Hold your breath for 15 seconds and imagine pink elephants dancing on the ceiling.

Pull on your tongue then tickle the roof of your mouth with a cotton ball.

Guzzle water and wait patiently for someone to jump out from behind a bush and scare the bejesus out of you.

People do the strangest things to get rid of hiccups, but Mallory Kievman, a 13-year-old girl who had a few bad hiccup spells, was tired of them ALL. None of the countless folk-cures were working, so she decided to take matters into her own hands and invent her own hiccup fix.

Mallory Kievman, CEO

After two years of experimentation, Mallory did it. She created a solution mixing apple cider vinegar and sugar, hardening it into a candy and attaching it to a stick. She invented lollipops that cure hiccups. Hiccupops!


“It triggers a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc,” Mallory explained. “It basically over-stimulates those nerves and cancels out the message to hiccup.”

She was honored at the Connecticut Invention Convention last spring, and Mallory is now preparing to lead a team of M.B.A. students from the University of Connecticut to launch her hiccup-hindering company this summer. Don’t hold your breath! You can sign up for more info now.

And that’s not all apple cider vinegar is good for – add “curing hiccups” to the list of wonderful benefits you can find in a bottle of apple cider vinegar:

6 Beauty and Wellness Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

HAIR: It serves as a great hair rinse to make hair nice and shiny, because it gets rid of residue build-up. Fill an old shampoo bottle with 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour through your hair 2-3 times a week after shampooing.

SKIN: It helps regulate the pH balance of your skin. Dilute apple cider vinegar with two parts water, and spread it on your face with a cotton ball as a toner before moisturizer. You can also dab it on dark spots and age spots overnight to lighten their color.

HANDS AND FEET: Rub apple cider vinegar onto your hands and feet for a spa-ish way to relieve that tired, swollen feeling after a long day.

TEETH: Rub directly on teeth – apple cider vinegar can help remove stains! Be sure to rinse out.

AFTERSHAVE: Fill a bottle with one part apple cider, one part water, shaken not stirred.

WEIGHT-LOSS + DETOX: Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a water bottle. Drink throughout the day to cleanse your body and kidneys all day long.

Hiccupops photos and quotes via NYTimes, apple cider vinegar tips via Care2, and that gorgeous apple cider vinegar hair-colored woman was photographed by Joseph Cartright.