And a Child Shall Cure Them
Soon to appear commercially on the market are Hiccupops, which are lollipops that claim to cure hiccups. Hiccupops were invented two years ago by hiccup sufferer Mallory Kievman of Connecticut, who had tried every cure she'd heard of or could imagine, until finally hitting on a winning, hiccup-stifling recipe -- which involves sugar and apple cider vinegar -- and an effective delivery system -- the lollipop. "It triggers a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc. It basically over-stimulates those nerves and cancels out the message to hiccup," is how she explains it. She has investors lined up, a patent application filed, and is ready to go. Hiccupops, Inc. founder, creator and CEO Mallory Kievman is, by the way, thirteen years old.