Sinhalese chicken shops under attack

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A CHICKEN shop chain has come under attack in suspected religious hatred fueled attacks from members of the Tamil community.

During the last week, Sam's Chicken Shops in Wembley Park, Willesden, Kingsbury, and Cricklewood have been attacked by masked men hurling bricks at the front windows.

Sam Chandrasinghe, who owns the popular takeaway chain, says his staff are frightened to leave the stores at night.

He said: “My staff are really scared, especially at night time for the girls.

“Some people, all wearing masks, have come to break the glass and then run away very quickly.

“At the moment we haven't closed the shops, but we are being targeted because of our nationality.”

Mr Chandrasinghe is Sinhalese by birth, and he believes members of the Tamil community are attacking his businesses because of the civil war in Sri Lanka.

He said: “It is happening because we are Sinhalese and they say because we are doing business in the UK, that we are supporting the Sri Lankan government.

“I believe it is Tamil people who are doing this.”

The attacks on the chicken shops comes after a Sinhalese Buddhist temple in Kingsbury was vandalised twice in what police are calling “faith hate crimes”.

A gang of men attacked one of the members of the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Temple with a copper bar, then they returned later in the night to throw bricks at the windows.

Brent Police has increased patrols in the area of the temple, in Kingsbury Road, and both Harrow and Brent Police have put their officers on high alert for signs of tension between the Sinhalese and Tamil communities.

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9:15am Tue 26 May 09

Vanassa says...

Hang on a minuite, they are complaining about this attack? what happenend in australia, you guys intimidated our people during the rally? you guys attacked our people near the railway station? you guys send happy b'day cake to parliament square when your Mahinda regime crushed Tamils' aspirations?

Your government liberated the country from LTTE so why you guys are here? Economic migrants.. I think the UK governement should deport sinhalese asylem seekers back home..?
Because you are free of persecutions?

Don't you agree?

Hang on a minuite, they are complaining about this attack? what happenend in australia, you guys intimidated our people during the rally? you guys attacked our people near the railway station? you guys send happy b'day cake to parliament square when your Mahinda regime crushed Tamils' aspirations? Your government liberated the country from LTTE so why you guys are here? Economic migrants.. I think the UK governement should deport sinhalese asylem seekers back home..? Because you are free of persecutions? Don't you agree? Vanassa
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9:21am Tue 26 May 09

ranjan says...

brilliantly put!!!

completly agree with you!
brilliantly put!!! completly agree with you! ranjan
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9:58am Tue 26 May 09

TRW says...

So that justifies chucking bricks through someones window? Go figure...
So that justifies chucking bricks through someones window? Go figure... TRW
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10:23am Tue 26 May 09

Sachin says...

All the Sinhalese intellectuals like doctors, top business people and other highly educated people , did come to UK because of the country’s down turn due to tiger activities. Now some people may go and some people may stay. That is the democratic right of a person. (Which people who come from jungle in SL won’t understand.)
The people who were living in jungles like animals who doesn’t understand the standard of living in a country like Uk, did managed to come here as asylum seekers. So what they do is, like in the jungle they will throw stones at the opponents. They couldn’t do this in SL DUE TO THE STRICK POLICYING. They use the genocide word in their asylum application form just to get into the country and to have a good life from the government handouts.
These are facts. Good luck Uk
All the Sinhalese intellectuals like doctors, top business people and other highly educated people , did come to UK because of the country’s down turn due to tiger activities. Now some people may go and some people may stay. That is the democratic right of a person. (Which people who come from jungle in SL won’t understand.) The people who were living in jungles like animals who doesn’t understand the standard of living in a country like Uk, did managed to come here as asylum seekers. So what they do is, like in the jungle they will throw stones at the opponents. They couldn’t do this in SL DUE TO THE STRICK POLICYING. They use the genocide word in their asylum application form just to get into the country and to have a good life from the government handouts. These are facts. Good luck Uk Sachin
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3:05pm Tue 26 May 09

Vanassa says...

