Take a deep breath and drink some water for 15 seconds! This is just one of hundreds of tips you might get if you have the hiccups(打嗝). Hiccups are so mysterious that we really don’t know why they start and why they stop.
Everyone has a favorite cure for a case of the hiccups. Some people think that a good scare is necessary to get well. Others eat a teaspoon of sugar. Still others drink a glass of water with a knife in it.
An American man named Jack O’Leary claimed (声称) to have hiccupped 160 million times over a period of eight years. He tried 60,000 cures, but none of them worked. Finally he prayed to Saint Jude（圣徒犹大）, the saint of hopeless cases, and his hiccups stopped at once.