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#1 Posted on 23.10.03 1138.23
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Sometimes I hate high school. times, I really hate high school. This is one of those other times. In celebration of Avogadro's number (6.02 x 10^23), I was forced to come in to school today at 6:02 in the morning, a whole hour before usual.

Why don't I get to come in at 10:23 on June 2nd?
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#2 Posted on 23.10.03 1213.22
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Wow, chemists have really ... weird senses of humor.

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#3 Posted on 23.10.03 1230.40
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This is giving me flashbacks to highschool chemisty, where my teacher had a get the mole song set to the tune of row row row your boat, to help us remember.
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#4 Posted on 23.10.03 1251.29
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I remember cheating my way through Chemistry class. Our teacher would give us the answer that she was looking for and the error range before an experiment. None of the other groups ever thought to work BACKWORDS to achieve the desired result. Nobody ever figured out what we were doing either.

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#5 Posted on 26.10.03 0754.44
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This gives me flashbacks of one of my High School teachers. On Mole Day he'd always have a party instead of a class, and he'd bring in/tell the students to bring in food and cake and stuff but to display it with a mole theme. We'd have "Mole Dirt" brownies, gummie worms and such, but also had stuff like the less-creative "Mole Cheetos". He'd decorate the room and even have mole songs playing. Yes, whole TAPES of Mole Day music. And the whole week before the day he'd dress up in boots, a sweatsuit, a winter hat, paint his nose red and put on glasses that were blacked out with marker, complete with a hemp rope "tail" stuck in his pants. Inbetween classes he'd then go into the halls with a cup labeled "I'm blind" filled with pencils and a walking stick and go after kids with the walking stick as they went by. Definitely a crazy guy, but he threw one hell of a Mole Party. :)
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#6 Posted on 26.10.03 0952.45
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In honor of Mole Day, here's a little-known fact about Avogadro, courtesy the Ask Dr. Science Show:

    Originally posted by Dr. Science when asked "How many angels can fit on the head of a pin?"
    Avogadro's Number. That's 6 point something times 10 to the 23rd, I believe. Avogadro, of course, was both a scientist and a bishop of the Holy Roman Empire. He and Thomas Aquinas captured Visigoths and made them dress as any one of the nine choirs of angels. The didactic duo then drove crude pins -- or spikes, as we would call them today -- into the unlucky Barbarians. Then, as moles devoured the Visigoths, researchers would count up the number of spikes being used and arrived at Avogadro's Number. How this experiment ended up revealing accurate data about angel's heads is beyond this modern day scientist, but then there's a lot in the history of science that defies an upbeat explanation. For good reasons, I guess. I suppose there's some sort of poetic justice to this whole story. If so, it eludes me.

Dr. Science also answers the burning question of "How many worms can a mole eat before he throws up?"...

    Originally posted by Dr. Science again
    Avogadro's Number. Yes, moles have a voracious and indiscriminate appetite. They can eat Avogadro's number of anything whether it's worms, chicken McNuggets or even avocados. The mass of Avogadro's number of avocados is called a mole of avocados. And the mole is full of avocados, that is, until he throws up. This process of bingeing and purging is called the Scientific Method, and it's what makes science so much different than, say, religion. In many religions, I'm told, you eat a lot of hot air and hold it in. Hope I've answered your question and tell the avocado disparagement lawyers to quit calling.

And of course, the good Doctor (that's his first name, by the way) informs us how to determine the concentration of chloride ions in a specific solution...

    Originally posted by Dr. Science
    Have you ever heard of a mole? I'm not sure if the moles in South Africa are larger or smaller than our North American moles. You could liquify some in a blender and see how many moles it takes to fill a one liter flask. That number, called Avogadro's number and named after Buddy Avogadro, a New York fruit vendor who was convicted of unecessary cruelty to animals, gives you how many molecules there are in your flask. Now, dump the moles out and insert your sample. Don't forget to first wash your flask with vinegar and baking soda. Determine what volume of sample you have, the molecular structure of that sample (usually found by tasting), and voila, you have the number of chloride ions. Assuming, of course, that the sample contains chlorine. If it doesn't, simply add some laundry bleach!

Yes, I do have too much time on my hands. So does NPR, apparently. :-)
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#7 Posted on 27.10.03 0811.10
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