 3 days ago


lunadragonUntitled

Wow it’s shutting Down thats not cool i never got to show a cool spell i found well bye guys i hope you all had a great time on here 3 days ago


Lord Bearclaw"Methods"

Biokinesis.

No such thing exists as you imagine it to be. The word literally means “body movement”, and technically you’re doing it right now. Swing your arm, turn your head, stomp your foot, even every beat of your heart. The fantasy of being able to mentally and willfully cause physical changes in your body on a molecular or cellular level simply does not exist.

If it was real it would take you hundreds of years to make any changes whatsoever. There are tens of trillions of cells in the body – in order to change anything on a functional level would take years of doing nothing but concentrating and mentally rearranging cells into new patterns. Even Charles Xavier needed Cerebro to pull off manuevers half that complicated, and Jean Grey needed the full power of Phoenix to do it. Just like those characters, this “ability” is only a fantasy.

“The Law of Attraction”

Not a “Law” at all, only a hypothesis with zero objective evidence to back it up. This concept was invented by con men and hucksters as a means of selling books and “self-help” systems. The real kicker: by the “rules” of the LoA if you buy the system or book and it doesn’t work, then you have no one to blame but yourself, and therefore cannot get your money back. It’s a shameless and foolproof con game.

If the LoA was real, then it would mean that every good thing in your life is a direct result of “positive energies” generated by conscious thought, and that every negative thing in your life is ALSO your fault, simply because YOU weren’t positive enough. It also would mean that all the people killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11 deserved it because they weren’t “positive” enough, that every rape is therefore the victim’s fault because SHE wasn’t thinking happy thoughts, etc. etc. ad nauseum.

Spells.

Magic is not real. There is no nebulous energy field capable of altering or changing reality or the physical world. If there was such a energy source we would see the results and effects, much the same way we can see the results of electricity – consistent, repeatable, objective effects. Energy follows repeatable patterns that can be observed, documented, and predicted. No amount of wand-waving, circle-drawing, crystal-gazing, candle-lighting, athame-wielding, incense-burning, spell-chanting ritual nonsense can cause a single objective effect.

If “magic” was real, and the ability to use it was hereditary, then at the least it would be passed down via Mendelian genetics, expressing 25% of the time – meaning that 1.7 BILLION of the human population would carry the gene. Even if a thousandth of that number expressed the trait actively it would mean over 1.7 MILLION “magic-users” running around and we would have objective, documentable evidence of the existence of “magic”. No such evidence exists. There is no energy field capable of altering reality on a whim.

Meditation.

To meditate on something means to think about something, looking at it from as many angles as possible. It is not magic, nor can it cause “magical” things to happen. Back in the Sixties and Seventies the hippie drop-outs and drugheads took an old Zen teaching about the Ohm, supposedly the perfect “vibration” in the Universe that is sublimely expressed by all things, and that if you could achieve the perfect Ohm you would be instantly connected spiritually to the entire Universe.

This concept was dropped when thousands of people literally spent years humming Ohm while sitting in lotus position and achieving nothing, so they reworked the concept into, once again, an idea that is only the fault of the practitioner if it doesn’t work.

Confidence Games

These ideas are all cofidence games, con games for short, so named because they rely on gaining your confidence, or trust, or belief, while showing zero results. Not one shred of observable, documentable proof of any of these ideas producing results has ever been shown.

The human body, and our genetic code, is a product of our evolution from upright bipedal primates. We do not have the genetic instructions in our DNA to grow wings, and we never have. The primate chain of evolution specialized from ground-dwelling mammals to become upright and bipedal. Birds descended from the avian evolutionary chain with members like Archeopteryx. Certain winged, feathered animals, like the chicken and certain flightless birds, are descended from the raptor dinosaurs and have nothing to do with primates genetically. Our bodies are designed by our evolution for bipedal, upright, ambulatory movement on the ground.

Even if a human could grow wings they would never fly as our bodies simply are not designed to do so. Long before we could ever achieve lift-off we would die from cardiac arrest or rupturing of the cardiac muscle, as our cardiopulmonary systems simply cannot handle the muscular work necessary to achieve powered flight.

This is a proven fact. People have tried using wings, even in recent years, constructing them out of superstrong, superlight materials – and they still cannot achieve lift-off, not even one inch. A much better ambition would be to really learn how to fly – using a hang glider. Out of all the people on this goal wanting to fly, I find it highly ironic that I am the only one to have actually done so, having been up hang gliding back in my late teens/early twenties. 3 days ago


IronWarriorsUntitled

Okay if your looking for a spell to grow wings there are plenty on YouTube and if some of the spells don’t work for you don’t assume it does not work it may work for some and soon you will find the right spell for you Don’t worry about it good luck! 3 days ago


Majora NothingHey guys, its been a while/ I have a problem

Hello! I havent been on for a while and now I see this message from 43things on the top of the page and it makes me sad :(

