Tuesday, October 23, 2007

It's Mole Day!

Today between 6:02 a.m. and 6:02 p.m. it is Mole Day! What is mole day, you didn't ask?
Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.

How fucking exciting!

The other anniversaries for the day are a mixed bag of interesting things. For example, in 1944 the Battle of Leyte Gulf started. It was the largest naval battle in modern history and resulted in a glorious, decisive allied victory. The Japanese engaged 17 US carriers and nearly 200 other ships with 4 carriers and about 50 other ships. They lost 4 carriers, 3 battleships and 8 cruisers by the end. Ouch.

Also, the first meeting of the U.N. General Assembly was held on this day. Oh boy.

Finally, in the fully negative category, today marks the 24th anniversary of the Beirut truck bombing that killed 241 U.S. Marines. In what I consider the biggest mistake of his Presidency, Ronald Reagan withdrew our forces shortly thereafter giving the terrorists a huge propaganda victory and abandoning Lebanon to decades of chaos and destruction. Also, this was another major capitulation to radical Islam and would lead to a greater sense by our enemies that we had no will to fight.

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