The Engineer's Diet
These tech-centric jokes,
song parodies, anecdotes and assorted humor have been collected from friends and
websites across the Internet. This humor is light-hearted and sometimes slightly
offensive to the easily-offended, so you are forewarned. It is all workplace-safe.
We all know that it takes 1 calorie to
heat 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius. Translated into meaningful terms, this means that if you eat a very cold
dessert (generally consisting of water in large part), the natural processes which raise the consumed dessert to
body temperature during the digestive cycle literally sucks the calories out of the only available source, your
body fat. For example, a dessert served and eaten near 0 C (32.2 F) will in a short time be raised to the normal
body temperature of 37 C (98.6 F). For each gram of dessert eaten, that process takes approximately 37 calories as
stated above. The average dessert portion is 6 oz., or 168 grams. Therefore, by operation of thermodynamic law,
6,216 calories (1 cal/gm/deg x 37 deg x 168 gm) are extracted from body fat as the dessert's temperature is
normalized. Allowing for the 1,200 latent calories in the dessert, the net calorie loss is approximately 5,000
calories. Obviously, the more cold dessert you eat, the better off you are and the faster you will lose weight, if
that is your goal.
This process works equally well when drinking very cold beer in frosted glasses. Each ounce of beer contains 16
latent calories, but extracts 1,036 calories (6,216 cal per 6 oz. portion) in the temperature normalizing process.
Thus the net calorie loss per ounce of beer is 1,020 calories. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to calculate
that 12,240 calories (12 oz. x 1,020 cal/oz.) are extracted from the body in the process of drinking a can of
beer. Frozen desserts, e.g., ice cream, are even more beneficial, since it takes 83 cal./gm to melt them (i.e.,
raise them to 0 C) and an additional 37 cal/gm to further raise them to body temperature. The results here are
really remarkable, and it beats running hands down.
Unfortunately, for those who eat pizza as an excuse to
drink beer, pizza (loaded with latent calories and served above body temperature) includes and opposite effect.
But, thankfully, as the astute reader should have already reasoned, the obvious solution is to drink a lot of beer
with pizza, and follow up immediately with large bowls of ice cream.
We should all be thin very soon if we
adhere religiously to this cold pizza, cold beer, and ice cream diet.
Note by RF Cafe visitor Alan D.: A dietary calorie is actually 1,000
calories, so the above calculation
is in error - but the
thought process is funny anyway.
...from the Rutgers State University of NJ web site.