We know what you’re thinking right now, it’s MOLE DAY?! HOW DID I MISS MOLE DAY?! Fear not, Gigglers. It is definitely not too late to celebrate this important holiday. Even though you probably didn’t know it existed until right this second, Mole Day has actually been around since the early 1980s. It’s the unofficial holiday for chemistry lovers everywhere to celebrate Avogadro’s number, the number of particles in a mole of any given substance (approximately 6.02×1023, of course), and takes place starting at 6:02 AM every year on October 23 (Get it? 6:02 on 10/23!). Its strongest supporter is the National Mole Day Foundation, which is responsible for introducing an array of outstanding puns each year, including “an ace in the mole,” “rock ‘n’ mole” and the “mole the merrier.” (Pause for quiet pun-humor chuckles.) But chemistry and pun enthusiasm aside, there are tons of other amazing moles worth celebrating today. Here are just a few of our favorites.
Marilyn Monroe’s mole
Has there ever been a more iconic (facial) mole? Marilyn’s is so famous that there’s even a piercing named after it.
Cindy Crawford’s mole
No mole conversation would be complete without mentioning Cindy Crawford’s famous beauty mark, the mole that launched a thousand fake moles, or, rather, girls in mirrors with eyebrow pencils attempting their own replicas.
Perhaps the original iconic mole (ani-mole?). Moles have small eyes and velvety fur and, apparently, long, human-like nails that are begging for some nail art.
OK, so it’s mole-AY, we know. BUT IT IS STILL SPELLED MOLE.
**Spoiler Alert** Espionage Mole
Fun fact: The origin of the word “mole” as a long-term undercover spy who works their way into gaining trust and getting secret intelligence comes from the novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Not bad, John le Carré. Not bad.
Slightly-More-Fun Espionage Mole
In one of the sillier scenes of the Austin Powers trilogy (which says a lot, because the movies are pretty ridiculously silly), a mole of the spy variety happens to have a rather pronounced mole of the facial variety. It’s not a big deal, but Austin won’t let it drop.
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