Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A M M M M M M M Mole for Your Troubles

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - Remember your chemistry? Do you remember the number of atoms in a mole? How, infact, did someone count the number of atoms in a mole? Was this a large mole or a small mole? Is there a difference between the number of atoms in a mole versus a gerbil? According to Amadeo Avagadro, the number of atoms (or molecules) in a mole is
6.022 X 1023. So from 6:02 am to 6:02 pm on 10/23 (October 23rd), science teachers are celebrating National Avagadro's Number Day. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, and a peck was a mole, and pickled peppers where say pickled carbon atoms, then we know just how many pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.

If you stutter, Peter Piper is a pecker. And that Sally who sells the sea shells at the shore... well she's a real &*#!. And today is neither Peter's nor Sally's day. Today is also International Stuttering Awareness Day. There are so many challenges in the world as it is. Imagine if you also faced the world with a stutter... it's a troubling, and challenging speech impediment to overcome. Now imagine if you are in Chemistry class and have to explain the phenylalanines or combustible compounds... I'm guessing that this isn't your day either.

Some days are just better left unsaid.

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