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1. The following is an actual question given on a University chemistry final exam.

The answer by one student was so “profound” that the professor shared it with colleagues via the Internet, which is why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law that 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 constant, the volume of Hell must 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 Sandra 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 endothermic 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 extinct…leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being - which explains why, last night, Sandra kept shouting “Oh God!”

THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY “A

2. I really doubt that it was an actual university exam question.
"Is Hell exothermic" seems far too easy/stupid to be a university exam question, and Boyle's Law has nothing to do with it!

Funny though
3. OK, I'm fairly sure that question didn't come up on finals for a Chemistry BSc. Perhaps an MA in The Philosophy of Chemistry?

But it is funny.
4. Funny read...Thank's for sharing.
5. It will be a philosophy exam question, not a chemistry one.
6. old as hell
7. (Original post by yodude888)
old as hell
This
8. lol
9. There was a philosophy final exam at the University of Glasgow years ago. There was only one essay question:

"Prove that this chair exists."

After less than a minute a boy in the front row got up and walked out. Everyone assumed the pressure had got to him and he had just froze. When the results were posted he received full marks for the answer; "What chair?"
10. I dunno if that's real, but i certainly found it funny (:
11. seen it before but yeah epic.
12. (Original post by megalennon)
There was a philosophy final exam at the University of Glasgow years ago. There was only one essay question:

"Prove that this chair exists."

After less than a minute a boy in the front row got up and walked out. Everyone assumed the pressure had got to him and he had just froze. When the results were posted he received full marks for the answer; "What chair?"
WOW that's amazing

I don't think i could ever do philosophy, i just can't think like that haha
13. That's been doing the rounds for years. I doubt it's real. It's recently getting attention since someone set up a facebook group about it.
14. There's a group about this on facebook. I think it's pretty damn awesome!
15. Lol this made me laugh I first saw it on fb everyone's like 'he's a genious' 'blooming heck that's amazing' and you tsrians are all like 'i doubt that was an actual exam question' 'it has nothing to do with Boyle's law'

^the conclusion reached by this person is completely different

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