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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buffalosnowangelMy nightmare come to life...

No doubt most people have heard that two Ebola-infected Americans are being evacuated and brought back to the US. This is the first time Ebola will be on U.S. soil, and we’ve gone over to retrieve it and bring it here ourselves.

So…thoughts? Conspiracy theories? Brick-shitting?

Vent it here! 8 hours ago

gottawonderWhy does fashion have such an effect on us?

I was recently considering why some actors, and some movies, become shamelessly unfashionable, when they were considered really good at the time? I’m thinking of JC Van Damme, and his style of movies. That guy was HUGE, and so were his movies, and then….Pfft. He was just no longer a big star, and his movies were considered awful.

Why clothes? Why would we actually laugh at styles that were iconic in the 80’s, or 90’s? At some point, scruffy jeans and boots and flannel shirts were FASHION in the 90’s, and then people go “I can’t believe it, that’s so ‘90’s!”. As if we were magically enlightened to how ridiculous that was, and we’ll never do it again.

Then, that shit comes back into style, and everyone pretends it was just the best look ever! We have to do it again!

Just like how not that long ago, wide-legged pants were the big deal. They looked modern again (even though everyone mocked them from the 70’s). How great!

Then, someone decided that the new modern look would be skinny jeans, just like the ‘80’s. Yeah, the ‘80’s. The ones we laughed at for the skinny jeans.

I kind of hate fashion, for the fact that it means your clothes are going to mostly be obsolete every ten years, if not five.

Why do some shows seem kind of cheesy if they are a decade old? They were fine ten years ago. What changed?

Also, there is that really distinct thing that happens when you go into someone’s house, and the house is decorated in a very specific way that happens to be more than a decade old. Like someone who has all that black living room furniture, or black patterned bed sheets, or that certain dusty rose that everyone used to use.

It’s so weird, because I can’t imagine someone walking into a medieval castle, and feeling like the décor was a little out of date. Did that ever happen? It would take a century before something seemed old-fashioned.

Did African tribes people laugh at the body paint they wore as kids? Did they feel that certain dances were just embarrassingly old?

How did fashion become so fleeting? Why do we listen? 23 hours ago


Are you any good at dealing with things you can’t change? 1 day ago

gottawonderTED talks.

I may have asked something like this already, but it seems like there is kind of a backlash against TED talks. People almost smirking at those who enjoy them, because they are cheesy, or shallow, or some kind of white-person’s snooty thing.

What do think of TED, or those who watch it? Do you ever watch TED talks? 1 day ago


Does anyone know why 43things is closing? 5 days ago


I just wrote a message, was about to send it but then net went off so lost it. Oh well, second attempt…

1. It’s far too hot! Seriously, it’s making me feel ill/fed up. I used to love summer, now not so much. IF ONLY it could be WARM (I hate being cold, don’t get me wrong) but not BOILING HOT!
Question: How do I keep cool? Seriously? I know I just asked a question but I’ve tried lots of things… drinking water, splashing water on me, wearing a wet top, fan on constantly (highest setting), window open…. even stood near fridge earlier.

2. A question I wrote earlier in the week… today (later tonight/very early tomorrow) is a year since I met “him” that I’m getting over right now. I’ve been listening to sad songs.
Question: How do I cheer up? (bare in mind, I’m going to write more in next bit that relates to this).

3. I WAS going to go out and watch some live music with a mate I’ve not seen for ages. PROBLEM: I’ve been feeling unwell all week (sometimes if I’m not too bad I would go out anyway, but I don’t think I can) – the heat isn’t helping either (despite me keeping as cool as I can). Even when it was less hot I felt rubbish, but I know it’s not helping me it being this hot.
Question: How do I deal with the disappointment of this? It was supposed to help me with the 2nd bit. I can’t even invite anyone over to hang out right now.

4. How can I make staying in, feeling rubbish, lonely etc POSITIVE (at least a BIT)? Play happier music? Play games? Watch/listen to comedy? If I feel up to it do a bit of sorting on my room/laptop or something that needs doing?

I think that’s all I have to say

Oh one more thing..