All the Sinhalese intellectuals like doctors, top business people and other highly educated people , did come to UK because of the country’s down turn due to tiger activities. Now some people may go and some people may stay. That is the democratic right of a person. (Which people who come from jungle in SL won’t understand.)
The people who were living in jungles like animals who doesn’t understand the standard of living in a country like Uk, did managed to come here as asylum seekers. So what they do is, like in the jungle they will throw stones at the opponents. They couldn’t do this in SL DUE TO THE STRICK POLICYING. They use the genocide word in their asylum application form just to get into the country and to have a good life from the government handouts.
These are facts. Good luck Uk

irk irk irk irk.. so you agree that Sinhalese who pulled Tamil's national flag from the cars , and then climbed on the top of the car 'LIKE MONKEYS'' came from where jungles or town.? you cannot answer this ? can you? did I mention about civilised Sinhalese ? no... I said about sinhala thugs AND hoodies... they still intimidate Tamils by asking money by threatening to celebrate your horror win? what a shame on your thugs back home well guy if you mentioned LTTE the reason to come here that is a porky pie because our leaders never terrorized civilians.. your propaganda government doing it... because there is no media and agencies allowed... so you pack your bags now , Mahinda and bros need your votes to win again to supress our brothers and sisters... hahahaha

now in the name aid they are begging IMF to release funds....

well who were to enter OXford uni first from ceylon was Tamil not an uncivilized thugs... you all guys learn from Tamils profession, business you name it... there is no argument...
All the Sinhalese intellectuals like doctors, top business people and other highly educated people , did come to UK because of the country’s down turn due to tiger activities. Now some people may go and some people may stay. That is the democratic right of a person. (Which people who come from jungle in SL won’t understand.) The people who were living in jungles like animals who doesn’t understand the standard of living in a country like Uk, did managed to come here as asylum seekers. So what they do is, like in the jungle they will throw stones at the opponents. They couldn’t do this in SL DUE TO THE STRICK POLICYING. They use the genocide word in their asylum application form just to get into the country and to have a good life from the government handouts. These are facts. Good luck Uk irk irk irk irk.. so you agree that Sinhalese who pulled Tamil's national flag from the cars , and then climbed on the top of the car 'LIKE MONKEYS'' came from where jungles or town.? you cannot answer this ? can you? did I mention about civilised Sinhalese ? no... I said about sinhala thugs AND hoodies... they still intimidate Tamils by asking money by threatening to celebrate your horror win? what a shame on your thugs back home well guy if you mentioned LTTE the reason to come here that is a porky pie because our leaders never terrorized civilians.. your propaganda government doing it... because there is no media and agencies allowed... so you pack your bags now , Mahinda and bros need your votes to win again to supress our brothers and sisters... hahahaha now in the name aid they are begging IMF to release funds.... well who were to enter OXford uni first from ceylon was Tamil not an uncivilized thugs... you all guys learn from Tamils profession, business you name it... there is no argument... Vanassa
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3:13pm Tue 26 May 09

Vanassa says...

by the way your leaders and sinhalese do not like UK and western countries and i do not understand what are you barking about?
Standard of living ?
REMEMBER YOU LEARNED THAT FROM UK AND WEST. NOT IN stinking **** Lanka
by the way your leaders and sinhalese do not like UK and western countries and i do not understand what are you barking about? Standard of living ? REMEMBER YOU LEARNED THAT FROM UK AND WEST. NOT IN stinking **** Lanka Vanassa
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3:56pm Tue 26 May 09

ranjan says...

what exactly does 'strick policyin'mean??

firslty learn how to spell. before waffling on about how educated your people are.

to say that sinhala people migrated to uk because of the tigers has made me laugh all day long, what utter nonesense.

you and your people can go back and live easily...where do tamils go? to mahinda's regimed land??

no thanks
what exactly does 'strick policyin'mean?? firslty learn how to spell. before waffling on about how educated your people are. to say that sinhala people migrated to uk because of the tigers has made me laugh all day long, what utter nonesense. you and your people can go back and live easily...where do tamils go? to mahinda's regimed land?? no thanks ranjan
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9:28pm Tue 26 May 09

Richard_at_Harrow says...

