President Joe Biden promised the world his administration would cure cancer. That promise has yet to come to fruition, but hiccups could effectively be eradicated thanks to scientists.
The More You Know:
Hiccups occur when the diaphragm and intercostal muscles suddenly contract. The subsequent abrupt intake of air causes the opening between the vocal folds to shut, resulting in a “hic” sound.
Bouts of hiccups can last for as little as a few minutes to several hours. In some cases, hiccups can last for a full month or more.
The longest recorded case? An Iowa farmer had hiccups continually for 69 years and nine months, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Anyway, hiccups suck, but scientists have developed a device that instantly cured them in almost 92% of cases.
Introducing HiccAway: “The forced inspiratory suction and swallow tool,” or ‘FISST’ for short.
The HiccAway, a $14 plastic device, is a rigid L-shaped straw that has a mouthpiece at one end and an adjustable cap with a pressure valve, in the form of a small hole, at the other. Hiccup sufferers simply place the device into a glass of water and use it to sip.
That’s right, environmentalists: it’s a straw, and it’s NOT made from paper. So SUCK IT!