Having been on University Challenge (if only as the subject of a question) I had a natural interest in the book Universally Challenged, quiz contestants say the funniest things. It was a slight let down that most of the contents have nothing to do with that august quiz show, featuring rather less academic ventures, but it doesn't stop the responses being entertaining.
What we have here is a whole stream of wrong answers from the downright dumb to the entertainingly wacky (I like 'What insect is commonly found hovering over lakes?' - 'Crocodiles.') There were a few questions where I doubted the selection, because the answer made too much sense. There was, for instance, 'Name a place where you take your clothes off beside home?' to which the apparently funny answer was 'School.' Now, I can see why this was funny, but in fairness to the contestant it was also correct - most people have taken off clothes at school to change into games kit. But even these were interesting because it meant you could feel superior to the editor of the book (it's not exactly being an author), Wendy Roby, because you know better than she did.
I read the book through while on holiday, which was possibly a mistake, as apart from the truly hilarious and wildly eccentric answers, it could feel a little flat, just reading question and answer after question and answer. It may be it's a better book to dip into - perhaps to keep in the loo. But there is no doubt that it makes a great combination of entertainment and mind boggling at humanity's ability to get it wrong - and it would make a great gift.