August 8th, 2010
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The five-second rule proves, to the shock of children and drunk people the world over, insufficiently prophylactic against salmonella and other bacterial buzzkills.

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  1. Debbie

    If Americans were less obsessed about hygiene, we'd probably have a lot healthier kids. There's a lot of scientific support for the Hygiene Hypothesis, which just means that people who ate dirt (and observed the 5-second rule) as kids are healthier adults.

    August 9, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  2. Kent

    A little dirt and a few germs in your body now and then just helps your immune system stay strong. That's my 2 cents and I'm sticking to it.

    August 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  3. Mackadoodles

    I have three dogs in my house. There is no 5 second rule!

    August 9, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • Greg

      Hah! so true, my mother has large dogs. You couldn't even let the food get below your waist, let alone the floor.

      August 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  4. Paul

    Was it above the rim or below the rim?

    August 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  5. Werner

    I'm sure if you keep your floor clean and washed on a regular basis, you're probably alright with a dropped cookie.
    On the other hand, if your floor has got salmonella bacteria all over it – you've got way bigger problems than dropped food.

    August 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  6. Kathleen

    MST has it right. The 5-second rule is about perception ("no, I'm not REALLY eating off the floor"), not about germs.

    August 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  7. Bill

    I wanna party with Gina

    August 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  8. Les

    happens in the BOH in restaurants all. the. time.

    August 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  9. Gina

    I still believe in 5 second rules, whether it's off the floor or the counter. I once even spat my gum on the highway while drunkenly laughing at rechewed that and lived to tell. C'est la vie.

    August 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  10. David R.

    MythBusters have been there and done that... myth busted.

    August 9, 2010 at 11:59 am | Reply
  11. MST

    Did this really surprise anyone? I first learned the 5-second rule in middle school; it's just a way to justify eating food that's picked up on the floor and look 'cool' while doing it. I never thought of it as being linked to hygiene.

    August 9, 2010 at 11:58 am | Reply

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