5. Would anyone like to chat sometime? (feeling lonely) 5 days ago

OasisOfCalm(far too hot) summer in the city

What’s the temperature where you are?
Where are you?
How are you keeping cool?
Does the heat make you fed up when it’s too hot? 5 days ago

gottawonderThere will be more on this later.

First, list five people that would be fairly universally accepted as successful. Why would they be considered to be successful?

Don’t look down at the next part until you’ve chosen all five.

List five people that you admire. Why do you admire them?

Don’t look down until you’ve chosen them.

What are some similar traits?

What makes the people you admire different from the people deemed successful (if they are different people)?

If each of those persons were to somehow achieve their accomplishments without becoming well-known, or receiving any money, would they still be successful? Or admirable? Such as, an athlete breaking a record, but without competing against others (racing alone) and never making the record public, or a person negotiating a peace treaty from behind the scenes, or a composer making a magnificent Opus, but no one ever plays or hears it? A big wig on the stock market who makes some incredible trades, but doesn’t get paid? 6 days ago

OasisOfCalmMoving on is hard to do

What advice can you give on what I can do, to cheer myself up/deal with this? It’s nearly a year since I met my last ex (even though we split up last October). I’m still getting over it all (every situation is different, some people are over their ex straight away, others can take months, and each ex is different too).

If you’re not over an ex, and it comes up to a date, either the date you met, or the date they left you or whatever, and you think of them because of this… how do you cheer yourself up/distract yourself? Also I’m not going to make myself not think about it at all, I don’t want to completely dwell on it in-fact I’d like to make it positive, but it’s a process and just not thinking about it hasn’t worked completely, I go longer without thinking about him than I did at the start, but I still do now and again, even though there’s absolutely no contact now or anything. 1 week ago


Popclogs is basically just the upgraded version of 43T? Is it run by the same people, and we are all being herded over there? 1 week ago

aaeeeiiiiPop your clogs

Who is not on popclogs yet?
Is there any reason why you’re not joining popclogs? 1 week ago

красивейшая БогиняUntitled

Do any of you wonder whether the Bots are secretly loving the sinking of the ship with all us still on board? 1 week ago

BVLGARI43Things' destiny

just a quick update from you guys who are always updated with current status of 43T.
as I know 43T is supposed to be fading away started in Jun or this month. but I recently it seems just ok.
May I know/ double check…

1. if 43T is saved? that it is not shutting down but will continue?
2. if it’s shutting down, when will be the estimate month/date? so that I’ll get ready with back up.

I really not used to popclogs! 1 week ago

красивейшая БогиняCandid Camera

is ‘candid camera’ the correct term for those prank TV shows?
where funny pranks happen to unwitting passer-bys in the street.
is that the correct generic name for them? or is that an out-dated term?

also: how would you simply describe what ‘toilet humour’ is to foreign students? (intermediate level)

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Collectorofcats I don't know what happened but I responded to the emu's latest question which for some reason just disappeared

Here is the questions as I answered them just in case some error was made to just make everything disappear.

post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them :)

