Stroke of UnLuck

Tuesday, June 29, 2004
If ever you're down on the weather and feeling sorry for yourself, just remember that this guy had the hiccups for two years...

Op cures two-year bout of hiccups

Surgeons have succeeded in curing a man who had non-stop hiccups for two years.

The hiccup attack started after Shane Shafer, 50, from Texas, had a stroke.

He is believed to have become the first person in the world to undergo surgery to fit a device to control stimulation of a major nerve.

When the implant was activated following the surgery at Louisiana State University, Mr Shafer's hiccups stopped, and have not as yet returned.

No offense, but didn't this guy know about the upside-down glass of water?