A 14-year-old girl in Zhejiang, China recently went viral for her hospital X-ray scan, which apparently revealed hundreds of undigested bubble tea pearls clustered in her body.

We had questions after looking at the X-ray scan, which has since been re-posted thousands of times on social media. Like, why do the pearls appear as intact pellets, as though the girl had swallowed her bubble tea whole, pearls and all, like a python? Is this fake news, like the articles our mother sends us about Wi-Fi radiation frying our brain?

So 8days.sg investigated and showed our general practitioner the X-ray scan. We learnt that the sinister-looking granules are actually not tapioca pearls as widely believed, but lumps of impacted faeces. Oh, crap.

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