If we sit down to think, then almost every old wives tale is a story within a story. That's probably why your granny's nuskas worked and left you completely baffled. An Indian old wives's tale says that you get hiccups when somebody misses you. If you are able to name this person, the hiccups stop. Oh, the number of crushes we have named and renamed in the hope that they might be missing us!
But there are all kinds of weird things that people do to stop hiccups. Like this gentleman here. We hope pencils taste good, sir.
Yeah, you're welcome.