April Fools! Sad News Today: I’m Shutting Down Hack The System


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Well, we’ve had a great run.

Over the years, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of sharing many amazing memories with you.

You’ve seen me get slapped in the face over and over again.


I’ve shared the deepest parts of my soul. Yes, even my dark moments.




You’ve been with me through very thick. And thin.

But I have a confession to make…

Hack The System just isn’t my passion anymore.

I want to show you new, original material that’s never been taught before.

I’ve been working so hard on my new book, and I’m finally ready to unveil it.


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The book is going to be revolutionary. In it, you’ll learn:

  • The step-by-step strategies for cutting in line at the supermarket
  • How to adopt pets from the ASPCA and sell them for high margins on the black market
  • How to disguise McDonalds as fine cuisine for a first date
  • Much, much more

Now, I know some of you may be a little upset. You probably have a lot of questions.

“Maneesh, I loved all your advice on habit formation and travel hacking — what am I supposed to do now?”

“Oh, God. No. Is this the end? Don’t play with my emotions. PLEASE tell us you have more to share.”

You know I’d never disappoint you. In fact, I’m opening up an entire suite of new courses. I really hope you enjoy them.

Readers from all over the world have been begging me to tell them more about my sandwich selection process. In fact, after my article on how to get a sandwich named after you went viral, I go inundated with requests to turn my knowledge into a full course.

Well, foccacia faces, here’s your chance.

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Making the perfect sandwich can be overwhelming — and let’s face it, many of us need our hands held with these types of life-altering decisions.

Rye, sourdough or cracked wheat?

Bologna, hard salami or honey maple turkey?

You shouldn’t have to face these tough obstacles alone.

This course is going to be incredible. I can’t reveal all the details yet, but I can share some of the features with you:

  • 127 modules on meat/cheese pairings — including the special “When To Use Mayonnaise” cheat sheet
  • Over 93 hours of in-depth interviews with sandwich experts — in full HD video
  • My rock-solid 17 minute guarantee — make your first dream sandwich in the first 17 minutes or your money back


Now, life isn’t all about sandwiches. And at a certain point, you’ll run out of money crafting all these deliciously expensive artisan snacks.

But what if I told you that I was working on a new master-course in making just enough money to feed yourself?

Would you believe me?




This new course is even more powerful than “Find Your Dream Sandwich,” and readers have been begging me to tell teach them how to make real money. Your wish is my command.

I’m putting together even more courses like this — what would you like to see me work on next, as I transition away from Hack The System FOREVER?

Let me know in the comments.











oh yeah…..



one more thing….






Viktor April 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

Fan of Ramit so this post was super funny… thanks for the laugh, Maneesh


Caracal Keithrafferty April 2, 2014 at 9:30 am



Augustus Clyde April 1, 2014 at 11:55 pm

))) You had me all the way. Glad I read the comments.


kayvee April 1, 2014 at 11:10 pm


I was sad, but as I kept reading, i realized what you were upto



Dale April 1, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Rock On………..Great one!


Kevin April 1, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Damn, you got me… I knew it was April Fools, I knew people were playing April Fool’s jokes all over the Internet.. And I knew nothing I read could be trusted at least on this day.

But… you still got me.. in my inbox!! Didn’t realize until I read the post. Good one!


Geoff H April 1, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Well played sir!!! (Mind you the sadwich course could have legs…)


Manny April 1, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Oh you clever devil you


Karla April 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm

If it had not been for the comments, I still wouldn’t understand! You always come out with such great stuff to make me laugh that I never realized it was even April Fools day.


Joshua April 1, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Australia is 20ish hours in front, I knew it already :p


Quinn April 1, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Damn!!, So your not going then, I was looking forward to some phoenix rising from the ashes shit, but i guess the fires still burning haha!!


Primoz Bozic April 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm

This is THE BEST post I’ve read in 2014. Nice job Maneesh, now give my my dream sandwich!!!


Johnny Mean April 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Love the perversion of Ramit’s content! Well played Sir, well played!


Evan April 1, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I dont understand deeeezz u hurt my feelings , I is going to knocking my head on wall untill I dieee …. then I knock some more til wall fall down… noooo i want hack system I is sooo sad lolllzzz


Varun April 1, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Haha! That was great.


Karen April 1, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Even though it’s a joke, I feel that this message is very relevant today.


