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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today is (drum roll please) ... International Mole Day?

It's probably not what you're thinking!

I was thinking of the less than cute little animal that destroys yards ... and of my friend, Mr. H. (you met him and his cat, The World Famous George, back in March here and here). Sadly, George got very sick not long after that blog entry. Mr. H. and his wife were heartsick over losing him. They have since adopted two brother cats, Reuben and Levi. I'm not sure how many pairs of overalls they had for George ... but something tells me if they only had one pair on hand, they have since purchased another!

I thought of Mr. H. when I first heard of mole day because he despises moles. Sadly, my evil plans to bombard that kind man with mole pictures was thwarted.

It's also not about the unsightly growth on humans. So, if Mole Day isn't about ugly, brown growths or the destructive varmint that is the bane of Mr. H's existence ... what is it? 

Excellent question! I'll answer it right away ... but you might want to sit down first!!!

Mole Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated among chemists, chemistry students, and chemistry enthusiasts ... and we all know how much fun chemists, chemistry students, and chemistry enthusiasts are, right? Mole Day is celebrated on October 23, between 6:02am and 6:02pm ... because Avogadro's number (approximately 6.02 x 1023)is the number of particles (atoms or molecules) in one mole of substance.

In addition to chemists, chemistry students, and chemistry enthusiasts, many high schools around the United States, South Africa, Australia, and Canada celebrate Mole Day as a way to get their students interested in chemistry.

Eat a good breakfast, folks ... today's calendar promises an exciting twelve hours!

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