Finally, A Scientific Reason Why Ketchup Is So Damn Hard To Pour


If you’ve ever handled ketchup, you know the struggle of trying to get an even pour on your fries, or burger.

While we’ve kind of just accepted it and tried to figure out our own strategies to get a good pour, there’s actually a scientific reason why ketchup can be such an a-hole.

Ketchup doesn’t act like a normal liquid. Instead, its thickness is constantly changing, depending on how much force we put on it, according to TED-Ed.

When we see ketchup in a bottle, it acts like a solid, but with a little bit of force, it suddenly becomes 1000 times thinner, often leading to our terrible, messy pours.

The reason ketchup acts so unpredictable can be explained through its tiny tomato particles. Whenever we try to pour ketchup, the tomato particles, combined with the liquid from water, vinegar, sugar and spices, start to bump into each other and always cause them to react differently.

Although we often have a complicated relationship with ketchup, the video suggests the best way to get ketchup out, at least from a bottle, is to keep the lid on, give it a few shakes so the particles get a jump start, then pour.

Check out the full explanation of ketchup science below:


This Guy Makes Carrot Clarinets and Plays Baby-Making Music


As Ron Burgundy taught the world, playing woodwind instruments still has a way of getting people going.

Linsey Pollak went next-level and not only masterfully played a clarinet during his TED Talk, but he hand-made one out of a carrot.

While a lot of the steps to make this carrot-based instrument look a hell of a lot like the steps t0 make a carrot bong, the clarinet requires a couple specific attachments in order to work. Pollak drilled holes all over the carrot and attached a saxophone mouthpiece and a funnel cone to the ends.

He then began playing some sweet, jazzy tunes to the delight of the crowd.

While it is only a temporary clarinet, considering the carrot will eventually like, wither up and die, it’s a pretty fun looking project. Check it out: