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British man's case of the hiccups surpasses two months

Jan. 20, 2014 at 3:07 PM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, England, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old British man who came down with a case of the hiccups in November said he has since hiccuped more than one million times with no sign of stopping.

Chris McKernan, 19, of Tunbridge Wells, England, said his case of the hiccups started Nov. 20 and he has since been hiccuping an average 25 times per minute for a total of more than 1.4 million hiccups, the Mirror reported Monday.

McKernan said folk cures such as breathing into a bag, sucking on a lemon and standing on his head have failed to stop the hiccups, and doctors were left baffled when acid relieving medications failed to stop the ailment.

"Everyone gets annoyed or laughs at me [when I can't stop hiccuping]," McKernan said. "My girlfriend doesn't seem to mind, but it would be better for everyone if they went."

The world record was set by Charles Osborne of the United States, whose case of the hiccups lasted from 1922 until 1990 and totaled an estimated 430 million hiccups.

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