Nope, that picture isn’t Vincent D’Onofrio as the cockroach alien in Men in Black. It’s Dax Shepherd suffering from chronic hiccups. On Friday Dax took to Instagram to share that earlier in the week he’d hiccuped for 50 hours straight! In one video, his wife Kristen Bell interviews him about his unfortunate ailment and he jokes that it’s “still funny” after 21 hours. But in his next video, he shares that his condition had escalated to “hiccup-induced puking.” Blegh! Blame the O’Doul’s?
In the caption Dax writes that he’s been “hiccup free for five days,” and he feels badly for anyone with a permanent case of the hiccups (hiccoughs?). He says he couldn’t have gone a week without “intervening with a cycle of cyanide.” Here’s the post, which is hashtagged #robertdurst (technically Robert Durst was a burper, but whatever):
The longest anybody has ever suffered from hiccups is 68 years. The record holder is American Charles Osborne, who got them in 1922 after falling down while hanging a 350-pound hog for slaughter. Doctors told Charles that the fall damaged the part of his brain that inhibited the hiccup response. Weirdly enough his hiccups finally stopped a year before he died at age 97 in 1991. Damn. Dax is lucky he didn’t end up like poor Charles for two reasons. 1: That would really suck for him. 2: That would really suck for us, cuz we’d never hear the fucking end of it!