Everyone seems to have a special cure for the hiccups, but there is very little scientific evidence to support most of them. This video reveals which remedies don’t quite add up and explains why.
The hiccups are one of the more bizarre spontaneous reactions your body can have, and very little is known about why they come about. Still, we don’t like them and want them to go away. In this video from the Mental Floss YouTube channel, host Elliott Morgan debunks several of the most popular home remedies. For example, don’t hold your breath on holding your breath or breathing into a paper bag; save the scaring for Halloween; drinking water will only hydrate you; and specially made “hiccup lollipops” probably aren’t the miracle cure you’re looking for. If you’ve got the hiccups from drinking alcohol, however, biting into a lemon wedge that’s been soaked in Angostura bitters might help. Additionally, a spoonful of peanut butter or sugar might help your hiccups as well, but there is no official cure out there at this time.
Misconceptions about Hiccups [YouTube]