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College can be "Hell" test

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Actually from BushwackerinPa

The following is an actual question given on a University of

Washington chemistry mid-term exam. 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.

Here is the "Bonus Question" on the exam:

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


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 given to me

by Teresa (a girlfriend of mine 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 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."

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post #3 of 5
Funny, but I heard a variant of this about 30 years ago -- actually, I read in on the wall of a bathroom stall at Cornell University during final exams.
post #4 of 5
Better then the SNOPES version.
post #5 of 5
I've heard it a few times before, but still makes me laugh!
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