Baseball star ‘smelled a porcupine’s bum’ to try to cure 10-month hiccup horror

Having the hiccups can be quite annoying, especially if it goes on too long, so spare a thought for Bo Jackson – he’s had the hiccups for 10 months.

The former Kansas City Royals baseball player told US sports podcast McElroy and Cubelic that he had tried every remedy known to man – even smelling a porcupine’s bum.

“I have done everything,” Bo said. “Scare me, drink water upside down, smell the ass of a porcupine, it doesn’t work,” he said.

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Bo, 60, said he had had several hospital appointments in a bid to ends the hiccup plague: “I’m busy at the hospital sitting up with the doctors poking me, shining lights down my throat, probing me every way they can to find out why I’ve got these hiccups.”

“I’m getting a medical procedure done the end of this week, I think, to try to remedy it,” he added.

He revealed that he had missed a ceremony to honour fellow Chicago White Sox star Frank Thomas because the hiccups were so bad.

Bo’s hiccup horror has made him a viral internet sensation in the US.

Previously, he had been known for his sporting talent. Bo was a star performer in both baseball and gridiron football, and he’s the only professional athlete named an All-Star in both sports.

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He played for the Los Angeles Raiders as a running back from 1987 to 1990 and was with the Kansas City Royals from 1986 to 1990, the Chicago White Sox from 1991 to 1993, and the California Angels in 1994.

But now Bo’s name has become synonymous with the hiccups.

He can only hope that he doesn’t surpass the most famous hiccuped of all time. According to the Guinness Book of World Records Charles Osborne is the all-time worst hiccup sufferer.

While preparing to butcher a 350-pound pig in 1922, Osborne slipped and hit his head, breaking a tiny blood vessel in his brain.

Something there triggered a case of the hiccups that lasted an incredible 68 years. It wasn’t until 1990 that the spasm finally ended.


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