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Researchers Develop Faster Ketchup Flow

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An article in Time.com noted that ketchup flows out of a glass bottle at a rate of .028 miles per hour. That's slower than a Galapagos tortoise, which, according to the San Diego Zoo, zips along at a blazing 0.16 miles per hour, or almost six times faster than ketchup.

But impatiently tapping your ketchup bottle soon might be a thing of the past. Dave Smith, a PhD candidate at MIT, and a team of MIT mechanical engineers and nano-technologists have offered a posible solution to this ketchup flow problem. After months of research, Smith and his team developed LiquiGlide, which they define as a "kind of structured liquid [that's] rigid like a solid, but lubricated like a liquid." The researchers say that coating the inside of a bottle with LiquiGlide will cause ketchup and other sauces to slide out faster than a Galapagos tortoise. Smith claims that the sauce industry, which rakes in $17 billion a year, would love to get their hands on the invention.

The Time.com article concluded:"Let's hope some big [ketchup] companies bite. I'm tired of waiting five minutes for ketchup to land on my cheeseburger."

Possible Preaching Angles: This illustration shows the ridiculous level of impatience that sometimes exist in our culture--the desire to have everything we want (even spiritual transformation) right now.

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Matthew Woodley

January 15, 2013  2:32pm

Hi Rick: Of course but squeeze bottles are plastic. Yuck! There's nothing like ketchup out of a glass bottle.

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Rick Nier

January 15, 2013  1:24pm

Has nobody heard of the squeeze bottle?

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CHRIS EDERESINGHE

January 14, 2013  8:07pm

Is this another symptom of the "NOW" generation? Contrast this with the opening lines of Robert Browning's poem :Rabbi Ben Era: "Grow old along with me, The best is yet to be The last of life for which the first was made." James 5:7,8 urges us to be "patient, therefore, brethren" --- not just for the ketchup to flow faster, but to "bear patiently the cross of grief or pain" and trust that the Lord always has something better in store for us ( certainly, better than a few drops of ketchup!!) "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13) Sincerely, Yours in the Master's service, Chris Ederesinghe

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