The Hiccups That Wouldn’t Stop

What are hiccups? Your “diaphragm,” the muscle between your lungs and your stomach, normally shrinks slowly to make you breathe, but sometimes it freaks out and pulls a lot faster than it should. That makes your throat snap shut, which makes that silly hiccup sound. Holding your breath, drinking water while upside down, or eating a teaspoon of sugar can stop them – but not always. Poor Charles Osborne started hiccuping one day in 1922 and didn’t stop until 1990!

Wee ones: If you just counted your 5 hiccups, what are all the numbers you said before that?

Little kids: If you start hiccuping twice today, and take 2 teaspoons of sugar each time, how many teaspoons of sugar do you get to eat?  Bonus: If you hiccup on 10 days straight and it all starts on a Tuesday, what’s your last day of hiccuping?

Big kids: If Charles Osborne hiccuped from 1922 to 1990, how many years was that?  Bonus: If he hiccuped 2,000 times each year, how many hiccups did he have in total? (Hint if needed: What if he hiccuped just twice each year…and then how does 2,000 a year change that?)

Wee ones: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Little kids: 4 teaspoons.  Bonus: On a Thursday…remember, Monday will be your 7th day, not the Tuesday.

Big kids: 68 years.  Bonus: 136,000 hiccups!

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