My wife and I and second son had a bite to eat at Red Robin yesterday evening and I was trying to get the ketchup out of the bottle and onto the french fries. My usual method is to shake the bottle first and then pour, but it wasn’t working. Both my wife and son started telling me to “Hit the 57!”. Apparently I was supposed to hold the bottle at 45 degrees and hit it smartly just where the neck begins to taper – there is a small “57” embossed in the glass at that point. (Can you guess the brand of ketchup?)
Well – it worked! Don’t give me a lecture on the physics involved (can you spell thixotropic) but do the teeming millions have other sure-fire methods for transferring ketchup from bottle to plate?
Enquiring minds want to know.
“To do her justice, I can’t see that she could have found anything nastier to say if she’d thought it out with both hands for a fortnight.”
Dorothy L. Sayers