In Paul Kuchar's honor of being an Engineer, we will attach the following dissertation on the

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry midterm.  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 both 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 the pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

  2. Of course, 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 Ms Teresa Banyan during my Freshman year, that " 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.


The symphony orchestra was performing Beethoven's Ninth. In the piece, there is a long passage, about 20 minutes, during which the bass violinists have nothing to do.

Rather than sit around that whole time looking stupid, some bassists decided to sneak offstage and go to the tavern next door for a quick one.  After slamming several beers in quick succession, one of them looked t his watch and said, "Hey, We need to get back!"

"No need to panic," said a fellow bassist.  "I thought we might need some extra time.  So I tied the last few pages of the conductor's score together with string.  It will take him a few minutes to get it untangled."

A few moments later they staggered back to the concert hall and took their places in the orchestra. About this time, a member of the audience noticed the conductor seemed a bit edgy and said as much to her companion.

"Well, of course," said her companion.  "don't you see?  It's the bottom of the Ninth, the score is tied and the bassists are loaded."


Osama Bin Laden phoned President George W Bush.  "I had a dream about the United States," he said.  "I could see the whole country, and over every building and home was a banner." said Bin Laden.

"what was on the banner?" asked Mr. Bush

"LONG LIVE OSAMA!" answered the terrorist.

"I am so glad you called," said President Bush, "because I too had a dream.  In my dream, I saw Afghanistan and it was more beautiful than ever;  totally rebuilt with many tall, gleaming office buildings, large residential subdivisions with swimming pools full of men and women; and over every building and home was a big, beautiful banner."

"What did the banner say?" asked Osama.

"I don't know," answered the President, "I can't read Hebrew."

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