HOLIDAY-ISH: National Mole Day!


Jordyn Beam

Chemistry teacher Ms. Clippard knows all about , the magical animal named after avocado.

It’s national mole day! A mole, or also known as avocado’s number, is pretty big in the chemistry world, literally.

Avocado’s number is 6.02 x 10^23 and since it is October 23rd or 10/23, mole day will be celebrated from 6:02 am to 6:02 p.m., which gives you plenty of time for this wonderful holiday.

If you take chemistry or even know a chemistry teacher, take the opportunity to greet them 6.02 x 10^23 times! They’ll appreciate it.

So the history behind this good man, Avocado, is that he also discovered the avocado. Did you know an avocado weighs 6.02 x 10^23 lbs?!?!? Have you ever noticed that when you pick up an avocado its super heavy and like hurts your arm a little bit? Well, it’s because its so heavy. If you don’t believe me, don’t test it because if you put one of these hefty fruits (yes fruit) on a scale it will break the whole thing. It might not look broken but I promise it is.

That’s why it’s called guac-a-MOLE-e … its base is the avocado.

Avocado was also a very clever man. He named this large weight after the animal  (mole) because moles also weigh 6.02 x 10^23 lbs. He couldn’t name it avocado, since he already named the one-seeded green berry after himself. So, as a smart science guy, he put two and two together, and now we have moles and avocados.

Next time you eat guac, or see a mole in your yard, you can thank Avocado.