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Magazine compiles exam answer mistakes

July 24, 2012 at 3:05 PM

LONDON, July 24 (UPI) -- A London-based higher education magazine has released the entries in this year's "exam howlers" contest, which seeks to find the funniest test mistakes.

Times Higher Education said the entries in this year's contest, which are submitted by professors, include a sentence about the time "Stalin began to build a buffet zone in Eastern Europe," rather than a "buffer zone," and a student's statement that during the Middle Ages, "most books were written on valium," rather than vellum.

"Spain was a very Catholic country, since Christianity had been taken there in the third century B.C.," wrote one student, while another, submitted by the same professor, spoke of "Pope Paul V, himself a Catholic."

The winner of the contest is scheduled to be announced in next week's issue of Times Higher Education.

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