Wow.. I really can't believe I slept for 13 hours (from about 1:40 AM to 2:45 PM). Suppose I needed it though, what with the way things have been going. For now, I'd say I'm feeling a bit better.. but man, is this ever a distraction from my usual weirdly humorous mood. I hope that things will definitely improve.
On a lighter note, here are various cures and remedies for hiccups that I found in my copy of A Millennium Primer from the Old Farmer's Almanac: Timeless Truths and Delightful Diversions
"The hickot is cured with sudden feare or strange newes." (1584)
"Sneezing doth cease the Hiccough." (Francis Bacon, 1626)
"You must (in the very instant that the Hickup seizes the Party) pull his Ring-Finger, and it will go off." (1727)
Cover your head with a pillow.
Spit on a rock, then turn it over.
Hold your breath and stick out your tongue.
Pant like a dog.
Bite your thumbs and blow hard against them for a minute.
Drink a glass of water with a pencil in your mouth.
Eat a spoonful of peanut butter.
Eat a spoonful of sugar.
Eat a spoonful of salt.
Eat a spoonful of vinegar.
Eat a spoonful of Worcestershire sauce.
Eat a spoonful of crushed ice.
Drink nine swallows of water from your grandfather's cup without taking a breath.
Drink water through a folded handkerchief.
Drink from the wrong side of a cup.
Drink water while holding your ears and nostrils closed.
Take a mouthful of water and swallow it in three gulps. Repeat this three times while standing perfectly still, and breathing through your nose.
Breathe into a paper bag.
Stand on your head for 5 minutes.
Stand on your head and drink a glass of water.
Lay over a chair on your stomach and drink a glass of water.
Put the head of a burnt match into your ear.
Place a matchstick on top of your head and count to nine.
In a baby, place two broom straws in the baby's hair.
Lay a broom on the floor (bristles to the right) and jump over it seven times.
Lay a broom on the floor and jump over it three times. Walk around it once, then leave it where it lies.
Hold your left elbow for 7 minutes.
Hold a dime against the roof of your mouth for 30 minutes.
Wet a piece of red thread with your tongue, stick it to your forehead, and look at it.
Accuse the victim of something he has not done.
Turn your pockets inside out.
Stand nose-to-nose with the victim and stare at him.
Tighten a belt around your chest.
Stick your head under water and count to 25.
Place a wastebasket on your head, and have somebody beat on it.
Say, "Nine sups from a cup cures the hiccups" three times without taking a breath.
Say, "Hiccups, hiccups, stand straight up; three sups in a cup are good for the hiccups" three times without breathing.
Stand in the middle of the road and say, "Hiccup, stickup, not for me; hiccup, stickup." (note: keep an eye on the traffic while doing so, or the cure is likely to be permanent)
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