Truck Carrying Ketchup Crashes on Highway & People Mistake It for Blood

ketchup bottlesWith Mercury retrograde snarling up communication and transportation 'til March 17, there are sure to be more accidents than usual on the road. Hence why I wasn't exactly shocked to hear about one on U.S. Interstate 80 in Reno, Nevada yesterday that looked like a totally horrific mess. It left red splatters everywhere, according to Nevada Patrol Sgt. Janay Sherven. But take heart! The gory mess was more a matter of appearance than anything else, because the accident scene could be described as, "No bodies, no people, just ketchup." Ha! 

Yup, the accident occurred when a semi-trailer truck hauling thousands of bottles of Heinz ketchup swerved to avoid another vehicle and hit a bridge in the median. The crash ripped open the trailer, sending ketchup flying everywhere. Eeesh! Thankfully, no one was hurt, it seems, but I wouldn't be surprised if the sight of this accident made some drivers' stomachs turn. That's the thing about ketchup. It's such a chameleon of a condiment!


A few of its versatile uses ...

  1. Use it to shine your copper pots and pans - Old ketchup packets actually come in handy to clean copper-bottomed cooking pans. According to Michael de Jong, TDG's Zen Cleaner and author of the Clean series of simple living books: Massage ketchup over the copper and the tarnish will be removed thanks to the acid. To treat stubborn spots: Add a pinch of table salt while you polish.
  2. Get the green out of chlorine-tainted hair - If you have light or highlighted hair and chlorine in your swimming pool has given your locks a greenish tint, you can use ketchup as a fix! Just apply like shampoo, let it sit for 20 minutes, then wash thoroughly. Yummmm!
  3. Soothe boo-boos - Some moms swear by using ketchup packets as soothers for their children's bumps and bruises. Just freeze and then use like a small compress. Kids love them!
  4. Re-use ketchup bottles as ... a pancake batter dispenser or storage for small crafty items like beads or glitter.

Are you a ketchup fan? What do you use it for or in (recipe-wise)?


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