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#1 13 years ago

I found this while looking through another forum.

The following is an actual question given on a Washington State University 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, 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 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

Excellent answer dont you think? Or do you think its rubbish?


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#2 13 years ago

wee_menphisThe following is an actual question given on a Washington State University chemistry mid -term.

The fact that this was a real question scares me more than that dudes answer. But it was comical.

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#3 13 years ago

Well, I read this some years ago, but it's still a funny answer. Anyway, probably more of a GD-sort of topic.



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#4 13 years ago

It's a good joke, but I doubt it ever happened.


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#5 13 years ago

I doubt that it actually happened as well, but that doesn't keep it from being funny.


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#6 13 years ago

It's an amusing read, but it gets less novel every time you see it. Still good for a bit of a laugh though, and it deserves praise for surviving so long in the wild.

It's fake, though. Or one of them is. The first time I saw it, the conclusion was that Hell is endothermic, as Theresa still had not slept with him. She had a last name in that version, too.


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#7 13 years ago

i like that one alright, heard it years ago and still wonder if it really happened

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#8 13 years ago

I already read this thread last year, on the same forums lol!Anyway it's pretty funny, although it probably hasn't really happened.


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#9 13 years ago

its a good read, but i have seen it on the internet before