Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

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Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

The following is supposedly an actual question given on a University
of Washington 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

One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So
we have to determine the rate at which souls are entering against
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 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.”

via wa6tbh

There are several variations of this proof floating around on the
internet. This one seems to be the most colorful.

This is what Snopes has to say about it.


Rapid De-Pressurization and Panic at 30K Feet

grab the oxygen mask

Boy, what a day. In what started as a
typical flight home from a typical holiday
weekend, changed drastically twenty
minutes after take off. My fiancée and I
were returning from a few days in Seattle
when the unthinkable happened to us,
our Alaska MD-80 Airplane tore a hole
in it’s fuselage at 30K feet.

An incredible read and story.

Alaska Flight #536

Alaska Air is no stranger to air disasters…

Another recent Alaska Air tragedy


Do you get less wet if you run in the rain?

running in the rain

Billy Whizz famously runs so fast that he
doesn’t get wet in the rain. Is this possible?
Inspired by BBC Online Magazine’s occasional
Formula Won feature, which highlights equations
of dubious value, here’s a brief analysis of the

With rain approaching the Southland here in So.
California, (supposedly), I thought I’d throw this
one out there for you to think about.

Running in the rain


Study on the effectiveness of aluminium foil hats

tin foil helmet, not so good

Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum
helmets serve as the protective measure of choice
against invasive radio signals. We investigated the
efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample
group of four individuals. Using a $250,000 network
analyser, we find that although on average all helmets
attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions
(either emanating from an outside source, or emanating
from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies
are in fact greatly amplified.

Tinfoil hat wearers, beware…

via bfh


Kidz Digital Camera


Santa left one of these under the tree for my little
daughter Kayla this Christmas. I must say that this
is a most amazing toy for children. A real digital
camera for, get this, $20 bucks!
I have been having a blast with this little toy.
In high resolution mode it will take 18 very decent
little pictures. In low resolution mode it will take
158 pictures. The quality of picture in lo-res is
pretty shabby but, it works.
This camera will also become a web cam as I have
done this and it will take 8 second videos as I have
done this also but, I just haven’t figured out how to
get these into a movie format yet. Complete with
USB cable and software, this camera is worth every
cent of a twenty dollar bill.

Kayla and Jamie

This is a picture of my daughter Kayla and her friend
Jamie, taken in high resolution mode.

Kayla and Jamie

This is a picture of my daughter Kayla and her friend
Jamie, taken in medium resolution mode.

Kayla and Jamie

And this is a picture of my daughter Kayla and her friend
Jamie, taken in low resolution mode.

Real neat toy, if that’s what you want to call it!

Digital Camera for Kids


admit-one Christmas

An image of Christmas for all of my friends, near and far.

As this holiday season rolls around once again,
our thoughts reflect back through the past years
to moments of joy and delight we have spent with
our family and friends. These moments are truly
more valuable than gold or silver because gold
and silver can always be reclaimed and spent again.
The people we spend our time with is an investment
that can never be reclaimed, only remembered.

Here is to good times and good friends, something
much more valuable than silver and gold to us here
at admit-one. We would like to wish you all a very,
very Merry Christmas, wherever you are.