Mountain Evan Chang April 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Bro, not even trying to kiss your ass, but this was the funniest April Fool’s I’ve seen all day! Bust out laughing quite a few times hahaha


Luna April 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Oh my god, you bastard. I was literally freaking out until I saw the butchered version of Ramit’s book (and other products), then I remembered what day it was. Aaah!

Anyway, thank you so much for sticking around and continuing to put out great content. You’re the best!


Marc Stinebaugh April 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm

You, f*cker.


Howard April 1, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Yup, I bit too. Was actually excited about the book. Well done, Maneesh.


Kassi April 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm

I thought it was quite creative; Definitely gave me a laugh. All the grumps aside, it’s good to see some positive humor. Thank you, Maneesh.


Brian April 1, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I think I’m cracking up more at some people’s responses than I did about the original post! Great stuff!


John Corcoran April 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I actually believed the headline because I know you’ve been focusing on your startup. Then I read the post. Hilarious stuff. Well done.


stacey April 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm

You rock! Thanx for the smile!


kat vee April 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I was so slow! I was too busy pondering if selling adopted pets on the black market was ethical. *ahem* Then I was like….ooooooh hahaha!
we’ll played, my friend 🙂


Anne April 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Wow, it took me way to long to realize this is an April fools…. I would love a sandwich course, actually!


Leah April 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Good one! April Fools!! 🙂


Eddie April 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm

I was so looking forward to having a sandwich named after me…. RickRoll’d indeed, lmao!!!


Maneesh Sethi April 3, 2014 at 5:29 am

You still can! I wrote a legitimate article about how to do it:


Stu McLaren (@StuMcLaren) April 1, 2014 at 11:55 am

At first I thought it was legit. Then I saw the book cover and I thought… maybe he’s just using his brother’s book as a baseline (but obviously he’s going to redesign it).

Then things just kept getting more and more weird and I started thinking, ok now this is freakin’ strange.

Great gag dude… you had me… until you got super weird LOL


Teresa April 1, 2014 at 11:48 am

“How to adopt pets from the ASPCA and sell them for high margins on the black market”!! LOL!!!!!!!!!

Well played! Happy April Fool’s all!


Roberto Lebron April 1, 2014 at 11:43 am



Peter Spaepen April 1, 2014 at 11:40 am

“How to adopt pets from the ASPCA and sell them for high margins on the black market”

Really a-hole? – you’re a bonafide scumbag. Please die with the next breath you take!


Maneesh Sethi April 1, 2014 at 11:49 am

Dude, it’s april fools. Chill out.


Aaron April 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm

I am ashamed to say that you totally got me. Though, it may have something to do with the fact that I was unaware of today’s date.

Well played!


John Corcoran April 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm



marvymuse April 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Oh $#*! I fell for it. Sunnab@$.

Well played.

Glad it was a joke.


ranndino April 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Why do people who love animals hate people and have no sense of humor?


Santosh April 1, 2014 at 11:05 am

Your email only reminds me that today is 1st of April : )


Laura April 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

I knew this was an April Fools the minute I saw the email subject, but the blatantly stolen Ramit book cover had me howling with laughter. That’s pretty good..


Brad April 1, 2014 at 11:01 am

Hahaha I was like what!?!? Common man I just started following a little while ago! 🙁 lol Touche…


terri April 1, 2014 at 11:00 am

Funny! I’m sick as a dog and medicated, so I fell for it. LOL


Dewey April 1, 2014 at 10:57 am

Completely fell for it. I love the Brother rivalry.


Desiree April 1, 2014 at 10:40 am

“The step-by-step strategies for cutting in line at the supermarket” ?!? I’m new, and maybe that’s your attempt at humour, but seriously….


Lars April 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

I desperately need to earn $17.50 on the side. Take my money!


Janis April 1, 2014 at 10:37 am

hahahaha, I was reading along thinking, “OK, I guess he’s ready to move on.” I got to the cover of your book and thought, “Ick, not another 6 week program. C’mon, Maneesh.” Then I got to the first hack–how to skip ahead in line, and started laughing so hard the neighbors were wondering. Ya got me. Thanks for a good belly laugh. Enjoy the day. 🙂


Avi April 1, 2014 at 10:29 am

Hahahahahahaha; well done, Surrogate Asian Parent.


Hugh April 1, 2014 at 10:27 am

The order of my initial thoughts was:

1) Oh no … will there be accessible archives!?

