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When a bad answer makes for a great book


Student image courtesy of taliesin, Morguefile.

Ever been absolutely, completely stumped for an answer on a test? You read over the question and realize you have utterly no idea what the answer is and worse yet, you probably won’t think of one before the test is over. And so you write down something, anything, just to answer the question.

Yes? Been there, done that? Can I see a show of hands here? Then you’ll probably enjoy the two hilarious books I found by Richard Benson. One is called F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers¬†and F for Effort: More of the Very Best Totally Wrong Answers.

In these books, Richard has collected some gems of hilarious wrong answers. The students range in age and the test questions cover different subjects such as math, physics, history, technology, psychology, and English. Here are some of my personal favorites for best answers:

What is a nitrate? 

It is much cheaper than a day rate.

Give a brief explanation of the meaning of the term “hard water.”


What is the highest-frequency noise that a human can register?

Mariah Carey.

Explain the concept of homeostasis.

It is when you stay at home all day and don’t go out.

Give an example of a step-up transformer.

An exercise machine.

Describe the term “stakeholder.”

A vampire hunter. Buffy being the most famous.

Name the smaller rivers that run into the Nile.

The Juveniles.

What is having only one spouse called?


But even funnier are the sentences that little kids have written. I’m giving them a break, though, I doubt these misfit sentences were intentional.

The teacher likes to snivel around on a black chair in his office.

I luv J.K. Rolling, she is my heroin.

Every morning dad has a slice of dread before he goes to work.

The most famus of the ten commandments is thou shalt comment on a duckery.

I’ll have to be more careful in future, I think. I wouldn’t want to accidentally comment on a duckery. Blog readers, got a great worst answer for a test you’ve taken?


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