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Ketchupbot attacked my village so we had to use mustard gas.
posted by twoleftfeet at 1:07 AM on December 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


A plastic squeeze bottle? This is no challenge at all. The real problem facing mankind is how to get Heinz ketchup out of the traditional glass bottle which has been stored untouched in a +5C refrigerator, standing up, for a time well-exceeding the best buy date on the cap.
posted by three blind mice at 1:28 AM on December 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


it's easy, knife down to the bottom of the bottle
posted by PinkMoose at 2:22 AM on December 1, 2011


Ketchupbot is all powerful and all knowing. And he tastes great on french fries.
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:25 AM on December 1, 2011


I giggled at the original video, but nearly injured myself laughing at the outtakes.

I took a robotics class over the summer once. For the celebratory final class, we were supposed to have one of the "industrial arm"-type robots dial a pizza place. Unfortunately, it turned out that someone had overwritten the pizza-dialing program in the computer's limited storage for such things, and the robot instead promptly started stabbing the heck out of a nearby tool set with its phone-dialing stick.

Maybe I'm weird, but (as long as nobody's in danger) I find it strangely endearing when robots naively do what we've told them to do instead of what we expect them to do.
posted by NMcCoy at 3:08 AM on December 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


three blind mice- hold the ketchup bottle vertically, upside down, cap still on. Move the ketchup bottle rapidly and vigorously along a horizontal circular path of just a few inches radius. The swirling motion will overcome the set of the ketchup and it will start to flow down towards the cap. Turn the bottle just past horizontal so removing the cap does not cause spillage. Then pour as normal, giving small swirls or jiggles to the bottle as needed to encourage the ketchup to flow.
posted by Jpfed at 4:22 AM on December 1, 2011


hold the ketchup bottle vertically, upside down, cap still on.

Don't give away any solutions. Let those MIT geniuses figure it out.
posted by three blind mice at 4:47 AM on December 1, 2011


That was hilarious, and as a ketchup delivery device, about as useful as using a paint can shaker.
posted by plinth at 6:39 AM on December 1, 2011


The real problem facing mankind is how to get Heinz ketchup out of the traditional glass bottle...
Ketchup is a non Newtonian fluid. Apply some sort of sheer stress to it and it flows like water. I.E. Karate chop the side of the bottle a few times.
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 7:32 AM on December 1, 2011


The swirling motion will overcome the set of the ketchup and it will start to flow down towards the cap.

Jpfed understands thixotropy. He is wise in the ways of ketchup physics.
posted by IAmBroom at 8:34 AM on December 1, 2011


Ppplrffffffft.
posted by flabdablet at 8:40 AM on December 1, 2011


Thop.
posted by flabdablet at 8:40 AM on December 1, 2011


The traditional glass bottle has an embossed number 57 on the side of it. This is the target. Hold the bottle from the bottom in the dominant hand, and hold your other hand edgewise before the target. Bring the bottle down with reasonable force to smack the embossed 57 against your hand. A few smacks will have the ketchup flowing freely.

Do not allow young children to answer the door or telephone during this maneuver.
posted by darksasami at 9:55 AM on December 1, 2011


Automato would make a perfect complement to this guy.
posted by Jpfed at 10:45 AM on December 1, 2011


PinkMoose: it's easy, knife down to the bottom of the bottle

A woman of my acquaintance once did that at a crowded dinner table, saying "I learned this trick from my gynecologist." The women laughed, the men were traumatized.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:52 AM on December 1, 2011


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