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40 Funny, Practical, and Not-So-Practical Ways to Get Rid of Hiccups
The Mayo Clinic defines hiccups as a "common condition that affects nearly everyone. Hiccups involve the involuntary contraction of the diaphragm — the muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen and plays an important role in breathing. Each contraction is followed by a sudden closure of your vocal cords, which produces the characteristic "hic" sound."
I have compiled a list of creative ways to get rid of those pesky hiccups. Who knows, maybe the true cure lies somewhere in this list...
Remedies: Eating, Drinking, Acrobatic, and Everything Else...
1. Drink a glass of water - hey it couldn't hurt.
2. Tip your head upside down - it will give you a new perspective on things...
3. Tip your head upside down and drink a glass of water - best of both worlds.
4. Hold your breath - but not too long.
5. Hold your breath and tip your head upside down - side effect: laughing fits from members of your family.
6. Eat a spoonful of sugar - also good for making the medicine go down I hear...
7. Plug your ears - Do not perform this remedy in public, you may attract unwanted stares from those around you...
8. Stick your tongue out - Do perform in public...
9. Get scared - Recruit some of the younger members of your family for the task...I'm sure they will be happy to oblige.
10. Spin in circles - away from breakable objects.
11. Pull on your tongue - Also perform in public, I mean if you really want it to be effective...
12. Suck on a lemon - lemon drops don't count.
13. Chew gum - hey, if that doesn't cure your hiccups, your breath will smell awesome.
14. Gargle water - Try gargling the ABCs...make it all the way to Z.
15. Place an ice bag on your chest - well...why not and give it a go...?
16. Blow air out slowly - Do this about 5 times.
17. Plug your ears and drink through a straw - No bubble blowing.
18. Eat peppermint - What? I guess the gum wasn't enough.
19. Drink something hot - Tea time!
20. Lie flat on the floor on your back - also good for meditation.
21. Eat a spoon full of honey - instead of putting honey in your tea, just down the honey, then drink your tea.
22. Down a shot of pickle juice - not for the faint of heart.
23. Drink salty water - Do this near a sink, just in case...
24. Eat a spoonful of peanut butter - Then give one to your dog, observe reaction.
25. Drink water through a napkin - It's the new and improved water filtration system! Brita doesn't have anything on this tip!
26. Breathe into your sleeve - Air filtration system!
27. Jump up and down - Do this at least 10 times... shake those hiccups out.
28. Do a handstand - Try this against a wall so you don't fall over, although the falling aspect could scare the hiccups out of you...eh your choice.
29. Eat a teaspoon of mustard - Also not for the faint of heart.
30. Splash your face with water - make sure there is a towel at the ready.
31. Pinch your nose while you drink water - Also handy for eating things that don't taste good.
32. Pinch the back of your shoulder - Who knows...
33. Burp or sneeze - If you can do this on command, I'll be impressed.
34. Do math in your head- 1+1=2+2=4+4=8...blah, blah, blah...
35. Try to cough - into your shoulder please.
36. Eat yogurt - Cure hiccups and get a healthy snack too, sounds like a winner to me.
37. Suck on ice cubes - also helps relieve an upset stomach.
38. Plug your ears and drink water at the same time - Good luck with this maneuver.
39. Freeze a metal spoon for about 5 minutes and place the spoon on your temple -Just make sure it doesn't stick to your head.
40. Start drinking from a glass and rotate the glass all the way around till you are drinking from the place you started at - Bottoms up!