Having hiccups for 69 years

@mspitot (3833)
Philippines
June 21, 2010 11:14pm CST
A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for approximately 69 years. He was born in 1894. Osborne was 28 years old when he started hauling around a hog to see how big it was (likely straining the diaphragm in the process) Then he started to hiccup. And he didn't stop for 69 years. At first the spasms hit at a rate of 40 times a minute. Later in life they had tapered off to 20 a minute, during which Osborne lamented the dangers of losing his false teeth. But they had little significant effect. He married twice, fathered eight children, and died at the age of 97, one year after the hiccups mysteriously stopped. Read the full story: http://www.amusingfacts.com/fact/fact.php?PostID=4144
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@elmiko (6640)
• United States
22 Jun 10
how unfair, he had only 1 year left to live without the hiccups. i've heard of similar stories of people having the hiccups for a long time such as people on talk shows. 69 years is the longest i've ever heard of someone having that problem though.
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@faisale83 (198)
• India
22 Jun 10
i can't believe it ! hiccups disturbing our day to day life , can't go to public . then how did he live ?!!!
• Philippines
22 Jun 10
probably he got used to it too much that it doesn't even bother him. But I really think he consulted to a doctor. Maybe they've found a way to stop his hiccuping.
@ladyhope (377)
• Canada
8 Jul 10
This is crazy! I get the hiccups super often and they really annoy me, but I don't feel so bad after reading this. I would hate being in his shoes.
@Porcospino (18428)
• Denmark
8 Jul 10
69 years that is such a long time. I have heard about other people who had the hiccups for several years, but I don't think that I have heard about a person who had to spend 69 years that way. Some years ago I read an article about a man from my country who had had the hiccups for many years. In the article he said that he had discovered a couple of ways to stop it for a while for instanse by forcing himself to throw up, but the hiccups always returned after a couple of hours and he had learned to live with it. I suppose you could learn to live with it, but it must be annoying.
@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
22 Jun 10
That's kinda weird. Its really annoying when I am experiencing hiccup. What more for him? But I guess he got used to it and it doesn't bother him anymore. As for me I have learned to stop hiccuping. So when the first hiccup occurs I can already stop it.