Coated Ketchup Bottle Provides Smooth, Quick Pour

May 23, 2012


Because squeeze bottles don't exist, PhD student Dave Smith invented a sprayable coating that can used to line ketchup bottles so they pour quicker and with zero clogging. Did you hear that, cheeseburger? I WILL DROWN YOU IN CONDIMENTS. No word how many types of cancer the stuff will give you, or how ketchup prices will be affected, but who cares -- I'm a spicy mustard guy!

It turns out Smith and a team of mechanical engineers and nano-technologists at MIT hit upon the solution called LiquiGlide. It's described as a "structured liquid" that can be sprayed on. It adheres as a solid, but provides a liquid-like lubrication that tackles that tenacious ketchup.

LiquiGlide -- that...sounds like sex lube. What's that other one called? "Astroglide." Man, if we went to trivia night at the bar and kinky sex was a category I would totally want you on my team. If we won a picture of beer though I get to drink it all. "You mean pitcher of beer?" I don't know what I mean anymore, I've been drinking since the moment I woke up. "Which was...?" Yesterday morning.

Hit the jump for a short video of a guy pouring ketchup on the floor.

  • Guest

    Even if this technology may be first applied to hard to get condiments, there are some other uses to get difficult liquids out of their containers quicker or provide a speedier pathway for certain liquid-like materials.

    Also, water parks will be much more fun. XD

  • BobbyRooney

    although it works, how safe is it for human consumption, and will its toxicity increase while increasing shelf life? i mean, nobody really knows how many years that ketchup bottle was on the store shelf, right?

  • watcher

    They did mention all ingredients are FDA approved

    As to what the chemicals used are? they haven't said yet

    once the mention comes through I guess we can see...

  • Joe Ferschke

    Hold on, my cancer cure is covered in ketchup cause it rapid fired out of the bottle.

  • Davo555

    Didn't Clark use that stuff on his sled in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation?

  • Joe Ferschke

    I'm glad that scientists are worried about solving real problems. Pfffft cancer? Screw that shit, I got carpal tunnel syndrome from shaking my ketchup bottle.

  • Clarence Worley

    Food scientists working on packaging solutions tend not to work on cancer research.

  • $18922249

    I am glad that scientists are worried about solving real problems. Pfffft the sixth mass extinction? Screw that shit, I got cancer from (insert activity here).

  • You don't think there might be other applications later for a sprayable lubricant? don't think anyone is working on cancer? Can we do more than one thing at once, as a race? Like, "I can't believe this guy above me is posting a comment on Geekologie instead of Working On Cancer!"

    If you want to get worked up about something, ask if they've done any tests on whether any of the lubricant got into the ketchup, and if it is safe for human consumption.

  • KingCam

    There's already a cure to cancer: eat real food, not the synthetic processed crap being offered at every turn.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    I know a number of people who have been affected by cancer and I'm sure they would all have a particular phrase for you: it's two words, seven letters long, starts with an "f" and ends with a "u".

    I don't care how "right" you think you are, cancer is not only caused by processed food, smoking and pollution... I won't believe any differently until real scientists prove otherwise.

  • Hazakabammer

    I dunno man, that's a pretty big fish.

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