hell

Is hell exothermic or endothermic ?

 

The following is an actual question given on a Cambridge University
chemistry 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.

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 off when it expands and heats up 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 that souls are moving into Hell and the rate
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. Some of these religions state that if you
are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell.  Since there
are 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 first year,"...that it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with
you. ", and take into account the fact that I still have not succeeded
in having sexual relations with her, then, #2 cannot be true, and thus I
am sure that Hell is exothermic and will not freeze.

The student received the only " A " given.