Just about everyone has heard about the ancient legend of rubbing a Genie's magic bottle, and receiving three wishes in return. That's of coarse if it's a nice Genie. But what I heard over the radio this morning, on my long drive to work about a brand new magical bottle, made me stop in the middle of the road and shake my head. When I say shake my head, I mean in a way which you the reader might just understand after reading this hub.
It appears that a small group of brilliant minds at M.I.T. (Massachusetts institute of technology), just solved one of man kinds biggest age old problems with their own version of a magical bottle. It took an entire truckload of man hours, and even more money to solve this problem. When you first started reading this you may have thought that these folks came up with some sort of cure for all of humanity after they went through all of this trouble, time, and money. However if that's what you thought, you couldn't be any farther from the truth if you tried.
What these top notch people came up with, and discovered was an easier way to get some tomato ketchup out of the bottle. Yes that's right another way to get ketchup out of a bottle. Like we already didn't have enough ways to get that sometimes stubborn tomato paste out, and onto our hot dog bun.
I'm not sure what was wrong with any the the numerous ways that we already had for this task. There's the Popular way of repeatedly pounding on the bottom of the bottle with your fist or the palm of your hand. There's the technique of quickly rotating the ketchup bottle in an arm's length circular motion. There's the way which can easily backfire of hitting the bottle itself against the edge of a table. This method sometimes doesn't work out well with glass bottles, and then there's the way of using finesse by slipping a butter knife up the neck of the ketchup bottle to break the suction loose.
Heinz 57 even has a specific way to get that hard to get ketchup out of their own bottles, and onto your hamburger patty. The ketchup maker says that they have specially designed their bottles, where you just gently tap the number 57 on the bottles neck, and the ketchup magically rolls out of the bottle and onto your onion rings. Now I've never tried this method, but it certainly sounds very interesting. If none of these suggestions will work or are good enough for you, then you can always carry around a pocket full of those little plastic ketchup packets that are available for "FREE" at just about any fast food restaurant. This way you will always has an easy opening supply on hand for those salty french fries.
But all of this wasn't enough, so somebody at M.I.T. decided that there was some extra money laying around as well as time to waste on a project like this. So after an enormous amount of money was spent, they developed a specially designed coating and lining for the inside of ketchup bottles, which will deliver that ketchup faster into your hot bowl of chicken noodle soup. Time and money well spent in somebody's eyes, but by no means in everybody's eyes.
I'm really not knocking or making fun of this idea and technological advancement for all of mankind, because I realize it surely must have been very important and that someone certainly had to stand up to the plate and do it. Now that they are all done with this project, who knows what's down the road and in store next. Maybe they can pull all of their resources together again and come up with some advanced technology that will stop your ice cream from melting and dripping down the side of your ice cream cone before you can finish eating it.