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

by Volker Weber

The following is 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 off when it expands and heats up when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:

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Gary, 2003-04-01

Gary, yesterday was March, 31. What does that tell you?

Volker Weber, 2003-04-01

That I'm somewhat behind in my aggregator reading, and... ah, never mind :)



Gary, 2003-04-02

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