2) This is rather cheeky … I wonder if Ramit will respond with anger or laughter …

3) Hmmm … I wonder what NPR’s joke is going to be today. (I remember when they ran a story all day that NPR had been purchased by Rupert Murdoch)

4) Well … now that I recognize that Maneesh *could* actually disappear … what are the ways I might like to run my life differently, in recognition of that possibility …

5) I’m really glad he’s still around … for now, at least. (And now it’s up to me to use every precious moment of life as wisely as I can manage to)



Praveer April 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

Happy April Fools Day to you too!!!


Mary April 1, 2014 at 10:24 am

Well played, Maneesh. Happy April Fool’s Day!


Wayne April 1, 2014 at 10:23 am

Happy April Fools Day!


anish April 1, 2014 at 10:22 am

haha, you gave me a good laugh this morning 🙂 thanks!


Matt Colvin April 1, 2014 at 10:20 am

April 1st = don’t believe anything you read online 😛


Tony Walker April 1, 2014 at 10:18 am

I read it and do not believe it

After so long of tracking HTS. Maneesh Anyway, things are always evolving, I hope that this change is best for everyone and those who take a course.




Maneesh Sethi April 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

hahaha read the post dude


Steve April 1, 2014 at 10:18 am

You had me going until the ‘I Will Hack You To Be Rich’ cover.

It’s only 9:18 for me so lots of day left but best April Fools Prank I’ve seen so far today.


m April 1, 2014 at 10:07 am

seriously? what is the point of this stupidity — not humor i’m guessing


Jon April 1, 2014 at 1:04 pm

And what was the point of your insightful comment, exactly? 🙂


Graham W. April 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

This is hilarious. Well done!


Mon April 1, 2014 at 10:00 am


This is an April Fools joke. SMH.

You didn’t get to me Maneesh. The give away was, “I Will Hack You To Be Rich” and then Ramit’s website “” haha

Good joke.


Gidon Ariel April 1, 2014 at 9:59 am

Watch it with the meat and cheese combos, buddy – we’re kosher!


Andy April 1, 2014 at 9:58 am

You just lost a subscriber. Grow up.


kat April 1, 2014 at 10:02 am

you’re going to have a really bad day if you can’t take april fool’s jokes. don’t leave your bed today, buddy.


Jus April 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

Great April Fools Prank! It was the laugh I needed this morning, things were getting toooo serious!


art April 1, 2014 at 9:55 am

April Fools Day!


Daren April 1, 2014 at 9:54 am



Jason April 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

Poisson D’Avril!


Chris Reynolds April 1, 2014 at 9:53 am



Chris Reynolds April 1, 2014 at 10:13 am

Damn, took me a bit….early morning confusion :P:P:P


Anouar April 1, 2014 at 9:52 am

Hahahaha nice one.
Don’t forget to launch Zero to Lunch!


Aidan April 1, 2014 at 9:52 am

hahaha. Can’t wait for the new course “Zero toLasagne.” I hear its a game changer.


Chris April 1, 2014 at 9:52 am

Hey…I would gladly purchase the Dream Sandwich product. It can be very overwhelming. A craft that is tough to nail down. Maybe something on how to formulate a fine side salad as well? Another tricky one. Look forward to the new ventures Maneesh!


Maneesh Sethi April 3, 2014 at 5:32 am
Arjen Harris April 1, 2014 at 9:50 am

Hi Maneesh, many thanks for all of the great posts over the past years. I have really enjoyed them! I would love more info on your book and where I can follow your work! Hit me up


Your Name... April 1, 2014 at 9:49 am

UNsubscribe please


Ashik April 1, 2014 at 9:48 am

I honestly thought you were going to give up Hack the habit when I started reading the first few paragraphs. But soon realized that it is your way of making a fool out of your readers. Its a pretty good one actually. I expect you would have got hundreds of mails and comments asking you not to take such a drastic step. LOL.


Alexander April 1, 2014 at 9:48 am

Pesce d’aprile !


Alan April 1, 2014 at 9:46 am

As one of your brother’s students this made me laugh a lot hahaha

“I will hack you to be rich” seems like a legit title for a computer security cookbook on carding, virtual scams, and real and proven scripts you can use to scam people on the internet every day.


Andrew Szeto April 1, 2014 at 9:41 am

Evil stuff – my heart stopped for a second. What a relief. Foccacia faces had me rolling 🙂


Tom April 1, 2014 at 9:38 am

Love the book cover!


Harry April 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

You had me with the email you bollocks!


David April 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Oh you big jerk. You almost killed me… Hahaha nice one Maneesh!


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