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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 when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some

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 at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate
at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once
a soul gets to Hell, it will never 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 ther e 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

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


2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the rate at which souls
enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell
freezes over.

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa, (Cheerleader Captain
and Class Valedictorian) during my F reshman year that, "it will be a
cold day in Hell before I sleep with you", and take into account the
fact that I slept with her last night and again this morning, then
number 2 must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and
has already frozen over.

The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it
follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore,
extinct...leaving only Heaven, and thereby proving the existence of a
divine being, which explains why Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God!!!"



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HAHAHA, nice. Just busted out laughing in the IT room that was completely quiet. Everybody stands up and just looks at me while my face is red.

[ This message was edited by: mnrider on 2007-01-11 15:17 ]
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