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Monday, 30 September 2013
Thixotropy Can Be A Pain, But It Was The Unbearable Tightness Of Being That Drove Him Mad
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It wasn't the agonizing slowness of the ketchup coming down from the congealed bottom (with the bottle turned upside-down) that maddened Mr. Loeffler  -- we have all, and many times, endured that frustrating experience -- but rather, the unbearable tightness of being, the fact that his wife had turned the cap not as he wanted it -- tight like that -- but, rather, as she did, tight like that.

The story of the ketchup, or catsup (take your pick) bottle, and the tight cap, and the murderous raptus that followed, can be found here.

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Posted on 09/30/2013 12:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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3 Oct 2013
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Carrion, My Wayward Son
Or: Kerry On My Wayward Son
Those who like their tomatoes and fiction beaten to a pulp should recall this thixotropic schtick by Uma Thurman:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrGeOHpEGk0
Well, gotta run and get runny - got some kvetching and ketching up to do - Mr. Johnny-No-Come-Lately is finally "reporting for booty."  -Not that he should complain; while our current President can boast of having campaigned in "all 57 states," I offer 57 Varieties of delights.
Take This Catsup From My Lips,
Maria "Mother" Teresa Heinz Kerry,
Pique, Mozambique
Tags: "Carry on my wayward son," John Kerry, "Reporting for duty,"  What's Heinz 57 Sauce for the grandstander is sauce for the Portuguese, Teresa, the saucy wench, The race for the "Man in the Boat" is not always to the man in the Swift Boat, Mama Tomato, Papa Tomato, wayward Beefy Baby Tomato crushed into carrion, Heinz 57 and a nation of steakholders, John & Teresa, limousine liberals, free love and FRELIMO  


3 Oct 2013
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Quick, Get Me Rewrite & Rheostat Stat
What's up in rheology? I'll tell you what's up: my bank balance by about 20 million smackeroos after I won a judgment against Chrysler Corporation for patent infringement with respect to my utilization of a rheostat for an automobile intermittent windshield wiper system. It seems likely that if it had been up to Mr. Fitzgerald, my take would have been taxed at around 90%. What's up with that? Down with the rich?
Non-Obviously Yours,
Robert Kearns
cc Kilowatt Tyler @resistanceisfeudal


1 Oct 2013
Hugh Fitzgerald
'I went to your blog. I read about ketchup and thixotropy. I will be checking in to see what's up with rheology.

1 Oct 2013
Send an emailJohn Spevacek
'While I cannot deny that ketchup exhibits thixotropic behavior, the dominating rheological property that so dreadfully affects us all is the high yield stress of this non-Newtonian material. You can read more at my blog, It's the Rheo Thing http://www.rheothing.com/2012/11/is-ketchup-really-thixotropic.html

1 Oct 2013
Send an emailSue R
'The other year an old man killed his wife of 60 years for putting the salt in the wrong place on the breakfast table.  I think it's often a sign of neurological problems.  Having said that, my own spouse is annoying enough now, I shudder to think what he will be like in thirty years time!!!!