Pair of ballpoint pens extracted from man's body after 36 years

By Ben Hooper
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May 10 (UPI) -- Doctors in China said they surgically removed two ballpoint pens from a man who swallowed them more than three decades ago.

Surgeons at the hospital in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, said the man, surnamed Wang, told them he swallowed the pens as part of a lost bet when he was just 14 years old -- 36 years ago.


Wang told the doctors he forgot about swallowing the writing implements until February, when they showed up on an X-ray during a body examination.

The pens were removed April 24.

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