We’ve never abided by the “five-second rule,” the rule that says if food hasn’t been on the floor longer than five seconds it’s safe to eat. We use a slide rule. We go from five to 10, 15 seconds, or even the day after.
If it’s chocolate, there is no time limit. Pick it up and have a look.
As for a recognizable bit of a cookie, sometimes it’s easier to pop it in your mouth than walk to the trash can. Oh, don’t tell me you’ve never done it. I’m smarter than that. Remember, I use a slide rule.
There is a direct correlation between willingness to eat something that has fallen on the floor and the desirability of the food. I’ve yet to see a kid scream, “Five-second rule!” when cauliflower hits the floor. Right now, I could probably assemble an entire vegetable medley with bits and pieces the grandbabies have left under the kitchen table.
Despite the obvious — that food on the floor will pick up germs — researchers at San Diego State University, partnering with Clorox, conducted a study on the “five-second rule” and found it to be bogus.
A study always implies government funds somewhere. Such a shame. I wish they would have called. I could have saved them a lot of time and money. Of course the “five-second rule” is bogus. But it is a way to build immunity.
The most interesting finding from the study was that the dirtiest surface is not the bare floor or the carpet, but the countertop. That’s really disgusting, especially when you consider how much food we eat off our countertops.
In the interest of saving researchers’ time and preventing other unnecessary studies, let’s examine some other common myths.
I hope this has been of service to university research teams everywhere.
Send my honorary degree in care of my e-mail.