In Class With Mini… with Dr Karl – What causes Hiccups?

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In this In Class With… mini-episode Dr Karl tackles the question “What causes hiccups?”, with an answer that ranges from exploring your favourite organ to drinking your own pee, Dr Karl helps us understand this hangover reflex from the very start of life.

More About Hiccups…

They’re the annoying spasm that seems to always happen at the worst moment. But have you ever wondered why hiccups happen?  According to the legend Dr Karl, it’s all linked to that movement at birth when we went from floating in amniotic fluid to suddenly needing to breathe air.

This short video has direct links to the Year 8 and 9 Biological Sciences curriculum, but it is also an interesting watch for any year group.

Dr Karl – What causes hiccups?

Video Length: 2:37 mins  This video is part of our In Class With… series. See more in the series HERE.


This In Class With… Episode was created in in association with National Science Week, and Adelaide Botanic High School.

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Hear more from Dr Karl

In a full In Class With… episode Dr Karl joined host Olivia Henry to tackle questions about anything and everything from school students from right around Australia.


Biological Sciences – Cells, The Body

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences – Form and Function

  • This video is part of our In Class With… series. Explore all episodes HERE.
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