The Five-Second Rule disproved

September 29, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More

When you drop food on the floor, it’s generally OK to pick it up and eat it, according to this article from ScienceDaily. You knew this already, considering how you act when no one is watching!

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Lynet says:

    Very true, I admit it. I pick stuff up off the floor and eat it as long as I don't think I'm being watched by anyone who might be horrified. I'd like to suggest that we all stop being horrified and then we wouldn't have to waste good food, but in the mean time, the 'five second rule' makes a good excuse around company 🙂

  2. Ben says:

    As someone who is well-versed in the finer points of cleanliness in restaurants… I also use the 5-hour rule.

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