But anyways, I have this really weird problem. I dont want to go TOO much into detail on this. In the middle of the night, when im relaxing about to go to sleep, I feel someone touching me in some pretty inapropriate places. This has been going on for a few months and I havent really minded because it has not horribly effected my sleep and I was about 75% sure that it is all in my head. Now I am around 50%. Before this would only happen once or twice a week, but now it happens more often. Im not scared, im just really fucking annoyed. Im thinking it may be a good spirit because I keep a symbol that is ment to keep away evil spirits, and obviously he is touching me. I am assuming the spirit is a young man based on some of his behaviors. I dont want make a good spirit upset if it is one, but I would like to know how to set boundaries between me and the spirit. I dont get the vibe that the spirit is trying to be a creep (even though he is being a really big one), I think he may just be lonely and I feel kinda bad even though he is kinda being a jerk. Hopefully you guys have some good advice. If you have any questions, ask. Im going to bed, night. 6 days ago


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ambUntitled

mm wow 43things is closing down and i wasted a shit ton of time here a while ago. ummm bye? i guess! 1 week ago


Wingkitty02 1 week ago


MintCandiesYo

I haven’t been here in years (anyone remember me?), and I finally show up to see the site is shutting down? That sucks.

Glad to see LBC is still doin’ his… his thing. If nothing else, the man’s devoted to his, um, cause.

Just popping on in to say and and, I guess, goodbye as well. I remember all the good times on Chatzy etc.

Peace,

Mint 1 week ago


DarknessDreamerOh my....

Well so many people showing up when the site itself finally comming down here to mourn eh? EH? canadian time EH….

eh if any of you schmucks is still serious about this http://wingedones.webs.com/ this is where most have migrated to just a reminder~ im sure it has shown up dozens of times already but eh one more wont kill you methinks~ 1 week ago


Kira MarieI guess this is the end, huh?

I really wish it wasn’t being that I have a renewed sense of need to fly…

So before We all part for good, can someone write me a spell? and, or, Recommend a good meditation? Comment the needed details for the spell and I’ll get back to you :) 1 week ago


BloomWell... a sappy goodbye

I never got to 1,000 posts! D: I guess I won’t get that surprise that Chesire was talking about when I reached it ^^;

I don’t think I’ll ever give up or forget about this dream. I look to the skies now, and I see beautiful clouds catching the light from the sun. All I can imagine is soaring through the air, touching those clouds with the tips of my fingers or flying straight though! Catching the rays of the sun on the ends of my wings, and thanking God for His beautiful creations and the chance to do what I think no one has ever done before! I pray one day soon I can fly, and I think it’ll be better in real life than it ever could be in my imagination. There will probably be issues, like hiding my wings or making sure I have the rest of my life set straight, but I know I can just trust God to take care of me, because I know He loves me unconditionally :)

So I know goodbyes are hard, but I know I’ll never forget this site and all the happiness it and it’s members have brought me! I love all of you, and I truly mean all of you.

Fly free~! 1 week ago


Kira MariePLEASE! SHE IS THE LEADER OF A FLOCK

If anyone has Sora’s number, I’d like to contact her.

Her email, snapchat name, facebook would be appreciated too!!!

Thanks! 1 week ago


♚Bad Kitty♚Famous Last Posts

So before 43T finally closes down, I propose we, as in everyone currently still here to click the “I’m done” button in celebration of over… Alotta years of hard work :D

Remember: http://www.wingedones.webs.com

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keno14Untitled

well then. I decide to come back for a while and the site is closing. 0-0
nerts. 1 week ago


the_illusionist

^

The Robots have settled it… 1 week ago


SkyBird WingedMy last post :)

