Hold your breath for 15 seconds and imagine pink elephants dancing on the ceiling.
Pull on your tongue then tickle the roof of your mouth with a cotton ball.
Guzzle water and wait patiently for someone to jump out from behind a bush and scare the bejesus out of you.
People do the strangest things to get rid of hiccups, but Mallory Kievman, a 13-year-old girl who had a few bad hiccup spells, was tired of them ALL. None of the countless folk-cures were working, so she decided to take matters into her own hands and invent her own hiccup fix.
After two years of experimentation, Mallory did it. She created a solution mixing apple cider vinegar and sugar, hardening it into a candy and attaching it to a stick. She invented lollipops that cure hiccups. Hiccupops!
“It triggers a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc,” Mallory explained. “It basically over-stimulates those nerves and cancels out the message to hiccup.”
She was honored at the Connecticut Invention Convention last spring, and Mallory is now preparing to lead a team of M.B.A. students from the University of Connecticut to launch her hiccup-hindering company this summer. Don’t hold your breath! You can sign up for more info now.
And that’s not all apple cider vinegar is good for – add “curing hiccups” to the list of wonderful benefits you can find in a bottle of apple cider vinegar:
6 Beauty and Wellness Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
HAIR: It serves as a great hair rinse to make hair nice and shiny, because it gets rid of residue build-up. Fill an old shampoo bottle with 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour through your hair 2-3 times a week after shampooing.
SKIN: It helps regulate the pH balance of your skin. Dilute apple cider vinegar with two parts water, and spread it on your face with a cotton ball as a toner before moisturizer. You can also dab it on dark spots and age spots overnight to lighten their color.
HANDS AND FEET: Rub apple cider vinegar onto your hands and feet for a spa-ish way to relieve that tired, swollen feeling after a long day.
TEETH: Rub directly on teeth – apple cider vinegar can help remove stains! Be sure to rinse out.
AFTERSHAVE: Fill a bottle with one part apple cider, one part water, shaken not stirred.
WEIGHT-LOSS + DETOX: Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a water bottle. Drink throughout the day to cleanse your body and kidneys all day long.