Thursday, May 8, 2008

sing, sing, -hic- sing, sing, everybody's -hic- gotta sing

Twenty-four year old Christopher Sands is a professional singer who resides in Timberland, Lincolnshire, England.

Unfortunately, Christopher can't sing much these days... because for the past year, Christopher has had a case of the hiccups.

He contracted the hiccups a year ago and has been hiccuping ever since. Constantly. That, of course, has made his singing career almost impossible.

The situation is so bad that he is planning to have surgery to fix the problem. Said Sands, "Any relief would be amazing."

That's bad... but Christopher has no problem compared to Charles Osborne. According to the Guinness Book of World Records. Charles Osborn holds the record for longest bout of hiccups.

Charles started hiccuping in 1922... and didn't stop until 1990.

Charles hiccuped at the rate of up to 40 times per minute for 68 years. It is estimated that he hiccuped 430 million times in his life. Fortunately, he lived a normal life and actually ended up becoming famous for his hiccups.

and fyi... the average human hiccups about 2,300 times in his lifetime. (Who figured out that stat????)

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?in_article_id=146338&in_page_id=2
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Osborne

2 comments:

Kjaere said...

Oh gosh... that is pretty close to my #1 biggest fear... the hiccups not going away! I don't know if I will sleep well tonight after reading that.

RainforestRobin said...

This is absolutely astounding.
All I could think of is, did either of these men every get to sleep? I can't sleep if I have the hiccups. Also I can't imagine the pain, as for some people hiccups can be somewhat painful. I've had them when I've laughed really really hard and then I sometimes get hiccups and they can hurt.

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