The temperature of hell - this is an actally assignment handed in.

@CJscott (4184)
August 18, 2009 10:48pm CST
THE TEMPERATURE OF HELL The following is an actual question given on a Washington State University chemistry mid-term. The answer by one of the students was "so profound" that the professor shared it with his 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 of 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 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 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 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; and 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 in my Freshman year that "It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you," and taking into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then #2 must be true, and thus I'm 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, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting... "Oh my God." THE STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY "A" What do you think of that?
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19 Aug 09
Yeah, I received that in an email a while back and saved it I thought it was so funny! The version I got was titled "Hell explained by a chemistry student" I love it! I guess all the good jokes have been around and around because I have not been receiving any new ones lately. Which is ok actually because I have folders overflowing with stuff. I am going to have to clean them out one of these days.