Collectorofcats commented Toilet talk and other jokes

- what do you think of the experiment? Was it interesting or an irresponsible prank? Are you speaking about the original prank for candid camera using the sexes or your idea using English language challenged folk? Of course, The results may have depended on how each of these people were raised. In general, most folks are curious on how the other half lives. I would have chosen the ‘us’ toilet simply because I am not a ‘them’.
- the result of the prank/experiment showed that more women opted to use the ‘them’ toilet. Is this as you would expect? what do you think this tell us? Candid Camera is a really out of date show and I suspect that episode was filmed in the 1950s or early 1960s. Women were still living in a patriarchal world where they were considered subordinate even by their own terms. I suspect the results might be quite different today.
- does it tell us anything about gender roles in society? Look at my previous answer.
- how do you feel about joke tv in general? Depends on the jokes
-is it fair to bring unsuspecting members of the public into a prank? It would depend on whether it was meant to humiliate or demean them. If it doesn’t and is done in good fun, there is no harm in including the unsuspecting public. I wouldn’t stage a fake gun shoot out on the main street in any town in a CCW state, however.
- when has the line of acceptability been crossed? (when has a prank gone too far?) I cant answer that one. It just depends.
- what about when children are involved? Laughing at children and the silly things they do/say? what about pets? I love seeing cute pranks involving children and pets as long as no harm comes to either.
- are there any really funny pranks on tv you remember? Tell the group. Nothing specific comes to mind right now.
- what is humour? What makes something funny? To me, it would be funny to watch an emu herding cats.
- Can anybody be ‘funny’? Are some people better at it than others? Comedians are good at it because they have a lot of practice.
- Humour changes through time. Things there were funny in the 50s often aren’t found funny today. Do you think prank tv always be funny? stupid question as it would depend on the prank. but the students can decide that. Prank tv is always funny although I consider the Jackass series to be self effacing.
- what makes humour change through the years/decades? The audience.
- Do you think it is important to be able to laugh at yourself? Of course, the most successful comedians made their mark being able make themselves the brunt of the jokes they tell.
- What are some common subjects that people like to joke about? Sex, relationships, animals, rednecks and other singular social groupings.
- Does humour always translate to another culture/language? Not always.
- should people be careful about the jokes they tell and to whom they tell them? Maybe. David Chapelle will often tell racially sensitive jokes to a primarily black audience and be widely received but I imagine that if he were followed by a white comedian telling similar racially sensitive jokes that that same audience they would react differently. Of course, no one is allowed to use the n word unless they are black. My feelings on it are no one including a black person should be using it if it is so offensive. One black person calling another black person the n word is not an endearment or a black power thing and is just as insulting as if anyone else did it. I do not want anyone whether black or otherwise calling me a cracker, honkie (where the hell did they come up with that?) at anytime. The same is true about jokes involving illegal immigrants. Everything is acceptable and above board when someone who is an immigrant to our country tells them but don’t let someone whose family has been here 200 years tell one because that’s rude and hateful. Oh, get over yourselves, people. We were all immigrants at one time. No Irish need apply and so on….I’m Irish by the way.
- When shouldn’t you tell a joke? In which situation? Hijacking and terrorist jokes shouldn’t be told in airports or on planes.
- What are some situations when it is impolite to laugh at a joke? If you’re the only one of two heterosexual males in a bar full of gays and lesbians and your dumbass friend you came in with starts telling demeaning gay jokes, it might not be the ideal setting.
- How can a joke hurt someone? Physically no. A mean practical joke can humiliate a person.
- when can a joke be offensive? All jokes can be potentially offensive depending on the audience.
- Why do people say ‘laughter is the best medicine’? Supposedly, there is medial proof that laughter and a happy disposition lead to a longer lifespan. Then there is the theory that people who ate chocolate regularly live longer. Recently, this theory was debunked. Whether or not eating chocolate actually leads to a longer life or not, I would rather continue eating chocolate and and be happier then not eat chocolate and live the same amount of time unhappy without chocolate. And because the consumption of chocolate makes me happy, wouldn’t that lead to maybe living a longer, healthier life?

can you think of any other questions I could ask? anything to expand this and get them talking in their groups further? anything that leads on from this? You can theorize how life has changed in regarding the sexes over the years. For instance, how has society treated women over the last 150 years? you know for instance. that when the elevator was first invented men were only allowed to ride that contraption? Women were not allowed because it was considered dangerous and were forced to use the stairs.55 minutes ago

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molliemoonlightShared think bubbles...

This morning has been one of those ‘cloud-gazing-day-dreaming’ days.

So complete the sentence in the picture…

2 weeks ago

molliemoonlightI'm putting this on here as it will likely be read by the most people here

Re. 43T Contact List

I just want to let people know that I am having to draw a line under this, once the final loose ends have been tied up. I’m really sorry to anyone who has not yet joined. I can add newcomers to my list as administrator, but as I have now finished collating personal lists with people’s sharing preferences and have sent lists out, I won’t be emailing lists in the future. If you PM me your email address and popclogs and FB names, if you want them recorded too, I will add your details to my master list. I’m really sorry, but actually rolling the list out has taken such a huge amount of time, taking into consideration people’s individual sharing preferences and now the majority of work is done, I am having to draw a line under it, or run the risk of this becoming my new full time job!! I hope people can understand.

