Last week, I got a case of the “Hiccups”.
Now, I must tell you that these were not just your ordinary hiccups.
They were the loud, violent, chest-collapsing type. People around stared with their mouths open. Mothers quickly moved their small children to a “safe” distance. If it wasn’t for the fact that I was laying exhausted on the floor, gasping for every breath, it would have been quite amusing.
I have had hiccups many times before. Usually, within 20 minutes they go away on their own. However, that is not always the truth. One time I had an exceptionally long-lasting hiccups attack.
My Hiccups lasted for over 90 minutes!
Now, one thing about having hiccups in a public place is that you will always receive advice on how to get rid of them. Having done a significant amount of research on the topic, here is my list of the Top 7 Hiccup Cures.
1. Drink water upside down
You take a glass of water, lean forward until your head is upside down, and drink it. I was sceptical the first time I tried it, but it worked for me.
2. Have somebody scare you
This is a great idea but very difficult to execute. When I tell somebody to scare me, I am usually not scared.
3. Hold your breath
It works perfectly up until the next hiccup and you burst out laughing.
4. Stand on your head
I hear this works. I just have problems getting to the “stand on your head” part.
5. Have somebody tickle you
I am not convince about this one since, when I tickle my son, it causes hiccups.
Vigorous exercise might help get rid of the hiccups. But I must warn you that it tends to look a little odd to have the hiccups while you are jogging.
7. A Spoonful of Sugar
I like this one… especially when the spoonful of sugar is attached to a jelly-filled donut.
How do you cure a case of the Hiccups?