April 9, 2015
Young Girls’ Cure For Hiccups
Is Now On the Market
By Jesse Leavenworth
Manchester, CT (AP) You can’t try most hiccup remedies in public and retain any dignity.
Stand on your head, plug your ears, swig some pickle juice, yank out your tongue and hold it.
With her patented lollipop, the ``Hiccupop,’’ Mallory Kievman, 16, of Manchester, has returned some respect to hiccup correctives.
The focus of national media attention, Kievman rang the starting bell at the New York Stock Exchange in 2012, and last month, she and another young Connecticut inventor, Lilianna Zyszkowski, 14, were guests of President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair.
The girls’ accomplishments and more details about the science fair are spotlighted at the Connecticut Invention Convention website.
Hiccups happen when a spasm contracts the diaphragm, prompting a quick inhalation that is suddenly stopped by closure of the vocal cords. The closure causes the characteristic sound.
Now a junior at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Kievman invented Hiccupops in her home kitchen when she was a seventh-grader. After much trial and error, she combined three ingredients that worked to soothe her own hiccups—apple cider vinegar, sugar and sucking a lollipop. Her product is now on the market (www.hiccupops.com).
Although the sound of hiccups is most often connected to comic portrayals of drunks, Kievman has focused on a serious side to hiccups.
``While sometimes hiccups can be funny, they can also be painful, and persistent,’’ she said. ``Hiccups are a side effect of medical treatments like cancer chemotherapy, kidney dialysis, and anesthesia and can dramatically affect the quality of life for many patients who are already suffering. It is important to me to help people going through those tough times.’’
Zyszkowski, of Southfield, Mass. is a student at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville. She invented PillMinder, a pill cap inspired by her grandfather’s hospitalization due to medication scheduling errors, according to the Connecticut Invention Convention. Zyszkowski is working with a company to take PillMinder from prototoype to production.
The two girls were chosen to participate in the White House Science Fair from 15,000 kindergarten to twelfth-grade students who participate annually in the Connecticut Invention Convention. Both are invention convention Next Step Inventors, who have taken concrete steps to commercialize their products or develop serial inventions along a theme.
``Kids should jump in and help solve problems in the world today because they have a unique perspective on things and are more willing to take risks,’’ Kievman said.
Arkansas Bigfoot Conference Is April 24 & 25 - You’re Welcome!
By LINDA HICKS
Log Cabin Democrat
Vilonia, AR (AP) Postponed last year, due to the tornado, the 2015 Arkansas Bigfoot Conference will be held April 24 and 25 in Vilonia.
Described as a family-friendly event, the conference will include two aspects. The first will be a Friday-night camp out in the ``scary woods’’ of Vilonia with Bigfoot researchers sharing their techniques. Attendees will sit around a campfire on Friday night, with well-known researchers, and hear stories about Bigfoot encounters in Arkansas.
Each person is responsible for their own camping gear and food. The location is being kept secret with attendees only being in the know, the Log Cabin Democrat reports.
During that event, participants will have an opportunity to take part in a hands-on obstacle course through the woods to learn how to search for tree structures, footprints, hair and scat samples. They will learn to make photos, audio recordings and plaster casts, as well as receive instruction about the proper way to use call-blast equipment and perform tree knocks to attract a Sasquatch.
The second event will be held from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., on Saturday morning at the city hall in Vilonia. Four Bigfoot groups will be represented at the conference. Speakers for the conference will include Michael Mayes of the North American Wood Ape Conservancy; D.W. Lee and Big Jim Whitehead of the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center; and J. Robert Swain, who is involved with the Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers and the Arkansas Primate Evidence Society. All four groups are active in Arkansas as well as in other states. The cost for the conference is $10 per person.
You may attend one event or both. For more information, contact Swain at swainstudio(at)hotmail.com. The deadline to register for the Bigfoot Bootcamp has passed. Proceeds from the event will go to the Museum of Veterans and Military History in Vilonia.
A Bigfoot field researcher since 2007, Swain of Vilonia, is the coordinator. He is accustomed to skeptics on the subject. When he talks about Sasquatch, he has seen many roll their eyes in disbelief. It doesn’t bother him that much because, he said, he’s not trying to convince people that they exist.
``I haven’t heard one scream, but I would like to,’’ Swain said.
He hasn’t seen one either but he has heard whoops, gibberish and tree knocks that are associated with the creature. As well, he has seen castings of footprints, handprints and tree-limb structures he believes they built. Thousands of people have reported Sasquatch sightings, he said, and he doesn’t believe all of those people are lying.
``If only one report of a sighting is real, then Bigfoot is real,’’ Swain said. Contrary to some theories, Swain doesn’t believe the creature is the missing link or a primitive man.
1967: image from the famous Patterson-Gimlin film
``I think it is a flesh-and-blood animal, and God made it. There is fossil evidence of a giant ape from Asia, and that’s what I believe it is,’’ Swain concluded.
Swain began ``squatching’’ when he was a teenager on a spring break in 1972 at Mercer Bayou in Fouke. However, he hasn’t always pursued it with gusto. For a few years, he said, he was an armchair sasquatcher just reading about other’s research. When his son, Jamie, turned 6 years old, in 2004, that changed. They began camping and it turned into a father-son activity.
Now, Swain travels around Arkansas and to many other states including California, Washington, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Tennessee to pursue his hobby.
He also speaks at conferences across the United States. He takes issue with anyone referring to him as an expert on the creatures though.
``Anyone who claims to be is lying,’’ he said. ``Everything is guesswork and speculation. There are no experts.’’
He maintains a database listing with 300 to 350 reports of Sasquatch sightings in Arkansas, as well as maps marking many locations of possible sightings. During the conference he will share his research.