Wednesday, July 1, 2009

An Old Post, from an Older Blog

(this had been posted on my old Yahoo 360 blog, soon to be defunct.)

Subject: The Temperature of Hell

The following is an actual question given on a University of Liverpool chemistry final exam.

The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues via the Internet, which is why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

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

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law that 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 constant, the volume of Hell must 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 Sandra 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 be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is endothermic 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 extinct...leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being - which explains why, last night, Sandra kept shouting "Oh my God."



Morgan Drake Eckstein said...

That is funny.

Suecae Sounds said...

Extremely funny! Thanks for posting this.

Sheta said...

That's awesome. I remember reading that before, but it's still awesome.

So what's going on with you and Yahoo?

mrsb said...

He totally deserved that "A"!

Lavanah said...

Yeah, I'm glad that its still funny. Sometimes, looking over old stuff is merely embarrassing.

Sheta, my issues with Yahoo have to do with all the stuff they keep adding to make it "better" that I don't want, and get in the way of what I do want. Plus all the intrusive, aminated advertising to pay for all the stuff I don't want adds to my annoyance factor. Since I use internet services to make my life easier or better, I am just working on leaving it behind.

Lavanah said...

make that animated...