Is Hell exothermic or endothermic (MMC)

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 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:

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.

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

The basis of the authors thesis is that the religions all worship their own (& not the same God), & that therefore they are all wrong.

But us Lotus owners all worship the same God (Mr Chapman), but follow different religions (K series/Honda, S2/S1, or even 111R/Exige ).

So do we get all hot under the collar about all things Lotus, or do we spout alot of hot air about which engine/series/car is best

IMHO all Lotus owners will go to Heaven, but if you’ve had an engine transplant in you’re pride & joy, you should expect a few burns before forgivness

So, originality buffs give off warmth (& love for their God)in Heaven , whereas engine transplanters, or Exige S1 (or S2) only types are cold, hard buggers who’s penance awaits

But then, given that the owner of the original answer hails from Washington USA or Washington Tyne & Wear, I reckon the Devil must be in the detail


PS True Hell is owning a TVR/Porker/Ferrari etc.

But then, given that the owner of the original answer hails from Washington USA or Washington Tyne & Wear, I reckon the Devil must be in the detail


Tim, as the lady in question initialy refused the offer of copulation, I think we can safely assume it was not on the Tyne