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I learned something from my 8th grade english teacher Mr. Smith. Of course you expect to learn something from a teacher after all they are...teachers. But in this case it wasn't proper grammar or how to creatively construct a short story. This was a cure for the hiccups. In the middle of a particularly boring session one day, I walked up to Mr. Smith's desk and asked him if I could leave the classroom for a moment to get a drink of water as I had the hiccups. He stood up and announced to the class: "May I have your attention! It seems Mr. Thompson here has the hiccups and wants to get a drink of water. I am going to allow this once he proves to us all that he indeed has the hiccups....Mr. Thompson, it's all yours." I stood there, all eyes on me. I was stunned. I had no problem being up in front of the class because I was kind of a class clown anyway but I was not expecting to be thrust into the spotlight this way. All I wanted was to get out of class for a couple minutes and I truly did have the hiccups. I did...but not anymore. Being caught off guard like that in front of a room full of people cured me off my hiccups!!! I have tried this throughout the years on other people and 99% of the time it works! So try it some time. When a friend has the hiccups tell them you have a cure. Then march them out in front of whoever happens to be around and put them on the spot and see if it works for you. It usually does!