Also known as a singultus (from Latin for to catch one’s breath while sobbing) … medically it’s a synchronous diaphragmatic flutter.
Diaphragm contracts and a quarter second later the vocal chords slam shut … creating the sound.
Hiccups only occur in mammals… may be a residual way to rid stomach of air gulped during breast feeding.
Charles Osbourne has hiccups for 68 years … after a hog fell on him during the slaughtering process. He had about one hiccup every 10 seconds from 1922-1990 – 430 million hiccups. They stopped when he was 96 about 9 months before he died.
Jennifer Mee a Florida girl had hiccups for 5 weeks in 2007. She hiccupped faster about 50 a minute. 2.5 million hiccups.
Founded in 1592. Was swapped for Florida following the Seven Years War (aka the French and Indian War).
Two million people live in Havana… about a million tourists (many Brazilians…) annually.
Large Chinatown – dating back to immigrant workers from mid-19th Century.
Average low temp in January 65 … average high 78. 46 inches of rain annually – 80 rainy days. (We get 50 inches of rain on 117 days)
Hippos was an ancient Greco-Roman city along the Sea of Galilee from 3rd Century BCE – 7th Century CE. May have been the “City on the Hill” referred to in The Sermon on the Mount.
Hippos is a proper plural – so is Hippopotamuses… so is hippopotami – because the name is Greek – for river horse.
Semi-Aquatic fresh-water mammals of Sub-Saharan Africa. They once also lived along the entirety of the Nile.
Hippos do not swim. They sink and walk along the bottom. This makes their relatively heavy, bulky bodies seem much more graceful.
Hippos weigh 3,000 – 6,000 pounds. They stand about 5 feet tall at the shoulder but can be up to 17 feet long. Cannot stand on their hind legs.
Although they live together in groups of up to thirty – known as a pod, herd, dale or bloat – they are not considered social animals – like chimps.
Most closely related to Whales … more so than any other land animals.
They have very little hair on their bodies. Their skin is naturally grayish/pink but they secrete a natural and acidic red sunscreen that darkens their skin over time. The secretion also inhibits algae and other bacterial growth.
Although essentially aquatic – they are actually land grazers. They leave the river at dusk and walk – up to 5 miles to graze on grass and return to the river before sunrise. They eat about 150 pounds of grass a day.
Males mark their territory by spinning their poop over a wide area with their tails.
Hippos live 40-50 years in the wild. Males grow throughout their lives. Females stop at around 25 years old. UP until that point males and females are relatively indistinguishable with inspection.
Hippos mate in the water – Hippo style – male on top – female submerged. Babies are born in the water and weigh 60-110 pounds.
Hippos are known to breed well in captivity. Dating back to the London Zoo in 1850.
Hippos ARE NOT one of the Big Five African Game animals. Of Lions, Leopards, Cape Buffalo, Elephants and Rhino, Cape Buffalo kill the most hunters.
Females are dangerous if they need to be protective of their young.
Males are very territorial, aggressive and unpredictable. And although dangerous – they do not attack without provocation and are in general large enough to be avoided. Most dangerous if encountered by surprise on land.
Ready for the Questions?
1) Hippos are the third largest (by mass) of all terrestrial animals after which two?
Elephants and Rhinos (White)
2) Of these three large animals which has a higher top speed?
Black Rhino – 35 MPH (White Rhinos 31) … Hippos 30 MPH… Elephants cannot run (having all feet off the ground) top speed 11 MPH
3) What state would does not allow a car to meet the top speed of a cheetah (70 MPH) or even a pronghorn antelope (65 MPH) on its Interstate highways? Clue- Its has the second fewest number of interstate miles and they are all … on the same island.
Hawaii has 4 “interstates” on Oahu – 54 miles. Max Speed 60 MPH
4) What state has the fewest number of interstate miles (39) and is home to 63% of the corporations that make up the Fortune 500?
5) What is so appealing about the tax code of a Delaware Corporation? NO Taxes, Greater Shareholder protection, Lower reporting standards, Easy to maintain controlling interests –
Controlling interest only 33 1/3 % - law requires a 2/3rds super majority to override board decisions.
6) The third film in what film series was subtitled 33 1/3 The Final Insult?
7) What star of the Naked Gun series had their last movie or TV credit with The Final Insult? George Kennedy, Leslie Nielsen, OJ Simpson, Priscilla Presley
Orenthal James Naked Gun 33 1/3 was released March of 1994 OJ was arrested June 1994
8) I started working in radio in April of 1994 and one of my earliest shifts was a Friday night shift on June 17th, 1994. I got to do break-ins to our regular coverage to follow the Bronco chase from 9:45 until after 1 am when he had surrendered at home. About how many miles did AC Cowlings drive that night from when the police found them until he got home to Brentwood? 15 miles, 50 miles, 115 miles, 150 miles.
50 miles – average speed 35 MPH.
9) This Friday night was also the fifth game of the NBA Championships between what two teams from New York and Texas?
Knicks and Rockets
10) In that game, Patrick Ewing set a record for the NBA playoffs of 8 block shots. What Magic player broke that record with 9 blocks in Game 4 of the 2009 Finals?
11) Today Howard plays for the Lakers in LA … but that franchise started as the Detroit Gems in the 1940s for a season before moving to what state that would have plenty of freshwater lakes for the Hippos to call home from 1947 - 1960?
Minnesota – land of 10,000 lakes (actually 11,842)
(Lakers won 6 of their 17 Championships in Minnesota)