With 9.5 million students fighting for only 2.6 million spots in Chinese universities, some students are going to extreme measures to score higher on admissions tests.

One student "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."

So now I owe my friend Roger $15 because I bet him that nobody would ever leave a Chinese university entrance exam with a bleeding hole in his abdomen. Seemed like such a safe bet.