Friday, October 23, 2009

October 23 – Mole Day

What is Mole Day you ask?
Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. Schools throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Mole Day with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles.
For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the atomic mass of the molecule. For example, the water molecule has an atomic mass of 18, therefore one mole of water weighs 18 grams. An atom of neon has an atomic mass of 20, therefore one mole of neon weighs 20 grams. In general, one mole of any substance contains Avogadro's Number of molecules or atoms of that substance. This relationship was first discovered by Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1858) and he received credit for this after his death.   (
I don’t know about you, but this brings back the 1 happy memory I have of Chem Com…that’s right, I took Chem Com not Chemistry. I am definitely not a science person, don’t like it, never will, don’t really care how things work, just glad they do.

Yes, I have fond memories of my Chem Com teacher who is the typical nerdy science teacher - a big dork but still hilarious in his own way - singing with all of his might the Mole Day Song! Also, in my high school we had cake on Mole Day; it was always quite the celebration. Oh the memories. Other then that day I hated Chem Com every minute of it, I am so glad I never have to take another science class in my life.

Now before you science people get all defensive, if there weren’t people like me then your love of science would be useless because we would all know “sciency” stuff (yes, I just made up that word). Doctors…we wouldn’t need you (Erin I know you would miss all of my medical emergency phone calls!) Physicists…1 out of 2 people would be going after your jobs. So science people enjoy your day, and be thankful that there are many many people like me who could really care less about the mole or anything else in the science field.

There is a Mole Day website:
Interesting Fact:  The 2009 Mole Of The Year is Sarah Toman of Muskegon Michigan!

I know you all want to hear this MOLE SONG I speak of so here you go!

1 comment:

  1. Just so you know....I did actually wish a good many people "Happy Mole Day" on this day and remind them of their lovely chemistry memories as well. Good job you non-science loving person!