MM :) 2 weeks ago

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IntlWomanofMystery 4 weeks ago

красивейшая БогиняPredict 43T's last breath...

Place your bets ladies, gentlemen and woodland creatures.
When do you think 43T will pull the plug? which exact day…
Winner gets all my cheers for the rest eternity. (43T’s eternity)

Furthering a comment made by Donna2 weeks ago

красивейшая БогиняUntitled

How come we’ve suddenly got all our photos back?
what’s happening? I thought they were letting the site die a natural death… then pull out the ventilator plug at the end of this month 2 weeks ago

Collectorofcats So after a week of disappearing pictures. avatars

Mine have reappeared.

Is it the same for anyone (everyone) else?

So you are driving along and you have car trouble. There are two houses up ahead. The one on the left side belongs to the famous Jenner/Kardashian clan. The one on the right belongs to the famous Robertson clan (Duck Dynasty). Both invite you and your family to stay for dinner/rest stay overnight until your car is fixed and you can be on your way. Which invitation would you accept? and why? 3 weeks ago

aaeeeiiiiExporting 43Things

Have you exported your account yet?
I followed the instructions but all I did get is a txt file. Is there something I miss? How are we going to download a txt file? Don’t tell me it’s only copy and paste?
Is there a better way to download this? I don’t have any important writings but I just don’t want to lose this for sentimental reasons. 3 weeks ago

joie de vivreOn a summer's evening

How much chardonnay is too much chardonnay? 3 weeks ago

Collectorofcats Fly Paper

Everyone agrees here that flies, mosquitos, etc are annoying if not carriers of disease, right?
  • So about how many flies do you think the average person kills in their lifetime?
  • Do you believe you are on your way to doing your share of dipterocide (mass murder of winged insects)? Or do you believe animal rights should extend to the insect world, even those that are harmful?
  • What is your preferred method of killing flying insects?
  • Have you ever had a venus flytrap? A pitcher plant?
  • Are you one of those people who are classified as allergic to bug bites and carries an epi-pen?
  • Which insects do you find the most troublesome in the Summertime?
  • Do you believe in the myth that insects bite certain people because of blood type? Or because of external factors?
  • Do you use personal insect repellent regularly in the warm weather months?
  • What are your feelings on spiders? 3 weeks ago

barbar_ellaonly fools and horses

I don’t really understand the appeal of this show. But it’s top-rated. I can see why people would like it as a show in general but not a sitcom.

Please explain to me why it’s so darn popular. 3 weeks ago

SimplicityInTheLBCContrarian Grammarian

Does it bug the living scheisse out of you to see punctuation problems, grammatical goofiness, spelling stupidity?

What’s your personal bugaboo?

Mine right now is the possessive and pluralization of a family whose last name ends with the letter S.

Mrs. Harris is here for her Botox appointment, doctor.

All the Harrises have had work done, though they’ll never admit it.

Plural Possessive
Woe betide you if you get in the way of the Harrises’ standing appointment with their plastic surgeon! 3 weeks ago

красивейшая БогиняUntitled

Don’t you lot feel a bit like we’re the last to leave the party?
guests who’ve over-stayed our welcome?

People on PC keep boasting how they’ve shut their accounts on here… yet I’ve still got the exact same number of subscribers (207). Hmmm… guess I can deduce that none of those damn midges subbed to me :(
Have you felt the pinch on your sub numbers?

Now even the 43T logo is missing at times :( 3 weeks ago

красивейшая БогиняWHY ??!

Why do Mollie, IntWomanofMystery, Gottawonder and Spy all still have their avatars and I don’t?! Pure treacherous treason, I tell you! I’m The Exquisite Empress and they’re just plain parishioners of the Kitty worshiping kind. 3 weeks ago

IntlWomanofMysterywould you help my cousin with his kickstarter?

Many of you may remember the story of my cousin. His eldest daughter was walking to the school bus. As she crossed the road, a car hit her. She was in a coma for 18 days. it took years for most of her injuries to heal. She is still healing. My cousin wrote a book about their experiences for the past 7 years.

Please feel free to share this with everyone you know to help my cousin with his book. 4 weeks ago

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