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Old 2006-10-09, 17:36   #5
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My grandmother's favored folk remedy for hiccups was to eat a spoonful of sugar - as a child that invariably worked for me - as an adult I've never had any bouts of hiccoughs which didn't self-terminate in fairly short order, as Ahhhhhhhnold might say. ;) I expect the combination of the strong taste and granular texture of the sugar and the mouth-work required to dissolve it probably is quite effective at breaking the feedback loop Richard describes in his post. Along similar lines, I would expect drinking a carbonated beverage and letting go a few rip-snorting borborygmi might be effective (unless that was what started the bout to begin with.)

One can also see why such a folk remedy would be more likely to arise than the "thumb up the bum" technique described in the IgNobel paper.
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