From the University of Washington Midterm

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:

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
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 still have not succeeded
in having an affair with her,
then number 2 above cannot be true,
and thus I am sure that Hell is endothermic
and will not freeze over.


Thanks to Moon Mage for sharing this with all the staff from Mystickal Realms!!!