02 May 2008

Thermodynamics 101

Today, class, we are going to talk about the exothermic process - a chemical reaction which results in a release of energy in the form of either heat, light, sound, or electricity. Why am I thinking of physics right now? Because of my husband. The Ty-man is exothermic.

Here's the theorem/equation/solution.

Ty-man is, of course, a man. Men eat food and take in oxygen as humans are wont to do. Therefore, after the digestion of food and cellular respiration, the exothermic reaction takes place.

Now, once the food is consumed and digestion begins, the first sign of the exothermic process is heard rather than seen or felt. The Ty-man produces gas and one hears a loud belch. The release of energy in the form of sound has been fulfilled. Later, he will retire to the basement to tinker with his electronic equipment or computer. Making sure the home theater receiver is set to the proper levels, that the projector is in working order, or that another DVD has been ripped to the server, Ty-man completes the second requirement of an exothermic process: electricity.

Now, we move along to the release of light. After nagging him for weeks about changing the light bulbs on the landing and at the bottom of the stairs (in the kitchen), Ty-man trudges up to the laundry room, retrieves the necessary tools, and finally brings forth light from dark. The third of four signs of an exothermic process comes forth.

And finally, to bed. With the AC cranked up, the ceiling fan on, and skimpy jammies in place, I throw off the covers because my husband, the furnace, as decided to snuggle up to me. The release of energy in the form of heat has just been fulfilled.

Ty-man + food + oxygen = belches/electronics tinkering/handyman/heat = Exothermic process

Class is finished. Please turn in your reports on "Why CMG is Endothermic." Next week we'll be discussing rocket science. Pop quiz in the morning. That is all!


Anonymous said...


thanks for that! I feel so much wiser now.

Expat No. 3699 said...

"my husband, the furnace" LOL. I can soooo relate.


Donna said...


I can guarantee you that I belch louder and radiate more heat than my husband . . . what's that say about me?

Not Afraid to Use It said...

There is DEF something to this theory bc my Hubbie is a furnace, as well as BOTH of my kids. Yikes. Though I do fully admit I LOVE torturing him with my cold feet!

Violet the Verbose said...

HA HA HA HA HA, beautiful. You're lucky yours prefers the belch over the other... My hubs is also a furnace, but since he is always putting out so much heat he seems to require more covers than I do - to keep the heat near him, I suppose. Men are strange creatures.

RiverPoet said...

I see my scientific-left-brained hubby hasn't responded yet. That's because he's on his Kawasaki, headed to the Outer Banks to see his mom. But trust me, he'll love this one.

The other night, we had a bit of a cold snap up here. I could not go to sleep until my husband, also the furnace, snuggled up to me and warmed up my popsicle toes.

Other times, it's like, "OMG, why is so HOT in here!? Get away from me!" :-)

Great post!

Peace - D

.:| Melissa.Mizladytaz |:. said...

*giggles* that's cute! Though, I'll probably fail the pop quiz! *sigh*

And Hey! You mean you can actually get your hubby to change a light bulb! I'm SO jealous!! sheeeeeeesh! Well, actually, mine's never home, he's too busy traveling all over the freakin southern half of the US! Damn people needing to buy vehicles! sheeesh!

Gypsy said...

I really expected there to be some farting going on, too.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Dutchbitch - Glad to have given you an edumacation!

Linda~ - Can't we all...

Donna - It just means that, unlike most women who are endothermic, you are in face exothermic. Nothin' wrong with that!

NATUI - Paybacks are cold, baby!

Violet - There are times the gas comes out the other end. I thought I'd be nice and not mention that. Ooops! Just did!

Momma - I'm with you. Some nights I need that furnace and other nights, Alaska needs that furnace more than me!

Melissa - Naw. Pop quiz is easy. Trust me! And, yes, I can get him to change the lightbulb. It just take a loooooong time.

Gypsy - See response to Violet! :-)