A 13 year-old girl named Mallory Kievman invented lollipops that cure hiccups.
Her journey to cure the hiccups, something we all try our best to get rid of, started in the summer of 2010. She tried inventing and using many different methods, when she came to the conclusion that lollipops can do the trick.
As she told the NYT:
It triggers a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc. It basically over-stimulates those nerves and cancels out the message to hiccup.
She used three special ingredients – lollipops, apple cider, vinegar and sugar. These combined trigger a set of nerves in the throat which can stop the hiccups.
Her product, Hiccupops, has its own company now and is being commercialized.
Mallory’s dad, Adam, is naturally quite proud:
It’s funny to see her give a business overview presentation, because she shows the organizational chart and there’s her as the C.E.O. and head of R&D. Then you get a picture of me, and it says ‘adult supervision.’ It’s been great to see it come together because this was something that she developed on her own. I’m trying to do my best to support it but to also not, you know, drive it.
Hopefully we can purchase them very soon!