Excruciatingly funny school-exam howlers must liven up many teachers’ common rooms.

They certainly create one of the best chapters in Wrotten English, Peter Haining‘s side-splitting collection of literary blunders.

Of all the many hilarious bloopers he collected, classroom clangers like these made me chortle loudest:

In 1957, Eugene O’Neill won a Pullet Surprise.

Twenty-thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a book about a lot of underwater football teams.

Virgil was in love with a girl named Enid and wrote lots of books about her.

I haven’t had this much fun since A Steroid Hit the Earth…by Martin Toseland.