The Daily Mail, known for its thorough and relentless coverage of people with weird food phobias and obsessions, has once again delivered with its story on 19-year-old Melissa Ibbitson, who "can't live without ketchup." Like, seriously can't survive without eating gallons of it every year. Thankfully, she's not alone in her odd relationship with the red devil.
Because we are such avid followers of the Mail's gastronomic beat, we immediately recalled the publication's story on Lee Sentino, 24, who has a "lifelong phobia of all sauces and condiments." He is especially frightened by ketchup. Please make our dreams come true, Daily Mail, and bring these two youngsters together. We think they can make it work.
Ibbitson opened up to the Mail about her obsession, admitting that she eats ketchup at least three times a day. Ibbitson made some rational points, like "I pick up sachets anywhere I can - the union, the pub, fast food chains - it's the best way to keep my costs to a minimum," which is something we assumed every college student everywhere does. She added that she won't eat french fries without ketchup, which makes perfect sense to us.
Her habits did appear more obsessive when she described going through three bottles of ketchup a week and adding it to her spaghetti breakfast. She receives ketchup-themed Christmas gifts and had a ketchup-shaped cake on her birthday. She also, apparently, had no problem posing for photos like the ones on the left.