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February 10, 2008

Curing hiccups

Posted in: General

I was googling the word “intractable”, just to make sure I wasn’t misusing it too egregiously in the post I just put up… and right there, the fifth result on the very first page, was a hiccup cure.

Doesn’t everyone who’s ever had the hiccups want to know a cure? And this is not just “my grandma always said breathing into a paper bag would do it, and it seemed to work sometimes”, but an abstract of a paper on the NIH.gov website.

Termination of intractable hiccups


On the one hand, persistent hiccups are frustrating and potentially embarrassing, particularly if you need to interact with other people coherently (suppose you’re standing at a microphone addressing a crowd of people).

On the other hand, if embarrassment is at all a concern, this solution is perhaps not for you if you are standing at a microphone in front of a crowd of people. Unless perhaps the podium is quite… comprehensive?

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