Monday, October 23, 2006

National Mole Day

Remember, a mole is not a marmot, although occasionally a marmot can be a mole. And we are not talking about guacamole, upper molars, or VD(J)'s control patrol. Nor is it a troll, lurking under a barber pole, eating a sweet roll, wondering why he didn't insist his girfriend take birth control.

On the whole, a mole is like that poor soul on radio, who tried to take a minor role in politics and wound up in the toilet bowl.

No -- a mole is a measurement in Chemistry. First determined by a guy by the name of Avagadro (more related to guacamole), on this date. If you take the atomic number of an element (hydrogen = 1, carbon = 12, gold =86), and collect together the same number of grams of that substance, all three piles will contain exactly the same number of atoms.

A lot of atoms. 6.02 times 10 to the 23d power -- 602 followed by 21 zeros.

So every 10/23 from 6:02 AM until 6:02 PM Mole Day is officially celebrated.

There -- doesn't that warm your heart and soul?


Anonymous The Marmot said...

For the record I have a mole, but I am not now, nor have I ever been a mole.

Thank you.

la Marmot

2:28 PM, October 24, 2006  

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