i swear i heard this on NPR this morning while driving around. i didnt catch all the details so if anyone can add to the story, please do. apparently, there was some kind of rescue effort underway in south africa. people in a pub were trapped somehow (a flood maybe?). an intrepid rescuer used ketchup to outline a helipad so the helicopter could land and pick up the rescuees. (i assume the ketchup came from the pub). the pilot said, 'that ketchup worked great, it looked like day-glo paint'!!! i'm not making this up.
also, america's test kitchen, a tv show from the cook's illustrated magazine people did a blind taste test of 13 brands of ketchup. the fancy ones (extra ingredients) did poorly. first place, heinz, 2d was del monte, 3rd was my favorite, hunt's.