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As exam season is upon us I thought I'd review this little gem of light relief - its full title is 'F in Exams - The Best Test Paper Blunders', and it's full of genuine answers to exam questions.
Some examples are obviously the product of mishearings and misunderstandings with often very funny results. Others are clearly students trying to be funny - whether because they really don't know the answer or just don't care I'm not sure - but there are some definite instances of brilliant wit.
As always with this kind of collection there are some which will make you howl with laughter and others which will leave you cold - but I can honestly say that everyone in our family found something to split their sides over. Personally I was left gasping for breath after laughing my socks off at some of the maths ones - but I guess non-mathematicians might prefer some of the others!
The book itself is quite short (120 pages) and the test questions and answers are well-spaced, in a variety of handwriting fonts, which really works with this type of book. Each 'chapter' is devoted to a particular subject - Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Geography, Maths, Business Studies, Psychology, History, General Studies, ICT, Religious Studies, Classical Studies and English.
The best thing to give a flavour of the book is a few examples - so I'll share a few of my favourites, but not too many as I don't want to spoil it for anyone who buys it ...
Q- Describe the chemical differences between H2O and CO2
A - H2O is hot water, CO2 is cold water
Q - Expand 2(x + y)
A - 2(x + y)
2 ( x + y )
2 . . ( . . x . .+ . .y . .)
2 . . . ( . . . x . . . + . . . y . . . )
[only with spaces instead of the dots - when I put just spaces they disappeared in the preview version!]
Q - Explain the word 'wholesaler'
A - Someone who sells whole items, e.g. a whole cake
The RRP is £5.99, but you can get it from Amazon for around half that. Not a lot to pay for some real belly laughs!
I'd really recommend it for a bit of light relief - maybe even as a gift to cheer up someone in the throes of exams? The only minor disadvantage for me was the small minority of 'smart alec' answers which weren't funny - but then maybe they would be hilarious to someone else. I'm giving it 5 stars because it really really made me laugh in places.