Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Thanks, Tony, for the idea. Just out of curiosity, which ones do you think of as bottles when you look at the pictures? (ooh, pretty small picture and letters for an old lady's eyes)


  1. In thinking about this question, I think part of the definition is based on what is in the container (or what the container is intended to hold). Something that holds a liquid, that is meant to be poured from, is a bottle. Something that holds a solid, semi-solid that should be scooped or spooned out is more likely to be a jar. Of course, you could put a liquid in a jar. ;-) But my kids have sports water "bottles" that are shaped more like tall jars, except that they have a spout on top of the lid. I think if the primary way of extracting the contents is "pouring" then it's a bottle.

    Just from looking at the pictures, I'd go with calling those with the narrowest necks bottles: A2, A3, B2, B3, C4, D2, D3, D4, E2, E3, F

    C2 and E4 are marginal. I'd have to see them in real life to decide. ;-)

  2. Gut feeling...

    D2 or D3-ketchup
    E2-bike bottle

    C1-Thermos cup

    Beaker: F

    Vase: B1 B2

    Very subjective.

  3. Anonymous9:44 PM

    Yup, as I look at the pictures over and over again, some of them are sometimes bottles and sometimes jars to me. Of course, some stay nicely put in their camps and don't cause any trouble. Hmmm.

    Ms. Cookie

  4. Anonymous10:57 PM

    Mostly, I think this is a trick question. Here are my accusations against the outliers

    A3 holds a genie, but I guess "genie bottle" is better than "genie jar", at any rate its flask-like

    F is the top of a lava lamp

    C4 is the lid and stick off a paste container.

    E3 is the John Hancock building (or some other skyscraper

    and B2 is a toilet seat

    I think the jar/bottle thing could all be decided by whether or not you would naturally place your mouth around the rim or not. (I know you can stretch your lips around a glass/jar, but what do people do naturally). A nice consequence of this theory is that, to the more loquacious among us, everything is a bottle.

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  6. Anonymous4:43 PM

    Those are really annoying! I don't see any of the A's as bottles, nor any of the 1's. The rest are mixed, with some tough calls.