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    Default Endothermic or Exothermic

    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 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.
    >
    > 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 gave 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 slept
    >with her last night, then number two 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, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains
    >why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God."
    >
    > THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY "A"
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    Its "old", but still good.
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    I wanna see Theresa!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    Its "old", but still good.
    I know it's old and still good, just like me .

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