Peace on earth and goodwill to all.
(Exclusions: Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afganistan, Iraq, parts of Indonesia, Tibet, Korea, any whale in the world, the great apes, forests......I despair)
Peace on earth and goodwill to all. (Exclusions: Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afganistan, Iraq, parts of Indonesia, Tibet, Korea, any whale in the world, the great apes, forests......I despair) Richard_at_Harrow
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8:02am Wed 27 May 09

Vanassa says...

I think we need to educate the whole world about who is Tamil and Who is Sinhalese and who came firt to the island, some may dismiss this but this is the truth..

Well according to my research Sri Lanka was apart of South India and 8000bc both were seperated due geological reason of very high waves and erosion. Then North and south India as we all know (the truth even now)were occupied by Tamils, which is north, east and north west.
Central and south west was dense rainforest and mainly occupied by vedas(hunters) because history says that part was full of wild animals- lions, tigers, elephants and giants.
when Vijayan came history changes. In Tamil Nadu and in the island of Ceylon there were originally Tamil people. When Prince Vijayan came to the island, a dialect emerged. Many people speaking a new language were flooding into the island. This is the period when history was reversed, (1000 BC).
During the reign of King Asoka, 400 BC, Thamilaham and Ceylon had become lands where the Buddhist religion was being spread. King Asoka’s son Mahinthan came to Ilankai and converted the King of the island to Buddhism . This is shown in the island’s history. Later, King Asoka’s daughter Sangamitta brought a white Bo branch from Goa and planted it in Anuradhapuram, when she came to Ilankai. These were historical events. This Bo tree is in Anuradhapura up to this day.

During the time of King Asoka, a new language was being developed in Ceylon by combining, Sanskrit, Pali, Kalingam and Tamil, and thus a new language was born. This language was then introduced to Prince Vijayan and later became the Sinhalese language.

During the time of Karikala Cholan (300 BC), he declared war on Ceylon. Karikalan wanted to build a dam by blocking the Kaveri River. To achieve this project Karikalan brought experts and labourers from Ceylon to Thamilaham. History states that Karikalan built a dam across the Kaveri River. After the invasion by Karikalan, Chola kings ruled Ceylon. One of the kings that ruled Ceylon was Ellalan. He ruled the entire island from 161 BC ­ 117 BC.

“To the South is the sea, to the North are Tamils. How can I stretch and sleep?” asked the Sinhalese Prince Dutugemunu. From the description of this notorious prince, it is evident that his name Dutu refering to a thug in Sinhalese and Tamil.

When sinhalese Buddists came to power his tory is re-written by colonising all Tamil areas.

This my reserach!!!

.
I think we need to educate the whole world about who is Tamil and Who is Sinhalese and who came firt to the island, some may dismiss this but this is the truth.. Well according to my research Sri Lanka was apart of South India and 8000bc both were seperated due geological reason of very high waves and erosion. Then North and south India as we all know (the truth even now)were occupied by Tamils, which is north, east and north west. Central and south west was dense rainforest and mainly occupied by vedas(hunters) because history says that part was full of wild animals- lions, tigers, elephants and giants. when Vijayan came history changes. In Tamil Nadu and in the island of Ceylon there were originally Tamil people. When Prince Vijayan came to the island, a dialect emerged. Many people speaking a new language were flooding into the island. This is the period when history was reversed, (1000 BC). During the reign of King Asoka, 400 BC, Thamilaham and Ceylon had become lands where the Buddhist religion was being spread. King Asoka’s son Mahinthan came to Ilankai and converted the King of the island to Buddhism . This is shown in the island’s history. Later, King Asoka’s daughter Sangamitta brought a white Bo branch from Goa and planted it in Anuradhapuram, when she came to Ilankai. These were historical events. This Bo tree is in Anuradhapura up to this day. During the time of King Asoka, a new language was being developed in Ceylon by combining, Sanskrit, Pali, Kalingam and Tamil, and thus a new language was born. This language was then introduced to Prince Vijayan and later became the Sinhalese language. During the time of Karikala Cholan (300 BC), he declared war on Ceylon. Karikalan wanted to build a dam by blocking the Kaveri River. To achieve this project Karikalan brought experts and labourers from Ceylon to Thamilaham. History states that Karikalan built a dam across the Kaveri River. After the invasion by Karikalan, Chola kings ruled Ceylon. One of the kings that ruled Ceylon was Ellalan. He ruled the entire island from 161 BC ­ 117 BC. “To the South is the sea, to the North are Tamils. How can I stretch and sleep?” asked the Sinhalese Prince Dutugemunu. From the description of this notorious prince, it is evident that his name Dutu refering to a thug in Sinhalese and Tamil. When sinhalese Buddists came to power his tory is re-written by colonising all Tamil areas. This my reserach!!! . Vanassa
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8:32am Wed 27 May 09

