Call it a "modern day world problem," but we have all sat over our plate of dinner once waiting for ketchup to pour from a bottle. Often we resort to tapping the bottle several times until our ketchup slowly begins to pour, but that problem may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a few students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yes, the students may have come up with a solution so that your ketchup pours out from the bottle as if it is in a liquid form. A team of engineers have designed the perfect condiment bottle — one that ketchup simply cannot stick to. How you may ask, well the students used a futuristic liquid called "LiquiGlide," a non-toxic, FDA-approved coating and applied it to the interior of bottles. As you can see in the video below, after the "LiquiGlide" was applied to the surface of the bottle, ketchup seems to flow more freely and not stick to the bottle.

Sure the idea may seem simple, but it takes creativity and ingenuity. For years now there has been a competition between Harvard students and MIT students to solve this "ketchup mystery." Well with this latest discovery, the idea of a friction-less ketchup bottle, also came a victory for the MIT students as they were awarded the audience choice award for the MIT $100k Entrepreneurship Competition.

Personally, I cannot wait for the "LiquiGlide" to be in a bottle of ketchup near me. I cannot tell you how much I dislike being at a dinner table in a restaurant and having to resort to tapping on my bottle of ketchup for 3-5 minutes as guests nearby look on. Great idea, and I hope to see this "modern day world problem" be a thing of the past in the near future.

 

This story originated from Tecca