Scientists have done extensive research into the mixing of genes or cells from different species, adding human (and other animal) genes to bacteria and farm animals to mass-produce insulin and spider silk proteins, and introducing human cells into mouse embryos. Para humans have been referred to as “human-animal hybrids” in a vernacular sense that also encompasses human-animal chimeras. The term para human is not used in scientific publications.The term is sometimes used to sensationalize research that involves mixing biological materials from humans and other species. It was used in a National Geographic article to describe an experiment in 2003, during which Chinese scientists at the Shanghai Second Medical University successfully fused human cells with rabbit eggs. According to Daily Mail, as of 2011, more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos were created in British laboratories since the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. With respect to animal-human mixing, no evidence of any entities being born has ever been recorded but new developments in crossing the species barrier may no longer limit animal-human mixtures to the domain of mythology. Indeed, procedures have recently been developed by scientists which mix human and animal biological elements to such an extent that it questions the very concept of being entirely human. For example, concern for animal-human mixtures was raised in 2001 by the UK Animal Procedures Committee which indicated in its Report on Biotechnology that though questions may exist as to the likely fate of such animal-human mixtures, there may be a deeper repugnance at the thought of their very existence. Indeed, The Regulation of New Biotechnologies and published in 2004, that the crossing of the animal-human boundary was, in some respects, quite complex and subtle but that the mixing of human and animal tissues and material was not by itself objectionable. In the context of therapy and preventive medicine, the President’s Council accepted that the transplantation of animal parts to replace defective human ones could be considered as ethical. Moreover, the Council had no overriding objection to the insertion of animal-derived genes or cells into a human body – or even into human foetuses – where the aim would be to address a serious disease in the patient or the developing child.
Humans and birds diverged are over 300 Mya; protein sequence evolution over that time is easier to estimate than DNA evolution; at the typical vertebrate neutral DNA substitution rate, any nucleotide that is not under strong selection is likely to have undergone multiple substitutions in that amount of time, making it very difficult to identify homologous, neutrally-evolving nucleotides. Thus, the only segments that can be confidently aligned are, as Andreas Pfenning said, quite limited.
I think, that although it will take years we do have a chance at flight. There would have to be a DNA cocktail though, not just bird and human. You would need the DNA of certain insects as their exoskeletal structure (in the unique honeycomb formation) would provide the human body with a skeleton capable of withstanding the stresses of flight and flight muscles, the insect DNA would essentially make our bones light and incredibly strong. You would also need DNA from some type of ape, preferably the orangutan, as the fibrous strings that make up their muscle mass confer a strength much greater than their appearance would suggest, as in they have a higher strength to mass ratio (using this DNA, wouldn’t deform the human musculature or appearance, merely take the place of what composes the muscles themselves). We would also need to have croc DNA to give us a second pair of eyelids, as i for one, do not want to be blinded by every oncoming bug & whereas I think a pair of raybans may look pretty good, they would fall off, not to mention the obvious benefits to the Australian salt water crocodile’s immune system, the only natural immune system with a near 100% effectiveness against all forms of disease, bacterial and viral. This makes us far more likely to survive any diseases we may (with gene manipulation) become susceptible to. And finally we could use the DNA of certain birds that live at high altitude, for their ability to process and survive on much lower oxygen saturation rates, not to mention the incredible eyesight of the raptors, which can see with 20/20 vision over vast distances and up close. All in all, we may not be able to fly right now, but with technology changing and scientist already playing with avian and human DNA in embryos there’s still a chance for humans to grow wings. Although this theory may take years and years to accomplish at least it’s not entirely impossible. For now we can all dream though. I hope this gave everyone some hope, I also apologize for using such a big vocabulary, but I couldn’t help myself since I love science and physics.
Note: please don’t comment with any negative intentions, I’m not looking to pick a fight with anyone.
I pray you all will be able to complete your goals :) goodbye :D 1 week ago


the_illusionist

We’re so close to the end I can feel us running on empty… I’m going to miss this site so much, but I loved my time here. I know it sounds more morbid than it is, but yes.

I hope everyone gets their wings :D

See you around,
-Ally
(I know, this is like my 3rd “last entry” 1 week ago


Lord BearclawScience.

No dragons. No werewolves. No moon vampires. No lunar gods. No air.

This is what makes the photo possible – Science. Space travel, medicine, cellphones, computers, air conditioners, cars, escalators, plastics, hot and cold running water, refrigeration, convection/conduction stoves, microwaves, synthetic fabrics, electricity, CDs, DVDs, MP3 players, prepackaged food, food delivery, air travel, vision enhancements, prosthetics, beauty and hygiene products, flushable toilets, television, Doppler radar, solar panels, hybrid engines, etc. etc. etc. the list goes on and on and on and on and on interminably almost of all the products, services, and advancements that humanity has devised, implemented, or achieved all because of Science.

If you think that Science is “just another” concept that “really doesn’t do anything”, and that “magic” is real, then get rid of every single thing in your life that Science has brought you. No more clothes that you didn’t make yourself from cotton or wool produced on your farm. No more pasteurized milk from the store – milk it yourself from your cow. No more eyeglasses or contacts. No more wristwatches, cellphones, laptops, computers. Throw them out. No more toilet – you’ll have to go dig an outdoor outhouse, and when the hole eventually fills up you’ll have to cover it over with dirt and dig a new one. Have fun using the privy in Winter. Throw out everything in your house made of plastic – CDs, DVDs, combs, brushes, buttons, shoes, etc. etc. etc. No more medicines – not even aspirin – sorry, but you’ll have to brew your own willowbark tea for that. Having pain? Too bad. No more inoculations against chicken pox, measles, pertussis, etc.

Now replace any one item or service that Science has brought you with “magic”. Go ahead. Let’s see it.

The best thing that I can hope for all of you as this site shuts down is LEARN. Keep looking for the answers – find out what is real and what is fantasy. Keep an open mind but don’t become gullible. Question everything – especially anything that asks you to trust in unproven or undocumented hypotheses. Remember what P.T. Barnum once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” And lastly, remember that you are a Human Being, a member of the only sentient, self-aware species this planet has ever produced. You are the product of 4.5 billion year of evolution. Act like it. 1 week ago


ErkaWings 1 week ago


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