kuiya says...

Vanassa and Ranjan, when did you leave Sri Lanka? Are you collectors for the LTTE? What is your national flag? That megalomaniac Prabakaran was exterminated. The LTTE is history. Why don't you wake up from your dreams and get in touch with a real Tamil leader like Anandasangaree and get educated?
Vanassa and Ranjan, when did you leave Sri Lanka? Are you collectors for the LTTE? What is your national flag? That megalomaniac Prabakaran was exterminated. The LTTE is history. Why don't you wake up from your dreams and get in touch with a real Tamil leader like Anandasangaree and get educated? kuiya
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8:53am Wed 27 May 09

ranjan says...

collectors????

it is a dream to see my people free from your governments reign, a hope i will always carry.

you say the ltte are finished but are they really? while your army rapes and kills our people do you not think that the children are not watching and will not have a growing resentment towards the government?? you are fuellin the new generation of anger. im not a supporter of ltte, let me just clarify that. i do support for a freedom for my people.
collectors???? it is a dream to see my people free from your governments reign, a hope i will always carry. you say the ltte are finished but are they really? while your army rapes and kills our people do you not think that the children are not watching and will not have a growing resentment towards the government?? you are fuellin the new generation of anger. im not a supporter of ltte, let me just clarify that. i do support for a freedom for my people. ranjan
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5:51pm Wed 27 May 09

voiceoftreason says...

I don’t care whether you are Sinhalese, Tamil or a Martian, you do not throw stones at shops. You can either be civilised about the matter and try and resolve the problem through dialogue, or you can act like animals and throw stones at each other. Unfortunately in this case, the latter seems to be occurring. Look at the comments above and you begin to realise why the world is in such a sorry state.

Sadly, humans are going to keep hating and killing each other until no man or woman remains. Pathetic.
I don’t care whether you are Sinhalese, Tamil or a Martian, you do not throw stones at shops. You can either be civilised about the matter and try and resolve the problem through dialogue, or you can act like animals and throw stones at each other. Unfortunately in this case, the latter seems to be occurring. Look at the comments above and you begin to realise why the world is in such a sorry state. Sadly, humans are going to keep hating and killing each other until no man or woman remains. Pathetic. voiceoftreason
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6:12pm Wed 27 May 09

Richard_at_Harrow says...

These guys sit on the same tiny rock around the sun but can't share the same flipping tiny island. Look guys - why not nuke each other? Job done.
These guys sit on the same tiny rock around the sun but can't share the same flipping tiny island. Look guys - why not nuke each other? Job done. Richard_at_Harrow
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12:47am Thu 28 May 09

kuiya says...

Ranjan,

What is the source of your information regarding rapes and killings ? Tamil Net? Why don't you come over and talk to some of the Tamil IDPs who managed to escape from the LTTE Human Shield? Don't worry, no one will kill you or rape you. That type of talk is just Tamil Net propaganda.

The new generation should not be brainwashed with false propaganda. Give them a chance to learn the truth.

There are hordes of Tamil citizens living peacefully with the Sinhala and Muslim citizens in the rest of Sri Lanka.

