12 Strange and Amazing Patents

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
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Hiccup Treatment (US 7062320)

If drinking water upside down or holding your breath aren't enough to soothe your hiccups, this device might just shock them out of you. The 2003 patent's summary explains, "Hiccups lasting longer than 48 hours are called ‘persistent.' Those lasting longer than a month are called 'intractable.'" Thankfully, this device is made to zap hiccups away with a friendly shock of electricity. As the user drinks water, electrodes along a metal rod send an electric current to the vagus and phrenic nerve in an attempt to stop the hiccup "arc."