The Curious Case of Charles Osborne, Who Hiccupped for 68 Years Straight
Odd bit of history from Smithsonian Magazine. Although I guess it can always be worse, hiccuping for six-decades straight sounds like something out of a fairytale – a curse doled out by an evil witch with a twisted sense of humor.
Born in 1893, Osborne started hiccupping after an incident involving a hog. At the time, the young man was working on a farm near Union, Nebraska.
“I was hanging a 350-pound hog for butchering,” Osborne told People magazine in 1982. “I picked it up and then I fell down. I felt nothing, but the doctor said later that I busted a blood vessel the size of a pin in my brain.” (The doctor in question, Terence Anthoney, posited that Osborne’s fall destroyed a small area in the brain stem that inhibits the hiccup response.)
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