You obviously live in the UK whereas I live in Sri Lanka and have many many Tamil and Muslim friends.
Ranjan, What is the source of your information regarding rapes and killings ? Tamil Net? Why don't you come over and talk to some of the Tamil IDPs who managed to escape from the LTTE Human Shield? Don't worry, no one will kill you or rape you. That type of talk is just Tamil Net propaganda. The new generation should not be brainwashed with false propaganda. Give them a chance to learn the truth. There are hordes of Tamil citizens living peacefully with the Sinhala and Muslim citizens in the rest of Sri Lanka. You obviously live in the UK whereas I live in Sri Lanka and have many many Tamil and Muslim friends. kuiya
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1:40pm Thu 28 May 09

SuperStudent18 says...

I must say, I do love how everyone ignores "Richard_at_Harrow"'
s stupid and ignorant comments.
Regulars on this site have recognised that he craves attention.
I must say, I do love how everyone ignores "Richard_at_Harrow"' s stupid and ignorant comments. Regulars on this site have recognised that he craves attention. SuperStudent18
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6:28pm Thu 28 May 09

Richard_at_Harrow says...

At least you read my comments.....
At least you read my comments..... Richard_at_Harrow
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10:44pm Thu 28 May 09

Richard_at_Harrow says...

Hey kid (not sosuperstudent) - if there was one word I could use to describe your religion – what do you think it would be? It’s primeval.
If I said your religion has killed millions of un-believers who refused to convert, would the average reader know what that religion was?
If I said that every major trouble spot in the world has your religion as the source of that instability, I bet every reader would know which religion I am talking about and I haven’t even named it. Food for thought eh? Don’t choke on it.
Hey kid (not sosuperstudent) - if there was one word I could use to describe your religion – what do you think it would be? It’s primeval. If I said your religion has killed millions of un-believers who refused to convert, would the average reader know what that religion was? If I said that every major trouble spot in the world has your religion as the source of that instability, I bet every reader would know which religion I am talking about and I haven’t even named it. Food for thought eh? Don’t choke on it. Richard_at_Harrow
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11:48pm Thu 28 May 09

SuperStudent18 says...

If you weren't so ignorant and bigoted perhaps you'd do a little bit of research.
Perhaps you'd realise that Islam itself doesn't preach hatred, only the disgusting, twisted version that you persist in seeing.
So moderate Muslims get bombarded by the non-Islamic extremists who are intent on using the religion they claim to represent as a political tool, and idiots like you attack it from the other side.

I'm a Muslim, am I preaching hatred? Am I "killing people who refuse to convert"? Absolutely not.

Parenthetically, every religion in the world has "extremists" that kill with impunity those that do not follow the same belief, but here we are focusing on Islam because you, Richard, are deceived by the media.
Goodness gracious me, you really should know better at your age.
If you weren't so ignorant and bigoted perhaps you'd do a little bit of research. Perhaps you'd realise that Islam itself doesn't preach hatred, only the disgusting, twisted version that you persist in seeing. So moderate Muslims get bombarded by the non-Islamic extremists who are intent on using the religion they claim to represent as a political tool, and idiots like you attack it from the other side. I'm a Muslim, am I preaching hatred? Am I "killing people who refuse to convert"? Absolutely not. Parenthetically, every religion in the world has "extremists" that kill with impunity those that do not follow the same belief, but here we are focusing on Islam because you, Richard, are deceived by the media. Goodness gracious me, you really should know better at your age. SuperStudent18
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6:13pm Fri 29 May 09

Richard_at_Harrow says...

Ooops - you choked.
Ooops - you choked. Richard_at_Harrow
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6:26pm Fri 29 May 09

Richard_at_Harrow says...

‘A little bit of research’ – what ? Like the Koran?

The Koran is divided into 114 chapters called suras. Each chapter of the Koran begins with the invocation in the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful, but you have to read further to find on every page that this mercy only extends to believers.


