University kids write the darndest things

Annual contest publishes the most hilarious examples

Each year, Times Higher Education, Britain’s premiere authority on universities, holds a contest. Lecturers submit the most egregious — and hilarious — mistakes that they’ve read in student essays and exams. Next week they will choose a winner.

But they’ve released the first round of entries already. Our favorite so far is that submitted by Ann Wood from the department of biochemistry at King’s College London. In a food science and technology course, a student advised on a test that it was necessary to use a “genital mixing action.”

We’ll report the winner next week. In the meantime, read a few more entires here.

Are you a TA or a professor? Have your students written something dumb? If so, please share in the comments section.