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Monday, September 19, 2016

You may think your floors are so clean you can eat off them, but a new study debunking the so-called five-second rule would suggest otherwise. Professor Donald W. Schaffner, a food microbiologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, said a two-year study he led concluded that no matter how fast you pick up food that falls on the floor, you will pick up bacteria with it. The composition of the food and the surface on which it falls matter as much if not more than the length of time it remains on the floor, the study found. Watermelon, with its moisture, drew the highest rate of contamination and the gummy candy the least. "If I were to drop a piece of watermelon on my relatively clean kitchen floor, I'm telling you, man, it's going in the compost," said food microbiologist Donald W. Schaffner.



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The test is flawed. The rule is 3 seconds.

#1 | Posted by Angrydad at 2016-09-19 09:27 PM | Reply

Only men that have daughters think the 5 second rule does not apply. For craps sake Mothers of male children we apply the 7 day underwear rule before we let them turn the boxers inside out.

#2 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2016-09-19 09:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It only works at home or within reach of your office chair. everywhere else is contaminated and you just have to write it off.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2016-09-20 12:57 AM | Reply


Unless it's Mc Donald's food. Humans are the only ones crazy enough to eat that garbage. A parasite won't even get near it.

#4 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2016-09-20 06:51 AM | Reply

Police dogs love McDonalds.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2016-09-20 07:59 AM | Reply

Germs keep our immune system fit. But, all germs are not created equal. The closer you get to the equator the more careful you need to be.

My dog doesn't care, 5 seconds, 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days or 5 months. Still good, yum, yum eat 'um up.

#6 | Posted by nutcase at 2016-09-20 09:57 AM | Reply

As long as there's no visible hair or dirt on it, who cares? The odds you'll pick up something life threatening are extremely slim. Unless it's dropped in a hospital, in that case it goes in the trash.

#7 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2016-09-20 11:43 AM | Reply

The 5 second rule should be expanded to 8 seconds for senior citizens.

#8 | Posted by squinch at 2016-09-20 03:09 PM | Reply

These are the same guys that will tell you that kisses don't heal booboos, too.

#9 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2016-09-20 03:23 PM | Reply

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