Saturday, September 11, 2010

Please (hic) kill (hic) me (hic) -


Charles Osborne (April 2, 1894 – May 1, 1991) hiccupped continuously for 68 years (1922–1990). Osborne, listed as "Charles Osborne" in the Social Security Death Index, was from Anthon, Iowa, U.S., and he was entered in Guinness World Records as the man with the Longest Attack of Hiccups. The hiccups started in 1922 and persisted for a total of 69 years. His condition also led him to be a guest on Ripley's Believe It or Not! in 1936, ABC's That's Incredible! in 1980, and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1983, and to be featured as a question in the board game Trivial Pursuit, and even appeared in an article by Dear Abby.

Osborne began hiccuping in 1922, while weighing a hog for slaughter. Despite his condition, Osborne was able to lead a normal life, marrying and having eight children.

An outside source estimated that Osborne hiccuped 430 million times over the 68-year period.

Osborne died of complications from ulcers at Marian Health Center in Sioux City, Iowa on May 1, 1991.

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