Greetings, MARC Members and Friends of MARC!
Today, I was chatting with your friend and mine, one Ragnar (N7LCR). It seems that Ragnar is the father of a chemist AND considers himself somewhat of a mad scientist (I think it's too much time in the kitchen, myself). Anyway, Ragnar was adamant that the members of the club (and those on the announce mailing list) needed to know that this coming Sunday, October 23rd, is Mole Day.
No, it does not have anything to do with small visually challenged mammals that live underground.
Ragnar also suggested that everyone be sure to get up prior to 6:02 AM to get the full effect.
Those of you who are totally lost now might be interested to compare the above information with the following number, known by those who have way too much trivia in their heads, as Avogadro's number. That number is
wait for it
6.02 x 10^23
(actually, it's 6.02214076 x 10^23)
If you're still in the dark, chemists will recognize the number as the proportion of constituent particles (atoms, molecules, ions) in a sample with the amount of substance in that sample.
So, if you want to learn more about this fascinating number, including how it was MEASURED in 1865, please check out the wikipedia page here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avogadro_constant
Personally, I think of October 23rd as Weird Al Yankovic's birthday. If you have read this far, please go listen to Word Crimes by Weird Al Yankovic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc
73 de KD7ZWV
Jan L. Peterson
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