When you pour ketchup out of a Heinz bottle, it comes out at .028 miles per hour.  That's almost six times slower than a Galapagos tortoise.

But a team of mechanical engineers and nano-technologists at MIT have figured out a way to change that.

They've created something called 'LiquiGlide.'  The team leader, Dave Smith, says, quote, "it's kind of a structured liquid.  It's rigid like a solid, but it's lubricated like a liquid."

It's made of all FDA-approved materials, and can coat the inside of ANYTHING.  It reduces friction and makes ketchup, mayonnaise, or anything else slide out much faster, and with no wasted residue left behind.

Smith says his team is hoping to sell the invention to companies that make condiments because that's a $17 BILLION market they'd like a piece of.

Oh, and he says don't bother trying to steal the idea because, quote, "we patented the hell out of it."

(Time)

Check out some videos of LiquiGlide-coated ketchup bottles in action: