OK, does anyone else think it is weird that we, the United States, see fit to designate March 16th, as National Hiccup Day? Are we celebrating hiccups? Are we supposed to have the hiccups on this day? Does anyone but me even KNOW that today is National Hiccup Day? Does anyone care? Does any other country in the world do this sort of thing? These are the questions I ask myself. Yes I know, I need to get a life.
So, what exactly is the connection between this post and the theme of my blog you ask? My answer: If I had a TV, do you think I would have had time to spend hours online doing all this important research? Please don’t be so rude as to point out that I am not exactly “unplugged.”
In honor of this very important day, I offer you these links:
Hiccup Day E-Cards:
Hiccups In The News:
I have just proven once again that being without TV is like living on Mars. How could I have not heard of the poor Florida teen who hiccuped for 5 weeks straight? As I research this post, I see that this news item seems to have been pretty much everywhere. Apparently there was a big debate, even here in the blogosphere, as to whether or not she was faking. See: Blogging Baby: —Is The Hiccup Girl Faking?
But who really cares about a mere 5 week hiccup when we see that there is an 84 year-old Virginia man who has been hiccuping for 6 years! It all started when he ate a bowl of Campbell’s Chunky Soup back in December 2000.
Hiccup-Related Blog Posts:
Monkeys In The News : — Baby Monkey Rejected Because of Hiccups (if you are like me, then you will appreciate knowing in advance that this story has a happy ending)
Opiniorama: — 12 Second Cure For Hiccups
Hiccup Hell: A WHOLE BLOG devoted to hiccups! Today is the perfect day to go and visit this one.
I am sorry if I missed your hiccup post. Please feel free to add a comment with your link.
Hiccups And Health
For you hypochondriacs out there (you know who you are!), consider this from Yahoo Health:
“Sometimes, although not always, hiccups that persist may indicate the presence of another medical problem. Some illnesses for which continuing hiccups may be a symptom include: pleurisy of the diaphragm, pneumonia, uremia, alcoholism, disorders of the stomach or esophagus, and bowel diseases. Hiccups may also be associated with pancreatitis, pregnancy, bladder irritation, liver cancer or hepatitis. Surgery, tumors, and lesions may also cause persistent hiccups.”
(are you starting to feel those hiccups coming on yet?)
Guinness World Record Hiccupper: Charles Osborne, an Iowa hog farmer who hiccuped for 68 years.
Alternative spelling: Hiccough
Also known as: Singultus
Word Origin from Online Etymology Dictionary: 1580, hickop, earlier hicket, hyckock, considered imitative of the sound of hiccupping (cf. Fr. hoquet, Dan. hikke, etc.); modern spelling first recorded 1788; hiccough (1626) is by mistaken association with cough. Replaced O.E. ælfsogoða, so called because hiccups were thought to be caused by elves.
And of course, Remedies:
A Cure For Hiccups: I could write a book the size of War and Peace of all the remedies out there. This is the site I found that seemed to list more remedies than any of the many others I looked at. Plus, they are nicely categorized under the headings “Mental,” “Breathing,” “Drinking Water,” etc. so you can try them all in a logical order. Bookmark A Cure For Hiccups for the next time you get them!
There is also another remedy that is …hem… more invasive of one’s “personal space” (I won’t go into details, but click here if you really want to know).
Failing all this, there is always the patented Hic-Cup (which credits itself with curing the Florida teen): See www.hic-cups.com for more info.
By the way, tomorrow forget St. Patty’s Day. You will find me celebrating National Submarine Day honoring John Holland, who demonstrated the first submarine in 1898!!
(Who says you have to have a TV to be connected to the world?)