So, at this college there was an extra credit question “Is Hell Endothermic or Exothermic?”.

This is what one kid wrote:

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 (i.e.,Hell is exothermic).

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 (i.e.,Hell is endothermic). So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given by Ms.Therese Banyan during my freshman year, “That it will be a cold night in hell before I go out with you,” and take into account the fact that I still have not succeeded in having a relationship with her, the second case cannot be true. Therefore, hell is exothermic.

The kid was the only one who got credit

Extra Credit

and yes … it has a name. GeoDuck is the name of the worst college mascot ever .. period and the honor goes to Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA

According to their Athletics page,

The geoduck is mollusk native to the Pacific Northwest. The geoduck (pronounced “GOO-ee-duck”) is the largest burrowing clam in the world, weighing in at anywhere from one to three pounds at maturity. The appearance of geoduck’s large, protruding siphon has led to the belief that the geoduck has the properties of an aphrodisiac. The geoduck has a life expectancy of up to 150 years with the oldest recorded at 163 years.

Oh, there is a GeoDuck fight song too.. I hope they don’t have a Football team there.

Go, Geoducks go,
Through the mud and the sand,
let’s go.
Siphon high, squirt it out,
swivel all about,
let it all hang out.

Go, Geoducks go,
Stretch your necks when the tide
is low
Siphon high, squirt it out,
swivel all about,
let it all hang out.

Ok .. ok I won’t hold it off much longer .. here goes the GeoDuck, the worst College Mascot EVER ….

According a recent survey, more than 90% of college students live on campus in their Freshmen and Sophomore years. Part of the reason for this huge percentage is that most colleges make it mandatory for incoming freshmen to take up housing on campus. If you wish to move to cheaper off-campus housing, again colleges have a minimum number of credits you need to have before moving out.

Why would Students want to move off-campus?

The biggest reason $$$. According to the College Cost Book, a publication of the College Entrance Examination Board, the cost of room and board runs anywhere from about $4000 a year to about $14000. The higher the cost of room and board, the greater the incentive to find a cheaper alternative. Moreover, some colleges campuses have no housing, others have little and still others have space that may be noisy or unsatisfactory in other ways. And the prospect of tax benefits, especially for parents in a high income bracket helping out their college bound children, may also be a consideration.

Another benefit of having your home is that you need not worry about pesky landlords, telling YOU how neat your house should be, can or CANNOT look etc. You can decorate or paint your house, whether it is bright Pink or the colors of your Favorite NFL team without having the landlord freak out on you.

Assume you are interested in a $60,000, one-bedroom cooperative apartment. A 25 percent down payment, would require the buyer to come up with $15,000 in cash. Assume that the developer is helping with the financing, and a $45,000 mortgage can be obtained at 12 percent interest. Monthly mortgage payments will work out to $463 on a 30-year loan. Add $300 a month for maintenance charges and the total comes to $763.

Maybe another student can share the apartment and pay some rent. If the other student paid $400 a month, the cost to the buying student would be $363 a month.

Tax breaks also become an important calculation. Initially, all the mortgage payment, and perhaps as much as half of the maintenance – for a total of $613 – would be tax deductible. Hence, in a 50 percent tax bracket, the parents would have a $306 tax deduction. The net after tax cost of the unit is $457 a month ($763 minus $306).

Advantages of buying a Home instead of paying Rent

For a lot of first time buyers, buying a home is not a hard task to deal with. While most of the first time buyers have their parents on the lease, most of the Students qualify on their own for their own homes. You might not even need a co-signer if you can work something out with your real estate agent and mortgage broker.

Online University Lowdown has an excellent article on the 25 best colleges for nerds and some of the cool courses being offered at these colleges.

From colleges with video game design majors to artificial intelligence, to majors in ‘ethical hacking’, colleges around the world are starting to appeal to the nerds in all of us.  This list of 25 courses and programs offered at colleges around the world identifies some of the nerdiest coursework, starting with the most obvious, and winding up with the most obscure…

Note: Most of the courses listed below are full 4 year courses. Also, clicking on the links below will take you straight to the course listing whether at physical universities or online schools. A lowdown according to them …

# 1: Game Software Design and Production at DigiPen Insititute of Technology

# 2: Ethical Hacking at the University of Abertay in Dundee, Scotland and InfoSec Institute

# 3: Open Source Development at University of California Berkeley and online equivalent at University of Illinois

# 4: Cryptography at Stanford University, MIT and University of Washington

# 5: Network Security at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and an online equivalent at The American Intercontinental University