The following is an actual question from a University of Washington Chemistry mid-term exam ...
OR ENDOTHERMIC (ABSORBS HEAT)?"
Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's law (gas cools off when it expands and heats up when it is compressed), or some variant. One student , however, gave an answer so profound that the professor shared it with colleagues, which is why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well ...
"First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate that souls are moving into Hell and the rate they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul goes to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.
With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.
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. Of course, 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?
The student received the only 'A' given. And quite right, too.
The GOS says: Sadly, P**** F***** has emailed, drawing our attention to this page which reveals that the story is not genuine.
But on the other hand, if the answer is neat, original and funny (which it is) then what does it matter who wrote it and why?
I have one difficulty with it, though. While it purports to be logical, it isn't at all. It seems to me that for souls to cause alterations in the size of Hell, they must necessarily have certain physical attributes i.e. mass. If Hell contains billions of souls each having its own mass, Hell itself must have mass. And if our scientists are so clever they can detect Global Warming when it doesn't exist, they certainly should be capable of telling us where a bloody great mass like Hell is. I think they know, really, but Al Gore won't let them say ...
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