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Thursday, October 23, 2008

October 23 is National Mole Day!

Today is National Mole Day which is a part of the celebration of Chemistry Week!

Mole Day Pictures, Images and Photos

When I found National Mole Day, I was thinking it was somehow related to Ground Hog Day. So wrong it isn't even funny. I am not a science master so I decided to do a little web browsing in order to "get it."

So first, the definition of mole:
What is a Mole?


Not what you might think actually....
A mole is the amount of pure substance containing the same number of chemical units as there are atoms in exactly 12 grams of carbon-12 (i.e., 6.023 X 1023). This involves the acceptance of two dictates -- the scale of atomic masses and the magnitude of the gram. Both have been established by international agreement. Formerly, the connotation of "mole" was "gram molecular weight." Current usage tends to apply the term "mole" to an amount containing Avogadro's number of whatever units are being considered. Thus, it is possible to have a mole of atoms, ions, radicals, electrons, or quanta. This usage makes unnecessary such terms as "gram-atom," "gram-formula weight," etc.

Did anyone else's brain pop?

Now about the celebration. Here is some information from

This is a day for lovers of all things Chemistry. Who would have thunk it. Of course when I read that today was National Mole Day, Can you believe that some people have never heard of celebrating mole day?

Scientists and students around the world celebrate Mole Day with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles.

Mole Day is celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. in honor of Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 1023).

Things to be done for celebration including drinking molasses milk! How yummy does that sound?



Eat molasses cookies (which I think sounds pretty tasty actually). Though I would want plain milk. I do not live very dangerously when it comes to dairy. :)

Ask people how many moles that you have in a brown paper bag! Okay...not a real bunch of belly busting activities here, but this is science after all.

At the very least you could hug a scientist. :) Or a chemist...I guess. Does that include my colorist?

So looking forward to tomorrows celebration.

Oh by the way, sorry about posting about National Mole Day so late. It only lasts from 6:02am to 6:02pm. Hmmmmm. I better get on it faster next time.

1 comment:

Danica/Dream said...

Wow, thanks for sharing about Mole day!