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Hiccups are annoying and embarrassing. The world record for continual hiccups was set by Charles Osborne, who had them for 68 years. You don't want to have your hiccups that long, do you? How do you get rid of hiccups? Talking to friends can result in some interesting hiccup cures. Get rid of those nasty hiccups once and for all by trying one of these methods. If they don't get rid of your hiccups, at least they will make you laugh.
Hold Your Breath and Count to Ten
Many people believe you can get rid of hiccups by changing your breathing pattern, holding your breath or swallowing air. Some suggest blowing up a balloon. Others swear by swallowing air and letting out a big belch. Here's a good one. Let out all your air, then swallow two or three times. I love this suggestion. Scream as loud as you can for as long as you can. I suppose then, you wait for the police to break down your door and scare them out of you.
Think Your Hiccups Away
Close your eyes and repeat after me, “I will not hiccup again, I will not hiccup again...” Oh sure that will do it. Another suggestion is to visualize a blue light blinking on and off. Not going for those ideas to get rid of hiccups? Try thinking of a large group of bald men. Here's a better idea. Picture bald naked men. That could make you laugh so loud you forget all about the hiccups. I like this one. Don't do anything, just wait expectantly for the arrival of the next hiccup. What?
Just Plain Weird
Of course, just plain weird describes a lot of ways people get rid of hiccups. These ideas are especially strange. Suspend yourself backwards and upside down from your bed or a table. Put a lit match in a cup of water, then drink the water. Sounds yummy, doesn't it? Here's a way to get rid of hiccups that borders on torture. Slide a lubricated thin rubber tube through the nostril and into the throat. If that isn't enough trauma you can try plunging your face into ice water.
Makes No Sense
Let's face it, most of these ways to get rid of the hiccups don't make a lot of sense. For instance, how about breathing through a wet piece of cloth? Maybe you would like to try holding ice packs on your throat, stand on a chair in a crowded room yelling, “I've got the hiccups” or simply jump out of a plane. Don't forget the parachute. Getting rid of the hiccups could be the least of your problems. Afraid of heights and death in general? Try just balancing something on your nose.
There is of course a time tested and simple way to get rid of the hiccups. Just drink some water. If that sounds too easy there are variations on this theme. For instance you can try swallowing a spoonful of sugar and following it with water. Still too simple? You could go extreme. Stand on your head while singing and drinking a glass of water. Assuming you can stand on your head, that you can sing and that you have the talent required to drink a glass of water while simultaneously singing and standing on your head. This might be a bit of a stretch for most people.
There are hundreds of cures for the hiccups out there. You can use breathing to get rid of the hiccups. Concentrate deeply and think your way out of the hiccups. Take a walk on the weird side to get rid of hiccups. How about just trying all the wacky nonsensical things you can think of to get rid of hiccups? Gargle, burp and guzzle your way to freedom from hiccups. Or you can just drink a glass of water. Yes, it really is that simple to get rid of hiccups.