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#### Jack Christensen

##### Jan 22, 2013, 11:53 pm
Hell freezes over! First millis() rolls over, and now this! We didn't make double digits today, I've been majoring in feeding the wood stove

There actually is a place (I say place as it's barely a town) called Hell, Michigan. I've been there and it's really not all that bad. Sort of nice, actually.

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XD

#### nickgammon

#2
##### Jan 23, 2013, 01:19 am
Which reminds me of this:

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

Is hell exothermic (giving off heat) or endothermic (taking in or absorbing heat)? 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, 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 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.

A1: 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.
A2: 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 Therese Banyan during Freshman year, that "it will be a cold night 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 A2 cannot be true, and hell is exothermic.

The student got the only A.
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#### Jack Christensen

#3
##### Jan 23, 2013, 01:25 am

Which reminds me of this:

Baha! Classic!

#### Boffin1

#4
##### Jan 23, 2013, 02:13 am
In South Africa, we have a mining town in the Kalahari desert named  Hotazel, and evidently it is !
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#### GoForSmoke

#5
##### Jan 23, 2013, 11:14 am

Hell freezes over! First millis() rolls over, and now this! We didn't make double digits today, I've been majoring in feeding the wood stove

There actually is a place (I say place as it's barely a town) called Hell, Michigan. I've been there and it's really not all that bad. Sort of nice, actually.

I don't know Michigan but in Maine the gnats and mosquito's try their best when it's not freezing.

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#### WizenedEE

#6
##### Jan 24, 2013, 10:29 am

Which reminds me of this:

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

Is hell exothermic (giving off heat) or endothermic (taking in or absorbing heat)? 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, 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 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.

A1: 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.
A2: 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 Therese Banyan during Freshman year, that "it will be a cold night 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 A2 cannot be true, and hell is exothermic.

The student got the only A.

What? 1) It dismisses all the other students as simply using boyle's law, which this student did as well. badly, at that.
2) Without knowing the derivative of the volume of hell, he has nothing. And since he doesn't, he presents his two possibilities. Of course, he's missing the one that the volume of hell is expanding at exactly the rate of incoming souls, and it has either been hot or cold forever. Furthermore, there is the possibility of hell starting out as "really hot" and has slowly been decreasing to "hot," thus making it exothermic but not yet "cold."
3) Therese Banyan is not an academic source.
4) He leaps from "souls exist" to "souls have mass" without proof. Leptons and bosons exist, don't they?
5) it's not even funny. The parts that could be funny are "every soul is going to hell" and the business with Therese Banyan, neither of which relate to the subject enough to have humor.
6) I get really annoyed when people say "Well one of this is this way, thus a mole of it is also this way." Nobody would ever say "One soul has mass, so two must have mass!" or "one soul has mass, so a dozen must have mass," and a mole is just like "two" or "a dozen". Chemists just prefer working in moles than representative particles even when they are just looking at ratios.

#### GoForSmoke

#7
##### Jan 24, 2013, 11:27 am
LOL, maybe you have something in common. He couldn't get laid....
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#### greywolf271

#8
##### Jan 26, 2013, 01:55 am

LOL, maybe you have something in common. He couldn't get laid....

2 other possibilities.
He's a budding psycho psychologist.
He lost his weed.

#### Osgeld

#9
##### Feb 01, 2013, 04:56 am
I just got back from Michigan

it wasnt nearly as cold as last week, but I got a taste of it driving from Flint to Detroit today, eh mid 20's .... WHITEOUT.... sunshine.... multicar pileup on 23 .... iced over back road ... sunshine .... WHITEOUT

yea thats enough for me right now

#### Jack Christensen

#10
##### Feb 01, 2013, 05:05 am
No kidding!  Yeah bad day here all right.  I was lucky and got to stay in and feed the wood stove all day.  Sounds like you were right in my neighborhood!  You get here often?

#### Osgeld

#11
##### Feb 01, 2013, 05:25 amLast Edit: Feb 01, 2013, 05:34 am by Osgeld Reason: 1
only when stuff hits the fan, I was at an EMC lab for 3 days chasing down fixes to BCI issues on a silly little LED light we are going to produce