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Thermodynamics

A thermodynamics professor had written a take home exam for his graduate students. It had one question:

Is hell exothermic or endothermic? Support your answer with a proof.

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law or some variant. One student, however wrote the following:

First, we postulate that if souls exist, then they must have some mass. If they do, then a mole of souls can also have a mass. So, at what rate are souls moving into hell and at what rate are souls 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 souls entering hell, lets 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 people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all people and 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 in volume in hell. Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in hell to stay the same, the ratio of the mass of souls and volume needs to stay constant.

So, 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.

Of course, if hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in hell, than the temperature and pressure will drop until hell freezes over.


The student got an A on the exam.

Computer Nerd T-Shirt Slogans

<-------- The information went data way --------

2 + 2 = 5 for Extremely Large values of 2.

A computer's attention span is as long as its power cord.

Access denied - nah nah na nah nah!

All computers wait at the same speed.

As a computer, I find your faith in technology amusing.

ASCII stupid question, get a stupid ANSI!

Backups? We don' NEED no Steenking backups.

Bad command. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaay...

Best file compression around: "DEL. = 100% COMPRESSION

BREAKFAST.COM Halted... Cereal Port Not Responding

BUFFERS=20 FILES=15 2nd Down, 4th Quarter, 5 Yards to Go!

Buy a Pentium 586/200 so you can reboot faster.

C:\> Bad command or file name! Go stand In The Corner.

Cannot find REALITY.SYS. Universe halted.

COFFEE.EXE Missing - Insert Cup and Press Any Key.

CONGRESS.SYS Corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C. (Y/N)?

Definition of an UPGRADE: Take old bugs out, Put New Ones In.

E Pluribus Modem

Error? Impossible! My Modem is Error Correcting.

Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to Continue.

File not found. Should I Fake It? (Y/N)

Hidden DOS secret: Add BUGS=OFF to your CONFIG.SYS

Mainframe: The biggest PC peripheral available.

Press any key... no, No, NO!! Not THAT one!

Press any key to continue or any OTHER key to quit...

RAM disk is not an installation procedure.

SENILE.COM found . . . Out Of Memory . . .

Smash forehead on keyboard to continue...

Ultimate office automation: Networked Coffee.

Why doesn't DOS ever say "EXCELLENT command or filename!"

Who's General Failure & why is he reading My Disk?

Windows: Just another pane in the glass.

Prepositionally Speaking

From the Up With Which I Shall Not Put department: When it comes to not ending sentences with prepositions, everybody ought to get aboard. After all, proper grammar is what the web should be about! Maybe sloppy sentences are acceptable in some venues, but we should try to stay a cut above. Clear communication helps to get our message across. Of course, careful sentence structure is something you have to keep after. But for every excuse for sloppiness, there is at least one reason against. We should all just get along. Proper grammar is where it is at.

You've probably heard arguments against ending sentences with prepositions before. You definitely don't want to get left behind. These kinds of things can really sneak up on you from below. Sentences ending with prepositions can get really messy besides! I think that they ought to be banned from the prologue to the epilogue and everywhere in between. In fact, I would even go one step beyond. That's just because good grammar is increasingly hard to come by.

Some of you undoubtedly wonder what I'm going on for. Maybe it is hard to tell where I'm coming from.

You just don't know what a mess poorly-constructed sentences can turn into. You have no idea what it can be like. I sometimes talk to myself in poorly-constructed setences when nobody is near. It's not unheard of. But it really puts me off. And I can just go on and on. I keep thinking I'll eventually exhaust the list of prepositions, but I never seem to run out. I googled for an exhaustive list of prepositions once, and I've never run out since. Just reciting the list without context is excruciating to sit through. It's awful to listen to.

I'll probably never stop hearing sentences ending with prepositions until I'm six feet under. Every now and then I think things are looking up. Bad grammar just isn't something I should have to put up with. Put another way, proper sentence structure is something nobody should have to do without.

Yes, I'm aware that I mis-used some of these words to fit sentence structure, and therefore they aren't really prepositions in the form I'm using them. Sue me.

© 2003 Phillip Winn, CC Licensed.

How to put up with prepositions...

A traveller was showing a geologist friend around Duke Bluebeard's castle.

"One used to be able to look out down on to the plain," he said, "but it looks as if the Duke has taken the window the plain could be looked out down on to out of away."

"I wonder," pondered the geologist, "what he has walled the window the plain was looked out down on to out of up with."

"I should like to find someone to take the question of what he took the window the plain was looked out down on to out of away for up with."

"Or indeed what it is walled up with," murmured the other.

Out of the darkness, the Duke's voice was heard:

"I am the one to take the question of what I walled that view I could no longer put up with up with up with.

Source - http://www.furthermore.org.uk/ - published under Creative Commons Licence