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Old 15 October 2015, 06:50 AM
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Fight Getting punched when you have hiccups can kill you?

My Uncle John's Bathroom Reader desk calendar has a disturbing bit of trivia for today: "If you're punched in the chest during a bout of hiccups, you can die." Is that true?
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Old 15 October 2015, 07:23 AM
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I've heard this. Apparently there's some nerve in your chest that if struck in just the right way at just the right time when you hiccup, it can stop your breathing.

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Old 15 October 2015, 10:30 AM
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If you get it in the chest at just the right moment, it can kill you whether or not you have the hiccups.
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Old 15 October 2015, 10:33 AM
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Cardiac arrest can be caused by getting lamped in the chest. It's not specifically hiccup-related, although...
Eighteen events involved bodily contact or contact with implements regarded as toys. Some such examples included a 23-year-old man fatally striking his friend in the chest as a mutually agreed on remedy for hiccups[...]
EDIT: I will request a non-thoracic spanking.
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