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Wednesday, 8 July 2015


The word “hiccup” is an onomatopoeia that first appeared in the 18th century. Although, as early as the 16th century it was being called a “hickop” or “hicket”.

There is only one hiccup in the works of Shakespeare, uttered, appropriately enough, by Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night.

An American farmer named Charles Osborne (see below) hiccuped continuously for 68 years They first started in 1922 when while weighing a hog for slaughter he fell and bust a blood vessel in his brain. They finally mysteriously stopped about one year before his death on May 1, 1991. His 68-year hiccup attack is a world record.

Men get hiccups more often than women.

A foetus in the womb can get hiccups.

Hiccups often occur when you're swallowing dry bread.

March 16th is National Hiccup Day.


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