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Wouldn't it be easier to just study?

I don't know if China is putting the same pressure on students as Japan has, but I'm a touch croggled by the reports of Chinese students injuring themelves by cheating at exams. Perhaps they watched too much Alias?

A student in Wuhan, capital of China's central province of Hubei, used earphones so small that they slipped into his aural canal and perforated his eardrum, the China Daily newspaper said.

Another student's earphones required an operation for their removal, the paper said, while an electronic device connected to headphones and strapped to a third student's body exploded, leaving a bleeding hole in his abdomen.

And we though you just needed to warn people not to damage their ears by turning up the volume...


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Mary Branscombe
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