The following is supposedly an actual question given on a University of
Washington chemistry midterm. The answer by one student struck the
professor as worth sharing with colleagues, via the Internet, which is
why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.
Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic
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 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
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
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
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 slept with her last night, then Number 2 must
true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen
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!"
Since we have both recently been to Hell and Back, we can both attest to the fact that this student it right as it was not burning hot at all and therefore it has frozen over, because we all know that different substances freeze at different temperatures this by no means that for hell to freeze over that ice has to be involved in the equation.
Last May when my DH had seizures that would not be controlled, I thought I had a glimpse into hell. I have to admit that the subject brought back memories of that nighmarishly terrible experience. But I am glad that this version is a much funnier one.
I have been to hell and stayed for many years. Fortunately I finally divorced her and a few years later married my present wife. We have now been married for 12 great years, 20 altogether. ( 8 weren't so hot) <VBG>
Can't say if hell is hot or cold but this has to do with our physical body which is dead so I think hell has to do with what is inside of us, or some other bodies we are made of. They say we are physical, mental and spiritual being so. I think earth itself is already a cold and hot hell were our physical body is concerned not to forget also illness.
Ya since our physical body is dead so we can feel heat or cold right. I never thought about it this way anyway. So what is hell?
I have an answer but mayde some of you will find it a bit too hard .