“The only true faith in God's sight is Islam (3:19). Unbelievers (98:1), those who have abandoned the faith(3.83)and those who select from its teachings(2:174.4:15
0,15:89)are all destined to be consigned to God by eternal fire.
Only believers who perform their prescribed duties(17:9) will be admitted to the gardens of Paradise with its virgins, foundations and running streams(37:47,55:56)
.
It is not God who has judged the sinners, they have judged themselves(10:44,16:
118). It appears to be true that the ultimate judgement is left to God but there are passages in which the faithful are exhorted to leave their homes and fight for Islam, if necessary slaying unbelievers and those who worship false Gods(8:39,(9:5,9:123
).
There are also passages in which the believer is advised not to befriend the unbeliever, lest he be led astray(3:116,5:51, 5:80,9:6), to terminate marriages with unbelieving women(60:10) and to assume that unbelievers hate him(5:82) “.

More research on the way next week (I am away this w/e).
‘A little bit of research’ – what ? Like the Koran? The Koran is divided into 114 chapters called suras. Each chapter of the Koran begins with the invocation in the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful, but you have to read further to find on every page that this mercy only extends to believers. “The only true faith in God's sight is Islam (3:19). Unbelievers (98:1), those who have abandoned the faith(3.83)and those who select from its teachings(2:174.4:15 0,15:89)are all destined to be consigned to God by eternal fire. Only believers who perform their prescribed duties(17:9) will be admitted to the gardens of Paradise with its virgins, foundations and running streams(37:47,55:56) . It is not God who has judged the sinners, they have judged themselves(10:44,16: 118). It appears to be true that the ultimate judgement is left to God but there are passages in which the faithful are exhorted to leave their homes and fight for Islam, if necessary slaying unbelievers and those who worship false Gods(8:39,(9:5,9:123 ). There are also passages in which the believer is advised not to befriend the unbeliever, lest he be led astray(3:116,5:51, 5:80,9:6), to terminate marriages with unbelieving women(60:10) and to assume that unbelievers hate him(5:82) “. More research on the way next week (I am away this w/e). Richard_at_Harrow
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8:01am Mon 1 Jun 09

voiceoftreason says...

SuperStudent18, whilst I think most people accept that most followers of Islam would not hurt a fly, the religion itself does seemed geared towards violence and hatred. That said, I think the same applies to most major religions.

SuperStudent18, whilst I think most people accept that most followers of Islam would not hurt a fly, the religion itself does seemed geared towards violence and hatred. That said, I think the same applies to most major religions. voiceoftreason
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4:01pm Sat 6 Jun 09

Richard_at_Harrow says...

Thank God I am not religious. Unless that is, I've lost my keys or my wallet. Then I invariably make a suitable deal and hey presto - my keys or wallet gets found. VOR - most religions have moved on. One religion is caught in a timewarp. It's a timebomb waiting to go off.
Thank God I am not religious. Unless that is, I've lost my keys or my wallet. Then I invariably make a suitable deal and hey presto - my keys or wallet gets found. VOR - most religions have moved on. One religion is caught in a timewarp. It's a timebomb waiting to go off. Richard_at_Harrow
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4:05pm Sat 6 Jun 09

Richard_at_Harrow says...

Best write up on Hell - I've ever read:

Is Hell Exothermic or Endothermic?

Dr. Schambaugh, of the University of Oklahoma School of Chemical Engineering, Final Exam question for May of 1997. Dr. Schambaugh is known for asking questions such as, "why do airplanes fly?" on his final exams. His one and only final exam question in May 1997 for his Momentum, Heat and Mass Transfer II class was: "Is hell exothermic or endothermic? Support your answer with 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 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, then 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 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. Two options exist:

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 quote given to me by Theresa Manyan 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 Option 2 cannot be true...Thus, hell is exothermic."

The student, Tim Graham, got the only A.
Best write up on Hell - I've ever read: Is Hell Exothermic or Endothermic? Dr. Schambaugh, of the University of Oklahoma School of Chemical Engineering, Final Exam question for May of 1997. Dr. Schambaugh is known for asking questions such as, "why do airplanes fly?" on his final exams. His one and only final exam question in May 1997 for his Momentum, Heat and Mass Transfer II class was: "Is hell exothermic or endothermic? Support your answer with 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 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, then 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 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. Two options exist: 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 quote given to me by Theresa Manyan 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 Option 2 cannot be true...Thus, hell is exothermic." The student, Tim Graham, got the only A. Richard_at_Harrow
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