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Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?
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  1. #1
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    Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

    The following is an actual question given on a
    University of Washington chemistry mid-term. The
    answer by one student was so "profound" that the
    professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet,
    which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of
    enjoying it as well.

    Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or
    endothermic (absorbs heat)?

    Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs
    using Boyle's Law (gas cools off when it expands and
    heats up when it is compressed) or some variant. One
    student, however, wrote the following:

    "First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is
    changing in time. So we need to know the rate that
    souls are moving into Hell and the rate they are
    leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a
    soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no
    souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering
    Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist
    in the world today. Most of these religions state that
    if you are not a member of their religion, you will go
    to Hell. Since there is more than one of these
    religions and since people do not belong to more than
    one religion, we can project that all souls go to
    Hell.

    With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect
    the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.
    Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in
    Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the
    temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the
    volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls
    are added.

    This gives two possibilities:
    1) If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the
    rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature
    and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell
    breaks loose.
    2) If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the
    increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and
    pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

    So which is it? If we accept the postulate given to me
    by Teresa during my Freshman year, "...that it will be
    a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you", and take
    into account the fact that I still have not succeeded
    in having an affair with her, then #2 above cannot be
    true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and
    will not freeze over."

    THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY "A".

  2. #2
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    Re:Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

    rofl

  3. #3

    Re:Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

    Have you seen this before?

    Heaven is Hotter than Hell

    I thought it was interesting.

  4. #4

    Re:Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

    he he ;D

  5. #5
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    Re:Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

    Ah, that one was in my engineering magazine a while back and I laughed all day over it... thank you Cloverm, I needed a good destresser.

    [me=Lovechild]goes back to reading Multimedia Communictions - Applications, Networks, Protocols and Standards[/me]

  6. #6

    Re:Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

    LOL thats pretty darn funny. Just a note to people though ... hell isn't actually a crazy party in a fire pit ruled by some super evil goatman .

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    Re:Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

    [quote author=Ashcrow link=board=17;threadid=4577;start=0#45850 date=1029444428]
    hell isn't actually a crazy party in a fire pit ruled by some super evil goatman .
    [/quote]

    No hell is having to read the book I mentioned before... it's a very american textbook (american text book authors gets payed per page, where as danish authors gets payed for content - thus more pages and hot air in the american books, but they are the most current so we have to read them).

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    Re:Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

    [quote author=Lovechild link=board=17;threadid=4577;start=0#45859 date=1029446562]
    [quote author=Ashcrow link=board=17;threadid=4577;start=0#45850 date=1029444428]
    hell isn't actually a crazy party in a fire pit ruled by some super evil goatman .
    [/quote]

    No hell is having to read the book I mentioned before... it's a very american textbook (american text book authors gets payed per page, where as danish authors gets payed for content - thus more pages and hot air in the american books, but they are the most current so we have to read them).
    [/quote]

    You're just jealous because our textbooks are better than yours. ;D

  9. #9

    Re:Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

    Firth, your avatar looks like 'Cement Mixing Man!'

  10. #10

    Re:Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

    [quote author=Ashcrow link=board=17;threadid=4577;start=0#45888 date=1029470895]
    Firth, your avatar looks like 'Cement Mixing Man!'
    [/quote]

    Not anymore!

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