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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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stop picking my skin
A question about this goal: After a zit forms, what happens to it? Does it burrow into your skin, make a little home, and stay a while? Or can it eventually release itself naturally? June 19th, 2006 12:53


I have no idea about this myself, but I just came across the name of a doctor who writes books about skin care…..he might possibly talk about this in his book on acne? His name is Dr. Nicolas Perricone. I’m going to look for him on Amazon and see what I can find out.

I would love to know the answer to this one!

I came across a website that I found interesting… It is: and I liked the part of the site that described different types of acne: cause it gave me a better idea of what I am looking at when something develops on my face. Also I liked this description of how acne forms: unfortunately there wasn’t something for how it gets rid of itself. They also have a nice part of the site that, if you have to pop, it will explain the best way to do it without further damaging your skin:

I am still searching for a good description of what happens to acne naturally if it isn’t popped…

Have you read the book on yet? There is a whole section that talks about pimples and what happens when you do and don’t pick them. It still left me with some questions, but I feel like I really don’t want to pick now after reading it, and I want to let my body’s immune system attack the bacteria and infection on its own. Here is a sample of what it said:

If left alone, the white blood cells attack the bacteria by secreting enzymes which break down the bacteria and ‘push’ the leftovers out to a yellowish point on the whitehead called a pustule which ultimately dries up as eventually the swelling and the whitehead dissipates. But if you’re like me (and you must be if you’re reading this book) you’ve rarely or never seen that happen, because you’ve never waited that long for your own body to do its work.)

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