4/03/2011

Curing Hiccups

    There are many different methods of curing the hiccups. Maybe the most common one is to hold your breath, count to ten, and drink from the wrong side of a glass of water. Personally, I’ve found that eating a spoonful of peanut butter or sugar works rather well. I’ve heard a lot of other suggestions, such as eat hot food, spit on a rock and turn it over, and of course get someone to scare you. The hard part is being scared when you know they’re trying to scare you! Perhaps the truth is that most hiccup cures are simply invented for the amusement of the patient’s friends. (Likely, in fact.) With that in mind, here are a few cures you might suggest to a friend plagued with hiccups:

Chug dish-washing soap
Slam a door on your pinky
Paint a spider green, and then step on it
Gargle with pickle juice
Sing Aura Lee backwards at the top of your lungs                   
Wrap a maraschino cherry in bubble-gum, and swallow it whole
Hold your breath and hum the national anthem at the same time
Lick all of the spoons in your silverware drawer
Varnish your nose
Eat a tablespoon of toothpaste, followed by one of salt
Try to fit thirty toothpicks in your mouth
Put a smiley-face sticker on the roof of your mouth
Kiss a chipmunk on the lips

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