i think this is the first time i've resorted to the kitchen drawer!
Edited to add:
I should've titled this 'hiccup cure' (should that be hiccough?).
Next time someone you know has an attack of hiccoughs, take a fork and hold it, tines towards them, about a metre away from their nose. Ask the hiccougher to focus intently on the fork. Now, very, very, very slowly move the fork towards their nose. By the time it gets to within 1cm of their nose (no nearer!) they will have stopped hiccoughing.
It works. :D